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RE: 2013 did 3 Months in Alaska got to go back 2015

I am not sure if this is a return trip for you, but I cannot express what a true adventure this was for my wife and I, it was challenging, I did al the driving but what I found was not to think of the trip in its entirety in our case 8960 miles. We treated each day one at a time enjoyed the particular area we were at and moved on to the next big adventure. Of all the places we have been, Alaska gets into your blood (in a good way!).
rkassl 04/10/14 07:04pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
2013 did 3 Months in Alaska got to go back 2015

The wife and I sit having coffee in the morning talking about the most wonderful adventure we ever had last spring and summer 2013, 8960 mile trip to Alaska. Oh hell yea it was a lot of driving, but everyday was a new experience. The places we saw, the people we met, everything was just amazing. How do we top it? The only way is to do Alaska in 2015! For five years on and off I planned the first trip, the return will even be more enjoyable and less stressful. The anticipation already is exciting. Happy camping to all!
rkassl 04/06/14 07:15pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
Thermopolis, Wyoming

Has anyone been in this area of Wyoming and if so any RV park you could recommend to stay at or stay away from? Looks like an interesting area to visit this summer. Thanks
rkassl 04/06/14 11:46am Roads and Routes
Extended Warranty

Has anyone done business with a company called WHOLESALE WARRANTY.COM? They sell various RV extended warranties. Any comments or information would be appreciated.
rkassl 03/26/14 07:30am Fifth-Wheels
Thoughts about our 9 year old 5th Wheeler

It is hard for the wife and I to believe our 2005 Montana will be 9 years old this spring. She has ben a great trailer. Over the years I have upgraded the entire suspension, new brakes, new bearings, great tires and the wife takes wonderful care of the inside. Not one nail hole any place in the camper always use the 3M Command system to mount pictures and the like on the walls. We have a new refrigerator that was replaced under extended warranty about a year ago and still has another year on warranty. The OEM TV's have been replaced with LED's, the OEM microwave/convection works great, really no know issues to contend with. The Montana took us to Alaska last year and functioned flawlessly, it was an amazing 8960 mile adventure which will be hard for us to top in the near future. I guess what we were wondering was should we get proactive with some additional preventive maintenance before we set out on another major trip? Specifically the hydraulic slide system. Never had a problem, did install a new pump before going to Alaska but the OEM hydraulic lines are still being used. Would you wait for a line failure or invest in some new lines because of the age of the camper? I have talked to many Montana owners who have had rigs slightly older than ours, say 2003-2006 who purchased a new Montana, like 2013-2015's and were disappointed at the quality of the entire trailer, which is really, really sad. I guess the wife and I have a pretty good trailer and thinks if it would be smart to invest a few dollars to maintain its reliability. And thoughts and comments will be appreciated.
rkassl 02/26/14 09:31am Fifth-Wheels
Trying to do my homework :-)

Ok guys, I am doing my homework. I started asking some basic questions on a different thread regarding truck campers (we have been 5th wheeling for 10 years now) Went to the Minneapolis RV show this weekend and was amazed with the Lance Campers I saw there. especially the 2014 855S that will fit on my 2011 SRW short bed 3500 Duramax/Allison. I said to the wife after 10 years of 5th wheeling do you think its time to change how we travel and where we can go? I was impressed with the room in this model. The refrigerator/freezer was just about the size of the one in our current trailer. Both have a queen size bed too. Has anyone downsized from a large trailer to a truck camper and if so what did you think and why did you do it? As for us I would like to return to Alaska, but not pulling a 15000 32 ft trailer. Tell me this how does the truck feel with a huge camper and all its weight on the truck? Does the truck drive differently? I have the power and I have the brakes and what ever to handle this. Any comments or experience that you could share with us? Thanks
rkassl 02/09/14 01:04pm Truck Campers
Flooring Replacement in Fifth Wheeler

The intense cold we have had for the last several weeks (this morning as I write this is -20 degrees F again), caused the vinyl flooring in my trailer to split right down the length of the kitchen area. Our trailer is 10 years old but in great shape even after our recent Alaska trip. My question is has anyone in the colder climates that have four seasons changed the OEM vinyl flooring to something else? I have been reading of the Home Depot product called Allure its a semi sticky vinyl planking material that looks wonderful. Then there are also some great wood planking patterns on sheet vinyl. I am just wondering which material would handle our temperature extremes better. The OEM vinyl floor was not glued down and after 10 years just couldn't take it anymore. Some people have told me that if it was glued down to start maybe this would not have happened. The individual planking material would have a little more forgiveness for expansion and contraction is properly installed. Can anyone comment about this situation maybe from their experiences Are there any other options that I haven't thought of? Thanks for any ideas or suggestion you may have.
rkassl 02/08/14 08:09am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Make me Smart about Truck Campers Please

I didn't mean to start a pissing contest here!
rkassl 02/01/14 10:32am Truck Campers
Make me Smart about Truck Campers Please

We had a wonderful trip to Alaska last year pulling our 32' fifth wheel, both truck (2011 3500 D/A, SRW worked flawlessly). We have the bug to return to Alaska, but not with the trailer. Seriously thinking about a slide in truck camper so we can go to places that we couldn't hit because of our trailer. I know ZERO about truck campers. How is a truck camper secured in the bed of the truck? Does the bottom of the camper sit on the truck bed floor? Then what? I would guess that the basic electrical is the same as a trailer. Our truck is a standard bed, sometimes called a short bed do they make campers for this type of truck? Power is not an issue with the diesel. We might look for a good used late model if possible, I see Lance is a big one in this area, and suggestions of ideas will be appreciated. Thanks!
rkassl 01/31/14 08:10am Truck Campers
RE: The "Polar Vortex" ate my 5th wheel floor!! What to do?

Because of the potential temperature extremes where we live, I am rethinking my floor repair. This OEM floor lasted 10 years before it failed. I have found some beautiful vinyl sheeting with wood planking that would less than have the cost of vinyl planking and if installed correctly by gluing it total down, I could get 6 to 10 more years use. Has anyone replaced their OEM vinyl floor with a new vinyl sheet of higher quality, like maybe Congoleum? Thanks
rkassl 01/14/14 12:25pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: The "Polar Vortex" ate my 5th wheel floor!! What to do?

Today we talked to the dealer that sold us Montana and after few minutes discussion she told me that they see a few of these vinyl failures every year. She told me there is a flooring man in our area that specialized in flooring replacement in RV's and does a very good job. I talked to him and he agreed that vinyl planking is the way to go, but he goes one step further. He recommended a Mannington product, vinyl planks 4mm thick that is glued down. He has not had the best of luck with the free floating floor in RV's. This product can be glued down to the present sub floor. What is interesting is that it is designed so that if you have a failure or break in any of the individual boards by using a heat gun the section can be cleanly removed and replaced. The flooring store owner who I know, said that he has the same product in his hunting cabin, that most of the time is not heated and the vinyl laminate just hangs in there. Has anyone used a similar product like this?
rkassl 01/13/14 07:33pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
The "Polar Vortex" ate my 5th wheel floor!! What to do?

Well after 7 winters outside, this last week caused my vinyl floor in the 5th wheeler to crack right down the center. We pride ourselves on the appearance of the trailer and this really hurts. Has anyone in cold regions of the country experienced a major failure with OEM vinyl flooring? If so what did you do for repairs? I was wondering about vinyl floor boards but I wonder how this would handle some extreme cold temps? Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated.
rkassl 01/11/14 01:10pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
What an Adventure!!!!

8,960 miles Carried 4 spare tires, never used them Carried 40 extra gallons of diesel, never used it One rock in windshield around Laird Hot Springs on a paved road! Arrive home safe! What an adventure. The wife and I headed directly to Homer for two glorious week on the spit with some serious fishing. Then over to Valdez for another week, just fantastic scenery. I fell in love with the folks in Tok, Alaska, the can do, independent American sprit is alive and well there. I got the Garter at the Frantic Follies in Whitehorse, YT, the wife said you sure didn't hesitate going up on stage! Yep! That's right! I had a lot of witnesses that would testify in my behalf too. :-) I see my wife in a slightly different light too. She appreciated the adventure as much as I did. We planned this trip for 4 years and all that helped to make this one for the books.
rkassl 08/21/13 04:03pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
Our Alaska Trip

We're back in the US and resting for a week at Glacier National Park. At this point have registered about 7500 miles from Northern Wisconsin to our furthest point which was Homer, AK. We were on the front cusp of the tourist invasion. When we passed Muncho Lake in May it was still iced over as was Klulane Lake. There are still piles of snow in Valdez that the locals say will stay for a long time. We had much more road construction on our way back than going up. I NOW KNOW for myself the condition of the roads. I don't want to hear that the Alcan is all paved. Its paved ok, but the heaves and road construction and rebuilding of the road especially from Beaver Creek to the Alaska border is terrible. Don't get me wrong this was truly an adventure of a lifetime for my wife and I. The things we saw the people we met will be memories for a long time. Would we make this trip again, in all honesty, probably not. The conditions were extremely hard on the truck and trailer. What we did was to drive about 200 to 250 miles then depending on where we stopped stay for 2 or 3 nights. Otherwise you would go road nuts with all the driving. For example between Whitehorse and Watson Lake the frost heaves were so bad that the average speed pulling the trailer was about 35 miles per hour. That makes for a very long drive. Found some great campgrounds, Tok Village in Tok, AK, Glacier View outside of Glennallen, Toad River, Nugget City in Watson Lake, Heritage RV Park in Homer. It as an amazing adventure!
rkassl 07/20/13 10:11pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
Coming back into the US-food issues?

Next week we will be crossing the BC border back into the US and I have been hearing various things about brining food that was bought in Alaska or Canada into the lower 48 states? Has anyone did a border crossing back into the US and what questions did they ask regarding foods? Any info will be appreciated.
rkassl 07/08/13 07:04pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
Highway 93 BC to Glacier National Park

Can anybody tell me what the road is like from Hinton area in BC down to Glacier NP in Montana? Is it all mountain driving? Any info will be appreciated.
rkassl 06/29/13 03:25pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: On the Road with "Roll Call Alaska 2013"......

We arrived in Homer, Alaska on Monday, we are on the spit at a very nice campground. Already checked out the Salty Dog, the bloody Mary's are really good. Yesterday we took a cruise over to Seldovia for a nice lunch and afternoon stroll. We will be here for 14 days, then work our way back to Valdez for 14 more days. That will be over the 4th of July. Then back to Tok for 5 days, during that time we will head up to Chicken then to Dawson City and stay there for a night and then back to Tok. Tomorrow we head out on our Halibut Fishing trip, the wife has always wanted to do some deep sea fishing. After Tok, we will head back to Watson Lake and drive the Cassiar down to the Baniff area, then down to Glacier National Park for a few days. Then back across the top of the country on Highway 2 back to Wisconsin around August 15! We were in Alaska on a cruise several years ago, so far we have not been back to any of the places we visited at that time. This is really an amazing trip, as I look out the back window of the Montana, the tide is coming in, the water is about 75 yards away, across and around are the mountains. It was worth the trip!
rkassl 06/14/13 08:32pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Cassiar Highway Recent Driving

Thank you for the information!
rkassl 06/14/13 12:36am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Cassiar Highway Recent Driving

Specifically I wanted to know from someone who has recently driven it how was the road where the water washout was a little while back.
rkassl 06/13/13 08:23pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
Cassiar Highway Recent Driving

Looking for anyone who has driven the Cassiar Highway in the last two weeks. We want to go back that route leaving Alaska but would like some first hand information. I have the link to BC roads but that is not too helpful. Thanks
rkassl 06/13/13 02:17pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
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