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RE: Roll Call Alaska 2015

When we did our Alaska trip in 2013 I also carried 15 gallons of diesel just in case. Never used it, but I would do it again for our 2015 trip, you just never know if the remote places run out at the wrong time. In 2013 we needed to fuel around the Pink Mountain area, here is where we paid when you changed from liters to gallons over $9.00 per gallon. We met many folks from the lower 48 at the various campgrounds that were very upset with prices in general for everything from food to fuel who swore they would not spend a dime in Canada that didn't have to. Considering that many of the business in NW Alberta to Northern British Columbia and definitely the Yukon depend on the tourist trade they sure try to wring out every cent they can from you. But you know all that said the trip to our 49th state is worth every cent, I didn't let this ruin our trip in 2013 and will not be surprised in 2015. We also carried 4 spare tires, 2 for the truck and 2 for the trailer and I thank the Lord we never used any of them. On a paved road around Laird Hot Springs we took a rock in the windshield, just a nick, I consider it my free souvenir from the trip. The wife and I were talking on what we would do different in 2015 and basically we would slow the trip down a little, maybe stay at our favorite campgrounds a little longer. The major highlights for 2015 include only returning to one place that I just fell in love with and that is Homer. So two weeks in Homer, 2 weeks in Fairbanks, 2 weeks in Haines. In each of these stays there are many opportunities for tours and side trips and some fishing. In 2013 we left NW Wisconsin on May 15 and returned August 15, in 2015 we will leave May 1 from Wisconsin and head to St Mary, MT where we turn north into Alberta, and be back around September 1. What we did learn last year after all the planning was not to book ourselves so tight on the trip plan, always have some built in wiggle time. This became pretty important when my wife had a dental emergency on a Friday afternoon in Glasgow, Montana. Hopefully we will be able to come back down the Cassiar Highway and do a side trip to Stewart/Hyder area. It was exciting just to write about this this morning! Happy Camping to all!
rkassl 10/04/14 08:42am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2015

I carried my own supply. If you can find it chances are that you will pay big bucks for it and not be assured of the quality and age of the DEF
rkassl 10/01/14 09:25pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
2015 Trip Planning Question road between Tok and Dawson City

This will be our return trip to Alaska in 2015. This time we want to make sure we see Dawson City. Thinking about leaving the trailer in Tok and driving north to Dawson City for a night, then return to Tok. For you folks who have driven this route just what are the conditions, I think from what I have read that after a distance north you loose the paved road. We have a 4 wheel drive 1 ton truck, can we make it to Dawson City taking our time? I have heard that sometimes buses make this trip, I really don't want to drag the 5th wheel on that type of road. Any comments or suggestions about this? Thanks
rkassl 09/29/14 09:18am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Alberta Friends help me with this route please

If I am entering Alberta from Shelby, MT where do I catch highway 22? Thanks
rkassl 09/19/14 04:13pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
Alberta Friends help me with this route please

I will enter Alberta north of Shelby, Montana going toward Milk River,AB. Can you suggest a good route from there to Whitecourt, bypassing Edmonton? Or is there a better way from around Cardston to Whitecourt? On our last trip in 2013, my navigation program routed us on to some range roads that were not even paved. Your help will be appreciated.
rkassl 09/19/14 01:54pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
Repairing Delamination on 5th wheel exterior?

Has anyone attempted or had experience fixing areas of delamination on an exterior wall of a trailer? We bought our Montana new almost 10 years ago and I noticed during the first year or so about a 15 inch square area that has remained just about the same size. This type is probably due to glue failure rather than a water leak. Can you inject some glue into the area then clamp it some way and attempt a fix of some sort? Our 5th wheel is in great shape otherwise and this would be a nice thing to do for it. Any comments and ideas would be greatly appreciated. If you have done this repair how did you do it?
rkassl 09/07/14 04:45pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2015

We did Alaska in 2013, and all we can say it was the most amazing trip we ever took. This year we stayed local got caught up on house stuff, but I think there is a very good chance to hit the road north in 2015. We left Wisconsin on May 15th and returned the first week of August. I think we would leave the same time next year but stay at selected locations a little longer and travel back on the Cassier and check out the Hyder/Stewart area. We like to come back into the USA in Western Montana and hide out in the West Glacier area for a while. Otherwise we keep planning and dreaming.
rkassl 08/30/14 11:13am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: 3.4 Miles per Dollar

I'm sorry, but if I have to worry about the decimal points on cents while RVing I better sell it because it takes away from the enjoyment of the open road and beautiful country.
rkassl 08/25/14 07:55am RVing in Canada and Alaska
Denali RV Park?

Can anyone recommend a good rv park in the Denali area? I just can seem to nail one down. Thanks
rkassl 08/06/14 08:33pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
Wholesale warranty.com ??

I don't want to start a debate over extended warranty vs. banking the $$ but I am looking for anyone who has purchased an extended warranty from this company. If you have are you satisfied with your purchase or if not what problems have you had. Thanks
rkassl 05/29/14 02:19pm Fifth-Wheels
One Year Ago today we left for Alaska!

Here I sit on the banks of a beautiful river in Northwest Wisconsin, thinking about the most amazing trip we ever had, it was one year ago today that we left for Alaska in 2013. Nothing we will do this year can compare to the adventure at every turn last year. When we got back last year I was so happy that my 8960 mile trip was over. But now all I can think of is a return in 2015. We know the way, and how to do it. This should even make a return trip even more enjoyable. I can even feel the soothing effect of Liard Hot Springs yet! The only solution like Willie Nelson sings... "On the road again (2015)! Have a happy and safe year on the roads!
rkassl 05/05/14 01:53pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
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
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