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RE: Bear Watching in Hyder, AK

We stopped in Hyder last year for a couple of days but our BEST sighting of Grizzlies was heading down the Cassier. There were two young grizzlies fishing in a stream. a guy walking his dog motioned for us to stop and take a look over the bridge. BOY were we glad we did!!! https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZOQGZyVBaVw/VbbTcSVtBYI/AAAAAAAAaPA/AQQd5Dqu8J4/s400-Ic42/image.jpg
soos 07/27/15 07:05pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Avoiding information overload while full time traveling

Apps? Naw, stop at the local tourist office and ask questions. Same for park staff or camp hosts. I love informing visitors about sites to see in the area. It gives me a chance to interact with lots of interesting people This. Works better than any app. Welcome centers are a great place to figure out what you want to see or where you want to go. No tech involved. National Park, Forest, State Park, etc. visitor centers and staff are great resources for camping and boondocking. Local knowledge is usually your best bet. . x 2 you can spend all day exhausting yourself researching "everything" there is to do or see in an area. We haven't found the perfect app or web page yet. What we HAVE decided is that we will see what we can, and realize that its not a perfect world. We"ll never see everything. in fact, we often find out about something awesome just AFTER we have left an area. The best idea? Shrug it off. "oh well, we'll have to come back" is our motto. Sue
soos 07/25/15 11:44pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Any solutions for high altitude refrigerator issues?

I can't imagine flame working just fine at daytime and dies at night becouse lack of oxygen. Judging from your description, you have fridge controlled by computer board. Those things can have all kind of codes and options, so posting model and better yet pictures would be a good start. How do you get it restarted in the morning? Following the comment above about 25 years old fridges working flawlessly. They don't have computer boards to act and I know few car owners who got rid of newer, computerized cars and bought mechanically controlled cars from 1980's The older cars can use more fuel, but save you a lot on troubleshooting. Hope you are getting what I am talking abut ;) yeah KISS (keep it simple sue) we restart by having DH outside with a lighter. he bangs on camper, I, inside, turn on the fridge. he lights lighter so the flame is right there for the fridge. I will try to narrow it down next time we take the camper out for the weekend. I wasn't saying that during the day it has oxygen and it night it doesn't, just that its warmer during the day so the fridge runs constantly, never needing to re-ignite, and at night it cools off enough so that it reaches temp, shuts off, and can't re-ignite. Sue
soos 07/22/15 11:31pm Truck Campers
RE: Any solutions for high altitude refrigerator issues?

With technology you can't be always sure what design you run into, but the refrigerators I know don't cycle on/off with thermostat command, but lower the flame who never goes out. So that problem might have nothing to do with altitude, but with temperatures, who are lower at altitude. What temperatures we are talking about? Could it be that cold tank is not giving propane pressure? This Fridge shuts off and relights when needed. There is plenty of spark in the igniter, We actually DID turn it down to the coldest temperature, lol, and after all the lettuce and soft drinks froze we decided it wasn't a good solution. The temperature outside ranged from mid 30s to mid 50s I would think. He said the tube is clean but i will suggest the compressed air blow out. It does act like it is just starved for oxygen but we'll see when we take it out again. Thanks for the ideas!
soos 07/22/15 12:43am Truck Campers
RE: Planning a trip to Yellowstone 2016 or 2017

Best thing we did when we were in Yellowstone for 3 weeks was to "suck it up" and get up and out by 5 am. We took breakfast with us and ate when we reached our destination- which was wildlife viewing. We saw numerous wolves and even watched a pack chase some elk. We could relax and watch mama bear and babies, because it was too early in the day for bear jams. By the time the traffic got bad, we were either lazing by the lake or napping, so we'd be rested to go back out at dusk.
soos 07/20/15 12:31am General RVing Issues
RE: Utah National Park tour

At Zion you could park at a nearby campground, leave the dog in the rig and take the shuttle that stops right near the campground.
soos 07/18/15 01:48am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Any solutions for high altitude refrigerator issues?

Other people with this issue with a Norcold (NOT Dometic) have contacted Norcold and been told, as it says in the user's manual, to run the fridge on electric at altitudes over 5000 feet. He checked the orifice, its clear the igniter is screwed in so its hard to adjust but it seems to spark just fine. We were not in windy conditions. (and it works fine driving down the road) The gas seems to flow great thru the regulator- when lighting with a lighter there is no lag whatsoever. It mostly happens at night and we are thinking it maybe that it runs almost constantly in the heat of the day, then finally shuts off at night, but we aren't sure. DH is a pretty technical and mechanical guy and is a bit stumped. Thanks for all the ideas.... we'll see if it happens next time we use it :(
soos 07/17/15 01:46pm Truck Campers
RE: Any solutions for high altitude refrigerator issues?

We understand that it is being starved for air and running too rich. From what I have read, there are no other orifaces to get that would work in a Norcold and be a different size. Apparently Dometic has interchangeable orifaces but Norcold doesn't. We might be able to look at tank pressure. Not as concerned with other propane appliances overnight, if we can adjust pressure "-at will" . Thanks!
soos 07/17/15 12:37am Truck Campers
RE: TR: Our Alaskan trip so far

We are currently in Haines and will be headed to Skagway tomorrow. We've been traveling in Canada and Alaska since May 11 and are having a wonderful time. We've had a mix of good and bad weather as well as good and bad roads, but overall, it has been wonderful. We have been posting to our blog as internet has allowed. Below are links to the various posts. You can check out individual posts or start with the first and walk through them all. Hope you enjoy. On the road to Alaska - Maine to Ontario On the road to Alaska - Ontario to Alberta On the road to Alaska - The Canadian Rockies On the road to Alaska - Northwest Territories On the road to Alaska - a little British Columbia and the Yukon Territories On the road to Alaska - Klondike and the Arctic Circle Alaska - Taylor Highway and Fairbanks Alaska - The Denali Highway Alaska - McCarthy Road and Kennecott Alaska - Valdez Tried to leave a comment on your blog but couldn't. Awesome photos!! We did Denali Hwy twice last year in our TC because the first time the fog and rain was so bad we didn't even realize there were mountains!
soos 07/17/15 12:23am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Park Power Low

Last time we had our EMS shut down, the maintenance man literally walked over with a light bulb, plugged it in to the pedestal and said "whaddaya mean? you got power." ugh.
soos 07/16/15 11:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: Arizona: Parking in the valley of shade

Our poor trailer AND truck camper are sitting in the sun here in Havasu for the summer. I keep reminding myself that its only for one summer, while we build a house- then they will both have a garage to hang out in when we are not using them. But man, at 116* it sure is hot. And the sun never quits. Sue
soos 07/16/15 11:51pm General RVing Issues
Any solutions for high altitude refrigerator issues?

We have recently been using our Lance camper at some higher altitudes- 7500 ft and above (to escape summer heat) and many nights are woken up by the beeping of the fridge because it can't re-ignite on propane at the higher altitudes. Its a Norcold, and apparently their solution is to have electric hookup at elevations above 5000 feet, but that is not what we are interested in doing. I checked the Lance forum but no one there seems to have come up with a solution. Other than shutting it off and re-igniting it in the morning, has anyone found a solution? thanks, Sue
soos 07/16/15 11:29pm Truck Campers
RE: Northern lights camping

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-D3JzwmpC7V4/VGE1fq3-9iI/AAAAAAAAWkk/FQiIYHUjX6I/s400-Ic42/aurora2%252520%25252856%252529.JPG https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-CKkhgvpBpyw/VGE1xgzQVRI/AAAAAAAAWlQ/eINvEO4aY9g/s400-Ic42/aurora2%252520%25252857%252529.JPG they were great last year!
soos 07/13/15 12:49am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: You Can't Do That

beelbill, that was one well written rant! x 2 very entertaining :) I will say, beelbill, that there are definitely insurance companies that cover fulltimers and I highly recommend u look into it further, if you haven't already. Fulltiming coverage offers liability coverage, similar to a homeowners policy. Sue
soos 06/29/15 10:39pm Full-time RVing
RE: So, we decided to keep our truck camper

We LOVE having both a TC and a 5th wheel. We have been full time in the 5th wheel for 6 years, and bought the TC to go to Alaska last summer. We still use it a lot- very flexible way to travel. We are hanging out in Coconino NF in the camper right now. We are finally building a winter home in AZ and anticipate the TC will continue to see a lot of use. Sue.
soos 06/29/15 10:17pm Truck Campers
RE: 2009 Keystone Everest

Set up and tear down are pretty easy with a 5th wheel. My only concern would be the hitch- checking it and latching it etc. Also, we had a 2009 Everest and we had to move the recliners to bring the slide in, and man, let me tell you, they were HEAVY.
soos 06/22/15 11:47pm Fifth-Wheels

I won't bash...but, time will tell if the quality and the support will be the same going forward as it has been in the past - since they've been bought out. Well now, that doesn't make any sense at all. Thor bought out Airstream years ago and I've heard nothing but great things about the continued good quality of the Airstream ( not that I want one,,,,,) Just because Thor buys something doesn't mean the quality will go down the tubes.
soos 06/21/15 11:00pm Fifth-Wheels

4 years and going strong with our DRV. Do people have issues with them, yup, some do. But this is one company that certainly stands behind their product...In My Experience
soos 06/20/15 11:52pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Newbie.. Opinions needed

If you DO end up buying a 5th wheel, some brands to consider are Teton, NuWa HitchHiker, Excel, Lifestyles, Carriage and DRV. Those are some of the higher end, better built units, IMO. Some are out of business so you need to look at used, but " out of business" doesn't mean they weren't a quality unit. No Fifth wheel is really great at surviving bitter cold but those would be the best. I would Not put Jayco in the same category. As mentioned, look into winter RV living and see what works for others, and I would look at fulltiming forums such as Escapees, you'll get info from more people who live in their RVs full time.
soos 06/17/15 11:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Boondocking near Flagstaff

N 35 22.530 W 111 34.477 Spent the night there last night, on the way towards Prescott. its free, in the national forest, near Sunset Crater, close to the main road.
soos 06/11/15 12:15am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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