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RE: Roll Call Alaska 2015

The law in Canada and Alaska is to drive with your headlights on at all times. This law does NOT apply to vehicles with Alaska plates since at least 50% of them don't drive with headlights on. Among RV's and campers with Alaska plates, about 90% of them don't obey the law. Just as an heads uop...the law requires that all new cars sold in Canada have a DRL module..(Daytime Running Lights). thus most/many of the cars you will see have their headlights on. Not the rear ones, tho..and the law does NOT require all vehicles to run with their headlights on. Gary Haupt According to the driver's manual, Yukon Does require lights on highways "On Yukon highways, you must drive with the low beam headlights on during the day if your car does not have automatic daytime running lights." We saw many signs along the road that reminded drivers that they are required to have them on.
soos 10/16/14 10:33am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2015

Not just the weight but first you have to buy the tank which is a cost in itself. The ONLY place we had to be careful was the Dalton Hwy and I am pretty sure you won't be trying to take your rig to Prudhoe Bay. Although we mostly tried to stay on the top half of the tank, there were times, like the Dalton Hwy, when we couldn't, but we knew there would be fuel at the 200 mile mark. As mentioned, we sometimes fueled up when we were at 3/4 of a tank, if we weren't sure when we'd find fuel next. Sue
soos 10/16/14 10:18am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: what do you do if the truck needs to be towed?

Thanks for the replies, guys. Some of the reasons for the question are that yeah, our TC already puts us at 12.5 feet, so height is an issue. We carry a Lance 1181 so we are both long AND heavy. DH retired from Ford so he immediately bought the tools and sensor and replaced it himself. We'll be carrying a spare, I am sure although apparently the new sensors are better. I like the idea of saying we have a 26 ft "class C size"vehicle. Sue
soos 10/14/14 02:59pm Truck Campers
what do you do if the truck needs to be towed?

DH went out this morning to do errands and the truck started but immediately died and could not be re-started. Turns out it was an EGT sensor. There was no grace period- the truck immediately died, and it made us very glad it didn't happen this summer, while we were exploring the back roads of Alaska. It made us wonder though, what we would have been able to do if the camper had been on the truck. Has anyone had to have a truck towed while the camper is on it!? How would they even handle that? Sue
soos 10/14/14 12:03am Truck Campers
RE: What is consider Full Timing to those that full time?

Our rig is our home. Everything we own is in it or attached to it. We have been in 22 states so far this year; I guess that counts as moving around. I consider someone a full timer if they live in their rig, have no other home, and move when the urge strikes - daily, weekly, monthly - but they do move. Agree
soos 10/06/14 12:37am Full-time RVing
RE: First Long Trip for Newbie RVers

Tips? stay south until spring. Just kidding, go slow and stop to smell the roses. take more back roads, fewer interstates. Sue
soos 10/06/14 12:33am Beginning RVing
RE: Misc items needed

paper plates, paper bowls and plastic ware. (lighter weight, no need to wash after a meal, which saves water.) I buy all three in the combat pack from Costco. A box of forks and spoons has lasted me 5 years so far. See now, we bought paper goods , but then discovered that most places, if we didn't have water, we also didnt have trash containers so we didn't use them much. lots of places didn't allow campfires this summer to burn stuff. Sue
soos 10/03/14 12:17am Truck Campers
RE: What do you do with clothes/stuff?

We also keep a suitcase with warmer clothes and then if we need to fly someplace (3 times in the past year) we have a suitcase for that. sue
soos 10/02/14 11:56pm Full-time RVing
RE: Campground close to Boston

we have stayed pretty much everywhere and Minuteman is our go-to place. Normandy Farms is nice but pricy and too far from the city. salem Willows is also nice, on the water, but a challenging commute into Boston. boston Minuteman is centrally located.
soos 09/29/14 12:16am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Yellowstone: what's the big deal about it?

Some helpful comments, thanks. And a few that were less than kind; no big surprise around here. I thought there would be more people giving specific locations in the park that they found exceptional. Instead the consensus seems to be, "stop and smell the roses," or in other words, get out and hike and spend time soaking up the ambiance. Well, that is true of most parks. I'm only good for about 3 or 4 miles max on a hike (round trip), so that might be a limiting factor for me. I hope to return to the Tetons next summer, so I will figure on spending at least 3 days in Yellowstone if possible. Maybe it will rub off on me. If not, well, I'll catch up on my sleep. ;) We found it took 3 days just to figure out the rhythm of the animals and tourists. Animals are out around 6 am. we were driving by 5 am. looking for bears and wolves. tourists arrive from town at lunch time. we were back at camp by then. hiking is better in CA and Utah but Yellowstone has wildlife and the geisers. we watched a pack of wolves chase a herd of elk. awesome! you can see what we did while there on my blog. Yellowstone
soos 09/23/14 01:12am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Campground search tools

Allstays app is our go to campground finder. has so much more than that too, rest areas, truck stops, cracker barrel, costco, sams club etc. although its easier to use with web access, all the info is still there even if I am not connected. we also use RV park reviews to narrow down choices.
soos 09/22/14 11:04pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What to plan for if you're thinking the Al-Can Hwy in a TC?

we just spent the summer in Alaska in a truck camper. there are plenty of places to fuel up. No need to add capacity, just try to stay above a half tank. In a TC you can pull off and sleep wherever you want, usually with beautiful scenery all around you. No Sat phone. just deal with going without cell service once in a while. If you DO have an issue, there are lots of other travelers on the road. as someone said "you're not in a 3rd world country"
soos 09/20/14 10:29pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Alaska Trip

Yup some banks charge and some don't. My Visa Flexperks card just announced that they will no longer charge foreign transaction fees. Thats awesome! But I wish I hadn't gotten that email the day we left Canada!
soos 09/19/14 10:31am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Mail Forwarding and Home Base

I chose Florida for my domicile because I expect to spend most winters there and I wanted to be able to prove that I spend more time in Florida then anywhere else if I was ever challenged in any way. Also, Florida is very retiree and fulltimers friendly. I then chose St Brendan's Isle in Green Cove Springs for my mail forwarding provider. They are very knowledgeable about the 'domicile' process and provided all the needed paperwork I needed to fill out and send to the state of Florida, including a document that states your intent to declare Florida as your 'domicile state'. I like their process for viewing incoming mail. They send me email whenever they receive 'hard-copy' mail for me. I log in to their site, view the mail envelope and tell them to trash it or put it in the 'forward to me stack'. At periodic intervals, I initiate a request to send all my accumulated mail to my current location. As others stated, try to switch out of as much snail mail as possible before starting out. Set up all your bills so they can be paid using an on-line process. Decide on a bank or credit union first and set up an account. Get your credit cards. Then set up your new domicile and make address changes. I would recommend NOT going with an address that just gives you a P.O. box number if you are a full timer. From what I've read on these forums it appears that some companies/organizations, etc. will not want to recognize a P.O. box as a legitimate address. If I'm wrong about this I'm sure someone will correct me.:B Works for me. Tim You are correct about some people having issues opening accounts. Some of the mail forwarding services have that all figured out, some don't. Sometimes it depends on how you write it (hint: use the # sign, not PMB) To the OP, there is a lot of info already on this forum about this. you've gotten some good answers here, but for more, do a search on Domicile. Wills etc may have to be updated if you "move" to another state. TX requires specific wording in a health care proxy or they won't honor it. We used UPS for a while, had major issues- our drivers licenses were revoked when MI figured out we were using a UPS address. Turns out it was pricy anyway. Excapees is half the cost.
soos 09/19/14 10:03am Full-time RVing
RE: Alaska Trip

Its $15 a month to add Canada to a Verizon plan, but you CAN NOT use your smartphone data in Canada. Shut it off when you get close to the border. Canada isn't covered for data and its about $2.00 per Mg. Provincial Parks only take cash and they only take Canadian cash, so get some. We thought the cinnamon roll at Braeburn was over rated. I found a hair in mine and the guy acted like I was being fussy. We thought the Sourdough Bakery in Carcross was the best we've ever had.
soos 09/19/14 12:28am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: 2014 Alaska Trip Lessons/Info

Another perk to staying later in the year is the chance to see the aurora. its absolutely amazing ! Sue
soos 09/16/14 12:38am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Getting ready to buy 5th wheel for full time living

FWIW I agree that if you want a unit of suffiicient quality to hold up to full time living, look at used Mobile Suites, HitchHiker, Excel, Carriage. If you buy used you won't have to worry about voiding a warranty by living in the unit, but many of the units that will hold up best are those that are warranteed for fulltime living, It just makes sense. Our first 5th wheel was not for fulltiming, and it literally fell apart. Lifestyle, as mentioned, is another good one, but they are a new company so you won't find many affordable used ones. I am not sure why you are set on a rear kitchen. They can take a beating going down the road, with all that weight aft of the axles. Our preference is to be able to open the refrig and get to the bathroom with the slides in, but on the flip side, its not usually much trouble to open a slide if needed. Sue
soos 09/15/14 12:52am Fifth-Wheels
RE: How long full timing?

5 years, 2 months and counting. We may slow down enough this winter to spend a month or so in the same place.
soos 09/13/14 10:25pm Full-time RVing
RE: Suggestions for Full Hook-up CG near Acadia N.P.

Smugglers Den
soos 09/07/14 12:06am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Insurance question of AAA and Good Sams

Make sure AAA will tow your truck. Ours is on the "exclusion " list. Granted, its a 450, not a 350 but I think they said the 350 dually was excluded too. Might vary by state. Sue
soos 09/05/14 11:53pm Truck Campers
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