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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
RE: Hyder Bears

we were just there a couple of days ago. Saw one black bear, one big grizzly. ranger said 7:30-8:30 pm is the best time, but the bears are pretty full. dead salmon everywhere. what was BETTER was Hanna creek., just south on the Cassier. apparently 2 young grizzlies hang out there regularly. We watched them fish for salmon for about 15 minutes. Milepost tells you where Hanna Creek is. here's my blogpost about it: http://soos-ontheroad.blogspot.ca/2014/09/the-bare-bear-facts-08-31-14.html Sue
soos 09/04/14 12:11am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2014

Beautiful pictures soos (your blog was great). Even when you live up here, you still look forward to and enjoy the northern lights. Could you hear and feel them? The hair on the back of my head stands up in awe while viewing them. Thanks! It was an amazing show! Our whole trip to Alaska was awesome but the Northern Lights was probably one of the top few things we've seen in our 5 years of fulltiming! Sue
soos 09/01/14 12:03am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2014

So glad we stayed north long enough to see this! It was absolutely amazing!! More pictures on my blog page! https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-JwVDI8FnpqU/VAEoDXdEucI/AAAAAAAAVWk/50J3rLg1Jxw/s288/aurora2%2520%252857%2529.JPG https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-iljP9rNTFv8/VAEnSI369QI/AAAAAAAAVU4/ZEUhmdOaMlI/s288/aurora2%2520%252838%2529.JPG
soos 08/29/14 11:30pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Financing Survey

paid cash
soos 08/25/14 12:01am Beginning RVing
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2015

Churches book is good but don't take it for the gospel. That's a good one! I would go a step further, and I am probably in the minority. We just left Alaska and barely glanced at this book. With smart phones and apps out there I felt there was hardly any need for it and I wouldn't buy it again. Milepost however, was invaluable,if you take the time to learn how to use it. I recommend a small pack of post it notes to mark the pages you are currently using. it cut down on my frustration immensely. I think the MP is maybe especially helpful to those who plan on exploring the smaller roads like Denali Hwy (which we did twice). We opted to leave our 5th wheel in CA and take a truck camper and it changed the entire mood of our trip. No worries about campgrounds and we took many "roads less traveled" including the Nabesna, McCarthy, Denali, the Dalton, and Skilak Lake Rd. Sue
soos 08/24/14 08:04pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: WiFi available, Canada

Next couple of weeks we will be traveling through Quebec Province and Nova Scotia. Is WiFi available in most campgrounds there? I have been told that my Verizon wireless service that I use in the states is prohibitively expensive there. Just concerned about a daily communication with folks back home. Thanks in advance for your replies. Contact Verizon and add the Canada plan for the time you are up there. Cost is $15 per month adding Canada for $15 a month is for voice ONLY, no data. Data costs $2 per megabyte. People have gotten caught with huge bills.nyou need to shut off data roaming when you are close to the border and shut off data altogether when you are in Canada. Sue
soos 08/22/14 11:39pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Orange County CA - Reasonable RV park?

As an alternative, can anyone tell me how I may fare parking my TV & 29' 5er in a residential area for a week? I fear I am turning into my Grandfather...That alternative is a really bad idea. Try Dockweiler Beach. Right next to LAX, so it's not quiet, but it's not bad. We're all turning into our parents. Dockweiler is $60-70 a ight depending on the site, and you get a narrow spot in a parking lotoverlooking the beach. We stay there because its close to our daughter, and in LA, close is priceless. Sue
soos 08/19/14 12:03am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2014

We're still hanging out here. Anchorage for a few days then Fairbanks for a few then pointing south. We're in Talkeenta now. Moving into Denali on Thursday. We'll be at Rivers Edge on Sunday night. If the Weather forecast is right Denali will have beautiful weather Wed -Sat. Might get a chance to see the mountain. It looks like we're the last one up here. Safe travels. We are headed to Denali Highway for the second time. Should get to Cantwell and beyond tomorrow. Chance of seeing the northern lights tomorrow, so look out the window!
soos 08/18/14 10:25pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2014

I guess we'll turn the lights out. We are headed to Chena Hot Springs, then at least part of the Dalton, MAYBE Denali Hwy again, then TOTW on the way down. Figure we'll be here till early Sept. Don't need much in the way of RV parks with the TC. Sue
soos 08/11/14 01:58pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Newbie uh-ohs

After crunching my first cabinet door like you did, I now ALWAYS check every slide before I put them out. you would be surprised how many times some object moves or falls and would jam the slide. One other routine / rule. we never let ourselves be interrupted during the hitching up process. We each have our jobs and we concentrate on the task at hand. It all gets easier!
soos 08/11/14 01:40am Beginning RVing
RE: Laundry and the full timer

I am agreeing with liveneasy we use the Laundromats at the Rv parks we stay at. We can do all of our laundry at one time 3 washers then 3 dryers full. Fold it in the laundry room and repack in the closet, 90 minutes done!. Visiting in the laundry room has benefitted us on great places to visit on that trip as well as future ones. I would much rather have the extra storage rather than a W/D. jesseannie Agree. many RV parks have laundry, so its not like we have to drive to town. 2 hours and we are done for 10 days and we can do other chores in between. No brainer. I love my closet space. Sue
soos 08/08/14 01:31am Full-time RVing
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