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RE: Recommended 5th Wheel to live in full time in Alaska

Humidity inside the RV may be a problem in winter, especially in a coastal area. Expect your windows to ice up even if they are double-glazed, and expect ice build up inside in various places. If the lot does not have electric service yet, you may not be able to get it connected/energized until you have a building permit for a house. This is intended to prevent folks from indefinitely 'squatting' on a property in a trailer. Building permit comes before electric permit. Those who we've seen living full-time in the RVs in RV parks in the Anchorage area have an interesting variety of methods to cope. Saw many who wrapped extra insulation around the outside of their RVs, then held that in place with duct tape. Covered canopy is a good idea, to protect the roof from the weight of the heavy snow that falls in coastal areas. The snow in our area is very light compared to that slick, wet stuff.
sue.t 09/18/14 09:36am Fifth-Wheels
RE: LT vs ST's - Canadian Tires cries "Illegal!".

If you read the laws on the links I posted early in the thread, you will see the laws/regulations do indeed govern tire usage on vehicles. There is a federal Act, plus each province would have its own act/regulations that must adhere to the federal Act. Can't blame them for protecting themselves from lawsuits.
sue.t 09/18/14 09:24am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Chicago-Alaska in April?

We chatted with one couple who were on their honeymoon and driving a rental truck/camper, with no fancy options to it. For their six week rental, driving through B.C., Yukon and Alaska, they estimated the final cost would be $12,000 to $14,000. That was just the rental, did not include fuel or other costs. Friends of ours rented a Class C motorhome for a week, out of Whitehorse. The cost was MORE than $3,000 for that week. Yikes!
sue.t 09/18/14 09:16am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2015

You need ONLY proof of a rabies shot for your pet. You do NOT need a health certificate to cross into Canada with your pet.
sue.t 09/18/14 09:12am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: 2014 Alaska Trip Lessons/Info

Admittedly, I'm a bit odd (for one thing, I totally enjoy winter in AK), but the, depending how one counts, 3 - 6 week fall season is the most visually stunning in Alaska, IMNSHO. Just a BIT odd? :B September was always our favorite season to tour Yukon & Alaska when we RVed here for vacations. Now that we live here, fall continues to be our favorite season. Top of the World Highway in early September http://yukonsights.ca/20120905_ClintonCrk.html Haines Road in mid-September http://yukonsights.ca/20130921_HainesRd.html Kluane area in early September http://yukonsights.ca/20130902_LakeCk-home.html
sue.t 09/15/14 10:08am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: LT vs ST's - Canadian Tires cries "Illegal!".

I'm not quite sure how MOTOR Vehicle regulations got into a conversation on tires on a TRAILER, but nonetheless, if you read those regs it seems it's legal to run ST tires on a motor vehicle, so then why would it be illegal to do the opposite? There were ponderings about whether it is illegal for Canadian Tire to mount LTs on a trailer. The Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations defines trailers, everything from a snowmobile trailer to a semi-trailer. The Motor Vehicle Safety Act defines a vehicle as any vehicle that is capable of being driven or drawn on roads by any means other than muscular power exclusively, but does not include any vehicle designed to run exclusively on rails. Thus, the laws apply to trailers, and there are regulations specific to tires. Who knew? :D
sue.t 09/14/14 07:08pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: LT vs ST's - Canadian Tires cries "Illegal!".

There are, indeed, laws and regulations in Canada regarding tires and the motor vehicles to which they are mounted. In addition to the federal law, there are laws applicable within each province. Motor Vehicle Safety Regulation - Canada Motor Vehicles Tire Safety Regulations Motor Vehicle Tire Safety Regulation - PRESCRIBED CLASSES OF EQUIPMENT In B.C., you can be ticketed for not having appropriately rated tires on a trailer or vehicle. If there's an accident, then possibly insurance could be void too.
sue.t 09/14/14 11:22am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2015

Starting our trip planning in earnest..... I have a question regarding the Campell... Thinking of bypassing Whitehorse until return trip Can someone traveled it this year discuss the conditions encountered. I understand there is no fuel from Watson to Ross River But was the excursion worth it The Campbell Highway's conditions vary greatly year-to-year. Some images from various years here http://yukonsights.ca/CampbellHwy.html If you bypass Whitehorse on your way north, you'll need to resupply with food in Watson Lake, there's only one decent grocery store in Watson Lake and it is an expensive one. Neither Ross River or Faro have well-stocked grocery stores. We've also been in Ross River when the one & only gas station was out of regular fuel, fortunately we use diesel so were able to continue. It can take 2-3 days before a delivery truck arrives with more fuel. There are nice Yukon gov't campgrounds along the way. The ONLY campground with services is in Faro. There is no campground in Ross River. Do check road conditions before leaving Watson Lake. The Campbell Highway can be rough & muddy, and sometimes it has washouts. Most of the traffic on it are ore trucks from a mine. It's not an overly popular route with tourists.
sue.t 09/13/14 02:04pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: 2014 Alaska Trip Lessons/Info

My satellite TV works fine in Yukon, about halfway between Haines Junction and Whitehorse. But a 3' dish is needed; ours is pointed directly at the mountains on the south horizon. HD is good too.
sue.t 09/12/14 08:11am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: New entry ladder

We mounted our scissor steps to the side too, to avoid the hitch and boat trailer. Works perfect, makes it easy to go up and swing open the door without having to duck out of the way.
sue.t 09/10/14 09:28am Truck Campers
RE: 2014 Alaska Trip Lessons/Info

We drove a variety of RVs north many times before moving here. We figured why keep paying to vacation here when we could simply live here and enjoy the North year round. Love it! Although I was born here, so it was just a matter of returning home for me. In all our RV trips and tens of thousands of miles on the highways and gravel back roads, we had minimal damage. On the Class C, the window in the overhead bunk area got broken by a rock tossed by a semi-truck on its climb up from the Donjek River in December 2001 so the drive became a bit chilly. But some plywood and duct tape fixed that until we got home to Vancouver Island. And some flat tires one year, the year we used a camper on the truck and drove to Inuvik. Maybe too much weight on all the gravel & shale roads. Maybe the tires were getting old. Who knows? We tend to avoid commercial campgrounds. The north is just too grand for us to want to stay in any type of parking lot. Can't imagine camping at any store. There is so much area to enjoy and listen to the silence by a campfire. As tourists here, we rarely stayed in a city overnight, usually just long enough to grocery shop and resupply. Thus, we usually drycamp. No big deal, do it all the time. Not sure why we would need hook-ups when we're quite comfy camping without. Many gas stations up here have places to dump the tanks and fill with water. The best sights are off the beaten path -- away from all the tourists :B
sue.t 09/09/14 04:26pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Bringing a gun, staying out of trouble in Canada

North of Canada? There is nothing north of Canada other than lots of salt water and the North Pole. If you're meaning Alaska, you'd mean west of Canada? :B
sue.t 09/09/14 04:05pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Chicago-Alaska in April?

In addition to tours and attractions not being open, most RV parks and government campgrounds aren't open either. Overnight temperatures may be below the freezing, enough to freeze water in the RV. Snowfall is a possibility in April too, so be prepared to wait out a storm. I drove from Anchorage to Whitehorse on March 28 this year, see those pictures http://yukonsights.ca/20140328_Anch-Whrs.html In 2013, we RVed to Liard Hotsprings at the end of March 2013 and drove the Alaska Highway to Whitehorse on March 31. http://yukonsights.ca/20130331_Liard-Whitehorse.html And the first week of May 2013, an RV trip to Faro, Yukon http://yukonsights.ca/20130503_Braeburn-Faro.html Some images of Yukon from mid-April 2013 here. http://yukonsights.ca/20130414_SpringYukon.html
sue.t 09/08/14 08:09am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: How to transfer photos from Ipad to this site

There's a tutorial here http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/15592480.cfm Basically, you must find a public webhost to where you load your images, then you copy/paste the URL of that picture location into the text of your message.
sue.t 09/07/14 12:22pm Forum Technical Support
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2015

For those planning to hang around until September, note that the Muncho Lake to Fort Nelson area, along the Alaska Highway in north-eastern BC, is having snow this morning. It likely won't stay long, but it is there. Yet, in Whitehorse it is raining. I hear that Burwash Landing, near Kluane Lake in Yukon, had some snow yesterday though. This at Steamboat, about 50 miles northwest of Fort Nelson http://yukonsights.ca/images/Misc/20140907_SnowSteamboat.jpg width=500
sue.t 09/07/14 11:14am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2014

And Muncho Lake too http://www.metcam.navcanada.ca September 7 in the morning... http://yukonsights.ca/images/Misc/20140907_SnowMuncho.jpg width=640 Here's the version that will update automatically for comparison http://www.metcam.navcanada.ca/dawc_images/wxcam/CWWQ/CWWQ_SW-full-e.jpeg width=640
sue.t 09/07/14 10:30am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2014

It is raining in the Whitehorse area BUT this is the Alaska Highway through Fort Nelson this morning - SNOW! Note these images will automatically update with new images from the webcam. http://images.drivebc.ca/bchighwaycam/pub/cameras/124.jpg width=500 This is the Alaska Highway at Steamboat Hill, about 50 miles northwest of Fort Nelson http://images.drivebc.ca/bchighwaycam/pub/cameras/484.jpg width=500 ON EDIT, ADDING A STEAMBOAT PICTURE THAT WON'T UPDATE, FOR COMPARISON - 7 Sept at 9:30 a.m. http://yukonsights.ca/images/Misc/20140907_SnowSteamboat.jpg width=500
sue.t 09/07/14 10:20am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Help adding monitor to laptop?

One of my older laptops had a fussy screen. The fix was to unplug the power cord, remove the battery, let it sit for about 30 minutes, then replace the battery and start it up. Some documents say to remove battery and power cord, then press the start button for 30 seconds, but mine preferred to sit for 30 minutes without life. This would make it good for about a month, when I would repeat the process. T'was an HP laptop, for those that are curious. HP Fix at http://h20566.www2.hp.com/
sue.t 09/05/14 08:43am Technology Corner
RE: scissor steps

With our old steps, there was no way the treads were going to all be level, regardless of the distance there were spanning. I tried putting different height wood blocks at the base of the steps, which made no difference. The stairs sagged no matter what. Here's what they looked like when we bought the camper http://yukonsights.ca/images/RV/20120804_CamperStairs_33.jpg width=700 This spring we bought Torklift Glowsteps, installed on a newly built platform that will also give some storage underneath by the bumper, and also a nice "porch" - top step area. Now, no issues whatsoever with the steps. Solid and straight regardless of the ground slope. And I like that top solid step outside the door. These are the 6" 5-step Glowsteps, but with the top step being part of the landing, they are pretty much similar to a 4-step. http://yukonsights.ca/images/RV/20140419_CamperStairs_43.jpg width=700 The wood frame has been topped with a plywood sheet since this in-construction shot http://yukonsights.ca/images/RV/20140419_CamperDeck_39.jpg width=700
sue.t 09/04/14 10:23am Truck Campers
RE: 1st Time Unloading Camper - A Few Questions

With our Adventurer camper, we were told by the salesperson to not use it off the truck without support under the floor. Thus we have two super-duper sawhorses under the camper when it's stored in the yard. The jacks are also down with minimal weight on them - the sawhorses take the weight.
sue.t 09/01/14 08:22am Truck Campers
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