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RE: Laird Springs access??

I think we now have the reason more people go to Florida & Texas in the Winter. Can't do this in Florida or Texas in winter... http://yukonsights.ca/images/Yukon/Winter/20121209_StonyCk_49A.jpg width=700
sue.t 12/20/14 09:41am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Laird Springs access??

Best time to visit Liard is winter, when the crowds are gone. It is particularly soothing & beautiful at -40. Sounds interesting (?), Sue. But how do you get from the bathhouse to the water without turning into a human popsicle? In fact, how do you get from the top step to the water without freezing to death? The springs warm you up enough that it doesn't feel too cold. Similar to folks who sit in a sauna then run out and roll in the snow, it's a nice tingle. At the hot springs, you can also see where people roll in the snow to cool off. We always take insulating Styrofoam to stand on in the change room, so our feet are on something not freezing. And we have our fleece clothing all lined up to slip on quickly after we're out of our swimsuits. A fleece hat/toque takes care of the wet head too. One visit, my swimsuit started to freeze up too quickly after I was out of the water. So I went back into the water and took it off there then dashed to the changeroom. Because it was -40, no one else was around, so no worries about offending anybody. When getting in, it helps to have your suit on under your clothes, quickly strip off your clothes in the change room, line them up in the right order to put them back on quickly when you're out again, then RUN to the pool. Actually, winter is the only time when my hubby can tolerate the hot end of the pool, because it cools enough for him to enjoy. In summer, the hot end is just too hot. The pool is also quieter at -40, possibly because not many people want to leave their vehicle turned off for an extended period at that temperature, but we have the generator to power the block heater while we relax inside the RV after our soak. Soaking at -40... http://yukonsights.ca/images/2001Dec/20011200_005_Liard7.jpg width=700
sue.t 12/20/14 09:29am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2015

Are there highways leading to Alaska and in Alaska that shouldn't be traveled with an RV due to low bridge height that should be avoided? "highways" usually not a problem. We've not encountered any problems along any of the highways through B.C. or Yukon. Some side-roads might have a low railway overpass, so pay attention to the signage, and know the height of your rig in metres/centimetres because signage is in metric. I know of only one low overpass, that being near Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island on the local road around the lake.
sue.t 12/20/14 09:21am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2015

In Yukon, legislation is being updated to require off-road vehicles to be insured and licenced if being used on a designated road or hwy, including just crossing over the highway or offloading in a rest area. The territorial campgrounds already require a vehicle to licenced & insured. "Off-road" includes motorcycles, snowmobiles, side-by-sides, etc. Within Whitehorse, there is already a requirement for insurance and licence, plus the driver must have a special permit with their regular drivers licence, which means no one under the age of 16 can operate an off-road vehicle within the city limits. In British Columbia, licence and insurance required plus the vehicle must be equipped appropriately for use on the highway or road. DH got in trouble once for crossing over a quiet local road in a small community with his trials motorcycle, the RCMP just happened to be cruising by to set up along the TransCanada Trail where there had been numerous complaints about motorized vehicles ripping by hikers, despite motorized vehicles not being permitted to travel that portion of the trail.
sue.t 12/20/14 09:17am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Alaska-Spring or fall and why

Our favourite season to visit was Fall, mid-August through September. Fall colours, less traffic, construction season is over, bugs are gone, etc. But many tourist facilities close in early September so plan accordingly. Spring is good too, being here for the longest day in June is interesting. For my hubby's second trip here, we made sure we were north of the Arctic Circle for June 21 so he could see the sun not set for days. Visit my site with thousands of pictures to see camping in Yukon in every season, including winter.
sue.t 12/17/14 10:39pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Fuel price gouging on the Alaska Highway

A lot of the fuel sold in Whitehorse and between Whitehorse and Beaver Creek comes from Fairbanks. I had assumed that all these Big State Logistics B-trains that pass by our place were hauling empty south and full northward. But nope, they're hauling fuel from Fairbanks into Whitehorse and driving back empty. They also deliver to Haines Junction, Destruction Bay and Beaver Creek. One of the trucks broke down near our place and we had the tools he needed to get mobile again. So while he worked he told us his truck was full of heating diesel bound for Whitehorse, and that he makes 2-3 trips a week between Whitehorse and Fairbanks with various fuel types, depending what is ordered. It made me wonder why the fuel is so expensive in Beaver Creek...
sue.t 12/15/14 09:47pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Laird Springs access??

Best time to visit Liard is winter, when the crowds are gone. It is particularly soothing & beautiful at -40. http://yukonsights.ca/images/2001Dec/20011200_005_Liard2.jpg width=700
sue.t 12/15/14 07:27am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Laird Springs access??

Another winter view, where we parked along the inner side of the loop for the day & night. The rest area on the other side of the highway is also an option, often used by semi-trucks. In the rain, it can be very muddy though. http://yukonsights.ca/images/2001Dec/20011200_004_Liard1.jpg width=700
sue.t 12/14/14 09:53am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Windows 7 Update issue - KB 3004394

It didn't appear as an update for Win7 Ultimate SP1 on my 64-bit system. I, long ago, stopped Automatic Updates. I also usually wait a few days before installing, hoping any bugs/quirks are worked out before I install. My system is set to notify me when updates are available. Then I review the updates before downloading and installing, and select only the ones I want to install. Have quit installing the Malicious Software updates because it takes forever to scan the four hard drives on my system, hours and hours. Too many photos on external drives, I guess.
sue.t 12/13/14 09:40am Technology Corner
RE: Unfriendly customs officers :(

Whenever we cross back into Canada my favourite part is when they say "Welcome Home". On one of our returns into Saskatchewan, we were asked if our dog was Canadian too. I yupped my response and started to reach for his papers. The agent waved us onward with the words, "Welcome home to you and your dog". Made me chuckle! It might have been the smell in the truck, from when he snatched a skunk out of the ditch near Duluth, that prompted her to move us on quickly.
sue.t 12/08/14 09:47pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: When you cross the border now with pets.

The news out of B.C. is if the poultry is cooked or processed, then it is safe to eat, so there was no recall of the meat. I expect folks will be asked about any chicken in the freezer as they pass back into the states. Not so much if they're coming into Canada. The mad cow disease prompted the same reaction. Be sure to leave your dog food in its original packaging to prove where it was made. "Made in USA" is usually a good thing, we've never had our "Made in USA" dog food confiscated by border agents going either way.
sue.t 12/06/14 10:08am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Overnight Parking Security in Anchorage

Some RV parks in Alaska tend to attract locals who can't afford to rent or buy stick accommodation. At the one we had to overnight in (due to a flat tire that needed fixing) near Wasilla it was scary. Drug deals in the open, tenants rallying against their rent increase, and it was dirty and not well-maintained. But we didn't have much choice as it was late. Hardly slept, kept fondling the axe under my pillow, and we left at 6 a.m. before anyone was awake. I'd choose a parking lot over an RV park...
sue.t 12/06/14 10:01am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: All natural mold killer and deodorizer!!

Just come visit Yukon for a winter. The freezing cold kills all mold and mildew. No more moss growing in the window frames, no black on the rubber roof, nothing. :B
sue.t 12/02/14 09:42pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Facebook.....weird language

Switch to using Fluff Busting Purity http://www.fbpurity.com/, a browser extension the cleans up your facebook. Best thing I ever did for my sanity. From the FB Purity site: Fluff Busting (F.B.) Purity lets you Clean up and Customize Facebook. It has a myriad of features for eliminating the junk and clutter on Facebook.
sue.t 12/02/14 09:35pm Technology Corner
RE: Average Speed

I'm curious ... why try to estimate an average? Are you trying to schedule for something? Our best trips are when we just wing it. If you're going with your truck and camper, winging it will be especially easy.
sue.t 12/02/14 09:08pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: ? For those with Truck Campers

I just saw a picture of Sue t.'s camper with fold down steps (I think hers has 5 steps?), and I wanted to ask her this question, but it would have been highjacking a thread.... Will your dogs climb those steps?? Deb Yup, they do. Initially it was confusing for Ursa (100lbs) but after a few times of doing them slow with careful coaching, she now handles them fine, up and down. Kodi, well, he's a high-energy 40lb. go-getter, and he simply jumps from the ground to the camper door. I have to be on the ball to be sure the door is open far enough so he doesn't hit the bottom corner of the door. He's quick! He also jumps out in one leap, while Ursa takes one step at a time. Kodi also jumps from the floor of the camper to the bunk in one leap, like a cat. Ursa takes her time, stepping up on the various steps to get there. With the fifth wheel, it is the same. Ursa uses the stairs and Kodi leaps in and out, crazy guy.
sue.t 11/29/14 09:35pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Canoe and 5th wheel

Best setup I ever saw was putting the canoes on a rack on top of the truck extending out over the hood. Doing it this this way keeps you out of trouble pulling a trailer behind your fifth wheel and fighting with the local state laws you may encounter. http://suethomas.ca/images/CassiarHwy/20090911_MeziadinLk_194.jpg height=350 Photo from google images Roy Ken This is our set-up. Hubby made the rack on the front of the truck. We continue to use it five years later, all is good. Comes in handy when we want to drop the fifth wheel off in a campground and take off to explore with the truck and paddle a lake. http://yukonsights.ca/images/Alaska/20100822_DeadmanLk-Nabesna_1292.jpg width=700
sue.t 11/28/14 09:46pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bed size vs. Camper size - Flexible?

No problem with our setup - 8' camper on a shortbox. The camper's center of gravity is a couple of inches forward of the rear axle. The camper seems to nicely offset the weight of the 7.3L diesel engine in the front. At the weigh scales, the weight on each axle is similar enough. http://yukonsights.ca/images/RV/20120804_Camper3.jpg width=700
sue.t 11/27/14 08:44am Truck Campers
RE: Any experience with Epson Expression printers?

I'm an Epson fan, with three Epson printers for various purposes. The Expression XP-410 appears to be the replacement for my Stylus NX430 that has been discontinued. The NX430 was my choice for the camper because it is small. I use it in my home when I don't need it on the road. It has been reliable and efficient. No problems with it. Even when it sits on its side in a box for months (summer in the RV) it works without issue when I bring it inside for winter. It has rattled and shook over thousands of miles, including gravel backroads. Keeps on working without problem.
sue.t 11/27/14 08:15am Technology Corner
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2015

x2 what Joe said about power availability. I would also want to have a generator with me, to ensure I had power regardless of my location, for the Peritoneal Dialysis machine. Things happen, such as road closures or power outages (we've gone 24 hours without power at -40F at our cabin!). If the PD machine is essential, then it is best to be able to generate your own power. Then you could also still enjoy boondocking when the site suits you! In the past few years: - the AK Hwy has been closed south of Whitehorse for four days due to flooding. - AK Hwy closed north of Whitehorse for 24 hours or more to flooding. - Cassiar Hwy has been closed for 48 hours due to flooding. - Cassiar Hwy closed due to forest fires.
sue.t 11/24/14 07:29am RVing in Canada and Alaska
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