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RE: Accessories for a new TC?

An essential upgrade for us was the programmable thermostat. We're often overnighting when temperatures drop below freezing, so having the thermostat programmed to come on before we get out of the warm bed makes mornings a lot easier. No need for us to worry about air conditioning, just heating! Wonder, though, if the programmable thermostat might also be useful with air conditioning.
sue.t 04/21/14 07:31am Truck Campers
RE: Torklift GlowStep install results

Right now I don't feel the need for the handrail. The GlowSteps are solid. No bounce or waver. The safety rail attached to the camper is more than enough for now. Maybe when I age a bit more... :)
sue.t 04/20/14 04:52pm Truck Campers
Torklift GlowStep install results

8' camper on a shortbox truck. Because we also have a fifth wheel there are rails for its hitch in the box. When we bought the used camper, DH built a wood frame to sit in the box on which the camper rested. I hated the steps the camper came with so this spring bought the 5-step 6" tread Torklift GlowStep. DH decided to build a new 2x frame from the camper to rest on, with a 6" deck area so we had a "landing" area before stepping down. Also we now have a storage space under the deck area, and a solid mounting area for the new steps. We also tow a boat trailer so wanted to offset the new steps enough to not conflict with the extended receiver. And this is what we now have, still unpainted. Painting is my job so when we take the camper off again, I'll get on that. Also leaving the old stair mounting rail in place because those stairs will be used while the camper is stored on the sawhorses in the yard. First, the work in progress but almost finished. We realized with the 5 steps and could rework the rails so the top stair was level with the deck, rather then the first GlowStep being below the deck area. http://yukonsights.ca/images/RV/20140419_CamperDeck_21.jpg width=700 Side view of the stair mount and storage area. I like this big "landing" at the top! http://yukonsights.ca/images/RV/20140419_CamperDeck_34.jpg width=700 Close-up overhead. Initially I wasn't sure I'd like the stairs offset this far to the right. It is perfect though. It is easier to open the door and let it swing out. Especially when I'm carrying stuff and loading the camping stuff for a trip. http://yukonsights.ca/images/RV/20140419_CamperDeck_39.jpg width=700 DH added a plywood piece to seal off the framing and create a flat deck. It is wonderfully easy now to step out of the camper. I think the dogs will have an easier time of it too. http://yukonsights.ca/images/RV/20140419_CamperDeck_53.jpg width=700 We did remove some of the side rails attached to the stairs to have the flat step on the top. After having done that, we saw it as an option in their instructions :B Each end of the storage area will be sealed with a door. We considered a drawer but the camper's jacks are in the way. The area will be used for storing things like the fire poker (a piece of rebar), the hot dog roasting stick, fishing gear, etc. For the record, these were the old steps...UGH! http://yukonsights.ca/images/RV/20120804_Camper2.jpg width=700
sue.t 04/20/14 03:55pm Truck Campers
RE: The GPS Got Me

A few years ago I had the opportunity to talk with some real people at Garmin while trying to resolve a software issue. The conversation rolled around to the routing utility (which I would lose if I dickered with the maps so they worked with a no-longer supported Garmin program). I mumbled that I never used it anyway because there weren't too many routes to get lost on here. Garmin rep expressed absolute surprise and asked how we found coffee-shops and stores without routing and POIs on. It seemed Garmin's focus had changed to be finding businesses in a city rather than routing folks through rural areas. I also suggested they update their mapping for the north...huh? Yup, their mapping is based on the most recent federal mapping. Which for Yukon is great for the topography but terrible for the highways. There has been significant re-routing of the Alaska Highway in places but this wasn't reflected on Garmin's mapping.
sue.t 04/20/14 08:45am Technology Corner
RE: Alaska Hyw.-2014

The Liard Hot Spring Lodge is often inflicted with poor service and high fuel prices. It was much better when known as Trapper Ray's and before he sold it. Too bad it has floundered since then. Agree with Contact Creek Lodge - best fuel price in the area and very nice owners. Her dad used to run Morley River Lodge until he died about 10 years ago. He was a very nice fellow too, who let us camp in his yard one December - he even opened up his shower shack for us! Sad to see the lodge closed since then. Rancheria, yup, they've let us drycamp in their yard in winter too. Good peoples.
sue.t 04/19/14 01:19pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2014

We are looking for 2 or 3 good boondocking locations between one of the boarder crossing near Vancover and Prince George, BC. If no boondocking locations then Campgrounds? The provincial park campgrounds are all pleasant stays along that route. The BC Parks map is a good resource. Skihist is very nice. Lac La Hache is also very nice. We often made this our first overnight stop when leaving Vancouver Island bound for Yukon. Ten Mile Lake is nice but tends to be busy,
sue.t 04/19/14 01:13pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Alaska caravan

A 60-day trip to Alaska for $10,500 isn't too bad, and the itinerary certainly covers a lot. I figure the cost to you will be more than double that after fuel is paid for. For some folks, caravans are a good thing. I would be annoyed by not being able to adapt the schedule to accommodate a temperamental Mother Nature. And sometimes we just want to stay in a spot longer to enjoy the recreational opportunities, or to just sit and time-out alone in the bush for some fishing or 4-wheel exploring. This is when you get to feel the real Yukon and Alaska, rather than the tourist-front. Of course, the bigger issue is I'm a planner and would have a hard time letting go and letting someone else do that for me :B
sue.t 04/19/14 09:07am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: What are you pulling with you 3//4 diesel truck?

With our F-250 PSD, we pull at 7,000 lb GVWR fifth wheel. When the fifth wheel is fully loaded and ready for a good trip, the truck is a couple hundred pounds under its GVWR.
sue.t 04/18/14 08:52pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Are All External Hard Drives Created Equal?

I have three of the Western Digital "My Book" drives, one an old 2TB USB 2.0, while the other two are newer 3TB USB 3.0 I also have two of the smaller 320GB WD Passport Essential drives, which travel with me, again to back up images while on the road. Actually, the backup My Books also travel with me in case something happens to my desktop at home while we're RVing. The Passports and the 2TB My Book have survived much abuse. The My Book went for an unplanned flight about two years ago and landed hard on the ground. It continues to work flawlessly. One of the Passports has a cracked case, but some electrical tape has kept it together. With thousands of high resolution RAW files to store and backup, these drives suit my purpose well. I don't use WD's SmartWare backup software though, finding it to be a resource hog. Instead I use a quick, easy and free program called SyncBackFree.
sue.t 04/18/14 08:45am Technology Corner
RE: Homer/Seward for 4th of July?

PA12DRVR took the words right out of my mouth. According to the reality TV show 'Alaska State Troopers', the Kenai is one busy camping area with lots of wobbly people shuffling around all hours of the night. Those that don't pass out from too much giggle-juice tend to loudly share their happiness :B
sue.t 04/17/14 03:59pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Is Top of the World Hwy paved

No pavement on Top of the World http://yukonsights.ca/TopOfTheWorld.html No guardrails or concrete barrier anywhere that I remember. This is typical road conditions http://yukonsights.ca/images/ToW/20100911_TopOfWorld_3261.jpg width=700 This was a bit east of Chicken http://yukonsights.ca/images/ToW/20110722_TaylorHwy_419.jpg width=700 And on the Canadian side of the border, you'll see this (in September) http://yukonsights.ca/images/ToW/20100910_TaylorHwy_3169.jpg width=700
sue.t 04/16/14 04:14pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Drive British Columbia

DriveBC webcams http://images.drivebc.ca/bchighwaycam/pub/html/www/index-Northern.html DriveBC also has a height clearance tool http://www.drivebc.ca/cvrp/ Also a tool to help you plan your route, which tells me I need 21 hours and 32 minutes to drive the 1620 km from Prince George to Whitehorse YT via the Cassiar Highway. http://www.drivebc.ca/directions.html
sue.t 04/16/14 02:10pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2014

Just wanna remind y'all to keep your eyes open for slower traffic on the highways. We had to slow way down while northbound on the Haines Rd last May. http://yukonsights.ca/images/HainesHwy/20130526_HainesRdMoose_478.jpg width=700 :E
sue.t 04/16/14 09:05am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Sometimes, a dog is just a dog?

When we have to consider this decision, it helps me to think about it from the canine's perspective rather than humanizing the process. I ponder whether my pet would still be alive if they were an animal in the wild, or would Mother Nature have arranged an exit? And I think back to my mother and father, with my mother choosing her time to go (removed her own life support) and my being with my father 40 years later as his life left him after his body broke due to old-age. Death isn't easy. It is difficult when a pet dies. It is a good thing to help them ease into it gracefully. Thoughts are with you...
sue.t 04/16/14 08:39am RV Pet Stop
RE: Big aurora tonight and Saturday?

AKsilvereagle is likely right, the lights were dimmer in his area. A friend was overnight camping (with his dog team and tent) between Two Rivers and Circle on Friday night and captured only the dimmest of aurora threads in the sky. And he is a good photographer. Even so, not much in that area. Yet, the highway out to Circle is where I saw the most amazing display of northern lights one February.
sue.t 04/13/14 08:47am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Lost on the map near Alcan

The Border City Lodge (here on Google Maps) has had some hiccups in recent years. The pumps were closed when I went by in late March. Not sure it will be providing services this summer, as it was providing limited services last summer. Northway would be the next best bet for fuel or services. Then Tok. Tok has a bank with a good ATM that is open 24/7. It even worked with our Canadian debit card, giving us good American cash so we had some US dollars to spend while in Alaska.
sue.t 04/13/14 08:42am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: May have poisoned my dog

Is there any hydraulic fracturing in that area? That could contaminate a water well rather easily. Hope you dog recovers well.
sue.t 04/12/14 06:31pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Do the Stewart/Cassiar highway to or from AK?

Site 41 at Meziadin Lake provincial park campground http://suethomas.ca/images/CassiarHwy/20080615_MeziadinLakeCG_0027.jpg width=700
sue.t 04/12/14 05:34pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Do the Stewart/Cassiar highway to or from AK?

In later August, the bears enjoy a feast at Valdez too. http://suethomas.ca/images/Alaska/20100825_Valdez_1635.jpg width=700 Joined by the gulls http://suethomas.ca/images/Alaska/20100825_Valdez_1677.jpg width=700 I wondering what a fish is thinking when it is thrashing against the carcasses of its own kind? Does it comprehend their death and its own impending demise? http://suethomas.ca/images/Alaska/20100825_Valdez_1657.jpg width=700
sue.t 04/12/14 10:20am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Big aurora tonight and Saturday?

Wow!! Judging by how sharp the stars are in the background, I am guessing that this exposure was at 10 seconds or so -- and judging by the lack of electronic noise, I am guessing an ISO of less than 1600 -- maybe 800? And the trees in the foreground are in perfect focus, so an f stop of at least 4? How do you get these amazing shots? And isn't that Cassiopeia in the top right, behind the top of the aurora? With my Canon 7D with the 10-22mm wide angle lens on it, I prefer: 6 or 8 second exposure, to keep the stars sharp. More time than that and their movement blurs the crispness too much for my liking. Last night was a 6 second night because the moon was so bright. Last night I was shooting at ISO 1250. On a dark night, might bump that to 1600. Any higher there is too much "noise" for my liking but on really dark nights I might take it to 2000. f/3.5 - completely open. Different lenses might not have the same aperture ability. Good hardy tripod that can pivot the camera in every direction and that functions well at -40 even. Then 2-second delay on the shutter, so there is no shake. I have a remote shutter but don't use it as it is fussy in the cold.
sue.t 04/12/14 09:57am RVing in Canada and Alaska
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