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RE: So how really bad are the mosquitos in Alaska

Oh, and a tip to get rid of the buggers inside your RV. A Fantastic Fan is invaluable! Open another roof vent, or a window, at one end of your RV. Turn the Fantastic Fan (hopefully at the other end of your RV) on high to exhaust air out. The little critters will be carried on the air current to the screen of the fan and be pressed against the screen. Use a paper towel to squish them to oblivion. Gleefully toss the dead buggers away. Use an old toothbrush to remove left-over mosquito carcass from the screen. Our 25' fifth wheel has two Fantastic Fans, one at each end (rear kitchen and front bedroom). So one to exhaust air and the other to bring in air, with all the windows closed. This is especially effective.
sue.t 04/23/14 09:52am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: So how really bad are the mosquitos in Alaska

Yet, mosquitos are more attracted to some people than they are to others. I rarely get a mosquito bite. Yet my husband will be swarmed. When I do get a bite, it doesn't bother me much - maybe because I grew up here and developed some sort of immunity. However, the incessant whine of a mosquito in my ear at night while I'm trying to sleep drives me crazy.
sue.t 04/23/14 09:46am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: So how really bad are the mosquitos in Alaska

They can make it awfully difficult to stay still long enough to take a pee, whether you're a human or a dog. And if you're backwoods tent camping, you scout for a bug-free area for your daily #2. :B
sue.t 04/23/14 07:45am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2014

Can't believe how attatched people are to their phones. Like it is going to be the end of the world if they do not have service for a day or two. How did people ever survive in the North before cellphones? Turn them off, put them away, enjoy the scenery. The world will continue without you being part of it for awhile. There are enough places with WIFI to touch base with civilization every so often. I remember the days in Yukon when we had a four digit number for our black rotary phone. And just about everybody was on a party line. Still don't have cellular service at our cabin and the land line came in only 8 years ago.
sue.t 04/22/14 09:18pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: So how really bad are the mosquitos in Alaska

At our cabin, which sits in the warm sun, there are very few mosquitos. But walk our driveway, which is shaded, and you'll soon be a 4-minute mile sprinter as you try to avoid them.
sue.t 04/22/14 06:52pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Hwy 37 - Stewart-Cassiar update

The north end of the Cassiar looks more like this http://yukonsights.ca/images/CassiarHwy/20090828_BoyaLk-MorleyLk_005.jpg width=700 Or this if you're travelling in September http://yukonsights.ca/images/CassiarHwy/20100916_Cassiar_S5_0592.jpg width=700
sue.t 04/22/14 06:45pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Hwy 37 - Stewart-Cassiar update

Murray, the Dease River Crossing campground? http://yukonsights.ca/images/CassiarHwy/20090826_Kinaskan-BoyaLake_077.jpg width=640
sue.t 04/22/14 03:24pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: VALUE OF 1992 Shasta pickup truck camper

He owns it and wants to sell it for a specific price. Doesn't matter what the book value is. Doesn't seem like he's in a hurry to sell, so he can wait for a buyer that feels it is worth the same amount he wants to sell for. Looks clean and well-maintained.
sue.t 04/22/14 07:36am Truck Campers
RE: The best BLT & home fries in Alaska (and any where else too)

Gosh, when I was in Anchorage for five days in March, I visited the food court at the top of the Fifth Avenue mall many times. Snow City Café for breakfast, the food court for lunch, then Fred Meyer's deli for supper. This kept my expenses in line with the per diems I was being paid. Not fancy, but affordable!
sue.t 04/22/14 07:29am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: carpet bombing

Looks very nice. I wish I would do the same BUT with muddy paws and boots coming and going all the time, I need something I can shake out or sweep off. So a couple of outdoor mats do the job in our camper.
sue.t 04/21/14 03:25pm Truck Campers
RE: Loading Camper

We found it useful to mark the centerline of the camper on the bottom front side of the camper. Then also mark the centerline of the truck box at several points. This gives a visual clue for the driver as you can see the marks on the camper and truck box and ensure they're lining up all the way in. Our camper has only about a half inch clearance each side around the wheel fenders. We've learned it is best to have most of the gap on the driver side and snug fit the passenger side because the back-of-the-camper driver-side has a protrusion that won't clear the tailgate area otherwise.
sue.t 04/21/14 08:30am Truck Campers
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
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