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Remembrance Day

May we honor our Canadian friends as they observe Rembembrance Day on November 11th in honor of the their soldiers who served in Europe during World War which finally ended with the Armistice in 1918. You can be proud of the sacrifice made by them. As a younger American Army veteran who will be celebrate our Veterans Day tomorrow, I have great admiration and respect for all men and women who have served their country, USA or Canada!
Islandman 11/10/19 08:38pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Texas to Washington State

MerryLynn - My earlier route recommendations were based on possibility of your leaving Texas and moving to WA later in the fall; that's why I thought US 101 would be a better route in OR and part of WA because of snow in the Siskyous. If you leave before the snow flies, then take I-5 up thru OR and WA and when you get to Burlington, which is about 70 miles north of Seattle, turn west on WA 20 and go to Whidbey Island. Saves you the ferry cost from Port Townsend or Mulkiteo, unless you're heading to south Whidbey, which would be better to drive up from Mulkiteo, take the ferry, and save some mileage. There is a long wait for that ferry if you get in line after about 2pm because the Boeing workers are getting off work and many drive up to Whidbey where they live. Also try to drive north thru Seattle after 10am and before 2pm to avoid commuter traffic. Regarding chains for your tow vehicle and the trailer, purchase some from Les Schwab there in CA or OR, if you don't use them they will refund your money. Have a good trip, you will like Whidbey Island!
Islandman 10/15/19 09:56am Roads and Routes
RE: Move to Motorhome

Our 23 ft. Coach House Class C with the Ford V10 gets about 10 mpg, but I keep the speed at about 60 mph or maybe a little higher. When towing our Jeep Wrangler, the mileage drops down a little to about 9 mpg. I could drive it faster, but what's the hurry especially on the two lane road that we tend to prefer rather than the interstates.
Islandman 10/12/19 10:07pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Texas to Washington State

I'd work my way over towards Bakersfield, then north up towards Sacramento and then a little farther north, take CA 20 over to Clear Lake and then west to US 101. Follow US 101 all the way up thru OR (some nice CG's along the way) and then crossing into WA. Next route depends on where you're heading in WA. Either work your way over to Olympia and then up I-5, or if you're going to the coastal area, stay on US 101. If you're going up to the NW part of WA, then catch WA 20 which is west of Port Townsend and take it over to wherever you may need to go. Big thing about I-5 is that you need to plan on driving thru Seattle area between 10 and 2 to avoid heavy commuter traffic, Sunday is the best day unless there is a football game. Have a good trip!
Islandman 10/12/19 12:53pm Roads and Routes
RE: Places To dine

Excellent BBQ in downtown Kingman, ask around and the locals will tell you where it's at. It's been a couple years since we've been there, but the food was great...........get some peach cobbler also!
Islandman 10/11/19 02:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: Toyo tires?

We had Toyo Open Country tires on our Class B (that we sold a couple years ago, and were pleased with the performance of them. Now we have a Class C and will probably replace the tires it came equipped with in a couple more years when they get 6-7 years old. Check out Les Schwab Tires for good deals on Toyo Tires also. They are an excellent company and you should be near one of their stores, although you may have to go up to Oregon for their nearest location, no sales tax however.
Islandman 10/09/19 10:49am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Need TOAD advice ........................

We're very happy with our 2003 Jeep Wrangler TJ with auto trans, no problems whatsoever and it's really great to haul the lawn chairs, fishing gear, and the extra stuff that we all seem to add to our "nice to have just in case" belongings. The Jeep is really great when you want to explore the off-beaten paths in the western USA and Canada. It's towed four-down and is easy to hook up and unhook; no disconnecting battery and other items to take care of like some other dinghys; we have the Stay-N-Play towing system for our Jeep.
Islandman 09/10/19 09:44pm Dinghy Towing
RE: British Columbia, Canada

You are going to enjoy all parts of British Columbia, one of our favorite vacation spots. From Victoria to Haida Gawaii to the Penticton area, and many other locations in between you will be impressed with the friendliness and welcoming attitude of the people. It's a little more expensive for gasoline, but all the other prices are quite reasonable and with the monetary exchange rate you will be in good shape. The provincial campgrounds are spacious, roomy, and well sited in beautiful locations. Highways are excellent and you will be happy with being able to see lots of natural beauty including glaciers, rugged mountains, lakes and rivers, and most of all less traffic than most stateside vacation areas. Add in a visit to Alberta and the prairie provinces while you're in this part of Canada.
Islandman 08/22/19 10:17am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Class C With Overall Length of 27' Or Less

The Coach House Platinum units are excellent, a 27 ft. model would fit your bill very well. They are very high quality and as DrewE pointed out above, cost a little more money but are worth it. May want to check the used market, the factory sells older units that are well worth looking at to save a little money.
Islandman 07/19/19 04:14am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Electric Lawnmowers

Have you thought about using a battery powered weedeater, uses less room in the RV and you can get pretty good at trimming the grass after using it a few times. Saves some money and you don't have to mess with electric cords!
Islandman 07/02/19 11:35am General RVing Issues
Going to the Sun Road in Glacier NP

The Going to the Sun Road in Glacier NP is now open to traffic; motorists are advised to watch for fog and other weather conditions however. Enjoy the trip in one of our premier NP's and take the shuttle bus if you want to have a great time without having to worry about driving or if your vehicle is not permitted because of length.
Islandman 06/24/19 09:08am Roads and Routes
RE: Toyo Tires for Our Tioga 26Q

Bordercollie - Toyo tires are fine, had them on our Class B; will get them on our Class C when it's ready. Since you have a CA address may I suggest that you check with Les Schwab, they are a high quality tire dealer and will treat you fairly and their prices are always quite reasonable.
Islandman 06/21/19 12:11pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Virginia I -81 corrider gas tax.

How about all the electric vehicles that don't pay any fuel tax, yet use the roads just like the rest of us? True, for now the EV's are just automobiles, but consider that they will get bigger and you'll start seeing electric powered big trucks and MH's? Out here in WA, too much of the gas tax (which is about the highest of any state) goes to mass transit and doesn't get spent on roads.
Islandman 06/19/19 10:27pm Roads and Routes
RE: Hwy 93 south from Polson MT and Salmon ID.

The climb up and the descent down Lost Trail Pass is no problem, just take your time and use lower gears. US 93 from Lolo south through the Bitterroot Valley to Darby has a lot of traffic during the commute hours, just watch for speeders and traffic at the intersections. Used to be a beautiful drive, but that was before all the people moved to the Bitterroot; now it's not a relaxing drive looking at the mountains and ranches along the way. Take a short trip towards Wisdom when you get to Lost Trail Pass and visit the Big Hole Battlefield about 12 miles to the east. Very famous area and bad mark on how terrible the military and some locals brought terror onto the NezPerce people who were camped and suffered badly. Not a piece of history that the military can be proud of. Have a good trip, you will be in one of our favorite parts of the west.
Islandman 06/18/19 10:59am Roads and Routes
RE: Smaller Class C

Take a look at a used Coach House on the Ford V10 chassis, they are well built and hold their value very well. The factory in western Florida has used units that they will sell at reasonable prices; trade-ins from people who have lots of money and always want to keep up with the Jones! Their 27 ft units have lots of room and the shower is very good (along with all the other stuff).
Islandman 06/12/19 01:43pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Caravan Tours to Alaska

We participated in a Fantasy tour of eastern Canada about three years ago, it was very enjoyable and was good to have someone else do all the planning, permits, reservations, etc. We met some really great RVers on the trip, it was well worth the cost and we have been on a few more trips with Fantasy since then; they offer excellent service. I'm sure that their Alaska trip will be a worthwhile experience too!
Islandman 05/08/19 10:29pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: 2019 Mercedes Sprinter

Probably depends on the Class C manufacturer, there are still a lot of older Sprinter's in some manufacturer's inventory to be converted. Your best bet is to make contact with dealers who will be carrying the brand of Class C that you are interested in and see if they can give you a possible date.
Islandman 05/02/19 09:42am Class C Motorhomes
Opening of Yellowstone NP Roads

Several main roads in Yellowstone NP will be opened to traffic this weekend; check with NPS officials for specific roads.
Islandman 04/17/19 10:36am Roads and Routes
RE: Best Used Class C's? Rank your top five.

Add Coach House units to those mentioned above, usually a little higher priced but they hold their value well and are made to last.
Islandman 04/16/19 08:56am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Montana Hwy 12

US 2 in Montana is a good road, we are especially fond of US 12 from Lewiston ID over to Lolo MT and taking in the beauty of the Clearwater and Lochsa Rivers. There is lots to see, especially the stretch from Kooskia to Lolo Pass. Stop at the Devoto Cedar Grove, Lolo Pass Visitor Center and also other places of historic nature to get an appreciation of the Lewis & Clark expedition in the early 1800's. Several USFS CG's on the way: Wilderness Gateway, Powell, Wendover, and Apgar. Stop at the main USFS office in Orofino to get good info. Have a good trip, US 12 is one of our favorite highways!
Islandman 03/05/19 07:01pm Roads and Routes
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