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RE: Will a 3/4 ton do

I can't add much to what the esteemed members have already stated except for 3 small tidbits of personal perspective: - Grew up hauling all sorts of stuff on whatever truck would go and hopefully stop, also hauled all sorts of stuff with the old station wagon with steel bumpers and a big block. - Will still do the above ^^^ as needed, but if given a choice, I prefer to be within the published ratings of vehicles. Trucks don't magically blow up if one goes over a rating, but just as personal preference I like to stay in said ratings. - in 2019, bought a new F250 (diesel, CC, 6.5' box). Used it for tows under and over the ratings, nice truck, absolutely no complaints. At the time, the same truck with F350 badging and rating was on the lot for $1,200 more. It was black vs. my preferred slate grey. Point: I think the OP would be OK with a modern high-spec "3/4 ton" / 25 series. That being said, since 2019, I've had a small twinge of regret over not spending the extra $1,200 and getting (however ephemeral) the extra rating of the F350. If the OP is able to get a modern high-spec SRW 35 series truck for a relatively nominal $ increase, I'd suggest going that route.
PA12DRVR 06/09/22 08:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Alaska Bound

".... We were surprised at how many lakes still had ice." Can't speak for Canada, but for much of Alaska, spring has been nice, but slow; pretty cool-ish until recently and now (depending where one is at) cooling again. Local lake that I boat at has lore that "Ice is always out by Mother's day"...except it was nearly two weeks later this year.
PA12DRVR 06/08/22 09:39am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Best itinerary for Alaska

Op's burnin daylight here. (Or trying to esplain to his wife why taking their brand new 44' 5ver to AK and back is going to be a pain in the ___!) Once again, this forum needs a "like" button.
PA12DRVR 06/06/22 09:33am RVing in Canada and Alaska

As the thread title says "Personal Experiences": After having various family, extended family, and work colleagues get Covid since 2020, with me testing negative multiple times despite nominal at best precautions and no vaccine, I tested positive for Covid 10 days or so ago after feeling enough "flu-like" symptoms to want to take a day off work. After a day or two of feeling crappy, got tested with a positive result. "3rd day" I was starting to feel not-as-bad and by day 5 (and until now) feeling better, have a runny nose but no other symptoms.
PA12DRVR 05/31/22 12:49pm Around the Campfire
RE: Dually tire service/installation

" I am a huge proponent of finding a good local repair shop and getting to know them. Any extra cost to have "my" local shop work on my vehicles is very much offset by them getting me in right away when needed, and also NOT doing work if they find it isn't necessary." ^^^ This. My F550 dump truck doesn't compare to the big boys with their KW's and Peterbuilts for needing work, but when the local Big Truck shop knows that they will get all of whatever work I need on the F550, they tend to treat me just like one of their regular customers.
PA12DRVR 05/31/22 12:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Best itinerary for Alaska

Some thoughts: - the guys that do it for a living haul 40' (and frequent doubles) trailers from Seattle / Montana year round in a matter of days. Don't even attempt to emulate them with your 44' 5th wheel. It will be a slow and steady trip from Banff or wherever. - Pull-off spots are likely going to be available without problem. Identified CG spots for a 44' trailer, not so much. As Grit suggested, plan on basing in an area for several days and using your truck as the way to get out and see the sights. - Alaska is expensive to enjoy if you want to do anything other than drive and hike. Incredible fishing, great sights, spectacular flightseeing, but it all takes $$. - With few exceptions, the RV-tourist stuff is locked up tight by mid-September. You should plan on being well on your way back by then. - You've hit the high spots for visiting. If you can handle it, meaning dealing with the bumps and the necessarily slow going, considering driving the Denali Highway from Paxson to Cantwell. That stretch, IMNSHO, is in the running for the most scenic road drive in AK. - I probably am misinterpreting, but I wouldn't plan on going from Banff to Valdez to make Valdez your starting point. Banff - (whitehorse, etc) - Tok- Delta - Fairbanks - Cantwell - Paxson-Glenallen-Anchorage- Seward-Homer-Anchorage-Talkeetna-Wasilla-Palmer-Glenallen-valdez-Tok-Whitehorse etc is sort of how I'd do it if I had 3 months...some backtracking but that's almost a given if you try to see a lot of the road system. - Expect pretty high fuel prices......
PA12DRVR 05/31/22 10:30am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Alaska Bound

You must realize that northern BC, Alberta and the Yukon have very very little cell service. Wifi can be found in most towns but you have to stop and look for it. We just went camping 2 hrs from home with no cell service or wifi. Closest town was 25 kms away. There were two small communities close by, but no cell service, and they did have wifi for a price. Should be noted. Most small towns have free wifi at tourists Centre's, museums and library’s. How ever the communities I was near were to small for any of those facilities. I will also mention we live 3 hrs from Spokane Washington and we were another 2 hrs north west of our home, so not that far north at all. He most likely won’t make another comment until Whitehorse or once he gets into Alaska. Happy Trails everyone Soup. My last trip through Canada was back in 2018, also in mid-late May, which in turn was 8 years or so since the previous trip. What the wife and I found was that, despite kids and grandkids wanting updates, once we crossed the border (heck, once we got into northern Idaho), we were simply too busy enjoying being on the Alcan again and enjoying spring in the North Country to chase up the limited cell / wi-fi / internet access until (as Soup indicated) we got to a significant town. As I recall, we checked in from Edmonton, Watson Lake, and Whitehorse. In between, if the choice was taking a hike or chasing down internet, chasing down the internet lost that particular debate.
PA12DRVR 05/26/22 11:14am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Water Pressure Regulator

Grew up in the pipefitting industry...other than ride-along, didn't do much RVng as a kid. Fast forward to my 1st RV (circa 2002 or so). The salesman (I know...) says hey, you need to watch out for water pressure in campgrounds. OK, makes sense to me. Salesman then says "We can sell you this pressure regulator" and showed me what was probably a perfectly good regulator....but I said, no, that's not a water pressure regulator. Water pressure regulators are red (possibly black) and say "Watts" on them and come with (as noted above) the oil or glycerin filled gauge and if you really get the right one, it will have threaded outlets for two gauges and an adjustment bolt. Got a Watts but based on forgetting it a time or two or just being lazy, the ones from the RV places worked fine.
PA12DRVR 05/20/22 09:59am General RVing Issues
RE: Hwy 5 to little gold and Dawson City

Recommend checking out Sue T's photos for a sense of AK and The Yukon. Great photos and make it easy to identify the "oh yeah, I've been there" places.
PA12DRVR 05/11/22 12:31pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Question for Florida sticks and bricks owners

Not Florida but lived for 10 years in Ewe-stun TX area....and would often be gone a month or more at a pop with vacation and work trips. So, FWIW.....agree with leaving the air on, usually set temp to 80 - 85. We would also do the plastic over the toilet thing and would plug the sinks (mostly...we always seemed to forget one) to prevent evaporation. Also, although it looked pretty tacky, the 1-2 windows that didn't have window treatments would get white packing paper taped over them (on the inside) for the time we were gone.
PA12DRVR 05/08/22 09:41am Around the Campfire
RE: Vacation Home Buying Fizzling. RV's too?

In my locale, nice homes and nice RV's don't last too long. Newer construction with elevation or lakefront...cash sale, often at a 2-digit premium over list price (i.e. 10% +). Nice RV's (although always a debate as to what's nice) don't stay around long at all. ...but I believe the rising interest is going to cool the market, albeit in fits and starts. Folks with two comma money (X,XXX,XXX) will keep demand high for the upper end homes and, presumably, RV's even as the funding gets more expensive for otherwise valuable properties that must be financed.
PA12DRVR 05/05/22 10:11am General RVing Issues
RE: Recommended storage in bed with 5th wheel

Back when I had a 5th wheel, I put an American Tank (in Frisco, TX ???) 60 gallon tank / toolbox combo in the back of the F350 w / 8' bed. Served all of my needs and, combined with the truck tank, gave me circa 1100 miles towing....which meant I could always fill up after dropping the 5ver for the night rather than ever having to fill up on the road.
PA12DRVR 03/22/22 10:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Whistling Truck

"2019 2500HD with the towing mirrors. At certain speeds and wind direction the mirrors whistle. If I extend the mirrors out a little, it stops." Several years older model with the same issue. Pull the mirrors out just a bit (.5" or so) and it stopped. 13 years later, apparently enough crud has built up that it doesn't happen anymore. Had the same noise issue on a Toyota Tundra: fixed by putting a strip of black electrical tape over a seam in the mirror housing.
PA12DRVR 03/16/22 10:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: Alaska 2022??

Some points on AMHS etc: - RV rental is very expensive in AK; as are hotel / motel in the summer. If one was planning on driving an RV up in any case, the recent fuel price increases probably aren't as much as flight + hotel + eating out +++. - AMHS is one of my favorite ways to travel, but the ferries have cafeterias. One (IIRC) has a dining room in addition to the cafeteria and snack bar and coffee bar. They aren't cruise ships by any stretch. ....and "stateroom" is a stretch, although the accommodations are nice enough. - AMHS has recently implemented dynamic pricing...wherein there is a premium (up to 40%) added to fares and other charges depending on occupancy....I believe the uptick starts at 50% occupancy(???) I think folks will enjoy coming to Alaska however they get here, but if driving was planned, the incremental price increase recently may not be a suitable reason (standing by itself) to change access methods.
PA12DRVR 03/15/22 04:33pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Alaska 2022??

Alaskan ferry is a good option. No need to bring a vehicle. Get a state room. Much better than a cruise ship. You get to stop in the smaller towns and ride with a lot of Alaskans. If you think fuel costs a lot where you live, wait until you get to the remote bush. Bingo on all points...but if interested in the AMHS, check and see what routes are running this summer. If you're interested in bringing your RV, IMNSHO, the AMHS is prohibitively expensive, but it's a great deal for a walk-on / walk-off visit.
PA12DRVR 03/14/22 11:38am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Alaska 2022??

"Cruising is fine for some but those boats stop at every T shirt, trinket & jewelry store on the SE coast." Over the past several years, the DW and I have either taken the big silver bird or AMHS to several SE towns for a visit. One of the more enjoyable ways to spend a few hours in, say Ketchikan, is to get a good seat at a bar overlooking the cruise dock about 2:30 or so in the afternoon and watch the surge of folks trying to get a last-minute shot at trinkets before reboarding for a 5:00 cast-off. By the time of the 2nd or 3rd beverage (or is it 3d or 4th?) at about 4:30 / 4:45 interesting to see how the diehards deal with rushing to get back to the ship with their purchases before the cut-off for reboarding / departure. I also think there would be quite a few segments of industry that could take lessons in effective demobilization from the trinket vendors in SE: within 3 minutes of the last cruise ship pax walking away, the shutters are down; by the time the ship casts off the hawsers, the trinket shop is closed up, the lights are off, and the staff is back at the hostel for the evening.
PA12DRVR 03/11/22 10:57am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Alaska 2022??

The good part is it will probably cut down on the crowds. The way it usually works (since Mr. Murphy rides shotgun on many of my drives) is that even if there are only 3-4 40' class A's in Alaska, I'll be able to catch up to them just as they leave Palmer and enter the twisty part of the Glenn....or maybe they'll be just ahead of me going past Girdwood... :S
PA12DRVR 03/10/22 09:58am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: It's past time

If one expects the government (which cannot create any wealth) to limit the profits of the oil companies (or any other industry) does one then support the logical corollary that the government should limit losses? When an "unused oil lease" takes a series of $100,000,000 drilled wells to determine if there is viable production potential, and the risk is entirely on the operator if those wells are dry, it's hard to justify the government deciding what an appropriate profit level is.
PA12DRVR 03/09/22 10:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: Alaska 2022??

Currently, both regular and diesel are circa $4.50 per gallon in Los Anchorage depending on station. In an ordinary time, there's probably a (very unscientific) 20% seasonal increase for the summer season...i.e. maybe expect $5.25 - $5.50? / gallon. ...but that's ordinary and these times are far from ordinary. At my weekend place (where I actually fill up more than anywhere else): Dec. 28, 2020 $2.54, June 15, 2021: $2.99; December 19, 2021: $3.65; last Tuesday $4.29. Nearly 70% increase in about 15 months. I think there'll be more hikes than usual this summer and fewer boat or PA-12 trips.....
PA12DRVR 03/09/22 10:01am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Hope this is OK for this forum - DEF question

4 pages...on this? Nice work kids! It is interesting to see you have appointed yourself as arbiter of what is interesting to members on this forum. The "Kids" comments implies the posters are childish. Yet, here you are, posting on the bottom of page 4! He has a point. These discussions are inane. We're talking about pouring out a jug here. It's not rocket science. If the handle is awkward to hold when you're pouring it properly maybe the handle wasn't meant to be used while pouring? You don't even hold a gallon jug of antifreeze by the handle to pour it out, you hold it by the sides. The handle is there for transport of the jug, not for dispensing. Have to agree with this one. I'm either lacking the skills or the patience (could be either on any given day) to use the included spout with the 2.5 gallon jugs of DEF...so I just got a long-neck funnel and use that to pour in the DEF. Toss it in the back of the truck between uses.
PA12DRVR 02/18/22 05:30pm Tow Vehicles
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