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RE: Chains in BC

@Sidehill, 5 passes between you and Gangcouver? Sounds like heaven! Oops… should have said 6, but 2 of them are like little bumps on the road… so let’s just say 4…. :S
SideHillSoup 10/18/21 06:15pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Chains in BC

So is it when you are goin uppa hill when you wish you remembered chains the most or here we go down the other side? Depends whether you make it to the top or not! Lol True! But I’ve had a couple or three moments after making the top barefoot wishing I had “put the jewelry on” once gravity got a hold on the situation. A friend who drove Big Trucks for many years usta say he had never scared himself driving a truck up a hill. One of my son in-laws owns and operates a logging truck. He says he can’t afford to not put his chains on. Time is money, and if he gets caught without his chains on when the “chain up” sign is on and he spins out …. There goes a couple days pay in fines. I get to drive down the the Vancouver BC area mid to late November… I will only have 5 mountain passes to go over. Soup.
SideHillSoup 10/17/21 04:33pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Chains in BC

Just got an alert… There is a VERY good chance that it will snow again this weekend “on” the mountain passes of southern BC. I should note: The weatherman ( person) is the only person in the world that can lie in the job everyday…… and still keep their job… By the way…. I repacked the bearings on the Snowmobile trailer today! Let it snow…let it snow…let it snow ! Soup. Or politican:B Ohhhhh we don’t want to go there, let’s just stick to the weather person so we don’t get booted… Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Soup.
SideHillSoup 10/10/21 08:09pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Chains in BC

Just got an alert… There is a VERY good chance that it will snow again this weekend “on” the mountain passes of southern BC. I should note: The weatherman ( person) is the only person in the world that can lie in the job everyday…… and still keep their job… By the way…. I repacked the bearings on the Snowmobile trailer today! Let it snow…let it snow…let it snow ! Soup.
SideHillSoup 10/08/21 05:17pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Chains in BC

like. Motor homes fall under the camper symbol on the sign. https://i.imgur.com/qLl2VD1l.jpg that sign was a misprint that they originaly put up. most have been replace with the proper ones now. it should have a "Or" inbetween the mountian snowflake and the M&S. I didn't see any snow on my way home from work this moring, unless your talking south of meritt in the snowshed? Steve I looked at every BC govt website that I could find, and they show that signs…. None of them show the sign I posted with the word “or” between the 2 symbols, however the other two signs for heavier commercial type vehicles does show the word “or”…. Go figure. The web cams I saw this morning and this afternoon showed snow on the Coqu on a few cameras, and on Hwy 3 Paulson and Hwy 3-B. Most of it has melted now… and temps dropped so black ice is most likely Lerking. However, 40kms away from Paulson Summit is the Kootenay pass which is the highest mountain pass open year round in Canada…. It didn’t have any snow at all…. Again….. go figure. So…. Tomorrow it’s time to service the snowmobiles….. yippy… Soup
SideHillSoup 10/07/21 07:45pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Chains in BC

Since I typed my note this morning, it has snowed on the mountain pass to the west of me. Just to give you a perspective, I live in South Eastern British Columbia approximately 3 hrs north of Spokane Washington. When you live in the mountains of BC like I do and drive all winter for snowmobiling and Hockey you don’t screw around, even if your not going over the passes as often as I do you put on your winter tires, just to drive the valley Hwys. In my yard a couple years back the snow was 4 ft deep, and I live in the valley bottom, my daddy from Fernie just laughs at me… Winter in the mountains start now and end in April, and there is no fudging with tires from people who live here, no body “sneaks over a mountain pass” period, only idiots do. I’m glad your thinking of your safety and ours my changing your plans. My home, couple years back with my 2007 gmc 2500 4x4 parked beside my house, Honda Civic in the front. This is 2 days before Xmas. https://i.imgur.com/RXiCePMl.jpg
SideHillSoup 10/07/21 11:52am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Chains in BC

It snowed last nights in parts of BC. I know above Merritt on the Hwy got some, and cooler wet weather is coming over the next couple of days. There is a reason that BC’s winter tire / chain requirements kick in October 1st and run until April 30th. Winter chains don’t cover you for meeting the requirements. You must have the correct winter tires on first, then you can carry chains if you like. Motor homes fall under the camper symbol on the sign. https://i.imgur.com/qLl2VD1l.jpg
SideHillSoup 10/07/21 08:09am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Chains in BC

Little bit of info for people who don’t follow the British Columbia winter tire requirements: BC winter tire requirements I live in the valley below two mountain passes, you can’t go east or west from here with out going over one of them. I have witnessed firsthand once, and read in the local news paper a few other times over the last number of years the RCMP and or the CVSE ( DOT) set up road blocks checking tires / chain requirements. The time I was stopped ( 2 winters ago) it was the morning before a winter storm was set to roll in across southern BC. They were turning some people around at the road block that didn’t have the correct tires, they were giving out tickets to some, and all the semi’s where getting ticketed and turned around who didn’t meet the standards. There were also a number of vehicles that got towed from the road blocks as well, for what I don’t know. For the Correct answer to your question call CVSE. Info to Call CVSE here. So yes, they do check from time to time. Soup.
SideHillSoup 10/06/21 09:19am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: where to stop for the night

Oh and when you are camped within sight of "someone" and "they" might "wonder what you are doing" and "report you" to "authorities"... And said "authorities" roll up on your quiet peaceful camp where your tires are sitting on the ground god forbid, Have a half bottle of whiskey in your hand when you answer the door. "I don't think I should drive on ossifer..." haha, did that before. oh and thanks for the tip on the iOverlander app. Steve yer welcome - oh and if you travel the Alberta Forestry Trunk Road on the east slope there's many places for a truck camper. Have your warm blankies I've scraped frost off the motocycle seat in August on this side of the Rockies. My camper is one of them there moderen units, it has a furnace ;) I have a wife like that…..;)
SideHillSoup 10/05/21 08:36pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: where to stop for the night

Proud Canuck -- I have never camped in Canada, so forgive me if you think this is a weird question. Are there any provinces in Canada which would allow a person towing or driving an RV long distances to just pull into a rest area, truck stop, visitor's center, forest service road, etc to overnight rather than drive tired on the road without sleep? We have even asked managers' at Wal-Marts here in the US because it was late and given permission to overnight in their parking lot rather than risk an accident on the road. I have a few Canadian friends, and they are the type who would be compassionate and even allow me to overnight in their driveway if it were necessary. When it comes to National Parks and I’m only talking BC Provincial parks, you are not permitted to camp / park overnight parking except in a campground, their rules. Now my son in-law used to drive an ore truck through Kootenay and Banff National park 2 times a day. And sometimes he would just pull over on the Sunshine Village overpass and catch a few winks, and he never got bothered. He did say that one time the parks people did show up and give the boot to a motor home that was parked in front of him, but they never bothered him…. So I guess it’s how you look at 3:am… :h Soup.
SideHillSoup 10/05/21 06:47pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Border Crossing Headed To Alaska

The lady was very firm in stating no non-essential travel through Canada to Alaska. Everything stated above about meeting the requirements to cross is the way we understood, and met other than the test. But as we all know, things have a habit of changing just as we are ready to travel when it comes to crossing. But we are so ready to go back to Alaska. As Trackrig mentioned, it's up to each border agent as to what they ask. Most of them seem to feel, since we are from Texas, we MUST have guns on board. Sorry, know better than to carry one and NOT report and have proper paperwork.... Thanks to all who took the time to answer. Be safe I’m still baffled by the “the lady” that told you “no non-essential travel through Canada” The land boarder was opened on August 9, 2021 to fully vaccinated US Travellers with restrictions. Unless you called the wrong number or wrong Canadian agency, I’m just guessing here. Yes things could change between now and next year when you want to travel however plan for the trip and just keep an eye on the official Govt of Canada website for updates. Canada gov site travellers Us Canucks get asked the same questions about guns as you guys do when crossing the US Boarder. Both sides will change up the questions and ask a really weird question sometimes just to see if you have the answer. Like when we went to my cousins house just outside of Vancouver Washington a couple years back, and the US boarder agent asked me the address of her house. Told the guy I haven’t got a clue, but I can drive you there, as I’ve been there 50 times in my life. He smiles and said have a nice day. And take your time driving through BC, it’s bigger than California, Oregon & Washington state put together. Have a great trip. Soup. Camping in southeastern BC. https://i.imgur.com/wVChFvpl.jpg
SideHillSoup 10/01/21 08:43am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Border Crossing Headed To Alaska

I don’t know who you were talking to, but they must have been on days off for the last couple of months. The Canadian land boarder is open to USA travellers with restrictions Scroll down to land travel in the link below. I’ve seen vehicles from New York, Alaska, AZ, Colorado you name the state it it’s driving up here. Hope you have a fantastic trip Driving into Canada Covid Sept 2021. Soup.
SideHillSoup 09/30/21 09:21am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Vax Passports

Here is what the province of BC will require after Sept 13/21. Every province is different some have them, and some don’t, so homework is required before you travel when it comes to Covid / travel restrictions, and the best place to get that information is from the official gov’t websites, in my opinion. Scroll down in the link I provided and it showed what international travellers will require, pretty easy I would say. Theses British Columbia “passports” are to be used between Sept 13, 2021, and January 31, 2022, but there could extend their use if things don’t change for the good.. Proof of Shot passport Stay safe everyone Soup.
SideHillSoup 09/09/21 08:49am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Vax Passports

Lots of CDC’s from different countries. Canadian CDC COVID info. Soup.
SideHillSoup 08/29/21 10:26am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Anybody crossed over yet?

On southern Vancouver Island I have not yet seen an American plate, no RVs, no cars. We are seeing a few from Alberta however. We always have Alberta plates all the time, 1/2 the people in our area works there….:B
SideHillSoup 08/21/21 08:24pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Anybody crossed over yet?

Lots of American cars around my area of British Columbia all ready. Lots from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, plus Arizona, Illinois, and one from New York. Stay safe out there. Soup.
SideHillSoup 08/20/21 02:14pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Just beginning to do homework

Be prepared: 4 incidents that I was aware of. Met a couple in Dawson Lake that was their 19th day there. Drove over a railroad (I didn't ask how fast) blew the tires (no big deal) and bent the 5er hitch (big deal). One in Watson Lake wanted to leave a roadside decoration - one trailer axle. A tour person spend 2 weeks in Fairbands and of course the tour group waited. :SA MH in Haines could not get his Cummins fixed, he could drive somewhat - He decided to take the ferry to Vancouver Island - 800 ferry miles is $$$$, but what a fantastic diversion. It’s a beautiful ferry ride
SideHillSoup 08/13/21 09:30pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Just beginning to do homework

Isn’t camping (RVing) an adventure, where you do what you want and when? Before I retired my wife and I tried doing either a “long” cruise or spend 5 weeks in Maui. We made a budget and mostly stuck to it, we do the same for “long” camping trip adventures. For camping trips we budget $150 per day for fuel, and $50 per day for food drink etc... and $50 per day for campsite. Now when we dry camp in the bush or park our butts someplace for a few days or decide to go out for a nice lunch / dinner and or take a tour the amounts I wrote down change a bit, but not much. Like when your in a campsite for 4 days, your not spending $150 per day on fuel, but you may go on a tour or go out for dinner, or like we do just carve a hunk or wood and read a book sometimes, then your not spending nothing but maybe for a campsite. So we budget $250 everyday, plus ‘approximate” the number of days that we will be gone from home then there is THAT number $$$$ that we see before we even leave the driveway, so we aren’t surprised when the credit card bill comes in. My wife keeps a travel log ( she’s a book keeper) and when we first started the big long camping trips our daily budget was $175.00, times have changed in 23 years. I worked a lot of multi million dollar Maintenance Shutdowns where I used to work. Every contractor that put in a bid on a particular job always added ‘fluff” to the dollar figure, not that we didn’t cut that fluff out, but they tried... grin... Well I figured that that works well when your spending your own money, add more dollars to the budget, that way you don’t have a jammer when you total the costs up at the end of your trip. One last comment on price of a trip. All those years that we traveled to Maui or on a long cruise, there was a couple guys at work never went anywhere, they said they were saving for retirement. Well I have run into both of them from time to time since we all retired. I asked both of them, have you guys done any traveling.... they both said... “do you know how much a trip to xxxx costs?” So I travel the world ( before COVID) they sit at home counting their money and drinking coffee. I would never do a guided RV tour, heck we only did the tours that the cruise ship offers, when we can’t find a tour on our own when we hit ports. Have fun on your adventure Soup.
SideHillSoup 08/13/21 02:22pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Alaska Sept 2022

A little info on the Fall in BC: I can’t speak for Alberta, however usually when BC sneezes, Alberta wipes it’s nose when it comes to weather in the fall and winter, and 99 times out of 100 it’s worse in Alberta. Now the weather and snow can happen anywhere in BC and western Canada any month of the year, and usually doesn’t stick to the roads longer that 24hrs until later in the fall... usually.... But, there have been occasional snow storms in August and September, for those you can “usually “ just stay putt for a day or two at the most and it will clear up. However..... BC has some pretty strict winter tire requirements that start October 1st Winter tire requirements in BC Now, if the roads are dry and the sun is shining there won’t be a road side check for tires. However, I live 3 hrs north of Spokane Washington and only 30 minutes from the Highest mountain pass open year round in Canada and 10 minutes from #5 & #7 of the highest passes in BC open year round, and if the weather does take a turn for the worst and that weather person says there is a heavy snow fall warning, the RCMP and or DOT will put up road blocks and check the tires on vehicles before they will allow them to pass. Most people around here have the correct tires on by Oct 1st but a few don’t. Those are usually the people that will get turned around, and sometimes get a fine. Truck drivers that don’t have their chains hanging / with them will get a fine at those roadside checks. So know the rules, if it snows hangout and read a book until thing clear up and carry on. I don’t winterized my camper until mid October when I park it for the season. If it gets super cold, run all the water for a bit, turn on the Fce in your rig for a bit and our heat up the hot water tank before you travel. We came back from Nevada a few years back on Dec 1st and we had snow and freezing temps from just outside of Ely Nv. all they way home to BC. I didn’t have a problem with anything freezing after using those tricks above. Also think about heading straight south on Hwy 97 from Prince George into Washington state at Osoyoos and then join up with I-90, there are no mountain passes South of PG on Hwy 97. So head north to Alaska on the Alaska Hwy and then south on Hwy 37 ( The Cassiar) to join up with Hwy 16 east to PG where you join up with Hwy 97 south all the way. Weather is always a good thing to check anytime you travel especially in the fall and winter in northern BC. Have Fun. Soup.
SideHillSoup 08/07/21 02:39pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Why won't the borders allow rvs across?

This was posted this morning and is just a FYI. There's just too much "what if" flying about on this thread. Border Crossing/ Canadian Canadian Border That first link is not an official Canadian Govt website, and it doesn’t matter if they are right or wrong in what they are saying, it’s not and Official Gov’t of Canada website. The second link is to the Canadian Gov’t website, and that’s the only site to get current and correct information on any topic, not just this one that is Gov’t of Canada related. And if you don’t understand ot believe the website, phone them. YouTube is not the place to ever get official information unless it is linked back to the government website. And even that info could be out of date by the time you see it on YouTube. There are a lot of people asking questions about crossing the boarder going either direction on this, and many other sites, the answer to all their questions is go contact the Canadian or USA Govt by what ever means to get the answers to the questions your looking for. Soup.
SideHillSoup 08/03/21 10:45am RVing in Canada and Alaska
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