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RE: Phoenix to Toronto, May 2020

Google Map's best route is I-40, I-44, I-70, I-69 to Fort Wayne, then through Detroit to Port Huron for crossing into Canada. If it were me, in Michigan I would stay on I-69 all the way through Lansing and Flint to Port Huron, avoiding Detroit. (I try to avoid the congestion of large cities whenever possible.) It is hard to avoid St. Louis, but there are good bypass routes using I-270. The southern bypass is slightly shorter than the northern. The direct route through St. Louis is two minutes shorter unless there is traffic congestion. (There is often a delay at the downtown Mississippi River bridge.) You are the best judge on how to get from Phoenix up to I-40. We have used this route many times going to Texas. I live near Hamilton and would avoid crossing at Niagara Falls or Buffalo. The traffic congestion through to Toronto can be a nightmare. As mentioned above, the 401 will get busy the closer you get to Toronto but there is no traffic free way to get there. Choose your time - Sundays are not too bad - especially early in the day.
Tripalot 01/17/20 07:13am Roads and Routes
RE: Central America trip

Don't forget to check into vehicle insurance. You will probably need separate insurance for each country you travel in. We did a trip through Mexico, Guatemala and Belize and the insurance added up just for those 3 countries.
Tripalot 01/06/20 05:12pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: We have to move

Pioneer Creek in Bowling Green probably has vacancies Don't think there is a Bowling Green in Florida near Tampa ? ? ? ? Maybe check some of the parks in the Bradenton area - sorry I can't recommend one as it has been several years since we stayed there.
Tripalot 01/01/20 10:07am Snowbirds
RE: Harvest Host users

We have belonged to boondockers welcome since it began. We have used it many times and have had good experiences. It is nice to chat with local people and get ideas of local places to visit, shop, bargains, etc. It is often a good alternative when campgrounds are booked in an area you want to visit. We always give our host a small token of our appreciation to cover electricity costs and other nice things they might have done for us. We have never bothered with Harvest HOsts as I don't like feeling obligated to buy wine, jams, etc. when I don't really want them.
Tripalot 12/05/19 03:11pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New way to lose more readers on this forum

I have had zero problems... X2
Tripalot 10/25/19 11:06am General RVing Issues
RE: RoadTrek 200

It will be shorter and less roomy.
Tripalot 10/18/19 07:21am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Sewage Follies

I'll never forget the time we were at the RV lanes at a Flying J waiting our turn. The RV in front of us was dumping when his hose split and all the sewage spilled over the entire area. The owner put the hose in the garbage bin and drove off leaving an awful smelly mess. We moved to a different lane and before we left this poor young girl was out with a scraper trying to push the mess down the drain hole - she was holding her nose with one hand and doing her best to clean up.
Tripalot 10/15/19 07:41am General RVing Issues
RE: rolled MH onto the side - and the towed

Having just returned from a recent trip to Quebec, I would be curious to know where this accident occured. We found a lot of construction and poor driving conditions on our trip. I am so glad to hear you are all safe and well.
Tripalot 10/10/19 05:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Camping around Christmas time

We enjoyed some very nice Christmases in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. The parks had lots of activities planned and the local towns were very festive.
Tripalot 10/10/19 04:58pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Hope all you Snowbirds got out ahead of the blizzards!

Let's hope this is not going to be an indication of the winter that lies ahead. Snow in early October is just waaaaaaaaaaay too sooooooooooon.
Tripalot 10/10/19 04:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: 4 person sleeping

2 ironing boards laid over each set of seats with sleeping bags on top. Presto! Instant bed. Sounds very uncomfortable to me.
Tripalot 09/25/19 05:04pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Albuquerque Balloon Festival Questions

We went a few years ago and it was an incredible experience. We decided to blow the bank roll and we signed up with Adventure Caravans. It was a fantastic experience and worth the $$$. We had excellent camping facilities with water & electric supplied + a pump out service came through mid week. It was an 11 day experience. Breakfast and dinner were provided daily, the shuttle bus stopped amidst the RV's, many of the balloons came down in the camping area. On some days, bus tours were provided in the area to local attractions. In the evening we could sit outside the RV and watch the nightly fireworks. We were close enough that we could walk to the grounds during the day if we wished. There were some vendors to check out. Balloon activities are early in the morning (5 am) and the evening. If you only plan to be there 3 days and the weather is not favorable, the balloons won't go up and you are out of luck. We were really glad we went this route despite the cost - it was well worth it for a do once experience.
Tripalot 09/25/19 06:51am Roads and Routes
RE: making dinette bed bigger

Personally I would be looking for another floorplan that provides a comfortable bed for you. There are lots of Class C's out there.
Tripalot 09/20/19 05:12pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Propane tank recertification

How old are your current tanks? For safety sake, it might be in your best interest to get new tanks if they are past their expiry date. I see your camper is a 2004 - probably if the tanks have never been replaced, it might be time.
Tripalot 09/18/19 07:30am Truck Campers
RE: Sights along Lake Superior

Don't forget the big goose at Wawa. Last time we were there it was badly in need of a paint job and funds were being raised. Hope that has happened by now. It is a pleasant stop for a coffee or lunch break. BTW - the big goose is a Canada Goose in case you didn"t know.
Tripalot 09/15/19 08:03am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Ford V10 Winterize/additive?

Our B+ is stored over the winter. We always add stabilizer to the gas, top up the propane tank and take it out about every month for a short run. So far, never a problem.
Tripalot 09/14/19 07:46am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Out of the blue....

I would like to suggest that those of you who love having friendly RVers stay at your place, should become hosts via Boondockers Welcome. It is a great organization and we have stayed with some wonderful people who are happy to not only accommodate you, but provide local information. Have a look at Boondockerswelcome.com
Tripalot 09/13/19 05:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: Down to Road trek?

We too are struggling with the decision of going from a B+ to a B van. We love all the room and huge bathroom in our current unit + with having a Murphy bed, we have extra space during the day. The problem is we still enjoy the convenience of a tow car but the hooking/unhooking and added driving stress are becoming a concern. DH has Parkinsons so some chores are becoming more difficult. Our biggest concern with a further downsize (we used to have an A class)is bathroom and shower facilities. If we could find a B van with a reasonable bathroom, it would work for us. We could handle the small space for the convenience of less stressful driving. This getting older is NOT fun!
Tripalot 09/07/19 11:10am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Downloading at Campground

When we had our truck camper, we usually left it on the truck. We would do some hard hiking or bicycling, come back and take showers. This renewed us and we felt presentable to go shopping or out for supper, whatever. Reloading was a bit of a chore for us as we had max. 1 inch of clearance on each side between the camper and the box. We got good at it, but sometimes it was a challenge getting lined up etc.
Tripalot 08/09/19 05:49pm Truck Campers
RE: Towing Jeep Trailhawk

We tow a 2016 Cherokee Trailhawk with no problems. We had to have a Mopar wiring harness installed at our expense ($800 in Canada). The other thing you have to be sure of is that your vehicle has Active Drive II. I don't know a lot about this, but we came close to buying a different model and by chance discovered it was Active Drive I and apparently it cannot be towed. Check carefully in the owner's manual - DO NOT trust the sales person - they are only trying to make a sale and often do not know anything about towing. It cost us $3000 to set up our Jeep for towing. If we hadn't invested this money in it, we would have got rid of it. We do not particularly enjoy this vehicle but are stuck with it for now. Do your homework!
Tripalot 08/08/19 05:15pm Dinghy Towing
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