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"Legal" question for Canadian Snowbirds

I thought that I would comment and ask a question. Before retirement and snowbirding we ensured that our wills and Powers of Attorney were updated and complete. We carry scanned copies with us in digital format when snowbirding. Our investment guy recently commented that another Canadian snowbird client had an issue with the spouse's power of attorney for personal care (it allows the spouse to make medical decisions if he is not capable). A hospital in Florida ignored it saying that the Canadian document was not valid, they treated the patient against the spouses wishes (sounds like a cash grab!) I'm wondering if this has happened to anyone else. As a second question, if I get Powers of Attorney done (say) in Florida, are they state specific, say In Arizona or other states?
almcc 02/09/20 08:13am Snowbirds
RE: South of San Antonio

I think that most provinces have a limit of 182 days out of the country before health insurance is cancelled or so I ve been told anyway. On the other hand maybe the US has a limited number of days that you can stay before requiring a visa or other documentation. While most folks know the 6 month limit, the US IRS takes a different path, they have a formula that calculates that if you stay an average of over about 120 days in a 3 year period they can tax your world wide income. Filing a "closer connection" 8840 form will help, search for it on IRS website on the net.
almcc 02/08/20 09:43am Snowbirds
RE: Cell phone Newfoundland

We are Canadians who spend our winters in the US, we have an AT&T pay as you go monthly plan in the US which we use. The phone also works in Canada at no additional cost, AT&T pairs with Rogers in Canada. Not sure about the Rogers coverage in Newfoundland, maybe someone can comment on how good it is. With Verizon I understand that you have to have their "right" International phone, one that isn't the CDMA type, all Canadian services use the international standard, GMS, except for some CDMA "left overs" in some areas. AT&T uses GMS.
almcc 12/31/19 09:49am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: need help

Good advice to make VanHorn TX and overnight and when rush hour would be done drive thru ElPaso into Las Cruces or further. We went thru about 11am on Sunday and traffic wasn't bad. We use Passport America for a 50% discount and stay at Desert Willow rv park. We also stop in Deming where there are a couple of participating parks. After going through El Paso once on I-10 during road construction we gave up on it, we now leave Van Horn and go north towards Gauadaloupe Mountains and then west where we hit the 375 loop on the east part of El Paso and then back onto I-10, we then head for Deming NM. You go over Franklin Mountain in El Paso but it isn't a big hill. The drive is very scenic looking at the Guad mountains in the distance i’m assuming you mean Tx54/US 180/Tx375 back to I-10. what are those roads like? 2-lane, 4-lane? condition? 54 and 180 are 2 lane, 54 has a couple of dips that you need to slow down a bit, but well marked. 180 is also 2 lane but they have put in a couple of passing lanes recently, 375 is a divided 4 lane. They are not busy and passing is easy, much less of a hassle than I-10 through El Paso proper. thanks. so the road conditions are generally good? (potholes, broken pavement, etc?) Yes, the road conditions are excellent, no potholes or broken pavement, the same or better quality as the interstates. We also used to take 180 from Carlsbad NM through to El Paso, it is good, except for the oil rig truck activity around Carlsbad.
almcc 12/11/19 08:04am Snowbirds
RE: need help

Good advice to make VanHorn TX and overnight and when rush hour would be done drive thru ElPaso into Las Cruces or further. We went thru about 11am on Sunday and traffic wasn't bad. We use Passport America for a 50% discount and stay at Desert Willow rv park. We also stop in Deming where there are a couple of participating parks. After going through El Paso once on I-10 during road construction we gave up on it, we now leave Van Horn and go north towards Gauadaloupe Mountains and then west where we hit the 375 loop on the east part of El Paso and then back onto I-10, we then head for Deming NM. You go over Franklin Mountain in El Paso but it isn't a big hill. The drive is very scenic looking at the Guad mountains in the distance i’m assuming you mean Tx54/US 180/Tx375 back to I-10. what are those roads like? 2-lane, 4-lane? condition? 54 and 180 are 2 lane, 54 has a couple of dips that you need to slow down a bit, but well marked. 180 is also 2 lane but they have put in a couple of passing lanes recently, 375 is a divided 4 lane. They are not busy and passing is easy, much less of a hassle than I-10 through El Paso proper.
almcc 12/10/19 12:16pm Snowbirds
RE: need help

Good advice to make VanHorn TX and overnight and when rush hour would be done drive thru ElPaso into Las Cruces or further. We went thru about 11am on Sunday and traffic wasn't bad. We use Passport America for a 50% discount and stay at Desert Willow rv park. We also stop in Deming where there are a couple of participating parks. After going through El Paso once on I-10 during road construction we gave up on it, we now leave Van Horn and go north towards Gauadaloupe Mountains and then west where we hit the 375 loop on the east part of El Paso and then back onto I-10, we then head for Deming NM. You go over Franklin Mountain in El Paso but it isn't a big hill. The drive is very scenic looking at the Guad mountains in the distance
almcc 12/10/19 09:26am Snowbirds
RE: Shaw Satellite

I purchased and installed the upgrade from Winegard for my automatic Winegard Traveler dish mounted on the roof and it worked great. You do not need this if you have your dish on a tripod. Got good signal strength and lots of channels including the Canucks hockey and Cdn news channels. I got an upgraded LMB bout 3 years ago and it worked fine. I am just north of Puerto Vallarta Mexico. Was it difficult to do the install of the new board on the roof? I'm thinking about buying the kit and doing the install myself.
almcc 12/02/19 08:05am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Shaw Satellite

I had a look at that LNB at kusat, it looks substantially different from the LNB that Shaw supplies. The lens facing the dish is round compared to the oblong one that Shaw supplies and there are only 2 coax outputs compared to the 4 on the Shaw one. Hard to tell if it fits onto the Shaw arm or not. I would do a detailed check before ordering one.
almcc 11/24/19 02:01pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Shaw Satellite

The big question would be "Can you still get Shaw TV service in Mexico?" Scorp The answer is yes. I follow a blog of a couple that are now in Mazatlan, they have a yellow 80% signal strength on Shaw. They may have a larger dish than the smaller ones back home but even with the smaller ones you still should be good.
almcc 11/23/19 11:52am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Shaw Satellite

It's been a few years since I switched to the new LNB. There is only one new one, you just have to ask for it. The other issue I had was that I had the new LNB at home and the old one on our RV, I found that the receiver is specific to the LNB, the receiver at home on the new LNB wouldn't work on the old LNB on the RV. I was in Canada and called Shaw, they changed the software so I could use the receiver on the old LNB, I then got the new LNB when I got home and asked Shaw to do the software change again so that receiver worked on the new LNBs. Hope this helps. As an add, I'm assuming you are talking about a dish that you aim manually, if you have a pre 2017 Winegard dish on the roof, Shaw's channel shuffle back in September has rendered it obsolete as one of the channels the dish used to find the sat no longer exists due to Shaw. There is a manual aiming procedure and an upgrade kit available.
almcc 11/23/19 08:01am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Postal code

Use the 3 digits of your postal code followed by two zeroes. Ignore the letters. This has worked for me. Brian Brian is correct! For instance if your postal code is M5H3T5, you would enter 53500 as your zip when requested. That work around has worked about 95% of the time we've tried it, except in "backward" places where no cards seem to work. You should also be aware that there are glitches in stations that have converted to chip readers, I talked to one cashier who said the readers hadn't worked for week at her location, the swipe worked.
almcc 11/18/19 07:33am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Good Campgrounds in west Texas off I-20

Thanks to Patperry and everyone else for the suggestions for the parks, we will check them out on our return in the spring.
almcc 11/15/19 07:45am Snowbirds
RE: Good Campgrounds in west Texas off I-20

I-20 in west Texas is a long, long road. Is there a certain area you're trying to stop at? Generally from west of Odessa to almost Colorado City, almost all the sites will probably be filled with oilfield. If you can get to Ft Davis State Park, it would be a plus. Try to spend a couple of days if possible. A lot of stuff to do and the hidden gem in that part of the state. Sorry for the lack of detail. You are right, I-20 is a long road! In transiting Texas we stop in Mt Pleasant, Ranger, Monahans, Van Horn then we make it to Deming NM. We have a "one tank a day" rule so we are looking at parks around Ranger, that's why I was asking about the Abilene KOA or other parks that aren't full of oilfield workers.
almcc 11/14/19 06:11am Snowbirds
RE: Good Campgrounds in west Texas off I-20

Thanks, we are also familiar with Monahans, we stayed there after the stop at Cisco. Because they don't have sewer it's not popular with the oilfield workers although there were a couple of "permanents" with those sewer blue tanks underneath their trailers. I'm looking for campsite recommendations east of there
almcc 11/13/19 02:02pm Snowbirds
Good Campgrounds in west Texas off I-20

Each winter we transit Texas on the way to southern California and return. We are finding it difficult to find good campgrounds with the increased oilfield activity, we used to stay at Horseshoe RV park (formerly RL), it was full of oilfield workers and trashed. A park in Cisco was no better. I would appreciate some recommendations for better parks. How is the KOA in Abilene?
almcc 11/13/19 12:33pm Snowbirds
RE: RV snowbirding or MX or Carribean

We spent 4 winters in our RV on the Pacific coast of Mexico south of Mazatlan, we loved it and the locals but it got violent in 2010 with the druggies (shootings and toll road blockages etc.), a fellow Canadian was shot in an RV park in Maz. The other "show stopper" for us was that our out of country health insurance would not cover any injuries that were related to the violence, this was because of the travel warnings issued by the Canadian government for Mexico. I would suggest that you check the travel warnings issued for places you are thinking about and then check your coverage restrictions from your insurance carrier.
almcc 10/25/19 06:21am Snowbirds
RE: What temperature do you leave your home at

After reading the link above from the contractors it brings up some additional thoughts and comments about the condensation that's causing the heat exchanger damage. I assume that the condensation occurs on the warm air side of the exchanger, if so whether your furnace gets damaged may depend on the climate conditions where you live. Here in the cold dry north the inside humidity level is so low in the house during the winter that the wood cabinets shrink due to moisture loss. I don't think that running the house temp lower than 60F will damage our furnace. Maybe a heating contractor/tekkie can comment.
almcc 10/21/19 06:06am Snowbirds
RE: shaw satellite

Got an email from Shaw indicating that they are shuffling virtually all their channel numbers (I believe today), looks like the conversion they are doing is now complete.
almcc 09/17/19 06:33am Snowbirds
RE: insurance company

While I don't use them for medical coverage (they insure our RV) Wayfarer has good rates and service, they also do out of country medical insurance. Wayfarer link
almcc 09/17/19 06:28am Snowbirds
RE: Sights along Lake Superior

Oh, and the trading post just before Pancake Bay PP. ... For those that haven't been up that road this year, the trading post is closed. Last summer there was a sign "owner retiring", the signs on each side say "closed for the season". If I recall correctly. decades ago the post was originally located at the bottom of Montreal River hill, probably same owners. They deserve the retirement! At Pancake Bay PP, the staff used to do a reenactment of the voyageurs landing on the beach in a canoe in period costumes and explaining the history of the area, apparently Pancake Bay was named for the pancakes that the voyageurs ate while there, it was the only food left before they hit Sault St Marie to replenish.
almcc 09/15/19 08:06am RVing in Canada and Alaska
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