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Off again off again, jiggedy jig...

Jumping off day...we are on the road for three months, as of this Friday morning. First to Vancouver, then cross into the US on the 7th...health insurance kicks in that date. Due back in Canada 7th of April.Plan is to drive to Seattle for a couple days, weather dependent, and then over to 101 and stay on that till the 1 in California...and along on to San Fransisco and onwards to San Diego. We'll see. Last year we swung east before we could get to San Diego..went off to Anza Borreggo and then the desert. Slabs, Death Valley and all about. We almost x2 our away time, from last years 7 weeks, and am hoping to spend some time in the Mojave too. Honk if you pass us by... https://i.imgur.com/nboNEpc.jpg]https://i.imgur.com/nboNEpc.jpg Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 01/03/20 09:21am General RVing Issues
RE: Down a truly rough road in my class C?

Several years ago we took our Class C to Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. It was about 20 miles of some of the most rutted road I have ever driven. It took me about an hour and a half to get there and our rig was "shaken and stirred" but fine. The guy in front of me was pulling a nice travel trailer and he was oblivious to the road due to the fact his pickup could handle it just fine...but not the trailer. When we got to the campsites at the park, we camped close to the poor fellow and his wife. I loaned him some of my tools for him to try to put his trailer back to gether. Cabinets had been knocked loose and stuff strewn over the floor. The moral to the story is simple: drive slow and read the road. What was an hour and a half in and the same out as opposed to less time?? A rig that survived without any problems, that's what. Heck of a drive, ain't it. Gary Haupt Gary IYHO ... is the drive into Chaco Canyon worse than getting down onto the valley floor loop in Monument Valley? The whole valley floor road is signed as "Not Recommended for RVs", but we took it anyway and got by fine by taking it very careful in our Class C. I'd like to try Chaco Canyon eventually when we're out that way. Morning...two different critters. The 20..I thought it was 25, miles into Chaco is washboard. On and on and on...and one sand wash to cross. There is no fear of contacting the underside, at all. It is heavily used, etc. You know when you get to the park boundary..the road is paved. I have been in 6? times...once from the south west..Crown Point Agency, in my VW Westy. You want to be in for a 3 or 4 days Phil. It is a very different place. Gary
garyhaupt 12/28/19 11:51am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Down a truly rough road in my class C?

Several years ago we took our Class C to Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. It was about 20 miles of some of the most rutted road I have ever driven. It took me about an hour and a half to get there and our rig was "shaken and stirred" but fine. The guy in front of me was pulling a nice travel trailer and he was oblivious to the road due to the fact his pickup could handle it just fine...but not the trailer. When we got to the campsites at the park, we camped close to the poor fellow and his wife. I loaned him some of my tools for him to try to put his trailer back to gether. Cabinets had been knocked loose and stuff strewn over the floor. The moral to the story is simple: drive slow and read the road. What was an hour and a half in and the same out as opposed to less time?? A rig that survived without any problems, that's what. Heck of a drive, ain't it. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 12/28/19 10:09am Class C Motorhomes
RE: potty without the rv

A small collapsible shovel from an Army Surplus store. Have a roll of toilet paper with you. Dig the hole... A jug of water and some hand sanitizer and a roll of paper tolls. Box of some kind to toss all this into. Many years of car and VW van travel has taught me... Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 12/27/19 09:29am General RVing Issues
RE: Down a truly rough road in my class C?

Speed....speed gets people in big trouble. Speed means different things to different people. In an RV..speed can cause a lot of damage on tough roads. So...have a glass or cup of water in your hand or on the engine cover..the dog house. If water is bouncing or spilling, out..you are going too fast. Take your time...you will do great. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 12/27/19 09:23am Class C Motorhomes
RE: A fall week in the Kootenays

I tent to post on FB and ink thru here. I would clutter up the place with all the pix I take. Gary
garyhaupt 11/25/19 06:38pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: A fall week in the Kootenays

Great post MR Haupt. Thanks for sharing. Lakeside Pleasure. Glad you enjoyed. Now we are readying for a 3 month trip into the US southwestern states. Gary
garyhaupt 11/25/19 09:40am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: A fall week in the Kootenays

I’m in the Kootenays ... and I have beer in the Beer Fridge which will be emptied today while watching the 103rd Grey Cup! Grey Cup :B Soup. Well Soup...there is beer...and then there is craft beer. There are some great craft houses in your part of the province, for sure. Gary
garyhaupt 11/24/19 10:06am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: A fall week in the Kootenays

Beautiful, Gary! We’d get along great; I love the Kootenays and beer as well! :B We could be brothers...caravan around BC... Gary
garyhaupt 11/23/19 09:05am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: ? Becoming a KOA Work Kamper for $

From experience...Work camping is a great thing, if you have patience and enjoy the public. If a person is lacking in either of those two areas, it's is misery. If you are in a government park..state or federal, there will be a time expectation, usual;y of 3 months. As a rule..the more money you are being paid, the more responsibility and hours expected. Work-Camping in a state or federal park and many county ones, is a trade. You get your site and whatever amenities are available, such as power, water, etc. In return you will have shifts and usually 3 days off. You might work the office, or just out in a golf cart selling firewood and answering questions. Yes, bathrooms might fall into your work routine. The upside? is that once you have a history of being a good Host..you can criss-cross the country, as many many do, staying in wonderful parks, almost anywhere you want to be, for 3 months. I think the most common complaint from Work-Campers is not knowing what the job entails. Like bathrooms. Do the E mail thing...get the commitments in writing. And sometimes, there are personal classhes...you 'can' just up and leave. No one is going to chase you down. Try not to do that tho..you need good references to get the good parks. There is an interesting side-bar to work-camping. ANY park where you get your site in exchange for doing something. The IRS views the trade as having a value. If that site is rented out for XX dollars, and you are getting it free, in trade...that is a taxable benefit. They have never been known to go after anyone but..keep receipts, to prove your trade value. And that is why you cannot work-camp in another country.or people from another country, cannot work-camp in the US, unless one is paying income tax to the IRS, of course. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 11/22/19 09:23am General RVing Issues
RE: Road Trip! BC to California

The drive from north to south is THE way to go, so good for you. My feelings are...it is all about whether you want to make miles or see stuff. If it's miles, the 101 doesn't make it. But..if you want to just take it all in? Take I-5 to Olympia and hang a right off to Aberdeen. Once there, bear right and up the coast a bit to the best Wa State Park...AT the beach..not ON it. Pacific Beach. My issue is cost. It's going to be $100.00 per night. Head south on 101 and just cruise. There are state parks and national parks all along the 101. Stop every chance you get..all the small towns. We keep our phone on and my co-pilot is looking at every spot, on-line..learning what's what and if we need to go see something. This way..took us three weeks last year to get to San Diego. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 11/18/19 09:59am Roads and Routes
RE: toilet treatment for black water tank

The truth of the matter is...ignore the sensors. They are NOT reliable. Try to keep them operating properly is futile and a source of frustration. The answer is...the black tank will begin to make life unpleasant with it's odours after a week, if you are underway. It will not natter how much chemical you throw down it..after 7 days, it will overpower anything. So...dump on day 6, if you can..or day 7, latest. If it will put your head in a better place, toss down a cup of a dish soap or vinegar. Won't hurt anything..also will not clean your sensors. And for sure..after dumping, put in water. How much? I open the spigot and count to 10..slowly. Please don't try and win the "clean sensor" battle. You cannot. You 'may' get them clean...once...but not forever. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 11/16/19 10:29am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Between Portland and The Dallas

The Washington side of the Columbia is so much nicer than the Interstate. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 11/11/19 11:55am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: A fall week in the Kootenays

Raduim Sheep, or Salmo / Creston sheep? Radium for the first and Grand Forks, the second. T'was a Grand Forks city park deer. Gary
garyhaupt 11/09/19 11:14am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: A fall week in the Kootenays

You should try a 'hair wash powder' no water I had it when a spent a stretch in the hospital. It's not high fashion but it works. Look it up. I would..if it was my hair...but what mama wants/needs/desires? If I want her to put up with my stuff, then I gotta do the same for her. Besides, in her eyes, I'm a hero. I'll take that. But, thanks for the suggestion. Someone might be looking for that very idea. Gary
garyhaupt 11/08/19 01:51pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
A fall week in the Kootenays

Took off for a weeks fall wandering in BC, doing a hot springs/craft beer loop. Leaving Penticton, to the Fauquier Ferry..Nakusp...Revelstopke, Golden, Kimberly, Creston and last overnight in Grand Forks. Perfect weather..a couple minus 0c nights. No traffic, to speak of. https://i.imgur.com/Dfrqarz.jpg]https://i.imgur.com/Dfrqarz.jpg Ferry park boondocking. https://i.imgur.com/vp11i7s.jpg]https://i.imgur.com/vp11i7s.jpg Halfway Hotsprings https://i.imgur.com/HyVLr5n.jpg]https://i.imgur.com/HyVLr5n.jpg Critters... https://i.imgur.com/arKV1JQ.jpg]https://i.imgur.com/arKV1JQ.jpg https://i.imgur.com/r5uEg44.jpg]https://i.imgur.com/r5uEg44.jpg https://i.imgur.com/2HRt62C.jpg]https://i.imgur.com/2HRt62C.jpg https://i.imgur.com/0K4gD1r.jpg]https://i.imgur.com/0K4gD1r.jpg Luccier Hot Springs https://i.imgur.com/ojZtqQR.jpg]https://i.imgur.com/ojZtqQR.jpg Train history in Fruitvalehttps://i.imgur.com/qIBZbyd.jpg]https://i.imgur.com/qIBZbyd.jpg Golden..Whitetooth Craft house. https://i.imgur.com/3QN1CDV.jpg]https://i.imgur.com/3QN1CDV.jpg Rossland Craft Beer https://i.imgur.com/bds0UNh.jpg]https://i.imgur.com/bds0UNh.jpg We travel a pretty barebones style..boondocking and making our own meals. One of the biggest hurdles we/I had to overcome was the need to arrange for a hairwash/dryer adventure every 3 or 4 days. Yes, the rec centers are fabulous, but only if you are in a town. Out in the weeds, less so. I had a plan...and it works like magic. I picked up a 3000w inverter, had it wired with a good heavy wire. When needed, clamp to truck battery, run an extension inside, start the engine...and let'r rip. https://i.imgur.com/AcvmZaF.jpg]https://i.imgur.com/AcvmZaF.jpg Such a nice time! Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 11/08/19 09:40am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Alaska Marine Highway

Don't hold your breath. A recent federal election ended with Canada remaining under socialist control. No guns allowed, and climate change issues sealed the deal. That will undoubtedly place permanent roadblocks on the Prince Rupert docks. If we had less restrictive firearms laws like yours, CBP could do their own security, which is the real root cause of this issue. Sort of related. At some point in the near future you'll find that transiting Canada with some types of firearms that were formerly allowed will be prohibited. Your only options will be to ship them in future. Sorry. I am guessing you will be happy in your new home. Which state is it, that you are moving to? Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 10/30/19 12:39pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: travel to Haines Alaska

Most people never come back here with the outcome.....well done. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 10/26/19 09:34am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: travel to Haines Alaska

If you want to be proactive? Maybe invest in an InReach. They carry it with in the car...can send daily updates, plus messages and a call for help if needs be. https://explore.garmin.com/en-CA/inreach/ Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 10/25/19 10:08am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: how do you keep sewer tank clear

Where are these RVers getting this Formaldehyde? “Formaldehyde is a colorless, flammable, strong-smelling chemical widely used to make home building products. Most formaldehyde produced in the United States is for the manufacture of resins, such as urea-formaldehyde, used to make the adhesives for pressed wood products, such as particleboard, furniture, paneling, cabinets, and other products. Formaldehyde is also commonly used as a preservative in medical laboratories, mortuaries, and consumer products, including some hair smoothing and straightening products. It is also a by-product of automobile combustion and is produced in small amounts by most living organisms, including humans.” I suspect that people are working off out-of-date knowledge. Wasn't that long ago that all black tank chemical treatments were formaldehyde based. People don't read the contents of what they buy, just assuming that it is what is always been. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 10/22/19 01:41pm General RVing Issues
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