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RE: CANADA & ALASKA TRAVEL TIPS

Dilan, Sitka is not an Island, it is a town on Baranof Island. Juneau is the only State capitol not reachable by road. If your leaving an RV there, how did you get it there? I would add to the OP's list about entering Canada. If you are wearing sunglasses as you approach, leave them on until the CA Customs officer looks at you and then remove them while he is looking. I do this so they know I an not afraid to let him see my eyes up close. You eyes tell a lot about you emotions. Second is answer as much as possible with Yes and No. If he wants to yack he will let you know. Excessive talking and jokes generally alert the Officer to nervousness on your part. Dimensional lumber is not firewood, it is kindling, if asked about firewood and you have only dimensional lumber tell the Officer yes dimensional lumber in X cabinet and here is the key. They are really cool guys that have a very tough job and have to deal with all sorts of people, treat them nice and have everything you can think of handy. I your wife is like mine, remind her to keep quiet and look at the Officer but don't answer for you and only talk if addressed. A nice touch is to say thanks when he waves you on through. Good points and very well said. Thanks Lakeside
lakeside013104 06/25/19 04:32am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: CANADA & ALASKA TRAVEL TIPS

To add a cent to the discussion.....Gun threads have been discussed ad infinitum, so won't really discuss that other than to note that ammo for all common calibers is available in Alaska. One might not find 16 ga SSG or Kynoch solids on the shelf in Tok or Gustavus or Venetie....but generally, ammo is readily available even pretty far from the population centers. IMNSHO, it's not worth the hassle and "risk of irritating" factor to bring ammo into/through Canada (particularly handgun-suitable ammo) when it is available in Alaska. Very true. There is so much ammo at the 'Three Bears Outpost' in TOK that I thought I was in a Cabela's store. Numerous weights available for hundreds of calibers of handguns, rifles, & shotguns. No worries about finding ammo to fit most any firearm in Alaska. Lakeside
lakeside013104 06/25/19 04:30am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: One thing you use ALL the time?

The green diesel handle at the gas station. Yep. That's the thing I use most often with my RV. Ha ha ha Yes, I love the green handle diesel pumps too. Years ago I found out the hard way that BP gas stations do not use green OR yellow handles for their diesel pumps lol. Dan Squeeze the fill lever just enough to squirt part of an ounce into your tank. Then sniff the end of your nozzle. If it smells like gasoline, better go to another fill station. Diesel engines do not digest gasoline very well. Lakeside
lakeside013104 06/04/19 01:33pm General RVing Issues
RE: Mothers Day Laird Hot Springs.

Hey lakeside I hope you don't have a New England accent. They stick out. haha. " If something ever happened to my DW, I would sell everything, go small and disappear into Alaska. I don't mind the cold for live in far up NE and our winters are more severe then south Central AK."---Shush don't tell anybody. The winters are mild. Lots of good places to kick back in. Homer is a place called a destination. That's what makes it special. I live just outside of town. From now till fall I will not drive into town unless I have to. Toooo many people. I can deal with the crowds if I have to but choose not. I ramble on also sorry Thanks Alaska Dennis. Your rambling is not a problem! New England accent for sure..... Ayyu....don't you know you can park your karr in the dooh-yahd. How 'bout eatin sum lobstar...... All in good fun. It catches up to you after a few years and even out-of-staters get the same slang talk coming easy to them. Some how we have trouble with the 'R's. Lakeside Your piece of paradise is truly exceptional. I spent a couple weeks exploring your area and even found the Kilchers homestead. I like the small town feel and Homer certainly has that, even in tourist season if you look beyond the crowds of people. I envy you having lived 32 years in such a beautiful area. Take care. Lakeside
lakeside013104 06/02/19 04:11am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Mothers Day Laird Hot Springs.

Hey lakeside I hope you don't have a New England accent. They stick out. haha. " If something ever happened to my DW, I would sell everything, go small and disappear into Alaska. I don't mind the cold for live in far up NE and our winters are more severe then south Central AK."---Shush don't tell anybody. The winters are mild. Lots of good places to kick back in. Homer is a place called a destination. That's what makes it special. I live just outside of town. From now till fall I will not drive into town unless I have to. Toooo many people. I can deal with the crowds if I have to but choose not. I ramble on also sorry Thanks Alaska Dennis. Your rambling is not a problem! Your piece of paradise is truly exceptional. I spent a couple weeks exploring your area and even found the Kilchers homestead. I like the small town feel and Homer certainly has that, even in tourist season if you look beyond the crowds of people. I envy you having lived 32 years in such a beautiful area. Take care. Lakeside
lakeside013104 05/30/19 03:49pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Mothers Day Laird Hot Springs.

The Laird Hot Springs is an interesting place. Will stop there again on next trip to AK. If something ever happened to my DW, I would sell everything, go small and disappear into Alaska. I don't mind the cold for live in far up NE and our winters are more severe then south Central AK. Someone mentioned that the lower 48 was getting too congested, with no patience from anyone. Hurry and hurry more with no respect for others space. Places we visited in Alaska were laid back, with the 'don't bother me, I won't bother you' mindset. Like I said, I would leave all the drama behind and find a spot to finish the rest of my time on this great planet in peace. Live and then........... in a beautiful place at a slow pace. I never really thought that I would think about dying. Years in the military, then decades in LEO lifestyle. Always thought life was something that was endless up to a point. Always thought I would fight on until I could not. In reality, no one really cares whether you live or don't. People care for what is in their immediate life and are interested, not so much, about anyone else. I accept that, but don't have to agree with it or like it. It is what it is! Endless ramblings of a used up Marine. Thanks for listening, or maybe just thanks for letting me ramble, for no one is really interested in listening unless the story is about them. Safe travels to all. If I passed you on this road, you knew it was me for I was the one who smiled or tried to lend a helping hand to those in need. My parents message of 'treating others as I want others to treat me' served me well. Lakeside
lakeside013104 05/27/19 03:20am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Denali Hwy vs Fairbanks?

https://i.imgur.com/sU2qWaMl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/KGJvU4yl.jpg Very nice. Thanks for sharing. Just like I remember it. Lakeside
lakeside013104 05/22/19 04:08pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Denali Hwy vs Fairbanks?

Most caravans will spend more time there than any other place. I don't like doing the things that most caravaners like to do so that is a big turn off. Agreed. Denali Hwy was well worth the trip. One or two over nights works well for us. So amazingly beautiful. Much more so than the city of Fairbanks. Each to their own. Lakeside
lakeside013104 05/16/19 03:58pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Best thing to use under jacks while unloading on grass

But Home Depot has metal frames to build sawhorses, about $55 per pair, plus lumber. Supposed to support 2000 pounds per set. I might do that. Might work, but these are designed specifically for truck campers by Torklift: https://i.imgur.com/hM6MnENl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/YuSy0Bzl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/xEWdTd9l.jpg https://i.imgur.com/jO9418Ml.jpg Works for me. Opps, sorry about the tent picture,,,,,, Lakeside
lakeside013104 05/11/19 04:30am Truck Campers
RE: loosing old members

I am old and life does change, but having a guy like Old Biscuit with all the RV tech knowledge on this site is priceless. Well said ^. Plus I get tired of having my posts deleted. Some mod with personal axe to grid with me makes my informative posts disappear if I don't write it perfectly. I am old and it takes time to type a post, but no matter, poof, it is gone because of a difference of opinion. I find it is a waste of time to read or write as often as I used to on RV.net. I write a generic post and if it shares a different opinion from what this particular mod has, it disappears. Why bother. Oh yes, I fully expect this post to vanish also. Also: Moderator jplante4 is NOT the subject of my rant above. Just thought I would clarify. My issues have come from Around the Campfire. Lakeside
lakeside013104 04/01/19 03:32am Truck Campers
RE: TC / airbag suspension

Airbags adjusted correctly (not too much pressure) can improve the ride. Too much pressure will make the ride worse. I believe the key is to keep the overloads engaged. Air bags also give you a way to adjust the ride height if you are towing a trailer, or if one side of the TC/truck is heavier than the other. Do make sure that they are plumbed separately or you won’t be able to balance driver and passenger sides. Excellent information and exactly as I have experienced with my Firestone airbags. On initial install of TC onto F-350 at the RV dealership, the tech put 60# of air into my airbags. When I pulled out of dealership yard onto highway, I felt the truck was severely top heavy. I got out to look and saw the overload springs were 3" off the rubber bumper. I lowered the pressure by 10 psi and drove ten miles. I did this several times until the truck felt stable when driving. I found that at 28# of air in the bags, the truck was most comfortable to drive. Good luck with your new setup. Lakesidew
lakeside013104 03/26/19 04:48am Truck Campers
RE: Can't bring TT home because of neighbors parking in street?

Try parking your RV in the street. When they complain, tell them they have given you no choice. If they park in their driveways then you will too. Similar to my train of thought...... You have a couple different routes to go here, but Mr. Biscuit is accurate on how the whole situation will end.... Just know in advance if you follow my recommendations, issues could arise, be prepared...... #1 Park your trailer close enough to the uncooperative neighbor's vehicle so they cannot move forward or rearward. Leave a note on your vehicle that you would be happy to move your vehicle if they would move theirs. Leave a contact number and be ready to move your vehicle. Either the neighbor will contact you or the police will. You did not call the police, so you can't be blamed for them being on site. #2 I assume on the inside corner of the cul-de-sac there is a curb... have enough 2"x8" planks so that your trailer tires can ride up and over the curb to allow you enough room to pass the irresponsible and inconsiderate neighbor's parked vehicle. The #2 option is the best, but may or may not be possible. Good luck and keep us posted. PS......there are more bozos out on the streets of this great USA then just the ones you are dealing with. Sad, but true. Too many are concerned, NOT for others. All about 'them'. In their world, no one else exists or matters. Karma will prevail in the end. Patience is a must. Lakeside
lakeside013104 02/28/19 03:47am General RVing Issues
RE: 6.7 Diesel fuel mileage

Diesel engines exist because they give about 20 to 30 percent better mileage. Cost of gasoline and diesel fuels vary considerably across the country, so you may or may not have enough savings. My 2011 F-350 consistently got 17 - 19 mpg. My 2016 is getting 13.5 - 14 mph. I have heard that the additional smog devices on the engine has changed the mpg somewhat. Diesel prices this time of year in the northeast are typically $1 more per gallon compared to gasoline prices. In the summer, diesel is more closely priced to gasoline. In my opinion, the F-350 is the best truck I have ever owned and I have owned all models. The power while towing across this country two times and to and from Alaska is ample. The new engine braking on the 2016 is awesome. Crossing the Rockies several times, I can count on one hand the times I used the brakes to control the vehicle on steep hills. The electronic engine brake and the transmission brake are excellent features on a vehicle. Two things I wish Ford would change. #1 The process to re-learn tire pressure sensors is a PITA. Come on Ford. You can do better on this feature. #2 I wish Ford offered 'factory' air bags and inflation systems on their vehicles. Both of my trucks were fitted with aftermarket airbags. To the Oper, you won't be sad if you make the plunge and purchase this F-350. As long as it has been maintained properly, it should give you years of service and will be a pleasure to tow with. Your fuel mileage should be better then what you are currently experiencing. Good luck and keep us posted. Lakeside
lakeside013104 02/28/19 03:15am Fifth-Wheels
RE: importing a truck

Well, other than you mis-quoted me, I said 48 hours, not 24, I also very clearly said “along with all the instructions/ information you need”. I’ve been to that website quite a few times, it’s extremely clear about what you have to do. BTW, even though the OP said they weren’t necessarily doing it, driving to the border and asking might be problematic since they’re in Tucson AZ so the nearest border crossing, Sweet Grass MT, is about 1,500 miles north of them. I suspect a fax, maybe a follow up phone call out of an abundance of caution, would be a little easier....... JaxDad, My bad about misquoting you, 24 vs. 48. I stand corrected. I will take a time out for my mistake. You are correct about the distance from Tucson, AZ to Sweet Grass, MT. You are not so accurate as to where to get the information, in person, that I spoke about. With a very small amount of ingenuity I located the following: Tucson, AZ has an International Airport, which has an arrivals section staffed with CBP Officers where you can speak with them in person to get the accurate information I suggested. Their location is: Reporting, Inquiries & Mailing Address: U.S. Customs and Border Protection Tucson International Airport 7150 S. Tucson Boulevard International Terminal Tucson, AZ 85706 If you are so inclined as to want to speck to Officials over the telephone, they may be reached at: Monday - Friday (520) 799-8348 from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. If I have mistyped something or misspelled something not to your liking, again, my bad. More time out for me. Lakeside
lakeside013104 02/24/19 06:16am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: importing a truck

I would imagine importing a truck to Canada is the same as a motorhome. I imported the motorhome in 2017. It was a bit of a hassle. I used an import broker for most of the paperwork but needed to supply them with a bill of sale, clearance docs showing that all recalls had been done ( really hard to obtain) a letter from the manufacturer stating that speedometer read in kph, and that daytime running lights were operational. After the border where you pay the taxes etc you had a short window to get a federal inspection done (cdn tire for $125 and a days time) and then present the vehicle for inspection at the provincial dmv. I saved a few $ buying in the USA but it was a hassle i won’t do again. Good information. The only tidbit I would ad: you will need to 'export' the vehicle from the USA. Stop at the border a week or so before you actually want to take the vehicle across and ask the Officers what is required. They will advise you of the correct procedures and proper paper work. Lakeside This is completely unnecessary, all you have to do is fax a form (available from the CBP website along with all the instructions/ information you need) to the border crossing you will be using at least 48 hours before you get to the border. You are somewhat correct, using the form is allowed, but some folks are confused when viewing the CBP web site as to what form they will require. My advise about stopping to inquire prior to the crossing day with the vehicle, is recommended to those who prefer first hand knowledge given to them by an informed individual. Also, you are missing the point with your advise: "All you need to do is fax 24 hours before you get to the border, your words". This implies to the person attempting to do the 'right' thing, that all they need to do is send a fax to the border and then cross with their new vehicle. You are missing the most important step, which can be missed by just reading and faxing compared to talking to an informed actual person (Officer) in advance; YOU need to STOP on the USA side of the border on the day of the export to finalize the paperwork. A real live person will explain this to anyone who inquires, vs. missing that point with the 'fax' only information you provided. Again, no fees are due the day you 'physically' show up at the US border to export your vehicle. All the Officer will do is compare the previously submitted form information to the vin number of the vehicle wishing to be exported. It takes less then five minutes to export a vehicle from the USA. A very simple process, but a process that is mandated by federal law. You may ask, why all the fuss? Simply stated, you are removing an item of value from the US commerce (exporting) and introducing that same item of value into the Canadian commerce (importing). If the direction of the vehicle was opposite, you would be exporting from Canada and importing into the USA. This process is completed hundreds of times every month by both countries. The paper trail is there, OR it isn't, if you have failed to comply or complete the process correctly and completely. In my opinion, it is much easier to hear the words from a 'live' individual, rather then attempt to interpret the information available from a web site. The Officers are there and getting paid a fair wage, so lets use them for our benefit when the occasion arises. Lakeside
lakeside013104 02/23/19 09:39am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: importing a truck

I would imagine importing a truck to Canada is the same as a motorhome. I imported the motorhome in 2017. It was a bit of a hassle. I used an import broker for most of the paperwork but needed to supply them with a bill of sale, clearance docs showing that all recalls had been done ( really hard to obtain) a letter from the manufacturer stating that speedometer read in kph, and that daytime running lights were operational. After the border where you pay the taxes etc you had a short window to get a federal inspection done (cdn tire for $125 and a days time) and then present the vehicle for inspection at the provincial dmv. I saved a few $ buying in the USA but it was a hassle i won’t do again. Good information. The only tidbit I would ad: you will need to 'export' the vehicle from the USA. This is easy to do and costs zero at the US border crossing that your driving the vehicle across. Some folks use a US broker or export dealer, but using them, costs you unnecessary expense. Stop at the border a week or so before you actually want to take the vehicle across and ask the Officers what is required to export a vehicle into Canada. They will advise you of the correct procedure and proper paper work. Again, this costs you nothing to do if you do it yourself. The off-set is if you do not export the vehicle and at some point return to the US with this vehicle, when the US Officer discovers it is a US vehicle that has NOT been exported properly from the USA, you are subject to a civil penalty and or detainment of your vehicle until the export is completed properly. Not a good feeling to be driving up to the border with a vehicle you know has not been exported properly. The guilt feelings will show on you and a watchful Officer will pick up on the non-verbal cues. You may pass through the US border a few times, but then on a future trip across, the error will become know when you least expect it. Your trip to visit the US will be different from how you anticipated it to be, with delays and possible detainment of your new (to you) vehicle. We all buy insurance, or at least, are supposed to. Exporting a vehicle from the USA property is like buying insurance for your future trouble-free crossing at the border. And it costs nothing to do, other then as few minutes spent at the border 'to do the right thing'. Your choice. Good luck and safe travels. Lakeside
lakeside013104 02/23/19 04:42am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: RV travel agent? Could you suggest one?

I see the welcoming committee is working hard today. I've actually had family members ask us if we use a travel agent to plan trips. People who aren't campers/RVers really don't know how this all works. That said, I haven't seen any red flags that there is something amiss with the OP. Plan B RV is doing a good job of dishing it right back...Too bad he has to dish anything back. This is THE reason I've stopped asking for help on this forum. You ask, Mr. 2012Coleman. We will help you. Ignore the smart-aleck non-intelligent responses. Folks on here have a boat load of practical experience that most are willing to share. Lakeside
lakeside013104 02/21/19 03:05pm Beginning RVing
RE: RV travel agent? Could you suggest one?

Maybe Mommy will hold your hand. Your mommy? Haha. That’s great I thought Plan B RV did good with this statement. Most likely, way over the head of the person who wrote mommy..... still scratching their head and wondering what was meant!!! Using a agent for traveling is just another way to keep our economy going, plus it helps the person paying save time and effort. Some folks just do not enjoy spending hours on the net doing research. Each to their own. Good luck Plan B. Lakeside
lakeside013104 02/21/19 04:41am Beginning RVing
RE: Campbell or Alaskan Hwy?

https://i.imgur.com/ihWMsvil.jpg https://i.imgur.com/sb7eEgQl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/XTDNCGdl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/oi45pl3l.jpg https://i.imgur.com/2QopFtvl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/8EoL668l.jpg https://i.imgur.com/Gt5OAoJl.jpg Plenty to see on the Alaska Hwy and you are always within a couple hundred miles of fuel. We love the outdoors and view mountains, waters, abundant wildlife, and trees with awe. We enjoy the peacefulness and inspiring beauty that the Yukon and BC has to offer. Either way you choose will be memorable. My only comment, believe it or not, is: how much beauty can one consume in one adventure? After a while all the beauty seemed to be the norm. Everywhere one looked was more beautiful then the last, until all this beauty was part of everyday life, until it wasn't. How many pictures of mountains can you take? How many pictures of lakes, rivers, and streams can satisfy your hunger for beauty? How many pictures of bears sitting beside the road do you need? How many pictures off buffalo bulls, cows, and calves are enough? Is ten pictures of up close stone sheep adequate? How many pictures of elk, wolves, deer, and fowl is really enough? All questions to be answered differently by each of us. All the pictures of all this beauty is yours for the taking. Your best chances for wildlife picture taking is early mornings or was it midday, or was it evenings? Each experience will be different. All worth the patience it took to get them. Patience and time invested is the clue. Don't be in a hurry or you will miss out. Eventually you will drive past the beauty and be back into reality. Was I really there, or was it a dream? The thousands of pictures we continually review, prove to us, we were there. Enjoy your adventure, allow more time then you plan to, and you still will not have allowed enough. Bring along two good cameras and an open mind without stressors. You will be rewarded for a lifetime. Lakeside
lakeside013104 02/11/19 04:24am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: FastGuns / Hallmark - how to provide extra camper security?

Long shank padlocks from the big box stores work just fine. Or a sign on the side of your TC something like this: Thieves will be shot and survivors will be shot again. Or the problem could be when you live....LA.... Up in this neck of the woods we leave our keys in our vehicles and our homes and campers unlocked. Crooks know they may be facing the working end of a weapon if they attempt to steal. Not worth the price, so most leave things that don't belong to them, alone. Good luck. Lakeside
lakeside013104 02/11/19 03:36am Truck Campers
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