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RE: Border News

Is it true AstraZeneca vaccine is approved in Canada... You got it. Its approved in Canada. However, that being said, the AstraZeneca (AZ) deployment was a real mess. If you had your primer dose of AZ in Canada, your booster became a choice (ie. you could get your booster as AZ, or Moderna, or Pfizer). Many Canadians that felt they were coerced by the Canadian Feds into "getting the first vaccine that was offered", became extremely angry when the same Canadian Feds came back and said, "....if you had AZ as your primer, you could choose any other vaccine available...." (this could have been because: a) the supply of AZ at that time was extremely unreliable; or, B) "other" (ie. backlash because of potential for death from a known side-effect) Interestingly, the word out of the US is: that the only vaccinated visitors permitted into the US must have been vaccinated with are "approved vaccines"...and AZ is not one of "those" :D
silversand 07/28/21 10:40am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Border News

Good grief. USA has a population of around 300 million while Canada is less than 40 million with almost same land area so of course US will have a much higher number of Covid cases, deaths and unvaccinated. This is an apples to oranges situation ...a very common perception outside the field of demography (size and structure of populations) "we spatial analysts" run across all the time. Especially when related to Canada (density/spatially). The 4th largest city in North America is Toronto, with a tremendous population density. This, right behind LA, New York, and Mexico City. Almost the entirety of the Canadian population live in a handful of cities (Greater Toronto Area; Greater Montreal Area; Greater Vancouver Area; etc; etc). The exact same viral contagion dynamics play out in Canada's 10 largest cities (those 10 encompassing almost the entirety of the 38 million Canadian population) as play out in Baltimore, Washington, Miami, Los Angeles and New York City. Just move the present northern US border between the USA and Canada a mere 60 miles north of its present location, and the US would have captured almost 98% of Canada's population :D Also, 38 million into 340 million goes: 8.9 times. Compare this ratio to the present infection rate of 166 x (times) US to Canada (I think today it is now 168 x the Canadian rate).
silversand 07/27/21 02:25pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Border News

With the current threat of variants and the fast rise in cases again, I'm thinking another year and a half. The last epidemic was three years, even with the vaccine it won't be shortened because of the lack of doses and those not wanting to take the shot. Chris: Yeah. Just about 3 years will probably play out, vis cov-2. Last time I looked, the "World population vaccination percentage" was just in the 13.2% range fully vaccinated as of this week :E and only 1.1% of the populations of low-income nations have had just 1 shot Global vaccinations thus far
silversand 07/21/21 02:44pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Border News

because in Canada there are fewer cases per capita and higher vaccination rate than in the US. .....quite a bit fewer....Canada is seeing only ~300 new cases a day now....the US is seeing ~50,000 cases a day; that is 166.6 x more cases in the US per day than in Canada.....and recall that Canada's population is appx 10% of the US pop :E Daily confirmed US cases today: here--> I was just looking at Dr John Campbell's "situational video" today, here: Canada the most vaccinated country in the World now So, with our country so well covered by vaccination, and, as Moisheh mentions, the large cost $$$ to land-entry in terms of dollars = tests, entry into Canada is still pretty daunting for the casual American land traveler. It is extremely puzzling why the US isn't allowing Canadian casual travelers into the US by land crossing on or before August 9th. Imagine the testing cost to a fully-vaccinated US citizen coming across into Canada for just a weekend? A week? :h this requirement may change over time. We will see....
silversand 07/21/21 02:25pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Ants and similar pests in any RV.

Run100 wrote: I put a small ring of grease around each jack, about an inch up from the ground, and that stopped the ants in their tracks. As I had read somewhere, the ants will not cross over grease - Vaseline works too. That's interesting. have to try it. I've been experimenting with back-folded duct tape (the real brand; not Dollar store stuff). And ants manage to struggle over the adhesive. Even 4 inches of adhesive. Our rig is parked in the driveway, but partially under tree canopy. The ants often drop out of the trees and land on the camper roof. Not necessarily climbing jack legs and power cables....
silversand 07/09/21 09:46am Truck Campers
RE: Fausto Proposes Free Access of RVs Into Mexico

....wow. This is quite interesting. I particularly like the photo of the truck camper in the article (we are truck camper owners)....with 3/4 ton truck.
silversand 07/09/21 06:45am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Militarization of Aduanas

Thanks for the links guys! Checking it out..... Yeah, some may try and monetize bad experiences. However it is the hidden/clandestine camera experience that I want to see....
silversand 06/21/21 06:08am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Militarization of Aduanas

Was that the couple in the Class B RV that had illegal CBD products? She spoke Spanish? That scenario doesn't sound familiar. Can you send me a link? If not, let me try and find it in Youtube. Cheers
silversand 06/19/21 06:32am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Militarization of Aduanas

Thanks, Chris for the article. On viewing Youtube blogs of RVers crossing into Mexico over the past 2 months, I found 3 crossers talking about being extorted at crossing borders, or 20 miles in. One of the Youtubers had a hidden camera inside their RV and recorded the entire harrowing experience. This is anecdotal of course, but seeing it happen on hidden camera, one has to stop or at least hesitate on their RVing plans.
silversand 06/18/21 01:11pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Closed: Border opening

Hey, Guys: ....Mexico's inbound land border(s) never closed, right? Its unlikely it will ever close. The problem is: Only US citizens or individuals physically in the USA can access Mexico via land crossings, driving (RVs). No other North, South of Central American or Canadian driver (RVer) can get (access) to Mexico. Flying in, yeah. Driving? Imposible en este momento. Have you guys seen the PBS news report last night, interviewing Dr. Robert Wachter? Its about the "Delta" variant sweeping 72 countries...and a rather huge wave probable in North America late this summer and fall: here--> On edit: Has anyone reading this thread tried to cross from Belize or Guatemala into Mexico in their RV? What was your experience?
silversand 06/16/21 08:14am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Anyone had experience with Bluetti lion power stations?

Thanks, all, for the thoughts! I found Hobotech to run some very comprehensive testing. He strives to blow up (push power station testing) to a point where often, the power station fries. Love this kind of testing.
silversand 06/04/21 06:15am Truck Campers
RE: Anyone had experience with Bluetti lion power stations?

Thanks, for your experience on the Bluetti soon2bexpat! You probably keep the Bluetti in the trailer (or, truck) I imagine. Had you ever experienced charging "it" in near 32F conditions?
silversand 06/03/21 08:09am Truck Campers
RE: ....new truck camper manufacturer in Quebec

I believe the RV industry will cool in the next couple of years and you will see the market flooded with slightly used RV’s, because people will go back to their old ways of travel and recreating. ....yeah. Sounds right. Boom and bust cycles. Eventually, deals will appear.
silversand 06/03/21 07:54am Truck Campers
Anyone had experience with Bluetti lion power stations?

Anyone here have experience porting around a Bluetti AC200 (P) lithium-ion power station bumping around in the truck camper environment ? We are looking at acquiring one. These, built with LG Chem's 3C pouch cells (that alone is phenomenal). What we like about the "spec", is that the unit has dual independent MPPT controllers built in; can "handle" up to 150 volts incoming from a solar array (say, 700 watt array). Charge time from 10% to full under optimum in something like 2.7 to 3.3 hours flat. Working temp from 0C up to +40C. Charging low temperature protection (but we never expect its charging environment to ever be below 7C -ish....ever). 5 ways to charge it. 2000 watt pure sinewave (inverted to AC) continuous load at 1800 to 1900 watt draw. And, the interesting part, an aircraft twist connect 12V DC 25A output (I can connect to our truck camper 12V DC mains). I've seen an AC200P power up an air conditioner (7000btu) in a good reputable review. I was toying around with building my own lithium-ion batteries (a pack of 3.2V LiFePO4 units strapped together), but once you add up the home-made LiFePO4 (in the $700 CAD range), and 2000watt pure sinewave, and the 2x MPPT controllers and AC power brick and the array of 7 cables, and sockets to add into drilled holes in a battery box....and, a touch-screen display....holy crow....WAY more expensive than a Bluetti 2000Wh unit. Worse, if I buy all the separate parts, I'll essentially have no warranty. The Bluetti, has a 2 year warranty (with possibility to acquire a 3 year warranty if I buy during a deal event). ??
silversand 06/03/21 07:43am Truck Campers
RE: ....new truck camper manufacturer in Quebec

Missing a lot of stuff. How is it attached to the truck also?? ....probably attached through removable panels inside the camper near the 4 corners...onto those aircraft cargo attachment rails. But I really don't know for sure. The jacks I believe are hidden inside the body (the camper shell wall) and drop down, or, slide out, and pivot down.
silversand 06/03/21 06:18am Truck Campers
RE: ....new truck camper manufacturer in Quebec

Jim: They are positioning into the "expedition overlanding" cohort it appears. Competing directly with truck campers like OverlandEx here--> where pop-up truck campers start at $72,000 CAD. And competing with truck camper expedition manufacturers like Nimbl pop-up ($121,000 with flatbed tray without truck)....and many others. Buyers seem to be lined up around the block to buy them.... all. I read on the Loki site that they are opening a manufacturing plant in Colorado, too. I'd bet that they will probably open a manufacturing facility in western Canada before too long. They will likely do extremely well. Especially these years, with the entire RV manufacturing industry working at more than 100% capacity.
silversand 06/03/21 06:03am Truck Campers
RE: ....new truck camper manufacturer in Quebec

I think I read the weight for the 1 ton truck model at around 3000LBS. They write that the starting price is $130 odd k. So, I deduce that this would be for the model that fits the Ford Ranger...? And yeah, looking at photos, no bathroom...not even a cassette toilet.
silversand 06/02/21 02:12pm Truck Campers
RE: ....new truck camper manufacturer in Quebec

Kayteg: Yeah. Any camper we buy would absolutely have to be titanium white (including roof). The tapered truck camper wing thing would certainly limit "wing storage", but the disappearing/retracting truck camper legs and taper could be useful in back country, and driving narrow streets, say, in Latin America.... Also, I don't see a flatbed version of the camper. If we were to contemplate one of these, it would have to be on a flatbed tray.
silversand 06/02/21 08:16am Truck Campers
....new truck camper manufacturer in Quebec

Guys: ....here is a new truck camper manufacturer....located in Quebec. Loki. Quite interesting. They seem to be positioned between a Cirrus and EarthRoamer (well, kind of EarthRoamer, as Loki is removable). Units will be made for Ford Ranger/Tacoma, all the way up to F350 /F550 levels. here-->
silversand 06/02/21 07:30am Truck Campers
RE: Happijacs, what will happen if.........

....round steel tubes vs. square: one resists torsional twisting; one resists load bearing when horizontal. But every application is complex, and situational. ....just adding to Matt's excellent explanation: Also, remember that putting a (pay)load in a truck will drop the truck (and bed) from a few fractions of an inch, to 2 or 3 or more inches in the rear. Measure the slope of your truck bed before applying the truck camper load.....then after. The unloaded truck bed will sit quite a bit higher in the rear, and if your truck camper nose is a bit low, when you pull the truck forward whilst unloading, the rear bed surface may "beach", potentially severely "bending" the jack leg(s).....
silversand 05/27/21 08:46am Truck Campers
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