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RE: Colorado - Wyoming - Montana - Idaho

We just returned from a two week trip to our favorites: MT, ID, and WA. The weather was fine, and a little warmer than some years in the past when it could have been light snow in the mountainous areas of MT. The big advantage is that traffic was light and that was nice especially in Yellowstone NP and Glacier NP. Only disadvantage was that some of the stores in Yellowstone and Glacier were closed for the season so you should check on campground availability within the parks, private CG's outside the NP's were open. The fall colors were fantastic including the aspen, larch, and the wheat fields of MT and eastern WA. It sure pays when you can travel in the shoulder season.
Islandman 10/14/20 04:46pm Roads and Routes
RE: alaska 2021 ???

Won't you be heading westward to get to Alaska from Niagara Falls, or am I messed up on my directions?
Islandman 09/17/20 03:24pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Class C Rocky Mountains ??

Think I would only use cruise control on the flat and moderate terrain roads, for hilly/mountainous areas I'd put the transmission in tow mode and on downhill stretches make sure you're not using the brakes very much. I think that travel is still limited from USA to Canada and vice versa, but you will have to determine what is allowed now. It's been awhile since we camped in the Banff and Jasper locale, so will defer to other respondents for up-to-date advice; it certainly is beautiful country though and well worth the trip.
Islandman 09/04/20 03:35pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Scenic Routes/Places to See in WY, ID, MT, SD & E. CO

Several favorites we have enjoyed over the years: (1) MT 509 from Henry's Lake, ID west to Monida, MT in the Red Rocks Country, (2) MT 278 and MT 43 from Bannack northwest to Chief Joseph Pass thru the Big Hole Country, (3) US 12 from Lolo, MT westward to Lewiston, ID along the Lewis & Clark Highway and the Lochsa and Clearwater Rivers. Good camping spots along US 12, stop at the visitor center on Lolo Pass for more info.
Islandman 08/18/20 11:11am Roads and Routes
RE: Reminder About the Rules

PackerBacker - Thanks again for your comments about the forum rules, RVNet is a great place to get info and correspond with others; you moderators have a tough job and are doing fine! Hope to get up to QC again in the next year or two, we enjoyed our trip up there a couple years ago, such a great place.
Islandman 08/03/20 09:30am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Yellowstone

Yellowstone NP is a great place and the rangers and other staff are doing their best to preserve the beauty and features of the park. Been there many times over the past fifty years; winter and summer, and the Park Service does a good job in managing the park so people can enjoy their trip. Yes there are times when crowded conditions cause a stressful trip, but that comes with the territory; if you can't plan for a fall or spring adventure. As far as having a big rock at the rear of a camp site, that was probably placed there to prevent backing onto vegetation and eventually causing damage. There are some good USFS CG's not too far away from Yellowstone that can handle the overload if can't make it to the park and you want something similar. Hat's off to the NPS employees, they do a good job!
Islandman 07/21/20 02:48pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Madison, WI to Badlands and back - best route?

I agree with the above posters that the OP should add Teddy Roosevelt NP in North Dakota to the travel agenda. Much more to see and do up there; I'm a native South Dakotan (Black Hills) and have been to both places, once was enough for the SD Badlands, but have been to the ND several times and really enjoy them. Camping is much better, the bison are great, and there's lots of history to enjoy while you're there.
Islandman 07/09/20 08:35pm Roads and Routes
RE: Lolo to Walla Walla, WA

The drive from Lolo Pass all the way to Lewiston is really nice, we especially like the stretch from Powell Rgr Sta to Kamiah this time of the year. Stop at the Visitor Center on Lolo Pass, DeVoto Cedar Grove, and a few other highlights of the trip. Folks at the visitor center will give you some good places to stop and see along your way.
Islandman 06/07/20 05:59pm Roads and Routes
RE: Social distancing

Above guidelines are excellent, good to see that the AZ parks are following the guidelines of the health people; some may be inconvenient but they are for the good of everyone.
Islandman 03/25/20 01:06pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Tire HELP

Believe I'd check with a good tire dealer for valve extenders or even a TPMS system if you want to spend more money. Don't know if you're snowbirding in the US or are already back home, so due to the border restrictions just imposed you may have to go somewhere different than you normally would. In western USA, Les Schwab or Discount Tire are fine dealers and of course in CA you have Canadian Tire who can probably be of great assist.
Islandman 03/18/20 11:31am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Vernal, UT to Rock Springs, WY

It may be a little early, but one thing we always enjoyed while driving north of Dutch John area up towards Rock Springs were the young antelope seen out grazing or with their mamas. Just keep your eye out, usually on the west side of the drive is where we noticed them the most. And definitely stop at the visitor center in Dutch John for some great views, I assume it's still there.
Islandman 03/12/20 10:33am Roads and Routes
RE: How many Miles Expected on PW Excel?

We used to own a Pleasure-Way Excel, they are well-built and a quality coach, the price seems a little high but if it's in great shape go for it. The factory is always available for any questions you might have and you will be a happy owner. There is a PW users club that used to headquartered in California, don't know if it's still there or not but check it out to share ideas and compare notes; their annual rallies were fun events.
Islandman 02/15/20 09:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: Traveling in a group— How do you handle it?

I generally agree with the majority of the above people, don't convoy. Just agree to meet at rest stops, maybe a particular restaurant that is along the route for lunch or something. Cell phones will let you stay in contact except maybe in mountainous regions where coverage might be limited, but if you have a few rendevous (sp?)spots along the way there shouldn't be any problem. I've been in several convoy situations and somebody is always tailgating or talking too much on the CB, etc. Have a good trip and catch some fish!
Islandman 02/04/20 04:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: Composting Toilet

Do these composting toilets depend on lots of power to dry out the waste matter and aid in the composting action? I'm not familiar with them but, operation of the toilet and travel needs consideration. Perhaps you can clue us in on how they work.
Islandman 01/20/20 05:56pm General RVing Issues
RE: Yellowstone - west or northwest enterance?

As the above respondents have indicated, you're best going to the west entrance and will avoid the grade going south into the park from the Gardiner entrance. And as they indicated, the Madison CG is real close to the West Yellowstone entrance, so you'll be able to set up camp quickly after entering the park.
Islandman 01/13/20 04:24pm Roads and Routes
RE: Glacier National Park to Yellowstone National Park.

Yes, Grizzly was the RV park I was thinking of in West Yellowstone, it's a nice place and located close to the park entrance; don't know about the place in Gardiner though.
Islandman 01/12/20 01:03pm Roads and Routes
RE: Glacier National Park to Yellowstone National Park.

Since Fishing Bridge CG indide YNP will be closed, I recommend a very good RV park in West Yellowstone, I forget the name perhaps another reader might recall it. West is a handy place to do all the touring inside YNP and there are things to do inside the town also. Another town to consider is Gardiner on the north side of the park, I'm not familiar with places to stay there however, it's been too long since I've been there. You will want to drive the Beartooth while in the Yellowstone area, but only do it with your tow vehicle, definitely do not take your trailer up on that highway if you want to enjoy the trip.
Islandman 01/10/20 05:23pm Roads and Routes
RE: DeWalt 20V portable air compressor

The 20v DeWalt compressor might be just the ticket for you, I'd buy a couple 20v batteries and a charger just to have on hand for when you need to use the compressor. I have several Dewalt 20v tools and they are well made and quite portable, check the factory outlet stores for some good buys, especially for reconditioned items; they have sales quite often. I have no idea what your total cost is going to be, but it's certainly worth looking into, and you will save a lot of space by getting rid of the pancake job.
Islandman 01/08/20 06:51pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Class Bs with Twin Beds other than the Travato 59K

Take a look at a used Pleasure Way Class B, they are well made and are quite reasonable if you look for one about 10 years old or so. Earlier ones are on a Dodge chassis which we used to own and the newer ones (about 2004 and up) are on the Ford chassis. Length is about 21 ft if I remember correctly. For something a little bigger, you might consider a small Class C in the 23 ft range like a used Coach House, say a 2005 model. That would be about $25K, maybe a little more if it was low mileage and in perfect shape.
Islandman 11/23/19 08:54pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
Remembrance Day

May we honor our Canadian friends as they observe Rembembrance Day on November 11th in honor of the their soldiers who served in Europe during World War which finally ended with the Armistice in 1918. You can be proud of the sacrifice made by them. As a younger American Army veteran who will be celebrate our Veterans Day tomorrow, I have great admiration and respect for all men and women who have served their country, USA or Canada!
Islandman 11/10/19 08:38pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
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