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RE: Sad state of our National Parks-II

I wonder how many of the people here complaining about the state of the National Parks are using reduced rate passes vs. the $80 annual pass, and taking advantage of the 50% discount on camping. Discounts for seniors and the disabled mean less money to be used in the parks, yet the vehicles they drive have the same impact on the roads and their RV's occupy the same amount of space that a "full price" visitor's would... And I wonder if you were permanently disabled as a result of serving your country and no longer able to earn the same money you used to / could have if you would mind paying “full price” to see your country and have a little R & R with your family? Freedom is not free, and those that enjoy it are rarely the ones who pay for it.
JaxDad 08/03/19 02:40pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: MN new laws August 1st

People don’t understand that window tint is NOT something covered by reciprocity either, just like vehicle length, trailer reg’s, overall length, etc., etc. He stopped in a parking lot just before dusk for dinner and had a knock on the door, he opened the door to find half a dozen LEO’s. It turned out they had a vague description of a m/h and the occupants were seen drinking beer going down the road, he was the first (and right off the interstate) they came across. They had a quick look and realized they had the wrong vehicle but also pointed out that his blacked out windows were illegal in that state and they could tell him he had to be towed out of state. All they need is an excuse........
JaxDad 08/03/19 02:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ontario Annual Yellow safety inspection sticker exemption

You nailed my point EXACTLY. Anyone who would pull that trailer down the road is obviously NOT the safety-oriented motorist that you and me are. All trailers and tow vehicles should be inspected. In Pennsylvania for example, all trailers over 3,000 pounds GVWR need to be certified annually, all motor vehicles need to be inspected prior to each years license renewal. Otherwise let’s just go with the whole ‘2 sets of rules’ thing, nobody over 65 allowed to drive on 400 series highways, no RV’s allowed on highways during rush hours or holiday weekends, nobody can pull a trailer on the road until they pass a ‘trailer endorsement’ on their drivers license........ I could go on and on. While I fully support the idea of a trailer towing license endorsement it can't end there. There also must be a large motorhome license endorsement as well that is practical and enforceable. Your other pie in the sky suggestions are simply wacky. Rush hour is 24x7 in the GTA! I would love to know how much lower the highway death rates, accident rates, injury rates, insurance claims costs' and insurance rates are in Pennsylvania than in jurisdiction without said annual safety inspections for all motor vehicles before commenting on your position of annual safety inspection's of all vehicles. That's one of the goofy things about the yellow sticker law in Ontario. No one, commercial use or personal use has ever had to prove that they are in possession of a current Yellow safety sticker inspection to renew a required vehicles plate license registration. You must show proof of a current CVOR if required or declare the exemption from the CVOR before a commercial vehicle license registration can be renewed but not the Yellow sticker And this 'sticker BS' is EXACTLY why they've brought in this exemption. There is a concept in law called "officially induced error" under which principle (despite the 'ignorance of the law is no excuse' principle) you cannot be found guilty of an offence if you were lead there due to the action, or inaction, of the government themselves in some way. By allowing people to license a vehicle that was required to be inspected annnually, without even telling them they required that inspection, let alone insisting on it, they were creating the offence themselves. Many, many traffic ticket fighting outfits got people off on this ticket because of this and it finally found it's way up the food chain until they finally corrected the situation. Whacky indeed, I was trying to be in order to point out the unfair rules and regulations. There's MANY more still on the books. Double towing in Ontario is one of them, probably near the top of the list IMHO. In Ontario you can legally tow two trailers behind one tow vehicle, BUT, only if the tow vehicle is a "commercial vehicle" (read pickup truck) and NOT if the driver has an AR drivers license. So, if I had a little Ford Ranger I could legally two two trailers behind it, BUT, if I had an F450 and I have an AR license I cant. Explain that logic.
JaxDad 08/02/19 09:49am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: MN new laws August 1st

Why pass a law if no one will enforce it? Because many people will obey the law and that in itself is beneficial. Ontario has had a distracted driving law for a few years now, convictions come with stiff penalties, fines of $615 to $1,000 plus demerit points on your license. Did it curb people playing on their phone while driving? Maybe a little. What it has done is created a huge demand for window tinting. The guy that does our fleet told me his business quadrupled after the law came into effect.
JaxDad 08/02/19 05:38am General RVing Issues
RE: Ontario Annual Yellow safety inspection sticker exemption

I have no doubt you are the kind of person who would maintain their equipment...... However....... Someone is about to take THIS trailer down the road. Thank you, but I completely fail to see how anything about this link is relevant to the original subject. Recreational trailers have never been subject to annual vehicle safety inspections regardless of tow vehicle. If you are suggesting that recreational trailers should be inspected then we must include boat trailers, snowmobile trailers, motorcycle trailers and the inspections would have to be required regardless of the vehicle towing them. I hope you see how any discussion about recreational trailer safety inspections would be any entirely different subject matter. I'm sorry that because you use your HD truck for business and commercial purposes as well as pleasure that the goofy Ontario reg's require you to have yellow stickers on your personal pleasure water craft trailer. It is a goofy interpretation of the yellow sticker law when you really think about it. You nailed my point EXACTLY. Anyone who would pull that trailer down the road is obviously NOT the safety-oriented motorist that you and me are. All trailers and tow vehicles should be inspected. In Pennsylvania for example, all trailers over 3,000 pounds GVWR need to be certified annually, all motor vehicles need to be inspected prior to each years license renewal. Otherwise let’s just go with the whole ‘2 sets of rules’ thing, nobody over 65 allowed to drive on 400 series highways, no RV’s allowed on highways during rush hours or holiday weekends, nobody can pull a trailer on the road until they pass a ‘trailer endorsement’ on their drivers license........ I could go on and on.
JaxDad 08/02/19 05:10am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Air Fryer French fries

It sounds like a trivial step, but drying the potatoes with paper towel (as per manufacturers recommendations) before putting them in the air fryer really does make a BIG difference.
JaxDad 08/01/19 12:38pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Ontario Annual Yellow safety inspection sticker exemption

This is IMHO completely the opposite of what makes sense. Commercial operators who need their vehicles on the road every day to earn their livelihood need to prove they maintain their vehicles, but privately owned trucks and trailers that might not move for months (or years) are good to go.. I see it differently. Commercial truck's are more often than not are being driven by employee's earning a wage not the business owner and wage earning employees have less stake in sensing and reporting issues with company vehicles that would cost them wage hours of pay. I can say this as I drive a company vehicle in a fleet and see this affect everyday with me and my co-workers using our company vehicles. Personally I travel across the continent with my truck and trailer which is worth a substantial percentage of my personal wealth and the financial and personal cost's of getting stranded in some tiny town in God know's where or having an accident due to lack of maintenance is the fear factor that ensures that you can trust that travelling beside me and may I suggest most RV'ers either towing or bobtailing is much safer than traveling beside many of the trucks on our highways today even with safety annual certificates given the miles commercial vehicle must cover to cover company cost's. I have no doubt you are the kind of person who would maintain their equipment...... However....... Someone is about to take THIS trailer down the road.
JaxDad 08/01/19 12:07pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Ontario Annual Yellow safety inspection sticker exemption

I dislike any rules or regulations that treat one class of people differently than others. This is one of those instances. All of the trucks in my fleet need to be certified annually, as are every trailer. So now we have a situation where my (literally) next door neighbour can take his 15 year old F350 down the road with his 30 year old car trailer behind him with zero requirement that anyone periodically looks at it to ensure they have good brakes, wheel bearings that aren’t about to spew, lights that work, etc., etc, etc. I on the other hand have to have my nearly new F350 and even just single SeaDoo trailer certified every year because it’s registered to my company not me personally. This is IMHO completely the opposite of what makes sense. Commercial operators who need their vehicles on the road every day to earn their livelihood need to prove they maintain their vehicles, but privately owned trucks and trailers that might not move for months (or years) are good to go.. You want to drive down the highway next to a camper pulling out onto the road for the first time in 30 years (and on those 30 year old tires) knowing it’s tires, brakes and bearings haven’t been even looked at since before the first Gulf War? On the
JaxDad 08/01/19 06:14am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: MN new laws August 1st

Ontario has a good compromise IMHO. Here it’s perfectly legal to drive in the left lane UNTIL there’s faster traffic behind you, then you must move to the right to allow them to pass. Unfortunately it’s not enforced very well, and the same law says you must move to the right if you’re in the middle lanes too.
JaxDad 08/01/19 05:29am General RVing Issues
RE: Interesting article: Tesla Semi Electric Motorhome.

If we want to cut emissions, save resources and "save the planet" what the heck would any of us be doing in an RV. Stop and think about it. Many, many years ago a Canadian music group of some repute wrote a song that springs to mind given that idea. Rush - Red Barchetta lyrics.
JaxDad 07/29/19 04:55pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV park rates

There used to be a little place almost on the FL / GA border. It wasn’t really a campground as most people would define it. It was a little bungalow on a probably 10 acre lot with a horshoe-shaped driveway that went down the back and around back to the road. In the middle of the back area was a small bathhouse and a source of potable water. The only ‘services’ were 20 amp elec and a place to park for the night. If you went through off season it was pretty empty, but during the snowbirds migrating times it was often full to overflowing. It was ideally located, right off the highway and an easy day’s drive north of the entire west coast. It too was something in the order of $10 a night, and if the owner (who was a vet) knew you were a vet you’d have to nearly arm wrestle him to get him to take the money. I used to find I had a ‘spare’ bottle of Crown Royal that I could somehow convince him to take instead. Last I heard the old fella passed away a few years back and the family stopped hosting.
JaxDad 07/29/19 06:06am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: HERCULES tires

I replaced my Goodyear G670's (after 2 blowouts on the same day with less than 4 year old GY's) with Hercules. They rode better than the GY and no blowout. When it was time to replace the Hercules, I went back with ANOTHER set of Hercules. I think they were good times and afterall, I replace them every 5/6 years anyway. I’m sorry, but your first-hand real life experience is meaningless...... A guy with no experience says they’re junk. You MUST believe him, you read it on the Internet after all. I had four Chinese tires blow up on a single road trip once. The one out of the five tires I had that didn't blow up was a Michelin with "Made in USA" on the sidewall...and it was older than the China bombs. I learned absolutely everything I needed to know about Chinese tires on that trip. Never again! In the fall of 2013 I bought a pickup for one of my employees, he was a Chevy guy so I bought him, at his request, a then brand-spanking new 2014 Chevy Silverado p/u. Inside of 2 years even he had to admit it was the biggest POS either of us had ever seen. GM took it back. He now drives an F150 that’s never been in the shop for anything but maintenance. So now you’ve taught me, ALL vehicles made by GM are garbage. Thank you.
JaxDad 07/28/19 06:01am Tech Issues
RE: RV park rates

Hi Western, It is run by the community. I think the intent is to offer accommodation for family members who come back home in the summer time (when the living is easy). There are no services in town except for a post office. There may be a place to buy groceries. Have a look on google maps with satellite view: 50.937951, -105.689746 I stayed in a lovely grassed park last night. There are 12 sites with 15 amp power, flush toilets and showers for a fee of $10.00 per night. I was the only camper.WOW, that sure proves that having a low price really brings in the business. Every so often we get a thread about how if there were parks with $10.00 a night rates people would flock to them and no longer need to use places like big box parking lots, rest stops, truck stops and boondocking. Somewhere there must be a Walmart executive panicking over the lost business we so often hear about that is driven by them allowing free overnights. I wonder if the owners of that $10.00 park have considered franchising their concept. It sure looks like a winner. Don, I travel extensively for my aviation business (my wife calls it “monkey business”) and wherever possible stay at small airports. Other than the commeraderie I prefer to support grass roots aviation. If you call ahead you will find most are happy to host you, and an offer of a $10 ‘donation’ is often refused. I have my airport listed on Boondockers Welcome and have hosted some really great, very appreciative, non ‘airplane’ people over the years. I’ve taken a few for a ride and made a few ‘converts’ over that time too. If it’s of intest PM me and I’ll give you a few tips on how to find them.
JaxDad 07/27/19 03:07pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RCMP seek witnesses - Liard Hot Springs death investigation

There are numerous ways in & out if you're not dependent on a car. There is a rail line that runs through Gillam as well as several high tension electric transmission corridors. Walking any of those would give you an easy to follow route and ample opportunity to seek cover if an aircraft was heard.
JaxDad 07/26/19 01:18pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: What is an F53 motorhome

I read an article in an industry mag last year that said that Freightliner was bringing back the Workhorse. With all the major MH builders tooled up for Ford chassis, it'll be a hard sell. Since GM no longer makes a big block (8.1) what gas engine would they be using? Freightliner is a Daimler (Mercedes Benz) brand, it would have an engine built by them, or one of their other divisions.
JaxDad 07/24/19 08:24am General RVing Issues
RE: How do you feel about your corner bed?

I'm in Oshkosh WI for the airshow. I flew in, the DW drove and she prefers the C over the A, so that's what she brought. A friend stopped over (who also has a C the same as ours) and commented on how I have the bed made up "backwards", I have the pillows against the kitchen and my feet against the back wall. I told him how as a single (which I am most of the time in the C) it's soooo much easier to get in & out that way and you have the counter behind your head for a 'nightstand'. Even as a couple it's still easier IMHO, and the outside person has to get up to let the inside person out regardless. He said he tried it & why the heck did he not do that years ago!!! LOL
JaxDad 07/23/19 04:26pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Motorhome drinking oil

Keep an eye on the oil level and when you get home, take it to a shop and have the motor rebuilt. 90K in a Mo Ho, it's time. That’s just silly. Lots of heavily loaded gas-burners go well into 3X or 4X that mileage without issue. A buddy has several Mac tool trucks, they’re never anything but loaded up with tools and near GVWR. He runs them to several hundred thousand miles before even thinking of touching them. Modern engines are a completely different creature than back in the day.
JaxDad 07/21/19 07:07am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Bring beer into Canada

They can get a case of 24 for around $15. Some states charge over $20 per case. That's still less than a buck a can. How much is a 24 in Canada? $40+ $50+ ? Not exactly giving it away.... Toyota Corolla sedan = $25k Mercedes E-Class sedan = $50k So you are saying they are both the same and one is just prohibitively expensive?
JaxDad 07/18/19 07:05pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Keeping cool

I don’t know about all the above said. I do know in my two class Cs with only the engine AC working. The cab and the living space up to the kitchen area were cooled. Past that when I stopped I had to turn on the coach AC to get the bedroom cool also with the house AC. I do insulate the cab from the house when stopped. When I had a class A I had to run the house AC on the road when driving into the sun. The chassis AC did not compare to the AC in a class C. Just me experience with a gasser Class A. Which is EXACTLY why I was trying to share some knowledge. The Ford E-Series A/C is incredibly powerful, but it’s ability to blow air around is severely lacking. It has a puny little 12 volt fan that just isn’t up to the task of moving enough air to cool a M/H. However, using the above-noted method of opening the rearmost roof vent allows the vacuum to overcome what the fan can’t, getting cool air to the back and draw out the hot air back there at the roof level. Some people however prefer to argue instead of learn, nothing new there.
JaxDad 07/17/19 05:46pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Selling Canadian MHome in US with no title

I’ve done exactly this process, luckily BEFORE sale, a few times now. The comments about importation are spot on. It’s illegal for a Canadian to drive an RV into the US and then leave it there when they go home unless they own real estate and it’s left there. They vehicle MAY be allowed to be ‘imported’ through a non-border CBP Point of Entry if the agent on duty is unaware of the process, but even then the owner must process themselves since a vehicle brought in for tourism is considered personal property, like really big luggage. On my first attempt we tried to process it through a Florida Point of Entry and were refused and told to drive the unit back to Canada and re-enter “properly”.
JaxDad 07/17/19 06:31am RVing in Canada and Alaska
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