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RE: BC Residents only

Just made reservations yesterday at my favourite bc private campground. As per their Facebook page “we welcome all Canadians, but ask you to respect our Covid guidelines and please stay home if you are I’ll” Alberta provincial parks have a similar AB residents policy this summer, and they say it is to prevent overcrowding. But this is only provincial parks, does not apply to private or municipal. I a, curious to see what guidelines the national parks put out June 1
Kevinwa 05/24/20 12:35pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Looking for revelstoke recommendations

Speaking of nice friendly people... See in my second pic, past the Tango to the left the nice new Dodge pickup? Well the owner heard of my plight and the Tango sitting at the tow yard. He came to the Lamplighter office, greeted me with a smile and said c'mon, I'll go over and tow your trailer here for you. So he did. He pulled in close to the spot we are set up there, got out of his truck and beckoned me to the drivers seat. Here, use my truck and position your rig. Park it over there when done. Wow, amazing wonderful fellow RVer. So I did just that. And when I tried to pay him, he refused to accept anything. The pictures look great! Thanks
Kevinwa 01/30/20 05:26pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Looking for revelstoke recommendations

Lamplighter! Absolutely the best hosts ever. Knocked the engine out of the TV 2 summers ago on the Rogers Pass. Got towed into Revy, wound up spending 2 weeks at the Lamplighter. While it my not be the most modern, it is a very comfy place. The hosts are over the top friendly and helpful. 5 stars to all the staff. I can't say enough good about these folks. They are the best I have ever encountered. The trains? Well, if you don't want to hear a train, don't go to Revelstoke. The town was born by the railway. While you are there, be sure to visit the railway museum. It is fascinating. Take in the village farmers market downtown too. Lots of cool little shops and restaurants are there too. Make sure to take a tour of the Revelstoke Dam too. Doesn't costmmuch and you get a narrated tour through the place. Very cool! And in case I didn't mention it, check out the Lamplighter! I was actually thinking of your adventure when I was looking through revy campgrounds. I remember reading it as it happened. As a power engineer who works in a steam plant for a living the Dam fascinates me. I would love to take a tour!
Kevinwa 01/30/20 12:59am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Looking for revelstoke recommendations

Lamplighter for sure, really great owners, good location, lived in Revy for almost 25 years, lots to see and do. Take the kids on the Pipe Coaster at Revelstoke ski hill they will have a hoot. Great mountain biking, hiking sight seeing in the area. Pool at the recreation centre is second to none for the kids. Lots of great places to eat. Need any thing further PM me. Enjoy yourself, Morley For sure, thanks! I’m pretty excited. I love a destination that I can mountain bike and still has stuff for the kids! Kevin
Kevinwa 01/30/20 12:57am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Looking for revelstoke recommendations

Is there a particular reason you want to spend 2 weeks in Revelstoke? I can think of a lot of other places close by that in my opinion are much better places to camp. Soup. It will be two weeks total, with drive, so probably ten days. Last year we did fernie and loved it. Year before Radium, Waterton the year before that. My wife doesn’t love traveling every few days, prefers to get to know a place really well. Reasons for revelstoke: mountain biking. I did Frisby ridge oct 1 last year and can’t wait to go back. Also really excited for 5620 at the mountain resort. 5620 feet vertical over 15 km. Currently the longest mtb flow trail in the world. Railway museum and dam tour with the kids. Enchanted forest. Friends in golden as we pass through Friends in salmon arm to visit once or twice. It seams like a nice central location with lots to do with young kids. Our vacations are usually pretty laid back. I am open to other suggestions as well, kind of just slowly working our way into bc and experiencing it one place as a time. I would love to go to the Kelowna Vernon shushwap type area also one day, don’t know where to stay there either.
Kevinwa 01/30/20 12:55am RVing in Canada and Alaska
Looking for revelstoke recommendations

Hey all. Looking to spend two weeks in revy this summer. I see 3-4 different rv campgrounds and am looking for advice on which one to reserve. Camping with a 7 and 9 year old. Since we are doing two weeks 1200 km from home we like to set up in one stall with full service for the whole time and use it as base camp for fun and excitement.
Kevinwa 01/28/20 05:22pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Can we pull a TT with our ‘20 Suburban

Once you find your available cargo capacity there are plenty of trailers to choose from. Likely the 27 foot range will be about max for your vehicle. Lots of nice single slide bunk houses in this range. We have a minilite 2504s and love it. Minilite has a few styles with quad bunks now. We Spend about 35 night a summer in it, including a two week trip to the mountains every summer. Yes it’s small, especially since I’m a big guy at 6’3” and 260. We make do. We love the Murphy bed, it gives us a proper bed and a couch in a smaller floor plan. This may sound odd, but sit on the toilet when rv shopping and Imagine doing your business, wiping etc. Even some 45 foot mobile mansions have super awkward bathrooms. I think that is one of the big things that makes our little trailer livable on long trips. Bathroom is roomy, well laid out and bright. Toilet is comfortable. Thanks for the info, what are you using to pull it with? We’re looking over the mini lite floorplans and it looks about what we’d need to get to be comfortable. We started out with an extended cab 07 F 150. We were right about at the limit for that truck. I actually did wreck a transmission due to overheating it pulling the camper 700 km to the mountains on a hot day. The camper was sized good for the truck for shorter trips, but on long trips it started to struggle. I don’t think those older half tons had enough transmission cooling capacity and it couldn’t shed enough heat. We are currently pulling with a diesel F 350. It is overkill for that trailer size, but since we take long trips I love how it can handle running loaded through hills in hot weather all day long and have enough capacity to shed the heat. We really like the minilite. have had no major issues.
Kevinwa 01/20/20 07:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: Can we pull a TT with our ‘20 Suburban

Once you find your available cargo capacity there are plenty of trailers to choose from. Likely the 27 foot range will be about max for your vehicle. Lots of nice single slide bunk houses in this range. We have a minilite 2504s and love it. Minilite has a few styles with quad bunks now. We Spend about 35 night a summer in it, including a two week trip to the mountains every summer. Yes it’s small, especially since I’m a big guy at 6’3” and 260. We make do. We love the Murphy bed, it gives us a proper bed and a couch in a smaller floor plan. This may sound odd, but sit on the toilet when rv shopping and Imagine doing your business, wiping etc. Even some 45 foot mobile mansions have super awkward bathrooms. I think that is one of the big things that makes our little trailer livable on long trips. Bathroom is roomy, well laid out and bright. Toilet is comfortable.
Kevinwa 01/20/20 06:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: First trip with new baby advice

We started out with a tent, and I know for sure one daughter born in mid May 1979 went camping in July. We have 4 kids and they all camped as babies, but by the last one we graduated to a pop-up. The only thing we did different was use disposable diapers instead of the usual cloth....I'm sure unheard of these days! They will survive. JKwe used cloth diapers on our boys, born in 2011 and 2013. They are sure fancier then the ones my mom used on my brother and I in the 80’s. For camping one of the items was making sure we knew where the laundry Matt was and packing diaper detergent! (Standard tide type detergents had so many additives that would build up in the cloth and reduce the absorbency) To the OP. We weren’t hard core campers when our boys were born, but have been taking them on two week camping trips to the mountains since they were a couple months old. Totally different if in a tent, I can’t speak to that, but when in a rv travel trailer type rig it really is no different then being at home. We would borrow my parents little 18’ camper at first, so the only place we had for the boys to sleep was in their play pen on top of the folded down dining table. Left it set up the whole trip and ate outside. Only thing that could be an issue is noise. Some babies wake very easy. Friends of ours would run the AC fan as white noise whenever their kids were asleep. The little bath tubs in most campers are perfect baby size! One heads up, word of caution. A wet diaper can set off the LP gas detector. Be careful not to change the diaper in the middle of the night right in front of it. This was learnt from experience!
Kevinwa 01/12/20 08:51am Family Camping
RE: extension cord length

Completely unrelated, but I use 300’ of 12 gauge cord to plug in the block heater on my F350 diesel in the winter. No issues for this as the block heater is a resistive load. We park the truck in a back shed for the winter because it doesn’t get used often.
Kevinwa 11/10/19 08:10am Tech Issues
RE: Need help. New to rving

I’ve pushed my button lots, mostly out of curiosity, and there is no movement at all when it is not tripped. Just one more quick. Check. On my 2015 Rockwood the water heater is plugged into a standard wall outlet behind it for the power connection. Check that this hasn’t gotten loose, and also check if that outlet has a GFCI (if yours has this)
Kevinwa 10/20/19 08:48am Travel Trailers
RE: Murphy Bed vs. Separate Bedroom

We have a 2015 Rockwood 2504S that we got sept 2014. We have averaged over 35 nights a summer in it, and usually have one fall camping trip with below freezing weather and snow. Love the Murphy bed. It gets us so much more In a little trailer. It is a camper queeen mattress and we have a full size Costco queen memory foam on it. We fold it up first thing every morning. So easy to do, two quick straps over the bedding and one hand to lift. It has been a great unit with two young kids, now 6 and 8. We don’t find the lack of a hard door a deterrent in the mommy daddy time department, probably happens more then when home. The one thing I do notice is the lack of a hard door on the bunk room. When fall camping in foul weather we like to play board games at the table with friends and that is tough with only a curtain. As our kids grow older I can see that changing and when they stay up later then us I might be wanting of a door at my bed. Love the camper, tons of storage, just no spot for the zero gravity chairs, so they ride in the truck box.
Kevinwa 10/14/19 09:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: What good are low point drains?

I was having the same thought on my trailer this fall, and I use air to winterized... they serve me zero purpose and are a section of water line outside the headed envelope of my trailer. Defiantly not needed on my setup, and I struggle to see where they are a benefit if using air to blow out water lines. Maybe they have a use when using antifreeze (yuck) to winterize.
Kevinwa 10/10/19 08:47pm Tech Issues
RE: New trailer came off hitch!!

Weight distribution bars put an upward force on the coupler. They wouldn’t have prevented this from happening.
Kevinwa 09/16/19 04:36pm Beginning RVing
RE: Toy hauler for kayaks and bicycles

I have actually been thinking of looking for a toyhauler when we upgrade our travel trailer. I want to store my expensive mountain bike and all the kids stuff chairs kayaks etc inside. There used to be toyhaulers with a s,all garage sized for a single quad, I wonder if there are still any around?
Kevinwa 09/04/19 07:49am Toy Haulers
RE: Level on sloped campsites. How? Unique to 5er's

The more I think about this the more I realize it is the short stroke of the jack that is the issue and not their mounting location. If you have 18” under the jack foot when fully retracted or 6” once you block that space with blocks or the leg extension hole you then have the stroke length of the jack. If it only extends say 13” then it only extends that. The issue is more the long trailer needing that much more jacking to level. If it were me I would first try blocking up the rear of the truck before unhitching before I tried the jack stand method. Jack stands will work but it is an added step and if on a slope there is some instability pushing downhill on these jackstands as you transition. I think four pieces of 2X8 would work in lots of situation. Two 3’ and two 2’. Back onto the 3’ers and then set the 2’ers on and back up again. For rehitching I would throw some quick marks on the ground, with a marker or spray paint to show exactly where I need these blocks. Just my thoughts, have Had to do height adjusting hooking grain trailers in the field in combine season and we always either blocked or dug in the truck tires. Of course a shovel and digging the trailer tires down a inch or two would have a greater effect, and samplers, but you would have to watch clearance on the rear and most places won’t allow this.
Kevinwa 08/18/19 08:45am Fifth-Wheels
RE: What do I need

I know from searches and skimming there are about a million different options as far as hitches, sliders, non sliders, etc. But I am still confused as we have been in a travel trailer for the last 16 years. I have a 2018 Ram 2500 4x4 short bed and am looking at a Grand Design 311bhs. What hitch do I need? I dont want to have cab to trailer contact on accident and want something fool proof. I've seen sliders but also something that hooks to the kingpin on the RV instead? I'm sure it's been asked before but help me please. I am also worried about bed clearance to the rv because my driveway is kind of steep getting in. What if anything do I need to be looking at there? I have no input on hitches, but do have a cousin that pulls a Grand Design 311BHS with a short bed F-350, He has, on more than one occasion, bent his mid trailer leveling jack in gas stations etc. It hangs pretty low. Just a heads up to keep an eye on this if you go with that model.
Kevinwa 08/11/19 08:07pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: How do you guys carry bicycles inside?

This is what I was going to suggest, was just struggling with how to describe it without pictures. Looks awesome!
Kevinwa 07/28/19 09:20am Toy Haulers
RE: How many people have cameras on trailer

I have one that came with the 5er but don't use it. If the screen was larger, visual quality as good as the BU camera on the truck and it was integrated into the truck screens, I'd be more apt to use it. An integrated camera for your trailer is available on the newest generation of Ford superduty. Remote Camera for the back of your trailer as a factory option on the truck. Can order multiple cameras for multiple trailers. They also have trailer tire pressure sensors available that integrate into the truck.
Kevinwa 07/26/19 01:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: Gravel rv pad?

The key to anything I. Life is drainage. If you just dig out a whole In The lawn and fill it with 6” of gravel you now made a mud pit. The gravel is more porous then the clay and top soil so it will just fill with water. I suspect that is what happens with the one pictured above. If there was a way for the water to drain out of the gravel it would probably be zero issue
Kevinwa 07/18/19 02:23pm General RVing Issues
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