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RE: going from Class A to TT or Fifth wheel

We have two of the kids share one of the double bunks. Jackknife sofa is ok but that means we have to set up and break down the linens each time we arrive and depart. Plus those sofas are not comfortable to sleep on.
Lexx 07/18/19 01:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Annual clean/wax/seal

Hmmm Zep is meant for interior floors right? Will it yellow when exposed to harsh uv rays over time?
Lexx 07/17/19 11:49pm Beginning RVing
RE: Bunk house conundrum and older kids

We have a Grand Design Reflection 28bh with double bed bunks in back. They work great for our triplet 7 yr old boys. We’ve been thinking of replacing the 2 cushion sofa in the main room with a sofa bed that works much better than the awful unit that came with the trailer.
Lexx 07/17/19 11:39pm Family Camping
RE: toy haulers stop at weigh stations?

Weigh stations in California have big signs that say “NO RV’s”. I guess they got tired of folks clogging up the weigh stations and wasting their time.
Lexx 07/17/19 11:34pm Toy Haulers
RE: going from Class A to TT or Fifth wheel

We have a Grand Drsign Reflection 28bh with the bunk beds, towed by a 2017 F450. The combination is spectacular. Towing is easy since the truck is massive overkill for the trailer. I motor pass most semis and Class A MHs on those long 8% grades uphill and outbrake them on the way down. Our biggest issue are: 1) not having a washer dryer 2) master bedroom is very tight on either side of the bed 3) setting up and breaking down is kind of a pain although we’ve got a good routine going now with me doing most of the work lol. We’ve thought about buying a used class A on occasion. But we have triplet 7 yr old boys so we’d have to have a custom built triple bunk inserted somewhere. I know units like the Fleetwood Discovery 40g have a bunk room. We would still need to rip out the two beds and drawers and build a triple bunk submarine style. On some of the class A’s it looks like I may be able to remove a couple of easy chairs up front or a jackknife sofa and out in some bunks there. But it’s a lot of work and expense. I’d have to get rid of the trailer and truck, and then look for a used class A. Of course I’d love to have one of the older tag axle Spartan chassis coaches with the big motors. But even a nicer used Monaco of that type is $150k. And then I’d need a a toad to shuttle everyone around in after we get to the camp site. A nicely set up Wrangler is $50k easy. So we’re talking over $200k. I own our current setup with no debt so it’s tough to turn around and blow that kind of money.
Lexx 07/17/19 10:53pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tripod stabilizer

We use a combination of Andersen Jack Blocks, Steadyfast Stabilizers, and a BAL kingpin tripod stabilizer. The trailer is now vastly more stabile. The Jack Blocks allow us to level without extending the jack arms as much. This decreases the lever arm effect so there is less arm to deflect. The Steadyfast is noticeable more so in the main room. While the rest of the trailer is much more stabile, I could still feel the rocking and rolling in the master bedroom. The BAL kingpin tripod stabilizer has made a HUGE difference In stabilizing the master bedroom. I suspect it is because of how much the master overhangs. The tripod stabilizer adds the sorely needed support. We have triplet 8 yr old boys that run and jump. It no longer feels like we’re inside an old airplane in heavy turbulence.
Lexx 07/08/19 02:22am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 3500 truck towing HT 5th wheel - Workable?

We tow an 11k lb GVW fiver with our F450. The truck makes towing the fiver pretty easy. We were coming back from Salt Lake City to NorCal via I-80 in heavy cross and headwinds. Semis were being moved about in their lanes. Sprinter vans were being blown half a lane over. But we had no issues at all other than poor fuel mileage due to fighting the heavy winds. At one point we saw over half a dozen dust devils around us. We must have traveled through one because I felt a sudden sharp jolt that felt like it wanted to move us over to the next lane. But we never did move. The truck and trailer were rock solid. At that point I was VERY thankful to be in our F450.
Lexx 07/08/19 02:11am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Vancouver to Whitehorse via Vancouver Island?

Thanks for all the info Soup! I'm seriously considering having an auxillary fuel tank installed. I figure a 50-60 gal tank will be good insurance. I've been there done that, making the mistake of not topping off. With an aux tank it's just simpler since we don't fit into all the fuel stations (low canopies are common). Do I have to worry about gravel roads and/or lots of road debris? I have some big Duraflap mudguards on the rear of my dually. Do I need any extra protection like a hitch mounted rock guard? I'm going to assume my truck and trailer will get filthy. What are the best places to give my beastie a good wash? Love your truck/camper combo. I'd be all over that if we didn't have triplet 7 yr olds in tow lol. Thanks for the tip about contacting BC Ferries. Excellent idea. Have you done the run from Prince Rupert on up to Whitehorse? How are the roads during the summer? Hmmm.....Haida Gwaii is also on my bucket list. You should check into reservations with BC Ferries ( phone them) about the Port Hardy run up to Prince Rupert. Before you call BC Ferries get the exact measurement of you rigs total length when hooked together, you will need that. You are also over height, not to worry, as they don’t charge you for over height, they just need to know so that when you arrive there is a spot of the ferry where you will fit in height as well as length. If you don’t have a reservation you will be on standby. At with your rig length you may miss a couple of sailings, or days. I did Hadia Gwaii last summer from Rupert with reservations so we had no issue, however there were rigs waiting on standby who didn’t get on. Most people want the day time sailing however I think during the summer the South to North sailings are all during the day. However on the ferry run I was on they have night and day sailings, and the night time are not as full as the day time ( on the route I was on anyways) summer time is prime time so don’t waste time call BC Ferries quick like. Enjoy the ride. My truck and camper are on the right of the picture https://i.imgur.com/uJDkU66l.jpg Soup. PM me is you would like more info My wife was raised in Stewart BC ( next door to Hyder Alaska) plus Uncle lived in Whitehorse after he help build the Alaska Hwy during WWII ( he was a Canuck) Yes I have driven both routes north to Whitehorse other than. With Alaska Marine Hwy. The last trip to Whitehorse was with my 35 ft 5th Wheel, no issues what so ever, besides Bison Caribou, Moose and bears on the hwy. However, watch for pot holes and frost heaves, take your time if you see uneven pavement in front of you. Also if you see vehicles lined up behind you, and it is safe roads I front of you, slow down and put on your right signal light showing faster drivers it is safe to pass you. Traveling up north is a whole different life than anything down south. Make sure you have food, drink and supplies for a couple days dry camping. Always fill the top 1/2 of your fuel tank. Meaning when you get close to 1/2 tank of fuel, fill up. As a rule in the mountains I never travel more than 3 hrs with out stopping for fuel etc... Hwy 37 fuel stops are farther apart that down south, so if you see one fill up and ask what’s there to see around here. It’s amazing the info that you can get while talking with the people in theses small out of the way fuel stops. Lots of great stops long Hwy 37/ 37-A .... you need at least a 4 days if not a week for that section of Hwy... unless your in a hurry. Soup.
Lexx 04/25/19 08:40pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Vancouver to Whitehorse via Vancouver Island?

I suggest 19A to Campbell River, it is much more scenic than the newer highway but be prepared to stop and enjoy the views. You also might want to consider Washington State ferries from Anacortes to Sidney, I believe it is somewhat cheaper than the BC route and is a beautiful trip through the gulf islands. Excellent tip. Thank you!
Lexx 04/25/19 07:55pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Vancouver to Whitehorse via Vancouver Island?

Hi Lexx We live in Campbell River and have often driven 19 and 19A. They are totally big-rig friendly highways and you should have no issues. The Tofino road is one of the twistiest on the island and strikes fear into local drivers with longer units. ?? Your drive north on Vancouver Island should be stress-free. Thank you for the info. I do remember driving around Nanaimo and the road there was wide open.
Lexx 04/25/19 06:52pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Cell phones in Canada

We have an unlimited AT&T plan. We were just up in Vancouver. No issues at all with data or phone calls. Speeds were good. Only quirk is our my wife's Note IV would not show there were VM's waiting. My iphone did not have that issue. The Canadian partner carrier is Rogers.
Lexx 04/25/19 05:39pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Vancouver to Whitehorse via Vancouver Island?

Lexx, have you considered taking rte 40 from Dawson Creek to Jasper? That is one of the most stunning parks on Earth. Spend at least two nights there, take the Ice Fields highway to Lake Louise, then go west through Yoho. Banff is a crammed tourist trap; I avoid it when I can. Revelstoke is a little jewel of a town and your family will really enjoy Shuswap Lake. Thanks for the suggestion. In fact last summer we did Calgary to Edmonton, then on to Jasper, Ice Fields parkway, Banff, Revelstoke, etc. Those areas are incredibly beautiful. This year we're hoping to explore northern B.C. up to Yukon. Unfortunately because of my other commitments, I'm getting a very late start on reserving campsites. I hope it's not too late!
Lexx 04/25/19 05:35pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Vancouver to Whitehorse via Vancouver Island?

Love your truck/camper combo. I'd be all over that if we didn't have triplet 7 yr olds in tow lol. Thanks for the tip about contacting BC Ferries. Excellent idea. Have you done the run from Prince Rupert on up to Whitehorse? How are the roads during the summer? Hmmm.....Haida Gwaii is also on my bucket list. You should check into reservations with BC Ferries ( phone them) about the Port Hardy run up to Prince Rupert. Before you call BC Ferries get the exact measurement of you rigs total length when hooked together, you will need that. You are also over height, not to worry, as they don’t charge you for over height, they just need to know so that when you arrive there is a spot of the ferry where you will fit in height as well as length. If you don’t have a reservation you will be on standby. At with your rig length you may miss a couple of sailings, or days. I did Hadia Gwaii last summer from Rupert with reservations so we had no issue, however there were rigs waiting on standby who didn’t get on. Most people want the day time sailing however I think during the summer the South to North sailings are all during the day. However on the ferry run I was on they have night and day sailings, and the night time are not as full as the day time ( on the route I was on anyways) summer time is prime time so don’t waste time call BC Ferries quick like. Enjoy the ride. My truck and camper are on the right of the picture https://i.imgur.com/uJDkU66l.jpg Soup. PM me is you would like more info
Lexx 04/25/19 05:04pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Vancouver to Whitehorse via Vancouver Island?

Thanks for the links. Yeah, fuel can be an issue. Last year we went from Banff to Revelstoke. I didn't fuel up as per my usual routine since my fuel guestimator showed more than adequate miles remaining till empty. Well, I was getting very nervous before we finally got to our destination, as the fuel gauge got close to E. Lesson learned. This trip just may be the excuse I've been looking for to install an auxillary diesel tank in the bed under the cover. An extra 40 gal or so would go a long ways when you're far from fuel. You shouldn't need snow/ice gear in that time of year, but stuff happens? Here's a couple of websites that might help. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation/driving-and-cycling/traveller-information/routes-and-driving-conditions/highway-37-stewart-cassiar/available-services https://www.hellobc.com/road-trips/alaska-highway/ https://www.travel-british-columbia.com/northern-british-columbia/alaska-highway-97/ click "map view" on this one. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation/driving-and-cycling/traveller-information/routes-and-driving-conditions http://www.drivebc.ca/ http://www.511yukon.ca/en/map.html#l=53&x=-14747197&y=9610396&z=0&lb=1&rb=1 There are a few stretches of Hwy 97 (Alaska Hwy) on your return trip that may push your fuel supply/reserve a bit. Check some distances on Google maps for examples. I used gas when I was up there in 2016, and there is fuel available, but some of it's stored a bit differently than at normal gas stations. They have these what I called "fuel dumps", huge tanks that contain gasoline and presumably diesel, although I wasn't looking for diesel last time out, that are pretty much self serve, and they do take credit cards, and cash iirc, but you'll see what I mean when you get there. One thing that's going to be different, is hours of operation. Not everything (perhaps very little?) is open 24 hours a day, so plan accordingly.
Lexx 04/25/19 05:01pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Vancouver to Whitehorse via Vancouver Island?

Can't help much on the Vancouver Island road restrictions, but the rest should be doable. So from Price Rupert you're taking the Cassiar to Watson Lake, then west to Whitehorse? It's a nice, but desolate along there. Lots of potential construction delays. Only concern is fuel. Others have said no problem getting diesel if that's what your F450 drinks. It will be hilly, winding, and frost heaves in places but that's the northern Canadian infrastructure. On the way back there's a CG in Muncho Lake PP called Strawberry Flats. Right on the water, and your fiver should be OK getting in and out. We saw moose on the roadway the next morning after spending the night. Yes, we're taking highway 37 so that's the route. Yes, the truck is diesel. It's got a 48 gal tank, but towing we only get 9 MPG which works out to 26 L/Km, so our range is not great. I'm worried about frost and ice. But we are not taking the trip until mid-June, possibly not till July. The truck is a dually with 19.5" commercial rated tires which do not do well in icy conditions. I'd rather not have to deal with chains as they'll probably mess up my Alcoa aluminum rims. The alternative is to go the overland interior route, but that's not as scenic. That's the way we would be heading back down south.
Lexx 04/25/19 02:22pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
Vancouver to Whitehorse via Vancouver Island?

Mods I'm re-posting this over here. I forgot we have a Canada forum. Getting a very late start in planning this year for our summer trip. I'm thinking of taking our 34 ft fifth wheel from Vancouver, B.C. over to Victoria on Vancouver Island via the B.C. Ferries from Tsawassen to Nanaimo. From there we'd head north via route 19A on the east side of the island, stopping along the way as we make our way up to Campbell River. From Campbell River we'd continue on 19 all the way up to Port Hardy, where we'd board another ferry to Prince Rupert. This is the one ferry fare that gives me pause as the fare schedule shows it will be approx $1400 for our family of 5 and the truck/trailer. Ugh! But hey, it's an adventure right? From Prince Rupert we'd head to the interior of B.C. via highway 16 to Kitwanga. From there it's on the Yukon, where we connect with highway 1 up to Whitehorse. We start back south along a more interior B.C. route via highway 97 to Fort Nelson, then down to Dawson Creek. From there it's southwest on highway 97 to Prince George, 100 Mile House. We eventually hit highway 1 on the way back to Vancouver. Here's a website with the first part of our journey: https://www.canadream.com/trip-planner/itineraries/british-columbia/vancouver-to-whitehorse/ So has anyone done this trip? Is it even possible? I'm worried most about driving up Vancouver island. I remember going to Tofino from Nanaimo and how some of the turns were quite sharp. I'm not sure a truck pulling a 34 ft trailer would have made those turns. I don't recall height restrictions but there may have been some. Recommendations? Thanks.
Lexx 04/25/19 12:58pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
Vancouver, B.C. to Whitehorse via Vancouver Island?

Getting a very late start in planning this year for our summer trip. I'm thinking of taking our 34 ft fifth wheel from Vancouver, B.C. over to Victoria on Vancouver Island via the B.C. Ferries from Tsawassen to Nanaimo. From there we'd head north via route 19A on the east side of the island, stopping along the way as we make our way up to Campbell River. From Campbell River we'd continue on 19 all the way up to Port Hardy, where we'd board another ferry to Prince Rupert. This is the one ferry fare that gives me pause as the fare schedule shows it will be approx $1400 for our family of 5 and the truck/trailer. Ugh! But hey, it's an adventure right? From Prince Rupert we'd head to the interior of B.C. via highway 16 to Kitwanga. From there it's on the Yukon, where we connect with highway 1 up to Whitehorse. We start back south along a more interior B.C. route via highway 97 to Fort Nelson, then down to Dawson Creek. From there it's southwest on highway 97 to Prince George, 100 Mile House. We eventually hit highway 1 on the way back to Vancouver. Here's a website with the first part of our journey: Crazy wonderous but hopefully not impossible So has anyone done this trip? Is it even possible? I'm worried most about driving up Vancouver island. I remember going to Tofino from Nanaimo and how some of the turns were quite sharp. I'm not sure a truck pulling a 34 ft trailer would have made those turns. I don't recall height restrictions but there may have been some. Recommendations? Thanks.
Lexx 04/25/19 11:37am Roads and Routes
RE: Towing difference between 37 and 42ft FW

We just got back from a 2.5 mo 6k mi trip. It was our first. What we learned was that some campsites are on the narrow side so I couldn't park the truck to the side of the camper. So there were times that when the camper was positioned ideally for the slides to come out and so all my utilities could easily reach, that there was barely enough length left on the site to park the truck. Of course one could always park in the parking spaces but that's not as convenient. Also with some sites, a longer trailer will have a tough time making the turns. In Okanagan, B.C., we had a site with narrow pad AND narrow access road. My truck was barely able to make the turn without the camper swiping up against the trees. Yes, one could always choose a longer and wider site. But this was all that was left. We had to make a route change during our trip due to unforeseen circumstances.
Lexx 08/19/18 10:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Your customs experiences re-entering the US from Canada?

Just crossed Peace Arch from Vancouver to Blaine. US Border Patrol was conducting random interviews and searches of cars waiting in line. Sounds like a smart move. We got through with no search driving just our truck.
Lexx 08/15/18 03:22pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Driving Class A

Yeah I thought about that. That's why I'm not in a hurry to buy a mass fabricated rack. I'm going to find someone who can custom make it with plate steel on the lower section and heavy bars. My biggest worry about the fiver coming forward is if I rear end someone. Fortunately the adaptive cruise control will prevent a rear end collision. On our current 6000 mi trip, the adaptive cruise has worked flawlessly. If someone rear ends us, unless it's a semi-truck, they're going to be a lot less weight. And that crumbling splintering rear end of the trailer will take a lot of the force. I do wonder how much force it would take to tear the fifth wheel hitch off. In either case I still feel safer in our combo than having my kids ride inside a wood and fiberglass box.
Lexx 08/11/18 12:11am Class A Motorhomes
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