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RE: Interstate and other roadside Rest Areas - Open or Closed?

I was wondering if the OP had checked that myself. As far as I know the border is only open to essential travel and US citizens returning home. Likewise fit Canadian citizens going north. Dave Yes, you are correct. See prior repsonses to "Crowe".
MDKMDK 03/29/20 10:41am Roads and Routes
RE: Interstate and other roadside Rest Areas - Open or Closed?

Not looking to cause trouble but will you be allowed into the US right now? My understanding unless it's urgent business the border is closed. No, we aren't planing US travel, and yes, the border is still closed to non-essential travel. I mentioned that in my response to your intial post. I'm was curious about what the status was of you abundant freeway rest areas. We have very few just bathroom/vending/rest areas in Canada. They're not nearly as common as they are in the US, and tend to be more like "on the freeway fuel/convenience/food" stops like the travel plazas on I-90 in NY, and some of the ones on I-95 north of Boston. Just wanted to get the picture on how your side of the border is handling things.
MDKMDK 03/29/20 10:40am Roads and Routes
RE: Interstate and other roadside Rest Areas - Open or Closed?

Different areas, different answers 10-4 on that.
MDKMDK 03/29/20 08:09am Roads and Routes
RE: Interstate and other roadside Rest Areas - Open or Closed?

What states will you be traveling through? I'd check the different state's websites to see if there's info on them. Typically we would start in Michigan and head south or west, and I have a rest areas status page (MiDrive) bookmarked. If there's any doubt I can check that before departure. I was curious about the many other highways and biways, and what folks were actually seeing out there. We aren't heading out any time soon it appears.:?:( Thanks for the input. It's all good.:) Just had a look at MIDrive and the welcome centers are closed UFN.
MDKMDK 03/29/20 08:08am Roads and Routes
RE: Interstate and other roadside Rest Areas - Open or Closed?

Yesterday. I-80, SW WY to 40-189. Heber City, UT, Provo, UT. I-15 south to our 5th wheel in our spot, Mesquite, NV. UT I-15 rest areas are open including rest rooms. Flying J and Shell station restrooms open. Phillips 66 C-store, Springville, UT, restrooms closed. Ports of Entry open. Plenty of hand wipes in the truck. “Social Distancing” observed. More traffic than expected. Good answer, thanks. Especially the social distancing part.
MDKMDK 03/29/20 08:06am Roads and Routes
Interstate and other roadside Rest Areas - Open or Closed?

Not sure whether this belongs here, or whether it's an obvious question/answer. Are the Eisenhower Interstate Rest Areas mostly open with bathroom access and vending and other amenities? If you travel the freeways regularly, what has been your recent experience? , I'll assume the parking is open for truckers and other general commercial travelers for safety reasons (break time, sleep, etc.). Are most scales and inspection stations open or closed?
MDKMDK 03/29/20 07:13am Roads and Routes
RE: Flat towing vehicle list

"Motorhome Magazine Annual Dinghy List" or something like that.
MDKMDK 03/27/20 04:16pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Maintnence Free Deep Cyelse 6 Volt Batteries

You can find maintenance free 1w volt batteries everywhere. My T105s have plenty of capacity and long life as long as they are serviced properly. But adding water every few weeks, especially when sore a distance away is a problem plus the corrosion on everything including he frame. CW in Oklahoma City said they had Hawk Brand Maintenance Free deep cycles to replace the T105s for around 700.00. I don't know the brand but it seems the only ones around. And...there is little wiggle room for any differences in size. AGMS are great but I can't justify the price. Anyone know of a deep cycle replacement for the T105s? Seems the market would be large for them. If maintenance is the issue, i.e. adding water to them when required, and the space for them is suited to GC2 sized batteries, there aren't too many other options that work as well as an AGM version of the GC2 6V T105. Like these maybe? Only $299.99 (plus tax?). If your $700 CW quote was for 2, then this price is about the same. https://www.amstron.com/amstron-gc2-6v-agm-deep-cycle-battery/
MDKMDK 03/25/20 02:32pm Tech Issues
RE: The danger of self-isolating from COVID-19 on public lands

You can't fix stupid. The picture of all those guys crowding next to each other to take a pic says it all. In 2016???? Beat me to it.;)
MDKMDK 03/22/20 01:35pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: closures

Wouldn't a private cg post their status on their website?
MDKMDK 03/22/20 09:13am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Park closures

Here's a direct link to the "closures" page at the aforementioned website. I believe it's got updates from members, so the caveat is it may not be 100% accurate, but it seems to be close. I hope they don't mind? https://www.campendium.com/camping/covid-19-state-by-state-campground-closures-responses/?utm_source=Campendium&utm_campaign=769dae5405-03-18-2020&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d42c2750af-769dae5405-112675385 MODERATOR'S EDIT: Per the site Admin's request, I am closing all COVID-19 threads and directing future comments to one thread in Around the Campfire: 2019–20 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC POSTINGS
MDKMDK 03/21/20 06:07am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Recreational Border Crossing

Oh you mean “consumer buying more stuff to go with my stuff I already have” travel. I haven’t met too many US citizens traveling western Canada in search of more pots and pans and a bigger TV. Most seem to enjoy seeing the beautiful scenery, the elbow room, and meeting friendly people. Please re-read the comments you're referring to. The comments were about Canadians (us) cross border shopping in the US (them). Their stuff is usually cheaper than the same items here, even after you convert the $ forex difference. Compare HomeDepot.com versus HomeDepot.ca on 2 identical items, for example. Their price is less than ours, after $ conversion. When they visit Canada, at our regular prices (in Canada), they'll pay more (here, in Canada), even when their dollar is a lot stronger than ours. For (Canadian) gas, hotels, campgrounds, food, just about everything. Just like we get gouged at home (again, just to be clear, in Canada).
MDKMDK 03/19/20 11:56am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Recreational Border Crossing

Everything is (was?) less expensive in the US before this mess, even with our feeble loonie. The only items I found less expensive in usa were eggs and gasoline. I'm comparing Florida to Saskatchewan. Cottage cheese, sour cream, brick/sliced/grated cheese, baby carrots, half and half, all cheaper before the crash. Clothing (Walmart), housewares (JC Penney/Kohls), tools (Harbor Freight/HD/Lowes), furniture (Art Van, ABC), Amazon stuff that can be ordered online, almost everything. The only thing that isn't that much cheaper is high end electronics, audio, video, computers, automotive. The accessories are cheaper. Most car parts, too. This is comparing Ontario/Michigan at the border, with a C$0.75 dollar. However, some stuff is still cheaper in the US, even with a C$0.69 dollar, our stuff is marked up that much. Some Ontario businesses gouge us mercilessly, and some businesses lower prices to compete, if they're close to a border town. If you're not on the border, located somewhere inland in Ontario, you'll probably pay even more at home than across the border. We used to be in that boat.
MDKMDK 03/19/20 09:41am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Recreational Border Crossing

So glad I went to Alaska last summer! Aye, matey, it was great in 2016, too.
MDKMDK 03/18/20 09:34pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Recreational Border Crossing

I made reservations for Fundy NP, Cape breton Highlands NP a month ago, and was planning on a few Provincial Parks in Nova Scotia as well. Wait & see is all we can do. They'll probably refund the money due to circumstances. Good luck, and hope it works out for you. Those places are among our best for amazing for scenery, and an unforgettable vacation.
MDKMDK 03/18/20 09:33pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Recreational Border Crossing

Why do people have to cross border travel for vacation during this time is beyond me. Stay in your own country is not such a bad thing to have to endure for how long, maybe one season. Get over it. The US has miles better "everything" than we can ever hope to have in our socialized democracy country. We're no better than the UK, Australia, or NZ, when it comes to everything. Pay more, get less. It's that simple. Everything is (was?) less expensive in the US before this mess, even with our feeble loonie. You can stay in Canada for your vacation if you choose. Your choice. I still prefer the USA, now, and forever. Greatest country on the planet, bar none, yesterday, today, and tomorrow. I hope they get the border re-opened sooner than later.
MDKMDK 03/18/20 09:30pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Recreational Border Crossing

Closing the Canada/US border to "non-essential travel" might be the single most damaging act that we share. Has anyone seen a definition of what's non-essential? Our economies are so intertwined at so many levels that are not necessarily obviously commercial in nature, that it will probably create a lot of short term pain that might take a long time to reverse. It will breed a lot of future uncertainty for things like travel and recreation in both directions, north or south. Some of those effects might be semi-permanent or worse.
MDKMDK 03/18/20 06:18pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Looks like the Canadian border is CLOSED.

My breaking news app says that USA/Canada have agreed to close the border except for trade/commerce and "essential travel". That seems to rule out std RV trips. Like I said....:B I guess the commercial and public campground businesses are going to start taking a hit over the end of cross border travel for pleasure. Wonder how long this global fiasco will last? China should have to pay reparations for starting it all, if it's found they were somehow negligently involved in it's cause and their initial reaction to it's effects. I know everyone loves to point fingers but it will not solve this or the next global outbreak. Let`s learn from what we are doing now and the apply it to the next one because if anyone believes this will not happen again...............no country is going to pay any reparations regardless of fault. Maybe, maybe not, on all counts. https://www.axios.com/why-nations-pay-reparations-45502a9f-a5e2-486b-af22-c158789507a2.html I can guarantee that we'll learn little about this one based on the over reaction to many of the issues it's raised, because so many governments are falling all over themselves to "respond quickly to the crisis". NO world leader wants to have their own "Katrina". IIRC, we cruised through the last handful of WHO pandemic declarations with little damage finacially or otherwise. The damage in those ones was limited mainly to loss of life. Markets didn't freefall like they are during this one, and it's a strong indicator that doing too much can often be worse than not doing enough. btw, Canada has formally apologized and paid reparations to several groups under the current, and some past governemnts. https://www.culturalsurvival.org/news/canada-arrives-controversial-reparations-agreement It does happen. However, I agree with you, and doubt China will see any obligation to do anything, based on past performance.
MDKMDK 03/18/20 11:46am Roads and Routes
RE: Looks like the Canadian border is CLOSED.

My breaking news app says that USA/Canada have agreed to close the border except for trade/commerce and "essential travel". That seems to rule out std RV trips. Like I said....:B I guess the commercial and public campground businesses are going to start taking a hit over the end of cross border travel for pleasure. Wonder how long this global fiasco will last? China should have to pay reparations for starting it all, if it's found they were somehow negligently involved in it's cause and their initial reaction to it's effects.
MDKMDK 03/18/20 09:07am Roads and Routes
RE: Looks like the Canadian border is CLOSED.

They are discouraging non essential travel. I don't think a rv qualifies. 14 day quarantine as stated. The govt said the reason they kept the Americans on their list is many people from both countries cross back and forth for work. For example, truck drivers hauling freight etc. or business. I think I would call ahead if trying it. Crossing borders in this kind of situation could be not a fun experience. An RV qualifies, has nothing to do with the vehicle type, it's the people inside that are being classified. Unless it's commercial. I asked because I live on the border, and have some other cross border trips planned, and this mess might still be on going next week or next month. Anyone deemed to have traveled outside Canada, whether they have symptoms or not, for non-essential reasons, is considered a risk for COVID-19 exposure. You can "discuss" it with CBSA, if you want, but they're enforcing it with no exceptions for those travelers/trips they decided were non-essential. The irony or paradox in this case is they've already backed off on barring US citizens, air crews, whatever. They weren't specific about whether the US citizen needs to be traveling here for business or pleasure, afaik. It's a complete cluster you know what, they way it's being handled on our side. Slow to make decisions, and not much foresight being used, overall. On the news the PM was aked why he wasn't tested, and why he wasn't a risk to the people at a conference he was at, after it was discovered Sophie was positive for it and he was exposed to it. He said because he was feeling great and had no symptoms the docs told him he wasn't contagious. Uh huh.
MDKMDK 03/17/20 09:05pm Roads and Routes
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