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RE: Travelling from Nevada to Alaska in the Middle of Winter

Hoping we get to see some great pictures! Drive safe. Soup.
SideHillSoup 02/19/21 12:25pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travelling from Nevada to Alaska in the Middle of Winter

Good catch. Enjoy the rest of your trip. Soup.
SideHillSoup 02/15/21 09:05pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travelling from Nevada to Alaska in the Middle of Winter

Should also mention, cell phone Battery life “historically” don’t last very long at all when in the cold. Before I bought my cannon I packed my cell phone in my shirt pocket while snowmobiling. Even thou it was under my heavy snowmobile jacket the few times it came out for pictures the battery would’ve close to dead in a few hours. Even if we leave it in the truck when we went ridding the battery would be dead at the end of our day. So, keep an eye on your cell phone battery life, and possibly Buy a small pocket camera. Have a safe trip and.....It’s COLD up here.... bring extra socks... ( grin) Soup
SideHillSoup 02/09/21 09:28am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travelling from Nevada to Alaska in the Middle of Winter

Like Grit Dog mentioned, and I said many pages of posts ago. Make sure your co-pilot has the camera handy for the entire trip. Like I said, your going to see some pretty spectacular sites on your trip north. Myself, I hate the camera option on my cell phone as it doesn’t take “good enough” pictures for my liking. I have a number of cameras, but my “go to” camera is a small Canon PowerShot with 12 times Optical Zoom. Small fits in your pocket like a cell phone, I take it snowmobiling, ATVing, fishing in the bush.... etc...and takes much better pictures than a cell phone.... ( my opinion) Have fun on your trip. Soup.
SideHillSoup 02/08/21 04:48pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travelling from Nevada to Alaska in the Middle of Winter

Like what Steve said, all our ( Canadian) Hwy diesel is ULSD and has been since about 2008, as directed by the Canadian Gov’t. Soup.
SideHillSoup 02/06/21 08:26am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travel to Alberta

My dad was born and raised in a small town in Saskatchewan. He used to tell the story of walking 7 miles to school, bare foot, in -40 weather, with snow and wind, and up hill both ways. In 1971 Saskatchewan held a “provincial” Home Coming. When we got to my dad’s little home town... I found out my dad was fibbing... there are no hills in Saskatchewan... ( grin)
SideHillSoup 01/29/21 08:35am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travelling from Nevada to Alaska in the Middle of Winter

****! Something else to buy. Man! I was asking about this on the silveradosierra.com forums and they were saying that if I was towing I wouldn't need it, but I feel like you guys have more experience. Any suggestions where I can get one that doesn't involve sticking buttons to the grille? Go to the GMC dealer near you. The two I have, just have hard tabs that bend over to hold it is place. No “buttons” Funny... up here in Canada where it gets cold, they come with the truck when you buy it new I’m not sure how many of those people on the form drive in northern BC, the Yukon or Alaska, but I have done it pulling a 20ft loaded cargo trailer.... and I was happy I had the cover on as we were nice and toasty inside the cab and the truck was running at its normal operating temperature. I will say, I did do a run in my 2007 truck, to Northern Alberta ( Cold Lake )with out a cover... and it was Cold in the cab until I stopped and wired a hunk of cardboard on the grill. No trailer on the way there but I did have one on the way home. Remember, safety first. Soup.
SideHillSoup 01/26/21 06:33pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travelling from Nevada to Alaska in the Middle of Winter

The chances of these people pulling at Hwy speeds on this trip to Alaska are slight after reading all of their posts. And Hwy speeds this time of year for this route, especially towing by “ winter driving newbie’s” are in my opinion next to zero. They will need the grille cover Soup.
SideHillSoup 01/26/21 05:48pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travelling from Nevada to Alaska in the Middle of Winter

I remembered something, so I re-read all 8 pages of the post to see if anyone had mentioned it, and we didn’t. I was downstairs in my storage room and I was moving some stuff around and I found my grille cover for my 2007 and my 2017 durimax trucks. Diesel trucks run colder than gas engines, and the winter when the temps really drop the diesels can’t get up to “normal” running temperature. Now where I live in south eastern BC, we get tons of snow, but hardly any sustained cold weather. We normally hover around +3c to - 10 c. The only time I have every used by grille covers is when I went to northern BC or Alberta in the winter months, where it gets bone chilling cold. *** I highly recommend that you do some research and read up on when the grille cover is used and make sure you have one especially when you start getting into northern BC, Yukon & Alaska. *** Pulling the trailer may bring up the engine temps a bit on the hills, however I highly doubt it will be enough to keep the engine running at its normal temp. And don’t forget, the engine cooling system also heats the inside of the cab where your sitting. Something else for you to read up on. Soup.
SideHillSoup 01/26/21 08:27am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travel to Alberta

Few years back, a couple weeks before Xmas our oldest daughter was moving into their newly built home between Calgary and Banff. We went over to help them and to see our granddaughter’s Xmas concert. Friday night, we Parked our truck and walked the 1/2 block to the school in hoodies. Next morning : moving day! Calgary was -46c and Edmonton was -55c, and as they were saying on the radio,” on that day, Edmonton was the coldest place in the world” My son in-laws transmission froze in his truck. My truck started, but oh boy was that motor cold and hard to start. We snapped in 1/2 more than 1 plastic tote bin as they were stored in a un heated storage building. We were using a kids fisher price wagon to move “stuff” quicker from the trucks into the house, 2 tires snapped from the cold. And to top it all off, the power went out, and when we went to lite the wood stove.... the wood was frozen into one large lump as we had put it away wet a couple days earlier, so we had to use a splitting maul to break up the lump of wood. Had to be the fastest we ever moved anyone ever from an apartment to a house “ever”...(grin) When they were moved in, “ shortly before lunch” we kicked back relaxed by the fire while we used the wood stove to heat water and then poured it in a paper cup so our granddaughter could go outside and toss the hot water into the air. Best weekend ever. Soup.
SideHillSoup 01/25/21 12:40pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travel Restrictions Coming

There are a number of charter companies offering the service of shipping your vehicle across the border to the nearest airport and then flying you across to it. They are busy, doing several flights a day from Toronto and St Catharines to Buffalo, and London to Detroit. I work at an airport and these guys are flying full planes back and forth all day. I have also seen an increase in private jet charters. Couples are grouping together to share the cost. Some are even going just to get the vaccine quicker. Sketchy for sure but the loophole allows it, for now. That loop hole is what the USA and Canadian Gov’t are talking about right now. My bet is they close it up tight soon, and with this new strain out there... even rules for re-entry and quarantine requirements may also be changing. Soup.
SideHillSoup 01/24/21 05:50pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travelling from Nevada to Alaska in the Middle of Winter

In British Columbia the most popular car parts stores are Lordco, Napa and Canadian Tire. In the smaller towns that don’t have these places sometime just stopping at a service station that does vehicle repair may have parts as well, or know of where to get them. And or ask at a gas station for that type of info in the smaller towns. Soup.
SideHillSoup 01/24/21 01:53pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travel Restrictions Coming

Those who flaunt the law and disregard health and safety rules wouldn’t be my friends. They endanger others, themselves...and me! They are fully within the law. It's still perfectly legal to fly across the border and shipping via commercial truck is still perfectly legal. RV'ing is one of the safest ways to self isolate. Really the numbers using the loophole are so small as to be irrelevant. It may be permitted to cross into the USA by air at present, however the Canadian Gov’t has been saying for the last couple of days to cancel ‘ stop traveling as there could be changes to those loop holes. Last march / April our Government started saying the same thing and then one day it all changed, so this could be something similar won't rule out invoking Emergencies Act
SideHillSoup 01/24/21 01:49pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travelling from Nevada to Alaska in the Middle of Winter

Up here we have bags of sand that most gas stations carry during the winter months for weight., which you can buy. Myself I fill two 5 gal pails of “dry” sand in the fall put the lids on and leave them in the box of my truck. The bags if the sand is wet will freeze in lumps and have to be busted up with the back side of an ax etc if you need some sand, hence the reason I put mine in 5 gal buckets with the lid on in the fall. I use them for weight, however I have in the past used some of the sand out of one of them to put under the blocking / bottle jack when I had issues with my snowmobile trailer in the winter. I little bit of grit goes a long ways on snow/ Ice when you in a jam. Just a idea to think about. Soup.
SideHillSoup 01/21/21 08:21pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Just a little road trip....

You picked a great week for your trip. Roads were mostly clear and wet later in the week. Sunny with clouds but that wind keeps on blowing... We went snowmobiling and luck we took our chainsaw, that wind storm knocked down a lot of trees. Great pics Soup.
SideHillSoup 01/21/21 05:06pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travelling from Nevada to Alaska in the Middle of Winter

Hopefully you don’t have a specific date and a “ time allowance “ that you gave yourself for this trip, as road conditions and weather can add days to you journey “possibly” If you watch the weather, watch road conditions ( black ice ) and especially “take your time” you will be fine. unfortunatly due to Covid and boarder rules, they will have a time restriction, and they are watching it now due to people being caught saying they were traveling strait to alaska and being found on the island or in banff... Steve Good point Steve, that’s in the rules for traveling through Canada to Alaska or back to the lower 48, there is a time limit for the passage. However if road conditions dictate driving slower than the posted speed to ensure your driving safely, which means “ taking your time”, I would hope the RCMP and CBSA would take that into consideration. I’m going to bet when they cross into Canada they will be given a phone number to call if “something“ happens to slow their journey through Canada, like vehicle breakdown, closed roads because of accidents, avalanche control, road conditions etc. Driving this route in the summer months is a lot different in the winter months. If I were them I would be asking those questions ( what if?) when they get to the Canadian boarder, just incase.
SideHillSoup 01/19/21 08:47am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travelling from Nevada to Alaska in the Middle of Winter

When it comes to the bearings, it’s not that difficult, however if you haven’t done it before and your heading on a major trip in the winter, I would take your rig to a reputable outfit and have them do it for you. And as for driving on winter roads: Today we were snowmobiling at the summit of the 5th highest mountain pass in British Columbia. While we were unloading, a truck and what looked like a 30+ ft 5th wheel, as well as a Class A motor home pulling a “hugely” long horse trailer. This was 09:30 this morning and the roads were wet. Now the farther north you go and or every valley. Region or area that your drive through on your trip will have different wet heat and road conditions, so it may not be as nice as today. Hopefully you don’t have a specific date and a “ time allowance “ that you gave yourself for this trip, as road conditions and weather can add days to you journey “possibly” If you watch the weather, watch road conditions ( black ice ) and especially “take your time” you will be fine. and make sure the camera is ready to “click” Relax and have fun. If you need any information on driving on winter roads, with your route, or with or with out a trailer, drop me a line, I’ve driving these roads up here Year round for over 45 years and have also camped during the winter in our camper when snowmobiling. It sounds like a fabulous trip! Soup.
SideHillSoup 01/18/21 05:48pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Just a little road trip....

You could park overnight at the boat launch at Syringa Creek PP. during the day there are people walking dogs etc at the boat launch and at 1/2 km farther up the road at the campground, however by late afternoon, there won’t be a sole around. The boat launch is the first left after the big condo complex ( couple hundred yards) After you turn in, I suggest taking a right turn at the bottom of the little hill, as you enter the large parking area. After you enter the big parking area at the bottom of the little hill, the all season boat launch is to the boat left, and the summer season boat launch is to the right. Summer boat launch is a long ways from the water right now, so little if any traffic down that way. Have fun on your trip. Soup. Thank you...we rolled just a bit past, to Robson...the Lions Head pub...they okay'd parking in their lot..and here we are, deer trotting by this morning. Love their deep fried pickles.... Gary They have killer fish and chips. ( nothing compared to places on the coastal water ways can make) but for a little pub at the top of a defunct ferry ramp on the shores of the Columbia River, surrounded by mountains, it’s pretty good. PS: I used to live 3 driveways west of the pub. Me and my 2 neighbours were the first people to drink a beer at the pub. Yup... we wondered down there with a couple beers in hand the night the poured the footings.... :B Enjoy your trip. Soup.
SideHillSoup 01/18/21 05:26pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Just a little road trip....

You could park overnight at the boat launch at Syringa Creek PP. during the day there are people walking dogs etc at the boat launch and at 1/2 km farther up the road at the campground, however by late afternoon, there won’t be a sole around. The boat launch is the first left after the big condo complex ( couple hundred yards) After you turn in, I suggest taking a right turn at the bottom of the little hill, as you enter the large parking area. After you enter the big parking area at the bottom of the little hill, the all season boat launch is to the boat left, and the summer season boat launch is to the right. Summer boat launch is a long ways from the water right now, so little if any traffic down that way. Have fun on your trip. Soup.
SideHillSoup 01/17/21 09:26am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Traveling to Alaakska later ths year or next.

Here is the latest update on travel through Canada to Alaska. Through Canada. Always make sure you look on line to the Canadian Government website for the latest updates. The “feel” around here is, the boarder will not open until next year (2022) at the earliest. This C-19 is really taking off now and a lot of the First Nation areas of Canada are getting hit hard and they are high on our list of groups that will be taken care of first. Hopefully it will happen in the coming months, however from what our friends up north are saying, they are not excited about seeing out of Province travelers let alone out of country. Let’s all hope for the best and health for everyone, so we can all travel and spend our money and help support all theses small communities in Canada and in Alaska. Cheers everyone. Soup.
SideHillSoup 01/12/21 05:21pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
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