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RE: BC Residents only

I've been wondering about this very topic .....snip. It's a tough call, .....snip Gary Hey Gary, I was out on my side X side on Thursday between rain storms and I was way up a logging road when I ran into a BC Natural Resource Officer. After he checked me out for proof of insurance on the sxs, make sure we weren’t drinking alcohol, if we had helmets ( we were stopped having lunch at the time), we got to talking about camping in the bush this summer with issues around BC parks campgrounds/ c-19 etc. He said that they will be doing extensive patrols in the bush this year insuring everybody is following the rules for camping in the bush and following The BC C-19 guidelines / regulations. Now what Laws and regulations they will enforce I can’t tell you but they have really stepped up there presence around here in the Kootenays the last few year and from what this fellow said, they will be more prevalent in the bush in the months to come. It’s going to be a strange summer coming up. Stay safe everyone. Soup. That's interesting and good to know. We always behave on our fishing trip, very respectful of the camping area, clean up everything, including debris from the last 5 campers that left stuff behind and do on. We keep our music low, so it doesnt travel. We have a few drinks, never out of hand or rowdy. We mainly sit around a campfire talking about what hurts and how great we used to be! I just hope that they don't get snarky about my Alberta residency. We have been checked on many times over the past 45 years of fishing trips, never once an issue, and always had a great conversation with the conservation officers. They check our fishing licences, which we always have. Our little aluminum boat has all the safety stuff etc. I just don't want to be sent packing because I'm not a BC resident. Your the kinda people I like. I have two kids plus grand kids living in Alberta so you won’t hear trash talk coming From our campfire. Stay safe Soup
SideHillSoup 05/23/20 10:54am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: BC Residents only

I've been wondering about this very topic myself, and how things will play out. I have read some conflicting information, depending on the source. A group of us are planning a fishing trip to a lake near Merritt the first weekend in June. Several of us are attending. 2 from Penticton, 1 from OK Falls, 1 from Kelowna, and myself from Alberta.... I'm wondering if I will run into any kind of challenges since i am no longer a BC resident. I used to live in Penticton years ago. Location is a rough, totally unserviced area by a lake, FCFS. Park ranger wanders through and collects a nominal fee based on nights spent. Hope I don't drive all the way from Calgary, only to be turned away.... Could leave the TT home, come out in my car and occupy a spot in a buddy's MH. I prefer my own space though. It's a tough call, if basing it on available info. There is a lot of real estate that is NOT part of the BC Parks system. I am thinking that if your lake is not a reservation type location, that you will be ok. Emotions are running high, right now and you will need to judge the situation accordingly. Check your private messages Gary Hey Gary, I was out on my side X side on Thursday between rain storms and I was way up a logging road when I ran into a BC Natural Resource Officer. After he checked me out for proof of insurance on the sxs, make sure we weren’t drinking alcohol, if we had helmets ( we were stopped having lunch at the time), we got to talking about camping in the bush this summer with issues around BC parks campgrounds/ c-19 etc. He said that they will be doing extensive patrols in the bush this year insuring everybody is following the rules for camping in the bush and following The BC C-19 guidelines / regulations. Now what Laws and regulations they will enforce I can’t tell you but they have really stepped up there presence around here in the Kootenays the last few year and from what this fellow said, they will be more prevalent in the bush in the months to come. It’s going to be a strange summer coming up. Stay safe everyone. Soup.
SideHillSoup 05/23/20 08:47am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: BC Residents only

I hope BC residents remember that when the forest fires start, and they need out of province help. Two totally different subjects. Nice try. Fighting Forrest fires falls under “ essential services” and the B.C. Govt ( Forrest Service) has been working on safe work plans since this all started, as there has been notices / bulletins stating some of their plans made public. And just guessing they have been tweaking their plans as things change concerning C-19. Fire fighters
SideHillSoup 05/22/20 10:21am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: BC Residents only

Funny... I can’t find nothing on first come first serve sites, BC Parks only talk about reservations.
SideHillSoup 05/21/20 08:00pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Canada border crossing

The Canadian side ( heading North) will be dictated when it opens to non essential traffic by Canada not then USA. As well the Province’s don’t have a say in, if or when the borders open; it is a Federal decision, they can only voice their opinion. Hopefully the final date for reopening will be jointly made by both countries.
SideHillSoup 05/13/20 10:54pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Canada border crossing

Way too much fear based guesses here. Once across, regardless of what they might ask...24hrs to transit, there is not a chance anyone is going to say anything, unless a driver is spotted parking in Whitehorse going into bars and clubs..oh..wait...those are all closed. And once IN Canada, you are golden...you are going to your country or origin...the US. There is no one being stopped or questioned as in 'where ya goin, bud'? And...just an aside..it is not THE Yukon..it is ...Yukon. Gary Haupt Hey Gary, you English teacher skills are showing. The Soup.
SideHillSoup 04/27/20 04:28pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Canada border crossing

The best place to find out what the horse is doing is ask the horse. Travel.gc.ca Soup.
SideHillSoup 04/27/20 04:20pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Canada border crossing

From Blaine Washington to Tok Alaska is 36 hrs or 1854 miles so somebody has their head up their butt, not gonna make that in no 24 hrs. It’s 24 hrs through the Yukon, not Canada. 24 hrs Yukon Soup.
SideHillSoup 04/27/20 11:29am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Over weight? Does it bother you?

It is my understanding that no matter what you do to your truck, including tires, suspension etc. you can not change the stated GVWD of the truck, and if you were involved in an accident you could be held liable. I do not have a camper now but have had 5 in the past, and have always been careful to stay under my GVWR. Personally I would never take the chance. In BC if you are over weight, no matter what the situation, ( by hauling or towing) it is illegal. In BC if you are over weight ‘anywhere”( Not just BC) and you are involved in an accident, your insurance on the vehicle hauling the camper is null and void. Pretty simple. Also anyone towing or hauling more that 10,000 lbs you need to have an endorsement of your drivers license. That endorsement on your licence involves a medical, written test, plus driving test with either the trailer/ 5th wheel at the time of the driving test. When I got mine endorsement I had to borrow a buddies truck and 5th wheel as I hadn’t bought my new overweight 5th wheel yet. few years later and Because of my heart attack and stints, I failed the medical when it was time to renew my drivers license. Hence the truck and camper combo that is under weight. This is for BC drivers, whole different game in other places in the world.
SideHillSoup 04/09/20 07:45pm Truck Campers
RE: Prepaid Mobile Phone and Service in Canada

There is free wifi all over Canada, it is not hard to find. Most libraries, museums, visitor Centers have free hot spots, and a lot of other places as well. For example, there is a small town of 2000 people in the mountains that we do a lot of camping near and the little sidewalk coffee shops, the local grocery store, their museum and library to name a few all have free wifi. Let’s hope the border is opened up again for visitors by this summer.
SideHillSoup 03/18/20 10:53am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: towing w/ camper few ?s

This truck is by no men’s load standing beside it or while driving it. The days of load “ stock” diesel NEW trucks are long gone. Maybe autocorrect/autocomplete got this. Can you explain? Funny.....that what happens when your coffee isn’t ready
SideHillSoup 03/09/20 10:24am Truck Campers
RE: towing w/ camper few ?s

It all comes down to how much money do you want to spend? No power or weight issues with this setup (only one problem, the MPG is bad) https://i.imgur.com/oPoYzxWl.jpg I went from GM to Ford in 99 and never had one that had the death wobble, that’s old school. Proper maintenance avoids that kind of issue. Stay away from the 6.4 Ford diesel though, it’s a money pit. Good Luck Wes Nice looking rig.
SideHillSoup 03/09/20 10:23am Truck Campers
RE: towing w/ camper few ?s

My 2017 GMC 3500 short box, 4 X4 diesel truck has Torklift super truss 48”. This truck is by no men’s load standing beside it or while driving it. The days of load “ stock” diesel NEW trucks are long gone. I have a 2018 Northern Lite 8-11 camper as well I have a sxs which I pull behind my truck and camper all the time, however I have pulled my son in-laws Bobcat on his trailer, as well as his 21 Bayliner Boat and trailer. All the trailers I pull have electric breaks except my snowmobile trailer. So stopping is not just the tow vehicle it is also the trailer itself. I live in the mountains and can’t get out of the valley I live in with out going over major mountain passes, so breaking is essential here. https://i.imgur.com/wspWYxxl.jpg
SideHillSoup 03/09/20 08:21am Truck Campers
RE: Thanks..and a Slide Question

We own a 2018 NL 8-11 and the 2 of us have no issues with the camper and we have over the last 2 years put on well over 50,000 kms on the camper. We even went book docking in AZ durning the winter of 2019. We can usually last 4 to 5 days with out dumping the tanks and re-filling. We have never run out of fresh water, however we do carry two 5 gal drinking water in the back seat of our truck. We pull a trailer with out sxs on it which we also use for hauling storing other items we may want to bring with us. On the 2 month trip to AZ we didn’t have the trailer or SXS with us, and we didn’t want for nothing. Remember, your outside the rig 80% of the time. We have spent a number of days stuck inside because of heavy rains on the north coast of British Columbia, but we are both alive. One of the reasons we ordered and bought our NL was because it did t have a slide, which by the way we have had on two of our past 5th wheels, and the less moving parts the better and the camper weights less also when they don’t slides. We do a lot of off road camping up here in the mountains of B.C. and I would never get a slide on a camper for that reason alone. Good luck with your new camper what ever it is. You have given me some things to think about. Maybe I'll at least take a ride and check them out. From what I can tell they sure look a cut above the others I've seen as far as quality. Thanks, Rick Facebook has a huge following for people with NL Campers. Go on there and see what those people are saying and doing. There are a lot of pictures available to look at that shows trip, travels and a lot of modifications that people do as well. A couple of the things we do is pack for two people when it comes to cups, plates, glasses etc... we have all our stuff like that in a sliding drawer under the oven. We also didn’t order ours with an AC or a Microwave as we are usually in the Bush with no hook ups and rarely ever used our AC on our 5th wheels, so we saved $1500 and less wheight. The AV wiring is in the ceiling incase you ever wanted to install one later. Where the Microwave goes is our pantry. all our cutlery is also in one drawer where I built a sliding insert drawer for the knives and spoons etc, all the bigger utensils go under the sliding insert. Lots of tricks out there. https://i.imgur.com/MaEhQhjl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/K4PFdHLl.jpg
SideHillSoup 03/05/20 10:28am Truck Campers
RE: Thanks..and a Slide Question

We own a 2018 NL 8-11 and the 2 of us have no issues with the camper and we have over the last 2 years put on well over 50,000 kms on the camper. We even went book docking in AZ durning the winter of 2019. We can usually last 4 to 5 days with out dumping the tanks and re-filling. We have never run out of fresh water, however we do carry two 5 gal drinking water in the back seat of our truck. We pull a trailer with out sxs on it which we also use for hauling storing other items we may want to bring with us. On the 2 month trip to AZ we didn’t have the trailer or SXS with us, and we didn’t want for nothing. Remember, your outside the rig 80% of the time. We have spent a number of days stuck inside because of heavy rains on the north coast of British Columbia, but we are both alive. One of the reasons we ordered and bought our NL was because it did t have a slide, which by the way we have had on two of our past 5th wheels, and the less moving parts the better and the camper weights less also when they don’t slides. We do a lot of off road camping up here in the mountains of B.C. and I would never get a slide on a camper for that reason alone. Good luck with your new camper what ever it is. https://i.imgur.com/dgmNkvMl.jpg
SideHillSoup 03/05/20 08:02am Truck Campers
RE: New NL 8-11

Welcome to the club,,,, huge following on Face book for NL owners. https://i.imgur.com/VqAfXBGl.jpg
SideHillSoup 03/02/20 04:56pm Truck Campers
RE: How do you get to your spare tire with the camper on?

I went to the auto wrecker and bought for $20 a second set of hand crack tubes and pouch. Now I haven’t had to use because of of a flat, however I have tested it and it works great even with the camper on the truck.
SideHillSoup 03/01/20 12:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Backup Camera Setup with AND without a Slide-in Camper

I have two cameras, both hard wire. One is a plug and play backup camera from Camera Source, and works just like the stock camera mounted in the tailgate and is activated when the truck goes into reverse. The second camera is also hard wired and is for viewing the trailer a pull with my SXS, which is very difficult to see when the camper is on the truck. This camera, and monitor cost $65 at amazon and works continuously while turned on in the cab of the truck, so I can easily see the trailer and SXS. I have both plugs set up behind the license plate of the back bumper. https://i.imgur.com/M1pV6Etl.jpg
SideHillSoup 02/25/20 07:17am Truck Campers
RE: Used truck camper

We have a 2017 GMC 3500 Duramax , SWD, short box with a 2018 Northern Lite 8-11 EXSE Dry-Bath. We ordered our camper from the factory, so we got the options we wanted, the three biggest items were a second 100 watt solar panel, no A/C, and a U shaped dinette. I know you have said second hand camper, however with the NL campers weighing much less than stick built with slides I thought you should also consider Northern Lite on your list. Northern Lite does not make campers with slides, and our camper only weights approx 2700 lbs dry. We added a Torklift Super Hitch reviver with a Torklift 48” Supper truss extension to haul our SXS & Trailer, as well as set of Timbren SES overload springs on the truck. We have no issues with towing a trailer or hauling the camper on our truck. I have also hauled my son in-laws 21ft Bayliner, which is much heavier than our SXS and Trailer behind the truck and camper in the mountains of B.C. with no issues. 95% of the time we are outside the camper, so interior size for us wasn’t a big deal. We do have all the creature comforts in the camper and we have spent a number of days inside, like last summer when we were up in the Bella Coola area of British Columbia and cats and dogs landing on the roof. ( grin) The first year we had our new camper we put just over 42,000 kms on it, with just over 2 months alone in the Yuma area boondocking, and we didn’t find the camper “ cramped” or second guessing ourselves on “ did we buy to small a camper”. We have owned different types of RV’s during our adult life, and we both started camping with our parents back in the 60’s. We went from a 35 ft 5th wheel with 3 slides, two lazy boys, a electric fire place, 42” flat screen TV, and kitchen island etc.... to this camper, and we still don’t find it to small, but that’s just us. I made sure we followed all the weight and towing restrictions & regulations for the vehicle as well as for my drivers license here in British Columbia. When it comes to weight and towing ability, It all boils down to being safe on the road as well as making sure if something does happens on those roads your insurance isn’t null and void because you are breaking a regulation, law or a rule. Enjoy what ever you buy. Soup. https://i.imgur.com/oZh0TWSl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/rgGK1m4l.jpg https://i.imgur.com/Z5yoO8Dl.jpg
SideHillSoup 02/17/20 10:00am Truck Campers
RE: Looking for revelstoke recommendations

Hey Soup, you working part time at the Visitors/Welcome Centre on the Crowsnest at the BC/AB border? If not, they should hire you. That's a pretty comprehensive list of stuff to do out there.:B Great pics, too. Writing that was easy as I live in the area and have camped in the area and driving these roads for far to many years ( grin) The hard part was correcting all my spelling mistakes. ;) Soup.
SideHillSoup 01/31/20 05:42pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
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