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RE: RVing with a HD Pick up in Ontario

Jaxdad, you are behind the times! Have a look at this posting back from the McGinty era that extended the weights for RV's with a G license. If you know it has been cancelled let me know!
almcc 05/24/22 04:35pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: RVing with a HD Pick up in Ontario

While this question is not at all RVing related, I just learned that it is possible for govt motor vehicles registration to be far more difficult and screwed up than I could have imagined... Actually having seen the way it works in numerous jurisdictions I must say that IMHO the system in Ontario is very simple and straightforward. There is no ad valorem tax (at any level never mind multiples) or annual inspections required. There is a single flat rate fee for license plates (tags) that is based on the RGW of the vehicle for trucks, cars, m/h’s and trailers are free. JaxDad, I don't agree with your comment about Ontario being simple. I had a friend (a retired cop) comment that my truck/RV combo requires me to have an "A" license, why? Simply because the regulations are so complicated and written by lawyers that even a cop can't understand them! If a cop can't understand them, how are we citizens supposed to understand and follow them?
almcc 05/24/22 06:21am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: RVing with a HD Pick up in Ontario

The first letter lays this all out. Thanks for this! I am at "step 2", I got the first and second letter, waiting for the invoice. I may just make their life complicated (as they have made ours!) by indicating the truck was off the road so they have to through the complications that they have put us through. I just wanted to see if others in Canada are going through the same hassles. I emailed the "bureaucracy" and asked a question, they responded in an automatic reply that they are overwhelmed with mails and phone calls about the letters. As another comment in terms of commercial vehicles I note that even our neighbour with a little Honda Ridgline pick up has a commercial plate on it!
almcc 05/17/22 04:45am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RVing with a HD Pick up in Ontario

I'm not sure if this is the correct forum to post in but I will ask a question to see if other RVers in Ontario will respond. All pick up trucks in Ontario (both LD and heavy duty) are classed as commercial, the LD one can be deemed "for personal use" but HD ones can't. Our 5th wheel is heavy, so a HD dually is what we pull it with. I just received a letter saying I owe $119 for an extension period granted because of COVID, now the grant is over, they now want payment. The payment has to be made to the Ministry of Finance (not sure how), not Service Ontario where we get our license stickers renewed. I'm wondering if other Ontario RVers with HD pick ups have just received the letter. I have emailed the "bureaucracy" to find out more!
almcc 05/16/22 09:41am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Jan-Feb-March in Mesa, AZ- few questions about heat sources

We winter in southern California and pass through Arizona in November/December to get there. A couple of comments. Using electricity will not heat the basement area where the water lines are and if you get prolonged below freezing weather this could cause frozen water lines and leaks. Each year we ask our park for the cost of electricity and propane and I run a spreadsheet to see what's cheaper for heating based on an estimated 60% efficiency on the propane side, 100% on electric. I'm betting that the price of propane has jumped based on what's happening in Russia etc. Maybe next winter things will have settled
almcc 04/08/22 11:50am Snowbirds
RE: Burlington, VT to Nigara Falls, can.

401 does not go to Niagara Falls. You have to make your way to the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) sometime after you pass Toronto. 403 is probably the best bet. The whole trip from about Oshawa to Hamilton is urban. Avoid 407 as it is the most expensive toll road on the continent. And 401 across Toronto is the worst expressway for congestion that we have been on. I would probably take the N Y Thruway from where you are. X2 on the 407 toll road! We went from west Toronto to the end of 407 on the east and return, cost $95, just driving a jeep! And unlike the US toll roads they bill non-citizens as well!
almcc 03/13/22 06:04am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Potable Water Transportation

I haven't done this but thought about it. A fresh water RV tank (new or from a old RV being sent to the wreckers) may fit into the back of a pick up truck if that's what you haul with. I have a spare RV water pump that we used to increase water pressure when in Mexico, you could plug it into your truck's trailer plug and pump the water from the truck tank via your water hose to the RV. Lot's of other plastic tank options out there as well.
almcc 03/08/22 09:24am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Yuma private rv spaces

We stayed on a lot in the foothills a few years ago for a month or two. My suggestion would be to park at a campground (we stay at Fortuna de Oro in the foothills on our way west, lots of sites available, they must have about 1200) and then drive through the foothills looking at all the "for rent" signs. If you are thinking this winter there should be lots of opportunities for short term rentals this late in the season. Fortuna De Oro isn't a great campground but they have lots of facilities (pool, restaurant etc), you could tolerate a stay there as well.
almcc 01/28/22 10:30am Snowbirds
RE: Heading back to Michigan from Quartzsite mid-March?

Probably not the route that you want to take but we stay more south on our way back from Borrego Springs California (close to Quartzsite)in March, we take I-10, 20 and 30 and then back north through Indiana then to Michigan and back home to Ontario. We have a "one tank of diesel fuel a day rule" so we take a bit longer to get back, about 3 weeks on average The Fort Wayne area KOA is open all winter. If you want a list of parks that we stop at, let me know and I will post.
almcc 01/24/22 06:19am Snowbirds
RE: Border

There have been lots of news articles about services taking RV's across the border (say to Buffalo NY) while their owners take a helicopter or plane to Buffalo and then drive their RV to the southern US. Here is a link that gives various options for cars and RV's.
almcc 10/01/21 06:17am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Snow Birding

We have stayed in most of the RV parks mentioned by Thunder Mountain above and those parks are good, we stop at the Tucson KOA on our way to and from California each winter and we enjoy it. We found Yuma a little busy for our liking, you may also want to explore site rentals in the Yuma foothills area,they were going for $300 a month and up, we rented there for a month one year.
almcc 09/10/21 12:09pm Snowbirds
RE: "Simply Connect" CDN cell provider

Att will not allow you to use your phone more in Canada than in the USA. Are you referring to time, data usage or phone usage in Canada? I can tell you that my experience (multi year) is different. I'm not a heavy data user but on some months I have used my data allotment. Anyways, Canadians can't (legally) spend more time in the US than Canada unless risking border patrol issues or having their world wide income (including Canada) being taxed by the IRS. As a comment to the OP, Simply Connect used to be Sears Connect before Sears departed the scene. They are a Rogers company under another name, their rates are a bit better than Rogers for Canadian service, I use them for an emergency phone. Can't comment on what they provide for the US.
almcc 09/10/21 08:25am Snowbirds
RE: "Simply Connect" CDN cell provider

You may want to consider using a US service (like AT&T) in Canada as well as the US, AT&T pairs with Rogers in Canada and they have good data quantities with a one month roll over for unused data.
almcc 09/10/21 05:37am Snowbirds
RE: F550 based Super C - anyone but THOR.

I agree with you about Thor quality, as a Redwood 5th wheel owner I'm fortunate to have an older one that was better built, the reports on the newer ones are garbage. If you can find a unit NOT built in Indiana you will get better quality, all the manufacturers there have a piecework policy so that if the production is finished by 11 am the workers go home with a full days pay. Kind of like US car production before the Japanese arrived on-scene.
almcc 08/29/21 12:13pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: New phone recommendations for cross border

So I’ve got a sweetheart grandfathered voice/text Plan in Canada ($20/mth) and when I’ve traveled to the USA in the past I’ve added a 2nd SIM to my phone for use voice and data. Rather that then paying for a big data plan plus roaming. US travel isn’t in the short term, but I need a new phone now, the list of dual SIM phones is pretty small. Do I buy another dual SIM model from ASUS or go another route? I have an ASUS dual SIM phone and use AT&T in the US, I used to use our Canadian SIM in the other slot but I use the AT&T SIM in both the US and Canada and AT&T pairs with Rogers in Canada and I have more data (cheaper) than I could get with Rogers. Be aware that AT&T is going 5G next year and I got a notification that some current 3G/4G phones won't work, my ASUS phone isn't on the list of compatible phones FYI. I tried going the AT&T route and ran into a new problem: Not sure what the issue is but it could be the tablet. I would try putting the SIM card into your smart phone and see if you have the same problem.
almcc 07/15/21 04:16am Technology Corner
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