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RE: Border open?

I wouldn't hold your breath. We are getting close but it still may be a while.
happycamper1942 06/09/21 04:49pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Diesel fuel at Card Locks across Canada

When I drove across Canada a few years ago, and also on other long trips such as California, I used to unhitch every night and while my wife made dinner I would go out and fill up. Saves a lot of problems. When I had to pull into a station while hitched up, we would do a quick look to see where the diesel pumps were and never had any problems. That's exactly what we do, park the RV then get fuel, we do this all the way to California each winter. I've found that fuel prices are cheaper in some stations that are not the large ones like card locks. Also I found a couple of places where diesel was not easy to find so I had to drive around town till I found one which would have been a real pain towing the trailer.
happycamper1942 06/01/21 01:45pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Diesel fuel at Card Locks across Canada

When I drove across Canada a few years ago, and also on other long trips such as California, I used to unhitch every night and while my wife made dinner I would go out and fill up. Saves a lot of problems. When I had to pull into a station while hitched up, we would do a quick look to see where the diesel pumps were and never had any problems.
happycamper1942 05/31/21 06:09pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Can't overcome the fear of buying a Truck and TC.......

I agree that buying a new truck and camper is a big investment but have you thought about buying used and trying it until you see if you like it? Admittedly used prices have increased because of the pandemic, here in Canada certainly, but there are still bargains to be found. You could buy a new truck and used camper, used truck and new camper or both used used. And don't let age scare you, I am 78 and have just sold my 5th wheel and have a new camper on order:)
happycamper1942 05/09/21 03:38pm Truck Campers
RE: RV travel to Vancouver Island restricted

So they wont be booking RVs, so does that mean you can travel without a reservation? I kinda wondered about that myself..... What happens if you just show up there with your rig? I believe that they will ask you if your reason for travel is essential. If not, no go..... Essential travel only. Going to visit someone, going to a RV park reservation you have made a long time ago etc, will not be considered essential, even if you are losing a deposit. We live on the island and are resigned to only camping here for now, which isn't too bad really.
happycamper1942 04/21/21 05:33pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Canadians: 65+ are getting vaccines now

Not so good in BC. I am in the 75 plus group and am not eligible for another week. Hopefully the pace will pick up as we seem to be getting more supply now, including the generous loan of one and a half million from the USA Update - have my appointment for April 1st :) Further update, got our shots yesterday, we got the Pfizer one and apart for a stiff arm for a few hours no apparent side effects.
happycamper1942 04/03/21 05:28pm Snowbirds
RE: Hyperinflating RV prices and people who pay any price

I just sold my 5th wheel in 3 hours after advertising it. I was asking a reasonable price for it as it was older, in good shape but showing its age a little. I had more than 20 calls on it before I had a chance to take it off line. No doubt I could have got more for it if I had waited but I am very happy with what I got. So I am going back to a camper and the prices of used ones is going nuts, so for a few dollars more I ordered a new one. The only snag, I wont get it till the end of May, but that's OK, maybe by then I can go somewhere.
happycamper1942 03/26/21 06:52pm Truck Campers
RE: Canadians: 65+ are getting vaccines now

Not so good in BC. I am in the 75 plus group and am not eligible for another week. Hopefully the pace will pick up as we seem to be getting more supply now, including the generous loan of one and a half million from the USA Update - have my appointment for April 1st :)
happycamper1942 03/22/21 04:24pm Snowbirds
RE: Canadians: 65+ are getting vaccines now

Not so good in BC. I am in the 75 plus group and am not eligible for another week. Hopefully the pace will pick up as we seem to be getting more supply now, including the generous loan of one and a half million from the USA
happycamper1942 03/20/21 12:45pm Snowbirds
RE: okanagan manual

I purchased an Okanagan 811SL new in 2006 and had it for 3 years before I went to the "dark side" when I retired and bought a 5th wheel. We absolutely loved the Okanagan and never had one complaint about it so I'm sure you will enjoy it. We are now at the stage where the 5th wheel is too big for us to drag around so we are going back to a camper. Okanagans are no longer made so I am looking at Westland/Travelaire which I believe are made by the same people who made Okanagan in Penticton, BC. I will ask at my local dealer who supplied my Okanagan and see if they still have any information, if so I will get it for you.
happycamper1942 03/19/21 07:22pm Truck Campers
RE: Newer 5ers, Slider Hitch Required For Short Beds?

Good friend busted his back window with his short bed, no slider, and older 5er with squared front corners. Traded that for a newer 5er with contoured front corners and no more problem. BUT. He was also more careful on tight back in turns. I did the same, only I had a slider at the time and thought I didn't need to use it . That was a lesson learned !!
happycamper1942 01/16/21 04:31pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Newer 5ers, Slider Hitch Required For Short Beds?

I have a short bed with a slider. In 10 years I have only had to use the slider about 5 times. Doesn't sound much, but when you need it you need it, so my view is that for the few extra bucks go for a slider.
happycamper1942 01/15/21 05:05pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: How much weight could be eliminated?

Take off the truck tailgate, remove one propane tank, travel with fresh water tank half full,( or less if you are heading somewhere with hook-ups), empty your tanks frequently. Bt doing this you will save quite a few pounds and won't affect your camping experience.
happycamper1942 01/12/21 06:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Love my Fithwheel but looking for more...

I've had 5 different truck campers over the years, but when I retired 13 years ago I traded in for a 5th wheel. We love the 5th wheel and have done many wonderful trips in it, right across Canada, the Yukon and Alaska, and several trips to California, Oregon, Utah etc. However, I always missed having the camper for shorter trips, more exploring etc so 8 years ago I bought an older fairly cheap camper and used both for a few years until I passed the camper down to my daughter. I am now thinking that in the spring I will trade in the 5th wheel and get a better camper, which will be much easier to handle and take me to more accessible places. They are both great, I thing the difference is a 5th wheel is "RVing" and a camper is "camping"
happycamper1942 12/24/20 04:16pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tailgate on or off

Off, especially if you are near your weight limit. That 70 to 100 lbs can make all the difference. Also if you leave it down it can get damaged with pebbles etc of a rough road.
happycamper1942 12/16/20 03:53pm Truck Campers
RE: Winter in Vancouver Island

....the new NCEP CPC long-lead 2-Class forecast just came out 2 days ago. Looks like below average temperatures from southern BC to Ontario for Dec/January here--> Then, Jan/February temperatures look below normal for Southern BC to western Ontario here--> Same below normal temps for Feb/March here--> and Mar/April will be the worst below average cold for all southern region areas of Provinces from BC to Ontario Mar/April here--> Probability of precipitation will be strongly above average for southern BC Nov/Dec and Dec/Jan and Mar/April. No clue whether precip will fall as ice, wet snow or rain. Anyone RVing in southern BC may be better off renting an apartment or winterized mobile home YMMV. These are all the campgrounds in BC that have partial or full winter hookups: here--> Thanks, a good post, lots of info. I just winterized my 5th wheel today and am glad I have my nice warm house to spend the winter in.
happycamper1942 10/17/20 05:54pm Snowbirds
RE: Winter in Vancouver Island

I just read a long range forecast for the Island and southern BC saying to expect a colder than normal winter with more snow than usual. The only consolation is that it probably will be short.
happycamper1942 10/17/20 03:21am Snowbirds
Winter in Vancouver Island

So I just read in my local paper that just about every RV park on Vancouver Island is booked solid right through the winter until April. This is Canadians from colder parts of Canada who normally go south for the winter but can't because of the border closing taking advantage of the relative mild winters on Vancouver Island and the coast of BC in general. In a normal year the parks would only be about 30-40% full, so a great boost for the local economy.
happycamper1942 10/11/20 06:36pm Snowbirds
RE: CSA

None of us should support the snowbird org. They should be lobbying for an open border. They have done nothing. In a July newsletter they said the border was open. In the q&a section they continue to give wrong answers to questions. Horrible org. *************************************************** what is the CSA ???????? Sorry to disagree, but why would the CANADIAN Snowbird Association lobby for an open border when COVID19 is out of control in certain parts of the USA. As a Canadian, I am totally in agreement in keeping the border closed for now.
happycamper1942 09/23/20 12:35pm Snowbirds
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