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RE: Campsite Squatters

I've never understood this human need to be in places where you're clearly not welcome/wanted. 16 little words with a very powerful meaning derived from deep routes. I agree with you mkirsch....... If someone does not enjoy my company, I can be gone, for good.....never to darken your 'door' again. Too many wonderful places to go to. If one is taken, find another. If someone doesn't want you around, family, friend, or stranger, pack up and leave for far off places of your choice. Life is too short to be caught up in the drama of unhappiness, hatefulness, or being mean. I live my life, you live your's. Don't get in my way, I won't get in your's. Treat others as you wish to be treated. If others treat you differently, move on. Relax, be appreciate of the ability to move across this country with relative ease, freedom to make your own decisions, and within a cautioned level of security. Time to get off my soap box before someone finds me a nuisance and if someone does, everyone is entitled to their own opinion! Safe travels to all. Lakeside
lakeside013104 08/27/20 03:26am Truck Campers
RE: Toilet Smells Horrific When Flushing

Too funny, I have heard this "Vent could be BLOCKED" theory for so many years but NOT one example of it really happening. Toilet WILL allow odor to escape when a fan is running plain and simple. Sounds simple enough. Remember, the 'grey' water tank can smell as bad or worse than the black water tank. You may be doing everything fine to vent the black tank and flush it properly, but forgetting the grey water tank could be problematic as far as smells go. Good luck & keep us posted. Lakeside
lakeside013104 08/25/20 07:02am General RVing Issues
RE: Campsite Squatters

Being rude is not against the law either, and yet most people have a problem with that. If you think most people agree with you, feel free to get the rules changed. Are you trying to be insulting or is it just my interpretation? My point was that not all civilized behavior toward each other necessarily requires rules. Rules are generally created when people start acting in ways that abuse the trust that was given. Obviously BLM and FS dispersed camping rules don't mean you can use recreation lands that belong to all of us to store your stuff and hog the best spots that others could be using. I feel your pain jimh425. Somewhere along the road, some people lost, in their upbringing, the difference between 'right' and 'wrong', or treating others as you wish to be treated. Simple lessons, but too easily forgotten or never taught. Leaving RVs at campsites on off days happens in the great North Woods of Maine, too. Have seen this action many times while camping in this beautiful state. During moose season hunting, it is almost impossible to find a spot that is unoccupied because many people set up their rigs many days before their scheduled hunts. I just keep my mouth shut and move on to another less desirable location. Kindness within human nature appears to headed south. Lakeside
lakeside013104 08/21/20 04:46am Truck Campers
RE: Slide failures?

A year and a half after purchase and after a wonderful trip to Alaska, our Palomino TC developed a slide problem. One side would work fine, while the other side allowed the motor to 'ratchet' and slip on the track. The slide would not close evenly and eventually would not close at all. I had to muscle it into closed position while DW hit the slide retract switch. Back to dealer and 10 days later, fixed. They removed the slide and discovered the hole that was made for the slide at the manufacture was out of square and binding on one corner because the hole had been cut incorrectly by 2.5" too small. The corner that was binding bent the slide motor track and broke the gears off the motor. I was OUT of warranty, but paid nothing. My dealer convinced Forest River that they had made an error at the manufacturer's plant. This dealer went above and beyond to help me and to cover the costs. Truly amazing in this day and age. I will not mention the dealer in this post, but if anyone is interested, PM me and I will give you the dealer's name. Great place to do business at. I would not hesitated to complete repete business at this dealership. I do NOT work for or have any other affiliation with this dealer other than being a retail customer. Safe travels to all, Lakeside
lakeside013104 08/13/20 01:38pm Truck Campers
RE: US/Canada border still closed.

No problem but it got me to thinking about it. They would both need an additional boat to do the exchange so each would either need a helper or bring a dingy to get out or get back. If they made the exchange right on the border (pretty easy with GPS) and both reported to their respective customs on return, would it be illegal? Also, would they both have to self quarantine for 14 days after they got back? Beats me. For all practical purposes, if all parties reported to their respective agencies that should satisfy reporting requirements as long as their vessel was available for further inspection if that was required by U.S. CBP or Canadian CBSA. As far as the 14 day quarantine, I have no idea. Not a Federal requirement. Seems lately these orders / requirements are issued by state or city authorities. Good discussion. Lakeside I am not trying to be P.I.A...but, you are talking US. In Canada? The quarantine law is indeed a Federal Law. And willingly enforced. Gary Haupt Roger that, thanks Gary. Lakeside
lakeside013104 07/19/20 03:13pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: US/Canada border still closed.

No problem but it got me to thinking about it. They would both need an additional boat to do the exchange so each would either need a helper or bring a dingy to get out or get back. If they made the exchange right on the border (pretty easy with GPS) and both reported to their respective customs on return, would it be illegal? Also, would they both have to self quarantine for 14 days after they got back? Beats me. For all practical purposes, if all parties reported to their respective agencies that should satisfy reporting requirements as long as their vessel was available for further inspection if that was required by U.S. CBP or Canadian CBSA. As far as the 14 day quarantine, I have no idea. Not a Federal requirement. Seems lately these orders / requirements are issued by state or city authorities. Good discussion. Lakeside
lakeside013104 07/18/20 04:29pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: US/Canada border still closed.

Changing operators at sea would be a solution if you had an American who was willing to do it for you. I don't know how legal it would be.Changing operators at sea would be a solution if you had an American who was willing to do it for you. I don't know how legal it would be. In this case, the fellow was doing maintenance on the boat when the border was closed and had to put it back together before he could return it to Canada. As an aside, American boaters are quickly getting a bad name in BC because of their using the Alaska loophole to cruise Canadian waters. People are very concerned they might bring the virus to some of the remote coastal communities that don't have the medical facilities to handle it. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/they-should-not-be-going-ashore-u-s-boats-in-b-c-waters-rattle-vancouver-island-boaters-1.5653722 Vessels entering the United States from a foreign country (Canada) and / or any US citizen having 'contact' with a vessel coming from a foreign country (Canada) MUST report to US Customs for inspection. Failure to present oneself for inspect could result with being charged with 'Illegal Entry' into the United States. An infraction that could reduce the greenbacks in your wallet from $500 to $5000 and a permanent record of your 'illegal entry' will ALWAYS be tied to your name for returning US citizens and a period of or a permanent inadmissibility status into the United States for citizens of other countries. If you feel lucky, try sneaking into this country without reporting to a sanctioned Port of Entry or better yet, buy a lottery ticket. You will be further ahead and much safer. Good luck with your decision OP. Lakeside Why do you think this is about me? I was referring to a problem someone else had getting their boat back to Canada. He couldn't drive a mile from the border to the marina but he could fly from Vancouver to Seattle then charter a San Juan airlines float plane to take him there. BTW. I have had NEXUS for years and used to own a light aircraft which I used to take to the US quite often. I am quite familiar with customs procedures at ports of entry. Sorry, not about you. I was making general comment about contact with foreign vessels on the open waters. No offense intended toward your post. Lakeside
lakeside013104 07/18/20 03:36am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: US/Canada border still closed.

Seems kinda ‘fishy’ (pardon the pun) the Point Roberts Marina is a US Customs Port of Entry. All he has to do was go in by boat from across the bay. Great, get busted for entering the country illegally. You have to clear customs to enter the country, the only way to do that is fly. Pleasure boats are no more exempt than vehicle traffic. Illegal? How? I think you missed the part where I said the Point Roberts Marina is a Port of Entry, aka a legal border crossing. As with so many things, border agents have an incredibly broad amount of discretion and a different agent is often a very different answer. Of course the other simple solution is merely to have someone else bring the boat out off the marina and swap operators on the water.Of course the other simple solution is merely to have someone else bring the boat out off the marina and swap operators on the water. Pleasure boats are prohibited from entering the US. You will be turned away just as you would at a land crossing. Changing operators at sea would be a solution if you had an American who was willing to do it for you. I don't know how legal it would be.Changing operators at sea would be a solution if you had an American who was willing to do it for you. I don't know how legal it would be. In this case, the fellow was doing maintenance on the boat when the border was closed and had to put it back together before he could return it to Canada. As an aside, American boaters are quickly getting a bad name in BC because of their using the Alaska loophole to cruise Canadian waters. People are very concerned they might bring the virus to some of the remote coastal communities that don't have the medical facilities to handle it. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/they-should-not-be-going-ashore-u-s-boats-in-b-c-waters-rattle-vancouver-island-boaters-1.5653722 Vessels entering the United States from a foreign country (Canada) and / or any US citizen having 'contact' with a vessel coming from a foreign country (Canada) MUST report to US Customs for inspection. Failure to present oneself for inspect could result with being charged with 'Illegal Entry' into the United States. An infraction that could reduce the greenbacks in your wallet from $500 to $5000 and a permanent record of your 'illegal entry' will ALWAYS be tied to your name for returning US citizens and a period of or a permanent inadmissibility status into the United States for citizens of other countries. If you feel lucky, try sneaking into this country without reporting to a sanctioned Port of Entry or better yet, buy a lottery ticket. You will be further ahead and much safer. Good luck with your decision OP. Lakeside
lakeside013104 07/17/20 04:40pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Any thoughts on a repair?

Some gently inflated tire tubes between the truck and the cabover floor might work. They would dampen the flex, but still allow movement. Someone out here in the fire camp actually had that as a suggestion too, I just don't have any tire tubes. The other suggestion was a cheap twin air mattress from Walmart in between the cab and the camper. Although I'm still 81 miles from a Walmart :-) I might be able to buy one at the local Dollar store. Bicycle tire tubes may help you. Sorry to hear of your misfortune. Lakeside
lakeside013104 07/01/20 04:27pm Truck Campers
RE: hauling trailer to Alaska

Thank you, lots of good info. Do most people who boondock run a generator? We have 150w of solar on the roof and only ran our generator every few days or so, maybe sometimes not for a week. As long as the sun was out or almost out our batteries stayed up. The only draw down on the batteries was the refrigerator, water pump, and smoke/Co2 detectors. Coach lights were hardly used because it was daylight for so much time each day. We did not run our TV, microwave, or radio. So much to do outside, the only thing the coach was used for was to sleep or on really rainy days, to take a nap or read where it was dry. Lakeside
lakeside013104 06/30/20 02:48am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: hauling trailer to Alaska

I forgot to mention one thing. The only regret we had visiting AK was that we had not done it years before. We're already planning when we'll make our next trip. I have already started my list of places we're going. 1-McKenzie Highway in NWT. 2-Denali Highway. 3-Spend time in the Brooks Range. 4-Still considering to Inuvik and on into Tuk just to say we did it and saw it. Your information is right on and very well written. We did the Denali Highway and it was well worth the trip. We did two overnights and took our time. So beautiful and so many moose to be see. Be sure to eat breakfast at the Alpine Creek lodge on the Paxon end of the highway. You won't be sorry. We spent the summer of 2017 on our Alaska trip from Maine. 13,000 miles and just over $13,000 spent which included three fishing charters and the shipment of 146 pounds of halibut and salmon filets home. We also took over 4000 pictures. Extra camera batteries are a must. This is an amazing trip. A very different and much slower way of life and a pleasure to be away from social media and the news broadcasts. Lakeside
lakeside013104 06/29/20 04:16am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: hauling trailer to Alaska

All good advice. You probably will not be spending much time other than sleeping in the RV because there is so much to do and see on this trip to Alaska. So, with regard to size of the RV, smaller is better. Easier and more economical to haul. Easier to get around with and park in smaller spaces. Take a small portable grill so you can do most of your cooking outside. Be conscious of the wildlife for they can be amble in places. If your planning a one month trip and your finances allow more, double the length of your trip. You won't be disappointed. Enjoy your trip. Leave the need to rush in the lower 48, relax, have fun, and soak up the beauty all around you. Lakeside
lakeside013104 06/28/20 03:48am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Canada/US Border still shut...

JaxDad wrote: Ok, understood. I hope you had a safe happy Memorial Day with those that matter in your life. 10-4 on that and right back at you. Best of what life has to offer to you and yours. Lakeside
lakeside013104 05/26/20 02:55am General RVing Issues
RE: Canada/US Border still shut...

I know a couple of border agents on both sides of the border I asked about that very concept of multiple terms meaning the same thing being used in multiple questions. I was fascinated by the answer. It turns out tha style of questioning was developed by behavioural scientists. Having asked the same question 1,000 or perhaps 10,000 times, one gets the feel of what a 'normal' answer is. Some answers to questions asked are so far from what is considered 'normal' answers, the hairs on the back of your neck will stand up, thus causing further inspection of the person. The first reason is they use certain questions more to gauge our reactions to them than because they want a certain answer. Questions like “Do you have any guns, knives, hand grenades or bazookas?” Will illicit a laugh from honest innocent people because they take it as a joke. But a nervous criminal with a guilty conscience may react very differently. The second reason though made me really wonder. I was told II would be surprised at how many people say “no” to guns and a subsequent search turns up a rifle or shotgun and the people say “you only asked about guns, not rifles”. By using every possible term a sharp lawyer can’t later say ‘my client just didn’t understand the question’. Yes or no questions are not designed to get accurate answers, but they do give openings to ask further questions. "Got any 'guns' today Sir?" NO "How many firearms in this vehicle today, Sir?" Oh, I don't have any firearms. "What is the purpose you are traveling with firearms today, Sir?" Oh, I was going hunting in Texas, etc. Getting more than a one word answers allows the Officer more time to detect any illicit responses if there are any. Asking the same general question in different manners allows the Officer time to form a decision whether to 'release' or 'refer' the subject. Interesting post. Lakeside Incorrect. You seem to have missed my comment following the portion you highlighted. “ The first reason is they use certain questions more to gauge our reactions to them than because they want a certain answer.”. You don’t have to say even that one single word for a trained observer to get a read on you based on your physical reaction to the question itself. Your information is very good and I did not miss the part you wrote about gauging reactions. Body language or the lack of normal body language is very important, but please allow me to add to it: A good investigator / interrogator uses the body language along with revealing, often open ended questions. The totality of the circumstances, both body language and answers given help the Officer make an informed decision. I meant no criticism about your statement. I only wanted to add to and give a different slant on this topic. Respectfully, Lakeside
lakeside013104 05/25/20 03:52pm General RVing Issues
RE: Canada/US Border still shut...

I know a couple of border agents on both sides of the border I asked about that very concept of multiple terms meaning the same thing being used in multiple questions. I was fascinated by the answer. It turns out tha style of questioning was developed by behavioural scientists. Having asked the same question 1,000 or perhaps 10,000 times, one gets the feel of what a 'normal' answer is. Some answers to questions asked are so far from what is considered 'normal' answers, the hairs on the back of your neck will stand up, thus causing further inspection of the person. The first reason is they use certain questions more to gauge our reactions to them than because they want a certain answer. Questions like “Do you have any guns, knives, hand grenades or bazookas?” Will illicit a laugh from honest innocent people because they take it as a joke. But a nervous criminal with a guilty conscience may react very differently. The second reason though made me really wonder. I was told II would be surprised at how many people say “no” to guns and a subsequent search turns up a rifle or shotgun and the people say “you only asked about guns, not rifles”. By using every possible term a sharp lawyer can’t later say ‘my client just didn’t understand the question’. Yes or no questions are not designed to get accurate answers, but they do give openings to ask further questions. "Got any 'guns' today Sir?" NO "How many firearms in this vehicle today, Sir?" Oh, I don't have any firearms. "What is the purpose you are traveling with firearms today, Sir?" Oh, I was going hunting in Texas, etc. Getting more than a one word answers allows the Officer more time to detect any illicit responses if there are any. Asking the same general question in different manners allows the Officer time to form a decision whether to 'release' or 'refer' the subject. Interesting post. Lakeside
lakeside013104 05/25/20 03:30am General RVing Issues
RE: Canada/US Border still shut...

Maybe it’s because of how they are doing their testing? Canada’s health care is completely different than ours. So they don’t need to pad the numbers for $$$$$. Bingo! Just what I have thought about this situation for some time now. Go figure. Lakeside
lakeside013104 05/25/20 03:02am General RVing Issues
RE: truck swerved with hard braking

bobbolotune stated. "There were comments asking about what happened. It was on the interstate. I was in the right lane and I am sure driving 65 mph or less because that is fastest I drive with the camper loaded (unless I am in heavy traffic and causing a traffic jam with people trying to get around me I might speed up because it becomes a trade off of which is more dangerous speeding up or every car in a traffic jam passing you, as well as it being rude to block traffic)." Understood, but with respect, you are allowing the traffic to dictate how you drive and 'push' you into an unsafe situation. You are trying to make an excuse for why you were in the position of needing to do the hard braking that you did. Again, no disrespect intended toward you. I am only commenting from years of LEO work. Every 'incident' that happens and causes vehicle crashes can be analyzed "after the fact" of the incident, by the micro seconds of what every person was doing just prior, during, and immediately after the incident. In most incidents, had more following distance been a factor, the extra time allowed for a reaction could mean a crash with less damage or prevention of the crash altogether. You are in control of the 'three foot space' around you whether you are driving or speaking about life in general. You have control of YOUR space and only YOUR space. Allowing others beyond that three foot space to dictate how you conduct yourself is an effort of fruitlessness. Distance is your friend!!! Enough said, and again, I mean no disrespect. Lakeside
lakeside013104 05/15/20 04:50am Truck Campers
RE: truck swerved with hard braking

I’d also suggest not following as close if you couldn’t see the left lane. Best advice yet! Great advice for sure. Driving a loaded truck camper safely and all other driving is about good defensive driving techniques. jim425 as quoted by deltabravo are stating one of the primary 'best practices' of good defensive driving. Defensive driving starts with driving a well maintained 'safe' vehicle. Get your brakes inspected and repaired ASAP. Save travels. Lakeside
lakeside013104 05/15/20 04:31am Truck Campers
RE: Travel restrictions

Governor in Maine says out of state travelers are to quarantine at home/summer residence for two full weeks once they return to Maine. Arrive with provisions / medication enough to last the 14 days of quarantine. Governor also asks neighbors of out of staters to report incidents of non compliance of the 14 day quarantine. Neighbors make the complaint, Sheriff arrives and issues a summons for non-compliance of Governor's order. I am not sure, but I have heard that the fine is as high as $1000. Not really a good way to encourage Maine tourism, but I suppose this is the sign of the times. Safe travels all. Lakeside
lakeside013104 05/13/20 04:16pm General RVing Issues
RE: Canada border crossing

Also you mentioned: " You don't even stop at a US checkpoint on crossing into Canada". This is a true statement, to a point. Outbound inspections, which is inspection of vehicles leaving the US side of the border are conducted on a rotating schedule. Everyone MUST stop at these checkpoints. Border search authority is the same at this 'outbound' point of inspection as it is at the inbound point of inspection, which is usually conducted on the other side of the buildings. These outbound inspection sites will be marked accordingly and normal driving lanes will be restricted in order to funnel all traffic to the point of inspection. For your own safety, please be prepared to stop at these outbound inspection points. Safe travels, Lakeside Lake, I don't understand what you're saying. You're saying, entering Canada from the US, after going through the CBSA checkpoint, that there may be a secondary inspection? And it's performed by which agency, CBP or CBSA? Not doubting you, but we cross the border in WA probably 50 times a year or more and never seen a secondary inspection, save for the "random" cars that get pulled over. They get sent there from the booth. What are you referring to? Greetings Girt Dog, I was referring to outbound inspections conducted at the US side of the border just prior to departing the United States. These inspections are conducted by US CBP Officers on the US side of the border, just before crossing into Canada. Hope this helps. Lakeside
lakeside013104 05/09/20 03:36pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
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