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RE: Winter sets in

Trouble is, it means that grass has to be mowed year round. I had to run my snow blower twice today to clear the snow! Hahahahahahaha and throw a 100 pounds of coal or wood onto the fire! Life in paradise is filled with chores. If I remember correctly, Valdez gets around 300" of snow each year. I wonder what they do with so much snow around their homes? LakesideSome of the older homes have outside doors on the second floor. They pile the snow in the parks and open spaces in the town. Anyone going up there in May, June, and even July can see the remnants of these piles. We hit our RV park in early May one year and had a 6' drift behind the RV for the next month. That 300" is a bit misleading as it's snowfall, not the ground depth. It naturally packs down. BTW, a lot of locals make excellent money all winter shoveling off boats, roofs, and stored RV's. They actually quit their regular jobs to do this work. Alaskans are hustlers, and I applaud them for it. Also, no one on the street corners with their hand out or sleeping on the sidewalks, except in Anchorage, they're out working. Yes Alaskans are good workers and very 'hardy' folks. In Maine we have had 208" of snow before during the season. Incredible piles of it, everywhere. I realize it settles, but still, 300" is a lot of the white stuff. Valdez is an amazing place, for many reasons. Lakeside
lakeside013104 12/27/19 10:07am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: potty without the rv

Seriously, a foldable army shovel, wipes and a thick enough shrub will do it. Just bury the remains under at least 1 foot of dirt. Is the 'thick enough shrub will do it' like the old corn cob trick? Or was it meant like a 'limb' to to use for support and rest over... Lakeside
lakeside013104 12/27/19 03:37am General RVing Issues
RE: Winter sets in

Trouble is, it means that grass has to be mowed year round. I had to run my snow blower twice today to clear the snow! Hahahahahahaha and throw a 100 pounds of coal or wood onto the fire! Life in paradise is filled with chores. If I remember correctly, Valdez gets around 300" of snow each year. I wonder what they do with so much snow around their homes? Lakeside
lakeside013104 12/27/19 03:27am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Winter sets in

Alaska DOT just sent out a number of warnings regarding heavy snow, ice, blowing snow and poor visibility's on the RIchardson Highway just about all the way from Glennallen to Valdez. Up to 8 inches of new snow expected. Alaska in the winter standard. In 2011 we flew up for 2 weeks to see the Iditerod and experience the places we always visit when we go up in the summer. We've driven up 9 times so far. Just LOVE the place. A great winter time trip, and winter weather didn't seem to phase the locals. We were on the lake for about 5 hours at 0 degrees for the race start and saw -32 on the Parks Highway just north of Denali, but no problems as long as you drove sensibly and were dressed for conditions. Really amazing country. We love our visits there and hope to return soon. Lakeside
lakeside013104 12/25/19 12:53pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
Winter sets in

Family in Healy AK report recent snow and very cold temperatures with high winds. Just another day in paradise and normal for living that close to Denali National park. The locals report the tourist workers and the tourists have fled 'Gliter Gulch, so they have the roads pretty much to themselves with thousands less travelers on the move. The newly constructed Three Bears Outpost in Healy is a much welcomed addition for the locals. Much easier than driving two hours north to Fairbanks when supplies are needed. Life is good! Lakeside
lakeside013104 12/25/19 02:59am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Really Disappointing (T/C Weight)

^ Oh Jeebus. Now you're trying to wind up Sidecar and Kayteg! He is out chasing the illusive 'whitetail' so will be out of commission for a few days, so you will most likely skate by. I won't tell him he does not have enough truck for his TC......lol Oh, his truck looks like it did when it was new as do all his toys and tractors...... Lakeside
lakeside013104 12/25/19 02:47am Truck Campers
RE: Really Disappointing (T/C Weight)

I was 1000# over gvw going to and returning from Alaska from Maine, 13,000 miles round trip with my 2016 F-350 SRW. No problems, no road checks, and tons of memories to last a lifetime. I was concerned at first, but after thousands of trouble free miles, the concerns dissipated. I drove with extreme caution, drove defensively, and drove between 62 & 65 mph on roads posted as such or higher. The engine has plenty of power for the steep climbs in the Rockies, and the engine brake and the transmission brake provided constant braking ability that made using the foot brakes almost a none event. Good luck, enjoy your new outfit and make some memories. Lakeside
lakeside013104 12/23/19 03:27pm Truck Campers
RE: You don't need it.

We traveled across America two times and up to and back from Alaska. Basic tool kit was all that I found necessary, plus torque ratchet to check pin box bolts that I found loose and wheel lug torque on truck and 5er wheels. I faithfully change my engine oil every 5000 miles, so I did carry tools and 5 gallon bucket for that task. I had changed it just before I left for AK, two times on the road, and shortly after I returned home. Also I rotated tires one time, so carry two 10 ton bottle jacks for that purpose and removing flat tires, which I had none. Less tools in the storage area is best as others have mentioned. Lakeside
lakeside013104 12/19/19 03:25am General RVing Issues
RE: Awning Cost

This will give you a place to start looking: https://www.campingworld.com/outside-rv/awnings-canopies-shades/rv-awnings or Same link Good luck Lakeside
lakeside013104 12/19/19 03:10am General RVing Issues
RE: Uncomfortable Sofa

Get a comfortable replacement couch that will fit the designated space. Maybe even get a love-seat style that reclines. Forget about finding one that folds out to a bed. NONE are comfortable. And I've slept on dozens and dozens of hide-a-bed's in homes and RV's. None! Instead, just get an inflatable air mattress that has it's own built in air pump and put it on the floor when you need extra sleeping space. We used an inflatable mattress on the floor in our previous camper because the fold out bed was so horribly uncomfortable. Our current 5er has 2 opposing slides in the front living room with hide-a-bed, tri-fold outs that almost touch each other in the middle. They are horribly uncomfortable to sleep on. Problem solved.... we got 2 matching air mattresses and put them on top of each fold out bed. With just a push of a button they inflate and deflate. They worked great, but they work even better on the floor, and take up the same space. Well said and I agree. Lakeside
lakeside013104 12/19/19 03:07am General RVing Issues
RE: F150 vs. stupidity

I wonder what the truck will look like when the TC is off the body? Lakeside
lakeside013104 12/19/19 03:02am Truck Campers
RE: Renting an RV in Alaska

So.... I live here, so have no particular expertise on the RV infrastructure, but offer a few more thoughts; - the pictures posted by TrackRig (Denali Highway? Tok Cutoff? Nabesna?) are what Alaska is all about IMNSHO. Call me biased, but that's the best of Alaska, particularly if it ends with a 54" + rack on the back. - That being said, maybe those pictures aren't what attracts most RV'ers. - The "road system" in Alaska can be navigated by a smaller MH or smaller RV trailer with some cautions: The Taylor tends to get narrow and muddy in the spring / fall; The Edgerton can be soft in spots in the late spring; Denali can get snow earlier than the main roads (Parks Highway / Richardson Highway) that are on either side of it. - The main road system (Glenn Highway: Los Anchorage - Glennallen; Parks Highway: Wasilla - Fairbanks; Richardson Highway: Fairbanks-Delta-Glennallen-Valdez; Dalton Highway, the southern part) is suitable for RV / MH travel. There will be bumps in places and possible snow in late September, but I wouldn't skip RV'ng in Alaska because of fears about the main roads - The secondary roads: Edgerton, Denali, Taylor, etc have some issues but can be RV'd with some planning, inquiry, and pre-trip thinking. The big issue is that rental companies tend to restrict one from taking the rental rigs on these roads. Just like anywhere in the Western US, there are some roads that are "do-able" but may not make sense to take an RV on. Alaska has some of those types of roads - September (with the current climate, edging into October) is my absolute favorite time of year in Southcentral Alaska. A crisp fall day makes the snowcovered mountains pop out and the bugs (and most tourists :) ) are gone, it's hunting season and the less-crowded time to go fishing. If one RV's in a self-contained way, particularly if staying on the "main road" system, September is very RV'-able if you keep an eye on snow at the higher elevations.....but August would be some degree less "care-ridden" and would have much more to offer in the way of RV infrastructure if needed. - Having traveled to/from Los Anchorage from the L48 some 20+ times, while I won't admit that there is better scenery anywhere than Alaska, the Northern Mountain West in the US and the trip up through BC and the Yukon are all very scenic areas. Every time I pass through the Kluane / Destruction Bay area, most recently in 2018, I can't help but go "WoW"..... Good advice and absolutely true. and I agree, Every time I pass through the Kluane / Destruction Bay area, I can't help but go "WoW"..... such a beautiful area and the amount of wildlife before and after is remarkable. This part of the adventure of driving is well worth the experience. Lakeside
lakeside013104 12/13/19 01:16am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Why was the Mexico beach thread moved: Resurrected

It was moved because we are all human, even the moderators. Personally I would have PM'd the moderator and asked this question, not gone out and broadcast it to the general public.I tried to notify moderator and all I got was a error message. And there you have it: two sides to every story! Lakeside
lakeside013104 12/13/19 01:02am General RVing Issues
RE: Stay off the ice! 3 Trucks and TT go through ice into lake.

Bad decision, but this also happens in my resident state of Maine several times each season. Lakeside
lakeside013104 12/10/19 03:08am General RVing Issues
RE: I think they’re doing it wrong

IMHO this is an accident waiting to happen! Lakeside
lakeside013104 12/02/19 03:01am Fifth-Wheels
RE: NEWS STORY: Ford/Lance guardrail bridge

The truck goes where the driver points it...... Could have been worse. Lakeside
lakeside013104 11/28/19 03:53am Truck Campers
RE: A fall week in the Kootenays

Great post MR Haupt. Thanks for sharing. Lakeside Pleasure. Glad you enjoyed. Now we are readying for a 3 month trip into the US southwestern states. Gary Enjoy yourself, safe travels to you and yours, post more pictures at your convenience. Lakeside
lakeside013104 11/25/19 04:17pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: A fall week in the Kootenays

Great post MR Haupt. Thanks for sharing. Lakeside
lakeside013104 11/25/19 03:34am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: A fall week in the Kootenays

Great post MR Hart. Thanks for sharing. Lakeside
lakeside013104 11/25/19 03:34am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: $600K Of Marijuana Seized in MH Near Joliet, IL

I have my heart, arteries, lungs, kidneys and blood twice a year. What do you do with them for the rest of the year? ;-) 'That' was kinda funny, butt, we'in purty moocha no what'ta he'in talkin 'bout..... Words can be misspelled, lack most vowels, and we can still understand what folks are trying to say. I knew what Cloud dancer was saying. Simple enough to understand, unless, maybe, partaking of the stuff that was seized in this original post....... Lakeside
lakeside013104 11/24/19 08:15am General RVing Issues
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