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RE: If you have proof...

Don't worry Biscuit, you don't have to print it at home, just find a government crook. About 15 years ago a nice lady at the DMV in Maryland was selling CDL's for $300.00. They were real of course and had full backup since she entered the data into the computers. The guys that got them couldn't drive a truck if their life depended on it. It only took Maryland two years to arrest her after we reported something funny, with truck drivers that did not have a clue. The old ways are best, or we could just get the free shot(s).
thomas201 06/22/21 04:01pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: What a deal!---no thanks

I'm thinking about it, right after a September camping trip. I'll sell and order a new 22, I can wait until May of next year. The boss has her CRV and I got a 48 CJ2 for spring trout fishing.
thomas201 06/22/21 03:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: If you have proof...

It has already been done. The international agreements are in place from Wikipedia: "The International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP), also known as the Carte Jaune or Yellow Card, is an official vaccination report created by the World Health Organization (WHO). As a travel document, it is a kind of medical passport that is recognised internationally and may be required for entry to certain countries where there are increased health risks for travellers." I do know this is for Yellow Fever, others have stated it used to be used to get into and out of Europe and other places for smallpox. I had mine filled in when I got the shots. The folks at the center said I was far from the only one. Just build on the existing system. Yellow fever has killed a lot more people than covid, of course it has been around a lot longer. Walter Reed has a famous hospital named for him, due to his work on Yellow Fever.
thomas201 06/22/21 02:53pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: CDN/US border closed another month, at least.

Don't forget, Americans can fly to Alaska and rent a camper. That will help the RV economy. Save Canada for a later trip, we just got back last week.
thomas201 06/21/21 07:59am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Second traveler in Alaska report

A lady working for the BLM told me that as temporary workers, she and her husband were permitted to cross Canada in their RV. They had paperwork from the US government, and had to follow strict rules in crossing Canada. I did not ask if they were required to have the vaccine, or a negative test. That might explain some of the foreign plates.
thomas201 06/20/21 06:48pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Traveling in Alaska-some observations

We probably passed each other on the roads. Glad we both supported the local economy.
thomas201 06/19/21 02:21pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
Second traveler in Alaska report

Hello All, We are just back from a 2 week Alaska trip. We rented a truck camper and visited/camped Denali, where we got lucky since the mountain was out. We saw two griz, caribou, and moose. Beautiful bus trip, sadly only one type of trip is offered this year. On down the Kenai where the high point was free camping on a beach, where the locals were Halibut fishing in small boats. Then over to Wrangell-St. Elias to drive to McCarthy with a Kennicott visit. As a miner’s son I got a blast out of the processing plant. They also had some old mine maps, while my wife was fascinated by the correspondence and ledgers; she loves the old accounting stuff and personal letters. The McCarthy road was in very good shape; reportedly it was worked a few weeks before our trip. We went on to Valdez then back and drove past the second creek crossing on the Nabesna Road. We then pulled back and headed to Paxon, so we could cross the Denali Hwy, and drive up the Dalton to the Arctic with a favorable weather forecast. Both Nabesna and Denali roads were in fine shape, and the state was actively working both. Beautiful scenery and wildlife along the Denali Hwy, we then headed up the Dalton. Quite a drive. Glad we took the tour to the Beaufort Sea (Arctic Ocean), and it was a beautiful 61 deg. day. The weather forecast was right. We added musk ox and a red fox to the bag on this trip. As a side note, on the Verizon system, we had cell service at Galbraith Lake Camping Area. My guess is this is associated with the maned airport at this location. As long as the navigation lights are working and the generators running, I think you could also get service here, good to know, but don’t count on it. We then made several short trips, including Chena Hot Springs. My wife loved the Ice Museum. If you can, make an Alaskan trip this year, the businesses need your support. As an aside, the dirt roads were in excellent shape, but the paved roads need some work. The department of highway crews are out and working.
thomas201 06/19/21 02:19pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Understanding towing weights?

Ok, Wing I give up. Tell me how to estimate the amount of weight a pickup can carry, before you buy it and can see the yellow sticker? That is what the OP needs to know. Probably the most important number when buying a PU to tow a 5er is the payload, carrying capacity, pin weight. Give the OP advice on how to pick that very important number. Can he use a 3/4, SRW 1 ton, or a dually? I spec an F250 out for carrying a truck camper, because it gives me the overload springs of an F350. It does nothing for the yellow sticker, but it sags less and drives better. Anything better, I will use your idea and give you credit.
thomas201 06/18/21 02:45pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Understanding towing weights?

From the 2022 Ford Towing Guide: "Cargo Weight Rating shown in chart is maximum allowable, assuming weight of a base vehicle with required camper option content and a 150-lb. passenger at each available seating position." Don't forget, our friend, the OP, does not yet have his truck, thus he cannot see a yellow sticker for his machine. He is trying to pick a model and spec it out. The towing guide is his best bet at this stage in the game. However the towing guide also says that the towing numbers use: "Maximum towing capabilities are for properly equipped vehicles with required equipment and a 150-lb. driver and passenger and vary based on cargo, vehicle configuration, accessories, option content and number of passengers. See label on door jamb for carrying capacity of a specific vehicle. For additional information, see your Ford Dealer." So, for towing use 2 passengers, but for cargo carrying (pin weight) they assume 3 to 6 depending on the truck. Is it any wonder that people are confused? The yellow sticker is great, but it becomes worthless when you meet the real world of tools, me(I beat that 150#), wife, dog and all my junk in the cab. You have to scale a truck and then compare it to all the max numbers on the yellow sticker, wheels, tires, axles, and registration, plus any components I forgot. This is why so many say get a 1 ton, or a dually. They want to avoid a 10 to 20 thousand dollar mistake, if you think the manufactures numbers mean anything. Others say a 3/4 ton can tow anything, just ignore Chevy/Ford/Ram. Me, I can drive nails with a pipe wrench, but I would rather use a hammer. Buy the truck to suit your needs, but consider all of your needs.
thomas201 06/18/21 01:13pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Understanding towing weights?

You will only know for sure by scaling your rig, but read the manufactures' information very carefully. Ford, in their info, includes a 150# passenger at each seat belt location when figuring payload. There will be other things included/deleted that will adjust the printed numbers. All that being said, buy a 350/3500 unless you need a 250/2500, usually registration, HOA rules, hammer lanes and parkways. There are reasons for 250/2500 I just gave you my four. Next, buy a dually if you want the best towing experience. However, they stink for driving in the mud, they cannot climb out of ruts and those wide hips cannot go down a narrow two track. You also must pry out rocks from the duals, unless you want holes in the fenders and the risk of killing someone. They are not the best on snow, but boy do they tow sweet. Me? F250 diesel for the 4 reasons above, plus a little mud work. I have a small 5er. Loaded for a long trip, us in the cab: Truck Front: 4800, Rear: 4850, Trailer: 8050;;; Calculated Truck: 9650, Trailer: 9650, Pin: 1600, Combined: 17,700. So, those numbers are honest, but a little strange with the tuck and trailer weighing the same. She is light on the pin at 16.6%, but it tows easy, no wagging tail.
thomas201 06/18/21 08:20am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Insurance!

I will put in another plug for a personal/umbrella policy. You are really buying professional negotiators to limit a claim. After all, the insurance company does not really want to pay that first $1 to $2 million dollars. They have to give up that money, before you have to start paying.
thomas201 06/17/21 09:07am Truck Campers
RE: love the truck hate the ride

Aux fuel tank, tool box with tools,etc. A little weight will help.
thomas201 05/28/21 12:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Auxiliary fuel tank

Secret bonus, a full aux makes my truck ride better. I saw no change in fuel mileage per gallon, before vs after tank install.
thomas201 05/28/21 05:02am Fifth-Wheels
RE: King pin lock

I lock, because I believe in:"Put not temptation in the path of thy brother"
thomas201 05/27/21 05:27am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Canadians allowed across US land border for vaccinations

From CTVNews: "TORONTO -- The U.S. is still far ahead of Canada when it comes to people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. But its vaccination rate has slowed considerably, while Canada has just surpassed America when it comes to one-dose vaccines per capita. As of Friday afternoon, 48.95% of Canada’s total population has received at least one dose, according to’s vaccine tracker, compared with 48.2% of the U.S. population, as reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. When it comes to full vaccinations, 37.86% of the U.S. population is now fully vaccinated, compared with just 4.83% in Canada as of Friday." Its all in how you want to statisticly skin the cat. Both yes and no.
thomas201 05/26/21 06:04pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Canadians allowed across US land border for vaccinations

Shipping the vaccine would sure be a lot cheaper and safer, than moving people around. In fact, fill up my fridge and I will haul it to Whitehorse for you, free, just pay the diesel bill. Just kidding.
thomas201 05/25/21 08:43pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: F150 Lightening

But it is so easy to put in an aux tank in a gas/diesel pick up. Even a hillbilly can do it with common hand tools between supper and dark. Almost tripled my range, I fuel up once a day, whether I need to or not. With a thunder jug, cooler and thermos I can cover a lot of ground, no stops. Sure is nice not to have to follow DOT rules.
thomas201 05/22/21 05:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: Canadian Camping outlook or No Alaska this year

PA12DRVR is talking about the cursed Jones Act. A ship must be US registered and crewed, to sail from one US port to another, without stopping in another country. This prevents a cruise ship from sailing from Washington State direct to Alaska, and thus avoiding Canadian Covid restrictions. It also prevents shipping US liquified natural gas from Texas to Boston. So Boston imports LNG from around the world, including with a waiver from Russia. This is also why stuff is very expensive in Hawaii. I wish we could repeal this POS law. OK, rant off.
thomas201 05/20/21 07:48am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Canadian Camping outlook or No Alaska this year

Just give it up. Take what you can have. I rented a truck camper in Alaska for several weeks. We will fly up. Flights are still reasonable, no problem booking what we wanted in Denali. I did this at the end of April. If an outfitter could have slid a spring griz hunt 2 days I would have followed up the camping trip with a hunt. This was due to a South African client having to cancel. A big discount was left on the table, but somebody will get lucky. I urge you fellow campers to go. Look for discounts and specials, the folks in Alaska seem willing to work with us, and some income will help them greatly. If we do not support our vendors in Alaska, will they be open in 2022?
thomas201 05/20/21 07:30am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: F150 Lightening

Great job by the marketing department. Now, since this is a towing forum: How far will it tow the 10k trailer, with 5% power reserve? On a 90 degree day with the A/C on? On a 32 degree day with the heat on? How does she pull the Ike? Recharge time plugged in to a park 50 amp, a park 30 amp? As the Barb says, paraphrased, "These are the questions"
thomas201 05/20/21 07:01am Tow Vehicles
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