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Liard Trail

Does anyone know, is the Liard Trail paved past the NW Territories boundary to Fort Liard, or does it switch to gravel right at the border? Thanks,
thomas201 10/04/23 08:01am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: EV use the 30 amp 110V?

Thank you, that was the answer I needed. For some other questions, the Tesla owner in the park had the slip on his/her windshield that showed they had paid. Perhaps, they did not have a 30 amp plug.
thomas201 10/04/23 07:54am Tow Vehicles
EV use the 30 amp 110V?

Can any EV's use the 30 amp plug that is so common to governmental parks and older campgrounds? What I mean not an adapter, but can they draw the full (most) 30 amps, so they can charge faster then using the 15/20 amp plug? I understand the 50 amp advantage, but the 30 amp seems to be more widespread. Thanks, and thinking into the future. I shared a slot at Banff this spring and the other camper was in a Tesla. They appeared to be asleep when we walked home, and when we left in the morning. They were plugged into the 15 amp, just wondering does a 110v 30 amp charger exist? Lighting and a light truck camper??? Thanks again.
thomas201 10/03/23 12:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F-250 vs F-350

Whether you buy an F250 or F350 is more a function of tags, insurance, toll ways, parkways, parking regs, homeowner association, hammer lanes on interstates, blah,and blah. A lot of this is a Northeast USA set of things. You can as others have posted, set up either truck to be as soft as possible, yet still carry the load. That is if the door sticker weight means anything to you. I think you should weigh the trailer loaded to know what you really need. I am pulling a 9600# (scaled weight) fifth wheel. I use a 2022 F250, with the camper package, 7.3 gas, 4:30 rears with an auxiliary gas tank so I can go 500 miles between fills. Works well for me. It rides rough with the camper package (overload springs). It is also good in the mud. It is within all the door sticker weights. My previous truck was a 2012 F250, 6.7 diesel. I do miss the power every once in a while, but the gas job is a little better in the mud. Tradeoff and compromise, plus saved some money.
thomas201 09/28/23 08:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: 7.3 Ford gas engine

A year and a half in, no problems, no trips for service except oil changes and tire rotations, plus two state inspections. Tows a 10K fifth wheel well. Mine has the 4.3 rear ends. I do not normally lock out 9th and 10th gears, just let the transmission do its thing. My last truck was a 2012 6.7 diesel. The 2022 7.3 does not pull as well, and it takes more brake applications going down hill. I had an aux tank on the diesel, and I have installed an aux tank on the gas. The gas truck is a super cab, so with the 34 gallon factory tank, and the 41 gallon aux tank, at about 8.8 mpg towing, I get a bit over 500 miles of running per day. A better compromise for me, with the simpler engine and emission controls. However, I will not know if I made the right decision for a few more years. I will just have to wait and see if it is a good high mileage truck.
thomas201 08/22/23 11:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: First Trip through Canada & into Alaska - Many Questions!

One thing Sidehillsoup said on the other thread. Bring some Canadian cash. His reason was the credit card machines were down at some Petro Canada stations. Mine is that the isolated Yukon campgrounds have a cash only box, with no host. So, a little cash is good.
thomas201 07/03/23 07:25am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Trip to Alaska

What Soup said about some cash. The isolated Yukon campground have a cash box to pay and no staff. It includes firewood, so is a good price. Glad we brought a couple hundred Canadian.
thomas201 07/03/23 06:53am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: First Trip through Canada & into Alaska - Many Questions!

Alaskans don't go thru a couple dozen tires per year. Yes, have a full size spare tire but you don't need multiples. Lots of paranoia on this subject. If you don't feel the need for multiple spare tires in the lower 48, you don't need them for Alaska. I always carry two mounted spares for the 5er. Hard to find the right tire on a Sunday morning in a small town. On a long journey, I carry a second mounted spare for the truck. My 5er is still just barely 15% of its weight on the pin. That way, I can wait and buy tires at my convenience. Tools, antifreeze, window wash, tires, oil and filter, grease, bearings, yada, yada, and I am still light on the pin. I love an extra spare, yep I have seen two popped at the same time. I think a wedge is the best way to jack one up.
thomas201 06/27/23 07:02am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Chevy Silverado EV

And while towing a 10k travel trailer, would the range be cut about in half. Any real world road tests, I will make a search in a few days.
thomas201 06/27/23 06:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: First Trip through Canada & into Alaska - Many Questions!

We flew back just 2 weeks ago from Whitehorse. We rented a new class C in Elkhart and drove up. Most of the advice above is good, but I will add a few things. For the 5er, an extra spare tire would be good. Make sure, the hubs are packed when the switch is made to the new wheels. Have a spare wheel bearing, race and seals, already packed and ready to go. Put the bearings and races right in a can of grease. Know how to replace the wheel bearing and bring the tools and rags. Watch for soft shoulders on the roads. Slow down if you see little orange cones along the road. I thought the frost heave was going to throw me through the roof of the pickup the first time I hit a frost heave. I thought a little cone marked a little problem. Wrong.
thomas201 06/26/23 06:30am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: A road less travelled

Anyone been up the North Canoil to the NW Territory border?
thomas201 06/23/23 07:54am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Is the Canadian App still needed for border crossing

I assume you are a US citizen arriving from the US. Then by land 3 weeks ago, no. Leaving by air and entering the US a week ago, then no again. Entering with the RV, just a quick chat with Canadian customs. US customs walked through the class C. The Canadian site linked above, says the status could change at any moment. Check before you go. Check the morning before you hit the border. Canada has the same interest in fruits, veggies and guns as usual. I might be flagged on the gun thing, since I have hunted in Canada within the past 3 years. Oh yeah, they were on the warpath about fresh chicken, but I think that is now done. US security was its usual self.
thomas201 06/17/23 09:41am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Anyone else going this year?

A real beauty. As an engineer, form following function. She still has her radial.
thomas201 06/14/23 10:17am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Anyone else going this year?

To PA12DRVR, we flew over Glacier in a restored Beaver. Highlight of the trip. DW had never flow in anything smaller than a twin turboprop.
thomas201 06/09/23 07:03pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Anyone else going this year?

Sitting in Whitehorse now. We left Memorial Sunday, through Banff and Jasper, to Skagway, then Haines and back to Whitehorse. We only ran into one covey of RVs and some singles. No fire or smoke problems. Beautiful weather, so far. Flying home on Sunday, MIL health not good, so we can only stay away 2 to 3 weeks.
thomas201 06/09/23 06:58pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Hwys closed and wild fires in BC & Alberta

Did you get good rain last night? Did it help with the fires. Starting North on Sunday.
thomas201 05/23/23 06:58am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Firearm storage in maine before Canada

OH, the dogs. They need a rabies vax certificate from the vet. Maybe you already know.
thomas201 04/09/23 05:21am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Firearm storage in maine before Canada

If you have pistols, and are not a Maine resident, drop them off at a gunsmith for an inspection and cleaning. This will deal with the problem of pistols can only be transfered to a in state resident. Usually they will store for about a buck a day, after 30 days. I would think most gunsmiths will help you out, for a price. Just google gunsmith and add the town. If you have only Canada compliant arms, the $25 Canadian (haven't checked prices since a moose hunt 2 years ago) charge for the permit is pretty reasonable. It used to cover all arms that you bring in. On my trip neither Canadian or US customs checked the serial numbers. They didn't care about the dead moose either. However, "Do you have any fruits or veggies?" is a concern.
thomas201 04/09/23 05:13am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New Super Duty on order

I have the club cab short bed, so the 30 gallon gas tank. Does the crew cab short bed give you the 48 gallon tank? I want to tow 500 miles between fill ups, so either way you are short in range. To make life easy (I am so old I remember gas pumps at truck islands) I only want to fill up once a day. My only big change was adding a 41 gallon aux tank to the bed. That gave me the range I required. The most painful part was cutting into the filler neck to install the spool piece. DW would have been very disappointed if I messed up the new truck!!
thomas201 02/25/23 07:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: Cassiar Highway

I am surprised that the Spot is on the no no list. The In Reach Explorer I carry has been through many countries, but always on airplanes. When asked I say it is a GPS, which is true. I don't even think about its sat texting and emergency beacon features, although when on a trip I also send at least one text a day. Thinking though, it has been on the Newfoundland ferry a couple of times. Also, if you are headed for the bush before or after your trip, it would stink not to be able to bring your Spot. Maybe ask again, and ask why? Perhaps it can be left with the Purser.
thomas201 01/27/23 05:34am RVing in Canada and Alaska
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