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RE: Highway 4: Watson Lake to Carmacks

Doug, I didn’t go as far as Carmacks, only to Little Salmon Lake (haha) a few years ago now. It was a mixed bag of narrow’ish gravel 1.5 lane wide to 2 lane hard surfaced road. Traffic tended to be in ‘bunches’ of 3 to 6 pickups or 2 semi’s at a time. I did it with a 20’ tag trailer carrying a dismantled airplane behind a 34’ class A. I won’t say it was exactly a relaxing drive, but not a white-knuckle expedition either. I was told by locals that time of year and recent weather was key, so that’s what I used to time the trip.
JaxDad 11/24/22 06:21pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Ontario: Motorhome yellow sticker exemption?

It must be done in steps, and pictures won’t cut it, you need to put the vehicle itself in front of them so they can verify that the converted truck and the VIN match up. I borrowed a buddy’s service (dealer) plate for the inspection trip, etc. then certified it after it was an RV. While it’s not strictly required, the other item that will make your life easier is the fifth wheel, get rid of it!! If you plan on towing a fiver you will want an air cushion hitch anyway. Both MTO & DOT (everywhere you travel) will give you the stink eye if the truck still has a ‘commercial’ fifth wheel hitch on it. Feel free to ask if there’s something else you’re unsure of.
JaxDad 11/24/22 06:02am RVing in Canada and Alaska
SPAM from a new “member”.

Was I the lucky winner or did others also receive a PM from member “wee5” who shows as a 1 day member named “Jay Nkem”. The message said “ Hey I love the forum and wanted to help the community out by sharing a free pdf that helped me, what is your name and email to receive it.”. These spammers / scammers are clever, always finding new ways to get their **** out there.
JaxDad 11/23/22 05:41am General RVing Issues
RE: LED Side Marker Lights

Hmmmm, a new member posting an ‘infomercial’ including naming the site they purchased from on their very first day here. Sure looks like another member of the SPAM ‘BOT brigade to me…….
JaxDad 11/22/22 05:48am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Can I charge the house battery with the engine alternator?

I just feel better with a switch while I'm trying to figure out how this works. One of the things is don't know is whether I have a regular solenoid starter switch or a battery switch (which is just a starting solenoid that can handle continuous power). The previous owner had a push button switch which tells me he was using it to jump the MH. But the batteries were not connected. I just ran it for an hour and everything seems fine. But turning the switch off makes me feel better. The push button is a normal thing, it allows you to start the engine from the house battery in case the chassis battery goes dead or needs help. Kind of like hard-wired booster cables.
JaxDad 11/14/22 04:02pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: How's the trip down?

I just got back from Ft. Meyers (with a damaged aircraft in tow) on Saturday. No real issues other than ATL which is pretty much normal anyways. I did notice there seemed to be less S/B RV traffic than I would have expected to see, but maybe lots of folks are holding off because of the storm damage. I took my truck down this time because it was an express run and I had accommodations prearranged but the locals in Ft. Meyers commented that lots of snowbirds had been told their reservations were being canceled because the sites were needed by displaced folks and contractors trying to put the place back together again.
JaxDad 11/14/22 03:59pm Snowbirds
RE: Can I charge the house battery with the engine alternator?

Thanks guys for all the help and education and support. I'm smarter than I was and Crush (that's my RVs name) is now better off. After I put it all back together I got it working as designed. Victory. I just need to add a toggle switch so I can control when it charges the house. I’m not sure why you’re concerned about charging it or not, the chassis battery gets ‘charging’ anytime the engine is running, why not the house battery too? Every other m/h out there works this way and have for many decades now. To me a switch just invites the possibility of accidentally leaving it off and not having a charged battery.
JaxDad 11/14/22 07:01am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Can I charge the house battery with the engine alternator?

Hmmmm…. 2 pages of almost entirely wrong answers. It’s a 1988 rig, it ran an old school continuous duty relay, AKA a Ford starter relay, on the drivers fender. One heavy lug to the alternator, one heavy lug to the house battery and the light lug goes to an ‘engine on’ circuit. When you start the chassis the alternator is connected to the chassis AND house battery(s), when you shut off the engine house and chassis batteries are separate. Any auto parts place $20…….
JaxDad 11/11/22 05:53pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Pulled to the left when being passed by Big Rigs

Is there anything I can do to deal with this or is it just then nature of the beast! Space is your friend. Just a slight increase in the distance between you and the truck makes a huge difference in the effect the bow wave has on you. Slowly move over to the extreme right edge of your lane and you will see a very noticeable reduction in the impact on your rig.
JaxDad 11/04/22 05:53am General RVing Issues
RE: Adding fan behind refrigerator...worthwhile??

I added a rooftop self-powered vent fan to the top of my C many moons ago, it uses no power and is nearly silent. They are often used on tradesman’s vans, especially ones that carry anything flammable (torches, liquids, etc) in the back. You’ve probably seen one and just didn’t realize what it was, they look like a child’s spinning top. The principle is, as you drive, or even a light breeze blows, the exposed spinning top turns, this in turn spins a smaller fan down below the roof which forces air up and out through the top spinner. It works very well, and uses zero electricity. https://www.flettner.co.uk/van-roof-vents/ Not the same make as the one I used, but the first example I found of a similar product.
JaxDad 10/22/22 05:17pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Dish will not work in Canada

Any alternative to Dish in Canada That’s not quite an accurate statement. Look at a map of North America. International Falls MN is more than 500 miles north of Toronto and Southern Ontario. Fort Kent ME is a little over 300 miles north Toronto. To exclude southern Canada from reception they would have to also exclude huge areas of north US. Now having said that, when you get into northern areas there definitely isn’t service, but from talking to friends who have visited Canada their Dish service did in fact work.
JaxDad 10/19/22 05:59am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Can 'O Worms: how long can I expect my 5er to last?

I know there are million answers to this question and some people will answer that their rig will last forever and others will say theirs was falling apart on the way home from the dealer. What's the rule of thumb for how long a rig will last. I know many parks "don't allow" rigs over 10 years old. I think it all comes down to initial quality. In my case both rigs are a Itasca m/h’s, a 24’ C and a 34’ A. The C is a 1995, I wouldn’t hesitate to head across the country tomorrow. It is however on a rock solid foundation compared to a typical ‘keep it light’ trailer frame.
JaxDad 10/15/22 05:43am General RVing Issues
RE: Cold in the bedroom.

I had a similar issue and solved it with a pair of 4” square 12 volt muffin fans intended for computer cooling. I put one at the top blowing in warm air off the ceiling and one on the floor blowing cold air out. They are nearly silent and draw very little power. The key is they run non-stop, not just when the furnace is cycling.
JaxDad 10/11/22 06:00am General RVing Issues
RE: need new gps.

I use a variety of mapping software on an iPad with a GPS dongle. It’s a big beautiful screen and a MUCH faster processor.
JaxDad 10/08/22 05:32am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Proud of my Costco cheap Firman Gen

Right up there with the folks that shout “China Bombs” when you bring up Asian tires …… Unless…… They are ‘major brand’ tires that were made in Asia but nobody looked up the plant code ID on the sidewall. LOL.
JaxDad 10/07/22 04:28pm Tech Issues
The storm formerly known as Hurricane Fiona.

As I wait in line to cross the border from New Brunswick into Maine I can’t help but to think of all of those ‘in the rear view mirror’ as the storm approaches. My thoughts and prayers are with you as this storm of epic proportions approaches, I truly hope it continues on its slow turn eastward and away from the coastline. Regardless, it will be more than just ‘a storm’ and I hope the best for all of you. See you all again soon!
JaxDad 09/23/22 06:25pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Best ride for the buck

My A is an older (‘05) 34’ Itasca on the F53 chassis. It is very smooth & quiet, it’s like an enormous Lincoln. I wouldn’t hesitate a moment to buy another one exactly the same if I was shopping for a newer m/h.
JaxDad 09/22/22 05:33am Class A Motorhomes
RE: a plea for more cool weather sites for migratory travelers

Any time boondocking (or more often Wally-docking) the usual string of ‘if you can’t afford a site you shouldn’t be traveling in an RV’ posts appear. Most of the time I travel, which is often, it’s for ‘work’ (a well-paid hobby / passion actually) and rarely stay in a campground. Probably out of 20 nights of traveling I will be in a c/g 1 night. As was mentioned previously, I drive a fully self-contained motorhome. I am in the process of building a truck conversion unit that will be even more independent. Even if I was inclined to stop at a c/g I drive long days, I want to be at my destination, not spend days wasting time, so I rarely pull off the road before 10pm and usually I’m rolling again before 7am, I’m just too polite to disturb a bunch of people trying to enjoy their vacation time. You are welcome to travel/overnight in any manner you wish that doesn’t conflict with local laws and private property rights. Those discussions you mention often include RVers ranting against those laws and rights. They argue their wants and desires should supersede those laws and private rights. They propose boycotts and suggest all sorts of “work arounds” that parse the English language that clearly violates the intent of those laws and policies. Things like “I am not camping, only sleeping overnight therefore the no camping law doesn’t apply”. Or maybe “arrive after midnight and now you aren’t staying overnight “. And off course there is always the put the burden and decision on someone else with “just ask at customer service if the sign says it’s illegal to park overnight “ because everyone knows a Walmart employee’s permission supersedes local laws. And finally, personal opinion does not trump those laws or rights either. Not wanting to disturb others doesn’t suddenly make a no parking rule void. I wouldn’t say, based on personal experience, that it is “often” anything to do with illegal parking, it has usually been with regards to parking legally such as in rest areas or commercial parking lots where such is allowed.
JaxDad 09/18/22 05:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: a plea for more cool weather sites for migratory travelers

Any time boondocking (or more often Wally-docking) the usual string of ‘if you can’t afford a site you shouldn’t be traveling in an RV’ posts appear. Most of the time I travel, which is often, it’s for ‘work’ (a well-paid hobby / passion actually) and rarely stay in a campground. Probably out of 20 nights of traveling I will be in a c/g 1 night. As was mentioned previously, I drive a fully self-contained motorhome. I am in the process of building a truck conversion unit that will be even more independent. Even if I was inclined to stop at a c/g I drive long days, I want to be at my destination, not spend days wasting time, so I rarely pull off the road before 10pm and usually I’m rolling again before 7am, I’m just too polite to disturb a bunch of people trying to enjoy their vacation time. I'm confused. Who said, the OP shouldn't have an RV if they can't afford it? The OP made no indication, they wouldn't be willing to pay for overnight site. The issue is on the owners side. There aren't enough people willing to pay to make it worth staying open. There were people suggesting the OP modify his rig to accommodate wallydocking but if the OP would only benefit 2-3 nights per year, it's kind of hard to justify. As I said in my post, there’s usually a handful of over-opinionated people that start chirping when the subject comes up, I did NOT say that had happened in THIS thread.
JaxDad 09/18/22 05:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: a plea for more cool weather sites for migratory travelers

Any time boondocking (or more often Wally-docking) the usual string of ‘if you can’t afford a site you shouldn’t be traveling in an RV’ posts appear. Most of the time I travel, which is often, it’s for ‘work’ (a well-paid hobby / passion actually) and rarely stay in a campground. Probably out of 20 nights of traveling I will be in a c/g 1 night. As was mentioned previously, I drive a fully self-contained motorhome. I am in the process of building a truck conversion unit that will be even more independent. Even if I was inclined to stop at a c/g I drive long days, I want to be at my destination, not spend days wasting time, so I rarely pull off the road before 10pm and usually I’m rolling again before 7am, I’m just too polite to disturb a bunch of people trying to enjoy their vacation time.
JaxDad 09/18/22 05:49am General RVing Issues
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