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RE: Advice on RV "carport"

The one thing I love about my pole shed I park my travel trailer in is to have enough room under the cover to fully unroll the awning for a few days and let it dry out after use. I think that takes about 20’ of width, which you might not have. If there isn’t enough width for the awning I think 12’ would be a nice width...
Kevinwa 09/14/20 07:12pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: What do you guys use for a BBQ?

We actually just switched to a blackstone griddle. Looked for a few years for a new grill that fit in the hatch we had and nothing did. Then discovered the blackstone and it fit! Definatly a different cooking style then a grill, but it has lots of heat output. Steaks on the blackstone are amazing, sure gives a great sear!
Kevinwa 09/07/20 05:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Learning curve going from 5th wheel to TT

There are other more moderately priced WD hitches that also do a great job. I have the Reese SC and love it. Basically anything with built in sway control is night and day better then an old school chain WD hitch that you start adding sway bars to.
Kevinwa 08/06/20 08:11pm Towing
RE: Converting a enclosed trailer to a RV TT

Don’t let the naysayers discourage you if this is something you want to do and it makes sense for you. Yeah, it might not be cost effective, but very little about rving is. There are so many cool ideas for cargo trailer camper conversions on Pinterest. The onesie I like have a bank of kitchen cabinets across the nose of the trailer and fold down beds on the sides. Once the beds are folded up you get use of most of the cargo space to haul quads bikes toys etc, or maybe even to use it during the week for work and camp in on the weekend. Make sure you show us lots of pictures of the build!
Kevinwa 07/25/20 12:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Front mounted Generator

I like it!
Kevinwa 07/21/20 09:27am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Tailgate Bike Pad - any experience?

I have never personally owned one, but transported my bike ,any times on friends vehicles with them. I can’t say much about long term tailgate damage, but the pad is between the tires/fork and the tailgate. I think the biggest risk of scratching would be installing it on a dirty tailgate. Some of the better ones have a hole for the tailgate handle and backup camera. Depending on clearance on your particular rig you can probably use this option with a bumper pull travel trailer with no issues. Some advantages: Fast loading and offloading of the bikes at the trailhead Minimal timing required. On most the included Velcro loop and maybe an additional bungee is enough Don’t have to remove front tire, no risk of accidentally squeezing hydraulic brakes with the rotor out Saves some truck box room. Bikes are getting longer and slacker. I have to put mine diagonally in the 5.5’ bed F150’s
Kevinwa 07/21/20 09:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: Pet Peeves long road trip

Lots in This thread have stated that the vehicle on the main highway has the right of way. For my jurisdiction and most others that post their rules online it is a shared responsibility and the vehicle on the main highway is supposed to move to the left lane unless unsafe to do so. Maybe even the so called experts on merging need to brush up on proper technique. https://www.alberta.ca/entering-and-exiting-a-major-roadway.aspx In the USA, the person merging into the highway has to yield. So the right of way are the people allready on the highway. Nothing shared here, and no moving over required. You are right, I just looked up the driver manual for your state. I learn something every day!
Kevinwa 07/16/20 06:16pm General RVing Issues
RE: Pet Peeves long road trip

Lots in This thread have stated that the vehicle on the main highway has the right of way. For my jurisdiction and most others that post their rules online it is a shared responsibility and the vehicle on the main highway is supposed to move to the left lane unless unsafe to do so. Maybe even the so called experts on merging need to brush up on proper technique. https://www.alberta.ca/entering-and-exiting-a-major-roadway.aspx
Kevinwa 07/16/20 08:53am General RVing Issues
RE: Looking for a smallish BHS trailer, first timer

Kevinwa,The big camp side dinette window was one of the things that drew us to it. We are heading out tomorrow for 4 days to give it a good shake down. yeah, there are only two things we dislike about our minilite. The small small windows and the small small windows. I would gladly sacrifice the cupboard space above the dinette window if I could double or even triple the wndow size. Even the ones by the Murphy bed. Only about one foot square and a big open wall. Why not make them 18 inch square so they are see out able
Kevinwa 07/12/20 05:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: Looking for a smallish BHS trailer, first timer

Looked at the wildwood on the forest river site. Very very similar to our minilite 2504s but in a three foot shorter layout. It looks like the main thing they got rid of in those three feet is storage. One plus I see is larger windows. The windows on the minilite are so tiny that we have to turn lights on on sunny days.
Kevinwa 07/11/20 04:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: Looking for a smallish BHS trailer, first timer

We have a rockwood minilite 2504s. Probably a bit bigger then what you are looking for. It we love it.
Kevinwa 07/10/20 09:34am Travel Trailers
RE: BC Residents only

Just made reservations yesterday at my favourite bc private campground. As per their Facebook page “we welcome all Canadians, but ask you to respect our Covid guidelines and please stay home if you are I’ll” Alberta provincial parks have a similar AB residents policy this summer, and they say it is to prevent overcrowding. But this is only provincial parks, does not apply to private or municipal. I a, curious to see what guidelines the national parks put out June 1
Kevinwa 05/24/20 12:35pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Looking for revelstoke recommendations

Speaking of nice friendly people... See in my second pic, past the Tango to the left the nice new Dodge pickup? Well the owner heard of my plight and the Tango sitting at the tow yard. He came to the Lamplighter office, greeted me with a smile and said c'mon, I'll go over and tow your trailer here for you. So he did. He pulled in close to the spot we are set up there, got out of his truck and beckoned me to the drivers seat. Here, use my truck and position your rig. Park it over there when done. Wow, amazing wonderful fellow RVer. So I did just that. And when I tried to pay him, he refused to accept anything. The pictures look great! Thanks
Kevinwa 01/30/20 05:26pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Looking for revelstoke recommendations

Lamplighter! Absolutely the best hosts ever. Knocked the engine out of the TV 2 summers ago on the Rogers Pass. Got towed into Revy, wound up spending 2 weeks at the Lamplighter. While it my not be the most modern, it is a very comfy place. The hosts are over the top friendly and helpful. 5 stars to all the staff. I can't say enough good about these folks. They are the best I have ever encountered. The trains? Well, if you don't want to hear a train, don't go to Revelstoke. The town was born by the railway. While you are there, be sure to visit the railway museum. It is fascinating. Take in the village farmers market downtown too. Lots of cool little shops and restaurants are there too. Make sure to take a tour of the Revelstoke Dam too. Doesn't costmmuch and you get a narrated tour through the place. Very cool! And in case I didn't mention it, check out the Lamplighter! I was actually thinking of your adventure when I was looking through revy campgrounds. I remember reading it as it happened. As a power engineer who works in a steam plant for a living the Dam fascinates me. I would love to take a tour!
Kevinwa 01/30/20 12:59am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Looking for revelstoke recommendations

Lamplighter for sure, really great owners, good location, lived in Revy for almost 25 years, lots to see and do. Take the kids on the Pipe Coaster at Revelstoke ski hill they will have a hoot. Great mountain biking, hiking sight seeing in the area. Pool at the recreation centre is second to none for the kids. Lots of great places to eat. Need any thing further PM me. Enjoy yourself, Morley For sure, thanks! I’m pretty excited. I love a destination that I can mountain bike and still has stuff for the kids! Kevin
Kevinwa 01/30/20 12:57am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Looking for revelstoke recommendations

Is there a particular reason you want to spend 2 weeks in Revelstoke? I can think of a lot of other places close by that in my opinion are much better places to camp. Soup. It will be two weeks total, with drive, so probably ten days. Last year we did fernie and loved it. Year before Radium, Waterton the year before that. My wife doesn’t love traveling every few days, prefers to get to know a place really well. Reasons for revelstoke: mountain biking. I did Frisby ridge oct 1 last year and can’t wait to go back. Also really excited for 5620 at the mountain resort. 5620 feet vertical over 15 km. Currently the longest mtb flow trail in the world. Railway museum and dam tour with the kids. Enchanted forest. Friends in golden as we pass through Friends in salmon arm to visit once or twice. It seams like a nice central location with lots to do with young kids. Our vacations are usually pretty laid back. I am open to other suggestions as well, kind of just slowly working our way into bc and experiencing it one place as a time. I would love to go to the Kelowna Vernon shushwap type area also one day, don’t know where to stay there either.
Kevinwa 01/30/20 12:55am RVing in Canada and Alaska
Looking for revelstoke recommendations

Hey all. Looking to spend two weeks in revy this summer. I see 3-4 different rv campgrounds and am looking for advice on which one to reserve. Camping with a 7 and 9 year old. Since we are doing two weeks 1200 km from home we like to set up in one stall with full service for the whole time and use it as base camp for fun and excitement.
Kevinwa 01/28/20 05:22pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Can we pull a TT with our ‘20 Suburban

Once you find your available cargo capacity there are plenty of trailers to choose from. Likely the 27 foot range will be about max for your vehicle. Lots of nice single slide bunk houses in this range. We have a minilite 2504s and love it. Minilite has a few styles with quad bunks now. We Spend about 35 night a summer in it, including a two week trip to the mountains every summer. Yes it’s small, especially since I’m a big guy at 6’3” and 260. We make do. We love the Murphy bed, it gives us a proper bed and a couch in a smaller floor plan. This may sound odd, but sit on the toilet when rv shopping and Imagine doing your business, wiping etc. Even some 45 foot mobile mansions have super awkward bathrooms. I think that is one of the big things that makes our little trailer livable on long trips. Bathroom is roomy, well laid out and bright. Toilet is comfortable. Thanks for the info, what are you using to pull it with? We’re looking over the mini lite floorplans and it looks about what we’d need to get to be comfortable. We started out with an extended cab 07 F 150. We were right about at the limit for that truck. I actually did wreck a transmission due to overheating it pulling the camper 700 km to the mountains on a hot day. The camper was sized good for the truck for shorter trips, but on long trips it started to struggle. I don’t think those older half tons had enough transmission cooling capacity and it couldn’t shed enough heat. We are currently pulling with a diesel F 350. It is overkill for that trailer size, but since we take long trips I love how it can handle running loaded through hills in hot weather all day long and have enough capacity to shed the heat. We really like the minilite. have had no major issues.
Kevinwa 01/20/20 07:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: Can we pull a TT with our ‘20 Suburban

Once you find your available cargo capacity there are plenty of trailers to choose from. Likely the 27 foot range will be about max for your vehicle. Lots of nice single slide bunk houses in this range. We have a minilite 2504s and love it. Minilite has a few styles with quad bunks now. We Spend about 35 night a summer in it, including a two week trip to the mountains every summer. Yes it’s small, especially since I’m a big guy at 6’3” and 260. We make do. We love the Murphy bed, it gives us a proper bed and a couch in a smaller floor plan. This may sound odd, but sit on the toilet when rv shopping and Imagine doing your business, wiping etc. Even some 45 foot mobile mansions have super awkward bathrooms. I think that is one of the big things that makes our little trailer livable on long trips. Bathroom is roomy, well laid out and bright. Toilet is comfortable.
Kevinwa 01/20/20 06:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: First trip with new baby advice

We started out with a tent, and I know for sure one daughter born in mid May 1979 went camping in July. We have 4 kids and they all camped as babies, but by the last one we graduated to a pop-up. The only thing we did different was use disposable diapers instead of the usual cloth....I'm sure unheard of these days! They will survive. JKwe used cloth diapers on our boys, born in 2011 and 2013. They are sure fancier then the ones my mom used on my brother and I in the 80’s. For camping one of the items was making sure we knew where the laundry Matt was and packing diaper detergent! (Standard tide type detergents had so many additives that would build up in the cloth and reduce the absorbency) To the OP. We weren’t hard core campers when our boys were born, but have been taking them on two week camping trips to the mountains since they were a couple months old. Totally different if in a tent, I can’t speak to that, but when in a rv travel trailer type rig it really is no different then being at home. We would borrow my parents little 18’ camper at first, so the only place we had for the boys to sleep was in their play pen on top of the folded down dining table. Left it set up the whole trip and ate outside. Only thing that could be an issue is noise. Some babies wake very easy. Friends of ours would run the AC fan as white noise whenever their kids were asleep. The little bath tubs in most campers are perfect baby size! One heads up, word of caution. A wet diaper can set off the LP gas detector. Be careful not to change the diaper in the middle of the night right in front of it. This was learnt from experience!
Kevinwa 01/12/20 08:51am Family Camping
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