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RE: Class C Rocky Mountains ??

I'll assume this is for a future trip. Border is still closed. You're probably over thinking it. Not knowing exactly (year/make/model) what you're driving or pulling, I would have the brakes, transmission, and cooling systems serviced before heading out, and change the engine oil before tackling any major uphill grades. As far as the actual driving, you'll figure it out. I find that down hill grades can be a little more challenging, and it's better to down shift early, than to risk losing control. 4-way flashers are a must when going much slower up hill and down.
MDKMDK 09/04/20 05:20pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Changes to Snowbird lifestyle and Snowbird communitiess

No Canadians so far so maybe not as usual at Q. But I'm thrilled that Imperial Dam is open and I know many others will be also. I need the services as I have a simple pop up FWC truck camper. In that case, it's all good. Enjoy!
MDKMDK 09/03/20 07:52pm Snowbirds
RE: Changes to Snowbird lifestyle and Snowbird communitiess

Canada has a deal for 20 million doses from Pfizer (and others). There isn't going to be a vaccine properly tested and ready for distribution this year. I'm all in favour of vaccines but would I take one this year? - nope nope and nope. I'm taking at least a year off snowbirding to be safe. Also, Pfizer may be blocked from exporting their vaccine to Canada. It happened with PPE. The Moderna vaccine sounds like it's more stable at higher storage temperatures than the Pfizer version, so maybe that one will work better for us. It's also produced similar preventative antibody production in a wider range of age groups, from younger kids and adults, right up to older folks over 70 years old. I'd take it, if the phase 3 trials warrant distribution, and it's approved for general use.
MDKMDK 09/03/20 07:51pm Snowbirds
RE: Changes to Snowbird lifestyle and Snowbird communitiess

BLM announced it will have normal facilities and services open as usual at AZ LTVA areas including Imperial Dam and La Posa, etc. Just saw it at their Facebook BLM Arizona page. Good news for the Quartzsite faithful? Probably business as usual there in January?
MDKMDK 09/03/20 07:25pm Snowbirds
RE: Changes to Snowbird lifestyle and Snowbird communitiess

The RV dealers around here all have full sales lots with plenty of new RVs. We don't have any RV lots here in town, but I see nearby lots seems to have plenty of inventory. Probably because no one knows when the border will reopen, so they're holding off buying something, if it can't be used year round (aka for snowbirding?). As we Canucks know, RVing in Canada in the winter can be "challenging", unless you get an "insulated for winter" model. I had one of those (2002 Roadtrek 190P), and it didn't do too badly in the winter, but we only used it once in borderline freezing temps and some snow in Utah back in 2010. I wouldn't want to do too much winter camping in Canada. Not saying it isn't possible, but why, when you can (or, used to be able to) cross the US border and drive 1,000 miles south, and find more moderate temperatures in FL to LA, or the RGV, or elsewhere in TX/NM/AZ/CA. They're now talking about a vaccine from Pfizer, that might be available in October in the USA, or maybe November, according to the CDC. Do we (Canada) have any "deals" with Pfizer for doses of CV19 vaccines? Seems like the federal government has made quite a few deals with pharma-cos for millions of doses of their vaccines, but I can't recall if Pfizer was among them. Mike. This arrived in the email about 20 minutes ago. I know you are biting at the bit so I figured I would share. We are too but we are going to wait unitil at least the new year and then reassess. I guess we'll miss the early bird renewal. There was more to the email but I had to filter out the personal info. Here ya go. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50302609196_b6d8a54895_c.jpg https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50302609221_c2b85810c4_c.jpg That's a great option for Travel Medical insurance. I had heard about Medipac, but had been using RBC Travel Health Protector Insurance until they started to phase it out it over the last year. That said, as eager as I am to see things return to normal, I'm also taking it one "extended border closure" at a time, like many of the rest of us. If a viable vaccine becomes available before end of the year, that would be a game changer. Thanks again. I'm off to their website for a look.
MDKMDK 09/03/20 05:49pm Snowbirds
RE: Changes to Snowbird lifestyle and Snowbird communitiess

The RV dealers around here all have full sales lots with plenty of new RVs. We don't have any RV lots here in town, but I see nearby lots seems to have plenty of inventory. Probably because no one knows when the border will reopen, so they're holding off buying something, if it can't be used year round (aka for snowbirding?). As we Canucks know, RVing in Canada in the winter can be "challenging", unless you get an "insulated for winter" model. I had one of those (2002 Roadtrek 190P), and it didn't do too badly in the winter, but we only used it once in borderline freezing temps and some snow in Utah back in 2010. I wouldn't want to do too much winter camping in Canada. Not saying it isn't possible, but why, when you can (or, used to be able to) cross the US border and drive 1,000 miles south, and find more moderate temperatures in FL to LA, or the RGV, or elsewhere in TX/NM/AZ/CA. They're now talking about a vaccine from Pfizer, that might be available in October in the USA, or maybe November, according to the CDC. Do we (Canada) have any "deals" with Pfizer for doses of CV19 vaccines? Seems like the federal government has made quite a few deals with pharma-cos for millions of doses of their vaccines, but I can't recall if Pfizer was among them.
MDKMDK 09/03/20 03:31pm Snowbirds
RE: Changes to Snowbird lifestyle and Snowbird communitiess

One way to help keep the American economy going down south in FL or RGV or AZ (if that's a concern) might be to open the US border to Canadians unilaterally, to let the Canadian Snowbirds that want to head south to spend their money in the US, do so. They would be subject to any state or local virus related protocols and regulations, as well, which I'm sure most would accept. They would also have to weigh the risk/reward of travelling south, knowing that they are "on their own" for medical travel insurance coverage for Covid 19 related problems, but would be covered for everything else, like normal, based on what I've seen online. Last time I checked (a few weeks ago) there were still a couple of Emerg Travel Med insurers that were still issuing policies with all the Covid19 caveats. Assuming the lockdown/quarantine situation will be status quo until next year, they would also have to prepare to do the 14 days of isolation upon their return in the Spring of 2021, just like anyone else returning to Canada. This would probably be an acceptable option to most diehard Snowbirds, and I would think the American (and perhaps Mexican?) RV parks and campgrounds would like to stay as full as possible during the winter months, from an economic perspective. Medipac already sent out bulletins stating they are providing full and normal coverage for those Canadians heading south this year. There are no restrictions for Canadians flying south. Just get on a plane and off you go. Two week isolation required upon return to Canada. Restrictions for driving south remain in place. Great info, thanks. Manulife Cover Me and TD Allianz were also writing longer term, out of province, Emerg Travel Med policies, minus Covid 19 related illness coverage, a few weeks ago. Everything else in the application process was normal, including medical questionnaires to determine other pre-existing conditions and exclusions. And pricing, of course. I tried to get quotes at Blue Cross and some of the other banks but they were only writing very short term (16 days max) out of country coverage with the CV19 caveats. If you're willing to shop around, you can get covered, it seems. If you rent or have a property down there, you can fly into some major cities, and figure out the rest when you get there. As you stated. I wonder if the RV rental/sales markets have reached saturation points, with zero availability yet? Maybe you could buy something gently used down there, and fly in to pick it up? Probably not the most thrifty option, but another possibility for Canadians with "deeper pockets"?
MDKMDK 09/03/20 08:55am Snowbirds
RE: Changes to Snowbird lifestyle and Snowbird communitiess

tons of french canadians go to florida each winter, plus a lot of them in Puerto Vallarta and Lo de Marcos. That should free up a lot of sites. I guess if they own a property, or rent one, and fly to their destinations, they'll still be there? Or, did you mean they reserve campsites in RV Parks? Yes, much harder to get across the border. Kind of surprising that the current US Administration hasn't addressed the economic aspect of keeping Canadians from snowbirding in the southern US. I would have thought they would do the unilateral border opening, just to keep their southern RV Parks and campgrounds full, but some have said they're getting plenty of local business, so maybe it's not a priority. I expect BC will be very much overbooked for campsites this winter coming. It's the only place you can winter camp, with any chance of not freezing to death, although I think last winter they got more than their share of below average cold/freezing temps.
MDKMDK 09/02/20 09:07pm Snowbirds
RE: Changes to Snowbird lifestyle and Snowbird communitiess

Joe, My understanding is that they closely monitor any Canadians who return home - both CBSA/RCMP, and local law enforcement are now getting involved. It would be extremely foolish to NOT isolate upon your return, and get caught, because the penalties under the Quarantine Act are onerous, to say the least. It's not just telling the CBSA border agent, "I promise to self isolate" any more. They actively check up on you. I also believe you're required to present your plan at the border when you re-enter, or they'll give you one, and the terms are quite strict and you will be monitored and the law enforced, if necessary. Stock up on food and other necesssities before you cross back into Canada, would be good advice. So, you're right, it's not a game, it's serious, but it is doable. Some info describing the requirements... https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/2019-novel-coronavirus-information-sheet.html And the checking up process...as of May, and I doubt that they're relaxing the compliance checking. https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/police-have-checked-in-on-nearly-2-200-quarantining-travellers-at-home-1.4949021 If you like irony, truckers and healthcare workers, and other "essential border traffic" are treated much more loosey goosey than the rest of us. If a serious outbreak were to happen, it would more likely be from them than us, but so far, it hasn't happened, in either case.
MDKMDK 09/02/20 08:21pm Snowbirds
RE: Changes to Snowbird lifestyle and Snowbird communitiess

One way to help keep the American economy going down south in FL or RGV or AZ (if that's a concern) might be to open the US border to Canadians unilaterally, to let the Canadian Snowbirds that want to head south to spend their money in the US, do so. They would be subject to any state or local virus related protocols and regulations, as well, which I'm sure most would accept. They would also have to weigh the risk/reward of travelling south, knowing that they are "on their own" for medical travel insurance coverage for Covid 19 related problems, but would be covered for everything else, like normal, based on what I've seen online. Last time I checked (a few weeks ago) there were still a couple of Emerg Travel Med insurers that were still issuing policies with all the Covid19 caveats. Assuming the lockdown/quarantine situation will be status quo until next year, they would also have to prepare to do the 14 days of isolation upon their return in the Spring of 2021, just like anyone else returning to Canada. This would probably be an acceptable option to most diehard Snowbirds, and I would think the American (and perhaps Mexican?) RV parks and campgrounds would like to stay as full as possible during the winter months, from an economic perspective.
MDKMDK 09/02/20 03:31pm Snowbirds
RE: Canadian snowbirds: sell RV in Canada or USA?

The last one I had done on the truck, it was a tailpipe test. The last one on the car was an OBD II check. Hmm, that's not necessarily good. What burns cleaner, bio-diesel, or dino-diesel, I wonder? It would be easier to get a clean OBD II test on your diesel vehicle, than a clean tailpipe, methinks?
MDKMDK 08/31/20 02:53pm Snowbirds
RE: Canadian snowbirds: sell RV in Canada or USA?

I just looked at the rules: you need a test if the diesel is registered at over 4500kg. Mine is registered at 4500kg (I know, I know...) Is it a tailpipe/opacity test, or do they just do the OBD II check for emissions (failure) codes?
MDKMDK 08/31/20 11:14am Snowbirds
RE: Canadian snowbirds: sell RV in Canada or USA?

Put the TH on Kijiji, in Canada, and see what happens. Price: Start high and you might get high. Start low, and....well? Truck: Move the toy hauler first, unless someone asks about it.
MDKMDK 08/30/20 07:41pm Snowbirds
RE: Two-wheel down car caddy .... can I tow with rear wheels up?

Matt speaks the truth.... https://www.motorhome.com/download-dinghy-guides/ Always better to check with your owner's manual or manufacturer for the best answer.
MDKMDK 08/30/20 03:36pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Dissapointed with GS roadside assistance.

didn,t think MB rv,s were made to be towed without pulling the drive shaft? could be wrong ,my book says no tow without pulling drive shaft. 2007 rv. Mine too. If the tow is further than 30 miles, the propeller shaft to the driven axle must be removed. It can be flat towed with the transmission in N for no more than 30 miles, only at a speed below 31 MPH. Otherwise the propeller shaft to the driven axle must be removed.
MDKMDK 08/26/20 11:42am Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Tow or not to Tow

I might take the car as a lifeboat, in case your motorhome runs into any mechanical problems. Some stretches of highway out that way are unserviced and if you broke down, it would be nice to be able to go for help if you needed to. Cell phone coverage is not always a sure thing out there. If you stay on the interstates as much as possible, you'd probably be OK without the towed.
MDKMDK 08/24/20 07:51pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Advice on a Class C

I believe Nexus makes a c close to your specs. The 2021 PHANTOM 32P. nexus. They claim a 7500 lb tow cap and put belts at each seat location Tank capacities are kind of small, but that may not be an issue to the OP. They don't publish the GVWR or the GCWR numbers on it, that I could find, on their website. Those would be worth knowing.
MDKMDK 08/23/20 06:59pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Compressor, inflation chuck, and pressure gauge info needed

I got this one. Came with a hose and some basic inflation add ons. It's also available at Home Depot. Good price, lightweight, 120V AC (if you have a gas generator?), and inflates up to 125PSi - more than enough. https://www.menards.com/main/tools/air-compressors/fini-advanced-trade-2-gallon-125-psi-portable-electric-hotdog-air-compressor/f2ol55h/p-1444449832791.htm You can build your own tire air chuck from parts at Harbor Freight. They also carry (truck) tire pressure gauges, with dual ends for inward and outward facing valves. Make sure the gauge can handle up to 100PSI.
MDKMDK 08/23/20 06:52pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Advice on a Class C

With that towing, sleeping, slides, and generator requirement, you're into a Super C diesel, or a diesel pusher. Not many typical gas engine class C motorhomes can meet those numbers.
MDKMDK 08/23/20 04:34pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Issue fueling 1994 Jayco Eagle on E350 chassis

Thank you guys! We’ve had the refueling problem since we got it... so before we had to replace the fuel pump. It seems to be getting worse and it can take an hour or so to get enough gas in to fill the tank sometimes. I try to fill as slowly as possible. I will look closer for a problem with the hose. Thanks! Sometimes rotating the pump nozzle 90 degrees clockwise or counterclockwise from vertical will make a difference. I had a similar issue with my 2002 Roadtrek, and it had to do with a lengthened and slightly more convoluted path for the fill pipe, from the fill port to the tank. They had to modify the stock fill pipe to reach the repositioned fuel tank, so they could mount the generator. Try it, next time you fill up.
MDKMDK 08/23/20 02:29pm Class C Motorhomes
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