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RE: Campground availability on shorter notice

When people moan that they can't get a site I always feel that we are only getting half the story. What they are not saying is that they want specific sites, usually FHUs, and high demand locations and dates. They are not flexible. Don't suggest dry camping. We made reservations yesterday for this weekend. A huge holiday weekend in Canada No FHU. No problem. No water view. No problem. No water at site. No problem. Far from bathrooms. No problem. No satellite access. No problem. Only 30amp power. No problem. Back in. No problem. When you are adaptable there is seldom a problem. .
Veebyes 06/29/22 06:36pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Campground availability on shorter notice

We are over two months into a six month trip & so far availability without reservations has been very easy. Currently on fourth night of what was expected to be a high demand CG in Newfoundland at the height of the iceberg season. It has never been over 50% capacity. Nothing but Canadian tags seen.
Veebyes 06/25/22 03:58pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Buffing out hazing RV

In the boating world we say that a boat can be any colour, as long as it is white. Dark coloured gelcoat does not do well with sun. Once it has been let go it takes alot of work to bring it back. It also needs to be done much more frequently to keep it looking good. Looking at your current state it is not as bad as when you started. A good going over with a cleaner wax, such as 3M cleaner wax, followed by the Meguires Flagship wax again should restore to the condition of your first highly successful efforts. I have had saltwater kept boats since 1981. A tough environment to be in. There are many great products out there these days but time & sun will always destroy them without regular attention. I appreciate the advice, but the second time around took a surprising amount of work to get it looking good, felt like should have stripped it first since the previous wax was gumming up my pads. I ended up going to the full rotary buffer and even then I was struggling. I am not about to put the same product on it that never went through a full NorCal summer and looked terrible in 6 months. Maybe I got a bad batch? I dont know, but you know how the saying goes, fool me once... The Flagship is most definitely not a cleaner wax. Applied over chalking or a degraded surface is going to leave a less than clear deep shine. My 5er is a late 2007. It is indoor stored in the winter but is outdoors & traveling about 160 days each year. That is an awful lot of bugs getting smashed into the front cap. After all these years & miles I can't say that the front cap looks new when I am finished with it, using the 3M marine cleaner wax followed right behind with the Flagship, but it looks darned close to new.
Veebyes 06/16/22 06:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: Alaska Bound

Why all the concern about having internet? Think back a few years ago when we traveled before the internet was available, now it seems people freak out if they go a day or two without it. My feeling is, if you have internet once a week or so to keep in touch that should be enough. Enjoy the trip and relax. My feelings exactly. We are boarding the ferry to Newfoundland tomorrow where phone service can be just as sketchy a the NW provinces & Alaska. We touch base whenever we can but nobody panics when we disappear for a few days. How did anyone survive a remote road trip before the cellphone?
Veebyes 06/14/22 06:25pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: 2022 campgrounds

We are about 60 days & 3500 miles into a MD to Newfoundland trip. So far really easy as far as campground availability goes. The only big surprise has been space availability on ferries. Tough. Did not make reservations for the ferry from PEI back to mainland figuring midday, midweek, no problem. They just squeezed us on. A couple of days ago tried to make reservations for the 7 hour ferry from Sydney to Newfoundland for tomorrow. Based on experience 6 years ago figured no problem with a midweek trip. No way. Booked solid. This is a BIG ship. Got lucky with space Wednesday so we sit doing nothing for a couple of days. No idea how busy CGs will be in NL. No reservations. No set in stone itinerary estimating more than a month being on the island. We watched a caravan of 20 plus class As depart here last evening to catch the overnight ferry. Don't suppose they stay at places we do. So far it has been more or less situation normal for our style of very few reservations wherever we go though we have called ahead a few times on the day needed.
Veebyes 06/13/22 02:49pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Buffing out hazing RV

In the boating world we say that a boat can be any colour, as long as it is white. Dark coloured gelcoat does not do well with sun. Once it has been let go it takes alot of work to bring it back. It also needs to be done much more frequently to keep it looking good. Looking at your current state it is not as bad as when you started. A good going over with a cleaner wax, such as 3M cleaner wax, followed by the Meguires Flagship wax again should restore to the condition of your first highly successful efforts. I have had saltwater kept boats since 1981. A tough environment to be in. There are many great products out there these days but time & sun will always destroy them without regular attention.
Veebyes 06/10/22 07:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: Alaska Bound

Yesterday diesel was $2.13lit. Today it is $2.22 in PEI. Should have bought yesterday. $300CDN today & that did not fill it. Newfoundland next week. Scary to think what it is going to be. Last time near $300 was put into the truck was Dawson City, YT. in 2018, & that was a fill of both almost flat empty tanks. Must be tough on those who live in the areas where prices are high & distances are great. Little crossover SUVs must be looking awfully attractive. I figure near $1 per mile with my 3500.
Veebyes 06/07/22 07:38pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Alaska Bound

it has been two weeks since the OP. i hope all is well. One of the beauties of a trip north is the enforced disconnect from the rest of the world, sometimes for days at a time.Sometimes no cell service, no OTA TV, no radio even. It's great! The world continues to spin without you being connected.
Veebyes 06/06/22 03:11pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Best itinerary for Alaska

Basically you can do Alaska either in a clockwise direction or an anti clockwise direction. besides a few side roads there really are very few choices to make. Same with getting there & coming back. You can do the Alaska Hwy up & the Cassiar back or do it the other way round. As far as speed goes, well, it depends. You can get very long stretches where 50mph can be done quite comfortably. Alaskan highways are very good & often 60mph can be the norm. You can also get stretches where work is being done & a convoy leader will take you through. No telling what speeds will be for those sections. Sometimes the wait is long enough to get out & get to know who is infront & who is behind you. If you think that you can blast through & do in three weeks what needs months, think again. Alaska is not that big. Canada is. Canada is much bigger than most think. Canada also has some of the best sights to see. Also, those side trips to places like Seward, Homer, Wittier, Haines, Hyder & others, take time
Veebyes 06/06/22 02:44pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Rv Covers

Your worst enemy is going to be chafe. Add an extra layer on corners by taping folded terry towel over the corners to protect from the rubbing.
Veebyes 06/01/22 07:30am General RVing Issues
RE: What's up with CGs?

Says something about society when common sense behavior has to be enforced.
Veebyes 06/01/22 07:09am General RVing Issues
RE: RV Park recommendations for Alaska

By far the best CGs are the Canadian PPs & Alaskan state recreation parks. Unfortunately at 44' sites able to accommodate you are few. We are just under 36'LOA and the trick was to arrive early to get a spot long enough before someone with a truck camper or a class C snagged one of the few long sites. The good news is that many people are doing Alaska in a rush & don't head for a CG till late in the day. The private CGs are much like those found anywhere else. They lack the atmosphere of camping The North. They will always find somewhere to cram you in. Reservations will only be needed at places like Fairbanks & perhaps Denali. The rest wing it only making reservations maybe a day or so out when you have an idea of where you will be.
Veebyes 05/29/22 07:40am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New Roof Time! Can I just layer over the existing plywood?

JMO but if the existing plywood is in good condition I would consider giving it a dose of preservatives & go from there with whatever you deem good for top coatings or coverings.
Veebyes 05/28/22 08:56am Tech Issues
RE: Not one but two blowouts

Long ago we switched to running same tires on the truck & trailer. This effectively gives us two spares. All tire places have machines to change tires. Chances of finding a tire shop with same tires you are running are slim. Never needed to change tires on rims but it is nice to have the option there if needed.
Veebyes 05/26/22 05:48am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Residential vs Gas/Electric Fridge?

At 35' you are bordering on the large size for NP, BLMs & Forest Service CGs. That is not to say that it cannot be done. It will take some research to find places that you will have access to. We are a 34' 5er & always up to a challenge but always aware of what we can & cannot do. Getting towed out of places that we should not go is not cheap. On the fridge choice, we have had to replace our two way RV fridge once already. Very expensive.Should we ever have to do it again we are leaning towards a residential fridge. The residential fridge is much cheaper for a start but will need a pure sinewave inverter, not cheap. It will also need a robust battery bank if there are plans to do any more than a couple days of dry camping. Solar is nice, expensive to set up something decent, & only effective when the sun hits it. JMO, but a generator is much more effective. Best to get an inverter generator which is not running at full RPM all the time. Good on gas but not cheap to buy. Research & decisions.
Veebyes 05/24/22 05:23pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Power drain

There are all kinds of parasitic draws in a modern vehicle. It started with a clock & now vehicles are smarter than us & always alive. If stored for months at a time disconnect the battery. Leave the vehicle electronically dead.
Veebyes 05/22/22 04:17pm Tech Issues
RE: Advice on adjusting the slide out

YouTube is your friend. Plenty vids on there about slide adjustment. Much easier to see & follow the how to's than to try & explain. They are fairly simple things once you see & understand which adjustment point does what underneath.
Veebyes 05/20/22 06:42am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Back before cellphones

The last three nights we were at a VT CG where there is no cellphone signal, Verizon or T Mobile, no WIFI, not in the CG, no OTA TV reception. We survived. The CG was darned near empty. Suspect that being a communications wasteland has something to do with it. It is amazing at how many are truly addicted to their cellphones. Look at how many will not travel remote areas, such as going to Alaska without their beloved cellphones & some means of guaranteed connection. So sad.
Veebyes 05/18/22 03:49pm RV Lifestyle
RE: AGM Deep Cycle batteries

Rather than 2 X 6V GC AGM batteries & have used a single 4D case size AGM. On my second battry now. The first had a lifespan of 9 years. Each year having 5-6 months use with a mixture of mostly with power sites but also some dry camping.
Veebyes 05/14/22 07:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Theoretical heights.

I am thoroughly confused. If you want to know your air draft simply measure from your highest point to the ground while hooked up. How difficult is that?
Veebyes 05/11/22 07:17pm Fifth-Wheels
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