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RE: Snowbirds In Limbo As Coronavirus Upends Travel Plans

We crossed back into Canada, using the Sweetgrass/Coutts border crossing. We were already in a travelling self-isolation situation, and the only thing outside our rig we touched was the fuel pump and keypad for the pump. We had rubber gloves for the contact, which were discarded after use. All contact with people was outside, over 6 feet of separation. We had called ahead for a campground reservation in Lethbridge, without which the Border agent seemed to be inclined to refuse us entry. Always have a plan. Life in the park involves lots of inside time, as the provincial government doesn't want us out and about. No walking the dogs, no shopping, nothing. If it doesn't get delivered, we don't get it. Even the garbage is picked up at the edge of our lot, not carried to the dumpster. Water isn't turned on yet, due to cold, so we topped up the tank, and will need to call the office when we need to refill. The office will schedule someone to be there to fill, and tell us when to pull forward to get water. They are using a disinfectant spray on the hose bib, both ends of their hose, and the end of our hose that contacts their hose. We had no (none, zero, nada) contact with any of their property, even though the rubber gloves were in place. Seemed like good protocol. Supper involved pizza. The driver placed it on the pic nic table, along with the credit card machine. Tap to pay is encouraged, and used. We backed away, the machine was retrieved, the receipt removed and placed under the pizza box, and the driver left. The box was brought in, placed on a small table, topped with a garbage bag. The pies were eaten, leftovers placed in separate containers, and the box, rubber gloves, and handi wipes were in the garbage bag/tablecloth. Wow. Sounds like you've handled it pretty well, and got everything under control. With no symptoms, or other snafus, you'll be out of quarantine in no time. Hang in there. btw, if you're Canadian citizens, and I assume you are, they can't refuse you entry into Canada. Entry into Canada by a citizen is guaranteed under the CCoRF Section 6 (1). While Canadian citizens are guaranteed entry back into Canada, provinces are imposing additional restrictions for inter-provincial travel which are more strict.
almcc 04/06/20 06:15am Snowbirds
RE: Snowbirds In Limbo As Coronavirus Upends Travel Plans

We are back home in Ontario after our run from southern California and we are better than halfway through our 2 week self isolation. None of the RV parks we normally hit were closed, the only "wrinkle" was that we got a notice from a KOA that we stayed at in Indiana saying they were charging us for not cancelling our one night reservation, we actually stayed there, the documentation was ready for us when we arrived but nobody was in the office the entire time we stayed there!
almcc 04/02/20 06:26am Snowbirds
RE: Heading Home (North)

Just got home yesterday after coming through Illinois and Michigan. No problems and crossing back into Canada was fine, very quiet for a Sunday crossing.
almcc 03/23/20 05:16am Snowbirds
RE: Recreational Border Crossing

Oh you mean “consumer buying more stuff to go with my stuff I already have” travel. I haven’t met too many US citizens traveling western Canada in search of more pots and pans and a bigger TV. Most seem to enjoy seeing the beautiful scenery, the elbow room, and meeting friendly people. Please re-read the comments you're referring to. The comments were about Canadians (us) cross border shopping in the US (them). Their stuff is usually cheaper than the same items here, even after you convert the $ forex difference. Compare HomeDepot.com versus HomeDepot.ca on 2 identical items, for example. Their price is less than ours, after $ conversion. When they visit Canada, at our regular prices (in Canada), they'll pay more (here, in Canada), even when their dollar is a lot stronger than ours. For (Canadian) gas, hotels, campgrounds, food, just about everything. Just like we get gouged at home (again, just to be clear, in Canada). Just to throw in another comment! While prices may be cheaper I find food quality in the US is not as good as it is in Canada. I'm not talking about food safety but just general quality. I've noticed this particularly this past winter, the quality of meat (steaks) isn't what we get get back home at the regular grocery stores. I've noticed other items are similar. You do get what you pay for!
almcc 03/19/20 12:31pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Prepaid Mobile Phone and Service in Canada

We have an AT&T sim card in our cell phone, we use it in the US and in Canada it pairs with Rogers. We use it back in Canada. It's a monthly pay as you go system, you can move the data up or down as your needs change. I use the phone as a wifi hotspot as well. You can get the SIM card at WalMart then sign on to the AT&T website.
almcc 03/18/20 11:10am RVing in Canada and Alaska
"Legal" question for Canadian Snowbirds

I thought that I would comment and ask a question. Before retirement and snowbirding we ensured that our wills and Powers of Attorney were updated and complete. We carry scanned copies with us in digital format when snowbirding. Our investment guy recently commented that another Canadian snowbird client had an issue with the spouse's power of attorney for personal care (it allows the spouse to make medical decisions if he is not capable). A hospital in Florida ignored it saying that the Canadian document was not valid, they treated the patient against the spouses wishes (sounds like a cash grab!) I'm wondering if this has happened to anyone else. As a second question, if I get Powers of Attorney done (say) in Florida, are they state specific, say In Arizona or other states?
almcc 02/09/20 08:13am Snowbirds
RE: South of San Antonio

I think that most provinces have a limit of 182 days out of the country before health insurance is cancelled or so I ve been told anyway. On the other hand maybe the US has a limited number of days that you can stay before requiring a visa or other documentation. While most folks know the 6 month limit, the US IRS takes a different path, they have a formula that calculates that if you stay an average of over about 120 days in a 3 year period they can tax your world wide income. Filing a "closer connection" 8840 form will help, search for it on IRS website on the net.
almcc 02/08/20 09:43am Snowbirds
RE: Cell phone Newfoundland

We are Canadians who spend our winters in the US, we have an AT&T pay as you go monthly plan in the US which we use. The phone also works in Canada at no additional cost, AT&T pairs with Rogers in Canada. Not sure about the Rogers coverage in Newfoundland, maybe someone can comment on how good it is. With Verizon I understand that you have to have their "right" International phone, one that isn't the CDMA type, all Canadian services use the international standard, GMS, except for some CDMA "left overs" in some areas. AT&T uses GMS.
almcc 12/31/19 09:49am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: need help

Good advice to make VanHorn TX and overnight and when rush hour would be done drive thru ElPaso into Las Cruces or further. We went thru about 11am on Sunday and traffic wasn't bad. We use Passport America for a 50% discount and stay at Desert Willow rv park. We also stop in Deming where there are a couple of participating parks. After going through El Paso once on I-10 during road construction we gave up on it, we now leave Van Horn and go north towards Gauadaloupe Mountains and then west where we hit the 375 loop on the east part of El Paso and then back onto I-10, we then head for Deming NM. You go over Franklin Mountain in El Paso but it isn't a big hill. The drive is very scenic looking at the Guad mountains in the distance i’m assuming you mean Tx54/US 180/Tx375 back to I-10. what are those roads like? 2-lane, 4-lane? condition? 54 and 180 are 2 lane, 54 has a couple of dips that you need to slow down a bit, but well marked. 180 is also 2 lane but they have put in a couple of passing lanes recently, 375 is a divided 4 lane. They are not busy and passing is easy, much less of a hassle than I-10 through El Paso proper. thanks. so the road conditions are generally good? (potholes, broken pavement, etc?) Yes, the road conditions are excellent, no potholes or broken pavement, the same or better quality as the interstates. We also used to take 180 from Carlsbad NM through to El Paso, it is good, except for the oil rig truck activity around Carlsbad.
almcc 12/11/19 08:04am Snowbirds
RE: need help

Good advice to make VanHorn TX and overnight and when rush hour would be done drive thru ElPaso into Las Cruces or further. We went thru about 11am on Sunday and traffic wasn't bad. We use Passport America for a 50% discount and stay at Desert Willow rv park. We also stop in Deming where there are a couple of participating parks. After going through El Paso once on I-10 during road construction we gave up on it, we now leave Van Horn and go north towards Gauadaloupe Mountains and then west where we hit the 375 loop on the east part of El Paso and then back onto I-10, we then head for Deming NM. You go over Franklin Mountain in El Paso but it isn't a big hill. The drive is very scenic looking at the Guad mountains in the distance i’m assuming you mean Tx54/US 180/Tx375 back to I-10. what are those roads like? 2-lane, 4-lane? condition? 54 and 180 are 2 lane, 54 has a couple of dips that you need to slow down a bit, but well marked. 180 is also 2 lane but they have put in a couple of passing lanes recently, 375 is a divided 4 lane. They are not busy and passing is easy, much less of a hassle than I-10 through El Paso proper.
almcc 12/10/19 12:16pm Snowbirds
RE: need help

Good advice to make VanHorn TX and overnight and when rush hour would be done drive thru ElPaso into Las Cruces or further. We went thru about 11am on Sunday and traffic wasn't bad. We use Passport America for a 50% discount and stay at Desert Willow rv park. We also stop in Deming where there are a couple of participating parks. After going through El Paso once on I-10 during road construction we gave up on it, we now leave Van Horn and go north towards Gauadaloupe Mountains and then west where we hit the 375 loop on the east part of El Paso and then back onto I-10, we then head for Deming NM. You go over Franklin Mountain in El Paso but it isn't a big hill. The drive is very scenic looking at the Guad mountains in the distance
almcc 12/10/19 09:26am Snowbirds
RE: Shaw Satellite

I purchased and installed the upgrade from Winegard for my automatic Winegard Traveler dish mounted on the roof and it worked great. You do not need this if you have your dish on a tripod. Got good signal strength and lots of channels including the Canucks hockey and Cdn news channels. I got an upgraded LMB bout 3 years ago and it worked fine. I am just north of Puerto Vallarta Mexico. Was it difficult to do the install of the new board on the roof? I'm thinking about buying the kit and doing the install myself.
almcc 12/02/19 08:05am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Shaw Satellite

I had a look at that LNB at kusat, it looks substantially different from the LNB that Shaw supplies. The lens facing the dish is round compared to the oblong one that Shaw supplies and there are only 2 coax outputs compared to the 4 on the Shaw one. Hard to tell if it fits onto the Shaw arm or not. I would do a detailed check before ordering one.
almcc 11/24/19 02:01pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Shaw Satellite

The big question would be "Can you still get Shaw TV service in Mexico?" Scorp The answer is yes. I follow a blog of a couple that are now in Mazatlan, they have a yellow 80% signal strength on Shaw. They may have a larger dish than the smaller ones back home but even with the smaller ones you still should be good.
almcc 11/23/19 11:52am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Shaw Satellite

It's been a few years since I switched to the new LNB. There is only one new one, you just have to ask for it. The other issue I had was that I had the new LNB at home and the old one on our RV, I found that the receiver is specific to the LNB, the receiver at home on the new LNB wouldn't work on the old LNB on the RV. I was in Canada and called Shaw, they changed the software so I could use the receiver on the old LNB, I then got the new LNB when I got home and asked Shaw to do the software change again so that receiver worked on the new LNBs. Hope this helps. As an add, I'm assuming you are talking about a dish that you aim manually, if you have a pre 2017 Winegard dish on the roof, Shaw's channel shuffle back in September has rendered it obsolete as one of the channels the dish used to find the sat no longer exists due to Shaw. There is a manual aiming procedure and an upgrade kit available.
almcc 11/23/19 08:01am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Postal code

Use the 3 digits of your postal code followed by two zeroes. Ignore the letters. This has worked for me. Brian Brian is correct! For instance if your postal code is M5H3T5, you would enter 53500 as your zip when requested. That work around has worked about 95% of the time we've tried it, except in "backward" places where no cards seem to work. You should also be aware that there are glitches in stations that have converted to chip readers, I talked to one cashier who said the readers hadn't worked for week at her location, the swipe worked.
almcc 11/18/19 07:33am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Good Campgrounds in west Texas off I-20

Thanks to Patperry and everyone else for the suggestions for the parks, we will check them out on our return in the spring.
almcc 11/15/19 07:45am Snowbirds
RE: Good Campgrounds in west Texas off I-20

I-20 in west Texas is a long, long road. Is there a certain area you're trying to stop at? Generally from west of Odessa to almost Colorado City, almost all the sites will probably be filled with oilfield. If you can get to Ft Davis State Park, it would be a plus. Try to spend a couple of days if possible. A lot of stuff to do and the hidden gem in that part of the state. Sorry for the lack of detail. You are right, I-20 is a long road! In transiting Texas we stop in Mt Pleasant, Ranger, Monahans, Van Horn then we make it to Deming NM. We have a "one tank a day" rule so we are looking at parks around Ranger, that's why I was asking about the Abilene KOA or other parks that aren't full of oilfield workers.
almcc 11/14/19 06:11am Snowbirds
RE: Good Campgrounds in west Texas off I-20

Thanks, we are also familiar with Monahans, we stayed there after the stop at Cisco. Because they don't have sewer it's not popular with the oilfield workers although there were a couple of "permanents" with those sewer blue tanks underneath their trailers. I'm looking for campsite recommendations east of there
almcc 11/13/19 02:02pm Snowbirds
Good Campgrounds in west Texas off I-20

Each winter we transit Texas on the way to southern California and return. We are finding it difficult to find good campgrounds with the increased oilfield activity, we used to stay at Horseshoe RV park (formerly RL), it was full of oilfield workers and trashed. A park in Cisco was no better. I would appreciate some recommendations for better parks. How is the KOA in Abilene?
almcc 11/13/19 12:33pm Snowbirds
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