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RE: Dawson City > Chicken > Tok AK

After I hit the "post" button, I got an error notice that the system was down for maintenance. When the page loaded it double posted. First for me?
soren 05/27/19 06:13pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Dawson City > Chicken > Tok AK

Regarding any one RVer, who tells you to avoid any part of AK. or the Yukon, as a particular road is hell on earth. I've done the trip from PA. to AK. four times, so far. 99+% of other travelers I've met are in tune with the reality of where they are, and how and why being in some of the most amazing places on earth, means that roads are far from perfect. However,every so often you end up having interesting conversation with a fellow traveler that has simply become unglued, when dealing with the stress of driving their rig (which they are OCD about to the point of it being unhealthy) in that environment, They just can't deal with the possibility of it becoming damaged, stone chipped, or even filthy. I was heading north in Prince George, early in the year, and met a guy who was heading south in a class A. This guy had made it another half day north, and lost it. He abandoned his Alaska trip, since he couldn't imagine another hour of gravel roads, or following a pilot car through another rough construction zone. Fact is, he never really started his journey north. Another year I was south bound filthy and tired from dealing with **** roads. I stopped at border city for the night, and spent until ten PM repairing my fridge. As I went to bed, I noticed that a rig was STILL at the free rig wash, having been busy washing a stunning Class A with a matching Jeep GC for a few hours. I got up at 2 AM to pee, and they were still detailing the rig. That couple should of never left the states,lol. Bottom line, to quote an old cowboy I worked for, "some guys would whine if you hung em with a gold rope". IOW, there is a small demographic in the Alaska bound crowd that will tell you that any and every road is the road from hell, and will destroy your rig. Have a GREAT trip, the TOW is magical.
soren 05/27/19 06:12pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Gas engines in school buses coming back?

Here in Kentucky, all full-sized school buses are diesel powered. After a retired gas-powered ex-school bus was hit head on by a drunk driver near Carrolton, KY 31 years ago, puncturing the gas tank and bursting into flame and killing 27 people, all school buses are now diesel powered. Comparing safety standards that were in effect 50+ years ago doesn't really apply today. Diesel may have a much higher flash point than gas, but also has a lower autoignition temperature and when it does ignite it burns ferociously. With the current safety standards on school buses, fuel type is not a factor. If anybody still remembers, this had less to do with the fuel, than the complete lack of safety standards in the school bus fleet at the time. Roll overs would result in the roof easily splitting open and tossing kids out. Fuel tanks were sheet metal bombs, mounted outside of the frame rails, with a thin skirt of body metal hiding them from view. I clearly remember buses being removed from service, and new ones arriving with massive cages surrounding the tanks, and improved body integrity standards.
soren 05/16/19 08:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Gas engines in school buses coming back?

Our local schools districts have both and the newer ones seem to be gas. And our two local ambulance companies are switching to gas engines also the new UPS trucks are gas. FedEx seems to be diesels still. And growing up I remember school buses were gas engines along with our towns fire trucks. Buddy of mine does fleet work for a few smaller ambulance companies. After the Ford 6.0 mess, and getting burned by horrific operating costs on sprinters, they replace their worn out rigs with gas powered equipment. Last summer I saw a few new UPS medium duty straight trucks leaving the upfitters in Indiana, they were Ford chassic with V-10s.
soren 05/16/19 08:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tire Dealer trying to sell me older tires, what do I do?

I ordered mine online through Simple Tire. I called, and discussed what to expect regarding tire age? They assured me that they direct ship from huge volume warehouses, and typically their tires are at most a few months old. I ordered Sumitomos. They were a bit over two month old, when they arrived. I also saved a ton of cash by having them direct shipped to a truck shop, and paying their installation fee. I literally paid less than half of what the local RV shop quoted to put Goodyear RV tires on.
soren 05/16/19 08:23am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Bike trails

X2 on Dick B's comments. We spend our winters near the Withlachochee trail. It's a great trail. That said, I can't imagine being anywhere near the area, in mid-summer. 100 degrees and/or 100% humidity isn't something I would do intentionally, which is why we ride the northern half of the states, once spring rolls around. Last year we did a month of Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and South Dakota. We stuck to rail trails, spent a few days in each location, and had a great time. Plenty of ways to do the research and reviews online. We are members of the railstotrails.org which has great info. for finding trails to suit your needs. Have a great summer.
soren 03/24/19 07:11am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Charleston, SC

Been to St. James and Oak Plantation many times. Oak is a really decent campground. Well run, large, and friendly. It has been easy to get a spot there, even if we didn't bother to book ahead. It is located within minutes of good stores and restaurants. It is also on a busy highway, can be difficult to pull in and out of, in heavy traffic, and an absolute mess if you are heading in/out of Charleston during peak drive-time. St. James is awesome. It is in a huge, beautiful, amenity packed county park. There are miles of walking and bike trails, and a ton of other things to do. It is also booked very heavy, and tough to get into without reservations made well in advance. It is much closer to the beach, but pretty remote when it comes to much of anything else. Both are great places, and very different experiences. Have fun.
soren 03/24/19 06:43am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Central Florida Coastal RV Park Recommendations

Might be quite a struggle if you have an issue with a few months of minimum commitment. We are regulars in a park north of Tampa. Five or six years ago, you could show up here, at the peak of the season, without a reservation, and stay as long as you want. Fast forward to Feb.2019 and 90% of current occupants had already put their deposits down for their same sites, in 2020. A few days ago, the office announced that next year was 100% booked full from Dec 1st to March 31st. Since our first bird season in 2014, we have not only seen a huge increase in demand in this area, but many parks are getting monthly rates that are 25-40% higher, and won't even discuss a reservation without a three month commitment. A few have waiting lists that are so long it's hardly worth bothering to get on them.
soren 03/24/19 05:54am Snowbirds
RE: What length sewer hose?

Most sewer openings in parks with full hook-ups are within about 6' of your sewer connection. A shorter hose, maybe about 8', is best. After two decades, and countless thousands of nights spent in who knows how many different campsites, I can verify that this is 100% true (about 1% of the time :)) The other 99% can be everything from 25 to 40 ft of hose, stretched like a guitar string, to typically a 15 footer that covers most situations. I just spent the winter in a state park where they put hundreds of sewer connections about six feet from the pad, and six feet from the street. Over the last few years I have distilled the "kit" down to a ten gallon Rubbermaid storage container, with a 10 and 15 foot hose, and a clear 90* elbow. Seems to be the most useful collection so far.
soren 03/24/19 05:34am Beginning RVing
RE: Chaser vs. Dinghy

While snowbirding, we frequently meet folks who have a fifth and large pickup truck, and a chaser. They make one big trip from north to south, and back, every year, then benefit from having a small, maneuverable car to use for the entire winter. Not ideal, but doable. As for more frequent trips using a chaser, sorry but I think it's a ridiculous idea. Nothing but a PITA. We once camped next to about the silliest example of this whole deal I have seen, in two decades, and 200K+ miles of travel. A couple, full timing in a large fifth, a pickup, a medium sized SUV and a medium sized cargo trailer behind. They literally have their own parade when they hit the road. Two drivers, four vehicles, fourteen tires on the road.
soren 12/30/18 08:19am Dinghy Towing
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