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  1. We are on our way back home now, left Louisiana on May 13 and entered Alaska on June 11. The only reservation we made before leaving was at Teklanika inside Denali. Everything else we either just pulled in or called a day ahead. Keep in mind that most commercial campgrounds in Canada and Alaska are gravel parking lots with few amenities. Some are pretty narrow but doable. We have a 36' motorhome towing a truck. We traveled solo since our traveling companions had to cancel, but we had a great time by ourselves. Lots to see and do. We did the Alcan going up and the Cassiar coming back. The northern part of the Cassiar is mostly narrow chip seal with no lane markings. Below Jade it gets better. Pay attention to frost heaves, you'll quickly learn how to spot them. Very few are marked and can cause damage. We've seen a number of trailers and even fifth wheels with suspension damage, but I would imagine they were driving much faster than we did. We drove mostly 50mph and down to 30 or so when in an area with many frost heaves. We also found 45 was a good speed when in heavy heaves which allowed us to slow down quicker. Keep in mind that you can always park the RV and fly home for a week or 2 if needed. Get the Milepost ahead of time to learn how to use it, it is somewhat confusing and not totally accurate. We found numerous errors, but it's still the best guide around.
  2. Orca, glad you mentioned the wider swing-out of your trailer. At a tight campground near Denali a guy pulling a long 5th wheel hit my truck (which was fortunately parked in front of my MH and protecting it!) and caused $2000 damage because he didn't watch his turn. But my dash cam caught it all.
  3. Last night while traveling down the Cassiar highway in northern BC Canada we pulled into a rest area in the heavy rain. Parked, got out of my seat, took a shower while my DW was preparing dinner. Read some then went to sleep in a nice warm motorhome. All this without having to exit the motorhome. The next morning I did my normal walk around and we drove off. That is one of the reasons why I enjoy traveling in a motorhome!
  4. I bought this printer just for the motorhome: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B079QRKWLX/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 It's about the smallest laser printer. For data storage I use portable HDDs, they're pretty cheap now and small enough to have quite a few 1-2 Tb drives stored away.
  5. Think about this: when you first get to a parking space your awareness of surroundings is fresh. So it is safer to back in. But when you get to your car if you have to back out, you unlock the door, load your groceries, etc. get in, buckle up, start the engine, then back out. Your awareness of the surroundings is stale, things have changed. I always back into a parking spot unless it is not possible.
  6. I've had good success using the Inficon Whisper but it does take a little technique. Also be careful holding the water hose piece to your ear, possibility for a ruptured eardrum.
  7. These are the line wrenches, also known as flare nut wrenches. Not sure of the size but they are very useful for fittings. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-SAE-MM-Flare-Nut-Wrench-Set-6-Piece-HFNW6PC/203541511?cm_mmc=Shopping|G|Base|D25T|25-1_HAND+TOOLS|NA|LIA|71700000043839315|58700004592003384|92700038837660279&gclid=CjwKCAjw-4_mBRBuEiwA5xnFIFJA7-x-g2Lo9KmNjGkqvHJh_Gz1yXhy-_hxJgzP03Y5lo4eKR8LExoCsiEQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds Also if your fuel filter is difficult to access you might be able to move it to a more accessible place.
  8. Years ago there was a company that had a barge and tugboat that cruised the Mississippi River. Loaded up your RV on the barge and enjoyed the trip. I'd love to do that if they ever offered it again. Another thing I'd love is if a train offered a flatbed car, load up my RV, lock the door, and enjoy a trip across Texas.
  9. folivier

    Louisiana US 90

    Hwy. 90 is rough through Lafayette, expansion joints. But it's only about 35mph so you can go slower. Then smooths out until a few miles out of Lafayette to just past New Iberia. Then it's pretty good all the way to New Orleans. All 4 lane but unrestricted with some stop lights. Not bad traffic usually. If you have time to sightsee take Hwy. 182 after Jeanerette then pick up 90 again in Calumet. There are some beautiful 1800's houses in Franklin. Then when you get to Amelia (just past Morgan City) drop down to Hwy. 182 (old 90) and drive that to Gibson and pick up 90 again. You'll see some nice swamp scenery on that section.
  10. Looks like fun.... But what I'd really like is either a train or flatbed I can drive my class A onto and sleep across Texas!
  11. Or use WashWaxAll whenever you need to. This waterless wash works great.
  12. I love misspellings and misused words. So much that I get paid to proofread books! Actually I've found that it's difficult to proofread your own work. You know what you just wrote, even if it isn't!
  13. https://www.dentaldepartures.com/search_result/los+algodones%2C|184109 8 pages of reviews of dentists.
  14. I've had and still use a Mr. Beam for the last 6 or 7 years, can't quite remember. Well made.
  15. Lamar Dixon Expo center is another option in Gonzales. Pull-throughs should be long enough for your rig. Call to make sure their is not an event there when you want to stay. But it's just a large gravel parking lot with hookups. http://lamardixonexpocenter.com/rv-park/
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