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  1. LindaH

    Alaska 2014

    We took a tour of the lake conducted by Double G Service. It was a very interesting tour, and the guide talked about the geology of the area. I highly recommend it!
  2. I realize that with 12 dogs, there was probably no choice but to let them ride in the fifth wheel. However, this is one very good reason NOT to let your pets ride in a trailer. I can't imagine how devastated the owners must be!
  3. LindaH

    Ticks!

    Hopeful, I'm wondering what you decided to try and how it is working.
  4. Petsmart has now followed Petco's lead and will no longer sell treats made in China: http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory/petsmart-stop-selling-pet-treats-made-china-23808928 However, while Petco will remove China treats from their shelves by the end of this year, Petsmart won't do so until March 2015. When asked why Petsmart couldn't remove them sooner, a spokesperson's answer was "We don't want to leave pet parents high and dry." Say what?! That's a bunch of BS as far as I'm concerned. They're not concerned with leaving their customers "high and dry" -- they're concerned with the bottom line and will continue selling these possibly deadly treats until their stock runs out. I say both Petsmart and Petco should stop selling these treats NOW! Of course, why people are still buying treats made in China is beyond me.
  5. TCW, you've hit the nail on the head! Just because a treat or a food says "Made in the USA" does not necessarily mean that ALL ingredients came from the USA...all it means is that the ingredients were assembled in the USA. Vitamins and minerals, in particular, often come from China. So, while this is good news, it will probably only affect those treats that say "Made in China," "Product of China," or some similar wording. It's unlikely to affect treats that use ingredients from China but are assembled here and can use the "Made in the USA" label (and it certainly won't affect foods that use ingredients from China). I use Petsumer Report to find out information about pet food, including country of origin of the ingredients (there is a subscription fee). This list is compiled by Susan Thixton from TruthAboutPetFood.com.
  6. LindaH

    Ticks!

    We have a Basenji which has many of the same issues that Greyhounds do (both are sighthounds). We do not travel where there are normally ticks, but if you Google "natural canine tick repellant," you'll get lots of hits...some for products you can purchase and some for recipes you can make. Additionally, PetMD.com has some good ideas for flea and tick control (http://www.petmd.com/dog/wellness/evr_multi_flea_control) and there's an interesting article from DogsNaturallyMagazine.com about ticks (http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/ticks-natural-prevention/). If the area you are in is endemic for Lyme disease, you might consider getting your dog vaccinated for it (I'd first find a vet, however, who is familiar with sighthounds and find out if this vaccine is safe to give them). Of course, keeping your dog out of high grass where ticks like to hang out will go a long way in reducing infestation. And always check your dog over thoroughly after each trip outside.
  7. Yes, it's an option. If you are an Escapee, I highly recommend paying the nominal fee to download the Day's End which offers a lot of boondocking sites in Canada. http://www.escapees.com/Parking/DaysEnd.aspx
  8. We have friends who used to work seasonally during tax season for the IRS. There are only certain locations where you can do this work (our friends worked out of the Fresno, CA office). I don't know anything more about what the qualifications may be, but you can find more information at: http://jobs.irs.gov/seasonal/
  9. Arctic Fox is a very well-made RV. If you want to go smaller than Excel's RT (which is no longer made), it would be a good choice. As far as access, there would probably be little difference between a 31' and a 25'. Sure, there may be some sites you won't be able to squeeze a 31' into that would fit a 25', but I don't think it would greatly limit your access. We fulltimed for 12 years in a 32'fifth wheel, first a New Horizons and then an Excel Classic. We mostly boondock and really never had much problem fitting in.
  10. LindaH

    Welcome!

    Yes, but it's not of much use to those of us who don't have HDT's. Plus your comment about it rarely being up to date, will be the same problem that the maps on RVillage encounters. People have more and better things to do than trying to keep a map up to date with their location.
  11. LindaH

    Welcome!

    NO, it does not take the place of these forums! In fact, if you go to the RVillage Escapees page and click on the Forum button, it directs you here. The main advantage that I see of using the Escapees RVillage group is simply to locate other Escapees members on the map who may be near you. However, as I mentioned, and as JM mentioned, that relies on each member coming back to RVillage each time they move to change their location...something that probably isn't going to happen with any regularity.
  12. LindaH

    Alaska 2014

    If you can rearrange your schedule, I'd recommend leaving the Cassiar for your trip back in late August/early September. One of the highlights of traveling the Cassiar is taking the side trip to Hyder to watch the bears feed on salmon, but that doesn't happen until around August.
  13. This was pretty much our experience. And I agree with JC and Angie...it's not all that difficult. I'd never even backed up our fifth wheel prior to taking the test, so DH took me to a vacant lot the morning before the driving test and made me practice backing up, backing into a parking space, etc. I passed the test and got my Class A license, so I figure if I can do it with so little practice, anyone can do it!
  14. We took our Class A tests in Van Horn and were required to parallel park (5th & MDT). As I understand it, Livingston does not require this.
  15. LindaH

    Alaska 2014

    As I mentioned, we did the TOTWH on our last trip to Alaska...we were pulling a 33' fifth wheel with an MDT. While the condition of the TOTWH was a bit rough (it's chip sealed, not paved or gravel...at least in 2001 when we drove it), we had no problems driving the road. Once you come to the Yukon/Alaska border, the road turns to gravel/dirt, so if it's been raining, my advice would be to either wait to drive this route, or go back the way you came. However, I would not let scare stories keep you from driving it (we heard the same stories, but decided to go ahead and we're glad we did). As long as you drive slow enough for whatever condition the road happens to be in at the time, you shouldn't have any problems.
  16. LindaH

    Alaska 2014

    I disagree. The last time we went to Alaska, we drove up to Dawson City, took the ferry across the Yukon River, and drove the TOTWH without incident. We did need to go slow because the road is chip sealed, not paved, and was in rough condition (but the next year when friends drove it, they said it was in good condition). It's a beautiful drive, so if you decide to do it, just take it slow and easy. One thing you could do is take your toad or tow vehicle across the river on the ferry (it's free, or was when we went) and drive a few miles of the TOTWH to see what condition it's in since it seems to vary from year to year.
  17. If this is true, then it must be a change in the law since we were domiciled in Texas. And I doubt very much the law has been changed or we would have read about it here or on other RV forums. When we first became domiciled in Texas, we drove to Livingston and had everything done (vehicle inspection, driver's licenses, vehicle registration, voter's registration) within 4 hours of arriving in town. This was our first time in the State of Texas...we certainly had not been there for 30 days!
  18. We just bought our new motorhome in Arizona. They are a title holding state and, according to the information we received at purchase, the title is mailed to the lienholder, but we will receive a validated title and registration application which is what we will use to register the RV in Washington State. Will Texas not accept the validated title from Arizona?
  19. Oh, I'm sure you're right, Kirk. It's just the first thing that popped into my mind when I read the OP's report on the new law!
  20. I guess if the only reason people join the Escapees is to use their mail service as a domicile address, then, yes, this could certainly affect membership numbers. However, we're Escapees even though we were domiciled in South Dakota. Michael said " It could potentially remove Texas from my list of fulltime RV-friendly states." I'm wondering if this isn't part of the reason behind this new law (remember the flap a few years ago about Escapees Mail Service members voting...that went to the Texas Supreme Court before it was resolved). It would be interesting to know who was behind this new law.
  21. Probably. I don't know when you saw the pot bellied pig, but the one we saw was 14 years ago at a Campground on Fort Peck Lake in northeastern Montana. I have no idea what the pig's name was since we never talked to the owner/s.
  22. We once saw someone with a pot bellied pig...and not a little one, either!
  23. LindaH

    Alaska 2014

    Sneaking a firearm of any kind across the border is never a good idea. However, there ARE some firearms that you can take across the border into Canada with the proper permits. To find out which firearms are allowed, which are not, and to download the proper permits, go to: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cfp-pcaf/information/visit/index-eng.htm
  24. LindaH

    Alaska 2014

    The last time we went to Alaska, we towed our fifth wheel with an MDT without any problems. The Alaska Highway is a good two-lane road...better, in some cases, than many two-lane roads you'll find in the Lower 48! I certainly would not consider it a "challenging road trip" -- not any more than traveling any other two-lane road in the back country.You will always run into frost heaves (which are usually clearly marked) and road construction. As long as you go slow enough for the conditions, you'll not have a problem. Yes, you WILL get your rig dirty, but there are lots of places where you can give it a bath along the road. While you can certainly fly up to Alaska and rent an RV, which many people with time constraints do, you'll miss the whole "going to Alaska" experience by not traveling the Alaska Highway!
  25. Even quicker, you could just right click in the browser's address section, click on "copy," come here as Stanley described, right click and click on "paste."
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