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Just wanted to say a quick hello, and ask a few questions. A deal is in the works for the girlfriend and I to obtain an HDT, I am curious as to how many HDT'ers are in my neck of the woods? Which would be just north of Calgary, AB.

 

Also while you're on the page, wondering if you could give a shout out to some of your favorite campgrounds/spots that you take your HDT to? Any suggestions west of Manitoba and west of the Dakota's as we are starting to think about some places to road trip once the deal is done! Thanks for your time.

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Hey everyone so far! Trust me I've been reading the resource guide and cruise Gregg's site (just a little out of my price range for now, however I am jealous of his product)
I will keep an eye out for Bigstick, Carstairs is close to me.

Barncats- Nice looking set up! Jealous of being in Arizona, as I just looked at the forecast for the next two weeks and the high temps are in the -17C range. Being in oil and gas myself things are slowly starting to roll again. Trican is looking for drivers, as is Ensign. I too just got called back to a mod yard so here is hoping.

 

Nigel- Thanks for the heads up about the campgrounds around Waterton. It is on the "To Explore List" as I've been but only once, on my two wheeler. I try to avoid Banff for those very reasons.

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Best time to go threw north central Washington. Is April and may fruit trees are in full bloom Wenatchee has the apple blossom festival classy chassis parade .Winthrop witch is a western theme town has forty-niners rendezvous .Both have great camp grounds. need to make reservations in advance. Winthrop has the pioneer campground. Owners are very nice and is within walking distance to town . And if your are up to some mountain driving continue up high way 20 and go over north cascades high way if it is open.

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Rocky Mountain House during the months that are to hot to be in Arizona.

Too bad we didn't know you hung out in Rocky. We left there in October to go up to Dawson Creek. We actually wintered in RMH last winter.

Riverside rv park is where we park when staying in Rocky.

 

Mike

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RickS- Thanks, this website has been great, glad I joined. I too like to hit the Kootenay's. Hoping with the HDT I can push it further west with my bike on the back to do some exploring. Every time I go there is always something I want to do on my next trip.

Asross72 and Shallow Draft- I'm in Airdrie myself

runaway parents- Thank you for the suggestion, the GF and I have been talking and with an HDT our camping will change from straight boondocking to more road trips, which we are OK with. So much to see in our own backyard, never hurts to ask for ideas. Some of the best little campgrounds I've come across was just pulling in to a random campground and it turning out to be awesome. The mountains being so close is one factor of why I am leaning towards the HDT. Having my class one doesn't hurt either.

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Too bad we didn't know you hung out in Rocky. We left there in October to go up to Dawson Creek. We actually wintered in RMH last winter.

Riverside rv park is where we park when staying in Rocky.

 

Mike

 

I drive by there often, sometimes on the road and sometimes on the river. We live a few miles from Riverside RV park. We left Rocky the end of October for Maricopa, [Opposite direction from Dawson Creek] Just before winter arrived.

Maybe next summer we will connect.

 

Greg

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I'll keep that in mind when it comes to Glover. I noticed on your sig that you have a power locker, that's for your diff? If so have you had to use your diff lock much? The truck I am looking at is just an open rear end, and I am thinking a locking diff might come in handy on occasion.

Yes that's for my diff. Have only had to use it a cpl times, but you only have to use it once to be happy you have it.

Could probably get away with just carrying a set of singles (tire chains) which I carry with me also, but much easier and quicker to just hit a switch on the dash :lol:

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I'm out of NW Calgary for 3 yrs now. A favourite place of mine was and still is Radium Valley Vacation Resort in Radium. 3 hrs ish from YYC. Up over the continental divide which will be no problem then down into Radium.

  • 50 amps
  • Sewer at site
  • Gazebos with a deck
  • Free BBQ for use, just clean it when finished
  • Real grass beside pad, not weeds.
  • Pool, Jacuzzi. No kids after 9pm.
  • Pancake breakfast on Sundays 2 or 5 bucks
  • 14k sq ft rec center.
  • Controlled entrance
  • Internet

Full meal deal.

 

Go back up the road and jump in the hot spring baths for a small fee.

Go South to Windermere on a Sat or Sunday am for massive flea market. Parking for RV's

Go North towards Golden, river rafting unless yore chicken.

Also going North towards Golden, tall poles with cross bars at the top for Eagle nests. This whole area is a massive wetland at the headwaters for the Columbia River.

 

Book well in advance and walk the pad before you take it. Some are tite turns and there are overhanging roofs from the gazebos to watch out for.

 

Look them up and I have a bunch of pics from the area.

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noteven- Looks like a nice little spot. Would love to do some exploring around that area on the two wheeler.

Roger- Definitely not far from Calgary. Looks pretty busy, but lots to do in the area. Nothing wrong with soaking in the hot springs!

 

Chad- Will keep an eye out for the thread.

 

Thanks everyone for the suggestions so far, however with the snow falling it's making the itch to get out that much worse haha

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