Impressed with museum:
If you like museums, and even if you don’t, you should visit the Truck and Tractor Museum in Woodland California, about 15 miles from Sacramento.
I was very impressed. I saw a small pick-up truck with the simplest transmission I have ever seen. Also I learned that years ago you could buy a truck from Sears, in parts.
Warning from the RVDA of Canada:
The motor vehicle branch of British Columbia has advised the RVDA of Canada that installing a 5th wheel on top of a bed liner is not permitted.
When tug-tests have been requested, the test has shown that in most cases this practice yields a loose 5th wheel. This will result in a citation and the possibility of the trailer being parked until the fifth wheel can be tightened.
We would expect that all provinces will take the same action.
We have just moved from Cranbrook to the Sunshine Coast and have been picking up your RV Times over the last two years. Enjoying it and thought that through your readers omeone might offer some insight to used pickups and 5th wheelers.
My wife and I have camped and toured with a 1979 Dodge Maxivan with air mattress, sleeping bags, propane campstove, etc. – no frills, for the last 14 years through Saskatchewan, Alberta, BC, south to Cabo San Lucas; and this winter, after we retired, we toured Arizona for a couple of months.
Now we find we need a few more home comforts (like not cooking in the rain in Oregon or Yuma, Arizona). After checking new Dodge 2500 – Ford 250 diesel prices, we looked for used five to ten year old two wheel drives, not figuring that we needed a 4×4. We spoke with local Ford, GM and Dodge dealers and were told that between them they had not sold more than 20 total two wheel drive 3/4 ton extended cabs over a seven year period.
So, is a 4×4 what we need to tow a 25 – 27 ft 5th wheel trailer?
What is considered to be a good used 5th wheel trailer, 1987 – 1990? Are there any? How many known faults, problems that we should be aware of in the selection on the used market?
We have been told do not go less than 3/4 ton with diesel. What’s wrong with large gas engines 460-454 with a five speed?
We also noticed a larger number of used GM diesel powered units on the lots compared to Ford/Dodge.
Any help or comments would be most appreciated.
John & Barbara Hunt
Readers, please send comments to me so I can let everyone know! Sheila
Truck Stop Directory:
Could you please advise me where one can obtain a copy of the “Truck Stop Directory” refered to in Val Madden’s article in Issue 63, May/June 98 issue of The RV Times.
Thank you for your help.
John W. Darker
John , The only one I know of so far is called :
American Trucker Premier Edition
A Complete Guide to over 5,000 Truck Stops in the U.S. & Canada
Produced in coooperation with J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.
Entire Contents 1996 by Interstate America
880 Indian Trail Road, Suite M, Lilburn, Georgia 30247
Tom Boguski at Husky Camper in Port Coquitlam can tell you the ordering number so your local RV dealer can get one for you. Tom is at 604-464-4028 and is selling it at his shop for under $25. It is 376 pages and very detailed. I’m using my copy to plan some of my Yellowknife trip’s overnight stops.
In your current issue of The RV Times we found the article on European Camping. We are planning on going to Europe next September and are gathering information on camping in Europe.
On the internet I have found your last issue #62 and printed Lary’s article.
Are there any of your readers who we could communicate with on the subject of camping in Europe? Would really appreciate speaking with any.
or work 250-395-8224
PO Box 884
100 Mile House BC V0K 2E0
Need an RV:
We are a small, non-profit organization. We are dedicated to providing affordable, technology-enriched resources for students all around the world. Our 1998/99 school year project is called AmeriTrek and it is an important project. It was developed in response to overwhelming statistics and research that show schools need low-cost, technology-enriched curriculum tools that will help make students, such as your children or grandchildren, competitive in society.
AmeriTrek departs on August 28, 1998 for a 40-week journey around the country. Each week, AmeriTrek?s team of three educators will provide activities and lessons to elementary age students via the World Wide Web. The educators will visit historic monuments, witness government in action, and interview the people who make this country unique. These experiences will be chronicled, photographed, and videotaped and posted to the GlobalTrek website for students to access from their classrooms.
In conjunction with this unique project, GlobalTrek has formed a partnership with the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI) and is presenting a class with OMSI this summer for 26 kids. These students will complete a course in web page development and then will participate in the AmeriTrek Project as ?field researchers? for a 10-day period during the school year. Two students at a time will join the trek along the route and post their own stories to the website.
We are a struggling organization. Our funding comes from grants, sponsorships and donations. Our existence is dependent on a sponsor or donor to provide an RV as our mobile classroom. We are in need of a Class A motorhome ? without it AmeriTrek will not be able to provide much-needed resources for kids.
If anyone has a used or new RV that they will donate to this worthy cause (tax-deductible), please contact me. Your support will be appreciated!
Chief Operating Officer
Truck Stop Guide Canada:
Does anyone know if there is a guide to truck stops where RVs are welcome?
I recently read a book about travelling across Canada and such a Guide was mentioned. I have discovered that there is one for USA, but I am interested in one for Canada. Can anyone suggest where I can find one?
Sheila, I really enjoy your publication.
Tom Boguski at Husky Camper in Port Coquitlam, has most publications. If he doesn’t carry it he will probably be able to tell you where to find it.
Sheila de G.
As you suggested, I talked to Tom and he has given me the catalogue part number and I will contact our local RV dealer to order one. Sounds like it will be handy to have when we travel across Canada this summer
Sure enjoy your magazine. Keep up the good work.
I’ve distributed about 60 of your mags. to the First Nations People, who are really impressed with it. It’s become the where to go Bible.
It’s kind of neat to go to the First Nation festivals and Powwows and see people walking around with your books, and making plans with their friends deciding which events to go to.
Pleased with dealership:
We would like to submit a letter of Thanks to be published in your next issue, to all the staff of O’Connor’s, but especially to Bill Van Western, Brian McKay and Don Charlton.
We thank them for bending over backwards for us. We will sure let people know how good O’Connor RV in Chilliwack is, and we will recommend them to anyone and everyone we talk to who would like to buy an RV vehicle. Thanks again gents.
James McNeil and Connie Morin
Campground owner’s views:
Just a line to say how much we enjoy your magazine even though we are not RV owners ourselves, as operating a motel and year-round RV park doesn’t give us any time to “hit-the-road”. But one day we hope to join the ranks of happy campers.
I would just like to make a reply to Pat & Gordon Harding who last issue, page 13, wrote of their unhappy camping experience in Kelowna.
First, asking for a credit card number is quite acceptable and as long as the cancellation policy is made clear at the time of booking, it is also acceptable practice to charge for the spot if the campers don’t arrive. We advise all inquirers that we will not hold a spot past 1:00 PM without a credit card. Before we put this policy into effect, we got let down several times by no shows. We understand that vehicles break down or there may be other unavoidable delays, but once a spot has been reserved it is unreasonable to expect the campground owner to have to leave that spot open for you without compensation. Our policy of charging for the first night makes sure that we will reserve that spot for you until midnight. If you let us know that you cannot make it to our camp, we will try to get rid of the spot to another camper and you will not be charged.
It is always a good idea to ask for the size of the site, before you make your reservation. All of our spots will take a 40 foot unit and accompanying vehicle, but we hear from our customers that this is not always the case. The best way of finding a good campground is word of mouth. We do absolutely no advertising as most of our customers came here because a friend has recommended us.
A swimming pool is quite often just for the use of the registered guests. This is to ensure that the registered guests can enjoy the pool without overcrowding. We have quite often had three or four families in our motel or campground who have other family members at various other campgrounds and motels around town. While we welcome them to have a get-together for barbeques and family fun, we do not permit them to all use the pool. We made the mistake of allowing this during our first year of ownership and finished up with over 70 family members in the pool when only 24 of them were registered. After their swim it was everyone into the showers, leaving a big mess and no hot water. Needless to say our other guests were not impressed. The only way to prevent a reoccurrence is to make the pool for registered guests only. Campgrounds on a lake are in a different situation, but a swimming pool is usually for a limited number of guest.
I agree that the campground should not charge for pets if they do not have facilities for doggy walking. I also agree their prices seem awfully high, but if the owners are anything like us, they are just honest people who are trying their best to make everyone happy.
Patricia Whalley, owner/manager
Bell-Air Cedar Motel & RV Park
Buy on the Baja:
We would like to know how to obtain property around Mulege or Loreto.
Anyone know what the laws regarding the same are?
1205 – 144 W. 14 St
North Vancouver BC V7M 1P1
Sing a song of Baja,
Cactus in your hand,
Hundreds of turistas
Baking on the sand.
When the day is over,
Coyotes come to sing,
Ocean sighs contentedly,
Osprey’s on the wing.