• Inspect your tank brackets!
    A couple of years ago we had one sticky brake on the 5th wheel so we took it in to a reliable RV repair shop Near where we were at the time. When they had finished, Greg crawled under to check the work. He discovered the wood brace underneath our water tank was broken and the tank was partially being held in place by all the hydraulic lines. This was serious because we always travel with at least a half tank of water. He was able to repair that ASAP before we had a disaster.
  • Canadian friends
    This applies to Johnson Medoc. Email today.

    Dear MEDOC Customer,

    Both Johnson and RSA Canada are closely monitoring the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Here is important information for our policyholders:

    As of March 14th, Global Affairs Canada is urging Canadians to return to Canada while commercial options are still available, stating that travel plans may be severely disrupted and Canadians may be forced to remain outside of Canada longer than expected.

    Following the Government of Canada’s declaration of a Global Travel Advisory on March 13th, MEDOC Travel insurance is impacted as noted below:

    For customers that departed on a trip before a formal travel advisory was issued, trip interruption coverage is limited to a period of 10 days from the date of the travel advisory or formal notice was issued, or to a period that is reasonably necessary for you to safely evacuate the country, region or area or cruise.
    Therefore, with the formal advisory issued on March 13, coverage for most MEDOC customers will end on March 23 or as soon as it is reasonably possible to safely evacuate the country, region or area or cruise.
    We recognize that capacity within airlines or other travel suppliers may cause delays with your return. In the event of extenuating circumstances, and you are unable to get home, our customers’ health and safety are of the utmost concern. Rest assured your coverage will remain in place. With the increasing likelihood of additional border closures around the globe, we urge customers to act as quickly as possible to make arrangements to return to Canada. Trip Interruption claims can be submitted up to April 30th.
    MEDOC policies include Trip Interruption coverage to assist with non-refundable and non-creditable expenses.

    If the trip was booked before any formal travel advisory against the destination country/region/city/cruise had been issued by the Government of Canada you likely have coverage for Trip Cancellation, subject to the terms and conditions of the policy.
    MEDOC Customers who depart Canada after March 13 will not have travel insurance coverage, including no medical coverage. Therefore, we do not recommend travelling and suggest you consider a Trip Cancellation claim.
    Customers with travel commencing before April 30th can begin a claim between now and April 30th.
    Due to unprecedented call volumes, we ask that customers with travel commencing after April 30th start a claim as of May 1st.

    Claims can be started by going to and clicking on “Notify us of a Claim” on the top right of the page. The website will guide you through the submission process.
    Customers can also call 1-800-709-3420 though we are experiencing extremely high call volumes and long wait times, and need to prioritize members who are experiencing a medical emergency.
    Rest assured that your Trip Cancellation/Interruption claim does not have to be submitted immediately. See dates noted above.

    Visit for complete information, FAQs and details on how to submit a claim.

    We understand how the global pandemic and the impact on your travel is distressing. And we hope this information helps provide more clarity on your travel insurance coverage.

    Johnson Insurance
    Johnson Insurance is a tradename of Johnson Inc. (“JI”), a licensed insurance intermediary, and operates as Johnson Insurance Services in British Columbia and Johnson Inc. in Manitoba. If you no longer wish to receive promotional and general interest email communications, please click here . Johnson Inc. 10 Factory Lane St. John's, Newfoundland, A1C 6H5, CA.
  • Canadian friends
    Good news for you! Medipac (who Canadian Snowbird Association endorses) also does not have the 10 day limit. I use Johnson Medoc as most retired postal employees do, and they have the limit.

    However, with a 14 day self isolate once home, we don’t mind. We have a new 195 watt solar panel from Amazon waiting at our daughter’s, to be installed . That will keep Greg busy . I guess I’ll clean cupboards
  • Campgrounds in Yuma, AZ
    We just spent 3 days at Rocking K on 32nd, which is easy access to Walmart to the east and Fruit Growers Supply to the west (cheapest propane). The park is small with new management that has cleaned it up from before. Stacey in the office is super friendly. Laundry is $1 wash or dry and there is a clothesline. I didn’t see the washrooms because we don’t use them, but reviews are positive. Price is good for a short stay and they aren’t particular about smaller RVs. There are quite a few BC and AB plates here.
  • Canadian Snowbirds interesting read
    We had attended a Canadian Snowbird meeting a few years ago where the cautioned the same - beware of what you talk about when nearing the border because of technology to hear what is said from a long distance.
  • Davis Camp Bullhead City, AZ
    I see the call of the glimmering lights $$$

    And I love the heron in the foreground.
  • Humpty's back together again!
    Good to hear. Nice to be able to have good work done in a small town.
  • As the song goes broken down and busted falt!
    Hope you got fixed up ok in Ajo. BTW - we have used Fleetpride- nationwide I’m USA - for replacing RV Springs. They are reasonably priced and their clientele is semi’s, busses, ambulances etc. However, the closest one to you would have been Phoenix.
  • What is a "cold tire pressure" and what temperature is "cold"?
    We check our tire pressure in the morning (preferably before the sun has got to the one side) and adjust accordingly. Every travel day the same routine regardless of a lateral travel or a cold to warm or vise versa travel as you outlined.

    Towable RV tire inflation tends to get a plethora of comments, but we keep it simple. Inflate cold to max tire pressure, check regularly while traveling, definitely check every morning of a travel day. We run Hankook 14 ply and are at the end of set #2 since September 2011 and over 80,000 miles on the RV with never a tire issue.
  • Wishing we were heading south
    We are having to hang out in BC this winter as well. Maybe we can go south in January for 3 months, but we’re prepared to not have that luxury.

    We have spent the past 7 summers in the Penticton area, but our rented house is on the Island. Now the renters are gone, we’ve come here to sell, so we are RVing in the driveway while the house is listed. At least the weather is more moderate here on the Island than the Okanagan. We just had to invest in a dehumidifier.

    Keep warm!
  • Tip for the RV - Lose The weight
    This is so true. We have a large garbage bag of stuff every spring to take to the Thrift Store - clothes, shoes etc.

    We weigh our truck and 5th wheel every fall before heading south, and the last few years, we started weighing the 5th wheel axles side to side. (This year we actually weighed each individual tire). We were surprised a few years ago, to find we were 900 # heavier on one side than the other. We now stow accordingly for travel and have displaced of that weight.

    Many of us Fulltime to get rid of stuff, but apparently it is our nature to continue to collect.
  • Washing Machine for your RV
    Greg, which model did you get? I have been researching these little machines for next spring when we do an across Canada trip. I like to do small loads on a regular (every several days) basis. Thanks
  • Do you have secret compartments in your RV?
    We have an L shape counter as well, with a blind corner. The kind where a house kitchen would have a lazy Susan. There were shelves, great for frypans and big pots not always needed, but impossible to access because the sink plumbing was in the way. Greg took the plumbing apart and directed it to the opposite side of the under sink, so now the shelves are accessible.

    And, after we had lived in the 5th wheel over a year, our grandkids were playing in the bedroom once with fun little flashlights. When they left, I couldn’t find the flashlights but knew they hadn’t been anywhere else with them. I searched drawers and the closet and got on my hands and knees, and discovered little cubbyholes on either side of the bed. Perfect for storing the extra toilet paper when we buy from Costco!!!!

    There are a few other secret spots, but I can’t tell anyone on pain of death.
  • Getting Inexpensive Data while visiting Canada
    I’m not sure which US cellular plan it is, but many Canadians have a cheap US plan for when they are south and can use it as well while in Canada. They will also often have a Canadian plan and use it as well in Canada. One they call out with, one they receive calls with. It’s too complicated for my liking.

    I have a “roam like home” plan for my phone while in the USA, which costs me more, but I can use my phone plan just like if I was at home. However, I found that while roaming, my data gets gobbled up fast, so I am in the habit of turning my data roaming off unless I’m using it.
  • Boondocking near Flagstaff, AZ
    I’m not sure of length of stay allowed, but there is free RV parking at the casino on I-40 just east of Flagstaff.
  • How to back up a trailer MADE SIMPLE
    it is hard to watch without thinking the tires would peel right off the rims! Our tires are very close together, so they don’t look so bad as those that are spaced farther apart.

    That stress the tire is under while backing is why it’s important to use ST tires on a trailer versus light truck tires, which aren’t built for that type of abuse. For some clarification there, Google interply shear.
  • How to back up a trailer MADE SIMPLE
    It’s not that RV parks are made like that, it’s more that many parks are older - from the days of pop ups, slide in campers and 24’ TTs. Now everyone isn’t camping unless their RV is 36 - 43 ft.
  • How to back up a trailer MADE SIMPLE
    Good info! We manage an RV park all summer. It’s an older park with narrow lane ways. Drivers are in a (bad) habit of pulling down the centre and once past the site, swinging the front to the tow vehicle to the far side of the road. This may work fine if there is lots of room, but in this particular park, by doing that maneuver, the driver has eliminated all swing room for the truck and risks hitting RVs on the opposite side of the lane.

    We encourage the driver to keep to the side on which they are backing in, and making more of a jackknife entry. On a TT, this requires taking the equalizer bars off.

    We personally, are in the habit of using visuals as you’ve shown in the video, in particular situations. Often as the spotter, I simply stand where the RV tires need to start the turn. I then move backwards for Greg to follow me with the back corner of the RV. I have already pre-determined where the RV needs to be to allow for the slides etc. If I am out of his mirror, he stops, because that means I am checking around the RV for any obstacles. We can usually get the RV into place without saying a word. No radios, no phones, no yelling. But, 8 years and 80,000 miles on the RV of practice .
  • Securing stuff in a fifth wheel while underway
    I use the shelf liner like in the link above for the kitchen cabinets and have never had anything shift, although we do have a central kitchen. I have an almost finished roll of paper towel I run better the wine glass stems so they don’t flop over.

    I have 2 sets of glass door cabinets, the one having electronics, candles and other small items. I have soft side baskets from the dollar store for keeping things separated and safe.

    There are plenty of good tips here on how to keep your things safe from breakage or from moving around, but one very important factor with any 5th wheel is weight and especially weight side to side.

    Once you have everything into your 5th wheel, fill your water tank (especially if you fill to go boondocking) or at least fill to how ever much you may typically travel with. Have your propane tanks full and fill the fuel tank in the truck. You want to weigh with the maximum you will carry.

    At the scales weigh the front axle of the truck, the rear axle with king pin weight on it, the RV axles and weigh each side of the RV. Some scales may not be able to do this, so find one that can. We flattened springs on the drivers side of ours once over a big pot hole outside Denver and again over a nasty overpass on I-10 in Louisiana. When we finally weighed side to side, we were shocked to learn we were 900 lbs heavier on that side than the other!

    Now, when we travel, we move inside stuff from that slide and stow on the other side. That slide has the two recliners, a free standing end table, stationary bike, and a few things tucked behind a chair. All but the chairs get moved over to travel.

    The heavy side already has the batteries, Xantrex inverter/converter, water softener, and fridge stove, furnace and water heater, so we stow any other heavy stuff (totes of stuff, golf clubs, our three 5 gallon jugs of water) on the opposite side to displace some of that weight.

    Many blow outs are very likely from a weight problem as well as all the other factors surrounding tires. We run a 14 ply tire and have not had any failures in 7+ years and 80,000 miles on the 5th wheel.

    Weighing will allow you to be sure you don’t have too much king pin weight in the truck, that your combined weight does not meet or exceed your truck’s GCVW, and that you haven’t met or exceeded your RVs GVW.

    Happy travels!