January 10, 2018 at 10:01 am #49820
As a fun stocking stuffer, this Christmas Santa delivered a set of US State and Canada Provincial decal maps for the RV. The idea is to add the blank map somewhere on the outside of your RV, and then each time you visit a state or province, it gets added to the map via a sticker.
We’ve decided to only add a sticker if we have actually spent a night in the state or province using our Cougar fifth wheel. Once I added all the places we have overnighted in it became apparent we have a fairly large gap in the center of the 2 countries. I guess we love the coasts.
The application was straightforward peel and stick. First I prepped the surface by cleaning with Isopropyl Alcohol then applied the sticker trying not to wrinkle it. I did end up with some bubbles and a few wrinkles especially with the first one I did, Canada. Practice makes perfect, the US came out much better. They can be smoothed out somewhat using a credit card wrapped in cloth.
I added the State Stickers USA and Canada Provinces map decals to the front side of our slide out. I figure that way folks walking by in the RV park can see them.January 10, 2018 at 10:34 am #49822
I watched this video last night. The wife and I want to add one to the toy hauler and we discussed that our criteria would be pretty much the same as yours. We were discussing where we would mount it until we had seen where you mounted yours. I love that location. People see it when you are camped, but it’s no gaudy like it would be on the rear of the rig nor would you have to worry about fading and having that show up when the sticker eventually wears off.
I also noticed that you are missing our fine state of CO! Lot’s of cool places to see here Ray. Although I’ve never been there, but I hear that Blue Mesa in Gunnison, CO is a nice place to see. The dealer gave us a 5 day 4 night pass on the house for Blue Mesa when we bought our rig, so the wife and I are going to turn that into a week or so this spring and try it out.
On a side note. I recently sold my pristine Jeep Wrangler that I bought new back in ’05. I sold it to a guy who bought it for his daughter that was about to get her license. I went everywhere in that thing. When I sold it to him, I lifted up the carpet behind the rear seat to show the daughter a sticker similar (yet much more primitive) to this and the 22 states that were filled in. She loved it and what made it nice for her was that most of the states filled in were East of the Mississippi, making it much easier for her to complete the map. I’ll never forget how cool she thought that was.January 10, 2018 at 12:11 pm #49827
Would love to explore Colorado but doesn’t jive well with our winter snowbird trips. 6 months is the max for our visa. We usually are in the US early November to late April. Another problem is our old truck is not a fan of the elevation.
One day we have to do a summer trip maybe with a truck camper versus the fiver, the only problem is that means spending time in BC during the cold weather. Last year we came close to CO being up in Farmington, NM area, could see it.January 10, 2018 at 12:45 pm #49829
Farmington is definitely not that far at all. However, you do bring up a good point. I’m not too familiar with weather in SW Colorado, but if it’s anything like the Denver area, camping season is from May 1st to October 31st and that’s about it.
If you ever do find yourself in Colorado, definitely check out Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. Awesome photo ops and hiking there.January 10, 2018 at 8:28 pm #49837
Stephen C Keller
- Iowa, United States
Also seen the video last night on YouTube. Sure glad you and Anne made it back for another season. any time without videos is way to long to be in withdrawals.January 11, 2018 at 2:23 am #49843
- Fort Hood, TX 76544, USA
Having lived in Colorado Springs for over a decade I do remember it snowing in Cripple Creek on the 4th of July, but in the afternoon we were back to t-shirts… but in all seriousness I have some actual snowstorms in May in Canon City… My favorite area of Colorado includes Ouray, the Black Cannon of the Gunnison and the drive along the Arkansas River from Canon City westward, but there are really too many beautiful areas in the western part of Colorado (the part east of the Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Trinidad line) always reminds me of Kansas (Not that area has not it’s own beauty too!!!!)January 11, 2018 at 8:14 am #49846
Karoline, what do you mean? Everything East of Denver is Kansas!
I’m about 30 minutes East of Denver and you are 100% right. Even here on the plains I have seen it drop to 20 degrees and snow in the morning and then be 60 degrees come 4:00 in late May. You know what they say, “if you don’t like the weather in Colorado just wait 10 minutes”.
There really are so many different things to see and do in this state that you can’t name them all. I’ve been here for almost a decade now and I have yet to see 90% of the state (that’s where our new camper comes in). I hope to put it to good use this summer.
Happy Trails!January 11, 2018 at 2:41 pm #49850
Mike and Lesia
- Platte Woods, MO 64151, USA
I’m interested to see how the decal holds up with it going under the slide wiper seal. Do you think it could be damaged? Has the reflective tape at the bottom of the slide been damaged, ie scratched?January 12, 2018 at 8:56 am #49863
I’m interested to see how the decal holds up with it going under the slide wiper seal. Do you think it could be damaged? Has the reflective tape at the bottom of the slide been damaged, ie scratched?
I don’t foresee a problem, the wipers are pretty supple, don’t seem to apply much pressure. They basically are there to wipe away any water so it doesn’t come into the rig. I keep then clean so there isn’t really anything abrasive to scratch things.
Reflective tape is still good.January 13, 2018 at 4:41 am #49871
- Rainbow Springs, Florida 34432, USA
We workamped in Crawford, Co. this past summer and that was a beautiful area. Sure enjoyed the Black Canyon, Kebler Pass, and the fresh cherries of the area. Seen where Joe Croker was buried too.
We became FullTimers July !6th, 2016
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