Jim Duce

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  • The end of September was, well, I think the technical term weather wise was (insert four letter word here), but October! Different story. We managed one last wknd before we put our trailer into storage for the winter. Bear even had a great nap in the sunshine. Only 7 months till spring!
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    • We put ours away in storage just this past weekend. It was my first time putting a cover on. 4 hours later, I think I got it lol.

      TIme to start the countdown timer to April!

    • We are counting down too. It’s supposed to be an El Nino year with a mild winter on the prairies. If so we’ll be out early next spring. If not, we’ll go as soon as we can. A friend of mine put a cover on his for the first time. I told him to make sure to take it off before he pulls out next April!

  • Friday afternoon when I returned home from work I installed a TPMS into our Springdale trailer. It was a simple install and it seems to work just fine. My tires were down a few pounds so I decided to bring them up to specs. I don’t have an air compressor I can access from the street. I have no room to park my trailer near the house so I have to…[Read more]

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  • Warm inside the trailer but we prob’ly should have checked the weather report. Sunday, October 8, 2018. Miquelon Lake Provincial Park 45 minutes SE of Edmonton, Alberta.

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    • Jeff replied 1 month ago
      I know your pain we are north of Edmonton in Westlock it went down to minus 10 last night tomorrow is moving day heading south happy happy happy happy
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    • That’s Alberta for you. Gotta feel sorry for all those guys Snowbirding in Az. (Fake news here!) I’m very familiar with the Westlock area. Spring is only 7 months away!

  • I was in the UK a couple of weeks ago. Trailers there are called “caravans” and they are interesting and different in a couple of ways from what we are used to here. I only saw single axle caravans and those are light enough to be pulled by compact cars. I was confused at first glance because I could not find the door. How in the world do they get…[Read more]

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  • @raytronx In 2012 I bought a 1500 Ram we call the ‘Raminator.’ He mostly pulls our trailer around and serves as a trail breaker when it really snows in the winter. The Raminator was my first Mopar product. I’ve always owned Fords or GM stuff, but he has been a jewel. Pulls the trailer like Jack the Bear. Hope you are as pleased with your Dodge.

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    • Cool, thanks. :)

    • Jim, what size trailer are you pulling? We also bought a 2012 Ram 1500 before we bought the trailer. We figured we would have to upsize tow vehicles before going out west, although it seems to do well here in the south on the relatively flat ground.

      • I bought a new Springdale 32 with a slide in January. The trailer is a hitch pull. I have equalizer bars and a sway bar and I did add airbags to the truck because I now have a hitch weight of 850 pounds. I live in Alberta so there are hills here. Filled with water, supplies, and wife, dog, and two well fed friends in the back seat I am about at my…[Read more]

        • Wow. That is good to know. We have a 2012, 26 foot puma so yeah, that is reassuring. My truck has the tow package and big engine so I guess we will just run with it. It seems ok :) Thanks, Jim!

          • I’m sure you will be fine hauling your Puma. Our older trailer was a 26 foot adn was very easy to tow. I hauled it down the the States at least a couple of times and once into Coeur d’Alene from Montana. There is a really long uphill pull there. I watched the trans temp pretty closely and all was okay. Our new trailer at 32 feet still pulls just…[Read more]

  • @steveanddianne You should start seeing a break in fuel prices once you get past Calgary.

  • The further north you go the bigger and more numerous the bugs seem to get. I am not exaggerating. Last summer a mosquito landed at the airport. The ground crew pumped 40 gallons of avgas into it before they realized it was not an aircraft.
    Anyway, the point of my story is this: I think in one of Ray’s videos he mentioned putting something like…[Read more]

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  • March first and spring is supposed to be right around the corner. Enviornment Canada issued a Winter Storm Advisory for most of Alberta resulting in 20 to 25 cm of snow accompanied by winds gusting to 60K…In further developments the Groundhog was gunned down this afternoon as he emerged from a downtown Calgary restaurant. Amid the screeching of…

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  • My grandparents were both American (on Dad’s side) and I am very comfortable Stateside, but we live in interesting times. Is anyone apprehensive about boondocking in rural or out of the way areas? I’m Canadian (eh) so I don’t carry a firearm. I might throw a hockey puck at an intruder or a Tim Horton’s donut. What is the consensus on this?

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    • Hi welcome eh.Had the same feelings if Ray can do it LOL Love yah. We try to meet the neighbors if we any. Let them no that we will watchtower things if they go into town.
      I did get a flashlight ( TAZER) In quartzite big tent .

      • Thanks! Makes sense re neighbors. I carry sever flashlights because my granddaughter loves them. I gotta check out that Quartzite thing when I get ‘down south.’

        • Yeah quartzite it’s a one time thing for me .
          They did have the best pizza I had a long time that’s silly Als

    • I don’t know what percentage of RV’ers carry a weapon…or have ever needed one, but I don’t and have never had a problem. BLM land is enforced pretty well as to who is recreational camping – even if you never actually see anyone from the BLM :)
      And it is getting harder and harder to get out of cell phone range so that helps. I think just apply…[Read more]

      • I feel very secure when we are camping to the point that I don’t always lock the trailer door unless we go into a nearby town. I’ll check out more Vlogs. I’ll show my wife Beth although she is not a worrier about such things. Thanks!

    • I feel way safer in a rural area than in an urban area. Any theft we have experienced or jerky people mostly have been in or near a city.

      • Well, you do have a brave guard dog. I’ve never really given it a thought in all the camping and RV’ing we’ve done here in Western Canada. I agree re rural areas.

        • Biggest theft we have had was Anne had her $500 USD mountain bike stolen. Happened in Nanaimo BC where she grew up while staying in the Living Forest Campground, they came in a night and cut the lock. I swear there is a lot more petty crime on the BC coast than anywhere else I’ve traveled, lots of druggies.

          • I’ve never lost anything in a campground but when I forgot to lock our truck (parked in front of the house) my nearly new Garmin GPS/Dash Cam was stolen. I thought that was that but about three months later I received a call from the police. My GPS had been recovered along with a bunch of other hot items in the back of a car. The cops identified…[Read more]

    • Like most respondents here I have no worries on Federal lands no matter how far from civilization I am. In fact in real remote areas such as Buenos Aires NWR there is such a heavy boarder patrol presence they actually get to know you😁. The closer you get to urban populations the iffier thins get😨😨😨. Stay away from city RV parks and things will be…

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