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                                                                                                           Northern Lite
                                                                                                           2010 Truck Camper
                                                                                                           Heavy Duty Trucks
                                                                                                           Just how competitive are they!

                                                                                                           $4.75 November/

                                                                                                                                                Season’s Greetings
                                                                                                                                                           contents                                                                                                                                              November/December 2010
                                                                                                                                                           Special Feature                                                                                                                                 Destinations                           36 More Travels with our Buick

                      Test-drive before you buy
                                                                                                                                                           18 Holiday Gift Ideas                                                                                                                           22 Affordable Ontario                     Keith drives home from
                                                                                                                                                              Here are some products that                                                                                                                     Marianne goes solo in search           Florida up U.S. #1 and
                                                                                                                                                              might help you with you                                                                                                                         of affordable spots in Ontario.        discovers some great
                                                                                                                                                              Christmas list.                                                                                                                                                                        attractions.
     Another Can-Am RV Exclusive                               Save Thousands in vehicle expenses? We can                                                                                                                                                                                                   30 RV Ramblings - Take Your
                                                               assess the towing capability of your present car truck                                      Special Interest                                                                                                                                    Time
     It’s fun shopping for a new RV but you should             or SUV and even connect it for a test tow* so you can                                       16 How Competitive is the                                                                                                                           Make the trip getting to your
     actually experience the feel behind the wheel so          experience your exact combination and possibly save
     you can make your choice based on experience.             thousands on a new vehicle and or operating costs.
                                                                                                                                                              Heavy Duty Pickup Truck
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               destination part of your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               adventure.                                                        8
     For 40 years Can-Am has been giving beginners                                                                                                            The truck wars continue.
     and experienced RVers alike the opportunity to try        Can’t decide between a motorhome, travel trailer
     out hitch systems and tow vehicles for themselves.        or a fifth wheel? You’re not alone! At Can-Am you                                           RV Test
     We have a great selection of RV combinations set          can usually test drive all three types on the same road                                      8 2010 Northern Lite Q SE
     up and available for test drives every day!               under the same conditions before making a decision.
                                                                                                                                                              Truck Camper
                                                                                                                                                              There are definite advantages
                                                                                                                                                              to camping in a truck camper,
                                                                                                                                                              plus here’s an update on the
                                                                                                                                                              2010 Ram 2500.

                                                                                                                                                           14 RV Tech - Powering Up
                                                                                                                                                              Know your generator.                                                                                                                                                    16
                                                                                                                                                              49 Recall Notices
                                                                                                                                                                 Here are the latest call-backs
                                                                                                                                                                 for RVs and vehicles.

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November/December 2010                                                              Editor
                                                                              Copy Editor
                                                                                                  Marcia Anderson
                                                                                                  Jeff Bower                                      Life is short…
                                                                   Cover & Graphic Design         Karen Hannivan
General Interest                                                               Test Editor        Howard Elmer PowerSports Media
 5 Masthead and Editor’s Letter

                                                                                       Contributors                                                  hristmas in an RV? Hmmm. I think I would
    6 Mail Bag                                                              Gary Andress      Gerry and Sue McConnell                                like to try that just once … in a sunny and
      The place for your comments,                                   Doug and Judy Baker      Elizabeth McDonald                                     warm location though. Some RVers really
                                                                     Marguerite Chapman       Peggi McDonald
      questions and hints.                                                                                                                 decorate their units, and when you see a row of them
                                                                                Al Cohoe      Otto Neitsch
                                                                            Herb Dowden       Janice Parker
                                                                                                                                           all lit up, it looks awesome. Of course, I have only seen
21 Holiday Shopping Online                                           Lyle and Lynn Eberle     Victoria Pennell                             photos and not the real thing. But someday… I guess
   Shopping online is a great                                          Marianne Edwards       Deborah Rankine                              I’ll have to add that to my bucket list. (For those of
   way to avoid the crowds and                                              Keith Horsfall    Barry Sanderson                              you who don’t know what I am talking about, rent the
   the bad weather.                                                          Phil Lauterer    Eleanor Schultz                              movie The Bucket List. It is inspiring to say the least.)
                                                                                Jim Lister    Peter Summers                                Anyway, if you are heading south for the winter, I am
37 Money Sense - How To                                                                                                                    sorry that you will miss the beautiful snow.
                                                                                     Advertising Sales
   Invest Your Retirement
   Nest Egg                                            30                     Megan Jeffery
                                                                        Michael Valentino
                                                                                                                                              I can’t believe this is the last issue of the year 2010.
                                                                                                                                           Fall has already begun, and winter is fast approaching.
   You need the combination                                            Tel: (905) 886-6640 Fax: (905) 886-6615                             We have included a few products that might suit some-
   of investing and tax planning                                                                                                           one on your Christmas list. A couple of the companies
                                                                                   Administrative Office                                   have even offered to give Explorer RV Club members
   to achieve the proper goals.

38 Gourmet the Healthy Way -
                                             38              P.O. Box 800, 328 Mill Street, Unit 6, Beaverton, ON L0K 1A0
                                                                         Tel: (705) 426-1419 Fax: (705) 426-1403
                                                                                                                                           a discount! Turn to page 18 and see what there is. You
                                                                                                                                           can even shop online. If shopping online worries you,
                                                                                 Toll-Free: 1-800-999-0819
   Breaking with Tradition:                                                                                                                there are a few pointers on page 21.
                                                                E-mail: Website:
   Yuletide Potluck Fare                                                        Newsstand Price: $4.75/issue
                                                                                                                                              As many of you know, the Explorer RV Club’s Na-
   Everyone loves turkey pot pie!                                                                                                          tional Rally was held in September at Quinte’s Isle
                                                                                     Subscriptions One year:                               Campark, near Cherry Hill, Ontario. And what a great
                                                                   Canadian subscriptions for 2010: $20.00 + GST/HST                       park it is! There’s lots of space (1000 acres), clean
42 Crossroads - Christmas
                                                            U.S. subscriptions: $38.00/International: $58.00 (payable in Canadian funds)   washrooms, splash park, pool, boat docking, horse-
   Traditions                                                Address change: please include a mailing label with your new ad-
   Try this Christmas KrissKross.                                                                                                          back riding and much more. This is a five-star park
                                                                  dress and send information to our Administrative Office.                 and the Ward family must be commended. We thank
                                                            The RV gazette is published by the Explorer RV Club. For the year of           you and your staff, especially Darlene, for fulfilling all
44 Camping News
                                                            2010, Explorer RV Club members pay the annual subscription rate,               our needs. Look in the next issue for the write-up.
   Read about the local rallies                             plus applicable taxes, when they remit their Explorer RV Club mem-                To all our readers who are heading south for the
   across the country.                                      bership dues. Individual subscriptions are purchased directly through          winter, have a wonderful time and let us know what
                                                            the office of the RV gazette, Subscription Department, P.O. Box 800,
                                                                                                                                           you are up to. We are always looking for new destina-
                                                  18        Beaverton, ON L0K 1A0.
                                                            All submissions to the RV gazette are welcome. A self-addressed,               tions and new parks so share your stories. For our read-
                                                                                                                                           ers who are staying home, enjoy the changing seasons.
56 Marketplace                                              stamped envelope should accompany each submission if return of
                                                            material is required. The publisher assumes no responsibility for re-          That’s one thing that makes Canada special. Don’t
58 Advertisers’ List                                        turn of artwork, photographs or manuscripts. The publisher reserves            fight the weather, just accept it and have fun. And
                                                            the right to refuse any advertising. The RV gazette, its publisher and
58 Classifieds                                              affiliate companies do not assume responsibility for any claims or
                                                                                                                                           don’t shake your head. There is always something to
                                                            statements made by its advertisers or columnists. No reproduction or           do. You just have to look for it!
                                                            redistribution, in whole or in part, of this magazine shall take place            Have a very Merry Christmas and may 2011 bring
                                                            without prior written consent of the publisher.                                you health and happiness!
                                                                                                                                              Remember what I always say: Live in the moment.
                                                                    2010 Explorer RV Club                          No what ifs, no regrets. Life is short.
                                                                Canadian publications mail sales agreement #40064277                          Be safe, be happy and keep smiling.
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                                                                                                           Northern Lite
                                                                                                           2010 Truck Camper                                                                                                                                    was sent from Gravenhurst and          Ontario on June 29th and I paid              in Dartmouth and spoke to Dave in
                                                                                                           Heavy Duty Trucks
                                                                                                           Just how competitive are they!                                                                                                                       arrived fifteen minutes before pre-    $22.00, less than half price. I sug-         service. Even though he was already
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Refrigerator Problems                  dicted. In a matter of minutes, my     gest RVers should have their tanks           booked for the day, he realized the
                                                                                                                                                                                Dear Linda,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         This past summer, while travel-        car was opened so I could retrieve     filled in Ontario before leaving for         urgency and agreed to take the RV
                                                                                                                                                                                In regards to loosing your TV
                                                                                                           $4.75 November/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ling around the Canadian prairies         the keys and unblock the road so       Nova Scotia. The lady I talked to            in. After an hour and a half drive
                                                                                                                                                                              signal after being shut down for a

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      for three months, we encountered a        guests could leave.                    at the Circle K in Customer Rela-            to get there, he got to work on the
                                                                                                                                                Season’s Greetings
                                                                                                                                                                              length of time on the road, I had
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      complete failure of the refrigerator        I certainly hope I don’t have to     tions told me there was nothing              motorhome right away. He confirmed
                                                                                                                                                                              the same problem and solved it by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      in our travel trailer. Because of the     rely on ERS again despite the excel-   they could do.                               that the convertor had shorted out
            Shaw (Star Choice) Septem-                                                                                                                                        buying a small inverter. I plug it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      various planned events we had at          lent service I received!                  Grant Wagg                                and burned through the wiring. The
         ber/October 2010 RV gazette                                                                                                                                          into the 12-volt takeoff in the RV
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the time of the failure, the need to        My thanks for your prompt solu-                                                   RV could have caught on fire. After
            Here are a couple of solutions for                                                                                                                                or cigarette lighter. Thus I have my
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      replace the refrigerator was of some      tion to my problem.                      That is quite a difference! I am           the repairs were completed, (a new
         Linda:                                                                                                                                                               receiver plugged in all the time,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      urgency.                                    Lock Johnston                        guessing it is a provincial fuel tax. I’ll   convertor), I asked them if they
            Hello, I’m writing in response to                                                                                                                                 just like at home. Works great.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         We always have the Explorer RV                                                pass it on to our readers.                   had heard of the Explorer RV Club.
         Linda’s letter in September/October                                                                                                                                    Regards,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Club Campground and Dealer Guide            Dear Lock,                                                                        Without asking, they volunteered
         2010 RV gazette regarding Shaw Dir-                                                                                                                                    Doug Farrow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      with us. We consulted the Guide and         Thanks for letting us know that our    Close Call                                 that they were not only aware of the
         ect, or formerly Star Choice. Perhaps
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      located Sunrise RV Parts & Service        service works. I hope you don’t need     Dear Editor,                               club, but offered a 10% discount to
         you could share this with your readers.                                                                                                                                 Thanks for the information Ryan.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      in Lacombe, Alberta.                      to use it again too, but if you do, at   My wife and I are new to RVing,            club members.
            We too found that we frequently                                                                                                                                   I’ll pass it on to our readers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Although they were very busy on        least you’ll know you’ll be on your having purchased a used Class A in                 They also recommended a good
         lost the programming when we didn’t
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the Tuesday after the August holiday      way in no time!                        the spring. We embarked on our first         campground, Shubie’s, which was
         have A/C for a few hours or more. I                                                                                                                                     Long Box or Short Box? RV
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      weekend, they accommodated us                                                    real trip in August to the East Coast.       close by. There they took in only a
         asked Shaw for a solution, but they                                                                                                                                  gazette July/August 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and within twenty-four hours had a          Propane Fuel Price                     Things got a little frantic when           few campers and placed us strategic-
         couldn’t offer one. They assured me                                                                                                                                     Hi Editor,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      new refrigerator installed. Brad and        Dear Editor,                         we were camping on the oceanfront            ally in the park to be safe from the
         it’s not a problem as the program-                                                                                                                                      We have a RAM 2500 quad cab
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Trevor went the extra mile to com-          We travelled to the Maritimes in Nova Scotia and heard cracking                   hurricane.
         ming is simply lost from the receiver’s                                                                                                                              diesel 4WD with a short box and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      plete the installation.                   the first two weeks in August. On noises and a burning smell from our                  With the excellent service by Ad-
         memory since there’s no power to                                                                                                                                     we pull a 23- foot fifth wheel.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         As outlined in your Guide, they        August 10th, we had a 30-pound convertor. To make matters worse,                    venture Sports, we were not only able
         keep it there. They can just reset it.                                                                                                                                  The difficulty comes when back-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      gave us 10% of the price of the ma-       propane cylinder from our RV filled this was on the Friday before Hur-              to weather the hurricane, but also
            Even still, it can be inconvenient                                                                                                                                ing into sites where there is limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      terial and labour. Your Guide is our      at the Circle K. Irving in Truro, ricane Earle was to hit. We called                able to continue on our tour of Nova
         to call from a cell phone every time                                                                                                                                 manoeuvring space and there are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      bible while travelling. We would          Nova Scotia. The cost was $44.51. I an RV dealer that was close by, but             Scotia. If you are ever travelling in
         we park, so I wanted a way around                                                                                                                                    plenty of said sites. You must be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      soundly endorse the Explorer RV           had my other cylinder filled at Brit- they said they couldn’t look at it. We        the Dartmouth area, and need any
         this. One day, I noticed my in-laws                                                                                                                                  constantly aware of how close the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Club and the people at Sunrise RV         ish Empire Fuels in Bobcaygeon, contacted Adventure Sports Limited                  parts or service, I highly recommend
         had a small receiver that was com-                                                                                                                                   fifth wheel comes to the cab, and

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Gone RVing
         pact and portable and when I looked                                                                                                                                  that happens more frequently than       Parts and Service.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Yours sincerely,                                                                                                              Doug Maguire
         at the back, to my surprise it had a                                                                                                                                 one might think. We have pulled
         12-volt DC input! It was a model                                                                                                                                     our fifth wheel 148,000 kilometres         Norah and Richard Meyer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That was quite an experience for
         number DSR209.                                                                                                                                                       since 2001 and have had many                                                          My husband and I have been                                                      Newbies and we are glad that it all
            So I bought one and it’s very con-                                                                                                                                close encounters.                         Dear Norah and Richard,                   camping and RVing enthusiasts for                                                 worked out for you.
         venient. We use it on the bedroom                                                                                                                                       There are expensive sliding            It’s great to hear a happy ending to      many years and currently own a 38-                                                  Readers, here’s another great dealer
         TV when we’re home, but when we                                                                                                                                      hitches available. These appear         a frustrating story. I’m glad it worked     foot Sportcoach motorhome. We                                                     to highlight in your Campground and
         take it on the road, we just leave it                                                                                                                                to cause difficulties in situations     out for you. For those who live in Al-      recently retired and our daughter                                                 Dealer Guide.
         plugged into the trailer’s 12-volt re-                                                                                                                               where you need to hook up from an       berta or are travelling that way, you       surprised us with a ‘Gone RVing’
         ceptacle using a wire sold at Radio                                                                                                                                  angled position.                        should highlight Sunrise RV Parts &         cake that she made to celebrate                                                   Tires
         Shack. Now we never lose the pro-                                                                                                                                       When trailering, the disadvan-       Service in your Explorer RV Club            the occasion. She has been camp-                                                     Hi RV gazette,
         gramming! Simply align the dish                                                                                                                                      tages of a short box outweigh the       Campground and Dealer Guide in              ing since she was three years old                                                    I have a 2008 Cedar Creek (34
         and leave the receiver on one chan-                                                                                                                                  advantages in our opinion.              case you have a problem.                    and she demonstrated her camping                                                  SATS) fifth wheel and have blown
         nel for 20 minutes to allow the guide                                                                                                                                   If we needed to replace the truck,                                               spirit when she designed this RV                                                  two tires in the last month. The
         to load, and we have satellite! Now                                                                                                                                  we would buy a long box.                  Emergency Road Service                    campsite scene.                                                                   tire pressure was good and the RV
         bring on the rain.                                                                                                                                                      Tom Evenden                          (ERS)                                         We were amazed and delighted                                                    was not overloaded. I remember
            Keep up the great work with your                                                                                                                                                                            Dear Editor,                              with this masterpiece and wanted                                                  reading an article in your magazine
         magazine!                                                                                                                                                              Thanks for your observations Tom.       Once again I am indebted to ERS           to share her creation with others.                                                lately about buying tires for RVs. I
            Regards, Ryan                                                                                                                                                     I will pass them on.                    for getting me out of a jam. A truck          Marguerite Chapman                                                              would like to replace the tires with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            continued on page 53

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2010                                                                                                  I knew truck campers are popular out West, primar-        With just the two of them travelling now, they had

Northern Lite Q SE                                                                                 ily because they appeal to horse owners who already
                                                                                                   have trucks and tow horse trailers. From there, I took
                                                                                                                                                              considered downsizing to a Class B, but then the real-
                                                                                                                                                              ization struck them. A Class B is always a Class B and
Truck Camper                                                                                       a short leap of reason to include fisherman, hunters,
                                                                                                   ATVers, etc., all of whom tow something, and in many
                                                                                                                                                              they weren’t about to get rid of their truck. However,
                                                                                                                                                              with the truck camper (at one-third of the price of
                                                                                                   cases travel the rough roads (mostly logging roads) of     a Class B) they could use it when needed and then
                                                                                                   the backcountry that often require four-wheel drive,       unload it at home. The pickup was then, once more,
                                                                                                   which is where truck campers are the most useful.          just transportation, and they already owned the truck.
                                                                                                      Like I said, they are popular out West. But here, I     As for the fifth wheel, they’d keep it for longer trips
                                                                                                   was in the farm fields of southwestern Ontario — not       with longer stays. Suddenly the penny dropped. Ease
                                                                                                   typically where you find truck campers. What was I         of access, price point, utility-minded — all things that
                                                                                                   missing?                                                   appeal to me. I now had a new reason to want a truck
                                                                                                      The unit I was coming to test was built by a Can-       camper and it had to do with a whole new set of pos-
                                                                                                   adian company, Northern Lite, of Kelowna, British
                                                                                                   Columbia, that has fed that western appetite for 20-
                                                                                                   odd years and continues to grow, while also extending
                                                                                                   the reach of its product eastward. I used my long-term
                                                                                                   tester, the 2010 Ram 2500 with the Cummins diesel.
                                                                                                   My truck is equipped with the new crew cab and the
                                                                                                   6.5-foot bed and so (at the dealer’s suggestion) it was
                                                                                                   matched with the eight-foot, eleven-inch Q Classic
                                                                                                   SE (Special Edition). Obviously, different truck beds
                                                                                                   (as well as payload capacities) can accommodate vari-
                                                                                                   ous sized units.
                                                                                                      Upon first inspection, it was obvious this Northern
                                                                                                   Lite unit (as well as the others I walked through)
                                                                                                   could be labelled “high-end”. I found standard features
                                                                                                   that covered every convenience you’d find in any lar-
                                                                                                   ger RV. With a full HVAC system, thermal windows
                                                                                                   and Heki skylight, these units are easily four-season
                                                                                                   capable. Also, outside, there is an eight-foot side awn-      SPECIFICATIONS
                                                                                                   ing and one for over the rear door, above the square
                                                                                                   steel bumper, that also doubles as a secure mount for         NORTHERN LITE Q SE
                                                                                                   a detachable step. Automotive-style taillights, marker        Width: ........... 98 inches
                                                                                                   lights and directional lighting make night-time travel        Length: .......... 191 inches
                                                                                                   and set up easy, while lockable compartments, a sturdy        Height: .......... 90 inches
                                                                                                   rear ladder, and roof mounted baggage rail provide se-        Headroom: .... 6 feet, 3 inches
                                                                                                   curity and access.
                                                                                                                                                                 Dinette Bed: .. 37 inches x 67 inches
                                                                                                      But back to my “who buys truck campers” musings
                                                                                                                                                                 Fresh Water: .. 25 gallons (US)
                                                                                                   for a minute. As I set up my test unit, I met a couple
     This RV has all the                                                                           who were looking at another truck camper nearby.
                                                                                                                                                                 Grey Water: ... 24 gallons (US)
    conveniences you’ll                                                                            Curious, I asked them why they were interested in             Black Water: .. 13 gallons (US)
                                                                                                                                                                 Hot Water: .... 6 gallons (US)
     find in a larger RV.                                                                          that unit and their answers surprised me. In a nutshell,
                                                                                                   condensed from what we talked about, they told me             LP Gas: .......... 40 pounds
                                                                                                   they had a 30-something-foot fifth wheel they found           Dry Weight: ... 2,525 pounds
                                                                              By Howard J. Elmer
                                                                                                   to be almost an inconvenience on some road trips.
                                                                                                   For example, Labrador and Newfoundland. Why? Two              Base MSRP: ........ $31,100
  Who buys truck campers? That             so much a specific answer I sought as I con-            reasons – precious few areas to pull a rig of that size       Price as Tested: ... $34,300
was the question I kept rolling over       sidered that question. Instead, I mentally took         off the road for a quick stop or short overnight, and
                                                                                                                                                                Unit provided for testing courtesy of Camp-Out
in my mind as I drove to rural Perth       inventory of all the answers I already knew             the roads were lousy. Still, I said, how often do you
                                                                                                                                                               RV, Stratford, Ontario.
                                           trying to come up with new ones.                        go somewhere like that? To this, the answer was even
County to test one. Now, it wasn’t                                                                 more revealing.
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                                           sibilities, not just satisfying my current needs. It pays      specs say six feet, three inches).                          rose above the bed liner. These could have damaged
                                           to talk to strangers.                                             Windows in the unit are of the acrylic thermal pane      the hard fibreglass bottom of the camper. I approached
                                             Northern Lite builds its truck campers in much the           type. These push out and are supposed to latch at one       a technician and I was pleased to find the dealer had
                                           same way boat hulls are manufactured. Using fibre-             of two points. A nice feature is a pull-up screen and a     a ready-made solution. Two 24-inch by 48-inch hard
                                           glass moulds, they use a mixture of chopped fibreglass         pull-down shade, both of which are spring-loaded and        plastic pads (about two inches thick) dropped into my
                                           strands and plastic resin to form a top and bottom             built into the frame of the windows. Powered vents in       bed solved the problem, creating a flat surface. Once
                                           shell. Finished with a covering of Gelcoat, the two            the bath and main hallway move a large quantity of          on, there are four stainless steel tie-down points on
                                           sections are screwed together, then the window and             air – a real necessity on a hot day, as I discovered.       the camper connected to four permanently fixed loca-
                                           vent opening are cut, and interior fixtures added. This           Getting the camper on and off the truck is as simple     tions on the truck. Turnbuckles provide the required
                                           makes the unit imperious to water from above and               as using a TV remote. In fact, the standard wireless        tension.
                                           below. I noted windows, doors and other cutouts are            electric jacks have a remote that allows the user to           Driving the truck with the camper on was easy
                                           all well-caulked and featured rubber gaskets where             position each leg individually or lift/lower all the legs   with the only real change in road manners being an
                                           required.                                                      at once. I lifted, backed under and dropped the unit        increased top sway in turns. This follows as the centre
                                             As with all small units, the description “boat-like          onto my Ram in less than five minutes. The system is        of gravity is raised with this tall load in the bed. While
                                           design” is fitting because in here, it’s all about efficient   simple to operate, but for some strange reason, the legs    noticeable, it really didn’t feel bad and I just slowed
                                           use of space. All truck campers use the same basic             do not all come up/down at the same rate. Once up, I        a bit more than normal in hard turns. Because of the
                                           design: a centre aisle leads to the main bed that is fit-      still had to adjust each leg individually to gain a level   more than eight-foot width of camper, extended mir-
                                           ted into the overhanging portion of the RV. This aisle         attitude. Later, when I took it off the truck, I had to     rors are a must. For this, the swing-up mirrors on the
                                           also separates the dining area from the galley and the         do the same thing when dropping the legs down.              Ram were excellent.
                                           washroom from storage. In the case of my tester, the              As I was getting ready to load the camper, I ran            At the end of a very hot testing day, I have to say
                                           bath on the left was at the rear of the unit and includ-       into a potential problem worth noting. My Ram is            if you’ve never considered a truck camper, yet some
                                           ed a toilet, sink and exhaust vent with a sliding door,        equipped with a Valley fifth wheel that I removed for       of the travel criteria I’ve mentioned rings a bell with
                                           all built into a fully “wet” designed shower. Across the       this test, however the steel bars bolted onto the truck     you, have a look at one. You may well be surprised by
                                           aisle, mirrored doors revealed a large hanging clothes         bed (that receive the locking pins of the fifth wheel)      the uses that occur to you.
                                           closet next to the full-size refrigerator/freezer. Ahead
                                           of these were the counter/sink/stove on the right, and
                                           the four-place raised dinette on the left. Cupboards,
                                           drawers and other closet doors are all solid hardwood
                                           and nicely finished. I thought the countertop was
                                           ample in size. Smartly, the standard microwave is hid-
                                           den above in the cupboard rather than taking up valu-
                                           able counter space.
                                             These units are really built for two; however, the
                                           dinette does drop down for the occasional overnight
                                           guest — who you better know well considering the
                                           close quarters. But for the main occupants, the bed in
                                           the overhang is huge, nicely lit and ventilated with
                                           windows on either side. Also, over the bed is a large
                                           skylight that doubles as an emergency exit. The mat-
                                           tress area is 80 inches by 60 inches (foam mattress)
                                           and there is another foot of space on either side that
                                           houses twin doors that open to storage. There is also a
                                           closet on the left and a set up for a flat screen TV on
                                           the right. Headroom in this space is decent at about
                                           30 inches, while down below, a six-footer like me,
                                           standing under the AC unit, is about it (though the

                                           Look at the efficient use of space. The centre isle
                                           leads to the main bed and separates the dining area.
                                           The wet shower fits in nicely just past it.

10   RV gazette • November/December 2010                                                                                                                                               November/December 2010 • RV gazette   11
  2010 RAM 2500
 Test Truck Update                                                                                                          ONE PLAN COVERS IT ALL!
         Putting it through its paces.                                                                                              Be prepared everytime you are out
                                                                                                                                                on the road.
    have now put 10,000 kilometres on my 2500 Ram
    diesel test truck since getting it in April and have       In closing this report, I asked the guys at Castrol                        zette Staff,                         my
                                                                                                                          Dear RV ga                           how pleased
    come up with several observations.                       to give me a fact and fiction list on the properties of                      to le t you know             gency Road
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this engine. And, despite among the Big Three this             Synthetic Motor Oils: Myths vs. Facts                        breakdown                          emergenci
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motor is now the smallest in terms of horsepower and           Looking for the real story on synthetics? Wondering          bought the                      ad not had                    ll      • UNLIMITED tow mileage to the nearest
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pleased with average highway consumption of 11L                MYTH: Once I use synthetic motor oil in my car, I                rig. We then eld, New York State                    company,      • Family protection
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per 100km, if I follow speed limits (empty). If I don’t,     cannot switch back to conventional motor oil.                      dealer in W d such a great tow tr
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which is normal, it settles in at about 13L per 100km.         FACT: Synthetic motor oils are compatible with                                    OA park an                   ere thrilled
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Around town, the average rises to about 15.5L per            conventional and part synthetic (blend) motor oils.                                   your assistan                side servic
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consumption rises to around 17L per 100km. With a                                                                                             thanks so m
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large fifth wheel of 10,000 lb or more, 20 to 21L per        vehicle’s warranty.                                                                    lien t,
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  As I said, power on hills, in cruise mode or accelerat-    vehicle’s warranty. Synthetics are formulated to not
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ing has been excellent, however the transmission has         only meet minimum required industry standards, but
given me some pause. I have experienced several epi-
sodes of “hunting” between second and third gear that
                                                             also, in many cases, meet tougher industry and vehicle
                                                             manufacturer standards.                                                                                                                               just any
are made even stranger because I can’t duplicate the           MYTH: Synthetic oil is only for new cars.
event when I want to. I know when and where it hap-            FACT: Quality synthetic motor oil can be used in
pens, but it is inconsistent. The hunting has happening      old as well as new cars, including vehicles in which
when empty more often than loaded and while I have           conventional oil was previously used. Synthetic motor
kept a log of the incidents, I can’t find a pattern. I am    oils are beneficial for the good health, long life and top
in contact with the engineers at Dodge about this and        performance of new and old cars.
the consensus at the moment is that it’s a computer            MYTH: You need to allow a break-in period for new
software issue, not mechanical. Either way, I’ll keep an     vehicles before using synthetic motor oil.
eye on it into the fall.                                       FACT: In the past, it was recommended that con-                 Explorer RV Club Emergency Road Service
  The truck was recently in for its first oil change and
service and I took the opportunity to take Castrol up
                                                             ventional motor oil be used for your first oil change
                                                             to allow for some controlled wear to break-in the new
                                                                                                                                       A group plan designed exclusively for Explorer RV Club Members.
on its offer of trying semi-synthetic oil. It provided the   engine. However, with current engine technology, a
Hypuron 15-W40 diesel engine oil and I had the dealer        break-in period is not necessary. You can use synthetics
use it. The nature of this oil is said to improve perform-   immediately.                                                                              Call us today to join or enrol online!
ance, manage soot levels, minimize oil consumption
and increase oil film strength in the engine to reduce         Howard J. Elmer of PowerSports Media Services is a                                   1-800-999-0819
wear. Well, it’s in now and I’ll watch to see how my fuel    Canadian automotive journalist, truck writer and RVing                                   Please refer to the ERS Benefit Guide for complete details of coverages and limitations.
consumption fairs and how any other events develop.          specialist.

12   RV gazette • November/December 2010                                                                                                                                                                                November/December 2010 • RV gazette   13
rv techDPower
By Al Cohoe                                                                                                                  is usually at a much-reduced interval. In some cases, it       Run the generator with its required load for about
                                                                                                                             is required that the oil change be as soon as 25 hours of    15 minutes and then shut the load off and allow the

                      Powering Up
                                                                                                                             use. The most wear on any engine usually occurs during       generator to operate with no load. After another five
                                                                                                                             the break-in period, so do not allow it to pass that first   minutes, shut it off. If you can’t operate the generator
                                                                                                                             oil change time. When you do that first oil change, you      with 50-per-cent load, I would pass on starting it up.
                                                                                                                             will remove a lot of debris.                                 It would be the same as starting your motorhome and
                                                                                                                                Periodic operation is required to keep the generator      allowing it to idle for 30 minutes. That is not best for
                                                                                                                             in good condition. With gasoline generators, this is         the engine. Moisture that develops from burning a
                             Generator size and maintenance is important.                                                    the most critical, as gas left in the carburettor bowl       fuel will not get hot enough to vaporize and it will stay
                                                                                                                             will tend to separate and develop varnish. This var-         in the engine, instead of being expelled through the
                                                                                                                             nish will cause the carburettor, etc. to become plugged      exhaust.

        ots of our RVs have generators to provide us with      are fuelled by diesel. If your RV comes with a generator,     and repair can be costly. The best way of preventing           If you would like to find out more about this topic
        a source of AC power while in remote locations.        the size is most likely adequate for operation of most of     this is by exercising the generator. Typical exercise for    and others dealing with using your RV, consider join-
        It is not practical to always be parked where you      the electrical needs of the unit while not attached to a      a generator is to operate it at least monthly at 50-per-     ing us at Okanagan College in Kelowna, BC. We offer
can plug in the unit, and it is even less practical to drive   shore power. If your unit doesn’t have one, and you are       cent or higher output.                                       an annual RV owners seminar. Next June is our 14th
down the road with a long cord.                                looking to purchase one, you need to consider your re-           One thing you need to consider is adequate                year. You can find out more at
   Let’s talk a little about AC and DC electricity first. DC   quirements. Smaller units are fine for providing power to     load. Lots of people consider that operating the air         rvlife.
(direct current) is the electricity produced by batteries.     operate lights, pumps, etc., but not capable of powering      conditioner(s) is enough exercise. The problem with
It is a type of current that is only moving in one direc-      larger appliances. Units of 1500 watts to 2000 watts          that is that air conditioners are rotary loads and once         Al Cohoe is a Canadian Red-Seal and USA Master Cer-
tion and can be measured as voltage above or below zero.       will operate more equipment in the coach, but, in most        they get up to speed, the load drops drastically. The        tified RV Technician, who has worked in the RV industry
Batteries allow us to store DC power through chemical          cases, will not operate an air conditioner. If you want to    only things considered to be good loads are resistive        for the past 40 years. He has been working with Okanagan
reaction and the reversal of this chemical reaction when       run an air conditioner, you will most likely need some-        McPhail'sOfHarriston.qxd:Layout if 1/5/10 a 3000-
                                                                                                                             loads such as heaters. For example, 1 you have 3:33 PM       College instructing RV technicians for the past 24 years and
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recharging. It is great for lower amperage equipment           thing in excess of 3000 watts, as along with the air, there   watt generator, one of the smaller ceramic type heaters      has presented for RV Owners seminars for the past 14 years
and/or short duration power requirements.                      will always be other items operating at the same time.        is about 1600 watts, so this would be a good load.           in both Canada and United States.
   AC (alternating current) electricity is constantly             With portable units, there are a few manufactured

changing direction of flow. In North America, it               with the capability of connecting two together to
changes direction 60 times per second or completes             double your output. For example, a pair of 2000-watt
60 cycles in a second and is called 60-cycle or hertz.         units, when connected, will be able to operate the air
Other parts of the world use electricity based on 50           conditioner and most other equipment. You can also
hertz. It is measured by its peaks above and below
zero and is typically in multiples of 120 volts. For all
                                                               operate just one for the times when you do not require
                                                               the air conditioner.
                                                                                                                                                                             of Harriston
small appliances, etc. in North America, 120 volts is             When buying a permanent unit, you need to make                                                    IN THE HEART OF ONTARIO
common, while other parts of the world use 240 volts.          sure it is large enough to operate everything you need                                        3 km South of Harriston, on Cty. Rd. 109, old Hwy #9
This doesn’t have any effect on us as we travel around         at any one time. If your unit has one air conditioner,
North America, but don’t take your hair dryers, etc. to        you should look at a 3500-watt or larger unit. If you                        Take a little drive to the country for big savings !!!
Europe without proper consideration.                           have two air conditioners, you will need one in excess
   Generators use magnetism to produce AC electri-             of 4000 watts. If you have an electric water heater,
city. When you move a wire within a magnetic field             washer and dryer and other items you wish to operate
or move a magnet (magnetic field) close to a wire, you         on the generator power supply, you will probably need
produce an electric current. AC electricity cannot be          5000 to 6000 watts or more.                                     COACHMEN       GREAT WEST VANS      CEDAR CREEK            SURVEYOR        COLEMAN          R POD          VIKING
stored, so the generator must be operating for you to             The other thing to consider is the fuel source. In            CLASS C                                                                FOLDING TRAILER                   HARDTOPS
have AC power.                                                 motorhomes, the fuel source is most likely going to be                                                  • 20,000' INDOOR SHOWROOM
   We will talk about a couple of generator options. One       the same as the main coach fuel. In trailers, fifth wheels,                                     • FULL SERVICE – FROM LARGE MOTORHOMES
is a hardwired or built-in generator, while the second is      etc., the fuel source can be either propane or gasoline.                                                    TO FOLDING TRAILERS
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   Generators are rated in output. This output is in watts     and if there is room for an extra fuel tank, or if it needs           ALLEGRO BUS                   • LARGE PARTS & ACCESSORIES STORE                               WILDCAT
or kilowatts (1000 watts). Sizing of generators are from       to operate on existing propane containers.
about 600 watts up to 12 kilowatts or larger. The smaller         When considering generator maintenance, they have                                             Where Service is our Motto
units are usually portable gasoline generators, while the      a lot of similarities, regardless of fuel type, output size
larger units will be permanently installed and fuelled         and mounting. The one item that most may not real-                                     Phone (519) 338-3422 or Toll Free 1 (888) 665-2025
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                  Competitive is the
          Heavy Duty Pickup Truck Business?

                                                                                                                            
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Check this out.                                                                     Story and Photos by Howard J. Elmer    

    n our last issue, you read about the release and       with a heaping teaspoon of salt. So, I’ll be doing my
    first test drive of the 2011 GM HD trucks. At the      own fuel consumption analysis in the coming year.               
    time, GM claimed the “best” titles in horsepower,      Watch for it.                                                   
torque, payload and towing capacity. But this suprem-         Ford’s new Super Duty has been available since               
acy was short lived. Ford (which had released its 2011     about April so for all owners who purchased a 2011              
numbers prior to GM) has now recalibrated its power        Super Duty diesel earlier this year, you’ll be glad to           
output on the new 6.7L Power Stroke diesel to once         know that you will receive a letter inviting you to the         
again eclipse its Detroit rival in horsepower, torque      dealership for a free software upgrade to the truck’s            
and capacity.                                              powertrain control module. In addition, all 2011                
   A press release on August 3rd, announced the chan-      Super Duty diesel pickups currently in dealer inven-            
ges to the all-new 6.7L Power Stroke diesel, boosting      tories will also receive the upgrade. This programme             
its power output to a nice round 400 hp and 800 lb-        started August 31st.
                                                                                                                            
ft of torque. This move pulls it slightly ahead of GM         So, looking at the one-ton trucks, (as of mid-August)
who had pegged it new 6.6L Duramax diesel engines          the F350 SuperDuty now offers 7,070 lb (3,207 kg) of
                                                           payload. Conventional towing remains at 16,000 lb
                                                                                                                            
performance at 397 hp and 765 lb-ft of torque. Towing
capacity and payload have increased as well.               (7,245 kg) and gooseneck or fifth wheel towing is now            
                                                           22,600 lb (10,251 kg).                                          
   But, along with these engine upgrades, Ford is also
now claiming as much as a 20% improvement in fuel             The 3500 Chevy handles 21,700 lb (9,843 kg) of                
economy over the outgoing 6.4L Power Stroke, and           fifth wheel towing, 7,000 lb (7,711 kg) of conven-              
this new motor is also bio-fuel B20 compatible. GM         tional towing and offers a payload of 3,009 kg (6,335            
on the other hand is also claiming at least a 12% in-      lb).                                                            
crease in fuel economy for the new Duramax – and              The truck wars continue.
while not as high as Ford’s, I don’t remember its previ-                                                                  Please contact your MPP to ensure that they are fully aware of the impact on propane
                                                             Howard J. Elmer of PowerSports Media Services is a           services in this province.
ous fuel consumption being as bad as the old Ford 6.4L
was. I know these numbers are of particular interest to    Canadian automotive journalist, truck writer and RVing         For more information, contact OPA at
RVers, and frankly, I always take manufacturers claims     specialist.

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     Affordable Ontario                                                                                                               “I’ll huff and I’ll puff...”
                                                                                                                                      R.D. Lawrence Place at Minden Cultural Centre

                                                                                        Story and photos by Marianne Edwards   to identify the most scenic hikes and the access points      two hours to $18 per day, depending on how close to
                                                                                                                               where RVs could comfortably park for free.                   the main beach action area you are. You can save a bit
                             There is no shortage of fun sites and activities.                                                    One of my favorite finds was the Pretty River Valley      on the all-day rate on weekdays, when the price drops
                                                                                                                               section of the trail. It’s off Grey County Road 31, just     from $18 to $15.

     t’s been a strange summer for us. Of course we knew        I knew the plan was not realistic. But this was a good         north of the tiny village of Rob Roy. Here, a modest day       Here are a few tips to get around this expense:
     it would be, as we had set it up that way. Normally,       thing. The fact I couldn’t move on as quickly as I had         hike rewarded me with splendid views of Georgian Bay.          The municipal office buildings at Glenwood Drive
     we travel in the winter and spring. This year, we          thought meant I was finding far more attractions to fit        Ample free, level parking is provided across the road        and Lewis Street, one block south and west of the main
planned to be away all summer, from March through               my criteria of fun and frugal than I had hoped.                from the trailhead on a gravel lot. The signage tells me a   beach action, offer $2-per-day parking on weekends
August, roaming through California and Colorado. But              I travelled from Hockley Valley to Penetanguishene,          local snowmobile club maintains this lot for use by hik-     and holidays and free parking on weekdays.
the universe had other plans.                                   then added small circular routes through the Muskokas,         ers and sledders alike. Thank you.                             With a seasonal Provincial Parks pass (more on
   While we planned our travels, my mother-in-law, who          Haliburton Highlands, Kawartha Lakes District and, as             Cyclists will find access to numerous rail trails with    that below), you can park free all day at Nancy Island
also loved to travel in her day, plotted her last trip to her   a preview of my next planned Ontario route, touched            sections that wind along scenic shorelines. A sampling       Provincial Park on Mosely Street, which is as close to
final resting place. From January through June, we didn’t       on the breathtaking beauty of the Trent Hills. All too         of my favorites includes Tay Shore Trail, mostly paved,      the beach as any other parking area. The pass is also
know from one day to another if or when she might be            quickly, my month on the road flew by, and it was time         which starts in Waubaushene and runs relatively flat to      honoured at provincial beach parking lots #1 through
making her journey, so, of course, ours was put on hold.        to head back home. In the end, while I’m sure there are        the Wye River on the outskirts of Midland. The 85-kilo-      #6. You can distinguish the provincial lots because
   In the meantime, leaving her son by her side, I snuck        many things I didn’t see, I saw, did, and wrote about          metre Victoria Rail Trail, in the Kawartha Lakes district,   they have a gatehouse as opposed to a ticket machine.
away on my own. Not wanting to blow the California              plenty of fun and free stuff, all within a few hours’ drive    offers many changes of scenery along the way.                Simply show your pass at the gate and leave it on the
trip budget or go too far afield on my first solo RV so-        of Toronto.                                                       With a proliferation of crystal-blue small lakes,         dashboard. The pass is good at New Wasaga and Allen-
journ, I decided to see what frugal pleasures I could             Here are a few examples and excerpts from The Af-            launching a canoe or kayak in cottage country is as sim-     wood beach areas to the east, too, where the crowds
find in my own backyard — a “staycation” I think they           fordable Ontario Guide (the cottage country edition)           ple as finding the nearest free public boat ramp. While      are bound to be a little thinner. (No, silly, I mean less
call it.                                                        I’m now in the process of publishing.                          some marinas charge a launch fee even for small non-         people.)
   I’ve always wanted to discover and write about what                                                                         motorized crafts, I was always able to come up with a          The RVer’s friend, a Walmart supercentre, is also
is fun and affordable in Ontario, but Randy has never             Hiking, Cycling and Paddling                                 free alternative.                                            within a five-minute walk of the beach.
been all that interested. Here was my opportunity.                For nature lovers, the Bruce Trail offers countless op-                                                                     Throughout other areas of cottage country, there
   The first thing I discovered is how big our backyard         portunities for day hikes, many serene forested trails,          Beaches                                                    are plenty of opportunities for free beach access along
really is. I allowed myself a month for this first explora-     caves, waterfalls and outstanding scenic lookouts. While         At Wasaga, Ontario’s longest and most popular beach,       Georgian Bay and on the many smaller lakes. One of
tory trip and hoped to see everything between home (an          there are many trail heads, often, parking at them is only     the beach may be free, but parking is not. There are         the most spectacular, yet quiet, public beaches I came
hour northwest of Toronto) and Ottawa. When, after              roadside, not particularly suited to RVs and, at some lo-      three types of parking lots: municipal, provincial and       across in the Muskoka region was in the village of Port
my first week on the road, I was only as far as Midland,        cations, you’ll pay a parking fee. I considered it my job      private, where prices range from a minimum of $4 for         Sydney on the shores of beautiful Lake Mary.

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   Free and Frugal Attractions                                    •It’s no surprise many artists chose to live year-round
   Free attractions often get little advertising so I had to   in Ontario’s cottage country, so, if you enjoy stopping at
hunt them out. Here are just a few examples of the var-        artists’ studios, a seemingly endless world of fun awaits
iety of gems I found:                                          where you can watch various artists at work and browse
   • The Orillia Fish and Game Conservation Club,              their beautiful collections. Most artists “hang their shin-
Nature Trail and Wildlife Sanctuary, located a half-mile       gle” at the road and welcome drop-in potential buyers
north of Bass Lake Provincial Park. Near the entrance,         anytime. Artist co-ops and galleries are always a great
enclosures held swans (with babies when I was there), a        find, too, with lots of variety from which to choose. Two
peacock, pheasants, a wild turkey and other birds. Two         such stops I highly recommend are the Ethel Curry Gal-
nature trails allow you to spot birds, turtles, and frogs in   lery in Haliburton Village, and the Whetung Ojibwa
their natural marsh or woodland habitats. The sanctuary        Native Art Gallery in Curve Lake, near Buckhorn.
is open year-round and admission is free, although dona-          Actually, you don’t need a gallery or studio to find art.
tions are welcomed.                                            Many town parks and streets are public outdoor display
   • In the Haliburton Highlands, plan a stop for a little     areas for sculptures and murals by local artists. I really
history and culture. One $2 ticket at the Minden Cul-          enjoyed my walkabouts to see each town’s offerings.
tural Centre gains access to three different attractions:         • Who can resist a waterfall or a scenic lookout? Not
The Agnes Jamieson Art Gallery, the seven fully re-            me. Even when it was raining, I felt compelled to see
stored and furnished heritage buildings of the Minden          every one I passed. Some required a short hike but, just
Heritage Museum and an amazing example of sustain-             as often, they were within easy reach of a paved road.
able architecture: R.D. Lawrence Place — a straw-bale          In the Trent Hills, Healey Falls near Campbellford is an                                                                         .
                                                                                                                                                                                       and more
building. It even has indoor composting toilets. (No,          example of many under-visited local treasures I found by                                                     s, recipes
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tional stops across all the cottage country areas I visited.     Family-Oriented Free Attractions                                  Save Money On Entry Fees                                    get you a 50-per-cent discount off the admission price
Watching the locks in action is free, and fascinating for        • If you’re visiting the Trent-Severn locks, involve the          I don’t suggest you forego the paid attractions in fa-      at your second stop. So, two adults will save $11.25 by
young and old alike. In this case, when you see one, you       kids – get them to ask the dock masters for the unique           vour of only the free ones.                                    visiting Discovery Harbour first, but only $6 by going to
haven’t seen them all — each lock (there are 44 over a         collector cards, which are free. Each lock has a different          I visited both free and paid venues and, while I was        Ste. Marie Among the Hurons first.
distance of close to 400 km) is impressive and unique in       one.                                                             rarely disappointed with the major attractions or the
its own way, linking a passageway so magnificent it has          • While not comparable to the Toronto Zoo, River-              free ones, sometimes the offerings “in-between” tended            Free Festivals and Events
been named “one of the finest interconnected naviga-           view Zoo in Peterborough was among my best free finds            to be a little tired, overpriced or disappointing. Definite-      While timing a trip to include free festivals doesn’t
tion systems in the world”. The waterway includes the          of the trip for families travelling with children. This park     ly budget to attend at least one major highlight of each       always fit our calendar, we do “brake for festivals” when
first and second highest lift locks in the world, two flight   and zoo are delightful by any standard and even include          region. For the most part, they’re great and worth every       we come across them. Usually they’re an opportunity for
locks, and one marine railway.                                 a super playground and splash-pad. The fact there’s no           penny. But do your homework first as even in peak sea-         free entertainment, live music and other unique experi-
   You could centre your whole trip through cottage            entry fee is almost unbelievable.                                son, there are often ways to save money on entry fees.         ences.
country around visiting the Trent Severn locks. Don’t            • How about a wolf-howl? At Haliburton Forest, wolf               Attractions Ontario prints a book of discount cou-             During the years, we’ve sought out and attended many
miss the “summit” of the waterway, north of Kirkfield,         howls are held every Thursday night in July and August           pons. You can pick up your free copy at most tourist in-       free and unique festivals. Here’s a smattering of some
where the Trent and Severn watersheds meet, and plan           and are free or by donation. You’ll get a presentation,          formation offices, or print individual coupons from their      of the best we’ve found in southern Ontario’s cottage
to hop on board a day-cruise in Peterborough harbour to        then walk up the road for about 15 minutes where the             website,                                 country:
experience the locks from the boater’s perspective. Tick-      presenter attempts a howl. If there’s no response, the              Multiple-attraction discounts are another option of-           • Wasaga Beach – Wasaga Under Seige – mid-July
ets are not cheap, but reasonable at $19.50 for adults         whole group howls and usually this triggers a response           fered in some locations. Sometimes you’ll need to pur-         (re-enactment of a battle fought here in the war of
and $10 for those 12 and under, and a “must do” if this is     from the wolves.                                                 chase the multiple-attraction package, either at the lo-       1812 )
your vacation theme.                                             • Drive-in theatres are still alive and thriving at sev-       cal visitor information office or at one of the attractions       • Wasaga Beach – Kite festival – Father’s Day week-
   Another novel idea: canoe or kayak a section of the         eral locations across my route. Halfway between Elmvale          listed. In other cases, just showing the receipt for one       end
waterway. I also came across a group of retired men who        and Wasaga Beach, movies are shown nightly from July             entry fee will get you a discount at the next. In some            • Barrie – Buskers Festival – end of May.
were doing just that. With payment of a vessel mooring         1 to Labour Day at the Elmvale Drive-In. Now that’s an           situations, how much you save depends on which at-                Or how about a traditional native pow-wow? There’s
fee, based on the length of your craft, comes the privil-      affordable piece of nostalgia your kids are sure to appre-       traction you attend first. For instance, in Midland and        one held in Huntsville in June, Port Perry in July, and in
ege of sleeping in your boat or tent camping on a grassy       ciate, and one you won’t find in the city. Tuesdays are          Penetanguishene, showing your admittance receipt for           Midland and Buckhorn in September.
area provided near each lock. They even give you the           discount nights but children, 12 and younger, always get         either Ste. Marie Among the Hurons (adult admission:              And although, not necessarily free, the list goes on
key to the bathrooms.                                          in free.                                                         $11.25) or Discovery Harbour (adult admission: $6) will        with some very creative and unique themes, such as

                                                                                                  Peterborough’s Free Zoo
                                                                                          Kids, water and it’s free, what fun

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Peterborough’s Volkswagen Van Festival at the end of           instances, you’ll need a long power cord because two or
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August. The small village of Warkworth in the Trent            more campsites share one power station.
Hills gets my vote for “most creative” with its Donny-           If you don’t plan to stay in the provincial parks but
brook Auction Sale in June and, in August, The Long            hope to travel through Ontario for any amount of time,
Lunch.                                                         a seasonal Provincial Parks Pass is a worthwhile in-
   You can pick up a free copy of The Ontario Festival         vestment. The $100 summer pass allows day-use of all
and Events Calendar at most tourist offices or download        facilities in the park system. For the most part, I found
it at                                       other camping or boondocking options myself, but my
   Relatively new in Ontario is Doors Open Ontario. In         provincial parks pass allowed me to hike the trails, enjoy
various communities between April and October, this            the beaches, partake in ranger programmes and, most
event allows residents and visitors free access to On-         importantly, it provided reliable access to showers and
tario’s hidden heritage treasures, some of which are not       RV dump facilities.
usually open to the public. Find out which weekends the
55 Doors Open events are scheduled at doorsopenon-                Other Money-Saving Tips                                                      Throughout my travels, I often stumbled upon miscel-
   Many towns host a weekly series of outdoor free con-        laneous pieces of information that could benefit RVers.
certs in the summer, which are easier to “luck into” than         I’ll give you just one example: Wi-Fi access. We’re ac-
annual festivals. Here, again, are a few examples:             customed to seeking out town libraries for free Internet
   • The Bandshell Concert Series in Bracebridge - the         and Wi-Fi access. In some locations, however — Port
dates vary but they’re held every week of the summer.          McNicoll and Victoria Harbour come to mind — the
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   • In Peterborough, Little Lake Music Fest (formerly         library charges a fee ($2 in these towns) for access. If                     e Explo Discount
                                                                                                                                    Exclusiv ember
Festival of Lights) features free big-name acts every Sat-
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                                                               you have your own laptop, often you can also find Wi-Fi
                                                               at local cafés. To my way of thinking, when the library                 0% M
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   • Even smaller towns get in on the action. In Bob-          across the province, you can buy a great cup of coffee                Plan Fo nder.
caygeon, Thursday nights are set aside for free concerts       for less than $2. They often run a $2 coffee and muffin                         U
in the park - always an early evening performance for          special and Wi-Fi access is free and reliable.
children, followed by a more adult-themed concert.                Saving a penny here and a dollar there may sound
                                                               nit-picky and not worth the effort but, as we all know,
   Campgrounds                                                 pennies add up and, during the course of a long trip, the       The Explorer RV Club offers members the best range of travel medical plans tailor-made
   Travelling through Ontario, at leisure, without camp-       savings can be very worthwhile. The most difficult and
ing reservations can seem daunting for RVers when most         time-consuming part is usually figuring out where and            for specific requirements. We offer a variety of annual and single trip travel health plans
provincial park campsites are reserved up to six months        how to find the savings. Besides promoting Ontario’s           and we can provide coverage for travellers with or without pre-existing medical conditions.
in advance. Don’t let that discourage you. Even at the         free, frugal and fun destinations, the aim of my Afford-                                    (Stability requirement may apply.)
most popular parks, such as Algonquin, I was told that,        able Ontario Guide series will be to put all these penny-
with the exception of long weekends, an early arrival          pinching bits of information into one source — not just
will almost always get you a campsite without a reserva-       for Ontarians looking for staycation ideas but, also, to
tion. There are always a few last-minute cancellations         show our American RVing friends that, despite paying                      Pack Some Peace of Mind
and most parks hold back a small percentage of their           higher prices than they’re used to for fuel, campgrounds
sites as well. You do, however, have to be prepared to
arrive early in the morning to get these spots.
                                                               and sales taxes, Ontario can still be an affordable vaca-
                                                               tion destination.
   While camping in the provincial parks may seem more            My trip ended happily and in time to see my mother-
expensive than some private campgrounds, I discovered          in-law off. After many travel adventures with her hus-
the price quoted for a mid-level site (on average, $35.25      band, some of which took her around the globe, she also
per night without or $42.25 with electricity) includes         had to take this last trip alone.
tax, whereas prices quoted at private campgrounds gen-
erally do not. The provincial park campgrounds also of-          When not on the road, Marianne Edwards and her spouse,
fer substantial discounts, generally 20 per cent, to seniors   Randy, make their home in southern Ontario. Marianne is
older than 65 while most private campgrounds do not.           the author of a series of guidebooks: The Frugal Shunpiker’s
   Be prepared for rugged camping in Ontario provincial        Guides To RV Boondocking. She can be reached at frugal-
parks. Full hookups are almost unheard of and, in most
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Another members’ benefit.
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                                                                                                                          mirrors, etc. On the other side of the coin, several       the site of many events, including evening entertain-

                            Take Your Time
                                                                                                                          very old seniors also toured this edifice. Additional      ment throughout the year. Several museums, a winery,
                                                                                                                          highlights included minerals, a fossil dig, gem panning    nearby Historic Collinsville, shopping and fine dining
                                                                                                                          and science in motion.                                     added to this stop. Of course, here, too, the dogwoods
                                                                                                                            The awesome selection of pre/post-1900 motorized         in full bloom extended the warmest of welcomes.
                                                                                                                          vehicles was most impressive. I had no idea such a se-     Wilma Rudolph (1940-1994), the Olympic gold and
                                 Getting there is part of the adventure!                                                  lection was manufactured so long ago. The complex          bronze medallist in track, calls Clarksville home. Her
                                                                                                                          overview of significant space travel vehicles on display   life-size bronze statue is proudly portrayed downtown

                                                                                                                          was particularly interesting because most were featured    at the base of the pedestrian walkway.
           any RVers leave Canada and head non-stop,         us past fountains and impressive ceiling décor featur-       in the Dawn of the Space Age planetarium presenta-            Memphis, Tennessee
                                                             ing various themes from Vienna to Paris to London to         tion that followed — one of six 35-minute shows of-           One of our favourite stops is Memphis. We chose the
           in record time, to their southern destina-
                                                             Beijing, plus numerous other world class cities, which       fered. Besides the motorized portion and participation     Memphis-Graceland RV Park because of its conven-
           tions. However, John and I choose to make
                                                             made for an awesome trek. Although we never spend            displays, we also enjoyed the comprehensive creative       ient location. Graceland is within a very short walk,
the trip getting there a huge portion of our adventure.
                                                             much on the gambling end of things, these casino RV          fossil gallery. This collection included giant skeletons   as is the Heartbreak Hotel. There was so much to see
   In 25 years, we still manage to find places we have
                                                             resorts are a step above many other RV parks.                that lived in the water, on land and in the air millions   during our three-day stop and it was great not to have
not toured previously. These long or short stops add so
                                                                On a search for TV reception repair, we modified our      of years ago. The dinosaurs, reptiles and mammals          to disconnect the car. The city tour picked us up at
much to our journeys. If we have no particular place
                                                             itinerary to stay at the Ameristar Casino RV Park in         painted a memorable picture of past life. We highly        the campground while Marlowe’s Rib Restaurant even
to visit, we simply park our Luxor, unhook the car and
                                                             Vicksburg, Mississippi. This casino, too, was one more       recommend that everyone passing through Georgia on         sends its pink limo to the park for customers. Memphis
explore our area. When possible, a stop at a tourist
                                                             outstanding facility — it even included a free breakfast     Highway 75 should stop by this impressive place.           is a superior stopping spot for sure; we will be back.
bureau frequently sends us in a particular direction.
                                                             buffet. We have yet to be disappointed when we stayed          Clarksville, Tennessee                                   Level sites, good hook-ups, Wi-Fi, plus convenience
Park staff, as a rule, are also very helpful, directing us
                                                             at any casino – reasonable rates, excellent amenities plus     One more outstanding beautiful stop last spring was      added to our stop.
to must-see sites.
                                                             tasty meals and entertainment, too. They offer it all.       at the Clarksville RV Park on I-24 in Clarksville, Ten-       Graceland Mansion is one of the best-organized
   John and I are fortunate enough to be able to depart
                                                                                                                          nessee. An abundance of stately dogwoods in bloom          and enjoyable tours we have been on in a long time.
in late October and return in mid-April. By planning            San Antonio, Texas
                                                                San Antonio, Texas has always been a fantastic spot       highlighted their full-service sites plus free Wi-Fi and   The platinum tour ($33) began with a promo picture
a leisurely 10-day to two-week trip in each direction,
we are so much more relaxed when we arrive at our            for us. We have visited that city over and over through-     a friendly welcome added to this stay. On a scale of
extended destination. Each year, we try to search for        out our years of travel. The magnetic River Walk with        one to ten, this park was a twelve.
different sites. Pictures of our stopovers are featured at   its super eateries, the historic Alamo plus SeaWorld,          Touring the impressive historic Cumberland River              zoo, Towers of the Americas and more, make San An-           Walk and River Center near the Tennessee-Kentucky
   Casino RV Parks                                           tonio a compelling stopover, especially for those new to     border added an unexpected highlight to this stop.
   Some of our favourite stops these days include ca-        this one-of-a-kind city. There is plenty to keep everyone    The unique, restored downtown of Clarksville borders
sino RV parks. We even bought an informative book            busy. One of our favourite camping spots is the Passport     the peaceful tranquil River Walk, highlighted with
listing casino locations. There are many throughout          America 50-per-cent discount park at Lake Brunig RV          numerous historical plaques that explain how the riv-
the United States and Canada. If there is no RV park         Resort on the outskirts of San Antonio. This park offers     er, rails and tobacco helped this community to grow.
on site, dry camping in allowed in most parking lots.        half-price stays for as long as you wish.                    We enjoyed the peace and quiet while sitting or walk-
Frequently, we co-ordinate our destinations with RV             Last spring, our stop at Altoona Landing Marine           ing along the expansive pathway. The River Walk is
friends to enhance our stops. Most casinos offer elab-       Resort in Cartersville, Georgia offered a picturesque
orate full hook-ups, level sites, pull-through sites and     surprise. The full-service level sites overlooking the
Wi-Fi, too. Some include shuttle service to the gam-         marina were creatively tiered amongst its many hills.                                         Clarksville RV Park
bling venues and eateries, which offer excellent meals.      Free Wi-Fi and cable added to the mix, plus every-                                            Parked among the
                                                                                                                                                           beautiful dogwoods
At times, a meal may even be free, which acts as an          where, stately dogwood trees in full bloom greeted us.
enticement for snowbirds to visit. If you belong to          The park office promoted local sightseeing treasures.
various RV clubs or 50-per-cent discount clubs, rates        Cartersville is one of 30 Georgia Main Street Cities
may be extremely low.                                        dedicated to preserving historic downtowns.
   One super stop is at the Red Shoes RV Park at the            One of many high points of this stop was an impres-
Couchatta Casino in Kinder, Lousiana. Another neat           sive educational visit to the planetarium at the Tellus
place was the fantastic new and vast Winstar World           Northwest Georgia Science Museum near I-75. There
Tour Casino near Thackerville, Oklahoma. It took             was something available for kids of all ages, even us
us the better part of an hour to stroll their carpeted       old kids. During our visit, young school children ex-
pathway inside the casino. That “world tour” guided          plored the experiments using mediums such as lights,

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                                                              Elvis’ outstanding selection of 33 antique cars, in-
                                                           cluding the pink Cadillac he bought for his mom, was
                                                           extremely impressive to say the least, as were his two
                                                           personal airplanes. Next stop was to the gift shops and
                                                           to three new exhibits for 2009. These underline his
                                                           impact on pop culture, feature highlights of his 31
                                                           Hollywood films and include a special 1968 exhibit
                                                           featuring artefacts, videos and photographs. See more
                                                           at Exploring fascinating Memphis did
                                                           not stop with the mansion. Day two, our tour guide,
                                                           Sam, of Memphis City Bus Tours ($24, (901) 870-5760)
                                                           picked us up at the campground so we could explore
Graceland Mansion
                                                           the renowned Beale Street, 120-year-old A. Schwab
Elvis’ grand music room
                                                           general store and the Peabody Hotel to see the march
and as we boarded the bus, we were each handed a           of the world famous ducks.
headset. Immediately, an audio-guided recording               Every day at 11 a.m., five ducks get off the Peabody’s
                                                                                                                       The First Division Museum...“the most au-
                                                                                                                       thentic war memorial we’ve ever visited.”
began. At each short walking tour stop, Graceland          elevator and march down a freshly laid red carpet so
staff directed participants to the next venue. Photog-     they can swim in the fountain until 5 p.m. when they
raphy was welcome – just no flash. The bottom floor        go up to join their fellow ducks in their penthouse
of this incredible mansion included the living room,       suite. This tradition started 77 years ago when, quite      being cared for, such as a Ronald McDonald House.            Canada is The First Division Museum at nearby
music room, Elvis’ parents’ bedroom, the dining room,      by accident, hunters allowed their live decoy ducks to      I could go on and on about the medical aspects, but          Cantigny in Wheaton, Illinois, near Chicago. What
kitchen, TV room, poolroom, jungle room and more.          swim in the fountain overnight. Surprisingly, they at-      I will save those details for a future story. One of the     an awesome place. This was the most authentic war
The upstairs area remains private. Displays range from     tracted a massive crowd. The hotel was so impressed,        most amazing parts of Memphis is the updates Mayor           memorial we’ve ever visited, offering institutional
Elvis’ humble beginnings to his superstar status with      it hired a duck trainer and it is now a daily event that    Willie Harrington has established. He added trolley          information and personal histories with its archives,
an up-close and personal look at his influence, which      has become a magnet for hundreds of onlookers. The          cars to busy downtown streets to cut traffic, plus he        photographs and a comprehensive library that dates
forever changed our music and our lives. The mansion       present duck master gives quite a pre-show presenta-        reclaimed previous slum areas, transforming them into        back to the unit’s inception. The peacetime and ex-
occupies 14 acres, but although the house is elaborate,    tion, including selecting a child to be his assistant       very pleasant crime-free suburban communities. Fam-          tensive wartime duty the First Division (called the
it’s not overly huge. However, the one-of-a-kind décor     for the day. The youngster goes home with fantastic         ilies that don’t create legal problems (kids or parents)     Big Red One) has been part of since its organization
dating back to the mid-70s was definitely in the five-     memories, plus several long sticks used to control the      can live in these neat modern neighbourhoods on a            in 1917 is creatively highlighted here. After walking
star level. Elvis’ numerous records, awards, abundant      ducks.                                                      rent-geared-to-income basis. The mayor is also in the        through the complex tank park, we gravitated to the
movie credits and incredible costumes were featured           We passed many Victorian Village buildings from          process of upgrading and modifying Cotton Row with-          actual 1st Division Museum. Numerous short videos,
throughout the tour. As we gravitated from one room        pre-1800s to Cotton Row (cotton is processed through        out changing its historic image. To populate the many        interactive displays, including a First World War Ger-
to the other, the audio tour continued via our head-       Memphis, but this area no longer grows most of the          empty offices, the city offers businesses the chance to      man bunker, a pre-departure Second World War bar-
sets. If you lost your place in the recorded story, each   United States’ cotton). We also stopped at the legendary    settle here for low financial outlay. After five years, if   racks and a trench with bombs exploding overhead,
room posted new numbers to which you could set your        Sun Studio/Café, where Elvis made his first recording.      your business is viable, any mortgage owed is forgiven.      brought each battle to life. To add a touch of reality
recorder to get you back on track. Following the ac-          Sam provided so very much information that I can         The previous huge pyramid-shaped basketball stadium          to these traumatic times, visitors watch a video while
tual mansion tour, we sauntered through manicured          only relay the highlights. We just happened to be tour-     is being transformed by Bass Pro Shops into a posh           sitting in a D-Day landing craft. We traversed the
grounds, past purebred horses, to his impressive trophy    ing on Martin Luther King Day; a stage was being set-up     shopping spot, hotel and more. Mayor Harrington is in        bombed out French village of Cantigny and into a
room, which featured additional elaborate costumes,        for a production later and we saw the motel where he        his fifth and final term of office, but a popular county     tunnel through the Vietnam jungle. A full display of
rows of records and awards and much more. In every         was shot while innocently standing on his balcony.          mayor is being groomed to continue his want list. The        Normandy on VE Day highlighted the 1944 Battle of
room, continual renditions of Elvis’ performances and         Memphis is renowned for its excellent medical fa-        city seems to be booming and slowly receiving a major        the Bulge. Creative displays went on and on. When
his movies enhanced the atmosphere. The tour cul-          cilities, among the top third in the U.S. Stars such as     facelift, mainly because of progressive planning and, of     possible, uniformed animated mannequins “talked” to
minated with a quiet visit to the meditation garden,       Danny Thomas and his daughter are responsible for           course, the popularity of Graceland. Memphis is most         their battalions, highlighting events of the day. Tour
where Elvis and members of his family have been laid       the structure and management of many of these fa-           definitely a stop everyone should make.                      price is included in the $5 parking rate. Cantigny fea-
to rest in a peaceful location by the pool. Flowers sent   cilities. Even Chili’s Restaurants has built a medical         There are numerous outstanding eateries, venues,          tures a plethora of gardens and a golf course. Developer
from around the world highlight the floral displays.       research centre. There are many more medical ac-            museums, a zoo and more to take in. We hope to return        Robert R. McCormack lived on this estate for much of
While waiting for the bus to take us across the street     complishments, plus Memphis is a leader in trauma           to Memphis before long to explore what we missed.            his life. His gravesite is a classical Greek and Roman
to his car museum, passengers had time to take pic-        and children’s care. It also has several extensive com-        Wheaton, Illinois                                         architecture called an exedra – a large semi-circle
tures in front of this incredible mansion.                 plexes for families to stay nearby while relatives are         Another memorable stop within a days drive from           walled niche with a raised seat that serves as a gather-

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ing place for contemplation. He also served as a colonel                                                                    Sam’s son, who died in a tragic car crash. Touring this    much fun as it will be when you reach it. If you have
in the First Division during the First World War. This                                                                      amazing venue is free, but donations boxes are scat-       no idea as to what to see and you have no access to the
house is gorgeous and has become a museum, offering                                                                         tered around the chapel. The gift shop is packed with      Internet, try asking park staff about attractions in their
a look into how the upper crust lived. We only toured                                                                       inspirational mementos while Christmas décor was           area. It generally also helps to stop at the local tourist
the main floor (though the full house is open) of Mr.                                                                       everywhere. This is a heart-rending stop for sure. Visit   bureau. Sightseeing stops along the way adds so much
McCormack’s summer home/mansion that was built in                                                                  or call (800) 543-7975.                to your travel adventures. Stay away from those orange
1896 by his grandfather J. Medill and called it Red Oaks                                                                      Scottsboro, Alabama                                      barrels and road gators (shredded tires) en route. No
Farm. Property was passed down through the family until                                                                       One more unforgettable place we love is a regular        matter where you go, please travel safe.
Mr. McCormack acquired it in 1920. He changed the                                                                           stop on our way home from Florida. Unfortunately,
name of his estate to Cantigny Farm in honour of his                                                                        since we spend more time in Texas these days, we             Peggi and John are RV lifestyle consultants in their 25th
service in the town he loved and fought for in France.                                                                      have not visited Unclaimed Baggage in Scotts-              year of fulltiming experience and still counting. Peggi’s
Remodelling and expansion took place before and after                                                                       boro, Alabama for a while. It is such a unique place       comprehensive how-to print book, RV Living in the 21st
his first wife died. The surrounding grounds are equally                                                                    – much like a one-of-a-kind boutique. In excess of         Century; The Essential Reference Guide for all RVers,
impressive. Mr. McCormack was editor and publisher                                                                          7,000 pieces of lost baggage contents is added each        overflows with many tips, hints and other information.
of the Chicago Tribune for 44 years. He created a media         Joplin, Missouri                                            day. Six months after baggage has been lost with no          Her e-book, RV Packing Tips, RV Life Lessons plus
empire that began with a single newspaper. By building          A heart-rending stop for sure                               chance of finding its owner, it appears at this shop. I    Easy Living Hints – 3 e-books in One, continues to be
a variety of newsprint factories, his “baby” transformed                                                                    am more impressed with the concept than the goodies        extremely popular. It can only be ordered online and you
into the WGN TV and radio stations. If you are in the          long red or yellow cord that comes out of an imitation       we may find, but both John and I always came home          can print it or read it on your computer. Visit
area, be sure to stop by this incredible venue. A full tour    ketchup or mustard bottle or the offer of an appetizer       with more new shirts, etc. than either one of us really    for details.
will take much of your day. We enjoyed lunch in the            that is actually a stuffed critter jumping out of the pot.   needed. However, the prices are just too good to pass        Follow the McDonalds’ with P&J’s Weekly Diary – an
café, but a full restaurant is also on-site. Visit firstdiv-   Whenever we are near Lambert’s, especially if we are         up. Be sure to look up the small Crawford’s RV Park.       upfront and personal look of Life On The Move. Sign up                                               with friends, we make a point to dine there.                 Friendly owners, Dave and Margaret, are members            at and you can read past issues at
   Foley, Alabama                                                 Joplin, Missouri                                          of most discount camping clubs. Sites are paved and
   Lambert’s Cafe, “the Home of the Throwed Roll”, is             The Precious Moments Chapel on I-44 in Joplin,            level with good hook-ups and Wi-Fi, plus a phone is
a must-visit for everyone. This eatery literally throws        Missouri, is one more interesting stop. This neat            available at a reasonable price. A great stop for sure.
rolls to customers situated all over the restaurant. The       memorial was a dream of artist Sam Butcher. He cre-          There is a complete story detailing the wonders of the
tradition started when Norman, son of founders Earl            atively designed it to bring to life his intense religious   Unclaimed Baggage on my site,
and Agnes Lambert, transformed the small family                beliefs. Early in his artwork, he produced greeting          tion.htm.
restaurant with minimum access to new heights when             cards, buttons and posters part time. Porcelain figur-         Florida Panhandle
a customer in a far corner of the café wanted a fresh          ines soon followed, all of children with large expres-         Another one of our favourite spots is the sugar sand
roll. He finally exclaimed, “Just throw it at me!” In-         sive eyes. When he finally accumulated enough cash,          beaches of the Florida Panhandle. Stopping anywhere
stantly, the restaurant took on a fun personality. Meals       he built the chapel. Our original visit to this place        along this coast promises a picturesque beachfront
are decadent and the tone is very upbeat, but it can,          was in 1989, when it first opened. Twenty years later,       utopia. One of our favourite camping spot is Eagle’s
at times, be a bit on the rambunctious side of things.         it’s still an impressive spot, now with 14 attractions       Landing RV Park in Holt, Florida, off I-10, exit 41.
Eventually the café grew larger and expanded to three          on site to tour. The guided chapel tour is an informa-       Members of Recreation USA Discount Club stay for
locations – one near Branson, Missouri, another in             tive highlight. Huge murals adorn the windows, walls,        $10 per night. There is so much to see and do, but
Sikeston, Missouri on I-55 and the newest one in               altar and more, plus numerous tiny cherub angels are         a walk along the picturesque beach is a highpoint for
Foley, Alabama, near the Gulf Coast. Foley was our             painted on the ceiling, much like the Sistine Chapel.        many. For the most part, the gulf oil spill did not seem
first visit. Dining at Lambert’s is not only a place to        Sam studied that form of painting in detail before he        to do long-lasting damage to these incredible beaches.
go for great food, it’s a dining experience. Everyone,         erected scaffolding so he could lie on his back to create    The only downside about the Panhandle is the cli-
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                                                                                                                             money senseDNest Egg
 More Travels with our Buick                                                                                                 By Barry Sanderson

                                                                                                                                                   How To Invest Your
                                                                                                                                                  Retirement Nest Egg
                                                                                                                                                             Approach retirement feeling confident.

                                                                                                                                    o, you are retiring and wonder just how your          Also, buy some Long-term Care Insurance in case you
                                                                                                                                    money will last for the next 20 years in these tur-   find yourself in a retirement home down the road.
                                                                                                                                    bulent markets? Timing the stock markets is risky     This insurance pays for your fees (like 3,000 to 5,000
                                                                                                                             these days. Many of my clients prefer a much more con-       per month). You won’t have the resources to take
                                                                                                                             servative approach to their golden years. Here are just      this from your nest egg, so look into it while you are
                                                                                                                             a couple of ways you can approach retirement feeling         healthy. Then you don’t have to worry about provid-
                                                                                                                             confident your money will last and still give you the se-    ing cash for this again.
                                                                                                                             curity you need to stay the course.                             Finally, as I said at the start, you need advice. Take
                                                                                                                                First, take the time to sit down with a qualified ad-     my advice and make sure you get at least two profes-
                                                                                                                             visor who has the knowledge to steer you through both        sional opinions on which way to proceed. Then you
                                                                            World Golf Village & Golf Hall of Fame           the investing scenario and the tax implications which        can feel confident your retirement will be secure and
                                                                        A wonderful place even if you don’t play golf        retirement entails. Many advisors will have good in-         stress free.
                                                                                                                             vestment knowledge but you need the combination                 At the Club, we can help you find the right advisor
                                                                                                                             of investing and tax planning to achieve the proper          closest to your home town. Call 1-800-613-0794 for
                                                                                                                             goals. Make sure you find an advisor who can give you        peace of mind. Safe travelling!
We travelled home on U.S. #1 for                                                                                             both those attributes. This involves income splitting
a change of scenery.
                                           By Keith Horsfall
                                                                                                                             with spouses and insurance protection in case you
                                                                                                                             have an unforeseen death. In that way, you will ensure                                    _ ow cost
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            term life
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          n our trip home from Fort Myers, we crossed
          the Florida peninsula and drove up U.S. #1.
          We stayed in Stuart one night and visited the
                                                                                                                             which may be decreased at time of death.
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                      gourmet the healthy wayDYuletide Fare

                                                      Breaking with Tradition:                                                            Chef Deb’s Ras el Hanout Moroccan Spice Blend            All the ingredients for this recipe can be purchased in the

                                       Yuletide Potluck Fare
                                                                                                                                                      (makes about 1/4 cup)                        spice section of most bulk food stores.

                                                                                                                                            Recipes for ras el hanout — Morocco’s most in-
                                                                                                                                         triguing spice mixture — are as vast and unique as the
                                                                                                                                                                                                   50 black peppercorns
                                                                                                                                         country itself. Literally translated “top of the shop,”
                                                                                                                                         this medley of dried herbs and spices — depending         50 coriander seeds
                                                             Switch it up once in a while!                                               upon the inventiveness of the spice blender’s hand —      25 allspice seeds
                                                                                                                                         can contain upwards of 35 ingredients.                    15 green cardamom pods, seeds only
                      Recipes by Deborah A. Rankine                                                                                                                                                1/2 teaspoon whole cumin seed
                                                                                                                                            The recipe below is my easy-peasy take on ras el
                                                                                                                                         hanout, the result of time spent with Fez’s herbalist     1 teaspoon EACH ground cinnamon, ginger,
                    If you’re camped out in warmer climes this holiday season — and                                                      extraordinaire, Si Mohammed el-Amrani, at his tiny            sweet paprika, turmeric and Kosher sea salt
                  missing family huddled north of the forty-ninth parallel — how                                                         floor-to-ceiling apothecary jar-lined shop, Coin de       1/2 teaspoon EACH ground nutmeg, cloves and
                                                                                                                                                                                                       cayenne pepper
                  about breaking with tradition altogether and hosting a potluck yule-                                                   Henne. Most of the ingredients he showed me that
                                                                                                                                         went into his house blend were familiar… allspice,
                  tide dinner with other RVers in your park?                                                                             black peppercorns, cardamom pods, cloves and nut-         Method
                                                                                                                                         meg. Other elements, however, required an herb            • Place ingredients is a small pan set over low heat
                                                                                                                                         and spice encyclopaedia to decipher, Gouza el asnab,      and dry sauté for 1 minute or until blend begins to
                    Here’s a couple of sure-fire festive recipes to get your
                                                                                                                                         monk’s pepper, orrisroot, grains of paradise and a jar    scent the air and ground spices start to brown slightly.
                  party groove going.
                                                                                                                                         containing several putrid smelling iridescent green       • Transfer toasted mixture to a mortar and pestle or a
                                                                                                                                         insects, thankfully, all dead. This, Si Mohammed el-      spice grinder and reduce to a fine powder.
                                                                                 1/4 cup finely diced dried apricots                     Amrani stated proudly, was cantharides or “Spanish        • Store ras el hanout in a tightly sealed container in a
                                                                                   1 tablespoon dried vegetable seasoning (optional)     fly” to the uninformed.                                   cool, dark place. Use within 6 months.
                                                                                   1 teaspoon ras el hanout Moroccan spice mix
                                                                                     (recipe follows)
                                                                                 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
                                                                               1 1/2 cups rinsed and drained bulgur wheat (try
                                                                                     Markal brand or Bob’s Red Mill bulgur wheat)
                                                                                   3 cups good quality vegetable stock
                                                                                 1/4 cup roughly chopped toasted blanched almonds
                                                                                     zest of one lemon
                                                                                 1/4 cup EACH finely chopped mint leaves and flat
                                                                                     leaf parsley

                                                                               • In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, add oil
Photo by D. Rankine

                                                                               and swirl to coat.
                                                                               • Add cranberries, apricots, vegetable seasoning (if
                                                                               using) ras el hanout and red pepper flakes to saucepan
                                                                               and cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
                                                                               • Add prepared bulgur and cook 1 minute more,
                                  Moroccan “Top of the Shop”                   stirring constantly.
                                    Vegetarian-Style Pilaf                     • Stir in stock and bring mixture to a boil.
                                        (serves 4 to 6)                        • Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 20 minutes
                                                                               or until all the liquid has been absorbed and bulgur is
                      Ingredients                                              al dente.
                          2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil                 • Fluff pilaf with a fork, then stir in almonds, lemon
                        1/4 cup sun-dried cranberries (try Ocean Spray         zest, mint and parsley. Serve hot or at room
                            “Cranraisins)                                      temperature.

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                   gourmet DYuletide Fare

                                                                           • In a large bowl, gently fold together drained
                                                                           potato slices, pea and carrot medley, dried herbs and
                                                                           vegetable seasoning (if using). Set aside.
                                                                           • In a large heavy-bottomed skillet set over medium
                                                                           heat, add oil and butter and swirl to coat.
                                                                           • Add diced onion and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring
                                                                           frequently. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute more.
                                                                           • Add turkey and sauté until cubes are browned on all
                                                                           sides, about 5 minutes.
                                                                           • Transfer mixture to bowl containing vegetables. Set
                                                                           • To skillet add milk and chicken stock and bring to a
                                                                           • Give cornstarch slurry a little stir then whisk into
                                                                           milk mixture. Continue whisking until mixture
                                                                           thickens to a gravy-like consistency.
                                                                           • Pour gravy over turkey-vegetable mixture and stir
                                                                           well to combine, and then spoon into prepared baking
Photo by J. Chow

                                                                           • Invert frozen pie pastry shell on top of warm turkey-
                                                                           vegetable mixture and let rest 2 minutes to allow the
                                                                           pastry to thaw slightly. Shape pastry to fit inside rim of
                                                                           baking dish, and then make 3 slits in top to allow for
                                                                           steam to escape.
                                  No-Fuss Turkey Pot Pie                   • Bake pot pie on middle rack in preheated oven for
                                        (serves 4)                         45 minutes, or until crust is golden and pie has heated
                                                                           through. Let pie rest 5 minutes before serving.
                     Preheat oven 375°F.
                     Coat an 8x8-inch (2-litre/quart capacity) glass bak- Note’s from Chef Deb’s kitchen:
                   ing dish with vegetable spray and set aside.           • This recipe doubles beautifully using a 9x13-inch
                                                                          glass baking dish and two inverted frozen pie shells.
                   Ingredients                                            And who cares if there’s a pastry seam in the centre of
                   1 can (19oz/540mL) sliced potatoes, drained            the pie? Just goes to show it’s really homemade!
                   1 cup frozen pea and carrot medley, thawed             • This assembled dish freezes well. Bake from frozen
                   1 teaspoon EACH dried thyme leaves and dried           at 350°F adding 20 to 25
                      parsley flakes                                      minutes to cooking time.
                   1 tablespoon dried vegetable seasoning (optional)      • Got leftover turkey
                   2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil                   in the fridge? Use it to
                   1 tablespoon butter                                    replace the fresh turkey
                   1 cup finely diced yellow onion                        in this recipe and sidestep
                   1 clove garlic, minced                                 the browning process
                   1 large (about 12oz/350gm) boneless, skinless          altogether.
                     turkey breast, cut into 1-inch cubes
                   1 cup whole (3.25%MF) milk                             For more RV gazette-
                   1 cup good quality chicken stock                       inspired road tested recipes,
                   2 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 1/4 cup milk       visit “Deb’s Daily Dish” blog
                     to make a slurry                                     at www.thefridgewhisperer.
                   1 frozen deep dish pastry pie shell                    com.

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  BRITISH COLUMBIA                                         the ladies and some gentlemen are mighty fine cooks.       ton, AB, CFCW Radio – Edmonton, AB, CampCare                chapter, please contact me, Gary Andress, Durham
  Valley Explorers                                         All went away from the bountiful tables with full tum-     RV – Edmonton, AB, Grove RV – Spruce Grove, AB,             RV Club President at (905) 404-9624 or by e-mail at
  submitted by Gerry and Sue McConnell                     mies and smiles on our faces. Ken and I were back to       National RV – Edmonton, AB, RV City – Morinville, 
  Greetings once again from the Valley Explorers RV        enjoy the fine brunch.                                     AB, Vision RV – Edmonton, AB, Stettler Dodge RV
Club. We are a group of happy campers who live in            That afternoon, most packed up and headed on             – Stettler, AB, Arrkann Trailer & RV – Edmonton,              Happy Campers
the Okanagan Valley in the heart of beautiful British      down the road to their next destination but a few          AB, RV Country – Edmonton, AB, Woody’s RV – Ed-               Many of our Happy Campers have travelled from
Columbia. Our campout schedule for 2010 has been           decided to spend another night in the peaceful little      monton, AB, Trailblazer RV – Nisku, AB, Uncle Ben’s         one rally to another and then to the International
completed and to date our 2011 schedule has not            hamlet before moving on.                                   RV – Red Deer, AB, Western RV – Red Deer, AB, Art           Plowing Match so the rally write-ups will follow in
been released. We will include that information in           We thank Otto for his time and efforts to make our       and Linda Birch – Olds, AB, Lyle and Lynn Eberle –          another issue of RV gazette.
the January/February issue of the RV gazette. As we        rallies most enjoyable. We look forward to each one        Olds, AB
look into the winter months, it is time to anticipate      knowing we will have a great time.                           Also, a big thank you to Wolfe Schneider and Otto           Happy Campers — Drayton
our monthly luncheons and games. We will also have           Otto asked someone in the group gathered at the          Neitsch for collecting the prizes from the donors.            In the September/October issue, the write-up on the
an opportunity to enjoy our annual Christmas party.        rally to provide a written interpretation of their im-       I join Otto in wishing you Happy Trails and we wel-       rally was submitted by Virginia Elliott not Mary Neu-
Even though most of our members have winterized            pression of the activities. The following is the article   come you to join our rallies in 2011.                       meister. Sorry for the error.
their RVs, the Club still provides a great opportun-       submitted for the August rally:                              submitted by Otto Neitsch
ity to participate in social interaction and activities.     Our group gathered in Torrington, Alberta for our          I would like to personally thank Eleanor and Ken for         Quinte Wagoneers
Should anyone wish information on our Club and our         12th annual rally on August 27-29. We had 63 people        all their help. I couldn’t have done it without them.          submitted by Janice Parker
planned activities, contact Gerry and Sue McConnell        (31 rigs) in attendance, 12 were first time attendees.     Thank you also to all the other people who helped              What a wonderful summer this has been. It is hard
by phone at (250) 765-7023 or e-mail gersuemc@               The weather co-operated on Saturday allowing us          make our campouts successful. Thanks Wolfe for help-        to believe that we only have a couple of official cam- Well, until next time, it is our hope that all    to enjoy a variety of activities. We had a Beanbag         ing collect the prizes!                                     pouts left. We have even seen some colour in the trees
of you have a very Merry Christmas. May the roads          Tournament with the first prize team being Don Git-          I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New            these last few weeks.
you travel lead you to peace, health, contentment and      zell and Mary Gibson. Bocce Ball was also played later     Year and I look forward to seeing you next year.               Our July campout was held at Adolphustown with
happiness.                                                 while others chose to enjoy the Gopher Hole Museum                                                                     11 units in attendance. It was great to have water on
                                                                                                                        MANITOBA                                                  site and see the upgrades being done at this park. We
                                                           or the Gun Show at the local arena.
                                                                                                                        Manitoba Explorers                                        did have a bit of liquid sunshine on Saturday but dealt
            ALBERTA                                          Our evening meal, catered by Big Pig Catering of
                                                                                                                        submitted by Phil Lauterer
            Alberta Wildrose Explorers                     Lacombe, Alberta was thoroughly enjoyed by every-
                                                                                                                        Look for a write-up about our summer rallies in a fu-
            submitted by Eleanor Schultz, Lyle and Lynn    one. Thanks you Big Pig Catering! Thank you also to
                                                                                                                      ture issue. If anyone is interested in joining our group,
          Eberle and Otto Neitsch                          the caterer for treating us to a delicious “12th Anni-
                                                                                                                      please call Phil at (204) 632-8551.
            As usual, our Club held two rallies this       versary Cake” for dessert!
         year. The first one was took place at Endiang,      Following our meal, draws were made for the num-           ONTARIO
Alberta on June 11-13 with 13 RVs and 25 enthusias-        erous items generously donated by various RV dealers         Durham RV Club
tic RVers in attendance.                                   and businesses and some individuals.                         submitted by Gary Andress
  Friday evening following the ‘meet & greet’ coffee         In the evening, the cards and dominoes came                As our season slowly ebbs into fall, the Club will be
and donuts, we moved outdoors to a campfire and            out and we played Card Bingo, Mexican Train and            doing two more excursions this year. However, they
when the pesky mosquitoes became too bothersome,           Rummy.                                                     will be over by the time you read this. On September
folks took shelter in the hall to enjoy some card games      Sunday morning, about 20 ‘ralliers’ attended an in-      16-19, some members will be going to the National
and visiting.                                              formal church service led by Ed and Peggy Langdon          Rally at Quinte’s Isle Campark to enjoy the festivities
  Saturday morning, the Endiang’s Centennial Com-          and Dianne Sutherland, all of Red Deer, Alberta. This      and hospitality.
mittee served a delicious ham, sausage, eggs and pan-      was followed by a potluck brunch. It is amazing what         On October 1st, we will be heading to the Graven-
cake breakfast for the group to enjoy. Some outdoor        can be prepared in an RV kitchen!                          hurst KOA to meet and share our last outing as a
games were played during the day but again the mos-          Our spring rally will be held at Endiang, Alberta,       group and talk about what we did this year as a group
quitoes caused some to retreat to shelter.                 June 10-12, 2011. Our August rally at Torrington, Al-      or singularly as well as next year’s plans.
  My husband, Ken, and I had to take a break from          berta will be August 26-28, 2011. Come out and join          Once again, it has been my utmost pleasure to have
the activities of the day as we were happily away to       us next year. We have lots of fun.                         been a part of the Durham RV Club and the wonder-
attend our granddaughter’s wedding in the afternoon          submitted by Lyle and Lynn Eberle, Olds, AB              ful people in the membership.
and evening. The rest of the group enjoyed pizza night       As mentioned, there were a multitude of door prizes        Many thanks to the Explorer RV Club, Campkin’s
provided by the local ‘Our Home Kitchen’ restaurant        donated for the rally and we would like to thank the       RV Centre and my members/friends for their sup-
for supper. More indoor games were played in the           following dealers, businesses and/or individuals for       port once again this year. We are hoping to expand
evening and a brief campfire.                              their generosity in the giving of these items: Adven-      our outings and membership once again for 2011 and
  Sunday morning potluck brunch again proved that          ture RV – Stony Plain, AB, Carefree RV – Edmon-            we’d like you to be a part of it. For information on our

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with it like true RVers - hide under the awnings and          over the years.                                             Christmas holidays will be here and as always, we          their own from the interesting list of places provided
in the dining shelters! RubyAnn found that their new             Some toured Upper Canada Village; other activ-           hope everyone has a Joyous Holiday Season and the          by hosts. Later that evening, those remaining met and
style awning worked well in the rain when it dumped           ities included, bicycling, walking and taking pictures.     very best for 2011.                                        shared barbeques for cooking supper while enjoying
its load of water on her as she sat under the corner in       During happy hour, the group enjoyed sharing sum-             We are very happy to welcome any RVers to our            the company of everyone under the tents. Congratula-
her comfy chair. Boy, did she ever move quickly de-           mer holiday experiences. Catching the ships, lock-          fold. New inquiries and questions about our SEOX           tions to the hosts for a wonderful event.
spite her leg brace! Otherwise, the weekend went well         ing through the Iroquois locks proved to be quite a         group may be found by contacting me by e-mail at eliz.       We missed the August campout at Marine Park
with the usual activities taking place. Some people           challenge. Trying to read the schedule times and be                                      Campground in Mitchell’s Bay but I am sure those
came early and stayed longer. When we were packing            present to view the ships proved to be difficult ac-                                                                   who attended enjoyed the many activities available
up our dining shelter the night before we left, a great       cording to their posted times. We did manage to meet           Southwestern Ontario Chapter                            including golf, fishing charters, casino night, winery,
bubble of water appeared when the awning peg was              the challenge and viewed many ocean going and lake             submitted by Peter Summers                              greenhouse, and Uncle Tom’s Cabin tours.
taken out of the ground. Much to our amazement, it            bound ships during our stay. The concession stand at           At our July rally at Red Oaks Travel Park near Till-      By the time you read this we will have had our cam-
had been put through the water line as it was only            the locks served excellent ice cream cones. We were         sonburg, everyone was cordially welcomed by the trad-      pout at Cathcart Park in Sombra, near Sarnia.
about an inch under the surface. So, off went the water       pleased to have our new couples out camping at this         itional wine and cheese event the first night to wel-        On October 14, 2010, we celebrate our annual meet-
while the line was being repaired by the park main-           event.                                                      come new and returning members. On the Tuesday, we         ing at the Wayside Inn in Talbotville.
tenance fellow. They would not let us pay anything               The group had a barbecue and local corn for our          all enjoyed a tour of the Clovermead Bees and Honey          For more information on our Club, please e-mail me
for it as they were happy to have our group there and         roast on the Saturday. Some members ate up to six           apiary near Aylmer. As well as being able to buy some      at
should have know that it was not down deep enough.            cobs of delicious corn and stated that they were full.      fantastic varieties of honey, we enjoyed a great tour of
It would be corrected.                                        We aim to please. Campfires were a plus on this trip        a bee hive and its occupants. For supper, we went to         NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
   Our August campout was held at Double M Camp-              and mixing with the local seasonal campers provided         the Swiss Family Restaurant in Tillsonburg, where ac-        Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter
ground in Lindsay, with 10 units in attendance, (9 mem-       friendly conversation.                                      cording to our Christmas in July theme for the outing,       submitted by Victoria Pennell
bers and 1 guest). We had a lovely campground right on           The SEOX members, with much regrets had to ac-           we had a fabulous Christmas dinner of turkey and the         The Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter of the
the Scugog River; most people took riverfront sites as we     cept the resignation of our long time treasurer, Wilf       trimmings. The restaurant host had prepared so much        Explorer RV Club held its second rally of the year
don’t often get them. We followed our usual format with       Taylor. A vote of thanks was extended to him and all        he brought out extra servings of turkey and veggies.       at the Lion’s Centre in Pouch Cove, Newfoundland
great campfires but after the potluck supper on Saturday      his many hard long years of work. Our new treasurer         After golfing and touring on the Wednesday, we met         and Labrador, one of the most easterly towns in the
night, we featured a silent auction. All of the items went    was nominated and approved. We are pleased to have          to enjoy company with each other at the traditional        province on September 17-19, 2010. The rally, with
with some good but some bargain prices, and increased         Chuck McWilliams to take over this very important           potluck supper. Later in the evening, we had games         a Mexican theme, was hosted by Victoria and Wayne
our clubs coffers by a nice sum! Thanks, Gerry, for that      job.                                                        including a water balloon fight where most everyone        Pennell, with help from Don and Anne Pennell, John
fabulous idea! Looks like we may do something similar            There were two couples in August travelling to the       came away having to change their clothing. Those           and Shirley Savage, and Ern and Flora Pennell.
in October. Again, some came early and stayed longer.         Maritimes and another couple holidaying in the Gaspé        not departing on the Thursday were left to tour on           Some members arrived a day early, taking advantage
   Our September campout will see some attending the          Pennisula.
National Rally and some at Hanson’s Wilderness Re-               The Marmora Jamboree, September 8-11, has sev-
treat. Others are on vacation travelling to other places.     eral club members attending and volunteering at this
   Our final official campout will be at Quinte’s Isle        annual event.
Campark from October 1-3. We will most likely do                 The Explorer RV Club National Rally, at Quinte
another campout after Thanksgiving but dates and              Isles, Cherry Valley, Ontario in September has many
venue are yet to be confirmed.                                of our members attending.
   Until next time, happy RVing!                                 Our last scheduled meeting, on September 19-20
                                                              at North Shore RV Park includes our potluck supper
  South Eastern Ontario Explorers                             on the second night. Plans and date for the Christmas
  submitted by Elizabeth McDonald                             party in the late fall will be decided at this gathering.
  Our campout, at the Iroquois Municipal Park, for            We welcome all to our festive party. Anyone wishing
the Morrisburg Old Home Week was very successful.             to attend our luncheon may do so by contacting the
There were 19 members present for the gathering               writer for the information. Our camping activities and              In the next issue of RV gazette, find out about all the fun and
and all enjoyed observing the past history of the area        excursions for 2011 will be discussed and planned also         excitement that was had at the 2010 Explorer RV Club National Rally
before the Seaway in 1958. The slide show and old             at this meeting.                                                                  in Cherry Valley September 16 -19.
pictures and the viewing of the Tubie Parade and race            This will be the last write up for the RV gazette
were well attended. The Tubie Race took place at the          magazine for 2010 and how these months have slipped                         If you attended, send in your best photos to
Morrisburg waterfront and consisted of Tubies tied            by so quickly. The next season will be upon us before                      RV gazette, Box 800, Beaverton, ON L0K 1A0
together. The teams used paddles and competed fear-           we know it and the next submission for the magazine                      and they may end up in the January/February issue.
lessly for first place. It has been a very successful event   in winter of 2011 will be written before the holidays.

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of the warm, sunny weather. We were able to partake
in some daytime socializing and an evening campfire
                                                            Newfound Chapter
                                                            submitted by Herb Dowden
                                                                                                                                            Recall Notices
and singalong. More people arrived on Friday, with          We would like to wish all a Merry Christmas and a           If you have a vehicle or product that has been recalled, please record the VIN or serial number and call the
22 RVs and about 50 people in attendance. The wag-        very Happy New Year. For additional Club information,         manufacturer or dealer. The recall contact number for GM is 1-800-263-3777 and for Ford, 1-800-565-3673
onmasters greeted everyone as they arrived with a         contact Herb Dowden at              or visit that company’s website at and click on “Contact Us” to send an e-mail. Daimler/
Welcome Package with some goodies and their agen-                                                                       Chrysler can be reached at 1-800-465-2001 and Toyota at 1-888-869-6828.
das for the weekend. An impromptu social hour was            Reunions
held in the camping area on Friday afternoon. This           Midnight Sun 7th Annual Reunion                                              RV RECALLS                                Canadian Units: 365
was followed in the evening with a ‘Meet and Greet’          submitted by Doug and Judy Baker                                                                                       Description: Certain travel trailers were manufactured
Mexican style. People came dressed in Mexican cos-           Perhaps there’s something to the “lucky seven”                                                                         with axles that may not provide the proper tire sidewall
tume and ate chilli, salsa and corn chips. Prizes went    theory, because the weather was the best we could ever        Recall No.: 2010-239                                        clearance to the travel trailer wheel well or slide room
to Will Lawlor and Joy Janes for the best costumes.       wish for and a fantastic time was had by all at the 7th       Company: Airstream                                          cross shaft. If the proper tire sidewall clearance is not
The meal was followed with music by members of our        annual reunion of the 2003 Midnight Sun Caravan               Models: 2005-2009 Airstream Classic                         maintained, the tire could rub on the trailer wheel well
house band, with singalong tunes and dancing.             (Explore Canada Caravans). This year, 30 sourdoughs           Canadian Units: 33                                          or slide room cross shaft and result in a tire failure. A
   On Saturday morning, we had our annual general         and 1 guest travelled to Galvin Bay Resort near Lake-         Description: Certain travel trailers may have been          tire failure could result in a loss of control of the vehicle
meeting, presided over by President Tom Kieley. Barb      field, Ontario, where Joy and Al Cooper hosted a fun          manufactured with a faulty hydraulic brake controller.
                                                                                                                                                                                    resulting in a crash.
Dawe was re-elected for a one-year term as Treasurer.     packed, three day get together from May 25-27.                The fluid reservoir may leak brake fluid onto the
There were no other positions to be filled. Our Execu-                                                                                                                              Correction: Dealers will inspect and repair the affected
                                                             The first day is all about socializing and getting         controller circuit board causing it to fail. This may
tive for the 2010-2011 year is, President: Tom Kieley                                                                                                                               vehicles.
                                                          caught up with each other’s news and, of course, the          cause the trailer brakes to unexpectedly lock up or fail,
- Vice-President: Margie Hart - Secretary: Victoria       traditional delicious potluck which we enjoyed in the         resulting in a loss of vehicle control that could result
Pennell - Directors: Bill Kavanagh, Gerry Hewitt, and     clubhouse. Food and travelling are definitely common          in a crash.                                                 Recall No.: 2010-192
John Metcalf - Past President: Neil Holloway.             interests!                                                    Correction: Dealers will inspect and repair affected        Company: Fleetwood
   Our silent auction was held during the morning,           A scenic boat cruise on Little Lake in Peterborough        vehicles.                                                   Models: 2010 Bounder, Bounder Classic, Fiesta,
with lively competition over a variety of articles.       took us over the highest lift locks in the world. This                                                                    Southwind and Terra
After a barbecue lunch, we had our afternoon games        is quite the awesome experience. Due to an engine             Recall No.: 2010-241                                        Mfg. Recall No.: 80101-C
of horseshoes and ring toss as we dodged the rain         malfunction, our cruise lasted an additional hour; how-       Company: Dutchmen
showers. At six o’clock, the wagonmasters hosted a                                                                                                                                  Canadian Units: 11
                                                          ever, there was no complaining as we sipped our cold          Models: 2011 Coleman CT-CTS192RD-11                         Description: Certain vehicles equipped with a Remy
cocktail hour, which was attended by everyone. Then       refreshments to beat the heat.                                Dutchmen DM-196RD-11
a catered meal was served and we danced the night                                                                                                                                   alternator may develop a low resistance short within the
                                                             Thursday was a free day, and some chose to go sight-       Four Winds FO-191RD-11
away to some great music provided by a local band.                                                                                                                                  voltage regulator. In some cases, if the circuit does not
                                                          seeing (there’s lots to see in the area). The quilters went   Canadian Units: 22
   On Sunday morning, we had our usual gospel hour        fabric shopping, the golfers went golfing, and Mary and                                                                   open, the low resistance short could eventually generate
                                                                                                                        Description: Certain travel trailers were delivered with
and ended our rally with a potluck lunch. Everyone had    Ron Yorke entertained us with an impromptu musical                                                                        enough heat to result in an engine compartment fire
                                                                                                                        incorrect information on the Compliance Label.
a great time and expressed thanks to the wagonmasters     interlude in the clubhouse. Later, we all enjoyed a                                                                       causing property damage or personal injury.
                                                                                                                        The label lists the wrong Gross Axle Weight Rating
as they ended another season of club activities.          fabulous dinner in Lakefield.                                                                                             Correction: Dealers will inspect and if necessary
                                                                                                                        (GAWR), the wrong number of axles and the wrong
   Thanks go to our many sponsors for this Rally -           All too soon our reunion was over for this year, and                                                                   replace any suspect alternator.
                                                                                                                        Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). The GAWR
Islander RV, Costco, Blue Fin Trailer Park, RV Boss,      we said our goodbyes with lots of hugs and anticipa-
Dave Yetman, Sobeys, Lakeside at Thorburn, Mobile                                                                       is listed as 6,400 lb on the label when it should read
                                                          tion of getting together at the next reunion in the           3500 lb. The label lists only one axle when it should
Trailer Sales, McDonald’s Restaurants, Chelsea Food       Simcoe area.                                                                                                              Recall No.: 2010-213
Services, Joanne Connors, Wilkinson’s Convenience                                                                       read two axles. The GVWR is listed at 7,040 lb when it      Company: Fleetwood
and Gas Bar, Quidi Vidi Brewery, NL Power, Mary                                                                         should have been listed at 7,700 lb. With the incorrect
                                                                                                                                                                                    Models: 2010 Encounter
Brown’s Restaurants, Country Trailer Sales and Trans-       RV Luncheons – Texas 2010 to 2011                           axle and weight rating information, a consumer could
                                                                                                                                                                                    2011 Storm
continental Print.                                          submitted by Peggi and John McDonald                        overload the vehicle, resulting personal injury or
                                                                                                                                                                                    Mfg. Recall No.: 10625FRV
   Many of our members are now looking forward to           John and I will again be hosting the Explorer Club          property damage.
                                                                                                                        Correction: Owners will be advised and the compliance       Canadian Units: 8
warm winters in the south, while others are preparing     Luncheons in the Rio Grande Valley the last week of
                                                                                                                        label will be replaced.                                     Description: On certain motorhomes, an emergency
for winter activities at home, but all are looking for-   November 2010 to February 2011. Places and exact
                                                          dates will be determined after we arrive in the Val-                                                                      egress window was not installed in the bedroom. In
ward to the 2011 camping season when we can share
in the fun of camping together once again.                ley. Locations between McAllen to Weslaco make it             Recall No.: 2010-243                                        the event of an emergency evacuation, not having an
   For more information about the Newfoundland and        easier for attendees from across the Valley. If you’ll be     Company: Dutchmen                                           egress window may increase the risk of personal injury
Labrador Chapter, please contact Victoria Pennell         in South Texas and wish to join other members, please         Models: 2010 Aristocrat, Lite, Sport                        or death.
by e-mail at or by phone at        send your e-mail address to or call us      2010-2011 Coleman, Dutchmen, Four Winds Travel Trailer      Correction: Dealers will replace the current window
(709) 335-2394.                                           at (850) 384-4835. Everyone is welcome!                       2011 Ranier                                                 with an emergency egress window.

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Recall No.: 2010-214                                          Models: 2007-2011 BMW 1-Series                               Recall No.: 2010-237                                        Description: On certain vehicles, the tension adjuster
Company: Forest River                                         Canadian Units: 6,399                                        Company: Jaguar                                             pulley for the drive belt that operates the power steering
Models: 2010-2011 Work & Play                                 Description: On certain vehicles, if the deployment          Models: 2010 XF                                             pump and air conditioner compressor (if equipped) has
Canadian Units: 16                                            of the front seat belt pre-tensioner and the load-           2010-2011 XK Series                                         an outer portion that is made of plastic. Repeated heat
Description: On certain travel trailers, the supplier of      limiter occurs during a crash, the sound insulation          Mfg. Recall No.: J017                                       stress can cause the plastic material to deteriorate and
egress windows used a foam seal with an adhesive that         in the B-pillar around the pre-tensioner could ignite        Canadian Units: 351                                         pieces of the pulley can break off. Broken pieces of the
may cause the window to stick closed. As a result, the        and could cause additional property damage, injury or        Description: On certain vehicles equipped with 5.0L         pulley can get caught between the pulley and the drive
egress window may require more than 9 kg (20 lb) of           death.                                                       V8 engines, the in-tank fuel pump may not be correctly      belt, causing the drive belt to come off and resulting in
force to open in the event of an emergency, thereby           Correction: Dealers will repair the affected vehicles.       activated following a vehicle start up cycle. The engine    the driver needing increased effort to steer the vehicle.
potentially resulting in personal injury.                                                                                  may start and continue to operate as normal until the       This situation could result in a risk of a crash causing
Correction: Dealers will repair the affected vehicles.        Recall No.: 2010-238                                         engine fuel demand exceeds the ability for the pump         property damage, personal injury or death.
                                                              Company: BMW                                                 to supply sufficient fuel. The engine can then cut out      Correction: Dealers will replace the power steering
Recall No.: 2010-236                                          Models: 2010-2011 BMW 5 Series and 5 Series Grand            without warning, potentially resulting in a crash.          pump drive belt tension adjuster pulley.
Company: Forest River                                         Turismo                                                      Correction: Dealers will repair the affected vehicles.
Models: 2010 Lexington and Sunseeker                          Canadian Units: 456                                                                                                      Recall No.: 2010-212
Canadian Units: 150                                           Description: On certain vehicles, the sender unit            Recall No.: 2010-247                                        Company: Suzuki
Description: On certain motorhomes, the fabric used           within the fuel tank could become stuck, causing the         Company: Nissan                                             Models: 2010-2011 Kizashi
for the dinette cushions and windows valances was             fuel gauge to display a greater quantity of fuel than that   Models: 2009-2010 Cube                                      Mfg. Recall No.: 83
not treated with flame retardant and does not meet            which is actually remaining in the tank. As a result,        Canadian Units: 5,384                                       Canadian Units: 665
the requirements of the Canada Motor Vehicle Safety           if the tank were to become empty, engine stalling            Description: Certain vehicles may not meet the              Description: Certain vehicles may fail to conform to
Standards (CMVSS). As a result, the fabric could burn         would occur which, in conjunction with traffic, road         requirements of the Canada Motor Vehicle Safety             Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (CMVSS) 201 -
faster than allowable by CMVSS 302 (Flammability of           conditions and driver’s reactions, increases the risk of a   Standard (CMVSS) 301 - Fuel System Integrity. After         Occupant Protection. The instrument panel centre lower
Interior Materials).                                          vehicle crash causing property damage, personal injury       a rear impact crash test during a compliance testing        box door may not remain closed in a crash situation,
Correction: Dealers will inspect and replace as               or death.                                                    programme, the post crash fuel spillage exceeded the        increasing the risk of personal injury to the occupants.
necessary the affected cushions and window valances           Correction: TBA                                              limit specified by the standard. Should fuel leakage        Correction: Dealers will repair the affected vehicles.
with a treated flame retardant fabric.                                                                                     occur and be in close proximity to an ignition source,
                                                              Recall No.: 2010-264                                         it could result in a fire.                                  Recall No.: 2010-210
Recall No.: 2010-246                                          Company: Honda                                               Correction: Dealers will repair affected vehicles.          Company: Toyota
Company: Roadtrek                                             Models: 2003 Acura 1.7EL                                                                                                 Models: 2010 Lexus HS250H
Models: 2008-2010 Roadtrek 17PC, 17VC, 19PC,                  Accord L4 Coupe                                              Recall No.: 2010-205                                        Mfg. Recall No.: 118
19VC, 21PC & 21VC                                             Accord L4 Sedan                                              Company: Subaru                                             Canadian Units: TBA
Mfg. Recall No.: 2010-01                                      Accord V6 Coupe                                              Models: 2010 Legacy and Outback                             Description: Certain vehicles may not meet the
Canadian Units: 125                                           Accord V6 Sedan                                              Mfg. Recall No.: WVR-28                                     requirements of the Canada Motor Vehicle Safety
Description: On certain motorhomes equipped with              Civic Coupe and Sedan                                        Canadian Units: 5,534                                       Standard (CMVSS) 301 - Fuel System Integrity.
front seats having power lumbar support, the lumbar           2003-2004 Element                                            Description: Certain vehicles may have a broken lead        After a rear impact crash test during a Federal
support wire harness may have insulation that is not          Canadian Units: 44,185                                       wire of the flat cable of the steering roll connector,      compliance testing programme, the post crash fuel
rated as per specification. If there was a short circuit in   Description: On certain vehicles and under certain           which will cause illumination of the airbag warning         spillage exceeded the limit specified by the standard.
the 12V wire harness, the insulation could melt or burn       conditions, the interlock lever of the ignition switch       light, impossible operation of the paddle shift, the        The cause of this compliance failure is currently under
creating a source of ignition. In some cases, the lumbar      may wear prematurely, which can allow the interlock          radio and the horn. The impossible operation of the         investigation by the company. Further details will
support switch may short while the motorhome is in            function to be defeated if the driver does not follow        paddle shift situation could lead to an accident causing    follow. Customers with question should contact Lexus
motion, alarming the driver and, combined with the            the typical shut-down procedure of shifting the gear         property damage, personal injury or death.                  Canada at 1-800-26 LEXUS or 1-800-265-3987.
driver’s reactions, could create the risk of an accident.     selector to the Park position before rotating the ignition   Correction: Dealers will inspect and replace the affected   Correction: TBA
Correction: Dealers will replace affected wire harnesses      key to the off position. Removal of the ignition key         steering roll connector.
as required.                                                  when the gear selector of a vehicle with an automatic                                                                    Recall No.: 2010-221
                                                              transmission (A/T) has not been shifted to the Park          Recall No.: 2010-197                                        Company: Toyota
                AUTO RECALLS                                  position can allow the vehicle to roll away, increasing      Company: Suzuki                                             Models: 2006-2008 Lexus IS 350
                                                              the risk of a crash.                                         Models: 2006 Grand Vitara and XL-7                          2007-2008 Lexus GS 350, GS450H, LS 460
Recall No.: 2010-196                                          Correction: Authorized Honda/Acura dealers will              Mfg. Recall No.: 82                                         2008 Lexus GS460 and LS600HL
Company: BMW                                                  repair the affected vehicles.                                Canadian Units: 4,782                                       Mfg. Recall No.: 119

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Canadian Units: 3,700                                         Recall No.: 2010-223                                        something a lot more reliable than
Description: On certain vehicles, the engine valve            Company: Chrysler                                           what is on there now! Could you
spring materials may contain micro-foreign objects,           Models: 2010 Dodge Nitro, Ram 1500, Jeep Liberty            point me in the right direction for
reducing their strength and potentially causing them to       and Wrangler                                                information on good quality tires
degrade and break. If a valve springs breaks, abnormal        Mfg. Recall No.: K15                                        for RVs?
noise and rough engine performance will be noticed,           Canadian Units: 3,400                                         Thanks John Green
and in the worst case scenario, the engine could fail and     Description: Certain vehicles may have an improperly
stop suddenly while the vehicle is in motion. A sudden        formed master cylinder to hydraulic control unit brake         Howard Elmer replies:
engine failure would result in lost propulsion, which, in     tube assembly that could lead to a loss of brake fluid         Mr. Green, my editor Marcia An-
conjunction with traffic, road conditions, and driver’s                                                                   derson passed your query on to me and
                                                              and reduced braking performance. Reduced braking                                                                 Exposed tread bars                   Irregular shoulder wear
reactions, increases the risk of a crash, causing property                                                                I’ve decided to copy several previous
                                                              force could increase the risk of crash causing property                                                              (replace)                            (have inspected)
damage, personal injury or death.                                                                                         tire related stories to this page for your
                                                              damage, personal injury or death.
Correction: Dealers will install new valve springs.                                                                       information. Tire issues come up from
                                                              Correction: Dealers will repair affected vehicles.
                                                                                                                          time to time and while most of us con-
Recall No.: 2010-253                                                                                                      sider these rubber donuts to be simple
Company: Toyota                                               Recall No.: 2010-189                                        devices, they are anything but. Please
Models: 2000-2004 Avalon                                      Company: General Motors                                     have a look at the tire story from 2006
Mfg. Recall No.: 120                                          Models: 2008-2009 Buick Enclave                             and then some of the letters and fur-
Canadian Units: 4,200                                         2006-2009 Buick Lucerne                                     ther discussion it sparked. Follow the
Description: On certain vehicles, there is a possibility      2008-2009 Cadillac CTS                                      thread and you’ll get a much clearer
that a minute crack develop on the surface of the             2006-2009 Cadillac DTS                                      picture on the direction of investiga-
                                                              2007-2009 Cadillac Escalade                                 tion you’ll want to follow.
steering lock bar, which is a component of the steering
interlock system. Such a crack may expand over a              2007-2009 Cadillac Escalade ESV
period of repeated lock and unlock operations, and            2007-2009 Cadillac Escalade EXT                                 Where the Rubber
eventually the lock bar could break. If this occurs, the      2007-2009 Chevrolet Avalanche                                                                                       Shoulder wear                            Centre wear
interlock system may become difficult to unlock when          2007-2009 Chevrolet Silverado                                   Meets the Road                                     (have inspected)                        (have inspected)
stationary. If the vehicle is steered to the right while      2007-2009 Chevrolet Suburban
                                                                                                                             Check and re-check your
in motion with sufficient lateral acceleration, a broken      2007-2009 Chevrolet Tahoe                                                                                factor primarily because, relatively         But even if you know what’s in
                                                                                                                                 tires regularly.
and loose lock bar may move toward the steering shaft.        2009 Chevrolet Traverse                                                                                  speaking, they are underused. In          a tire, it doesn’t tell you how it’s

If the engagement hole in the shaft happens to line           2007-2009 GMC Acadia, Sierra, Yukon and Yukon XL                     ires, much like our feet, are                                                 going to perform. Luckily for us,
                                                                                                                                                                       other words, they are likely to wear
up at the specific time the broken lock bar has moved,        2006-2009 Hummer H2                                                  in constant use, but their          out before they wear off.                 tire manufacturers share a common
this could cause the steering wheel lock bar to engage,       2007-2009 Saturn Outlook                                             importance is often over-             So, what exactly makes up a tire        information code that appears on the
resulting in a sudden loss of steering control.               Mfg. Recall No.: 10153                                      looked, until they fail of course, or to     anyway?                                   sidewall of all tires, you just need to
Correction: Dealers will replace the steering interlock       Canadian Units: 98,794                                      complete the analogy, until you stub           Goodyear says the P195/75R14            know how to read it.
device.                                                       Description: On certain vehicles equipped with a            your toe. Similarly, it’s this lack of       all-season passenger tire (their most        MAX. LOAD 580 kg (1279
                                                              Heated Washer Fluid System (HWFS), a short circuit          attention that causes most tire fail-        popular size), weighs about 21 pounds     lb.) AT 35 PSI MAXIMUM
Recall No.: 2010-191                                          on the printed circuit board for the washer fluid heater    ures. So, for RVers, being aware of          and is made up of a combination of:       PRESSURE.
Company: Volkswagen                                           may overheat the control-circuit ground wire. A repair      how towing affects an additional set           • 4 pounds of eight types of natural       The maximum pressure for a tire
Models: 2009 Volkswagen Routan                                was implemented in a recall in 2008; however, there         of tires becomes that much more im-          rubber                                    is always indicated on the sidewall.
Mfg. Recall No.: 97S8/T7                                      have been new reports of thermal incidents on heated        portant. For the motorhome crowd,              • 5 pounds of eight types of black      This maximum pressure should
Canadian Units: 1,690                                         washer fluid system modules after this improvement          the additional issue of age comes            carbon                                    not be confused with the vehicle
Description: On certain vehicles equipped with power          was installed. This situation may cause some minor          into play.                                     • 1 pound of steel cord for belts       manufacturer’s recommended tire
sliding doors, the wiring harness may have been routed        distortion, but also could lead to melting of the plastic      Towing, of course, adds weight, but         • 1 pound of polyester and nylon        pressure that is also contained in the
improperly and may chafe on the lower sliding door            around the heated washer fluid system, or potentially       it also affects braking, steering and          • 1 pound of steel bead wire            owner’s manual.
hinge bracket. In some instances, it could result in a        a fire.                                                     turning. Trailer tires also experience         • 3 pounds of forty different kinds        Size Designation P185/75R14
fire within the sliding door and lead to property damage      Correction: Dealer will permanently disable and             these loads, which is why they must          of chemicals, waxes, oils, pigments          The letter “P” or no prefix identifies
or personal injury.                                           remove the heated washer fluid module. An updated           be compatible to the characteristics         etc.                                      a tire intended for passenger cars. A
Correction: Dealers will inspect, repair, and if necessary,   page will be provided and inserted in the Owner’s           of the tow vehicle. And, on all                • 6 pounds of five different types of   ‘T’ prefix is for temporary use, such
replace the harnesses.                                        Manual to document the removal of the feature.              RVs, the age of tires becomes a              synthetic rubber                          as a spare. “LT” stands for light truck

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while “ST” indicates a trailer tire.      determined more by factors such as       certification label on the driver’s         you might suppose. For instance,                        they are sold to the final retail point-
   185 - Cross-section width (in          climate and proper maintenance,          door. A well-balanced trailer               upgrading to a 225/75Rx16 light                            of-sale. Having said this, it is possible
millimeters).                             said Dan Zielinski, spokesman            excretes about 10 per cent of its           truck radial tire that can carry up                        that a “new” tire may in fact already
   75 - Aspect ratio: The ratio of        for the Rubber Manufacturers             weight on the hitch ball. This is           to 65 psi will improve steering feel,        Additional information available       be several years old.
the tire height to the tire width,        Association.                             the direct weight added to the tow          lessen side sway in the tires and          from:                                       So, now RVers have one other thing
expressed as a percentage.                  “We haven’t seen the data that         vehicle tires and should be added to        carry more weight.                           Transport Canada, Road Safety          to check for - the age of their new tires.
   R- Construction type: R = radial;      shows a tire will fail after a certain   the vehicle weight calculations. But           Maintaining your correct tire           Information Phone 1-800-333-             It really is “buyer beware” out there in
B = bias belted; D = diagonal.            date,” Zielinski said.                   remember that for stopping, the full        pressure is vital to the handling and      0371,                       the marketplace.
   14 - Rim diameter (in inches) on         Somewhere between those two            force of the load will be added to          load carrying ability of your vehicle.       The Rubber Association of                 If your tires were in storage in a
which the tire must be mounted.           opinions lies a margin of safety. You    the tires, so a clear margin of safety      Under inflation is the leading cause       Canada, 89 Queensway West,               warehouse away for UV light, that
   DOT Code CCTU9JW458                    have to decide when to replace your      should be maintained.                       of tire failure and with today’s tires,    Ste.308 Mississauga, ON L5B 2V2.         would be a good thing because UV
   Tires carry a Transport Canada         trailer or motorhome tires and that         The first rule of tire safety is don’t   it’s almost impossible to tell if a tire   905-270-8322,           light does break down the rubber. You
approval code that identifies the         decision will likely depend on age       judge a new tire on its looks. Oddly        is low just by looking at it. Low                                                   will have to make your own decision
tire manufacturer and plant, tire         not wear — that’s what makes the         enough, tires that look hefty can           profile radials can be as much as 50          Howard J. Elmer of PowerSports whether or not to replace them. Just
make and model and the date of            RVers choice so difficult. When you      increase rolling resistance, reducing       per cent under inflated before they        Media Services is a Canadian remember to check the age of all tires
production. In this example, the          do replace those tires, remember         performance and fuel economy.               start to look soft. You need to check      automotive joiurnalist, truck writer before you purchase them.
tire was built during the 45th week       there are a few more factors to          Heavy lugs can increase rolling             tires with a gauge. It should be done      and RVing specialist.
of the eighth year (probably 1998).       consider, other than the lowest          resistance and poor handling can            at least once a week and before               Tire Age                                 Another reader asked about his
   The DOT code is particularly           price, such as the load.                 result from tires that are wider            long trips. Check your air pressure           In the recent issue, I read with trailer tires – in relation to the tires
useful when evaluating the fitness          When calculating load, remember        than the rims on which they are             when the tires are cold, cold being        great interest the article “Where on his truck and what to look for (in
of trailer tires. Often the rubber        to include weight of fuel, cargo         mounted. A low-profile tire that            when your vehicle has been driven          The Rubber Meets The Road. “ So the way of possible defects). These
appears to be in good shape because       and people regularly in the tow          doesn’t bulge over the rim will give        less than a mile at moderate speed         I decided to check my tires. Two of ideas would apply to your situation
of little use, but rubber does age        vehicle when looking at tires. The       you much better steering feel and           or after being stopped for three or        my tires were 1994s. I was unable to as well. Particularly the idea of the
and become brittle. The older a           same applies to the trailer, be it a     control.                                    more hours. If you must add air            find a date on the others. New tires trailer axle being out of alignment.
tire is the more likely it is to have     boat, RV or snowmobile — include            The characteristics you want in a        when your tires are hot, add four          were put on 4 years ago so how is it If this were the case – even slightly
cracks between the treads and on          fuel and maximum gear weight.            towing vehicle tire are the same ones       pounds per square inch above the           that my tires are 12 tears old? They – it would create a cross-pattern
the sidewalls. But you can’t count        Consult your vehicle tire placard        that sports cars use. Low, wide, stiff      recommended cold air pressure. Re-         show no signs of wear or cracking- wear situation which could blow
on these telltale signs as sometimes      and owner’s manual for the vehicle       tires that can handle the G-forces          check the inflation pressure when          so does this mean I should get new those tires.
they don’t exist.                         load limits, proper tire inflation and   that come with hard cornering and           the tire is cold.                          tires? I decided to call my brother-
   Recently, the Ford Motor Co.           special trailer towing instructions      braking are best.                              Depending on the performance            law who is a mechanic and talk to           My response: From what you
issued a statement regarding tire         that apply to your vehicle and tires.       If you are ordering a new vehicle,       you want, manufacturers offer              him. He says it’s not uncommon           describe I don’t think it’s the truck
failures. Ford officials said the move    Never exceed the maximum load            consider getting upgraded gas               several choices for most vehicles.         for them to receive tires from the tires. Being that they are LT branded,
comes in response to a growing            rating stamped on the sidewall of        shocks and tires along with the             As towing is a priority, you’ll want       manufacturer which are 4, 5, or 6 running at 80 PSI - these are stiff
body of research that suggests tires      your tire or the maximum vehicle         factory tow package. Particularly           to consider these traits for your tow      years old. I would be interested in sidewall tires that are not going to be
deteriorate as they age and can           load rating, whichever is less.          with pickup trucks, many models             vehicle. Shorter, stiffer sidewalls        your comments.                           flexing on the rim, particularly not
experience tread separations and            The maximum vehicle load               are fitted with passenger rated tires       and a larger footprint (the amount            Thank you. Mike K.                    under the weight of a 27-foot fifth
other failures, even if they look         rating (GVWR) is found on the            when sold, not light truck tires as         of rubber contacting the road) will                                                 wheel. Instead, I’d suspect the trailer.
robust. “It is recommended that                                                                                                offer better braking. A higher load           Howard writes:                        Those are the tires you want to inspect.
tires generally be replaced after                                                                                              rating will have more air pressure            Dear Mike,                            Check the tire pressure, check rotation
six years of normal service,” Ford’s                                                                                           and suffer less distortion when               A spokesman for the Rubber for bulges, which would reveal broken
warning reads. “Heat caused by hot                                                                                             loaded. A streamlined tread will           Association of Canada says that there or separated belts - and check the rims
climates or frequent high loading                                                                                              produce less road noise.                   are no specific guidelines governing how for true roundness. While you are at it,
conditions can accelerate the aging                                                                                               Lastly, remember to make your           old a tire may be when it is sold to the make sure the axle is perfectly aligned -
process.”                                                                                                                      trailer tires compatible with the          public. While he suggests that specific otherwise the trailer might be pulling to
   For its part, the tire industry says                                                                                        vehicle; don’t use passenger or light      companies might have, internally, one side. Any good dealer will be able
it is also conducting research into                                                                                            truck tires on a trailer as they are not   their own rules on how long a tire may to give your unit a once over for this.
tire aging, but there is no data to                                                                                            engineered to the same standards.          wait in storage before being sold, there Let us know how you make out.
support a specific age limit for tires.             Poor air pressure.                        Under inflation.                    Information provided by:                is no way of controlling how long a
A tire’s performance and safety is                                                                                                           wholesaler may warehouse tires before       I hope this helps.

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           190 Main St., Rio Vista, CA 94571
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           800-474-BAJA                                                     519-940-4252                                HWY 11 North, Earlton, ON
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                                           Toll Free   1-866-344-8944                                                                                                             866.642.2343
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      RV Living in the 21st Century
       Essential Reference Guide for ALL RVers               Advertisers’ List
                       by Peggi McDonald

             $14.50 U.S. (plus shipping & handling)          Baja Amigos (RV Tours) .......................................56
     Order   1-888-280-7715 or              Campfire in a Can .................................................56

For Sale – Class A Motorhome
MONACO SIGNATURE, 2005 model, 44’ Conquest
III. Located in Texas just off Interstate 35. For complete
details and photos go to SpringBranch Click
                                                             Can-Am RV Centre ..................................... 2 (IFC)
                                                             Earlton RV (RV Dealer) .......................................56
                                                             Emergency Road Service (ERS) ...........................13
                                                                                                                                           Some things are better done in groups.
                                                             Explorer RV Club ..................................................43
on Class A and Monaco. Coach is currently consigned
but can be removed and sold by owner at any time. For        H. Broer Equipment
additional information call me at (210) 646-5419.            (Service Centre/Generators) ................................45
                                                             Hughes RV (RV Dealer) .......................................56
For Sale
SATELLITE DISH, Motosat Satellite System complete            JR’s Mobile Repair Service ...................................57
with roof mount 24-inch dish and nomad universal             L & H R.V. Repair Service ...................................56
controller. As New; Never Used $900.00. Call (519)
                                                             Lant & Co. (Silver Wheels Insurance) ................35
428-1230 Simcoe, Ontario.
                                                             Maurice Sporting Goods (RV Products) ..............56

                 Classified Ad Rates                         McPhails of Harriston (RV Dealer) ......................15
                      Personal                               OPA (Ontario Propane Association) ....................17
$25.00 for the first 15 words (minimum); $.25 cents/         Passport America (Half-price camping) ...............41
  word after 15 (plus GST/HST were applicable).
                                                             Quinte’s Isle Campark ...........................................57
 $65.00 for the first 10 words (minmum); $2.00/word
                                                             RV gazette .............................................................25
                                                             RV Hotline ............................................................57
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               For classified ad information call
                                                             Sanderson Insurance and Investments .................37                        Explorer RV Club Group Home and Auto
                                                             Sanderson Travel Insurance ..................................29
                   1-800-999-0919                            Save the Manatee .................................................27
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                                                                                                                                                                        Why wait until your insurance comes up
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                                                             Tri-Lynx (Linx Levellers) .....................................11
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                                                                                                                                                                                home and auto insurance.
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                                                                                                                                                 To receive a no-obligation quotation, call toll free.

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