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Old 02-14-2010, 08:36 AM   #131
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Re: Swinada's Bus Conversion progress...

He's in Chetwynd... where it is summer for a month, spring for a week, autumn for a week, winter the rest of the year. And burried under snow is an understatement. He forgot to mention the winds that whip through Chetwynd. The brutal cold. The skin freeze factors.

Wishing you an early melt!
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Old 02-15-2010, 12:33 AM   #132
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we are having an early melt, at least today it was around +5, felt like spring..... will see how long it will last.
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Old 02-15-2010, 11:38 AM   #133
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sounds to me like Seeria has been to Chetwind before Swinada hang in there spring is coming!
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Old 02-16-2010, 01:25 AM   #134
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I know what you guys mean....it was in the 60's today here in florida and i was sorta chilly. hate that winter.
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Old 02-11-2011, 11:55 AM   #135
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WOW I haven't been here in a long time. Last year was kind of a short busing season as we had other commitments. But this shall all change this year as we are planning an extended trip. But before that will happen I need to rip out the hot water tank again as we had the misfortune a couple years ago to get an very early 2 days of -20 weather in early October and of course a few days before the planned winterizing of the bus. So the hot water tank is on the fritz and needs to come out.
I just noticed that I never posted any pictures of the finished bathroom so I have to do that too soon.

We are planning to take a 4-5 week trip this summer, my Wife and I would like to cross over to the east coast, basically from coast to coast 7000 km's one way. But the kids say they want to go down south were it is warm and were you can enjoy swimming in the ocean. So maybe we are heading that way.

How are the laws and regulations down south? specifically California, do they have something against skoolies. What should I be looking out for? Do I need special permits or something? Never been to the states before (except once about 20 years ago) so any tips regarding traveling with a skoolie down south would be appreciated.
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Old 02-11-2011, 01:27 PM   #136
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tankless water heater prices have come down lately.
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Old 02-11-2011, 03:01 PM   #137
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We are planning to take a 4-5 week trip this summer, my Wife and I would like to cross over to the east coast, basically from coast to coast 7000 km's one way. But the kids say they want to go down south were it is warm and were you can enjoy swimming in the ocean. So maybe we are heading that way.

How are the laws and regulations down south? specifically California, do they have something against skoolies. What should I be looking out for? Do I need special permits or something? Never been to the states before (except once about 20 years ago) so any tips regarding traveling with a skoolie down south would be appreciated.
From what I understand, you can't take meat across the border. Also I have heard (but don't understand) that you have to prove that you have the $$ to live here while traveling.

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To those who've had difficulty at the border, I have to say this: your attitude is much more important than your answers. Even though I thought I had good answers for customs, they made it clear I didn't. But during the whole hour and a half interview process, I was polite to the point of being demure, and always even tempered. I did not get impatient, I was cooperative, I was respectful, I looked them straight in the eye when answering even if I knew I didn't have a good answer, and I always remembered that entering a foreign country is a privilege, not a right.

Within about minutes, I was sure I was NOT going to be allowed through; the customs supervisor was freaked out that I'm a full-timer (I never had to admit that I am, they figured it out). Instead of being judgmental about that, he took me into a private room and asked me to outline some key events--what I was doing before I hit the road, why I hit the road, and why I prefer to travel back and forth to the Yukon in an RV instead of having a fixed residence. Telling him I used to work for the Canadian government processing security clearances and conducting these same types of interviews really changed the course of our discussion. Suddenly I went from being a scary hippy on the road to someone decisive who knows what she's doing with her life and who is well aware of the legalities surrounding my lifestyle. He seemed particularly impressed when he asked if I planned to camphost, straight barter exchange between the site and some work, no money involved, and I replied that camphosting in the US is illegal for Canadians. He might have been playing dumb, but he actually called someone to confirm that!

We had an open dialogue and it paid off. They did search the rig and they did find things that they didn't like that I hadn't considered would be a problem, and they did make me walk back to Canada to dispose of these things (while allowing me to leave the rig parked at US Customs, much less of a hassle) but I cooperated with them and I got to wake up this morning in beautiful SUNNY Washington state.

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Here's the link to her posts...http://www.rvnetwork.com/index.php?showtopic=89674&st=0 If you PM her (Rae),I'm sure she will be happy to answer your questions. She just made the crossing this month and I'm sure it's still fresh in her mind!


As for Coast to Coast... we ran 1-20 East to West and had no problems. Rough road, hard to believe that I-10 is worse. We only stayed in public parks and parking lots along the way.
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Old 02-11-2011, 03:23 PM   #138
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swinada! great to hear from you yea its raining here on the island today and im sure its cold up there.Glad to hear you are gearing up for a big trip so im thinkin yer bus is working good we had you on the milk carton list!
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swinada! great to hear from you yea its raining here on the island today and im sure its cold up there.Glad to hear you are gearing up for a big trip so im thinkin yer bus is working good we had you on the milk carton list!
No its not really cold up here right now.+ 5 and sunny, but the weather is very weird, a few days of + weather and then it drop's down to -mid twenties again, and then up again, roller coaster weather patterns.

Who knows maybe this year we actually get to meet somewhere on the road.

weird whats going on, i cant link to picasa pictures anymore, tried to post a few but only get red x's.
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tankless water heater prices have come down lately.
No thank you, dont want a tankless. If i could afford a quality one like BOSCH maybe but for sure no cheap China one.
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