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post #21 of 32 (permalink) Old 27-09-2013, 09:31
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Sorry I have been unable to respond to individual posts but with the time difference I am usually driving during the common window.

Paul I have been lucky with the weather which is why I am covering these high northern parts before it turns. I have been in to remote areas to shop yet but as I am in a larger place today I will visit Walmart to get a fan heater for the van. It's -1 outside and the nightly forecast for where I am going looks lower. Even if the heater fan was working it is too noisy and heavy on LPG to run during the night so it looks like EHU till I move south. I also may have to drain down at night as these vans are not winterised and I will be liable for damage.

Kev- re pictures. I am limited by lack of wifi and pc. I find it a hassle to upload on MHF with an iPhone as all have to be resized. Since I have had the iPhone I have been using Facebook as this resizes them for you and when on roaming I have managed to put up say four each day within my daily limit. This has enabled friends to see what I am up to and saved me writing a blog.
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This was -15c Andrew near Grand Canyon. But with heated marble floors, engine block heater, 50 amp supply and a fan heater plugged into the next site, we kept warm.

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This was -15c Andrew near Grand Canyon. But with heated marble floors, engine block heater, 50 amp supply and a fan heater plugged into the next site, we kept warm.

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That's it, rub it in Ray. my floors are thin and spongy. It's like walking on a wet mattress. However, thid morning I did buy a heater for when on EHU and an extra sleeping bag for when not. I've just parked up for the night in lovely wooded campsite at West Glacier at the entrance to the national park. It has EHU so am hoping to have my first warm night in 5 days. It has a remote control so I should be able to adjust it from my nest above the cab.
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The Route to the Sun through road MT 89 was closed for the winter so they can make repairs before the snow. However vehicles of less than 20ft long and 8ft wide , which I squeeze into, can drive 33miles to the summit of the Great Divide, which I did. It was a hairy drive with the rocky overhangs and snowing and blowing a hooley at the top so I didn't hang about for lunch and threaded my way out before the weather closed in. Brilliant scenery, shame I can't show it. This area is only a few hours drive from Calgary where I was on Saturday and it has taken me till now to get back to here.
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Having had the first three nights without Hook up, I now find myself at a site where I had to pay for it anyway, so I used it as a learning experience for the differences. Interesting.

EHU - unplug the shore line from the onboard genny, plug in to the post. No probs

Water - different to UK. Connect line directly to mains pressure and to the mains inlet on the MH. This bypasses the tank and water pump and you have mains water when you need it. The fresh water tank has a separate filler to fill up.

Blackwater - ugh. Very different. Instead of a cassette you have a long length of 4" ribbed pipe. (Imagine the nooks and crannies in that). This is connected directly and permanly to the sewer drain. Problem is getting a continuous fall as any slump will hold water. I see many Heath Robinson methods to support this hose to achieve this.

I am sure that this connection is benificial if you are on a long stay, but for an overnight stop its much easier to use a cassette. Also less cost for the campsite.

More later. The fan on the warm air heating has packed up so its extra layers tonight despite being on EHU
Having just got back from 3 weeks touring Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island I found the MH connections easy to use. CanaDream didn't supply the water connector so it was fill the water tank when needed. (They said something about the direct connection being phased out, however every site I used all had connections.)
The Black water was emptied when required, not left connected, and the Grey water used to flush out the hose after a dump. Much simpler than carrying/wheeling cassettes around.

We found the furnace (heating) to be very noisy in use but luckily only had a couple of nights when it was needed. The majority of time the temperature was mid 20's down to mid teens at night.
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A route update since Glacier NP.
MT2 east to Browning then the 89 south to Great Falls. Gale force cross winds on the plains was fun. Spent an afternoon in the Lewis and Clark interpretive Centre. Their story gives such an important understanding to the history of this area.

89 South rush to Yellowstone and got in a few hours before the closure. Next morning all campsiters were ordered to vacate the park that day. No persons are allowed to "Rec-reate". Ie not stop of take pictures. Access parking, roads and boardwalks to exhibits were being blocked off.

I had a word with people staying the Lodge. These are private and they were given 48 hours, so I booked in for the night and spend the day covering as much as I could before the barracades were put up. It was Ranger Leapfrog and I only did not thrown out as I had the reservation. The stories in the lodge that night were amusing with some Ranger dodging by hiding behind trees.

Most Rangers were very good but someone above was doing the elf n safety bit too much. The Americans couldn't believe it. They can't do this, it's our land, for the people.

Left this morning and drove 89s to Jackson Hole. Sunny day and beautiful views of the mountains even though I couldn't take the park route. Much of what I did see was only because I had come from the park. Not only had they closed the entrances but also the roads to the entrances if they were on NP land.

Had the heater fixed here today and will plan my next move. Was going the Black hills and Badlands. Will see

It's rain now and snow higher up so it looks like I have been very lucky to see what I have.
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Andrew, you must take time out to see Rushmore and Crazy Horse mountains.
Take a helicopter flight over the Badlands. It's the only way to really appreciate them.

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Thanks Ray I would like to go there next but have been looking at the Internet tonight and it seems Mt Rushmore and the Badlands are closed. A helicopter would certainly solve that. .

I will check again tomorrow as the weather will have some implication. The back roads I was intending using may have snow issues too

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Oooppsss, bluddy politicians............. Grrrrrrr.

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