Going in Reverse

by Earle Hasney
(Hemphill, TX, USA)

Q. Glad to find your website. We have been going frugal since around 1970; however, we lived on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and traveled during the summer to Northern Canada!

We started with an Army Tent, graduated to a Concord Travel Trailer, to a Wayfarer Motor Home, to an AVCO Motor Home, and finally to Allegro Motor Home. I will say right now my preference is the 24'-Concord trailer or the 22'-Wayfarer, simply because so many of the National Park campsites are limited to 28'.

The AVCO, well - it was my baby. We bought it almost as a shell and I was able to redo it with the equipment I thought was pertinent. The AVCO, however, went under with Katrina so we come to the hulk, Allegro.

We also had a problem, we're 80 years old and my wife has MS. There's a great problem for those that are wheel-chair-bound with most RVs: embarking, and debarking! Anyway, we found this Allegro with a wheel-chair lift; however, it's a diesel pusher, 39'. Oh my goodness, you need a Walmart parking lot just to turn the thing around! Still, I guess that it's better than nothing, (arguable)!

All of the listed RVs were bought used, and aside from the Allegro and the Concord, all had carburetors, which meant I could perform all maintenance except major breakdowns.

It was a whole different ball game in the seventies and eighties. There were not the number of RV dumps and many RV courts ran on the honor system. Sorta like the National Forest Service, just put your money in an envelope and deposit it in a slot.

I am sorry, I have gotten way off course. The reason for writing was to find out if any readers have traveled up to Dease Lake, B.C.? This used to be way, way, out of the way. What kind of problems have you had? Is it worth the trip??

How about boarder crossing these days? I am retired military, and both my wife and I have military I.D.. Is that sufficient to re-enter the U.S.? Perhaps there are other places that are way, way out of the way, that I can navigate the Allegro to. Don't get me wrong, I'll take it anywhere as long as I can turn it around.

Second, I want to subscribe to your newsletter and I think your reply got thrown out in the trash, please subscribe me. Thanks, Earle

Marianne's Reply: I've added you to the newsletter subscription, Earle.

We've stayed with older vehicles for the same reason - so that Randy can still do most of the maintenance. Soon, unfortunately, everything on the roads will be computerized and out of reach for the average home mechanic.

I hope one of my readers can fill you in on Dease Lake and also that someone reading this is ex-military and can answer your question about re-entry to The States. As far as I know, a passport is now required for everyone but there may be certain exceptions.

~Marianne




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Apr 24, 2022
Marianne
by: Earle Hasney

I appreciate your concern, but, when you reach my age, there is far less concerns about ones self. My only concern is leaving my 3 friends orphans. I have had a wonderful life. We were never what you would call well off. I scrimped and saved for those trips to Canada. Even in those days it cost a pretty penny to travel from Bay St Louis Mississippi to really the Yukon territory. I look back at it now, and wonder what I was thinking at the time, because actually we had very little money over the cost of fuel. I guess that was just the cost of freedom, and the caring people we met. The Stikine River had not been bridged, in fact grass was growing in the middle of the Cassier Highway. It was adventure. At Dease Lake there was General Store, Filling Station, Post Office, Mechanic, all combined in one. Oh yes, we had two daughters and a son. They got a long on the first trip, but there after resented my interrupting their summer vacation with their friends! Of course now they admit that it was a world that has disappeared. I'm sorry, I just get carried away with my yesterdays. About me traveling at my age. I am going to die so why not doing what you enjoy most, no matter the cost! Earle

Apr 23, 2022
Happy birthday!
by: Marianne

I'm sure there are plenty of places where there are no people - but you can't get to them by RV because there was no reason to build a road if no one needs to go there. That said, there are still a few places where RVers can go to get away from the crowds. The deserts of the southwestern states are a good example, where the farther down a dirt road and away from any town you go, the more likely you'll encounter very few others. However, you're likely to be out of cell phone range, too.

I commend you for wanting to do this at your age but can't say I recommend it. Do you really want to be out of reach and far from help or medical care should you need it? If that's a risk you're willing to take and not worry about then I say, "go for it".

In fact, if you contact me on this page, https://www.frugal-rv-travel.com/ContactUs.html I'll send you a few guides that you might find helpful for finding some of the off-the-grid places where we've camped for free (often away from the crowds).

No payment is required -it's my birthday gift to you. Happy 92nd birthday on May 2nd!

Apr 23, 2022
I'm Back
by: Earle Hasney

Yes, I'll be 92, May 2, 2022. Lost my wife of 69 years 2019. What I'm writing about is for information. I'll be traveling in a n 84 28' Brougham with two dogs and a cat. The last time that we traveled was maybe ten years ago. We went to Oregon, and found ever place was mobbed. I am looking for a place where there are no people! Is there such a place???? I know Dease Lake, BC is now over run, so where. I can take maybe one or two, but they have to promise not to talk politics! I am looking to hit the road in July, if I am still a live. Oh, yes, I prefer areas with cool nights. Any information will be greatly appreciated. Earle and family Ben, Molly, and cat.

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