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Old 06-07-2015, 12:18 AM   #1
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Every time I see someone mentioning the number of days to pick-up, I look at where we are and wonder what we should be doing. A bit more than two months left.

We need our passport cards and as much of our "necessary" camping items as we can fit. We will try to sort those out of the whole big pile soon. Have to have most days booked due to going in August, so working on that. Expect to get our orientation straight shortly.

Been to the Pacific Northwest and have seen the great Haystack and Portland and Seattle and the San Juan Islands. Also California many times. Been to city areas in Canada including Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Quebec and Victoria. So we will finally be seeing Banff and Jasper and points east, which will be a totally different kind of trip. It is amazing how having a trailer changes one's traveling mainly to the outdoors rather than the indoors. And that will be a great change.

What else do we need to do to get ready?
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Old 06-07-2015, 12:51 AM   #2
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(snip) It is amazing how having a trailer changes one's traveling mainly to the outdoors rather than the indoors. And that will be a great change.

What else do we need to do to get ready?
That's what I'm looking forward to for when we get our trailer. My husband has been all over the world with his mother on her various trips and cruises. He acts as her sherpa and minder. Some of the places I would have loved to have gone to, but I never would have been able to handle the long flights squished in those stupid airplane seats with some chair reclining idiot in front of me. Or the worry about eating food that would make me sick due to my food restriction.

BUT, with a trailer I don't have to worry about that. There's so much to explore in the US and Canada. I'll have my own kitchen with me and I can stretch out when I want to relax.

Do you have a check list of what all you think you'll need and all that? I'd start setting stuff aside now as that time will creep up on you and before you know it you have a bazillion things to pack and not enough time to do it. Set aside one area of the house and start putting your stuff there. Check it off your list.

One thing I forgot on my recent motorhome, month-long rental. Roll of quarters for the laundry! Fortunately each place made change, but you never know.
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Old 06-07-2015, 01:07 AM   #3
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We happen to have a built-in place in the console for quarters and I keep more elsewhere but will put that on the list because we will need more. When camping, they are often needed for showers, and we will need the Canadian version! Thanks! No change for showers available and no one around at night when you need it.

Travelling overseas on a plane is not the problem that it is here. The planes are always big and the seats are comfortable enough, nothing like domestic. And some of the airlines in other countries have their own nice touches.

We will be sorting our items for the trailer and it is a matter of trying to fit what we need. Too bad someone in Chilliwack or WA does not have a service to keep what you ship up there for your Escape!
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Old 06-07-2015, 01:42 AM   #4
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Quarters won't get you far.
Generally need "loons" for the shower.
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Old 06-07-2015, 02:13 AM   #5
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Birds for the shower. Right. Have to remember to get some after crossing.
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Quarters won't get you far.
Generally need "loons" for the shower.
It was a loonie for 5 minutes at Osoyoos. Nice showers there. Even Lisa, with all her hair could shower within that 5 minute time.
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It was a loonie for 5 minutes at Osoyoos. Nice showers there. Even Lisa, with all her hair could shower within that 5 minute time.
I've been ripped off! In the shower house I used, it was a loonie for 3 minutes. It was fine, 3 bucks... 9 minute shower and I was clean
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WA does not have a service to keep what you ship up there for your Escape!
One option would be to send packages to yourself from a UPS Store near you to one in Bellingham. I remember seeing a UPS Store in Bellingham and there may be one in Sumas. Another option would be to just make a list of what you think you will need and just wait and buy them after you pickup your trailer. There is a Campingworld south of Bellingham and all kinds of stores in Bellingham.

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I've been ripped off! In the shower house I used, it was a loonie for 3 minutes. It was fine, 3 bucks... 9 minute shower and I was clean
You must have used the showers in the old building (the one we had the meals in), as the other was definitely a loonie for 5 minutes (just checked with Lisa to be certain). Now you know for next year.
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Old 06-07-2015, 07:26 PM   #10
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One option would be to send packages to yourself from a UPS Store near you to one in Bellingham. I remember seeing a UPS Store in Bellingham and there may be one in Sumas. Another option would be to just make a list of what you think you will need and just wait and buy them after you pickup your trailer. There is a Campingworld south of Bellingham and all kinds of stores in Bellingham.

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Thank you for your reply. I certainly hope we are not buying anything or much there. Don't know if we want to take a chance on sending by UPS. We will have to get a better idea of what we can fit and see if that is all of the must-haves. It occurred to us to take a trailer up there with our stuff but that is more trouble than it seems worth. We expect to be on the road for several weeks coming back and won't have most of our trailer items.
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