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Old 03-22-2016, 07:22 AM   #57
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Driving back south we stopped in Abilene for lunch, and I was never so glad to see bottled water in my entire life. I was able to dump out my Yeti cup and re-fill with our home-made ice (brought from League City) and the bottle of water that I purchased with my burger.

It irritates me mightily that greenies scream about the "immorality" of bottled water (due to the plastic waste, which of course can be recycled) while simultaneously having NO earthly clue just how crappy tap water is in some areas of this country. I suggest that the Court of Public Opinion sentence them to drinking in perpetuity that which they claim ought to be consumed by the rest of us.
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Old 03-22-2016, 07:47 AM   #58
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These 2.5 gallon collapsible water carriers by Reliance are $5-$6 each online, work well for when you need to carry extra fresh water, and collapse to about 1/5 their height when not in use.

Once collapsed, I wrap a small bungee around them to keep them there, making them easier to store.


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Old 03-22-2016, 08:24 AM   #59
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Many Walmarts, Whole Foods, and some other grocery stores have water refill stations. We have a 3 gallon container that we refill as we travel. Most refill stations will accept up to 5 gallon containers. If they don't, we use a 1 gallon jug to fill our larger container. Our cost has ranged from 25 to 40 cents per gallon.

Google "water refilling station". Both Primo Water and Glacier Water have store locators.
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Old 08-17-2016, 07:36 AM   #60
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18 days on the road in two countries, 17 overnights of which 13 were boondocks (and none of the other 4 involved actual hook-ups). Here are some of our take-aways below. I wrote this listicle-style, so it's easy toilet reading whether one is perched on a plastic Thetford or a more conventional vitreous china cabinet.


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Old 08-17-2016, 09:45 AM   #61
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18 days on the road in two countries, 17 overnights of which 13 were boondocks (and none of the other 4 involved actual hook-ups). Here are some of our take-aways below. I wrote this listicle-style, so it's easy toilet reading whether one is perched on a plastic Thetford or a more conventional vitreous china cabinet.





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Read your blog - nice job! You should check with Verizon on your cell plan. We have a plan that lets us use everything in our plan including data for $2/day while in Canada. It has worked well for us - I think Verizon started this option about a year ago.


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Old 08-17-2016, 10:05 AM   #62
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I saw something to that effect in my Verizon txts... Historically there have been many strings attached that only show up in the finest of fine print. I've seen so many people burned by "unanticipated tower relays " and stuff like that, that inflate the cost wildly. If it works as represented now, I'd love to hear more.
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I saw something to that effect in my Verizon txts... Historically there have been many strings attached that only show up in the finest of fine print. I've seen so many people burned by "unanticipated tower relays " and stuff like that, that inflate the cost wildly. If it works as represented now, I'd love to hear more.

It's call Travel Plan. I think you just add it to your current at no cost. It only activates when you leave the USA. In Canada and Mexico the rate is $2/day per device. We used it on a trip to London last year. The rate in Europe is $10/day per device. I thought it was a pretty good deal. Before that I would add Canada to our plan on a month by month basis, but that did not include data, which was very expensive. This new Travel plan is a better deal for my use.
http://www.verizonwireless.com/landi...tional-travel/


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Great read IB. THanks for doing these blog posts. We used to live in Florida and took a trip to canada and as you, were totally dismayed at how hot it was all the way up in summer time. And just as humid. Worse yet, far fewer places had air conditioning.
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It's call Travel Plan. ...[/url]
It looks promising and the only fine print jumping out at me at first glance is "must be on a qualifying plan". I have had an international calling plan on my contract for years, but it has never helped me with foreign data. Only voice.

I had an extended family member in the military who had to travel between the US and Canada while remaining in constant contact with the unit for which she was the CO. Senior military officers cannot give any whiff of impropriety, so on one trip, she went through this whole cellular prove-up research effort to make sure she wouldn't appear to rack up a bunch of foreign charges on the taxpayer dime. When she got back to her unit, she got the bill and it was for some outrageous amount rather than what she'd been quoted. She called up the cell provider and said what's the deal? You told me the rate, even gave it in writing. And this bears no resemblance to that. That's when they told her that her cell signal had bounced off an unanticipated tower and they didn't have any control over what the owner of that other tower was charging.

And that's when I said to hell with all of this nonsense - I'm not even going to use cellular outside the US. These companies know that, if you are caught between countries, it's very hard for you to launch a dispute. And so people get screwed over.
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Nice write up IB. We stay at Toomsuba when we trek to East TN to visit family. Convenient and clean. I've read complaints about noise from the salvage yard near by, but we have never had a problem.

We used the Verion Travel plan on our Canada trip this summer and there was no surprises. $2/day for our full plan features.
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Nice write up IB. We stay at Toomsuba when we trek to East TN to visit family. Convenient and clean. I've read complaints about noise from the salvage yard near by, but we have never had a problem.

We used the Verion Travel plan on our Canada trip this summer and there was no surprises. $2/day for our full plan features.
Good to hear about Verizon. Maybe I will take the plunge next year.

We were pleasantly surprised with Toomsuba, especially being the first KOA we ever tried. Spartan and a bit run down here and there but perfectly clean and well-run. The daily sites (water and electricity) were among the best I've seen anywhere - nestled in the woods, very private (by campground standards).
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