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Old 04-12-2016, 12:03 AM   #57
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Sorry cannot help on your insurance question, as I'm Canadian. I just wanted to comment that it was nice to see a smaller group of Airstreamer's getting together to do a major trip like this. I'm guessing it would have taken some planning to get the adventure put together were it worked for all. Did you plan your own route and stops or are you using the routing info from a WBCCI Caravan? I know with the crazy long waiting lists on most of the WBCCI caravans, there just not a viable option for many.

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Old 04-12-2016, 01:06 AM   #58
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Sorry cannot help on your insurance question, as I'm Canadian. I just wanted to comment that it was nice to see a smaller group of Airstreamer's getting together to do a major trip like this. I'm guessing it would have taken some planning to get the adventure put together were it worked for all. Did you plan your own route and stops or are you using the routing info from a WBCCI Caravan? I know with the crazy long waiting lists on most of the WBCCI caravans, there just not a viable option for many.

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In a nutshell.....we've all gained an appreciation for the WBCCI planning. We didn't use their program as our guide but took hints here and there. A smaller group has better access to smaller venues i.e. Denali's interior campgrounds.

It's nice to plot your own course....but one heck of a lot of work.
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Old 04-12-2016, 04:41 AM   #59
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Yesterday, as part of our Alaska trip, we checked with our health provider (Blue Cross-Blue Shield) and they are sending me the information/instructions on Canadian PPO's and the 800 telephone number to contact if we require medical assistance.


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Old 04-12-2016, 06:11 AM   #60
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One question about medical insurance, specifically in Canada. We are fully covered in the US but haven't given much thought on what we would do if we needed medical attention in Canada. What have you that have traveled through BC, the Yukon and Alberta done for medical insurance?
We are in the process of investigating travel medical insurance options as well. Haven't seen what Good Sam offers yet, but policies I have briefly looked at are relatively inexpensive (~$40/person, medical only) for a six week period. One thing we think is important is to have insurance that covers the return of the rig should we not be able to drive it home due to medical emergency. Don't have a cost estimate for that yet. So anyone please feel free to chime in!
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Old 04-12-2016, 06:21 AM   #61
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Will be interested in Good Sam Canadian medical and tow-back-home insurance, if any. Thanks

Edit -- Looks like GS towing includes Canada, but only towing to nearest safe place to park trailer. Need to check the Travel Assist section too.

https://www.goodsamroadside.com/faq/#q9

TravelAssist FAQ says coverage includes outside US:

https://www.goodsamtravelassist.com/faq.aspx


Does anyone have actual experience with Good Sam's coverages?
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Old 04-12-2016, 01:28 PM   #62
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a hundred bucks a day.

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Old 04-13-2016, 02:49 PM   #63
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A hundred bucks a day cover what?
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Old 04-13-2016, 04:21 PM   #64
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We have found that a trip cost forecast of $1.00/mile seems to be a good estimate of overall expense. This would include fuel, camping, food, dining, and miscellaneous costs. Even a spa day on occasion.

Would not include major repairs or purchases.
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Old 04-13-2016, 05:06 PM   #65
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It's not too hard to figure out an overall budget if you break things down into small chunks:

- Google Maps will help you determine how many miles you are going to travel - then work out your fuel cost based on miles/gallon you already know and an average estimate of fuel cost/gallon that a bit of research with gas buddy will give you.
- you will already know what your weekly grocery cost is - use that number and add 10 or 15%.
- campsite/night costs you should already know.
- your average dining out costs you will already know - just apply how often you expect to dine out in an average week.
- plain ole pocket spending you will already know.
- make a guess for special attractions - this is the wild card - ferries, tours, attractions whatever - make a guesstimate on the number per week and the cost.
- work in some maintenance to your unit.
- add a fudge factor of 10%

It is not hard to come up with a number - and you will be in the ball park - absolutely guaranteed.

.... and that ball park is likely to be between $1000 and $1250 per week (Canadian) - miles driven is the big variable that makes the difference.

I've used a spreadsheet for many years that simply plunks in the same variables talked about above - it is bizarrely accurate and bizarrely consistent from year to year - it is not rocket science - just takes a little time and effort.


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Cost of our trip.

48 day trip this winter. Wisconsin to Key West @ $112/day. Total of 5700 miles. In that $112/day is every cent we spent. It can be done cheaper.

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48 day trip this winter. Wisconsin to Key West @ $112/day. Total of 5700 miles. In that $112/day is every cent we spent. It can be done cheaper.

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or, $.94/mile. $1.00/mile is a good ROM estimate. sometimes a little higher and sometimes a little lower.
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Steamy1, I like the way you think! Sure a lot easier than keeping all our receipts and entering them in the app.

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You will hugely reduce any problems if you lower your speed 15%. We did the Caravan plus quite a bit of extra travel and had absolutely no problems in 11,000 sm and 3 1/2 months. It is not necessary to often stay in RV parks. We never started our generator, but do recommend having one at hand. It is a terrific and safe adventure.
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WOW what a great thread and thanks to all the comments and real world dollars figures.

One question that goes with last post was reduce speed 15%.. what is speed limit on or in canada for RV's? How about on the Alaskan Hiway. (I know KPH or MPH)

Plus I would believe you will be pulling hills/mountains as well so not trying to be the first guy to the top will help with MPG as well.
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