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Old 04-09-2011, 07:47 AM   #15
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If you are tired and it's late you can stop for the night at one of the many rest stops on the hi way. Also many of the provincial and national parks have day camp areas where you can stop for a few hours

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Old 04-09-2011, 11:29 AM   #16
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According to history I've read, the origin of LH vs RH side of the road goes back to military swordsmen on horses. Most folk are right handed and so, columns of horse-soldiers woud ride in attack towards each other with the sword-holding sides adjacent.

A French general recruited a whole squadron of left-handed swordsmen. The British went on the attack and were completely surprised when the opponents came past on their opposite side. The battle was a complete rout.

The French were so pleased with themselves, they made driving on the right a national standard.

When the corss-Channel connectiion was being considered (trains or self-drive traffic) there was a dabate over which side the traffic would drive. One MP, a bit tongue in cheek, suggested the traffic drive on the right coming from France and on the left going towards France, so that a single lane bridge would be sufficient.

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Old 04-09-2011, 11:56 AM   #17
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Sorry for breaking the rules with my posting of our website address, I didn't even think about it! Won't do it again.

BTW, we are British, been in Canada 4 years. We say that you drive on the RIGHT side of the road but we drive on the CORRECT side

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Old 04-09-2011, 12:20 PM   #18
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To drive with a 45 footer I would use from HOPE to KELOWNA the Coquihalla Highway, because it is a 4 Lane Highway and easy to drive. I dislike #3, because it is just to curvy and narrow (2 Lane). Way too many TRUCKS on that road.

A nice drive would be Hope via # 1 (through the Canyon) to Kamloops and # 5 and #16 to Jasper, Icefield Parkway to Banff and Canmore, AB. Back via Golden, Revelstoke to Kelowna and via 97 C to Merrit and back to Hope. You drive a circle tour and don't have to drive too many Kilometers the same road twice. Since we live here, we have driven those roads many times.
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Old 04-09-2011, 01:02 PM   #19
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I have a 43 foot mh and have driven every route from Hope to the Okanagan....they are all easy and very scenic.
When you get to Alberta dont stay in Canmore...I live here and the rv spots you might fit are pathetic.

I would suggest Tunnel Mountain in Banff or going to the Kannanaskis . You can also fit in Lake Louise campground or one of my favs....the Mosquito Creek campground on the Icefields highway...you can park beside the creek as the sites are too small.

If you do go up to the Icefields you can overnite in the parking lot at the lodge.

Hope you have a great trip.
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Old 04-10-2011, 02:38 AM   #20
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if you are looking for a safe place to sleep overnight, most walmarts welcome rv's. they usually have a good place to eat breakfast in the morning too. most have rv supplies, some have groceries.
this free website shows which walmarts welcome overnight rv parking and which do not. this site is up to date as it is updated continuously by users. just email allstays.
we always ask store security or management for permission to park and where to park. we were welcomed for a week in reno, nevada when we were having problems with our tow dolly. we just park overnight most of the time.
if we put our leveling jacks down, we use pads under them like kitchen cutting boards to keep from damaging the pavement. walmart sells such pads for a reasonable price.
if we extend the bedroom slide, we park in such a way that the slide will extend over a grass area or next to a light pole, etc. to protect it from being hit by a car.
we never extend the awning or put out lawn furniture. that would be considered bad etiquette.
indian casinos are another safe place to park overnight. if you don't go inside and gamble, it is free. most have reasonably priced places to eat.
we rented a 24' class c for 2 weeks in new zealand about 25 years ago and got used to driving on the wrong side of the road quickly because the steering wheel is on the ''wrong'' side too.

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