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Old 12-28-2014, 10:02 AM   #1
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Snowbirds heading south from Alberta

Being fairly new to the RV Snowbird experience, would appreciate any suggestions regarding travel in early Jan. from Alberta to Arizona/Calif. Especially interested in truckstop stayovers on the way south along I-15? Easy fuel stops, etc.?
We are in a 42 ft Tiffin and towing car.
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Old 12-28-2014, 02:20 PM   #2
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Can't speak for the trip overall, but there's a good Flying J in Nephi, UT that's good sized. Also a decent RV park up the street from the Flying J a bit, Jones High Country RV Camp. Doesn't look like much, but it has 50 amp power and is good for an overnight stay. They are at 5,000 feet, so it's cold there. Cost about $20/night. We also fueled up at the Pilot in North Las Vegas on I-15 and it's a decent truck stop as well.
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Old 12-28-2014, 03:29 PM   #3
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What we did this past October was fuel up in Milk River at the UFA cardlock. Next fuel stop is in Rocker, just a few miles west of Butte. Pilot J on north side of hi-way. There is a RV lane on the south end of truckers fuel pumps.
We stayed overnight at Snake River RV park in Idaho Falls.
Day two we get fuel in McCammon, south of Pocatello. Last fuel stop is Nephi in UT at the Flying J.Then we can get to Bullhead City Sam's Club for fuel before heading to Lake Havasu.
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Old 12-28-2014, 03:39 PM   #4
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What I use for fuel is gasbuddy.com. And for RV park is rvparkreviews.com. Also I have a book that you can buy at most rv places called Next Exit it tells everything about your travels on our interstates, fuel rest stops wal marts even tell about eating places and on which side of the road. We use this alot. Have a good and safe trip.
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Old 12-28-2014, 06:06 PM   #5
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Wow! That's great info! Thank you so much!
What are the rest of the Albertans doing for a phone plan? Our cell service add-on's are not that cheap!
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We had our phones unlocked through telus. Got AT&T sim card and for $60 a month get 2.5 gb data, unlimited calls in USA, and unlimited texts North America. It's there go-phone plan, and when you don't use it when back home, it doesn't cost anything. Check it out on their website.

Where are you from jcroadies, and where are you going?
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Old 12-29-2014, 09:22 AM   #7
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Thank you for the cell phone info! It appears as though any calls home would be long distance?? Do you know the rate that they would be charged at?
We are from Central-Eastern Alberta and heading to Maricopa, Yuma, Palm Desert and who knows where!!
How about you? Where do you spend your winter?
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Hi JCroadies,

A few months ago most for data would have advised Millenicom but that is now no more it appears and their clients have migrated back over to Verizon for the most part.

For cell phone we have a tracfone and pay $100 per year so the minutes don't expire on us for a whole year and roll forward the next year when we add again. We were fortunate when we bought the tracfone to get triple minutes deal. Monitor and watch their website and you should get double minutes at least. The year deal does us best as we don't use much talk time and we go in and out of the USA at various times of the year. Our phone sourced in Sarasota Fla 4 years ago picked up on Verizon so make sure you understand which general carrier you'll come under with them when sourcing.

Wind and Roam mobility are names that many Canadians have been using for data and might be worth your checking them out again depending on your length of time in one period in the USA. Also be sure you know what carrier they use based on the area you are travelling in for the coverage maps, as for some it is good for others travelling in a different area not so.

G3wireless.com is another one I have in my notes at 9c per MB for data, but not sure of any recent changes with them and again coverage maps whilst down there based on carriers.

Also as we have not been successful since July this year any more with our Shaw Satellite use (others still are with old boxes and dishes picking up 1 and 2), we have started using unblock usa this past two months in Fla for watching some things we don't like to miss that are available online programs.

Hopefully some of the above may be of interest for you. For sure most say Verizon is the best cell phone coverage down in the USA for the most part, others have AT&T as a back up to that from what we've read over time. All depends on where you will be travelling in the USA it seems on which carrier has the best coverage, but Verizon seems to be mentioned the most.

FWIW the above is what our limited knowledge has directed us to.
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Thank you for the cell phone info! It appears as though any calls home would be long distance?? Do you know the rate that they would be charged at?
We are from Central-Eastern Alberta and heading to Maricopa, Yuma, Palm Desert and who knows where!!
How about you? Where do you spend your winter?
For $5 extra a month you can add CDN calling package to phone home. Works good.

We have tried Roam mobility, not very good coverage where we go. Nothing at all through Montana, and sketchy at Lake Havasu City. Roam uses T-Mobile.

We are home now, (South of Brooks). We took MH down in Oct, stayed for a month in Laughlin and LHC. Going back again start of Jan to Blythe CA, and LHC.
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We have used the AT&T go phone with the $100 plan fee to good advantage too, since it does not require a contract, and does not have a monthly billing cost. We don't pay long distance back to Canada, and we can call either cell phones or land lines anywhere in North America.

We also have been getting good value from the AT&T portable hot spot for our internet and email use. If I remember correctly it cost about $100 (on sale?) including the rechargeable device, and gives us 10 Gig of data before we would have to refresh it with a new payment. Also no monthly billings, and it is good for 6 months before it expires if you have not used all your data. We have used it on the road, as well as when we are not getting adequate clarity or speed from the "free" wifi in an RV park.

Have fun on your trip. We hope you meet as many friendly and helpful people along the way as we have on our (first) snowbird trip.
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We travel to Great Falls Montana. Flying J. Stay the night.

We travel to Butte and fuel, then on to Nehpi for fuel and night. Flying J

Travel on to Las Vega and fuel at Loves. Go to Henderson and stay at Railroad Pass casino.

Last half day travel is to Yuma.
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Great tips on the different cell phones and carriers!! Thank you!
Gordon Dewald, thank you for your fuel and stayover tips! Where are you from?
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We are from Edmonton area. This is our 7 year of birding.
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