Go Back   iRV2 Forums > iRV2.com COMMUNITY FORUMS > Just Conversation
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-07-2015, 10:08 PM   #1
Senior Member
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Kamloops, BC. Canada
Posts: 930
Canadian Dollar

78 cents!!!!!!!!!!!!

If we keep dropping and fuel keeps going up, guess the
mass flow of snowbirds will be at a dribble.

Looks like parks will suffer and a few states (Arizona, Nevada, Florida,
California and Florida) will have empty parks this winter.

Too bad the US government could not get their act together to allow
the 240 day stay instead of the 180.
Maybe the extended stay would ease the pain of the dollar.

OH..... never thought that maybe they just do not want or need the
Canadian snowbirds. Thats a novel thought.

luckyd is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 07-07-2015, 11:03 PM   #2
Senior Member
SteveLevin's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
Posts: 1,195
As a Canadian, don't you lose health care if you are out of the country more than 180 days a year?

I'm also unclear why staying longer in a more expensive place would somehow ease the pain...but maybe that's just me


The Green Machine -- 2000 Mountain High Coachworks Summit (Spartan chassis / Cummins ISC)
...and F-Troop: Fearghus, Fiona, and Frankie (Cairn Terriers)
SteveLevin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2015, 11:53 PM   #3
Senior Member
Arch Hoagland's Avatar
Monaco Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Clovis, CA, USA
Posts: 6,484
Ha...I don't think Florida nor Arizona are going to have empty parks. There are more and more people retiring and snowbirding.

Along with the fact that a larger number of people are full timing now.

Our immigration problems are a direct result of our governments inaction on the subject for the last 40 years.

Hope you can scrape up enough dough to keep on coming down here...maybe stay at a few of our Walmarts to make up the difference...
2004 Monaco La Palma 36DBD, W22, 8.1, 7.1 MPG
2000 LEXUS RX300 FWD 22MPG 4020 LBS

Don't know where I'm going, spose I'll get there anyway.
Arch Hoagland is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2015, 11:55 PM   #4
Senior Member
Join Date: Jun 2015
Posts: 101
78 cents to the U.S. Dollar? Wow! I hadn't realised it had fallen so low.
Its been about a year since my wife and i journeyed north to British columbia
(Vancouver) TO spend some time. On that occasion i didn't really pay much attention to the exchange rate. Using an ATM type machine I took what it offered and went on my way. Living in Washington state some 70 miles north of Seattle on Whidbey Island, we are so used to seeing license plates from
British columbia, its as though we are an American annex for Canadian shoppers. We see them every where, at the malls, the arcades, on the freeways, where ever. just recently we visited a new RV park located at a casino located a few miles west of I-5 near the Burlington turn off for state hiway 20. While checking it out, we counted perhaps forty RV spots with the usual hook up amenities. The place was about half full. What my wife called to my attention however was out of maybe twenty RV's of various types on site more than half had Canadian "tags". They were rolling the usual "suspects" forty footers plus many had newer mercedes powered winnie vista's and so on. Looks like they were doin' fine to me! As an aside to your comment, I believe the American dollar has been holding up pretty well these last few months or so against a number of currencys. My wife is Japanese and she trys to get back home every other year or so to visit family and also our daughter who lives and works in Tokyo. The dollar has been doing well against the yen for a while now, so both she and I are quite happy about that. When I was living in Japan, working federal civil service there, I can recall when the yen was really kicking some serious butt. Paying our rent in yen meant when ever it went up against the dollar, it cost more dollars to convert to yen to pay rent and other bills. The goverrnment would raise our housing allowance but they were always slow doing it. And of course when the rates shirted in our favor, it was amazing how quick they shifted gears to lower that allowance. I guess what I learned from that is, you do what you gotta do and move on. It doesn't seem that long ago that I recall the Canadian dollar was on parity with the U.S. Dollar and higher. We still went north and still had great times. As that old saying goes.... "It is what it is." :-)
mr mike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2015, 12:19 AM   #5
Senior Member
Pigman1's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 2,046
I know the Canadians are taking a big hit on the exchange rate but the US fuel prices tend to offset that some. We paid upwards of $ 4.76 a US gal for diesel in Whitehorse and diesel prices in the US are in the $2.50 -2.75 area. Yes, I know the further south and east you go in Canada, the cheaper the prices, but they still don't approach US diesel. Not good for our Canadian friends, but a bit of a help.
2013 Tiffin Allegro Bus 43QGP
2011 Chevy Silverado 1500 Toad
Pigman1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2015, 12:36 AM   #6
Senior Member
Mr_D's Avatar
Winnebago Owners Club
Solo Rvers Club
iRV2 No Limits Club
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Vancouver, WA
Posts: 31,258
Here in Vancouver, WA the lowest I can find diesel is $3.059 a gallon. I'd like to fill the rig up at $2.50!
2009 45' Magna 630 w/Cummins ISX 650 HP/1950 Lbs Ft
Charter Good Sam Lifetime Member, FMCA, SKP
RV'ing since 1957, NRA Benefactor Life, towing '14 CR-V
Mr_D is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2015, 02:06 AM   #7
Senior Member
Pigman1's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 2,046
Originally Posted by Mr_D View Post
Here in Vancouver, WA the lowest I can find diesel is $3.059 a gallon. I'd like to fill the rig up at $2.50!
Check Gas Buddy in the Phoenix area. Sorry, but when it comes to fuel prices I don't even consider anything on the west coast. So far out of line with the rest of the US it doesn't even show up on my radar.
2013 Tiffin Allegro Bus 43QGP
2011 Chevy Silverado 1500 Toad
Pigman1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2015, 02:08 AM   #8
Senior Member
sirpurrcival's Avatar
National RV Owners Club
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 1,073
yeah, there is no doubt, the exchange rate is going to hurt, especially those retail outlets and malls close to the border that have largely been created to attract the Canadian shopper. Aside from fuel, I don't find there is much now that we can buy that can be considered a bargain from the Canadian point of view. When you have to add 25% or more when you take into account the exchange, the time at the border and so on, it really takes away most of those savings that we were hoping to find.
As for visits, I have had to reconsider our RV destinations this year. My inclination is much stronger to stay north of the border in hopes that the currencies may be a little closer next year although I think it unlikely. Full timers may not much change their plans but I can already see the effects taking place just south of the border. Parking lots are much less crowded than they have been.
1999 - National Tropi Cal
sirpurrcival is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2015, 02:15 AM   #9
Senior Member
Bumps's Avatar
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: FTer Class of 2015 Origin: Evergreen, Colorado
Posts: 1,536
Wow! Sounds like we might want to change our timing for touring Canada! \ken
Ken & Deb (WIT Club, FMCA, SKP, Harvest Hosts, and grateful volunteers with SOWERs)
2005 Winnebago Vectra 40FD w/400ISL and Allison 3000MH on Freightliner's Evolution chassis, Onan QD7500, 1000w Renogy solar, BlueOx tow gear, and 2015 Cherokee TrailHawk toad.
Bumps is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2015, 06:55 AM   #10
Senior Member
jacwjames's Avatar
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 4,834
I worked for a Canadian company who had assets in USA, Bolivia, and Spain. All financials were US$. Never knew much (or cared) about currency exchange until I had to deal with explaining this and that due to currency exchange.

I now keep an eye on it out of curiosity. I noticed the big difference in US/CAN exchange rate earlier this year and asked one of the Canadian accountants what he thought the reason was and he said "The USA appears to be doing everything right"

Bolivia was easy as it just maintained a set rate to USA.

Spain was a pain since the exchange widely fluctuated, I now have a 50 euro not in my pocket that I paid $68 for and is now worth $53. When working we used 1.35 as the exchange rate. It is now 1.06, the euro is crashing due to the Greece issue along with the other countries in similar situation, Spain had 25% unemployment rate and still does. If anyone was considering a trip to Europe now is the time as the exchange rate is extremely favorable to the US$.

The funny thing is that there is continual talk of China wanting to be the benchmark for exchange rates and some talk by the IMF may be considering this.
Jim J
2002 Monaco Windsor 38 PKD
2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee w/5.7 Hemi
jacwjames is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2015, 07:03 AM   #11
Senior Member
wa8yxm's Avatar
Damon Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 23,927
I would say something political but alas.. not allowed here.

So I will say this.. IF you go to FL and find the parks full..Come back into GA via I-95 about 49 miles.. Turn left, in 3 miles do not make the curve, continue straight, 3 driveways past curve you did not take turn right.. I am on 12.
Home is where I park it!
wa8yxm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2015, 07:07 AM   #12
Senior Dude
Dogpatch's Avatar

Forest River Owners Club
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Somewhere, BC.
Posts: 5,585
Blog Entries: 8
We're staying in Canada for holidays this year for this very reason.

Although the dollar may be $.78, if you use your bank card, credit card or exchange cash to USD, the banks charge an additional $.02 on top of the $.78 making it a useable $.76 against USD.

That sucks!

I usually dabble in buying and selling RV's and can't swallow throwing away $13,000 on a $50,000 buy in the U.S. just to exchange rate. It's curbed my hobby.
Les (RVM12), Bonnie, Morgan and 4 leggers Bella, Shelby & Bruce
2010 Forest River Cardinal 3450RL 40' Full Body Paint- 2015 Ram 3500 Laramie 6.7 ltr Turbo Diesel, 68RFE Trans. 4x4 SRW SB Pullrite 2900 18K FMCA-420438 Good Sam
Dogpatch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2015, 07:36 AM   #13
Senior Member
pdq_bc's Avatar
Tiffin Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: where ever we're parked
Posts: 431
hi everyone

we full time (four years this month). we are canadian snow birds who like so. cal.. and yes, the exchange rate sucks. one thing we did this year was getting a us dollar visa credit card. you save because yo do not pay a fee on each and every transaction. when you pay the visa bill a the end of the month, you pay that day's exchange rate.

on the flip side, this is a great time for our american friends to come to canada. there were many americans here in vancouver for the women's soccer. CONGRATS TO THE US TEAM!
as for the gas, well here in vancouver bc we pay the highest prices in canada - so anywhere we go we find the gas to be cheaper :-)

will the current exchange rate stop us for travelling - no.
will some rv parks now be empty - no.

as noted; it is what it is. to add to that.... no one said "hey, here's a really cheap way to live & travel" (okay, maybe someone did say that, but they were wrong)

peter & larry... tiffin 2015 allegro 36LA ~ chevy 2010 equinox tow
we're here... http://map.datastormusers.com/user1.cfm?user=12260
our blog... http://wllrtr.tumblr.com
pdq_bc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2015, 04:30 PM   #14
Senior Member
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Kamloops, BC. Canada
Posts: 930
We bought a park membership in S.California when dollars were equal.
We also prepaid five years of dues, expecting the dollar to turn.

The fuel price is certainly the big help.
Food pricing is relatively equal.

Snowbirds that pay 600/mo are in for a shock.
I think they will try to stay longer in one place to get
a good deal.

Life is life, and I worked over 40 years to be able to enjoy my
time left.
I certainly cannot take anything with me, and the kids all WANT
us to spend their inheritance.

Yes, I want the USA to agree to the 240 day instead of 180.
Reason.......I want to see as much of our great country(ies) as
possible. Trying to dodge tornadoes, hurricanes, snow, etc, plus
having to count days is a drag.

luckyd is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Canadian Winnie Adventurer 35 Odometer brenthg Class A Motorhome Discussions 7 05-14-2015 12:29 PM
Tips and Tricks About Canadian Travel Sky_Boss Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 32 03-23-2015 06:10 AM
RV Caravan to Canadian Maritime dimples Monaco Owner's Forum 10 01-14-2015 06:23 PM
Canadian Shaw Satellite dish in USA? Milom Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 14 11-21-2014 06:10 PM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:34 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.