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Old 07-07-2015, 10:08 PM   #1
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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.

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Old 07-07-2015, 11:03 PM   #2
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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


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Old 07-07-2015, 11:53 PM   #3
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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...
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Old 07-07-2015, 11:55 PM   #4
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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." :-)
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Old 07-08-2015, 12:19 AM   #5
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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.
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Old 07-08-2015, 12:36 AM   #6
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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!
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Old 07-08-2015, 02:06 AM   #7
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Here in Vancouver, WA the lowest I can find diesel is $3.059 a gallon. I'd like to fill the rig up at $2.50!
Check Gas Buddy in the Phoenix area. Sorry, but when it comes to fuel prices I don't even consider anything on the west coast. So far out of line with the rest of the US it doesn't even show up on my radar.
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Old 07-08-2015, 02:08 AM   #8
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yeah, there is no doubt, the exchange rate is going to hurt, especially those retail outlets and malls close to the border that have largely been created to attract the Canadian shopper. Aside from fuel, I don't find there is much now that we can buy that can be considered a bargain from the Canadian point of view. When you have to add 25% or more when you take into account the exchange, the time at the border and so on, it really takes away most of those savings that we were hoping to find.
As for visits, I have had to reconsider our RV destinations this year. My inclination is much stronger to stay north of the border in hopes that the currencies may be a little closer next year although I think it unlikely. Full timers may not much change their plans but I can already see the effects taking place just south of the border. Parking lots are much less crowded than they have been.
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Old 07-08-2015, 02:15 AM   #9
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Wow! Sounds like we might want to change our timing for touring Canada! \ken
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I worked for a Canadian company who had assets in USA, Bolivia, and Spain. All financials were US$. 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.
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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.
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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.
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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)

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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.

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