THE JOURNEY - APRIL 2019

 


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April the beginning of the RV season in the great white north. A trip across Canada is a fantastic journey and if you have about four months you can see a lot of the country and the trip is definitely worth the drive. 

So much natural scenery from Vancouver Island over the rockies, across the prairies, and the spectacular views of the great Canadian shield in Ontario and finally the maritimes and the east coast.

This month we will highlight the ten capital cities of all our provinces that you may visit on your trip across the country.

As I ramble on reminiscing about our cross Canada trip, Karen just informed me that April is Easter this year. So we want to wish you all a Happy Easter and we hope you have a great long weekend with friends and family.


We will be taking a trip to the mountains this year and visiting Radium Hot Springs, but that will be for another newsletter.


                                  
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On your cross Canada trip visit all of the provinces from west to east and check out the capital cities of each province.


About Victoria, British Columbia

Victoria is the capital city of the Canadian province of British Columbia, located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island off Canada's Pacific coast. The city has a population of 85,792, while the metropolitan area of Greater Victoria has a population of 367,770, making it the 15th most populous Canadian metropolitan area. Victoria is the 7th most densely populated city in Canada with 4,405.8 people per square kilometre, which is a greater population density than Toronto.

 

About Edmonton, Alberta

Edmonton is the capital city of the Canadian province of Alberta. Edmonton is on the North Saskatchewan River and is the centre of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region, which is surrounded by Alberta's central region. The city anchors the north end of what Statistics Canada defines as the "Calgary–Edmonton Corridor". The city had a population of 932,546 in 2016, making it Alberta's second-largest city and Canada's fifth-largest municipality

About Regina, Saskatchewan

Corpus Christi is a Texas city on the Gulf of Mexico. It’s tucked into a bay and its beaches are sheltered by Padre and Mustang islands. The Padre Island National Seashore is home to migratory birds and endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles. The harborfront Texas State Aquarium has touch pools, an aquatic nursery and a shark exhibit. Nearby, a WWII aircraft carrier, USS Lexington, now houses a naval aviation museum.

 

 

About Winnipeg, Manitoba

Winnipeg is the capital and largest city of the province of Manitoba in Canada. Centred on the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine rivers, it is near the longitudinal centre of North America, approximately 110 kilometres north of the Canada–United States border. The city is named after the nearby Lake Winnipeg; the name comes from the Western Cree words for muddy water. The region was a trading centre for aboriginal peoples long before the arrival of Europeans

About Toronto, Ontario

Toronto is the provincial capital of Ontario and the most populous city in Canada, with a population of 2,731,571 in 2016. Current to 2016, the Toronto census metropolitan area, of which the majority is within the Greater Toronto Area, held a population of 5,928,040, making it Canada's most populous CITY. Toronto is the anchor of an urban agglomeration, known as the Golden Horseshoe in Southern Ontario, located on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario.

 

 

About Quebec City, Quebec

Quebec City, is the capital city of the Canadian province of Quebec. The city had a population estimate of 531,902 in July 2016, and the metropolitan area had a population of 800,296 in July 2016, making it the second largest city in Quebec after Montreal, and the seventh largest metropolitan area and eleventh largest city in the country.

About Fredericton, New Brunswick

Fredericton is the capital of the Canadian province of New Brunswick. The city is situated in the west-central portion of the province along the Saint John River, which flows west to east as it bisects the city. The river is the dominant natural feature of the area. One of the main urban centres in New Brunswick, the city had a population of 56,224 in the 2011 census. It is the third-largest city in the province after Moncton and Saint John. 

 

 

About Halifax, Nova Scotia

Halifax, formally known as the Halifax Regional Municipality, is the capital of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. It had a population of 403,131 in 2016, with 316,701 in the urban area centred on Halifax Harbour. The regional municipality consists of four former municipalities that were amalgamated in 1996: Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford, and Halifax County.

About Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Charlottetown is the capital and largest city of the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island, and the county seat of Queens County. Named after Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, queen consort of King George III of the United Kingdom, Charlottetown was originally an unincorporated town that incorporated as a city in 1855. 

 

 

About St. John's, Newfoundland

St. John's is the capital and largest city of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is on the eastern tip of the Avalon Peninsula on the large Canadian island, Newfoundland. The city spans 446.04 square kilometres (172.22 sq mi) and is North America's easternmost city.

 


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Air Conditioner Maintenance

Even if we are down south in the winter months we still need the air conditioning in the daytime.

Keep your air conditioner in good shape with these tips

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It's a good time to give your RV air conditioning a tune up! 


Let's start inside--with the air filters. Check your manual to find out how to get at those dust busters. Typically you'll remove a few screws out and remove a plastic grill. Some a/c filters can simply be pulled out and washed in warm, soapy water, completely dried, and put back in. Simple as it is, it's not a bad idea to do this a up to a couple times a month when RVing dusty areas; once a season elsewhere.


Non-washable filter can be replaced with an after-market filter called "electrostatic," said to grab more pollen and dust that the original. These aren't cheap, but are re-washable, and if they do as they claim, could be a godsend for those with allergy issues. Camping World carries them.


With a hose-type vacuum, suck up any dust you see, and if you can access any ducting, give it a good suck as well.


With the "hood open" on the unit, take a look at the mounting bolts that come down through the roof and snug up inside. These hold your unit to the roof and also help to keep a weather-tight seal. You may need to remove the trim, or "air box" to see them (and possibly expose yourself to wiring, so shut off the power to the a/c unit here). Make sure the mounting bolts are tight.


Next, head up to the roof, using a secure ladder and "walking boards" if needed so as not to disturb the roof. Again, make sure the power is "off" the a/c unit. First, take a look at the condenser fins that provide a broad surface for outside air to draw off the heat that's been pumped out from inside. The fins should be straight and true, not bent over onto one another.


Bent fins can be straightened out with a small slotted screwdriver or knife blade. It's a tedious task, but important for your unit to be efficient. Commercial "fin combs" can be had from an a/c supply.


Look over the shroud or cover, they often take hits from low branches, and UV rays can eat up plastic ones. Some may be fixed with fiberglass cloth and resin, and it's best to make the "fix" inside the shroud where it keeps weather out, but doesn't look horrific. A more expensive fix is to buy a replacement shroud.


With the shroud removed,check out the evaporator, looks like a small auto radiator. Use a brush to gently remove dust from it, or use an air hose to gently blow it out. Inspect the a/c motor, too. Some units have oil holes, often covered with a rubber plug--others are permanently sealed. If serviceable, pull the plugs loose and drop in three to four drops of "three in one" oil. Don't over-oil, less is better than too much.


Replace the shroud and make sure it's secure, lest if blow off your rig. Tighten the mounting screws--not too much zeal here! Firm but not over-torqued.


Time for a system test. Make sure you have enough "juice" available, most require at least a 30 amp service. Turn on the unit and let her rip. Hopefully you'll have oceans of cold air, ready for summer's heat.


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