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Old 02-27-2018, 08:05 PM   #11
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We found Newfoundland basically closed for RV (campgrounds, some parks, restaurants, etc.) by the middle of September even when the temperatures were still excellent. The eastern ferry was discontinued as well so we never got to St. Johns.
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Old 02-28-2018, 09:46 AM   #12
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Yes, unfortunately some campgrounds close early, pretty much after school has started because I suppose the customer base declines. The Argentia ferry also drops out of service around then due to the lack of tourists, etc. That said, the Port Aux Basque ferry runs twice a day from North Sydney and you can drive across the Island at your own pace. Takes about 10 hours straight driving but to enjoy the sights and meandering away from the Trans Canada Highway it could take you months to get there!
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NL is definitely on our list. Got as far as Cape Breton a few years ago. And to be serious for a moment, what months are best for a trip there?
August. Weather is too unpredictable in September. Flies are too intense in June and July.

Welcome to the OP from a... former? part-time? is there even an adjective for people like me? Welcome, OP, from a "something" Cape Bretoner. Like the crazy people we are, we've now driven round-trip three times from Houston Texas to Cape Breton, twice in our Class B and once in the unfortunate minivan that preceded it and was the inspiration for its purchase. Road trip number four happens later this year, hopefully.
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August. Weather is too unpredictable in September. Flies are too intense in June and July.

Welcome to the OP from a... former? part-time? is there even an adjective for people like me? Welcome, OP, from a "something" Cape Bretoner. Like the crazy people we are, we've now driven round-trip three times from Houston Texas to Cape Breton, twice in our Class B and once in the unfortunate minivan that preceded it and was the inspiration for its purchase. Road trip number four happens later this year, hopefully.
Thanx for the info. I've been contemplating such a trip in my 2007 RT Pop 190 up to my Viking ancestors' summer resort for some time. Five years ago I got as far as the tip of Cape Breton by mid-August, but decided L'Anse aux Meadows was a bridge (and ferries) too far. Instead I took the east coast road (Rt. 7) from Sherbrooke, aiming for Halifax (the town nearly vaporized by a shipload of explosives in 1917). It's a beautiful coastline with classic fishing villages, but Route 7 is another kettle of fish. All the potholes had been 'repaired' by then, but the 'repairs' were so rough I was nearly thrown into the ditch several times. Driving slow is no solution since you soon have a dozen irate locals in their pickup trucks (must get a new suspension semi-annually) stacked up behind waiting for a straight stretch to pass you. After 50 exhausting miles I put on my chicken suit and fled back west to New Brunswick. Good roads everywhere else I went.
So my questions re Newfoundland are about (1) road conditions (apparently they have pothole warning signs all over), (2) wind effects ("windiest place in the country!") on a Roadtrek 190 with airbag lifts, (3) nighttime low temperatures in mid August (I've seen a lot of pictures of bays full of ice flows, and don't want to have to run my noisy furnace all night - noisy heat pump is kaput.), (4) availability of propane refills (really no AC hookups?).

So I'm of Norwegian descent, but clearly no one would mistake me for Eric the Red.
Should I hope to be "Leif the Lucky", or stay 'chicken' in Ontario?
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So my questions re Newfoundland are about (1) road conditions (apparently they have pothole warning signs all over), (2) wind effects ("windiest place in the country!") on a Roadtrek 190 with airbag lifts, (3) nighttime low temperatures in mid August (I've seen a lot of pictures of bays full of ice flows, and don't want to have to run my noisy furnace all night - noisy heat pump is kaput.), (4) availability of propane refills (really no AC hookups?).

So I'm of Norwegian descent, but clearly no one would mistake me for Eric the Red.
Should I hope to be "Leif the Lucky", or stay 'chicken' in Ontario?
Road conditions were fine in September. They had all summer to fill in pot holes and make repairs that usually happen in the spring.

We boondocked at a rest stop on the Highway 1 north in the windiest place in Newfoundland called Wreckhouse (Google it) without incident.

Low temperatures at night were actually welcome in a September when daytime temps reached the 80s.

By late summer you will not see ice flows in the bays including at the northern tip of ‎⁨Líanse Aux Meadows National Historic Site⁩ where the Vikings landed. You owe it to your Viking heritage to go there.
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