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RE: anyone running: Champion 2800W gas/propane inverter Gennie?

sorry - I meant to include a link. https://www.costco.com/champion-2800w-running--3100w-peak-gasoline-or-propane-fuel-powered-digital-inverter-generator.product.100284958.html
LosAngeles 02/21/20 02:08pm Truck Campers
anyone running: Champion 2800W gas/propane inverter Gennie?

anyone running: Champion 2800W gas/propane inverter Gennie? Hi all I don’t like gas generators (don’t ask - long story) so was planning on buying a (roughly $1,100) Honda 2200 (the new model) then using the $265 Hutch Mountain New Honda EU2200i Propane, Natural Gas & Gasoline Generator TriFuel conversion Kit However the Honda 2200 seems to have a recall on it, and I can’t find them for sale at the usual places. Is anyone running the $899 Costco sold: Champion 2800W Running / 3100W Peak Gasoline or Propane Fuel Powered Digital Inverter Generator Costco advantage is that if I have a problem with it in the first 10 years I can walk into any Costco and say “this broke, i want a refund” … a pretty significant advantage. I read that it is not quite as quiet as the Honda 2200, however on a 100 foot extension cord at a campsite…. not much of an issue. I really don’t want a gas generator (it will hardly get used, and propane burns so cleanly, and I will always have propane with me in a spare tank, and gas goes stale after 6 months, and I don’t want to carry gas with us……) thus the desire for propane generator. Thanks.
LosAngeles 02/21/20 01:24pm Truck Campers
RE: Quiet boondocking Moab + South Grand Canyon late march

For the Grand Canyon South Rim consider the NPS campground at Desert View. While not true boondocking its location within an easy walk to the rim and away from the crowds at Canyon Village make it very pleasant. Sadly Desert View NPS camground opens mid April 2020, so we will be too early by a few weeks. :-( info here: https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/desert-view.htm
LosAngeles 02/19/20 07:21pm Roads and Routes
RE: Death ValleyCA->Chicago: sights? boondocking. in April.

Thanks all, for the great suggestions. The 2 areas I have not yet found good camping sites yet are after I leave Rocky Point Campground Rd, Santa Rosa, NM and am heading east/northeast on 40/44/55 up to Chicago - I would like to stay about 3 nights along those 1,200 miles… 1st night near Elk City OK (320 miles that day to there) - needing suggestions for camping or boondocking near here. Not on a busy road, but not 40 miles off the freeway either. :-) 2nd night near Joplin, MO (360 miles that day, to around there) (same parameters as the previous night) 3rd night I’ll likely stay at Sangchris Lake State Park - looks very good. 4th nite: arrive in Chicago area. So any campground suggestions along that route for nights 1 +2? I’d like to go this way as I have never been to that part of the world at all, plus it is the most direct route to Chicago. Thanks!
LosAngeles 02/19/20 08:11am Roads and Routes
RE: Anyone running the Baja Designs Amber S2 driving / combo ?

ah got it - thanks for clarifying. Yeah I can see how that combo would work well. any reason you didnt get the S2 PRO spot AMBER? $314 pair i'm not sure of the differences. thanks.
LosAngeles 02/18/20 10:52am Truck Campers
RE: Anyone running the Baja Designs Amber S2 driving / combo ?

Cool - thanks. So to confirm - you got something like the "Baja Designs Squadron Sport Pair UTV LED Light Driving Combo Amber Pattern" ? I see them for $215 on amazon for a pair - seems like a good deal for the amount of light they spec them at putting out....
LosAngeles 02/18/20 10:41am Truck Campers
RE: Death ValleyCA->Chicago: sights? boondocking. in April.

Assuming your route to include Pie Town and Magdalena, agree with possibility of Sedona before those stops. After Magdalena I also agree to scoot up I-25 through Albuquerque to Santa Fe. There are several Forest Service campgrounds around Santa Fe, and one of the nicest COE campgrounds at Cochiti Lake (between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, but closer to Santa Fe). In the Amarillo area there is Palo Duro State Park which would be a nice place for a stopover. Awesome - great! Yeah Sedona and Santa Fe are both great..... Santa Fe (was there twice recently) might get missed so maybe instead i can go to 4 corners instead... maybe.... Hmmmmm :-)
LosAngeles 02/18/20 08:07am Roads and Routes
RE: Death ValleyCA->Chicago: sights? boondocking. in April.

Holy cow - thank you soooooo much - this is a ton of amazing info. Super helpful!!! :-) and i am hoping to have 10-12 days to do the trip, so a 1/2 way decent amount of time. thanks. How long do you have for this trip? Not sure Yosemite will be available from the east side in April. I think you can only either come back south on 395 all the way to I-40, or go through some part of Las Vegas (if not through the center of LV, maybe the road through Pahrump through the southern part of LV) to 93 to I-40 at Kingman. When you get to Hoover Dam, stop and exit (before the bridge) to the parking lot and take the walk up onto the bridge for a great view of the dam. At Kingman, take Route 66 to and through Seligman, then get back on I-40. On that section, you'll see some old R66 leftovers. Also Grand Canyon Caverns by Peach Springs...rustic campground and tour of cave. Then take I-40 to Flagstaff, then down Hwy 89A through Oak Creek Canyon to Sedona. Or...longer but off the interstate, at Ash Fork, south on 89 to Prescott Valley, then east on 89A all the way over Mingus Mountain to Jerome, then Cottonwood, then Sedona. Potato Patch campground on top of Mingus Mountain. Many many curves down to Jerome. In Sedona boondock west of Sedona on FR 525, or stay at a USFS campground in Oak Creek Canyon. From Sedona, take 179 to I-17 south, exit at Camp Verde to 260 east. (Big uphill pull east of Camp Verde.) Drive 260 all the way to Springerville. Explore the "White Mountains" of AZ along the way, with boondocking and USFS campgrounds. Continue onto 60 to Pie Town and Magdalena. See the Very Large Array between the two. Next, north on I-25 to Albuquerque. East on I-40 to Tucumcari. Stop and see the Blue Hole in Santa Rosa on the way. At Tucumcari, take 54 diagonally up through Kansas. Visit Dodge City, or Hutchinson Salt Mine. Make your way on various roads up through Kansas to Salina, then straight up to Belleville. Then go east on 36 all the way to Springfield, IL. We enjoyed camping at Long Branch State Park in Macon, MO on this stretch. (Lots of Mark Twain stuff in Hannibal, MO.) Carry on from Springfield to your Chicago destination. We just traveled this route from Sedona to Chicago this past April. (But just drove from Flagstaff to Tucumcari on I-40.) Shout out to Busskipper on these forums for the route suggestion. Kansas was so windy that our MH roof started detaching! Luckily, we got it fixed near Hutchinson. If you do stay on I-40, Amarillo has Cadillac Ranch, nearby is the leaning water tower and the big cross. I highly recommend the Oklahoma City Memorial! The outside portion is hauntingly beautiful.
LosAngeles 02/18/20 05:16am Roads and Routes
Death ValleyCA->Chicago: sights? boondocking. in April.

Death Valley, CA -> Chicago: looking for sights, boondocking. April. Hi all I have a solo, camping road trip coming up (April) and would like to ask about any MUST SEE things along the way. I’d also prefer to do minor roads, and less interstate, as they are prettier, and more interesting to drive along. I will be in a 4X4 pop up truck camper, and camping the whole way. I prefer very quiet boondocking, and if a campsite - then scenic and mellow and quiet. (nowhere near traffic at all…. / roads) Looking for scenic things to see along the way, that are mostly along my route, and also great, quiet campsites and boon docking sites. I may check out various HipCamp, Harvest Hosts, Boondockers Welcome, and similar campsites, to meet interesting people along the way. I for sure want to go thru Pie Town NM and Magdalena NM (love it there) but East of that I am flexible. But don’t want to go 500 miles out of my way……. small detours. :-) Leave Los Angeles (April) Death Valley, CA Yosemite National Park (weather permitting) back down thru Death Valley on the way…. probably Magdalena NM (When driving from Yosemite to Magdalena NM. Any scenic way to avoid Vegas and Kingman and Flagstaff and have it be more scenic? Maybe go thru Sedona somehow?) Albuquerque NM then…. any sensible way to Chicago….. the most direct way is below, but I can go any way and make any small detours to see great scenery or unusual places between Magdalena NM and Chicago, the final destination. The most direct way is below: (small detours are OK, not 500 mile detours) Santa Rosa TX Amarillo TX Oklahoma City Tulsa Springfield, Missouri St Louis Springfield, IL Bloomington Chicago IL. Thanks!
LosAngeles 02/17/20 02:27pm Roads and Routes
Quiet boondocking Moab + South Grand Canyon late march

Quiet campsites (boondocking) Moab/South Grand Canyon area late march Hi all We will be in a 4x4 pop-up truck camper, (so easy to off road) and I'm looking to find scenic quiet safe boondocking late march. Specifically just 2 areas - (sadly short on time and limited to only these 2 areas) just a tiny bit north or just south of Moab, UT (so easy dinner in Moab that night) and also at, or very close to the South rim of Grand Canyon. Yes of course we'll watch for road closures, and watch the weather.... and I believe that roads may close that make it impossible to get to the South rim of the Grand Canyon. We are fully self contained, and prefer scenic and quiet boondocking. Thanks for any suggestions! :-)
LosAngeles 02/15/20 11:55am Roads and Routes
RE: you like Torklift StableLoads? / Upper, lower or BOTH?

One thing puzzles me , if you have your very own " truck camper expert " , why are you asking the question here ? Spring shops do a lot of business replacing broken springs on working trucks , the majority of which have nothing to do with stableloads . My humble advice is proceed with caution . Asking the question here to gather many thoughts and opinions, and learn about different suspension mods, as i know there are many options. Then sift thru them all. I would generally not just trust one person. I thought that would be obvious. ;-)
LosAngeles 02/15/20 06:29am Truck Campers
RE: you like Torklift StableLoads? / Upper, lower or BOTH?

Update - for those considering the lower StableLoads, they do now make a stainless version, for the Superduty.  However after speaking with various people about StableLoads…. I spoke with a trusted expert, and he said he had heard of more than one situation that people with campers who were using the lower StableLoads who *broke a spring* when using the lower StableLoads.  He said they can also can sometimes make noise, so he recommended against the lower StableLoads. I have NEVER heard of a broken spring due to a lower Stable Load, dude must be trying to sell you an expensive alternative. I can honestly say I've never heard mine make noise either, I guess when not in use they could possible rattle but I've never heard it. (you) I have NEVER heard of a broken spring due to a lower Stable Load, dude must be trying to sell you an expensive alternative. Incorrect. It was a truck camper expert, with no vested interest in anything. and.... just because you have never heard of it happening does NOT mean it hasnt happened. It has happened, more than once. Just so you know. :-)
LosAngeles 02/14/20 05:31pm Truck Campers
RE: you like Torklift StableLoads? / Upper, lower or BOTH?

Update - for those considering the lower StableLoads, they do now make a stainless version, for the Superduty.  However after speaking with various people about StableLoads…. I spoke with a trusted expert, and he said he had heard of more than one situation that people with campers who were using the lower StableLoads who *broke a spring* when using the lower StableLoads.  He said they can also can sometimes make noise, so he recommended against the lower StableLoads.  He did, however, say that the upper StableLoads are a *wonderful* product, and *if* it is needed, they work very, very well.  So just passing that opinion along. I have no further info. 
LosAngeles 02/14/20 11:25am Truck Campers
RE: you like Torklift StableLoads? / Upper, lower or BOTH?

It is my understanding that my possible desire for a fix wont be about payload, as my max payload is about 4,000. It is that..... my desire may be about ride quality. Hallmark is super experienced with this exact situation and will advise once loaded. They themselves said my wanting StableLoads is a "maybe" and we'll know once loaded.
LosAngeles 02/14/20 05:23am Truck Campers
you like Torklift StableLoads? / Upper, lower or BOTH?

much love for Torklift StableLoads? / Upper, lower or BOTH? Hi all We have a 2020 F350 8 foot bed gasser, with the camper package (so an extra rear leaf spring) We get our new Hallmark 9.5’ pop up camper soon-ish. Loaded (wet) weight should be maybe about 2,800 lbs (approx) so no safety issue with our load, …however Hallmark thinks we MIGHT need or benefit from Torklift StableLoads. I believe they would install them for us, (i think for no extra charge) during the camper install. The camper will be on the truck 100% of the time. The truck will basically never be empty. From my research it looks as if Torklift StableLoads would improve the ride of our rig, and have lots of benefits, both comfort and maybe even emergency maneuver stability… for not a huge cost. Should we just err on the side of caution (and comfort) and go for the StabeLoads from the start? As Hallmark will install them for us, at no added charge I think, there is a *solid incentive* to just go for it. and if you were in our situation - would you go for Upper, lower or BOTH? The StableLoad website leads me to believe that the “LOWER OVERLOAD” solves 90% of all issues, so maybe just those might be a good place to start? any general thoughts or experiences to share? Thanks! :-) https://www.torklift.com/rv/stableload
LosAngeles 02/13/20 12:56pm Truck Campers
Anyone running the Baja Designs Amber S2 driving / combo ?

Hi all Anyone running the Baja Designs Amber S2 driving / combo ? A cool guy I know who is really into it has organized a number of scientific tests between all different manufacturers of lights, and he said that using an actual light meter, measured distances, charts, etc… that generally dollar for dollar the Baja Designs stuff generally wins, by a mile, comparing similar lights. For me he recommended the Baja Designs Amber S2 driving / combo - for a lower priced but good quality combination (Spot for ditch plus wide) light. He said the amber was very pleasing to the eye, and I could angle them out a bit to light up the ditches with the spot beam, plus the wide would be good general illumination. here is one online retailer of it: $197 shipped here, for a pair. https://www.morris4x4center.com/baja-designs-s2-sport-driving-combo-beam-led-lights-black-with-amber-lens-pair.html
LosAngeles 02/10/20 02:16pm Truck Campers
RE: Best *mid priced* Kinetic Recovery Rope?

As a few people on this thread pointed out - in their opinion (and my opinion) both a row strap and a Kinetic rope can be useful in different situations in recoveries. I am fortunate enough to be able to afford both (in addition to other recovery gear I will carry) To clarify - I will not be doing serous overlanding or off roading. So my question only ever was, and is - looking for recommendations for Kinetic Ropes. (NOT if I should buy one, but what one to buy) Thanks for the kinetic rope suggestions above. Appreciated. And thanks to all, for the many thoughts, and the lively discussion. :-)
LosAngeles 02/08/20 09:39am Truck Campers
RE: Best *mid priced* Kinetic Recovery Rope?

......If your mind's made up why ask? The only question I asked to start this thread, was in the first post And I quote: “Best *mid priced* Kinetic Recovery Rope? “
LosAngeles 02/07/20 08:25pm Truck Campers
RE: Best *mid priced* Kinetic Recovery Rope?

Not a surprise that opinions here vary. But wasn't the question about kinetic ropes? :D Yes. Indeed. My specific question was WHAT mid priced kinetic rope I should buy. Not IF.... but WHAT. You caught this detail. :-) And BTW I will also carry a pair of Maxtrax, and a very good shovel. At least. For the person that suggested it. Thanks.
LosAngeles 02/07/20 08:05pm Truck Campers
RE: Best *mid priced* Kinetic Recovery Rope?

Take a look at "Highway to Hell" on the Weather Channel and tell us how many kinetic rope recoveries you see. ZERO! One of my favorite shows and the 2WD wreckers are awesome LOL...And I agree with your thoughts..To many readers and not that many doer's..This hurts(laughing) I agree with Brad..LOL Highway Thru Hell (featuring the Jamie Davis Heavy Rescue) started in 2012 and I’m guessing that Kinetic Recovery Ropes were not widely available back then, especially in Canada…. as Canada sometimes has slower and less access to new products. Also - judging from their website - the Jamie Davis Heavy Rescue company is primarily a TOWING company - and for towing I can see how a conventional tow strap would often be preferable. https://www.jamiedavistowing.com/pages/roadside-assistance-services I am not looking to tow… I am looking for RECOVERY - a whole different thing. This article has more info. https://www.roundforge.com/articles/why-you-dont-want-tow-strap-hooks/
LosAngeles 02/07/20 09:15am Truck Campers
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