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RE: Roof Vent Security

We have been traveling down thru Mexico for most of the past 15 winters. The only break in we have ever had was in the San Juan mountains in Colorado. A bad guy wouldn't even know there are holes in the roof. There are few traveling campers down there these days and you're more likely to mistaken for a bus when traveling than recognized as an RV. We have been to Belize and Guatemala, but always had a dog and they can be difficult and expensive to get into countries south of Mexico. If you have a diesel, don't expect to find any ULSD or the DEF fluid south of Mexico. Mexico now claims to have ULSD, but you never know, our truck is a 2006, non ULSD. For information find an old and out of date Church's Guide to Mexico, it and are the best information out there. Dumping the black tank can get tough particularly south of Mexico consider swapping out the toilet for a cassette toilet which can be dumped at any gas station. For maps, there is a Guia Roji highway map of Mexico, probably available on Amazon. For GPS maps check out openstreet maps. Most overland travelers stop at Overlander Oasis a small campground at Tule just east of Oaxaca. That is the best place for information further south and many of the people are from Europe but speak English.
MikeJinCO 01/16/20 06:43am Truck Campers
RE: Host Mammoth Triple Dog Dare Challenge Report

The Reflectix is a really good idea as we can leave it in there. Last winter we spent a week putting the alu/bubble insulation and 1/2" foam in every place we could get it. I need to make a another attempt at the entry step. On the truck ours is a 2006 so the 10.9k GVW with 1/2 fuel and water we are about 13.1, we have one trailer(single axle) without brakes so it will get them this spring.
MikeJinCO 12/21/19 03:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Host Mammoth Triple Dog Dare Challenge Report

We have a 2016 Mammoth. It is the greatest thing going for living in, you can hold a dance in it, and we have had dinner for 6 easily. But, there are a couple of negatives. First the heating/cooling distribution is terrible. Neither heat or cooling get back to the bed area without an auxiliary fan. The other truck campers we have had(4) were not good at this, but it is worse. We have an ongoing problem with black tank/grey tank odors and Host hasn't been much help, I'm about to modify the black tank vent as it comes out the side of the slide and the bath sink water trap(which appears to go to the black tank) can easily be over pressured by a cross wind. I've never found the grey tank vent(haven't been on the roof that much). Finally it is barely 3 season capable, Our latest trip home from the midwest in 20-30 degree temps we found that by putting a very lightweight down sleeping bag into the Heki hatch opening(remove when traveling)and stuffing some extra blankets into the entry step and around the draft coming in by the rear slide motor we could help the situation. We are in full winter now at single digit temps at night and about 18" of snow, so trying to figure out some solutions will wait until warmer weather. We did lose a slide motor in Maine last summer, had to remove it to get the slide in then strap the slide shut to get home to Colorado(fortunately the kitchen side). The motor was about $1200 + installation). That was a bit inconvenient, but turned out to be not as big a problem as it sounds. BTW my truck is a GMC 3500 dually with some HD(not factory springs) and a Helwig sway bar, cross winds and sway are not much of a problem. I'm unwilling to pull my closed car trailer at about 5000lb and a 40" hitch extension as with the mountain passes around here that would be pushing the rig right up to the edge of safety.
MikeJinCO 12/21/19 07:35am Truck Campers
RE: F350 Dually, anyone upgrade to F450 springs?

I wrinkled the springs on our 2006 GMC 3500 dually carrying a The heavy Bigfoot with a slide (3010C?) and running around the rough roads in Mexico for a few years. Replaced the stock 2200 lb springs with some 2700lb ones from Stengel. Yes, the unloaded ride is quite rough, but we seldom unload the camper. I inflate the air bags a bit to get them to work before the springs come in to play, it helps. IMO many times the factory replacement parts are way overpriced and from experience not necessarily the same quality as the original equipment. Replacement parts are their own profit center and warranty? forget it.
MikeJinCO 12/19/19 06:39am Truck Campers
RE: Planning a trip Jun 2020 to Nova Scotia/PEI

On boondocking who is they? We found wide spots in the road, places where trucks are parked at night. They key is to not be picky, you don't have to have a nice view. We just got back from 5 weeks in a rental camper in Patagonia in southern Chile and most the campgrounds weren't open yet due to early in the season. We Only paid about about 5 or 6 times about $6 per person and that was generally to take advantage of their showers and cassette toilet dumping. Personal safety is not an issue down there. DW has/is publishing her blog at You have to scroll down past Peru to get to NS/NB and then Chile.
MikeJinCO 12/04/19 08:12am Truck Campers
RE: Planning a trip Jun 2020 to Nova Scotia/PEI

Those folks have it covered. You can boondock anywhere and go up thru Quebec and stop at Quebec City. We only did 3 RV parks in five weeks, Provincial Parks are quite good and less expensive, many cities have campgrounds also.
MikeJinCO 12/01/19 12:32pm Truck Campers
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