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RE: Long Bed vs Bigger Overhang - off - roading

I go off-road frequently, but I can’t do any serious four-wheeling with my camper. I avoid deep gullies and steep banks because of the rear overhang, but I have scraped the rear jacks a couple times when I misjudged. Not hard enough to damage anything. It’s usually trees I’m avoiding in the places I go. As long as there’s enough clearance width and height wise and the weather’s decent, I don’t mind driving roads like this. It looks steep, but fairly smooth. At least right here :W https://photos.smugmug.com/Travel/White-Rim-Trail-1/i-ZLnD4ms/0/4a3adbe9/M/DSCN1617%5B1%5D-M.jpg It’s when the road gets like this that I tend to not want to continue if it goes on very long. The grade isn’t the problem. Because of how top heavy I am, those big rocks poking out of the ground can make for a bouncy, rocking and rolling, miserable experience if you have to drive over many of them. Even if there’s no grade, the bouncing can get to be too much for me. I’ve been on a few that were bad enough to unload some of our cabinets unexpectedly, even though they have locking latches. That can be a mess. https://photos.smugmug.com/Travel/White-Rim-Trail-1/i-XVhL2mW/0/917aab2a/L/WRT3%20223-L.jpg :):)
NRALIFR 10/26/21 02:24pm Truck Campers
RE: Replacement Sofas

I recently replaced the dinette cushions in our truck camper, and used Shop4Seats which sells the Qualitex brand of RV furniture. While I can’t speak to the quality and construction of the furniture, I can show you the fabric and workmanship of the cushions, which in my opinion is very good. We have a standard two-seat dinette than makes into a 6’ long bed if needed. We rarely ever use it that way, so we up-sized the cushion dimensions to make them more comfortable as a dinette. We made the back cushions about 2” taller, and the bottom cushions about 2” deeper. The cushions can still be made onto a bed, I’ll just have to leave one of the back cushions standing straight up, and the other three laying flat. The only time we’ve used it as a bed is for children anyway. A pano shot of the dinette. https://i.imgur.com/mStGV2wl.jpg Some shots showing the detail. I haven’t gotten around to attaching the Velcro strips yet. Each cushion has one. The higher backs and deeper bottom cushions are more comfortable. https://i.imgur.com/5fjiyIgl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/YzmOvkZl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/7WTBobxl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/L2sm36Zl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/XxFbU4Rl.jpg Shop4Seats has a nice selection of fabrics and colors, including “Ultimate Leather”, which I believe is a faux leather product. It took about six months from the time we placed the order to receive them. We were given an estimated delivery date up front, and it was accurate. https://i.imgur.com/mYUDKw5l.jpg :):)
NRALIFR 10/26/21 08:16am General RVing Issues
RE: One more advantage of extended cabover on a regular cab PU

Anybody that says you can’t get six people in a regular cab just hasn’t found the right five to try it with. :W :C :):)
NRALIFR 10/22/21 02:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Never saw this before!

My guess is never. CARB has been around since 1967. I suspect that like so many other social, environmental, and political subjects nowadays that the closer you get to 50% “consensus”, the harder it becomes to even get another 1%, until it finally becomes a stalemate and both sides claim majority status. I actually miscounted. Thirteen states plus DC have adopted CARB standards regarding Low-Emissions Vehicles. It used to be sixteen, but AZ and NM repealed their laws. Of those, eleven have also adopted CARB Zero-Emissions Vehicle standards. No state adopts all of CARB’s nonsense, though we are all somehow cursed with CARB-compliant gas cans. I hate those things, and haven’t bought one in years. I buy metal “utility” cans (Jerry cans) and use them how I want. :):)
NRALIFR 10/22/21 01:08am Truck Campers
RE: Never saw this before!

The registration for my 2500 doesn't even list a weight on it. Again, at this point CA seems to be only state, that require declaration of GCWV and gives door stickers with declared (and paid) weight. Other states seem sooner or later to follow what CA does, so I bet it is coming to you. Enjoy as long as you can. I will. Seems like CA has always been leading way in finding additional ways to take money out of their wallets. That’s what they said about CARB, but guess how many states have adopted those standards. Sixteen, and I bet you could guess every one. :):)
NRALIFR 10/21/21 04:45pm Truck Campers
RE: Never saw this before!

I learned pretty quick after moving to AR over 20 years ago that even the states that border us don’t really expect much in the way of knowledge or wisdom from us. So, I do my best to not dispel that notion. The last time I got stopped, which may very well have been in MO to ask where my tag is, or maybe it was just after I took this photo, I don’t remember. https://i.imgur.com/HQq6Ua5l.jpg Anyway, the officer walks up to my side and says (remember, he’s a native southerner himself): “Son, yew got’nee eye-dee???” I gave him my best AR duma$$ look and said: :h ‘bout wut??? :h Things continued downhill from there. :W :):)
NRALIFR 10/20/21 06:54pm Truck Campers
RE: I want to run a microwave on an inverter

I'm just curious, what takes 10 minutes in a microwave? About the only thing my cook uses the microwave for, & they take awhile, is baking potatoes. Otherwise the microwave is used to store bread. I have to confess, the microwave gets a lot of use in our camper. It’s not that we can’t cook, we just don’t want to most of the time. A frozen meal that would take about 4 minutes at home in the industrial strength nuclear oven from heck can take 10 minutes in my intentionally low powered mwave in the camper. I’m really interested in these inverter mwaves tho. Maybe the best of both worlds? :):)
NRALIFR 10/20/21 05:58pm Tech Issues
RE: Nor Cold 2 way??

If all the inverter is going to power is the fridge in AC mode, then yes, a 3000 watt pure sine inverter is overkill. You need to check your specific model fridge, but the AC heat element in mine is less than 350 watts. You don’t even need a pure sine inverter for it either. I ran mine for several years using a 500 watt modified sine inverter and it worked just fine. What I didn’t like about that inverter though was the cooling fan on it was a screamer. It didn’t matter that much though since it was only on when we weren’t in the camper to hear it. Once I had other uses for an inverter though, I bought a better, quieter, PSW model. :):)
NRALIFR 10/20/21 11:52am Truck Campers
RE: Never saw this before!

Scoob, I drive through your state often. They’d have no reason to stop me for a weight violation because I’m not a resident of MO, and I’m not engaged in commerce. If either were true, it’d be a different story. :):) What the registration on your truck says? In most of the states any truck is registered as commercial and so far I only hear about California, who allows changing the registration to RV when you keep the camper on it. If you read the laws, RVs are exempt from lot of commercial laws and you can drive 80,000 lb RV rig without CDL. DOT scales and inspection sites apply to all qualifying vehicles, regardless original registration. It’s just a regular tag and registration like a car would have. Not commercial. Sometimes it’s good to be from a backwards, toothless, straw hat wearing, tobacco spitting, hillbilly state. :B OK used to be, and maybe still is, like CA in that all pickups were tagged with commercial plates. But guess what, commercial plates were cheaper there than regular plates. It may have changed by now, because I know it got abused a lot. :):)
NRALIFR 10/20/21 09:55am Truck Campers
RE: Never saw this before!

Scoob, I drive through your state often. They’d have no reason to stop me for a weight violation because I’m not a resident of MO. I know of many people who have paid fines in this state that are not residents of this state. And I have paid fines in other states. (As a matter of fact, in '70s Mo (and Iowa, Ark, Ill, Indiana) would not raise their limits to the federal standard because they wanted to continue collecting fines. All engaged in commerce I’d bet. Oddly enough though, MO is the only place I’ve ever been stopped (twice) wondering where my plate was. AR doesn’t tag or register TC’s, and we don’t have front plates, so the plate stays on the rear bumper of the truck. I don’t make the rules here, I just follow them as best I can. And, I don’t blame them for stopping me, the plate is hard to see with the camper on. There was no citation. One of my pickups, that often moved a skidsteer, was plated a 18,000. Above 12, only 1 plate, and by law it must be on the front. Hard to train locals. Engaged in commerce? And by interstate compact, if AR doesn’t require a front plate, it’s not required anywhere. As for the three guys paying fines for pulling boats with half tons; it wasn’t because they were “overloaded”, it’s because they were under taxed! As soon as they pay the proper registration fee, they can tow the same boat with the same truck. :):) You can call it what you want, but when I load a truck plated at 54,000, get stopped grossing 60,800 the ticket says right on it, 6,800 lbs overweight. The fine starts at $615+ cost. ($100 to lawyer normally get fine cut in half) If I had put 60,000 plates on it very unlikely to be weighed let alone ticketed. I have had LEOs tell me they will not enforce some traffic laws (Like vehicle spacing on highway) even if they do apply to RVs because tourism is important. I think you just made my point. Pay the appropriate tax, you’re golden. LEO’s make discretionary choices like that all the time. As someone said recently, “People will do what they do”.
NRALIFR 10/20/21 07:05am Truck Campers
RE: Never saw this before!

Scoob, I drive through your state often. They’d have no reason to stop me for a weight violation because I’m not a resident of MO, and I’m not engaged in commerce. If either were true, it’d be a different story. Oddly enough though, MO is the only place I’ve ever been stopped (twice) wondering where my plate was. AR doesn’t tag or register TC’s, and we don’t have front plates, so the plate stays on the rear bumper of the truck. I don’t make the rules here, I just follow them as best I can. And, I don’t blame them for stopping me, the plate is hard to see with the camper on. There was no citation. As for the three guys paying fines for pulling boats with half tons; it wasn’t because they were “overloaded”, it’s because they were under taxed! As soon as they pay the proper registration fee, they can tow the same boat with the same truck. :):)
NRALIFR 10/20/21 05:58am Truck Campers
RE: Let’s hear your best MPG and driving style ?

My MPG goes negative at times. :C :E https://i.imgur.com/HQq6Ua5l.jpg :):)
NRALIFR 10/20/21 05:05am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Replacing New Trailer King RST+ : Only Option Is Carlisle??

Well, I just put some Carlisle Radial Trail HD’s on my flatbed, so I hope they’re good tires! :W Actually, I’m pretty sure they are. The trailer came with Carlisle bias ply’s and they were fine. All the reviews I could find convinced me to stick with the brand. :):)
NRALIFR 10/19/21 05:57pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Nor Cold 2 way??

No, the fans won’t resolve the issue. Nobody’s absorption fridge runs great on 12v because the wattage, and therefore BTU’s, of the 12v heating element is so low. It’s typically just barely enough to hold a pre-cooled fridge in moderate ambient temperatures. When are you wanting to use the 12v setting? While driving? Do you not want to use the LP setting while driving? I have always had problems running my fridge in LP mode while driving, the flame gets blown out repeatedly. I finally installed an inverter, and run the fridge in AC mode while driving. The AC heating element is much higher BTU’s than the DC element, so the fridge works better. Like you, I also have a DC-DC charger installed, so it can easily keep up with the draw of the fridge in AC mode. You might consider trying that. :):)
NRALIFR 10/19/21 05:38pm Truck Campers
RE: Never saw this before!

I’ve seen it many times, in Mississippi and a few other states. I’ve ignored it every time. The only time I’ve stopped at a weight station is when I needed a scale ticket for some reason. No state weight station cares how much I weigh. Why? Because I’m not engaged in commerce. :):)
NRALIFR 10/19/21 03:50pm Truck Campers
RE: I want to run a microwave on an inverter

I occasionally need to run our microwave from the inverter. It’s a very small unit that pulls about 950 watts total, so it’s slow. I only have one battery, a group 31 AGM. When we’re dry camping, I use a 1000 watt Yamaha generator for most of our power needs. The inverter is a 1500 watt pure sine. The Yamaha by itself can’t run the microwave directly, as it can only sustain about 900 watts. What I found out by accident though, was if I put the microwave on the inverter while the generator is running, the 45 amp battery charger will kick in and supply about half the wattage, and the battery will supply the rest. Of course the generator kicks into high gear, but it doesn’t overload it. I can run the microwave like that for more than long enough to get a meal nuked. Also, it keeps me from having to turn off the Yamaha, move the shore power cord, then start the built-in generator just to run the microwave about 10 minutes. The turntable motor in my microwave has been growling though, so instead of trying to find a replacement part for it, I’m going to find an inverter microwave that will fit and give that a try. :):)
NRALIFR 10/19/21 07:56am Tech Issues
RE: Side-Trip Report: Great Salt Plains SP, OK

Thanks to all who take the time to read! I have to confess, I was born and raised in OK, and lived more than half my life there till work took me to other nice places, but I don’t recall ever even hearing about the Great Salt Plains. My son told me he recalls going on a Scout camp-out there, but I’ve slept since then, so like a lot of other things……….poof. :Z Here’s a few other fun facts about OK: The highest mountain in OK is in the Kiamichi range, way down in the southeastern part of the state. The Kiamichis, like all the mountain ranges in the Midwest, are ancient. They were as high as the Rockies at one time. The highest peaks reach 2500’ elevation, but they are not the highest points in the state. The highest point in OK is 4973’ at Black Mesa, which is in the farthest northwestern tip of the panhandle very close to the CO state line. It has no distinct peak, and doesn’t even look like you’re at a high elevation. There is a marker there, though. It’s within a nature preserve, and can be reached on foot. The closest town is Kenton (pop. 17), and though OK is officially in the Central time zone, Kenton unofficially observes Mountain time due to its closeness to NM. Black Mesa SP is nearby, and has camping facilities. :):)
NRALIFR 10/19/21 06:56am Truck Campers
RE: Whazoo?

I miss Dave. Nobody could do trip reports like he did. Beautiful pictures, some of them animated, and entertaining narration. I’m boycotting all forms of social media, which seems to be having the desired effect. I’ve got ‘em right where I want ‘em. They’ll holler uncle any day now! :W Maybe the trolls have moved on? They tend to do that when they stop getting the feedback they crave. Dave, if you’re reading this, I hope you’re doing well. :):)
NRALIFR 10/19/21 06:20am Truck Campers
RE: Been a busy year

Great trip report and pictures! It’s making me really eager to head west in the camper again. Good idea to get closer to the GD. Enjoy while you’re able! :):)
NRALIFR 10/18/21 11:12am Truck Campers
RE: Antonito, CO to Chama, NM Scenic Route

Could very well have been. That is the route we took from Antonito to Chama. I tried to flash my lights at every truck camper I saw coming at us, but a few snuck up on me. Sure was a nice time to be in that part of the country. The weather was beautiful most of the time. I’ve got a few more segments from that trip I’m going to post some pictures from when I have a chance.. White Sands NP, Trinity Site, Los Alamos, a few others. We had such a great time, I can’t wait to get out again. I’d also like to encourage other TC members to consider sharing pictures from their trips with the group. We NEED to live vicariously through others! I know a lot of people find posting photos here difficult, but if you’ll use the Photo posting Is Great website, that’s about as easy as it’s going to get. If I can post a topic like this using my phone, which I did, it can be done. It would be great to see the Truck Camper forum be the place for all the best trip reports again. :B :):)
NRALIFR 10/18/21 09:11am Truck Campers
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