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RE: Alaskan pro/con

Has anyone put a window AC unit on the back wall? Given the design, I can't imagine any way to mount an inexpensive window AC. If you want AC, I think you're going to have to go with an RV roof unit.
Optimistic Paranoid 07/07/19 06:24am Truck Campers
RE: Alaskan pro/con

There's a fairly active Alaskan sub-forum on the Wander The West site: You'd probably get more responses from actual owners if you posted your questions over there . . .
Optimistic Paranoid 07/04/19 04:41am Truck Campers
RE: Dangerous?

Uhm, Hydrogen gas, being lighter than air, will quickly rise to your roof and concentrate there, if it has no means of escape, like an open roof vent. It needs a spark or open flame to set it off, so if you don't smoke, it's probably more likely you'll get struck by lightning. On the other hand, I've seen threads on these boards alleging that extreme corrosion of metal battery compartments on some motorhomes are due to ACID FUMES given off by the batteries when charging. I certainly wouldn't want to be breathing THAT ****! Finally, let me just remind you youngsters that the batteries on the old VW bugs were actually under the rear seat, inside the passenger compartment, and we all managed to survive driving around in those!
Optimistic Paranoid 06/30/19 06:45am Tech Issues
RE: Paying for public campgrounds

More on check washing here: I use one of the special pens that resists check washing for writing all my checks, and I only mail outgoing mail directly at the post office, never through my home mail box.
Optimistic Paranoid 06/24/19 03:04am RV Lifestyle
RE: Gas

According to the Wikipedia article, Formaldehyde is mainly used in the production of industrial resins, eg: for particle board and coatings.
Optimistic Paranoid 06/22/19 03:47am Beginning RVing
Drones in Canada

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Optimistic Paranoid 06/09/19 07:31am RVing in Canada and Alaska
Drones in Canada

Warning! New drone flying regulations in Canada with MASSIVE fines!
Optimistic Paranoid 06/09/19 07:31am Around the Campfire
RE: Question on Truck Campers

Wasp spray cans work too... NO! Wasp Spray DOESN'T work and it drives me crazy when people continue to spread this stupid myth. Here's an article about an actual case where an intruder was stabbed to death after he had been sprayed with wasp spray with no effect:****-wife-attacked-hours-earlier.html Here's an explanation - from a pepper spray manufacturer - explaining WHY it doesn't work, with a link to a video SHOWING that it doesn't work: And if you search on Youtube you'll find a bunch of other videos showing that it doesn't work
Optimistic Paranoid 04/29/19 04:40am Truck Campers
RE: Does a truck need anti sway bars carry a camper?

Regarding the anti sway bar, I have looked online and was not able to find an aftermarket kit. I called my local auto parts and nothing came up on their system. Hellwig has a model that fits the 97-04 F150 and the 97-03 F250 Light Duty. Alas, it is not particularly inexpensive. I was (briefly) a Chrysler Parts Guy back in the day. There are companies out there that specialize in buying up and reselling new old parts. I used to hear from them occasionally. Do a Google search on "Ford Parts New Old Stock" and several such sources come up. BTW, Timbren claims that their rubber springs reduce a lot of side to side sway. Good luck.
Optimistic Paranoid 03/30/19 05:18am Truck Campers
RE: hard side camper like to drive? (cross winds, handling)

Since you haven't bought the truck yet, consider buying a cab and chassis and having an aftermarket utility bed installed. It will give you a lot of useful storage.
Optimistic Paranoid 03/29/19 02:35am Truck Campers
RE: 2020 Ford F350 - XLT or Lariat / options guidance?

I thought it was interesting that several people here touted remote start. I put the Ravelco anti-theft system on my 2012, and that would render remote start useless. You can have convenience or you can have REAL security, but you can't have both. Paranoicaly yours. :)
Optimistic Paranoid 03/17/19 05:09am Truck Campers
RE: Registering a Truck in California

The highest state income tax rate in AZ is only 4.54% and NV has no state income tax. You have to expect states with low or no income tax to make it up somewhere else. CA, OTOH,well . . . OK, no CA bashing.
Optimistic Paranoid 02/26/19 02:45am Truck Campers
RE: 8 Gauge Wire

As to whether you can successfully charge house batteries from the alternator with heavier wires, I see different results posted in forums. I suspect it has to do with the way the computer is programmed to prevent the engine battery from being overcharged and damaged. In other words, sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't. Try it, and if you find it isn't working out for YOUR particular year and model, look into getting a battery to battery charger, like the marine units sold by this company:
Optimistic Paranoid 02/26/19 02:33am Truck Campers
RE: 8 Gauge Wire

They barely charge at all through the stock tiny wires and light-duty 7-pin RV plug. Honestly, they're not really designed to keep house batteries charged. Trailers with electric brakes have a small emergency battery that will provide power to the brakes in the event of trailer separation. The RV plug and wiring is designed to provide a trickle charge to keep THAT battery topped up automatically while you drive. That's all.
Optimistic Paranoid 02/26/19 02:23am Truck Campers
RE: Air bags and using a vehicle lift

Over in the Four Wheel Drive world, Daystar Cradles are very popular with the people who have air bags. There is no need to attach the bottom of the airbags to the axle when using them, so the axle is free to drop as far as the springs will allow.
Optimistic Paranoid 02/16/19 03:16am Truck Campers
RE: Truck mounted air compressor

In addition to filling tires, another advantage to having a good sized air tank as part of the system is that it should let you run an air gun for changing tires if you need to.
Optimistic Paranoid 02/14/19 02:06am Truck Campers
RE: FastGuns / Hallmark - how to provide extra camper security?

I bought one good large capacity high lift bottle jack that has served me well whether used on a toy hauler, truck or enclosed trailer. I don't have regrets not using the OEM jack. Yup. Something like that is a lifetime investment, that you move from vehicle to vehicle.
Optimistic Paranoid 02/14/19 02:01am Truck Campers
RE: FastGuns / Hallmark - how to provide extra camper security?

As far as the factory original jack goes, I'm not really surprised that it works - mostly. Thing is, in my younger days - late 60s, early 70s - I worked in a garage and did a lot of tire work with the commercial grade stuff. Every time I look at one of the factory jacks, I can't help thinking: "Man, what a cheap piece of ****!" Personally, I'm delighted to have something better than that along. YMMV, of course.
Optimistic Paranoid 02/13/19 11:21am Truck Campers
RE: FastGuns / Hallmark - how to provide extra camper security?

The jack that came with your truck will most likely be totally inadequate for changing a tire with the camper on. I bought a 6 ton bottle jack with accessories from Safe-Jack:
Optimistic Paranoid 02/12/19 02:53am Truck Campers
RE: FastGuns / Hallmark - how to provide extra camper security?

I agree. They'll take the whole truck rather than just the camper. Look into the RAVELCO anti-theft system for your truck when you get it.
Optimistic Paranoid 02/11/19 02:55am Truck Campers
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