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RE: truck campers require registration like a trailer camper?

Take a look at this short article: Which States Require Truck Camper Registrations
Optimistic Paranoid 02/06/20 06:39am Truck Campers
RE: step solutions

You didn't say how high above the ground your camper door was. Take a look at MORrydes Quick Connect Step. It comes in 2, 3, and 4 step versions. The 2 step version covers 21 to 27 inches, the 3 step covers 27 to 36 inches and the 4 step covers 36 to 44 inches. MORryde Entry Steps BTW, the Glow Steps are rated to handle up to 300 lbs. The MORrydes 500 lbs.
Optimistic Paranoid 02/06/20 03:54am Truck Campers
RE: Third Brake Light?

If you tap one of the taillights the CHMSL will flash with that light. Tapping both will give you constant signal from light that isn't flashing. Requires diodes (or little magic box) on the taillight leads so not back-feeding each other. Thank you. That makes sense now.
Optimistic Paranoid 01/31/20 10:18am Truck Campers
RE: Third Brake Light?

For the record, I'm not worried about being rear ended because I don't have a third brake light. I drove vehicles that didn't have such a light for many years. Nor am I worried that I'll be arrested for putting an aftermarket one on my camper. I'm simply curious as to why they don't come with them, and I was wondering if it might be because of some stupid, outdated bureaucratic regulations. I'd forgotten just how broadly diverse the RV community was here. We clearly have all kinds of people here - including a few rude idiots. As for the lack of a dedicated wire, or the need for a converter, I'm clearly missing something. We already send power to both the left and right tail lights when we step on the brakes. Why could the same power not also be routed to the third light? Perhaps one of the more knowledgeable people here could - politely - explain it to me? Thanks.
Optimistic Paranoid 01/31/20 08:26am Truck Campers
Third Brake Light?

The third - upper - brake light on my Ford pickup is completely blocked by a truck camper. I don't think I've ever seen a truck camper that has one. Come to think of it, I can't remember ever seeing a trailer that has one, either. What's up with that? That third brake light is such an obviously good idea that I can't believe they don't come as standard. I do see them with 5 lights across the top - two at the outer corners and three clustered together in the center - and I think I remember reading something about DOT required lights on certain widths of truck bodies and trailers. Apparently DOT doesn't require the upper brake light. Has anyone here added an aftermarket third brake light to their camper? How hard would it be to do? If I do it, am I going to see flashing red lights in my mirrors?
Optimistic Paranoid 01/30/20 09:00am Truck Campers
RE: Desert Southwest suggestions

Unfortunately, Antelope Canyon is ending it's special photo tours. You won't be allowed to use tripods or monopods on regular tours: Ultra Popular Antelope Canyon Ending All Photo Tours
Optimistic Paranoid 01/25/20 07:23am Truck Campers
RE: Full timing question

Most campgrounds will quote you a weekly or monthly rate. It also depends on WHEN you want to go, as well. Rates are lower in the off season. Campgrounds near places like Yellowstone will charge more during the summer - when everybody and their kid brother are looking for spots - than they will when demand is lower. Florida is insanely high when the snowbirds hit town, and lower during the heat and humidity of summer.
Optimistic Paranoid 01/21/20 03:01am Full-time RVing
RE: What is a good camp stove to buy now days?

A small fabricating company in Idaho builds the best, toughest stoves as a sideline. Not at all cheap, but you won't find better.
Optimistic Paranoid 01/15/20 08:01pm Beginning RVing
RE: Capri Camper - Opinions?

Built like a cargo trailer. If you think about it. How many cargo trailers do you see leak? I would say some can, but most cargo trailers do not leak like campers do. Actually, there are a TON of INEXPENSIVE cargo trailers that leak like sieves. You see lots of complaints about how the contents got wet while driving in the rain. You have to buy one of the high end (expensive) trailers from someone like Pace American or Wells Fargo to be sure you don't have that problem. As for wooden truck campers, Capri tells you that you have to stay on top of maintenance, checking all the seams regularly and recaulking as needed. These are not something you can buy and forget.
Optimistic Paranoid 01/15/20 01:42pm Truck Campers
RE: Too big for a T/C ?

For a comfortable table for the dinette, look at the Lagun system. Capri has started using them in their campers, and you can see one in action around 1:30 in this video. As for replacing your mattress with 4" of memory foam, memory foam is never used as a mattress by itself. so called memory foam mattresses all have 2" or 3" of memory foam bonded on top of 4" to 5" of regular foam. The Foam factory can custom cut almost anything you want. Take a look at their web site.
Optimistic Paranoid 01/15/20 01:33pm Truck Campers
RE: Flipping Axle

Some of the lift methods are pretty interesting but not something I would try. One guy used cinder blocks on their side with a jack stand standing on the hollow portion of the block :E It's amazing how many people are competing for Darwin Awards!
Optimistic Paranoid 01/13/20 07:16am Tech Issues
RE: mounting a propane tank to bumper

there are many propane tanks protected by a thin piece of sheet metal and at the height if they were hit in the side the propane tank would take the worse of it It seem me that the odds of being hit in the SIDE at high speed is far, far less than the odds of being hit in the back. Really, man, if you want to do stupid things, be my guest. Just remember to always utter the words; "Hold my beer. I wanna try something." first.
Optimistic Paranoid 01/10/20 03:18am Truck Campers
Capri Camper - Opinions?

Anyone here got a Capri Camper? If you've had it for a while, I'd be interested in your opinion as to how it's been holding up for you. Thanks.
Optimistic Paranoid 01/06/20 03:12am Truck Campers
RE: roadside service providers

Couple of thoughts: AAA is not a single organization, but rather a confederation of different automobile clubs. Some of them offer roadside assistance for RVs, some DON'T. I've seen posts from people who've bought RV roadside assistance from, say, TX AAA who discovered that, say, MA AAA not only doesn't offer RV roadside assistance to MA members, they wouldn't help the TX members when they broke down in MA in their RV! Forget AAA. If you're planning to do anything more than tooling around the lower 48, say going up the Alcan to Alaska or spending your winter down in Baja Mexico, make sure you understand exactly what kind of coverage - if any - your plan offers under those circumstances. Most roadside assistance programs require you to call them so they can dispatch a tow truck from their approved list. What happens if you're in the middle of nowhere - no cell service - and the highway patrol has to use their radio to summon the only tow truck for 500 miles? Will the club cover that? Under the best of circumstances, you'll probably have to pay the tow yourself and put in for reimbursement. Will the club reimburse the full amount, or is there a maximum limit, and, if so, how much is it? Lots of things to think about beyond Who's Cheapest.
Optimistic Paranoid 12/28/19 04:10am General RVing Issues
RE: TT Tire Pressure

The max pressure is COLD pressure. The tire engineers know it's going to go up when the tire heats up, and they allow for that.
Optimistic Paranoid 12/24/19 03:37am Tech Issues
RE: Prescriptions while on the road?

Be aware of the fact that getting a prescription refill in Canada is trickier, even if you stop at a Canadian Walmart.!
Optimistic Paranoid 12/22/19 05:19am Beginning RVing
RE: Truck alternators

Also, some trucks have an optional built in inverter to power a 120 volt a/c power outlet. I would assume that option would require the higher amp alternators.
Optimistic Paranoid 12/22/19 05:12am Truck Campers
RE: mounting a propane tank to bumper

Propane bottles need to be mounted somewhere where they won't be damaged if someone rear ends you - or you rear end someone who stops short in front of you. Someone needs to alert the travel trailer folk. Seems most of those propane bottles are mounted to the trailer's hitch, often right next to a battery which could spark. Sure do hope none of them are in an accident where the trailer is pushed in to the tow vehicle. An explosion may occur! -Eric Realistically speaking, has anyone ever seen a trailer hit so hard it is rammed into the back of a tow vehicle? Seems to me the trailer-tow vehicle combo would be shoved down the road as a unit, rather than the tow vehicle staying stationary while the trailer is shoved into it.
Optimistic Paranoid 12/20/19 05:10am Truck Campers
RE: mounting a propane tank to bumper

Propane bottles need to be mounted somewhere where they won't be damaged if someone rear ends you - or you rear end someone who stops short in front of you.
Optimistic Paranoid 12/11/19 03:11am Truck Campers
RE: Traveling Alone

In addition to the Escapees BOF, there is also Loners on Wheels.
Optimistic Paranoid 12/04/19 02:58am RV Lifestyle
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