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RE: Funny, sad and embarrassing.....

Make the hole round and finish the edges and will look like it is a cover upgrade :-)
Photomike 12/08/19 10:42am Truck Campers
RE: Dual pane windows....

Makes sense if you can save on storage and have the unit close to home at the same time. Easier to get in and go if you are not going to get it each time. So far the windows are doing good. Love the fact that I get zero wind / air in them. Those are the ones I’m looking at in the Winnebago Travato 59GL I’m considering. Why a van? Potential issues with the HOA in the condo I’ll be buying. I’d considered thought about a Tiger to for their off road capability but the HOA won’t allow those. They’re to RV looking. A TC would work, if I just park there for loading and unloading but I’d have to find storage for the TC offsite. Anyway, the Seitz windows on the van seem pretty trouble free and aren’t quite so bubble like. I’m sure they don’t have the insulating qualities of a true dual pane but they won’t fog up from leak inducing frame flex. Thanks, Bill
Photomike 12/06/19 05:23pm Truck Campers
RE: Dual pane windows....

I had single panes in my TCer and the motor home. I made storm windows for both and that worked but was hard to open the windows without a lot of hassle. I also made inserts that worked and were easier when I wanted to open my windows. In the van I went dual pane windows but they are acrylic and not sliders. So far I do like. Have the built in screen and shade. To see more pictures of the window go to my blog
Photomike 12/05/19 07:33pm Truck Campers
RE: Do upgrades help the selling price?

Depends on what the buyer wants. If they want the upgrades then they will pay for them so they do not have to do the work. If they do not want them then you are loosing out as they will not want to pay. When I sold my NL I had many upgrades that the buyer wanted. BUT I had a trailer customized to the TCer that the buyer could not take as it would not fit in their driveway. It was better for me to drop the price and keep the trailer. I sold the trailer separately later. List it as is and then if someone comes and says they will give you less as they don't want some things you say okay but I am keeping X,Y & Z. You have nothing to loose.
Photomike 11/22/19 10:57am Truck Campers
RE: What percent of the time do you leave your TC on your truck?

Unfortunately, it's become the norm to have it on the truck through the summer and into the fall. Much like the new term of "wind event" and the changed definition of "safe", we have had to adjust and basically dedicate the 2 together. When the Kincade fire started, I mounted the super hitch and camper and got the Jeep ready to tow. 5 days ago, we evacuated 3 hours earlier than mandated and this morning, heading back home to a "safe" zone with no power and water and the understanding that in the case of a 'wind event" we must leave. Right now, I could write a book as to why we love our truck camper! Jim, put us down for 95% summer and fall, 20% winter and spring. Having a RV of any type in an emergency is soooo nice. I make sure my fuel tanks on my RV's are always full, you just never know. Sorry that you are in the middle of all that. Stay safe!!
Photomike 10/30/19 10:23am Truck Campers
RE: What percent of the time do you leave your TC on your truck?

I bought a truck just for the camper and it never came off.
Photomike 10/30/19 10:21am Truck Campers
RE: Now that is a big Truck Camper

Those remind me of these. We saw these N.E. of Missoula in late June. I didn't get to talk to the owners but was told they were on a world trip. WOW nice units but the fuel costs must be insane for this one!! A world tour would cost more in fuel than anything else about it. At least they do not have to worry about bad / no roads!!
Photomike 10/29/19 03:18pm Truck Campers
RE: Winter ALCAN Trip

If it is necessary that you make the trip then I would grab a couple gallons of RV antifreeze to flush the toilet and a standalone heater like a little or big Buddy for emergency back-up. Add some extra food, water and blankets in case of emergency. Keep your fuel tank and propane topped up as often as you can. If the weather is crazy cold try and stop around fuel stops/people in case you have problems at night so you are around others. I would only run heat during the day if you know that the TCer is air tight. No sense heating air that is being replaced by cold air all you are doing is wasting propane. Do stop 15 - 20 minutes before you are stopping for the night and turn up the heat and if you can get a 12v heater for the bed. It will at least take the bite off. If you do not have two group 31 batteries for the camper then it may not make it through the night running the heat. Once you get where it is warmer then I would drain the waste tank and add water. This winter is suppose to be like a yo yo for temps This will take you to a PDF of some tips for winter camping in extreme temps.
Photomike 10/27/19 06:46pm Truck Campers
RE: prevent fresh water from freezing

This will take you to an article I wrote on cold weather camping. You may find some ideas there. Cold weather camping
Photomike 10/22/19 01:33pm Truck Campers
RE: 4 person sleeping

Roadtrek had this at one time and when I inquired they said it was a ridged mattress. The best description I got was a board on the bottom and a thin mattress on top of that. The entire thing folded in three pieces for storage. The other option is something like the single seat in this link
Photomike 10/08/19 01:37pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Talk me out of my new project.

RUN from the Sprinters!!!! They got their good reputation from the European models. The North American models are horrible. A Sprinter was my dream van. Then when I was ready to buy I was given the warnings from people who know them. Expensive oil changes, INSANE part prices, unreliable parts and computers, rust, rust and more rust. I bought a Ford Transit and converted it. You may be able to use some parts for the conversion but I would never try for a slide. Why put a huge hole into something and add weight for the little more space. Yes a van is small but if you want it mainly for the driving then live with the less space. I love my van and would never go back to a truck camper, nor would I go larger to a Class C. The journey to a van Here is some about the conversion There is more in the blog on the above link.
Photomike 10/08/19 12:40pm Truck Campers
RE: The mother of all stupid truck camper questions....

I hate paying but where I go paying is the easiest. ANY parks (provincial or national) seem to patrol a lot more for people not paying. I do a lot of my shooting in these areas and paying is so much easier. That being said in areas outside of parks and more rural you can find some great places. Sometimes you will get a visitor to see what you are doing but I pull out a business card and explain and they are usually happy for me to stay. In the town that I live in the local arena is popular in the summer with people in everything up to $750,000 class A's. I also use truck stops and Walmarts. Sometimes a truck stop is closer to where I want to be then any camping spot. PLUS truckers generally are not partying all night.
Photomike 09/26/19 02:11pm Truck Campers
RE: Big Brother- Tag on your TC?

Having your plate under the camper overhang could be a violation if stopped, the law states the plate should be in 'plain view' of any LE officer at any time. .. "Plain view" is leaving lot to personal interpretation. The factory plate holder under 4" square TC bumper is not visible till you walk at least 25' back. I actually ask LEO about it and he said he doesn't see any problem with it. PO actually made mounting bolts on bumper fascia, but than there is no light for them, so I prefer to put plates under. For this one there seems to be the law and then there is what is enforced. The law in most places is that the plate "must be easily visible and lit". BUT all the police I asked about my truck and camper could not see anything wrong with it being 12" under the camper. That being said I carry a bike rack that goes into the hitch. Sold by every hardware, sporting goods store, etc. Last year a guy here got a ticket as it covered up his plate and it stood in court. He did not even have any bikes on the rack at the time, and you could see his plate but not 100%. I asked some police about it and they said they would never issue a ticket for it. I think it is how bored or miserable the officer is that day. Or wait till some government official finds out all the money they are missing from truck campers and then there will be a crack down. I am sure that it adds up to a pile :B:B:B
Photomike 09/17/19 12:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Converted to Lithium-Ion be careful.

I have never understood the new RV internet standards,especially for batteries that don't really last any longer than the inexpensive ones..I just sold a 2010 travel trailer with the 7 year old group 27 batteries that came with it.They still held a charge well and only cost about $100 to replace if needed... As for the Lithium batteries and fires,one word Samsung... Not knocking those that choose to buy expensive batteries for there RV,I just don't see the benefit myself for my needs. I think a lot is that people want to play or experiment with ideas. They are not necessarily better ideas they are just different. I read a lot about needing smart charging systems, special meters and batteries and so much is just people's opinions. I remember my Dad would buy an old car battery from the wreckers, toss it in his VW van and it would run for years powering his lights, fan, etc. If he did something stupid like forgot a light was on and killed the battery he would head back to the wreckers and grab another. Cost $20. Today we put $1000 in with controllers, batteries, etc and we still kill the battery from doing something stupid.
Photomike 09/13/19 02:22pm Truck Campers
RE: How to disable propane >> Yeah another fridge topic.

. . . Google "RV fires" and you will find lot of incidents where RV was totaled mostly becouse of propane fire . . . Aren't many of these so-called RV "propane" fires actually the result of overheated RV fridges? IMO, many of these fridge fires would have occurred even if the fridge's boiler had been heated via propane, a/c, or DC. During off-level conditions the boiler temps in a RV fridge can spike dramatically. We have an ARP unit installed on our fridge specifically to prevent such an event. Very enlightening to watch how quickly the boiler temps can spike when you encounter some off-level conditions. In going to fires for over 20 years I have never seen a fridge fire!!! Only RV fires that were caused by appliances in the RV that I have been to or I have heard of first hand were when the furnace was "modified". I personally have been to two and my brother to one and all three were the result of someone putting something against the exhaust. Have had a lot more fires with RV's that were caused by people doing stupid things like using heat lamps to heat instead if the furnace or a blow torch to unthaw a line.
Photomike 08/30/19 10:45am Truck Campers
RE: How to disable propane >> Yeah another fridge topic.

That is the last thing I would do. At a gas station shut fridge off till your filled to stop from propane firing. Turn on when done. Problem is when you stop for the night without power you will need to start propane manually. Too much remembering and work for me.
Photomike 08/28/19 01:21pm Truck Campers
RE: Overland camper

Actually drove cement trucks and heavy duty wreckers back in the day that how I paid for collge. That does not change the size of the roads!
Photomike 08/23/19 02:08pm Truck Campers
RE: Overland camper

^^^^ Lets see Alaska, Canadian Northern territories, Mexico and the desert states of the U.S. Current rig has been down quite a bit off dirt roads been to the Artic Circle and the whole length of the Baja Penninsula. As far as being important thats irrelevant just another form of boondocking for me an I'm retired an enjoying life just going to try another style of RV . The problem with going big for North America is that you are then having to tow a vehicle to get into most remote areas. You are limited to where you can drive/ camp with a big rig. My class C with just the little extra width from my truck camper was a huge issue. Forest service roads were out. Many times just exploring a road was an issue as I needed so much space to turn around. The width on dirt roads was a problem as I was the width of the road. I was out a couple weeks ago and watched a couple in a smaller Unimog have issues with navigating roads that I had no issues with in my class B. Toss in the poor turning radius and they were having a lot of issues that a smaller unit would not have.
Photomike 08/23/19 09:20am Truck Campers
RE: DC operation of fridge

Check the voltage at the camper battery when the truck is off, then start the truck and check. If the voltage goes up you are charging. If not then you are not. (Don't plug in 110 for this test). On my truck it needed a fuse so that the circuit became live. $2 and I had a pack of them. Never run the fridge on 12V for any length of time. I would use 110 to cool it off at home, switch to propane when I pulled out of the driveway and off propane when I got back in the driveway from the trip. Most campgrounds I stayed at did not have power. Yes off when refueling as well.
Photomike 08/16/19 09:41am Truck Campers
RE: 2019 Northern lite

can any one please tell me the size of the furnace in a 10-2 ex cd dry bath , and will please let me know where the vents are located, and in cold weather do they seem to be in the right place and does the furnace do a good job on real cold nights. Thanks I still have a chance to get a big foot 10.4 until Monday the only worry about the bigfoot it had water in places that were worrisome to me. another question does the air conditioner in the northern lite do a good job of keeping you cool enough in the type of weather we are having now. I appreciate your patience I am just trying to get information for the best camper at the best deal. both units I have looked at are about the same price, but the northern lite does come with a couple more options standard I know you can always add a solar panel and the bigfoot is pre wired but the Northern lite 100 watt solar panel is standard and I know a 12 volt television is inexpensive, but again it is standard. so for the same price you get a couple small standard extras at no extra charge I know some Bigfoot owners will not ever have issues but some might the same for the Northern lite some get by without any problems for years and a very few might wish for a little extra the factory forgot. I think atwood is a better jack but bigfoot and northern lite both use Happijac I know I rambled a lot but typed as things came to mind. So thanks and let me know your wish list for either camper you own. the furnace is one of my concerns as we get to go places in the winter more than summer thanks for understanding a procrastinator Call Northern Lite and ask, they are very helpful even if it is a used unit.
Photomike 08/13/19 05:15pm Truck Campers
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