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Drive to Yoho Park and Takakkaw Falls BC Canada

Took a drive up to Takakkaw Falls on a very interesting road! The second highest waterfall in Canada. Video on YouTube
Photomike 10/23/20 05:16pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
Road Trip Kananaskis Alberta

Took another road trip. This time to Kananaskis Alberta. Started in the fall and drove into winter :B Video on YouTube
Photomike 10/21/20 02:54pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

Hello Guys. Thank you so much for all the information on this thread. I am traveling to Vegas to pickup a ex-rental 23a from Cruise America. I have a question about buying a pre-inspection/ non refurbished unit. Does anyone have any information or suggestions on that? Difference between a refurbished unit and non refurbished unit is $3,000. SO i am making up the cost by buying the $3700 warranty. What do you think? I would say a bad idea UNLESS you know a lot about RV's. A refurbished unit from what I know has things replaced to "usable condition". So you may be doing little repairs like fixing hinges, repairing water pumps, etc. to get a usable unit. The warraty does not cover wear and tear only breakage. I would check into this more before taking the leap.
Photomike 10/11/20 02:04pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Trip Report - September Long

^ My goodness - those freeze dried meals are expensive - looks like around 9 bucks per 1 person meal. For hubby and I that would be an 18 dollar meal. I do get those hash browns - you pour hot water into the box and wait for 20 minutes for the potatoes to get soft - then you fry them up. Frozen is way easier, but with limited freezer space... Yup. Although I find a package is almost too much for one person. My wife and I were out picking berries and stopped for lunch and grabbed one. It was perfect for the both of us.
Photomike 09/21/20 12:57pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Trip Report - September Long

This forum is dead - thanks for posting! You got lucky to take pictures of the new snow - very nice. I'd be interested to hear about your freeze dried dinner packets - like brand, where you get them, etc. Keeping the pantry stocked is a great idea. Oh - and thanks IAMICHABOD for fixing the link... I have used all the brands out there. My favorite right now is Happy Yak (made in Canada) followed by Wise and Mountain House. I have used Mountain House for YEARS and they may not be a gourmet brand but they are not horrible either. Locally a couple of the outside stores sell them or if you need a quantityy you can order on-line. On another site, someone mentioned a brand of Freeze-Dried Hashbrowns that Costco sells that are suppose to be AMAZING!!! I need to get a box of them.
Photomike 09/19/20 01:18pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Trip Report - September Long

Mike, Thanks for the Video! I enjoyed the photos and seeing your van, we have a regular top GMC Savana van that I built out and we use it for short trips 1 to 2 days and for longer trips we tow our 17' Casita trailer with it. I have thought of a trailer. A Casita, Escape, or Bigfoot would be my choice in the 18 - 20 foot size.
Photomike 09/19/20 01:11pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Trip Report - September Long

The link should be fixed. it worked on my end of things but not when I signed out of Youtube. Thanks for fixing it!!
Photomike 09/19/20 01:07pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
Trip Report - September Long

This forum is so dead. I miss the trip reports from the other forums when I had different RV's. Here is my last trip with my van on the September long weekend. Why you need to be prepared! September Long Trip Report
Photomike 09/17/20 07:13pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

Hello all! Thanks for this great resource! It makes me feel confident about my purchase reading all your experiences. We just got 2008 Majestic 23A EX rental from person that had it for 6 years. Getting ready for 8000KM round trip and trying to get everything in place as a complete newbie to RV thing. I have some questions, I did try to go through this thread but it is overwhelming so please forgive me in the questions have been answered already. I will shoot my questions, please answer what you can. I will do multiple posts to make it easier with photos etc... 1. At some time this unit probably had a generator installed. I see electrical connectors and what looks like capped fuel line. Fuel line is held on by one zip tie so that does not look great. I would like to make use of that space for storage but I am not sure where I can bolt things. I saw video of Tito using same space but he reused generator mounts that I do not have. Next to this place is battery tray and that is just bolted to the floor, can I do the same? I bought Champion inverter generator 3400, so I am not going to use it for generator but batteries would be nice. Thanks!!! I had a custom battery box built for my 19. The bolt pattern I used was the same as the generators and are VERY secure!!!! I added 4 6v batteries to my custom box then had the battery box empty. Had tons of power. I was going to use the extra space for a tool box in the old battery box and storage next to the 6v's but sold the unit before I got to that point. width=640 width=640
Photomike 08/06/20 02:39pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: What's changed about camping?

I live in southern Alberta and experience the same thing. Not only for RV'ing but for everything outside. There is a community west of me that is an old mining area. In the 80's the houses were going for $5000 - $10,000 now people from bigger cities have bought them and they are trying to flip for $500,000 with almost no repairs done to the places driving out most of the young families that don't have that money. Reason for the flipping other then money is that they are in nature and only a couple coffee shops / diners to go to when they are there and they are bored!!!!!!!! When they do go out they take all their toys and destroy the back country for others. Campgrounds are the same around here. Lets put our 40' RV in a site that will barely fit a small trailer. Then power up the generator before you even unhook as you need power for the big screen and microwave. That is if you can get a camping spot. Add to that the prices for camping is going NUTS. A guy was telling me last year he went for a trip and found a number of campsites at $60 a night and they were not willing to rent to anyone that was only using a tent. I miss the old road trips where you could pull over and pay $5 for a spot and you never needed a reservation.
Photomike 08/03/20 12:41pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Truck camper battery, or lack thereof

Older converters would supply 12V AC for the lights and might have small DC circuit, like 3 amp for radio and battery charging. Never had a battery so never was designed for charging one.
Photomike 05/04/20 04:25pm Truck Campers
RE: How inconvenient is a cargo trailer?

I towed a support trailer. Most of the time it wasn't an issue. Only time I ran into a problem was if I ended up going down a dead end road or trail. My Dad always told me to park so if you needed to get out you could. Seems simple but so true. Park at the back of a lot, park in the RV spots, park so your truck is aimed to pull out. Use your brains as others probably won't when they park around you. When visiting places if it is close to your campground leave the trailer. If you cannot leave the trailer park in RV spots. Security, I always locked the tongue so nobody could hook up to it. Best advice I can give you is to learn to drive properly and know your units. You will need to do some fancy driving at times so learn before hand what you can do. My worst predicament was puling into a camping spot. Only a couple spots were remaining at the campground. The guy who checked me in said it was EASY to get into. SURE IT WAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Maybe if you were driving a bicycle a mini or a Smart car. After several tries my boys and I disconnected the trailer and pushed it back in to the spot and it stayed there for the entire stay.
Photomike 05/04/20 04:21pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck camper battery, or lack thereof

Many of the old campers did not have a house battery. They had a converter that you plugged into shore power that gave you 12v or you could pull from the truck enough to power a few lights. Was not very efficient! Also was not designed for running lights for a long time or many at once. My 92 NL was that way, found a spot to put a battery but you could not use the converter to charge it as all it did was make 12v and did not care about how charged up a battery was. I pulled the old 12v converter and put in a unit that would charge the battery properly. Worked great!!
Photomike 05/04/20 09:03am Truck Campers
RE: Camper with East/West bed and cassette toilet

My northern lite had e/w beds and I loved it. Was very lite as well. Not sure what ones have them now. Here is their currant long bed trucks but I never read up on each model. NL
Photomike 04/25/20 10:20am Truck Campers
RE: Guidance Needed

I started out in a truck cap when I was younger. Was sure a lot better then a tent. Put plywood on the floor, covers on the windows and a sleeping bag.
Photomike 04/19/20 07:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Talk me out of my new project.

Vans are the new cool thing to own. They are narrow and have little room, even you spend $80k. They are just not big enough. You are better off with a diesel truck and smaller trailer if you ask me. My van has lots of room for me. Plus I can go from driving to the back without going outside. A trailer is longer, not as maneuverable and not as usable for what I do with my van.
Photomike 04/12/20 10:24am Truck Campers
RE: Cleaning NL (fiberglass) shell

I used a 3M boat product that was amazing. The roof took some scrubbing to get the majority off but then buffed up really nice and stayed nice for a long time.
Photomike 03/24/20 08:25pm Truck Campers
RE: How much would YOU offer?

Thanks for the replies, and keep them coming. For the record, every single one of these campers has been listed for more than a month (there are more, I just listed 2). At this time of the year that means nothing. Sales start to ramp up next month and run strong till August (in many locations depending where you are). If you were posting this in October and they were up for four or five months then you may have something to help you deal on them.
Photomike 02/26/20 07:30pm Truck Campers
RE: How much would YOU offer?

A lot depends on condition, features, extras, availability, location, etc, etc, etc. Without knowing at least the brand and model really no way to say. It could be a unit that is not very common or it could be a top of the line unit that is in new condition and that is why the prices are higher.
Photomike 02/26/20 12:52pm Truck Campers
RE: RV Superbag

I hate sleeping bags so I use two fiber filled comforters, a couple lighter blankets and flannel sheets. This way I can adjust for the warmth I need and I am not wrapped up. Also nice if I have a guest as we can split everything for two beds easily.
Photomike 02/17/20 05:57pm Truck Campers
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