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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
RE: My Folding Porch

I always wanted a porch. Not so much to sit on but to have a spot to turn around and to stop on before going down the stairs. To remove wet/dirty footwear. Leave things so they were out of the dirt like packs, and to barbecue so I was not always going up and down the stairs. A number of years ago someone had one with rails and a mount for their barbecue that was AMAZING but cannot find the link. I wanted to build one so bad but it never happened. Only issue is that if they stay down when traveling (for smaller ones) you need lights on them and if they fold up cannot block the license plate or any lights.
Photomike 02/13/20 09:41am Truck Campers
RE: Leveler blocks used as recovery boards

In an emergency I would use them. If I was planning I would carry something else. I bought a folding mat that you can toss down, more for me on ice then mud or sand.
Photomike 02/10/20 06:50pm Truck Campers
RE: step solutions

Even seeing pictures of this happening I really have a hard time understanding how or where. It would seem the pivot holes or pins would have to be worn ALOT to absorb the movement (assuming treads stayed parallel when new). On Steves picture there's a good inch loss between each tread. ya and mine are just as bad if not worse. I tightened up every bolt to the point where it takes a bit of effort to deploy and fold them up, cant really feel any slop at all so it baffles me. I am almost wondering if the design of the mounting point is partially to blame as it lets the top support pivot putting the first 2 steps sloping downwards away from the camper. but then my bottom two will slope back towards it. I know I need a longer one and maybe that is what sets off the bottom two. so maybe a different method of mounting them to ensure the top step stays level will help. Steve Steve The steps that came with my TCer were like that as well. I tired everything before I spent the money on Glow steps and they were perfect. Same anchor point as the old ones, same height, same everything except the glow steps worked. Was a great investment!!!
Photomike 02/10/20 10:42am Truck Campers
RE: step solutions

so my new camper came with the accordion style steps (not glowsteps). they are a little to short as my truck is taller, but even if I prop them up they never seam to sit all the same (flat) so I am looking for a different step system that will be, how do I say it, not as sketchy. Glowsteps look like the same design with double cross bars instead of single and glowing steps, but are they rock solid when deployed? and is the price worth it? my other option is to get one of those receiver hitch cargo carries and build something that will deploy from that, maybe even a ramp design to make it easier on the dog? what have people done to solve step issues? Steve Don't fool around and waste time. Get the Glow steps. If you want more stability get a railing. It was shocking how much better they are! I have an extra glow step still in my garage if you were closer. My camper only needed 4 but got five as it was cheaper.
Photomike 02/06/20 10:24am Truck Campers
RE: Interior Design – Painting

This is water-based, cheap sealer, design for saving money while painting new drywall. When you apply it over lacquer or vinyl it will peel off at alarming rate. What kind of RV has lacquer or vinyl walls? Many have vinyl walls as the wall board that was used was covered in vinyl. How about naming one? I've never seen one. The Northern Lite I had used a vinyl covering on the wall board material. It was a thin board with a wrap around the board to give it the texture pattern. Several of the Bigfoot's that I have seen used the same wall board. Also many trailers use the same board.
Photomike 02/03/20 08:54pm Truck Campers
RE: Interior Design – Painting

This is water-based, cheap sealer, design for saving money while painting new drywall. When you apply it over lacquer or vinyl it will peel off at alarming rate. What kind of RV has lacquer or vinyl walls? Many have vinyl walls as the wall board that was used was covered in vinyl.
Photomike 02/03/20 08:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Charging camper batteries with generator?

How do you all hook up the generator to charge camper batteries? Hook generator directly to batteries with the battery cables or just plug the shore power cord into the generator? Speaking to a Northern Lite camper and a Honda generator. Thanks John What is the age of the camper? Older campers had horrible charges. Newer ones are a lot better and will charge faster.
Photomike 02/03/20 08:33pm Truck Campers
RE: Third Brake Light?

You are carrying a house on your back and you are worried someone will miss a brake light? If they don't see the two of them on the camper then one more hidden in all the other things on the back won't help.
Photomike 01/30/20 10:04am Truck Campers
RE: What portable toilet has biggest seat and bowl?

I bought a smaller one and built a platform for under it so it sits higher. I did not need a huge one as it is as much for emergencies as anything and did not want anything to heavy. I then used the boat anchor system (only a homemade version) to stop it from moving around when driving.
Photomike 01/20/20 05:31pm Truck Campers
RE: Roof Vent Security

You realize that this is an emergency exit? Screwing bars across it is going in the opposite direction of what it is designed for. Even one bar and by the time you find a screw driver in a fire you are dead. And if you think you can pull it off if there is a fire then it won't be strong enough to stop someone then. Also, why would someone climb up on top of a camper to try and break in??? They don't know if the hatch is big enough to fit through. You have windows lower down and a door that would be easier and faster. If you are set on doing something then I would suggest making a hinged set of bars that can be locked in the closed position to stop an intruder. Then unlocked when you are in the camper and swung out of the way and attached in the open position to the ceiling. That way you won't be found dead looking for a way out.
Photomike 01/16/20 10:24am Truck Campers
RE: Too big for a T/C ?

I find with many RV's that it is the layout. On one I was in I hurt more body parts just getting in and out of it then I ever did on any of mine and it was larger then all three of my units.
Photomike 01/10/20 03:51pm Truck Campers
RE: mounting a propane tank to bumper

From what I have read on it they are legal because of the height. .. Not according to the law copied on page 12 in this topic. We are on page 7 so I will wait till page 12 to read it :B I think you are referring to the NFPA rules a few pages back. Honestly there are a lot of "suggestions" but I don't see anyone enforcing. I would be more concerned about someone with a loose tank in the back of their truck then mounted that high. I also would rather have tanks mounted up that high then on the tongue of a trailer or in a back compartment on a TCer that is lower. Honestly I don't really care as like weight, gas vs diesel, etc the facts here are being so twisted that this thread is 150% useless :?
Photomike 01/08/20 03:57pm Truck Campers
RE: mounting a propane tank to bumper

https://i.imgur.com/yHpaNfBl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image. Today's photo. Looks like the guy is 3000 miles from home. I did not dare to climb and see if he has newer cylinders with PR valves, or older stuff. Many conversion vans do this. The tanks are out of the impact zone of the bumper. From what I have read on it they are legal because of the height. I was going to do that on my van but really did not like the look so went with a vehicle gas heater instead and carry 1lb propane tanks inside for the stove.
Photomike 01/08/20 09:18am Truck Campers
RE: Converter will not charge batteries

my 2 cents- with battery on and camper AC connected, converter on- multimeter should show converter voltage at both battery & converter positive lugs. With converter turned off (breaker) you should see battery voltage at both terminals. If converter voltage shows at battery board terminal, Id pull the battery cable lead from converter at battery and check voltage there-should see converter voltage from converter on cable. Pulling battery lead at board terminal should see battery voltage on cable. For some reason (short of converter malfunction) with what so far has been related- makes me think some how cable from battery is one way, only sending battery power to converter but power cant travel back. I cant see how that's possible unless whatever was added as disconnect has that function? Everything that others are saying is correct and it should be simple to check. What I am wondering is if there is not another cut off on the line to the battery maybe to isolate it, maybe even a switch on the battery terminal. Can you follow the wires from the charger to the battery all the way or do they disappear behind a wall someplace? If you have zero 12v working when inverter is off then something is shut off. I would run two lines from the charger to the battery across the floor and then see what happens. This would tell you if it is the lines that are installed. Many old units did not have a battery, they only ran the 12v when they were plugged in or from the truck.
Photomike 12/21/19 06:57pm Truck Campers
RE: What Portable Propane Gas Grill Do You Use?

https://i.imgur.com/13Nq47T.jpg We use a small table top-uses 1# bottles, think I paid less than $20 from local discount drug store, though several years ago. Folds up pretty compact, easily fits in compartment. This is the same one that I use only in black. Only issue is that in really cold or wind it does not have a pile of heat. But for the price cannot be beat! +1. I've had mine for 15 years. Replaced the grill once. Fits in the TC perfectly. No mess. One suggestion: Don't turn on the propane with the lid on then press the piezo igniter. The lid can go up a few feet when the propane ignites. .....it only happened once in a land far far away....... That would be a blast :E :B
Photomike 12/12/19 09:35am Truck Campers
RE: What Portable Propane Gas Grill Do You Use?

https://i.imgur.com/13Nq47T.jpg We use a small table top-uses 1# bottles, think I paid less than $20 from local discount drug store, though several years ago. Folds up pretty compact, easily fits in compartment. This is the same one that I use only in black. Only issue is that in really cold or wind it does not have a pile of heat. But for the price cannot be beat!
Photomike 12/10/19 02:11pm Truck Campers
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. https://www.firstchoicephoto.ca/blog/wp-content/uploads/C3A4298-1024x682.jpg To see more pictures of the window go to my blog
Photomike 12/05/19 07:33pm Truck Campers
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