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RE: Nor Cold 2 way??

We ended up swapping back and forth during the summer from 12v to propane to keep the food cold and as importantly, to save on the use of propane a bit. (Plus propane has increased substantially here in the northeast so definitely want to use the 12v from the dc dc charger and solar as much as we can! Also, we don’t like running on propane as it’s not safe, legal or recommended. Why do you turn it off when traveling? Our fridge and hot water tank are never turned off (fridge on AC at the house). Goes months on a bottle, so never really thought about the price. I've installed a couple of them, and can't find anything in the instructions that suggest not traveling with them functioning, which is why I asked. The legal part; each state is different I guess. Interesting.
Reality Check 10/20/21 11:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Nor Cold 2 way??

For me personally, I'll 'precool' the fridge by having the camper plugged into shore power and using the AC option 1-2 days before leaving on a trip. Then I'll transfer precooled items from my house fridge/freezer to the campers fridge/freezer. I'll usually SHUT OFF the campers fridge/freezer before pulling out of my driveway. While I live in Oregon and travel mostly in Oregon/Washington and the temperatures generally don't get higher than the 90's, I've found that the campers fridge/freezer will keep my items just fine (no matter what time of the year it is) during the 1-4 hours it takes to reach where I'm going. When I reach my destination and start setting up, the campers fridge/freezer will get turned back on set to AC (if available) and propane if AC is not available. I see/find no need for the 'DC' mode/setting at all. Obviously YMMV, - Mark0. Why do you turn it off when traveling?
Reality Check 10/20/21 09:58pm Truck Campers
RE: Looking for options

Wife and I love the 865... it's an awesome model. The kitchen, dinette in back, windows on three sides. It's open, bright. Just think it's an awesome unit. I'd throw it on a 1 ton and go play.
Reality Check 10/20/21 09:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Never saw this before!

I agree with the pull me over mentality if I’m wrong. One of the WA truck scales near Spokane goes off no matter if it’s an RV/rental truck, etc. It seems to have a weight/height trigger. I drove over a couple of times in two different sized Uhaul trucks, and it still went off. Of course, it’s not required to stop with a rental truck for personal use. Nobody chased me down. Not that it would have been hard since I was just going the 60 mph speed limit. :D I’m not sure why you think a TC can be an RV or cargo based on only the licensing. In MT, there is no license for TCs, trailers are generally permanently licensed, and so are motorcycles/atv/utvs. That doesn’t change what they are. Scale houses can set the data triggers for the weigh-in-motions. Between certain weights, over a certain weight, wide open, over a certain number of axles, etc. In this truck..which I supposed looks commercial to many..we've traveled in 17 states since 2019, and BC (before Covid..lol), and have yet to pull into a scale (except closed one's to check myself). I'm flagged more often than not, as we run around at about 27-28k, but do not pull in. Oregon is a "must state"..anything over 26k. Trust me, they don't want you to and no one does. Washington is technically a "must state" also, at 16k. Again...they seriously don't want RV's on the scales. Don't do it. It's an open debate on this forum, but it is subject to individual laws of each state. Generally, RV's are exempt. I run with the "didn't know, oops, my bad" thought process. Face it folks: they're not looking at RV's as a revenue source. The fines we'd pay are paltry compared to the reality of commercial overweight tickets.
Reality Check 10/20/21 09:26pm Truck Campers
RE: Been a busy year

Boom...!!! It's never enough..always an adventure. Bucket list just keeps growing, doesn't it!
Reality Check 10/18/21 05:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Prepping for below freezing temps and snow.

…. Here I am toughening it out in the Philippines & wishing I was in the TC somewhere… Actually on day 8 of a 10 day quarantine locked up in a hotel room overlooking Manila Bay & guess what…NO Alcohol allowed during quarantine…… And REALITY CHECK the dog and I flew into the Fry Canyon dirt strip years ago & stayed at the motel restaurant that operated there, now a residence. Rancher we were spending time with up there pointed out two landing strips...not used much now. They were north of the river in the Glen Canyon rec area. Saw a couple planes dropping in near Hite Crossing to pick up a bike tour group from Moab...lol, I imagine that was cheap. The strip is next to the hwy on the in between the two bridges. No Alcohol...?? Currently hanging in our camper https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/923/eTgk4I.jpg
Reality Check 10/12/21 09:51am Truck Campers
RE: Prepping for below freezing temps and snow.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/922/gDRQz4.jpg Healthy 5"... LOVE it!!!!!!!
Reality Check 10/12/21 09:40am Truck Campers
RE: Prepping for below freezing temps and snow.

... I was raised in Salt Lake City and just live about 200 miles south. We're currently parked on some land 20 miles N/Eish of Richfield. Snow is a coming tonight I believe... What a beautiful area. We were down in Fry canyon area..had to make a quick hop up to the "hospital" after bike met road...20 miles back in the Glen Canyon area. Should have invited you up for steak dinner!
Reality Check 10/11/21 07:59pm Truck Campers
RE: Side-Trip Report: Great Salt Plains SP, OK

That's awesome. I had a life lesson this year..OK is beautiful. We hit just the south, and then back through the N/E corner. What a wonderful state. Thanks for the gem; our list of places to go just keeps growing and growing and....
Reality Check 10/11/21 02:24pm Truck Campers
RE: New Ram 5500 Build

.....I had planned a full Kelderman air ride but there are a lot of things I'd rather spend $10K on right now..... Where are you finding that the suspension is 10k? We're riding Link's system, which have been fantastic.. but Kelderman makes a great unit. Basic should be about 5-7k. Just curious...because there is no comparison in ride. I've had Kelderman on a previous truck w/ their mechanical auto leveling which ran $6-7K and am familiar with it. That worked well for my purposes then, but not for what I'm wanting now. The ride of the current truck doesn't really bother me - I'm interested in the ability to level the truck on unlevel ground to have a level camper, and gaining a couple inches of extra clearance in the rear. A few thousand pounds of flatbed and tools smoothes things greatly. I may eventually get the Kelderman setup, but that'll be down the road because right now I'd rather spend the money earmarked for it on a couple new bikes and some upgrades to our fifth wheel. We'll see how this does first. $10K is for the kit I'd go with, which is front ($1495), rear ($4550), and 3H control system w/ console mount ($4200), plus shipping ($400), for a total of $10645 with a 10-12 week lead time (talked to them last week). I'm aware it could be done cheaper, but I wouldn't be happy with the cheaper options and I'm not really wanting to wait, as I could use the additional clearance now. Missed the 'adding front' and full tilt interior console. Got it. Agree, that loaded, the trucks are fine. We're running right at 18k solo. But take the camper off, and it would still be a rough ride without the air, which we often do. Cheers... fun thread to follow.
Reality Check 09/27/21 03:12pm Truck Campers
RE: New Ram 5500 Build

.....I had planned a full Kelderman air ride but there are a lot of things I'd rather spend $10K on right now..... Where are you finding that the suspension is 10k? We're riding Link's system, which have been fantastic.. but Kelderman makes a great unit. Basic should be about 5-7k. Just curious...because there is no comparison in ride.
Reality Check 09/27/21 12:39pm Truck Campers
RE: New Ram 5500 Build

Looking forward to seeing the build and tires!
Reality Check 09/04/21 10:47am Truck Campers
RE: How fast do you drive with camper on? .

yada.... read above, no need to repeat it all... yada You have lot's of good points I guess. A very detailed and windy explanation for behavior, no doubt supporting a pattern of driving that you are comfortable with. Perfect. I've driven 14... and 14A. 'pucker factor' comment leads me to a better understanding or where you're coming from, and I think I'll just leave it there.
Reality Check 09/01/21 10:37pm Truck Campers
RE: How fast do you drive with camper on? .

45-55 mph. For me, its more than fast enough and I'm usually meandering on two lane back country away from the main routes more than I am on interstates. Plus, the truck is old and powered by a naturally aspirated small block V8 gas engine. Even with 4.10s, she's not going to be winning any races :p. On my bigger trips, I normally only drove about 200-300 miles a day at tops, as I was more interested in the journey than just the destination. If we're on flat lands, I usually pull off to let folks get around, or when we reach the top of a grade if we're climbing one, pulling out before then just means the next batch of folks will be stuck behind me going even slower because I'll have lost my momentum and will be starting again on a hill, so instead of going up the hill at 45, they're now doing it at 30. On most quality roads, there are usually passing lane segments that come up and that's when most folks can safely get around. So you’re mostly speed limited by the capability (power and age) of your truck. Aka, one of the vehicles on the road that frustrates other drivers who are trying to get somewhere before their weekend is up or their next birthday comes around! If the five to ten minutes it takes out of their day for me to safely reach a pullout or a section of road where they can pass impacts their schedule that much, they didn't plan their travel very well. If you're adding 5 or 10 minutes to someone's day because of the time it takes you to pull over....you are a hazard beyond comprehension. What if there were two or three of you on the same section of highway? Seriously? But...I suspect you meant that you'll usually pull over within 5 or 10 minutes. That's not as bad, it's just selfish and creates stress in others where it shouldn't. I'd ask? why, who made such a person God to decide what is bad planning on someone else's part? I'd be rethinking my habits and decision making process a bit. I'm can be pretty ornery, but can't hold a candle to that attitude. Just food for thought.
Reality Check 08/29/21 04:58pm Truck Campers
RE: Dump station app for androids?

Thanks for the help everyone. FWIW, both of the apps you all suggested both say they do not work with current androids operating systems, and to "update" them. Unfortunately, neither of them will update, they just go from starting the app to update to start the app and then right back to the update button ad infinitum! I had seen both of these in my original search, and both have horrible ratings, specifying exactly what I experienced! I do appreciate your suggestions, however. Thanks again. Interesting... I have android, but in fairness, don't use any 'app' for this. I just go to the web page. Works flawlessly that way.
Reality Check 08/24/21 02:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Dump station app for androids?

Sanidumps.com Easy...we use the map function
Reality Check 08/23/21 05:56pm Truck Campers
RE: How fast do you drive with camper on? .

Once a nuisance, always a nuisance. lol, fixed it for ya... Well, at least most of the reading has made this a good thread. Just got back from 60+ days on the road. Freeways suck, and we use them to get somewhere, so speed limit it is. Have no problem doing 80's, and the MPG difference is remarkably minimal. Compared to my actual monthly fuel bill per month..it doesn't even register. With that, we were less than 1000 miles total on freeway. The rest is on mostly secondary county/state roads. I drive what we're comfortable with, but....BUT.... ARE you listening folks who don't get the hell out of the way..... we pull over often, because it's not my place to hold up commerce just because I'm in a different place in my head than the rest of the world (relaxed). It's annoyingly funny to watch someone tool along at a snails pace and then not pull over to let others pass; remember...."you're obviously not in a hurry/on a schedule/trying to make a living". I just don't get it. My wife points out that most often it's not an attitude, it's just a lack of paying attention to ones surroundings and basic awareness. Folks just don't pay attention. And I know she's right.
Reality Check 08/21/21 10:47am Truck Campers
RE: Why SRW off road?

Boy, that's a lot of reading. Have both (SRW's and DRW's). Bigger camper fits and drives better on dually. Done. Have had dozens of rocks stuck in between the duals. Anyone that hasn't, just hasn't driven enough yet. Always, ALWAYS, carry a 2# hammer. No, duals are not as good off road. Seriously, I would never take my camper up trails that are "off road".. I take our rig up places that people cringe at...but it's not "off road". It's a gravel/dirt road that I'm confident I can get back from. It's 100k...imagine the tow bill. Snow, no, they're not as good either. I drive in snow more than probably 95% of the TC'ers. The rig does fine. No, single wheels are almost always better. Different needs, different tools. Wouldn't ever think about putting our camper on a SWR.
Reality Check 08/09/21 11:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Hit the scales again this morning, PERFECT!

Hey Kenny, Just go out and get yer self a crew cab 5500 and make everyone happy ;) :B Come one buddy, you can do it..!!
Reality Check 08/06/21 09:10pm Truck Campers
RE: Torklift tie down maintenance

Rustoleum rust converter is all you need. No need to paint then. lol, ^^^^ learn something new everyday. I seriously doubt it's a perfect solution, but I'd be all over it for a quick 'fix'. Nice find dhull.
Reality Check 08/06/21 11:52am Truck Campers
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