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

Another checklist item for next year.
RickW 12/08/19 02:10pm Truck Campers
RE: TR: The Road to winning a National Championship

Congratulations to Ruth and team for a championship performance. And, congratulations to you for getting everyone there and home safe and sound in terrible weather. Most of us would have given up before we started in those conditions.
RickW 12/01/19 03:19pm Truck Campers
RE: NEWS STORY: Ford/Lance guardrail bridge

Another reason to position the COG of the TC behind the rear wheel. ;)
RickW 11/27/19 06:15pm Truck Campers
RE: height? / good wide folding stool for pop up truck camper

I use the rubbermaid ez fold step stool for entry and high reaches. It is 2 steps and the whole thing hinges at top instead of folding each leg. Second step is 18" high. If you get one, suggest putting bolts through the upper step pivots for safety.
RickW 11/21/19 07:17pm Truck Campers
RE: 7/8” Round roof cargo rails cargo box?

I mount a Yakima box on a home made rack made from 1" conduit. It uses 4 jaw like clamps to secure to two perpendicular rails. It can accommodate various rail sizes and shapes. Suggest visiting REI or a rack store with cargo boxes on display to confirm.
RickW 11/15/19 03:53pm Truck Campers
RE: Microwave for Truck Camper..

....... In my case the microwave will be the quick cup of soup or hot chocolate in the middle of the night or when I'm stuck inside due to rain. My camper isn't going to have a stove in it because i feel if I'm camping then I should be cooking outdoors. Suggest you add a single portable propane cooking burner (using a portable propane bottle) to your kit. You may want to boil some water when you do not have power for the microwave, at night, in the rain ;). Also good for cooking outdoors.
RickW 10/29/19 02:19pm Truck Campers
RE: AUX camera input Superduty: always live, at any speed?

Can't answer the OP question directly. I have an aftermarket nav/back-up camera system and connected the aux camera lead to a camera out the back of the TC. I can view my aux camera at any speed.
RickW 10/09/19 11:44am Truck Campers
RE: Immobile truck camper

... I would just do a standard shell but I have an offer on a free slide in camper from a wealthy relative. What is the brand, size and weight of the free slide in truck camper? Then we can advise if a half ton truck can be safely used for transport or stationary support.
RickW 10/09/19 11:26am Truck Campers
RE: Complete newbie needs help

Just noticed I had a message here. Someone is scanning a copy of their manual for me:) Your welcome.
RickW 10/06/19 09:33pm Truck Campers
RE: Converted to Lithium-Ion be careful.

1. I used to dive a lot and did underwater photography for many years. Back then, photographers were few and cameras expensive. 2. In order to get good underwater photographs, you need lots and lots of light. My flashes used over a pound of NiCad batteries. I would regularly have 3 large chargers plugged in at a time. It was only flashlights and cameras charging back then. Now, everyone has things to charge, especially overnight. 3. The most contested real estate on a live aboard dive boat is the outlet(s) and table where you charge things. Divers pack an extra power strip to be sure there are enough plug ins for their personal needs. A few outlets and lots of chained power strips. 4. I reserve judgement on the cause, but a battery fire is a real possibility, especially if someone had a home made or cheaply made Li battery pack for an underwater scooter, drone, video or flash system. FYI I was aboard one of the three boats of this company in the 80's. It was hard enough to get out of the bunk area at mealtime, I cannot imagine efficient egress in an emergency. My thoughts and prayers for the victims and their family. I can see new regs coming that require Li batteries brought onboard be charged in a fireproof container. There also may be a certification for batteries that have a "fireproof" battery management system. We may learn what Li system is most appropriate for your TC.
RickW 09/13/19 02:19pm Truck Campers
RE: Sleepy Checking in!

Sleepy, thanks for the time hack.
RickW 08/11/19 08:50pm Truck Campers
RE: HOW to GET RID of a LOT of GOOD STUFF I Might Use Someday

Carry all the tools and items that have three or more uses. Carry some of the tools and items that have two uses. Carry a credit card to buy what you need only when you really need it.
RickW 08/04/19 11:02pm Truck Campers
RE: How to store the camper in Florida

I use a small dehumidifier with a timer (on at night) during storage with interior doors and hatches open. Remove as much bedding, fabric and foam as possible. Some use dryer sheets in corners to help prevent mold and mildew.
RickW 08/04/19 06:24pm Truck Campers
RE: Three cheers for BKA

Congratulations Brian, Somehow I was in a different campground and just missed the best campfire talk of the year. Best wishes, Rick
RickW 08/04/19 06:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Which to comprimise on? Toilet or Heat?

A porta potty is a portable, smaller "cassette", easy to store, cheaper alternative for winter camping. Put it in the shower and drain the TC water supply. If you need more capacity, buy two and just carry the second cassette.
RickW 06/24/19 02:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Dumb Question about Tent Only sites

Hmmm ... I've seen plenty sleeping in their cars in tents only sites... at Zion. Yes, they setup a tent, but when it dipped into the 30s overnight, their skin tight yoga pants and northface parka didn't keep the youth warm and they retreated to their vehicles, starting the engine even. I don't know how the rangers draw the line, sleeping in a car at a tent site is OK, but sleeping in a truck, at a tent site maybe not? When I inquired, they screened by type and configuration of vehicle at entry. Car? OK. Truck? OK. Truck plus shell higher than roof, go apply over at the RV campground to confirm you are not staying in this park tonite. I don't think they check the vehicles parked in the tent campground after it's full and the sun goes down. Non sequitur: I was at a campground last year where many tent dwellers slept in their cars right after the evening bear visit. :E
RickW 05/05/19 03:56pm Truck Campers
RE: Dumb Question about Tent Only sites

Maybe, but probably not. There was a long thread about this a year or two ago. My experience from interviewing a ranger at Zion NP is that "tent only" there was to fairly allocate scarce camping real estate. They even had a placard at the fee station with all kinds of trucks, vans and campers that were not permitted in, even if you "promised" to sleep in a tent. Basically, no pop ups or heat or water on the rig. In other locations, the camping site is a walk away from the parking, hence, tent only. In other situations, it is justified by citing reduced environmental impact. Some cite fire marshal restrictions. You can always ask, but don't get offended and be prepared to be denied and look elsewhere.
RickW 05/05/19 01:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Build your own Water Heater / Furnace Unit?

Another approach would be to install a copper tube coil on the outside of the water heater tank (or a flat coil on the bottom of the tank if sufficient clearance), insulate and use a recirculating pump to distribute the heat. I would probably just recirculate the hot water directly from the tank to a radiator and turn off the pump system when taking a shower. In any of these approaches, the output might be enough to maintain comfort but would not initially heat a cold TC anytime soon. You might need a portable heater (electric or propane) for initial heat up.
RickW 05/02/19 03:51pm Truck Campers
RE: VTR - virtual trip report, my last one

wow, Your highlight reel is a bucket list for the rest of us. Happy trails,
RickW 04/06/19 07:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Popup truck camper with soft sides

About a year ago, camping in the Eastern Sierra, a female black bear (known to rangers) visited the campground after dark. People started yelling, banging pots, jumping in their cars, setting off car alarms, etc. :E The bear came up to my popup TC and took a dump by the right rear tire. I'm sure it was a message that my ol' softside was no match for her and, if she wanted to, she would have gotten in bed with me. What did I do? :h I put on my noise cancelling earphones and went back to sleep.
RickW 04/02/19 12:39pm Truck Campers
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