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RE: And into the forest I go to lose my mind and to find my soul

Losing my mind and finding my soul in Nevada's Bilk Creek Mountains last week.....
deserteagle56 10/29/21 10:38am Truck Campers
RE: New truck and TC.

With the size camper you are talking about I'd be looking at 5500, not 3500 that you have to do a lot of mods to.
deserteagle56 09/02/21 10:27am Truck Campers
RE: How fast do you drive with camper on? .

When most everyone is going 90 in an 80 speed limit how much room, on average are they leaving in front while behind another vehicle? I haven't seen those kind of speed limits at all so I am curious. Thanks in advance. Keep in mind that in rural areas of Nevada traffic is relatively light, even on the interstates. I'd say most times there will be only 5-10 cars per mile. I've gotten used to the light traffic so those few times a year when I have to go to Reno and get into traffic that's bumper to bumper at 65 mph I'm terrified the whole time. Not used to that! On secondary roads traffic can be so light it might be miles before you see another vehicle. You're looking at about 25 miles of highway here. How many vehicles do you see? width=640 * Adjusted image size by using width=640
deserteagle56 08/31/21 07:57pm Truck Campers
RE: How fast do you drive with camper on? .

Where you see 80mph limits in Nevada? All I15 and I40 have 70 mph. Have not been on I80 for few years, but only east side of it had higher limits, where last 100 miles before CA state line it was 70 as well. ALL of I-80 in Nevada is now at 80 mph except for where it passes through a town. All of I-80 and I-15 in Utah is at 80 mph unless it is passing through town. Drive these roads all the time.
deserteagle56 08/31/21 01:49pm Truck Campers
RE: How fast do you drive with camper on? .

Obviously, many of us disagree. Although it could be a regional thing. With 80 mph speed limits, the dynamics change a lot. I live in Nevada, and also do a lot of driving in Utah. Speed limit on the freeways in both states is 80 mph. So now traffic seems to be routinely moving around 90 mph; the stats in the local paper show the Nevada Highway Patrol giving out tickets for speeds over 100 mph...seems to me the last one I remember was for 112 mph. When I'm on the freeway with truck/camper I try to stay ~ 65 mph. But it is easy to get caught up in the flow of traffic and exceed the speed limit. After a camping trip in Utah with my big 4x4 conversion van I was resetting the stats on the GPS unit and was a bit shocked to see that at some time or other I had hit a max speed of 91 mph.
deserteagle56 08/31/21 09:36am Truck Campers
RE: Info needed on truck / camper compatibilty

You are also at a disadvantage trying to mate a camper to a truck from a completely different era. 1988 to 2011 is a lot of time, and truck manufacturers have changed bed dimensions and cab heights many times in that period. The camper may not even physically fit in the truck. Is the camper even designed for a compact truck? ^ This! Make sure the camper will fit between the wheelwells of the pickup.
deserteagle56 08/16/21 03:40pm Truck Campers
RE: Why SRW off road?

My work truck is a dually. Normally loaded with tools and equipment it weighs about 10,500 pounds. The tool box body on the rear is higher than the cab by about a foot and there's a ladder rack above that. Not exactly like carrying a TC but similar. I take this truck off road regularly to off grid job sites. I'm often in low range, going thru creeks, over rocks, thru mud, etc. I've been using this truck this way for 16 years. I've gotten a rock stuck between the dual tires exactly once and that was in my driveway at home. The main draw back for me is the height of the truck. The shorter tires on a dually cause the middle of the long truck frame (crew cab, long bed) to drag on some water breaks. I used to haul a 4,000 pound 11' TC on a Chevy 3500 SRW; hauled it with that truck for 2 years and then put it on a Chevy 3500 dually. The difference in stability and handling was incredible. I would never want to haul a big heavy TC on a SRW again after having it on the dually. ^ This pretty much has been my experience. Except I've yet to get a rock stuck between the duals and my old Dodge has seen a lot of dirt roads!
deserteagle56 08/09/21 09:28am Truck Campers
RE: Roadside Assistance

I had AAA for a few years...till I found out the hard way that they don't go off-pavement at all. Even if it is a good dirt/gravel road they refuse to respond to those.
deserteagle56 07/20/21 04:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Question: too much camper - too little truck

Hi folks: It was 7000 miles and 30 days of white knuckle ride. So I'm wondering if anyone else has this combination and if so what their experience is. Should I put on other mods to the suspension to improve the ride and if so what will give the most improvement. Any advice? Ken I'm sure a lot of other people will chime in here with help. But I had the same experience, only with a long bed truck. Talk about excitement, wait till you experience a blowout on a rear tire with all that weight way up high! My solution - I bit the bullet and went to a dually pickup. TOTALLY different experience. So much more stable, even with strong crosswinds and freeway speeds. I'm back to being relaxed while driving.
deserteagle56 07/03/21 10:08am Truck Campers
RE: new Ford 7.3 gas with 3.55 axle ratio, does it work?

You guys going on about high RPM's, that is the truck running at max overload in the ROCKIES. Worst case scenario. That IS diesel territory but this is showing if NEEDED the 7.3 can do it as well, just not as pretty. With a TC on the back unless it is some behemoth overloaded TC you won't be running those RPM's. So carry on, yes diesel is better in SOME situations and we know that. Come drive US Highway 50 across Nevada. 8 summits to climb, each at close to 8000 feet elevation...and a few that are only around 6000 feet. At any rate, gaining ~ 4000 feet in elevation in just a few miles - then dropping down the other side and then doing it all again for multiple mountain ranges.
deserteagle56 04/05/21 06:25pm Truck Campers
RE: satellite radio and gps antenna

Here is a post I did adding an XM/Sirius antenna to the hood. It is magnetic and I can move it from the windshield area to the front of the hood if I need to. (It is on a 2019 GMC, but the idea should work for any truck) This is what I did also. Magnet mount antenna sitting at the front of the hood. Never loses signal. But since your hood is probably aluminum the magnet mount won't work. A lip antenna mount of some sort would have to be used.
deserteagle56 04/02/21 11:18am Truck Campers
RE: new Ford 7.3 gas with 3.55 axle ratio, does it work? Video of the 7.3 with 3.55 gears towing 24K through the Rockies. Personally, I have a deep seated emotional objection to driving a big block motor down the road at 4,500-5,000 rpm..........moped maybe, big block, nope. ^ This! Drives me nuts! Every revolution of that engine is causing wear and tear and knowing I could be driving an engine that never needs to turn over 2000 rpm is a clincher for me.
deserteagle56 04/02/21 11:14am Truck Campers
RE: Chevy 2500 HD truck shortage

There is a supply problem for all manufacturers right now. I keep reading about them in the financial news about not able to get the parts they need from THEIR suppliers so they have stock to build trucks with. Biggest auto dealer in my nearby town sells Fords. A year ago they had something like 50 Superduties sitting on the lot. When I drove by a week ago they had 4. Plus a couple F150s and one Ranger. They are selling as fast as they are delivered despite the crazy asking prices.
deserteagle56 03/30/21 11:07am Truck Campers
RE: Anyone making a reliable new truck now?

Compared to years ago ALL the newer trucks are pretty darned reliable. I'm an old fart - been driving and working on vehicles since the late 50s and there is NO COMPARISON. I remember how much I had to work on all the vehicles I had from the 70s and early 80s. The new vehicles are MUCH more reliable. My 2004 Dodge/Cummins dually - only repair in 17 years has been a water pump. My 2007 Ford E350 4x4 conversion - only repair in 14 years was replacement of a brake switch that was giving me intermittent cruise control problems. My 2016 F150 4x4 3.5 Ecoboost will be 5 years old/50,000 miles in a couple months. I've had to do absolutely NOTHING to this truck except change the oil and rotate the tires. So I sure as heck can't complain about reliability!
deserteagle56 03/24/21 01:10pm Truck Campers
RE: Who’s still using a 7.3 diesel truck

front hubs stopped engaging. Perhaps a vacuum line leak or a good hub cleaning MAY solve that but I won't know until the warm weather comes. Do yourself a favor and get rid of those "auto-locking" front hubs. Everyone I've known who had those had trouble with them - and generally in the worst possible places when they really needed the 4x4 to work. Replace them with a quality set of aftermarket hubs and you'll never have a problem again.
deserteagle56 02/26/21 10:27am Truck Campers
RE: Truck Registration Weight

Register it for 14K then go camping and enjoy the new truck In Nevada at least, that would cost a bundle. If I remember correctly my 17 year old Dodge is registered @ somewhere around 12,000 lbs and I'm still paying ~ $300 a year for registration. Price goes way up for every 1000 lb! A new truck registered for 14k would no doubt cost $1000 a year or 5 year old F150 is $500 a year!
deserteagle56 01/21/21 11:53am Truck Campers
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