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RE: 2024 Truck Camper Adventure Rally

Looks like the date for ticket sales has slipped to October 15. This is from the eventbrite web site -- "NOTE: Due to the BLM permitting process, enrollment has been delayed. The tentative enrollment date is now October 15." Will just change the reminder on my calendar to get tickets when they become available. Still planning on attending again this year!
freddypinak 09/30/23 08:23am Truck Campers
RE: 2024 Truck Camper Adventure Rally

FYI, tickets for the upcoming Truck Camper Adventure rally are going on sale starting September 01, 2023 for the 2024 rally. If you wish to attend up can buy the tickets here TCA Rally Went to the site and it says "On Sale Oct 1 at 12:00 AM" could have sworn we bought tickets in September last year :h
freddypinak 09/01/23 11:48am Truck Campers
RE: 1998 Lance camper power converter replacement

Does anyone know what a replacement converter would be for my 1998 Lance Camper? Welcome to the forums! This firm can help: +1 on this recommendation. We bought an upgrade kit for our 1998 Lance from them. Great company with good support if you have any questions about installation and setup.
freddypinak 04/04/23 07:21am Truck Campers
RE: Replacing Emergency Exit Cover

There should be a screw threaded into each side of the "C" hinge. Remove the two screws and slide the vent cover sideways off the "C" hinge. We sprayed the hinge with silicone lubricant and then used a block of wood and a hammer to get the vent cover off. If didn't come off easily because there was roof patch on the hinge. We removed a great deal of old roof patch material during the replacement. We were lucky and did not have much lap sealant in the hinge area. There was one spot and we quickly found out that it doesn’t take much to gum things up. We stripped all of the original Parbond around the hatch as part of our project to re-seal the entire roof anyway. This just added a few more hours with plastic putty knife and our new best friend ... mineral spirits :-) The “C” hinge is now as “clean as a whistle” and works great. All of this made cover installation a snap. Our cover does not have small screws on the “C” hinge but we’re thinking about adding one on each end to help keep the cover in place when opened. Some of our travels take us to windy places and we don’t need the cover to slide (even just a little) and stress the lift operator. Thanks to all for sharing your knowledge about finding the right part and your experience with the cover replacement.
freddypinak 03/31/23 07:57pm Truck Campers
RE: Dicor and 303

I'd scrape the old Dicor off and reapply. It's not that hard and cheap insurance. We removed all of the original Parbond from the aluminum roof and resealed the roof penetrations (refrigerator, sewer vent, bathroom vent and escape hatch over the bed). Used Dicor 501LSW-1 Self-Leveling (White). Glad we purchased a new drip-free caulk gun. That and some painters tape made working with Dicor a snap! Now that the roof is done it's on to the next step. Re-caulking all the windows and trim pieces on the sides with Dicor 551LSW1 White Non-Sag lap sealant. Trying to decide if we want to remove the trim pieces and seal the corners with Dicor Seal-Tite tape and new lap sealant or simply refresh the caulking along the trim. No signs of leaks. This is becoming one of those projects...when is enough enough :B Still need to follow up with Dicor on the original 303 question. Been putting every hour possible into the roof re-sealing while the weather is good. Appreciate everyone's comments!
freddypinak 03/31/23 07:42pm Truck Campers
RE: Replacing Emergency Exit Cover

I needed a Hinges old style hinge which was just curled metal that slipped into similarly curled metal. There may be a small retaining tab on one of the hinges to bend to allow the hatch cover to slide out to the side. Open all the way, release the red hatch lever and lift the whole screen and cover up 90 or more degrees to slide past the frame. There was no replacement hatch cover available for my 22x22 hatch opening so I had to purchase aluminium angle, plexiglass, aluminium rivets, marine sealant, and fabricated my own cover. Works better than the original and since it's double pane and clear, I can stargaze while laying in bed. Hi Jeff – Watched your video showing the construction of your custom cover. Great job and done on-site. Thanks for sharing your experience. Yep, looks like we have a different hinge. The screens have two hinges riveted to the lid frame, so the screens do not slide off with the plastic cover. Sounds like your emergency cover has the type of hinge often used on 14 x 14 roof vents. We have replaced plenty of those before…thank you SW sunshine ;) Our cover has an extruded aluminum-type piece riveted to the side. This slides into the piece riveted on the side of the lid frame. No rocket science and pretty darn solid ? The crossbar and opener are causing some confusion. All this is hard to describe but easy to understand when you see it! Once the rain showers and winds stop, we’ll try taking things apart. No real rush other than we want to get the new cover on and stop the minor leaks. We can actually see a couple of cracks in the cover from the inside. Makes it easy to spot where a few drips come down the inside of the frame off the cover. No water gets to the surrounding ceiling area. Sorry we missed you both at the TCA rally in Quartzsite. The rally was lots of fun and we’re looking forward to next year! Here’s hoping our paths cross at the 2024 rally.
freddypinak 03/24/23 01:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Replacing Emergency Exit Cover

Let me clarify. Not really looking to repair the existing cover. We already have a replacement cover in hand. It's a Heng's 17x24 90088-C1 and the hinge appears to match what we have. Trying to find the best way to remove/replace the old cover. Hard to see exactly how to remove the opening crank, especially how to get the end of the crank arm to slide off the crossbar in the middle. We're a little confused because the new cover comes with a crossbar and new screws, but the crossbar is not installed. There is also one strip of weather stripping that is not installed. The other three sides are. Might be shipped that way to lessen damage...don't know. For those that have replaced these covers, do you recall exactly how to remove the arm from the crossbar? Do you have to install the crossbar after sliding the cover in place? Probably making this a bigger issue than it is. Hope others can remember the steps and share their experiences. Or we might need to just go slow and see what happens :h
freddypinak 03/23/23 11:03am Truck Campers
Replacing Emergency Exit Cover

Need some help from the community. We have a 1998 Lance SquireLite that we’ve been working on. After 25 years, it’s time to replace the cover on the emergency exit over the bed. The old cover is very brittle and now has small cracks that leak. We caught this in time with our recent rain. And climbing into a wet bed after a rain shower is no fun :E Does anyone have any tricks for easy cover replacement? Is it pretty much the same as the smaller 14 inch roof vents? Unscrew the opening crank assembly so you can slide the end off of the crossbar, go on the roof and open the lid to 90 degrees and slide the cover off. The crossbar on the replacement cover is not installed. Hope we can install the crossbar and weather strip in the cover while it’s on the bench. Then we can take the cover up on the roof, slide it into place, and reassemble the crank assembly. Found dozens of videos for replacing the entire assembly (frame and all in the roof cutout) but not just replacing the cover. Thought it would be better to ask for help than to make things worse. So any help is much appreciated!
freddypinak 03/23/23 08:00am Truck Campers
RE: Dicor and 303

I am curious about the concerns about the life expectancy of Dicor or Sikaflex. My RV is just shy of 20 years old. It has spent many summers in the desert southwest and winters outdoor in snow country. The original Dicor and Geoflex sealants are doing just fine. Not too worried about the life expectancy of either product. The camper is already 25 years old. I suspect either the camper will wear out or I will before either Dicor or Sikaflex reaches end-of-life even in the brutal SW sunshine ;) Doing a complete sealant strip and reseal of the roof and windows is more for peace of mind for the next Alaska trip than anything else. We have experienced some heavy rains during previous trips. That’s when leaks become a real problem. Now deciding if we want to use Dicor non sag white around the windows, seams and other panels. Looks like the camper came from the factory with clear around the windows and white for the seams. But we hear the clear cures very shiny and not sure we want that look. We’ve had good luck using masking tape to get some nice looking edges on the caulking already so that’s not an issue. Guess beauty will be in the eye of the beholder on this one. The camper deserves some TLC after 25 years of great service! But this has turned into a project where we’re asking ourselves “when is enough a enough.” Considering pulling corner trim and resealing with Dicor Seal-Tite corner seal tape. No leaks that we know of so a simple clean and seal of the trim is more in order. 1-800 to Dicor tech line is a great idea for the 303 question. Appreciate everyone sharing their opinions and experiences. One of the things we like about this forum.
freddypinak 03/19/23 06:53pm Truck Campers
Dicor and 303

We are resealing the entire aluminum roof on our Lance camper. Read many newsgroup discussions and product reviews and decided to go with Dicor. The old Parbond was years past needing replacement. Am amazed at how pliable some of the old sealant still is. Glad the aluminum roof makes removing the old sealant much easier so we were not tempted to seal over the old product. Complete removal only takes a few more days and helps make sure we get a quality job! Here’s a question for those familiar with Dicor. Once the Dicor has completely cured can you use 303 on it to help extend the life of the sealant by providing extra UV protection? And here’s a question for those familiar with 303. Can you use 303 on AC shroud and other plastic roof vents? We’ve had great success with 303 on rubber items but have not tried it on plastics.
freddypinak 03/19/23 11:06am Truck Campers
RE: I Am At The Quartzsite Truck Camper Rally One Minute Video

We finish packing today and plan to be there tomorrow. Looking forward to the event. This will be our first time attending a rally. Guess you would call us "Rally Rookies" even though we have over 20 years of truck camping experience :) Camped throughout Canada and have several trips up and down the Alaska Highway. The rally should be fun! My guess, this'll be a cinch for you. Prepare to enjoy, bring your smiles. Looking forward to this and hope to see you both. One problem left to solve -- where to watch the Super Bowl. Can't pack our 60" TV in our Lance SquireLite :B
freddypinak 02/07/23 02:41pm Truck Campers
RE: I Am At The Quartzsite Truck Camper Rally One Minute Video

We finish packing today and plan to be there tomorrow. Looking forward to the event. This will be our first time attending a rally. Guess you would call us "Rally Rookies" even though we have over 20 years of truck camping experience :) Camped throughout Canada and have several trips up and down the Alaska Highway. The rally should be fun!
freddypinak 02/07/23 06:56am Truck Campers
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