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RE: Wind Deflector

I was fighting a water leak at the pass through window when I switched from a 2004 Dodge to a 2015 Ram where I had to raise the camper 3/4". Ended up putting a deflector across the middle of the cab over because I was able to use 4 existing holes in the sheet metal. It reduced the air pressure and changed the direction of the wind enough so the leak was stopped. The added benefit was it reduced the bug count at the top of the front wall under the cab over. It actually added a bit of wind noise in the cab and I didn't notice any change in fuel mileage. If I was to add one to a fiberglass camper, I would make sure it is angled fore/aft and just use a strong double sided tape. One advantage to this is if you decide it doesn't do what you want, you can remove it without any damage occurring. Plus screw holes equals leak, especially in what will be a high pressure water driven area.
kohldad 01/22/22 08:47pm Truck Campers
RE: Auxiliary fuel tank in front of the slide in camper

I am not familiar with Lance campers, but it will need to be determined if the specific model in question is build (from the factor) such that is can be used on a short bed truck. i.e., the overhanging portion can be self supporting. Yes, the Lance 815 is designed for both long and short bed trucks. The camper is wired to accept two pods at the rear corners. The pods are plugged into a standard 4 prong connector and provides the taillights when used in a short bed truck. thanks for the picture, the only difference is you have the hangover in the back so that say someone slammed into you, the hangover would hit up against the truck bumper and the camper wouldnt not slide forward. In my case, the the Lance 815 has no hangover so it potentially could slide forward and squish my aux fuel tank up there? I guess that wouldnt be a big deal, perhaps the tank would work as a buffer? Odds are the camper is going to crumble before the fuel tank does. If this is a big worry, it would be real easy to fabricate a heavy duty cage to protect the fuel tank. As long as the tank sits up about 2" so the camper floor would slide under the tank, there isn't anything else in the area to provide much force. Nobody gives a second thought to the main fuel tank getting "squished." Why worry about this one? Main fuel tank for any modern truck to my knowledge has the main fuel tank between the frame rails. Even chassis trucks with the tank in the rear are mounted between the frame rails and usually protected by the the rear bumper integrated into the bed or box attached to the truck.
kohldad 01/13/22 07:38pm Truck Campers
RE: Auxiliary fuel tank in front of the slide in camper

Yes, that will work well. If you sit it back 18", you could use the lance pods designed for the 815. If you don't use the pods, you will want to make a bracket and mount brake/turn lights. At 10" back the lights will be blocked to at an angle. There is a 4-pin plug wire on each side which the pods plug into so an easy add on without any camper wiring required.
kohldad 01/12/22 10:50am Truck Campers
RE: Is support needed when storing for an extended time?

I've always supported mine for safety. Good thing too as one day in the storage yard someone back their construction trailer so the ladder on the top punched a whole in the front of the cab-over and knocked it back enough to bend two jacks and rip one of them off the rear corner. If it had not been sitting on the trailer which moved with it, it would have fallen and taken out a nice bass boat and utility trailer with it. I've used several methods over the years. One was four stacks of 4 cement blocks with cross boards. One was cross boards across a 5x8 utility trailer. One was a set of heavy duty sawhorses I custom made. Each had their own pros and cons but all stored the camper at truck bed height. This was important since I have manual jacks so minimal jacking was wanted.
kohldad 01/08/22 09:05pm Truck Campers
RE: Fast Gun issue?

Just use the links mentioned by 3 tons. They won't come loose if they are snugged with a wrench. I've been using them for 7 years cause needed them when I upgraded from a 2004 to 2015 Ram. They are just attached to the Torklift frame mount insert and stay on all the time.
kohldad 01/04/22 07:10am Truck Campers
RE: Trailer connect

Since the truck is sensing the resistance in the trailer brakes, you could add a resistor to the trailer brake pin. I've never done it but did a quick search and found this thread which did describe a solution down on 1/20/2015. https://www.f150forum.com/f38/can-i-fool-my-trailer-connector-into-thinking-i-have-electronic-brakes-286312/index2/
kohldad 12/29/21 04:09pm Truck Campers
RE: S&S 8.5 Camper on Ram 2500: Measured weights; advice.

My 1,800# Lance 815 with only a 70# A/C option comes in near 3,900# loaded for a long trip with two adults. Empty with just propane and battery, the camper weighs closer to 2,300# than 1,870#. With the coils of the 2500, I am surprised you aren't having sway issues. Biggest concern is you are under your axle and tire limits. IF you are when loaded for a trip with everyone onboard along with a comfortable/controllable ride, then I wouldn't have a problem with it. Braking is the same between a 2500 and 3500 so you wouldn't gain anything in that department.
kohldad 12/19/21 04:13pm Truck Campers
RE: Front axle

Like KD4UPL says, get an alignment with the camper on. Hopefully that is the way you use it the most. If you use it about the same with and without the camper, then you may want to put about 1/2 the weight of the camper in the back (pallet of bocks?) and then get the alignment. It won't be right for either application but will be close for both. The other things is make sure you rotate the tires about every 5,000 miles.
kohldad 12/12/21 08:15pm Truck Campers
RE: So many questions

- If driving in the rain, will the back wall with door stay water tight. After experiencing a hail and rainstorm with 70+ mph winds directly into the rear of my camper without the rear door leaking, I'd have to say he is probably okay.
kohldad 11/19/21 12:01pm Truck Campers
RE: RV Park Reservation Apps

All federal operated campgrounds use recreation.gov and their app is the same name. If the campground is operated by a vendor, they may or may not use the app for reservations. While not for reservations, we use https://www.ultimatecampgrounds.com/ to find government operated campgrounds. This will include your city, county, state, and federal. Unfortunately, there isn't a big single app or website for that most campgrounds use.
kohldad 11/15/21 09:14pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: spring snow free

Hope you realize Bryce is at 8,000 ft and will get snow in April, May and sometimes even in July. If you want to avoid snow, you will need to go south to I40 and even that could be iffy in March. Wouldn't worry too much about I70 though as they are use to handling snow and will have the road open soon after any late snow storms.
kohldad 11/14/21 08:11pm Roads and Routes
RE: Indian Reservations

Just did 16 weeks traveling the west. In Nebraska, don't remember any issues. South Dakota south of Badlands did have road closures. Signs for road closures were vague about where they started so we back tracked and took a slightly longer less scenic route down the interstate going to Badlands NP. We learned to look at each state's DOT website for road closures. While we didn't have any other Indian Reservation issues, we did have to change our route around one road closure and find a more local backroad route around a bridge closing. One thing to remember, a state highway detour will only use state highways so there could be a much shorter detour they aren't allowed to use. A county road detour can use any road for the detours. In our case of the bridge closing, I wouldn't recommend the two track dirt road we took but a few of the locals were using it making it a very interesting 2-way traffic road through the gullies and mountains of south eastern Colorado but 10 miles of that saved about 120 miles of pavement.
kohldad 11/11/21 05:13pm Roads and Routes
RE: Garmin Basecamp Problems

Your particular example is probably a "self-protection routing" because of RV or Truck selected as the vehicle I was going to say not the problem as I've had the issue on flat areas also. However, went back and dig some digging only to find my driving profile by default it had selected "closing Time" and "climbing". When I removed these options, it routed correctly. I'll have to try and remember a couple of other issues I've had where the roads were flat and bridgeless to see if somehow these setting effected those as well. Thanks for making me double check everything. I've learned something knew so my day is complete. Edit: The option was edit -> options -> activity profile then select routing tab and uncheck the two check boxes.
kohldad 11/11/21 03:24pm Truck Campers
Payment method

I've heard Discover card isn't widely accepted in Canada. Have trouble getting a Visa or Mastercard because I haven't had monthly payments on anything in years. Was wondering how samsung pay or google pay was accepted.
kohldad 11/06/21 01:25pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Garmin Basecamp Problems

I'm getting pretty good with Basecamp since Microsoft S&T won't work on Win 10. I've had the problems in the past. Here is an example of going from west side of RMNP (Stillwater) to Estes Park on the east side. Note it is 144 miles in 3:35. https://i.imgur.com/wfXVwp1l.png By adding a couple of waypoints, finally had Basecamp heading the way I want which is through RMNP. Note this way is 52.6 miles in 2:51. So this is the route it should have selected to begin with. https://i.imgur.com/7MrHChGl.png What I do is pick my two points. Add a waypoint in between then keep moving the waypoint until the routes swaps to the other side. Then go back and add a second waypoint in the area just before the route swapped. Some times it takes several of these to get it to finally go the route I want. I've looked at other programs, but Basescamp is the only one that works off line. Since I have a Garmin, I can also download and use the City Navigator which is the map on the Garmin so the routes in theory should be identical once transferred from Basecamp to Garmin. I haven't tried downloading yet because while I make plans we are retired and aren't in a hurry. Side trips are our norm and plans change often.
kohldad 11/05/21 11:27am Truck Campers
RE: Vin vs door sticker

For 2015, the year of my truck: SRW gasser has a 11,400 GVWR. SRW Diesel has a 12,300 GVWR. They add 900# to the GVWR to compensate for the extra weight of the diesel so the payload capacity of each truck is almost identical. However, the VIN on the build site should match the door sticker. One thought is that the build will list two GVWR. The 11,300# for the basic truck configuration and then the 12,300# for the optional diesel.
kohldad 10/26/21 03:33pm Truck Campers
RE: Long Bed vs Bigger Overhang - off - roading

The question is if you will have more problems dragging the rear or getting high centered. That depends on the type of trais you are doing. I have the long bed and think the 18" longer wheel base is with the compromise. I have always had more close calls with dragging the rear of my 8' 6" camper than being high centered.
kohldad 10/26/21 05:28am Truck Campers
RE: Does the State of TN title truck campers?

TN treats truck campers as cargo. They do not tax (except sales tax), issue titles, register or require tags on truck campers. Clerk won't have a record of the truck camper because they do not register it, only consider it as cargo. When the dealer sent the paperwork to the bank, they may of sent in the OEM Certificate (what is used by states to issue the first title). I would think the bank may have that. However, since it is being sold from a state that doesn't issue title for truck campers, the best you can probably provide is a Bill of Sale. The buyer should check with his state and verify that a Bill of Sale will be sufficient for having a title issued in the buyers state IF that is required. He may just require you to have the Bill of Sale notarized or fill out another form.
kohldad 10/24/21 09:25pm Truck Campers
Been a busy year

Been a busy year. Been an exciting year! After almost 34 years with the same company, last 20 years on the same project, I retired June 2020. Two days after retirement we started on a long celebration trip. Figured we were as isolated traveling in the camper as we would be sitting home so why not. You can follow along our route by using this link Trip Map to google maps. Each pin is a campground with picture of the campsite. The first week was spent visiting my youngest daughter, then on to Knoxville, TN for a few days with our first daughter and granddaughter. https://i.imgur.com/0pGsJ6ml.jpg We prefer to travel without reservations and COVID made this a bit more interesting. Lots of places where we would just normally show up for a FF site went to reservations only. This is fine when traveling within cell service, but since we tend to stay off the beaten path, not so easy. Once we arrived at a campground which provided a land line phone to make the reservation. However, they closed at 4pm on Friday so wasn’t any good to us when we arrived at 6pm. Overall though, by making reservations a few days out when we had phone service, worked out. So on up through Missouri, across Kansas, up to Nebraska, and South Dakota we went. We found some huge mushrooms at Mushroom Rock State Park, Kansas https://i.imgur.com/DQDYBQWl.jpg We stopped at Minooka Park on Lake Wilson. It was pretty windy but at least the wind kept the flies at bay. Plus we had a wonderful sunset that evening. https://i.imgur.com/9dnPVTAl.jpg We were lucky enough to grab a site in Badlands for two nights. This gave us time to do a little bit of hiking. https://i.imgur.com/zyg8mw1l.jpg Never rained where we were but to see this one on the horizon in such a dry area was neat. https://i.imgur.com/uGCh1rpl.jpg We then decided to go visit the Black Hills for a few days before heading north. It was time to find something with power, showers, and dump which we found at Rocky Point State Park. The first evening, we were introduced to the hazardous weather speaker system. While the voice over the speaker was muffled I managed to make out enough to do some quick detail checking. Yep, we were right in the path of a severe thunderstorm with golf ball size hail and 70mph winds. We quickly strapped a board over the bedroom vent and put truck floor mats over the two rear vents. Good thing too because it hit us square on the back of the camper. https://i.imgur.com/rQbNBedl.jpg Even with the row of trees behind us, we now have a dimpled camper. If you’ve never been in a hail storm in a metal camper, you can’t imagine the noise level. Hail storm Video Luckily, we didn’t get any damage that needed to be repaired immediately. Only thing was the rear edge of the bedroom vent was broken in several places which I repaired with painters tape, though all the breakage was outside the gasket. A few days later back in the Black Hills, we ran into someone packing up to go home because they had been at a restaurant 5 miles from the campground where they were pounded with softball size hail taking out every roof penetration cover and cracking the truck window. Then came the crisis of finding a spot with power for July 4th weekend due to the heat. While we lucked up with a site, it was 300 miles eastward so we had to double back. Turned out to be such a nice place, we stayed an extra day. Cross Ranch State Park is a heavily cottonwood area with all the sites a very short distance to the Missouri River. https://i.imgur.com/8rQXNzxl.jpg Had a little rain shower while trying to cook diner so made a quick cover with the 8x10 tarp I carry. That’s my hiking stick which I used as a prop rod. https://i.imgur.com/EEUpsfOl.jpg Next stop was Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota. This was the one spot we really wanted to hit this trip as we had not made it to North Dakota in our travels yet. There are 3 different sections to the park and we managed to hit all 3 sections of the park. North unit is greener with the Missouri River flowing through it. That is a herd of buffalo in the water. https://i.imgur.com/OyuARjQl.jpg South section is more arid but still plenty of wildlife. Our favorite here were the wild horse. https://i.imgur.com/UvaTwExl.jpg On the west side of the south unit, accessed from a dirt road a couple of exits down from Medora, is the Wilderness section which has some petrified stumps. Was a little surprised with the stump portion as I’m used to trees. So we made the mile hike out to area to see. https://i.imgur.com/v8egiHzl.jpg The first night we stayed in a BLM campground just outside the park where we watched a massive hail producing storm split right around our spot. After our previous encounter with hail, we didn’t want to experience it again. On our second night in the park, we choose to boondock finding a wonderful spot requiring 4wd to negotiate the ditch but well worth it as we looked down on. https://i.imgur.com/ETQvGEYl.jpg We also had another beautiful sunset and later could see Medora light up. https://i.imgur.com/5daHJDKl.jpg Next few days were spent working down to Yellowstone. One place we came across was Charles M Russell Wildlife Management Area. Drove up this 4wd road and found a great place to pull off. Gave us views of the Missouri River and somehow cell service which was amazing considering I couldn’t see any lights or towers at night. https://i.imgur.com/XRzG8Ojl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/sCHi4Bgl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/ucxkL6Ol.jpg https://i.imgur.com/YaDTavkl.jpg One of the apps we use for finding campgrounds is Ultimate Campground. They concentrate on government operated campgrounds and dispersed camping sites. If you pay a fee, you can even download a cvs file. After a tad bit of manipulation, the file can be loaded into Garmin Basecamp and a Nuvi. This makes finding a remote campsite much easier traveling remote. The next campsite, Half Moon was found this way. It was 12 miles up a gravel road with the last mile getting fairly rough but doable in 2wd. By talking to other campers, we found a nice waterfall just a short hike up the stream https://i.imgur.com/0bp6bsGl.jpg Tired of being hot, we decided to head for higher ground. So we set our sights on Bear Tooth Highway. The drive up was very interesting and a piece of cake as long as shear drop offs, narrow roads, or switchbacks don’t bother the driver. Looking up the valley and we aren’t even near the top yet. https://i.imgur.com/q07NBNWl.jpg Us at the overlook about 3/4 of the way up. https://i.imgur.com/wDx0fFQl.jpg Clear, glacier feed mountain lake. Would have loved to hike down to it but my health doesn’t allow much hiking over 10,000ft. https://i.imgur.com/qfvQ2sIl.jpg Yellow Bellied Marmot https://i.imgur.com/yNJ0rfgl.jpg Pica. Only found above 8,000ft as they can’t stand the heat. These fellas are hard to photograph since they are always scampering around collecting food. But every once in a while, they will pause on a rock just long enough. https://i.imgur.com/FYOz7YVl.jpg After you cross Bear Tooth Pass on the way to Yellowstone, if you keep you eye out you get a glimpse of a waterfall on the right. Years ago, the road actually went over the waterfall but was rerouted with the new bridge. There are places on the side of the road to pull over so you can walk up the old roadbed just a few hundred feet. https://i.imgur.com/oRHlarol.jpg We decided we wanted to stay in Yellowstone a few nights so we called Xanterra to see what we could snag. Because we didn’t care which campground, were small, and willing to change sites each day figured we could get something. They were helpful and we quickly found a site in Grant Village for 4 nights. Turns out it was for a 40’ motorhome so we had tons of space to park our little camper. To help avoid the crowds, we would try to get up early, some times maybe too early. While we were the only ones there, we couldn’t see much due to all the fog and steam. https://i.imgur.com/G1Art1sl.jpg The Grand Prismatic Pool shrouded in some steam and sun still blocked by all the fog this morning. We would walk to it 3 times and never get a good picture. https://i.imgur.com/g2yBklLl.jpg We decided to do the 3 mile hike to Fairy Falls. It was busier than we had hoped so didn’t stay long but definitely worth the hike. https://i.imgur.com/4r6UATel.jpg On the way out, we finally had fantastic views of Prismatic Pool from an overlook on the trail to the falls. https://i.imgur.com/YcUeRkIl.jpg Sapphire Pool, crystal clear as always. https://i.imgur.com/T3H3Fwll.jpg Love the different colors you can find. Most people take in the big picture but forget to look at the details. https://i.imgur.com/wZ6z8OAl.jpg Saw a bunch of elk. Watched this small group cross the river. https://i.imgur.com/BCMzs81l.jpg Even had time to visit the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. https://i.imgur.com/9WdwMHdl.jpg Now was the time to start slowly heading back east. We still had weeks to go before needing to be home for doctors appointment. So when we saw something about wild horses, we just had to investigate. We saw a few on the paved road but learned most of the herds were father up on Pryor Mountain. Map showed an interesting way to go, Burnt Timber, Route 1018. Of course, interesting and challenging kind of mean the same when we go off the beaten path. https://i.imgur.com/lF6TphMl.jpg We finally found a good place to pull over for lunch before heading down. https://i.imgur.com/ImKPcEpl.jpg If it hadn’t been almost 90 degrees and early in the day, we would have just spent the night here just for the views. https://i.imgur.com/Pf6N6gal.jpg But we had been advised by a jeeper that we wouldn’t make it to our destination. When I walked up the road a little bit, I saw where the road went. That combined and with the temps being almost 90*, we decided to head back the way we came and try for some higher ground. https://i.imgur.com/1a5fUeil.jpg Anytime I have talked about crossing the Big Horn Mountains, advise is always given to take 16 over the south end or take 14 over the north end but don’t take the shorter 14A. So naturally we had to go up 14. All I can say is that is the steepest long climb we have done. We had plenty of power to spare but was down 1st gear as 2nd was just wouldn’t keep the rpms up where they needed to be. But the views are worth the climb if you have the rig. https://i.imgur.com/uQfAVcLl.jpg Our reward was a campsite on the side of a single track with an old cabin just down the road and nothing else around us. Instead of 9pm temp in the 80s, we enjoyed temps in the low 60s by sunset and a low in the morning in the 40s. https://i.imgur.com/chnyy0zl.jpg The last scenic stop we had was Devil’s Tower. We enjoyed a stroll around the base despite the heat. Would loved to stay at the National Park campground but it was still closed due to COVID. Instead we settled for a no thrills side of the forest road in the nearby Black Hills. https://i.imgur.com/buHSgRhl.jpg The next morning we stopped at a Fire Tower. Normally you could go up to the top and the watcher would explain how they use the equipment. Instead, all we could do was go as far as the bottom of the tower and talk to the guy from 100’ away. After getting back in the truck I told my wife I was done with dealing with the COVID limitations so we made a be-line from home. A week later we had returned home and buttoned down for the fall/winter waiting on COVID to ease up. We knew we wanted to move to TN closer to my granddaughter and the mountains. Wife always wanted to buy a house in TN before selling our current house in Charleston. So I was very surprised when she told me one day “Let’s just go ahead and get the house sold with the market so good.” Three months later we had worked hard, moved all of our belongings to a storage unit in TN. Replaced the counter tops with Granite, put in new carpet, even made the garage look as clean and pristine as the inside of the house. https://i.imgur.com/8Wzsgkul.jpg https://i.imgur.com/e5aZ7Vul.jpg https://i.imgur.com/aS1szEMl.jpg The day the carpet folks showed up to install the new carpet, we moved into the camper. This was on March 28 which is when we started living full time in our Lance 815. On April 1 the house went on the market with the closure on April 28th – No going back now! We use my daughter’s house as home base. So after getting new driving license, setting up new doctors, and a few other things, we were finally free to travel. All this took longer than we had planned, but we did get some local camping trips in while waiting on appointments. Tired of being stuck in one place for 3 months we finally set sail on July 3. So if you see us on the road (minus the Granddaughter), be sure to say “Hi!” https://i.imgur.com/5DUSAhzl.jpg Epilogue: So, what’s been going on since July 3? We have put over 11,000 miles on the truck, spent 109 nights in 77 different campgrounds. We have been in 16 different states and visited 18 National Park Service sites. And YES!!!!! We are still enjoying Full Timing in a small Truck Camper.
kohldad 10/17/21 08:56pm Truck Campers
RE: New truck and TC.

Unless they changed the transmission ration, go with the 4.10s. My father has the 2015 HO with 3.73s and find he needs to ride a bit on the faster side to keep the rpms up enough so it doesn't feel like he is lugging the engine. The 4.10s will also help with resell later to someone who wants it as a work truck. Fuel mileage is going to be about the same regardless of the ratio.
kohldad 09/05/21 09:10pm Truck Campers
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