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RE: Desert Southwest suggestions

See it before it's too late We had the pleasure of being guided by one of the settling families in this canyon. We listened for hours as he told stories discovering artwork, ruins and artifacts as we hiked around with him. One of our greatest times in Utah
mike/kellie 01/25/20 06:59pm Truck Campers
RE: Really Disappointing (T/C Weight)

All bedded trucks have the same rear axle to end of the bed dimension till 550/5500 series, who I have never seen with bed. Meaning regardless the standard, or crewcab, the COG of camper comparing to rear axle will be the same. Only on longer wheelbase the engine will be bigger. Here you go, a 5500 with a bed. It turns tighter than my 2008 GMC 3500 dually https://i.imgur.com/DknmBOvl.jpg
mike/kellie 01/16/20 11:09am Truck Campers
RE: Host Mammoth Triple Dog Dare Challenge Report

I don't believe anybody covered the topics of price and weight with the 3-d challenge and that includes both TCM and TCA. The challenge is to have manufacturers experience the final product and deem it worth the expense or consideration.
mike/kellie 12/19/19 10:42am Truck Campers
RE: Host Mammoth Triple Dog Dare Challenge Report

I saw the article and also read the comments. We had the unique opportunity to by direct from Host as our camper was a consignment of sorts and got to know Randall and also met the ownership. Obviously we love our camper and have been aware of the judgments cast by TCM for years. Occasionally there would be a Host listing below their articles and I'm sure it was dealer related, not manufacturer. The comment about weight and needing a 450-550 has been thrown about a lot but I'd be willing to bet the majority of Host campers are delivered to dealers on 350 platforms. Sure they're empty for the most part, however they are not enjoying the scenery to the destination.
mike/kellie 12/19/19 09:24am Truck Campers
RE: What Portable Propane Gas Grill Do You Use?

We have the Q1200 with thermometer and we often do a flat bread pizza with dough balls from our local bakery. It can get really hot, enough to sear but you lose the temps fast when opening it. You can also use foil like a gasket to create smaller vents at the sides. I removed the regulator from the grill and installed a 1/4" cross (replacing the tee after the regulator in our camper) with a ball valve and had a 12' long hose made with conventional female ends (not quick coupler)to plumb direct to our 30# tanks. No more small bottles, quick to set up and portable enough to be under the awning or behind the camper. It can be messy with the drip pan but it stores easily in the basement.
mike/kellie 12/12/19 09:07am Truck Campers
2 gens of truck campers

I've been going through my moms house since her passing a couple weeks ago and found this photo. It was a summer vacation us three boys remember well. My mom re-married a great guy who had never had kids and he became a step-father to 3 of us ages @ 14, 12 and 10. He had the truck, bought the camper and away we went. Single cab which meant 2 of us rode overhead. https://i.imgur.com/bjBw3Ugl.jpg This was 1972 in Oregon and he took us through areas he used to log back in the 1950's. Needless to say, we survived with no seat belts and vastly overloaded. This is not to invoke any calls to child protective services or spike prices in 1970's Chevy 2500 pick-ups. I also found a travel program my mom's parents took to Guatemala in their Ford 250 and Airstream trailer that lasted almost 3 months. Quite the wondering family. https://i.imgur.com/yJaua9hl.jpg
mike/kellie 12/02/19 01:33pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper style Camping outside ScottsDale

Without a resort vibe but in the town of Scottsdale is the Trailer Corral. Small, simple and booked out most the year. I've tried twice to get a space during March for spring training but no luck. I stayed at McDowell Park on year which was 20 minutes outside Scottsdale and was able to unload the camper and drive the truck around. Others might be available and we experienced one that was horrible. We ended up moving a few sites over and when showing up to register we were told the camper stays on the truck. Hope this helps
mike/kellie 11/28/19 08:44am Truck Campers
RE: Nice Looking Classic

I think if the ignition key is in your left hand, automatic classic! The interior picture brought back memories of my grandfather in his overalls with his 72 Ford, and Airstream. I think the RV chromosome came from him-
mike/kellie 11/20/19 03:17pm Truck Campers
RE: What percent of the time do you leave your TC on your truck?

Unfortunately, it's become the norm to have it on the truck through the summer and into the fall. Much like the new term of "wind event" and the changed definition of "safe", we have had to adjust and basically dedicate the 2 together. When the Kincade fire started, I mounted the super hitch and camper and got the Jeep ready to tow. 5 days ago, we evacuated 3 hours earlier than mandated and this morning, heading back home to a "safe" zone with no power and water and the understanding that in the case of a 'wind event" we must leave. Right now, I could write a book as to why we love our truck camper! Jim, put us down for 95% summer and fall, 20% winter and spring.
mike/kellie 10/30/19 09:56am Truck Campers
RE: Screen Removal - How To?

Spring type clip on mine. slightly press down or up to compress and out they come
mike/kellie 10/10/19 02:12pm Truck Campers
RE: Electrical

If you have the fireplace option you can remove it with 4 screws and visually trace the wiring into the basement. I have re-routed wiring for my inverter that used to be installed in that cavity into the basement where newer models relocated them to. Gives you some perspective to plumbing also.
mike/kellie 09/26/19 08:23pm Truck Campers
RE: Electrical

There were some bad GFI that went out. Another Host owner replaced the unit in the storage area and it solved the problem. Hopefully it will be this easy
mike/kellie 09/26/19 04:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Big Brother- Tag on your TC?

Putting the stickers for renewed registration on my plates over the weekend, the small tear-away tag of paper your stickers are stapled to has the declaration that if your truck is registered commercial and has a GVWR of over 10,001 lbs, the plate with the tags is affixed to the FRONT bumper, contrary to most of our vehicles in Ca. I should have known this since our company stake beds have the plates on the front but I never applied it to my personal vehicle until reading it Saturday. For my trip down Highway 395 next week, I'll still put the a plate on the back of my camper but it won't have registration tags. It's how we've traveled for 5 years having the Host through the SW and PNW without problems.
mike/kellie 09/23/19 02:56pm Truck Campers
RE: Ford aluminum trucks

this seems to have escalated beyond discussion. Dennych1 responded 90 minutes after his first post and probably left the room like we did as kids hearing our parents "discuss what are we were going to do when we grow up?".
mike/kellie 09/18/19 02:21pm Truck Campers
RE: Big Brother- Tag on your TC?

somewhat related I heard the numbers to how this "gap" in registration has re-cooped a lot of money
mike/kellie 09/17/19 01:18pm Truck Campers
RE: The Beauty of Day Spots

A lot of our day use areas come with fees that help offset the maintenance of facilities. It's not a cheap date these days-
mike/kellie 08/28/19 10:08am Truck Campers
RE: Argo, the all-aluminum camper

Is this the famous river keeper of Hat Creek?
mike/kellie 08/26/19 04:38pm Truck Campers
RE: Clean Trucks? Electric Truck?

A couple from England approached us this weekend out on our coast while we were camping and the wife guessed correctly that the camper could be removed from the truck and still have all the ammenties of a RV. We talked about caravaning over there and she said bridges would keep them from having a truck camper. They seemed pretty informed about the lifestyle.
mike/kellie 08/22/19 10:03pm Truck Campers
RE: EC 1160 &1165 and Host Mam & Everest AND Lance 1172

There was an acquaintance that became a friend while relating about our Mammoths that used to participate here. Bedlam would remember when he was looking at Host campers and this one had an optional (upgraded) exterior wall finish in lieu of the typical factory finish. We visited Randall and toured the factory and I think the possibilities of options grows proportionally to the commitment.
mike/kellie 08/19/19 12:55pm Truck Campers
RE: New Moderator

Bedlam, thanks for taking on this role and as in any sporting event, hopefully the whistle will just hang from your neck. Good luck and hopefully we'll meet somewhere on the road. We had to cancel on the NATCA rally last minute and looked forward to seeing you there. Maybe someplace else on the west coast?
mike/kellie 08/19/19 12:46pm Truck Campers
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