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RE: What TC truly sleeps 4 adults ?

Four people in any TC for more than one night isn’t my idea of a vacation. Couldn’t the kids sleep outside in a tent? We did as kids and loved it while M&D slept in the station wagon. Two cots in a TC? You must be kidding.I found out on another forum 2 cots will fit in a EC 1165/1200. Still not ideal. 4 adults in a TC is not going to be ideal no matter how you slice it. You're going to have to make COMPROMISES. That seems to be a word that's absent from most RVer's vocabularies.
mkirsch 05/20/20 07:25am Truck Campers
RE: What TC truly sleeps 4 adults ?

Couldn’t the kids sleep outside in a tent? That would certainly resolve the "sleeps 4" issue after a night or two... Once the bears have eaten the kids...
mkirsch 05/18/20 09:14am Truck Campers
RE: truck swerved with hard braking

While I agree that something is wrong, I am not sure what having your brakes "checked" is going to do. The typical mechanic brake check is a simple visual inspection... "Yup, it's got brakes." All it will serve to do is verify that there is nothing OBVIOUSLY wrong such as a burned up brake pad, or a leaking caliper, which you can do yourself without even removing the wheels. Does it pull under normal braking? Take it out on an empty stretch of road and induce a few "Jesus take the wheel" moments. Maybe you've been subconsciously holding the wheel against a pull during braking right along?
mkirsch 05/14/20 07:37am Truck Campers
RE: Passenger side convex tow mirror source

There are lots of aftermarket mirrors available online. Yes, I know, but the advertisements are vague as to whether the mirrors are convex or not.
mkirsch 04/30/20 01:46pm Tow Vehicles
Passenger side convex tow mirror source

I gotta do something about the passenger side visibility on my old dually. Originally it had the stock small towing mirrors which were worthless. I upgraded to a cheap set of the big rectangular tow mirrors, but they're flat mirrors and visibility is still limited. I've tried the convex stick-ons, and they just make it worse. Yes they widen the field of view but the image is too small to make anything out. I need the whole mirror to be convex like a normal vehicle. In looking for a convex mirror I am having a hard time finding definitive information. Does anyone have a link to a passenger mirror that is FOR SURE a convex mirror?
mkirsch 04/30/20 08:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: Do you drink.......

Yes, I understand things *CAN* happen but the odds of that happening given reasonable precautions being taken, are very very small, almost negligible.
mkirsch 04/22/20 11:46am Truck Campers
RE: Do you drink.......

I *snick* *twitch* drink from my *twitch* *twitch* fresh tank all the time and *snort* *twitch* *snort* *twitch* *snick* have no issues *twitch* *twitch* *twitch*. Seriously guys there are a lot worse things than what's in your tank. Have any of you ever been sick or heard of someone getting sick and it being directly attributed to the tank water in an RV? Frankly, if you "don't want to take the chance" you shouldn't be camping.
mkirsch 04/22/20 09:21am Truck Campers
RE: Mission Load Max Radial crowned like a bias ply.

Tell me something I don't know, like, why this tire's tread is crowned so much.
mkirsch 04/18/20 03:28pm Towing
RE: Rewiring a landscape trailer

First off the Harbor Freight wire is GARBAGE. The wire literally corrodes completely away inside the insulation after a couple of years. Nothing left but blue dust when you strip back the insulation. I will only use tinned marine grade wire which I've been getting from You can get 250' or more in several colors. For butt connectors I only use the kind that heat shrink and seal.
mkirsch 04/18/20 03:26pm Towing
Mission Load Max Radial crowned like a bias ply.

Bought three old trailer tires on rims to use on an OFFROAD firewood trailer. All kept in a dark building, no dry rot or cracking. I am aware these tires are beyond their useful life for road use. It's hard to find decent 15" tires to fit on implement rims these days without paying the long buck for actual implement tires. The two Carlisles have a nice flat profile on the tread like I've come to expect from a radial. The third, a 2004 "Mission Load Max Radial" has the profile of a bias tire. Is that normal? Am I looking at a slipped belt on this one? It's perfectly round, and I'd expect it to be egg-shaped if a belt slipped.
mkirsch 04/18/20 03:19pm Towing
RE: Hardside that fits thru 8'x8' opening

Thanks everyone for the advice, I will send some emails to Mfgers of the ones I am interested in and if that does not work look for storage options. The manufacturers will simply parrot the specs off their brochures/websites. They will not tell you the actual story. You will need to go to the dealerships and measure for yourself.
mkirsch 04/09/20 07:26am Truck Campers
RE: Built in quiet inverter generator for truck camper?

From the responses, I gather that a modern built in inverter generator for a truck camper is still not available. So I'm going to move forward with adapting a portable into the existing space. I think I can get it to work. I'll start a new thread on it when I get started. The market segment is so tiny, I sincerely doubt there ever will be. Truck campers are a minute fraction of all RV sales, and only some TC's come with generators. If built-in generators were a thing in travel trailers, you might see something, but as far as I know, few to none of the travel trailers out there have generator options. Generators are only common on motorhomes, and they're still largely the clanky old fashioned Onan units. Their solution to noise is to insulate the coach, not come up with a quieter generator. Plus the motorhome units are much too large for a TC. Your idea of mounting an inverter generator in the compartment is nothing new. People have asked about it for years. You need to address ventilation and cooling so you don't end up inadvertently filling the TC with carbon monoxide, and don't burn up the generator from heat. Those generators are computer designed to operate sitting on the ground, in the open, in their factory cases. The manufacturers will not support their use in any other fashion, and will not provide any information on how much ventilation you need or the effects of piping the exhaust out of the compartment. You are on your own, and if you don't know what you're doing, people will find you dead in your camper one morning. It's more involved than gobbing the inside of the compartment with silicone and sticking a pipe on the end of the muffler to direct it out of the compartment.
mkirsch 04/01/20 08:01am Truck Campers
RE: Quarantine Mods?

Whew! For a minute there I thought this thread was going to be about hermetically sealing windows and installing gun turrets.
mkirsch 03/31/20 11:19am Truck Campers
RE: Small Window AC vs Roof Top Air

Who did you threaten to get a new roof unit for $500? I have not seen anything close to that. $1000 is more typical. I lucked out and bought a USED roof unit off an old popup trailer for $75. I would not consider installation easy. Between getting the roof vent unstuck from the roof, cleaning up the leftover adhesive and caulk, fixing the screw holes from the vent cover, reinforcing the roof, and heaving 100lbs of delicate awkward machinery 8-1/2ft into the air TWICE, it was a project.
mkirsch 03/27/20 08:18am Truck Campers
RE: Driving With a Pop Up vs Hardside??

OP here, thanks for all the good info. My main concern or question was more on how the 2 different TC's drive. I understand the popup will hardly be noticable on a 350 SRW. But how does the 350 SRW handle with a med sized hard side TC on it. Will it be fine on most NF roads?? I have no intention on "rock crawling" or "mudding" But do want to get off the pavement and down regular maintained NF gravel roads. And I don't want a white knuckle experience while driving in traffic dow the interstate @ 65 to 70 mph or across mountain passes in CO. If you're naturally a white-knuckle driver, then you will have a white-knuckle experience. There's no way around it. Otherwise, these campers would not be as popular as they are if they made driving difficult.
mkirsch 03/26/20 07:42am Truck Campers
RE: Cirrus 720

...but with only 20 gallons of fresh water, you won’t be taking many showers. I've taken 6 showers on 18 gallons and had water left over. No, they are not long hot soaks, but I get plenty clean with ~2.5 gallons of water. It's more than enough to wet down, lather up, shampoo up, and rinse. On a typical weekend outing I take two showers, and they can be full luxurious hot soakings. As much as I have patience for. Still have half the tank of water left.
mkirsch 03/23/20 07:30am Truck Campers
RE: Buyer beware

The question I have is, would the existing TC market be willing to pay 1.5 to 2 times as much for a better built unit? My assessment of the situation is, no, by and large they would not. Better built campers have come and gone. Gonna come in and set the industry on its ear. What happened? "Too expensive." Until the buying market is willing to put its money where its mouth is, and more of it, you will continue to get more of the same.
mkirsch 03/23/20 07:24am Truck Campers

If you're not comfortable with your current brand anymore, then choose a different brand. It really is that simple. The only person you have to answer to is yourself. Somebody has a horror story for every brand. Somebody has a horror story for every dealer. A sample size of ONE is hardly scientific, but it's human nature to be "one and done" with anything.
mkirsch 03/18/20 08:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: Gasoline vs Battery Energy Density Explained

Why would you propose to continue to improve only one? You wouldn't. He didn't. The proposal among "greenies" is to stop all development on internal combustion technology altogether and abandon it.
mkirsch 03/10/20 11:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM 400-mile battery

Hydro dams 7% wind 6.5% solar 1.8% Just 15.3% of present power generation is left! Nope, 0% is left. Hydro dams are an ecological disaster. Greenies want them gone. Wind turbines kill birds and cause health problems in people, not to mention the wildlife habitat that's destroyed in putting them up. Greenies want them gone too. Solar? Same. Bulldozing wildlife habitats for solar farms is a travesty. Greenies won't let them be built either.
mkirsch 03/09/20 11:40am Tow Vehicles
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