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RE: Ants and similar pests in any RV.

From what I've heard, a ring of grease on the power cord prevents ants from making their way to the camper too. If it works like it did with my jacks, it's a quick and inexpensive solution.
run100 07/10/21 11:17am Truck Campers
RE: Check in/out timing...

Often times we arrive early and don't recall ever having a problem. If the site was still occupied, we would just head off on our excursions and check-in later. I guess it's not a big deal since we have a truck camper. Arrival and departure is pretty simple. During my many years in the hotel business, as a long as a room was ready, it didn't matter if a guest arrived before check-in. Our philosophy was they just saved us from having to do the work later. Checkouts are usually tough, but only because I hate heading back to the reality of work. The bigger issue we've encountered, are with those that think they own rights to select areas of the forest and try to bully their way into claiming a site when they're not even there. We've even seen large trees moved across access roads into prime campsites. After a visit with the Ranger, we learned the site was available for use. Unfortunately, we've seen these types of shenanigans on several occasions.
run100 07/03/21 01:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ants and similar pests in any RV.

After a camping trip in the forest, had the camper parked at home with the jacks down. Don't recall if it was still on the truck, but did have the slide extended. My daughter alerted me to an ant trail on the driveway. I wasn't very interested until we followed the trail to the camper! How dare they!!! The trail went up the curbside jack, onto the sidewall and all the way up to the roof. I climbed the ladder and found they were after tree sap on the slide topper that must have dripped from a tree during our camping trip. How in the heck do those ants discover tree sap way up on the roof? After washing the slide topper and camper, I put a small ring of grease around each jack, about an inch up from the ground, and that stopped the ants in their tracks. As I had read somewhere, the ants will not cross over grease - Vaseline works too. Yes, Terro is also awesome. Just be patient and let it do it's thing over a couple day span. Now, if I could just get this year's cricket invasion under control!
run100 07/03/21 01:11pm Truck Campers
RE: Bathroom access on the road

In a truck camper, the pros of a slide far outweigh the cons (IMHO). Although we can easily access our camper without deploying the slide, most of the time I still extend it about a foot for ease of use. Since the remote is wireless, you can use it from anywhere inside, or outside, the camper. Operating the slide for these quick stops is so simple, I would consider it a non-issue. My opinion is based on owning our current camper close to nine years. Previous model was a non-slide. SUGGESTION: Carry a spare battery or two. Our remote uses a 9-volt, just like the smoke detector. Good luck with your upcoming purchase.
run100 06/26/21 11:57am Truck Campers
RE: Looking for Alpenlite community

Alpenlite (Western RV) made excellent products. Their campers and 5th wheels were both considered higher end units. Quite a few years ago, I had the opportunity of touring their factory. It was sad to see them go under.
run100 05/15/21 10:47am Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper Forum for 20 Years

Still a few years away from the 20-year mark.
run100 05/08/21 12:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Can't overcome the fear of buying a Truck and TC.......

Another vote here for doing things now! My priority shift took place as a young man, when a co-worker had a fatal automobile accident on the way to work. From that moment on, my focus has been on making the most of life right now. Easier said than done, but certainly a worthy direction. Personally, spending money on toys has much more value to me than throwing money down the toilet on the house. I see many folks live their lives "house broke" with HUGE mortgages (and large maintenance and repair expenses) restricting options of doing anything other than paying the monthly bills. Everyone has to set their own priorities, but being chained to a house has never seemed fun to me, so we opt for owning a conservative home. There's a big world worth exploring and it's nice to have resources available to do it!
run100 05/08/21 12:36pm Truck Campers
RE: How get truck and TC with ample weight capacity

One other thought . . . You're taking the right approach by trying to go minimal on the camper (non-slide, flexible on size) and robust on the truck (350/3500, maybe even drw), which provides best potential for favorable weight ratings. This approach sure beats trying to put a giant camper, with multiple slides, on a half-ton truck. Hopefully nobody has tried such a thing!
run100 04/10/21 12:12pm Truck Campers
RE: How get truck and TC with ample weight capacity

Hi Malone. Sounds like you're putting a good amount of thought into the intended use of your truck & camper and some priorities for both. Based on that, here's some thoughts: For now, you can put most of your focus on finding the camper that meets your needs. Once you find it, then you can match it to the right truck for the job. Many rv'ers have tried doing it in the opposite direction, only to learn they purchased the wrong truck (or tow vehicle) and wind up needing to make a change. A VERY GENERAL rule of thumb is that short bed campers (with or w/o slides) and 9-foot, non-slide, long bed campers can be carried on srw 350/3500. 10 & 11-ft long bed campers are best on a dually. There's many exceptions, but it's a good starting point. We've had a super cab and now crew cab and find the crew cab provides significant benefits in space and functionality. Both our campers have been wet baths and we've had no complaints. An often overlooked benefit of wet baths is they are often one-piece fiberglass showers, with no seams and minimal chance of leaks. With dry baths, some owners comment on having water get outside of the shower onto the floor, cabinets, etc. To me, the primary con of a wet bath is the limitation of one-person access. In contrast, dry baths allow one person to use the sink or toilet, while another showers. Best of luck on your future purchases!
run100 04/10/21 12:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Photos of my Eagle Cap 811

Very nice truck & camper! Wishing you many years of enjoyment!
run100 04/10/21 10:28am Truck Campers
RE: Hyperinflating RV prices and people who pay any price

I was taught an "asking price" means nothing; it's only the final price paid that matters. When window shopping or looking at ads, consumers only see the asking price, not the actual amount paid. Could be very different numbers.
run100 04/03/21 10:32am Truck Campers
RE: Buying a new TC

This past February marked our 20-year anniversary of truck camping. The span of years has included two truck campers and two F350's. We added air bags to the first truck, but have been running our 2012 6.7 s/b stock. Both set-ups handled amazingly well - especially our current truck. Uphill, downhill, curvy roads and even high winds have never presented an issue. Honestly, it is extremely fun to drive and we did so again this week, with a couple days of mid-week camping. Although each truck and camper combination will have different specs and characteristics, I also agree with others that suggest running stock, at first, to see if you're satisfied with how the rig handles. Good luck with your upcoming purchase. Most of all - Be safe and have FUN!
run100 04/03/21 09:49am Truck Campers
RE: The Emotions in a TC

So I've come full circle and couldn't be happier!!! I love everything about truck campers! Here's a few pics... enjoy!! We have a photo of our truck & camper in that same exact spot!
run100 02/22/21 09:20am Truck Campers
RE: The Emotions in a TC

Emotions attached to a truck camper? Definitely! It's certainly easy to get wooed by the elaborate space and amenities found in the larger RV's. However, at the end of the day, the limitations due to the additional size keep us thrilled to own a truck camper! We use our TC all the time and even for running errands around town. Having the bathroom, dinette and food available at our fingertips, makes longer shopping days so much easier and more relaxed. Sometimes, like last weekend, we brew some morning coffee and go out for a pre-sunrise joy ride. Then, if the mood hits us, we may find a scenic park and go for a walk, or just sit at the dinette and enjoy a nice conversation - mom & dad bonding time! Yup! Can't beat a truck camper. We're emotionally attached!
run100 02/20/21 09:03am Truck Campers
RE: What do you do?

Enjoy adult beverages, get frisky with my wife, repeat.
run100 01/13/21 07:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: What the ??

versatility, truck can be used during the 85% of the time campers never leave home. ? in my mind is how average worker can afford a new f350. Always entertaining to hear this point of view. But nothing has changed. “Average worker” generally can’t afford a new luxury vehicle, or shouldn’t if they do buy them. No different than my parents being average workers pay scale 30-40 years ago. And the difference in price, adjusted for inflation isn’t much if any, if you compare somewhat apples to apples. Yes the “average” truck does cost more than that but the power, longevity, capacities, technology all justify the greater expense. The nicest model from 40 years ago now leaves a lot to be desired compared to just the base models of today. It’s all in how you want to spend your money though. The way I see it - look at the price of a Ferrari! $200-$300k, yet it's very cramped and can't even carry our truck camper. Waste of money! I'm allowed to say that, since we own a 2-seater sports car. It's fun to drive, but not at all practical. Also, a pain in the rear to work on! OH! I should clarify - - NO, we do not own a Ferrari! Our car is more of a "reasonbly priced" two seater! Actually, my wife bought it as a college graduation present to herself.
run100 12/19/20 07:25am Truck Campers
RE: What the ??

The prices are high to keep the rif-raf out. Plus when you join the TC community someone will teach you the secret handshake. :D Love keeping out the rif-raf! Can't get anything done when they're around! :W
run100 12/19/20 07:10am Truck Campers
RE: The new setup...

Congratulations! You're set-up for some serious fun!
run100 12/09/20 08:15am Truck Campers
RE: Honest RV Dealers - Are there any?

Dave: Similar to the general population, some dealers are honest and, sadly, some are not. Unfortunately, I can't offer any input on the dealers in your area, but hope you find the rv you're looking for and strike a fair deal. We've had good experience with smaller dealers and bought locally. On the topic of what I call B.S. fees -- they can found in so many businesses these days - shop fees, document fees, prep fees, etc. As an example, look at all the crazy fees associated with buying or selling a home! Everyone seems to want a slice of the pie!
run100 11/18/20 11:43am General RVing Issues
RE: Moving on up... to the mountains!

Congratulations! Nice looking property! Enjoy. We'll be waiting for an invitation to the housewarming party. Yup, new record in our desert this year - 144 days over 100-degrees! The heat is getting old.
run100 10/17/20 02:11pm General RVing Issues
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