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RE: Vancouver Island with the TCer

When we were in Sooke everyone was complaining about the rain, we loved it. Desert people can spend thousands of $$$ on a trip and enjoy the rain. How true! We were in Vancouver a couple years back and it was raining and we went for a long walk and it was great. Must be a drier rain than we get :B
Photomike 03/25/15 02:26pm Truck Campers
RE: Vancouver Island with the TCer

Thanks Pando2, I will be going that way to Nanaimo so will add the campground to the list. At this rate the whale tour may have to be put off as I am finding more and more stops to make, not a bad thing.
Photomike 03/25/15 11:59am Truck Campers
RE: Soft vs. hard side TC

I never went the pop up route for a few reasons; One I did not want to be putting up and down. Had a tent trailer and that was a pain so did not want to do that with a TCer. Second was the Northern Lite that I bought came in at 1600 lbs and a pop up that I was looking at was over that so did not have any possible weight savings and finally was the winter camping - in a hard sided it is warmer, but I am talking -20 to -30 type camping. For me I do not have to worry about low trees, around here a low tree is a tumbleweed and we drive over them. Plus I really liked that I could load a hard sided cupboards and not have to put things in different places when traveling. The downside with a hard sided is you have more camper hitting the wind when driving, not a lot but about double from a pop up, and that effects the MPG more than the weight does. How much I never really figured it out but all the other benefits outweigh the MPG savings that I would get in the pop up.
Photomike 03/25/15 09:39am Truck Campers
RE: Vancouver Island with the TCer

Have a couple more places to add to the list, thanks. Now all I need is for the weather to cooperate and my schedule to stay as it is!
Photomike 03/24/15 12:22pm Truck Campers
RE: Vancouver Island with the TCer

If you want to know what to do on Vancouver Island, Cut out the middle man and go direct to the Master. WHAZOO 2nd curtain Vancouver Island. There is also a first and second curtain with good information. Thanks, got a couple places to add to the list.
Photomike 03/23/15 12:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Vancouver Island with the TCer

Oceanside RV Resort Will plan on staying there the night before I take the ferry back. Thanks,
Photomike 03/22/15 12:16pm Truck Campers
RE: Vancouver Island with the TCer

I can think of 2 Weir's Beach RV Resort and West Bay RV Thanks - West Bay was on my list, looking up Weir's and it looks nice.
Photomike 03/21/15 06:30pm Truck Campers
RE: Vancouver Island with the TCer

Don't forget you should plan your crossing to V Is...make a reservation for BC Ferry or WSF systems! I am not sure the day that I will get there so cannot make a reservation. Not a big deal as I can wait or head someplace else if I cannot get on.
Photomike 03/21/15 06:17pm Truck Campers
Vancouver Island with the TCer

I may have a chance to head to Vancouver Island next month (April) with the Tcer. I was thinking of heading to Victoria and going whale watching for a day but was wondering if there is any place around the south or south east part of the island that I could take the TCer to that I could get close to the ocean for a night or two of boondocking? Not looking for a 4x4 road as such, even a nice campground would work but want to be on the ocean. Thanks, PM me if you do not want to share your favorite places with everyone.
Photomike 03/21/15 05:03pm Truck Campers
RE: hot water heaters in TC's

I have a project on the go that would require a TCer or van to be built specifically for this project. I have also considered the hot water issue as this unit will not have a huge water tank rather a couple of the large portable water jugs that the pump will draw out of. My decision is that I will still have a hot water tank. As mentioned above it is so nice to turn on the tap and get hot water to wash up or to wash dishes or, or. For the minor cost of the hot water compared to no hot water in a new TCer I think it is worth it. Plus waking up on a crisp or cold morning to be able to wash your face in hot water is sooooooo nice.
Photomike 03/09/15 07:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Who makes reasonably priced, lightweight, non-slide campers?

I would look at a Northern Lite. They have a number of campers that will fit your weight requirements. They are not cheap but they are well built.
Photomike 03/01/15 09:00pm Truck Campers
RE: Stereo Change

Generally there is no problem.. Yo umay wish to visit www.crutchfield.com and see if they have an adapt-a-kit. Also if your old radio has a CASSETTE input, that works as an AUX in too, though not as good as the real deal. Some radios DO have aux in capibility but you need a plugs into the back adapter. (My Dash Radio for example). and finally there are many FM_transmitter options, Radio Shack carries a few of them and if you google Radio Shack Stores Closing. The prices at the stores on the list are kind of good.. Very good in fact. NOTE: FM transmitters can be a problem in heavily saturated markets,, No blank space on the dial or your transmitter. There used to be one company (I think AudioVox) that made one that went inline between the FM antenna and the radio,, That fixed that, but alas Have not seen it in more years than I care to admit to. I had looked into all the above. I already have a FM transmitter but it eats batteries. Tried the tape deck input and the sound of the deck was way too loud. No AUX input as it is way too old for that. Then as I was reading your post for the second time I thought of a couple things that I will have to add to this project: - 12V plugs to charge the satellite receiver, cell phone - May as well locate one of the inverters to this area as I will have a straight drop to the fuse panel and can charge camera batteries using this - Will look for a deck that has a IPOD plugin and a AUX in for the satellite receiver Project getting bigger :-)
Photomike 02/26/15 08:55pm Technology Corner
RE: Stereo Change

Thanks everyone. Just wanted to make sure that I was not missing anything. As soon as it warms up I will be making the switch. This will also give me some more storage space as the old stereo is HUGE and I will make a small cabinet there to put electronic devices in. This way I will be able to use the satellite head in all my vehicles as well.
Photomike 02/25/15 09:29am Technology Corner
RE: Stereo Change

What "news" are you trying to get that a simple AM/FM radio will not get? AM/FM is not available in the mountains. Most of the campgrounds that I stay at are not close to a city so no signal for radio or cell phones. I like to also listen to the weather as well.
Photomike 02/24/15 07:02pm Technology Corner
Stereo Change

One thing that I miss when camping is staying in touch with the news, so I have been thinking of getting satellite radio to take with me (I realize that satellite may not work in a number of places but that is okay). Problem is that the stereo in the camper is VERY old and does not have an aux input. So I was thinking of taking the old stereo out and replacing with a car stereo that has aux input for the satellite receiver, Ipod, etc. I would also replace the truck stereo with the same model so that each would have an aux input. Is there a problem with doing this? Do car stereos use more power than a RV unit?
Photomike 02/24/15 03:52pm Technology Corner
Stereo Change

This topic has been moved to another forum. You can read it here: 28219707
Photomike 02/24/15 03:52pm Truck Campers
RE: Everything Was Going So Well.....Until It Wasn't

Looking at the first picture I was wondering how it could have slide down. Looking at the last and wow it is VERY steep. Glad no one was hurt, hopefully insurance will cover.
Photomike 02/23/15 08:21pm Truck Campers
RE: Refer vent and plumbing vents pj

I have an older Tcer and mine only has the side vents and no fan for the fridge. I can see that a fan would help to keep it cooler and may do that but it has been like that since 1992 and no issues.
Photomike 02/23/15 12:36pm Truck Campers
RE: Little Door into Truck Box Front Left Question

Put a bumper mount to hold it (mounted under the overhang if you have one or along the truck bumper), put it along the side (if you have a shorter camper some have doors at the back along the side for things like this or put a mount above the box and below the camper). The bag will get soiled sooner or later and will leave "things" on your floor, door, etc. Dump areas are not known for being the most sanitary places.
Photomike 02/16/15 08:53pm Truck Campers
RE: Little Door into Truck Box Front Left Question

Our "new to us" 1981 job we are fixing up has a shortish tube hung up on the back right side for storing the sani-hose. Too short to hold a long one such as we use with the 5er. (Goes in the 5er's back bumper) So I am thinking that little door is for a longer sani- hose in a bag. I like to have a decently long sani-hose for all occasions. I would not want to use it for that as you would have to take the hose through the camper before and after dumping. There are better places to store the hose.
Photomike 02/16/15 07:39pm Truck Campers
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