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RE: camper seating

My biggest complaint with my truck camper, or just about any RV, is the horrible seats. I am 100% sure that the person or persons that design RV seats never actually sit in them. I can sit in my office chairs for 8 to 10 hours and I can stand up and my back is fine and my butt is fine. 10 or 15 minutes sitting in my truck camper and my butt is sore and within an hour or two my back will be sore. You'd think for the amount that they charge for an RV that they can do a lot more research on comfortable seats. I did see a class B motor home the other day where they had removed the seating in it and replaced it with a couple office chairs, was a great idea except for the fact that you had to make sure that the chairs are anchored when driving. I'm going to be following this post closely as it is something that I would like to do with my own truck camper. Because of the layout of my truck camper is impossible for me to remove the bench seats that are in it and replace them with a recliner so I need another idea.
Photomike 05/28/15 04:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Best steps for our tic's ever.

They do look great and I'm a big Torklift fan...but for 20% of the cost I'll stick to my Little Giant step ladder. It has lots of uses other than steps. Solid as a rock. I agree that their product is costly but after having the cheap steps for years having the Glow Steps is such a huge improvement! I use my camper a lot different than most people, it is my office, home, gear storage and so much more when traveling. Having a safe and secure way to get in and out the 30 or 40 times a day is sure nice. Also when carrying my gear up or down the steps it is a lot more secure for me as now it is like doing stairs at home instead of a swinging bridge of the old stairs. Next purchase is the hand rail and the covers for behind the steps, that should help even more to make it like the stairs at home. Changing the steps to the Glow Steps will help me to extend the length of time I keep the TCer as it is a lot easier and hopefully safer for me to go in and out.
Photomike 05/21/15 07:10pm Truck Campers
RE: A Bigfoot bites it

Additional story. The picture that they use in the article is just a little off.
Photomike 05/19/15 11:29pm Truck Campers
RE: A Bigfoot bites it

When there is an internal explosion like that its going to split at the weakest joints, not at the point of ignition. Fiberglass body, the weak point is the joints on the side where they join the top and bottom. I thought that it would have separated there as well. It did split on the left side at the seam.
Photomike 05/19/15 11:23pm Truck Campers
RE: A Bigfoot bites it

All this is speculation so I may as well jump in as well. Looking at the location of the camper in the parking lot (away from the store), as well as the motor home next to it, it looks like the person was camping. It looks like it is early in the evening (by the parking lot lights being on and the fact that someone was at a Starbucks so more than likely at night - yah a guess). So could have been ignited by the furnace being turned on or cycling. Gas build up could be from a stove being slightly on or a leak around the furnace (the hot water tank and fridge is around there as well). Also seeing that the camper is split close to the right side, that would be where the furnace is located (at least in my NL that has the same layout). Could have been a leak in that side and the propane was trapped in the closet, build in area around it. There that is my 2 cents. I would really like to know what happened. On edit: I was wrong on the time as it happened at 5:30am.
Photomike 05/19/15 11:16pm Truck Campers
RE: 2001 S10 2.2L Camper shell project

I had a Mazda B2200 a number of years ago. I put a topper on it, laid a piece of plywood in the back, covered the plywood with carpet and underlay. Then I put heavy tinting on the topper windows and away I went. It worked great!! In some ways better than a truck camper as it was small, light and looked nothing like a camper. When I came back from a trip I just left everything in it and was ready to go when I wanted to. I cooked on a camp stove, carried a cooler and that was it. A lot better than a tent (more secure in bear country) and if it was raining I just climbed out from the back and got in and drove away, no packing or folding.
Photomike 05/13/15 12:25pm Truck Campers
RE: 2001 S10 2.2L Camper shell project

What do you have for a truck?
Photomike 05/13/15 10:17am Truck Campers
RE: How fast do you travel loaded?

It all depends on the road conditions, wind, traffic, etc. A life, mine or someone else's, is not worth the few minutes that driving like a crazy person will save me. I have been to a lot of accidents where someone thought that it would never happen to them.
Photomike 05/11/15 10:41pm Truck Campers
RE: New to me camper with pics

WOW looks nice!!!
Photomike 05/11/15 06:10pm Truck Campers
RE: Torklift Glowsteps - Finally

You can change the setup of the steps so that the first step is even with the door way. Look at the GlowStep installation manual to see how the upper brackets on the top step are placed. Basically the top horizontal bars that connect to the u-shaped bar are replaced with that additional step you already have... I thought of that but I think I would rather have the step there that goes a little lower, I am clumsy enough and changing this would mess me up :S I may have a use for the extra step and material, I am just now seeing if I can buy a couple extra parts to change out my old trailer step to a new Torklift one, would be a lot more stable. Old steps from camper to trailer saves me removing the trailer to get in and out and allows me to use the platform on the trailer as a porch for shoes, etc, then I would use the new Torklift bracket that is attached to the truck. When I am hauling the trailer all I need to do is take off the 4 steps and put on the one Torklift step that would go to the trailer. Here is the old one.... http://www.firstchoicephoto.ca/tc/mods/M12.JPG Will let you know if it works.
Photomike 05/05/15 04:43pm Truck Campers
RE: diesel to gasoline truck for TC: any regrets?

When I bought my truck I was set a diesel, loved so much about it the pulling power, MPG, etc. I was actually talked out of buying one by a number of people. Bought a 2002 GMC 2500HD with a 6L and I have to say that I LOVE IT!! Just came back from a trip through the mountains and the truck amazed me, drove great, got 14MPG over the entire trip. Would I buy a diesel? If I was pulling something along with the camper in the truck then yes, for the power. But if I was just buying for the TCer I would go with a gas again. In fact for the repair costs that you were quoted I could get a good used gas truck.
Photomike 05/03/15 06:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Buying used

I have a 1992 Northern Lite and love it (mine is bigger than you want but they do have smaller), also Bigfoots are a good buy used. The one thing I noticed on the older Bigfoots is that the inside looks older, but if you got it cheap you can modernize for a few dollars.
Photomike 05/03/15 05:54pm Truck Campers
RE: Torklift Glowsteps - Finally

I seem to have gotten lost somewhere in your description regarding the 5 step system. It looks to me like you have a 4 step system. Did you remove 1 step? I have the 5 step system but it hangs up on my carrier very similar to the one you have and I had to fabricate an additional wooden step at the bottom. Yes I removed the one step to make it the right length. I can sell you a step at a good price :B :B
Photomike 05/02/15 09:42pm Truck Campers
Torklift Glowsteps - Finally

I have been wanting to replace my steps for a long time, I had decided a year or two ago that I would go with some Glowsteps but like most things around here nobody had them or even knew what they were. Then I was going to order a year ago but the "you buy it, it is yours" policy of special orders had me nervous so I waited. This past April I once again started looking and nothing. Then today I called a newer RV dealer and asked a guy in parts (who is not a parts guy) if they had any. He was REALLY confused, asked me to hold and after a VERY long time came back and was blown away as he found a set of steps. Now according to Torklift I needed a 4 step set, this was a 5 so I thought that I would go and look at them anyways. Took the truck and drove in a sure enough they were the steps I wanted, but with an extra step. I asked him what they wanted and when he told me that they were $80 less than the 4 step (higher exchange rate today) so I took them and removed the extra step to make them the right size. Was planning on mounting them to a angled bracket that I had made a while ago but found that the bolts would not work. So took the bracket off and secured to the camper the way the other steps were when I bought it and the way that I had the bracket attached. Torklift does not recommend putting on a NL without a bumper but as they are attached the same way that the other steps were for years I cannot see an issue. Will keep an eye out to make sure that they are okay. Sure is a lot different. I had been told that they were a lot nicer but that does not even come close to how nice they are. 99% straight and a lot stronger than the last set. http://i.imgur.com/V9agLaSl.jpg http://i.imgur.com/bNz3WWWl.jpg
Photomike 05/02/15 05:02pm Truck Campers
RE: 10-2EXCDSE

I have a NL 9'6", it is a 1992 and other than the outside looking older it is in amazing shape. The inside looks new. Only leaks you will get are at the openings for windows, hatches and doors and if you do preventative maintenance then you are laughing!
Photomike 04/28/15 01:59pm Truck Campers
RE: Under mattress treatment pj

I went with two mattresses, love the loft and no moisture getting through to the base. So how thick is that? What about sitting up head room? 6 - 8" and with or without the extra mattress on my camper there was not enough room for sitting up.
Photomike 04/24/15 09:05am Truck Campers
RE: Under mattress treatment pj

I went with two mattresses, love the loft and no moisture getting through to the base.
Photomike 04/23/15 10:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Newbie Qs about Trucks, Campers and Wives

Lots of good advice. A couple things that I would do is to upgrade the truck (the more the better), skimp if you have to on the camper till you have tried it. If you are like me and others you may find a used camper is better as you can fix it up as you like. As for starting to camp: a couple nights in the drive way, a couple nights close by, a couple nights a day or two away, etc, etc. You will be surprised how much junk you pack that you will never need and how much stuff you don't pack that you will need.
Photomike 04/23/15 10:18pm Truck Campers
RE: bigfoot 2008 sewage valve repairs

Mine on my NL was really sticky (still have scars to prove it). One day after dumping and flushing the tank I thought that I would try something. I took a can of WD40 and sprayed up into the pipe to soak the flapper then I opened it and did it again. I also lubricated the little slide attached to the handle. Almost pulled it off when I was done as I went to yank it open and it worked perfectly, scared me as it was so smooth. Has lasted a couple years since I did that and still works good. I have heard from someone that toilet paper can get jammed in there. One person said to look up there with a flashlight to see if anything is jammed. Fortunately I did not have to stick my head up there :E
Photomike 04/22/15 10:43pm Truck Campers
RE: Where to get a clear lens for the ceiling light fixture?

I was at a trade show and saw a new type of LED fixture that uses the clear lens. I went and bought one and installed it and was very impressed so I thought that having a clear lens on the older fixtures would be a good thing. Was just about to head out and buy some and decided that I would just remove the cover and run without and see. Honestly the light is not as nice, more directional and does not light as large an area. When I put the smoked / frosted covers back on they really did not dim down the light output that much and I like the diffused look better. The nice thing about the new fixture is that the LED's are spread over a larger area, in the old fixtures using the LED replacement bulbs they are smaller and concentrate the light more so need the diffusion.
Photomike 04/22/15 12:39pm Truck Campers
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