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RE: New Sneaker's and much needed TLC

About the falling asleep, I have the same problem. That is the great thing about a TCer. You get up drive a while, stop for some breakfast, drive further stop for a snack and stretch, drive more and have lunch and maybe a nap, and so on. I can do a lot more driving with the camper as stops are so much easier. The other thing I do is stop for gas a couple times a day to add a break again. Don't need the two gas stops but again helps a lot. Then at the end of the day I stop when and where I end up getting tired without pushing for more distance than what I can do.
Photomike 06/29/15 09:35am Truck Campers
RE: Another MOD LivinLite TC 10.0

Leave it open for shoe storage or for vegetable storage (obviously at different times) :-)
Photomike 06/28/15 09:56pm Truck Campers
RE: To TC'ers who have bought new trucks

I have not upgraded yet but have been looking. The only thing wrong with mine other than the age (2002) is that I do not have power windows and as I do tend to photograph a lot from my vehicle this is a issue. BUT I have had several people tell me to wait, they keep saying that repairs are a lot less than a new truck, and the older ones have less technical issues than the new ones. My truck is not a daily driver so really the only time I use it is for camping. I think if I do upgrade it may be to a newer, but not new truck to save some cash.
Photomike 06/22/15 11:11am Truck Campers
RE: Putting fitted sheets on TC mattress

get deep fitted sheets and bend up the mattress corners to hook on the fitted sheet instead of trying to stuff the sheet into the corners The only sheets that I would have on my mattress are fitted sheets, so a little bit extra work is worth it for me. I also do the bending of the corners to fit them on and then let the corners fall back down in order to get the sheets in the right position. I do the two furthest from me first, then the ones closet last. Of course I have a nice thick foam mattress on top of the other one so it may be easier for me to do that in mine. I can say that it is not fun making the bed when it is really hot.
Photomike 06/20/15 08:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Yet another battery question

Hi, Since AGM have a higher specific gravity they are more resistant to freezing than regular flooded batteries. A fully charged flooded battery won't freeze until the temperature reaches -60 c (-77 f). If it is that cold outside there are likely to be other SERIOUS problems. At -60C you must be living in Saskatchewan :B
Photomike 06/16/15 01:09pm Tech Issues
RE: So we decided to sell our camper and buy a...

Sold my Wolf Creek 850 yesterday. It was a sad day to see it go, but we are excited about getting our 2016 Northstar Laredo SC. Now what to do for the next 10 weeks while we wait. Congrats! You can always head for the hills in your jeep with tent gear to remind yourself why you have a truck camper. :) That is exactly what I was going to say! Go for a couple of days in a tent and when the truck camper arrives you'll be so thankful! I was out this past weekend looking at all the people that were camping around me in tents I was very impressed with all the new designs. Then when it started to rain, and it got down to just about freezing it made me so grateful that I have my truck camper! As the old saying goes "you are never grateful for what you have until you've lost it" camping in a tent will make you very happy when the new camper arrives.
Photomike 06/16/15 10:11am Truck Campers
RE: How many do it this way when parked

Whenever I head out camping the water that I use is out of the tank. I have never hooked up to city water, I think if I used my shower I would definitely hook up to city water but as I never shower in the truck camper I have no need for extra water. As for the water pump I only actually turn it on when I needed it, then I shut it right off. This saves me forgetting it when I'm on the road or when I leave the camper. Several times I have been traveling down the road and when I stop I hear a vibrating noise coming from the truck camper, I've gone in the back to find that the water pump was running but not being able to pressurize itself it would not shut off. So because of this I started making sure that the switch is off all the time.
Photomike 06/16/15 10:03am Truck Campers
RE: Considering switch from TT to truck camper

I also have to support the idea of going with a class B or a class C motor home. I love my truck camper, I love where I can go and what I can do with it, but the stairs are the big drawback. I did recently install a set of Glow steps and that has made it much more stable to get in and out, but I still have all those steps to go up and down. I've been looking at class B and class C units myself, the big thing I do not like about the class B is the fact that you have to make and fold up your bed every day. With a class C you can get a lot of these with the beds in the back that stay made up just as a bed at home would. Another advantage I saw in the class C is that if you don't use the bed over the cab (if you have one) you can use this for storage of light items such as clothing. I never figured back when I bought my truck camper that old age would creep up on me so fast. If you're already considering downsizing from a travel trailer you may want to consider what it's going to be like in another five or 10 years and buy today something that you can use down the road.
Photomike 06/11/15 10:37am Truck Campers
RE: possible awning/screenroom

Another benefit of the freestanding structure is that if you leave a place for a few hours you have something that keeps your spot for you.
Photomike 06/08/15 10:41am Truck Campers
RE: Touring North America European style

Is this a big unit? YUP. Is this overkill for most North American camping? YUP. But really who cares - we have no idea where they are coming from, maybe he is a mechanic and can fix this with his eyes closed, or really what their ultimate plans are, maybe they are looking at Africa and whatever they drive and live in it does not effect us so again who cares. They are doing something that many on this site will never do and that is coming to a new continent and travelling. They are not going down the road 100 miles and knowing what is there, they are going places that most of us will not. Hope they have a GREAT trip and maybe I will have a chance to say hi when they get out this way!
Photomike 06/07/15 09:24pm Truck Campers
RE: Getting rid of all the dust and such in an old camper?

Suck it out, I would not blow it. Blowing will never get the dust out just move it around. A vacuum with a Hepa filter is great, or set your vacuum outside with a long hose so all the tiny particles are vented out. Open all the windows and vents. If you have power vents crank them up full to pull out the air. Remove mattresses and cushions, vacuum and let air out. Cleaning the cushions will also help with a shampooer. Wash all surfaces, if you have a fabric ceiling vacuum this as well (hard to shampoo but will make a nice change if you can), I use pet odor shampoo and it leaves a nice fresh sent.
Photomike 06/07/15 12:52pm Truck Campers
RE: RV vs Wheeled Vehicle

Just about every campground is different. A few years back I took the TCer and a tent trailer and headed out. Most wanted me to pay for two camping spots, some for an extra vehicle and several could not care as long as it was not a party place. Then I went out with the TCer and a tent and all but one never cared that I had a tent, the one that did wanted to know who was sleeping in the tent. When I said my boys they were okay and only charged for the extra person not the tent / accommodations.
Photomike 06/04/15 11:15am Truck Campers
RE: bigfoot converter/charger

What was in there is not important as most of the units that came with the older TCers were/are garbage. I have a Best Converter and leave mine plugged in 24/7/365. Has paid for itself many times over in not frying my batteries.
Photomike 05/30/15 09:12pm Truck Campers
RE: Towing a travel trailer with a truck camper?

I know exactly what you are going through as I went through it. Wife, dog, 4 kids and myself in a TCer was a no go. Even today with just the wife and one kid TCer tight but more doable. If you have a truck that is able to carry a camper with room left over you have lots of options. Myself I would go with a nicer Tcer and skimp on the other sleeping arrangements. My solution was first to get a tent and use that, it worked but the issue was storage as all the clothes and gear was too much for just the TCer. So then I added a gear trailer and this was great, only issue was I hated setting up the tent and taking down each day. Next I bought a tent trailer and loved it as it was HUGE and was like having a separate cabin. Could sleep 3 in the TCer and 8 in the tent trailer. Would still have it but hated setting up and taking down and did not have a lot of space for gear (mainly the 2 inflatable kayaks). You can get tent trailers with air and heat if you need it. So I have been looking for a trailer and have looked at a couple ideas that would work, but each has drawbacks: 1) Cargo trailer, big issue is that no insulation or other options. Very basic and would cost a lot to add air, heat and insulation. 2) Lots of smaller trailers such as Bigfoot, Cassita, Northern Lite, Boler, Armadillo and more that you can select from. Biggest problem is that if you got a heavy trailer you may push yourself over your weight limit. So why not look for an older trailer or one with just limited features. You do not need 2 washrooms or 2 kitchens so find one without, this will also limit the weight you have.
Photomike 05/30/15 11:43am Truck Campers
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
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