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RE: ham or cb radio

My neighbor is a retired farmer and had a half dozen mobile units in his garage so one day I got one and an antenna (I help him to use all the stuff he has accumulated over the years) and put it in the truck. Seldom hear anything around here, maybe once and a while on the road. It was free so not a big deal but really would not be worth the cost if I had to buy one. Best thing to do is get a list of emergency phone numbers when you are traveling and keep in the cab with you and use the cell phone, or like I do if I need a number when on the road is I call one of my kids at home and have them Google the number (free long distance is great).
Photomike 01/23/15 03:07pm Truck Campers
RE: Not a TC...but bear with me

The sad part is that if he drove a $100,000 car, stayed in the best hotels and was drunk every night on the way down to spring training they would think that is normal. There is a lot more to life than what others think of you.
Photomike 01/23/15 09:09am Truck Campers
RE: Pet's travel with you in a Truck camper

My dog does not have a credit card so I bring my dog with me and leave my DW in the camper with the fantastic fan on. So far, everyone has been understanding. I see not problem with this :-) For me it depends on the heat, around here 30C is hot and if I close the drapes and open the top vents the TCer stays around 22 - 24C. The dog has her water, food, toys and lots of places to lay. She will stay in the TCer all day if she could as she loves it. If I am some place like a zoo where we will be for a while I will come out a couple times to let he out and to check on the temps. Never have been worried about her as it is always cool inside, probably cooler than many homes are.
Photomike 01/23/15 09:07am Truck Campers
RE: Cassette Toilet vs Conventional RV Toilet

ok..I need to jump in here with a question. As a "mature" woman, I really like a toilet nearby at night. Our current TC is without. I do have a little porta potti thing with the WAG bags which I put in a little pop up shelter next to the camper when we have space and are going to be there for a couple nights. Not the most convenient or discrete set up. * I am hoping I can embarrass my husband into a TC with a toilet* In shopping for a new camper, the toilet has become a point of disagreement between me and my husband. Due to the small size of the campers (and evidently his delicate sensibilities), my husband is concerned about smells. In the "which is better" discussion, are the smells worse in one than the other? Is the odor really controlled by chemicals or just replaced with a chemical smell? I kinda lean towards the cassette toilet just due to the fact you it might be easier to rinse out with bleach, etc. Another silly question, if you are on a full hook up site, can you just dump it down the pipe there? Sorry if that is tacky. Thanks GREAT question, I have no smells from my black tank and I do not use chemicals in it unless I am going to be gone for a week or more without dumping. I carry a product that is a more natural product(I think it is called Orange tank additive, but cannot remember as it has been a while since I have used it). What I do is that I flush the black tank really well when I dump usually on my way home from a trip, if it has been hot or the tank has been used for a longer period I will add some water to it when I get home(usually topping the tank up to the top) and add a cup or two of bleach and let it soak for a couple hours or a day then dump it. No smells and no issues with clogs so I am happy.
Photomike 01/12/15 11:17am Truck Campers
RE: Cassette Toilet

What TC manufacturers still offer the option of a cassette toilet? Probably Four Wheel, right? Better question: What TC manufacturers offer either/or in the same unit? I know Palomino *USED* to in their larger popups, but sometime around 2005, they switched to a black tank and RV toilet system. Certainly not because the cassette was technically inferior, but most likely to make the units more attractive to the average American buyer. Northern Lite does.
Photomike 01/07/15 09:18pm Truck Campers
RE: This is gonna get moved

Try looking on this forum, they have a lot of information about off road GPS http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum I have looked at all the options but mine is still plugging away so still staying with my old one.
Photomike 12/17/14 12:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Making toast

Reading this thread I remembered a few years ago I was out camping and picked up a loaf of bread. I ate a couple slices and then put the rest of the loaf in the oven for storage. A month later I was packing for another trip and found the forgotten loaf. There was no mold on the bread and it was still soft. Makes me a little concerned for what is in our bread these days!
Photomike 12/16/14 09:41am Truck Campers
RE: Making toast

look for a camp stove toaster. Sits on the gas burner and toasts up to 4 slices at a time. Camping World $2.93 on internet sale. X2 will also work on propane stove and campfire.
Photomike 12/15/14 12:01pm Truck Campers
RE: Winter camping in a BigFoot 1500 8.2 Truck Camper

My biggest thing is to find a place to fill or dump so I drain the tanks and dry camp. This also saves the whoops we froze up worries. If you know of a place to dump then use the toilets but for me I would still use a bucket and not the water system. One thing that I came across this spring (when we had water problems) was a water pump that attaches to the top of the a water jug (the type designed for the water coolers). It works GREAT and if the jug happens to freeze no big deal. http://www.harrietcarter.com/resources/harrietCarter/images/products/processed/1322.zoom.a.jpg
Photomike 12/10/14 04:30pm Truck Campers
RE: Bathroom sink (wet bath)

I like the sink for all the reasons stated above. In the winter I use alcohol hand cleaner instead of the sink for washing. I also have a retractable clothes line in the bathroom that I love. Pull it out when I need it, close it when I don't. Why not make a cover for it instead of taking it out?
Photomike 12/10/14 12:01pm Truck Campers
RE: Buying a camper in Canada

I tried to register my camper in AB but it was not possible because it didn't have a serial number that fit their pattern. I bought mine new so I got the BOS and a NIVIS but was stymied by the VIN number. I could go through a process to get a VIN assigned but it's not cheap, nearly $500. I wanted to do it so that I could get a plate issued so that I don't have to swap plates. From what I know you will not be able to do as you want to as the vehicle plate has to show in Alberta. All you would be doing is getting a trailer plate in addition to the vehicle plate. I would really check this out as you may be opening yourself up for a lot of problems.
Photomike 12/03/14 05:31pm Truck Campers
RE: This is what Torklift calls service??? Ridiculous...

Amazing service in a day that you are lucky just to get a honest answer when going into many places. I just E-mailed a company about buying a product and asked a couple simple questions and the response was "No not at that price". That was the complete response, well they could sure use a lesson or three from Torklift!
Photomike 11/25/14 07:43pm Truck Campers
RE: Best way to determine fair market value...

There is a Lance for sale here that is dirt cheap, way below any book value and it is not selling. There has been a number of NL's and BF for sale way above reasonable pricing (and way above any book price) and they have sold. Honestly it is what people want and what they are willing to pay.
Photomike 11/25/14 04:31pm Truck Campers
RE: Driveway camping at my own house

This is bad HOW????? I have done so a number of times when I needed quiet, when we had guests over, or just because, not only in my driveway but in my daughters and in others driveways. Funny thing is that I have had people feel sorry that I was sleeping there, then I went back to the TC, got a drink, a snack and enjoyed myself :-)
Photomike 11/25/14 04:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Not a current model - should I care?

Okay here is what I think about buying anything used. If you are buying anything that is listed as used and does not have a sellers warranty (from the RV dealer you are buying from) you are buying as is where is and whether the manufacturer is in business or not makes zero difference. The fact that some manufacturers help out the second or third owners is great and they should be commended for that, but honestly they have no responsibility to do anything. As for electrical or plumbing schematics GOOD luck with that. It seems that RV's have zero consistency from one unit to the next, have seen some big name units that wires run one way in one and different in another unit. That is why one unit will have a door that pinches a wire and the next unit the wires are put out of the way. I have been told many stories about why that is "things shift in an RV", "different features require different routes for services", etc. Honestly this happens in homes as well as other buildings, even with schematics things are put in a little different in each one. The good news is that with an RV you are dealing with a small unit and it is easy to trace and follow things yourself. If you want support from the manufacturer buy new, but honestly most repairs will be easy enough to look after yourself if you are even just a little handy. So you can save the cost of a new unit and look after the repairs using the money that you saved and be way ahead!
Photomike 11/23/14 01:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Life expectancy of pickup campers...

Most of the RV's around here, or that I have seen travelling are stored outside with no cover. They are designed to be waterproof and if maintained will be fine. If I needed to keep mine under cover then I would never have bought it as I don't have a place to do so. If you have storage then fine, but I have never seen any advertising saying this unit must be covered.
Photomike 11/21/14 06:57pm Truck Campers
RE: Winterizing Skylight???

JumboJet, If we could find a source for screw in Snaps that might be the answer. Gary West Marine has stainless steel screw in snaps. Now you guys gave me another idea ...... more work!
Photomike 11/19/14 09:07pm Truck Campers
RE: Toilet question

Dealt with winter/RV/toilet issues for years. Flush liberally with blue windshield washer fluid, plastic 5 gallon bucket fits under the termination outlet, couple three trips to the road side bath room takes care of things. Works for me with the truck camper and the motor homes I've owned. Thought of that as well, would save looking for a dump station.
Photomike 11/12/14 08:14pm Truck Campers
RE: Toilet question

Before doing anything to the toilet, I'd call around to the local RV parks, gas stations with dumps and the municipal waste treatment plant and find out if any will let you use their dump station, even if they are "officially" closed. While many RV parks close Oct / Nov, lock the gate and then disappear for the winter around here. Many over winter comfortably at home. When I've needed water or needed to dump I'll stop by and ask if I can dump and fill with water, even if they are closed for the winter. Most are very empathetic and help out. I don't take change and somehow only have larger bills :). The KOA outside of Revelstoke, BC was very helpful, even though closed. If they can't help out, I simply ask if they know of a place. A lot of the gas stations have dump stations you can still use as long as they don't bury them, when they plow the lot. Our local conoco station has a dump station accessible year round. A quick call is easier than making your own dump station this time of the year. I dug down to find my septic tank and have it pumped earlier this year. I installed risers and a lid so I won't have to do it again. Pretty simple to add a 4" fitting to the riser lid to make it into a dump station at home. As to everything being frozen, we run full utilities all year round. While it was -2F this morning, the temperature in the basement near the tanks stays above 45F and inside it is at 70F while on our winter road trips to ski areas in MT, BC and AB. The coldest the inside of the camper gets in the winter, is when it sits on the truck or cart in the 60F heated garage between trips ;) That is a good temp for the waste tanks, I do not have a basement to heat. The last time I tried to dump in the cold nothing moved and even the valve was tough to open, that was after finding a place that I could dump at (many places I have found freeze up as water gets into the dump drain and freezes so even when you get the cover off they are still no good). I think that I am going to keep the toilet in and have the porta potty for cold snaps (like now). Does not your dump valve freeze or is that inside the basement as well? The KOA at Revelstoke is a nice place. I thought that they were open year round? I was planning on stopping there in January so I should check on this. I looked into setting up something at home, this would be great in so many ways, but the cost is WAY out of line. To get a drain to the area that I park the camper at would be over $10,000 (they would need to rip up a pile of the basement floor to get to the wall, then punch through the wall and tunnel up from the basement to be under the camper - needing to dig up a large portion of driveway to get there). Then this would still be subject to freezing I was told. Next option was to build a garage, heat it and put sewer in that. Prices came in from $30 - $40,000 for the garage and adding plumbing as the distance that they would need to run and tunnel is crazy. So the porta potty seems like a little cheaper of an option at only $70.00.
Photomike 11/12/14 07:47pm Truck Campers
RE: CB Antenna Mount

Go to www.firestik.com and look at their mounts. They have mounts that go under the edge of the hood using existing body bolts. I was given a cb antenna that had a magnetic mount and went to a local welder and had him bend me some metal. Then I mounted this under the hood so it sticks out over the front wheel well and the hood still closes nicely, works great and cost $20.00.
Photomike 11/11/14 08:03pm Truck Campers
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