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RE: Our Lance will be 20 years old in March........

Raften, seems like you have been on here forever. Yeh, getting old sucks and getting in and out of a TC don't get any easier. A few years ago we were overniteing at the El Reno, OK KOA with some other folks headed out to Colorado for a week of jeeping in the mountains. My 65 year old buddy was coming out of his TC, tripped and did a face plant onto the steel tongue of his car hauler trailer. Bruised and skint him up pretting good, but it could have been much worse. We have been thinking about an auto tranny truck and a 5th wheel ourselves. Good Luck, Brad
BradW 11/25/15 07:58am Truck Campers
RE: Our Lance will be 20 years old in March........

Congratulations. I do have a couple of questions? Did you ever have to replace your roof,and have you had to replace your frig.My Lance will be 6 years old and just wondering how long things last. Had to fix a 4" hole in the roof when a big pine branch came down on it like a lawn dart. My roof is aluminum; me thinks it will out last it's owner. The Dometic frig is still working fine (except for the pilot blowing out going down the highway, never could fix that). I am surprised it is still working; the frig in our last travel trailer lasted about 8 years before it started leaking ammonia.
BradW 11/20/15 03:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Installing a Fantastic Vent Fan in a Wall???

There is no problem mounting on the wall (VENT LID OPENING UPWARD:B). But, I would install a MAXAIR cover over the fantastic Fan to prevent animals and bugs from trying to get into the lid and motor. Doug I thought about adding a cover similar to the MAXAIR cover.
BradW 11/20/15 02:50pm Tech Issues
Our Lance will be 20 years old in March........

Our 1996 Lance will be 20 years old in March. Anyone else buy a new truck camper and keep it that long? Brad
BradW 11/20/15 09:20am Truck Campers
Installing a Fantastic Vent Fan in a Wall???

Anyone ever installed a Fantastic Vent Fan in a vertical wall? We built a mountain-top off-grid backwoods cabin and I'm considering installing a Fantastic Fan in it. I really don't want to install it on the roof because we get a lot of falling objects up there, big acorns, tree limbs, etc and I don't really want to cut a hole in the roof. I've Googled around about it and found mostly info saying its OK for the simpler 3-spd fans with a t-stat. I was just wondering if anyone here has been down this road. Our 1996 truck camper came with a Fantastic Vent Fan and it has worked great for almost 20 years. Thanks for any help, Brad
BradW 11/20/15 09:16am Tech Issues
RE: I'm on the dark path many others have followed........

I guess it would make sense to keep the tc for times when needed it. It just seems like if you own too much stuff, your stuff starts to own you. I'm kinda geting that point already. Every time I turn around something needs the oil changed or worked on or something. Life was simpler when we just had a 1961 Chevy short bed, a K-mart 3-man tent and a Bultaco dirtbike. :) Brad
BradW 10/09/15 08:06am Truck Campers
RE: I'm on the dark path many others have followed........

I would keep the Lance just in case....Good luck. Yep, we are thinking about that.....but my yard is going to look like a used RV/Jeep/Truck/Tractor car lot.........
BradW 10/06/15 02:40pm Truck Campers
RE: I'm on the dark path many others have followed........

Oh no, not you brad. LOL How you gonna tow the Jeep? Well, that is the problem and it's going to make things more complicated. When we go out west for 2 or 3 months, we will leave the offroad jeep home and take the stock Rubicon and tow our 16' jon boat behind it. When we take the offroad jeep, we are usually just going for one day or we are going to places that rent cabins (like Harlan, Ky).
BradW 10/06/15 02:37pm Truck Campers
I'm on the dark path many others have followed........

Seriously considering buying a mid-size 5th wheel next year. Seems like we just brought our new Lance home (in 1996) and its just barely getting broken in, but we are considering going semi-fulltime next year and 5th wheels are looking better and better. Brad
BradW 10/06/15 12:38pm Truck Campers
RE: Are you REALLY that inconsiderate??

Outback of Utah, 10pm someone rolls past our camp and sets up less than a stones throw away...and breaks out the bongos. Not good at it either........ If bongos are played in the desert and there are no people around to annoy, do they still make a noise? Actually I have the cure for late night guitar pickers and bongo beaters; it has never failed me. It's called a small rocks thrown at pretty steep angles upwards and returning to earth pretty much straight down. It has never failed me in the past. But if its only you and him camping out in the middle of now where, you kinda loose any plausible deniability. :)
BradW 09/08/15 02:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Are you REALLY that inconsiderate??

Boatycall, I have suffered most of my adult life from being overly considerate to other people. I‘ve tried to get help, nothing has worked. Life would be so much easier if I could learn my dog to **** on other people’s campsites, play BABYMETAL as loud and as late as I want, and buy a $300 5kw gen instead of spending $1,000 on a 2kw gen. I want to change; I guess I am just a dinosaur stuck in the ways of the past and there is no hope for me. Brad
BradW 09/08/15 05:19am Truck Campers
RE: Buena Vista, Co TC Trip

Iron Chest 4x4 Trail Video
BradW 08/16/15 05:57pm Truck Campers
RE: Buena Vista, Co TC Trip

Brad, I'd really like to camp in that area and ride some of the trails in my 87 ragtop Samurai. Its bone stock and probably not up to the trails that you take. However, is there a guide to the trails that you could recommend? My wife just watched the video and decided she's rather walk than ride. Heh. D There are easy trails in that area also, like Tin Cup, Alpine tunnel, Cumberland, Pomeroy Lakes and Han****. Here is a good trail guide for southern Colorado. They also print a similar version for northern Colorado. Book
BradW 08/14/15 10:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Buena Vista, Co TC Trip

Trip Photos
BradW 08/14/15 11:56am Truck Campers
RE: Buena Vista, Co TC Trip

You can see a lot of crazy things up in those mountains. On our way up Mt Antero, we ran into some fellows who had driven their bone stock full size Chevy 4x4 ½ ton pick up most up the way up the mtn before they flattened a tire and then flattened the spare. They had made it past most of the narrow sections and switchbacks and were well above tree line. We had a bunch of tire plugs and glue, so we stopped and helped them fix their tire, air it back up and get them headed back down the mtn. It took about 10 plugs to close the 2” gash across the tread. One thing I failed to mention is they had a full size Harley Davison motorcycle in the bed of their truck. Yep, they drove up to about the 13,000’ elevation on Mt Antero with a Harley in the bed of their truck; I have no idea why; I never asked them.
BradW 08/10/15 02:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Buena Vista, Co TC Trip

I assume the road was built mostly by hand back during the silver and gold mining days of the 1880's. Practically all of the 4x4 roads in that area were built during those times to either provide access particular mines or to provide access in and out of the area. Two exceptions are the roads built to either end of the Alpine Railroad Tunnel which provided travel through the area and the road built to nearly the top of Mount Antero in the 1950's to facilitate gem mining operations.
BradW 08/10/15 04:58am Truck Campers
Buena Vista, Co TC Trip

Just got back from a couple of weeks near Buena Vista, Co. We camped at Chalk Creek RV Park in Nathrop, Co. That is a great place to camp; very clean and well maintained. Its also centrally located for offroad trips in the Chalk Creek Area. We drove out the southern route on I-40 and sent one night at the El Reno, Ok KOA and another night at the Colorado City KOA. The Colorado City KOA was great, but the El Reno KOA needs to do so maintenance on their bathouse. It’s a pretty new facility but they have let it fall into disrepair. Only one of 3 toilets were working and only 1 of 3 showers were working. The place was pretty filthy. Not sure what is going on there; we always stop there on the way out and experienced no issues in the past. Had a front brake caliper start start sticking/dragging coming down the mtn pass after Bishop’s Castle. Right front was about 250 degf and left front was about 900 degf and pulling to the right badly. We stopped at the Ford dealer in Salida; Joan had the pads but had to order the calipers. They came in a couple of days later and I replaced them at the campground. No issues to report after that. Spent a couple of weeks jeeping in the St Elmo/Tincup/Mt Antero area. Drove some great trails and mountain passes with the 6 friends who travelled out there with us. Below is a video of our trip across Tomichi Pass, I will post some other videos and photos later. That is a very beautiful area. I had hoped to run across one of the “Prospector” reality show folks mining on Mt Antero. I never saw any of them, but one of my buddies saw Amada Atkins at the Hot Springs Store and my other buddy saw Duane walking down the street in Salida. Long but uneventful trip home, except my buddy blew out a tire on his car hauler trailer coming across Kansas. Tomichi Pass Video Trip Photos Iron Chest Trail Video
BradW 08/09/15 04:38pm Truck Campers
RE: Simple Home Monitor Camera

http://www.foscam.com/video_view.aspx?id=2 Man, I watched this video and it looked pretty dang complicated to set the Foscam up.
BradW 07/15/15 10:15am Technology Corner
RE: Tank Status Toggle Switches

Though crowd.
BradW 07/11/15 06:09pm Truck Campers
Tank Status Toggle Switches

Our old Lance has a switch panel on the stove vent hood. It has switches for tank status, water pump, gen, etc. I've had to replace a couple of those switches over the years in that panel. I had to replace the momentary tank status switch last week and I found them on Amazon (if anyone needs one). #23 mini toggle switches
BradW 07/11/15 04:00pm Truck Campers
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