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RE: Winch Bumper Recommendations?

Do it!
2BLAZERS 07/28/14 12:29pm Truck Campers
RE: How often do you use your portable generator?

I have a Honda 2000 plus the built in propane generator. And I use both. Run the propane one for A/C or the push button start up ease. EI, coffee in the morning. I run the Honda 2000 sometimes in the evenings to charge up everything if boon docking for several days. But really on a local weekend trip don't need either one.
2BLAZERS 07/14/14 02:54pm Truck Campers
RE: Satphone experiences...

Having fun...? I've had truck campers for more than 40 years... most of them in the boonies. Never needed a cell phone or a sat phone...never been scared of the dark, that the boggie man was going to get me... nothing. Just always went with the idea of self rescue. As you get older you'll find that some of the things you enjoyed make good memories... but aren't realistic... then if your still adventuresome you'll find alternative ways to continue using your campers. Now as a lot of you get a lot older you'll still be mired in camper parking lots with creeps and kids, drunks and druggies piled on top of you... you won't leave... you have already paid for the space... Some of you will take down your flag poles and seperator fences that you have in the campgrounds and make your campers into yard orniments. There are some of our truck camper friends that do some rough country... and they post trip reports showing how remote... but there aren't many. I enjoy their reports. I don't know of any that carry sat phones... most are adept at self rescue I think that California surprised me more than any other state... high tech expectations.. but the tinytouns in the mountains aren't big enough for a cell tower. The interstate system has cell towers all across this land... most of our members will never be out of range. Once again... how much does a sat phone cost ... how many days a year will you be using it... Will you really need one for your blog about your flag pole in a campground? For that matter... do you need PVSolar in a campground? Sleep... but not afraid. How about take a chill pill.... If you never need one why comment on a forum subject regarding it? Specially when you think anyone that disagrees with you is an idiot. Just don't comment and go back to FOX news watching. And just cause I5 and I90 have cell coverage does not need we dont' need it where we are going. The posters and myself want to learn about them.
2BLAZERS 07/03/14 01:16pm Truck Campers
RE: Satphone experiences...

cell phones are so good and have so much coverage that I can't imagine needing one in the 48 US states, Hawaii... and a good portion of Canada.. Most of us will not spend enough time in the outback of Alaska or Canada to ever need anything mor than a good cell phone and provider. As far a satilite integrity... my OnStar has functioned all over the US and the places we've been in Canada no matter what the weather.(except the Everglades around 2006... we couldn't pick up the link) We also have computer connections through Verizon... band width has always been OK... to excelant I'd spend my money on PVSolar panels for the outback before I'd waste money on a sat phone if I wasn't ghoing to Douth america or some place exotic. Assuming that was sarcasm or your crazy. Most of the ATV and dry camping areas in WA/OR have NO cell coverage at all. Two weeks ago in the Wenatchee National Forest (Central WA) only had very iffy cell coverage on a couple of the tallest viewpoints. I can be off cell coverage in an hour. Many of the mountain passes and back roads in Oregon have no coverage in many many spots. And I have Verizon too. Sat phone is something I'm interested in too.
2BLAZERS 07/03/14 11:40am Truck Campers
RE: 4x2 or 4x4?

OK...lets say your camper is a 4500 lb monster like a Lance 1191 or an Arctic Fox 1140 or a heavier Eagle Cap 995. You may get off the pavement to camp but you aren't going to do the Whazoo with it. Your going to trade maximum load capacity if you add 4x4 to a new truck. Sure, we all want 4x4 but do you really NEED 4x4 for a rig that is specifically used as a warm weather TC hauler? Hey Bryan Appleby, could you get by without a 4x4? I've got to have 4*4 for my camper hauling. The point of the TC for me is to be away from pavement. We dry camp and ride quads many times 10 miles from pavement. Also some of the best riding is in the winter when you can be in snow and icy roads. Many times the gravel ''roads'' are a couple inches of muck. The camper weight goes on the rear axle mostly. 4*4 would be more up front so does not impact my decision making. If all you do is camp grounds in the southwest I could see doing 2 wheel drive. I've personally used 4 wheel drive 2 dozen times during the 13/14 winter.... I'm about ready to put a winch on my dually.
2BLAZERS 06/26/14 02:03pm Truck Campers
RE: ARB Locker in front axle

If ARB says it will fit your application I'd trust them. ARB is a well trusted name in the offroad community. I want one in my K5 D60...
2BLAZERS 06/24/14 02:31pm Truck Campers
RE: my latest blog trip report - link

Great trip report! and thank you for the pics and report. Always enjoyable.
2BLAZERS 06/24/14 10:06am Truck Campers
RE: Question about WDH hitches for your TCers

http://i.imgur.com/qfrIsUAl.jpg my trailer is usually around 6K with two quads or one quad & one RZR. Weight distribution makes for a better ride overall. Lived without it for a while. Now that I have it I'm glad i did it.
2BLAZERS 06/24/14 09:57am Truck Campers
RE: Question for the guy's with duallies and big campers

http://i.imgur.com/Yxke6GPl.jpg My typical setup. 2011 AF 1150 Drybath on a 2011 Ram 3500 4*4 dually crewcab diesel. Trailer is 20' with usually two quads in it plus camping stuff like firewood, Honda 2000, fuel cans etc... love my setup. Truck has leveling kit, 60 Gallon TransferFlow Tank, Supersprings, Helwig, airbags, Rancho shocks, and extra lights. And I run weight distributions on the Superhitch setup. Works great for us. I keep my speed near the speed limit and will not go much past 70 even if I hit the 75 or 80 zones in ID and UT.
2BLAZERS 06/23/14 12:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Photo Thread - Post a Photo of Your Truck Camper Here

http://i.imgur.com/Yxke6GPl.jpg My weekend :)
2BLAZERS 06/23/14 11:58am Truck Campers
RE: Diesel gas?

Regarding Oregon. Google ''why can't I pump my own gas in Oregon'' Interesting reading. Since 1951 or so. There have been a couple times where lawmakers have created a bill to do away with it. But it never gains enough traction. Regarding Diesel in Oregon. Most places I've been to don't mind you pumping your own diesel and will actually ask if you've ''got it?'' if you start the process yourself. Actually when it's raining 7 months a year it is nice to just sit in the truck:)
2BLAZERS 06/16/14 03:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Width and Length with Cargo Trailers and TC?

^^^ agree check state laws before doing anything. In Oregon we have to run 'T' plates on trucks or pickups if the non-rv trailer has a GVW over 8K. My enclosed trailer is rated for 10.4K. So I run T plates on my truck and am licensed for combined weight up to 26K. This is even with a Truck Camper on my truck. Is 100% personal use. Is not commercial at all and I don't have to worry about weigh stations. It's just a money grab. And no politician wants to change it... T- Plates in oregon cost $ 764 per year. A regular license would be $84 for to years.... Ironically I could buy a 21K fifth wheel toy hauler and not need T Plates since it is an RV trailer.
2BLAZERS 06/11/14 03:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Width and Length with Cargo Trailers and TC?

So, it looks like from reading cargo trailer specs that a 6 ft is 7'10" and 7, 8, or 8 1/2 cargo trailers are all 8'6". Is that what you've found, too? Did you go up or down in width and see an issue pulling behind your TC with either one width or the other? My thought is that longer would be slightly more difficult to make tighter turns and the same goes for more width. I'm thinking 8 ft would be a lot more room, but seem to only come in longer trailers. I'm also considering a car hauler just in case I ever want to haul a car. I'm not sure of the tradeoffs other than the car hauler is obviously heavier. I usually pull a 20' (length of the box) enclosed trailer. It is 8.5' feet wide. Rated at 10.4K. With an extra long front tube hitch. 48'' Superhitch and weight distribution. Trailer is for quads/RZR. Have hauled cars and Jeeps in it. Been a great trailer for riding and camping. Actually we could use a 28' enclosed trailer now...to many toys. I like full width 102'' wide trailer for towing behind the camper cause I can see it. Easy to back up and park and verify it's behind me.....
2BLAZERS 06/09/14 09:51am Truck Campers
RE: Another Arctic Fox 1140 / 1150?

How's your Arctic Fox holding up? What are the pros? What do you like the least? Disregarding cost, if you had to buy a new "like size" truck camper would it be another Arctic Fox? My 2011 AF 1150 Dry Bath is doing well. We our on our fourth camping season with it. About 50 nights a year in it. Repairs/Fixes we've done: 1. Slider-Pass through window leaked when driving in heavy rain, replaced with a solid non opening window. Issue solved. 2. Right rear tail LED light went out, replaced it. 3. LED Marker light went out, replaced it. 4. Bathroom over the mirror is currently out, is not the light bulb. New fixture sitting in garage. 5. Replaced the batteries. They were drained when one 15 amp fuse blew on the converter. So the batteries drained out to zero with the furnace on low. 6. Replaced one 15 amp fuse. (see #5) Overall we are happy with our camper. We bought new for a great price from a great dealer. We feel we've really gotten a great product for the money we spent. It is holding up well. No issues yet with the big things like the genny, ref, A/C, furnace or leaks. Next camper question is a lot tougher... Next camper is still a few years out. We will certainly be looking at Arctic Fox campers again, maybe the 992 or 996. Likely our next camper will be a side door model since we tow most of the time we are camping. I really hope AF does bring out a side door model in the next few years.
2BLAZERS 06/04/14 09:52am Truck Campers
RE: Washingotn Overland Rally June 26-29

Is anyone attending this? I am. It's a smaller version of the Flagstaff Overland Expo. It's held in Plain, WA (between Leavenworth and Lake Wenatchee) WA Overland Rally Registration Link I'm interested and curious about going but it is a ways to go and we've got a really packed June and July already.... 35% chance i go but the family cannot.
2BLAZERS 05/27/14 11:37am Truck Campers
RE: Posting Pictures, made easier, by using a shortcut

2BLAZERS 05/07/14 03:51pm Truck Campers
RE: 2015 Ram 3500 factory air ride suspension

I'm not so sure we'll ever see a ''camper option'' from FIAT/RAM. TC are such a small small percentage of the users we might not be on their radar in Italy. In three years or so it will really matter for me. That will be new truck time. Might go with a Ram 4500 flatbed.
2BLAZERS 05/06/14 03:09pm Truck Campers
RE: 2015 Ram 3500 factory air ride suspension

Time will tell, but I don't think that the sway will be as bad as people are predicting. So I think it will be really really really bad. And it ends up just being really really bad. That is not as bad? I'm hoping the Ram Trucks did some serious testing with an actual truck camper up to the posted GVW. And I hope the notice of ''this truck is not recommended for truck campers'' is not in every glove box.
2BLAZERS 05/06/14 02:44pm Truck Campers
RE: 2015 Ram 3500 factory air ride suspension

I'm thinking sway with a camper would be worse with the springs and airbags moved in.
2BLAZERS 05/06/14 02:30pm Truck Campers
RE: New Gen. F150 owners, how many problems

I've had what I consider more than normal issues with my truck. Only one serious issue while most are insignificant. Here's my list: Serious: Torque converter going out (replaced) Not So Serious: Window switch failed (replaced), Window regulator going out(replaced), rear seat fold down mechanism (replaced), and front door speaker failed (replaced). I have roughly 25,000 miles. I just wondering if this is normal. Previous 2010 F150 had control arm, body mount, shock, and transmission problems that were all very serious. Got rid of that truck. Dealer made good deal to get me out of it with this dealer trade. Salesman is a friend. Then I hear of so many larger problems with GM and Dodge so I don't know if I'm being hyper critical and these problems are just the norm. I never had these type of problems on midsize trucks and SUVs. All of my fullsize trucks have had several problems. Thanks I'd say that is more the usual for only 25K miles. In the first 25K I'd expect only oil/filter/etc changes on any truck. If any issues come up I'd expect the dealer to take care of it lightning fast. Online forums: Five types of truck owners. 1. My brand is perfect, 100K miles and nothing (except the transmission, new engine, rear axle, etc...major brand loyal. 2. Some issues but not a big deal. The engine fell out at 25K but we're good...cause I'm brand loyal. 3. This thing sucks. At 250K i had to put new tires on it. Whiny people. 4. Your brand sucks, because only I have the best truck there is. 5. Silent owners, those who are to busy making a living daily using there truck for work. Some issues come up but the dealer handles it.
2BLAZERS 04/14/14 10:12am Tow Vehicles
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