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RE: Most Expensive Camp Site Ever

Yep I know I got a free water pump and belt. I just thought it was humors. I originally planned to spend the night a couple of hundred miles further down the road but it was far enough to make it home on Monday about 11:30pm, so same time table roughly. Felt very lucky, I almost went a different route and would have probably added a tow off the NY Thurway to the bill. Dennis, the Lost State of Franklin took in present day East TN. Was suppose to have been the 14th state.
JimBollman 07/23/17 05:52pm Truck Campers
Most Expensive Camp Site Ever

Was heading home last Sunday with my 2000 F250 7.3L with 8 foot Shadow Cruiser Popup on the back pulling a 12 foot enclosed trailer. Was on the last leg of a 2+ week trip and heading down the new I-99 old Rt 15 in PA when I heard a strange noise coming from the engine compartment. Pulled into the PA Visitor Center and discovered the serpentine belt trying to self destruct. I trimmed some of the loose pieces that were swing around and hitting things but it didn't look like it would last the 500+ miles I still needed to go. I went into the visitor center and ask the fellow where the closest Ford garage was and he wiped out a small map of the Mansfield area and put an X on the map where the Ford garage was located. and told me about how far I needed to go. Made it to Mansfield and got off on the North side of town so I could go slower the last bit and scout out the area. Drove by a Walmart maybe 1/2 mile from the Ford garage that the visitor center guy thought allowed overnight camping. Drove to the Ford garage just to see where it was with the plan to loop back to Walmart for the night. Started to pulled into the Ford driveway to turn around and the belt snapped. Drove in about 30-40 feet and shut down and set up camp for the night. Was in easy walking distance of a dinner and a ice cream shop, we had emptied out most of our supplies and turned off the frig not intending to cook any more this trip. Was sitting by camper having coffee when they opened the doors Monday morning. They were great, told me where to drop the trailer and got it right in. Bad news the water pump had seized causing the belt to break. It probably was making noise earlier but the diesel noise masked it. Before noon we were on the way South again. Camping for the night a little over $700. Couldn't have pick a better place to break down. Ford of Mansfield PA was great.
JimBollman 07/20/17 05:40pm Truck Campers
RE: Your favorite driving music?

Mystery audiobooks most of the time. Fill in with my collection of 50s and 60s rock or bluegrass in between or short trips. Everything on USB thumb drives these days. Only turn on the radio if we need local weather or news for some reason.
JimBollman 06/25/17 07:12pm RV Lifestyle
RE: New definition of hot & cold

We were in AK Summer of 1993 and multiple locals complained about the heat and how they move to Alaska to get away from the heat. Most days were running in the mid 70s but apparently it was a heat wave.
JimBollman 06/25/17 06:54pm Truck Campers
RE: Reflective tape

I have it on all sides of my enclosed car trailer and below the tailgate on my truck. when the tailgate is on you can see it through the crack for a little more safety and when the slide in camper is on you see it under the back of the camper. It often is brighter than the taillights or running lights. When I started using it 3M was the best and that is always what I look for. 3M makes a lot of the tape other company markets under their name.
JimBollman 06/02/17 06:52pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: OhBoyOhBoyOhBoy! We're Leaving Soon!

We did two major bluegrass festival to anchor both ends and a few minor one day festivals on a trip back in 2012. We were on the road for a month in an 8 foot popup slide in camper. We covering the crooked road and all the way down to Cherokee NC. We had a great time and did another loop in 2014. We moved from Western NY to NE TN in 2015. This area is addictive. Was a great decision for us. Check for local music events, there are at least 4 places within 5-30 minutes to where we live that has a band or open stage every week but you have to ask when you are making stops to find them, only one advertises at all, they don't need to, they fill the space without even putting up a sign. All free. We try to make at least one a week in the summer time. They are not all on the weekends either. Lots of other paid events.
JimBollman 05/29/17 06:39pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Does a heavy load on front rack mess with your steering?

I carry a front storage box that loaded probably runs around 250-300lbs and don't notice it at all on my F250. I mounted it low enough not to block the grill. I would recommend putting markers of some kind that sticks up in the front corners so you can see where the front of your van really is. I used the orange fiberglass driveway markers cut off to stick up a little above the hood and made mounts on the front corners. I then wrapped some extra reflective tape on the top couple of inches. Even with the markers right in my face I have come close to running into light poles in parking lots when parking because I forgot it was up there.
JimBollman 05/05/17 04:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Will this limit my TC selection?

To bad no domestic truck makers make something like this anymore. It has a 9 foot bed, 3/4 ton and if I remember right is only 16 feet long. http://www.jebs-stuff.com/images/WF.jpg
JimBollman 04/26/17 06:53pm Truck Campers
RE: calling all ford owners

2000 F250 7.3L Power Stroke, 6speed manual, single rear wheel, 2wd. At times I think 4wd would be nice but I added TruTrac positraction and it takes care of most of the problems. Love my truck.
JimBollman 04/01/17 06:54pm Truck Campers
RE: Bunk ladder suggestions...

My wife has trouble getting in the upper bunk with her replacement knee so we bought a step. like this, I don't remember the brand. We keep one on the floor and one on the seat platform. So far it is enough, not sure what the next step :-) will be.
JimBollman 04/01/17 06:45pm Truck Campers
RE: New to TC

Don't be to concerned with service, it is a popup and fairly light weight. I'm on my 3rd popup and have never had to remove it for service. The one hardside I had I did have to remove once. I don't carry my jacks with me so as far as service I'm in the same boat as you would be. My only concern has been if the truck had a non repairable break down I could conceivably buy a different truck and move the camper but I figure that is very unlikely. Worse case we would have to rent a car and motel it while it is being fixed. I never tries bolting a camper down, but this is what I would try. I would mount angle iron around 2-3" on a side 6-8" long in the corner between the sides and the floor bolting into both, close to the corners of the camper. Then bolt through the angle through the floor of the camper and truck. Use a plate on the bottom of the truck floor to spread out the load or use very large surface washers. Use #8 hardened bolts, I would use 3/8"-1/2". Maybe over kill but better than not enough. One of my campers was just short enough that I could leave the tailgate on. I close it going down the road, then you could go lighter weight on the hold downs and have a built in back porch.
JimBollman 04/01/17 06:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Pre-paid cellular data with longest shelf life?

I have used H2O for years they are an ATT reseller. 3G service cost $10/quarter and the data is deducted from that at 5 cents/MB. Any money left at the end of the quarter rolls over if you put in another $10. You can get a years service for $100 and then start the $10/quarter if you use enough data that you want to build up a buffer. Phone calls are 5 cents a minute also if you use it as phone service. All the money you put in is available for the services you just have to put at least $10/quarter keep from losing your roll over account.
JimBollman 02/23/17 04:08pm Technology Corner
RE: Question: Pop-Up vs Hard-side TC's (firsthand experience?)

DriverDan, I think you pretty much have the pro/cons figured out. You need to decide what tradeoffs you want to make. I have owned 3 popups and one hardside. Currently popup and will probably stay with popups. I like the lower height and don't need or want all the extras that usually comes with a hardside. I leave it on year around and even removed the jacks. I have close to the setup you have but my 2000 F250 is only 2wd. The 7.3l hardly knows it is back there. The one extra to add to your list is if you don't have or want air conditioning the popup has much better ventilation for natural cooling. We have a Maxxair fan and seldom miss AC. I can run the Maxxair for a long time on battery, air conditioning requires AC, either a hookup or a generator. Lots of places I camp have no hookups and I hate listening to a generator.
JimBollman 02/20/17 06:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Seafoam Test....

You can run 100 low lead aviation fuel in the Toro. It has no alcohol or additives and has an advertised shelf life of 2 years. The actual shelf life is much longer. We sell a bunch of 100LL at the airport this time of year, 2 gallons at a time. Do not run it in the Honda. The valve clearances on Honda engines are too tight and the lead will gum up the valve guide. I have used AvGas 100LL in my Honda 2000i for nearly 10 years. I only use it for backup power not constantly but have not had any problems. When I switched from pump gas E0, I went from running the generator for 10 minutes every month to starting when needed, sometimes sitting for 3 or more months. I always drain the carb. Now I just turn on the gas a few minutes before I'm ready to prime the carb and it usually starts on the first or second pull. Back on topic I keep Seafoam on hand at all times. Haven't needed it any of the engines I use AvGas in but my old cars and tractors get a dose as needed. i usually run the engine long enough to get the Seafoam through the system, turn it off and let it sit overnight and it is cured.
JimBollman 01/18/17 06:04pm General RVing Issues
RE: Found this, thought I'd share with you TC'ers

Here is one I saw a few years ago at a Tin Can Tourist event. http://www.jebs-stuff.com/Camping/GypsyCamper.jpg
JimBollman 01/07/17 06:51pm Truck Campers
RE: TC towed on a utility trailer...why?

I used a trailer to store my camper on when off the truck and to transport to and from offsite storage off season. Currently I'm leaving the camper on years around but have kept the trailer in case I change my mind and want easy movability of the camper when off the truck in the future.
JimBollman 01/04/17 07:15pm Truck Campers
RE: No dinnet

I removed the built in dinette to free up floor space. We only have an 8' popup so we don't have a lot of space. I also removed all the cushions and covered the areas with carpeting to give us more multipurpose space. This gives us space for two fairly compact lawn chairs that are much more comfortable than the built in benches. I mounted the sockets that previously held the table to a board and shorten the tubes and now have a table that sits on the now carpet covered area where cushions use to reside, this tears down and fits in the under the bed storage when traveling. We use thin foam cushions on either end of the table if we want to eat at the table.
JimBollman 12/06/16 06:42pm Truck Campers
RE: LED Light Strips

I have redone about half my shop with LED lighting so far. My approach is to move displaced florence fixtures to other less critical areas that either have bad lights or need more lights. Then replaced with these two style of LED lights singles where I didn't need as much light and doubles over work areas. They plug into each other end to end so whole sections can be fed with one set of wires. https://www.lowes.com/pd/Utilitech-Pro-Strip-Shop-Light-Common-4-ft-Actual-1-61-in-x-48-03-in/1000007666 https://www.lowes.com/pd/Utilitech-Pro-Strip-Shop-Light-Common-4-ft-Actual-3-23-in-x-48-03-in/50352822 I love them. I have to hold myself back from replacing all of them now.
JimBollman 11/04/16 06:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Oldies but, Goldies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Can it be export from PP as a PDF file? PDF files can be read into several photo programs such as PhotoShop and then you can write it out as several jpg file.
JimBollman 11/04/16 06:31pm RV Lifestyle
RE: There are so many things I don't understand

I enjoy watching someone that knows how to back (I don't). I watched a couple back a long 5th wheel into a tight spot in one try no adjusting back and forth. They used headsets and the wife walked around with a stick to measure clearances for slides and just talked to her husband as he backed. I was so impressed I went over and told them so. They said they had been full timing it for awhile. My second impressed job was large 5th wheel pulled by an over the road semi tractor. They pulled into a tractor/truck show (semi tractor was an antique they were going to show). The fellow directing people told them the gate to the area they wanted to park was behind them. I would have turned around and driven through, they backed up through a gate that was maybe 10' wide across about 800' of open field and under a tree on the other side, all in one smooth sweeping curve at a goo rate of speed. Dropped the trailer and pulled back out to put the tractor on the show field. Don't usually watch people having problems unless I can help, I would not want them watching me.
JimBollman 11/01/16 06:58pm General RVing Issues
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