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RE: How I my key count

I loved the years before the smart keys. We had two Ford products with the double side keys. Just cut one side for each vehicle. Worked great and the trick worked for several vehicle changes till we bought one with a chipped key. Key cutter looked at me funny when I request the keys made.
JimBollman 02/06/16 08:24pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Dirty laundry - where does it fit in a TC?

We use plastic grocery bags, put a day or two in each one and tie it shut and put it in the wheelwell.
JimBollman 01/21/16 07:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Merry Christmas

JimBollman 12/25/15 07:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: Wet Bowl or Dry Bowl?

100LE AvGas, no additives needed, I drain the carb after use and put the generator away till I need it again. I have left it unused for 6+ months and the only problem is you have to slow pull the starter rope a dozen or so times to prime everything before you do a couple of serious pulls to start it. Gas is not cheap but I don't use that much. I keep about 15 gallons on hand and run it in my other small engines and replenish as needed. Shelf life on Av gas is 3+ years according to the manager of a small airport I use to buy from.
JimBollman 12/22/15 08:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Wife drives dead husband

Good for her. Rules and laws make it hard to die on your on terms anymore. An acquaintance died while working in the woods during the spring maple syruping harvest with his sons. He had always said he wanted to be buried on his farm. The sons argued with the state police for several hours before they finally got hold of someone that explained to the police that in VT the law was on their side. He did not have to go to a mortuary, they did have to have a coroner come out for the death certificate. They built the coffin from lumber that they had harvested from their land and had been drying and buried him close to where he died. And the mortuaries were cheated from their fees. Recently moved from a state that insisted you had to be embalmed even if you were cremated. My wife and both just want to be turned to ash and scattered.
JimBollman 12/15/15 05:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: Palomino Doors

We had a 1998 Palomino, I actually like the camper but you have to be careful about leaks. One of the problems with the two piece doors has a design flaw that allowed water to leak inside the door and rot out the bottom. I replaced the wood in the bottom of my door with a piece of pressure treated that I planned down to the right thickness. I think they eventually fixed the problem, but not sure when. I think it was when they changed the design so the top came down over the top of the door when closed. This seemed like a bad design because you had to unlatch the top and lift up a little to open the door but it may have been a way of keeping water out.
JimBollman 12/14/15 06:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Ford SD 99-04 Regular Cab Truck Camper Pictures

Here is our 2000 F250, 7.3L Diesel, 6 Speed, 2WD, 8ft box, Reg Cab. Hauling our 2005 Shadow Cruiser Popup. I like being way under weight, I leave it on most of the time and hardly know it is there. We picked East/West sleeping so we didn't have the huge side overhang. Also like the narrower body and no over hang on the back so we can park pretty much go anyplace the pickup will fit. http://www.jebs-stuff.com/Camping/SCatPickin.jpg
JimBollman 11/28/15 07:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Reflective Caution Tape

I'm sure there are other good reflective tape manufacturers but this is a case where you don't want to cheap out, big difference between cheap and really good tape. Years ago I had a retired Ohio Highway engineer tell me to only buy 3M reflective tape, that it was the best and that is what I have on all my trailers and a strip visible under my slide in camper on the truck. The tape lights up like it is a powered light when any light hits it, much more attention getting than any lights or small reflectors that you can add. On his recommendation I have orange/white stripes the full length of my trailers, low on the sides and red/white stripe across the back, again low. Higher would probably be better but this is a compromise between appearance and visibility. You see the stripes much sooner than you see what they are attached to.
JimBollman 11/18/15 07:34pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: 12 V Led inside light strip.

I solved my late night reading a few years ago by switching to eBooks on my smart phone while camping, then eventually bought a Kindle Paperwhite which was even better since it works in bright sunlight as well as in the dark and runs a week or more between charges. When we bought a newer camper a couple of years ago we didn't even put reading lights in the bed area. PS: I mostly read free and very cheap books from Amazon.
JimBollman 11/14/15 05:10pm Truck Campers
RE: ZZZZZZZZ...every time!!

I agree with a lot of the comments. We moved just far enough South this Summer that I'm leaving my slide in camper on this Winter parked under the carport. It feels good seeing it almost ready to go everyday when I go in my shop instead of in storage with snow drifts in the way. I admit I have crawled up in a few times since it's last trip just to relax. No winter trips planned yet, but I fell a trip coming in January/February time frame.
JimBollman 11/11/15 07:58pm RV Lifestyle
RE: How do I keep my old land line phone number?

We have had the Verizon Home Phone with a number we have had for 45 years and have used it for travel and now a move to a completely different state. Most people don't bat an eye when we give them a strange number with all the cellphones from all over. I didn't think about some of the people in our new location having to pay long distance fees to call us. In this day and age how many people still have phone plans that still charge long distance fees?
JimBollman 11/05/15 07:48pm Technology Corner
RE: Sleep under a camper shell instead of truck camper?

Our first camper was a 67 Ford Ranchero that I made bows for the bed out of electrical conduit and we threw a tarp over it and straped it down with bungies. Rolled out a foam mattress and threw some sleeping bags on top. Used it for a couple of years then bought a camper van that had been wrecked. Body was repaired but the interior camper mods were mostly destroyed so it was gutted and I built a minalize camper inside the van shell. It had a popup top so it was a comfie upgrade and we used it for years before graduating to our first slide in popup camper.
JimBollman 10/27/15 07:00pm Truck Campers
RE: Avoiding winterizing

This will be our first Winter in our new location and the Winters have enough breaks we may take a Winter camping trip further South. Our slide in has a lot less to Winterize but my plans is use water jugs and a porta pottie and leave it Winterized accept for drain and grey water tank and that will be easy to re-winterize in minutes as needed.
JimBollman 10/27/15 06:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Anyone utilizing space forward of the wheel wells?

My 2006 Shadow Craft has doors on both side and I make full use of them. I have some square plastic pails that just fit through the door. I keep a small gasifier stove with enough scrap lumber pieces in one bucket for a couple of evening fires, makes a little camp fire with almost no smoke. In the same wheel well is a second bucket with extra paper towels, tp and other misc stuff. That door also gives me access to a few extra 2X8s on top of the wheel well for extra leveling if needed (primaries are behind the wheel well accesable from outside). The other side, all the way to the front, there is an extra battery I added that plugs into the side of the camper and is wired to a switch to flip between main battery and reserve. A basket for misc and we also put dirty close in plastic grocery bags and stuff them in that area. I also built cradles that hold our bag awning in that side of the truck above the wheel well and everything else, the full length of the truck. Wouldn't know what to do with all my **** without the wheel well storage.
JimBollman 10/26/15 08:45pm Truck Campers
RE: Small TC on bigger truck

I moved from a 6 cyl F150 to F250 7.3L Diesel to carried a pop up Palomino 1200 about 8 years ago and now carry a pop up Shadow Cruiser on the F250. It is very nice having an over powered truck instead of under power. When I had the F150 I took the camper off any time I was going to use it and was limited to flat lands when pulling a trailer. With the F250 I take the camper off when I need the truck, don't really even think about it being back there except for rear view mirror is useless. Truck actually rides better with the camper on.
JimBollman 10/25/15 07:55pm Truck Campers

beemerphile1 you beat me to the explanation. I think the low current flow of LED lights also leads to the dirt problem also. I find I'm popping batteries and rubbing the contacts on my jeans often. The bigger problem I have seen with LED lights is I have them everywhere, therefore I never/seldom use up a battery, they do last forever and the batteries go past their use date and start leaking. Not a problem on the free/cheap ones but when it happens to one of my good ones.... So I try to remember to pop out batteries on a regular bases to check the date on the batteries. I have several favorites but none that were super expensive. I have a 3 D cell unit I got on sale at HomeD a couple of years ago for $25 that is the brightest flashlight I have ever owned., 1000+ lumens, it lights up the night. I have a couple pocket flashlights that were in the $10 range, on sale, that I like a lot one is a Coast. I find they make a flashlight that feels and work enough better than the free ones that I will grab them first. Also have a few Maglites in different sized from AAA to D. Oh I also have some head lamps, 3 cheap one slightly better with focused beam. Boy I have a lot of flash lights :-)
JimBollman 10/19/15 08:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: EZ Pass issues

I had a problem with the overhang and lowered the sensor a couple of inches on the windshield and it has not had a bad reading since. Before I solved the problem I found out NY was good about fixing bad readings with a call to an 800 number. PA on the other hand wanted all kinds of paperwork and proof for 75 cents.
JimBollman 10/12/15 09:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: Pop-up Truck Camper tool question

Last two campers I had homemade adapters.
JimBollman 10/12/15 08:52pm Truck Campers
RE: Great r\Roadside Service

You ask if this great service is normal, the answer is no, it varies all over the place as does any business that depends on subcontracted service. I have been with AAA at one level or another for over 20 years and have used it several times. I have had service just as great as yours, some ok service and one really bad. The really bad left me sitting on the side of I-81 in PA for over 2 hours with a promise of under an hour. I had a flat and very little road edge. I also had not checked my spare in a long time so suspected it was low. I told them I had an F250 with slide in popup camper, kind of the minimum for the the RV service I pay for. When the fellow showed up he had what looked like a Harbor Freight jack that would not lift the truck camper combination. We ended up using his jack to lift the truck body up as far as he could and my Ford standard issue jack to lift the axle. Ok so we got it up. Pulled out the spare which was very low, he pulled out a little plug in to the cigarette lighter powered air compressor (probably also Harbor Freight) and it pumped for about 20 minutes and blew it's overload thermo breaker. It was sitting at 30lbs, he said close enough, I said not even close to the 80lbs I need. He said that was to much pressure that was probably why I had a blow out. We limped to the first exit and pushed a bunch of quarters into an air pump at a convenience store and decided to take the slow road home instead of finding a tire and continuing since it was only a 3 day weekend trip and we had just lost most of the first day and would loose the rest trying to find a replacement tire. Still renew every year, because when you need it you have one number to call no trying to figure out who to call and they are usually ok to great.
JimBollman 10/01/15 07:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: Simple truck camper

When I saw this I thought it would only be worth while if they made it into a popup so it would be about cab height when down. Also needed to be lighter. Then it would be a nice minimalist camper for travelers that just want a place to sleep and make an occasional meal.
JimBollman 09/30/15 07:34pm Truck Campers
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