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RE: Trip Report: Across country delivering Sleepy's camper

Wow!! I am going to go through and break down the roads and locations. BTW, Chet's diesel is an LB7 about 12 years old. GM has had at least 3 series diesels since then and now they are pretty quiet. Also, these engines are putting out a lot of torque. Again, a great report.
Oldtymeflyr 08/12/17 09:24pm Truck Campers
RE: Water hose - Sewer hose - Pressure regulator.

Sewer Hose. I use one for a couple of years then get rid of it. Our concrete drive way is tough on sewer hoses and frankly its good to clean things out once in a while. I tried the brown heavy duty hose and did not like it, just did not fit our program. Nice to have a choice. Water: We use a cheap regulator, a plastic Camco unit. It works. Also, always have a filter before the unit. In addition we have an in the unit water filter. We have needed both of them this year when a park had a water line break. Nasty water plugged the filters. They did their job, we then switched to our tank. Hose: I use the most flexible drinking water hose I can find. My basic hose is 15 feet long. If I need more I will add another length. I do not use a regular garden hose, we have found that some can impart a taste to the water.
Oldtymeflyr 07/31/17 07:47am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Thanksgiving in Arizona or Southern Utah

Generally the Rocky Mountain west is getting much colder in November. Looks can be deceiving. In November Moab has an average low of below 30 degrees. St George Utah will have a Nov. average low of approximately 40 degrees. Day time temperatures will be higher in St. George. St. George is in what Coloradans would call a "Banana Belt." One of the key factors is altitude. Phoenix is warmer that Tucson because Phoenix is lower. Flagstaff will probably be getting some snow in November, it gets more than 100 inches of snow a year. It depends on what you want. Let us know where you wind up. Good Luck!
Oldtymeflyr 07/31/17 07:34am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Driving on beach in outer banks

Look at the regulations where you are going to be, there are more than a few requirements. Oh, you will have to get a permit, pay for the same. Our conclusion after a few trips to the Outbanks is to walk on the beach.
Oldtymeflyr 02/23/17 06:01pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Camp stove vs Camp grill

We have a Coleman Grill Stove and it works well. Its a very flexible appliance. As a grill its much quicker than charcoal, we like charcoal but sometimes we need speed. The grill will support a large cast iron pot or remove the grill grid and install the Coleman griddle. We use the griddle a lot and it works inside on the camper stove. We have had ours for about 8 years now and its stood the test of time. Good luck. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 01/23/17 07:28am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Super truss plus weight distribution hitch close to ground

We have an H&H carhauler as you describe. We use a Reese WDH with no troubles. My bars are on the light side 500# for a 10K trailer but it works out. This way my bars are a little higher, more arch. I have not had trouble with scraping except to leave the driveway, we live on a hill and the street has lots of crown. What drags is the bottom ball mount, the nut of the ball. Maybe 20,000 miles on the road and no problems with the hitch. Its been all over the country, east of the Denver area. That reverse Camco WDH looks interesting, but not something that I need. Good Luck.
Oldtymeflyr 01/16/17 05:36pm Truck Campers
RE: New Mexico Springtime Camping

Generally south of I-40 and east of I-25 will better earlier in the year due to snow and cold. NM is just colder than say southern TX or AZ. At Thanksgiving we were at Brantley Lake State Park and its a good one. We have not experienced any crowds. There are some very good camping spots in NM, its a good place to visit. Good luck. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 01/06/17 12:53pm Truck Campers
RE: Outfitter Apex 8 Winter (Freezing) Camping

We have a Apex 8 Outfitter and we are good to about -10 degrees. We travel with fresh water and use the toilet just as we would in the summer. During the day the furnace will be used when its below zero to keep the temperature in the 40's. We have also had to add a computer fan to circulate heated air to the passenger side, front corner of our Outfitter. Our tanks are heated. We have found that at some temperature below -20 degrees our propane regulator will freeze and we are out of business. We don't use the camper in that cold a weather. Yes, the furnace keeps up well, it does not run constantly. The fridge we watch so things do not freeze. We have a blanket over the large dinette window and covers on the inside of the ceiling vents. Good Luck. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 12/31/16 02:16pm Truck Campers
RE: Converting to Electric Roof Lift?

Yes, it can be converted. The amount of space it takes up, is the space an electric Happyjack motor takes up in the drivers side compartment next to the bed by the sink. The electric lift is basically an electric corner jack on its side with a different shaft and fittings. So far as I know the only source would be Outfitter. Give them a call, I have found them good to work with. We have the remote control and its convenient.
Oldtymeflyr 12/25/16 12:58pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck camper + Towing

We have a 2006 GMC 2500HD with the 8.1, Allison 6 speed. The tires (Michelin 285/70/17) that we currently have converts the axle ratio to approximately 3.42. We do have air bags and use an equalizer hitch. Our camper is an Outfitter Apex 8 and weighs about 3200# loaded for a trip. We tow an H&H 20 foot car hauler that weighs empty about 3900# and has a GVW of approximately #9800 lbs. Our usual loaded weight is about #8500 lbs loaded. I keep up with traffic going up Vail Pass. Generally staying in the right lane and passing some slow traffic when I need too. The Allison will be in second to fourth gear depending on conditions. I have had no troubles with the truck. The truck is in good condition. Your Ford will can do the same. I doubt if you need any gear change or 19.5 wheels/tires. Good Luck.
Oldtymeflyr 12/24/16 10:40am Truck Campers
RE: I have an Outfitter Apex 8 and a black tank problem

It could be the toilet flange-shaft that you look down that goes into the black waste tank. Remove the camper from the truck, there is an access door just under the sink and you should be able to get a look at the front of the tank. What is happening. Take the toe kick off of the step up into the camper. You should be able to get a look at what is happening. I had this problem and it was the toilet flange neck. It was loose and I replaced it. Pull the toilet flange out with the drain pipe-neck. Not that difficult, To reinstall it use plenty of silicone to seal the shaft-neck into place. Be sure to position and install the toilet bolts before you finalize things. You may have done this, but its important to pull the neck out, its difficult to get a good seal without pulling it out. If its something else the above should help you to know what is happening. You may want to give Bob at Outfitter a call, they have been helpful to us. We like our camper as well but as with all equipment it does require maintenance. Good Luck. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 12/15/16 09:46pm Truck Campers
RE: Need tips and experiences for first time winter camping.

Here is what has worked for us. at about 0 degrees the main water line from the pump to the kitchen/water heater would freeze. I installed a computer fan that now directs heat to the area, no more problems. Our tanks are heated. We have been in temperatures to 15 below. At 15 below we call it quits. Its not worth it and at at temperature below 10 below our propane regulator freezes and the game is over we go to a motel or home, whichever is closer. Yes, we have cold weather gear but its emergency use only. As long as we have propane, which in 0 degree weather our 30# tank lasts 3 days, all systems are operating as they should. I carry a spare 5# tank. If our furnace malfunctions, I carry RV anti freeze that I would pump into the system, drain the water tanks and the holding tanks asap with RV antifreeze. If you cannot find any other place to dump, virtually all waste water treatment plants have an disposal dump that RV's can use. I think the idea of trying out your camper at home is a good one. Good luck.
Oldtymeflyr 11/26/16 10:55am Truck Campers
RE: What suspension upgrades i should consider for my truck?

Those dually's are heavy duty. There is a big difference between a SRW and DRW, even if they might have the same or close to the same ratings. We had a GMC and did nothing to the suspension to load it with the biggest Lance and towed a 6000 pound boat. The suspension needed nothing. I doubt if you will have to do anything, but a hitch extension, see Etrailer for that.
Oldtymeflyr 11/14/16 10:54am Truck Campers
RE: Storing a softside with the top up or down?

We purchased our outfitter in 2009. I asked about it at that time and the answer was that it did not matter one way or the other. It seemed to be that If the camper was put away wet, as in a trip that it should be aired out. We have kept the top up or down (in all seasons) as we need it and its holding up well. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 10/26/16 03:36pm Truck Campers
RE: New Video

Good vid. The music was good, upbeat and added to the view. Now the tough questions where is this? Thanks. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 10/23/16 09:54am Truck Campers
RE: RV crash, sad outcome!

How did that happen? Rick
Oldtymeflyr 10/19/16 09:05am General RVing Issues
RE: RV crash, sad outcome!

I buy stuff at HF, but, well..... If you are going to use a torque wrench, its a tool that should be accurate. I have had good experiences with Craftsman torque wrenches, I have two and they have been accurate and reliable. I like that torque adapter. Good luck. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 10/18/16 01:53pm General RVing Issues
RE: West Virginia

We like those back country roads and the small towns. It goes without saying that we have beautiful mountains in Colorado, the mountains of West Virginia are just as beautiful. There are many great views in the eastern mountains. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 10/16/16 09:48am Truck Campers
RE: Do you unload you camper from truck when camping?

With electric jacks, I do not hesitate to take the camper off. Even if we are staying just one night, but are going to scout around, off it comes. It does take about 30 minutes off and the same for on. I do not use a spotter, I know where it goes (I have maybe 1 1/2 inches at the most, both sides together.) and just take it easy loading it onto the truck. My wife prefers it off and its easier to use the camper. I have no special lines or lasers etc., I just know where things line up and go slow. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 10/15/16 03:25pm Truck Campers
RE: West Virginia

West Virginia is a great place to visit. We have been there a few times and its been very enjoyable. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 10/15/16 08:10am Truck Campers
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