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RE: Bonefish Express in the Keys-First Trip Report

Very good. Please keep posting. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 04/14/15 04:10pm Truck Campers
RE: Low profile roof cargo storage box for TC

We have a 21 cu ft Thule. Will hold skis what ever. Its high enough so that we can really fill it up when necessary. It works well.
Oldtymeflyr 04/14/15 01:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Outfitter Pop-up Truck Camper

Mtngrrrl: I have a 2007 Apex 8 with the electric roof option this lift allows the roof lift to have a greater capacity but does not affect the strength of the basic roof. We have an Outfitter installed roof rack and one Outfitter installed solar panel. This solar panel has been on the truck since 2007. Our 2007 roof is plenty strong, I have walked on the roof, with it down and carried 200# on it with no problems. On your question: I have reconfigured the solar panel that Outfitter installed and installed a second panel and will be installing a third panel when I get around to it and a new controller as well. The second panel has been on the Outfitter for a little over a month and one trip of about 2000 miles at speeds up to 80 mph (this was to test the panel, I do not usually travel at this speed). The new panel has not moved. I essentially used Outfitter's approach. Z clips from Windy Nation-ebay, they are commonly available. The Z clips are set in Dicor and I use a structural large round head screw about 1 1/2 inches long (These are not giant screws they have a 1/2 inch head and maybe a #10 shank but with slightly larger flight, I get them at Home Depot in a clear box of maybe 50 to 100 for $10, where they keep the various metal plates for structural lumber) going through the Z clip and Dicor, they do not penetrate to the inside of my roof. Top off with a generous amount of Dicor. Use wire cable clamps to hold down any wires more than say 18 inches long and maybe less, more Dicor. The front edge of the solar panels is about an inch back from the face of the Outfitter. In this area the airflow is pretty disturbed and does not have the force necessary to rip off a solar panel. Check the thickness of your roof to see what length screw you need. Plan your system to include upgrades now so you know where you are going to put things and how much controller and battery you will need. Good luck! Rick
Oldtymeflyr 04/14/15 07:16am Truck Campers
RE: Loading Camper on Truck

Lap 527, you know the secret. First, I watch the distance between my left rear fender and the left front jack. I also have about one inch. Then its alignment, alignment alignment, keep going straight in until loaded. Our camper really fills the bed of the truck. There is not 2 inches total, that is about 1 inch per side, causing me to have to be very careful on alignment. Overall our Outfitter is on the narrower side, so we only have 2-3 inches total on the outside of the box. I seldom look at the right mirror, because I just don't need too, if I am correct on the left side, the right side will be where it is supposed to be. I don't need any help to do the loading process, my wife is busy with other things. Its really quite simple. Total time to be ready to go maybe 20-30 minutes. I am generally in no rush. Its not a speed contest to me. Its a good time to do a pre-trip inspection, which also includes airing up the tires, airbags and generally making sure all is good to go. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 04/13/15 07:40am Truck Campers
RE: What do you think of your HappiJacs?

Ours are eight years old. The mother board went a couple of weeks ago, due in part to it being a wired system and the electric connection gave out. $60 to repair or $300 for the wireless, I went wireless and really like it. The wireless controller also works the electric lift for the roof as well. We load and unload maybe 50-60 times a year. I have received good service from Happijac. Overall, I am very satisfied with the happijac system.
Oldtymeflyr 04/11/15 07:08am Truck Campers
RE: Paradise trip to Sanibel/Ft Myers... Our camping report

Good trip. I like the tropical setting and the setting sun. Thanks. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 03/20/15 03:19pm Truck Campers
RE: Outfitter not in NADA

I was at the plant this past summer to have an electric lift installed and they had about 8-12 units in various stages of construction. My impression was that some were sold and some were not. I really don't keep track of the Outfitter product line but they appeared to have a new unit with a smaller overhead bunk and fewer standard features, a much lower cost--a more basic TC that looked pretty good.
Oldtymeflyr 03/18/15 09:02am Truck Campers
RE: Advice on Truck Campers

There are a number of good brands. You mentioned some and I am sure that others will mention more. We have had a Lance and that was a good unit, we now have an Outfitter that we both like, its different but it works best for us. Since you want to use the camper in the winter then look for a rig with a winter package. In some respects you can insulate a TC for winter use and remove the insulation for summer. With a 3500 you have lots of options. One thing to think about is the height, if you go hard side low hanging branches will not be your friend. A TC does have a lot of convenience and mobility. That is why we went back to a TC after bigger rigs. We also use a TC much more than the other types of rigs. Good luck.
Oldtymeflyr 03/18/15 07:02am Truck Campers
RE: Solar or generator for older camper?

It would not hurt to use the unit as a test bed for a solar system. You can remove the solar and transfer it to a new camper if it works out for you. Solar is really sweet on an RV. Good Luck.
Oldtymeflyr 03/10/15 05:27pm Truck Campers
RE: New member here with a bunch of questions.

To buy a camper check craigslist for the area that you intend to shop. Also, try RV trader. I think the key in a purchase is to buy a very new clean rig or a rig that is down right dirt cheap but everything still works. Since your wife will be with you it must pass the sniff test. Make sure everything works and look for leaks. Test and retest. Make a deal that includes the setup, it can be expensive, it does not have to be as expensive as a recent post in this forum, that I would suggest you visit. You should have an idea of what you are looking for. You do not need a 3xxx or 4xxx series truck for a hard side TC. If you are looking for slides etc. then maybe a dually. Their are suspension aids for a reason. Good luck.
Oldtymeflyr 03/10/15 05:25pm Truck Campers
RE: Trip report: Southern Africa

Good trip. I enjoyed it. Thanks. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 03/08/15 04:21pm Truck Campers
RE: Joining the Solar crew

I have a Go Pro 85 watt system with a PWM controller. Its kept our two golf cart batteries well charged for 7 years. That 85 watts and the controller still costs $700+. Buzzcutt1 is getting a good deal. I am now in the process of adding another 100 watt panel, I am not changing out the PWM controller, it works fine, and will probably add another 120-240 watts in the next year or so to total 300+ watts. Why, we are using an electric trolling motor and I intend to charge it from the camper electric system. The system Buzzcut1 is putting together is a good place to start and will be useful for years.
Oldtymeflyr 03/07/15 08:03am Truck Campers
RE: Joining the Solar crew

Looks like good unit at a good price. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 03/06/15 09:26am Truck Campers
RE: Trip report: Southern Africa

Interesting. Thank you for the report. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 03/04/15 07:15pm Truck Campers
RE: Torq Lift tie downs and aftermarket fuel tank

I have had a Transfer Flow 45 gallon tank on two GMC, one a diesel. Transfer Flow in their materials states that the tank will be about 1 1/2 inches below the bottom of the frame rails and they have been accurate in that statement, and I have been pleased with the tanks. I would have no trouble with the Titan tanks, its just that I got a "deal" on both of the Transfer Flow tanks. I would talk to Titan to see what say, they will know the dimension. Good Luck. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 03/01/15 09:22am Truck Campers
RE: Airbags or Supersprings

I use air bags because for most of the time the camper is off the truck. They are an assist, my stock springs can carry the load. I always have a good comfortable ride. I don't worry about leaks, if the air bags did leak I can still travel, the back end will be down a little. If you fill the bags up beyond the overloads you may experience more sway, I fill to just about off the overloads and things work out well. Good luck.
Oldtymeflyr 02/22/15 05:49pm Truck Campers
RE: TR: Christmas Trip to Florida and the Keys

Nice TR. Thanks.
Oldtymeflyr 01/11/15 10:48am Truck Campers
RE: Tire size 2000 Chevy 2500 4x4

Look at Nitto for some very stout threads. Its more the plys that count, then the size of the tire. Good Luck.
Oldtymeflyr 01/07/15 06:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Trip Report: The Perfect Family Trip!

I have enjoyed your trip. Thanks for getting back in the saddle. There is a subtle beauty in the plains. It some respects its the difference between a painted lady and one whose beauty is more than skin deep. We have traveled many many miles from Texas to the Dakotas and there is a tremendous amount to see and experience. There is a lot of wildlife, animals and birds. This area has some of the best game bird hunting in the country. I have friends who hunt pheasants, deer, dove, ducks etc in this area. Fishing can be pretty good as well. The people of the area have a story to tell and places such as Liberal KS, with its army air field, Dodge City its western frontier heritage, to Saint Fidelis Catholic Church in Victoria, Kansas. They are a part of the American Story. Is it as beautify and exciting as Colorado, no, but it has its own beauty and I enjoy the time I have spent there. I know the family wants to see it at 70 mph. Look forward to the next installment of your American Story.
Oldtymeflyr 12/22/14 05:39pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Boondocking areas around Keystone Resort, CO??

Just before Copper Mountain there is a parking area right on I70 by some ponds and you may be able to stay the night, no jacks or slides and you will probably be okay. If you can hold out until highway 65 then take it south, the only way you can go and within a mile you will be able to pull over to a parking area for the night. Will some one bother you, I cannot say. Keystone is prime real estate they do not want people who do not pay around there. You have to pay to occupy a spot, they have bills to pay. I have found no name types of places to be best for boondocking. Your rig is big. Good luck.
Oldtymeflyr 12/13/14 05:51pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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