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RE: The Ozarks - in search of the spirit of Sam Walton - TR

Thanks. You presented the area well.
Oldtymeflyr 06/23/15 06:14am Truck Campers
RE: Upgrade trailer tongue lock? Chain through the wheels?

I use both a tongue lock and a tire lock. The tire lock is much harder to defeat. Also, pull the license plate, if they steal the trailer, there is a chance that a cop will see a trailer with no plate and stop it. More than likely not but its a no cost option. A rather long chain on the axle lets say is also a warning to the cops if you should be lucky. Good luck. Which tire lock should I consider? My rims don't have enough room to pass a chain through them. I use one like this Wheel Chock Lock It sells for about half that list price and there are others out there, I think we paid $40, 10 years ago for ours. Good luck.
Oldtymeflyr 06/12/15 09:34am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Upgrade trailer tongue lock? Chain through the wheels?

I use both a tongue lock and a tire lock. The tire lock is much harder to defeat. Also, pull the license plate, if they steal the trailer, there is a chance that a cop will see a trailer with no plate and stop it. More than likely not but its a no cost option. A rather long chain on the axle lets say is also a warning to the cops if you should be lucky. Good luck.
Oldtymeflyr 06/11/15 06:28pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Finding safe location for boondocking

We have recently had a bad experience. We simply left. First I think that you have to stop earlier, when it is light. Its easier to find spots and get the true feel of the place. At night things are less likely to change. Other people in rural settings, I usually avoid them unless its a campground, it just does not work out very well
Oldtymeflyr 06/11/15 06:23pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Rear end spring capacities under your camper & towing?

I agree with the spring shop. Put the camper on and hook up the trailer. Go for a ride with the minimum about of air in the airbags and see how it is. We used to have a 4000# Lance on a GMC CC Dually 4x4 with stock suspension and pulled an 8000# Sea Ray with no additional springs or airbags. It was a tough stable truck and worked very well but rode like a lumber truck. After the first ride if its sagging in the back add air to the airbags until the truck is just about to come off the overload springs. You want the truck on the overloads for side to side stability. Take another ride, if its level and stable side to side you are good to go. If you have a lot of sway then its on to the heaviest sway bar you can get. Airbags have their place and can work very well, if properly used. Good luck. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 06/11/15 06:24am Truck Campers
RE: Manual jacks?

My electric jack controller went out this spring in Phoenix and had to use the hand crank. Just as I thought, I really like those electric jacks. I would not be without them. On a recent 3 week trip we loaded and unloaded the camper 4 times. Its quick and easy, its more work to remove the hitch and front bike rack. Good luck.
Oldtymeflyr 06/10/15 09:53am Truck Campers
RE: Considering switch from TT to truck camper

Try climbing into the bed of a few to see if it works. There are ladders made for the purpose and that may be an option and of course there is the dinette for sleeping as well. Good luck.
Oldtymeflyr 06/10/15 09:44am Truck Campers
RE: Front Happijac tie down?

I have had the Happijac system on two campers and three trucks no problems. Off road has been no problem. Take a look at some of the big off roaders pictures in their trip reports, you will see a good many use the Happijac system on some pretty tough trails. My main problem with the low frame mount systems is that they are low mount and frankly can be a problem off road. Also, there is lots of leverage on those arms,its just another thing to watch out for. I also use the Happijac quick mount tiedown system and it has worked well and are much cheaper than the other brand.
Oldtymeflyr 06/08/15 08:50am Truck Campers
RE: Oven users unite!

We have used the stone and it works well. However, we started using an airbake cookie sheet and it works just as well, saves the weight and has alternative uses. The airbake pretty much fills up the bottom of the oven, maybe 1 inch around the edge, but it works. Good luck. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 05/09/15 06:31pm Truck Campers
RE: East coast Lighthouse and Fishing advice sought.

Thanks again for the info, its been very helpful. Last night my wife and I went over the material and have decided to start out the east coast portion of the trip at First Landing State Park and work our way south staying a few days here and there, working our way to Cape Lookout. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 05/06/15 08:36am Truck Campers
RE: diesel to gasoline truck for TC: any regrets?

First some background. We had a GMC LB7 for about 150K miles. It was a great truck BUT for the diesel issues. I never had to change injectors, but it was coming, the emission tests clearly showed where things were going. Finally we had trouble on a trip and the news was not good. The repair quotes were from $11.5K to $15K. That is the value of the truck Rick Since I have a similar LB7 , could I ask what kind of repair you needed for 11.5k to 15k ? A new engine. The dealer was $11.5k and an "expert" $15k. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 05/03/15 09:35am Truck Campers
RE: diesel to gasoline truck for TC: any regrets?

First some background. We had a GMC LB7 for about 150K miles. It was a great truck BUT for the diesel issues. I never had to change injectors, but it was coming, the emission tests clearly showed where things were going. Finally we had trouble on a trip and the news was not good. The repair quotes were from $11.5K to $15K. That is the value of the truck. On every trip, we started wonder if the injectors would go....? Sometimes we were on the east coast, sometimes on the west coast, I was sick and tired of diesels. We bought a low mileage GMC 2500, 8.1 gas, extended cab, short bed, 4x4 with Allison. It was a 1000 miles from home, flew commercial to get it and had a good trip on the west coast before heading home to the Denver area. We owned a Suburban with an 8.1 so we had a good idea of the performance we could expect with the 8.1. Our GM big blocks have been extremely reliable. For the most part its my daily driver, not carrying a load. When the GMC carries a camper, fully loaded per scale the weight is 3300#. That is frankly insignificant. In addition it sometimes, not very often pulls a carhauler, that weighs about 7,000# loaded. The carhauler has a gross of #10,000, I doubt if we will ever have it near the gross. Going west out of Denver, with the camper we cruise at 60-65 mph. With the carhauler we are in the right lane, where I would be with the diesel, passing the slowest of semis but not in a hurry, because it really means nothing in terms of the time to get some where. We have no significant extra power. That turbo really makes a difference. My airplane was tubocharged and that made a difference heading west as well, I really didn't fly the mountains so much as flew over them. I miss the diesel, but the 8.1 is a great truck, my wife likes the gas truck, its quiet and very smooth. She says if I want to go and get a diesel its okay with her, but overall the 8.1 is winning the day. The big difference for us is the range, so with the addition of a 45 gallon Transfer Flow Tank (no longer made) to the 8.1 GMC we have the range to get out of Denver. When it comes time, a good 5- 6 years away, to purchase the next truck who knows. Today it would probably be diesel because there are no more low mileage 8.1's around. If we didn't tow the carhauler west, then it would not matter and I would go with a small block gas. Hope this helps. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 05/02/15 02:10pm Truck Campers
RE: Happijac 4150 wired remote issue

Recently we had a problem and it turned out to be the circuit board. In pulling on the telephone cable I had torn the connector out of the board and it was done, I could not get it to work, there seemed to be another connector on the other side of the board, that did not work either. The cost for a repair/replacement was $60 from Happijac. Since we had added an electric roof lift last year and since the wireless remote would also run the roof motor we bought the wireless unit upgrade. No more connector issues. Happijac was good to work with and since we were on a trip they got things moving very fast to meet our schedule. I really like the wireless unit, its great. Our camper came with a crank for the Happijacs. Otherwise hit Harbor Freight and get one of their allen socket sets and a 1/2 adapter for your portable drill. On our trip I used the hand crank since I did not have my drill along. Good luck. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 05/02/15 01:18pm Truck Campers
RE: What brand of shocks have worked well for you?

Another KYB Monomax user here. They work for us and I don't have to adjust the things for them to do their job.
Oldtymeflyr 04/29/15 05:10pm Truck Campers
RE: Water filter system

We have used a 3M US-B1 filter for about 5 years now with great results. Its got good specs and we drink the water from the tank. That said, we take water from public systems and clean/sanitize our water system once a year. Public water systems must meet EPA standards and those standards are sufficient for us. The filter mostly cleans up taste but has the ability to do a good job on the bad stuff as well. Of course there is always the unknow, but that is the case with any system.
Oldtymeflyr 04/29/15 05:08pm Truck Campers
RE: East coast Lighthouse and Fishing advice sought.

Everyone, thank you for the info. Looks like some good stuff. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 04/25/15 02:25pm Truck Campers
East coast Lighthouse and Fishing advice sought.

We are planning a trip to the east coast from May 15 to about June 5. We will be arrive at the coast in Delaware and work our way south to Ocracoak. We have been along the NC OBX to Ocracoak and south to Charlston before but north of this area is new. My wife is into lighthouses and I would like to do some surf fishing. We would like to stay close to the ocean. We are self sufficient, we don't need power, water and need a sewer dump every 6+ days. We would appreciate and local knowledge on lighthouses and how to fish. Good tackle shops and anything else we need to know. I have looked into driving on the beach, our truck is beach capable but frankly I don't want to pay $$$ here and $$$, we will probably pay the $$$ at Ocracoak unless someone gives us some good advice. Thanks in advance. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 04/24/15 05:21pm Truck Campers
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
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