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RE: Pop-Up Truck Camper

We have had both. Previously we had a Lance, now we have an Outfitter. A big plus on the tent type is mobility in the back country. Ours is just low enough to keep on going whereas a full height TC is going to be bushwacking a lot of limbs causing damage to the camper, or just not able to proceed. On side hills we generally have an advantage of a lower center of gravity. As far as setup, for us its not an issue, maybe 3 minutes at the most, if a full height TC has a slide well its about the same. From my experience its just easier to unload a popup and it fits in our garage. Part of it may be the electric jacks. Some people talk about boondocking being more difficult because the popup is showing, well most people just don't know and don't care. Its never been an issue anywhere, including downtown Washington D.C. Oh, how about those bears. Our roof fully loaded is probably about 700 lbs, drop that on a bear that is dumb enough to climb up 7 feet, and try to get in through the vinyl and he is going to have a sore neck. A bear is more likely to come in through a lower open window or a door, and guess what, a hardside has the same openings. Winter, we are comfortable down to about -20 degrees. We like ours, The hardside campers have their supporters, and that is fine with me, to each their own. We have owned ours for 7 years and 60,000 to 70,000 miles. We plan to keep it for the foreseeable future. Good Luck! Rick
Oldtymeflyr 09/23/14 07:51pm Truck Campers
RE: Another Alaska trip

Heck of a trip. Well documented. I look forward to looking at it in more detail when the weather is cold and the snow deep. Thanks. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 08/20/14 09:33am Truck Campers
RE: outfitter apex 9.5

We have a 2007 model that we bought used from Outfitter in 2009, it had very little use on it. We have put a lot of miles on it well in the excess of 40,000 miles. If the outfitter are looking at has the electric waste valves, you may want to make sure they open and keep them open and just use the outside valve. Our black water waste valve has failed and its necessary to do a repair, this is not easy or inexpensive. The water tank drain valve needed replacement. I replaced the original batteries this past spring. We do regular maintenance, all RV's need it. Both my wife and I are very happy with our choice. Its a good solid, quiet, comfortable and dependable rig. Knowing what we know today, yes we would buy another one. Good Luck.
Oldtymeflyr 08/12/14 03:49pm Truck Campers
RE: I70 west out of Denver

I think we can all agree that Friday afternoon is something to avoid if possible. We have a place just south of Georgetown and travel the road a lot. Its not unusual to find a dozen vehicles of all types and sizes on the side of the road on a hot Friday afternoon before you hit the top of Floyd Hill. With a big trailer and a hot afternoon, you have to watch the engine temps very closely. Even with a big turbo the grades do take the starch out of acceleration. Don't be surprised if you are near the bottom of your gear range, its just part of the mountain experience. Thousands of vehicles use the road every hour, its a nice route.
Oldtymeflyr 08/08/14 07:10am Roads and Routes
RE: Cottonwood Pass

I will second that every time we have been over Cottonwood pass its been wash boarded. The only thing to do is really slow down. Last year there was construction on the paved road between Almont and Taylor Park, it required a detour that was steep tight and generally messy. Some rigs would not like these conditions. Good luck.
Oldtymeflyr 08/08/14 06:57am Roads and Routes
RE: Sierra Spine Tingling road trip

Nice post.
Oldtymeflyr 08/05/14 02:08am Truck Campers
RE: Scottsdale RV Park

East Phoenix RV parks are hit or miss. Frankly in Scottsdale there just isn't anything I would recommend, we have either stayed or visited each one (2). Along the east west main drags there are the mega parks and they are fine. You will find that they always have a space. The recommendation of McDowell Mtn, frankly is the best overall park in the area. Surprisingly it is not that far out of Scottsdale compared to the parks on the east west drags. Yes its a 20 mile drive, but so are most of the other reasonable options. Roadrunner lakes is another okay park, nothing special and its still just as far. We have looked for the last 4 years to find a good park in the Phoenix area and have come down the the opinion that for us McDowell is one of the few best parks in the area, the others are further out. It is surprisingly difficult! Good Luck!
Oldtymeflyr 07/26/14 08:13pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 4 season camper

We have a basement type TC and it has worked well in the winter down to -10 degrees. We keep the furnace on all the time. I have a 35 degree thermostat and keep it about 45 degrees during the day. If you loose a heater simply winterize right away and get the furnace fixed pronto. We carry winterizing supplies and a 12 volt air compressor if necessary. Good Luck! Rick
Oldtymeflyr 07/19/14 10:12pm Truck Campers
RE: Tire suggestion/reccomend

I have run many sets of Michelin, the most miles I have ever gotten is 80K, good in my book. The problem I have been reading about concerning Michelin is that there seems to be problems with the newer tires, its my understanding that the compound in the tires was changed. I am currently very satisfied with my current set of Firestone tires, and may get another set when these ware out. I have also heard good things about Nitto, they have some great specs and may give them a try. Unless I start hear good things about Michelin, I will probably not buy a set given the current information that I have. Unfortunately things do change and a lot of times not for the better. Good Luck!
Oldtymeflyr 07/16/14 11:49am Truck Campers
RE: Andersen Levelers?

I have driven up on 2x4's and never had any trouble. I am going to get a set of these.
Oldtymeflyr 07/12/14 05:16pm Truck Campers
RE: How often do you use your portable generator?

Never. We use solar for supplemental power. I carry a very small Honda in the winter just in case and have never needed it. A generator is a lot of extra work, noise and takes time that I would rather spend doing other things.
Oldtymeflyr 07/11/14 04:16pm Truck Campers
RE: Black Hills South Dakota Trip Report

Nice report. Thanks! Rick
Oldtymeflyr 07/10/14 06:46am Truck Campers
RE: 12v Air compressor question!? High Volume? Beach camping

Back in my JEEP running days we was always bleeding down the tires for better traction. I have been using the 12VDC tankless portable air compressor. It may not be the fastest one in the world but airs up my trailer and truck tires and all the kids bicycles at the camp grounds... This is the Q Industries portable MV50 12VDC 150 PSI Air Compressor available from AMAZON. It fits in its nice carry bag under my truck back seat. I usually sit this on my truck tailgate and hook into the trailer batteries and then I can use the provided long air coil hose to walk around the trailer and tires... http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51hYwPsge1L.jpg height=200 http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61YICfUUqiL.jpg height=200 I also use this air compressor along with the CAMCO 36153 Blow Out Adaptor to blow out my water lines for winterizing. Being TANKLESS it takes more time to build up air compressor which is ideal for blowing out water lines. http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41JjZ9BsviL._SL500_AA300_.jpg height=200 Perfect setup for me and my OFF-ROAD POPUP trailer. Roy Ken I use this as well for my F350. From usually 35-55 air down to 65-80 air up. Takes 4 to 5 minutes per tire. The gauge is Inaccurate. I would not recommend it if you're going from 18 psi to 80 though. You're probably looking at 8-10minutes per tire, And it gets really hot. But it is cheap, Maybe buy two of them. It did get the best reviews out of the lower end air compressors. I have had one of these units for a few years. Its been slowly dying and will not pump my tires up to 80 psi, the magic number for a lot of 25xx and 35xx tires when carrying a camper. I have used it to fill maybe 30 tires from about 70 psi up to 80 psi. I use it on the road, at home I have a full fledged 220v compressor. Its better than most of the cheap air compressors out there but in the near future I will be going with the Viair 450, it seems like the best bang for the buck. Good Luck!
Oldtymeflyr 06/14/14 04:18pm Truck Campers
RE: Need Colorado Help ASAP

Just east of Glenwood springs there is a full hookup private park, just before the last tunnel into Glenwood. View, well its all around but it is on the banks of the Colorado River. There may be a small park west of Leadville on the way to Turquoise Lake that has full hookups, just not sure. I think its at the No Name exit. Good Luck!
Oldtymeflyr 06/14/14 02:55pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Looking at Truck Camper for Retirement

No problem. The short bed unit should be just fine. When you get into slides and large tanks it may start to push the limits. You have good truck that is about a robust as they get. Camper manufacture's weights are notoriously on the light side. I would try to pin down the weight of the camper you choose carefully if you are getting a big boy. You don't need to do anything to the truck other than wiring for the camper and some camper tie downs. After a year or so I added air bags, not really necessary but I like to keep the camper level. I raise the frame of the truck to the point that the main springs are just about off of the overloads, then I have no sway. We both travel and spend a few days at one location. It works for us. Good luck.
Oldtymeflyr 05/30/14 06:43pm Truck Campers
RE: New Camper Hauler

Now that is a good looking truck. I have a question: What is a setback rear axle?
Oldtymeflyr 05/23/14 07:31am Truck Campers
RE: Michelin AT2 tire evaluation at precisely 6 years old:

The older tires were good.
Oldtymeflyr 04/21/14 05:06pm Truck Campers
RE: Where can I find steel 16x8" 8 lug wheels for 2500HD

Try your local junk yard, it should be full of them. Try craigslist, there are tons of guys who just can't resist buying a $xxxx set of fancy wheels, they need to sell their old wheels to offset the cost of the new very expensive wheels. The dealer may have some steel wheels that are used dealer takeoffs, and will carry a lower price. Rock Auto parts has had some good prices on new replacement wheels. Shipping will have to be factored in. I have had good luck with craigslist. I would not buy a set of wheels off of Ebay unless it was also local. It costs a lot of money to ship a wheel. Also, some Dodge wheels will fit older, GM 8 bolt trucks. This gets tricky because of bolt covers. Finally, GM in the past 2-3 years changed its bolt diameter. Older wheels do not fit newer trucks without an adapter and vice versa. Good Luck.
Oldtymeflyr 04/03/14 01:29pm Truck Campers
RE: More suspension help!

We use Air Lift bags, I think they are about all the same on a 2006 GMC 2500HD 4WD. Our camper is about 3500#. The air bags work well. The key is not to over inflate them. I inflate until the main spring pack is about to separate from the factory overload spring. The over load spring keeps the truck from swaying and at that point our truck is about level. I am not sure how your 2005 2500HD GM does not have overloads, I think it came from the factory that way. Were they removed? Good Luck.
Oldtymeflyr 03/20/14 09:26pm Truck Campers
RE: Winches: update -- problem solved, thanks to you!

Drill the hole in the concrete just very little larger than the steel bolt. It should go in fairly easily until you reach the soil beneath the slab, count on 3to 4 inches, then when you pull on the bolt sidewise, it should not pull out if you have done things correctly. I then counter sink the hole in the concrete too keep it from chipping at the surface. Good luck.
Oldtymeflyr 03/20/14 04:45pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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