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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
RE: Winches: update -- problem solved, thanks to you!

I use a winch to move our TC dolley. First is your winch mounted to a "board." I would switch that out to a piece of flat steel then securely attach the chain to the steel, I would use all steel for the winch assembly. Our winch is attached to the 6" concrete floor with a grade 8, 5/8" steel bolt 10 inches long, its a jam fit and its not coming out with any side pressure on the bolt. As far as whether the winch is able to be reused, unless it is physically damaged, that is burned up or the gears are stripped it can be unwound and start over. I use 3/16 inch steel cable and keep it from kinking too badly by going slow and sometimes, with the winch stopped I will grab the cable, wearing gloves and manhandle it into position. It works surprising well and has for 5 years. You may just need to start over with a new cable and be careful with it and don't let it kink. My cable wants to lay flat on the winch drum and when that wrap of the drum is full, start the next warp and that is where there can be trouble, just go slow and make the cable do what it needs to do and you will be okay. You will have the same problem you now have with the new miracle ropes. They will bunch up as well. Some boat winches use a flat strap, that will work but abrasion is an issue. Good luck.
Oldtymeflyr 03/20/14 08:31am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Time for new E rated tires. Any suggestions?

I too had been a fan of the Michelin's but not so much since they appear to have started having problems with their newer tires. The truck currently has Firestones and they have been working out well. I really don't know about mileage yet. Also, I use Tire Rack as a data base a lot but I find that they do not have all of the sizes of tire available on their spec lists. The Nitto Duras look good.
Oldtymeflyr 03/18/14 08:01am Truck Campers
RE: Trip Report: First trip 2014 Kodiak, Alaska

Nice, very nice. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 03/12/14 08:21am Truck Campers
RE: A camping year in review

That a pretty good idea. I enjoyed it. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 03/11/14 01:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Would you buy a truck on ebay?

I have bought three vehicles over the internet(long distance), including one on ebay and one on Craigslist 1200 miles away. We have also purchased a used low mileage truck from a dealer 1000 miles away. They were as advertized and have been good vehicles. You have to be very careful. If you are looking for a good financial deal long distance, its not easy when travel/shipping is included. If you are looking for a particular vehicle or an extremely low mileage vehicle, then maybe it would be worth pursuing. A lot of question asking and also getting lots of photos. Yes, I get the carfax etc. and they do help. Ultimately you just have to look at the vehicle, there is a lot that does not show up in pictures and on paper. If a vehicle is available locally its almost always the better option to pursue financially.
Oldtymeflyr 02/27/14 07:21pm Truck Campers
RE: Questions on an enclosed trailer

We have two tracks of E Track on the floor. We tie down primarily cars. Some E Track on the walls. Its a good product. We bought more clips because we found them useful. Interior bedliner. We just don't need it. I would think it would work well in wet situations. Good Luck.
Oldtymeflyr 02/23/14 07:04pm Truck Campers
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