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RE: Pop Up Soft Side Campers in the Winter

We had an Outfitter Apex 8 for 9 years and over 400 nights. No modifications to the walls windows, stock 20,000 btu furnace, batteries (2x6volts). We did have covers for the ceiling vents. We were in temperatures -10 degrees many times and down to -20 degrees every now and then. No problems. Our 30# propane tank would last 3 days keeping the temperature at 65 degrees during the day and lower 40 degree temps at night, we like it cooler. If the temperature was right around zero we could go 5-6 days with our propane. Note that we had full use of both the water and sewage system. We were comfortable. I did carry an extra 5# propane tank and a small Honda generator for backup electricity. There is no question that a good hardside can be warmer. The Outfitter had advantages that a HS could not match. We no longer have the Outfitter but our Sprinter Four Winds also has a 20,000 BTU furnace. In retrospect that Outfitter had a big furnace for the size.
Oldtymeflyr 10/16/17 07:34am Truck Campers
RE: Truck camper alternatives

We have had two truck campers over the the years with trailers in between. We recently switched to a 24 foot Sprinter based MH. We like it. The TC's were hard to beat. Very efficient, mobile and worked really well. Our most recent TC was an Outfitter Apex 8.0 that we used for 450+ nights. The reason we went with the Thor 24 H/L is that we wanted more comfort, more room, more conveniences. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 10/11/17 03:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Mercedes Sprinter chasis

We have a Thor Fourwinds 24H/L only available on the Sprinter 3500. Yes, it has enough power. We are generally at gross, towing a boat. Remember it is turbocharged so it will produce good power at altitude. I do not know its critical altitude. I presume it is above 12,000 feet given the performance to date. I have had a Duramax and the Sprinter does not have that kinda power. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 10/11/17 03:26pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Using over the winter - do I need to winterize

The answer to your question is yes! That's just the way it is in Colorado. If its going to be just a week or so I will setup the coach furnace with supplemental electric heat and make do for a week or so. Otherwise I drain the tanks and will pump in the RV anti-freeze. It takes less than 2 gallons of RV anti-freeze. Time is mostly in draining the tanks. My pump has a tap for pumping in the RV anti-freeze. Our rig has an instant demand water heater so no need to by pass or drain (we do not like the instant demand water hearter but that is another subject). Good Luck. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 10/06/17 11:36am Class C Motorhomes
RE: I-70 from Grand Junction CO to Denver CO

AFAIK, all US interstates can accommodate semis so not to worry.Then hows come my GPS set for a height of 13' routed me off of I-25 in downtown Denver because of low clearance? Some of the bridges in the mid-town section of I-25 are quite low. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 09/26/17 09:54am Beginning RVing
RE: New bag awning

We were in Yellowstone recently and saw an F150 with a Lance 650. Pretty good looking rig. Yes, I was surprised. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 09/23/17 07:40am Truck Campers
RE: Cobb Grill

We have use a Cobb for a few years now. As a grill it can be weak. We like to do chicken pieces in it and it works very well for that purpose. We have also done half a small turkey for Thanksgiving. We carry it and use it, its good for smoking, just takes some time and a few extra coals. Enjoy. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 09/16/17 05:35pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
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
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