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RE: Forgive me for asking---

We have a 2006 GMC 2500HD Extended Cab 4x4 6.5' bed. We have an Outfitter Apex 8 camper. I am not sure if the rear spring package is the same as yours. Ours has the overload spring under the spring pack. The significance is that when our camper is on, we want the overloads just touching the bottom of the rear spring package. Our camper weights 3200# to 3500# depending on the trip. We have air bags to help carry the load but have found for reduced sway its best to fill the air bags to just before the rear spring pack is off of the overload spring. Its worked well for us. We also have KYB Monomax shocks which we are very satisfied with. Bubtoofat makes a good point on tires. We have Michelin LT285/70R17 D rating 3195# each. The tires are filled to 65 psi with the camper on. The fonts do not get any more air because my truck only carries about 300# more on the front with the camper on. Sway is not an issue for us. Good luck.
Oldtymeflyr 06/16/16 11:56am Truck Campers
RE: Why do my truck batteries die?

I have an Outfitter Apex 8 and its located in the rear seat of the dinette between the battery box and the back of the fuse panel on the floor. Mine is a Sure Power Battery Separator, you can search for an image.
Oldtymeflyr 06/16/16 11:39am Truck Campers
RE: Boondocking I-70 in Colorado?

We have not had any trouble resting a night in the I-25 rest areas. Take a look at the Turquoise Lake area west of Leadville. This may be a good option.
Oldtymeflyr 06/10/16 11:32pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Our Camping History 1963 to 1975

Very nice story. Enjoyed it. Thanks, Rick
Oldtymeflyr 05/27/16 01:43pm Truck Campers
RE: Million Dollar Hwy

Having been on the 550 many times, my thought is that it just isn't for a lot of people. I have seen motorcycles going 15 mph just barely able to stay up right because of the fear. Motorhomes, well lets just say they don't like the edge and stay away from it forcing people in the oncoming lane to outside of their lane. Then there are the near death experiences from stupidity, I have see more than one car forced off of the road because of, well stupidity, better than a head on to go into the ditch. Big rigs are a problem, horsepower is not the issue, its just that they cannot maintain the speed, although low in a curve and coming out of a curve they cannot accelerate like a car can. cars will stack up and then someone tries to make a pass. Go early in the morning to enjoy it.
Oldtymeflyr 05/24/16 06:33pm Roads and Routes
RE: Titan replacement tank

We usually travel the back roads. Back roads do not have low fuel prices because there are not a lot of fuel stops, sometimes not even one in more than a few of the out of the way towns. Also, gas stations are time wasters. I would much rather stretch my legs at a park or rest area. There are areas of the country were, especially in the winter its common to see 50 miles between stations and even up to 100. Also, at night a lot of small stations close at 10:00 pm and they may or may not have a card reader after closing. Frankly, not knowing the territory, I would prefer not to stop where there are not a lot of people around, well lit etc. When I was flying a lot, my aircraft had the biggest tanks available, including aux tanks. More fuel the better.
Oldtymeflyr 05/23/16 11:34am Truck Campers
RE: Extending Battery cables

You don't need a continuous uninterrupted piece of wire, it would be nice but, need no. A butt connector with a nice shrink warp cover would work just fine.
Oldtymeflyr 05/23/16 06:42am Beginning RVing
RE: Titan replacement tank

I have used a Transfer Flow tank on both a GMC Duramax and an 8.1. I have not had a Titan tank, but the basics are the same. The fuel gauge works about the same. For instance my Transfer Flow tank, when the gauge reads full the tank will be full, 1/2 the same etc. Where it changes is with my tanks (45 gal, short box) is when I have about 10 gallons left the low fuel light will come on rather than I believe its 3 gallons in the stock tank. The fuel flow meter works the same between the stock tank and the larger tank. If I use 40 gallons out of the tank the meter will still read the amount of fuel use as it would in the case of the orginal tank (in my case my fuel flow meter is about 1.5 gallons light, I merely add 1.5 gallons to the meter reading and things are pretty close.) I tend to use the fuel flow meter more than the tank reading because it is more accurate as far as I am concerned. I do not use the fuel remaining feature because it will not function properly. Having the range is always great especially when we are on the road for long overnight runs.
Oldtymeflyr 05/23/16 06:34am Truck Campers
RE: Why do my truck batteries die?

A refrigerator can draw a lot of energy. Even with solar, do you have the Outfitter 85 watt Go Power solar system, this system cannot keep up with a refrigerator, it will keep two 6v batteries charged without the refrigerator. Check to see if your isolator is defective, your truck should be charging the TC batteries when it is running. The comment on bad batteries discharging good batteries is a point well taken. Keep us posted.
Oldtymeflyr 05/20/16 07:31am Truck Campers
RE: Hints for Truck Camping at Glacier

I don't think you will have trouble finding a place in Glacier. We were last there at the end of July 2014, and we found places to stay in the park. On the east side consider Cut Bank, its off a dirt/gravel road, this is not a good road, it is secluded, quiet and very much out of the way. Good hiking. There is a small stream with small trout that will easily come to a fly. Hike your way up stream to just below Medicine Grizzly Lake and you should do well. Again this is well out of the way. On the west side we like Sprague Creek, very good sites for a TC and its kinda in the middle of the action. The shuttle to the top stops at the entrance so you can park the rig for a trip to the top and a hike off of the summit. Lots of Mountain Goats, a good hike to the south, take your binocs. To get to Kintla Lake Campground and a bunch of other campgrounds in the northwest area, you will want to go on the North Fork Road, its off of 486 out of Columbia Falls. You are basically going to Polebridge, crossing a good bridge and then accessing several campgrounds in the area to the east of Polebridge and on the west side of Glacier. These campgrounds are remote like Cut Bank. They may or may not be open, there may still be too much snow. Check with rangers first. The fishing should be good. Some campgrounds do not allow any generators. Solar can be tough because of the trees. On the west side of Hungry Horse Res. There are numerous pull outs for boondocking. This is a good place to visit regardless. If you want more amenities try San Suz Ed for a private campground. Older but clean. They have a good kitchen if you want breakfast, lunch maybe dinner. The people are nice when we were there. Glacier can be very wet. Bring good rain gear and keep it handy. Have a good trip. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 05/19/16 07:12pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camping in the Outer Banks. Suggestions needed!

Yes, at the dump stations there is potable water. The dump stations are about 1/2 mile from the camping sites. I do not know the details of Hatteras Campground.
Oldtymeflyr 05/16/16 10:01pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camping in the Outer Banks. Suggestions needed!

We have come in from the north and stay at Oregon Inlet Campground. This is a NPS campground, the showers are not heated. From here we will visit the Nags Head area, Kitty hawk etc. Bodie light house etc. There is a good HD and a food market just before you get on the bridge to go to the Outer Banks. On the Outer Banks sea food markets are available, for very local we go to Billy's Seafood. Next stop for a stay is Ocracoke Island NPS campground. Again, I don't think the showers have hot water. Along the way we may visit the Hatteras lighthouse and just stop along the way. There is a ferry along the way, no charge. Ocracoke we just walk around visit the carver Down Point Decoys and will usually pickup something. He keeps island hours as do a lot of places. Mc Nally's sea food market has good food, as do most of the places on the Outer Banks. We don't go on the beach with the truck. There are rules to be followed permits to be acquired and equipment needed that I just don't want to bother with. I have been in enough sand and don't do it unless absolutely necessary. I don't fish the Outer Banks, we just have not had the time to do it right. Ocracoke seems to be the drum capital of the Outer Banks at least, and has a good fishing shop just as you come into town on the east side of the street, we get ice there. The nice thing about Ocracoke is that unless its weekend or a holiday it can be very quiet and the beach is a great place to just see what is going on with the birds and fish. We leave via ferry to Cedar Island. Its a nice ferry ride. We have been to the Outer Banks twice and its been a great place to visit. Have a good trip. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 05/14/16 12:45pm Truck Campers
RE: help my 8.1 engine will not pass emissions test in canada

Take it to a GM shop. No one knows GM engines better than GM.
Oldtymeflyr 05/05/16 07:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Solar charging. Is this a good deal?

Our rig is not that much different from yours. We also have two 6v batteries. For 7 years we used a GO Power 80 watt panel with a so so GO Power PWM controller. It it well. We used the camper all year off the grid and never got below 1/2 power. Last year we added another 100 Watt panel and changed to controller to a Samlex PWM controller and we now have even more power. I think the system you are looking at is a good buy because it includes most if not all of the bits and pieces including 40 feet of wire and free shipping. The Amazon product is essentially the same $10 less but does not appear to include all of the bits and pieces. Also Amazon requires Prime membership for free shipping. As in most things you can pay more and get more but this is a good package. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 04/23/16 07:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Opinions from 4x4 dually owners on tires

I also ran stock tires on our dually and swing out brackets. Unless your camper is really wide, won't you need to have the swing out brackets? Will you have to change out the wheels if you go to a smaller tire? Good luck! Rick
Oldtymeflyr 04/15/16 02:42pm Truck Campers
RE: Awning for Truck Camper

We had them on our Coleman tent campers. They worked well. On our current 2007 Outfitter we have a crank box awning by Carefree that we prefer. Quicker setup and take down and so far holding up quite well. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 04/15/16 08:00am Truck Campers
RE: Rear spring modification

Nice engineering. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 04/10/16 05:48pm Truck Campers
RE: Great deal on a 100w solar panel for TCs, but today only

I bought one. My total wattage with this panel will be 280 watts. More than enough for our purposes. The price was good and it will basically fill unused space on the very front of the roof of the Outfitter. Is it a perfect setup, no! Its a very good product, I have one other, and its a very good price. Thanks for the heads up. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 04/09/16 10:13am Truck Campers
RE: Hitch / receiver extension question

Curt makes a 2.5" receiver hitch rated at 18,000#.
Oldtymeflyr 04/07/16 05:38pm Truck Campers
RE: Newbie....need advice on TC selection

The two boys are still growing and its going to get tight. Look at the biggest TC you can find and think slides. When our son got to high school we switched from big Lance to a travel trailer that we used when not boating. When boating the TT stayed home and we went with a bigger boat, that we could easily sleep on while on the road or the water. Good Luck.
Oldtymeflyr 04/03/16 06:13pm Truck Campers
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