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RE: Boondocking areas around Keystone Resort, CO??

Just before Copper Mountain there is a parking area right on I70 by some ponds and you may be able to stay the night, no jacks or slides and you will probably be okay. If you can hold out until highway 65 then take it south, the only way you can go and within a mile you will be able to pull over to a parking area for the night. Will some one bother you, I cannot say. Keystone is prime real estate they do not want people who do not pay around there. You have to pay to occupy a spot, they have bills to pay. I have found no name types of places to be best for boondocking. Your rig is big. Good luck.
Oldtymeflyr 12/13/14 05:51pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Warning: trip report

I have been looking at a trip through this area, how timely. Looks good. Thanks.
Oldtymeflyr 12/10/14 07:21am Truck Campers
RE: Doing the MPG math on a new(er) truck

A cost analysis almost never justifies a new truck. If your truck is reliable then your decision is tougher. If you want a new truck, buy one. The newer trucks maybe be "safer" but they are certainly more comfortable. Good luck.
Oldtymeflyr 12/06/14 11:06am Truck Campers
RE: RV parks do not honor advertised rate when booking?

There are laws against this type of activity. Call the attorney for the state that this occurs and they may investigate. Not a good thing to do, what can you really do, your choices are slim and probably none. Good luck.
Oldtymeflyr 12/04/14 08:36pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Fishing Bridge Yellowstone

Yellowstone CG reservations is a sort of gauntlet test. We have been there many times and reservations are always difficult, how many feet,are you sure, even with a truck camper they will cross examine like ..... We have stayed once at Fishing Bridge and it is tighter than the other CG in the park. I believe that reservations are by site. You may be able to compare the park campground map, if there is one, with Bing maps and see which sites are longer and focus in on one that will work for you. Things seem to work out. Good luck.
Oldtymeflyr 12/04/14 07:03am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Pop-up campers in high winds?

Bears are going to follow the scent trail. They have no concept of tent, fiberglass or aluminum. That scent trail is going to probably be through an open door or window. If a bear tries to get through the vinyl material; first its 7 feet or more off the ground, why would a bear want to do that, it would probably go through an open window/door. A bear would just tear the window out, the siding and that strong aluminum frame that the manufactures talk about, would be trash. We camp in bear country and I have seen what they can go to a several hundred pound dumpster, its amazing. If a bear did come through the vinyl, I would drop the roof, that's right it would be a "bear trap" and that would drop several hundred pounds on its head, maybe run the drive for awhile longer to put some extra pressure on the invading beast, maybe running it up and down so the animal can get away or if necessary trapping in long enough to allow us to make an escape. Most of the bears in the 48 states are black bears and that should be enough to make then leave. (oh, we do carry bear spray and a bear gun but I think the trap is the ultimate defensive weapon.) I have never lost a second of sleep in our TC over bears. Good Luck.
Oldtymeflyr 12/01/14 09:24am Truck Campers
RE: Our trip from Reno to Marshfield, MA

Nice i really enjoyed it. The music is a nice touch and added a lot to the enjoyment of the video.
Oldtymeflyr 11/30/14 05:15pm Truck Campers
RE: Colorado Fly Fishing RV Campgrounds

If you want to fly fish in Colorado most of the action is west of I25. That means mountains. I would not avoid the mountain driving, do it in off hours to get used to the experience. Like they say just do it. If you are used to hitting trees, rocks and other things off the traveled way then maybe no. Just relax! Millions and millions of people do it suscessfully every year, If you are an average driver you will have no problems. Its no big deal. When your wife says look at this animal or that mountain, avoid the temptation, pull over and enjoy the experience. If you want to see moose go to the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park and ask the locals in Grand Lake were the moose are. If you want elk go the the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park and they are dime a dozen or two or three. Fishing is good about anywhere but again ask the locals and they will direct you to good spots that have trout. People will fret about mountain driving just work up to it get some practice and keep your speeds under control and you will be fine. Good luck.
Oldtymeflyr 11/28/14 03:58pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Pop-up campers in high winds?

There is little if any comparison between a tow behind popup camper and a popup truck camper. We have had both. I think LynnandCarol is talking about a tow behind popup camper, they are much different from the TC popups. Some of the popup truck campers do have canvas sides, I cannot speak to them. Our sides are a vinyl mesh product that is insulated and quite stiff. Most vinyl/canvas sections are only 18" to 24". They are held in suspension by either a gear drive or in some cases a spring setup. I cannot speak about the spring systems. Our popup TC is an Outfitter it now has an electric screw gear drive holding the top up. From the factory it was a manual tooth gear drive, but we had it switched out at the factory. Both gear drive systems hold the fabric pretty taunt. We have been in 50 mph to 60 mph per hour gusting mountain winds with our Outfitter and the sides are rock steady, no flapping or shaking. The heavy vinyl material does absorb the sound as well. With the jacks down we are pretty steady no different than a hard side model. We had a Lance camper and there is little difference in comfort between the two styles, if any when setup. On the highway side winds affect the Outfitter much less than the Lance. The Lance was on an 8 foot box crew cab dually, it was bigger camper. We have been in driving rain and snow again no flapping or loud noise like a tow behind popup camper. Yes, thunder can get loud, but no different than a hard side camper. Good luck.
Oldtymeflyr 11/28/14 03:41pm Truck Campers
RE: Winter camping in a popup?

We have been down to -10 degrees several times with our Outfitter. No problems. We do cover the large window by the dinette and that is about it. We have a heated basement and two 6-volt batteries. We have solar which generally helps and just in case have a 350 watt Honda generator for the starting battery, have never needed it. We use the factory furnace. Winter camping is good. Good luck.
Oldtymeflyr 11/21/14 10:14pm Truck Campers
RE: If Anyone is Looking for an 8.1 Burb - NOT MINE!

CDlaine; Its not unusual for GM or for that matter any of the big companies to produce hundreds or in the case of GM thousands of units either on order, for inventory or just to use up parts. I know a fella who bought up 50 of the high hp Buick Grand National engines, how many years has that been and he still has a couple. According to GM they do not supply the 8.1 GM engines GM racing is another animal, but they are not and have not offered the 8.1 because the 502 based on the 454 is a better platform for a high performance engine. I have noticed that Mercury Marine is offering the 502/8.2 engine in their current lineup so GM or a supplier must be making it, maybe someone like Dart. Probably more than needs to be said. Thanks.
Oldtymeflyr 11/15/14 11:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: If Anyone is Looking for an 8.1 Burb - NOT MINE!

There is a reason the 8.1 isn't built to put in pick-ups any more. For the cubic inches it is it is weak. The 8.1 at the time was the classical big torque gas engine and it does the job of towing very well and when not towing it likewise performs very well. The reason the 8.1 is not made any more has nothing to do with its performance. First emissions were an issue and big bore long stroke engines would take more engineering and more money to produce. Secondly and more important was the fact that an 8.1 was a $1000 option give or take a few bucks. The diesel was an $8000 option probably adding a few bucks, the diesel also helps mileage ratings. GM would rather sell the diesel, then the gas engine. Also, dropping an 8.1 engine, which GM did in in 2007 from the truck line would save money. After mid 2007 the 8.1 engine continued to be used in marine applications. As of this year the 8.1 is no longer produced for any market. I have had diesels in the past, and they are the tow beasts. There are certain advantages in a gas powered tow vehicles (we have owned two 8.1) and that is why last year we bought a low mileage (under 50k) 2006 GMC 2500HD after having spent 150K miles in our previous diesel.
Oldtymeflyr 11/15/14 08:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tear in cover

"Sailrite" has a tape product that is pretty good for patching canvas. The price as a tape is somewhat expensive but for what it does its economical. My ADCO cover was okay after the first year, there were problems after the second year and after the third year it was thrown out. The wind is not their friend. Good Luck.
Oldtymeflyr 11/13/14 08:37am Truck Campers
RE: TC Tour of Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks

Very Nice. Thanks. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 11/12/14 07:13pm Truck Campers
RE: Frong suspension upgrades for GM, any experience?

Our camper adds 300# to the front suspension. Our current engine is an 8.1 but when we had the diesel there was a lot more weight on the front end because of the diesel. My torsion bars are cranked up approximately 1 inch. No alignment was necessary. I have done this on both a 2004 diesel and our current 2006 8.1. There have been absolutely no problems and no unusual tire wear. I am now running 285/70/17 tires. You are right to focus on the bump stops. They are important to the GM 2500 series suspension and that is the reason yours are shot. I switched out to Z71 yellow polyurethane bumper #15835667 on both our former diesel and our current 8.1. Probably 100K miles on them. They have worked well. I looked at the product you are looking at but based on other recommendations, I went with the GM product and have no need to change.
Oldtymeflyr 11/11/14 08:10am Truck Campers
RE: Pop-up lift options?

Regardless of the camper you choose, the Fantastic fan does help with cranking the top down and sucking in the canvas. Our Outfitter has it and it works well. Secondly, Heco is a good lift but it will eat old cranks. The old cranks have a soft gear and they just wear out. Plan on buying a new crank. Good luck!
Oldtymeflyr 11/05/14 02:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Tucson area

We have been to Tucson many times and have seen ATV's on the city streets, like Speedway. Not my thing, but ......
Oldtymeflyr 11/05/14 12:16pm Snowbirds
RE: How do you get toasted?

A cast iron frying pan. We just don't have a lot of space.
Oldtymeflyr 10/31/14 02:40pm Truck Campers
RE: September in Washington (North Cascades & Olympics)

Nice trip report. Thanks.
Oldtymeflyr 10/27/14 08:29am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: cooking grill

We always carry a Coleman Grill Stove. It fits and its always allowed to be used, even during fire bans, at least around here. We carry charcoal, and I actually prefer charcoal but its not as fast or convenient. We have not had trouble finding a grill to use charcoal and sometimes we carry a small hibachi.
Oldtymeflyr 10/19/14 03:41pm Truck Campers
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