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RE: Collapsable kaykas

If you want a kayak and want it to fold, go with a Klepper or Folbot. Both are very proven designs. Will last many years and can take more than a little abuse. Both are available used, in good condition. Good luck. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 09/25/15 02:16pm Truck Campers
RE: Trip Report : Quebec and New England

Always fun. Thanks. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 09/21/15 04:43pm Truck Campers
RE: Outfitter Pop-up Truck Camper

The motors are identical to the ones on the jacks. I bought a spare motor, however I am not sure that I will ever use it. A spare jack may be more useful. We have not had a motor fail. In our case the weld between fitting at the end of the screw which is like the one on the top of the outside jack broke at end of the screw. This fitting was welded onto the screw. A person dear to my heart, had a habit of bumping the motor one more time after it had reached the stop, and did so one time too many when going up and the weld broke. I removed the parts, took them to my professional welder (I weld but still use a pro for a lot of things.) and he did a good job of tig welding the fitting to the screw. Cost $20. I think that the assembly is pretty stout and will last a long time if it is not abused repeatedly. We have about 100# on the roof, no A/C, two solar panels and a Thule box. With the fitting broken loose from the screw, it was quite easy to raise and lower the roof. If the motor is connected, its much more difficult to raise and lower the roof. You are right in that a jack motor could be swapped for the broken lift motor and be done with the difficult part of the job and use a crank for the one jack until repaird. With the tools I carry I could do the job on the road. I carry a small tool bag with the usual hand tools and most of time an electric drill. Electric tools would make the job much, much easier. No worries, lets go camping. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 08/24/15 10:24am Truck Campers
RE: Steve McQueen's 1952 Chevy/TC for sale

Shows what kinda guy he was. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 08/22/15 05:03pm Truck Campers
RE: camping grill/stove

I use the on the op referenced, its been a great grill. Its small/compact. Its maybe not as great as some of the grills referenced herein but its (and the referenced grills are) not as good as our grill at home either, but on the road it works. The grill also will heat up a good size pancake griddle and we place a dutch oven/frying pan on it as well. A good multipurpose heating tool. We like and prefer charcoal and usually there is a camp charcoal grill available. If we are deep in the woods, we will make a fire. My experience for the last 5 years with this grill has been good.
Oldtymeflyr 08/21/15 06:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Outfitter Pop-up Truck Camper

I have removed the electric lift to do some repairs due to operator error. Its not that difficult to remove the roof lift motor. Take close notes of where the bronze blocks are that attach to the lift arms. These blocks must be in that position for the roof to properly lower, don't ask me how I know. Raise the roof as high as it will go. I secured the roof by placing a 2x2 with notches on both ends between the roof bars mounted to the roof one on each side, lower the roof maybe 1/2 inch or so, then removed the lift arms. After the lift arms were removed, remove the upholstery around the lift screw. Then remove the 4 bolts behind the lift screw-three in the under bed storage area and one in the passenger side bin. At this point the lift screw should be loose, give it a pull, it should come out on the screw end. The motor may hang up,use a pry bar to give it room to come out. To install reverse the process. Do some paint touchup-Ace Premium White, some new screw covers and you are good to go. That is how mine is installed yours may be different but the concept is the same. Its important to support the roof and keep track of the locations of the bronze blocks. The first time it took we awhile, I think I can pull it now in 1 1/2 hours and install in in about the same amount of time. Taking my time and being careful not to break anything. A replacement motor is available from Happijac for approximately $235 plus shipping. I believe that Happijac will rebuild a motor for much less. We keep an extra just in case. Good luck! Rick
Oldtymeflyr 08/20/15 02:53pm Truck Campers
RE: Durango/Silverton Train

A couple of suggestions. Go with the gondola car. You can walk the train, but the gondola will give you the best views. Bring along tight fitting glasses, the cinders can be irritating. Have a good trip.
Oldtymeflyr 08/14/15 05:20pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Outer Banks or Virginia Beach?

We make it to the east coast every couple of years. We stayed this spring at First Landing State Park. A nice park with a nice beach. We thought it was a good place to get away, yet it was close to action. We then went to Oregon Inlet, on the Outer Banks, a good choice. Spent a few days. Nice and good beach experience, just over the dunes. Access to the Wright Memorial and Nags head and there quite a few people in the area. We like this area. Next we went to Ocracoke, This is about as remote as it gets, probably the best beach experience, its a nice place to get away. There are fewer people, but its a ways down the coast. We enjoy a visit to the docks, good dockside restaurant and good sea food stores to get fish to cook at camp. If the decoy shop is open a very interesting visit. When we go again we will probably visit Ocracoke again, probably as the north end of a trip. Good Luck. Rick.
Oldtymeflyr 08/11/15 08:25pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Who makes custom ball mounts / shanks / stingers?

Flip the 7" drop and cut off what you don't need. Good luck. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 07/23/15 06:12pm Truck Campers
RE: Any solutions for high altitude refrigerator issues?

We have a dometic and it works from sea level to 11,400 without any adjustment. So do our other appliances. I would not get into adjusting a pressure regulator for high altitude, it should work automatically at higher altitude. Why doesn't the refrigerator do the same thing during the day? Is your regulator sensitive to cold? Have you had this problem in the spring or fall? We have had trouble with our regulator at -29 below, your temperatures are a far cry from that temperature, but the regulator could be just cold enough to slow down the flow of gas initially to the refrigerator and that is too slow for the refrigerator sensors. My suggestion is to make sure that your orifice is clean and check out that regulator.
Oldtymeflyr 07/17/15 06:54am Truck Campers
RE: The Ozarks - in search of the spirit of Sam Walton - TR

Thanks. You presented the area well.
Oldtymeflyr 06/23/15 06:14am Truck Campers
RE: Upgrade trailer tongue lock? Chain through the wheels?

I use both a tongue lock and a tire lock. The tire lock is much harder to defeat. Also, pull the license plate, if they steal the trailer, there is a chance that a cop will see a trailer with no plate and stop it. More than likely not but its a no cost option. A rather long chain on the axle lets say is also a warning to the cops if you should be lucky. Good luck. Which tire lock should I consider? My rims don't have enough room to pass a chain through them. I use one like this Wheel Chock Lock It sells for about half that list price and there are others out there, I think we paid $40, 10 years ago for ours. Good luck.
Oldtymeflyr 06/12/15 09:34am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Upgrade trailer tongue lock? Chain through the wheels?

I use both a tongue lock and a tire lock. The tire lock is much harder to defeat. Also, pull the license plate, if they steal the trailer, there is a chance that a cop will see a trailer with no plate and stop it. More than likely not but its a no cost option. A rather long chain on the axle lets say is also a warning to the cops if you should be lucky. Good luck.
Oldtymeflyr 06/11/15 06:28pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Finding safe location for boondocking

We have recently had a bad experience. We simply left. First I think that you have to stop earlier, when it is light. Its easier to find spots and get the true feel of the place. At night things are less likely to change. Other people in rural settings, I usually avoid them unless its a campground, it just does not work out very well
Oldtymeflyr 06/11/15 06:23pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Rear end spring capacities under your camper & towing?

I agree with the spring shop. Put the camper on and hook up the trailer. Go for a ride with the minimum about of air in the airbags and see how it is. We used to have a 4000# Lance on a GMC CC Dually 4x4 with stock suspension and pulled an 8000# Sea Ray with no additional springs or airbags. It was a tough stable truck and worked very well but rode like a lumber truck. After the first ride if its sagging in the back add air to the airbags until the truck is just about to come off the overload springs. You want the truck on the overloads for side to side stability. Take another ride, if its level and stable side to side you are good to go. If you have a lot of sway then its on to the heaviest sway bar you can get. Airbags have their place and can work very well, if properly used. Good luck. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 06/11/15 06:24am Truck Campers
RE: Manual jacks?

My electric jack controller went out this spring in Phoenix and had to use the hand crank. Just as I thought, I really like those electric jacks. I would not be without them. On a recent 3 week trip we loaded and unloaded the camper 4 times. Its quick and easy, its more work to remove the hitch and front bike rack. Good luck.
Oldtymeflyr 06/10/15 09:53am Truck Campers
RE: Considering switch from TT to truck camper

Try climbing into the bed of a few to see if it works. There are ladders made for the purpose and that may be an option and of course there is the dinette for sleeping as well. Good luck.
Oldtymeflyr 06/10/15 09:44am Truck Campers
RE: Front Happijac tie down?

I have had the Happijac system on two campers and three trucks no problems. Off road has been no problem. Take a look at some of the big off roaders pictures in their trip reports, you will see a good many use the Happijac system on some pretty tough trails. My main problem with the low frame mount systems is that they are low mount and frankly can be a problem off road. Also, there is lots of leverage on those arms,its just another thing to watch out for. I also use the Happijac quick mount tiedown system and it has worked well and are much cheaper than the other brand.
Oldtymeflyr 06/08/15 08:50am Truck Campers
RE: Oven users unite!

We have used the stone and it works well. However, we started using an airbake cookie sheet and it works just as well, saves the weight and has alternative uses. The airbake pretty much fills up the bottom of the oven, maybe 1 inch around the edge, but it works. Good luck. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 05/09/15 06:31pm Truck Campers
RE: East coast Lighthouse and Fishing advice sought.

Thanks again for the info, its been very helpful. Last night my wife and I went over the material and have decided to start out the east coast portion of the trip at First Landing State Park and work our way south staying a few days here and there, working our way to Cape Lookout. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 05/06/15 08:36am Truck Campers
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