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RE: Best Practice to tie up dog?

So we have 2 basset hounds, so they aren't as tall as a lab, but we use a pen when we're camping with them, ..... Same here. We got two of the 4 foot tall fences, and one 2 foot tall fence. We took some sections out of the 2 foot tall so it would slide under our camper. Then we can just open the door and the dogs can come in and out as needed. A lot easier for the dogs to be in a pen than have 2 wild and crazy dogs tangling themselves up (and us) with tethers.
portscanner 08/17/16 04:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: How do you level when needed

Pieces of 2x8 or 2x10 If they are not pressure treated, they can double as firewood. If you can find a source for scraps, they are free!
portscanner 08/08/16 06:43am Truck Campers
RE: Sometimes a great misadventure

I feel for you. I had a very similar thing happen. I blew off the hose on my Ford 6.0 driving from Ohio back to Georgia when I bought my first 5er. Did not break it - just blew off. Had to slide it back on while on the side of the road (traffic racing by, hot turbo charger, etc etc) Got a few miles down the road, blew it off again. Thought I had lost the hose clamp. Found it on the far side of the engine compartment. Drove the rest of the way home without trying to stay up to the speed limit over hills. Short version - found Ford had a recall for that issue.
portscanner 07/11/16 05:04am Truck Campers
RE: Looking for some help to move back from the Dark Side.

I dont feel comfortable with the double towing. Besides, trying to keep my length down. I had a 18' Work and Play some time ago. I liked the construction. Will check them out. Unfortnately, it looks like all the Genesis' have slides. With the slide and the width of the jeep I would have to look at the 40 foot models to find one the jeep would fit in.
portscanner 07/10/16 10:29am Toy Haulers
Looking for some help to move back from the Dark Side.

We had a 30' toy hauler 5 years ago. It was a 30', no slides, no garage. It worked well for us. We had an electric golf cart we used at events we went to. With no garage, when the golf cart was pushed out, we had lots of room. We sold it and went to a TC. We had several changes in our life at that time that caused us to change and we have been very happy with our decision. Now we are looking at some new changes and going back to a 5er toy hauler might be a good option. I was hoping some of y'all could help us with our decision. What we need: 1. More floor space than the TC, as we will be spending extended periods of time in one place. 2. We need to be able to put a Jeep Wrangler (stock - no lift kits, no monster tires) in the TC (need the Jeep for work - use of the trailer will be 50/50 work/play) What we desire: 1. Slides are NOT high on our list of priorities. 2. Generator 3. No garage - would prefer all the floor space in one room. (Yes I know - it is not smart to have gasoline vehicles in the same room with you when you sleep - so I will kick it out at night) 4. Real close to 30' Dont really want to get bigger. It is just DW, the 2 fur campers and myself, so dont need more room that that. I have plenty enough truck (see my sig) to pull most of the toyhaulers out there so that should not be an issue. The other option we have is to sell the truck and TC and go to a class A or C and tow the jeep (we tow it behind the TC right now). However - the truck is paid for and I am sure a good 5er toyhauler will be less than an A or C. I also see us still using the TC on some trips. Your $0.02 pls!!!
portscanner 07/09/16 08:42pm Toy Haulers
RE: Anyone do a total rebuild of a TH ramp?

See my post Rotten Ramp Ruins Relaxing Recreation only problem with the above link - the links to the pictures got busted, so here are the pictures
portscanner 07/09/16 08:13pm Toy Haulers
RE: Audience at the dump station

To the OP: I am sure many people were flushed with excitement and went running to see Yogi, however, I am moved by your concerns. I agree that the campground should have shown more constipation, I mean, consideration about where they set up that tent. Fortunately, Yogi did not wipe out when he came around the corner in his golf cart. If he did that would have been one for the papers.
portscanner 07/06/16 06:56am Truck Campers
RE: Am I crazy?

Yes, you are crazy. Did you forget about the issues of stress on the transmission and the rest of the drive train? You also need to address the issues for cooling also. Will the engine be able to handle the power? (i.e. blown head gaskets, blown heads, cracked/broken crankshaft etc etc etc) Call me a Debbie Downer, but I do like the idea!
portscanner 07/06/16 06:11am Truck Campers
RE: Camping is for the dogs.

Mattie, queen of the campsite, on her throne http://www.beaglenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/20160304_183657-e1457798127778.jpg height=640
portscanner 07/04/16 02:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: Why do my truck batteries die?

And as far as I know the truck system is isolated from the TC system and does not charge the TC batteries. There is a wire from the 7 pin connector that goes to the battery on the truck. That power is used by tailers and TCs' to charge the battery in the camper. Ford is the only one that I know that has an isolator that disconnects the power to the 7 pin connector when the engine is off. Some campers have an isolator built in - which can fail. Test it. Mine does not. When I got my Dodge, I installed a relay inside the camper. (I bought the truck new and I did not want to get the "you modified the wiring on the truck - your entire warranty is void") As I have my running lights set to come on anytime I start the truck, I connected the lead going to the running lights on the camper to the coil of the relay. Then cut the power lead from the umbilical and connected that to the Normally Open contacts on the relay. Start the truck - lights go on - relay closes - I have power going to the camper to charge the batteries while going down the road. Turn off the truck - lights go off - no draining the truck battery. This happens with the TC just sitting there unused, no lights, no battery draw of any kind. The propane detector draws power. I discovered the AM/FM radio in my camper was drawing 1/2 amp WHEN TURNED OFF. There are lots of parasitic devices that are turned on all the time in your TC. The TC batteries and solar panel should be more than enough to run the fridge with power to spare for that length of time. I would check how much power that solar panel is putting out - and how much power the fridge (and other things) are drawing. What size solar panel? What is the condition of the batteries in the camper? Disconnect the camper from the truck, get out the ammeter and start testing! -On Edit- I see you said you have a NovaCool. Those are a 12volt compressor fridge. Not bashing that fridge, (as I want one myself), but you need probably at least 200W of solar and large enough batteries to run that.
portscanner 06/16/16 07:09am Truck Campers
RE: Will solar panel keep batteries charged while running fridge

Mine works fine that way w/ a 50 watt panel I did pull the fuse going to the radio as it pulls 400mA even when turned off.
portscanner 06/04/16 07:40pm Truck Campers
RE: Using golf carts around RV parks

I used to have a golf cart and a toy hauler. We used to do sporting clays shooting once or twice a month - so our golf cart had a gun rack. Made for interesting conversations when we (rarely) camped at "normal" campgrounds. (most of the time we camped right at the gun clubs). Took it to Disney one time. Saved a bit of hoofing around. If you think you will use it, go for it. Only word of advise - if you plan on getting a gas powered golf cart (or any gas powered toys) make sure you get a toy hauler with a separate garage. You do not want to spend the night in a trailer that has a gas tank INSIDE the same area where you are sleeping - if you want to wake up in the morning. You dont need a separate garage for an electric golf cart. You may also want to peruse the Toy Hauler section of the forums.
portscanner 05/31/16 05:52pm General RVing Issues
RE: Almost sold the TC!

I understand your pain. With the narrow tailgate (the tailgate is several inches shorter than the front of the bed) and a bumped out part on the right side of the TC, we have to put the TC as far right as possible - and it is still about 1 1/2 left of center. But DW and I figured out how we can load it as a team. She drives - she lines up the truck the best she can, then approaches the TC. Right before she backs under I confirm we are PERFECTLY square and the truck is in the correct position. Back up 3" - check the distance between bed rail and right side of TC. Repeat. Maybe wave my hand to tell DW to turn the steering wheel 1 degree. Back up 3" - check. Back up 3" check. Adjust steering by 1 degree....lather, rinse, repeat until done. Total time - (including putting on tie downs, super truss, umbilical, etc) 20 minutes.
portscanner 05/31/16 11:05am Truck Campers
RE: So what did you do to your Truck Camper today?

Fixed the tv antenna/cable wiring. Looks like they used the cheapest wire and the cheapest ends possible. They had no idea how to properly terminate the ends. Looks like they pushed the ends AT the wire, wrapped tape around it, called it finished. I replaced several spans of wire with the "good stuff" and properly terminated then ends. (Working in the CATV business ensured I had the proper tools and supplies)
portscanner 05/29/16 12:14pm Truck Campers
RE: Newbie question about plugging in at the house

Use everything BUT AC -or- Use only AC If you use everything including the AC, you will spend a large amount of time resetting the breaker in the house. Best bet is get a 30 amp outlet installed by an electrician.
portscanner 05/28/16 08:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Lights on?

Anyone suggest putting a flasher into the 7 pin umbilical so that your marker lights are on - but only half the time?
portscanner 05/23/16 04:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: Norcold refrigerator another story

RV MFGs.........they FAIL Installation 101 Norcold, Dometic and Atwood ALL have 'Instructions/Installation' documents that provide REQUIRED clearances, off sets, fan/air flow KITS, baffling info etc etc etc MAJORITY of 'My RV Fridge doesn't cool' issues are direct result of RV MFG improper installation........BUT RV Fridge gets BLAMED. IF interested ....one only need to Goggle their Specific Brand/Model Installation Manual/Service Manual to see what the required clearances/installation instructions are and IF your RV MFG came close. X2 I have had to install a baffle and a fan in two of mine (a TT and my current TC) On both I went from "melty ice cream" to "I cant turn it down far enough to avoid the rock hard ice cream"
portscanner 05/23/16 04:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: Refrigerator

TI think most units are AC/DC. OK I get that. There is also a propane/AC/DC unit available. Not true. Most units are AC/propane. DC operation is an expensive option that isn't all that useful because of the high current draw. the AC/DC/Propane fridges in DC mode pull a tremendous amount of power. If you want to run a fridge on DC, you would be better investing in a DC Compressor fridge. Advantages of the DC Compressor Fridge: - no propane - uses less DC than the AC/DC/Propane models in DC mode. Disadvantage -you still need plenty of solar and batteries. Unless you have some issues with using propane on the fridge or you are doing lots of boondocking (i.e. 70%+ of the time you are using your rv you dont have hookups when you camp), the AC/Propane models are just fine.
portscanner 05/19/16 05:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: Please talk me out of destroying my wet bath

Cannot be any worse than drilling 15 holes in the roof of your perfectly good truck... Just do it, nothing structural about it and I am going to be doing the same in my Lance 861. Same scenario, bunch of space above the propane enclosure. Why in the wide, wide world of sports are you installing clearance lamps on your truck for????? And for the op..... Go for the big hatch, but make sure you seal it up real good. And - make sure you measure twice and cut once (as opposed to measure once and cut yourself - which is something I do)
portscanner 05/19/16 05:13pm Truck Campers
RE: Spring Loaded Anchor Turnbuckles: Use them alone?

you want the spring loaded on all corners. Your truck bed flexes. With the springs (and a proper bed mat) your TC will not move but the flexing will not be forced onto the TC. I have spring loaded turnbuckles on all four corners of my TC and it has never moved.
portscanner 05/17/16 06:50pm Truck Campers
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