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RE: over night stop on rez?

....we've often stopped at Teec Nos Pos trading post (to buy stuff) on highway 64 near US 160, and were planning an overnight there once, but decided to head up to Cortez as an afterthought...just ask the nice people at the post if you can stay overnight. Last time we were there was in 2007... ....and I agree with an earlier poster: don't just camp on Navajo land without asking at least the local council...you'll likely be asked to move at some ungodly hour. ....there are also boondocking spots around Bluff, and another trading post (a rough looking white-washed building made from cinder block) a few miles north of Bluff on the 191 (near Hovenweep Rd) where we used to buy supplies back in the early 2000s (we've seen overnighters park there)...but that was a long time ago, and it may have been abandoned by now...
silversand 05/02/17 07:26am Truck Campers
RE: Size max and budget for Mexico and Guatemala

Kidoo: When you load the "States". load all the files (even the large image file). The detail is incredible for the US. When driving to Florida this past winter, I loaded 3 states at a time, then deleted the 3 just before loading the next 3 states. If you can only load 1 at a time, that's OK. Just before hitting the next state, delete the previous....etc...with high speed data, it takes only a few seconds to load the files (but be aware that some states have very big file size! like Florida LOL).
silversand 05/01/17 07:33am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: bump stops on camper

....I don't use wood between the camper/bulkhead/rubber bumpers. I have large 4x4 inch x 4 foot wide blocks of closed-cell high density foam (from industrial air conditioner packaging)...the "foam" cell material is actually polyethylene (not polystyrene). The blocks go just about right across the front bulkhead and have slots around the 2 camper rubber bumpers. The foam supports the camper all the way across spreading the load on camper tub so that the rubber bumpers will only engage in extreme conditions (like driving down our driveway's nearly vertical slope, or similar extreme truck camper terrain LOL). The stand-off spacing between my rubber bumpers and the truck bulkhead is about 0.5 ~0.7 inches. Our driveway is so steep, that when backing Sabconsulting (Steve)'s rental Class C down our driveway (at the top of the driveway; Steve managed to drive it all the way to the top LOL!), the front wheels of the Class C came off the ground and were only grazing the gravel....I was able to regain load balance (by divine intervention and tap braking), and managed to front-wheel drag the camper to a stop, before continuing down the remaining 340 feet of driveway. I also have these same foam blocks fore of both wheel-wells to keep camper from pivoting between the wheel wells (I have about ~1 inch between camper tub and wheel-wells at each side). One thing to keep in mind when shortening the bump stops is, the rear clearance between the bed pillars and the back of the camper (if you have a back wrap. ...excellent point.
silversand 05/01/17 07:08am Truck Campers
RE: Size max and budget for Mexico and Guatemala

.....Sygic is an excellent "app" (for iOS and Android) that uses crowdsourced navigation info, and openstreet maps (OSM) as their navigation data (Sygic bought out Be on Road some time ago). I have it installed on a tablet and my navigation phone... ...yes, you can acquire navigation tracks and waypoints for off-line navigation, too.
silversand 04/28/17 08:06am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Searching for the Ultimate caulking.

I should mention too, I have no real experience here but I've heard stainless and aluminum will react negatively together. I think the aluminum may corrode where it is in contact with stainless screws. ....this is a very, very good question. The aluminum stock used in the framing is not pure aluminum, but an alloy, with some built in corrosion resistance. Additionally, the way the screws are bedded, I expect that salt water will not be an issue with a land-based camper only exposed very occasionally to sea coast environments (keep the 3rd component or electrolyte {eg salt water} away from the mix). And finally, if you expect an electrolyte to come into potential contact with the dissimilar metals in the field (like in salt water boating applications), always use an anti-corrosive lubricant on the stainless-steel screw threads and into the hole drilled into the aluminum alloy stock before insertion. One good product of several is tef-gel. Cheers, S-
silversand 04/26/17 09:46am Truck Campers
RE: Entering Baja California 10-Year Tip Required Now?

.....jeez; am I ever happy that we've got a truck camper rig :p
silversand 04/26/17 06:12am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Size max and budget for Mexico and Guatemala

...maybe a side bus adventure to the IXIL TRIANGLE ....I did some surveying of a fairly significant ruin site and created maps for the Maya language group (a group that preserves the Maya languages and teaches it in primary school) up in Uspantan (part of the "triangle") back in '94. They have an office in the municipal building facing the parque central. If I remember, I spent appx 2 months in Uspantan doing mapping work. The year before, I rode with the UNHCR (based out of Nebaj) way into URNG territory (Batzushile (phonetic spelling) and Tzalbal) in a white Hilux with special marking on the cab roof. That's a spectacular region, with a little-know waterfall. At that time of course, there were zero tourists there (it would have been impossible for a tourist to get by the sandbagged machine gun emplacements leaving Nebaj in that direction; and then there were the PAC to contend with, of course). One could probably "boondock" in any back-country hospedaje if you ask. One expe I'd like to do would be on the newly-paved highway traversing the Lagos Montebellos national park (of which I have already camped in, back in 1993-ish when the road was nothing more than a 4x4 track), and continue across the Mex 307 to the Tenosique 203, into into Guatemala's El Peten region through El Ceibo. IF one can travel by serious 4x4 (say, a 4x4 full-sized truck, with ruggedized light-weight truck camper-- like we have ), then I would recommend the Mex 5 through Coban (a nice place to camp, and fairly near Biotopo del Quetzal; I staged my treks and camping into del Quetzal from the small village of Tactic) up to Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin)....then, continue up the On edit: Guat 5 up to Raxruha and onward up to Flores, then on to Tikal (check with Coban for safety near Raxruha; the last time I was there, there were gun emplacements protecting the Rubelsanto oil/gas pipeline from guerrilla-led dynamiting incursions; but that was some time ago....decades LOL). The Raxruha road should be better now (mostly paved), and head into the Peten that way. The last time I did this, it was a 4x4 mudfest the entire way....but the roads are now paved. I'm going to do it again one day before I get too old, with the 3/4 ton 4x4 with my 32 inch DuraTrac tires & truck camper to handle branch trail explorations off the main road....this time on easier main roads LOL.
silversand 04/25/17 08:21am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Size max and budget for Mexico and Guatemala

Mex: Yep. Gotta agree with ya vis the "invisible shockwave of cost increases" spreading across the once lightly traveled" Central America. I used to spend a lot of "beach time" in Tulate (Guatemala Pacific Coast). A great place to relax and write. I had access to a 40 foot wide gazebo on the beach (when the General wasn't at home LOL!)....zero tourists (but don't EVER go there Semana Santa week!!). I have no idea what Tulate is like now, however...
silversand 04/23/17 07:33am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Size max and budget for Mexico and Guatemala

Sometimes the Guatalmatecan border Aduaneros at La Mesilla and across from Cd Cuauhtemóc want to see EVERYTHING. Deep in storage compartments... ...hah. I have to laugh (not in a derogatory way) at the zoo that Cuauhtemóc was (in the days that I crossed there; time-irrelevant to this question), when compared to Mesilla "facility". I always avoided Cuauhtemóc like the plague after experience there in the day, and preferred the more compact (but intensely happening) Mesilla. And, the drive on through to Huehuetenango (Huehue) and Xela is like no other in the country... However, just to put it into context temporally: ....the last time I crossed at Mesilla, the EZLN (Zapatistas) were in control of the Mex 307 region....
silversand 04/21/17 12:28pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Size max and budget for Mexico and Guatemala

We want to soak up some Caribbean (snorkeling/clear water) and Mayan culture. We are planning on bringing a sailing kayak and a sup maybe. That sounds exciting. We (me and an expedition partner) kayaked the Mosquito Coast (Central America; Caribbean-side) in a 2-man Folbot (with a Spectra sailing rig) for a month and change. If you ever require a bone to be set (or dislocate a joint that needs to be reset), look up the Maya "bonesetters" of San Pedro La Laguna (Lago Atitlan, Guatemala)... On edit: OSM (OpenStreet maps): I loaded the most recent iteration of the OSM dataset covering Mexico, and overlaid onto the most recent WorldView III super-spectral, high-resolution commercial satellite imagery, and looked at some very remote villages (in Chiapas), and I believe that OSM has the most up-to-date roads coverage I have ever come across for Mexico (developing country roads are updated and corrected hundreds of times per day, real-time and published daily, not once a year). I built my own super-GPS system, using a GIS software (a navigation system propagated across all our laptops) called: QGIS. I typically have 70 to 400 thematic map layers (depending on country) I can engage whilst "on the road" --including live WMS weather radar layers, sea surface temperatures, near real-time ocean currents, meso-scale layers, and winds at 6 altitudes (all the way up to 90 hPa), and conflict risk polygon layers, and natural real-time disaster layers, etc, etc, etc, etc...
silversand 04/21/17 11:48am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Starting Generator with dead batteries

I was referring to Flooded Wet Cells and did not reference them... .....cheers Jim.
silversand 04/19/17 01:15pm Truck Campers
RE: Starting Generator with dead batteries

Your camper can not sit over 1-2 months without shore power on it or have solar to maintain your batteries.. Other wise you will be replacing batteries yearly. .....kind of...My AGMs have been over-wintering in storage 7 months a year since I bought them in 2007 (10 years ago) with no maintenance whatsoever. I make sure that the AGM is fully charged just before storing the camper (the camper is stored indoors in a heated facility), then I snap the master battery disconnect to the OFF position for the duration of storage. The AGMs are still in very, good condition to this day. Just picked the camper up yesterday from storage, and am running on the batteries after 7 months as I type (the camper is my office for the next 6 months, when then it will be in Florida), no problem. I'll charge them back to 100% this weekend :p AGMs are very, very, VERY slow self discharge over time (compare: flooded lead acid cells discharge much to quickly for my liking when sitting in storage)...
silversand 04/19/17 12:48pm Truck Campers
RE: 6-ply or 10-ply?

thanks Silver. I'll take a look. Cheers, and good luck, and have fun out there :)
silversand 04/19/17 09:04am Truck Campers
RE: Searching for the Ultimate caulking.

What was amazing was how good of job was done at the factory. Very smooth, no over runs, and even on every place it was used... ....they probably use an air-powered caulk gun in the factory setting.
silversand 04/19/17 08:54am Truck Campers
RE: 6-ply or 10-ply?

Also, the Hankook Dynapro AT-M tires (depending on size) could be rated for severe winter conditions (a bonus). I use Goodyear Duratrac LRE tires for just about ~2 years now; they too are severe winter rated (no need to switch them over if driving through snow country). The following is a link to the Tire Rack top-rated commercial traction tires in the same class as the Duratrac, if you are interested (these tires will be more expensive than the Hankook): here-->
silversand 04/19/17 08:48am Truck Campers
RE: Searching for the Ultimate caulking.

Another trick is to tape both sides of the application area. After the caulk starts to harden, remove the tape for a clean line. ....this is what I do (using painter's masking tape). If I slowly and carefully peel the tape off and the Geocel isn't set enough, I get long stringy angel hair stretching off too. I then wait longer. Smoothing the caulk you apply along the seams immediately after application is crucial (some good pointers previously made). You could practice on a piece of 2x first (using masking tape and several smoothing techniques).
silversand 04/19/17 08:03am Truck Campers
RE: Searching for the Ultimate caulking.

Thanks for the feedback on the 3m 4200. Cheers. Funny, thinking about the RV sheet metal screws from my rig, quite a few were, well, almost gone. I photographed all the screws I took out, all lined up in a row, by camper locale. The screws up on the roof fastening down the 2 roof hatches were in the worst shape. Now, I have absolutely no worries...
silversand 04/18/17 02:48pm Truck Campers
RE: 6-ply or 10-ply?

Gee..... ....another thing to consider is tire weight (C vs. E; brand 1 E vs. brand 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 E tire weight)...reducing rotating mass will give you better acceleration. Also, a reduction in unsprung weight (heavier tires thus heavier wheels outboard of your suspension system) will change inertia in your suspension system and this plays havoc with your suspension geometry....now comparing LR E to LR F/G (look at the weight of a 19.5" rim + the more robust tire, and compare to a LR E on a 16 or 18 inch rim). Generally: an LRC runs at lower air pressure (50psi); an LRD runs at 65psi; an LRE runs at 80psi; an LRF runs at 95psi..and LRH etc, etc,,,..each "range" has a specific weight carry capability (lower psi load range carries less weight). Hey zeus, I hope I don't confuse things too much LOL!
silversand 04/18/17 02:29pm Truck Campers
RE: Trip Report Improvements

Steve has arranged all the trip reports chronologically by geography/contributor... Given enough time, a new top page (thread) could include trip reports sorted by recent date only (this will rotate out say by oldest, every month, to seed a geographically titled chronology?). The issue may be: 2 sections must be maintained: the geographically relevant sections, and the top page chronological listing....a bit more work (12 rotational JCL instances per year, if you will)...
silversand 04/18/17 02:01pm Truck Campers
RE: TR: SE Az Sky Islands

But I was think of something that rhymes with Kitt Peak. ....Cal: I have a "term" in mind, but this is a family show LOL! ....look up the term: "grande tetons" (very, very, VERY old French)
silversand 04/18/17 01:31pm Truck Campers
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