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RE: I hope that no one has a camper in the Rio Grand Valley now:

Silversand I'm thinking when you retire and become a FT snowbird you might want to think about AZ. Funny you should bring up Honduras. I had a co-worker that was building their low cost very nice retirement home on the coast. When I asked a different co-worker from Belize why they don't do that, his reply is that's what the tourist do. Locals build back in the jungle to stay away from the hurricanes and the surge. Other funny thing about that post was the word mosquitoes. I was leaving Hill Country to spend a month in Rockport,TX when I saw Rockport got 12 inches of rain. Figured I must have seen that wrong and it must have been 1.2 inches of rain. Nope, it was 12 inches, not bad at all for that area till two weeks went by. I was killing 3-4 mosquitoes with every slap. It was He!! on earth. ....hah hah...LOL. We love Arizona (and, southern Utah: near Bluff). But we also like to see the ocean (or rather, look at it directly), so North Florida has been our fave area. However, our area got nailed by a serious hurricane last year LOL Where exactly was your co-worker building along the Honduras coast? Even in Belize (I know Belize well), I would seek some higher ground as close to the coast as possible (with a view). My favorite geographical area of Honduras (away from storm surge, but not the wind forces of a hurricane) is the mountain slope up behind Trujillo (Honduras). This slope survived Mitch impressively well.
silversand 08/25/17 09:03am Snowbirds
RE: I hope that no one has a camper in the Rio Grand Valley now:

...if anyone wants a screen shot of this Cat 2 (near real-time) from my high resolution GOES 16 satellite WMS feed, PM me....(Band 1 or Band 4 spectral bands, your choice).
silversand 08/25/17 08:49am Snowbirds
RE: I hope that no one has a camper in the Rio Grand Valley now:

Silversand, you are right on the mark. One would think you have been through a hurricane before. ...you bet. hurricane Mitch (Honduras) for one. My place there went under 28 feet of sea water (it is gone of course). I was in a minor Cat 1 also (near Tela, Honduras, several years previous). Where I had to wade through aligator and snake infested floodwater ~ 2 miles with backpack held over my head, up to an elevated highway, then make my way to the town, where I took refuge in a 3 story concrete hotel. I was also in a major Nor-easter that hit Norfolk to Camden/Elizabeth City, and the OBX (we were in our expedition vehicle: 2500HD Silverado high clearance, with truck camper, with lots of weather instruments on-board). Driving through Moyock, we could see the white lines under the flood water covering the road. The worst was Mitch (it was the 2nd deadliest Atlantic hurricane on record, with an official death toll of 14,000 (but more realistically, the death toll was in the 19,000 to 25,000 range). Oh, it was a Cat 5 super-hurricane that destroyed concrete walled and roofed houses and businesses. I worked with the Honduras government, aid agencies and coordinated air shipments of aid into the worst parts of Honduras (the Mosquito Coast) using C130 military aircraft, and a large ocean-going cargo vessel (shipping to Puerto Lempira).
silversand 08/25/17 08:10am Snowbirds
RE: I hope that no one has a camper in the Rio Grand Valley now:

..OK....the "eye" is now 40 kilometers north and 172 kilometers east (out over the Gulf) away from the RGV ~centroid. Unless the hurricane heads southwest, its on its way in the direction of Corpus...the RGV will get some needed rain.
silversand 08/25/17 07:50am Snowbirds
RE: I hope that no one has a camper in the Rio Grand Valley now:

....if you guys want to play with straight static sea level rise, use this map: here--> Zoom into the Texas coast, and: In the text box "set elevation" enter 5 (meters) to start. Then pan along the Texas coast (then try, 6, then 7, then for fun, 10 meters). This will give you a very good approximation for sea level rise as it inundates the coastal plains. Remember: this map application does not approximate storm surge from hurricane winds (and deflection of the sea surface from very low pressure systems) !
silversand 08/25/17 07:05am Snowbirds
RE: I hope that no one has a camper in the Rio Grand Valley now:

....OK...the best ensemble track from the NHC this morning has the strike zone close to Corpus C (235 kilometers from storm center as I write). The QPF 5-day accumulation data from this morning has the 4 inch band very close to the RGV, and 2 to 3 inches over the RGV... Hard to say what will happen in the RGV from overland flow from possible 10 ~ 20 inches over 5 days coming from terrain to the north into the RGV watershed. Flood gauges will show this in real time. Also, its hard to say just how long the rains (and Harvey) will linger...it looks like Harvey will stall and spin till ~~late 28th near Corpus C..... ....I (personally) wouldn't want to be 156 straight line kilometers from a potential Cat 2 (or, 3) as Brownsville is as I write. Your mileage may vary :B Good luck!
silversand 08/25/17 06:46am Snowbirds
RE: I hope that no one has a camper in the Rio Grand Valley now:

....I'm chomping at the bit to see the newest QPF coverage later this evening/tomorrow morning, and the updated best Harvey track...
silversand 08/24/17 12:35pm Snowbirds
I hope that no one has a camper in the Rio Grand Valley now:

....there could be a tremendous quantity of rain coming for the RGV Friday/Saturday. I hope this doesn't materialize!
silversand 08/24/17 11:15am Snowbirds
RE: Trip Report: Across country delivering Sleepy's camper

TREMENDOUS trip report Steve! That report is both a work of enormity and of overwhelming friendship and kindness. It took me (well, "us") quite some time to read through "cover-to-cover", but we did it :B A great reference "thread" too for anyone wanting to do an extensive camper rebuild, with people who can do the job very competently! Cheers, Sand & Dunes
silversand 08/17/17 09:33am Truck Campers
RE: Traveling through BC wildfire area

The following is the interactive Canadian Wildland Fire Information System here--> This is what I do if the possibility of driving through wildfire territory presents itself. Your mileage will vary, and you will have to make up your own mind as to the risks you want to assume. I zoom in to the appropriate scale, turn on the "Active Fires" layer, and the "Fire M3 Hotspots" layer, then pan along my proposed route(s). Smoke direction and visibility is highly variable, and can change in literally 10 ~ 20 minutes (nobody can predict where smoke will be; only in situ observation will inform real time). Fire perimeters and directions change in minutes, too. Predicting where wildfires and smoke will spread and how fast hour-by-hour is very problematic. I am on my own when I enter wildfire territory, only I can decide what risk I want to assume. I do my due diligence right up to the minute before I leave.
silversand 08/10/17 09:15am Truck Campers
RE: What wax works best for you?

I tried Fluid Film at one time but the stuff is gooey and not cheap. 1-3 mix of diesel fuel and 30 weight motor oil works just as well. ...I've been using FluidFilm on our vehicles' undercarriage for about 15 years now...I put a drop sheet under the truck before spraying. It is gooey, but the undercarriages of both of our vehicles (and a third vehicle sold in 2014) are as good as new.....and this in Quebec (salt roads on steroids for up to 7 months a year). 2 of our vehicles are/were driven to Florida every winter leaving here in February; the truck / camper rig does not get driven outside April to October ie. during winter (full disclosure). Back to wax: ....I use Nu Finish paste way and Black Magic wet shine most of the time on all vehicles and camper. I also have a spray-on wax I use sometimes after a wash on all vehicles, this applied when vehicles are wet (I can't recall the name).
silversand 07/27/17 12:13pm Truck Campers
RE: Is there a story behind this accident?

....the C DOT traffic cam imagery is hellacious. Little can be deduced. This is the little I can deduce from the imagery: -when the camper "landed" on the on-coming inside shoulder, a tractor trailer rig (based on the width of the dual wheels skid marks) had both feet on the brake pedal to the floor to swerve out of the way of the camper (this begs: what was a tractor trailer doing in the inner-most passing lane); -the pick-up truck's bed bottom appears to be severely warped / damaged; -as Suds mentions, pick-up ended its journey in the inside breakdown lane; -broken light standard ended its journey on the on-coming inside shoulder / breakdown lane... // ....need to see crash investigator photos of the pick-up from every angle to determine more.
silversand 07/19/17 08:58am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Steve: .....just wait till the overturn of the landmark 2015 net neutrality rules happen soon...the free and open Internet may be a concept of the past soon (this will really hit consumers in the pocketbook!).
silversand 07/14/17 01:47pm Truck Campers
RE: Advice on TC for 12 month trip to Europe

but Sprinter vans in Europe are regularly reported to make 2,000,000 km without overhaul, so even buying older one is not coming with high risk. ...LOL, I have no doubt that the Sprinter "mechanicals" will go very, very far, but thinking back to the last 2 Sprinters I saw on the roads around Quebec, literally the entire body above the frameworks were so rusted out, I'm sure the drivers of those vans was feeling like they were driving a block of hole-filled Swiss cheese :B I imagine that the EU countries have very little ice melt chemicals on the roads (at least, perhaps they don't use ice melt chemicals longer than the months of January/February, unlike on this side of the Pond, where they are used for at least 6 months of the winter) ? If if wanted to keep a Sprinter for the long term, I would anti-rust spray under-coat it every season...
silversand 07/14/17 01:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

.....interesting, and catastrophic! Jeesh. I've had a Photobucket account (free, not paid) since 2004 (1 year after this hosting service was founded). And for 14 years, never ever had an issue linking to or accessing my photos. All of my linked photos still "function" no problem (across the myriad forums I have posted to)....but for how long....hmmmm? I do have my own "web servers" where I host a number of domain names (belonging to me). I wish I could host all the photos here (through a custom storage interface), but even I couldn't host a waterfall of photos on my terabytes of SAN...it would simply cost too much. Its a real ****-shoot relying on any (whether e-mail service or photo storage provider) "free" service. I've been through dozens of on-line service company "takeovers" and mergers (including Rocketmail, in the very early days of the Net: Rocketmail set up a special mail server host for me at Yahoo....which itself was just taken over recently LOL), but have been very lucky in that I have never been "stranded".....yet LOL.
silversand 07/11/17 01:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Shopping for a 3/4 ton, What fit issues should I expect?

I'm not understanding why the tailgate opening is a potential issue, my camper is 48.5" wide all the way to the tail and I'm certain the tailgate opening is much wider than that. ....a lot of truck campers have a T shaped tub :) If you decide to get a different truck camper, check the tub configuration...
silversand 06/28/17 02:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Shopping for a 3/4 ton, What fit issues should I expect?

.....jack extension bolt-ons are available for some jacks; I can't tell from the photos if your jacks are round or square leg? Really REALLY pay attention to the rear truck bed opening width vis a vis your existing (or contemplated) truck camper rear tub width (as Kohldad writes, above). You can get the truck bed widths from truck manufacturer's up-fitter web databases (like GM body builder up-fitter drawings for all years light-duty truck models, here--> )
silversand 06/27/17 09:47am Truck Campers
RE: Converting from traditional aluminum siding to smooth skins?

....have a look at Foamular C-300, at 30psi compression strength (shiplap), 96 inch lengths...Owens Corning.
silversand 06/27/17 09:35am Truck Campers
RE: Converting from traditional aluminum siding to smooth skins?

Gaco Western (Firestone Building Products), here--> ...that sounds like a very interesting and robust roof build-up! I'll probably use Gaco to 2nd skin my TPO roof down the road (perhaps in 7 years....BEFORE a roof leak happens). Have you considered just using 3 sheets (do the cut-outs) of marine ply (12-foot sheets for sidewalls all the way out to tip of cabover, and scarf lower & scarf a couple of smaller ply sheets to form the rear wall) and doing the same build-up as the roof (as a smooth camper "skin") ? ...also, check the under-wings and camper tub and tub under-floor for rot, too. I had to re-build mine a few years ago...also, it appears (in your photo) that the cabover underbelly could be delaminating (??)
silversand 06/27/17 09:18am Truck Campers
RE: camping policy at national parks

2. A pickup with canopy with a foam pad, pulling a TT. ...this is an excellent topic, and though I am not happy for the OP's experience, we will be doing something like wnjj writes, above: 2 of us pulling a base camp tow trailer (21 foot) with our 2500HD pickup, with compact pop-up truck camper on truck. The pick-up/truck pop-up camper will be our daily driver (and grocery getter, and remote 4x4 expedition rig for deep offroad explorations without basecamp trailer), and the trailer our base camp to be left in various regions hooked up to paid service(s) for up to 1 or 2 months. Several campgrounds we visited in Florida have said: no problem with this....you are only 2 at the site; while other campgrounds were not sure (they said they had to check with the owner (private campground) or municipality (municipal campgrounds), State (State Parks), or Feds (National Parks) ). However, no one we inquired with said absolutely "no". On edit: a member of this Forum (Jim) years ago (a couple traveling full time) had a Class A diesel pusher, towing a truck camper rig (the towed); I never read from them of any problems with this set-up at any campground...
silversand 06/21/17 08:15am Truck Campers
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