The roof is one-piece aluminum "seamless" (sounds like the Livin-Lite roof); the heating system sounds interesting (a heat exchanger, too; the heating system will keep camper heated when you are driving).
Not enough additional info to make a detailed analysis (ie. no dimensions inside or out, etc)....will follow this one closely!
Is there anyone out there running the new KO2 BFGs on their rigs?
We're now running Duratrac meats on our rig, but would like to gather info on these babies...
LT285/75R16 (126/123R) E (3750 lbs @ 80 PSI)
It's quite amazing to read the temperature departures from normal (DFN) in Florida. Example, Nov 2014, Pensacola's departure from normal was -6 F from the 54.7F average! Now, down in Orlando, their DFN for November 2014 was -3.2F; and all the way south at Key West, their DFN was a staggering -2.5F (worse than Miami region!).
The departures may not look Earth-shattering, but consider that Pensacola's DFN represents a drop of 10.9% and Orlando's drop is 4.9% in the average over the month!
I graphed the temperature average for Orlando winter season from 1964 to 2013 looking for patterns or cycles, and found that from about 1991, Orlando has a steady cyclical 4~5 year roll from peak high average, to a peak low average. Years 2013 and 2014 are in a very low average dip now (ie. a very cold average in the cycle), so we expect 2015, 2016 and 2017 to be up-swing temperature years...I chose Orlando because it is fairly near the geographical centroid of the peninsula; well, close enough, because I had to choose a place with reliable long-term climate data near center of peninsula :B Let's see how this plays out over the next 3 years!
I have yet to do the above for the RGV region...
USDF Region seven Championships where we came away five times as class champions.
Driving on our hairy freeways:
I'm still near a point personally where I will soon avoid these high-speed freeways with the truck camper rig (unless no other choice would exist to get from b to c), opting for less dense tertiary roads.
I think I would feel more comfortable kayaking a remote area of a war-torn 3rd World hovel during a tropical storm, where I would have more control over an easier (more predictable) set of independent variables coming my way :B
ouch....I would change this out ASAP. P rated tires really are not intended to carry much load.
Air them to the max rating and take it slow on the way home.
....have you changed out your passenger car tires yet, for truck tires?
We have P rated tires on our new SUV (rated to near what yours are rated to), and I wouldn't haul more than 200~300 LBS with those.
Has DW ever attended an FEI World Equestrian Games (I think the 2010 was held in Lexington) ?
Those near accidents make me apprehensive of ever driving on a high-speed Interstate or similar again, with a heavy rig. I can't even imagine how this felt driving with trailered horses! One could be a very practiced defensive driver, however, there are infinite permutations of disasters that can happen randomly, anywhere.
5: Furnaces and water heaters as one unit, powered by propane, electric, or both. Truma has a model which does this. This saves a lot of space and allows for more versatility. With addition #1 above, one could run the truck's engine for electricity and use electric heat.
I saw the Truma water heater/furnace in operation in a truck camper at the Overland Expo East in October. This product alone will change the North American RV immeasurably; their other power product (their fuel cell) would be icing on the cake (the Truma guy from Ontario was discussing with me a suggested retail price in the ~ $1300 range for the water heater/furnace on this side of the Pond)...
And your point is?
....my point is to give those not familiar with a particular climatological definition a baseline to work with, a) to weed out marketing BS and false expectations; b) a general idea where the tropics climate actually commences; and C) to understand why people are so miserable living outdoors within a certain temperature and high humidity regime in the generally poorly-insulated RVs we all use in North America (ie. knowing that discomfort zone will give one better decision-making tools towards avoidance)...
....nothing more...nothing less...
Once I gave up the marketing illusion of a semi-tropical southern Texas at half the rate of a true semi-tropical location
....it helps to first throw out terminology not used to describe climate zones: "semi-tropical" is purely a marketing invention, helped along because it is used so often by the unknowing masses, and somehow the term becomes adopted, wrongly, to describe some part of the tropics.
The real tropic belts are only two: 1) subtropics; and 2) tropics. Nothing more, nothing less. South Texas falls inside the subtropics zone, having its northern boundary at approximately the 38th parallel (just about at Wichita, Kansas), and its southern boundary at about 23.45° Lat (near Mazatlan, Mexico). So, Brownsville, TX (RGV) is a mere ~157 miles from the north boundary of the "tropics", and ~828 miles (!!!) from the north boundary of the "subtropics". So, this would place the RGV at the near extreme south end of the subtropics, very, very close the the "tropics" northern frontier. Additionally, the subtropics is divided into 3 zones (none of them called semi-tropical!). The RGV is called a savannah climate regime, replete with a monsoon season. The subtropics is defined by a high and low temperature ceiling; the low basement (in the Northern Hemisphere) are temperatures ranging from 35°F and 55°F...sounds cold yes? You bet it is! The most miserable temperature ranges for the human body are between about 25F and 55F, especially when the (RH) humidity is in the 80%+ range (as it is in the south regions of the subtropics!).
I think there are some snowbirds who would perhaps find it more comfortable in the "tropics" south of Mazatlan, Mexico? There really isn't much geographic space between the RGV and the line demarcating the tropics: only 157 miles! This would in fact place the RGV in the really southern geographical sector of the subtropics, by every climatological measure out there.
...that's it for today folks :B
I like our open "C" channel ladder frame, with boxed frame under the entire engine area. The open C is extremely good a vertical load handling/stability (look at tractors pulling trailers), and is less rigid in torsional dimension (bringing loads over hilly terrain, the C channel torsional flexibility is needed to keep all 4 wheels on the ground, all the while providing exceptional vertical load stability with the C). Open C under the load bed area needs a different leaf spring rate design (just as rear boxed needs a different leaf spring design when compared to open C springing).
...if we ever had to go with a newer truck (God forbid), I would do everything in my power to source a truck/frame with open "C" channel, with ladders under the load-bearing part and engine/tranny of the new truck (I hope this would not have to be an MDt or Class 8 !)...
....oh ya; for sure there is a back to the roots light-weight camping/trekking movement/trend among Millennials. It is really interesting to read Backpacking magazine (and other similar genre: for kayakers/paddlers); their retained review personnel is/are very very young (Millennials).
I think this is a good thing.
Unfortunately for Millennials, only a few will ever have the means to "get into" RVing (the few that do buy older vintage RVs, and literally rebuild them from the ground up, as best they can)...
Will the computer generation want out door activities? Will we be able to afford them?
....it depends what cohort you mean. To me, the computer generation are baby boomers (who invented computing and supercomputing: way pre smart-phone). This group earns roughly 40% of all US income. The Gen Xers were the cohort who invented mobile technology (ie. the first smart-phone "phone-computer mashup" was the IBM Simon in 1992, designed by people born in the '60s and '70s), Gen-Xers earning about 30% of all US income. It could be argued that Gen-Yers (Millennials) were kind of involved in the invention/marketing/apping of the super smart-phones debuting in the 2005+ era (this generation is the poorest, earning only <18% of all US income, and with a horrendous unemployment statistic at an astounding ~15% in the US)...paradoxically, Millennials are the most educated cohort among all generational cohorts, however, they are the poorest, most chronically unemployed, and vast numbers of them still live with their parents (well into their 30s).
It is HIGHLY doubtful that Millennials will ever be able to afford any kind of RV lifestyle....anytime soon (read: perhaps in the future, when they inherit). Millenials only look at car payments by the weekly numbers (ever notice that over the past ~8 years, car companies advertise: "....payments only $30.......WEEKLY." Extrapolate this socio-marketing calculus to the cohort that buys RVs (RVs cost $50,000 to $300,000 +) ) :E
to turn on differential GPS. 2 meter accuracy in places now - can't believe I've had the unit for years and only just noticed this setting.
Steve: ....but the excitement upon discovering that your GPS has DGPS capability must have trumped all :B
Thanks for the detailed maps! I had originally thought you to be on the "other side", until I saw that sharp peak protruding from the sea, then the defensive installation.
Steve (and Sally):
A really fun trip report!
I'm attempting to find your foot route to the breakwater: you guys walked from Wembury (area), to Heybrook Bay (area), to opposite Bovisand (the defense emplacement) ?
Sand & Dunes
I believe that the RV industry will proceed similar to Sabconsulting's description (specifically whole RV integrated solar skins, and sharing electric vehicle battery capacity with the RV). Billtex has also included some very plausible direction, especially with the new Ford pickup/truck camper factory offering (no hassle, no fuss). Robert Ryan's pointing out the enormous strides made among Australian RV/truck camper manufacturers vis composites is important (Australian RV manufacturers need to market their products World-wide by selling turn-key manufacturing "systems" and expertise, not by exporting "end product" from geographically shipping-disadvantageous Australia).
Now for some future prognostication: petrol-fueled *consumer* vehicles will likely dry up in about 15 years (15 years is three 5-year design cycles; staggered dry-up of petrol-fueled vehicles from country to country), as all consumer vehicles are morphed into electric and other hybrid technologies; the only petrol-fueled vehicles likely to be left on the roads of the World will be commercial (air, road and ocean-going commercial). The RV as we know it will continue to shrink in size, and the only RVs resembling the old dinosaurs will be used product (ever depleting in quantity over time: via attrition). We will experience extremely wildly varying gasoline/kerosene/LP/diesel pricing, going from $1.60 a gallon, to $12 a gallon, to $2 a gallon, to $10 a gallon, to 2.50 a gallon, on a wild roller-coaster ride (as will our global stock markets over the next 20 or more years). This wild fluctuation will instill fear in the consumer confidence furthering petrol-fueled consumer vehicle attrition rates, and steer the vast majority of drivers to electric/and/or hybrid technology vehicles, and the new just-in-time taxi smart-phone services (currently expanding Globally, at a lightning speed).
...we'll live and see! IMO...
....what exacly IS Flex Seal anyway?
Where are it's specifications, ASTM test ratings for applications under varying environments, on various substrates. What are its elastic properties under a wide range of temperatures? Can it withstand tortional stresses that truck campers under transport exhibit? I can't find anything on these extremely important technical questions at all. Does Flex Seal have an applications engineering department to answer questions on applications/specifications for critical repairs on large vehicles, like an RV or similar genre ?
All the above and much more have already been answered by sealants manufacturers on niche sealants currently being used by the RV industry (and boat manufacturers) in manufacture of their units.
We have 41,700 miles on our '04 hauling a camper half your proposed weight. Zero issues with engine, transmission, and other components. Owned since new (10 years), i had undercarriage bathed in industrial grade anti corrosion right out of showroom, and twice a year ever since. Everything from tires up to roof in near mint condition (just had it re evaluated by insurance adjuster in september).
The only acheles heals are: transfer case oil pump bracket rub through; rapid rusting of brake lines (if it has never seen anti rust coating); softish brake pedal feel (have your brake fluid changed at roughly 35,000 miles); and finally, premature instrument cluster failure (a do it yourself fix for under $120 is available).
Concluding, the Vortec 6 is a bulletproof engine, easily capable of 500,000 miles with severe duty service maintenance, and all the above can easily be mitigated with preventive maintenance. If that '06 has been meticulously maintained (with verifiable records), meticulously undercarriage anti rust sprayed, and all the service bulletins done (several electrics, brake boost inspected and steering intermediate shaft replaced), this would be an extremely reliable truck to haul that TC for several decades.
We pay just about $155 CAD a year for multiple domain names and full hosting (Netfirms plan). I could install a "blog" platform onto my server space (if I wished to go that route), and a choice of e-Commerce platforms, too.
My allowable raster image storage limit is so enormous, I would probably never achieve the limit.
Are you storing full-RAW images on your site? Have you got e-Commerce installed? I hesitate storing full uncompressed imagery on our site.
Also, you may want to consider implementing something like a loss-less dynamic compression application on a hosted server plan (something like LizardTech MrSID Generation 4 with Express Server 9). MrSID is used almost explusively for serving massive terrabyte sized raster imagery from satellite sensors at 95% loss-less compression (hard to believe I know; t'was developed a Sandia National Labs, NM, and is now a civilian product). It could easily be used as a professional photography hyper-compression/uncompression solution in your own hosted server....something to consider.