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RE: Styrofoam vs fiberglass matt insulation

.....like Buzzcut suggests, don't fool about with anything other than closed cell foam. There are MANY block foam compositions out there. Check the PERM rating and compressive strength (ASTM D1621) for the foam FIRST before settling on ANY for product (Water Absorption, ASTM C272, % by volume, max: 0.3 or better) ! Also, if the better PERM comes from a thin plastic veneer over the foam board, ask yourself: what if this thin veneer is scratched, perforated or abraded? If this happens, then you have just usurped your PERM/vapor barrier spec! Remember this: try and build a toy boat out of glass wool (if you can) and a 2nd toy boat out of XPS closed-cell block foam, drop them in the bath, and see which one survives after a few hours. Now, remove from tub, and dry both off with a hair drier (you've only got 1 minute to dry both: which one will not dry, even after days?). When glass wool takes on even a small quantity of humidity (forget about water!), it will virtually lose ALL its insulating value.
silversand 03/30/14 11:58am Truck Campers
RE: Best way to store a truck camper

....we stored our camper outside on the property this winter for the 1st time since new (2005). I built vent shields out of polystyrene XPS (30psi material), and capped it off with 1/2 inch outdoor (exterior grade) plywood (the plywood protected with an 8mil UV treated clear poly tarp "window"; the exterior plywood is heavily coated with marine varnish, 4 raw cut edges saturated with varnish, too). I taped the entire contraption together with special construction tape. I can stand on these vent shields (I'm 170 LBS), and they don't give at all: http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p318/isladelcisne/topview_zpscd103dc0.jpg http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p318/isladelcisne/bottomvew_zpsc8eafe7b.jpg Without these over our vents, the 3, 4, 5 foot snowstorms, and the dozen or two ice storms thrown in for good measure, and various and sundry branches that get blown onto the roof over winter (cracking and breaking during ice storms) would destroy completely both roof vents-- absolutely guaranteed. I made a custom woven polyethylene cover that just fits over the roof, and goes about 12 inches down side of camper; this is cinched down over the vent shields, using an elaborate latticework of elasticized tie-downs, and a few strategic applications of very robust outdoor tape (we often have winds here for days on end in the 60 to 70 MPH range on the mountain over winter). We live in real snow country in eastern Quebec near the extreme north side of Vermont/New Hampshire border (we often have -30 to -40 below temps for many weeks or months on end), where it starts snowing by ~10th of October, and stops snowing in June, and as such, I've had to remove snow and large icebergs off the roof of camper and the 2 trucks at least 60 times this winter. We'll see if we store everything indoors at the marina next winter. Anyhow, If this were me, I would custom-make a solution for my particular climate situation, and unique camper structure. ....I'm outa' here to shovel another foot of heavy damp snow off the roof of the camper (3rd time today), Good luck, Silver-
silversand 03/30/14 11:34am Truck Campers
RE: Fender well storage box?

That storage box looks interesting; my thoughts: -the box weighs just about 60 LBS (about the weight of an extra battery); -several truck campers make tubs that are step-constructed geometry to fit tightly over the truck bed wheel wells and take up all the space aft of them (like ours), so study your truck camper tub design carefully before buying one; There must be a blow-molded HDPE storage box alternative out there on the market that would be about 1/3rd the weight of this metal box (this would be a good product for someone like TorkLift to design/offer, possibly: blow-molded fore/aft truck camper side saddle storage boxes, for the most popular truck campers' tub geometries)? For our camper tub design, I wish an HDPE bed-mountable box that would fit fore of our 2 wheel- wells were available (to mount, securely, 2 more batteries). Thanks for posting the link. This product offers much food for thought as additional storage!
silversand 03/29/14 04:50am Truck Campers
RE: roof repair Guadalajara

Brian: rubber boats are mostly made of a material called Hypalon; very heavy and very expensive. The problem with a branch penetrating an RV roof (any RV), is the roof structure may be destroyed (if the roof is made from welded aluminum, requiring an experienced TIG aluminum welder, repairing it is going to be a very very tricky and skill-filled endeavor). If the roof's EPDM (rubber) is torn, then get an RV-sized roll --the roll has to actually be wider than the RV roof, and must be seamlessly(!) applied in one long piece. This is a VERY specialized job, requirng sealant that is compatible with EPDM. EPDM may or may not be used these days as much as TPO for roofing commercially (on buildings) in Mexico, so it may be difficult to find a large enough roll of EPDM material already in Mexico. Also, if your roof decking is destroyed (probably likely), you will have to re-deck the damaged roof section. You may want to do a large temporary patch, until you can get the right materials, sealants and decking and find the right Mexican expertise to do the job technically correctly. If your camper roof has damaged aluminum structural members, you'll have to find the aluminum stock somewhere in Mexico, too. The RV manufacturing industry uses something called white-on-black EPDM membrane, typically in the 42 mil thickness (a much more robust white-on-black is 60 mil, and is rated: walk-on). You can order it as 15 x 25 feet, up to over 40 feet long. Carlisle SynTec is the manufacturer (800.479.6832 in Carlisle, PA). I would call them, and inquire on who is carrying the product in Mexico in your region (this stuff is probably used in Mexico). Here is Carlisle's web contact info, here--> Good luck, S-
silversand 03/28/14 02:53pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Pop Up Fabric - canvas, top gun, sunbrella

....while you are looking at Weblon, also look at Herculite, specifications here--> ....also, have a look at Herculite 20 and Herculite 80 (Mil-C-43006), but extreme durability at 18oz (and, price). Good luck, S-
silversand 03/28/14 02:11pm Truck Campers
RE: TC travels, Az, Hawaii, Nova Scotia, * 2013 TR, Pg 531

....wow. Happy 51st guys! This one snuck by me :) S & D
silversand 03/27/14 07:44am Truck Campers
RE: Pop-up with built in generator

Sorry, I have a Honda Eu2000i that I lift in and out of the storage cabinet. ....cool. It must have been another Apex owner :)
silversand 03/27/14 07:35am Truck Campers
RE: Summer in Mexico

The absolute best place climatically, cost of living wise and with abundant clean surroundings is uruapan, michoacan. A distant number 2 is oaxaca (cultural things to do, intellectual stimulation, food; however, it may be a bit dry over winter)...you could find an adequate place to park an rv if you are a bit creative.
silversand 03/26/14 08:00pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Trip report : Skafell Pike - the top of England

...oh; some interesting mapping history started from skafell: the greatest land survey ever undertaken of great britain commenced there (using a state of the art ramsden theodolite from the 1780s)...
silversand 03/26/14 07:47pm Truck Campers
RE: Trip report : Skafell Pike - the top of England

Steve and sally: you guys look great! Just reading through your trip report before retiring for the night. Tremendous country! I've not ever tried that czech beer. I'll have to give it a taste. Nikki couldn't quite make out the name of that red wine sally had for dinner? Additionally, love that series 1 and vintage trailer !! Got to love those crampons; we use them here all winter, nearly every day ;) Cheers, Silver-
silversand 03/26/14 07:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Spare tire age

This is the original 2003 spare and we did this in July 2013, spare was fine always in the shade ....it's not that the spare tire hasn't seen any sun in 10+ years, it is the ground-level ozone that is attacking that rubber 24/7/365 days a year AND that tires are meant to be driven on often, not stored (tires not driven for long periods will craze/crack and degrade, because the rubber compounding absolutely requires them to be used/rolled on/driven regularly). IMO: change your spare when it hits 5~6 years of age (check that date stamp! a supposedly "new tire" you buy from a dealer, could have been sitting on their tire rack for 2, 3 or 4 years = nearly "stale rubber" = a hazard after only 3. 2 or 1 year of use: again, check and decode all your tire date stamps BEFORE buying them, and mark their dates in your maintenance records).
silversand 03/26/14 09:37am Truck Campers
RE: Blockade

...that great photos of the CNC marchers in Mexico DF that RichieC posted was for National Farmers Federation --the image in the placards appears to be a drawing of Graciano Sanchez (co-founder of the CNC in 1938, and the National Peasant Confederation in 1933).
silversand 03/26/14 09:20am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Traveling internationaly

...I have to 2nd the Expedition Portal (especially for those wanting to overland with a motor connected to 2, 4 or more wheels): I suggest the Forum section To discuss planned expeditions and overland adventures throughout the globe here--> ....that section is divided into 6 continents Sounds exciting! S-
silversand 03/26/14 09:03am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Pop-up with built in generator

....there is an Outfitter Apex pop-up owner on this Forum (I think it is Dadwolf2) with a built-in Onan 4000 Microquiet gas generator...you may want to reach out to him?
silversand 03/26/14 08:53am Truck Campers
RE: Blockade

....Guys: the term "3rd World" has been out of the professional lexicon for 40 years now (I know; sometimes use the term myself!). Today, there are very specific criteria to rank the World's countries by income, vulnerability, GDP and acute poverty: LDC (least developed countries; among them Haiti, Afghanistan, Sudan, etc). MDC (more developed countries; among them Mexico, a prime example) HDC (highly developed countries, or very highly developed: among them Canada, Argentina, USA, UK, Germany, France, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, etc...) ....I hope this clears things up :D
silversand 03/25/14 10:02am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: any canadians leave rv in florida

....on the 8840 question "...recording a stored Canadian-plated trailer in Florida while you are out of state {read: back in country of residence 'Canada' for 6 months}..." the responses are as clear as mud :B ....any tax precedents out there? IRS rulings ? Now, on the insurance issue: this could be interesting (approaching a homeowners' insurance issuer)...hmmmm?
silversand 03/25/14 08:38am Snowbirds
RE: RVing in Central America

Rolling: I suggest that you post your "trip report" (if you have put one together) or, a link to your trip report/blog over in Truck Camper forum. I founded the Trip Reports section in the Truck Camper forum years ago, and have handed the reins over to a fellow World traveler (Steve, or SabConsulting, {who regularly does expeditions through the Sahara, Namibia and South Africa with his truck camper-- based out of England}). Truck Camper Trip Reports V2 --> Our contingent of truck campers forum members are from all over the World, and many are subscribed the Overlanding Journal and Expedition Portal (and participate in the Overland Expo, held in Arizona every spring). Numerous of us have done some of the most daunting places on Earth in our truck campers. Not to take away from this RVing in Mexico Forum, I encourage you to post in both :C On edit: A few members on the periphery of the RVing in Mexico forum can be, um, somewhat parochial; however, the VAST majority of members here are true well-respected hard-core Latin America-experienced RVers-- some with decades of on-the-ground...:B Cheers, Silver-
silversand 03/22/14 05:31am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: any canadians leave rv in florida

Don't forget to declare it on your 8840 Please explain: you must be referring to line 15 on the 8840 form, correct? Is a tow trailer (whether bought and registered in the US by a Canadian, or brought down to US and registered in Canada) in a storage facility, or a yacht in dry dock that a Canadian leaves in the US considered "a permanent home" ? Does the IRS mean: a fixed real property (ie. condo, house, town house, single family home, or trailer installed on an owned or leased lot with a legal address) ? Have you gotten a written clarification from the IRS on this question?
silversand 03/22/14 05:06am Snowbirds
RE: TC travels, Az, Hawaii, Nova Scotia, * 2013 TR, Pg 531

You are most welcome. I can't wait to see your documentary photos as you investigate these sites. From what i have read, mounds were built up over time using the detritus of centuries of broken tools and various garbage; built up, andhuge wooden structures were built over top (like kind of wood pyramids, but narrower and very tall: lookouts? Signal relay?). I never thout about the utility of refuge from seasonal flooding. Makes perfect sense! I still have that unfinished business with those data points in florida sink hole region to attend to...
silversand 03/16/14 06:40pm Truck Campers
RE: TC travels, Az, Hawaii, Nova Scotia, * 2013 TR, Pg 531

...there is a MASSIVE prehistoric city being excavated, called the East St Louis Mounds; this site is, "...the largest prehistoric dig in North America. It’s one of the biggest contiguous sites of a Mississippian city ever excavated." I think virtually all the mound sites in the US were once connected...
silversand 03/16/14 01:41pm Truck Campers
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