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RE: Cheapest source for Honda 2000 genny?

Yes, it's true that many of the options are advertised to be just as quiet, but who carries a Db meter around with them ? ....yes I do and, a magnetometer, proximeter, oscilloscope, and spectrogram....and a lie detector (both a pulse rate with BMP settable threshold, and a voice stress type) :B
silversand 12/14/17 12:35pm Truck Campers
RE: 2014 3500 Duelly driver fender spreading

My aluminum bed have the ribs ending like 3" before the bed end, so TC was "rocking" on the ribs ends and the factory mat did not even it up at all. ....I don't know why truck camper manufacturers (all of them) don't build T shaped tubs ? I know there are a handful that do, however most tubs seem to be purely hyper-rectangular. When we researched buying truck campers (back in 2003/2004), I made, as one of my criteria, a T shaped tub, for stability against "tub rocking".
silversand 12/14/17 12:11pm Truck Campers
RE: 2014 3500 Duelly driver fender spreading

If I was seeing this problem I would put something more substantial across the bed. A few flat 2x4s would be much stiffer than plywood, better still would be some 2" square or rectangular steel tubes... ....wouldn't that narrow 2 inch steel add really acute load points laterally along the corrugated tin bed (and potentially permanently deflect the corrugation; even right through a rubber bed mat) ?
silversand 12/14/17 12:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Cheapest source for Honda 2000 genny?

If I want a noisy jenny I'll stick with the Onan we have. ....the Champion Power Equipment No.75531i 3100 watt inverter generator ($780) is in the same dBA range as the Honda ($976) / Yamaha ($1454) / Hyundai ($560) / Westinghouse ($699) / Generac ($799) / and WEN ($849) 2000 to 2400 watt units: 58dBA at 23 feet. All the other generators range from 53dBA to 60dBA. They all have very impressive ratings from 4.1 to 4.6 out of 5 from Generator Advisor 2017 best portable generator reviews :)
silversand 11/03/17 07:58am Truck Campers
RE: Hallmark Roof Leak Rubber Roof TPO

Used table saw and router to remake frame perimeter because it was rotten. I read that your original roof frame "perimeter" was wood, and partially rotted out? Our 2005 Outfitter roof perimeter (and entire roof framing structure) is aluminum, and won't rot out. On edit: the "decking" under the TPO is marine ply over a crowned structure, with a layer of 1/8th inch felt, then the TPO overlay. On the Outfitters: ...if the seam sealant should separate from the TPO along the vertical aluminum roof channel fascia, I can't see how any water could travel "up hill" 3 inches to the top of the perimeter radius. However, I am not a structural engineer, so perhaps this is possible. Also, these are the old style roofs; I think that all the pop-up roofs at Hallmark (and Outfitter) are now glass or fiber composites now...
silversand 11/03/17 05:57am Truck Campers
RE: Finding Nemo, Going Coastal

Whazoo: Nice "meet up" ! What a spectacular region !! I like the "map" printed across your T-shirt :B Cheers from Sand & Dunes !
silversand 11/03/17 05:43am Truck Campers
RE: Hallmark Roof Leak Rubber Roof TPO

....I looked closely at your photos, and to me, your roofing material looks like TPO (not EPDM rubber). I buckle the roof down with just enough force to "compress" about 1.4 inch. I also have a TPO roof (on the Outfitter, manufactured in 2005), and re-caulk about every 3 years using only Dicor non-sag lap sealant for vertical surfaces (I have the older TPO formulation, before the TPO patent expired and all hell broke loose with myriad new formulations entering the market). Dicor makes a new sealant system that is chemically compatible with all the TPO variant chemistries; it is called: Ultra Sealant, and is 2 part mixable material. Dicor writes that this new Ultra Sealant is compatible with all the known RV TPO chemistry variants. Read about it here--> If anyone uses this 2-part material, do your due diligence when applying to vertical roof areas (watch for sealant sag).
silversand 11/03/17 05:39am Truck Campers
RE: Wolf Creek 850 front box issues

I recently repaired a Hallmark that had a very thin sheet of plywood as that of your Wolf Creek. It had rotted over the years and was a poor design coming from the factory. I use 1/2 marine ply and 3 coats of Flex Seal. I applied the Flex Seal prior to installing the plywood and then just had to touch up where the screws into the frame were installed. If you haven't use Flex Seal it is a outstanding product. I then use aluminum angle to cover the outside edges. .....I did exactly the same repair/reinforcement under our 2005 Outfitter (8 foot long tub). Most of the 1/8 inch lauan thin veneer ply rotted right off, exposing the aluminum frame and XPS foam block insulation between the aluminum joists. I had to strip off what was left of the rotted 1/8th inch lauan, yank out the several hundred staples from the aluminum (that was brutal to do, on my back, under the camper tub, with a pair of pliers LOL). Then, I coated 1/2 inch marine plywood with 3 coats of marine hull varnish (the 2 flat sides, and the 4 perimeter edges), then applied sealant to the exposed aluminum floor joists, and using hydraulic jacks, and bracing, raised the 1/2 inch plywood up to the under-floor, and compressed the new treated ply onto the underside, and screwed the new ply in place through the aluminum floor joists..I also caulked the joints where the several sheets butted together, and applied aluminum L extrusion to the whole perimeter of the tub....feeew. I don't want to have to do that again! *On edit: ...our under-tub floor does not have access to any "equipment", nor does our under-floor cap any hollow pockets, so, as mentioned above, you may want to consider 3/4 inch plywood, and not 1/2 inch
silversand 10/18/17 05:58am Truck Campers
RE: Battery disconnect

The battery disconnect in my Bigfoot will turn off everything, including the smoke detector and CO detector. The object of this device is to prevent idle time battery drain when the camper is not being used. Having those parasitic draws bypass the disconnect makes it useless. In m opinion the disconnect should be between the battery and everything else. This is system I had installed in our Outfitter 4 years after we bought the camper. When I snap off the battery disconnect, all parasitic draws are halted...but I also can run the AC system separately not feeding the built-in camper converter/charger (I have two AC systems; see below) Also, I can "plug" my marine battery charger (AGM charge profile) into an isolated AC source, completely bypassing our camper's built-in converter/charger (yes, I have 2 charge systems in the camper) and completely bypassing the camper's AC system (my second charge source is GFCI in the camper parking area at home). Concluding, I have 2 isolated systems: an isolated camper AC system fed via the camper's AC input (this can supply 12V to our camper 12V DC appliances), and a completely separate 12V battery system that can be isolated from the camper's built-in converter/charger (for various reasons). I now also have redundant CO and propane detectors that are not parasitic to the separate 12V DC battery chain (these are lithium battery powered).
silversand 10/18/17 05:08am Truck Campers
RE: I hope that no one has a camper in the Rio Grand Valley now:

Regardless of tone, past political positions, even arguments, know that all of us are on your side. We pray and hope for safety and only the best outcome for you all! Well said. I started this thread early on in the progress of Harvey, where numerous model members were showing not certainty, but a fair chance that Harvey would strike the RGV...over time (24 hours), the ensemble became far more certain that the "strike" would be near where it happened. So, a simple and unambiguous title. Some want to read more into it, that's OK. This Forum has a very heavy winter winter RVing membership in the Texas RGV, with a few outliers in more northerly sectors. Thus my question. Just to be clear: I have 3 family members living in Texas (for the past 30+ years), so I have a major stake in their outcome, because 2 of them live in badly affected areas. However, as Disk Doctor writes, " know that all of us are on your side. We pray and hope for safety and only the best outcome for you all!" Cheers, Silver-
silversand 08/27/17 06:43am Snowbirds
RE: I hope that no one has a camper in the Rio Grand Valley now:

No rain, but the wind is up to 19 mph in the RGV. As predicted. Thanks, Tom. Good to hear. As ya mentioned....the RGV needs at least some rain LOL! You guys just can't seem to catch a break. ....but seriously, all focus from here on to the poor folks up-coast from Corpus.
silversand 08/25/17 11:38am Snowbirds
RE: I hope that no one has a camper in the Rio Grand Valley now:

My God, Silversand, it is ALWAYS mandatory evacuation on the OBX because there is absolutely nothing there for wind breaks. ...yep. For sure. Quite a few parts of the 12 were partially covered by sea water and sand bars (just north of Rodanthe; and parts of the 12 near Frisco. Even the stretch of Lighthouse Road into the Cape Point campground were thoroughly under water...we started from the Cape Henry lighthouse area (1st landing, beside Fort Story, Norfolk) in over 12 inches of water (I had to tear down the camper rig and pack in a brutal zero visibility nor-easter), then made our way to Starbucks, where I talked to a Navy pilot who just flew through the mess 40 minutes previous; and we decided to make a run for Currituck, before it was "too late"....
silversand 08/25/17 11:31am Snowbirds
RE: I hope that no one has a camper in the Rio Grand Valley now:

As of 1100 CDT Harvey is 100 miles SE of Corpus Christi and still a CAT 2. I am watching this because it will affect me in San Antonio, we will be getting 12-18 inches of rain over Saturday and Sunday.... ....this Thread is a specific one for RGV; however, there is a general thread on hurricane Harvey started some time ago started in the Class A General Topics: here-->
silversand 08/25/17 11:09am Snowbirds
RE: I hope that no one has a camper in the Rio Grand Valley now:

That was back in the mid 90's and I have no recollection of where. The lady moved on so I don't even know what the outcome was. All I remember was it was taking years to complete, and how inexpensive it was to have a Caribbean view. According to my Belizean friend, Honduras was less honest then Belize when it came to things like that. So building on the Island was a good way to go. If you were closer, I would share the very last of my Nance Liqueur (made from Belizean Craboo {whatever that is}) with you. It's an acquired taste, which I have yet to acquire. LOL On edit: You mention the Port Isabel area, if you have a Facebook account take a look at this little clip to get an idea. Right now (via live webcams) it looks like the Gulf is up to the dunes with a 2-4 foot rise being predicted. Those that got flooded before probably will get flooded again. Facebook Video Clip ...wow, the mid 90s were the "good old days" in Honduras, with relatively stable government (I was working there at that time). ...craboo is a dark berry/grape-ish...jeez, I wouldn't know where you could get that state-side LOL! If you are close to the Bahamas (just a hop from southeast Florida) you may try a craboo shopping jaunt there? Nance: i'd be there ! Thanks for the invite :B I always remember a "bush drink" made by the Garifuna tribe (a culture established along the Caribbean coast from Belize to Nicaragua), called giffiti (can be spelled 2 or 3 ways), not to be confused with Graffiti LOL. This stuff is made from all sorts of forest/jungle grown materials, marinated in alcohol...usually only served at tribal occasions. The taste is indescribable (something like the worst tasting cough medicine you could ever envision!). I wouldn't recommend it to anyone having to drive, fly an aircraft or pilot a boat....for at least 20~30 hours afterward. I don't have a Facebook profile, so many Facebook locales are unopenable to me....but I'll try this one. Thanks! On edit: OK....I was able to watch the facebook vid. Nice cloud formation approaching! The surf was a bit benign for me....but that clip was tagged 22 hours ago...I think things are considerably "rougher" now at Isabel (oh, before I forget; there used to be a passenger and cargo freighter that took people, cars and household items from Port Isabel to Honduras' Puerto Cortes-- the freighter service long since gone out of business).
silversand 08/25/17 10:56am Snowbirds
RE: I hope that no one has a camper in the Rio Grand Valley now:

...the "eye" is back to heading to the NW... ....the 3HPA is in the 108mm rain rate per 3 hours (on the north quadrant of Harvey); the HTSGW significant wave height out on the north quadrant of Harvey is pushing 8.98 meters of wave height... As Tom mentions, the wind speed in the RGV is about "normal" for this time of year; very light rain falling (2.1mm per 3 hour period). Port Isabel wind is in the 45 MPH range (peak gusts) and ~38MPH steady. I estimate in about 3 hours if this one continues on its north-ish path, I'll close out the Thread.
silversand 08/25/17 09:58am Snowbirds
RE: I hope that no one has a camper in the Rio Grand Valley now:

....the "eye" is wandering about like a planchette on a Ouija board. It just jogged SSW a bit...
silversand 08/25/17 09:12am Snowbirds
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
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