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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
RE: Searching for the Ultimate caulking.

What about 3M 4200? It could be removed i heard. ....I removed and replaced every sheet metal screw on our camper (an aluminum-framed camper), replacing every screw with high-quality stainless-steel screws (this includes every screw in the roof: all roof hatches and rear ladder screws), thread and hole-bedding every one of them with 3M's 4200. I use 4200 as a bedding compound, not a seam caulk. The only thing I use for seam caulking (fiberglass to J-trim metal) is Geocel (Geocel, the formula I use) is the stuff you probably refer to as: firm, high-gloss and dirt-repellent. If you make mistakes with Geocel, it is a real b**$h to remove. Be very, very careful. BTW: 4200 will attract grime like crazy in my experience. I go with a firm seam caulk (like Geocel) for all the big seam work. The caulking I use to re-seam our TPO roof is special Dicor (white) formulated for TPO roofing.
silversand 04/18/17 01:21pm Truck Campers
RE: TR: SE Az Sky Islands

Name suggestions for this little peak? -- remembering that Kitt Peak is taken. ....Grand Teton II ? :B Excellent write-up and photos (and links to much more) !
silversand 04/17/17 12:06pm Truck Campers
RE: Pop Up Soft Side Campers in the Winter

I read that article to and it was very interesting. On the subject of the roof has it been known to freeze up so that you can't raise or lower it? ...I've lowered my roof with close to 3 feet of snow on it...the sidewalls are a bit stiff (LOL)....but I've never raised it with that much snow up top :D The rubber gaskets around the roof have never frozen to the camper shell lip, over my experience (13 years with the pop-up).
silversand 04/07/17 02:40pm Truck Campers
RE: Pop Up Soft Side Campers in the Winter

So long as no ice appears on my cold coffee, I''m good. ...hah hah...gotta love that. Here it is (my office, in late spring): http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p318/isladelcisne/apr_28th_storm4.jpg ...I have all my "gear" for winter, summer (in North America), and jungle camping...lots of kit (including a portable raft). On edit: ...I have an extreme Arctic-grade parka, too (I've worn it at -42F, with wind-chill -58F). Thick coyote fur hood (synthetics are useless in these temperatures)...its a Woolrich (these parkas were designed specifically for Alaska pipe-line workers, decades ago). I've also got a 100% fur trapper's hat, too (to go with the parka when it's down to below -30F-- it costs nearly the same as the jacket LOL)....
silversand 04/07/17 01:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Pop Up Soft Side Campers in the Winter

Many decades ago, when I was an Eagle Scout, I slept many a night on the ground in my tent in the middle of nowhere in snow storms and never gave it a thought because I was always prepared (like a good scout) and like a still good scout, I'm prepared now too. ...Venturer Scout here....from waaaay back (Canada). I hear you. I've slept in open-front tents at -31F for entire weekends....cooking, trekking, etc...the motto is: challenge :D On edit: ....that said, I use our Outfitter Caribou (8-foot floor pop-up) after season (just before winter/late fall) and spring (late April) as my "office" on our property "camping area" in the forest. In this part of the World, we have feet of snow at times during fall and spring, but I'm out in my camper office morning to night (0800 till 1630) 5 days a week, till camper goes into winter storage. Most times, it is ~33F daytime high...~14F early morning. I run an 1100 watt electric heater, and no problem (even with 12+ inches of snow on the roof). The only thing to guard against, is cold advection when I sit beside my non thermopane (single-pane) window.
silversand 04/07/17 12:43pm Truck Campers
RE: Snowbird bang for buck: parked fiver or park model?

...that covered parking would be good for a ~16 foot long car if a hail storm should hit. Nice! One thing I always worried about was getting hit by a vehicle-killer hail storm in the Southwest, whilst with our 21 foot long truck camper rig, and being in this region for 4, 5 or 6 months would increase chances of encountering damaging hail (rather than just a 1 month stay). It wouldn't be possible to park it completely under a covered roof as short as that. I have an "SPC delivered severe storm watch app" on the smart phones and a custom set-up on my laptop, that would give me ~15 to 30 minutes warning for damaging hail...it may be enough time to find a drive-through bank to take shelter in...but I digress...back to the topic (sorry!)...
silversand 03/31/17 07:47am Snowbirds
RE: Can a 10 year TIP be obtained for a truck camper rig?

Just reread Navegator's comments and didn't understand much of it. It really has been quite simple for us. Truck gets the 180 day permit. If we left the camper there they would never know. We do always get all the permits at the border and have never and will not attempt on line as plans are always subject to change. ....this is indeed interesting. You are pretty confident that the Mex authorities wouldn't notice if the camper was off-board while you drive the pick-up truck around? I imagine that the sticker issuer does not make a photo of the rig upon entry (as a reference) ? But I imagine that Mexico is not that sophisticated.....yet. Thanks! S-
silversand 03/31/17 07:36am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Our Dog Ate Our GPS

....wow...talk about a "road less traveled" CF2! Great to see this part of the world, and in such spectacular photos (NatGeo level) ! The coyote crossing road signs are unique, yes? Our cats eat wires of all types...go figure... Excellent piece! Cheers, S-
silversand 03/27/17 08:46am Truck Campers
RE: Can a 10 year TIP be obtained for a truck camper rig?

Andres Lopez Manuel Obrador, the front-runner PRD presidential candidate has hinted he will "make things easier for tourists to visit Mexico" (Whatever that means). ....LOL....its already incredibly easy to visit Mexico...just not with your portable house attached to the back of your vehicle :B
silversand 03/27/17 08:24am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Snowbird bang for buck: parked fiver or park model?

FWIW, we have a few Canadian friends that do the above and love it. I think you'll be surprised at the number of Canadians that have the exact same setup going on. Even the Yucatan part, but in that case they currently fly down and stay. Thanks J & J. It would be interesting for this cohort to form a "Thread" in RVnet so we could sync up :B
silversand 03/24/17 12:35pm Snowbirds
RE: Can a 10 year TIP be obtained for a truck camper rig?

Thanks Moisheh. The near absence of actual truck camper experience is loud (with the exception of 1 forum member so far: Mike Jin CO) ! We'll let this Thread ride, and see how many Mexico truck camper respondents reply....over time. On edit: ...I can appreciate your advice on the 10 year applying to the motorized RV for sure...and the complications vis-a-vis a truck camper rig. Cheers, S-
silversand 03/24/17 12:29pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Snowbird bang for buck: parked fiver or park model?

I agree, a condo is definitely not the same. Folks in them don't sit outside and chat like in a RV park. It would be harder to get to know anyone. Good luck! ...the condo we always rent has regular "breakfast with the owners, all you can eat, with bottomless coffee", and regular "5-7 evenings", and regular "yoga every morning", and a "dance evening" once a month, and "meet and greets"...this is in north Florida. It depends on the condo you rent: is it in a resort area (of Arizona or Florida) ? Or, just a building full of residents (workies). We're in the process of looking for a tow trailer (this could be just as easily a 5th, too) to install in the southern region as a "base camp" for us and our truck camper rig (the truck camper will be for off-roading to various remote sites to boondock, from time-to-time; and for picking up groceries at the home base). We'll do this in the southern US until our health insurance costs climb out of reach (we're Canadian snowbirders heading into our early 60s). We investigated buying a fixed trailer at a fixed park(s), but this could be fraught with too many negatives (selling it eventually, long distance; increasing park fees; 12 months of rent opposed to 4~5 months RV lot fees; growing out of the fixed park (what if we grow not to like the park?); permanent electric monthly fees for fixed unit; etc, etc, etc). We found that many RV parks will store a towable/mobile trailer for peanuts on site for 7 or 8 months. And, If we wanted to keep the trailer, we could haul it back home eventually (or, sell it easier than a huge fixed park model with all the mobile home park $obligations baggage). When our US side health insurance climbs out of reach, we plan to rent an inexpensive condo (as a base camp so to speak) in extreme south Mexico for 4 to 6 months, bringing along our truck camper rig (to off-road to Mayan ruins in the Yucatan outback), by dead-heading it across the USA (no matter what our age, it won't cost much in health insurance crossing the USA to Mexico in a week, from Canada).
silversand 03/23/17 08:41am Snowbirds
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