The simplest thing to do is learn how to adjust the headlights , it's usually easy .
....yup. I did this right after loading our camper nearly 13 years ago (after arriving home). Our camper only "squats" the rear about 2.5 inches (no suspension aids on our truck), but that is enough to blind on-coming drivers guaranteed. It is easy to do (on GM/GMC) trucks. I use a 4x8 foot sheet of XPS insulation board, marked up with all the stock beam centers, and semi permanently marked with my headlight adjustments as I get close to stock.
What would be a fair price on replacing the roof of my 2001 Alpenlite 1150 Santa FE. No decking needs repairing just a new roof. It currently has a rubber roof. The shop wants to replace it with a Britex TPO roof that comes with a 12 year warranty. They would also replace the vents and antenna. Quote was $2,200.
....firstly, how thick (what is the gauge) of that BriteTek Dicor TPO roofing material? Is it 20 mil? 36 mil? 45 mil? 50 mil? Also, find out how thick the "felt" is that will be laid-down on top of the roof decking, under the TPO (1/8 inch? 3/16th ?). The felt underlay is what will give that TPO (or, PVC) good low speed and high speed impact resistance.
Our TPO roof (we have the pre patent expiration TPO formulation, from 2004) is about to enter its 13th year, and looks as good as it did the day we bought our camper. And, I've hit numerous tree branches backing and driving through forests on that roofing, with no tears of any kind from these instances. We have a 3/16th felt underlay. The only damage we sustained, is the day (about 7 years ago) I dropped a ~5 LB hardened razor-sharp steel tree pruning head 20 feet onto the roof. It caused a very small pin hole in 1 location, and a 1/4 inch long dent in a second location. I patched it properly, and it is holding 100%. If that would have been an EPDM rubber membrane, I would have had to re-do the entire roof.
The biggest issue with roof membrane leaks, are the dozens (or, sometimes hundreds) of screw holes made by the manufacturer to mount all the vents, air conditioner, roof racking, plumbing stacks, fridge vent and solar panels on the roof-top. Every one of those dozens (or, hundreds) of screw holes can and will probably leak at some point (regardless if you have EPDM rubber or TPO membrane). The best way to tell, is when you back out the roof-top screws, the screw thread, if rusted, means you have a serious leak problem (and probably some x quantity of rotted roof decking). I replaced every screw on the rooftop of our camper after buying it, and did a proper "marine bedding technique" when I replaced them all with stainless-steel screws. At the same time, I re-seated/re-bedded all our roof-top vents.
I would probably be crossing my fingers vis-a-vis deck rotting; you will never know if your deck is rotting until: a) you feel spongy areas when you walk on the roof/or you see it on the underside of your camper's ceiling; and the most important one: b) you (or, your contractor) lifts and peels back the rubber membrane (most likely if your membrane is glued to the rooftop decking, your contractor will peel back the rubber membrane WITH chunks of your surface-rotted decking LOL! ).
Anyhow, if that TPO is a robust gauge, and your contractor has priced in thick underlay felt (and, your roof deck isn't rotted in places), that $2000ish price (with 12 year warranty: pro-rated???) seems very, very reasonable for your sized camper...
Yah it's difficult to get information for rates for non residents...
....remember that the average Canadian doctors are paying only ~ $20,000 to $23,000 in "administration fees" per annum because they deal with just 1 single-payer agency. In the US, doctors are paying $80,000++ per annum because they have 3 payer agencies to contend with.
Also, compare the costs of every medical test and procedure (A : B them one at a time), and you'll clearly see that the US costs for identical procedures and tests are from 30% to over 70% more costly.
Also, look at health care expenditure as a share of GDP:
The US is a staggering 17.4 compared with the World average of 9.6 (for OECD countries, excluding the US) and Canada's at 11.4 (Canada is pretty high, too!).
....I think we have to look at this differently: ....it appears that huge cohorts have been flocking to "social media" since Facebook was invented; tablets, laptops and desktop computers are on their way out (ie. their sales are really falling, and falling dramatically); Google writes that somewhere around 50% + of all searches are conducted from smart phones today (this is why Google is developing its mobile-first index system; Google's current indexing system is desk-top genre...not good! But Google has realized this).
...all the above begs the question: are "desk-top genre" Forums morphing to mobile phone device-friendly "apps" fast enough (or, at all) ?
It looks like (to me) that (a) laptop/desktop/tablet computing platforms are coming to a rapid end; (b) the future of computing is via pocket-sized smart-phone platform (all running "app" specific software)...so, are static Forum owners planning for this quick enough?
Anyhow, this is how I see it...your "vision" may differ :B
What you were doing is called "skip shooting". You were bouncing your signal off the ionosphere. Sunspots affect how well that works and it goes on 11-year cycles, lots of "skip" to little "skip". It's also unreliable and unpredictable...
...ya, that DX would sound right. If memory serves, the time was back in '93ish.
I just obtained some stats from the U.S. I-94 report from U.S. Department of Commerce vis Canadian visitations to the US in 2016 (thus far):
January: down 13.4%
Feb: down 13.3%
March: down 13.4%
April: down 16.2%
*this is an extraordinary and consistent drop! Canada also dropped 10.0% for the entire 2015 year and all European countries aggregate was up +10.9% for 2015
Year-to-date (1st Quarter) change for Canadian visits: down 14.2%
Now, compare with all European visitors to US during same quarter 2016:
January: up 7.1%
Feb: up 5.9%
March: up 2.8%
April: down 12.0%
Year-to-date (1st Quarter) change for European visits: down 0.7%
Now, this is interesting:
Of the major European country visitors for 1st Quarter 2016, only the UK, Ireland, Italy and Netherlands is showing an increase in visits to the US. The countries with the biggest jump in tourism to the US during 1st Quarter of 2016 in order, are: Argentina +24.4%, then PRC (China excluding Hong Kong) +14.6%, then South Korea +13.3%
*my stats end at the 1st Quarter of this year
CB is a pretty much dead medium. I wouldn't count on that fo emergency anything these days.
But as a former radio head from way back, I can tell you what woks and how well.
....talking about CBs. I had the use of a CB with an antenna aerial about ~40 feet long mounted on top of a building, the roof of at about 30 feet high, in the mountains north of San Marcos (Guatemala; near/within sight of Tajumulco volcano), at appx 10,000 feet elevation. I was able to converse with recipients in Arizona. It was easier to make coms at night. However, I think the aerial and altitude and atmospheric conditions are just about everything to get long distances...and that would be impractical on top of a TC rig....unless, you can assemble the huge aerial at your destination, then disassemble when on the way.
....and interesting article in the Toronto Star (the article was in 2015, however it is even more relevant in 2016):
About 500,000 Canadians own property in the U.S., and 750,000 of us visit Florida each winter. A big part of the how-long-to-stay decision is the cost of insurance. Last year, premiums were 10 to 12 per cent higher than in 2013.
This year, expect another 12 to 15 per cent jump, says Alex Bittner, president of the Travel Health Insurance Association of Canada, an industry group.
So, summing, add the 2013 health travel insurance increase of 10% to 12% to the 2014 increase of 12% to 15% to the 2015 increases of perhaps the same, to the 2016 increase of roughly the same....+ + + +....now, + the coming 2017 of God knows what increases (!!), and it looks like US travel (for anything but short week or two long forays) for most of us will be nearly out of the question in the very near future.
The article mentions that the only alternatives for Canadians traveling to the now nearly unaffordable US, is to substantially shorten your US stays, or travel to any destination other than the US, where the exchange rates are more amenable, prices are cheaper for everything, and the big one, where the health travel insurance is dramatically less expensive.
HOWEVER, I would not consider leaving the top up if the camper was outside, even with a cover. Critters are more likely to chew through canvas than filon or aluminum.
....we have just about every vicious animal you can imagine in our big forest (square miles of it). That including fisher cats patrolling nightly (always after our neighbor's chickens!), bobcats, porcupines, red and gray squirrels, mice, plenty of raccoons (they can open our garage door (the small door with lever entry handle, not the 12 foot wide pull-up), and numerous other medium sized and large tooth carnivores (like plenty of black bears), and over 9 years of parking the camper rig in the forest with roof up for 6 months, not one has ever chewed through our Weblon soft wall (but your mileage may vary, depending where you live !).
On edit:....just thinking aloud, we had a mountain lion around here in 2010 that attacked a horse at a local ranch (while the ranch owner was fairly close by!)...ya, we do have mountain lion in the Northeast. They are VERY rare, however (probably escaped from illegal breeders facilities). It was never apprehended.
Technology could mean a lightweight honeycomb structure that is virtually rot-proof and knocks several hundred pounds off the weight of the camper. You gonna scream "NO! NO! NO!" to that?
....what about metal or FRP SIPs? With a skin of FRP or aluminum lock channel on both sides staggered to eliminate thermal bridging, forming an I-beam matrix (yes, apply FRP even on the inside, because the SIP can be say R16 = no interior condensation nor thermal bridging). With locking tongue-and-groove channellings (welded with epoxy), you essentially have a truck camper boat hull. Also, they would be Class I fire rated (polyurethane foam with fire retardant infused into the foam, render say, 750 degree F structural integrity).
A SIP manufacturer (or several around the country) could supply any individual or multiple truck camper (or, RV manufacturers) with all their pre-manufactured panels JIT, in custom sizes to assemble differing camper shell dimensions (assemble just like a Meccano set). The panels could even have built-in electrical cable channels.
These panels and panel makers already exist, and can easily supply the RV (or, truck camper) manufacturing market with panels with pre-cut window, roof and appliance ports.
Imagine having a truck camper with absolutely zero thermal bridging, and a micro air exchange heat recovery system running with 2 x computer fans (plans are available on-line) ?
I calculated to comfortably heat a truck camper 8 feet wide, by 16 feet long, by 6.4 feet high sitting in constant 25F outdoor temps and keeping the interior at 72F, with the above SIP construction and Low E windows x 3, you'd need appx 532 BTU/hour, that with exchanging the volume about once per hour with the exchanger..heating with something like a Truma Combi furnace/water heater system.....
....during summer, I park the truck camper (Outfitter Caribou 8) rig partially under a tree canopy (hardwood maple and white ash and beach, giving shade to the softwalls but for only ~2.5 hours a day; so, I have very little sun hitting the softwalls during summer at our camper parking area) with the roof up all the time (and if expecting rain, I lower it down). So, from end of April till about 2 days ago (it went into heated storage for winter), or nearly 6 months, the roof was in the up position (except when raining).
Over winter in the heated storage facility, I did, one year, store the camper with the roof up the entire 6 month-ish winter. I stopped storing over winter with roof up because cleaning the Weblon softwalls the following spring was getting very old-- and this was the one and only time (it was filthy!).
Some pop-up truck camper manufacturers suggest keeping the roof up when not in use for extended periods....this may be because the softwall pleats endure a lot of stress when folded (I know the pleats on our Weblon softwall appear to have more wear than the unpleated softwall, for sure). I have to add, that our Weblon softwall is very, very, VERY stiff, and does not move but for a fraction of an inch, even under gale-force winds.
What you do would be based on your camper manufacturer's recommendations, and the outdoor environmental conditions.
They match gas price to the state in the USA along the border making many people upset here only 60 miles away....
....this is de rigueur for any gasoline retailers operating near the border regions (for example, our border with the US; the US border with Mexico). The gas prices on "our side" in Canada within about a 15 minute drive of the US is about 10~13% less expensive (because of US gas retailer cheap competition 10 miles away). On the US side, the northern states close to the Canadian border price their gas higher than say, ~~40 or so miles further south (where would a far northern Vermonter, Mainer or New Yorker get cheaper gas? In Canada? LOL! flip side, the gas on the US side, even though more expensive than further south, is dirt cheap compared with Canadian stuff).
.....= $3.4544664US per gallon...
As a compare, 87 octane gas is in the $2.55 USD range just south of us in New York state...in Vermont, it is in the $2.30 to $2.40 USD range a US gallon. In the Wilmington, Delaware area on south to Florida, it is in the $2.03 to ~$2.19 USD range a gallon. The most expensive gas seems to be in the Washington DC area, at around $2.30 USD a gallon. Yuma AZ gas is in the $2.15 USD range. Phoenix region, gas can be found at $1.99 USD a gallon without too much looking, today.
The above data from Gas Buddy app
The peso is in the same boat as the Canadian dollar. The Canadian dollar is now .77 to the U.S. dollar.
....its about 0.737 to the US dollar now (at the bank, retail) LOL :E
It is not likely to change much over the next 12 months.
1 liter of gas (87 octane) here in southern Quebec is in the $1.24 (Montreal area) to $1.10 (hinterlands) a liter today, and rising.
Really, no one is present to see "the real good stuff", because all the barrier islands (and bridges to said) are closed to non emergency personnel (some brave souls are out there, but there is no electricity and/or Internet and/or cell service intermittent/slowed to send videos to Youtube as yet). Only voice reports and the odd storm chaser are getting text to the outside world while this thing is happening.
These are the winds currently (1:30 PM eastern) over Vilano beach, and straight up to 10hPa altitude (30.02° N, 81.32° W):
The winds just offshore of the center of the eye, at the NNW quadrant of the wind field are:
The HTSGW just off St Augustine, is currently 5.67 to 6.93 meters, or up to 22 feet 7 inches high rushing inland from the breached barrier dunes (wind-generated swell)...for those needing a compare: over 2 stories high.
*the above is a snapshot in time; these numbers change every minute/hour, as the wind field slides over the sample point
The water level over San Marcos Ave, near San Marcos fort is over 30 inches deep and rising. Numerous barrier sand dunes are breached or flattened from Ormond Beach....all the way up to Atlantic Beach (Jacksonville), and the ocean is flooding inland across the barrier island flats (where the most expensive real estate is located) into the intra-coastal, and into St John's River...the damage in terms of cost, will be in the tens of billions$, and perhaps more...standing by for more, as Matthew spins on for hours more, before it exits Florida waters for Georgia.
It may be at least 48 hours before people will be able to return to Anastasia Island, and other barrier islands to take stock of their losses. Helicopters will fly over the barrier islands to make video and still shots when possible. New LiDAR elevations models will be flown, to re-map the permanently changed coast (to severely update FEMA flood maps databases)...probably within 4 or 5 days.
The real destroyer that Matthew is delivering, is long/persistent rains (50mm to 65mm / 3hr rates), and the incredible storm surge, not seen on this coast for many decades. The winds are quite hellacious, too, however only along the hurricane's eastern half of the bagel (waaaay out to sea).
Dave you made my day!! There are no words to describe this adventure, the scenery and the family enjoying every minute of that paradise!
Among the MANY superb photos, these were some of my favorites: 0077_zps0qakvxya.jpg, 0138_zpsxd6ddyqu.jpg, and 0130_zpsfoghtnvo.jpg
You've got quite a few that could be submitted to truck camper calendar contests !!
Sand & Dunes
....here it is folks, at 7:30 AM this morning: sunrise over Matthew.
After you evacuate if you are in the State evacuation zones (hopefully, yesterday):
If anyone has any property (including RVs) anywhere in the east half of Florida from Miami to Jacksonville, you better make sure your insurance is bullet-proof.
Apparently, Air B&B is offering free accommodation outside the evac zones to anyone in the Florida evac zones ...
About 17~~ hours to go before Matthew nails the 1st coastal areas along eastern Florida, in the black of night. Not very long from now.
....we pretty well shelved our camper flat screen TV; WAY, WAY too bulky in a truck camper. Its been collecting dust in the closet for years now.
We use exclusively tablet devices (or, laptop). Those are thrown into a small back-pack and can accompany us anywhere (even hiking). Also, all our mobile devices (we have 4 smart phones collected over the years), even the light-weight laptop are set up for GPS navigation WITHOUT the need for a data connection or plan...
Its possible to get free-to-air TV broadcasts into your tablet (iPad) or laptop from devices like W i TV, TabletTV, or buy a TVstick, or some other satellite TV tuner for Android/tablet (if you want to bring sat. TV into your mobile device). We don't do satellite TV on the road...but we can receive free-to-air (FTA) TV on virtually any mobile device, within the FTA broadcast range.
I've been keeping my rig in an rv storage garage, and am tired of the high rent.
...I'm curious: by "high rent", how much are you paying? We're paying $840 + tax for 8 months on indoor heated storage with unlimited electric, for 22-foot long space. That's just over $100 a month. many years ago in the same facility, our rent was at the $699 for 8 months + tax. But over almost 11 years storage, it climbed precipitously up to a staggering $840, for 8 months of indoor climate controlled.
We are looking for quality "covered" storage in the Orlando area for winters (not necessarily climate controlled in-door storage, like we have now up here in the north), where we'd drive the rig down, use for 3 weeks, and store. And fly home. Repeat, but fly down several times over winter. Then, our last use in Florida, we'd drive the rig back home for the summer months...repeat. Kind of "fly and store". Airport pick-up/drop-off from storage facility included...