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RE: Trip video: Southern Africa

Excellent video! Very good resolution, nicely timed with the music, nice mix of stills and moving scenes, a very good pace... What was the equipment and editing software? I used my cell phone (Samsung) to video our Florida expe. Never used any stills. A very different approach for us. Cheers, S-
silversand 03/16/15 12:16pm Truck Campers
RE: Another propane question (maybe)!

Moisheh & Mex wanderer: Super interesting. Thanks. I'm not the OP, however I'm going to archive this thread for future reference. We have horizontal tanks in the truck camper (filled up-right). If my memory serves, there was an attempt (in the mid 80s?) to bring portable propane (a butane component?) into the Guatemala outback, in an attempt to wean campesinos off of "leña". No idea if this worked... Back to the programme... S-
silversand 03/15/15 12:21pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: GA-FL-AL during the 2014 holiday - DAY 5 now added on PAGE 5

Interesting to see the same radar installation there but looks like their fence needs some work! ...it certainly does! These installations appear to have been pretty well abandoned decades ago. They are now mostly historical monuments, I think. Cheers, S-
silversand 03/15/15 11:17am Truck Campers
RE: GA-FL-AL during the 2014 holiday - DAY 5 now added on PAGE 5

Looking it up on the Henderson Beach State Park website says this is a Clausen Tracking Site that was established in 1951 for national security and rocketry testing. Forgive me for intruding a photo into your excellent trip report, however, if you visit the Canaveral National Seashore (Cape Canaveral, Indian River region), these old tracking sites (built way back in the '50s) were for down-range test observations. This is me (a few weeks ago: end of February) at the National Seashore: http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p318/isladelcisne/CCNS%20TS_zpsuzouyihd.jpg I was watching the Falcon 9 (DSCOVR-USAF) deep space weather rocket launch; the spent rocket of which was not retrieved by SpaceX retrieval ocean-going landing platform drone ship here--> (I won't clutter up your trip report with any other photos)... Cheers; and again, an excellent trip report! Silver-
silversand 03/15/15 09:42am Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper Attic - how much do you use?

...we never carry anything on our pop-up roof. Our ladder is used for roof maintenance (membrane and 2 roof hatches) only... If we ever decided to carry "boats', they (or, it) would be an hypalon-hulled inflatable, packed inside the truck. This is our decision, for our own reasons/circumstances; YMMV :B
silversand 03/15/15 08:27am Truck Campers
RE: Another propane question (maybe)!

Hi: we are truck camper users: ....way back in the early '90s (90 and 91 and later), I had seen propane refill installations In all the ~mediumish and largeish towns I was in throughout Guatemala (and, Mexico, Costa Rica and Honduras). Some restaurants were using propane tanks (the small 20LB tanks) in the above countries I recall back then. These tanks appeared to be the same tanks we see in US and Canada - side. I have to admit, I never paid close attention to the fill attachments, because I was not using propane at that time (kerosene only). This doesn't really answer the detailed questions you have, however, it does indicate that propane was being sold in a good sized chunk of Central America as far back as 1990. I have read in an expedition forum (with a Latin American travel discussion section for soft, medium and hard-core overlanders: Expedition Portal) that most travellers bring the small refillable propane cylinders at the 4.5 lb size. Others buy cylinders in the countries they traverse (the thread and safety mechanism can vary country to country, apparently). Anyhow, I'm sure several on here that traveled Central America recently and use propene can offer far more detailed info; hopefully, country-by-country specific. Good luck, S-
silversand 03/15/15 07:40am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Driving to FL for the 1st time

Prince William CG- Dumfries, VA Good to know that the Prince William Forest National Park RV campground is open in winter. We camped there in the past (during October). The other campground (Oak Ridge Campground for RVs in Prince William Forest) was closed this winter from December 1, 2014 till March 1, 2015. Americamps- Ashland, VA The Americamps is the KOA I mentioned in my earlier post (its called: Americamps KOA). A good selection of camprounds along I95 in NC, SC and GA are open (if you need an emergency stop: unplanned ice storm or snow). We prefer to dead-head it right through those States to FL, because they are often nailed by ice storms/snow from January through February (if we have a clear go of it weather-wise, we count our blessings, and don't linger in this geographic region during dead of winter)...St Mary's Florida is a nice long drive, and good stop if we leave Virginia very early in the AM, and I don't mind long drives-- if weather isn't too taxing on the nerves and my back.
silversand 03/15/15 07:03am Snowbirds
RE: Outfitter not in NADA

Hi Boys, gosh, I wonder what my gently used Outfitter would bring. I've added custom pin striping, many soil samples from western states. Maybe a geologist would be interested. It comes with a view... Dave: I could see your camper (like Steinbeck's camper: Rocinante), eventually finding its way onto permenent display (like say, at the National Whazoo Center) ? I'll bet if The Steinbeck Center ever put Rocinante up for auction, it would get some serious 7-figure bids :B The trick is selling say a 20+ year future position in your camper....today :C On edit: often, the used Outfitters have been substantially "fortified", made bullet-proof, and significantly upgraded (with all kinds of electronics, appliances, and gadgets). Desert Pinstriping option: $1200 Gold dust in hidden places option: $2300 Yellowcake glow-in-the-dark footprints option: $2800 Roof-top mosaic option: $1450 We've got 2 rooftop mosaics now :p
silversand 03/15/15 05:40am Truck Campers
RE: It must be a sign

Birdy in the sky Who just poo pooed in my eye I'm not angry and I won't cry I'm just glad cows don't fly LOL. If the Canada (well, Canadian, if they are north of the 45th) geese pooped over us today as high as they fly, it would turn to a baseball of solid ice, and crash through the roof (similar to a meteorite) :B Our winter is just starting to kick in: Part II for the next month or two. We're headed for the sub-zeros again for the next 2 weeks from Tuesday onward! Bracing for 8~12 inches of snow, and then a 1 inch icing on the cake later today, Silver-
silversand 03/14/15 08:49am Truck Campers
RE: Outfitter not in NADA

Gee: For the right price....:B My theory: ...as the prices continue to climb for new Outfitters, it seems like buyers wanting to "get into one" have a more difficult time swallowing the "new prices", and will buy a very good condition used 6, 8, 10 year old model for the invoice price paid 6, 8, 10 years ago, or very close thereto. On edit: often, the used Outfitters have been substantially "fortified", made bullet-proof, and significantly upgraded (with all kinds of electronics, appliances, and gadgets).
silversand 03/14/15 07:21am Truck Campers
RE: Outfitter not in NADA

We had the camper (2005 Outfitter Caribou) and our pick-up (a 2004) recently evaluated for insurance purposes. The insurance was NOT replacement, and the camper was valued at precisely what we bought it for (10 years ago). It is pretty well impossible to set a NADA on used Outfitters. The selling price of these things used varies greatly, depending on how far you are away from the manufacturer (ie. East Coast used Outfitters command a high price). Here's an example: a recent check of used Outfitters is showing a 2005 Caribou short-bed selling for ~$13,000 (approx the price it cost new, +/- $1000). Another one; an Apex 8 2007 selling for $14,500 (located in Colorado: already sold). Another one, an Apex 9.5 selling for $13,900 (unknown date of manufacture: now sold). Another one, a 2011 Apex 8 selling for $23,000. Another, a 2003 Outfitter Mfg Apex 8 selling for $12,500 (about $1600 below its new price). So, the only way to set your local value for an Outfitter, is to solicit offers, average those numbers, and you have the local value. Good luck, S-
silversand 03/14/15 06:32am Truck Campers
RE: Trip Report: Death Valley TC Safari, 2015-03, parts I & II

What an exciting XTC expedition! Outstanding photos and narrative! We're supposed to hit -28C temps (with wind chill) tonight, and with absolutely no spring in sight for the Northeast, your locales sure look real good. Cheers, Silver-
silversand 03/12/15 12:25pm Truck Campers
RE: Driving to FL for the 1st time

We (for past two winters) shoot straight down to Florida from Montreal region in 2 long days (staying part of Jan and Feb. i do all the driving myself, via I87 to I287, then the I95 straight down. We do extreme detailed weather forcasting, and view all live interstate cams right up to the second we leave. We have never encountered a flake of snow, and plan dry roads door to door. From quebec, i make it to Camp Springs (DC). On day 2, i am in jacksonville, FL. We go between the most brutal snowstorms you can imagine, because the road surfaces dry up very fast on major Interstates. I also have live link satellite gps, with real time road conditions, traffic, and avoidance system (the top of the line My Ford Touch nav system, with every option, 2014). The trick is to avoid as many cities as possible (why i use I287). You are driving through Mass? You should be able to do same destination as me (or, enen North Carolina) IF you completely avoid winter precip. If you hit winter precip, all bets are off. Wait for dry interstate, and continue. The only open campground in the north during winter is the KOA just south of Woodbridge, VA just off I95, as far as i know. The next one you will hit is in St Marys, FL (just north of Jacksonville). Never needed reservations during winter. Oh, we always hotel it in Camp Springs (near Andrews Air Force Base) because it is usually around 10F at that time of winter. Hope this helps. One other: if you don,t have traffic avoidance electronics, you may luck out on your ETA (a random chance, impossible to calculate traffic accidents!). We will be heading south again next winter about 1.3 weeks before you. Cheers, S-
silversand 03/09/15 07:05pm Snowbirds
RE: 6 foot or 8 foot bed in Mexico

Hi Mike: I love Comitan. Sitting in the Parque Central sipping a tea in the evening. Lovely! Temporate climate. have you ever camped at Lagos de Montabello? There is a super spot at Tziscao (the lake, just down the street from the iglesia Catolica). From this campsite/village, it is only a ~20 minute hike (on a nice trail) right into Guatemala on foot... My fave trip (when I lived in SCdLC) was down to Ocosingo, to buy several kilos of queso de bola ! And, to escape the absolutely freezing temperatures up in SC (even during daytime it was freezing). Cheers
silversand 03/09/15 12:49pm Truck Campers
RE: hot water heaters in TC's

Generic 16,000 btu furnace = $600 + tax + install (built into RV cost) + Generic 6 Gallon gas water heater = $318 + install $918 + installation (built into the cost of an RV) What is the efficiency of the 2 above (look at any of the brands; I don't want to brand bash here)? What is the electrical draw from any conventional RV furnace? Compare this with the German-made Truma (does both water heating & furnacing in 1 very compact unit)...the difference is around $400 ~ $500. For us, it is a total landslide in favor of the truma. Mind you, when we had our camper manufactured, we cancelled both the furnace and water heater (so we start at an advantage: we would not have to scrap existing units). Ideally, It would make sense, of course, to have a Truma installed at your RV manufacturer's facility, when you order your camper new...
silversand 03/09/15 12:34pm Truck Campers
RE: 6 foot or 8 foot bed in Mexico

Both diesels with no soot bag, urea canister, or other Mexican diesel fuel no-no's. Jefe: ...gotta love these terms :B I'm going to borrow them Nice photos! Snow in Mexico: I always remember the driving snow we had motoring at night over the brutal Mex195 (from sweltering Villahermosa to San Christobol dLC). I think it was around Jitotol, where the rain turned to a driving snow at around 2 AM. Also, up in the department of San Marcos, Guatemala, I was preping to climb Tajumulco, and was delayed by a snowstorm(!) Freakin incredible. In Xela (Guatemala) for almost 2 months straight, the puddles of water in the cobble-stone streets from rains the days before were frozen rock solid an inch or more thick over nights. A tank/exposed line killer for an RV :B
silversand 03/09/15 11:29am Truck Campers
RE: 6 foot or 8 foot bed in Mexico

Hi Mike: The Outfitter Apex 8 is a pop-up model with insulated 44 gallon fresh water supply; insulated 16 gallon black and grey tanks, fully heated basement, and bathroom (with shower). If ya end up in San Christobal DLC, the heated basement/tanks would/could be a major benefit. I almost froze my butt off in this region (when I worked there in early 90s). Cheers
silversand 03/09/15 08:53am Truck Campers
RE: hot water heaters in TC's

....we're seriously looking into a tankless "Truma" water heater / furnace (a very compact dual unit) to mount under our kitchen counter, in our 8-foot Outfitter pop-up. I saw one demonstrated at the Overland Expo East (Asheville, NC) in October. It was Rory Willett (manufacturing a new camper line-up, is the North American installer for Truma) who had his new truck camper design with a Truma installed and working (only 1 small ~3 inch hole through camper wall needed). I was extremely impressed. Going to a 90%+ efficiency Truma from the old technology water heater / or furnaces, would be comparable to going from an internal combustion engine to a hydron fuel cell engine (metaphorically). Rory related a price for unit and install in the $1500 range...
silversand 03/09/15 08:41am Truck Campers
RE: Trip report: Southern Africa

A monumental effort it must have been to put together such a substantial expedition report in such short order, knowing how hectic it must have been on your return! I particularly liked the post mortem, and compare with the truck camper genre. The photos really convey the sense of place at every destination. Again, very well done! 5 Stars. Cheers, Sand & Dunes *We're enjoying a nice Robertson (red) as I write this ;)
silversand 03/08/15 04:55pm Truck Campers
RE: What a day! Bad accident on the way to get TT

If the retardation effect from taking your foot off the gas exceeds the amount of grip at the driving wheels, then you WILL lose control! Maybe a reduced amount of deceleration is "A Good Thing" under these circumstances. The vehicle WILL slow down due to wind resistance and friction alone. And a vehicle with ABS will NOT lock the wheels if the brakes are applied. I'd suggest that "Legal Forum" needs to bring itself up to date! ....if I am in a "slide", the first thing I try and determine (in a millisecond) is: are the rear wheels in a slide (broken loose)? Are the front wheels in a slide (broken loose)? Are all 4 wheels in a slide? Then, I apply correstive measures (I recommend anyone driving through winters {even on route to a snowbirding locale} take a skid control course).
silversand 03/07/15 07:38am General RVing Issues
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