The corrective measures talked about here to "level out" the 2015 GM pick-up bed crown sound worrying to me. Think about it: your 3000, 4000+ LB camper will be sitting acutely (severely) on just 3 support points in the sheet metal bed (even using high or low-density XPS foam).
Those with the cracked sheet metal: what is directly under those cracks (what if anything is under the cracked sheet metal, underneath your trucks at precisely the crack) ? Any photos of the under-bed structure under the cracks ?
Further to this bed "crown" issue, I cannot find anything published by GM on it (also, nothing mentioned in the GM Upfitter's manual).
I'm putting this on my "follow" list...
Wow! GREAT photography of some of the world's most interesting geological formations (on steroids) :B
We have cloud, rain, huge humidity, ice and snow mixed in with the very odd 1, 3 or 5 days of sun and 2~3 months of so-so warm weather. Unfortunately, we can't have it all, but its nice to know we can see the other side through your Southwest trip reports !!
Most importantly: very happy the little ones are healthy!
Sand & Dunes
Yes. And, the shutdown / slowdown of the thermohaline Atlantic circulation, causing the on-set of a Northern Hemisphere glaciation period commencing in 20 years or so :B
Not the kind of worries that affect more than about 1 person in 40 million, so not to worry :B
But this COULD happen and it's something to keep in the back of one's head while looking for a camping spot in the boondocks. At least on your island, you'd have food/water/shelter :-)
....hah hah; LOL. I could picture that. And, someone with a video camera hovering in a chopper, broadcasting it "live on the evening news" :B
One can just connect an external GPS to the iPad (or, iPhone, or Android device), and bypass the data charges (caveat: you have to be technically savvy, and know how to disable data/built in GPS in your device).
There are so many users data-caching on-line maps into their devices. The problem with caching online maps for later use in navigation, is that the "geocoding" and "routing" aspects are not available to you unless your "data" is turned on in your phone; only the GPS location scrolls as you drive...
I often have these premonitions, like camping out on a slight terrain rise of 30 feet I found using flood simulation software, on the bucholic desert flats tens of miles wide in the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, the Quartzsite BLM, or at the base of Santa Catalina Mountains; and overnight, an unusual monsoon hits, and we wake up on an island completely surrounded by something like the Niagara River (but a roiling dark-brown sludge of water, tree limbs, boulders, flowing at 40 or 50 miles an hour)...standing on the roof of the Outfitter Caribou.
With the crazy unprecedented (in modern times) climate we have been experiencing, the Southwest back-country has been less enticing for us to explore, and the Southeast coast gives me weather nightmares now.
The watery silt may have nearly covered that rig during the apex period of the overland flow. Subsequent rains probably washed the silty film off the exposed parts of the rig, when the overland flow subsided (thus the clean-looking exposed surfaces). Extrapolating the buried part of the rig, probably ~~20% of the truck camper is buried under the silt/mud.
This begs the question: how and where did the occupant(s) get out/go ???
Imagine the scenario: being overtaken by the muddy/silty/boulder infested/tree limb suspension 500 feet, 1000 feet, 1 mile wide?! Water gets heavier to wade through when its made up of say, 20, 30, 60% mud/silt/rock/shredded tree limbs !
Unfortunately, the Southwest surface morphology and land cover is all wrong for any sustained and uncharacteristic precipitation (basically sand, silt, rock, and absolutely no humus (natural compost) or broad-leaf forest). So, when the Southwest gets this uncharacteristic rainfall (like it has in fall of 2015 and will be getting into 2016, because of big/macro changes in the Pacific Ocean dynamics), you see huge swaths of mineral soil, with almost no organic content, turn into up to several mile wide raging mud flows, with millions of tons of broken tree limbs, boulders, and silt scrubbing entire valley floors. In a tight canyon situation, the whole bottom can turn into a roiling muddy white water (brown water).
Given the above uncharacteristic climate, it is imperative that when out in the back-country, you understand just what areas can be suddenly turned into something like the Colorado River, but 20 or more times as wide. We have modeling software that can simulate various overland flow situations based on various precipitation scenarios, and project the results onto a terrain (digital terrain model with flood-water drape). Also, the Government produces flood maps for the desert, showing more-or-less where and how wide decadal precipitation events can inundate.
Nice scenery and weather Cal!
We haven't seen nary 5 minutes of sun here since September 12th (and probably won't see any sun at all till we get to Florida, in February!). Good to see dry desert and mountains.
Hi Steve & Sally!
Wow. So many fabulous places so close to you!
The papadums look super!
I could see two 110's sitting outside one of the pubs you headed to.
Someone had taken the weight plates off that bridge LOL!
That trail map carved into the bench is incredible. I've not ever seen anything like it before.
I hope the new boots and rain gear performed up to speed?
Sand & Dunes
$120? the RV tent is $2300 around here. its too tall it fit in anything smaller.
Same here. I agree. A small "Tempo" for sub-compact car, erectable plastic and metal framed car cover, with front (and rear) plastic doors costs $460++ around here.
Anyhow, you have to be really vigilant at cleaning the snow off those erectable outdoor storage tents, because in our region (just a few hours drive north of Mass), we have a lot of collapses during winter.
I hope you guys don't get the kind of snows this coming 2016 that you had last 2015 winter. We were watching the situation from the condo in Florida, last winter :E
On edit: just thinking out loud.....our marina wraps hundreds of boats this time of year. The only thing I would worry about is wrapping the roof properly. If there is a breach in the shrink- wrapping process on your roof area, you may develop a swimming pool up there, when the snow melts out... (not potentially deep water, but could be a serious problem none the less if you let your imagination wander a little at various scenarios)
Its tough to tell how the units shell seams were assembled. Were they Line-X ed before the trim was put on? A gazilion other questions, too.
I'll have to drive to a dealer to really inspect one close up, this spring. Linex is a nice strong skin, but I would like to verify if the entire camper shell & seams were Line-X ed...
In a few TC Magazine photos, I see lots of caulking around jack mounts and other exterior vents. So, do you still have to caulk all the seams and exterior mounted items??
Car windshields are pretty cheap lately and I had one replaced on my Superduty for $120 with US-made glass
....I wonder if you got a Guardian or Safelite 3rd party windshield?
I've replaced the Silverdo windshield twice over its lifespan ($370 each out of pocket; no insurance involved). Just replaced the OEM windshield on the brand new Edge a few months ago ($988 Canadian) with the OEM glass: FoMoCo Carlite with all the attachments and moldings that the original windshield has (fancy glass with lots of embedded stuff, very expensive; insurance paid).
While the convenience of driveway-replacement is fantastic, I personally would never chance the variability in SDAT/MDAT during outdoor curing (uncontrolled humidity and temperature over the cure time).
....heck, I've seen 5th wheels boondocking perfectly well off the 313, in the back country just north of Moab (and, in many other remote locales).
When you think about it, there are quite a few shorty 5th wheels out there (some with full-wide rear panoramic windows), with combined length about the same as a Lance 1130 (or, equivalent) with toy trailer towable. If you play your cards right, you could even find some shorty 5th toy-hauler with beefed-up suspension and BFG TA/Ko's & 4-way pivoting head hitch (for tilted hook-up) you could put all your stuff in, and still be as long (or, a bit shorter) than a full-sized truck camper pulling a toy-hauler trailer with extension hitch.
Anyhow, how long would it take to disconnect a 5th, and be off 4-wheeling with the pickup? I'll bet it takes less time to unload/lock a 5th to the pick-up than dropping/reloading a truck camper (!).
...OK, ya'all can kill me now...
On edit: accessing back country with truck camper is in a nested scale like this: a pop-up 4-Wheel camper with no roof-top stuff can access almost anything a bare pick-up can; a narrow-frame hard-side without roof-top stuff can access less back country; a full-sized truck camper with a bunch of stuff on the roof can access way less back country than the two previous truck camper profiles; a 5th wheel (a shorty) can probably access as many back country areas as a 1130 truck camper towing a toy hauler trailer...
PS... I initially thought that it might mean that I am doddery... "Doddery definition, shaky or trembling, as from old age; tottering: a doddering old man"
Chet: nope. You're hardly that. Aren't you demolishing rooms in your house with your own two hands, and rebuilding/remodeling them? Heck, you are doing a lot more physical labor than I am at present :B
Historical averages are a good starting place BUT the year to year variations can make a BIG difference. The forecasts is 3-5 degrees colder than normal for Waco, TX.
I agree with the above completely.
Looking at the Two-class Monthly & Seasonal Climate Outlook for this winter (2015/2016), and bearing in mind the solidly in place El Nino, we are bracing for a MUCH colder deep south from southern Arizona (roughly -111.08 and east) all the way to the entire (most?) Florida peninsula, down to roughly Orlando and perhaps even Miami. Also, precipitation probabilities (rain, freezing rain) over average are very, very high for December, January, February, and early March for the regions of: southern Cali (much more rains), southern Arizona (rains strongly above average), southern Texas (rains and freezing rains above average), the entire Gulf Coast area (strong probability of above average rains), and the entire peninsula of Florida (all the way to the Keys). Also, the precipitation for the same winter period is forecast to be strongly above average for the entire east coast of the US and Canada. Lets see what happens. We'll be in Florida exploring the entire peninsula this deep winter regardless. What we saw in outh and North Carolina just this past week is a precursor (but not the exact same set-up) to what we can expect this winter all along the deep south if the TCMSCO pans out.
Winter precip: here-->
Winter temps: here-->
The WeatherBell winter temperature anomaly revision looks somewhat similar to the Two-class Monthly & Seasonal Climate Outlook; especially the "normal band": in the center latitude, and the warmer northern latitudes winter temps for North America...
OK. This analysis shows how far from the original OFCL (NHC's best track: corrected consensus forecast track) the 3-day OFCL track runs are, from Thursday (the inception of the hurricane), to Friday, to finally, Saturday (today). This analysis isn't meant to trash any hurricane prediction science. It is meant to demonstrate that in just 1 day, the predicted official NHC consensus track can change drastically, putting one in a situation by deminishing your time-window of escape. The models with the best long-term track record (2014 NHC analysis; and these may change from year-to-year) are: the FSSE Superensemble and OFCL (If I recall, they vary by only ~~ 30 nautical miles after forensic analysis). There are individual model ensembles that sometimes outperform the top long-term product, but these are anomalies. So, this is why the NHC OFCL is the only track shown to the public (to minimise confusion).
I've done an A - B compare (A is the Thursday morning white field and white tracks; B is the Friday morning black field with black tracks) in my climate app. on the model runs less than 30 hours apart.
Now, remember that Joaquin really hasn't moved AT ALL over the last 2 days (perhaps 200 kilometers: its currently scrubbing clean the surface of many Bahamian islands), and will not likely move more than 100 kilometers over the next 24 hours. Note how completely different the A and B analyses are. I've only included the following 3 primary models:
-TVCN - consensus of GFS, UKMET, NOGAPS, GFDL, HWRF, GFDN, and ECMWF models
-GFDN - United States Navy version of GFDL model using NOGAPS
and finally, the:
-GFDL - Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) model
You can see dramatically how utterly fickle the hurricane model runs are, given that the primary "steering mechanism" for hurricanes from more than a week ago, to about several weeks from now, is a fairly stable "Bermuda High" semi-permanent system (remember that this hurricane will rapidly drop from a Cat 4 now, to a highly steerable Cat 2 by about Saturday evening). So, this begs the question: why did the scenario A) TVCN, GFDN and TVCN vary so much from the scenario B) over such a very short period (a few dozen hours), when the macro climatological environment hadn't / didn't change and won't change significantly for at least 5+ days into the future? So really, we have very little idea where this hurricane will go over the next 2, 3, 5 days. So, better to use the precautionary principle on this one vis preparation.
Looks like you took my statement literal. I should have said "nicer" weather, and saved you all that typing and speculation on the future of El Nino.
....na. That's ok. I'm curious to see how the 2, 3, 4 and 5 month experimental climate prediction systems/model pans-out.