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RE: Power Center/Converter 101

I had a 2006 189 Funfinder for 6 years before they had the slide.Had a POS wfco 45 amp charger,never went to boost.Stayed at 13.6 most of the time and whem measured at the batt was only 13.3.I only boondocked 3to4 days at a time. before I left gave the batt a 24 hr charge with a small garage charger I didn't change the charger because the wiring in the FunFinder would have to be changed.They are cheap and the wiring is to small.
RWDIII 08/29/15 12:15pm Tech Issues
RE: This is the kinda **** that wakes me up at night

RWDIII, Thanks for the kind words. I am rarely serious and I can see that is hard to convey in print. (Kinda like this topic) And yes, we had a Bronco 800. I really enjoyed it and it was a great intro into truck camping. My grandkids are getting to an age (8 - 5) where we wanted to take them with us and needed more bed space. This Northstar will sleep 5 as long as 3 are kids. We sold the Bronco easily due to the lack of truck campers in this area. The buyers actually came from Ohio. Our Bronco didn't have the hand rail on it so it wasn't a factor (notice I didn't say "concern" cause I am not really concerned - just wondering) Not to high-jack my own thread, we have taken the grandkids twice and each time is a learning experience. 2 weekends ago, we took them to a lake about 1.5 hours away. The first trip was so wonderful we added the pontoon and the dog into the mix...might have gone a step too far!! Had a great day boating except it was exhausting keeping up with 3 boys, a spoiled dog and an only child husband. One of the boys started throwing up around dinner time and his dad came to get him at 10:30pm. Also took his younger brother, leaving one kid that was very unhappy to wake up to no cousins to play with. Didn't want to go boating, didn't want to swim, didn't want to play on the jump pillow at the campground. The dog was battling an ear infection and her drops were in a drawer that we have been having trouble getting open (project #5 for my husband). This campground didn't have a ramp, so Junior Grumpy had do deal with a boat ride to get the boat and the trailer in the same place. Nana worked her magic and by the time we hooked up with my husband, the kid was in his swimming trucks, water gun loaded and ready to play. (the dog still jumped in the truck anytime the doors were open wanting to go home) We boated and played for a few hours, had a quicky lunch (he had a peanut butter sandwich with the Goldfish crackers ON it) Loaded him up with a hot fudge sundae on the way home and handed him back to his parents sugared up and dinner spoiled! Needless to say, I was looking forward to grown ups camping weekend this weekend. But the other half of this grown up couple came down with shingles and is MISERABLE!!!!!!!! *this might be a time for my first solo trip in the Northstar* PapaNI - that is pretty scary. Maybe this IS something to think about and plan around. My dad used to say that campers were the best people on Earth. I still believe that, problem is...some of these people out there aren't true campers. Best of luck to you guys,just was blessed with our 4th grandkid even if he is a Navy brat,my kids were Marine corps brats
RWDIII 08/27/15 12:55pm Truck Campers
RE: So what did you do to your Truck Camper today?

http://i1336.photobucket.com/albums/o655/rwdIII/Mobile%20Uploads/C2D55594-715E-493D-B99C-5774ABFAE07D_zps6gjrmlsi.jpg height=600 width=480 As you can tell from the pic,changed drivers front tiedown point so I don't have to fight with it when I get gas Will try it out after it cools down,going to check out the old fort and stage station at Apache pass.
RWDIII 08/27/15 12:48pm Truck Campers
RE: This is the kinda **** that wakes me up at night

On my popup went out and easily opened the door,no problem. Didn't you used to have a Palomino? Your last post on campers was neat,enjoyed it.Was like posts used to be before the flaming started
RWDIII 08/27/15 11:55am Truck Campers
RE: RV park near the Salton Sea?

If you are a Vet,stay at the American Legion, the Borrego Springs Post is agood one,been there many times.
RWDIII 08/25/15 10:46am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Newbie trying to match a TC to my 1500 HD

unless that 2007 Palomino is in great shape and Dirt cheap,find a newer 2014 or new. they made so many improvements in the new models, the Palomino is cheep,best suited for someone who like to do his own repairs,but its 12k vs 24k, http://i1336.photobucket.com/albums/o655/rwdIII/Mobile%20Uploads/87784E87-4AD1-4481-A16B-BC72F7D6490F_zpsbozkjy5b.jpg height=480 width=600 The camper extends only 9.5 inches in the back on my 6ft.9in Ford bed I do 4 wheel with it on sandy roads in the desert with no problems I upgraded the 2013 model for the electric roof and one piece door. Yea, those newer ones look sweet. I was really wanting to keep my budget fairly low for my first camper. He is asking 5k for it, and says it has been stored inside. I believe that is about the blue book value for it. It has the roof ac as well. If you can fix the little stuff that goes wrong,go for it The weak points are the crank up top with the AC,there might be a lot of resistance or slack with the added weight make sure you use the safty poles so it wont fall down it the middle of the night Check the 2 piece door foor out of alignment make shure the fridge has a fan on the outside the dinette bed is only 5 ft by 34 inches Make shure the latches that secure the top are tight use good hold downs beef up rear suspension Go to LT tires Good luck
RWDIII 08/24/15 09:39am Truck Campers
RE: Newbie trying to match a TC to my 1500 HD

unless that 2007 Palomino is in great shape and Dirt cheap,find a newer 2014 or new. they made so many improvements in the new models, the Palomino is cheep,best suited for someone who like to do his own repairs,but its 12k vs 24k, http://i1336.photobucket.com/albums/o655/rwdIII/Mobile%20Uploads/87784E87-4AD1-4481-A16B-BC72F7D6490F_zpsbozkjy5b.jpg height=480 width=600 The camper extends only 9.5 inches in the back on my 6ft.9in Ford bed I do 4 wheel with it on sandy roads in the desert with no problems I upgraded the 2013 model for the electric roof and one piece door.
RWDIII 08/24/15 08:52am Truck Campers
RE: My new car has everthing

This was my first car.It is a 1951 Jeepster,no windows,had side curtains.Take off side curtains,put down top. http://i1336.photobucket.com/albums/o655/rwdIII/fc8148b1-a6c1-4571-8eae-4c8c4aa8b7dc_zps0b048134.jpg height=600 width=480
RWDIII 08/23/15 09:55am Around the Campfire
RE: Question for you old guys.

When I was a senior in High school,there was a 10 pm curfew,if you stopped after a movie you had to show the draft card to get served. I don't have the card anymore,however I do have a DD214 and my Dog Tags
RWDIII 08/23/15 09:43am Around the Campfire
RE: Naked-eye astronomy is more than just meteors.

The DW and I went out and saw the ISS fly over a few minutes ago. Really bright and I used my Bushnell 10-30x50 binoculars with the tripod mount/ flimsy tripod. Didn't open the tripod up and rested it atop the side of my truck. Got really clear and stabile viewing. Easy to follow. Zoomed in Thought I could see the panels, but my DW says no way. May go out in a few minutes and look for the HTV5 trying to catch the ISS. Easily entertained when retired. Exciting! Update: Got a glimpse of the HTV5 Japanese satellite for about 30 seconds low on the horizon. Nothing until Sunday now Missed it because of low clouds in the west If you don't know if you saw panels with a 30x50 Binocs am I wasting my time with 15-70 Binocs? Anybody?:h
RWDIII 08/22/15 11:51am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Reico Mechanical Jack Sticky

Problem Solved! I thought I'd share what happened. While moving my TC into the barn, the one back jack must have rubbed the floor slab and rotated the jack tower inside the upper sleeve. So, the result was the groove in the jack leg was not indexed with the formed guide "dent" in the upper tube. Just had to twist the leg back in line with a pair of channel locks. On to bigger and better things! Have you lubed them? How difficult is it?
RWDIII 08/18/15 09:08am Truck Campers
RE: Don't forget to latch down your roof

I got distracted and forgot to latch the roof on my TC yesterday. Got about 10 miles down the road and stopped at a convenience store for some gatorade. The roof had lifted and about half the canvas was hanging out the sides. I broke with my normal routine by leaving the windows open too. Did leaving the windows open save me or make things worse? This was also my first trip with the "new" AC unit on the roof. I think that might've saved me from being much much worse. I also have pop up and thinking of getting the new loe profile AC unit. could you post a pic of yours and tell me how you like it,the good and the bad,also what kind of genny do you have Thanks
RWDIII 08/18/15 09:02am Truck Campers
RE: "Scarcer" than hens' teeth

Even in Ariz campers at campsites and people at the parking lot will ask about my camper. I leave it on the truck all the time.My SWAG survey shows 10% of RVs are truck campers,maybe 15% are popups and of the popups maybe 10%are Palominos
RWDIII 08/18/15 08:50am Truck Campers
RE: Mostly Off Road T/C Questions

Thanks. Decision made. I'll order a Four Wheel Camper later this month or September. Current manufacturing time is 12 weeks (more or less). I've visited the factory twice and had just about every question answered I can think of. I'll purchase the Hawk (6.5') which will sit completely in my short bed truck (6.75') so I'll have no overhang. I'm getting it sans shower/toilet and the other options are kept to a relative minimum. Small fridge, side dinette, rear spot lights, side awning and a handful of other things. I have pretty low gearing (4.30) in the axles, so my next thought is lockers front and rear or a True Trac in the front and locker in the rear. I have 34" tires ordered to replace my 33" tires (all metric E-rated for capacity). Not a mountain goat like the Jeep I built, but should be able to get me off the beaten path and into some of the lakes I like to fish, maybe year-round. congrates,let me add my 2 cents. Been there done that. I got a 7ft Bronco popup for the very reason,no overhang I only do light 4 wheeling with it and has worked out fine 3 years later upgraded to 8 FT . it overhangs only 11 inches but the added room is amazing. the best thing is the electric top and the dinette bed is big enough to sleep in and I can use the camper top down if I want I go everywhere I want.
RWDIII 08/16/15 09:47am Truck Campers
RE: Perseids next Wed nite/Thurs am -- hit the boonies!

http://i1336.photobucket.com/albums/o655/rwdIII/Mobile%20Uploads/87784E87-4AD1-4481-A16B-BC72F7D6490F_zpsntij6ya5.jpg height=480 width=600 Hey P139 Join me at the Desert View campground at the eastern end of Grand Canyon I was going to Utah,But decided on Ariz so I can still have a campfire Right now is 50-50 chance of clouds.If campground is full plenty a dispersed camping south of the canyon.Also I am breaking in my new camper.:B Was thinking of going to Chaco Canyon,but don't want to go by myself the south route thru the Res. made a trip to Desert View About 9 PM the clouds left and was very dark sky Because of the trees could not see the Horizen. Sat around the fire till about ten,saw 2 meteors.got up at 4 till 5 and saw about 10 more,one a flamer.Wasnt the best place because of the trees but a great ;dry campground with a 30 ft limit In June went to Mather point for the star party,that does it this year for the Grand Canyon Love the extra room in the new camper For the first time in years was able to see big and little dipper The milky way was very clear gotta love that senior pass:B Maybe will go to Chaco for the eqinox in sept
RWDIII 08/15/15 03:42pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Drill recommendations

http://i1336.photobucket.com/albums/o655/rwdIII/6C8D1AB9-C379-4747-BC3D-091EA14F3A5C-513-000001B20A2D853D_zps798b3ba3.jpg width=480 This one works for me
RWDIII 08/15/15 09:05am Truck Campers
RE: Perseids next Wed nite/Thurs am -- hit the boonies!

That is why I use binocs.Unless it is super dark I can no longer see the little dipper. Is that due to: - Generally more air pollution? or - Focus of aging eyes getting fuzzier? or - Cataracts in one or both eyes? Last summer I had cataract surgery eyes on both eyes, and boy, what a breath of fresh air that is. The implants from the surgery brought contrast, clarity, and focus back to what they were when I was a "young man". I still need (new prescripton) glasses after the surgery to keep vision sharpness to what it was when I was a yound man ... but I needed glasses way back then, too. One eye is now returned to 20/20 and the other is returned to about 20/30 ... both levels about the same as when I was a teenager. But I think it's the restoration of contrast and clarity that is most noticeable. Modern cataract surgery is one area where aging can indeed be reversed. For an even better guarantee of optimum results, I chose the optional procedure of laser breakup of the old lens before the surgery. The night sky now looks as it used to, I think. As far as I can tell now no binoculars are required to see the constellations. Light pollution around here,used to be nice and dark Getting older
RWDIII 08/09/15 07:44pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Gas mileage with a Truck Camper

With the setup in my sig,going to Grand Canyon from Casa Grande 11Mpg coming back 14.3.Avg about 12.6
RWDIII 08/09/15 11:15am Truck Campers
RE: is it nessasery to stop at weigh stations?

I have never heard of an Ag Station or seen anything called that in my travels. Where are they so I can be sure to be on the lookout. If you go from Ariz to Calif you will go thru one. some times its just a stop and go,other times its an inspection On I8 and I10 I have seen Border Patrol there,but not lately
RWDIII 08/08/15 10:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: Perseids next Wed nite/Thurs am -- hit the boonies!

Quick side question... I've been getting up in the middle of the night to check out the stars for years, never had a problem. The last couple years I get up, go outside, and the eyes can't focus the sky! anyone else? And yes, I have my glasses on. Wondering if it takes longer and longer for the eyes to focus when you wake up as you get older, or is it just me! I have not just sat there for an hour to see if they clear up, I just go back to bed. That is why I use binocs.Unless it is super dark I can no longer see the little dipper.
RWDIII 08/08/15 09:41am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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