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RE: Travel Lite TC Owners?

Wish i knew. I am thinking about looking into a B van when i get rid of my current piece of junk. We love to camp/travel but could live just fine with less RV drama. I know B vans will have issues as well but i have to think that rot issues would be minimal. The number one problem affecting RV's is water damage,be it from rain,washing,water line leaks, etc. My current TC has NEVER been washed and i avoid rainy conditions like the plague,especially driving in the rain. When washing i wipe the grime,bugs,etc off with a wet cloth. I also store my jacks in the rear floorboard of my truck to keep em out of water and away from the crud. I could go on and on but i think you get my drift. The problem with B vans is $$$$$ . They are really spendy , new or used.
big whitey 07/14/15 05:52pm Truck Campers
RE: Travel Lite TC Owners?

Upon loading up for the first time of the summer, I noticed some bubbling under the finish near the driver's side front jack. We headed out to the Outer Banks, NC and to Ocracoke Island for a long father's day weekend. At least it was a great time. I was loving this camper. Yesterday I wanted to see what the damage does so I poked it with a screwdriver and it's all rotten and wet underneath. I'm positive the damage affects a much larger area than I can see. This is just awful. We bought new so we wouldn't inherit someone else's problems and this is exactly what I wanted to avoid. I don't think I can take being a truck camper owner, everyone I personally know who has one, has rot problems. I want to love this thing but I can't. Our local dealer sucks and doesn't pay attention to detail. I guess I'm taking this to the factory for warranty repair and then going to cut my losses and sell it. My wife and I have been trying to be "RV People" for years now and it just fights us every step of the way. Our first was a pop up that leaked and the canvass ripped and molded. It made way for a travel trailer whose frame eventually cracked on us. I tried a gently used Aliner a frame camper that also leaked to point the a frame rotted. Now this one has rotted and it's not even a year old. If someone could make something...anything...that doesn't leak and rot we might try one more time. But now, I don't trust anything and I think we are done. Yet we truly liked the truck camper and the ability to go anywhere we wanted. Travel Lite has let me down. The rep on the phone sounds truly interested in fixing this correctly for me, but he did mention I need to get there int he next 3 weeks because they are strict on the warranty period. Leaves me to believe they will just get me in and out quickly and out of their sight and warranty period. http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f193/kfromme/Truck%20Camper/27498752-8A4C-4BF3-BF61-A96717FBB73E_zpsigrnpze2.jpg height=600 http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f193/kfromme/Truck%20Camper/9A5B525A-D91C-415E-AD8F-B36E3AFE4343_zpsptiwpekj.jpg http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f193/kfromme/Truck%20Camper/C47D8EEB-6D90-4C92-837C-74FF62DD25C3_zpstzyukjot.jpg http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f193/kfromme/Truck%20Camper/013F6FFD-B7D2-457B-AAA5-6C6D7106E93F_zpssqnb0bmu.jpg http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f193/kfromme/Truck%20Camper/41ACB46F-4C43-4D5A-8CD7-F80ACF045254_zps8xxarlr0.jpg So sorry to hear of your problems as they really hit a nerve. Your RV experiences mirror ours. We too have owned various RV's with similar results (all new}. They were all different brands/types and include an 80k Newmar Mountain Aire fifth wheel. They were all meticulously maintained and all were garaged and yes they all were/are junk, including the one i own now. So sad the state of QC in the RV industry. Again so sorry you are experiencing the same woes as we have with RV's. If it makes you feel any better on the last 3 i have owned i never even made it home from the dealer before experiencing major problems. The two truck campers leaked in multiple locations and the Newmar had to go back to the factory 3 read 3 times and was still not repaired after 4 years of ownership. Good luck to you.
big whitey 07/07/15 06:49pm Truck Campers
RE: Mostly Off Road T/C Questions

I'm with jefe4x4. I have a hard-side on a short bed. While it is slightly taller, it handles most off road conditions fine. The caveat of a hard side is it's height and low hanging branches, other than that, and maybe a slight weight penalty, I think they are very convenient not having to set anything up. I've owned both soft and hard side. Our camper is on a shortbed, but has a nice shower/toilet/sink, which my wife really appreciates. No need for a long bed if you want a little bathroom/shower. I think most people over-estimate how much off roading they will do, and thus think they need something uber small and light, when most people really don't even push their vehicles very hard. Jefe4x4 and some others here have done some good offroading with their campers, but I think most just think they need something for that 0.5% of the time they might do something challenging. I think it's better to buy a camper for what you'll be doing 99% of the time, not 0.5%. Plus, offroading with a truck camper kinda sucks anyway. It's slow and tedious. I don't enjoy it, but I know others do. Just my opinion. I'd rather walk the last bit, or ride my bike, and leave my truck camper parked somwhere than drive 1mph for hours on end. X2. Also i have removed my HJ manual jacks and have them secured to a wooden platform in the rear floor board semi permanently with zip ties. This i did for the occasional off road i do but primarily as preventive maintenance as it keeps them out of the weather.
big whitey 07/05/15 05:23pm Truck Campers
RE: You Know Your A Redneck When...

And to think all this time i thought it was a prerequisite that you had to be from the South to be a redneck. Learn something new every day.:)
big whitey 07/04/15 05:56pm Truck Campers
RE: Sportsmobile

Table is on post and tripod the folds and stores under a seat. It can be used anywhere. We even have an extra post to set it a end table height. you have a pm
big whitey 06/27/15 06:11pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Sportsmobile

Can't thank everyone enough for their responses. It appears that careful consideration of SM is warranted as i would be very much interested in the customization they offer. Just to play devils advocate are there any SM dissenters out there?
big whitey 06/22/15 06:05pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Sportsmobile

Thanks a bunch folks,excellent feedback. It definitely gives me a good starting point.
big whitey 06/21/15 10:04pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
Sportsmobile

Just beginning to research B vans and have a couple questions. Quality wise,fit,finish,etc how does a Sportsmobile stack up against a RT or PW? Are the main differences between the MB Sprinter,Chevy,Ford and Dodge vans the Diesel engine or is the suspension/driveability appreciably different? In other words are the other vans equal to the MB minus the diesel engine of course. Oops, third but final question. How will a V8 engine in the Ford,Chevy Dodge stack up (fuel mileage/performance) against the 3.0 MB diesel? Thanks for all responses.
big whitey 06/21/15 07:13pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Very Loud Refrigerator??

It is a 12 volt compressor that is made by Dometic --- or they told us that Dometic recently bought out the company that makes them. I can not read the model plate, but from the book it appears to be one of the CR models --- 50 or 65 and it does have a fan. We bought this as an extra and if it works correctly, it should be a good refrig. This is the second one they put in for us --- The camper is brand new and we are still working out the bugs with the manufacturer. This will be our first long trip and on our way home, we will be stopping at the manufacturer to address another problem. So I guess we will have them check it out. WE just wanted to know if the loud fan noise was normal because we don't want it to go out on our trip! It is not loud at all inside the camper, just outside. Thanks On edit, it is plugged into 110 right now, so we will see. WE do have a fantastic fan and it seems to run just fine with not strange noises. You sorta lost me . In your first post you said it was so loud you could hear it inside your sticks and bricks home. In this post you say it is not loud at all inside the camper. Could you clarify so we can help. I have the same compressor fridge and can help you if you will provide the relevant info such as camper mfg,why your first fridge was replaced etc.
big whitey 05/25/15 07:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Very Loud Refrigerator??

I think others have failed to read your post correctly. If what you posted is read as written it would suggest that you have a compressor fridge not an absorption. Irregardless of the type it should not be that loud. Might be helpful if you would post brand/model/age of the camper.
big whitey 05/25/15 05:41pm Truck Campers
RE: Walmart in Cottonwood AZ

Do you stay out of Home Depot, Lowes, Target, K-Mart, Meijer's in Michigan, etc.? HD not so much. Lowes is owned by WM, target no, k-mart stores are gone. Meijers was the last store to have mostly USA products but do not go there often. WM has the largest impact, there are many others on my list but then that is my list of business' that are not employee friendly or just horrible with constant threats to their employees. Lowes owned by WMT, you're nuts. Lowes is owned by Lowes. Get your facts right WM owns the most shares in Lowes and the tother way lowes own most shares in WM. FACT! So I guess that means Lowes owns WMT. Hardly.
big whitey 05/19/15 03:01pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Walmart in Cottonwood AZ

Do you stay out of Home Depot, Lowes, Target, K-Mart, Meijer's in Michigan, etc.? HD not so much. Lowes is owned by WM, target no, k-mart stores are gone. Meijers was the last store to have mostly USA products but do not go there often. WM has the largest impact, there are many others on my list but then that is my list of business' that are not employee friendly or just horrible with constant threats to their employees. Lowes owned by WMT, you're nuts. Lowes is owned by Lowes.
big whitey 05/18/15 06:26pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Walmart in Cottonwood AZ

Asphalt RVing not my style. we go for the wonders of America and WM isn't part of that so good, close them all down.That's being narrow-minded and self absorbed. WM's asphalt RVing is used by many in route to the great wonders of America, as well as many other destinations. Just because you do not partake or see the need you believe nobody should? Many layover the night at many casino's. Should we close all of them down as well? What about truck stops? What's your take on them? X2
big whitey 05/17/15 04:46pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Agm battery

I want something with less maintence. Not wanting to have to add fluid. You just answered your own question....AGM it is.
big whitey 05/12/15 05:44pm Tech Issues
RE: Samlex Solar Controller

... and if the truck won't keep them high enough, just connect the panels direct for a few hours. Yep. Thanks
big whitey 04/20/15 08:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Samlex Solar Controller

Update. Called Samlex and a new controller is headed to our home. Thought about it and decided that would be easiest as we will be home in about a week anyway. Meantime the truck should keep the batteries charged as we will be traveling.
big whitey 04/20/15 07:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Samlex Solar Controller

Thanks for the info,sorta as I was afraid that would be the case. I will be calling Samlex this AM when they open and see about getting a new controller.
big whitey 04/20/15 08:27am Tech Issues
RE: Samlex Solar Controller

disconnect panels and batteries and open it up ? you have nothing to loose by looking inside how old is it..what is the warranty Open up what? .....the controller. Nothing to open up as there is 4 wires I think connected to the controller. Really nothing to trouble shoot. Follow up question ...maybe dumb but will the solar panels continue to charge my batteries if the controller isn't functionong? If so what happens with an inoperative controller....overcharge of batteries or what? It is under warranty,maybe as it has been replaced before for a totally unrelated reason. Problem isn't warranty so much as I am in the midst of an eight week trip and need the panels ASAP. Guess I will give Samlex a call tomorrow AM and see what they say.
big whitey 04/19/15 05:47pm Tech Issues
Samlex Solar Controller

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big whitey 04/18/15 10:04pm Technology Corner
Samlex Solar Controller

My 30 amp solar controller is dead. Left the camper this morning and it was working fine, came back this afternoon and it wasn't. Are these things fused or is a deal where if it quits you just replace the controller? I checked the manual and the RV for a fuse but found none. All connections to the controller are tight and look fine. Any ideas ?
big whitey 04/18/15 10:04pm Tech Issues
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