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RE: Pre-Trip Parts/maint.

Great question, I see as many newer vehicles broken down on the side of the road as I do old ones. The things that have given me issues were always the things that I never suspected. One time had a bearing go on the belt for the air conditioning, another time after driving a nightmare road had a U joint go. When you are driving if you notice something like poor handling or a strange noise find a garage and have it checked out without trying to push more miles out of it. I hear from so many people that "It had been making a noise for a couple days" as they are stuck on the side of the road with a bad transmission.
Photomike 10/17/14 02:28pm Truck Campers
RE: what do you do if the truck needs to be towed?

We have talked about the service providers but just as much responsibility / blame / respect goes to the tow truck companies. We have a local company that is beyond belief. They have every type and size of tow / haul vehicle and when you call a provider like AMA to get a tow they call to verify the information and any potential issues. Had to use them twice with my daughter and was VERY impressed even up to the driver getting out whistling Walt Disney songs and bouncing along to the tune, my daughter was laughing so hard took off all the tension of a break down. I have also been out in the boonies and have seen some towing that would make me very nervous. The good part is that you give them the information (size, weight, etc) and it is then up to the dispatch and tow company after that. If there is an issue then it is their responsibility to deal with it. Remember that the drivers are generally very knowledgeable and know their equipment and the area and what they face in the tow.
Photomike 10/15/14 09:25am Truck Campers
RE: October weekend (Canada Thanksgiving/USA Columbus Day)

I got away a couple of days early for the holiday weekend. This is my favorite thing this time of year. Our fall travels
Photomike 10/13/14 09:01pm Truck Campers
RE: Time to winterize......

Topped up the water and added more food when I got back on Sunday to head out this weekend. Maybe head out the following weekend with water on board then maybe will have to winterize.
Photomike 10/07/14 07:48pm Truck Campers
RE: license plate

I leave the plate on the truck, UNLESS I am using the cargo hauler and that blocks the plate 100% and is illegal so I move the plate to the cargo hauler as the camper does not have a place for one.
Photomike 10/07/14 10:27am Truck Campers
RE: Save What?

I have the correct one half way through the page and the wrong one on the bottom. WHOOPS!
Photomike 10/07/14 10:25am Truck Campers
RE: What's in your wallet?

I only carry one cash back card and use that for everything. It was getting out of hand with having one set of cards for gas stations, another set for hotels, another set of cards for restaurants, etc, etc. I may be missing out on some perks with only the one card but sure keeps things organized.
Photomike 10/02/14 09:58am Truck Campers
RE: Too much storage

Well when it was the entire family going I could have pulled a 30' supply trailer and still needed more space. Now that the kids have grown when it is just me and my son we have LOTS of space and can carry enough food for 6 months. As soon as my wife comes along with me I am back to needing the supply trailer to haul all her stuff.
Photomike 10/02/14 09:54am Truck Campers
RE: Misc items needed

Camp in your driveway and have a pen and paper. You will soon find out the things you need.
Photomike 10/02/14 07:09am Truck Campers
RE: Repair a Camper with a bulging side ?

$7000 for something with this issue is not cheap. If it was a fridge or air conditioning that was broken sure but this could be a issue that involves a major repair job. Run don't walk from this one.
Photomike 09/30/14 07:07am Truck Campers
RE: What issue should I be aware of on used Northern Lites

I love my NL, but like all RV's they can have issues. Check all the standard issues that you normally would, look for soft spots around windows, doors and vents. Check the floor (in the basement if it has one) for soft spots or signs of water. Look in cupboards for signs of water. Also look along the side of the camper, especially around the start of the cab over for bulging and separation of the fiberglass. Many things can be easily fixed or adjusted if the camper is in overall good shape.
Photomike 09/24/14 10:46am Truck Campers
RE: Never remove camper?

The truck is 10 yeas old 100k miles, runs good but things are starting to need a bit more maintenance. Thoughts? The cheapest vehicle to drive is the one you already own. Let's say the alternator or water pump goes out. Sure, you drop a few C-notes this month to fix it. But then it is done. Versus a payment where you drop a lot of C-notes every month for the next 60-72 months! I have no idea your skill set, and I apologize if the following generalization doesn't fit you. Truck camper people tend to be more do-it-yourself types than the Class-A-parked-at-Camping-World types. You can definitely save time & money by doing a lot of the little maintenance yourself. Transmission filter, fuel filter, air filter, belt, etc. Keep the truck, get it on a TLC maintenance plan, and go camping! -EricI absolutely agree with Eric's post. Especially if the truck and/or TC are paid for. Paid for or not, cost a lot of money to to replace. Hard for me to imagine very many miles as a kid shuttle. How many years and how far to shuttle kids might influence my decision, but I doubt it. Once a month or more, I would use the truck for a store run. I seldom take my TC off. I have left it parked for four months, but only a couple of times. My truck is diesel, 250,000. I have no intention of replacing it. I recently had the transmission rebuilt. I intend to repair or have it repaired as it breaks. Getting off topic a little but I also 100% agree. I have a 2002 GMC 2500HD and other than one annoying thing (no power windows)there really is not a reason to sell, trade or upgrade. IF I was using as a daily driver then I would get a newer truck, but for my camper truck and occasional hauler of large items I have no reason. I can drop 3 - 5 grand a year into the truck for repairs and still be further ahead than buying a new truck. PLUS there is nothing to say that a newer truck will not have problems or end up costing you in non warranty repairs and upgrades.
Photomike 09/24/14 10:38am Truck Campers
RE: Never remove camper?

I leave mine on all the time. Class C's are on all the time. I have not had a problem. Just use it more to justify it :-)
Photomike 09/23/14 09:35pm Truck Campers
RE: Rear ladder that doesn't go to the top

Off topic but was funny to see. A couple weekends ago I was camping and in the campground was a Mercedes Sprinter (those really tall class B's) with a roof tent on it. We think we have a long way to climb to the roof of our TCers, this guy was another couple of feet higher. I would hate to get up in the middle of the night and forget where I was :B :?
Photomike 09/22/14 11:30am Truck Campers
RE: Camper Stands

I use axle stands for vehicle repair.
Photomike 09/15/14 04:22pm Truck Campers
RE: water heater won't stay lit

Sounds like the thermocoupler, take out and clean and put back in. If that does not work replace.
Photomike 09/15/14 12:15pm Truck Campers
RE: Installing microwave in Northern Lite 10-2 CD

We did a glob of silicone on each leg of a microwave when we needed to stop it from moving. It forms to the foot / feet and will not slide, but you can still get it out if you need to. You could also screw in a little lip of wood or plastic in front of the microwave. The only thing that would cause me any concern is if you are doing some major off road driving.
Photomike 09/04/14 04:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Propane heater

For some reason I thought there was one in the TC. Well, good to know! You all saved me! Can I just buy one and mount it between the cable ends and the battery/ground? You can put an automatic one in your truck or a manual one in the truck or the camper. I like the auto one as it saves me forgetting something.......like to shut something off to do something :B
Photomike 08/22/14 09:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Propane heater

If you are coming from other forms of camping you will think that your TCer is a 5 star resort even if you cannot run your furnace all night. Honestly in the cool weather I do not run my furnace very often, in fact I sleep with the vents and a window open and I am still warm and toasty. I do turn on the furnace in the morning to get some heat into my old bones but that is it. Doing it that way, and with my LED lights I can stay out for a week with just the one group 31 battery (was about the same for the group 27). Like was mentioned make sure that your truck battery is isolated from the camper, can be a problem when you go and turn the key and nothing happens.
Photomike 08/22/14 08:41am Truck Campers
RE: Propane heater

I have run on one battery many nights without a problem when it is a cool night, cold is another thing. If you are looking at just warming up your camper in the morning then you will be fine. As far as a cat heater they work great and I carry one for back-up and when I know my batteries are getting low and I use it only when I am awake. DO open a couple windows and DO get a CO2 detector and have fun.
Photomike 08/21/14 12:34pm Truck Campers
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