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RE: Life expectancy of pickup campers...

Most of the RV's around here, or that I have seen travelling are stored outside with no cover. They are designed to be waterproof and if maintained will be fine. If I needed to keep mine under cover then I would never have bought it as I don't have a place to do so. If you have storage then fine, but I have never seen any advertising saying this unit must be covered.
Photomike 11/21/14 06:57pm Truck Campers
RE: Winterizing Skylight???

JumboJet, If we could find a source for screw in Snaps that might be the answer. Gary West Marine has stainless steel screw in snaps. Now you guys gave me another idea ...... more work!
Photomike 11/19/14 09:07pm Truck Campers
RE: Toilet question

Dealt with winter/RV/toilet issues for years. Flush liberally with blue windshield washer fluid, plastic 5 gallon bucket fits under the termination outlet, couple three trips to the road side bath room takes care of things. Works for me with the truck camper and the motor homes I've owned. Thought of that as well, would save looking for a dump station.
Photomike 11/12/14 08:14pm Truck Campers
RE: Toilet question

Before doing anything to the toilet, I'd call around to the local RV parks, gas stations with dumps and the municipal waste treatment plant and find out if any will let you use their dump station, even if they are "officially" closed. While many RV parks close Oct / Nov, lock the gate and then disappear for the winter around here. Many over winter comfortably at home. When I've needed water or needed to dump I'll stop by and ask if I can dump and fill with water, even if they are closed for the winter. Most are very empathetic and help out. I don't take change and somehow only have larger bills :). The KOA outside of Revelstoke, BC was very helpful, even though closed. If they can't help out, I simply ask if they know of a place. A lot of the gas stations have dump stations you can still use as long as they don't bury them, when they plow the lot. Our local conoco station has a dump station accessible year round. A quick call is easier than making your own dump station this time of the year. I dug down to find my septic tank and have it pumped earlier this year. I installed risers and a lid so I won't have to do it again. Pretty simple to add a 4" fitting to the riser lid to make it into a dump station at home. As to everything being frozen, we run full utilities all year round. While it was -2F this morning, the temperature in the basement near the tanks stays above 45F and inside it is at 70F while on our winter road trips to ski areas in MT, BC and AB. The coldest the inside of the camper gets in the winter, is when it sits on the truck or cart in the 60F heated garage between trips ;) That is a good temp for the waste tanks, I do not have a basement to heat. The last time I tried to dump in the cold nothing moved and even the valve was tough to open, that was after finding a place that I could dump at (many places I have found freeze up as water gets into the dump drain and freezes so even when you get the cover off they are still no good). I think that I am going to keep the toilet in and have the porta potty for cold snaps (like now). Does not your dump valve freeze or is that inside the basement as well? The KOA at Revelstoke is a nice place. I thought that they were open year round? I was planning on stopping there in January so I should check on this. I looked into setting up something at home, this would be great in so many ways, but the cost is WAY out of line. To get a drain to the area that I park the camper at would be over $10,000 (they would need to rip up a pile of the basement floor to get to the wall, then punch through the wall and tunnel up from the basement to be under the camper - needing to dig up a large portion of driveway to get there). Then this would still be subject to freezing I was told. Next option was to build a garage, heat it and put sewer in that. Prices came in from $30 - $40,000 for the garage and adding plumbing as the distance that they would need to run and tunnel is crazy. So the porta potty seems like a little cheaper of an option at only $70.00.
Photomike 11/12/14 07:47pm Truck Campers
RE: CB Antenna Mount

Go to www.firestik.com and look at their mounts. They have mounts that go under the edge of the hood using existing body bolts. I was given a cb antenna that had a magnetic mount and went to a local welder and had him bend me some metal. Then I mounted this under the hood so it sticks out over the front wheel well and the hood still closes nicely, works great and cost $20.00.
Photomike 11/11/14 08:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Toilet question

I love how all these guys are telling you to just use the toilet, and not understanding that where you are everything would be FROZEN SOLID, period. I'm not sure I'd go to all the trouble of removing the toilet, though. I think I'd just use the porta potty elsewhere in the camper. Then again I'm camping alone so I wouldn't have an audience. What would be ideal for you would be a cassette toilet as a permanent solution for year-around. I think that you are right with using the porta potty someplace else. I measured and it will fit on the shower pan easily. I was all ready to pull the toilet today then remembered that I wanted to go to the coast next spring when it will still be cold here. I would be able to use the toilet for a couple of weeks there so I would be putting it back in for that trip and then taking it out a couple times this year. I would love a cassette toilet as for what I use the tcer for it would be ideal, problem is the conversion to a cassette would be a lot of work. NL is now offering a cassette option on new units..... if I upgrade I know what I will get.
Photomike 11/11/14 12:13pm Truck Campers
RE: Toilet question

Thank you for your feedback - the problem with trying to do any dumping in the winter around here is finding a place that you can dump at that is not frozen solid (let alone having what you are dumping thawed enough to get through the dump valve). Right now it is -14C and not going to get much warmer for the next few days -27C tomorrow night, I want to head out this weekend and everyplace that I dump at is covered by ice and snow, with a portable toilet I could bring inside to dump. The only place that I could run a hose at home would not be good (read into this wife would NOT be a happy person if I did so and I may be living in the tcer after doing so) as the hose would have to run through the house, that is if anything would come out of the tank at these temperatures.
Photomike 11/11/14 08:38am Truck Campers
Toilet question

I love getting out in the winter but with how cold it has been the last couple of years dumping the tanks is impossible. I have a chance to get a new porta potty for cheap and I am thinking of removing the toilet and capping the hole above the tank then putting the porta potty there for the winter and returning the toilet in the spring. My question is what is holding the toilet on the tank? I know this will vary with the brand but is it usually a bolt going down into the tank or a bolt coming from the tank? Can this bolt / support be removed easily to make it flat on the top or is this bolt going to still be there? I would go out and look for the brand but it is -20 C now and I am inside where it is warm. My second option is to leave the toilet in place and put the porta potty on the floor.
Photomike 11/10/14 11:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Salute!

Yes thank you. Because of those that have and are serving we can go camping and enjoy life. I think of this almost daily and I am humbled.
Photomike 11/10/14 11:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Elkmont Evacuation

Was out camping this past Friday and Saturday. Went to one of my favorite locations in Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta and was told when I went to one of the lakes that they were shutting the road down for the season as a big storm was moving in, but would let me take one last drive. A couple hours later at another part of the park a Warden came by and let me know that if I wanted to stay were I was that was fine but it may be a day or two before the plows got to me as a major storm was moving in. I was tempted to stay there but had some meetings on Monday that I need to be at. Nice thing about having everything with you is that you can stay in a place for a few days without a problem.
Photomike 11/02/14 03:43pm Truck Campers
RE: Freezing propane tanks

I use my tanks down to the -30's without any issues, I run the furnace in the TCer and I use my barbeque and have never had an issue. That being said I have heard of people even in warm weather having the regulator freeze up. If you have power a hairdryer would help to melt that.
Photomike 10/23/14 09:39am Tech Issues
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
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