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RE: Spring is here

We are suppose to be in the high teens (Celsius) for this week. Sure seems like spring, only problem is to get these temps the winds are 100kmhr + (60-70mph).
Photomike 02/08/16 08:48am Truck Campers
RE: Cassette toilet/shower

So sorry if it interfered with you supper , we are a few hours later here in the east . Now I get it :S . Thanks for the clear explanation . No interference at all. Just choked down a nice Canuck meal of moose tongue and beaver tail. Mmmmmmm, yummy. Dave What no salmon roe??
Photomike 01/20/16 10:45pm Truck Campers
RE: 2016 NL Delamination

I've been interested in both the NL 10-2 and BF 10.4, so are you saying that the structure of the fiberglass does not support itself? It requires being bonded to the polystyrene and interior paneling to support the structure of the camper? I understand how strong stress skin panels are. I've worked on a few. I had a Palomino 8801 that was made that way. Very strong, but the glass was only 1/16" thick and it had an aluminum frame around the edge of each panel. I thought that both BF and NL were made like a boat, which has a few frames and the transom glassed into the hull but most of the strength in the thickness of the molded fiberglass which is a factor of only fiberglass lamination. Long post.... sorry Before you discount either brand there are a few things to consider. First I have a NL and I love it, I looked at buying a BF when I was in the market and would have but found the fit and finish inside of the used BF units that I looked at horrible compared to NL (this was a number of years ago). Both shell builds were similar in overall structure, they may have changed more recently, but the idea is strong and so is the product from years ago till today. I have also sold, or helped people buy, over a dozen NL's over the years telling people what to look for, what to stay away from and so on. Of all those people I have not heard back from one with problems, not saying that problems do not happen, but so far fortunately no one that I helped has had an issue. Likewise I know of many people with BF's that have units and love them with no issues. So why the issues that we hear about? Well I am sure that both NL and BF would love it if all units were 100% and never had an issue but I think it is a simple fact that people are building the units and sometimes things such as glue, temperature or pressure varies and can cause an issue down the line. I also think at times that we, as the end users, really push these units and that is when they show problems. Not that we should not push them but imagine what would happen to trailers or Class A,B & C's if they were taken in even a few of the easier places that we take our campers. My NL for instance has a number of battle scars from trees, rocks, a cargo trailer and pot holes that would probably destroy other RV's. Doing this will surely show any weaknesses and possibly also create weaknesses over time. Again it should not be an escape to play down a failure, but both of these situations (manufacture and use) can come in to play. I hope that both manufacturers continue to work on improving their products, as they should if they expect to stay in business, but even with the products being produced today I feel that both NL and BF's are superior to many of the other TCers that are on the market and I would not hesitate to buy either one, new or used, and be happy with it. If you are buying a used unit do all you can to check it out for any structural issues (in addition to the regular Rv issues that you should check), load it on a truck - take it off the jacks and check for any issues. If you are buying new make sure that the warranty is activated so you are protected.
Photomike 01/20/16 10:42pm Truck Campers
RE: Cassette toilet/shower

Yup you are insane, bad idea, nobody would do it, a waste of time. Now that you are done yours you can do mine as well. Northern Lite now offers the cassette option as well. Makes a lot of sense to me, plus you can use the toilet in the winter without adding water to the TCer. For many it would be a bad idea, but if it works for you then go for it as the main thing about camping is to get what you want in the camper! Pictures would be great, what model of TCer do you have? Some people are going to think I'm insane but....I'm spending the off season modifying our truck camper. Ripped out the wet bath and the black tank. I replaced the toilet with a cassette type. The logic is this: We have a few spots we go in BC on our way to Alaska. These are places we stay for 2-3 weeks and they are far from the Highway and services. The black tank filled too fast to do us a lot of good and there's no place to dump...so the cassette, which will allow dumping in an outhouse if needed. The shower was really just too little to use, we both agreed, so I built an enclosure for the outside shower, some pvc and two or three shower curtains, plenty of privacy if needed, although at most of our spots it's not an issue, there's hardly anyone around. The extra room I found behind the fiberglass shower/toilet enclosure was impressive. Makes the bathroom easier to get in and out of and the extra storage is critical when we are on the road for 6 months at a time. She won't let me redo the kitchen cabinets, yet, but I can see quite a bit of space behind them... I'm posting this in case anyone is thinking of the same kind of things, if anyone has done it and has insight, and just to gather thoughts. The bathroom I rebuilt with thin t&g from HD and actually saved some weight! Removing the black tank means no step up into the bathroom which DW hated. Easier to clean too as we can just take the toilet out for a minute to clean it and the bathroom floor.
Photomike 01/16/16 11:51am Truck Campers
RE: Soft wood in NL basement

Contact Keith at NL and ask him, he is very helpful.
Photomike 01/14/16 10:26pm Truck Campers
RE: How to attach reflecix

Spray glue if you want it permanent and velcro if you want it temporary.
Photomike 01/13/16 05:40pm Truck Campers
RE: 2016 NL Delamination

I am curious, did you try lifting the camper with the jacks? If so did the bulge go away? Yes, the bulge is almost unnoticeable when the TC is on the jacks, which should help with the repair. Whether the bulge goes away irrespective of on or off the truck is unacceptable IMHO. For a new, less-than-one-year old camper a repair should not be necessary for this. It might be indicative of a much more serious nature. Did it do this when you took delivery or is it recent? I agree that it should not do it and it should be fixed. All I wanted to know with my question is if it was a weakness (as would be indicated with the bulge that would go away when put on the jacks) or if it was permanently like that(no change when jacked up) so could be from the forming process of the fiberglass, something pushing against the fiberglass from behind, etc. If it goes away when jacked up then I would say something has given way. Hope it is fixed quickly for you!
Photomike 01/04/16 03:48pm Truck Campers
RE: 2016 NL Delamination

I am curious, did you try lifting the camper with the jacks? If so did the bulge go away?
Photomike 01/04/16 12:24pm Truck Campers
RE: Observation on the NL/Bigfoot Clamshell Design

BF and NL (I do have a NL) will have less leaks in the overall design as the two piece manufacturing process is a lot less prone to leaking without the seams on the corners and in other places. BUT all campers have the same potential additional holes punched into them. As already mentioned they have to put certain things into the design to meet the codes and for function. I do like the overall design of my NL as well as the improvements that they have made over the years but anything can, and will, leak. To think that any camper that bounces down the road at 60mph +- will stay leak free is expecting a lot. I have seen $95,000 trailers leak as well as $400,000 Class A's, even some million dollar homes and businesses have issues. As a friend told me years ago when I was talking to him about RC cars "this is a hobby and a hobby will cost you money, no two ways about it" and that is so true about RV's. If you want a RV that will never leak, or depreciate, then either buy one and store it in a heated garage and never us it or don't buy one. All we can do is to do our research on what we consider a suitable RV, inspect it as much as we can before purchase (even new does not mean that it is perfect), take care of it as much as we can with inspections and upkeep and enjoy it while we can.
Photomike 12/26/15 10:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Keeping batteries charged during the winter

You do not seem to getting any response to your question so I will give it a shot. Here's my question: Will this arrangement do as good a job of keeping my batteries charged as the BatteryMINDers did last year? I would especially appreciate responses from those who have experience with both the BatteryMINDer 2012 and the Progressive Dynamics PD4645. (The 2012 has temperature compensation and the PD4645 does not.) Having one charger do both batteries will work as all you "need" to do is to top up the batteries so they are not drawn down by any phantom draws. That being said a charger per battery will/ can do better as they will be monitoring the specific battery and if the charger has various charge modes it will do more for the battery to preserve it. I run the house charger to keep the two house batteries charged, and then I added another charger permanently under the hood of the truck for the truck battery. The charger under the hood does an amazing job as it varies the charge rate and runs a desulfer mode as well and all the draws on that battery are looked after so the battery is always at 100%.
Photomike 12/24/15 10:08pm Tech Issues
RE: COMM (communication) while camping or boondocking

I forgot to mention that dialing 911 when you are out of cell range can get you help. The call may get through and with tracing abilities emergency services can find you even if you cannot communicate by talking. BUT this is not to be relied on as it may or may not work. If I was in a predicament I would give it a shot if the other solutions were not working, or if I did not know if they were working. On another note: You do need to keep your phone charged when out in the bush, does no good to have a phone with a dead battery.Lets be clear about this.. Out of range is OUT OF RANGE, PERIOD..... No cellular coverage will get you no help because there are no active sites to hear you. 911 will work without the phone having a subscription, but ONLY within range of a cell site. Depending on the fringe area yes this does work. We have had a couple rescues because our 911 operators were receiving hang up calls repeatedly from out of range cell phones. They were able to locate an area and send in SAR and successfully rescue the people. This DOES not work in all areas but does work in some areas even when the phone says that there is no service. I have been trying to find the articles that were written about our rescues but came up with this one: Still, the connection was long enough that two Edge Wireless engineers, Eric Fuqua and Noah Pugsley, were able to find this information in the CDR to determine that the family was in sector "Z" in the southwestern portion of the cell site's 26-mile radius. Wolf Peak's "Z" sector provides coverage to remote areas with little population and very little cell phone traffic. Using this information, authorities sent out rescue teams, which eventually located Kati Kim and her children. Anderson said that the family was lucky that they were Cingular Wireless subscribers. Edge Wireless uses the same GSM network technology that provides roaming coverage to Cingular customers. If the Kims' phone had been with a different provider that didn't have roaming coverage with Edge Wireless, then the company might not have received any signal at all after they left the major highway, and the cell phone would have been of little use to authorities trying to rescue them. "Where the Kims' car was found was on the fringe of our coverage area as it was," Anderson said. "So it was a miracle that the phone was able to lock onto the network at all." Anderson said that if people ever find themselves in a similar situation--lost and having difficulty getting cell phone reception--they should search for the highest ground or area that may be in the line of sight to a tower. They should hold the phone away from their bodies or high so it has no obstructions to a possible tower. It may take up to two or three minutes for it to synchronize or connect with the cell tower and mobile switching center. Even if they can connect for a second or two, it could be long enough to register a voice mail or text message, which could ultimately help wireless engineers track their location. http://www.cnet.com/news/turning-cell-phones-into-lifelines
Photomike 12/23/15 10:38pm Technology Corner
RE: COMM (communication) while camping or boondocking

I find threads like this a great reminder to not only me but to everyone that a little preparation can save a lot of trouble, possibly your life or some one elses. I have a health condition so a lot of my back country time is limited to being on the edges of no mans land. I like to keep myself close to people, but not so close that I can hear or see them. Many places that I go my wife won't go to as she says that they are "to remote" but in the course of a day I see usually a dozen people on all sorts of vehicles. One time she was freaking out that we were to remote when we walked over a rise to see 10 RV's and 30 or 40 people. This gives some security and safety. Even with the people around I always try to leave a schedule even if it is a little rough. I also have a CB but it is pretty useless as there are few people around where I go that would have one. I also have a smart phone and do have texting ability (as mentioned before a text can send even when voice calls do not). I also have Motorola Alert installed where it can send an emergency alert text message, a meet me or a follow me message - seeing this was free it is great to have installed as a back up. On Edit... I forgot to mention that dialing 911 when you are out of cell range can get you help. The call may get through and with tracing abilities emergency services can find you even if you cannot communicate by talking. BUT this is not to be relied on as it may or may not work. If I was in a predicament I would give it a shot if the other solutions were not working, or if I did not know if they were working. On another note: You do need to keep your phone charged when out in the bush, does no good to have a phone with a dead battery.
Photomike 12/23/15 01:33pm Technology Corner
RE: Ultimate truck camper fanatic gift

Just wait until the weight police see huge campers on Raptors!!! :B I thought the same thing. Only thing worse is if they had a cat heater inside as well :B
Photomike 12/18/15 12:13pm Truck Campers
RE: Charging House Batteries while Driving

Love how people have such advice and have no ideas on the variables. It depends on how much you use the batteries, your charge circuit (yes this includes wire size) and a number of other factors. On one outing I ran the furnace all night and while it said when I stopped the next day that it was charged it drained the battery in the middle of the night as it charged it but never topped it up 100%. On another winter outing on the first day I ran the furnace all night, never did much driving the next day and the second night I was fine as even with it being cold it was not enough to really drain the batteries either night. What I now try to do (unless it is -30) is camp one night without hook ups and try to plug in the following night to make sure that I am topped up. Also when I plug in I use the 110v heater to let the batteries fully charge.
Photomike 12/13/15 05:30pm Truck Campers
RE: Mr Buddy Heater?

I use a Little Buddy for a back-up emergency heater in the Tcer. I figure that if it is -20 or -30 and my main heater fails for some reason then the Little Buddy is a good back-up. It also is great for when it is cold and you need to do something outside like replace a back-up bulb and you need / like a little heat to keep your fingers warm.
Photomike 12/09/15 07:23pm Truck Campers
RE: Blacksplash mods

Funny, I have been looking at doing this to mine to update the looks but I have a friend that "HATES" the looks of them as he thinks they cheapen a RV. After seeing how nice it looks after the install I think I will have to do the same thing. Thanks!!!
Photomike 12/08/15 01:53pm Truck Campers
RE: Composting Toilet

You may neet to broaden your search beyond the TC section. Some you tube vids....https://youtu.be/_E2xOoNov9s The Wynns. My question is Who had experienceexperience with these toilets at "this forum" I think you need to turn down the attitude a little. I think you have had some good responses in that not many (if anybody) here has done that and others are trying to help you get some information to help you learn about them. I know of a few people but they are not on this forum so I will not add anything else.
Photomike 11/28/15 10:28am Truck Campers
RE: TC Oven use - baking bread

You know someone will have to say it :-)................ DO NOT bake bread in your camper as the yeast to air ratio is harmful to occupants. At home you have a lot more air in the house so those yeast vapors can disperse before inhalation. There I feel better, back to sniffing yeast vapors.Oh no, now a Yeast Police Force will be created. LOL That was what I was thinking - weight police, catalytic police, yeast police :B
Photomike 11/18/15 03:20pm Truck Campers
RE: TC Oven use - baking bread

You know someone will have to say it :-)................ DO NOT bake bread in your camper as the yeast to air ratio is harmful to occupants. At home you have a lot more air in the house so those yeast vapors can disperse before inhalation. There I feel better, back to sniffing yeast vapors.
Photomike 11/17/15 10:35pm Truck Campers
RE: Winter Mods: Carpet Kit in My Wolf Creek and misc others

Get some underlay and you will REALLY love the softness and the warmth!
Photomike 11/08/15 06:20pm Truck Campers
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