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RE: Torklift Glowsteps - Finally

You can change the setup of the steps so that the first step is even with the door way. Look at the GlowStep installation manual to see how the upper brackets on the top step are placed. Basically the top horizontal bars that connect to the u-shaped bar are replaced with that additional step you already have... I thought of that but I think I would rather have the step there that goes a little lower, I am clumsy enough and changing this would mess me up :S I may have a use for the extra step and material, I am just now seeing if I can buy a couple extra parts to change out my old trailer step to a new Torklift one, would be a lot more stable. Old steps from camper to trailer saves me removing the trailer to get in and out and allows me to use the platform on the trailer as a porch for shoes, etc, then I would use the new Torklift bracket that is attached to the truck. When I am hauling the trailer all I need to do is take off the 4 steps and put on the one Torklift step that would go to the trailer. Here is the old one.... http://www.firstchoicephoto.ca/tc/mods/M12.JPG Will let you know if it works.
Photomike 05/05/15 04:43pm Truck Campers
RE: diesel to gasoline truck for TC: any regrets?

When I bought my truck I was set a diesel, loved so much about it the pulling power, MPG, etc. I was actually talked out of buying one by a number of people. Bought a 2002 GMC 2500HD with a 6L and I have to say that I LOVE IT!! Just came back from a trip through the mountains and the truck amazed me, drove great, got 14MPG over the entire trip. Would I buy a diesel? If I was pulling something along with the camper in the truck then yes, for the power. But if I was just buying for the TCer I would go with a gas again. In fact for the repair costs that you were quoted I could get a good used gas truck.
Photomike 05/03/15 06:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Buying used

I have a 1992 Northern Lite and love it (mine is bigger than you want but they do have smaller), also Bigfoots are a good buy used. The one thing I noticed on the older Bigfoots is that the inside looks older, but if you got it cheap you can modernize for a few dollars.
Photomike 05/03/15 05:54pm Truck Campers
RE: Torklift Glowsteps - Finally

I seem to have gotten lost somewhere in your description regarding the 5 step system. It looks to me like you have a 4 step system. Did you remove 1 step? I have the 5 step system but it hangs up on my carrier very similar to the one you have and I had to fabricate an additional wooden step at the bottom. Yes I removed the one step to make it the right length. I can sell you a step at a good price :B :B
Photomike 05/02/15 09:42pm Truck Campers
Torklift Glowsteps - Finally

I have been wanting to replace my steps for a long time, I had decided a year or two ago that I would go with some Glowsteps but like most things around here nobody had them or even knew what they were. Then I was going to order a year ago but the "you buy it, it is yours" policy of special orders had me nervous so I waited. This past April I once again started looking and nothing. Then today I called a newer RV dealer and asked a guy in parts (who is not a parts guy) if they had any. He was REALLY confused, asked me to hold and after a VERY long time came back and was blown away as he found a set of steps. Now according to Torklift I needed a 4 step set, this was a 5 so I thought that I would go and look at them anyways. Took the truck and drove in a sure enough they were the steps I wanted, but with an extra step. I asked him what they wanted and when he told me that they were $80 less than the 4 step (higher exchange rate today) so I took them and removed the extra step to make them the right size. Was planning on mounting them to a angled bracket that I had made a while ago but found that the bolts would not work. So took the bracket off and secured to the camper the way the other steps were when I bought it and the way that I had the bracket attached. Torklift does not recommend putting on a NL without a bumper but as they are attached the same way that the other steps were for years I cannot see an issue. Will keep an eye out to make sure that they are okay. Sure is a lot different. I had been told that they were a lot nicer but that does not even come close to how nice they are. 99% straight and a lot stronger than the last set. http://i.imgur.com/V9agLaSl.jpg http://i.imgur.com/bNz3WWWl.jpg
Photomike 05/02/15 05:02pm Truck Campers
RE: 10-2EXCDSE

I have a NL 9'6", it is a 1992 and other than the outside looking older it is in amazing shape. The inside looks new. Only leaks you will get are at the openings for windows, hatches and doors and if you do preventative maintenance then you are laughing!
Photomike 04/28/15 01:59pm Truck Campers
RE: Under mattress treatment pj

I went with two mattresses, love the loft and no moisture getting through to the base. So how thick is that? What about sitting up head room? 6 - 8" and with or without the extra mattress on my camper there was not enough room for sitting up.
Photomike 04/24/15 09:05am Truck Campers
RE: Under mattress treatment pj

I went with two mattresses, love the loft and no moisture getting through to the base.
Photomike 04/23/15 10:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Newbie Qs about Trucks, Campers and Wives

Lots of good advice. A couple things that I would do is to upgrade the truck (the more the better), skimp if you have to on the camper till you have tried it. If you are like me and others you may find a used camper is better as you can fix it up as you like. As for starting to camp: a couple nights in the drive way, a couple nights close by, a couple nights a day or two away, etc, etc. You will be surprised how much junk you pack that you will never need and how much stuff you don't pack that you will need.
Photomike 04/23/15 10:18pm Truck Campers
RE: bigfoot 2008 sewage valve repairs

Mine on my NL was really sticky (still have scars to prove it). One day after dumping and flushing the tank I thought that I would try something. I took a can of WD40 and sprayed up into the pipe to soak the flapper then I opened it and did it again. I also lubricated the little slide attached to the handle. Almost pulled it off when I was done as I went to yank it open and it worked perfectly, scared me as it was so smooth. Has lasted a couple years since I did that and still works good. I have heard from someone that toilet paper can get jammed in there. One person said to look up there with a flashlight to see if anything is jammed. Fortunately I did not have to stick my head up there :E
Photomike 04/22/15 10:43pm Truck Campers
RE: Where to get a clear lens for the ceiling light fixture?

I was at a trade show and saw a new type of LED fixture that uses the clear lens. I went and bought one and installed it and was very impressed so I thought that having a clear lens on the older fixtures would be a good thing. Was just about to head out and buy some and decided that I would just remove the cover and run without and see. Honestly the light is not as nice, more directional and does not light as large an area. When I put the smoked / frosted covers back on they really did not dim down the light output that much and I like the diffused look better. The nice thing about the new fixture is that the LED's are spread over a larger area, in the old fixtures using the LED replacement bulbs they are smaller and concentrate the light more so need the diffusion.
Photomike 04/22/15 12:39pm Truck Campers
RE: Nice to have a tc for a short trip.

I have been thinking lately how nice it would be to have a 40' unit when I am parked some place for a month or more (if I ever get to do that), but a Tcer is so nice to just take anyplace and no forethought to routes or clearance issues and makes sort trips so worthwhile.
Photomike 04/13/15 09:05am Truck Campers
RE: BC trip report

I believe I have parked in that very camping spot in Nanaimo. Love the slug pics. Told my wife that I was bringing a couple slugs home for her as pets, she declined. :h
Photomike 04/13/15 08:58am Truck Campers
RE: Northern Lite 8'11" Q Classic Special Edition

Truck and graphics on the camper look great together!
Photomike 04/13/15 08:56am Truck Campers
RE: BC trip report

I appreciate your effort. There is a link on your blog; "Paterson Photography". It takes the reader to "Paterson Photography Teaching, courses, workshops, printing, photography and more". Your name; "Mike Paterson" is a link to "New Product – Gloss Laminate Posted on March 18, 2015 by Mike NEW Product!! I love getting new things in and this one is really cool." and more." In my opinion, your blog is a direct violation of; ""You may not use the Open Roads Forum to either advertise or promote commercial endeavors. This includes direct posts, member name, URLS in your profile or signature, as well as, active links to other sites on the Internet." Sorry tried to please but only so much that I can do on the road, take it down then I really do not care!!!!
Photomike 04/12/15 09:56pm Truck Campers
RE: BC trip report

Today's update is done. Trip Report
Photomike 04/12/15 08:23pm Truck Campers
RE: BC trip report

I removed the "ad" information from my blog till I can figure out how to get it off this one page.
Photomike 04/12/15 04:41pm Truck Campers
RE: BC trip report

Honestly if you want to remove it do so. I just thought that I would share and this was the fastest way, never thought that it would be an issue. Seeing that we had to host our images someplace else this saved so much time in uploading images to different sites and copying links and making sure that sizes were correct, etc, etc. I was PM'ed yesterday asking why I would not post this on the Alaska/ Canada forum as this would be beneficial there. Never thought of that so I did. It was pulled down, and people wonder why there is nobody posting there. At least if I get removed then there is more space to discuss GMC over Ford or Gas over Diesel or what weight is the right weight to carry, those are the important things!
Photomike 04/12/15 09:11am Truck Campers
RE: BC trip report

This is from Northwest Treck. Plenty of photo ops there. Nice, now I want to go. Another thing to add to my list.
Photomike 04/11/15 10:37pm Truck Campers
RE: BC trip report

Today's update is done. May be a day or two before next one as I am thinking of going to a Provincial Park for a day or two to shoot the waterfalls there. Trip Report
Photomike 04/11/15 10:07pm Truck Campers
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