Recently, the editors of Truck Camper Magazine, saw the posting of our 2015 GMC 3500 Denali DRW truck build and ask if they could do an article about it. Hopefully, you can view it from the link below.
TCM Truck Build Article
For most families, as we did with our two girls, they go to a hospital for the birth of their children. But on Tuesday, July 21st, we went someplace, a little out of the ordinary, to watch the birth of our new baby. The Flint Truck Assembly Plant, in Flint, Michigan, where we watched our 2015 GMC Denali 3500 DRW Diesel, come to life. She had big hips and was a little heavy for a new born, but she was healthy, tough and without question, beautiful! It was difficult go home without her but only a week later, on Tuesday, July 28th, we brought her home. And the Arctic Fox, was finally able to meet her new ride.
Joking aside, the opportunity we were given to visit the GM Flint Truck Assembly Plant and watch our truck get built was a very unique and once in a lifetime experience. Surprisingly, it was all made possible after I posted a question on the truck camping forum of RV.net, asking about the compatibility of our Arctic Fox 1150 Truck Camper and the new 2015 GMC 3500 Denali DRW. One of the responses came from a person, named Pete, who said if I was planning on having the truck built, to personal message him with contact information and he could possibly arrange for us to tour the assembly plant and watch our truck get built.
I did so and the very next day, I was contacted by two people from General Motors. One from production scheduling and the other from GM Communications. After multiple emails, back and forth, I was then asked if it would be okay to also have someone be there to take some videos. I agreed, but surprisingly, the "someone" taking videos, actually turned out to be a video crew who filmed us and our truck, the entire time it was being assembled. I was wired up with a wireless microphone and interview multiple times during the build. And as awkward as it sometimes felt to have a video camera starring at us during our four hours there, it actually turned out to be a lot of fun.
I believe what was most fascinating, is the technology and quality of the people who work on the GM assembly line. Over forty years ago, I worked on the assembly line at another truck manufacturing plant and the difference between then and now is like night and day. There is no more prying or banging on something to fit. No more having to lift a heavy part into position. And no more hung over, drunk or stoned people, carelessly slapping parts together. It was more like a precision partnership between man and technology. Where line workers are more like professional assembly people with pride in what they do, pride in their fellow team members and pride for the company they work for.
So, now that our little girl is home and the Denali and Arctic Fox are getting to know each other, the excitement is building. She may purr like a kitten but don't be fooled, she is a beast with the heart of a lion. And now, the only thing left to do, is to get her all accessorized in Torklift products and the two of them should be ready for their first adventure, together.
If the ulr copied correctly, this is the video GM took as we watched our GMC Denali 3500 DRW Diesel get built on July 21, 2015
Many folks put off extended RV travel so they can save enough money to do so. But I have heard many Full-timers and Part-timers say, start as early as you can or others say they regret they didn't start earlier. So, I'm curious if there are those who regret starting when they did because they could no longer afford health insurance or the funds just ran out?
I currently have a 2004 Chevy 3500 dually diesel with 132000 miles on it. The truck has done a fine job of of traveling and carrying our Arcticfox 1150, but now looking at purchasing a 2015. Nothing is wrong with the 2004, just looking for a change. My question is: has anyone been using the new 2015 GM dually diesel for truckcamping or know any pros or cons with it as the tow vehicle?
We will be leaving on a morning when the temperature will be below zero and remain in the single digits for most of the day and night. My plan is to fill the tank the morning we leave but concerned about any freezing while traveling. Is it a bad idea to run the furnace while traving?
I know this may seem like a silly but I have a question about the three sets of cables in our battery compartment. We have an Arctic Fox 1150 and in the battery compartment are three sets of cables, large, medium and small. The large, I have connected to the battery but what are the medium and small supposed to be used for?
Thanks, everyone for your thoughts (and compliments, that was nice). It sounds like I should just stay with stock and not mess with it. The truck has performed remarkably on all our trips and I've never felt I needed extra power, so why try to improve on something that is already working great. Again, thank you
Three years ago I purchased my 2004, one ton Chevy Silverado with a Duramax engine to carry our 2012, 1150 Arctic Fox camper. I't been a great truck and has served us very well, carrying our camper on all the trips we've taken. When I purchased the truck, it came with a Banks, 6-Gun system, which the person I bought it from told me it would help improve performance. He didn't elaborate much more than that, just told me that "1" was stock and I should to expeariment with it.
I read up on it a little and saw where people had cautioned of doing damaged to the transmission. So, being I was satisfied with the trucks performance, I didn't see a reason to expeariment and maybe do some harm.
But we're taking a month long trip to Arizona in a couple of weeks, and I'm hoping to maybe get some advise from this forum about a taking advantage of what, if any, the Banks system could offer me. I am not one to "hot dog it" with my truck and when on the freeway, I keep my speed between 60 and 62. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
I found an app on the apple App Store called "journi" and have been trying it out for a few days. For those wanting something convenient and available on their phone, it actually has some interesting possibilities.
In my case, I started with air bags but I was still not happy with the ride. I installed the Sableloads and it was a night and day experience. So much of an improvement, that I only left enough air in the bads to keep them from getting pinched. The Stableloads cost so much less that I would recommend your parents try them first and if not satisfied, then try airbags.
Thanks everyone for sharing your ideas and pictures. I especially liked bigfootford's application, but we need to raise the ladder to access the previous generator cavity for storage. I just ordered a locking system from lowprolockdown.com and hope it is what I'm looking for. Once I have it in place, I'll send some pics. Again, thanks
This past summer, my 3 year old Onan 2500 quit working and the generator repair shop said it cost about $1200 to get it back in working order. Since I never liked how noisy it was, especially in quiet, backwoods settings, I decided to purchase a Honda 2000 from Camping World for $1000. I'll admit, I do miss the convenience of pushing a button from the comfort of the camper but other than that, the Honda has done a fabulous job and I really appreciate how quiet it is.
After removing the Onan, I installed a floor in the generator cavity and decided I would now use It for storing the Honda and additional gas. This idea works but I never realized how awkward it would be for getting the Honda in and out of the generator cavity. This now has me thinking if there is a way to secure and transport the Honda on the rear bumper. My thought is, if it can be locked and secured on the bumper, it wouldn't even have to be removed to operate it when needed.
So my question is, if this application has been done or if there are any other ideas for transporting your portable generator, could some of you please share how you accomplished this? And picture would be great!
Thank you for your help
We have an AC1150 (with sub wings), and after 3-1/2 years of truck camping, I just consider them a part of the camping experience. I love the floor space but loading is a pain. As for me, loading the TC has always been and will probably always will be the scariest and worst part of the experience. But if I always treat this duty with respect, caution and avoid thinking, "this is a piece of cake", it will only remain a brief downside to an incredible lifestyle.
Thanks everyone. I've never posted a picture before and thought I'd play with the RV.net picture poster to see how it works. It's actually pretty simple and I'm feeling pretty proud of myself right now, thank you.