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RE: Driveway camping at my own house

I've had cocktail parties, dinner parties, etc. in my camper in the driveway. I've also slept in it in the driveway more than once for fun. I'm in the mountains though and my camper is 175' up the driveway on the hillside with views of the lake below, so it's really a lot like "real TC camping"! :) Isn't it great the uses we find for these gems? :) Dak Sounds nice... how much is an overnight stay? :B
covered wagon 11/26/14 06:30am Truck Campers
RE: Prepping for cold weather camping

Great ideas! A tip on the fiberglass---you could put it in some trash bags to make it easier to handle, and keep the backing dry. That stuff is nasty if it gets in your clothes. I agree with this Buzzcut as that fiberglass dust migrates everywhere with little air currents inside the camper. I have cut a piece of similar foam insulation to fit behind the same compartment door as a solution. Thank you for the tip on the crank handles.
covered wagon 11/23/14 02:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Prepping for cold weather camping

I feel sorry for your Honda Gen sitting all by itself in the snow like that. It might work the way I do mine.... just hook it up and run it underneath the rear of the camper overhang. I don't know..... But I love your ideas on the insulation. It's a good product your using plus you have lots more overlap around the windows. How do you deal with the crank handles on your vents? Do you just take them off and they go in a drawer?
covered wagon 11/23/14 01:18pm Truck Campers
RE: Macerating pump to empty black/gray tank

Just think if you get Waynes system you could run it anywhere there are restrooms. Inside restaurants, Mcdonalds for examples.
covered wagon 11/22/14 09:14pm Truck Campers
RE: Macerating pump to empty black/gray tank

Yeah... make sure he doesn't drink too many....... I caught him running the hose up inside my camper and dumping into my toilet.
covered wagon 11/22/14 03:48pm Truck Campers
RE: Leonid Meteor Shower Monday Evening

Just went outside, skies are clear, but don't see any action here in Oregon. Will try again around 3am.
covered wagon 11/18/14 01:28am Around the Campfire
RE: Leonid Meteor Shower Monday Evening

Thank you, I'll be watching tonight.
covered wagon 11/17/14 08:10pm Around the Campfire
RE: Charging the camper battery while driving?

I am a walking Murphy's law so a Cat heater is out. Solar panels are in for us.
covered wagon 11/17/14 01:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Charging the camper battery while driving?

I'm growing into the forgetful stage of life so I don't really want the Cat heater in my camper. I know for a fact that I might forget to open or crack a vent/ window and die in there. So that's out for me. Second, I don't want to charge the camper batteries off of the truck. It can be hard on the Alternator if the camper has very low batteries. Burning up just one diode can make you think everything is still all right since the dash gauge would not pick up on that, but then, you would be sending too much AC voltage noise to the trucks computers. That's bad. Solar panels with twice the amount required and two batteries is the way to go for us.
covered wagon 11/17/14 03:04am Truck Campers
RE: Can I vent while we sit around the campfire ?

Your water heater will last longer if you flush the sediment out about once a year. Some of the hose bibs on the bottom are plastic and can snap. I changed over to a brass hose bib. The second thing is when you flush it each year, making it last longer, the plastic dip tube can go bad so you have to be ready with an extra one handy. The dip tube holder is simply a plumbing nipple on top of the water heater, on the inlet side, just sleeved inside. Some have water inhibitors that are in the way of the new dip tube so you have to buy the same sized threaded nipple is all to sleeve the new dip tube into. Pretty simple really.
covered wagon 11/16/14 10:04am Around the Campfire
RE: What Wattage or size Panels for twin Batteries do you have?

I was hoping the prices would come down over the years. Solar panel prices have come WAY down over the last few years. About 10 years ago I put a 4.5KW array on my house, panel cost was about $25,000 or $5.50/watt. 6 years ago I put 450 watts on my boat (semi-flexible walkable panels) and they were about $4800, $10/watt. The panels I bought this spring are still available on Amazon, 2 x 100W for $288 - about $1.40/watt. They are cheaper than the batteries they feed. If you are in the solar panel business you would say the bottom dropped out of the market. They will probably drop further, as more capacity comes on line, but they have already dropped 80% in 10 years. I have simply not paid much attention to prices since I saw the price yrs ago and had priorities to use the money for traveling farther away places. HMSBeagle, your posts always strike me as being very useful, Thank you also.... Mike
covered wagon 11/12/14 12:34pm Truck Campers
RE: What Wattage or size Panels for twin Batteries do you have?

I want to thank everyone for the input. This gives me some idea on what to look for in wattage and then sizes I'll need to fit my roof layout/ profile. I was hoping the prices would come down over the years. Probably since it has something to do with providing energy, that's why I don't see much of that happening. I'll keep looking around on C List and retail outlets and such. It Must present a good feeling knowing that you have greater independence while camping. Then too not scaring bears/ wildlife away with the generator. Silence in the wild is golden.
covered wagon 11/12/14 09:02am Truck Campers
RE: Toilet question

Remodeling your house for the your own sewer dump out is the best solution. You should have one anyway PhotoMike. It can be a lot of work but, not a ton of work. Set up the correct way it should never freeze up. I used to have a porta potty set-up years ago. It only took using it a short while and I sold that rig fairly quickly. It got old real fast as I found some solutions are just more of a problem in themselves.
covered wagon 11/12/14 03:20am Truck Campers
What Wattage or size Panels for twin Batteries do you have?

Wanted to find out what size solar panels you all are finding works well for your twin batteries topped off each day. Please mention battery types too if you would please, Thank you in advance, Mike
covered wagon 11/11/14 07:34am Truck Campers
RE: Toilet question

I’d go option 2. That’s the whole idea of a “porta” as in portable potty. A better option IMO would be to use the installed toilet with RV antifreeze and dump when you’re able. X2.... because how would using a portable be any more convenient than handling the sewer hose. I think a macerator pump and smaller hose would be a better deal for all seasons.
covered wagon 11/11/14 07:22am Truck Campers
RE: Northwest rain!

I saw a video on the news here the other day that showed salmon swimming across the highway. IIRC, it was down by Olympia. Shelton, maybe?? I think we will see some more unusual fall/ winter storms and things like that. May be a wild ride this winter. More wind/rain on the way as I see it.
covered wagon 11/06/14 11:37pm Around the Campfire
RE: Northwest rain!

The wettest NW fall/ winters come in 20 year cycles. We are due again for lots of rain about this time. Along about spring time you think it should stop but does not. By then you see parades of U hauls heading south back to California.
covered wagon 11/06/14 07:05pm Around the Campfire
RE: Swan Song Aftermath

Now there is not only home owners association rules but TC opinion owner association rules? Well now......We are only comfortable in each our own way of living. Why make a battle of it? Way I see it the OP is comfortable traveling his own way. Just like me.... I don't much like having too much to do with cities, towns or hotels. That is just my way.
covered wagon 11/02/14 09:52am Truck Campers
RE: DIY air leveling bags

Cedar 2x6 blocks are light weight but do split easy if you don't criss cross the grain with one on top of the other. However, if you ever get a flat you'll appreciate having a couple blocks to set the tire jack on top of. Wood blocks also help level the Honda generator and back scissor steps. I also like the blocks for weighting down the picinic table cloth from blowing off. Easy and inexpensive to replace any damaged blocks.
covered wagon 11/01/14 04:49pm Truck Campers
RE: DIY air leveling bags

It is not healthy to have everything in life too easy. Up to a point anyways, you'll live longer with a bit of hard work in your life. I'll stay with blocks.
covered wagon 11/01/14 11:09am Truck Campers
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