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RE: fulltimng in a truck camper

While you will find that more of the forum members are extended travelers in their TCs, very few are full timers. Probably could count them on the fingers of one hand. Quite a few will spend a month to multiple months at a time in their TCs, most have a home somewhere that they return to for part of the year. Not sure that we have had any couples posting that they have full timed it or are currently doing it. The others are all single guys that I can think of at this time. May be some couples, I just don't know about. I have known a couple of guys that used their TCs for housing as they work at jobs that move around the country. The only time their TC moves is when they change job locations. Probably not the generally accepted idea of a full timer though, but they do sleep in their TC every night of the year, for the most part. Most full time couple seem to want more living space than is available in a TC. Fifth Wheels, motorhomes and large travel trailers are more often the rig of choice of full timers. But every one has to decide how much personal space do they need to be comfortable.
joe b. 10/29/14 07:56pm Truck Campers
RE: Exhaust Brake - when?

I use mine most of the time, when I remember to turn it back on, as mentioned above. Wish the default position of the switch was on, instead of off every time the engine is shut off. The D/A exhaust brake is real handy to use in conjunction with the cruise control. The cruise will let you get 5 mph over the set speed and then it will activate the exhaust brake and start downshifting the Allison transmission when going down a steep grade. Exhaust brakes need to be exercised regularly to keep carbon build up to a minimum. I try to remember to turn mine on all the time but here in town, I often don't use it, at the slower speeds in town.
joe b. 10/29/14 06:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Location of generator in fifth wheel trailers?

Over the years I have seen a few 5th wheel users, mount the generator in a semi permanent location on the front of the trailer. They fabricated a mount that attaches to the top of the 5th wheel pin box. The generator then has it's weight setting over the pickup bed. Easy to see it in your rear view mirror and somewhat safe from theft, if locked down. Main problem I see would be getting the generator connected to the trailer power box. Even though I have several generators here at the house, including a Honda 2000i, I don't carry any with us when traveling. Our 5th wheel is a campground queen and in three years of use, has always been plugged in at night to campground power. My truck camper does have a built in propane generator which we seldom use. Has less than 40 hours on it and most of that is from monthly exercising it. Our previous Lance was used by us as living quarters after 3 hurricanes for a total of 30 days, parked here at the house. It had a smaller AC unit and would run off our Honda 2000i so that Honda has about 400 to 500 hours of run time on it. On edit: found this photo with a google search. From 2010 RV.Net posting https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRDaemQ-icC8uJ4d4W1xBY-Qnbine8EvsNCAGj_dovB0Len_7to
joe b. 10/29/14 05:47am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing a car behind your camper

I tow a Jeep Wrangler behind our Chevy/Lance. At times I will off load the TC and use the Chevy but many of the back roads in Colorado we enjoy, the truck is just too large. I haul a Lance 845, use a Ready Brake Aux system with a Towmaster Falcon II tow bar. The combination of the tow bar and the Ready Brake length, works just fine for me. I have a 18 and a 36 (I think) inch extensions but don't use them. It really just depends on where we are going as to towing a toad or not. We just got back from a two week trip, leaf peeping into northern Virginia, West Virginia, southern Ohio, down through Kentucky, Tennessee, both Carolinas and home without the Jeep. We kept the TC on the truck the entire trip and didn't have any problems going where ever we wanted to go. The previous summer we towed the Jeep from Florida to Mt. Rushmore, Devils Tower, Montana to Yellowstone MP, then south to Colorado for most of the summer, then to Utah, Arizona and New Mexico before heading back to Florida. Here is the TC and tow stopped by Yellowstone Lake. Without an extension, I have plenty of room between the two vehicles. http://pic100.picturetrail.com/VOL621/2555455/24323634/408174875.jpg
joe b. 10/25/14 05:53pm Truck Campers
RE: Thor Citation Sprinter Generator problem

Ranger, do a Google search outside this forum. One of the hits I got was on the Thor forum site where there was a lot of comments about the problem, but no solutions as of yet.
joe b. 10/25/14 02:27pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2015

I have mentioned to sue before, how impressive her Dad's photos are, in sharpness and composition. Not only was he a fine photographer, but he knew and used high quality camera gear. While sue does adjust the colors, due to age of the photos, her Dad, Jack, did a first rate job in taking them. Plus he recorded the history of the area, where ever he was at that time. So glad he did
joe b. 10/19/14 01:01pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Propane for Motorhome Engine

Propane is much more available in Canada, than in the US. Many/most Canadian gas stations will have a propane pump in with the gasoline/diesel pumps that are self serve in most cases At one time, years ago, it seemed that 1/3 to 1/2 of the motor homes I would see in Canada had a horizontal propane tank mounted on the rear bumper. Most were probably in the 25 to 40 gal size. Still lots of propane used for vehicle fuel in Canada. I grew up on a ranch in southern Oklahoma where we use propane for most of our farm vehicles. It is a good fuel if the price is right.
joe b. 10/18/14 03:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2015

Danny, by the time you made your first driving trip to Alaska, I had already made 4 round trips, starting in 1962. I have had two flats, one I noticed as I pulled into the gas station in Watson Lake and they patched it for me. The other I did on a sharp rock on the Top of the World highway. In the 52 years I have been driving the highway, I have only broken my rig once. In 1969, I was pulling a popup tent trailer behind my Bronco and managed to break a spring shackle off, by hitting a pot hole, while driving too fast. In the 13 RV round trips to/from Alaska I have never had the tire problems mentioned, plus I have made other car/truck trips, as well as several trips flying small aircraft, following the Alaska Hwy.
joe b. 10/17/14 07:03am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2015

Not only does the Chruch book state it is prohibited to park along the highway right of way, but so does the Milipost guide. A couple of years back, a few of us forum members spent some time trying to research the matter with no success. It almost appears to be one of the myths that go along with the Alcan/Alaska Hwy. you know many of them, from the road will tear up your rig ( no, the rig driver will tear it up if they don't have good driving skills) to you need several spare tires, etc. Repeating and believing these myths, seems to make some first/second timers feel more macho and adventuresome . Bottom line is, we couldn't find a law that even spoke to the subject, if not road signed, no one on the forum has ever reported being told to move by law enforcement. Just get well clear of the road and don't block someone's drive way.
joe b. 10/17/14 05:22am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2015

Aux tanks raise a couple of interesting quandaries to consider. The $6.50 fuel is easy to avoid with a bit of planning. But at some point, you will need to refill the aux tank and OEM one. So when fill up time arrives, you may be paying $5 or $5.25 a gallon, depending where you are. I have considered adding an aux tank but have never been able to make the numbers work for me. Here in the Lower 48 I would like to have one just to be able to refuel once a day. I have a 34 gallon OEM tank and have never had a problem finding fuel when I need it. Sometimes I will refuel even if only down 1/4 of a tank on the Alaska Hwy. anytime we stop to eat, I will usually refuel, regardless of fuel level.
joe b. 10/16/14 07:39am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Lance 845 on a long box truck

We were on I 64 for awhile. Currently we are near Lexington Kentucky headed for Mammoth Cave NP. We took a swing up into southern Ohio as well, looking for fall color changes, with the best found in West Virginia. Chris, the box I built for my 845 is roughly 5 ft wide, 4 ft tall an 1 1/2 ft thick, which gives me about 30 cubic ft of storage. Are you still working as a marine engineer for the Alaska Ferry system on their ships?
joe b. 10/14/14 05:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Trip Report Skyline Drive

It was still raining at Seneca Rocks yesterday as we came through on Hwy 33. We camped in Luray, VA and quickly realized Skyline is one busy road on the weekend. Great during the week though. Lots of fog and rain for us as well. Great photos, thanks for posting.
joe b. 10/14/14 05:15am Truck Campers
RE: Lance 845 on a long box truck

Chris, good to see you posting again. I have a Lance 845 on a long bed Chevy DRW crew cab and it works great for us. As you no doubt know, the CG to axle stays the sane on either a short bed or long using the 845. I built a plywood box to fit in the 18 inch space between the back of the truck and front of the TC. The extra storage room is great as the 845 has little or no outside storage. Because this 845 has a generator, I have zero outside storage where my previous 845 didn't have a generator so it had that space for storage. We are currently in West Virginia camping, and the extra room for junk is great. Use it to store our lawn chairs, bagged, tool box, water hoses, 30 amp extension cords, water jugs, food items, fake fire logs, fire tools, etc. You can go to my web site below, then click on Alaska trip June July of 2004, 2006, etc., then scroll down toward the bottom of the page, then click on web storage photos, to see what I built and use. If I do it over, I would extend it to come out over both side bed rails. I keep thinking about having one of the local boat shops in Stuart build me a fiberglass box that would look better. But a lot more dollars involved in that. LOL
joe b. 10/14/14 04:28am Truck Campers
RE: Wytheville KOA, VA

We stayed at the Wytheville KOA a few nights back. Got a site in the new section of sites they are adding west of the office. Everything worked fine at our site. The WiFi was good till about 6 PM when the campground filled up, then became slow. But we had an excellent AA&T signal so ran off our iphone hotspot. The restrooms were spotless with lots of hot water. We will plan to stop here again in the future.
joe b. 10/12/14 05:12pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: To toad or not to toad, that is the question

To tow or not is a very personal matter. I tend to think of a dividing length of about 30 ft as to how useful a toad will be or not. The 2 1/2 years we full timed, we pulled our toad on every move, it had to go. But most of my trips over the Alaska Hwy, have been in rigs shorter than 30 ft. A big part of the Alaska tour market is based upon cruise ships and tour buses. So all the major tourist attractions will have bus parking which will fit the largest RVs. Now you may find RV parking tight in front of Tee Jay's business, on the Kenai. LOL Without a toad may require more planning for some. If you are planning to stay a week at some camp site, then take a weeks supple of what you need with you. While having a tow with you in Alaska can be convienent , getting it there, for me is not worth the trade. If you take two vehicles with you, you have doubled your chance of having vehicle problems. Most RV travelers seem to move around a lot while in the north country. There are a few places to day trip out of but not many that are convienent IMHO. About the only places we spend a week or more camping in Alaska would be Fairbanks and Valdez, and some summer at the Tangle Lakes west of Paxson. A couple of times in Fairbanks I have rented a car, but generally we unhook the utilities and drive the RV (under 30 ft) if we want to go somewhere. Seldom do we find a problem with parking, where we want to go. If a business is going to cater to the tourist trade, they have to have parking for RVs and the ever popular tour buses. LOL
joe b. 10/12/14 04:35am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Spring trip Minneapols To Fairbanks Alaska.

I figure on ten driving days from south Florida to Fairbanks. But seldom do we drive straight through, so it normally works out to be between two and three weeks. I have done Anchorage to Houston, Texas area in six days, traveling solo, but don't recommend that method. From Fairbanks to Bellingham WA, is about 50 hours driving time. Numerous times my BIL, my SIL and their driving age daughter, would leave Anderson, go to Fairbanks and to the Lower 48, leaving on a Friday after work, and arriving in Bellingham on Sunday evening. Not my style of travel but it worked for them. I am an early riser so will often have driven 250 miles by noon. So much depends on a persons age, their health, their enjoyment of driving, etc. I like to spend my time in Alaska and northern Canada, not taking anymore time than necessary along the way in the lower 48. We keep a list of places that look interesting that we wish to return to, on a different trip. In the 52 years I have been driving to Alaska, I have done 13 round trips by RV, half a dozen or more by car or truck and about that many by flying airplanes up to Alaska following the Alaska Hwy, for the most part. I find that at my age, 72, about a ten hour driving day is enough for me. In the lower 48, I can make about 600 miles a day and then drop down to roughly 400 a day in Canada. It varies by trip for us.
joe b. 10/10/14 04:39pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: ALCAN Highway

Morsnow, glad to see your comment about how roads are referred to in the north country. I lived in rural Alaska for 25+ years and was never aware that Alaska roads had highway numbers. LOL plus, until recently I wasn't aware that the Parks Hwy was part of the Interstate Hwy system, for funding. There are a few of the so called hidden Interstates in Alaska and Hawaii. All roads were referred to by either the official name, such as the Richardson or by where the road headed. The 13years we lived in Nenana, the Parks highway, that highway was referred to as the Anchorage Hwy or the Fairbanks Hwy depending on your direction of travel. In days gone by, direction on the Alaska Hwy/Alcan was always given as north or south. Most Travelers were headed north to Alaska or south to the lower 48. But I now notice more cheechocos giving directions using east and west at times. LOL Most of my adult working life, I was employed by groups that ethnically considered themselves to be Alaska Native. While the terms Eskimo and Indians are the most commonly understood terms, by all cultural group, it normally isn't the terms used when they describe their ethnic heritage. There you will hear the terms such as Athabascan, Aetna, Yupic or Inupiac Spelling varies since these are English spelling for a spoken language. So all this verbiage to say there are many words that mean the same thing, be it Alaska Hwy or Alcan, Indian or Athabascan. Of all the rights we have , not being offended, isn't covered in either the US or Canadian Constitutions. Yes I have read both, LOL soap box back in the closet time.
joe b. 10/10/14 07:32am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: ALCAN Highway

I have been driving the highway in question for 52 years, and I use the terms Alaska Hwy and Alcan interchangeably. Nothing worth getting ones panties in a bunch over, IMHO. As long as everyone involved in the conversation understands both terms refer to the same road, just not a problem for me. Sue, I should have said Haines Junction or Burwash instead of 1202. Easy days drive even going slow. Lots of things in life get referred to by a name other than their official one, including body parts. LOL
joe b. 10/09/14 04:41pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: ALCAN Highway

Whether the frost heaves are marked or not, after awhile a person will get where they know they are on permafrost by the vegetation growing besides the road. About all you will find on frost as willows, stunted black spruce and tamarack trees. Just keep an eye out for those and you will know when you need to slow down. Remember, the road is not moving, just your vehicle so the damage you do to your rig will be tied to your speed. Slow down doesn't mean to drop down to the speed limit. You may need to drive at 5 or 10 mph at times. It is an easy day's drive from 1202 to the Alaska border, even going nice and slow, plus most of us are on vacation/holiday so no need to get in a hurry, IMHO.
joe b. 10/08/14 06:11pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Your Ideal Place in Mid-South Florida?

One of our favorte places in this area, is Jetty Park, north of here, somewhat due east of Orlando. It is run by the Port of Canaveral (the county) has full hookups, well kept and just about centered on the east coast of Florida. Many day trips to do out of here, not too far north to St. Augustine, or go south down toward Sebastian Inlet or go west to the wonderful chaos known as Orlando with a million things to do and see. At the park itself, it is a short walk to the beach, or the fishing pier or next door is a county park where the viewing of the large ships using this port, pass by often. Since we live here in Stuart, we don't do much camping here in this area, but get south of here several times a yeer to the Keys or the Everglades. We also enjoy some of the campgrounds around Crystal River, such as Rock Crusher, Natures Resort in Homosassa and several others in that area. But we do most of our camping at Walt Disney's Fort Wilderness in Orlando, about 40 nights a year on the average. In my opinion, it is the best campground where we have ever stayed, anywhere. We never seem to get tired of being there.
joe b. 10/06/14 12:37pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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