Thanks, Chet. I guess that I don't notice the reflection off our white terry-cloth dash incoming solar "device", because I have polarized lenses on my glasses and on the camera lens (the camera has circular polarizer).
My Silverado 2500HD has specific truck camper specifications including loading and center of gravity numbers. This is in the glove compartment on GM pickups.
...yep. That's what we have, too, in the glovebox ('04.5, 2500HD). Very specific relating precisely to truck camper carrying data (replete with diagram). I would hope every pick-up manufacturer would provide the same specific data to hauling truck campers on all their 0.5, 0.75 and 1.0 ton trucks ??
....these sidewall ply laps are perfectly normal. In my nearly 43 years of driving, I can't recall a tire without this feature !
Good question...but sometimes, we look, hear and feel too deep, and see issues where none exist with automobiles.
...I noticed that you cover the dashboard surface with a towel of some sort; is this to deflect some of the incoming solar, reducing the brutal heat build-up under the windshield?
We have always laid out a white terry cloth towel completely across our dash during summer while driving, to completely eliminate this heat build-up, and the heat destruction of electronic instruments sitting under our front windshield...
....here's one of them (one of many); camped on the coast at a 600+ acre ranch with 2.4 miles of coastline in Maine, I start my 5 mile early morning trek at ~4:30AM
When Dunes & I drove Janet and yourself over to the Senator's ranch (just down our street), they had Galloways. However, from the wine bar, there was no way you could see the cattle out grazing...the angle was all wrong.
Also, the sprawling Wolf's Neck ranch (over in Maine) has them.
Oreo cows: you got it. This is the colloquial term used in the US tagged to this breed :)
John & Joey:
I say that tongue-in-cheek (I have lived and worked in the topics for many years in the past) :B However, it must be frustrating for those retiring and wanting to seek a stable relatively warm place within a reasonable "drive" running into out-of-character weather.
We ourselves are wrestling with "...just how far south is south enough..." to spend winters at. Its not in character for us to stay in one locale for months at a time, so I can't see us "buying a permanent piece of real estate" in a warmer locale in the US; on the other hand, we debate having a "pied-à-terre" in a southern location, and doing "short expeditions" to interesting places laterally (east and west) of said (ie. having a "trailer" say in the RGV, and bringing down the truck camper rig for 2, 3 or 4 months during winter to run out to interesting locales in southern Arizona (to boondock and explore ruins and rock art) after a few weeks n RGV, then, coming back to RGV, then running out to Padre Island or even north Florida coast with the truck camper rig (to boondock on the beach and surf fish), then running back to the RGV; etc...repeat.
The alternative to the RGV would be say, Borrego Springs (having a "pied-à-terre" there), and running out to remote southern Arizona boondocking locales and run down the Baja to La Paz once and a while, to break the monotony of Borrego, etc, for the winter season...
So, the OP's Thread was interesting in that we could run into "weather holding patterns" doing the above IF we choose our "pied-à-terre" in a locale too far north that puts us climato-geographically compromised, potentially.
Having a "pied-à-terre" in Mexico, within easy drive of our favorite southern US expedition/boondocking locales as canadians would give us the following advantages:
-no health care cost issues vis the expensive US healthcare (spending enough time in Mexico to opt into their less expensive system; lower foreign health insurance costs; etc, etc);
-not having to worry about the non-resident tax issues "clocked time in the US" if we decide to stay 7,8 or 9 months "in the south" (Mexico has no tax treaty with Canada);
-locating further south in Mexico during the winter would better assure (but not guarantee) more stable warm weather, and offer a better "run" at our fave southern US locals without running into "weather holding pattern" issues (ie. driving south to north to California, Arizona and Texas, rather than driving east to west/west to east, and north to south to get to our mini get-aways)....
Here in the Yuma Foothills private lots not in Parks sell for $40K up. Most in the $60 to $70K range. The lot size are approx 65 by 110, taxes in the range of $400 a year and up
OK. This is in the $8.30 range a sq ft in the Yuma Foothills sector. This price must be for a vastly improved lot (ie. fully brick walled in; steel gate; underground power to a podium; city water; city sewer) ?
Thanks Pawatt for the gamut of ownership possibilities. In the RGV, what would be the ~~appx lot size selling in the range you give? Are these improved lots (city water; city sewer; fenced in; RV podium; cement pad of some type) ? And, what are the taxes levied on a deeded lot in the RGV in the price range you give?
I have done a bit of research on separate (non associated to RV park) lots in Yuma, and it seems that most of the Foothills "RV lots" are not in HOAs. Are RV lots in the RGV for the most part, under HOA management (and fee'd) of some genre?
long range forecast for Mission for Dec-Jan-Feb 2014 shows better than a 60% chance of above normal temps.
....holy Hey-zeus it's cold in the RGV this morning; I hope y'all disconnected your water last evening! Santa Ana station LWRT2 is registering 27F this second; Brownsville KBRO is datalogging 39F...C3172 Mission is logging barely 34F.
Keeping my fingers crossed for a warmer winter (I hope!) for the RGV...
Florida's KBKV (Springhill, near Port Richie is showing an audited 33F. And, Pensacola is 31F (geeeez!). Forget the southern US for winter; hello Costa Rica or Aruba!
....buying "an RV lot"
Aren't "lots" in RV communities sold as shares in the entire enterprise (ie. you don't actually own the real estate title under your camper, just a share in the development/enterprise)....something like that ??
The warmest cities (higest average annual) in the usa with a population of 50k or more:
-the warmest of the 101 us cities are in florida (the top most 37 all in florida);
-hawaii only makes the list from 38 onward;
-the next warmest by region is idnio, california (north of borrego desert);
-the next warmest by region is pharr, texas (and the other cities in rgv);
-the next warmest is havasu, arizona;
-yuma, arizona is way down the list at 78 in the among the coolest of the warmest;
-tucson is the 4th coolest at #98
*remember, these are the warmest cities with population of 50,000 or more in the us; data by nws (national weather service); the spread between warmest and coolest is only 8.2f these rankings change every year, of course
...and can you imagine that we are still quite far from winter (dec 21st or so) !!!
I wonder what the real winter season has in store for us in 2014 ???
It was +3f here this morning, with a -16f wind chill ( 70 miles se of montreal)
When looking at the label on the oil it is NOT easy to determine if you are really getting true synthetic or not.
Absolutely dead on.
"Synthetic" is purely a marketing term. You have to do in-depth investigations into each "synthetic" labeled oil you fancy, and make sure that oil's make-up is what you expect from an oil that costs 2x or 3x the conventional oil cost.
The oil I use in all our vehicles is base polyalphaolefin (PAO). After doing lots of research, I would drop my current motor oil in a New York second and never look back if I could easily get my hands on (locally) ENEOS 5w30, ILSAC GF-5, kinetic viscosity: (100°C) mm2/s 10.35, with a VI of 177+ (manufactured by: JX Nippon Oil & Energy Global). Our local NAPA doesn't have it. Still "watching..."
The short bed Dodge has little frame twist or deflection making the movement of the strut piston very small.
Jefe has it dead on. Frame flex (specifically: deflection and torsional twisting) is/are probably the main cause/causes of a camper cab-over dynamically approaching the truck cab. The longer the truck bed and the longer the cab-over = the greater potential for this to happen.
To a lesser extent (assuming your rear tie-downs are adjusted correctly): the material between your steel truck bed deck and the underside of the camper will contribute (unless you sit your camper on a queen-size foam mattress, or your cab-over is waggin' like a dog's tail :B )
Contemplating more: each truck manufacturer's *frame* would offer differing deflection and torsional flexing characteristics, and this would vary widely with payload COG...
Lots of unknowns; lots of experimenting needs to be done...hmmmm?
Thanks my friend! Trip Reports was quite a run; I'm happy to have passed the baton on to someone as capable as Steve, who transformed it into a more navigable animal!
Cheers! I hope you use this resource often!
...our camper (varies from ~1140 LBS to 1390 LBS depending on what is stored in it) has been on our truck (2500HD Silverado gasser ext.cab, 2004.5) since May of 2005; that's 8 years this past May (minus a 4 month storage stint over this entire time) !
I measured the distance from top of axle to bottom of bed on both sides when the truck was new, before loading camper (for various reasons), and after deciding to remove the camper at home, foregoing paid storage for the 1st time this October, the axle-to-bed distance is virtually the same on the unloaded Chevy (only varies by about 1/8th of an inch left to right).
The rear springs are as rock-solid unloaded today as they were when the truck came out of the showroom in 2004.
I suppose if your camper were perhaps 2000~4000 LBS sitting on your truck for 8 years, there could(?) be a noticeable change in your rear suspension...
*we have no suspension aids on the truck whatsoever since new; we don't and haven't run the jacks down to relieve weight over the past 8 years (with the exception of the 4 month stint as noted above). Your mileage may vary
Time will tell how long the exterior will last on a Livin Lite. I doubt that it will last as long as an Avion, but the lower interior portion may last longer.
I'm not sure if a leak in a livin-lite would even matter? There is nothing to deteriorate, peel or rot in the camper (the rug can be unclipped, and hosed off outside). The mattress would be easy to shuttle outside to dry.
Most of the Livn-lite campers sold at our local dealer are used for deer and moose hunting; the animals are stored in the camper for transport home (the clip-on rug is left out when hunting), and the owners power-wash the interior of these campers with hot soapy water to get the blood and guts out.