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RE: Do you unload when you camp? Really?

I'm guessing not everyone finds backing up 6.5-8.0 ft. in a straight-line easy. I think it goes without saying that those who eventually discover a way to load their camper quickly and efficiently are much more likely to unload their camper..... Here is the trick to that. Use your truck for hauling other things. The camper sits inside the truck bed inside the shop. If I need to get a load of stuff, the truck slides out from underneath, I toss the tailgate on, and go do my stuff. Later on the truck slides back underneath. I got pretty adept with on/off such that it isn't a big deal. It's not tough, just takes a little practice. -Eric
Eric&Lisa 06/14/19 12:00pm Truck Campers
RE: Do you unload when you camp? Really?

Wife and I spent a week plus tooling around one or our favorite areas, hiking, fishing, touring, fishing, drinking, fishing.... walking the campsite mid week, which was maybe 1/4 full, we started talking about the forums, and the questions over the years concerning whether one 'unloads' or not. Funny thing was, on that night, there was only two campers out of 12 plus that weren't unloaded.... Going out on a limb here.... That looks like Sun Lakes State Park. Or maybe Steamboat Rock State Park. We did a trip over that area in 2016, and those campsites really look familiar. IIRC they were nice, new, paved sites. Which, in the topic of unloading the TC, makes a lot of sense. There is not much nearby either of those campgrounds, so getting the vehicle out is necessary if you are touring the area. -Eric
Eric&Lisa 06/12/19 10:52am Truck Campers
RE: LAN security

Great topic, let me share some thoughts... Living off the land is where an attack is conducted using in-place technology to eventually reach a target. So my remote control LED lights, a little cheap tiny device, isn't worth attacking itself. Not a big threat if a bad actor can turn some lights on/off. However, they could leapfrog from that device to something else I care about on my network, like my PC with my financial data on it. The solution is to put the LED lights on their own 'guest network' and isolated from my valued devices. Complex attackers. A hacker who is able to determine the schedule on your thermostat - and therefore know when you are home - will not physically perform an attack on your property. They will provide that information to some one who is looking for houses to break in to. They may be part of a group, or it could be information simply sold on the underground market. It may not be your network that is compromised. Let's say an attacker can penetrate Honeywell, the thermostat maker's network. Many of these devices do not have the schedule functionality operating locally, it is operated by central servers. Sure, it all appears that your cell phone is controlling your thermostat, but in reality your cell phone is talking to a central server and it talks to your thermostat. Now with one successful attack against Honeywell, your 'at-home schedule' has been compromised due to no fault of your own. Targeted attacks. This is probably more work than a run-of-the-mill thief will do, but not if you are being targeted. Are you known to have valuables at home? Collector cars is a great example where the DMV (another computer) knows you are the owner, and in order to enjoy the collector car you have to drive it in public. Definitely a bigger target than someone who owns valuable art, but is not widely known to have such assets. Remote access devices like Chamberlain's MyQ garage door openers are another big one. Central computer knows when the garage door opens and you leave for work. A successful compromise of MyQ, and now the bad actors can drive up to your garage, open the door, drive in, close the door, and ransack the house without fear of being noticed by the neighbors. Don't think you will know about it in time to respond. Earlier this week Quest Diagnostics admitted 11.9 million patient records had been accessed between 8/1/18 and 3/30/19. The attack is over and done before the public was notified. And don't get me started on the spying that SmartTVs and such do. It is just freaky having a camera watching me while I watch TV. DW gets a little amorous on the couch after a chick-flick, and your TV could be sharing the video. No doubt Amazon's Alexa will record the soundtrack for synchronization with the video. Sorry for the long winded post. This is a subject I have a lot of concerns about. I work in tech, specifically the security side of tech. I do have a lot of these tech toys around, but none that can monitor me or that control any of my home security. And what little I do allow, I keep them in network isolation from any things I do care about. -Eric
Eric&Lisa 06/06/19 11:07am Technology Corner
RE: HOW YOUR IPhone could save your life.

Keep your phone in your pocket! There are risk trade-offs in everything. Keeping a cell phone next to your body does increase the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) due to radiation. And we all know that increased radiation leads to increased probability of cancer. So what is more likely? That you will be trapped and unable to reach a cell phone to call for help? Or that you will come down with cancer at some point? I am not sure there is a right answer as much as there is an individual preference. iPhone RF Exposure per Apple CNET's list of the top radiation producing phones This does give you something to think about the next time you see a woman tuck a cell phone in her bra. Seems to me like a big risk for later-in-life problems.
Eric&Lisa 06/06/19 10:29am Beginning RVing
RE: Brakes are Fixed (from closed thread)

...Drilled rotor particularly on HD trucks will more than likely warp under hard braking with load.... I kept having problems with rotors warping on one of my sedans. The drilled & slotted rotors weren't that much more expensive, so I stuck them on the car. That was 150k miles ago and the rotors are hardly worn. I think I have done two sets of brake pads during that time. Just put new drilled/slotted rotors & pads on the 1/2 ton pickup... $159 through Summit Racing and 90 minutes of my time out in the shop (just because I also rotated the tires while I was at it). This is just what works for me, and your mileage may vary. :) HTH, -Eric
Eric&Lisa 06/03/19 12:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: Help with electrical please

Keep in mind the converter does NOT put out enough power to run high load devices like the jacks. It charges the battery, and the battery has the amp storage to handle the high load devices. You might get by running one jack at a time off just the converter, if you are in a desperate pinch. But it is known to be hard on the converter - putting that kind of load on it - so get a good battery in place. You don't want this to do a bad-to-worse on you and have the converter go out too. HTH, -Eric
Eric&Lisa 06/03/19 12:38pm Truck Campers
RE: Help! One of my jacks won't retract or extend!

2- Am I REALLY okay raising up the camper on 3 legs only? Happens all the time for me. When lowering, the left rear always retracts quicker than the other three, so I end up on three legs. I wouldn't go climbing around in it that way, and I will lower that leg back down before moving the truck or anything. I wouldn't do it routinely, but if I was in a pinch I would feel safe raising it on three legs and carefully slipping the truck underneath. IIRC, early campers only had three legs. HTH, -Eric
Eric&Lisa 06/03/19 12:30pm Truck Campers
RE: Does anyone run the 8ga Lance plug?

Yes, I run the Lance plug. I had to install a bed plug as the truck did not have one. Made sense to install the right one for the application rather than mess around with the camper wiring. It is just wiring, it is no big deal. Makes sense to me to do it right rather than try to find an excuse to do it marginally. -Eric
Eric&Lisa 05/23/19 10:58am Truck Campers
RE: Heading to Mt. Rushmore

...No matter how many pics you see of this, they will never measure up to IRL.... Okay, so a few years back an artist decided to carve some faces in to the mountain. HOWEVER, take the time to understand why *these* men were chosen to adorn this mountain. It really is the early history of our country, the perils it faced, and its ascension to the world stage. From the Revolutionary War, through the expansion of the Louisiana Purchase, surviving the Civil War, and to the Great White Fleet announcing our presence to the world. These men were giants in our nation's coming of age. As awesome as this monument is, it does not do justice to the history it represents. I am an American. I fly the flag outside my home. And I am always humbled every time I visit Mt. Rushmore. To the OP... Lots of fun stuff to see and do in the Black Hills. Enjoy it!! However, I suggest you take some time to make sure the grandkids understand what Mt. Rushmore represents and that is is not just some random tourist attraction. They are at an impressionable age, and this is a great learning opportunity. -Eric
Eric&Lisa 05/22/19 03:31pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: A Memory of Long Ago

Fortunately we lived thru it Amazing, isn't it! My parents had no idea where I was as a kid growing up. As long as I was home for dinner, it was all good. Now, any sort of unsupervised 24x7 minor will result in a 'helpful' person calling Child Protective Services. It is like at age 18 there is a magic bestowment of wisdom. Whereas we had a number of years to learn from stupid mistakes before being classified as legally an adult. And yes, there are stories of shenanigans from those younger days that shall still not be told. :B
Eric&Lisa 05/22/19 03:03pm Around the Campfire

Knowledge is knowing that tomatoes are a fruit. Wisdom is not putting tomatoes in a fruit salad. Philosophy is wondering if that means ketchup is really a fruit smoothie.
Eric&Lisa 05/21/19 01:44pm Around the Campfire
RE: Heading to Mt. Rushmore

We did a drive through the area last summer, after having just visited Mt. Rushmore on previous trips. We thought we could drive through the Needles and still have time to visit the mountain. We drove, and drove, and drove, and ran out of time. I did not realize how big the overall Black Hills tourist area is. My thoughts... Get a map. Put a bulls-eye on Keystone. The closer you are, the more likely you will need reservations. The further you get out, the more likely you will find an available campground somewhere. There are plenty of mom & pop campgrounds around - at least that is what it seemed to me as we drove around. Every town has a tourist vibe to it too, so don't think you have to stay in Keystone. DW & I discussed planning a summer trip to the area and staying for a couple weeks - there is plenty to see & do. From our trip in 2007: https://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l314/emichael0123/MRM1.jpg From last summer: https://s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/57chevyroadtrip/FamousFaces.jpg HTH, -Eric
Eric&Lisa 05/21/19 12:54pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Lance window replacement

2 years ago I call Lance for help with parts for my 15 yo camper and they would no longer support it.... I haven't had any recent contact with Lance. However, they were pretty helpful in sending over schematics for my camper when I was making a repair. This is not stocking or producing replacement parts, this was simply sending over a document. I have no idea how the OP's call to Lance went. "I need a new window can you sell me one" is a different ask from "I need to find out the specs/details/part number/etc so I can try to locate a replacement window." Seems that might generate more traction.... -Eric
Eric&Lisa 05/20/19 02:38pm Truck Campers
RE: Legal or safety issues carrying diesel fuel containers in RV

An additional comment regarding fumes... Fuel vapors can cause damage to other things nearby. Store some duct tape next to a gas can in a confined space. It will turn in to a useless gooey mess. I wonder what it would do to the laminate glues that are prevalent in modern RVs? I am not sure if diesel fumes will do the same thing as they seem to be more oily in nature. At a minimum, that will attract dirt & grime to nearby surfaces. IMHO, an outside carrier will be better than an storage compartment. HTH, -Eric
Eric&Lisa 05/16/19 11:56am General RVing Issues
RE: Broken/ leaking exhaust manifold bolts

I recently had four bolts (out of six) snap on the lower unit from an outboard motor. They were a real PITA to drill out and re-tap. That is with the lower unit in a vice on my work bench. I can't imagine trying to do the same thing to an exhaust manifold bold in the confines of an engine compartment. Something goes wrong, and it goes from bad to worse - unable to drive the vehicle to a mechanic. I am a avid DIY person. However, there are some things where the amount of frustration incurred will outweigh the DIY satisfaction. Exhaust manifold bolts, with the motor in the vehicle, are one of them. +1 to spend the money with the mechanic. HTH, -Eric
Eric&Lisa 05/16/19 11:45am General RVing Issues
RE: Should I replace my batteries?

Any recommendations here? I like Trojan, tried and true. And I'd get the AGMs. Lifeline is good too. No maintenance, but yeah, more money. I have been a big fan of Trojan for years. However, I recently got burned by them pretty hard. I proactively replaced the battery in my boat with a Trojan battery in the fall of 2016. I went with the model recommended to my by the Trojan dealer in Portland, OR. This battery made it through two boating seasons before refusing to hold a charge in the fall of 2018. I think I was out a half dozen times each season - so this is not like something that was used every weekend. For those who do not know battery codes, they are a mix of letters and numbers. A=January, B=February, and so forth. That letter will be followed by a one or two digit code indicating the year of manufacturer. I always check the codes to buy a fresh battery. https://s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/57chevyroadtrip/Trojan_Battery.JPG Notice the sticker which means this battery was made in August 2016. As I was buying this in the fall of 2016, it seemed to be a fresh battery. Since it was dead, I took it in for exchange. The other battery dealer pointed out the "D5" which is burned in to the battery, which indicates April 2015 as the manufacturer date. He said it is pretty common to some dealers to put a new sticker on an old battery, and count on the customer not noticing the burned in date code. Yeah, I fell for it. I put this Trojan battery in my boat because I had really good service (10 years) out of the Trojan in my camper. The old Interstate battery that was in my boat in 2016 now starts my tractor, and it is a good 13 years old - so it is not like my usage in this boat is hard on the battery. (Having my tractor not start because of an old battery is a different problem than when the boat is on the river and doesn't start). Anyway, I have been a fan of Trojan Batteries for years, and I have spoken highly of them on this forum. I don't feel as strong about them now after this incident. YMMV! -Eric
Eric&Lisa 05/16/19 11:31am General RVing Issues
RE: Best thing to use under jacks while unloading on grass

When & where? I have no problems unloading my camper on grass on level ground in the middle of summer. Ask me the same question in the middle of winter when the ground is soft an mushy, and you will get a different answer. Take 'grass' out of the question and insert sand, dirt, gravel, etc. The same thing applies. How stable is the surface? Is it likely to significantly compact over time? If so, then disperse the load by adding blocks under the jacks. And since you are 'storing'.... Yeah, put some sort of platform underneath to hold the load. Also probably put down some tarps to block stuff from growing up under the camper - you don't want to come back to your camper in a weed patch in a month. HTH, -Eric
Eric&Lisa 05/09/19 11:29am Truck Campers
RE: Dumb Question about Tent Only sites

Cool. So the answer is yes or no or depends. I think there is a difference between "tent-only" and "no hookups" campsites. While a "no hookup" works for a self-contained RV and has a tent pad, a "tent-only" probably means just that. HTH, -Eric
Eric&Lisa 05/09/19 10:57am Truck Campers
RE: Wifi booster.

....I'm guessing ... but it will probably take the new upcoming 5G cell tower based Internet service to provide this affordably across the U.S.. But it probably will be introduced into the town/cities first ... and later out into the rural areas and boondocks (if ever) for us drycamping RV'ers. Hahahaha! Riiiiight! No doubt they will get right on that 5G stuff. Give us Internet anywhere & everywhere. This post made from a 6Mb/s DSL line in an area with no cell service. Not the boondocks either, I am 45 minutes from downtown of the largest city in the state. And by 'no cell service' I mean regardless of carrier, it is an 8-mile drive to get the first service bar. 5G is an empty promise for the foreseeable future. Enjoy this tech article about the realities of 5G.
Eric&Lisa 05/01/19 10:36am Tech Issues
RE: Saga of Cell Phone Accident...

I disagree with the cell phone witch hunt. Cell phones are not the problem. Distracted drivers are the problem! I get upset when my ability to live my life responsibly is impinged by government regulations. Have I used a cell phone while driving? Rarely, yes. And only when traffic & circumstances allow for it. My primary responsibility is to operate the vehicle safely. Distracted drivers go back the first AM radio installed in a car. Anyone remember messing with cassette tapes which wouldn't wind? Maybe scanning the FM dial trying to get a good reception? How about eating take-out while driving? And dare we look back to our youth with the very cute distraction in the passenger seat? :) Every one just as distracting as a cell phone. Cell phones are the symptom. Irresponsible people using them are the problem. Putting a ban on the 'thing' doesn't suddenly make people responsible. Unclear where the OP's accident occurred... California & Oregon already have no-cell phone laws. And that did nothing to stop the accident. I maintain that an irresponsible distracted driver was the root cause. Sorry for the rant & contrarian view.... -Eric
Eric&Lisa 04/13/19 09:59pm Truck Campers
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