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RE: Campsite Squatters

Unless they are violating the time requirement, I don’t see the issue. Being rude is not against the law either, and yet most people have a problem with that.
Freep 08/18/20 08:32am Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

I jacked up the camper without realizing one of the turnbuckles had not been removed. Once I corrected my error I removed the pack rat that was hiding between the camper and the bed.
Freep 08/17/20 10:01pm Truck Campers
RE: how to mount solar panel

my current option is making a simular subframe What is "simular subframe"? I googled it and wasn't able to figure it out.
Freep 08/17/20 09:58pm Truck Campers
Campsite Squatters

Have any of you noticed people leaving their trailers in great campsites on BLM and USFS land during the week and then showing up on the weekends to camp?
Freep 08/17/20 09:54pm Truck Campers
RE: how to mount solar panel

Move the mounting feet on the panel. It's just an aluminum frame. Drill new holes and move the feet where you need them to be.
Freep 08/15/20 09:26pm Truck Campers
RE: Solar generator and truck camping

What's wrong with normal RV batteries recharged by portable solar panels and a $100 controller? And what good is a micro system? Either your RV batteries (or "generator") are recharged or they aren't. If they aren't recharged you need more panels, a sunny day, a better location etc. Portable panels need to be stored somewhere during travel. PWM controllers aren't very efficient. But even so, I'll probably get some portables too, for extended boondocking trips. Micro systems are good if you need to power devices in a tent, for example. Normal batteries? I assume you mean Flooded Lead Acid? The problem with FLAs is the limited depth of discharge, the weight, the energy density is low, it takes longer to charge to full and the lifespan is shorter. I have gone from FLA to AGM to LiFePo4 and I will never go back to the first two. I've been boondocking for a month now and haven't fired up the generator once. Before I upgraded my battery to LiFePo4 and my panels from 90W to 300W we had to fire up the generator every day for a couple of hours to meet our energy needs(or drive most of the day). Ask me anything.
Freep 08/14/20 11:36am Truck Campers
RE: Solar generator and truck camping

I couldn’t make it with only one battery even with all of my lights being LED unless it was summer. That really depends on the amp hours of the battery, doesn't it? I switched from two AGMs to one LiFePo4 and increased my energy storage 2.5 times.
Freep 08/14/20 11:26am Truck Campers
RE: Solar generator and truck camping

I have read and read on solar but my worries are where I camp and can I get enough solar to do any good..This portable solar is answering alot of questions and the panels are 23& efficient.. I do like this setup so far.. A portable solution will be my next project for the same reasons you cite. That site(specifically the solar generators and micro systems forum) is where I realized I can build my own portable solar generator for a lot cheaper than a manufactured solution. Hopefully at one point I will be able to plug my little solar generator into the camper at the end of the day and top off the camper battery if needed. I will also use it to charge laptops in our mobile office. Keep chasing the sun.
Freep 08/14/20 09:26am Truck Campers
RE: Solar generator and truck camping

Let me recommend DIYsolarforum.com I've learned a ton from that site. I've been building up the solar and battery capabilities of my Lance. I don't have an inverter installed yet, but that's next when we get back to civilization.
Freep 08/14/20 07:54am Truck Campers
RE: Slide failures?

Wes, When the slideout failed was it an instantaneous catastrophic failure or did it fail slowly over time, giving you some time to deal with it? We camp pretty remotely and I have no idea what I'd do it a slideout failed. Thanks.
Freep 08/13/20 12:00pm Truck Campers
RE: Pack a Hummingbird Feeder or Several.

The only problem with temporary, feeding, when animals or birds, find a food source, what happens when you move on Great question. Hummingbirds have evolved to keep looking for other food sources. Imagine how quickly a flower runs out of nectar. So they quickly find other sources of food. They do not become dependent. I have heard this from many ornithologists including some at Cornell. Right now we're on a fall migration route and we're finding a lot of exhausted hummers coming to the feeders. We've noticed that they refuel for a day or two and then keep moving. It's very dry in Wyoming right now and food is hard to come by. The adult males moved through a while back and all that are coming through now are females and juveniles. Some of these juvies are really struggling when they get here. But they bounce back and keep moving. I'm happy to help them on their journey. We got the idea that we should put up our traffic cones to attract them from a distance. We can see for miles in our current location so we put out the two cones and it worked like a charm. They come straight for the traffic cone then look around camp for anything red, blue or yellow. We probably had 20 buzzing around yesterday, most of those have moved on and more should be arriving by noon.
Freep 08/12/20 08:56am Family Camping
Pack a Hummingbird Feeder or Several.

We travel with several hummingbird feeders and the one we stick to our dinette window gives us a lot of entertainment. Hummingbird feeders are cheap and you can mix the sauce by combining 4 parts water to one part sugar, heating until the sugar is dissolved and then put in some lime, lemon or orange juice. Let cool before putting out. The citric acid helps prevent bacterial growth. We're on an extended boondocking trip right now in Wyoming and it's very dry and there's not much food for the little hummers. We're seeing a lot of desperate and weary hummingbirds showing up and fueling up on their way south. Watching them jockey for position is something that will entertain kids and many adults for hours.
Freep 08/11/20 05:19pm Family Camping
RE: solar project starting to come togeather.

I never use Dicor. I use commercial grade caulk, Sikaflex. What kind of truck camper do you have?
Freep 08/06/20 05:47pm Truck Campers
RE: Drilling hole in roof of Lance 1181

Contact Lance. They are very helpful when it comes to problems like this and will even provide technical drawings.
Freep 08/06/20 11:07am Truck Campers
RE: Lance Wiring On New Truck

I did that mod and was unhappy with it because the Lance plug kept slipping out. I ended up doing something a little different and I'm extremely happy with the result. We can run the fridge on DC while driving and still charge the battery.
Freep 08/04/20 10:38am Truck Campers
RE: Comprehensive mobile app for campsites/grounds/rules

You OK John? He went to Cracker Barrel and got the Covid. Seriously, why on earth are people eating inside restaurants right now?
Freep 08/03/20 10:24pm Truck Campers
RE: New to Truck Camping

Unless you have already spent time in a truck camper you may be in for a rude awakening as to the tight space for two people. As mentioned above, rent one if you can for a trip or two before you invest in a purchase. A trailer (TT or 5th) would give you a lot more room and comfort. About the only camper I'd recommend for your truck would be a Northern Lite or similar TC. But, there are no slideouts and it will be tight in room. Good luck :) We never rented or even set foot in a truck camper before my wife bought our camper and truck. But she did a ton of research. We got lucky, I guess.
Freep 07/28/20 10:15am Truck Campers
RE: Cross winds

Driving west on I-90 a few years ago I saw ominous looking clouds north/northwest of us. I said to my wife/navigator, "Is that something we need to worry about?". She looks up, "Oh ****!" quickly grabs her phone and sees a severe weather warning for our vicinity. Straight line winds going north to south start pushing us a little. She looks at the radar and if we stay put, we're getting hit so we decide to go forward at 45 MPH. We drive forward for about ten minutes and her phone starts erupting "Cyclonic activity in your area! Take Shelter Now!" As we crept forward we see an overpass, but it is filled and we can't stop there. I see another one and it's the same thing. As we move forward I look in the side mirrors and the rear video feed and I see what appears to be a tornado, passing behind us about a mile or two. I can only describe the experience as the most terrified I have ever been.
Freep 07/25/20 04:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Front hitch to carry motorcycle

Have you considered something like this? Roadmaster Hi-Low Hitch Riser This is exactly what I used. It's heavy duty. Be nice and use smile.amazon.com
Freep 07/23/20 09:37am Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper slide out...out while driving

The 'ol lady and I were returning from shopping. I look over and there was a truck with a camper cruising in the fast lane going the opposite way. His slide out was out about a foot! That was me. I was hoping no one would notice.
Freep 07/18/20 01:43pm Truck Campers
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