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RE: Caulking

We had this same thread a while ago. A number of manufactures use silicone and many RV techs do. Like one told me when doing some work on my RV and I freaked out about him using silicone. "Been doing it for years, works as well or better than anything else so why would I not use it". The part he siliconed was fine 5 years later when I sold the unit. I would not hesitate using it on openings on the sides but not sure about a roof.
Photomike 04/18/19 11:57am Truck Campers
RE: Saga of Cell Phone Accident...

A lot of good points. A couple more from my point of view...... 1 - It is different driving down a highway and talking on a hands free phone then driving in a busy city area. I will not take a call if I am in an area that I am dealing with a lot of pedestrians and other traffic. My cell phone is my office but if I don't take the call they can leave a message. 2 - Texting while driving should be automatic jail time if you are in an accident. Absolutely no reason for that!!! Even handsfree texting does not work. It takes too much of your attention as most of the time the system does not work correctly. You have to trouble shoot when using it as well as driving as well as texting - JUST bad!! 3 - I would love to see a lot more enforcement for areas that have laws for this. Up the charges to help pay for the enforcement. A scale like $250 for the first offense, $2500 for the second, $5000 for the third and a vehicle seizure for the fourth. I find that it is a lot of the same people that do this. I live in a school zone and everyday that I am home the same people pass my house on their phones. When I have picked up my son parent's get out of their vehicle talking on their phones, pick up the kids, get back in the vehicle and drive away still on the phone holding it to their head. When I hear what they are talking about I cannot believe that they need to talk about some of the things they are - IT IS NOT THAT URGENT!!!! Plus if you are driving a 2019 vehicle you have hands free!!!! 4 - Figure out how to jam signals in vehicles. I know this opens up other issues like passengers not able to call or text or issues if in an accident. But I am sure some smartier peoples ten me can figure it out :B
Photomike 04/18/19 11:52am Truck Campers
RE: Unload or keep on truck

Leave camper on truck. If you want to stabilize it more so you are not rocking drop jacks to remove some weight from the truck. As for pets I have never come across rules for leaving pets in an RV as long as they have food and are not baking. Could be a rule in hotter areas. In the vehicle yes not a good idea any place for any time. My dog would stay in the TCer and have her water, food and toys. I would leave a vent open and a couple lower windows. Also would keep a thermometer in the camper that would record highest temps and it never got that hot. One time I was worried as I was parked in a bare parking lot. Went out for an hour came back and looked in a window and she was laying on her back fast asleep. Temps inside was 22C. Took her for a walk and she was so happy to get back into the camper that she was asleep in her spot before I left.
Photomike 04/09/19 10:17pm Truck Campers
RE: loosing old members

Different kinds of social media, I'd say. Forums are kind of old style. (Which is sad because I prefer forums to more modern versions of social media.) :( Lynn I agree-I prefer them, too. Especially since posting in here isn't going to become part of my permanent Facebook record that is analyzed for their marketing uses! Or used against you on a future job or loan or mortgage or by a family member that is keeping track of you.
Photomike 04/08/19 01:43pm Truck Campers
RE: loosing old members

What is exactly a troll poster, that I see used regularly here?..Is it a poster on the TC forum that has never had a TC and know real world experience to share or is it just a term for a poster that just isn't agreed with on a certain subject by the accuser? My take on some of the members leaving is they forgot to put there big boy pants on and realize it is the internet and we don't always get our way... Troll Post....... I have a triple slide camper and I want to tow my 30' fishing boat and was wondering if my 1992 Datsun pick-up will handle that. Or I am removing my furnace and going to heat using the stove top. Do I need a smoke detector or CO detector or am I okay without.
Photomike 03/31/19 05:40pm Truck Campers
RE: loosing old members

For me I prefer forums as they are a lot more searchable then say a Facebook group. Also as long as you own (rent) the server you can organize how it is set-up and how long info stays on it. The reason I am not on this forum (TCers) more is that I sold my unit. Still am here to get tips for my new unit (Class B) but I read more than posting. The reason I am not on other parts of RV.net more is that many of the moderators are jerks. Some of the rules that they enforce are to the letter crazy!!!! I did a big trip report on another area of RV.net and got told I had to change it or the moderator would take it down as there were parts that mentioned my business. Sorry but I am a photographer and I do that when traveling I did not try selling anything or advertising it was just mentioned that I have a photography business and I was shooting on the trip. I never had that issue on the TCer part of RV net. I know a number of others that ran into similar issues and left as well. There is moderating then there are power hungry dictators. It is not worth my time when I am accepted on other forums I would rather be there.
Photomike 03/31/19 12:52pm Truck Campers
RE: Good bye but with a forwarding address

I always find it funny when people pop up on other forums that I know. I am on many not because I have that unit but it is how I use the unit that is drawing me here. I have a class B now but take it to places that TCer's go so I check in here. Love EP groups but many I do not have that unit but some great ideas to draw on. Will keep looking for your posts on EP.
Photomike 03/28/19 06:40pm Truck Campers
RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

I wish the RV companies would get a hint about the desirability of a 19' class C. Have you seen what Cruise America is asking for used 19Gs nowadays? Most of the people that looked at mine were weighing a Class B and my 19'. The one comment that kept coming up was someone needs to make a 19 or 20' C to compete with the B's. I would never have gone with a B if I camped as the C with the bed over the cab opened up so much more space. But I drive more than I camp so I really do not need the extra space.
Photomike 03/27/19 10:04pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

A sad goodbye...... I sold the Majestic 19G today. I loved the unit. I have to say better built than 90% of the other units on the road. EVEN after being used as a rental it was in better shape then most of the newer ones that are hardly used. Bought it to replace my truck and camper and it was amazing. VERY comfortable and easy to drive. Biggest issue for selling had nothing to do with the unit but how I wanted to use it. I wanted to use it for shooting pictures from and it was just too wide for where I wanted to go. The roads that I drive on and do U turns on and pull off to the shoulder on are not wide enough for the Majestic. Those mirrors are SOOO wide. I was always folding the mirrors in on back roads when I was shooting. I did not want to sell it but last year I only had it out for two trips close to home. I think I only drove it 40 kilometers all last year. It was in to good of shape to let it sit in the driveway and not be used. I listed it last year and had over 12,000 views of the on-line ads. Several dozen people looked at it and finally a couple flew in today and bought it. Hated to see it go as it was a great unit. Would buy another one tomorrow if my needs changed for how I use an RV. As for the size 19' was amazing to drive and parking was a piece of cake. I had a couple people that test drove it who never backed up an RV before and it blew them away to back it up so easily. It fit in all the spots I wanted to camp with space left over. So I am now down to the last White Turtle. Not as many luxuries but a lot narrower and easier to use for what I do. This is my last Turtle
Photomike 03/26/19 05:46pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: what is the shortest class c that people have used?

Didn't use it, wasn't even inside it: we were waiting for the ferry from Seattle to Victoria, B.C., and wound up behind a European Class C (Renault chassis? Can't recall), driven by a couple who had it shipped over from Europe to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and who had then driven it all the way across Canada and down into the U.S. They were preparing to drive it back across to Halifax before going home. It looked to me like the house portion was just about long enough for a bed and a little more room, but they were quite cheerful and clearly still having fun together. The people in this one did the same thing (motor home not the van). Shipped it over from France. https://www.firstchoicephoto.ca/blog/wp-content/uploads/Saskatchewan20180823I387.jpg
Photomike 03/24/19 11:04am Class C Motorhomes
RE: what is the shortest class c that people have used?

You can get a 21' with rear bed and no slide. Freelander 21'QB
Photomike 03/23/19 02:54pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Free Camper Adventure: Moved Successfully!

Kayteg, that piece of steel is missing, I think what I'll do is add a piece of angle iron to reinforce the vertical section temporarily. I agree the best fix is a continuous steel corner that I'll have to fab when I do the repairs. Photomike, I was also thinking of a 4x4 underneath the front of the basement with a bottle jack on each side. The issue is I have to raise it and support it while I remove the blocks from underneath and get the vehicle under there. I looked at the U-Haul double axle utility trailer I was thinking of using, but the sides are 32" high, so I would need to add lots of blocking in the bed for the camper to fit....not ideal. I looked at their pickups, but they only rent 1/2 tons. Do you think this truck from Home Depot would work? They are 250's with a stated 4,000 lb load capacity, which is plenty. https://www.homedepot.com/tool-truck-rental/assets/img/THD/336x336/Load-N-Go-Flatbed-Truck-large-01-A.jpg width=440 The height is about where the camper is sitting now so should go on easily. A couple of big ratchet straps over the top? It's exactly 3.0 miles down a local road from the storage yard where the camper is to my house. Why not a couple 4x6 / 6x6 or whatever running front to back on both sides. You don't have wheel wells to worry about on that truck. A couple 2x6 / 2x8 on the bottom and same running across the front. Then add a couple C clamps or even some strapping at each jack to stop the lacks from bending out. Screw it altogether till you get it home. As for the truck people put pallets of bricks and bags upon bags of sand/ cement/ etc in them and drive down freeways. I am sure a slow trip 3 mile is never going to do any damage.
Photomike 03/19/19 04:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Free Camper Adventure: Moved Successfully!

Have you thought of building a temporary cradle for the front? You could use a clamp to attach it to both jacks and would help to keep it together and hold some of the weight. When you get it home set it on it till you have the repair done then pull it out.
Photomike 03/18/19 11:47am Truck Campers
RE: Ride handling of TC's vs Class C's or B plus

Very nice write Mike. Knowing what you know now would up, buy a newer Sprinter MH with a shower stove etc already there? Or maybe go with a bigger TC with slides? Sprinter never. To many horror stories about breakdowns and repair cost. A Sprinter was my dream machine till I was told by lots of people not to. Slides I am not big on. I bounce around a lot on rough roads and hearing about slide issues I would prefer to go bigger in length and stay without slides. Of course I use my rigs for driving more than living so inside space is more for sleeping, changing and the bathroom then sitting and reading or even cooking. The draw back to B's for space is that you loose the cab over space of a TCer or a C.
Photomike 03/11/19 12:30pm Truck Campers
RE: Ride handling of TC's vs Class C's or B plus

I have had a truck camper, Class C and a Class B. Like already mentioned it depends on the unit and how it is set-up. My TCer was light and was on a truck that could easily handle it. It drove great!! I did feel the wind a lot in what was caught under the camper and above the truck cab when I was driving into a head wind. I did feel a couple times that the side winds were going to tip me over but that was EXTREME 120kmph winds and I was moving at 100kmph when they hit me. With the class C I love it for head winds as the top is connected to the cab and I get less wind resistance. You still feel it in a strong headwind but not as much It is a rougher ride as I went from 2500HD GMC to the Ford E350 so extra stiffness in the ride. Side winds are the same. Both the TCer and the C are the same height. The class B is completely different. No front overhang and it is a medium roof so less side area in the wind. I LOVE the B for driving, the sacrifice is the inside space. A lot less space inside. Here is the Turtle line-up of all three. If you want to see the different units they are here On Edit... Forgot to add that a lot in the handling is about where the center of gravity is. If you have a jacked up unit you will feel a lot more sway. In the C my weight is a little lower and I think that offsets the larger box on the back. All my units are SRW.
Photomike 03/11/19 11:04am Truck Campers
RE: Winter driving

Here is a write-up that I did that may help you. Cold weather camping Thanks very much for that great practical knowledge! We don’t intentionally go camping below -10C but it could happen accidentally living 500 km north of Edmonton and loving mountains. I think I might have met the guy camping in his car one day at the Grande Cache tourist info. I was chatting with him beside his car and pretty soon a wonderful cooking smell reached me from the open trunk of his car. It is amazing how many people are out in the winter camping. Now that it is not -50 here I would like to get out. Need to get out. HAVE to get out. :E A little prep and it is fun.
Photomike 03/09/19 07:50am Class C Motorhomes
RE: You very first TC...

Here is the one that started it for me. My Dad bought it so we could both use it. It was amazing in so many ways but the biggest thing was how heavy it was!! That truck was like a tank - double steel fuel tanks, steel rims and everything solidly built. Add the camper and I am sure that we were triple the load rating of the truck. The camper was NEVER taken of the truck, no jacks to do it so was not even thought of. It was secured in the truck with bed mounts. My Dad sold it so he could go with a VW Vanagon as the gas mileage with the truck and camper was slightly above 0 mpg :B https://www.firstchoicephoto.ca/tc/oldtc.jpg My first truck camper was slightly lighter as I learned a lesson. 1992 Northern Lite and a 2002 GMC 2500HD. https://www.firstchoicephoto.ca/tc/truckcamper/1.JPG
Photomike 03/09/19 07:47am Truck Campers
RE: Electrical plug

Flux capacitor connection.
Photomike 03/07/19 08:42pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: what is the shortest class c that people have used?

Majestic 19G. The link will take you to some information on it. The White Turtle II https://www.firstchoicephoto.ca/blog/wp-content/uploads/Majestic009.jpg
Photomike 03/07/19 11:12am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Camper and Skiing

bb_94401 Be careful out there windchill down to -40 tonight, tomorrow and tomorrow night. Was suppose to be out that way shooting this weekend but way to cold.
Photomike 03/01/19 06:23pm Truck Campers
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