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RE: New to truck campers

All I can say is don't do it. You will be over weight really fast. Can you do it, sure. Is it worth the issues and problems no in my opinion.
Photomike 11/27/22 02:49pm Truck Campers
RE: Bigfoot camper - spray paint color match?

You already had some good advice for getting the colors matched. A professional paint shop will be a good choice and a fiberglass shop even better. A word of warning. You will find that the camper is not all the same color. Fiberglass does not age / discolor at the same rate. On my NL I polled some window trim and on one side it was a little whiter under the trim than the fiberglass around it and on the other a lot whiter. Also I have seen a lot of fiberglass campers repainted and the ones that I saw LOOKED HORRIBLE!!! The paint was not as glossy and it peeled. I have been told to do it correctly you need to sand, paint and top coat. Again I would hit up someone that deals with fiberglass to verify before you start.
Photomike 10/19/22 09:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Smaller or more minimalist truck camper

I understand what you're looking for but like others have said trying to customize anything would cost you more than just buying a unit with more features. I do know that Northern lite made a lighter camper unit design specifically for what you're looking for using a cassette toilet but you will still get more then what you want. You may be further ahead to find an older camper with a good shell and gut it and only put in what you want if you're concerned about the weight. Myself when I was looking I considered all the units that were available and ended up going with an older Northern lite which was lighter than a pop-up camper.
Photomike 08/22/22 06:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Back to truck campers

I had my truck camper and I loved it and the only reason I sold it was because of my health issue and climbing in the stairs and moving all my photography gear in and out. I then went to a class c which was amazing but did not fit down the roads that I liked. I then went to a Ford Transit that I converted myself and I really love it. But a truck camper keeps calling me because having the bed over the cab of the truck frees up so much extra space without adding the unnecessary length to the unit. I have seriously considered going back to a TCer but I love my van and the ability to move from the driver's seat into the back and vice versa with no hassles is the biggest selling point. If you're concerned about how it handles then don't go overboard with the weight of your camper. My unit was quite light and it handled amazingly well. The only real drawback that I had was where I live is very windy and driving down the highway into the wind you could feel the camper catching the wind and lifting. I do not experience that with the van. If I was to do it again I would get an oversized truck to haul the camper. For instance if the camper said it would fit on a 350 I would get a 450 or a 550. Just to have that extra ability to handle the weight to me as well worth the cost.
Photomike 08/17/22 09:37am Truck Campers
RE: Cassette toilet/shower

For those with cassette toilets, is finding a place to empty the cassette ever a problem? After 22 years of rving I'm tired of dumping, leaking valves, and a leaking toilet. I have one in my van and LOVE IT!! It is only me and I do try to use other bathrooms when possible but love having it when it is -30 or if I am someplace without toilets. As for dumping I dump in any toilet (flush or pit) or if I am around a free RV dump I dump it there. When really cold it is great as no frozen valves. One thing I have done and think I may keep doing is that in the off season I fill the water tank with RV antifreeze and in the summer I add a little in there when I add water so I get ZERO smells.
Photomike 04/19/22 09:34am Truck Campers
RE: Living Space?

My thinking is that for most of the stuff that I carry I don't need to carry it. So every few months I toss out the stuff I have not used for a while. I had more space in the Class C and the Truck camper but honestly didn't need to carry most of the stuff I had in them. In the Transit I carry what I need and that is it and still have lots of room left.
Photomike 04/18/22 06:37pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Where is EVERYONE??

I guess I could've posted when I installed a couple of hooks to hang hats, shirts, etc. I could've taken some pictures and talked about it. Wasn't that exciting... On some groups that would have been the most exciting thing in years. For me the most annoying post is the one "Where do you go to the bathroom in your van" or "How I go to the bathroom in my van". Seriously I really do not need to hear this and when you read it once do you really need to post it again and again????????
Photomike 02/05/22 04:07pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Where is EVERYONE??

Still here but been busy and not been up to posting,back problems and the passing of my best buddy ( Corgi Border Collie mix )who loved to go camping and anyplace that I went. Taking the van on a 275 mile trip north to get a high top ordered and installed when it comes in, than do a new build out. We did a few trips last year to the coast and mountains and so far this year we gone to the coast with more trips coming. Sorry to hear about your lost. I lost my travel companion of 15 years last November. Border Collie Rottweiler cross. The last couple of years I have had to stay close to home as her travel time was over. Arthritis in the hips made travel painful for her.
Photomike 02/03/22 09:18pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Where is EVERYONE??

I'm on a quite a few car forums and everybody is migrating to Facebook groups because the FB mobile app is so easy to use. I never thought of looking on Facebook. Thanks, There’s also a problem with every new poster being attacked and told ‘use the search function’. This site is most unwelcoming. Yes I see that on a few forums. Also seems to be a control issue from old members on many groups towards new people as much as anything.
Photomike 02/03/22 06:08pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
Where is EVERYONE??

I cannot believe with all the Class B's on the road and all the ones being built that this forum is so dead. I stop in every couple of days and nothing. A real shame as forums like the Truck camper section are so active and have so much great information.
Photomike 02/03/22 02:39pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Bedding in overhead beds in T/C

For me making the bed when I changed the sheets it was HARD! With a lung issue then bending over, stretching, etc.. But I love real sheets. I hate sleeping bags. So how I started doing it was to make part of the bed then take a break. Then come back and finish it. Sure may not be done in 3 minutes like at home but who cares. In the morning it was never a problem to remake it. Just pull the sheets back and done.
Photomike 02/03/22 02:29pm Truck Campers
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