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RE: Overland camper

Actually drove cement trucks and heavy duty wreckers back in the day that how I paid for collge. That does not change the size of the roads!
Photomike 08/23/19 02:08pm Truck Campers
RE: Overland camper

^^^^ Lets see Alaska, Canadian Northern territories, Mexico and the desert states of the U.S. Current rig has been down quite a bit off dirt roads been to the Artic Circle and the whole length of the Baja Penninsula. As far as being important thats irrelevant just another form of boondocking for me an I'm retired an enjoying life just going to try another style of RV . The problem with going big for North America is that you are then having to tow a vehicle to get into most remote areas. You are limited to where you can drive/ camp with a big rig. My class C with just the little extra width from my truck camper was a huge issue. Forest service roads were out. Many times just exploring a road was an issue as I needed so much space to turn around. The width on dirt roads was a problem as I was the width of the road. I was out a couple weeks ago and watched a couple in a smaller Unimog have issues with navigating roads that I had no issues with in my class B. Toss in the poor turning radius and they were having a lot of issues that a smaller unit would not have.
Photomike 08/23/19 09:20am Truck Campers
RE: DC operation of fridge

Check the voltage at the camper battery when the truck is off, then start the truck and check. If the voltage goes up you are charging. If not then you are not. (Don't plug in 110 for this test). On my truck it needed a fuse so that the circuit became live. $2 and I had a pack of them. Never run the fridge on 12V for any length of time. I would use 110 to cool it off at home, switch to propane when I pulled out of the driveway and off propane when I got back in the driveway from the trip. Most campgrounds I stayed at did not have power. Yes off when refueling as well.
Photomike 08/16/19 09:41am Truck Campers
RE: 2019 Northern lite

can any one please tell me the size of the furnace in a 10-2 ex cd dry bath , and will please let me know where the vents are located, and in cold weather do they seem to be in the right place and does the furnace do a good job on real cold nights. Thanks I still have a chance to get a big foot 10.4 until Monday the only worry about the bigfoot it had water in places that were worrisome to me. another question does the air conditioner in the northern lite do a good job of keeping you cool enough in the type of weather we are having now. I appreciate your patience I am just trying to get information for the best camper at the best deal. both units I have looked at are about the same price, but the northern lite does come with a couple more options standard I know you can always add a solar panel and the bigfoot is pre wired but the Northern lite 100 watt solar panel is standard and I know a 12 volt television is inexpensive, but again it is standard. so for the same price you get a couple small standard extras at no extra charge I know some Bigfoot owners will not ever have issues but some might the same for the Northern lite some get by without any problems for years and a very few might wish for a little extra the factory forgot. I think atwood is a better jack but bigfoot and northern lite both use Happijac I know I rambled a lot but typed as things came to mind. So thanks and let me know your wish list for either camper you own. the furnace is one of my concerns as we get to go places in the winter more than summer thanks for understanding a procrastinator Call Northern Lite and ask, they are very helpful even if it is a used unit.
Photomike 08/13/19 05:15pm Truck Campers
RE: Overland camper

If you are serious check out this site Expedition Vehicles If you are buying used there is one that is listed that has issues so beware. For me I like Earthroamers, thought of buying one but I would be afraid of using it for the cost. In my opinion there are more rugged choices to buy if you want rugged and there are more affordable but less rugged if you are not needing the expedition capable units.
Photomike 07/31/19 03:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Dometic Fridge RM 2610 help-gas works, won't get cold

Seeing that everything is working on electric and gas seems like it is a blocked tube or you had a leak and the ammonia is low. Does the fridge have a strange smell? If there was no flame on gas or the electric was not making it hot there are other options but that end of things are working. You could try taking some ice in the freezer. Long term try rolling it but more than likely you will be replacing the cooling unit or the fridge. These things always happen at the worst time, a rule for RV's!!
Photomike 07/12/19 08:03am Truck Campers
RE: Northern Lite campers No Black Tank Clean out

Photomike. Which kill switch are you referring to. Please excuse me I don't have a camper yet. I think that you would want to be able to kill the power to the jacks and not everything else. Jim To the jacks for most of the time, but an overall kill switch is a good idea as well for times of maintenance.
Photomike 07/06/19 01:06pm Truck Campers
RE: Haven't seen this asked

List it on Kijiji or Ebay as "Like new only used a couple times" and ask as much as you bought it for. That is what most people do by the looks of what is out there for sale :(
Photomike 07/06/19 01:01pm Truck Campers
RE: Northern Lite campers No Black Tank Clean out

Oh, here’s an important tip on HappiJacs: install a switch in the power lead to the wireless controller. There have been several reports of them catching some stray signal or for whatever reason randomly activating a jack while the camper is parked, rolling it over on its side. There was discussion of it on here, with a few people saying they’d had it happen. Also, why have constant power draw, even just slight. When you’re not using the jacks, turn that thing off! I think this is probably a good idea no matter what brand. There shouldn’t be anything with no switch to shut it off. Put the kill switch inside, if the power is off harder for someone to steal.
Photomike 07/05/19 08:27am Truck Campers
RE: Learned something about our truck this week !

See, I told you I learned something about our truck this week !!! I don't know why I didn't see them before :R One of those live and learn days I guess. I'm going to edit my original post to decrease the number of replies directed at my stupidity. Stupidity is nothing to be ashamed of. Ignorance is worse. You did something, I know many people that would not look or ask.
Photomike 07/02/19 12:12pm Truck Campers
RE: Northern Lite campers No Black Tank Clean out

My TC don't have it and I've never seen the need. My commode is directly over the tank so I just 'flush' it through the knife valve in the crapper. No biggie. X2 All the times that I dumped my black tank I pulled the valve and let it drain. When I had time/ desire I would fill up the black tank either with a hose or just with the pump through the toilet (long time)and it was clean. A TCer is not like a trailer where the black tank is down a line then down another line to the valve.
Photomike 06/30/19 09:11am Truck Campers
RE: Missed our TC today

So true. I was without a camper for a couple years and boy I missed my TCer so much. I bought a class C but it was not the same - to wide for many roads. Now I have a van and LOVE having MY stuff with me again. Nothing like stopping at a road side pull out and having a clean bathroom, cold drinks and snacks.
Photomike 06/07/19 08:39am Truck Campers
RE: Battery Charging Issue

If your batteries were at 3.5V I think you may be buying new batteries. You should check your liquid levels (if that type) before leaving on the charger for too long.
Photomike 05/29/19 08:24pm Truck Campers
RE: How to track down water leak in NL camper

I don't have other cleaning products under the cabinets. I'm not aware of a chemical reaction to metals. Do you have any details on that? I have to use something to kill any growth as my wife is deathly allergic to mold. She didn't detect anything this morning, but I'm not taking chances. Mold only grows in areas that stay wet for long periods of time. Once an area dries out mold does not grow. Mold actually dries out as well. I am not sure of the surface but here is some information: For killing mold with bleach use a ratio of one cup of bleach per gallon of water (ie about 1 part bleach to 10 parts water). Apply the solution to non-porous surfaces with mold growth either by using a spray bottle or by using a bucket and a sponge or cloth. Bleach and vinegar can both kill mold, but vinegar is much more effective for removing mold from porous materials. This is because bleach only kills mold spores on the surface of affected materials. Vinegar will penetrate porous materials and kill the mold at the roots I use CLR Mold and Mildew Cleaner but not sure how that would work on an unfinished wood surface.
Photomike 05/19/19 09:16am Truck Campers
RE: How to track down water leak in NL camper

I borrowed an inspection camera and looked around last night at all the plumbing I could reach. The only leak I found was from me removing the kitchen faucet to check the gasket and spilling water everywgere. The gasket was bad, but I'm not convinced that is the issue. Did you see any discoloration from previous water?
Photomike 05/14/19 06:13pm Truck Campers
RE: How to track down water leak in NL camper

The pump can kick in if the diaphragm is not 100%. Not always a leak in the line. I always would leave the pump off at night and during the day just in case. If you have a small digital camera or a smart phone with a light stick it behind the drawers and in places that your head will not reach to take pictures. Will help to narrow it down before taking apart.
Photomike 05/13/19 09:49am Truck Campers
RE: Low Flow Water Pump for Truck Camper

If there is a valve under the sink then turn that partially off. This will reduce the flow and no switching.
Photomike 04/23/19 01:44pm Truck Campers
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
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