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RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

Loading up for 5days during thanksgiving. 5 sites with 16 people. I hope Gavin Newsom doesn't Find us! LMAO.. Gaven's to busy defending his own behavior. Have fun, and Happy Thanksgiving!
Reality Check 11/23/20 09:49pm Truck Campers
RE: Are there any threads here that........

LMAO, it's one of those little secret jokes.. the elephant in the room with odd comprehension skills. Naw, never thought about it.
Reality Check 11/20/20 07:55am Truck Campers
RE: Nothern Lite on a flatbed?

I have just recently purchased a 2011 Northern Lite 10'2 special edition and am now shopping for the truck to put it on. I believe we have found it but I was thinking about putting it on a flat bed and then adding boxes under the flat bed and also in the dead space of the flat bed and camper on the top side. Anyone ever done this before? Am I not trying to spend $30,000 on a sherptec flat bed. I was wondering if anyone had on on a standard CM or other commercially flat bed and what their experiences may have been. Do you need to get special or custom jack extensions, did you? Thanks in advance for your time. It's been done a few times... sheepishly said. It's pretty common actually. Self promotion here, link to our last build: Click to open thread with Flatbed Build We just got back from 3 weeks on the road... which makes about 6 weeks out so far since this one was finished this spring. And someone wrote that they're "ugly"...I find it humorous, as it's in the eye of the beholder. Personally, a big box apartment stuck on a std truck just looks weird to me. Add in the practical side of flat vs std p/u, and it's a no brainer. To answer your question, pretty much any flatbed sitting on a truck will work. Add boxes and drive. Hell, the boxes (good boxes....fine print there) probably cost more than an off the shelf bed.
Reality Check 10/23/20 02:47pm Truck Campers
RE: What are the top 5 advantages of a TC?

Top 5: hmmmm.. 1: can tow the boat 2: can tow the snowmobile trailer 3: can tow the support trailer 4: can do all this and go where the MH's and 5ths pretty much can't 5: can do all that and still be sexy
Reality Check 10/21/20 07:59pm Truck Campers
RE: storage door lock

I carry extra's.. when they **** our, just change them. FWIW, of the hundreds of locks/cabinet locks, etc, that we have, we use graphite to keep them operating. Wet spray works fine (we've used the dry... but it costs more, is way more of a mess, and doesn't seem to give any better ROI). Nothing fancy.. we've been buying NAPA's version for years. 6 cans to a case...
Reality Check 10/08/20 06:35pm Truck Campers
RE: Fine Tuning the load

We load and unload so often, I worked on coming up with something reliable and easy several years ago. These pictures are on the old flatbed, but the new one is exactly the same. Because we do this so often, I installed angle iron on three sides of the camper as rub rails. https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/923/NRlm3v.jpg We have angle screwed to the flatbed. The original design, because the angle couldn't be permanent due to other uses, just had two drop pins in it. Either way, these are the guides on the flatbed. https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/924/GO6IoR.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/923/493HM2.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/922/EUCU1d.jpg Loading is a breeze; no shifting. Same spot every time.
Reality Check 09/26/20 06:14pm Truck Campers
RE: Black tank welding?

It's actually quite easy. Just get the correct 'filler' rod. Even available on Amazon.
Reality Check 09/17/20 05:56am Truck Campers
RE: Campsite Squatters

This article is pretty comprehensive on why not to dump grey water including where it is specifically illegal including Montana. https://carcampingtips.com/is-it-okay-to-dump-grey-water-on-the-ground/ That has to be one of the most painful and badly written 'article's' I've read. They could have shaved it to 100 words and come up with the same 'possibly a chance that it could have an effect'.
Reality Check 08/31/20 10:52am Truck Campers
RE: Who is a Full Timer with a Camper?

.... I don't get what the big deal is. All I wanted to know was if people full timed in a camper and for them to share those experiences. Why does it matter what I take with me? As far as getting my setup into a camp spot? Yes I have been to places where a larger motorhome/5th Wheel/trailer wouldn't fit. So you move on and find some place where you can fit. Thanks again for the replies and I'll move on now. Glad you are moving on. Here is the "big deal". You asked for input from those of us who had full time experience but you have no interest in learning from those experiences. You have already made up you mind on every issue. It is not really a big deal but I feel like I wasted my time responding to your thread. I was thinking about this last night; the op sounded frustrated with the various responses. Here's the kicker: when one posts something on a public forum, it's fair game. One cannot 'direct' the conversation. Wildman, you received quite a few responses, and I'm guessing you could have gotten alot more, but folks can read between the lines, as I did. I also thought after reading several of your posts that your mind was set and you were looking more for confirmation than anything else. Have at it...but there is a wealth of knowledge, some is pretty good stuff, a lot learned by the school of hard knocks, all worth at least listening to. Even our resident PITA know it all offers some really sound advice at times.
Reality Check 08/20/20 09:01am Truck Campers
RE: Camper to Trailer Distance

Full lock with my truck is 90*...going forward. Backing isn't the only problem. All of the tongues on our trailers were extended. Add this; a 'perfect 90*' with no room to spare, only works on flat ground. Angle up a bit on the truck, and the jack will be a few inches closer all of a sudden. You need room.
Reality Check 08/18/20 06:07am Truck Campers
RE: How does this work?

I can't say I have ever seen a TC "unload" at any campground. Maybe if you were going to stay for a week or more. TCs (that I know of) don't have a black water tank and some (most ? all?) have external gray water so about the only thing you have to disconnect is power and pack up any loose items before running on a side trip. I don't know of many that don't have both blk and gry water tanks.. If we're at a spot for more than two days, it comes off. Lot's of reasons to drop it, not many to keep it on.
Reality Check 08/13/20 11:07am Truck Campers
RE: Tank drop!

And I tried finding light water.... still searching! I think Vodka is lighter... Been three days... I'm thinking you had a great night, camper tipped over and the wife and I need to come rescue you from the tip over?
Reality Check 07/25/20 06:29pm Truck Campers
RE: Cross winds

when I crossed Wyoming on 80 last November on I80 camper in the bed horse trailer in tow the message signs were reading wind gusts 50+ we just slowed down a bit and had no issues. The blowing spindrift and icy patches were worse than the winds. ^^^^ This In the world of trucks, campers aren't really that heavy. But as a unit, they're really quite stable. Think about it: travel trailers and typical semi-trailers blow over often in heavy winds, but they aren't actually heavy. People think tractor-trailer as being full, but more often than not, they're not, hauling LLT, and they are a huge sail. Vs a camper...squat and concentrated load. 15k in one spot. Not going to blow over. Probably why you don't see a bunch of pictures of camper rigs sitting sideways on the freeway. Relax, and slow down a touch if it makes you feel better. But you're not going to blow over.
Reality Check 07/24/20 09:46pm Truck Campers
RE: Tank drop!

lol, like you needed another project. Ya' got to quit carrying heavy water.
Reality Check 07/22/20 06:10pm Truck Campers
RE: Brands That Can Be Used Off The Truck

We use ours constantly...off the truck. And because of that, and the rumor mill as it is, I called AF when we first got it to check. Ours is older, so good chance things have changed, but they advised me to support it. We do, and probably would anyway (whether required or not) as the additional support stabilizes the camper significantly. Takes us about 5-8 min's to unload, level and support. Sits on three 4x's.
Reality Check 07/22/20 06:05pm Truck Campers
RE: Wilderness camping and gun safety

What is a wheel gun? Revolver
Reality Check 07/15/20 10:24am Truck Campers
RE: Truck flatbed and build for the camper

Nice work man! Is that what you did during the Rona shutdown? One question, what purpose do the recessed "wings" serve? Not sure I've seen that or what it could be for....other than it looks cool and proves you're a good fabricator! Well this should answer the other fellas questions about flat beds ! The AF tails hang a bit lower than the bottom of the camper floor; the wings allow it to sit without having to have a thick mat/build up on the bed floor. No... didn't get to sit around like I was hoping. When the shut down was looming, I gathered the steel and other materials in a hurry, anticipating a bunch of time to work at the shop. Turns out, three of our jobs were 'essential' and we had to take over another during this..it was a ball buster. Completed a years gross in 2.5 months...and got the bed done. A few long nights and some really long weekends.
Reality Check 06/18/20 08:11am Truck Campers
RE: My (our) Ultimate Truck Camper Body Build

Looks like a contest between you n Reality Check for most awesome flatbed build! Nice work so far! PS you’re winning based on the truck it’s sitting on alone.....(lol, sorry realitycheck!) The question is who will score more points? You for hand fabricated tool boxes, or him for air ride? This is the kind of stuff I’d do if I had the time....love it! ^^^^ Say what...??? dang, that hurt. I thought we were buddy's...lol. I love the casters... when I stopped by the Powdercoater, they realized that they had 'misjudged' a bit. Our bed would fit in the oven, only vertically. I had to weld four casters on the bed so they could roll it around. Poly melted right off. I guess the oven is a bit warmer than they said. Had a little touch up after I removed them. I love your idea with the slip in tubing for the casters. For anyone following this, I assure you this is premium work. What a treat to see. I am waaay more utilitarian and lazy. Love this bed.
Reality Check 06/17/20 02:26pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck flatbed and build for the camper

Looks good! I predict you will love the air ride. Any idea how much the flat bed weighs? Bed is probably in the 2000-2300 range, but just a guess. Boxes were 700 alone on top of that. I'm going to guess that I'm about 4k without the camper, as in bed, boxes and stuff. Truck with camper is right around 17,500. Air ride; wouldn't go any other way. We had it on the last truck too. These things are just brutal when they don't have weight in them, when sprung. But not so with the air ride; comfortable even empty, and no matter what the load, our headlights are always aimed correctly.
Reality Check 06/17/20 10:42am Truck Campers
RE: My (our) Ultimate Truck Camper Body Build

Good man.. thanks, I'll be following too. Just an absolutely gorgeous rig!
Reality Check 06/17/20 10:27am Truck Campers
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