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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
RE: Who's hitting the road this summer?

Ate out last night too.. full house, busy place, great food and experience. The locals aren't buying it either. Glad to see. If anyone is going to protest something, it should be the continued repression of the economy. This has been, and continues to be, nuts. If you are someone that is compromised, then act accordingly. Otherwise, go travel... it's good for you and good for the economy. Something to think about . More people in the USA have died of covid19 in the last 6 months than all the highway deaths , all the military deaths , and all the influenza deaths , combined , for all of 2019 . Yes it is nuts Stats??? we lost 80k in 2018 to the flu. This thing could multiply by 10 and it doesn't compute to sending us into a depression. There is more to living than life... it'll always be open to debate whether the 'shut down' was the savior, but never open to debate that we have room in the hospitals now and that the virus isn't going away. Open it up and clear the way and get through it.
Reality Check 06/15/20 10:53pm Truck Campers
RE: Looking for some advise on flat beds / cab and chassis

I built my own bed as I couldn’t find any beds that would fit my needs or wants. https://i.imgur.com/fJLkJLXm.jpg https://i.imgur.com/a6Tx86rm.jpg Seriously nice work!!!!!!!!!!!! Only way to go for sure. I like the comment about not wanting to hyjack the thread...therefore, you need to do your own. Come on, gotta see the rest of it!!!!!
Reality Check 06/15/20 08:45pm Truck Campers
Truck flatbed and build for the camper

Just like everything else, just got a little busy last year and couldn't get to it. Dang truck sat for 12 months patiently waiting... Anyhow, had to start with ripping the springs out and getting the suspension system on. Pretty easy stuff, 3/4" air gun is nice for breaking the nuts. https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/924/Xdk5py.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/922/ukHy6m.jpg Lay out all the parts and start drilling. https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/924/ksxZg8.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/924/ODe60Q.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/924/Baoq57.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/922/tEZxD7.jpg Dry fit for where to fit the air unit. Last one had it on the outside of the rail..had to remove a box, which meant cut and weld, to get to the unit. Wanted something different, so figured a way to mount it within the rails. https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/923/RRasKG.jpg Start in on the flatbed build; keeping it simple, and understanding that this is not a work truck with concentrated, possibly offset loads, I was comfortable building it on the light side. https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/924/zin69r.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/923/bin9MR.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/924/z1TJui.jpg Details take waaaay longer than the big stuff. A little buck out for the hatch for the air unit. https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/923/p7omDR.jpg And some indented wings..bed is only 10' long, and the wings sit lower. And I didn't think it would look bad. https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/924/xhpXIU.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/922/fpxcIT.jpg New hitch. I thought about taking the one off the '07, but what a hassle. So, new it is. Dropping the tank made it easier for the drilling. https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/924/xZI3dE.jpg Exhaust didn't fit so well; needed a little heat and adjustment. https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/923/l8iaMs.jpg After; https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/924/G7AFmF.jpg Time for the headache rack. https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/923/4T7kOU.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/923/FyN76T.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/923/BVFWiR.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/922/dTjvQM.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/922/GJeLe5.jpg Rear bumper; https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/922/RYNxcR.jpg And time for box brackets. https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/923/Np5wUh.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/922/6iRRFC.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/923/kDJV2d.jpg 700 pounds of boxes.. https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/924/StaMHi.jpg Hangers for the mud flaps. https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/923/3iibRD.jpg Had to work on a latch for the trap door to access the air unit. https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/924/GoAZIa.jpg And then we get to put on the skin; 98 holes later, for the spot welds. https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/922/UbWOJM.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/923/8dQXMS.jpg And lots and lots of grinding.. https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/924/lJr0jH.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/923/rGDq8O.jpg First time for me; I've always sand blasted, and then used etching primer, primer and good paint. The price I got from the powder coat sub was about 3 times just my cost in paint and blast material. Add in a long day where I'm not having any fun, and it was a quick decision. https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/922/FAxLKh.jpg In the mean time, stuck on a new bumper and 17,500 winch: https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/924/C9hiB5.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/923/kPn2DT.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/922/FJEfAh.jpg Worked on some interior wiring. Have the camera's to install, the Air link dump system and the aux fuel tank gauge and pump wiring. I have laying on my back on concrete and feeding wires. Just plain sucks. https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/923/KTm7Kz.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/922/BLWfpF.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/924/4KLxIt.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/924/DZDeow.jpg Painted and ready to install; https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/923/kWU6XF.jpg Flatbeds and fueling are always an issue. Since this was a purpose built bed, I wasn't concerned about the 'usability' of top side for anything other than my use. The boxes aren't going to be coming off. So, I stuck both fillers on top; I can use truck nozzles full speed, and she fills quick. The mounts were on before the bed went to the powder coater, but I cut and installed the piping after the bed was installed. https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/923/v3sEVp.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/924/pGNTwA.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/922/FZmzG8.jpg And then the wiring... https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/922/r055a2.jpg At the tail is the standard ******** RV plug, along with a second one wired up near the front filler neck. And then our standard 7 pin Pollack that all of our trailers have. A ton of wiring loom and electrical tape and ties. Ugh. With boxes: https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/922/xuhrpJ.jpg First fill up; 78 gallons, loving it! https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/924/vC3yXn.jpg Up near east Mt St Helens a few weeks ago: https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/923/hp0BsG.jpg Hoh river two weeks ago: https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/922/q6EjbG.jpg Have some things to work out, like always. Going to reposition the top boxes two inches just because, and I have two outfitter switches on the truck that are sporadic which I need to chase down. This air system allows me to level the truck 1/8" at a time, and then maintains that level regardless of the weight (it has 2 sensors instead of the usual single). The dump is part of the sweet part. Especially since we almost always remove the camper if we're staying more than a couple of nights. Trailer swaps are so much smoother...less cranking. Cheers... Teanaway area: https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/922/RMrbdo.jpg
Reality Check 06/15/20 06:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Who's hitting the road this summer?

Spent three nights middle of May tooling around central Washington..camping on fire roads. Spent 6 nights in the Peninsula area week before last. Even ate a normal meal at a restaurant. lol, Inslee would not have been impressed by the following of his orders. Dog and pony show is seen for what it is. A couple of nights in Moses Lake; working on some property, last week. And just pulled in from two nights in Westport..and a giant chest of Ling Cod. Limited easily each day, pulling 3 dragons on Friday.. 40+ inches each. Awesome. Ate out last night too.. full house, busy place, great food and experience. The locals aren't buying it either. Glad to see. If anyone is going to protest something, it should be the continued repression of the economy. This has been, and continues to be, nuts. If you are someone that is compromised, then act accordingly. Otherwise, go travel... it's good for you and good for the economy.
Reality Check 06/14/20 05:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Support trailer build and story...ideas and the why

I'm surprised no one has commented the storing of propane tanks INSIDE the trailer and not UPRIGHT. If one of those ever decided to vent and find an ignition point, there won't be much left. I had a bit of discussion prior to the rack on that. I'm totally comfortable with them in the trailer; it's not a living space, it's well ventilated at all time, and did I mention I don't live in it? As for the storage, we work for some LP companies, and last summer we were putting in a couple more foundations for larger tanks at a 'filling station' (think production line for the little 20# tanks...by the thousands). Other than the propane 'safety course' we had to go through again, I spoke at length with the techs there about this. In the end, it was making sure the tank stands vertical for awhile before using it, to let any liquid in the valve settle out. I was going to make a standing rack with chains/doors, etc, but they actually headed me in this direction. I'll let you know how it works out. Great then, looks like you crossed your T's and dotted the i's. Well, I don't know about that, ( T's and i's ). No gold star needed. You brought up a real valid point and the door isn't closed on the issue. Wouldn't be the first time in my life that I've changed my mind after learning something new. I ran with a bit of the "that'll work" on this, after the discussion. I do wish I'd put more angle in the shelves. We'll see. Appreciate the input.
Reality Check 05/11/20 05:48pm Truck Campers
RE: Support trailer build and story...ideas and the why

Well done report, workmanship and photos. What is the trailer’s minimum ground clearance? Departure angle? She's not a long trailer; ground clearance is about 13" I think. We tow a 28' box with an extended tongue..and I get along fine with that, so I never really put much thought into the angles when I ordered this one. The truck is 4x, but in our world, fire roads are about it for driving 'off road'. I can always back up if it doesn't look right, lol.
Reality Check 05/11/20 05:42pm Truck Campers
RE: Support trailer build and story...ideas and the why

Awesome build! I'm new to the TC world after having a TT for 20 years, so I am curious, what makes this a better option than a toy hauler? Most TH's come with 100 gal FW tank, 50 gal fuel tank for the toys, large gen set up etc etc. I guess this gives you the flexibility to leave the extra capacity home and just travel with the TC on shorter trips if you want to? Snowmobiles and fishing boat. Neither works well with a toy hauler. This gives us one more option while still keeping our main two activities workable.
Reality Check 05/11/20 05:38pm Truck Campers
RE: Support trailer build and story...ideas and the why

I'm surprised no one has commented the storing of propane tanks INSIDE the trailer and not UPRIGHT. If one of those ever decided to vent and find an ignition point, there won't be much left. I had a bit of discussion prior to the rack on that. I'm totally comfortable with them in the trailer; it's not a living space, it's well ventilated at all time, and did I mention I don't live in it? As for the storage, we work for some LP companies, and last summer we were putting in a couple more foundations for larger tanks at a 'filling station' (think production line for the little 20# tanks...by the thousands). Other than the propane 'safety course' we had to go through again, I spoke at length with the techs there about this. In the end, it was making sure the tank stands vertical for awhile before using it, to let any liquid in the valve settle out. I was going to make a standing rack with chains/doors, etc, but they actually headed me in this direction. I'll let you know how it works out.
Reality Check 05/10/20 10:44am Truck Campers
RE: Support trailer build and story...ideas and the why

I love a good trailer build thread! I spy a DRZ in there too. Where do you like to ride? I'm in Spokane and do a lot of riding around Lake Wenatchee. I have a 2002 DRZ that I've owned since 2006. A 200 and 400.. we forest road ride mostly. A lot of the areas that we snowmobile in around here. Not much the past two years though. We're hoping to get further east and south, explore more. We're to old to crash and get back up with a smile, so they are for sight seeing at a leisurely pace. I foresee a single, larger dual purpose in the future for us.. we enjoy riding together as much or perhaps a bit more than the follow the leader thing.
Reality Check 05/10/20 10:37am Truck Campers
RE: Support trailer build and story...ideas and the why

That’s awesome work Dave. I love projects like that. I need this, I want that, I gotta have something else. Pick through my junk pile and use up some of the valuable cr@p that I’ve been saving forever, scrounge a few things, buy what you have to. It would have ended up looking very much the same if I built it. I thought I was the only one that hated the “standard” 7-way RV plug. I prefer the seven round-pin Pollak plug you used as well. Good job! :):) Thanks Kevin.. The RV plug thing just grates on me. They are not all wired the same..as anyone that moves alot of equipment knows. Why a standard is so difficult is beyond me. And, the Pollak's last longer, work easier and are simpler to wire. Oh, and the wiring is always consistent. I carry adapters, but I can't tell you how many times I've had to adjust them roadside because someone's truck is wired wrong..from the factory. Ugh The majority of the towing world has one truck, one trailer, once wired, never know the difference. So, it works.
Reality Check 05/10/20 10:31am Truck Campers
RE: Support trailer build and story...ideas and the why

I noticed that too! I showed the boss that and told her “This guy reminds me of me!” That’s exactly what I’d do if I had a bunch of those sitting around, and the equipment that could lift and stack them. That’s thinking outside the (Conex) box. :W :):) lol, it's the result of limitations and a local building official. This is commercial property, and just like dozens of others near here, we were going to put up a simple carport cover. Let's say he said no, despite allowing them in other places. History probably had something to do with it. I said no problem...just be careful what you wish for. We're zoned heavy industrial, and I can stack conex's all the way to the sky and on the fence line. Ended up working well, as we use the uppers also for storage, mostly med duty equipment (engine driven equipment). The 'roof' is shrink wrap. Dry as a bone. No; I do not want to look at a yard of conex boxes and construction equipment from my house. Ugh.
Reality Check 05/09/20 08:42pm Truck Campers
Support trailer build and story...ideas and the why

We picked up a new trailer last year; our intent is to travel a bit more off the beaten track, stay longer, explore more. Bringing some toys was in the plan too. Kayak’s, bicycles and our bikes. Wanted more storage, more water, more room for food and fuel. We prefer to not stay at parks, so this is the result that we came up with. A few times a year we travel with a very close group, so the larger generator works for powering the ‘camp’ including AC’s. Turns out, it’s awesome for running ours too; it idles at a purr even with AC and microwave running. Much more pleasant that listening to a suitcase rev up. We always have a Honda suitcase on the truck (along with the Onan built in), but the larger gen is just way more pleasant. So, when the trailer goes, so does the extra gen set. Our biggest blocks to longer stays were water and food. We both like fresh food, and to cook. Packing enough in a fridge is tough for more than 5 or 6 days. And a cooler takes ice. Might as well just carry another refer. Fresh water was the biggest thing, and that was an easy fix. I’m use to fuel, engines and whatnot, so carrying a little extra got added in. Fuel runs the gen sets and the bikes. Extra diesel just because. And extra propane, for the WH, fridge’s and portable fire if the wife so desires. Tows like a dream, but then, most trailers do. I’ve had enough with small tires. I think we’re down to just a few trailers with 15” rims. This was ordered with 16”, but with smaller axles (6k’s). A to heavy an axle sounds great, but the ride unless loaded sucks for the ‘stuff’. This isn’t an equipment trailer. I was figuring it would run around at about the 8k range, so thought this was a good compromise. More good choices for tires in the 16 range and way less prone to tire damage. Only in my experience though. Limited experience I’m sure compared to some on here as I’ll hear about soon enough, lol. So, here’s the main part of the build, and of course, it’ll always be a work in progress. First extra water tank got put in at the start. 100 gallons https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/924/a3CjMn.jpg We ended up adding another 30 gallon tank on the passenger side of the trailer. Total, this gives us 193 gallons. https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/922/MNaexi.jpg Next, had to build a cabinet for the extra refer https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/922/oaYsLG.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/921/Jmknk4.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/924/bxZYAT.jpg Cut holes for the venting; always a good idea to check the measurements..bondo sucks. https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/924/DGVB1y.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/922/4Vi9Hf.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/923/DSBc0V.jpg Then plumb the refer https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/923/uG6vh1.jpg And run the LP lines to the front https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/923/80eCYU.jpg New tanks; story about those. Not a fan of tank exchange, but the homeless around here are obviously a huge problem and as a group, they’re pigs. On the side of the freeway one morning I passed a mountain of trash and a pile of LP tanks. I was on the wrong side, but phoned an employee coming into town. He pulled over, loaded 7 tanks in his truck, and voila! A quick exchange at the store and I’m good to go. https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/921/VWxxZN.jpg Of course, had to build a cabinet for the tanks. Two on the tongue, two in the camper, and 5 extras. https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/922/ZSLDpC.jpg Made a hanging ‘closet’ for extra clothes with shelf on top. Sits next to the refrigerator near the front. Just inside the closet is the charger for the battery; battery sits under the refer. https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/923/OKxwZl.jpg And of course, a USB charging station. Yes, I know. It’s a piece of plywood with a plug next to it. https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/924/vKzZD5.jpg Plywood floors don’t sweep worth a darn. Here’s our $42 solution: https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/924/cVmosv.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/923/FVZYIh.jpg I don’t get very fancy with trim; things like this are utilitarian to us. Chances are…it’ll get dinged and ugly before the first few months are over, and it did. Usable and easily repairable work well for me. https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/921/Ae2TDZ.jpg Fuel rack, goes over the passenger wheel well. Holds 6 @ 6 gallon cans. https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/921/WEszXo.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/921/bopdoR.jpg Wired in more interior lights, and back up lights https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/921/X0oX3f.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/923/FKqUpD.jpg And of course, had to fix the wiring, including getting rid of those stupid RV plugs. All of our stuff is wired the same, no matter what truck or trailer. Peterbilt to Tahoe.. https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/924/gbmQo7.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/923/hEj1xO.jpg Front’s done; this trailer came with an extended tongue. I’ve pretty much always just extended them at the shop, so this was a nice little add for me. https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/924/N2E4Zo.jpg Put an awning on the outside. Front bolted to a stud, but the rear missed. A little 1 1/8” ply for the span and good to go. And no, we did not want anything automatic. To us, these are easier to use, sturdier, anchorable and easier to repair if needed. Wouldn’t touch anything automatic or spring loaded or fancy. I can still pick up a handle and turn the crank. https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/923/8OrShN.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/922/meWVlu.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/924/cwha0c.jpg And putting the plywood interior back in place https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/923/CrzsY6.jpg Built a simple kayak rack; holds two singles and a double. Sometimes I want to fish alone, sometimes I don’t want to paddle…she starting to wonder why I take the rear seat. https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/922/jA89Ke.jpg We carry a folding ramp that allows us to get the large gen set out, and the bikes. Sits against the wall on top of the spare tire. And, a small folding staircase, which we use for the trailer some, and, if we aren’t unloading the camper, for easier access. Allows the Mrs. to reach the LP tanks too, when on the truck. https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/924/CFOVgi.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/924/QsKlzi.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/923/9ixcZq.jpg Laugh as you will, but we started carrying a small table and chairs. We sit out a lot and having options for places to sit is awesome. We carry a couple of extremely comfortable patio chairs and regular camping chairs, but sometimes I want to sit and eat, or read, or play a game while sitting like an adult..and not inside. https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/923/k6IPN2.jpg Bicycles are hanging in the front of the trailer. We built shelves along both sides of the interior too. There is a picnic/bug screen standalone and a ‘room’ that attaches to the awning. Keeps the chill and bugs down. It’s a bit of a pain as opposed to nothing, so not planning on using it but for long stays in the same place. Spare parts, transfer pump for the fresh water, and macerator and line for the black tanks. Allows us options. I have a separate blk water tank that we can carry if we need. Easier to pee outside and minimize our storage though. https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/922/Bd3UMb.jpg Switching trucks next couple of weeks. Finally got around to working on the replacement rig. Just too busy last year to get it knocked out. We had planned on spending most of the spring camping and traveling, but some work landed in our lap and just slammed the schedule..which worked out ok with the shut down. Don’t get me going on how stupid that has become. What a complete farce. Anyhow, looking forward to some extra time in the next months.
Reality Check 05/09/20 01:29pm Truck Campers
RE: How inconvenient is a cargo trailer?

Lot's of folks travel with support trailers. It's really no different than towing a TT, Fifth, or boat. 10' is short, so you're biggest headache will be backing up. The shorter it is, the more of a pain. I've been towing for so long, so many different trailers, so many places, it's a thoughtless process. Of course you're not going to park at the front of the parking lot. But then, why would one anyhow? Simple trick; always, always, park so that you can pull out regardless of where others park/block. I'm amazed at seeing folks with trailers pull in across 6 spots and then not wing it to insure that they can get out if two idiots parked on either end of them (boxed). Simple stuff. A camper and a regular trailer, 20', 24' say, is still short. Only in very rare instances will one have a trouble pulling through a gas station, parking lot, etc. As for NPS, or other similar situations, even with a 20', you're still in the 50' range. That's not long. Security? and a trailer? those words don't go together. Put a lock on it to keep the honest people honest. Have you ever paid attention to the skin on an enclosed trailer? It's so thin you could tear through it with a claw hammer. Want security? put a conex box on a trailer. Stealing the whole trailer, well, then I'd try a wheel lock, remove the coupler, etc. Make it inconvenient.
Reality Check 05/04/20 02:18pm Truck Campers
RE: Corona Virus and RV Travel Video

You can’t compare responses in different countries if you want to tell the truth. The population demographics are different, the size of the countries is different, the contributing factors are different, as well as the difference in of individual rights. If truth doesn’t matter but politics does, compare all you want. Kudo's Jim, to a breath of fresh air. Seriously, well put.
Reality Check 03/24/20 07:47am Around the Campfire
RE: Corona Virus and RV Travel Video

I will wager the damage being caused to the mental health of our nation will outweigh the damage caused by the virus. TURN OFF the 24x7 COVID-TV channel! - You know what you need to do to help prevent the spread. - You know the TP shortage is manufactured hype, we aren't really out of TP. - Take this time to get some stuff done. I waxed my truck & camper this past weekend. - Be smart. A two hour wait for bread is too long - it means you are shopping at the wrong time/location. - Be part of the solution, and don't be a victim. Watching COVID-TV 24x7 isn't going to change your personal situation at all. Yes, this is disruptive. Yes, every one of us has had some sort of change or problem because of this. Humanity in general and our nation in particular has survived far worse. Compared to what my grandparents went through, this is a day at Disneyland. Our economy was fundamentally sound going in to this. We weren't waiting for the 'bubble to burst'. The whole financial world is on sale right now, and the smart money will snatch it up. Take food and restaurants for example. One week ago, a certain percentage of our food supply was in warehouses ready to meet demand at restaurants. That had to be shifted over to going to service demand at grocery stores. Of course they will be out of a few things during the transition!! Watch when the 'no dining out' orders are lifted - restaurants will be in short supply of food as the demand shifts again. They will have a week of Friday nights as everyone goes out to eat, and will recovery very quickly. It is not TEOTWAWKI. Seriously, turn off the dang 24x7 COVID-TV. It is not helping you. This too shall pass. -Eric I agree with a lot of what you wrote, especially about the damage that we are creating. However, I don't agree that we will 'recovery very quickly'. Fantastic article three days ago... it's been a great teaching piece especially for the younger ones who through no fault of their own, can't quite grasp the road we're on. The Atlantic, This Is Not a Recession. It’s an Ice Age. No, I don't think it's going to be quick. Last week, guru's were warning of 20% unemployment. Now, we're hearing 30%. It's a big deal. Personally, I find our value system a bit over the edge for the possible return, but make no mistake, as a nation, world, we're choosing a path. I pray I'm wrong.
Reality Check 03/23/20 12:29pm Around the Campfire
RE: Corona Virus and RV Travel Video

People are losing their minds over this hyped-up Coronavirus. It's a complete hoax. Not enuf people are dying to make this virus relevant. The N1H1 killed 12,000 people before the prior president took any action. Yet there was no hoarding, no closing of schools and churches, no closing of bars and restaurants, no panic, no nothing. What makes Coronavirus worthy of destroying the US? I like your cavalier attitude. Please post back when you contract it and let us know how you REALLY feel. People like you magnify the issue, not help it. I think perhaps his answer was a bit harsh, but he also has some good points. I do not believe for a second that this is a hoax, a conspiracy, or any other contrived thing. It's just part of life. With that said, I also believe that the route we are taking is perhaps not the best choice. Hands down, the number of deaths that will stem from this are minimal in the big picture. Every number that has been reported is based on the amount of 'known' cases, and the fact remains that the number of unknown cases will lower the percentage points, either a little or drastically, but they will lower. So we're looking at less than a 1% fatality rate of those that contract this virus. The social-economic conditions that we are creating are horrific. The trickle down scenario is in its infancy, and one only needs to ponder a single family to realize the magnitude of the current decisions. Sports stopped; no big deal, eh? imagine the hourly workers making ends meet by working stadium jobs, restaurant jobs, selling tickets..whatever. No money, shop less, next is play time excursions eliminated, then rent not paid. Every dollar not spend will affect another person and their life. Landlord? yep, whether big or small, they're not going to get rent, and very few have seriously deep pockets to keep paying mortgages. People in construction? Service? no big deal, right? Think again, projects will get pulled, service put off, prices fall, equipment stops getting paid on, fuel not being purchased, gas stations revenue drops. Restaurants, theaters, your local coffee shop? Life has value, don't misunderstand me. But where is the line? We lost 80,000 people in just the US to the flu in 2018. And no one flinched. Social distancing is probably a great idea. Limiting large gatherings, etc, all things to consider. But....BUT... let's not lose are minds (too late I fear). Seriously, hoarding TP? WTF? You tell everyone to stay home? Who's going to bake your bread, get it to the store...and how will the people pay for it? The 'government' will.... I for one know who the government is, and it's my and your pockets. And that turnip is going to dry up so fast your going to throw up.
Reality Check 03/17/20 11:36am Around the Campfire
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