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RE: Family National Parks Road Trip

Hi, IMHO there are too many hours (miles) of driving between too many destinations. Yosemite/eastern sierra is closer to home and can be visited on separate trips of a few days. I would pick a region, southwest, Wyoming or northwest. I suggest 4-5 national/state parks max with small town destinations in between. You can enjoy a full week easily at Yellowstone/Grand Tetons. Maybe plan a day or two at a resort campground or hotel with nothing to do and all day to do it. Let each girl plan one destination or activity on the route. Bon voyage
RickW 05/16/20 03:30pm Truck Campers
RE: Hardside that fits thru 8'x8' opening

yea HOA's suck. I managed to get a popup on a modified trailer into my garage. I had to remove the jacks to get it low enough to clear and then did not really have any clearance to do any maintenance or mods. Rented a space for a while until I moved from the HOA altogether. Check around for storage options first. Some are indoor. Get the TC you want to use, not one that just fits in a box.
RickW 04/07/20 02:22pm Truck Campers
RE: Sun lite Eagle SE cargo light wiring

Is there a receptacle on the left front corner of the truck camper about 1 foot up from the bottom? Normally, the TC exterior lights for driving (tailight, brake and running lights) are connected directly to the truck lighting system, either to the truck trailer hitch connector or to a special connector installed in the front left wall of the truck bed. In this case, you need a wire harness or "pigtail" to make the complete connection. This connector may also provide 12 volt power from the truck alternator and battery. This circuit would be connected to the converter and battery in the truck camper. The battery or converter in the TC will not power the exterior driving lights on the TC
RickW 04/04/20 01:38pm Truck Campers
RE: How best to upgrade Microsoft Office 2010?

I have bought MS office pro off ebay and it works fine. You usually get a code by email in 15 minutes and no subscription fees. I believe these are stripped off bundled PCs overseas that are used for non office purposes. Caveat: The code is one time use. If you change the hard disk it will not reinstall. You have to spend another $5 and get another code.
RickW 02/09/20 11:11pm Technology Corner
RE: Rear Porch

I use a hitch cargo carrier and built a box/step on it for entry. I can get in with one large step but usually use a 2 step stool for 3 steps total. I stabilize the carrier with small chains to the TC on each end. A milk crate with plywood on the bottom also works as a step and is my back up. Make sure you have an outside handle on the TC to grasp.
RickW 02/05/20 01:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Host Mammoth Triple Dog Dare Challenge Report

That's the brainwashing page I was referring to. Comparing a noreflective product to a reflective product based solely on R value doesn’t help you decide how the products will perform. R value is not the only consideration with respect to Reflectix. That’s why its reflective properties are mentioned. I do know that Reflectix works really well for temporary use for windows because I use it. DW made a roll bag and we simply roll up the window coverings in the AM if we want lgiht. The product is light and easy to store or easy attached with velcro. Whether it is the best for your use is up to you to figure out, but use more than R value. R 1.1 still is some insulation. I think you can compare it to multi-folded newspaper, where for reflection you can use cooking foil. My point is that the manufacturer is posting specifications that don't apply to the product. Reflectix resists thermal transfer in 2 modes: conduction and radiation. The conductive resistance between solid surfaces is R value, easily measured, and has a standard definition for performance. If you put reflextix under your mattress, R value is all you get. When at least one surface of reflectix "sees air" radiation is resisted. This is hard to measure, and is dependent on temperature, humidity, distance and color of absorbing object (clothes or skin). For covering windows in hot or cold weather, it reflects most radiated heat back and improves radiant comfort. How much? Depends on conditions. That's about all you can say with truth in advertising. I post this to further explain to others how the product works, not to convince the OP of anything. OP, do your own performance tests and let us know as others have.
RickW 12/27/19 03:06pm Truck Campers
RE: Funny, sad and embarrassing.....

Another checklist item for next year.
RickW 12/08/19 02:10pm Truck Campers
RE: TR: The Road to winning a National Championship

Congratulations to Ruth and team for a championship performance. And, congratulations to you for getting everyone there and home safe and sound in terrible weather. Most of us would have given up before we started in those conditions.
RickW 12/01/19 03:19pm Truck Campers
RE: NEWS STORY: Ford/Lance guardrail bridge

Another reason to position the COG of the TC behind the rear wheel. ;)
RickW 11/27/19 06:15pm Truck Campers
RE: height? / good wide folding stool for pop up truck camper

I use the rubbermaid ez fold step stool for entry and high reaches. It is 2 steps and the whole thing hinges at top instead of folding each leg. Second step is 18" high. If you get one, suggest putting bolts through the upper step pivots for safety.
RickW 11/21/19 07:17pm Truck Campers
RE: 7/8” Round roof cargo rails cargo box?

I mount a Yakima box on a home made rack made from 1" conduit. It uses 4 jaw like clamps to secure to two perpendicular rails. It can accommodate various rail sizes and shapes. Suggest visiting REI or a rack store with cargo boxes on display to confirm.
RickW 11/15/19 03:53pm Truck Campers
RE: Microwave for Truck Camper..

....... In my case the microwave will be the quick cup of soup or hot chocolate in the middle of the night or when I'm stuck inside due to rain. My camper isn't going to have a stove in it because i feel if I'm camping then I should be cooking outdoors. Suggest you add a single portable propane cooking burner (using a portable propane bottle) to your kit. You may want to boil some water when you do not have power for the microwave, at night, in the rain ;). Also good for cooking outdoors.
RickW 10/29/19 02:19pm Truck Campers
RE: AUX camera input Superduty: always live, at any speed?

Can't answer the OP question directly. I have an aftermarket nav/back-up camera system and connected the aux camera lead to a camera out the back of the TC. I can view my aux camera at any speed.
RickW 10/09/19 11:44am Truck Campers
RE: Immobile truck camper

... I would just do a standard shell but I have an offer on a free slide in camper from a wealthy relative. What is the brand, size and weight of the free slide in truck camper? Then we can advise if a half ton truck can be safely used for transport or stationary support.
RickW 10/09/19 11:26am Truck Campers
RE: Complete newbie needs help

Just noticed I had a message here. Someone is scanning a copy of their manual for me:) Your welcome.
RickW 10/06/19 09:33pm Truck Campers
RE: Converted to Lithium-Ion be careful.

1. I used to dive a lot and did underwater photography for many years. Back then, photographers were few and cameras expensive. 2. In order to get good underwater photographs, you need lots and lots of light. My flashes used over a pound of NiCad batteries. I would regularly have 3 large chargers plugged in at a time. It was only flashlights and cameras charging back then. Now, everyone has things to charge, especially overnight. 3. The most contested real estate on a live aboard dive boat is the outlet(s) and table where you charge things. Divers pack an extra power strip to be sure there are enough plug ins for their personal needs. A few outlets and lots of chained power strips. 4. I reserve judgement on the cause, but a battery fire is a real possibility, especially if someone had a home made or cheaply made Li battery pack for an underwater scooter, drone, video or flash system. FYI I was aboard one of the three boats of this company in the 80's. It was hard enough to get out of the bunk area at mealtime, I cannot imagine efficient egress in an emergency. My thoughts and prayers for the victims and their family. I can see new regs coming that require Li batteries brought onboard be charged in a fireproof container. There also may be a certification for batteries that have a "fireproof" battery management system. We may learn what Li system is most appropriate for your TC.
RickW 09/13/19 02:19pm Truck Campers
RE: Sleepy Checking in!

Sleepy, thanks for the time hack.
RickW 08/11/19 08:50pm Truck Campers
RE: HOW to GET RID of a LOT of GOOD STUFF I Might Use Someday

Carry all the tools and items that have three or more uses. Carry some of the tools and items that have two uses. Carry a credit card to buy what you need only when you really need it.
RickW 08/04/19 11:02pm Truck Campers
RE: How to store the camper in Florida

I use a small dehumidifier with a timer (on at night) during storage with interior doors and hatches open. Remove as much bedding, fabric and foam as possible. Some use dryer sheets in corners to help prevent mold and mildew.
RickW 08/04/19 06:24pm Truck Campers
RE: Three cheers for BKA

Congratulations Brian, Somehow I was in a different campground and just missed the best campfire talk of the year. Best wishes, Rick
RickW 08/04/19 06:09pm Truck Campers
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