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RE: Snow: how deep is too deep for camping?

Or you could go with zero snow -- 8000 ft in the Az strip. link 1 link 2 And if you get tired of that, you could go to Toroweap or Whitmore Canyon Overlook. .
cewillis 05/19/19 04:47pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Denali Hwy vs Fairbanks?

I think it really depends on whether you prefer a city or the wilderness. I enjoyed camping along the Denali Highway much more than the sights in Fairbanks. Many places to camp, hike, and explore. Here a picture of the mountain from the highway. http://www.ctwillis.com/Alaska/all_photos/111_1135.JPG width=640
cewillis 05/15/19 08:49am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: OK... I am starting to get tired of the snow...

No offense, but I really appreciate the snow (in Colorado) -- so does Lake Powell.
cewillis 05/03/19 09:04am Around the Campfire
RE: Craggy Wash B LM near Lake Havasu City AZ

Wow -- what a loser. You didn't have something nasty painted on your RV did you? (I know you didn't)
cewillis 04/22/19 05:33pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Inverter charging the camper from the trucks batteries.

Wouldn't the efficiency loss be realized only in fuel economy which should be inconsequential? I'd agree with the first part -- the engine is the energy source in both charge methods. Don't know about inconsequential - but probably. You - as in not me - have to know all the factors and do the calculation. Heavy duty 12v is cheap, easy, extremely well tested, and known to work.
cewillis 04/11/19 03:07pm Truck Campers
RE: Inverter charging the camper from the trucks batteries.

Good idea for reducing transmission loss but, imo, loss of efficiency converting 12v to 120v and back to 12v negates the advantage. I would, and did, stick with the native 12v connected through 2 gauge wire.
cewillis 04/11/19 11:31am Truck Campers
RE: VTR - virtual trip report, my last one

Thanks all for the generous comments and compliments. About 'old' -- I said I was 75, not old. My hope for all of you is that you're in as good condition as I am when you're 75. And Dave -- keep watching those mirrors. You never know who's coming up behind you in a brand new 2019 GMC Duramax/Allison 3500 long bed dually carrying a 6000 lb Host Mammoth triple slide. Won't be me -- but still, you never know.
cewillis 04/10/19 09:28am Truck Campers
VTR - virtual trip report, my last one

I've had some great trips and it's been a lot of fun, but now my truck and camper are sold, and I'm out of the T and TR business. Though I still feel great, at 75 it's probably time for me to stop being out in the wilderness 50 - 100 miles from any 'civilization'. (even with a personal locator device) Really not interested in touring campgrounds. Thanks again to Steve_in_29 and the late, great Don Curley for helping me get the camper setup right (for me) the first time. (equipment) Also thanks to everyone's offroad camping inspiration, Dave Rogers (Whazoo). (btw, he'll never admit it, but Whazoo copied my rig. My truck was 2006, his 2007 - you figure it out) So here's a 'highlight' reel for anyone interested. All real TRs are on my web site -- www.ctwillis.com http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/Initial%20pickup/photos/100_0059.JPG width=640 Initial checkout -- on the Poudre River, not far from Outfitter, and much better that a freeway campground. http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/Initial%20pickup/photos/100_0077.JPG width=640 Salt River canyon, Az http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/capesolitude.JPG width=640 1st real trip, Cape Solitude, overlooking the Colorado, Little Colorado confluence. One of my favorite places. http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/North%20Rim/photos/100_0459.JPG width=640 My 'younger' daze. http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/North%20Rim/photos/100_0445.JPG width=640 The LCR. I razzed Whazoo for hiking 2 days to get here, when I could drive - but did he really? I took a similar picture at max resolution and max telephoto to see for sure -- http://www.ctwillis.com/donuts4.jpg width=640 -- and there it is. Proof positive that Whazoo was there! http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/North%20Rim/photos/100_0496.JPG width=640 Another fantastic spot on the north rim -- suggested by Eric seldomseen Smith. http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/North%20Rim/photos/100_0551.JPG width=640 The Toroweap overlook. http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/CoronadoTrail/photos/100_0804.JPG width=640 San Pedro river valley, near my home. http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/CoronadoTrail/photos/100_0823.JPG width=640 Monument Valley in winter http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/SanRafaelSwell/photos/DSC02626.jpg width=640 Seeing double with Whazoo http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/2010trip/photos/IMG_0106.JPG width=640 http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/2010trip/photos/IMG_0346.JPG width=640 Alexandia Falls, Hay River, Northwest Territory http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/2010trip/photos/IMG_0413.JPG width=640 Bear Flat, British Columbia http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/2010trip/photos/IMG_0566.JPG width=640 Big Sur, California coast http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/NorthRim2010/photos/IMG_0609.JPG width=640 Steamboat Mountain, CG north rim http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/NorthRim2010/photos/IMG_0665.JPG width=640 Sunset on the north rim http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/DarkCanyon/photos/IMG_0964.JPG width=640 On the rim of Dark Canyon -- only tracks are mine. Another of my favorite places. http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/DarkCanyon/photos/IMG_0958.JPG width=640 Dark Canyon http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/DarkCanyon/photos/IMG_1029.JPG width=640 Near the Burr Trail, overlooking Bullfrog marina. http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/DarkCanyon/photos/IMG_1052.JPG width=640 Hole-in-the-rock http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/DarkCanyon/photos/IMG_1102.JPG width=640 Left Hand Collet Canyon Road http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/DarkCanyon/photos/IMG_1119.JPG width=640 Smokey Mountain Road http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/DarkCanyon/photos/IMG_1141.JPG width=640 North side, Lake Powell http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/052013/photos/124_1659.JPG width=640 Best spot on the Mogollon Rim http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/Dempster%200913/photos/127_1773.JPG width=640 Mt Doom -- Grand Tetons http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/Dempster%200913/photos/127_1813.JPG width=640 Dempster Highway, Yukon http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/Dempster%200913/photos/127_1804.JPG width=640 Klondike River http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/Dempster%200913/photos/127_1831.JPG width=640 2nd time at the Arctic Circle http://www.ctwillis.com/Alaska/all_photos/112_1237.JPG width=640 1st time, Dalton Highway, Alaska, 2005 http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/Dempster%200913/photos/bear%203.JPG width=640 Camp visitor http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/Dempster%200913/photos/127_1934.JPG width=640 Saddlebag Lake, Tioga Pass http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/Parashant/photos/138_2156.JPG width=640 Near Twin Point, Grand Canyon Parashant http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/Parashant/whitmore.jpg width=640 Full size image - worth a look. Whitmore Canyon Overlook, GC Parashant -- yet another of my favorite places, and likely the best spot on the north rim. http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/Parashant/photos/138_2216.JPG width=640 'Lake Colorado' have been something to see. http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/Parashant/photos/138_2201.JPG width=640 Near the bottom of the Overlook 'trail'. http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/TontoNF/photos/144_2301.JPG width=640 Salt River Canyon Wilderness http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/TontoNF/photos/144_2308.JPG width=640 The real Salt River, before being tamed for Phoenix. The most free flowing water in Az (other than the Colorado) http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/TontoNF/photos/144_2384.JPG width=640 High in the Sierra Ancha Wilderness http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/TontoNF/photos/144_2425.JPG width=640 East (more difficult) side, Sheep Bridge on the Verde River http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/TontoNF/photos/144_2442.JPG width=640 The Verde River http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/WRT/photos/144_2535.JPG width=640 Bottom of the Shafer Trail, starting on the While Rim http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/WRT/photos/144_2576.JPG width=640 The infamous, but trivial, hogback http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/WRT/photos/144_2621.JPG width=640 Very scenic camping http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/WRT/photos/144_2640.JPG width=640 Labyrinth camp - best spot on the WRT, imo. http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/WRT/photos/144_2654.JPG width=640 10000+ feet in the Manti-La Sal NF. -- 25 degrees cooler thatn on the WRT http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/WRT/photos/144_2658.JPG width=640 Muley Point Muley Point panorama here http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/Ca%20Mountains/photos/146_2703.JPG width=640 Central coast mountains, near Big Sur, overlooking the Pacific http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/Ca%20Mountains/photos/0921151444-00.jpg width=640 Leavitt Lake, off the Sonora Pass in the Sierra Mountains http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/E%20Az/photos/149_2992.JPG width=640 Origin of the Little Colorado River, 10000 ft on the slope of Mt Baldy http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/E%20Az/photos/149_2943.JPG width=640 Gila River - still free flowing,a little NE of Tucson http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/SkyIslands/photos/IMG_3223.JPG width=640 Dragoon Mountains, SE Az, location of the Cochise Stronghold http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/SkyIslands/photos/IMG_3247.JPG width=640 'The Gate', near the top of China Peak http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/SkyIslands/photos/IMG_3258.JPG width=640 A fun drive - to a great place to camp http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/Needles%202018/photos/DSCN0216a.JPG width=640 Top of Bobby's Hole -- back door access to Needle District, Canyonlands http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/Needles%202018/photos/DSCN0218a.jpg width=640 Somewhat difficult coming back up -- often much worse. http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/Needles%202018/photos/DSCN0227a.JPG width=640 And the end of the trial for me, and as it turned out -- that top part could lay the camper right on the rocks. Looking forward to jefe4x4 making this trip. http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/Needles%202018/photos/DSCN0238a.JPG width=640 Back at one of my 3 favorite places -- rim of Dark Canyon http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/Needles%202018/photos/DSCN0239a.JPG width=640
cewillis 04/06/19 09:20am Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your truck today?

Sold it.
cewillis 04/02/19 09:32pm Truck Campers
RE: loosing old members

because of sites horrible photo posting process ! There you go. Only one more TR for me.
cewillis 03/31/19 11:38am Truck Campers
RE: Popup truck camper with soft sides

I did it for 2 months a long time ago. Teklanika campground in Denali had a no popup camper rule, but that was for trailers. They considered a truck camper to be far enough off the ground. But you realize, of course, that an Alaskan Brown bear (and others) gets into anything it wants to - hard side, soft side, whatever. I would not expect that to be a problem, though, unless you are extremely careless.
cewillis 03/30/19 11:59am Truck Campers
RE: SRW TC size/weight limit

I would imagine your weight limit would be determined by your tire load capacity. I know it is for my 2006 Duramax. 2 * tire capacity - empty weight on rear wheels = absolute max upper weight limit. The axle capacity in a Duramax is way over 10000 lbs. And if you start pushing the tire limit, you may need spring upgrades of some style to be happy with the ride.
cewillis 03/17/19 10:10am Truck Campers
RE: Stableloads installation problem

I'd RUN away for that price. Lower stable loads help, but they certainly aren't an emergency install.
cewillis 03/09/19 12:38pm Truck Campers
RE: Don't bend your flimsy steel truck bed

I put a 2x6 crossways at the very front of the truck bed bradw You can't fool me, you old fox. I know you put a rubber strip under the 2x6 to protect the truck bed.
cewillis 03/04/19 08:31am Truck Campers
RE: 8 Gauge Wire

2 guage is needed. Here's mine --charge circuit . Obviously, a Ford will use a different way to activate the solenoid.
cewillis 02/26/19 08:55pm Truck Campers
importing a truck

Do any Canadian members have the real details about importing a U.S. truck into Canada. This page https://www.tc.gc.ca/en/services/road/importing-vehicle/purchased-united-states.html only has the unhelpful generalization that "A vehicle modified from its original state may not qualify to be imported into Canada. Canadian-owned vehicles modified in the U.S. also may not qualify for return to Canada. Examples can include: " I'm not doing it, but I'm looking for details. For instance, I've added HD top overload springs to carry my truck camper weight, which do nothing when the truck is empty. Is that not allowed? What about an Eaton electric locker in the front axle. Is that no good? Camper mirrors? A camper battery charge circuit? I have emailed the Registrar of Imported Vehicles, but no reply yet. Thanks for any info
cewillis 02/20/19 04:09pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Campbell or Alaskan Hwy?

Long time ago for me, but I really like the Campbell. http://www.ctwillis.com/Alaska/tc_photos/113_1330.JPG width=640
cewillis 01/31/19 08:45am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Tripping ol man winter

Dave, I didn't think it was possible, but your photography just keeps getting better and better. Fan-fword-tastic! Definitely different county than the mountains, and canyons of Az and Ut, but just as amazing to travel. One question: where's the sled??? So the dogs can pull you home in case of a real snow storm (which was a real possibility).
cewillis 01/18/19 09:53am Truck Campers
RE: TR/3 : Threading the Needles (Canyonlands) part way

Modest addition: I have slightly sturdier wheels: 16x7 steel (not aluminum - never a bend, crack or other problem) GM 3500 wheels for my slightly oversize 265/75R16 tires. I also have a winch. Deliberately smaller, with synthetic cable, so that I can mount it front or rear in the field. Combined with an 18,000 lb snatch block, that's up to 16,000 lb pull on the truck.
cewillis 01/17/19 08:17am Truck Campers
RE: 25 Worst States To Retire In

All the colds states are a bad place to retire. Need sun and warm temps for a proper retirement. Hey!!! Keep quite about this, will you please?
cewillis 01/13/19 02:14pm Around the Campfire
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