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RE: Finished reading all 54 TC forum pages

Some of the most interesting neophite posts and trip reports are still in the archives. The names have changed but the questions/answers/opinions are still the same. Jeanie and I go back to a 2004 join date. I was sporting a 2001.5 Dodge Ram 4WD 2500 Cummins with an 1842 pound wet weight Lance Camper. 14 years later we are in the same rig with upgrades. Meanwhile, time is marching on and a lot of us have moved into larger campers or a different format altogether to more reflect our station in life: i.e. don't want to ruff it anymore; gimee more space and bigger tanks; and please, don't get those armoralled tires dirty. I find in the 11th hour of my life there is no perfect forum for what Jeanie and I do: namely get way out there with our off-road equipped t.c. There are maybe a half dozen combined on all truck camper forums like this TC forum and expedition portal that do what we do. jefe Our 'new' truck and 3 yr. old camper, 170K miles and 16 years ago in 2002: stock everything. My, how that has changed. Mount Whitney directly over rig: http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN0234_zps1de3afab.jpg
jefe 4x4 12/14/18 10:29pm Truck Campers
RE: I'm looking for a replacement truck

This topic is morphing right along, as expected. If your current, fixable rig doesn't work out, you might try a nationwide search (as on Craigslist or others) for a complete rig: 1. 3500/350, 4500/450, dually with a. diesel engine if you are going to put more than 250K miles yourself on it, or b. big, fuel sucking, gas engine if only to be used occasionally. The difference is the original "diesel penalty" you pay to get the oil burner that you don't pay for a gasser. 2. large camper already attached with the bugs worked out. Every week there are hundreds of older RV-ers whose lifestyle is changing that are finally shedding their camper/pickup baggage. This is your focus group, but you must cast your net wide and expect a lengthy gestation. Also, have your cash ready to pounce if you find the right one. Several members on here have done very well with this outlook. This time of year is the best for buying a complete truck camper outfit. Anytime of year is good for getting some of your money back on a used diesel pickup. One other issue that I will point out is the matter of a manual trans. Mine still works fine, and I do love it, but Jeanie is less and less inclined to drive it which leaves me to do almost all of the driving. Short trips: O.K. Long trips: not-so-O.K. Here again it's a matter of age. jefe Death Valley March 2008: http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN1316.jpg
jefe 4x4 12/10/18 10:38am Truck Campers
RE: Winter weather without winterizing?

Just a caution about blowing out the lines with compressed air. The one place that keeps water, almost no matter what you do is the bottom end of the water pump. I've been caught a time or two not getting all the fluid out and the pump went south as a result. In winter, without a basement or much insulation, plus our ancient Lance Camper, we run it dry for the 3 or 4 deep winter months using minus 50 RV antifreeze to flush the toilet and bottled water in burst proof jugs. This is the way when you have a long in the tooth Lance with a 2700 pound loaded weight. Probably less without the 18 gallons of fresh. jefe
jefe 4x4 12/10/18 09:40am Truck Campers
RE: Arctic Fox 990 on SRW in the Snow?

Sliding, it looks like you are settled in. I"ve had good luck with my Cooper Discoverer AT-3LT tires (315x75R16 size) in snow much of it because of the sipping. With a 3860 load range it easily carries my Lance around. Unlike most mud/snow tires the tread lasts because there are smaller voids and larger, sipped tread blocks. Not very sexy, but do the job and for a long time...and quiet. I've not had a good experience with a couple sets of BFG AT's as the sidewalls cracked long before the tread was done. Maybe the newer ones are improved. http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN0686_zpslabomciy.jpg http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN0710_zpskrxfddp3.jpg Good enough to get me out of this: http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN1843_zpsb28a5618.jpg These come in a lot of sizes. I have some very stout, truck style cable chains for the rear axle of my truck camper, and sure enough, I've never had to use them.
jefe 4x4 11/29/18 12:38am Truck Campers
RE: Can you have your cake and eat it too?

My main consideration here is this: The farther you get away from a stock, factory set up the more problems arise that you must fix. If you are a masochist, then all bets are off. Further, if you still have 3 years to go before bailing on gainful employment, you will change your mind over and over again in the meantime. It's good to dream but I would not make any final until you get a lot closer. This concept was developed by house hunting, near retirement gurus that bade us refrain from those big choices until 6 months before the fact. For a custom RV, maybe 9 months would be better if you don't have immediately available services close by. You never know what is lurking right around the corner. jefe
jefe 4x4 11/23/18 07:30pm Truck Campers
RE: Boondocking with other people around

To the O.P.: If you are going to get off pavement in the southwest it would be a good idea to have 4WD. I could not find that in your original post. Why? Sand. Lots of sand of different consistencies; packed to blow. More and more people are living the winter in the Southwest, steering south away from the cold, so you will have a lot of campers in view with help no matter where you get stuck. I don't know how hard core you are, but having a Safety Seal tire repair kit and a high bucks 12v air compressor and the ability to air down the entire rig will get you through a lot of the soft stuff and will give you the ability to repair a puncture, usually without removing the wheel from the truck or 5th.; unless it's a massive, tire shredding blow out then things get dicey. jefe
jefe 4x4 11/16/18 12:46pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: New to a TC

The weight of most campers are advertised as a basic, no frills model. That's exactly what I have with the 1998 Lance 165-s x-cab: no extras, except the aftermarket 200 watts of solar. I think even the jacks are considered extra by some mfgrs. Since i leave the jacks at home, no harm-no foul. A lot of people on here are dismayed when they actually weigh their rig and find out the actual poundage. jefe
jefe 4x4 11/09/18 04:44pm Truck Campers
RE: New to a TC

JD, You are correct. The Lance 650 has double pane windows and is fully insulated but has no heated tanks, or basement. I guess you could call it a '3-season'. Lance has sold a lot of these. The O.P. is going to find no 4-season camper in her load maximum that will won't overload the truck. So begin the tradeoffs. jefe
jefe 4x4 11/09/18 11:45am Truck Campers
RE: Seasoned T/C Owner Needs your help.!!

If you are disabled at all, then try going up the steps and the big step to the bed several times in a row in something like the Everest. Do you need that fold-away hand rail to secure yourself? If everything is O.K., then start looking for a 2WD 550/5500 truck as a platform before you even buy the camper. Remember the prime directive about living or traveling, long term in a TC. The longer you are out on the road, the larger the TC and truck need to be. I've never run into anyone who thinks they have too much truck for the camper. It's usually the other way around. If you are elderly, but in pretty good shape, I suggest looking at a 24-30 foot Lazy Daze class C. Why? A very low platform. I think there is only one step to get in the side entrance with the rest of the floor on the same plane, and they have a good user report record. It's the same reasoning that we, as older adults, purchased a single level, ranch style house to retire and grow old in. We retired in 2006, and so far, so good. Our difference is the size of our 1998 Lance camper. It's only 8'6" of floor. 1842 pounds, wet. Bought it used. Paid $6500 cash @ 3 years old, and used 3 times. We've owned it for 17 years and done some upgrades to make it better, off-season, and is great to travel in as it will park in a regular parking place. I don't much like the seating, but suffer through with a back hugger back rests around the dinette. We've spent hundreds of nights in the box in all 4 seasons; in terrible weather; road or no road; layovering in cities, and enjoy the best night's sleep we ever get. So, find out what is important to you, and find a way to make it happen. A conductor (musical, not train) friend of mine put it this way when asked of his relative success in the conducting biz: "Know what you want, and know how to get it." jefe Lunch stop at June Lake, CA. http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN0767_zpsgwtjvjr0.jpg
jefe 4x4 11/07/18 10:23pm Truck Campers
RE: New to a TC

Lady, You have a pile of info above on which to cogitate. The plusses in your case are: 1. 2500 truck which will require little upgrading if you get a light weight camper. 2. gas engine- increases your load rating without the diesel boat anchor which subtracts about 5-600 pounds from the payload rating. 3. If it's only you in the box, an 8'6" camper is plenty enough. You don't even need a N/S bed. Add another person or a couple small dogs and suddenly it isn't. That being said, the rule of thumb is, "the longer you are out on the road in your camper, increasingly, the more space you will need", unless you are real good at space utilization. Following the warmth is another issue. If you go south for the winter and north for the summer, you may not need air conditioning. Depends on how tough you are and how tuned to the seasons. Do you have any hobbies you will take with you? Space in a TC is at an absolute premium. There are a few small campers that are 4-season. the full featured Lance 650 is one for a S.B. One thing to think about are your knees. There is an ever increasing effort to get up the steps and up the two big steps to the bed. Be sure to try that out several times in a row. A 2WD truck will help in getting up the steps: not so high off the ground. I'm the same age as yourself and don't take quite the chances I did when I was 40, so it would be good to iron out all the details to make sure a TC is a good fit, and do some close trial runs before you set sail. You may find leaving most of the stuff you took with you in previous RV's is liberating, especially while traveling/parking/overnighting. Good luck to you, and do let this forum know how it works out. jefe
jefe 4x4 11/06/18 08:16pm Truck Campers
RE: Best camper

I think it's time to explore the possibility of a RTT (roof top tent) on a nice low rack for the 1/2 ton's bed. jefe
jefe 4x4 11/03/18 11:57pm Truck Campers
RE: 100% Silicone vs Dicor

I'm with North shore. All caulks will eventually fail, especially if your TC is stored out in the open against the elements, be they the effects of sun, rain, snow, or wind storms. http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN1829.jpg Therein lies the problem. I re caulk my old Lance about every 2-3 years, and it's a time consuming project even with forgiving Dicor that doesn't get any easier as I get older. I use both the runny/flowing on the roof seams and vents, and the side sticking version of Dicor. With a handful of wide, feathery tips, the job is easier. It's just the preparation is much, much longer with silicone having to mechanically and chemically remove the stuff. If you never plan on re caulking your TC, hey, use silicone with abandon. jefe p.s. i now have a TC barn to avoid snowfalls like the above. http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN0289.jpg width=640
jefe 4x4 11/01/18 09:36pm Truck Campers
RE: Introductions?? (NEWBIE)

Rex, if you are indeed going to do some boondocking I hope you ordered a 4WD truck. Also because an empty 2WD duallie is about the worst vehicle for ice and snow; dirt roads or sand: not enough ground pressure or enough weight over the drive wheels. My guess is there are more than a handful on here that have faced that dilemma head on. Keep us informed of your current condition, and remember that time changes our paradigm so a poor decision is usually better than no decision . This educational point clarifies the difference between wants and needs. Off the beaten path in Death Valley 2015: jefe http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN1793_zpskqcyobud.jpg
jefe 4x4 11/01/18 10:27am Truck Campers
RE: Short bed TC on Long bed truck with storage in front?

There was an in depth reveal of a Expedition style 3500 SRW TC on Truck Camper Adventure that used that space for two spare tires (secured with a pair of sturdy fold to the side brackets) using a short bed TC on a long bed and using the space where the factory spare used to be for an aux fuel tank. It did have a custom bed though with side cabinets and slots to roll the tires out to the side. An interesting set up with no wasted space using a factory 4-season Lance 825 and no roof top AC. The couple live and travel in it, full time. jefe
jefe 4x4 10/31/18 09:22pm Truck Campers
RE: ~1 year from retirement

Wolfman, Say it isn't so. Retirement? Last time i saw you, i think at Expo2013, you were just a kid. What I can say is things change when you've been in the 4WD RV biz for a while. It's difficult to predict what will be important to you 5 years from now. So, don't try to over plan, long range, and rather get what works for you right now knowing that whatever it is will be a passing fancy anyway. After 50 years of building Jeeps, Scouts, Land Cruisers, and 4WD trucks, only our snow car, a locked 1999 Jeep XJ and my 2001 Dodge Cummins remain. Oh, and Jeanie's 2011 Grand Cherokee plus a lot of memories. Baja 1971: 200 miles south of Puertocitos on the Gulf of California in our long gone Toyota FJ-55/Chevy V-8, power lok rr axle, 3 spare tires, 78 gallons of petrol, Warn winch, stack. It seemed what to travel and camp with at the time. http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/FourWheelDrives/PICT0081_zpsag6tozqr.jpg jefe
jefe 4x4 10/30/18 03:06pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck camper cover for 6 months

If you own a TC long enough, you go through the 'protection of property' dance, which can last for years. In the 17 years we've owned our Lance, we started out with a thin plastic woven tarp which lasted one season here on the west slope. We then upgraded to various thicker plastic tarps which covered the sides about halfway down, also getting a year or sometimes two seasons out of them. Next was a bonafide trucker's tarp, made from very thick and resilient, water resistant and slightly breathable tan cotton duck material. The woe was it weighed 80 pounds. Difficult to install as it takes at least two hefty installers, and you really don't want to take it off after all the effort to get it up. It was so heavy I made a pitched center ribbed framework from 2x4's to go on the roof to shed rain and snow and keep the weight of snow off the vents. This worked pretty well with the caveats. Finally, to ward off the encroaching wood frame rot associated with weather, I built a small (too small) pole barn specifically for the TC, and my tractor. This worked fine until I installed solar panels which don't keep the batteries up in the dark. So, I keep the TC on the truck now-o-days and it lives in sunshine 6 months of the year and is pulled into the pole barn when the snow starts to fly. When we lived in L.A. it was difficult and expensive to find a place to store our TC, but I did find a storage place for a couple years and that worked @ $45 per month. You do have some latitude here with some roof-only, RV storage businesses. jefe http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN0841_zpskzy6brgz.jpg http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN0305.jpg This one has the heavy trucker's tarp installed before the snows: http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN1266.jpg
jefe 4x4 10/29/18 11:11am Truck Campers
RE: Titus canyon road Death Valley

Of course it changes from year to year depending upon the washouts, but this was our Titus canyon trip from 2007: http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN1122.jpg http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN1117.jpg lunch stop before entering the depths of the slot: http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN1116.jpg
jefe 4x4 10/24/18 04:06pm Truck Campers
RE: What's the best way to break my rig while towing?

A RAM 2500, even all upgraded will tow a LOT more than it can carry. My 2001 RAM 2500 has a 19,300 pound GCVWR. With the Lance on there I'm right at 10,400 pounds, wet.That's a lot of poundage left for trailer towing. Go with a one way enclosed cargo trailer. Just get one that exactly fits your needs. No more; no less. If you want it also for storage, buy a used one with the same parameters that has good seals. If for Florida, you might consider 4 land anchors and 2 -10K pound straps if another hurricane happens by. Only if you are going to be constantly on the road would I recommend loading more onto your traveling rig and no trailer. And even then, there would have to be a big diet on what you would take with several sessions of sifting and jettisoning of everything you are thinking about taking. Many people I know that live a more rural lifestyle have enclosed trailers that are specifically for storage. The ability to park one gets more difficult as you approach megalopolis. I've had many trailers in my time and they all had a specific use. I think i'm down to 4 at the moment. this one, a ConFer Toyota Land Cruiser jeep trailer broke a mainspring in the middle of the Visciano Desert around 1976. It was unfixable; you can see the piece of ironwood we tried to wire up; so we removed the axle and loaded it onto the tomba burro with the tongue on the roof, reloading the trailer and drove 100 miles of desert 2-track to Guerro Negro in Baja. We had to drive with the doors open to see around the bottom of the trailer. http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/jefe15_jpg.jpg http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/Baja1975/PICT0111_zpsog7egmoy.jpg http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/Baja1975/PICT0117_zpszkn05a0b.jpg jefe
jefe 4x4 10/21/18 10:29pm Truck Campers
RE: Eastern Sierra Fall Colors

Ralph, jefe here. We live on the west slope, Northern Sierra Nevada @ 4020 feet elevation so the leaves are just starting to turn here. Have had to stoke up the fire box a couple times already with the change of season. I'm envious of your trip as 6 weeks ago I had total reverse shoulder surgery and am just getting to drive again without the incapacitator. It's going well, but will be another 11 months before the 100% line. The Eastern Sierra has always been my 'go-to' place to rid myself of the city toxins. Wait! I don't live in the city anymore. No excuse to not follow the color. We can only hope for some snow this year: 2010: http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN1829.jpg jefe
jefe 4x4 10/08/18 08:05pm Truck Campers
RE: How primitive of terrain are you comfortable traversing?

Most of the answer is how good the operator is at slowly adding fixes until you get to your own equilibrium. It's taken me a bout 10 years to get my ancient Lance Lite (wood frame; 1842 pounds, wet; 200w solar; PD4645; no air conditioning; no oven; no microwave; all heavy objects down low) to the place where I have confidence in its ability to get to the destination. There are so many factors that are in play with your build,most of them to the truck itself. So, the driver's experience is the determining factor on when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em on the trail. Here are a few vids of Anza taken 6 months ago: click on link to open my drop box. You may have to put these addys in your browser to open: https://www.dropbox.com/s/xg1lwe92448ry7z/Mogols%20at%20great%20sand%20hill%20Anza.m4v?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/f0j10uxr4sn8jrx/end%20Sandstone%20Cyn%20Anza.m4v?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/ns02z7g1q1jhu0r/up%20a%20rocky%20cyn%20Anza.m4v?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/y9nfstvqf6hk4ab/up%20Fish%20Cr.%20Anza.m4v?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/bfj5y93wsd7vfkw/jefe%20does%20sand%20hill%20at%20dry%20wash%20of%20the%20devil%20Anza.m4v?dl=0 http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSC_0218_zpsnk2cdn5d.jpg http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSC_0176_zps6sbmzqn0.jpg Take your pick: jump right in and find out where your own red line falls. Alright, on edit I think your camper is too heavy for hard core off-road use. Mine is right at 2700 pounds, loaded for bear. Why so light? Small tanks; the smallest; lightest; least tall; least wide Lance camper made 20 years ago. It is still sought after by folks who want the smallest footprint and still have a hard side with all the major amenities for traveling for 6 days, 6 months, or 6 years in every season, every weather, every road condition. I could not do this without a lot of trial and error at the beginning on what works off road and what doesn't. http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/Anza%20TC%20March%202018%20with%20Jeff%20Jean%20John%20and%20Krys/DSCN1598.jpg jefe
jefe 4x4 10/08/18 07:31pm Truck Campers
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