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RE: Knees are Going, Need a Lift

1. Get the new knee. Sports medicine surgeons are the best at this. 2. Look for a very low side entry, 24 foot Lazy Daze class C. This should get you across the finish line. Two weeks ago I had a total reverse shoulder replacement, right arm, due to this bad dislocation 20 years ago when I put my arm out to lessen the roll and my shoulder popped out and ripped my cuff to shreds. With the buildup of arthritis only there the surgeon said there was nothing left: 1998. http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/FourWheelDrives/roll%20over%20and%20dislocated%20shoulder%20at%20little%20sluice.jpg I should have done this 20 years ago. I shouldn't even be typing this. At least I have all new lightweight titanium parts, shaving a little off the GVW. 8 weeks in an immobilizer and P.T. 52 weeks totally back. So far so good, but I won't be hoisting myself up the steps on the TC anytime soon. jefe
jefe 4x4 09/14/18 10:34pm Truck Campers
RE: 2015 Summer Journey Crossing Alaska, part21

No, AK is not in the cards for us in 2019. 2 weeks ago I had a total reverse shoulder replacement with all lightweight titanium parts. It was my right side so shifting the 6 speed manual, as easy as it is, is a pain. My bro and I with the ladies are going to attempt the entire interior of canyonlands N.P. in our T.C.'s starting by going over and down Elephant Hill. Looks like March or April timeframe. someone on You tube has filmed the whole thing in his Toyota P.U. with a topper. Looks pretty gnarly. My first time on the Elephant was 1970 soon after the N.P. was designated. Oh, and our first born, Matt in the pic is now 49 years old. jefe http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/FourWheelDrives/PICT0105_zps12fyylmc.jpg
jefe 4x4 09/10/18 12:42pm Truck Campers
RE: Air Compressor decision

Via Air 440. jefe
jefe 4x4 09/03/18 10:56pm Truck Campers
RE: Spotted today in Aloha Oregon

At least they have a trailer hitch to pull a 24 foot, 2-axle covered trailer for those extra little things along the way. jefe
jefe 4x4 08/27/18 02:25pm Truck Campers
RE: Which Truck?

Shark, Yours is the first time I've heard of ' truck overkill' not working. Back in the day when I was running 12 inch wide rear wheels with 16 inch wide super singles, I had the same problem with my 86 inch wide Lance 165-s, essentially the same footprint as yours. My Rx was to make 6 inch wide channel iron extensions for the jax. jefe http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN1078.jpg http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN1077.jpg
jefe 4x4 08/22/18 09:20pm Truck Campers
RE: TR: Eastern Sierra Nevada and White Mountains

Thanks for the ride. We don't do summer camping (because we don't have to) but it's nice to see some of our favorite destinations through your lens in the full bloom of summer. jefe
jefe 4x4 08/20/18 01:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Traded in the Duramax this week

Are the two Bigfeet campers mentioned above 86 inches wide like the Lance 815? jefe
jefe 4x4 08/10/18 09:04am Truck Campers
RE: Which Truck?

With a somewhat more macro view of the OP's querrie, I would say keep your ear to the ground and spread your net wide to find the best deal on any 1, 2, or 3 series truck (that's Ford, GM, and RAM) that will carry your camper without upgrades and without being too close to the edge of GVW. This includes finding a good deal on slightly used trucks. A 2 or 3 year old pickup has lost some value. If looking at used, take a sage guru with you that can tell you what you have and even do some negotiating on the price if it comes to it. Time and travel may come into the picture. The other issue: Gas v. Diesel is a matter of how long you plan to drive said rig. If less than 150K miles, a gasser should do the trick. If in it for the long haul, say 300-400K miles, an oil burner will finally pay off the $12K 'diesel penalty'. California is trying to rid itself of all those polluting diesel pickup trucks by slapping on a huge increase in the cost of diesel fuel, now the highest in the country. I heard one politician say that if you want to leave California with your diesel pickup, feel free, as we need the space for a lot of immigrants that can replace you. jefe
jefe 4x4 08/02/18 05:49pm Truck Campers
RE: What is the steepest grade you've climbed?

Have done Sonora Pass many times. With the '01 RAM HO-CTD, 4.10's, and a 6 speed manual trans, with the camper on, we were down to 2nd gear for one of those long switchbacks, the one that is actually 26 %. In 1st gear, low range 4WD, I've climbed what I think was about 40% grade, not quite half way to the perpendicular in a short 35 foot pitch on solid granite near the start of the Rubicon with the truck and camper pulling the jeep on car trailer, about 16.5K pounds worth, arriving on top at a fairly flat place for a good night's sleep. The good news is nothing broke. After unloading the jeep and doing the Rubi and putting it back on the car trailer, I had to back down the same grade turning the trailer when I got nearer the exit trail. Recently in the Anza Borrego Desert we pulled quite a few sand hills. Click this short m4v link to see the grade coming out of the Fish Creek drainage. Watch to the end to see the grade differential. https://www.dropbox.com/s/y9nfstvqf6hk4ab/up%20Fish%20Cr.%20Anza.m4v?dl=0 jefe
jefe 4x4 07/28/18 06:07pm Truck Campers
RE: Newer diesel with least problems

Tim, Good job on explaining the 'fleet' perspective on modern diesel trucks. It's all in the maintenance numbers. I bought my 2001.5 Dodge Cummins 5.9HO truck new, as I had a feeling the engine would outlive me. At the time, many were hot rodding their CTD's with wires, huge turbos and big injectors to get more power. I decided in the long run that was a mistake for longevity so left the engine essentially alone. The former 5.9 low output Cummins engines, also called Gen I's, have been faithful performers even with their stock, mechanically injected, smog device free, 160 to 190 HP limit. Those were essentially 'detuned' so as not to destroy the tinky Mopar automatic transmissions and running gear of the era. Those will be the only ones running come the EMP. But most of these have a LOT miles on them and get dirtier, and lifetime is reduced when you hot rod them, so they are fading from the scene. Which brings me to the Gen II motors, which in the 2001-2002 HO mode have 245 HP and 505 # feet of TQ. With a heavy load, it is just enough power. Being 24-valved, they run cleaner than the earlier Gen I's, with only a 3" exhaust, resonator, and stock muffler. I can report these issues and addendum with the 5.9L HO Cummins @ 164K miles: replaced lift pump with a pusher in front of the fuel tank instead of the factory sucker-on-engine a couple times, purely as preventative not on failure. added a fuel pressure idiot light, which comes when you turn on the ignition switch or if the fuel pressure drops below 5 pounds. an aftermarket 4" exhaust and free flow muffler with resonator delete after the salts and soda of the Mojave Road ate my factory exhaust system. The resonator was not part of the smog system and not required for a smog test. Replacement aftermarket air cleaner. added a short tube on the waste gate to make the turbo wind up at a lower rpm. new fuel gauge sending unit in the tank. I have run out of fuel twice. Both times I had to prime the fuel filter and do a few on-offs with the ignition switch to get the air out of the system. That's it. It's not a 53 block. I still have the original VP-44 injector pump and it seems fine using Diesel Service injector cleaner every other tank. It truly has been the most trouble free machine I've ever driven. You learn to deal with the low power, compared to the newest diesels, especially with the 6 speed manual trans which will get me in the correct gear for the power band in almost every circumstance. I bought this truck with the hope that it would outlive me. So far so good. jefe
jefe 4x4 07/27/18 10:31am Truck Campers
RE: Carrying extra water

Carrying water. With a paltry 18 gallon fresh tank, we've learned to conserve and devise ways to expand our capacity. There are two water uses for us: 1. Fresh water from our well in the 18 gallon tank. We are lucky to have great well water. Except during an emergency none is used for drinking or cooking, only washing, showering, and flushing. We take showers every other day, depending on dirt, temperature, and hanky-pank which can take as little as a gallon of water. Using that little water approaches an art form or presto ballet in conservation. 2. Fresh drinking and cooking water from our well in various plastic containers, the amount expanding and contracting with the temperature while camping/traveling; total amount of time in the boonies. The favorites are one gallon refrigerator water jugs blue in color below. They are very heavy duty and have not leaked or cracked even after going through a freezing cycle. They live in a lower cabinet near the door where we can store 6- one gallon jugs. I had to reinforce the latch on that lower door to beat the force of 48 pounds of water jugs knocking on the back of that door. The jugs, with a couple 1-1/2 ltr. spacers fit snuggly down there and have no chance to get knocked around. Next faves are 1 liter Nalgene jugs with great screw on lids. We use 1 liter of water to make coffee in the AM. Next are about 30 to 48, 16 oz. plastic water bottles for drinking. They live behind those lower bed access doors in the camper, with some in the cab. During warm and dry weather, we can go through 48 of those in 7 days off grid. Lately, we've added a half dozen 1/2 L. aluminum dual wall jugs to the mix. Other options are fizzy drinks and beer as fluid replacement. I have had poor results using commercial one gallon plastic water or milk style jugs. They have all leaked or burst over time (over the routes we travel) and caused the floor to get some rot, over time. Jeanie and I spent some time finding heavy duty one gallon or so water jugs and came up with these: http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN1233_zps19563a2b.jpg For extended trips and with the jeep trailer in tow for a large traveling group (like over the Mojave Road) the water jugs keep getting larger up to the above 26 gallon pickle jar jug, a leftover earthquake preparedness water container used when we lived in L.A., clearly a earthquake hazard zone. A convenient way to refresh your fresh water tank would be with a fluid pump on the end of your drill driver and a 6 foot, 3/8ths inch, plastic hose. We've never run out of water as we've learned to judge how much we will use. The main thing is we have learned to live with minimum water use, but that's a whole separate but related issue. The real problem is how to extend the time of filling of your black water tank without increasing that tank's capacity. I still like carrying water at as low an altitude as possible. I like the front hitch idea as it would act like a collapsable barrier if you hit another vehicle. Six, 5 gallon fuel cans on the front hitch carrier, not so much.
jefe 4x4 07/04/18 09:59pm Truck Campers
RE: Newer diesel with least problems

Jim, I prefer the Kioti to the Mahindra after an actual testing shootout. 2008; Mechanical injected 3 cyl, 35 HP, normally aspirated diesel; max torque @700 rpm; 4WD; hydraulic ram steering; no smog anything, hard to believe in CA; sips fuel; 4 speed manual trans with the super low t.case and separate forward and reverse transmission, so 8 speeds forward and 8 speeds reverse in 2 and 4WD; turning brakes (will turn on its own wheelbase); manual locking rear diff.; stupid dependable, but you had better love the vibration of a 3 cyl. I call the tractor: "Crustacean". http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN0910_zpsb410458a.jpg jefe
jefe 4x4 07/02/18 08:15pm Truck Campers
RE: Newer diesel with least problems

Brad wrote:" they will give it to the guy who can screw up a 3 car funeral." A new one on me. I've been paying attention and appreciated the even handed discussion on this subject with actual user reviews of the rigs, regardless of the trolling. I prefer the definition of trolling to include someone "kicking the ant farm". The entire landscape regarding diesel trucks has changed in the 18 hears since I bought my RAM. Since I drive an old relic, built at the dawn of the diesel warz, it's good to hear how the current wave is doing. I drove my brother's new to him, 2016 Ford F-350 dual turbo pickup and was shocked by the amount of power the thing gets and the general improvement in soundproofing and creature comforts. This was a first hand review. Just be wary of, "I've heard that XXXX trucks are bad." or some such, non-1st hand info. Some of us want to support the brand we drive even if that involves spreading rumors. Most on this thread prefer not to. Remember my mantra from College lo those 50 years ago: "Most of the woes of the world can be directly attributed to someone not paying attention." regards, as always, jefe
jefe 4x4 07/02/18 01:01pm Truck Campers
RE: A good guy has passed

A captivating story. Thanks for the peace. I now feel like I've know Doug Begley forever. During Compline, our chanting good night to God, we chant this phrase which is the heart of it: "Into thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit" sometimes in Latin: "In manus tuas, Domine, commendo spiritum meum" He was a lucky man to have a family like yours. And you are correct: his memorial service is for the living. special regards, jefe
jefe 4x4 06/25/18 06:15pm Truck Campers
RE: Deer Bumper

On further contemplation of a bovine deflecting bumper, I'm remembering what my insurance agent said about a deer encounter. "If you have a choice, do not swerve off the road but hit the deer straight on". Seems the insurance company will pay for any on-road encounter but not pay up if you swerve off the road and hit a tree or other obstacle. The most debilitating collision with a large bovine creature is one that incapacitates your radiator. That's why I have the upper tube to help protect it. This one is marginal but a first line of defense. http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/FourWheelDrives/DSCN0726.jpg jefe
jefe 4x4 06/22/18 09:24am Truck Campers
RE: Deer Bumper

Isn't the stock Dodge 2500 bumper considered a crumple zone? My son driving in the slow lane was Pitt maneuvered by a high flying drunk trying to pass on the shoulder of the freeway shoving him into the center divider at speed. Hit and run, but he didn't get far as the collision destroyed and completely immobilized his pickup. Matt's 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee's front end was smashed all the way back to within an inch of the I-6 block. Everything forward of the block was accordioned flat. He suffered only a cracked tibula and some contusion but the guy's insurance paid off big time. I had a Tomba Burro welded together for my old FJ-55 and there was nothing crumply about it, built exclusively for travel in Mexico where bovine like to sleep on the pavement after a hot day. In Canyonlands, 1978: http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/FourWheelDrives/FJ55%20in%20Canyonlands%201978.jpg jefe
jefe 4x4 06/21/18 05:49pm Truck Campers
RE: Deer Bumper

We live in deer country and my wife has had a run in with a few since we've lived on the west slope, Northern Sierra Nevada. She has a grill guard now on her 2011 Grand. Cherokee, and we've got one on our 1999 not-so-grand Cherokee. When I bought the Warn winch bumper/holder for the 15K pound Warn Winch, i did order the wings that flair to the sides protecting the headlights. But these are not really made as a Bovine Deflector but as a brush guard, mostly for looks. With some 4330 ChoMoly driveshaft tubing I welded on some reinforcing and added a higher radiator saver to the mix. http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN0714_zps0nonrig4.jpg http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN0686_zpslabomciy.jpg As luck would have it I was traveling west along highway 50 in Nevada (the loneliest highway in America) after 10 p.m. in my truck with the camper on pulling my car trailer with my CJ-8 Jeep aboard (about 16.5K pounds worth total) when I spied a large elk grazing on the same side of the road I was traveling. I slowed mightily moving into the opposing lane of traffic hoping the beast, who was a big stag, would not try to bound in front of me. As I got very close and not moving very fast, the elk decided to occupy the same space as my 16.5K pound assembly. I hit him just to the pass side of center with the brush guard extensions woefully inadequate and making no difference in the outcome, maybe making it worse. The accompanying jolt was a lot more that I expected, momentarily slowing the 8 tons of rolling thunder down several notches throwing me right against the seatbelt. One of us survived the collision with only a broken pass side headlight assy and slight sheet metal damage. But, the main part of the winch carrier is what saved me with its high shear value. No damage there, but there could have been with that heavy a beast hitting squarely in the center as the radiator without the winch carrier would have taken it in the shorts. I do think the radiator saver helped keep the beast from coming over the hood as he was a tall one. But so is my RAM. If I were to do this again, I would get the lightest weight, most coverage aftermarket winch bumper I could find. It may be another unicorn hunt, but someone must have made a lightweight that keeps the front end safe from UFFO's (unidentified frontal flying objects). I don't need extra light sockets or fashionable Ghee-Gahz on the bumper. All substance, and no style is my style. Some of these steel Ranch Hand and other bumpers are WAY heavy hanging out over the front of your truck. jefe
jefe 4x4 06/20/18 03:38pm Truck Campers
RE: tow strap or recover strap just in case

Being a recovering hard core off roader, I can offer you, from my experience what to do here. 1. The first thing you should do is have anchor points on your truck, front and rear that can take at least a 20k pull. These are sadly missing on many of our trucks. This is similar to gauging the strength of your winch capacity: 1.5 times the weight of your rig at a minimum. If you don't currently have anchor points, install them front and rear. I use a 3/4 inch, 20K loop (use no hooks), or my 16 ton Pintel (with safety pin) that goes into the rear Class V hitch. On the front, I've welded a pair of 26K pound cement mixer D rings. I also have a class V, 2 inch receiver hitch assy. welded to the Warn Winch bumper, just in case. http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN0714_zps0nonrig4.jpg 2. The strap should match and exceed the weight and pull rating of your vehicle times two. This means for virtually all of us over weight camper types a 30K pound strap with loop ends. 3. Chains are heavy to carry and cumbersome to use (and can be dangerous if they snap) if you try to match them to the load capacity to your truck camper. 4. I carry a variety of D rings with screw in bolts that can be used in a variety of situations. Also, i carry a 5 inch I.D. recovery hook with a safety catch that hooks onto my winch hook (also with safety catch) that will fit around most truck front axles or suspension parts in case the pull-ee has no tow hooks. The spring loaded safety latches are essential. I use no open ended hardware or just looping the tow strap over a ball hitch when trying to move a large heavy vehicle from its snare. 5. A heavy duty "Tree Saver"; essentially a short strap with loops on each end used by jeepers to save trees during winching and recovery operations. 6. A 1/2 inch logging cable called "cat choker". It has hardware that cinches up tight around logs that are to be dragged by a Caterpillar tractor. It will surround and secure just about any vehicle under part, no matter how large or small and doesn't weigh a lot. 7. sturdy cowhide gloves that can take abuse. The final admonition is to work slowly and methodocally when trying to recover, unstick, or tow a vehicle of our size. jefe
jefe 4x4 06/19/18 10:38am Truck Campers
RE: 2015 Summer Journey Crossing Alaska, part22

Thanks for the Kennecott Tour. This was a BIG operation. Largest Copper find on the planet. On the McCarthy road we never got all the way in to the mill, but did camp in a gravel pit near the largest wooden train trestle. Fewer insects. The McCarthy road is graded mostly right over the old railroad right of way that hauled out the concentrate. jefe
jefe 4x4 06/07/18 09:49pm Truck Campers
RE: Boondocking in Colorado this summer?

fanRGS, This is fan Rio Grande Southern. I model the RGS from Ridgway to Rico in a 1200 sq. foot building. Here is the RGS loco 461 pounding upgrade over br. 43A, the Ames Trestle the last big bridge to fall on the RGS in 1979. http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/Mears%20Madness%20and%20the%20Rio%20Grande%20Southern%20RR/DSC00165.jpg Thanks for the effort you put into your blog. They say perspective is everything, so here are links to a trip report from 8 years ago called, "San Juan High". The perspective part was taking 3 truck campers over a lot of the highest passes in the San Juans and actually bedding down near the summits of those passes. Night after night we camped at a low of 10K feet up to and over 13K feet. The secret was doing it during the 3rd week of September, a time slot after the chance for lingering Monsoons and before the 1st big winter snow. This could only happen with experienced off-road aficionados. https://forums.goodsamclub.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/24528960.cfm https://forums.goodsamclub.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/24529897.cfm https://forums.goodsamclub.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/24566904.cfm regards, jefe
jefe 4x4 06/02/18 10:19pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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