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RE: ARB Lockers

EG, Oh, i see you are running duals. That's a whole new ball game for sand. 235's are not very wide, a good thing for deflating duals, and the rest of the 6 tires, but if you find the sidewalls rub together at low pressure, get a couple 1/2" spreader rings for you rear axle studs to go between the wheels. That should be enough. Be sure to have the valve stems in a convenient location for airing up or down. The rubbing of the tires is only a problem if you drive for a long time, and at speed: then the rubbing could cause too much heat and premature sidewall wear. If moving slowly, and for a short time, the problem is minimal. I think duals can work well on sand if you mollify the pressure and do a lot of experimenting. You will eventually find the sweet spot. My 10" wide Cooper AT-3's are 35" tall. There is a lot of sidewall for the low pressure tread to wallow out to a 12" patch, some of that actually on the sidewall. They run on the street @ 65 pounds; and are so far very quiet for an all terrain tire. The load rating is 3860 per (7720 per axle): plenty enough for a single. My loaded weight is around 10,600 pounds, so not even close to the 15,440 pound tire load rating. Just get out there with a way to air back up and try different pressures. Oh, and maybe accompanied by someone with a BIG winch. All will be revealed. You will, over time know when to hold 'em, and when to fold 'em. jefe
jefe 4x4 03/14/18 07:39pm Truck Campers
RE: ARB Lockers

EG, What tires are you running currently? If they are 19.5's, the sand running is out altogether. The rule of thumb is to have the tallest sidewall you can get for plenty of room to deflate. Any tire with an 80 pound max inflation is bound to be stiffer and less sand conducive. Another good 'sand friendly' item is wider wheels. They lay the sidewall out better on sand. There is no rule of thumb when it comes to your specific low pressure running. This can only be determined by getting out in the soft stuff and seeing what works and what doesn't. With my present tire/wheel setup (see below), I run @ 28 pounds, F&R if doing soft, sandy roads for any length of time, like Easter Week in Anza. At that pressure, they don't get hot. When it gets to blow sand and dune running, I like to start @ 22 pounds and work down from there to an absolute minimum of 18 pounds rear, and 20 pounds front. Tires are made very tough now-o-days, and we've run @ 28 pounds in Death Valley for days on end without incident as long as it's not on pavement for more than 2 miles. This still all boils down to floatation, which changes over the landscape. The pillar of sand running is the ability to get your pressure back up in a reasonable amount of time. Before you jump on the Tru-Trac, be sure to ascertain the spline count of the item and its application. I jumped on the T-T's and found they only fit on a 35 spline front Dana 60 axle, (not the 32 splines that I had from the factory) so I had to change to 35 spline axle shafts which had a few more complications after that and was the driving force that led me to upgrade the whole front end to Dana 70 spec with selectable Dana 70 hubs. If you don't have selectable hubs there is a wee bit of steer drag when you go around corners in 2WD with the system trying to make both front tires roll at the same speed and pull slightly to center, as with too much caster angle. If indeed the Tru-Tracs fit your appl. you would have the most transparent and usable upgrade for the smallest cashectomy. Here are the units for my Dana 70 front end and my '99 Jeep XJ Dana 30 HP front end. They have a lot fewer moving parts than many other lockers. http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN1865_zpszxjzthl8.jpg http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN1863_zps5ohit1zn.jpg http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN1861_zpsvjcwfuqg.jpg
jefe 4x4 03/14/18 06:07pm Truck Campers
RE: ARB Lockers

I've had every locker and limited slip except the Gov-Loc, and the OX Locker. They all have their plusses and minuses. I ran ARB's for 20 years in my rock crawler and they worked fine. But, they are not trouble free. They do require maintenance and you need a repair kit for those times. The main drawback of the ARB is the high cost for what will be .002% of your drive time. For sand, as above, you really don't need a locker unless you get the axles twisted up enough to get a very unequal ground pressure or a wheel off the ground. The chances of that happening with a 11K pound truck camper is low unless your suspension is too stiff and unbending. Seasoned TC-ers depend on dropping the pressure in the tires in sand to get what you really need: Floatation: spreading the tire's footprint over a much larger area with less ground pressure. I've used very wide tires, 375 x 15.50R 16, a kind of super single with 12 inch wide rims on the rear axle and lowered the pressure until the ground touching patch was 18 inches wide and 14 inches long @ 20 pounds of air to get over the dunes. Here's an unmounted comparo: 285x75R16 v. the beast: http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN1370.jpg At that time I had only a tightly loaded Power Lok, clutch type limited slip in the rear and that was plenty enough. Almost 2 years ago I did a complete front axle overhaul and upgrade on my Dana 6O, adding mostly Dana 70 parts and locking hubs, converting to Tru-traks, front and rear. They are all gear driven, no clutches; torque biasing, which means they send the available power to the wheel with the most traction; automatic. They work great for what I need them for and are completely transparent....until you need them. There is no jerking or 'loading' of the drivetrain at all. Compared to ARB's, they are about 1/3 the cost. Just hours ago, I came west over I-80 from Reno to Casa jefe in my TC, driving most of the time in 4WD and a lot of snow on the road. Full pressure/AT-3/ 35 inch tires/nothing to turn on or adjust. It was a pleasant experience.
jefe 4x4 03/13/18 09:18pm Truck Campers
RE: Whazoo's Boondock The Big Quiet

Whaz, This is a whole new side of you that has appeared once you moved north. Wonderful pix and puns as usual. It is truly good to see one of the old guard-off roaders ply their wares in the outback. Many of our hard core TC-ers have grown up and traded their lean and mean off road machines in for a 3, 4, or 5 series 2WD dually truck with the largest and plushest of campers to pamper them in their old age. Not you, my friend. I count only a handful on here that keep the 'get WAY out there' lamp lit. Great stuff, old buddie. jefe Near the Needles, CA in 2005: similarly out there and a long way to pavement. http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN1283.jpg
jefe 4x4 03/10/18 07:34pm Truck Campers
RE: I wanna hear from you! Newbie Needs some Guidance

Wanna hear, There are a lot of 'ifs' associated with selecting a long term camping/traveling motational device. If you want to be successful at this, buy the largest truck you can afford. If you are going to be on pavement with a tiny bit of level dirt or gravel, then you don't need 4WD. If you are going to travel in the North country during winter, then you may want to have 4WD, or at least good set of chains for dually drive wheels on a 2WD. If you are a seasoned tent camper at heart, then a smaller domicile will suffice because it will feel like a huge upgrade. It's all perspective. If you are going to be out a long time or even full time, then you want the largest rig you can afford. The longer time you are out the larger living space you will want. This is what BKA full times in: F-550/huge Lance camper/4WD/winch/trailer with other motational devices/tremendous amount of solar with storage batteries. http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN1754_zpsl3paw8y1.jpg If you and yours are young, and have NO claustrophobia, you can get by with smaller. Do not discount this possible snag. If you plan on boondocking a lot, both urban and rural, make your choice the most innocuous looking, blend in with the scene rig you can. If traveling/camping in dead of Winter, make sure you have the most insulation possible in said rig. If away from cities, you want larger tanks that will sustain you for a week or two. I'm with Brad on the choice of a class C for you. A 24-26 foot class C dually 350-450 with a Ford 350-450, V-10 gas, and the best approach angle/breakover angle/departure angle with an upgrade locking rear differential should get you where you want to go in style and without breaking the bank. Another option is to buy a used truck and camper combo already as a unit. Minimum 350/3500, dually, gas or diesel. You may have to cast your net far and wide to get the right rig. They are around and more than a few folks on this forum have gone that route. The "debugging" process has already been made. We've camped/stealth camped hundreds of nights in our tiny, 20 year old 8'6" Lance; it's like an old shoe, and I still go looking to get way out in the rough with our smallest, narrowest, least tall camper where you are on your own with ever possible need for self extraction; so there is no reason for us to upgrade to a Class C or MoHo. http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN1793_zpskqcyobud.jpg My last advice (worth what you paid for it) is to take a bonafide RV guru with you when inspecting possible buys. He/She will find the flaws and be able to negotiate the price down for you. http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN0637_zpshsyownpf.jpg
jefe 4x4 03/07/18 09:53am Truck Campers
RE: Trip Report: The Wild, Wild West

NRALFR, Thanks for the ride. I read the first installment some time ago, but not the next pieces of the puzzle. Your report sure had a lot of depth. Unlike any that I've read on here since 2003. Thanks again. No other forum has the diversity of Trip Reports like the TC forum. jefe
jefe 4x4 03/07/18 12:08am Truck Campers
Post Eclipse Redux

If you read the final Joe-finished version of this ECLIPSE trip report you need not tarry. I'm reposting this with I hope the correct 3rd party pix open. Also, I hope this gets in the trip report index file. Many other hobbies have stolen my time of late, but on the immediate horizon is a desert 10-day trip to the Anza Borrego with my equally hard core off road TC brother John. ******************************* We made the 900 mile round trip in order to be within a mile or two of the center line for the 2+ minute show. Five days, round trip. Just got back and sorted my pix and the one, 3 minute vid. Since Faux Bucket now allows no hot linking, linking to my pix will have to be manual through drop box. If you right click the addresses, depress the "Go to" button to open the link. We left early on Friday, August 18th from our compound on the West Slope, Northern Sierra Nevada in boondock mode with a week's worth of food, a lot of water, clothes, full propane and empty black tank and, at the last minute, 15 extra gallons of diesel fuel. Why the extra fuel? I perused some local TV stations in Oregon on the day before departure, and they were playing up long lines and potential shortages of virtually everything. http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN1069.jpg Our hope was to aim for a couple places I found on Google Earth that would be suitably "hard to get to" (in Spanish it's called Malarimo, or bad to arrive at). We heard about all the traffic that was supposed to be at hand, but none materialized on Friday. What did materialize was a terrible accident at the jct. of highway 138 and 97. It was so horrible that two life flight helos were dispatched to the scene and departed in different directions with the gravely injured. The 2-hour back up behind us was about 25 miles. http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN1072.jpg http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN1071.jpg A bit further down the road we stopped at a N.F. office and picked up some local maps. These proved invaluable. We found a nice dry camping spot in the Ochoco N. F. down a very two track. http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN1074.jpg On Saturday, we drove down the mountain (and cool) the last 30 miles to Painted Hills State Park. It was already an absolute Zoo. Hundreds of cars everywhere. The very road I was planning on was blocked off to egress. The BLM and the State of OR said they would close some poor roads in order to protect the Madding Crowd from getting stuck out there somewhere. Ever flexible, we got on an adjacent dirt road, which already weeded out the faint of drivetrain. It led to a large expanse of BLM land up on a mesa with tremendous views of the distance. http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN1079.jpg This little Juniper saved our hide during the ensuing days. We did the shade tree musical chair change every hour following the shade right around the tree. http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN1098_1.jpg http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN1081.jpg Our clean little camp. The BLM ranger drove by and waived at us. http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN1090.jpg Slowly and inexorably cars started to drive into our area. One driver said the backup was 5 miles to get onto the narrow road leading to Painted Hills and environs. Many of these people were from California in their tiny foreign 2 door car with 3 inches of clearance and stuff piled high on the roof. Some just showed up, popped up a little tent and called it good. The awaited time had come. There were at least 125 people within eye and ear shot all around the area. When perusing a possible campsite, we passed a native american looking guy sitting and leaning against his pickup in the shade. Once the eclipse started, we heard an indian drum beat and about 3 minutes of chanting, presumably from this guy. It was spine tingling, and once he finished he got a standing ovation from about 100 people. What an other worldly situation. http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN1101.jpg With my Coolpix on a miniscule tripod, I took this @ about 20% eclipse: https://www.dropbox.com/s/wm5trw812zx1c1l/DSCN1113.jpg?dl=1 width=640 This next m4v was started at about 80% eclipse of the Sun: I hope it runs for you as it is as good as I can get with a $100 camera which luckily did NOT adjust the light level. I let out a whoop about midway so keep the VU level lower. People were screaming and praying and jumping up and down when the final darkness hit, which comes across on the vid. You will hear the faint sound of air craft, which flew along with the shadow as long as they could, which was not much as the dark spot was traveling @1700 mph. https://www.dropbox.com/s/mfgweo1q2r6k79q/DSCN1114.m4v?dl=0 The temperature did drop at least 10 degrees during the 45 minutes or so of some kind of sun reduction. No insects of wildlife to observe. This was simply the biggest and most immense thing I've ever witnessed. I can see why there are Eclipse Junkies that roam the world in search of their Eclipse Fix. Eclipse Video People started leaving immediately after the cessation of eclipse with big billowing dust clouds rolling over the landscape. We chose to stay put for a few more hours and have a leisurely Carne Asada supper. Six hours after the S.E. we pulled up stakes and leisurely made for higher elevation and another oooler night's rest in the camper. There was so little traffic we thought it would be good to just keep going and camp south of Bend, OR. Wrong, salsa breath. There was only one secondary road (one lane each way) leading through a town called Prineville, which had a parallel kind of mini-burning man thing going on, so we got caught up in a 25 mile long string of cars and RV's creeping along to get through the town's 2 stoplights of the dumb variety, made specifically to slow things down. Now we were starting to see a lot of fleeing Millennial eclipsers in their suitably soiled Subarus and Priuses. Most of the plates were CA. and they drove like they had to get back to work the next morning, 500 miles away. Things let up a bit as we headed toward sunset until we got onto Hwy. 97 south. This road was NEVER meant to have these many thousands of cars on them so it was turned into an occasionally moving parking lot/Leviathan. Every time a side dirt road appeared on the radar, hundreds of cars peeled off to race down the dust choked paralell raceway @ 70 mph until it ran out and they had to limp back on Hwy. 97. With a 6 speed manual truck trans, occasionally moving was not my idea of a good time. Jeanie got out the OR Gazetteer and found the minorest of forest roads just ahead so accelerated right across the state highway median and into the woods. http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN1117_1.jpg http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN1116_1.jpg The plan was then to arise @ 3 a.m. and continue toward home some 6 hours away. We arose without breakfast and pulled back on the dark deserted highway.....noting the ever increasing number people in their Priuses and small SUV's who had had it and just rolled to the side and were getting a few winks sitting up right in the drivers seat. This number increased to over 500 cars/RV's/trailers/trucks. It was like the EMP had hit a certain population. It reminded me of a Millennial version of the Battan Death March with people falling slowly to the wayside. They sat in line and drove until they could drive no more. OR state had, with good reason, closed all the passing lanes which were an accident waiting to happen with all those impatient drivers. As we were slower than the speed jockeys, as break of dawn unfolded, we were passed at very high speed by these same slumbering side-of-roaders that we had passed earlier. All in all, it was a grand time for Jeanie and I. I am truly so glad we made the effort to see the most convenient Total Eclipse of the sun in our lifetime. jefe
jefe 4x4 03/06/18 11:23pm Truck Campers
RE: Ordered a new truck to haul TC today

So, Brad, you finally, kicking and screaming have abandoned the manual transmission forever, have you? jefe
jefe 4x4 02/26/18 05:19pm Truck Campers
Jefe's winter of discontent

The last time you heard from me was the end of last June when PhotoBucket thought of the unthinkable: They upped the 3rd party hosting from free to $299 a year in one, stupid, felled swoop. Well, most of us didn't go for that, but I'm thinking it was a ploy. Faux-toe Buck drew me back into the fold with their new $99 per year plan for forum posters; which doesn't apply to people with a profit motive. So, I bit, and will see if the pix come to pass on here; right now.the weird part was none of my posted pics came up with Pho-Buc's notice to pay up instead of a pic, and all were 3rd party hosted. It may be that my P-B site with my myriad hobbies has had over 700K hits; and I only used 25% of the capacity for the free storage. The puny snow @ Lake Tahoe 10 days ago: http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN1459_1.jpg width=640 http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN1462_1.jpg width=640 Compare that with the winter of 2010: http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN1843_zpsb28a5618.jpg width=640 There is not much to record on the TC front. A year ago, I got the Dodge/Lance lashup just the way I wanted it. In planning some extended tours, I had to deal with Jeanie's reluctance to drive the 6 speed manual any more. She has had a series of slicker and slicker Jeep Grand Cherokees that do everything but brush your teeth for you. The first part of fall and winter on the West Slope, Northern Sierra Nevada has been dry and unseasonably warm. That's why all you in the central and eastern part of the U.S. have taken the cold and snowy brunt. That big, fat, persistent Eastern Pacific High bounced all the fronts up and over coming down on your heads. With other fish to fry, I contented myself with backing the TC out of it's shed into the sun where the solar panels would keep the batteries up, and then putting it back to bed when any piddly precip was on the horizon. Today, all that changed. We had a foot of snow and it looks like many more days of snow here @ 4K feet. I ran the snow blowers around cleaning up the lane to Hwy. 20, and especially the burm left by the CalTrans snow plows. http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN1463.jpg width=640 http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN1464.jpg width=640 http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN1465.jpg width=640 Here's a pic from 2008, when we were last @ Anza. This is near Dos Cabezas: http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN0165_zpswq9cvzgp.jpg width=640 And the Pinion Mt. Jeep trail that same year: http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/5f5bddff.jpg width=640 An upcoming trip with my Bro John will be 10 days in Anza Borrego State Park in So. CA before and after Easter. We'll be taking pressure down for a week, doing all the jeep trails except the big drop off on the Pinion Mountain trail in the off-road equipped truck campers. We'll be taking our pop-up outdoor shower enclosure: kind of a tall, narrow Bedouin looking tent with no floor and a flap to bring in the outdoor shower wand. So, lehmee noh if these pix actually open for you. jefe, getting toward the end of my winter of discontent.
jefe 4x4 02/26/18 05:08pm Truck Campers
RE: AlaskaTrip2017-Larson'sEpicAdventureTR-(Part 6)FinalEpisode

What a beautiful wrap up to an epic AK adventure. You bring the best out of every locale you visit. jefe
jefe 4x4 02/22/18 01:30pm Truck Campers
RE: 11 or 12 year old camper

Perspective is everything. Our Lance Lite is now 20 years old. A So. Cal. TC, we bought it when it was 3 years old with only 3 trips under it's belt and it really did look brand new. I'm doing everything I can to keep it alive till I'm done TC-ing. I wouldn't have bought a 12 year old camper in 2001 as the wood framing and plywood sheeting is prone to rot if the camper is left outside. The last 8-10 years most campers' weather resistance has improved with aluminum frames and rot resistant composite or fiberglass siding. As above, condition is everything. Your best bet is to take a bonafide RV guru/expert with you to inspect said possible purchase. Also, if the guru finds problems, let him or her do the downward negotiating. The Guru has nothing to loose and is not tied up in glassy eyed, anticipatory knots like you are. jefe
jefe 4x4 02/14/18 10:30am Truck Campers
RE: Michelin XPS Traction Tires, Anybody Ever Run These?

Yes, a steering box brace helped my truck's road manners 15 years ago because, as the poster above has noted, the frame twists under side loading and causes a slight wondering and torque steer. Since then I've replaced the ball joints, 4 links, Mopar Unit bearings in a big upgrade; new replacement Gen IV tie rod, drag link and shock @ 150K miles. If you are sold a new shock alone, it has very little value and only points up a problem somewhere else; like when you get the death wobble. A lot of the wander in older Dodge trucks can be traced to ball joint wear, which is endemic on the Gen II, Dana 60 Dodges, and can lead to negative camber, poor alignment and difficult steering. Steering woes are a direct result. Most Dodge/Ram owners just drive them into the ground as it's only a niggling problem on the surface. The power steering box does not get very high marks either on the old ones. Merry Christmas jefe
jefe 4x4 12/24/17 03:47pm Truck Campers
RE: Alaska Trip 2017' - Larson's Epic Adventure TR - Part 5

Mark and Sue, Again, thank for the memories. I always feel like I'm 'There' when I read your TR's. Epic does begin to describe. I don't get on the TC forum much anymore, so this was extra special. jefe
jefe 4x4 12/12/17 09:16pm Truck Campers
RE: Small step for camper

We've run the gamut on ways to get into the camper. 1. The original, narrow, 4 step, scissor steps. Too short for a 3 inch lifted/bigger tired Dodge pickup. 2. Glow steps: a step up, o.k. a pun, from the factory steps, but too stiff once they get a little grit in there. Tough on the framing bolts. These were 4-step and too short for our rig, so I added 4-aluminum extesions down from the attaching hardware. That helped but made the entry step 8 inches lower. Very solid and don't depend much on the ground texture. A chainsaw man's wedge now and again will solve those little incongruities. 3. A short aluminum step ladder made in 1955. No pads on the legs so not good on soft sand or undulating ground. Very lightweight, which looms larger as you get older. A little rickety now. It goes against the prime directive for people over 65: 1. "DON'T FALL DOWN". 4. A newer, taller step ladder with the hoop removed. A bit too tall for our entry threshold. Cannot close the door with the ladder up. It would work with a 4 inch lifted Dodge truck, not a 3 inch. 5. A 4-step Little Giant with all extra and expendable parts removed to lighten it up. This has worked out very well with nice wide pads for soft ground and big, wide steps with a gradual incline like stairs for entry. The most solid of the on ground, 'ladder' styles. Heavier than most, and difficult to hoist onto the hook on the TC ladder, as I get older. 6. The Brophy, 2-step on a 20 inch extension receiver hitch. Unlike Whiz, I'm 4-5 inches taller at the receiver, so the Brophy just goes straight into the receiver. I had to drill a 2nd hole(s) for the pin to line up the steps with the threshold. The lower step is a wee bit tall. For traveling long distance, this is a good, no-user-moving-parts, put the pin in and forget it, way to travel. The only woe I see is limited ground clearance on the rear departure angle over very undulating terra. I was thinking of just hanging the whole receiver and Brophy on the rear ladder hanger and strapping it down if we needed maximum departure angle. There is one more way to enter. If I have the 5 foot wide rear basket in the receiver, I can, with a long step, step on the shear wall on the basket and hoist myself into the box, but this is only a stop gap, so to speak. So, the bottom line is we have a lot of choices with ways to get into the box. Some good; some not so much. jefe
jefe 4x4 12/12/17 08:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Solar project thoughts.

Work2, Beautiful! Good thing we've had lots of sun lately on the west slope. Give a progress report down the road once you have a trip or 2 under your belt. We have so many 100 foot trees on the property it's difficult to find a sunny winter spot for more than a couple hours per day. This eats into our charge time. Our tinky, by comparison, 200w array has only 2 things going for it: it's lightweight and has few distracting gauges and dials to worry about. Again, nice job on the install. jefe
jefe 4x4 12/12/17 08:12pm Truck Campers
RE: Lance Short Bed models owners out there?

I guess I can chime in here since I have a Lance 165-S, x-cab which has the same footprint as 815, 825, 865, just with added wing storage for a short bed. My original wet weight was 1842 pounds (full water and propane) with no air conditioning or any other extras. It was the narrowest, least tall, and lightest full service Lance at the time. The weight savings was done with small tanks and lack of much insulation. Since buying it 16 years ago, we have only added metal 'L' brackets around the tub to defray abrasion from installing on and off, and 200 watts of solar. There was a period of adjustment where I added leaves, Stable Loads and better shocks to the rear axle to better handle the load on and off road. We've been very lucky with appliances (knock on wood) and everything still works as advertised. But, make no mistake about it, even this lightest model Lance, advertised as usable on a 1/2 ton pick up (a joke), and installed on my beefed up Dodge 2500 with Camper Package (2600 pound load rating) needed serious suspension upgrading to be suitable for all weather, all season stability. Most of us found out the hard way about the advertised weight vs. the real world workability of the product. My choice for a Nissan product would have been the Lance 650. Yes, tall, but all season useable and no heavier. Bottom line is: we bought it slightly used for $6500; have slept in it for over 230 nights; and got our money's worth out of it, over and over again. jefe
jefe 4x4 11/20/17 03:32pm Truck Campers
RE: 2015 Summer Journey Crossing Alaska, part 14

Thanks again for the reminder of the Haul Road. It's a special place. It seems to have been found by a variety of people with wheeled vehicles. Cold Foot is as far as we got in 2003. jefe
jefe 4x4 10/14/17 11:35pm Truck Campers
RE: Alaska Trip 2017' - Larson's Epic Adventure TR - (Part 2)

Mark, I always feel like I am there with your pix and narrative. Thanks again for the ride. jefe
jefe 4x4 09/23/17 03:37pm Truck Campers
RE: 2015 Summer Journey, Crossing Alaska part 13

Alex, thanks again for the current installment of, "As the TC turns". Most of us will never see what you saw along the Arctic Ocean. Great stuff. jefe
jefe 4x4 09/09/17 03:28pm Truck Campers
RE: VIDEO: John Day Fossile Fields Painted Hills Unit 08_22_2017

So that's what it looks like without 800 cars double parked on the narrow roads. Many more kept circling trying in vain to get a piece of real estate to call their own. My fave was the guy in an Excursion towing a tandem axle 36 foot bumper pull around dog leg turns that had people parked 3/4 on the the road on both sides of the one lane (12 foot wide) dirt road. How did he do that? Very slowly with all the kids and dogs roaming around. Every little 5 foot x 15 foot patch along the road that could possibly hold a Subaru was filled, with myriad tents adorning the landscape. The place actually looks pretty good considering the abuse it took for those 3 or 4 days before Eclipse 2017. jefe
jefe 4x4 09/06/17 08:34pm Truck Campers
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