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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
RE: Armorlite TC -- expensive, but it looks very nice

I'm thinking our perspective for evaluating would be better if only the Armorlite were actually ensconced on a truck with tie downs or whatever they have come up with. It still seems like a bicycle built for...... one. Oh, and jacks? That would tell more of the story. Other issues are: is that enough storage? What is the actual headroom inside? I note the black seat back cushion around the dinette has only room for one leg to hit the floor, unless you ladies are going retro side saddle on your pony. This is the same problem with our 86" wide Lance Lite but with the Armorlite to an even narrower degree. For me, there are too many and odd shaped windows. I see this rig as a dormitory for one, at which time you do not need a lot of windows. It does have a ' Nouveau ouvre d'arte' feel to it, not something that a 'make it cheaper' industrial design team has come up with. Even with all the minimalist attitude in this build, it's only 100 pounds lighter than my ancient 1998 Lance 165-s. With this forum getting more and more into the larger is better sized TC's, I agree that this is probably not the best showcase for this product. jefe
jefe 4x4 05/21/18 01:52pm Truck Campers
RE: Tinting Windows on TC

I explored the idea of having the TC windows tinted for the sole purpose of being more invisible at night while laying over in more urban circumstances. Notice I said layover, not STEALTH CAMPING! as the very term provokes unreasonable responses as above. What we do is neither stealthy or camping. Finding no good light blocking solution, I'm back to using the factory Venetian Blinds and using very low or no lights inside. There is no cooking or camping going on inside the box. You simply enter, change into your bedtime attire, if any, and hit the hay. The important part is to 'look like' there is no one home; just parked. No steps in the down position; no campground sprawl; nothing hanging on the outside; no change of shape, as in an erected pop up or open vents. I've never felt i was, "getting away with something" in this mode, which has evolved into kind of a game where your trained eye finds the right spot to pull over, mostly right on the street between two white 18-wheelers. It takes practice and experience to be unremarkable in the surroundings. On a related issue, I'm seeing more and more Vagabonds living in the National Forest around our compound in class C's, small travel trailers and even in vans...."down by the river." One group moves around in a 45 foot, white painted school bus, called a "Skoolie" in hip circles with a pot belly stove with a stack in the middle. They all survived the snows of winter. Some of these are itinerant weed trimmers waiting for the harvest. Many are simply city dropouts because of the very high cost of housing and lack of personal internal drive. There have to be a lot of reasons why people resort to living like this. We've always had the fringies, but they are much more blatant and in-your-face than I can remember. We have had a cadre of people living in the city in old broken down leaky truck campers, small class C's and vans for as long as I can remember; moving every 72 hours. Our tiny church (Trinity Episcopal) feeds the homeless every week throughout the year as do many other denominations in town. I don't see this going away anytime soon. jefe
jefe 4x4 05/20/18 10:09am Truck Campers
RE: 2015 Summer Journey Crossing Alaska, part21

Alex, Another interesting slice of AK. This tome has proven to be, as the song says, Endless Summer. Here we are camping in a gravel pit near that long bridge in McCarthy in June 2003: http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN0501_zpsmy41sbip.jpg regards, as always, jefe
jefe 4x4 05/19/18 02:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Armorlite TC -- expensive, but it looks very nice

Professor, I had a look at that one too. With an E/W double bed, it is relegated to the bachelor oil well/tar sands worker in northern Alberta or North Dakota. The layout is great and the footprint is about as small as one could imagine. 80 inches wide? That works for me. Some diesel appliances? Yes. LOTS of cold weather insulation and windows? Yep. If you were really small and skinny as a couple, this could be a nice traveling/survival box. We're not small and skinny. I see it as an RV version of a tiny home. The price? Considering all the design work and high grade materials that went into it, not bad. If there is no something for nothing in this world, the price seems about right....if the unit continues to remain sound and weather proof. Only time will tell that. jefe http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/Anza%20TC%20March%202018%20with%20Jeff%20Jean%20John%20and%20Krys/DSCN1554.jpg
jefe 4x4 05/15/18 12:41pm Truck Campers
RE: 2015 Summer Journey Crossing Alaska, part20

Alex, thanks once again for the ride, this time in depth at the Glacier. jefe
jefe 4x4 05/13/18 10:36am Truck Campers
RE: TR/3 : Threading the Needles (Canyonlands) part way

Cal, nice descriptive trip report. The pix say it all. Alright! We have a new destination. The "No Whazoos" sign is funny. Bro John and I have to go there, probably with 2 or 3 vehicles and not in the summer. From the pix it looks doable with some effort....and a winch.....and low pressure....and lockers and technique. Cool. Looking forward to another adventure like this. Another option would be Beef Basin and environs. jefe
jefe 4x4 05/11/18 05:41pm Truck Campers
RE: truck bed reinforcement?

I did a little surfing and found Royal Truck bodies is still in business. They have in their catalog the self same 8 foot 'low profile' truck body as above. After inspecting my plumber's rig I can report that it is a quality product. An 8 foot or longer camper would slide right in the 49 inch belly of the beast and provide a LOT of weatherproof storage. That leaves my 8 foot 6 inch Lance out in the cold as it has the storage wings. I"m taken by the sleek way they make it conform to the original truck's lines. With all those doors, where do you put the tie downs? So now the question: do any of you have one of these under your camper? http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN1821_zpss29qtpki.jpg jefe
jefe 4x4 04/30/18 10:56pm Truck Campers
RE: truck bed reinforcement?

Frank, I'm in the same boat as Alex. Our '01 Dodge 2500 factory bed has taken it in the shorts over time. Remember the bed is held on by four, 3/8's inch bolts that do spread the shear factor over a rather wide area. At least they're grade 8, but I can't say much about the thin metal tabs that they bolt onto. That being said, the R-pass side bolt has pulled through it's flimsy little mooring a couple times allowing the TC and bed to rock and twist. That could be scary in a very high wind or axle twisting event, kind of like this; http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/Anza%20TC%20March%202018%20with%20Jeff%20Jean%20John%20and%20Krys/DSC_0288.jpg It's the twisting of the frame over time that caused this. Fords by design have the most flexy frames, at least until the last few years, which I think has been a woe for Alex with his '07. Currently I'm looking around for an aftermarket pickup bed specifically made for truck campers. Here is the closeset I've been able to find, but looks heavy: This is on my plumber's 2000 Ford F-350 4WD 7.3 diesel. http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN1822_zpssqt0glka.jpg http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN1828_zpssctcsaun.jpg http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN1827_zpsgxwzud3i.jpg I don't even know if they're still in business: http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN1830_zps3zzddefg.jpg
jefe 4x4 04/30/18 10:18pm Truck Campers
RE: Class 5 Truck - Entry Step Solution

I think this is a good solution to your step woe. What is the difference in height once you are on level ground and without the leveling block under the wheel? In other words, using it on a trip in a campground? Those equalizers will come in handy. How far does the folded up composite step rig stick out away from the TC at the curb level? jefe
jefe 4x4 04/27/18 07:31pm Truck Campers
RE: Bike Rack

Bro John's 2-bike set up on his '99 Ford F-250: http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN0468_zpsc928f485.jpg My 2-bike version on a '01 Dodge 2500. Both of these were installed for ground clearance and set pretty high. click on vid below for motion: http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/th_VideoMar15102713AM_zpsa6c32e14.mp4 Both shots were on the Mojave Road. jefe
jefe 4x4 04/20/18 10:20pm Truck Campers
RE: 2015 Summer Journey Crossing Alaska, part 19

Alex, this has really turned into an ongoing Saga. You visited a lot of places we'll never see. Thanks again. jefe
jefe 4x4 04/19/18 10:12pm Truck Campers
RE: Pulled the Trigger on a new one

Mark, is that initial photo yours, or a stock photo? I don't see any front differential chunk hanging down under the truck. This whole GCVWR max and tow rating has just mushroomed in the last few years. jefe
jefe 4x4 04/18/18 03:48pm Truck Campers
RE: The Lightest & Least Expensive Production Truck Camper

Interesting bare bones camper. Is there a battery or a bathroom, black tank or cassette toilet? Dual pane windows? Insulation? At 1200 pounds this would work on almost any truck. Good luck. jefe
jefe 4x4 04/15/18 11:16pm Truck Campers
RE: ARB Lockers

Eric, The Trac Rite seems like a spin off of the True Trac. In the factory website explanation I could find no big difference in how the two work. This is a good conclusion to your rear end traction, (that you already have), but does Eaton have anything that fits the front 9.5"? Spline count is the key. You may not need it but it would be good to know if it is upgradable. jefe
jefe 4x4 04/13/18 03:32pm Truck Campers
RE: New Guy

Welcome to the motley crew. It's difficult not to learn something on here. I'm having a colonoscopy next week.... and find your tag line disconcerting. 8<} You've done your homework and have a terrific rig for northern climes: enough truck and not enough camper. jefe
jefe 4x4 04/11/18 05:59pm Truck Campers
RE: Trip report: The TC fools (The Bros) do Anza

Anu wrote: "I am amazed how well your rig had very little sway, and non existent slippage." A: The True Tracs and 20 pounds of air will increase the floatation and tractive effort. I had the new Rancho 9K's on the stiffest setting, and by the looks of the vid, I need an additional pair of rear shocks, which I've been contemplating for a long time. Don't underestimate the anti sway of having all the heavy stuff down low and tight new grommets on my rear anti sway bar. The twisting up of the axles allowed per the vids is a lot more than I suspected, but limited by the 3" lift on the front as the control arms are already aiming downhill and don't have much travel compared to stock. Another issue is I think the travel of the front shocks is not as far as the suspension will allow, causing a wheel to momentarily hang in air. Q: "Do the cabover struts/braces offer much support?" A: Not really. I don't think 15 years old struts have much left in them anyway, but I never reached the outer limit on the strut's travel. The fact is my 20 year old camper has live for 15 years, full time, more or less on the bed of the truck, and there is a lot of settling of all the 'attaching and holding up' parts of the truck making it fit like an old shoe. Q: "How loose were your rear tie downs? Or is it more about the truck and tires?" A: I did not do much adjusting of the tie downs this trip, because when you have the suspension dialed in, and lower the pressure things have a tendency to smooth out. Going that long, fairly steeply uphill, I worry that the camper could just "slip out the back, Jack", (according to the Paul Simon song, 50 ways to leave your lover) Q: "It also appears the moto cross folk were not street legal and had no business even looking on as you took the drop off." A: The motorcycles were led by someone who has already climbed the beast, but his attempt in front of his compatriots failed about 3/4 of the way up and he had to recede down the mountain. Most of the people looking on were slack jawed that someone would try this sand hill in a 10K pound rig, and one guy said, "I've never seen that before." But, there is always more to the story and it's not about luck. I'm thinking Bro John's (who has the same model truck you do) and my 50 years of hard core jeeping and off roading sets the stage for finding the edge of what is do-able and what isn't. It's all those sticky little issues like air down and airing up: how much and how fast. When I don' go hard-core TC-ing for a couple months, I loose my 'edge' with the 'road feel' and where the edge actually is. In the depths of Sandstone Canyon, Anza: http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/Anza%20TC%20March%202018%20with%20Jeff%20Jean%20John%20and%20Krys/DSC_0251.jpg So, thanks again for your interest in our little sojourn. jefe
jefe 4x4 04/11/18 05:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Trip report: The TC fools (The Bros) do Anza

Thanks again for all your good cheer. Bro John is talking now about doing Canyonlands...I mean taking the TC's into the park over Elephant Hill. We've done it a few times in jeeps, but not in TC's. Anyone done this before? The only woe I can see is overhead clearance. 1971: '66 Toy FJ-40 @ '67 Ford Bronco/302. That 3 yr. old toe head is now 49. http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/FourWheelDrives/PICT0092_zpsoo8oddkr.jpg and the obligatory 'stuck to the frame in quicksand' in Salt Creek. http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/FourWheelDrives/PICT0121_zps8upelo8w.jpg jefe
jefe 4x4 04/09/18 05:48pm Truck Campers
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