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RE: Advice on truck and camper purchase

I owned an Alaskan pop up camper. Not cheap in quality or price but it was the only camper of the three I owned that I felt could go off road, handled well on the truck on pavement at highway speeds, and since they are actually a hard side pop up did not have to mess with fabric getting wet in the rain, etc. And it held it's value very well. If you like the ambiance of the inside of a sailboat, the Alaskan has that feel. Lastly, the 6.4 Hemi in the Ram is quite an engine. You will not be disappointed in it. Just remember gas mileage is not a strong suit in any of the big three gas engines.
jmtandem 09/06/19 08:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Advice on truck and camper purchase

Get a one ton truck. Dually will handle the truck camper better. Been there done that.
jmtandem 09/06/19 08:12am Truck Campers
RE: EC 1160 &1165 and Host Mam & Everest AND Lance 1172

I was looking at an Eagle Cap 1165 yesterday. But, oh the weight!
jmtandem 08/19/19 08:07am Truck Campers
RE: California hwy 120 between 395 & 6

Has anyone on here traveled SR hwy 120 between 395 and 6 ? Any steep grades or tight curves ? I have a 40' Class A This is a perfect motorcycle road. Very steep near Benton and lots of whoops and curves. Scenery is great. A 40 foot class A? Take your time driving it.
jmtandem 08/12/19 08:09am Roads and Routes
RE: Reno, NV to Fresno, CA route help please

. My only preferences are I would like to avoid very heavy traffic if possible and Vegas type heat. Travel south from Reno on I580/US395 to Minden/Gardnerville about 45 miles and then take SR 88 to Stockton and then south on SR 99 to Fresno. You will not be disappointed taking SR 88. Lots of scenery. Not a lot of traffic.
jmtandem 07/29/19 08:35am Roads and Routes
RE: When does a TH become too big??

I'm thinking a 10 FT living quarters package (10' floor + 8'bed over gooseneck) with a 12 Ft garage. This still puts me at 30 Ft overall but I don't see how I can do anything any smaller and still keep the forward livings quarters I want. I would look at horse trailers. They come gooseneck, stout for off road use, front living quarters, and ten or so feet of floor toy carrying area is no issue. They are made so much better than most RV's, no rubber roof, no filon sides to delam, and stout axles and tires.
jmtandem 06/10/19 08:51am Toy Haulers
RE: Mammoth mountain to South Lake Tahoe ?

I am at mammoth mountain and going to be heading to South Lake Tahoe. Looking at the map it appears there is a significant grade and winding road. I am not shy but don’t want to go on some crazy route either. Any information on the drive or suggested route from anyone familiar with the area? Looks like 2 practical options off 395. Thanks You don't say what you are driving, however, there are two easy routes both with climbing. North on US 395 to the intersection of SR 88 (Minden/Gardnerville) and travel west to Hope Valley and then SR 89 to South Lake Tahoe. The second is to travel north on US 395 to just south of Carson City and travel west on US 50 to South Lake Tahoe. Both are good.
jmtandem 06/09/19 08:58am Roads and Routes
RE: Looking for good campground in Portland OR

We stayed at Hayden island Jantzen RV park. Would stay there again.
jmtandem 05/17/19 08:31am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Cummins longevity and maintence

OK guys, need some sage advise from previous and current owners about scheduled maintenance. New to the diesel scene and I want to make sure I do what I'm suppose to...so asking for help. I've done research online, but I can only find part of the answers so I'm turning to y'all. The owner's manual tells me some of it, but are there any tips and tricks that can be shared. So far I've found that there is an additive that I'm suppose to put in the differentials when I change the fluid since it's a limited slip, and I know that the old 7.3L Fords had something that was put in the antifreeze to prevent cavitation, but I can't find any information like that on current engine. Is there a holy grail resource site that can help? Please fire away with all your help. Thanks Follow the maintenance schedule in the owners manual. Many Cummins engines have gone 500,000 miles and some over a million miles without being taken apart. The engine will outlast the truck if taken care of.
jmtandem 05/13/19 08:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: Weight of toy hauler

Probably your biggest issue would be how much of the 250's payload would remain after adding the tongue weight of the toy hauler. Toy haulers typically are heavy on the tongue to accommodate for toys in the back of the toy hauler. If you go light you are not taking that much tongue weight off the tongue. Add to the tongue weight all the rest of the stuff you will have in the truck and people, dogs, etc and determine where you are with payload. A 250 with a GVWR of 10,000 pounds is certainly a heavy duty 250 or I think you might want to check your numbers. If your truck is a diesel the 13,000 pound toy hauler would not be an issue towing, if gas you might be getting to the limits depending on engine and axle ratio.
jmtandem 05/07/19 08:08am Toy Haulers
RE: Help....advice on purchasing truck camper

We just sold our 33 LCDTS Silverback fifth wheel and are downsizing to a camper. A lot of us truck camper owners don't think having a truck camper is in any way 'downsizing' from what we could have if we wanted to. It is more like 'right sizing'. Almost every camper weighs more than any brochure or salesman will tell you. Water weighs 8.3 pounds per gallon and you will have at least 500 pounds of stuff. For a 2500 that could be quite a load. If you could get a stouter truck with an eight foot bed you have more options for what campers you might like. I don't know how Canada looks at GVWR and payload but if it is like the US the axles and wheels/tires are what should not be exceeded more than the GVWR. If I was 'right sizing' I would start with the truck especially if you plan to also tow a trailer with some toys. Don't be afraid to look at duallys. They are very stable and can carry the load. If you are worried about any financial 'hit' should you not like the truck and camper then why not rent a truck and camper and go camping for a week. You will learn quickly whether it is for you or not.
jmtandem 04/19/19 08:17am Truck Campers
RE: Salt, Rust, and the value of a diesel engine

We live in the great lakes region, which means salt (and thus body and underbody rust) are a norm to our vehicles. It looks like I'd be looking at trucks that are 7-10 years old, most with 100k or so in miles. I know a diesel engine will (theoretically, at least) last longer, but will the body and frame rust out from under it anyway? We won't put more than 12k a year on it, at most (only about 3-4k towing). Is it really worth buying a used diesel in this area, for that kind of usage, or will the truck's body and frame give in to rust before a gas engine runs out its life anyway? If you want a pre- owned diesel why not find one that has lived its life in Arizona, Texas, Florida, Nevada, etc. You are going to spend some serious coin, why limit yourself to just where you live?
jmtandem 04/16/19 08:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: sacramento

The California Delta is about 45 minutes south and slightly west of Sacramento. There are several nice RV parks in the Delta. You might look into Park Delta Bay, nice with trees, off the main road, quiet, friendly folks and the water is just across the levy. Been there many times, never a bad experience.
jmtandem 04/08/19 08:31am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: TH....But Not Carrying Heavy Toys.....Problem?

if NOT carrying heavy loads in rear will affect TW in a negative way Good question and you should be commended for thinking through this issue. The short answer is 'yes' the tongue weights will be more as a percentage of total weight as most toyhaulers are designed to carry the toys to even out or balance the weights. However, less weight overall typically means less tongue weight even though the front/ rear bias might be a little heavier in front. Have enough truck payload and you should be good to go.
jmtandem 03/24/19 08:30am Toy Haulers
RE: getting a 36 ft tt

any limitations or problems I might run across with national parks? am I going to be strictly limited to private campground due to length? And no, if so, doesn't bother me just want to know. We getting the floor plan and size we are most comfortable with and will adapt to campsite availability, private or public, just want to know to plan better. If getting into National Parks is a priority go smaller. If not, as you tend to indicate, then get the 36 footer.
jmtandem 03/22/19 08:11pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Tahoe to Lassen

You should have no issues. If you intend to enter Lassen from the south side the climb is very steep to the summit.
jmtandem 03/20/19 09:08pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Need help figuring out why my rig is overweight

RV manufacturers are notorious for listing dry weights without any options. Unless they weighed the coach you have no idea what it really weighs until you take it to a scale as you did. The coach more than likely weighs way more than listed as a dry weight. Figure water at 8.3 pounds per gallon, batteries, propane, etc. It all adds up. From the scale weights you are actually over your axle rating and maybe tire ratings as well.
jmtandem 03/16/19 07:31pm Tech Issues
RE: Rv park closest to Lake Tahoe?

We will be traveling from Glacier NP to Sparks NV, then to Lake Tahoe then... Still to be determined If you want to stay inside the Tahoe basin this summer, get reservations now. It is a very popular place.
jmtandem 03/02/19 08:00pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: I'm looking for some TT advice from experienced RVers

My DW hates airstream, grew up with one. Thanks for all the input. How come the Winnebago Mini Winnie is not mentioned ? After owning a standard box trailer built like all the rest and wondering if the trailer will make it to the end of the payments, I would probably only purchase an Airstream next. Something like 60 percent of all Airstreams ever made since the 1930's are still on the road. I tend to keep things and not get tired of it and want something else. So, longevity for me is important, perhaps not so for your wife.
jmtandem 03/02/19 07:44pm Travel Trailers
RE: Rv park closest to Lake Tahoe?

Looking for a rv park close to Lake Tahoe. It doesn't have to be a resort, but water/electric would be nice In addition to the good advice from previous posters, should you want to stay just outside the Lake Tahoe basin there are a couple very nice RV parks in the Carson City, northern Douglas County area as well as in the Truckee area. Tahoe can be very busy certain times of the year so make reservations early.
jmtandem 03/02/19 09:18am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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