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RE: Picture trails is shutting down

SO this doesn't effect the method now? Do you know when the switch from picture trail was made? Regardless, now is a good time to browse through the Trip Report 3.0V sticky to look at some of the past trip reports. If there is a trip report along with the pictures you would like to save on your computer it is easy to do. In Chrome, click the menu (3 dots top right corner), choose "More tools", choose "Save Page As". Make sure the type is "webpage, complete". Then choose the folder you want to save it in and the file name. It will create a html file AND a folder with the same name. To open, just open the html file. All of the pictures, text, etc will be there. If you use a different browser than Chrome and don't know how, let me know and I will be glad to figure it out for you. I have over 150 trip reports from Don Curley, Whazoo, and Seldom Seen Smith already saved but will be saving a lot more over the next month.
kohldad 01/18/21 06:05am Truck Campers
RE: St Augustine Campgrounds

If you want to stay at a park with a 10-year rule, you can always talk to them and offer a current picture of your rig. This will some times give them enough info to accept you. However, some places strictly enforce the age rule because they want folks with lots of money to be the ones to come in. And their line of thinking is if you have an older rig, you don't have the money. There is one in South Carolina that actually has a 5 year rule which is strictly enforced.
kohldad 01/13/21 08:57pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: mounting extra brake lights on 1.5” struts, NO drilling.

Why not just take the cover off and then use square u-bolts to clamp them to the struts. Don't over tighten or the bolts could pull through the plastic. One bolt per light should do the trick. A little bit of RTV or rubber gasket under a washer under the nut should provide plenty of seal.
kohldad 01/03/21 09:06pm Truck Campers
RE: lance max/ af 1150 question

From memory of other post, believe you have to put the slides out at least 6" to be able to use any of the facilities. By pulling images into paint and making the slide go in, looks like the minimum of 6" is accurate but think they need to both go about 1/2 way out for anything but a skinny person or contortionist to use. Hopefully other actual owners will post up.
kohldad 12/27/20 07:12pm Truck Campers
RE: Reg cab long bed vs extended cab long bed?

It's been a long time, but we carried an '70 Franklin 11' TC on our 69 Dodge reg cab power wagon. The truck was wrecked and we replaced the frame/body with a 76 Dodge Club cab truck. All the suspension, axles, and driveline were moved from the 69 to the 76. So the only difference was the wheelbase and a couple hundred pounds of the truck. The first time we carried the TC on a trip, my father was surprised at how much better the longer wheel base carried the camper. There was a lot less porposing when going down the road and over railroad tracks. The '69 wasn't bad in the least bit, but the extra 18" in wheel base was a very noticeable difference.
kohldad 12/24/20 10:42pm Truck Campers
RE: Concerns About Going Full Time

Go for it!!! 10 years ago when I got my current Lance 815, I use to go out boondocking in 0* temps. This camper is NOT built for cold weather camping but I managed just fine for a couple of nights. Make sure you have a good 0* sleeping bag to use as a beadspread. Then turn the furnace to it's lowest setting which is about 52*. Will still be more than warm enough to keep you water from freezing and save a lot of propane. Make sure you leave a roof vent cracked just a smidge and the pass trhough window. If you feel a draft at either location, probably opened them up to much. This is to create a very slight draft to remove the moisture from your breathing. If cooking things that generate moisture, you will need to open things up a bit more. Moisture is going to be you biggest headache, but with some tuning the above will take care of most of the problems. In the windows you don't plan on looking out, put in some refectix or foam board. Same goes for the vents you don't plan on using. Lastly, get a battery montoring system that provides amp/hr status along with draw/input. THis will give you the best idea of your battery status providng a better idea how long you need to run the generator and when. Also, make sure the battery is protected from the cold as that will sap a lot of the power. On my camper, I put a piece of 1/2 foam in the door that blocked most of the venting, but still provides a little. Good luck and congrats on trying to save money. Even if you only manage to do it for a year, hopefully that will cover your investment in the camper and truck.
kohldad 12/18/20 10:28pm Truck Campers
RE: 6.6 Ram

just did a search on the RAM website and found SIX gas DRW's within 100 miles of me. I'm impressed because there isn't a single one within 250 miles as far as I can tell. To the OP, what type of info are you wanting?
kohldad 12/09/20 08:24am Truck Campers
RE: New Truck or New Engine

Haven't in years but my father and I use to rebuild the old 69 Dodge 318 a number of times, mostly just the heads and exhaust valves. Is it burning oil? Fuel mileage decreased recently? If not, odds are it is still going strong and doesn't need rebuilding. If so and it was my truck, I would probably tear the engine down for a top to bottom rebuild either myself or a trusted mechanic that routinely rebuilds engines. You may also want to discuss any upgrades for the engine that can increase performance while not increasing the wear and tear on the engine. While you have the engine out causing the AC to be discharged, I would also replace the heater core along with updating the heating unit doors with metal ones to ensure that isn't the next thing to go wrong.
kohldad 12/06/20 10:53am Truck Campers
RE: New F350 Tremor with a SB Camper

Off road suspension means SOFT, it is designed to articulate and float over the whoopties, go with a truck designed for heavy loads instead. The soft springs is exactly my first thought. Remember while payload is one number in the calculation, you also need to take into consideration the Center of Gravity. A TC is a lot different than a pallet of blocks because the Center of Gravity is much higher for the camper. So not only are you adding the soft springs, but also several inches between the tires and lift. While you say SB camper, that doesn't necessary mean a light weight camper. Then you also need to figure out any accessories you add to the truck along with all the junk you through in the camper including water, batteries, propane, food, clothing, bedding, etc which all adds up. Oh and lastly add in the people and pets you are carrying. This all adds up quickly. In my Lance 815 which is designed for a short bed camper with a dry weight of 1,800# everything including one person weighed out at 3,500#!
kohldad 12/05/20 06:28am Truck Campers
RE: easy on/off truck caps?

I had an 8' Fiberglass shell I would put on/off a regular bases by myself. Just unbolt the 6 small screws, lay two 2x4x9' in the bed, crawl up in there then use lift one end up at a time to put the 2x4 under, crawl out, put each end of the 2x4 into a 5' sawhorse and done. After a couple years of this, came across an old manual boat winch so bought two double pulleys and 4 single pulleys, put eye bolts in the roof and then just used the winch to lift it up. Was so much easier plus didn't have anything on the floor in my way. Everything was positioned so I could still park the truck under it.
kohldad 11/30/20 10:39am Truck Campers
RE: How many have had Thanksgiving in a truck camper?

As a kid, my family of 5 would often have Thanksgiving and Christmas in the truck camper tucked away some place in the Appalachian Mtns of NC.. One Christmas eve we were caught by an early snow in the Smokys so most campgrounds were closed. We wandered down this backroad looking for a place to pull off to the side when were blocked by a gate. Just as we were about to turn around, the ranger came out of his house and asked if he could help. My father explained the situation and the ranger just smiled and said follow me. He opened up the gate, drove about another mile where he pulled into an old church parking lot. He walked over to the church to make sure the door was unlocked. He smiled at us and simply said "The church is unlocked, plenty of firewood by fireplace, just make sure to close the door when you leave. The gate will be closed but I'll leave it unlocked so you can leave at your leisure in a couple of days." Then he climbed in the truck and shouted "Merry Christmas" as he drove away. We didn't use the church as we were kept warm in the camper. Next day turned out to be sunny and mild so the snow was gone almost by the time we woke up. Us 3 kids had fun chasing the "cat" with a white and black stripe down it's back across the field. Some of you on here probably have gone by the church as it is the one in Cataloochee of the Great Smoky Nation Park.
kohldad 11/25/20 11:05am Truck Campers
RE: US 312 in Tn

From Maryville to Townsend it is a wonderful dual lane road for the most part. Just before Townsend area there are about 2 - 3 miles that is single lane still with a few decent curves (35mph) but not that bad. Coming out of Townsend, you enter a steep grade with multiple tightish curves. This is the worse section but doable if you don't mind typical single lane mountain roads. Once in Wear Valley it straightens back out for a few miles. Then it gets a bit curvey and hills again the last few miles into Pigeon Forge. Haven't driven from Lenoir City to Maryville but should be a decent dual lane road the entire way. If you want an alternative, suggest 321 to Maryville then 411 to 441 into Pigeon Forge. The worse section of this route will be 411 which is a pretty straight and flat single lane road. Everything else will be dual lane.
kohldad 11/12/20 05:40pm Roads and Routes
RE: Road with uneven surfaces.......

Use something like Torklift Stable Loads lowers to have the overload springs engage sooner and then also let some of the air out of the bags. You need the truck to settle a little when you put the camper on to have enough pressure on the spring packs. Over inflating the air bags is a common mistake.
kohldad 11/08/20 10:14pm Truck Campers
RE: Western Washington to Nashville

I like Ken56 suggestion as I80 should be fine by mid April. Even if there is a late snow it shouldn't affect the road conditions for very long. As far as Florida, that would be 1 day of travel in both directions so IMO not worth all the extra driving. If you want entertainment, look into Pigeon Forge and Dollywood. That is only about 4 hours east of Nashville.
kohldad 11/04/20 07:24am Roads and Routes
RE: James Island County Park Charleston SC

I will offer two options and recommend you do a virtual drive on Google Maps of both to figure out which you prefer. Take James Island Connector (hwy 30) and turn left on Folly Road. Right on Camp Road. Right on Riverland Drive. Left into the park. Biggest problem with this route is the right turn onto Camp Road as it would be tight. Take James Island Connector (hwy 30) and turn left on Folly Road. Right on George L Griffith Road. Right on Riverland Road. Left into park. I do not recommend using Central Park Rd because of the left onto Riverland which is usually bad enough in a car but can be done with RVs as I see them all the time, just takes patience. Also will warn that at above normal high tides, the road does flood with salt water but not to the point it can't be driven. Riverland Dr has a bad reputation which is deserved to the drivers not paying attention. The old large oak trees have the scars to prove it. However, if you pay attention, don't ride the white line and you will be fine.
kohldad 11/03/20 06:36pm Roads and Routes
RE: Time to Develop a Solution for Scissor Stairs (Bigfoots)

Here is the 3 step design. With a wobble stopper, the steps are very sturdy. If I was going to extend them out or remake them, I would do so with a 2-1/2" tube since I have a Class V hitch. https://scontent-mia3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/123454339_3593880870655187_5793704572311261150_o.jpg?_nc_cat=106&ccb=2&_nc_sid=0be424&_nc_ohc=c4Nx_0UN42wAX_5LgTY&_nc_ht=scontent-mia3-1.xx&oh=c463a16b6f027780c1d3a150ae19e9ae&oe=5FC51F59 width=640 https://scontent-mia3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/123463707_3593880583988549_3277628631410765707_o.jpg?_nc_cat=100&ccb=2&_nc_sid=0be424&_nc_ohc=gjVU5bbpSGQAX-T5qms&_nc_ht=scontent-mia3-1.xx&oh=6cda3d50bf422dc9f7bb6d85d60ee9c6&oe=5FC40803 width=640 Note that the vertical tube for the folding portion uses the top step as the stop when folded up. The design could be better implemented for the fixed portion, but it was the scrap laying around which made the hieght work out the same. Each step is only about 8-3/4" so easy to go up and down.
kohldad 11/01/20 09:04am Truck Campers
RE: Time to Develop a Solution for Scissor Stairs (Bigfoots)

The problem is the angle stays the same as the steps are expanded/contracted and is totally independent of the angle in relationship to the platform. I've tried to think of a solution that would keep the angle the same but haven't figured out one that would still allow the steps to be expanded/contracted. My solution was a 2-step flip down design which I later changed to a 3-step design. The 2 step was 11" each step but allowed the rear door to be opened with the steps flipped up and was held up by it's own weight. The 3 step design was necessary with a newer truck which was 3" taller and held up with two springs, only problem being that it blocks the door so must be flipped down to enter the camper. Both were mounted on a simple 18" hitch extension because my camper stops at the back of my bumper. However, I wouldn't have a hesitation to put it on a slightly longer extension for a 9-6" camper. Here are the pics of the 2 step design. I can post pics of the 3 step design if you would like. https://scontent-mia3-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/p720x720/123400456_3592552454121362_7778261959136701200_o.jpg?_nc_cat=107&ccb=2&_nc_sid=e007fa&_nc_ohc=39gdlHxyOGIAX9M07Fr&_nc_ht=scontent-mia3-2.xx&tp=6&oh=5e47c9edeb0d90cb1962263a38f53ad7&oe=5FC4DDC8 https://scontent-mia3-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/p720x720/123439259_3592552460788028_7218309209349009238_o.jpg?_nc_cat=110&ccb=2&_nc_sid=e007fa&_nc_ohc=F5rW6DMdpoQAX_Wrw8n&_nc_ht=scontent-mia3-2.xx&tp=6&oh=0817b7dd2b3850228ea18837895b3a8f&oe=5FC50D18
kohldad 10/31/20 10:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Aluminum Frame vs Wood Frame for washboard roads.

One big advantage to wood with aluminum skin, the average handyman can take the skin off, repair the wood to as good as new and then replace the skin. Even if you can get to the aluminum, it takes special skills and tools to do a repair.
kohldad 10/20/20 11:32am Truck Campers
RE: Strom Thurmond Lake & Hartwell Lake GA/SC

Was there any justification given for closing/giving away Big Hart? It seemed pretty busy to me. COE releasing control of a park happens for a number of reasons. Two biggest is budget short fall and/or local authorities wish to take control. From this article, it seems it was a combination of the two. McDuffe County to Operate . . . I do know I recently traveled through South Dakota and the state took over all of the COE parks when there was budget cuts years ago. Instead of letting the COE close the parks for a while, they took over the operations. Today South Dakota has some very nice state park campgrounds.
kohldad 10/13/20 08:50pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Strom Thurmond Lake & Hartwell Lake GA/SC

Just a little more info on Petersburg. Most of the sites are very big and will easily accommodate both a large rig and extra vehicle towing your boat. If you want to leave it in the water, recommend sites 25-27 as it is back in a cove protected from waves and the beach is sandy (just make sure it is near full pond). If you would rather have a breeze, stay out in 42 or such. Can't pull you boat onto shore on most of the sites but you could anchor just off shore or trailer the 1/4 mile to the boat landing in the campground. I'm was in 42 last visit and can see 4 different directions to go from here.
kohldad 10/13/20 09:58am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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