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RE: For POP UP CAMPER owners - sealing seams on vinyl

... Caution: Seam Grip volatiles smell like he**. And, it is flammable until it dries. I applied it on our inside stitching (seems to work perfectly in our situation). You may want to consider applying to the exterior stitching. If you use this, you had better practice on stitching not associated with your camper (some scrap stitching on some vinyl). You cannot remove this stuff if you mess up the application technique. Also, the cured material will darken slightly after 4 to 5 years (unless they changed the formulation since 17 years ago). Good luck. This worked for us. Your mileage may vary. Seam Grip: here--> Great idea about practicing on something other than the pop-up vinyl first :C
maria_bettina 11/11/22 02:42pm Truck Campers
RE: For POP UP CAMPER owners - sealing seams on vinyl

Sweet! Thank you!!
maria_bettina 11/09/22 07:44pm Truck Campers
For POP UP CAMPER owners - sealing seams on vinyl

FWC, ATC, Phoenix, etc Owners - I (unfortunately) got all lovey dovey and told my niece I would spend Tday in Oregon with them. I was crossing my fingers that rain would be minimal. Clearly my dances to the Sun God did no good. It will rain. How much? I don't know. But last time we were in the rain with the truck camper popped up, the vertical seams below the vinyl windows leaked a little. You know those seams where the stitching is in the lower corners of the windows? Here's my question - Does anyone seal those? Why don't they do that at the factory? Or is there a reason to not seal them? If you seal them, what's the best sealer to use? I was thinking a simple beeswax sealer... :h
maria_bettina 11/07/22 06:39pm Truck Campers
RE: Four Wheel Campers

We bought an ATC Panther (shell model) in spring 2019. For our type of traveling, I still think that was our best choice. No regrets. First, we have a Toyota Tundra with a 1550# payload. We were worried about weight, so that's why we got the shell model, which was around 700# with the extra long bed and a Fantastic Fan added. I regret not getting the furnace. A previous post said that 30 degrees is the max cold temp for a pop up TC. I say it's 40 degrees without a constant heater! We camp without hookups 95% of the time, but having an electric heater and hookups solves the "it's frigid" issue. Without shore power, we run a Little Buddy right before bed and as soon as we wake. Not ideal, that's for sure, esp at high elevation when the Little Buddy won't ignite. We upgraded our TC battery and have 3@100 watt solar panels on the roof. Having a herniated disc, popping the top up with that weight on the roof is awkward. Do-able for this 52-yr old chick, but not something I look forward to, and I usually make my teen son do it. But with that small inconvenience, we watch DVDs while camping and dont worry too much about electrical usage...when it's sunny out. We also have to look for unshaded sites and/or park so we are not shaded by trees. We chose the ATC because I wanted something I can easily drive around. We had a travel trailer but being that I usually am the only adult on trips, I didn't even want to think about towing something, finding parking with a TT, backing a TT up, and set up. Having a pop up camper is sooooo easy. We added a backup camera, and gas milage didn't suffer too much. We lost maybe 1-2 mpg with a camper on the truck. Storage is a challenge. Just bringing our bikes camping means removing the stairs from the hitch, replacing it with a tray, and lashing our bikes to the tray. Then when we get to camp, removing the bikes and locking them to a table, just so we can get in the camper door. So we don't bring bikes when out destination is more than a day's drive. Some campgrounds treat pop up TCs like tents and those rules apply. Others treat them as RVs. But in bear country, having food in the pop up is a no-no in Yosemite, for example. So we plan ahead and bring stuff in a cooler that we throw in the bear box when we get to camp. In other campgrounds, they'll let you keep food in the fridge in the TC. It just depends on the rules of the park/bears. I look at it as every choice (pop up TC, TT, tent, etc) has its pros and cons, and you gotta ask yourself what type of camping you do, what amenities can you give up and what are must-haves, then go from there. But again, really wish I had that furnace! Dang it!! Prolly TMI, but there's my experience.
maria_bettina 11/07/22 06:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Renogy 20A MPPT Controller- electrical/amp question

Not necessarily saying your reading is wrong, but when dealing with smallish current amounts (or voltage differentials), digital meters are NOT the repositories of infinitesimal accuracy that their digital readouts might imply…It’s been my ’more often than not’ experience that, readings below whole numbers should not be viewed with absolute credibility (often rounded)…It’s at these smaller measurement levels why some dedicated VOM meters cost hundreds ($$) while less costly generics are fine for general use… 3 tons Yea, that's was where our thinking was headed. That the battery is likely fine, but the controller readings aren't as accurate as I would like or thought they'd be. We'll see! Still have to check things with a volt meter, but the "good" news is my hubby's knee is just a product of old age and nothing can fix it. So we wait til the inflammation subsides, then get back to figuring out this battery stuff and how accurate the Renogy controller display is. Thanks for the reply!
maria_bettina 08/10/22 03:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Renogy 20A MPPT Controller- electrical/amp question

At these low draws a hand held voltmeter should have a 2amp setting to measure amps. Stop the solar and remove a battery cable and put the meter in series to measure the current being drawn out of the battery. Possibly it will read zero. Or maybe 100 mA. Post the results. Awesome reply! Very helpful. We are going to remove the battery and check that. We will also do what you suggested prior to removing the battery :B I will report back, but my hubby's knee is acting up so it might be a few days+++ before he can kneel without pain in the TC, and get that battery out of the camper. Getting old sucks. :D
maria_bettina 08/09/22 07:57pm Truck Campers
RE: Renogy 20A MPPT Controller- electrical/amp question

your propane detector and any circuit boards in the camper will be drawing power. 1/2 a amp isnt much, but it is why a lot of people used to kill there batteries over the winter when the manufactures started putting parisidic load items into the rv's Steve Half an amp isn’t high use IMO. Smoke detector, co2 detector, entertainment center, TV booster etc. Only thing drawing power is the Renogy unit. No circuit boards, no detectors. We have a pop-up TC bare bones. so propane detector? I though all the stuff needed one of them now. No LP detector. There was a battery-operated one but we do not have LP in the camper so it's disconnected.... But it was double-A battery operated anyway, so...
maria_bettina 07/30/22 06:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Renogy 20A MPPT Controller- electrical/amp question

Now that the sun is going down, battery is out of float stage and charging (there is still a wee bit of light) and reads 12.8V and 80% full.
maria_bettina 07/22/22 09:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Renogy 20A MPPT Controller- electrical/amp question

your propane detector and any circuit boards in the camper will be drawing power. 1/2 a amp isnt much, but it is why a lot of people used to kill there batteries over the winter when the manufactures started putting parisidic load items into the rv's Steve Half an amp isn’t high use IMO. Smoke detector, co2 detector, entertainment center, TV booster etc. Only thing drawing power is the Renogy unit. No circuit boards, no detectors. We have a pop-up TC bare bones.
maria_bettina 07/22/22 06:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Renogy 20A MPPT Controller- electrical/amp question

Are the batteries being charged via the solar panels? Right now, yes. We are packing for a trip, so we didn't connect to shore power at home since the last trip about a week ago. The truck as been outside since then.
maria_bettina 07/22/22 06:00pm Truck Campers
RE: Renogy 20A MPPT Controller- electrical/amp question

1/2%C would be a normal draw when full. 200Ah would be 1 amp. I call full and normal and probably floating. Float closer to 13.1-13.3 is plenty in the heat. Does the MPPT have a temp sensor or ambient temp compensation? What is the voltage on the battery terminals? It's reading 13.3V at 5pm and 96- degrees. That's per the Renogy unit. My hubby can check at the terminals when he gets home. The controller shows temp, but not sure about compensation. The battery ad claims a "3% self discharge" rate. They claim 3% per month. Yea, right. That's a 0.2Ah per day discharge. But I am getting ~10 to 12Ah discharge per day. This battery is less than 2 years old.
maria_bettina 07/22/22 06:00pm Truck Campers
Renogy 20A MPPT Controller- electrical/amp question

I've been watching the display on the solar controller for a few days now. Our TC is parked at home, not on shore power but is sitting outside with the 3@100 watt solar panels charging the 200Ah deep cycle battery. The only electrical appliance that should be drawing current is the Renogy unit itself. The elec fridge is unplugged, nothing else plugged in, no electronic devices being charged. At about 1:00 p.m. today I noticed that the display showed that about 0.5A are being drawn...but for what? The Renogy unit itself uses <100mA (so 0.1A?) as I recall (for lights/display), so I am worried there is a short somewhere. What can be causing that high usage and is it something to worry about? Does a battery need that much juice during the float stage? PS It's in the upper 90's here, so maybe that's an issue?
maria_bettina 07/22/22 03:12pm Truck Campers
RE: paddle board rack

Have you thought about inflatable kayaks? That's what we ended up with as we just couldn't see adding another rack or such. They work very well and are easy to store. Which one did you get? Reviews on many say leaks happen, seams break. I need a recommendation before I pull the trigger cuz there are so many out there.
maria_bettina 07/22/22 02:52pm Truck Campers
RE: Electrical Help pls

You may well be near or over your payload rating, but not necessarily over the axle ratings. The next time you are ready to go camping, take your rig to a scale and get the actual axle weights of both axles. Compare with the axle ratings on your door sticker. That will tell you if you have any weight reserves left. :B We did that before, but it's been a while. Made mods and keep adding this and that. Your reply is a good reminder we need to do that again... Good idea about the axle ratings! Hoping that will buy us a few pounds. Thank you!
maria_bettina 06/29/22 12:26pm Truck Campers
RE: Pop-up Truck Camper Peeps - question for you...

I emailed this morning and got a reply from NPS. "Thank you for contacting Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. "Tall vehicles/vans are not appropriate in Cold Springs due to overhanging branches. Atwell Mill is more appropriate for them. When on www.recreation.gov do be sure to scroll to the bottom of the campsite page which will list the vehicle pad length." I am good to go. Lesson: Never hurts to ask them. :C
maria_bettina 06/29/22 12:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Electrical Help pls

I believe it's likely you can retrofit a LP furnace. They are essentially a box with knockouts and available in many different sizes. There are also mini wood furnaces that you can vent to the outside. Really, there are a lot of options. I am going to look into that again. We don't have a permanent LP on board (just the little canisters), and weight is an issue (hence the bare bones camping) as we are driving a Tundra. I literally made a spreadsheet with weights of all the items we bring. Dang Tundras with their lame max payload. I think ours is 1500#.
maria_bettina 06/29/22 10:52am Truck Campers
Pop-up Truck Camper Peeps - question for you...

I see "tent only" campgrounds/campsites sometimes, and I wonder if a Pop-up TC would be welcome. Many times the camping/tent site is away from the parking strip. So that isn't something that would work for me. But sometimes I can't figure out why a particular site is tent-only because it looks like the RV site right next to it. I know some campgrounds are very specific. I want to say Jenny Lake in Yellowstone is one. My understanding is they don't want to block the views with tall rigs. I have called other campgrounds and so far all have accepted truck campers in "tent only" sites "as long as the camper fits" (length and height). Ok, maybe it's been only like 2 campgrounds that I've called. I am going to call Kings Canyon/Sequoia NPS (California) tomorrow to see about Atwell Mill Campground. Has anyone camped there (or Cold Springs Campground) in a Pop-up TC? My question is what has been your experience with tent-only sites? Do you ever use them? Have you been turned away ever?
maria_bettina 06/28/22 10:48pm Truck Campers
RE: Electrical Help pls

Thank you for all the follow-up posts. This thread has been very informative (to me). I feel like I got a quickie electrical lesson and info on other ways to heat my TC. You guys are the best!!! I can always count on the members of RV.net to help me out. Yea, we had the $1500 option of an LP furnace which we declined. Believe me, I am kicking myself for that now. I didn't realize how often we'd find ourselves camping in the cold! We have found ourselves at 10k feet elevation and the Little Buddy not working. D'oh. (I guess the cold didn't bother me when we had the travel trailer - haha - oh, how I appreciate all the amenities we had now.) Thanks again !
maria_bettina 06/28/22 10:30pm Truck Campers
RE: Electrical Help pls

Amps x volts = watts. DC or AC works the same. Always use 12 volts when calculating because that is where the power is coming from. Otherwise need to plug into a 120v generator. The 12 Volt Side of Life This discussion has been eye-opening. !!! I ended up calculating the DVD/TV draw, and it meshes with what I saw on the Renogy screen, ~3A. Which seems crazy high to me, but I gotta start thinking in 12 volts, which is clearly difficult for me to wrap my pea-brain around. Thanks for the link. I will check it out.
maria_bettina 06/20/22 10:31pm Truck Campers
RE: Electrical Help pls

But if that same 250 Watt heater was DC, that's a whole different story. Electricity is like magic. Totally boggles my mind! HahaNope a 250W DC heater: 250W/12V = 20A+, ie It will draw 20A+ DC amps. Right! Math. :) I just can't wrap my head around the high Amps.
maria_bettina 06/20/22 09:18pm Truck Campers
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