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RE: Can't overcome the fear of buying a Truck and TC.......

Intellectually I know I can afford it, it's the emotional part that has held me back. OK, good to know. SO to help yourself commit, try this. The old pros and cons on a sheet of paper or a spread sheet. 2 columns, one for, one against. For: I want to I will feel the freedom of the open road. I can travel and stop whenever I want, wherever I want No motels No bed bugs No reservations no standing in line at the front desk A possible hedge against hyper-inflation Never a regret that you didn't try it Against: I won't have the $ in my account I might not like driving it I might not like sleeping in it It might have defects and need repairs Maybe the warranty won't cover the repairs or be aggravating to deal with I will have to sell and take a financial hit if prices come back down. First envision all the good stuff and get all happy and excited! Then envision the bad, and your worst scenario: you bail on it and sell it at a loss after dumping $$ into repairs that the manufacturer wouldn't cover. Resign yourself to the fact that it could happen, that you take a hit financially, and life goes on and you survive and find something else to make you happy. This is important to envision. Cover the whole worst case scenario in your mind from start to finish. Once you have lived thru it in your mind, and you know you will survive it, you will no longer fear it. Then review the good again, and decide. BTW, I have used this method before to overcome indecisiveness and anxiety about something, and it is amazing how it changes things. Add to the cons, The ever present breakdown. It's no longer a possibility on my rig but a question as to when. But I know it's coming and I am prepared for it. With that said your pro's list is good. Anything used is a gamble anything new is a major disappointment when things don't go right. But you only live once. Sorry for the metaphors.
notsobigjoe 05/08/21 11:20am Truck Campers
RE: Can't overcome the fear of buying a Truck and TC.......

Just buy a TT and get by for a while. Btw, if you think the stock market tanked, you need to diversify more. x2. You are not saying it clearly, but I understand you have no experience with RV, while TC is 1 of most complex units between other RV. Add to that high driving skills required to load it. As you can read on the forum TC are "build to leak" so buying used one requires good experience to inspect it. New TC + Pickup set will run you about $100-120,000, when with TT buying used brings lower risk and you can pull it with any pickup, or SUV you might already have. There is always time to spend money on TC next season. In addition to my statement above, I agree with this line of thinking. We looked at a dozen or so TT all between 20 and 25 brand new. They were beautiful and fully functional but paper thin walls and ceilings. They are affordable and can give you more time. JMHO
notsobigjoe 05/08/21 08:52am Truck Campers
RE: Can't overcome the fear of buying a Truck and TC.......

I've been wanting a TC for a number of years and finally retired so now is the time, right? Of course the pandemic hits, stock market tanks, we start a major remodel on our home, can't shop for either a truck or camper in person so I've been sitting on the sidelines watching prices go up and availability go down. I did throughly research virtually every type of RV and most TC brands and the components of TCs. Now if I order a Hallmark TC it'll probably be next year for delivery. My estimation of the economic effect of the pandemic on my personal situation was drastically wrong (thankfully); guess I'm a bit pessimistic or conservative financially. I've found over the years, for me, it's a better strategy to get what I want rather than making do and then "trade up" later. My point being a truck and camper is going to be the most expensive thing I've ever bought (outside of my kid's education) that wasn't a house. I think it's the right product so I can hunt, tow my boat and stay a couple nights at the lake, and bring my wife boondocking to some places she's never been. I hate hotels and eating out. She's ok w the purchase since I won't be paying w "our" money. We're in our early 60's but now too old to sleep on the ground anymore. LOL Just throwing the topic out to get an idea of how you guys convince yourselves to get off the fence or any other comments or thoughts. We were looking at TT's for some time with the intent to buy after November the 3rd. November the 3rd is going to keep us in our TC for 4 more years. On a good note we did pay all off our debt and for the first time in our lives we owe nothing to no one. On a bad note our insurance company immediately cancelled coverage of my wife's 1500 dollar a month RX. Tuff choices, tuff times ahead... Good luck sir. Joe
notsobigjoe 05/08/21 07:36am Truck Campers
RE: Lance Bumper clamp repair. Need picture.

Like this. It’s a flat spring hasp. I had to drill out the rivets holding the old one, and drill new holes to rivet this one on. I have a hairpin cotter in it to make sure it stays closed. Spring Hasp https://i.imgur.com/doyqHyDl.jpg :):) Thank you, I just Amazoned one. You know I've been thinking for years about cutting some hatches in the top of that bumper and dumping my whole toolbox in there. It's about a hundred pounds on the rear but it sure would clear up some room in the truck. Just thinking...
notsobigjoe 05/07/21 11:10am Truck Campers
RE: Lance Bumper clamp repair. Need picture.

On mine, a 2001 model, the bumper is aluminum, and the tabs are aluminum. The lower mounting tabs are two 90* aluminum angles, inserted from the back-side of the bumper, and welded along the top and bottom edges. From your pictures, I can see the remains of a rivet on each side of the hole, so I suspect yours were not welded. That may have something to do with why yours broke off, because those two jack mounts are subjected to repetitive bending stress when loading the camper. When you back the truck under the camper, I think most of us tend to continue until you feel the front of the bed actually touch the bumpers on the front of the camper. It doesn’t take much pressure from the truck to put A LOT of stress on those tabs. Being aluminum, they readily bend. Do that a few dozen times, and I can see those two rivets getting broken. Over the nearly twenty years I’ve owned my camper, I’ve straightened those tabs twice while doing other repairs to the rear jack areas. Here’s what mine looks like from the backside of the bumper. This is on the passenger side. https://i.imgur.com/QH2B3Gjl.jpg The outside view of the driver side. You can see it has a slight bend in it. https://i.imgur.com/RJA4Efrl.jpg :):) What kind of hasp did you put on your outside door. That lock gave out years ago, I can turn it with my fingernail. Thank, Joe
notsobigjoe 05/07/21 09:23am Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

https://i.postimg.cc/PqFCRYDS/IMG-5144.jpg I washed my truck and camper today and got everything packed to head out of town tomorrow. :) I would never leave that garage!!!! Keep the camper clean, camp in the garage. Never leave, ever. Except for beer...
notsobigjoe 05/05/21 04:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Lance Sagging Cabover

Thank you everyone for your responses. Not the news I was hoping for but somewhat expected. I went though Burbman’s rebuild post and it’s a bigger job than I thought. I’m truly impressed at your skill, Burbman. You did an amazing job. Although, I have the skills and most of the tools, I doubt I can free up enough time so the project doesn’t take months to finish. My first option now would be to find an affordable used camper that is in better shape than mine. (Unfortunately, it seems like a bad time to be RV shopping.) Second option is to attach an external brace which may limit the use of the rear doors on the truck but would allow me additional time to find a replacement camper. The last option would be to fix mine. Definitely, not taking it to a shop based on Specta’s estimate which is probably low for Southern California. Any further comments, opinions, or suggestions are appreciated.
notsobigjoe 05/04/21 06:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Built-in generator oil change

Great idea. I think pumping it out of the fill tube is far preferable to removing or drilling holes. Yes and I agree to the three above. That's how I did it before I took it out and threw it in a ditch.
notsobigjoe 05/02/21 04:01pm Truck Campers
RE: Opinions on lightweight portable inverter/generators

^Nice work there on the genny compartment! Thanks!
notsobigjoe 05/01/21 11:43am Truck Campers
RE: Opinions on lightweight portable inverter/generators

I chose these and have yet to regret it. They are the IPOWER SUA 2000i Easy to start, has the jumper cable to run the AC. About 50 LB's each. I keep 3 gallons of non ethanol gas in the compartment with them. I have yet to run them all night but I have run them for several hours in our Florida thunderstorms. Bought them from Home Depot. https://i.imgur.com/IE710eDl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/Fi2kDXVl.jpg
notsobigjoe 04/29/21 10:28am Truck Campers
RE: Help! Water under the skin, delamination and damage.

Huge job, I did it to my Coachman ranger. With work and life it two winters. Good luck friend!
notsobigjoe 04/25/21 07:30am Truck Campers
RE: 2003 Bigfoot Reseal

Your way sounds good to me. I too am presently doing a complete reseal and am using Dicor self leveling on the roof and dicor cap sealant everywhere else. It's not a very hard job but it can be a pain in the neck job. Takes time. I'm doing one thing at a time as I'm using the camper as well. So far so good. I did the center exhaust fan hatch and completely removed it, replaced with SS screws one size bigger Cleaned everything up real nice. I also got the two lower doors to the underside compartment as well as the front top of the nose right over the bed. I live in Florida so my curing temp is great, the rain on the other hand not so great.
notsobigjoe 04/22/21 06:51pm Truck Campers
RE: Lance 1181 Prewired for Solar

I agree with bighat, That would be the place to find anything Lance. The lifetime membership I think was 35.00 before I left a while back. Well worth it especially for maintenance and reworks. I could not find any solar wires from that jack on the roof. Sorry.
notsobigjoe 04/22/21 09:47am Truck Campers
RE: Lance 1181 Prewired for Solar

Hi Dave, I too have a 2007 lance 1181 I'm not interested in solar but I have the jack on the roof. I was just in the battery compartment and didn't see the wires so I would assume the electrical compartment at the foot of the bed. I'll look tonight for sure.
notsobigjoe 04/21/21 10:11am Truck Campers
RE: Insulating The Truck Camper Fridge Compartment Update Good

For my FnR, I found the fans work well in most conditions to keep it cool. But when hot direct sun hits the wall, it fights. So I got a reflective window shield and velcro it on the outside wall just below the vent and fans. It reflects the sun off the trailer and that does the trick. It doesn't hold heat in the venting space, but helps that space from being overheated by the sun. Easy to remove when not needed. Great idea!
notsobigjoe 04/20/21 06:56pm Truck Campers
RE: Insulating The Truck Camper Fridge Compartment Update Good

I super insulated my refrigerator compartment but found it did little good. What did work was good ventilation and a couple of computer fans to move the air. If I get a chance, next step will be to position the fans to then blow directly on the refrigerator coil. I think the one condition it will work well for is when the sun is heating the exterior wall. We have experienced thawing food when that wall gets hot and we have to move to shade it. This RMAX insulation is about as high an R Value for 3/4" as you can get. I'm planning to mount a couple quiet computer fans on top of the roof cap vent screen, just under the fridge roof cap. The previous fan was loud enough to be annoying, plus it's an easy access location. Jeff I was going to say the same thing about heating up the wall. Mine did the same thing. I did insulate the intake and exhaust covers on the outside of the camper as well as installed a small computer fan on the top one. It works great. I live in Florida and no problems with warm food.
notsobigjoe 04/20/21 12:10pm Truck Campers
RE: Eagle Cap quality control continues to disappoint

Yes, heater is missing a duct collar to connect hose. They just spin on into the heater hole. From here it looks like the hose is way too short to connect but the way its ripped appears it once was connected to something. Possibly another piece, ext or ell? The pics dont give me the impression it left factory like this.. I dont know if duct collars are brand specific (dometic/suburban) but are available. With no hose seems most of the air would come out that open port. http://i.imgur.com/F7olvfZm.jpg width=300http://i.imgur.com/af53UMYm.jpg width=300 I agree! There is plenty of room behind the drawer slide to mount a flange and turn the hose to the rear. Something happened at the dealer I bet. Something stupid. I wonder if the rest of the hose is stuffed up behind the whatever it is in front of it. Also the OP probably had some nice warm undies... :o
notsobigjoe 04/17/21 01:52pm Truck Campers
RE: Eagle Cap quality control continues to disappoint

I've got a duct in my cabover in my 1181. Works great. Looks like someone went for coffee. On the other hand your drawer slides are really nice, Mine are plastic junk that I've replaced many times. Guess I'll upgrade to steal. Good luck sir.
notsobigjoe 04/16/21 07:53pm Truck Campers
RE: Travel lite rayzr fb

https://travelliterv.com/rvs/2021-rayzr-truck-campers/ Not a lot of specs on the Rayzr, general brochure; https://travelliterv.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/TLRV_Brochure_TruckCampers_202012.pdf Fiberglass cap with TPO roof is all I see listed, mis advertisment by a dealer? I wonder when someone joins forum to make a post like this,We cant fix it. Dealer or mfg contacted, ? Last resort? just a public service... It's a nice little unit. 30 years ago I would have been interested, actually thirty years ago I would have been able to fit in it.
notsobigjoe 04/14/21 03:35pm Truck Campers
RE: Travel lite rayzr fb

buyer beware. I bought a 2021 rayzr there were gaps in the caulking. It was advertised having a fiberglass roof and fully insulated. It has a rubber roof. There is no caulking or seal where they cut a hole in the wall for the ac to keep rain, bugs out of the wall space. The pan to catch the rain that blows in isn't wide enough.The screen will not keep bugs out and there is a 1" gap above the ac where they can come in and there is a hole in the wall of the ac cabinet where the power cord runs and they can go thru to get in the living quarters. Air from outside can get in too. If you have a rayzr look to see if you have holes between ac and refer compartment. If so you can get exhaust gasses when running on propane.The knee walls are not insulated and there is none behind the propane compartment. I can't comment on the roof but the rest sounds like a job started but never finished. I wish people would be more forthcoming with info.
notsobigjoe 04/13/21 06:48pm Truck Campers
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