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RE: Corona Virus and RV Travel Video

....just arrived home (in Canada) Thursday from a winter in Florida... 24 hours before the US/Canada border land crossings closed. Interesting cross-US experience. The I-95 from Florida up to about DC was PACKED with Ontario and Quebec plates, attempting to get NOB before the border closure (and State travel restrictions). Observed a lot of Military transporter flatbeds loaded with 3 Humvees each, heading in southerly direction. Every state we crossed (I think 9?) were on restaurant lockdown. We were loaded down with tons of food, drinking water and other essentials. North and South Carolinas had notable traffic jams at sites of road construction. We are sheltered in place back home now. Good luck to everyone in these times. S & S
silversand 03/21/20 05:42am Around the Campfire
RE: Tectonic plate movement, a new volcano Maybe???

It seems that the tectonic plates are restless, all of these earthquakes around the globe and in Mexico there are a big number of concentrated quakes in the vicinity of Parangaricutiro west of the town of Uruapan and in between the Paricutin and Pico de Tancito... ….we are in Florida (east Coast) and been following the worrying quantity of quakes around the Caribbean "plate" this winter. -quakes 7 days, mag 2.5+ around the Caribbean plate: 149 -quakes 30 Days, mag 4.5+ around the Caribbean plate: 20 (!) + 2 tsunami alerts (!) -quakes 30 days, mag 4.5+ across the entire Mexico to Colombia subduction zone: 19 (!) zero tsunami alerts *when was the last time that Pacific subduction zone 4.5+ quakes all the way from northern Mexico to Colombia were overtaken by Caribbean plate quakes ?????
silversand 02/20/20 09:00am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Regular cab under Outfitter Apex 9.5?

...wow! If that cabover on regular cab doesn,t block traffic light view, nothing Will :p Get a regular cab :B
silversand 01/31/20 02:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Las Vegas Truck Camper Storage

...if you mean just dropping the truck camper onto its jacks at a storage facility (without truck under it), try a boat storage facility, like Lake Mead Boat Storage. I think they have inside storage, too. Though not in Las Vegas, we have been storing our truck camper on jacks only and at other seasons, on truck at an indoor boat storage facility for 15 years. Stored indoors beside Aston Martin, Lamborghinis, a Lotus, and several super yachts. THAT is a sight to see. We are in Florida and have been looking for a storage lot to drop the truck camper at (no truck under it) for 4 months starting November while we are at the condo here. Very, very few on edit: self-storage facilities will allow a truck camper on their lots sitting on jacks (ie. Not sitting on wheels). Good luck.
silversand 01/31/20 02:08pm Truck Campers
RE: Regular cab under Outfitter Apex 9.5?

....what about seeing a traffic light if stopped near/directly at intersection?
silversand 01/31/20 01:41pm Truck Campers
RE: Northern-Lite 8-11 & Solar?

Bill: ...you may want to consider lining up batteries foreword of the wheel wells (maybe 2 or 3 per side) ? This would work if the Bigfoot's tub wall shape is vertical up to camper wings. Pad 5 sides the batteries with high density foam; use a custom density foam under the batteries to account for bed bounce/shock. A long bed truck would afford more foreword-of-wheel-well room to line batteries up. The trick is getting all the dimensions correct and account for foam (foam would have a dual purpose: 1) shock absorbency; 2) insulation ). And, building a set of quick connect/disconnect battery cable umbilicals. The only concern I would address would be "camper tub pivot". But this could be kept in check with camper tub guides up close to the truck's bulkhead.... *locating the batteries low to the ground would lower the rig's center of gravity, and would put more weight on the truck's front axle, better axle-to-axle weight distribution
silversand 11/19/19 08:11am Truck Campers
RE: Big Brother- Tag on your TC?

I'm pretty familiar with automated tolling systems and it's quite likely or almost certain you won't see a bill if no front plate and the back plate obscured under the camper overhang. LOL....imagine how "obscured" a tow vehicle license plate is when under a 5th wheel, or obscured by a camper trailer :D ….interestingly, ~19 states (mostly eastern states) don't have a front license plate requirement. That's a lot of vehicles....
silversand 10/18/19 08:48am Truck Campers
RE: has anyone else experienced this?

Wow, what a coincidence! I just returned from a couple weeks out west, and after taking the camper off the truck in the garage, I found a piece of something laying on the concrete. That something turned out to be a large chip of black rubber ...the importance of notifying a manufacturer of performance issues / failures asap. TL will respond quickly for sure. Its possible to trace back the batch (the manufacturing plant is probably ISO). Probably a rubber-glass transition issue (bad rubber polymerization). Anyone here remember "Silly Putty" the toy? It is soft and rubbery, can be stretched, moulded by hand. Put soft pliable Silly Putty on a table and hit it with a hammer, and it shatters like glass.
silversand 10/03/19 10:01am Truck Campers
RE: BFG tire disintegration

Me too, BFG on four trucks, over thirty years. Seems this one might just be unfortunate timing, picked up a nail and no where to turn out - had to roll, and roll it seemed forever. Finally a turn-out. Don't know the tire date, but will look tomorrow. I've had them around 2.5 to 3 years. Not sure mfgr date. Will post it tomorrow I had a set of four BFG TA/Ko LR: E tires OEM size (I bought these in 2006; precursor to the more contemporary KO2's). 3 of 4 of these tires developed sidewall and tread cracking very, very badly at the 3 year mark. I take meticulous care of tires, check inflation weekly, cover them up from direct incoming solar when parked for longer times. The camper is a light weight pop-up (nothing heavy) on a 2500HD. I was quite pi$$ed. Changed them out a little after the 3 year mark for Michelin AT2's. At the 4 year and 7 month mark with the Michelin tires, both front tires cracked badly (rotated yearly, regular wheel alignments). Changed the Michelin tires out for our present tires: Goodyear Duratrac LR: E. Doing well with these after the 4 year mark, presently. I ALWAYS check the manufacturer's date of manufacture stamp on new tires before they are mounted, and will refuse a tire or tires if the date is older than ~2 months. But, doing forensics on tires I believe is case-by-case (my case may be extremely different for/from other situations). My take on the defective TA/Ko's is that they were, well, defective from the get-go. I will not buy BFGs again. Your mileage may vary. This was just my personal experience.
silversand 10/03/19 09:25am General RVing Issues
RE: Did I forget anything? ordering a new Hallmark pop up camper

Under the bed mat? ….as of last year (15 years with camper loaded), no discernable scratches under our bed mat. Just black rubber imparted to the silver birch paint job under the mat. I can remove the black streaks with washing and the back side of a special microcloth with a bit of elbow grease....
silversand 10/03/19 07:31am Truck Campers
RE: Did I forget anything? ordering a new Hallmark pop up camper

Forgot the upper walls. ...we've had our camper installed into our original 2004 Silverado 2500HD 8 foot truck bed for 15 years straight. No detectable scratches on the inside truck bed walls (I had to unload camper briefly last year after winter storage). I built "chaps" over the 2 wheel wells in the truck bed, made from shop floor high-density protective material. Camper sits on a thick rubber bed mat (original bed mat, never replaced; 15 years old), and the camper "tub" is braced fore of wheel-wells, and along tub bulkhead with closed-cell polypropylene industrial grade foam packing bracing (3+ foot long pieces) with thick microfiber buffers between bed walls and packing bracing. The camper never shifts, but barely 3/8s of an inch max over many years. And, our camper ascends/descends a 340 foot long driveway that is 30% grade over a 120 foot stretch (maybe ~8 to 14 times a season excursions).
silversand 10/03/19 07:11am Truck Campers
RE: Did I forget anything? ordering a new Hallmark pop up camper

….and at about $175 - cheap and easy to replace in the unlikely event it breaks... ….you may want to consider a Thetford "Curve" electric flush porta-potti. I use lithium batteries to operate the flush. An 8-pack of AA's. We have had ours for 3.5 years now (whoops, on edit: 4.5 years), in our 15 year old Outfitter Caribou 8. It is installed inside our large-ish (for a pop-up) walk-in clothing closet. This is where a wet bath would have been installed if we would have gone with that option. Big capacity; 4 gallons fresh water, and just short of 6 gallons in the black tank.... I'm seeing prices in the ~~$150 USD range online presently.
silversand 10/03/19 06:51am Truck Campers
RE: Overland camper

….there are some nice Zetros 1833 expedition trucks out there totally built-out ...single rear axle, with 10 ton payload cap. There may only be a handful of these in the Americas (brought in by expeditioning Europeans doing trans-continentals), but used units for very reasonable prices (under 150,000 Euro) are available in Europe....importing and shipping cost to NA is an unknown.
silversand 08/22/19 01:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Overland camper

Checked other the Earthroamer facility really robust rigs,trying to convince them to build on on a chassis of my choice, thinking of a Mack 4x4 or International 4x4. Heading up to Springfield Mo. to check out Expedition Rv's. ….following :) ….I've been in several Earth Roamers (one heavily customized, and very seriously traveled). Nice rigs. ….why not something on a Zetros?
silversand 08/22/19 12:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Rebuilding "Ms. Merry" The Amerigo - Updated 8/30/2019

Sadly, there’s going to be a bit of a delay before the next post, I’m going to be out of town this weekend, so sadly, no additional work will be done till the following monday. ….I'm in this for the long haul....so no hay problema if you go another coupl'a years :C ...hey, just a FYI, my immediate neighbor built a 100% no clamshell mono-shell fiberglass truck camper in the garage over the past 7 weeks...pretty rad.... ….back to Ms Merry.....
silversand 08/15/19 08:01am Truck Campers
RE: Rebuilding "Ms. Merry" The Amerigo - Updated 8/30/2019

…..freakin' nice work, Matt !
silversand 08/08/19 08:11am Truck Campers
RE: Slideout wall fail Lance 1121

speeking of Sleepy anybody seen or had any recent contacts with him or Janet ??? Suds: ….yeah. A couple of days ago.
silversand 08/08/19 08:07am Truck Campers
RE: Three cheers for BKA

Congratulation you two! That was a brilliant proposal :) Sand & Dunes
silversand 08/07/19 08:33am Truck Campers
RE: Hanging porta-bote from tc's turnbuckle brackets?

Jat: The RVnet member Skipbee has a Portaboat, and can provide details on mounting it to side of truck camper: ….a mention in a past Post Here is a past link to a step-by-step mounting of Portabote to side of truck camper jack legs: ….making a bracket and mounting Portabote ….several Mid Atlantic truck camper rally attendees own Portabotes, and I have seen (personally) an owner's boat mounted to the side of truck camper (this was at a Northeast Truck Camper rally a number of years ago). So, it is not only possible, but not uncommon.
silversand 07/24/19 09:28am Truck Campers
RE: Interesting delam issue - revised 6-24, more pics

….that enormous one piece nose/undercab/bulkhead "cap" doesn't look to me like FRP / chopped strand (looking at the product obliquely, in your photos)….it could be a thermoset molded piece, lighter than polyester chop strand FRP.....but I could be wrong. ….when (and if) you follow the manufacturer's suggestion, and cut a hole from under the mattress area, rent a micro-inspection camera (like a sea-snake or similar), and have a look at just what is under/inside that sagging "cap" gap, and try and ascertain if moisture may be getting in there. If the back of that molded cap has any delaminated organic material bonded to the backside, any additional bonding you spray in that inspection port may just delaminate again without additional/further measures. You may need to fasten that C-channel along the undercab framing after you apply any adhesive, as insurance against future failure.
silversand 06/26/19 01:43pm Truck Campers
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