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RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

Kinda washed it and noticed that all the gray decals facing east and south have bleached to a lovely PURPLE under our relentless desert sun. West is fine as it is shaded by the house.
thedavidzoo 09/18/21 01:38pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper Models with 3 Beds?

The bunk in the Northstar STC can hold 300 lbs. It is sturdy. It is 72" long but a little claustrophobic in height, but a young teen should be totally fine.
thedavidzoo 09/15/21 07:32am Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper Models with 3 Beds?

The Northstar 12' STC has a large bunk above a large dinette bed (bunk turns into regular cabinet storage when not a bed). My 2 teen boys spent several summers with this arrangement. This is a non-slide, side entry, dry bath, no basement camper though.
thedavidzoo 09/13/21 11:27am Truck Campers
RE: Patch small hole in aluminum siding

Marine-Tex epoxy maybe I have used this stuff several times to patch small holes, mostly fiberglass. You can mix up just a tiny amount.
thedavidzoo 05/31/21 08:07am Truck Campers
RE: Ugh wet wood in Bigfoot

I paid the local Bigfoot dealer to inspect it before I bought it. Isn't this something the "inspector" should have caught, especially someone paid to look for such things? Was this a private sale or off a dealer's lot? I would feel ripped off to some degree and request a price reduction.
thedavidzoo 05/02/21 09:30am Truck Campers
RE: Roadside Breakdown

We bought our 2014 Ram used in 2016 with 28,000mi. Normally we wouldn't buy an extra warranty, but since we were heading to AK and remote Canada we purchased the MOPAR 5-yr additional warranty. Glad we did because our water pump blew out on Sunday evening in Michigan, thankfully at the end of our 13,000mi trip. This is what they sent even after specifying we were 14,000lbs and tall. Tow truck driver must have known the overpass heights because we cringed in his cab, waiting for scraping sounds every time we passed under one on the way to the small local Ram dealer. Spent the night, repaired in the morning. https://i.imgur.com/wdkE0D4l.jpg
thedavidzoo 02/02/21 08:25am Truck Campers
RE: Real world weight sticky?

2019 Northstar 12 STC Mfg base dry weight without options - 3176 Weighed as delivered dry to the dealer - 3330 Wet weight sticker on camper (includes 40 gallons water and 40# propane) - 3610 Weighed fully loaded for camping, including water, propane, fridge full, clothes, everything - 4740 So water, propane, clothes, full fridge, everything ready to camp adds 1410 to the camper weight Since the water and propane weigh 360, personal stuff weighs 1050 - I guess the universal estimate is pretty spot on for me. We have the '17 Northstar 12 STC and our weights are nearly identical to yours. TOTAL DRY with options 3440 H2O & Propane 420 Rigging (torklift, bedmat, etc.) 170 Upgraded solar, inverter, cables, etc. 310 Total WET + Rigged 4340 Tools, toys, food, clothes for 4 people depending on length/scope of trip 400-475 Grand total wet and stuff 4740-4815 So, the universal 1000lbs for "stuff" roughly applies for us also.
thedavidzoo 01/11/21 02:33pm Truck Campers
RE: Any confessions? (Stuck in the mud)

Oh yeah, all 14,000 glorious lbs, up to the differential, tie downs and running boards. Many, many miles off the beaten path in the SW desert. We came to a deep muddy puddle that covered the whole dirt road. We saw that others had gone around on slightly higher ground at some point in the past. Well, turns out that was probably the worse of the 2 routes...Nothing but soft muddy ground. The 4 of us tried to dig out, used our blocks, dead brush under tires. No use, all too slippery. We spent the night and tried again in the a.m. Over many hours we ended up collecting every rock and piece of gravel we could find, in a place that was 95% dirt, dug out some more to make a more shallow escape "ramp" in front of each tire, lined those areas with the rocks for traction. That finally worked. Learned our lesson on that one, maybe...Feel bad about the torn up terrain though. Thankfully not much vegetation to damage.
thedavidzoo 01/09/21 10:50am Truck Campers
RE: What is the best safe for a TC?

We bought this gun safe https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07LBC4YL4/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 It is large enough for important papers also, 3 ways to unlock, has a cable that we attached to a big eyebolt in the bottom of the camper pantry. We move it into the house to its own eyebolt in our master closet. Works fine for us, not too heavy.
thedavidzoo 01/06/21 09:58am Truck Campers
RE: Wet bath in Dry bath sized camper ideas

We have a large 12' Northstar with a DRY bath. Our floorplan already has the "coffee bar" along the back wall with a huge window and cabinets. We love this space and it is precisely where our electronics live and charge, out of the way of the kitchen counter and everything else. So convenient for lots of stuff.
thedavidzoo 12/30/20 11:28am Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

Changed out the anode rod. Since we didn't fully winterize last year, we were a bit overdue. There was nothing left. Oops.
thedavidzoo 11/23/20 04:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Time to Develop a Solution for Scissor Stairs (Bigfoots)

We have been trying to come up with a better solution to our steps also. We have a large overhang and a side entry. Our standard fold out 3-step contraption hangs too low and seriously cuts into our offroad clearance. They have now been disassembled after becoming non-functional. Otherwise, we liked the wide-width, simplicity of operation, quick and one-handed. We make frequent stops along the road. There was no ground support, but the slight wobble didn't really bother us or our dog. So, we really liked this basic step idea which seems to be on the vast majority of european overland vehicles. https://i.imgur.com/rbKXgR6l.jpg or this https://www.pinterest.com/pin/250160954281528407/ Then, here is the Victory Step https://www.etrailer.com/RV-and-Camper-Steps/Lippert-Components/LC726895.html Stores flat (4-5") and "scissors" open, but not like Brophy or Torklift. Very pricey though. We thought about fabricating a L- or C-channel rail system or box under our rear overhang. The step would store flat, we could pull it out (drawer style), lower it, fold out and lock it in place with small modification, have adjustable feet for uneven terrain. Lift and shove the steps back under. Theoretically easy to do. We also thought about fabricating such steps from scratch, perhaps reusing our old treads and a bunch of aluminum rails, bolts, etc., but weren't quite ready for that level of dedication. For much less money, various DIY versions using stripped down Little Giant step ladders are floating around. We almost went this route, again stored flat underneath to be pulled out, but didn't like the narrow 14" step width. Example https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4hd8lxjPZA So, we have now ordered the cheaper Torklift Glowsteps with 4-steps which will stow inside our door. We will modify the area where our current step box is with some attachement points. Unfortunately, this in not really ideal either as it adds several steps to the whole deployment and securing process. We just haven't found the optimal solution without serious $$ or serious aluminum fabrication. You have us a bit worried about the Torklift system now. We figure if we don't like them we will resell and go with our original pullout idea somehow. Anyway, just thought since you have an overhang, perhaps you could mount one of the flat-folding steps underneath drawer-style, maybe with an integrated platform, pull out and enter parallel to the back of the camper instead of perpendicular. Don't know if this helps you at all.... We looked at the Moryde steps also, but I don't like the idea of dumping all the water and dirt from your treads into your camper. People seem to not be too happy with them.
thedavidzoo 11/01/20 10:57am Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

Removed the standard 3-step flip out steps because, ahem, we continue to go places where we almost (ok, sometimes) drag the thing and bend it all. The super deep hanging box significantly reduces our departure angle. After 2 in-the-field surgeries, we are coming up with a sleeker solution. I'll post when it is done.
thedavidzoo 10/23/20 02:58pm Truck Campers
RE: Tax Right off

We took the 30% credit (not deduction!) in 2016 for our extensive solar/lithium install by treating the TC as a second home. Made it much more palatable moneywise.:)
thedavidzoo 10/18/20 10:26am Truck Campers
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