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RE: Any Bundutec Bunducamp Owners Here??

Bundutec is made by Rex Willet's (Northstar) brother, Rory. I saw one at the recent TC rally in Quartzsite. Looked really nice and it was highly customized for a flat bed.
thedavidzoo 03/27/20 04:50pm Truck Campers
RE: First TC Rally

We attended this TC Rally, also our first, despite RV camping for 11 years. Mike and Karen and Alex and Jeff and many others put together a very fun event! Thanks! We only wish we could have joined in on the Bradshaw trail, alas we are a bit challenged in the rear departure angle department... Looking forward to next year!
thedavidzoo 02/28/20 11:35am Truck Campers
RE: Leveler blocks used as recovery boards

They might work in certain conditions and if you are not stuck too badly. We tried once to use the blocks to get unstuck in very wet, deep mud. Even with the knobs on the blocks, the tires couldn't get enough grip to get out of the hole. All that slick plastic was, well, slick. Had to use a ton of collected rocks to line the way out instead.
thedavidzoo 02/10/20 05:46pm Truck Campers
RE: What happened to Side entry?

Don't forget to include the Northstar STC as a side entry option.
thedavidzoo 01/25/20 07:18am Truck Campers
RE: TC Sliding window

We use the same boot. Bill from Truck Camper Warehouse in NH has them.
thedavidzoo 12/12/19 07:56am Truck Campers
RE: What Portable Propane Gas Grill Do You Use?

We used to haul around a Weber Q200, huge, heavy, hard to store, PITA to clean. Got tired of the mess, greasy drip trays, burnt stuff accumulating inside, smells inside camper, etc., and yes mold if it sits too long. We switched gears and now have a 2-burner propane stove instead of a grill and a rectangular griddle top that has a groove to catch grease. This baby puts out some heat! Cleanup is soooo easy, everything is light and small. It all fits in our outside generator compartment with room to spare. Hooks directly to our LP line, or you can use regular high-pressure bottles. We can make just about everything on it we used to throw on the grill, minus the flame-grilled taste. We can make our pancakes and bacon for breakfast, grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch, veggies and chicken kabobs for dinner, all with this one setup. Just a thought... https://i.imgur.com/paoTKXAl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/jkbT0rsl.jpg
thedavidzoo 12/10/19 07:18pm Truck Campers
RE: Photo Thread - Post a Photo of Your Truck Camper Here

Lost Dutchman SP, AZ https://i.imgur.com/7kaUCKYl.jpg
thedavidzoo 12/07/19 02:22pm Truck Campers
RE: Planning a trip Jun 2020 to Nova Scotia/PEI

We also did not find boondocking spots in the maritime provinces. Something about private campgrounds having put up a major fight against allowing it, if I remember correctly. On the other hand, in BC, YT, NWT, etc. they are everywhere.
thedavidzoo 12/03/19 04:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Planning a trip Jun 2020 to Nova Scotia/PEI

On your way up, stop by the Bay of Fundy, St. Martin Sea Caves, Hopewell Rocks (you want to time these to the tides), drive the Fundy Trail Parkway. Avoid the "Sunrise Trail" Hwy 6 that runs along the northern edge of Nova Scotia. We found it had the worst road conditions of any paved road we have ever been on. This was in 2016, so who knows now. If you are into history at all, visit Fortress Louisbourg National Historic Site, VERY cool. Definitely the Cabot Trail. Meat Cove was recommended if you like to get off the beaten path and your rig can handle it. Halifax has some neat sites if you don't mind the city. Citadel National Historic Park, we parked there and walked down into city. Peggy's Cove was nice. One of those must-do touristy sites. In all honesty, and no offense to anyone, but we though PEI was kinda "boring" compared to all the other provinces. There are some neat seaside campgrounds though and the whole Anne of Green Gables thing, if you are into that. We did not go to Charlottetown though. I researched our trip to death and have many pages of VERY detailed itineraries and notes in a logical route format. We started from northern VA. Campground info, hiking trails, things to see along the way, ferry info, etc. Also includes New Brunswick and Quebec. I pulled lots of almost mile-by-mile descriptions off a Canadian travel site. I could give you the link to my doc, if you are at all interested. Might save you some research.
thedavidzoo 11/29/19 08:38am Truck Campers
RE: Preventing Butyl Tape from oozing out

My butyl tape has oozed out over the last 3 years, but has slowed down the rate. However, in some spots it had became dry and flaky. Some chunks had fallen out, creating gaps, allowing some water to get between the side fiberglass and trim on the cabover (discovered some rusty screws at lowest point underneath that pullout trim that covers the screws). This spring I trimmed all oozed butyl flush around entire camper and caulked over with non-sag dicor. So far so good, even with our 100+ degree summer. We'll see how it holds up. Hopefully a long time as working with dicor was a huge pain. I'd say as long as all butyl still looks solid and is flexible without gaps, cracks, and totally fills the seams, just keep trimming. If it looks like it might no longer be doing its job in areas, scrape some out so you can run a nice bead of caulk.
thedavidzoo 10/23/19 08:23pm Truck Campers
RE: Sold the TT, ordered our first truck Camper,

Kayteg, the steps did come VERY close to the pavement. I think we did something with a board under the wheel to clear (2 years ago, so don't remember details). Autorot, we bought the Ram used from a dealer. Normally we don't buy into the extra warranty plans they push...but we knew we were going to do some significant remote traveling over the next few years. So, we ended up with a 5 year MOPAR warranty at a reasonable cost. That is what we invoked. They took care of everything. Could have milked them for hotel and food for the night, but we'd rather stay in the TC anyway. I think we had a $100 deductible though. We don't have an RV specific insurance co. such as Good Sam. Our regular truck insurance is with USAA and they cover the TC along with the truck. I'm reasonably sure USAA would tow both as a unit. Sorry, I can't be much help in that department.
thedavidzoo 08/25/19 11:12pm Truck Campers
RE: Sold the TT, ordered our first truck Camper,

We had a water pump blow out somewhere in MI on our way back to VA from Alaska (good thing it didn't happen on the Dempster). Told the tow company we were BIG and 14,000 lbs. They sent this on a Sunday night. Scary ordeal with us 4 crammed in the tow truck cab with driver and his tag-along son, going down the interstate under ALL the overpasses, wondering if our AC or worse was going to shear off at the next bridge. What do you think our total COG was? Front tires must have been barely staying on pavement. Highway patrol man and tow driver surely knew we were not quite safe but they didn't care. Spent the night in the parking lot at the nearest Ram dealer which got us right in on Monday morning! We can laugh about it all now... They obviously will and SHOULD take you as one unit. https://i.imgur.com/e4ihyMJl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/ZUrSUBVl.jpg
thedavidzoo 08/25/19 09:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck bed water tank over fender

Not specifically for wheel wells, but came across this site that has other innovative water storage solutions, truck bed in front of camper and also in cab options. https://www.frontrunneroutfitters.com/en/us/water-solutions.html?p=2
thedavidzoo 07/23/19 08:27am Truck Campers
RE: Do I need to worry about this butyl?

Thanks. I shot Northstar a note. We'll see what he says.
thedavidzoo 06/08/19 11:18pm Truck Campers
Do I need to worry about this butyl?

We bought a Northstar camper in 2016. The manufacturer, Rex, uses butyl tape extensively. It has oozed out of cracks and around jack plates, etc. as expected. Only certain areas have actual caulk/silicone (ex. tops of windows, roof, penetrations, inside edge of nose trim and area under nose). I recently reapplied some Dicor on a few screwheads on the roof where the caulk was wearing a little thin. Otherwise it all looks great. Today while looking at the outside corner trim on the nose, I noticed that chunks of very dirty butyl tape had flaked out leaving up to a 1/8" gap between the sidewall fiberglass and the plastic trim piece. I'm assuming there is plenty more butyl tape down in behind there, however, I don't like the idea of water getting into that horizontal groove and meeting my wood. When we pulled out the rubber trim to expose the screw heads that hold the plastic corner trim in place, 2 of the screws had discoloration on the heads and were rusty all the way at their tips. These 2 screws are immediately in front of the first little weep hole in the rubber trim. So, since it is kind of a low point there, is the rust due to water getting behind the rubber "flashing" and wicking up the screws before the weep hole, or is water getting in the butyl rubber gaps from above? The pics show a small gap in butyl and an area where I just temporarily squished in some excess butyl in the big gaps. With monsoon season almost upon us, do I need to pull the whole corner trim and put on a fresh length of butyl tape? Do I clean up the area as best I can and run a non-sag bead of Dicor over the entire length? I'd ask Rex or Bill at TCW, but I can't wait 2 months for an answer ;). Thanks! https://i.imgur.com/3BNsxtyl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/W3wLVwll.jpg https://i.imgur.com/sEfG9lRl.jpg
thedavidzoo 06/08/19 12:29pm Truck Campers
RE: Pullout step system instead of folding steps? Where to find?

Thanks for the info. Those Snowriver steps look just like what I am searching for. Too bad Snowriver is out of business. We'll see if it is worth contacting the outfit in Canada. I think I have the space to mount such a system. I have no basement cubby, but have plenty of overhang space and could mount into the area where the current folding steps are. Camper like ours: https://i.imgur.com/MUJLKvOl.jpg
thedavidzoo 05/08/19 09:21pm Truck Campers
Pullout step system instead of folding steps? Where to find?

Although the fold out steps that come with most TCs are functional and easy to use, they are the lowest point on our camper. We were rudely reminded of this fact while crossing a wash. Ahem. Let's just say we had to do some VERY creative campsite (in the middle of a wildlife reserve) disassembling and rebending of numerous plates and flanges. It is back to 95% anyway. So, on a quest to find lower profile options I have researched everything from Torklift to those flip up stairs that stow in your doorway to electric retractable steps to...I don't like any of them for whatever reason. As we have a long rear overhang and side entrance door, I thought a slide out step system would be ideal. Something like these pics. Has anyone come across a supplier of this idea in the US? Probably in the trucker market? If not, maybe I can have my son fabricate one, aluminum of course. https://i.imgur.com/heD12axl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/P6Tnqxsl.jpg
thedavidzoo 05/08/19 04:11pm Truck Campers
RE: Question on Truck Campers

Bill at TruckCamperWarehouse in NH charged us around $110 for the boot. Is the clear inflatable boot even thick enough to make a good seal between TC and truck?
thedavidzoo 05/02/19 08:05pm Truck Campers
RE: Question on Truck Campers

The black boot is some kind of foam inside. The cover is nicely done vinyl or something with a zipper. Fits well and tight. We use our pass through mainly for ventilation and for passing through items during a quick stop (lunch, snacks, drinks). We could fit through in an emergency. The limiting factor is the electric rear window on the Ram as it is the smaller of the two.
thedavidzoo 05/01/19 07:26am Truck Campers
RE: Question on Truck Campers

We have this boot between camper and truck. Works great. Bought it from Bill at TruckCamperWarehouse. Someone else's pic though. https://i.imgur.com/HagpeMLl.jpg
thedavidzoo 04/30/19 08:36am Truck Campers
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