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Truck camper for sale post?

Hello, we would like to know if we can post a truck camper for sale post for out camper here or elsewhere on the forum?
windhorse 08/07/22 03:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Where to store through winter without much snow?

See below and decide: https://snowbrains.com/map-of-average-annual-snowfall-in-contiguous-u-s/ Honestly, short of getting multiple feet on the roof, I don't think it matters much. Either the roof is properly sealed or rain will leak thru also. At the moment the roof is properly sealed, we redid it ourselves two years ago, but unfortunately that does not guarantee it will stay properly sealed while we are away Check it before putting her to bed for the winter. Rain or snow can result in water damage. Whatever else that can be said about travelling like this it is certainly not boring. One favorite form of entertainment is sitting at the table in the dinette with spring rain pounding on the roof wondering if this is the day that a leak starts? Fortunately for us that hasn't happened yet (-:
windhorse 07/05/22 02:33pm Snowbirds
RE: Where to store through winter without much snow?

Memphis. Thanks, will look more closely at this neck of the woods. I take it you mean Memphis, Tennessee (not Memphis in Texas)?
windhorse 07/05/22 02:21pm Snowbirds
RE: Where to store through winter without much snow?

See below and decide: https://snowbrains.com/map-of-average-annual-snowfall-in-contiguous-u-s/ Honestly, short of getting multiple feet on the roof, I don't think it matters much. Either the roof is properly sealed or rain will leak thru also. At the moment the roof is properly sealed, we redid it ourselves two years ago, but unfortunately that does not guarantee it will stay properly sealed while we are away
windhorse 07/05/22 02:14pm Snowbirds
RE: Where to store through winter without much snow?

In your search for a place with little snow, don't store it in a place will lots of rain like eastern Oregon or Washington. We came back to an RV full of mold. Bill We had thought about the risk of water damage - but not of mold, so thanks for mentioning this
windhorse 07/05/22 02:06pm Snowbirds
Where to store through winter without much snow?

We enjoy travelling in our truck camper but may need to take an extended break this coming winter to visit family living abroad. If we do, we will have to find a suitable place to store our camper, a venerable 1996 Lance Legend that we would prefer not to do in a location with a lot of snow, as we cannot afford indoor storage and want to look after the camper as well as it has looked after us. We have had good experience in the past storing our camper in Phoenix and San Antonio but since then we have driven slowly north and plan to continue to explore northern USA and Canada in the coming months before winter chases us south again. Just now we explore Washington. What we are trying to figure out is how far and where further south we should aim to be when the time comes for us to store our camper. That will depend on amount of snow, driving distance to get there, cost of monthly storage compared to other parts of the country, etc. We figure we are not by a long shot the first to have this question, so would appreciate any advice or pointers about where to explore with this scenario in mind?
windhorse 07/05/22 10:22am Snowbirds
RE: BYO camper to South America - Pros and Cons?

Shipping looks like it will cost about $7500 each way Wow!!! I was going to suggest shipping is likely much cheaper but when we checked into this a few years back we were finding prices around $1500 each way. Thanks for the heads up! Deisel prices were also lower a few years ago (-: but not that much difference, so sounds like it may be worth my while delving into this a bit deeper to see if I can get a cheaper quote for shipping than the one I got that was $6500 from Tacoma to San Antonio in Chile for roll on/roll off (RORO) one way shipment in September plus about $1000 for additional expenses specified by the shipping company ( $440 docs and port fees, escort required for loading at US ports $50-$125 depending on the port, basic insurance, estimated import costs in Chile between $500-$1200 etc etc... Baseline quote for shipping from Baltimore ($5,455) or Galveston ($4815) was about $1000 to $1700 less than $6500 to ship from Tacoma but nowhere close to prices around $1500 each way.
windhorse 06/29/22 08:46am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: BYO camper to South America - Pros and Cons?

What countries are you interested in visiting? We really enjoyed our 6 week driving trip (rent car and Air B&B's in Chile) Had not thought about this option. Any idea if it would be possible to visit other countries in south america in a car rented in Chile, or would we have to rent a separate car in each country we want to visit?
windhorse 06/28/22 10:37pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: BYO camper to South America - Pros and Cons?

On the surface, shipping it doesn't sound like a very cost-effective option, but maybe if you provide us with some dollars & cents figures we can be somewhat more objective with our feedback. We figure ballpark sale price in the US market for our truck camper is about $20,000. A similar used rig with US plates can be purchased in South America for a similar price, from travellers who have driven down from USA and are eager to sell their camper after completing their trip, but the process of transfer of ownership, title etc from one foreign owner to another foreign buyer of a vehicle with only a temporary import permit (TIP) for tourism lacks transparency and is (to put it mildly) "complicated" Hiring a similar rig in South America would most likely cost about $200 per day that adds up to about $36000 for 6 months - too much to be worthwhile Shipping looks like it will cost about $7500 each way
windhorse 06/28/22 10:27pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: BYO camper to South America - Pros and Cons?

Thanks for the encouraging replies (-:
windhorse 06/26/22 12:44am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: BYO camper to South America - Pros and Cons?

When we bought our camper in California a couple of years ago we were living and working in Mexico, and our “retirement” plan was to drive via the pan-american route to Argentina, but when we got to the bottom of Baja California Covid struck the world so we scurried back to USA where we have been enjoying life on the road exploring the US since then. Now we feel reluctant to drive through central american countries like Honduras and El Salvador but quite comfortable about travelling in South American countries like Argentina, Chile and Bolivia that we know well. The only problem is our camper is at the other end of the americas ?? If we understand right (but are not sure yet and continue to investigate): - Truck campers like ours are not easy to find and very expensive to rent for 3 to 6 months in south america - Roll on/role off shipping from Usa to South America is doable, but we are not sure yet about best shipping company, ballpark cost etc. - Temporary vehicle import permits can be obtained for up to 90 days in most south american countries Hence, this line of thought and this post, as we figure many others have already done this, or know others who have, so appreciate your replies
windhorse 06/25/22 08:57am RVing in Mexico and South America
BYO camper to South America - Pros and Cons?

Howdy, we are a couple of golden oldies enjoying travel in our 1996 Lance Legend slide on camper on trusty 2003 Chevy Silverado, so far throughout USA, with plans to travel in South America, where we have previously lived and worked for a couple of years. To do this we have to decide, do we sell our truck camper (which we are very fond of) in the USA, then try to rent or buy a similar rig in Chile or elsewhere in South America, or do we ship our camper roll on/roll off from USA to South America, travel there for three to six months, then ship it back to USA when we are done? So we would very much appreciate any advice or suggestions you may have about the viability of shipping a truck camper like ours (which is unfortunately about three inches too wide to fit into a container) roll on/roll off from USA to South America. Is it a good idea or likely to be a costly nightmare?
windhorse 06/25/22 04:05am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Gas fridge on the move?

I have reached an agreement with the refrigerator. I have started to turn it off while driving. It has stopped turning off with check light on. Instead I leave a couple of plastic bottles of water in the freezer. They turn to ice when the fridge is on that keeps my food frozen and/or cold when I drive, so for now my problem seems to be solved.
windhorse 05/13/22 04:54pm Truck Campers
RE: Gas fridge on the move?

Exactly, and I am more than double that ??
windhorse 05/11/22 12:51pm Truck Campers
RE: Gas fridge on the move?

Thanks for the reality check! Looks like the very friendly free over-the-counter diagnosis given by the repair shop manager of the reputable RV dealer we consulted yesterday may not be quite right, so the issue may be more complicated than thought - not surprising with an old fridge. We will continue to troubleshoot as best we can (any suggestions about how to do this most welcome) then if the problem persists consult with another technician. Meanwhile, back at the ranchito, after we parked last night we restarted the fridge three times, the first two times it clicked through the start up sequence behaving just fine, then after staying silent apart from a couple of clicks for about a minute and a half switched itself to check. We switched off the gas, removed the panel behind the fridge, checked the wiring etc and tried again. This time after about a minute we heard a noise like a bump, then we heard the gas jet starting and continue to burn (which we didn’t hear on the previous two attempts) and the fridge has ran perfectly since then? Could it be there was air in the pipes that prevented the gas getting through properly, or a faulty electrical spark ignition mechanism that failed to light the burner on the first two attempts but worked the third time, or … ?
windhorse 05/11/22 08:32am Truck Campers
Gas fridge on the move?

We have been driving our 1996 Lance Legend truck camper with the Dometic ac/dc/gas refrigerator/freezer on - until today, when, as we got to CO, the fridge started to switch itself from “gas” to “check” (ie off), so we stopped to consult with a technician, who told us some things we did not know: - yes, altitude can effect the performance of older model gas/electric refrigerators - yes, it is possible to enhance the performance at higher altitudes of older fridges like the one in our truck camper by having a qualified technician bore to a slightly wider size the hole the gas passes through, to increase the flow of gas and thereby improve the reliability of the gas powered operation of the fridge up in the mountains, though this would be an irreversible modification, resulting in use of more gas than necessary after we returned to lower altitudes, and, thirdly: - no, you should not drive with the gas-powered fridge on! This last point came as a surprise for us, as we have been driving with the gas-powered fridge on for thousands of miles… gosh, does this mean we are just lucky not to have had any problem apart from the fridge switching itself from “gas” to “check” today? Are we the only older (though prefer the term “classic”) truck camper owners with a fridge like this one who drive with it switched on?
windhorse 05/11/22 01:02am Truck Campers
RE: Taos in late April and May?

Rio Grande del Norte near Questa was much quieter, had an excellent paved access road, great view of the gorge, camping grounds with toilets and pulloffs with roofed tables (but no hook ups) and hard but rewarding hiking paths all the way down from the top of the gorge to the bank of the river.
windhorse 05/09/22 07:41am Roads and Routes
RE: Taos in late April and May?

Overnighted at the rest stop right beside the gorge - until a local told me to be careful as there has been some rough incidents there in the past - like cars being burned at night!! - so thought it prudent to move on, even though during the day there is security, souvenir stalls, well maintained restrooms and a lot of visitors plus a stupendous view of the gorge from the bridge.
windhorse 05/08/22 09:57am Roads and Routes
Going to Canada in a Camper?

If all goes well our truck camper trip north will take us up into Canada later this year. If I understand right we can drive our Montana-registered truck camper in Canada as long as we have a valid tourist visa, but will have to obtain temporary Canadian insurance for our truck, right? But am not sure what other paperwork if any we will need to have with us to present at the border - or do you just drive straight through without having to stop and show vehicle paperwork unless you intend to import the vehicle into Canada, which we don’t, as we’ll return to USA after we have had a look at the nature and culture of the northern neighbours.
windhorse 05/05/22 09:25pm Roads and Routes
RE: Taos in late April and May?

Greetings from Taos! Beautiful weather with cool nights and bright sunshine during the day, so am so glad that i managed with your encouragement to overcome my doubts and come - though with the fires on the other side of the horizon just now I also feel lucky my home has wheels, so I can just turn on the key and drive if the fires come closer. Much tougher for those who don’t have this option.8
windhorse 05/05/22 09:08pm Roads and Routes
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