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Cross-Country Trip TC Ticker

We got to VA and back to Idaho in one piece and had some fun with counting TC's along the way. Remember the game of finding license plates from all the 50 states when you were a kid? We did that and got them all but for Hawaii. We also kept a running tab on TC's in each state, along with the identities of the maker. Here's what we found: Idaho wins with 29 WY - 16 NE - 12 MT - 9 UT, SD - 5 (each) IL - 4 IA, NC - 2 IN, VA, OH, PA - 1 MD, WV - 0 Of course the amount of time spent in each state varied widely, but this ain't no scientific study. Brands? Well, we tracked hard-sides separately from pop-ups. Lance - 19 AF - 12 Miscellaneous (couldn't read it) - 11 S&S, Cirrus, Travel Lite, - 3 Bigfoot, Elkhorn, Northern Lite, Wolf Creek - 2 All the rest had one. Pop-ups Four Wheel, Northstar - 4 Alaskan, Palomino, Outfitter, -2 Misc. - 4 Quite a few more brands with only one. Of note was a very interesting Earth Roamer built on an undetermined chassis. We also made a note of the other brands of RV's that had ridiculous names, such as Flair, Reflection, Imagine, and ZInger. But the one that really takes the cake is "Stealth." How can a multi-axle, gi-normous fifth-wheel be called "Stealth?" Talk about oxymorons! Anyway, the trip was fun even though I ended up with several tick bites, one of which I am now treating for Lyme disease due to the bull's eye rash that developed. When we got back we had 6006 miles on the trip odometer, so an oil change, fuel filter change (bio-diesel can clean things when run for the first time), and a tranny inspection, fluid and filter change. We only burned 3.3 gallons of propane running the fridge during all the driving out and back. Fuel mileage averaged around 12.5 mpg, which is lower than usual. We were running into strong headwinds all the way there and all the way back : ( We were very grateful to miss all the bad weather in NE Kansas on the trip back. All's well that ends well. Now I am gearing up for the rest of the summer camping season. See you out there in our Wolf Creek!!! https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KeJ7DqszsPc/XQQmX4Y5n9I/AAAAAAAAA0E/MgIVY8RrEWo97at2x5PhW0HVWkJPsdZdgCLcBGAs/s320/Sunset%2Bcamp.jpg
Ranger Tim 06/14/19 05:02pm Truck Campers
RE: How is this for a power system? Solar vs battery balance?

Greetings,seems like ages since visiting the forums though we’ve been exploring lots since our retirement. My wife & I currently travel in our TwoVanConvoy consisting of a Chevy Express AWD & Promaster, both nicely converted for full time adventures. I’m i the research phase of our next rig-build and learning heavily toward a pop up TC & visiting both the Hallmark & Outfitter facilities this week. In context of the OP our Promaster has 160watts solar & 190ah AGM bank to power our ARB 35qt chest fridge and change our gadgets. As I post we’ve been 100% off grid for 301 days traveling in Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico & currently camping near Pike’s Peak as we make our way to Denver for the visits. We are always back to 100% charge by mid day even when it is overcast with such a low draw (ave of ~.5ah & have yet to notice bank below 12.4 volts even in winter months) One thing we will do our best to incorporate is a top loading relatively small 50 to 85 quart compressor fridge rather than a front loading unit due to the greater efficiency. YMMV Thom
accrete_ 06/09/19 10:57am Truck Campers
RE: Pop up camper vs hard sided camper

most pop-up type TC now have auto pop up roofs. hit a button and up or down the roof goes. even on my prior Outfitter it took only 17 turns of the crank handle to raise/lower the roof. not a big deal. only problem with Hallmark is the price The Cuchara model cost over 40K. currently we do not own any type RV. but if we do get another, it will be a pop up TC.
sljohnson1938 06/03/19 06:42am Truck Campers
RE: Pop up camper vs hard sided camper

They are really two different kinds of animal. All the advantages you listed do exist, but they come at a price. Yes, in principle, you can camp in a popup in all seasons. But if you come from a Class A, you will need to compromise on many things. Most popups are smaller than most hardwall campers. Many have no or limited bathroom/shower facilities. I am not aware of a popup camper with a dry bath. Outfitter and Hallmark offer some level of foldable bathroom compartments, most others have curtains at best. None of that is good or bad, you just need to be comfortable with it. Interior space is quite limited. Keep that in mind for rainy/bad weather days. No slideouts, either, for additional space. Storage space is very limited, too. More so than even in a hardwall TC. Setting up camp and getting ready to leave always involves raising/ lowering the roof. No stealth camping either, as most popups can not be used with the roof down. Some campers require you to lift the roof to use the toilet. The fabric does not insulate very well against heat or cold, but that can be handled with more heating or AC. You just need more energy (solar, batteries, propane). The sound isolation is also poor, and there is nothing you can do about that. I have had both, an Outfitter Apex 8 LB popup which is among the most luxurious popup campers out there, as well as our current hardwall Northstar Arrow and a Lance 915. Both would be on the smaller side for hardwall campers - but they were still much more spacey than the Outfitter. Also heavier and more cumbersome. The popup was very nimble, our rig handled like a sportscar. In the right weather, where you spend most of the day outside and just need a place to sleep, dress, store and prepare food, a popup is a great solution. There is nothing quite like that airy tent-like space. On cold, wet, rainy days ... less so. It is warm and dry all right, but not a great place to spend a lot of time. Look at as many campers as you can, and try to imagine a typical camping day in your own camping style. There is no one size fits all solution out there... We went back to a hardside for a number of reasons. One was the local climate here in central europe with many cool, chilly, rainy periods.
joerg68 06/02/19 10:32am Truck Campers
RE: 32 Truck Camper Manufacturers ... Wow!

This list, last update 2014, shows 142 'orphan' verses 26 still in production. For an "Orphan" (no longer made) last year of production is in parenthesis. Phone# denoted still in business.. Truck camper manufactures A A Frame Camper (A Frame Camper Company) Orphan (1995) Adventure (Caravans Unlimited) Orphan (1998) Adventurer (Adventurer Manufacturing) 509-895-7064 Alaskan (Alaskan Campers, Inc.), 360-748-6494 Alpenlite (Western Recreational Vehicles, Inc.) Orphan (2008) Alpine Campers (Western Recreational Vehicles, Inc.) Orphan (1986) Amerigo (Amerigo, Inc.) Orphan (1992) Angler (Fleetwood Enterprises) Orphan (2002) Apache (1957- 1987) Orphan (1987) Apache (1998- 2000) Orphan (2000) Apache (Sun Valley Inc. 2001-2008) Orphan(2008) Arctic Fox (Northwood Manufacturing) 541-962-6274 Aristocrat (Aristocrat) Orphan (1978) Aspen (Aspen Coach Company) Orphan (1986) Top B Beaver (Beaver Camper Company) Orphan (1993) Belair (Belair, Inc.) Orphan (1992) Bethany (R.C. Willett Co., Inc.) Orphan (1985) Bigfoot Industries Inc Orphan (2009) Bigfoot Industries (2010) Inc., 250-546-2155 Born Free (Dodgen Industries, Inc.) Orphan (1983) Top C Cabin A, LLC, Orphan (2006) Cameo (Cameo RV's Inc.) Orphan (1989) Camp Lite (Livin' Lite Recreational Vehicles) 574-862-2228 CamperKing (International VentureCraft Corp.) 604 436 5653 Caribou (Fleetwood Enterprises) Orphan (2002) Capri Camper (Capri Camper/ NRStrailers)Commonly called the rodeo special 800-295-0691 Cascade Campers (Cascade Campers Ltd.) Orphan (1994) Cascade Coach (Cascade Coach, Inc.) Orphan (1985) Cavalcade (Cavalcade Industries, Inc.) Orphan (1981) Caveman (Caveman) Orphan (1980) Citation Supreme (General Coach) Orphan (2007) Coachmen (Coachmen Recreational Vehicles) Orphan (2001) Comfort Camp (Comfort Camp) Orphan (1998) Conestoga (Conestoga) Orphan (1987) Cricket (Cricket Corp.) Orphan (1987) Top D Davlin (Davlin Campers) Orphan (1995) Diamond (Diamond) Orphan (1978) Dreamer (Dreamer) Orphan (1978) Dura-Cozy (Dura-Cozy USA LLC) 801-943-1542 Dutchmen (Dutchmen Mfg.) Orphan (1996) Dynacruiser (Dynacruiser) Orphan (1979) Top E Eagle Cap (Eagle Cap Campers) 509-895-7064 Eagle RK (Sun Valley, Inc.) Orphan (2008) El Dorado (El Dorado, Inc.) Orphan (1978) Elkhorn (Fleetwood Enterprises) Orphan (2003) Top F Fields (Fields) Orphan (1980) Flagstaff by Cobra (Van American/Cobra) Orphan (1990) Fleetwing Travelers (Fleetwing Travelers) Orphan (1978) Four Seasons (Four Seasons Mfg. Inc.) Orphan (1988) Four State (Four State Industries) Orphan (1989) Four Wheel Pop-Up Campers, (Four Wheel Campers) 800-242-1442 Frontier (Vanguard Mfg.) Orphan (1986) Top G General Coach-West (Division of Thor Industries) Orphan (2007) Go-Tag-A-Long (Go-Tag-A-Long Trailer Mfg.) Orphan (1988) Top H Hallmark (Hallmark Manufacturing Inc.) 970-785-6005 Happy Times Orphan (1979) Happy Traveler Orphan (1980) Hideaway (Sun-Lite Inc.) Orphan (1999) Holiday Coach Orphan (1978) Hornet (Hornet Industries, Inc.) Orphan (1992) Host Campers (Host Industries) 541-330-2328 Huntsman Orphan (1979) Top I Idle Time (Allen Camper Mfg. Co. Inc.) Orphan (2007) Top J Jayco (Jayco, Inc.) Orphan (1997) Top K Kamp King (P&S Camper Mfg. Inc.) Orphan (2003) Keystone (Keystone Mfg.) Orphan (1980) King O' The Road Orphan (1980) Kit Orphan (1980) Kodiak (Vanguard, Inc.) Orphan (2003) Komfort (Komfort Industries) Orphan (1988) Kustom Koach (Travelaire Canada) Orphan (2002) Top L Lake N Shore Orphan (1978) Lance Camper (Lance Camper Manufacturing) 661-949-3322 Leer Orphan (1979) Len-Dar (Patten Custom RV) Orphan (1998) Lite-Craft (Lite Craft Campers), Orphan (2010) Little Caboose Orphan (1978) Top M Mallard Orphan (1992) Man-O-War Orphan (1984) Maple Leaf Orphan (1979) Marco Orphan (1980) Midas Orphan (1979) Mitchell Orphan (1980) Mountaineer (Northwest Manufacturing) Orphan (1991) Top N N&N Campers Orphan (2003) Nampa Chief Orphan (1978) Northern Lite (Northern Lite Mfg. Ltd.) 250-765-3702 Northland Industries, 208-442-1815 Northstar (R.C. Willett Co. Inc.) 319-233-3461 Northwood Manufacturing, Inc. 541-962-6274 Nu-Wa Orphan (1980) Top O Oakland (Bigfoot Industries) Orphan (1995) Odyssey (Leisure Odyssey Inc.) Orphan (1991) Okanagan (West Coast Leisure Homes) Orphan (2008) Oregon Camper (Chalet RV, Inc.) 541-791-4618 Outfitter (Fleetwood Enterprises) Orphan(2002) Outfitter Manufacturing, Inc. 877-223-0814 Top P Palomino (Vanguard Industries of Michigan) 269-432-3271 Pastime (Pastime Mfg.) 503-845-6886 Perris Valley (Perris Valley Campers) Orphan (1989) Phoenix Pop-up camper (Coyote RV) 303-286-3921 Pilgrim Orphan (1987) Play-Mor Orphan (1990) Playmate (Amwest Mfg.) Orphan (1994) Ponderosa (Ponderosa RV) Orphan (1981) Puma Orphan (1980) Top Q Quicksilver (Livin Lite RV, Inc) 866-272-5578 Top R RBR (RBR Mini-Cruiser) Orphan (1989) Rancho (Rancho) custom truck campers after 1989 no phone number listed Ranger (Ranger Trailer Company) Orphan (1987) Rawhide Orphan (1980) Real-Lite Orphan (1992) Real-Lite by Forest Rivers (Forest Rivers, Inc.) Orphan (2001) Roadcruiser Orphan (1978) Roamer (Roamer Industries) Orphan (2005) Roll-A-Long Orphan (1979) Roust-A-Bout Orphan (1979) Top S S&S Manufacturing, 406-755-5080Orphan? (last camper listed 2011?) Security Orphan (1978) Seeker's Express, 21772 Esmalte, Mission Viejo, CA 92692 (no phone number listed) Shadow Cruiser (Shadow Cruiser, Inc.) Orphan (1999) Shadow Cruiser/Cruiser RV (Cruiser RV Corporation) Orphan (2004) Shasta (Shasta Industries) Orphan (1993) Siesta Orphan (1981) Silver Fox (Northwood Mfg) 541-962-6274 Six-Pac (Six-Pac) Orphan (2012) Skamper (Skamper Corporation) Orphan (1996) Slumber Queen (Western Canada R.V.'s Ltd.) Orphan (2001) Snowy Mountain Orphan (1980) Snow River (Interior RV Products) Orphan (2008) Space Craft (Motor Homes Inc.) Orphan (1993) Sport-Cam (Sport-Cam Industries) Orphan (2000) Sport King Orphan (1987) Sportsmen (K.Z. Inc.) 800-768-4016 Orphan (2006?) Sprinter (Mallard Coach Company) Orphan (1992) Starcraft (Starcraft RV Inc.) Orphan (2009) Stardust Orphan (1978) Starmate (Starcraft RV Inc.) Orphan (2008) Sterner (Sterner Coaches) Orphan (1984) Summerwind (Recreational Technologies) Orphan (2003) Summit (Paramount Motorcoach/Summit) Orphan (1996) Sun-Lite (Sun Valley Inc.) Orphan (2008) Sun Line (Sunline Coach Co.) Orphan (1994) Sun N Fun Orphan (1980) Sun Valley, Inc. (Sun Valley Inc) Orphan (2008) Top T Tejas Orphan (1980) Teton Traveler (Teton Traveler Inc.) Orphan (1991) Texson (R.C. Willett Co.) Orphan (1997) Thoroughbred Orphan (1981) Tilt Top (Gemco) Orphan (1996) Tracker (Tracker Marine/Fleetwood) Orphan (2000) Travel Lite (Travel Lite, Inc.) 574-831-3000 Travel Mate Orphan (1978) Travel Villa (Newcomer Industries Inc.) Orphan (1988) Travelaire (Travelaire Canada) Orphan (2002) Travette Orphan (1980) Trek Orphan (1980) Triple E (Triple E Canada Ltd.) Orphan (1987) Top U Top V Vacationeer (Shelton Industries Inc.) Orphan (1991) Valor (New Paris Ent. Inc.) Orphan (1996) Vanguard (Vanguard Mfg.) Orphan (1986) Veri-Lite (Forest River) Orphan (1999) Viking (Viking Recreational Vehicles) Orphan (1995) Top W Weekender by Skyline (Skyline Corporation) Orphan (2000) Western Wilderness (Western Recreational Vehicles, Inc.) Orphan (1998) Westland RV (Westland RV Manufacture Ltd) 250-493-7445 Westways Orphan (1980) Wheel Camper Orphan (1980) Winnebago (Sun-Lite Inc.) Orphan (1999) Wolverine (Wolverine Camper Inc.) Orphan (1981) Wolverine Camper (Wolverine Camper Corporation) Orphan (1980) Top X Y Yukon (Host Campers) 541-330-2328 Top Z Top
AnEv942 05/14/19 10:15am Truck Campers
Dometic fridge not working

It’s been a couple of years since I used my 2008 Outfitter Apex 8. I’m cleaning it up to start using it again. Everything works except the Dometic fridge. It doesn’t come on at all. Its been wired where it only operates on 12 volts. I’ve check and I have 12 volts to the board. Where do I go from here. Thanks
Ripit 04/20/19 10:02am Truck Campers
RE: Popup truck camper with soft sides

Don't think a raccoon would be an issue, too low to the ground for one and timid. ...we've had bear on our property eating...berries. Also, have had racoon walk over the hood of the 2500HD with camper popped up (and climb up to the top of our two 4 foot high garbage bins-- the bins locked). All the wile, our Outfitter pop-up was popped-up and parked on our mountain home "campsite". Also, had on 3 occasions, fisher cats fighting it out in our forest less that ~10 feet from our camper at ~2 AM trying to decide which one will decimate our neighbor's 5 chickens-- well, they killed them all that evening just 700 feet away....while we were overnighting in the camper. Our Outfitter stays popped-up nearly permanently over our 3 months of summer (that's all the time we get above freezing here: 3 months a year), on our property parked in our private forest campsite. Never had a squirrel, fisher cat, racoon, bear or any other wild animal with teeth and claws tear through the soft side. Oh, also, we have bobcat, lynx, coyote, and on one occasion, a mountain lion (the mountain lion tore a local horse to shreds a few years ago). We live fairly close to the Green Mountains (a few minutes drive) and huge Maine North Woods (close to 4 million acres of unfragmented forest) and are just about as wild as you can get, here on our property campsite, in the Northeast... Quebec. Here in the Green Mountains I have pictures of a bear and cub walking ten feet from my popped up camper. They never even batted an eye towards it.
s1214 04/10/19 09:26pm Truck Campers
RE: Popup truck camper with soft sides

Don't think a raccoon would be an issue, too low to the ground for one and timid. ...we've had bear on our property eating...berries. Also, have had racoon walk over the hood of the 2500HD with camper popped up (and climb up to the top of our two 4 foot high garbage bins-- the bins locked). All the wile, our Outfitter pop-up was popped-up and parked on our mountain home "campsite". Also, had on 3 occasions, fisher cats fighting it out in our forest less that ~10 feet from our camper at ~2 AM trying to decide which one will decimate our neighbor's 5 chickens-- well, they killed them all that evening just 700 feet away....while we were overnighting in the camper. Our Outfitter stays popped-up nearly permanently over our 3 months of summer (that's all the time we get above freezing here: 3 months a year), on our property parked in our private forest campsite. Never had a squirrel, fisher cat, racoon, bear or any other wild animal with teeth and claws tear through the soft side. Oh, also, we have bobcat, lynx, coyote, and on one occasion, a mountain lion (the mountain lion tore a local horse to shreds a few years ago). We live fairly close to the Green Mountains (a few minutes drive) and huge Maine North Woods (close to 4 million acres of unfragmented forest) and are just about as wild as you can get, here on our property campsite, in the Northeast... Quebec.
silversand 04/10/19 07:12am Truck Campers
RE: VTR - virtual trip report, my last one

Thanks, and many happy travels in your future! So now I learn that it was not the Grand Whazoo alone who laid the foundation for my fascination with Outfitter campers... At the time I was so impressed with these trip reports that I (erroneously) expected the wonderful outdoors to be part of the camper delivery. I had one shipped here, but neither the local weather nor the landscape were up to par ;-) Thanks again!
joerg68 04/08/19 02:31am Truck Campers
VTR - virtual trip report, my last one

I've had some great trips and it's been a lot of fun, but now my truck and camper are sold, and I'm out of the T and TR business. Though I still feel great, at 75 it's probably time for me to stop being out in the wilderness 50 - 100 miles from any 'civilization'. (even with a personal locator device) Really not interested in touring campgrounds. Thanks again to Steve_in_29 and the late, great Don Curley for helping me get the camper setup right (for me) the first time. (equipment) Also thanks to everyone's offroad camping inspiration, Dave Rogers (Whazoo). (btw, he'll never admit it, but Whazoo copied my rig. My truck was 2006, his 2007 - you figure it out) So here's a 'highlight' reel for anyone interested. All real TRs are on my web site -- www.ctwillis.com http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/Initial%20pickup/photos/100_0059.JPG width=640 Initial checkout -- on the Poudre River, not far from Outfitter, and much better that a freeway campground. http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/Initial%20pickup/photos/100_0077.JPG width=640 Salt River canyon, Az http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/capesolitude.JPG width=640 1st real trip, Cape Solitude, overlooking the Colorado, Little Colorado confluence. One of my favorite places. http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/North%20Rim/photos/100_0459.JPG width=640 My 'younger' daze. http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/North%20Rim/photos/100_0445.JPG width=640 The LCR. I razzed Whazoo for hiking 2 days to get here, when I could drive - but did he really? I took a similar picture at max resolution and max telephoto to see for sure -- http://www.ctwillis.com/donuts4.jpg width=640 -- and there it is. Proof positive that Whazoo was there! http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/North%20Rim/photos/100_0496.JPG width=640 Another fantastic spot on the north rim -- suggested by Eric seldomseen Smith. http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/North%20Rim/photos/100_0551.JPG width=640 The Toroweap overlook. http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/CoronadoTrail/photos/100_0804.JPG width=640 San Pedro river valley, near my home. http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/CoronadoTrail/photos/100_0823.JPG width=640 Monument Valley in winter http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/SanRafaelSwell/photos/DSC02626.jpg width=640 Seeing double with Whazoo http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/2010trip/photos/IMG_0106.JPG width=640 http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/2010trip/photos/IMG_0346.JPG width=640 Alexandia Falls, Hay River, Northwest Territory http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/2010trip/photos/IMG_0413.JPG width=640 Bear Flat, British Columbia http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/2010trip/photos/IMG_0566.JPG width=640 Big Sur, California coast http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/NorthRim2010/photos/IMG_0609.JPG width=640 Steamboat Mountain, CG north rim http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/NorthRim2010/photos/IMG_0665.JPG width=640 Sunset on the north rim http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/DarkCanyon/photos/IMG_0964.JPG width=640 On the rim of Dark Canyon -- only tracks are mine. Another of my favorite places. http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/DarkCanyon/photos/IMG_0958.JPG width=640 Dark Canyon http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/DarkCanyon/photos/IMG_1029.JPG width=640 Near the Burr Trail, overlooking Bullfrog marina. http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/DarkCanyon/photos/IMG_1052.JPG width=640 Hole-in-the-rock http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/DarkCanyon/photos/IMG_1102.JPG width=640 Left Hand Collet Canyon Road http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/DarkCanyon/photos/IMG_1119.JPG width=640 Smokey Mountain Road http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/DarkCanyon/photos/IMG_1141.JPG width=640 North side, Lake Powell http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/052013/photos/124_1659.JPG width=640 Best spot on the Mogollon Rim http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/Dempster%200913/photos/127_1773.JPG width=640 Mt Doom -- Grand Tetons http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/Dempster%200913/photos/127_1813.JPG width=640 Dempster Highway, Yukon http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/Dempster%200913/photos/127_1804.JPG width=640 Klondike River http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/Dempster%200913/photos/127_1831.JPG width=640 2nd time at the Arctic Circle http://www.ctwillis.com/Alaska/all_photos/112_1237.JPG width=640 1st time, Dalton Highway, Alaska, 2005 http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/Dempster%200913/photos/bear%203.JPG width=640 Camp visitor http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/Dempster%200913/photos/127_1934.JPG width=640 Saddlebag Lake, Tioga Pass http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/Parashant/photos/138_2156.JPG width=640 Near Twin Point, Grand Canyon Parashant http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/Parashant/whitmore.jpg width=640 Full size image - worth a look. Whitmore Canyon Overlook, GC Parashant -- yet another of my favorite places, and likely the best spot on the north rim. http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/Parashant/photos/138_2216.JPG width=640 'Lake Colorado' have been something to see. http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/Parashant/photos/138_2201.JPG width=640 Near the bottom of the Overlook 'trail'. http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/TontoNF/photos/144_2301.JPG width=640 Salt River Canyon Wilderness http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/TontoNF/photos/144_2308.JPG width=640 The real Salt River, before being tamed for Phoenix. The most free flowing water in Az (other than the Colorado) http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/TontoNF/photos/144_2384.JPG width=640 High in the Sierra Ancha Wilderness http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/TontoNF/photos/144_2425.JPG width=640 East (more difficult) side, Sheep Bridge on the Verde River http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/TontoNF/photos/144_2442.JPG width=640 The Verde River http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/WRT/photos/144_2535.JPG width=640 Bottom of the Shafer Trail, starting on the While Rim http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/WRT/photos/144_2576.JPG width=640 The infamous, but trivial, hogback http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/WRT/photos/144_2621.JPG width=640 Very scenic camping http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/WRT/photos/144_2640.JPG width=640 Labyrinth camp - best spot on the WRT, imo. http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/WRT/photos/144_2654.JPG width=640 10000+ feet in the Manti-La Sal NF. -- 25 degrees cooler thatn on the WRT http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/WRT/photos/144_2658.JPG width=640 Muley Point Muley Point panorama here http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/Ca%20Mountains/photos/146_2703.JPG width=640 Central coast mountains, near Big Sur, overlooking the Pacific http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/Ca%20Mountains/photos/0921151444-00.jpg width=640 Leavitt Lake, off the Sonora Pass in the Sierra Mountains http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/E%20Az/photos/149_2992.JPG width=640 Origin of the Little Colorado River, 10000 ft on the slope of Mt Baldy http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/E%20Az/photos/149_2943.JPG width=640 Gila River - still free flowing,a little NE of Tucson http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/SkyIslands/photos/IMG_3223.JPG width=640 Dragoon Mountains, SE Az, location of the Cochise Stronghold http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/SkyIslands/photos/IMG_3247.JPG width=640 'The Gate', near the top of China Peak http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/SkyIslands/photos/IMG_3258.JPG width=640 A fun drive - to a great place to camp http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/Needles%202018/photos/DSCN0216a.JPG width=640 Top of Bobby's Hole -- back door access to Needle District, Canyonlands http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/Needles%202018/photos/DSCN0218a.jpg width=640 Somewhat difficult coming back up -- often much worse. http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/Needles%202018/photos/DSCN0227a.JPG width=640 And the end of the trial for me, and as it turned out -- that top part could lay the camper right on the rocks. Looking forward to jefe4x4 making this trip. http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/Needles%202018/photos/DSCN0238a.JPG width=640 Back at one of my 3 favorite places -- rim of Dark Canyon http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/Needles%202018/photos/DSCN0239a.JPG width=640
cewillis 04/06/19 09:20am Truck Campers
RE: Popup truck camper with soft sides

Yes. I used my Outfitter Apex 8 in quite a few remote places in AK and Canada bear country (2004-2013). No issues. No encounters. No hassles in Yellowstone (as a previous post mentioned). I did put out three of these when I camped but they were never triggered (except by me): Critter Gitter. I used them to let me know if something came into my camp. Nothing ever did. A clean camp is important no matter where you camp. I wouldn't worry about any creature other than the two-legged one.
Geewizard 04/01/19 07:21am Truck Campers
RE: 2020 Ford F350 - XLT or Lariat / options guidance?

My info is from 2017 when I ordered my truck, so I may be wrong in some cases Do I care about Fog Lamps? (does anyone ever use them?) Yes, I use them mainly so others can see me even better Do we care about Pedals: ¬ Power Adjustable…? My wife and I share driving when going camping. Do the driver memories recall the Power Pedals? Yes, memory does apply to pedals and mirrors. Adjustable pedals are nice unless you and the wife are the same height. Do we need to be Lariat to get power seats and power seat memories? I can’t figure this out. If all you want is power driver’s seat, then you don’t need Lariat. Memory I think is a Lariat requirement, then you get power passenger seat I didn’t see heated and cooled seats listed anywhere on Lariat specs…. do we need to go higher to get heated and cooled seats? :-( I have ‘em, I believe part of the Lariat package Do we want to get the 4.3 Electronic Locking Axle? I believe it is much better for climbing mountains with the 2,500+ truck camper on the back, plus cargo…? E locker is handy, don’t think you need the 4.30…but check the Ford towing guide as it has a section about campers If we move to the midwest (a possibility) … would we want the remote start option, so we can warm up the F350 before getting in it? I like them. Nice to get in a pre heated / cooled truck. How hard is it to wire in external lights, light bars, etc to the Ford optional Outfitter Switches? Very easy. Wires are in the engine compartment near the brake booster. with the vehicle (below) configured as we like, Ford offers either LT275/70R x 18E BSW A/T 4X4 tires or for an extra $290, I could get LT275/70R x 18E OWL A/T tires. what tires should i get? I would MUCH rather have the tires come from Ford, from the start, and not have to change them out, and sell the stock tires. Factory tires are junk, wear them out (happens soon enough) then get something good. 4.3 Electronic Locking Axle (I believe it is much better for climbing mountains with the 2,500+ truck camper on the back, plus cargo) See above FX4 Off Road Package (comes with Skid Plates :¬ Transfer Case and Fuel Tank) Why? Where are you going to go where you will need skid plates? If you are dragging the bottom of this truck, you have more to worry about than needing skid plates. Snow Plow / Camper Package. Yes More capacity is good 11,400 GVWR package (or whatever is max GVWR) Rear Window - privacy glass. Yes, helps keep the backseat cool. Medium Duty Battery (a second battery) I would. Alternator ¬ Extra Extra Heavy¬Duty? Yes LED Roof Marker/Clearance Lamps? I didn’t, but that’s up to you.. Front 40/20/40 Split Bench Seats (not front console) so driver can exit passenger side if need be. (this is important to us with our current narrow driveway) Whatever works for you Inflatable Rear Outboard Safety Belts (Crew Cab®) - for our daughter. Nothing wrong with that. Cruise Control? Sure Power Equipment ¬ Power Door Locks and Windows Not having them will cost you more at resale Steering Wheel ¬ Audio Controls?Tilt/Telescoping Steering Wheel? See above 48 Gallon Fuel Tank – 176" Wheelbase?Integrated Trailer Brake Controller?Trailer Hitch Receiver – 2.5" Built Ford Tough® Trailer Hitch Receiver (SRW)? More fuel the better, get the brake control and all that. Never know what the future holds and it adds to resale. Hill descent would be very nice. A part of tow package I believe. stuff John REALLY wants: Adaptive Cruise Control (Lariat I think? Unsure)? I don’t have it, but have heard good things from those who do Platform Running Boards (best if Ford does them. Less hassle, and not “modified” $445 2019.)? Yes, they fit well and support weight without bending. SYNC® 3 for Apple Car Play have been advised to get: Upfitter Switches $165 in 2019 Yes, do you really want to drill holes in the dash of your brand new truck? You can use them for all sorts of things.
Nv Guy 03/17/19 01:12am Truck Campers
2020 Ford F350 - XLT or Lariat / options guidance?

2020 Ford F350 - XLT or Lariat / options guidance? Hi all First time pickup buyer. We will custom order a 2020 Ford F350 - XLT or Lariat A Hallmark pop up camper will be in it 99.999 % of the time. Currently learning about what options / packages we want. A few questions to help guide me… Do I care about Fog Lamps? (does anyone ever use them?) Do we care about Pedals: ­ Power Adjustable…? My wife and I share driving when going camping. Do the driver memories recall the Power Pedals? Do we need to be Lariat to get power seats and power seat memories? I can’t figure this out. I didn’t see heated and cooled seats listed anywhere on Lariat specs…. do we need to go higher to get heated and cooled seats? :-( Do we want to get the 4.3 Electronic Locking Axle? I believe it is much better for climbing mountains with the 2,500+ truck camper on the back, plus cargo…? If we move to the midwest (a possibility) … would we want the remote start option, so we can warm up the F350 before getting in it? How hard is it to wire in external lights, light bars, etc to the Ford optional Outfitter Switches? with the vehicle (below) configured as we like, Ford offers either LT275/70R x 18E BSW A/T 4X4 tires or for an extra $290, I could get LT275/70R x 18E OWL A/T tires. what tires should i get? I would MUCH rather have the tires come from Ford, from the start, and not have to change them out, and sell the stock tires. By the way - we always use our cell phones for Navigation (Waze or Google Nav) so we have no use for a built in NAV. Any way to somehow NOT get it, to save $? On our 8 foot bed, with a 9.5 foot Hallmark - the Ford Reverse Sensing System - will it work with 18” overhang of Hallmark, and also the optional Hallmark Storage bins & rear bumper? * * * * * For what it is worth - this is the type of pickup + options we are looking at: * * * F-350 - 2020. Custom ordered. Crew Cab (4 real doors, most space) 6.2L gas 176” Wheelbase (max) 8 foot bed. 4x4 Single Rear Wheel (SRW) 4.3 Electronic Locking Axle (I believe it is much better for climbing mountains with the 2,500+ truck camper on the back, plus cargo) FX4 Off Road Package (comes with Skid Plates :­ Transfer Case and Fuel Tank) Snow Plow / Camper Package. 11,400 GVWR package (or whatever is max GVWR) Rear Window - privacy glass. Medium Duty Battery (a second battery) Alternator ­ Extra Extra Heavy­Duty? LED Roof Marker/Clearance Lamps? Front 40/20/40 Split Bench Seats (not front console) so driver can exit passenger side if need be. (this is important to us with our current narrow driveway) Inflatable Rear Outboard Safety Belts (Crew Cab®) - for our daughter. Cruise Control? Power Equipment ­ Power Door Locks and Windows Steering Wheel ­ Audio Controls?Tilt/Telescoping Steering Wheel? 48 Gallon Fuel Tank – 176" Wheelbase?Integrated Trailer Brake Controller?Trailer Hitch Receiver – 2.5" Built Ford Tough® Trailer Hitch Receiver (SRW)? Hill descent would be very nice. A part of tow package I believe. stuff John REALLY wants: Adaptive Cruise Control (Lariat I think? Unsure)? Platform Running Boards (best if Ford does them. Less hassle, and not “modified” $445 2019.)? SYNC® 3 for Apple Car Play have been advised to get: Upfitter Switches $165 in 2019 Thanks! John
LosAngeles 03/15/19 11:18pm Truck Campers
RE: How are Novacool fridges? w/ Danfoss compressor / RFS7501

I cannot tell you about the Novacool fridge but I have a Tundra fridge with the Danfoss compressor and it's been working great since I installed it in my Outfitter about 15 years or more ago. I installed it for the same reasons you mention and am very happy with it.
Geewizard 03/11/19 07:03am Truck Campers
RE: You very first TC...

Our first TC was this Outfitter Caribou 6.5 https://i.imgur.com/t56Baa1.jpg
B-n-B 03/10/19 04:55pm Truck Campers
pop up camper - auto roof lift

I have had 3 TC that were 'pop up' roof styles. All 3 were the kind where I had to raise/lower them manually. That is I put in a crank and wound it up. On the last Outfitter I had it took 17 turns to raise/lower the roof. Question - most, if not all, of the new TC with a pop up roof now have an automatic roof lift system. Push a button and up/down it goes. How reliable are these systems? What happens if they fail and I am out in the book docks? How easy is it to raise/lower the roof manually? Anyone with one of these new systems had problems?
sljohnson1938 02/22/19 01:14pm Truck Campers
RE: How is this for a power system? Solar vs battery balance?

I forgot to add that we spend 8 to 9 weeks a travel season, and have done so for the last 10 years, using the camper, tripping all over the West, so the electrical system in our Outfitter gets a good work out. Terry
terryrey 02/17/19 03:53pm Truck Campers
RE: How is this for a power system? Solar vs battery balance?

We have an Outfitter Apex 8 with the NovaKool 7.5 CF compressor fridge, two 6 Volt 230AH golf cart batteries (last summer was their 11th season and still going strong!), 375 watts solar, tv / dvd, radio, LED lighting, 1700 watt inverter, and the usual other stuff like AC, propane heat, stove, etc. We also carry a Honda 2000. The one electrical upgrade I made that really made a huge difference in keeping the camper batteries charged was installing a high amp direct charging circuit from the truck directly to the camper batteries! The factory charging circuit may deliver 10 to 12 amps - maybe, because of the small gauge wire. I use 1-0 welding cable and can deliver over 100 amps. Of course the batteries can only accept around 25 amps, but still this allows the batteries to come to a full state of charge in much less time than with the factory charge circuit. If it is sunny 5 or 6 hours a day, while parked, we never run out of battery because the solar keeps up, even with the electrical draw of the compressor fridge, furnace, etc. If it is cloudy or rainy, and we don't run the truck, but do run all of the electrical systems, including furnace (the largest single power draw), we have battery for less than two days. Since we mostly travel where it is sunny (we live in Utah) our economical Interstate battery installation along with solar and high amp charge circuit means that we don't use the generator and always have power to spare. Clouds and/or rain (no sun), however, means that we have to get the generator out by the end of day two, if we stay in one place for several days and don't drive the truck. Terry PS. Be sure to get the aux cooling fan on your NovaKool.
terryrey 02/17/19 03:47pm Truck Campers
RE: Best Pop up for 2019 Ram 1500 or 2500

5 people and gear in a popup camper on a short bed truck? That sounds ambitious. Where do you want to travel, in what type of weather and for how long? Do all 5 need to sleep in the camper? Something like the Outfitter Juno might work. Not on a 1500. https://outfittermfg.com/campers/juno/ All for $45,000.00 USD.I can buy 4 Palomino's for that and have 3 spares for later....lol Pretty pricey for a pop up I'd say.
SidecarFlip 01/17/19 05:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Best Pop up for 2019 Ram 1500 or 2500

5 people and gear in a popup camper on a short bed truck? That sounds ambitious. Where do you want to travel, in what type of weather and for how long? Do all 5 need to sleep in the camper? Something like the Outfitter Juno might work. Not on a 1500. https://outfittermfg.com/campers/juno/
joerg68 01/17/19 02:29pm Truck Campers
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