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RE: New to truck campers

A 5 1/2 foot bed is a problem. Try one of the simple pop up style truck campers like Four Wheel campers. Some are pretty light with no bathroom and no pop outs.
ppine 11/28/22 09:38am Truck Campers
RE: Olympic National Park / Port Angeles

The summer season is extremely busy in WA especially late June to Labor Day. It is the only "less wet" time of year. Get reservations. PA is a long way from Olympic NP.
ppine 11/28/22 09:36am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Pahrump to Winnemucca

It will not be 85 in May. Nevada is the most rural state. Outside of Reno and LV there there is not much out there. You have to adjust your thinking. Even for a day trip, carry several gallons of water, a couple of sleeping bags, some food. Keep your fuel tank at least half full at all times.
ppine 11/24/22 09:30am Roads and Routes
RE: Camping at 27 degrees.

Skills worth learning. In the western mountains in can be 27 F at night in August.
ppine 11/10/22 11:39am General RVing Issues
RE: Four Wheel Campers

I have been sleeping in trucks with canopies for 50 years. You have to leave a window open for ventilation. I like a slider in the front near where I am sleeping. They can be heated by a little Buddy heater. We used to just use a Coleman lantern. Mostly I just use down sleeping bags and wool blankets. It was around 20 degrees this spring at Twin Lakes area in CA near Bridgeport. It was -8 there last night. I slept at a ski area in CO one night after getting upset with a girl friend. It was an old Totoyta truck with carpet and good insulation. I was fine at around -15 degrees F. I am considering getting a Bed Rug kit for the back of my Ram 2500. There is no doubt that the pop top campers are going to release a lot of heat compared to regular hard sides but they are lighter and much less top heavy and easier to get around with. Still way ahead of a tent and even the back of a good pickemup.
ppine 11/10/22 11:32am Truck Campers
RE: Four Wheel Campers

I was looking at some Forest River pop up campers this week. A full sized camper tends to be heavy and top heavy. The pop ups solve that problem but are not so good below freezing. One of the great things is that some of them have clear windows all the way around in the canvas on top of the sides. It is easy to see out and it lets in some sun. Much less claustrophobic than larger closed up campers. With a light camper I can still bring a drift boat. I have never liked taking my truck canopy off and mounting a camper. With a light camper it might be possible to just leave it on for a month or two.
ppine 11/07/22 10:14am Truck Campers
RE: Tent Camping Forum

I still camp in tents at 72 because it is not possible to drive to the really good places.
ppine 10/27/22 10:20am Tent Camping
RE: Ordering a ‘23 Powerstroke

If you have 34 " tires and a 3:31 axle ratio, you need all the horsepower you can find.
ppine 10/09/22 08:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ordering a ‘23 Powerstroke

If you don't need more power, why are you looking at the most powerful diesel made and the HO model? Why buy new if you want to keep it for a year? Buy a used truck and make it easy on yourself.
ppine 10/07/22 08:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: Wolf Creek Pass in Colorado

A serious road. I used to go over it often. Gear down and control your speed. Acting like a trucker is great advice. Expect winter weather. It is beautiful.
ppine 10/02/22 10:14am Roads and Routes
RE: notes of Mexico and Central America RV Trip

A Great Trip. I really Latin culture. Work on your Spanish. Understand the local customs. Check with the State Dept to avoid some towns and regions. It is hard to blend in in a motor home. I always thought of doing the trip in an older diesel pick up. I have spent time in the mountains of Peru and Bolivia and really enjoyed everything about it. I could live there.
ppine 10/02/22 10:11am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Storing My Diesel Truck Over Winter Advice

Use Stabil in the fuel. DEF has a service life of about 6 months. Letting vehicles sit for 6 months is hard on them. Pull the batteries and put a low voltage maintainer on them. I have 4 vehicles and make sure I drive them all at least once a week. For a month off I just disconnect the ground on the batteries. But for 6 months they need to be charged.
ppine 10/02/22 10:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: Two blow outs in one day

Modern tires are a huge improvement. We used to buy used tires and recaps. But we only went 50-55 mph most of the time. I have lost 2 tires in one day many times. I lost 3 tires once in the same day. hard to go very far.
ppine 10/02/22 10:00am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Time for new tires already?

I just sold my Ford F-350 diesel after driving it for 20 years. I got over 60,000 miles per set of tires, using Toyo Open Country and Cooper Discovery. On the original tires about 50,000 miles. How you drive matters. Most people corner too fast.
ppine 10/02/22 09:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: outside speakers

The only problem is everyone else can hear your music. One night some camping neighbors were watching a Star Wars type movie. They were inside, but the outside speakers were really loud. I knocked on their door. "Oh sorry we didn't know the outside speakers were on."
ppine 10/02/22 09:53am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Best ride for the buck

Newer pick up and a travel trailer.
ppine 09/22/22 09:41am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Occasional Winter Camping??

A hard question to answer. People live in RVs in the northern Rockies, but it takes some experience to be comfortable. You have to learn how to keep your plumbing working and stay warm. My point of view is that most RV people can be pretty functional down to around 0-10 above by doing the obvious. Especially if day time temps make it above freezing. Spending the night at a ski area parking lot in the Rockies with no hook ups is not so easy. It can be -35 degrees F or more. I have slept in the back of my insulated pickup with no heat at around -20 degrees with few problems.
ppine 09/17/22 11:15am Truck Campers
RE: New study on genetic origins of dogs

Experiments with the breeding of foxes has shown that wild animals can be more or less domesticated in a few generations. By selecting for the calmest animals, the least afraid of humans they can be pet quality animals in about 7 generations. The wide variety and number of dog breeds, is a testament to the power of breeding. Line breeding on purpose is fine. Spay and neuter pets unless you plan to improve the breeding of your pet's line. In-breeding is a slippery slope that brings out recessive genes, but al;so brings along with it things like deafness, blindness and bad hips and eyes.
ppine 09/17/22 11:04am RV Pet Stop
RE: Yellowstone Update

Okay thanks for the update. Too many rules. The best days are gone.
ppine 09/06/22 09:42am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Yellowstone Update

Pack dinner to eat on the tailgate. Go out to Lamar Valley and stay out past dark. It is the American Serengeti. Drive under the speed limit in the dark going back to your rig. It is the best thing you can do in Yellowstone without going into the backcountry.
ppine 08/31/22 09:34am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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