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RE: Thanks..and a Slide Question

We own a 2018 NL 8-11 and the 2 of us have no issues with the camper and we have over the last 2 years put on well over 50,000 kms on the camper. We even went book docking in AZ durning the winter of 2019. We can usually last 4 to 5 days with out dumping the tanks and re-filling. We have never run out of fresh water, however we do carry two 5 gal drinking water in the back seat of our truck. We pull a trailer with out sxs on it which we also use for hauling storing other items we may want to bring with us. On the 2 month trip to AZ we didn’t have the trailer or SXS with us, and we didn’t want for nothing. Remember, your outside the rig 80% of the time. We have spent a number of days stuck inside because of heavy rains on the north coast of British Columbia, but we are both alive. One of the reasons we ordered and bought our NL was because it did t have a slide, which by the way we have had on two of our past 5th wheels, and the less moving parts the better and the camper weights less also when they don’t slides. We do a lot of off road camping up here in the mountains of B.C. and I would never get a slide on a camper for that reason alone. Good luck with your new camper what ever it is.
SideHillSoup 03/05/20 08:02am Truck Campers
RE: New NL 8-11

Welcome to the club,,,, huge following on Face book for NL owners.
SideHillSoup 03/02/20 04:56pm Truck Campers
RE: How do you get to your spare tire with the camper on?

I went to the auto wrecker and bought for $20 a second set of hand crack tubes and pouch. Now I haven’t had to use because of of a flat, however I have tested it and it works great even with the camper on the truck.
SideHillSoup 03/01/20 12:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Backup Camera Setup with AND without a Slide-in Camper

I have two cameras, both hard wire. One is a plug and play backup camera from Camera Source, and works just like the stock camera mounted in the tailgate and is activated when the truck goes into reverse. The second camera is also hard wired and is for viewing the trailer a pull with my SXS, which is very difficult to see when the camper is on the truck. This camera, and monitor cost $65 at amazon and works continuously while turned on in the cab of the truck, so I can easily see the trailer and SXS. I have both plugs set up behind the license plate of the back bumper.
SideHillSoup 02/25/20 07:17am Truck Campers
RE: Used truck camper

We have a 2017 GMC 3500 Duramax , SWD, short box with a 2018 Northern Lite 8-11 EXSE Dry-Bath. We ordered our camper from the factory, so we got the options we wanted, the three biggest items were a second 100 watt solar panel, no A/C, and a U shaped dinette. I know you have said second hand camper, however with the NL campers weighing much less than stick built with slides I thought you should also consider Northern Lite on your list. Northern Lite does not make campers with slides, and our camper only weights approx 2700 lbs dry. We added a Torklift Super Hitch reviver with a Torklift 48” Supper truss extension to haul our SXS & Trailer, as well as set of Timbren SES overload springs on the truck. We have no issues with towing a trailer or hauling the camper on our truck. I have also hauled my son in-laws 21ft Bayliner, which is much heavier than our SXS and Trailer behind the truck and camper in the mountains of B.C. with no issues. 95% of the time we are outside the camper, so interior size for us wasn’t a big deal. We do have all the creature comforts in the camper and we have spent a number of days inside, like last summer when we were up in the Bella Coola area of British Columbia and cats and dogs landing on the roof. ( grin) The first year we had our new camper we put just over 42,000 kms on it, with just over 2 months alone in the Yuma area boondocking, and we didn’t find the camper “ cramped” or second guessing ourselves on “ did we buy to small a camper”. We have owned different types of RV’s during our adult life, and we both started camping with our parents back in the 60’s. We went from a 35 ft 5th wheel with 3 slides, two lazy boys, a electric fire place, 42” flat screen TV, and kitchen island etc.... to this camper, and we still don’t find it to small, but that’s just us. I made sure we followed all the weight and towing restrictions & regulations for the vehicle as well as for my drivers license here in British Columbia. When it comes to weight and towing ability, It all boils down to being safe on the road as well as making sure if something does happens on those roads your insurance isn’t null and void because you are breaking a regulation, law or a rule. Enjoy what ever you buy. Soup.
SideHillSoup 02/17/20 10:00am Truck Campers
RE: Looking for revelstoke recommendations

Hey Soup, you working part time at the Visitors/Welcome Centre on the Crowsnest at the BC/AB border? If not, they should hire you. That's a pretty comprehensive list of stuff to do out there.:B Great pics, too. Writing that was easy as I live in the area and have camped in the area and driving these roads for far to many years ( grin) The hard part was correcting all my spelling mistakes. ;) Soup.
SideHillSoup 01/31/20 05:42pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Looking for revelstoke recommendations

Think about this round trip: Following Hwy 3 west: Take Hwy 3 west out of Alberta and stop and see Frank Slide continue on Sparwood see the largest truck in the world, Pass through Fernie towards Cranbrook. Following Hwy 3 towards Cranbrook and about 60 kms west of Fernie as you come down a long hill towards a bridge that crosses the Kootenay River, there is a turn lane on your right and a road called Wardner / Fort Steele Road, if you want to see Fort Steele. Follow this good paved road approximately 25 kms, where you will pop out onto Hwy 93/95 About 6 or 7 kms once on this road and on the left a sort distance down another rd, there is a Kootenay Fish Hatchery where you can feed the see fish. Located at the Jct of Hwy 93/95 there is a ESSO gas station and a Campground on the right just as you get to Hwy Jct. The ESSO has a nice big parking lot where the gas pumps are. I loved their big parking area around the pumps when I pulled my 35 ft 5th wheel. The Fort Steele Historical Site entrance is about 300 meters to the left ( south) of the Esso down Hwy 93/95. After Fort Steele follow Hwy 93/95 south towards Cranbrook where you will again join up with Hwy 3 west. If you choose to, you can drive the short distance to Kimberly and take the kids on the Under Ground Mining Railway. After Cranbrook follow Hwy 3 west to Creston. Depending when your in Creston the Hwy side fruit stands will be full of fresh fruit and some veggies. Most fruit stands are on the east side of Creston as you enter town. Once at Creston take Hwy 3-A north west following Kootenay Lake to the Ferry Landing at Kootenay Bay. Here you will board the Kootenay Lake Ferry to cross Kootenay Lake to Balfour. The Kootenay Lake ferry is the longest free ferry ride in the world, and the views from the ferry are spectacular. After getting off the Ferry and at the top of the little hill as you leave the ferry take a right hand turn and follow Hwy 31 west still following the edge of Kootenay Lake towards Kaslo. ( the top of that little Hill is actually Hwy Jct 3-A and Hwy 31) Along the way you will pass Ainsworth Hot Springs, they do have a large parking lot, however I have never pulled a trailer into that parking lot and it can get crowded durning cool or rainy days. In Kaslo you can tour the dry docked Paddle Wheeler SS Moyie built in 1898. Kaslo has a community campground on the lake shore. After Kaslo you will take Hwy 31 -A over the hump to New Denver. About 3/5 of the way over and as you start heading down hill there is a well marked gravel road on your left with signage pointing you to the Mining ghost town of Sandon. There is plenty of large areas to park rig. Once you head down into New Denver you will be on shores Slocan Lake they have a small community campground on the lake shore. After leaving New Denver take Hwy 6 north towards Nakusp. There are two campgrounds about 15 minutes from New Denver on the shores of Summit Lake. One campground is Summit Lake Provincial Park campground. The second is A small family owned campground called Three Islands Resort. Once in Nakusp which is located on the shores of The Upper Arrow Lakes ( Columbia River) there is a small community campground how ever it is not on the lake. There is also a great sandy beach in town as well as beautiful paved walking path following the lake shore. Nakusp also has the Nakusp Hot Spring which has a campground right at the Hot Springs which as about a 15 minute drive on a paved access road leading to the Hot Springs. This road is located just past the Esso station by 500 meters to the right indicated with Signage. After Nakusp follow Hwy 23, 45 minutes north to the Galena Bay / Shelter Bay ferry which again is free. This ferry is crossing the Upper Arrow Lakes and once off the ferry you are only 45 minutes from Revelstoke. After you visit to Revelstoke you can follow Hwy 1 to Golden to visit your friends and then into Calgary and home. Having driven the route from Revelstoke to Calgary many many times. My wife and I both like the views heading east more than heading west through Rogers Pass and Kicking Horse Pass, just our Opinion. There are tons of campgrounds private and BC Provincial campgrounds all along this route, you just have to decide where you want to stay, I only named a couple. Also there are hiking trails and mountain bikes trails all over the mountains around here. Also a great hike is up Idaho Peak, there is a shuttle service out of New Denver for a fee so you don’t have to drive your own vehicular up the mountain road to the parking lot ( YouTube Idaho Peak BC) What ever you decide to do have fun. Soup. SS Moyie Summit Lake BC ( West Kootenays) Summit lake, fishing looking at Three Islands Resort. Slocan Lake
SideHillSoup 01/31/20 02:29pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Looking for revelstoke recommendations

Is there a particular reason you want to spend 2 weeks in Revelstoke? I can think of a lot of other places close by that in my opinion are much better places to camp. Soup.
SideHillSoup 01/29/20 06:51am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Two Weeks in Canada

Also there is another Hot Springs ( Ainsworth Hot Springs ) about 10 or 12 miles south east of Kaslo on Hwy 31. They have a cave you can swim through. Back when we were kids there were no lights in the cave. Another 15 minutes south east of Ainsworth Hot Springs is another ferry ( Kootenay Lake Ferry) this ferry is the longest free ferry ride in the world. Even if you don’t continue on Hwy 3-A towards Creston BC. A back and forth trip on the ferry is well worth the views. You can also do Day Hikes up Kokanee Glacier. Easiest access is from the Nelson side off Hwy 3-A. You don’t want to take your trailer up to the parking lot as the road is gravel and parking space is limited. There is also a zip line up that road, however I haven’t done that, but have lots of friends that have. Also look up Cody Caves, I think they are open again during the summer, but you will have to heck that’s out yourself. Tons more stuff to keep the kids and mom and dad busy. Soup
SideHillSoup 01/15/20 09:22am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Two Weeks in Canada

Wow, Soup! Thanks so much! Great info. I will research all this now. Very helpful! If you need anymore info just drop me a line. Soup.
SideHillSoup 01/14/20 02:19pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Two Weeks in Canada

Thank you for the tips! I did book sites last night. I got the very last spots available (for my size) in those areas, and the sites are less than desirable. But, I'll make it work. I thought I was giving myself enough time to book (7 months out). In Jasper, I could only get the overflow camping area (basically a parking lot with no services). I called KOA in Jasper this morning and luckily got a spot...not perfect, but at least I'll have some hook-ups. I will book earlier next time I plan a trip to Canada. It will be super busy, but have to do these trips in the summer when my kids are out of school. Some day, hope to have the flexibility to go anytime of the year. Thank you everybody!! Also look at taking Hwy 6 from Vernon BC over to the Needles Ferry ( free ferry ) and then North up towards Nakusp, from Nakusp and across the Shelter Bay ferry on Hwy 23 to Revelstoke. Two campgrounds to look at are at Burton BC Burton Campgound. And the Nakusp Hot Springs campgroundNakusp Hot Springs.. The campground at Burton is a nice small community campground with clean shower ( buddy built them) and some spots with hook up. This campground is located on the shores of the Arrow Lakes ( Columbia River) The Nakusp Hot Springs campground is on the edge of Kuskanax Creek. The Hot springs are about 150 ft across the hot springs parking lot/ rod. The hve watwr Nd some with power. There is so McDonald Cr. provincial park ( BC Parks ) campground again on the shores of the Arrow Lakes. This campground is very busy and hard to get a “ good site”. It’s between Burton and Nakusp on Hwy 6. Also if time permits leave you rig in the campground and drive to New Denver still on Hwy 6. 10 minutes outside of Nakusp headed towards New Denver there the two campgrounds on the shores of a mountain lake called Summit Lake one campground is called Summit Lake Provincal Park campground. The other is Three Islands Resort. We stay at Three Islands al lot during the camping season. They have nice clean washrooms with hot showers, laundry, full hook ups 15 and 30 amp. Row boat rentals peddle boat rentals and firewood. summit lake is great place to fish and the best fishing is right in front of Three Islands. Three Islands New Denver is on the shores of Slocan Lake. New Denver has a campground which is on the shore on Slocan Lake but this campground will require a reservation if you desire to stay here. My kids were on the phone for this campground the morning the reservations opened to book a long weekend in the summer, and they got the site they wanted but the system crashed shortly after that. New Denver Camping Once in New Denver if you follow Hwy 31-A over the hump driving past a couple small mountain lakes ( good ice fishing there) to Kaslo. In Kaslo you can tour the dry docked paddle wheeler built in 1898 the Moyie. Kaslo is on the shores of one of the biggest Lakes in the Kootenay region. This lake is called Kootenay Lake the other big lake is the Arrow Lakes. If hiking is to your liking Idaho Peak is for you guys, which is about 10 minutes up Hwy 31-A and then off to the right up a gravel road past the Ghost town of Sandon. ( YouTube Idaho Peak BC) there is a guy that will for a price drive you up to the parking lot up the mountain. Idaho Peak Shuttle Hopefully the road will be open when you get there as snow usually lasts. until the first week of July. It’s not a hard hike, and the views are spectacular. From Nakusp take Hwy 23 north to Revelstoke and Hwy 1, again you will be crossing the Arrow Lakes, again a free ferry ride, this time the Galena Bay / Shelter Bay ferry. All inland ferries in BC are free. From the ferry crossing at the Needles ferry through Nakusp all the way to Revelstoke, you will be following the shore line of the Arrow Lakes. However after the Shelter Bay / Galena Bay ferry you see less and less of the Arrow Lake ( Columbia River) as you start to climb and get farther away from the shoreline. I live in this area south of the Needles Ferry by about 40 miles on the Columbia River. Before the camper we have now, I pulled my three 5th wheels all around the areas I talked bout. My last two 5th wheel were 32, and 35 ft long, and I got on and off the ferries no issues. Google the places I talked about above, there is a lot of stuff for kids to do here. Which ever way you decide to go, have fun. Soup.
SideHillSoup 01/14/20 09:53am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Two Weeks in Canada

Have you booked places to stay in the Banff / Jasper area. If not you better start looking and booking campsites ASAP. All BC provincial ( BC Parks) and Canadian National parks do not permit anyone to camp or stop over night except in their campgrounds. The Okanogan Valley ( Osoyoos, Kelowna, Vernon area) are really busy in the summer as are Banff and Jasper, sites will be difficult find when just driving up. Good luck on your trip. Soup.
SideHillSoup 01/14/20 08:08am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: What Portable Propane Gas Grill Do You Use?

This is the one that we have. It is small however it is perfect for the two of us and fits into the basement of our Northern Lite Camper. This is my second Primus BBQ ( other one seems to have found new home at the kids house) We have no problem cooking steaks, pork chops, chicken, Burgers etc. The burner is close to the grill so there is no issue with getting heat. The 1 lbs bottles are plenty big enough to cook what is needed. We even take this out snowmobiling and ATVing. Plus it makes great morning coffee
SideHillSoup 12/12/19 09:40am Truck Campers
RE: What Portable Propane Gas Grill Do You Use?

This is the one that we have. It is small however it is perfect for the two of us and fits into the basement of our Northern Lite Camper.
SideHillSoup 12/12/19 08:19am Truck Campers
RE: A fall week in the Kootenays

I’m in the Kootenays ... and I have beer in the Beer Fridge which will be emptied today while watching the 103rd Grey Cup! Grey Cup :B Soup.
SideHillSoup 11/24/19 09:37am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Northern-Lite 8-11 & Solar?

SideHillSoup, I’d love to know where that name came from. PM me, if you would. I don’t want to be guilty of drifting my own thread. :) It looks to me that a solution could be to have a factory rack on your camper and mount the panels on it. I’d think, using say 160w panels I could get the 400w I’d like to have. That could solve the more-holes-in-the-roof issue. That would be four more holes plus but at least they’d be factory installed. Just my $0.02 and worth about that.... ;) Bill I’m thinking and writing about the name.... it’s a long story, so put the coffee pot on... I will,pm you when it is done. As for the roof racks..., good idea on less holes, however I would be now worried about wind picking up the panels / bending them...etc.... however you could possibly mount aluminum angle material for structural support and strength. PM coming on name ... Soup.
SideHillSoup 11/20/19 08:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Northern-Lite 8-11 & Solar?

We have a 2018, NL 8-11 that came equipped with one 100 watt panel, and two 6 volt batteries. We added a second 100 watt panel on the opposite side of the factory installed panel this last spring. I have seen people with NL campers add a lot of panels on the roof, but for the life of me I can’t figure out way, all I see is more holes in the roof. We have used our 100 factory installed panel with my portable 70 panel on a 2 month trip to AZ two winters ago. . We watched statilite TV with a receiver just about every night, charged out Ipad, cell phone and laptop, we operated the camper with all it’s ‘stuff’ no issues. After that winter in the camper down south we decided to install a second 100 panel,on the roof. I do carry a 2000 watt Yamaha Generator for Big power draw items, however I never used it to charge the batteries besides the few times I had it running to run the toaster or instapot. Yuma with the two portable 35 watt panels on the ground, which I plugged into the 100 watt system that came with the camper.
SideHillSoup 11/20/19 02:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Tire chains needed?

I’ve driven 4X4’s up here in Canada ( BC mountains) for YEARS and have never ever had to use chains on the Hwy. And where I live you can’t get out of the valley with out going over Mountain pass. If the law requires you to have them, that’s one you need them, I highly doubt it. I also have a NL camper and drove out of here two winters ago on my way to AZ in a snow storm, I used 4 wheel drive but never needed or came close to need Chains. Just get something that will fill the law requirement, you will most likely never use them on the Hwy. Soup.
SideHillSoup 11/12/19 08:31pm Truck Campers
RE: A fall week in the Kootenays

Raduim Sheep, or Salmo / Creston sheep?
SideHillSoup 11/09/19 09:29am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Northern Lite Camper modifications/add ons

Deleted post. Soup
SideHillSoup 10/03/19 08:30pm Truck Campers
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