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RE: The Future of Pricing

It's interesting to speculate but not much confidence in predicting the future. Remember all the drama about fuel prices a few months ago? Best estimates are 6.5 million deaths world wide from COVID. Unprecedented peace time disruption of manufacturing and shipping. Can't expect to escape some pain but it's not reasonable to expect it will continue indefinitely. Chins up, seems as if most of us will make it through. Agree w your thoughts but would add we now add wartime issues w a huge producer of fuel and 2 major producers of grain, both items are the bedrock upon which the world economy is built.
cptqueeg 09/02/22 01:16pm General RVing Issues
RE: Little Joe Rd in Northern Idaho

In case you care, I suspect that Little Joe road is named after the electric locomotives that the Milwaukee railroad used to run thru that area back in the 1960s and 1970s. They were originally built to be shipped to the Soviet Union but never went because of political reasons. The railroad crews knew their history and named them Little Joes after Joseph Stalin. Interesting! A straight electric locomotive was moving freight in the old days.
cptqueeg 08/31/22 08:39pm Roads and Routes
RE: Little Joe Rd in Northern Idaho

Avery was an awesome place! Huge burnt out red cedar snags from the fire of 1910 and an absurd number of wooden Burlington Northern railroad trestle bridges. Hope it's weathered the last 40 years better than most places have. It's definitely on my list to revisit.
cptqueeg 08/31/22 03:18pm Roads and Routes
RE: The Future of Pricing

"The global market for camping and caravanning is expected to grow 6.6 percent from 2020 to 2025, according to Research and Markets. And the number of R.V.s shipped in 2021 jumped a record 39 percent from the previous year, according to a report from StorageCafe, a unit of the real estate software company Yardi Systems." Research and Markets report In my estimation the high cost of entry is an opportunity to find other ways to travel, while biding your time looking for a reasonably priced RV. Cruises, river trips, African safari, fishing trips, and other adventure style trips outside of the US would be good alternatives to an RV.
cptqueeg 08/28/22 07:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: Registration Conundrum

Sorry you had to go through w that. We have been using the street address of our Post Office w Unit xxxx which is our PO Box number to deal w the physical address issues. We don't get home delivery of US mail in our locale so it's really a pia especially w packages, Idaho fish and game, and others for some inexplicable reason. Your name Post office street address Unit xxxx Somewhere ID xxxxx-xxxx
cptqueeg 08/26/22 05:18am General RVing Issues
RE: Smaller or more minimalist truck camper

The 8' FWC shell model is $18K, the 8' FWC Grandby side dinette is $28K so it's $10K cheaper(plus tax, if applicable.) The 6.5' Hawk has the same $10k difference in prices btwn models. Idaho requires a title and therefore state sales tax, where the shell model does not require the title. ymmv Any accessories added are going to cost the same on either the shell or fully built out model. You'll need solar, batteries, and controller. Throw in your camp stove, water supply, porta potty, diesel heater, 12v cooler, and you're good to go. The interior is empty so you can bring lots of stuff and it's only limited by what can fit through the door. Grandby shell build Regarding your link, I appreciate having that to review, as it shows so many options you, typically, need to consider getting, if not all, and provides the price. Thanks to all responses, I may have to just buy bigger and more complicated. Sure is a lot to analyze, lol. I wish I could just find a used truck and truck camper ready to go and drive away! I not only have to choose a truck, but then an RV, sheesh! I'm going to characterize your budget as relatively limited, based on your couple posts. Buying something like the FW shell model either completely bare, or ala carte (the prices on some of the "options" assume the buyer basically can't even use a screwdriver or go to the hardware store...) is a horrible financial decision. Unless I'm wrong about the budget part. For the cost of just a new shell, or less, you can buy the whole camper, same thing (used of course). The resale in the future on the shell will be 0 for the vast majority of pop up TC buyers and very limited for the few that may want to build it out. While the options are available at FWC doesn't mean you have to buy it from them. For instance installing your own battery bank, solar, and inverter is pretty well cookbook stuff with plenty of quality examples here at rv.net to follow. As for the FWC market you couldn't be more wrong. There isn't anything out there to be had. Sold mine for more than I paid after deciding it wasn't for us. They get snapped up in a matter of hours once posted on line. The beauty of a shell is NOT building it out, its leaving it empty and packing only what you need on each trip. And you can still fit a fair amount of cargo using it as a DD.
cptqueeg 08/23/22 03:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Smaller or more minimalist truck camper

The 8' FWC shell model is $18K, the 8' FWC Grandby side dinette is $28K so it's $10K cheaper(plus tax, if applicable.) The 6.5' Hawk has the same $10k difference in prices btwn models. Idaho requires a title and therefore state sales tax, where the shell model does not require the title. ymmv Any accessories added are going to cost the same on either the shell or fully built out model. You'll need solar, batteries, and controller. Throw in your camp stove, water supply, porta potty, diesel heater, 12v cooler, and you're good to go. The interior is empty so you can bring lots of stuff and it's only limited by what can fit through the door. Grandby shell build
cptqueeg 08/23/22 06:45am Truck Campers
RE: Smaller or more minimalist truck camper

The camper solution is impossible to find. You want simple and uncomplicated and the "lady" wants complications and amenities. Here's the solutions, stick w camping spots that supply the amenities, bring them along, or find a new "lady." Each has its own downsides. I can't find a new "lady" at this stage and have tried to provide the amenities but it's complicated and as soon as it get's below 25F I get nervous. And it's very limiting. I want to be w fewer people so I need to go when no one else wants to be in places which means snow and cold so onboard water(showers/toilets) is an issue. In the summer we choose places w pit toilets and rivers, and lakes to swim in and deal w more people. (thank fully way less crowded this summer.) I now have a class B w diesel heat, solar, A/C, 2nd alternator w DC to DC converter, and 450 amps Li batts which can reportedly can run the A/C overnight. So far we've just needed the A/C to cool the van on the day of travel for an hour before bed. We haven't used the shower or toilet yet. Why I'm now in a B vs a TC. Diesel heat Ample Li batts 2nd alternator w DC to DC converter - alleviates the need for a generator and can be used where no generators are allowed Lower bed height could not buy a suitable truck or an 8' Four wheel camper TC(neither were readily available) limited storage area A pop up trailer is going to provide a lot more room than a TC or a B. It's nice to park it and have the truck to move around unencumbered. A shell model TC(perhaps w the addition of an enclosed trailer) is also a good solution for long trips where you want all the toys like bikes, propane firepit, fishing tackle, canoe, extra coolers, or what ever. Just rig the TC or pop-up w diesel heat, big Li battery bank, solar, and truck w 2nd alt and DC to DC converter. Water, shower, stoves, 120v/12v electric coolers/freezers, porta-potty and shelters can be added as needed on each trip.
cptqueeg 08/22/22 04:05pm Truck Campers
RE: Hedging Gas Prices

There were/are contracts w lid prices for home heating oil offered to consumers where the oil company did the hedging for all their customers. Having heated w oil for ~30 years I imagine that this latest rise was devastating to some. Glad I left that world behind a few years ago.
cptqueeg 08/20/22 07:55am General RVing Issues
RE: Yellowstone roads closed!

Not until Oct 15th and the snow was flying on us 30 Sep last year. We were chased by a Blizzard east. It says by 10/15 not until to be accurate. We stuck it out in the snow and cold in the 3rd week of Oct and it was still a great experience.
cptqueeg 08/19/22 06:36pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Hedging Gas Prices

First question is what % is fuel of your budget. If it's 3% why bother w the effort to save some small % of that 3%? And over time it probably evens out anyway so what are the savings long term, probably not much. If you have a 500 gallon tank in the yard and you can get less than retail price all the time, plus add in the convenience (and risk), that might be worth doing.
cptqueeg 08/18/22 06:47am General RVing Issues
RE: Very high aurora forecast for Aug 18

Forecast for central Idaho is cloudy, which is a shame.
cptqueeg 08/17/22 09:14pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Smaller or more minimalist truck camper

What you might consider is a "shell" model of the Four Wheel Camper Grandby it includes just a bed. The Grandby is for a 8' bed. A 6.5' pop up is cramped w 2 people. Pack your camping stove, 12v cooler, porta potty (and porta potty tent), and water supply as needed. Perhaps a built in diesel heater, some lithium batteries, and solar. It's a very versatile setup, bring only what you need. You want to do your cooking and bodily functions out doors. If you needed to carry stuff on the roof Hallmark is a great option but there is a lengthy wait for delivery, and it's totally customizable. And I would hang on to the Titan, especially if it's an 8' bed.
cptqueeg 08/14/22 12:47pm Truck Campers
RE: Help with high humidity

When sizing residential AC, both window and central air, I was always told that too big of a unit will not run long enough to remove the humidity. Perhaps just running 1 or 2 of the 3 units will solve your issue as it seems you achieve your desired temperature under relatively mild conditions before the air gets dehumidified. The other suggestions about preventing or eliminating sources of humid, outdoor air and moisture are good ones.
cptqueeg 08/11/22 08:06am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New Truck More Payload

Welp how about this: Build a nice steel building on your MT property and store the truck and/or TC there and drive the RAV from home. Or store the RAV there. There will be room for all your excess camping, chainsaws and homesteading equipment as well. Another thought was to put in a well. It sounds like you have a great setup w property, truck, great TC, a wife willing to go along so I wouldn't dwell on the perceived limitations. Inch along step by step, no reason to get rash and step up to a 5500 right now. (It took me a couple years to understand that payload ratings are based on more than the physical ability of the truck so over time w a few mods your current truck may be all you need.)
cptqueeg 08/03/22 02:51pm Truck Campers
RE: Brakes Broken On The Road

^^^^ WHAT ????? :h. :h Liability in case he wrecks.
cptqueeg 07/31/22 06:34pm Tech Issues
RE: Generator Fuel Question

One point that hasn't been made is the fuel containers, LP vs gas. I would much rather deal w the LP containers than gas cans, recognizing the ease of obtaining gas vs LP.
cptqueeg 07/29/22 01:22pm Tech Issues
RE: Jump Statt Battery Pack

Hi All, snip.... It seems to need to be able to sense some electrical power to enable the voltage outputs to energize. Is this the way they ALL work? Tim I bought a jumper pack (Schumacher DSR108) that contains a small Li battery but the way the unit functions is it sucks very little juice out of the dead batt to energize an ultra capacitor to do the starting. Is this the same type of jump starter you bought?
cptqueeg 07/28/22 07:14pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Rear window reflective sun shade

Check out Boise Window Tint, for slightly different options. Bennet Akers 208 322 3312 [email protected] If Bennet can't do it himself he'll refer you to another shop that can. He is a true professional and quality businessman. Thanks for the heads up on this. Our window is tinted now, so not sure this is the avenue we want to take, but is good information to have for later should we change our minds. Lots of high tech stuff available now that has properties far beyond what we know as "tint."
cptqueeg 07/25/22 07:30am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Booger welded some stuff on the rig today..

Mitch, looks good!
cptqueeg 07/24/22 08:01pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
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