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RE: Anyone ever try the Traction pads for a Truck Camper

I got THESE back in 2015 and they have worked great, use them in the sand if I need help getting out of a rut. Wouldn't hesitate to buy another set. I think we will have a set of these under the tree this year and give them a try ...Thanks for the link...
jaycocreek 11/17/19 11:07am Truck Campers
RE: Best truck for Northern Lite 10-2

If I was a diesel,I'd get the Dodge for sure,if it was gas,then the Ford and the new 7.3 gas...
jaycocreek 11/16/19 03:11pm Truck Campers
RE: Best truck for Northern Lite 10-2

Idaho Lolo Web Pass cam shows a 50 speed limit sign. So, we were both wrong, but both close. :D There are some higher speeds on highway 12 on the Montana side but not near the pass. Highway 12 is not the pass the entire length and not steep the entire length. That's the speed limit in Idaho your seeing,not Montana..US 12 West speed limit is 50 mph from Kooskie to Lolo pass summit..A very dangerous road,there are more wrecks on that road than any I know of...Our scanner goes off daily on US 12 wrecks on the Lolo road..
jaycocreek 11/16/19 12:51pm Truck Campers
RE: Best truck for Northern Lite 10-2

Nice rig,Bigfoot..Love to have that setup regardless of the engine.
jaycocreek 11/16/19 12:45pm Truck Campers
RE: Best truck for Northern Lite 10-2

Sounds like you don’t like diesels, but the fact remains that they are extremely popular for a reason. And ... that reason isn’t because all of the owners have fivers. You might want to think abou this for a minute to see if you can come up with why Nope,don't hate diesels at all..Just giving my opinion on if it is needed with just a truck camper..IMHO it is not.. As to Lolo,it sure was not 45 mph when I went over it..Montana speed limits surpass Idaho by alot..It's 55 on the Idaho side.. I have said what I think and get only the two regulars with there weird replies..So the op has to make a decision on gas or diesel for his new Northern Lite TC.. Good luck with your choice and enjoy that new TC,it's a very popular truck camper.. Edited for JimH...This was the speed limit when I was there,far from 45 mph.. U.S. 12 drops from an elevation of 5,235 feet above sea level at Lolo Pass to parallel the West Fork of Lolo Creek in a narrow valley west of Wagon Mountain. Truckers are advised to drive slow over the next four miles due to the curving nature of the two-lane highway. Speed limits are set at 70 miles per hour for cars and 65 miles per hour for trucks along U.S. 12 east. Night speed limits drop to 65 and 55 MPH respectively.
jaycocreek 11/16/19 12:12pm Truck Campers
RE: Best truck for Northern Lite 10-2

Dang G-Dog..How could I argue with such logic... The op is buying a Nothern Lite 10-2 that will weigh around 45-4600 pounds ready to camp(estimate)..He never mentioned pulling anything heavy that would require something more powerful than a modern gas engine with a modern transmission.. Maybe in the future a fifth wheel is in order,then a diesel makes sense but not with just a truck camper..JMHO owning a 460 ford that eats our hills with ease and still gets 11.3 MPG loaded from Missoula to Grangeville with the TC on via hiway 12 over Lolo pass and a couple others.
jaycocreek 11/16/19 11:18am Truck Campers
RE: Best truck for Northern Lite 10-2

Buying a gasser dually is like buying a pink truck. It may do the the job, but ain't no one going to love it but you! I see your on par again... What you and Jim are missing is the op lives in Canada..Think/think/think...They pull over and weigh people unlike the USA...There is no SRW that will haul a Northern Lite 10-2 loaded and ready to camp and be under there GVWR..Period...Pink or not..The guy could get a ticket.. Pink trucks,really..Laffin
jaycocreek 11/16/19 10:59am Truck Campers
RE: Best truck for Northern Lite 10-2

. . . As for gas vs diesel with a truck camper,a gas does just fine with 4500# in the back..That diesel engine isn't for hauling a measly 4500# it was meant for heavy loads like big fifth wheels etc..JMHOI get the point you're trying to make. However, in terms of raw engine load, a decent-sized hard-side camper is still a challenge, even for a big-block diesel. I say that based on mpg's---mpg's more or less define the load on the engine. Our Cummins gets 17-18 highway empty. It gets approx. 11 mpg pulling a 12,000 lb. 5th wheel. It gets approx. 12-13 hauling our camper (3,500-4,000 lbs. loaded). Based on these numbers I'd say our Cummins is still workin' a tad hard hauling the camper. IMO, it's not so much the weight of the camper that's the issue, it's the wind coefficient. A camper is very inefficient aerodynamically. All the flat surfaces on the lower rear (each side), behind the cab, plus the jacks, not to mention the big cabover, creates a *lot* of wind drag. Wasn't trying to be snippy.If I was,sorry..I do not understand your point other than TC's buck the wind etc and there is a 4000# load in the bed..That 4000# load is nothing for a modern pickup or even my ancient 460..Wind or whatever does make a difference but on average,a diesel motor is not needed for a truck camper alone,modern gas engines and there new transmissions do wonders over the old engines like the 454 and 460 that were common in 34-35 foot motorhomes.. I could see no advantage for me(as an example) to upgrade to a diesel just hauling a 4000# load..The speed limit is mostly 55 mph where I live with an occasional 65 mph..I can do those with ease with my gas engine and my 39-4000# camper...Compression is fantastic rarely needing breaks on the local passes... The diesel engine is just overkill for anyone who just takes there truck camper,all the HP and torque is not needed when obeying the speed limit..Diesels are expensive to drive/repair and maintain..I just could not afford a 16K break down as Buzzcut posted a couple weeks ago.... As a gas guy,I see the benefits of a diesel for heavy loads,just not with a truck camper..
jaycocreek 11/16/19 10:41am Truck Campers
RE: Best truck for Northern Lite 10-2

TCjeff, you probably can get by with a gasoline SRW. With all the talk about Canada and pulling over truck campers and weighing them,there isn't a 3500 SRW series truck with enough payload to be legal there,loaded for a long trip... Heck,my F-350 DRW would be over GVWR with a NL 10-2 truck camper loaded ready to camp..
jaycocreek 11/16/19 09:58am Truck Campers
RE: Best truck for Northern Lite 10-2

It gets approx. 12-13 hauling our camper (3,500-4,000 lbs. loaded). I get 13-14 unloaded and 10-11 loaded with the same weight you mentioned with a 460 Ford..Now if I could put that 6-speed or 10-speed transmission behind the old 460,it would work far less.. I won't argue a diesel has more power and better gas mileage but I will note that diesel engines is not needed with a meager truck camper and a modern gas engine with a modern transmission..My 460 does a great jog with 36-4000 pounds in the back,lots of compression for down hill and plenty of power for up hill... With the speed limits as they are,a diesel has no edge in power with a modern gas engine..They both will go over the top of Idaho mountains at the same speed carrying a modest truck camper..Now throw in a big 5er and the edge definitely goes do the diesel with all the weight..
jaycocreek 11/16/19 09:45am Truck Campers
RE: Best truck for Northern Lite 10-2

As well, I’m uncertain regarding gas or diesel, and srw vs dually. We plan to boondock a fair bit and would like to be able to access off the road type campsites ... but nothing too crazy! Living in Canada,you definitely need a DRW..You will never find a SRW pickup with enough payload to be legal with the NL 10-2 packed for a long trip. As for gas vs diesel with a truck camper,a gas does just fine with 4500# in the back..That diesel engine isn't for hauling a measly 4500# it was meant for heavy loads like big fifth wheels etc..JMHO
jaycocreek 11/16/19 07:44am Truck Campers
RE: Tire chains needed?

They just don't look like anything I would be interested in. I might just not be open to new ideas. I just ordered a set of these V-bar chains that I doubt I will ever use. If I ever do need them I'll be in some pretty nasty stuff so I'd rather have a set if nice good old fashion tire chains. Never say never..I was hunting way back on the Magruder road/trail,a corridor between the Frank Church and Selway wildernesses in Idaho,in my new 2008 Ford 4X4..It started snowing hard, so knowing that road we turned around immediately..Everything was fine in 4X4 until we reached the summit of just one of the grades..It was so slick I had a hard time keeping the 4X4 on the very narrow trail/road.. I put the V-Bar chains on the rear for going down the incline and everything was fine..I doubt we would have made it back down that trail/road without damaging my new truck without the chains..Snow on top of ice isn't the best platform for a pickup.. I am very glad I had those chains in my 4X4 pickup...My opinion on chains is,get the heaviest duty V-Bar chains that fit..
jaycocreek 11/16/19 07:35am Truck Campers
RE: Recommendations for quiet portable generator

It is a 12 volt Lithium battery with a charge controller and all the bells and whistles...Recharged by solar or electricity..12 volt Lithium batteries are spendy,period... It does generate electricity...(Laughing)
jaycocreek 11/16/19 06:58am Truck Campers
RE: Recommendations for quiet portable generator

Not sure if this has been posted yet, but check out https://ecoflow.com/ I watched a couple video's on a comparable one(goalzero 1000),1000AH I think,they were running there new Dometic portable refer/freezers off them..Lasted a long time.. Impressive but expensive..
jaycocreek 11/15/19 10:56am Truck Campers
RE: Arctic Fox's change to cheaper-looking cabinetry ...

Times change and so do colors for RV's interiors..For those that have been around truck campers and RV's for a bunch of years,in the 50's and 60's the sinks/tubs/toilets and refrigerator/ice box's were green and yellow..Back then it was kool but now..YUK.. One of the draws to the Arctic Fox for me was the interior colors, that now have changed it seems..
jaycocreek 11/15/19 08:43am Truck Campers
RE: Recommendations for quiet portable generator

BUT, I will tell you after dealing with three different EU3000is, I sincerely believe there is not a quieter generator made than those. They are indeed very quiet, even under load. I agree 100%..That is why I say my Honda 2K is noisy compared, yet it is quiet compared to others in that class.. Noise wise..The Honda 3K is the bomb..LOL
jaycocreek 11/15/19 07:38am Truck Campers
RE: Arctic Fox's change to cheaper-looking cabinetry ...

Wait until they start doing the cabinetry in white like they are on the trailers and fifth wheels..Yuk is all I can say.. Are they really doing that now? That would be nasty! Yes they are and it is nasty in my opinion..This was one of my favorite fifth wheels...Jayco HT.. https://i.imgur.com/Jw0oRKb.jpg height=440 width=640
jaycocreek 11/15/19 04:29am Truck Campers
RE: Bringing extra fresh water.

There are also Plastimo bladder tanks who are rated for drinking water. Lot of options depends what fits your needs. Years ago we bought one of those 40 gallon water bladders from Camping world..Goes on your roof type of deal..Works okay but a pre-bleach rinse is necessary unless you like a rubber taste..Folds up and stores nicely.. Looks like a water bed full of water..
jaycocreek 11/14/19 12:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Arctic Fox's change to cheaper-looking cabinetry ...

Wait until they start doing the cabinetry in white like they are on the trailers and fifth wheels..Yuk is all I can say..
jaycocreek 11/14/19 09:43am Truck Campers
RE: Bringing extra fresh water.

I went with the two 15s because they fit in the bed of my older truck with my ATV in the bed too. My old TT had a 40 gallon FW tank and my EX went thru water like we had an endless supply of it. She never did understand "conserve". But I fixed that problem. I bleach mine in the spring and don't store them in the sun. When I got these the local Primeland co-op had a few of them they had put nozzles on the bottom to sell..They didn't sell well so they made me an offer for all of them I couldn't refuse.. At the time I had a 30ft TT we spent months in at a time and putting 100 gallons in the pickup was not a big thing..I also have the two 25 gallon bottles I used,plummed into the front propane setup of the TT.. Now with a truck camper,I am always on the move never staying long anywhere so the water barrels hardly get used other than hunting season..One reason I went back to another truck camper was to drive and explore wherever I want without worry of turning around with a TT on a dead end road... We use backcountry water filters(Sawyer) for fresh drinking water and coffee if we run low in the TC..
jaycocreek 11/14/19 09:20am Truck Campers
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