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Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 11-26-2020, 11:51 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,622
Posted By dix39
I would agree with that wholeheartedly,...

I would agree with that wholeheartedly, especially with newer TCs. We spent months trying to find something 11'+ with larger fresh and holding, gen, AC, and wet bath. We finally did, but it was...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 11-21-2020, 07:10 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,084
Posted By dix39
If space is not important, why not just get a...

If space is not important, why not just get a diesel 4wd truck camper? That's what we've had for 40+ years and it works well off road and runs 70+ down the interstates. As mentioned, I think you...
Forum: Boondocking 11-21-2020, 12:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,880
Posted By dix39
Speaking of bears brings back the memory of a...

Speaking of bears brings back the memory of a writing I saw somewhere during our AK trip about how to tell what kind of bear was here by looking at it's scat. Black bear scat is full of the normal...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 11-21-2020, 11:41 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,622
Posted By dix39
It's all a matter of preferences and choice, but...

It's all a matter of preferences and choice, but after reading these posts I can see why we had such a difficult time finding a camper with a wet bath, large fresh and holding, gen and AC in a 11'...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 11-17-2020, 11:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 560
Posted By dix39
It would seem that way to me also. I usually...

It would seem that way to me also. I usually cleaned and treated the smaller areas that looked like they would leak, then treated the larger area.

I've always done the the smaller areas without...
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 11-04-2020, 12:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 498
Posted By dix39
I just thought I'd add that our trucks were all...

I just thought I'd add that our trucks were all single rear wheel, but I bought the best tires I could find with the heaviest rating.

I was comfortable with that, but others may not be.

Steve
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 11-03-2020, 04:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 604
Posted By dix39
Our '94 30' Dynasty is like barmcd's. There is...

Our '94 30' Dynasty is like barmcd's. There is no gravity fill. Ours does, however, have a door on the outside just behind the front wheel on the drivers side that opens up to view the whole end...
Forum: Boondocking 11-01-2020, 11:01 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,772
Posted By dix39
We went from a 4wd 11.5' TC to a 26' gas A to a...

We went from a 4wd 11.5' TC to a 26' gas A to a 30' DP back to a 4wd 11'3" TC. IMHO, when it comes to boondocking there is no comparison. I would rate the 4wd TC best, gas A next, and the DP last,...
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 11-01-2020, 10:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 498
Posted By dix39
My thought is, yes, at least we did for at least...

My thought is, yes, at least we did for at least 40 years. Our first truck was a '69 F250 4wd that I bought and converted to diesel in '80. There were some other modifications, but we hauled a...
Forum: Class C Motorhome Discussions 10-31-2020, 12:02 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,409
Posted By dix39
That's basically what I did using 2X6s with TCs...

That's basically what I did using 2X6s with TCs for about 40 years, except I wasn't smart enough to to use pilot holes and pins (dowels?) to keep them from sliding on the front wheels. When that...
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 10-27-2020, 02:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 725
Posted By dix39
I'm surprised you haven't heard from some of the...

I'm surprised you haven't heard from some of the other "basement camper" owners by now.

Unlike Krbjmpr, we enjoyed the campers we had from 1978 to 2015 when we sold the last one and had a couple...
Forum: Forest River Owners Forum 10-25-2020, 01:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,233
Posted By dix39
Thanks so much to the OP and posters for this...

Thanks so much to the OP and posters for this thread. I just pulled the anode from our "new to us" TC and found little pitting, but a good coating of "brown". I'm planning to clean it up a bit and...
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 10-25-2020, 01:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 926
Posted By dix39
I too think you will have plenty of truck for a...

I too think you will have plenty of truck for a ball park 3k lb wet camper. I didn't know what the 890 was and had to look it up on the internet, so if I'm out in left field please correct and...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 10-24-2020, 12:09 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,622
Posted By dix39
My vote is for wet, but that is because I have...

My vote is for wet, but that is because I have poor balance and my wife isn't much better. Four solid walls (one is a door) in close proximity to lean on is much better than falling through a shower...
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 10-21-2020, 11:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 505
Posted By dix39
The camper we have now came with FastGuns, which...

The camper we have now came with FastGuns, which is my first experience with them. They are as the name indicates, fast. IMHO, any tie downs that are spring loaded as the FastGuns are, such as...
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 10-16-2020, 06:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,319
Posted By dix39
Thanks Larry, but I think it's a little like my...

Thanks Larry, but I think it's a little like my brother says; "even a blind hog will find an acorn once in a while".

I will say the '96 Dodge Cummins 2500 equipped with overloads and airbags,...
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 10-12-2020, 01:04 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,319
Posted By dix39
Just get the best, heaviest rated tires...

Just get the best, heaviest rated tires available, and there should be no worries.

I'm still kicking myself for buying a new set of tires that are rated about 300# less than the highest in that...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 10-10-2020, 03:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,056
Posted By dix39
I've had all three too and my choice would be (1)...

I've had all three too and my choice would be (1) metal, (2) glass, (3) rubber membrane. I've never had a problem with metal as long as the "openings" are kept sealed, but that is true for all roof...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 10-02-2020, 10:44 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,731
Posted By dix39
That's what we thought when we went from 40 years...

That's what we thought when we went from 40 years of having TC's to MHs. It works well until something gets in front of you and the brakes have to applied somewhat harshly. The last time it...
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 09-29-2020, 10:36 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,040
Posted By dix39
It seemed to me that the basement campers with a...

It seemed to me that the basement campers with a lower bed and easier access to it were also farther off the ground requiring more steps to get into the camper. It didn't appear easy to run a hand...
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 09-27-2020, 12:11 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,040
Posted By dix39
That was the very reason my wife wanted to go to...

That was the very reason my wife wanted to go to a MH after 40 years of TC ownership. I'm 81 and my wife is 74, so we're not "spring chickens". After four cross country trips she had fallen several...
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 08-19-2020, 03:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,032
Posted By dix39
Just a thought about GVWR. My '96 Dodge Cummins...

Just a thought about GVWR. My '96 Dodge Cummins 4wd 2500 is rated at 8800 GVWR. The truck across the scales weights 4080 front and 2660 rear for a total of 6740.

However the axle ratings are...
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 08-03-2020, 10:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 857
Posted By dix39
I'm with the folks who recommend spring loaded...

I'm with the folks who recommend spring loaded tie downs. I would never use chains and basic turnbuckles because of the direct pressure of the truck bed twisting against the "solid" camper, as...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 08-03-2020, 10:36 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 982
Posted By dix39
The whole trick is to get the horizontal pressure...

The whole trick is to get the horizontal pressure off the front, rear, or side of the hitch, generally by using chocks. One of the main things to remember is to have chocks under the wheels of...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 07-24-2020, 12:21 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 946
Posted By dix39
From my prospective the ideal configuration is to...

From my prospective the ideal configuration is to have just a little more total holding capacity than fresh water. As mentioned, the grey will usually fill first. My solution has been to add a...
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 07-13-2020, 11:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,112
Posted By dix39
We have never lived in a camper of any kind for...

We have never lived in a camper of any kind for more than 2 or 3 months, so I can't relate to longer times inside, but for the way we camp a 11.5' TC was perfectly adequate. I think that is because...
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 07-13-2020, 11:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 537
Posted By dix39
It sounds like the last two Lance campers I just...

It sounds like the last two Lance campers I just looked at, one was a '97 945 11'3" and the other '98 1110 11'6". It also happened to the '92 Caribou we had for 23 years. I don't think a leak was...
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 06-28-2020, 11:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 789
Posted By dix39
Thanks for sharing the thought. The design does...

Thanks for sharing the thought. The design does attract attention, at least that one got mine, it just wasn't what I was looking for. Also, the person who bought it must have thought it was what...
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 06-26-2020, 11:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 789
Posted By dix39
I saw it on Craigslist yesterday. It is gone...

I saw it on Craigslist yesterday. It is gone today. It didn't last long.

I'm looking for a camper and it would be within my range, but it didn't look like something I would want. Other than...
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 06-21-2020, 10:33 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,826
Posted By dix39
It's difficult to find the best compromise...

It's difficult to find the best compromise between a nice ride and the ability to carry a heavy load. Hopefully, they are getting there.

Steve
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 06-19-2020, 11:54 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,826
Posted By dix39
Lots of good, and often differing, opinions with...

Lots of good, and often differing, opinions with good reasoning.

For me, and we have for almost 40 years used the TC for traveling mostly interstates for 7-8k miles, and smaller sometimes rough...
Forum: Outdoors RV Owner's Forum 06-18-2020, 02:15 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,196
Posted By dix39
I would consider how long you have been using the...

I would consider how long you have been using the RV and how many problems there have been during that time to affect my decisions, but that's just me.

Steve
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 06-18-2020, 02:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,826
Posted By dix39
Same for me, for the same reason. We've had...

Same for me, for the same reason.

We've had 2 11.5' TCs over a span of nearly 40 years and 300k miles. Our trucks were both SRW 4wd diesels.

Steve
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 06-15-2020, 02:33 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,640
Posted By dix39
CampLOL I was thinking of a Bigfoot, mostly...

CampLOL

I was thinking of a Bigfoot, mostly because of their large fresh water and holding capacities. Because of my poor balance I'm now thinking all those steps on any camper would not be a...
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing 06-09-2020, 10:08 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 12,548
Posted By dix39
I was Navy (Airdale) 58-62 and I remember both...

I was Navy (Airdale) 58-62 and I remember both kinds, creamy white and red. The red was called "bloody SOS".

Perhaps it was just where we were and what was served there. I thought both were...
Forum: Vintage RV's 05-30-2020, 12:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 728
Posted By dix39
I would be with Isaac-1 on renting for the short...

I would be with Isaac-1 on renting for the short amount of time you will need it. It would eliminate a lot of potential problems.

We moved from a 40 year period of having TCs to a '94 26' 454...
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 05-30-2020, 11:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 616
Posted By dix39
Over the 40 or so years we had TCs I just backed...

Over the 40 or so years we had TCs I just backed in, it didn't seem that difficult. I always had the camper on a level spot to load and unload. I would sometimes have to do a little "jockying" to...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 05-27-2020, 06:07 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 7,245
Posted By dix39
I'm with you and that's about the way I drive...

I'm with you and that's about the way I drive too. I feel it is being courteous as I know how I feel when someone is "poking along" in front of me. Not a problem on the interstate as long as the...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 05-24-2020, 10:36 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,637
Posted By dix39
I've always tried to research and find where the...

I've always tried to research and find where the engine develops peak torque and run near that, or just a bit past that. Since we first started running interstates with RVs in the late '70s I've...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 05-15-2020, 11:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 669
Posted By dix39
Put me down as gen primary and solar secondary. ...

Put me down as gen primary and solar secondary. As some others do, we run our fridge on propane most of the time. We overnight often in rest areas, truck stops, and sometimes stay in other out of...
Forum: MH-General Discussions & Problems 05-10-2020, 04:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 524
Posted By dix39
We too have always used water from the fresh tank...

We too have always used water from the fresh tank to drink, but we run it through a filter pitcher before doing so. We also carry bottled water to carry along when leaving the camper. I use a liquid...
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 05-10-2020, 04:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 439
Posted By dix39
In addition to what Larry said, it somewhat...

In addition to what Larry said, it somewhat depends on how it was winterized.

I have always added a water heater bi-pass, water heater drain, and winterizing valve to all the RVs we've owned. ...
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 05-10-2020, 03:27 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,783
Posted By dix39
We've traveled extensively with 4X4 diesel TCs...

We've traveled extensively with 4X4 diesel TCs since the late '70s until a few years ago when we got our first MH. After a few years of that we're looking for the right TC again.

What you tow...
Forum: RV Systems & Appliances 05-09-2020, 10:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 549
Posted By dix39
I don't even caulk around our S&B toilet for the...

I don't even caulk around our S&B toilet for the same reasons. If the seal leaks I want to know so I can fix it before it causes damage.

Steve
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 05-09-2020, 11:30 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 12,033
Posted By dix39
After reading the Skippers last post I thought,...

After reading the Skippers last post I thought, what a small world it is sometimes. Before my Aunt passed away a good many years ago, she would wait until we came back to WV from OR and we would all...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 05-09-2020, 10:39 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,575
Posted By dix39
Our paper plates have hung under the cabinets...

Our paper plates have hung under the cabinets where the few dishes we carry are stored, for decades. They are carried in a dispenser that makes them very easy to get to, much like the paper towels....
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 05-08-2020, 10:47 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,575
Posted By dix39
I think the main reason we went to paper and...

I think the main reason we went to paper and plastic is because the time used arranging and washing dishes can be used doing the other things we came to do. It also saves time on the road. Our...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 05-07-2020, 05:05 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,575
Posted By dix39
Early on with tents, canopies, and the like we...

Early on with tents, canopies, and the like we used "real camping dishes", but over our 40+ years of TC and MH ownership we changed early on to plastic and paper except for a tea kettle, a few pots,...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 05-07-2020, 10:44 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,562
Posted By dix39
Ours was good for at least the 5 or so years we...

Ours was good for at least the 5 or so years we had the MH.

I did prep before painting.

I don't know why it wouldn't last as long there as it would anywhere else?

Steve
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 05-06-2020, 11:10 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,350
Posted By dix39
Blueberry BelVitas??? Also mixed nuts with a...

Blueberry BelVitas??? Also mixed nuts with a Pepsi or Peach Iced Tea to wash it down with, and an occasional Eskimo Pie.

Steve
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