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#41 OFFLINE   EASYRV

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 04:00 PM

Just like Jumbo Jet says... I drive an EXPENSIVE truck and carry an EXPENSIVE TC. Like I told a group of people that had tried to raise our real estate taxes and were defeated in a County wide vote - "It is OUR money"; "We voted our money" The people that complained the most were living in a low rent subsidized neighborhood.

So to all concerned - I enjoy MY MONEY and MY TC as I see fit. God Bless Freedom and Democracy.

And I say AMEN! to that ... God bless Freedom, Freedom of Speech & Democracy!

Also correct facts! It's pretty sad when people think something is cheaper when it's not... But when we go in with our eyes open & WITH correct facts hen we are making informed decisions..what more do you ask of your children?

People that have responded to this thread seem to know exactly why they are part of the TC lifestyle and it's not cause it's cheaper or less hassle!

Then all ya can say is ...Amen & God Bless ..and ENJOY!

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 04:19 PM

The only real disadvantage I have seen to using my TC is when I get hungry on a road trip I can't go through the dive through. It means I have to slow down, and go inside and sit down and take my time to eat...... O.k. so maybe it is not really a disadvantage. After all that is part of m reasoning behind going camping is to slow down and relax and take my time

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 04:59 PM

What a fun topic! The beauty of having a TC is not it's cost. I have had so much enjoyment owning and camping in a TC. It's versatile, it's relatively cheap to operate, it's small to clean and doesn't have wheels or a motor either.

Our first one, ten years ago, cost $1200. A true fixer upper, but it worked just fine. I made almost everything work like original and used it for two or three years with great fun and enjoyment. A five gallon No. 1 only in the tank please.... an oven that didn't work...we were younger and loved it. We could afford more, so we went up. Still a good decision, a hot water tank, a shower, more comfort and features.

The only reason we went up again is because we can. The same reason people drive million dollar motorhomes... they have the ability to own it and enjoy it.

T/C ownership and having a truck to carry it isn't cheap. Having a truck to haul building materials, or bring home firewood is a necessity sometimes. Having any other type of trailer, fifth wheel, motorhome is just that... it's just a camper and doesn't work for anything else.

Who cares how much it costs, if you want it, and can have it, get it. From a bicycle to a diamond ring, the same rules apply.

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 06:15 PM

One of my main reasons is......

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 04:02 PM

Well, I didn't work all my life just to horde what little money I've accumulated. So I guess I better spend it however I see fit. I think a truck and camper would be a good investment.
Drive far enough today, so you can't go back untill tomorrow.

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 04:13 PM

Well, I didn't work all my life just to horde what little money I've accumulated. So I guess I better spend it however I see fit. I think a truck and camper would be a good investment.

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 07:09 PM

Man....I must be a gluten for punishment having a TC and a 5er! LOL

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 07:26 PM

Man....I must be a gluten for punishment having a TC and a 5er! LOL

dont forget the other money pits.....the scouts. ;)

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 09:22 PM

I’ve always looked at it in a simple fashion.
Purchase price of the camper, divided by the number of days camped, plus the camper/camping related bills, equals the price per day camped.
Camper = 10000.00
Days camped = 100.00
Cost per night = 100.00 plus expenses for fuel, campsite, license, etc…
The longer you own the camper, the cheaper camping gets.
Day’s camped, total for us is about 250 now or 40.00 per night plus expenses.
That's less than a hotel now.
If you’re going on a trip, fuel could equal an airline ticket.
Camping fees equal hotel costs.
You could think this through as far as you want but simplicity hurts the head less.

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The topic was summed up so eloquently by Jumbo Jet:

Posted 29 July 2012 - 05:11 PM

What is the value of having my own bed with our clean sheets and pillow cases?

What is the value of walking across the floor in my camper barefooted and knowing it is your debris you are walking in?

What is the value of having a toilet that I know who the last person to sat there was?

What is the value of having a shower that you know was not used as a urinal?

What is the value of having cold food in the frig when I want it?

What is the value of camping next to people like "The TC Life" and meeting many more like minded people?

If you try to compute the ROI for every dollar you spend, you will be sitting at home with a calculator watching your money either grow or being taxed for someone else to use.

I drive an expensive truck and carry an expensive TC. Like I told a group of people that had tried to raise our real estate taxes and were defeated in a County wide vote - "It is OUR money"; "We voted our money" The people that complained the most were living in a low rent subsidized neighborhood.

So to all concerned - I enjoy my money and my TC as I see fit. God Bless Freedom and Democracy.

What more could be said.
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 06:50 AM

Ladies & Gentleman! (This will require about 3 minutes to read)

It is not about hoarding or not spending your money.

It’s about making a purchase with your eyes open.

Purchase based on facts.

The vast majority of folks purchase RV/TC’s because they think it is cheaper & less hassle

SIMPLE FACTS ARE THAT IT IS NOT CHEAPER & IT IS NOT LESS HASSLE.

IT’S A LOT MORE HASSLE & A LOT MORE MONEY

And if you want to reduce cost by buying used. Good luck!

Go look at some used TC. I would not let my dog sleep in them. They have to be gutted.

Most people when they buy DO NOT understand it is going to cost $500.00 plus per night.

C’mon! serious! If they laid it out for folks on what the real cost & hassle is, where do you think sales would go.

They tell you. Don’t worry your truck can handle it no problem. It will drive like a dream. You won’t even know it’s there. Beautiful sites for $20.00 per night.

Ya right!!. The same guy that spews this B.S. would never own one himself.
(99% of salesman or dealers do not own one personally. MFG Reps once out of business do not own one)

They do not understand that the drive is going to be (how should I say) not as relaxing.

It is going to take substantially longer to arrive. A 1200 mile trip will take easy an extra 8 hours. More stops for fuel is one reason & you must drive slower.

If you understand that great.

But if you run around looking for a free place to park cause of the MONEY.

Ya have to wonder?

They are always looking for a place to save money. (Do you?)

Then when money is raised about the TC ownership.

Oh what’s the problem?

It’s not what you know that hurts you.
It’s what you think you know that just ain’t so!

Than the concern about stableloads, torklift, body roll, air bags, rancho shocks, happy jacks, loading & unloading it and all the other neat stuff you now have to think about.

Just read some of the threads.

For most they spent money to be IRRITATED. Again that is why a lot of this stuff is for sale or sits in driveways & storage. They are stuck with em. Selling means taking a big hit

For $500.00 plus a night you stay at a Wal Mart, flying J etc.. TO SAVE MONEY. See the happy faces as they step out of the TC in the wal mart parking lot. (oops no shower today honey) I see it all the time. C’Mon ? you watch how much water you use. Lucky if you can fill your tanks because of weight concern. Stuff like GVWR, GAWR. Payload etc..

You run around looking for a place to dump your tanks because you want to avoid paying park fees.

You add carriers on the front & on the back because you don’t have enough room for your stuff.

If you have a slide you can’t get in because the slide blocks the toilet so it has to be opened when you pull over to a rest area.

Lot’s of folks pull a trailer for there stuff. SO MUCH FOR SELF CONTAINED.

Hell they were better of with a 5er .

Finally at the campsite. My God! Most comfort stations I would not let my Dog go in.

Filthy!

Sites. Most are a dogs breakfast for RV’s. Hopefully you can find a electric one. Hopefully not raining when you arrive so you can level your truck. You are afraid to take the TC off (see below for steps).

Now you hookup the water hose, Sh**ter hose, electric.. etc..

And for this you pay $500.00 plus per night.

At $500 plus per night if weather sucks you are stuck in this tiny space (in the bed). In the middle of the night watch your step getting in & out of that bed. Many of folks of had their feet end up in the sink or where it did not belong.

NOW DON’T TELL ME ..OH WHAT’S THE PROBLEM WITH ALL THAT?

NO PROBLEM AS LONG AS YOU UNDERSTOOD THAT WHEN YOU GOT IN & SAID ALL THIS IS WORTH $500.00 PLUS PER NIGHT & ALL THE ISSUES THAT COME WITH IT.. THEN IT’S FINE…KNOCK YOURSELF OUT!!!

I RIDE A HARLEY IN THE RAIN, AM DAMP & COLD, HAVE A SORE ASS WHEN I AM DONE BUT I KNEW THAT WHEN I BOUGHT. I LOVE IT!! WHAT CAN I SAY!! BUT I TELL PEOPLE THE TRUTH WHEN THEY ASK ME.
A LOT OF HARLEYS ARE FOR SALE CAUSE FOLKS WERE IN DENIAL WHEN THEY BOUGHT. JUST LIKE A LOT OF TOYS/TC's.

I saw one design on a $50k TC where you have to roll over your loved one to get out. That’s a sweet deal?

The facts point out that we all want more room (slides & more slides) , lighter TC (because we are tired of worrying about weights), TV, etc.. (look at what they offer as options) more storage (look at all the add on’s we do) & on & on

THE POINT IS THAT MOST FOLKS DID NOT PURCHASE THEIR RV’S WITH THIS UNDERSTANDING. A VERY VERY SMALL PERCENTAGE OF PEOPLE GET THIS. DON’T MIND IT. MAYBE ENJOY THE WORK THAT COMES WITH IT (AN EXPENSIVE HOBBY) BUT FOR THE MAJORITY IT IS OUCH!!
WHAT DID I DO?.. C’MON WE KNOW THAT TO BE A FACT

IT IS NOT ABOUT “NOT SPENDING YOUR MONEY” IT’S ABOUT GETTING WHAT YOU THOUGHT YOU WOULD FOR YOUR MONEY .

ONLY ABOUT 5% OF TC OWNERS UNDERSTAND IT, CAN AFFORD IT.

REST RUN AROUND TRYING TO MAKE IT WORK!

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AGAIN AND WORTH REPEATING

It is NOT about hoarding or NOT spending your money.

It’s about making a purchase with your eyes open.

Purchase based on FACTS.
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An example!! $500.00 plus per night & here it is how it starts

SOME PEOPLE ARE LUCKY ENOUGH TO JUST LEAVE THE TC ON THE TRUCK ALL THE TIME

How To Load A Truck Camper

RV consists of a 2005 Ford Super Duty and an Lance 1130 camper and I call this rig home when weeling for more than a day trip, I thought I would share.

A properly loaded truck camper is truly a thing of beauty. Correctly positioned in the exact center of the truck bed, it gives a sense of symmetry and proportion, of freedom, adventure, exploration, and self-reliance, of a job well done and a catastrophe avoided. But jacking a $34,000 two-ton camper 15' into the air on four skinny legs and then backing a $40,000 F350 crew cab under it with only a couple of inches of clearance on either side can occasionally be just a little bit stressful, and if not undertaken with the proper state of mind, can test the strength of a 30-year marriage, the limits of the First Amendment, and the enforceability of neighborhood covenants.

My pre-truck-camper-loading goal is to strive for a completely calm, meditative-like state of mind by avoiding any activities that can increase stress levels before the loading process is initiated. Choosing the proper time of day and day of week is an extremely important factor in maintaining the proper stress-free state of mind. Attempting to load the camper late on Friday evening for a 3-day weekend of camping and wheeling after a very stressful 12-hour day at work will almost always result in two officers of the law showing up at my residence to investigate a "domestic disturbance". Trying to load the camper in the early Saturday morning pre-dawn hours is not any better, and generally ends with the same results. This can be especially embarrassing when the same two officers from the night before show up at my front door for the second time!

I have found that Saturday afternoon, between the hours
2pm and 4pm, on the weekend before I plan to leave, seems to be the best time for my wife and me to load our truck camper. At that time of day on Saturday, there always seems to be plenty of neighbors around in the event we need someone to call an ambulance, fire department, rescue squad . . . or a 40-ton rental crane should I happen to drop the camper on myself, the wife, dog, cat, car, truck, house, whatever. I've also found that at that time of day on Saturday, my neighbors don't seem to mind the yelling and screaming as much. Even if I let out a stream of four letter words that would qualify me for a guest appearance on the Osbornes, my neighbors just don't seem to care. Perhaps think we're watching a ball game on TV.

So, the following is my normal loading process, but it is specifically based on a much anticipated trip to beautiful
Yellowstone Park, Wyoming:

1. Remove the 60-pound tailgate from the truck and promptly drop it on my foot! Realize that I’m not as young as I used to be, and ask the wife for assistance with carrying the tailgate into the garage

2. Hobble back over to the truck and very carefully position it squarely in front of camper

3. Carefully run camper all the way up on the electric jacks

4. With wife giving directions, carefully back truck under camper

5. Very carefully lower camper into truck bed and find that it's about 1 inch to the right of center

6. Run camper all the way back up on the electric jacks

7. Carefully pull forward, with wife as spotter, maneuver truck 1/2 inch to the right and carefully back truck under camper for the second time

8. Lower camper back into truck bed and find that it's now about 1 inch to the left of center

9. Mumble something to self as I run camper all the way back up on the electric jacks again, wife says, "what did you say?" I respond, "nothing Dear"

10. Carefully pull forward, with wife as spotter, maneuver truck 1/2 inch to left and carefully back truck under camper for the third time

11. Lower camper into truck bed and find that it's now about 2 inches to the right of center

12. Blame dyslexic wife for lousy directions and not knowing her left from right as I run camper all the way back up on the electric jacks again

13. Watch as disgruntled wife storms into the house while waving at me with middle finger

14. Carefully pull forward (with no spotter now), maneuver truck 1 inch to right, and carefully back truck under camper for the fourth time

15. Lower camper into truck bed and find that it's now about 2 inches to the left of center

16. Throw the camper jack remote on the ground and watch the battery, the battery compartment cover, and the top and bottom of the remote fly off in 4 different directions

17. Gather up all the pieces to the camper jack remote, reassemble, and secure with a piece of duct tape

18. Cuss useless dog as I run the damn camper all the way back up on the electric jacks again

19. Pull the truck forward one more time, maneuver truck 1 inch to left and carefully back truck under camper for the fifth time

20. Lower camper back into truck bed and find that it's perfectly centered! Great! But it's also cocked about 10 degrees from straight

21. Cuss architect, prime contractor, and concrete man that poured my driveway 5 years ago as I run the friggin' camper all the way back up on the electric jacks one more time

22. Go in house, apologize to wife, and ask her resumed role as spotter

23. Pull that sorry Ford forward one more time, with wife back as spotter, maneuver truck and carefully back truck under camper for the sixth time

24. Lower camper back into truck bed and find that it's perfectly centered and perfectly straight! Great!

25. Congratulate nearsighted dyslexic wife for much improved directions, and for figuring out her right from her left, and her elbow from her rear end!

26. After wife gives me a one finger salute and leaves for the second time, I notice that the truck tail lights are touching camper because I forgot to put the %$#@!*&# rubber bed mat in the%&*$#!!@ truck bed before I began the entire %$#@!*&# loading process.

27. Cuss the %#$@*&%! Lance camper engineer responsible for not including a rubber mat on the bottom of the camper as I run the &%!@$# 4000 pound camper all the way back up on the $%#@!!* electric jacks one more time so I can put the !$#@%$#@! rubber mat in place.

28. So finally, after several more attempts and a trip to the local truck stop for more diesel, I get the !@#$%#@! thing centered and straight on the !@#$%$#@! truck, tied down, Jeep tow bar on the hitch, wife and dog in the cab headed west for three !#@$%#@! fun-filled #$%&*#! weeks in Yellow$%#@!@#@!Stone,
Wyoming.

So, why is it important to own a dog if your wife helps you load your truck camper? Cuz it’s nice to have someone to talk to during a three-day drive to
Yellowstone!

Edited by RedneckExpress, 01 August 2012 - 02:50 PM.


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Posted 01 August 2012 - 07:19 AM

Your mileage through life may vary. Enjoy the trip, at whatever level you can afford.


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Posted 01 August 2012 - 07:32 AM

Sure these all compute to possible added costs. It's what we choose to do after a hard weeks work.

But then there's the other side of doing nothing. My wife would have left me already if I lived at the calculator. Cost of a divorce...half my lifes earnings, a pissed off son, an empty ski boat and no one to ski with. Heck the lawyer would have the boat instead of us! Living in a run down shack because the property value has ski rocketed to the highest in North America. Driving by the house we worked hard for seeing the new owner with his RV parked in the new driveway that I just poured. Worse yet, his boat is newer than what I had. Then there's the RV that I no longer have that the DW loved to use all the time. Yep you guessed it...Mr Lawyer has that also! Yep no room at the new downgraded shack I would have to live in. Can't even think of buying a beater RV. Fixing the old shack keeps eating up the paycheque.

Ahhhhh....the fun days we had camping with the NATCOA crew in 2005. The friends we made on that trip can only be stated as priceless. Got to see the makings of many TCers. Wife was happy because we were out traveling. She was all for the truck upgrade so we could travel safely. That had to be the cheapest cost incured trip we had ever taken part in. Our group leader really knew how to manage the trip. The cost of living in the hottest market in NA has gone up but we are happy we have something to escape with when we get some travel time.

Having some family time together just can't be priced because it's just great to be able to enjoy it together....DOING SOMETHING.
Some numbers are just pointess to crunch in the end. Enjoying life together will always have an expense that's just priceless.

DW wouldn't have it any other way. ;)

Edited by Kodiak K99, 01 August 2012 - 08:13 AM.

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 07:42 AM

AND, you forgot to mention that Atchafalaya_Man liked the looks of your red truck SO MUCH with a TC aboard, that he bought a RED TRUCK, just like yours! Thanks for the priceless encouragement!
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 08:03 AM

Hey Dougie, great wheels you have there. Jerbear never mentioned you had a BigRed also!
I can't take all the credit for the first BR. Our travels had us pinned on one back in 2005.
Took three more years but we finally found one that had our name on it.
I hope the link works to Tate's Gallery. He had the perfect hauler that would work for us.

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 08:08 AM

easy rv....lmao...#22
thats never happened to me.

leaving the tc on the truck.....priceless.

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 12:53 PM

READABLE VERSION OF "How To Load A Truck Camper"

A 2005 Ford Super Duty and an Lance 1130 camper and I call this rig home when wheeling for more than a day trip, I thought I would share.

A properly loaded truck camper is truly a thing of beauty. Correctly positioned in the exact center of the truck bed, it gives a sense of symmetry and proportion, of freedom, adventure, exploration, and self-reliance, of a job well done and a catastrophe avoided. But jacking a $34,000 two-ton camper 15' into the air on four skinny legs and then backing a $40,000 F350 crew cab under it with only a couple of inches of clearance on either side can occasionally be just a little bit stressful, and if not undertaken with the proper state of mind, can test the strength of a 30-year marriage, the limits of the First Amendment, and the enforceability of neighborhood covenants.

My pre-truck-camper-loading goal is to strive for a completely calm, meditative-like state of mind by avoiding any activities that can increase stress levels before the loading process is initiated. Choosing the proper time of day and day of week is an extremely important factor in maintaining the proper stress-free state of mind. Attempting to load the camper late on Friday evening for a 3-day weekend of camping and wheeling after a very stressful 12-hour day at work will almost always result in two officers of the law showing up at my residence to investigate a "domestic disturbance". Trying to load the camper in the early Saturday morning pre-dawn hours is not any better, and generally ends with the same results. This can be especially embarrassing when the same two officers from the night before show up at my front door for the second time!

I have found that Saturday afternoon, between the hours
2pm and 4pm
, on the weekend before I plan to leave, seems to be the best time for my wife and me to load our truck camper. At that time of day on Saturday, there always seems to be plenty of neighbors around in the event we need someone to call an ambulance, fire department, rescue squad . . . or a 40-ton rental crane should I happen to drop the camper on myself, the wife, dog, cat, car, truck, house, whatever. I've also found that at that time of day on Saturday, my neighbors don't seem to mind the yelling and screaming as much. Even if I let out a stream of four letter words that would qualify me for a guest appearance on the Osbornes, my neighbors just don't seem to care. Perhaps think we're watching a ball game on TV.

So, the following is my normal loading process, but it is specifically based on a much anticipated trip to beautiful
Yellowstone Park, Wyoming
:

1. Remove the 60-pound tailgate from the truck and promptly drop it on my foot! Realize that I’m not as young as I used to be, and ask the wife for assistance with carrying the tailgate into the garage

2. Hobble back over to the truck and very carefully position it squarely in front of camper

3. Carefully run camper all the way up on the electric jacks

4. With wife giving directions, carefully back truck under camper

5. Very carefully lower camper into truck bed and find that it's about 1 inch to the right of center

6. Run camper all the way back up on the electric jacks

7. Carefully pull forward, with wife as spotter, maneuver truck 1/2 inch to the right and carefully back truck under camper for the second time

8. Lower camper back into truck bed and find that it's now about 1 inch to the left of center

9. Mumble something to self as I run camper all the way back up on the electric jacks again, wife says, "what did you say?" I respond, "nothing Dear"

10. Carefully pull forward, with wife as spotter, maneuver truck 1/2 inch to left and carefully back truck under camper for the third time

11. Lower camper into truck bed and find that it's now about 2 inches to the right of center

12. Blame dyslexic wife for lousy directions and not knowing her left from right as I run camper all the way back up on the electric jacks again

13. Watch as disgruntled wife storms into the house while waving at me with middle finger

14. Carefully pull forward (with no spotter now), maneuver truck 1 inch to right, and carefully back truck under camper for the fourth time

15. Lower camper into truck bed and find that it's now about 2 inches to the left of center

16. Throw the camper jack remote on the ground and watch the battery, the battery compartment cover, and the top and bottom of the remote fly off in 4 different directions

17. Gather up all the pieces to the camper jack remote, reassemble, and secure with a piece of duct tape

18. Cuss useless dog as I run the damn camper all the way back up on the electric jacks again

19. Pull the truck forward one more time, maneuver truck 1 inch to left and carefully back truck under camper for the fifth time

20. Lower camper back into truck bed and find that it's perfectly centered! Great! But it's also cocked about 10 degrees from straight

21. Cuss architect, prime contractor, and concrete man that poured my driveway 5 years ago as I run the friggin' camper all the way back up on the electric jacks one more time

22. Go in house, apologize to wife, and ask her resumed role as spotter..APOLOGIZE AGAIN! YIKES!!

23. Pull that sorry Ford forward one more time, with wife back as spotter, maneuver truck and carefully back truck under camper for the sixth time

24. Lower camper back into truck bed and find that it's perfectly centered and perfectly straight! Great!

25. Congratulate nearsighted dyslexic wife for much improved directions, and for figuring out her right from her left, and her elbow from her rear end!

26. After wife gives me a one finger salute and leaves for the second time, I notice that the truck tail lights are touching camper because I forgot to put the %$#@!*&# rubber bed mat in the%&*$#!!@ truck bed before I began the entire %$#@!*&# loading process.

27. Cuss the %#$@*&%! Lance camper engineer responsible for not including a rubber mat on the bottom of the camper as I run the &%!@$# 4000 pound camper all the way back up on the $%#@!!* electric jacks one more time so I can put the !$#@%$#@! rubber mat in place.

28. So finally, after several more attempts and a trip to the local truck stop for more diesel, I get the !@#$%#@! thing centered and straight on the !@#$%$#@! truck, tied down, Jeep tow bar on the hitch, wife and dog in the cab headed west for three !#@$%#@! fun-filled #$%&*#! weeks in Yellow$%#@!@#@!Stone,
Wyoming
.

So, why is it important to own a dog if your wife helps you load your truck camper? Cuz it’s nice to have someone to talk to during a three-day drive to
Yellowstone! Grrrr!





Edited by EASYRV, 01 August 2012 - 12:56 PM.


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Posted 01 August 2012 - 01:15 PM

you see thats another great thing about manual jacks. if its off by a inch you just say "screw it". is it worth the effort to raise it back up again?

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 01:17 PM

WOW!!!!!
I wish I had known all this before I bought my latest TC. Of course, I had the money since I have bought and sold a number of campers in the past five years and made money on each (even if it was only $1.00). I love the camping and the TC. I am not getting any younger and my back doesn't like it if I sleep on the ground or in the bed of the truck. Two herniated disks and sciatica in both legs leaves a lot of room for misery :sad0049: . However sleeping in a TC beats the heck out of a tent in the hail storm in bear country. I love to travel but I hate sleeping in motels/hotels. I did that enough when I worked full time! Besides, I'm tying flies so I can try to catch a fish or two; no hotels are near the fishing grounds and (at least where I live) the ground is as hard as concrete with lots of rocks. Did I mention the possibility of snakes?

On the other hand, my wife loves to stay inside the TC so she can avoid the swarm of bugs. (She is very sweet and the bugs and bees always swarm around her.) One good reason not yet addressed is the use of a TC as an evacuation vehicle. The cost is minimal when compared to the cost of leaving your home due to bad weather, forest fire, tornado/hurricane, etc. In addition, you gain the added bedroom space you need when your kids come to visit and they bring "friends" with them. I have also used mine for traveling to visit relatives when they were placed with hospice and after they passed.

Although I haven't bought a truck since 2008, I will probably have my Dodge until I'm 90 since I don't drive as much as I used to drive. I usually keep my vehicles until they have between 150,000 and 200,000 miles. My truck only has 50,000 and my wife's 2000 Buick only has 86,000. She thinks she will want a new vehicle in five years, so I have been warned to start my looking now (it usually takes me about three years to decide on what I want).
I'm glad to read the information about the boat; I planned to buy one a couple of years ago, but the DW and I couldn't agree on what kind. After a lot of shopping I determined what we needed was a "cuddy" style of boat; of course when I started looking to buy one, the only thing I could afford was an '88, which was priced at $4,000. My wife decided I need to put a roof on the house first.

Keep up the discussion, I'll learn more about how much things cost. Every time I read something like this I realize I need to either find another paying job or quit buying stuff. Now if I (or my DW) hit the lotto, then we can afford to spend a few more $$ on toys; of course then my DW will want to "make improvements to our residence, which will require my camping out a LOT more. :happy0064: :happy0064: :happy0064:
My kids already know we are not planning to give them anything when we pass on. They will have to settle for what is in the checkbook, along with the taxes.

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 02:25 PM

Harried Harry brought up another good point, Storm preperation and evacuation. All during Hurrican season I watch the news waiting for the next named storm to target the Mid-Atlantic coast. 4-5 days out when A named storm has been targeted to the mid-atlantic region I fill up the Truck, cars, plus 30 gallons of fuel in gas cans. I also make sure I can find both new chain saw blades plus the other older ones that have been sharpened many times, along with bar oil and 2 stroke oil. I also test run the generator for 4 hours.

If a storm is forcast to be Cat 1 or mild Cat 2 I ride out the storm, Mid Cat 2 and up I watch closely until 2 days out to make a decision to evacuate. If it is forcast to hit as Cat 3 or stronger I definatley Evacuate.

I am lucky enough to have family friends in South East WV so I can camp in their driveway to ride out a sever storm. Should that fall through for some reason I can always find some place to park the truck.

So I guess what I am getting at is having the piece of mind of knowing I can easily load the camper in the truck and have enough fuel to 700+ miles to avaoid a major storm is worht it.

they say price gouging is illegal, but I have seen in the past where during major storms Hotels, if you can find a room, jack up the prices. Plus the added cost of eating out.

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 02:59 PM

I'm going to have to do a bit of digging because that "How to load a Truck Camper" bit reminds me a tongue and cheek humor piece I saw posted around a year or so ago on one of the many RV forums out there....

Ah, here's a copy of it from back in 2008, posted on a Jeep Forum in their Humor Section :).

http://www.myjeeproc...-A-Truck-Camper

And you can also find it here:

http://victorvalley4...opic=122.0;wap2

Slightly edited, though I believe the original was likely posted on RV.net

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