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#1 OFFLINE   the tc life

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 04:51 PM

is there a pinned topic about people doing upgrades and modifications to their set ups? I could not seem to find one so I guess ill post this.

 

I did a MAJOR upgrade today. I have had a wall mounted style bottle opener mounted to the back end of my bed. there was a major flaw though.  there was times that our chairs were set up on the opposite side of the truck at a camp spot. I grew tired of having to walk 8 feet or so to the opener. so today I mounted another one to the other side of the bed. ive tried it out and it works great. whew....another major mod completed.

 

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 05:31 PM

:sign0020:   Rich you should have entered that in the Truck Camper Magazine Modifications contest. :sign0020:

 

                  Wow you've even got the directions on there as to how to use it, incase you've had more than 1,2,3,ahhhhhh   :trink08:  

 

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 05:45 PM

 

lmao... "reef fanning sandals", WITH a built in bottle opener. why didn't I think of making a flip flop with built in opener? damn! :fing32:

 

I wonder how I could mount the flip flops to my truck bed? lol


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Posted 26 August 2013 - 06:52 PM

Need a can crusher idea for us non bottle users
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Posted 26 August 2013 - 07:17 PM

Need a can crusher idea for us non bottle users

 

I don't know if I have seen it somewhere if I am just a mad scientist but...

 

a can crusher mounted to one of the jack stands. might work?


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Posted 26 August 2013 - 09:10 PM

lmao... "reef fanning sandals", WITH a built in bottle opener. why didn't I think of making a flip flop with built in opener? damn! :fing32:

 

I wonder how I could mount the flip flops to my truck bed? lol

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 02:57 PM

I don't know if I have seen it somewhere if I am just a mad scientist but...

 

a can crusher mounted to one of the jack stands. might work?

GENIOUS !!!!!!!!       Why didn't I think of that, Rich.    :fighting0029:    Have you made a patent yet?     (All in fun ya know.)

 

Electric jacks, push button I don't have to do anything other that sit there and watch.  Cool .


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Posted 09 March 2014 - 02:48 PM

another upgrade on my camper. i installed a hd antennae for the tv. sometimes we are camped not too far from civilization and it would be nice to catch the news or whatever once in a while. ive wanted to add a antennae but i did not want to do one of those styles that the crank handle is on the inside. that would mean another hole in the roof. so i bought the one i did. ive had it hooked up for a couple weeks and it works great! we live out of town and without an antennae i cant pickup stations here at home. so it was a good test in the driveway. it has a 12 volt booster that i wired up. the weather finally got good enough to permanently attach the antennae and get it sealed today. im pretty happy with it. i like the low profile and non directional function of it. NO CRANKING  the antennae.

 

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Posted 09 March 2014 - 04:54 PM

My Weekend Warrior TH had that antenna as standard equipment. I feel the Winegard picks up better than the Jensen on my Arctic Fox TC.


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Posted 10 March 2014 - 09:04 AM

Tc your roof is empty compared to mine. A/C, 2-vents, 2-sewer vents, 2-100w panels, ladder, the old bad dish(don't work) cheaper to buy new then fix besides have an auto finding dish we but out.


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Posted 10 March 2014 - 09:21 AM

Tc your roof is empty compared to mine. A/C, 2-vents, 2-sewer vents, 2-100w panels, ladder, the old bad dish(don't work) cheaper to buy new then fix besides have an auto finding dish we but out.

that is a picture of the front. I have 3 standard vents with covers, fridge vent, 2 sewer vents and the roof rack and now the tv antennae. ill probably add a/c in the next few months. its prepped and wired. just waiting for my wallet to be prepped.


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Posted 30 March 2014 - 03:18 PM

so not a upgrade or modification but...

 

 i got the roof scrubbed clean today. that was a chore. of course i inspected the roof closely while up there. i also did some re - caulking along the edges of where the floor meets the cabinets inside the camper. after 4 years there was some deterioration and needed redone.  then basically was just giving it a real good cleaning.

 

i still need to get the bbq that is attached to the back of the camper scrubbed down real good. later this week maybe.

 

for modifications...i cant think of any more to do besides add an a/c unit at some point. it is set up pretty good for how we use it.


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Posted 07 April 2014 - 05:08 PM

today my new "the tc life" decals arrived. the nose takes a beating and we do travel a lot, so the fact that a couple edges were starting to peel was no surprise. i also wanted to replace what was a 3" tall decal to a 5" tall decal. so i got it put on the camper. next month when i go to the adventurer /eagle cap factory i will be getting a brand new "adventurer" decal too.

 

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 08:31 PM

Getting you spare up over the cab must be a real pain in the back side. After having the mirrors that came factory with my truck beginning to like them. But do miss the old west coast mirrors like yours. Once I get caught up on a few projects around the house I need to fix how I get my spare down once I have the AF on it blocks where the crank goes. Have a few ideas like a 3/8 all-tread rod and a couple nuts and washers to stay perm inserted just put a rachet and down it goes. What it cost you for the decals?


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Posted 08 April 2014 - 04:39 AM

i bought two decals...one for a replacement when i need it. cost was just under $19.00. ive used the business before a few years ago. thats where i bought the decals i had before on the camper. the one on the back of the camper is still the original. i ordered and paid via ebay.  discount_graphix is the seller. great service, great quality and fast shipping.

 

spare....no pain to remove it...it slides right off. then again...i dont plan on having to change a tire a lot.it also helps im in my spry 40'still.


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Posted 30 April 2014 - 03:48 PM

Keep the Ideas and Pics coming.  As this is my first TC, I have been scouring the web for Ideas!!

 

 

Just got my New to me 1999 Starcraft popup TC a few weeks ago.  It was actually in prestine condition but as usual I had to "mod" it to my tastes.  I have already got a ton of stuff done, but I am sure I will do much more .

 

1.) Tested and all passed- Furnace, Drain, Lights, Stove, Propane, Faucet...

2.) Intalled Wire Harness to my F150 to charge the battery and run the running lights

3.)Got a new C0 detector- Atwood 900-0143  $24 

4.) Wasp screen over furnace vent

5.) Installed 2 12volt outlets

6.) Installed a power inverter

7.) Intalled Roadmaster active suspension(came with my camper)

8.) Installed Torklift tie downs(Aint Cheap, but nothing I have found even comes close)

9.) Installed a Fantastic Fan-4000r (Well haven't installed it but I have it and all the wiring run, Just waiting on dry weather)

10.) Installed Mohu Leaf ultimate HD antenna- 29 had channels, 45 miles away.  Tried 6 different ones and this was the winner by far

11.) Installed Samsung 22" TV & Samsung Blu ray plater.

12.) Brought back to life  the 6 year old energizer 12v battery(Will add another for boondocking).

13.) Installed a door catch to hold the rear door open.

14.) lastly scrubbed the heck out of it with Crudcutter(best stuff ever made!!)

*Still debating whether to remove the fridge.  I have never used the fridge in my last two RV's  I use a coleman 5 day cooler from Wally world.  My 2400 miles trip last month, I had ice for 2 weeks after I got home(just freeze milk jugs or 1/2 gallon).

 

As much as that sounds, it is a fraction of what I had to do to my last RV, a VW Rialta.  That list was a mile long and about $3k :(


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Posted 30 April 2014 - 04:14 PM

sounds like quite the list for sure. battery...something to monitor for sure. looks like you got all the good stuff.


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Posted 30 April 2014 - 04:38 PM

One of the best things I ever did was buy an inexpensive fishing rod holder at Walmart and install it by my camper door. It holds a Maglite 4D cell flashlight nicely. I know where my flashlight is whether I am inside the camper or out. I had it in my TT, first TC and now this one.

 

 

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 05:23 PM

My plans are to take this cross country from Ohio to NM, AZ then upto Idaho,OR, WA and back home.  That will complete my bucket list of all 50 states except Alaska and all the Northeastern states.  I was going to use my Rialta, but I just couldn't rely on it and it would get stuck on wet grass :(   My 4x4 f150 will go through just about anything.  I will miss the shower and toilet, but heck I am a guy so I will make do ;)  All I really need is a bed and a stove for me and my doggy!!

 

With that said, my next main Mod will probably be to delete the Fridge and adjacent storage area and make it into a longer bed(I am 6'3).  I never use the fridge as I have a 5 day cooler that keeps blocks of ice for about a week or two and fits perfectly under the lower bed(just plain lucky on that one).  When I brought this home from NC to Ohio, I stopped for the hight in a WV rest area.  I didn't even pop the top and slept on the lower "couch" as I just needed a place to sleep, but I did realize it needs a memory foam and a longer bed(lower not upper).  I like playing it covertly and not publicizing my intentions.  Actually I tried to convert my truck cap into a camper, but the height just didn't do it.  Heck I only gave $1400 for this and it included a set of torklift tiedowns, SS spring loaded turnbuckles and Roadmaster active suspension.  It was really in Mint conditon, as the stove and fridge where never used. 

 

These aren't mine, but exactly like mine ;)  I plan to delete the fridge and storage next to it, extend the bed to that area(6'3") and make up the  storage over at the end of the "couch area.

 

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