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Fuzzy Bear

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  1. Ha, I wish! Still have a few years to go. Got lucky and my boss allowed me to work remote. We moved back east to be near our families. Neither of us had lived near family for a very long time. So we moved to Cape Cod to be near my mother in-law and near enough to my family. We considered New York state near my family but property taxes were too high. Things are much better in Massachusetts in that regard. We love where we are at and the people are good hardworking New Englanders. Political climate is more suitable for us too. Really like the governor. Come visit! Doug
  2. A 3,000 mile trip would have to be at a huge savings. Doing it for our move across country it was ok. Doing it now would be on a tight schedule and I'd rather use vacation time for more relaxing things. However, just the other day my stepdaughter proposed buying a truck from her boyfriend's friends. Not sure that will work, but if it did then a trip to SoCal would open some opportunities. Just don't like the thought of driving all the way across the country in a hurry. Doug
  3. So is the new truck already set up for the camper? Or is Ben going to help you get the tiedowns and such onto it? Sorry I am so far away, but if there is a need on the east coast I am here. My truck and camper will be going up for sale in a few weeks. Wife would rather have a trailer now and if I can go down to a 3/4 ton vehicle I won't have to register and insure as a commercial vehicle. Doug
  4. I had a 2003 Arctic Fox 990 on my 2003 3500 SRW towing a 20' Sea Ray cuddy cabin on a single axle trailer. Coming down the west side of Stevens Pass on Hwy 2 and that left curve with the dropoff on the right was the impetus to go to a dually. Wife was fully supportive of that decision. Camper loaded was well over 4000 lbs. Truck handled the camper alone just fine. Just the added push of the boat/trailer made it uncomfortable. Now we have a 2008 3500 dually, 2007 Lance 1191 almost 12 ft camper and towed a 7x14 aluminum frame cargo trailer from Seattle to Cape Cod, MA. No problems with this setup even though just the truck and camper loaded for a trip is over 13K. Hardly know the trailer is back there. My advice, if you're staying with the single rear wheel truck, first the brakes on the boat trailer should not be surge brakes. Second, a good hitch and extension if going over an 8' camper. Torklift StableLoads or similar extended bumpstops to keep the overload springs in contact to eliminate sway. Tires with a stiffer sidewall and adequate weight capacity. I went from the stock 265 to 295 and it felt better. Many miles with both rigs and I have to say way better with the dually. But now we are looking at going to a travel trailer so the truck and camper will be going away sometime this year. Doug
  5. What a great thing! Have to wonder if the offer of the truck is more a benefit for him. Would give him an out for not having to provide a vehicle for the daughter and having to deal with the troubles they bring. Been through that. Doug
  6. Regardless of whether the vehicle that hit you was insured or not, the owner is liable. I would say go after the owner of the vehicle. Not sure what the limit in small claims court is these day, but that might be a place to start if you don't want to involve an attorney. If you think you might get more out of it, find an attorney and take them for what you can. Doug
  7. Just south of San Jose west of Hwy 101 is Mt Madonna County Park. Very nice campground. Road from the east is not too bad, going west from the park towards Hwy 1 is no fun. Enjoy your trip! Doug
  8. I have one like this that has been on the truck since new, about 10 year now. Never treated the vinyl and it is starting to flake a little on the edges. The velcro is still holding. I went with this one because I thought I could leave it installed and just roll it up when I loaded the camper on. Didn't work out as the rails don't leave enough clearance to the sides of the camper. Oh well, 5 minutes with a 14mm socket and its off. Doug
  9. That's some cold country. I don't often go quite that far north when visiting family in Rochester. Will be up that way sometime as we really liked our last visit to the Adirondacks. Til then we'll be chilling on Cape Cod. Doug
  10. Mine does that sometimes in really cold weather. I have reached under the seat and wiggled wires and that sometimes helps. Other times it just starts working again after the inside warms up a bit. I'm thinking it might also be something in the actual seat warmer but I'm not going to tear into that. Perhaps pull apart the connector under the seat and squeeze in some dielectric grease. Doug
  11. I thought one of the reasons the government bailed out the auto companies was to prevent the Chinese from getting them. There was concern that the manufacturing/assembly equipment would give them advances in their military capability. May be old news now as Korea seems to have made big gains. Perhaps someone could get the old 50's and 60's stuff back from South America and start manufacturing real cars again. Doug
  12. Scott, there is a lot of information on RV.net but I can give you some info. First is that I would wager the camper unless weighed with all accessories will be closer to 4K. 500 lbs for passengers and cargo is a bit light too, especially if you're doing that long trip to Mexico. The critical number is the rear axle weight. The 7000 lbs on the door sticker is mostly in line with the tire capacity. I believe the rear axle can handle more. You could upgrade to something with a little more capacity or perhaps a better solution would be 19" wheels and commercial tires. Little stiffer ride, but will handle the load much better. The mid bath on the 865 helps to keep the weight in front of the rear axle where you really want it. Any additional weight behind the rear axle has the potential to get things too light in the front and will affect steering and handling. Robert is right in saying you should use a weight distribution hitch if you're going to pull a trailer with that much weight. You need to get the weight off the rear axle in more to the front. Rule of thumb is you want the tongue weight to be 10-15%. A hitch extension will also move some of the rear load further to the rear so keep it as short as possible. I really like Arctic Fox and had a 990 for a number of years. I think my Lance is just as good and the side entry was mandatory for us due to my extremely large 240 lbs Mastiff. There is another manufacturer with no slides that has really caught my attention. Look at the Cirrus 820. I find their heating system is really neat. Amish built and seems like very good quality. Any other questions just ask. I have a few years and many miles of experience. But let me just say, long bed dually is the best way. Doug
  13. Propane stays on unless riding the ferry system where it has to be on battery.
  14. Clean the caliper pistons and coat the back of the pads with disc brake quiet. Doug
  15. Looking at the back pf that camper I don't see much room to mount a rack to hold the propane tanks. Having to lift them into the cabinet on the side is difficult enough. I don't think you'll enjoy hauling them up onto the roof. Nor the spare tire. Perhaps you could have a rack made that could come off the bumper and tie into the left side of the Fox Landing. Make sure you have a way to lock them as they tend to grow legs. As for the diesel I think Mike has started carrying those containers that rotate and lock in place. You could probably mount a few on the ladder. Could you possibly get the camper with a 9K A/C versus the 13K? Then you could forego the propane generator and use a Honda 2000. Quieter and more fuel efficient. You would have to carry gas, but I think that would be easier than bulky propane tanks. Doug
  16. I keep it in tow/haul when I have the camper on. Camper loaded is over 5K. I think the last time I went through a scale I was around 14K. When going up steep hills on the highway I will manually downshift it to keep the revs up. I know the H&S tuner would be a big help, but I'm not sure how much longer I am going to hold onto the truck. My wife is hinting at going from the camper to a trailer. If we do that I will downsize my truck to a 3/4 ton or less as Massachusetts considers any vehicle with a GVWR over 10100lbs or more than 4 wheels to be commercial. That means higher registration fees annually, inspection and commercial insurance and higher tolls on the highway. Regular vehicles are registered every 2 years, inspected annually and cheaper to insure. Trade off is the camper is considered cargo so no registration but trailers are. A wash for me as I have a cargo trailer and that too will probably go when the camper does. Doug
  17. To get the overloads to contact get some longer bumpstops. A lot of truck camper folks use the TorkLift StableLoads, me I just bought some 41/2 inch Energy Suspension ones and swapped out the stock ones. They don't make contact unloaded except over big bumps, but the add a lot of stability when hauling heavy. Doug
  18. That was my situation. Went to have the fluid and filters changed and they found stuff in the pan. It had been having issues shifting up into overdrive. Took it to Mike at Diesel Outfitters, he pulled the transmission and sent it to the rebuilder. The triple disc converter should help but I was warned that the overdrive disks are a weak point and it may require a rebuild again in the future. My truck is stock. I just haul a heavy camper, one large dog and one very LARGE dog. For now it is doing well. Don't drive it as much now that I work from home, but it will be getting used more this summer. Beach camping and New England Fall colors are on the agenda. Doug
  19. I'm on my second Green Mountain. Had the Jim Bowie for 7 years. Sat outside uncovered in the Seattle weather, used year round. Unlike my boss who has Traegers I was able to replace parts as the broke or wore out. He had parts that went bad and couldn't be replaced and had to buy a new grill. I bought the Daniel Boone last summer because my old one had the igniter go out and I thought it would be too much hassle to change again. Ends up I already had the parts and repairing it wasn't too bad. Gave the old one to a friend and he is really having a good time with it. I have done pizzas on them. If using pizza dough on the grill, use a stone. Easier way is to buy just the crust from Papa Murphy and it can go right on the grill with their special tray. I may get into doing that more this summer if the wife gets tired of grilled swordfish. Doug
  20. That has been my experience. Hauling the heavy camper down Hwy 1 in California was a big contributor. If the Aisin is $4k more that is what my rebuild with triple disc convertor ran. I would say spending the extra on the Aisin up front is the better option. Doug
  21. Gary, I don't see any reason it would not work. They have kits for big motor homes so I think they can figure out a solution for you. My camera was installed by Lance at the factory. I stopped by there when I went down to get it in LA. They quoted me a price of like $700 for the monitor. My solution from rvcams was around $250 for a 5" monitor and the required cables. The monitor actually supports up to 2 cameras so maybe someday I will look to add the license plate camera that has been sitting there unhooked for a long time. The camper has a cable by the umbilical cord that required a separate connection. RVCAMS supplied that. I had to run it from the front of the bed into the cab. The power is on a toggle switch but the monitor also has an on/off. I did it this way so I can have it on while underway. The camera works even at night. I have the monitor tucked into the lower left corner of the dash. Easy to see and not a distraction even at night. It may not be as easy as a wireless setup, but I always have a good clear picture and no interference. Doug
  22. My camper already had the hard wired camera when I got it. I needed a monitor and the proprietary harness. Contacted rvcams.com and picked out a solution. Called them to make sure I had everything and it would work. They set me straight and got it all together for a lot less than elsewhere. The 5" monitor can support 2 cameras. I have it hooked to a toggle switch on my dash and when the camper is on I keep it on all the time. Being wired the image is quite clear. I tried a wireless one on my previous camper and couldn't see anything. My camera is mounted up high under the marker lights. I can see right behind me and get a little view of traffic on either side. Call rvcams. He's real friendly and helpful. Doug
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