Saturday, March 10, 2018

Keeping The Weight Of A Truck Camper DOWN

Updated: March 10, 2018

WHAT    WE    DO

We pay attention to staying as trim as possible. Depending on what we carry, the wet weight of our truck camper may vary from 500 - 1000 pounds. Some items are always necessary, some items may not be.

'Unnecessary weight will have a significant affect on the drive-ability, safety and fuel consumption of our rig. '



crewcab seat: 125# (est), removed 60/40 seat and replaced with a (25# est) storage platform 
rear receiver hitch: 90# (OEM), Reese Class V, only needed with cargo carrier
rear cargo carrier: 30# (est), Curt tray
220 pounds


Friday, January 19, 2018

Building UP The Suspension Of An Adventure Truck


Regardless of the truck and camper combination that we own, many of us who do, will modify and upgrade our suspensions ... eventually. 

Our rigs are often unique. Choices of both truck and camper manufacturers; the weights, specifications, configurations and layouts of those selections and finally the gear and equipment each of us travel with; will contribute to how different our rigs are from all others and consequently, effect 'how' we build safety and improved drive-ability into our suspensions.


What we drive ...

TRUCK            2011 F350 4x4 6.2l gas Lariat CC SB SRW
                             Registered Gross Weight: 7716 pounds 

CAMPER         2013 Lance 855S hard-side, 4-season
                             Registered Dry Weight: 2984 pounds

GEAR (major)    Roof: 2 kayaks
                             Crew Seat: 2 bikes, paddling duffel, scuba duffel, recovery pack
                             Garages: tools and supply, bbq, spare fuel
                             Estimated Weight Range: 500 1000 pounds

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

In The Boondocks

An Old Post Re-written As The BOONDOCKING Page

Page Updated: February 2, 2018



Boondocking (wild camping) is essentially camping without electrical, water or sewer hookups. 
A good analogy would be, an off-grid home; that does not rely on municipal water supply, sewer, natural gas, the electrical power grid, or similar utility services. '

As North American travellers and road trippers, we are all fortunate to be able to choose camping in government or privately operated campgrounds. These locations, provide all the amenities that most RV'ers would ever want, just by plugging in ... but, with a little creativity and a willingness to modify some of our rig's systems ... 

... we don't always have to stay in those places. 

We've always been somewhat adverse to 'car camping'. We've been spoiled! We come from a background of back-country wilderness camping where privacy, peace, quiet and solitude are the standard ... the high density, noisy, parking lot styled sites that RV campgrounds typically feature can be unappealing. Boondocking is as close as you'll ever get to back-country camping while travelling in an RV. 
Canoe Trip: Mountain River YT