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Towing / How can I increase my towing capacity?
« on: May 25, 2017, 02:15:38 PM »
I have a 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe with a towing capacity of 1600 lbs. What are some things that can be done to make towing easier on my vehicle? 

Canvas Classified / Folding table on sale at Target
« on: December 23, 2015, 04:17:46 PM »
There's a folding table (great for camping or potlucks!) on sale at Target now for $30.

Towing / Buying a hitch reciever and wiring question
« on: October 19, 2015, 05:39:47 PM »
After totaling the last tow vehicle when a GMC 3500 work truck decided he wanted to be in the spot I was already in, I took the opportunity to upgrade and get a TV that can haul 5,000 lbs with the upgraded transmission cooler, alternator, etc... At least when I'm ready for a hybrid I won't have to deal with a 3,500 lb max.

This TV didn't come with a hitch, so I'm planning to have it installed at U-Haul.  There's two hitches offered, one says
"Round tube- Max weight 5000 lbs" then there is one that is $50 more that says "Round tube- Max weight 5000 lbs, weight distribution 5000 lbs". 

Also it looks like u-haul only installs 4 pin connectors.  Will I need a 7 and end up kicking myself?  I realize I'll still be going pretty lightweight with a max towing capacity of 5,000 lbs, so no TT in this hitch's future.

I don't want to buy what I don't need, but I'd like to do it right the first time and not have to redo something in a few years.

Can anyone suggest a (not too expensive) campground to rent a cabin with a bathroom within about two hours of Chester County PA for February? Ok, it doesn't have to have a bathroom IN the cabin, but something pretty close... oh, and the bathroom can't be winterized.


Kayaking / How do you haul your toys?
« on: December 02, 2014, 10:50:55 AM »
In a short period of time I've taken up hiking, running, biking, and kayaking. I've got the bikes and the kayaks, but haven't come up with a good system of transportation besides inside my SUV, which definitely won't work when I'm camping.

How do you haul your toys when you camp, how about when you don't camp?  Hitch rack, roof system (what kind)?

New and Pre-Purchase / Is there room in my bed?
« on: October 30, 2014, 08:52:14 AM »
I'm looking to get a new (to me) PUP, but I really want to make sure the new big bed is the same size as what I have now.  When I bought the camper I was told I had queen and full size beds, and believed them until my friend set two twin air mattresses next to each other on the big bed, it took me a night to realize it couldn't be a queen.   :doh:

Now I don't trust anyone's word to tell me it's a queen or king size bed. Are there set dimensions?  For example, one camper's owner says the bed is a queen size, the internet looks like (a later model) 70"x79", and someone else refers to their kind as 77x70.  I need to strech out when I sleep, and I think I'd regret getting something smaller than what I have now.

If it matters, I have a starcraft, and one that I'm looking at is a jayco.

General Campfire Discussion / The Next Big Trend is Here!
« on: November 17, 2013, 04:10:27 PM »
You've probably heard about planking and Tebowing but the next big thing is here.. Mayoring!
If you've ever camped with JoeCamper, Mayor of Canvas Campers, you've probably seen him build a large fire.  Often the fire is so hot he has inch forward towards the fire, shield his face with one hand and then put the wood on the fire with his free hand.
Mayoring.....putting a piece of wood on a fire that is so hot you need to hold a hand to your face to protect your eyes and inch forward.
All you need to do mayor is take a nice wide stance with your feet, lean forward a bit, shield your face with one hand and reach forward with the other hand. 

  Show us your pictures of Mayoring!

Tent Camping / Keeping heat in a tent?
« on: September 13, 2013, 09:34:25 AM »
I'm going camping in 5 hours with my summer tent, and it's supposed to be 45 degrees at night.  I brought electric throws and an electric heater but I can't use both at once. Oh, and I'm a wuss lately when it comes to cold.

How can I help keep the heat in my tent?  I have two sportsman blankets (gizmo material).  Would it be better under my air mattress or between the mattress and my sleeping bag (I tried that once but did not feel any difference).  What about putting a tarp over the rain fly?  My tarp isn't big enough to cover the entire tent, but I was thinking if heat rises it might help contain some heat?

Does anyone have any other ideas?

I picked up a coleman sleeping bag that's rated for 30-50 degrees, but given the size and cost of it, I don't have much confidence.

General Campfire Discussion / Bumper Dumper Hitch Toilet
« on: July 09, 2013, 10:02:08 PM »
Would anyone actually use this?   :o

I know it's pretty mean, but it would be really hard for me not to jump in the car and try to take off if someone was using it...

Tent Camping / Solo tent tricks?
« on: July 08, 2013, 11:50:38 AM »
I have a dome style 5 or 6 person tent that stands about 6' high.  I find it a little difficult to put it up myself and was wondering if anyone has any stupid tent tricks they can offer?

Mainly my biggest difficulty is putting the poles in the holders at the bottom, holding up the first bent pole up while trying to get the second pole end into it's bottom spike/spot (the final step in making it a tent shape).

But any stupid tent tricks are always good to learn.


General Campfire Discussion / 1 lb Propane Bottle Refill Kit?
« on: June 09, 2013, 08:23:29 AM »
Does anyone have experience with a propane bottle refill kit?

Save money by refilling your propane bottles yourself! This solid-brass coupler attaches to your propane tank to allow for an easy propane bottle refill. This coupler refills cylinders in one minute or less! A great alternative to disposing and purchasing new propane bottles and a safe, legal propane bottle refill alternative.

    Refills cylinders in 1 minute or less
    Solid brass construction to last a lifetime
    Do not use when air temperature is 85 degrees or above

I use 1 lb propane bottles for camping, and it's aggravating to get to camp, start up the grill, and find that the bottle was only half full.  I can bring more, but it sounds nice to 'top it off', and more importantly, stop throwing those little bottles into the landfill. I feel guilty every time but haven't found a place to recycle them.

I'd love to get your opinion!

I love it when there is a small pile of firewood, though it rarely happens.  I think at some privately owned campgrounds they take the wood left behind and resell it with their wood. 

I once found a lantern hook that attaches to a tree at a campground.  I joked at the spring opener that if I forgot it I would be simply returning it to the place I found it.

General Campfire Discussion / BugStorm Shield
« on: March 14, 2013, 04:54:25 PM »
Have you ever heard of the?

I hadn't until last years Oaks, PA RV Show.  I filled out an entry to win one, and I did!  There were some mishaps on email (mostly mine) and even though I won it a year ago, I got it today!  I mentioned to the representative that I would be sharing information with my camping group, so they sent me some brochures also.  It's a little too early (and windy) to use it, but I'll be happy to give anyone a brochure at the French Creek Rally.

It looks like it works similar to the Thermacell (set it on a table and it repels bugs within a certain radius), but without the butane cartridges. I'll let you know how it works when there are bugs around to repel.

Has anyone used Camco levelers?  Are there any important differences between them and Camco levelers? (I do have a BAL leveler for leveling the camper, but I often need something under the stabilizers)

for an $8 difference, I don't care if I have orange or yellow.

Off Topic / A parking spot for my PUP?
« on: October 21, 2012, 01:52:34 PM »
How do I make a winter-worthy parking spot for my camper?  I know the wheels are supposed to be off the dirt in the winter, but I'm also looking for a year round solution. I'd like it last about 5 years, and I'll revisit my solution after that. 

I tried to map out the spot in the woods I want to keep the camper, you can see the sticks if you look closely. 

Of course, the brush and stones will be cleared out.  The biggest issue is that the ground is soft, my parents (their property) had the tree guys spread out the wood chips on the ground in an attempt to make up for erosion.  The wood chips were supposed to be gone after a year, but that turned out not to be correct.  It's soft like a playground.   

I figure I probably need to do something with rocks like you do with a walkway.  Dig down a few inches, and put rocks (and sand?) in....

Can anyone tell me more specifically what I need to do to make the spot last about 5 years or so?  Do I need to have wood/plastic edging to hold it all in place?  do I need to tamp it down?  How do I go about figuring how much I need? 

Thanks to anyone who can help!

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