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    jefe's hardside camper hauler

    At the moment I'm a persona non grata in Klubb XTC. For the last 3 months and the first time in 18 years Jeanie and i have no camper. There is definitely something missing in our lives but this will change next month when we pick up our 2020 Northstar Laredo SC at the factory in Iowa ordered...
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    My latest TC trip report is here I tried to download it on here but ran into the 10K character limit and it flew into ether. So it's on TCA instead. jefe
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    Jefe's Truck Camper Trek over the White Rim Trail and failed attempt at the Needles district

    After my first attempt at posting this trip report here ended in the piece going into ether, ostensibly because it had more than 10k characters, it has been posted on Truck Camper Adventure instead. Here's the link.
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    My new camper and truck ready for gnarly dirt roads

    O.K. it's humor, but we need some right now. We've been so into getting the weight down without loosing off road capabilities, this ad just popped out at me: It looks as if it has 2 propane tanks and a lot of storage. What is that jack holding up? Is that an E/W bed over the cab? I have...
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    Jefe and Jean's XTC search is over

    Alright! The…die…is…cast. After a long gestation period, and looking 1st hand over dozens of small hardside truck campers, the search has ended. We ordered a 2020 Northstar Laredo SC (self contained). After a good chat with Mike Smith @ Truck Camper Adventure and his bona fide experience with...
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    What stopped my hardside on Elephant Hill

    I'm still assembling pix of our whirlwind trip that included parts of Canyonlands N.P. including a fast trip over the White Rim Trail and an aborted attempt at Elephant Hill. Details will be in the T.R. but here is the defining reason to have a popup on the Elephant: the RF wheel of the truck...
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    The old gal is being put out to pasture.

    jefe here. This month, after reaching maturity on her 21st birthday, (built April 1998) our tried and true Lance 165-s is going to pasture. We've had a good run with her accumulating more than 240 glorious nights, "in the box". She's still amazingly sound and viable, but has a few old age flaws...
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    2 inch lift on your 2nd generation Subaru Crosstrek?

    It's finally time for Jeanie and I, a pair of septuagenarians to downsize our all weather, all season, all road traveling vehicle. We've had a parade of 4WD's over the past 1.7 million miles that fit the bill for that time. The one currently in my cross hairs (is that a pun?) is a 2019 Subaru...
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    What is the best year for the 100 series Land Cruiser?

    I owned an FJ-40 and an FJ-55 back in the day, and together assembled at least 250K miles on them. Every manufacturer has a golden period or two when all the stars align and the product is near perfection for that era. What model number and year(s) are the best for the 100 series L.C.? At...
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    2015 Lexus 460 GX raves or regrets?

    My daughter bought this one with 20K miles on the clock and it has good reviews all around, but many of these are 'not-user' reviews and only serve to make the brand look good. As a long time 4WD person (13, 4WD's including an 1966 FJ-40; Canyonlands UT, 1971. the kid in the pic is now 49 years...
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    Will the real Commando please come forward SOLD AUG. 23RD

    I read the piece about a new Commando above, and will have to say it's cultural appropriation. I have the real Commando, and it's a California car without rust. With AMC taking over the helm of the Jeep line from Kaiser by the 1972 year, their car engineers, in their infinite wisdom, decided to...
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    Royal Truck Body 'low profile' replacement truck bed for use with a truck camper?

    Has anyone on here used a Royal Truck Body replacement 'low profile' truck body with wall to wall storage? My plumber came over to fix something and came in his 2000 F-350 4WD SRW diesel with this body: Of course I was immediately interested in getting the specs on this. 49 inches between...
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    jefe and bro John's wild TC adventure in the Anza Borrego Desert.

    We're just back from a 10-day, 1300 mile round trip to the Anza Borrego Desert in So. Cal. We covered a lot of territory, mostly on 2-track washes. It is a particularly dry year there so the bloom failed to materialize. This was about it; But we knew that going in and just wanted to test the...
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    My quest for entry into the TC

    It seemed so simple. Just use the scissor stairs that came with the rig. But, what do you do if you lift the truck? What do you do if the lower back wall of the camper has enough rot that the bolts won't hold the scissor stairs on anymore? What other options do we have? When i lifted the truck 3...
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    Expedition Camper super single wheels

    jefe here. I have a pair of brand new custom made Stockton Wheel, super single wheels that need a home. 16x10 wide; 8 on 6-1/2 inch lug centric pattern (used by both GM and Dodge on their 2 and 3 series pickups); 6-1/4 inch stock back spacing to keep the track as narrow as possible for those...
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    2 -New 16x10, 8 on 6-1/2, 6-1/4 inch B.S. Stockton Expedition steel wheels

    I have 2 brand new Stockton Super Single Steel Wheels; 16 inch x 10 inch wide, inside bead to bead, 8 on 6-1/2 inch lug centric pattern (fits Dodge and GM 2 and 3 series trucks) with the track narrowing stock 6-1/4 inch back spacing; white powder coated, 1/2 inch plate center hubs on DOT...
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    frame flexing, suspension travel, and weight transfer

    In my later years, I've continued my life long penchant for not leaving 'good enough' alone when it comes to four wheel drives. I did my first springs-over-axle in 1965 on a 1949 Willys Ute Wagon, during an era when there were few willing to try it or even knew what it was. Those pioneer days...
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    My history with off-road trailers, plus a couple hangers-on

    I'm one of the Ancients on this forum, maybe even an Elder of the Tribe of off-road, remote location Zealots. This happens to be THE most creative and pulse raising forums anywhere with extreme attention to form follows function, and even a little art work. However, we all had to start somewhere...
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    Death Valley XTC 2017

    My bro and I spent 6 days in Death Valley last week (mid April). There are a lot of shots of his 9.5 OUTFITTER! (Extreme Truck Camper) in there plying the sand and rocks. Unfortunately, the forum does not allow as many pix as i loaded for the piece so a link will have to suffice. jefe...
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    Death Valley XTC 2017

    A couple off-road-ready truck campers do the Death...Valley that is. Unfortunately, the forum does not permit as many pix as I have in the piece, so a link will have to do. regards, jefe