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    • #67724
      David Casterson
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      Another suggestion for this year’s Rally workshops is one on compostable toilets pros and cons.

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    • #63142
      David Casterson
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      I have Northstar Laredo SC. It is 2300# dry but a few hundred over the GVWR of my 2019 F250 long bed gas supercab with camper package when loaded. I am under max ratings for front and rear axles and it rides without sag. I am considering adding Sumo springs to help with the moderate sway I sometimes experience. The camper stays on the truck 90% of the time. With the camper off I am usually hauling stuff for the small farm I live on, or bikes and kayaks when on vacation. The ride isn’t bad enough to do anything about.

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      David Casterson
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      I have Northstar Laredo SC. It is 2300# dry but a few hundred over the GVWR of my 2019 F250 long bed gas supercab with camper package when loaded. I am under max ratings for front and rear axles and it rides without sag. I am considering adding Sumo springs to help with the moderate sway I sometimes experience. The camper stays on the truck 90% of the time. With the camper off I am usually hauling stuff for the small farm I live on, or bikes and kayaks when on vacation. The ride isn’t bad enough to do anything about.

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    • #44832
      David Casterson
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      I really value the forum members and their knowledge base. Thanks to all for the great input on Olympus Wave heaters!

    • #44431
      David Casterson
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      Good to hear your positive comments. I am planning on using the built in Suburban heater to initially warm up the camper and then turn it off and run the Olympus to keep the camper warm over night. I am thinking that I can attach the propane lines of both heaters to the the propane tank (with separate regulators?) and a 6-8 foot hose going to the Olympus. The Olympus would be stored in a kitchen cabinet and set up on the counter in line with the dinette and cab over bed when in use. At high altitude I would probably just be using the Olympus. With this in mind, would you recommend a Wave 3 or 6 for an Alaskan 10?

    • #44360
      David Casterson
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      I love looking at everyone’s rigs, especially great to see them out boondocking! Here’s ours. It’s a 2013 Alaskan 10 with Zamp 160 watt solar and and a 100 watt portable suitcase type panel plus two 220 amp Lifeline AGM batteries connected in series. I replaced the Thetford cassette with a shorter Thetford portipotti from my pervious rig to facilitate use while traveling with the top ‘down’. We love our showers so I constructed one using a wash basin with the legs cut off for a portable floor pan, tapped into the sink for hot and cold running water and installed a shower curtain which hangs from the ceiling. Like the wash basin, it stores of the way when not in use. We also have a pop up shower tent for use outside when it is not too cold and we don’t have neighbors. Did I say we like our showers?

      Our truck is a 2019 extended cab F-250XLT gas. I like the entry level model for its easy to sweep out plastic floor and the extended cab rear doors for their super wide opening.

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    • #26899
      David Casterson
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      I am wondering if using lithium batteries would be an advantage or disadvantage in using a solar system with fixed and portable panels.

    • #21401
      David Casterson
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      If I was boondocking in an area without a place to dump a cassette then my answer would be different.

    • #21400
      David Casterson
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      I removed the flush toilet that came with my Cirrus 800 when I got it (new) 2.5 years ago and installed a Nature’s Head compostable toilet. We have been using it ever since, which means about 300 days, including a 7 week trip to Alaska, and a couple of 10 trips to Arizona and Utah. The composting poop barely has an odor as the mini-fan draws the smell out via the vent pipe that the installation requires. In the Natures’s Head, the urine is separated (user aimed) and collected in a plastic gallon container. This is the part that smells if not dumped every couple of days. My wife complains about the problems associated with aiming and we both agree that the trade off between having to dump the urine 3-4 times a week (but the composted poop only once a month) versus dumping a cassette toilet once a week is not worth it. We will be going with a cassette toilet next time. P.S. We bought a used Northstar 850 pop up camper with a cassette toilet last year, so I feel we have a good basis for comparison.
      ‘Hope this helps

    • #18026
      David Casterson
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      Alex: Thanks for the link to the Cal Willis article. I am considering buying a new Camper and will definitely have it built with the hardware he suggests so that I can upgrade that which is in my 2016 3500 RAM to match his system. That way I can probably power a camper with a compressor fridge and Truma heater in the fog and rain of the Pacific NW with one fixed solar panel and use my suitcase 100 watt Renogy as a backup when doing and extended stay.
      David

    • #17877
      David Casterson
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      Thanks for the info Alex. I remember reading the article you wrote on your battery charging system some time ago. You have me thinking I should read it again! Also just viewed you youtube on the Moki Dugway. Nice work!

    • #17702
      David Casterson
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      Thanks Mike and Alex. That’s what I like about this forum, great experience tested answers! Being that I live and camp a fair amount along the Pacific Coast, what would your recommendations for solar panel wattage and batteries be for running a compressor refrigerator?

    • #16889
      David Casterson
      Participant

      These are all excellent suggestions. We are on our way back from a 7 week trip to Alaska. I will be checking them out as soon as I get a chance! Thanks Guys.
      David

    • #14270
      David Casterson
      Participant

      I love to BBQ at home but we camp in bear country a lot and don’t carry a portable one due to the attracting scent it would have. Anyone have thoughts on that or a solution?

    • #14167
      David Casterson
      Participant

      Adrian:
      ‘Sounds like you got a good deal, a Cummins Diesel with just 100k on it should go quite a ways. Another benifit of an older truck is it won’t have the high beds they build into the current trucks, so your camper won’t sit as high.
      Another plus to used is that you are going to learn alot about what you features are really important and what things you can live without. Your first camper will probably not be you last and you can avoid big depreciation in this way.

      NaturalSight
      Ram 1 ton short bed 4×4 extended cab Cummins diesel
      Cirrus 800

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