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post #976 of 1299 (permalink) Old 04-12-2016, 09:04 PM
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Great photos, Gaslight, and thanks for the info. I've only been to a few state parks and have only camped at two of them - Tyler and Cleburne. Both were nice.

I've visited Palo Duro and loved it, but haven't camped there yet. I hear it's the second biggest canyon in the U.S. after the Grand Canyon, and having never been to the Grand Canyon, I was really impressed.

I like your hybrid camper. Would like to get a used pop up when my son gets older and do some semi-glamping with it. In the meantime, I hope to take him tent camping hopefully this coming Fall.

I've been to Ardmore and had fun jumping off their diving platform, but that was many years ago. Had not thought about OK camping til you mentioned it. Makes sense since it's relatively close to us here in N. TX.

Others on my to-do list are Davis Mountains, Balmorrhea and Big Bend State Parks. Too bad they're kind of far from us.
Some of our best camping trips were either out of a tent or in the back of a vehicle! The Roo is nice, but overkill for us on short trips (1-2 days).

We bought it after we had our youngest (twins), and with four boys it made sense (while they were little). We eventually will tent camp more when they age (hopefully backpack camp more too).

Of note, our second oldest was recovering from cancer at the time (liver cancer/transplant survivor, diagnosed when he was 2 years old), so it was critical to keep him in a "bubble" (due to immune-suppression).

We too want to check out Big Bend as well, but that is a haul from here!

Here is our typical set up without the kids (Mueller SP Colorado), in our Kelty TN 3-person

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Hey guys i'm also here in Texas, As an old retired military guy I get into all the state parks for free! So far my favorite is Tyler. Also a nice park is Hords Creek Lake, it is an Army Core Park.

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Hey Folks I have an on going debate with the wife I hope y'all can help out with. What size equalizer WDH would you recommend for a 7800lb TT...Yes that's Wet completely loaded, food, gear, gas, bikes, etc. and weighed on Certified Cat Scales.(figured I would just save "those" folks some time).

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The 1000/10000 should probably work but if it were me I'd go with the 1200/12000 pound hitch. That's what I have and I'm loaded at 7100 pounds with a hitch weight around 900 pounds. Tows great.
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I've been welding up these campground campfire pit grates for a couple years. I've been giving them away. I use mostly scraps of iron from other projects, so no real cost but my time.

With all the positive feed back I get from everyone, I think I would like to build maybe 10 or so to have on hand. I have just under $20 into each one and maybe 30 minutes of time. Usually there is time to drink a beer as well.

I was hoping I could get a suggested price to sell these things for. I know I can't beat prices of store bought, over seas type cookers, but I know I can beat quality hands down.


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I've been welding up these campground campfire pit grates for a couple years. I've been giving them away. I use mostly scraps of iron from other projects, so no real cost but my time.

With all the positive feed back I get from everyone, I think I would like to build maybe 10 or so to have on hand. I have just under $20 into each one and maybe 30 minutes of time. Usually there is time to drink a beer as well.

I was hoping I could get a suggested price to sell these things for. I know I can't beat prices of store bought, over seas type cookers, but I know I can beat quality hands down.

I would spend around 50 or 60 bucks on one. However, you just gave me a great or should I say grate idea for the left over expanded metal from my bed rack build

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The 1000/10000 should probably work but if it were me I'd go with the 1200/12000 pound hitch. That's what I have and I'm loaded at 7100 pounds with a hitch weight around 900 pounds. Tows great.
Yea I guess I forgot to mention my hitch weight is also right around 900. I have a V-Lite so they are a tad nose heavy. But ok so far that is 1 vote for me...thanks!

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Ok at 900 pounds get the 1200 pounder.
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I'm headed out to my annual first trip to Bear Brook the first weekend in May...

First weekend of May for us also,I have a 4 day weekend so still working on a location....probably white mountains or mid Vermont somewhere.


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Hey Folks I have an on going debate with the wife I hope y'all can help out with. What size equalizer WDH would you recommend for a 7800lb TT...Yes that's Wet completely loaded, food, gear, gas, bikes, etc. and weighed on Certified Cat Scales.(figured I would just save "those" folks some time).
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So how do I join the Tundra Campers Club? Just bought my first Tundra (had a Sequoia once, which was awesome) and I'm pretty excited about the community here on TundraTalk. It has been a great experience so far.

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Cannot believe its going to in the 70s here in the north east. Wife asked if she could go camping so hitched up the camper to the tundra. set everything up for her to tow our TT to a campground with the 5 and 8 yr old.
she meeting her cousin and her kids there.

I on the other hand working. I am a bit nervous as usually like tow first especially after adding the airbag and redoing the WDH but it so happens the wife is ready to roll. Made a step by step instruction on how to unhitch safely ....
last 2 times she went solo with kids, she always finds some helpful person.

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Hi, wondering if I can join up for the tundra camping club. Have an 07 CM Limited and '12 Forrest River 27bh. We have had our camper since October last year and have already been 6-7 times here in VA. Been reading through and have already found lots of great info, thanks.
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