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    Smile December/January 4-wheeling and/or camping in SoCal? Anyone?

    I have been itching to get out to the desert in my fairly new-to-me GMC Sierra 4x4. I have put about 3,000 miles on it since I bought it and am loving it so far (mostly, LOL). I am trying to get a couple of guys together to do a day or two of light/moderate 4-wheeling on Bradshaw trail and/or Fish Creek trail area in Anza Borrego.

    I have a camper shell on my truck and I bought a custom-dimensions foam mattress that fits perfectly into the truck bed. Unfortunately, right now, the camper shell leaks rain water in, LOL. So I need to either find a way to seal it up (might be quite a challenge, actually) or only use it when it's not going to rain.

    Anyway, if anyone thinks this sounds fun and you might be interested, just let me know. I'm on Christmas break for a few weeks now, so I should be fairly open as far as when I could go.
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    Good man KJ. Too far for me perhaps but many SoCal folks should take you up on your generous offer.
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    Those are my kind of trips!

    Wet beds are no fun that's why I went with a Suburban, it's already sealed lol. Just did 1 week in Death Valley 😉

    Wont make this trip but good on you for asking.
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    I've never been able to totally seal a pick up canopy and tailgate against rain wile parked or on the road. Best is to determine leak points and tarp against them, i.e.a drip sheet inside the very rear that like a shower curtain intercepts and redirects all drippage to the rear and out tailgate
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred View Post
    I've never been able to totally seal a pick up canopy and tailgate against rain wile parked or on the road. Best is to determine leak points and tarp against them, i.e.a drip sheet inside the very rear that like a shower curtain intercepts and redirects all drippage to the rear and out tailgate
    Mine leaks on both sides haha. It is open on the truck-cab side (stupid design IMO) with rubber stripping that's supposed to seal between the edges of that end of the shell and the rear window of the cab. It seems pretty sill to have a "camper" shell that one can't camp in when it's raining, LOL...


    Anyway, that is a good idea, though. I had thought about trying something like that. Ideally, I would like a permanent solution, but again, it might be difficult to say the least
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    Me thinks your truck's camper top is destined more for desert camping than trips to the Olympic Rain Forest.
    You could get another used shell from Craigslist but it likely will also have some inherent leaks around tailgate and hatch.
    Basically leaky camper shells and coin-op laundromat dryers go hand-in-hand on extended trips. Collect and save your quarters!
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