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RE: Tire Ratings

I plan to continue to replace the rear tires at about 30k and move them to the front for another 30K at lighter load. It would be better to rotate your tires on a regular interval as recommended in every owners manual . :) Why? My plan keeps new tires on the back to carry the heavy load of the camper. I have not rotated tires on any vehicle in 30 years. As far as I am concerned the idea of tire rotation is equivalent to the notion of changing oil every 3K miles. It makes money for the dealer and accomplishes virtually nothing. Any slight benefit is lost by the cost of those tire rotations. Why It will extend the life of a set of tires Every tire manufacturer recommends it Every vehicle manufacturer recommends it Most tire retailers will rotate them for free for the life of the tires
ticki2 04/18/17 10:25am Truck Campers
RE: Trip Report Improvements

If it is possible it would be nice to have a list of the most recent TR's at the beginning , maybe 6 or 12 months worth before they are absorbed into the general format . A big thanks to all who created , maintained and contributed to this sticky .
ticki2 04/18/17 06:29am Truck Campers
RE: Tire Ratings

I plan to continue to replace the rear tires at about 30k and move them to the front for another 30K at lighter load. It would be better to rotate your tires on a regular interval as recommended in every owners manual . :)
ticki2 04/18/17 05:53am Truck Campers
RE: Starting Generator with dead batteries

Or a loose/dirty battery connection . Have you checked the voltage directly at the battery ?
ticki2 04/18/17 05:25am Truck Campers
RE: TR: SE Az Sky Islands

Thanks for the TR , always appreciated .
ticki2 04/08/17 06:59am Truck Campers
RE: Battery charge versus remaining usable charge

The charge was up to 13.5v last night. Why is a standard automotive battery charger so much faster than the distribution panel? It seems like a charger would take overnight but this is taking days. Neither the 13.5v from the automotive charger or the 13v from the camper charger are true readings , they are both reflecting surface charge from charging . You have to wait more than several hours after charging to take a reading . A 12v battery at 100 per cent SOC will only read about 12.7v at 75F , if it is colder it will be less than 12.7v . The automotive charger may or may not do better depending on the specs for that particular charger and the one in the TC , neither of which is known at this point .
ticki2 04/06/17 08:45am Truck Campers
RE: Bunk ladder suggestions...

Good topic . Being another old fart I hope some folks get creative with solutions . So far I'm OK but who knows how long . I salvaged an alum bunk ladder out of an old TT with this in mind . I can tell you that this one would NOT be bare foot friendly . If I ever go this route I will make one of wood with a decent tread .
ticki2 03/28/17 05:26pm Truck Campers
RE: Thoughts on LED lights

To the OP , no experience with that company . From the comments by others I guess I have been lucky . I purchased 10 LED bulbs from USA ebay seller 2years ago for 14 bucks . When first installed I left them on for 72 hours . They have been used on converter , truck charge and battery . They all still work . It was a worthwhile experiment .
ticki2 03/24/17 05:18pm Truck Campers
RE: Trip Report! Spring Break 2017 Kodiak Alaska Style!!

Nice pictures, looks like fun for all. But 10.8v?!?! What did it show when everything was turned off? That sounds like really pushing it into the 'dead zone'. It rebounded to 11.9V I think I need some more aH's if I am going to overnight in the teens with the furnace going... Thoughts? A lot has to do with the temperature of the battery . For instance , if your battery was at 30 deg F when it showed 11.9v it would have been at 70 per cent SOC . Also how long after having no load and no charge when you took the reading . In your environment and a 12v fridge , 2 batteries would be prudent , and keeping them warm if possible .
ticki2 03/22/17 08:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Trip Report! Spring Break 2017 Kodiak Alaska Style!!

Thanks for the tour Garry . Nice to see that old Avion out-n-about . Those roads sure look slick but I'm not seeing what I call frost heaves.
ticki2 03/22/17 09:07am Truck Campers
RE: Payload on used truck?? -- can't weigh beforehand

There are not that many places that a SRW truck and camper can go that a DRW truck and a camper can not follow right along . The biggest stopping factor is the size of a truck and camper , length , width , height and weight . If you are going to do mild off roading then make yourself comfortable for 2 years of full time living .
ticki2 03/21/17 08:23am Truck Campers
RE: Reese Titan 34" hitch for towing car

My safety chains and side stabilizing chains are the same. For some reason, I can't post photos now. I will try later. Your statement without the picture was a little misleading . The safety chain is in fact going from the tow vehicle to the towed vehicle , as it should . Because you are also attaching the chain to the extension you are using part of the safety chain to stabilize the extension .
ticki2 03/17/17 12:49pm Truck Campers
RE: Reese Titan 34" hitch for towing car

That was my thinking also . :h
ticki2 03/17/17 10:00am Truck Campers
RE: Winch for TC

This may be thinking out of the box but here goes......has anyone ever put an AC winch on there TC and used there generator for power. The cost savings would be great but ??????????? Dave Your post is a little unclear . Are you thinking of attaching a heavy duty winch to the TC , or the front of a truck carrying a TC ?
ticki2 03/16/17 02:54pm Truck Campers
RE: Extended range fuel tanks - who has one?

Amen
ticki2 03/16/17 07:37am Truck Campers
RE: Finally ordered a Stable Lift

There was a post a while back where someone modified a stable lift to fit a DRW . Might have been a year or two .
ticki2 03/13/17 05:36pm Truck Campers
RE: DRW with TC in sand

I remember my 2001 F250 was rated at 11.XXX lb. Empty weight over 9000 with flatbed installed. Fords fleet pfd rates the 2001 f250 at 8800 gvwr , the f350 srw at 9900 gvwr and the f350 drw at 11200 gvwr . these were 49 state ratings with a note that CA was 200# less across the board . Apparently you had a very special f250 . There are some members on the forum who frequent Assateague with rigs that weigh more than 10k , perhaps it is not enforced . Hopefully they will chime in , or as Reddog suggested I'll start a new thread with the question .
ticki2 03/12/17 09:10pm Truck Campers
RE: DRW with TC in sand

A lot of TCs use the beach at Assateague Island in Maryland. You cannot use dual drive tires because they cannot be aired down enough. DRW's are no longer restricted at Assateague . Not being able to air down was not the issue . There is a weight restriction of 10,000# GVW which is interesting as most TC's even on SRW are over that . Good to know. Thanks for the correction. It just changed in the last year or two , before that drw was not allowed . It would be interesting to hear from those that go there , how or if they enforce the the 10k# weight restriction . Hard to imagine any drw's , or many srw's with a TC being under that weight .
ticki2 03/12/17 01:50pm Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your truck today?

Just finished up installing all new stainless steel brake lines . Gave myself a life time guaranty . :B
ticki2 03/11/17 01:32pm Truck Campers
RE: DRW with TC in sand

A lot of TCs use the beach at Assateague Island in Maryland. You cannot use dual drive tires because they cannot be aired down enough. DRW's are no longer restricted at Assateague . Not being able to air down was not the issue . There is a weight restriction of 10,000# GVW which is interesting as most TC's even on SRW are over that .
ticki2 03/11/17 01:25pm Truck Campers
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