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RE: Our New 1968 Travel Queen

I've already used it's table and pedestal which is a neat design and heavier and larger diameter post than standard modern posts. I have that same table pedestal in my Avion , much sturdier than the typical , and the release lever is a nice feature ..I got to see a Travel Queen for sale a while ago in up state NY . I was tempted but had my hands full at the time . Best of luck with the renovation , will follow along .
ticki2 04/16/14 07:41pm Truck Campers
RE: Weighed in this weekend

In the past the Fords were always the heaviest of the 3 or at least that has been my observation after owning all 3 brands over the years and friends weighing their rigs also. They keep raising the GVWR but they don't tell us that they raise the weight of the truck also. So you think by buying a new truck that you have increased the payload but come to find out it hardly made much difference. This happened to me when the 1999 Super Duty first came out. I bought a new dually because they raised the GVWR but when I weighed it I found out I had almost the same payload as my older truck. I am really surprised this hasn't been mentioned more often , it's been going on for a long time . Another way to dupe the public .
ticki2 04/14/14 10:40am Truck Campers
RE: How to make your Water Heater adjustable for $8.97

Thanks for the explanation , guess I have some catching up to do , mine is still a pilot .:D
ticki2 04/11/14 04:30pm Truck Campers
RE: How to make your Water Heater adjustable for $8.97

Also---if you have gas AND 110v heater elements, this won't work. You won't have room. http://home.comcast.net/~boatycall/rvnet2/heater/heater1.jpg I'm confused , doesn't take much . Did you mean 12v and 110v in the sentence above ? The picture shows a gas and 110v WH .
ticki2 04/11/14 02:52pm Truck Campers
RE: Sway bars versus RAS versus SS…which one did you choose/why?

ah64id There seems to be some confusion . Your profile is showing a TT , but you are referencing your Dad's rig . So my question is what truck and what camper does your Dad have that puts 8000# on the rear axle ? Some specs would be helpful .
ticki2 04/10/14 10:57am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

OH! And 67 - the kid also made an angle iron frame for it to sit on when off the truck. I have that too. Put it on the roof rack to haul it home. It's HEAVY! But I think she's supported well enough. Welcome to the club . From the picture the angle iron frame looks like a good way to store the camper . In the second picture showing the drivers side it looks like the rear jack is at quite an angle slanting back . Before loading and unloading much more I would investigate very carefully as to why . I agree with 67Avion , get it functioning and structurally sound and go camping to get the feel of it before tearing it all apart to fix panels and other cosmetic things . You won't need black and grey tank immediately if you use a campground with sewer hookup . A thorough cleaning does wonders for morale , good luck .
ticki2 04/10/14 10:43am Truck Campers
RE: Sway bars versus RAS versus SS…which one did you choose/why?

Wanted to pass this on also after speaking with the local spring shop. The Gentleman there commented that on trucks with just bottom overload (as our ¾ ton Chevy) should not be riding on the overloads. IOW the overload should only make contact when turning, dips in the road, pot holes, etc as handling/ride will suffer. They are not intended to be in play full time. Period. Now conventional wisdom is to set you airbags (if you have them) so that the overloads are still (lightly) engaged. I don’t know about your truck, if I pump my airbags to may (100 psi) my bottom overloads are still engaged. We would need a much lighter camper, or larger airbags, to get completely off the bottom overloads as he suggested. I am no suspension expert…I assume this Gentleman is as this has been his Family business for generations… Any comments on this thinking? Tx, Bill I would agree with your spring shop , the bottom heavy leaf is not meant to be engaged all the time . It also acts as a limiter for spring rebound . Keeping the overloads ( lightly ) engaged refers to upper overloads on one ton trucks , not the bottom leaf . I also agree with the previous poster . In order to accomplish your stated goal , sway side to side , a heavy duty sway bar is in order . The springs and things added to them are for carrying the weight. If you add enough to the springs , whether leaves or add on's it will eventually help the sway , but you will have one very stiff ride . It seems you are trying to accomplish two different things , one is the added weight of the new camper the other is the sway that extra weight is causing . I don't think a single mod will accomplish both . That's my 2 cents . Following along.
ticki2 04/09/14 02:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Sway bars versus RAS versus SS…which one did you choose/why?

here's another option . Looks to be adjustable . http://www.stengelbros.net/Helper-Kits--Leaf-Spring_c_13.html
ticki2 04/07/14 03:23pm Truck Campers
RE: Where can I find steel 16x8" 8 lug wheels for 2500HD

Joe, I have been through the same run-a-around, and the best info I could come up with is the stock "PYO" alum wheels on the 2500HD are 16x6.5 and good for 3100lbs, the steel wheels on the 3500HD are 16x7 and good for 3500lbs.(02'-08') I'm not sure the year they went to 17" wheels, think it was in 09'. I ended up going with Alcoa 16x7 alum, rated for 3750lbs. I didn't want 19.5 wheels, way to harsh of a ride for me, and I didn't want a steel wheel, personaly don't like the look. That pretty much sums up the GM wheel options . Very limited compared to Dodge and Ford . You haven't specified the truck year or tire size . If you are talking 285's on a 7" rim , yes it will wear the centers more . I believe the Alcoa's mentioned above are actually listed as trailer wheels and are not hub-centric if that matters . Another alternative is Stockton Wheel and have some made to your specs.
ticki2 04/04/14 07:48am Truck Campers
RE: Where can I find steel 16x8" 8 lug wheels for 2500HD

A 3500 will have the wider steel wheels you want. So start calling wrecking yards and ask for 3500 SRW wheels. Those will be 16x7 and came with 265/75/16 tires for a GM .
ticki2 04/03/14 03:45pm Truck Campers
RE: Question/problem with furnace in '06 Actic Fox 860

Do you have other 12v in the camper , lights etc. ? Did you check the thermostat ? Remove 2 wires from thermostat and hold together . Anything ? Not all converters supply 12v without batteries .
ticki2 04/03/14 06:50am Truck Campers
RE: Bigfoot 11.5 - take #2

Blue Coyote That is quite the tow hitch , how is attached to the frame ?
ticki2 04/03/14 06:30am Truck Campers
RE: Oh no...not more tire/wheel ?'s

When I had a Mazda with a torsion bar front suspension, changing the bar tension (ride height) affected the camber and toe alignment. I'm not sure how your GM steering geometry is related to height change. Yes good idea to have it check , should be done at new tire time also.
ticki2 04/03/14 05:48am Truck Campers
RE: Oh no...not more tire/wheel ?'s

ticki2, We need to get a local northern New England TC group together. You, BillTex and us (who am I forgetting?)can find a good weekend here. John & Cathy That sounds good to me . Have some repair to do on the old girl ( boo-boo ) but should be up and running by summer ( IF we ever get done with winter )
ticki2 04/02/14 08:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Oh no...not more tire/wheel ?'s

Thanks Bob...good info. What happens when you crank the torsion bar 1"? I have heard this elsewhere...does this effect handling? How do you know about the rubbing...did you try 285's? Have air bags now...so I can raise the rear for clearance. Bill Cranking the T-bars an 1 to 1-1/2 inches is fine , any more and the CV angles are too much and will need other front end parts . It's also a good idea to use a spacer to add to shock length if they are stock . The rear fender well are not a problem , it's the rear of the front well that's tight . On the drivers side zip tie the park cable more to the rear . Ran one set of 285's on my 03 2500HD on stock rims .Back then they only came in D's , no E's . Never had max weight so don't know that aspect . They handled fine but did tend to wear the centers a little more because of narrow rims . They still did rub sometimes on a hard low speed turn over a bump . Decided for my use the 265's were a better fit , occasional off road .
ticki2 04/02/14 08:25pm Truck Campers
RE: Oh no...not more tire/wheel ?'s

Bill , I have looked into this more than once , doesn't make me an expert by any means , but this is what I have found . GM is very secretive about their stock wheel weight ratings , the most they will say is that the wheels are rated for the tires that came stock. Doesn't do much good putting tire rated at 3750# on a wheel rated at 3200# Aftermarket wheels sometimes have higher weight ratings but not always, be sure to check . Very few if any aftermarket wheels are hub-centric as OEM . 285's will rub on the front of both sides and the rear of the left wheel well at stock height . The front bumper can be moved out an inch by drilling a few new holes in the brackets and using some spacers on the side braces , this will eliminate the trimming . You also need to crank the T-bars about an inch . The tolerances are small and each vehicle will vary . I think Whazoo is running 285's on Alcoa's , you might PM him . Have no experience with 19.5
ticki2 04/02/14 06:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Trip Report: Mojave Road II, 2014-03-13 to 16

Can't even imagine what your Mom put up with . LMAO . Great trip:D
ticki2 03/31/14 10:45am Truck Campers
RE: Truck Trailer pulg Charge Wire?

This link from the TCU may help Matthew_B, Alternator Charge Cable Installation to TC
ticki2 03/29/14 12:26pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Howdy! Gary heres my scare light. It says Dietz 37. Vintage Campers claims it cant be found as a replacement. Any ideas? http://i1014.photobucket.com/albums/af270/cajunavion/8573814B-EBE9-4A6F-8269-E280EC1B077B_zpsavjurgqs.jpg IIRC Truck-Lite now owns Signalstat which at some point owned Dietz . In any event this lense fit my OE light . http://www.bigrigworld.com/lens-for-9380.html If not you can buy the whole light for a few bucks more .
ticki2 03/23/14 02:18pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

67Avion , are you referring to the water line after the water heater or the one from the fresh water tank to the WH ? The later is in a bad location behind the facia of the tub wall . There is no insulation in that wall . I managed to get 1/2" of rigid insulation behind the tubing but still don't like it . I plan to move it and move it to just under the cabinet lip so it is completely inside the cabin heated area . It won't be much noticed in that location and be much safer for cold weather . Not sure if your C-10 is set up the same way . Pictures ?
ticki2 03/23/14 01:59pm Truck Campers
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