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RE: can't get the gvwr math to work

Some people need longer to get it than others ;) It should not be too hard to understand that GVWR is taxable number, when axles numbers is real capacity and that is what we should observe. Fact that those numbers make big difference might be confusing, but who pays taxes on what he actually earns? For some earning $90,000 and paying taxes on $40,000 is not confusing at all. If it were as simple as that states would charge according to axle numbers and make more money . Each state has their own formula for registration and taxes . Some make more sense than others. I find it interesting in these discussions that some feel that truck manufacturers GVWR is arbitrary but axle and tire ratings are absolute . Unless one has access to the engineering and testing data it's all guess work by the consumer.
ticki2 05/24/18 04:33am Truck Campers
RE: can't get the gvwr math to work

It's not ignoring the manufacturer's ratings at all. The manufacturer's ratings simply do not apply at all, in my state. My GVWR is 10,000 lbs, as per the manufacturer. That's not an option in my state. I can register my truck for either 8000 lbs or 12000 lbs in my state. I don't have any other options. I don't make the law, the state does. The truck weighs 7200 lbs with me in it and a full tank of gas. What would you register it for? Thus, I've registered my truck for a 12,000 lbs weight rating. Perfectly legal. The manufacturer's ratings are irrelevant. Your state may be different. So in some instances you can register a truck for more than it Is actually capable.
ticki2 05/22/18 07:23pm Truck Campers
RE: Chevrolet Silverado 3500 ambulance

Grit Dog , define "straight frame" . All 2500hd and 3500 G M's from 2001 on have a flat bed frame , no hump over the rear axle .
ticki2 05/19/18 02:35pm Truck Campers
RE: Chevrolet Silverado 3500 ambulance

That is what I am trying to figure out currently, can I retrofit a long bed service body or truck body to it. I wish it had an hour meter on it but it doesn't. If it has a service body on it now the chances are good that it is a cab/chassis which has a narrower frame , standard for most service bodies and flatbeds . It will have a frame that is 4" narrower than a pickup and 4" longer between cab and axle which means a pickup bed will not fit properly . I don't know of any year when GM did not have a cab/chassis available for a 3500 drw .
ticki2 05/19/18 08:19am Truck Campers
RE: Hallmark Flatbed Camper

Majority of trucks in north America have boxes. The number of flat bed trucks that are used is so low that most manufacturers would never sell one if they had a model available. I was looking at going that way years ago for the extra storage and floor space They remove the Pickup bed here forany US Pickup. You can get the Japanese, Ford and GM as Cab Chassis for Global Pickups You can order a bed delete on almost any pickup sold here . Apparently most folks CHOISE not to . A cab/chassis is a different animal , it has a narrower frame which is an outfitter standard . I have both a flatbed and a standard pickup bed , they both have their uses . In some instances the laws are different for flatbed which is why many tend not to go that route .
ticki2 05/11/18 08:57am Truck Campers
RE: Ford Transit Truck Camper

I like the Class C above! Would be perfect for a couple. I say that because our 2 kids are fully grown, out of the house and our focus would be for a motorized RV with enough living space in a Class C. My wife doesn't like Class A's, with respect to driving them and driving makes me very tired, so we need an RV we both feel comfortable driving! Bags. The Class C version has a 15,400lb GVWR and a 23750lb GCVWR Interesting , 15400 GVWR is over 30 percent more than Ford rates that vehicle . Where is that number coming from ?
ticki2 05/07/18 04:59am Truck Campers
RE: Avion truck camper rebuilds - Photos are up again!

66C10....I think you're on a mission from God. You're getting the band back together. Your reward will be here on earth with jerk chicken from Rasta, and Baby Bourbon from Southern Illinois. Onward! I knew this thread contained a wealth of information regarding our beloved TCs. Once the photobucket fiasco happened, I felt like so much was lost. Thankfully, I found a way to save the images while putting them in their rightful places. So far in this journey, I've saved 539 pictures and my document is currently 451 pages long and approximately 86,910 words... and that's only to July 9th, 2012. It's a great way to pass the time without spending money! This is wonderful news . Not being very tech savvy , how/when will this document be available , or are you going to fix the original thread ?
ticki2 05/05/18 09:48am Truck Campers
RE: Atwood Heater Troubleshooting

Hi John The on/off switch on the top of our thermostat takes some effort to return it to the off position. I felt like it would break the first few times I tried it. It will make a postitive click when returned all the way. Congratulations on the purchase of your Bigfoot. Bob & Cathy Yes it takes an effort to click to off position .
ticki2 04/29/18 08:14am Truck Campers
RE: Highway Rib Tire choices

A empty 2wd DRW needs all the help it can get under those circumstances. I keep hearing that over and over on the internet so I did a test this last winter with my empty 2WD dually and my sons 2500 HD 4X4 in 2WD..Solid snow floor with 10" of fresh snow on top..The 2WD dually did quite a bit better in 2WD than the Chevy 4X4 in 2WD...Mine had siped Cooper AT-3's and his had siped Toyo's.. I have had the same experiences on work duallies with stock standard tires in the mountains for work/snow/ice and mud.They did just as good or better than the 4X4's in 2WD. We must have special mud/snow and ice in Idaho.(laughing) Part of that is that 4x4 are heavier in the front than comparable 2x4 and so the 2wd has more weight distribution on the rear than the same 4x4 truck in 2wd .
ticki2 04/20/18 11:01am Truck Campers
RE: onan repair bill question

I know way better ways to add to post count than this. Think about it? With an average posts per day of 4.41 you certainly have found better ways .
ticki2 04/13/18 05:32am Truck Campers
RE: Grind down Reese extension to 2"?

Would this work if you remove the clevis and use a pin to attach to the extension to transition between receiver and extension . http://www.reeseprod.com/products/ball-mounts/specialty-ball-mounts/tow-strap-loop/Ft6J97!qk62OLeHlbMK8anVeFenSyl3i
ticki2 04/12/18 05:39pm Truck Campers
RE: Freshwater line gummy

Unfortunately I am not familiar with that floor plan , where the line is coming from and going to . Regardless , if you plan to replace it I would strongly recommend rerouting to a better location if you plan to do any cold weather camping . The way it is it doesn't have much freeze protection .
ticki2 04/11/18 02:53pm Truck Campers
RE: Freshwater line gummy

It would be better to replace the tubing .Most campers have an outside louvered access door to the back of the frig . Do you not have one? Can you remove the hard rubber seal to free up the tube ? If you can , attach a string to the old tube before pulling it out to use as a pull line for the new tube .
ticki2 04/11/18 07:32am Truck Campers
RE: Front window on camper

I have had 2 TC's with front windows and will never do it ever again. It just takes the fun out of it...just another major annoyance that you have to maintain. It's not worth the headache in my opinion....it's hot, it's cold and a single piece of glass between my head and the outside means I might as well be in a tent. It's a bad idea. Do you see any new ones with a window in the front? Wonder why. Not to doubt anyone else's experience but the front window in my now 50 year old camper has never leaked . It seems the reason most new campers don't have a front window is because most new campers have a north/south bed . I like the ability to look out in all four directions .
ticki2 04/09/18 05:21am Truck Campers
RE: Rainforest settings for TC photos?

Just a thought , how about some TR from Australia . :)
ticki2 04/08/18 06:31pm Truck Campers
RE: OEM hitch with 36" extension?

I just couldn't find any 24" extensions for 2" receivers. Specially not with chains etc. I might talk to my local guy but I'm also not sure 24" is enough with the back bumper on the camper. Seems like I really need a 36" min extension so I may just have to bite the bullet and go with the super hitch but then I also have to get new rear tie downs -- grrr For the weights you are talking about I would buy a 2 1/2" extension of the length you need and have your local welder incert and weld a 2" solid bar with pin hole for the HITCH end . Add some hooks at the receiver end to attach sway/safety chains and call it good .
ticki2 04/03/18 08:33am Truck Campers
RE: Picked up our 990 today! WhooHoo!

I have upper and lower stable loads from Torlift. The issue is, I think, that the air bags are over inflated so the overload springs aren't fully engaging the stable loads. You might not need all three suspension mods . Find a level place and deflate the bags and see how it sits , high , level or low in the back . Then adjust accordingly .
ticki2 03/31/18 10:33am Truck Campers
RE: Hitch extension source?

YEAH YEAH YEAH. I want a SOLID 18 inch 2 1/2" extension. I don't want no stinking 2" tube or an adapter. I know it will work but.... Apparently a business opportunity for somebody. Just curious , how are you going to attach a ball mount to that solid extension ? Or are you talking about an 18" long ball mount ?
ticki2 03/29/18 07:53pm Truck Campers
RE: Viking Pop-up

With that vintage TC it could very well have a convection furnace which would require no electric power . My 78 Coachman pop up trailer had one .It also had a converter to switch to 12v when on shore power , but no charger or battery . Tell us more when you get it .
ticki2 03/29/18 08:00am Truck Campers
RE: Hitch Extension Questions for Pulling a 7 x 14 Cargo Trailer

Well it's a good day , I learned something new . Thanks
ticki2 03/28/18 06:42pm Truck Campers
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