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RE: Mounting DRW spare tire on front hitch

Short of custom fabrication, does anybody know of a commercially available tire carrier that will mount a dually spare tire on the front hitch? I've looked at several but none allow for the large backspace on dually rims. Mount it with the dish facing out , like the outer rear wheel . The other side is almost flush with the tire .
ticki2 07/26/14 04:43pm Truck Campers
RE: Cleaning up rear rotted 'skirts' on camper...Part 2

Thanks... I'll tell you what, the phrase 'I'm too old for this xxxx' crossed my lips more than once. LOL , It's always hard to stay motivated with those jobs that just bring you back to square one . The good part is you got rid of that nagging felling in the back of your mind every time you looked at it . It's NEVER as easy as you think . Good job done .
ticki2 07/23/14 08:14pm Truck Campers
RE: Biggest truck camper not for f450 550

OP was asking a specific question; what's the difference? and a statement based on an assumption probably from lack of information. Actually the only question asked was to question everyone else's knowledge , it was more of a statement . It is also a first and only post .
ticki2 07/21/14 07:49am Truck Campers
RE: 4 season camper

I've been thinking about this ( always a bad idea lol) and it occurred to me I could probably get a heater core out of a wrecked truck and have the blower and everything. Then just plumb it in series with my existing truck heater. Maybe could even tie it into the campers ductwork. It's a long ways from Georgia to the Dakotas I would like to be able to drive at night. Not as crazy as you think .I have been planning to do the same thing for some time now . Have not gone forward yet as the truck still has other winter duty . A friend of mine use to pre-warm his diesel construction equipment that way ( diesels have come a long way since then ). He had some quick connects on the heater hoses to his pickup to do it. For a truck camper it would be a matter of routing the lines and control wires from the truck and insulating to minimize the heat loss .I would also add some valves under the hood where you tap into the heater lines in case you damage a hose to the camper . In anticipation of winter camping I insulated the holding tank and dump valve area I've also added 12v tank heaters and run some 12v computer fans in and out to enhance the air flow .
ticki2 07/20/14 04:56am Truck Campers
RE: Tire suggestion/reccomend

what is your current tire size and rim width?Stock wheels I belive 6.5 Current tires are 265X70X16 If this is not a typo the OP stated the tire size as 265/70/16 which is a " P" rated tire @ 2400# . So going back to LT 245/75/19 @ 3042# would be an upgrade , an LT 265/75/16 would be even better @ 3415# . The P 265/70/16 tires could have been the problem all along . Could the OP confirm the tire size just removed ?
ticki2 07/19/14 07:14am Truck Campers
RE: Tire suggestion/reccomend

Travelnutz, I never questioned your use of 265's as opposed to stock 245's , I am also running 265's on my 2500HD . In addition I run one size up on my 3500DRW . With both trucks using one tire size up the speedometers are accurate , with the stock size they were not . You are reporting that with the stock size tires your speedometer was accurate . It just illustrates the point I was making that speedometer accuracy varies greatly , even within the same brand and series trucks . Being an automotive engineer you already know that GM dealers have the ability to reprogram the computer to adjust for tire size . Whether thy are willing to is another matter . A 2500HD and a 3500SRW have the exact same running gear with different size tires .
ticki2 07/16/14 09:43pm Truck Campers
RE: Tire suggestion/reccomend

Travelnutz , Good explanation . I will add that my 03 2500HD the speedo is dead on with 265's and read fast with 245's so it is important to check a particular vehicle first to know for sure how to adjust for speed . My DW subaru read 5mph faster than actual at 65mph , my DD subaru is accurate so there is a lot of variance even in the same make and model .
ticki2 07/16/14 03:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Tire suggestion/reccomend

I am a little confused about your current tires , perhaps a misprint . You say your tires are 265/70/16 , according to michelin that is a P rated tire . A 265/75/16 would be an LT tire . You also mention going back to 245's to get the load rating you need . The LT 265/75/16 has a higher load rating than LT245/75/16 . Michelin's have always been excellent tires but recently more and more reports of tread separation an weather cracking have been surfacing . Perhaps they have changed compounds .
ticki2 07/16/14 07:37am Truck Campers
RE: opinions on installing new rear springs

Some random thoughts on your particular situation . Depending first on inspection of the existing springs. If the springs are sound and just lost some arch you may want to consider some one ton upper overloads instead of replacing or adding to the spring pack . Better ride unloaded . Although I'm not a fan of airbags , in your case , and since you have them , there may be a hidden benefit to keeping them on . When the truck/camper are not in use , pump them up to max psi and they will take the weight off the springs during storage .
ticki2 07/15/14 05:07pm Truck Campers
RE: Women and truck campers

Not quite solo but when my DD spent a semester in New Zealand and the school closed for break , she and a girlfriend rented an RV for a week and toured South Island , had a ball .
ticki2 07/06/14 12:22pm Truck Campers
RE: Travel Queen Vintage TC Registry

BarnFindSilly , I should say so , that doesn't happen every day . It is yours to do as you wish but my vote is to keep it as original as possible . It is probably the most original and pristine Travel Queen in existence . Best of luck
ticki2 07/02/14 01:25pm Truck Campers
RE: Centramatic Wheel Balancers

Happy you asked...to start, I own a 2009 F250 with camper package and just bought a set of tires from Discount tire. Not only was the balancing refused on this set but it's been many years since I've had any balanced. 1. Because of the quality of tires being manufactured today, unless you own a Porsche 911 or a like vehicle it for the most part isn't needed on most vehicles. Especially so the larger the vehicle becomes. Now a disclaimer...for anyone intent on buying the absolute cheapest tire they can find then balancing may be needed. 2. Revolutions of the tire wheel combination. If at normal highway speeds 35 to 65 on average the revolutions aren't high enough to create a issue. 3. Unsprung weight...wheel and tire are part of a vehicles unsprung weight. To use my truck as a example the tire and wheel weight are about 75 lbs. That alone is enough to negate any unbalanced condition that could come from the tire or wheel. And I use steel wheels, no alloy, because they work better with radial tires. More can be given on that if needed. 4. Suspension...today's suspensions are more in tune with overall design than ever, even frame twist is part of that equation. From reason 1 thru 6 all are connected. Especially so the way vehicles are sprung. On mine the front is sprung so well the OE shocks may never be replaced. 5. Weight placement. Most conventional way of balancing is with wheel weights, tape or clip. The size/amount have been coming down for years, this again because of the quality of the tires being produced. So where are they placed...too close to the center too matter. Same goes for the Centramatics. As for Equal or other like products the need is so small it's too much of a risk allowing them inside your tires. I've tested them and found no appreciable damage to the liners. However given that the liners used in tires today are not as robust as they once we're and knowing that they probably aren't needed anyway why push it. 6. This is not a opinion, I've spent many years, too much money and resources, along with giving this advice and giving up additional revenues as a result. But the relationship with the customer made it worth the effort. Again you have to consider each point made and the fact that when tied together the result is convincing. By the way as a consultant I used to charge for this, to you it's free. So if I am understanding you correctly you are saying it is not necessary to balance tires by any means , except cheap tires . In over 50 years of driving I have had exactly one tire that needed no weights to run without vibration .
ticki2 07/01/14 02:14pm Truck Campers
RE: F450 Fiver Bed - Will This Fit A TC?

That tail with the notch looks like a separate piece . Have you contacted Fontaine to see if is removable ( bolted on ) ? As far as the low rails it might be an advantage and give easier access for storage along the sides . It has no affect on mounting tiedowns . Can not tell from the picture , is the inside of the bed flat ?
ticki2 07/01/14 08:24am Truck Campers
RE: All Roads Lead To Roam Part II, Roam Sweet Roam

All I can say is thank you , I needed that :)
ticki2 06/27/14 06:54pm Truck Campers
RE: First Big Road Trip - Questions and Stuff

Those gas lines to the tank loosen to the right ( clock wise ) opposite normal . Depending on age the tanks may have to be recertified or replaced .
ticki2 06/27/14 04:52pm Truck Campers
RE: Unbelievably stupid question

Not asking would be unbelievable stupid when you have this great resource at your finger tips .
ticki2 06/27/14 04:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Question about WDH hitches for your TCers

Another vote for a WDH , you will feel the difference if it is adjusted properly . I would suggest one with the dual cam sway control rather than friction sway bars . The friction type are not nearly as good and have to be adjusted differently for wet and dry conditions . I have two hanging in the shop for years . With your set up I would go with lighter bars , the heavy bars were meant for the sedans and wagons of yore that had soft suspension . Something has to flex or you will rattle the trailer to death . With a stiff truck you want the bars to flex .
ticki2 06/25/14 07:58pm Truck Campers
RE: Anyone looking for wheels and tires

If they are Alcoa , Alcoa uses the same wheel #167041 for both truck and trailer . It's a 16x7 , 8x6.5 lug pattern , rated at 3750# . It is lug centric . It's a good buy for someone , the tires alone are worth it .
ticki2 06/15/14 08:14am Truck Campers
RE: Need help with Norcold Troubleshooting

Really hate to have to carry a large ice chest for the cold stuff. FWIW a block of ice in the frig works as a great cooler .
ticki2 06/13/14 06:28am Truck Campers
RE: Double tube hitch extension for heavy trailer

double post
ticki2 06/05/14 06:20pm Truck Campers
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