Hokey Smoke SoCal-thats a tough one...just looked at pics, dang.
Received and installed the AmpResearch power steps several weeks ago. Wow. After using for a while cant say enough about them. A bit of re-engineering 'one size fits all' to fit a standard cab but well worth the effort. Kits are really set up for a 4-door.
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This was first install of step arms per instructions, places front bracket in middle of door...looked pretty dumb. There's a set of holes 13" forward that can be used-requires drilling one hole.
So they got moved.
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Margaret is stoked. They are nice. But every time she gets in or out she comments. It was a 27" hike to trucks door sill, new steps split that in half at 13" from ground when deployed. Which I think is the biggest benefit of the Power steps, other than tucking up out of the way, the Power Steps are lower when deployed verse fixed step.
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And why I'm stoked-retracted all but unseen, painted the trucks pinch weld seam black, stood out like a sore thumb against black steps.
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I wired thru SPDT on-off-on switches, one on each door to control its step. I wanted normal auto operation but ability to disable, or manually use with door closed. Good call, last trip out drivers door ajar switch stuck, (what triggers steps). Noted the door-ajar dash light going down hi way, means the steps deployed-err, manually turned off. Ford thing.
Also first trip with steps I managed to kill batteries, 3 days of getting in & out of truck with no charge she wouldn't start when we got ready to leave. I now disable steps when parked at camp. Once home checked- though only briefly the motors peak at 9 amps while going out and in. Just an FYI if parked for a few- might pull the fuse if not switched.
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The only thing I don't like, don't understand & might consider 'princess' is the purple led puddle lights-they're getting addressed.
All my air lines entered cab right where passenger front step bracket needed to mount.
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Having to cut & reroute air lines, took the opportunity to add tank pressure gauge. Cut lines behind pillar so fittings easier to access, pulled lines and rerouted.
http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e178/AnEv942/ourelkhorn/truck/ampstep30.jpg height=480 width=640
Though always wanted to 'see' tank psi, its primarily so when using air for other stuff I'm not completely draining tank-helps minimize pumps constant run time.
But the steps are awesome-Short video of them deploying and retracting. Quality of components really nice.
Lastly; When I bought the Power Steps there was a 2 week promo running which I got in on last day. They generally have something offered, like $40 off etc but this was for a rear bed step. Like a $200 item? Cant really use but its 'free'.
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Not something I would have bought, other than cost didn't think it would fit with the Torklift camper mount so wasn't holding my breath. Figured I'd pass it on if I couldn't use.
8 week wait but it arrived. I was sort of right, not a bolt on with the Torklifts. The steps arm folds under truck and hits the Torklift receiver. It would work, step just doesn't tuck up as high as it could but moving the rear hitch mounted receiver it would. So decided to move Torklift mount. Tried drilling hitch on truck-that didn't work, not enough access to drill straight, bit kept walking and that was on most accessible hole.
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So I unbolted Torklift hitch side plate and took to drill press. Drilled 3 holes in less time trying to drill under truck, reusing the forward bottom hole.
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Moved camper mount 2" forward. I have room and angle on rear tiedown so not an issue. Might not work for all.
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Step is pretty slick, angles off to side deployed so easy bed access when gate down, flips up pretty close to bumper stored. Cool.
So in effort to make getting in & out of the truck independently & with ease for her, I ended up with not having to jump off the tailgate anymore.
Wheres my tiara...
To the OP, IF your steps were Torklift they do have lifetime warranty, the horizontal bars at step ends would be doubled capturing the verticals. 10 years, I'm not sure what or if they made before introducing the 'Glowsteps'.
Otherwise an even older thread- rebuilding single bar steps (though he ended up with Torklift Glowsteps)
If you replace, though the Landing gear would be nice, (I made mine adjustable so can attest to usage/desirability of that function), switching to the 8" tread is simply IMO night & day difference using the 6".
To help in your search- the manual covers all modles (one size fits all) it would not be Angler specific.
I could scan mine, an '01, maybe some minor differances, but again the Fleetwood truck camper manuals are very generic. Its just turning the pages and let the machine copy. Scan to a PDF file- maybe tonight if that would help.
Well I thought previously about painting-not sure if it would stick..
If it did I might be inclined to paint matching the hauler
http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e178/AnEv942/ourelkhorn/poo88.jpg height=530 width=580
Or maybe the Stealth Poo look...
oops, resized pic. I'm done, just thought the episode at the upholsterers shop some might find humorous. Ignitor arrived for our water heater, on to important stuff.
Copy of the specs for an 01 linked in this thread
As to the manual- pretty much useless as far as actually explaining stuff, how to operate or location etc.
On fans a simple replace of roof vent with Fan-tastic fan, Maxxair would be the most effective for moving air. Not inexpensive but should find for under 150 -definitely want revers-able. Possible retro fit kit under 70 but fit to be determined.
Just some starting options Amazon
Not sure on swamp cooler- but if you have AC power a wall/window mount A/C on back wall could be done. Many have. Other than install they can be had for cheap.
We carry an 15 gal auxiliary waste tank for those occasion when we overstay our 'capacity'.
Lives on the back bumper..
Because its quite blue we also have always kept covered. Used an old poly stuff bag. Several years old finally rotted to the point not usable. Being very self conscious of very blue poo bucket
on the back decided to make a new cover.
Went to a couple different fabric stores before ending up at local upholstery shop.
Inquired about some vinyl suitable to use outside. Owner asks what color. I said white, "White?', he says, "come on out back". In the shop he shows me several rolls of different whites. Points to one and says this is the heaviest, if used outside it'll last the longest-what we use on boats. Gives me a price and I choke. Told I had to think about it -didn't realize expense. Fine he says, we have some lighter grades if that would help. We talk a while-I was surprised how many folks worked there, all busy sewing and stapling furniture etc which is their primary business, restoration & reupholster of furniture.
Anyway he finally asks what I was making. I told him a cover for our campers Poo bucket.
He gets this blank look then burst out laughing. Thought he was going to fall over--older fella setting at near machine asks "What" .. owner barely gets out "hes making a cover for a 'POOH' bucket!". One by one all the workers pause then join in. The whole shop is cracking up.
Owner slaps me on the back and asks how much I need. I told him a yard would do it but not sure I can justify the cost for a poo bucket. He starts laughing again, proceeds to throw the roll on table and slices off a yard, rolls it up and hands it to me then walks back to the office.
Following I ask what I owe him and he says its yours, maybe bring it back by when you get it sewn, well-before you use it. Chuckles, shakes my hand and turns to his computer. Taking that as session ended, thanked him again and left.
One of the most different episodes I've encountered quite some, thought some might enjoy, not so much making a sack.
Got the cover sewn up, straps need replacing but its covered.
The cover is only on when tank is mounted, removed for filling or dumping but had to use recently (someone forgot to dump the black tank). Used that as excuse to not roll the poo bucket into the upholsters shop. My sewing skills are at best ah functional. However every time I look at it cant' help but laugh...
Looking for assistance again and ended up here- but referenced is my accidental fix from a few years ago on our Atwood G6A-7P 6 GAL water heater. Hmm
After cleaned it ran flawlessly for 5 years- however started few weeks ago again with the perpetual but slower click click click after pilot lit instead of stopping (Clicking). Resorted to lighting then turn the switch off. Works great for lighting-miss the relight though.
So spent a few hours yesterday thinking I could repeat previous 'fix' ...Cleaning the electrode-connections etc., unsuccessfully. Tried everything twice with no luck. Tried another electrode, direct ground to pilot tube- nada. Resigned myself to replace only to find parts are no longer available?
After some searching gave up. Since ignitor/relighter is independent of actual water heater going to use a Suburban universal ignitor/relighter. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007HRWQTC/
though on B/O so using https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003G9J5CQ.
Few dollars more but can read label-matches mine 12v 0.1 amp.
About half the cost of equivalent Atwood part. Though the (new) Atwood has included ground probe so not relying on sheet metal connection its also twice the cost, still require some mod to fit.
But just curious if anyone came up with stock/replacement parts source. I found odd not even references for substitutes of stock part numbers.
Yes Krylon Fusion paint- even if you replace, it will yellow. Unless its broke-paint it. If replaced- still paint it. Screws and all
I replaced our broken stove vent and it yellowed in 2 years-painted it still looks good. Painted the rear door window trim several years ago. Some of the plastics just have no UV protection.
YouTube can be wealth of information-I use it a lot.
I don't follow any one channel-usually searching for specific 'how to'
on a topic-can find numerous videos of folks tackling task from different prospectives.
As to 'promoting' TC, haven't really looked but I'm sure there are a lot of videos/trip reports exposing benefits of a TC. Actually a few addressing that point- 'why a TC'.
Yes, ColoradoCamperman was mentioned- one of the many 'channels' Ive stumbled into off and on. His documentation of older camper to his new entertaining-some info to be gleaned. There are many folks though.
Thats very cool-vintage camper on jeep-the angular lines look like they were meant for each other.
Not sure where it could lead... but the dealer is still in business.
though now call Bradford Rv. They 'might' be interested in a camper being refurbed that was purchased from them some 50 years ago.
If you have a fan, mirror or camera to see it. Ours is about in the middle of wall.
I didn't know we had one till a few years back and accidentally discovered looking down & taking a picture for someone showing flue...To my knowledge fan has never come on. Our factory thermo disk is 158°, its mounted to fins but at outer side- I jumped thermo to verify fan working- it does and its loud.
But as to the 'kink', may or may not be issue with fridge, unlikely- however if its actually pinching hose needs to be addressed.
Cant imagine that perfect kink to restrict gas so flame still lights but inadequate to heat? Stranger stuff has happened, easily checked. Light fridge with slide in, and compare with slide out. But such a small flame agree, unlikly -.
Hopefully update is positive!
Cant help but remember leaving our wedding reception in Fresno many years ago heading home to the coast and then honeymoon..
Didnt get out of town with my new bride and our our haul- decided I now had too much lose risking bald tires on our 52 Ford. Stopped and got new tires.
Hope the rest of your trip is great!