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RE: help my 8.1 engine will not pass emissions test in canada

Take it to a GM shop. No one knows GM engines better than GM.
Oldtymeflyr 05/05/16 07:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Solar charging. Is this a good deal?

Our rig is not that much different from yours. We also have two 6v batteries. For 7 years we used a GO Power 80 watt panel with a so so GO Power PWM controller. It it well. We used the camper all year off the grid and never got below 1/2 power. Last year we added another 100 Watt panel and changed to controller to a Samlex PWM controller and we now have even more power. I think the system you are looking at is a good buy because it includes most if not all of the bits and pieces including 40 feet of wire and free shipping. The Amazon product is essentially the same $10 less but does not appear to include all of the bits and pieces. Also Amazon requires Prime membership for free shipping. As in most things you can pay more and get more but this is a good package. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 04/23/16 07:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Opinions from 4x4 dually owners on tires

I also ran stock tires on our dually and swing out brackets. Unless your camper is really wide, won't you need to have the swing out brackets? Will you have to change out the wheels if you go to a smaller tire? Good luck! Rick
Oldtymeflyr 04/15/16 02:42pm Truck Campers
RE: Awning for Truck Camper

We had them on our Coleman tent campers. They worked well. On our current 2007 Outfitter we have a crank box awning by Carefree that we prefer. Quicker setup and take down and so far holding up quite well. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 04/15/16 08:00am Truck Campers
RE: Rear spring modification

Nice engineering. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 04/10/16 05:48pm Truck Campers
RE: Great deal on a 100w solar panel for TCs, but today only

I bought one. My total wattage with this panel will be 280 watts. More than enough for our purposes. The price was good and it will basically fill unused space on the very front of the roof of the Outfitter. Is it a perfect setup, no! Its a very good product, I have one other, and its a very good price. Thanks for the heads up. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 04/09/16 10:13am Truck Campers
RE: Hitch / receiver extension question

Curt makes a 2.5" receiver hitch rated at 18,000#.
Oldtymeflyr 04/07/16 05:38pm Truck Campers
RE: Newbie....need advice on TC selection

The two boys are still growing and its going to get tight. Look at the biggest TC you can find and think slides. When our son got to high school we switched from big Lance to a travel trailer that we used when not boating. When boating the TT stayed home and we went with a bigger boat, that we could easily sleep on while on the road or the water. Good Luck.
Oldtymeflyr 04/03/16 06:13pm Truck Campers
RE: charging system problem

As I understand the situation, when the truck is running there is proper voltage to the trailer/camper plug at the rear of the truck. Even so the connection may have sufficient corrosion to prevent the current from the truck to the camper. Best to clean anyways. Next, where is the wire from the plug to the battery, trace it back, there may be a fuse, check the fuse. Then remove the wire supply at the battery and check for voltage from the trailer/camper plug, no voltage, double check the route, you may a broken or disconnect line. Good luck. rick
Oldtymeflyr 04/03/16 10:35am Truck Campers
RE: Over weight truck camper suspension upgrade needed

I think its the airbags and tires. Both will compound rocking and swaying. Steel springs may stiffen things somewhat but the rebound tendency will still be there, and each time you hit a rut, the tendency will be compounded. The problem is not lifting the load its keeping the wild bronco in control. Get some strong shocks as your shop recommended. See how that works. The 19.5 inch tires would be a good second option.
Oldtymeflyr 03/16/16 09:10am Truck Campers
RE: Winter road de-icer (salt?) corrosion on TC hardware

Colorado uses a magchloride mix. The state says it is non corrosive, but I have a friend that works for a local city. Since magchloride use started, their signs and street lights have begun to rust. Anytime you drive in winter weather you should rinse off your gear. Take a look at the trees along east bound I70 between Georgetown and the Empire turnoff to Winter Park. Dead as a door nail. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 03/05/16 05:45pm Truck Campers
RE: Happijac problem

As far as I know on my Apex 8 there is no connector between the control box and the jack motor. You may want to do a continuity test. Run a line from the control box (the front wire at the box) to the jack motor and see what happens, if it runs then you have a wiring problem. If it doesn't run then you appear to have a control box problem on one of your circuits. Let us know and good luck. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 03/02/16 07:57pm Truck Campers
RE: Happijac problem

There seems to be a lack of clarification around this so I want to say that it has been my experience that it is the electric motor portion that is most apt to sieze. It is in the lower bearing on the electric motor inside the white cup or covers. This bearing and design (how the steel motor housing is dished under the bearing)is where the problem lies sitting in an area where condensation pools and collects. This is why it is important to cover ea. motor for winter storage. Twice ea. yr. I remove the white cups and spray a bit of 3in1 oil into the elect. motor weep hole at the bearing bottom and then using a shop vac suck the white cups back into place. Sounds good any pictures?
Oldtymeflyr 03/02/16 01:19pm Truck Campers
RE: RV Oven

We use an airbake cookie sheet. Everything we bake sits right on top of it. Been using this method for many years - perfect results every time. Our experience as well.
Oldtymeflyr 03/01/16 05:23pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Second battery

Our experience is that two batteries are a real good idea. You can run the systems in the camper without wondering if there is enough power for the furnace. I would just parallel them and not put in a switch. If your present battery is serving you well, just get another series 24 and see how it goes. Also, I have had amazing results with batteries from junk yards, takeouts. I use them for miscellaneous purposes and they last, years. For $15-$20 its worth a try. I know, I know they are not supposed to be as good as new batteries, they are not, but the two that I have around I have had for 4 years and will not die. (Better then my last set of 6v from Costco.) Rick
Oldtymeflyr 02/28/16 09:33am Truck Campers
RE: Solar option...

I leave my batteries in the camper and the solar systems treats them quite well. The factory option is probably not cost effective. I would not order it. If you are handy with electricity you can probably install as good or better system for 1/4 the cost. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 02/28/16 09:26am Truck Campers
RE: Happijac problem

If you go to the receiver board and remove the cover you will find fuses. Also, if the jack has not been run for a long time you may want to loosen it up with the hand crank. Good luck, let us know. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 02/28/16 09:23am Truck Campers
RE: electric valve elimination

Good report. I believe that you only have the grey water tank and do not have a black water tank. What silicone did you use. Your main valve should work just fine, you should have a gallon or so of extra capacity. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 02/23/16 07:05am Truck Campers
RE: Outfitter camper

The electric tank valves were a problem and now I have manual waste valves which I prefer. I would not go with the electric tank valves. Interesting -- my grey tank electric valve recently failed shut - after 7+ years. (no black tank) Fortunately, I was almost home from a trip at the time. Anyway, I just took the electric valve out, and now plan to only use the one manual valve, plus the sealing cap. Do you use more that the stock manual valve? I'd like to replace my electric valves with manual. How do you replace them? I have both the grey water tank and the black tank. Both tanks had a separate electric valve. The black water tank electrical valve failed and it was replaced with a manual valve. That blackwater valve is located below the main floor and the handle sticks out of the kick panel as you enter the camper on the far right. Its in a good location and has not been a problem. Access is by removing the kick panel. I disabled the grey water electrical valve in the open position so the grey water is contained by the main manual valve. I have not looked into replacing the grey water electrical valve with a manual valve, I don't think it is necessary. You may be able to get a view of the grey water valve by removing the kick panel. So, when I drain the black water tank the grey water tank must be drained as well. Its not an issue to us. We tend to need to dump grey water more often then black water so its good that the black water is separately contained. Given that I can dump at our home, we can take as much time and use as much water as is necessary to clean out the tanks. Hope this helps. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 02/22/16 07:08am Truck Campers
RE: Outfitter camper

We have had our Apex 8 since 2009. We have used it 286 nights and traveled with it over 30,000 miles, on all types of roads including the back country. We have been in temperatures as low as -27 and often in below zero temperatures. We have an oven (its our choice), queen bed(after a few years we replaced it with a mattress) electric jacks (must have) electric roof (convenient), Fantistic fan ( must have) top roof racks (must have) and 180 watts of solar (must have) and two 6v batteries (must have). We also have a large awning, which we like and use often. We are generally off the grid and the solar works very well. I may add more solar panels for quicker charging of the batteries. We have sufficient propane for all but the coldest temperatures. In continuous below zero weather we will go through 10# a day and carry a 5# or even a 20# propane spare if necessary in only the most extremely cold weather. In the summer our 30# main propane tank will easily last 20+ nights. We have the holding tank black water system and it works fine for us, we have a dump at home. On the road even in the east in the winter, there seems to be plenty of dumps. I have used a blue waste tank for when we have the camper off of the truck for extended periods of time at a campground. If going to the cassette system, then I would want the black tank to able to be used for grey water. I could do that now with very minor modification-simply opening a valve and going to a regular porta potty. The Apex 8 fits the two of us well. We occasionally camp with our daughter and although its tight, it works. We converted the table bed panel to a table top and its smaller than the normal table, which is quite nice, so that we only carry one inside table. My wife likes the storage and we need all we can get. The drawer bed is a waste, we have never used it, if there was a 4th person along then maybe. With the short bed truck we can park in approximately the same space as a Suburban. This is convenient. We use the standard furnace and have plenty of battery power to run it, we have never felt a need for a different furnace. The electric tank valves were a problem and now I have manual waste valves which I prefer. I would not go with the electric tank valves. The electric jacks need maintenance, maybe every 2-3 years. I recently went through them. A couple of years ago we bought a Thule box for on top, it needs some repairs, I would not buy a Thule box again. We have the electric popup feature that takes maybe two minutes (at the most) if you count releasing the latches. The camper is largely accessible with the top down. Would we buy another one, we have never discussed it, the Outfitter fits our needs quite well. Its open and airy. Its comfortable. My wife particularly likes it. Good luck. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 02/21/16 10:49am Truck Campers
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