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RE: Broken Frame

Can't seem to get any pictures posted from my iPhone. Not smart enough. Going to have the repair made, fish plate, etc. May have to give up my TC in favor of pulling something.
Raften 09/03/14 12:47pm Truck Campers
RE: Broken Frame

Dave, my limited knowledge of hydro forming seems to indicate it allows the frame maker to build more strength and load carrying capacity due to the steel used and shapes produced. It also seems to be a lot harder to weld and work after initial fabrication.
Raften 09/01/14 11:05am Truck Campers
RE: Broken Frame

I believe Dodge hydroform frames started in the 03` model year for 2500-3500 trucks That is what I am finding also.
Raften 08/31/14 10:30pm Truck Campers
RE: Broken Frame

The truck is a 2001 Dodge 3500
Raften 08/31/14 08:53pm Truck Campers
RE: Broken Frame

Nothing really tipped me off, I crawled under to turn down the shock setting. While under I wanted to look around good because with a bad back I didn't want to do more than one trip under. Hard to get down and up. You can imagine my shock when I noticed I could see thru the frame Jefe, thanks for info, I always thought it was the next year they started with hydro framed. If you find yourself in Sac before I get this worked on I can give you a very close look. I will put up some pictures. Totally my bad, too much weight, but it hauled it for 13 years.
Raften 08/31/14 08:39pm Truck Campers
RE: Broken Frame

Broke right at the front of the bed. Once the bed is off I will have the same repair made on the other rail even though I see nothing wrong.
Raften 08/31/14 03:29pm Truck Campers
Broken Frame

Discovered today my passenger side frame rail Is fully severed. No idea how long it has been like that. Big TC's and rough roads don't mix well. Oh well, take it to a frame shop and splint it then sell the TC and get a small fiver.
Raften 08/31/14 02:05pm Truck Campers
RE: What is this in our fridge???

Fallon in summer, you need all the cooing you can get. Look into a Dino board, they help lowering the box temp.
Raften 08/31/14 11:50am General RVing Issues
RE: What is the dumbest thing you have seen while on the road?

Not the dumbest thing I have seen but I do have proof! Jacked up 2500 heading down the highway bouncing and swerving like a snake. http://i.imgur.com/sfeUJ2Zl.jpg Don't think it is lifted, looks normal for a 4wd to me. Togue weight might be light but. I toe a like setup with no problem.
Raften 08/31/14 11:40am General RVing Issues
RE: I never stop learning!

My TC weighs 5 K and a single fully charged 12 volt battery will fully lift and lower it three times with no problem. I do not understand the two battery thing.
Raften 08/29/14 02:07pm Truck Campers
RE: Bigfoot Jacks and the CA earthquake

I have a off truck stand I made out of 80/20 alum beams that would survive a 8.0 but of course not in place when I might have needed it. TC will soon be in Super Dave country as we are moving up there. Lot less chance of a big quake there.
Raften 08/28/14 04:59pm Truck Campers
RE: Bigfoot Jacks and the CA earthquake

Not at home right now but I did get a text from my friend across the street saying I have a out of plumb front jack. When I get home I expect to find our new TV on the floor. It shook when just a dog trotted by
Raften 08/27/14 02:07pm Truck Campers
RE: Attempted Fuel Theft

I know someone who parked his truck and went in a store. Upon returning to truck he noticed fuel on the ground. Fuel theft is very easy with plastic tanks plus no sparks so no Kaboom. Sounds like one of those poorly thought out urban legends to me. DC motors (like those found in cordless drills) are notorious for big healthy sparks. Further, if it's a plastic fuel tank, and you want the fuel fast, a piece of steel tubing cut on a sharp angle would go through much faster, with no chance of spark and the hollow center would flow FAR faster than a drill bit. BTW, the drill bit was still in the hole? Wonder how the chuck was tight enough to drill a hole, but loose enough for the bit to get pulled out by a bit of plastic? Not sure what you mean by urban legend, it happened. Not sure if a dc drill would cause a fire with diesel. I run BD and no way a spark is going to light that off. I also wonder who'd be dumb enough to lay a under a truck that could be started and driven over them any second, and what they carried to drain it into, then pour it into? This little piggy stole no gas, this little piggy knew to read the badge on the side of the truck that said diesel.
Raften 08/25/14 05:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: I'm back

Add CA to that list. It may be against the rules in CA but I see it often. Those I know that do it say they have never been stopped.
Raften 08/25/14 12:06pm Truck Campers
RE: Attempted Fuel Theft

Yeah I know it is not a new thing but I posted just to keep the issue alive for those who might be aware of it. Plastic tanks make it so easy. I have had holes in the past but not from theft. Robber stoppers from a lab supply are good to stop a leak. I have also used a stick whittled to a taper.
Raften 08/22/14 02:34pm General RVing Issues
Attempted Fuel Theft

I know someone who parked his truck and went in a store. Upon returning to truck he noticed fuel on the ground. Looking under the truck he found a drill bit sticking out of his tank. It seeme likely the thief was looking for gasoline and too stupid to know the truck was a diesel. Epoxy and duct tape got him home. Fuel theft is very easy with plastic tanks plus no sparks so no Kaboom.
Raften 08/22/14 02:06pm General RVing Issues
RE: Front hitch weight capacity?

500 lbs. would likely be the minimum rating for a 2" receiver. Do you mean max?
Raften 07/31/14 06:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Will 55 Gal drums hold the weight?

Hey Chuck, when I mentioned the state flower thing to a AK resident years ago, he got all huffy. No sense of humor.
Raften 07/28/14 01:18pm Truck Campers
RE: Lithium Ion vs Lead Acid

The way you disable a old LI battery is to soak it in salt water.
Raften 07/24/14 03:12pm Tech Issues
RE: OPD Fail

Pigtail is good, works fine with spare tank hooked up.
Raften 07/24/14 02:58pm General RVing Issues
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