It's in the 80-90's here, had some 100 degree days, and it's only early in our
Long Hot Summer! But our Winters only go down to mid 50's.
Good Luck, stay warm!
What were we talking about, Ah Yeah, Anti Freeze! Don't have that problem.
I just installed a 7 pin plug in the bed of my truck in the drivers side front corner. I bought a factory type harness that plugs into the 7 pin harness behind the bumper. It has 10 ft of cable and you just drill a hole in the inside of the bed. etrailer has these. The AF plug has a short cable that plugs in to the camper and the truck. This leaves the bumper plug free to use if you need to plug in a trailer or toad.
Same here. I got an OEM extension/ancillary harness from Steve White Motors online, for Ram 2500/3500, then drilled a hole to size in side of truck bed, where you want the plug, dab of silicon sealer, and then ready to free up rear outlet for trailer.
G'day, Super Springs SSA-17 6000lb + Heavy Duty Commercial from TruckSpring.com Michigan, I paid $516.95. Absolutely fantastic, when my Eagle Cap 1160 weighing approx 5750lb loaded wet,
Does not lower Camper at all. Sits 1/2 higher, at the rear, loaded. Very happy. Very safe. Doug
Even down here in OZtralia, we know the mountaincowboy, keep in touch.
Remember, you have sworn the ancient allegiance to the secret society of Truck Campers, so you must get a TC of some sort, soon, escape from the brotherhood is only by one way.
This is my favorite/cheap most used upgrade:
I LIKE IT! Great idea! :) I happen to have a few of those bottle openers lying around.
I'm about upgrade the Solar from 85w with an extra 120w, totalling 205w, added extra battery, 3 weeks ago, now have 3, and I have LED's, inside & out, but now I am going to put a bottle opener outside the camper. I too have couple of spare bottle openers lying around. Best Add On Ever.
14. Before driving off, walk around camper and campsite at least three times talking to yourself about what you forgot and what you forgot to do. I usually figure things out on the second pass but I have got some funny looks from bystanders.
Yes, I Allways walk around the Camper at least twice, checking the Jacks, Swing out brackets, power cord, vents, windows, TV antennae, slideout(s), steps, Tie Downs, Turnbuckles, towels hanging on things, etc.
I have Super Springs with a 5500lb wet load, and they are simply FANTASTIC! I have Helliwig Big Wig, made very little difference.
But the the add on to the Super Springs that totally controls sway is the FRONT Timbrens.
The Combo of Super Springs(raises camper to original bed height with brute controlled strength)REAR & Timbrens FRONT(stop bounce & porposing.), Just Amazing.
My Super Springs are for loads 6000lb plus Commercial, made especially for Amoured Truck & Extra Heavy Loads. These are the heaviest they make.
I have a set of Stable Loads in a box, yet to be installed. This may be a project soon,
to add yet just a little more sway control.
However, the weakest point of my or anyone else's Truck is the tires!
Dual Rear Wheel Rickson's may also be a solution, for added security, knowing that with commercial 19.5 inch tires, much needed strength and tire longetivity is achieved.
We all safely tweak our ride to get the best performance & capability we need,
whilst understanding safe load capacity and insurance company & regulatory
This is what we do for very Heavy Loads, a learning exercise!
Enjoy Your TC'n.
I just posted on a thread for Tie Downs and my reply just ended up on a thread about Batteries. Still got me confused, anyhow.
The basis of my reply was this, I had some suggestions for loading & unloading with Tie Downs, Turnbuckles & Bed Mats, Tips, for Newcommers to Truck Camping,
1. Do not use a plastic Bed Liner, load will slip.
Use a rubber bed liner about 3/4 inch thick.
2. Never over extend Camper Jacks.
3. Allways load & unload on even ground. Camper may fall over.
4. Have Cabover of Truck Camper 2 inches higher than the rear, when raising
& lowering jacks.
5. When camper is unloaded, lower closer to the ground or place on Camper Dolly
or Camper Horses/Packer
6. Do not overload Truck.
7. Remove items from Truck Camper regularly, that you do not use, to reduce weight
and save fuel.
8. Go to as many places as you can, and forget about all you worries?
9. Place ant rid, cockroach bait baits and other vermin deterrents at base of camper
10. Prepare list of jobs to load & unload.
11. Have plenty of cold bevies, for those quiet relaxing times, only truck campers
know about! ps since your out in the middle of knowhere, you won't be drinking
& driving, will you?
Please add your suggestions to list, For Safe & Happy Tuck Camping.
Once you get past your first 100 or so, load & unloads, you know what your doing, but your still cautious and take your time.
It's easy & HARD, all in the same time!
Never over extend your Jacks.
Allways have 4 Tie Downs on Truck to Camper.
Put piece of timber between front of truck camper basement and back of truck bed. Truck
These days are much thinner metal.
Never unload on uneven or soft ground/earth.
Keep Cabover 2 inches higher than rear of camper when Jacking up or down.
Must have the wrong forum some how, will leave it there any way! Doug
I have Torklift Tie Downs front & rear on my 2012 Ram 3500 diesel crew Longbed Laramie,
and Fastgun Turnbuckles, best gear, solid, no bend or flex, to hold down my Eagle Cap 1160
on a rubber bed mat, no plastic liners that slide & move.
I would not use Happijac bumper mounted Tie Downs, bumpers these days are too weak, bolts are too flimsy.
Any questions, please ask. Doug
Install an Aircon, much easier during factory build than doing it later, cheaper as well. Better to have,
Even if you only use it a few times a year & carry mid sized genset. Should be a great setup. With Flatbed Truck & Camper, so much extra storage!
This morning, I went online and checked out Torklift Fast Gun Install Video.
After viewing, then going outside and checking each one, I believe I had them too soft, not hard enough.
Looked at the viewing eye for half across for bar and that each Fastguns when closed the rubber O-Ring at top of threaded shaft is 1/4 inch down in locked position.
And listening to video, they says each Fastgun has 300lbs force when secured, was clearly not the case,
Camper now sits firm on Truck bed, lot less movement.
I don't know why but, I had decided that they were too tight, so I loosened them., worried that they may damage TC mounts if too tight.
But if too loose, damage will occur, through TC, flopping around.
Being a much bigger TC, more weight, it is critical, load is secured properly.
They have to be firm.
So clearly I had them too soft.