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RE: Happijac or Torklift Turnbuckles?

The HappiJac turnbuckles work fine. I have been using them for 2 decades on 3 different campers, as have many hundreds of thousands of other folks, for the last few decades. Same here, Bought the BF new in 2000 it now has almost 200,000 miles on it and 2 trucks. Same HJ turnbuckles.... We have been on some really rough roads over the years... If I were to do it again I would go with HJ's. Jim
bigfootford 07/25/16 10:07am Truck Campers
RE: Washington Cascades/New TC

What a great adventure to break in your camper. Congratulations!!!! After 16 years our Bigfoot is still a wonderful portable cabin! Jim
bigfootford 07/18/16 12:25pm Truck Campers
RE: Installing batteries in an AF1140 compartment

These 2 27s came from Walmart 5 yrs ago and I had them checked in the spring and there as good as new still.Also only added a small amount of water 2yrs ago and the water level is still were it should be. Sounds like you have a good converter and from your signature Solar! Do you know the brand of converter? Do you have solar for maintaining year round? Many folks have good results with group 27's.... 24's not so good. Just ask me... Jim
bigfootford 07/13/16 05:08pm Truck Campers
RE: Installing batteries in an AF1140 compartment

This spring I filled my batteries that came with my 1150 with distilled water. When the weather got warm my batteries started to puke battery acid and it leaked out all over my brand new trucks dually fender. I now have an interesting water marked looking paint job on the fender. The sealed batteries look like the way to go. What brand are you guys using? I've used the Optima's in my boats and tractors and had no issues but I am curious what ya'll are using:https://www.amazon.com/Optima-Batteries-8016-103-BlueTop-Starting/dp/B00075OSCO/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1468436984&sr=8-7&keywords=group+31+agm+battery For AGM's first choice for me would be Lifeline, some are using Universal battery... Both are avail from Randy at Bestconverter: http://www.bestconverter.com/AGM-Batteries_c_180.html Consideration of the make of your converter should be known when you call him or deal with any AGM distributor. Some converters work great with AGM's some do not. My converter is a Progressive Dynamics 9260 with the remote pendant. http://www.bestconverter.com/9200-Series-Deck-Mount_c_84.html Jim
bigfootford 07/13/16 01:25pm Truck Campers
RE: Installing batteries in an AF1140 compartment

AGM's= out of sight, out of mind.... Have not removed it since install and I think I looked at it a year or so ago. I do check capacity via AH removed (SOC) V/S voltage when out camping. My lifelines 100ah are almost 7 years old... Still has capacity as new... 50% SOC and resting voltage of 12.1 lifeline battery SOC chart Jim
bigfootford 07/13/16 12:22pm Truck Campers
RE: Yellowstone & Grand Teton's - June 2016 Trip Report

What a great trip for a family and the TR... We did both years ago and still have fond memories of that region.. Thanks for sharing! Bryan (bka0721) is a great individual and sure does pop up all over the place.... Jim
bigfootford 07/13/16 12:06pm Truck Campers
RE: Carport opinions

I would get an accurate measurement of your height (when hooked to tow vehicle) and contact the cover supplier to discuss your concerns and find out from the supplier what the minimum height will be to the bottom of the trusses going across the width of the cover. You might also suggest that the clearance height be put in the contract when purchasing the cover. Absolute requirement... Talk to them... Just use the website build program to get the basics then talk... Keep notes! Jim
bigfootford 07/05/16 12:03am Truck Campers
RE: Carport opinions

Thanks guys for the input! When I go 25X25 it jumps up to $2000! I plan on keeping my truck, forever.. I do have a swing tongue and realize things will be tight, I just don't have a lot of room to work with since I have to back up my driveway and turn into it. Back to the height...It says call over 12'. Special order, special price. Man I was hoping 12' with an A-frame and NO gable would accommodate my setup. Anyone else have this setup and know? I'm in gravel, btw. My legs are 13'. So note the truss cross piece is about another 1ft. Although you will not have the extra foot close to the sides. Here is what my trusses look like. http://i.imgur.com/VRKg10ql.jpg Jim
bigfootford 07/04/16 11:58pm Truck Campers
RE: Bigfoot real weights 2500 vs. 1500

2500 9.6 Bigfoot Birth year 2000... Wet weight 2600 Water 50 gal and 2 propane tanks per the label on the camper. Loaded for camping right at 4,000. Camper has traveled almost 200,000 miles on 2 f250's. 2wd. Vision wheels and 19.5.s and airbags along with Bilstein shocks is all we have done for stability. I often thought that the wet weight Bfoot and other Mfg's list does not include the stove, fridge, mattress and anything else you can have on it from the factory. Jim
bigfootford 07/04/16 11:00pm Truck Campers
RE: Carport opinions

I will add this separate: I ordered from United Carports online. This distributor was in San Jose. Just a middle man for my shop. The steel provider was American Steel out of Joshua, Tx The steel order from American Steel was sent to American Steel Carports and the kit was fabricated. Truss's to width, legs to length, siding to length bottom rail to length and with leg stands. All kitted and then their installation team brought the kit on a trailer and assembled. My carport install took about 4hrs. The shop 2.5 days. It was fully insulated too by them. Both experiences were a 10! The shop did take a month longer to arrive due to a mix up in scheduling... It was right around Christmas... The delay did not bother me. Gave the concrete longer to cure!
bigfootford 07/04/16 03:15pm Truck Campers
RE: Carport opinions

I am finally going to pull the trigger on a metal carport and am limited on space. The biggest I can do is right around 24'X 24'. Height is important too and figured 12' with a no gable A-Frame will be enough height for my setup- 4X4 with basement and AC unit? I would hope my AC unit would clear as it would be maybe 13-14' where it would enter??? I also am going to have my boat in here 20'. 24' wide looks plenty and 24' deep is just enough to keep direct rain off of them. This is all new to me so appreciate any opinions, advice or personal experience. Thanks! Having problems entering links. It's through United Carports.com, A frame roof, 24'X24'X12' 14 gauge, no gables, 1 panel each side. About $2800. I have a United Carports shop. 25Dx30D with 13' legs, A frame with a 1 ft gable. I have a 12X 16' rollup door. I would go 25'... The frames from them are set at 5' intervals. 24 is ok too but that extra foot for length is really nice... I also have a 25x14 Camper Cave.... One last recommendation... Get a Vertical Roof.... Rain run off with a horizontal roof will cause a lot of splashing and will really keep the ends wet.... Horizontal sides are cheaper but after a few years moss and dirt will really build up on the sides and in the seams... Vertical sides eliminate this build up... Just saying. My Shop is all vertical, sides and roof. My Camper Cave is horizontal both sides and roof... After 10 years I just pressure washed it and OMG it was a chore because of the horizontal sides and the seams. Washed inside and out. With Vertical roof you can add gutters later if you want to remove all that water coming off the roof. Can not put gutters on a horizontal roof... does not work All that water runs off the ends and boy does it splash. Right after you have the carport built If you are putting it on concrete I would seal the frame to concrete with calk... PM me if you have more questions. Jim
bigfootford 07/04/16 02:48pm Truck Campers
RE: Ram 3500 (6.4 Hemi)3.73 vs 4.10 with TC

You will not regret the 4.10 at all! Congratulations on your choice and persistence to determine what was logical. Jim
bigfootford 07/03/16 08:40pm Truck Campers
RE: Ram 3500 (6.4 Hemi)3.73 vs 4.10 with TC

The lower your gear ratio the harder it is on the transmission during initial take off. The heavier your load the harder it is on the bands and clutches. Couple this with a slight heavy foot and the transmission is not going to last. Heavy foot through gear shifts add to the wear and tear of the TC and the clutches. JimI'm pretty sure you meant to say HIGHER ratio gearing (smaller number, aka 3.73) is harder on the transmission than lower gearing (aka 4.10). :) Yep! hahahaha Mij Jim
bigfootford 07/03/16 08:34am Truck Campers
RE: Ram 3500 (6.4 Hemi)3.73 vs 4.10 with TC

There's only a small rpm difference between those 2 ratios at equal road speeds, with equal tire diameters and transmissions. I would have to do the math to know for sure, but going by memory I think it's only like 300 rpm. The greater torque multiplication of the 4.10 is worth more than the slightly lower rpm of the 3.73This finally helps me understand. But I have a question. I might guess that torque would be in direct proportion to rpm. That the purpose of lower axle ratio is to increase rpm. If it is only slightly more rpm wouldn't that imply only slightly more torque? Or are there other factors other than engine rpm which contribute to torque?The increase in torque comes from 2 factors. One is increased rpm and greater horsepower and torque output from the engine at the increased rpm. The other reason is torque multiplication through gearing. Gears are a simple machine that multiply torque by using the same force (torque output from the engine) and applying it over a longer distance. Gears are like a lever and fulcrum, but they are round, rather than straight. When you want to lift something really heavy and you don't have another guy to help you, find a block and pipe and use the length of the pipe to help increase the force you can apply to the heavy thing you're lifting. So let's say, for sake of example, that you have 400 ft-lbs of torque available from the engine, and you're running in direct gear in the transmission and have 3.73 gears in the axle. You have 400 x 3.73 = 1492 ft-lbs of torque available at the rear wheels. Now lets say you have 4.10 gears and that the engine is also putting out 25 more ft-lbs of torque at the slightly higher rpm it's spinning with the 4.10's at the same road speed. So now you have 425 x 4.10 = 1743 ft-lbs of torque available at the rear wheels, an increase of 251 ft-lbs. So lower ratio gearing is a double-whammy effect on towing power. Using the higher power output range of the engine, as well as multiplying it's output through leverage of the gears. On my gas engine F350, I went from 3.55 to 4.56 gears, which is a huge jump. My little 351 engine puts out about 325 ft-lbs of torque at about 2800 rpm. With the 3.55's I wasn't able to reach 2800+ rpm at speeds I could tow at, without going down to 2nd gear. The 4.56's put me right in the engine's sweet spot, at reasonable towing speeds, in 3rd gear, while also multiplying the engine's higher output. I don't remember the exact numbers, but let's say my engine was putting out 250 ft-lbs of torque at the lower rpm. Multiplied by 3.55, I had 888 ft-lbs at the wheels. With the 4.56's and the full 325 ft-lb output of the engine available, I got 1482 ft-lbs of torque available. That's a HUGE increase (594 ft-lbs)! Now, at those times that I need to shift down to 2nd to climb a hill that's just too much for 3rd, that 1482 ft-lbs is further multiplied by 1.52, which is the 2nd gear ratio of my transmission, while I adjust the road speed so the engine stays in it's max torque rpm operating range. The gears made all the difference in the world in the performance of the truck. Before I did the change, I was going to have to sell the truck and buy another one with a bigger engine because the truck couldn't do what I wanted it to do, anywhere near my satisfaction. It was really depressing. I didn't want to sell the truck though. It was in beautiful condition, with very low miles. So changing the gears was the next best solution. Nice write up! Jim
bigfootford 07/01/16 08:52am Truck Campers
RE: Ram 3500 (6.4 Hemi)3.73 vs 4.10 with TC

The lower your gear ratio the harder it is on the transmission during initial take off. The heavier your load the harder it is on the bands and clutches. Couple this with a slight heavy foot and the transmission is not going to last. Heavy foot through gear shifts add to the wear and tear of the TC and the clutches. I personally would not want 3.73 especially with an increase of the 19.5's dia. My switch from 16's to 19.5's increased the tire dia. by 2inches. I did the math years ago to see what my effective gear ratio was, think it was 3.9X.... I can feel the difference.. during take off and see the rpm difference. Have a friend that has 3.5x's gears and 19.5's... He has spent a lot of $ on transmission parts and beefing things up to handle this... Think he is on his 4th rebuild. His Cummins is modified and puts out a lot of HP. Jim
bigfootford 07/01/16 08:50am Truck Campers
RE: Ram 3500 (6.4 Hemi)3.73 vs 4.10 with TC

My f250 460 gasser with the 4:10 gears and the E40D trans is a winning combo... I get 10-12 loaded with my 4K lbs camper. I would not even consider any lesser gear ratio. When towing my Zuke, Baja or our 3Klb trailer with a 700lb motorcycle in it climbing a 17% grade makes that 460 work about as hard as it can to keep up! I do have 19.5's and see a speedo difference of 4mph at 60. So that makes my effective gear ratio about 3.9... Jim
bigfootford 06/30/16 10:32am Truck Campers
RE: 2003 Lance 1161 PROJECT

I agree nice job. I am wondering why you added the front window back though. Ditto.... Jim
bigfootford 06/27/16 12:30pm Truck Campers
RE: 2003 Lance 1161 PROJECT

Great restoration job! We should award you the "Camper Restoration Award for 2016"...... I know you and family will get lot's of enjoyment out of it. Be careful making turns.... That extra 2.5ft sticking out there in the rear will swing out about 2 ft further than your tire track! Have a friend that made that mistake and.... you know the rest of the story. At least it was not the door side! Jim
bigfootford 06/27/16 11:14am Truck Campers
RE: Trip Report: Searching for sand along the Lost Coast

Great report! We love that area and have been there 2 times over the years. The Matole Rd all the way to the redwoods... A great ride! Good to see that you guys are still going strong! Jim n Sheila
bigfootford 06/11/16 10:26am Truck Campers
RE: Need new converter: 14.4v or 14.8v?

Back to the Iota, this is the most durable unit out there. The OP may not like the setpoints, but nobody here has heard of one failing. Is the OP switching because the Iota failed? Two have failed that I know of. It was not the Iota converter but the add on DLS which makes the Iota an 3 stage charger. Without the DLS is is a single stage. Reddog1 and Salvo... Jim
bigfootford 06/07/16 10:30am Tech Issues
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