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RE: Bigfoot Battery tray?

My vents are louvers. Go figure. As does mine!
bigfootford 10/12/17 07:10pm Truck Campers
RE: Bigfoot Battery tray?

My 2000 9.6 2500 has a 3in vent that the battery actually sits on..Crazy.... Got to vent those hydrogen gasses somewhere... My battery box is only tall enough for 2 group 24's. 27's nor 6'ers will fit. Let me tell you what a pain in the butt it was to pull those batteries out of there to check electrolyte and measure SG...... I gave up on FWC batteries years ago.. I now run with 1 Lifeline AGM... I installed it 7 years ago, never pulled it out and rarely even open the access door. It still produces spec AH and voltage, honest! Jim
bigfootford 10/12/17 10:03am Truck Campers
RE: Northern California Mini-Rally - April 26th to 29th, 2018

Here is one of the last discussions on Rv.net about a west coast rally: http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/29439663.cfm Here is the thread of the 2nd one we had... Sucks, all the pictures are GONE! We had a big group at this one. https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/19177895/srt/pa/pging/1/page/19.cfm A fun place for Northern Cal is up at Buttes Lake near Orland... Back when we were an active group I did a run and write up... They have a big Group area and when the lake is up fishing is good.... https://www.recreation.gov/recreationalAreaDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&recAreaId=473 Jim
bigfootford 09/30/17 11:30pm Truck Campers
RE: Another GPS horror story (it turns out OK in the end)

We have traveled nearly 200,000 miles with our camper/truck. Mostly back roads, avoiding freeways as much as we can. Never got lost... We did have to stop on a dirt mountain road because a tree fell across the road... Getting turned around was scary...hahahaaa Our GPS travel source has been Delorme Streets and Topo. on a laptop, perched between us on a Ram Mount. We also had hard copy maps to keep things honest and for a backup. That program is the best there is. Plan a trip, modify the route. We started using our phones for getting around in towns via Google maps etc... Works pretty good. Trying to use it for out of the way back roads and mountain trails etc forget it. Sad that Garmin bought out Delorme and they have abandoned the whole program... Jim
bigfootford 09/30/17 11:29am Tech Issues
RE: Stable-lift ?

Well in my travels and playing with Wayne I have seen him put his Stablelift through it's paces... Try this with jacks or putting blocks under your tires! He positioned his truck and dropped the Stablelift in less than 5min! This picture was taken at Scotts Flat during the 2nd West Coast TC caravan get together. My TC is in the foreground.. Wayne's in the back. BTW, his camper weighs a bit over 4,000 lbs loaded. https://i.imgur.com/EfAl6sEl.jpg Jim
bigfootford 09/26/17 10:53am Truck Campers
RE: Honda 2000i Carb Job With Photos Must Read!!!!!

Glad you got it running! Wayne and I have been through these carbs pretty extensively. We added an inline filter to ours years ago. Jim
bigfootford 09/12/17 08:39am Tech Issues
RE: 5,000btu AC unit will not run o 1,500 watt inverter. Why?

Did not see where OP was told to make sure the fridge is running op Propane or turned off. 350+ watts can make or break the deal. Low house batteries will be another source of draw from that inverter... Would have to turn off the converter... Run an extension cord from the inverter to the AC unit and see if it will run bypassing the TT 110vac system. Jim
bigfootford 08/22/17 09:29am Tech Issues
RE: Sagging Tanks

a word of precaution years ago i talked to one of the engineers at Bf and he expressed the opinion that the (soft) design of hanging tanks that flexed reduced hard shock/ stress on the attachment points when stressed by road hazard impact ,ect if you look, these are not very impressive usually either they use short 1/4 or 3/8 lag bolts screwed into 1/2 ,3/4 plywood flooring or 1/2 to 3/4 braces in the sub floor in ,in the past I had one tank drop because the the wood spit releasing the lag bolt Has the OP said the tanks are falling out? I think we need to wait see what the OP provides us... I too have had support screws that were screwed into the wood and cracked, but are still holding really good.. No tanks have fell down... 17 years. I run with the fresh water full all the time... almost 200,000 miles. I have measured the distance of the tank bottom to the bottom of the camper. The distance the tanks are suspended is enough that when the foam insulation is in place it causes the tanks to sit on the foam thus supporting the fresh water tank. The Gray tank is another story. Jim
bigfootford 08/20/17 08:13pm Truck Campers
RE: Sagging Tanks

Find a local plastic shop and see about getting a sheet of HDPE or umhw. That or aluminum. If it's not needed to hold anything up structurally then I'd also consider using the plastic/fiberglass paneling used in shower surrounds, from the hardware store. It would be more prone to cracking but it's cheap and easily accessible. Excellent suggestion! Jim
bigfootford 08/18/17 09:46am Truck Campers
RE: Sagging Tanks

Wow -- that does not look good. I think I'd be tempted to get a big piece of diamond plate aluminum --assuming there is a good structure to fasten it it to. No... That plate is nothing more than a cover, nothing to do with structure. Under the plate is a layer of foam for insulation. A piece of 1/16" composite wall panel will suffice. I do find it strange that the material shown in her picture is so thick. Mine and others I have seen are about 1/16". Jim
bigfootford 08/18/17 09:45am Truck Campers
RE: Sagging Tanks

Your signature says the camper is a Bigfoot. isn't that a one-piece underbelly? If you dump the tanks before taking it off the truck, it should not be a problem. But I'm a little confused - if it's already on the truck, how can you tell that it's sagging? Anyway, dump the tanks before using the camper off-truck. So I noticed a bit of sag the last time I dumped my tanks. There's about a foot and half of camper length that sticks out past the rear bumper. (The part where I connect my sewer hose). The underbelly is a few pieces, last I remember. Definitely more than one.. I think 3 but maybe just 2. I'll snap some pics when I get it off of the truck tomorrow. The underbelly of the BF's have a Fiberglass plate about 1/16" thick covering all the tanks. It is held on by 10,000 screws ahahahaaa! The fresh water tank is suspended with straps as you can see in the picture. There is foam between the removable plate and the Fresh water tank. That is used to help support the tank when sitting in the truck. When the camper is removed then the Fresh water tank is held up by those straps. This is not so for the gray and black tanks, although there is 1 or 2 straps for the gray and black, but no support from the bottom of the camper in the overhang. There support is devised by wood blocks and part of the floor... Jim
bigfootford 08/16/17 11:51pm Truck Campers
RE: Sagging Tanks

Been through this one years ago... I really got involved with a solution to the issue, and even contacted BF. That was before the demise and resurrection of BF. They provided no input nor help. The black and gray are separate from the fresh water tank. There is not much in the order of support for those tanks... I will look through my archives and see if I can provide some input. Draining both the gray and black are necessary... Fresh not so. Removing the lower cover fiberglass cover will be needed. Then you can see the minimum support that BF provided for those tanks. I did a fairly simple resolution to the problem but it does require some mechanical ability. I did not post on RV.net regarding this issue... I will pm you for more information... Jim
bigfootford 08/16/17 11:25pm Truck Campers
RE: 1996 Bigfoot

Here is the BF industries specs and pictures for all the 2000 year BF's. Scroll down to the 1500's. They made little changes to these series campers. OOP's I see that you already did that.... The specs are going to be very close to the same. They made little changes during those years. https://www.bigfootrv.com/docs/brochures/2000%20Brochure.pdf I would not hesitate purchasing a BF if the price is right and if there are not side bulges and making sure that the roof is in good shape. Check for discoloration of the ceiling inside cause by vent leaking. Check inside the bottom cabinets for any water damage of the floor. Walk heavily on the floor checking for any weak spots. Open the outside accesses an look for water damage especially at the rear! Other than that you might have to do some upgrades to the converter/charger if that has not already been done. Good luck and PM me if you have any questions. Jim
bigfootford 07/24/17 11:52am Truck Campers
RE: Happijac lubrication

I have deleted my post... I would like to see what KKELLER has to say first. My Bucket pictures are still in posts I have made... Sleepy's are still there too... All 10,000,000,000 of them... Jim
bigfootford 07/10/17 12:21pm Truck Campers
RE: Viewing Hells Canyon from Idaho side UPDATE

Love the Sportsman Accesses... How great! Jim
bigfootford 07/06/17 03:46pm Truck Campers
RE: Viewing Hells Canyon from Idaho side UPDATE

Check out Halfway, Or.... A great place to launch from. Jim
bigfootford 07/03/17 12:35pm Truck Campers
RE: Happijac lubrication

Looking at the wear on your inside tube It got me wondering if your jacks are not straight/perpendicular to the ground. If the jack bracket causes the jack to tilt slightly in, out or left right, then when the jack is lowered it will start binding and put lots of force on the nylon shims at the bottom of the outer tube.... It will cause the inner tube to destroy the powder coating and lead to rust... I have 1 jack bracket that is slightly misaligned... It is 1/8" steel and formed to the body of the bigfoot... I ended up shimming the jack enough to make it perpendicular as close as I could get it. You could really hear the motors labor to raise the camper because of that binding... Lowering was not too bad. This is not a HJ problem the brackets are made for Bigfoot. Glad you have a great conclusion to your issue. Jim
bigfootford 06/26/17 01:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Happijac lubrication

Way to go d3500ram! Run that rod in and out with an electric drill... PB blaster to clean the rust and then grease... I use boat trailer grease BTW. Good job! Oh, you going to have the inside tube powder coated? Jt
bigfootford 06/26/17 12:19pm Truck Campers
RE: Happijac lubrication

Deleted post.. Jim
bigfootford 06/24/17 06:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Happijac lubrication

Was/ is there a consensus on the best type of grease to use for this repair? I used boat trailer axle grease... That was over 10 years ago... No more issues as of yet. I do use our jacks a lot! Jim
bigfootford 06/23/17 03:34pm Truck Campers
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