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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
RE: Will solar panel keep batteries charged while running fridge

It depends on the model and actual draw. Based on some numbers I have experienced with my 100 Watt MPT system and current draw for the fridge I found on line, here are my rough calculations. Figuring 0.2A for the detectors and radio, that is 4.8A/hr per day. Fridge draws 0.6A with flame and 0.2A without flame. Figuring flame will be on 50%, that is 0.6 * 12 + 0.2 * 12 = 7.2 + 2.4 = 9.6A/hr per day. Total is only 14.4 A/hr per day. A 55 watt panel should deliver at a minimum of 2A for 8 hrs and 0.5A for 4 hrs for a total of 18 A/hr per day. Bottom line is the panel should keep the batteries topped off. With two batteries, you could handle 6 days without sun shine before the batteries will be pulled down to 50%. And for each day the sun is away, it will take about 3 days of charging to bring the batteries up. I would recommend you invest in a battery monitor such as the trimetric so you will know the true status of the batteries. Otherwise, you will probably be running the generator to charge when you don't really need to be charging. Excellent advice and accurate estimate for AH.... One more panel and battery would be very comfy. Jim
bigfootford 06/03/16 10:02am Truck Campers
RE: Metal storage cover

I used Carolina Carports for my Camper Cave... No problems with the install and it still looks great. Looks like they deliver/free install in your area. http://www.carolinametalcarports.com/north-west-rv-cover-packages.html If you are really serious then I would recommend the following. 13 ft legs minimum ... Easy to work on the top of the camper when off the truck... And the camper/truck on 4wd should fit with the closed gable ends. 14 wide minimum 25 ft long minimum... My camper and truck is 20 ft... I wish I would have gone with 30 ft. Get vertical siding and vertical roof.. Water runs off easily on the vertical roofs along with snow. Vertical sides do not collect dirt and moss etc with vertical sides. Easier to clean too. Here's mine.. Wish I would have got the vertical roof and sides. Did not know about that option. http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1437/6215710/15223706/230289547.jpg width=640 I just finished a new Metal workshop 25x30... Insulated, 13 ft walls 2 roll up doors... 16x12 and a 8x7... I ordered it from United Carports. I notice that they are in Oregon too... 3 day installation.... The install team was outstanding! Not saying that in other states the service will be as great.. If ordering you need to understand all the segments of the configuration/build. I added full certification, thus the plans were included for permits if needed or wanted. Heavier steel wind/snow ability. Would be glad to help... PM me if you need pointers. http://unitedcarports.com/nw Jim
bigfootford 05/31/16 12:38pm Truck Campers
RE: Wolf Creek Maiden Voyage

I am totally mystified. Hey bigfootford, What is a TDuber? Or a TW200? I'll have a Polaris 570 Touring behind it periodically. And a few telescopes protruding from the storage spaces. This is going to make a great star party vehicle. Now if I can just get a shed built for it so I can keep the snow off of it. Wow, I apologize I sure as heck did not think there could be another Admiral from Idaho! You will get a kick out of this thread on the Yamaha TW 200 Motorcycle forum that some of us are members of.... TDub is a nick name for the cycle. Here is a link to a thread started by Admiral.... and his wife's sig name is Mrs. Admiral... http://tw200forum.com/forum/trails-off-road-adventure-riding/18922-moab-2016-admirals-version.html Again, SORRY! Jim
bigfootford 05/24/16 01:18am Truck Campers
RE: Wolf Creek Maiden Voyage

Well congratulations! That is a great camper and it will look nice with your trailered TW200's in tow behind it.... Recognized the pic. of the two of you and then the giveaway...... Here's the Admiral and I posing as proud new TC'ers in front of our new WC 840. We have been waiting for this day for a long time There are a couple of us TDub'ers on this forum.. Jim/Jtstdub
bigfootford 05/23/16 08:14am Truck Campers
RE: TC and toys...What do you take, where do you take them?

Can't post pics? WTH. Sorry, delete please What kind of computer and browser were/are you using? Read this thread and the posts I made: http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/28860223/srt/pa/pging/1/page/2.cfm Jim
bigfootford 05/11/16 10:02am Truck Campers
RE: TC and toys...What do you take, where do you take them?

This is what we like to drag around. Working on a Suzuki Samurai Tin top to complement... 1969 VW Baja.. 1914 engine with special gearing. Sand Mountain http://i.imgur.com/x2Bs3O9.jpg width=640 Near Lone Pine http://i.imgur.com/jEjeKNc.jpg width=640 Jim
bigfootford 05/10/16 10:18am Truck Campers
RE: error message when posting

Conclusion.... I did all the cleanup, history, cache, reload browser, Ccleaner. No difference. Jim
bigfootford 05/08/16 12:03am Forum Technical Support
RE: error message when posting

Well the post I just finished did work using Safari... Go figure... This problem will disgust many users of rv.net... They will give up.. So I would recommend that Admin pay attention to this anomaly and get it resolved. We will never know if they are having a posting issue... They will just go away. Being in computers before the internet and working on "weird problems I am like a dog on a bone... 50 years and counting. Jim
bigfootford 05/07/16 11:54pm Forum Technical Support
RE: error message when posting

I have had several recent "weird" situations with rv.net while posting.... Safari... Apple Macbook Air.. Example.. Reply to a thread... Long text .... probably 500-1000 characters. Enter and the post hangs.... I save my post to a note pad and retry the post... Paste the text... Same problem... Even in preview it does not show my post before trying to post it. Just hangs. So I add a short post to the thread...just a test = Ok... Preview works. Add my saved text and it hangs. No preview either.... Then I paste'd the text again and started editing it making the post smaller and smaller... Just using preview, did not try to post... I was down to maybe 5 words... one word was Rack.... It did not like that word it would seem... As I played with the text and preview it all ended up doing random things... where it would not do the preview... I did not try to post any of the testing... But I had already determined that if I can not see my preview then the post is not going to work. Switch to Firefox and all works... At least in the post on that thread does. This has been happening randomly for about 3-4 posts on different threads for me. Jim
bigfootford 05/07/16 11:50pm Forum Technical Support
RE: Ideas on how to transport generator on rear of Lance camper

Respectfully, Wayne, yes they do bounce up and down. They may not "flop around" but they do bounce up and down every time the truck bounces up and down. It may not be visible to the naked eye but there is extra stress being put on the mounts with each and every hoop-de-doo in the road, each and every pothole. It's all about inertia. If the mounting is not adequate, such as if the generator were strapped directly to the ladder, imperceptible motion would slowly become perceptible motion, then "flopping around" and finally the ladder with generator laying in the middle of the Interstate somewhere. Uh? With over 100,000 miles on my camper with the generator rack carrying the generator, traveling on 90% back roads, Alaska, Dalton, Dempster etc, rough roads and not one loose bolt I guess the Flopping around is not occurring because my generator is still there..... Maybe it's not flopping and bouncing up and down because of the bolt that holds the rack to the jack bracket is doing what it was designed to do. 47lbs/ 8 bolts and the loop at the top of the later then mounting on the roof is too much weight for your comfort level on each of those bolts. My roof to ladder bracket's sealant has not cracked and the screws are still tight after the 16 years I have had the camper with all that flopping around going on as you say. Why do you say "They may not flop around" and then 3 sentences later say, "Flopping around will occur"? Geez
bigfootford 05/05/16 03:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Ideas on how to transport generator on rear of Lance camper

Post deleted by Bigfootford due to rv.net edit problems. Jim
bigfootford 05/05/16 02:05pm Truck Campers
RE: Ideas on how to transport generator on rear of Lance camper

My ladder has 8 bolts holding it to the side of the camper.... The ladder tubing is bent at the top and curves 180 deg and mounts on the top of the camper. Any downward pressure, climbing on the ladder or static weight is distributed through those bolts and the tubing of the ladder. I have no doubt that there is enough strength to accomplish carrying the 3000. Mind is a bit different that Wayne's. The drivers corner of the rack frame is anchored to the jack bracket. So at least 1/4 of the weight is supported there in that corner. Anchoring the rack there also creates a firm hold on the rack so there is absolutely no left right movement nor any up down movement in that corner, that could be detrimental to the ladder bolts.. Wayne's Rack is what he calls REV 3.... He added the angled tubing that you can see to have the outside/rear, passenger side of the rack secured there and to the jack bracket so there is no up down flexing of the rack to the ladder bolts as mine was done. This is not a low skill fabrication project. Wayne is a great fabricator and welder... Jim
bigfootford 05/05/16 10:31am Truck Campers
RE: Lubricating a Happijac

Thanks for input. I took one apart. What a mess. Rust rust everywhere. Water gets in at the top where the motor attaches with nowhere to go but down - Sloooooowly. If it had not been for a ton of grease in there it would have rusted away. That bottom gear was a pickle since it had rusted to the shaft. Next time I may drill a hole just below it to allow me to get a screw driver in there to pop it loose. Bummer.... Well now you know how to do it.. Just got to keep the sequence of the spacers/shims and bearings in the proper order. Is the jack going to be useable or toast? Jim
bigfootford 05/04/16 01:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Ideas on how to transport generator on rear of Lance camper

Here is another version of Reddog1's design... He did the fabrication I was the helper... This design/concept has traveled about 100,000 miles to Prudhoe Bay, across the USA 2 times and it has never come loose or offered any doubt about it's strength. If I need to get up on the roof via the ladder I use the rack as a step with the gen still on it... 50lbs for the honda and 200 for me... http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1437/6215710/21056147/344823064.jpg width=640 http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1437/6215710/21056147/344823059.jpg width=640 http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1437/6215710/21056147/344823056.jpg width=640 http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1437/6215710/21056147/344823048.jpg width=640 Link for the thread: http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/22141035.cfm
bigfootford 05/04/16 10:18am Truck Campers
RE: Lubricating a Happijac

Here ya go... Clickieeeeee! TC university, HJ lubrication Jim
bigfootford 05/03/16 10:50am Truck Campers
RE: Foam to fiberglass glue

Thanks Found the screws 2 on the inside top, 5 on the outside top and the two toe nailed under the material and the bottom. The window is r & r with new tape. The window sill showed no signs of water entry Weepers are clean. My hands are now really grimy. Bigfoot used black butyl tape. Next time I will wear gloves. Bob The windows in the overhead bed area can leak. The water will follow the foam seams then finally work it's way down.... Who knows where it will end up.... I had an over head light leak years ago on my BF.... Caught it early but the leak was inside the side bed cabinet, the center light was the one that was leaking. Jim
bigfootford 05/02/16 06:48pm Truck Campers
RE: Foam to fiberglass glue

How do I remove the window dressing? http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f298/ogrer/IMGP3426.jpg Should be small screws with those square drive metric POS's. Located up inside of the top one.. Gotta look up inside. The sides are on the very bottom, toenailed in. Jim
bigfootford 05/02/16 12:58pm Truck Campers
RE: Foam to fiberglass glue

Pictures explain it! http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f298/ogrer/IMGP3415.jpg http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f298/ogrer/IMGP3427.jpg http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f298/ogrer/IMGP3429.jpg Wow, which side is this on... I can not orient myself.. Drivers front? Sad.... jim
bigfootford 05/02/16 12:45pm Truck Campers
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