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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
RE: Help with camper electric jacks!

As an EE I am always interested in electrical problems. From looking at the Atwood links posted earlier it does not appear these jacks are the typical Atwood Truck Camper jacks most of us are familiar with which work as Bigfootford described. Truck camper jacks do not and should not connect in any way to the "frame" of the camper. How could that work as many truck campers have wooden frames. These appear to be jacks designed for attachment to a trailer and therefore a metal frame is available. A good wiring diagram would really help solve the problem. It's hard to tell but from one of the posted links it appears that a ground wire connects to the jack and two other wires attach to the motor. This will work with a motor with a fixed ground as long as the two wires attached to the motor go to different windings in the motor...power to one turns one way... power to the other turns the other way. Good luck troubleshooting the problem. Be sure to post when you find the solution. Right about the OP's Atwood jack install being different.... He clarified the wiring... 4 wires on the drivers side... and 2 on the passenger side. Switches are on the drivers side. Without a wiring diagram we can only surmise that: 2 wires on the drivers side are + and - from the battery 2 wires go over to the passenger side jack. Switches probably provide the reversing of polarity to the motor (s) simple as that. No relays needed. Double pole/double throw... Although using just switches the current handling of the switches need to be in the 20 amp region for each motor. I have designed a remote control for Stablelift systems for a friend... I used switches that controlled relays... Much better current handling.. The body of the jack while metal should be impervious to the - /ground of anything if in fact the 2 wires from the battery have one that is - (negative). The motor body should not enter into the operation. Atwood/Happijac etc use simple dc motors with 2 isolated leads for power. I believe this diagram from atwood is not how the OP's jack switches are implemented. I have not got an answer as of yet. Look at #11. http://www.askforatwood.com/manuals/chassis/66199.pdf All said, if the - wire from the battery has no connection then the jacks should not work and there should be no arching... The path back to the battery should be through the - wire not the Jack bracket... So at this point I/we are all guessing. Time to get the DVM out and go to work! Jim
bigfootford 05/01/16 10:50am Truck Campers
RE: Help with camper electric jacks!

All the connections I've found look fine. Not really sure how they run through the body. Where should I start looking? If there was a short + to - going from the battery to the jack switch assembly there would be no sparking.... It would blow the breaker/fuse.. If anyone has any input feel free to jump in... I am going Pm mode with OP... Will post progress from my part... Or if OP has other input he wants to post. Jim
bigfootford 04/30/16 11:41pm Truck Campers
RE: Help with camper electric jacks!

Interesting. Moving wires around didn't change the short. I smacked the base of the motor, metal where it mounts, and it worked, but was moody. Short in the motor that somehow affects both switches? When the jack motor is not told to do anything it has no connection to the battery + and - what so ever... When you tell one motor to do something the other motor has no connections unless you depress both the drivers and passenger side buttons telling both jacks to do something. Picture yourself standing there with 2 wires... A + and a -.... You are the switch... You put the + on one connection of the motor and it turns CCW.... You remove the wires, still holding on to them and put the leads on the motor on the opposite motor connections, the motor turns CW. So if both motors are creating this "sparking" they are not the issue. Would seem that the switch assembly has an issue. The sparking that is going on is another issue... It says that you have a very poor/loose/corroded mating surface of the jack to the camper jack mounting bracket! It the mating surface was good it would pop the resettable breaker or blow a fuse...no indication that there would be a problem. Jim
bigfootford 04/30/16 11:24pm Truck Campers
RE: Help with camper electric jacks!

Jack is in a bad mood. Not working at all, so no sparks. Test light shows the short happening on both switches, in both directions. So the test light is not lighting? I need clarity... And where are you placing the leads... Thanks. If in fact the test light is not lighting then the Breaker or fuse has finally given up the ghost which I am surprised that it has held up this long... Dinner time. Check your PM's Jim
bigfootford 04/30/16 09:18pm Truck Campers
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