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RE: Mounting solar arrays to the roof of a Bigfoot

An update: now driven a few hundred freeway miles, panels appear to be staying put without problems. 200 watts seems to be plenty - even after the heater is run a bit overnight, if it is sunny, by 10 AM all is charged full again. I have actually unhooked the charge cable from the truck (another story) and don't seem to have to worry about power in the camper at all! One of the more worthwhile mods for your camper.... Those extra watts of panels will be nice when the weather is overcast and harvest is way down and you still recover ah used! I removed the fuse for the charge line in my truck instead of disconnecting the charge wire from the truck's charge system. Easy to put it back in if needed. Jim
bigfootford 07/10/14 11:45am Truck Campers
RE: 1141 led lamps

Bought all my lights from www.ledtrailerlights.com and I made a mistake on some of the bulbs. Sent the wrong ones back and they quickly sent me the correct ones with no hassle. I ordered the bulbs that put out the same colour as the old bulbs as I don't like the "white light" look. I did order the "white" for the outside porch light which is very bright. I dry camp a lot and now don't have to think about leaving lights on. Amen to leaving the lights on and not thinking about it.. We mostly boondocks but do have solar.... We use to be paranoid about leaving lights on... Never more. Normal light pulls 2.5 amps X 5 hrs = 12ah.... Just one light! Led .2 X 5 = 1ah... Jim
bigfootford 06/29/14 02:23pm Truck Campers
RE: 1141 led lamps

Where do you buy 12 volt bulbs with a regulator? Most have a simple resistor. The link provided that shows the cost of $14.00. 10-30vdc! Simple resistor circuits can not provide the range of voltage/current control for our application... 12-15vdc... Also the led's will dim at 12.x vdc and be bright at 14+.. Jim
bigfootford 06/29/14 11:07am Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper Floor Strength

I installed a master cutoff switch for my jack controller. Two reasons for doing so.... If something happened to the controller and one or more jacks started going down while driving, well you all know the answer to that... The next reason is the theft issue. My cutoff switch is not labeled and looks inconspicuous. It is a push pull... Jim
bigfootford 06/29/14 10:06am Truck Campers
RE: 1141 led lamps

As AnEv942 said, the problem the two examples are like comparing apples and oranges. The 10 for $26 AnEv942 no regulation to control the varying voltages we have in our rigs. 12-14.x volts. Some folks have had trouble with the non regulated led lights... They will not just fail right off the bat.. It may take a few months before they die. Led's do not have the 10,000hrs life when pushed with high end of the tolerance current/voltage. A clickable link to the cheap ones: http://www.ebay.com/itm/10-PCS-Warm-White-Car-RV-Trailer-1156-BA15S-5050-18smd-LED-Light-Bulb-7503-1141-/301144033768?pt=Motors_RV_Trailer_Camper_Parts_Accessories&hash=item461d9549e8&vxp=mtr Jim
bigfootford 06/29/14 09:55am Truck Campers
RE: Mounting solar arrays to the roof of a Bigfoot

Nice.... Going to love that solar! Jim
bigfootford 06/23/14 11:35am Truck Campers
RE: All Roads Lead To Roam Part II, Roam Sweet Roam

Just wow! Jim
bigfootford 06/23/14 11:25am Truck Campers
RE: First time out... 3 day trip in the Amerigo

Incredible dedication and workmanship... Many would have given up.. Congratulations! Jim
bigfootford 06/22/14 09:50am Truck Campers
RE: Have you replaced your old Northern Lite Accordion Steps?

Did the Torklift Glow steps for my Bigfoot 2500/basement... They are GREAT! Way more sturdy than my original 5 step stairs! Also got the hand rail.. http://www.torklift.com/index.php/products/steps-handrails/glowguide-handrail
bigfootford 06/17/14 07:57am Truck Campers
RE: AC Use With Honda 2K

Make sure that your batteries are fully charge. If they are not your converter could add well over 700watts to the initial load. You can turn the breaker off for the converter. Make sure that you have your fridge on Propane only.. auto will make the fridge switch to shore power... Another 350+watts Jim
bigfootford 06/08/14 09:51am Tech Issues
RE: Long Time Lurker, Finally a Member

Welcome.... Love the Oregon country! Oldest son lives in Pland.... We visit with our camper quite often.... Usually travel up the coast slow, visit then come home on 5. Sometimes we reverse the route. Take various routes to and from the coast. Lot's of great choices. Good choice for solar! You will love it! Jim
bigfootford 06/07/14 11:32am Truck Campers
RE: Anybody every seen a schematic for a Bigfoot?

It doesn't happen towing the trailer. The BF owners site has some schematics created by an owner of the wiring he has added to his - it doesn't represent most of what is in the camper. I have never seen a complete wiring diagram from Bigfoot. You would think they have some internal documentation on this at least, but observing how it was wired, maybe each one is done ad hoc. Threads there suggest that all of the paper records of the company pre-bankruptcy were destroyed by order of the bank receiver - so if there ever were any they don't exist now. I pulled one of the clearance lights out, it is stuck to the shell with a very gooey, stretchy sealing tape that is die cut to the shape so must be from Bargman. This stuff is tenacious enough to give some confidence that they don't need to be resealed. Of course Bigfoot went and smeared silicone all around the outside as is there habit. I was able to get to and observe to at least some extent most of the aft lights and wiring, without seeing anything suspicious. The clearance lights in the upper aft corners look like they could be gotten to through the trim pieces inside the cabinets which cover the corner. The ones in the middle I was able to get to my removing the trim above the door. The clearance lights in front look like they are impossible to get to from the inside without cutting very visible paneling. The hole drilled in the shell for the wiring is about 1/2 inch, and I could with some effort and prodding wiggle the connectors through the hole. I think I will wait till the next incident and then try to pull the front ones. PM sent. Jim
bigfootford 06/06/14 11:56pm Truck Campers
RE: punctured epidermis/water intrusion/UPDATE

Me think's ya got it.... If you would have waited another few months the story would have been sad! Jim
bigfootford 06/06/14 09:15am Truck Campers
RE: Not a good start to Summer

I just recently had to do my own brakes. After paying and paying for brakes on both trucks I realized learning to do them correctly, even though I'm a novice, would still be better than what I was left with. Both trucks are now completed and operate perfectly, this, after years of not one but several mechs that couldn't/ wouldn't fix them properly. Tired of paying for work they don't care to do right. 100% agree... I could write a book on the subject... Disc brakes are not too bad but the f250-f350 drum brake's do require some knowledge of how the adjusters work and the problems with "OUT OF SPEC" parts... I will not get into it because this is not a tech forum for ford/dodge/chevy drum brakes. Jim
bigfootford 06/06/14 12:50am Truck Campers
RE: Not a good start to Summer

I feel your pain... I do not do Dealerships for any repairs after warranty for the very reasons of what happened to you. When I got my 94 it had 64,000 miles on it and was 12 years old. It is a beautiful truck. The original owner kept it garaged and was only used to take their 5'er to Cancun a few times. They had the tranny puke 2 times... Seals... The 2nd time was found to be caused by the Dealership's improper repair. Dealerships were the only folks that touched this truck...Even out of warranty... The dealership improperly re-assembled the rear brakes so they did not work properly. The E-brake was improperly repaired, the rear axle seals were improperly installed.. The list goes on. Thousands of $ those poor folks poured into the DEALERSHIP's improper repairs.... From one dealer to the other as they traveled... They kept every receipt on this truck so I could review what went on... I personally fixed everything and felt really sad for the original owners.. They were in their 70's back then and finally gave up on the whole thing because the repairs were costing them too much money... The dealerships they went to for repairs sucked them dry. Jim
bigfootford 06/03/14 09:47am Truck Campers
RE: Very Strange.....or is it?

Sounds like this is the end of a saga that ended up with a great POSITIVE note! The folks at Eagle Cap have kept their standing of being excellent as I always though they would. Jim
bigfootford 06/02/14 08:45pm Truck Campers
RE: Spacer for a 2500 Bigfoot

Nice job Chad! Like that 1500 BF.... Jim
bigfootford 06/02/14 12:10pm Truck Campers
RE: Spacer for a 2500 Bigfoot

Bigfoot's weight support is around the perimeter of the camper for the most part. There is about a 3 inch lip of about 1/4 in fiberglass that is visible when the tank's inspection plate on the bottom of the camper is removed. I tried the foam and what happens is the camper beats into the foam and that area where the lip is gets pressed in and will distort/damage the inspection plate. You will see that the screws and holes that hold it will begin to wear/elongate the holes and threads. So Plywood is the way to go. I used the rubber mat for about 8 years... It worked ok but the camper actually wore the rubber clear through on where the lip is located. So when it came time to replace the rubber pad I switched to Foam, it did not last and I did not like how it was compressing in that lip area so 3/4 plywood has been in for about 3 years and it works. You can see where the screws on the bottom for the inspection plate wears into the plywood and the impression of the lip... Jim
bigfootford 06/01/14 02:09pm Truck Campers
RE: EU2000i & Backwoods Welding

Son used my 2000 with a Lincoln mig.. Light duty it worked just fine. We ran the honda in normal mode, not econo. Heck we ran a lincoln mig on 100ft of 14 ga extension on a 20 amp service all day welding fences. Jim
bigfootford 05/30/14 08:53am Tech Issues
RE: Black water valve leaking.

I installed one of these. I too got tired of the few drips of either black or gray water. Reddog1 talked me into doing it as that is what he does. My valves are 14+ years old now. Before you dump just hold you 3 in tube under it and open the petcock. Once any water is out of the drain cap, remove it and attach your drain tube and your done. I have found that sometimes I get nothing, a few drips or something less than a 1/4 oz . http://www.rvadenver.com/sewer_23.gif http://www.rvadenver.com/sewer_hoses_&_accessories1.htm Jim
bigfootford 05/30/14 08:19am Truck Campers
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