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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
RE: results of solar install

"I am 7 years into my LIfelines, including 2 years of full time use. They still test out at 100 per cent capacity." Wow! Terrific! Me too! Lifelines 7 years + and they still produce OEM spec... Amazing... My solar controller Morning Star Mppt Sunsaveer has a temp sensor... When my battery (s) are cold 50 deg or colder the battery voltage will rise to 14.9......
bigfootford 06/04/17 04:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Ford 7.5L 460 loss of power when hot

Jim, it bogs and bucks, in neutral i can control the rpm fine, only when under load (in drive) it starts to buck and bog. The more research i do I'm finding a difference between fuel pressure and fuel volume. in some instances you can have good pressure, but the pump can be so clogged the volume is compensated thus starving the engine of fuel. kinda weird and hurts my head. I plan on testing the pressure while driving today. Thank you for the info. Do you have 2 tanks or just 1? 2 tanks has a pump in each tank. Two tanks two pumps it is easy to evaluate. Both my trucks have the 2 tank thing... My 89 had 1 pump for both tanks and my 04 has 2, one in each tank. Yes it does sound like it is intermittently encountering a fuel delivery problem... Measuring the fuel pressure will not separate a failure between the regulator and pump. Well there is more, it could be electrical but I rather doubt it because as soon as you relieve the demand for flow, back to idle the engine does not die. So if you were to power brake the rig upon failure and you are sitting the engine will bog there too? Power brake= in gear, depress the brakes and give it the gas not floor it but like you are going to take off. UGGGG.
bigfootford 05/13/17 05:49pm Tech Issues
RE: Ford 7.5L 460 loss of power when hot

The trans will shift manually, what it feels like is the motor starving of fuel and not reaching RPM high enough to shift on its own. Ok... Does it feel like it is bucking/engine, power no power or it just slows down like you let off the gas? If it is doing this and you put the trans in neutral being careful not to over rev the engine can you control the rpm... up and down? Well for now fuel pressure is something to check, like some of the guys are saying.... Hoses not long enough? If you have a smart phone with a camera that will do video you could record the gauge... Motor home's are not the easiest to get at the engine components... Uggggg. I have the Harbor Freight Fuel Pressure tester... It works fine. https://www.harborfreight.com/fuel-injection-pump-tester-62623.html Here is a informative video... Pay attention about the part about the vacuum line for the regulator. Check for cracks on both ends. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6rf9oPDq1I Jim
bigfootford 05/13/17 03:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Ford 7.5L 460 loss of power when hot

Won't even shift down even manually? Cools off then all ok? I have a 94 f250/460 fI with the same trans... E4od.... Sounds like the ECM is in trouble... A GOOD trans shop can put their computer on the system and take the rig for a run and monitor what is going on.... Why it gets to the point of not shifting down sounds like the ECM acting up. A lack of fuel pressure, plugged exhaust system etc is not going to keep the trans from shifting!
bigfootford 05/13/17 02:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Need Suggestions on San francisco visit

A short updated on the trip. First day parked the camper at the Presido to do the GG bridge. Camped at Marin RV Park ( nice place) and a short walk to Ferry. Used the Clipper pass for the Ferry and got a bus pass at the ferry station. Still ended up driving thru city when going south over the GG Bridge. We had a nice trip, Thanks all for the advice. Right on. That is the way we do it! Glad you folks had a "nice trip". Yes, the Marin RV Park is nice. Jim
bigfootford 05/08/17 09:15am Truck Campers
RE: shocks for f250 with camper

bilstein's 4600! Mine are 9 years old, 75,000 miles and still great. Been all the way to Arctic circle on the worse dirt roads ever...... I was concerned that maybe the rears were shot from working with our 4200 lb camper. disconnected the bottoms and still firm and tight... They are really hard to compress! Jt
bigfootford 04/30/17 05:33pm Truck Campers
RE: Starting Generator with dead batteries

Your camper can not sit over 1-2 months without shore power on it or have solar to maintain your batteries.. Other wise you will be replacing batteries yearly. .....kind of...My AGMs have been over-wintering in storage 7 months a year since I bought them in 2007 (10 years ago) with no maintenance whatsoever. I make sure that the AGM is fully charged just before storing the camper (the camper is stored indoors in a heated facility), then I snap the master battery disconnect to the OFF position for the duration of storage. The AGMs are still in very, good condition to this day. Just picked the camper up yesterday from storage, and am running on the batteries after 7 months as I type (the camper is my office for the next 6 months, when then it will be in Florida), no problem. I'll charge them back to 100% this weekend :p AGMs are very, very, VERY slow self discharge over time (compare: flooded lead acid cells discharge much to quickly for my liking when sitting in storage)... Right! Thanks for clarifying. I was referring to Flooded Wet Cells and did not reference them. Jim
bigfootford 04/19/17 01:07pm Truck Campers
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