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RE: Best steps for our tic's ever.

Here's a video of the new Glow Steps: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccDt0YndXHE but those are steps for travel trailers, not truck campers. Steps can be used in several applications. Jim
bigfootford 05/20/15 04:13pm Truck Campers
RE: A Bigfoot bites it

Propane detector inop or missing.... and occupants nose inop... Regardless, this Bigfoot camper is going to leak. Back in the 90's a tree fell on a BF camper, an RV.net member... The camper was taken to the BF Mfg plant and the whole top of the camper was replaced... Think the cost was about 10K Jim
bigfootford 05/20/15 10:42am Truck Campers
RE: Best steps for our tic's ever.

They made them from steel though? I wonder why. One of the things that makes the original Glow Steps (or the many imitators) a bit wobbly is the lowest leg that contacts the ground is a thinnish piece of bent aluminum flat bar. This has very little lateral stiffness. If it is sitting on uneven ground, it has little vertical stiffness.I fixed that on mine. Yep, I did the same... SHIMS.... Jim
bigfootford 05/19/15 11:48am Truck Campers
Best steps for our tic's ever.

I have had the Torklift Glow steps for over a year and thought they were the best ever. My bigfoot with a basement needs a lot of steps! My original steps were scary to say the least, sagging and swaying. Glow steps ended that... Now Torklift has added a feature to the glow steps that solves all the problems that camper steps need to be perfect, adjustable feet! Check it out... http://i.imgur.com/UXwe3rRl.jpg Here's a video of the new Glow Steps: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccDt0YndXHE
bigfootford 05/19/15 10:46am Truck Campers
RE: Overweight

Weigh the back, weigh the front.... Check your tire max weight capacity... Dually rears subtract 200lbs per tire... Bet you are under the true handling weight of your truck... Check the Gross rear end axle weight and the front suspension. We have discussed this topic way past a blue in the face thing.... My Bfoot camper only adds 300lbs to the front of the truck full loaded 50 gallons of water and and and.
bigfootford 05/18/15 12:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Arizona To Alaska

I will finish this when we get to Alaska......stupid to try to do it on the road. Amen to that. Cell service suffers immensely! Wifi works at some Rv parks. Travel safe! Jim
bigfootford 05/14/15 02:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Arizona To Alaska

Drive safe and most of all have fun.... Hwy 99 in BC has some STEEP grades both up and down! Jim
bigfootford 05/07/15 10:49pm Truck Campers
RE: Torklift Glowsteps - Finally

Replaced my old 4 stepper's with Torque lift Glow steps and their Basement step last year. A great product.. Way more ridged so there is minimal flex when climbing up into the camper. We like the glowing step markers too. http://i.imgur.com/rg9IPzGl.jpg http://i.imgur.com/M9sUpCdl.jpg Jim
bigfootford 05/07/15 10:56am Truck Campers
RE: Arizona To Alaska

Heheheh, Mann, what a great trip... Now I don't have to go... (joking of course) but I was surprised you were/are able to get to the top. Nice... Doesn't look like you had any TC "Problems" flats, gas etc... I do have the Mile Post 1 book, just haven't had the need to plot a course yet.. After your trip documentation and photos.. LOL, not sure I need to now? Fun, and nice that you came back a different route so-t0-speak thru Idaho.. thanks for sharing.. fun... We had no systems or mechanical problems... Truck, camper or all the electronic devices we used for communication, navigation or entertainment. Love those Michelin 19.5 Xds2 tires. We did carry 20 gallons of extra gas from Fairbanks to Prudhoe bay and back. Tapped into it once for Son's NC700X cycle. Carried the empty cans from home. We could have taken another couple of weeks but Son had to come home and get back to work, we did not but decided to do another trip to see other areas in a couple of years. J
bigfootford 05/04/15 05:59pm Truck Campers
RE: Arizona To Alaska

What a great adventure you are starting out to do! Congratulations. We did the Cal to Ak this year.... It was great except for the nasty Calcium based dust reducer they use on the dirt roads. We went all the way up to Prudhoe Bay...It rained and snowed all the way back to Fairbanks... OMG what a mess the Truck, Camper and Trailer was in. The truck will never be the same..... I washed the whole undercarriage of the truck... I had no rust, I do now! Have fun and keep us posted. Here is a link to our blog. It starts at the end of the trip. Lots of pictures. We used Delorme Inreach Explorers to keep track of each other during the trip. Text communications are necessary as the cell service is nil in most of Ak and Can. http://northtoalaska2014.tumblr.com Jim
bigfootford 05/04/15 10:04am Truck Campers
RE: bigfoot 2008 sewage valve repairs

Well yours is definitely not like the 2500's. I did cut the gray water pipe from the tank to the valve assembly. I inserted a rubber coupler so there is no stress and allows the valve to move a bit as I slid it into place. That helped the clearance problem. My black and gray valve assembly is a integral piece. I can unto the black valve from the assembly, remove the clamp on the gray and the whole assembly comes out. Not sure if this can apply to your installation. Jim
bigfootford 04/28/15 09:26pm Truck Campers
RE: solar location on Truck camper

as I learn more here reading this, explain the necessity for emergency disconnect (Lightening). I am aware of protection for my amateur radio antennas, but how does lightning play into solar panels? Well, in theory an ungrounded camper should not be vulnerable to a strike eh? Hooked to shore power is. Wet dirty tires etc may provide a path to ground so your camper may have a path to ground. Hell, aircraft have static discharge wicks don't they. I personally was present when lightning hit a tree about 100ft from a camper parked next to me. He had solar I did not. Some of his static sensitive electronic devices were..... fried. Bogart engineering "trimetric" offers lightning protection to the earlier units for a charge. Believe his new units have it built in. No need to ask why... Some Solar controllers have static/lightning protection built in.... When lightning is in the area I even disconnect my camper radio antenna input along with my tv... Do I have experience with electronic devices being damaged by nearby lightning strikes? You bet! Almost 50 years of it in the computer/electronics world... Don't get me started... Jim
bigfootford 04/27/15 07:47pm Truck Campers
RE: solar location on Truck camper

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_lAsuwHaXHEs/TVG_FV0TU0I/AAAAAAAABSg/IJ5ZF1aLNww/s800/101_3816.JPG width=640 I made mounts similar to these, but my panels are a little closer to the roof. I used 6" long 2" angle aluminum from Home Depot with 3 holes 3/16" for #10 screws into the roof, and 5/16" hole with 1/4-20 screw into the solar panel frame. You do not need to tilt the panel into the sun, while that is ideal, leaving it flat is only about a 5% - 10% loss. Tilting it away from the sun might give you a 12% loss, but that is still OK if the panels are large enough. And if you are driving every few days, that should fully charge the battery, if you have a large enough wire between the truck and camper! I ran #10 UV rated grey direct burial romex - also from Home Depot, down the refrigerator vent to the controller and battery. IF you look for 12 volt nominal panels (19-22 volt open circuit voltage) then you can use a much less expensive PWM controller. SunELec.com sells some in various voltages and with or without frames. Without frame - it would be difficult to mount it to your roof. Good luck, Fred. I debated hard about having an extra inch higher panels off the roof. I wanted to be able to use a brush to clean the roof under the panels... V/S snug to the roof for air flow... Being able to clean won! I added a front air deflector for the front panel.... Riding in the camper to listen for any vibration proved that nothing rattled/vibrated. My panels are just pined to the homemade 3X3 aluminum L stock. For the wire run I used 3/4 electrical conduit and 8 ga stranded wire. Kept the wiring from both panels Isolated until inside the rear of the fridge. There I installed a cutoff blade switch for the + lead going to the Solar controller for emergency disconnect (Lightening). I installed 2 bus bars + and - to combine them. This helps trouble shooting if a problem is isolated to wiring or a panel. Jim
bigfootford 04/27/15 04:53pm Truck Campers
RE: solar location on Truck camper

I was designing in my head, how I could mount them on slanted front and have rear panel mount point pivot. Than I need to dream up a front assembly that would allow me to elevate the front of panel (From ground, using using hook for awning?) this way if campground parking position puts sun behind me, I could elevate the front of the panel to have better sun angle. also need to design how to lock them down for on road use. but this operation needs to be done from ground. PS: these panels will be parallel. I will be using a Bogart Trimetric (already installed) with matching Solar controller. My panels can be tilted, but found that I never needed to. I do pay attention to camper orientation when camping for the best angle of the sun. I also use to run with 2 gp 24 batteries. 170ah. After led's lighting, led tv (had a tube type), wave 3 heating I no longer need 2 batteries. I now run a 100ah lifeline AGM. We use 15-22 ah per day. Charge laptops, cell phones, watch 1-2 hrs of tv/movies, read 1-2 hrs... Jim
bigfootford 04/27/15 09:49am Truck Campers
RE: solar location on Truck camper

I cut card board the size of the panels I wanted and found that I could not provide enough room to get around on my roof. I tried placing them all around. I decided I wanted long/narrow panels so I found some that was 23"X 57" 100 watt. I again did the cardboard thing and found the perfect placement and accomplished the ability to get around on the roof along with enough room to replace the 12X12 vent over the bed area with an escape hatch. https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_lAsuwHaXHEs/TVG_FV0TU0I/AAAAAAAABSg/IJ5ZF1aLNww/s800/101_3816.JPG width=640 https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_lAsuwHaXHEs/TVG_DODuUQI/AAAAAAAABSc/kVpdjq0bDqg/s800/101_3815.JPG width=640 link to my install: http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/24783458/srt/pa/pging/1/page/2.cfm Jim
bigfootford 04/27/15 09:29am Truck Campers
RE: bigfoot 2008 sewage valve repairs

sorry about the model ,mine is the 30C1002 and i am hoping there is no water tank to remove I did a search for you and the only thing I could find was this thread and post from 54suds. He just says his is a 99 3000. On his he had to remove the plate and the valves were easily accessible. https://forums.woodalls.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/28052054/gotomsg/28052342.cfm#28052342 The 2500 valves are easily removed and repaired. I too had to cut the gray water tubing from the tank to the valve to get the assembly out. I then used a rubber plumbing coupler and reducer to match sizes... Not a big deal. Jim
bigfootford 04/23/15 11:14pm Truck Campers
RE: Is this converter safe to install?

32 to 45 will require determining the charge wire sizes and length... OP, use this to determine what is required... Be aware that the distance must be X 2.. converter to batteries and back.... http://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/amps-wire-gauge-d_730.html JimAccording to this table, the original equipment 10 gage wire is not sufficient for the original equipment 32 amp converter. True. Now for some reality. The PD units produce max current at 13.6 VDC output with load when in bulk/boost mode. Due to the 10 ga wire producing resistance the voltage drop of a 10' run (20'there and back) the voltage drop is going to be sufficient that max current is not going to be supplied for very long... I'm betting that there will be 1-1.5 volt drop from the PD to the battery (s). So if your discharged battery is 12.2 (example) thus the voltage difference is going to make the PD start at 13.1-13.7 and rapidly raise up to the 14.X volts (14.4 max).... Charge current is going to drop off fast.... and will continue to drop as the PD finishes the bulk mode charge of about 4 hrs and then will drop to Absorb mode of 13.6 for about 30 hrs. The graph of the following shows the timing for the various modes. It is a non technical graph. Look at it for the time spent in each mode. http://www.progressivedyn.com/charge_wizard.html Like Smkittner said, "As long as you have #10 wire to the battery the 4645 will work fine and provide improved charging and longer battery life. Never seen an RV with less than #10 wire to the battery. For top performance and fast charging to reduce generator time I recommend two batteries and pulling new #4 wire. ". You can add the bigger wire later or now.... Many of us keep the old wire in place and will do a piggy back with a bigger wire. Some other makes of converters will produce max current at 14.2+... Those can be a problem with smaller wire. Jim
bigfootford 04/23/15 02:31pm Truck Campers
RE: Is this converter safe to install?

The difference between 32 and 35 is insignificant. Go for it. Ditto this! Jim The OP is going from 32 to 45 amp, the supplier was out of 35 amp, for safety reasons I would not put it in our TC. Got that, 32 to 35 is ok... Like Pianotuna asked, " what size is the wire".... 32 to 45 will require determining the charge wire sizes and length... OP, use this to determine what is required... Be aware that the distance must be X 2.. converter to batteries and back.... http://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/amps-wire-gauge-d_730.html Jim
bigfootford 04/23/15 09:39am Truck Campers
RE: bigfoot 2008 sewage valve repairs

Has anyone had experience in removing the bottom panel and repairing the remote operated sewage valve. Mine has been acting up and this year needs a fix or a lub job Which model? Mine is a 2500 9'6" mfg in 2000. I did mine, replaced the gray water valve. Not too bad of a job. Removing all those screws to remove the bottom plate was the worse... hahaaaa Jim
bigfootford 04/23/15 09:09am Truck Campers
RE: Is this converter safe to install?

The difference between 32 and 35 is insignificant. Go for it. Ditto this! Jim
bigfootford 04/23/15 08:57am Truck Campers
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