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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
RE: Starting Generator with dead batteries

First, use absolute caution using jumper cables or even installing new batteries! Even if someone helps you jump it... Watch like a HAWK! Know that + goes to + and - goes to -!!!! Why? There have been many disasters posted here on RV.net of folks hooking their batteries backwards and blowing all of the voltage sensitive appliances etc electronics... BIG $$$! ABSOLUTE attention to polarity is necessary. That said... There are many issues you will need to learn about.....A crawl before you walk thing. 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. If you could disclose an approximate where you live there should be some RV.net TC'er nearby that could help and teach you.... Do not go out and purchase batteries without first determining what type of Converter/charger you have. The box that sits under the step is where the converter is on the BF. Open the little door and check the make and model... If it a Magnetek you will need to upgrade that. I am not sure what year they upgraded. I can not even imagine AGM batteries being maintained by a magnetek so maybe the previous owner upgraded or the factory did. Hope there is someone nearby that can help you get started! Congratulations on your combo truck and camper... We love our BF... had it 17 years now... nearly 200,000 miles on it... hahahaaaa 2 trucks. Jim This is super helpful, Jim.. Thank you! I am on the very East End of Long Island, NY (The North Fork). I don't see many fellow campers out here so I doubt there are any around. But it's a big boating area and I have a marine electrician friend who is going to help me with my solar/battery setup when that time comes. I've just been focusing on the remodel right now and want to wait on the electrical side of things until I'm ready to start moving in. I just checked and I have a Parallax 32amp Power Converter. Series 6300. I just googled and I guess this technically is a Magnetek? So it's no good huh? There's also this little Intellipower 9200 Remote Pendant thing that is hooked up to it. Not sure if that makes any difference to the overall setup. So do I need to buy a new converter charger? Any recommendations? I'll be upgrading my battery bank to two 6V (haven't yet decided if I'm going with T105s or Lifeline AGMs.. but definitely two 6V). Haw, New Yorkkkkkk well that would be a long drive! I thought you were here in Cali. We do have some folks that are around the New York area so a raised flag might help! So here we go! When storing you need to turn the cutoff switch to off.... Some folks will add on other things direct to the battery. Some investigation of the battery connections should reveal if that has been done. Usually there are only 2 leads from the battery (s)... Red and Black or white that go through the battery enclosure box to the cutoff switch and to the negative buss. So I would check that... Sometimes there are 2 wires on the Negative that go through the enclosure box... so do not be alarmed if you see that. The Positive lead is the important one... I am not familiar with the way the BF folks wired up the ONAN so there might be leads going to it from the batteries. Discuss that later. As for the Parallax..... You are in luck it seems :B... Someone has performed the modification to bypass the actual charge portion of the Parallax with a Progressive Dynamics converter. That little pendant says the mod has been performed, or should.. The capacity of that converter from you post is 60 amps... That is great for 2 batteries! Here is a link to one of the very best vendors that provide converters for the rv industry. The link will be to show you the pendant and the chargers of different types. http://www.bestconverter.com/9200-Series-Deck-Mount_c_84.html http://www.bestconverter.com/assets/images/pendant_thumbnail.jpg Here is the write-ups that various folks have done to do the upgrade from Parallax to Progressive Dynamics.... http://www.bestconverter.com/MagnetekParallax-to-PDI-or-PM_ep_13-1.html So now you have some reading to do and it seems to me you are on the right path! Solar later and maybe a Trimetric meter to monitor your batter usage because full timing and battery status is a thing to behold! Jim
bigfootford 04/18/17 02:51pm Truck Campers
RE: Starting Generator with dead batteries

First, use absolute caution using jumper cables or even installing new batteries! Even if someone helps you jump it... Watch like a HAWK! Know that + goes to + and - goes to -!!!! Why? There have been many disasters posted here on RV.net of folks hooking their batteries backwards and blowing all of the voltage sensitive appliances etc electronics... BIG $$$! ABSOLUTE attention to polarity is necessary. That said... There are many issues you will need to learn about.....A crawl before you walk thing. 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. If you could disclose an approximate where you live there should be some RV.net TC'er nearby that could help and teach you.... Do not go out and purchase batteries without first determining what type of Converter/charger you have. The box that sits under the step is where the converter is on the BF. Open the little door and check the make and model... If it a Magnetek you will need to upgrade that. I am not sure what year they upgraded. I can not even imagine AGM batteries being maintained by a magnetek so maybe the previous owner upgraded or the factory did. Hope there is someone nearby that can help you get started! Congratulations on your combo truck and camper... We love our BF... had it 17 years now... nearly 200,000 miles on it... hahahaaaa 2 trucks. Jim
bigfootford 04/18/17 11:17am Truck Campers
RE: Need Suggestions on San francisco visit

When you're finished touring the city (we lived in the Bay Area for 10 + years), head out to Point Reyes and enjoy the lighthouse and the shore. Closer to the city, is Stinson Beach, then head up Hwy 101 towards Mendocino. Yep and you could stay a day or two across from Point Reyes in Lawsons Landing... There are some great places to see along the 101 or 1 route north! Jim
bigfootford 04/17/17 07:07pm Truck Campers
RE: Need Suggestions on San francisco visit

So from the two above posts the have provided more insight into why I said... Walk to the Ferry... Ride it over, a great ride! Figure out what you want to do and go see the sights... For the things to see and do on the north end of the bay just take your TC. It is easy to get around and park.... Then you could go up to wine country... Healdsberg and West Side Road... or over to Sonoma for wine country. Also there is a great exhibit in Sausalito. It is called the Bay Model... It is a huge building with the whole SF Bay and all the rivers that feed it. http://www.oursausalito.com/fun-sausalito-activities/bay-model.html Jim
bigfootford 04/17/17 06:54pm Truck Campers
RE: Need Suggestions on San francisco visit

you can also consider camping like 1 hr away from the City, leaving the camper there and drive the truck only. I was living 15 miles from the City for 26 years and never liked driving there. It is good to follow "49 miles scenic view" and avoid parking downtown. Here is campground where RV.net organized rally years ago. Good for the purpose Remote SF campground. The RV park I referred to in the link I provided is easy in and out unless you arrive or leave during high traffic times. I would avoid going across the Bay or Golden bridges though. Either come in from the north or from the N/E... Easy to circle around the Bay and stay out of the SF area. From that RV park you can be in the city in 1/2 hr. No driving. And if you have bicycles, take them on the Ferry and then ride them back to the RV park.. Oh, some of the hills in SF are very steep.... Jim
bigfootford 04/17/17 11:24am Truck Campers
RE: Need Suggestions on San francisco visit

There are a couple of RV parks in Larkspur/Greenbrae ... Walking distance to the Ferry! Take the Ferry over to SF and ride the trollies, take a tour, visit the Wharf etc. This one is the best.. Reservations are needed.. 10 min walk to the ferry! http://www.marinrvpark.com/campground/ You can drive your TC to things that are on the North side of the bay... Go see the Maritime Museum in Sausalito, the WWII bunkers and lots more! Easy to get around with the TC. Driving the TC in downtown SF is something I would not do! Jim $100 RV parks.... What is this world coming to??? Around SF things are not cheap. It is all high rent!
bigfootford 04/17/17 11:17am Truck Campers
RE: Need Suggestions on San francisco visit

There are a couple of RV parks in Larkspur/Greenbrae ... Walking distance to the Ferry! Take the Ferry over to SF and ride the trollies, take a tour, visit the Wharf etc. This one is the best.. Reservations are needed.. 10 min walk to the ferry! http://www.marinrvpark.com/campground/ You can drive your TC to things that are on the North side of the bay... Go see the Maritime Museum in Sausalito, the WWII bunkers and lots more! Easy to get around with the TC. Driving the TC in downtown SF is something I would not do! Jim
bigfootford 04/17/17 10:31am Truck Campers
RE: Atwood Water Heater shutting down fix

Same with the fridges.. While traveling on trips I probably have rescued 50 folks with this exact problem.. Clean with alcohol and then make absolutely sure there is no moisture left from the alcohol. Look carefully at the ceramic isolator. I have seen little traces of arching via a small carbon track... Fine sand paper, making sure that the paper leaves no residue. Jim
bigfootford 04/10/17 09:24am Truck Campers
RE: 2015 Summer Journey,Crossing Alaska part 10

Great TR! We did Alaska a couple of years ago.. July/Aug... It rained a lot. We did the dalton and Top of the world.. The roads were really mushy and bad... https://68.media.tumblr.com/9ffd10c94a48eb607aadff4b2b018e41/tumblr_n9luncTu9e1tfw5yxo3_540.jpg Our blog: The blog starts with the end of the trip.. You can click on the Archive and start where you want... https://northtoalaska2014.tumblr.com https://northtoalaska2014.tumblr.com Jim
bigfootford 04/08/17 10:38am Truck Campers
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