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RE: Ordered Host Mammoth

swing out brackets, they should be standard. Of course not, didn't you see the brochures? It can be carried on an F150! Slight exaggeration, but they did show it on a SRW last time I looked.
Boatycall 12/02/16 03:21pm Truck Campers
RE: Upgrades to my trailer - 8.5x20 Haulmark

The trick will be taking measurements to figure out which lift brackets I need. The kits are labeled as being for axle # 9, 10, 11 or 12. (helpful, isn't it?) I found the same page you're referring to when I was dealing with my trailer's clearance. I can't remember exactly where or I'd post a link, but if you keep digging on Dexter's website you'll find each of those numbers corresponds to a specific amount of lift. I think/recall the max was 2". My plan is to install the new axles, see if I need the additional lift kit and go from there.
Boatycall 11/27/16 08:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Upgrades to my trailer - 8.5x20 Haulmark

More upgrades are coming, probably not until Spring: Suspension lift kit. One of the things about these "race" style trailers as they are very low clearance. This trailer has torsion (torflex) axles. There's a lift kit available from Dexter for it. http://www.dexteraxle.com/torflex_lift_kit Funny you mention that.... I just spent the last couple of months dealing with my dealer, Wells Cargo and Dexter. As you said, racing trailers sit a little lower than normal ones. Mine actually settled a little lower than they were supposed to. I've never carried an actual car in mine, just my Can Am Maverick and the associated camping stuff. Trailer is a 10k, scales out at 8500. It got to the point that is was getting damaged due to low clearance. It settled out of spec, lower than what it is supposed to according to Dexter. Like I said above, I've spent a couple months on this, but Dexter REALLY stepped up to the plate and sent me a free replacement set of axles, upgraded in two ways-- Lower initial swing arm zero point, basically giving it a 2" lift. Upgrading me from 5k to 6k axles, same rim bolt pattern. They sent the axles 100% complete, bearings, brakes, everything already installed and ready to mount up. So I'm going to take out my current axles, rims tires and all, which are all of 1 year old, sell those and use the money to get some nice higher-capacity rims and load range G tires I saw. Hopefully I'll get enough out of the axles, rims and tires to pay for the new rims and tires.
Boatycall 11/27/16 12:10pm Truck Campers
Anyone else taking off with their TC for Turkey Day?

I'm not going far, only about two hours. I could use a guest room but I prefer to BYOB - Bring Your Own Bed. For some reason I never take friends or relatives guest rooms, I always prefer my TC. I'm taking my Traeger and making a 15lb prime rib. I absolutely LOVE my Traeger, and it fits in the TC's basement storage--AND they play quite nicely with an inverter. I'll post pics when I'm back.
Boatycall 11/23/16 10:05am Truck Campers
RE: Tj and 2 motorcycles on a car hauler behind camper.

Forget the 3500 lb axles. Go with a 10k capacity trailer. THe Jeep alone will nearly max out a 7k trailer by the time you add the weight of the trailer and the Jeep together. 7k flatbed trailer, been there, done that. I traded it in after it kept eating tires at one wheel position and got a 10k trailer. Ditto... go with a 10k if you're going to haul both bikes and a Jeep. My Jeep on trailer scaled @6k - Jeep and trailer. Throw 2 Harley's on and you'll be over what a 7k trailer can do. Also, with a 10k, you can load a little farther to the rear and lighten your tongue weight. But....If you get a SuperHitch it's no issue. I currently run a 48" SuperTruss, and my current trailer (see sig) puts down 1,000lbs tongue weight. Here's how mine looked when i hauled a Jeep--- http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/20131201_115750.jpg
Boatycall 11/19/16 02:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Thinking about Auxiliary Trailer Build

With solar, if you put a couple extra batteries in, you can run a decent sized inverter. I have 600w solar on mine, with 3 120Ah batteries going thru a Xantrex 1.8KW Prosine inverter. The solar has no problem keeping up with the 110v LED lighting(when used) and full size 18cu ft fridge over a day/night cycle. I usually have enough let over to also run a self-standing ice maker that draws 400 watts. Extra fridge and ice maker... I like that idea! What type of fridge did you use? Literally a cheap, used 18cuft house fridge I picked up for $100 on Craigslist. Probably a bit big for a 12' trailer. I LOVE IT!! I do big group BBQ's when my crew and I go camping, averaging 10-15 RVs, and I can haul literally a couple hundred pounds of various BBQ'ables in it (Note the BIG Traeger next to it). Extremely energy efficient in the big scheme of things. When it's running it draws ~230 watts (measured on a Kill-O-Watt) with I'd say a 20% on-off duty cycle depending on ambient temp. One thing I still need to do is disconnect the frost-free defroster though. That heat element draws 400 watts when it kicks in, and since I'm only using it for a week at most at a time, frost build up is a non-issue. (Icemaker is right next to the fridge) http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/trailer2.jpg Batteries, solar controller and inverter (I've since cleaned up the wiring, don't have a current pic) http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/batteries.jpg Awning with LED's http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/awning.jpg http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/leds23.jpg
Boatycall 11/18/16 03:45pm Truck Campers
RE: Thinking about Auxiliary Trailer Build

With solar, if you put a couple extra batteries in, you can run a decent sized inverter. I have 600w solar on mine, with 3 120Ah batteries going thru a Xantrex 1.8KW Prosine inverter. The solar has no problem keeping up with the 110v LED lighting(when used) and full size 18cu ft fridge over a day/night cycle. I usually have enough let over to also run a self-standing ice maker that draws 400 watts.
Boatycall 11/18/16 12:59pm Truck Campers
Anyone swapped water heater for a Tankless On-Demand?

I've read where the first gen RV tank-less water heaters had issues, a lot of second gens seem to have addressed the issues. Things like not creating enough temp rise for a given flow for a shower, reliability, etc. I'm looking at this one, Girard Tankless RV Water Heater . Front cover is sold separately to accommodate various colors and Mfg's of existing water heaters. Thoughts? Save fuel or use more?
Boatycall 11/18/16 11:20am Truck Campers
RE: Now that you have an RV what do you look for in a used one?

You already hit my top one - leaks, whether it's structural or plumbing. I get asked to go with friends a lot when they're RV shopping. I make sure they tell the seller ahead of time to fire up everything in boondock mode - fridge cold on gas, hot water, etc. I also bring a voltmeter to check the batteries. Since you're looking at a 5'er, check the inside/backside for the rims for wheel grease splotches, looking for bad axle seals. Look for small stress cracks in the siding from excessive frame flex, especially around the slide out corners. Check the rubber boots sealing the slide outs for age cracking or tears. I'm sure I'll think of more...
Boatycall 11/18/16 11:15am Truck Campers
RE: Remembered why I got a F450 with 4.30 gears ... observation.

JimH, I have heard a lot of horror stories of the 6.4. How do you like it? Any real problems? I see a lot of them posted for sale but have been leary of purchasing them after hearing of entire engines having to be replaced multiple times. A buddy of mine has the 6.4L pulling a MONSTROUS 42.5' triple axle/triple slide toyhauler. During the week, it's his daily driver, during the weekend, it earns it's keep. 160K on it, he's got to replace a tensioner pulley, new belt is slipping and a little loose. And it's no slouch pulling that massive trailer up the passes. AFAIK that's been his only issue. In fact, I recently pimp'd the stereo in it for him with a fosgate amp and small sub.
Boatycall 11/17/16 03:11pm Truck Campers
RE: Remembered why I got a F450 with 4.30 gears ... observation.

Sure a new F450 is a heck of a pickup but you're comparing it with a medium duty carrying lots more weight! Sorry to burst your bubble but if you want to compare apples to oranges, put that F450 up against an air ride Peterbilt with a C15 Caterpillar, 550 HP. I'm quite sure I could drag several F450s with campers behind it up the mountains and not even notice they were there. And thats with 3.50 gears and 24.5 tires. My truck, TC and trailer weigh almost 2 tons more than what JimH described. I feel your comparison is without merit. Buying my F450 was no small pill to swallow. I did a lot of reading, but I really took very seriously the advice/opinions that JimH, Bedlam, and NRALifr gave in various posts. All long-timers here, all well respected.
Boatycall 11/16/16 06:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Remembered why I got a F450 with 4.30 gears ... observation.

I love my new truck... night and day over my previous 7.3L, and I thought when I bought that one I had the end-all-be-all of trucks. It was an absolute shock to me to have the cruise set the whole way going up Snoqualmie, fully loaded, and it didn't even act like it was breaking a sweat @ 27,000lbs.
Boatycall 11/15/16 08:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Fresh water fill line

Could be that the vent line is kinked or plugged. Just a thought.
Boatycall 11/01/16 10:21am Truck Campers
RE: Suspension upgrade??

I'm a big fan of the Torklift Stableloads. They won't ever spring a leak, you never have to keep 5lbs of air in them, they'll never pop. They will help a little with sway, but that is not their intent. Their intent to to help level out your truck by engaging the overloads sooner. By doing so, it helps with sway a small amount. But.. Nothing helps with sway more than a sway bar. I prefer Roadmaster, they're much bigger and beefier than Hellwig. I had them on the front and rear of my previous F350 DRW, and it was night and day for sway control.
Boatycall 10/26/16 03:29pm Truck Campers
RE: Recommendation for rear camera fitting my F-350 wiring?

I bought a new replacement tailgate cable for mine -- the part that you're unplugging that goes into the tailgate to the factory camera. Then got the wiring diagram and got the pin-out of each pin. Pretty straight forward - pos/gnd, video pos/gnd, and a continuity trigger (the wire that tells you that irritating "the camera is disconnected, call your dealer" on the monitor). Now, for my year of cable, that Ford PN is DC3Z-14A412-A. May or may not be the same for yours, do a little google'ing. It was $14.95. This plugs into where your factory camera just got unplugged from. Then I simply connected it to a basic generic backup camera, $20. This is where I found the most helpful info here on The Diesel Stop
Boatycall 10/18/16 11:45am Truck Campers
RE: VIDEO: LINK FIXED Port Angeles Crab and Seafood Festival

OMG.... If I had known that was going on I'd a met ya up there! If you think about going next year, post a reminder.
Boatycall 10/16/16 11:59am Truck Campers
RE: Dish Network pay as you go.

Question - for those who ONLY have a satellite receiver in their RV on pay as you go-- what does it cost for the utmost basic service, and then switching it on and off as needed, for say, maybe one week a month at a time? Reason I ask - I want to drop dish like a bad habit, but they're one of only 2 games in town for RV satellite TV, and DirectTV wants a fortune for their self-pointing HD setup. I have a 722 receiver on Dish at home, another 211 receiver and dish at my beach house, and the 211+tailgater in my TC. I've had Dish service since 2004. I hate them. Can't stand being treated like an idiot whenever I call in for ANYTHING...even to re-authorize my 211 in my TC. I am an Electrical Engineer in the communications field, dealing with beamwidths, azimuths, tilts, dB's and gains every frickin day, and these kids can't even read from the script in front of them half the time. And when they do read from the script, they don't even listen to the answer you gave them unless you repeat it yelling at the top of your lungs 14 times. -- and all the while I already know exactly what I need done, but they won't do it until they make you go through the whole script. If I hear Can you please unplug your receiver and plug it back in" one more time, they can come sweep up the parts left from their equipment off my driveway. My phone number has been 'hot flagged', meaning, anytime I call, I get a US, real on-shore person every time. Threaten to cancel the next time you get an oversees call rep and they will hot-flag your number. But even at that, I can't stand calling them. I have Comcast internet at home, I want to bundle tv and internet, and just drop my dish at the beach all together. There is a real, brick and mortar customer service center for Comcast not 5 minutes from my house where I can look someone in the eye, and I've never had any problems going there with the few internet problems I've had. Sorry. I now step off my soap box... :M :M :M :M :M
Boatycall 10/13/16 05:48pm Truck Campers
RE: Dish Network pay as you go.

We have had Dish for several years now, Pay as you go and we shut it off and turn it on when ever we move on. We travel host parks and go home in the summer . Just callem and say what zip code you are and they set you up. BUT if it is only for a short term you are looking at the deal is not worth it. stick to dvds. We are usually gone 5-7 months. My 2 cents I have never had to call them and tell them which zip code I'm in. Setting up for the first time in a new location the receiver asks which state you are in. That's only needed for your locals if you drive outside the spotbeam for your home area. If you're home is in Boise, and you come see me in Tacoma, you'll have no local channels at all. You call them with a new zip, you then get to see Seattle locals, but you've drove too far to receive Boise local channels. For me, it doesn't take much. I go from Tacoma to Portland, I've lost my Seattle locals.
Boatycall 10/13/16 05:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Arctic Fox inverter instead of generator?

I've done this, in both my previous two AF's and my current EC. Both of my previous AF's, an 1140, then an 1150, had built in gennies and I added an inverter. My Eagle Cap has no built-in genny, and I don't miss it in the least. First one, 1140 - it was an older one, I went the inexpensive route and got a 2KW modified sinewave from Harbor Freight. For the price, they're decent inverters, you can get them on sale with coopin for $129. I added a remote on/off switch. I found I seldom ever used the genny after that. I also went the super-easy way on hookup - just plugged tha camper pigtail right into the 15a outlet on the inverter. You must run off the battery charger, elx hot water, and hard-switch the fridge from auto to propane. Drawback - modified sinewave made the microwave work at about 60% power, it took longer to cook things. Also, electric blanket controllers will not work with MSW inverters. Next one, 1150 - same, came with genny. This time, went with a Prosine 2.0 with built in 3-stage 100a charger. Added a transfer switch, relocated control panel inside for full-remote operation. Worked great. I bought that TC brand new, sold it a year later, had 4 hours on the genny, and that was just to run the roof air. Added 2 more batteries for a total of 4. Ran the microwave perfectly, and on those cold nights, running the elx blanket saved power(and propane) vs. running the furnace warmer - I set the furnace lower, hence, the batteries lasted slightly longer. Now-- Eagle cap 1160-- No genny. I now have the mother of all inverters - Magnum Hybrid 3000. It can run the roof air. But I also have enough batteries to run a small city. I keep a Honda 2000 handy if i need it. Usually when I dry camp, I have the Shotwagon with me that has 600w solar on it tied to the TC batteries. This inverter is called a hybrid because it will assist any genny when the load approaches overloading the genny. You can literally run the roof air off a Honda 1000. I've done it. It assists the start surge and running load if necessary. This thing is awesome. 125a 3 stage charger. I find that the 600w of solar can keep up with the roof air draw up to about 90 degrees outside, past that, the compressor runs more than the solar can make up for.
Boatycall 10/13/16 10:51am Truck Campers
RE: Air bag leak

Get up under there with a squirt bottle full of very soapy water, squirt everything down liberally to find where the leak is actually coming from and go from there. Could be a fitting, could be the air fill chuck, cracked bag... need to be certain of where it is leaking before any good advice can be given.
Boatycall 10/11/16 03:52pm Truck Campers
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