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RE: Cab over struts not made for MegaCabs

Those are old, outdated things of the past. The design and stress loads of today's TC's aren't meant to, or need to, have those. Just ponder this - when was the last time you saw them on a modern TC? and... When was the last time you heard of some sort of TC structural failure that those could have prevented? I personally think with all the flexing and twisting of the truck they would cause more problems than they solve. Especially mine....
Boatycall 04/22/14 09:30pm Truck Campers
RE: BATTERY UPGRADE

I'm just running a couple D cells.... ;-)
Boatycall 04/22/14 08:11pm Tech Issues
RE: Sway bars

My truck doesn't have any bars, any suggestions? Boy howdy are you gonna feel a difference then. You can very easily add them, you'll just need to get end links and make sure you have the factory brackets on the axles. If you don't have the brackets on the axles, then hit up Summit Racing. Sway Bars are relatively easy things to make work, especially since most Ford trucks already have them. I'm honestly kinda surprised you don't even have a front one, I thought they all did.
Boatycall 04/22/14 03:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Overweight???

At 7,250, I'm not overloaded at all.... "I'm not fat, I'm big boned!" -- Eric Cartman
Boatycall 04/21/14 12:46pm Truck Campers
RE: Sway bars

The largest one we can get for our trucks is the Roadmaster. Helwig is second largest. I replaced the factory rear with it, night and day difference from the stock bar. Was a perfect bolt-in, just took a little fenagling to get it around/over driveline. http://home.comcast.net/~boatycall/rvnet2/swaybar/sway1.jpg http://home.comcast.net/~boatycall/rvnet2/swaybar/sway2.jpg http://home.comcast.net/~boatycall/rvnet2/swaybar/sway3.jpg
Boatycall 04/21/14 12:42pm Truck Campers
RE: Removing 6 almost-new Golf Cart batts to go bigger

Good grief Boaty, what do you do with all that power? Have you not read ANY of my previous posts?? My icemaker runs 24x7 to keep up with the 1,200lbs of bottled whiskey I keep with me. That's why my Eagle Cap weighs 7,250lbs.
Boatycall 04/19/14 11:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Torklift customer service

*They wasted almost an hour of my time showing me all the cool new stuff they had. *The president of the company FORCED me to remove my old Torklift hat and put on a new one. *They MADE ME take all new stickers for all my Torklift stuff for free. *I went to the trouble of putting my wallet in my pants and they refused to let me take it out. *The president brought his lead engineer out to try and solve a unique truck issue I simply mentioned I was having, completely unrelated to do with Torklift. I'll never go down there again. Don't blame you, not offering to come to your campsite and cut and stack you firewood is in inexcusable. :) :) I know, right... How dare they not offer to come split my firewood. I want my money back.
Boatycall 04/19/14 11:49pm Truck Campers
RE: -

Well, I think it speaks volumes of the OP -- think about it, he frequents here so much that someone recognized this as the "place to be" and post on his behalf. Well played sir, We should buy you a drink.
Boatycall 04/19/14 11:44pm Truck Campers
Removing 6 almost-new Golf Cart batts to go bigger

Long story short, I work for a company that's doing a lot of equipment upgrading right now, and part of that work involved swapping out batteries. The ones I got were brand new, on a shelf of stock meant to be replacements. The new equipment uses entirely different batteries, so new or used, they all got surplussed. At $600 a piece, I wasn't complaining as they loaded pallet after pallet in my truck. It took two trips... Basically these. Think Optima blue-top on steroids. So I'm taking out my 6 Golf Cart batts and putting in however many of these will fit. Specs on the built-in converter/charger vs. what these require for charge and float match up surprisingly nicely, so that's a non-issue. My plan is to have roughly 1.21 Gigawatts of power. And when this baby hits 88mph, you're gonna see some serious....
Boatycall 04/18/14 04:53pm Truck Campers
3 evenings after work to put in 1 switch....

I put in a 3-position dual-function switch that when: Up -- Inverter On/Converter off, Down -- Converter on/ inverter off, Or centered, both off - no inverter or converter. I suppose I coulda just knocked this out during the better part of a day on a weekend, but did it after work over the last couple nights. First - I don't have a fancy inverter set up with a remote switch option (or transfer switch or built in charger), so had to take it out and solder leads onto the circuit board at the existing switch, then add a disconnect plug. Next, as with a lot of us, I have one of those all-in-one converter/fuse block/circuit breaker panels. I had identify, then splice the 110v feed wire to the converter so I can tap a switch inline to it. Then the fun part - running the wires. And since I was at it and my inverter is next to my batteries, I ran a new, larger 8ga hot and ground wires to the 12v fuse panel. Why? The factory 12v feedwires consist of one single set of 12ga wires, and easily 30 feet long. Pump comes on, lights dim. Turn the stereo up, the lights dim with the music. That needed rectifying. So, since I was running a remote turn on wire and had to go right by the converter anyway, I ran 8ga wires. Running the wires took all of an entire night. What a pita.... So--- Since I don't have a transfer switch (yet), I gotta plug TC's pigtail into the inverter (and set the fridge to gas-only). Flip the switch inside, whole camper has power, and the converter is then disconnected thereby eliminating the inverter-converter loop. Before this, I had to flip the converter breaker off, so doing all this saved a whopping 1 step.
Boatycall 04/18/14 04:27pm Truck Campers
RE: New Ram 3500 SRW with 3500 pound camper

I just loaded my TC for the 1st time, even empty at 4000 lbs my DRW needs some help. I just ordered the Stable Load top spring bumpers. Well, that makes sense, after all, it's a Dodge... :R My TC comes in at an extremely heavy 7,250 wet. No aftermarket load handling here, it's fine. But then again, it's a Ford. :B
Boatycall 04/17/14 07:51pm Truck Campers
RE: Torklift customer service

the winter was tough on my hitch finish and being just 1 year old, I sent a message to them through their website. I wanted to buy replacment stickers so when I have the hitch powdercoated it would look like new. My experience with Torklift was HORRIBLE. I had the exact same problem. Needed to repaint my Torklift Superhitch and tie downs. I only live 20 minutes from the factory, so went down there. *They wasted almost an hour of my time showing me all the cool new stuff they had. *The president of the company FORCED me to remove my old Torklift hat and put on a new one. *They MADE ME take all new stickers for all my Torklift stuff for free. *I went to the trouble of putting my wallet in my pants and they refused to let me take it out. *The president brought his lead engineer out to try and solve a unique truck issue I simply mentioned I was having, completely unrelated to do with Torklift. I'll never go down there again.
Boatycall 04/17/14 07:43pm Truck Campers
RE: Acrylic Roof on Arctic Fox 1140

I bought it at Apache but since I'm in FL and there are no dealers here I'm dealing directly with the company. They refuse to replace the roof and tell me that this is normal and that if my roof ever leaks as a result they will take care of it, but since they only warranty it for a year, I'm not comfortable. I dont think your roof will ever leak due to the bubbles, so its going to be a cosmetic thing for the most part. Ya, but he says it's brand new and one's already the size of his foot. I'm not a roof expert, I'm into electrical, but I would say they will get bigger. Beings that the OP is in the SE and the dealer and MFG are in the NW, this may have to be a self-fix. I'm guessing they're refusing it because there is no authorized AF dealers nearby, aka, a shop that won't charge full-boat shop rates. Warranty work is done much cheaper to the MFG at an authorized dealer.
Boatycall 04/17/14 07:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Is having a battery in a TC necessary?

I've had numerous battery problems in my Northstar Laredo. 3 batteries in less than 5 years. Now the charger (converter) doesn't seem to be working. If I never boondock, always staying someplace with electricity, is it necessary to have a battery? The batteries are inside, so have to use the high priced lifeline type battery. Thanks for any help. So, you don't have listed what kind of TC you have. But suffice to say, you have to have a 12v converter. All the lights, fridge, water pump and furnace run directly from 12v. Virtually nothing runs EXCLUSIVELY off 110v except the AC. Even the fridge set to 110v mode needs 12v to run the brain. If you have electric jacks, you need at least one battery. If you try to run the jacks down, all 4 at once will burn out the converter. Most jacks draw between 20-30 amps each, and the average TC converter is around 45-ish amps. You could get away with one jack at a time, but what a PITA.
Boatycall 04/17/14 05:30pm Truck Campers
RE: Stable Load by Tork Lift

You need to fill out your rig's specs on your user file so we can see what kind of rig we are talking about. Ditto... I'm guessing your truck doesn't have a rear sway bar? If you really want to see an improvement on top of what you've done, get a Road Master Rear Anti-Sway bar. Expect around $500. I did have a factory rear bar, and upgraded to that. Huge difference. I can't imagine what the difference would feel like if you had no rear sway bar at all and put one on.
Boatycall 04/17/14 04:39pm Truck Campers
RE: Acrylic Roof on Arctic Fox 1140

Definitely not normal. I had 2 Arctic Fox's, an 1140 and an 1150. Bubbles mean either the glue let go or you have a leak, and moisture is causing the glue to let go.
Boatycall 04/17/14 04:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Wait, no. can't be. I forgot what?

I'd a went to the nearest Wallymart. Pillows $5. I'm a horrible "perfect night sleeper", and then in the morning, I'm Oscar the Grouch.
Boatycall 04/16/14 12:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Surprise at the scales

At the time of weighing, I had the refer partially full (pop, BEER, and milk), There's yer 1,000lbs right dare I tell ya!
Boatycall 04/16/14 12:09pm Truck Campers
RE: How to make your Water Heater adjustable for $8.97

Reason there won't be enough room is the area where the add on adjustable t-stat is installed would be where the 110V t-stat set would be if WH was combo gas/electric. Exactly. My is gas-only. If you have 12v and 110v, there will be a complete second set of the thermostats for the 110v, right were I put my mod. As with any thermostat, the Home Repo thermostat has to touch the tank itself with no other insulation or metal in the way. What you could do is somewhere on the inside of the TC, cut away some of the Styrofoam insulation off the top of the tank (or whereever you can get to) and put your Tstat mod there. Just a thought....
Boatycall 04/11/14 05:00pm Truck Campers
RE: How to make your Water Heater adjustable for $8.97

If you wanted to do this without soldering I assume you could just connect to the blade terminal on the left. That would put the 180, 130 and variable all in series. It would also limit the hot side to 130 max which might be a good thing. Sure, you could run it as a third Tstat in line, just means you can't go any higher than 130. In my case, I wanted hotter because the incoming cold water is so cold, it makes showers pretty short. They make an OEM replacement of a fixed 140, you just unscrew the 180/130 tstats and put in a new set with 180/140. Runs about $26. But I still wanted just a plain ole adjustable knob.
Boatycall 04/11/14 02:21pm Truck Campers
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