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RE: Saw this at Menards the other day

Sprink-Fitter, people are playing jokes all of the time on the internet. That might not be your personality, but no way for me and others to know. :D NRALIFR, I might owe you a beer. I dunno... I could photoshop it. Oh wait, I know, WHAZOO DID IT! :B
Boatycall 09/25/17 09:09pm Truck Campers
RE: How long is too long for camper

I'm going to chime in and say length alone will have little bearing on handling. I, like many others here, have had several TCs over the years. I had an 11.5' Real-Lite on an F250. I've had a 9.5' on that same truck, then moved on to single-slides, and now my dual slide. I can say without a doubt that height and weight are far bigger factors than length. Length on it's own won't be a factor since most all are designed with a mostly normal COG. Add slides, now it's heavier. Make the inside floor go over bed the rails like mine, vs inside the box like my previous Arctic Fox's, and now you have a taller TC, which tends to sway more. All but one of my TC's were 11.5'. Weight and height made me go from an F250, to a 350, and now a 450. Length alone was not the factor.
Boatycall 09/24/17 05:43pm Truck Campers
RE: oops

wrong location, sorry Maybe change the angle of your pic, but I think it's on the right location.
Boatycall 09/20/17 07:13pm Truck Campers
RE: New Truck for my Mammoth

NRALIFR, what is the advantage of installing upper stableloads vs lower stableloads. Just trying to figure out what this truck will need. Your F450 has both an upper and a lower overload spring. Take a look at this page on Torklift's site for a good explanation of your rear suspension. Upper Stableloads replace the thin contact pad that your upper overload spring engages after the truck squats approx 2-3". The Stableload pads are very thick, and cause the overload spring to be engaged almost immediately, so the truck doesn't squat as much with a heavy load. Lower Stableloads do the same thing for the lower overload spring; bringing it into play sooner so you can take advantage of its load-carrying capacity without squatting as much. One advantage of the uppers vs lowers (so I've heard, anyway) is that the lowers can be noisy on rough roads. I've never had the lowers though so maybe someone who does can comment on that. The uppers are probably easier to install on most trucks. Some trucks require drilling to install the lower Stableloads. :):) I have both, no noise from the lowers that I've noticed. Worth noting - the lower fronts fit in the plastic rub patch hole. The rear required drilling the spring. OMG... What an ABSOLUTE beyotch that was! I lost count how many drill bits I went through. I started with 1/8" and worked my way up 1/16th at a time till I got the size needed. I ran out of beer during that particular project.... It was a sad day.
Boatycall 09/20/17 12:19pm Truck Campers
RE: New Truck for my Mammoth

Well that's just silly... Why would anyone buy an F450 just to haul a camper around...? :B
Boatycall 09/20/17 12:18pm Truck Campers
RE: There is over weight and there is over weight

must have had a Cummins in it. Probably a Cat of the 3406 variety. Might have had a Cummins for a starter motor....:S https://i.imgflip.com/g3ib1.jpg
Boatycall 09/20/17 11:37am Truck Campers
RE: How to wire an inverter?

OK, before you get started have you thought this thru thoroughly? A 1000 watt microwave will consume 8.3 [email protected] 120VAC or approx 83DC amps. Not counting losses, that means a 200 AH battery draining to approx 50% discharge gives you about 10 minutes run time by my calculations. I think your calculations aren't correct. If the microwave consumes 83 Ah it means it uses 83 amps per hour. You would use up approximately 14 Ah in ten minutes. You guys posted this while I was typing.. :-) I chime in a lot on electrical stuff, I'm an Electrical Engineer by day. Work2much has it right. 200ah is a lot of battery juice, you won't kill it in 10 minutes with just about anything. But then again, the OP didn't mention his battery bank either-- I surely wouldn't recommend doing this on a single batt, two is extremely minimal for microwave use. I have five 140Ah batts, and I am extremely un-conservative in my use of them. I can get 4 days of making coffee, microwave, TV on Dish, and even an electric blanket all night before the inverter starts complaining of low voltage while running my coffee maker or nuker.
Boatycall 09/05/17 08:13pm Truck Campers
RE: How to wire an inverter?

I've got two parts to this for you--advice on product, and advice on wiring. Advice-- I've had a couple Xantrex products, Prosine 1800 and a Prosine 2.0. I would advise against them only because of service. They don't carry a spare parts inventory very long, meaning, you could have something go amiss in a few years and they won't be able to fix it. In my case, the Prosine 2.0's were becoming known for bad control panels. I called, they didn't stock them any more--it was only 3 years old. I was basically told find one on Ebay or toss into the trash a $1000 inverter. That is not acceptable for any product costing that much. I now have a Magnum Technologies Inverter/Charger, MADE IN THE USA, right here in Everett WA. I've talked to the guys personally at RV shows, they're great. Wiring-- It's actually a LOT simpler than the diagram you posted. Do you have an onboard gen? * You simply disconnect the incoming pigtail to the 110v panel (After then gen xfer switch if you have one--you want the gen to trigger the charger to charge) * Route it to go to the inverter input, then the inverter output goes to the 110v panel mains. * Connect batteries as instructed. * Disconnect/remove the existing 12v charger converter permanently. Done.
Boatycall 09/05/17 08:04pm Truck Campers
RE: fast gun wobble stabilizers

Yup, they work as advertised. Great alternative to any other kind of stabilization because they're attached to your front jacks taking up no usable storage space, like folding saw horses or blocks for instance. I just came back from 9 days on the Oregon coast where I unloaded the TC off the truck, and the stability was almost the same as on the truck with jacks down.
Boatycall 08/31/17 09:12am Truck Campers
TC Fails Pic Dump

I'd like to start a pic dump of TC Fails. I'd to see ones you personally witnessed and snapped a pic of, because you'd likely also have a little bit of a back-story. Now, Google is full of them. If you think you've found one that's noteworthy, that's ok too. I have two - A Host Everest on a 3/4 ton at a local dealer, and a TC that got blown off it's jacks during a wind storm here. http://www.osorc.com/files/misc/fails/host2.jpg http://www.osorc.com/files/misc/fails/host1.jpg http://www.osorc.com/files/misc/fails/jacks1.JPG http://www.osorc.com/files/misc/fails/jacks2.JPG http://www.osorc.com/files/misc/fails/jacks3.JPG
Boatycall 08/28/17 10:20am Truck Campers
RE: beadlocks for 19.5's

I don't think it's possible with 19.5s due to the type of bead. I've heard the same thing. I would recommend first calling a 19.5 tire Mfg and get this claim verified - I'd like to know for sure also. Being an avid Jeeper, I had beadlock rims on all my Jeeps. I'll throw this out as something I had to do once on one of them - I had a cheap set of steel rims I welded a beadlock kit onto. Not being a great welder, they leaked. To solve that, I ran inner tubes. Moral of the story - possibly make your own beadlock rims out of 6 steels? Only a thought...
Boatycall 08/22/17 04:00pm Truck Campers
RE: Tv viewing

We are getting ready for a new camper next spring and are looking at Lance or AF models are there any AF campers that you can see the tv from the dinette I had an AF 1140 and then a 1150. I now have an Eagle Cap 1160. And as I write this I'm sitting here in Coos Bay Oregon, watching my Dish Tailgator from the comfort of my reclining loveseat in the rear slide. I mounted my receiver directly on top of the microwave. I cut the black vent trim ring that goes around the microwave, and it now sits on top of it. I have the dish mounted to the luggage rack on the roof with a custom fab'd mount.
Boatycall 08/16/17 10:51am Truck Campers
RE: Tire PSI and truck camper question

I say just pump 'em up to 105psi.... mine are. It'll be fine. If I can do it, you can do it. Another great piece of advice -- never take advice from Boaty after I've had my Makers Mark n Coke for the evening... :B
Boatycall 08/10/17 09:18pm Truck Campers
RE: Who knows what this truck camper is?

Picture #1 of the pass side has the remnants of a sticker in the upper rear corner. That was the moniker of a bass fish tail on the bottom, and for the life of me I can't remember who's moniker that was. An old Mallard camper comes to mind, but if you zoom in you'll see what I'm saying. Now i'm gonna go nutz trying to remember who had their emblem with the tail of a fish in it, I can picture it in my head but can't remember. Gawd I hate gittin old....And I don't know what erks me more - the fact I'm so old that I recognize it, or that I'm so old I can't remember it...
Boatycall 08/10/17 05:45pm Truck Campers
RE: 50-AMP Hookup for a Truck Camper?

I'll chime in on this, I'm an electrical engineer and I'm planning on upgrading to 50a single-leg. Now, to some of the points made - cord size-- Almost all 50a RV cords are 8/3. I will conceed that you don't likely need both legs, so you can buy/make your own 50a 8/2 plug instead. I intend on making my own. Who needs it? Me.... Even though most 50a plugs are 50a 2-leg, I'll just use 1. Why? Making breakfast in the summer. Coffee maker - 900 watts, ~9amps. Microwave going, 1500 watts, ~15a. Electric hot water heater is going because I just took a shower, 400w, 4amps Fridge on electric, 400 watts, 4a. That right there is 32a. Toaster - 900w, ~9a And then, the AC kicks on.... Now of course, any of us can just simply do a little basic power management/use propane instead of electric, but if the plug is there, and you're paying for it, why not just upgrade? You can always use a 50-30 adapter for the sites that only have 30a.
Boatycall 08/10/17 10:49am Truck Campers
RE: Tire PSI and truck camper question

The "sticker" pressures are largely based on ride comfort at some assumed typical (low) load The tire labels are related to the load capacity of the tire. Go with the tire manufacturer if you are pushing towards the load limit on the truck. You're trying to have the tire be in full, even contact with the road, all the way across the width of the tire. If your tires wear more in the center your pressure is too high, if they wear at the edges it is too low for your load. Agree 100%... couldn't have said it better myself. I seldom drive my truck empty. I just got new shoes on my truck, tire dealer only inflated them to 85psi. Thought it was odd it was riding so smooth back from the tire dealer. First thing I did was pump them up to 105psi. The new tires are rated to be at 110, I go just a touch low when cold to compensate for road heat.
Boatycall 08/07/17 01:58pm Truck Campers
RE: Epidemic of Trucks with TCs pulling TTs on I-90.

I would bet money it's a local dealer taking delivery of rigs, and the drivers don't care to take the time to do the proper rigging, because after all, they know how to drive, they're "professionals"... Deliver the rigs as fast as possible and turn around and do it again. But again, I'm only hypothesizing.
Boatycall 07/31/17 07:06pm Truck Campers
RE: Are all TC roofs this thin?

Just to get a little more headroom in my shower, I removed the inner sunlight plexi dome. I can say on my Eagle Cap it is much thicker. Now, I'm not implying mine is great, but... Mine is a sandwich of 1/4" plywood, then 1 1/2" foam, then another sheet of 1/4" plywood.
Boatycall 07/31/17 01:47pm Truck Campers
What wax works best for you?

Pretty simply question. I'm looking for feedback, what wax have you used that work best for you. I just did my nose cap yesterday using Meguiar's car wax, and was going to be moving on to the sides and back. I'm always open to hear of something better. Qualities I'm interested in-- * Ability to hide small scratches. * Longevity - how long does it hold up before you do it again? * Average drying time from application to wipe off in your particular climate. * Any other comments you may have as far as like/dislike. * Price is not a factor - lets face it, these rigs cost a heck of a lot more than a bottle of wax.
Boatycall 07/25/17 12:07pm Truck Campers
RE: Most Expensive Camp Site Ever

Would you break down 100 miles from the city, get it towed for $260 and go for coffee, would you call it $260 coffee? Clearly you haven't been to Starbucks lately.... :B
Boatycall 07/23/17 07:01pm Truck Campers
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