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RE: Hmm...torklift getting a little sloppy?

I can say, without question, I have (and have had on my previous truck) several Torklift products, and never had issue with any of them. I have the same model of Torklift Talons on my truck as the OP, upper and lower StableLoads, and the fit and finish was excellent, and I felt the instructions were quite adequate. I'm guessing this is a one-off case? Painter had a bad day? As JimH asked.... What did Torklift say?
Boatycall 06/22/17 10:38am Truck Campers
RE: Host camper- Can you tell me what this white material is?

Who died?? That's a lot of blood! Tell us the truth---you're replacing the siding to remove the evidence from the crime scene. :B
Boatycall 06/22/17 10:26am Truck Campers
RE: Yellowstone with snow June 2017

camping done at Potholes on the way back. http://i1301.photobucket.com/albums/ag116/shoot1st007/20170603_183206_zpssaq3x0fo.jpg width=600 I have parked literally in that exact same spot...... Great TR!
Boatycall 06/07/17 10:46am Truck Campers
Another overloaded truck pic....

Ya know, these guys that don't get enough truck to haul thier TC is just flat dangerous..... I saw this at the Packwood Flea market - the whole town of Packwood, WA turns into one big flea market on Memorial weekend and Labor day weekend. http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/overloaded.jpg (The pic is real, the comments are sarcasm if you haven't already figured out--it was a nice lookin rig!)
Boatycall 06/02/17 08:35pm Truck Campers
RE: WOW

You're a photographer and didn't have a camera? :B Right!!!? That made me LOL.....
Boatycall 06/02/17 08:13pm Truck Campers
RE: shocking!

I do electrical, you have one of a few things that it is-- (In order of what i would say is most likely) * Since you say this is a modified RV, they very well could have redone your shore power cord, and it could be wired with hot on the wrong side---I feel this is your most likely issue. * The outlet you're plugging into is backwards. * Your neutral line is bad, forcing current to now pass through the ground wire, leaving either the ground wire, or you, to ground the trailer In any case, as Time2Roll mentioned, get an outlet tester and it will tell you
Boatycall 06/02/17 07:43pm Tech Issues
RE: Which scooter?

I've had a couple scooters, but much smaller than what you're looking at. I'm about the same size as you. Right now I have a Honda Spree scooter, and a Honda XR650L enduro bike. I find I take that I take the 650 with me the most. If I ONLY need to take the bike and nothing in my trailer, I haul it on the back rather than the front using my Superhitch and the same SuperTruss I use to haul the trailer with just your standard hitch bike rack. I put extra tethers on it and strap it to the camper jacks to prevent the bike bouncing around. I've never wanted to haul it in the front for a couple reasons-- * All that road grim and bugs on the bike * Rock chips * Blocking the airflow into the radiator Since my TC has a rear slide, my 650 prevents it from opening all the way, but I can still open it enough to get in the TC. Loading and unloading is easy since there's a ramp included with the bike rack. http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/bike.jpg
Boatycall 06/02/17 07:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Forum search yielding invalid results

I just had an idea that did work, but the original issue would still be unresolved. I went out to Google, typed "RV.net 19.5" --- Google returned relevant posts.
Boatycall 06/02/17 12:17pm Forum Technical Support
Forum search yielding invalid results

Hey all, So, I've been a member here for longer than I care to admit. Done a ton of searches. This particular one is not yielding any valid results, every result coming back has no relevance to what I'm looking for, yet I know there are tons of posts out there for it. I'm looking for posts with 19.5 Load Range G tires. I tried just "19.5" - the system omitted the decimal, and tons of irrelevant posts came up with 195 -- eg, 195 miles, 195 aspect ratio, Hwy 195...etc. Then I tried just "Load Range G" -- same thing, nothing relevant came up. Tried selecting both the "Search Title only" as well as "search body" options, nuthin. I don't want to go open yet another post called "19.5 tires" because I know I have personally seen tons of them, but the search is not finding them.
Boatycall 06/02/17 12:06pm Forum Technical Support
RE: Upgrades to my trailer - 8.5x20 Haulmark

Boy all that work looks awfully familiar... ;-) I just finished my axle swap a few weeks ago.
Boatycall 05/30/17 09:33am Truck Campers
RE: Torklift Disappoints Me

Only re-enforces my belief Torklift is one of the best RV companies to deal with. I have to agree, I think the OP is being a little overly critical here. This wasn't a show-stopper. Any number of things could have been done. Grab a couple from a neighbor? Load up, head out, and the first hardware store I ran across I would have then grabbed some. I think it's not fair to publicly bash any company when the fix is so simple. They're just half inch lock nuts....Don't you have some laying around? I hope you didn't just grab the 3 you need... You grabbed extras for the next time you need some, right? I find it hard to believe you turn your own wrenches but don't have any nuts. I have a large 'box o nuts n bolts', and I'd a just grabbed a couple out after digging through my nuts n bolts box.
Boatycall 05/24/17 12:22pm Truck Campers
RE: TC support rig upgrade (The Shotwagon, long story, 26 pics)

Do those "dipped down" skirts fore and aft of the tires enclose any interior space? It appears as if they do not. Can you trim them off such that the bottom trim aligns all around the trailer to provide you more clearance? Trimming them had come to mind, but I like the look. And it also wouldn't have addressed the real issue, which was the axles had settled. Clearance shouldn't be an issue now. Plus I got a 1-ton boost in capacity. More capacity for whiskey!
Boatycall 05/23/17 04:09pm Truck Campers
TC support rig upgrade (The Shotwagon, long story, 26 pics)

Long story short, I had to do an axle swap on The Shotwagon. It is my TC support rig. The Shotwagon is a 2015 Wells Cargo Race Force car trailer. It carries extra batteries I tether to the TC, solar, and it's own 1.8kw psw inverter, which in turn runs all sorts of stuff, Traeger smoker, dedicated icemaker, 18CuFt house fridge, microwave, stereo, etc... Plus I carry a full tool set and pretty much anything else I can think of to have fun with. The axles were Dexter Torflex 5k axles, mounted to load range D 16" tires @2540lbs ea on aluminum rims. The axles settled too far, meaning, the torsion spring they use had taken the trailer to a point where there was only 3 1/2 inches of clearance at it's lowest point. This was becoming quite an issue, and resulted in minor damage to trim due to low clearance. The axles had a 2 year warranty through Dexter, and they absolutely took care of me. Through several calls with Wells Cargo and Dexter, they deemed the axles out of spec, and sent me a new upgraded set completely free of charge. Wells Cargo said the frame of my trailer is the same frame used all the way up to their 14k trailers, and had Dexter send me two 6k axles as an upgrade for free. They were complete end-to-end swaps, with hubs, brakes and even new lug nuts. But this meant upgrading the rims and tires to a higher load range out of my pocket. So after getting the thing up on four 5,000lb jack stands (which was no small chore), I went to work. Here's the 'before' pics--- Looking a little too close to the ground for comfort--- http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/axles1.jpg Fender clearance http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/axles2.jpg Ground clearance at it's lowest point--note the minor trim damage from hitting things (like speed bumps) http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/axles3.jpg My cargo http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/axles4.jpg Weight at the DOT scale by my house http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/axles5.jpg Getting started - the way they're mounted is just a simple couple of bolts to the mounting brackets that are welded to the frame-- http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/axles6.jpg http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/axles7.jpg http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/axles8.jpg http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/axles9.jpg http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/axles10.jpg I have a John Deere tractor with a forklift attachment. That and a set of roller dollies are your best friends in this endeavor. And worth mentioning, the floor jack is NOT supporting the trailer, it's being used to get the axles into place-- http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/axles11.jpg http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/axles12.jpg http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/axles13.jpg http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/axles14.jpg The difference in old vs. new axle initial drop point--note the lift I gained http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/axles15.jpg http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/axles16.jpg http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/axles17.jpg All done, now time to put the old tires back on and head to the tire shop, S&S Tires in Puyallup-- http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/axles18.jpg Clearance gained by just the axle swap, with old tires still on--- http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/axles19.jpg http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/axles20.jpg Here we are at S&S Tire Shop, old rims/tires still on it http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/axles21.jpg New rim and tire compared to previous http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/axles22.jpg Here are the "After" shots--- Samson load range F, 3950lbs ea with matching load rims http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/axles23.jpg From 3 1/3" to 8" clearance http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/axles24.jpg http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/axles25.jpg And my soon-to-be new sig photo taken Sunday--- http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/axles26.jpg I'll leave my old sig pic up for a few days for comparison
Boatycall 05/23/17 01:14pm Truck Campers
RE: Solar panels/controller advice

I have UniSolar flexible panels on my TC Support rig, "The Shotwagon" (the trailer in my sig pic). The amount of solar you need is directly related to how much of a power hog you are. In my case, I'm a huge power hog. I have 600w of solar going through a Morning Star MPPT controller. That in turn feeds eleven 145Ah AGM batteries. Those then go through 2 inverters, a Xantrex 1800PSW in the trailer, and a Magnum Hybrid 3Kw in the TC..... I'd like more solar. With the 3kw Magnum inverter, I can run my roof air, and have, for an entire day, and solar did a great job in keeping up in between the AC's duty cycles--so it is possible to run a roof air off solar. Since your zip says you're also here in WWa, you need to take into account our angle to the sun vs. watt loss - you will never see a true 100 watts of solar out of a 100w solar panels here. Depending on where you are here, if you're nearby I'd be happy to show you the set up I have.
Boatycall 05/18/17 05:44pm Truck Campers
RE: TC weight too heavy?

Boatycall's analysis of the 2015/16 F450 was spot on except for one minor detail that gets missed quite often. The rear axle is actually a Dana S130 not the 110, and it's rated for 16k pounds from the manufacturer not 14k. Some did, some didn't. Luck of the draw I guess. I crawled under mine and verified the tag not long after I got it, mine's a 110.
Boatycall 05/18/17 11:13am Truck Campers
RE: TorkLift Upper Stable loads installation?

Super easy-- Pop out the existing bump stop pads with a small pry bar--a shot of wd40 on each makes them super easy to take out. Fit the new ones in, tighten the nut. That's it.
Boatycall 05/16/17 08:58am Truck Campers
RE: TC weight too heavy?

FYI: With a 1000 lb tongue weight on a 42" SuperTruss plus 6000 lbs of camper, my front end unloads about 300 lbs even with a WDH equalizing the tongue weight. With just the camper, I have less than 100 lbs unloading off the front. I see the same weight changes. I'm also about 1,000lbs tongue weight and loose 300-ish off the front axle at the scale. I keep loading toys on and some day I'll pull a wheelie. I just recently bought one of these, great knowing exactly how shifting loads or various toys affect tongue weight---Tongue weight scale. It was on sale for $137 when I got it.
Boatycall 05/12/17 09:22pm Truck Campers
RE: TC weight too heavy?

Ditto. My current F450 is actually my second one. I had a 2010, and was so impressed with how it hauled my 5500 lb. TC, I bought a newer one. No complaints. The truck is technically overloaded by a few hundred pounds, but as far as I'm concerned, it's fine. Buying a cab and chassis F450 or F550 was considered, and ultimately rejected. :):)I loved your old truck when you brought it over, that played a big part in getting my new truck. You have an open invite to park your new one here if your travels take you back up this way.
Boatycall 05/11/17 04:38pm Truck Campers
RE: TC weight too heavy?

I've read on here many times that F450 pickups don't have any better payload capacity, and in many cases LESS payload capacity, than F350 DRWs. Their main purpose is towing. I guess it depends on your view. True that the sticker is sometimes less and the spring pack is different. The frame is the same for the pickup type. There are other significant differences for most years. Assuming you get one with 19.5s, the G rated tires are rated more, and the rear axle is generally rated higher as well with bigger, better brakes and generally a much tighter turn radius. My F450 has a 14500 GVWR. That leaves 5300 or so via the sticker. The axle is rated way higher than the F350 of the same years and again, the tires/wheels are, too. F350 DRWs similarly equipped had barely higher sticker values unless they were gasoline. You're both absolutely correct -- depending on the year. I did a TON of research before plopping down coin on an F450. The only VISIBLE difference-- 2008-2010 and 2015+ have 19.5 tires. All others have 17". Here's what that means-- 19.5 tires come with the Dana 110 rear end, that alone is rated by Dana @ 14,000lbs. F450's with 17" tires are nothing more than a re-geared F350 with a Dana 80 - a 10,000lb rear end re-geared from 4.10 to 4.88 for better towing, nothing more. 19.5 tires also have have much larger brakes front and rear. As far as brake size, the difference is pretty substantial. We're talking over an inch larger front and rear. Front (rotor diameter) 14.29" (F-250/F-350/non-19.5 F450's) 15.39" (F-450 w/19.5's) Rear (rotor diameter) 14.29" (F-250/F-350/non-19.5 F450's) 15.75" (F-450 w/19.5's) The fact that the door sticker on 19.5 F450's still reads the same or less than an F350 is because over a certain number, I think it's 16k, it gets classified as commercial, so the lawyers said "Make it say less". But the "Seat 'o'the Pants Meter" difference in hauling a heavy TC is night and day. I have the stock sway bars, stock shocks, and it is a dream to drive compared to my F350DRW with every suspension mod you could do to an F350.
Boatycall 05/11/17 12:48pm Truck Campers
RE: TC weight too heavy?

This is our first TC and the one we like is the Eagle Cap 1160. The sticker says the TC weight is 5100 lbs, but by the time its loaded, it will be closer to 6000 lbs.. We are concerned this camper is too heavy for our truck. I have the exact same camper, and had a Ford F350 DRW, same rated tires as yours -- I would not recommend it--not saying **DON'T**, just saying I wouldn't do it again. My EC loaded is over 6,000lbs. I ended up having to get an newer Ford F450 with 19.5 tires (there's a lot more to a 2015 F450 vs. an F350 than tires, but for now, we'll leave it at that). Let me share my experience. I have a DOT scale near my house, so I stop by frequently. My previous camper was an Arctic Fox 1150 - at the time, their largest. It was 5,200lbs loaded. I also pull a large cargo trailer. Heavy combo, but overload springs with Torklift StableLoads handled it fine. Then, like you, I fell in love with the Eagle Cap and got it. Right off the bat, I could feel it was heavier. Took it to the scale after I loaded everything up and it was over 1,000lbs heavier. Very top-heavy, lots of sway, so I upgraded the sway bars with RoadMaster sway bars - HUGE improvement. But then I started having tire problems - sidewalls bulging out, tread de-laminating -- even though the tires said they could handle the load - nope. Then I discovered I had a cracked rim. Bad road (I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass) plus being very heavy, cracked a rim. I just got tired of running my truck at the ragged edge-and somewhat beyond-what it could handle, so I got an F450. Had I kept that truck--I loved that truck-- I would have put on 19.5's next since that was my weakest link. If you don't plan on hauling a trailer, then...ok. But a 4 foot extension puts a lot of extra weight on the rears. Camper only, ok, but add a trailer with it and I wouldn't care to do it again. To many problems with tires.
Boatycall 05/07/17 08:49pm Truck Campers
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