Like a lot of us that have TC'd for years, I got a flat while loaded. Having the TC on only made it a little more of a PITA, not a major PITA.
Honestly, the advice I would give has nothing to do with the spare itself. Just remember to use the camper jacks+spare tire jack to lift the truck. Don't put all the weight on that flimsy little factory tire jack.
"Have" or "Had"? I've had 5 TC's over the years. I've also had a TC and a second RV at the same time, a TT for a while, then a TH. But i can say I've only once had two TC's at the same time, and that really was just a transition, bought one and had to wait for the other to sell.
I've never actually utilized 2 TC's at once.
Sorry to hear about the loss of your family member. Girlfriends have come and gone, but my little furball Chewy has been my co-pilot for 10 years now, he's as happy and active as the day I got him, hope he stays with me for several more years.
Just curious if anyone else took their TC's out for turkey day. I went out to see family near the Olympic Rain Forest for a couple days during Thanksgiving. And oh boy did the Rain Forest live up to it's name, poured down rain the entire time. Even drove home in the pouring rain. Boy if I had a leak, sure would have found it.
Handy to have my own kitchen. Helped throw some small things in my oven, made the occasional "egg nog" ;-).
I would recommend you get their car trailer instead simply because it has surge brakes. I don't think their dolly has brakes. You already have a somewhat heavy camper.
But either way you choose to go, you're going to have to take a tape measure down and measure tongue length vs. turning radius. It is't that you can't tow either one in a straight line, it's when you go to turn, you don't want corner-to-corner contact.
I suspect the threads are deteriorated due to moisture. This means that all my Happijacs are subject to failure at any time.
Moisture isn't a problem here in the Pacific NW/Seattle area. It never rains here.
I keep saying over and over... there's a reason I call them Crappijacks. I can't wait to run across a sale on a set of Rieco's.
Too bad Torklift doesn't make camper jacks..... I mean, heck, even their name would be fitting of a nice set of jacks--think about it--"Torklift Camper Jacks". Has a nice ring to it.....
Torklift's stuff ain't cheap, but...I'm 100% happy with my products from them, even though they're expensive.
I wouldn't say they're expensive, you're just choosing to get what you pay for. We went for the best....
x8 for Torklift. I'm in the process of doing a bunch of updates to my truck... New programmer, fresh Line-X liner, new windows all the way around (14 years old, waterspotted and scratched), new carpet, 19.5's, and I'm looking at the new Talon's--
I've had my Fastguns for, oh, 10-ish years. A long time ago, someone apparently tried stealing them, but I have the Fastgun locks, and so all they succeeded in doing was busting the handle off of one of them. They must have tossed or kept the handle because it has been MIA since.
So, I'm on vacation this week. Since I'm only about a half hour from the Torklift factory and finally have some time on my hands, I thought I'd go down and see about buying a new handle for my busted Fastgun. Of course, I was fully expecting to have to chip in a few bucks for it, then take it home and weld it back on.
I went down to the factory and talked with Brandon. He proceeded to tell me my Fastguns were very old, and they don't make the handle for them any more. I can see it coming... I'm screwed, "uh boy, time to pony up for new ones." He goes in back and grabs a whole new set of Fastguns, in Arctic White to match my truck and camper. And yup, they're completely different. I go to grab my wallet, and he says "on the house". This is customer service??? I was expecting something a little more dramatic.
We go out to my truck and he proceeds to tell me he doesn't like the way my Superhitch looks, (which is just as old as my Fastguns) and comes out with all new revised braces, turnbuckles and brackets. Again, gratis.
This is what Torklift calls service?? Ridiculous..... What a waste of my time, make me drive all the way down there just to come home with a bunch of "warranty" free stuff--on purchases easily a dozen years ago.
And for those who don't get my sarcasm, yes, I'm joking when I say 'ridiculous'.
Thank you Torklift...
Airbags can unload the suspension. Stable Loads engage the suspension sooner. Stable loads first.
I wish I'd have installed StableLoads First, and I would never have spent the money on airbags.
Stableloads do a lot more for me than the airbags - AF811 on a 2009 Silverado Dually.
I have an EXTREMELY heavy camper, I run Stableloads. They will never pop or leak.
It wouldn't have been a problem if the one jack hadn't froze,(onto the ground) I'd call that's an operator fault.
Who said anything about froze to the ground??? It's in a large covered parking with on a concrete pad. I hit the button, it didn't move, it was 19 degrees out, it blew the fuse, ergo, I assumed some condensation/moisture in the mechanism had froze.
and to think, not that many years ago, NONE of them had power. :)
Ya, but they didn't weigh 6500lbs either......
So here's a visual of the problem---
Both Crappijack and Rieco put fuses INSIDE the controller.
So, since the controller is mounted in the (not)access panel at the front bulkhead, my only to choices to fix this are--
1--Relocate the controller to the rear access panel, which would involve running all new wiring to the jacks.
2--Put a jumper wire inside the controller, basically bypassing the fuse there, and add fuses to the wires at the motor on each corner.
If you can run the other three wouldn't it be jack specific? Is there a reset on the outside on the jack?
On Rieco's and CrappiJacks, each motor has a fuse on the controller itself, usually a 20 or 25amp. I have CrappiJacks.
To solve it...
My thought here is to move the fuse to the outside jumper wire where the wire exits the wall and goes into the motor, then put a wire jumper inside the controller where the fuses are currently. Doesn't matter where the fuse is in the motor circuit, so long as it's fused.
Of course, I won't know it's the fuse till I get the camper off the truck. Might be the relay on the board for that leg.
K, so, long story short, needed to move the truck n camper today. Camper is already on the truck, and I have the jacks down to take some of the load off the tires/springs.
It's cold out here, like most places right now. I go to pull the jacks up, one is froze and (I'm guessing) blows the fuse. I have to break it free and crank it up by hand.
I can't check the individual fuses in the controller for each jack because the jack controller is located in a storage area that is directly against the front wall of the bed.
So another words, I can run the other three jacks down by electric, but I have to manually jack the last one down to get the camper off the truck, unload it from the truck, all so I can just check a fuse.
Eagle Cap--- What were you thinking when you decided to mount the jack controller there???
For those lucky enough to pull the trigger on time - I would LOVE to see a detailed write up on these.
--Real world output checked by a VOM / ammeter
--Are you planning on changing controllers / going with an MPPT?
--Cloudy day output vs. direct sun (which is usually FAR less but still worth hearing about)
These will go back on sale someday, having all the REAL world info would help me decide how many to get when that day comes.
OMG, yes, that is backwards and that would explain the smoke when you grounded it out.
RVs use house-wiring standards rather than car - cars, black is ground, RV's and houses - black is hot. But wait, there's more... There are exceptions - a lot of times wires for solar come down as black and red, likewise, sometimes people (like me) add stereo equipment to their TCs and those wires might also be car-type black/red. General rule - black/red together - black is ground, black/white paired together, white is ground. **disclaimer - Take your TC to an rv tech before taking this as the gospel**.
I would be very surprised if nothing is actually fried.
Things to check to see if they're fried - fridge, electric jack controller, stereo, any 12v tv/dvd player if you have one.