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RE: 2 cycle generators

The cheap little two-strokes are the WORST of the irritating obnoxious generators. You'll hate it. X2...or 3 or 5, however many have said basically the same thing. No offense to the OP, I get it, everyone has budgets. But I would also recommend as an alternative a cheap Honda-knock off any day over a two-stroke. Let me tell you a true story, happened just last year. I went to a large flea market put on by the entire town of Packwood, Wa last memorial weekend. There's one RV campground in town that's always booked solid, the rest of the RV parking is either out of town or are people or businesses renting out grass to park on. I always park at the end of town at a large hotel's back yard. I parked next to a very young couple with nothing more than a single axle car/box trailer they had towed there with their Kia. It had an air mattress inside, a Coleman cooler, and that's it, that's what they had. That, and a bunch of rechargeable camp lights. And... one of these 2-stroke generators. Well, that evening they fired the thing up next to me to charge up their camp lights. I couldn't even hear my TV. This went on for 15 minutes, so I went outside and (politely) asked what they were using such a small generator for. They were doing nothing but charging up camp lights and cell phones. So.... I have enough battery power to light a small city, and a very nice Magnum 3KW Hybrid Inverter. I (nicely) offered them if they shut that thing off, I'd run them an extension cord and just leave my inverter on all weekend. I use it all night anyway for my electric blanket. Moral of the story--- Their 2-stroke generator worked great - it got the neighbor(me) so irritated they got free power all weekend.
Boatycall 01/12/17 09:11pm Truck Campers
RE: Super truss plus weight distributing hitch anti sway

Yes, I use a weight distributing hitch with my Super Truss. I use an Eaz Lift brand, round bar style. I run my ball height slightly higher than normal, because my trailer is a land-yacht sized monster. (heavy tongue weight) Ditto... Same set up, 10k 26' trailer with ~1,000lb tongue weight on 48" Supertruss. Done it for years, never a problem.
Boatycall 01/12/17 08:58pm Truck Campers
RE: Now this is a rig

Mine's bigger..... :B
Boatycall 01/08/17 07:23pm Truck Campers
Big lighting improvement for 2011-16 F250-450-Pics

So, literally, my only complaint about my new (to me) 2015 F450 is the lighting sucks. I did a bunch of reading, and finally settled on Rough Country for several reasons, cost, various internet reviews, and pictures of fit and finish. I purchased their 30" LED light bar, and their 36w LED Ford Fog lamp Retrofit kit. Now - I didn't do both projects today, so if some of these pictures seem a little off on their timeline, that's why. I did the bar light first. I saw one picture out on the interweb of it being mounted in the grill rather than the usual bumper mount or high-windshield mount (and to me, on a truck, both are very gawdy looking) . So I decided to go full-stealth, behind the grill. I will say this, when it was all said and done, you'd think they made this light on purpose just for this. (OK, they kinda did). ok, first, the usual disclaimer, I'm not affiliated with Rough Country..... Second disclaimer - For the light haters - I will never run the light bar on a road with on-coming traffic. Unless of course they're being an arse with their highbeams...:B First - I removed the grill AND grill subassembly so I could do all of the fit and trimming on my workbench. When removing a Ford front grill, you can do either - just the grill, or grill+sub assembly which makes the latter half of this pretty nice. In this picture, the grill has been removed, sub assembly still on the truck. Look closely and you'll see which fasteners are holding on the subassembly VS. the actual grill itself--- http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/foglight2.jpg Grill and subassembly on my bench, mounting light bar to subassembly with grill separated. http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/barlight1.jpg A very slight amount of trimming needed to be done to the inner grill to flush fit the light behind it. http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/barlight2.jpg Grill and subassembly fit together on my bench http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/barlight3.jpg http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/barlight4.jpg Subassmbly alone put back on truck http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/barlight5.jpg Light connected to Ford Upfitter switch http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/barlight16.jpg http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/barlight9.jpg http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/barlight8.jpg Now, Foglights. I did the foglights today. First thing I discovered that's NOT in the manual that came with the kit - it is WAY easier to just take the grill back out and then remove the headlight assemblies. The top two bolts holding the foglight buckets in are a PITA to get to if you follow the instructions. Get the headlights out, and wow, 10 seconds yer done. Grill and headlight assemblies out of the way http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/foglight7.jpg Now, wow, super easy to get to the top bolts-- http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/foglight4.jpg http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/foglight3.jpg Here's the kit installed into the factory foglight bucket http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/foglight15.jpg http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/foglight18.jpg I did the first one with the grill on, and said to heck with that, but here are the before/after pics with just ONE lamp done for comparison--- http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/foglight5.jpg http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/foglight16.jpg Here we are all done...... Light bar and fog lights mounted. http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/foglight19.jpg With just the factory headlights http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/before.jpg After - (The light bar is so bright, it closed the iris on my camera down and made the headlights look dimmer) http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/rvnet/after.jpg I also have LED replacement headlight kits coming. I'll add to this or just do another post when they get here.
Boatycall 12/18/16 05:32pm Truck Campers
Flat towing Jeep -next dumb question. Towing hitch for jeep

What's been the best towing hitch to put on the front of my 2014 Jeep? I'd like the absolutely least obtrusive looking one when I'm just driving the Jeep alone. Anotherwords, I don't want my Jeep looking funky. But I still want a good one. I will be running my TC and 48" SuperTruss/Superhitch. The Jeep itself still has the stock Rubicon front bumper on it. Pic of my "new to me" 2014 Rubicon. http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/2014_Jeep_rvnet.jpg Wayne may move this to towing, that's fine.
Boatycall 12/15/16 08:07pm Truck Campers
So would you flat tow w/brake buddy, or trailer?

I just bought myself Jeep #5... a loaded 2014 Wrangler Rubicon 4 door with a mild lift on 35's. So, ya'll can see my sig. I have a big trailer. I also have a Brake Buddy that I've had for years. I've trailered for years, then a friend of mine gave me an older Brake Buddy. I've never used it. The hassle with trailering - equalizer bars, strapping the Jeep down, loading/unloading. Soooooo---if you had both--a trailer and a Brake Buddy, what would you do when you just want to haul your Jeep around? Flat tow or trailer? On edit, a pic of my "New to me" jeep--- http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff174/boatycall/2014_Jeep_rvnet.jpg
Boatycall 12/15/16 06:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Happijac Blowing Fuses

With your TC on the truck(assuming you can get it on the truck), raise the jack off the ground, then try cranking it with the emergency hand crank. It should be smooth and relatively easy, if not, you could have worn out/rusted out worm gears causing the motor to work too hard, drawing too many amps, and popping fuses. If it's smooth with the hand crank, take the motor head off and see how easily the spur gear turns.
Boatycall 12/15/16 11:53am Truck Campers
RE: No dinnet

I picked up a nice reclining RV loveseat from recpro.com. Here's a link to one of their RV loveseats, just poke around their website for others--- . Recpro.com Loveseat link
Boatycall 12/14/16 12:17pm Truck Campers
RE: leveling a dually

I don't bother blocking the inner and outers either. I just do the outers unless it's no more trouble to do both. And you know what? The tires don't explode, or turn square, the axles don't bend, and nothing bad happens. There are guys driving down the freeway with huge campers on singles... I don't recommend that but parking on them is fine. Ditto. X2. Yah, what he said. I've had a dually now over 15 years. I used to use the lego bricks, now I use progressive ramps, and only on the outer duals, then once pretty close to level, use the camper jacks for fine tuning and stabilization.
Boatycall 12/11/16 07:23pm Truck Campers
Tire chains for 19.5 DRW

Just looking for input on decent chains for 19.5's. My use will not be extreme offroad snow, just regular on-highway use. Even though I do have 4wd which makes me exempt from chains in Wa St, I want to keep chains handy for the extra "just in case". What did you end up buying/from who? And, for those who have--- Do you do just the outer duals or all 4 rear, or all 6? Have you chained up with your TC on?
Boatycall 12/10/16 06:20pm Truck Campers
RE: " I really hate thieves" Part 2

Make sure to discuss with your insurance "Loss of value". It will now show up on carfax as having been in an accident when you go to sell/trade, and you'll get less for it. I have State Farm, and my agent informed me of this when I had a small accident involving a road rage/rush jack___ in a subaru try and cut me of when I was fully loaded. Normally no one will tell you about this from your insurance company because they of course want to keep their costs down, but I've had the same agent for over 25 years.
Boatycall 12/09/16 06:58pm Truck Campers
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
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