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RE: Complete retrofit - swapping HappiJacs for Reico Titans-PICS

So first - rewire the fronts. I could only get so far before pulling the cable through the belly and up into the electrical access meant I could pull no further, so there I tapped into the factory run 12ga for the final 3 feet through the wall itself. Since you went to the original 12 ga wire anyway, you might have well run 12 ga all the way. If you put a fuse on those front jacks greater than 20a you will now turn that 12ga section of wire into a fuse that is inside your walls. Your circuit is just like a chain, it is only as strong as it's weakest link. Dave 12AWG can carry 40 to 45 amps before melting the insulation (which would take some amount of time which may be longer than the duty cycle he runs the jacks). The voltage drop on the 4AWG+12AWG run will be much less than if you used 12AWG the whole way = more power for the motors. 12AWG has a resistance of 0.00159 ohms per foot. A round trip 20 foot run would thus have a resistance of 0.032 ohms and a voltage drop of about 1.25 volts at 40 amps. The motors would get somewhere around 11 volts at that current level. Ya, see, Jfet nailed it, back to my original comment. "To have the absolute minimal loss, I chose 4ga for the main, 8ga for each jack," I wanted the least amount of voltage loss/lowest resistance possible over distance. I tried running the last 3 feet inside the walls to no avail...just wasn't gonna happen, it wouldn't pull through. So 3-ish feet of the original 12ga had to be used, but to get to that point, there's 18 feet of 8ga. And also worth noting - the fuses on both the original HappiJac and the new Reico have the fuses inside the controller, not the motor heads.
Boatycall 03/02/15 11:03am Truck Campers
RE: Complete retrofit - swapping HappiJacs for Reico Titans-PICS

How much stronger are the Reico? Cost comparable to HJ? (not that I'm worried about weight) Weight, 1900 vs.2500 per jack. Cost, didn't really price the old ones, did sell them though for $1100. So what factor(s) had you choose Reico vs Atwood? Really, just familiarity... They were on a Arctic Fox I had, and they just seemed to work so much more effortlessly. The HappiJacs were just straining, blowing fuses and engaging the clutches all the time, apparently running at their design max. The Reico's on the other hand honestly run as if they're designed for the weight as a norm and not a max. I saw where Atwood has a slightly higher rating on their best, but I just haven't used them before. So ya, just familiarity.
Boatycall 03/01/15 05:59pm Truck Campers
RE: Solar Panels for battery charging

**IF** you have enough roof space, I felt this was a killer deal and bought 6 of them, 136 watt flexible, roll out/stick on solar panels. You need a controller of course, but the panels themselves are only $99. Note the dimensions though, they're very long but narrow. I already bought 6 of them, just no controllers yet. 2 will go on my TC, 4 more on my car trailer when I get around to doing it. Peel n Stick solar panels on sale http://cdn1.bigcommerce.com/n-63unu/plcxihwu/products/1980/images/585/Uni_Solar__74321.1414444215.1280.1280.JPG?c=2 height=480 width=640
Boatycall 03/01/15 02:47pm Truck Campers
Complete retrofit - swapping HappiJacs for Reico Titans-PICS

So, just shear co-inky-dink there's another post asking about it, I've been in the planning stages for a couple weeks now (and saving my beer money). I have a VERY heavy camper, that I've made even heavier. I have a DOT scale very close to the house, it's ~6500lbs. Well, the HappiJac's aren't so happy with it. They have groaned, grunted and if it's the slightest bit heavy on one corner, frequently engaged the safety clutches, or just blown a fuse. Next problem - where Eagle Cap chose to mount the controller. It's in the front belly compartment in front of the fresh water tank. **When** you blow a fuse lifting, you're up a creek, can't get to it until you get the camper off the truck with the hand crank. http://home.comcast.net/~boatycall/rvnet2/jacks/jacks2.jpg And also worth noting - the main power line that EC put in is a whopping 12ga http://home.comcast.net/~boatycall/rvnet2/jacks/jacks3.jpg So the mission -- relocate and completely rewire / upgrade the electrical cabling, and then swap jacks. So, first task, with the camper still sitting on the HappiJac's, relocate the controller. Once that is done, use the Reico controller on the HappiJac's to then load it on the truck, so I can then swap the jacks themselves. Step one - wire. I do electrical engineering as my day job, and as a hobby do many things 12v.. So I have a pretty good selection of wire on hand, 2ga, 4ga, 8ga, 12ga, 14ga, 16ga and 18ga. To have the absolute minimal loss, I chose 4ga for the main, 8ga for each jack, and recommended 60amp breaker on the main. http://home.comcast.net/~boatycall/rvnet2/jacks/jacks4.jpg http://home.comcast.net/~boatycall/rvnet2/jacks/jacks5.jpg I crimp AND then solder every connection, not just for strength, but for corrosion resistance. http://home.comcast.net/~boatycall/rvnet2/jacks/jacks6.jpg http://home.comcast.net/~boatycall/rvnet2/jacks/jacks7.jpg http://home.comcast.net/~boatycall/rvnet2/jacks/jacks8.jpg Then - loom. My 1/4" obviously no. Surprisingly, 1/2 inch was also no. Had to go to the 1 1/4". http://home.comcast.net/~boatycall/rvnet2/jacks/jacks9.jpg http://home.comcast.net/~boatycall/rvnet2/jacks/jacks10.jpg So first - rewire the fronts. I could only get so far before pulling the cable through the belly and up into the electrical access meant I could pull no further, so there I tapped into the factory run 12ga for the final 3 feet through the wall itself. http://home.comcast.net/~boatycall/rvnet2/jacks/jacks11-2.jpg From here I can go no further - I tried fishing it, no luck. http://home.comcast.net/~boatycall/rvnet2/jacks/jacks11.jpg The controller is now relocated to the rear access/storage next to the batteries, so a relatively short run of 4ga is needed. http://home.comcast.net/~boatycall/rvnet2/jacks/jacks13.jpg Now the Reico controller is wired to the HappiJac's, time to load the TC then swap jacks. http://home.comcast.net/~boatycall/rvnet2/jacks/jacks14.jpg Drilling was required, as of course, the bolts don't line up, as well as trimming the top of the mount bracket to fit the Reico motorhead. http://home.comcast.net/~boatycall/rvnet2/jacks/jacks15.jpg http://home.comcast.net/~boatycall/rvnet2/jacks/jacks16.jpg I literally went through almost a whole can of WD40 drilling because the brackets were so thick - I had a small mountain of shavings. http://home.comcast.net/~boatycall/rvnet2/jacks/jacks17.jpg Now time to change the plugs... http://home.comcast.net/~boatycall/rvnet2/jacks/jacks20.jpg And Who-La! New jacks, on MUCH heavier power cable. http://home.comcast.net/~boatycall/rvnet2/jacks/jacks21.jpg Total time was about 10 working hours, mostly due to relocating and rewiring the controller. Drilling and remounting didn't take that long, and if I had just left the brain where the old one was, with it's existing wiring, it could have been done in probably 4 hours or less.
Boatycall 03/01/15 10:49am Truck Campers
RE: Electric Jack upgrade - as easy as it looks?

I'm in the process of changing over from CrappiJacks to Reico Titan. I have a pretty heavy Eagle Cap dual slide camper, no clue why Eagle Cap chose these jacks. It's been my biggest complaint with the camper... They are under tremendous strain, and frequently engage the safety clutch. The Reico's are rated at 600lbs more per corner, had them on my last AF... Should have swapped them when I had the chance-at one point I had both campers in my yard. Anyway... I already have relocated and completely rewired the controller. That's another complaint I have with EC - WHY did you guys put the controller in the water access hatch that's INSIDE the bed when the camper's on the truck? You can't change a jack fuse when it's on the truck. And they blew several times... Today all I have to do is swap the jacks themselves and I'm done. I'm taking lots of pics, I'll post when done.
Boatycall 02/28/15 10:33am Truck Campers
RE: Disappointed with Fastgun Handle

Just received my new Fastguns and upon opening the package I noticed they have a cheap looking straight handle rather than the lever rifle looking handle. The box they are in as well as most the litature I have read show the fancy rifle handle but not the ones I got. I have both - yes, 2 sets, the older 'rifle handle' style, and the new ones. They changed it for strength. I actually had one handle bust off, but it in all fairness, it was because some tweaker tried stealing them, and I had the locks on. He pulled so hard it snapped the handle off. I really like the new ones, and LOVE the company. We've all had bad customer experiences, and good, and they most certainly for me, they are at the very #1 top of the list for service, and I feel thier products are A-number 1...
Boatycall 02/27/15 08:50am Truck Campers
RE: Torklift Stable Loads - Install

I love em, I haul a VERY heavy camper.
Boatycall 02/21/15 11:06am Truck Campers
RE: Water Heater problem

The last couple times I used my WH it had a weird odor. Flush the tank and replace the anode! Cheers -Mark Could be any number of things... did a small nest of bees get into your water heater burner? Happens a lot with furnace inlets/outlets. But like others mentioned, the smell should have vented only outside. Did you pour a glass of hot water and give it a sniff? And on that note, have you pulled the anode to look for any weird discoloration and/or mold/algae?
Boatycall 02/16/15 05:08pm Tech Issues
RE: internal vs external tiedowns

Absolutely frame mount-- even the torque and twist of a lightweight camper shouldn't be trusted to just the sheetmetal of your bed. And as with others.. Torklifts... Their new all-aluminum Talons are pretty nice. I have a set, they're very light, but very stout at the same time. Torklift's website
Boatycall 02/16/15 05:03pm Truck Campers
RE: War of the Worlds, a photoposé of the Page area

WHAZ-UP!! get it... :) I told ya he'd be back..... :B Nice to have ya back Whaz... Not sure he is back. Post that popped this back up was made by Admin. ????????? Yes, but if you click on the edit history, edit'd by Whaz today.
Boatycall 01/31/15 06:24pm Truck Campers
RE: War of the Worlds, a photoposé of the Page area

WHAZ-UP!! get it... :) I told ya he'd be back..... :B Nice to have ya back Whaz...
Boatycall 01/31/15 05:57pm Truck Campers
RE: Flexible roll-out 136w Solar Cell Deal

oops.. double post
Boatycall 01/24/15 10:06am Truck Campers
RE: Flexible roll-out 136w Solar Cell Deal

They have been as low as $99 recently. So I did some poking around on the ole interweb and, low and behold, yes, I found them for $99 Free shipping, plus an extra 3% off if you sign up for thier mailing list. Since I'm looking at 4, that's another whopping $12... Hey, every little bit helps. Link to $96, free shipping
Boatycall 01/24/15 10:06am Truck Campers
RE: Flexible roll-out 136w Solar Cell Deal

Well, it's from Amazon, so if they're doa they'll take care of it. But flexible peel n stick panels in that wattage are $600ish.
Boatycall 01/23/15 08:54pm Truck Campers
Flexible roll-out 136w Solar Cell Deal

Saw this on Amazon.. Killer deal on a flexible, frameless solar panel. Literally peel and stick. Controller not included, you need a good MPPT controller to drop the voltage and up the amperage. At 24 volts they would only output ~ 5amps, but an MPPT will convert that to ~10amps@12v (in ideal conditions). The catch - look at the dimensions. But I'm considering getting them because I can easily stick them to the roof of my car trailer in my sig. Amazon Solar Clearance
Boatycall 01/23/15 07:44pm Truck Campers
RE: honda 2000 & extened run

Generator must be full when you hook up and start using it, at least 2/3 if I remember correctly Yes, it needs to be full. I've done a LOT of tinkering with the Honda EU gens. Making your own extended run set up is SUPER easy. So is your own Parallel Kit. Most people don't know this, but because the bottom of the built-in tank is lower than the carb, there is a very small fuel pump on them. Because of this, it's very easy to set up an extended run tank because the fuel pump will create a suction aka, siphon, and as long as you have a sealed cap and hose on the honda gen going to another tank, you're set, it will siphon. ANYTHING will work for the second tank - just a sealed lid with a hose going to any normal tank with a vent/air inlet. The fuel pump can create enough suction for about 1 to 2ish feet of siphon lift. Here's a link on a simple "How to make your own extended run tank"
Boatycall 01/23/15 07:30pm Truck Campers
RE: Dave Rogers (Whazoo) remembered

I loved Whaz's posts. I remember a couple years ago posting a thread, something to the effect of 'show your best TC related Photoshop pics" or something like that. I thought I was pretty good at PS, but then somebody said "be careful, as you will awaken the great Whazoo". He really is on another level than me when it comes to PS. But.. And all, please don't take this wrong. Having been a Moderator myself for a time, I can tell you a Mod's job is extremely tough. As with all things dealing with the public, yer dam'd if ya do, and dam'd if ya don't. When I saw Whaz's pics, I was like, "wow, those are awesome pics, and I know he took a lot of time to put that together for us---But they're outside the size guidelines." As a Mod, they have to do what Admin and the rules say. And Admin has to answer to a higher power also. Being a member, and a former Mod, I see both sides of this. Sorry to see him go. But nobody leaves here for good... He'll be back.
Boatycall 01/20/15 08:22pm Truck Campers
How much boost/pyro empty vs. loaded with TC?

** GO HAWKS!! ** K, So, I had to run down to Portland yesterday from Tacoma. A RV surplus store got a truckload of brand new motorized power awnings for $550, so for that price, I just had to have one for my car trailer. As I'm rolling down the highway(in the POURING down rain), with car trailer in tow, I was putting the coals to it. Speed limit south of Olympia to Portland is 70, and I was 80. I wanted to make time so I could get back without killing my whole day. Diesel here is $2.49, so cost vs. time didn't matter to me all that much. Even without my TC, my car trailer is still what is in essence a huge parachute. As I'm cruising down the hwy@ 80, I'm @ 15lbs boost, 900pyro (my probe is pre-turbo, 1350 is redline in this case). Round trip, I got 10mpg. Now, I don't run 80 with the TC. Ever. Even on a 70mph hwy I seldom go over 65, usually 60. But with TC and trailer, @ 60 is about the same, 15lbs boost, 900 pyro. Empty @70 I'm 5lbs boost 600 pyro. I'm looking to do some more mods to the before summer, just curious what boost and pyro temps others are running, and what mods you have that got you there. And if Wayne/Admin will allow it, I'll say where I got the awning in case anyone else wants one. I am not affiliated in any way with them, it's just a killer deal I felt was worth passing on. They have sizes from 10' to 18', motorized, completely turnkey for $550---$590 if you are not replacing an existing awning ($40 for the roof awning track). Affordable RV 15555 SE McGloughlin Oak Grove, OR They have a ton of adds on the Portland Craigslist, just google them.
Boatycall 01/18/15 10:23am Truck Campers
RE: Apache Trail Day 1

Awesome pictures. I lived in Phoenix for a couple years, now Seattle. Miss the place, especially nights like right now, dark @5pm, cold and raining.
Boatycall 01/15/15 07:30pm Truck Campers
RE: Chalet TS116

Maybe it's just me but after spending our entire lifetime paying out the nose for trucks that even yet continue to rise to unbelievable heights in price that actually had a job and went to work and helped us earn a living, blowing such a chunk of change that would buy a house isn't very palatable....to us. We're just regular working folks who have always been sole proprietors, raised a big family and just can't imagine having the amount of disposable income it takes to buy some if the set ups we see on this forum! I'm sure there are more folks on here that have the money to spend than those of us who don't but that doesn't mean we enjoy our old, used, cheapies any less. It all comes down to what one can afford, wants to afford, need to feel good, and you are comfortable with. For us it's real comforting having cash to travel with more places and a unit that didn't cost three lifetimes to buy. We all have our level of comfort. Personally I think it's obscene the prices placed on both trucks and campers, especially truck campers by the manufacturers and retailers. Guess as long as people will pay those prices they'll just keep getting more ridiculous. Well, since you spoke your mind, I'll speak mine. Why aren't you over blasting the Diesel Pusher guys? Their rigs can run into the millions. Their CHEAPEST ones cost MORE than a top-of-the-line TC and truck put together. I don't have the money for one of those, but I'm not going to go over and blast them because they do. The OP didn't ask for this type of a response, this comes off as trolling to me. You don't have a signature telling us what rig you have--or don't. I don't see the purpose of blasting someone, or for that matter all of us here, for buying what is one of the least expensive forms of RV's there is on this forum. Sure, like any class of RVs there are high end models that cost a lot, but a Travel Trailer needs a truck, a Tent Trailer needs a truck, so does a 5th Wheel, or a Toyhauler. Blasting the OP, or for that matter, the rest of us as to why you won't buy one is both irrelevant to this conversation, and condescending. I didn't see Butch's post, he pulled it before I saw it, but I have a funny feeling it was pretty similar to this. And unless Wayne or Admin removes it, it stays.
Boatycall 01/12/15 09:23am Truck Campers
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