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RE: Camper Stands

I use axle stands for vehicle repair.
Photomike 09/15/14 04:22pm Truck Campers
RE: water heater won't stay lit

Sounds like the thermocoupler, take out and clean and put back in. If that does not work replace.
Photomike 09/15/14 12:15pm Truck Campers
RE: Installing microwave in Northern Lite 10-2 CD

We did a glob of silicone on each leg of a microwave when we needed to stop it from moving. It forms to the foot / feet and will not slide, but you can still get it out if you need to. You could also screw in a little lip of wood or plastic in front of the microwave. The only thing that would cause me any concern is if you are doing some major off road driving.
Photomike 09/04/14 04:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Propane heater

For some reason I thought there was one in the TC. Well, good to know! You all saved me! Can I just buy one and mount it between the cable ends and the battery/ground? You can put an automatic one in your truck or a manual one in the truck or the camper. I like the auto one as it saves me forgetting something.......like to shut something off to do something :B
Photomike 08/22/14 09:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Propane heater

If you are coming from other forms of camping you will think that your TCer is a 5 star resort even if you cannot run your furnace all night. Honestly in the cool weather I do not run my furnace very often, in fact I sleep with the vents and a window open and I am still warm and toasty. I do turn on the furnace in the morning to get some heat into my old bones but that is it. Doing it that way, and with my LED lights I can stay out for a week with just the one group 31 battery (was about the same for the group 27). Like was mentioned make sure that your truck battery is isolated from the camper, can be a problem when you go and turn the key and nothing happens.
Photomike 08/22/14 08:41am Truck Campers
RE: Propane heater

I have run on one battery many nights without a problem when it is a cool night, cold is another thing. If you are looking at just warming up your camper in the morning then you will be fine. As far as a cat heater they work great and I carry one for back-up and when I know my batteries are getting low and I use it only when I am awake. DO open a couple windows and DO get a CO2 detector and have fun.
Photomike 08/21/14 12:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Back to a TT

Don't feel too bad, my wife and I are considering a TT in the future too after our whirlwind tour days are done. Only difference, we will still carry the TC while hauling the TT behind. Drop off the TT at our base camp, but still have the amenities of the TC during our day excurrisions combined with the ability to spend the night out in the boonies if we wish. X2
Photomike 08/17/14 06:10pm Truck Campers
RE: Towing Question

I would weigh your truck with the camper on. 1600 lbs seems very light. What kind of camper is it? Sorry about the delay, got busy. It is an older Northern Lite. Here are the specs on one of the trailers that I am looking at: Exterior Length 16'6" Exterior Width 7' Exterior Height w/ A/C 9'10" Interior Height 6'4" Bed Size N/A Dinette Bed Size 60"x80" Sofa Size N/A Axle Weight (lbs.) 2,313 Hitch Weight (lbs.) 170 Dry Weight (lbs.) 2,483 GVWR (lbs.) 3,670 Cargo Capacity (lbs.) 1,187 Fresh Tank (gal.) 25 Gray Tank (gal.) 32 Black Tank (gal.) 25 LP Bottle (lbs.) 40 Power Conv. (Amps) 35 Elec. Ign. Furn (BTU) 16K I will keep doing some more research. The good thing is that the weight of the food, gear and other personal things will stay the same it will just be distributed to the TCer and the trailer. Thanks again,
Photomike 08/03/14 10:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Found cabover rot!

Someone else suggested on another post to take a small drill and put a few test holes into the wood. If soft and rotted then problem, if hard and woody your good. If good I would add some silicone or wood filler into pilot holes to seal up.
Photomike 08/03/14 04:58pm Truck Campers
RE: Curtains in your rig ?

I just made new curtains and love them. To me it makes the TCer feel warmer, cuts down the noise and I feel like it gives more privacy. The only place that you should not have curtains is by the stove and there it has to be blinds for fire prevention.
Photomike 08/01/14 07:32am Truck Campers
Towing Question

I am thinking of getting a trailer for the wife when camping as she likes more space when camping with the kids. I like having the TCer as we use it for a lot more when camping then just sleeping in as I like to have it a washroom and a place to put the dog should we want to do something during the day and want to leave the dog in the cool camper but still close to us, place to store my cameras, etc, etc. So I am thinking of buying a small hard side trailer to tow with the camper on the truck (she does not like tent trailers and I am not a fan of setting them up and taking down). We have a heavy duty hitch already on the truck but my question is the weight of the trailer. From what I can find out the truck can pull 8000 lbs - 2002 GMC 2500HD 6L 4x4(I do not have the original manual so I am pulling this from a number of sources) Truck camper 1600 lbs dry Trailer 3272 lbs dry That should still give me 3128 lbs for people, gear, food, water, etc. Okay so what am I missing??? Seems too easy of a calculation.
Photomike 07/29/14 02:12pm Truck Campers
RE: Replacing the back seat with platform in my 2014' RAM

Very nice job. If it wasn't for my son coming with I would do this as well. The spot under the platform is great for storage of my camera gear - out of sight, out of mind!
Photomike 07/27/14 06:22pm Truck Campers
RE: Our "new" 2002 Northern Lite 10-2 CD and Dodge dually diesel

Photo Mike, Starting with the 2001.5, Dodge 2500 and 3500's were equipped with big disc brakes all around. That was just one of the reason I bought the truck. Brakes work fine even with a 16,000 pound Gross with no fade going down endless 6-8% grades. As far as I can tell, the ".5" on the year only added all-around disc brakes, mid year production. What it does not have are engine brakes or exhaust brakes. That would help. jefe Figured that the brakes would be okay, but a lot of people (myself included) find that with the weight on the back that the truck seems like it is not responding to the brakes even when it is as we are so use to the feel of a car or unloaded truck.
Photomike 07/25/14 12:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Our "new" 2002 Northern Lite 10-2 CD and Dodge dually diesel

Nice set-up and even better for you that you got it as a package. Does the handling have anything to do with the braking? You have a lot of weight compared to what you have had in the past. One thing that I have found with my set-up is that the braking is a lot slower than with my other vehicles and it takes a lot of getting use to each time I get in it. As for the height and weight of the camper the truck should be able to handle it fine, maybe a little soft depending on the shocks and the springs, but this can be easily fixed. It will sure be different driving for you than the truck with just the cap. Enjoy your set-up!
Photomike 07/25/14 08:28am Truck Campers
RE: 1990 Bigfoot Rebuild

Yes the camper is in pretty good shape. Once we are all done should be good for another 20 years! Photomike where did you get the plexiglass to make your storm windows. I have a huge pass side window about 2' x 5.5'. I already know it will be a heat problem, so your storm window idea might help it a little. Totem (now Rona here in Lethbridge).
Photomike 07/22/14 09:57pm Truck Campers
RE: 1990 Bigfoot Rebuild

Photomike How long can you run without charging? The truck camper I had the last 2 winters had a gravity furnace no power required. I have a spare, might look at installing it into this camper and just pull the forced air. I have a small 40 watt solar panel I am going to do some testing with in the fall. Just don't want to have to deal with generators, or dead batteries in the middle of the night. And want to be able to run more then 3 days with no charging. Allot of our winter camping is un-plugged. In -30 I can get through a night with no problem, then the batteries get charged when driving as I don't stay in one place more than a night in the winter. The gravity furnace would be great to have to save on power, maybe get a 12V fan for moving some air if you need to defrost things. If I remember correctly Pianotuna did a power requirement breakdown about how much solar was needed for my set-up and came up with 120W minimum would be required to recharge after a night of running the furnace (may have been more). This also depends on the temperature of the batteries. A vented catalytic heater would be a good choice as well, lots of heat and no or very little power.
Photomike 07/20/14 08:05pm Truck Campers
RE: 1990 Bigfoot Rebuild

Hello and welcome. Looks like you have a good project on the go and with the smoke and mosquitoes that we are having a good time to work on it. A few things: 1- Battery location. Your BF is very similar to my Northern Lite in layout. I also did not have a battery or a way to charge it so I put in a 3 stage charging system and put a battery at the back below the dump hose storage. http://www.firstchoicephoto.ca/tc/bigfootbattery.jpg I wanted a second battery and there was no place to put one in the TCer so I ran a heavy line to my trailer and added another battery there. In the winter when I do not haul the trailer I put the battery on a luggage rack that mounts into the receiver. I use heavy forklift plugs to connect and disconnect. http://www.firstchoicephoto.ca/tc/carrier/IMG_2784.JPG 2- Heat. Your furnace will not have a problem heating the unit once you get it insulated (consider adding storm windows as well Link). The one thing that I would like to do, but I do not think that it can be done, is to lower the position of the furnace! If you measure the heat in my TCer in the winter you will find that up in the cab over it will be 28C, down by the counter 20C, on the floor 10C. It only makes sense that a furnace that is not ducted should be lower down to warm up the air/ material around the floor. I think if I did a tear down like you are doing I would add a Cat heater (vented one) as close to the floor as possible to heat the floor / bottom of the camper. If you are down this way when you get your unit done give me a call!
Photomike 07/20/14 04:07pm Truck Campers
RE: Winch Bumper Recommendations?

This is one thing that I would like to get, just to add a little extra protection. I have looked at Buck Stop and REALLY like them but the warning that I have gotten is that some of these bumpers weigh a lot. I can really see the benefits of them as a couple light bumps could pay for the bumper in repair savings.
Photomike 07/19/14 12:05pm Truck Campers
RE: Goodbye old friends

Sounds like a great comb! Many happy travels!
Photomike 07/10/14 08:22pm Truck Campers
RE: All weather camper

What type of cold are you looking at? Without knowing this suggestions are pointless as the temperatures will determine if your camper can even be made usable.
Photomike 07/08/14 04:48pm Truck Campers
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