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RE: Where to buy Trojan T-105 AGM’s

I'm glad AGM type batteries came on the market. It helps the wet cell prices from the lower demand on them.
covered wagon 04/21/18 09:40am General RVing Issues
RE: Fireplace chimney repair - what to use

Going to a mason supply and getting their pre mix for that would be the tightest mix perhaps. They would also carry the better concrete sealer to apply afterward. Wire brush all the surface to get rid of loose stuff. Should use wood bristle brush and seal chimney every 5 years.
covered wagon 02/26/18 07:58am Around the Campfire
RE: What do I need to add to truck for truck camper

Everything you do to the suspension will help all the other suspension parts not have to do all the work. My last truck got upgrades after I bought the camper and each improvement was done one at a time so I was able to take note of what each item did for the ride. I.E shocks, added spring stacked on existing overload springs, rear sway bar, front sway bar. It turned out each item contributed to making a better behaving suspension overall.
covered wagon 02/15/18 08:44am Truck Campers
RE: Holding Tank Treatments?

I try avoiding any kind of apple juice that has citric acid. Not looking at the ingredients label on the one jug I bought, I began pouring it down the RV Jon to see if good for the black tank smell. It turns out it worked surprisingly well. So now I look for the citric acid type juices. You have a choice of apple cherry peach etc. I pour about a third of a quart down there.
covered wagon 02/12/18 09:01am General RVing Issues
RE: Northern Lite 10-2 Bulge/Buckling Repair Advice

Thanks Clint. one aspect to the mind that's amazing is that you can apply yourself to something unrelated, but because you are in the process of learning and exercising your head, you often find yourself with a better understanding of things related, even unrelated. In this since it helps to learn other repairs done for future needs.
covered wagon 02/11/18 08:44am Truck Campers
RE: Northern Lite 10-2 Bulge/Buckling Repair Advice

Sorry Mark the Tittle of the thread got me going. Did not mean to disrespect your original post. Getting back to your subject... One aspect or a partial solution is to build a decorative matching existing wooden beam inside to go in place of the existing trim work between the bed and the rest of the camper. this is the point where you climb up into bed. there is sort of a beam there with supporting ends there now, but is hollow. This would help carry approx. half of the cab over area ceiling weight instead of having it resting on the cab over side walls. It will help because the of the long roof w/o walls/ support subjecting and exacerbating the cab over area. Not talking about a head bumper just a small solid beam across cut to fit in place of existing small overhead wall that is now hollow. Saving the paneling when removed you have a pattern to go with for making the new solid beam have a proper fit.
covered wagon 02/10/18 08:07pm Truck Campers
RE: Northern Lite 10-2 Bulge/Buckling Repair Advice

What did the basement crushing look like? any photos? anyone have photos of this side bulging? The pictures where removed from my post on the other forum long before photobucket cancelled their free service. The first clue to having the basement problem is while the camper is resting on the truck, you will see the camper lower in the rear indicated by a smaller distance above the truck bed rails. I did the studs on the outside of the basement side in front of the gen box. Then laminated using structural glue and structural plywood to the all basement sides. Work needs to be done when the camper is resting on the jacks not the truck bed. It is a great life enjoying a good truck camper, doing the travel camping, visitations, but you have to really be willing to do whatever it takes. Gen box was not connected in anyway to the basement sides so adding that last stud against the gen box is important. Attached not only to the box but the basement side as well.
covered wagon 02/10/18 06:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Northern Lite 10-2 Bulge/Buckling Repair Advice

How old is the camper? I would call or e-mail Northern Lite before doing anything. I already fixed the basement structure crushing under its own weight. Got a call from a building official last week with the same problem asking what I had done to repair it. Even tho Northern Lite offered to fix it 7 years after ownership I opted to do the repairs myself. I'm glad I did. Including my unit I now know of 8 structural problems that happened. The cab over issue is the toughest one. I'm glad I will be doing this repair myself also. Basically installing stainless decorative steel plate on the outside with a backing plate on the inside. It will be thru bolted using both plates to sandwich the wall structure in between. Plates will cover the bulge and run 2.5 feet either side of the bulge. Running up and down whatever size allows in design.
covered wagon 02/10/18 03:36pm Truck Campers
RE: Northern Lite 10-2 Bulge/Buckling Repair Advice

That is where mine are also. They showed up after about a month long camp in cold temps that required much venting of condensation during the day. Even though camper was vented during furnace use in cold nights and vented all during the day, the amount of condensation build up quickly deteriorated well cared for camper. The electric jacks circuit board also went out from moisture building. Also the insulation on the ceiling over the cabover has started to become unglued hanging by the escape hatch trim and headliner fabric.
covered wagon 02/10/18 10:18am Truck Campers
RE: Bad converter?

A low Battery (anything below 12volts) should instantly go to 13.5- 14.2 volts dc the second you plug in the shore power cord. just watch the voltage difference at the batteries... unplugged verses plugged in rv cord. I doubt that your convertor would be only a 2 amp charger. I know it better to charge batteries at a slower rate but that is rediculoius. (sp.) My charger is a rated 20 amp and rarely see both batteries able to be force fed more than 16 amps at a time. Look at small print on your convertor to find actual rating. These days I need two inch thick reading glasses and a flashlite in daytime.
covered wagon 02/03/18 08:27am Truck Campers
RE: Rubber roof bubbling

I think the first step would be to tell the manufacturer about this posting to give them a chance to do the repair... at least show a good outcome to this thread. On second thought, it probly best to not let them do anything to it if this is the type work they do. I would have sprayed soap water to the front screws and gently pushed the bubble down to see where the air is getting thru/ coming out. I'm annoyed by American companies that think profit comes from getting away from solid workmanship. It's un-American in my opinion. Sorry about the slight rant, but I feel for you having completely exasperating experience with my NL camper.
covered wagon 02/01/18 09:07am Truck Campers
RE: Side entry - pros and cons?

I like the privacy having it in the rear so when you back into a campsite it's back there hidden. Open the door for the view anyway. Close screen door with door open for venting on warm days it nice.
covered wagon 01/29/18 06:56pm Truck Campers
RE: Check your new tires + Tonights view.

I care about others not wanting to cause an accident, but twice I had a well known tire shop leave the spare tire loose slamming around. Could have come off that silly cable 'T'. Since I have heard of the spare hoist cable rusting and loosing the spare, I have since hung two short chains from the frame and then chain bind them across the spare tire. Much safer.
covered wagon 01/23/18 06:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Best lube for grey tank and black tank valves

I like the idea above, but it would be nice to better understand the exact location of the screw lubrication hole. Another thing to consider is always avoid the ethylene glycol rv antifreeze which is cheaper and causes the rubber valves to dry out because of its alcohol content. You want to look for the propylene glycol rv antifreeze which will help the valves little bit with lube.
covered wagon 01/14/18 09:38am General RVing Issues
RE: Bathroom odor only after motor home has been driven?

I wouldn't want that cyclone vent standing up so high so as to get snagged on branches. That can ruin a roof area if hit. Here Is Your Problem..... I think your problem is from the rv builder who usually drills too big of holes for the size vent pipe thru the roof. It gets covered up by the vent cover so you have to pull the vent covers to look down inside and you can see the problem. The sewer smell gas has access to GET down inside the cabin because it isn't sealed around the pipe to the roof down inside there. The covers cover this problem up very nicely so you have to pull the caps to see down in there.
covered wagon 01/14/18 09:15am General RVing Issues
RE: 2016 Ram 3500 not disengaging 4 wheel drive low gear

Binding has happened to me on every 4wd that I've owned. It normal till you drive back or forth to unbind. Binding happens because the front is designed to spin a little fast than the rear differential. This affords better control in icy conditions and are all supposed to be this way. I think you will find exactly the same ratio front and rear in any modern 4x4 truck. But I have seen an old electric company pole truck with different ratio in front so it could steer in mud Now that I think about it I had a 1986 F-250 4x4 that had a 3.55 rear axle ratio and a 3.54 in the front. It was that way from the factory as I bought it new. That is a good truck back then. I think they might do the faster front spin with the transfer case now a days, but I'd have to talk to my 4wd shop to be sure. If the rear spun faster you would have a fishtail effect in icy conditions. So to help with that they make the front spin faster, just by a little
covered wagon 01/13/18 07:14pm Truck Campers
RE: 2016 Ram 3500 not disengaging 4 wheel drive low gear

On mine if gear bind happened going forward I roll backward just a wee bit to release if binding happened while rolling in reverse I have to go forward just a little to release. But you should try disengaging with the trans in neutral first. Your not supposed to run 4wd on hard pavement because you can cause damage by going beyond just a simple gear bind.
covered wagon 01/13/18 03:12pm Truck Campers
RE: 2016 Ram 3500 not disengaging 4 wheel drive low gear

Might be the same call out numbers for front and rear gearing to help with factory references and proper builds, but the front has to spin a wee bit faster to help control the vehicle in icy conditions. I think it is accomplished inside the transfer case gearing.
covered wagon 01/13/18 07:17am Truck Campers
RE: 2016 Ram 3500 not disengaging 4 wheel drive low gear

Picture this; the gears are gnashed together hard - lots of tension and pressure on them. Then this little electric solenoid give it a little pull. Yeah, nothing is going to happen. That solenoid just isn't strong enough. So letting off on all that tension by either backing slightly or just letting the truck coast releases all that pressure and the wimpy solenoid can do its job. I prefer the old style lever for XFER case duties. If it doesn't come out of gear, the the only weak link to blame is the guy pulling on it. Yes, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't wait till the bind goes away. You shouldn't pull like Arnold, just go back or forward till the bind is neutralized. That is the right way to treat equipment.
covered wagon 01/12/18 07:00pm Truck Campers
RE: 2016 Ram 3500 not disengaging 4 wheel drive low gear

Binding has happened to me on every 4wd that I've owned. It normal till you drive back or forth to unbind. Binding happens because the front is designed to spin a little fast than the rear differential. This affords better control in icy conditions and are all supposed to be this way.
covered wagon 01/12/18 08:53am Truck Campers
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