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RE: Drawer Hard to Open

Did it start out that way, or just develop with use?? Parafin on the runners is always a good place to start. Does it bind when you are sliding it in or out? Or is the bind when it's locked? like it won't unlock?
covered wagon 10/01/14 11:57am Truck Campers
RE: torklift

I would like to thank you for beginning this thread as I also won a set of lower stabloads from Torklift. They are so thorough they had me send pics of my trucks suspension to get the correct ones sent to me. I think they are one of the best American cos. around.
covered wagon 09/27/14 01:06pm Truck Campers
RE: Happijac motor problem

covered wagon, you were correct. The motors had gotten water inside. However I disassembled them , cleaned and reinstalled and they are working. I am interested in your bearing oiling trick. Okay.... here's what you do twice a year, once in the fall and again in the spring. You take a rubber tipped air nozzle and shoot about 5-10 p.s.i. compressed air into the small hole at the bottom of each white plastic motor cover. It will slide down like a piston so keep shooting small blasts until you can pull it off by hand. Inside the cover you will notice evidence of rust and moisture stains. Now, looking very closely at the steel housing to the electric motors, you will notice a very tiny weep hole at or near the bottom. You should squirt a liberal amount of 3 in one oil in there. Not flooding, but a good amount so you get the bottom bearing that is in the center lobe or bowl shape on the bottom end of the steel housing. That is where the motor shaft and bearing meet and get moisture trapped there. It won't hurt the elect. motor. I think I've squirt enough a time or two to have the oil dripping out a small amount afterwards. Again it won't hurt the motor. Afterward I wipe down the steel housing with a little oil on my hands. To get the covers back on, I hold onto the top of the jack gearheads so as to not stress them while pushing the covers back up into place. Be sure to not cover the small hole at the bottom of the cover with your hand while pushing upward so air can displace or escape as you push them back up into place. After about the third year I noticed the covers getting loose in the hot sun. On a very hot day a cover facing the sun fell to the ground. To solve this I placed stainless hose clamps on each cover up near the top with the clamp screw behind the motor so as to not be seen and just look like a ss band around each one. I think it helps stop some of the moisture too. To better the process of getting the covers back on without stressing the jack gearheads, I think it would be great to use a wood clamp large enough to squeeze it back into place. I would not use a steel clamp but one of the new type used by carpenters and are plastic squeeze clamps seen at lumber yards.
covered wagon 09/24/14 09:11pm Truck Campers
RE: What issue should I be aware of on used Northern Lites

I had quite a few leaks with mine. But now I love the camper after attacking all of them. The most difficult one to locate was the leak getting into the campers belly from the outside propane compartment door hinge. I would have never known it if I had not seen the water running inside except I had cut an access hole to get under the bathroom sink. As soon as it rained water would run from somewhere forward, under that sink and toward the rear. A good NL owner should store his camper so it's got a slight angle to the rear sewer outlet as any leak will advertise itself there that needs attention. The door hinge was unsealed and would have never been able to find it till I squirt water at the camper to locate it. It was very frustrating otherwise. I was around boatyards with larger yachts for about ten years. It taught me the correct way of sealing leaks to a fiberglass body. I'm very fortunate to have this experience and bring my NL camper up to that standard as it had many leaks from the first day I brought it home brand new. The other frustration was the basement structure failing/ falling under the campers own weight. I fixed that also, knowing that I'm a better craftsman than the builder, I declined the manufacturer's offer to repair it, even though the offer was well beyond warrantee and very commendable on his part to make such an offer...
covered wagon 09/24/14 08:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Happijac motor problem

Anyone interested in how to keep the lower electric motor bearings oiled you can pm me. Mine are still smooth sitting out in the weather 10 years now. I oil them twice a year. Covered Wagon, please post that information here so that all can benefit. Thanks, LeRoy Will do...... a little tired at this hour so later in the day tomorrow.
covered wagon 09/23/14 11:31pm Truck Campers
RE: Happijac motor problem

Anyone interested in how to keep the lower electric motor bearings oiled you can pm me. Mine are still smooth sitting out in the weather 10 years now. I oil them twice a year.
covered wagon 09/21/14 09:56pm Truck Campers
RE: Happijac motor problem

Those elect. motors seize up if not covered in winter rains/ moisture. It's the bearing in the lower end of the motor that goes bad and that's usually before the jack mechanism portion shows problems. So I cover mine with plastic and wrap each one every winter. You should run each one up and down every so often too. Don't let them sit idle for lengthy periods. By running each one up and down individually you can tell by the sound if one is developing a problem as it will be a louder grind less smooth sound than the others.
covered wagon 09/21/14 05:01pm Truck Campers
RE: Personal Safety for Truck Campers ~ Part I & 2

Is it possible, feasible to install a mini peep hole telescope thru the front cab over? The kind you often see on a front entry door? There's no window and often can't see when backed into a private campsite? Anyhow there's a good idea for TorkLift to make something for that. SkyFree, if they are so broke or so 'low life' they feel the need to lay in dirt or hide and steal like that, they can have the stuff. Although I would prefer they ask first.
covered wagon 09/20/14 10:06am Truck Campers
RE: Dodge 3500 steering

Basically a really nice engine sitting on a pile of junk. You own one so I guess you can call it what you like. I have owned a 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008, and now a 2013. I had to replace the ball joints on the 2004 at 50,000 miles. Nothing on the rest of them. My son has a 2006 Chevy with the Duramax and has replaced both hubs. His wife has a 2007 Tahoe w/70,000 miles and he just replaced both hubs last week. Besides the the ball joints replaced on the 2004, the only other item I replaced on those 5 year models was a Turbo Speed Sensor at 90,000 miles on the 2008. Four days ago, the 2013 was 1 year old and has 19,800 miles on it. 70% of those miles are hauling the TC or my 11,000 lb. dozer. No problems. Must be good junk! Not bad for over 400,000 miles from 'junk' trucks Huh!? Now if you told me that 400 k miles was all on one truck I would be impressed.
covered wagon 09/19/14 08:54am Truck Campers
RE: rear end gears

I am surprised that on an rv forum we have all this concern for being the fastest. When in reality owning an rv means you are going to slow down and see America, not have it wiz by. Live with time on your side that's the way to being happy, not stressed and not tired.
covered wagon 09/17/14 07:53pm Truck Campers
RE: rear end gears

I'm willing to sacrafice a little gas mileage for off the line responsiveness. My last truck had 4:10's and was the best combination on a truck I've owned. With a camper you don't want to be racing, a diesel has plenty of off the line/ bottom end torque anyhow. With a camper on board you should drive more conservatively, like your on vacation and higher gears help conserve fuel. I had lower gears and it was a bummer.... I had it regeared for a lot of money and will never go back. I have 3:55s now. I can still throw the camper right off of the back of the truck with the torque if I wanted to. Take it from a guy that's had both ways
covered wagon 09/16/14 08:37pm Truck Campers
RE: rear end gears

The best advice from most everyone is get the tallest highest gears you can get because you don't want the rpms screaming fuel away at 60 miles an hour on the flats. When you come to a hill or need to down shift it will do it when needed as needed. Even with a manual shift it will become automatic for you as well. The duration of needing a lower gear is so short compared to all other driving that you should use the trans to downshift during those moments.
covered wagon 09/16/14 08:33am Truck Campers
RE: Older Bigfoot Taillight question

Thanks for the info on the LEDs. I'll look a little more into it.
covered wagon 09/14/14 08:21pm Truck Campers
RE: Older Bigfoot Taillight question

I'm not going with LED lights. They burn out all too often and can't change the bulb. I knew there had to be a trade-off about them.
covered wagon 09/14/14 01:52pm Truck Campers
RE: Cargo Carrier Question

Little kid running, adult glancing elsewhere while coming around the front corner of your truck in a shopping center. To easy to hurt someone with that. You should get the one that does not fold/ stick out like a sore thumb and put it under the camper on the rear hitch. Someday you'll be in close quarters and forget about that large vestige and crush, crunch something. If you need extra storage and cant spare the use of the rear hitch you should get a flatbed put on your truck with the side saddle boxes under the camper wing. May God present America with a true home run wake up call that does not hurt anyone.
covered wagon 09/14/14 03:52am Truck Campers
RE: Camper fall down. Nothing but pride hurt. And jacks.

I would not want a camper that has only three jacks. Nor would I have jacks that are only attached underneath the wings. There is a reason the attachment points run up along the corners for a ways on TCs now a days.
covered wagon 09/12/14 05:34am Truck Campers
RE: TC bends frame of Dually - pic

Yep, integrated tie downs if you wish.
covered wagon 09/09/14 10:26pm Truck Campers
RE: TC bends frame of Dually - pic

So Torklift should make clamp on frame reinforcement brackets. Ford, Chev or Dodge, they would fit nice and snug over the frame in the most stressed point in hauling a camper. Between the cab and bed, they'd be a nice thick (heavy wall) 'C' channel fitting over your existing frame. No drilling, no welding... just tighten the clamping bolts provided in the kit..
covered wagon 09/09/14 08:11pm Truck Campers
RE: That was a rough trip.

Interesting story and glad everything is going good again. I think you can set up your fuel system so the electric fuel pump is not inside the tank. I know lots of people did this and carry an extra lift pump since the elect. ones seem to go out.
covered wagon 09/09/14 07:18am Truck Campers
RE: Lost outside fridge access door and frame

Why would you recommend a camper that the parts fall off as you go down the road? Depends all on the employees working for whatever brand.
covered wagon 09/07/14 12:41pm Truck Campers
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