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RE: Why did the front plug/connection come into being on TCs?

And, if you plug into your trailer jack, you can't drive with TC and a trailer. My truck came with both a 7 pin and 4 pin, and I commonly use both. One trailer I sometimes tow takes a 5 pin, so I wired a 5 pin into the cord going to the camper. Much easier than cutting metal. I let the dealer install a bed receptacle in my 1st camper hauling truck. They used too small wire and connected into the factory wiring harness with Scotch-loc connectors ensuring inadequate charging. The receptacle was placed where it risked damage by loads of rock or firewood, and the rust found a great place to start. I found a better way with truck #2.
stevenal 04/26/16 01:56pm Truck Campers
RE: 3M Marine Sealants for Campers

I used 5200 on my shower and kitchen sink drains, replacing the original plumber's putty that had begun to leak. No regrets.
stevenal 04/25/16 09:04am Truck Campers
RE: Found this ridiculous photo on CL.. Yikes!

Those branches are way too heavy.
stevenal 04/05/16 01:18pm Truck Campers
RE: Rear License Plate and Truck Camper?

http://publicdocs.courts.mi.gov:81/OPINIONS/FINAL/SCT/20160329_S150371_71_01_Dunbar-OP.pdf See footnote 8 on page 8. They actually understood some of the wider implications of the ruling and pointedly avoided addressing them. O'Connell had it right in my opinion, but was overturned.
stevenal 04/04/16 02:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Rear License Plate and Truck Camper?

So it would likewise be illegal to tow any kind of trailer in MI. Funny, I don't remember any lack of trailers on MI highways. Did your younger () stop all vehicles towing trailers? Also note that the MI code requires the plate to be fastened to the vehicle and not the cargo. Those who advocate moving the plate to the camper would be in violation there. Looks like TCs are illegal in MI as well, since there in no legal solution to the problem. You would also think that MI companies like Ford and GM would provide step bumpers with ball mounting positions that didn't obscure plates in the factory position, at least when not towing.
stevenal 04/04/16 09:04am Truck Campers
RE: Rear License Plate and Truck Camper?

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2016/03/30/high-court-oks-traffic-stops-obscured-plates/82420452/ Seems the real problem was drugs and weapons. No mention of a citation for the obscured plate, just whether or not the stop was legal. The trailer ball obscured part of the plate, which is normal for anyone attaching a ball to a bumper.
stevenal 04/01/16 08:56am Truck Campers
RE: Who here is using a hitch extension?

A Super Extra Long Ball Mount might get you a bit more length.
stevenal 03/29/16 08:57am Truck Campers
RE: Rear License Plate and Truck Camper?

http://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/803.540 This does not fully answer your question and I will ask next time I run into a trooper and get their opinion. I will say they will not have a solid do x,y and z. It is left grey as you can read. http://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/803.550 Here in this section you can see in subsection 2, b) it leaves some room for officer descretion as well. Thanks Vinsil. 803.540 1(a) and 1(b) make it pretty clear the registered vehicle plate must be on the registered vehicle, and not on the camper, trailer, cargo, etc. And I think 550 2(b) is about those commercially available plate covers that make plates less visible while interfering with the plate's nighttime reflective ability. I look forward to your traffic guy's response.
stevenal 03/25/16 01:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Rear License Plate and Truck Camper?

Here in Oregon....you can get a ticket for obstructed plate with a TC on...but I think its so common here that LE doesn't enforce it. I'm in LE but I don't work traffic. I'll ask one of the traffic guys next time I see one. I'm curious! Vinsil, You got an ORS# for that rule? While you are asking, ask how an OR resident towing a trailer under 1800 lbs can comply. In OR, these trailers don't need a plate; so the LEO has no way of identifying you from behind. Or are we expected to move the truck plate to the trailer whenever we hitch up?
stevenal 03/25/16 09:03am Truck Campers
RE: How much cab over clearance should one have?

The limiting factor on my combination is the rear door. The tall rear door combined with the way the BF overhang slopes to the rear made it likely the door couldn't be opened when parked on a side slope; until sufficient spacers were added.
stevenal 03/15/16 08:55am Truck Campers
RE: Tire Pressure Again

The door sticker does in fact show the pressures needed when loaded to GVWR. I carefully followed the sticker on my first truck, and quickly wore out the center portion of the tread on the rears by driving mostly unloaded. I now set the rears same as the front for most occasions, and air up the rears when loaded. Tire life is much improved, with even wear across the tread.
stevenal 03/10/16 08:52am Truck Campers
RE: safe towing-camper package?

Sorry, having trouble posting and editing. Here's what I wanted to post before. Maybe it will work this time: If your boat trailer is set up properly, you should have 420 lb (10%) tongue weight. This weight is part of your payload, since it goes on the truck suspension. Most extensions will reduce your hitch rating, so if you need an extension, a SuperHitch is needed. I also tow a similar weight tandem boat trailer with a good size tongue, and found a super extra long drawbar does the trick with no de-rating and no negative effect on the surge brakes. https://www.etrailer.com/Ball-Mounts/Hidden-Hitch/80232.html https://www.etrailer.com/question-29445.html
stevenal 03/02/16 09:00am Truck Campers
RE: safe towing-camper package?

trailer with a good size tongue, and found a super extra long drawbar does the trick with no de-rating and no negative effect on the surge brakes. https://www.etrailer.com/Ball-Mounts/Hidden-Hitch/80232.htmlhttps://www.etrailer.com/question-29445.html
stevenal 03/01/16 08:17am Truck Campers
RE: What does this burned furnace wire tell you?

Localized heating around the crimp barrel indicates a poor crimp. The one connector need to be replaced, and possibly both if the other shows any sign of overheating.
stevenal 02/25/16 09:03am Tech Issues
RE: Hot water tank drain hole is stripped

Never Seize? Navel Jelly? Sounds like yummy stuff for a potable water system. Personally I think I'll stick with Teflon or other sealants intended for water systems. Be neat with your work and don't just slop it on. The internals will never see the anti seize product you use. There is also a Teflon based anti seize, a copper based anti seize, etc, etc. By definition, that which is used as a sealant must be in contact with the fluid it is sealing against.
stevenal 02/23/16 01:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Hot water tank drain hole is stripped

Chlorine bleach is water soluble. Don't know about navel jelly, but never seize is oil based and won't rinse. It will leach, however. Like I say, yum.Who drinks their hot water? That's always been a bad idea because of the mineral build-up in the water heater. And I'm referring to a home water heater as well. The hot water tank is not isolated. Heat cycling and expansion/contraction makes it likely that toxins in the water heater will end up on the cold water side.
stevenal 02/23/16 01:25pm Tech Issues
RE: Camper on its side - help

You most likely have a duty to mitigate further damage. If it was in the wind, it is also in the weather with vents/windows oriented the wrong way so there will be water damage that will not be covered.
stevenal 02/23/16 01:19pm Truck Campers
RE: What unusual location have you parked overnight at?

Boat access at a reservoir. Probably not legal, but it was getting late. We were first ones there, but others evidently saw our presence and decided it was okay. The lady in the tent closest to us was a screamer. She apologized in the morning, said it had been a long time.
stevenal 02/22/16 01:47pm Truck Campers
RE: Do you remove your camper from the truck while camping?

I leave it on. No need to repack for day trips, and those day trips keep the battery charged. Took it off once since '98; to drive the Monument Valley loop without shaking up the beer. Put it right back on afterward.
stevenal 02/16/16 08:59am Truck Campers
RE: Shocks

KYB
stevenal 02/11/16 08:38am Truck Campers
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