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RE: mud flaps

After getting a trailer for my kayak, I got a Rock Star guard. The very first outing, I coated the front side of the Rock Star with white road paint. Must have driven through a puddle of it somewhere without noticing. None of it hit the yak. After arriving at camp, I picked a few bits of gravel out the yak from some brand new chip seal we had driven over. I found no damage from it, though. Expensive guard, but worth it.
stevenal 02/23/17 08:55am Truck Campers
RE: Stabilizing Truck Camper

If your 'foot is like mine, it has a Happijac jack system. See http://happijac.com/images/pdfs/4150and45-4600.pdf step 6 under unloading.
stevenal 02/22/17 08:49am Truck Campers
RE: dual alternators

I guess I thought the advantage would be to have a dedicated alternator to keep the camper battery charged independent of the starting battery. If they simply work in parallel, I don't see much advantage over a single higher rated alternator. Plus, it seems I would need to give up the inverter and upfitter switch options. Thanks all.
stevenal 02/21/17 06:11pm Truck Campers
dual alternators

I see Superduties have dual alternators listed as an option. Anyone have this setup? Do you like it? And how are the loads separated? Thanks.
stevenal 02/21/17 01:11pm Truck Campers
RE: My refrigerator extinguishes while driving, . . .

I keep reading about wind being a problem, and just can't imagine it being a problem with the newer (since '98 anyway) electronic ignition refrigerators. I've performed the test on my Dometic. Blow the flame out, and it reignites. Repeat the process, and it will continue to reignite. It would take a very long continuous gust to keep the flame from reigniting for so long that the valve shuts and check light comes on. Perhaps there are other problems at play. In my case, a Dinosaur replacement board was in order. Been through lots of miles and wind storms since without a problem.
stevenal 02/21/17 09:07am Truck Campers
RE: Telescoping Trailer Tongue Extension Question

Adding 75lbs of metal on the tongue can easily be offset by packing some weight over the axles or slightly behind to act as a counterbalance to offset the weight. Still not getting it. It is not the few pounds of added metal, it is the changing lever arm length. When extended, you would want to move cargo forward not back in order to keep the same tongue weight.
stevenal 01/27/17 08:55am Truck Campers
RE: 24 Volt CPAP

No need to go totally out of pocket. My respiratory guy hooked me up with a medical equipment supplier. I called the supplier and asked which units they had that would fit the prescription. By the time I went to the supplier, I knew which one I wanted. The out of pocket part was the DC cable, totally overpriced for a hunk of wire with a fuse and connectors. I think I got the cable on Ebay. Respironics is one that operates on 12 V with no converter or inverter, and therefore no converter or inverter losses.
stevenal 01/27/17 08:47am Tech Issues
RE: Telescoping Trailer Tongue Extension Question

First off the structure of the telescoping tongue only ADDS weight to the tongue. I think we can safely neglect the weight of the added metal for this setup. The point is that when extended you have a longer lever arm than when retracted. If the center of gravity is a fixed distance in front of the trailer axle, this moment must be offset by the moment produced at the hitch. Since we know the trailer is not spinning end over end, the sum of the moments must be equal to zero; and this must be true for both the extended and retracted positions. The weight at the tongue therefore changes. In the extreme example, the tongue weight requiring a jack will be easily lifted with one finger when the lever arm is made long enough.
stevenal 01/20/17 09:04am Truck Campers
RE: Telescoping Trailer Tongue Extension Question

The problem I see with a telescoping tongue is that it will be changing the tongue weight when moved from one position to another. Long tongues, removable tongues, and foldable tongues don't have this problem; since you would set them up for proper tongue weight for the traveling position.
stevenal 01/19/17 08:50am Truck Campers
RE: K-cup Coffee without Electricity in our TC

Anyone else question the wisdom of using a device meant for non-ingested cold water being used so far from its intended purpose? I use a French press on the road.
stevenal 01/13/17 01:29pm Truck Campers
RE: Sway Bar Bushing Lube

The lube that came with both my Roadmaster and Helwig bars was the stickiest, gooiest stuff I ever experienced. Good to know it won't wash away easily. Perhaps an anti sway bar manufacturer could help.
stevenal 12/23/16 01:22pm Tech Issues
RE: What Length Are They Really Referring To?

It is in fact the trailer. IF you can get the trailer on site. you can always park the TV somewhere else. The CG we have used on the Blue ridge Parkway. Have TV parking areas A bit inconvenient if your tow vehicle is where you sleep, cook, etc. This is the truck camper forum, and the OP's trailer is for cargo.
stevenal 12/22/16 08:52am Truck Campers
RE: Arizona Sites

Monument Valley
stevenal 11/23/16 08:46am Truck Campers
RE: lead in water

It's a private outfit. Found a list of certified labs on a state website. They can run all the tests you might want to do on domestic water. USPS handled the transport, and the results were obtained via email. Testing kits are available from Amazon, but they appear to only detect the presence of lead, not the amount.
stevenal 11/16/16 09:10am Tech Issues
RE: lead in water

State certified testing lab.
stevenal 11/15/16 01:08pm Tech Issues
RE: lead in water

The best advice I have ever seen is to let the water run a bit before filling your glass., or rinse the glass first. And now you know why. If the lead source is the hose bib you're hooked up to, rinsing the glass will only move the contaminated water a bit down the hose.
stevenal 11/15/16 08:55am Tech Issues
RE: lead in water

My provider is me. The before and after flushing tests confirmed the faucet is the lead source, and not the spring I pump from. 30 seconds works pretty good if the faucet you're standing at is the lead source. Depending on how long your hose is, 30s may not be long enough to clear the faucet you hook up to. Even the 2006 faucets in my house complied with the old standard, but evidently hose bib faucets are exempt from all standards if the manufacturer claims it never anticipated human consumption of the water supplied. I also grew up with exposure, breathing exhaust fumes from leaded gasoline. All the more reason to limit exposure going forward. It all accumulates.
stevenal 11/14/16 01:42pm Tech Issues
lead in water

With lead in water making the news lately, I decided to do some testing at home. With all new 2006 cpvc plumbing, I didn't expect to see much of a problem, but was concerned about the 2006 brass fixtures. Sure enough, the first draw off of a bathroom sink faucet exceeded the federal limit. It looks like the newer versions of the very same faucet models are built to stricter standards, so I'm starting to change them out one by one. Looking a bit further out, the camper water supply is my next concern. The camper has Quest plumbing and plastic faucets, so I should be in great shape. However, I generally fill the tank prior to leaving home from an outdoor faucet. Using the same logic as before, perhaps I can perform an exact swap. Looking at http://www.woodfordmfg.com/woodford/LowLeadLaw.html, I see the manufacturer has easily sidestepped the law by claiming they don't anticipate anyone using these faucets to supply water for human consumption. And not even a warning label on the new faucets to indicate this determination. So there you have it. Not only must we take our chances on the road with old pre- safe water drinking act equipment, the newest equipment may not be any better. I suggest we start informing the manufacturers how we use this stuff so they can adjust their anticipations. And in the meantime, let the water run awhile to flush out the lead before filling your tank or taking a drink when hooked up.
stevenal 11/14/16 11:27am Tech Issues
RE: Gas storage for Generators

I converted my home generator for use with propane, and it works well. Plugs into a quick connect fitting on the tank with a short piece of hose. Why not do the same for a portable camping generator? No fuel storage issues for those already using propane.
stevenal 10/27/16 08:58am Truck Campers
RE: Survey on new technology for truck campers

Yes, I'm complaining. Searching the site for "bigger on the inside" only turned up illusions, effects, and computer simulations. Still waiting for the real deal.
stevenal 10/25/16 01:31pm Truck Campers
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