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RE: Safety wire for jacks?

I think the friction in the acme screw jacks would hold them up. The ball screw units are so smooth they will spin and drop under their own weight. A single broken roll pin will cause them to drop. Luckily, it happened to me while stationary.https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/29012203/
stevenal 06/22/18 04:43pm Truck Campers
RE: Camper jacks on large casters

Jack pads on the ground add lateral stability. Castors put all that pressure on the lags holding the jack brackets to the camper. Think of a cartoon animal on ice.
stevenal 06/22/18 04:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Do you lock your turnbuckles?

in reality the only folks that are going to steal your fast guns are going to be scrappers. Any kind of metal they can get their hands on they will sell for scrap and get the cash. Its a crime of opportunity, locks will make most of them look for easier pickings. http://www.877ironmike.com/metal-prices At pennies per pound, there has to be an easier way make a buck.
stevenal 06/20/18 08:45am Truck Campers
RE: Door window glass

Optical door with the wide angle lens in the lower window. I can see the boat just fine with that lens. It's the upper widow that needs a fix. Like the picture above, I have another window that can be uncovered if I need to see who's approaching.
stevenal 06/18/18 08:58am Truck Campers
RE: Do you lock your turnbuckles?

Is this really a good idea folks? Stating we have the most expensive version of an item only TCers use, unlocked, in the forum frequented by the very people who use that item. Throw in a signature with photo, so all know who to look for.
stevenal 06/18/18 08:50am Truck Campers
RE: Door window glass

Only mistake would be no curtain? Yes, no curtain was provided. Lower door window came with a fish eye lens and a snap on cover. All other windows have curtains or blinds. Can any BF owners state what they have?
stevenal 06/15/18 03:21pm Truck Campers
Door window glass

What glass is in your door window on your TC? My old '98 Bigfoot had obscured glass for privacy, while the new '18 has tinted, but otherwise clear glass. Did they make a mistake? I'm afraid the neighbors will get an eyeful at night with an interior light on. Thanks.
stevenal 06/15/18 01:38pm Truck Campers
RE: Upper Peninsula Michigan

Just remember it's pass-tee not paste-tee. Can't take your TC their, but might want to consider a day trip to Isle Royal.
stevenal 06/14/18 09:00am Truck Campers
RE: Just a few things to stir the pot.

Why don't they just make everything with LED from the factory all around the RV??? Inside and outside? That's an option with Bigfoot.
stevenal 06/14/18 08:51am Truck Campers
RE: Happijac Issue -- Intermittent

The controller times out by design. Just reset it the way NEOK explained above.
stevenal 06/11/18 04:29pm Tech Issues
RE: Which Electric Camper Jacks

the link in the post right above yours doesn't really boost my confidence there. That one looks pretty good compared with the painted ones on my '98 BF. Hot dip galvanization of both tubes would be best.
stevenal 06/11/18 11:38am Truck Campers
RE: Which Electric Camper Jacks

Bigfoot appears to be using Rieco Titan Both my old and new BFs came with HJ. I'm hoping the new zinc coated units stored indoors in the off season will last longer. I consider their ball screw style to be unsafe, since they have single roll pin subject to breaking that risks dropping the jack at the wrong time. Stick with the acme screw, and keep the motors dry.
stevenal 06/11/18 09:01am Truck Campers
RE: Disconnecting Batteries with Solar?

There's no compelling safety reason for fusing solar. It's not like they are batteries capable of runaway amperage starting fires. The fuse goes between the controller and battery to keep a short circuit in the controller, sourced by the battery, from starting that fire.
stevenal 06/05/18 06:02pm Tech Issues
RE: New camper with solar and battery disconnect

I spoke to support at Switch Energy yesterday. Not a holiday in BC. He states it doesn't matter whether fuse is in the positive or negative, since interrupting the loop from the battery source during controller failure is what's needed. I'll move the controller positive lead from the battery to the other side of the circuit breaker, and all should be well. The breaker is on the battery side of the disconnect. Thanks for all the help.
stevenal 05/29/18 08:50am Truck Campers
RE: New camper with solar and battery disconnect

Avoiding accidental discharge evidently avoids charging from the converter as well. And since it's stored indoors, there's not much solar charging going on. I'll keep that smoke in mind. I was mistaken above. No fuses or breakers were installed at all between solar control and battery.
stevenal 05/27/18 12:04pm Truck Campers
New camper with solar and battery disconnect

My new 'foot has a remote battery disconnect. The control is handily reached from the door, and it disconnects the battery from the converter, alternator, and loads. The solar controller, though, is wired directly to the battery. Is there a reason for the partial disconnection? Do forum members use remote disconnects? I'm not sure the feature is worth the added voltage drop. Never missed having one on the old camper. The PD converter should keep the battery healthy even when stored. Finally, the instructions for the solar controller call for fusing the negative lead next to an illustration showing it in the positive lead. I think Bigfoot put a circuit breaker in the negative lead. This seems wrong with a negative ground chassis system. Comments? Thanks.
stevenal 05/27/18 08:44am Truck Campers
RE: New Colored Truck Camper

Solar gain! Get that thing heated up during the day so you won't need to run the furnace at night. Better yet, color the roof too. Just don't camp anywhere in the summer where there's no hookup to run your AC, and leave your animals home.
stevenal 05/23/18 08:56am Truck Campers
RE: Hellwig Bigwigs

I guess you installed it correctly. Roadmaster looks higher.
stevenal 05/15/18 01:18pm Truck Campers
RE: Hellwig Bigwigs

Looks a bit low from here. Can't you spin those u-bolts around the axle a bit to get better ground clearance?
stevenal 05/14/18 01:55pm Truck Campers
RE: 3500 Ram factory air suspension

My experience with a factory air suspension was with a '97 light duty F250. They would blow, frequently. And since it was an integrated system, loss of a bag left one with a very harsh ride with the frame sitting on the stops. It got to where I began carrying a spare bag, and ultimately had a spring shop add a few leaves. In my opinion, air bags are better as an aftermarket add on.
stevenal 05/07/18 08:56am Truck Campers
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