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RE: Sway bars versus RAS versus SS…which one did you choose/why?

To be clear-want to correct for sway/lean/roll/tracking. Tx, Bill The RAS and SS simply tighten your suspension. This may have an indirect efect on sway/lean/roll, but the anti-sway bar transfers motion from one side to the other and will do so regardless of how soft the suspension is. Anti-sway bars would be the first thing I'd look at to deal with the sway/lean/roll caused by a camper.
stevenal 04/09/14 09:03am Truck Campers
RE: F350 with no overload springs

I bought this truck brand new. It didn't offer the "camper package" but a "towing package". It is the same thing, right? No, not the same. You'll get a camper certificate with the camper package.
stevenal 03/18/14 08:59am Truck Campers
RE: Time for new E rated tires. Any suggestions?

I like my Goodyear Silent Armour tires. They are AT tires with the mountain snowflake symbol making them count as un-studded traction tires for winter travel (superior to the common M+S rating).
stevenal 03/18/14 08:48am Truck Campers
RE: LP regulator at altitude

Perhaps a review of the concept of absolute versus relative pressure is in order. I would expect your LP regulator to maintain a (nearly) constant relative pressure measured in psig (pounds per square inch-gage).
stevenal 02/12/14 09:12am Tech Issues
RE: Happijac Tiedown vs. Torklift Tiedown

Had Happijac buttons all around on the old truck, and upgraded the rear mounts to Torklift when the bumper began to bend. Kept the turnbuckles at the time. With the new truck; Torklift and Fastguns all around and not looking to change.
stevenal 02/10/14 08:56am Truck Campers
RE: Happijac Parts list/Repair Instruction

Thanks for the pdfs, good to have. My camper has spent most of its life outside, and the jacks definitely show it. I can tell you a seized motor is most likely caused by a seized lower bearing, requiring complete motor disassembly or replacement. I found the correct bearing at Grainger. Someone here suggested using an air nozzle at the lower drain hole to remove the plastic cover, and I can tell you it worked well. One new motor allowed me to rebuild them one at a time without taking the camper out of service, leaving me with a spare.
stevenal 02/04/14 09:02am Truck Campers
RE: My Timbren Review

As others have said, I believe you have too much unloaded spacing. If the HDs are shorter, its even more important to use the spacers to get the clearance right. You want your unloaded truck to contact the Timbrens as little as possible, since you will feel every contact. Likewise you want the loaded truck to loose contact as little as possible, since you will feel every re-engagement. I found the Timbren instructions less than helpful, recommending too little clearance. Once I removed the spacer, all was fine. So in my experience it takes a bit of experimenting to get it right.
stevenal 01/23/14 08:54am Truck Campers
RE: Happijac - Unhappy

Yes. I bought one new motor allowing me to rebuild the seized ones one by one without losing use. I use the air compressor trick to take the covers off. I rebuild them with new bearings from Grainger. Since there are several low points in the bottom end cap where water can collect, they go back together with lots of new drain holes. Oiling a rusted bearing might free it somewhat, but you really need to replace it.
stevenal 01/17/14 02:04pm Truck Campers
RE: AFCIs in an RV

Not very many bed room floors will conduct electricity, therefore there will be no unbalance, so the GFCI will not trip. Pushing a bobby in to the hot and neutral will cause an arc. Dusty The arcing fault determination takes time. It must distinguish the arcing within a switch as it changes position, or a motor during startup from the continuous arc likely to ignite a fire. The bobby pin making a perfect balance will trip the breaker on plain old fashioned over-current. The toddler in question on the insulated floor was never in serious danger, since no current was flowing through his body; although he might burn his fingers a bit.
stevenal 01/17/14 09:05am Tech Issues
RE: AFCIs in an RV

Was told that children, when playing, will often stick a bobby pin in a receptacle, which will cause an arc going in, is the reason for the AFCI. Dusty An AFCI is unlikely to open in time in this circumstance. A GFCI will. New regs (not for RVs as far as I know) now call for "tamper resistant" receptacles equipped with shutters to keep those bobby pins out.
stevenal 01/16/14 09:06am Tech Issues
RE: Rear shocks for the truck

blow outs on the Bilsteins, Thats news to me. Ive had Bilsteins in use for years and never had a problem It may have been a reference to this thread- The road to Chaco Canyon Vs. Bilstien 5100's Yep, that's the one. Pops right up in a search. Note also how they failed to warranty a shock they suspect was defective, short of an month long haggling process.
stevenal 01/03/14 12:12pm Truck Campers
RE: Rear shocks for the truck

The forum search feature is pretty handy for these decisions. I also had this decision to make a few weeks back. With rust problems on the Ranchos and blow outs on the Bilsteins, I went with KYB Monomax.
stevenal 01/02/14 09:08am Truck Campers
RE: steens mt oregon

Might want to include Hart Mountain in the tour.
stevenal 01/02/14 09:02am Truck Campers
RE: shocks and wheelbase

KYB changed the chart. Now the shocks are listed for my wheelbase, and a 137" wheelbase crew cab that doesn't exist. Weird. Put the rears on this morning, ready for test. One of the originals was definitely shot.
stevenal 12/20/13 02:39pm Truck Campers
RE: Lonely Whazoo's Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas added

Sorry to hear about Little Anne, and so soon after your eulogy for Bear. Thanks for great report.
stevenal 12/12/13 01:37pm Truck Campers
RE: shocks and wheelbase

Steve, The part numbers 565044 front and 565091 rear can still be used on your vehicle, the only reason we exclude it on our catalog is the ride being too firm for these applications. Thank you Tech Support Looks like I'm back to the Monomax. I think we can deal with a bit of unloaded firmness to gain some loaded stability.
stevenal 12/11/13 09:09am Truck Campers
RE: shocks and wheelbase

V10 XLT and no lift. I get this page. With leaf springs on the front and singles on the rear I get 33-028187 and 33-185347. Looks like they don't provide length data for the 4600 (no lift) series.
stevenal 12/10/13 01:46pm Truck Campers
RE: shocks and wheelbase

Thanks for the link. KYB and Motorcraft speak of wheelbase, but the others speak only of cab style with no mention of wheelbase or bed length. The Motorcraft rear shock will work from 137 to 172.4 which covers every combination of bed and cab offered that year. How again does wheelbase apply here? So the Bilstein 33-185347 will work with all three cab styles. Does that mean it will also work with every combo like the Motorcraft? Meanwhile, the Monomax excludes 137 and 156.2. At 158, it should fit the Super Cab LB. This is only 1.8" longer than mine! And evidently it also fits the 141.8" Super Cab SB, which is right between the two sizes excluded. Puzzling. Guess I'll go with the Bilsteins. Kinda liked the Monomax, though.
stevenal 12/10/13 08:09am Truck Campers
RE: shocks and wheelbase

Guess I wasn't clear on my question. Why does KYB care about my wheelbase (and it's effect on lever length) and Bilstein doesn't when choosing the right shock? Thanks.
stevenal 12/09/13 01:23pm Truck Campers
shocks and wheelbase

How does wheelbase affect shocks? All the Monomax shocks in the chart exclude my wheelbase (156"), yet Bilstein makes no such distinction. Can anyone provide an explanation? Thanks.
stevenal 12/09/13 09:08am Truck Campers
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