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RE: Storing Truck camper

http://happijac.com/images/pdfs/4150and45-4600.pdf For added safety and stability, support the camper floor with blocks and use camper jacks to stabilize.
stevenal 05/04/17 08:55am Truck Campers
RE: A Devastating Discovery

... We try to do our best always but inevitably hose clamps loosen... No they don't. If they did, nobody would be using them since the results are devastating. Nothing loosened here that wasn't already loose. Workmanship, pure and simple.
stevenal 04/28/17 01:21pm Truck Campers
RE: A Devastating Discovery

The barb fitting shown is meant for a hose of two possible diameters. It looks like someone chose the wrong part of the fitting to clamp to for the hose used, and added the pipe thread compound when it did not tighten properly. I'd run a dehumidifier or heater for awhile to help things dry out. It looks like a stiff hose may have been used, something that won't collapse under vacuum. Vacuum is probably not an issue here and the pressure is low, so an easily clamp-able vinyl hose should suffice.
stevenal 04/27/17 09:03am Truck Campers
RE: Timbren question

When I first installed my Timbrens, I went for the Timbren instruction gap (1/2 or 3/4", don't remember which) when unloaded. The ride was really bad. I removed the spacer to increase the gap, and all was well, both with the camper and without. You need to avoid the situation where the Timbren is slamming the stop.
stevenal 04/17/17 09:02am Truck Campers
RE: toilet paper

You don't need all that TP. You only use 3 sheets at a time, 1 to wipe up, 1 to wipe down and 1 to polish! :B One sheet is all you need.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zb7ebL7xtr0
stevenal 04/12/17 01:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Bunk ladder suggestions...

My floor is near the truck bed floor level, so we just needed an assist getting to the first step. I mounted this halfway up. Folds up out of the way when not needed. Looks like chromed brass is available now too.
stevenal 03/28/17 01:26pm Truck Campers
RE: So what did you do to your Truck Camper today?

Installed this.14.4 V at the battery when the engine is running! Battery recovery should no longer be an issue.
stevenal 03/21/17 08:51am Truck Campers
RE: Front mounted bike rack

It's not the visibility past the bikes that is the problem, it is the glare from your own headlights bouncing off the rims messing up your night vision. Tried a night time test drive once, and ended up putting the bikes in a trailer.
stevenal 03/20/17 08:58am Truck Campers
RE: So what did you do to your Truck Camper today?

Ordered wheels.
stevenal 03/18/17 06:51pm Truck Campers
RE: Campground Theft - Chapter 2

On two separate occasions, I had stuff taken from sites that were paid up for the following nights; from campground hosts. A cheap propane lantern that would not be needed until evening after we returned, returned with apologies upon return. Dog tie out cables, also not needed during the day outing. This time the neighbors told us who took them. When confronted, the host returned them reluctantly and without apology stating he thought we had abandoned them. Pretty good racket.
stevenal 03/16/17 09:01am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Another overload topic

stevenal 03/01/17 08:56am Truck Campers
RE: Question: Pop-Up vs Hard-side TC's (firsthand experience?)

Preparing to lower and lowering takes longer because items need to be stowed and the sidewalls properly folded in. I've heard it said that all you need to do is turn on the vent fan to get those walls to fold right. Can anyone confirm?
stevenal 02/24/17 11:07am Truck Campers
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
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