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RE: scissor stairs

A ladder won't work for me as I have two large dogs that travel with me. I think my steps were made by Hijacker. I like those new steps that are made by Torklift that have feet on them. I think on uneven ground they would give a much stabler stair as well as level the stairs better. Does anyone have the new feet on their stairs? Do you like them? Answered above. You do need to open the link, though.
stevenal 07/25/16 11:36am Truck Campers
RE: LED Bulbs

We're not talking 110V bulbs with built-in power sources the OP is looking for 12V bulbs like 1156 base - no power supply. These are DC, LED bulbs so there is NO interference with anything electrical. Dan Sorry, wrong on both counts. LEDs require and come equipped with current driver circuitry, and this circuitry is known to cause interference. The problem becomes worse in the marine industry, where radio communication is crucial. Therefore, look to that industry for the best solutions to the problem. https://store.marinebeam.com/controlling-emi-1/
stevenal 07/25/16 11:32am Truck Campers
RE: Pros/cons of class B and P/U slide in?

Most TCs have an escape hatch above the cabover bed. We used to let our pit-lab sleep in the truck. A thief would find it difficult to drive with all her kissing.
stevenal 07/22/16 09:09am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: scissor stairs

My stairs are starting to feel unstable. I have them for 10 years. Is there some maintenance I should be doing? I have tightened the bolts at the top. It is a 6 step set of stairs. I can't see a name but I want to say it was a Tork lift but I am not sure. If they are at the end of their life which set of stair do you like? I like those new legs that Tork lift has come out with. Anyone have those? Yes. See http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/27929418/gotomsg/28511578.cfm#28511578
stevenal 07/20/16 09:01am Truck Campers
RE: Pros/cons of class B and P/U slide in?

The flatbed would put your camper considerably higher since the bed is above the wheels, more stairs involved. With a crew cab, there is lots of storage room. The Bs we saw did have lots of storage for small items, but lacked room to put bulky items.
stevenal 07/20/16 08:54am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Pros/cons of class B and P/U slide in?

Have you noticed how many stair steps there are to climb into a camper on a 2500/3500 4x4? Hows your knees? For me, the answer is four. No basement in my Bigfoot. Another couple steps to get up into the cabover bed. To answer the original question, storage room was a big plus for the truck camper. The back seat is dedicated to storage, plus the cabover bed holds chairs when in transit. Recently looked at some Bs, and just didn't see enough storage room for our needs. To use the seating area in the Bs we looked at, one must fold up the bed and stow the bedding. This is a hassle we presently avoid. Unequal bedtimes also complicates this issue. Our mattress is one piece, very comfortable, and where the dogs can't get to. Drivability can be improved by enhancing the suspension, but I understand there are Bs that can also benefit by these upgrades.
stevenal 07/18/16 09:04am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Water heater anode torque: wrench doesn't go that low?

Lots of posts speak of leaking, but none speak of the electrical connection involved. For the anode to work properly, there must be good metal to metal contact at the threads. Probably not much torque needed, but leaking is not the entire story. Also don't want the thing vibrating loose on the road.
stevenal 07/13/16 01:15pm Tech Issues
RE: Anti sway bar question

http://www.roadmasterinc.com/pdfinst/1139-165.pdf
stevenal 07/11/16 01:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Replacing factory rear sway bar with larger diameter one

Yes; Roadmaster on the back, Hellwig on the front. I won't wait when I get my next truck. Stableloads and anti-sway bars will go on before the camper does.
stevenal 06/27/16 08:55am Truck Campers
RE: Water leak on floor from where??? (2002 Bigfoot 2500 10.6)

Check the windows. The window over my dinette leaked until I reset it. Press on the window flange on the outside to see if it moves. If it does, don't bother trying to seal it with caulk. You need to remove and reset the window with new butyl tape. Then you can apply caulk.
stevenal 06/22/16 01:25pm Truck Campers
RE: Refrigerator & High Altitude

Cleaning it didn't fix it. I was at around 9k last weekend and same problem. Here is what it does when trying to run on propane and the problem arises when it tries to light. It'll light, but it will keep sparking the ignitor (even though I can hear it burning). It'll continue to spark the ignitor and after a short while, it'll stop sparking it and I think it then closes the gas valve, so the pilot goes out. Repeat, repeat, quit. I've got the wind covers off again and thinking the probe that sticks into the flame must need to be lowered or something. Its the only thing I can see that senses temperature (ie.. that would tell the unit that the flame is lit...but if this is the problem, why the flame isn't as hot at higher altitude is a bit of a mystery to me. It's important to know that the thermocouple isn't the only thing that senses whether the flame is present, the igniter itself performs this function as well. The continued sparking makes me suspect this part of the circuit. I believe it works by measuring the conductivity of the flame, and the altitude might affect this somewhat. You may need to adjust the igniter, replace the igniter, or replace the board. I recommend the Dinosaur Electronics replacement boards if you get to that step.
stevenal 06/03/16 01:54pm Tech Issues
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
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