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RE: 2017 / 2018 F350 Torklift / Fuel Door Question

Yes and no.
stevenal 04/03/18 01:06pm Truck Campers
RE: Which dehumidifier do you use?

Check the temperature rating of whatever unit you choose. Most are intended for heated spaces.
stevenal 03/28/18 09:04am Tech Issues
RE: Hitch Extension Questions for Pulling a 7 x 14 Cargo Trailer

For use with Titan 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" trailer hitch receivers only
stevenal 03/28/18 08:59am Truck Campers
RE: Cpap

The trick to battery life is to keep usage down; and when usage is needed, use it efficiently. The DC to inverter to AC to CPAP adapter to DC to CPAP has losses all along the path. I keep the efficiency higher by cutting out the inverter and adapter. But, you'll need a pap that will run on 12 VDC. Respironics and Zpap are two I know.
stevenal 03/26/18 01:22pm Tech Issues
RE: Is there such a thing as a vent filter?

I have one. Took it off and hosed it down after each trip. I don't think it will fit on the new Fantastik on the new BF.
stevenal 03/22/18 02:00pm Truck Campers
RE: Inverter to charge battery

No difference except one method consumes gasoline. Speed and depth of charging are all determined by the converter in your camper. We might be able to give better advice knowing the make/model of your converter. '99 models might not be too great, but '99 is long enough ago that the original may have been replaced.
stevenal 03/21/18 04:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Inverter to charge battery

I need to point out the advantage of the OP's idea. Yes, it is inefficient, but efficiency isn't everything. The battery doesn't care what was lost upstream, it cares about the voltage applied to its terminals. The typical vehicle charging system does a pretty good job of keeping the nearby starting battery charged, but getting a deep cycle battery back to full charge some distance away is another story. The converter in a '99 camper might not do much better, but modern converters monitor the voltage and use multiple charging levels to get the battery back to full quickly.
stevenal 03/21/18 01:52pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck bed rubber mat

There's one other thing that's bothered me about this whole discussion and I've never heard a convincing answer (this goes back to when I was researching my rig even). Everyone says to build a wooden frame (sheets of plywood or 2x4's) in the bed and put a rubber bed mat on top to keep camper from sliding around. The mat should keep the TC from sliding on the plywood, but what keeps the plywood from sliding on the bed? Smooth wood against painted metal (for a stock truck) is obviously non-stick... I agree. I put a mat on the spray-in bed-liner, followed by a wooden frame, topped with another mat.
stevenal 03/09/18 08:44am Truck Campers
RE: Help...Loading a camper solo!

I put the rear TL tie downs into their receivers, lower the side mirrors, and keep the gap between the front jacks and rear tie downs the same on both sides. From there, just back straight with frequent checking.
stevenal 03/08/18 08:39am Truck Campers
RE: '16 F250 w/o in-bed 7 pin plug & how to get a camper package

I had an in-bed receptacle two trucks ago. It was installed by the camper dealer using undersized wire and Scotch-loc connectors ensuring high voltage drop and little charging capability. They punched through the sheet metal leaving raw edges, so that's where the corrosion began. I also had to be careful when loading material to keep from damaging it. Beginning with my last truck, I now connect to the trailer receptacle and leave the bed clean.
stevenal 03/07/18 08:50am Truck Campers
RE: What have you done with your tailgate?

Unless memory serves me poorly (truck and camper are in storage) on my Bigfoot, the tail gate could probably stay on as the bottom of the camper is flat save for the exhaust pipe for the genset. The exhaust pipe could be a bit of a problem but I can think of a couple of ideas to solve that. With newer LiPo batteries coming on the market combined with solar I think gensets are going to be on their way out soon anyway. It's not the gate, it's the cables. Remove just the cables, and there is no interference. I wouldn't advise it though.
stevenal 02/23/18 01:11pm Truck Campers
RE: Tie down options for step side truck - need advice

I can see where HJ might be a problem, but fail to see why TL would. Is the frame different? Might want to check again.
stevenal 02/15/18 02:07pm Truck Campers
RE: 2016 Ram 3500 not disengaging 4 wheel drive low gear

Just sold my old SuperDuty this past year. The buyer took it to the Ford dealer for a pre-purchase inspection. The report said it would not go into 4WL. I got into the truck afterward, and showed the buyer it did indeed go into 4WL. You just need to read the manual and know it will not shift in any gear but neutral. Park won't work either. Switching between the two high gears can be done in any gear.
stevenal 02/01/18 02:02pm Truck Campers
RE: TC sliding around in bed

Why don't you load all the way to the front? I don't know any reason not to. Probably doesn't want to smash his truck tail lights. Not all trucks are the same. Even when I had a short bed truck, a 2X6 was needed to keep the lenses safe.
stevenal 01/26/18 01:14pm Truck Campers
RE: TC sliding around in bed

I don't have any blocking at the front and don't load it to the front. I've not heard of anyone getting away with this. Properly adjusted tie downs should pull the camper into the front of the bed, and relying on mats to keep it from sliding forward during hard braking seems risky. If the camper cannot be loaded all the way forward, suggest making blocking job #1. I'm presently running a short bed camper on a long bed truck. Blocking was easily achieved by building a frame out of 2X8s and screws. If you don't need this kind of footage, just stack 2Xs until you have the distance needed. Side blocks can then be added to the front block to stop any side to side motion at the front.
stevenal 01/26/18 09:05am Truck Campers
RE: Launching a boat with only side mirrors for field of view

I bungee open the back door, use all my mirrors, turn to look, and use a spotter when available.
stevenal 01/25/18 08:59am Truck Campers
RE: Alternator to House Battery Charging Test Results UPDATE

Simple switch circuit to fool you voltage regulator into charging about eight tenths of a volt higher. I must have installed five dozen of these on Ford and Chevrolet charging systems. Depending on how fast and easy it is to pass two 16 gauge wires through your firewall and punch a 15/16" hole in your dashboard, this is a simple and bulletproof way to allow your charging system to (example) charge at 14.8 volts rather than 14.0 volts. The principle is easy to understand. The 2G and 3G Ford alternator voltage regulator to provide power to the alternator field. Not only does it supply a max of around 5 amperes at full load this wire is also the -voltage sensing lead- "Magic" will make this wire have about .8 lower voltage. The regulator sees the lower voltage and says "I have to charge .8 of a volt higher to meet my goal". A switch in or out rectifier is placed in the feed wire that gets cut. The yellow wire see the picture below. The switch is an ON/ON switch with no ability to switch completely off. If you want to get fancy an LED pilot light can poke through the dash announcing when the regulator has been switched to pass field current through the rectifier. The rectifier itself it neat with it's own heat sink. It has four terminals but only two will be used. Push on terminals without wire can cap the two unused terminals. The rectifier is insulated so there is no exposed voltage points to short. Yep, it costs money for the parts. Yep it costs money for gasoline too. Less run time means less fuel. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41oF6DkI6-L._SX355_.jpg See the yellow wire that's the wire that will be severed and extensions to the cab will be put on both ends. https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/HRoAAOSwLGpZkta~/s-l500.jpg https://www.delcity.net/catalogdetails?item=73247 No need to use a power rectifier like you've shown, the sensing circuit carries no appreciable current. In my last vehicle, I just used a couple of 3 amp diodes in series to get about a 1.4 V boost, with a switch to bypass as you've done.
stevenal 01/23/18 09:03am Tech Issues
RE: Headscratcher Grade Relays?

Also known as a latching relay: Pulse one coil to close, pulse the other to open.
stevenal 01/11/18 09:01am Tech Issues
RE: Considering a truck camper - truck advice?

Thanks for all the great info. Our main reason for considering the TC is because we would like the ability to take some back mountain roads to remote locations. We feel the TT is probably the best for our space needs; however, we feel it would be a pain to pull in the mountains or winter. We are concerned about being cramped though. Good info here and lots to consider. Thank you thank you thank you. I ran a crew cab, short bed, single rear wheel, no slide while my kids were growing up. Kids got to set up and sleep in a tent. Took the back mountain roads to remote locations with room enough for all.
stevenal 01/08/18 01:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Fast Gun locks

I still think they would end up being sold for scrap rather than used on another camper. And at today's prices, they'll get 40 cents per pound for the stainless ones. https://www.capitalscrapmetal.com/prices/ Lots of Fastguns needed for a fix. https://www.havocscope.com/black-market-prices/meth-prices/
stevenal 01/04/18 09:01am Truck Campers
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