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RE: Australian Truck Campers are dramatically growing

I do enjoy your periodic posts showing the Australian version of truck camper.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 10/01/21 11:56pm Truck Campers
RE: It's been fun

Hope to have paths cross sometime. Perhaps Arizona this winter... Best wishes to you... We will probably hit Quartzite this year again. I'm looking at going. If the Truck Camper Meet and desert trail run is on this year, I'd like to hook up with them. Couldn't make it last year.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 09/03/21 12:04am Truck Campers
RE: It's been fun

I too shall be joining the ranks of the retired in a month or so. I'm keeping the 4x4 F250 and 9.5 S&S. Aside from replacing the head gaskets 3 times before figuring out there was a machining error at the front right of the block causing water jacket failure within 3 months of replacement, a new starter, rebuilding the AC system, rebuilding the front steering, Rear Springs, Rancho 9000 shocks, 2 alternators, power steering pump, muffler which is needed again and finally a new engine, it's been a faithful truck. I won't bother mentioning the front right jack area frame rot fixed, or the rear right frame rot still to be fixed, and certainly not the Amish replacement fridge or the blown out cracked into 5 pieces escape hatch currently unable to locate parts so going to put a couple layers fiberglass over it. But I still love it... Hope to have paths cross sometime. Perhaps Arizona this winter... Best wishes to you...
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 08/30/21 12:46am Truck Campers
RE: Do pass-through windows leak?

My pass through window has never leaked. That includes intense rain at highway speeds 70 mph. There was one time I had very heavy winds coming at me from the side, enough that a couple semi's were blown over on the highway driving south from Twin Falls toward Las Vegas. What happened in that windy situation was my home made foam boot between the TC and cab was blowing side to side in the space between. I pulled over and fixed the problem with duct tape from the cab glass to the TC glass, holding the foam in position. Again, water has never been an issue and the cat insists on a window there.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 08/30/21 12:21am Truck Campers
RE: VIDEO: Installing new 4400 pound 6+1 rear leaf springs

Been planning to do this with either Portland Spring or ordering the ready made 4000lb rated packs from Stengle Brothers for the Dodge to reduce its dependency on the Air bags for load leveling. It already drives and rides like there's no springs at all in the rear, so, bigger stiffer packs isn't going to make it any worse than it already is :p. You did a dually conversion right Matt? I decided to leave the air bags in as a center of span support for the frame. We drive a lot of rough mountain roads and I consider it to be cheap insurance for the frame.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 08/30/21 12:12am Truck Campers
RE: VIDEO: Installing new 4400 pound 6+1 rear leaf springs

Im wondering why you decided to keep the air bags? nice video but I found it very hard to watch with two soundtracks. some times it better to get rid of the original sound if your going to do an after the fact nararation. Steve I kept the air bags as a center span support for the frame. The air bags over the axle make a very solid extra support with the shackle mounts being a couple feet ahead or behind the axle which is close to the center of gravity of a 3000 pound TC plus all our stuff. Cheap insurance especially since we go on a lot of rough riding mountain forest roads.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 08/30/21 12:09am Truck Campers
RE: VIDEO: Installing new 4400 pound 6+1 rear leaf springs

While looking for replacement springs for Red, I found that the "factory" springs were the lightest available, being 4+1's. I was going to do the 5+1's since the originals handled the 4,500lb S&S with just upper stableloads. If we were keeping the TC this year I was going to "upgrade" to new stouter springs. Still may keep Red, but unsure. I went with the 4400 pound 6+1 because I wanted to keep it simple. Just the main springs and nothing else needed though I did leave my Firestone air bags in place as a center span load support. I use my truck for work too and there's a good ton of excavation dirt in the bed waiting for me to figure out what to do with it. You'll get a softer ride going your way. I presume RED is holding up well after the extensive rebuild... I will need to rebuild my right rear corner due to wet decay. Take care...
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 08/30/21 12:05am Truck Campers
RE: VIDEO: Installing new 4400 pound 6+1 rear leaf springs

How heavy does your truck/camper weigh on rear axle on the scales. Video looks familiar, maybe you posted it a couple years ago? My camper tag says 2950 wet. It's had a few things added to it. 200#. Then when loaded with all our stuff, cameras and electronics, clothes, all the canned and other food, My guess is we hit 4000 pounds or there about. most of my camping is down a gravel road but we do hit developed camping. My load rating is 2800, less the tailgate will bring us closer to 3000. My tires are rated 3400# each. Like most, our truck is over loaded by a few hundred pounds. The brakes are inspected and replaced regularly.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 08/07/21 10:57pm Truck Campers
RE: VIDEO: Installing new 4400 pound 6+1 rear leaf springs

Why not just add the F350 upper overload? I'll admit I didn't watch the video. The video is there for people who are interested and thinking about doing some suspension modification to better handle their load. The old springs were sagging or flattened and the left side was 1-1/2 inches lower than the right side unloaded. This solved that problem. Since I was going to replace the springs, I might as well get springs that can handle the load, especially since I regularly haul heavy construction materials and the camper is on the truck for months at a time. It was a winner for me. I plan to install front 3 leaf springs soon. My front left spring is sagging too so that will fix that problem. With the upper F-350 overload spring, the truck still has to drop a bit to engage it. More than what I do with my bigger springs. For me. the bigger spring is the better choice, much cheaper than upgrading to a larger truck.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 08/07/21 08:23pm Truck Campers
VIDEO: Installing new 4400 pound 6+1 rear leaf springs

Don't think I ever shared this. Simply the best modification to the truck for the camper I've done. It's a little rough ride empty but with the camper on, it's excellent. I kept the Firestone air bags for a new reason, Instead of running 80 pounds in them to level the truck, now I put 20 pounds in them as a third center of span support for the frame. The shackle points are a few feet apart and the frame over the wheels is unsupported carrying a lot of weight. It occurred to that if I keep using the air bags, they would act to relieve some of that force on the frame. It may or may not help but I thought it a reasonable conclusion. The truck handles the load so much better, drives flatter and not nearly so bouncy. If you have thought to install bigger springs in your truck, this is the video for you. Installing bigger Springs, 4400# 6+1 on a 2000 F-250
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 08/07/21 12:55pm Truck Campers
RE: More Stuck Camper Jacks

The times I've had a stuck jack was because the camper was not going up or down evenly. All four motors seem to run at different speeds I presume due to wire length and I/R loss. The more uneven or tilted the camper becomes, the more tensive rubbing force applied between inner and outer jack tube. Look at the tilt of the camper and try to raise or lower a different jack to level out and relieve rubbing pressure.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 05/29/21 04:45pm Truck Campers
RE: DC to DC converter for small electronics

Hey Matt, Check this video out for fun. This guy is a technical wiz and created a NAS system from parts he had. He has a 5 volt power supply for his setup and a Raspberry PI is the controller. IT may or may not be useful to you but it is interesting to see what can be done if you have the knowledge. Hope you have your setup figured out by now. Looking forward to a full report upon completion and implementation... That one actually is rather neat :). Using low power 5v USB drives solves the 12 volt power issue that is needed with large 3.5" drives like the QNAP nas I have is. Have you dedicated yourself to any one solution yet? Keep us informed. This will be interesting to see your final installation and your review...
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 05/26/21 03:27pm Truck Campers
RE: DC to DC converter for small electronics

Hey Matt, Check this video out for fun. This guy is a technical wiz and created a NAS system from parts he had. He has a 5 volt power supply for his setup and a Raspberry PI is the controller. IT may or may not be useful to you but it is interesting to see what can be done if you have the knowledge. Hope you have your setup figured out by now. Looking forward to a full report upon completion and implementation...
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 05/26/21 12:23pm Truck Campers
RE: DC to DC converter for small electronics

Hey Matt, So I take it you're trying to eliminate a 120 volt wall cord and go straight into the 12 volt connector using the 12 volt system of the house which will be 14.4 or 14.6 at times. 13.7 or 13.2 at others. and 12.8, 12.6 and going lower as the evening progresses until the engine or generator start charging. Sounds like the Victron may be the solution you're looking for. Since this NAS is going to be rattling around in the truck camper, are you going to be using SSD drives? Will your NAS accept smaller 2.5 drives? I have a couple LACIE 4T USB drives RAID capable if desired. It's a much simpler solution than a hardwired NAS unit in the TC and easier to take with you if needed. Probably not as capable though as a true NAS designed to serve several work stations but will easily work for one person/computer. I saw the RV GEEKS on YouTube the other night, released a video on their electronic communication and NAS system. They had a NAS with I recall 6 full sized bays but I don't recall if they plugged into 120 volt or adapted to use 12 volt. They have a huge LION battery system so I suspect they used 120 volt and let the unit make it's own clean power. Hope it works out whatever you end up with. The nas in question is a small low power single drive qnap unit, it will easily use any 2.5 or 3.5 inch sata drive (it currently has a 6tb wd red pro nas drive in it, that will be getting swapped out for an intel ssd). Its primary purpose is to act as the house plex server (do it yourself netflix), that we'll be syncing what we want for a trip from the big plex server at the house. Its not really used for anything, I bought it for a short term project a few years back and its been collecting dust ever since. So, I'm combining it with the campers network extender as part of the Amerigos systems. Would not this be much simpler LACIE USB-C 3.1 5T $170.00 I have a couple of these and they work very well. Lots of storage, fast, cheap, ruggedized. Plays video to your laptop nicely. There is a Thunderbolt version. They also have SSD versions but the price may be unnecessarily scary. Best of all, it's portable, take it with you and use it where you need it. Just presenting ideas for you.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 05/22/21 04:09pm Truck Campers
RE: DC to DC converter for small electronics

Hey Matt, So I take it you're trying to eliminate a 120 volt wall cord and go straight into the 12 volt connector using the 12 volt system of the house which will be 14.4 or 14.6 at times. 13.7 or 13.2 at others. and 12.8, 12.6 and going lower as the evening progresses until the engine or generator start charging. Sounds like the Victron may be the solution you're looking for. Since this NAS is going to be rattling around in the truck camper, are you going to be using SSD drives? Will your NAS accept smaller 2.5 drives? I have a couple LACIE 4T USB drives RAID capable if desired. It's a much simpler solution than a hardwired NAS unit in the TC and easier to take with you if needed. Probably not as capable though as a true NAS designed to serve several work stations but will easily work for one person/computer. I saw the RV GEEKS on YouTube the other night, released a video on their electronic communication and NAS system. They had a NAS with I recall 6 full sized bays but I don't recall if they plugged into 120 volt or adapted to use 12 volt. They have a huge LION battery system so I suspect they used 120 volt and let the unit make it's own clean power. Hope it works out whatever you end up with.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 05/21/21 11:23pm Truck Campers
RE: Back to work part time.

I see the picture too but this isn't a post about pictures, it's a back to work part time post. What sort of work are you doing. Curious because I'll be entering the world of the retired in about 2 months after selling rental houses and washing my hands of that business. https://i.postimg.cc/d1317KNM/volvo1.jpg I haul the US Mail from 10 rural post offices to a main distribution center, take a 90 minute break, reload and drop off the next days mail. I drive four nights for just over 50 hours total, 4 days on and 10 off. 540 miles every night. I took an early retirement back in 2016 due to some needed surgery. This is my old job but just part time. I never planned on going back to work but after a divorce and fighting cancer for 10 years this is actually a pretty good gig. ;) Sounds like a great gig. Sorry about the other **** you had to deal with. It's amazing how well the success rate curing and treating cancer has become. All my friends who have had it have won their battle though some are still receiving periodic scans monitoring it. May God bless and keep you well. J&K
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 05/19/21 01:23pm Truck Campers
RE: Back to work part time.

I see the picture too but this isn't a post about pictures, it's a back to work part time post. What sort of work are you doing. Curious because I'll be entering the world of the retired in about 2 months after selling rental houses and washing my hands of that business.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 05/18/21 02:35pm Truck Campers
RE: RV Fresh Water System Sanitized Using Vinegar & Water Heater

Does anybody really know how much "Stuff" actually grows in an RV fresh water tank? Typically, it's full of or has water in it and is somewhat sealed from the outside. It's always dark in it's compartment which to algae means no light to produce food and grow. There are trace amounts of nutrients for stuff to grow from. The RV fresh water tank is really an inhospitable place for life. I'd guess that airplane freshwater tanks have a similar environment - tanks are sealed and dark, are refilled frequently, and get plenty of agitation. https://www.cntraveler.com/story/study-shows-airplane-water-is-dirtier-than-you-think But a new study shows it's not just the tray table or seat-back pocket that could be harboring germs and bacteria. The tap water on both major and regional U.S. carriers was found to be contaminated with varying levels of E. coli and coliform, according to the newly released 2019 Airline Water Study conducted by DietDetective.com and Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center. Interesting article. This quote is pretty much what reasons I think airline water may be more contaminated. ""Because aircraft water comes from locations via temporary connections, aircraft drinking water quality depends on a number of factors (e.g., the care used to board the water, the water transfer equipment (such as water cabinets, trucks, carts, and hoses), and the operation and maintenance of the onboard water system)," the EPA said" The care we take with our own water system is much higher during handling than a commercial airline's employees give to the aircraft.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 05/18/21 01:00pm Truck Campers
RE: RV Fresh Water System Sanitized Using Vinegar & Water Heater

I'm glad that I'm not paranoid. Maybe if I was drawing water from a stagnant pond but really as long as the water is turning over fairly often, it goes thru a filter before going in the tank. I've got bigger things to worry about than building a rube goldberg vinegar still out of an RV. If we haven't used the RV for a month or more or the taste has gone off, I might consider consider running a little bleach thru the system and then flushing it out. If you are ever on city water, you will get some chlorine flavor anyway. We usually keep a pitcher for drinking water in the fridge so the chlorine flavor mostly evaporates anyway before we drink it. It would make me proud to know that Rube Goldberg is looking down upon me with a smile of satisfaction...
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 05/18/21 12:51pm Truck Campers
RE: RV Fresh Water System Sanitized Using Vinegar & Water Heater

....... The "Dufas" is happy with the results. No smell, no taste, just good clean drinkable water coming out of the TC water system. .... The concern is that the water treatment does not give "good clean drinkable water". Not with a strong possibility of bacteria and mold still remaining in the system. If you are determined to avoid household chlorine bleach, then Purogene is a good alternative. It is still chlorine based and just as effective. You also need to rinse it out of the system as you would with household bleach. The MSDS reads pretty much like you will find for bleach: "Corrosive Harmful if swallowed Avoid Breathing vapor or spray mist Causes moderate eye irritation Remove contaminated clothing and wash clothing before reuse Wash thoroughly with soap and water after handling Handlers applying chlorine dioxide must wear gloves This pesticide is toxic to fish and aquatic invertebrates" Does anybody really know how much "Stuff" actually grows in an RV fresh water tank? Typically, it's full of or has water in it and is somewhat sealed from the outside. It's always dark in it's compartment which to algae means no light to produce food and grow. There are trace amounts of nutrients for stuff to grow from. The RV fresh water tank is really an inhospitable place for life. Obviously some stuff does manage to scrape out a living but how much is that? Is it just stagnant water with a plasticy smell and taste or is it water riddled with all sorts of nasty stuff? Many of our fellow TCers simply rinse out the fresh tank with water and rarely or never chemically or otherwise clean their fresh tank and water system. Usually, I rinse out monthly if not going anywhere and when traveling, there is new water introduced regularly and agitation/aeration from the road motion. The water in the tank is 3 days old now, still tastes and smells fine as of this AM. The method I used isn't perfect but it's also not without merit. Water at 125 degrees does kill bacteria, it just takes longer like a couple hours and I'm sure I met that mark. The vinegar, though diluted still introduces acidity which is unfriendly to the stuff that may be in the tank. The two, heat and acidity do work together, along with duration of time to create a hostile to deadly environment to stuff in the tank. In that time, I'm sure one or two or more of the stuff were killed. Not perfect, but not without merit. Nobody is going to deny that bleaching kills best but this is a viable alternative for those who want one. Having actually done this and currently experiencing the results, I can say that the real world results of this experiment, worked to my satisfaction. That is a real world determination from personally experienced results. There will always be hardliners who will insist on stay the course of RV tank cleaning with bleach doctrine, never realizing or admitting, there are several paths leading to the same destination.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 05/18/21 12:39pm Truck Campers
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