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RE: RV.net Truck Camper Forum for 20 Years

I started with RV's in late 1988, but stayed off forums and social media for a long time even though I have been on the Internet since 1995. Now I administer and moderate multiple forums and pages containing my interests.
Bedlam 05/04/21 11:49pm Truck Campers
RE: Movin on up!

You are not going to tow it with your Geo Metro? Let me see if we can use a trailer toad on your setup.
Bedlam 04/28/21 08:22pm Toy Haulers
RE: Which E rated ties have the most weight capacity?

Nobody mentioned that the rims may not have the capacity for the chosen tire even if it fits?
Bedlam 04/26/21 11:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck camper on top of gooseneck hitch?

I use a 3/4" horse stall mat to clear the camper bottom of the gooseneck hardware. Just cut out that section of mat rather than covering it and creating high spots.
Bedlam 04/19/21 03:02pm Truck Campers
RE: One jack not functioning AF811

Pull the jack motor head off the faulty jack, run power and see if the motor spins and the jack is siezed. Plug the head into another location to verify motor if it still does not spin which will tell you if it is wiring or controller issues.
Bedlam 04/17/21 11:10am Truck Campers
RE: Tires (the weakest link)

The 19.5 can be regrooved, but I have not heard of anyone running this size in recap.
Bedlam 04/17/21 10:56am Truck Campers
RE: new Ford 7.3 gas with 3.55 axle ratio, does it work?

Maybe drop a water wheel in the creek and hope they are not in drought?
Bedlam 04/14/21 06:01pm Truck Campers
RE: Tires (the weakest link)

It comes down to where you use your truck (do you need flotation) and how heavy you will be loaded. I was putting 8000 lbs on the SRW rear axle which stopped me from using LT or even the smaller 225/70r19.5 tires.
Bedlam 04/14/21 05:58pm Truck Campers
RE: Tires (the weakest link)

I have destroyed off road vehicle rims pushing a vehicle over rocks and logs, but have not broken a rim on the road. This is not to say it does not happen - I have seen a cast rim fail in front of me when a truck turned to pull into a parking spot and considered him lucky that it was not at speed. There also pictures posted here of steel rims separating from the vertical center, so don't think that steel gives you more reserve capacity. Method rim models like the 305 NV HD or 701 HD are rated at 4500lbs. If you need the ability to air down for flotation, These 4k lb rated LT tires with upgraded rims may be for you. If you need a high capacity tire that is more puncture resistant and longer wearing, the move up to 19.5's is worth it and about the same cost.
Bedlam 04/12/21 04:53pm Truck Campers
RE: Tires (the weakest link)

Method makes some higher rated rims in LT tire sizes. 245/70r19.5 will fit the GM, but you may need tie back the fender liner up front or use a leveling kit to prevent rub at full lock. My Vision rims worked well, but I did not have a GM. American Force also makes high weight rated 19.5" rims - they have many patterns but a price that rivals or exceeds Rickson. I would be fine with modifying the fender, but I'd rather not mess with the suspension/steering geometry (if I can help it). I wonder how often rub at full lock will actually be an issue anyway. I suppose it'd just be annoying when I forget and try a K turn. I am only seeing wheels on Method's site not tires. I looked at American Force, but they only seem to have 19.5x7.5 and looks like they have the same offset as Visions, so they might rub. I could likely trim the fender and get rid of the rub, but I'd almost certainly save some $$ and go with the visions if I am ready to trim. I pointed to Method to get higher rated rims in 16-20" to go with some of the LT tires rated over 4000 lbs. The GM OEM rim ratings are typically less, so going to tires that exceed the rim capacity may help with ride, but will not give you more capacity than the lowest rated component. In my case, I was running a SRW with 8000 lbs or rear axle weight which is why I went the 4500 lb rated Vision rims but then I went 245 H-rated tires that were over 5000 lbs to get the handling and tire strength I wanted. You do not need to trim the metal fenders on the GM to fit 245/70r19.5 tires, but the plastic fender liner may interfere unless worked back a little.
Bedlam 04/12/21 01:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Tires (the weakest link)

The 275/70r18 was same height as my 245/70r19.5 and I used it as spare tire.
Bedlam 04/11/21 11:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Tires (the weakest link)

Method makes some higher rated rims in LT tire sizes. 245/70r19.5 will fit the GM, but you may need tie back the fender liner up front or use a leveling kit to prevent rub at full lock. My Vision rims worked well, but I did not have a GM. American Force also makes high weight rated 19.5" rims - they have many patterns but a price that rivals or exceeds Rickson.
Bedlam 04/11/21 10:48pm Truck Campers
RE: are insurance rates higher for 1 ton trucks vs 3/4 ton

I went from a 3/4t F250 to a 5500 and paid about 25% more for a truck that was 10 years newer and twice the cost of my previous. I don't think you will see much of difference due to weight but more in truck value.
Bedlam 04/11/21 10:14pm Truck Campers
RE: Host Cascade

Ram doesn't put a stabilizer bar on any of its trucks except the 5500. Ford offers it as an option on the SRW and standard on the DRW. Not sure about GM's current setup.
Bedlam 04/07/21 04:30pm Truck Campers
RE: BradW's photo links on the Truck Camper Forum

Sadly, you cannot rely on paid or free services to retain your pictures or data. If you do not keep a backup yourself, you may lose those files forever. I am currently dealing with some backup failures myself even on the local level. Luckily I have the original files, but my alternate location died...
Bedlam 04/05/21 01:41pm Truck Campers
RE: No rear overload spring on my new 2012 Ford F250?

The upper overload spring on the F250 was part of the camper package - If you did not get this this package, your front coils are softer and you did not get a rear stabilizer or upper overload springs.
Bedlam 04/05/21 01:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Host Cascade

Beddows loved the Snowriver campers. He was very knowledgeable of truck campers. I miss the conversations from the early 2000's. It was here I learned of the SR campers produced in british columbia. Sorry rryto hear he was banded. Barry Beddows sold his SR TC and bought a TT. That trailer was in an accident and I do not know if/what replaced it. He failed to follow the rules of this forum often enough to be removed (which happens to very few). You will need to reach him through other forums or social media if you wish to contact him.
Bedlam 04/05/21 01:24pm Truck Campers
RE: Fulltime RV'ing-Truck camper; built-in washer/dryer Question

The Host model requires hookups or external dump tank and does not go into the internal holding tanks. We have a portable washer we set in the shower on trips longer than one week and stores on the basement slide tray during those trips. It does not have a dryer but we hang the wet laundry in the bath or clotheslines in our enclosed trailer. Since ours gets used only one or two trips a year, there was no way to justify the built in verses our $100 model. If you travel where laundry rooms are available, you get get multiple loads completed at once. Even our cheap model has not paid for itself verses the laundromat, but the convenience of being able to wash on or off grid was worth our choice.
Bedlam 03/31/21 01:46pm Truck Campers
RE: Host Cascade

D&H RV is in NC and a Host dealer. They may have a line on used ones if you are not buying new. Also look at the slightly smaller Rainier and Tahoe models to see if those might work for you.
Bedlam 03/27/21 11:31am Truck Campers
RE: DOT & State Nuances of a 4500-5500?.

I have owned my Ram 5500 for 6.5 years and 60k miles now and have not had to stop at weigh stations or display DOT numbers. Mine is exclusively for personal use and carries an RV which gives me the exclusion from many commercial restrictions in my state, but I still have to purchase commercial plates and insurance due to the weight ratings.
Bedlam 03/21/21 01:40pm Truck Campers
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