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RE: next after Upper Stableloads? Jittery ride on rough pavement

From what I have researched, Ford Has highest rated front springs available but also the most variations in spring rates. I am not convinced you need additional spring capacity on the front since most campers add little weight to the front of the truck and most unload the front axle a little. I feel you get the most out the front end by changing to an adjustable damped shock and adding a larger stabilizer bar. What you can do for free or very little cost is weigh your truck axles at a truck stop and adjust your tire pressure based on the load inflation tables for your size tire. Although there is plenty of good advice, it does come down how your setup feels for you and none our advice should be taken as absolutes. It took me about five adjustments to make my previous truck comfortable and safe while my current truck only needed one.
Bedlam 10/22/20 12:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Purchasing New Host Everest 11.6, Help Please

If you have Class 5 truck like mine, the suspension is firm enough that I do not drop the jacks unless I am removing the camper. Most of the Class 3 trucks I see drop the jacks just enogh to slightly unload the suspension to make a firmer foundation when walking around inside the camper. You do not need drop jacks to deploy slides. The camper can be solely supported by the jacks when off the truck whether filled with water or empty. Some people prefer to add a backup support under the bed to reduce movement on the jacks and others use an anti-wobble system from StableCamper or Torklift to stiffen the front jacks on swing out brackets. I do not use any additional device or support when out camper is off the truck, but there were high winds, I probably would not unload the camper on to the ground since I have 11.5K lb truck sitting under my camper with it anchored at all four corners. The first generation of tankless water heaters were not very reliable and had a bad reputation for failures. People also complain that more water needs to be run through them before hot water is deliver to your faucet, so they are not as water efficient. The ones I have seen are exclusively LPG, so you must have propane to get hot water. On the other hand, I see many more camper using these now and have not heard about exponential rises in failures. They are more efficient at heating water than maintaining a tank of hot water plus you can have an endless supply of hot when you are on hook ups. I have the dual element LPG/electric tank in mine. With the water flow set at 1/3 volume and both elements running, I can get 15 minute steaming hot showers and not run out of hot. Recycle time between showers is also fast with both elements running, but for this type of indulgence you need a large water source, a place to discharge it and electric to run the second element. When we go to a campground with hook ups, my camper is switched to 100% electric and I only fire off the LPG water heater for those long showers or the LPG furnace if the electric fireplace cannot keep up with the cold (electric good for about 20 degrees Fahrenheit external temperatures).
Bedlam 10/22/20 11:48am Truck Campers
RE: next after Upper Stableloads? Jittery ride on rough pavement

If you look at your upper overload spring, it is progressive. One side of the spring will contact the bumper pad before the other. As a test, remove the StableLoads on the side where the spring touches them first and put your stock pads back in place. This will reduce the preload on the upper spring and make the ride more compliant. The ride will be softer, but you need to make sure the truck still sits level with only half of the preload applied.
Bedlam 10/22/20 09:20am Truck Campers
RE: Any experience with a gas fire pit?

We have had the Little Red fire for 15 years now. The logs are beginning to fall apart from the all the travel and nights burning, but it is still burning a flame and we have had not logs explode even if kept out outside (under cover) on rainy days soaking in the humidity. Although a wood fire is nicer than LPG, the ease of having a fire anywhere has made me too lazy to even bring wood with me where there are no restrictions.
Bedlam 10/22/20 09:11am Truck Campers
RE: Purchasing New Host Everest 11.6, Help Please

The ones complaining about using the slides may have Schwintek mechanisms. A couple of weeks ago we saw a new Lance and the slide takes two to three times longer verses the Powergear mechanism used in Host. It was one of the factors why we chose our brand over others. In one minute, I can easily have all three slides and the stairs extended (less if I am in hurry). I do not know of any current Host layout that does not require opening the slide at least little to gain access. There are other manufacturers that have more friendly layouts allowing for use with the slide in, but all of them have a less amount of expanded room because they are single slide models.
Bedlam 10/22/20 09:03am Truck Campers
RE: What are the top 5 advantages of a TC?

Everyone has their reasons for choosing a particular RV. Here is why we are on our second TC: 1. Shortest RV with the highest tow capacity 2. 4WD with sufficient chassis clearance for unimproved and dispersed camping 3. Ability to bring along towed items or leave them behind based on the trip 4. Ability to upgrade tow vehicle, living quarters or garage separately 5. Ability to split living quarters from the truck if smaller/shorter vehicle is required
Bedlam 10/21/20 10:02am Truck Campers
RE: Colors of trucks!

Interesting discussion on exterior colors, but what about interior colors. Why are soooooo many black? Black!!! The hottest, and arguably most difficult to keep clean (actually clean -- not just looking clean). Give me a light color interior any day of the week. So much cooler, so much easier on the eyes, and unless you're transporting a work crew, as easy to keep clean as any other color. Three gray and one tan interior for me.
Bedlam 10/17/20 09:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 6L diesel in the news again

I am another happy 6.0 PSD owner. 10 years and over 125k miles when I sold it to get a larger truck. Not all were bad, but the ones that failed were expensive to fix. My Ford dealers were much better than my Ram dealers - I have little trust in FCA and double check all their work even though I am happy with the truck.
Bedlam 10/17/20 09:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Colors of trucks!

Brown '82, black '89, red '05 and back to brown on my '15.
Bedlam 10/17/20 05:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Best/worst reviews no help

I would suggest looking at the car trailers with living quarters for better quality construction. The components will be the same, but the construction will be better.
Bedlam 10/17/20 05:00pm Toy Haulers
RE: Solution to Trash Left Behind!

Thanks to some political posts that were removed, this thread is now closed. Please keep on topic and out of politics.
Bedlam 10/01/20 03:44pm Truck Campers
RE: 2002 Lance 811 Rebuild - Update 09.30.2020- PROJECT COMPLETE

You may be able to flatten those buckles in the tape a little with a hard roller where you see gaps.
Bedlam 09/30/20 06:43pm Truck Campers
RE: Window Tint

Two of my RV's had polarized windows that help reflect the sun and offer some privacy when darker inside. Two of my RV's also have had dual pane windows - These insulated from external temperatures and also noise. My current RV has both.
Bedlam 09/30/20 08:45am Towing
RE: Window Tint

Front side window tint is very restricted in my NW area due to reduced visibility during darkness and rain. It makes more sense in the sunbelt where you have less of these conditions, but it will reduce your visibility even in ideal conditions.
Bedlam 09/29/20 08:23pm Towing
RE: Are DMVs operating in your area?

All my registrations have been renewed online and tags sent snail mail home. I have not bought any vehicles in a couple of years, but we do not require inspections unless they are from out of state or missing documentation. There may be a way to register a newly bought private vehicle online, but I have never attempted that due to the supporting documentation I needed to supply.
Bedlam 09/28/20 01:05pm Truck Campers
RE: Fine Tuning the load

I have less than inch on each side with the jacks flipped in. I just use a center stripe in the camper bottom and deck to line things up. Neither of my campers have drifted or moved on the horse stall mats.
Bedlam 09/26/20 08:31pm Truck Campers
RE: Settle this for Sequoia and 4Runner owners...

Most automatics do NOT lock the torque convertor in first gear, so I suspect anyone using that gear for sustained periods of time is building up a lot of heat. If second cannot hold you, you are traveling to fast for the amount weight you are towing.
Bedlam 09/25/20 04:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Surrounded By Sheep!

One of our first GPS reroute adventures was being directed down a dirt road into acres of grazing sheep. It turned out we saved about 50 miles towing our toy hauler through 10 miles of Mutton Lane but didn't save any time. Luckily it was nice day and an interesting distraction we still remember today.
Bedlam 09/24/20 02:51pm Truck Campers
RE: Settle this for Sequoia and 4Runner owners...

You may also want to manually downshift before an uphill grade so you are in more of the power band when climbing. The automatic will not downshift until there is sufficient pressure which may be too late.
Bedlam 09/24/20 12:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How do you store bikes inside your Truck Camper?

I use one of these for my bike inside the camper when I'm solo: https://www.amazon.com/Bikehand-Floor-Parking-Storage-Bicycle/dp/B07D64KTRH Otherwise, I have a Thule Swing-Away receiver hitch bike rack that works very well for multiple bikes. That looks like a light duty version of my motorcycle wheel chock. I bet it works well.
Bedlam 09/22/20 08:45am Truck Campers
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