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RE: What's changed about camping?

Moving this thread to around the campfire. This is not truck camper specific and many others in other style RV's have the same experience.
Bedlam 08/03/20 09:56am RV Lifestyle
RE: 2002 Lance 811 Rebuild - Update 09.17.2020

This process almost sounds like applying Formica tops using contact cement but more exacting. Thank you for documenting your work.
Bedlam 08/03/20 09:25am Truck Campers
RE: Another flatbed build

Part of the speed limitation is the 19.5" tires that come with the truck. I typically tow behind mine and keep speeds down to 65 mph or less which I have not found to be an issue. You may find that you will travel through states that consider any vehicle over 10k lbs GVWR are required to follow truck speed limits and not the higher limits for cars. This may not be enforced but may become an additional infraction if they find a reason to stop you... Rather than having a rear deck, you could easily have covered or open storage under your cabover. An 11' deck would give you 2-3' of storage between the camper and truck cab.
Bedlam 07/28/20 03:23pm Truck Campers
RE: About to return to truck campers - but need help

My Ram 5500 is about 11,000 lbs with steel enclosed boxes and flat bed, I suggest going up to a F550 or 5500 if you go to the chassis cab. I have the short range Torklift FastGuns running from my camper tie downs to the stake pockets of my flat bed. They are quick release so I still have access to the enclosed boxes that I have tucked under the wings of the camper. I use a horse stall mat between the flatbed and camper to keep it from moving and have it properly blocked up front so it does not shift forward more than I want.
Bedlam 07/28/20 03:12pm Truck Campers
RE: Hitch extension and tongue weight

You are looking at putting roughly 500 lbs of dead weight on an 18" extension, but the carrier width also adds to that leverage. Is your receiver rated for 1250 lbs of tongue weight without a WDH? If it is, you may be able to add tensioned chains from the carrier to the outboard sections of your receiver to reduce twisting forces. Does your truck have sufficient capacity to hang that additional weight off the rear with the camper loaded? If it does not you need to look at using the front or upgrading your wheels and suspension for the additional rear axle load.
Bedlam 07/28/20 03:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Hitch extension options?

My 2005 F250 had a 4000 lb camper in the back while towing an 8000 lb trailer. You will find the stock rims and tires will be your first weak point and the suspension will be your second. The truck axle and frame ratings are good for over 9750 lbs. I used the 20k lb rated SuperHitch receiver with the 28" SuperTruss double extension and a Harbor Freight 10k lb WDH. To handle the 8000 lbs of rear axle weight, I ran 19.5" rims rated at 4500 lbs each, PR16 tires rated over 5000 lbs each, upper and lower StableLoad products on the factory camper suspension option and airbags inflated to about 50 PSI.
Bedlam 07/28/20 02:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Who's hitting the road this summer?

Between working full time during the week, I have been able to fill the last three weekends getting away. These trips take me away from dense population centers where I live and work.
Bedlam 07/28/20 07:07am Truck Campers
RE: Finally hit the scales, numbers look perfect?

I like the the current setup of returning the weight to the steer axle. I suggest to drive with this a while and then see if you need more rear weight later.
Bedlam 07/20/20 11:33am Towing
RE: 95 Kodiak Truck Camper and 6.75” bed

I have not seen many campers longer than 9' on short bed trucks. I think anything longer will start noticeably unloading front axle weight and affect your handling.
Bedlam 07/20/20 10:48am Truck Campers
RE: She still has it!

...well I was another happy 6.0 PSD owner for ten years before I upgraded to my current truck. I put about 1k miles a month on mine and very few were unloaded miles. I privately sold my F250 the day I brought home my 5500 even though I planned to daily drive drive it and stay firm on the price. The new owners came by with the money the next day and I only had two trucks in my driveway for one night. I would have bought another Ford and was even leaning that way but the Ram offered more for the same amount money, so I made a switch. I am happy with my choice, but there are some ergonomics that fit me better in the Ford although I have found no mechanical fault the Ram so far. I'm no fan boy of a particular brand, but I have been not been disappointed with past choices and will keep an open mind to my future ones.
Bedlam 07/20/20 10:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: Arctic Fox and frameLess windows

Host also used Hehr and they were complaining about the options they now have with Hehr gone. Mine used Hehr, but that changed the following model year.
Bedlam 07/16/20 09:48pm Truck Campers
RE: Arctic Fox and frameLess windows

I specifically avoided certain camper brands due to their choice of frameless windows. You usually only hear about failures from the toy hauler and truck camper groups because the pavement queens do not kick up as much debris to cause problems.
Bedlam 07/16/20 01:16pm Truck Campers
RE: Wilderness camping and gun safety

Thank you for keeping this thread civil and not political. I am closing this thread with hopes the OP and others have the information they requested.
Bedlam 07/16/20 12:33pm Truck Campers
RE: Towing with 4cyl Sorento?

My 1.9 TDI and 1.6 EcoTec both had automatics and have no problem towing 1500 lbs. At the 2000 limit, I avoid mountain passes. Conservative driving will get you there and back multiple times safely. Try driving the car like it is empty and you will wear it out or break something quickly.
Bedlam 07/15/20 01:26pm Towing
RE: 271 Ah upgrade

I have 3x160w on my roof but live and camp in an area that is frequently overcast and mostly tree covered. Since I am close to the 49th Parallel, I also have limited daylight in the winter. This is probably the most adverse conditions for solar and count my actual collection close to half my rating. Once Summer hits and we head to clearer skies, generator use is limited to AC and cooking since I have not spent the money on an inverter large enough for either. I can charge through the truck, solar, generator or shore power but my battery bank comes to me used after five years of standby in a server room (however free of cost). They are less efficient and heavy, but I find even my limited power collection in Winter is enough to limit generator usage to cooking and it keeps up with my furnace fan draw.
Bedlam 07/15/20 12:40pm Truck Campers
RE: Wilderness camping and gun safety

Like any tool in your box, you need to be proficient at using it and consider what the ramifications would be if you did not carry it with you. I have carried a fire extinguisher with me since I was teen but have never had to use one to put out a fire. I prefer to be prepared for the adverse instead of wishing I brought something along that is sitting at home which is probably why I drive a 5500 with plenty of storage, yet I still take an enclosed trailer with me at times. Whether a weapon is carried or stored while chambered depends on its safety mechanism, your level of activity while carrying it and your exclusive access to it. I do not think anyone can make a blanket statement on YOUR best use. Think about secure storage options that still allow for accessibility. You may even have more than one location based on what you wish to carry with you.
Bedlam 07/15/20 12:25pm Truck Campers
RE: Battery replacements in 2013 Chevy Silverado 2500 Diesel

Ten nuts or bolts on my Ram using four different size sockets and a step stool. It was harder than my previous Ford, but can be done. Is the GM that much worse?
Bedlam 07/01/20 08:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Is that for testing your truck window?
Bedlam 06/28/20 10:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

I miss tactile buttons and knobs that your fingers can feel rather than having to look where to place your finger on a smooth screen. Ford did a better job of applying varying textures on their buttons rather than making them all the same like my Ram.
Bedlam 06/25/20 03:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Cybertruck has 400 horses

Electric canal boats: Electric canal boats in the UK. The charging infrastructure has been there many years in that area. Vigor is making/retrofitting hybrid ferries for WA state which may eventually turn to fully electric. https://vigor.net/news-press/vigor-taps-abb-to-provide-hybrid-electric-propulsion-systems-to-assist-washington-state-ferries-move-toward-zero-emission-fleet There are smaller passenger ferries running that are fully electric and the Danes have put the first small vehicle ferry into use. https://cleantechnica.com/2019/11/28/ellen-worlds-largest-electric-ferry-has-battery-equivalent-to-50-tesla-model-s-batteries/
Bedlam 06/25/20 02:21pm Tow Vehicles
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