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RE: satellite radio and gps antenna

Here is a post I did adding an XM/Sirius antenna to the hood. It is magnetic and I can move it from the windshield area to the front of the hood if I need to. (It is on a 2019 GMC, but the idea should work for any truck) https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/30134476.cfm This is what I did also. Magnet mount antenna sitting at the front of the hood. Never loses signal. But since your hood is probably aluminum the magnet mount won't work. A lip antenna mount of some sort would have to be used. For alum panels you might try, if accessible, gluing a steel plate or another magnet to the back side of where you want the new antenna mounted.
Bert the Welder 04/03/21 10:08am Truck Campers
RE: Adding XM antenna to avoid camper overhang

For alum panels you might try, if accessible, gluing a steel plate or another magnet to the back side of where you want the new antenna mounted.
Bert the Welder 04/03/21 10:07am Truck Campers
RE: Custom/DIY Truck Camper Tie Downs

Well, I'm sorry that critical thinking conflicts with what you choose to believe, but that's you choice. "US steel that actually has standards could be worse than Chinese steel that doesn’t." -Ridiculous statement If you want to keep applying non-relevant statements to the issue, you're wasting your time.
Bert the Welder 04/01/21 10:16am Truck Campers
RE: Buying a new TC

Then on top of that, add the rarely mentioned components/brackets/fasteners that mount/hold all those components to the truck frame. Spec's of those would also go into the GVWR. If you are just converting your truck camper to a shack and setting it down on a rear axle only, then the axle rating is going to be your primary consideration. Next would be keeping balanced while you get in and out......
Bert the Welder 04/01/21 10:02am Truck Campers
RE: Bigfoot 1500 series question

Sounds like a legit concern since it's not supposed to be like that. Couple silver dollar size spots or big enough to use feet and inches to measure?
Bert the Welder 04/01/21 01:05am Truck Campers
RE: Looking for a better ride on the truck…

Just do one thing at a time so you know what does the trick. Leave the Ranchos and just turn them down. Don't get rid of them. Try ditching the "custom overload spring perch spacers" in your sig, what ever they are?(I assume blocks that hit the overloads earlier/more?) Dunno what the ton rating of a wheel is going to affect, unless you meant tire?
Bert the Welder 04/01/21 01:00am Truck Campers
RE: Buying a new TC

Thanks for all the input, it's really helped me make a decision. I've never really been a fan of A/C's and never needed them, but then again I've never been to the desert either :) I'll go without it but have it prewired. 100lbs is not much but think how much more beer that is haha. I'm still a little hung up on the suspension problem. I know for a fact (looking at the numbers) that I will be pretty much maxing out my trucks payload capacity so I wonder if I should just get the lower torklift stableloafds or timbrens for now and use it for a while. Or maybe add a couple leafs would be worth it. It's a 6.5 hour drive for me when I pick it up so I just don't wanna run into problems half way though. AH! East Kootenay I see. "Never been to the desert"?. Have ye not been to the So. Central in the summer laddy? Insufferable hell of a furnace it can be. Hateful sun. Drive through there during peak summer and all you have playing in your head is "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" theme! Ha ha ha ha :) I get the 6.5 hour drive thing and not wanting to be fu.....uneasy. Two options: First, give the boss at NL a call. Tell them what you got. They might just have first hand experience with your combo and be able to say, nope, don't need nothing or yeah, get this for sure and wait and see if you need XYZ later. Second option, order the Stableload lowers. Bring them with. If you need them, you got them. If not, then you can return for a refund. Drive the combo around a bit. If you want them, re order them. But it's your budget and your comfort level. Take us with a grain of salt. And be sure to fill us in on how it goes and what you did or didn't add. Nothing worse then not getting closure on a show.
Bert the Welder 03/31/21 01:29am Truck Campers
RE: Custom/DIY Truck Camper Tie Downs

Just for the sake of clarity when it comes to the words Pacific is using: "We purchase all of our steel products at US steel mills across the country" -That very specifically avoids saying they purchase product made by/in US mills or are 100% US steel. They are only saying they buy products 'from' the mills.IE: I can buy a Toyota at a US car lot. Doesn't mean it was made there. "We carry and extensive range of domestic made products" - I'm sure they do. But again, they specifically don't say " They carry only domestic products. This is like the classic "Made with 100% real beef" Everyone assumes "with" means "only with" but it doesn't. "With only indicates "Real beef" is an ingredient. The product in fact made with 100% real pork, 100% real soy protein, 100% whatever else they stuff in there. "This in turn reinforces our strong relationships with US steel mills" - This is a duh, no schit statement. If you buy anything from any US retailer, regardless of where it's made, you're supporting that US retailer buy default. "Pacific Steel & Recycling supports the Buy American effort" -Again, more specific words. "Effort" meaning to try. Not to absolutely do, but to try. If they only bought "Made in the US" exclusively, they they'd say that. They don't say that because they don't just buy US made products/materials. But they sure as hell want you to think that and their marketing dept. and legal dept. know just how to word it so you interpret what they said one way but legally they aren't actually saying what you think they are saying. "dedicated itself to remain 100% made in the USA" - Yep, their product is 100% made in the USA. Their "product" is a completely built tie down. Does not in anyway mean what their product is made OF is 100% US made. "Even the steel and aluminum are sourced from the United States" -Same as above. You can "source" a Siberian tiger in the USA. You can "source" rocks from the Moon in the USA. Just means you bought it in the USA. Nothing more specific then that. And while we're all engaged in this fruitful discourse. Country of origin does not automatically indicate a level of quality. China, for example, being the favourite target. Tools for example. "Made in China piece of schit...." "Of course it broke, it's made in China" Well, the reality is a crappy tool come out of a Chinese factory because a company, including US brands, spec'd it to come out that way. They want it built as cheap as possible so they can make as big a mark up on it as possible. So Roma steel or Chinese steel can be as good or bad as the buyer wants it to be. And perhaps that's the difference between HD USA and HD Canada when it comes to there steel purchases. Ok fellas, carry on the sweep.....
Bert the Welder 03/31/21 01:09am Truck Campers
RE: Custom/DIY Truck Camper Tie Downs

"If you visit weld forums or project building forums, you’ll find lots of unexplained failures with Home Depot steel." Sure. But one has no idea what the actual cause of the failure is. Most pro's don't buy at HD. So that leaves the general public. Add to that it's an internet form leaving little to gauge where the truth lies, that's a bad example to wave. "Add that Home Depot and typical hardware steel costs more as well" Of course it costs more. They sell little bits, one bit at a time, and infrequently compared to other stuff. Not seeing your point on that. "From your description, you’ve also already had your tie down mount bend which you think is good. At least you have some work hardening started now." LOL "You only have to search and read to realize that the US Steel Industry is strong." Yep, when all else fails, just start the flag waving.....
Bert the Welder 03/30/21 11:36am Truck Campers
RE: Custom/DIY Truck Camper Tie Downs

"Very mild steel" That's a type of steel I'm not familiar with. Must be special to American't Home Depot's? As it happens, I've hand bent steel flat bar from HD, side by side with "regular" mild steel and there was no difference. And if you want to call something structural and of safety relevance to other travelers "a typical DIY project" then that says everything one needs to know about your thinking right there. It’s unclear why you think the steel at HD is just the same as everywhere else. I’m sure you know that the amount of carbon in steel makes it much harder. You should also know that not all steel is from the same place and formed with the same methods. I and friends have been very unimpressed by steel and aluminum we’ve bought at HD. On the other hand, the steel at typical steel supplies and aluminum seems to be much stronger. No, I didn’t put it on a machine to test the hardness. It was good enough for us to avoid it after unexplained failures. I said “not” a typical DIY project. Everywhere else? As I said, The HD steel I got matched up to the supplier steel. So then it be down to HD's supplier. American HD= American steel. Canadian HD= Canadian steel. Perhaps. You may have "felt" the steel to be inferior. I don't know what your steel handling and forming experience is. I can only base what I found on 20,000 plus hour of hand bending steel alone, and that's cold hand bent, not with machines or torches or forges. All manner of shape and thickness of bar and rod stock, both hot and cold rolled and various dimensions and profiles of tubing and pipe. I consider my hands pretty sensitive to variations in the recipe and therefore properties of mild steel. So yes, I'm quite familiar with how "mild steel" behaves. It's quite possible that your supplier is giving you a steel that is indeed higher carbon and they just refer to it as "Mild steel" for the punters. I've had suppliers try this. As soon as I hoist a hand full of 20 foot lengths on my shoulder, the waggle ain't right. Back it goes with a polite note.
Bert the Welder 03/30/21 11:23am Truck Campers
RE: Custom/DIY Truck Camper Tie Downs

"Very mild steel" That's a type of steel I'm not familiar with. Must be special to American't Home Depot's? As it happens, I've hand bent steel flat bar from HD, side by side with "regular" mild steel and there was no difference. And if you want to call something structural and of safety relevance to other travelers "a typical DIY project" then that says everything one needs to know about your thinking right there.
Bert the Welder 03/30/21 09:23am Truck Campers
RE: Buying a new TC

If your over by a bit, I'm sure the pucker factor that is built in over and above the sticker max will be more then enough to handle the load. And if your truck is a 5 seater, and it's just two of you, there's some spare cargo capacity available. Also add to that (or minus as the case is) the tailgate will be removed, shedding further weight. But yeah, if you're a die-hard boondocker, nix the A/C. But as pointed out, at least get the wiring there would be smart. Have you been given a wait time for your build? Last I heard NL's were gonna be next Nov.
Bert the Welder 03/29/21 09:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Fulltime RV'ing-Truck camper; built-in washer/dryer Question

Every time I go to town, I drive by the armory. There's always a great giant army truck there. 6x6, super-duper size crew cab, Flat deck( w/ canvas cover), giant roof rack, giant winch. And I think, yeah, take the running gear of a trailer and plop it on the flat deck and off you go.....anywhere!
Bert the Welder 03/29/21 04:57pm Truck Campers
RE: Fulltime RV'ing-Truck camper; built-in washer/dryer Question

I think the idea behind the washer dryer in the Host was to use it while on Hookups. Using it for Boondocking doesn't make sense in my opinion. If I was traveling lots of miles on highways and had the option to stay in RV parks from time to time on laundry day then perhaps. Even then, most RV parks have decent laundry facilities so what are you gaining. Not to nitpick but are you certain a Host Cascade and an F550 or F600 are the right direction for you? The combined cost is approaching that of an earth roamer and they will be way better suited for OffRoad camping as you seem to anticipate. They might even be a bit shorter helping with tree clearance that an F600 and Cascade will cause. Plus, keep in mind that while the campers are aluminum framed, it doesn't mean that they are built to handle lots of OffRoad jostling all the time. F600s are designed for actual heavy use like delivery trucks or dump trucks. The suspension on it will be rock hard so the camper won't get much give going down rough roads. That being said, if you do go with the F600 and Cascade, it would be the envy of many as it would be a heck of a nice setup. Excellent points brought up in this thread! :C Re: Earth Roamer; 2021 F-600: $55,000 to $60,000+ 2021 Host Mammoth: $65,000+ 5+ year-old Earth Roamer w/F-550 chassis: $350,000+ Brand new: $500,000+ As I am a life-long off roader; you bring up excellent points about tree clearance and suspension articulation/softness. In factory form; an F-600 with a Host camper is the same or shorter than an Earth Roamer. I figure with a 4,700lb camper loaded with 1,000lb would somewhat soften a suspension meant to carry 3X that. What I don't like about the Earth Roamer (besides the price) is the narrowness of the camper's interior; no slide outs. Re: camper construction handling off road traveling; That's definitely on my mind, especially in the slide-out areas. This is an accurate representation of how my rig will be set up: https://truckcamperhq.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/custom-ford-f550-and-lance-camper.jpg I was about to say, "I smell a Super Single coming!" :) Another reason not to have the W/D is you can find a full service laundromat and just drop it off. Go do something cool instead of eating up time washin' yo draws'! Ha ha.
Bert the Welder 03/29/21 04:52pm Truck Campers
RE: Custom/DIY Truck Camper Tie Downs

I wondered about painting. Seems like the usual Krylon or Rustoleum paint would not last very long. I am not sure what Torqlift and others use but I would guess a powder coat or baked on enamel not some home spray/paint application. Or just let is rust. Most commercial product like that are Powder Coated. It's durable and efficient, if done right. My old mounts are cheap and poorly PC'd. Good manufacturers with degrease, sand blast, clean again, dry, and apply the PC. Spray paint like you mentioned is kinda the same. Better prep, better durability. Another step I've done on pieces if warranted and the customer wants to pay for it, is clear over top of the color. Prime, 2-3 coats color, 2-3 coats clear. Clear helps protect the color from fading longer, IMO, and if it gets scratched, it's less visible then the color getting scratched. Few squirts of clear over top and your good. Down side of PC is you can't touch it up like paint. You gotta sand out the rust/flakey bits and re PC. Though you can touch up PC with paint. We had the local auto paint shop color match some little touch up bottles for us to match our 'Gunmetal Grey" PC we use to use on just about every product. Couple hundred CD rack's getting shipped our getting the ol' in-and-out from trade show to trade show, you get dings. And if UPS's gorilla's smash a pallet of product YET AGAIN, it's easy to just mail a little bottle to them. If I was building my own, I'd go belt and braces. Color PC then a clear PC over that. But I'd also like something low friction to line the inside of the receiver tube. The in and out really gouges up the paint/PC. Then again, I'm the guy that walked into my PC'er handed him something I'd rusted the **** out of and said "Here, clear coat it!" That lead to visits by rep's of three powder manufactures that found we were pulling it off. The fun is in them not being able to replicate it b/c they weren't using the same rusting method I was, and I surely wasn't revealing that secret. LOL!
Bert the Welder 03/29/21 04:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Custom/DIY Truck Camper Tie Downs

Did you up-size the tube with a couple sections/sleeves of larger dia. tube or ? And any reason for not going w/ the larger tube that fit the receiver tubes for the whole thing? Did you have the off cuts laying around or was the larger tube 10x the price? I used the junk I had in my garage. My hitch tube was 3" from what I recall, so old 2" receiver tube and then old ball holder from what I remember brought me 1.5" hole for long tubing. The tube adapter doesn't have to be build from tubing. You can cut flat plate to size and weld the shims around. As for making whole tie-down from 2 or 3" tubing, the tie-downs as experienced by several members act as weak point. When you hit a bump at high speed, I rather will have to deal with straightening the tie, than with repairing camper anchoring point. Yep. I do the flat bar shims on jig mounting stems. I have square receiver tubes in a few places on my welding table. Certain vertically oriented jigs have smaller tubes that needed upsizing to fit the new receiver tubes on the new table. (Like you, working with my off-cut bin I work with what I have on hand) Set screw lock them in place. Various bench grinders get a base with a tube so they can be mounted in the table receivers. Just bring out the one you need rather then all of them being out and in the way. Thanks for pointing that out. Hadn't thought of the smaller dia. tube as a crumple zone, but that makes very good sense. And the springs in the tie downs are only gonna forgive so much.
Bert the Welder 03/29/21 04:21pm Truck Campers
RE: Custom/DIY Truck Camper Tie Downs

Home Depot carries square tubings. Sound like you are talking about front tie-downs, when as I mention, rears are 1-2 hr job. Here is picture what I did. 3" sill washer from HD on the end. https://i.imgur.com/aBZ2MsEl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image. Did you up-size the tube with a couple sections/sleeves of larger dia. tube or ? And any reason for not going w/ the larger tube that fit the receiver tubes for the whole thing? Did you have the off cuts laying around or was the larger tube 10x the price?
Bert the Welder 03/29/21 01:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Custom/DIY Truck Camper Tie Downs

OH! If you want to save a few bucks, you could paint them yourself. Paint isn't structural.....unless it's my neighbours fence...... LOL!
Bert the Welder 03/29/21 01:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Custom/DIY Truck Camper Tie Downs

"Since it appears that this is a simple project, I am considering this for next time. I am fairly handy but not a trained welder so I have a few questions." -"Appears" being the key word. :) "Where do I get the 3/8" stock? What specs do I need for the steel and how much will it cost?" - Much to hard to say as it depends on your local suppliers. 3/8" plate is the thickness. You'll need an appropriate length and width too "It looks like there is a lot of bending involved. What do I need for that? Heat sources? Vise? HD pliers? Hammers?" -Again, without knowing what you are doing or where/what it's going, one can't say. You can get from 'A to B' via bends, welded joints or straight lines. You can bend hot or cold. Under a truck tire, in a vise, hydraulic bender, kerf cuts. You could cut out the 4 parts from flat plate and build the section. Torch, pliers, hammer, clamps, vice, angle grinder, chopsaw, vicegrips, rules, angle gauge, Plasma cutter, TIG or MIG or Flux core, or Brazing, welding table to clamp fixtures to, etc,etc,etc,etc...... "I have no idea about welding but I guess I can find a friend with the gear." -Or better yet, talk to a local fabricator/weldor. "Design and fitting in very tight spaces seems to be a big issue. I guess the solution would be to make a prototype from 3/8 plywood?" -Prototypes are always handy for getting things figured out without wasting the expensive stuff. (though with the $$$ of wood these days.... LOL) "With all that is involved, it would seem that this would be about a 40 hour project. Does that sound about right?" -No way of knowing. Depends on who's building it. How it's being fabricated. Quality of the design and build. I'd highly suggest figuring out what you need. Either take your rig down to the local fabber or at least bring pic's. Explain what the pieces do and where they mount. Bring some pic's to show them examples. They'll give you a ball park $ and will need the rig for a few to do proper measurements and come up with a quote. They may have the materials in their off-cut pile and have done these before so it $ could be quite reasonable. Or, it's way out of their wheel house, they might have to get the material in special and it's gonna take them extra time to really figure out whats appropriate. They may tell you it's going to be $1000. That'll be the 'we don't have time and/or the inclination to do this' But if you're willing to toss a grand at me, I'll come in on the weekend' price. And when a client ask for a price, then asks how much if I help? I tell them "That'll be $400. If you help, it'll be $800...." If they want to tell me how to do it, it'll be $1600 and I'll have a bunch of paper work for them to sign and full, non-refundable payment up front. :)
Bert the Welder 03/29/21 01:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Buying a new TC

I'm over on the Island and just got a new NL 10.2. I too was thinking of deletions. AC, microwave, stereo, TV. But as my wife pointed out, deleting them might affect resale potential. And the $ savings and weight savings were likely not a massive savings anyway. And as others have said, you don't have to use them, but if needed, nice to have it there. We went with a F350 dually, due to it being a 10.2. As others have said, take a bunch of trips with the TC and truck stock. No sense spending $$$ on stuff you don't need. Get a feel for what it's doing. If there's something of concern, then post what you are unhappy about and hopefully get some advice from those on here, with similar rigs and same issues. Not a guarantee of a solution for you specifically, but at least a rough idea. It's not going to drive like when empty so keep that in mind. I think multiple trips are the best idea as it gets you experience with your rig and gives your brain and butt time to make adjustments to how you drive with the TC on. It's gonna do things that feel odd, even scary to some, but it's a matter of if those things are outside "normal" or not. Save your money for now and enjoy! Congrats!
Bert the Welder 03/29/21 12:40pm Truck Campers
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