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RE: Does anyone run the 8ga Lance plug?

Finally finished installing the Lance plug and running the 8 gage wires to the battery. Will report back on how well it works running the 12v frig. Photos bradw
BradW 06/25/19 10:36pm Truck Campers
RE: Calling Egarant

Well, here is a little bit.
BradW 06/23/19 06:06pm Truck Campers
RE: Calling Egarant

Looks like he never posted the final outcome. Original Thread
BradW 06/23/19 06:04pm Truck Campers
Forum Signature Update Problem Has Been Fixed

Forum Signature Update Problem Has Been Fixed - So, if you have been wanting to add or edit your signature, now is the time.
BradW 06/20/19 11:12am Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Error Message with Profile Picture

I don't know, but I have been trying to edit my sig for three months without success. May be part of the same problem. IM fixed it. Thanks Admin for the help! bradw
BradW 06/20/19 10:45am Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Front tire pressure?

When we hauled our Lance on our SRW trucks, I had less sway when we ran the front tires at 80 psi. Tires are part of the suspension and when the rear rocks side to side, the front does also. So anything you do to stiffen the front suspension helps, even though 90% of the added load is on the rear tires. I honestly never thought about the front tire pressure and sway before due to almost all of the weight is added to the rear. Hmmm I could really tell the front end had a significant effect on the side to side rocking when I had Rancho 9000 adjustable shocks on all four corners of our srw trucks. I experimented quite a bit with different setting and I found that without the camper I needed run the front socks on nearly the softest setting and with the camper I needed run the front shocks on nearly the stiffest setting. The front shocks had almost as much (maybe 70% - 80%) effect as the rear shocks on reducing side to side rocking. bradw
BradW 06/18/19 12:45pm Truck Campers
RE: Front tire pressure?

C is max PSI (marked on sidewall) I have never seen an E rated tire with the maximum psi shown on the sidewall. What is shown is the maximum load of the tire at 80 psi. bradw
BradW 06/18/19 12:21pm Truck Campers
RE: Front tire pressure?

What is the consensus on proper front tire pressure? Thanks, Consensus on the TC Forum? :) :) :) When we hauled our Lance on our SRW trucks, I had less sway when we ran the front tires at 80 psi. Tires are part of the suspension and when the rear rocks side to side, the front does also. So anything you do to stiffen the front suspension helps, even though 90% of the added load is on the rear tires. bradw
BradW 06/17/19 08:26pm Truck Campers
RE: Error Message with Profile Picture

I don't know, but I have been trying to edit my sig for three months without success. May be part of the same problem.
BradW 06/15/19 11:28am Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: What am I missing on GVWR??

Honestly, it doesn't drive or tow much different at all. But towing a 3ton boat is easier on the vehicle than hauling an 8' wide X 12' tall box. Agreed. Boat trailers generally have about half the tongue weight as a utility trailer of the same total weight. Plus boat trailers are generally longer, have the axle farther back, have a lower CG, a much reduced cross wind load, etc for the same weight. We used to tow our single axle bass boat behind our srw truck/tc and I couldn't really tell it was back there except when we were stopping. I wasn't expecting a huge difference when we towed our jeep on a car hauler trailer (7,500 lbs)......wrong. It had a lot more tongue weight and put a lot more weight on our rear axle due to the 24" extension. It put our rear tires very close to their rated capacities. Plus, it wasn't much fun to drive. Our situation had changed so we didn't need to use our 1-ton truck as a daily driver any more so we decided our next truck would be a drw. bradw
BradW 06/10/19 10:22am Truck Campers
RE: Do you unload when you camp? Really?

......and just have it with us when we run around looking at stuff. Ditto.
BradW 06/09/19 02:31pm Truck Campers
RE: Do you unload when you camp? Really?

We've had a TC since 1996. We've only unloaded twice, once at Guntersville Lake, Al and once at Eleven Mile Res, Co. Both times was to make boat launching easier. Eventually we found out that with two frs radios, boat launching with the camper on the truck was no big deal. bradw
BradW 06/09/19 12:29pm Truck Campers
RE: What am I missing on GVWR??

I run a dually and when camper is on back and I am hauling my 7x14 dual axle v nose trailer (that only has a motorcycle in it), I run Weight Distribution Hitch. I can feel the difference. I think a good WD hitch can make a big difference with an extended hitch. On our last drw truck hauling a 4,000 lb TC, we also towed a 7,500 lb car hauler trailer on a 24" extended WD hitch. To me, the rig drove better on the interstate with that set up than it did when I was towing our small aluminum boat (2,500 lbs?) without the WD hitch. bradw
BradW 06/08/19 10:35am Truck Campers
RE: What am I missing on GVWR??

Thanks Brad, I appreciate this. This is the main attraction to me to the northstar liberty, the 7' floor length. The main drawback of course is the 13 hour drive to buy it sight unseen. I thought about it a lot last night and if I get the bigger camper, I will give up on towing my bigger trailer at the same time. I think I'd still be fine towing our smaller trailer since I can move it by hand, tongue weight is probably 50lbs. AS luck would have it though, a dealer in my city just got the Cirrus 820 and 720 in stock!! I can't believe this. Now I can go see both units and decide on the 720 or the Northstar. I was only considering the much heavier 820 because I could not find a 720 closer than Utah. I am leaning to northstar but the dollar just went down again so it's becoming more and more expensive. Brad what do you think about the 8' camper but with a camper that is 1000 lbs lighter? The Cirrus 720 is supposed to be 2600lbs loaded (same weight as the northstar, just a foot longer), so even with my bigger trailer might be ok. Going to look at both Cirrus this weekend! Lighter is better. Moving the camper CG forward is better. A shorter hitch extension is better. Less trailer tongue weight is better. Using a WD hitch is better........etc. We originally hauled our 9' 10" 2,600 lb claimed weight (4,000 lb actual) on a 1996 F-250. We hauled it many times from Alabama to Colorado or Yellowstone and never had an issue with tires, axles, etc. Having said that, did it drive that great on the interstate? No, it rocked around quite a bit. Was it fun to drive? Not really. Was it tolerable? Yes. What I'm saying is, if you don't plan on trying to also tow that heavy trailer, you would likely be OK with any of those campers if you do the following: stay within the tire ratings keep good tires on your truck stay within the axle ratings make sure your camper CG is in front of the rear axle drive very conservatively expect the truck to drive quite differently than it does empty expect to want to make suspension mods like Rancho shocks, air bags, Timbrens, etc. expect the camper to weigh 1,000 lbs more than factory dry weight take your truck to a truck scale and weigh it empty, weigh the axles separately calculate how much weight will be on each axle
BradW 06/07/19 09:06pm Truck Campers
RE: What am I missing on GVWR??

You truck will haul a 4,000lb camper when prepped correctly and you won't die. I regularly haul my Arctic Fox 865 on my F-250 with zero issues. Are you also towing an 6,000 lb trailer with a 1,000 lb tongue weight on an extended hitch? bradw
BradW 06/07/19 10:00am Truck Campers
RE: Installing Progressive Dynamic converter

https://www.amazon.com/Z-Red-B790C-Hammer-Crimper/dp/B000M7LFKK
BradW 06/06/19 11:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Installing Progressive Dynamic converter

https://www.amazon.com/Dorman-85261-6-Gauge-Butt-Connector/dp/B00A0FZW7G
BradW 06/06/19 11:19pm Truck Campers
RE: What am I missing on GVWR??

The tongue weight on my biggest trailer as we load it would be 800-1000lbs. Loaded it will be 4000 - 6000lbs depending on trip(3000 empty). This will be a problem. 1,000 lb tongue weight long hitch extension 8' floor length hardside truck camper srw truck short bed truck I would think long and hard before going down that road. Good Luck, bradw
BradW 06/06/19 08:30pm Truck Campers
RE: What am I missing on GVWR??

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BradW 06/06/19 01:29pm Truck Campers
RE: What am I missing on GVWR??

What has been really helpful here, is that pretty much no one uses the GVWR that is posted inside the door, and that the weight on each axle is far more important. IHMO, most DWR owners do go by the GVWR and most SWR owners go by the tire/axle rating. Been both, done both. :) :) I never had an issue hauling our 1996 4,000 lb Lance on an srw truck for 10 years and 80,000 miles until I also tried towing a 7,500 lb car hauler trailer on a 2' extended hitch. Tried that once and did not like the results, bought a DWR the following year. Night and day difference. bradw
BradW 06/05/19 09:37am Truck Campers
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