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RE: Insurance!

There are insurance companies that know exactly what a truck camper is and will write a separate policy. Fine one of those companies. Suggestions welcome!
BurbMan 06/16/21 09:06pm Truck Campers
Insurance!

This has me hopping mad! I've been a USAA member for a LOT of years (40+) and always had my TT insured through them. Now they're out of the RV segment and have partnered with Progressive for that. Last year when I was finishing the build (and tallying receipts) I thought insurance would be a good idea. I called USAA who sent me to Progressive where I bought a policy for $162/yr. We move from NY to IN last month and I get everything switched over with USAA, no problem. They remind me to call Progressive and do the same. After 20 mins on the phone getting the new policy written, they ask for the VIN. I tell them there is no VIN, only a serial number. This is not a vehicle, it's a camper. Uh-oh, please hold. The Progressive guy comes back on the phone and says they can't write the policy since the camper has no VIN. Further, my NY policy currently in effect with Progressive is being cancelled immediately, because it was written by an independent agent, not a Progressive employee, and they made up numbers for the VIN to get the policy boarded. WHAT?? Oh, and you're not entitled to a refund. So I call USAA back and let them know how well Progressive is treating their customers. I got a really nice guy on the phone who tells me that my camper is actually covered by my homeowners policy like any other personal property. If you had $5000 worth of expensive furniture in your truck and you were in a crash and rolled the truck and ruined the furniture, the auto policy would cover damage to the truck and homeowner's would cover the loss of the furniture. Same with the camper, it's personal property like furniture, not a vehicle. The main reason for wanting insurance is to cover it from storm damage while it's parked, not really concerned about collision. Who do you guys use for insurance? Anyone have a similar experience with Progressive? Anyone get a similar story about being covered by homeowners?
BurbMan 06/16/21 11:41am Truck Campers
RE: Dick Trickle Memorial, Rudolph, WI

It's a YouTube Video you have to post as a link, not an image.
BurbMan 05/24/21 11:47am Around the Campfire
RE: Adding 12V outlet questions (did I do it right)

Short answer is yes...that 12v outlet that you linked to comes with 18 gauge wire, really only enough for cell phone charging and other small current draws. Wiring it into the light fixture is fine for that usage. Basic electricity: volts x amps = watts. So that 100w inverter that will provide enough power for a flat screen TV and DVD player, or a laptop charger, is delivering 0.83 amps at 120v, but on the other side it is consuming 8.3 amps at 12v. What you did is fine for what it is, but it's not correct for any kind of inverter, even a small one. The best way to work this is backwards....start with what you want to power with an inverter. Look at the labels on the equipment and add up the total watts, this sill tell you how big of an inverter you need. Use the formula above to figure out how much 12v power that size inverter will draw, that will tell you what wire size and fuse you'll need.
BurbMan 05/11/21 07:07am Tech Issues
RE: Calling RAM 3500 owners

Here's the pic: http://happykayakers.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/RearWheelHub-1024x1024.jpg width=640 Agree with Dodge Guy, you should be able to press studs out/in without taking the axle out and removing the hub. Get yourself a good ball joint press like this one: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71JbnmyY9aL._AC_SL1500_.jpg width=640
BurbMan 05/11/21 06:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: voting and driver license issues with full time

Florida just enacted new voting laws that place additional rules and restrictions around mail-in ballots, so be sure to ask how a forwarding address would be treated under the new laws.
BurbMan 05/07/21 08:02am Full-time RVing
RE: Ordered Host cascade today

Very nice! Post some pics when you get it set up on the truck!
BurbMan 05/06/21 06:37am Truck Campers
RE: Ugh wet wood in Bigfoot

When I rebuilt the Lance I used 4" Eternabond tape to wrap every corner molding. It's a similar issue: where the two filon panels come together at the corner, the seam is overlapped with an extruded aluminum molding set into butyl tape and fastened with a zillion screws. I found that the 4" tape gives a good 3/4" of sealing surface to the sidewalls on either side of the corner and completely encapsulates everything underneath. Not a crisp looking as a factory corner, but 100% will never leak again. https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/y134/Burbman/20200930_140435.jpg width=640
BurbMan 05/06/21 06:30am Truck Campers
RE: How to avoid getting blown all over the road

Our 34' TT was 6900 lbs empty and 8500 lbs loaded, and it wasn't even a toy hauler....I suspect you are much heavier than you think you are. You may just need to move the toy(s) forward some in the garage to add some tongue weight. Sounds like you're headed down a path that many on this forum, including myself, have been down before. The coil springs in the 1500 trucks aren't able to resist lateral forces like the leaf springs in HD trucks. The fact that you added air bags in the coils to level the truck not only aggravates the problem, but is a red flag that the WD hitch is not as "dialed in" as you think it is. LT tires help some but there's only so much you can do there. Load the trailer and get it weighed, see if you can adjust loaded to improve performance. At the end of the day, I think a 2500 is in your future. BTW, you don't need a diesel, the 6.4 hemi will handle that weight just fine.
BurbMan 05/04/21 03:57pm Towing
RE: Owners manual discrepancy.

It's not wrong, that's actually a procedure recommended by some mfrs. Get the TT slightly nose-down, then drop the rear stabilizers. As you bring up the tongue to level the TT, you're bringing some of the weight off of the suspension, so when you drop the front jacks the trailer is more solid than it otherwise might be. Obviously you don't want to jack the wheels all the way off the ground, so the TT has to be only slightly nose down when you drop the rear jacks. Also, most mfrs will say to level the TT before you run the slides out, not before you drop the jacks.
BurbMan 05/04/21 03:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: RV.net Truck Camper Forum for 20 Years

Right there with ya!
BurbMan 05/04/21 12:04pm Truck Campers
RE: That Cummins, she’s just a ____ing machine!

When I look at that picture I see a transmission rebuild in your future. And a front suspension rebuild... Aw, it's gonna need that stuff anyway....
BurbMan 05/04/21 06:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: That Cummins, she’s just a ____ing machine!

I turn mine off when ordering and then again when at pickup window Simple...... OK I will admit that it never occurred to me to do that...:S:S:S
BurbMan 05/04/21 06:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: Lance Sagging Cabover

I just rebuilt a 2002 Lance 811 with water damage from leaking windows. The sides of the camper are what give the cabover its strength, the framing is just 1x2 wood. There are also diagonal supports that run in those sides, but when the forward windows leak, those rot away and allow the camper to begin to drop. I had to jack mine up in the front and use a laser to re-square it before I re-installed new framing and siding. Click the link in my sig for the re-build thread, lots of pics. Mine is fiberglas, but they're all built basically the same. The repair isn't difficult if you have basic handyman and woodworking skills. The main thing is the time and a place to work on it, I put a few hundred hours into my build. Then you have to consider that the fridge and appliances are now 22 years old. I went all the way with new fridge, new converter, new bed, etc etc and I was all in on the repair at about $4k, but when it's all said and done, have basically a brand new camper. Get a pro repair estimate. OP can buy a new one for what they will want to fix this one.
BurbMan 05/04/21 06:06am Truck Campers
RE: Ugh wet wood in Bigfoot

Go over-board and be paranoid like your life depends on it as you are about to do some major repair work that you will not want to ever do again. Yup! I used 4" Eternabond over every corner seam when I put mine back together. Butyl tape under the window flange AND caulk around the edges.
BurbMan 05/03/21 05:39pm Truck Campers
RE: That Cummins, she’s just a ____ing machine!

I agree with you! The old 8.1L big block and 4 speed trans in the Burb towed our 9k trailer pretty good, I never understood what all the fuss was about diesels. I haven't been to the scales yet with the camper loaded on, but I suspect we're right at our 12,300 GVWR and that Cummins just hums along. Only issue I have with the diesel is drive-thrus....the engine noise reflects off the menu board and if you don't SCREAM the kid inside can't make out what you're asking for :)
BurbMan 05/03/21 05:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Rockwood Roo Wet Floor

Rot and mold are the enemies here...as Bob said it's possible to patch the floor, but you need to get back to dry wood. If you leave any dampness with an incomplete repair, it will continue to rot away unseen. I would start by cutting away the vinyl floor covering throughout the trailer, that will give you a head start finding out how far the water has wicked.
BurbMan 05/03/21 05:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: For sale ads?

Guys would you mind sharing some of these "plenty of places"? Yes, there are sites to sell RVs, but I have not found a good place to buy and sell RV accessories like blue totes, leveling blocks, 30A extension cords, trailer hitches, tow mirrors, etc etc. There is a classified section on IRV2.com, but it gets like 3 views per year.
BurbMan 05/03/21 05:06pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Help Ram 2500 6.4 gas vs diesel

A TT only has 10-15% of it's weight on the tongue, a 5er has 20-25% of its weight on the pin, so the same payload on the truck gets you a bigger TT than 5er. You've got too many plates spinning here....first figure out what size trailer you want and whether TT or 5er, then figure out if you need to upgrade the truck. You said the truck did fine with the TT you rented, if you buy one that's similar there's no need to upgrade the truck. If you decide that you like a 5er better, then decide which one you want to buy and from there you can decide SRW/DRW and gas/diesel based on the specs of the trailer.
BurbMan 05/03/21 09:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: For sale ads?

Has nothing to do with Marcus but all to do with the fact we used to have a "Classified" section for the members to use but it quickly became completely overrun with commercial outfits trying to sell their trailers and equipment. Nobody wanted to scroll through page after page of new trailer and motorhome ads to find the occasional doodad or rig posted for sale by a member. It took tons of moderating time to keep it clean enough for members to use so the decision was made to eliminate it. Barney That's interesting! I recall we had a classified forum for like 3 weeks and no explanation was given when it was taken down. For the suggestion box: Most of the spam are bots that register on the forum and immediately post multiple classified ads. One way to effectively control that is to add user rules that don't allow postings in the classified section until the user has 1) been a member >x# of days, and 2) posted >x# of non-classified posts. This weeds out 99% of the spammers and creates a useful resource for the membership.
BurbMan 05/03/21 08:05am Fifth-Wheels
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