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RE: 12V mystery

.......... Just another point. If you have 2 AGM batteries rated at 12.8 volts in the TC and a regular lead acid battery rated at 12.6 volts in the truck. It is possible that the AGM's may be fooling your voltage regulator with the different voltage rated batteries. I have all AGM batteries in the TC and the truck, trying to better match the whole electrical system for 12.8 volts. Another good reason to have a DC-DC charger in the camper. You get the right charging voltage for your camper battery chemistry, and it acts as a battery separator between the truck and camper batteries. The truck charging system doesn’t know its there. :):) I need to look into the DC to DC Charging System. One quick question, Is it typically mounted in the truck camper near the batteries or in the engine compartment?
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 04/11/19 09:37am Truck Campers
RE: 12V mystery

I had an odd occurrence one time. I was driving several hours at night. It was cold outside, raining hard, fogging and cold inside the truck. I had the headlights on, AC defrost on, Fan on high, All the running lights blaring. I had a full battery when I started and ended up with 2 AGM group 31's at 12.2 volts. I'm guessing my alternator could not meet the demand. I have a new alternator now and have not had the problem happen since. Just another point. If you have 2 AGM batteries rated at 12.8 volts in the TC and a regular lead acid battery rated at 12.6 volts in the truck. It is possible that the AGM's may be fooling your voltage regulator with the different voltage rated batteries. I have all AGM batteries in the TC and the truck, trying to better match the whole electrical system for 12.8 volts.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 04/11/19 02:20am Truck Campers
RE: VTR - virtual trip report, my last one

Thanks for all the great stuff you've posted over the years. This kind of reminds me I need to start getting my retirement travel plans together. 2 years to go.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 04/07/19 10:13pm Truck Campers
RE: loosing old members

Hey Chuck...I remember a Leo's Stereo in the San Fernando Valley just down the road a piece from Pacific Stereo(my old go to place for my stereo buying) that and Federated over on Highland in Hollywood right across from Famous Pink's Hot Dogs. Yep, I was in the Anaheim store for YEARS...at one point we bought Shelly's audio and a couple more little chains and hit 64 stores in total....those were good times. Do you remember the Pioneer KPX 9000, dual amp equalizer, and the GM 120's. Still my favorite car stereo. Hahaha...I still have a high end 20 year old Alpine in Red with a CD changer in the console. My brother has an old Blaupunkt under dash and 10 cd changer in the trunk in his 67 GTO. SOUNDS GREAT TOO... I put a Pioneer in my S&S
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 04/07/19 02:11pm Truck Campers
RE: loosing old members

Hey Chuck...I remember a Leo's Stereo in the San Fernando Valley just down the road a piece from Pacific Stereo(my old go to place for my stereo buying) that and Federated over on Highland in Hollywood right across from Famous Pink's Hot Dogs. Yep, I was in the Anaheim store for YEARS...at one point we bought Shelly's audio and a couple more little chains and hit 64 stores in total....those were good times. Do you remember the Pioneer KPX 9000, dual amp equalizer, and the GM 120's. Still my favorite car stereo.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 04/06/19 08:13pm Truck Campers
RE: loosing old members

I've been spending less time here. I posted a few YouTube videos as trip reports and How To Do's like solar panels, larger springs, inverter. Several people really don't like YouTube posts. I find YouTube to be a very easy format to use and share with. Much easier than assembling a bunch of pictures and story text for a post here. There used to be a friendliness, general sense of goodwill here that has diminished over time. Spring and summer are on the way, perhaps things will pickup with the season as people start heading out camping and traveling again. Everything aside, RV.NET is still one of the best places. I'll keep posting here when I have something to share. J&K
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 04/05/19 04:02am Truck Campers
RE: How to remove bathroom faucet

I can access my bathroom fawcet through the water heater compartment.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 03/23/19 09:46pm Truck Campers
RE: What happens if a state park has snow?

We camped there one fall. Wasn't crowded at all. Had a great time walking the grounds and watching bird life along the irrigation canals, also the potholes. I got out my golf clubs and practiced my irons in the big field.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 03/16/19 06:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Trip ideas and suggestions

When in Austin, Tour the Texas Capitol buildings. Eat at the Salt Lick or Stubb's BBQ. Bring your own beer. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Walk along the river. Zilker Botanical Garden. Lots to see in Austin. Swing into Roswell on the way. Don't miss Carlsbad Caverns. Take your time, don't rush...
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 03/14/19 01:40am Truck Campers
RE: Camper sold... should I remove the Tork Lift barckets?

I use my Torklift hold downs as anchor points for cargo straps on my truck when I carry construction materials, appliances, and waste to and from the job site. It's a use you may find very handy! Also as previously stated, makes a great step to reach into or get into the bed. An industrious person could bolt a rail between the front and back hold downs to make a step rail. Might get in the way of changing a flat tire though.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 03/13/19 07:42pm Truck Campers
RE: 2020 Ford F600

Are you thinking of going back to Ford? I am happy with my choices but keep an eye out where things are going. I have no plans at this point to even start looking until after 2025 or later. I figure I can stretch vehicle ownership out long enough that I may only buy one other vehicle for each of us before we die. Ha Ha, I'm going to keep my options open as to how many more vehicles I'll get. The current plan is still in 2 years, build out a Big Transit Van into a Class B suited for our needs which includes a Quigley 4x4 conversion and travel North America extensively. After that, it could be getting back into classic cars.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 03/09/19 12:28pm Truck Campers
RE: 2020 Ford F600

Are you thinking of going back to Ford?
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 03/08/19 11:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Furnace fan and battery drain

Ive gotten up at 4 am to run the truck for recharging before. Advantage 4+ gauge wires from alternator to TC house batteries. My other advantage is to turn the truck heater on full hot and blower on high. The truck heat blows into the TC via the passthrough windows. Gets toasty kill the truck after an hour and you should be good till morning.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 02/27/19 12:17am Truck Campers
RE: 8 Gauge Wire

I've been happy with my 4 gauge alternator to TC batteries connection. 2000 f250. If I were to power my fridge with 120V from the inverter, to keep things cheap and simple, I would merely take the shore power cord and route it to the inverter. Be sure to switch off the AC breaker and unplug your battery charger. The perpetual charging scheme has already been disproved. My inverter is only a 600 watt pure sine. A poor man's manual transfer switch if you will. My alternator is 160 amp output. The TC 4 gauge is fused with a 30 amp auto fuse which is probably costing me performance in current flow. The fuse has never blown and usually supplies 14.2 volts which drops to 13.4 after a while. I also have about 240 watts solar feeding the batteries in the TC via 6 gauge from the controller. I'll have to actually try it sometime since I'm completely happy with running the fridge on propane.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 02/26/19 11:40pm Truck Campers
RE: How bad is this?

Get a couple 4x10 10 footers. Slip one under the front and rear. You can build any additional support framing to support the front right corner. Get or rent a flat trailer and lift the camper high enough to get the trailer under it between the 4x10s. Strap it down securely with heavy truck cargo straps. Haul 8t home and reverse process to unload.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 02/26/19 09:42pm Truck Campers
RE: Desert Truck Camping

I found boodocking with TC pretty hard to do. We like to shower every day and that gives us 2 days before we need to dump.  That said, I discovered Burro Campground this summer, who is having hot showers. With senior pass it comes to $7 a night and this is the picture across dump station.  You are in the middle of nowhere, observing the scenery and vultures. No phone coverage, but I found it actually relaxing. https://i.imgur.com/uxqa2yr.jpg width=800 That's along highway 93 or 95 isn't it? I drove across that bridge and thought what a nice looking bridge. The northbound side not so nice but the area and campground had my interest coming back from Quartzsite. I could se down into the valley but your picture looks much better. There are a lot of places to camp. Just scan your map, pick a spot, and go.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 02/23/19 07:09pm Truck Campers
Street Camping Las Vegas And Assorted Scenes Set To Piano

Street Camping Las Vegas And Assorted Scenes Set To Piano On my way home from Quartzsite for the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous RTR and Phoenix for Barrett Jackson, I street camped at my brothers house in Las Vegas a couple nights. The room service was fabulous with curbside coffee delivery every morning. They treated me to a couple shows and buffets around town. We did some sight seeing along the strip downtown and also made it up to Floyd Lamb Park, a very nice place. I spent 4 days with them, then continued my return trip first to the Hood River area to help a friend with electrical issues, then on home to Seattle and Sweetie Pie. I was glad to be back with Good Old Charlie too who sadly is recently deceased and gone to Kitty Heaven at the age of 17. Charlie was an irreplaceable cat. I can only hope to someday find another cat with such a bond of friendship. https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/20861587_10210590062527958_6189843143524201942_o.jpg?_nc_cat=107&_nc_ht=scontent-sea1-1.xx&oh=2f1c03d2e3616381cba323fa49101510&oe=5D255576 width=400 https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/32313701_10212525213825531_6176810369248395264_o.jpg?_nc_cat=108&_nc_ht=scontent-sea1-1.xx&oh=a95474af3fb0db001d9fffaa4b511ec6&oe=5CEB2F31 width=400 https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/51918206_10214441399408973_5496084428226560000_o.jpg?_nc_cat=101&_nc_ht=scontent-sea1-1.xx&oh=1994ec02613c6a9a0b849d0cadc3a83e&oe=5CEE963B width=400 https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/32407099_10212525214225541_2349819488595083264_o.jpg?_nc_cat=108&_nc_ht=scontent-sea1-1.xx&oh=9610566b0b62de958320a9477b49b375&oe=5CE794E7 width=400 https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/32313639_10212525217225616_1991161278105649152_n.jpg?_nc_cat=104&_nc_ht=scontent-sea1-1.xx&oh=ac174b8601cda83d76b2d04184a27bb6&oe=5CEBCF28 width=400 https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/10514227_10202592820521906_9053660048012050565_o.jpg?_nc_cat=110&_nc_ht=scontent-sea1-1.xx&oh=10526427054dd5d18a69fc7f1d823990&oe=5CE16C40 width=400 I had a lot of fun visiting in Las Vegas and it was a great addition to my nearly 3 week escape. Enjoy
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 02/21/19 04:07am Truck Campers
RE: Disk Brake Pads With Heat Cracking

Not all pads are created equal and not all calipers are either. One thing to always keep in mind is that unlike drum brakes, where the retraction springs pull the shoes away from the drum, with all disc brakes, the only physical thing that provides clearance between the disc and the pad when you release pressure on the hydraulic system is the piston seal itself and the retraction clearance provided by the contraction of that seal is very minimal, much less than with drum/shoe brakes. Consequently, it's imperative that the pads slide freely in the caliper bosses without any movement restriction and the pad ears, where they intersect the caliper boss are lubricated with a high temperature lubricant made specifically for disc brake application. Having said that all pads are not created equal, I mean not the friction material but the stamping the material is mounted to. Stamped backing plates can be loose fitting or tight fitting and must always be checked and adjusted (filed or ground) for a slip fit. That especially holds true for Ford trucks with twin piston Girling style calipers, because of the caliper / carrier design. Being an EBC dealer, I run EBC HH Ceramic pads and Stop Tech drilled and slotted rotors but in reality most all are fine, I just don't like brake dust on my polished Alcoa wheels. When an inner pad is shot but an outer is fine, that is a good indicator that the pads are not sliding in the caliper bosses and the inner pad will stay in contact with the rotor when the brakes are released. A lesser cause is the breakdown of the brake hose inner diameter and flakes of the material blocking the fluid flow. Keep in mind that when you apply pressure (to actuate the brakes), you apply a lot of hydraulic pressure. Upon release, the only pressure generated is the pressure from seal retraction and it's minimal. My rule of thumb on flex brake hoses (chassis boss to caliper) is 10 years and change out. Besides at 10 years, the system should be flushed anyway. Brake fluid is hydroscopic, that is, it attracts moisture and that lowers the boiling pint and causes brake fade under high application pressure so 10 years is time for a flush, hoses and a refill (following your manufacturers recommended change / flush procedure). Properly clearanced and operating pad sets don't wear uneven. There are underlying reasons for that uneven wear that need to be addressed. Just replacing pad sets does nothing for the root cause. just wears out another set of pads or eats up another rotor or both. I like your answer thank you. The calipers were sliding freely and the pistons did press back in freely and pressure in on one would cause the other to slide out unless held in place. It was the inner left that failed. The pads were from O'Reilly's which may or may not mean anything. I have had brake material failures on other vehicle's in the past. Thankfully these don't have rivets or the rotor would have been ruined. I should change the fluid. I think next brake change, I'll spring for new calipers. I plan to service the rears soon. Looking forward to wrestling off the rear rotors to service the emergency brake shoes.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 02/20/19 10:01am Truck Campers
RE: Disk Brake Pads With Heat Cracking

That's just a defective brake pad. Can't say I've ever seen that happen before, but not related to hauling a camper I'm pretty certain. Good thing you caught it quick. Hard not to I spose! Edit, after reading Reality checks post, did I read yours wrong Jeff? Brake pad lining just went MIA, right? Not wore out? Grit dog's post made me rethink the question and answers here. I stand by my comments in general, and agree with many on here that other factors can come into play concerning wear. Buzzcut makes a great point about sticking calipers, which as pointed out by others, can cause 'riding the brakes' type of action and premature wear. I did not watch the vid.. I'm ok with checking out a picture or 30 second video, but not a 60 min how to replace show. So, there are failures, and if one pad sheared, could be a number of reasons. A quick check of the system should answer that. I set the link to take you to the last couple minutes of the video. Specifically to the spot showing the box, brand, type, of new pads, then show the old pads. Only a couple specific minutes. Don't wish to waste your time either.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 02/20/19 08:56am Truck Campers
RE: Disk Brake Pads With Heat Cracking

That's just a defective brake pad. Can't say I've ever seen that happen before, but not related to hauling a camper I'm pretty certain. Good thing you caught it quick. Hard not to I spose! Edit, after reading Reality checks post, did I read yours wrong Jeff? Brake pad lining just went MIA, right? Not wore out? The material on the one pad just sheared off. All the other pads looked to have worn evenly. About 3/16 to 1/4 inch of material was on the other pads. Seattle and surrounding areas are hilly and I drive plenty of those hills regularly. I also drive stop and go traffic. Yearly mileage is 12 to 16K miles. I've gone about 25 to 30k miles on most brake pads over the last 12 years. The difference is this set of pads has more use with the truck camper on than any of the other brake pads. Close to 5 months with the truck camper on the truck over the last year. This probably is an amount of use with much increased weight issue.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 02/19/19 11:08pm Truck Campers
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