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RE: I Made A Replacement Escape Hatch Lid

I did the same thing using Stainless steel. Basically had a stainless tray made the correct size with nicely welded corners. Had it cross hatched on top. Adapted the crank hardware and a commercial continuous hinge.Insulated the underside with a nice looking soft foam sheeting using contact cement and placed a seal/gasket to contact the curb and close tightly. It works great. I didn't want the hot sun coming in mine. This fits perfectly on the existing gasket, front to back, side to side. A snug, not tight, not lose fit. The double paine had no moisture form overnight. I'll replicate the mate to the existing hinge. I'm thinking of using a couple gas charged pistons to open the door. If I want sun, I can fit some reflectix and close the shade. I enjoyed the stargazing in bed last light. Looking forward to it's first rain. I expect the double paine design to be a little quieter. I'm getting the feeling I may need to go to West Marine for latches. Being on the road and in immediate need, I'll have to rivet my corners. It'll work fine.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 01/25/22 09:29am Truck Campers
RE: I Made A Replacement Escape Hatch Lid

I don’t know the dimensions but it looks just like the skylight/dome on my Arctic Fox TC. 22 inches square, 1-1/2 seating height, 2 inch total height. Stargazing was great last night.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 01/25/22 09:21am Truck Campers
I Made A Replacement Escape Hatch Lid

https://scontent-lax3-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/p180x540/272691875_10222581328302108_3172494243402143586_n.jpg?_nc_cat=101&ccb=1-5&_nc_sid=730e14&_nc_ohc=oVarNqT3WeEAX-D6Wm9&_nc_ht=scontent-lax3-2.xx&oh=00_AT-lbNqrskAd8qqzR9bG-_WDypO5Rza5jnCMkQtZNaO2aw&oe=61F46C3F Made myself a new insulated escape hatch lid. Replacements for this model, "Old Style Elixer" are no longer manufactured. This is better anyway. Much stronger, two layers clear polycarbonate panels to stargaze at night and look at the sky in the day. Can't do that with the original cover. Plus, this is much stronger and more secure than the crappy plastic cover it came with. All I have to do now is a few more rivets and fabricate a new Old Style Xlixer Hinge. Following up on the bed moisture and insulation post. So far during this trip, gone almost two weeks now, the bed is definitely warmer and no hint of moisture. I'll be starting a big solar upgrade tomorrow or the next day.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 01/24/22 08:53pm Truck Campers
RE: Making A Warmer Truck Camper Bed

I'm south of Medford Oregon tonight. It's 35 outside. My mattress insulation project seems to be working but, I'm turned around in bed, feet forward by the front window, head at the foot of the bed. My head is comfortably warmer now and my feet don't mind the cold. Furnace on for 60 degrees but the cabover bed area has much greater exposed surface area to i ternal volume than the rest of the camper and as such, is susceptible to much greater and faster temperature swings. The extra blanket is doing the trick.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 01/13/22 05:30am Truck Campers
RE: Making A Warmer Truck Camper Bed

Interesting thread. We camp alot in the winter. Just spent 4 days in 0-5F degree weather. Never really had an issue with the mattress or cold. Condensation, can be an issue, but it's a super easy solution. Got to have air movement. I usually just crack the kitchen window a bit and open the bathroom vent slightly (fan stays off). An example, two days into the camp, no condensation at all, windows being the best indicator. Cooked breakfast for three extra adults and two kids (squeeze them in..!) and after a bit over two hours, the windows were covered in condensation. It's our breath. Turned the fan on when they left and half hour later, camper was cleared up. A suggestion for under the mattress. One needs air movement but most can't afford the height loss. Pick up a piece of Miradrain or equivalent. It's a composite drain product, and it will keep an open airway under the mattress. About 1/2" tall, plastic and fiber, water proof. https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/922/aOZL4A.jpg Last... skip the flannel sheets. They're only warm 'after' you get in and warm them up. Go fleece. Tell them I sent you...! There is no comparison. The foundation dimpled sheet would work very well. I actually have a roll of it in my shop. I talked with Joe Chi Ochi, Matt, who foil tape sealed a foam board down in his cabover and wrote a post about it back about 2007 with good results. I'll keep an eye on the current setup to see how it performs. Rather than the foil tape, there is a PVC tape which is stronger and more flexible than the aluminum tape. I'll keep you posted on results.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 01/10/22 09:45pm Truck Campers
RE: West Coast Jamboree 2022, Who is Interested?

I will be driving through Redding in a few days. I'll keep track of how many miles/hours/gallons it takes to get there from Seattle. It would be fun to meet some of the faces behind the screen names. I'll just have to convince sweetie.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 01/10/22 01:51am Truck Campers
Making A Warmer Truck Camper Bed

Today's Project, Making A Warmer Truck Camper Bed. Cedar Lattice For Ventilation. SIKA 1" Insulation Board To Keep Mattress Warmer. Flannel Sheets To Be Warm And Cozy In Bed. I've seen others on the RV.NET forum do similar projects in the past. This is my attempt at it. I'll be traveling in some cold areas, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, the next while and based upon my last winter trip to these areas, I decided I better try something to make winter life in a truck camper a little more comfortable. Getting some electric booties to keep the tootsies warm while sitting at the dinette. I did a test with a couple thermometers last trip and found a 30 degree difference from the floor to the sink countertop, 40 floor, 70 countertop. The feet were very uncomfortable. The furnace is doing a lot of work to keep the temperature up. I'm open to suggestions for improvement. J&K https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/271711281_10222510935102322_1542608526921576452_n.jpg?_nc_cat=103&ccb=1-5&_nc_sid=730e14&_nc_ohc=o7Y7ZoQPHocAX-8o1s6&_nc_ht=scontent-sea1-1.xx&oh=00_AT8p9Qf7BjP5FjyEi5wYUZf5WoISx7Li5gXFHcMEJu0-gQ&oe=61E11D57 width=500 https://i.imgur.com/Dxcx5RCl.jpg https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/271670918_10222510920981969_3360799862970994794_n.jpg?_nc_cat=110&ccb=1-5&_nc_sid=730e14&_nc_ohc=3hhhm1-ppi4AX9NlXnk&_nc_ht=scontent-sea1-1.xx&oh=00_AT_v1TO3Vme--vbHG0Wh8cfb068_6t6zUWoJU0yPhsUnpw&oe=61E051BA width=500 https://i.imgur.com/GDILfA9l.jpg https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/271737284_10222510921261976_6230337253203185899_n.jpg?_nc_cat=103&ccb=1-5&_nc_sid=730e14&_nc_ohc=7MkIwlwkH14AX8CUalg&_nc_ht=scontent-sea1-1.xx&oh=00_AT9Bg9lZ4ARRKkLQ85neOIkt7J63GA4WR3kcBxUMSGTKSw&oe=61E16F52 width=500 https://i.imgur.com/GkqrlZgl.jpg Video Link for those who are interested.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 01/10/22 01:33am Truck Campers
RE: Trip Report: This Time Last Year

Nice, Great Carlsbad Caverns pictures.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 01/02/22 04:26pm Truck Campers
RE: S&S 8.5 Camper on Ram 2500: Measured weights; advice.

I’d like to point out to the people who keep saying gas trucks have more payload that this truck’s front end weight is LESS when loaded with the camper than when empty. It actually removes some weight from the front end. That extra payload from a lighter engine up front does not increase your real world, useable payload. Yeah, I know, the spec sheet says it does… but that’s not the whole story. Like button for a true statement. I would just clarify, if the front gets lighter, that weight did not disappear, It has merely shifted to and increased the weight on the rear wheels. If the CG sticker is behind the rear axle hub center, then it is a fulcrum lifting the front while pushing down behind the rear wheel.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 12/23/21 12:54am Truck Campers
RE: S&S 8.5 Camper on Ram 2500: Measured weights; advice.

Where is your center of gravity sticker positioned when on the truck? My 9.5 S&S CG is about 6" in front of the rear axle hub center.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 12/20/21 01:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Brain probe for 19.5 x 7.5 rims and 16" F450 Front Brakes

1. I do not believe Rickson is still in business. Your choice now is American Force or Vision for 19.5" in a 8-lug. You can also go to a Method HD 18" for 4k lb capacity rims. For your offroad use, you may be happier staying with a 4k lb rated LT tire that can be aired down rather than the stiff 19.5" commercial tires that will also be narrower. 2. The Dana 60 is used on the front of the F250 through F550, but the wide track version is the Super 60 and I am not sure of the differences. 3. 1998-2004 F550 and F450 chassis cabs used 8-lug (don't remember the rim diameter) but hey have been 10-lug since. You may have a chance of finding larger 8-lug brakes off some of the 2011-2014 F450 pickups, but they used 17" rims during that year range (most likely same as F350). Did you find it true on your old Rickson rims that they were slotted bolts, not a true hub centered rim. PS: I still have that bottle of wine in the TC fridge for when next we meet.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 12/10/21 05:14pm Truck Campers
RE: Brain probe for 19.5 x 7.5 rims and 16" F450 Front Brakes

SSBC Stainless Steel Brake Company was suggested as a supplier for a larger bolt on braking solution. They have an 8 piston, 4 per side, stainless steel sleeved caliper and rotor kit. I can't tell if they are larger diameter rotors though in the provided information. I'll give then a call tomorrow before 5 eastern. The F450 front axle has that extended hub then reverse wheels to match the dually rear offset I presume so the front rear and spare are all interchangeable. It may be as simple as getting the back plate and mounting hardware off the larger truck along with 19.5-inch rims and swapping them onto my front axle. More research needed.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 12/10/21 05:06pm Truck Campers
Brain probe for 19.5 x 7.5 rims and 16" F450 Front Brakes

Brain probe for 19.5 rim and tire opinions. Also curious as to the possibility of swapping larger F450 front disk brakes onto my 2000 F250 4x4 supercab long bed. I was looking at Rickson rims and they have the Aluminum and Powder Coated steel 19.5 x 7.5 rims. The aluminum wheels have slotted lug bolt holes and the steel rims have round holes and are considered hub centered. Apparently there is an issue with the aluminum wheels and breaking wheel studs. I think the steel wheels come with an OEM center offset. Any thoughts on these rims or better suggestions? Next question is, I want to improve braking, stopping performance. I was looking at the Z36 brakes which according to some can provide 11% better stopping performance. They still use the 13" rotor and calipers. I am wondering if it is possible to adapt F450/F550 16" 8 lug front rotors and calipers to my F250? Why would I do these things you ask? The biggest difference between the F250 and F350 is the weight tag and name, otherwise the two models share the same frame and brake sizes. My truck has a new engine, larger rear springs, air bags, large front and rear sway bars, Rancho 9000s, Torklift tie downs and other modifications for the TC. It is about to get 3 leaf front springs. The truck is already setup nicely for my uses and would cost a fair amount to get another truck. Any input appreciated.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 12/10/21 02:42pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper Rally

Is anybody else attending the Truck Camper Rally this February at Roadrunner Wash in Quartzite? Looks to be about 240 or so signed up at this time. Looking forward to it.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 11/27/21 09:16pm Truck Campers
RE: Sniff.......The S&S has a new home

A sad day... I sure like my S&S. Before long, I will be moving into something bigger. Best wishes to both parties...
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 11/05/21 03:24pm Truck Campers
RE: Opinions on lightweight portable inverter/generators

Few things I detest more when camping out in the sticks than the sound of a generator drawling away for hours at a time. Can't hear the sasquatch sneaking up on me. It sucks when it not your generator. ;) I have my solar setup which does the trick most of the year. The closest I come to a generator is idling the truck for a while. Not efficient I know but it works well enough for the short periods of time I do it. Far quieter too.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 11/05/21 03:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Opinions on lightweight portable inverter/generators

Few things I detest more when camping out in the sticks than the sound of a generator drawling away for hours at a time. Can't hear the sasquatch sneaking up on me.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 11/05/21 01:20am Tech Issues
RE: Camping 3 months with single 100Ah Lithium

I need better metering in my TC. Far as I can tell, I get about three hours usable battery life with the laptop on and the dinette table led on. I have basically the same amount of solar and 2 group 31 AGM 105 AH batteries. I plan to setup up about 600 watts solar and 400 AH battery. I think that's what it'll take to supply my power demand, especially at night in cold temperatures. I refuse to be cold at night, especially in the bathroom at 3 in the morning or whenever. Those walls are COLD.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 10/30/21 09:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Truck Camper Rally

I signed up. I am interested in the desert caravan. Not associated with the rally this year but there must be signup available if anyone knows. We've been wanting to make a trip back to Death Valley or possible a Mojave trail run. Either of these would be a good journey. . North Rim Grand Canyon and possibly Hogs Back would be interesting to do. Lots of question as to a large camper can do it but I've seen video of people with similar sized setups doing it so,,, Maybe. Tuweep area of the North Rim is a good place to go, you need a permit to use the NP campsites and which "Hog Back" are you talking about?Murphy Hogback
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 10/26/21 01:09am Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper Rally

I signed up. I am interested in the desert caravan. Not associated with the rally this year but there must be signup available if anyone knows. We've been wanting to make a trip back to Death Valley or possible a Mojave trail run. Either of these would be a good journey. . North Rim Grand Canyon and possibly Hogs Back would be interesting to do. Lots of question as to a large camper can do it but I've seen video of people with similar sized setups doing it so,,, Maybe.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 10/24/21 01:50am Truck Campers
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