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RE: Dude! Where's my tow truck?

interested to see what you find broke. in my 20's I had a Pontiac with a 350 cid. at the end of its life, just before scrapping it we drained the oil out, put a brick on the throttle and started the engine to see what would happen. After 15 minutes it was still screaming so I got tired of the noise and turned the key off. I bet there was a catastrophic hard part failure like a rod big end that broke, the oil light came on when the rod cap let all the oil pressure out. but the engine seized when parts of the rod got jammed into the crank/block. Did any holes open up in block? When I get the engine out, we'll do a little exploratory surgery to see what happened. I found no debris in the oil filter but the filter was nearly empty. It always flows oil down the sides during normal removal for oil changes. The best guess now is the tube of the oil pickup developed a crack all of a sudden and began admitting air into the pump which caused loss of suction to get oil up from the pan. If the pump simply broke, there would be oil in the filter. The reason your old engine ran for 15 minutes was probably no load on it. I was coming up a hill with a 3000 pound camper on.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 10/10/19 06:15pm Truck Campers
RE: Dude! Where's my tow truck?

A new or rebuilt short block may be your cheapest option. That's what I'm getting is a long block from PowerSource. 2300.00 2-3 days delivery, no shipping $.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 10/09/19 06:35pm Truck Campers
F 250 Engine Swap

I'll post progress updates on this thread. Got my popup tent over the truck and starting removal today. Hope to have new engine by Friday. VIDEO: Preparing To Swap Engine https://external-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/safe_image.php?d=AQCiL8027Ygle5pS&w=540&h=282&url=https%3A%2F%2Fi.ytimg.com%2Fvi%2F3HR5SiaoyuQ%2Fmaxresdefault.jpg&cfs=1&upscale=1&fallback=news_d_placeholder_publisher&_nc_hash=AQBdPVqHO_pC_543 width=600 Bummer we will miss the Fall Colors Caravan this year and seeing all the great people that will be there. I understand the DIABLO Lake overlook will be closed this weekend for helicopter use. Here is a short video slideshow of the North Cascades Highway. This is from one of the other Tours we attended starting at the SAUK River Campground. My brother playing piano...
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 10/09/19 02:07pm Truck Campers
RE: Dude! Where's my tow truck?

Did you have Archie along? How did he handle it? Similar story... I-405, southbound, Renton going past Boeing. Right front tire went flat. Ended up in the split for exit 3. Lift camper off truck to get at spare tire lowering mechanism. Discovered the previous owner changed lug-nuts and the emergency wrench wouldn't fit. Two is one, and one is none, so I grabbed my spare tools...which promptly broke. $196 minimum charge for the tow truck driver to show up and say 'here, use my wrench'. Our Archie (RIP) was with us, and it was a warm September Saturday. I left DW in the cab with Archie, and the A/C running. His area had to be all disturbed to get at the emergency jack. Last thing I wanted was a flat battery after running the flashers, so they watched while I worked. In other news... Looks promising to get a new feline friend this weekend. :B Car riding & camper indoctrination will be early classes in his training. -Eric Archie was home with his mom. I was coming home from working on a job for two weeks. This weekend, the Fall Colors Caravan Tour was to be his first excursion in the TC. Instead I get to do The Fall Colors Engine Swap. It'll be fun except for the 3000.00 or so it'll cost with everything.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 10/09/19 02:04pm Truck Campers
RE: VIDEO: Part Two - Dude, Where's My Tow Truck?

I'm looking at PowerTrain Products and PowerSource both priced at 2599.00. PowerSource has free shipping and it looks like a Seattle warehouse. They both replace the sparkplug seats and install the improved oil pump. PowerSource Includes as follows: Our OEM remanufactured engines include: New pistons, rings, timing components, freeze plugs, gasket sets, valve guides, lifters, oil pumps, rod bearings, main bearings and cam bearings Crankshafts are reground, polished, and oil holes chamfered to rigid specifications Connecting rods are checked for bend or twist, resized and honed to O.E.M. specifications Valve seats are 3-angle cut for optimum sealing All new .003" oversize valves for new valve and guide surfaces Blocks are shot blast cleaned and magnafluxed to assure unseen cracks do not cause premature failure Block deck and cylinder heads are resurfaced to assure proper sealing -- All blocks are Line honed Engines are 100% functionally tested New cams are used on flat tappet OHV applications Fel-Pro is our primary gasket supplier Though not listing assembly information, I assume PowerTrain Products is similar. Got a couple more calls to make then ordering. Keep you posted.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 10/07/19 04:38pm Truck Campers
VIDEO: Part Two - Dude, Where's My Tow Truck?

VIDEO: Finally got the truck and camper hauled home. It was going to be a long night waiting to get everything home but a call to insurance got the tow truck back and since it would take a long time to find a tow for the truck camper, My brother came through and delivered it home for me. He hauls the exact same truck camper on his truck so that worked out perfectly. Right now, I'm looking at 3100 from Rock Auto with a 500 core return so 2600 for a 5.4 liter long block. I am also looking into the possibility of swapping a wrecking yard 6.2 liter gaser if the wire harness, engine mounts, and electronics can be made compatible with minimal hassle. Also the E4OD 4 speed transmission. https://external-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/safe_image.php?d=AQCxvqcVg647asez&w=540&h=282&url=https%3A%2F%2Fi.ytimg.com%2Fvi%2FnFjjCTuW6zo%2Fmaxresdefault.jpg&cfs=1&upscale=1&fallback=news_d_placeholder_publisher&_nc_eui2=AeG7Wnwjq2ka097dxz70ohXnC41k-8ubP2TgkqHSnXLtIIkXJxpiVw0M4r_UCAkxjCW4NP7_XhVKrvc-rkYjLJlFavjHf9GUbMitLj9XwP8biQ&_nc_hash=AQCnTXvyBjrGAyKr width=600
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 10/07/19 03:01am Truck Campers
RE: Dude! Where's my tow truck?

. Can't imagine what you were feeling at that moment. It was kind of like ARRRRRGH!!!!! Annd then fricken fracken skuttlebutten good for nothing under powered 5.4 liter. Or close to it, perhaps a touch more animated... got everything home last night. My brother came and hauled the TC home and the same tow driver pulled my truck's carcass home. I'll start pulling things apart shortly. I looking into the possibility of an engine swap with a 6.2 liter. May be more involved than it's worth if wire harness and computer plus other peripherals need to be changed too. I'll keep y'all informed. We were really forward to the Fall Colors Caravan too Oct 11th.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 10/06/19 12:07pm Truck Campers
Dude! Where's my tow truck?

Video: Dude! Where's my tow truck? https://i.imgur.com/zXTrDP1l.jpg My oil pressure light came on while I was in the new Seattle tunnel. I drove about 15 seconds to exit and my engine seized on me. Got the truck and camper home. Engine work begins tomorrow.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 10/06/19 04:16am Truck Campers
RE: loosing old members

loosing old members here ???? seem a lot are gone / going any particular reason personally I post way less because of less knowledge on newer campers AND because of sites horrible photo posting process ! whats your opinion /reasons for less participation ??? I look at this forum almost every day and have since 2004. I post replies when I have some knowledge or experience to add. I do NOT post replies to such topics as "what did you do to your truck today?". :R TCs are TCs, no matter whether newer or older. Same goes for all the additions/subtractions to them. I find the photo posting on this forum is pretty easy. Like Mooney, I still have and use my Outfitter Apex 8 every year AND have a RPod travel trailer as well. Mooney's last post was 2011. He had/has an interesting TC setup. I liked his 2 cylinder generator. I beg to differ. His last post was on 10/03/19 at 03:55pm.....right above mine. Actually had quite a few posts since 2011, not sure where that's coming from. Still using 2cyl water cooled generator, love that unit! I searched for posts by Mooney and got nothing. I did an advanced search beyond 12 months in the archives and 2011 was the newest date that showed. Insert rumours of my demise have been greatly exaggerated statement here.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 10/05/19 04:14am Truck Campers
RE: loosing old members

loosing old members here ???? seem a lot are gone / going any particular reason personally I post way less because of less knowledge on newer campers AND because of sites horrible photo posting process ! whats your opinion /reasons for less participation ??? I look at this forum almost every day and have since 2004. I post replies when I have some knowledge or experience to add. I do NOT post replies to such topics as "what did you do to your truck today?". :R TCs are TCs, no matter whether newer or older. Same goes for all the additions/subtractions to them. I find the photo posting on this forum is pretty easy. Like Mooney, I still have and use my Outfitter Apex 8 every year AND have a RPod travel trailer as well. Mooney's last post was 2011. He had/has an interesting TC setup. I liked his 2 cylinder generator.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 10/04/19 08:55am Truck Campers
RE: Talk me out of my new project.

I too plan to switch to either a long tall Sprinter or Transit when I retire in a couple years. I will sell my truck and camper then do my own conversion with new components. There are many well documented van builds for ideas and possibilities.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 10/02/19 07:41pm Truck Campers
RE: Asking for advice setting up truck for tc

Torklift tie downs. Front rear sway bars, Rancho 9000 shocks or similar flavor rating/performance, solar 1.5 times solar watts as battery amp hours, Fantastic vent or Maxair fan, I have a 600 watt pure sine inverter for those times when you need some AC. That's my short list, best wishes on your comming adventures.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 09/30/19 10:03am Truck Campers
RE: VIDEO: Iron Truck Camper Chef Challenge Emergency Pizza

Where’s the cheese? :W Gotta have some glue to hold it all together! :B Looks very tasty. I think I’ll make a couple for breakfast. :):) There was enough cheese in 2 layers to clog an artery. What may have happened is it wasn't low fat mozzarella so it melted away more when cooked. Only a theory though.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 09/29/19 05:15am Truck Campers
RE: VIDEO: Iron Truck Camper Chef Challenge Emergency Pizza

Ha! Pretty awesome, gotta do what ya gotta do. Next time yer at the store, get the stuff for garlic bread pizza. Pre made buttered garlic bread topped with whatever pizza ingredients you like. Delicious. I've done that for the pizza urge before too. Buy ciabatta bread, Put your ingredients on that and bake. The burrito shells or flour tortillas are basically like any flat bread which pizza crust is and works good. Tortillas aren't Mexican tasting out of the bag, they're just flat plain bread waiting to be spiced and prepared whatever way you want. You do whatever you have to do, we're talking survival here... W e used Dave's Killer bread for hamburger buns today but Mexican Torta bread works great as a durable hamburger bun.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 09/29/19 12:28am Truck Campers
VIDEO: Iron Truck Camper Chef Challenge Emergency Pizza

Just for fun. VIDEO: Iron Truck Camper Chef Challenge Emergency Pizza Iron Truck Camper Chef Challenge Emergency Pizza I wanted a pizza and had enough ingredients to make it come together. Pizza crust made using two burrito shells. Had to use ketchup for tomato sauce. Fried mushrooms, chopped onion, spinach, sliced tomato, and mini hamburger patties with Italian seasonings fried then placed on pizza and into the oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Worked out really well, tasted great, cravings satisfied... https://external-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/safe_image.php?d=AQC7m7pBcd_SuwcK&w=540&h=282&url=https%3A%2F%2Fi.ytimg.com%2Fvi%2FgQ7MX5phCi0%2Fhqdefault.jpg&cfs=1&upscale=1&fallback=news_d_placeholder_publisher&_nc_hash=AQCY9KG81WSJGWfV
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 09/28/19 11:34am Truck Campers
RE: Day 2 Lake Wenatchee * Leavenworth * RR Power Station * Golf

I have to get my fill of Jägerschnitzel, Spätzle and Rot Kohl. King Ludwig's I presume...
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 09/24/19 01:57am Truck Campers
RE: Day 2 Lake Wenatchee * Leavenworth * RR Power Station * Golf

Thanks Camper Jeff and Kelli...the drive through Tumwater canyon was colorful with orange, yellow, red, and green leaves. We may drive through Chumstick to see more of what you have seen. Hope you get good fishing at Hood River. I was wondering later if Tumwater Canyon is Highway 2 or the Valley the Chumstick Highway is in. Either road equals enjoyment. I'm actually working putting up a steel frame building but we will go 17 miles to some decent fishing at Goose Lake. Enjoy your trip.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 09/23/19 10:35pm Truck Campers
RE: Day 2 Lake Wenatchee * Leavenworth * RR Power Station * Golf

Looks like you had a good time. We also like Leavenworth and the Lake Wenatchee area. We are heading up there on Monday as we like to wait until the week-enders are gone. We also like the Nason Creek campground. There are several campsites right on the river and we get half price with our senior pass. You're going to Lake Wenatchee but your profile says Lake Chelan. They do each have their features. Must be 40 years since I last played golf in Chelan. Have yourself a great weekend. I'm heading to near Hood River at Trout Lake, WA. To work but also get some great fishing in. Take care... We spend the summers at Lake Chelan but we like a change of scenery every so often and the fall colors should be on display going through Tumwater canyon now, so Lake Wenatchee will be a nice change for us. Colors were nice. The Old Chumstick Highway was colorful too, worthy of a drive as is driving out to the end of pavement on thr Old Wenatchee Highway on the North side of the lake. Enjoy your trip.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 09/23/19 10:32am Truck Campers
RE: Leaking Escape Hatch Repaired

https://i.postimg.cc/G2qgKmjY/IMG-8180.jpg https://i.postimg.cc/hvFjvckF/IMG-8185.jpg Nice repair and thanks for the video. Mine was in bad shape when I bought my camper so I replaced it with a new one. The new one was only $90 on Amazon. I will still be replacing mine too, just not as immanent now. Yours looked a tiny bit more brutal than mine, much better now. I wonder if you used the can of gray stuff that cracked and failed on mine. Didn't go for clear though for your replacement. Take care
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 09/23/19 10:25am Truck Campers
Leaking Escape Hatch Repaired

VIDEO: Leaking Escape Hatch Repaired. I found my truck camper's escape hatch was leaking yesterday in the rain. This had just started that day as I had been in and out of the truck camper all week at job sites for lunch and breaks. Everything will fail at some point and this was it. Fortunately I was there to catch it and resolve the problem. I removed the hatch cover sliding it sideways out from the hinge for full access to all the old sealant and began removing all the old stuff. You can see in the video some of it removes easily and other parts a little more effort required. The easy areas had water under them. Using a painters scraper, I worked my way all around the opening removing and cleaning old sealant away and around the screw heads. When I finished scraping, I cleaned the area with lacquer thinner, a fast drying solvent, to remove residue and prepare the surfaces for good adhesion of the self leveling DICOR I applied to reseal the escape hatch. I went out and checked the repair at midnight and all was dry inside, mission accomplished, I have a happy truck camper again... https://external-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/safe_image.php?d=AQDAbhQrYwdxwOKp&w=540&h=282&url=https%3A%2F%2Fi.ytimg.com%2Fvi%2Fs908xhsraSI%2Fmaxresdefault.jpg&cfs=1&upscale=1&fallback=news_d_placeholder_publisher&_nc_eui2=AeFaFJt9yHaOoKzJD6PNM23m-1UoSG1ItgVwgyigukRdAG4GXYOBsjm7_08PXbiX51bxg_p_RgCwyjyjA6J1rhabTJL4gGdGjf6clNzQ5oUEkg&_nc_hash=AQDIhEXhbVIpfS0u
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 09/23/19 09:40am Truck Campers
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