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RE: Can't find TC meeting my simple need.

yes expensive but also they have some already done campers at $45000 maybe one of them might fit the needs Dave Still, a luxury price for a luxury camper. Luxury price, yeah. Luxury camper? not so much. That's $45k for just their shell camper. :R Available for short bed, long bed, or flatbed trucks Available length up to 16’ Marine vinyl or interweave fabric upholstered wall paneling, available in a variety of colors R-12 insulation Standard exterior lighting package- LED stop/tail/turn/reverse lights and marker lights Marine grade vinyl flooring Aircraft tie down system integrated into the floor for securing items Stainless steel camper tie downs Standard exterior color choices are white, battleship grey, or desert tan Standard entry steps That's a pretty stripped down camper for $45k, IMHO.
DWeikert 09/18/18 02:02pm Truck Campers
RE: payload

I see the OP has already made up their mind, but just to add a little to the discussion. I have basically the same truck but am carrying a camper that weighs a less than the 811 (no I haven't been to the scales yet). To make the ride acceptable I added Helwig Load Pro springs, replaced the factory shocks, added a rear sway bar and upgraded the tires and wheels from the factory 3042lb rated to 265/75R15 3415lb rated. You are showing wisdom in taking the advice and passing on that camper.
DWeikert 09/16/18 02:31pm Truck Campers
RE: payload

Not this again. You literally made all of that up. How about citing one real world example where that ever happened? From a 2007 Legislative Reference Report prepared for the CT state legislature: March 20, 2007 2007-R-0214 *CRIMINAL PENALTIES FOR OVERWEIGHT TRUCKS* By: Zachary Schurin, Legislative Fellow You asked how Connecticut's criminal penalties for the operation of overweight trucks compare to the penalties imposed by Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island. *SUMMARY* Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island all enforce maximum truck weight laws through fines. There are no laws in any of these states that explicitly provide prison terms for maximum weight violations. However, Connecticut and these other states have criminal statutes such as manslaughter and assault that can be used against the owner or operator of an overweight truck. . . . *CRIMINAL PENALTIES FOR OVERWEIGHT VEHICLES IN MASSACHUSETTS, NEW YORK AND RHODE ISLAND* As is the case with Connecticut criminal law, the absence of specific statutes in Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island regarding the operation of overweight trucks does not preclude vehicle operators or owners from criminal prosecution. All three states have laws that punish criminal negligence in its various forms. The ancient legal doctrines of manslaughter and assault are codified in the penal codes of Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island, and provide the structural basis for charges against owners and operators whose overweight trucks cause accidents that result in death or serious injury. Had you posted the rest of that... Maximum Allowable Commercial Vehicle Gross Weights in Connecticut Two-axle Vehicle · 32,000 pounds (no axle weight restrictions) · 36,000 pounds with axle weights limited to 18,000 pounds maximum · Option to use the Federal Bridge Formula for up to 40,000 pounds · 40,000 pounds if a four-wheel construction vehicle operating within 25 miles of the construction site Three-axle Vehicle (Straight Truck-Not a Tractor-Trailer Combination · 53,800 pounds · Option to use the Federal Bridge Formula for up to 60,000 pounds Three-axle Combination of Vehicle and Trailer or Semitrailer · 58,400 pounds · Option to use the Federal Bridge Formula for up to 60,000 pounds Four-axle Vehicle Engaged in Construction Work or Transporting Material or Equipment to a Construction Site · 73,000 pounds Four-or-more-axle Straight Vehicle or Vehicle-Trailer Combination · 67,400 pounds if the wheelbase is less than 28 feet · 73,000 pounds if the wheelbase is 28 feet or more Five-or-more-axle Straight Vehicle or Vehicle-Trailer Combination · 73,000 pounds · Option to use the Federal Bridge Formula for up to 80,000 pounds Maximum Allowable Axle Weights Connecticut's maximum axle weights are the same for all sizes of commercial vehicles. A vehicle cannot have more than 22,400 pounds on a single axle or more than 18,000 pounds on axles spaced less than six feet apart. Thus, the typical "tandem" axle on a truck is under a practical limitation of 36,000 pounds. CRIMINAL PENALTIES FOR OVERWEIGHT TRUCKS Obviously, they're talking about commercial trucks here. So as long as your 2 axle pickup scales in at under 32,000 lbs...
DWeikert 09/16/18 02:24pm Truck Campers
RE: New Shocks?

I use my truck just like you. I replaced the wimpy factory shocks with KYB Monomax. Significant improvement. I can't offer comparisons to other brands but I chose these after listening to forum members and don't regret the choice.
DWeikert 09/14/18 02:12pm Truck Campers
RE: TC Battery Replacement - Upgrade Options

I'd suggest getting a single smaller 12v AGM battery, they are a bit more money but no maintenance. Don't see the point of putting a bunch of money and effort into it if you always have services, just suggesting the AGM to avoid the maintenance. X2
DWeikert 09/13/18 05:31pm Truck Campers
RE: Can't find TC meeting my simple need.

Take a look at Northstar Campers. Not so sure about the east/wet bed in the lower camper but I do know Northstar is more than willing to make custom modifications. I'd be very surprised if they aren't willing to build whichever model you choose with a closet instead of the wet bath. The floor insulation could be a little better in mine but that was easily fixed. The insulated windows are amazing at keeping the cold out. The biggest problem may be a generator compartment. Maybe you can talk Rex into building a box where the cassette toilet would be. Or, do like I did and build out a genny box for the front hitch. PS: Welcome to the forum
DWeikert 09/11/18 04:43pm Truck Campers
RE: Introductions?? (NEWBIE)

Welcome. If you have any questions as you get familiar with your new rig ask away. You'll find this a helpful place, for the most part :). Sounds like a nice rig and good plans. Don't forget to post pics when you get it.
DWeikert 09/06/18 02:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Draining the batteries

The fact your camper batteries are fully charged implies the batteries are isolated. Either you have an isolator or the wire connecting the truck's 12v to the trailer harness was never connected, or the fuse protecting that lead isn't inserted. The truck's electronics are "supposed" to go into a sleep mode and draw minimal power shortly after shutdown. Sometimes this doesn't happen. Some things I've found on my truck, I have a BlueTooth reader for the ODBII port. If I leave that plugged in with the truck off it'll drain the batteries. My guess is its activity is preventing the truck's electronics from going into sleep mode. Some insurance companies have you plug a module into the ODBII port to monitor your driving, I wonder if that could cause similar issues, if you have one. Also, the dual 12v outlets on the dash are not switched. Anything you plug into there will continue drawing current with the ignition switch off. Is there perhaps anything plugged in there when you use the camper that isn't normally plugged in? GPS, backup camera, etc.
DWeikert 09/05/18 08:24am Truck Campers
RE: Xm radio blocked by camper

This article may help Truck Camper Magazine - Blocked Sirius XM Radio Antenna Quick Fix I did something very similar except I went through an existing grommet in the firewall close to the steering column. The magnet antenna sits on the front driver's side fender. I don't even bother hooking up the factory antenna when the camper's off anymore.
DWeikert 08/26/18 06:12pm Truck Campers
RE: Desert SW trip advice, please.

Once again, thanks all for the input. Several of the national parks in Utah are "Bortle 1" areas on the light pollution map -- so many stars that it is hard to find the constellations. In May and June (when the galactic center is up) the Milky Way casts a shadow. Bring lots of warm clothing and be prepared to sit outside all night with your mouth wide open! That's the one thing that bugs me about the April time frame. Having to wait up all night for the Milky Way to rise. I guess it's better than taking desert day hikes in June. Again, Thanks.
DWeikert 08/26/18 02:22pm Truck Campers
RE: Desert SW trip advice, please.

Death Valley would certainly be on my list. And I don't know if you've heard, but the Petrified Forest in AZ is now an official Dark Sky site: http://darksky.org/petrified-forest-becomes-newest-dark-sky-park/ Thanks. I hadn't heard that. Compared to the skies where I live (4 on the Bortle scale, Light pollution map) most skies where I camp out west are dark. Definitely worth spending a night or two there, if the weather cooperates.
DWeikert 08/24/18 09:09am Truck Campers
RE: Desert SW trip advice, please.

Really appreciate the input. I'm kind of a science/astronomy buff so if I was in the neighborhood and didn't stop to see Meteor Crater I'd regret it far more than if I felt disappointed after the visit. Sounds like a watch the weather and be flexible kind of thing but plan around a mid/late March departure time giving me the end of March and the first couple weeks of April to explore. Anybody disagree? Thanks again,
DWeikert 08/24/18 07:25am Truck Campers
Desert SW trip advice, please.

I'm thinking of making a trip to the desert southwest maybe late winter, early spring next year. Stops on the short list so far are Grand Canyon, Valley of the Gods (and/or Monument Valley?), and Meteor Crater. Seeking advice to narrow down the time window as well as any other must see destinations in the area. Just looking to do some sightseeing and stargazing. I'll be boondocking so suggestions for remote sites is appreciated. Just nothing that requires advanced 4x4 skills, please. :) Thanks all,
DWeikert 08/23/18 04:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Walmartian

No plates on it either..kind of hard to say whats going on here. Nice rock under the right rear jack to get it off what ever it was on. Most states don't put plates on a TC. If that were my camper and it had a licence plate that would mean I was driving the truck without plates.
DWeikert 08/10/18 07:50am Truck Campers
RE: Walmartian

Maybe someone was passing thru and had a major problem with their truck, like a transmission or engine failure. SO they left it there while the truck is getting fixed. That was my first thought. In any case. I come down on the side of nunya business. It's not your camper, not your parking lot. Why do you need to know? You think the Walmart manager doesn't know it's sitting out there? Now if one day you see a For Sale sign on it...
DWeikert 08/07/18 02:54pm Truck Campers
RE: Northstar campers

Another happy Northstar w/cassette toilet owner. I just got back from Montana where a vault toilet to dump a cassette is a lot easier to find than a dump station. The separate flushing water tank also means just about anything can go in there. I topped mine off midweek with the ice melt from the cooler.
DWeikert 08/03/18 01:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Battery isolator

I've been using a 100 Amp continuous duty solenoid for about 5 years. Works great still about $20 on ebay. X2 $14 on Amazon
DWeikert 07/28/18 08:29am Truck Campers
RE: Camper for short, short bed.

Northstar makes a Vista model that'll fit a 5.5' bed and comes in at 1,260 lbs dry before options. They also have the TC650 but that's got a base dry weight of 1,405 lbs dry. The Vista is probably as big as you want to go for your truck. No idea how easy it'll be to find a used one. Other than that there's the Four Wheel Camper Raven which comes in at 975 lbs dry before options. The best of the 3 for your truck but again, no idea how easy it'll be to find a used one. Good luck.
DWeikert 07/05/18 10:29am Truck Campers
RE: Newer diesel with least problems

The DPF and DEF for that matter are on road diesel things. Off road diesels don't need them. Small tractors have DPFs now. The link has some info. Thanks, I sit corrected. I was unaware of Tier 4 requirements. After some research it seems Mahindra is not alone in their DPF free solution. Hitachi Final Tier 4 technology: No DPF needed Kubota announces Tier 4 engines without DPF Bobcat Non-DPF Tier 4 Compliant Solution Tier 4 Engines Get It Done Without DPFs (Kohler, Tognum, JCB, Perkins) Looking but haven't been able to find how the Tier 4 PM requirement compares to the requirements on our diesels. That difference could explain how they're getting away without a DPF.
DWeikert 07/03/18 02:24pm Truck Campers
RE: Newer diesel with least problems

Too bad that truck engine manufacturers can't build an DPF free engine like Mahindra with no DPF. https://mahindrausa.com/mcrd Sounds like someone needs to convert a Kubota to a Mahindra engine ... kind of like the Cummins in the Ford joke. :D The DPF and DEF for that matter are on road diesel things. Off road diesels don't need them.
DWeikert 07/03/18 11:57am Truck Campers
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