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RE: Small portable gas can:

I have a few of the spun aluminum 1 1/2L fuel containers used with small hiking stoves. They come in various colors including gasoline red. They're small enough that I can put them in an outside storage space. Some where in my hiking gear (from 40 years ago) I have a 1L fuel bottle like that, made from aluminum and it never leaked. A quick Google search and 1.5L are the largest. 3L is a little less than 3 quarts. My first thought was something like these too https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61gvBphfP6L._SL1001_.jpg height=250 width=222 MSR Fuel Bottle But after you bought enough to carry a gallon you might as well get a Rotopax. I use a boat tank plumbed into an extended run fuel cap on the Honda carried in a cargo box on my front receiver. Still wondering how the OP plans to get the fuel out from between the front of the camper and truck bed. :h
DWeikert 06/18/18 05:08pm Truck Campers
RE: Do you lock your turnbuckles?

If I only boondocked and didn't have to overnight in the occasional Walmart parking lot while driving across the country I wouldn't. But I do so I do.
DWeikert 06/17/18 05:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Battery boosting

OP did not report back, but chances that batteries sitting dead whole winter will recharge are very slim. That is why I automatically suggest removal from the truck. Vehicles always draw some current when in park. On old cars/truck you had a clock, on newer one alarm and remote system. Different vehicles can sit longer time without recharging and when my sedans and new F350 will restart after 5 weeks, some luxury cars are reported to drain battery even in 3 days. He said truck was sitting all winter, not the batteries were dead all winter. My 1+ year old batteries died during a 3+ week spell it rarely got out of the teens. Put the charger to them and they came right back. Unless the OP knows the batteries are old or just wants the exercise, IMHO it makes sense to attempt a recharge in the truck.
DWeikert 06/17/18 03:11pm Truck Campers
RE: Battery boosting

Pull the batteries out and charge them. If they will recharge, than put them back, if not get new batteries. No need to physically pull the battery (they're heavy suckers), simply disconnect the positive terminals then charge. I'd pull the positive that way you can still ground to the frame anywhere. As long as the second battery is still connected don't let the removed battery cable touch a ground. I had a similar problem with mine over the winter. If the batteries are completely dead don't be surprised if you throw a couple engine codes. IIRC mine had an network error communicating with the TCM (transmission control module) and pre-heater alert. I just cleared the codes and they didn't come back. Word of caution, the 12v sockets on the dash are hot even with the ignition off. Anything you leave plugged into there will be a 24/7 drain on the battery. Leaving a 12v to USB adapter and bluetooth module as well as a wireless ODBII reader plugged in is what killed mine. The other side of that is you can plug a solar battery tender into one of those sockets, lay the solar panel on the dash and keep the batteries topped off with that.
DWeikert 06/17/18 12:25pm Truck Campers
RE: Driving with AC on?

I have a relatively small TC. I use a boot between the truck's rear window and the camper pass thru window. Use the cab AC and an open roof vent in the rear of camper to keep it cool on the road. Works very well, same with heat. My camper has insulated tilt out windows I can't keep open on the road. If it's exceptionally hot, or cold, the fantastic fan can increase airflow through the camper. One tip is to not have the truck's AC/heat set to recirculate but draw outside air. That said, since the goal is to test a new generator I see no reason why you couldn't use the genny to run the camper's AC while on the road. However, propane consumption would be an issue.
DWeikert 06/13/18 11:58am Truck Campers
RE: Which Electric Camper Jacks

Two two larger camper manufacturers don't use Happijacs: Arctic Fox/Wolf Creek (Northwood MFG) and Lance. Host = Rieco Titan Northwood + Rieco Titan. Lance = Attwood Bigfoot appears to be using Rieco Titan AMLRV (Adventurer and Eagle Cap) = Happijac Northern Lite = Happijac Off the top of my head I can't think of any other mainstream truck camper brands that build high volume. Northstar = Happijac Chalk me up as another disappointed HJ user. Had 3 motors rebuilt due to water intrusion. You know it's a bad sign when a company that makes an item intended for outdoor use tells you to protect them from rain. A few years ago HJ went to having their motors built in China and their reliability was even worse. Not sure if they pulled the manufacturing back to the US, had China improve their quality or if the new motors are still crappy. My camper is now stored under a carport, but I still have a spare motor that I plan to keep available.
DWeikert 06/10/18 08:01am Truck Campers
RE: umbilical hardwire

If you ever install on a truck without an isolator and can’t reach the plug when it’s loaded, just pull the fuse to stop the charging. AF doesn't have a fuse to pull to stop charging from the truck. The fuse to pull is in the truck's fuse box feeding the +12v to the trailer wiring. My Northsar also does not have any way to isolate the truck batteries from the camper's. I had to install an isolator on the truck.
DWeikert 06/10/18 07:13am Truck Campers
RE: umbilical hardwire

My Northstar is also hard wired to the camper. The cord comes out the rear of the camper and plugs into the trailer socket on the truck, not an in-bed socket like some manufacturers use.
DWeikert 06/08/18 06:32am Truck Campers
RE: The future is Electric...

Random that I ran across Tesla news, but anyway, Consumer Reports doesn't recommend the Tesla Model 3 in spite of how good some say the other models are. One of the reasons is brakes. I hope that won't be an issue for their big trucks or trucks used to build RVs. https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/tesla-model-3-review-falls-short-of-consumer-reports-recommendation/ Turns out it was something they could fix in software. Tesla Model 3 Gets CR Recommendation After Braking Update
DWeikert 05/30/18 11:09am Around the Campfire
RE: Torklift fixed my problem with amazing customer service!

While Torklift products may seem expensive, when this is the kind of support you get they're worth every penny, IMHO. I've had them reply to an email on a Sunday afternoon to help me with a problem.
DWeikert 05/28/18 10:56am Truck Campers
RE: The future is Electric...

I will publicly go on record: Electric vehicles are a joke. Do the math. I imagine the buggy whip salesman said much the same when the Model-T went into production.
DWeikert 05/26/18 10:12am Around the Campfire
RE: 11,000 BTU A/C vs. 9,000?

I have the Coleman Mach 8 Cub (9200 BTU) on my Northstar. I run it off a single Honda 2000. I do plan to add the Micro Air Easystart at some point as the initial startup makes the Honda groan a bit. But other than that I'm happy with the setup. The higher BTU units can cool down the air before it has a chance to pull down the humidity. That's not a problem with this setup. I've run it in near 100° temperatures and it kept the inside very comfortable.
DWeikert 05/26/18 08:07am Truck Campers
RE: The future is Electric...

Considering that a Tesla X (Musk's SUV) costs around 150 grand, for a truck, you better save your pennies for a long time. Or you could buy the Model X 75D for ~$80k. Less than a decked out Ford Expedition.
DWeikert 05/26/18 07:01am Around the Campfire
RE: The future is Electric...

If I run the battery down to 30 percent and plug it in when I get home from work it is at about 90 percent the next morning when I go to work. Which is good because it is better not to constantly charge EV batteries to 100 percent unless you need the extra range that day. That's one of the tricks Toyota used to get such great battery life out of the NiMh batteries in their Prius (non plugin). The vehicle will never take it to a full charge and likewise will never let the battery completely discharge. I was wondering if the plug-in vehicles came with any similar recommendations.
DWeikert 05/26/18 06:52am Around the Campfire
RE: The future is Electric...

Bringing this back to topic... How about this truck from a company called Workhorse. It has an all electric range of 80miles, An extended range of 310miles. A payload capacity of 2200lbs and 460hp to go with it. Looks like it's pre-production but this isn't that far off from older F150s. Here is a YouTube video that shows that this truck is not just some pretty renderings. Price is suggested to be ~$55,000. Also of note, in the video they mention a 25 and 35 series versions that are said to be in development that would roughly correspond to a F250 and F350 series pickup. The future might not be as far away as some have suggested... Your youtube link (thanks BTW) led me to another up and coming option. The Bison Havelaar’s Bison is a first-of-its-kind all-electric pickup truck capable of travelling over 300 kilometres on a single chargeYoutube I didn't see any spec's regarding payload but it's nice to see people are not just sitting back waiting for GM or Ford to build something.
DWeikert 05/25/18 09:19am Around the Campfire
RE: The future is Electric...

One huge reason car dealerships don't want to push EVs is the lack of maintenance income. When you have a vehicle that doesn't need engine/transmission oil changes, no fuel, air or oil filters, brakes that almost never wear out, no exhaust system, etc. the after sales revenue just isn't there. Hence a preference to sell vehicles that they want you to bring in every 3000-5000 miles for maintenance. There's a big old myth. Oil changes haven't been every 3000 miles for a couple decades. They are much closer to once a year and for car, it's $20-40 (hardly a gold mine). More importantly, most people don't use a dealer for oil changes and the like. Exhaust systems typically last 15-20yrs, so that's not much of a reason. By the time a car is old enough for a new muffler, it's likely not owned by someone who will use a dealer. The vast majority of maintenance is in brakes, tires and suspensions. There is a slight edge with brakes but you will still need them occasionally and the rest are going to be just as commonly needed. The maintenance benefits are way oversold. Show me one car dealer that'll change your oil and not put on a windshield sticker telling you to have the car back in 5000 miles or 6 months. https://www.forbes.com/sites/jimhenry/2012/02/29/the-surprising-ways-car-dealers-make-the-most-money-off-of-you/#3a4632a71e6f Financial results for the six publicly traded, new-car dealer groups in the United States show that to a great extent, dealerships are in the business of selling new and used cars so they can service them and finance them.
DWeikert 05/25/18 07:20am Around the Campfire
RE: The future is Electric...

More EV fun. Part of it follows. https://electrek.co/2018/05/21/electric-car-adoption-deceptive-car-dealerships-new-study/ We have been saying that this is an issue for a while now and it really vindicates Tesla’s approach of selling its vehicles in company owned stores. Now I want to emphasize that we are not talking about all other car dealers. Some are very educated and motivated to sell EVs, but in general, car dealers are just not well incentivized to sell electric cars. Their main goal is to sell vehicles that they have on the lot and more often than not, those vehicles are gas-powered cars. Furthermore, the advantages of one are the disadvantages of the other, which makes it hard for dealers who mainly have gas-powered cars to highlight the benefits of electric cars. I want to see dealerships improve on that front, but I simply don’t see that happening until legacy automakers start to send significant volumes of electric cars to sell, which I think is going to happen in the next 5 years. One huge reason car dealerships don't want to push EVs is the lack of maintenance income. When you have a vehicle that doesn't need engine/transmission oil changes, no fuel, air or oil filters, brakes that almost never wear out, no exhaust system, etc. the after sales revenue just isn't there. Hence a preference to sell vehicles that they want you to bring in every 3000-5000 miles for maintenance.
DWeikert 05/22/18 08:46am Around the Campfire
RE: The future is Electric...

I'm still not seeing that huge paradigm shift to EV from IC engines from the user's point of view. If the government gets involved and forces the change for environmental reasons and that's gonna be an ugly fight no matter which side you're on. With gas prices creeping back above $3 (diesel $3.50), and nothing on the horizon to indicate the market will stop the climb, I don't think government is going to need to get involved. Some will, no doubt, cling to their ICE vehicle as long as they can buy fuel, but I suspect the next generations are not going to be so attached. Hybrid vehicle sales peaked in 2013, along with gas prices. If the price of gas keeps going, look for their sales to pick up again.
DWeikert 05/21/18 05:07pm Around the Campfire
RE: The future is Electric...

Random that I ran across Tesla news, but anyway, Consumer Reports doesn't recommend the Tesla Model 3 in spite of how good some say the other models are. One of the reasons is brakes. I hope that won't be an issue for their big trucks or trucks used to build RVs. https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/tesla-model-3-review-falls-short-of-consumer-reports-recommendation/ I'll see your model S and raise you a Model X Tesla Has Released Footage of Its Failed Attempt to Rollover the Model X Video in above link of them trying to get one to roll over. Model X is the first and only SUV to achieve a NHTSA 5-Star safety rating in every category and subcategory, with the lowest probability of rollover and overall injury of any SUV Probably a better indication of how their pickup will perform. Funny thing is, I wonder if the Model S's breaking can be adjusted in software?
DWeikert 05/21/18 03:10pm Around the Campfire
RE: The future is Electric...

BTW Tesla has said they want to do a consumer truck but I think it will come a couple years after the commercial Semi. Unfortunately the first truck will probably be a 150/1500 series with not enough range to really pull or haul an RV. Really hoping for a one-ton with super singles on the rear. From what I read, Tesla plans to make use of a lot of the developments from their Semi to accelerate development of a pickup, so it "should" carry quite a load and probably have comparable range. The initial artists rendition showed a pickup large enough to carry an F150 in the bed. I hope that's a bit of an exaggeration. Unfortunately the artists rendition didn't look like anything that would carry any of today's TCs. https://icdn4.digitaltrends.com/image/tesla-pickup-unveiling-720x720.jpg
DWeikert 05/21/18 10:33am Around the Campfire
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