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RE: Why diesel trucks?

I made the trip before with a gas engine and just a cap on the back to sleep under and it was far from stress free. Between the truck searching for a gear on modest slopes, to keeping an eye on engine temps trying to pull the the mountain passes out west then hoping I don't burn up the brakes keeping speed under control on the downhill side, not to mention the pathetic gas mileage, as long as I have a camper I'll have a diesel. If you had all those issues with only a cap on the back, there was something terribly wrong with your truck. No, it was just the way the truck was geared and how it responded to loads. In hindsight I realize I probably could have minimized the gear searching buy downshifting out of overdrive when I approached any grades. But I have yet to need to do that when I made the trip in a diesel. Anybody that hasn't worried about engine temp when climbing mountain passes at speed in summertime hasn't done so in a pickup or RV with with a gas engine. Likewise anybody that thinks a gas engine has a decent engine break has never driven a diesel.
DWeikert 03/14/19 04:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Why diesel trucks?

I carry a fairly light (~2500 lbs) camper, no trailer and love my diesel. Most of my camping trips involve days on the road to get to the destination. I made the trip before with a gas engine and just a cap on the back to sleep under and it was far from stress free. Between the truck searching for a gear on modest slopes, to keeping an eye on engine temps trying to pull the the mountain passes out west then hoping I don't burn up the brakes keeping speed under control on the downhill side, not to mention the pathetic gas mileage, as long as I have a camper I'll have a diesel. CAN it be done with a gas engine? Absolutely. Will the drive be as relaxing as with a diesel? Not even close. I think you'll find most people that have tried diesel won't go back to gas as long as there's a load in the bed. There are some diesel owners contemplating going back to gas for their next engine, but I don't here too many reports of people actually doing so and being happy with the change. With very few exceptions those that claim a gas engine is just as good as a diesel don't have a lot of experience with diesels. My $0.02
DWeikert 03/14/19 09:46am Truck Campers
RE: Attaching a solar panel

3M VHB tape. Panel has been on my EPDM roof since 2007, no screws. Do you have the flexible panels that sit flush on the roof or "conventional" panels attached by feet and spaced off the roof? I would be very leery of tape only attaching of a conventional panel to an EPDM roof unless you want the panel pealing the roof off your RV when a good wind gust comes along as you're driving down the highway. EPDM just isn't meant to be a structural attachment point.
DWeikert 02/25/19 07:31am Truck Campers
RE: Lock for fast guns

I have to remove one to fill with fuel so might just keep the lynch pin in that one. That's what I did for a while. Turns out unlocking and removing the lock isn't really that much harder than removing the lynch pin, so now I use the locks all the way around. Do I need them? Probably not. I mostly boondock so there isn't a whole lot of human traffic then. But between home and the campsite I usually have to make numerous stops and you never know who's prowling the rest area parking lots so it's relatively cheap insurance compared to the price of new fastguns. I'm just eliminating the easy opportunities and know if someone wants to steal something they can. I just try to make my things less convenient than the others around me. That's key IMHO. A determined thief will take what they want. Most thieves are opportunists though and anything that will slow them down is usually sufficient deterrent. Just my $0.02
DWeikert 02/20/19 03:10pm Truck Campers
RE: How is this for a power system? Solar vs battery balance?

Click I didn't see anything about capacity in that article. Any clue? www.trojanbattery.com/trillium/ Two 12v sizes, 110 and 92 AH, and a 25 AH 24v
DWeikert 02/17/19 04:01pm Truck Campers
RE: If price was not a consideration, Gas or Diesel?

rather than downshift when zero throttle is insufficient, it can then selectively apply reverse thrust or throttle (for lack of a better word) with the exhaust brake rather than downshift like a gas engine.You're going to have to explain that one.Maybe, "it can then apply variable amounts of reverse thrust or throttle . . . " might be a better way to phrase it, IDK. If that doesn't help, maybe someone else can chime in with a better explanation, sorry.It sounds to me like you're saying the engine can inject a small amount of fuel long enough before the piston's TDC that it ignites and burns while the piston is still on the way up in the compression stroke. I was not aware any manufacturers had programmed that into their engines.Sounds to me you may have a better "technical" (behind the scenes) understanding of how a diesel exhaust brake operates than I do. That's fine. My explanation was my best attempt to explain it from a "seat-of-the-pants" perspective to someone why may have never used one before. To me, it feels very similar to reverse thrusters being activated on an aircraft--no more, no less. Hopefully you did notice I qualified my explanation with "for lack of a better word". You're more than welcome to describe how it feels to you, or explain how this sensation is achieved from a technical perspective. I'm all ears--lol! No worries. My wording may have been a little blunt in the original question, and for that I apologize. Exhaust brakes can also regulate the amount of back pressure which has the effect of adjusting the amount of braking. I wonder if what you're feeling is the change from partial braking to full. As I said, my Duramax uses the turbo vanes to simulate a separate exhaust brake. I know what I've felt in that going down grade is initially I have just engine braking holding me back, which is only enough to slow me down on shallow grades. If I just tap the brakes the exhaust braking then kicks in. And there, I'll agree, it has the feeling of an aircraft applying reverse thrust, but it's really just the switch over from the weak engine brake to much stronger exhaust brake. At least, that's what I think is going on...
DWeikert 02/17/19 02:22pm Truck Campers
RE: If price was not a consideration, Gas or Diesel?

rather than downshift when zero throttle is insufficient, it can then selectively apply reverse thrust or throttle (for lack of a better word) with the exhaust brake rather than downshift like a gas engine.You're going to have to explain that one.Maybe, "it can then apply variable amounts of reverse thrust or throttle . . . " might be a better way to phrase it, IDK. If that doesn't help, maybe someone else can chime in with a better explanation, sorry. It sounds to me like you're saying the engine can inject a small amount of fuel long enough before the piston's TDC that it ignites and burns while the piston is still on the way up in the compression stroke. I was not aware any manufacturers had programmed that into their engines. Getting a clean burn like that sounds very difficult.
DWeikert 02/17/19 01:42pm Truck Campers
RE: If price was not a consideration, Gas or Diesel?

^ Are you unfamiliar with what an exhaust brake does, or just commenting on the poster's description of the occurrence? An exhaust brake basically closes off the exhaust flow so when the pistons try to push the gasses out of the cylinder during the exhaust stroke they're pressurizing the exhaust manifold between the cylinder and the exhaust brake. That pressure then serves to slow the engine creating a braking function. How does that create a reverse thrust? Serious question.
DWeikert 02/17/19 01:39pm Truck Campers
RE: How Do You Think This TC is Laid Out?

I'm just wondering how far back from the traffic light he has to stop in order to still see it.
DWeikert 02/17/19 12:46pm Truck Campers
RE: If price was not a consideration, Gas or Diesel?

rather than downshift when zero throttle is insufficient, it can then selectively apply reverse thrust or throttle (for lack of a better word) with the exhaust brake rather than downshift like a gas engine. You're going to have to explain that one.
DWeikert 02/17/19 12:26pm Truck Campers
RE: If price was not a consideration, Gas or Diesel?

However, since the exhaust braking engine back pressure mechanism is different than the gear braking engine back pressure mechanism ... maybe exhaust braking can somehow feel different to the driver. :h The big difference is a gas engine just doesn't have the compression to slow down the vehicle like a diesel does. The transmission on a gas engine will take you into the high RPM's trying to compensate and still not do as good a job slowing the vehicle as the diesel at much lower RPM's.
DWeikert 02/17/19 10:06am Truck Campers
RE: If price was not a consideration, Gas or Diesel?

I see a lot of posts from people that never owned a diesel claiming a gas engine is just as good. Sigh... For my $0.02, if I have any kind of a load, it'll be a diesel. I hear lots of whining about pollution controls hurting fuel mileage. That may be but my Duramax has the DPF and with my camper on the back I still average 13-14 mpg highway. The Duramax doesn't have a true exhaust brake but they emulate it with the variable vanes in the turbo. Going down the steepest grades in the Rockies I still occasionally have to push down on the skinny pedal because the engine is slowing me down too much. Meanwhile, similar trips in a gas truck would have me both worrying about a piston flying through the hood due to the high RPMs and still having to ride the brake, hoping they aren't overheating. To be honest, with my tiny camper, the Duramax is overkill. But as Colonel John "Hannibal" Smith says, overkill is underrated. I'll gladly pay more for for the diesel then enjoy the relaxed drive the entire time I own the truck.
DWeikert 02/17/19 09:59am Truck Campers
RE: High wind and the truck camper

I live here in Wyoming where 30 mph winds are just considered a light breeze, especially during the winter months. I have driven with my camper on in a lot higher wind speeds and never was worried about being blown over. In my experience, the winds are not a big issue hauling a truck camper, but your gas mileage will take a hug hit! https://aviationhumor.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/wyoming_windsock.jpg To the OP, on my first trip with my camper I was driving home with a near 50 mph crosswind (South Dakota, not Wyoming). It never made me fear tipping over but it was a lot of work keeping it in the lane. After a few hours of this I decided to find a place to pull over and ride it out.
DWeikert 02/09/19 09:27am Truck Campers
RE: payload differences between 3/4 and 1 ton SRW

On the spec page- Compare 3500 Specifications Click the Add Config to Compare button and the top of the page has options for single or dual 2wd or 4wd.
DWeikert 12/23/18 07:59am Truck Campers
RE: Rear View Mirror Replacement

It also seems that many of the solutions are mini screens that are included on half the rear view mirror, where although would work, I agree with Kayteg1 - GO BIG! I tried one of those monitor in the mirror options and in bright light the monitor was just barely visible through the reflective surface on the mirror. Sent it back for refund. What I ended up doing was get one of these-Windshield Mounting arm. Lift the rear view mirror off the mount stuck to the windshield and slide this on. The other end matches the mount on the back of most rear view monitors. I actually built a bracket and mounted two 7" monitors. One connected to the camera on the back of the camper, the other showing the side view camera on the passenger side of the camper. When done camping and take the camper off the truck, just remove the monitor assembly and put the mirror back on.
DWeikert 12/20/18 06:52am Truck Campers
RE: Haven't posted in awhile but have a tire question

Just bought new lance 850 and currently run 265/75-16 tires on 2002 Dodge 2500 quad cab long bed 2wd. Camper is a little heavier than my 2005 lance lite 835. Just wondering if anyone has run 285/75-16 on the 2wd dodge? I haven't weighted the camper yet but feels a bit heavier than previous camper. Just trying to have a safe cushion on my tires. You didn't say what brand or load range your tires are. Do you have any reason to think that 285s can carry more weight than 265s? While I'm sure there are exceptions, based on my research a LT265/75R16E is usually rated 3,415 lbs, 285/75R16E is 3750 (SRW, 80psi). That's an extra 670 lbs on the rear axle or 1340 lbs all around. Of course, this assumes the wheels are rated at least as high as the tires.
DWeikert 12/17/18 12:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Winter weather without winterizing?

I don't have a basement so my FW tank was basically inside the heat envelope. I just left the cabinet doors open so the heat could get to the plumbing. I didn't worry about the waste tank. I mostly just wanted to point you to the Thermo-Cube since it's designed to keep a space just above freezing, though they do come with different temperature settings. Most thermostats you'll be lucky to set below 50.
DWeikert 12/06/18 04:51pm Truck Campers
RE: Winter weather without winterizing?

I went a few winters without winterizing. I plugged into shore power, put in an oil filled heater and plugged it into a Thermo-cube. It turns the heat on when the temp gets to 35 then back off again at 45. A much lower setting than the typical thermostat. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41WsCxZSBAL.jpg height=124 width=250 https://www.amazon.com/Farm-Innovators-TC-3-Thermostatically-Controlled/dp/B0006U2HD2
DWeikert 12/06/18 03:07pm Truck Campers
RE: Camper Suggestions???

Northstar makes some campers that fit your requirements. The 8.5 Adventurer and Laredo SC are options for a 250/2500 series truck.
DWeikert 11/08/18 06:07am Truck Campers
RE: Silly me....winterizing

I removed the drain plug (which is also the rod) and on the last turn it shot out like a bullet and hosed me down like a firehose at which time I went "DUH!" and opened the relief valve and let the remaining pressure out. Yup. Did that the first time myself. Don't think I'll ever make that mistake again. Experience: noun That thing you get right after you need it.
DWeikert 11/01/18 02:49pm Truck Campers
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