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RE: New Truck, 2013 Northstar Pop Up

Foldable shop crane (engine hoist), 2,000# capacity from Harbor Freight. $229. Maybe $20 worth of light duty chain and 1/4" shackles will get that tailgate off by yourself. The weight is one problem. The other is all of the connectors that go to it. This tailgate has wiring for a lock, 2 cameras and two releases for the various tailgate functions. Getting to them (crawl under the truck) and taking them apart (Weather pak type) that I will break, made me search out other ways to accomplish this task. I am just finishing up a bracket for the stairs to attach to the tailgate so that I can use it while the tailgate is on the truck with the camper. I'll post it up soon. Bill
Fishbreath 11/29/21 08:20am Truck Campers
RE: New Truck, 2013 Northstar Pop Up

Thanks for the replies! With regards to weight on the tailgate with the camper loaded, the Northstar popup has an 8 foot footprint and does not hang over past the floor of the truck bed. I had no desire for the ProGrade tailgate when I ordered the truck, but, it came standard with the trim package that I ordered. I have also learned on-line, that the ProGrade tailgate will smash into a trailer ball if one is installed in the receiver. There are a lot of unhappy people on the net that have pushed the button to lower the gate and have had it hit the hitch ball, leaving a dent in the tailgate. Two companies have already designed work-arounds to prevent this. One is an electronic switch that senses you have a hitch ball installed and stops the tailgate from lowering. The other is a specially-bent hitch/ball combo that drops the ball lower and also tucks it in a little. GM failed to field test this new tailgate while towing. Just a little frustrating. I'll update this situation once I get the tie downs installed and do a trial fit. Thanks! B&W makes a nice tow ball setup that flips inward so the gate doesn’t hit the ball. I have seen the B@W hitch. Unfortunately, you still run the risk of damaging the tailgate if you forget that the hitch ball is installed. It would be easy to oversee because the darn thing is mechanized and can be opened/dropped from inside of the cab. TOO MANY GOODIES! Seems I remember seeing a youtube ad recently about some device that you can add to your tailgate that will keep it from dropping if there is a hitch in the receiver. There is! It is a switch that attaches to the tailgate latches and overrides the tailgate if the hitch has a ball inserted. The company is Tailgatefix.com. I ordered the switch and it should be here soon. I'll post something on the install when I get it.
Fishbreath 11/16/21 08:17am Truck Campers
RE: New Truck, 2013 Northstar Pop Up

I have a Northstar PU TC 8' floor, that I haul on a 6-1/2' bed truck with the tailgate lowered. Before loading, I just cover the back of the tailgate with Transit Shield (also called Tansport Wrap) to protect it. I'm still using the stuff I bought in 2006 to go to Alaska (and used it to protect our Class C.) I just looked up Transport Wrap. Didn't know you could buy the stuff. I just ordered a roll. This was a genius tip! Thanks so much! Best regards Bill
Fishbreath 11/11/21 07:18pm Truck Campers
RE: New Truck, 2013 Northstar Pop Up

Thanks for the replies! With regards to weight on the tailgate with the camper loaded, the Northstar popup has an 8 foot footprint and does not hang over past the floor of the truck bed. I had no desire for the ProGrade tailgate when I ordered the truck, but, it came standard with the trim package that I ordered. I have also learned on-line, that the ProGrade tailgate will smash into a trailer ball if one is installed in the receiver. There are a lot of unhappy people on the net that have pushed the button to lower the gate and have had it hit the hitch ball, leaving a dent in the tailgate. Two companies have already designed work-arounds to prevent this. One is an electronic switch that senses you have a hitch ball installed and stops the tailgate from lowering. The other is a specially-bent hitch/ball combo that drops the ball lower and also tucks it in a little. GM failed to field test this new tailgate while towing. Just a little frustrating. I'll update this situation once I get the tie downs installed and do a trial fit. Thanks! B&W makes a nice tow ball setup that flips inward so the gate doesn’t hit the ball. I have seen the B@W hitch. Unfortunately, you still run the risk of damaging the tailgate if you forget that the hitch ball is installed. It would be easy to oversee because the darn thing is mechanized and can be opened/dropped from inside of the cab. TOO MANY GOODIES!
Fishbreath 11/09/21 06:20pm Truck Campers
RE: New Truck, 2013 Northstar Pop Up

Thanks for the replies! With regards to weight on the tailgate with the camper loaded, the Northstar popup has an 8 foot footprint and does not hang over past the floor of the truck bed. I had no desire for the ProGrade tailgate when I ordered the truck, but, it came standard with the trim package that I ordered. I have also learned on-line, that the ProGrade tailgate will smash into a trailer ball if one is installed in the receiver. There are a lot of unhappy people on the net that have pushed the button to lower the gate and have had it hit the hitch ball, leaving a dent in the tailgate. Two companies have already designed work-arounds to prevent this. One is an electronic switch that senses you have a hitch ball installed and stops the tailgate from lowering. The other is a specially-bent hitch/ball combo that drops the ball lower and also tucks it in a little. GM failed to field test this new tailgate while towing. Just a little frustrating. I'll update this situation once I get the tie downs installed and do a trial fit. Thanks!
Fishbreath 11/09/21 10:08am Truck Campers
RE: New Truck, 2013 Northstar Pop Up

KD4UPL: Thanks for the reply. I thought more people would chime in regarding the tailgate issue. I had not thought of the "rock chips" as a potential problem. I guess I will have to get that clear film that is popular on the front of cars plastered onto the tailgate to protect it. It's funny you mentioned the heights of the newer trucks. This 2022 has to be 2-3 inches taller than my 2019 3500. Makes no sense. Bill
Fishbreath 11/07/21 02:55pm Truck Campers
New Truck, 2013 Northstar Pop Up

Wondering Why...... I had a 2013 GMC 3500 SRW Long Bed which I used to carry a 2015 Northstar Popup camper. When using the camper, I would always remove the tailgate before installing the camper. The camper has a PVC tube running across the back for the sewage hose that hangs a little lower than the camper and there are hot/cold water drains on the right rear that also hang a little lower than the camper bottom. I believe these were the reasons that i was told to remove the tailgate. These stick out a few inches from the truck bed and are above the tailgate. Yesterday, I was offered more for my 2019 truck than I paid for it three years ago ($6K). I purchased a 2022 GMC 3500 gas SRW. It came with the Pro Grade tailgate. This is not something that I needed or wanted, but it was part of the package. As I advance in age, removing/installing the tailgate is becoming more difficult as it is unwieldy and heavy. There are also wires attached to the tailgate that operate the lock and camera. So here is the big question. If I remove the hose carrier (I never use it) and recess the hot/cold line drains, is there any reason that I can't leave the tailgate on the truck while using the camper? I believe that I could attach the Brophy steps to the Pro Grade tailgate with little fanfare, creating a little landing outside of the camper. Please let me know if you have any suggestions or ideas. Thanks. Bill
Fishbreath 11/05/21 08:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Need to Haul Cargo with a Truck registered as an RV (CA)

It is quite easy to tell if the vehicle has a commercial plate vs. being registered as a motorhome. California commercial plates follow a letter/number format similar to #####_# (5 numbers, a letter, a number) where as the motorhome-registered vehicle will have a passenger-car style plate number #___### (Number, three letters, three numbers) This is in most cases. As to whether or not you get stopped, that is another question. Not to knock law enforcement officials, but I bet most city officers would not notice/understand the violation unless they were assigned to a traffic unit. The CHP on the other hand would spot it in an instant. The penalty for misuse can also cause the vehicle to be re-registered and you could have to back-pay the registration for having it improperly registered. I would think that your chances of being stopped are very slim, however you would be in violation. By having your vehicle registered as the motorhome, you have agreed to use it as such and know that it can't be used to haul items in the bed. For a one-time need, I'd go with the trailer as previously suggested.
Fishbreath 06/02/21 08:49am Truck Campers
RE: Happijacs, what will happen if.........

What is with all of the nasty comments to a new member? Here is a person asking a legitimate question and some old timers feel it is necessary to berate him. Mt-Ed, please do not let these negative comments deter you from seeking advice on this forum. There are a lot of knowledgeable people here. Just remember that it is advice from the Internet and some of it will be speculation, conjecture, hallucinations and just plain BS. After you sift through the comments, you might just be able to come up with the correct answer. If you feel that comments to your questions are not accurately answered, I would suggest contacting the manufacture for answers. Good luck and welcome to the Forum
Fishbreath 05/21/21 08:21am Truck Campers
RE: satellite radio and gps antenna

Here is a post I did adding an XM/Sirius antenna to the hood. It is magnetic and I can move it from the windshield area to the front of the hood if I need to. (It is on a 2019 GMC, but the idea should work for any truck) https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/30134476.cfm
Fishbreath 04/02/21 08:00am Truck Campers
RE: Checking voltage on LED power supply ?

Your transformer indicates that the output is AC (Alternating Current), and I believe that the 5050's require DC (Direct Current). I would guess that, since your landscape lights work with the transformer, that they are AC bulbs. Bill
Fishbreath 01/14/21 11:06am Tech Issues
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