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RE: Washing RV while traveling

When I leave Minnesota in January or February heading for warm weather, the roads can be pretty sloppy. I don't want to spend my winter vacation looking at a filthy rig, I like it to be all sparkly clean and shiny. I have used the tall bay self serve, and the full service truck/RV washes. No way will I do the self service again, uness I'm desperate. I burned thru almost as much $$ as the full service, and got all wet, and the full service does a nicer job and is quicker. I've paid anywhere from $20 - $55.
Hemi Joel 09/27/20 03:59pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Full Time For Six Months

Dallas Steve, I would be interested in hearing the whole story as well. Thanks!
Hemi Joel 09/27/20 03:34pm Full-time RVing
RE: How Much Stuff is in Your Truck Camper

I try to keep it light and easy, so I have separate everything for the camper, so I don't have to pack and unpack much. But I try to keep it to a minimum. Clothes, hats, and footwear for all seasons, books, umbrellas, tools, minimal cookware, disposable plates and silverware, spices, pam, and other non perishable food, as well as towels and toiletries stay in there, I have to have charging cords, and a computer printer, bedding, and electric heater, and one "junk drawer" with tape and scissors and misc. When I get home, dirty stuff goes in the laundry, then right back out to the camper. In the outside compartments: lawn chairs, hoses, oil, trans fluid, spare parts, etc. I filter thru at least once a year and get rid of stuff I don't use. Also, it takes all of my willpower not to accumulate souvenirs and trinkets while traveling.
Hemi Joel 09/19/20 01:39pm Truck Campers
RE: Back order shocks

Definitely wait for the adjustable Rancho 9000's. Every setup is different, requirements vary. With the 9000's you can adjust them to suit. With bilstien, you are stuck. I spent big $$ on Blistien 4600's, and they were worse than the old monroes I took off. I lost $$ getting rid of the bilsiens, and going with 9000's on the rear which I love, and monroe gas on the front, which are just barely OK, but better than the bilstien. They don't make 9000's for the front of my truck, I wish they did.
Hemi Joel 09/12/20 09:09pm Truck Campers
RE: 1150 ARCTIC FOX?

With that much weight, you will probably need to fine tune the rear suspension. I eneded up removing the secondary overloads, they made the ride unbearably ruff. Then I added air bags, and a couple more of the longer leafs in the spring pack. That worked out perfect with the 1150.
Hemi Joel 09/03/20 08:29am Truck Campers
RE: Gut check on transfer switch for inverter - special case

The loop that I pointed out is all downstream of the integrated battery brain thing. That IBCS would have no effect on it. When AC power is being provided to the converter by the inverter, the converter will convert the AC power into DC power. It will sense the load that is being placed upon it by the DC side of the inverter, and send DC current to it. The inverter will convert that DC power to AC power, and send it back to the converter, and there you have your loop regardless of the brain.
Hemi Joel 08/27/20 04:33pm Truck Campers
RE: Gut check on transfer switch for inverter - special case

I see a loop if the battery disconnect switch is closed. The inverter powers the ac side of the converter. The ac side of the converter powers the dc side of the converter. The dc side of the converer powers the inverter. Loop complete.
Hemi Joel 08/27/20 02:07pm Truck Campers
RE: Gut check on transfer switch for inverter - special case

I didn't think you could run 2 solar charge controllers in parallel? Doesn't one sense the output of the other and interpret that as a fully charged battery, cutting 1/2 your solar array out?
Hemi Joel 08/27/20 02:00pm Truck Campers
RE: Project B.I.G. Built-in Inverter Generator

I haven't even had my camper out of the garage since I started this project. It's just been one of those weird summers where I haven't done any camper trips. Partially because everything's been canceled. But I have a trip planned for this weekend, and I still don't have this project a big done yet. So I'll have to go without it. I'm going to bring a portable just to run the air conditioner if I need to.
Hemi Joel 08/20/20 03:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Project B.I.G. Built-in Inverter Generator

:) I started out thinking I could put mine back together too, but I soon reached the point of no return. Once I knew that I was 100% committed with an $800 generator on the line, I figured I better do a good job, and I'm going to finish it!
Hemi Joel 08/20/20 03:41pm Truck Campers
RE: Project B.I.G. Built-in Inverter Generator

Interesting, Fried, thanks for the info
Hemi Joel 08/20/20 11:52am Truck Campers
RE: Project B.I.G. Built-in Inverter Generator

How did you do it?
Hemi Joel 08/19/20 09:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Camper to Trailer Distance

45 degrees is looking for trouble IMHO. I like to set mine up to clear at 90°, then I never have to think about it.
Hemi Joel 08/17/20 09:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Who is a Full Timer with a Camper?

The Eagle Cap 1165 would meet your stated requirements very well. Large dry bath, nice recliners in the rear slide. You need a lot of truck to haul the heavy thing and tow.
Hemi Joel 08/17/20 09:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Project B.I.G. Built-in Inverter Generator

I'm finally getting around to finishing project BIG. Today, I mounted the inverter to the base, and made some funky shaped brackets that will clear the oil fill and steady it. It seems to be pretty solid. I used nylock nuts, so they won't rattle loose. https://i.imgur.com/KUDWdxdl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/Tfj2BB9l.jpg Then I put some high temp sealant on the exhaust pipes and final assembled them. Then cut some sheet metal peices and riveted them over some of the unused holes in the base. There are 2 fans built into the generator: 1 for the engine and exhaust cooling, the other for cooling the generator coils. I don't want them to draw air from any stray holes, I want them to draw thru the hole in the generator access door. The inverter is located right in front of that hole in the door, so it will be cooled by the air being sucked in by the fans. Any extraneous holes in the cabinet will bypass that effect. https://i.imgur.com/RtMlIaGl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/WSqw66Gl.jpg Then I started the process of re-connecting the wires. SOme of them will need to be lengthened, so I started in with soldering them and insulating with heat shrink tubing. https://i.imgur.com/RocsfN8l.jpg
Hemi Joel 08/17/20 08:23pm Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your truck today?

Today, I put a new aluminum radiator in my truck. It had been running on the hot side when I had the eagle Cap 1165 on it, pulling the 28' race trailer up a grade. The one I am taking out, I installed about 14 years ago, I suppose it was getting pretty crusty inside, and it was a stock radiator. The new Mishimoto performance radiator is supposed to have higher cooling capacity than the stock radiator, hopefully it works out good.
Hemi Joel 08/16/20 08:41pm Truck Campers
RE: Confused and Frustrated

If you are going to mostly set up in one spot for months at a time, a trailer is good. But if you are going to be highly mobile, seeing the country, if you are going to be traveling a lot like you say, I would consider a truck camper. 1, 2, or 3 slide. Advantages: Almost no set up/tear down when you stop for the night, or when you leave. You can park just about anywhere a car parks; Easy to pull off the road suddenly when you see something of interest, or make a quick turn around and go back to it; Capable of off roading for great boondocking opportunities. You don't need to tow a car because you have the truck; Only 1 vehicle, 1 engine, 1 set of tires to maintain. In many states, the truck camper has no licence, registration, or annual tax. Most of the time, you just leave the camper on the truck, and take your food, your clothes, your bed, and your bathroom with you when you go sightseeing, shopping or on day trips. You can easily take the camper off if you want to leave it at a campground and go somewhere without it. When the truck needs service, take the camper off in the parking lot of the service garage and stay in it while they service the truck. Truck campers with slides often have more usable space than a class C. The bigger truck campers have larger holding tanks than a typical class C, for boondocking//dry camping. It is very worthwhile to check out some truck camper dealers like Lance, Eagle cap, Arctic Fox, and Host for some very full-time worthy campers. Here is my camper in a single parking space at Coco Beach: https://i.imgur.com/AHK3jWim.jpg?1 At the Griffith Observatory. No Class C or trailers were allowed, but pickup is: https://i.imgur.com/1IJvhB4m.jpg Boondocking off road on public land in Wyoming: https://i.imgur.com/fCmlXbDm.jpg
Hemi Joel 06/06/20 10:36pm Full-time RVing
RE: Looking into a Truck Camper

it doesn't meet all of your requirements as far as the exterior, but the Arctic Fox 1150 is a very sturdy, reliable, well insulated, four season camper with one slide that will sleep five. Two in the bedroom, two on the dinette, one in the fold-down bunk above the dinette. If they are well taken care of, delamination shouldn't be an issue. But that is a big if. I had an Arctic Fox 1150 for several years and it was an awesome camper that I would not hesitate to take to Alaska.
Hemi Joel 05/26/20 04:11pm Truck Campers
RE: New Shock Time

I'm just relating my experience, which is with a big camper on a 1 ton dually and trying to help others. It doesn't matter to me if any one buys Bilsteins or not. But I think they are a huge waste of money. Not that they are a BAD shock, but they cost almost $100 each, yet they perform they same, or slightly worse than any $25 non-adjustable gas shock from Monroe or Gabriel. I wasted the $400 on the Bilsteins because I believed it when I read on the misinformation superhighway that they were superior to other shocks, and that they would work awesome on my truck. Those recommendations were possibly based on the point that someone else made: if you replace a worn out shock with a Bilstein, you may think it is a great shock. Because it is an improvement over worn out OEM shocks. Or else their requirements were less. If you have a fairly light camper with less dampening requirements, the Bilstein will probably work out fine. But the same would happen with a $25 shock. Dampening requirements vary greatly among different trucks with different campers. And the requirements also change when the camper is off the truck. How can the same shock that is specified for a 1/2 ton truck, that works without being too harsh when the truck is unladen, still be expected to control the suspension of a 1 ton dually with a 3000+ pound camper in the bed, with the center of gravity shifted aft of the rear axle? The same part # shock is specified for both applications, and in my situation, it created a major shortcoming in the shocks performance. They were just too soft to control the load. That is why I like the Rancho 9000. It can be adjusted to work for my specific application, and it works. And they are about the same price as the non-adjustable Bilsteins. Also, by taking off my front Monroe Gasmatics and putting on the Bilstein 4600, driving the truck for a year, then putting new Monroe Gas matics back on, I confirmed that the Monroe has noticeably more control than the Bilstein. (for 1/4 the price) . I'm going to be putting together another camper hauler truck. It will be a 68 Dodge crew cab on a stretched 93 dodge Cummins dually chassis. And I will for sure figure out how to adapt Rancho 9000 shocks onto the front, even tho they are not available for this application. I might have to weld some custom mounts from the frame to the control arms, outside the coil spring.
Hemi Joel 05/24/20 05:23pm Truck Campers
RE: New Shock Time

My shock story happened back when i had the Arctic Fox 1150, not the Eagle Cap. Still a big heavy camper that needs a good stiff shock.
Hemi Joel 05/23/20 07:15pm Truck Campers
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