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RE: 2000 watt pure sine wave inverter recommendation needed

So what are the differences between the Renogy at $319 and the Samlex at $719, the Go Power at $749? And I was able to find something that said the Renogy was made in China. How about the Samlex and the Go Power, where are they made?
Hemi Joel 01/16/22 08:36am Tech Issues
RE: 2000 watt pure sine wave inverter recommendation needed

Thanks BFL23, how is it for sound? Is it noisey?
Hemi Joel 01/15/22 05:38pm Tech Issues
2000 watt pure sine wave inverter recommendation needed

Hi, what is the right inverter for my truck camper? I will use it a couple time per day in short bursts to run the microwave, and the Kurig coffee maker. Plus sometimes for longer stretches to run the heating pad or charge the computer. That's about all. I will switch it off when not in use, so it needs a remote switch (preferably hard wired) and it does not need an automatic power saver mode. It doesn't need to have a charger. My camper has 3 group 31 lead acid battery's, 400 watts of solar, and a converter/charger. I want proven quality that will last for years, not some unreliable piece of junk that will fizzle when I'm on the road. Your recommendations will be much appreciated! Thanks, Joel
Hemi Joel 01/15/22 04:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Roof concern?

It should not balloon or have enough loose membrane to lift of flap. It's just a matter of time until repair or replacement is needed. FWIW, I am a commercial/industrial roofing contractor. We do mostly EPDM rubber and some TPO roofs, I build them to last 30+ years. If I did my roofs to the same low standards as the RV industry, I'd be in jail or bankruptcy court.
Hemi Joel 08/28/21 08:12pm Truck Campers
RE: Anyone with 12v Air Conditioning Experience?

You'll need a very hefty set of cables to get 120 amps all the way up to the roof.
Hemi Joel 08/28/21 08:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Tag axle for truck camper rigs

here is a copy and paste of the review: Just finished tweaking my new WDTT. Hooked up my boat and I am impressed. Prior to adding the WDTT with full fuel and 25 gallons of water in my 1172 on a 2017 Ram 3500 4X4 Diesel truck my front axle was 5040(6000 axle), rear axle 9660 (9760 axle) GVW 14700 (14000 GVW) so 700 pounds over. I usually tow a boat with 300 pounds of tongue weight which puts me around 15000 somewhat un comfortable and using a 48" hitch extension I was pushing the limits on this truck. So, I would like to announce my findings IT WORKS!!!!! Front axle: 5280 Rear axle: 8700 GVW: 13980 Tag axle: 960 With my boat hooked up: Front axle: 5220 Rear axle: 8720 GVW: 13940 Tag axle: 1260 Boat trailer axle: 3060 I have only towed the boat to and from the scales but it seems to tow better, time will tell when I head off to go fishing! What is really great is Roy has gone to effort to work with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to get this identified as a trailer so it adds up to another 2000 pounds CGVW and as you can see it has allowed me to get under all. the door sticker weights of my truck I've included some pictures, as Roy will explain every truck and camper are different, the WDTT has 3 points it attaches to the truck, although it can be only attached at trucks receiver. The Ram hitch make a upward curve so you cannot attach to the hitch tube with the outboard attach points I believe the Ford and GM hitch tube extend out far enough that you can clamp or bolt to the hitch. I fabricated mounts from my bumper attach points. Also, because of my camper and truck combination I need to have a lower attach point for a receiver hitch to to a trailer. These are the brackets I fabricated up A3910C9D-9C19-480D-B6B1-13ED406369F3_1_201_a You can see how the attach points worked out for me 78AABA6C-9406-4B81-92AA-47B131651BB8_1_201_a The reason for the narrower axle than WDTT standard width is the step and the sewer drain on the 1172 in this picture you can see the drain to the left of the tire 12BB4755-4F04-4447-8150-C442EBC3E087_1_201_a Here is the tire and step clearance 134A1118-C57D-4C8B-9387-F794587EF8F8_1_201_a The tube above my hitch is where the "normal" hitch extension would attach. I believe between the different distances from the truck bed and the truck receiver hitch and the camper drop down from the truck bed would this may not be required on other set ups ADB6020C-FD6A-4519-9E23-C23228A98A95_1_201_a As you can see here without the camper on the WDTT tires don't touch the ground B56499E8-6E77-443B-B7E5-46964FD1649D_1_201_a This is just a over head view of my set up 3130F258-8F75-43D2-995B-2A0ADD5C0C5B_1_201_a A look with camper on.. A1869B11-B62F-4855-99F1-D9632F34403C_1_201_aI truly believe that Roy has a really good product. 2018 1172 2017 Ram 3500 4X4 6.7 DRW Battle Born Battery Victron 712 tag-trailer.com Attachments Hide Images (9) A3910C9D-9C19-480D-B6B1-13ED406369F3_1_201_a78AABA6C-9406-4B81-92AA-47B131651BB8_1_201_a12BB4755-4F04-4447-8150-C442EBC3E087_1_201_a134A1118-C57D-4C8B-9387-F794587EF8F8_1_201_aADB6020C-FD6A-4519-9E23-C23228A98A95_1_201_a512D61D1-9260-40C7-A543-CF37B4340265_1_201_aB56499E8-6E77-443B-B7E5-46964FD1649D_1_201_a3130F258-8F75-43D2-995B-2A0ADD5C0C5B_1_201_aA1869B11-B62F-4855-99F1-D9632F34403C_1_201_a
Hemi Joel 08/21/21 04:24pm Truck Campers
RE: Macerator pump hose

Thanks for the ideas!
Hemi Joel 08/02/21 09:30pm Truck Campers
Macerator pump hose

I just got a macerator pump that has a garden hose connection for the discharge,but I have not yet acquired a discharge hose. For those of you using a macerator pump what type of hose do you use? How do you store it? Thanks, Joel
Hemi Joel 07/31/21 08:50am Truck Campers
RE: To buy a generator or not...

Why not just find a different campground that is either in a cooler climate or has two adjacent electrical sites and ask your sister to move there?
Hemi Joel 07/30/21 05:18pm Truck Campers
RE: Tag axle for truck camper rigs

Many of the big campers have a center of gravity behind the rear axle. No tires, springs, or bigger truck will cure the effects of that. Maybe this thing would.
Hemi Joel 07/27/21 04:06pm Truck Campers
RE: Tag axle for truck camper rigs

"After a 10-mile or so drive, if you are not satisfied, I take it back off and issue you a refund (that has never happened)." Sounds like a reasonable policy
Hemi Joel 07/23/21 07:25pm Truck Campers
RE: TCM (Truck Camper Magazine)

I like the mod contests. It's fun see what others are doing to (sometimes?) improve their rigs. I am another one who has become accustomed to bias towards advertisers. It's everywhere. I can see through it, so it doesn't influence me.
Hemi Joel 07/05/21 10:05pm Truck Campers
RE: Trying different method of fresh water tank sanitization

Interesting test, looking forward to the results. I drink my RV water, so I i need it to be safe. It is so convenient just to fill a glass from the faucet, and free. I usually sanitize with bleach every 24 months or so.
Hemi Joel 05/15/21 04:22pm Truck Campers
RE: Can't overcome the fear of buying a Truck and TC.......

Great plan! I hope you enjoy truck camping as much as we do. But if you don't, you'll get out with your bank account still intact.
Hemi Joel 05/12/21 04:33pm Truck Campers
RE: Can't overcome the fear of buying a Truck and TC.......

In this market, strike when the iron is hot! If it sounds good, commit to buy it over the phone and ask them to hold it until you get there to ward of other buyers who will do the same. Tell then you will be there with cash with in X hours. When you get there, if it was misrepresented over the phone or in the ad, you can bail on them with a clean conscience. If it is good, you own it!
Hemi Joel 05/10/21 12:45pm Truck Campers
RE: Can't overcome the fear of buying a Truck and TC.......

Perfect, Go for it!
Hemi Joel 05/10/21 12:26pm Truck Campers
RE: Can't overcome the fear of buying a Truck and TC.......

Oh, yes, the breakdowns. I've hauled 4 different campers over the last 18 years on the same 1993 Dodge. So I had some of that. I can wrench, so the little things, I fix. If you can wrench, bring tools and spare parts for peace of mind. I've had to have it towed to a shop for repairs on road trips only twice on 140,000 miles. It only takes a cell phone, time and money, and some common sense to get off the road immediately if something goes wrong so you don't stall in the traffic lane. It shouldn't be a big worry.
Hemi Joel 05/08/21 11:40am Truck Campers
RE: Can't overcome the fear of buying a Truck and TC.......

Intellectually I know I can afford it, it's the emotional part that has held me back. OK, good to know. SO to help yourself commit, try this. The old pros and cons on a sheet of paper or a spread sheet. 2 columns, one for, one against. For: I want to I will feel the freedom of the open road. I can travel and stop whenever I want, wherever I want No motels No bed bugs No reservations no standing in line at the front desk A possible hedge against hyper-inflation Never a regret that you didn't try it Against: I won't have the $ in my account I might not like driving it I might not like sleeping in it It might have defects and need repairs Maybe the warranty won't cover the repairs or be aggravating to deal with I will have to sell and take a financial hit if prices come back down. First envision all the good stuff and get all happy and excited! Then envision the bad, and your worst scenario: you bail on it and sell it at a loss after dumping $$ into repairs that the manufacturer wouldn't cover. Resign yourself to the fact that it could happen, that you take a hit financially, and life goes on and you survive and find something else to make you happy. This is important to envision. Cover the whole worst case scenario in your mind from start to finish. Once you have lived thru it in your mind, and you know you will survive it, you will no longer fear it. Then review the good again, and decide. BTW, I have used this method before to overcome indecisiveness and anxiety about something, and it is amazing how it changes things.
Hemi Joel 05/08/21 11:13am Truck Campers
RE: Can't overcome the fear of buying a Truck and TC.......

You're not going to find a good deal on the stealership lot. I have had good results in the past with placing wanted ads in the local and regional papers, plus going thru the obits and calling the survivors to see if they have anything they need to get rid of. It is a win/win when it works because it cuts out the dealer overhead/profit markup. On the do it now vs. wait until your health fails, I agree 100%. BUt unless you have an unusually huge nest egg, we still need to spend wisely, or their won't be any $ left to enjoy the work-free lifestyle.
Hemi Joel 05/08/21 10:22am Truck Campers
RE: Can't overcome the fear of buying a Truck and TC.......

If you know you want it for sure, and you are committed to owning it long term, go ahead and buy a new one and get everything you want. But if you pay retail, or more than 80% of retail, you'll take a bath if you change your mind and sell it. If you are not 100% positive you will keep it long term if this is possibly a test, seek out a good deal on a used rig in excellent condition that has been stored indoors when not in use. That way if you change your mind and want to bail, you won't take a big hit financially. I did it that way with my 2006 Arctic Fox 1150 that I bought in 2013. It was an awesome camper! I kept it nice, and sold it in 2018 after 5 years of use for more than I paid for it. THen I bought my 1 year old Eagle Cap 1165 for 40% off new retail, and I'm sure I can at least break even on it if I sold it today. It's not so hard to spend a large sum of cash on something when you think it will hold it's value. Finding the right used camper at a killer deal takes time, effort, patience. Don't worry about a used camper having issues, it will. But so do new ones. Just check it really good for leaks, rot, big issues and only buy the best. Good luck, I think you will love truck camping!
Hemi Joel 05/07/21 08:55pm Truck Campers
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