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RE: Happi Jacks

I have lost 2 happijak motors due to water intrusion. CW, can you explain how you made covers? I have tried to seal the covers with gorilla duct tape. It seems to work but I have little confidence.
JimK-NY 02/23/21 01:24pm Truck Campers
RE: Palomino SS 1251 Pop-Up on 1/2 Ton Pickup

I agree. Skip the Palomino or any other popup. If you want to stick to a F150 you will save money and have way better and more comfortable choices with a small trailer. If you want a TC, skip the F150 and F250 and head directly to a full 1 ton pickup. I am not sure what being 71 has to do with it. If you have the money start with a 1t truck. If not and cost is a major concern look at smaller used trailers.
JimK-NY 02/21/21 06:40am Truck Campers
RE: Will a 100 watt solar panel be enough

You need to do an energy audit. If you are truly just considering a propane refrigerator and some LED lights, you should be fine. Don't forget other possible uses. The furnace is a real energy hog but you should be fine for occasional use in moderate temps. You will also be using a water pump. Again, not much but it adds up. What about a TV or charging a laptop? Those are big energy hogs. Charging cellphones, camera batteries? A 12v fan in hot weather?
JimK-NY 02/20/21 02:04pm Tech Issues
RE: Genset carb upkeep:  drain it and/or exercise it? Both?

According to the Honda manual all that is needed for 2-6 months of storage is to use fuel stabilizer. If you really want to give it extra TLC, I would use alcohol free gasoline for storage.
JimK-NY 02/18/21 05:44am Tech Issues
RE: Genset carb upkeep:  drain it and/or exercise it? Both?

My Honda 2000i is over 12 years old with lots of use including 2 years full time travel. I have never drained the carb, and never added Seafoam. I did clean the air filter once or twice and changed the spark plug after about 8 years of use. I do try to remember to run it once every few months but often forget. I change the oil every year or so. It runs great.
JimK-NY 02/17/21 06:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Adventurer 901sb

Both of the campers you mentioned are among the better built. They are also quite heavy. Especially if you want to go short wheelbase, I would definitely be thinking about dually. I am not sure why you want the mid bath models. If it is a matter of convenience getting up to use the br during the night, it hardly matters. A rear bath is only a couple of steps further back. I am very happy with the wet bath located at the back of my Northstar Igloo. When we step out of the bath to dry off and get dressed we are in the rear entryway instead of the kitchen area. We thought about getting a curtain in that area but it does not seem worthwhile for just the two of us. In addition to the weight of the models you mentioned, I have two other concerns. First both are basement models. It is a long way up and a long way to fall if you make a mistake. I really do not like basement models for the high stairs needed. Second, I really like a cassette toilet and would never want a model without one. If you check some past threads on cassette toilets you will find that is generally true for everyone who has one. It makes dumping a lot, lot easier for those of us who travel in more remote areas. Anyway, if you reconsider on the mid bath, I recommend you take a look at Northstar campers. They are built to last, not flashy but well engineered with tried and true designs, and they are relatively light weight and have cassette toilets. I do agree it is wise to avoid slides. Most of them don't give you much, weigh a lot and worse some make the camper unusable with the slide(s) in.
JimK-NY 02/17/21 04:08pm Truck Campers
RE: Tires and Wheels

The tires I have are 285/60/20 with a load rating of LT125, 3640#. The 295/65/20 tires would be too large with too much of a change in the speedometer and gearing. It sounds like the 285/65/20 tires would work and they do have a 127, 3860# load rating.
JimK-NY 02/16/21 09:37am Truck Campers
RE: Tires and Wheels

My Ram has 20" rims and stock 285 60 20 tires. The original Firestones are wearing quickly so I will probably need to replace them after my next big trip. I am thinking of Michelin Agilis tires. Load E is rated for 3640#. What choice do I have for a higher load rated tire in that size? Is there a bigger size that will fit my rims?
JimK-NY 02/16/21 06:24am Truck Campers
RE: Tires and Wheels

Did you know you can get LR 129 E rated at 4080# ea?.. What is an LR 129E? Is that a size or a load rating? I have never seen any tires with that designation.
JimK-NY 02/15/21 09:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Tires and Wheels

I believe they went out of business at least a couple of years ago. If not there are plenty of BBB complaints unresolved about orders taken, money paid and no product shipped.
JimK-NY 02/15/21 04:14pm Truck Campers
RE: Covering a truck camper AFTER a snow?

That was a quote not me....lol..I just put it in italics..:B From RV Country Quote So their "resident expert" came up with this idea. Nonsense! My camper is 17 years old and has never been covered. I have never even brushed off the snow and I have never seen any issues or had a roof leak. Currently there is a foot of snow on it. So what? Snow does not weight 20 pounds per square inch. The weight can be highly variable from a couple of pounds per cubic foot to as much as 20 pounds per cubic foot for saturated snow. Snow tends to blow off of my RV so no matter how much it snows the accumulation is typically less than a foot or so. Up to many hundred pounds of snow should not be an issue for any well built RV. Then there is the nonsense about water melting and refreezing in roof cracks. If there ae cracks in your roof that let water in, you already have a problem that has nothing to do with snow or refreezing weather. I inspect my RV for potential issues at least once or twice a year. The inspection is essential but I rarely see the need for even minor touchups. A good caulk such as Dicor should last for many decades. Finally I fail to see how a cover is going to help. If there is a foot or two of heavy snow on top of a cover, I doubt the cover is going to make snow removal any easier. The cover would tear before you could ever lift it up and shake off the snow. If you are really worried about this get a ladder and a broom to push off the bulk of the snow.
JimK-NY 02/14/21 06:42am Truck Campers
RE: Covering a truck camper AFTER a snow?

Now I am even more confused. First I do not understand putting a tarp over a snow covered camper. Next, I don't understand the need to shovel off the top of the camper.
JimK-NY 02/13/21 01:31pm Truck Campers
RE: Covering a truck camper AFTER a snow?

Snow under the cover? Why use the cover at all?
JimK-NY 02/12/21 09:46pm Truck Campers
RE: Low Of 1 Degree!!!

RV=recreational vehicle. Personally I find little recreation that I like when the weather is really cold. I start up the engine and leave.
JimK-NY 02/11/21 03:23pm Full-time RVing
RE: Leaving Illinois, going full time.

I would visit those relatives in the warmer months of the year and spend winters in areas that are a lot warmer in the Winter. You have an Rv, travel, and enjoy it.
JimK-NY 02/08/21 06:28pm Full-time RVing
RE: Advice to reduce truck camper sway (2018 Ram 2500)

I think your issue is the rear coil spring. Most of us would avoid them and pick a truck with standard leaf springs.
JimK-NY 02/08/21 06:23pm Truck Campers
RE: How to tell when water heater is at max?

I would guess that it would take at least 45 minutes to heat up from cold. I never heat up the water entirely. Instead for showers I have a timer set for about 20 minutes. That is just right for a hot shower without using any cold water. That way I do no waste any water on adjusting the temperature. When I am boondocking and do not have access to water, I want to take a hot shower with no more than a total of 1 gallon of water.
JimK-NY 02/08/21 09:05am Tech Issues
RE: Mattresses

All mattresses suck these days.... That is not the way I see it. Those old spring mattresses were horrible and that is when they were new. After a short period of time they sagged. Twenty years ago we bought a King sized foam mattress from Costco. It is still doing great with no signs it will ever need to be replaced. It is multilayered and the top gives it just enough softness and the inner layers give the support without sagging. We also bought an 8" Queen sized foam mattress for the camper. After 2 years of full timing and many months of part time use it is also like new. I actually like it better than the way more expensive Costco brand. I believe it was $300 delivered from Overstock but that was over 10 years ago. It is a Serta or Sealy, I forgot which.
JimK-NY 02/08/21 09:00am General RVing Issues
RE: Fantasizing, I suppose

A small trailer can be very comfortable especially for just one individual. You will need a decent bed, small kitchen and a place to sit. For me a wet bath would also be a necessity. BTW, even if it rains I do not spend my day indoors. With decent clothing you can enjoy virtually any weather. If not, it is time to move.
JimK-NY 02/04/21 06:34am Full-time RVing
RE: Fantasizing, I suppose

First, don't skimp on the truck. I would go with a 150/1500 truck set up for towing. Depending on the specs you can pull over 10K pounds. Having some excess capacity is great for longevity, for safety and you will be really happy to have more power towing in mountain country. I cannot help with the trailer size or brands since my wife and I full timed in a truck camper, not a trailer. I can make a few general recommendations. Be sure the trailer has good tires and suspension. Many are poorly made and just not up to what is needed. Modifications and accessories can add a lot of weight. Personal gear including food can quickly add another 1000#. I highly recommend a cassette toilet. They use minimal water and you can dump in outhouses or other places when dump stations are not available. You will also want to save weight and space with a wet bath. One minute with a squeegee will do a remarkable job of drying the area. Look for a unit with relatively large fresh water capacity. I have learned to take a shower with 1 gallon and get by for everything else with another 2 gallons a day. You will want an absolute minimum of 15-20 gallons of fresh water. Next look at battery capacity and solar. You cannot have too much and a minimum for me would be a couple of batteries and a couple of panels.
JimK-NY 02/03/21 07:00am Full-time RVing
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