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RE: Ideas from those of you who built your own hold downs

With my first truck and TC, the RV dealer installed the Torklift tie down brackets. I replaced that truck last year and did my own install. The rear brackets for my 2018 Ram are pretty simple and anyone with the proper equipment and fabrication skills should be able to come up with a workable solution. The front brackets are way more complicated at least for my 2018 Ram model. It took serious engineering design to build a bracket that fit the tight space. Even with a well designed bracket it took me way over an hour to install it. As I remember it the issue was the placement of a fuel line that made it difficult to design and install a bracket. Due to the complexities, I would guess it would be all but essential to copy the Torklift parts and also to reroute the fuel line (or a brake line, if my memory is incorrect).
JimK-NY 01/19/20 07:52am Truck Campers
RE: Weights. Am I missing something?

From the New York state DMV website: Can I register my pick-up truck as a 'passenger' class vehicle? Yes. Your pick-up truck can qualify for passenger class plates if it meets certain conditions, depending on its unladen weight. If you have a modified or unmodified pick-up truck with an unladen weight less than 6,001 lbs., then you may register it in the passenger class if it meets the following conditions: the pick-up truck does not have any business advertisements, and the pick-up is used exclusively for non-commercial purposes If you have a modified pick-up truck with an unladen weight greater than 6,000 lbs., then you may register it in the passenger class if it meets the following conditions: the pick-up truck does not have any business advertisements and is used exclusively for non-commercial purposes a camper top having one or more side windows completely encloses the truck bed, the pick-up truck has seats, seat fittings, or camping equipment installed in the truck bed ('camping equipment' indicates that you have a bed, a stove, or a refrigerator in the vehicle) NOTE: These modifications must be permanent. If you use the pick-up truck without the required modifications, then you must register it in the commercial registration class. I have been told and it seems common sense that a removable truck camper is not permanent.
JimK-NY 01/19/20 07:41am Truck Campers
RE: Where, oh where to go

I think you need to be more specific in the types of places you want to visit and your general interests. I can think of a lot of places I would like to visit or visit again. As soon as I saw Pigeon Forge I realized are interests are not at all similar.
JimK-NY 01/18/20 08:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: Camper title and registration.

What's the advantage of having your truck camper titled? Or is it just another revenue stream for the state? If that's it, I'm amazed New York hasn't required it yet. That is only because there are so few in NYS that the State cannot make enough money to bother with.
JimK-NY 01/18/20 11:44am Truck Campers
RE: good Sam VS AARP.

Don't forget AAA. Lots of places also give discounts if you are a member.
JimK-NY 01/16/20 05:21pm General RVing Issues
RE: 2018 RAM 2500 with Adventurer 910DB

The Wolf Creek data estimates that a 2000# camper goes to a wet weight of over 3000# with water, propane, and 500# of stuff. That sounds reasonable except the 500# add on needs to cover food, pots/pans, flatware, plates, clothing, towels, bedding, maybe an upgraded mattress, tools, a generator and generator fuel, lawn chairs, BBQ grill, toiletries, and in my case, camera gear, laptops, archery equipment, a pile of maps and travel guides, leveling blocks, air compressor, water hose, extra oil, gas stabilizer, extended drain hose, bucket/waste basket, etc. Make sure to add the weight for any accessories. For my camper it seems they left out several hundred pounds for the extended cab and queen sized bed and the extra battery and the solar panels. Be real, real careful about that 500# number. The real weight can be a lot more. Don't forget that when you subtract the truck weight and the final wet camper weight from the GVWR, you also need to consider the weight of all the passengers.
JimK-NY 01/16/20 05:18pm Truck Campers
RE: 2018 RAM 2500 with Adventurer 910DB

I have no experience with coil rear springs, but I can tell you from previous experience that airbags are not a good substitute for springs that are adequate to carry the load. I tried airbags on my Ram 2500 and got a lot of sway and a poor ride with poor control. I added a set of supersprings and solved the problem. I threw the airbags away after that.
JimK-NY 01/15/20 10:17am Truck Campers
RE: Clean Diesel trucks for TC ... maybe not!

I have no exact knowledge of the frequency of regeneration but my truck seems to go many hundreds of miles before a regen which only lasts 10 minutes or so. I actually think I go thousands of miles before a regen unless I am doing lots of driving in slow traffic or idling for long periods of time.
JimK-NY 01/15/20 10:14am Truck Campers
RE: 2018 RAM 2500 with Adventurer 910DB

The 2018 Ram 2500 has coil springs in the rear! If it had regular leaf springs you might be able to bump up the suspension with Timbrens or Supersprings or have an extra leaf added. You would also need to upgrade the wheels and tires to 19.5". That would cost $3000-4000 or more. Camper weights can be deceptive. The "wet" weight is often the weight of a basic camper without accessories. For my camper the accessories included an extended cab, solar panels, etc. That bumped up the weight by about 1000#. Then there are "personal items" such as cooking gear, food, clothing, tools, Honda generator and gas, etc, etc. Then remember passengers are not included in the weights for the truck or camper.
JimK-NY 01/13/20 07:19am Truck Campers
RE: Is Socializing a Dying Thing in the RV Community?

This thread has been very interesting to me. I never understood why anyone would want to camp in an RV park or the equivalent. Now I guess I understand. BTW, that is also the reason I do not want to stay in them unless absolutely necessary. I do not visit National Parks and other scenic areas to meet the neighbors, tell stories and play cards.
JimK-NY 01/02/20 09:19am General RVing Issues
RE: Weights. Am I missing something?

Look at a Northstar TC. Mine is a Northstar. I have the 9.5 foot Iglo model. Northstar campers tend to be fairly good on weight because they do not have slides and are often a big narrower than the maximum allowed. Even so mine has a roughly 2400# sticker but weighs in much more. With solar panels, generator, and a modest amount of cooking gear, clothing and misc, it weighs in well over 4000#. Northstar does make some nice and low weight popup truck campers.
JimK-NY 01/02/20 09:12am Truck Campers
RE: Weights. Am I missing something?

I think all of us who have truck campers face this issue. We buy a big super duty pickup, often with a quad cab and a diesel engine. It seems we have a truck that should carry anything you could fit in the bed. Wrong. We quickly find that the truck is heavy but has very limited cargo capacity. I bought my camper first and then went to buy a truck. The camper sticker had a wet weight of about 2400#. I figured I would need to add another 1000# for passengers and gear putting me about 3500#. Turns out that was off by almost another 1000#. It seems the manufacturer did not include extra weight for the solar panels, gel foam mattress and a bunch of other accessories that were on the camper. Anyway, my TC dealer and the truck dealers were sure I would not need a DRW truck. It was May of 2010 when I tried to buy my truck. I wanted a 350/3500 rated truck but could not find one. I could not order one because it was too late in the year and I would need to wait until the end of the Summer for a 2011 model. Finally I found and bought a Ram 2500 SRW with CTD and a quad cab. The truck weighed about 8000# and the GVWR was 9900#. Clearly that came up short. If I had been able to get a 3500 SWR, the capacity would have been 12000#. The only difference was the wheels/tires and one extra spring in the rear suspension. So I upgraded the suspension first with airbags and later with Supersprings. Eventually I also had to add 19.5 wheels and tires to take me from overweight for the tires to extra capacity. Now I have the same TC and a 2018 Ram with CTD and megacab. The GVWR is close but still insufficient. I am a few hundred pounds over the rated capacity. I took my first trip without modifications and then added Timbrens to help with the rear end sag. Maybe I am cheating the State on registration fees, but I don't think so. Since the TC is removeable I could not register as an RV. That would have saved me a bunch. Because the truck is a 3500 I had to go to "commercial" plates which cost a bunch and have restrictions.
JimK-NY 01/02/20 07:12am Truck Campers
RE: Is Socializing a Dying Thing in the RV Community?

You are going to the wrong places. Certainly for socializing you would want to avoid places like National Parks where people come for the scenery and attractions. Instead you would want a nice RV park where the residents are retired or certainly are not just living there to be convenient to work. Some of the best I have seen were in Yuma, Az. They have tall cinder block walls and very small spaces with lots of retirees jammed in. You can socialize, play cards and talk RV parts and repairs until you cannot stand it any longer.
JimK-NY 01/01/20 08:33am General RVing Issues
RE: Plastic toilet and sink cleaning?

We have had our camper for quite a few years and it has been used a lot including 2 years as full timers. Our rule has been no scrubbing on the toilet, ever. It is still like new. No stains. No scratches, very smooth and the waste just slides right off. One you scratch it, stuff will stick.
JimK-NY 12/30/19 04:56pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: potty without the rv

Since I have a truck camper, my toilet and kitchen and bed travel with me. It is hard to get much more convenient. My favorite example is traveling in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone. I travel in the truck camper, pull over and use the toilet when needed. Lunch time I cook a quick meal and eat it at the side of the road watching the bison or other wildlife. Meanwhile the big rig travelers drive to the Lamar Valley in their toads. They have to use the outhouses that you can smell for a mile. Lunch is a sandwich or whatever. By mid to late afternoon, they are worn out and begin the drive back to the RV parks, mostly outside of Yellowstone. I typically take an afternoon nap, eat dinner and return as the sun is setting.
JimK-NY 12/27/19 04:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tumbler fell out of RV door handle

For $25 I would think you might just replace the whole lock mechanism. That is what I did when I have a part break so the lock would no longer open.
JimK-NY 12/25/19 07:20pm Tech Issues
RE: New coffee maker

I hate the mess of a French press. I also do not like the grounds that make it into the coffee past the press. On top of that I like more than one cup in the morning. Any extra coffee leftover in the press is too cold to drink so that means cleaning the press and making an additional cup, probably 3x in the morning. I will stick with the mellita and make a full thermos of coffee at once, then dump the filter paper and grounds.
JimK-NY 12/24/19 10:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Water and Gas Usage Rates

I often camp in the desert southwest where filling an RV tank can be an issue. The minimum I use is about 2 gallons/day for cooking, drinking and washing dishes. It is hard to get under that and that means heating water to wash dishes and then using just a trickle out of the faucet for rinsing. A shower is about 1 gallon/day. Clearly that is a Navy type shower: wet down, soap up and then rinse again with a low flow and little wasted water. Flushing is not an issue for me. I have a cassette toilet with its own 6 gallon water supply. That amount lasts for at least a couple of weeks.
JimK-NY 12/20/19 07:23pm Beginning RVing
RE: senior pass

When I bought my pass, I understood it to be a contract. A payment against future use of services/goods. That said, I am reminded of the scene in Star Wars where Vader says "I have altered the deal. Pray that I don't alter it more." (or something like that) And there are still those who wonder why most of us hate the government and politicians. A private company reneging on an agreement would end up in court or out of business. It has gotten to the point where most visitors to the National Parks are foreigners so cheating seniors is really not likely to make much difference except for those of us who are seniors.
JimK-NY 12/11/19 02:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: mounting a propane tank to bumper

I don't get it. I get about 2 months from one 20# propane tank. That includes cooking, hot water for showers and occasional use of the furnace. In colder weather, I might use the furnace enough to go through one tank a month. If it gets any colder than that, I head South.
JimK-NY 12/11/19 02:07pm Truck Campers
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