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RE: Glad I caught this

These are the ones that work. Been using them professionaly for years. https://www.amazon.com/RIDGID-35585-Extractor-4-inch-2-inch/dp/B000WQYJIG/ref=sr_1_51?dchild=1&keywords=bolt+extractor+set&qid=1626550122&sr=8-51 Think I need one of these, a couple of the super long lag bolts I was using on one side of merry snapped their heads off as I was tightening them down.
JoeChiOhki 07/22/21 02:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Glad I caught this

Buzzcut, just so you know, those FB links do expire, so the images sadly no longer work
JoeChiOhki 07/19/21 06:21pm Truck Campers
RE: Bathroom dispensers

I used a deep wire mesh shower basket that you'd normally suction cup onto the shower wall. I instead removed the suction cups and anchored it to the wall with stainless steel screws and a health dollup of sealant. Unless I try and indy 500 over speed bumps, the shampoo and what not has stayed put in the basket going down the road.
JoeChiOhki 07/19/21 06:20pm Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

Finsisted the sewer plumbing and did a successful water test on the kitchen sink.
JoeChiOhki 06/28/21 10:29am Truck Campers
RE: Insurance!

There are insurance companies that know exactly what a truck camper is and will write a separate policy. Fine one of those companies. Suggestions welcome! For Washington/Oregon PEMCO knows what it is doing Thanks, I was planning on adding insurance on the Amerigo once it was done since its a full restoration vs just a straight out of the box and used unit like Mr. KIT was before her.
JoeChiOhki 06/21/21 06:02pm Truck Campers
RE: A camper you may never see in your lifetime

A camper you may never see in your lifetime Yeah... they weren't real popular even back then. We had truck campers back in the '60s and '70s. Those type set ups weren't common but we did see them at times. Tags for truck campers like the picture and same type tags for a 1/2 ton and TT were used back then. Most we saw were used by new folks. As someone pointed out these type setups could lift the trucks rear axle enough and leave the rear tires with little traction. Making a turn getting up a slight incline into the gazz station left lots of newb campers befuddled as the tires spun and not enough traction to get on up the driveway entrance hump. Aye, if the initial install isn't done correctly, the rear torsion springs would be taking too much load off the rear axle. I know the Born Frees had adjustments that could be made to vary how much load the rear springs took on. On the Holiday Rambler Motovan version, they used an air suspension system instead. https://i.imgur.com/zRaoTWzl.jpg Motovan Brochure
JoeChiOhki 06/15/21 02:54pm Truck Campers
RE: A camper you may never see in your lifetime

Those photos were from the big Ogallala rally, weren't they?
JoeChiOhki 06/14/21 04:08pm Truck Campers
RE: Armchair Quarterbacks Unite! Stupid Stuff We've all Done...

Saw this video on YouTube of a 5th wheel wreck. Judging by the content of that channel, and that being one of only five videos, the last being "We bought a house", I do believe that wreck did, in fact, end their RVing adventure. ;)
JoeChiOhki 06/14/21 03:41pm Truck Campers
RE: Patch small hole in aluminum siding

I used a soda can, cut a patch from it and then bedded it with 3M 5200 and screws to anchor it over the hole.
JoeChiOhki 06/04/21 07:52pm Truck Campers
RE: Rebuilding "Ms. Merry" The Amerigo - Updated 05/29/2021

Very nice so far. You need a good solid two week vacation and the help of a teenager and your on your way. I just totally rebuilt my 1988 Bayliner Capri. It took me two years after work and sold it for four thousand dollars. LOL I get bored really easy.... It looks great Joe. This marks the sixth year I've been working on Ms.Merry, though prior to this year I was only able to really work on it four months out of the year. This year, it's been every evening after work from 7/8pm till 10:30pm and pretty much the whole days of the weekends.
JoeChiOhki 05/31/21 02:25am Truck Campers
RE: More Stuck Camper Jacks

If there was a way to take them off the camper, I'd do what I did with an Atwood that got stuck on me. I took it off and then drilled a hole in the center of the bottom of the foot and flipped the whole thing upside down and filled it with ATF, plugged the hole and then flipped it back up right to sit. Once I finally got it broken free with the crank handle after much sitting and fiddling, I emptied the atf and put in a liberal amount of diff oil in it and released it and left it in there. The jack never worked perfectly again, it still had some issues with the drive mechanism if too much load was put on it (if the jack got ahead of the other it would start to slip/bind until the other jack caught up), but it worked well enough to keep using till I got ahold of a replacement unit and now that one is just a parts jack. Atwoods unfortunately weren't designed to come apart so I couldn't do a proper disassembly and wire wheel cleaning and bearing replacement and then coating all of the threads in moly.
JoeChiOhki 05/29/21 09:33pm Truck Campers
RE: Rebuilding "Ms. Merry" The Amerigo - Updated 05/29/2021

Time for the monthly progress report video :). My apologies, I am the most boring person to listen to in the world :p. May 2021 - Ms. Merry the Amerigo Remodel Update This go round, we're covering the completion of the water system and its testing, the successful testing of the gas system, completion of the main electrical system, the fridge compartment work, and many other things :).
JoeChiOhki 05/29/21 08:53pm Truck Campers
RE: Happijacs, what will happen if.........

There is no mystery to the engineering of steel tube, round, square, or otherwise. Both shapes resist torsion and bending. And a square tube will resist both more bending, and more torsion (and more compression while we are at it) than a round tube of the same dimensions. This is very well worn and reliable science that can be found in any properties of materials textbook. I think these myths stem from the fact that using a given amount of material, you can make a round tube that is slightly stronger than a square one. In other words, the same amount of material used to make a 2" square tube could have been used to make a 2.5" round tube, and the round tube will be stronger. But at the same dimensions - 2" tube to 2" tube - the square tube is stronger. I was thinking more specifically to point loading in the classic square vs a circle stress format. Happijacs have notoriously buckled from side loads at the point where the outer tube is applying sidewall pressure to the inner jack tube, where as similar round tube jacks have bowed and deformed, but not completely buckled in on themselves (they've taken on a curve, like bending a roll cage). They haven't been known on this forum as "crappijacs" for nearly two decades for nothing, between their tube wall weaknesses and the sheer pin problem that would literally cause the camper to plummet to earth, and all of this BEFORE Lippert got ahold of the company, a company notorious for poor quality steel trailer frames.
JoeChiOhki 05/29/21 08:48pm Truck Campers
RE: DC to DC converter for small electronics

Hey Matt, Check this video out for fun. This guy is a technical wiz and created a NAS system from parts he had. He has a 5 volt power supply for his setup and a Raspberry PI is the controller. IT may or may not be useful to you but it is interesting to see what can be done if you have the knowledge. Hope you have your setup figured out by now. Looking forward to a full report upon completion and implementation... That one actually is rather neat :). Using low power 5v USB drives solves the 12 volt power issue that is needed with large 3.5" drives like the QNAP nas I have is. Have you dedicated yourself to any one solution yet? Keep us informed. This will be interesting to see your final installation and your review... The QNAP I already own, so its a zero dollar outlay, I've had it for a few years now, its just collecting dust. At current, I plan to forgo using a direct DC to DC converter with it, due to the issues with getting similar voltage regulation to work properly, and instead using the stock AC to DC power supply since the cabover entertainment center cabinet's 110volt outlets are already part of the circuit in the camper that auto changes between Inverter and Shore power (when shore power is plugged in). I will be looking into DC to DC for the network extending unit (which doubles as our 1GbE local network switch for connecting wired devices like the Roku and NAS/Plex unit), as it only needs 5volts DC to power it, which there are numerous readily made 5volt converters. In either case, this thread has provided substantial useful information as to what I was looking for, and who makes quality products these days, as well as few other neat things to look at.
JoeChiOhki 05/26/21 05:09pm Truck Campers
RE: DC to DC converter for small electronics

Hey Matt, Check this video out for fun. This guy is a technical wiz and created a NAS system from parts he had. He has a 5 volt power supply for his setup and a Raspberry PI is the controller. IT may or may not be useful to you but it is interesting to see what can be done if you have the knowledge. Hope you have your setup figured out by now. Looking forward to a full report upon completion and implementation... That one actually is rather neat :). Using low power 5v USB drives solves the 12 volt power issue that is needed with large 3.5" drives like the QNAP nas I have is.
JoeChiOhki 05/26/21 03:02pm Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

The lower kitchen cabinets are now 50% complete framing-wise. I still need to build the insulation box that's going in around the stove to help keep the oven heat from spreading too much into the surrounding cabinet space (due to the tight confines, I want to be doubly sure that the wires and pipes that have to pass below and behind the stove are shielded from any excess heat when the oven is in use).
JoeChiOhki 05/26/21 01:52pm Truck Campers
RE: Happijacs, what will happen if.........

I think the reason they say this is due to the potential for forward weight shift if carried to extreme. At normal angles, not a problem*. I don't think it is due to worries about bending the jacks, certainly carried to extreme you could bend the jacks, but you are nearly equally likely to bend them tilting aft as forward - the bending moment on the jacks is nearly the same - and they do not caution against tilting aft. It cannot be due to concerns about tipping over forward, it would be a highly unusual camper that would do that even at full jack travel. * Take a 4000 lbs camper, vertical CG 4' above the box floor, 10' between jacks and longitudinal CG 3' back from box front. Level, front jacks take 2800 lbs. 5 degrees forward slope changes this to 3080 lbs. If the jacks are that close to failing you have many more issues to address. Yes, I am an engineer... I do also wonder if it has to do with Happijac's choice to use square tube jacks, as their jacks have been known to buckle at the pressure point between the outer and inner tubes before. Round tubing is naturally stronger by shape than square tubing and will take a good deal more strain without failing catastrophically than square tubing does.
JoeChiOhki 05/25/21 01:14am Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

Finished testing the fresh water plumbing after completing the hand formed copper pipe that is in the bathroom for the shower assembly (This was done by design for the looks, I'll be polishing and sealing the copper and brass later so that it remains glossy), made a wet mess as part of the process and am about a 1/3 of the way into framing in the lower cabinets in the kitchen area :).
JoeChiOhki 05/25/21 01:09am Truck Campers
RE: DC to DC converter for small electronics

Hey Matt, So I take it you're trying to eliminate a 120 volt wall cord and go straight into the 12 volt connector using the 12 volt system of the house which will be 14.4 or 14.6 at times. 13.7 or 13.2 at others. and 12.8, 12.6 and going lower as the evening progresses until the engine or generator start charging. Sounds like the Victron may be the solution you're looking for. Since this NAS is going to be rattling around in the truck camper, are you going to be using SSD drives? Will your NAS accept smaller 2.5 drives? I have a couple LACIE 4T USB drives RAID capable if desired. It's a much simpler solution than a hardwired NAS unit in the TC and easier to take with you if needed. Probably not as capable though as a true NAS designed to serve several work stations but will easily work for one person/computer. I saw the RV GEEKS on YouTube the other night, released a video on their electronic communication and NAS system. They had a NAS with I recall 6 full sized bays but I don't recall if they plugged into 120 volt or adapted to use 12 volt. They have a huge LION battery system so I suspect they used 120 volt and let the unit make it's own clean power. Hope it works out whatever you end up with. The nas in question is a small low power single drive qnap unit, it will easily use any 2.5 or 3.5 inch sata drive (it currently has a 6tb wd red pro nas drive in it, that will be getting swapped out for an intel ssd). Its primary purpose is to act as the house plex server (do it yourself netflix), that we'll be syncing what we want for a trip from the big plex server at the house. Its not really used for anything, I bought it for a short term project a few years back and its been collecting dust ever since. So, I'm combining it with the campers network extender as part of the Amerigos systems. Would not this be much simpler LACIE USB-C 3.1 5T $170.00 I have a couple of these and they work very well. Lots of storage, fast, cheap, ruggedized. Plays video to your laptop nicely. There is a Thunderbolt version. They also have SSD versions but the price may be unnecessarily scary. Best of all, it's portable, take it with you and use it where you need it. Just presenting ideas for you. Unfortunately, that's just a basic hard drive, I have many of those already :). We're setting up a mini-netflix, because more than one person can stream from it simultaneously (We have this at home with around 30TB in the current drive farm, I'm just miniaturizing it for a travel version with hardware I already own) using any number of devices (My wife likes to stream from her tablet). In my case, I usually watch with our Roku on the TV, while dawn watches a different show on her tablet or her phone. I am leaning at this point toward using this unit with the inverter vs the direct DC power, and instead use the DC to DC converter for the network extender, as it uses a lower voltage on its input than the nas does.
JoeChiOhki 05/24/21 06:31pm Truck Campers
RE: DC to DC converter for small electronics

I am on my phone so couldn't read through the entire thread and don't know if this has been mentioned but you are looking for something like this I think. Its definitely close and another idead to look for as I know some old laptops had 12v power supplies
JoeChiOhki 05/22/21 11:03am Truck Campers
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