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RE: Truck Camper Adventure Rally

Would they perhaps turn you away if you happen to show up, say as the 450th attendee and drove a thousand miles to get there? Just asking. Trust that without rally issued identification (worn at all times), you’ll be disallowed… 3 tons Oh well There are lots of other places to see around there like Zion and go Bicycling. Wonderful place. Don't forget to get your advanced entry pass for Zion. They're doing the same thing as yellow stone these days.
JoeChiOhki 11/22/22 06:56pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper Adventure Rally

Have an awesome time :), unfortunately, Merry's finishing got delayed with other around home projects and work, so I didn't sign up for a Rally I didn't know if I could attend. I'm guessing based on the brand line up that most of the vintage units are the Sunlites and Alaskans (I don't recall if BigFoot was around in the pre-90s era or not) and maybe a few lances.
JoeChiOhki 11/22/22 06:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Batteries died...sheesh

So stopped by Costco and their Interstate battery replacement for the napa with slightly more RC was a whopping $90ea....ah, no Brainer! Bought two. Add a modest solar charging system. I would have purchased sio2 batteries. I hate to say it, but I used to ALWAYS read and respect your posts, until recently with your ALWAYS pushing the sio2 BATTS that 99.9% of people DO NOT need. Give it a rest. You know this poster more than likely doesn't need that expensive niche battery. Emcvay I have to take the opposite on this one. I still read and respect all of Pianotuna's posts. Sure he likes his sio2 batteries but so what? I'll bet you there is at least one other person on this forum who read his posts and went with sio2. And even if I'm wrong I still fall back to the saying "there is more than one way to slice a cake" sorry I happen to like cats. :) Eh, I count it better than the bucket of gatekeeping around LifePo4 batteries vs anything else. I'll take a recommendation vs that behavior any day of the week :).
JoeChiOhki 10/11/22 03:35pm Truck Campers
RE: New Superduty gas engine for 2023.

I mean if we're playing displacement one-upmanship, they could always go back to their original 7.5L of the old Ford 460 ;) :p
JoeChiOhki 10/04/22 01:14am Truck Campers
RE: Do you know what brand/model this bed camper is?

It could be any number of them, including a self-built Glen-L Truck cap.
JoeChiOhki 09/12/22 02:26pm Truck Campers
RE: 2023 TCA Rally

*Might* be able to go to this, truthfully, not sure.
JoeChiOhki 09/06/22 03:36am Truck Campers
RE: The Ghost

I still think we need a like button. :) Its ridiculously easy to add, too.
JoeChiOhki 08/24/22 11:03am Truck Campers
RE: Is Facebook killing this site?

Honestly, irv2 is kicking your behind more than Facebook in some regards.
JoeChiOhki 08/22/22 05:03pm Around the Campfire
RE: Bigfoot Camper - Major Modifications I'm Considering...

So I've had my Bigfoot for several years now and have been generally pretty happy. In recent communication with another member here, I've thought once again about some major changes I have toyed around in the past. I thought I would spell them out here and see what others think about the idea. 1. I want to change out my AC unit. The current one I have sits 17" high off the roof and stands out like a sore thumb. It's also very noisy. My first thought was to go to a 12v DC unit. More common in the trucker world but starting to be more available due to the Sprinter camper craze. Expensive yes but lower profile and allows for running off batteries. 2. Alternative to changing out rooftop AC unit is eliminating it all together by combining it with the furnace. I do not know if there are ready made solutions out there but I have considered doing my own fabrication project to combine these two units together. The clear benefit is not having a huge AC unit on my roof anymore for trees to snag and I can either add another fan / vent in the opening left behind or just glassing it closed. 3. I currently have 200w of solar and a single 100AH LiFePo4 battery. I can easily add another 200w of solar, maybe even close to 400w if I eliminate the AC on the roof for a totall of 400w to 600w of solar. I have plenty of space to add another 300AH of LiFePo4 batteries. Going this route would allow me to run my AC on batteries which really is the ultimate goal really. Nothing fancy or unusual here. 4. Eliminate the generator and possibly 1 of 2 20lb propane bottles. Right now the generator is almost never used. It is bulky, loud, and heavy. Yes, convenient once in a while but with a much larger battery and solar setup I can't see how it would every be used. If I eliminated the generator I would consider finding a fiberglass shop to close off the outside access panel completely. I could then repurpose that space for better under counter / sink storage with full width drawers or something. Eliminating one of two propane bottles just frees up additional space and more weight savings. A single 20lb bottle should last at least one if not two weeks for just fridge and stove duty. So those are the thoughts I am kicking around. Some of these paths are well traveled, others not so much. None of this is really necessary to improve our current camping lifestyle, much of it is for kicks and giggles. So with that, I'm putting it out to all you "seasoned" camper gurus for your own thoughts. If all you're doing is mild-climate winter camping, you should be golden :).
JoeChiOhki 08/19/22 05:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Smaller or more minimalist truck camper

I have a 2008 Nissan Titan truck and it's got 230k miles, so, I won't be using it, I am due for a new truck. Probably would buy a 3/4 ton minimum, maybe even 1-ton but also 4wd. Unsure of bed length. If I had just a shell, would probably get a 6.5 ft bed, minimum, as I am 6'2" tall. An 8 ft would be even better but the entire truck would be longer, and it seems kind of clunky to maneuver around. I may be a tad behind on this subject, so folks of the forum please correct me, but I don't think Nissan makes anything larger than 1/4 Ton - 1/2 Ton range vehicles, at least not in the North American market and I believe they're a 5'5" bed? With your current vehicle a small tow behind trailer would probably better fit what you're after, as what you can haul in your bed is going to be fairly limited.
JoeChiOhki 08/15/22 10:04am Truck Campers
RE: Vanity mirror latch

I searched for these years ago and could never find much in the way of an answer. My work around and more effective solution was to install two small stainless steel eye hooks above and below the cabinet door on the side where it magnet latches and use two small bungee cords (I tied knots in the cord to shorten it so that they provided sufficient tension) to secure the door. When at destination, the cords removed the eye hooks were hidden by the edge of the cabinet door.
JoeChiOhki 08/12/22 05:31pm Truck Campers
RE: 1977 Sunline Truck Camper FULL BUILD

MISC EXTERIOR - Truck Camper Build Part 46 Is there a reason for the different colors of paint you use at different places of the camper or just what's on hand. Green on the upper parts, white, some black etc... Sorry if you said something about it but I don't hear very well. If you hit the CC button (If on computer), it can auto generate subtitles for the videos, and they're generally fairly accurate.
JoeChiOhki 08/12/22 05:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Armless Rear Awning

They're called Box Awnings, Carefree from Colorado makes multiple models, both electric and manual crank. The only hiccup you might run into is the amount of space between the top of the door and any overhang for the tail clearance lights you have.
JoeChiOhki 08/11/22 08:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Lithium Battery Charging System

Seems more like an excursion into that of ‘higher virtue’ than ‘hands-on’ battery talk :) JMHO…. 3 tons You are very likely spot on. :)
JoeChiOhki 08/03/22 03:46pm Truck Campers
RE: Lithium Battery Charging System

your about 4 years old with thoes prices, you can cut the battery prices in half or more now days. unless you insist on buying battle born (which theres nothing wrong with if thats what you want, but quality can be had for a lot less today) . my charging system cost me nothing, just a switch of a jumper on one and a different programing on the other.. I had to replace my power centre in my old camper anyways so I bought one that was LFP compatable, and I did the same when I decided to add solar. My 5th wheel will probably cost me about what you said for charging as I have to change my converter and my solar charger but it will only be about 12-1500 bucks for around 900AH of battery. You can cut the prices in half by buying inferior products, those prices were taken from a direct lookup of the current Battleborn battery prices. Anything else is cheap chinese junk and at risk of a cell failure and fire risk. I honestly don't have a horse in the race, as I do not think the technology is ready yet to adopt at its current price points for all but those that like to experiment with new things, (A proper full disposal cost should be included in the purchases of all lithium batteries from my point of view including the cost of 90-95% component recycling), nor do I honestly care if you go cheap and end up burning your rig to the ground to save a few dollars, I can only offer up advice to not take cheap shortcuts and let folks decide what degree of risk is acceptable to them. TL;DR I don't give two ***** if you decide to cheap out and kill yourself, I can only suggest that you don't.
JoeChiOhki 08/03/22 11:32am Truck Campers
RE: Lithium Battery Charging System

As long as you're buying the top end Lithium RV deep cycles you'll be good, just make sure you have budgeted enough to get equivalent AH's to your existing setup and for the appropriate changes in your DC and AC->DC Charging hardware. The more budget friendly Lithium batteries have record incidents of cell failures, as to bring them down in price, the quality and chemistry of the battery is cheapened. You should budget around $2000 for 200AH of Quality Lithium battery capacity and around $350-400 for the charging hardware as a good starting point. For me, I'll likely do the shift to Lithium as soon as Battle Born batteries get equivalent AH capacity to the J185h FLA batteries with a similar foot print and are price equivalent to their FLA predecessors in my system currently.
JoeChiOhki 08/01/22 03:10pm Truck Campers
RE: 1991 western wilderness water tank

Tank if I recall is in the step up to the cabover. Remove the staples/screws that hold the front wall of the tank step in place, carefully separate the paneling from the frame behind it so you can find the anchor points for the frame. Remove anchors, remove front step/tank compartment wall. Disconnect all plumbing connections to tank (Most should be hose clamps), remove tank. Replace tank, its polypropylene plastic and its **** near impossible to mend, reverse process to rebuild step, avoid drilling into tank in future.
JoeChiOhki 07/30/22 02:55am Truck Campers
RE: 1977 Sunline Truck Camper FULL BUILD

DC ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - Truck Camper Build Part 44 Don't feel too bad, I'm way behind on publishing updates here as well. My last post here on my resto is two years behind where the unit is in actuality (Currently gluing up the cabinet doors)
JoeChiOhki 07/15/22 02:42pm Truck Campers
RE: Do you think this can be repaired?

My father passed away a couple of years ago and left 2 truck campers behind. One is a Lance, Squirelite 186. I recall he would use this to drive down to his place in FL. It seems the overhead section that contains the bed is sagging a bit. More on the left side. the wrinkle in the siding shows evidence of this as well. I am pretty handy and do autobody, etc on the side. Just wondering if it can be fixed and if it would be worth it. I will also include the pics of the other unit. I think it may need a floor, (which is solid, but fell) The bad news is, it has massive frame dryrot. The buckling and nose down cabover is very tell-tale signs of structural failure in the walls. At this point, if you wanted to preserve it, you'd need to completely dismantle it, rebuild the frame (likely as a whole new camper and transfer stuff from the interior over similar to KXracer's camper restoration thread on here), and then put the siding back on that. The frame of the camper as-is is toast.
JoeChiOhki 07/14/22 01:30pm Truck Campers
RE: Absorption Fridge Running on Solar/Battery/Inverter System

Now we just need to have you wire up a separate breaker block that goes between the inverter and an auto-changeover device like my Amerigo's setup, that way it automatically connects the fridge to the inverter circuit for down-the-road travel and immediately self switches over when you plug your shore power cord in ;).
JoeChiOhki 07/14/22 01:25pm Truck Campers
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