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RE: Tow Dolly Woe

Honestly, if you strike out finding a shop, look up the backing plate size and weight rating of the existing surge brakes and get an electric brake kit for it. Since its not a boat trailer, submergence is not an issue and you'll be able to live dial the braking impact the electrics trigger while testing it with a live load. Electric conversion kits used to be fairly inexpensive since it was mostly just a swap of the hydraulic cylinder for the electromagnet piece designed to take its place and running of some new wire to your trailer plug if you are already wired up for electric trailer brakes on your vehicle.
JoeChiOhki 10/27/21 07:21pm Truck Campers
RE: Long Bed vs Bigger Overhang - off - roading

As one who does USFS and BLM roads in Oregon, which are likely vastly higher quality than the ones you'd find in the more back country areas in the US SW and what not, I haven't had any issues so far with my 11' Campers, as I usually have a 48" hitch extension in that will hit the ground usually before it ever gets close to the camper's rear jacks would (Slightly less issue there now with the Amerigo as the rear jacks are not at the very rear corners due to the camper's structural design, but on the front edges of the rear overhang instead close to the rear bumper of the truck. For areas with more washes and deep centers, it would be a greater issue, and would likely require some creative driving to cross them at diagonals or use something to keep the tires from going all the way to the bottom of the hole to get across safely, as I'm just as likely to plow the front basket into the ground for the same reason as I would drag my butt.
JoeChiOhki 10/27/21 06:29pm Truck Campers
RE: Generator start leads

I'm a bit surprised by your measurement of 375A - even momentary - to start a small genset. I wonder if is it an artifact of the sampling rate of the clamp ammeter. A Cummins 5.9L diesel draws only about 300A cranking, motorcycle engines in the 1000 - 1200cc range draw around 150A at stall and 100A cranking. These measured with a 100 KHz amp probe on a 1Ghz recording O'scope. Even if it peaks at 375A for a few milliseconds, that would not heat a thermal fuse enough to blow it. You might try shutting the fuel off or removing the spark wire from the genset, crank for several seconds and see what the starter really draws. 375A @ 12V = about 6 HP! Yeah, that sounds like a crazy amount of juice...... My 4000 watt Champion which is an electric start from a tiny battery only has #8 wire so I know it can't be sucking near that much juice for something that's similar or smaller of an engine..... I would think 37.5 amps would be more realistic...
JoeChiOhki 10/14/21 07:42pm Truck Campers
RE: When a redneck wins the lottery....

God, its been years since that one used to pop up on the forum regularly :)
JoeChiOhki 10/14/21 07:39pm Truck Campers
RE: Prepping for below freezing temps and snow.

https://i.postimg.cc/FzKYg3Z9/3.jpg Your Amazon order might be late. ;) From what stories I have heard, Amazon drivers seem to be in about the same league as Swift operators for Walmart. :p
JoeChiOhki 10/12/21 03:42pm Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your truck today?

Continued my search for a junkyard for a new driver's door, dim-bulb moment and forgot I was parked next to a column in parking garage and ran the driver's door into it (The door was already slated to be replaced, since it has a crack through part of the window frame, this just stepped up my timeline since the door sticks a little now when opening it).
JoeChiOhki 10/05/21 02:32pm Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

Finished gluing in the last pieces for the core frame of the new bathroom door to the maple plywood skin on the outside and will be tracing and cutting the thinner wood paneling that will go on the inside (It will be getting a sheet of FRP glued over that, ergo why thinner wood is being used first).
JoeChiOhki 10/05/21 02:31pm Truck Campers
RE: Who is a Full Timer with a Camper?

I did it for several years, though I didn't travel around all the time with it, though it usually just stayed parked at my space in an RV park when I wasn't taking it out traveling. My now wife was staying with her mom because my work during those years was transitory, and so putting down permanent roots wasn't practical. So, I lived in the area with the camper while my work contract lasted, then hung onto the space at the park and spent my time back staying with family if I wasn't wandering around on saved up money between contracts traveling with her or by myself with our dog. Now, we have a giant fifth wheel in the same park as the one I had used during those years working as a contractor as our permanent home and the campers went back to being the traveling rigs.
JoeChiOhki 09/29/21 06:10pm Truck Campers
RE: Where do you put your levels?

I have two at the front by the driver's corner jack near the front jack's control buttons and two by the rear jack and the rear jack control buttons (Mine are mounted on the jacks themselves, pre-remote control era Atwoods).
JoeChiOhki 09/29/21 06:07pm Truck Campers
RE: $135k for a very basic camper?

Wow. Poor choice of names if you ask me. At over $100K, that’s the exact opposite of low-key. low-key lo'ke' adjective Having low intensity; restrained, as in style or quality; subdued. Having or producing uniformly dark tones with few areas of contrast, as in a photograph or film. restrained in style or quality; not flashy or intense; understated. Nope, not any of those things. :):) Honestly, I was thinking more of Loki, the trickster God of Norse Mythology, given its spelt the same way :).
JoeChiOhki 09/29/21 06:05pm Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your truck today?

Got truck back from body shop that installed new roof skin. Spent good part of the day reinstalling interior I had removed (headliner, visors, trim etc). Another day rewiring, CB, custom interior light that controls exterior 3rd brake light functions, GPS ant etc. I have a lot of funny wiring. https://photos.smugmug.com/AnEv942/Truck/i-bFVjQ6J/0/93dc6ec8/O/roof2.jpg width=640 height=480 https://photos.smugmug.com/AnEv942/Truck/i-NZWqgWx/0/e27f19ee/O/roof1.jpg width=640 height=480 Gosh- why is it leaking? Even heavy fog water dripping inside. Outside of the window rubber all that was visible was the bubbled paint. Knew I had problem but extent surprised me. Pretty sure cause, other than being a block from the Pacific, was bad glass replacement (scratched) few years ago. https://photos.smugmug.com/AnEv942/Truck/i-Lq4NC2q/0/31a73b30/O/roof3.jpg width=640 height=480 I really wanted to attempt repair and if anyplace other than windshield would have. However once I seen the required drilling of 100+ spot welds glad I had it done. 4 days in the shop-done, likely I'd still be drilling:) Probably spend a few hours today putting all my 'stuff' back in the truck. Quandary now is clearance/ID marker lights. Truck is over 80" wide so required but really don't want to drill 15 holes in new roof. Didn't have issue with them on original install but just don't want to do again. As someone who bought a used suburban from the southern seaboard area of california that was from the 80s, I know that rust well :). Mercifully, the body and frame is destined for the junkyard, I bought it off the neighbor who spent the money to haul it back for what buying another 350 small block, a 700R4 w/transfer case, 4x4 front and rear axles and spring mounts/perchs etc... would have cost me, but it is chock full of rust holes and badly done and now failing bondo patches.
JoeChiOhki 09/23/21 03:54pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper Models with 3 Beds?

Mine has three, queen front, full in the rear snap-n-nap, and a short dinette bed. Only problem is the manufacturer went out of business several decades ago. Depending on if you're going into the F450-F550 territory or not will determine if the triple slides are feasible upgrades for you or not. As recommended, one of the camper lines with a side entry and a rear fold out tent, which is as close to an Amerigo Snap N Nap as you can get in modern times shy of restoring one of the campers, would be the best bet.
JoeChiOhki 09/15/21 12:42pm Truck Campers
RE: West Coast Jamboree 2022, Who is Interested?

It sounds like a blast, but I do not know if I would be able to make it, so I won't take a spot that someone who can definitely make it could use :).
JoeChiOhki 09/15/21 02:21am Truck Campers
RE: Kingstar Camino 88 - Any Input

For those not familiar with the brand, you can read more on the Kingstar Camino 88 here: https://kingstar.net/truck-campers
JoeChiOhki 09/13/21 02:30am Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your truck today?

Drove it around some more. Need to locate a drive line shop to have the carrier bearing replaced as its rubber bushing is worn.
JoeChiOhki 09/06/21 03:54pm Truck Campers
RE: Propane gas lines that screw to the Tanks...

There used to be a BBQ place on 82nd that custom made them, hometown hearth and grill, not sure if they're still around. My current ones are valtera brand off Amazon, but they haven't seen really any active service as of yet, so not sure how long the rubber will last. The hometown ones have been out in the weather since 2013 and still going strong. Last time I went there they had separated from hometown and were an independent
JoeChiOhki 09/04/21 03:58am Truck Campers
RE: How fast do you drive with camper on? .

If the five to ten minutes it takes out of their day for me to safely reach a pullout or a section of road where they can pass impacts their schedule that much, they didn't plan their travel very well. If the 5 or 10 minutes it takes you to get back up to speed impacts your schedule, you didn’t plan very well.;) Not saying that anyone’s mind is changing … I just thought your comments were funny. :D It has no impact whatsoever on me, my goal is to be considerate and pull out as soon as it is safe to do so. Jumping onto the first bit of barely there gravel on the side of a pass or shoulder that's not wide enough to accomadate a large vehicle is by no definition safe :). I'm more than happy to get out of folks way, I plan my travels around 200 or so miles a day on long trips so I can compensate for travel delays, including needing to pull off regularly to allow traffic to pass, but those same folks that are frothing at not being able to 80 in a 55 zone are going to have to give me a moment to find a place I can safely get out of their way where my merging back in afterwards is not going to cause an even greater safety issue and larger backup due to the cost of getting moving again, hence why I usually wait till I'm not on the side of a 7% grade if that highway section has no passing lanes, where I'm going to be going far less than 45 mph for a good ways till I can wind it back up to as fast as it will go. I try my best to plan my routes to take "roads less traveled" to avoid becoming a major obstacle on the high-traffic routes where climbing major grades will drastically slow my forward speed down. 45-55 mph. For me, its more than fast enough and I'm usually meandering on two lane back country away from the main routes more than I am on interstates. Plus, the truck is old and powered by a naturally aspirated small block V8 gas engine. Even with 4.10s, she's not going to be winning any races :p. On my bigger trips, I normally only drove about 200-300 miles a day at tops, as I was more interested in the journey than just the destination. If we're on flat lands, I usually pull off to let folks get around, or when we reach the top of a grade if we're climbing one, pulling out before then just means the next batch of folks will be stuck behind me going even slower because I'll have lost my momentum and will be starting again on a hill, so instead of going up the hill at 45, they're now doing it at 30. On most quality roads, there are usually passing lane segments that come up and that's when most folks can safely get around. So you’re mostly speed limited by the capability (power and age) of your truck. Aka, one of the vehicles on the road that frustrates other drivers who are trying to get somewhere before their weekend is up or their next birthday comes around! If the five to ten minutes it takes out of their day for me to safely reach a pullout or a section of road where they can pass impacts their schedule that much, they didn't plan their travel very well. If you're adding 5 or 10 minutes to someone's day because of the time it takes you to pull over....you are a hazard beyond comprehension. What if there were two or three of you on the same section of highway? Seriously? But...I suspect you meant that you'll usually pull over within 5 or 10 minutes. That's not as bad, it's just selfish and creates stress in others where it shouldn't. I'd ask? why, who made such a person God to decide what is bad planning on someone else's part? I'd be rethinking my habits and decision making process a bit. I'm can be pretty ornery, but can't hold a candle to that attitude. Just food for thought. Its not an act of God to realize that if you only have X amount of time available for your vacation, you're going to have to accept realistic expectations of how far you can realistically travel overland within that time window, and trying to exceed that by behaving recklessly and then blaming someone else for disrupting a poorly planned endeavor is the true case of selfishness there. I learned this very early on that if my destination is going to take x amount of hours of driving in ideal conditions and I only have four days of total weekend to enjoy, I'm going to either A.) Have to reduce how far I am going to try and go by changing my end destination B.) Find a means to gain extra time for travel, because ideals and reality rarely met up with any regularity in my personal experience. I do my best to stay out of folks way, as I mentioned above. I use less ideal routes that might add more distance to my own journey, but will keep me from blocking a larger arterial route if there's any gradients that have to be climbed, not be as easy a drive (US-14 was a pucker factor ride all the way down the east side of the mountains in Wyoming, but I encountered a whole five cars during the journey and didn't slow down the folks racing to and from Yellowstone), and when I can safely get out of folks ways, I do. This thread makes me remember jPonder and his throttle stick. :) :) :) I miss Jponder to this day, he was a Man amongst boys with that throttle stick and took no guff :p. Let me also clarify for folks here. I avoid interstates when I can, especially with the camper. When I can't avoid them, I keep myself camped in the far right lane and out of folks way if at all possible. The only times you'll see me stay a lane to the left of far right is in states who do not invest proper maintenance dollars into keeping their truck lanes in good shape and are so rough that the ride is extremely unpleasant. Interstates generally are very boring alot of the time, and follow the routes to major metros, which unless there's something there I'm going to see there, I avoid like the plague. I'm generally found on two lane back country highways, the blue highways if you will. The speed limits on these roads are generally lower, 55-60 has been my experience across the northern states from Oregon to Ohio vs the 70,75,80mph of the interstates and unless I can't avoid it, they're normally not major thoroughfares, so the amount of traffic I'm sharing the road with is usually fairly low.
JoeChiOhki 09/01/21 03:30pm Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

Bondo and sanding, sanding and bondo, the song of one fixing old fiberglass so its ready to paint
JoeChiOhki 08/29/21 12:18pm Truck Campers
RE: How fast do you drive with camper on? .

45-55 mph. For me, its more than fast enough and I'm usually meandering on two lane back country away from the main routes more than I am on interstates. Plus, the truck is old and powered by a naturally aspirated small block V8 gas engine. Even with 4.10s, she's not going to be winning any races :p. On my bigger trips, I normally only drove about 200-300 miles a day at tops, as I was more interested in the journey than just the destination. If we're on flat lands, I usually pull off to let folks get around, or when we reach the top of a grade if we're climbing one, pulling out before then just means the next batch of folks will be stuck behind me going even slower because I'll have lost my momentum and will be starting again on a hill, so instead of going up the hill at 45, they're now doing it at 30. On most quality roads, there are usually passing lane segments that come up and that's when most folks can safely get around. So you’re mostly speed limited by the capability (power and age) of your truck. Aka, one of the vehicles on the road that frustrates other drivers who are trying to get somewhere before their weekend is up or their next birthday comes around! If the five to ten minutes it takes out of their day for me to safely reach a pullout or a section of road where they can pass impacts their schedule that much, they didn't plan their travel very well.
JoeChiOhki 08/29/21 12:14pm Truck Campers
RE: VIDEO: Installing new 4400 pound 6+1 rear leaf springs

Been planning to do this with either Portland Spring or ordering the ready made 4000lb rated packs from Stengle Brothers for the Dodge to reduce its dependency on the Air bags for load leveling. It already drives and rides like there's no springs at all in the rear, so, bigger stiffer packs isn't going to make it any worse than it already is :p.
JoeChiOhki 08/27/21 04:37pm Truck Campers
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