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RE: RV door window glass in Denver

Have measurements? I have door window from Lance. Chances are it is the same size.
Kayteg1 02/24/20 12:17am Truck Campers
RE: Bought another truck, being overweight no longer a problem.

I don't think Torklift makes steps long enough to reach the door. Love the concept thought.
Kayteg1 02/23/20 11:59pm Truck Campers
RE: Hauling a heavy camper and towing

It is hard to find direct comparison between bedded trucks and C&C, but my 2006 F350 not only had bigger WB than bedded truck but suspension look about as heavy as F450 flatbed I used to own before. The issue is having thousands topic on the forum and main confusion is that numbers printed on door pillars are taxable GVW, not the real capacity. If you want real life comparison - get rear axle capacity and compare it to what actual weight is.
Kayteg1 02/23/20 11:57pm Truck Campers
RE: AF 1140 Dry Weight

Coming from Alaska, I scaled my old Fleetwood at 6500 lb, when dry it was 4300 lb. You can't imagine how couple boxes of Alaskan beer and collection of rocks can add to total weight. ;) My F350 handles that just fine, but I observe putting the heaviest stuff in truck cabin.
Kayteg1 02/23/20 08:00am Truck Campers
RE: Thinkg of an Arctic Fox 990 - discount % off new?

I was trying to sell my Lance in San Francisco area for 1/2 what NADA gave it. Camper was clean, everything work (beside generator having electrick glitch), but exterior decals faded, what should be expected at 18 years of age. NO INQUIRES , so I decided to use the interior for my Sprinter conversion and parted the Lance.
Kayteg1 02/23/20 07:55am Truck Campers
RE: AF 1140 Dry Weight

Can't tell what exactly is happening between the 2, but it is very common that weight posted by manufacturer is way lower, than actuall camper. Also common is presenting "dry weight" of bare camper, only to learn later that after adding AC, oven, generator the camper is 500 lb heavier and still dry. Either way, don't buy it without dually. Side note - TC specify weights like " 2x 30-pound full propane tanks, 54 pounds" Can you see what's wrong with that math?
Kayteg1 02/22/20 07:13pm Truck Campers
RE: Trucks payload capacity and tow capacity ratings

That misconception was discussed on forum about milion times and still comes back. Sticker payloads are taxable numbers and have no practical use for TC and towing. 250 tongue weight will add about 350 lb to your rear axle and rear axle is the only worry with such combo as trailer actually takes weigh off from front axle. So proper procedure is -check rear axle rating -weight what empty truck puts on the rear -calculate how many lb TC will put on the rear. With short camper you can estimate about 90% going on the rear - having above calculations you can figure out if you have any capacity for tongue weight left. Here is online calculator that can help you. Why you don't see many towables behind TC ? Might be several reasons, but fact is that most of TC buyers are looking for luxury, so they always buy the biggest campers they can fit on the truck, often even exceeding truck capacities. Few members here who have big camper and still tow, bought F450 or F550 for the job.
Kayteg1 02/22/20 01:21pm Truck Campers
RE: Ram 3500 DRW 6.4 8sp for TC?

A 4.10 gear truck will tow/haul “easier” than a 3 something geared truck all else being equal. You never know till you try particular combo. I drove 18% grade in the forest where good road allows for >30 mph. My truck did it on 4th gear with 3.55 differential... empty obviously as my worry with TC would be holding camper on the bed.
Kayteg1 02/22/20 01:13pm Truck Campers
RE: Ram 3500 DRW 6.4 8sp for TC?

From what I see on the market, any new dually can carry any TC even Host Mammoth. So the question remaining is gas v/s diesel or 3.5 v/s 4.1 differential. New generation engines are beast and my 2017 Powerstroke with 3.55 differential hauls 5, 6 or even 10,000 lb on all freeway grades on overdrive. Meaning I wish I had <3 differential for empty driving and then use transmission lower gears for heavy towing. No experience with modern gas engines, but I think it will be similar rate. DPF and DEF, who clicked in last years are still scary to uneducated buyers as the first years had baby teeth, but last year improved reliability, while scanners manufacturers flood the market with scanners who can monitor soot % and DPF regeneration status. Just like with 6l Powerstrokes, the poor heat exchangers cost several engines blow ups till scanners come to the market and allow drivers to monitor engine status.
Kayteg1 02/22/20 03:10am Truck Campers
RE: Over weight? Does it bother you?

It took till about 2008 when I got pulled over by DOT officer, What state was that in?? California. I think California is unique state, where starting around 2005 they issue stickers for declared GCVW. Meaning you have to estimate weight of your trailer and pay adequately for the sticker. Few years ago 30k lb sticker cost me over $600. Did not notice any other state follows the rules.
Kayteg1 02/22/20 03:01am Truck Campers
RE: Over weight? Does it bother you?

That being said we had a 97 F350 dump truck at work. GVWR was 12,500lbs, it weighed 13,200lbs empty and we regularly would put another 4,000 to 6,000 in the bed. It never broke down and nothing was bent and was still being used when I retired in 2011 with over 200K miles on it. They are much stronger than you think. Was it door sticker that said GVWR at 12,500 ? I had 1999 F450 flatbed, who originally was registered at 9000lb weight, what whas truck weight. It took till about 2008 when I got pulled over by DOT officer, while having backhoe on the truck and officer read the label saying VW at 9000 lb GVW at 15,000lb That was the time he gave me fix-it ticket who send to DMV to pay for the 15k weight sticker.
Kayteg1 02/21/20 05:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Seven Truck Camper Videos - Seattle RV Show 2020

My friend bought a land in Hawaii unseen, becouse she fund excelent deal on the internet. Since then volcano covered it with lava. She would gladly sell it for 17 cents on a dollar. But frankly, the situation when houses will sell in US below cost of build is not going to happen again. At least not in our life.
Kayteg1 02/21/20 08:24am Truck Campers
RE: Over weight? Does it bother you?

I bought my 1st 12' TC with F250 and even I bought new tires (with highest ratings I could find) for the trip, the scales show that camper overloaded rear tires by about 15%. I made 2500 miles trip home just fine (in heavy winter) but even I removed rear generator, moved battery to front mount and such, the vision of tire blow with high COG made me buying dually 2 months later. It is just not worth it.
Kayteg1 02/21/20 08:19am Truck Campers
RE: Registration Rant

Couple things to evaluate. 1 it is not young newcomers to California that raised house prices to $5 millions. 2. homeless people know where they can have good quality of life. Plenty of them in San Francisco and Berkeley, but even more in Las Vegas. Did not see them in Anchorage. Is marijuana legal today?
Kayteg1 02/20/20 01:21pm Truck Campers
RE: Backup Camera Setup with AND without a Slide-in Camper

I advise you to do some comparison. Campers have licence plates on the side, so that would be the first issue. Than those wide angles cameras don't show much behind, while what you see is badly out of proportions. Good for backing up against the wall, but not much for observation. The best longer range view will come from roof-mounted camera with narrower angle. As all in the life - it is going to be a compromise. I order my truck with 360 cameras and transferred tailgate camera on camper. Works like a charm for maneuvering, but Ford program the system to go off above 8 mph.
Kayteg1 02/20/20 11:27am Truck Campers
RE: Registration Rant

That’s because us California people are moving there and messing up your beautiful state. LOL. California retirees have huge buying power. I moved to Vegas 3 years ago and bought big house with view for 1/4 what I sold my CA house for. But since then Napa Valley fires burned some houses and another fire in Los Angeles send lot of people this way. In the result the LV house prices double in 3 years. Timing is everything. I don't complain as lot of them subsidize the casinos and as result I can enjoy cheap buffets, cheap entertainment and cheap fuels on top of good roads.
Kayteg1 02/20/20 11:20am Truck Campers
RE: Registration Rant

That always turn into state bashing. If you think California is so bad for living, why do you think all young people want to live there? What other state can offer $50/hr jobs, where Mexicans at Home Depot will not work in your garden for less than 25? When you pay more for running business, so commercial fees are high, my registration for old truck in RV status was slightly over $100 a year. Insurance $350 a year. Property taxes? I paid $2900 property taxes on house in prime area, that I bought 30 years ago. No other state has Proposition 13, like California does. When lot of Californians moved to Oregon for retirement, they often want to come back as Oregon in winter is not really good place to live, when with lack of Proposition 13 the property tax quadrupled in just few years. But they no longer afford CA house. No smog in Oregon? Each time I drive there behind older vehicle I have to keep long distance, or the fumes will cost me headache. So depends what you want to do in your life. I chose Las Vegas for retirement for low house cost, low cost of living, desert weather good for my joints. We are not gamblers, so have lot of pity for friends who moved here from CA only to leave their retirement at casinos. The $9 buffets can compensate the expense only to some degree. Would I want to work here, or send kids to school, that would make totally different story. Than high insurance and high registration is only small fraction of annual cost of living.
Kayteg1 02/20/20 08:44am Truck Campers
RE: Insurance costs, recommendations

Shop around as insurance and air fares are industries who still reminder of "Wild, wild West". For me in California - AAA had the best quotes, but they triple them for Las Vegas. That's where Geico beat all the competition hands down. Some complain that cheap insurance gives you lousy service. I used Geico for windshield replacement and after some backfeed they agree to put OE glass on my Mercedes. That's $1000 worth of glass. I am getting solicitation from Progressive (and others) and once a year run comparison. Progressive advertise beating Geico for $500 or more, but their actual quotes are at least double what I am paying now.
Kayteg1 02/19/20 08:24am Truck Campers
RE: Unicorn?

King size bed would take whole width of cabover, when cabinets in cabover are not only for storage, but they are also structural reinforcement. We have Lance 1161 and dinette in slide is pretty comfortable.
Kayteg1 02/18/20 11:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Help. Will This Work?

I stand corrected that 8'6" camper can have COG 32" from front, but for axle placement you took long bed C&C page. You can't have axle 5 feet behind the cabin on 6 foot bed. That's what tow trucks have.
Kayteg1 02/18/20 05:50pm Truck Campers
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