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RE: Tire chains needed?

I used chains on my 7tons motorhome outer wheels on 1 trip and when the Caltrans makes you put the chains on 3 miles before you see snow on the pavement, under heavy load the chains wear out on 12 miles drive. I had extra links, so at destination I replaced broken links and flip the chains on other side. Still Caltrans made the same situation on return trip and that was the end of chains. When cables provide less snow grip, they have rollers, who last for long time and you can drive on them even 40 mph. So would I go for fresh snow, I'd carry them both.
Kayteg1 11/13/19 08:32am Truck Campers
RE: Tire chains needed?

I drove 4x4 under 10,000 lb and was turn back when passing Truckee grade on I-80. Caltrans employees don't need to have education to get the job, yet they have authority and you are not in position to negotiate with lane of vehicles waiting behind you. Doubt it is different in WA. For such situation cables are the best solution. Light, not expensive when you buy them in advance, but very expensive mid-storm in Truckee.
Kayteg1 11/12/19 09:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Propane Usage 2500 Watt Onan

Propane is having very strong odor, se even small bubbling you can smell around. But than the hoses let for small gas migration, so unless you shut the propane at cylinder, you will lose it eventually. For our camper, where I use WH for shower every day, we cook and have refrigerator on propane about 50% of the time, 7.5 gallons cylinder last for a month + Than propane generator usage is like empty TC weigh listing. Never accurate.
Kayteg1 11/12/19 07:05pm Truck Campers
RE: Any 1st time pickup TC out there to give their thoughts

We moved to TC from 40 Bus conversion and no regrets. But that was when our boys left the nest and city ordinance in CA was chasing our bus from 1/2 acre lot we had. The 12' long TC with single slide delivers all the comfort 2 of us and 3 of small dogs need, but lately, since our sons spread in 2500 mile circle, I am working on moving old camper interior into big Sprinter van. Less comfort for sleeping, but more comfort for driving, while making 22 mpg gives us over 500 miles tank range. Good to have the choices.
Kayteg1 11/12/19 10:10am Truck Campers
RE: Pick up for TC

New or newer trucks are nice but the cost of repairs anymore is unbelievable,especially with a diesel.. That's why you have 5 years/100k miles factory warranty before you can consider extended one. DPF and DEF systems were scarry 5 years ago due to lot of "baby teeth" and mechanic's learning curve. Now not only we have lot of DPF regeneration shops, but mechanics know how to fix it. Main progress was ScanGauge developing X-gauges who will tell you soot level and DPF regeneration status, so you can avoid main problem of cutting regeneration short. Bare in mind that in commercial use the DEF equipped engines logged million miles. The only thing that sucks is manufacturers milking customers by SCN coding, but we fight back with https://repair.org/stand-up
Kayteg1 11/11/19 09:49am Truck Campers
RE: 2019 Ford F-350 Sat Antenna Issues

GPS will work with ping given every couple of minutes. radio not so. My Ford live traffic has "check the route traffic" (something in this lines) and when I was pushing it while in Alaska, quite often it took several minutes to come with update.
Kayteg1 11/10/19 06:07pm Truck Campers
RE: 2019 Ford F-350 Sat Antenna Issues

I had Sirus losing the signal in the truck with camper and no camper as well. Had it in the car and the signal was lost every 2 minutes downtown Las Vegas. Canceled the radio subscription and keep live traffic only. When it took few seconds to start radio service on the net, it took ma about 2 hr to run via Sirus chats and then phone CS to cancel the subscription. They use hardcore tactics to keep you paying, while good radio service is not their priority.
Kayteg1 11/10/19 12:26pm Truck Campers
RE: Lance 1121 compatibility

Per my experience you are going to stretch SRW limits with 10-foot camper and those who tried to solve it with 19.5 wheels - eventually ended with dually. I would not buy TC without a slide as I buy RV for comfort. Meaning you should start looking for nice dually before picking up the camper you like.
Kayteg1 11/10/19 08:42am Truck Campers
RE: A camper window with a view

I thought we were supposed to post pictures of views out the camper window ? That would be discrimination as some of us don't use campers for watching big screen, but only for sleeping, while we are CAMPING outdoor. I made a point to have piece of my camper/truck on each picture, but don't ask me to have lousy camping indoor. Some people :)
Kayteg1 11/09/19 03:09pm Truck Campers
RE: A camper window with a view

Alaska is nice picture-wise, but we don't hunt, we don't fish, so beside hiking- not too many activities for us. And even on hikes my wife was scared by potential bear encounter. I like AZ and UT much better, where you can swim and spend whole day outside with good views. https://i.imgur.com/5I8LKrG.jpg width=700 https://i.imgur.com/BAQZfOf.jpg width=700
Kayteg1 11/09/19 12:10pm Truck Campers
RE: Upgrade truck suspension

Porpoisoning is also often problem on big motorhomes, who weight even 15 tons and from what I read, nobody can figure out the phenomena. It is kind of mechanical resonance and resonance is hard to predict. For example I have patio chairs, who on heavy wind and some clearance under foot will rock like crazy making whole house noise similar to earthquake.
Kayteg1 11/09/19 11:59am Truck Campers
RE: Upgrade truck suspension

When each vehicle always will have different driving characteristics, this thread makes me wonder if certain makes are more prone to troubles, than others. I had my heavy campers on 3 different Fords, including picking up 4300 lb camper with F250, what was serious overload and none of the Fords had handling issues with factory suspension.
Kayteg1 11/09/19 08:13am Truck Campers
RE: A camper window with a view

Area 51 https://i.imgur.com/7ix0oIE.jpg width=700 Alaska https://i.imgur.com/sfXbB2H.jpg width=700
Kayteg1 11/09/19 07:58am Truck Campers
RE: Upgrade truck suspension

What works for some rigs just doesn't get it for others. That's what I've been saying, although in different words. But I think my Fleetwood camper belongs to extreme campers due to size and weight, yet standart F350 (with aluminium bed) handles it fine. Only Host owners are in the sizing range and they seem to drive F550's, but with steel beds... But coming to original question, unless Dodge has totally different characteristics from Ford, I don't think front shocks play big role.
Kayteg1 11/08/19 01:16pm Truck Campers
RE: Upgrade truck suspension

My camper stands 12-6 and in the past, with utility bad on older truck had it at 13-6. Ford don't have any problems with that, although having waste water in rear tanks I did experience some porpoising, but in my camper the tanks sit 7 feet behind rear axle.
Kayteg1 11/08/19 11:27am Truck Campers
RE: Upgrade truck suspension

TC weight doesn't affect front load much, so can't imagine how new, factory shocks on front can't be adequate for handling. Than I never drove Dodge ;) My 2017 F350 holds 6000 lb camper on factory suspension just fine, but just to smooth empty ride, I installed Sulastic hangers. They improved empty ride a lot and even it is hard to tell difference when loaded, it has to be smoother as well. I have no problem with handling even at 75 mph.
Kayteg1 11/08/19 08:31am Truck Campers
RE: So This Popped Up in the "Recommended" Videos

When somebody is bragging about his/her education, tells how smart he/she is, how much money they make, yet they live in a trailer..... I know something has to be wrong with the picture. But I do agree >>> watching the bikini show is good :)
Kayteg1 11/07/19 11:16am Truck Campers
RE: So This Popped Up in the "Recommended" Videos

Apparently,she used to live in a van then upgraded to a truck camper..I find her video's amusing and fun to watch... Yeah, but why HER videos are listed under RV theme? I hear high-hit videos on youtube can generate nice supplemental income for the owners, but then they get flooded more and more with advertisement and more and more spam makes it to forums.
Kayteg1 11/07/19 10:43am Truck Campers
RE: Want an electric truck?

I don't remember the exact numbers, but fast chargers do draw about 5 kW. Not too many houses have wiring for that and you will need fast charger for heavy vehicles. On positive side, I hear that charging times batteries take are shorter and shorter.
Kayteg1 11/07/19 10:40am Truck Campers
RE: Want an electric truck?

No idea how much longer Tesla will tease buyers before it actually becomes available: I was observing Tesla when they start advertising their first roadster 15 or 20 years ago. Took them like 10 years to actually put them on the street (with heavy taxpayers contributions) and when I first saw the roadster on the street, my first question was "where is the remote for this toy?" The roadster never become popular, even paper numbers would say it can beat most of the Ferrari in street racing. Every few months I drive via Area 51 on Nevada desert. The 8 Tesla charging stations in Tonopah never have a customer, although I've seen couple of Teslas on the highway there. Gas stations often have waiting line. So I am not holding my breath for Tesla pickup. But on the other hand- I visited commercial vans service station in San Diego last month. They had 3 big delivery vans powered by batteries. By Ford. Couldn't refuse to take a picture of "engine compartment" https://i.imgur.com/A5217FTl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image.
Kayteg1 11/07/19 08:59am Truck Campers
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