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RE: hard side camper like to drive? (cross winds, handling)

p.p.s whatever we get (even a pop up) it'll be too tall to garage.... and it will be in midwest (!) so the strongest roof possible is key. and yes i'll have to manage the snow load on the roof. Ug.
LosAngeles 03/28/19 12:02pm Truck Campers
hard side camper like to drive? (cross winds, handling)

what is a hard side camper like to drive? (cross winds, handling on highways) Hi all Plan is to get a 2020 8’ bed Ford F-350 Crew Cab - and always keep a new camper (yet to buy) mounted. (Quick overnight camping trips, 4 seasons! plus longer camping trips. One, two or 2 adults + child) I don’t drive much at all, and our family will have a 2nd regular car. I had planned on a Hallmark 9.5’ pop up truck camper (wet about 2,500 lbs) however I’m now considering a hard side camper instead. Advantages of hard side camper: More sound and thermal insulation in upper walls. (Minor issue - hallmark pop up has 3 good layers soft insulation, plus we’d get almost silent Truma propane heater built in it) Never have to pop up or down. (Easy with power drill on Hallmark, my pop up choice) Disadvantages to hard side camper: More susceptible to cross winds while driving. Being taller. This is my main concern, by far. heavier. Much less able to go off road (tree branch clearance issues) And... price point about the same..... ish. Thoughts? Discuss. bonus question - do any hard side campers use or offer the Truma water + air heater ? quiet and efficient. desired for sure. Good article below: long bed HARD SIDE campers for 1 ton trucks http://www.truckcamperadventure.com/2018/11/top-8-long-bed-truck-campers-for-one-ton-srw-trucks/
LosAngeles 03/28/19 11:55am Truck Campers
RE: 2020 Ford F350 - XLT or Lariat / options guidance?

Hi all - a related question: If a city has a maximum curb weight (as defined in the city’s MOTOR VEHICLE REGULATIONS IN RESIDENTIAL DISTRICTS) of 8,000 lbs wet How will I stand with a current Ford F350, biggest longest version, with an approx 2,500 lb (wet) Pop Up camper - always on board. Daily driver. In other words - how would my rig relate to an 8,000 curb weight, the limit for residential vehicles in tat city? Also in other words - would the (always mounted, daily driver) pop up camper’s weight count towards my curb weight? (in the eyes of the city) the exact wording in bylaw is : Any motor vehicle having a curb weight of eight thousand (8,000) pounds or greater. For the purposes of this Section, "curb weight" is defined as the weight of a motor vehicle with standard equipment, fuel, oil, and coolant; thanks! :-)
LosAngeles 03/22/19 12:21pm Truck Campers
RE: 2020 Ford F350 - XLT or Lariat / options guidance?

The high differential ratio is "old thinking" what is hard to shake from "settled" minds. Just like "oil change 3000" took about 20 years before average car owner got the message that oils had improved a lot since it was invented. For my diesel I order 3.55 differential (lowest available) as I don't plan to haul 30,000 lb and even if it would downshift more often, I value fuel savings. The reality even exceed my expectation as the monster engine will haul 8000lb of cargo on all the grades without dropping from overdrive. Now I wish I could have 3.00 differential. Right but we are getting gas, for sure. Many reasons. A gas does not have the grunt of a diesel. I believe this could be a related issue? (Or not?) Any gassers care to chime in?
LosAngeles 03/17/19 11:54am Truck Campers
RE: 2020 Ford F350 - XLT or Lariat / options guidance?

Thanks to everyone for the great info and thoughts. Super cool. :-) Some say get 4.1 back end, some say 4.3 back end. No price difference. any reason to get one over the other? and... so I don't see a downside to the E Locker. I read it can be very very very good to have on rough dirt roads, variable pack dirt/sand roads, etc. I dont see a downside to FX4 package... some roads we go on are occasionally rough. it is cheap to get at time of purchase. No we wont be going crazy off road.... thanks all J.
LosAngeles 03/17/19 10:10am Truck Campers
2020 Ford F350 - XLT or Lariat / options guidance?

2020 Ford F350 - XLT or Lariat / options guidance? Hi all First time pickup buyer. We will custom order a 2020 Ford F350 - XLT or Lariat A Hallmark pop up camper will be in it 99.999 % of the time. Currently learning about what options / packages we want. A few questions to help guide me… Do I care about Fog Lamps? (does anyone ever use them?) Do we care about Pedals: ­ Power Adjustable…? My wife and I share driving when going camping. Do the driver memories recall the Power Pedals? Do we need to be Lariat to get power seats and power seat memories? I can’t figure this out. I didn’t see heated and cooled seats listed anywhere on Lariat specs…. do we need to go higher to get heated and cooled seats? :-( Do we want to get the 4.3 Electronic Locking Axle? I believe it is much better for climbing mountains with the 2,500+ truck camper on the back, plus cargo…? If we move to the midwest (a possibility) … would we want the remote start option, so we can warm up the F350 before getting in it? How hard is it to wire in external lights, light bars, etc to the Ford optional Outfitter Switches? with the vehicle (below) configured as we like, Ford offers either LT275/70R x 18E BSW A/T 4X4 tires or for an extra $290, I could get LT275/70R x 18E OWL A/T tires. what tires should i get? I would MUCH rather have the tires come from Ford, from the start, and not have to change them out, and sell the stock tires. By the way - we always use our cell phones for Navigation (Waze or Google Nav) so we have no use for a built in NAV. Any way to somehow NOT get it, to save $? On our 8 foot bed, with a 9.5 foot Hallmark - the Ford Reverse Sensing System - will it work with 18” overhang of Hallmark, and also the optional Hallmark Storage bins & rear bumper? * * * * * For what it is worth - this is the type of pickup + options we are looking at: * * * F-350 - 2020. Custom ordered. Crew Cab (4 real doors, most space) 6.2L gas 176” Wheelbase (max) 8 foot bed. 4x4 Single Rear Wheel (SRW) 4.3 Electronic Locking Axle (I believe it is much better for climbing mountains with the 2,500+ truck camper on the back, plus cargo) FX4 Off Road Package (comes with Skid Plates :­ Transfer Case and Fuel Tank) Snow Plow / Camper Package. 11,400 GVWR package (or whatever is max GVWR) Rear Window - privacy glass. Medium Duty Battery (a second battery) Alternator ­ Extra Extra Heavy­Duty? LED Roof Marker/Clearance Lamps? Front 40/20/40 Split Bench Seats (not front console) so driver can exit passenger side if need be. (this is important to us with our current narrow driveway) Inflatable Rear Outboard Safety Belts (Crew Cab®) - for our daughter. Cruise Control? Power Equipment ­ Power Door Locks and Windows Steering Wheel ­ Audio Controls?Tilt/Telescoping Steering Wheel? 48 Gallon Fuel Tank – 176" Wheelbase?Integrated Trailer Brake Controller?Trailer Hitch Receiver – 2.5" Built Ford Tough® Trailer Hitch Receiver (SRW)? Hill descent would be very nice. A part of tow package I believe. stuff John REALLY wants: Adaptive Cruise Control (Lariat I think? Unsure)? Platform Running Boards (best if Ford does them. Less hassle, and not “modified” $445 2019.)? SYNC® 3 for Apple Car Play have been advised to get: Upfitter Switches $165 in 2019 Thanks! John
LosAngeles 03/15/19 11:18pm Truck Campers
How are Novacool fridges? w/ Danfoss compressor / RFS7501

How are Novacool fridges? w/ Danfoss compressor / RFS7501 Hi all The biggest fridge that Hallmark will install in a 9.5’ pop up camper is the 7.2 CU side by side. Novacool RFS7501. It can’t be a fridge taller than this one, as the roof pops down…. Pretty sure we want a 12v / 120v only fridge…. so does not need to be level at all, ever, and also we never need to worry about changing modes on the fridge (12v / 120v / propane) How is this fridge? Anyone have any experience with this fridge, or brand? This model uses a Danfoss compressor. Yes we want this much capacity for extended off the grid adventures, with lots of fresh food with us. https://www.campervan-hq.com/products/novakool-7-5-cu-ft-dc-refrigerator-freezer-rfs7501 Thanks! J.
LosAngeles 03/10/19 11:54pm Truck Campers
Hallmark rear storage bins option - anyone have it?

Hi all Am hoping to have Hallmark build us a new pop up truck camper. Hadn’t planned on bringing a generator with us, however we already own a Honda 2000, and if we had it with us for occasional use, it would mean we could get installed on the pop up truck camper - a little less solar, and a little less battery. We like to boondock. Hallmark offers a re-design of the back end - with higher jacks, and 2 storage compartments…. that a Honda 2000 should fit into one of them, and also a slightly better angle of departure. Does anyone here have this option? Thoughts? also… does anyone happen to know if those rear brake lights are legal (conforming) to Canadian safety standards? I’d hate to have an issue if we are driving in Canada. :-/ thanks J.
LosAngeles 03/03/19 09:54pm Truck Campers
Maxtrax MK2 the best? Should I get orange? Prices

Are Maxtrax MKII the best of that sort of thing? Is Orange the best color? For general “not leave one behind at night” etc. For sand and snow. And.... I see them for $299, shipped, various places in the USA. Any better deals to be had from a legit seller? Thanks. J.
LosAngeles 02/24/19 12:36pm Truck Campers
RE: How is this for a power system? Solar vs battery balance?

some new info - I did not know that these new models existed from Trojan. https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2018/10/trojan-battery-company-releasing-trillium-battery-line/ just a bit more than Battleborn, about $1,000 Trojan vs about $900 for the (i think) similar one from Battleborn.... Trojan may well be worth the extra $. J.
LosAngeles 02/17/19 12:03pm Truck Campers
How is this for a power system? Solar vs battery balance?

How is this for a power system? Solar vs battery balance? Hi all Have owned a couple RVs, and now designing (with Hallmark) a 9.5’ Everest pop up truck camper. How is this for the balance of 200 watts of solar and 200 amp hours of (probably Lithium) batteries? I’m aware that the Lithium are very expensive, but they can be run down to 90% depleted without any damage….. plus they last many times longer than wet cells, so in the really long run, probably (hopefully) no more expensive. The Battleborn batteries (likely get these) have a built in battery management system that makes sure the battery can be used (or discharged) at temperatures as low as -4°F. However, the battery will not accept a charge below 25°F. The BMS also makes sure they dont over charge or under charge. Planned system: Propane for stove…. and Truma Combi. (hot water and air.) (of course 12v needed to run the Truma Combi too) 7.2 CU side by side. 2 way compressor. Novacool RFS7501 fridge. Maxx fan. Interior LED lights. Solar System: 2 X 100 Watt Soft Panels on roof. Xantrex 817-2080 Freedom XC 2000, 2000 Watt Pure Sine Wave 12 Volt Inverter/Charger Victron BMV 712 Battery Monitor w/ Bluetooth Lifepo4 Ready 2 (two) x Battleborn 100 amp hour (each) Lithium Other occasional loads: Small microwave. Blender. computer maybe. We camp 4 seasons…. sometimes below freezing. Sometimes higher altitudes. Sometimes in cloudy Pacific NorthWest. So the ability to discharge the Lithuim 90% with smaller bulk and weight has advantages. We mostly boondock. We prefer the quiet. Occasionally we stay someplace for 2 nights, but often drive around a bit, to explore, each day (so the F350 would also help charge up the batteries) Thanks for any and all thoughts. J.
LosAngeles 02/17/19 12:05am Truck Campers
anyone Xantrex Freedom XC 2000_12 Volt Inverter_Charger?

Hi all Is anyone using the Xantrex 817-2080 Freedom XC 2000, 2000 Watt Pure Sine Wave 12 Volt Inverter - Charger? How is it, generally? Likes? Dislikes? It would be going into a new Hallmark Pop up truck camper. I know that under heavy loads that the fans can turn on... but under normal (light) loads (fridge running, solar panels in the sun) are the fans on? and does it have any hum (acoustically) under light or heavy loads? and are the fans 1 speed (on - off) or do they have different levels? do the fans ramp up and down, or just switch on? I don't like fan noise, or acoustic hum.... thus the questions. thanks. J.
LosAngeles 02/15/19 11:18pm Tech Issues
RE: FastGuns / Hallmark - how to provide extra camper security?

......OP started in the first post by not explaining what security he was looking for and still hasn’t. .... Hi Grit Dog I'm the original poster... and my exact words were: "...the little (optional) locks on the FastGuns seem only to help discourage anyone from stealing the (valuable) FastGuns.... what about some extra security to make sure to provide extra security for the far more valuable Hallmark? " in the first post. Not sure how that isn't 100% clear? J a.k.a. "Los Angeles"
LosAngeles 02/13/19 11:26pm Truck Campers
RE: what gas engine? 2020 F350: 6.2 Gas or 7.3 L Gas?

When you are applying taxable ratings to physical truck ratings- you are ignoring laws of physics. When you are applying gross truck payload to TC carrying capacity - you are ignoring laws of physics as with TC you can't use front axle carrying capacity. ... unless you put front platform and move some stuff from TC on it. OK you win. I'm just 100% wrong, and you are totally right. silly me. :-/
LosAngeles 02/12/19 07:02pm Truck Campers
RE: what gas engine? 2020 F350: 6.2 Gas or 7.3 L Gas?

Last time I checked the F350 diesel was about 900 lbs heavier than the gasser, if i recall correctly, so that reduced the max payload by that amount. Does not work for us - as that *does* relate to carrying a pop up truck camper. Less max payload. also we'll get the long bed, biggest cab F350 gasser, so 176" wheelbase. I'm no expert but that strikes me as plenty long, for safe driving. Our 9.5' truck camper will overhang only 18" over the end of the bed. I think that should be more than fine. . You still seem to ignore law of physics. No matter the engine weigh difference, your limiting factor with TC is going to be rear axle rating. Heavier engine on front can only help in handling, but will have no effect how much of TC you can safely load. I'm not ignoring anything but there are many variables. I suggest you go to Ford.com and alternate between a gasser and diesel... and watch how the MAX PAYLOAD varies a lot. That is all I am commenting on. Max Payload is a real issue to watch... with a heavier, loaded Truck Tailer.
LosAngeles 02/12/19 06:52pm Truck Campers
RE: what gas engine? 2020 F350: 6.2 Gas or 7.3 L Gas?

You are repeating common misconceptions here. It is taxable payload that gaser has couple hundreds lb higher due to lighter engine, but that has nothing to do with carrying TC. With long TC, who is having COG behind rear axle you can carry heavier camper on diesel, as with gas engine you will not have enough front load for safe driving. Than gasoline v/s diesel engine is old wisdom. "Pay me now, or pay me more later". It is a choice. Last time I checked the F350 diesel was about 900 lbs heavier than the gasser, if i recall correctly, so that reduced the max payload by that amount. Does not work for us - as that *does* relate to carrying a pop up truck camper. Less max payload. also we'll get the long bed, biggest cab F350 gasser, so 176" wheelbase. I'm no expert but that strikes me as plenty long, for safe driving. Our 9.5' truck camper will overhang only 18" over the end of the bed. I think that should be more than fine. There are many variables between gasser and engine.... i myself am not looking at it with old wisdom.... just trying to learn and see the big picture, as it relates to *our* needs and wants. :-) it is so great to have these choices. :-) just my 1.5c. ;-) I have an open mind... i'm ready to be corrected where I am wrong. :-) J.
LosAngeles 02/12/19 11:13am Truck Campers
RE: what gas engine? 2020 F350: 6.2 Gas or 7.3 L Gas?

i just read that the F350 will *all* come with the new 10 speed transmission... i can't even get the older 6 speed. Oh well... that decision is made for me. ;-) J
LosAngeles 02/12/19 10:20am Truck Campers
RE: what gas engine? 2020 F350: 6.2 Gas or 7.3 L Gas?

Don't buy new models from first year of production. New design engine and new design transmission. What could go wrong? ;) Funny you say you don't want to worry about range, yet you are buying gasoline motor :) update - the F350 (longest one made - the one we will get ) - the gasser comes with a 48 gallon tank. at 12 MPG that is over 550 miles. (and about 300 lbs of gas) range will be just fine. :-)
LosAngeles 02/11/19 11:36am Truck Campers
RE: FastGuns / Hallmark - how to provide extra camper security?

What stevenal said ^. And fwiw, maybe reconsider removing the camper jacks. Not sure why one would do that anyway, save for doing some 4 wheeling where they could get damaged. The pros of having jacks on the camper outweigh the cons by like 100:1. Flat tires, truck needs repairs, using camper as home base and having a “normal” vehicle to drive around, etc. we will pretty much never need to use the truck as a regular vehicle..... we generally would not take the camper off the truck when camping i would think that i could jack up the truck with the camper on it to change a flat tire - ? and.... yes, repairs could well need it to be removed.... yes we will do some off roading so perhaps we could tuck the jacks inside the large cab? on the floor. to have in case of emergency..... but out of the way.... :-)
LosAngeles 02/11/19 10:09am Truck Campers
FastGuns / Hallmark - how to provide extra camper security?

Hi all we hope to buy a new 9.5' Hallmark Everest plus a 2020 Ford F350 I am told that due to the aluminum frame of the current SuperDuty Fords... we have to get the TorkLift FastGuns. but the little (optional) locks on the FastGuns seem only to help discourage anyone from stealing the (valuable) FastGuns.... what about some extra security to make sure to provide extra security for the far more valuable Hallmark? Yes we'd likely leave the camper jacks at home... no need to haul them around.... so there is that... does anyone use additional tie downs - - perhaps the ones hidden by the pickup side walls - so inaccessible from outside the Hallmark? or - ? thanks. J
LosAngeles 02/11/19 12:42am Truck Campers
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