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RE: mounting extra brake lights on 1.5” struts, NO drilling.

Update: My question is - if I bolt into a pre-existing hole in the truck frame, (recent F-350) with a new, stainless steel bolt…. would the frames coating (anodized?) stop it from being a good ground? see pic of my attempt at grounding (below) I was advised to avoid drilling new holes into the truck frame… just use pre-existing holes. so i got the trailer light kit (Blazer C6421 Trailer Light Kit) and I spoke with Blazer previously….. and they said: I HAVE to ground the white ground wire to the truck frame. I asked “could I just wire the white ground wire to the 4 pin flat trailer lights plug?” and they said it likely will *not* work…. and i’d need at least a 12 gauge wire … but it is better to ground to the frame. So I wired everything up today (very simple with the kit) and plugged in… and tested the lights and they did not work at all. Never lit up. Yes the truck lights work fine, and i know that the 4 pin flat plug *is* working fine. (I tested it with something else) I suspect the anodizing on the frame is the issue. Yes? No? and if i have to drill a hole…. i was advised to drill into the hitch assembly, *not* the truck frame. thanks for any guidance. MY PIC: https://imgur.com/a/C7g3QCK
LosAngeles 01/13/21 07:49pm Truck Campers
RE: mounting extra brake lights on 1.5” struts, NO drilling.

3m tape I use-https://www.amazon.com/3M-3614-15/dp/B002JOVUO0 alot. Only because its available most auto parts to put your hands on. Tenacious stuff. The lights though unsure as the back doesn't appear its flat enough to tape? very simular housing https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071FGC2JS/ appears same light box, a bit cheaper, LED and semi sealed. thanks for the link.... for unusual reasons that I wont bore you with.... i need the extra tail lights to be incandescent.
LosAngeles 01/04/21 05:23pm Truck Campers
RE: mounting extra brake lights on 1.5” struts, NO drilling.

update - thanks everyone for all the good ideas. Much appreciated. :-) So I think i like the idea of 3M VHB tape - 2 strips of 3/4” - to simply VHB tape the auxiliary brake lights to the *top* of the 1.5” strut… and the base of the brake lights are flat…. so this should work out well. It is cold (freezing and below) where I currently am…. so I’ll have to wait a bit to install… a quick internet search indicates that VHB tape won’t adhere properly around freezing….. I guess I could use a hair drier to first warm up the metal… but I’d be afraid that it would cool off too fast, and not bond as well as if it was warmer….. Here is the 3/4” 3M VHB tape I’d likely buy…… sold from actual Amazon, so less likely to be a cheap fake (that 3rd party sellers sometimes sell on Amazon) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007Y7E1CU
LosAngeles 01/03/21 09:36pm Truck Campers
RE: mounting extra brake lights on 1.5” struts, NO drilling.

Check your local truck stop for different lighting options and brackets Thanks.... nowhere near any truck stops... good idea tho! :-)
LosAngeles 01/03/21 09:55am Truck Campers
RE: mounting extra brake lights on 1.5” struts, NO drilling.

Here is a pic.... https://imgur.com/a/0iru39g
LosAngeles 01/03/21 09:44am Truck Campers
mounting extra brake lights on 1.5” struts, NO drilling.

Hi all. I have a weird little project on the go. For complex reasons I won’t bore you with ……. (don’t ask why I want to do this) ;-) ... I want to mount these 3” high x 8” wide light plastic trailer brake lights on these 1.5” truck camper tie down horizontal metal struts... down below the rear of the truck camper. but I do NOT want to drill into the struts, nor bolt into them, for obvious reasons. :-) I don’t own tin snips or a full shop (otherwise I could fairly easily make some custom metal brackets for the job ... that would quickly rust and be ugly) I want to do this securely so they don’t rattle and fall off, and I’d like to keep the lights as sealed as they are, if possible. The trailer tail light kit is less than $30 and I don’t want to have to spend a bunch of $ or time on the mounting. One option would be to remove the front lens (on each) Then drill small holes thru the back of the plastic box Maybe about 2” apart... top to bottom that is. Maybe 6 holes total per box. (So 3 zip ties) Use strong Zip Ties to secure the box to the struts and then use a good outdoor caulk to re -seal up the holes from the outside - to keep road crud out of the back side of the boxes. I thought about using bolts / pipe strap / wood / etc but all that gets more ugly and time consuming I think. These lights will simply plug into the flat trailer lights outlet on the back of the pickup, so isolated from the main trucks brake lights. Any other simple and clever way to mount these extra brake lights? Ideally something that does not rust or rattle. The kit comes with a license plate holder that will not work in my situation, by the way. Thanks! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004L073H8
LosAngeles 01/03/21 09:36am Truck Campers
RE: F350 tire airing down ranges w/ truck camper

Update - I was directed to this detailed article that has lots of good info, for anyone who is interested in reading it. The author Mellow Mike is quite experienced with truck campers. https://www.truckcamperadventure.com/airing-down-your-tires/
LosAngeles 01/02/21 09:47pm Truck Campers
F350 tire airing down ranges w/ truck camper

F350 tire airing down ranges w/ truck camper Hi all I’m doing research and getting opinions and info about airing down pressure ranges (I know it varies a lot depending on tire, load, rig, conditions, etc) We have a 4x4 F350 (2020) CrewCab with 8’ bed - single rear wheels (SRW) ….. plus a truck camper about 9.5 feet long on the back. Tires are the shoes it came with - Load range E - GOODYEAR WRANGLER - “ALL TERRAIN ADVENTURE” LT275/70R18 (and overall i am very happy with them, for what it is worth. I do NOT want to change tires - they ride great, very quiet on pavement, and decently knobby, etc) Total weight (wet, loaded) is 11,300 Now obviously we won’t be doing any hardcore wheeling….. and I won’t seek out soft sand or soft deep snow…… and maybe I never need to air down, ever…. but in the future - if we suddenly found ourselves in a position where we wanted / needed to carefully drive off-road, on soft snow, soft sand, and wanted to stack the deck in our favor, I could air down somewhat to make the contact patch bigger. I believe with these stock rims and these tires I should not go below 20 psi (does this sound about right for this rig?) and I do know i’d need to air back up before highway driving. :-) and yes I’d have a capable air compressor with me….. to air back up…. and likely air back up for any road driving of more than a 1/2 mile or so….. but any suggestions, just for future reference? Thanks!
LosAngeles 01/02/21 03:50pm Truck Campers
RE: hiding spare key IN cab of 2020 F-350 - truck gets confused?

I am more than a little puzzled. If you lose your key, what good is it to have the spare locked into the cab? .... As i mentioned in my original post: I have a keypad on the truck so I could be without keys outside of the locked truck... enter my code, open the door, grab the hidden keys, and drive on. ;-)
LosAngeles 12/13/20 07:01pm Truck Campers
RE: hiding spare key IN cab of 2020 F-350 - truck gets confused?

Get a hitch lock. Put the keys in there. Thats what I do. Like this. https://www.amazon.com/HitchSafe-HS7000T-HS7000-Key-Vault/dp/B000I66JEM/ref=asc_df_B000I66JEM/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=312153119455&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=11329743982761852956&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=m&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9003673&hvtargid=pla-462844615884&psc=1 the hitch is taken, so a hitch lock wont work. thanks anyway.
LosAngeles 12/12/20 05:08pm Truck Campers
hiding spare key IN cab of 2020 F-350 - truck gets confused?

Hi - I sometimes go camping alone, and the best place to hide a 2nd set of backup keys for our Ford F-350 2020 (Lariat, so it has the keypad for keyless entry) would be IN the cab of the truck somewhere. however i am concerned the truck would get confused, if there were one set of keys in the truck, (and would sense them) plus my set outside the truck. would wrapping the keys in foil (?) be enough to make the truck not "see" the keys I had hidden in the truck, as a backup? or any other clever solutions? so the truck does not 'see' the keys i had hidden in the truck. just in case i'm out hiking and somehow i lose my main truck keys, so then i'm not 100% stranded in the middle of nowhere. thanks for any ways to do what I'm after. (hide a backup set of keys IN the truck cab) (not interested in a magnetic key holder under the truck, for what it is worth) EDIT - the hitch is taken, so a hitch lock wont work.
LosAngeles 12/12/20 04:34pm Truck Campers
RE: next after Upper Stableloads? Jittery ride on rough pavement

I would evaluate the shocks. It sounds as if the shocks are really stiff. Adjustable shocks might give you a less vibration ride on rough roads. The problem is that too soft a shock system will feel spongy and soft on other types of road surfaces. Good luck in your endeavor. Thanks. :-) Due to reasons I wont bother to explain here.... I am unable to swap the shocks at this point. This is why the StableLoads (front) have real appeal - they are bolt on, and super easy to remove, if need be. The truck camper review by Mellow Mike raved about the improvement of the blue StableLoads in the front. He was against them, but the front end improvements were substantial. Smoothed things out. Makes sense. I may go this way. About $200 + super easy installation.
LosAngeles 10/26/20 10:16am Truck Campers
RE: next after Upper Stableloads? Jittery ride on rough pavement

Hallmark Cuchara 9.5 ft is 1893# dry weight. There's almost nothing over the truck cab but the frame, some canvas, and the mattress. I'm seriously missing something in this conversation. I don’t feel like justifying my quest for better handling But we have a TON of solar on the front of the roof Plus a bunch of stuff in the under bed storage So yes, you are missing some details. But as I said - I don’t want to justify my desire for a less jittery ride when on rough pavement. You don’t need all the details on my rig. I just want to learn of possible fixes. And total wet weight of rig is 11,300 lbs. I recall it was fairly closely split between front and rear axle. And it rides dead level.
LosAngeles 10/22/20 02:34pm Truck Campers
RE: next after Upper Stableloads? Jittery ride on rough pavement

From what I have researched, Ford Has highest rated front springs available but also the most variations in spring rates. I am not convinced you need additional spring capacity on the front since most campers add little weight to the front of the truck and most unload the front axle a little. I feel you get the most out the front end by changing to an adjustable damped shock and adding a larger stabilizer bar. What you can do for free or very little cost is weigh your truck axles at a truck stop and adjust your tire pressure based on the load inflation tables for your size tire. Although there is plenty of good advice, it does come down how your setup feels for you and none our advice should be taken as absolutes. It took me about five adjustments to make my previous truck comfortable and safe while my current truck only needed one. Good thoughts... thanks! :-) .... but... my front is *not* unloaded a little, and I have to find the scale weight paper printout I did... but the (wet) camper IS adding quite a bit of weight to the front axle. Cant remember the exact #'s but it was remarkably even, as far as I can recall. A better shock would help, but a $200 SumoSprings for the front is easy, and.... did you read the Mellow Mike article? Just curious. Link is above.
LosAngeles 10/22/20 12:45pm Truck Campers
RE: next after Upper Stableloads? Jittery ride on rough pavement

Update: the author of this review is Mellow Mike and he seems to really know Truck Campers. He was skeptical about front SumoSprings but read the review And how our rig feels I think it is worth the $200 to buy them on the front. . Really easy no drill install https://www.truckcamperadventure.com/sumospring-installation-report-and-review/
LosAngeles 10/22/20 11:42am Truck Campers
RE: next after Upper Stableloads? Jittery ride on rough pavement

Update: the author of this review is Mellow Mike and he seems to really know Truck Campers. He was skeptical about front SumoSprings but read the review And how our rig feels I think it is worth the $200 to buy them on the front. . Really easy no drill install https://www.truckcamperadventure.com/sumospring-installation-report-and-review/
LosAngeles 10/22/20 11:41am Truck Campers
RE: next after Upper Stableloads? Jittery ride on rough pavement

How much does the Hallmark weigh? I'm thinking you shouldn't need to do anything to a stock F350. Dis-engage the Stableloads and see how it rides. You may be bouncing off and on the springs. Get the springs loaded and let them do their job. I'm confident I'm not bouncing on and off the rear springs. Total weight, loaded, wet, is 11,300. Have not done the math to calculate the Hallmark wet and dry. Someone very knowledgeable suggested and recommended Sumo Springs.. I am thinking that SumoSprings on the *front* would help smooth out pavement bumps. Makes sense to me. thanks
LosAngeles 10/22/20 08:17am Truck Campers
RE: next after Upper Stableloads? Jittery ride on rough pavement

Hmmm.I usually relate jittery to unladen ride on rough pavement. As mentioned, there are certain road surfaces that just suck. Not sure why you are opposed to lower SL’s. I am running upper and lower SL’s on the new truck and am VERY pleased. Nice firm ride when loaded and 100% stock ride unladen. Couldn’t be happier. Have you been to the scales? Maybe you need to get some weight forward? Where’s your water tank? Try a full tank. Sometimes that helps. A front hitch with some junk on it can help also. Safe travels, bill Yes been to scales... IIRC weight is very well distributed. Water tank is not huge.... makes no difference how ful or empty it is. Someone very knowledgeable suggested and recommended Sumo Springs.. I am thinking that SumoSprings on the *front* would help smooth out pavement bumps. Makes sense to me. thanks. :-)
LosAngeles 10/22/20 08:14am Truck Campers
RE: next after Upper Stableloads? Jittery ride on rough pavement

Check your door sticker . It may be that your truck is only at its rated GVWR . If so you shouldn't even need the stableloads . Also check the tire pressure for the load they are carrying . Over inflated tires can do that . That being said there are roads that are miserable no matter what you do . The old concrete paved roads come to mind . Tires are at the pressure Ford recommended. Truck is well loaded, level, even. thanks
LosAngeles 10/22/20 08:13am Truck Campers
RE: next after Upper Stableloads? Jittery ride on rough pavement

"Jittery" is difficult to make sense of (especially for this non-native speaker). Do you have airbags? What pressure do you run in your tires? OEM wheels? Is it more of an up-down or a left-right movement? IMO you have plenty of truck for that camper, have you tried running it without the Stableloads? It may just be too "stiff". You might try to replace the stock shocks. Personally, I have good experience wirh Bilstein 4600s, but there are many other opinions around. Then again, it is a new truck - throwing money on an issue that is not well understood may not solve it... No airbags. tire pressure at what Ford suggests. Jittery can describe jerky or nervous actions. (according to internet definition) The StableLoads are just barely engaged, so i dont think that is the problem. Hallmark (who made the truck camper) recommended the Rear StableLoads, and I trust them 100% :-) thanks
LosAngeles 10/22/20 08:11am Truck Campers
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