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RE: Making A Warmer Truck Camper Bed

when the temps dip below freezing I use a nice sleeping bag. Works good for me. We always use sleeping bags zipped together to form one large bag. Different bags for different seasons and we carry a flat sheet to use on top for hot summer nights. So much easier making the bed too!
MORSNOW 01/11/22 08:13am Truck Campers
RE: Is support needed when storing for an extended time?

I used to use composite pallets with cross timbers to spread the load. Now I use inexpensive screw jacks (come in sets of four $40) and 4x4's to spread the load. They may not be required, but they definitely help share the load off of just the four corner jacks. https://i.imgur.com/0duyWrFl.jpg
MORSNOW 01/08/22 08:44am Truck Campers
RE: A new adventure for me.

I am new to truck campers, so there is a lot I don't know. But curious about the tiedowns. Looks like a big camper to be just attached just to the bed and not the frame. I know with my Cirrus 820 and an aluminum body truck I wouldn't want to do it. Those are HappiJac tie downs and they do go to the frame. The front has brackets that bolt down thru the box into the frame and are secured to the front of the box with more bolts and a load spreading bar. The rear tabs are bolted thru the bumper where an additional bracket goes from the bumper up to the trucks frame. I have been using this same set up for 9 years and driven off road all over Alaska and now the western US. It holds the camper in place much better due to the angles of the tie downs. https://happijac.com/tie-downs.html
MORSNOW 12/11/21 08:40am Truck Campers
RE: range hood exhaust fan?

All of the parts are plastic including the flimsy 1/8" plastic pivot pins built into each end of the flap. One of the plastic pins broke after using it just a few times. When I went to the dealer for a replacement, I was given two choices. It seems to me that the typical noisy fan is just part of the issue with using the vent. Either the plastic pivot pin model or a model where tape was used instead of pivot pins and sockets. Unbelievable cheap ****! I ended up rebuilding the pivot model using a pieces of coat hanger for the pivot pins. I guess my rebuilt works great, but I hardly ever use the vent. The next issue is the locking tabs. My model has two plastic tabs, on the outside of the camper, that must be put in place to hold the flap when driving. Not only is it inconvenient to go outside to lock or unlock the flap, but the tabs are too high off the ground to do so without a step stool or small ladder. Instead of using the vent, I have just crack the nearest window and use fantastic fan to pull air through the camper. That works poorly and also puts greasy residue on the fan blades but at least I don't have to hear the noise of the vent fan after first going outside with a step stool to unlock the vent. This old post had a great remedy for the exterior vent flap. He put a latch on the inside where he could open and close it. Vent Hood Latch Idea
MORSNOW 12/02/21 07:35am Truck Campers
RE: lithium question

Apparently so according to their website: https://wfcoelectronics.com/lithium-solutions/ Thank you!
MORSNOW 11/05/21 08:07am Tech Issues
RE: lithium question

Well this thread is an eye opener for me. Everything I remember reading about lithium batteries on here has been saying I need to remove the factory built in charger and install a charger designed for lithium. So now I'm seeing that is not the case, and I can just swap to lithium and keep using the factory WFCO charging system that came installed in my Wolf Creek?
MORSNOW 11/04/21 08:32am Tech Issues
RE: Putting some glide in the rideā€¦.

What truck do you have? Each brand has their own suggestions for better ride or carrying characteristics. On my GMC 2500, lower StableLoads were the best investment. A big Wig Sway Bar really helped with side to side sway and driving in strong sidewinds. Finally Timbrens helped while trailering as they don't touch or just barely touch under normal camper load. Air bags can/will add bounce if inflated enough to raise your truck off the suspension load. They are probably causing what your wife is feeling. https://i.imgur.com/c8WVloil.jpg
MORSNOW 10/10/21 09:20am Truck Campers
RE: Need your help, ideas

Amp Power Steps go down and out to assist with entry and exit. Most truck steps are useless upon exit and just cause a trip hazard and get your pants legs dirty. Amp steps have been the only usable steps I've found.
MORSNOW 10/08/21 09:06am Truck Campers
RE: $135k for a very basic camper?

I recall air tabs were heavily promoted about 10 years ago, yet I have not seen a single one on the road. My take is that would they really work, truckers would jump on them like crazy. Even 1% in fuel saving for trucker means thousands of dollars every year. Small percentage of semitrailers have rear shields, making it aerodynamics, but quite often I see them closed, so the same conclusion as above. I've noticed the same thing, over 90% of the rear shields are closed up anyways. I'm seeing newer versions of the under trailer skirts and wheel covers lately, we'll see what sticks around and actually helps.
MORSNOW 10/06/21 08:53am Truck Campers
RE: A add-on for the almost blind old guy

I recently purchased a Camper Cradle too, it made loading so much quicker and easier to get it perfect every time. I used to spend a lot of time getting the camper perfectly square in the bed, but not anymore! HappiJac's front crossmember bar has centering posts that line up the front perfect. https://i.imgur.com/OYaSBmpl.jpg
MORSNOW 09/30/21 08:17am Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

Loaded her up and heading out for our first trip of the fall season. Exploring central Idaho and western Montana. No reservations, just take what the days offer and stop when we want to stop.
MORSNOW 09/21/21 08:21am Truck Campers
RE: Battery Question

I've been running a pair of wet cell 6 volt golf cart batteries for 9 years at a cost of around $220 for the pair. I have NEVER needed more battery power while camping and rarely run my Honda 2,200 but carry it if needed. I cannot see an advantage to spending $2,000 on replacement batteries and another $500 on a new charging system as none of these campers are designed for lithium from the factory. Lithium is definitely the future in batteries, but it just isn't worth the upgrade cost for most campers at this time. My next batteries will be a pair of 6 volt AGM's just for the convenience of no maintenance, but hopefully that is still years off. 6 Volt batteries are made for 1,000's of discharges and recharges.
MORSNOW 09/18/21 09:18am Truck Campers
RE: 18" tire question - ANOTHER UPDATE

Wow, those new wheels really good on your rig!
MORSNOW 09/12/21 08:13am Truck Campers

Way too much camper for your truck, it will easily be in the 3,000 lb plus range so a HD 2500 or 3500 series truck.
MORSNOW 09/10/21 07:41am Truck Campers
RE: agm charging capability in 2016 Af 811SB?

AGM is a lead acid battery so it will function exactly the same with your factory charger. AGM = Absorbent Glass Mat, so the acid is just held in basically a sponge versus being in a liquid state like a regular wet cell lead acid.
MORSNOW 08/19/21 08:55am Truck Campers
RE: Just beginning to do homework

Having lived in Alaska for 26 years, I can only recommend doing it on your own. Those tours are on a tight schedule and limit your visit tremendously. Choose your own locations and spend as much or little time at each. There is also a ton a free camping spots that are incredible compared to overcrowded RV parks (Denali Highway is the big one). Those tour groups always seem to waiting in lines when I saw them, lines at the RV parks waiting for spot assignments, lines at every fuel stop, lines at pullouts, etc. Like others have said BC and the Yukon are worth spending time in also, they are incredible as are the people.
MORSNOW 08/13/21 09:57am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Love my truck and camper.

The perfect cruising speed for my truck & camper. MPG consistently over 10 mpg. I'm happy. :B how heavy is your camper? Im not happy if I am below 15mpg US. Steve He has a gas 6.0 engine, 10 mpg loaded is good. 15 mpg even with a diesel when loaded with a camper is hard to do, most are in the 12/13 mpg realm.
MORSNOW 08/13/21 09:46am Truck Campers
RE: Love my truck and camper.

They seem to like 2500 rpm. I'm quite happy with the 10+ mpg. I am too!
MORSNOW 08/12/21 08:39am Truck Campers
RE: 18" tire question - ANOTHER UPDATE

All of the 4,000+ lb tires are too large to fit on the front fender of a Chevy/GMC without modifications. I like the idea of heavier rated tires, but the downside of fitment, odometer, gearing, and transmission calibration will keep me stock or close to stock.
MORSNOW 08/12/21 08:37am Truck Campers
RE: Love my truck and camper.

https://i.postimg.cc/MHRsdrcP/IMG-6170.jpg The perfect cruising speed for my truck & camper. MPG consistently over 10 mpg. I'm happy. :B This spring I did a 540 mile trip here in Idaho with the cruise set at 70 on my 2012 GMC 6.0 gasser and averaged a surprising 10.5 round trip. I really thought going that fast with the high RPM would kill my mileage, but it was similar to what I was getting at 55 in Alaska.
MORSNOW 08/11/21 08:40am Truck Campers
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