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RE: killed new Jeep Wrangler by Flat-Towing It in 4-Low !

I wonder if Mayhem has an alibi? https://i.imgur.com/CDU8jW4l.jpg :):)
NRALIFR 03/22/21 06:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Winter TC Repair Project

I finished installing the cedar closet boards on the walls, and had plenty left to cover the bottom board as well. I’m not sure what I was thinking when I decided I was going to have to reuse the bottom board, but I was wrong. I was probably still loopy from the contact cement I was using. That’s some pretty potent stuff! That is some really aromatic cedar. We’re not going to have to worry about moths getting in our clothes ever again! https://i.imgur.com/dodu1aXl.jpg I need to clean up all the mess that’s accumulated under the camper so I can back the truck under it. https://i.imgur.com/zbihK1Sl.jpg Another reason I need to turn the camper around is to give me room to get the mattress out. The boss decided it’s time to replace the old inner-spring mattress with a Tempur-Pedic Cloud. That’s one of those “bed-in-a-bag” things that comes all compressed into a hard roll. The first challenge was getting the old mattress out. I remembered how difficult it was getting it up there about 10 years ago, but fortunately I don’t have to be as kind to it this time. It’s trash, so it’s getting folded in half and strapped up so it will come out of the bed area easier. https://i.imgur.com/pheMDehl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/FdlUysgl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/uNXJaXQl.jpg Now I can take the straps off and get it out the door. https://i.imgur.com/T15Fzv8l.jpg Haven’t seen it like that in a long time. https://i.imgur.com/KumCUXGl.jpg Take off the wrapping, and stand back! This one didn’t take long at all to fully expand. https://i.imgur.com/78vRpQul.jpg A bed is born! :B https://i.imgur.com/ZNqFTeml.jpg Now, on to more important things. The compartment door just needed some foam weatherstripping around the frame, and a means of compressing it while I put the screws in. These load bars are good for more than just securing things in the truck bed. https://i.imgur.com/WvJGN4bl.jpg The bottom part of the frame needed a little extra shove where the lip had been cut out. They always do that on LP compartment doors to keep gas from pooling in the bottom, but it also weakens the frame a little. https://i.imgur.com/QxQnnPXl.jpg Ok, the door is in, and it closes nice. There’s just a little caulking left to do so I’m going to call that the end of this project. To be honest, I’m ready to clean up the garage, put away my tools, and think about where we’re going to go camping next. I’m ready for a little post-project R&R! :W https://i.imgur.com/DpfKOxBl.jpg :):)
NRALIFR 03/20/21 01:59pm Truck Campers
RE: TR: Redwoods, Humboldt county, and quiet

Great trip report Dave. I’m glad to see you were able to get out and enjoy time with your family. :B There was nothing “lousy” about it. :R Also, your civility is commendable. Kudos, buddy. :):)
NRALIFR 03/17/21 01:12am Truck Campers
RE: Winter TC Repair Project

I know! Spring is rapidly sprung-ing here, and I’m doing my best to get this wrapped up soon. I’ve got weeds to kill, mulch to spread, and I’ll be mowing grass in no more than two weeks. The near-zero temperatures we had just a few weeks ago also did a number on a lot of my growing things around the yard. It remains to be seen how much was just scorched brown, and how much was frozen to death. It’s going to be a good spring around here for nurserymen and mini-ex rentals! :):)
NRALIFR 03/17/21 01:02am Truck Campers
RE: Winter TC Repair Project

I got the LP compartment back together enough that I could put the cylinders in place, and leak checked the system. I may have to wait until I can put the camper back on the truck to reinstall the LP compartment door. I usually use clamps to compress the foam seal around the door frame as I’m installing it, but there’s no lip to use a clamp on this time. Once it’s back on the truck, I can turn it around and use the garage wall to brace against. I got the correct Zurn Pex fittings from Amazon yesterday, so I made some hot water and checked out the new faucet. I must have hooked up the hot and cold lines correctly, because it works fine. https://i.imgur.com/IeOhqdol.jpg I also sanded and painted the jack that I’ll be reinstalling tomorrow. I wasn’t going to put much time or money into beautifying a 20+ year old Atwood jack that could fail next week and no parts are available for any longer. It would have to be replaced with a Rieco Titan, so I just used some Rustoleum primer and white high performance enamel. I’ve had good luck with this in the past. https://i.imgur.com/MdI2mffl.jpg I got another wall of the closet covered with cedar T&G boards. I was hoping to get the two opposing walls done today, but as I was putting the contact cement on I realized I didn’t have enough to do both walls. One more closet wall, then I can put the bottom back in. https://i.imgur.com/IUu78Gvl.jpg :):)
NRALIFR 03/16/21 04:15pm Truck Campers
Safety Chains Just Took On a Whole New Meaning

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9366201/Rescuers-save-2-pickup-dangling-deep-Idaho-gorge.html Sad when you have to go to the Daily Mail to see more than just one picture :( :):)0
NRALIFR 03/16/21 08:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: Winter TC Repair Project

Got the bottom shelf support built today. https://i.imgur.com/DvcdatZl.jpg A little extra insulation never hurts. https://i.imgur.com/YSMX323l.jpg After laying out the T&G cedar boards, I realized that I had enough to cover all three walls of the closet if I reused the bottom board, so I did the back wall first. The clamp boards are holding the end pieces down until the contact cement cures. I’ll do the two side walls next, then put the bottom board in. I didn’t want the bottom board to end up captured by the wall boards. I may need to remove it some time in the future. https://i.imgur.com/lvpqchIl.jpg :):)
NRALIFR 03/15/21 05:21pm Truck Campers
RE: Fog lights on w/ High Beams, New GM trucks

Please, don’t do it!!! :W https://i.imgur.com/EIF0f3jl.jpg :):)
NRALIFR 03/15/21 04:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Winter TC Repair Project

There’s a “gotcha” when you use some of these plumbing fixtures you can find on Amazon, but never see in the local HD or Lowe’s. They're metric. In the case of this particular faucet, the fittings at the ends of the hoses are very close to 1/2”, but they’re straight threads rather than NPT. The nipple needs to screw into it far enough that it seals against the flat washer inside. If you try to couple it with any metallic fitting, it will bind up almost immediately. If you use a plastic fitting, the threads will deform just enough that it will screw together and make a seal. It’s a minor issue, and I was able to install it without making any changes to the camper plumbing that would make it difficult to install a standard USA type faucet. I’ll get the QC33T fittings I need either from Amazon or somewhere else. It’s apparently not a very common fitting because the local HD and Lowe’s don’t have it, even though they both have an extensive assortment of Zurn Pex fittings. :):)
NRALIFR 03/12/21 11:24am Truck Campers
RE: Winter TC Repair Project

Another part of this project was to replace the galley sink faucet. I really like the thermostatic mixing valve style faucets, and had ordered one on Amazon a few months ago. They’re great water-savers since you don’t have to fiddle with finding the right temperature. The faucet does all of that auto-magically, you just set the flow rate you want. https://i.imgur.com/nzcQL9kl.jpg Because the original faucet was a “3-hole” style, I knew I was going to need to come up with a cover plate in order to install the new “single-hole” style faucet. Kitchen faucets that I’ve installed in the house always seem to come with these cover plates, but I rarely need them so I had a couple of them stashed away. I did have to do some modification of the center hole size so the new faucet could go through it and sit on the countertop. The cover is just there to block the extra holes. Once I got the new faucet, I realized I was going to need a couple of 1/2” male/male couplings to install it. Those turned out to be difficult to first find, then to buy. I had one left over from something, but what do you call it? https://i.imgur.com/AmRILHZl.jpg I eventually found that’s it’s a “Zurn Pex QC33T” coupling. I ordered two on Amazon, and got two of these. https://i.imgur.com/wWDtrFBl.png I didn’t pay much attention to what they were until I started installing the faucet. Those are actually Q2500 check valves. I looked at the packaging they came in, and they have both the QC33T and the Q2500 labels on each plastic bag. I went ahead and installed the faucet, and it works ok. But, it occurred to me (again, while I was going to sleep) that if I left those like that, I wouldn’t be able to drain the water out of the lines as easily using the low-point drains. So, I’m in the process of trying to get the correct couplings. I’m betting Amazon sends me two more check valves though, since both the labels on the bags looked like manufacturer labels. This is how it looks installed. It’s secure and stable on the countertop, the flow of water is good, and it’s holding pressure without leaks anywhere. The platform hanging above it is a cat window seat. That was one of the criteria for the new faucet. I wanted a high-rise spout, but not too high. The cats need their window seats! https://i.imgur.com/i7L0CXDl.jpg The cover plate turned out pretty good. https://i.imgur.com/LGhKydgl.jpg One of the connections under the countertop. My only question now is: “did I hook up the hot and cold lines correctly?” No marking at all on the faucet, and no instructions. I’ll find out once I get the LP compartment put back together. https://i.imgur.com/4I1W9KPl.jpg :):)
NRALIFR 03/12/21 07:00am Truck Campers
RE: Winter TC Repair Project

Made some good progress today. I got the taillight reconnected, using NO Scotchloks. I don’t like those things. It occurred to me that I should test them before putting the plywood over that area, so I jumped some 12 volts from the converter to each pin on the camper umbilical cord. They all work. Yea! :B https://i.imgur.com/ScR8zRAl.jpg All the holes have insulation now, so I’m ready to put the plywood back on. https://i.imgur.com/Prpnp8El.jpg I used some 3/8” plywood in the LP compartment area. All the scribbling is marking where I can shoot staples, and more importantly, where I can’t. https://i.imgur.com/TI1Hplzl.jpg The closet wall gets typical ~1/8” luan. This will be covered with 1/4” T&G cedar once I get the closet bottom rebuilt. https://i.imgur.com/jVIfOJJl.jpg The plastic LP compartment liner got reinstalled. This was a very tight fit. I had to sit and think about what the heck I did to get it out, and then do it in reverse. Getting the LP black iron pipe screwed back in required the boss’s assistance, since my arms aren’t six feet long. The escutcheon thingy will be used to seal up the hole around the pipe. https://i.imgur.com/1EvWij5l.jpg I’ll work on rebuilding the closet bottom next. https://i.imgur.com/zmsxIrXl.jpg :):)
NRALIFR 03/10/21 06:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Winter TC Repair Project

i'm quite certain i spy'ed a 2018 Bullitt in your shop, hello from a fellow mustang and JD 1 series owner. Howdy! That’s a 2019 actually. That’s the boss’s ride, and she lets me drive it occasionally. And wash it. I showed her a picture of one when they were first announced, and to my surprise she really liked it. I love the way that car sounds. No fake exhaust noise needed! :B :):)
NRALIFR 03/10/21 07:31am Truck Campers
RE: Winter TC Repair Project

NRALIFR, you do very nice work. Thanks. I owe it all to my OCD tendencies! :W :):)
NRALIFR 03/10/21 07:22am Truck Campers
RE: Math question for any engineers out here

I would recommend checking out Versalock wall blocks as well. Used ties aren’t a permanent material like wall blocks are. I have several feet of retaining wall around my house made from these. The tallest one is about 7’. For the height of the wall you’re considering, you should use the large size blocks that are about twice the size of what Lowe’s and Home Depot carry. The block face is 8” x 18”, and they weight about 90 lbs each. The caps are 4” x 18”. One of the nicest things about this type of retaining wall is that no special drainage pipe is needed behind it. Because it’s dry-stacked, the wall is porous to water. :):)
NRALIFR 03/10/21 06:40am General RVing Issues
RE: Ford 2022 Super Duty

The F450 pickup also makes a good “Haul Master” if you ignore the 14K GVWR, which I do. I don’t see the 4.30 axle as much of a negative. I’d prefer a 4.10, but my mileage still averages 10.6, and I can cruise at 65-70 all day, and pass everything uphill on the steepest grades. BTW, the rear axle ratio is another thing I don’t like (or DIDN’T like) about the chassis cabs. If you wanted the gas engine, 4.88 was your only rear axle option. I haven’t looked at them in a few years so things could have changed, but as long as Ford is building an F450 pickup, that’s what I want. :):)
NRALIFR 03/09/21 06:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 2022 Super Duty

Thanks, but I don’t want a chassis cab. I want a pickup. Putting a pickup bed on a chassis cab is neither easy nor cheap. You can’t get any trim level above XLT in the chassis cab trucks. The engine and transmission tune would be more appropriate for vocational use, rather than the typical pickup usage. The F450 pickup suits me to a “T”, and as long as it has higher rated axles, bigger brakes, a tighter turning radius, and 19.5’s that aren’t available on the F350, that’s the truck I want. :):)
NRALIFR 03/09/21 01:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 2022 Super Duty

Any indication that the 7.3L is going to be an option in the F450 pickup? That’s what I’m waiting to hear. :):)
NRALIFR 03/09/21 01:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: RV fridge compressor conversion

They’re right here. They call them “HVAC Units” https://i.imgur.com/bVoy0VZl.jpg :):)
NRALIFR 03/08/21 08:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: Winter TC Repair Project

Yikes, I think I’d slit my own throat if I had to do this three more times! :W Fortunately, it’s only one more. Lance used the wide mounting brackets on the front jacks. For reasons I can’t fathom, they used the narrow brackets on the rear. And, due to the thickness of the several layers of materials overlaying the 2x2 in the corner, the lag bolts weren’t really grabbing much of the solid wood. I guess I can’t complain too much though, they never fell off! :B :):)
NRALIFR 03/08/21 07:40pm Truck Campers
RE: Winter TC Repair Project

Got the new wide jack bracket installed today, and the taillight assembly reinstalled. I don’t have the taillight wires reconnected, though. I’ll get to those tomorrow. The bracket is bedded in urethane caulk, so I hope I never have to remove it. https://i.imgur.com/mkibKwGl.jpg The bolts closest to the LP compartment opening are very close to the inside corner of the angle iron. About as close as they could be and still be able to get the nut and lock washer on them. https://i.imgur.com/TpiLOC8l.jpg :):)
NRALIFR 03/08/21 03:01pm Truck Campers
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