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RE: Does a truck need anti sway bars carry a camper?

Regarding the anti sway bar, I have looked online and was not able to find an aftermarket kit. I called my local auto parts and nothing came up on their system. Hellwig has a model that fits the 97-04 F150 and the 97-03 F250 Light Duty. Alas, it is not particularly inexpensive. I was (briefly) a Chrysler Parts Guy back in the day. There are companies out there that specialize in buying up and reselling new old parts. I used to hear from them occasionally. Do a Google search on "Ford Parts New Old Stock" and several such sources come up. BTW, Timbren claims that their rubber springs reduce a lot of side to side sway. Good luck.
Optimistic Paranoid 03/30/19 05:18am Truck Campers
RE: hard side camper like to drive? (cross winds, handling)

Since you haven't bought the truck yet, consider buying a cab and chassis and having an aftermarket utility bed installed. It will give you a lot of useful storage.
Optimistic Paranoid 03/29/19 02:35am Truck Campers
RE: 2020 Ford F350 - XLT or Lariat / options guidance?

I thought it was interesting that several people here touted remote start. I put the Ravelco anti-theft system on my 2012, and that would render remote start useless. You can have convenience or you can have REAL security, but you can't have both. Paranoicaly yours. :)
Optimistic Paranoid 03/17/19 05:09am Truck Campers
RE: Registering a Truck in California

The highest state income tax rate in AZ is only 4.54% and NV has no state income tax. You have to expect states with low or no income tax to make it up somewhere else. CA, OTOH,well . . . OK, no CA bashing.
Optimistic Paranoid 02/26/19 02:45am Truck Campers
RE: 8 Gauge Wire

As to whether you can successfully charge house batteries from the alternator with heavier wires, I see different results posted in forums. I suspect it has to do with the way the computer is programmed to prevent the engine battery from being overcharged and damaged. In other words, sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't. Try it, and if you find it isn't working out for YOUR particular year and model, look into getting a battery to battery charger, like the marine units sold by this company: https://www.sterling-power-usa.com/sterlingpowerusadcinputbatterytobatterycharger.aspx
Optimistic Paranoid 02/26/19 02:33am Truck Campers
RE: 8 Gauge Wire

They barely charge at all through the stock tiny wires and light-duty 7-pin RV plug. Honestly, they're not really designed to keep house batteries charged. Trailers with electric brakes have a small emergency battery that will provide power to the brakes in the event of trailer separation. The RV plug and wiring is designed to provide a trickle charge to keep THAT battery topped up automatically while you drive. That's all.
Optimistic Paranoid 02/26/19 02:23am Truck Campers
RE: Air bags and using a vehicle lift

Over in the Four Wheel Drive world, Daystar Cradles are very popular with the people who have air bags. There is no need to attach the bottom of the airbags to the axle when using them, so the axle is free to drop as far as the springs will allow. http://www.daystarweb.com/productdetail.php?productID=1232
Optimistic Paranoid 02/16/19 03:16am Truck Campers
RE: Truck mounted air compressor

In addition to filling tires, another advantage to having a good sized air tank as part of the system is that it should let you run an air gun for changing tires if you need to.
Optimistic Paranoid 02/14/19 02:06am Truck Campers
RE: FastGuns / Hallmark - how to provide extra camper security?

I bought one good large capacity high lift bottle jack that has served me well whether used on a toy hauler, truck or enclosed trailer. I don't have regrets not using the OEM jack. Yup. Something like that is a lifetime investment, that you move from vehicle to vehicle.
Optimistic Paranoid 02/14/19 02:01am Truck Campers
RE: FastGuns / Hallmark - how to provide extra camper security?

As far as the factory original jack goes, I'm not really surprised that it works - mostly. Thing is, in my younger days - late 60s, early 70s - I worked in a garage and did a lot of tire work with the commercial grade stuff. Every time I look at one of the factory jacks, I can't help thinking: "Man, what a cheap piece of ****!" Personally, I'm delighted to have something better than that along. YMMV, of course.
Optimistic Paranoid 02/13/19 11:21am Truck Campers
RE: FastGuns / Hallmark - how to provide extra camper security?

The jack that came with your truck will most likely be totally inadequate for changing a tire with the camper on. I bought a 6 ton bottle jack with accessories from Safe-Jack: https://safejacks.com/collections/bottle-jack-accessories/products/safe-jack-bottle-jack-recovery-kit-with-bottle-jack
Optimistic Paranoid 02/12/19 02:53am Truck Campers
RE: FastGuns / Hallmark - how to provide extra camper security?

I agree. They'll take the whole truck rather than just the camper. Look into the RAVELCO anti-theft system for your truck when you get it.
Optimistic Paranoid 02/11/19 02:55am Truck Campers
RE: Honda 2200 Generator Locking Suggestions

The LowPro Lockdown looks like an interesting security system . . . http://lowprolockdown.com/pictures/
Optimistic Paranoid 02/06/19 04:50am Truck Campers
RE: Froli mattress system

There are three methods of heat transfer. Convection, conduction, and radiation. Reflectix works only on Radiant heat transfer, AND NEEDS AN AIRSPACE IN ORDER TO DO THAT. If it is in contact with the mattress and the floor, it will provide NO insulation against conduction.
Optimistic Paranoid 01/29/19 04:09am Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper Flea Market

Both Wander The West and American Adventurist have gear exchanges or buy and sell classified sections. While neither is STRICTLY for truck campers, I'd estimate that 80% to 90% of the members of each have truck campers. http://www.wanderthewest.com/forum/ https://americanadventurist.com/forum/
Optimistic Paranoid 01/13/19 07:08am Truck Campers
Mexican Gas Shortage

This topic has been moved to another forum. You can read it here: 29817510
Optimistic Paranoid 01/10/19 02:50am General RVing Issues
Mexican Gas Shortage

Anyone thinking of heading south of the border should be aware of this: https://www.npr.org/2019/01/08/683381485/widespread-gas-shortage-in-mexico-as-government-tries-to-thwart-fuel-thieves
Optimistic Paranoid 01/10/19 02:50am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Can’t insure full-time camper and truck

Lying to the insurance company might seem like the easy solution, but if they can show you lied to them, they have legal grounds to refuse any claim you make and not pay you. At best, you might be able to force them to pay after a long and expensive lawsuit. There are ways to solve this problem without lying. I agree that Escapees might be a good resource for dealing with this.
Optimistic Paranoid 12/29/18 03:42am Truck Campers
RE: Patriot Act - Charles Schwab

I've seen a number of posts in RV forums that Charles Schwab can be "problematical" for full timers. I did a search on Charles Schwab here and nothing came up, but over on the Escapees forum, the same search turns up reports that Charles Schwab closed an EXISTING IRA that someone had had with them for 14 years because they now had only a mail service for an address. Do the search yourself. Go ahead and try Charles Schwab if you really want to do business with them, but have a Plan B in mind if it goes south. And do let us know what happens.
Optimistic Paranoid 12/18/18 05:01pm Full-time RVing
RE: Haven't posted in awhile but have a tire question

Just bought new lance 850 and currently run 265/75-16 tires on 2002 Dodge 2500 quad cab long bed 2wd. Camper is a little heavier than my 2005 lance lite 835. Just wondering if anyone has run 285/75-16 on the 2wd dodge? I haven't weighted the camper yet but feels a bit heavier than previous camper. Just trying to have a safe cushion on my tires. You didn't say what brand or load range your tires are. Do you have any reason to think that 285s can carry more weight than 265s? Are the 265s in question Load Range C, while the 285s are Load Range E? On this page, you can find links to Tire Load/Inflation charts for pretty much every manufacturer: https://www.escapees.com/education/smartweigh/forms/#tireinfo I have a Ford F250, and for questions like "Will such and such a tire fit my truck?" I go to the Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forum. You might be better off logging into a Ram forum for questions like this. Probably a LOT more people there who may have dones such tire swaps.
Optimistic Paranoid 12/17/18 08:55am Truck Campers
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