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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
RE: NATCOA?

As far as truck campers are concerned, this forum here on RV.NET seems too be the most useful source of information. It has the most participants and posts New posts on the NATCOA site were few and far between. The same can be said for the iRV2 and RVForum sites. They HAVE truck camper forums, but not a lot of activity on them. Sometimes a week or more between new posts. The Escapees forum doesn't even HAVE a truck camper forum. The Truck Camper Adventure site has an associated forum. But it's not as busy as here. Wander The West has a pretty good forum devoted to truck campers. Finally, the Ford Truck Enthusiasts forum has a sub-forum devoted to "slide in campers" that I find useful. I don't know if any GM or Ram truck forums have anything or not.
Optimistic Paranoid 12/15/18 07:46am Truck Campers
RE: NATCOA?

It was possible to post there without being a paying member, but you were limited to only five posts a day. I posted there a few times. Now it looks like they are going to be Facebook Only. Since I will only join Facebook after Hell freezes over, thaws out, and freezes over a second time, I won't be bothering with them any more.
Optimistic Paranoid 12/13/18 12:16pm Truck Campers
RE: Great American Country channel

Chris and Cherie from Technomadia are going to be involved in a new RV show on PBS. Details here: https://www.technomadia.com/2018/10/announcement-technomadia-to-host-the-rvers-tv-show-on-pbs/
Optimistic Paranoid 12/10/18 12:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: mattress moisture barrier

Are you saying there is no air in your mattress or beside your mattress? It must be hard. ;) Go to Reflectix's own web site and check their Frequently Asked Questions. You will see that they say that an air space is NECESSARY for it to work as reflective insulation, and if it's IN CONTACT with something, it will act an a heat conductor.
Optimistic Paranoid 12/10/18 10:52am Truck Campers
RE: mattress moisture barrier

There are three methods of heat transfer. Convection, conduction, and radiation. Reflectix has NO insulation value as far a convection or conduction goes. It reflects radiation - AND IT NEEDS AN AIR GAP in order to do THAT.
Optimistic Paranoid 12/10/18 04:30am Truck Campers
RE: LT265/60R20 Tire PRESSURE??

Ideally, you need to weigh your vehicle with a full load of fuel and everything you normally carry, including passengers. You can find your nearest CAT scale here: https://catscale.com/ Once you have ACTUAL weights for your axles, you can find various brand tire load charts here: https://www.escapees.com/education/smartweigh/forms/#tireinfo
Optimistic Paranoid 12/09/18 04:29am Tech Issues
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