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RE: To buy a generator or not...

Another option: Assuming smoke and generator hours are acceptable, Ask to rent or borrow a generator from a fellow TC'er for a week. Lake Siskiyou can be a fun place for kids. If I recall, many of the unpowered sites are short on shade. Some day trips to nearby hatchery, rail museum, etc. may mitigate the heat of the day.
RickW 07/26/21 05:00pm Truck Campers
RE: More Stuck Camper Jacks

I have atwood jacks but, I made a back up driver head starting with a deep, 9/16 inch, 12 point, 3/8 inch drive socket. I sawed a groove down the middle wide enough to engage the pins on the jack shaft. I also have a 3/8 inch drive extension that fits in the drill chuck. Good luck.
RickW 05/29/21 10:38am Truck Campers
RE: Recommendations for a noob...

Have you accounted for steps to get into the camper once loaded? Bring extra ratchet straps in case the tiedowns/turnbuckles don't work out on the trip home. Know what tire pressure you need when carrying the camper. Know the height of your loaded rig. As noted above, planning to camp the first night in the dealer lot can be a benefit to try out refer, stove, heater, plumbing, review notes, etc. Will dealer fill the propane tank? Research truck camper loading checklists now and plan to use one every time. Enjoy.
RickW 05/06/21 02:24pm Truck Campers
RE: RV.net Truck Camper Forum for 20 Years

I have enough experience here that I now know everything and my elders don't know nothing. ;) Rode the same rig thus far.
RickW 05/04/21 07:52pm Truck Campers
RE: Trimming down tie downs to fit

I had purchased some longer torklift tiedowns to fit my frame mounted tie down points. I also acquired some fast guns with the purchase from my TC. I want to trim the bottom hook portion to fit the fast gun uppers. Does anyone out there have a system for measuring and cutting them to fit? Thanks, everyone. My system is to use a tape measure to determine the length of the threaded rod needed and use a hack saw to cut to length. Put a nut on first then remove after cutting to align the cut threads. After cutting too short, I then add a threaded chain connector on the tie down bracket to make it all fit.
RickW 03/01/21 03:27pm Truck Campers
RE: TCs and Covid Vaccinations

I had the same thought, but once they get in the parking lot, I see long lines of people standing, cued up towards a tent. Couple your parked TC with a hired line place-holder and you may have something more comfortable. Otherwise, borrow a wheeled walker with a seat. (If I were entrepreneurial, I would get several (and wheel chairs) and rent them by the hour in the parking lot.) Stay safe
RickW 01/14/21 12:10pm Truck Campers
RE: Northstar 850 sc Electric roof lift

Suggest trying one or two ceiling brace/cargo bars to help raise the top for the first foot or so. One type uses a pistol grip you squeeze to extend the top foot. (see 2 in 1 support/cargo bar at that freight store down by the harbor) Put a large "foot" of thin plywood on the top foot to spread the force, or attach a pad on the ceiling at the best lift spot(s). As said above, once you get about 1/3 the way up, it is much easier to finish cranking. I would also look at the hydraulic lifts used on 4 wheel campers to see if that is a retrofit possibility for you. Note there are many more solutions using levers, hydraulics, bladders or extension poles. You just need to discover which is best. Hope this helps,
RickW 12/23/20 12:48pm Truck Campers
RE: Moving LiFePo4, Rewire or run Long Extensions?

Not my core competence but, if you move your Li batteries inside AND buy another 2000 watt inverter just for use in the new location, the bridge wire gauge should be more reasonable. This could be your winter configuration and the space used for storage in the other three seasons. Also a setup to double battery capacity and inverter power in the future.
RickW 12/19/20 02:57pm Truck Campers
RE: Camper Security

1. When I was stationed overseas, we used to find and pay a local "neighbor" on the street to watch our American cars while in a restaurant or store. When I traveled, I had to park overnight in paid lots with security on site. You may have to seek the 21st century equivalent. 2. You can get portable driveway motion detectors and mount them high on the TC facing down. They will issue a loud chime when someone approaches and could act as a deterrent. They will also false alarm at wind, some passing vehicles and small animals to add exciting entertainment to your evening if you are inside. 3. I rigged my back up camera on the TC so I can view the video feed while inside the TC. Three more cameras and I could monitor everything around me. 4. Your truck alarm can be activated by your key fob while in your TC. As far as securing on the street; I suggest you retrofit a used armored car into an RV.
RickW 12/17/20 02:29pm Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

Loading up for 5days during thanksgiving. 5 sites with 16 people. I hope Gavin Newsom doesn't Find us! Just don't be caught out after curfew :E
RickW 11/23/20 10:00pm Truck Campers
RE: Leg supports for truck camper storage

My thoughts: 1. If the spot you are parking is not level, then the legs will try to "walk" when raising the jacks one at a time. Can you level the spot? 2. If you are raising jacks one at a time, raise them a smaller amount each time and more times. The conventional recommendation is 4 inches at a time. Try 2 inches at a time. 3. Instead of one block per leg, use 2 for the front legs (need tire clearance), and 4 for the rear legs. Strap them together so they won't move during loading/unloading. Hope this helps,
RickW 11/21/20 01:10pm Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

A gas lamp in a TC almost killed me as a teenager. It was a cold, rainy night and no one noticed the lamp dimming as it used up the oxygen in the camper. I was already asleep from the carbon monoxide when I was carried out into the pouring rain. Be careful and vent properly.
RickW 11/10/20 12:04pm Truck Campers
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