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RE: Very Expensive RV Parking Spot!

Thanks all for the positive thoughts! For those that wondered, yes, we looked into building permits and I've been on the phone and e-mail with the Shasta County building department for all the important questions before we put an offer. We are in escrow now and should be closing Monday. The creek is seasonal and thus dries up late Spring so there are less restrictions than a year round creek. Last I was told (property is 6 hours away from where I live so haven't gotten to go back yet since we looked at it) there was water coming out the bottom of the dam. I do believe there is a good chance there is a Spring that is behind the dam but has been mostly covered over by the layers of silt over the years. Thinking about sinking a perforated pipe down into the ground behind the dam to see if anything comes out. We have water and power at the lot though I may consider adding a well later for pasture irrigation. We won't be living in the 5th wheel or anything. It literally is just a parking space to keep it. I do have plans to build a metal RV shelter just to protect it from the elements. I will probably add solar on the roof of the shelter so we have power should we come and visit family in the area and want our own place to stay for a week or so at a time. For water (until pipes are run from the street) and sewer I am thinking about buying some large storage tanks that can sit under the trailer. Thinking a 500 gal or 1000 gal tanks should be plenty for a week at a time. I will pay a porta potty company to come pump out the black water tank as necessary. Fingers crossed, I will see about hosting a Truck Camper meetup there next Spring like we did a couple of years ago on the coast. Maybe a two night thing and people can use it as a launchpad for bigger trips up the coast or something. Would be great to see you all again!
adamis 05/09/21 01:10pm Truck Campers
Very Expensive RV Parking Spot!

Bit of a long story but felt like sharing our excitement... We live in the SF Bay Area where the price of land is insanely expensive. I like to keep my truck and camper parked indoors but living in the suburbs, that isn't an option at home. Instead we keep it at an indoor garage up in San Jose. Kind of interesting actually as the garage is used for exotics like Ferrari's, Lamborghinis and Fort GTs and then of course my big old F350 7.3 with a truck camper! Anyway... so we have been thinking about buying a fifth wheel for longer trips with our two teenagers and twin babies. The issue is that indoor storage for that in the bay area would be more than the monthly payment for the trailer itself. Not wanting to leave it outside in a lot subject to the elements, we started looking at options. I have family up in Redding and we believe that in 5 years, we will be headed their ourselves to raise our twin girls. We started looking for some land to purchase and found something worth buying! It is 9 acres that has a seasonal creek and get this... a rock dam built in the 1850s! Behind the dam has completely filled in with sediment so it doesn't hold water. Might look into pulling permits to clear some of it out but given the age of the Dam, guessing the Army Corps of Engineers is going to prefer the sediment. I don't know for certain but I do have reason to believe there is a spring behind the dam (hence why it was built long ago) as there appears to be water that flows out the bottom of the dam even when everything else has dried up.There is a mix of oak and pine on it and it is off the main road so no road noise! For the foreseeable future, it is just going to be a really expensive parking spot. The plan right now is to use it to park the sometime to be purchased 5th wheel (looking at Heritage Glenn 378FL). I will probably get some RV metal carport to keep it protected until we eventually build a barn / shop to hold the toys and a main house for living if current plans hold up. Below are some pics of the place taken during the early Spring. Obviously it will be a lot drier in the summer as Redding is but that is okay. Someday might even host a Truck Camper meetup event as a launching point for an Oregon coast tour or something. Would be fun to see some of you guys again in person! https://i.imgur.com/6i4gELzl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/2bDy3s9l.jpg https://i.imgur.com/UG3Yyogl.jpg
adamis 05/08/21 12:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Ugh wet wood in Bigfoot

I can't answer your question but as a fellow Bigfoot owner, I would ask that you please document your repair process as much as possible! You appear to be headed were few have been before and so your experience (and pictures) will be an invaluable resource to the rest of us that may oneday walk the same path. Also, might be a great resource to send back to Grant at Bigfoot. Maybe they already know of this issue and have change procedures but having this type of feedback is always invaluable. Thanks in advance... Fellow Bigfoot Owner
adamis 05/05/21 10:49pm Truck Campers
RE: Ugh wet wood in Bigfoot

Battery compartment on mine has some dry rot as well. From what I can tell it was water coming in the compartment door. Probably is not the same issue from what you are describing but I think worth noting. The way they finished and sealed the compartments is one thing I am not super happy with, at least for how they did it twenty years ago at least. Check to see if your exterior screws are stainless steel. Mine is a 2001 and it had non stainless screws. Camper lived on the coast before I bought it so it went through many thermal cycles and nearly all of the screws had rusted out. Ended to replacing all but the jack screws which is a future project. Also check propane compartment as well. They cut the lip off the bottom of the hatch so leaking propane wont pool in the compartment. It also means that if it rains, water can run down the exterior of the wall, hit the bottom lip of the hatch and if there is enough tilt, run into the compartment. From that point it can move into the corners and travel done to the wood and metal for your turn buckles. I think the lesson learned on Bigfoot's is that for all the pluses of fiberglass, water can still be a major problem. Fix what you can and store it indoors if possible and enjoy it as much as possible. Don't spend forever trying to make it perfect again unless time and money is on your side. Fix what is necessary for safety then come up with a plan over time to tackle other projects when you feel like it.
adamis 05/02/21 09:18am Truck Campers
RE: Concerns About Going Full Time

Lots of creative suggestions and positive trouble shooting ideas. I think I only saw one person mention it just briefly so I thought I would bring it up again and emphasize it even though I don't have any personal experience with it... Ditch the propane heater and see if you can get a diesel based heating system like the Truman Combi D6 https://www.truma.com/int/en/products/truma-heater/combi-d6 If shore power is unavailable, heating with Diesel I think is the only practical way to make this work for a longer period of time. With the right install, you can be sipping diesel from your truck fuel tank and fill up is just a matter of filling up the truck. Lugging around propane cylinders will get old fast and for the amount of heat you need in the winter, you will be doing it often. Other two things, definitely go for more solar. I think you said you could get up to 370 watts but if you got creative, you could probably get more. Perhaps a custom fabrication that allows for wings to be folded out that extended past the sides of the camper when parked to provide more solar square footage. The other thing will be your batteries. They don't like the cold but I'm sure your camper has that taken into account already. If they are lead acid batteries, I would upgrade to LiFePo4. Double the capacity for the same amount of space. The other benefit is less worry about completely discharging the batteries and damaging them. Remember that heaters have electronics and fans that pull power when running. I have a very inefficient heater that pulls nearly 200 watts when running. We don't camp in the winter so it isn't used much but the few times it has been cold enough to need to run the furnace all night it runs down our single LiFePo4. Getting it charged back up in winter can be difficult hence why you will want as much solar as you can get. As far as the dating thing, maybe I'm old school but I think there is a difference between "dating" (finding a soul mate for life) and one night stands. If your dating in search of someone to spend your life with, you don't be taking them back to the camper right away as you try to get to know that person in neutral areas. By the time they may come to your camper, hopefully you would already would have discussed your living arrangement and given the positives about why you feel it's a good fit for your life goals at this stage. If they are a keeper, she will agree and support it. On the other hand, if your looking for just hookups and one night stands, get a hotel room. No way your going to be bringing a one night stand to a marina late at night without alarm bells going off in her head and slasher movies coming to mind as they very well should be.
adamis 04/04/21 08:47am Truck Campers
RE: Fulltime RV'ing-Truck camper; built-in washer/dryer Question

I think the idea behind the washer dryer in the Host was to use it while on Hookups. Using it for Boondocking doesn't make sense in my opinion. If I was traveling lots of miles on highways and had the option to stay in RV parks from time to time on laundry day then perhaps. Even then, most RV parks have decent laundry facilities so what are you gaining. Not to nitpick but are you certain a Host Cascade and an F550 or F600 are the right direction for you? The combined cost is approaching that of an earth roamer and they will be way better suited for OffRoad camping as you seem to anticipate. They might even be a bit shorter helping with tree clearance that an F600 and Cascade will cause. Plus, keep in mind that while the campers are aluminum framed, it doesn't mean that they are built to handle lots of OffRoad jostling all the time. F600s are designed for actual heavy use like delivery trucks or dump trucks. The suspension on it will be rock hard so the camper won't get much give going down rough roads. That being said, if you do go with the F600 and Cascade, it would be the envy of many as it would be a heck of a nice setup.
adamis 03/29/21 02:12pm Truck Campers
Larger Windows in Bigfoot Campers?

A friend just bought an adventurer truck camper and I have to say, I am quite impressed. I really like the forward bath across from the fridge layout. More privacy in the bedroom and it really opens up the rest of the camper with the dinette across from the gally. Overall very nicely done camper. One of the things that stood out to me was the larger Windows in the kitchen and dinette that I really liked. I think they must have been 2" or 3" taller than my Bigfoot windows. To the point of my post, is there anything preventing one from installing larger Windows in the Bigfoots? Obviously it would require cutting of fiberglass to do it but are there any structural reasons one could not do this?
adamis 03/10/21 08:20am Truck Campers
RE: Who’s still using a 7.3 diesel truck

1999 F-250 7.3 PSD. Hit 74,000 miles last week. I now have a new 2021 on order that should be here this month. You have a valuable old truck on your hands sir! Indeed, don't sell to anyone who doesn't know what they are getting...
adamis 03/03/21 06:00pm Truck Campers
RE: Who’s still using a 7.3 diesel truck

I haven’t owned mine very long but I’m definitely going to recommend ear plugs. I went on a 4.5 hour trip two days in a row to buy a TC. For about two days afterwards, I could still hear turbochargers ringing in my head. I don’t know if that’s due to aftermarket modifications but seriously, ear plugs are a necessity for my 7.3. For reference, mine is 2000 super duty with banks chip, banks waste gate, 4”exhaust and air raid air filter box housing K&N air filter. Vehicle has 190,600 miles so far no fuel in coolant doesn’t burn oil. I’ve only put about 1000 miles on this recently acquired vehicle. The noise is definitely one of the few downfalls of the 7.3. It isn't even really the engine as a whole but rather the injectors that make most of the noise. I ended up going to single shot injectors which are notoriously louder than OEM so I went backwards in the sound department. Your 4" exhaust is probably the largest culprit along with the filter box. My truck isn't my daily driver (stays indoors except to haul the camper) and the noise actually helps to put the twin babies to sleep so it actually kind of is a plus (though still annoying after a long drive). Long term if we were cross country RVing I would need to make changes. Either figure out a way to make it quieter or heaven forbid purchase a newer truck and keep the old girl stored as a classic. I have looked into sound dampening and I think there are some things that could be done to make it quieter but it will never be as quiet as a modern diesel. There are hush panels from the Excursion (hard to find now) that can go on the inside and take a few db off. I've considered adding some thicker sound dampening material to the firewall in the engine bay but that would be very difficult without pulling the engine. Another person considered making under engine panels with sound deadening material on it based off their experience of driving in snow and noticing how much more quiet it was but figuring out how to mount it all correctly would be a pain. I've seen a few Youtube videos of guys taking their interior apart and adding dampening all over it. It seems that most of these guys are not as happy as they thought they would be. I think insulating the cab helps with road noise but when the engine is making the most noise, it doesn't matter if you reduce road noise while the engine is still the loudest part of the equation.
adamis 02/28/21 10:19pm Truck Campers
RE: Bigfoot (old vs new)

You know, with all of the knowledge from the community in these forums, if we all put our heads together we could build a really awesome fibreglass truck camper. Taking all of these issues discussed and fixing them to make the best truck camper possible without compromises. Just need a few people from the community with some deep pockets looking for the next challenge and we could storm the market!
adamis 02/26/21 09:22am Truck Campers
RE: Montana HC vs Heritage Glen 1500lb Diff?

The Heritage Glenn also has a drop frame as well, not sure if you missed that or not by your reference. It also has a large window in the rear but the "closet" is much reduced compared to the Montana but the positive tradeoff is the additional floor space plus large rear window. I do like the countertop better on the Montana as well and would probably do something similar to the Heritage Glenn if that is what we went with.
adamis 02/22/21 02:57pm Fifth-Wheels
Montana HC vs Heritage Glen 1500lb Diff?

Comparing the Heritage Glenn 378FL at 43'6" and 11,589lbs versus the Montana High Country 376FL at 41'11" and 12985 lbs. These are essentially the exact same layout but the Heritage Glenn comes in around $53,000 versus the High Country at $74,000. What surprises me the most is in the weight difference. Where did Heritage Glenn shave 1500lbs or where did Montana put 1500lbs? I know the Montana is considered a higher end trailer but in my opinion, the materials are all generally the same light weight flimsy stuff. I believe the Montana has an aluminum nose structure while the heritage Glenn has wood. I think the sides and walls are generally constructed the same. Any experience between the two? I actually like the rear bedroom in the Heritage Glenn better than the Montana because of the large Window and more room around the bed. I like the L shaped countertop in the Kitchen of the Montana and might do something in the Heritage Glenn as counter top space seems compromised. All things being equal, if the extra $20k was really getting me something I'm for spending the money but I'm struggling to see what I'm getting for it other than the name Montana. Thoughts?
adamis 02/20/21 07:40pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Who’s still using a 7.3 diesel truck

The 1996 7.3 is listed as having 215 HP and 450 ft. lb. torque. The beauty of these engines was they are so under powered and so over built hence why they are lasting hundreds of thousands of miles. After extensive mods like I have done, I'm pushing between 400hp and 450hp guestimated by the mechanic that did the work (and use to drag race a 7.3 Excursion). I'm not going to the track and I don't make a habit of driving with a lead foot but I very much appreciate the power and responsiveness I now have. The way I see it about the only significant detractor of the 7.3 is how loud it is in the cab. That is ultimately what may force us to upgrade to something newer. We plan to be on the road for three months at a time and unless I can figure out how to get some significant sound deadening, the wife won't be happy listening to the roar of the engine on the open highway nearly as much as I would.
adamis 02/20/21 02:15pm Truck Campers
RE: Why is 5th wheel standard vs Gooseneck?

I think some sort of shock supression is essential for either Gooseneck or 5th wheel. The failure on the frame is happening because of the intense shock caused by nearly 3000 lbs hitting repeatedly. Put the airbag in the equation and those intense shocks are reduced substantially. I suspect the Goosebox is approved specifically because of this vibration dampening.
adamis 02/19/21 07:30pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Who’s still using a 7.3 diesel truck

New technology will always come with baby teeth, but just from my experience. 3 years ago new DPF was $3000, while cleaning shops were rare and DIY cleaners not available. Also lack of driver education, when aborted regenerations create cascade of troubles. Now aftermarket DPF cost $600, you can buy monitoring scanner for $49, plenty of DPF shops around and DIY cleaners are not needed, when you monitor the system work and accordingly. The 230-250 HP 7.3l is slow and gas guzzler comparing to "not so new" 6.7l. I can only wonder what newer diesel will bring. My huge Sprinter van delivers 22 mpg, when the engine introduced 4 years ago in Europe delivers even more, with more HP. Can we expect 25 mpg from new Powerstroke? Bottom line, I am not looking back to 7.3l and I am not picky about pollution. This is like comparing apples and oranges. Both are equally good for what they are and what they do but they aren't the same or even in the same category of functionality. Maneuverability, reduced noise and fuel mileage are great assets of the Sprinter but that is about it in comparison to a heavy duty pickup truck. An F350 (regardless of year) gives you the option to move 6 people in comfort and safety. It also allows you to carry a 5000lb camper and tow a trailer carrying all the toys. You can drop everything at camp and drive to town or go exploring in just the truck if you wanted. You can use the truck at home to haul stuff when needed or even daily driver it if you wanted. You can haul a 5th wheel when the family of six declares the camper is to small to camp in. Don't get me wrong, the Sprinters are fantastic rigs for what they do and I would strongly consider one if it was just the wife and I touring the country but that is a completely different life than I have right now. In regards to the speed of the 7.3 (or the lack as you suggest) that is easily addressed with a few upgrades. Granted I probably have ~$12k in performance upgrades under the hood but really a simple 6 position tuner chip will unlock a lot of potential for a few hundred dollars. Not having driven the 6.7 myself, I can't say for certain if I will outrun one but I am confident that I would give it a run for it's money. It is easily the fastest vehicle I have driven. The thing about the 7.3 is that while it isn't perfect, the foundation is there to give you years of trouble free miles and potential for significant power upgrades if that is your thing. All without the complications of having the EPA shove an emissions system that when it fails is too expensive to replace.
adamis 02/19/21 04:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Who’s still using a 7.3 diesel truck

I often tell my wife, she can burry in my 2001 Jetta TDI (345k miles and still going strong) that parked in the bed of my 1999 7.3. The newer Diesel engines have more power / performance but they are very complicated and very expensive and the emissions when they go will cost you a fortune. I think the 7.3 is the pinnacle of Ford diesel performance pre EPA strangling the industry. They will be very much like Muscle cars pre 1976 before the EPA strangled those as well. I also think they will be show trucks and collector trucks in a decade or two. To be honest, I think Diesel pickup trucks are on a limited lifespan. EPA regulations and the complexity / cost plus the industry moving to electric means 2021 diesel trucks will be possibly the last generation or at least the second to last generation. I see hybrid trucks with small 4 cylinder turbo'd engines and 4 wheel electric motors with midsize battery packs being the future. That being said... I've probably gone down the path of mods on my truck further than most (though not all). To list the things my truck has... 1. Alliant AC Single Shot Injectors 2. KC300X Turbo 3. Hyradtuner 4. Upgraded Bellowed Up-pipes 5. Banks Torque Converter 6. Banks Exhuast Brake 7. Banks 3.5" Exhaust minus the CAT 8. Upgraded T500 HPOP 9. 6.0 Tranny Cooler 10. Airbags 11. Upgraded Alternator 12. Upgraded S&B Intake 13. Torqlift Tie Downs 14. Torqlift Super Truss 15. Gooseneck Hitch 16. Amsoil 2 Stage Bypass Oil Filter System 15. Inline Tranny Oil Filter 16. Patridge and Pear Tree... Truck runs fantastic now and pulls hard and fast unloaded. Towing camper plus cargo trailer (~9000lbs) on 6% grade is no problem. EGTs have dropped at least 200 deg if not 300 deg for same load. Making now 30+ lbs of boost versus 20lbs previously. I only have two future planned upgrades in mind, a Mishimoto Intercooler and 4" exhaust to drop EGTs further. In short, if you get ahold of a clean 7.3 in good condition, I am convinced it will be a highly sought after classic if it isn't already. https://i.imgur.com/NBkcIrvl.jpg
adamis 02/19/21 11:39am Truck Campers
Why is 5th wheel standard vs Gooseneck?

Been doing a lot of research in my preparation for buying a fifth wheel. One of the things that has surprised me is the use of the 5th wheel over a gooseneck design. Considering the weight and space taken in the bed of the truck, why aren't goosenecks a standard in the first place? For my own needs, I already have a gooseneck ball in my truck so I'll be doing the Reese Goosebox from the start as it seems to be the best option out there. Just curious if there was a solid explanation on why the industry went one direction versus the other...
adamis 02/19/21 11:02am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing Limits of 7.3 Powerstroke

EGTs are definitely the limiting factor in getting solid performance out of the 7.3. Before I put in the new Turbo, (but with lots of other mods) the Truck had more than enough power for my needs but the limiting factor was the EGTs. I often found myself doing 45mph pulling up a grade watching to keep EGTs under 1200 with my foot only at half throttle. The power was there to be had but at the expense of possible damage because of the temps. The latest round of mods and in particular, the upgrade to the KC turbo changed all of that. Going from 20lbs of boost to 30+ lbs of boost is obviously a huge help in getting the air moved through the engine and keeping it cool. I still keep an eye on the EGT gauge but in general the EGTs have dropped by at least 200 deg if not 300+ for the same pull up a long grade. The throttle response is also fantastic as well. I still have two upgrades in the plans, changing to a newer radiator and intercooler from Mishimoto and upgrading my already upgraded 3" exhaust to a 4". The difference in what the newer turbos can do (along with other mods) is like night and day for the 7.3. Unloaded this 8000lb truck is surprisingly fast, maybe not going to take on a sports car fast but faster than any other car I have in my garage. That being said, the writing is on the walls that the truck will someday be replaced (not sold, you will have to pry my 7.3 off my cold dead fingers...). I think once we start doing some longer trips, the noise and lack of creature comforts will drive us to look at a newer truck. All that being said, my goal isn't to pull up a 6% grade at 70mph. I agree with others that slow and steady both up and down is the right approach. If I can maintain 55mph (or worst case minimum 45mph) I'm pretty happy. It isn't that I necessarily mind going slower if I had to but at some point you become a hazard to others as they aren't expecting a slow vehicle and can end up on your bumper.
adamis 02/18/21 10:24am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing Limits of 7.3 Powerstroke

Thanks, that is exactly the type of info I was looking for. Yes, I do have the Banks Exhaust brake already and use it all the time with the current setup. It has been a fantastic tool in the toolbox for handling the mountains. EGTs since the Turbo Upgrade have been very good. Truck hardly breaks a sweat pulling the 9000lbs of Camper and Trailer now. I do believe the 5th wheel will test it more but like you, before the upgrades I've done the 35mph in second gear without much issue. Maybe I will be able to maintain 45 or 55mph with what I have now which would be just fine. If the disc brakes are that much of a difference, I will make that a priority. Stopping that much inertia is really my largest concern for sure.
adamis 02/17/21 12:33pm Fifth-Wheels
Towing Limits of 7.3 Powerstroke

As my wife and I look at making the transition from a Truck Camper to a 5th wheel, the question about the suitability of our truck for the job comes into question. Someday a new truck with all the bells and whistles (and the quietness) might be on the table but not immediately. My current truck is an early 1999 F350 Dually Quad Cab Long Bed 2WD. I've pulled my fully loaded 5k lb Truck Camper plus ~3k lb cargo trailer without any issues. I bought the truck off a guy who used it to haul his drag race car around in a 32ft goose neck trailer. I think he liked to work on the truck almost as much as the race car. Lots of "extras" all over the place. On a recent 3000 mile road trip I had a fuel injector go bad so I took the opportunity to dump about $8k into the engine, to include bigger injectors, bigger turbo, new up pipes, new HPOP and Hydra Tuner. The tranny has the 6.0 oil cooler mod and a Banks Torque Converter and Shift computer installed. Stock the truck made ~20lbs of boost, I'm now pushing 30lbs+ and haven't really tested the limits yet (nor do I plan to). My mechanic (who used to drag race 7.3s) guesstimated the HP to be in the realm of ~400 to 450hp. I am not going to dyno it but seat of the pants dyno I don't doubt it is far off from his guestimate. Getting back to the towing part... I know the towing limit of my truck is right around the 13k lb range. I'm looking in trailers that are in the 12k to 13k range (and expect about another 1k lb in weight once packed. Pin weight for trailers in this range looks to be in the 2500lb range which is half of what my camper weighs when loaded so I think I'm not concerned about that. My question really isn't about whether I will have the power to tow it (or the legality of it) but rather the handling / braking aspect. I already have a brake controller but might update it to something more modern. I'm thinking about specing the trailer with disc brakes to give more stopping power. Does anyone else have experience towing heavy trailers with the 7.3 and if so, do you have an recommendations on what to do or not to do as far as mods and upgrades?
adamis 02/17/21 11:19am Fifth-Wheels
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