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RE: Battery time. 6V?

If the cost isn't a factor for you, go with a 100ah LiFePo4 battery. The same capacity at a quarter of the weight and size. It is maintenance free and has a built in battery monitor keeping your investment safe from undercharging. Although the initial investment is high, they are coming with a multi-year warranty that will protect that investment for years to come.
adamis 04/03/20 09:22am Truck Campers
RE: Interesting times to be shopping for my new truck camper

In the grand scheme of things I suppose it just depends on what you want to do. Assuming your own investments are secure and not being impacted by the meltdown of the economy, do you really want to put off traveling for 3 to 4 years while you wait for the economy to settle itself just to save a few thousand?
adamis 03/24/20 08:53pm RV Lifestyle
RE: 1987? Bigfoot Fiberglass Camper project time!

As a fellow Bigfoot Owner, I tip my hat to you for taking on such a project. Please be sure to document as much as you can as it will become an invalable resource to other owners of Fiberglass campers. Especially when it comes to the roof repair that looks like a challenge. I like the layout that you have and I think one of the best parts about a Bigfoot is that many of them have more usable counterspace than other campers. It is a great project you have to tackle and I look forward to seeing the results!
adamis 03/24/20 08:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Las Vegas Truck Camper Storage

Look for indoor storage or at a minimum, covered storage. The heat will be terrible on the outside but figure the interior temps will approach 130+ as well at the peak of the summer. Here's a tip... search for "indoor vehicle storage", not "indoor RV storage". I live in the Bay Area and when my indoor RV storage located in Hollister, CA closed I searched far and wide to find something similar. I just about gave up until I happened to be cruising through Craigslist ads and found a lot of indoor vehicle storage ads that I had ignored before. I thought, what the check, I can at least try a phone call. I picked one up and called the guy and though initially hesitant, he agreed to take the truck with the camper. It is a bit odd to have my big 7.3 F350 Dually with Bigfoot Camper sitting next to GT40s, Ferraris and Lamborghinis but I think in about 40 more years my 99 F350 is going to be a sought after antique in it's own right and will fit right in... Even with the additional expense, indoor storage if possible is worth it in extreme climate situations.
adamis 01/31/20 08:47am Truck Campers
RE: Cargo trailers with tongue extensions

My truck is 2WD so it doesn't have a lift which would require the drop ball mount.
adamis 01/30/20 10:43pm Truck Campers
RE: Cargo trailers with tongue extensions

I undertook this project for my cargo trailer. I asked a welding shop to make the tongue extendable so that I could eliminate the hitch extension. The result is a tongue that can be extended ~3ft to reach my hitch under the camper. All I have to do is pull a pin on the trailer, slide the tongue out the 3ft and then put the pin back in. Granted... This idea works only on campers like my Bigfoot where the bottom of the camper is flush with the bed of the truck. Other extended campers tend to have lower overhangs which would prevent this from working. I have been very happy with this setup and I have hundreds if not thousands of miles with it so far. If you have a trailer that you are going to be towing on a regular basis with the truck and camper combination, this is certainly worth considering if your setup allows for it. https://i.imgur.com/F2Gyew4l.jpg
adamis 01/30/20 09:37am Truck Campers
RE: Mattress Size & Thickness Recommendations (Bigfoot 2500)

I was able to measure it last night. It comes to 76"x60" and 7" thick. I will be talking to the mattress store to see what they offer.
adamis 01/29/20 09:18am Truck Campers
Mattress Size & Thickness Recommendations (Bigfoot 2500)

The Mrs and I are looking at changing out our current mattress that came stock with the camper. We are planning on doing a memory foam mattress but I don't have the camper available to measure the size and thickness. If you have gone down this path before and happen to know off hand, I would appreciate it if you could post it here. Second part... How did you get the old mattress out the door?
adamis 01/28/20 02:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Any 1st time pickup TC out there to give their thoughts

One of the first years that I bought the Ford 7.3 Dually and Bigfoot 10.6 camper I took a solo trip by myself up the Pacific Northwest. I was fortunate enough to tie this into some business work and was able to space it over two weeks. I have to admit, I have some great memories of my solo adventure and I feel the truck camper was perfect for it! I had set stops during the day to meet customers but only a tentative itinerary for my evening campsites. I mostly planned to use the Oregon rest stops (not along I5) which I had heard where nicer than most California campgrounds. I also found a few places off the road where I just pulled over and stayed the night. My personal likes about solo experience in a camper... 1. Get to use MY truck! My 7.3 has all of the mods I need to make it comfortable and the power I want for a long day of driving. 2. Able to park just about anywhere a full size pickup can go. Critical for smaller towns that you just want to stop for lunch but can't seem to find 60' of continuous curb or to stop at the local grocery store that has a small parking lot. 3. Able to camp most places along the road. This came in handy where I managed to find several gem spots on the Highway 1 coast that you can pull off and crash for the night. These are areas that are actually off the road just enough to not be bothered by noise and lights while providing amazing views and sounds of the ocean. 4. Plenty of storage for one person. As a solo driver, minus the space needed for my products, I didn't need tons of storage. Just some clothes and food plus the laptop to do business. My personal dislikes about my solo camper experience... 1. Dinette seating gets to be uncomfortable over time. Could be just the cushions we have but I find to be the very upright seating with no lumbar support made it difficult to sit at for long periods of time. 2. Possible to get stir crazy in bad weather with the limited space. 3. Showering limited by water and tank sizes. 4. Mattress is uncomfortable (something I need to fix...)
adamis 11/12/19 05:11pm Truck Campers
RE: 2WD or 4X4 for a truck camper

When I started shopping for a truck and camper combination, I really wanted a 4x4 but I came across a deal that was too good to pass up though and it was 2WD. In retrospect, I think I'm pretty happy with going 2WD, especially on the 7.3. I get the gentler coil over suspension up front instead of leaf springs plus a better gearing ratio for highway cruising and I also gain a few hundred pounds in payload capacity. As I'm contemplating purchasing an Expedition Max (expanding family) I'm faced with the same dilemma. We will be purchasing used so this decision might be made for me just based on what is available. If I had my choice though, I think I would prefer to get the 4WD but with the gearing of the 2WD (I don't think this is possible). I get why they put lower gearing on the 4WD but the loss in MPG over the life of the vehicle I don't think justifies the one or two times in a lifetime most people might need that extra low gearing ratio. In California, I think 4WD is more of an option than a necessity. Our weather is so mild on the coast and valley that it is unnecessary in my opinion. The only reason I am contemplating 4WD for the Expedition is for the few times we might be in the Sierras during the winter coming over a mountain pass. Rare if at all but still, if I'm spending the money, might as well be prepared. In regards to the 7.3 that is 2WD and carries the camper, I've been to Pismo Beach many times now and only got stuck the first time I went. All the others I just air down to 15-20 psi and I have not had a problem yet. As someone else already said, a camper isn't optimal for the types of off-road conditions that might really require 4WD.
adamis 10/25/19 12:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Seat belts in a camper?

The wife and I have talked, she actually surprised me because she said she doesn't want to sell the camper and is planning on still going camping this summer with the twins! On the vehicle front, we started looking at a different vehicle that will be our traveling rig. We went to 8 different dealerships to see if we could find something that we liked. Our criteria was seating for 7. We initially started looking at the Expedition Max which checked all of the boxes with plenty of seating and cargo capacity but then the Mrs had reservations about the sheer size of the rig. We looked at several other mid-size SUVs that has seating for 7 and while she felt more comfortable driving it, there was almost no cargo capacity. We went back and forth but eventually compromised with getting two vehicles. The larger vehicle now so we can travel and haul everything we need and then in a couple of years, we will upgrade her car to a mid-size suv that has the seating capacity for 7 but just not the cargo capacity. For future camping trips, if we grow out of the camper, I think we will likely rent a travel trailer versus buying one and selling the camper. Realistically we won't be doing a lot of trips in the near future and by the time the twins are old enough to really have freedom to travel, the older girls will be off to college. I don't see the point in buying a TT for what would be just a limited period of time in my books.
adamis 10/24/19 12:06pm Truck Campers
RE: Seat belts in a camper?

Teens get the cargo trailer that has been converted into a mini toy-hauler with bath and kitchen. It's a project I have worked on over time (with more to do) but it does give the teens a place to crash and call their own. We think we can handle the babies in the camper, it will be tight but manageable. Plus, the only future camping trips we actually have on the horizon we will be in one place for a week with lots of family around. Longer trips are in the distant future for us I think.
adamis 10/18/19 11:47am Truck Campers
RE: Seat belts in a camper?

Thanks for the replies, I will have to see if I can find one of those fold down center seat / console units. That seems like the most practical and realistic solution. As a kid, when we weren't riding in the cab-over, it was four of us on the bench seat in my dad's 78 Ford custom (still has ~78,000 original miles on it). I usually got crammed against the door but we did that for many years. The F350 seems palatial in comparison.
adamis 10/18/19 09:13am Truck Campers
Seat belts in a camper?

So as fortune would have it, my wife and I found out that we are expecting twins! The domino's are falling all over the place as we re-contemplate life in general. Our life just got a whole lot more complicated! Part of that contemplation is the realization that the truck (F350 Quad Cab with seats for 5) is no longer able to transport two adults, two teens and two car seats along with the dog. Changing the truck isn't in the cards (have to save up for a daily driver that can transport six now) so I'm trying to come up with options. As a kid, I remember spending plenty of miles in the overhead of the camper and looking out the front facing window. In today's bubble wrapped world though, such "freedom" is frowned upon. One solution I considered is adding seat-belts in the camper itself for the teens. I know class C RVs will do this but I don't think I have ever heard of it being done in a camper. Safety and keeping the kids buckled in is concern of course but pushing that aside for the discussion, is there any legal issues with the idea? The next option which may only last for a year or two is to put one car seat on the bench in the back and another where the center console is. This would take some modification to make sure it is secure but I think it is possible. Of course the last option (and least favorite) will be to suck up and drive a second vehicle. The problem with this solution is my wife doesn't like to drive long distances on mountain roads so it would dampen the distances taken for trips. Trading the truck and camper are not options. Thoughts?
adamis 10/17/19 05:29pm Truck Campers
RE: Our bumpy intro to truck campers and our Bigfoot score

I'm in California and have found our AC unit to be used very rarely. It is a bit of an albatross since it isn't low profile and sticks up about 14" from the roof line. The handful of times I have used it was when I was in Las Vegas or Southern California during the summer. I have plans to replace it someday with something low profile and more energy efficient (considering something that will run on battery + solar for a limited amount of time) but money and time make this a low priority. Considering how much further North you are, you will be fine until you start venturing south. If you have remote start on the vehicle, adding the boot between the truck and camper might be a worthwhile idea for a season or two to get you by in a pinch.
adamis 10/01/19 02:56pm Truck Campers
RE: Our bumpy intro to truck campers and our Bigfoot score

I went through a very similar experience. Bought a Truck / Camper combo with a Lance 1160 from early 2000 period. I wasn't super excited about the camper but the price was right so I bit. Ended up with dry rot that I put $3k into before giving up and looking for something else. At that time I was infatuated with the Host Mammoth. It is a spectacular camper but reality of price plus being concerned on the weight I passed. Eventually I came across Bigfoots and started my Craigslist search covering almost the entire West Coast. I settled on a 2001 10.6 2500 down near San Louis Obispo in CA. Bought it and couldn't be happier with it after the last four years of moderate use. One suggestion... That Bigfoot is an investment and probably as near to an appreciating asset as you could get in the RV world. If possible, figure out a way to store it indoors or at the very least covered. Fiberglass is great but UV damage from the sun can still cause problems.
adamis 09/30/19 02:57pm Truck Campers
RE: This is what happens when you have too much tongue weight...

I would be interested in seeing how that trailer was packed. Most likely a large Tool Box loaded to the hilt plus a front engine car of some sort. The back end between the tail of the car and the trailer door is probably just a bunch of light stuff that is easy to pull out. The interesting thing is that he has his tongue extended (I have a similar setup though not as extreme and I'm not hauling nearly as much weight) so that would reduce some of the loading on the hitch and put more weight back onto the trailer tires. However, it also creates a very large moment arm so while the static downward force on the hitch is less than if the tongue was shorter, the twisting moment on the tongue could end up being more if that trailer is poorly packed with all of the weight up front. My guess though is that the combination of a heavy tool box plus a, front engine car put a lot of the weight on the tongue (as opposed to over the wheels). Hitting a few bumps that are in the same resonance frequency of the truck frame working as an un-dampened spring was to exert enough force to cause the frame to crack. I've encountered one section of road where I could see this happening like this. The dips were almost imperceptible, certainly not really visible to the eye on first casual glance. I hit the section doing about 45mph and it caused my frame to oscillate enough to have the top of the cab hit the bottom of the camper overhead when I had 3" to 4" of clearance. It only took about three or four bumps to cause this and I could see how an even heavier setup will cause the frame to fail. The real story is, how or why is the guy still driving? We don't have the timeline between the pics / video. I can't imagine someone with that nice of a setup not caring that his frame was twisted in half. One could only imagine the swear words coming out of him once it happened the second time and he realized it.
adamis 09/27/19 12:50pm Truck Campers
RE: 2020 Ford F350 - XLT or Lariat / options guidance?

Hi all - a related question: If a city has a maximum curb weight (as defined in the city’s MOTOR VEHICLE REGULATIONS IN RESIDENTIAL DISTRICTS) of 8,000 lbs wet How will I stand with a current Ford F350, biggest longest version, with an approx 2,500 lb (wet) Pop Up camper - always on board. Daily driver. In other words - how would my rig relate to an 8,000 curb weight, the limit for residential vehicles in tat city? Also in other words - would the (always mounted, daily driver) pop up camper’s weight count towards my curb weight? (in the eyes of the city) the exact wording in bylaw is : Any motor vehicle having a curb weight of eight thousand (8,000) pounds or greater. For the purposes of this Section, "curb weight" is defined as the weight of a motor vehicle with standard equipment, fuel, oil, and coolant; thanks! :-) You have to be careful on this one. I got bit by Daley City police when I parked my truck and camper outside of my in-laws house for one night. A neighbor complained apparently and parking enforcement came out and gave me a $350 ticket for parking a "commercial vehicle" on city streets in a residential neighborhood. I went straight down to the police HQ and argued with the chief that I wasn't a commercial vehicle, didn't have commercial plates and didn't carry commercial insurance. He pointed out that my truck was a dually and that qualified it as a commercial vehicle. I argued with him for several minutes before he finally relented and tore the ticket up. About a year later, I had moved down to a suburb of the Bay Area and parked my truck and camper in front of my house. We were in-between trips that where about three weeks apart so I just kept it parked and didn't think much of it. Well another neighbor decided to complain and the city came out and gave me a warning (much nicer than Daley City). There is a 48 hour rule on parking an RV on city streets. Even though in California campers are cargo, it didn't seem to make a difference to the city. So, with my lessons learned, I think you need to carefully consider the implications of this. You likely won't get cited for just a dually truck if parked on city streets but the moment you put that camper on it, all bets are off and you will be at the mercy of your neighbors or the random parking enforcement officer. You will be taking your chances. If the reason for your question is because you don't have a place to park said truck and camper package on your property behind a fence, you should start thinking about finding storage elsewhere. I would highly recommend looking for indoor storage (there are some places in LA) since you are making a very large investment and the last thing you want to do is have that investment being beat on by the weather.
adamis 09/23/19 09:34am Truck Campers
RE: My new to me camper.

The little ATV trailer with a quad on it is pretty light... but consider the lever effect of a hitch extension multiplies your otherwise low tongue weight (which I estimate at maybe 300 lbs) to more like 1200. So you're right -- unhook the trailer and you're closer to your proper weight. BUT, that means not towing. I would not want to risk going that far over on my tire ratings; that's one place you don't want to mess around. The last thing you want or need is a blow-out because of it, especially at freeway speeds. But, it's your stuff... if you want to risk it, that's up to you. BTW if you do have a blowout and it causes an accident, the cops WILL look at that sort of thing. The moment arm "level effect" as you call it does not increase the weight of the tongue from 300lbs to 1200lbs. The moment arm is the amount of twisting force exerted by the tongue of the trailer to the hitch and transferred to the frame of the truck. This is different than the static load (or dynamic when moving) that the tongue weight will add to the tires themselves. The 300lb tongue weight (likely closer to 150lb if he could lift it by hand) is just 300lbs as far as the rear tires are concerned.
adamis 09/19/19 09:26am Truck Campers
RE: Big Brother- Tag on your TC?

It is a transponder and the metal bag was to keep it from being read by the sensors when you went by one on the freeway presumably. Google Maps requires GPS and constant cell signal connection to work. There is no way the transponder could last for years on a battery if it was doing all of that.
adamis 09/17/19 09:25pm Truck Campers
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