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RE: Reddog1 "Wayne"

His hobby and love of making and fabricating led to him building a great little Suzuki Samurai. He and I did a 3 day Rubicon trail trip years ago. He did the trail 3 times. Here is a short film I took you all will enjoy. This was with a 4.16:1 Tcase his next trip was with 6:1. Much easier on the rocks..hahahaa https://youtu.be/f8sO3SBsSGk
bigfootford 07/02/20 01:55pm Truck Campers
Reddog1 "Wayne"

Well we have lost another member of the TC forum. Wayne passed away yesterday after a short battle with Pancreatic cancer. He was one of the first moderators for the TC forum. He and Brad had their hands full during the early years of the TC forum as members were exchanging ideas, technical help and all the other things that TC'rs deal with. A few pictures for some of us to remember him by. We had a West Coast TC Rally. These pictures are from that event. We had a big group of TC'rs.... Sadly this was our last one. Many of these folks are still members of RV.net TC forum! https://i.imgur.com/sr67Vubl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/fLQs6L5l.jpg https://i.imgur.com/xroNXVMl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/xhYZDrBl.jpg Jim
bigfootford 07/02/20 11:33am Truck Campers
RE: Fridge won't fit

What is wrong with these camper mfg's? No way to remove a fridge? That is some damning engineering in my opinion, or lack of! We love our BF as we have a couple of others. One camper, a 80 6pac the fridge would fit through the door as the door was BIGGER than todays RV doors... Are the RV door companies in control of the construction of these campers and RV's? Just maddening that they are just following the HERD! Thank god our Fridge is still functional and it is not too techieee. So we can replace the cooling unit if needed. . 20 years and counting and it cools like a champ! Jim
bigfootford 06/26/20 08:33pm Truck Campers
RE: Fridge won't fit

Boy that is a bummer. Here on this forum I have never read that the fridge had to be taken apart to go out the camper door opening.. hahahaa. I did say "door opening". Everyone I have read about had to remove the whole door frame and the fridge door. Well at least you got it out but now what. Jim
bigfootford 06/24/20 09:46am Truck Campers
RE: A camper you may never see in your lifetime

That bed space is unusable for most. Make other side fitting 30-40 gallons of fresh water tank and you have perfect truck for mid-sized TC. Too bad TC owners are minority and can't make enough demand for manufactures to consider the options. Great point! Jim
bigfootford 06/16/20 11:46am Truck Campers
RE: Weatherproofing 04 Bigfoot

A 3000 series Bigfoot is not a two piece shell like a 2500 or 1500 series. It has a Fibercore wall structure and a seamless rubber roof. I don’t believe Heng’s was used al all on the 3000 series from the factory. Great catch! BFgrey. Did not look at the mod number, just assumed that the OP was talking about the 2500/1500 Models....Bigfoot 10.11SL is a 3000 hard side type.. The OP will have to disregard the parts we all wrote about the shell 1/2's seams... Sorry OP! Jim
bigfootford 06/16/20 09:31am Truck Campers
RE: Weatherproofing 04 Bigfoot

Congratulations on that barn find! Our camper is 20 years old and has traveled almost 200,000 miles on 2 trucks. It was exposed to sun and weather for it's first 10 years then we built a camper cave for it. So here is my answers to your questions: 1. I too use the Hengs that is used to seal the vents etc. I do use tape to mask off so the lines remain nice. I clean as much of the dirt off the old surface as I can.. I get up on the roof and inspect each year but I probably do re-seal every other year and only where the cracks are. I have not removed the old sealer. I remove the tape pretty quick after I re-seal. Makes the sealer round off nice. I have had to replace the fridge vent hood and that was some work..hahahaa. I also have replaced the fridge vent to put a better fan in. 2. After about 5 years I noticed that there was some small gaps in the Butyl tape seal between the window and fiberglass. So during the warm season I tightened the inside screws by just a bit. I found some screws that were totally loose... So after contact was made screwing them down I probably snugged a 1/4 to 1/2 turn on each screw. It took about a month and the tape was really oozing out of the outside surface.. I observed that some of the oozing tape was dirty so that meant that there was no sealing going on. So I watched and finally those spots were oozing clean sealer. After about 6 mos I used a razor blade and removed the excess tape. I did this one more time a few year later. A bud of mine has a 1987 BF.. All of his windows were leaking because of the tape not sealing. He removed all his windows and re-sealed them. That is a real chore! 3. I have not touched the seams on my camper nor has my bud in all the years. He removed the silicone that was put on the outside of the seam but I did not. The silicone has little mold dots on it but I ignore that. The way the top over laps the bottom is sealed quite well. I have not heard of anyone having trouble of leaks from those areas. One thing that is important is the running light seals. Especially the front ones. I had one leaking and the only indication of a leak was the front bed vertical cabinet on the passenger side. It had moisture. WTHeck I said.... I pulled the 1" trim inside that vertical cabinet and then the trim across the bed fwd wall. The water was coming in and running along the foam seams over to the cabinet! I looked at the way BF had sealed the lights and then I sealed the outside of the lights with a clear house window sealer, not silicone. That was over 10 years ago... No more leaking. That pretty much covers the sealing and maintenance. I do wax mine about every year and when I wash it I use a wax as you dry Eagle One. Congratulations on your find and hope that you will enjoy yours as much as we have ours. Jim
bigfootford 06/15/20 09:57am Truck Campers
A camper you may never see in your lifetime

Back in 07 we were traveling and seeing all the sights in the Dakotas and saw this camper. There was a big family and the grandparents. It was the grandparents rig. It was still in perfect condition inside and out.. Incredible. Note that it was built in 1972! Here is a link to my album. I did not take pictures of the inside. Take a look at the spring near the rear axle. When making a turn that axle actually will shift to keep the tires from scuffing.. Pretty clever. https://photos.app.goo.gl/TXBs2r48wibFYaiF9 Jim
bigfootford 06/14/20 10:31am Truck Campers
RE: Tie-down systems performance/safety vs cost

What is the goal when wanting to keep your camper secure? Keep the camper from sliding back. Keep the camper from bouncing and shifting. Keep as little load on the camper tie down points as not to damage the camper. Happijack's do all 3. Fast guns do not keep the camper from shifting backwards Fast guns if not set up properly have damaged campers. Question to all... When on a road with ruts etc does the frame twist and if so what happens with Fast Guns hard contact because they are attached to the frame? Happijacks are attached to the bed in the front and are at an angle so they hold the camper forward with very little hold down force. The rears are attached to the bumper which is flexible and are set up to have very little down force. Been using the same Happijack takedowns for 20 years and driven over some hellacious roads. Camper weights 4200lbs... Never had 1 problem with the camper shifting.. Over 200,000 miles on the camper 2 F250's. Would I use Fast Guns? Probably not. Jim
bigfootford 06/12/20 09:58am Truck Campers
RE: F250 Payload Capacity

Yellowlightning look at Specta's signature... His weight! You can not go by the sticker weight. Sticker weight is without a fridge, water heater, stove, water, mattress and on and on! Kenny 2011 Chevy 2500 HD 6.0L 4wd Regular cab. What real trucks really look like. 1995 Lance 945 Onan QG 2500 LP 6580 lb truck 10540 fully loaded His weight is 10,500+ just like several of us. My weight is 10,400 too! My Bigfoot camper's sticker says 2,600! Fully loaded it is 4,200. Not sure what Specta is running for tires and rims. Jim Not, it has everything but battery(s), water, & propane. Why would they give the weight minus equipment? That's nuts. Added weights what you put in. They use to call it wet weight... Water and propane. The stove, fridge, seat backs, battery etc are considered options thus the lower weight. Seems that in the past couple of years mfg are now including the weight of options. Jim
bigfootford 05/28/20 09:48am Truck Campers
RE: F250 Payload Capacity

Not sure what Specta is running for tires and rims. Jim Good tires. :B I took a different route than most when I picked my camper and tires. I didn't seek opinions on the internet. I bought exact truck I wanted with the sole purpose of carrying a truck camper. I talked with a close friend who was a Lance distributor for over 40 years before I bought my current camper. I did my walk thru with him on the phone. Over the years he spent a lot of time with both Ford and Lance engineers discussing and planning trucks and campers. He is very familiar with my truck and its capabilities. I have another close friend that has been in the tire business for close to 40 years. I called looking for a set of 18" take-off and new tires. I ended up keeping my 17" factory wheels and he told me that the tires I chose would serve me well. I replaced the OE shocks and added air bags after I bought this camper. I'm quite pleased with how it handles and I have zero worries about it being slightly over weight. The manufactures "safety margins" exceed my weights. The 17" tires/rims are great. Think the weight capacity of each is 3700lbs. So you have 7400lb capacity on the rear. If you were to weigh the rear axle weight fully loaded you would be just under that weight which is great. I too got the airlift bags with a onboard compressor which is very nice! Stock Ford f250 tires were 3014lbs each. I actually ran them for about 50,000 miles with my camper on fully loaded. That was pushing the capacity of the tires on the rear. Think it was about 200lbs each.. No cheap tires.
bigfootford 05/27/20 01:55pm Truck Campers
RE: F250 Payload Capacity

Yellowlightning look at Specta's signature... His weight! You can not go by the sticker weight. Sticker weight is without a fridge, water heater, stove, water, mattress and on and on! Kenny 2011 Chevy 2500 HD 6.0L 4wd Regular cab. What real trucks really look like. 1995 Lance 945 Onan QG 2500 LP 6580 lb truck 10540 fully loaded His weight is 10,500+ just like several of us. My weight is 10,400 too! My Bigfoot camper's sticker says 2,600! Fully loaded it is 4,200. Not sure what Specta is running for tires and rims. Jim
bigfootford 05/27/20 10:34am Truck Campers
RE: F250 Payload Capacity

1995 F250 rear axle have 10,000 lb capacity. Tires are the restriction as to weight restrictions. Not absolutely sure of the span of years for the F250 dana axle but know 1988-1997 for sure. Our BF camper has rode on 2 different f250's for almost 200,000 miles. I do have 19.5's Michelins and Vision rims. Those tires are rated at 4500lbs each. I do have AirLift bags on the rear. Rear axle weight with the camper on fully loaded is about 6500 and the front is about 3500 (3300 without camper). Nothing more to say. Jim
bigfootford 05/25/20 11:04am Truck Campers
RE: Help: DC Power cuts out under load

Wow, glad you found it!!!! The guys that put it there were probably laughing saying, "bet someone will go crazy finding this!". Back in the 70's there was a story that was a bit similar. Guy buys a new car.. There is a rattle when going over bumps n stuff. He takes it to the dealer many times and they could not find the source. It was somewhere in the passenger side rear. A factory rep got involved and he and a mechanic had to remove paneling etc to open up the area. There, hanging from a string was a nut tied to the end of it. There was a note attached to the string and it read, "bet you guys had a hard time finding this rattle.". Jim
bigfootford 05/17/20 06:41pm Truck Campers
RE: Help: DC Power cuts out under load

What NRA said.. DC cooling mode pulls a lot of amps. 25 amps. The clicking you are hearing is that breaker in my opinion. Jim
bigfootford 05/17/20 12:48pm Truck Campers
RE: Help: DC Power cuts out under load

When it happens again as the DC power is out, push the battery test switch on your range hood. Probably going to be dead. You have a resettable breaker that is either going bad or you are exceeding it's capacity. Follow the wires that come into the inside of your camper from the battery box. I would hope that lance or someone had not placed it in a weird place. They look like this: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/418Yz2JfA3L._AC_SX355_.jpg Jim
bigfootford 05/17/20 10:25am Truck Campers
RE: Glowsteps questions

I have the Glow steps for my BF with the basement. Pryor I had the other steps. Flimsy and saggy. The Glow steps are a bit expensive but I would not want the "OTHER STEPS". I also have the Glow Step basement step that folds down to get access to the basement! You can see how great that is with my porch... This is what the other steps looked like. I took one step off the assembly and installed it for my first step. https://i.imgur.com/RDkJNS6l.jpg The Glow steps in a great picture taken in a desert of Az. What a rainbow shot! https://i.imgur.com/ZLUuVCll.jpg Another shot a bit closer to the steps. A cold morning in Boulder, Co Note the little step up.. We use that when traveling and we do not want to lower the steps. https://i.imgur.com/a9qFwJul.jpg Stored position.. https://i.imgur.com/9JBAONwl.jpg Wayne, Reddog1 designed the porch and did most of the fabrication for my porch. It turned out so good! You can see how those Other Steps really look like on this thread! Those storage boxes are so great! Hold our BBQ Smokey Joe and the tools and charcoal. The other all our rugs, levelers and jack pads... Click here if you want to see the porch build! The Porch!
bigfootford 03/27/20 12:18pm Truck Campers
RE: 1987? Bigfoot Fiberglass Camper project time!

Wow, that is a great project to do... I would contact the BF mfg and find out what contact cement they are using first of all. Getting foam and laminating 1/8" paneling on it then mounting it is the way to go. I would be using something like the 3m contact 90... Got to use something that will hold up to the heat. The wood paneling is what create the strength for the fiberglas structure. Many fellas have performed repairs to the BF and NL's in places where the foam debonded from the fiberglas. As for the color of the BF for those early years they were not white. They were Colonial White which looks like a faded white. You may find that is true of yours. Post pictures of your progress and good luck! Jim
bigfootford 03/26/20 10:32am Truck Campers
RE: Introduction post

Hooray! Another dreamer. Welcome to the forum. In our younger years with our boys we had a Camper and then a Motorhome. We abandoned that method of outings and did tents until they left home. in the early 90's we decided to see if we wanted to do another camper so we found an OLD 6 pac 8' camper self contained bath n shower too. Only paid $500 for it. We did that for 2 years and decided we loved it. So we searched for another newer or used camper. I had dealt with roof leaks on every camper and that motorhome which was brand new. So when we saw the Northerlite and the Bigfoot we said that is what we want. NO leaks from seams. We got our BFoof 20 years ago and it now has almost 200,000 miles on it and it has been on 2 great f250's. We have been across the country many times, across Canada and all the way to Prudhoe Bay and across the Yukon. One thing that is important. You and your wife have to enjoy each others company and be patient when moving around in the camper..,hahaaa. Good luck in your search! Jim
bigfootford 02/01/20 11:48am Truck Campers
RE: Mattress Size & Thickness Recommendations (Bigfoot 2500)

BF 2500 96 bed area is built for a SHORT QUEEN. We went with a Bed in a Box to match our home bed which is exactly the same except the home bed is a Cal King. The old mattress was easy to get out. The Bed in a box was a monster..hahahaaa. It is a heavy turd.. SHAPE!. It is a bit tall, we lost 2" of head room but boy is it comfy. Have about 20,000 miles on the camper with it in there. Several Weeks of nights.. I tried to search Bed in a Box for their Short Queen "Original" and I see that they do not specify the short Queen. As a note the mattress is 11 inches. Jim
bigfootford 01/29/20 10:40am Truck Campers
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