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RE: Putting AF 811 SB into a long box DRW truck

build a small wooden box in the front for storage. When measuring the camper on my old truck, I would have been able to slide the camper forward about 8-9" more, if it wasn't already hitting the front of the box. I'll be able to shift much more forward now with a long box and leave myself about 18". Exactly! Couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome. The COG and added storage are awesome.
billtex 10/27/20 03:29pm Truck Campers
RE: Blue water in black tank - does it freeze?

Color me ignorant, but... what is "blue" water? I know what black water is, I know gray water... I know what is meant by "pink stuff." I have used blue windshield wiper fluid in my black tank and cassette reservoir (but I don't think that is what we are talking 'bout here.) Is blue water just another term for regular potable water in the domestic pluming? Blue water probably = tank deodorizer in the water. He’ll be fine...
billtex 10/26/20 05:52pm Truck Campers
RE: Putting AF 811 SB into a long box DRW truck

I did this on my last camper set-up. The space in front was primarily for a Honda 3000EU generator. There was also access space on either side of the camper forward of the wheel wells. Welcome space for firewood, empty beer cans, other... The spacer was built custom for the generator making sure that the back part of the camper did not touch the rear tail lenses. If set up properly, the COG will still be the same as if the SB camper was installed on a SB truck- this is because the axles location from the rear bumper is the same on either truck. My COG was still forward on the axle by about 2" even thought the camper seems to appear further back. I took Frank’s advice and put our Eagle Cap 850 (VERY similar to your AF) on our new LB. Best thing ever. Love it. The added storage is the catsazz. I found I was able to cheat the camper further forward on the LB. COG is 2” forward of axle, with SB I was 1” behind axle. I built a wood frame like Franks that keeps the camper ~ 1” off my tail lights. We have now run a full season like this and I wish I had done this years ago. Provide your email and I can send pics. I’m too old to mess around with posting pics on this site. It’ a freakin mess now and don’t understand why. Was easier years ago!
billtex 10/26/20 05:01pm Truck Campers
RE: next after Upper Stableloads? Jittery ride on rough pavement

Also my Ford is a bit floppier in the frame department than my Dodge there seems to be a lot more “vibration and harshness” through to the cab on certain roads. A little more info (sig line) would be helpful. Is this an F150?
billtex 10/23/20 08:42pm Truck Campers
RE: next after Upper Stableloads? Jittery ride on rough pavement

Hallmark Cuchara 9.5 ft is 1893# dry weight. There's almost nothing over the truck cab but the frame, some canvas, and the mattress. I'm seriously missing something in this conversation. I don’t feel like justifying my quest for better handling But we have a TON of solar on the front of the roof Plus a bunch of stuff in the under bed storage So yes, you are missing some details. But as I said - I don’t want to justify my desire for a less jittery ride when on rough pavement. You don’t need all the details on my rig. I just want to learn of possible fixes. And total wet weight of rig is 11,300 lbs. I recall it was fairly closely split between front and rear axle. And it rides dead level. Didn’t you come here asking for advice? Good luck...
billtex 10/22/20 06:19pm Truck Campers
RE: Purchasing New Host Everest 11.6, Help Please

Never put the jacks down. I try to park as level as possible. If needed I can place a ramp under a tire to level a bit. Usually don’t off-load the TC unless we are staying for a full week. Our Eagle Cap is fine to use off the truck with full tanks if needed.
billtex 10/22/20 06:12pm Truck Campers
RE: next after Upper Stableloads? Jittery ride on rough pavement

Hmmm.I usually relate jittery to unladen ride on rough pavement. As mentioned, there are certain road surfaces that just suck. Not sure why you are opposed to lower SL’s. I am running upper and lower SL’s on the new truck and am VERY pleased. Nice firm ride when loaded and 100% stock ride unladen. Couldn’t be happier. Have you been to the scales? Maybe you need to get some weight forward? Where’s your water tank? Try a full tank. Sometimes that helps. A front hitch with some junk on it can help also. Safe travels, bill
billtex 10/22/20 04:58am Truck Campers
RE: Aluminum Frame vs Wood Frame for washboard roads.

We have owned both. Assuming both are quality construction-there will be no difference to the end user. I would not let alum vs wood be a deciding factor.
billtex 10/20/20 08:41am Truck Campers
RE: Purchasing New Host Everest 11.6, Help Please

We routinely travel 2 adults , 2 teenage boys, dog in a single slide TC. Love it. If weather is decent, boys bring a tent, but no big deal. We make it work. We don’t live in it...it’s a convenient way to travel. Have fun, safe travels. Bill
billtex 10/19/20 07:46pm Truck Campers
RE: Leaving potable antifreeze in the system

Compressor. But watch the psi, RV lines only rated to 45 psi. You can get an adapter with quick disconnect to compressor and std hose fitting on opposite end made for this purpose.
billtex 10/06/20 08:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Leaving potable antifreeze in the system

I would change it just because it probably doesn’t even take a 1/2 gallon. Good time to change the air in your tires too.
billtex 10/05/20 08:08pm Truck Campers
RE: Where do you put your levels?

Driver side, one on front (so I can see it in mirror) and one on driver side side panel. Set the camper good and level using a level in the fridge. Then stick on your outside levels. The new truck also has a pretty cool “off road” gauge that shows fore/aft and side/side angle right on the dashboard!
billtex 09/29/20 05:20am Truck Campers
RE: Opinions on my dilema - newer trucks SRW vs DRW

We are running same camper on SRW LB gasser. If you go gas you can get the payload you need. If you must go diesel, get a DRW. Long bed is not an issue-in fact I intentionally put a SB camper on a LB truck. LB usually gets you greater payload and we love the added storage. I made a wood frame to keep the camper in place. With the EC 850 on a LB I am able to slide the camper forward more than a SB truck. This puts the COG ~ 2” forward of the axle. On our last SB truck the camper was ~ 2” behind the axle as the camper hits the front of the bed (of course). Very pleased with our new setup. BTW; I went from diesel back to gas. The new ten speed trannys are a game changer for gassers. I don’t live in the Rocky’s though... What payload does that give you on 2020 CC LB gasser? Is that with 6.2 or 7.3 engine? I believe 4960# is max for SRW. 2020 Ford SD Specs
billtex 09/25/20 06:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Opinions on my dilema - newer trucks SRW vs DRW

We are running same camper on SRW LB gasser. If you go gas you can get the payload you need. If you must go diesel, get a DRW. Long bed is not an issue-in fact I intentionally put a SB camper on a LB truck. LB usually gets you greater payload and we love the added storage. I made a wood frame to keep the camper in place. With the EC 850 on a LB I am able to slide the camper forward more than a SB truck. This puts the COG ~ 2” forward of the axle. On our last SB truck the camper was ~ 2” behind the axle as the camper hits the front of the bed (of course). Very pleased with our new setup. BTW; I went from diesel back to gas. The new ten speed trannys are a game changer for gassers. I don’t live in the Rocky’s though...
billtex 09/25/20 05:53am Truck Campers
RE: Need Suspension Mods

Thanks all. TriBeard, heading to a Cat scale on Friday. I'll report. billtex, -->Not sure The advantage of adding SS’s to a 1 ton. Why not take full advantage of the OE spring pack? Can you help me out with what you mean there? Are you suggesting adding leaves to the current pack? My point; if you have a 3/4 ton you can gain some spring rate by adding leafs, supersprings, etc to get to a spring rate = to a 1 ton. With a one ton I would suggest utilizing the existing spring pack (bottom overloads, upper overloads) to their fullest before i started adding any springs. You can accomplish this with a number of products; lower/upper stableloads, etc that when setup properly will not effect unladen ride. The problem with adding springs is you WILL compromise the ride quality when unladen. If you intend to leave the TC loaded all the time, maybe not an issue. My last (3/4 ton) truck had supersprings, airbags, sway bar. It handled the camper fine (not as good as our newer 1 ton), but it was fine. But man, the ride was nasty. I mean NASTY. But i added all that because I was starting from a 3/4 ton. Which is also why we now have a 1 ton...with no mods that effect unladen ride. I guess the summary (IMO) is the approach to Suspension mods to a 3/4ton truck should be different than a 1 ton truck. Good luck, i know there are a lot of different opinions on this topic. After my last experience I did not want any mods that would effect unladen ride. And i accomplished that 100%. Bill
billtex 09/21/20 07:57am Truck Campers
RE: Need Suspension Mods

Thanks for all of the feedback from you all. I'll be ready for new tires in the spring so I'll be upgrading both the wheels and tires to be better suited to the weight I'm carrying. Decision now is stay with 18" or go with 19.5". Haven't found a compelling reason for either one yet. I'll also be adding a Superspring. Looks like I'll have to get rid of the air bags altogether as it looks like they can't coexist. Heading up to one of my kid's house next week and will use the camper for social distancing. There's a Cat scale nearby and will jump on with all tanks empty for another reading. I ran SS’s and bags on my last 3/4 ton truck. Not sure The advantage of adding SS’s to a 1 ton. Why not take full advantage of the OE spring pack?
billtex 09/20/20 06:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Ford 7.3 gas burner mpg hauling TC

Every RV, I've owned over the last 40+ years got less than 10 mpg. No matter WHAT it was....Moho, 5er, TC, or TT. The "best" fuel mileage rig is my present 31 year old 460/ZF-5 F350 running just over 10,000lbs loaded and ready to camp. Our S&S runs around 4,500lbs ready to camp and Red has gotten a 12 year lifetime average, with the TC on her of 9.4 mpg and she gets 14 on the highway empty. I believe the 7.3 gasser will be close to that, but with the 10 speed trans should drive light years better than my old truck. The new ten speeds are a game changer for gassers. Ten speeds put the engine in the right place all the time, no lugging, no screaming. Really sweet. I haven’t been this excited about a vehicle in a long time. We are loving our new F350 gasser. With the added cost and complexity of diesels, they are getting much harder to justify. We hauled about 12,000 lbs on one trip this summer-no problem at all. I have not missed our previous diesel for one minute.
billtex 09/20/20 11:40am Truck Campers
RE: Need Suspension Mods

ranhalgo, thanks for the comparison. I had air bags on my last setup and never loved them. I'm trying like you to do things one at a time. At this point I'm trying to decide between the lower Stableloads, Helliwig Big Wig rear stabilizer, and Supersprings. billtex, other than yours being a CC and mine a SuperCab, we're pretty close in set up and weight. Other than the lower Stableloads, what other mods have you added? Lower sl and 2” energy suspension bumpers for top overloads. Our rigs are very similar weight. I did not want to do anything that would effect unladen ride. I am very happy with these mods. Last truck I did too much: air bags, super springs, sway bar. I will not be doing any of those this time. Truck rode like a cement truck. All the time.
billtex 09/16/20 06:25pm Truck Campers
RE: Need Suspension Mods

it sounds like you must have over load springs, that work as the truck body drops the springs come into contact with the overload spring perches on the frame. Your not loaded enough to make them come into play full time so they BANG every time the springs hit them As you crank up the air bags they you are raising the back so they never hit again. This. Ditch the airbags and add lower Stableloads . You’ll be all set.
billtex 09/15/20 07:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Gas mileage last trip.

Specta-that is pretty good mpg. My current ten speed gasser with only 2k miles on it, is within 0.5 mpg of our previous diesel. I expect the new truck will get better with more miles. We are very pleased with the new gas truck. The new ten speeds are a game changer for gassers.
billtex 09/10/20 05:43am Truck Campers
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