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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
RE: Front Frame Mount Tie Downs Not Working!

OP-do you have a SB camper on a LB? I don’t see where you posted camper/truck model (other than 2500)? How tight are your tie downs? I’ve been around here quite a while, seen all kinds of mishaps/failures. Never saw this before... Bill
billtex 09/02/20 03:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper Northern Lite 811

Welcome to the TC world. NL is a good choice. You will enjoy the freedom of traveling with a TC!
billtex 09/01/20 05:20am Truck Campers
RE: Chalet TS116 Experiance

Looking for people who have owned a Chalet TS116 camper. Would like to hear about your likes and dislikes. Also any issues you might have ran into during your ownership. I know Chalet is still in production but they no longer make truck campers. So I am a little worried about buying a camper that the company no longer is making them. I realize that most items can be replaced but am just being cautious. I want a side entry camper because I will be towing most of the time I use the camper so ease of getting in and out would be nice. So since I want a side entry PLUS minimum of one slide my options are very limited. Hey Wildman, I just joined up here because of your question(s), and hope I can offer some advice as a TS116 owner that's just over the "hills" from you (near Tacoma). I bought my "new" 2012 in mid-2014 as a dealer demo. Our family loves the camper, though it's not without (mostly minor) issues. Likes: TONS of storage Dry bath Huge living space (you forget you're in the back of a truck) Seems to cut through the wind remarkably well, going down the road (I previously had a Fleetwood Caribou that would get buffeted and blown all over the place). Of course, I put it on an air-bagged 3500 dually. I only recently started towing behind it, and a 36" extension is sufficient. Use a weight-distributing hitch and you won't even know a trailer is behind you. Massive fresh/gray/black water capacity for a camper. Two people can boondock for a week with no issues. Decent balance/weight distribution for such a large camper. Dislikes: Shoddy finish work (IMHO). Glue overspray everywhere, cabinetry construction sub-par (don't put anything remotely heavy in drawers without reinforcing/gluing the bottoms). Styrofoam beads (from the composite roof) still appearing inside after every journey. Overhead wardrobe is not well though out... can't open doors with a made-up bed. I pulled mine out, did a little re-working to the top corners of it, and re-installed raising them about 4". More useful, now. (some of the following is not a problem with Chalet, but due to 3rd party components): Lousy tank monitoring system. Don't rely on it AT ALL. Jacks (as mentioned before) can give you fits, but usually due to water ingress (inspect and replace emergency plugs on top of gearboxes as needed, and/or find water-resistant covers for top of jacks). Heki 1 or 2 hatch in overhead... JUNK. latches break if you look at them hard. Mine blew open in a wind storm and broke the dome. Replaced it with a Heki 4 (electrically operated), and it's been trouble-free ever since. It's TALL sitting on a stock-height dually. I think it's around 13'6" to the top of the AC cover. Watch out for low bridges and branches! A couple other thoughts: Mine is starting to show signs of (mild) de-lamination of the exterior, appearing as big bubbles. Chalet claimed that storing on the jacks was perfectly acceptable, but I'd advise sitting it on a stand(s). I'm seeing a little buckling at one corner (nothing major), but it doesn't appear to be progressing. The compact slide mechanisms Chalet employed haven't caused me any trouble, and I've never had an issue with a slide sticking. "Racking" of the frame has never been an issue for me. Ample battery space (I have 4 Trojan batteries in the compartment, along with my solar charging setup, and there's room for at least 3 more batteries. HOWEVER... I'd be hesitant to put any more in it as I would fear the battery weight, along with a full tank of fresh water, might rip the bottom off the camper. (I won't take the camper off the truck if there's water in the tank... you can see the bottom droop.) As I mentioned, I have a solar setup on mine. The "pre-wire" is garbage, and will need to be scrapped if you want to have a working solar charging system (check out handybobsolar.wordpress.com/ on how to build a functioning system). All things considered, I'd buy one all over again. We enjoy the heck out of it, and it gets a lot of curious looks and questions in a campground. It definitely doesn't seem like much of a compromise vs. a trailer, and it'll get into places you can't take a trailer. :) I know the OP asked about Chalet’s, and my intention is not to bash Chalet (never owned one). My intention is to offer another perspective. Our Eagle Cap is the same vintage (2013) has similar capacities, etc We purchased new and have camped extensively. I can honestly say we have had none of these issues. We use the camper off the truck with full tanks, on the truck, summer, winter, etc, etc Yesterday I replaced a vent lid that had become brittle with age. That is the first and only repair we have done. I try not to have brand bias and do my research with an open mind. I suggest the OP look at other brands as well and not get tunnel vision. The issues described above would e enough to change my mind. Good luck, Bill
billtex 08/31/20 05:48am Truck Campers
RE: Cooper tire failure at 65mph - now what?

Not sure it would have helped in this case as this appears to be a catastrophic failure. But I can say having a TPMS is a God send for us truck campers. The ability to monitor psi as you are going down the road can really help predict if something is amiss with your tires. Not sure if your truck has this, but you can add aftermarket. I have much greater peace of mind with TPMS in the new truck. We had similar failure and it scared the p**p out of me. No fun when hauling a TC. I did add an aftermarket system to the old truck and it worked fine as well. Bill
billtex 08/19/20 06:13am Truck Campers
RE: Cooper tire failure at 65mph - now what?

Front at 80 psi, rears at 70. What kind of weight on front tires that they require 80psi? And in 2nd picture roughly 2/3 way down...IS that a NAIL/Screw Head sticking out of the tread Right. I am curious also as to why the high psi up front? Typically the front is un-weighted or very lightly loaded with a TC while the rear axle (of course) has the bulk of the load. What did you find at the scales? I know you have a bit of a unicorn for a camper, curious as to scale weights. Thx, Bill
billtex 08/18/20 06:48pm Truck Campers
RE: Campsite Squatters

Unless they are violating the time requirement, I don’t see the issue. Agreed. Happens all the time. We have left the camper on site for several days and gone off backpacking in the mountains. Can’t worry about everything.
billtex 08/18/20 02:24pm Truck Campers
RE: Cooper tire failure at 65mph - now what?

Hmmm. Glad no one was injured. I had similar failure on last truck w/Nitto’s. They did honor warranty (actually Tire Rack did...) and I replaced with the KO2’’s. The KO2’s had the greatest load index I could find for 16” wheels. You might check for your size. I was pleased with the KO2’s.
billtex 08/18/20 02:20pm Truck Campers
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