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RE: Buying a new TC

We live in New England and ordered our current Eagle Cap sans AC. Don’t need it here and the weight up high won’t help handling. We do have a fantastic fan that is great. If it does get hot turn fan on exhaust and crack the small slider window, or bedroom windows at night, you’d be surprised how well that works. We boondock a lot also, so AC won’t really help us. The ceiling fan runs on 12V. As far us suspension, NL (nice camper BTW) aren’t all that heavy. You’ll probably be fine with the one ton. You can always add Stableloads later if you think you need them. Congrats!
billtex 03/29/21 10:29am Truck Campers
RE: Anyone making a reliable new truck now?

Ford still building the 6.2 gas now with a ten speed tranny. Proven engine, been around quite a while now. More than enough for any TC hauling.
billtex 03/24/21 05:26am Truck Campers
RE: okanagan manual

I purchased an Okanagan 811SL new in 2006 and had it for 3 years before I went to the "dark side" when I retired and bought a 5th wheel. We absolutely loved the Okanagan and never had one complaint about it so I'm sure you will enjoy it. We are now at the stage where the 5th wheel is too big for us to drag around so we are going back to a camper. Okanagans are no longer made so I am looking at Westland/Travelaire which I believe are made by the same people who made Okanagan in Penticton, BC. I will ask at my local dealer who supplied my Okanagan and see if they still have any information, if so I will get it for you. Okanagan = AMLRV
billtex 03/20/21 06:21am Truck Campers
RE: Bed matt for Truck Camper

With our new truck we needed a rubber mat and some pink foam to clear the cab. When you load up first time go slow and take a measurement for clearance.
billtex 03/20/21 06:19am Truck Campers
RE: Wolf Creek 890

Yeah, the interior layout looks awesome. Knowing how the tanks are positioned on a similar size AF, I'd say the batteries and hot water location just offset the gray and black tanks. Tanks now in front and batteries and hot water in back. If anything, gray/black tanks near the front, if that's the case, would put more weight forward of the axle when they're full, then 2 batteries do. Bottom line it's a TC, it's heavy, go have fun! Where's the propane bottles hiding though? I looked at a couple other pics and don't see a propane compartment on either side. Only drawback, IMO is it has a smaller fresh water tank than comparable AF units. Packing as much fresh water as possible is a priority for me for camping without hookups. Well, that's the thing. It's no AF. WC's are way off from AFs capacities. BTW, who drives any long distance with their dump tanks full? I alwaYs run empty. Makes no sense to lug all that disposable weight around. We always leave home with the 50 gal fresh H20 full. It’s got to go somewhere! Not unusual it stays with us until we get home. It’s usually all grey and black by that time.
billtex 03/17/21 06:11pm Truck Campers
RE: Larger Windows in Bigfoot Campers?

I certainly don't know, but if I was to make assumptions, I'd think the wood window framing would be part of the structure, if there is wood in there. You'd also need to be very sure there's no wiring in there, though that seems unlikely. Unless some here has your exact model and done it, I'd only be putting my trust in Bigfoot themselves for that answer! Our old Okanagan is as you described. Bath and big closet at the bed, kitch. and f2f dinette at the back. I certainly does feel more spacious/open. Your Okanogan is an Adventurer! Anyway, IIRC Bigfoot is all glass construction, no wood frame. The only obstacle would be $. Perhaps 54suds will chime in. He’s the BF expert.
billtex 03/10/21 06:14pm Truck Campers
RE: Now the water heater is leaking?

I am back home but trying to get my water lines working. I installed 2 new 1/2” valves. When I connected the first and closed it after running city water for a short while the water started draining out of the other drain, assuming hot water. I turned off the city and let the water stop draining then installed the 2nd 1/2” valve. I turned the city water back on and rather quickly noticed water coming out from the water heater area. Upon closer inspection I could see a stream shooting out from the cooler type insulation. I shut off the city water and opened both valves to drain the water. Not sure what if anything I did wrong. Any thoughts on what happened? Kind of a cryptic post. We need the story from the beginning... I’ll take a shot; is the pressure valve closed?
billtex 03/10/21 06:11pm Truck Campers
RE: Water Line help

We have owned several different campers. All had a shut-off valve in line before the end caps. Even our vintage AirStream. In any case, stop at Home Depot and get a cap. Pretty standard.
billtex 03/05/21 10:58am Truck Campers
RE: Buying a New TC Hauler

Maybe I missed it, but where do you sleep? You must be retired from “Stunt-man” school! It’s a cool idea, but I can’t imagine crawling through that hatch, accessing/using the bathroom, and dropping back in!? God bless you, no way I could accomplish that even if the truck were parked!
billtex 03/05/21 10:53am Truck Campers
RE: Water Line help

Kind of cryptic but try the water heater bypass. Sounds like its open.
billtex 03/04/21 06:45pm Truck Campers
RE: How often do your remove the camper from the truck?

You will get answers that cover the entire range, from people who never take their camper off and can't fathom anyone that would ever take their camper off, to others who take their camper off every time they stop and can't fathom anyone who would ever leave their camper on. . And that is one of the best features of TC’s. A truck when you need it, an RV in less than on hour. So cool.
billtex 03/04/21 05:26am Truck Campers
RE: How often do your remove the camper from the truck?

We rarely take the camper off the truck when traveling. Occasionally, if staying put for a while, but not often. I probably load/unload our camper 8-10 times/year. Maybe more? I allow 1/2 hour for the process (I prefer to be alone so I can focus, and not rush). It’s no big deal, but usually there is no reason to unload when traveling. One of the advantages of a TC is to have your “stuff” with you. It’s easy to drive/park anywhere.
billtex 03/03/21 05:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Tires and Dynamic vs Static Loads

I thought it was something like that. When we were shopping for our camper, we stopped at a popular dealer in the northeast. He had recently bought a new Ford F350 SRW for a general shop truck and to deliver campers. He said he even used it to deliver double slide campers, he just slapped a pair of 19.5s on the back and loaded the camper up. Never mentioned changing the tires on the front, so I guess no need to worry about the weight transferring to the fronts. Scott Unless that was a 2WD truck (highly unlikely in the NE) I think he was pulling your leg. Or he paid a LOT of attention to matching tire diameters...
billtex 03/03/21 05:45pm Truck Campers
RE: Lost all power to 120v outlets

A good way to tell if a Generac was ever installed is to look in the step below the dinette slideout. The Generac had a remote inverter that occupied about half of the space inside the step. It may still be in there, or at least the cable that connected it to the generator may still be there. Generac RV generators were notoriously difficult for some tech’s to fix because they didn’t understand how they worked. On top of that, some of the parts were ridiculously expensive. Some failures could easily cost more than a new generator. Consequently, a lot of them ended up getting junked with low hours on them, and they ended up with a bad reputation amongst some of the owners. :):) WOW...didn't even know that space existed till now. No Generac anything there, but there was a brand new Hillshire Farms gift pack with 2 beef logs, crackers, and cheese...all have long since dried up. How no rodents ever found that is pretty remarkable. So, perhaps the Onan was an add-on after the original sale. That is the funniest thing I have EVER read on this forum.
billtex 03/03/21 05:41pm Truck Campers
RE: Tires and Dynamic vs Static Loads

Well on a SRW the front tires should have same LR as rear tires. So if you are already carrying the camper on your rear tires safely any dynamic loading on the (lightly loaded) front tires would be well with load capacity. Certainly you could have a failure (road hazard?) on any tire.
billtex 03/03/21 12:06pm Truck Campers
RE: Ford 6.2 gas vs 7.3 gas highway gas milage

Supply chain is still a fuster cluck. You can always do a nationwide search and see if there are any trucks that meet your requirements. Good luck.
billtex 02/23/21 06:42pm Truck Campers
RE: Camper and Skiing

Homeey Can’t see your pics but sounds like you are livin large! Good for you Guys. One suggestion if you buy new truck. Go with the one ton, forget the 3/4 ton. Nothing to be gained there. Safe travels, Bill
billtex 02/23/21 06:40am Truck Campers
RE: Tires and Wheels

OP has not said where/if he will beach camp. Being near the Cape assume they will do some beach camping? Nauset requires 4wd, 15 psi (when you leave the gate), and a matching spare and recovery gear etc. (We run 18 psi, if you run 15 psi tire will heat up quick anyway) Be safe and good luck with the new rig. Bill
billtex 02/22/21 05:49pm Truck Campers
RE: Tires and Wheels

And finally for tires, Toyo Open Country A/T II LT295/70R18. 1" larger in diameter than the OEMs. Any final things I should consider? Buy 5.
billtex 02/22/21 01:48pm Truck Campers
RE: Tires and Wheels

Hey cheftim, Just noticed you are right down the road from us. Is that a SRW? No duallys allowed on the beach down the Cape. And you def don’t want 19.5’ for running the beaches there. We air down to 18psi-20psi at Nauset. Did you get a beach pass for this year? Let me know if you need help setting up your rig we can meet up. Good luck, Bill
billtex 02/22/21 12:08pm Truck Campers
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