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RE: you like Torklift StableLoads? / Upper, lower or BOTH?

Thanks-great input. I had a good conversation with TL the other day. I will be going with lower SL’s first and see how that goes. I can add uppers later if needed. Thx to All. You'll be drilling your springs? I'll be curious to hear how that goes. Yeah. Not excited about that part. I will “rent” their drill fixture.
billtex 06/30/20 07:38am Truck Campers
RE: you like Torklift StableLoads? / Upper, lower or BOTH?

I had the uppers for years and they ended up degrading. So when I got new uppers I took the plunge and got the lowers too. I was shocked at the difference the lowers made. I haven't experience porpoising at all since adding them. Sway is lessened significantly and washboard roads are not as terrible. I wish I hadn't waited years to get the lowers. edit: Oh and I forgot about the sag. I would forget to adjust my headlights when I put the camper on and people would flash me their brights. Not anymore. Thanks-great input. I had a good conversation with TL the other day. I will be going with lower SL’s first and see how that goes. I can add uppers later if needed. Thx to All.
billtex 06/29/20 06:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Turnbuckle ?

If convenience is your goal both HJ and TL can be retrofitted with their handles , quick loads and derringer respectively . Thx Bob, I will look into this “upgrade”.
billtex 06/28/20 11:07am Truck Campers
RE: Turnbuckle ?

If I understand your analysis, no, quite the opposite, once you find your happy (tension) place, you then slide the o-ring to 1/4" below the housing, this will help you monitor how your positioned ,as opposed to how you were when you departed. It's real simple to hook the bottom in the tie-down & twist them. On my last trip a walk-by visual made me aware that TC shifted a bit, because one front o-ring was down 1/2". Couldn't tell by doing a front or back visual but a measurement confirmed it. We were traveling the hills and dales of routes 40 and 50 through OH., WV.,MD.,VA.,and the coast. Lots of 10-15 mph switchbacks so I was watching them pretty closely. Harder to keep an eye on stuff like that with the chains. 50, The Loneliest Road & 40, America's Main Street are just as beautiful as the Blue Ridge up in the mountains. Inspired me enough to plan a trip on my motorcycle this fall, if this Covid s_ _ t ever goes away, if not we'll carry our hotel. Hope this helps. Agreed. But it seems it will take just as many turns/“un-turns” to install or remove them? IOW; I don’t see any less work with the HJ system.
billtex 06/27/20 08:11pm Truck Campers
RE: More Upper SL ?’s

I don't get flashed as much for hi beams. I didn't put to many miles on without them so hard to tell, but, I feel like I have more control when cornering. Did raising the rear change the weight on the front axle? Thx.
billtex 06/24/20 08:11pm Truck Campers
RE: Turnbuckle ?

Once you set them, and set the o-ring, 9 outta 10 times there good to go for me. You mark them for position on truck, RF, RR, LF, LR. I remove my LF for easier fuel door access. Bigger door with DEF. I also put a few scratches in my old truck with the wrenches, fortunately it was silver so only I saw them. I think what you are saying is you can get a consistent tensile force by returning to your mark each time you tighten them? Consistency is maybe the one advantage I can see over turnbuckles/chains. But it looks like you will be “turning” just as much? Is this correct?
billtex 06/24/20 08:09pm Truck Campers
More Upper SL ?’s

Has anyone found that using upper SL’s to reduce rear sag has had any effect on front axle weight? Thx, Bill
billtex 06/24/20 07:11pm Truck Campers
Turnbuckle ?

I have always been old school using TL original spring loads, turn buckles and chains. The camper tends to stay loaded on truck for months so the turnbuckles have never been an issue. I do however have a full set of HJ original spring loads that I have never used. I dusted them off tonight as I was setting up the new truck. I have to be honest; I don’t see any advantage to these versus the chains/turnbuckles. Seems to me these would be just as much work (rotating to achieve proper tension). Am I missing something? Who’s using HJ originals? Who’s using original TL’s? Thx, Bill
billtex 06/24/20 07:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Air bag question and suspension in general I guess

Bringing this back up as I now have real weights for the boat. Gross trailer weight 6100lbs Tongue weight 480 lbs. Truck with camper, 3/4 tank of fuel, me and 2 boys. Front Axle 4400 Rear Axle 5580 GAWR Front 4670 Rear 6084. I'm right at limits for gawr with the boat hitched. My understanding is tongue weight would lighten a bit if I extended the tongue which may not be good. The tongue weight right now is just at the lower end of recommended %. Seems like overload springs, a super hitch and a super hitch truss extension are likely in my future. The 15" extra long ball mount is only rated to 6000 lbs. Sounds good. A tire upgrade may be in your future. I extended the tongue on one of our boat trailers. The extension allowed me to tow with the TC on and not use a hitch extension. So it was a bit of a trade off. I did need to crawl under the camper to engage/dis-engage the trailer which was a PIA. You are correct about tongue weight; too lite and you may get some sway. Tires are good. They are 10 ply, 3750 per tire. Thankfully. Extending the tongue would have been so much easier and cost effective. I need to rule that out before placing an order for the super hitch. Then your RAWR = 7500#. Try extending the hitch, or just moving the winch post. I would experiment with the boat/trailer loading before spending the $ on a super hitch. It worked for me with the Classic Whaler we had at that time.
billtex 06/22/20 06:10am Truck Campers
RE: you like Torklift StableLoads? / Upper, lower or BOTH?

I have them, and they don't engage or otherwise affect the ride when unloaded. If they did, I would contact TL. That is my understanding of how they SHOULD work. Are some Folks just not setting them up correctly? Do some suspension designs not allow this? Thx, Bill
billtex 06/21/20 07:01pm Truck Campers
RE: you like Torklift StableLoads? / Upper, lower or BOTH?

Reviving this thread. Finally got my Talons for the new truck (lots of delays-on my end-due to COVID, etc). Will load up this week and hit the scales. I anticipate upper SL’s as there is about 4” sag with the Eagle Cap on the new F350. I am confused though. I have never run upper SL’s and i am hearing some folks say they do engage when unloaded and other’s say the ride is harsh even unloaded. My goal is to not effect unladen ride. Why do some Folks have engagement when unloaded? Did they not set the upper SL’s correctly? Did they not trim them? Just eye balling the F350 looks like I will have ~ 2” before the upper SL’s engage. So why the different opinions on upper SL’s? Thx, Bill
billtex 06/21/20 10:01am Truck Campers
RE: Air bag question and suspension in general I guess

Bringing this back up as I now have real weights for the boat. Gross trailer weight 6100lbs Tongue weight 480 lbs. Truck with camper, 3/4 tank of fuel, me and 2 boys. Front Axle 4400 Rear Axle 5580 GAWR Front 4670 Rear 6084. I'm right at limits for gawr with the boat hitched. My understanding is tongue weight would lighten a bit if I extended the tongue which may not be good. The tongue weight right now is just at the lower end of recommended %. Seems like overload springs, a super hitch and a super hitch truss extension are likely in my future. The 15" extra long ball mount is only rated to 6000 lbs. Sounds good. A tire upgrade may be in your future. I extended the tongue on one of our boat trailers. The extension allowed me to tow with the TC on and not use a hitch extension. So it was a bit of a trade off. I did need to crawl under the camper to engage/dis-engage the trailer which was a PIA. You are correct about tongue weight; too lite and you may get some sway.
billtex 06/21/20 09:54am Truck Campers
RE: Northern Lite 10-2 maiden voyage

So we just returned from our first trip in our brand new rig - 2020 Northern Lite 10-2 + 2019 Ram 3500 diesel dually. It was fantastic! However, a few issues did arise such as: 1. Although the ride was generally quite smooth, we did experience a fair bit of front to back rocking when passing over bigger bumps (porpoising?). Our truck is suspension stock. After reading many posts on the topic I am totally confused as to what might be the best option for us. Note - This is our first truck and first truck camper. Recommendations? Stableloads 2. Although the stove in the camper worked great we'd rather be cooking our meals outdoors. As such, we are looking to purchase an outdoor gas stove that would connect to the propane gas hose in the generator bay. Any recommendations? I would rather not use the TC propane for cooking. Save it for heat, hot water, fridge. I also would rather have my grill/stove away from the camper. We use a Coleman Road Trip and 1 lb bottles. They last us quite a few days... 3. Our cell phone reception was spotty. So we are thinking of adding a cell phone signal booster. Are they effective? If so, any recommendations? No cell=perfect! 4. Our camper came with a boat rack that we mount our canoe on bringing our total height to approximately 12ft (I will be measuring it more accurately prior to our next trip). Are there iPhone gps apps that include clearance heights or will we need a separate gps? 5. Our first bottle of propane ran out after dry camping for 5 days. Is this normal? We had the furnace going for two of the nights as the temperature dipped down into the low 40's. We were also using the fridge and hot water. Sounds good. Thanks in advance for the help!
billtex 06/19/20 08:54pm Truck Campers
RE: Air bag question and suspension in general I guess

Had airbags, supersprings, and sway bar on last truck. Won’t do airbags again. There are better options, less hassle, more robust. With the tongue weight you are suggesting, I don’t think airbags are necessary. FWIW; I question the weight of that TC also. Visit the scales and then report back here. Guessing at your weights isn’t very helpful. I'll get some weights. What are the better options you are referring to? My previous truck was same as yours. You don’t have upper over loads on that truck, but there are several options. Let’s see what you have for weights and then we can make suggestions. You may not need anything! What are you running for tires? Edit; just read your OP again. So you have 4” sag. If you plan to tow the boat frequently with the TC on, SuperSprings may be the way to go. They will only engage when loaded and will significantly increase your spring rate. I put SS after I had airbags. After that the bags were just along for the ride. The SS were carrying the load no problem. But let’s not get too far ahead. Load up and hit the scales.
billtex 06/12/20 06:22am Truck Campers
RE: Air bag question and suspension in general I guess

Had airbags, supersprings, and sway bar on last truck. Won’t do airbags again. There are better options, less hassle, more robust. With the tongue weight you are suggesting, I don’t think airbags are necessary. FWIW; I question the weight of that TC also. Visit the scales and then report back here. Guessing at your weights isn’t very helpful.
billtex 06/11/20 06:10pm Truck Campers
RE: What's your experience with Good Sam Roadside Assistance?

We have used them a few times over the years. Mostly Wife running battery down... We prefer GS because I know they will tow all of our vehicles (if needed) TT, TC, boat, cars, trucks. AAA may not tow your RV depending on where you breakdown. They are “regional” clubs and may not tow your RV depending on what region you have a breakdown.
billtex 06/03/20 08:10pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Anybody Know what this is?

Keg-a-rater?
billtex 06/01/20 09:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Proper generator for Lance 851?

Problem with lp gennys for us was winter (ski camping). You need all your propane for heat, running the genny on propane would mean having to carry a LOT of propane. We could burn through both tanks just for heating, can’t imagine carrying more tanks somewhere? Until you go solar, you don’t know how good it is. Quite, clean, completely maintenance free. With solar and a proper controller, and AGM’s-I haven’t even looked inside my battery box in years. Literally.
billtex 06/01/20 09:29am Truck Campers
RE: Proper generator for Lance 851?

I would invest the money into solar on the roof instead. Buy a Honda clone generator for the times when you need the extra power. Absolutely. Solar and some good 6V AGM’s (lithium?!) is the way to go. I have not touched my genny since I went solar 7 years ago. Anyone want to buy an H2K?
billtex 05/29/20 07:51am Truck Campers
RE: Considering a TC & Towing my Travel Trailer

Billtex: we don't full-time but do go on the road for several months at a time, as well as taking shorter 1-6 week trips. I hear you on the gennys and solar. We may be able to ditch them someday, but we typically camp without electric hookup in NP/NF campgrounds, and the gennys come in handy for running the A/C when the weather turns hotter. I travel with my elderly mother who doesn't handle the heat very well. I'm not keen on the idea of doing away with the travel trailer in favor of a larger TC. The TT gives us two permanent sleeping areas (a full-size sofa and a double bunk), and use of the dinette (which we do use a lot). I also prefer the idea of having a smaller-profile TC on the truck for tooling around towns, making runs to the grocery store, parking at trailheads where space can be at a premium, being able to drive some places with height clearance issues, etc... Got it. You do have specific requirements. Track down Moosetags-he can give you some good advice.
billtex 05/28/20 08:09pm Truck Campers
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