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Autosocks (chain replacements) Experience

I have been carrying a set of Autosocks for 7+ years now in case I needed to ”chain up” and to satisfy the requirements of carrying chains on some passes. Since they weigh so little and take up so little space I just keep them in the truck all the time. Up to now I have never had to use them. We are in a 7,000 mile trip heading home and stopped at a Harvest Host farm in the California Mountains. The day before we arrived they had a lot of snow dumped on them (California 58 was closed) but when we arrived it was sunny and 40 degrees. The long driveway was covered in snow with a cow path from a few vehicles. We had no problem with our F350 DRW carrying an AF1150 making it through the snow to our parking place. That night it rained a little and then the temperature dipped to 20 degrees. By morning it had risen to 33 degrees. Not surprisingly the driveway out was very icy and when I went to check it out I had trouble walking on it, especially the long uphill segment. I was very concerned if I could make it up even in 4 wheel low gear. I decided to put on the Autosocks on the outer rears, Having used chains before I was pleasantly shocked at how easy they went on. I put it in 4 wheel low and we just drove up the driveway without any slippage. It was trivial to take them off and I shook them off and put them in the floor of the camper to dry off while we drove. Later I put them back in their bag. I don’t know, I suppose I could have made it up the hill without them, but I don’t think so, certainly not without some slippage. Given their small size and how impressed I was with them and their ease of use I am going to buy another pair for the front tires.
brholt 01/28/21 07:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck camper trade-in at dealer question.

Probably a bit dealer dependent. We ordered out new camper in February 20. We also negotiated a pretty fair price for our trade in (subject to inspection). It wasn’t the full retail value but probably 80% of what I could have got selling it myself without the hassle of doing it myself and saving me the 10% sales tax on the new one. COVID hit and the new camper didn’t come out until the end of September. We used the old camper for extensive travel over the summer. When it was time to pick up the new one the dealer inspected the old camper and gave us what they promised. They said they probably wouldn’t make much on it but they were going to honor the deal.
brholt 01/09/21 03:42pm Truck Campers
RE: What is the best safe for a TC?

As an alternative consider a “console vault” for your truck. These provide pretty good security and the one we installed was very easy to put in. Just google “console vault” for options
brholt 01/06/21 09:53am Truck Campers
RE: Wet bath in Dry bath sized camper ideas

Northwood does this. Compare a dry bath 1150 or 1140 to the wet bath version.
brholt 12/30/20 05:18pm Truck Campers
RE: How many have had Thanksgiving in a truck camper?

Every year for the past 6 we have camped over Thanksgiving. On Tuesday we make some fixings, buy some, and get a section of cooked Turkey from the local grocery store. This year we had: Delicata squash, garlic mash potatoes, rutabagas, sweet potato and carrot purée (with butter and creme fraiche), stuffing, roasted Brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, chocolate cake, and of course turkey. Headed out Wednesday and had a great Thanksgiving again (Ft. Casey state park in WA) https://i.imgur.com/ChvLMyfl.jpg
brholt 11/28/20 08:21pm Truck Campers
RE: Arctic Fox Says no off road????

Off road report with an AF1150 AF1150 off-road
brholt 09/29/20 05:20pm Truck Campers
Camping and Traveling in the west in Winter

We are thinking about going up to Eastern South Dakota to visit relatives in January, from Austin TX, and then heading back west to Seattle in February with hopefully a stop in Yellowstone (I know the Mammoth campground is open year round). For the sake of this question let’s just say we follow I-90 with a diversion to Yellowstone. I don’t need to discuss winter driving issues, grew up in Minnesota, and I have a good idea of the capacity of my camper, Arctic Fox truck camper, to handle cold weather. Let’s suppose for the sake of this discussion we plan on fully up using the camper with internal water etc. What I don’t have any knowledge about is are any campgrounds available on the route? Can you get fresh water at places? Dump your tanks? Does anybody have any experience or advice to offer? Or suggestions for any reference one could use? Thanks Brad
brholt 09/28/20 06:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: New Onan Generator

Isn't the 2.5kw LP the same one that's been around for years and the new 2.8kw gas a completely new generator? Yep, according to what I can find. The new design is only Gas at this point. The details in the original post list QC and CQ - both of those model designations are wrong. The gasser model is a QG2800i The previous models were Gas = 2800 watts, LP= 2500 watts. No details on the LP model yet. If you look at the spec sheet found here: Onan spec sheet It sure looks like the propane model is an inverter generator model similar to the gas model except it is 2.5 kw instead of 2.8. Not surprising as propane has less energy.
brholt 09/17/20 05:46pm Truck Campers
RE: Furnace low voltage limit

May be your sail switch or you need to clean the blower. Does the furnace come on, blow, then stop blowing? In that case the sail switch is not allowing the furnace to run as it thinks there is insufficient airflow. In our case below 5,000 feet no problem. At 6,000 ft with a fully charged battery no problem. However, if the battery is discharged some the furnace shows the above behavior. If I start the truck then it gets enough voltage to spin the blower fast enough for the sail switch to allow ignition. (Used remote start on the truck several weeks ago at Mammoth campground In Yellowstone when the cold front mover in.) Above 7,000 ft our furnace will not ignite.
brholt 09/17/20 05:39pm Truck Campers
How Much Stuff is in Your Truck Camper

I have been unloading our almost nine year old AF1150 as we are trading it in. Over 13 large totes of stuff. And that is not including the blankets, backrests, pillows, three closets and two hampers worth of clothes, the longer stuff like an ax, broom, umbrellas and hiking poles. Nor does this include the food from either the shelfs or the refrigerator. Amazing. Add in the stuff in the crew cab truck and it is no wonder we weigh so much.
brholt 09/17/20 04:48pm Truck Campers

Northwood is currently manufacturing 1150’s. No experience with Dodge but our 2013 F350 handles our current 1150 nicely with only the addition of upper stable loads.
brholt 09/17/20 02:09pm Truck Campers
New Onan Generator

It looks like Onan has a new generator for truck campers. It seems much more sophisticated and much quieter. Onan QC 2800i Here is a review: Onan CQ 2800i Our new camper just rolled off of Northwood’s production line. Onan doesn’t list the old generators on their web site so I am hoping we get this one.
brholt 09/15/20 07:58pm Truck Campers
RE: Back order shocks

Just replaced the factory shocks with KYB Monomax shocks. Very pleased with the results
brholt 09/12/20 06:10pm Truck Campers
RE: Who is a Full Timer with a Camper?

I would note that the fox landing option on Arctic Fox campers makes towing and getting into the camper easy for a rear entry camper. As for wet vs dry baths we prefer the wet bath as you have more room to shower and use the bathroom than most dry baths. We do extensive camping trips right now and plan on going full time in our truck camper in less than a year.
brholt 08/17/20 02:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Cross winds

I've been driving my dually with 6000lb camper in winds that would blow the boot I had between the 2, yet never felt any danger. So it is definitely setup -unique and dually certainly has huge advantage. I also have RWD, who is 3" lower than 4WD and that plays role as well. Semi trailer are not only 12' tall all the way, but also sit higher, so COG of empty trailer is pretty high. I agree with the dually advantage. Having a DRW hauling an AF1150 I have not had concerns with some pretty strong crosswinds.
brholt 07/24/20 10:21pm Truck Campers
RE: Arctic Fox and frameLess windows

At DeltaBravo’s suggestion I called and talked to Doug Karr of Northwood. He confirmed that all of the truck campers coming out now we’re going to be frameless. If I have it right the reason is that Lippert bought out Hehr and closed down their production. Northwood could get Lippert sliding windows and has been installing them but they are much poorer quality and they have had a lot of trouble with them. To alleviate that they switched to the frameless. I can attest to the quality of the sliders. When I was at the dealers two days ago to check on my order the dealer still had a couple of 2020’s on the lot. The windows were not Hehr, the hardware was cheaper, and they didn’t operate very well.
brholt 07/16/20 09:37pm Truck Campers
Arctic Fox and frameLess windows

We ordered a new 2021 AF1150 back in early Feb at the Seattle RV show. It was supposed to come in July. With the virus and everything that has happened we are now looking at September. What is really disappointing to us is all their AF truck campers are now coming with frameless windows. When we ordered it they had started shipping a “Legacy” 990 dictions with the frameless windows but we were assured by the factory representative that all other production models would come with the sliders. That is not the case. I went to the dealers and did some measurements of a new model AF camper with the windows. Given how little they open I estimate they reduce the opening size for airflow by 67%. With the loss of the opening pass through window these campers are losing a lot of airflow. No more sitting in the camper and enjoying a breeze I guess. Just a heads up.
brholt 07/15/20 01:59pm Truck Campers
RE: 350/3500 trucks, engine weight gas vs diesel

Extra weight is pretty much always a disadvantage off-road.
brholt 07/11/20 09:19pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper Liability Insurance

Just checked my separate truck camper policy. It has comprehensive and collision but not liability. The insurance on the truck covers the liability.
brholt 06/10/20 10:46am Truck Campers
RE: Rear View Camera

I added a backup camera plugged into the Ford tailgate camera harness. This means it only comes on when I back up. I have found it incredibly useful. My wife rarely has to spot for me backing up.
brholt 06/09/20 02:22pm Truck Campers
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