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RE: RVs over 10 years old are valueless

Those parks that only allow newer rv’s are for yuppies only, you don’t want to be there anyway. Most of the places I've come across that has this rule are full of the "Get off my lawn" "No kids in the pool" old folks. Highest amount I ever paid for an overnight stay, the sewer hook up was 3-4 feet from the neighbors picnic table. Could not wait to leave that place after dumping when they were having brunch. Couldn't help the time as we had to get going. When leaving I noted the large area available where they could have spread out those two sites and made them much nicer. It's weird they let utilities dictate this horribly close layout. I cannot express, after staying at several nice state parks forest service campgrounds most all my camping life, how bad I wanted to get out of there.
covered wagon 01/01/22 06:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: Camper basically chopped in half by tree

During slight winds or benign blustery weather it is a good time to inspect your trees. You have a hazardous tree is if you see the ground moving with the tree. Means the tree won't stand for long in a stronger wind storm and is loosing anchor to the ground. The bit about too much moisture means when the grond is so saturated it becomes loose ground. A good tree will bend with the wind and not be moving the ground, has deeper root system. A tree that is top heavy, grown too rangey as they call it, can break at the main trunk and fall as in an ice storm that builds up too much weight. So if you see a tree with too much bending swinging with a lot of upper story it's time to remove that one also.
covered wagon 12/31/21 07:49am Truck Campers
RE: Broke down on the road, what's your insurance experience?

My insurance couldn't help me when I was stranded 1:30 am along I-5. Because I only had cash they admitted they couldn't get their cut shared with the towing company because I had no credit cards. They were good enough to give me 3 local towing company phone numbers. I got a deal for that cash and the guy came in 10 mins. He was after mine in a jiffy.
covered wagon 12/24/21 11:28am General RVing Issues
RE: Purchasing Warped Roof 1997 Bigfoot 2500 9’6”?

Thank you HMS Beagle for helping to inform me on the core vs solid. I appreciate that.
covered wagon 12/24/21 11:21am Truck Campers
RE: Purchasing Warped Roof 1997 Bigfoot 2500 9’6”?

Built like a boat. The fiberglass is the structure. There should be no wood structures in these. Bigfoot is one brand. Molded fiberglass campers and boats both need additional structure beyond the fiberglass skin. Whether or not there should be wood present, it is in fact present in a 'foot until it rots away. That's right you have to go back to the 70's to find boats made of solid fiberglass. these days they are mostly built of an inner and outer fiberglass skin with a foam or honeycomb core in between. There may be some very expensive large yachts built of solid hand laid woving in their hulls but, are very expensive.
covered wagon 12/22/21 09:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Beware of RV Parts Country in Kentucky

I think it wise to actually go see what your buying, not ordering everything online. Even at the stores I often see the stock people put items on top or in the front that are slightly flawed in hopes of getting those sold to an impulsive buyer.
covered wagon 12/21/21 07:00am General RVing Issues
RE: Purchasing Warped Roof 1997 Bigfoot 2500 9’6”?

Look very close inside the bottom of the camper in the very area of where it overhangs off the bed of the truck. Much weight of the camper rests on there and that is where you can find trouble from years of condesation and general culmination of aging with this camper. Anytime you see it not resting even in the truck bed is a concern, just make sure there's no cronic rot and does not smell moldy, terribly musty nor like old moisture smell in there. A very bright flashlight and getting in there and look is very important. This area can be repaired but if any rot to the plywood or the main camper base beams makes it more difficult. I will say these older Bigfoots are a better rig than newer and worth the effort.
covered wagon 12/18/21 09:30am Truck Campers
RE: Purchasing Warped Roof 1997 Bigfoot 2500 9’6”?

I bought mine new in 03 and did a lot to it. I don't want to go thru another again so this 'old thing' which is better than new won't be going anywhere except long camping trips as usual. When you buy something like this you need to commit yourself to getting after the work it will need. Often the harder the work, the more it pays and carries with it a greater degree of satisfaction that will only prompt you to find more. It's a slippery slope to be an owner with high standards as long as it's not a lost cause or a pile of neglect your buying.
covered wagon 12/15/21 09:25am Truck Campers
RE: RVs over 10 years old are valueless

The more beautiful places to go usually don't have that rule. Amazing places I have found off the beaten path. And Oh such nice people too. It's been fun and I will never go thru building/ upgrading another new RV. That was a load of work getting it up to what I wanted.
covered wagon 12/14/21 07:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: Purchasing Warped Roof 1997 Bigfoot 2500 9’6”?

I've seen problems with Eterna Bond tape so I do like ajriding said above and use lap sealant around my hatches and vents. I mask a discreet square area around the hatch and vents and work the lap sealant back and forth with a throw away brush. This insures working it into the surface and then pull the masking for a nice straight line around each one. My factory hatch hinge was so close to the roof fiberglass I couldn't get a proper seal so the hinge leaked. After building an all new hatch in stainless with the hinge higher off the roof all is well. Some openings on a fiberglass camper have wood around the rough openings, not many, so I did not know about yours. Mine did not. BTW. my roof is warped upward where the wet bath is but it's minimal. The factory did that with the wet bath stall put in before the two clamshell halfs were together. It no biggy. Bigfootford is correct about where the water goes you will see stains on the wood. Sometimes very slight or mostly down in the bottom of those bed side cabs.
covered wagon 12/14/21 07:30pm Truck Campers
RE: Purchasing Warped Roof 1997 Bigfoot 2500 9’6”?

Could be the camper jacks are low in the rear which is proper way to store a clamshell camper. Everything looks straighter than most. I think it's in good shape and what your seeing is simple dimple sag. My NL has some areas getting weak too but , no leaks. Use it as a pricing point to get a great deal' Chances are if any wood needs replacing its just the sklight frame which is easy to do. Ive had mine all apart/ made my own stainless steel insulated hatch , new hinge etc.
covered wagon 12/13/21 07:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Camper Battery doesnt charge while going down the road

need to do like me and just go from the truck batteries direct to the camper batteries thru the 7 pin you added on the truck. Only it's better to go thru a continious heavy duty relay with the trigger wire switched in the cab. this way if the camper batts are deeply discharged you won't hammer the alternator while using the intake heater or the seat heaters at the same time. Give them a chance to go, replenish the truck batts and then switch on the charge wire to the camper. The second gen alternator is just a hair shy of giving enough amps so it's best to control it and alternate the load put on it. Just one burned diode in the alternator builds additional A/C ripple thru the system which is bad for the ECM and the PCM circuits so you want to keep the AC ripple below .05 that will tell you if your alt is still good. It can still chrge with a burned diode but the A/C noise hurts the electronics over time.
covered wagon 12/11/21 10:12pm Truck Campers
RE: winter camping advice

Build the insulated shop/ garage first with full hook ups inside and park the rv in there. Get the best insulated overhead doors possible. This is the only way I would think it will work. This is the best suggestion. It doesn't take much to make an rv much more suitable in the winter, but it does take something. Just heating the building to near freezing will make you much more comfortable inside your rv. Thanks Deiseltruckdriver, We did this when we built and it saved not paying for storage. We also had a place to store the cabinets and other materials for getting everything lined out. I helps minimize delays which always seemed to happen. In the end the breezway between house and garage is a nice place to sit outside in summer.
covered wagon 12/11/21 03:19pm General RVing Issues
RE: winter camping advice

Build the insulated shop/ garage first with full hook ups inside and park the rv in there. Get the best insulated overhead doors possible. This is the only way I would think it will work.
covered wagon 12/11/21 07:59am General RVing Issues
RE: Camper Battery doesnt charge while going down the road

Many posts here do not apply to your 2002 Dodge and others are just wrong in their assumptions and understandings of the charge system. Proceed carefully. So, what does apply, and what does not? You can't just throw this statement out there and not back it up. Scott picked up on the fact that I am running a seperate charge wire thru a relay controlled by a switch on the dash. Thanks to his statement... I realized I had failed to remember that. I'm also running a number 8 tinned wire which further modifies it from the factory camper special trailer recepticle charge wire.
covered wagon 12/08/21 06:40pm Truck Campers
RE: Camper Battery doesnt charge while going down the road

Where is the receptacle? In the bed, or are you using the OEM trailer connector near the truck's rear bumper. Im using the trailer connecter near the hitch for the outside lights. then runs toward the front left corner for the camper cord to plug in there to an added recipicle and then to the camper to plug in the camper recepticle. I forgot too, being unfair to everyone here...that my charge wire is coming from the truck batteries (separate) to the forward umbilical cord recepticle. But a huge troublsome problem exists in the wire connections behind the camper factory recepticle. They leave plenty of slack and wire to pull it out and check those connections. Like said before, twice I've seen where they relied on tightening the screw to go thru the wire insulation and not properly stripping the wire. It was amazing to find that also on my new NL camper.
covered wagon 12/08/21 06:07pm Truck Campers
RE: Camper Battery doesnt charge while going down the road

I thank everyone for all the impute. Looks like i need to do some checking. I looked under the hood pulled the fuse/relay cover i have a trailer relay. Not sure how all that works. Camper is off truck i will hook it up start checking things out. I just assumed the truck would charge the battery period. My Dodge is a camper special. I plan on installing a 200 watt solar setup at some point but i considered the truck charging the battery in the camper a given. Like i said will look at all the suggestions to resolve this over weekend. Than will get back and post. Thanks Rick My 02 is a camper special as well. I have my continious duty relay switched so I can let the alternater replenish the starting batts from using the starter, grid heaters and finally seat heaters. Once warmed up and time allowed to charge the truck batts, I switch that on to take care of the two camper batteries. 5 hrs run time brings it up to near full charge on 2 deep cycle 12 volt batts. It works great and run furnace whenever I need, sometimes all night. That was a good suggestion to make sure your fridge is not set to run 12 volts. I never use the automated setting.
covered wagon 12/07/21 12:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Camper Battery doesnt charge while going down the road

You're not going to get much charging through the factory 7 pin plug. The wire from the alternator to the 7 pin plug is too small. My 02 Dodge Cummins does great no mods except it has the trailer plug in the rear and that's what it's hooked to. I know it's too far but, it does great. When checking you need to take apart the male part of the 7 pin adapter that's mounted on the camper. The guys building these things get piece rate and so that wire doesn't often get stripped... they just try driving the set screw in tight enough to break thru the wire insulation and that's what I have found twice now. Both times fixing these have had good results.
covered wagon 12/06/21 05:13pm Truck Campers
RE: Renting My Truck Camper

I wouldn't do it if your camper is anything nice. I would hate to clean up after others and then show up everytime they can't get something right or pulling tools at midnight to fix something wrong after driving for a long time. Additionally, I just don't want my camper feeling like it's been a public restroom.JMHO
covered wagon 11/22/21 10:21pm Truck Campers
RE: So many questions

I would have had brackets made that allow using the front jacks to tilt the camper back out of the way of the cab. It just looks too strange the way it is even though it makes for cover in the event of rain.
covered wagon 11/21/21 11:54am Truck Campers
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