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RE: RV-Dump parking sloping the wrong way

Why are we concerned about getting a complete dump? When we are on the road, dump stations are sometimes hard to find. When we do not get a complete dump, we have to look for another dump station a day or two sooner than we would have if we had gotten a complete dump. We would rather spend our time traveling, not looking for dump stations and dumping.
hedgehopper 06/14/19 12:50pm General RVing Issues
RV-Dump parking sloping the wrong way

Having just returned from a 4-week trip, once again we found that most RV dumps have the same problem: the area where you park your RV does not slope the right way to provide a complete dump. Have you had that experience?
hedgehopper 06/13/19 07:52pm General RVing Issues
Routes north from Denver

Entering and exiting Denver has become a nightmare of late, especially I25 north. Does anyone have any secrets for maintaining one's sanity when entering or exiting the city's north side?
hedgehopper 05/07/19 09:02pm Roads and Routes
Bighorn National Forest Wyoming

Starting at Buffalo WY, west on US16 to Worland, north to Greybull, east on US14 to IS90. What kind of roads are these? Would driving this loop in the opposite direction be better? If so, why? Would snow likely be a problem in mid-May?
hedgehopper 04/28/19 09:28pm Roads and Routes
RE: Bye Bye DuraMax

Next year Ford introduces their new V8 with a heavy duty 10 speed auto. Might be worth waiting for.Buying a brand new model is not, in my opinion, a good idea. I like to give a manufacturer time to work out the bugs.
hedgehopper 04/22/19 09:11pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck and camper height and overpass question?

Anything you won't fit under should be very well marked as that is lower than the std. max height for highway travel.I wish that were true. An illegally-low branch on a tree totaled our previous TC. There was no warning sign. The only warning was the C R U N C H.
hedgehopper 04/22/19 04:05pm Truck Campers
RE: FW capacity

A Northern Lite 10-2 is at least 1000 pounds heavier than that (2400 lbs).Yours might be. Ours is not a an EX or an SE. The only heavy options we have are an air conditioner and a generator. But you're right about the 2400 lbs not being the correct weight. That's without options.
hedgehopper 03/18/19 11:06am Truck Campers
RE: FW capacity

We have a Northern Lite 10-2 CD with 36 fresh, 18 black, and 40 gray. The black tank is usually the limiting one. We don’t use the hot water heater or the shower. We carry 9 gallons of drinking water (8 jugs under one dinette seat, and one under the sink. I don't recall ever wishing for bigger tanks. Even though our camper is on the lighter side, about 2400 lbs, we prefer a DRW truck for the improved stability when compared with a SRW. In the time we’ve owned this combination, the camper has almost never been off the truck.
hedgehopper 03/16/19 11:01pm Truck Campers
RE: Camper window for aft of cab leaks

Hmm. My Northern Lite came with a solid window there that doesn’t open. I wondered why... I bet that’s it.We have an older NL with the sliding window that we use all the time, especially when it's raining. It has never leaked nor did the one in the previous NL that we owned.
hedgehopper 03/12/19 09:50pm Truck Campers
RE: 2x10 between camper and front of bed or not?

We have never used anything but the rubber bumpers and have not had a problem in 4+ years. However, I think a 1x or 2x wood spacer would not be a bad idea.
hedgehopper 03/09/19 12:44pm Truck Campers
Small Class A with Twin beds no slides

Do you know of a small Class A (say 25 feet or less) with twin beds and no slides?
hedgehopper 03/07/19 08:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Front Ends - Especially Dodge

I have been watching this conversation because I have a 2006 3500 Dodge CDI SRW. I have 240,000 miles on it and I am starting to wonder when the front end is going to start acting up.Our 2002 Dodge 2WD 3500 dually was already acting up when we bought it with 18,000 miles on the clock. When we hit a bump at highway speeds, the front end would shake and the driver had to hang onto the steering wheel to keep the truck going straight ahead. (This was while carrying our Northern Lite 10-2 CD. We have seldom had the NL off. So I can’t say what was the extent of the problem with the truck unloaded.) As I wrote elsewhere on this thread, installation of a steering stabilizer kit solved the problem.And your truck could not be more different than his. 2 completely different chassis.Please elaborate. Did the front end design change between 2002 and 2006?
hedgehopper 03/04/19 09:23pm Truck Campers
RE: Front Ends - Especially Dodge

I have been watching this conversation because I have a 2006 3500 Dodge CDI SRW. I have 240,000 miles on it and I am starting to wonder when the front end is going to start acting up.Our 2002 Dodge 2WD 3500 dually was already acting up when we bought it with 18,000 miles on the clock. When we hit a bump at highway speeds, the front end would shake and the driver had to hang onto the steering wheel to keep the truck going straight ahead. (This was while carrying our Northern Lite 10-2 CD. We have seldom had the NL off. So I can’t say what was the extent of the problem with the truck unloaded.) As I wrote elsewhere on this thread, installation of a steering stabilizer kit solved the problem.
hedgehopper 03/04/19 02:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Front Ends - Especially Dodge

I don't need to jack it up. I can shake the front wheel with my bare hands about 1/4". I think I'm at 30-40k since last front end. Been driving all around the continent. Coulda said that 6 pages ago! Jk. sounds like they’re shot Still. Isn't that a bit ridiculous? $2000-$3000 of front end work every 30,000 miles? Yes, it's absolutely ridiculous. I agree. Even with heavy wheels, rough roads, camper etc I'd expect more miles. Double that at least. May have gotten cheap parts, idk.If the front end of your truck had the shakes the way ours did before I installed the steering stabilizer, I think all that shaking would accelerate the wear of the front-end components significantly.
hedgehopper 03/02/19 09:48pm Truck Campers
RE: Front Ends - Especially Dodge

It could also have too much toe in and have the same wear (as negative camber). Wouldn't toe OUT cause the same wear as negative camber (on the inside edge of the tires)?
hedgehopper 03/02/19 06:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Front Ends - Especially Dodge

Never answered the question, how’s it drive and tire wear ?It drives fine and tread wear is not a problem. And maybe I should say again that it is 2WD. Therein lies your answer my friend. If the front end was shot, it wouldn't drive fine and/or it may chew up the tires. Solution looking for a problem. You're good to go. What’s this “Solution looking for a problem”? You asked “how’s it drive (present tense)…?” Now, with the modification in place, the truck drives fine. But before the modification, the front end shook when we hit a bump and the truck was all over the road. Why would I have spent hundreds of dollars to solve a problem if there was no problem?
hedgehopper 02/28/19 03:58pm Truck Campers
RE: Solar Panels: How many watts?

With two Group 24 12V batteries, I do get pretty close to 50% discharge rate by the time the sun comes up. I...will be changing up to (2) GC2 6V batteriesHow much will that improve your battery capacity?
hedgehopper 02/27/19 10:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Elongated toilet won't fit

We replaced our cheap Plastic Thetford with a much superior Dometic 311. You might look at these Dometic ceramic bowl units....they are probably as close to an elongated unit as you will find.Thanks for the suggestion. Unfortunately, none of the Dometics will fit either.
hedgehopper 02/27/19 09:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Elongated toilet won't fit

I'm not sure I understand the issue. Why won't it fit? Is the hole in the floor insufficiently large? What are you trying to put it in? Do you just need to move the hole in the floor? Or do you need to move a wall? Or the shower? Or the sink? Do you need to move it farther from the wall? More information would be a wonderful thing?The hole in the floor needs to be farther from the back wall and the side wall of the bathroom. But the hole cannot be moved because it is the top of the black tank. The RV is a truck camper but that is somewhat irrelevant. At a recent RV show I looked at many bathrooms. None of the toilets was an elongated model. And I saw no bathroom that would accommodate an elongated toilet without moving walls or the hole in the floor. I see no reason why Thetford could not design an elongated toilet that would fit the same floor space as their standard toilet. But they seem to have no inclincation to do so.
hedgehopper 02/27/19 07:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Furnace fan and battery drain

Sleep cold. We actually like to sleep in a cold environment and have two comforters on the bed for winter (drop it to one in the shoulder seasons and zero in summer). Dropping the camper temperature to 55 degrees or so significantly reduces furnace usage yet we are warm and toasty under the comforters. We too are warm and toasty in our bed. The problem is multiple nighttime trips to the bathroom.
hedgehopper 02/27/19 06:41pm Truck Campers
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