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RE: Reddog1 "Wayne"

RIP Wayne..
jaycocreek 07/02/20 11:38am Truck Campers
RE: Air bag question and suspension in general I guess

I ordered Hellwig 3500LP springs and their swaybar to give some lift and stability to the rear end. All told, this $3100 camper will cost me $5500-$6000 after upgrades to the truck, additions to the camper, etc. I still haven't decided on the final tiedown system. I'm hoping to find a torqlift system used locally. I missed one last week. That Helwig helper springs should be all you need for that TC..I had a 8.6 Lance on a 3/4 Ford with those springs on to haul a heavy fifth wheel..I have had two truck campers on that Ford without needing anything else... As to the money spent,you only have to do it once and remember..LOL..I bought to much truck for this last TC because of where I travel in the mountains and the sidehill type roads..Don't throw anything out and don't include the extra's you bought if you sell your TC...May need them later.. I have not put a penny in either my new to me truck or the truck camper because I was very picky and remembered the other truck campers and what they needed and what you had to have and what you do not have to have...I take that back..I did by a horse mat..LOL I had horses for hunting and they are spendy and why I eventually sold them..Pasture/hay etc adds up if you don't own acreage to keep them..They require a lot of time and effort...They are a nice addition to a truck camper for hunting though...
jaycocreek 07/02/20 09:35am Truck Campers
RE: Bypassing charger Magnatek 6332

All you have to do is check your batteries more often and add water when necessary if you think the Magnate is your issue..Some of the older chargers don't have a shut off so a guy just has to maintain the batteries more often and you won't fry your battery..My TC is older than yours and it isn't frying my batteries but I do check them regularly and I am plugged in 24/7.... Owning an older TC or pickup and reading these forums where the majority of truck campers and trucks are much newer,you have to take things with a grain of salt sometimes or you will put more money into either than there worth...I always go by..if it ain't broke don't fix it... My vote is to just check your battery more often and you will be fine unless there is something else wrong with your charger...I have owned a bunch of old truck campers and trailers and never have had to replace the inverter charger in any of them and some were real hummers...lol
jaycocreek 06/28/20 10:16pm Truck Campers
RE: Turnbuckle ?

There has been a ton of mis-information here on how to use Happi-Jac turnbuckles correctly.. From the horses mouth: For the front turnbuckles,You want to tighten the front turnbuckles until the slack or wiggle is out and the turnbuckle is snug. Put a mark on the hook opposite the threaded rod next to the barrel. Tighten the turnbuckle until a quarter to three-eighths of an inch of the hook is pulled out of the turnbuckle. This compresses the spring giving you about 300 pounds of pressure. Tighten the jam nut to keep it set. For the rear turnbuckles, also tighten them until the slack or wiggle is out and then tighten the jam nuts to the bottom of the barrels. The purpose of the rear turnbuckles is to keep the camper from bouncing up and down. The side to side movement is controlled by the front turnbuckles. I have never used the TL system but it sounds like the O-ring would be a small plus and they both seem to need the same twisting and turning unless you get the quick loads or derringer addon which I have been thinking of doing for mine... It is time consuming if your in a hurry to twist and turn to have the 300# of pressure recommended.
jaycocreek 06/28/20 07:53am Truck Campers
RE: Portable grill/stove

When I have my ATV trailer or bring the hitch haul,I use this grill.. https://i.imgur.com/F9W4S5z.jpg height=440 width=640
jaycocreek 06/27/20 09:46am Truck Campers
RE: Lewiston/Clarkston trip ID/WA

We are staying at Hells Gate State Park in July. What is there to see in the area. We are taking paddleboards and our mountain bikes with us. We heard Effies tavern has some great burgers. There was a place that supposedly had some good ice cream. Anybody have any local knowledge of the area. We will also be doing some geocaching while we are there. I stay at Hells gate alot when we have doctors appointments..There just isn't much there and why the Lewiston folks head this way for fun..There is the Snake river you will be camped on and they do have jet boat rides up Hells Canyon past some cool remote ranches,which would be fun but I know nothing about them..My son swears by Main street grill for burgers and sandwiches.. It will be hot,really hot in July so plan on it when getting a spot..Good luck and enjoy..
jaycocreek 06/21/20 10:52am Travel Trailers
RE: What do you keep in your camper.

But, people seem to be able to hike/hunt/tent camp carrying everything in their backpack I carry all that stuff from my pack..Sawyer water filter/MH freeze dried food etc..I can camp one day or one month anytime..I carry everything needed for either.Hunting season equals more gunz and ammo(heavy) than I usually carry..Fishing season is much lighter..Wood getting season is really heavy with extra gas and saws but that's with a trailer so weight is dispersed... I camp way back in the hills so I carry stuff needed to get back when something unexpected happens an it sometimes does..My TC could easily be a so called(internet lingo) lol bug out camper 24/7.. Sleeping bags over a made bed/cupboards full of food/wheel wells full of batteries and tools/chains/gas/shovels/axes/battery chargers and I always have a generator and an air compressor.. And ofcourse..The wifes Iron skillets and dutch oven...:B
jaycocreek 06/14/20 06:30am Truck Campers
RE: Tie-down systems performance/safety vs cost

So many people use the Happijacks wrong including the guy I bought my truck camper From.. Barrels go down not up and from them...... TCM: That’s another mistake we’ve made as a few scratches on our truck can attest. How tight should the turnbuckles be? Don: You want to tighten the front turnbuckles until the slack or wiggle is out and the turnbuckle is snug. Put a mark on the hook opposite the threaded rod next to the barrel. Tighten the turnbuckle until a quarter to three-eighths of an inch of the hook is pulled out of the turnbuckle. This compresses the spring giving you about 300 pounds of pressure. Tighten the jam nut to keep it set. For the rear turnbuckles, also tighten them until the slack or wiggle is out and then tighten the jam nuts to the bottom of the barrels. The purpose of the rear turnbuckles is to keep the camper from bouncing up and down. The side to side movement is controlled by the front turnbuckles.
jaycocreek 06/13/20 08:22am Truck Campers
RE: Air bag question and suspension in general I guess

On my old F-250 I added 3500# Helwig helper springs to haul a big fifth wheel around but I also had two different 8.6 inch truck campers on it and I didn't ad anymore mods for the truck campers and it rode and drove just fine.. The recent 3500 DRW truck I bought had air bags on it,I wish it didn't really..I could see there use for a fifth wheel or heavy travel trailer but not really for a truck camper.I added air bags to a new F-150 to haul a 30ft TT and they worked good for that..I think(personal opinion) that adding springs are far more effective and cover more bases for a TC than air bags. In all the truck campers I have had,I have never added air bags for the TC,just springs in different forms(usually the cheapest way)LOL
jaycocreek 06/12/20 10:02am Truck Campers
RE: Tie-down systems performance/safety vs cost

The new Happijac's attach to the frame and are a fraction of the price of Torklift..More than enough for your camper...I have the old happijack that doesn't attach to the frame and a Lance 9.6 camper with a horse mat under it and don't have any issues in the backcountry on FS unmaintained roads and grades which is 99% of my TC use.. I am right at 4K loaded ready to camp for the TC..
jaycocreek 06/09/20 05:01pm Truck Campers
RE: (((Update))) we bought it / 1995 Lance squire lite 185

In 2005 I wanted to get back into truck camping and the prices I was used to were gone for a good used truck camper..I looked and looked and finally found a nice 1992 Lance locally from a guy that his wife had just passed away...it had leaked in the front window but he was on it immediately..I looked it over good and decided to go ahead and fork out more than I wanted to...I couldn't get him below $2900,so I bought it and was glad I did... We had many years of hunting /fishing /wood getting and just plain fun in it without ever having to do anything but upkeep and a new AC..Well worth every penny to us..I hated to sell it... https://i.imgur.com/KQ4gaq0.jpg height=440 width=640 The prices of truck campers, new and used, are unbelievably over priced..Period..
jaycocreek 06/07/20 05:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Opinion on these tie-downs?

Torklift does make a basic spring load kit for the front tie downs for less that $100..Not a bad option in my opinion for those of us that don't want to spend the big money on this downs..That back is easy to take care of and basically just to keep it from bouncing..
jaycocreek 06/06/20 08:11am Truck Campers
RE: Today was my first time......

Never have put my jacks down but I do carry two bags of leveling blocks and a good shovel.
jaycocreek 06/06/20 08:02am Truck Campers
RE: Carbon Monoxide and Propane Gas Alarms

This is what have..Top is smoke alsrm and the bottom is the Carbon monoxide detector.. https://i.imgur.com/0bJ749V.jpg height=640 width=440
jaycocreek 06/05/20 12:55pm Truck Campers
RE: How many amp-hours?

You might want to watch this if your interested, about a couple living full time in a popup truck camper..He talks about solar/battery banks etc later in the video..I watch alot of Down2Mob video's.He makes me laugh and has some good informative stuff for overlanding in a 4X4..Power stations/solar/portable solar etc as well as getting stuck alot..LOL Couple living fulltime in a popup TC.
jaycocreek 06/01/20 11:16am Truck Campers
RE: How many amp-hours?

What electric stuff do you run in your TC (for comparison's sake)? O2Cool fans/1-10"-12v and two small 5" battery operated. 12V TV DVD player off of inverter Engel 40qt Refer/Freezer Coffee is perked in a glass percolator or single drip Then a host of things like an Ice Maker etc when we run the generator to charge the batteries.. I have a one year old group 27 to run the TC and a 4 year old group 27 in a wheel well and a 4 year old group 24 in another wheel well with a new AGM 90AH in a smart battery box W-Volt meter for the Engel refrigerator/cell phones/tablets and temperamental stuff.. No solar whatsoever..It works for us and has for years..
jaycocreek 06/01/20 10:46am Truck Campers
RE: How many amp-hours?

The secret to a swamp cooler is water temp..Put ice jugs in it and it cools fairly well..when we lived temporarily in Boise the place we had already had a swamp cooler and it didn't really do anything other that move warm air around..So on a 100 degree day I started putting frozen milk jugs full of water in it and it kept the house below 80..
jaycocreek 06/01/20 10:17am Truck Campers
RE: How many amp-hours?

My favorite quote reading about agm batteries and venting. It always amuses me to tell young whippersnappers how the VW Beetle had their battery inside the cabin, under the back seat. And these were the old style batteries, with caps you could unscrew to check/add water! https://i.imgur.com/tKCOoff.jpg height=440 width=640 Lol
jaycocreek 05/31/20 05:01pm Truck Campers
RE: How many amp-hours?

Battery Technology for Data Centers and Network Rooms: Ventilation of Lead-Acid Batteries Executive summary: Lead-acid batteries are the most widely used method of energy reserve. Ventilation systems must address health and safety as well as performance of the battery and other equipment in a room. Valve regulated lead acid (VRLA) batteries and modular battery cartridges (MBC) do not require special battery rooms and are suitable for use in an office environment. Air changes designed for human occupancy normally exceed the requirements for VRLA and MBC ventilation. Vented(flooded) batteries, which release hydrogen gas continuously, require a dedicated battery room with ventilation separate from the rest of the building. This paper summarizes some of the factors and U.S. codes to consider when selecting and sizing a ventilation system for a facility in which stationary batteries are installed.
jaycocreek 05/31/20 03:43pm Truck Campers
RE: How many amp-hours?

FLA and AGM batteries will vent and for safety reasons need to be outside, not inside. If you want batteries inside you need to use LifePo4 batteries. Is that will vent or can vent? I am no battery expert by far but I did read alot before I bought my VLRA AGM battery..They use VLRA batteries on Nuclear submarines/on wheel chairs and floor scrubber machines,all used and stored inside.. My understanding is,they can vent if misused?..That was more of a question than statement.. VRLA stands for “valve-regulated lead-acid.” It’s a general term for a lead-acid battery in which there is a safety valve to control the release of gas from the battery. Under normal circumstances, the valve is closed, which allows the hydrogen and oxygen produced during charging to recombine inside the battery, preventing loss of electrolyte. If the battery is overcharged or charged too fast, the valve can open to allow some gas to escape. And this.. VRLA batteries are used extensively in power wheelchairs, as the extremely low gas and acid output makes them much safer for indoor use. VRLA batteries are also used in the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) as a back up when the electrical power goes off. VRLA batteries are also the standard power source in sailplanes, due to their ability to withstand a variety of flight attitudes and a relatively large ambient temperature range with no adverse effects. However, charging regimes must be adapted with varying temperature. VRLA batteries are used in the US Nuclear Submarine fleet, due to their power density, elimination of gassing, reduced maintenance, and enhanced safety. It seems if a person used them inside the RV by a well ventilated area,they would work just fine under normal circumstances..I have seen many threads on using an AGM battery inside an RV,some right here on this forum..There are a ton pf people that do it and others say not to kinda like the Catalytic heater debate..
jaycocreek 05/31/20 10:42am Truck Campers
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