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RE: Electrical Help pls

Absolutely talking tiny stoves. A large stove or even a small household stove would just be too big and throw out too much heat. None of your reasons are absolute. Most stoves have controls that both limit the amount of heat output also limit the amount of wood burned which would both control how hot it gets and also how long the wood will burn. Also, different species of wood have dramatically different burning characteristics and BTUs per cord. Diesel fuel heaters are only practical if you have diesel available for some other reason, and you still need to vent it and put it somewhere.
jimh406 06/29/22 09:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Electrical Help pls

It doesn't sound like installing a RV furnace or wood stove (woodstove, really? in a popup full of people? lol love the idea in theory. Not even remotely practical in the OP's scenario/type of camper...) Please explain why you think it isn't practical? Keep in mind we are talking tiny stoves. This company marks their cub, a 11” W x 12” H x 10.5” D wood stove that weighs 25 lbs. https://fireandsaw.com/best-camper-rv-wood-stove/ Btw, there are also backpack wood stoves for tents. Theirs are all of the way down to 6 x 6 x 9 and 18 oz. https://seekoutside.com/titanium-wood-stoves/
jimh406 06/29/22 03:01pm Truck Campers
RE: Pop-up Truck Camper Peeps - question for you...

Some national parks won't allow any type of RV in the Tent Only spaces. You will need to call the reservation services to make sure.
jimh406 06/29/22 06:49am Truck Campers
RE: Electrical Help pls

I believe it's likely you can retrofit a LP furnace. They are essentially a box with knockouts and available in many different sizes. There are also mini wood furnaces that you can vent to the outside. Really, there are a lot of options.
jimh406 06/28/22 10:35pm Truck Campers
RE: Ford F250 frame hold downs?

I was asking because I wasn't too impressed with the welds and how loose the outter part fits into frame mounted section. Loose is good once you have a bit of corrosion from salt etc. The tiedown and mounts are under spring tension as well. I had the steel ones for 8 1/2 years and have had the aluminum ones for 7 1/2 years. Both sets worked fine for me with my 4000+ TC. As far as the welds go, they warranty all that they sell and have great customer service, so in the event something failed, they stand behind it. But, they are the only option unless you want to build or have someone else build you a set.
jimh406 06/27/22 08:04pm Truck Campers
RE: DIY Slide In Camper questions

Your biggest issue is the truck. DIY probably means heavy and that’s not where your truck shines. I think I’d go with a popup style construction. That reduce the drag and weight.
jimh406 06/26/22 05:30pm Truck Campers
RE: Ford F250 frame hold downs?

I don’t know why you don’t want frame mounted tiedowns since many manufacturers recommend them, but Brophy and HappiJac make tiedowns.
jimh406 06/25/22 03:58pm Truck Campers
RE: New shocks?

I like my Bilstein 4600 shocks. You will get a lot of other recommendations.
jimh406 06/24/22 05:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Electrical Help pls

It has minimal effect (again, read the manufacturers info: for temps over 70 degrees). Pretty much anything, even a blanket draped will work better. So, I guess you use blankets in your windows, skylights, under your bed, and cabinets. We found a roll of Reflectix to be easy to install, and we don't have to launder it. Seriously though, I'm not sure what minimal means, but we can feel a difference. Apparently, we aren't the only one. A testimonial of using with an RV on their site. https://www.reflectixinc.com/with-reflectix-i-can-camp-in-the-winter/. Of course, Reflectix could be just spreading misinformation about their product on their site. Also, there is an entire list of what a DIY might use it for. https://www.reflectixinc.com/applications/diy/
jimh406 06/22/22 03:06pm Truck Campers
RE: First big trip - Newbie questions

Start at the closest faucet and go from there. If you have low point drains, start there. You also can prime the pump with some water assuming you have access to it.
jimh406 06/21/22 08:35pm Truck Campers
RE: First big trip - Newbie questions

You could have air in the system or you could be out of water or the pump isn't on.
jimh406 06/21/22 07:36pm Truck Campers
RE: Electrical Help pls

Reflectix is for heat infiltration and isn't intended for cold. Details are on its packaging. So maybe find a better insulation material to put in its place and it could make a big difference! Reflectix actually works for heat and cold. Preventing heat from going out still means the inside is warmer. Many of us have tried it. It works.
jimh406 06/21/22 07:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Electrical Help pls

You can use a Little Buddy or Buddy heater in an RV. To be extra safe, open a window. Most people just use heaver bed covers at night.
jimh406 06/20/22 09:10pm Truck Campers
RE: Electrical Help pls

My first guess is the antenna amplifier is on. Many power outlets get their power from the same circuit the antenna amplifier is on. Turn the amplifier is off. Many have an LED to show if they are on or not. Otherwise, check to see what else is off when the fuse blows just to make sure something else like a fridge etc isn't drawing a bit of power from the same circuit. Also, it may make a difference at what the setting is on the heater for temperature. The difference in the surge could be different if you turn it all of the way down, turn it on, and then gradually turn the thermostat up.
jimh406 06/20/22 06:45pm Truck Campers
RE: First big trip - Newbie questions

It all depends on how close to being overweight you are and how big your holding tank are. My Host holds 60 gallons of Fresh. When I hauled on my SRW, I tended to only put 10-15 gallons in if I knew water was available where I was going. Since water weighs 8.3 lbs a gallon, my full tank was around 500 lbs. I saved a few hundred lbs by not filing it all of the way up. In my DRW, the water weight isn't significant, so I usually am full before I go anywhere. If you have a small freshwater tank, it probably doesn't matter much. One more thing, I found the handling remarkably different with full grey/blank tanks on the SRW, so I tried to keep the holding tanks emptied before very much interstate driving.
jimh406 06/20/22 06:38pm Truck Campers
RE: Fifth Wheel Hitch - tried searcing

B&W makes a removable hitch. My bed has one from the previous owner. It all comes out, but they aren’t light. I use a rubber mat over the hole.
jimh406 06/20/22 10:58am Truck Campers
RE: Disadvantages of flipping trailer axles?

Thanks for all of the comments.
jimh406 06/18/22 05:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: Magical Campgrounds found With A TC

All secrets have already been posted. I think for the most part, it’s a secret to you, but you probably aren’t the first person to be there. That being said, I don’t post everywhere I camp.
jimh406 06/18/22 12:54pm Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your truck today?

No driver. Must be hard to get anywhere. :D. Sorry, I couldn't resist.
jimh406 06/16/22 07:30pm Truck Campers
RE: A Little Help With Weights

- F450 Dana80 (11K lbs), IDK about master cylinder however larger rotor and pads (odd because BOTH DRW's 350/450 have same 14K GVWR). It's clear that the 14K GVWR on the pickup models compared to chassis models is a made up number. My 2010 F450 has a 14,500 GVWR. I like the truck, but I don't believe that newer lighter trucks are less capable. ;) My F450 is one with 19.5s. They had more room for larger brakes with the exception of a few years that had 17s. Fwiw, I've read here that the rear diffs are the same on F350 DRW and F450s for a few years. That would be something else to check. The chassis cabs have the same diffs as far as I know with a lot higher GVWR. That being said, I have no doubt my diesel F450 with 4.30s is very capable and could carry any truck camper or pull any fiver with ease. I probably could even carry a lighter popup. :D Seriously though, I bought it used a few years ago just in case I ever wanted a giant fiver. I've paid in fuel costs, but it stops with the TC on probably about as fast as my Mustang GT. The brakes make my wife extremely confident. There was one panic stop with her driving that convinced her that the truck is totally awesome. She never had that feeling with the previous truck.
jimh406 06/16/22 07:03pm Truck Campers
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