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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
Disadvantages of flipping trailer axles?

I'm thinking about flipping trailer axles on my TT. Technically, it isn't flipping but moving the spring perch and spring to the top of the axles. I know there are kits available for new perches that can be welded on. Are there any disadvantages other than possibly having higher center of gravity. It is a relatively short in height, double axle, and aluminum skinned. For those wondering, the dump connection is very low, so I think a few inches will help.
jimh406 06/16/22 06:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Insurance and RAM 5500

I think shopping for a good agent is more important than shopping for "rates". I guess you can put your faith in agents, but if you don't ask the right questions, you'll never get the best rate. For instance, what's the difference in price between $250 and 1000 deductible? It can be huge. Can I get a reduced rate for Winter if I'm not driving that vehicle?, etc.
jimh406 06/16/22 02:59pm Truck Campers
RE: Anyone Cancelling Truck Camper Trips Due to Fuel Prices?

You may not get in to Yellowstone at all. Maybe, but I’m only a few hours away.
jimh406 06/15/22 07:15am Truck Campers
RE: Anyone Cancelling Truck Camper Trips Due to Fuel Prices?

It seems that mother nature has the last say on my 5,000 mile Yellowstone trip. The flooding has wiped out many road sections in the northern end of the park. Some roads are not expected to reopen this season. Yep, that's a bummer for sure. We were going to loop through Yellowstone and let the grandkids see Mammoth on the way to the Billings Zoo. We may still go to Yellowstone, but won't be able to follow the path we planned.
jimh406 06/14/22 07:41pm Truck Campers
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