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RE: Clean Diesel trucks for TC ... maybe not!

The point of this thread was we don’t know how much pollution really happens when diesels regen. AFAIK, there is no emission test for regen mode. Who knows how much a PSD, Duramax, or Cummins puts into the air? For sure, is probably more than the non Regen mode. Just thought provoking.
jimh425 01/19/20 10:03am Truck Campers
RE: Ideas from those of you who built your own hold downs

I would also like to put the low profile, molded splash guards on my factory dual wheel fenders, I found some but I don’t want black. You would think they would make them in custom paint colors like they do for auto’s. I have been trying to find grey with no luck. I like black, but you should be able to paint the black ones if that is what you want.
jimh425 01/19/20 06:39am Truck Campers
RE: Please help me decide on a truck camper

Fiberglass just will not leak, and if it does the fiberglass and foam are waterproof and the foam fills in all the voids so there is nowhere for water to go anyway other than the floor or back outside. Of course, this is not true. It’s easy to find examples of significant damage in fiberglass shell campers as well. You just have to do a search. Besides, many “stick” campers includiing my Host has aluminum studs with walls filled with foam. Yes, they have their own set of problems. It’s a double slide with tremendous amount of room compared to a “fiberglas” shell TC. Bottom line is nobody has built a perfect TC. There’s always going to be a tradeoff. Pick the tradeoffs you want to make, but all TC designs can leak. Maintenance is important for all types because they all have holes cut in the front/sides/back/top.
jimh425 01/16/20 08:21pm Truck Campers
RE: 2018 RAM 2500 with Adventurer 910DB

I have been in touch with Doug karr at northwood and he says the wolf creek 850 would not be a problem at all with a set of firestone 5000 pound air bags to help out. I’ll be the first one to burst the bubble. Sounds like discounted all of the experience posted. That’s fine, but don’t forget that the motivation of Northwood might be a bit different than the people here. :D
jimh425 01/15/20 08:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Roof Vent Security

I agree about the overthinking. The point of your escape hatch is to be able to escape in case of a fire. If you that worried about going to the place, I’d find somewhere else to go.
jimh425 01/15/20 08:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Clean Diesel trucks for TC ... maybe not!

Not a big surprise that the topic went off the rails. :D Anyway, the point was that emissions that involves a regen is a pay me now or pay me later deal. Clog your DPF and tell me how much power you have. NOTE: it isn’t fun. Essentially, you are storing pollutants to release them later all at once. Just another reason to hate a DPF, and another reason to wonder why there are some diesels that mean the requirements without a DPF and some don’t. Not that Mahindra tractors are known to be the best, but they don’t use a DPF. https://mahindrausa.com/mcrd
jimh425 01/15/20 08:15pm Truck Campers
Clean Diesel trucks for TC ... maybe not!

Not sure how, but I found this article in my news feed. The net is that although DPFs lower the emissions when the engine is running in a non-regen case, the diesels exceed limits as soon as the engines go in regen mode. I think this means we’ve added a power robbing emissions system and don’t even get the benefit of cleaner air. Go figure. The story is about diesels in Europe, but I think the principle applies to truck diesels here, too. https://www.brusselstimes.com/all-news/belgium-all-news/89163/new-diesel-engines-exceed-emission-standards-particles-regeneration-proces-opel-astra-nissan-quasqai/
jimh425 01/15/20 08:36am Truck Campers
RE: 2018 RAM 2500 with Adventurer 910DB

The ONLY difference between the 2500 and a SRW 3500 is coil vs leaf springs. Same axle, tires, rims etc. I have the same truck as you and I'd be comfortable going 500-750 over payload with the addition of airbags. Everything else on the truck can handle it. I'd check tire capacity as well. How about having 3500 leaf springs added to the 2500?
jimh425 01/14/20 06:50am Truck Campers
RE: 2018 RAM 2500 with Adventurer 910DB

Good idea, save for what a second truck will cost, how much work it will require and how reliable and comfortable the "old" truck will be when traveling on vacation. I prefer to have the least likelihood for vehicular issues when I'm off the clock and far from home. The reality is new trucks break down, too. I get where you are coming from as I used to drive new vehicles all of the time. That’s not exactly a cheap way to go either. How many vehicles can you own if you consider the depreciation of a new one? Anyway, I now drive a 10 year old truck and for some, that’s super old. But, all you have to do is look at signatures to know there are lots of trucks still on the road that are much older. Besides, last I checked, TCs and trucks aren’t exactly going for economy in the world of RVs. :D
jimh425 01/13/20 03:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Too big for a T/C ?

Dinettes vary by manufacturer and model. You are quite a bit heavier but my height. No, dinettes aren’t comfortable to anyone. My DW is a foot shorter and still isn’t comfortable. We leave the table at home most of the time and I built a half round 2 foot table to use in it’s place. That gives us a lot more leg room. We’ve thought about a love seat, but you can loose storage. We may still do it sometime, but have got by for 13 years so maybe not. :D
jimh425 01/13/20 02:04pm Truck Campers
RE: 2018 RAM 2500 with Adventurer 910DB

I think your idea of a second truck is a good one. It would also give you the ability to go bigger if you want. 11 1/2 campers give you a lot more floor space with more potential floorplans and usually larger bathrooms. I’m not sure why you are looking at TCs, but consider shorter Class Cs as well if you at all will consider a dedicated truck to a TC.
jimh425 01/13/20 01:56pm Truck Campers
RE: propane tanks

Work taking a closer look if you use a lot of propane. Just for camping. I don't use a lot camping for spring or summer, but obviously, some do, so they can strap extra tanks on bumpers. :D
jimh425 01/11/20 02:51pm Truck Campers
RE: propane tanks

The price of propane seems to be pretty consistent here year round. Not all, but some suppliers with the big tanks for houses etc are remarkably cheaper during spring/summer. You won’t see their price on a typical sign of a place that does propance as a side business. Fwiw, they seem really quick with certifications (waving that charge with a fill up) and fill up while you wait if you are wondering. Work taking a closer look if you use a lot of propane.
jimh425 01/11/20 02:10pm Truck Campers
RE: TC tires

My preference is buying new tires when buying a used vehicle. Maybe it’s overkill, but I like to pick my tires out in any case. Don’t forget about the spare. I don’t compromise on tires, batteries, brakes, or belts.
jimh425 01/11/20 01:48pm Truck Campers
RE: propane tanks

Propane cost varies a lot. During Winter even the more reasonable places go up to double or more in Winter. I had my tanks filled a couple of years ago and had a hard time getting them to work consistently. Turns out I had gotten either a propane carrier or moisture build up. The generator sputtered, stove sputtered(most noticeable) and the furnace would cut off sometimes at night. Filling up didn’t fix it.. Not sure if it is a smart or not, but this worked. I put gloves on, turned the tanks upside down and opened the flat blade screw valve on each one until the liquid stopped flowing. Then I closed the screw.
jimh425 01/11/20 01:45pm Truck Campers
RE: 1 ton SRW debate

If you are buying new, I’d wait and drive a 7.3 gasoline Ford and 6.6 gasoline from GM. They should be available pretty soon. The 6.2 Ford has enough juice for my needs. I have to guess the 7.3 will be a serious fuel hog. I suspect it will be a great engine...but yikes...wouldn’t want to feed it daily. Wish I could find a GM 6.6 to drive. Frickin unicorns around here. It's been my experience that bigger engines get basically the same mpg under any load at all. If you want small, you could always look for an older 5.4L.
jimh425 01/06/20 09:33pm Truck Campers
RE: 1 ton SRW debate

If you are buying new, I’d wait and drive a 7.3 gasoline Ford and 6.6 gasoline from GM. They should be available pretty soon.
jimh425 01/06/20 08:38pm Truck Campers
RE: Host Cascade

I thought it was very nice. I saw one of couple years ago at The Seattle RV show. I bought my Host in 2006, and we've really enjoyed it.
jimh425 01/05/20 09:44pm Truck Campers
RE: mounting a propane tank to bumper

The laws for propane handling has changed a decade ago, so new float valves are mostly equipped with PLV, but that is not the rule to them all. Only the rule if you want to fill them. In other words, you are wrong for realistic purposes. Right, for a hypothetical purpose if you didn't want to fill the tank. Of course, empty tanks probably aren't going to burn much. :D
jimh425 01/05/20 03:14pm Truck Campers
RE: mounting a propane tank to bumper

Are you saying you have such pressure-relief valves on your cylinders, or you are trolling again? All do, so mine do, too. :D
jimh425 01/05/20 01:30pm Truck Campers
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