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RE: Any thoughts on a repair?

A local tire shop might have some tubes. Whatever you do, I wish you luck - and success! Be safe!
joerg68 07/01/20 02:11pm Truck Campers
RE: Any thoughts on a repair?

Some gently inflated tire tubes between the truck and the cabover floor might work. They would dampen the flex, but still allow movement.
joerg68 07/01/20 01:38pm Truck Campers
RE: Any thoughts on a repair?

Those Atwood electric jacks on your camper have been discontinued. If you want to part the camper out, they may be worth more than the rest of it together. I am sorry for your bad experience. I can relate somewhat to your experience as we spent six weeks fixing a relatively minor but unexpected rot problem on our first camper.
joerg68 07/01/20 01:29pm Truck Campers
RE: Any thoughts on a repair?

The main issue is on the passenger side. Sorry for the error. But the buckling fiberglass in front of the water heater in the picture from the driver's side tells the same story. Look at the picture BurbMan posted. Once you start disassembly, you will be surprised. And not in a good way. The cabover is already coming down on the roof, if I understand your initial post right. You will need to support it when you drive this thing. Putting some sort of buffer between the roof and the cabover is probably the only way to do that. And even then you need to drive very carefully. When this camper starts porpoising, every cycle is going to make things worse. Those brackets fastened to the lower edge of the cabover on the driver's side... I can only guess they are there to keep the floor in. That does not look good :-(
joerg68 07/01/20 01:18pm Truck Campers
RE: Any thoughts on a repair?

It will not get better by driving it... I would not want to drive it as it is, not even to the closest repair facility. Can you get some soft foam board that you can wedge between the cab roof and the camper cabover, so that the cabover weight is distributed evenly? The truck's roof is not made to carry loads, so do at your own risk. Normally, I would advise strongly against doing this, but...
joerg68 07/01/20 12:56pm Truck Campers
RE: Any thoughts on a repair?

That complete corner is ... no good. The jack mount should be straight. it is not. There are tears in the camper skin above the jack mount and below the LPG compartement. The passenger's side cabover is probably only hanging by the top beam. You need to disassemble to assess the damage. Likely there is pretty bad rot there. The damage could also be the result of an accident. When you unload the camper, keep the cabover properly supported and keep out from underneath it until you are sure it will hold. I feel sorry you had to have this experience. This will be much, much more work than you anticipate. It is not very difficult work, just a lot of it. Do you have a place where you can work on the camper? Under a roof? ETA what is the damage on the passenger cabover front corner? Looks like it hit something? Are those scrape marks under the cabover window? That would explain... ETA2: error corrected
joerg68 07/01/20 12:35pm Truck Campers
RE: Help with delamination problem

Contact info from mfg homepage: GPS Physical Address 3964 W Airline Hwy Waterloo, IA 50701 Contact Tel: (319) 233-3461 Fax: (319) 233-6302 info@northstarcampers.com Your bathroom looks like this? Right side of the pic is camper rear wall? I stole the screenshot from the Northstar page for illustration: https://i.imgur.com/r5E1WfZl.jpg
joerg68 06/29/20 12:43am Truck Campers
RE: Help with delamination problem

The door above the passenger taillight might give you access to the inside of the wall near the lower bubble to check for moisture / rot damage without too much disassembly. ETA: For a quick check you could also pull the jack mount screw closest to the lower bubble. If it has started to rust, is still wet... you know what to expect... ETA2: The bathroom is in that corner, right? In theory, a potential leak source could be internal; although I can't really imagine how or where this might happen so far up and on that wall. There is no point trying to re-glue the delamination until you know the root cause. In the likely event of a water leak, the leak needs to be found and sealed, and the wall needs to be dry. Any rot damage that is not just cosmetic needs to be fixed. I agree that you should contact the mfg; potentially swing by the factory for repairs if you can rearrange your travel plans.
joerg68 06/29/20 12:15am Truck Campers
RE: Newbie

How to post an image directly here? (Not url linking) not at all. http://photoposting.is-great.net/?i=1 is as good as it gets. Try it, it is super easy and works well.
joerg68 06/27/20 08:54am Truck Campers
RE: Poll: How many 1T TC haulers have no modifications?

IMO the question doesn't make much sense, since it lumps all cab sizes, wheelbase lengths, engine/ drivetrain options and camper sizes/weights together in one question. As long as the rig remains well within the truck's limitations, no modification should be needed. The closer you come to the design limitations, mainly RAWR, the more likely you will feel the need to "do something". Our truck is bone stock, with the slight exception that the worn original shocks were replaced with Bilsteins. But a Northstar Arrow is a comparatively light camper that handled just fine on our equally stock Chevy 2500 HD that we had before the current F-350 SRW.
joerg68 06/27/20 05:00am Truck Campers
RE: Bigfoot carpeted ceilings -clean, remove, cover?

Steam cleaner? Talk to a car detailer, they may have an idea.
joerg68 06/23/20 11:42am Truck Campers
RE: 2009 825 Lance Camper outdoor shower install

My biggest concern would be the camper structure - you need to put the hole in a place where there is no framing in the way. Where is the factory outdoor shower located? That would be a safe location, I suppose. How good is the access from the inside? With an oscillating saw, you can cut just the inside luan first and see what is behind. These saws can cut directly into the surface, without cutting or drilling through the wall first. That way you could ensure that there is no structure or wiring behind. In our wood framed, water damaged 2001 Lance, I had cut inspection openings in some typical rot-prone locations in that way. I covered them with slightly larger pieces of luan held in place by small screws so I could annually remove the "inspection panels" and peek into the walls... Be bold - a camper is just a glorified garden shed ;-)
joerg68 06/23/20 02:11am Truck Campers
RE: Hooks on my counters

Well... Looks like someone used these as tiedown points for whatever reason. See Specta's picture for reference. What are you going to do with the holes once you have removed the hooks?
joerg68 06/22/20 09:41am Truck Campers
RE: My (our) Ultimate Truck Camper Body Build

Ultimate Build, indeed! Very nice work, and a beautiful result. I wish you get many happy years of travel out of this. Congratulations!
joerg68 06/19/20 03:20am Truck Campers
RE: Why Not a Palomino TC??

Congratulations and many happy travels!
joerg68 06/18/20 10:02am Truck Campers
RE: Why Not a Palomino TC??

why is a Northern Lite, Lance, Big Foot, Etc worth twice the price of a palomino?? There are differences in build quality, in the materials used, and in the design principles. NL and Bigfoot are fiberglass shell campers - they are made to last longer. They may not be worth the price difference to you. Palomino campers have always been at the low end of the scale. TC longevity and quality is a complex topic. A cheap camper, built on a good day, treated well, stored dry, and frequently maintained, may well outlive a misused high-end camper built on a Friday afternoon. For your first TC, there is nothing wrong with buying a relatively inexpensive used unit. Go camping in it for a while, then you will know what you like about it and what needs to be different for you.
joerg68 06/17/20 06:31am Truck Campers
RE: Lance Rebuild - Update 06.15.2020

This looks like a lot of work. It can be done, and I have seen a few campers like this come back to life. It will look a lot worse before it starts to look better. Hang in there!
joerg68 06/08/20 12:15am Truck Campers
RE: Joined the club today.

Congratulations! That interior looks lika a time capsule from the nineties. I wish you many happy travels!
joerg68 06/08/20 12:12am Truck Campers
RE: (((Update))) we bought it / 1995 Lance squire lite 185

Congratulations! Have fun with the new (for you) camper! I wish you many happy travels!
joerg68 06/08/20 12:10am Truck Campers
RE: Opinion on these tie-downs?

I don’t know why the nut is needed since the hook can’t spin. But the unsecured nut can spin. Vibration and gravity will pull it down. Not on these rusty threads anymore, though ;-)
joerg68 06/05/20 12:22am Truck Campers
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