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RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

A screen covering the window is no problem, instead of the built in sliding screen. The euro-style Seitz windows work that way. In order to open or close the window, you need to open the screen, which is conveniently tucked away in the outer window frame. That can be annoying. And sometimes we open the window and forget to close the screen alltogether. Also, when you drive away, you need to be sure the windows are properly closed. Otherwise you risk losing one on the highway. With sliding windows, that is less of an issue. Just saying. There is no such thing as free lunch.
joerg68 06/26/19 12:39pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Which to comprimise on? Toilet or Heat?

Scroll down to Full time RVing on the main page. There is a Winter Camping sticky there in the first position. https://forums.trailerlife.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/listings/forum/33.cfm
joerg68 06/25/19 01:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Suburban water heater gas valve stays open no flame

Why are you so sure that there is no other leak and the main valve is not shutting off correctly? There is some form of solenoid that cuts off the gas flow when no flame is present. There is some form of thermocouple that senses the heat. The system could fail in a number of ways mechanically (stuck solenoid, loose connection, for instance) - the control board would not be my first suspect. Propane can be real dangerous. Take care, and take it to a professional if you are bot sure what you are doing.
joerg68 06/25/19 09:20am Tech Issues
RE: CampLite TC 10.0

Here I was thinking Camplite had stopped making campers last year when, in fact, their web site still is up and running: https://www.livinlite.com/products/camplite-truck-campers/ So what is it now? Anyway... So you have a 10ft camper on a one ton SRW truck and pull a trailer with an ATV. Do you use a hitch extension? The camper jacks do not lift the camper high enough for loading and unloading? Why is that? The jacks are supplied by a third party vendor and they are virtually the same types for all campers. I have not heard of other Camplite 10.0 owners complaining about this issue. So either your camper is different, or your truck is lifted. Which is it? They state a dry weight of 2995 lbs for the last version of the 10.0: https://www.livinlite.com/products/camplite-truck-campers/10.0.html. It is (unfortunately) well known that these weights need to be carefully understood - they are usually for the bare camper, without battery or gas, sometimes even without the jacks. Certainly without options, or water, or your gear... Only a scale knows the true weight in most cases. The stated curb weights of the trucks are often calculated in a similar way, base model without options, btw. This often results in an unpleasant surprise at the scale. The cabover bed is not very easily accessible in most campers. Unless you have a basement under the camper, somehow you need to climb up from the truck bed to the cab roof plus mattress plus x. There could be extra steps, or handles, but there usually aren't any. The fridge comes from a third party manufacturer. Whatever happened on your unit sounds a bit weird. Ultimately, it got sorted out and the fridge is working fine. Most of the other things seem to be quality issues with your unit. It does sound a bit like a lemon. But without actually seeing it, I can not tell how far from the (low) quality standards in the RV industry your unit is. Also your dealer experience apparently was not great. Is this your first RV? Do not get me wrong - it sounds like you had to deal with a number of issues that take away greatly from the camping experience. I really do empathize. But your post combines a lot of different things with different reasons and backgrounds. Some could have been avoided by better research, some are part of the learning curve, and some are just bad luck...
joerg68 06/24/19 12:30am Truck Campers
RE: Brought Home Our New Truck Camper This Week

Enjoy your new camper! Many happy travels (with yoly)!
joerg68 06/22/19 01:25pm Truck Campers
RE: Getting More Serious About Shipping Truck Camper to Europe

They sure mix. Slower traffic keep right, though. We are used to that here in Germany - but when we travel to another country where these speeds are not normally driven, we always admire the relaxed long-distance driving.
joerg68 06/19/19 08:39am General RVing Issues
RE: Getting More Serious About Shipping Truck Camper to Europe

That is just what we deal with whenever we go somewhere. Collect information and pay. Mainly pay, that seems to be the important thing... I just remembered one thing: generally, over 3500, the truck speed limits apply to you. Thats 80kph/50mph max. - I believe everywhere. But, being a motorhome, you may go a little faster - 100kph or 62mph. That could vary by country... Whether a pickup with a truck camper is legally a motorhome or not is in the small print, but I am pretty sure the police would take your word that you are actually an RV absent local paperwork. The actual big rig trucks tend to run at 89 to 93. We just stay with the flow. We are legally an RV, but usually feel no need to hurry.
joerg68 06/19/19 12:00am General RVing Issues
RE: Getting More Serious About Shipping Truck Camper to Europe

Swiss motorway toll sticker for vehicles >3500 kgs: https://www.motorhomevoyager.co.uk/know-how/how-to/swiss-motorway-tolls-larger-vehicles/ info from 2013... beware, they may have upgraded to another bureaucracy since Only needed if you use Swiss motorways. Even accidentally.
joerg68 06/18/19 02:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: Unloading and camper support

That is what I have been using as well. Inexpensive & reliable.
joerg68 06/18/19 08:35am Truck Campers
RE: Unloading and camper support

Just the jacks would work. Lower the camper as far as possible. However, that is pretty hard on the jack mounts and there will be some sway. If you can support the camper base in one of the ways you described, you can eliminate all sway and all bending forces from the jacks. After you have supported the base and lowered the camper onto the supports, just lift each jack gently until it is barely free from the ground to remove any built up tension, then drop it again without lifting the camper. There is also a product called Wobble Stoppers by Torklift that adds additional bracing to the jacks and eliminates sway without supports underneath the camper. Edit: The camper is 15 years old - the front jack mounts may not be as solid as they once were. Or they may be as good as new - I don't know your camper.
joerg68 06/18/19 07:19am Truck Campers
RE: Getting More Serious About Shipping Truck Camper to Europe

You might get lucky w.r.t. toll road stickers in Germany: https://www.euronews.com/2019/06/18/german-highway-toll-for-cars-breaches-eu-law-eu-court
joerg68 06/18/19 02:19am General RVing Issues
RE: Getting More Serious About Shipping Truck Camper to Europe

At this time, it is usually not enforced, with some very local exceptions - e. g. Stuttgart. With a truck with US registrations, I would not really worry. Unless you get stopped for another reason and the police really really want to find something, I do not think it will be an issue for you. That is Germany, 2019. Things may be different two years from now, and in other countries. We are supposed to be getting toll stickers here. Their price will depend on the environmental impact of the vehicle. Many other countries have similar systems in place already (I wonder how many countries you can visit before you run out of sticker space in your windshield). I have no idea how they are going to classify your truck. They may not even know themselves... Sell you the most expensive class? Maybe. Long distance highways ("Autobahn") will be fun in some of the countries, anyway. The Austrians require something called a "Go Box" when you are over 3500 GVWR. Other countries do similar, funny things. Europeans like to bicker about the EU and how it takes their freedom away by making EU-wide legislation. Well, the highway toll systems are not harmonized so far, and I really wish they were. Every country gets do do it their own way...
joerg68 06/17/19 09:57am General RVing Issues
RE: Electric Jacks

The old HJ motors were a bit sensitive to water intrusion. The new design - which looks a bit like the old Atwood - may avoid that issue, as the motors now sit at the top of the motor head. FWIW, I had 5 HJ motors on my Outfitter Apex. One for the roof, four for the jacks. One of the jack motors was seized and thoroughly corroded after the second winter and had to be replaced. The jacks themselves and the other motors were fine. Replacing a HJ motor is a simple DIY job, but not cheap.
joerg68 06/17/19 12:28am Truck Campers
RE: Electric Jacks

There are no more new Atwood jacks. They were bought out by HJ. Your options are HJ or RT. It remains to be seen if the new HJ motors are more robust/reliable.
joerg68 06/16/19 04:44am Truck Campers
RE: Has anyone replaced a hot water tank with an instant hot?

What do you seek to improve? The current water heater is there and works just fine as-is, right? At no extra cost. Instantaneous heaters usually need a short time to reach the desired output heat - some extra water is probably wasted that way. Usually, fresh water is a more limited resource when traveling than LPG. You would also reduce your fresh water reserve by the 6 gal. in the boiler tank. In winterizing it might save a few minutes.
joerg68 06/15/19 04:31am Truck Campers
RE: Getting More Serious About Shipping Truck Camper to Europe

Unless the places I looked up the curb weight and the Arctic Fox weight were wrong... For your own entertainment, I strongly suggest to have your rig weighed in travel-ready configuration.
joerg68 06/15/19 03:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Getting More Serious About Shipping Truck Camper to Europe

Older Diesels only get the lowest class and may no longer be driven in these zones. I will not talk about the usefulness of these laws.
joerg68 06/14/19 10:01am General RVing Issues
RE: Getting More Serious About Shipping Truck Camper to Europe

see edited post above
joerg68 06/14/19 09:59am General RVing Issues
RE: Getting More Serious About Shipping Truck Camper to Europe

The pollution stickers are yet another mess. For Germany, yes, everyone "needs" one if they want to drive within the environmental zones around the big cities. So if you come from France, the Netherlands, or Norway, you are supposed to know about this and get the sticker - if your vehicle is eligible. I believe it is the same for the french zones. I have no idea how they even want to determine for which sticker your truck is eligible. I wouldn't worry about it much, unless the shipping company brings it up. You can not legally drive inside these zones. You can also politely fake ignorance if you do and get caught, I suppose. If I were a european cop I probably would not want to find out what the actual regulations are and what to do with you. But I am not one. Your truck is a Diesel?
joerg68 06/14/19 09:49am General RVing Issues
RE: What am I missing on GVWR??

The cassette has ...20? liters. You really wouldn't want more, as that thing gets heavy. Which is the main reason why we usually dump it daily - half a cassette is much easier to handle. Plus, you are always good to go for the next two days, no matter what. For the same reason we try to keep the grey tank pretty empty at all times. The grey tank in our Arrow is quite small... we shower inside, wash our dishes, etc. and we do not waste water - but it will last little more than 2 days. The fresh water tank is good for up to a week. One advantage of the Thetford cassette in the Northstar is the fact that it has its own rinse water tank. You can fill it with antifreeze and use the toilet without dewinterizing the fresh water system.
joerg68 06/13/19 01:00pm Truck Campers
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