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RE: Travel Lite 770P

I do not know the type of roof lift in your camper. Is it anyhthing like the Rieco Titan system described here? With independent actuators? https://www.truckcampermagazine.com/news/rieco-titan-on-palomino-rv-s-new-lift-system/ page 7 of this PDF deals with their manual crank override: http://www.riecotitan.com/flyers/erls_2015.pdf Or does it use a single lift motor and cables? Can you describe the operating principle? A few pictures of your system might help to extract some more information from the crowd. It was probably not limited to Travelite.
joerg68 04/17/19 12:19pm Truck Campers
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

I'll give you this with regard to bacon: https://www.dilbert.com/strip/1997-01-10
joerg68 04/17/19 03:32am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Northstar Arrow U

I have a 2017 Arrow - not -U; according to my dealer the series was discontinued after mine, so it may or may not be the last of its kind. We are very happy with ours. Do you have any questions in particular? The build quality of our camper is among the best I have seen. But still it has a wood frame, with all pros and cons that come with that. I made a conscious decision that the pros outweigh the cons - for me. Edit: fixed typo
joerg68 04/17/19 02:24am Truck Campers
RE: Structural repair and replacement of rotten wood

When should you replace? I am not a carpenter, so just take my personal opinion from experience fixing one camper floor section. Any structural wood that has lost maybe more than 20 or 25% of its useful cross section should probably better be replaced than repaired? Remove as much as needed to find solid wood and a good place to anchor to, then splice in a new piece. Use an oscillation saw such as a Fein cutter or one of the cheaper knockoffs if you don't have one yet. It will make it a lot easier to make awkward, difficult cuts without tearing everything apart. Wood that is not really structural, like camper wings or luan/plywood sheets covering something, I would probably not hesitate to fix with any of the methods mentioned above. Although these parts are often just as easy to replace than to repair...
joerg68 04/11/19 02:22am Truck Campers
RE: Complete reconstruction of a TT

Aside from cost, it is always the same question: Do yo want to camp / spend quality time with friends and family, or do you want a project? As others have said: it is more work, takes longer, and costs more than you anticipate. If the result is going to be stationary anyway: Why not build a shack/cabin in that location? Or pull the rolling chassis there and build on location?
joerg68 04/08/19 04:47am Tech Issues
RE: VTR - virtual trip report, my last one

Thanks, and many happy travels in your future! So now I learn that it was not the Grand Whazoo alone who laid the foundation for my fascination with Outfitter campers... At the time I was so impressed with these trip reports that I (erroneously) expected the wonderful outdoors to be part of the camper delivery. I had one shipped here, but neither the local weather nor the landscape were up to par ;-) Thanks again!
joerg68 04/08/19 02:31am Truck Campers
RE: Gas engine fuel mpg?

12-13 mpg 2014 F350 SCLB SRW 4x4 6.2 V8 + 2017 Northstar Arrow mostly long range at moderate speed (55-60)
joerg68 04/05/19 04:02am Truck Campers
RE: Unload or keep on truck

Loading / unloading a TC alone is not fun for the unexperienced. I would leave the camper on the truck unless you absolutely need to unload (for example if the truck needs to go to the shop). Always pick a level area of sufficient size for loading. You need enough maneuvering area to back the truck under the camper as straight as possible. The ground should be firm and level. Maybe you can find someone to do some practice runs with. If you do unload... Many people lower the jacks as low as they will go. That reduces sway. Others use some form of stand to set the camper floor on. You do not really need to do anything, but with the jacks extended and no additional support, there will be some sway - which also puts unnecessary stress on the jack mounts. If you are not used to driving with a camper, you need to stay aware of the dimensions of your rig - especially height. It may make sense to put some note inside where you can see it that reminds you of the actual size of your rig. If you have no experience loading / unloading, it may also help if you write down a checklist of all the things needed to do it right - are the turnbuckles in place and tight, do the lights work, are all windows and roof openings closed, is everything inside safely stowed, are the stairs up/stowed, things like that. It is also helpful to do a walkaround some distance around your rig before you leave in order to check if everything is ready for departure. Nothing of this is difficult, and it gets easier with every time you do it. But if all of it is new to you, it can stress you out big time. It is not rocket science, you can and will do it!
joerg68 04/03/19 06:05am Truck Campers
RE: Does a truck need anti sway bars carry a camper?

A 15 year old camper can be anywhere between pristine (always under a roof when not in use, not used extensively, well taken care of) and ... junk that is not worth restoring ( all the opposite of the before listed). Six Pac were not famous for their superior quality. The are/were more of an entry level brand. There is nothing wrong with that. Just beware. The price is any number that the camper is worth to you. If you do not know what to look for, even serious water damage can be hard to spot, and even the seller is not necessarily aware of the state of his camper. Read through some of the restauration topics in the truck camper university sticky.
joerg68 03/31/19 11:19am Truck Campers
RE: Good bye but with a forwarding address

Thanks for the heads up! And many happy travels!
joerg68 03/29/19 03:30pm Truck Campers
RE: hard side camper like to drive? (cross winds, handling)

It is not like wind is never an issue with other types of RVs, is it? Travel trailers, Class C, ... IMO, a well balanced truck/camper combo is no more critical in windy conditions than many other types of vehicles.
joerg68 03/29/19 09:47am Truck Campers
RE: hard side camper like to drive? (cross winds, handling)

Do. not. worry. With a DRW truck, all of the campers you are looking at will not pose handling challenges. Take this from someone who has had both: A popup camper makes for a very nimble ride. In a warm night, nothing beats the airy openness. You can never stealth-camp in one (same goes with a hardside with mandatory slideout) Storage is much less than in a hardside. They are great for all seasons, heat and all, but not the same as a hardside. You will find out if you need to spend some cold and rainy days inside one. A popup insulates much less against noise. It makes a bigger difference than I expected. Yes, a hardside is higher, and probably wider. It has more space, is more comfortable, and more like a "normal" RV. Spend some time in either, and imagine how you will travel. If I were to usually travel in a 'moderately warm and dry environment, I would be all for the popup. But I am in central europe with lots of cloudy, cool, rainy days even during camping season. I went back to a hardside, and I am happy with my choice. But only you can know what is right for you.
joerg68 03/28/19 01:32pm Truck Campers
RE: 1996 Fiberglass Bigfoot

Shipping any fullsize camper will be a challenge and not cheap. These things are excessively immobile when not on a truck. From where to where does it need to go? I would not be surprised if the easiest, cheapest and simplest way would be to go get it with your truck.
joerg68 03/28/19 05:35am Truck Campers
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

Happy Anniversary! (even a day late - one can never have too many good wishes)
joerg68 03/26/19 02:42am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Happyjack remote broke

https://pantherrvproducts.com/blog/how-to-program-your-happijac-remote-to-your-receiver/ This is a description of the little dance you need to do to connect a remote to your HJ controller. It doesn't say if you need to wait for the next full moon, though ;-) There are other descriptions out there, I just googled "happijac learn remote"
joerg68 03/24/19 05:11am Truck Campers
RE: Happyjack remote broke

Are you positively sure the rear jacks worked right until you dropped the remote? Or was that data point days or weeks ago and the problem could be with the control board, wiring, or fuses and just appear to be connected to the drop event. If not... Did you just drop it on the ground, or in water? Will it work with the cable attached (probably not)? Aside from replacing the remote, I know of no surefire way to repair it... But once you have a replacement lined up, there is no harm in disassembling the old remote before you order a new one. I would think there is a crack somewhere in the board or a defective soldering jount. Carefully taking a heat gun to the board *might* work. Maybe you can find a small local shop who (still) does repairs. These things are pretty rugged. I would expect a minor mechanical cause. Just how to find it...
joerg68 03/23/19 05:05am Truck Campers
RE: Free Camper Adventure: Moved Successfully!

Have you considered putting it on a low trailer for the short way home? Much less height involved. Just stabilize the camper, clear underneath, and roll the trailer under the camper. The place where it is parked must have been vehicle-accessible at the time.
joerg68 03/21/19 05:27am Truck Campers
RE: Super Basic Questions

I may be wrong, but here is my take. Remember, advice on the web may just be worth what you paid for it ;-) The 811 was the shortest Lance camper with a slideout at the time, with a floor length of just 8'6". Technically, it should fit on either long or short bed trucks; my preference would be a long bed. The sales brochure doesn't seem to specify the required bed size. But it says that they are proud of the low profile of these campers. I am not sure if they even have a basement. From the pictures I have looked at, I think not. Somebody please correct me if I am wrong. Lance gives you access to historic brochures and manuals; go and look for yourself: https://www.lancecamper.com/ -> Owner Support
joerg68 03/19/19 12:36pm Truck Campers
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

Hey Fulltimin, I really appreciate your dedication to this project! But this is not a job, you are not getting paid for it (or fired if you call in sick too many times). Spend time with friends and family first. Motorhome second. invisible internet friends third ;-)
joerg68 03/19/19 03:52am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Free Camper Adventure: Moved Successfully!

Whatever you do ... just be sure you or any helpers stay clear of the potential falling zone at all times. These things can and do fall over. The cradle idea sounds good for me. Doesn't need to be pretty.
joerg68 03/18/19 12:16pm Truck Campers
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