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RE: TorkLift GlowStep on Bigfoot, How to Install? (Solved)

Stow N'go bracket is day and night difference +1 The best mod I ever made.
joerg68 07/25/21 05:29am Truck Campers
RE: Custom truck camper tie down mounts?

Most truck campers here in Europe are held down inside the box. But: - they are smaller and lighter (like your FWC example) - the campers are designed for this type of application - the anchor points may need to be in a different location for this approach to work - the tiedown anchors are usually bolted to the frame through the truck bed floor, the floor sheetmetal is not strong enough - you need to be able to access the space between camper and truck bed in order to set the tiedown straps. For many (most? all?) bigger campers, this will be impossible. It always means some gymnastics. It would not work for our Northstar Arrow. The front wells are somewhat accessible as the camper has no basement and there are access doors on both sides from inside the camper. The rear anchor points would be inaccessible, and on the side with the bathroom there is no useful space between camper and bed sides.
joerg68 07/21/21 02:15am Truck Campers
RE: Mystery Damage to my truck. From the camper??

Our camper is hardly ever on the truck completely straight, with the camper centerline being right on top of the truck centerline. Depending on where you load, it can be very difficult to back under the camper in an absolutely straight and center line, and usually being off an inch or so does not create a problem. At some point, it is just "good enough". Even in the video you can see there are three fingers distance on the driver side and two fingers on the passenger side, indicating that the front of the camper is slightly off center.
joerg68 07/11/21 05:10am Truck Campers
RE: Jayco 8ft sportsman. Confused on battery setup/boondocking

@Wil20111 - to post a picture, try http://photoposting.is-great.net/ and follow instructions there. It is a workaround, but it will work...
joerg68 06/20/21 04:01am Truck Campers
RE: About to leave, truck batteries are dead question

No charge from the alternator might be a reason. You could have run them down the night before while you were running the truck, thinking they would be charged. I wish you luck!
joerg68 06/04/21 09:38am Truck Campers
RE: About to leave, truck batteries are dead question

Re. Airbags: the airbag compressor is not continous duty. I doubt it will survive running long enough to pull down two batteries. some more thoughts: What voltage does the camper battery show? There are not many electrical consumers in a truck or camper that can run down two (or possibly even three, with the camper battery) fully charged 70-something Ah batteries in one night. Leaving the truck lights on, or the fridge on 12V, might. A single dome light won't do this. Do you know if you have a battery separation switch of sorts between truck and camper? Having the camper on shore power does not necessarily guarantee that the fridge is running on shore power, though it normally should. But it may have been inadvertently set to 12V, or something may have gone wrong. 15 minutes is not long (enough) to charge the batteries. You'd need to know what their voltage was before the jump start. In any case you need to find out if the problem is with the truck or the camper.
joerg68 06/04/21 08:34am Truck Campers
RE: About to leave, truck batteries are dead question

I amended my first reply, pse re-read if you haven't yet.
joerg68 06/04/21 07:14am Truck Campers
RE: About to leave, truck batteries are dead question

The one thing that will run down the batteries in no time is a 3-way fridge running on 12V at 120-200 watts. Can you exclude that as a reason? First, unplug camper to eliminate any cause from that side. What voltage do the truck batteries read? What voltage does the camper battery read? How old are the batteries? Do they accept a a charge? Either from an external charger or from the truck alternator after a jump start? Possibilities: Truck battery died Lights or other electrical device left on Excessive load from camper, see beginning of my post (but that doesn't seem to rhyme well with your story) Not a professional here, better opinions welcome.
joerg68 06/04/21 07:08am Truck Campers
RE: ....new truck camper manufacturer in Quebec

Hm. I see no cooktop, but an induction unit is mentioned in the text. No bathroom but a shower tent. What about a toilet? The external structure elements can't be very beneficial in a thick forest, although they will automatically collect camouflage items. The page gives very little tangible information. Materials are "are painstakingly selected and of very high quality". No specifications. No floor plan. How much does it weigh? How much water? Does it use propane for heating and hot water? Lots of marketing fluff, no beef. How many FWC units do I get for that price? ETA: I now saw the portable cooktop and porta potty.
joerg68 06/02/21 11:45am Truck Campers
RE: Happijacs, what will happen if.........

The center of gravity is roughly 1/3 of the way back on the camper floor on most campers. It will not topple. But the jacks are not designed to take a lot of side (right/left/fwd/aft) loads. As far as I see it, you would create a forward momentum on the front jacks which would try to bend them backwards. They are under a lot of stress as is and don't have a lot of reserves. A jack mount might fail or a jack leg might bend, or a jack might loose footing and slide away. In which case you will end up with a buckled jack and a camper on the front or side... (Sorry for potentially botched non-engineering language. Not an engineer, and not a native english speaker at this end)
joerg68 05/20/21 02:33pm Truck Campers
RE: Where are the camper salvage yards?

Have you tried to google "Minnesota RV salvage yards" / "parts" or the like? You will probably need to call the numbers that pop up - the old fashioned way. ETA: Compartment doors can be had new. I googled "RV compartment doors", and the first hit was to a company named recpro.com. There are more. ETA2: Is the umbilical cord different for your model year or would a newer one fit? The current ones should be available from Lance, no?
joerg68 05/19/21 12:22am Truck Campers
RE: 96 Northstar PU camper help

Hi there, enjoy your new (to you) camper! You will have more feedback in the "Truck Camper" subforum - maybe post there again, or ask a mod to move your thread. I stumbled upon it by accident. There is very likely no such thing as a single manual for your camper. And if there was, it would be very generic. I did not get one with my N* when I bought new. What I did get was a bag with manuals for the individual appliances. These can usually be found online when you google the manufacturer + model + "manual" A good starting point might be bryantrv.com, they have an online collection of manuals. Other than that, just ask specific questions.
joerg68 05/19/21 12:12am Folding Trailers
RE: Looking at Lance Lite 835 to buy

It is possible (imo likely) the cabover structure and / or the front corners are compromised from wood rot as a result of water intrusion. The indents could then be the result of too much flex on a rough road. The "wood shavings" are not a good sign. The crooked front legs are also indicative of a possible rot issue in the front corners. This would not at all be unlikely for a 20 year old camper of unknown history. It looks like a project to me. There are "harmless" possible explanations, but in my experience they are not likely. There is a sticky thread at the top of this section titled "Truck Camper University". It has a section on rot repair. A lot of pictures have been lost, but many are still there. Have a look. Good luck!
joerg68 05/12/21 09:43am Truck Campers
RE: Lance Bumper clamp repair. Need picture.

I went through my old pictures of our Lance 915 repair project, and this is the best shot I found: https://i.imgur.com/YXf8SCkl.jpg
joerg68 05/07/21 01:34am Truck Campers
RE: New Fords Weigh Themselves

There is overweight, and there is overweight. Taking a load of tiles home from the nearest box store 5 mls down the road is not the same as a six week cross country trip with a heavy camper in the back and a toyhauler on the hitch... The truck won't know the difference... Either way the driver needs to know what the truck can safely do.
joerg68 05/04/21 11:36am Truck Campers
RE: Ugh wet wood in Bigfoot

Sorry to hear about your bad luck. Reminds me of the experience with our first camper. My advice would be to disassemble until you reach solid wood. Not dry, just solid. Any leak may be a lot further up than you are thinking. Water pools at the lowest spot. Gravity and all... If you would like to post pictures, you might use this service made specifically for this forum: http://photoposting.is-great.net Fixing a camper is not rocket science, but tends to be more work than you anticipate. I wish you luck!
joerg68 05/02/21 07:12am Truck Campers
RE: New Fords Weigh Themselves

Of course, the ratings do not change when I modify the suspension*. The truck doesn't know anything has changed. But depending on the engineering solution to determine the weight, the values registered by the truck may now be grossly inaccurate. Thats why I am curious to know how they do it. For example, if pressure readings from TPMS sensors is used, it is difficult to calculate the load when the vehicle is not on a flat surface. At least that is what the control circuit of my truck's airbags has me believe... *) At the risk of derailing the thread: Here in Germany, the registration document lists the axle weight ratings and GVWR, among many other things. Invariably, it has the values from the door sticker. Changes can be made, but are very difficult to obtain, with all the required documentation being in a foreign language, if it exists at all. The values in the registration document are binding; if you exceed the numbers when you are weighed (which can and does happen), you are in trouble and may have to unload your camper to continue. Exact regulations vary from country to country, Germany usually accepts 5% over, other countries are more strict. It is always fun to read how relaxed this is seen in the US. Be glad for what you have, believe me.
joerg68 04/30/21 01:07pm Truck Campers
RE: New Fords Weigh Themselves

I wonder if there will be a way to override the blinking tail lights when running overloaded? What will happen when you add airbags, or any other mods to the suspension? How is it done technically?
joerg68 04/30/21 08:33am Truck Campers
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

Have you googled something like "constant temperature tankless water heater"? The ones I could come with were all 240V - which makes sense, as heating water quickly takes a lot of energy. If it is not a tankless system, I don't know how you could go without mixing in cold water to achieve the desired temperature.
joerg68 04/24/21 03:50am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Four Winds Truck Camper

Any manual (if it exists at all) is likely very generic. This link takes you to a 1993 Lance manual for a general idea: https://www.lancecamper.com/docs/1993-owners-manual.pdf The "interesting" information is usually in the individual manuals for the different appliances (water heater, furnace, refrigerator) provided by the manufacturer. Most of these are available online if you search with the ID of the appliance in question. A good starting point might also be the collection at http://bryantrv.com/. If you have specific questions about any of the camper systems, you can always ask here. Have fun with your new-old camper. Spend some time checking all the seams and re-caulking them!
joerg68 04/19/21 12:38pm Truck Campers
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