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RE: Operational problems with new diesel pickups

The new diesel engines are laden with issues. IMHO, unless you really need it (working truck hauling heavy equipment daily) or you tow heavy (>15-16K lbs) and you do it often - a new 6.6L chevy or 7.3L Ford gasser will happily do the job with 1/4 of the drama. No "you used bad fuel, what did you expect" guilt trips, no EGR/emissions issues, no CP4 $12K repair failures, no turbo failures, no mystery coolant leaks. The new diesels are beasts for sure but do the math between a 8mpg new gasser towing and the 14mpg new diesel towing with current prices and $10K engine premium on diesel (plus oil/fuel filter/additive costs over the time of ownership) - the $10K premium turns into a $12-14K premium with the cost of diesel maintenance - takes years to make up the mileage difference - and I am not even talking expensive repairs on the diesel OR you have to keep buying extended warranties. The only thing that diesels have going is that people still think of them as reliable and they keep their resale value better. To say they are laden with issues is a blatant exaggeration. And not everything is about cost... you don't buy a Corvette over a Spark for economy, yet they sell plenty of them and don't kick up the same amount of dust the diesel vs gas debate does. I had a CP4 failure covered under warranty on my 335D, after that converted my GM LML to a CP3, and will do the same for my Ram when the warranty is up. Other than that, I have absolutely no concerns about my diesel, but a savings account should an issue ever come up. I prefer diesel to gasoline, as so many other people do, and will continue to use diesel until viable hydrogen or electric alternatives come along. I've owned multiple modern diesels and never had any other major problems out of them. To be clear, I also own a Jeep with a 2.0T that's turning heavy 37s with 5.13 gears and would keep money in savings for it all the same, and I'm not only sold on diesels. I've had plenty of problems out of gasoline engines I've bought, because they didn't stand up well to the abuse I dished out. I can't go blaming those issues on the fact that they were gasoline, or say that my Duramax was better because it didn't bat an eye being ramped up to over 600RWHP with a heavy right foot or (using a different tune) 440RWHP with a 15K trailer. Reliability is highly dependent on use, maintenance, etc, and a whole lot more nuanced than "gasoline is more reliable". I doubt you'll have any more issues out of a modern diesel than you will a modern gasoline engine, as the days of marked simplicity are long gone. And if you're asking a gas engine to work near its limits, the same load would likely be comfortably moving along behind a diesel, and I bet that diesel would last a whole lot longer. Vehicles, with few possible exceptions, are pay to play, and people buy what they want. Very few buy just what they need, or else there would be a lot more people hauling with basic work trucks and commuting in econoboxes. Two final points: The value of exhaust braking in modern diesels should not be overlooked if you are traveling in the mountains Diesel variants usually come with stronger transmissions, transfer cases, axles, etc, and that is part of the premium
jshupe 04/16/21 02:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 19.5" Tire Comparisons

I never really did anything on this, timing just hasn't been right with everything being backordered and us pouring money into other projects. I found a new 19.5" tire to add to my list. Has anyone run them? Manufacturer web page Youtube off-road demonstration w/ F-450
jshupe 04/16/21 09:14am Truck Campers
RE: Arctic Fox 1150 is breaking my 2016 Ford 350 dually

If the hj tie downs and resulting bed flex were the specific problem, I'd see at least some buckling at the bed's front also, but there isn't any. The front of the beds are braced better than the rear, especially when you aren't running a tailgate to limit the twisting in the rear. Forces travel. I assure you, the damage you're seeing here could easily be (and are) originating from the front of the bed, at the tie-downs. I don't disagree, but not for the same reasons. It's not exactly a HJ problem, it's that perhaps I didn't torque the turn buckles enough. Spring loaded fronts are spring loaded fronts, and they both allow movement. I'm thinking user error, not design error. I agree, somewhat, only because if it were that widespread of an issue, you would hear more about it. That being said, the springs only offer a certain amount of travel, and will either bottom out or reach full extension, then you might as well not have them. You're talking about frost heaves, etc, which may very well exhaust the range of the springs, defeating them. If we're just talking casual on-highway use, the issue may never present itself - but off-road, or on bad roads, the springs only offer so much protection.
jshupe 04/15/21 08:53am Truck Campers
RE: Arctic Fox 1150 is breaking my 2016 Ford 350 dually

If the hj tie downs and resulting bed flex were the specific problem, I'd see at least some buckling at the bed's front also, but there isn't any. The front of the beds are braced better than the rear, especially when you aren't running a tailgate to limit the twisting in the rear. Forces travel. I assure you, the damages you're seeing here could easily be (and are) originating from the front of the bed, at the tie-downs.
jshupe 04/15/21 08:41am Truck Campers
RE: 12 volt only refrigerator

.....Truck campers are a different scenario again, they are moving from place to place often, alternator is charging nicely, and their 12V boxes are typically tiny, drawing not much more than a thermostat of propane fridge. No, the draw is going to be a lot more than a propane fridge "thermostat". My truck camper has a relatively small Nova Kool compressor fridge. It is about 4 cuft and pulls about 2.5-3.0 amps when running. It does great in 70 degree weather or less but when the temps are higher in the Summer it runs almost constantly. It can easily pull 50 AH per day. It can pull my 300 AH battery bank to 50% in about 3 days and with other power uses, I only have about 2 days of capacity. My TC doesn't charge from the alternator, usually stays in place a week or two at a time, has an 8 cu. ft. Norcold, etc, etc. Lots of generalizations there that don't apply to my (and many other) truck campers. We have 1800W of solar, 11.4kWh (900AH@12V) of Lithium batteries (48V bank), and a separate 130AH Lead Acid 12V bank for 12V loads. We run a JC Refrigeration HVAC conversion on our fridge, which draws 1.0-1.3kWh per day, depending on ambient conditions. And have no issues doing so, even on consecutive days without sun. We're probably the exception as far as truck campers go, but there are lots of fifth wheels out there with large systems that can run residential fridges for days. We have 3000W of solar and twice the Lithium 48V in our fifth wheel, but only a 100AH (or something trivial) 12V lead acid bank. Our 18 cu. ft. GE residential fridge pulls 1.7-2.1kWh/day, usually hovering around 1.8kWh. Again, we have plenty of energy to go consecutive days without sun. We know many, many people with 600AH BattleBorn banks, which seem to be extremely common, as well as other LiFePO4 banks of various sizes and plenty of solar to keep them charged. The tiny systems assumed in this thread are not really the norm in my circle, and I'm sure there are plenty of large systems out there that the assumptions in this thread don't apply to. A lot of full-timers have taken to boondocking, and many of them are investing in larger systems in order boondock for extended periods (months on end, traveling every couple weeks) without having to deal with careful conservation measures in day-to-day life. We, in particular, built out systems with the goal of being able to run air conditioning when, for some reason, we're not able to travel with the weather because life doesn't always take you where you want to go. We use an electric convection oven, air fryer, Vitamix, microwave, Instapot, and other appliances without any concern regarding energy consumption, no matter where we are. And appreciate our compressor refrigerators, which have proven to be much more reliable, keep food much better, and be less finicky with 24/7 operation and travel than absorption units.
jshupe 04/15/21 08:20am Tech Issues
RE: Uneven Bearing Temp

If you're nose high, your rear axle is going to be bearing more of the load. More load = more heat. Simple as that.
jshupe 04/14/21 08:47pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Can't find my water pump

Do you have a gravity fresh water fill, not the city water connection if different. The pump should be very close to the fresh water tank, which also close to the fill. When I winterized my neighbours 5th wheel a few years ago, I had to search for the pump and winterizing line. She told me that she had always put 10 gallons of pink in the fresh water tank and pumped it through. Long story short. City water conection near the front under the bathroom, upper level, Gravity fill in the rear wall, fresh water tank under the floor just in front of the bumper, could't get any further away from kitchen or bathroom. The water pump was on the floor inside an end table between the recliner chairs. When all was quiet, you could hear the pump running. I had to dig through carpet and trim just to remove this end table and access the pump. Ken At least in my Alpine, which is the same year so should be more or less the same, there is no gravity fill and the pump is about 25ft from the fresh tank. Fresh tank is at the very rear, and pump is in the front basement behind the water works and a false wall.
jshupe 04/14/21 08:02pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Can't find my water pump

Mine is in the basement, behind a false wall behind the water center. It's the same year Alpine, but a 3730FB. I'd bet on more or less the same location on yours.
jshupe 04/14/21 07:18pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Arctic Fox 1150 is breaking my 2016 Ford 350 dually

All ties allow for some movement, but it is your truck bed bending. I think you look in wrong direction. And in this case, the truck bed is bending because it is the tie point. Just because the damages aren't at the connection doesn't mean that the forces don't originate there. The forces are distributed throughout the bed, and the weakest areas will show damage first. It'll just compound as time goes on. The bumper ties have nothing to do with it. If you strengthen one area - in this example, by sandwiching the bulkhead between steel plates - the damage will just occur somewhere down the line.
jshupe 04/14/21 05:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Arctic Fox 1150 is breaking my 2016 Ford 350 dually

Torklift article sounds like written by 3rd grader. They talk about "bed frame" Have never seen such animal. All truck beds I have seen are resting on truck frame. Somebody missed his classes. I don't think we should base anything here off a competitor's website, but it's obvious if you look at the HappiJac design that the majority of the forces are going to be on bulkhead. Pair that with a heavy camper and aluminum bed, and you are asking for the kinds of damages shown in Op's photos.
jshupe 04/14/21 01:08pm Truck Campers
RE: Arctic Fox 1150 is breaking my 2016 Ford 350 dually

Torklift puts the blame on HJ for this damage: https://www.torklift.com/index.php/blog/entry/preventing-bed-damage-from-my-truck-camper Where? All I can see is TL comment It is important to recognize that pickup trucks are now built from thinner metals and truck campers are increasing in size. So they indicate the installer education is a factor. Nothing wrong with the design for what it was design for. Although there are small metal parts with this type of tie down that come into contact with the trucks heavy-duty frame, the contact is incidental and lends negligible support as the primary strength. The support for this type of tie down is the truck bed and rear bumper and not the truck’s frame. Negative side effects from bed-mounted designs are lack of support and potential for damage to your truck bed.
jshupe 04/14/21 01:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Arctic Fox 1150 is breaking my 2016 Ford 350 dually

Torklift puts the blame on HJ for this damage: https://www.torklift.com/index.php/blog/entry/preventing-bed-damage-from-my-truck-camper Seems pretty obvious to me that the small pieces they use to tie into the frame are insufficient to prevent this sort of damage. ¯\_(?)_/¯
jshupe 04/14/21 01:01pm Truck Campers
RE: Operational problems with new diesel pickups

I have a 2019 ram with the HO cummins. I didn't have any problems until the first recall, which was an emissions update. I had to take it to two different dealerships to get the recall done. Actually, now that I think about it, I had to take it to the dealer after it was 3 or 4 months old. Three different trips. The problem was never fixed. The factory doesn't have a fix. LOL. But, that's just the ram ownership experience, so I've learned. The only other unfixed issues have nothing to do with the DEF or emissions, other than the emissions recall, which apparently causes other issues. So, if you want a truck that can tow a heavy load up a hill, buy a ram. It might have problems like no AC, or no heat, surging throttle, random clunks, and a transmission that bucks when towing, and a radio that shuts off randomly, and poor dealership support. But, if you can ignore all that, buy a ram. LOL. Get over yourself. You happened to be the unlucky slob who got a Monday truck. Sure you are unhappy, totally understandable, but to come onto a public forum and present your case as norm is totally irresponsible. I never had any of those issues with my 2019 Cummins HO. It's been a great truck - better than the 2015 Chevrolet it replaced, which was an improvement over the 2014 Ford. Granted they're all different years/generations, but I like my Ram the best and have no brand loyalty. I had issues that required warranty work on all three trucks, and Ford was the only one who really tried to skirt covering anything.
jshupe 04/14/21 12:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Arctic Fox 1150 is breaking my 2016 Ford 350 dually

Ford uses a proprietary plug, that id rather not butcher for when I put the tailgate back on. Ram uses these, which are rated for five (5!) mating cycles. https://i.imgur.com/OxaX90d.png width=640 https://products.rosenberger.com/_ocassets/db/59Z163-003-Y.pdf They can be connected a few more times than that if careful, but my connectors were showing significant wear after a dozen or two cycles. That's how/why I ended up with the part number for replacement. BNC connectors, by contrast, are rated for 500 mating cycles. https://cdn11.bigcommerce.com/s-blpsc02m/images/stencil/1280x1280/products/682/3191/BNC-extension-cables__88839.1525026587.jpg?c=2 height=300 As much as we take our camper on and off the truck, we'd wear through the OE connectors in no time. The truck is now BNC female and the tailgate BNC male. They connect directly when the tailgate is on the truck. I use a 4' BNC-F to BNC-M patch cable I built for connecting the tailgate when it's on the camper. I carry it on the deck, but you can probably use any camera that uses a 50 Ohm coax connection. https://imgur.com/P0UgM3T.jpg width=640
jshupe 04/14/21 11:03am Truck Campers
RE: Arctic Fox 1150 is breaking my 2016 Ford 350 dually

I've never seen the HappiJac mounts in person, but they appear as if they would let the camper pull on the bed. They have straps that go straight down to the frame rails. Doesn't pull on bed. I see those in their photos, but they don't look heavy enough to really do much. Again, I'm not going to dive into speculation than that without looking at them in person.
jshupe 04/14/21 10:58am Truck Campers
RE: Arctic Fox 1150 is breaking my 2016 Ford 350 dually

Side note: RickJo Where did you buy a camera with factory plug, that wasn't 400? "Also have an aftermarket camera to plug into the tailgate camera socket for backup view on the 8" screen with camper loaded." Not Ford, but my Ram's camera just uses 50 Ohm RG174 cable, and I expect Ford uses the same. I chopped off the factory connectors and replaced them with BNC, and use a simple patch cable to connect my camera when the camper is loaded. The BNC connectors will last far more connect/disconnect cycles than the OE plastic ones.
jshupe 04/14/21 10:54am Truck Campers
RE: Arctic Fox 1150 is breaking my 2016 Ford 350 dually

Does your 2019 Dodge have a steel bed, rather than aluminum, as the Ford does now? Here's a good video an info for a ram 5500 flatbed. About half price of a Douglas body, so he says. https://www.stablecamper.com/truck-beds Yeah, steel. I agree with you that the aluminum is the issue, not so much the weight of the camper if that weren't the case. NO the aluminum bed is NOT the issue. I have had both. The 2004 steel bed was much worse. As I indicate in my earlier posts, the horse stall mats and Torklift tie downs have made bed damage in my aluminum bed a non-issue. My aluminum bed still looks new after 15k miles on the new setup. Rick If you look back at my posts, I specifically said that I think the HappiJac mounts and aluminum bed are the issue - I don't think the bed itself being aluminum is the sole cause, and in a round-about way suggested TorkLift mounts. I've never seen the HappiJac mounts in person, but they appear as if they would let the camper pull on the bed, which would be a huge issue with aluminum. Since I've never actually seen them I'm not going to dive into further speculation.
jshupe 04/14/21 09:56am Truck Campers
RE: Arctic Fox 1150 is breaking my 2016 Ford 350 dually

Does your 2019 Dodge have a steel bed, rather than aluminum, as the Ford does now? Here's a good video an info for a ram 5500 flatbed. About half price of a Douglas body, so he says. https://www.stablecamper.com/truck-beds Yeah, steel. I agree with you that the aluminum is the issue, not so much the weight of the camper if that weren't the case.
jshupe 04/14/21 09:48am Truck Campers
RE: Arctic Fox 1150 is breaking my 2016 Ford 350 dually

There's no mystery here about why this is happening, it's a heavy camper moving around while in transit, on a marginal truck for the weight of the camper. I was just wondering if others are having the same issues with their 10-12' ~5000lb campers. No issue with my 1140 on a 2019 Ram 3500. Lots of off-road use and a lot of bloat as well - probably a good bit heavier than your 1150 unless you carry a lot. We full-time in it and have full storage compartments, lots of spare parts, and heavy tools. Our solar/electrical system alone adds around 700lbs. Our camper doesn't seem to budge, with Torklift mounts and Fastguns, spray-in bedliner, and a 3/8" DeeZee rubber mat. https://scontent-dfw5-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.6435-9/p720x720/172013078_10224717579388744_3945564951934934861_n.jpg?_nc_cat=110&ccb=1-3&_nc_sid=e3f864&_nc_ohc=Ay4DsHf-Z_gAX8N7KMy&_nc_ht=scontent-dfw5-1.xx&tp=6&oh=41441f4412b6581d0f50aa102c312b5b&oe=609E9557 width=640 While I've been somewhat considering a 5500, it's hard to justify since everything is working so well on my 3500. It took some trial and error on the suspension for me to be happy with it, but otherwise, no issues or complaints.
jshupe 04/14/21 09:24am Truck Campers
RE: Arctic Fox 1150 is breaking my 2016 Ford 350 dually

There's no such thing as a bed-only mount for a 5000lb camper. Edit - looks like HappiJac is sort-of, kind-of "frame mount", but the TorkLift design appears much better.
jshupe 04/14/21 09:13am Truck Campers
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