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RE: Driving With a Pop Up vs Hardside??

Since you have a good truck, I wouldn't worry about the weight difference. Yes the hardside will be a bit more unstable, but it shouldn't be bad at all. With the hardside, you may need to do a few minor suspension upgrades like heavier sway bar, stable loads etc. I have a Lance 815 which is a bit lighter and not only do rough forest roads but also easy off-road trails. I would be more concerned with how you plan on using it. If you travel all day and only stop at night, the pop-up may be a better option. But if you use the rig several times a day, then you will probably more satisfied with the hardside.
kohldad 03/23/20 04:42pm Truck Campers
RE: repairing eye bolt tie downs on 2003 Pastime

Here is the link for posting pictures. RV.Net Tutorials and Picture related FAQ's For some reason you can't subscribe to it to save it for future use. But you should be able to subscribeto this post which has a link to the above page in the first replay. Link for the link
kohldad 03/19/20 08:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Rec.gov cancellation policy

It has more detail in the confirmation email. I want to say just $10 fee if cancelled 2 days or more in advance though. Unfortunately I don't keep my reservation emails once I have used them so can't find the wording quickly.
kohldad 03/16/20 05:57pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 2020 SE TC Gathering - planning stage

I would have picked up the ball on this one for my sister but have a major life changing event happening this year so we wanted to my schedule free, as that is what the life changing event is all about - being free. I'm hoping to do an event in the fall when things cool off, but it will be more or a short notice meet-n-greet type event. Something like campground X in two weeks. May even just be a grassy field or group site without any hookups. So before the year is done with, there should be at least one event. Thanks for all of the patience.
kohldad 02/28/20 09:45am Truck Campers
RE: Graveside Boondocking?

If the area is posted dawn to dusk, I would take that to mean the parking lot also and wouldn't stay there out of respect. If it isn't posted and wasn't where you would have to worry about the local kids coming out at night, especially Friday/Saturday night I would consider it. IF there is a nearby church I would try to ask permission, as with any place with someone nearby. But yes, I've seen some very small quaint cemeteries in areas that I would be consider camping at and don't think I would give those a second thought.
kohldad 02/26/20 03:52pm Truck Campers
RE: Ram 3500 DRW 6.4 8sp for TC?

92k miles on my 6.4 SRW hauling a 2,400# Lance 815. Have the 3.73 gears and it does a great job. Usually don't have to use tow/haul so have 6th gear. Occasionally I've hauled ~4,500 car hauler behind it and do use tow/haul then which locks out 6th gear and it still does pretty good. Looking at upgrading and next time I will order the 4.10s as with the 3.73s I have to run a few mph more than I would like to get the rpm a bit higher. Think my mpg would be a hair better as the slower speed and less boggin of the engine would make up for the lower gears. I would definitely go with 4.10s if we go heavy enough to require a DRW. It's no diesel as I had a 2004 5.9 exact same configuration before, but I have never regretted my decision to go with the 6.4.
kohldad 02/21/20 09:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Alternative Generator For our campers

For the price of BTB charger you can buy 1000W inverter generator (when on sale) and use it anytime you want without worry about truck engine wear and economy. Didn't know you could buy a 1000w inverter generator for $150. I'm running the engine anyhow moving from spot to spot, not idling in a campground. I move most days so this isn't a problem. The BTB charger takes a lot less space even fitting in a cabinet with the other electronics. Plus it comes on when ever I crank the truck so don't even have to think about it.
kohldad 02/14/20 09:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Alternative Generator For our campers

Our small motorhome on the Ford E450 chassis has the V10 in it. When drycamping and the coach batteries get low, I bring them up a bit by idling the V10 for awhile. It's fed off the main 55 gallon tank and it idles very quiet. It's 130 amp alternator dumps way more current into the batteries initially, when they're quite low, than the motorhome's built-in charger can. Doing this shortens overall charge time quite a bit for when using the motorhome's generator or a portable generator to finish up the charging. While doing this V10 idling, we can also use the main cab heating and air conditioning systems to also heat/cool the entire coach area. You would do better by adding in a battery-to-battery charger. This way the coach battery will see a higher charge rate during the entire idling time. I'm adding one not for while idling, but to maximize the charge rate during my short move days where normal running wouldn't have a chance at a full charge.
kohldad 02/13/20 04:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Coil vs leaf springs for off-road.

The leaf spring 3500 has the springs located outboard to the frame. The coil spring 2500 has the coil springs mounted inside the frame. Since the supporting member has a much wider stance with the leaf spring, it is going to be more stable but provide less articulation than the narrower coil spring. Problem is, while articulation is great for off-roading it isn't so great for carrying a high COG item like a truck camper. I have yet to find a place where my 3500 will go with the camper on board that I need that much articulation.
kohldad 02/04/20 04:29am Truck Campers
RE: maybe add some heavy duty pressure treated lumber?

Kohldad, did you attach the frame to the camper? If so how? I need to do something like you did. Did not attach it to the bottom. I cut the foam board in half so easier to store. The foam goes in the camper, the boards lay beneath when I take it off the truck. In the last 5 years we've done 66 trips and probably loaded/unloaded the camper 62 times because of our HOA. I wouldn't want to attach it to the bottom as each screw hole you put in would be a place that moisture could be sucked up. You could attache it with some caulking though since there isn't much force on the wood or foam.
kohldad 02/02/20 09:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Regular cab under Outfitter Apex 9.5?

We hauled an 11' 1969 Franklin on a Regular cab truck for years. At traffic lights, you have to learn to stop back for enough so you can still duck down to see them. Wasn't a problem back then because they didn't have the sensors in the road, but still should be okay most of the time. Ford still makes a SuperCab so you are in luck. If necessary, custom order what you want. The price isn't going to be any more than buying one off the lot, you are just going to have to wait 8-10 weeks for it to be built. The garage I can't help you with, but parking a longer truck is a breeze. Just learn to back into the spot and it will be much easier. With the backup cameras available today, just about everyone should be able to back into a spot. Or do like my wife does when she's forced to drive my truck, park out in the parking lot and get a little extra exercise.
kohldad 01/31/20 09:33pm Truck Campers
RE: maybe add some heavy duty pressure treated lumber?

To gain clearance to the bed rails, I made a perimeter frame with interlocking notches out of 3/4" 1x6 treated wood. Painted the top side of the wood with a can of undercoating I had laying around to provide a little protection to the metal. In the center of the frame, I put 3/4" rigid foam board. The wood prevents crushing of the foam when I load the camper, the foam board provides support and insulation under the rest of the floor. Been using it for 5 years with the camper sitting on it for 500+ nights with no problems.
kohldad 01/31/20 09:25pm Truck Campers
RE: New Ford 7.3 Gas

As an owner of a Ram 3500, SRW, 6.4 gasser, with 3.73 gears, and 6 speed auto, the only thing I’d consider changing is the gear ratio to 4.10. The 3.73 is just not deep enough when empty and driving over rolling hills as it causes the transmission to down shift frequently, rather than lug up the hills. Now when the camper is on, I just put the Trans in 4th gear and leave it there, and seems to do really well with minimal down shifts except in the mountains. . . . I too have a 3500 SRW 6.4 Hemi CC 4wd with 3.73. I custom ordered the truck and had figured I would be in tow/haul mode so went with the 3.73 On hind sight, I'm in 6th most of the time on the highway so the 4.10s would have been a better choice. If/when we upgrade to a DRW, it will be same setup except 4.10s. Now once we get on the backroads, the 3.73s are much better, but the 4.10s would be the best choice. 4.30s may even be better, but think they would be too low empty. While the oil is $8qt, but it only takes 7 and only has to be changed every ~7,800 miles, sooner if you run lower gears/higher RPMs. So not really that bad. Haven't heard of anything bad on the truck version of the 6.4. The specs on the Ford 7.3 seem to be about the same as the 6.4 so imagine that would also be a great engine for TC application. The lower end torque is the key. While the 10 speed transmission seems like a good idea, with a load I see it shifting a lot more. So unless the bands are properly designed, I see band wear being an issue if you plan on keeping the vehicle a long time. See my sig below for mileage and
kohldad 01/22/20 08:51am Truck Campers
RE: Best Route through the Smokies

Unless you are familiar and comfortable with mountain driving, I wouldn't recommend it. Once you pass Sugarlands Visitor Center @ 1,480', it's 13.3 miles constant up to Newfoundland Gap @ 5,040'. On the way down you drop to 2,800' in 8.4 miles before becoming more gradual decent for the remaining 7.4 miles to Oconaluftee Visitor Center. Then you still have to deal with 19 and it's ups/downs to Asheville. You can figure about 1.5 hour via I40 or 3 hours via 441 because while it isn't that much further, you will be a lot slower. I go over the mountain frequently for the last 40 years but I definitely don't go out of my way to do it. Only if I'm in GA and headed to Elkmont with a stop at Smokemount will I usually take 441. Since you will be in Gatlinburg to start with, make sure you take a day to drive up to Clingmans Dome in the car so you can stop at the overlooks on the way up and down. Then you can decide yourself.
kohldad 01/20/20 05:47am Roads and Routes
RE: 2018 RAM 2500 with Adventurer 910DB

Can you explain this some more? Isn't that the point of buying the HD diesel trucks? I could never go back to gas, so much more power in the diesel. In the Ram 2500, the GVWR is the same regardless of if you get a gas or diesel. Since the diesel weighs about 1,000# more, you get 1,000# less in payload. The main idea for a 2500 is it's pulling power but with limited payload. This works okay for goosenecks and fifth wheels to a point. The biggest reason though is because some meaning grocery haulers want the diesel so they are trying to soften up the ride while still providing the diesel. But if you want to go big gooseneck or fifth wheel you are still going to need a 3500 to handle the pin weight. You also need to go to the 3500 for the payload to carry a TC, DRW if you need it. I made the switch from a 5.9 diesel to a 6.4 hemi and am well pleased but only because I don't work the truck that hard. My heaviest load is the 2,400# camper with occasional 2,800# boat or 4,000# car. With the car, I'm getting to the limit of the 6.4 hemi. Just the camper I run the speed I want to and don't have let the engine scream over 3,000rpm to do it. When I had the diesel, it was for pulling a 12,800# FW and I would never want to pull that load with my current truck. Now, not only did I save $6k buying a gas, but it's also costing me the same to drive it compared to my 5.9 diesel (and it got better mileage than the diesels today).
kohldad 01/14/20 08:51pm Truck Campers
RE: 2018 RAM 2500 with Adventurer 910DB

IMO - NO! Dry weight of 3373 and that is without any options such as battery, AC, etc. Add water and necessities and you will be looking at a camper weighing over 4500# when ready for a trip. I wouldn't even try to carry that on my 3500 SRW. You will need to stay with a very light camper, preferably non-basement. First your diesel eats up a lot of payload. Second is you have coil springs which is a double strike because it has coil springs AND they are mounted inside the frame rails. Neither of which work well for carrying a high COG item like a truck camper. What would be a better thing to do is upgrade to a DRW 35000 and then get the 910DB if that is the camper you think suits you.
kohldad 01/12/20 05:21pm Truck Campers
RE: 1 ton SRW debate

I realize this is not the question your raised: But I would not want to carry an Eagle Cap 850 on an SRW when you could choose the stability of a dually. My 2015 Ram has a sticker payload of 4,300#. This was confirmed by weighing the truck on the way home from the dealership. The Lance 815 I carry weighs about 2,400# wet and loaded for a trip. This means after folks and back seat stuff I have about 1,200# to spare. I would add about 600# to the camper but wouldn't want to add much more than that. According to TCM, the Eagle Cab 850 has a dry advertised weight of 3,367 which means it's going to weigh at least 4,400# ready for the road. There is no way I'm gong to even begin to attempt to carry that much weight on my truck. It just wouldn't be a pleasant drive much less a safe one.
kohldad 01/06/20 09:59pm Truck Campers
RE: Lance 815 Stove Replacement

That is the same stove that came factory in my 04 Lance 815. Looked like a nice easy swap. Just be careful with a large pot on the right burner as the heat may come off the edge and melt the knobs. Not from experience, but from the previous owner. I haven't had a problem but only use a 4qt pot on the right burner.
kohldad 01/06/20 09:49pm Truck Campers
RE: Weights. Am I missing something?

From your AWR numbers that is about right. Prior to 2013 or 14, the diesel and gas engine had the same GVWR. Now, they change Ram increases the GVWR by 1,000# when you get the diesel so the payload stays about the same. I'm surprised though as the diesel usually gave you a 6,200# front axle. The rear axle is limited by the tires as the axle should be the AAM 11.5 which has a 10,300# rating. With my 05 SRW diesel was rated at 9,900#, a 2004 Lance 815 put me right at my GVWR. The
kohldad 01/01/20 08:14pm Truck Campers
RE: DRW back to SRW

While the newer trucks do have a larger payload, I would not want to max out the payload with a TC. I have a 4,300# payload and haul a 2,400# camper (wet and loaded). I can see going up to a 3,500# but any heavier and I will want a DRW for the wider stance, 2x the sidewalls to help combat the higher COG. Maybe it's just me, but I don't see enough gain in SRW to outweight the lost safety and better handling.
kohldad 12/29/19 08:44pm Truck Campers
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