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RE: DC to DC converter for small electronics

A quick peek at Amazon lists dozens of step up/down converters with 12V output. https://www.amazon.com/KNACRO-Regulator-Automatic-Converter-Waterproof/dp/B08TSZG8RC/ref=sr_1_17?dchild=1&keywords=DC-DC+step+up+and+down+12v&qid=1621719998&sr=8-17 Simply pick and order one. - Mark0.
mbloof 05/22/21 03:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Are lithium batteries worth the cost?

The last time the #27 battery in my camper needed replacing, I went with a Battleborn. Here's my thinking: - Lifetime cycles, while quality FLA's were rated at 300-900 lifetime charge/discharge cycles, the Battleborn was rated at +3000 cycles - Capacity, the FLA's only have a usable %50, the Battleborn is nearly %100 usable capacity. Charging - given the three possible charge sources, my solar controller had a LI setting compatible with the Battleborn, truck-2-camper charging was never really used (or upgraded to be useful) and the onboard Progressive Dynamics converter/charger was replaced with a LI compatible model (~$250). To conclude, while the Battleborn cost ~2-3x what a quality FLA would cost, I believe it will last longer, have more capacity and be truly "maintenance free". - Mark0.
mbloof 04/21/21 06:53am Truck Campers
RE: BradW's photo links on the Truck Camper Forum

years ago Flickr removed its photo link sharing buttons as they did not like hosting images on its servers that also did not generate advertisement $$$. They would really like people to actually go to THEIR site to view images stored there. I really don't like that.....I dont like that alot. Flickr removed a working tool that their PAYING customers were using to make their own life more profitable? Total BS in my opinion. I'm going to take another look at Imgur. I don't much care for it ether. While when they removed the button I came up with a fairly easy work around (as posted above earlier) I've long since decided to have all my images stored locally (with cloud backup) and just use Flickr for a small collection of images that I share on websites such as this one. Sadly the underlying issue with online image storage is not so much the cost of storing it but the cost of the bandwidth to serve up those images around the world. Simply embedding a linked image in a very popular web page can generate tons of traffic for the server hosting the image! Have you checked out the costs of server hosting lately? - Mark0.
mbloof 04/13/21 02:52pm Truck Campers
RE: BradW's photo links on the Truck Camper Forum

What I do: - log onto my flickr account and navigate to photostream - click on picture I'd like to share elsewhere - the picture will display and on the bottom right corner there is a down arrow with a line under it, clicking there will make a popup of image sizes, select view all sizes , " - for me it will display 12 different size links, "medium 500" works well for rvnet, click on that one - when the picture displays hover over it and right click with your mouse and select "copy image location" - then simply paste (control V) into the photo link dialog on rvnet. years ago Flickr removed its photo link sharing buttons as they did not like hosting images on its servers that also did not generate advertisement $$$. They would really like people to actually go to THEIR site to view images stored there. Done. - Mark0.
mbloof 04/13/21 07:05am Truck Campers
RE: Tires (the weakest link)

I ran into this issue years ago with my 1997 Ford. (16-17" rims, I forget which) As I recall the 19.5" Visions cost ~$250-300ea and the tires were ~$350ea. (there were options that cost way more and way less) Add it all up it was not cheap. (but worth it) Rims and tires are no longer the "weakest link" on my rig. :) - Mark0.
mbloof 04/12/21 10:15am Truck Campers
RE: BradW's photo links on the Truck Camper Forum

Can you create a photo album in Flickr and post a link to that whole album? I few pictures I had stuck in a album Sure. The link above works for me. Their free account allows you to upload up to 1000 images. Years ago when people paid me to take pictures I had a unlimited Pro account. I have since relied on a local NAS backed up with Google Drive cloud backup service (2T) which in turn allows me to use some of that 2T with Google photos. I did not see any reason to pay for two services so I removed 1000's of images from Flickr and now use the free account. If you are logged in to your Flickr account it is super easy to select+view a properly sized image and then right-click and select the "copy image location" for use on rv.net. - Mark0.
mbloof 04/08/21 04:38pm Truck Campers
RE: BradW's photo links on the Truck Camper Forum

Personally, I use flickr: https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50530648902_3270e62924.jpg - Mark0.
mbloof 04/08/21 07:40am Truck Campers
RE: No rear overload spring on my new 2012 Ford F250?

Just sayin’. Read much? The OP has a F250. I have a F250. I offered to the OP how I carry a much heavier camper on my F250. Off topic much? Since you don't seem to have anything to offer, why are you posting on this thread? Just sayin. - Mark0.
mbloof 04/06/21 06:40am Truck Campers
RE: No rear overload spring on my new 2012 Ford F250?

I have not loaded the camper yet as I am waiting on torqlift frame mounts which should be here this week. I carry ~4000lbs (camper+gear) on a 2017 F250. (SC, 4x4, 6.7L, Lariat) While the loaded weight was within the stock tires maximum load ratings (3450x2), the sway driving it nearly made me sea sick. Since I had installed Toyo M608z's 265/70 19.5" tires and Vision Heavy hauler 81 rims on the 1997 F250 the new 2017 was replacing, it was a no brainer to put them on the 2017 F250 Ford. This fixed the sway. The rear end sag while loaded ready for camping made my head lights aim higher than on coming traffic liked so I had airbags installed. A mere 20PSI in ether side allows the headlights point where they should. YMMV - Mark0. Or just buy the one ton. Actually, the one ton (if one were available at the time of purchase) would not of bought me much of anything. (if anything at all) While the OEM tires on F350's are rated at 3650 so MAY not have had as much sway from tire flex. (then again, I still likely would of swapped the tires/rims out for the 19.5's that I already owned) I likely would still have installed airbags to level it out AND .... drum roll please... since last time I was on the scales @ ~12000LBS would of been over the one ton's GVWR. so in the end, I replaced a 1997 F250 with a 2017 F250 and very happy with the purchase and results. - Mark0.
mbloof 04/05/21 08:31pm Truck Campers
RE: No rear overload spring on my new 2012 Ford F250?

I have not loaded the camper yet as I am waiting on torqlift frame mounts which should be here this week. I carry ~4000lbs (camper+gear) on a 2017 F250. (SC, 4x4, 6.7L, Lariat) While the loaded weight was within the stock tires maximum load ratings (3450x2), the sway driving it nearly made me sea sick. Since I had installed Toyo M608z's 265/70 19.5" tires and Vision Heavy hauler 81 rims on the 1997 F250 the new 2017 was replacing, it was a no brainer to put them on the 2017 F250 Ford. This fixed the sway. The rear end sag while loaded ready for camping made my head lights aim higher than on coming traffic liked so I had airbags installed. A mere 20PSI in ether side allows the headlights point where they should. YMMV - Mark0.
mbloof 04/05/21 03:00pm Truck Campers
RE: Buying a new TC

Given the generally accepted "rule of thumb" of adding ~1000lbs to the dry weight to get the ready for camping weight, your likely going to be over your GVWR. (for example, my '17 F250+NL9.6+gear weigh in at ~12000lbs) The two NL groups on FB each has dozens of examples of folks with 1T SRW trucks carrying a 10.2 NL camper. While in a recent survey ~70% of the SRW+NL owners did modifications to their trucks (tires+rims, shocks, suspension or all three) there are quite a few people using that setup. With the above being said, ~30% made no modifications to their trucks. Get the setup all loaded up for camping and do a test drive or two. You will soon know if you need modifications (or NOT!) to your truck. Happy camping! - Mark0.
mbloof 03/30/21 06:55am Truck Campers
RE: 2000 F250 7.3 vs 2021 silverado 2500HD payloads.

Are we really going to go through all this EVERY time the topic comes up? I mean what does it take to get a "sticky" around here? By the numbers: GVWR is fairly to completely useless number because it is not based on engineering as it is a taxable number. Payload is a equally useless number as it is the remainder of the posted GVWR minus the weight of the truck. (all the campers weight is going to be on the rear axle.) RAWR while a seemingly more meaningful number, it is based in the weakest link (lowest) of actual axle, rim and OEM installed tire ratings. Most SRW truck owners will notice that this value equals the number on the sidewall of their OEM tires x2. In my case, the old 1997 95.8L gas powered F250 had a GVWR of 8800LBS and came with 16" tires and rims. Loaded ready for camping the entire rig weighed ~12000LBS. Considering the tires+rims I bought it with were woefully under rated I replaced them all with 19.5" Vison Heavy Haulers (rated at 4500LBS) and Toyo M608Z's (rated over 5000LBS). When I replaced the '97 with a 2017 6.7L (GVWR 10000) and got it setup to carry the camper I weighed the setup and was with in a few 100LBS of the OEM installed max ratings but after a quick 100 mile test drive I found that the sway was almost making me sea sick. I carry ~4000LBS camper+gear (actual scaled weight) so it was a no brainer to upgrade my 2017 to the same rims+tires setup I had on my 1997. I did notice that the spring pack on the 2017 is weaker than what I had on the 1997 so I had Airbags installed so I could level out the headlights for driving at night. For reference a quick Google search says that the Sterling 10.5" axle used in modern Ford trucks is rated 9750LBS. - Mark0
mbloof 03/27/21 07:45pm Truck Campers
RE: 2000 F250 7.3 vs 2021 silverado 2500HD payloads.

Word of advice, don't over think it. Personally for years I hauled campers with a '97 F250. In 2017 I decided I wanted a new truck and got a 2017 F250 to replace the old and tired one. I never looked at payload numbers on ether. - Mark0.
mbloof 03/27/21 07:06am Truck Campers
RE: Extended Dealer Warranty

I've bought two truck campers in my life time. While I mostly forget the details of the first transaction (I did not get a extended warranty) I do recall being hard sold a $3200 policy on the second one. Since the dealer in question is 2hrs (and a tank of fuel) from me they countered with a $1800 offer. I declined. The going thought is that these 'warranties' are not worth the paper they are printed on given: the cost of RV appliances, all the possible ways you can void it and last but not least, what might be actually covered in the first place. Most (if not all) RV appliances come with a 1yr factory warranty that you can use at ANY authorized dealer of that appliance. - Mark0.
mbloof 03/07/21 10:59am Truck Campers
RE: How often do your remove the camper from the truck?

What I think you'll find that with electric jacks, taking it off is very easy. Its the getting it back on that can be problematic for some folks. As suggested it is best to to both (on and off) on even and level ground. Go slow and having a "spotter" can help as well. With my old truck+camper+mirrors I took the camper off quite often, might of wanted to use the truck or was staying for a few nights or just wanted to go cut some firewood and haul it. Easy peasy once you get the hang of it. In the last handful of years I've just left the camper on the truck. Most (if not all) oil service places have very tall bays that can fit a truck+camper and outside of oil changes, my truck has not needed to be serviced. - Mark0.
mbloof 03/03/21 03:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Adventurer 901sb

BTW the AF 865 has way more storage than ant of the other non slide campers. Ours is on a F350 SC, not a crew cab. I’m leaning towards this AF865/ F350 SRW Supercab 7.3 gas combo. Can you post weights and pictures? Just a word of warning, you may have to special order a truck with a Supercab as all the dealers in my area (PNW) have only ordered crew cabs and standard cabs (been like that for years!). - Mark0.
mbloof 02/26/21 12:28pm Truck Campers
RE: New F350 owner seeks TC information

While NL's are marketed for 3/4 and 1T trucks, the challenge here is if the camper can be lifted enough to get it on the bed. Camper jacks don't extend forever. Considering that fully retracted the camper will sit ~1 foot (or less) off the ground, how much lift is needed to reach your trucks bed? (keep in mind that many want a few inches extra gap between the bed and the bottom of the camper when lifted) What is the distance from the ground to the inside bed of your level truck? - Mark0.
mbloof 02/16/21 06:42am Truck Campers
RE: Tires and Wheels

Hey all, Upgraded to a 2020 F350 CC LWB 6.2 and am looking to upgrade my wheels and tires. Thinking of going Rickson steel but I'm reading the backlog is months out. Any experiences out there to share with regard to working with the company delivery times etc? If delivery proves to be long, I'm looking at the Vision 81a Heavy Haulers. 4500lbs works for me on those. A bit lower capacity than the Rickson steel but the price is a bit lower as well. Could use some suggestions on tires in the G or H range, something above a 132 load index. Don't need anything aggressive for off road but do live in the northeast with snow. I realize the tires will be a bit tougher ride than the stock. Looking for experiences that have been good ride-wise. Will be doing 19.5" rims with 265/70R tires. Thanks in advance. When I upgraded mine Rickson was three months lead time. At four months I gave up and ordered the Vision Heavy Haulers. Got and installed in three days (after ordering!). I already owned a set of Toyo M608z 265/70's. The 265/70's are taller than stock so the speedo is going to be off 5mph at freeway speeds. - Mark0.
mbloof 02/15/21 03:29pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper - Newbie Needs Advice

Keep in mind that unless your shopping for a 450x/550x truck (don't hear of many of those being modified) your likely going to modify the suspension, tires/rims of your truck (or both) for truck camper hauling duty. As an example in a recent survey of NL owners found that ~70% of the SRW owners did modifications to their truck while nearly ~40% of the DRW owners did the same thing. Recently I asked in THIS forum if anyone was using a 3/4T or 1T truck with camper WITHOUT modifications to the truck. There were no responses. (seemingly everybody here has done modifications) So to conclude, almost no matter what truck you end up with, your more than likely going to make modifications to ether the suspension, tire/wheels or both for hauling a camper. You might as well get used to the idea. - Mark0.
mbloof 01/29/21 06:43am Truck Campers
RE: Northern Lite.

You might try here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/692034131579209/ It is a facebook page titled "Northern Lite truck campers for sale". The above is the preferred method rather than to ask/post in the user/owner forums as there currently is none there being offered.
mbloof 01/26/21 03:56pm Truck Campers
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