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RE: Nor Cold 2 way??

For me personally, I'll 'precool' the fridge by having the camper plugged into shore power and using the AC option 1-2 days before leaving on a trip. Then I'll transfer precooled items from my house fridge/freezer to the campers fridge/freezer. I'll usually SHUT OFF the campers fridge/freezer before pulling out of my driveway. While I live in Oregon and travel mostly in Oregon/Washington and the temperatures generally don't get higher than the 90's, I've found that the campers fridge/freezer will keep my items just fine (no matter what time of the year it is) during the 1-4 hours it takes to reach where I'm going. When I reach my destination and start setting up, the campers fridge/freezer will get turned back on set to AC (if available) and propane if AC is not available. I see/find no need for the 'DC' mode/setting at all. Obviously YMMV, - Mark0. Why do you turn it off when traveling? Generally my first stop is a station for fuel. Back in the days when I had a gas powered truck I might make multiple fuel stops along the way. While IDK about the laws where you live/travel around here its illegal to have a open flame while fueling. Besides, the stupid automatic 3-way fridges can often switch to DC and unless you have cut or otherwise disabled that element you might arrive with a drained or dead battery (it has happened to me before). A better question might be: why do you leave yours on? - Mark0.
mbloof 10/21/21 12:15pm Truck Campers
RE: Nor Cold 2 way??

For me personally, I'll 'precool' the fridge by having the camper plugged into shore power and using the AC option 1-2 days before leaving on a trip. Then I'll transfer precooled items from my house fridge/freezer to the campers fridge/freezer. I'll usually SHUT OFF the campers fridge/freezer before pulling out of my driveway. While I live in Oregon and travel mostly in Oregon/Washington and the temperatures generally don't get higher than the 90's, I've found that the campers fridge/freezer will keep my items just fine (no matter what time of the year it is) during the 1-4 hours it takes to reach where I'm going. When I reach my destination and start setting up, the campers fridge/freezer will get turned back on set to AC (if available) and propane if AC is not available. I see/find no need for the 'DC' mode/setting at all. Obviously YMMV, - Mark0.
mbloof 10/20/21 09:21am Truck Campers
RE: Side-Trip Report: Great Salt Plains SP, OK

Thanks for sharing.
mbloof 10/19/21 06:34am Truck Campers
RE: Extended warranty experiences

So the question I have is why someone would buy something with questionable reliability and then have to bandaid the purchase with an extended warranty. At least in my view, I would look at purchasing something that worried me less about failure. Indeed. However when it comes to pickup truck campers any "reliability" comes down to two basic items: The Appliances The Sealing (does it leak) For the first item, all OEM's use the same appliance (and Jack) vendors. Granted while some of us get years and years of use without issues others see failures quite often. That brings us to how well is the unit sealed. While some are built and sealed better than others, many OEM's recommend at least checking the seals up to 2x a year and often complete reseal every few years. Which brings us to the conclusion that one brand or model of pickup truck camper is not going to be "more reliable" then the next, it is simply the luck of the draw (when it comes to appliances) and storage/use/inspection patterns the end user/owner apply to their unit. While RV shop rates are astronomical as compared to doing it yourself consider that the most expensive item in a truck camper is a new RV fridge is ~$1200ea a extended warranty may or not make any sense. - Mark0.
mbloof 10/11/21 06:43am Truck Campers
RE: Extended warranty experiences

Sorry to hear of your troubles. I too got the "hard sell" from my camper dealer - I finally told them that I was terminal and had no need for an extended warranty. :) While that shut them up, the service manager still did the hard sell with a well rehearsed fake story about a shore power dongle/protector. :) BTW: I also bought a 8yr extended warranty on my new 2017 Ford truck as here +4yrs later I have less than 10K miles on it (only use it for hauling the camper and camping). :) cheers, - Mark0.
mbloof 10/08/21 11:55am Truck Campers
RE: Regrets with 19.5" tires? Places you havent been able to go?

I switched over to 19.5's in 2014. While I don't drive on beaches or have been caught in the snow there are a number of options with mountain/snowflake available in the 19.5 sizes. I like the peace of mind that my tires are not the 'weakest link' and I'll likely replace them due to age rather then wearing them out. - Mark0.
mbloof 10/04/21 11:34am Truck Campers
RE: Battery Question

Again, this is all a distraction from the point I was actually making. The point in the very unlikely circumstance that you need to use your LiFePO4 camper battery in temperatures below -20C, the battery will work just fine, you will be able to fire up the furnace or battery heater and warm up the camper. At that point you can charge your battery, fill your water tank, and do what every you need to do. Every time there is a discussion of LiFePO4 batteries, there are always a few who say that they are no good if you camp in cold weather (some are now even claiming 'cool weather'). My experience is exactly the opposite, they have worked just fine for me in cold weather. Yes there are limitations on charging, but these are generally easy to overcome, and are not nearly as restrictive as the limitations on your water system. While it has always appeared that rv.net has more then its share of trolls and internet experts who seemingly always want to argue why something won't work, the reality for me is that for where I live and camp I'd rarely if ever run into temperatures that make charging my LiFePO4 a issue. Obviously for others their MMV. - Mark0.
mbloof 09/30/21 05:59am Truck Campers
RE: Battery Question

OP here. Thank you all for some great insights. I read all your posts and did other research and now I understand the pros and cons of the battery types. Now with that information other questions are raised and again I look forward to any insights you can offer. I am planning on buying a new TC and it will not come with a generator nor with a generator hookup. I am also planning a pretty long trip for next year. Right now it looks like it will be a total of 4 months with at least 2 of them in Alaska. We enjoy boondocking; usually no shore power, so having adequate battery power is important. To that end, I'm sold on the benefit of the lithium batteries and plan to put at least 2 in the TC. The reasons I'm sold on them are 1) lighter weight, 2) OK to discharge further without degrading its capacity, 3) accepts a charge faster. So my next question is... is there anything special I need to know or do if I decide to put Lithium batteries in a TC when the manufacturer was planning on it using FLA batteries? The camper will be equipped with solar panels, either 2 or 3 100w panels. But my question is not about whether those panels would be enough to recharge that much battery capacity, rather the question is about the equipment's compatibility. Thanks A modern truck camper has three power sources for charging: truckpower convertersolar controller If we forget about the truck, the most popular power converter is made by Progressive Dynamics and a popular model they have is the 45A one. They make converter/chargers that ether has a switch that can switch the charge voltage over to a LI compatible voltage OR the entire guts can be swapped out with LI compatible guts for ~$200. The solar controller is a similar story, many modern solar charge controllers simply have a LI compatible setting or if worse comes to worse its a matter of 4-6 wires and <$200 for a controller that is LI compatible. - Mark0.
mbloof 09/18/21 11:46am Truck Campers
RE: Battery Question

Lets talk batteries for a moment shall we? So I've been camping for years with a single #27 100AH deep cycle battery I got from Costco. As everybody knows, flooded lead acid (FLA) batteries don't last forever and a few years ago it needed replacing. So why on earth would I spend nearly $1000 for a 100AH Battleborne when I can get a 100AH Costco deep cycle for ~$100?? Are the not pretty much the same thing? Not in the least. Lets take two things into consideration: usable AH and rated cycles. For FLA batteries your recommended to only discharge them to %50! Thus making a 100AH battery really only a 50AH of usable battery storage. (advantage Battleborne) While I was unable to find a charge/discharge cycle rating for the Costco batteries, inexpensive AGM batteries have ratings in the few 100 cycles and top of the line AGM batteries are rated ~800 cycles. Battleborne's are rated for 3000 cycles. (advantage Battleborne) So lets do the math, to get 100AH of usable storage and maximum rated cycles I'd need to purchase two high end AGM batteries @ ~$300-350ea = $600-700 and would need to keep a close eye on both the discharge and water levels of the batteries. These batteries are HEAVY and while I have room to carry two, ~100AH is all I'd be able to carry unless I wire up other locations for batteries. Lastly they are only rated for ~800 cycles. However for only a few 100 more I bought a Battleborne. It takes up only one of the two battery spots in my camper, is rated for 100AH and 3000 cycles, is a fraction of the weight, requires no 'watering' and as a added bonus can be charged at a higher rate then FLA batteries. The higher charge rate equates into ether harvesting more power from the sun or shorter generator run times. In my mind, the Battleborne LifePo4 was the long term economic solution. YMMV. - Mark0. PS: Ok fine, so you don't like the expensive off the shelf Battleborne solution? If your into DIY it is fairly trivial to get LiFePo4 cells from China a battery management solution from Amazon and wire up a 260AH LiFePo4 DIY battery for ~$600. (I have all the parts in the garage) It just takes ether some electrical knowhow and/or reading/utube research to do.
mbloof 09/18/21 07:20am Truck Campers
RE: Solar install question

Many people with more experience then myself for solar but I will throw in my two cents. Having a fiberglass camper, I was hesitant to add any more holes to the roof. I went with these thin film panels by Renogy on Amazon: https://amz.run/4u4o I ended up getting some double sided eternabond tape along with the regular onesided eternbond tape and taping the panels to the roof with the double sided tape in the center of the panel (to prevent negative pressure from pulling it off the roof) with regular tape around the edges. About thee years later and thousands of miles and they haven't budged an inch. Some people on these forums might raise the issue of efficiency loss due to heat because of lack of air-flow and other reasons to go with the rigid and framed panels. While rigid panels generally are more efficient, drilling holes in your roof and adding a complicated mounting bracket system isn't my cup of tea. I will gladly accept losing a few watts to have a cleaner install. They also make these panels in 200W versions so if you have the space on the rough, you just tape the two down for 400w then run your wires. Nothing complicated and no holes to worry about. Personally, I went with the stick on panels. Sure they are only 68W each, not made anymore and will likely never come off but they work for me. Installed in 2014: https://live.staticflickr.com/5038/14237165210_73253d639d_z.jpg Where I live most unimproved campsites and boondocking spots are closed off for the winter months leaving only private and state campgrounds as the only options. Both of these usually have at least power or full hookups. I have a pet that I leave at home so that limits my trips to only a few nights at a time. This makes carrying enough AH storage and recharge ability for my meager power needs rather simple and easy. YMMV. - Mark0.
mbloof 09/18/21 06:57am Truck Campers
RE: Battery Question

Bottom line is, if you don't use much power you don't have to store or generate much. Microwaves and Air Conditioners use AC power which is usually supplied by ether "shore power" or a generator. Granted enough solar and battery capacity can be added/installed to run them but it gets pretty costly. Most of the other power needs in a camper/RV are +12VDC which is usually supplied by a converter/charger when plugged into "shore power" or running off the generator. When both of these are not available campers/RV's get their +12VDC from batteries. How much battery capacity one needs depends on the owners power use patterns. For example in the dead of winter the camper/RV furnace could be running more than not and using a bunch of +12VDC as compared to in the summer time. For any installed battery capacity the owner of a camper/RV could camp for more days in the summer as compared to the winter based solely on the power draw of the camper/RV's furnace. Add or subtract different +12VDC power draws and you'll subtract or add days of camping in a camper/RV. Many of us add solar as a quiet power source to charge our camper/RV batteries without having to carry or run a generator. How much power that can be harvested by any given solar panel depends largely on how much sun it gets. As you could imagine, in the summer months there is more sun then in winter months. Simply put it all starts with figuring out how long your camping trip is, how much power you think you want and what time of year you plan on doing it. - Mark0.
mbloof 09/17/21 08:53pm Truck Campers
RE: Solar install question

Easy as pie. Especially if your camper is "prewired" for solar. Even a mere 100W in good sun can extend your camping trip. Amazon is your friend. Checkout the pricing on 100w panels and then 10A MPPT charge controllers. Fairly inexpensive stuff. Need/want more power? Have less sun? Add panels and higher amp charge controller and/or add more battery capacity. Some folks add as many panels as they have room on the roof and others are happy with 2 or even 1 panel. - Mark0.
mbloof 09/17/21 08:33pm Truck Campers
RE: Does my camper............

Specta: while the photo you posted this time does not show it as well as others you've posted, I'm sorry but I'm of the opinion that your camper DWARFS your truck! Whatever makes you happy. - Mark0.
mbloof 09/16/21 12:24pm Truck Campers
RE: Contracting out for re-caulking

A few years ago I had my Northern Lite resealed at a dealer. Cost was ~1000.00. I was told that most of that cost was the time involved scrapping off the old calk. YMMV - Mark0.
mbloof 09/15/21 06:01pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck and accessories for New Popup Camper

Keep in mind that there are more 1/2T trucks on the road then 3/4+1T trucks combined representing a HUGE market that a few manufacturers attempt to tap into with products. Then consider that RV salespeople quite often failed as (used) car salespeople and programmed in their DNA is to say ANYTHING to make the sale. They usually know very little (if anything) about what they are selling or how to use it. - Mark0.
mbloof 09/14/21 08:55am Truck Campers
RE: New truck and TC.

OP: All I can say is that when it comes to big and heavy campers just about everybody with a 1T truck has done modifications to their truck to carry the camper better. I will add that it is always best to get the camper loaded and packed ready for camping and take it for a test drive/trip to see what (if any) issues come up that a modification might address. - Mark0.
mbloof 09/02/21 09:24am Truck Campers
RE: Do pass-through windows leak?

My old Fleetwood Elkhorn leaked there. Never could get it "fixed". Funny as it was completely useless to me as the truck I was using did not have a opening rear window. :) Now years later my situation has reversed. The camper I have does not have a opening pass through window and the truck does. :) Still fairly useless to me, I store stuff in the back seat and never have opened that window on the truck. - Mark0.
mbloof 08/25/21 12:24pm Truck Campers
RE: How fast do you drive with camper on? .

My wife points out that most often it's not an attitude, it's just a lack of paying attention to ones surroundings and basic awareness. Folks just don't pay attention. And I know she's right. AND we all know, the wife is always right. :) - Mark0.
mbloof 08/21/21 12:00pm Truck Campers
RE: How fast do you drive with camper on? .

65 or so. Fuel mileage drops off exponentially above that. This. Unless of course I'm passing someone. Life @ posted speed limit +5mph in the middle or right lanes goes by fast enough for me. - Mark0.
mbloof 08/19/21 06:33am Truck Campers
RE: 18" tire question - ANOTHER UPDATE

MarkO , I thought 97 and 2017 f250 wheels had different bolt pattern. How did you swop them ? Or did I miss read . They do. I was forced to buy new rims and have the only slightly used Toyo tires removed from the old Vision rims to the new ones. (I had TPMS installed at the same time.) Sadly the Vision rims from the 1997 went to the scrap yard. The 4 2017 OEM tires/rims off my new truck replaced the old set of 16" tires/rims that were in storage from my old 1997 truck (and were sold with the 1997 truck) Egads! I can't seem to ever get rid of anything. :) - Mark0.
mbloof 08/17/21 02:17pm Truck Campers
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