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RE: How many have had Thanksgiving in a truck camper?

How many have had thanksgiving in a truck camper including cooking the meal? I have in a 10ft TC on a 3/4 ton Ford with the wife/kid and a dog..Went fishing at a mountain lake called Lost lake, then went down to the Salmon river for thanksgiving out of the snow..We cooked a big chicken because the oven was to small for a turkey..Stuffing and all the goodies..Twas a bunch of fun watching the jet boats tackle the rapids. Sure. 1/2 a small bird fits in the oven just fine. While most of the campgrounds were closed we found one with the gate open. It rained cats+dogs all day so it was just the two of us in the camper playing games in the camper.
mbloof 11/25/20 04:26pm Truck Campers
RE: New thermostat question?

The thermostat on most RV furnaces is a simple two wire interface. Just about any 2-wire thermostat will work as a replacement of the stock unit. - Mark0. Not so, my Atwood dual stage 15/22 uses 5 wires... I think "most" was the operative word here. :) - Mark0.
mbloof 11/21/20 08:32am Truck Campers
RE: New thermostat question?

The thermostat on most RV furnaces is a simple two wire interface. Just about any 2-wire thermostat will work as a replacement of the stock unit. - Mark0.
mbloof 11/20/20 06:45am Truck Campers
RE: Stop gap suspension advice

2019 Yep, I understand that some sway and roll come with the territory. It did for the 1200 mile drive home with the camper. After I added the helper springs there is the initial tippy thing that wasn’t there before. It sounds like you now have to much spring. (to stiff?) If it rode better before I'd remove the helper springs. I have a 9.6 on a 17' F250 and only added airbags to level out the headlights. (the 9.6 and 8.11 weigh about the same) As you and others have mentioned, some side to side sway goes with a top heavy setup. Some of the sway will be from the suspension and some will be from sidewall flex of your tires. Personally, the sway I was getting from the stock Ford OEM tires (rated at only 3450lbs) was to much to bear so I swapped the tires and rims for 19.5 Vision heavy hauler 81's and 265/70 Toyo M608Z's. I have no sway bar. Essentially I fixed my sway/handling issues with tires+rims. YMMV. - Mark0.
mbloof 10/30/20 04:40pm Truck Campers
RE: Seeking advice on new TC purchase

I would not expect much of a discount (a few thousand maybe). NL's are in high demand and low supply. (many are sold before they hit the lot) Some folks venture from far away to the PNW and Apache Camping centers for the deal that can be had there. You might want to give them a call and see what their pricing is just for a data point. - Mark0.
mbloof 10/30/20 06:09am Truck Campers
RE: What mistakes have you made that might help others...?

The umbilical cord the dealer gave me is long enough to reach the bumper. I don't need one that long as I have a jack in the bed towards the front. Not paying attention I once plugged in the cord and lowered the camper on it. I now have the cord tied/coiled it into a loop of sorts and when I'm backed under the camper 3/4 of the way, I stop and plug both ends of the cord in. (the cord is now only 3-4' long now) Then there was the time that I forgot to unplug the cord after lifting the camper but that is another story... :) - Mark0.
mbloof 10/19/20 02:59pm Truck Campers
RE: Arctic Fox Says no off road????

I think the term off-road has a different meaning to a lot of people. To me a dirt road is not off-roading. Getting into tight twisty campsites doesn't bother me nearly as much as a really bad washboard road and they seem to be really bad this year. I suppose if it is marked on a map, it is a road. :) - Mark0.
mbloof 10/18/20 10:17am Truck Campers
RE: 2013 Lance 1172 compatibility with Lithium ion batteries

Can a 2013, 1172 Lance TC, that has deep cycle batteries and a 100 Watt oem solar panel, take Lithium ion batteries without any new hardware or major mods? Will my charging an converting equip stay the same as well as the controller on the solar? Thanks for your advice Replace both. A new Li compatible converter charger costs a few 100$ and a solar charge controller with ether a built in Li profile or user programmable profile about the same or less. Both are simple and easy changes (at least it was for me) - Mark0.
mbloof 09/14/20 05:22pm Truck Campers
RE: 2002 Lance 1025 on new Ford F-250 with camper package?

I thought that the F-250 with camper package had the same payload as the 350 - the camper package includes front springs, extra leaf on the rear and a stabilizer. How is the 350 better? Thank you for all of the advice! As noted the Ford F250 and F350 SRW are basically the same truck with the latter having an extra leaf in the rear and higher rater tires. (maybe a sway bar?) The "major" difference is the mostly useless GVWR which on the 250 tops out at 10,000 GVWR and the 350 at ~11,500 GVWR. Door post 'pay load' is based on the mostly useless GVWR. In any application, watch the rear tire weight ratings. In ether case a decent sized camper loaded ready for camping will weigh close to over the ratings of the stock OEM tires. On my SRW the truck+camper+gear actual weight (rolled across scales) was within 100lbs of the maximum weight rating of the tires however the stock OEM tires had unexceptable sidewall flex causing unexceptable camper/truck sway so I upgraded to much better rated tires+rims. YMMV. - Mark0.
mbloof 09/04/20 08:55am Truck Campers
RE: Inverter installation question

Thanks everyone for all your input and help, I have decided ,no inverter, I’ll just make instant coffee or my wife can start the generator LOL While that is your choice, a VERY good cup of coffee can be made with the stove. - Mark0.
mbloof 08/31/20 06:36am Truck Campers
RE: new tc owner...soon

There's a reason that these campers are nicknamed "Leakwood". I had a 2001 8.5S. Surely check for water damage.
mbloof 08/30/20 09:31am Truck Campers
RE: Inverter installation question

I use a stove top expresso maker. Great coffee. ZERO electrical need or use. https://www.amazon.com/Classic-Stovetop-Espresso-Flavored-Delicious/dp/B07VFXP37D/ref=sr_1_3?crid=30ZI3E0N4J9T3&dchild=1&keywords=stove+top+espresso+machine&qid=1598801091&sprefix=stove+top+exp%2Caps%2C261&sr=8-3 - Mark0
mbloof 08/30/20 09:25am Truck Campers
RE: Aftermarket wheels

First off, Safety matters and the majority of the ‘racy’ aftermarket wheels out there are of the cheap cast variety designed more for looks rather than loads - go forged like your robust Alcoa’s and stay Safe... 3 tons Agree 100% I used to haul my Lance on a 2001 F350 7.3 SRW. I upgraded the wheels on that vehicle to Vision 19.5" rated at 3900 lbs. I also ran load range F tires on it. https://www.visionwheel.com/wheel/867/VisionHDTruck/Trailer/81A%20Heavy%20Hauler?finishID=103 The Visions in my first post are rated at 4300 lbs. and add the fact that my current truck is a DRW. I am assuming that I'm good to go, correct? Just to be clear: the 16" Vison Heavy Hauler 81A's are rated for 3900lbs, the 19.5" version is rated for 4500lbs. Vison Website - Mark0.
mbloof 08/22/20 11:42am Truck Campers
RE: Lithium batteries

Nope.lifepo4 don't like to be charged to 100% at least for storage--which is where most RV's are. It is academic for me--as I need -40 temperature tolerance and only one LI chemistry that can do that. So I'll be going SiO2 -30- Another link Nothing about it being "bad", they just might last a bit longer. "Bad" is storing a battery with zero charge as that will damage the battery. Most RV's have parasitic loads that are constantly drawing power even while in storage. While my camper sits in the driveway each day the solar panels will give it a charge and each night the loads will suck some energy out. Back on topic: some users will employ a DC-DC supply on their truck charge line to step up the voltage to at least 13.6V or 14.2V-14.6V so that their LiFePo4 battery can be charged while driving. - Mark0.
mbloof 08/21/20 10:54pm Truck Campers
RE: Lithium batteries

Since Li don't want to be taken to 100% I can't see why a dc to DC booster would be particularly useful. Since when? Can you quote a source for that information? The Battleborn battery I own and even the DIY LiFePo4 cells I bought along a with proper BMS have no issue with being charged to 100%. - Mark0. Many many many sources. Some BMS systems have the 90% set to read as fully charged. Battleborn might be one of them. The ideal is 40% to 90% for most Li chemistries. They tolerate 20% state of charge well. But lifespan may be shorter. Here is a source that suggest maximum of 80% SOC: https://electrek.co/2018/05/04/are-you-killing-your-lithium-batteries/ Keep in mind that there are different Li chemistries and what might be recommended (via the link you provided) for other types does not apply to LiFePo4 batteries. While LiFePo4 cells have a peek voltage of 3.65V (14.6V for a 4S pack) they can be safely charged to %100 with that voltage without degration. (this is also what BattleBorn recommends (14.2-14.6V). They do however recommend 50A or less charge rate for a 100AH battery otherwise degration will occur. - Mark0.
mbloof 08/21/20 08:00pm Truck Campers
RE: Lithium batteries

Since Li don't want to be taken to 100% I can't see why a dc to DC booster would be particularly useful. Since when? Can you quote a source for that information? The Battleborn battery I own and even the DIY LiFePo4 cells I bought along a with proper BMS have no issue with being charged to 100%. - Mark0.
mbloof 08/21/20 04:49pm Truck Campers
RE: Lithium batteries

My Battleborn LiFePo4 battery is mostly charged by 136W of Solar and MPPT Li compatible charge controller. I did not bother to upgrade or update the charging from the truck. My use needs don't need it. When in a pinch, I have a 1000W Yamaha generator and can use the stock AC/DC converter to charge the battery. Granted it won't charge it fully or 'optimum', again, my use case(s) don't require or need that. For those that travel a lot and go from place to place and only stay 1 night at each place maybe better truck charging makes sense for them. Not needed for me. - Mark0.
mbloof 08/21/20 03:35pm Truck Campers
RE: How does this work?

I can't say I have ever seen a TC "unload" at any campground. Maybe if you were going to stay for a week or more. TCs (that I know of) don't have a black water tank and some (most ? all?) have external gray water so about the only thing you have to disconnect is power and pack up any loose items before running on a side trip. Outside of small water/bathroomless 'popup' campers most modern campers have fresh/grey and black water tanks and utilize a "full hook up" (power+water+sewer) camp site connections. Much like any RV, to take the camper with you for short trips/shopping you'd have to put away and secure anything you got out INSIDE the camper along with disconnecting and putting away the two hoses and power cord. Often it is much easier to simply 'drop' the camper at the site and reload when it comes time to go home (or elsewhere). While LOADING a camper can at times be challenging, unloading is usually fairly quick and easy to do. NOTE: I did stay once at a campground where the manager had a fit because I unloaded. (no, I won't go into the conversation about how it is little to no different to unhooking a trailer) - Mark0.
mbloof 08/13/20 02:58pm Truck Campers
RE: Battery Drain Help Please

My new truck battery got killed a few days after being in the truck. Turns out the radio had got south and was draining it. Had to pull the fuse. No more radio, but no more drain on the replacement. My cheap one way battery shunt got stuck one time years ago too and drained the truck. Now I always unplug just in case. My old truck developed a load that would kill a fully charged battery in a matter of weeks. After lots of probing I finally put a knife switch on the positive terminal and got in the habit of disconnecting the battery each time I was not going to use the truck the same day. Overkill but no more dead batteries. - Mark0.
mbloof 07/30/20 02:45pm Truck Campers
RE: Camper recommendation.

Am looking to buy a used camper in the future. Have owned an old one in the past so know a little. Would like advice on everything. Truck tie downs/turn buckles Water capacity Propane Air Conditioning Heater Fridge/Freezer (would like Lg. freezer) Electric jacks Outside shower Looking for a 9ft to 9 1/2ft Own a 2008 Ford F-350 diesel (with no camper tie downs) When it comes to hauling campers around in the bed of your truck the first thing you'll need to do is figure out how much weight your willing (and able) to haul on your truck. Once you have a number you can live with then simply subtract 500-1000lbs from that number. What you have left with is the approximate dry weight of a camper you can shop for. Then it is simply a matter of shopping for campers that weigh as much or less than the number that you came up with. - Mark0.
mbloof 07/21/20 08:01am Truck Campers
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