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RE: Looking into a Truck Camper

I believe all tow vehicles exceeding a certain weigh are required to have a braking systems in place. These range from vacuum, surge or electric among others. In addition, there is usually a break away cable that engages the tow vehicle brakes if it should separate while being towed.
mike/kellie 05/19/20 09:24am Truck Campers
RE: Best Truck Camper AGM battery?

In Feb of 2019 my converter cooked the original batteries that were +5 years old. I had the room so we went with 4 Centennial 6V 224 AH AGM wired in series parallel for 12 volts and 448AH. Minus the replacement converter, the batteries were $1,200.oo out the door. So far, they have performed great but the next time around it will probably be lithium with more solar.
mike/kellie 05/04/20 11:05am Truck Campers
RE: Quarantine Mods?

Replacing the 2 way fridge in our camper. 8 cubic foot Dometic will not fit through the door so I removed the back window. It had been plugged into shore power with the fridge running when I discovered some yellow fluid stains across the floor. I called a local tech who came out and declared it dead and a 3 person job to get it replaced. Got it out myself by building a light frame of 2x 2 with plywood top and bottom set about 37" tall. Put a beach towel on the floor, slid the wood gurney through the window opening and tipped the fridge out. Very tight! Replacement should be here next week.
mike/kellie 05/02/20 03:22pm Truck Campers
RE: How to remove pedestal leg from Lance Camper 825 dinetter

Maybe move this over to the truck camper forum. There is a large audience of Lance owners there. Hope that helps.
mike/kellie 04/21/20 11:01pm Truck Campers
RE: Fantastic fan with no thermostat?

Exactly as you suspected. Moved the connection over to the 3 speed lug and I have all 3 speeds. Thank you!
mike/kellie 04/21/20 03:10pm Truck Campers
RE: Fantastic fan with no thermostat?

I replaced mine last fall with a "like" or similar model which was all manual operations in the bath area. After I dropped it in place, caulked it, wired the 2 connections, and cut the inside trim, I hit the variable speed switch and all I get is full speed. Not sure if I have a bad pot or something miss-wired. Like you, it's in place and I'm wondering...
mike/kellie 04/21/20 11:08am Truck Campers
RE: Ultimate TC Bed?

If you upgrade to a newer truck with the same needs, you can take the bed with you. You started with a cab and chassis right? Full disclosure...teally like the Douglass beds!
mike/kellie 04/17/20 07:52pm Truck Campers
RE: Single Slide Truck Lean

On some roads, it is not the camper leaning. The road has a tall crown down the center for proper water drainage This is very true on our local highways. My first real job post high school was with an OEM heavy duty trailer company and we would align the passenger side rear axles on long trailers about 1/4" ahead of the drivers axles. You can really notice it seeing trucks and trailers crab walking.
mike/kellie 03/02/20 12:48pm Truck Campers
RE: Backup Camera Setup with AND without a Slide-in Camper

I wanted something like you're describing and the decision was made easier at Xmas when my brother gave me a Garmin Overlander to use for my truck. I didn't purchase the navigation package that was offered but have the large touch screen for the radio. The truck came with a back-up camera which is located in my bumper. Yea, different type of truck but I also wanted a camera to see behind my camper. Garmin has a wireless camera/transmitter that syncs to their unit and with an easy prompt I can see the Jeep and any traffic behind me. Like Kayteg1 described, I mounted it inside the camper wired into an overhead light and hidden by the window valance so it's centered. It works great, freezes still on a rare occasion for a split second and comes back. I can easily remove the camera/transmitter if needed. I know it's not exactly what your needs might be but guessing the year of your truck you probably need some type of dash mounted screen.
mike/kellie 02/20/20 02:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Your favorite features.

Please elaborate We're traveling back from Quartzite now after attending the first TCA rally. I just found the second of 2 plastic clips that hold down my clear cover floating on the blackout screen. The idea is great, the design is 50%. They really need to make the components stronger. The retractable screens get weak and I've re-torqued the spring adjustments. So this morning I'm seeing winds and fortunately no rain in sight but the cover is floating. We'll secure it for the last 6 hrs of travel. It's a love/hate relationship.
mike/kellie 02/10/20 09:01am Truck Campers
RE: Tripple slide weight

Full fresh H2O adds 500 lbs in itself. More storage, more stuff!
mike/kellie 01/31/20 09:51pm Truck Campers
RE: Desert Southwest suggestions

See it before it's too late We had the pleasure of being guided by one of the settling families in this canyon. We listened for hours as he told stories discovering artwork, ruins and artifacts as we hiked around with him. One of our greatest times in Utah
mike/kellie 01/25/20 06:59pm Truck Campers
RE: Really Disappointing (T/C Weight)

All bedded trucks have the same rear axle to end of the bed dimension till 550/5500 series, who I have never seen with bed. Meaning regardless the standard, or crewcab, the COG of camper comparing to rear axle will be the same. Only on longer wheelbase the engine will be bigger. Here you go, a 5500 with a bed. It turns tighter than my 2008 GMC 3500 dually https://i.imgur.com/DknmBOvl.jpg
mike/kellie 01/16/20 11:09am Truck Campers
RE: Host Mammoth Triple Dog Dare Challenge Report

I don't believe anybody covered the topics of price and weight with the 3-d challenge and that includes both TCM and TCA. The challenge is to have manufacturers experience the final product and deem it worth the expense or consideration.
mike/kellie 12/19/19 10:42am Truck Campers
RE: Host Mammoth Triple Dog Dare Challenge Report

I saw the article and also read the comments. We had the unique opportunity to by direct from Host as our camper was a consignment of sorts and got to know Randall and also met the ownership. Obviously we love our camper and have been aware of the judgments cast by TCM for years. Occasionally there would be a Host listing below their articles and I'm sure it was dealer related, not manufacturer. The comment about weight and needing a 450-550 has been thrown about a lot but I'd be willing to bet the majority of Host campers are delivered to dealers on 350 platforms. Sure they're empty for the most part, however they are not enjoying the scenery to the destination.
mike/kellie 12/19/19 09:24am Truck Campers
RE: What Portable Propane Gas Grill Do You Use?

We have the Q1200 with thermometer and we often do a flat bread pizza with dough balls from our local bakery. It can get really hot, enough to sear but you lose the temps fast when opening it. You can also use foil like a gasket to create smaller vents at the sides. I removed the regulator from the grill and installed a 1/4" cross (replacing the tee after the regulator in our camper) with a ball valve and had a 12' long hose made with conventional female ends (not quick coupler)to plumb direct to our 30# tanks. No more small bottles, quick to set up and portable enough to be under the awning or behind the camper. It can be messy with the drip pan but it stores easily in the basement.
mike/kellie 12/12/19 09:07am Truck Campers
2 gens of truck campers

I've been going through my moms house since her passing a couple weeks ago and found this photo. It was a summer vacation us three boys remember well. My mom re-married a great guy who had never had kids and he became a step-father to 3 of us ages @ 14, 12 and 10. He had the truck, bought the camper and away we went. Single cab which meant 2 of us rode overhead. https://i.imgur.com/bjBw3Ugl.jpg This was 1972 in Oregon and he took us through areas he used to log back in the 1950's. Needless to say, we survived with no seat belts and vastly overloaded. This is not to invoke any calls to child protective services or spike prices in 1970's Chevy 2500 pick-ups. I also found a travel program my mom's parents took to Guatemala in their Ford 250 and Airstream trailer that lasted almost 3 months. Quite the wondering family. https://i.imgur.com/yJaua9hl.jpg
mike/kellie 12/02/19 01:33pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper style Camping outside ScottsDale

Without a resort vibe but in the town of Scottsdale is the Trailer Corral. Small, simple and booked out most the year. I've tried twice to get a space during March for spring training but no luck. I stayed at McDowell Park on year which was 20 minutes outside Scottsdale and was able to unload the camper and drive the truck around. Others might be available and we experienced one that was horrible. We ended up moving a few sites over and when showing up to register we were told the camper stays on the truck. Hope this helps
mike/kellie 11/28/19 08:44am Truck Campers
RE: Nice Looking Classic

I think if the ignition key is in your left hand, automatic classic! The interior picture brought back memories of my grandfather in his overalls with his 72 Ford, and Airstream. I think the RV chromosome came from him-
mike/kellie 11/20/19 03:17pm Truck Campers
RE: What percent of the time do you leave your TC on your truck?

Unfortunately, it's become the norm to have it on the truck through the summer and into the fall. Much like the new term of "wind event" and the changed definition of "safe", we have had to adjust and basically dedicate the 2 together. When the Kincade fire started, I mounted the super hitch and camper and got the Jeep ready to tow. 5 days ago, we evacuated 3 hours earlier than mandated and this morning, heading back home to a "safe" zone with no power and water and the understanding that in the case of a 'wind event" we must leave. Right now, I could write a book as to why we love our truck camper! Jim, put us down for 95% summer and fall, 20% winter and spring.
mike/kellie 10/30/19 09:56am Truck Campers
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