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RE: Cab over Camper shell?

The concerns are more in regard to the 30 year old truck, not necessarily the fact that it is a half ton. The overwhelming majority of 30 year old trucks are JUNK. Even if they don't look bad they are badly worn, rubber parts dried up or rotten and missing, springs fatigued. Time you put all the money into rebuilding the truck you still have a 30 year old truck. This is when frames let go, brackets fail and peel off, etc..
mkirsch 01/19/21 12:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Cab over Camper shell?

Even the empty shells weigh 700-1000lbs, which will squash down the springs pretty hard on a 30 year old 1/2 ton truck. I was in search of a similar solution about 10 years ago, and you're just not going to find some magical lightweight shell that you can build out into a fully appointed camper. Nothing has changed much. Not enough market for such a thing to make it price competitive with existing solutions.
mkirsch 01/19/21 08:07am Truck Campers
RE: Tire went flat in the driveay. Damage?

Had a few minutes today. Getting the bead to seat was the easy part of the job.
mkirsch 01/16/21 04:56pm Towing
RE: TCs and Covid Vaccinations

In the healthcare community they are of a mindset where somewhere between 30% to 40% of healthcare workers are refusing to take the vaccine, now what? Refusing, WHY? Did they already have the disease, and are giving their dose to someone else for whom the need is more urgent? Do they have underlying health conditions that precludes them from getting the shot? Good thing that herd immunity is achieved through BOTH vaccination and getting the disease. What is your source for this information?
mkirsch 01/15/21 09:01am Truck Campers
RE: TCs and Covid Vaccinations

The carports they have setup in the drive-through vaccination sites here aren't tall enough for a TC. Plus they are calling people and scheduling them in an organized fashion, not making it a free-for-all. Otherwise, a very intriguing idea. Until people start showing up in their Class A's and C's, setting up popup trailers, etc..
mkirsch 01/14/21 10:29am Truck Campers
RE: Truck camper trade-in at dealer question.

Here's the deal: Dealers can be generous on tradein value because they're taking it off the FULL RETAIL price of the camper you're trading the old one in on. Reality is they're giving you very little, sometimes even zero, for your old camper. It's just a number on a piece of paper to make you feel good about the deal. You can take that to the bank if they don't even bother to look at the camper and just tell you to dump it off in the back lot. They're not counting on the sale of that camper to make any money on this deal. Funny story, when I traded my rusted out 2003 Silverado with 217,000 miles, I was up front with the salesman. I told him I knew it wasn't worth more than a few hundred dollars, but it would sure help convince me to sign the contract for the new truck if he made me feel good about the tradein value. He chuckled, left, and came back with a contract showing a tradein value of $2500 for my old truck. We both agreed it was a made-up value as it came straight off retail, but it made me feel good, so I bought the new truck.
mkirsch 01/14/21 07:37am Truck Campers
RE: Tire went flat in the driveay. Damage?

I don't think anybody asking if the tire was ruined would consider breaking their own tire down. And most would not have the ability to deliver the volume of air in the short amount of time needed to seat the bead. So likely he will take wheel and tire to shop. The extra cost to inspect might be worth it for piece of mind. Well, you'd be wrong on that one. I do most of my own tire work from trailer tires to large tractor tires. Normally I would just replace the valve stem and go on with my day without a second thought, but then I thought twice. So I asked. A tire guy would say absolutely, you must replace BOTH tires, because they want to sell tires.
mkirsch 01/13/21 08:01am Towing
RE: V6 Silverados

Y'all gotta quit mistaking "Will it pull?" with "Would I be happy pulling with it?" Two very different questions with two very different answers. Yes, you can SAFELY pull 7400 or whatever with the V6. It has the tire, suspension, and brake capacity. You will most likely NOT be happy with the performance, unless you have very low expectations. Hauling a skidsteer across town, sure. You'll probably be thumping your chest in pride for owning "the little engine that could." Hauling a travel trailer across the country, not so much. You'll be pulling your hair out and calling "the little engine that could" every name in the book while chugs up every hill in the slow lane.
mkirsch 01/13/21 07:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: How much weight could be eliminated?

I just wanted this thread to be more about talking about ideas and options available to help save weight for those that need to or are interested. Not all options make sense for all people but some options might make sense for some people. The problem is, none of your solutions affect the weight enough to bring a rig out of the "danger zone." If 10lbs is going to make a difference between life and death, you're playing it way too close to the edge in the first place.
mkirsch 01/12/21 03:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Tire went flat in the driveay. Damage?

While you're at it, replace the valve on the other tire also. Excellent idea.
mkirsch 01/11/21 08:39am Towing
RE: Tire went flat in the driveay. Damage?

(Was it a 10 ply tire? Your sig.) :B Load range D, so 8-ply actually...
mkirsch 01/11/21 07:29am Towing
Tire went flat in the driveay. Damage?

I came out this morning and the left tire on my utility trailer was dead flat. Just came back from a 260 mile round trip, and it was up and fine when I went to bed last night. The valve stem failed catastrophically during the night. Glad it didn't happen on the road. Would the tire have sustained any damage from just going flat in the driveway? Tire is only 2 years old.
mkirsch 01/11/21 06:49am Towing
RE: Built-in Genset on 2021 F-150

I'd much rather wear out a $600 inverter generator than a $40k truck. When is the last time you've worn out an engine on a vehicle?
mkirsch 01/07/21 07:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing with a dually or single?need help please

So Nalley's went to direct to individual stores and a driver salesman. The vehicle of choice was an F350 DRW and a decent sized box 5er trailer. The total package weight maybe 20,000#. Well the driver salesmen were required in Washington to get CDL's Makes sense, as their driving was COMMERCIAL in nature after all. Kinda hard to spin a "potato chip sales/delivery person" as private transportation.
mkirsch 01/07/21 06:54am Towing
RE: What is the best safe for a TC?

I see one TC that comes with a floor safe which seems like a good idea for those on long vacations/fulltiming or just spend a lot of time in their TC away..Mine is an older TC but I do want to get a safe for it whether portable or mounted.. What do you use or do you? What do you plan on keeping in this safe? That will play a significant role in what kind of safe to choose. Are you trying to protect important documents from fire? Are you trying to secure valuables? Are you trying to secure a firearm?
mkirsch 01/07/21 06:41am Truck Campers
RE: 2005 Sixpac D850 tech questions?

It's entirely possible to have a hot satisfying shower without using up your fresh water or filling the black tank. You just have to not stand there and soak for 20 minutes. If I can do it in less than 2 gallons, anyone can.
mkirsch 01/06/21 06:07am Truck Campers
RE: How did I do this? - Bent Ball Mount

The Harbor Freight unit is physically IDENTICAL to the Reese 49903 model, and I have not heard one disparaging remark about it until today. It's one of their "hidden gems" and I fully expect that the damage here was done by mistake. Even being a little bit overloaded shouldn't bend the hitch.
mkirsch 01/05/21 06:57am Towing
RE: Truck Camper Weight...I know, I know

FYI, on another forum a member posted that he recently got caught up in an operation by CHP where they were pulling all RV's over and checking weights and driver's license classes. Regarding weights, they had a scale that measured the load on the rear axle. They looked at the load rating of the rear tires to determine if someone was overweight. They did NOT look at the yellow payload sticker. What forum, what member? I hope you don't mind but as written it's just another one of those "sister's boyfriend's cousin's former best friend from 2nd grade" type stories. It would be nice to be able to at least see the thread and see how first hand the story really is.
mkirsch 01/04/21 07:33am Truck Campers
RE: Interstate Golf Cart batteries, which line is best deal?

Isn't it curious how you look at a product that has an overwhelming number of 5 star reviews, but those two one-star reviews STILL make you question purchasing the product? Of course 90% of those 5 star reviews are from people who "review" the product the minute they get it home from the store, "It's all shiny and new! Great product!" There again 90% of the 1 star reviews are from people who either have irrational expectations or abuse the product, "Does not stand up to being beaten repeatedly with a pickaxe! Horrible product!"
mkirsch 01/04/21 06:40am Truck Campers
RE: Northstar 850 sc Electric roof lift

Yes, if you've currently got the Heco lift system, the newer 4-post lift (Reico-Titan?) system is completely different, and it is not a simple matter of putting in a motor. It's major surgery on the camper, relocating some things to make room in the corners for the lift. My Palomino B1500 has one of the largest roofs of any pop-up, and mine has an AC unit on top. The Heco lift is only hard to operate during the initial lift. Those first couple of inches when the arms have their worst mechanical advantage is where it takes the most effort. I am able to place my back against the ceiling and use my legs to provide the initial boost to get the roof moving upwards. After that it's easy cranking, almost a 1-finger operation if the crank didn't want to keep walking out. I say this because a change in technique might be more practical than tearing your camper apart to put in a different lift system, or buying a whole new camper.
mkirsch 12/23/20 10:50am Truck Campers
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