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Palomino canvas attachment

Yesterday as I was getting ready to lower the roof on my 2000 Palomino, I noticed the canvas looked like it was hanging strangely on one side. I went inside, and found that the canvas had popped out of the track along the roof. It appears that the canvas just has a hem sewn along the top edge, which is folded over and stuffed into a plastic track. I popped the hem back into the track and it looked fine, but it went in very easily. I was expecting a fight. Seems like it is just hanging there by gravity in the plastic track. Nothing holding it. No screws. No wedges. Nothing appears broken. Is that the way it's supposed to be?
mkirsch 06/27/16 11:58am Truck Campers
RE: Honda 2k and rain

Well I guess we can just throw out the instructions for EVERYTHING right? I'm off to lick a light socket and take 42 Extra Strength Tylenols. The instructions say "don't run it in the rain." These things are costly electronic devices, and are by no means waterproof. If you want to risk frying your $1000 generator in the rain, that's your prerogative. Maybe you've got $1000 to burn. Many of us don't. Don't deride the people that choose to protect their investment.
mkirsch 06/27/16 11:50am Truck Campers
RE: Bigger vs smaller tires and wheels

There is no one blanket statement about 20" wheels and tires. Many of the tires and rims are just for show and do not have any better load rating than the stock 16" and 17" tires that come on trucks now. In fact, many have a LOWER rating. It's buyer beware. Bigger is not necessarily better. You have to look at the specifications of the wheels and tires you are interested in to see if they are rated for more, the same, or less than what you have. 19.5" tires are a different animal. They are commercial truck tires and definitely have a higher load rating than stock 16" or 17" tires. They are in no way shape or form related or "close enough" to 20" tires.
mkirsch 06/17/16 09:21am Truck Campers
RE: When do you want the water-fill air vent closed?

You would plug the air vent hole when you were trying to pressurize the tank in order to find the leak.
mkirsch 06/15/16 12:56pm Truck Campers
RE: A couple of shopping questions

There is no rule of thumb. In fact it is very rare that a TC does not exceed the factory payload rating of the truck carrying it. If you come anywhere near your truck's payload capacity, you will usually feel the need for some sort of suspension help regardless. This is to reduce the rear end sag that you normally wouldn't worry about if you were, for example, hauling a pallet of cinder blocks to the job site. What many people do is go by the axle weight ratings of the truck. That's usually limited by tires on the rear axle, so if someone is wanting more, they simply upgrade the tires and add more suspension modifications. So in a nutshell the ratings don't mean a thing. Just do what feels good, and if it don't feel good, throw parts at it. I'm one of those rare occurrences where I'm not exceeding any rating on my truck. By a lot. Not by choice, necessarily. I was looking for a 2500HD truck, and this one fell in my lap. I was looking for a larger hard side camper, and this one fell in my lap. Been running this rig for 5 years and it does the job. I'm not fussy, and when I'm not camping the truck will tow or haul just about anything.
mkirsch 06/15/16 12:40pm Truck Campers
RE: What do I buy?????

For the weight you're towing, and assuming you have a growing family on board when you travel, you really need a 25-series vehicle to be happy with how it tows. Those 9K tow ratings you're seeing in the manual are only with very specific combinations of engine, transmission, and axle, which the vehicle you're looking at may or may not have. PLUS, they are assuming that you are towing with an empty vehicle with no passengers or cargo on board. If it's just you and the wife and you travel light, then one of the vehicles mentioned with maximum tow options will be more than plenty for a comfortable tow. IMHO distance also plays a part. You can put up with lackluster performance from a tow rig if you're only driving to the local campsite a few weekends each summer, but if you're traveling the country, you will likely get sick of it right quick.
mkirsch 06/15/16 07:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: sewer dump at home

Any way to get the camper closer to the cleanout?
mkirsch 06/15/16 07:28am Truck Campers
RE: Anyone use a stovetop without a range hood?

The smell of cooking food is fine in the camper. It's the smell of rancid old grease and smoke that's permeated every piece of fabric in the camper after you do it that is objectionable. That's why I don't do it. When I cook, I cook outside on the grill and camp stove.
mkirsch 06/14/16 11:55am Truck Campers
RE: Towing behind a larger camper hitch question

Whatever. Just jam an old tent pole in your truck's receiver. It'll be just fine. Everybody wants Torklift strength and peace of mind but nobody ever wants to pay for it.
mkirsch 06/14/16 11:49am Truck Campers
RE: Need some help

Yes, that number accounts for a 150lb person in every seat in the truck. The yellow sticker on the driver's door or door frame gives you the full payload capacity of the truck, if the truck is new enough. Now, forget about this whole LEGAL business. There is nothing legally binding about any of those numbers in any state in the United States when it comes to private vehicles and RVs. You can register your truck for whatever you expect it to weigh. If you take your truck to the weigh station, with an empty bed it will weigh around 2800lbs on the rear axle. The RAWR is 6084lbs. That means you have almost 3300lbs of payload capacity on the rear axle before you run into the first limit, which is the tires. There are people who haul 4000lb campers on their 2500HD trucks, with no issues. They are of course heavily modified, running 19.5" commercial truck tires and suspension add-ons like airbags. I'm not sure I'd go that far myself, but it has been done. 2500lbs is well within the comfortable capability of a 2500HD pickup truck.
mkirsch 06/13/16 11:13am Truck Campers
RE: What am I doing

Well... They ARE made to run at those RPMs, but some people just have this notion in their head that if the engine is turning more than 2000RPM, the engine is "screaming" or "struggling" or "flying apart." That's their prerogative. God love 'em, because the truck salesmen sure do. They run right out and drop $65K in a blind panic because their "gutless" gasser hit 2001RPM towing a trailer.
mkirsch 06/09/16 11:20am Towing
RE: Spare tire requirements

I appreciate the feedback. I never thought of using the stock wheel with a taller tire, then rotating to the front if a rear tire fails. It's just to get me into town and a good tire shop that can get me fixed up right after all. I guess I gotta go do some homework on what would make a good spare tire that somewhat matches my 19.5 diameter. If you think about it the only reason you put 19.5's on the front was for looks. There is no way you'd ever need that kind of capacity on the front axle. That's why just going with the factory spare makes perfect sense. The 19.5's are far tougher than even LT-E rated tires to begin with, so you're not as likely to have a flat to begin with. Having the spare is for that real bad day. Only downside is you're changing two tires instead of one 50 percent of the time you have a flat. IMHO if you need the spare more than once in the lifetime of the truck, you are doing something very very wrong. You're running those tires way too long, or your road hazard avoidance ability needs improvement.
mkirsch 06/09/16 10:59am Truck Campers
RE: Anybody know what's going on with Happijac?

So what if one of their products breaks? Too bad, so sad? 1. You can't get a hold of them. 2. They wouldn't sell you parts if you could. 3. They won't guarantee repairs??? I'm glad I went with Torklift.
mkirsch 06/09/16 10:53am Truck Campers
RE: Tow/Haul Mode (is it needed in my case)

Exactly what Tow/Haul mode does differs from brand to brand, and year to year. On some trucks, particularly older Fords, it does lock out overdrive. For my 2015 Chevy 1500 daily driver, it appears to lock out 6th gear (double overdrive). Not sure how much time you'd spend in 6th with a .67:1 gear driving a 3.08:1 axle, towing any appreciable weight, anyway. It absolutely does NOT change the power output of your engine. It usually changes the shift points for the transmission. Your engine revs higher before shifting to the next gear. It usually engages the torque converter lock sooner, and sometimes even in lower gears. This is to help prevent heat buildup in the transmission.
mkirsch 06/08/16 01:12pm Towing
RE: First time towing with the new van, not fun!

Not necessarily on the front axle, but YES YES A THOUSAND TIMES YES on the tongue weight. Current best practice for WD hitch setup is to bring the front end back to NO MORE THAN unloaded ride height. Theoretically that will leave you very close to unloaded weight on your front axle. Many newer vehicles come with the recommendation to only restore HALF WAY to the original ride height, which would mean your front axle would be lighter with the trailer hooked up, than not. The reasoning behind it is that the front axle is already near capacity with the engine and passengers aboard. There isn't usually a whole lot of "wiggle room" for adding weight to the front end, while there's far more available on the rear. In many cases also there is a rubber bump stop (aka "jounce bumper") in the front suspension on most pickup trucks that is engaged at unloaded ride height. Trying to compress the front end lower than unloaded ride height can overload the front suspension and cause damage, because you can just keep cranking and cranking on that WD hitch until something snaps, and the truck just will not go below unloaded ride height in front.
mkirsch 06/08/16 01:01pm Towing
RE: Major Sway Problems! Any ideas!?

Yeah, are the 200lbs of bikes still on the back of the trailer?
mkirsch 06/08/16 12:53pm Towing
RE: Another would you tow it without WDH post

As long as the roads to the CG are more rural roads, you should be fine. I peronsally wouldn't tow at speeds above 55 w/o the proper hitch set up. This makes no sense. He's WELL WITHIN any ratings or standards of requiring a WDH. Regardless of the roads he will travel. A standard run-of-the-mill hitch is the proper hitch set up. I was referring to sway control. Hence my comment about speed and proper set up. You don't need sway control to tow safely, if you do there is something wrong. IMHO waste of $$$$$ Adam You don't know there's something wrong until you hook up and tow, and when you find out it's usually too late to do anything about it. Either the trailer tries to pass you going backwards and yanks you into oncoming traffic, or you end up stranded hundreds of miles from home on a Sunday afternoon. For 10 miles, though, I wouldn't even give it a second thought.
mkirsch 06/08/16 12:43pm Towing
RE: Another would you tow it without WDH post

As long as the roads to the CG are more rural roads, you should be fine. I peronsally wouldn't tow at speeds above 55 w/o the proper hitch set up. This makes no sense. He's WELL WITHIN any ratings or standards of requiring a WDH. Regardless of the roads he will travel. A standard run-of-the-mill hitch is the proper hitch set up. Makes perfect sense when these trailers tend to be light on the front when new and empty, and a sway control is not only a good idea but a must for that initial tow home, and a popular choice these days is a WD hitch with integrated sway control.
mkirsch 06/08/16 12:41pm Towing
RE: truck campers weight distributions and payloads

From what I've read over the years, they do tend to be around 4000 loaded and ready to camp. With the stock tires your rear axle rating is 7400lbs if I'm not mistaken, and around 2900lbs empty with nothing in the bed. This is limited by the stock tires and rims. That puts you at 3500lbs payload before you hit the tire limits, so you're going to be 500lbs+ over the tire ratings. You don't want to mess with the tire ratings. Few other components in the vehicle will fail in a catastrophic way so as to put you out of control, but a tire will.
mkirsch 06/08/16 12:24pm Truck Campers
RE: Any benefits to high octane

Just how does the computer adjust timing to prevent pre-ignition...?? It appears that we have at least one person here who understands the difference between "spark knock" and "pre-ignition". Or not, because pre-ignition is not only a function of compression ratio but also a function of the temperature in the combustion chamber. A cold engine won't have pre-ignition, while an engine that's at operating temperature and/or being worked hard will. If you reduce the temperature in the combustion chamber by adjusting the timing, you also affect the conditions under which pre-ignition can occur.
mkirsch 06/07/16 06:50am Towing
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