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RE: What are your yearly registration costs for your truck?

NY, 2002 Chevy 3500 DRW registered for 10,000lbs is ~$160 every other year.
mkirsch 05/30/19 06:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: Overwhelmed with camper choices; insight appreciated

"Intense" is overplaying it, unless you're trying to maintain 72 degrees in the camper 24/7. The other advice I have is, nobody is going to be able to tell you what camper to buy. You have to shop around, look them over, compare features, inspect for condition. Any camper you buy is going to need some work, even a new one.
mkirsch 05/29/19 11:59am Truck Campers
RE: Lance window replacement

Doesn't matter. It's unreasonable to expect a company to keep parts around forever for every model they ever made. Yes, some companies do, and good for them, and good for you. But, they should not be obligated. Maybe you think there should be a law? Just wait until you find out how much stuff costs and how expensive parts will be if that happens...
mkirsch 05/20/19 09:31am Truck Campers
RE: Towing with Lowered Truck

I Purchase it that way. Taking it to an expert next week. An "expert" in lowering trucks, not necessarily towing. Take any advice he gives you with a grain of salt because he may not know a thing about modifying trucks to be lower AND have towing/hauling capacity. Generally speaking trucks are lowered for cosmetic reasons, and the suspension modifications are not performed with towing or hauling in mind. It's all for LOOKS, and sometimes for handling.
mkirsch 05/16/19 07:09am Tow Vehicles
RE: At what point do I need a WD hitch?

Whatever the issue is, a wdh on a sub 3000lb trailer behind a truck like that is not needed, nor will it do anything. Not enough tongue weight to make a difference. Unless it's some stupid load like a 2000lb concrete block loaded right at the front of the trailer... It could be simply driving too fast for the terrain.
mkirsch 05/16/19 07:00am Towing
RE: 2020 Northern Lite 10-2 Limited Edition

If you have questions, just ask them.
mkirsch 05/16/19 06:25am Truck Campers
RE: At what point do I need a WD hitch?

afaik 500+ tongue or 5,000+ trailer weight should have WDH. Trailer is half that weight. Then you don't need a WDH unless you have a very strange setup where the trailer has something like a 50% tongue weight.
mkirsch 05/15/19 12:09pm Towing
RE: Cat Scale front Axle is #360 more than rear axle this ok?

And forget most of this thread, leave the wdh at home if your tongue weight is really that low. The tongue weight is >500lbs. He's got the WD hitch cranked down so tight that he's transferring ALL the tongue weight off the rear axle, on to the front axle, AND THE *TRAILER*. If 340lbs is being transferred to the front axle, there's another 200lbs or more being transferred to the trailer axles. 500lbs is the limit of most 1/2 ton pickup receivers before a WD hitch is required. Realistically, probably nothing bad will happen if he just gets rid of the WD hitch, but why take a chance on "probably" if he already has the hitch? Just adjust it right and hit the road. One risk of leaving it as-is is bending the tongue on the trailer.
mkirsch 05/15/19 11:45am Towing
RE: Unable to shift out of Park

Wow, never park a new Ford where you have to back up. If you can't get it out of park, you ain't going forward either.
mkirsch 05/02/19 02:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Gas engines in school buses coming back?

Maybe they're only considering the initial purchase price of the gas engine? Hardly. A new bus warranty is measured in weeks or months, not years like a pickup truck. Even if it had the same exact warranty terms, a bus will blow through the warranty mileage limit before the kids get their first report card of the year. One lift pump failure blows any long-term savings right out the window. Talk to any bus garage manager. They're not having a good time with the latest crop of diesels.
mkirsch 05/02/19 02:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 1994 Hallmark Ute 6.5” - roof lifter & umbilical cord

My Palomino has the torsion lift, and I need to give it a little boost by putting my back against the ceiling and pushing with my legs to get it started. Once the scissors are past being flat horizontal, it cranks up easily. If it is hard to crank all the way, something is wrong.
mkirsch 05/01/19 01:16pm Truck Campers
RE: towing with a esclade

What these responses are not articulating is WHY it's not a good idea. In all likelihood, you will not like the performance and handling of a full load of passengers in an Escalade with that much trailer behind. By yourself, no problem unless you're a pack rat and the truck is full of junk. With an additional 800lbs of wife, kids, dogs, toys, snacks, bikes, etc., and the 1200lbs of trailer tongue, it's not going to be any fun. It will be FAR from a death trap. Just irritating to drive, perhaps unpleasant. You won't notice at first due to lack of experience but over time you will.
mkirsch 04/23/19 08:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tired of your NYS Commercial Plates?

The 6000lb limit is the CURB WEIGHT of the vehicle, not the GVWR. I think a lot of people are getting that confused. Indeed by the letter of the law, to register a pickup truck that is over 6000lbs as a passenger vehicle, it must have a permanently affixed "camper top" and "seats, seat fittings or camper equipment" permanently installed: https://dmv.ny.gov/registration/register-pick-truck-passenger-class-vehicle You may not ever get pulled over and ticketed for violating these requirements, but they are there to be enforced should the current condition of your truck cause "problems." What makes any of you think that a "passenger" license on a pickup truck will cost any less than a "commercial" license?
mkirsch 04/23/19 08:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: Low Flow Water Pump for Truck Camper

Very likely the sink faucet can't flow anywhere near 2.9GPM. It's just that model pump is standard issue and the cheapest one Lance could source at the time. I understand what you mean about splashing. The sinks on these campers are not very deep, and when some idjit cranks open the faucet, the sudden burst of water comes right up out of the sink. Disciplined faucet handle control is the answer because the issue is the pressure, not the flow. You'd have the same issue with a 1GPM pump as you would with a 50GPM pump.
mkirsch 04/23/19 07:00am Truck Campers
RE: Flat tire on SW Truck while carrying a TC?

When my truck had a flat, it burst into flames, caught an edge on the road, launched into the air briefly, then came down and bounced end over end across the median, right into the path of a busload of orphans and nuns, killing everyone. Seriously, you pull over and change the tire. True blowouts are so rare that if you aren't grossly overloaded and put new tires on at least every 5 years if not sooner, you may never experience one. Even if you do, don't panic, and everything will be fine. It might get exciting for a brief moment, but if you were paying attention to your driving to begin with, you'll take it in stride. It is probably a good idea to dig out your factory jack and see if you can lift the truck with the camper on board, while home, and plan accordingly depending on the results of your experiment.
mkirsch 04/23/19 06:53am Truck Campers
RE: Travel Lite 770P

Odds are pretty good that they didn't reinvent the wheel. For example, my popup uses a "Heco" lift system even though it was built by Palomino.
mkirsch 04/18/19 09:58am Truck Campers
RE: Caulking

I'm sure Bigfoot isn't using off the shelf silicone from Home Depot. Here's the deal: Household silicone is designed for use on houses that don't move. Dicor and similar products are designed for houses that DO move.
mkirsch 04/18/19 09:37am Truck Campers
RE: TC camping along the Erie canal NYS

Sounds interesting. I see they say nothing about TC's though, only tent camping. Heading to Maine this summer (Bangor Area), I need to check the locks out. Sounds like a good opportunity to play the "truck with cargo" card.
mkirsch 04/17/19 08:53am Truck Campers
RE: Unload or keep on truck

Can't speak for the rest of the country but here in the northeast every campground I've been to had a rule prohibiting leaving pets in an RV unattended . Thanks for letting us know what part of the country to avoid ;) We camp in all southern states in last 2 years and none of campgrounds had such rule. So your dumb dog can sit there trapped in the camper and bark its fool head off all day long while you're out gallivanting and having a grand old time seeing the sights... THAT is why the campgrounds have the rule. Poorly trained pets are far from the exception.
mkirsch 04/10/19 08:39am Truck Campers
RE: hard side camper like to drive? (cross winds, handling)

You're overthinking this. Get the hardside. If I had to do it over again, I would get a hardside. I still might. All it takes is money.
mkirsch 03/28/19 02:08pm Truck Campers
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