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RE: Bigfoot dirty water streaks down sides from roof, solutions?

My Bigfoot has been sitting in my backyard "storage spot" unused for about 2 years. I had a fabric type cover on it, but it developed a light mildew. I hired a woman to polish and wax it a couple months ago. She didn't know what she was doing. I got on top of it yesterday with a pressure washer to get the black crud off it. It had a lot. I used Mr. Pink soap in a foam cannon. Anyway, yes I had black streaks that my 2800# pressure washer couldn't remove. Hopefully compounding it will work. edit add: seems I heard someone somewhere say that RAIN-X will clean the Bigfoot windows. Be careful on the roof with a power sprayer. Use a light setting like 1500 PSI to remove the crud. I had one so bad once that I used a 3000 PSI setting and literally blew the white off the rubber roof. I had to reapply the white top coat after. Lots of work but wow what a job. Also OP, A Random orbital will do wonders with a light pad and some soft grit and won't take off your wax. Like I said more work but way better finish. The gutters completely remove the problem and invest in some extension gutter ends to drain the water away from the camper. Bigfoots don't have rubber roofs, except older 3000 models. The top is gel coat fiberglass just like the sides. There is no roof to side joint, it just rolls from roof to wall. I've had pretty good luck with a Porter Cable random orbit with 3M Marine Fiberglass Restorer and Wax, Chemical Guys pads or a twisted wool pad. Live and learn, Thanks! I've been recon-ing RV's for a while now and it gets easier. Most people go rite in with the heavy pad and cream and it's rarely needed. Thanks for the info... I think my favorite is McGuire's 67 one step compound. It's a good cleaner deoxidizer and a great polish in one. Use with a orange pad or heavier if needed. I rarely stray from that combo. I top off with Chemical guys extreme top coat sealant. If you like Chemical guys creams try the pro polish. It's pretty much the same thing as the 67 but a bit milder. All my pads are from china. Joe
notsobigjoe 05/15/22 03:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Bigfoot dirty water streaks down sides from roof, solutions?

My Bigfoot has been sitting in my backyard "storage spot" unused for about 2 years. I had a fabric type cover on it, but it developed a light mildew. I hired a woman to polish and wax it a couple months ago. She didn't know what she was doing. I got on top of it yesterday with a pressure washer to get the black crud off it. It had a lot. I used Mr. Pink soap in a foam cannon. Anyway, yes I had black streaks that my 2800# pressure washer couldn't remove. Hopefully compounding it will work. edit add: seems I heard someone somewhere say that RAIN-X will clean the Bigfoot windows. Be careful on the roof with a power sprayer. Use a light setting like 1500 PSI to remove the crud. I had one so bad once that I used a 3000 PSI setting and literally blew the white off the rubber roof. I had to reapply the white top coat after. Lots of work but wow what a job. Also OP, A Random orbital will do wonders with a light pad and some soft grit and won't take off your wax. Like I said more work but way better finish. The gutters completely remove the problem and invest in some extension gutter ends to drain the water away from the camper.
notsobigjoe 05/15/22 02:50pm Truck Campers
RE: To slide or not to slide. That is the question.

No, seriously, the OP's question isn't answered. This is just the typical myopic one-sided "old phart" rantings. "My way is the only way and everything else is stupid and should be outlawed." What's weird about this site, and forums in general, is the "OMG, this person has an opinion different than mine. MUST. BE. DESTROYED." mentality. I picture a scenario where said angry person's wife is talking on the phone to her sister, asking if she's happy with her divorce, and when she hangs up she says "honey, isn't there something outside the RV that you can do?" Seriously. Yes I agree and have been a part of it. Last week I had a back and forth on my saltwater fishing forum and was told that a 24 volt set up for my 24 volt trolling motor was not safe the way I had it hooked up and would cause much interference with my electronics. I hook all of my 12 volt accessories to each individual 12 volt battery in the 24 volt set up and I've been doing it this way for at least ten years. Not good enough! Huge back and forth about how dangerous I was to my fellow boaters, I'll be going through batteries like water, shorts in the system and you name it. I have experienced none of what they were saying. It is the nature of the forum.
notsobigjoe 05/12/22 04:52pm Truck Campers
RE: Yet another Air Dam/Spoiler/Airfoil thingy

https://www.truckcampermagazine.com/camper-mods/contests/aerofoil-wind-deflector/
notsobigjoe 05/12/22 10:00am Truck Campers
RE: camping in the Keys

The loop is already gone but I got one!!! Haven't been there in years. Not looking forward to hauling my waste again but hey opportunity knocks. Thanks for the tip.
notsobigjoe 05/12/22 06:44am Truck Campers
RE: To slide or not to slide. That is the question.

For those that believe it is a problem, is that your assumption from looking at them, or based on personal experience? I just re-read them all and I think this thread very much answered is original question.
notsobigjoe 05/11/22 10:21am Truck Campers
RE: To slide or not to slide. That is the question.

Turning a switch for three seconds should not be a factor in anyone's purchase. The weight of one to three slides is a more important issue. You want the space get the slides you don't, don't. Boon dockers are a different breed and are looking at completely different things than the run of the mill Truck Camper who wants to tow a boat/sled/whatever. Also, if your never going to take the camper off the truck why not get a motor home? Motor homes tow extremely well and come in all sizes and are dirt cheap compared to TC'rs. I have utilized my truck camper with slide combo to the fullest extent. I have towed my small Bayliner "I still regret selling it" thousands of miles. Launched the boat, took the camper off and went for supper. I recommend the slides if this is what your interested in doing. If you want to go to the top of a mountain, I do not recommend the slides. JMHO
notsobigjoe 05/09/22 07:04am Truck Campers
RE: Jack Failure Disaster

From what I remember with my dads 1966 Beeline truck camper. He would lift it slightly off the truck, level it and pull the truck out. I remember him turning those winder jacks 7 turns each and he didn't stop until it was on the wood he used to support it. He gave that camper to me and I have tons of polaroid's but I did it the same way he did on my old F150 3/4 ton. I can't remember but maybe about 2 inches with 7 turns. Too much time has passed. I also remember it was very flexible and stable. I'm glad your project turned out great. Good camping to you.... Joe
notsobigjoe 05/05/22 08:01pm Truck Campers
RE: Camper looks like its not level

Give us an update OP... Please!
notsobigjoe 05/05/22 05:01pm Truck Campers
RE: How am I going to re-attach this jack?

Of course you already know that will all have to come out and be completely rebuilt. Elkhorn's are noted for their water intrusion. It doesn't look like there is much to attach it to is my point. I see some dark wood, rot maybe? It looks like the mounting plate came of with the Jack the bolts are still mounted to it so that tells me of rot damage or did you tear it off or did it fall off. I'm guessing by the location on the truck you might have just pushed it off while mounting or did it just come that way? All guesses without many more pics of the damage and some detailed info. Your in the rite place though. Joe
notsobigjoe 05/04/22 05:26pm Truck Campers
RE: How am I going to re-attach this jack?

post your image here. http://photoposting.is-great.net/?i=1
notsobigjoe 05/04/22 02:43pm Truck Campers
RE: Camper looks like its not level

It is an illusion! Is this an illusion, though? This is a pretty straight-on side shot and the OP MEASURED the difference in height. https://i.imgur.com/mSu94Q5l.jpg Good enough.
notsobigjoe 05/04/22 10:22am Truck Campers
RE: Camper looks like its not level

I have a Ram so perhaps my experience does not help. I use the wheel well areas for storage which are easily accessed by doors in my Northstar. No dirt or water enters but I have had insects and birds fly into those areas. I put insulation between the bottom of the camper and the truck bed "rails". The insulation needs to be about 3/4" thicker in the front than in the rear. This is for my 2018 Ram 3500 and was also true when I owned a 2010 Ram 2500. This has nothing to do with the level of the camper or the truck. The camper floor does not slope. The "rails" are higher in the front than in the rear of the truck! Jim, we are not the only ones talking about this. Joe https://www.wanderthewest.com/forum/topic/23249-camper-sits-higher-in-the-front-than-in-the-rear/ PS, This is a fantastic thread!
notsobigjoe 05/03/22 03:33pm Truck Campers
RE: Camper looks like its not level

I decided to put my mind at rest and come to my own conclusions. Here goes. passenger side front with a yard stick and a straight edge. 19.5 give or take a fraction. https://i.imgur.com/SJfZoynl.jpg passenger side rear same thing. https://i.imgur.com/RiRaAP9l.jpg Rear of camper, passenger side top part. 8.5/8 give or take. https://i.imgur.com/PmZ4HIWl.jpg Rear of camper bottom part. 12 inches https://i.imgur.com/ipoLakSl.jpg Front of camper passenger side top part. same measurements. https://i.imgur.com/qoTkTwel.jpg bottom part. same thing. https://i.imgur.com/XOGodUzl.jpg It's also not the camper floor giving way because I had the whole bottom out last month repairing and electrical problem. https://i.imgur.com/EO6nCzml.jpg https://i.imgur.com/ldUqLZ1l.jpg I will have the camper back on the truck in a day or two after I get done with the job I'm doing and take measurements again. My Truck and my camper are square the illusion lies in the width of the front and rear of the bed. Front of the bed is 64 and three quarters inches from the inside of the stake to the inside of the stake. Give or take. https://i.imgur.com/MxorpGel.jpg The rear of the bed is 62 and three quarters. https://i.imgur.com/2WtkDThl.jpg It is an illusion! Sorry about the pics but my left hand don't work all that great anymore. Joe
notsobigjoe 05/03/22 11:23am Truck Campers
RE: Camper looks like its not level

I got weighed going through Fayetteville NC. I was over by about 1000 pounds. Payed the ticket on the spot. The DOT officer said go back to NY and have them up the registration 10000 to 15000 pounds, Problem solved. He weighed each wheel with a drive on scale. Of course this was many years ago. Just posting some info nothing more. I have traveled in all but a couple of the 48 States and have never had an issue. Why/how did you get pulled over for a weighing? My ass end was so over loaded it was practically dragging. I had just gotten the 1181 and thought I could do what I wanted with all the new found space I had. Totally my fault. On a side note I was born in Fayetteville, my dad was in the army at fort Bragg. Left at five years old.
notsobigjoe 05/02/22 09:17am Truck Campers
RE: Camper looks like its not level

I bought a 2022 Ram longbed diesel dually in January. When I load up my Northstar 12STC (4800# ready to camp), it looks like its leaning back as well. I was thinking about installing airbags, but the top and bottom overloads are just engaged as it is now. The airbags would lift it off the overloads if I try to make it look level. Don't want that. Instead, I reregistered my truck at 13,900# so it's legal. When the dealer registered it in January, they registered it for 9200#, which is 300# more than the truck weighs empty. I was going to leave the registration at 9200# and keep my fingers crossed I wouldn't get weighed, but the way it leans back makes me feel more likely to get weighed. Not a big deal, the difference between 9200# and 13,900# is only $35 / year. The worst part was waiting in line at the DMV - 3 windows open, 21 people in line. I am totally confused. First I live in NY, have owned TCs for many years, and have never heard of any official weighing a truck camper or any RV. My trucks have always been initially registered by the dealers at the weight rating from the manufacturer. No one has ever questioned the weight I actually carry. Nor can I imagine how that would happen. There are no scales near where I live and I certainly do not stop at the commercial truck weighing stations on the highway. Next I am puzzled about the weights. The Northstar weight of 4800# seems about right. But the base weight of the truck at 9200 minus 300 is 8900#. I would not be surprised if your rig is actually over 13900. In any case the 4800# and about 3500# for the truck, sit on the rear axle. That is over 8000# on the rear axle or over 4000# on each tire. Are your wheels and tires rated for that load? I recommend you load up the rig and check the weight on each axle. In fact you should check the weight on each tire. My Northstar had lots more weight on the rear right than the rear left tire. The water tank was offset a bit towards the right, and the refrigerator, propane tanks and generator and overhead storage were all on the right side. Perhaps Northstar has done a better job on your rig but it is also easy to load one side way more than the other. I got weighed going through Fayetteville NC. I was over by about 1000 pounds. Payed the ticket on the spot. The DOT officer said go back to NY and have them up the registration 10000 to 15000 pounds, Problem solved. He weighed each wheel with a drive on scale. Of course this was many years ago. Just posting some info nothing more.
notsobigjoe 05/02/22 06:49am Truck Campers
RE: Camper looks like its not level

I bought a 2022 Ram longbed diesel dually in January. When I load up my Northstar 12STC (4800# ready to camp), it looks like its leaning back as well. I was thinking about installing airbags, but the top and bottom overloads are just engaged as it is now. The airbags would lift it off the overloads if I try to make it look level. Don't want that. Instead, I reregistered my truck at 13,900# so it's legal. When the dealer registered it in January, they registered it for 9200#, which is 300# more than the truck weighs empty. I was going to leave the registration at 9200# and keep my fingers crossed I wouldn't get weighed, but the way it leans back makes me feel more likely to get weighed. Not a big deal, the difference between 9200# and 13,900# is only $35 / year. The worst part was waiting in line at the DMV - 3 windows open, 21 people in line. I guess I originally misunderstood the OP's situation. I thought he was telling us that the camper was looking like it was leaning to the rear in a level truck bed. I didn't realize the OP was just telling us that the whole truck and camper are actually leaning to rear a little bit. Which is totally normal. Notice in my pic that the rear of the camper that sits in the truck bed is actually sitting lower in the bed than the front of the camper sitting in the bed, A little bit. My misunderstanding. This is not an illusion, it actually sits about an inch higher in the front of the truck bed. https://i.imgur.com/5KoKlaOl.jpg
notsobigjoe 05/01/22 03:25pm Truck Campers
RE: Heki 2 Skylight Inner Frame Failure

Thanks. I might not have needed to go all the way along the side with the sandwich, but since the failure was so catastrophic with the stop piece breaking off, and given the age of the skylight, I thought it best. I need to shine it up a little to remove the JB spillover. This fix addressed two problems - 1) the stop piece failure and 2) minimizing failure of the latches (which is the weak link in the skylight’s design). Mine was cracking and breaking from the Florida sun. It wasn't worth replacing at 700.00 bucks but I did it anyway. I'm still thinking of just having my guy put in a skylight and take the new one out and sell it. I pretty much stay away from the roof work as I'm not that good at fixing leaks and stuff. It is a ridiculously expensive part.
notsobigjoe 04/30/22 02:52pm Truck Campers
RE: Heki 2 Skylight Inner Frame Failure

That's a great fix! Well thought out. Better than coughing up the bucks for a new one.
notsobigjoe 04/30/22 02:18pm Truck Campers
RE: Camper looks like its not level

Same as mine. I have seen posts from members that say the truck beds taper at an angle to the rear. I have no idea but mine leans back and always has. https://i.imgur.com/IAofuvpl.jpg
notsobigjoe 04/30/22 11:27am Truck Campers
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