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RE: Does my full-time TC plan seem reasonable?

My father retired some time ago and sold everything except his tools and furniture. He bought a brand new 30 foot bounder and towed a small car behind him with the intent to go full-time. He lasted 5 months and bought a lot in Rome NY just outside the city, put a trailer on it and bought the biggest most beautiful shed I've ever seen.. After setting him up as far as living quarters were concerned I asked "so what happened?" He said, you need to go home, you need your stuff, your memories and your family. None of that is on the road. He said! Just thought I'd post that. I think you have the rite idea of it being temporarily permanent. Good luck!!! Joe
notsobigjoe 07/01/19 03:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Electric Jacks

I’ve always read that Happijacs are junk. One thing I wasn’t happy about on my new Northern Lite was its got ‘em. It’s onjy been used a few times, it’s a 2017, and one has already failed. A lot of people cursed with these things actually carry a spare jack motor head as part of their normal gear. Rather than replace one after another and deal with them failing at inopportune times, I think I’ll cut my losses and replace them all with something else. Is there a consensus on the reliability of Atwood vs Reico Titan? Or any other particular advantage to one over the other? I’ll eventually put my Stable-Lift on it but it’s still being used on another camper. Just took my stable lift off today, you need parts?
notsobigjoe 06/15/19 02:33pm Truck Campers
RE: What am I missing on GVWR??

Well looks like it will be the northstar for us. The dealer with the 720 was offended by my offer, but given the build quality inside the unit, there is no way I was paying close to list. I already had another dealer willing to order me one for slightly more than I offered the local dealer, but we decided the wait is just too long. Northstar is the best choice I think. We looked at a couple last year cause the 1181 has run it's course as far as weight and hauling and we don't use it anymore because it's such a mammoth. Believe it or not but the older we get the less time we want to be in it. Anyway good luck!
notsobigjoe 06/13/19 12:43pm Truck Campers
RE: What am I missing on GVWR??

What is an SOG kit?
notsobigjoe 06/11/19 06:03am Truck Campers
RE: What am I missing on GVWR??

What you're missing is what you've learned, basically nobody with a TC pays attention to the GVWR. My 11' TC sitting on a Chevy 3500 SRW weighed in at 11,140 pounds, the truck's GVWR was 9,900. I was not over axle or tire ratings and I put thousands of trouble free miles on the rig, some of them towing a boat. I then upgraded to a 2005 Chevy dually. The same camper put that truck at about 13,100 pounds, it's GVWR was 11,400. Again, I wasn't over the axle or tire ratings. I had the dually tagged for 14,000 pounds. The 11.5" AAM rear axle in a Chevy dually is actually rated by AAM at 10,200 pounds but in my truck GM only rated it at 8,550. Their rating was largely based on the weight rating of the factory tires. Upgrading the truck to 19.5" rims and tires would have gone a long way toward letting me use the entire 10,200 pound rating of the axle. Here's two interesting facts for people who think the GVWR is "gospel". My company bought a new Chevy 3500 SRW in 2015. They normally come with an 11,500 pound GVWR. Ours was ordered with the optional 10,000 pound rating so that numerous DOT regulations didn't apply to it. There was zero mechanical difference in the truck. If you run regular "passenger car" tags on a truck in VA they are only good for 7,500 pounds. A truck with a 10,000 pound GVWR that weighs 9,000 pounds is legally overweight if it has car tags. That same truck, if it has truck tags and is registered for 12,000 pounds is not legally overweight if it weighs 12,000 pounds. You made the point better than I could have ever made it. The reason I have not upgraded to 19.5 tires and wheels is because the upgrade itself would add weight. The tires, rims, lugs are the only weak link left on my rig. I have Alcoa rims and lug nuts, pretty; but I don't like them. I want to switch to American steel rims and lug nuts. I will also upgrade to load f tires when these are done. My extra leaf springs in the rear added 750 lbs of lift per side but the springs themselves weighed 100 pounds that's why I don't factor the 750 per side, just the 700. Same thing with the upgraded front brakes they advertised 15% more stopping grab so I just add 10% because of the extra weight of the up-sized brakes. I'm interested to here what you think about this. upgrading versus weight.
notsobigjoe 06/05/19 05:58am Truck Campers
RE: What am I missing on GVWR??

On my present rig, A 96 Chevy Cheyenne 3500 dually I have a 10000 pound rating. My rig has been weighed in at 13500 by a dot officer in NC. It was a 180 ticket. The problem was not the weight but the registered weight. I registered it for 15000 when I got home and all is well. Normally I am not so over weighted. I usually run it about 12000 lbs. I have an extra leaf in the rear which is 700 a piece and I can reduce my cab weight by 2.5 people because it was originally a crew cab work truck. Chevy includes 150 pounds per person in the calculation times 5 people is 750 lbs. Between me, my wife and two ten pound dogs that equals roughly another 380 pounds. 750 - 370 = 380 So in my little world this puts me at about a GVWR of 10.220 pounds. Bingo. In reality I still weigh 12000 lbs so I upgraded my front brakes as well. I have a combined axle weight of 11700. All in all not so bad. Take what you want out of this......
notsobigjoe 06/04/19 05:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Ran roof air all day on only solar, batteries still full

"if you have to ask >>> you can't afford it" That's what I thought. Just one of those batts is like 6 or 7 hundred I think. To each there own I guess. I build hot rods and it aint a cheap hobby. Just sayin'
notsobigjoe 05/27/19 03:15pm Truck Campers
RE: Ran roof air all day on only solar, batteries still full

So how much money did all this cost?
notsobigjoe 05/27/19 10:03am Truck Campers
RE: Arctic Fox 1163 TRUCK CAMPER Full Tour video !

My 1181 weighs 5240 without water. I have been carrying it on my 1996 Chevy Cheyenne c3500 since 2013 with no problem. I also tow a small 15 foot fishing boat. The weight is nominal. My upgrades are an extra set of leaf springs in the rear, a rear sway bar and upgraded front brakes.
notsobigjoe 05/16/19 06:17pm Truck Campers
RE: TC camping along the Erie canal NYS

When my wife and i were younger we would tent camp on our pontoon boat all the time on the Erie canal. Many places to put in and excellent tourist traps. We do remember seeing camping but it was long ago. Good luck, It's absolutely beautiful in the spring and summer. The fall can be a little rainy and to cold that far north.
notsobigjoe 04/17/19 09:45am Truck Campers
RE: Our new combo finally mated

Hey OP, Nice rig and congrats. I read somewhere maybe on here, TCM or LOa that the new dodge duallys come with a sticker that says don't use for a truck camper. I didn't and don't believe it. I'm curious... Does it have the sticker? Thanks, Joe
notsobigjoe 03/13/19 10:24am Truck Campers
RE: How bad is this?

The one on RVTrader and the one the OP is talking about are absolute, nightmarish, rotted to the core junk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OP, Walk away and never turn back. Save your money and buy a good one that needs a little TLC. That was my quarterly post for the year, see you all in June.
notsobigjoe 02/28/19 03:51pm Truck Campers
RE: temporary rubber roof repair ideas? 95 Fleetwood Elkhorn 11X

Rock-bottom, Here is my 2 cents. If you look you can find a good solid camper for a couple of grand. I look at them all the time on the web. the elk-horn's are beautiful but are well known for there build problems. I agree with Scott, cover it until you can fix it correctly or just ditch it and find something more reliable. Don't waste your money on the it worked for me stuff.
notsobigjoe 01/11/19 06:44am Truck Campers
RE: No TC's allowed

I've never been turned away and couldn't afford the places that would turn me away. I have been asked not to remove my camper from my truck though, But it was for a reason that escapes me. Work going on in the campground I think. Growing up in the sixties and seventies as a career army brat My father was asked to move on a couple of times because of Vietnam. He just drove to the next campground. No big deal! I guess I picked up that mentality, No big deal, I'll give my money to the next guy.
notsobigjoe 12/31/18 02:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Anyone want to write?

Pass. LOL I spit my coffee! :B
notsobigjoe 11/08/18 10:17am Truck Campers
RE: Shake Down Fun

Forgive me if I miss the obvious because I usually do. You removed the front jacks but left the rear. Is that so you could level better? Do you sag in the rear? Just curious, thanks and what a rig!!! The front jacks stuck out far enough to obstruct rear vision and hung low enough to get damage by a passing rock. The rear jacks sit a little inboard of the of the flatbed frame and are more protected. The rear jacks help with leveling and stability. The way it is set up we can handle a level 2 to 3 trail :C
notsobigjoe 10/24/18 03:14pm Truck Campers
RE: Shake Down Fun

Forgive me if I miss the obvious because I usually do. You removed the front jacks but left the rear. Is that so you could level better? Do you sag in the rear? Just curious, thanks and what a rig!!!
notsobigjoe 10/24/18 06:35am Truck Campers
RE: Modification help needed for gutter

I was thinking more along the lines of drilling a big hole in the gutter floor and somehow attaching a drain tube. Maybe a gutter below the gutter? You got me thinking now. . . Maybe put a nice 5/8 hole in front of the screw and have it drain to a small channel underneath. If theirs enuff room for another channel.
notsobigjoe 09/25/18 04:54pm Truck Campers
RE: How was this one tied down before it flew off !

If I'm not mistaken this was posted somewhere else or maybe on here. I will do a search. The poster was trying to convince everyone that the wind blew the camper off but it wasn't adding up. I think that picture is the last one he posted when he got back to the camper. Not that I don't believe it I just think I saw this elsewhere... I will post if I find it! Edit at 8PM Sorry, This is the one I was talking about. http://www.doityourselfrv.com/family-survived-scary-truck-camper-accident-wolf-creek-850-rolled/ Go ahead and read my post Here I don’t blame just the wind but a mixture of wind, antiquated tie down system, and above all inferior workmanship on the WC anchor points. I believe every word of it!!!! I was just trying to describe the post that's all. I believed you the first time you posted it. We were in MA. on a return trip from the keys and the wind was so bad on 17 that my dog was pinned to the rear door of my 1181. I had to turn the truck around to get him out of the wind and inside. I know first hand about the wind. Did not doubt you for a minute.
notsobigjoe 08/24/18 06:13pm Truck Campers
RE: How was this one tied down before it flew off !

If I'm not mistaken this was posted somewhere else or maybe on here. I will do a search. The poster was trying to convince everyone that the wind blew the camper off but it wasn't adding up. I think that picture is the last one he posted when he got back to the camper. Not that I don't believe it I just think I saw this elsewhere... I will post if I find it! Edit at 8PM Sorry, This is the one I was talking about. http://www.doityourselfrv.com/family-survived-scary-truck-camper-accident-wolf-creek-850-rolled/
notsobigjoe 08/23/18 05:59pm Truck Campers
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