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RE: Find cross pieces under metal roof to mount solar panel?

I`m sure its a wood frame , you've got all you need in the diagram from Lance . Look inside the camper at the ceiling , the trim that runs side to side every 4 foot will give you a starting place to use the Lance layout ,open the vent over the bed and transfer from ceiling to roof , the trim is centered on a framing member , they are 3/4 " wide . The roof is foam core between 3/4" wide x 1 1/2 " framing W/ luon under the sheet aluminum roofing I would defiantly not just attach to the aluminum and luon . I would defiantly look for framing to screw to . I just put 4 more 100 watt panels on my Lance Legend 500 added to the 140 watt that I installed years ago . Use this dicor tape under the panel mts and seal over the screws and around the mts with dicor self leveling caulk
okan-star 03/12/21 11:24am Truck Campers
RE: Truck camper and tow bars

Things to look at before you buy . How are you going to attach the tow bar to the Jeep , base plate ( might end up being a low point hang up if your wheeling ) or a bumper with tabs , or weld on tabs . The attach point height of the Jeep and the hitch height of the truck with the camper weight on it needs to be within a few inches up or down . If not you end up with high-low adaptors pushing the Jeep back further , changing wiring lengths , causing rattles ( you can get rattle stoppers ) and ending up costing more $ .You can get adaptors for all kinds of weld on tab type mounts for different manufacturers tow bars . Best to figure out a plan before you start And look at the laws for braking and brake away NSA`s info
okan-star 03/08/21 02:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck camper and tow bars

Have you decided on a braking system for the Jeep? You may want to look at NSA , Its what I use with a blue ox tow bar that stays on the truck . The NSA extends the hitch back away , makes it easier to get in the camper , I have the steps to the alternate side position . NAS Ready Brake
okan-star 03/08/21 10:40am Truck Campers
RE: Northstar 850 sc Electric roof lift

I'd look into using a drill (after making sure the lift system is in good shape). People do that for tent trailers all the time. Not sure how the weight compares; they have shorter--but wider--roofs and a lot more weight in the sidewalls. I have a TC800 and would use the drill if I had rooftop AC and a bad shoulder. The new lift system is built into the cabinetry and probably hard to retrofit without gutting much of the camper. I had a tc 800 and you should put a 90lb bag of concrete up there and see if you still would use a drill , the first 3 or 4 turns will be the worst and your going to rip up the teeth on the crank and more . I tried it on my tc800 before putting an AC in the back window . I agree that the Reico system would be a lot of work and the ceiling inside paneling has nothing behind it but foam and the outside alum skin , thats why its so light . I`m sure NS has redesigned the roof to include backing at the lifts . And yes pocketing the lifts that seem to be about 2+ times the length of the softwall would take some doing , not to mention the holes left after taking out the tubing from the Heco , also theres going to be a hole in the softwall at the rear corners where the plates are carriage bolted to the vertical of the roof Thats where the issue a lot of times is , the carriage bolts-nuts loosen and some of the torsion is lost , if its real bad -loose its obvious , sometimes the plywood of the vertical is rotted . Thats how I got my ts1000 cheap , and then fixed it with an alum plate on the outside. If their loose raise the roof to work on it , theres no torsion in the tubes then , the system is just an inner tube welded to a outer tube w/ rosete welds to the outer tube , the inner tube has the plates that attach to the roof in the back on NS ,and to lower wall in Outfitter and Hallmark , as you lower the roof tension is put into the inside tube twisting it , a new light roof will pop up a few inches in the back when the hold downs are released , one thats overloaded wont I can see retro fitting the newer screw type system that the Hallmark video shows into the NS , there are differences in the NS Heco and the Hallmark in that the torsion is in the upper tubes and the Hallmark in the lower , but if they havent moved the points where the arms attach to the old heco to much , I think the vertical wood part that the Heco rack is attached to could be reworked to a flat horizontal with a vertical behind it to still separate the underbed area ,Not real easy but doable with carpentry skill . If the screw system w/ gear reduction could be bought .?
okan-star 12/24/20 08:57pm Truck Campers
RE: Northstar 850 sc Electric roof lift

interesting videos from Hallmark Hallmark video Copy and paste this , see 3rd video http://www.hallmarkrv.com/videos/
okan-star 12/23/20 12:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Northstar 850 sc Electric roof lift

Thats what I said I used to do also ,push up on the roof the first few inches when the arms connecting to the Heco rack are at the most horizontal . The camper that was the worst was the Outfitter 9.5 Apex with a polar cub on the roof and upper cabinets . I called Heco and was told at the time that was beyond their systems weight limits , I used to keep a bag of Heco parts in the camper to repair on the road . When I sold the camper it went back to Outfitter to do a elec lift that they had just come up with To the OP , maybe call Outfitter or Hallmark and see if they could sell you the parts to do this . As I recall because prior to selling I was going to do this ,its a gear reduced motor so it takes about a minute to raise the roof , and switches to stop the travel. I could also see a way to build a small manual gear reduction box using the gear off a crank , attaching a larger gear infront of it and a smaller one to the side , with a nut on the front of it , to use a crank on it , all inside a slim enclosure To bad manufacturers exceeded the limits of the Heco system before thinking this through , although I have to say the Northstar ts1000 I had after the Outfitter and the NS tc800 I had before it worked well , as the AC was in the wall not on the roof
okan-star 12/23/20 12:05pm Truck Campers
RE: Northstar 850 sc Electric roof lift

I can see it as an involved project , and I`m sure the sticking point for me would probably be the cost of the Reico T product ( no idea of the cost ) Reasons I can see for it being difficult = roof is foam core and has limited structural points to attach to The lifts appear to need a hole to collapse into , location of water heater .... may be in the way The lifts need to be inboard of the roof to allow the soft side material to be able to collapse On a fairly new camper it is probably questionable The good is Northstars are still inexpensive compared to some others and they appear to have the lift included Palomino appears to be the reason Reico came up with it https://www.truckcampermagazine.com/news/rieco-titan-on-palomino-rv-s-new-lift-system/ I know in about 2007 Outfitter was putting a motor on the Heco dont know what they do now , but the did retro fits then , maybe Hallmark also You may want try to make a new crank and see if it does enough to allow you to use the camper With my Outfitter I used a hand crank handle from a happi jac and put the spline- gear from the Heco on it that way you have more leverage ( dont remember how it was in 05 ) you could get one of the newer harder material gear cranks ito do it with . read this https://www.hannarv.com/P/21252/HECOTruckCamperCrankHandle
okan-star 12/22/20 12:23pm Truck Campers
RE: Northstar 850 sc Electric roof lift

I had 2 Northstars and an Outfitter with Heco lift systems in them , all were problems if the roof weight was much more than just a shell of the basic roof , adding cabinets , AC ... and the crank handle brass gear would strip - or push out while raising the roof . I built handles with more extension that made it easier to lift . I know a drill would just chew up the crank gear , the gear is made soft so it fails first . I see now they have changed to making the cranks with harder gear material and the weld to the handle is supposed to break if to much force is applied to it I used to push up on the roof with my shoulder to push the roof up the first few inches which helped ; now I have had surgery's on both and that would`nt work for me either More torsion can be put in the system ,but after a while that weakens too . About the time I sold the Outfitter they where making a elecric system to add to the Heco one , but the motor would go behind the rack and mess with the bed space But I see now that Rieco -Titan is making a system to replace the whole Heco one . I would defiantly check it out if I had a pop up now https://www.riecotitan.com/image/catalog/instructions/electric-roof-lift-instructions.pdf
okan-star 12/21/20 10:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Moving LiFePo4, Rewire or run Long Extensions?

In the summer when I need to run the AC at night I run the Honda , it will run for over 8 hrs at eco mode with my AC , not in a campground of course . The times I`ve camped in 0 to 30 degree nights I run the Honda and use a small cube ceramic electric heater on a low setting and the propane heater will cycle on and off every hour or so , so the grey and black tanks still get heat . While boondocking you can chain the Honda up away so its quieter .
okan-star 12/19/20 09:54pm Truck Campers
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