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RE: has anyone else experienced this?

TorkLift Legendary Lifetime Warranty Contact them at: Support: (844) 369-9358^^^^ We had a rear Torklift frame mount tie-down bend upward on our return trip from Monument Valley a few months ago ('16 Ram 3500). Torklift promptly sent us a warranty replacement. They requested the defective unit be sent back so their R&D department could look at it. Said they'd never had that particular mount bend/fail before. Gotta say they've got a pretty lengthy list of questions they ask to verify exactly what happened. They asked how we tensioned the Fastguns, whether we off-road (we don't), what kind of bed mat we used (Dee Zee), who installed the tie-downs (dealer), etc.
otrfun 09/15/19 03:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Cost of accessories new camper

Saw some 24 AGM Duracells at Sam's Club for ~$135 a week or so ago. 27's, ~$160. 31's, ~$180.
otrfun 09/13/19 12:29pm Truck Campers
RE: Predator 3500 - surge capability while in eco mode?

A inrush current capable clamp-on ammeter would quickly answer a lot of questions about (a generator's) inrush current capability. This is the current necessary to start an inductive load like a RV a/c or residential fridge, compressor. A few years ago we took two Honda EU2000i's (solo and paralleled), an EU3000iS, and a Champion 3100 inverter, and checked inrush current with the eco mode on and off powering a number of RV a/c units (13.5k and 15k's with LRA's of 50a, 63a and 70a). The Champion 3100 had the highest inrush current (by far), followed by the paralleled EU2000i's. Surprisingly, a solo EU2000i had almost the same inrush current as the EU3000iS. It's easy to establish a good baseline with whatever appliance you're testing by checking the inrush current using an outlet with good commercial power first. All the anecdotal reports I've heard/read about the Predator 3500 inverter generator seems to show it has excellent inrush current capability. It might even be on par with the Champion 3xxx inverter generators which have a very high inrush current capability. The only significant negative with the Predator IMO is the difficulty obtaining parts for it through HF. Their MO is simple replacement, not repair. BTW, manufacturers typically rate the "surge" current capability of a generator over a period of several seconds on up to 30 minutes. This is very different from inrush current which is typically measured in ms (milliseconds).
otrfun 09/12/19 05:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Predator 3500 - surge capability while in eco mode?

My Harbor Freight catalog shows the list price of the Predator 3500 as $799.99. At a minimum you should be able to use a 20% coupon to get it for $640. They have 25% off coupons for holidays, Labor Day being the most recent.Can't use the HF 20-25% coupons on their Predator generators. All stated clearly on each coupon---in very small print, of course--lol!
otrfun 09/12/19 05:47pm Tech Issues
RE: 2017 Ram 2500- Airbag Question

If it was me I'd go for the outboard mounted air bags (between the tire and coil springs). Positioning the bags outboard as much as possible increases axle leverage to help reduce sway, plus reduce sag. Placing bags inside the OEM coils will reduce sag, but IMO does little to nothing to decrease sway (vs. stock).
otrfun 09/12/19 01:11pm Truck Campers
RE: Anyone haul camper with Ram SRW 3500 2wd factory air bag ?

Not aware of any problems/complaints with the 3500 air suspension. Availability of aftermarket suspension parts/upgrades are much more limited (vs. non-air). Although I don't think it's continuously adjustable, I believe it does have 2-3 presets that will vary the height somewhat. My guess a 3500 SRW 2WD should have over 4,000 lbs. of payload in the lower trim levels. May drop below 4k with a higher trim level due to the weight of the additional options. It should handle a 3000-3500 lb. loaded camper just fine. If 3,000-3,500 is the camper's empty weight, then you're probably looking at 4,000 - 4,500 lbs. loaded.
otrfun 09/12/19 09:08am Truck Campers
RE: Inverter Generators

If someone is having repeated carb problems with a Honda EU2xxx which are rectified by cleaning, odds are they need to change their maintenance habits (to include fuel stabilizers, carb drain and/or run-dry with fuel cut-off). Without a change, the problem will continue regardless of make and model of generator.FWIW: I've never cleaned the carb on my 30 year old Honda EX650 that we take camping for battery charging. I use regular ethanol gas in it. It starts on 1st or 2nd pull after sitting "any amount of time" (is sat for ~2 years once, a few years ago, and still started right up). Sometimes I have Stabil in it's gas and sometimes I don't. I guess even Honda isn't making them like they used to.I believe you missed my point: the OP has a fuel or maintenance issue that's causing his Honda to constantly need carb cleaning. Until he identifies the source of his fuel or maintenance problem, the same issue will probably crop up with any make and model generator he chose to use. Whatever he is doing wrong, the vast majority of us with old and new Hondas are not. Honda still makes them right :)
otrfun 09/08/19 05:40pm Tech Issues
RE: Best selling truck campers (by volume) ?

IMO, long-term resale value (of any item) is a more telling and interesting stat than sales/popularity.
otrfun 09/08/19 01:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Inverter Generators

If someone is having repeated carb problems with a Honda EU2xxx which are rectified by cleaning, odds are they need to change their maintenance habits (to include fuel stabilizers, carb drain and/or run-dry with fuel cut-off). Without a change, the problem will continue regardless of make and model of generator.
otrfun 09/08/19 12:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Goodyear Endurance long term review.

Anyone have any personal or hearsay reports of Goodyear Endurance tires failing catastrophically?
otrfun 09/08/19 12:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: mounting air fitting for air bags

You can add the compressor and I highly recommend it. I ran bags for a few years without, and it kinda’ sucks. There’s never air when and where you want it and if a bag leaks down a little you can’t fix it. Having buttons to press to adjust your suspension on the fly, any time anywhere is pretty great.In lieu of trying to find air somewhere, or installing a compressor, we carry a high pressure bicycle pump (100-150 psi) with us. We can pump up a 5 psi bag to 30 psi in less than 30 sec. Not for everyone, but it works for us :)
otrfun 09/06/19 11:26pm Truck Campers
RE: mounting air fitting for air bags

I mounted them to the plastic fender wells (next to the frame) just behind the rear wheels on each side of our Ram. Real short run to the bags. Easier to adjust pressure (and measure at the same time) if you're one that needs to level the left and right sides with the camper on-board.
otrfun 09/06/19 07:01pm Truck Campers
RE: My DC Compressor Fridge conversion in progress

Here's an excellent 40 min. youtube detailing a compressor conversion. May consider doing this in the future if our fridge performance degrades. However, for now it's still performing well. It still managed 40 with an ambient of 114 in Palm Springs last month. Can't complain.
otrfun 09/06/19 04:08pm Truck Campers
RE: TC vs Small 5th wheel

Kayteg1, your drw was kind of required. Not cheap and counts as “part” of your RV. You'r are right, having never owned a truck I was shocked at the cost of some of these HD DRW trucks. The way I look at it if you need the truck for work or for carrying a lot of stuff paying $70k or more for a truck may make sense. But for the average retired homeowner maybe not.$70k if you want a high trim level. However, later this year when the end-of-year discounts kick-in, it should be reasonably easy to negotiate a lower-trim level 2019 Ram 3500 4x4 CC DRW 6.4 for $38k-$40k. Cummins, $48k-$50k. Even less if you're willing to travel.
otrfun 09/06/19 03:16pm Truck Campers
RE: How to disable propane >> Yeah another fridge topic.

You can always add https://www.arprv.com/ we did a 3200 mile trip this summer, pretty much along the rockies. The fridge stayed on but performed terrible, into the low 50s until we parked and stayed still . . . We've installed ARP's on our last 3 RV's. Some fridges seem to be much more sensitive to off-level conditions than others. On a previous TT we had similar issues as you where the ARP was shutting down the unit all the time with the slightest off-level condition. Granted, it's a pain, but it's better than destroying the fridge. We've experienced none of these issues with our current fridge (Dometic DM2663). We've been in some very off-level situations while traveling through a number of mountain passes in CA, UT, and CO, with not a single shutdown. Boiler temps seem to stay consistently around 185-190 C.
otrfun 09/04/19 11:42am Truck Campers
RE: TC vs Small 5th wheel

In researching smaller rv's the TC's TT's and short 5th wheels seem to have some advantages over larger RV's. Having never owned any of these, what I have surmised from this forum is if you want a TC with some storage and FW capacity a larger TC with a slide or two is required which would require a DRW truck. In looking at short 5th wheels say 24 ft I see more storage and more FW that can be towed with a SRW truck. In addition I see more storage in the bed of the truck for FW and other stuff. Some have said the CG was much higher in a TC making it top heavy around corners. You have to exit the truck to access the the camper section in both of these. Is a small 5th wheel or TT much more difficult to back into a site and level? Have any of you owed both a short 5th wheel and a TC that can comment on any advantages or disadvantages of each setup? I dry camp 95% of the time so water capacity is important I have 60 gals now which last me 7 days.We purchased a new TC about 6 months ago and have already logged many thousands of miles on a number of cross-country trips with it. Previously we owned a 33 ft. bumper-pull TT, and prior to that a smaller 5th wheel. The increased mobility while on the road with the TC has been a blessing for us. With the TT's we'd tend to be less adventuresome while on the road. Now we don't hesitate to stop and go pretty much anywhere a car would. U-turns are now a piece-of-cake. It does take some adjustment getting used to the limited living and storage space in a TC. If there's two of you, it definitely requires some practice to move about and do things efficiently. As for storage, we quickly discovered that we get by fine with less. I think it goes without saying a TC is much easier to manuever than a TT. As for the hassles involved with unhitching/hitching/leveling a TT vs. unloading/loading/leveling a TC, well, I'd say it's more or less even. Some do find loading a TC a bit more challenging than others, however. Practice is key. You mentioned that you dry camp a lot, so larger tanks will be a priority. Larger tanks generally mean a larger TC. There's a lot of debate here about what truck can carry which TC. IMO, if you're going all-in with a TC with larger tanks and several slides, a DRW is a good choice. We already owned an SRW, so we went with a TC with smaller tanks and no slides to stay within our personal comfort zone in terms of weight and ratings. Be VERY careful with the various weight claims various manufacturers make about their campers. Most of them are very misleading. Read the small print, ask lots of questions. If you're not careful, it's easy to end-up with TC that weighs 1,000 lbs. or more than you anticipated. Good luck!
otrfun 09/04/19 10:43am Truck Campers
RE: Planning Upgrade

. . . I now get a big kick out of people who say you need a DRW to haul a 4500lb. camper. I have 2,500 miles on a SRW with 19.5's and I can tell you that so far it is a dream to drive, but haven't been in 40 mph winds just yet, so maybe I will be proven wrong.Back in mid-May, we were driving west on I40, between Needles and Barstow. Winds were a steady 25-30 mph, with gusts over 50 mph. We were driving a '16 Ram 3500 SRW (Air Lift 5000 bags, Roadmaster sway bar, LT295/70/18 Michelins) with a NL 8-11 on-board. Occasionally the wind gusts were forceful enough to momentarily pop the upper part of my door away from the weatherstipping. There was also some distinct, momentary rocking during the higher wind gusts, but it required very little steering correction. Bottom line, I was pleasantly surprised how stable everything was.
otrfun 09/03/19 04:30pm Truck Campers
RE: How to disable propane >> Yeah another fridge topic.

Gotta say, the burned out fridge opening on the Cardinal 5th wheel looks like a pretty convincing argument the fridge boiler overheated. Then again, ya never know. Maybe someone thought storing flammables in the fridge compartment was a great idea--lol!
otrfun 09/03/19 12:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Storing generators when traveling?

... Should I keep the generators in the camper when on the road, for example stopping for shopping? Or in the back seat area covered by tarp?Some folks do carry their generators inside the cab of the truck while driving. Me, I'd never do it. A very bad collision or rollover could easily turn those generators into projectiles---not to mention the general risk imposed by the generator's fuel tank being located inside the passenger compartment---especially during a serious accident. Like Kayteg1, I'd vote for the front of the truck (best weight distribution) or the outside rear. Maybe the inside of the camper as a last resort.
otrfun 08/30/19 02:04pm Truck Campers
RE: How to disable propane >> Yeah another fridge topic.

. . . Google "RV fires" and you will find lot of incidents where RV was totaled mostly becouse of propane fire . . . Aren't many of these so-called RV "propane" fires actually the result of overheated RV fridges? IMO, many of these fridge fires would have occurred even if the fridge's boiler had been heated via propane, a/c, or DC. During off-level conditions the boiler temps in a RV fridge can spike dramatically. We have an ARP unit installed on our fridge specifically to prevent such an event. Very enlightening to watch how quickly the boiler temps can spike when you encounter some off-level conditions.In going to fires for over 20 years I have never seen a fridge fire!!! Only RV fires that were caused by appliances in the RV that I have been to or I have heard of first hand were when the furnace was "modified". I personally have been to two and my brother to one and all three were the result of someone putting something against the exhaust. Have had a lot more fires with RV's that were caused by people doing stupid things like using heat lamps to heat instead if the furnace or a blow torch to unthaw a line.Try Googling "RV refrigerator fires". A number of class action lawsuits and various explanations how/why it does occur.
otrfun 08/30/19 11:34am Truck Campers
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