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RE: What else does your truck do?

JMHO but I hear you. Bought my truck to haul gravel, fire wood, other stuff. Then bought a cheap 5th wheel, 18k gvwr. All the 5th wheel people said I had to buy a dually. Now I have an igloo 9.5, 3500 pounds wet ready to go. Over the scale I am 800 pounds over my gvwr but 30000 miles, no issues. Truck is registered for 12500 and front and rear axles are under as well as the tires but the "experts" still critique. Some people just have too much time. Go camping and ignore the noise.??
sbryan@vtbryans.com 09/14/19 05:19am Truck Campers
RE: Street eagle Side by Sides.

ATV's are not permitted on public highways in Vermont. https://legislature.vermont.gov/statutes/fullchapter/23/031
sbryan@vtbryans.com 09/05/19 09:56am Truck Campers
RE: TC vs Small 5th wheel

We have a 38 foot 5th wheel and a TC. We use the TC for most trips and leave the 5th wheel at campgrounds as a seasonal home base, either here in VT or in FL, where it is now located. Backing up with a trailer just takes practice and patience. No big deal. And as far as space and cost per square foot there is no comparison. The 5th wheel wins hands down. The TC works for us (no slides, Northtstar Igloo 9.5) and I personally don't want slides and the associated inconvenience of weight and loss of heat in winter. If you can't fit into a TC without slides you really need to consider a DRW truck. We are able to make it work with a SRW and have over 30,000 miles with lots of smiles and no issues. So you are really asking to compare apples and oranges. Each mode has advantages and disadvantages. You need to decide what is most critical for you and then you can make a decision on trucks and brands of campers. Not much help I'm afraid but since we have both I can speak from experience.
sbryan@vtbryans.com 09/04/19 07:51am Truck Campers
RE: Timbren vs. Sumo Springs

We have had Sumo springs on our F350 for three years and around 30,000 miles. I chose them over Timbrens for the same reasons, more travel and a bit softer compression. I have been very happy with them.
sbryan@vtbryans.com 08/15/19 06:35am Truck Campers
RE: "Porpoising" - How to Tame the Rocking Camper

Yup, without some details on your truck and its suspension it is hard to offer any educated advice.
sbryan@vtbryans.com 08/14/19 06:05pm Truck Campers
RE: Downloading at Campground

We offload if we're going to be staying a while (defined as 5-6 days or more). When we went to Alaska last year we left the camper on the truck the entire trip because we were never in one place for more than 2 days. The beauty of the truck camper is you can take it into town or wherever else you need or want to go. If you can park the truck empty you can park it loaded with the camper.
sbryan@vtbryans.com 08/09/19 04:01pm Truck Campers
RE: Solar Charging

On my TC the solar panels charge all the time through the charge controller. That way the batteries are always in tip top shape. No danger of ruining them if your controller is working properly. If you don't have AGM (sealed) units then just keep an eye on your water levels.
sbryan@vtbryans.com 07/11/19 10:33am Truck Campers
RE: Why does my Truck Camper list toward the driver side

Just a guess but we had a Tundra once upon a time and the suspension was pretty soft - rode more like a car than a truck. So if all your heavy items are on the driver's side of the truck I wouldn't be too surprised if the truck listed to that side. But that was with a Tundra from a few years ago. No idea how stiff your suspension is or what you may have done to beef it up. Our experience with Tundras was that they are reliable and pretty much bullet proof but not heavy haulers. Just a thought...
sbryan@vtbryans.com 07/10/19 05:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Might be buying a Dually....

If you got a Lariat diesel for $61k you stole it. Congratulations.
sbryan@vtbryans.com 07/08/19 08:52am Truck Campers
RE: Might be buying a Dually....

Love my Ruby Red Metallic SRW F350 and while I have given thought to a dually so far I am unconvinced that it is worth it. 30,000 miles so far without any issues. Doesn't mean I won't have a flat tire someday but I have already prepared for that (practiced with the camper on the truck) and know I can handle it if need be. The 3.55 rear end gives me decent mileage loaded and great mileage empty and the truck is a daily driver that barely fits in parking garages now - not sure where I'd park with a dually. But it sounds like a good deal at $61k. I paid that for my F350 diesel 6 years ago. Hate to think about the new price of a diesel similarly equipped. Good luck with your choice.
sbryan@vtbryans.com 07/03/19 07:33am Truck Campers
RE: Need Help With 1999 Northland Polar 860 Extended Cab

I don't know about the Northland but my experience with truck campers is that there isn't a low point drain. The lines are so short you either fill them with antifreeze or blow them out by opening the faucets, etc. There is a drain on the hot water heater and you just pull the plug and anode rod to drain it. I suspect yours is similar.
sbryan@vtbryans.com 06/27/19 08:56am Truck Campers
RE: Slide in Jack height

We have a Ford F350, a tall truck. We use the plastic leveling blocks we use to level up the truck when we are traveling to also unload the camper when we take it off. Lighter than wood and serves two purposes with one product. We carry two bags so we always have a few extra.https://www.amazon.com/Camco-Leveling-Blocks-Hydraulic-44505/dp/B00480BWCI
sbryan@vtbryans.com 06/25/19 06:06am Truck Campers
RE: USAA Insurance

As a former insurance commissioner I can assure you that every state and territory regulates insurance. The state/territory may not set rates, as in MA, but actuaries and financial experts on the insurance department's roster do examine rates and claims to insure companies are charging "appropriately". That leaves lots of room for rate setting at different levels but the goal is to make sure insurance companies are treating consumers fairly, using consistent underwriting standards, and that they are financially sound and able to pay claims even in adverse circumstances.
sbryan@vtbryans.com 06/18/19 04:40pm Truck Campers
RE: Front tire pressure?

My F350 says for a fully loaded truck 65 front and 80 rear. It has worked well for me for the last 35,000 miles with the camper on board. Tires rotated every 5K with essentially similar wear.
sbryan@vtbryans.com 06/17/19 07:25pm Truck Campers
RE: Electric Jacks

I lost 1 HJ motor early on and otherwise they have been fine. I think it's a **** shoot on what is best. Remember that happy people don't post but people with problems do so the comments are always skewed. I suspect there are lots of happy HJ people who don't say anything (me included). One motor failure, covered under warranty, was an easy replacement and has worked fine since. JMHO
sbryan@vtbryans.com 06/16/19 12:13pm Truck Campers
RE: Do I need to worry about this butyl?

David, it might take Bill a month to get back to you but my experience with Rex is he is very responsive. I would post this question up on the Northstar FB page and tag Rex. I'll bet you get a reply within a week. You guys doing any big trips this year? We are in Acadia with our Igloo. The truck and camper now have over 30,000 miles on them and still doing great. Best to you and the family. I haven't seen any of your issues on my Igloo but I'll be keeping an eye on things. Shawn Bryan
sbryan@vtbryans.com 06/08/19 12:49pm Truck Campers
RE: Loading/unloading on uneven ground

I have the same issue with close tolerances and have taken the camper off on uneven ground a couple of times. Unloading isn't an issue but getting loaded back up can be a ***** (at least my experience). Matching the slope of the truck to the camper on uneven ground can be a real challenge and cause fear and frustration. My advice is don't unless you have absolutely no other choice.
sbryan@vtbryans.com 05/30/19 11:02am Truck Campers
RE: Overwhelmed with camper choices; insight appreciated

Take a look at Northstar Campers. Double pane windows, well insulated, cassette toilets and they will custom build (within reason) for your needs. We have an Igloo on an F350 and have camped in 0 and below without issue. We do have solar and two group 27 batteries that will carry us through the night with the furnace. Other than Cirrus I'm not aware of anyone else using the Alde system. Wish it came as an option for my rig but it isn't a deal breaker. Other cold weather rigs are Artic Fox, Northern Lite and Bigfoot. Probably others I haven't remembered.Only you can decide what is best for you so make it a point to go visit someone that can show you as many as possible. Good luck.
sbryan@vtbryans.com 05/29/19 05:10pm Truck Campers
RE: Help, what do I do

Sidecar, not all of us have access to inside storage but I have found with proper maintenance your camper won't suffer being outside. My 5th wheel is a 2006 with a rubber (not TPO) roof, never been covered, and is still holding up fine. But I am on the roof every spring and every fall looking for any areas or seams that need attention. Sure it would be nice to park inside out of the snow, rain and ice but it isn't in the cards. So I'll plan to make the trip up on the roof every year until we decide to sell. So far that had worked for me.
sbryan@vtbryans.com 05/03/19 01:26pm Truck Campers
RE: Question on Truck Campers

Our dogs go back and forth through the window and in a pinch I probably could but it would be a struggle - the power sliding window on the truck doesn't provide a lot of room to slip through.
sbryan@vtbryans.com 04/28/19 06:51am Truck Campers
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