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RE: Getting the truck ready?

Too bad I sold my old camper Saturday. Even though the buyer has a new Chevy 2500, I included the Torklift Talons (Stainless/Aluminum) as part of the deal. He's planning to modify the Talons to fit his Chevy. I took them off a 2015 Ram 3500 4x4 Laramie Crew Cab Cummins! The tiedowns aren't hard to install, remove some bolts in the frame, run them through the tiedowns, bolt them back to the frame. You can buy the tiedowns online, places like Etrailer. I didn't add a socket to the truck, I plugged the camper into the 7 pin connector in the bumper.
srschang 06/01/20 02:33pm Truck Campers
RE: How many amp-hours?

For our use in the Northern U.S., 2-100 ah lithium batteries and 4-100 watt solar panels is a bit more than what we need. Spent a couple months traveling to Alaska and back last year, and didn't need to plug in the entire trip. We didn't have a generator. The batteries didn't charge from the truck either, as I have that wire disconnected. We did plug in a couple nights at campgrounds to run the a/c when it was too hot for us. Our typical daily power usage: - watch tv for 2-3 hours at night - lights - water pump for showers and stuff - electric compressor fridge - listen to music for an hour or so in the morning - 3 or 4 cups coffee Keurig on the inverter every morning - wife dries hair on the inverter every morning Typically the batteries are at 60 - 70% in the morning before the solar starts charging them back up.
srschang 05/27/20 02:46pm Truck Campers
RE: As to camper weight, what does this sticker indicate?

Most of a truck camper weight (often all the weight) will be on the rear axle. So you will be adding the loaded camper weight to the two rear tires and wheels. For that sticker the rear GAWR is 6100 lbs. On my truck, the rear axle weight (empty, without tailgate) is 3220 lbs. So if yours is similar, that leaves 2880 lbs for the truck camper, tie downs, cold water, hot water, propane, and stuff. I recently weighed my truck empty and fully loaded, and my "stuff" weighs about 800 lbs.
srschang 05/27/20 02:29pm Truck Campers
RE: take out dining

To put it in perspective, our county in Western NY has had 26 cases to date. We have 260,000 residents. 1 in 10,000 has had or does have the virus. Chance of having a car crash on a 100 mile trip? 1 in 3660.
srschang 04/14/20 01:03pm Truck Campers
RE: TPM

Rear tires are 80 psi cold, I've seen it as high as 92 psi summer highway.
srschang 04/14/20 09:11am Truck Campers
RE: Best Inverter Generator under $500 for a TC

I think if I had a one Honda 2000 generator and wanted a second generator I would spend the extra money to get a second Honda to be able to parallel them if needed. I thought about that but I already have a Honda 3K (EU3000is) so I have no need to parallel two generators together.. My only need is to charge a battery that will run an Engel compressor refer every couple days hence why I posted about a cheap inverter generator to do that..Portable Solar is an option but the sun being out and camping in the dense mountains might impact that. Most Rver's with compressor refrigerators have huge battery banks and solar but that is not possible with my truck camper solo without a trailer in tow.. Don't necessarily need a huge battery bank. We have 2 100ah lithium batteries with 4 100w solar panels and a 2000w inverter. We spent 2 months driving to Alaska and back last fall, only stayed in campgrounds a few nights when we wanted to run the AC. Our typical daily power consumption was about 50 ah (as I remember), which included: Compressor fridge Wife drying her hair (inverter) 3-4 cups of coffee Keurig (inverter) Watching a couple hours TV Lights in the evening Water pump for 1 or two showers The solar would fully recharge the batteries each day by noon if it was sunny, or by 6pm if it was cloudy. And I didn't have the camper hooked to the power from the truck to help charge the batteries. Unhooked that wire when I put in the converter for the lithium batteries, wasn't sure it was a good idea to send 14.7v to the truck when the converter was on.
srschang 04/12/20 08:13am Truck Campers
RE: Torklift Talons

Yep, Talons are definitely worth the extra money. I just installed a set on my new 2020 Ram. Had to work with Etrailer and Torklift, as they didn't have a listing for '19 and '20 trucks yet. I had Talons on my 2015 Ram I traded in, and they are now sitting on my workbench waiting to be cleaned up so I can put them up for sale. I lived with the steel Torklift mounts on my first two Rams, fought with and hated them for years. Usually had to have a hammer with me to insert and remove them. They were awful! As I said, I had the Talons on my last truck, I think through 4-5 Western NY winters. As the part mounted to the truck is stainless steel, they still work and look fine. The aluminum inserts still have the original gray paint/powdercoat on them.
srschang 04/10/20 05:00am Truck Campers
RE: Carrying a Honda 2000i inside generator compartment

My new Northstar came with a compartment for a Honda Generator with that same slide-out tray. It also has a plug in the compartment and propane plumbed to the compartment if I wanted to convert the generator to propane.
srschang 04/05/20 06:29am Truck Campers
RE: Extra Batteries and Inverters

Added a small single breaker box and moved the converter 110v supply from the power center to the breaker box. Then wire the breaker box to shore power before the transfer switch so it will only run from shore power. Didn't take the time to move the A/C ahead of the second transfer switch. Figured if I turn on the A/C while running on the inverter and run my batteries down, I'm a dummy. Best way would be to also move the A/C out of the power center and into it's own breaker box (or with the converter in a small box that will handle more than 1 breaker) ahead of the transfer switch.
srschang 04/03/20 08:58am Truck Campers
RE: Extra Batteries and Inverters

I just installed a second transfer switch in my new Northstar 12 STC a few weeks ago. The camper came with a transfer switch installed to switch between shore power and generator power. If you are connected to shore power, and start the generator, after 30 seconds or so the switch disconnects the shore power and almost instantly connects the generator power. I added a second transfer switch that switches between the output from the first transfer switch (either shore power or generator power) and my inverter. The only tricky part to a transfer switch is choosing the priority for the switch. There are two input connections to a transfer switch, usually called shore and generator. The generator input is the priority, if both shore and generator are connected, the switch will always shut off shore and connect the generator. If the generator is turned off, the switch will switch back to shore. I took the output from the first transfer switch, and connected it to the "Generator" input of my second transfer switch. I then connected my inverter to the "Shore" input. Then I connected the output to the 110V distribution panel in the power center of the camper. So now, if I'm running on the inverter and plug into shore power, the second switch disconnects from the inverter and connects to the shore power. If I'm running on the inverter and have no shore power, then start the generator, the second switch disconnects from the inverter and connects the generator. So the priority for 110V in my camper is lowest priority inverter, mid priority shore power, highest priority generator. You can set the priority however you want, just have to connect each power source to the appropriate priority of the transfer switch. As I said, the transfer switch two input connections are usually labeled "Shore" and "Generator", the "Generator" input has priority. If there is power coming into the "Shore" input and the "Generator" input at the same time, the transfer switch turns on the generator input and shuts off the shore input. It sounds more confusing than it really is. But if I can figure it out, anybody can.
srschang 04/03/20 07:25am Truck Campers
RE: Quarantine Mods?

Just got done installing a sliding storage bin under our new Northstar 12 STC https://i.imgur.com/J60zLA3l.jpg
srschang 03/31/20 03:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Time for maintenance/projects?

Bought a new Northstar 12 STC a couple months ago. Brought it home, and have been working on it since them. Looks like I'm going to have time to continue working on it. So far: - Removed bathroom mirror, added medicine cabinet - Removed factory power converter, replaced with a lithium battery compatible converter - Ran heavier wires from converter to batteries Installed the following: - 2 Battle Born 100ah lithium batteries - 2000 watt inverter and remote switch - Victron battery monitor - 4 100w solar panels - 45w MPPT solar controller - 27"x 17" x 8" under camper sliding storage bin - sewer hose storage tube under camper - 32" tv and pivoting mount - A second transfer switch for 110v power. Camper now will run on inverter, then automatically switch to shore power if plugged in, or switch to generator power if generator is started - Added a separate breaker subpanel for the converter so it won't try to charge the batteries when we're running on the inverter And of course put 2 coats of wax on the camper! Can't wait for things to start reopening here in the Northeast so we can actually use the camper.
srschang 03/23/20 10:15am Truck Campers
RE: Your next outing??

According to some on here you should not be allowed to own any sort of RV if you're not willing to "boondock" whatever that means. To me it means TRESPASSING. I don't know how you can just pull off the road on to some random trail and set up camp wherever you feel like. I guess the question is, how can you just stop on a whim and be sure you're not on someone's private property? Or do you even care? I know I'd catch you just once. You'd be waking up at 2AM to your truck and camper being dragged on the end of a chain by a large 4WD tractor, and the county sheriff's deputy right there, cheering me on. People seem to think that just because there's no house visible, that the land belongs to nobody, and they can just do what they want. Agree 100%. Won't camp anywhere unless I know who owns the property and it's OK to camp there. Not a lot public land here in New York State, and even if it is public land, usually can't camp there unless it's an organized campground.
srschang 03/06/20 02:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Short bed camper on long bed truck - Tips for frontal brace?

We had our original SB camper for 17 years. It sat on 4 different trucks (all Ram diesels because I retired from Cummins). One of the trucks was a longbed, all I did was make a rectangular frame out of 2x8's or 2x10s, can't remember which, it's still sitting in my shed attic. Strength isn't an issue, you need to decide how high your bumpers on the front of you camper are when you back your truck under the camper. You want the framework tall enough that the bumpers hit the framework, not above the framework. If you make the framework too short (2x4s for example), the bumpers will be above the framework if you're not careful, and when you lower the camper into the bed of the truck, the bumpers will be torn off. No center support, top or bottom on the box at all, just a big rectangle? I must be overthinking the loading put on this then! I guess most of the force will be directly forward so there shouldn't be any lateral loading on the frame? Nope, just a rectangular box. Ran it that way for 4 years or so. Unless you run into a bridge abutment, the two 2x8s or 2x10s that run from the camper to the front of the box aren't going to collapse.
srschang 03/04/20 01:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Short bed camper on long bed truck - Tips for frontal brace?

We had our original SB camper for 17 years. It sat on 4 different trucks (all Ram diesels because I retired from Cummins). One of the trucks was a longbed, all I did was make a rectangular frame out of 2x8's or 2x10s, can't remember which, it's still sitting in my shed attic. Strength isn't an issue, you need to decide how high your bumpers on the front of you camper are when you back your truck under the camper. You want the framework tall enough that the bumpers hit the framework, not above the framework. If you make the framework too short (2x4s for example), the bumpers will be above the framework if you're not careful, and when you lower the camper into the bed of the truck, the bumpers will be torn off.
srschang 03/04/20 06:49am Truck Campers
RE: Your favorite features.

Dry bath, no basement (fits through pole barn door!), 12' length, can haul on my SRW Ram.
srschang 02/11/20 06:33am Truck Campers
RE: Weights. Am I missing something?

From the New York state DMV website: Can I register my pick-up truck as a 'passenger' class vehicle? Yes. Your pick-up truck can qualify for passenger class plates if it meets certain conditions, depending on its unladen weight. If you have a modified or unmodified pick-up truck with an unladen weight less than 6,001 lbs., then you may register it in the passenger class if it meets the following conditions: the pick-up truck does not have any business advertisements, and the pick-up is used exclusively for non-commercial purposes If you have a modified pick-up truck with an unladen weight greater than 6,000 lbs., then you may register it in the passenger class if it meets the following conditions: the pick-up truck does not have any business advertisements and is used exclusively for non-commercial purposes a camper top having one or more side windows completely encloses the truck bed, the pick-up truck has seats, seat fittings, or camping equipment installed in the truck bed ('camping equipment' indicates that you have a bed, a stove, or a refrigerator in the vehicle) NOTE: These modifications must be permanent. If you use the pick-up truck without the required modifications, then you must register it in the commercial registration class.
srschang 01/19/20 07:05am Truck Campers
RE: Camper title and registration.

What's the advantage of having your truck camper titled? Or is it just another revenue stream for the state? If that's it, I'm amazed New York hasn't required it yet.
srschang 01/18/20 11:04am Truck Campers
RE: DRW back to SRW

I currently have a 2020 Ram 3500 long bed diesel on order, should be here in the next week. I did a lot of soul searching before I ordered it, debating DRW vs SRW. In the end, I ordered a SRW. The DRW option was $1200 more, insignificant in the overall price of the truck. The deciding factor for me is the way I use my truck. I spend a significant amount of driving time hauling a snowmobile trailer to Quebec and Ontario every year, and don't want to do the snow driving with a dually. As soon as the truck arrives, we are going to pick up a new truck camper as well. It will be at or a bit above the payload limit of the new truck when it's loaded with "stuff", but that's the best trade off for me for the way I will use the truck. Everyone's situation and risk tolerance is different. You need to do what's right for you.
srschang 12/30/19 06:00am Truck Campers
RE: Best truck for Northern Lite 10-2

It's not just Ford. I went to the Ram website as I'm also considering another Ram. For 2019, just 3500s, the hauling capacity ranges from 3720# (Laramie Longhorn diesel crew cab SRW SB 4x4) to 7680# (Tradesman 6.4 Hemi regular cab DRW LB 4x2). With 358 variations and different hauling capacities. In the 3500 series alone!!
srschang 11/18/19 05:26pm Truck Campers
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