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RE: How fast do you drive with camper on? .

So with our smaller/lighter Travel light on the Ram 3500 Cummins, I found out the cruise control maxed out at 85 mph across Montana. Then I thought wow this is crazy. With our much larger Northstar, and 19.5” tires, 75 is about max.
srschang 08/19/21 06:33pm Truck Campers
RE: Delays in camper buiddate

a month ago I ordered a new truck, it will take around 15 weeks to get it. I traded in a vehicle as a deposit on the new truck. They offered me more than I paid for the trade but could not guarantee that offer because who knows what the market will be like in 15 weeks when the truck comes in. That trade value might go down $2-3K in value. So since I have something else to drive in mean time, I went for it. Really this deal helped them out as well because I supplied inventory when the lot is empty. They already sold my trade and I have not received my new truck. Same thing I just did. I currently have a 2020 Ram Laramie Cummins, I ordered a 2022 Ram Laramie Cummins, which should show up in 10 weeks. The dealer said my trade is worth $3000 more than I paid for it new 1 1/2 years ago. My choice - sell it to them now for the appraised value, or trade it in when the new one comes in at the appraised value at that time. I need the truck day to day, so I'll trade it in when the new one comes in and keep my fingers crossed this used truck pricing insanity keeps going. How many miles were on your trade?? 3 tons 20,100 Scott
srschang 08/09/21 01:52pm Truck Campers
RE: Delays in camper buiddate

a month ago I ordered a new truck, it will take around 15 weeks to get it. I traded in a vehicle as a deposit on the new truck. They offered me more than I paid for the trade but could not guarantee that offer because who knows what the market will be like in 15 weeks when the truck comes in. That trade value might go down $2-3K in value. So since I have something else to drive in mean time, I went for it. Really this deal helped them out as well because I supplied inventory when the lot is empty. They already sold my trade and I have not received my new truck. Same thing I just did. I currently have a 2020 Ram Laramie Cummins, I ordered a 2022 Ram Laramie Cummins, which should show up in 10 weeks. The dealer said my trade is worth $3000 more than I paid for it new 1 1/2 years ago. My choice - sell it to them now for the appraised value, or trade it in when the new one comes in at the appraised value at that time. I need the truck day to day, so I'll trade it in when the new one comes in and keep my fingers crossed this used truck pricing insanity keeps going.
srschang 08/09/21 11:43am Truck Campers
RE: Grey and Black Water Dumping - Back End Sits Higher

Depends which direction the outlet comes out of the tank. Most tanks have a molded in downhill to the drain. In the large scheme of things, a gallon left in a tank after you drain doesn't really matter.
srschang 08/09/21 11:33am Truck Campers
RE: Black tank treatments.

Agree with Thetford Aqua-Kem, it just plain works. But it works because it contains Methyl Alcohol and Formaldehyde, which I think is bad for my septic tank at home. So if I'm going to dump at home or in another septic tank, I use Thetford Campa-Chem, which sort of works unless it's real hot. It is "Formaldehyde Free!" according to the label. It contains Bromo-Nitropropane-Diol and surfactants. I guess I should find out how that affects a septic tank!
srschang 07/26/21 03:28pm Truck Campers
RE: When do you upgrade

We upgraded from our 2003 Travelite to a Northstar 12STC to get a dry bath. A basement camper would be too tall to fit through our 12' garage door, and wanted the lightest camper available with a true dry bath. The Northstar met both criteria. Scott
srschang 07/03/21 02:31pm Truck Campers
RE: Insurance!

If you had $5000 worth of expensive furniture in your truck and you were in a crash and rolled the truck and ruined the furniture, the auto policy would cover damage to the truck and homeowner's would cover the loss of the furniture. Same with the camper, it's personal property like furniture, not a vehicle. My understanding is you need separate collision for the camper, it is not "personal property". Tow vehicle protects for liability if camper causes damage while being towed, or comes loose. Homeowner policy used for loss of furniture and personal liability on camper. That's how it was explained to me by insurance agent. This is how Allstate does it. I insure my Northstar 12STC truck camper for $35,000 value. The collision costs $65 per year and comprehensive costs $107 per year. The truck policy covers liability if the camper causes damage to someone else's stuff.
srschang 06/17/21 10:33am Truck Campers
RE: Trying different method of fresh water tank sanitization

Will it hurt the pump to run 130 degree water through it? I think it is designed for cold / room temperature water.
srschang 05/16/21 06:27am Truck Campers
RE: Tires and Dynamic vs Static Loads

I thought it was something like that. When we were shopping for our camper, we stopped at a popular dealer in the northeast. He had recently bought a new Ford F350 SRW for a general shop truck and to deliver campers. He said he even used it to deliver double slide campers, he just slapped a pair of 19.5s on the back and loaded the camper up. Never mentioned changing the tires on the front, so I guess no need to worry about the weight transferring to the fronts. Scott
srschang 03/03/21 02:44pm Truck Campers
Tires and Dynamic vs Static Loads

Lots of debate on here about rear tires - SRW vs DRW, E rated vs 19.5.... But what about the front tires on a pickup with a heavy camper. The door sticker states the maximum load on the front and rear axles. Most truck campers add little to no weight to the front axle when the truck is sitting on the scale not moving. But what load is on the front tires during hard / emergency braking? Especially with a higher basement camper? How about duallys with a heavy/tall camper. When braking hard, would a couple thousand additional pounds be put on the front axle? Never heard of anyone having a front tire blowout while hauling a camper, so maybe I'm not thinking about this right. Scott
srschang 03/03/21 11:56am Truck Campers
RE: Solar with Lithium Battery

There is a difference between what they say you "can" do and what they say you "ought to" do. Here is a BB guy on that--some other things to wade through but it is all there. https://www.solacity.com/how-to-keep-lifepo4-lithium-ion-batteries-happy/ Don't understand. This is from the article link you posted. "We are moving on to cycle life. It has become common to get thousands of cycles, even at a full 100% charge-discharge cycle, out of lithium-ion batteries. "
srschang 02/19/21 10:48am Truck Campers
RE: Covering a truck camper AFTER a snow?

Now I am even more confused. First I do not understand putting a tarp over a snow covered camper. Next, I don't understand the need to shovel off the top of the camper. I decided to put a cover over a snow covered camper because I screwed up and didn't get it on before the first snow of the season. So...Do you not cover it, hoping that the snow on the camper will melt & dry and you can real fast get the cover on before it snows more and you can't cover it for the whole winter? Or, do you put the cover on with the limited amount of snow on the camper, thinking that there won't be a thaw before the next snow and the entire winter season? I decided to cover the 4 inches of snow and ice hoping that there would be a thaw before winter set in. If I didn't cover it with the snow and ice on it, it may very well have spent the entire winter with feet of snow on top, melting slowly as spring set in. In the end, it was moot point as it did warm up and lo and behold the ice and snow had melted and dried up from under the tarp. Root cause was not getting the tarp on the camper before the first snow of the season. The learning was snow and ice will melt and dry up, even if there is a tarp over it.
srschang 02/13/21 02:15pm Truck Campers
RE: Covering a truck camper AFTER a snow?

A few years ago we had an early snow in November, I hadn't had time to cover the truck camper. Same as a couple others here I decided to cover it (with a tarp, always covered it with a tarp & bungee cords for the 16 years I owned it.) So the tarp went over 4 or so inches of ice and snow. A few weeks later we had a couple sunny mid 40s days in December, so I pulled the tarp off to let it thaw/dry out. Guess what - the roof of the camper was bone dry. Must be a lot more air circulates between the cover and the roof of the camper than we think.
srschang 02/13/21 01:23pm Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

Batteries still at 13.2 volts, last posted on here December 24th, they were 13.2 volts then as well. Nothing much has happened since last time I checked them. My life is still boring.
srschang 02/09/21 05:41pm Truck Campers
RE: Air bag question

I'm on my 4th set of Firestone airbags, I installed new airbags each time I bought a new truck for the last 15 years. I've always run them with zero pressure when I didn't have the truck camper loaded, and never had a problem. But I only keep my trucks for 3-4 years, so I don't know about long term damage. Scott
srschang 02/09/21 11:35am Truck Campers
RE: SRW 3500 Dodge work with a Arctic Fox 811

Go with a gasser and gain 600# payload. This is a common misconception. Here's the data from Ram. The RAWR is the same diesel to gas, the FAWR is higher on the diesel, and the GVWR and Payload are higher on the diesel. https://i.imgur.com/LvpkcTll.jpg Don’t know much about ram, do they have that data showing same tranny in gas and diesel? Apples2apples would be netter comparison. It’s it interesting as the base weight of gasser is so much lower. Where does the available payload go? Typo? I assume they beef up the front suspension (springs, shocks, etc) to accomodate the heavier diesel. Maybe they overcompensate a bit and that results in the higher payload and FAWR of the diesel?
srschang 01/31/21 10:44am Truck Campers
RE: SRW 3500 Dodge work with a Arctic Fox 811

Go with a gasser and gain 600# payload. This is a common misconception. Here's the data from Ram. The RAWR is the same diesel to gas, the FAWR is higher on the diesel, and the GVWR and Payload are higher on the diesel. https://i.imgur.com/LvpkcTll.jpg
srschang 01/31/21 08:25am Truck Campers
RE: SRW 3500 Dodge work with a Arctic Fox 811

I have a 2020 Ram diesel 3500 Crew Cab SRW, but it's a longbed. I carry a 2019 Northstar 12STC, which is a 12' no slide camper. It looks comparable in weight to your 811. The truck does not sit level when loaded and it's surprising how far the truck has to squat before the overload spring is engaged. I added Torklift stable loads, as I want the overload leaf to be engaged when the truck is level. It still squats enough to bother me (and my headlights with oncoming drivers), so I put airbags on the truck, and 25-30 psi brings it level. Scott
srschang 01/28/21 03:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck Registration Weight

Register it for 14K then go camping and enjoy the new truck In Nevada at least, that would cost a bundle. If I remember correctly my 17 year old Dodge is registered @ somewhere around 12,000 lbs and I'm still paying ~ $300 a year for registration. Price goes way up for every 1000 lb! A new truck registered for 14k would no doubt cost $1000 a year or more...my 5 year old F150 is $500 a year! One of the very few things reasonably priced in New York State. A 13,500# 2 year registration for my $70,000 Ram would be $280. Scott
srschang 01/21/21 02:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck Registration Weight

So - I have a 2020 Ram 3500 that the dealer registered for 8900# when I bought it in March. I'm in NY state. No idea where they came up with that weight. That's the unladen or curb weight, which means you have commercial plates. The reg form also asks for a "max weight", so that number should also be on the reg. It's really academic because if you're not for hire then you are not required to stop at weight stations, and the state guys won't be looking to pull you over for a safety check unless you look obviously unsafe on the road. The only "gotcha" is you need a CDL for anything over 26k lbs. I would just leave it alone, why are you thinking you need to re-register the truck? The current registration runs out end of February, and I need to reregister it for another two years. The only weight number on the reg is WT/Seats that says 008900. The only reason I'm interested in increasing the weight on the reg is chatter recently on this board that California and BC are requiring non commercial trucks into the weigh stations. Will probably never go to California again, but will pass through BC on the way up and back to Alaska the latter half of this year.
srschang 01/21/21 02:01pm Truck Campers
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