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RE: right front tire wear

All 3 of my Ram 3500 duallies have scrubbed the right front tire. This is my 6th Ram/Cummins, but my first dually. My camper is about 4800# loaded for camping. At 24,000 miles here's the passenger and driver front tires. Both are scrubbing on the outside, but the passenger side is much worse. I took it in for alignment, the passenger side toe was .22deg, the driver was .08deg. Oh, and when I weighed the truck and then the truck and camper at the CAT scale, the front end of the truck is 40# lighter with the camper on. Passenger https://i.imgur.com/PLeTz9hl.jpg Driver https://i.imgur.com/bdDCXaBl.jpg
srschang 03/26/23 06:11am Truck Campers
RE: LiFePO4 Converter Change?

Yep, I learned my lesson on lithium charging a few years ago. Bought a couple Battleborn 100ah batteries and a PD 4645 Lithium charger for our TC. After doing the research I should have done ahead of time, I discovered the "Lithium" Progressive Dynamics charger meant that it charged at 14.6V instead of 13.6V for the "Non Lithium" charger. It never dropped from 14.6V. So the charger sits in a box in the basement, I replaced it with a WFCO 8950L2, which charges at 14.6v for 4 hours, then drops to 13.6v. Still a bit higher than I'd like, because the charged batteries sit at 13.3v when not charging, but a lot better than constant 14.6V.
srschang 03/25/23 12:14pm Truck Campers
RE: part three of the broken frame saga.

And here's the next broken Ram frame in the making! at least it has a Supertruss! https://i.imgur.com/Fe3ux8Kl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image.
srschang 03/20/23 12:53pm Truck Campers
RE: part three of the broken frame saga.

Our Northstar 12STC is 3330# dry weight with options (weighed at CAT scale). 4700# fully loaded to go camping, water, diesel, hot water tank, fridge, everything but waste tanks full (weighed at CAT scale).
srschang 03/20/23 12:14pm Truck Campers
RE: New to truck camping ...

Yep, even Harvest Hosts are mostly full. Tried to book a couple for our trip down to Florida in a month. 2 of the 3 we tried to book are full. And one of those that are full we've stayed before - they can fit more than a dozen rigs.
srschang 03/20/23 08:04am Truck Campers
RE: New Equity Group Owns Northern Lite Campers

So instead of two separate companies each making a profit, now we have three each needing a profit from the two original companies.
srschang 02/28/23 11:05am Truck Campers
RE: DRW vs SRW safety, tire blowout

Think geometry for a moment. With the same spring set and same load the DRW actually has MORE leverage against the spring set than the SRW does so the suspension will have more sway with a DRW then a SRW. (the pivot point is the center where the axle spring pack make contact and the leverage point is the outside of the tire) However most will claim a DRW is "more stable" because twice as many sidewalls reduce the sidewall flex considerably. The reduction in sidewall flex is much greater than the additional suspension leverage resulting in reduced sway or "more stable" ride. For SRW's switching to commercial rated tires with fairly to very stiff sidewalls is equally or more effective. - Mark0. Not sure what truck we are talking about, but on the Ram, more leaves on the DRW than on the SRW. And I switched to 19.5s on my 2020 Ram SRW. My 2022 Ram dually with the factory tires has less side to side sway than the 2020 with commercial tires.
srschang 02/25/23 10:11pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck to fit camper

It will probably end up weighing 5000#+ with your stuff, a couple people in the truck, and a full tank of fuel. Definitely puts you out of single rear wheel territory. My camper with options is 3300#, and comes in at 4700# loaded ready to go camping. It pretty much maxes out my longbed dually, truck and camper weighed at a CAT scale is 13,700# Maybe look at a Ram Megacab, they are shortbed and I think you can get them as a dually.
srschang 02/22/23 03:33pm Truck Campers
RE: Finally Common Sense in California (No Shows at Campgrounds)

Harvest Host sites are the worst for no shows. For a long time there was no penalties for being a no show. The sites are free, so book up several sites for the night, and stay at the one where you end up. It was / is difficult to find an open site. At least now, after 3 no shows, they drop you as a member.
srschang 02/19/23 02:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Choices in non-basement truck campers?

I just went out and measured my 12STC. It's 8'4" from the bottom of the camper to the highest point, which is one of the Maxxair fan covers. The A/C is about 2" lower. Is that about what the guy told you?
srschang 02/16/23 01:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Choices in non-basement truck campers?

The 12STC on my 2022 Ram 3500 dually is 11'6" to the highest point, and the unloaded truck bed is 39" from the ground. Your truck bed must be 5' off the ground.
srschang 02/16/23 12:25pm Truck Campers
RE: Choices in non-basement truck campers?

I have a Northstar 12STC. I think it’s the longest truck camper made, with a 12’ floor length. No basement, no slides, very well made. 3300# dry weight, ours is 4800# fully loaded ready to go camping.
srschang 02/16/23 06:34am Truck Campers
RE: How to keep a TC from being stolen when not on the truck?

I don't worry about it.
srschang 02/03/23 03:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Frame Stiffing to reduce Porpoising?

I get concerned about our camper porpoising sometimes as well. It looks like the cabover is moving a ton when I look up and out the windshield. But in reality, it can't be moving too much or it would be hitting the sharkfin antenna. And, since ours is sitting on a rubber mat in the bed of the truck, and the center of gravity is right on the rear axle, the flex in the rubber mat probably accounts for a lot of the movement. As mbloof said, 2" of movement at the front of the cabover isn't very much movement at the front and back of the truck bed.
srschang 01/29/23 10:49am Truck Campers
RE: Inverter and battery sizing to power my camper microwave

I inrush current the same as surge capacity?
srschang 01/28/23 11:16am Truck Campers
RE: Inverter and battery sizing to power my camper microwave

I have 2 100ah lithium batteries and a 2000w Xantrex inverter. It runs the microwave no problem. Just don't try to make toast while microwaving something else. That didn't work.
srschang 01/28/23 07:04am Truck Campers
RE: Wiring 4 awg charging wire to upgrade 8 awg factory wire.

I believe Ford is still the only one with switched power at the trailer plug. I was just thinking, there could be a condition where you're sitting in the Truck, key on, engine off, and the DC DC charger is pumping 30 amps from the truck battery back to the TC batteries. That could be a recipe for a dead battery. . My Victron Tr 12/12-30 DC-DC charger won't turn on if the truck key is turned on and the engine isn't running. It has to see the increased voltage from the alternator before it will turn on.
srschang 01/27/23 01:03pm Truck Campers
RE: 8 Gauge Wire

Gland from Amazon. ABS Double Solar-Cable-Entry-Gland-Housing, Weatherproof Cable Entry Plate for All Cable Types 4mm² to 12mm² for Solar Project Installation on RV Camper Van Travel Trailer Boat Solar Panels It’s all 4ga wire.
srschang 01/21/23 06:17am Truck Campers
RE: 8 Gauge Wire

On the driver side battery in my Ram, there's a High Amperage Power Point (HAPP) that I installed a 60A fuse. The HAPP is just a threaded post that you can draw up to 300 amps from. I ran 4 gauge wire under the cab of the truck, through a plastic hole cover in the front of the bed, to the Pollak outlet mounted in the board that keeps the camper from hitting the top bed rail. The plug end of the Pollak connector is connected to 4 gauge wire that goes through a sealed gland into a Victron 12-12 30 amp converter inside the camper. 4 gauge wire runs from the Victron to the power center of the camper. Then 4 gauge wire runs from the power center to the 2 100 ah lithium batteries. https://i.imgur.com/eEBMwbBl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/PXdGKhNl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/On4qRCql.jpg https://i.imgur.com/pRH8Vyvl.jpg
srschang 01/20/23 09:07am Truck Campers
RE: 8 Gauge Wire

That NAPA plug looks exactly like the Pollak plug I used on my charging cable from my truck batteries to the DC-DC charger in the camper. Pollak Outlet Pollak Plug
srschang 01/19/23 11:41am Truck Campers
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