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RE: Camper Battery doesnt charge while going down the road

You're not going to get much charging through the factory 7 pin plug. The wire from the alternator to the 7 pin plug is too small.
srschang 12/06/21 02:57pm Truck Campers
RE: Big Foot Truck Camper NO taillights. Any ideas?

I had the same problem on my Northstar. No / dim brake lights, everything else worked. It ended up being the camper plug where it connects to the truck plug. The contacts had gotten bent, and were intermittently / lightly making contact. Ordered a replacement plug with more robust contacts. Problem solved.
srschang 11/17/21 09:48am Truck Campers
RE: lithium question

Before I bought my 2 Battleborns a few years ago, I did a ton of research trying to convince myself they are worth the money. I seem to remember that the 100ah Battleborns are actually like 110 or 120ah. They set the bms to limit charge and discharge so the battery can only use 100ah. That way the battery never charges fully and never discharges fully, but you still get 100 useable ah. The battery does the 10-90 for you automatically.
srschang 11/10/21 11:28am Tech Issues
RE: I like it!

I wonder, on this and other side entry campers, if it is ever an inconvenience needing to have a fair amount of free space on the curb side to deploy the stairs. Both in a campsite and in the grocery store parking lot. I've considered a side entry but this worry has always made me wonder. What are peoples experience? We've never parked that close to picnic tables or cars in the parking lot to have an issue with the side entry on our Northstar 12STC. Of course I'm a door ding freak, and always park way away from other vehicles wherever I go. Walking the extra 50 feet into and out of the store isn't a concern - door dings are. As far as campsites - We've never run across a campsite so small that we had to worry about pulling out our 3 entrance stairs. I don't think we'd stay someplace that tight anyway. The side entry makes it much nicer when we're towing our SxS trailer - we can leave the trailer attached and still pull out our stairs as usual.
srschang 10/27/21 06:21am Truck Campers
RE: Vin vs door sticker

My guess is Ram adds heavier springs and shocks on the front end to compensate for the added weight of the diesel. So the heavier GVWR would be correct.
srschang 10/26/21 09:19pm Truck Campers
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
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