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RE: Gas fridge on the move?

Pilot? How old a fridge are we talking about? Modern RV fridges use electronic spark ignition. When my old Dometic had check light problems, I tried blowing the flame out in an attempt to recreate the problem. It would simply spark and reignite. A Dinosaur replacement board fixed the problem.
stevenal 05/14/22 09:41am Truck Campers
RE: Tailgate support rack

The receiver is attached to the frame. The TC sits on the bed, which moves with respect to the frame. Anything built flexible enough to allow this movement will likely also allow the gate to bounce.
stevenal 05/01/22 08:20am Truck Campers
RE: should I be using a stand when not in use

For added safety and stability, support the camper floor with blocks and use camper jacks to stabilize.https://www.happijac.com/images/pdfs/4150and45-4600.pdf I have always followed this advice. I have noticed that dealers never do.
stevenal 04/28/22 07:11am Truck Campers
RE: Tailgate for a truck camper

My camper doesn't extend down, but it does extend out. The tailgate cables would interfere. If your camper has taillights and your tailgate has cables, you'll need to remove the tailgate.
stevenal 04/23/22 05:50pm Truck Campers
RE: How to mount stairs to old Lance?

Thanks for the update. Always nice to hear back. A few suggestions: 2X12s are heavy. I use 2X6s to get cab clearance, and these have proved sufficient. If the purpose of the mat is to prevent camper movement, you now have another potential slip area between 2Xs and camper. I use a second mat above the 2Xs.
stevenal 04/19/22 08:00am Truck Campers
RE: Palomino Maverick M-800 on 2018 GMC 3500 STD BOX 4x4

COG is not simply the length in the bed and beyond halved. Your understanding is incorrect. Suggest contacting the manufacturer.
stevenal 04/11/22 08:11am Truck Campers
RE: 1997 bigfoot 8.5

Short bed camper will work on a long bed truck, just build a block for the camper bumpers to hit in front.
stevenal 04/04/22 01:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Is it common to remove your truck camper at your camp spot?

Two campers over 24 years, and we've removed it exactly once; to drive the Monument Valley loop without shaking up the beer. Why unpack the camper to pack for the day trip, when everything we might need is already snug in its place? Food, clothing, water, bed (strictly for napping :)), first aid kit, dog gear, swim suits, etc.. And when the boat goes along, launching with the camper on gets easy with practice.
stevenal 03/29/22 03:48pm Truck Campers
RE: Major Problems with Bed of Truck - how to fix?

Here is a good picture of the lean. Notice also that it slides over to the passenger side because the wheel well ends up moving over as well. When that whole side of the bed slumps, it moves the wheel well a few inches to the passenger side also. So it’s both tipping, and sliding over to the passenger side. So there is weight on the side of the well, a part not designed to carry weight sideways. Some of us use load guides to keep camper centered. Some have duallies to prevent leaning on normal crowned roads with heavy, high COG campers. This is weight related. How will you keep camper from moving on the flat bed?
stevenal 03/22/22 11:42am Truck Campers
RE: 50 > 30 > 20 amp

If you only need to power the fridge, just unplug it and plug it directly into the extension cord. No adapter needed.
stevenal 03/03/22 04:20pm Tech Issues
RE: They get bigger and bigger.

Cab and Chassis that makes it a Class C........:B:B Never saw a Class C with TC jacks. It appears to be a TC built for a flat bed pickup.
stevenal 02/20/22 07:27am Truck Campers
RE: Truck camper title?

Manufactures didn't issue camper titles until 2015. Manufacturers don't issue titles. They issue MCOs (that kinda look like titles). And (some) state DMVs take that and some money and issue a title, registration, plate, and a tag.
stevenal 02/18/22 03:33pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck Bed Weight

how, the flat bed would sit at the same hight as the box floor? Flat beds don't have wheel wells, and sit high above the wheels. PU beds have wheel wells and sit lower.
stevenal 02/14/22 03:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck Bed Weight

Why a flat bed? This will raise your camper and its COG significantly. There are manufacturers that build pickup beds complete with storage boxes for TCers.
stevenal 02/10/22 08:02am Truck Campers
RE: Repo a Truck Camper???

Been in the repo business. Yes we can get it, with a roll back strap around it and winch it on the bed and down the road we go. Might take 5min at 3 in the am. Hope you knocked first.
stevenal 01/30/22 09:16am Truck Campers
RE: Walmart has new auto battery maker

How many AAA batteries does it take to replace one deep cycle? Hope you got rechargeable ones...LOL 12V/1.5V per battery= 8 batteries. I think I would step up to AAs, though.:)
stevenal 01/25/22 12:50pm Tech Issues
RE: window caulk

Caulking can make it look nice, but if you have leaks suggest pulling the window and resealing it with butyl tape.
stevenal 01/25/22 12:42pm Truck Campers
RE: Bittersweet

1) Replace TC with something else? Never. 2) Replace arthritic wife? Too tough to train a new one. 3) Replace wife's arthritic knee? Winner!! Surgery occurred in June, and she was able to get into the camper bed in November, and still getting stronger. Of course TCing was not the only consideration. Mid-60s is too young to be giving up the things we love to do.
stevenal 01/05/22 01:19pm Truck Campers
RE: Purchasing Warped Roof 1997 Bigfoot 2500 9’6”?

Built like a boat. The fiberglass is the structure. There should be no wood structures in these. Bigfoot is one brand. Molded fiberglass campers and boats both need additional structure beyond the fiberglass skin. Whether or not there should be wood present, it is in fact present in a 'foot until it rots away.
stevenal 12/21/21 01:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Purchasing Warped Roof 1997 Bigfoot 2500 9’6”?

A few suggestions from someone on his second 'foot. Walk the floor carefully and completely, testing for soft spots. Open the hatch and stand on the bed. Press on the fiberglass around the hatch in the area of the sag to test for sponginess. Also press on the flange of the hatch, looking for movement. I fail to understand folks claiming Bigfoot didn't install escape hatches. Both my 'feet were purchased new and had full size escape hatches over the bed. I'm pretty sure a second means of egress is an RVIA code requirement, besides being a good idea. My other 'foot was a '98. I agree the window molding is cosmetic issue. It's the butlyl seal under the window flange that is important. I've reset the molding twice now, and it's pulling away from the corners again. For real peace of mind, consider taking it to a Sealtech testing location.
stevenal 12/18/21 12:09pm Truck Campers
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