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RE: Step upgrade for my Arctic Fox

I think your video is extremely useful. I added TorkLift Glowsteps to my 20 year old Bigfoot after installing a rear platform in place of the original bumper. Nice to see a different approach to adding camper steps. Thanks for the video.
swines 11/24/19 10:48pm Truck Campers
RE: Best truck for Northern Lite 10-2

You need to figure out the weight of the camper including water, propane, food, clothes, people, dogs, etc. The manufacturer should be able to provide the camper "wet weight" - and then you have to figure personal items, food, etc. Size the truck to fit the load. With the camper you've described, I'd get a dually based on my experience with two different campers. I have had a Bigfoot 1500 and a single rear wheel truck (F350, crew cab) and it handled the weight with no problem. After about 10 years I moved up to a Bigfoot 2500, 10.6 which is about the size of the camper you're getting. The SRW did not handle the weight comfortably. There was a lot of side-to-side rocking of the vehicle in certain conditions. I sold the truck and got a dually, F350 crew cab and the camper has been on three different F350 crew cab dually trucks. I prefer diesels and all of my truck have been diesels. The reason is not the weight, but the wind resistance of the camper at highway speeds. Going into a strong headwind (20+ mph), I can see the fuel mileage drop 2-3 miles per gallon - that's how much of a load the wind can make on the entire rig. I travel the western states and if you couple the headwind with going uphill it's actually quite a load on the vehicle. The diesel handles the load with no strain making the driving experience much better. No down shifting, no high motor revving, etc. The motor just hauls the load uphill with a headwind without laboring in any way. I like that. As for manufacturers, you need to ask if the manufacturer has a "camper package." Some manufacturers do and it adds sway bars, different shocks, automatic power disconnects to the vehicle battery and a few other items. The vehicle is also certified by the manufacturer for camper usage. One thing you may want to take into account is that the 7.3 liter Ford gas motor will only be available with a 4:30 rear end when it is introduced. Depending upon the 10-speed transmission's gearing, that may make for high revs at highway speeds. But, since no one has tested the truck with the 7.3, and the reviewers that currently have the trucks to drive only have them with the understanding that they will make no comments on the driving experience until January 2020 when the truck is officially released. So, no one knows the truck's performance with that motor, RPM at highway speed, etc. As a contrast, I have a 3:55 rear end and a six speed transmission with my diesel and that puts the engine RPM at 1850 at 75 MPH which is about 200 RPM above where the torque plateau starts on that motor. Because it's making lots of torque it rarely downshifts going uphill. I would also suggest getting air bags regardless of whether you have SRW or dually. They don't increase the load carrying capacity but they come in extremely handy to level the truck once the camper is loaded. You can also use the air bags to level the truck front-to-back when parked and also side-to-side if you get a system with individually controlled air bags. I also use the air bags to make loading and unloading the camper easier. As an example, I raise the camper to give me clearance above the truck bed with the air bags at 5 psi. I back the truck under the camper and then inflate the air bags to 75 psi - that puts the bed of the truck in light contact with the camper. I then only have to drop the camper down about 3-inches to get it seated on the truck bed. I do the reverse when taking the camper off. I inflate the air bags to 75 psi, extend the jacks down to the ground with no weight on them, then raise the camper about 1-2 inches, drop the airbags to 5 psi which gives me about 3-inches of clearance, and drive out from under the camper. Have fun with shopping for a new truck and enjoy the camper.
swines 11/17/19 11:25pm Truck Campers
RE: 2WD or 4X4 for a truck camper

I think you should buy what you want. Personally, I've had 4wd trucks since 1971. I got my first truck camper in 1991. I don't think I've been on a camping trip where I haven't used 4wd at least once. Sometimes for additional vehicle control, other times for traction. I find low range extremely useful for crawling slowly over rocky Forest Service roads. For those people who don't need 4wd in snow - okay - good for you. I grew up in Michigan. My father didn't believe in either limited slip differentials or snow tires. Honest - I know how to drive in the snow in 2wd with bias-ply, nylon, highway tires without getting stuck. I simply prefer not to do that kind of driving, as 4wd provides far more control. I could cite numerous examples of my use of 4wd with a camper, but I'm not sure it would make any difference to those who have made up their minds that 4wd is a waste of money. But, here are just a few examples - maybe you'll understand why I have chosen 4wd for use with my camper. I've been in mud so deep I had to put chains on the front wheels to gain steering control so I wouldn't end up in a ditch 50 miles from any type of help. I've been on Wolf Creek Pass in a blizzard. I've been through Titus Canyon in Death Valley. I've woken up in Seligman, AZ greeted by a fresh, 10-inch snow fall, and then had to drive I-40 through Flagstaff at 30 MPH in a continuing snow storm. That's only a few examples of my use of 4wd with a camper. If you never do those kind of things with your camper and truck - you don't need 4wd. If you DO want to do those kind of things in 2wd - have at it. I know I don't.
swines 11/15/19 10:29pm Truck Campers
RE: The best mid-size truck for 2019? Honda!

Wow, you are getting amazing mileage out of yours considering the average real world combined average on Fuelly.com for 2017-2019 Ridgelines is 20.4 mpg. It is almost unbelievable. ;) It's almost like anecdotal reports of extremely good fuel economy aren't accurate or something. Weird. I never seem to get the best mileage either. I just finished a 3750 mile trip with my F350 dually crew cab, 6.7 liter diesel (3.55 rear end) with a Bigfoot 2500, 10.6 camper. The truck averaged 11.8 mpg for the entire trip. I always wonder about people claiming 15+ mpg for the same type of rig and wonder how they manage that...
swines 09/25/19 10:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Utah National Parks: November? or April?

As has been stated, the weather is unpredictable. I've been in Southern Utah (Moab) in November and it's been high 60's to low 70's and sunny. I've also been there when it snowed 4-inches and the high for the day was 22F. Spring in the Southwest is often very windy. While that doesn't sound unpleasant, the wind can often be 22 MPH with gusts in the mid-30's to low 40 MPH all day. You really can't do much outdoors in those conditions. I've traveled all over the western US over the past 40 years. My choice is early September. The days are sunny and warm, usually little to no wind, and the nights are pleasant. My other choice would be late May or early June.
swines 09/25/19 10:46pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Big Brother- Tag on your TC?

I affixed a license plate bracket to my camper and I take the plate from the truck step bumper and put it on the camper, in plain view. I did that whenever I was planning to go out of state. Maybe that plan was exactly backward --. In the state of New Mexico, the plate has to be on the vehicle that is licensed. I never put the plate on my camper because that is not what is licensed - the truck carrying the camper is the licensed vehicle. I'm sure other states may have different requirements.
swines 09/25/19 09:30pm Truck Campers
RE: F-350 360 degree camera system ? (custom ordered 2020)

With my 2019 F350, I have described how the system works by stitching the cameras around a graphically generated vehicle. And pardon me all to hell for attempting to make a useful post. Yes, with the camera system there is an additional camera connection available at the rear of the truck. It is hidden above the spare tire on the passenger's side of the truck. It is an extra camera port meant for use with a trailer camera. When you select the camera icon on the LCD screen, you have an additional camera icon available for that camera. As you have pointed out, there are systems available that will trick the 360 degree system into using the additional camera in place of the tailgate camera. The question would be - how does the system deal with a different camera location and field-of-view when it attempts to add that camera to the 360 degree view?
swines 09/25/19 09:08pm Truck Campers
RE: F-350 360 degree camera system ? (custom ordered 2020)

It won't do you any good with a truck camper if you take off the tailgate. The system uses the front camera, side cameras located under each of the side mirrors, and the rear camera located in the tailgate to generate the 360 degree view. The system generates a graphic "truck" that it places in the center of the cameras that are stitched around the graphic truck to make the 360 degree view. As soon as you take off the tailgate, the system no longer generates a 360 degree view as the rear camera is missing. With my 2019 F350, the 360 degree view is only available when the truck is in reverse. It's meant to be used to check your distance from other vehicles when parking and if you're centered in a parking space.
swines 09/25/19 09:02pm Truck Campers
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