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RE: Electrical help please. Lance harness to Ford truck

I am under the impression that on Ford the charge wire is only hot when the ignition is on , not so with Ram and GM , they need an isolator or pull the plug .
ticki2 02/17/17 11:44am Truck Campers
RE: License plate locations in different states with TC mounted

In Michigan and about all the Midwest States and many others there is a state law on the books that is usually enforced or can be enforced at will by an LEO. The statute says it this way: The valid license plate or tag must be clearly visible and readable from behind the vehicle by following law enforcement and must be illiminated during the nightime hours when operating on any roadway. My brother was a sheriff for many years and he said improper license display per the state law was enforced as it so often led to other non-conforming issues found. Like suspended driver licenses no/no proof of insurance or DUI or driver/occupants with having outstanding warrants. Easy way to legally stop a suspect vehicle and always held as such in court! Why would any thinking driver wave a red flag in front of an LEO by not properly displaying their license plate??? A "no brainer"! jimh425, ever think about moving your license plate before loading your TC on? Another "no brainer"! Excuses do not work and have no value at all when breaking written laws which you'd automatically agreed to adhere to when you signed to receive you driver's license in any of the 50 states! Read the statutes! Not so fast . NH has a similar wording , HOWEVER , it does not address the question if you can move the tag to the cargo ( camper ) or if it must remain on the registered vehicle . This seems to be the underlying and unanswered question that most DMV's leave out . This of course only applies to states that do not register TC's . What does MI say ?
ticki2 02/17/17 09:54am Truck Campers
RE: Motorcycle, Bikes and Generator

Not to sound discouraging and not saying it won't work but this is not a simple tongue weight you are dealing with . The weight is another 18 to 20 inches beyond the supertruss extension , and it will not have constant down weight like a trailer . As Wayne mentioned , it will most likely whip up and down going over bumps . If you could tie the vertical bar of the bike rack back to a strong enough attachment on the camper or truck it will greatly increase the stability .
ticki2 02/16/17 02:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Interesting rig up in Australia

Robert Ryan, I don't quite understand the mechanics of the "lazy axle" and the costs that attach to it. Would you explain a bit more? With the lazy axle you can take things to extremes Off Road. Plowing through a sea of mud http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpsxwahxr2l.jpg Since the lazy axle is NOT a drive axle what makes it better for traction ?
ticki2 02/16/17 05:28am Truck Campers
RE: How are the outside lights connected? Amerigo camper

There are several who have / are restoring Amerigo campers . You might try contacting them . Here is a thread . http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/26362225.cfm
ticki2 02/11/17 04:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

D1 , you are certainly going to have a one-of-a-kind Avion . The paint option was a good one , looks great . Looking forward to how you layout the interior . Waiting :)
ticki2 02/09/17 04:10pm Truck Campers
RE: Shocks which do you have and why?

I have Bilstein on both a 2500HD and a 3500 DRW . They are far superior to the OEM's . have not used Rancho 9000 so can not compare . The Bilstein's perform as they should both loaded and unloaded on gravel washboard and winter frost heave . I have found no reason to change. The early ones had a problem with the front rubber bushings wearing . After contacting Bilstein they sent me 4 new fronts no questions asked . Bench testing the old at 100000 mi against the new they felt identical . FWIW
ticki2 02/06/17 09:46am Truck Campers
RE: Battery question?

Here is some interesting reading on the topic electrical connection compounds . https://www.w8ji.com/dielectric_grease_vs_conductive_grease.htmThat was a lot of information on grease.How much of it I remember is questionable Yeah , nothing is simple anymore . :)
ticki2 02/04/17 07:44am Truck Campers
RE: Battery question?

Here is some interesting reading on the topic electrical connection compounds . https://www.w8ji.com/dielectric_grease_vs_conductive_grease.htm
ticki2 02/03/17 06:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

condensation This is what I have come to thus far . First a few pics so I can refer to them . http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion/avion%20089_zps1imhorvp.jpg width=640 http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion/avion%20086_zpsopoovtlt.jpg width=640 http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20085_zpsr2joe3di.jpg width=640 http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion/avion%20087_zpslzalyvhe.jpg width=640 The first pic is what put around the bottom of the wall at the dinette . It is sill seal used between wood sill and foundation on a house . It is 8" x 1/4" and does not absorb water . This is the area I found the most condensation . Another critical area was around the mattress . In both cases I believe it is the combination of little air circulation and being the lowest portion of the interior aluminum panels . Outside temps were from 22F to 37F . Moving the mattress away from the wall 2" and removing the back cushion from the dinette reduced condensation considerable . Gluing the sill seal around the dinette almost eliminated it . also installed a CPU fan in the rear roof vent to blow down instead of up ( it had no fan at all) . This helped to equalize the temperature top to bottom . but needs a bit stronger fan , still experimenting . I have the original wall furnace which has a small cross flow fan at the bottom sucking air in at the bottom and blowing air up along the heat chamber . I got the brilliant idea of reversing the fan to blow warm air out the bottom along the floor . Took the fan out , tore it apart and reverse it , put it back in and it was a no go . For what ever reason it would not pull the warm air down and out . There is probably some kind of baffling in back of the exchanger that won't allow it , needs more investigation . One of the problems I believe is the inherent design of the Avion . One , there is no thermal break between the ribs and either the interior or exterior aluminum panels , and aluminum is a great conductor of heat and cold . Second , the interior panel act the same as glass and when the moist air hits the cold surface it is beyond the dew point and condenses . My Avion is in relatively good condition and I have no plans to completely rebuild it , so I am dealing with work-arounds . If it was stripped I would consider another material besides aluminum for the interior panels , also some kind of thermal break . Here is one that might be suitable . http://www.aircraftspruce.com/menus/wp/plywood.html This is as far as I've gotten , looking forward to what others have come up with .
ticki2 02/02/17 12:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

D1trout , This is a very good topic . I have been experimenting with some condensation control this winter . I will elaborate more when I get my thoughts together and am also interested in input from others . BTW , do you still have your old vents ? I am looking for 2 aluminum screen frames for original vents .
ticki2 02/01/17 10:51am Truck Campers
RE: Battery Issues Part 2- Lance 650

Going through 3 or 4 batteries n less than a year is not normal . Either there is something wrong with the 12v system or it is being abused , or both . Since you are new to the camper world it is nothing to be ashamed of , you need to educate yourself . Don't keep throwing money at it until you have some understanding . There is a very good read you can get on the internet with the basics of batteries and 12v systems, ( The 12v Side of Life ). Read that first , then take the camper back to the dealer and have them check the camper electrical systems and thoroughly explain how to use it , until YOU understand . Ask more than once if you have to . They owe you that much . They can also load test the battery , and check if you are getting any charging from the truck . Some converters will work without a battery and some will not so it depends on which one you have . As far as getting the camper loaded you will probably have to charge the camper battery first even if it is only temporary . Take it out and charge it at home or borrow a battery . With the battery charged and also using the jumper port try using the jacks two at a time , or even one at a time instead of all at once . Keep going around a couple of inches at a time until it is high enough .
ticki2 01/29/17 09:09am Truck Campers
RE: front end allignment question

It sure would be nice to know if the manufactures specs were determined for the truck loaded or unloaded , or somewhere in between.. Without knowing that first it's just a guess . I have searched several times for that info to no avail . Anyone know ?
ticki2 01/27/17 08:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Flatbed....rails? boards? keeping the camper centered...

Flatbeds are not all the same. Some are steel , some aluminum , some smooth , some diamond plate . Mine happens to be diamond plate aluminum . My TC has 3/4" x 1-1/2" wood slates under the floor that run front to back @ 12" oc . I have found that the combination of the diamond plate and wood slates makes it stick like glue , once on it never moves . Because I have doors that enclose the sides it is very important to have the camper centered . I use to run back and forth measuring as I was lowering it to accomplish this , a real pain . So I decided to finally try something else . Once had it centered perfectly I placed a 6' 2x4 on each side , drill 3 holes in each and through the diamond plate and put 3" carriage bolts in , no nuts . Works like a stop on a woodworking bench . This seems to work the best so far . I am never far off when backing in anyway as I only have an inch or so clearance on each side . I'm not sure of the particulars of your setup , maybe this will help and maybe it won't . Good luck
ticki2 01/27/17 06:29pm Truck Campers
RE: Camper "nose" condensation

A couple of angle brackets screwed to the floor will stop the mattress from sliding against the window , use nails if it is carpeted . Don't let the blankets fill the gap , it needs air circulation . A small computer fan will also help . Insulate the window . It's all about the dew point .
ticki2 01/26/17 06:53am Truck Campers
RE: Telescoping Trailer Tongue Extension Question

The one thing I would not be concerned about is the changing tongue weight. First off the structure of the telescoping tongue only ADDS weight to the tongue. Second off a longer tongue tends to make the trailer more stable, requiring a smaller percentage of tongue weight. But, it's still going to be heavier than it is now, extended or retracted. If it tows good now it will tow as good or better extended. Not necessarily . It will add more overall weight to the trailer but as the tongue gets longer less weight will be applied to the tongue and more to the trailer axle on a single axle . It will be somewhat disproportionate because you are adding weight closer to the coupler , not at the COG of the trailer .A double axle is a little more complicated . As the front axle starts to unload you also change the fulcrum point .
ticki2 01/25/17 01:48pm Truck Campers
RE: What can I Haul on a One Ton?

I doubt if it's that much . Get your truck weighed , I'd bet it is more than 6644# .
ticki2 01/24/17 06:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Howdy! This trip was amazing! It started off with a brand new sunroof! Does anyone know where an Avionista can find a Hehr vent cover? A quick stop through the Gulf coast. Stayed at Cherryhill RV and took public transport into DC. It worked great, and when it didn't we learned the joys of UBER. I must say there was alot more people at the inauguration than the media reported. It is a shame that protesters have to make there points in such a vile way. The ProTrumpers were quite and respectful. We just loved seeing Barron on stage next to his father. The world would be a better place if we all took our children to work. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! AMEN! Cajun , just the other day I was looking through Vintage Trailer Supply for some other items and it looks like they have a Lexan replacement lid with radius corners for older Airstreams and Avions . Call them and verify dimentions . Good luck and let us know if they fit .
ticki2 01/23/17 01:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Ah , a road trip , wish I was tagging along . Hope the weather is kind . Safe travels .
ticki2 01/22/17 07:33am Truck Campers
RE: License plate on Truck? or camper (with overhang)?

My TC has a plate bracket and light on the back . If I left it blank I think it would be noticed . My state law says the plate should be easily visible . We have no registration for TC's . Until something like this actually goes to court it will probably not be determined what is technically legal . I think moving the plate shows the best intend to comply with the law .
ticki2 01/21/17 08:49am Truck Campers
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