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RE: Front Hitch receiver F-250

I just installed the Curt front bumper hitch. Had to take the front bumper off and do some slight mods but overall fit pretty good. I went with the "Silent Hitch Pin" before getting involved with turnbuckles and straps for stability. $35+s/h. No need for anything else. It's tight as a nut! thanks for all the advice here. Rick
time2retire 03/24/20 09:05am Truck Campers
RE: Cirrus 720

I went thru one. Unfortunately I knew more about it than the dam salesman. I really wanted the 820 but the layout is very similar to the 720. Upon inspection the DW and I decided we didn't like the layout. The booth kitchenette is tight and though they claim someone could sleep there it could only be a child. The step bumper (diamond plate) seems quite heavy for the benefit. Last year they could be had for $25,000 if you travel to New Hampshire. All other dealers I searched out wanted $30,000. The 720's wet shower floor spills out into the main walkway of the unit. Being made of plastic I could see that some damage would be inevitable. Sirrus was no help as their dealers are limited. JMOI
time2retire 03/24/20 08:46am Truck Campers
RE: Front Hitch receiver F-250

Just finished installing the Curt front hitch. It wasn't as easy as their videos show. We ended up removing the bumper to remove the tow hooks. We had to grind off a 1"x1" corner of the hook bracket as the install bolt was to fat for the bracket to lay down flat on the frame. Took about 3 hours. It is solid as a rock on the frame. How much do does it impact your clearance? The bottom of the hitch receiver is 14" off the ground. The cooler/rod implement extends about 28" in front of the truck so you have to keep that in mind navigating hilly areas.
time2retire 02/19/20 11:56am Truck Campers
RE: Front Hitch receiver F-250

Just finished installing the Curt front hitch. It wasn't as easy as their videos show. We ended up removing the bumper to remove the tow hooks. We had to grind off a 1"x1" corner of the hook bracket as the install bolt was to fat for the bracket to lay down flat on the frame. Took about 3 hours. It is solid as a rock on the frame.
time2retire 02/19/20 10:25am Truck Campers
RE: Front Hitch receiver F-250

Looking at a front receiver for my truck,I noticed both Curt and Draw Tite had tow hooks on the hitch, which would make it easy to snug it down as pictured above with turnbuckles... Assuming your Curt hitch your looking at does not.. I think attaching the the turnbuckles to the tow hitch defeats the purpose of stabilizing the implement. Wouldn't you want the hooks attached to the truck?
time2retire 02/14/20 11:59am Truck Campers
RE: Front Hitch receiver F-250

Great info guys. I had thought about the turnbuckles and that's what I'll try first. The lock nut will be plan B. Thanks Rick
time2retire 02/14/20 08:30am Truck Campers
Front Hitch receiver F-250

I am looking at putting a Curt front hitch receiver on my 2008 F-250 super duty. From my previous beach buggy life in the 80's I still have a Hamburger's (Pt. Pleasant, NJ) custom made aluminum cooler/rod holder rack. I had 2 square receiver tubes welded to the front frame of my truck for easy attachment and removal. Instead of welding new receivers on my F-250 I was thinking about just buying a Curt, 500 lb. capacity front hitch receiver. 4 bolts to the frame and it's on. The thing I am worried about is the sway and give with a single attachment point. Is the hitch receiver snug and tight with the different implements you can use with it?
time2retire 02/14/20 05:11am Truck Campers
RE: Raising TC Off Bed

I had to add height to the TC because the bed overhang touches the running lights on my truck cab. I used 2" thick Foamular 250 high density extruded polystyrene. It works perfectly. It also allows me to reach in over the bed rails to utilize for storage (fishing poles, umbrellas, furniture in a bag, etc.).
time2retire 02/03/20 07:40am Truck Campers
RE: Cargo trailers with tongue extensions

I made a 30", 3/16" thk. 2"x 2" piece of square steel tube with a hole for the ball and one for the pin. It fits right in the factory hitch. It was less than $30 and is stronger than the trailer tongue. My camper sticks 16" out of the bed of the truck. It works great albeit I'm only pulling a 14' aluminum boat. It was an "engineering marvel" LOL.
time2retire 01/24/20 06:02am Truck Campers
RE: Why aren't Truck Campers popular in W. Pa.?

First trip with the new Adventurer. We had temps in the 60's two weeks ago so we did a weekend practice run at Quinemahoning state Park, Pa. Everything went well as we learned some things about our new toy. https://i.imgur.com/DyEijAMl.jpg Edit: Ok, how do I get the pic up? Moderator edit: only one set of image tags
time2retire 01/22/20 05:54am Truck Campers
RE: Why aren't Truck Campers popular in W. Pa.?

3800 lb empty, will make close to 5000 lb loaded. Average 3/4 tons truck has close to 3000 lb on rear axle, so that makes total zooming at 7500- 8000 lb. Find me 3/4 truck who has rear axle rated for it? That's exactly what I was thinking. His justification was that NL delivered the unit on a 3/4 ton and he brought it to the show on one. As much as I'd like to see more RV dealers sell them here, they have a lot to learn.
time2retire 01/20/20 08:58am Truck Campers
RE: Why aren't Truck Campers popular in W. Pa.?

Well I'll be! We went to the RV show in Pgh. this weekend and guess what? For the first time since I've been going there (20 yrs.) they have a truck camper on display. And guess what else? It's a Northern Light for $45,000. I forget the model but the weight is 3800 lbs. It had a nice layout for an 8' bed. It seamed that it got a lot of attention. The RV dealer from Central Pa. had just signed on to NL. He really didn't know a lot about it. He claimed it was good for a 3/4 ton sw truck. I was skeptical. Am I wrong? Anyhow it was good to see one at the W. Pa. RV show for the first time. Like I said before, if you don't have em you won't sell em.
time2retire 01/20/20 06:29am Truck Campers
RE: Why aren't Truck Campers popular in W. Pa.?

Thanks, jimh425, based on the amount of traffic on this site I didn't think a new thread was necessary as most people would go to the last posted response anyway. There was some history here that I thought relevant. How do I check "to see if their is a current to charge going down the road"? The camper running lights are on. I would think a 2018 loaded TC would have that relay. No? Buzzcut, I do have a battery to camper shut off. It looks like a headlight switch on an old car. Should it be off or on while traveling? If it's off then the batteries could not be charging while underway. Right? While camping, should I disconnect the camper wire from the truck to avoid an unnecessary draw down? great info. thanks.
time2retire 12/10/19 07:06am Truck Campers
RE: Why aren't Truck Campers popular in W. Pa.?

I would like to change the topic but I'm keeping it on this same thread so anyone reading will know a little of my recent history. I've done all or most of the upgrades I mentioned earlier to my new Adventurer TC. It didn't come with much of a manual. So I have some lingering questions I hope this community can help me with. My questions: -When the camper is being stored, should I leave the 30v hooked up and turned on to the 110 wall plug? Should I leave the master power shutoff on? Is this charging the batteries (I put 2 ganged new ones in)? The Jensen audio unit is lit up but still turned off. -When the camper is hooked up on the truck, are the batteries charging going down the road or when the truck is running? -The hot water heater seems to run fine. It has no thermostat. The manual covers many models and mentions that it will max out at 180*. That seems high to me as I know the polystyrene insulation enveloping it can melt at 160*. Should I be watching this? I haven't let it max out yet. -I'm pretty sure the hot water, furnace, and fridge should be turned off while traveling. What keeps your food from spoiling on a long trip? I have more but let's start with these. There is a lot of expertise on here so I appreciate any help.
time2retire 12/10/19 05:33am Truck Campers
RE: Where I can get Ford coaxial cable for my camper?

So Kayteg is king of the "jury rig"? WTH?
time2retire 11/27/19 07:24am Truck Campers
RE: Travel Lite 625 2016

The new Travelites I looked at were falling a part in the lot. The dealer didn't either notice or care. I think the latter.
time2retire 11/25/19 07:21am Truck Campers
RE: Any 1st time pickup TC out there to give their thoughts

DH is dear husband. Got it. Coming from the boating world she was always referred to as "Admiral".
time2retire 11/12/19 12:18pm Truck Campers
RE: Any 1st time pickup TC out there to give their thoughts

Alright, I give. what is a DH?
time2retire 11/12/19 10:37am Truck Campers
RE: Why aren't Truck Campers popular in W. Pa.?

Congrats on the TC! You will have to come back to Assateague again this summer and give the 4x4 a workout and do some surf fishing, it is pretty much Lance country around here. Definitely on the list for this year. We really enjoyed Frontier town with our new born at the biker rally in 88. LOL Assateague is a great place for the whole family. every one gets to do what they want. Swim, boogie, fish, relax and read, explore and battle the horse flies and no seeums.
time2retire 11/11/19 11:38am Truck Campers
RE: Why aren't Truck Campers popular in W. Pa.?

Well here's my update. By the way thanks for the PM's from some members here. Lots of good info. We picked up the TC in Lynchburg, Va. from Timberlake RV. Kudos to Mike, Roy, Jeffro, and Lamont for the warm reception and attention. They're about to get a good lesson on TC's and accessories when they bring Lance in. The Adventurer is everything we thought it would be. Clean, attractive and well designed. I had already installed the Torklift Tie Downs before we left. Jeffro the mechanic was happy about that. You haven't done it right unless you install them over a soaking wet freshly undercoated frame! NASTY!! I'm sending the $330 suspension stabilizers back as the camper fits and rides perfectly. The plan: -Ordered Brophy steps today -familiarize myself with the plumbing (it's winterized but stored inside now for the winter) and electrical. Where is the grey tank? -2 new batteries to bank together -order back up camera. Where do I run the power too and through what? -My original pop up I had 25 years ago had storage under the mattress. It was huge. The size of the bed and 4" high. I'm going to build a box under there this winter -order a prefabbed square tube about 3' for the hitch extension. Travels w Yoly had some good mods in his videos. That sucked with the door stop but mine has one and it's in the right place. It also has an LP gauge on the tank. The TC is about 10'-8" on the 250. My garage door is 10' so I dropped the TC down on a lil utility trailer and it just barely fit in my warehouse. I put wood blocks on the axles under the springs so it wouldn't snap the springs. Just a bit tippy as they say but its in, and protected from the suck ass winters we have here. All in all, the hardest $20,000 I've ever tried to spend has come together with a lot of planning and advice from here and the internets. I have some more questions but I'll start another thread for that.
time2retire 11/11/19 10:07am Truck Campers
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