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RE: Do the Weight Police have jurisdiction off road?

My 2015 Ram 3500 Dually 4wd with snow plow pack and 14,000 GVWR had a piece of paper in glove box that said "this truck is not recommended to carry a truck camper". another person on this forum also had the same thing. We searched and found the snow plow pack caused this notice. The snow plow pack only included a transfer case skid plate and a larger alternator. we assume they don't want you carrying a camper while your plowing snow.
towpro 11/23/20 02:59pm Truck Campers
RE: Dodge 1999 3500 Lamarie dually

your reply beat me to fixing my post :). I know the B&M had 1 large hole in middle
towpro 11/21/20 06:40pm Truck Campers
RE: Dodge 1999 3500 Lamarie dually

I don't recall how big they were, but the holes in the Dodge factory hitch seemed pretty big with the black covers off. Dealer can sell you new covers, they twist into the holes. I see your title says 2000, and I don't think the factory hitch offering was until 2003.
towpro 11/21/20 06:34pm Truck Campers
RE: New thermostat question?

I have never tried to put a home thermostat in a system like you have, but its easy to figure out. Again, I only see 1 wire involved in HEAT, so I believe the 2 stage heat is done 100% based on time, and it controlled by heater mother board. I do recall when I had this system (year ago), when you started it after getting to camp ground on cold night the heat would come on low, than after a couple minutes switch to high until temps were satisfied, then turn off. than the rest of the night it would just run on low because normal heat never allowed heater to run long enough to hit the timeout that starts state 2 heat. First, I am not responsible for any damage you do, this is purely for entertainment proposes. 2nd. I do see on page 15 they have Two different systems, one uses wire 6 wires, and one uses 7. the 7 wire appears to be of you have a Colman AC it uses wire 2 which is 7.5v no idea what that is for. my logic below only applies to 6 wire system. Your new digital home thermostat: the logic on a home thermostat is as follows: When you have a call for heat, the thermostat closes a "Heat relay" that connects terminals C and W, and heat comes on. when you have a call for AC, the thermostat closes a "compressor contractor relay" that connects C and Y. and the AC comes on. it can also control relay "fan relay" which connects terminals C and G. Don't worry about the 24Vac, this is not needed by thermostat (more later on that) From the wiring diagram in document, here is what I see your system has. 1= 12Vdc ground 2= not used 3= 12Vdc positive (appears to come from heater) 4 = not shown 5 = compressor turn on (to AC) 6 = Hi fan turn on (to AC) 7 = Low fan turn on (to AC) The first step is to find out what your current thermostat does to wires 5, 6, 7 and 8 to cause those features to turn on. You can use a meter to test this. Turn the heater on (if thermostat works) using volt meter, with heater running check voltage between wires 3 and 8. we know 3 is 12V positive, and we know 8 is the "turn on wire" to heater. With heater running, if you show 12V between wires 3 and 8 we know the thermostat is applying 12v- (ground) to wire 8 to start heater. If you show no voltage, then check between wires 1 and 8. Since 1 is 12v negative (ground) if you see voltage between 1 and 8 we know that the thermostat is connecting 12V + to wire 8 to turn on heater. Now test the voltage between 3 and 5 with AC on, do you see 12V? if yes, thermostat is grounding 5 to turn on AC compressor now do same test for wires 6 and 7, to see how the thermostat turns on fan. I am betting this thermostat is grounding wires to turn on AC, heat and fan. if this is true here is how I would wire home digital thermostat. set new thermostat for 1H1C (single stage heat, single stage cool). I am using wire numbers from old thermostat since I don't know the real colors. remove all jumpers for new thermostat. 1 = 12Vdc Ground goes to new thermostat terminal Blue or black C or common. 3 = 12V positive is not used, tape up end so it don't tough any thing inside thermostat. 8 = Furnace turn on wire goes to new thermostat terminal white W heat 5 = compressor turn on wire goes to new thermostat yellow - Y air conditioner 6 - high fan to AC 7 = low fan to AC Fan control: there is several ways to go here. First the thermostat can only turn on 1 fan, so you can add a small small single pole, double throw switch to change between Hi and Lo. Take the thermostat fan output and attach it to the center pin of a SPDT switch. than attach #6 to one outer pin and #7 to other outer pin. this allows you to switch between High and Low fans. find a space on bottom of side of thermostat to mount this switch. or just attach wire 6 to new thermostat and AC will only have high fan. Now what do we do to this wire off center of SPDT switch to control fan? that depends: Most better digital thermostats will have a setting for "heater controls fan" or on some call it "gas heat" mode. this means that the thermostat will NOT turn on G (Fan relay) for heat, but will turn on G (fan relay) for AC. If this is the case, you can wire you fan to G terminal. this allows you to turn the AC fan on and off by fan switch on face of thermosate. If you want the AC fan to cycle on and off every time your propane heater starts, set thermostat to "thermostat controls heater fan" and use terminal G. (this can distribute hot air from propane heat better through coach). If your thermostat does not have the choice for "do not turn fan on for heat" and you only want ac fan to come on and off with AC, wire your fan switch to terminal Y, but this will cause fan switch on thermostat to not function. Now if the old thermostat is switching 12V positive to every wire above to start the features, I would change to this wiring: 1 = 12Vdc negative (ground) wire is not used 2 = 12Vdc positive wire goes to new thermostat terminal Blue, or black C or common. your new digital home type thermostat has batteries inside that control the display as well as the relays. it does NOT need 24V to function. in fact they try to NOT make thermostats that use the 24V to functions as it can cause "issues" in larger complicated home type systems. BUT on the other hand Ecobee thermostats need the 24Vac to run so you can't use them in your RV. It appears nest has a rechargeable battery you can charge with USB, or just run a AAA alkaline battery in it.
towpro 11/21/20 06:12pm Truck Campers
RE: Leg supports for truck camper storage

what I ready they are saying is because the truck is so high so they put blocks UNDER the camper legs to allow enough room to lift the camper off the truck. this spring while loading it one of the blocks shifted What I would do is build a platform where the front and rear blocks are all connected. Remember you only need the front blocks to clear the tires, the rear blocks can be larger. You can still tie the front together with a treated 2X because the truck can drive over that with no issues. If you build a small deck type platform with all 4 blocks connected, with a good foundation of some sort so they don't sink in I bet it would solve your problem.
towpro 11/21/20 07:28am Truck Campers
RE: New thermostat question?

I really hate Dometic for killing Attwood so they can sell more dometic **** when you can't get attwood parts. Here is manual for your 8900 page 11 top It looks like your thermostat just connects 2 wires from heater to turn heater on. (it looks like both wires at thermostat are blue). so if this is true, the stage 2 heat is triggered by the control board depending on how long the burner runs. your thermostat may also control your AC, there is 2 wires your connecting together with your thermostat. easy to wire with a standard household thermostat. the trick is that the AC might have 2 fan speeds. I have had to add a small toggle switch by drilling a small hole in thermostat to mount a small toggle switch that is wired to control the fan speed. but in later years Attwood (and I am sure others) started using a 4 wire buss between the AC and thermostat. That and RV heatpumps is where you start to have problems wiring home thermostats. Here is another manual see page 14 and 15 of this manual. it has complete pin out for your dual stage thermostat you should be able to duplicate this with a home thermostat, but you will need to add a toggle "fan switch" so you can switch AC fan between low/high. again, I do not see a 2 stage controller so this must be done by control board in furnace. I recall having one in a Titanium camper and it worked well.
towpro 11/20/20 01:53pm Truck Campers
RE: New thermostat question?

the digital display home type will run off batteries inside the thermostat. Just keep some spares with you. I think I would get a year out of a set.
towpro 11/19/20 06:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Replacing gas regulator and hoses

how about turn the bottle 1/8 turn and see if regulator allows door to close than. the point from center to the corner of box is longer than from center to side of box.
towpro 10/07/20 08:18pm Truck Campers
RE: My New Flatbed Camper!!!

I would recommend these if your still looking for steps. https://cdn.littlegiantladders.com/10310ba/image-hero-standard/jpg/small/1.jpg yes the top loop can fold down out of the way :)
towpro 10/03/20 04:29pm Truck Campers
RE: Where do you put your levels?

to pricey for me, but it looks like a cool idea. LevelMatePRO Wireless Vehicle Leveling System
towpro 09/29/20 08:17am Truck Campers
RE: Truck Campers and Boating?

another thing you need to watch for is your total weight running down the road. plus depending on your bed and camper length, you might need to use an extended hitch and again, depending on your weight this can even more $ you need to spend.
towpro 09/22/20 06:05am Truck Campers
RE: 1977 Sunline Truck Camper FULL BUILD

I was hoping you didn't give up. good to see you back :)
towpro 09/21/20 07:43pm Truck Campers
RE: Why do I need a DC to DC charger?

I did not know that DC to Dc charges could RAISE the voltage? but anyway, as I did say in original post, I am hooking up a toad. it should be fully charged and I just don't want it to be dead after a days towing. so were not charging batteries, were maintaining. but by the way, it IS a Mercedes sprinter. Using the FACTORY 7 pin harness. The RV side of the fuse line is already fused. I will install a 20A inline on the Toad side for safety and see how it goes. Thanks everyone
towpro 09/18/20 06:57pm Truck Campers
RE: Honda 2200 on front hitch...possible overheating?

I used to run with a 36"w x 20"h box on my Ram 2015 or 2018 (aisn trans) front hitch rack. in heat of summer I could see a little temp gain on truck gauge in heavy traffic but not enough to worry about.
towpro 09/18/20 07:40am Truck Campers
Why do I need a DC to DC charger?

I came to this group because of the tendency for truck campers to be more off grid oriented with knowledge about coach batteries. Unless your using Lithium, why would you need a DC to DC charger between truck and coach? I know there will be some loss in the factory wiring (which gets smaller every year) but do I really need to limit current or voltage? On my Ram it was not switched, and I knew to unplug the cord when camping to not discharge the truck batteries. Is the DC to DC charger only to prevent the truck battery discharge? I was tempted to put a bluesea ACR on this line but they will conduct either direct either directions at a given voltage, IE my Camper solar would start to charge truck batteries which I don't need. Really this question comes from I am wiring a new Toad. My Jeep Liberty I have the 12V feed wire from RV connected (fused) direct to the battery. Now I am wiring a new toad, a Ford C-max and I am reading about everyone using these special DC to DC chargers. But why do I need it? The truck alternator is only going to put out a max voltage, by the time it goes through the thin wire to the toad, its going to be even lower, so why do I need to regulated it?
towpro 09/18/20 07:17am Truck Campers
RE: Need Suspension Mods

Yes, I recall our 2016 990 was no where near what your saying. Truckcamper mag shows wet weight 4,781 pounds. my Ram 3500 2wd dually was just a couple lbs under 14,000 GVW with camper on headed to beach for a week, including a couple hundred lbs of tung weight, empty waist tanks and maybe 10-20 gallons of water between cold and hot.
towpro 09/16/20 06:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Need Suspension Mods

it sounds like you must have over load springs, that work as the truck body drops the springs come into contact with the overload spring perches on the frame. Your not loaded enough to make them come into play full time so they BANG every time the springs hit them As you crank up the air bags they you are raising the back so they never hit again. on my Ram I replaced the rubber spring perch mounts with larger poly ones made by Energy Suspension. they are taller so they come into play sooner, but with those slots in them they need to crush as the weigh increases and it stopped the banging but did not affect the ride. Torklift Upper stable loads so the same thing, but they are harder and will not crush as they come into play. some have used hockey pucks mounted on spring perches as well. I sold my 2006 to my Brother and he still has the same pair on for 125,000 miles. I had them on my 2015 as well.
towpro 09/15/20 05:33pm Truck Campers
RE: Back order shocks

I put 9000's on the back and 5000's on the front of a 2015 Ram 4wd (with Rancho's engineers blessing). with camper on, even with socks on stiffest setting (I tried many settings) I would hit this dip in the road and the rear of the truck would start to oscillate and only way to stop it was to slow down. Rancho said the rear ones might be bad so they replaced them. Same problem with new next rear set. So I returned them all under that 90 day free ride program. I put the stock shocks back on and left it that way. I also noticed the 9000 did not extend themselves if you compressed them, you had to pull them to extend them (but the 5000's did). I seem to recall when I questioned this they said they were not gas charged. But now I see on the website that are gas charged so maybe they redesigned the 9000's. also many people said that to remove the adjuster and grease it as thy rust shut over time.
towpro 09/14/20 07:42am Truck Campers
RE: Resealing Compartment hatches, what do I use?

Butyl tape will appear as if its squeezing out as you tighten the screws (it is) That is how it seals. I have heard RV dealers say as long as it keeps squeezing out its doing its job. Now foam is just that, foam with some built in glue to hold it in place while tightening parts together. When I think of foam, I think of a sponge that soaks up water. I had an RV that all the external joints were sealed with foam and it had delamanation issues at most external joints. the manufacture was quick to say "you know you need to take that whole RV apart and replace that foam every 5 years?". I have also used a good TriPolymer like Geocel Proflex RV for a better seal after installs. My wolf creek the dealer sealed every joint with Proflex RV before I picked it up, so I had him do the same thing when i traded that on an Arctic Fox. If it was me, I would use Butyl tape. And I see there is white, gray and black and some putty tape not marked Butyl at all. I Keep a role in my cabinet at home. for some reason the black seems to be sticker to me (maybe because it reminds me of that stick stuff I used to seal windshields with back when I worked for Mopar) but the white looks better when it squeezes out. But than the Marine world seals underwater fittings with stuff like 3m marine adhesive.
towpro 09/14/20 07:30am Truck Campers
RE: Just bought Truck Camper- how do I move

doesn't the torque lift fast gun adjustment video say "when you close lever until you have pressure, and have 1/2 a hole exposed, this is the correct adjustment that will give you 200 lbs pressure when fast gun is locked close"? not hard to do 200 lbs pressure on a tie down strap. But the difference is the tie down strap will stretch further with increased load than the fastgun.
towpro 09/14/20 07:14am Truck Campers
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