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RE: Best way to install extra propane

"Seems like you found something that works for you. What I’ve been doing works for me. It’s up to others to determine what works best for each of them." Agreed. It wasn't my intention to make it a generator vs. solar debate. My suggestion remains for the OP to consider adding solar. Solar will result in less need to run the generator, less propane consumed, less propane to carry and buy.
work2much 10/13/19 11:54am Truck Campers
RE: Best way to install extra propane

Running a propane generator to charge the batteries is slow and consumes a lot of propane. Sounds like a converter/charger issue. I can usually take my two batteries from a low battery to full charge in 30 minutes to 1 hr. Not exactly scientific, but my leds are fully lit. How are you determining full? LED's work? Are these led acid/AGM? If you have 2 batteries whether they are 2 12v or 2 6v in series you should have about 200-230 Ah or 100 or so usable if you drain the batteries down to 50% (low) You would need a 200ah charger for 1/2 hour or 100ah charger for 1 hour. But that math isn't even close to what any multi stage charger will do no matter what its price/quality. To start most converter chargers are 60AH or less, but the real issue is that as the progress through their stages charging current is diminished. At the final float stage the battery is receiving just a trick charge. To get to 100% will take a while. For led acid battery health it's important to fully charge the battery with some regularity and even overcharge the battery in "equalize" mode to desulphate plates. Lithium batteries are far better in this regard as they can take a high rate of charge to their top but the nature of chargers will diminish charging current as voltage max gets close. They definitely will charge much faster though especially with a programmable charging source. Bottom line is that 1/2 hour -1 hour is not fulling charging the batteries. Your half hour charge may be enough to make the led lights work but for optimal battery health make sure to have a charging source that will take the battery through all the charging phases and fully fill the battery such as plugged into shore, running the generator for several hours or a decent solar array which in good weather will keep the battery from becoming low and in need of a long charging effort to 100% full.
work2much 10/12/19 06:14pm Truck Campers
RE: Best way to install extra propane

We went to Alaska a couple years ago. No problems finding propane. We didn't need to run the air conditioner at all. You might consider a solar kit to tend the batteries. Running a propane generator to charge the batteries is slow and consumes a lot of propane.
work2much 10/12/19 04:38pm Truck Campers
RE: Immobile truck camper

I've read all of the "can a 1/2 ton carry a camper" conversations, no desire to poke that with a stick. I have a twist on the question: Assume I get the camper into location, either empty and within weight rating, or renting a 3/4-full ton to get it there, then move into it as the increasingly common Silicone Valley streetside apartment, can I load it down at that point? Do the stilts, or whatever the proper lingo is, provide enough support to take the load off the axles? Obviously braking/handling are no longer a concern, but how about suspension, tires, axle? Thanks in advance It sounds like there will be a truck under the camper one way or another? Truck axles/tires etc. are rated for driving where load stresses are substantially intensified. When the truck is parked you could substantially go over any GVWR/GAWR numbers without having to worry about damaging the truck. On a practical note though parking along a road where you may be required to move it would make sense to have a suitable truck to drive safely vs. being towed.
work2much 10/09/19 11:09am Truck Campers
RE: Truck inverter to power camper fridge

Nice report. I have been kicking around the idea of installing an inverter in the truck that could be used to power the camper, charge the battery etc while driving. It seems like a good alternative to running large dc cables for battery to battery charging.
work2much 10/08/19 10:26am Truck Campers
RE: Complete newbie needs help

Since it is almost 20 years old and you are new to it you might consider finding a good tech to go through the camper, service everything and willing to take the time to explain all the systems of the camper to you.
work2much 10/05/19 10:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Hinged refrigerator vent grill?

Other than reasons listed added Inverter in truck to run fridge. So if we end up somewhere with AC (or home) easy access but primarily an excuse to fix so not using screwdriver to open... https://photos.smugmug.com/AnEv942/ACinvert/i-6JD8wSL/0/0e3ec589/M/acinvert40-M.jpg Interesting. Would you share details of your inverter install? I have considered doing the same to power the campers inverter/charger which would not only run the fridge but also charge the campers battery bank.
work2much 10/05/19 01:47pm Truck Campers
RE: Our bumpy intro to truck campers and our Bigfoot score

We had a 2006 Bigfoot. Great camper.
work2much 09/30/19 11:36am Truck Campers
RE: Starting batteries instead of deep cycle

Naaahhh... none of US coffee shops serves 1l coffee. I think all coffee shops will sell you a liter if that’s what you want. We routinely have gas stations, coffee shops, diners and cafes fill our 1 liter Stanley thermos.Sometimes they have to ask a manager what to charge but never denied. As far as using battery/inverter to make coffee we have a single cup Keurig. It only runs the heating element for 2 minutes for each cup.. That uses 2 amps per cup. Pretty manageable even if you make 2-3 cups every morning.
work2much 09/28/19 10:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Starting batteries instead of deep cycle

Grit dog, If I were starting over I'd jump right to 48 volts for the battery bank. 48v battery bank presents a couple challenges. To build a 48v bank you will need enough series cabled batteries. (4) 12v or (2) 24v. Many TC's don't have the space for that. Your solar array will need to produce more than 48 volts. That could be (2) 72 cell panels although too big for most TC roofs or (4) 12v panels. Depending on the TC that could also be tough. Another issue will be selecting 48v inverters. They are made but more limited selection and sometimes a little more expensive. Last issue is that you will need a 48v to 12v step down to run the dc side of the camper. Again not a deal breaker but does add cost, complexity and possible space constraints on a TC.
work2much 09/27/19 10:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Starting batteries instead of deep cycle

or (2) 100Ah lithium batteries. 200 amp discharge no problem. Low current, slow discharge no problem. No full charge cycles, no problem. Fast high current charge no problem. No room for many led acid batteries, no problem. :p
work2much 09/27/19 09:08pm Truck Campers
RE: The mother of all stupid truck camper questions....

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work2much 09/27/19 10:51am Truck Campers
RE: The mother of all stupid truck camper questions....

some ones drive way is a good place ,just ask first. I,ve had stop overs here in louisville ohio .I live three miles out of town and have let travlers stay the night. That's very nice of you. There is a website but I can't remember the name of it. On the website there is some if not most let you stay for one night for free in their driveway or on their land. Some have electric and water and they let you have it for free. They are just trying to help travelers out so they can get to one destination to another Boondockers Welcome
work2much 09/27/19 09:46am Truck Campers
RE: This is what happens when you have too much tongue weight...

You should never, ever weld on a truck frame. The only exception is to extend the frame towards the back as is done on some motorhomes but you better have a welder who is certified by the AWS for that particular procedure. The heat from welding will affect the temper and strength of the frame. Slight change. Maybe You should never, ever weld on a truck frame. I have cut a 350, a 250 and several class 8 trucks in 2 replaced or added sections with no issues. I have also had to plate a few factory frames on class 8 GMCs when the owners tried to do the same work as I was with my spliced 9000 Fords. (GVW 67,000. GCVW 110,000) To me sort of a moot point. No matter how skilled a welder why void your warranty? A skilled welder could also fabricate some camper tie down brackets that bolt to the frame. Given that this guy seems to have had 2 trucks taco on him I feel like these welded connections are likely the reason or at least a strong contributing factor for these similar failures.
work2much 09/26/19 02:10pm Truck Campers
RE: The mother of all stupid truck camper questions....

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work2much 09/26/19 09:37am Truck Campers
RE: This is what happens when you have too much tongue weight...

Sure sounds like this was an owner induced problem. I don’t like his fix, either. :):) Yea, it sure looks like his camper tie downs were welded to the frame. Crappy overheated weld, heavy load and high trailer tongue weight = something the manufacturer couldn't count on when engineering the truck.
work2much 09/26/19 09:28am Truck Campers
RE: This is what happens when you have too much tongue weight...

Some comments that possibly the camper tie downs were welded to the frame possibly weakening it. Seems to be right where it failed.
work2much 09/25/19 02:49pm Truck Campers
RE: This is what happens when you have too much tongue weight...

Looks like some pictures of a fix to the frame. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10106555036940445&set=gm.2446315198777587&type=3&eid=ARB5l1aH4zxx-Acvg14vmabLGkDrMoY2unlrwzHqyI5gAbNG02MmZkXXTacbwWHs66Yj5SiDXLytUga0 https://i.imgur.com/PBAk1xml.jpg
work2much 09/25/19 02:45pm Truck Campers
RE: This is what happens when you have too much tongue weight...

I'm curious if the first truck was a 350. After bending it he went with the 450. Given that the spotting of this truck seemed to be in Canada I'm also wondering if hitting a big ice heave could have been responsible. We went through Canada a couple years ago and some of those dips are no joke. Combined with a heavy camper and too much tongue weight from that long trailer extension could put a huge momentary load on the back end of the truck frame. Hard to fathom breaking a second truck in the same way as the first. Not much of a learning curve...
work2much 09/24/19 01:52pm Truck Campers
RE: This is what happens when you have too much tongue weight...

Video is working for me. There are a number of comments on the video from people who also saw the truck/camper as well as a couple moe pictures people took of it. Here is a still from the video. There is some pretty bad scraping/grinding noises coming from the truck. https://i.imgur.com/HlUsa3Fl.png As far as the driveshaft, not sure about Ford but on our Rams the driveshaft is 2 piece which would allow for some extreme angles
work2much 09/24/19 10:03am Truck Campers
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