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RE: Are lithium batteries worth the cost?

My regular batteries are not failing at all, they just don't last long enough when you get accustomed to using the inverter for stuff. We rarely plug in for camping.
Avid Fox 04/21/21 08:59am Truck Campers
RE: Are lithium batteries worth the cost?

I'm not sure I understand the charging setup. My f350 has dual alternators that can deliver about 380 amps if needed. I already have giant charging cables back to the camper via a solenoid. Which work great BTW. Do I need to limit the LI recharging to amp ratings and cable sizes, or just make sure the voltage is within range of 13.2 to 14.4? The Ford always delivers 14.4 to start, then backs off to 13.2 eventually when it senses they are fully charged. Will that work, or do I need something more fancy?
Avid Fox 04/20/21 07:52pm Truck Campers
RE: Are lithium batteries worth the cost?

It just depends on how far you want to draw your batteries down. Another option is to add batteries in the corner of your bed and connect them all together. Should be a fun thread. I have a sine wave inverter for electric blankets and coffee. I can get two nights out of the two batteries I have now. After that, it becomes iffy, and the fridge starts talking to me about low voltage... Double that capacity would be awesome. LI batteries weight half as much as regular deep cycle also.
Avid Fox 04/20/21 07:01pm Truck Campers
Are lithium batteries worth the cost?

I can carry two group 29s in my AF1150. Are they worth it?
Avid Fox 04/20/21 06:46pm Truck Campers
RE: Arctic Fox 1150 is breaking my 2016 Ford 350 dually

I will take a look at the bed on my 2013 DRW next time I take the camper off, in a week or so. I’ I haven’t seen any issues with the bed or frame. I do see a fair amount of “flex” and I have always had “creaking” sounds with the windows down at low speeds on some “bumps” over the 9 years as I have carried a 1150. I have always assumed they were normal and have never been able to figure out where they are coming from. . https://i.imgur.com/LcOuO1Cl.jpg Thank you. This is the kind of thing you can look for, but maybe they're just made this way. IDK. The bed rails are show similar crowning. But no obvious stress buckles. It's odd. I'm thinking they are this way from new in that model. Doesn't explain the stress cracks at the rear, but the crowning is another issue that allows for too much rocking. Argh.
Avid Fox 04/19/21 07:56pm Truck Campers
RE: Arctic Fox 1150 is breaking my 2016 Ford 350 dually

Torklift article sounds like written by 3rd grader. They talk about "bed frame" Have never seen such animal. All truck beds I have seen are resting on truck frame. Somebody missed his classes. go look under your truck, there is the bed resting on a subframe (or crossmembers if you like) that is on the truck frame. Steve Sounds like we are saying the same thing? Only I don't consider cross members a frame. I don't either... As the OP here, thanks for all the input. Some good and thoughtful as usual for this type of forum, some off base also as usual, but all interesting all the same. Going on a trip next week. I'll follow up after some mods. Cheers.
Avid Fox 04/18/21 04:01pm Truck Campers
RE: Arctic Fox 1150 is breaking my 2016 Ford 350 dually

All builders use spring loaded FRONT tie downs, not backs. Not true. My fastguns all have springs. The sample size is so tiny that I don’t think we can come to a conclusion about the cause. We are left with guesses and a lot of variables. I think GM was the first to have a report of crowned bed. I don’t remember any damage attributed to it though. I am corrected on the springs. Thank you. There is another GM truck here that shows similar crowning. Linked above. Perhaps happijack determined that the rear bumper acted as adequate shock absorbers. Although I don't think I would agree at this point. Regardless, the rear links can't be the issue. As they are never super tight on mine.
Avid Fox 04/17/21 05:23pm Truck Campers
RE: Compensating for GM crowned bed

On Ford trucks the bed is deeper at the back, to the top rails. Always makes campers look like they're falling off the back of the truck. :-( How has the shimming worked for you? Road tested yet?
Avid Fox 04/17/21 05:12pm Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

Pulled the generator out of my AF1150. Never use it. Didn't need the extra weight over the back bumper.
Avid Fox 04/17/21 04:51pm Truck Campers
RE: Compensating for GM crowned bed

"Any more expensive and it's gonna be more profitable to sell your house in pieces!" Now that's funny!!!
Avid Fox 04/17/21 04:12pm Truck Campers
RE: Compensating for GM crowned bed

My 2016 GMC long box is 7/16" drop at tailgate when straight edge is run from front of the box. I need lift for my camper and use two 4'x8' 3/4" sheets of plywood. I shim those with a 1/2" x12" plywood piece across width of box at tailgate. https://i.imgur.com/p4RpKaKl.jpg I have the same crowning issue on my 2016 Ford f350 dually. It's a bother, as it allows for a lot of camper rocking and stress cracks on the tail of the alum bed.
Avid Fox 04/17/21 04:10pm Truck Campers
RE: Arctic Fox 1150 is breaking my 2016 Ford 350 dually

Wondering if anyone else has this issue also: 2016 AF1150 mounted on a 2016 F350. After about 15000 miles with camper, I noticed stress cracks in the bed, at back corners. At 65000 miles, it's just still getting worse. I have a bed mat since new. I've tried .75 plywood, but took it out again after it didn't help. There is also a slight crowning of the truck's bed. Maybe about .5" to .75", most noticable right in front of the factory pin hitch location in the bed. I think the AF is bending the truck badly. I don't drive like a dope. This is my 2nd camper, and my 6th rv. I'm not the only one... http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/30226264/gotomsg/30226817.cfm#30226817 Maybe it's built this way by Ford for drainage?
Avid Fox 04/17/21 04:08pm Truck Campers
RE: Arctic Fox 1150 is breaking my 2016 Ford 350 dually

COG is about 1/2 way on the main floor, so camper can't pivot on flat, solid surface. Driving on Alaska highway I did see the nose of my camper "in my line of sight" what also bend rear tie-down, meaning common truck inertia is shooting the rear up, while putting big stress on front of truck bed. Yes. This is my thinking if the TC is on a flat surface. The front corner of the camper bottom is the teeter-todder pivot point. I had my rear tie-downs shift out of place once from a big dip and jounce. But only once. Swapped the unsprung chains and turn buckles for fast guns right after that. This is why I'm thinking if you're gonna have just two sprung, they should be the back ones. All builders use spring loaded FRONT tie downs, not backs. This indicates that the camper does not pivot on the front edge, but somewhere rear of the front edge (CG point). The truck frame is flexible, not a flat absolutely stable surface plate, even though you'd think so... unless and until it has 5000lbs on it. Generally speaking, everytime I have gone over a bump, I see and feel the back of the camper dip and bounce, not the front, or the truck frame in the middle. You all know the feeling of having someone tug on your backpack, it's the same in a camper. A flat bed is only flat until you put enough weight on it,
Avid Fox 04/17/21 03:24pm Truck Campers
RE: Arctic Fox 1150 is breaking my 2016 Ford 350 dually

Wondering if anyone else has this issue I have a bed mat since new. I've tried .75 plywood, but took it out again after it didn't help. There is also a slight crowning of the truck's bed. Maybe about .5" to .75", most noticable right in front of the factory pin hitch location in the bed. I think the AF is bending the truck badly. I don't drive like a dope. This is my 2nd camper, and my 6th rv. Folks have logged millions of miles with both hapijac and torklift tie downs with no bed damage . I don’t believe the tie downs are the problem , nor the aluminum bed . The camper bottom needs a flat surface to rest on or it will rock no matter how tight the tie downs . What ever is the cause of the crown in the bed , whether it is by design , the hitch pin , or a flaw , it needs to be remedied or you are just chasing you tail . Agreed. Does anyone else have a 2014-16 F350 here who can check their empty bed and side rails for flatness with a straight edge? It could be factory made this way, for unknown reasons. I've looked at the 2017+ versions, and they appear flat to me. Thx.
Avid Fox 04/17/21 03:15pm Truck Campers
RE: Arctic Fox 1150 is breaking my 2016 Ford 350 dually

If the hj tie downs and resulting bed flex were the specific problem, I'd see at least some buckling at the bed's front also, but there isn't any. The front of the beds are braced better than the rear, especially when you aren't running a tailgate to limit the twisting in the rear. Forces travel. I assure you, the damage you're seeing here could easily be (and are) originating from the front of the bed, at the tie-downs. I don't disagree, but not for the same reasons. It's not exactly a HJ problem, it's that perhaps I didn't torque the turn buckles enough. Spring loaded fronts are spring loaded fronts, and they both allow movement. I'm thinking user error, not design error.
Avid Fox 04/15/21 08:49am Truck Campers
RE: Arctic Fox 1150 is breaking my 2016 Ford 350 dually

Just fro some clarification and maybe correcting my thinking if it's off but; If a TC is gonna rock in the front to back direction, would not the pivot point be the front edge of the camper base? Given that the cabover is hanging out front sort of as a counter to the rear weight (not that it's as heavy as the rear). Hence why I'd think, based on that thinking, that if you only have one set of sprung turn buckles, you'd want them on the back so that it allows for some dampening of any rocking at the a fore mentioned front pivot point? Like I said, if wrong thinking, please correct, but just looking at a TC, rear pivot/hinging (front of the camper base coming up off the bed) seems like it would take quite the heave to accomplish. Blast away...... :) Go to Alaska if you want to learn about frost heaves... The dirt roads there are better than the paved ones.
Avid Fox 04/15/21 08:44am Truck Campers
RE: Arctic Fox 1150 is breaking my 2016 Ford 350 dually

We have a Snow River 8 ft on 2016 F350 long bed SRW. The wings of the camper clears the side rails and camper sits in the bed on two layers of 3/4 inch plywood so it clears the cab and obviously bed rails. We’ve put at least 50,000 miles in the 14 years we’ve owned it including 3 trips to Alaska from Michigan. Nothing damaged on our truck. No off-roading unless you count Alaska Highway! Perhaps next time you have your camper off, you could check your bed flatness and report back?? Might be a factory mfg spec rather than damage...
Avid Fox 04/15/21 08:33am Truck Campers
RE: Arctic Fox 1150 is breaking my 2016 Ford 350 dually

And I'm definitely gonna lay my 8' straight edge in the back when I get the new truck cause I gotsta know.... :D I used the 8' 3/4 ply to check the level straightness, and it was crowned by about half an inch or a bit more. It's a smooth crown, not a buckling, but most evident just in front of the factory inbed 5th hitch pin mounts. It is unclear if the 2016 beds are this way from factory, or if this is damage. The pivot point for any camper is going to be the CG point of the camper, which is just aft of the rear axle on most campers. Mine is definitely rocking and cracking the back corners. However, if the hj bed frame tiedowns and resulting bed flex were the specific problem from their design, I'd see at least some buckling at the bed's front also, but there isn't any. I'm thinking that for the last 5 years, maybe I didn't have the front turn buckles torqued down quite enough to meet the mfr spec'd 300#. Which would limit rocking F-B. Although I thought I did... Maybe not enough every time. I'll make sure they're right going forward. That's the plan for now...
Avid Fox 04/15/21 08:27am Truck Campers
RE: Arctic Fox 1150 is breaking my 2016 Ford 350 dually

Yes, the bed is cracking at the back. The front tie downs are the only questionable area in my mind. As they might allow more movement than they should. I'm still hung up on the spring loaded fronts though, and can't see how WHERE they attach makes a difference, as they all allow for movement.
Avid Fox 04/14/21 05:01pm Truck Campers
RE: Arctic Fox 1150 is breaking my 2016 Ford 350 dually

For what it's worth, I feel like I have a pretty good understanding of the current HJ system, and very consciously don't overtighten the back screws, but do preload the front spring screws, and check them all daily when traveling. I am also super conscious of weight distribution on the truck, and holding tanks being full or not, etc... But I have to admit, if this was super common, I feel like the boards would be full of Ford owners talking about it, and they're not. Thanks all for your input. I'll think it over a while.
Avid Fox 04/14/21 03:37pm Truck Campers
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