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RE: GM eBoost Technology

This need to pitched to the axle manufacturers so it is available to trailer builders. They need to incorporate this into Dexter, Hendrickson and Rockwell axles. Lippert won't do this due the cost and will only switch once it sees sales slipping away to the others.
Bedlam 01/24/20 02:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What happened to Side entry?

I know Host will offset the rear door to the far right in its models so it is next to the trailer tongue instead of over it. It looks like you need at least 2' overhang for a side door, so you are looking at 9'+ campers for short beds or 10.5'+ for long beds.
Bedlam 01/24/20 01:53pm Truck Campers
RE: Cargo trailers with tongue extensions

Euro trailers are typically centered single axle with the greatest weight over the axle. They are very well balanced teeter totters that require much more care in how you load them with personal gear. Trailer shocks are not going to help fishtailing. You may want take your ideas about trailers to the appropriate forum section for additional feedback.
Bedlam 01/24/20 11:28am Truck Campers
RE: Cargo trailers with tongue extensions

Extending the tongue length on the trailer reduces the hitch weight even though that extra length adds material weight to the empty trailer. A longer tongue will make a trailer track inside a turn more than a shorter one. With about any trailer, you want the distance from rear corner of the camper to the front corner of the trailer to be more than half the width of the widest camper or trailer measurement. You need to add at least 1/2 a foot to the length to compensate for uneven ground. Extending the receiver will swing a trailer wider in turns than without the extension. The outward swing will not be more than rear of the camper but is noticeable. Backing up a trailer using an extension will make the trailer respond quicker to steering input as if it was a shorter trailer due to the extra swing. Some campers have little hanging bellow bed level and better suited for longer tongues directly connected to the receiver others have a step down to carry generators or propane in the rear wings plus have dump plumbing and generator exhaust hanging even lower. Remember that when taking dips out of driveways, you are also turning and may contact something to the side of the tongue rather than the camper floor.
Bedlam 01/23/20 12:24pm Truck Campers
RE: New Ford 7.3 Gas

Having more cargo capacity with a gasoline verses diesel engine is only on paper. The weight difference on the rear axle is pretty much nonexistent and the same camper will cause the same amount of sag.
Bedlam 01/21/20 09:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Anyone with the Ford 6.2 Carrying TC

I am hauling a 2900lbs camper on a 2012 F350 4x4 6.2 / 6spd Torqshift towing a 20ft enclosed trailer at 3200lbs +/-. My 20' enclosed trailer is about 3500 lbs empty and loaded 6000-8000 lbs based on what I bring. Are you sure yours is that light when full?
Bedlam 01/21/20 06:07pm Truck Campers
RE: New Ford 7.3 Gas

Good point Brad. The 6.4 Hemi should be a good combo with the 8 speed trans as a big complaint with the 6 speed was the gear splits. There are some posts of the Hemi having issues with cam wearing and valve train failure as well as requiring expensive oil. Also think it may require premium gas. I like the 7.3 for its simple and hopefully Bullet proof reliability. I also like the look of the new Ford trucks. The good thing is that I have about 8 months to decide. Planning a 3-4 week trip in October. I also get to research campers again. ?? Will be looking at a 9-10’ slide out. IE Lance 995/975 or AF 990/992. My last purchase, I was contemplating going back to a gasoline, but I tow a 4-ton trailer behind my 3-ton truck camper and mountain passes are in most of my travels. I didn't want to buy something that was going to be approaching its operating limits and stayed with diesel. Some of the other things I looked at was reduced mileage also would give me reduced range. Was there a sufficiently large fuel tank (OEM or aftermarket) for the range I wanted? Since I travel into elevations often, what kind of performance hit was I going to take with a normally aspirated engine than one with forced induction? If I was only carrying a camper and not towing, I would not hesitate to choose a gasoline powered truck. The new transmissions really help (even if they hadn't updated the engines). You may want to add The Adventurer 910DB and Host Cascade to the list of campers to check out. Both of these are about the same size with some differences from the ones you chose.
Bedlam 01/21/20 03:10pm Truck Campers
RE: No! I’m not top heavy.

That would earn him a ticket here. Should tell that to Marlon, one of the largest mfgs of utv over the cab decks and sled decks, and they're local to you, in beautiful BC.... They might be interested to hear about your disapproval of one of their popular newer products. On another note, looks like the buggy on the trailer lost a front wheel? The buggy is probably close to 6' tall and the lifted truck close to 8'. My guess is that setup is pushing 14' which would put it over height.
Bedlam 01/21/20 06:50am Towing
RE: Camper title and registration.

It is important to have MSO/MCO from the manufacturer even if you don't have to title/register it in your state. Ever since states have required titles, manufacturers were responsible in creating these documents for their products. It may be that the original dealer or buyer threw those out? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manufacturer%27s_Certificate_of_Origin It will make a sale easier to someone that does and hopefully you get better resale at that time. In my state, the camper is titled and plated. The plate pays for public dump stations that do not have additional fees, so I am willing to pay the registration on the camper. It also exempts my truck from some commercial restrictions due to it's exclusive RV use. If they offered me nothing in exchange, I would be looking at a camper as cargo and pushing this as far as it had to go make a change. I have gone through lost title and never registered vehicles in my state also. My experience mirrored yours except for the wait. If you have documentation like a MSO/MCO, you can get a title within a month. If the paper trail cannot be linked back through previous owners to the manufacturer, you get a provisional title for three years before you can request a permanent one. The amount of time I have to spend to do this with possibility the vehicle/camper is stolen and gets confiscated makes this type of buy only attractive to me at a bargain price. If the seller wants the sale that bad, he can do the foot work and get it titled so I can pay closer to market value.
Bedlam 01/17/20 03:16pm Truck Campers
RE: 2020 Silverado 2500

I like This Feature on the 2020 GM trucks What does the engine block heater plug have to do with selecting a puck compatible hitch in the bed?
Bedlam 01/17/20 02:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: rough country Lift good or bad?

There are suspension lifts and body lifts: A suspension lift will put everything higher except the axles and is generally preferred for real off road use. This will give you more problems when towing because of the tall receiver, sharper drive line angles and higher center of gravity. A body lift leaves the frame and power train at stock height but uses spacers to raise the body higher. Although this is not as good for offroading, it will allow you to run taller tires with less hitch compensation required and the CG will stay closer to stock. My opinion is that tow vehicles should not be lifted but for those that do, using a body lift will create less issues.
Bedlam 01/17/20 01:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New truck batteries

I'm averaging 7-10 years on my RV, truck and car batteries, motorcycles and powersports 5-7 years with much less use. I have had friends with problems using Optima batteries, but the rest of the field seems to be pretty stable. My best battery was the VW OEM in my TDI that lasted 12 years before getting weak on cold starts.
Bedlam 01/17/20 11:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: Roof Vent Security

The problem with campers is the strength of the doors and frames. You can easily get in with a claw hammer and if the door were to be secured heavily, that same hammer could be used on a window. I am looking at buying a second home that is more remote and this is my biggest worry until I can move there full time.
Bedlam 01/17/20 10:42am Truck Campers
RE: 2018 RAM 2500 with Adventurer 910DB

ive got ride rite 5000 bags on my 2017 ram 2500 and my old northland is probably about same weight as that wolfcreek (which i like those campers) and it does fine with that weight and the bags. Check out the 840's to. I like that layout of the 840 versus the 850. These campers are easily over 3500 lbs when filled and loaded. My AF811 was around 4000 lbs.
Bedlam 01/16/20 11:52am Truck Campers
RE: 2018 RAM 2500 with Adventurer 910DB

Doug may know campers, but he does not know pickups if he is making this recommendation. If you had a GM 2500 or Ford F250 with leaf springs, the advice we are giving would be going in another direction.
Bedlam 01/16/20 10:09am Truck Campers
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Until the human factor is separated from autonomous zones, I don't see safety increasing that much. Human reaction to a situation is unpredictable which can make automated systems fail and actually cause more harm. If we start seeing dedicated lanes/routes for autonomous vehicles, then I expect to see estimates more in line with what has been posted. Or since the government is dragging their feet into spending or building a separate infrastructure, we can have the non autonomous vehicles relegated to surface roads, lol.:B I'm thinking more along the lines of those wanting to automate can privatize dedicated toll routes. They should be more productive with their "private drivers" at the wheel and pay for that increased efficiency rather than penalizing those that do not spend into that option.
Bedlam 01/15/20 10:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Until the human factor is separated from autonomous zones, I don't see safety increasing that much. Human reaction to a situation is unpredictable which can make automated systems fail and actually cause more harm. If we start seeing dedicated lanes/routes for autonomous vehicles, then I expect to see estimates more in line with what has been posted.
Bedlam 01/15/20 10:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2018 RAM 2500 with Adventurer 910DB

The biggest draw back of the Ram 2500 is the coil spring placement. With the coils so far inboard, it is hard to keep a tall CG stabilized. You can add heavier coils, Timbren/Sumo springs farther outboard, a heavy stabilizer bar and heavily damped shocks along with higher rated tires and rims to make it better, but still will not be as good as a truck that has the primary suspension farther outboard. My opinion is that you can drop some money in this truck to make it an acceptable handling ride but it will never be exceptional with a truck camper. Have you considered upfitting your current trailer so it can handle boon docking better? Perhaps a suspension lift, larger wheels, shocks and skid plates covering the bottom vulnerable components would be enough rather than having two campers or replacing your current one.
Bedlam 01/14/20 12:36pm Truck Campers
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Regenerative brakes can be made to scruff off more power by routing that energy to a capacitor bank before going to batteries (like Mazda introduced in 2018 calling it i-ELOOP). You can also use braking to drive an air compressor and fill the tanks required on air brake vehicles.
Bedlam 01/14/20 12:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Too big for a T/C ?

If you have mobility issues, a truck camper will not be for you. Look at larger campers like the Chalet, Host or Eagle Cap models that have floors starting above the bed rails of a pickup.
Bedlam 01/10/20 04:20pm Truck Campers
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