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RE: Stable Lift on a 2006 Arctic Fox 1150

I would weary of lifting any camper that has slides by the wings. The structure was not designed for it. They built up the corners for the weight, but not the side walls.
Bedlam 03/25/23 10:13am Truck Campers
RE: part three of the broken frame saga.

If your F350 is a DRW, converting to a flatbed will give you more storage with the current camper. I looked at doing this with my SRW but did not have the weight capacity to carry more. Host, Eagle Cap and Chalet have tall basements which also add to your storage space. For us, the truck camper very versatile which encourages us to bring so many different things. About half our trips are with a trailer in tow to bring along more toys, but it is not always.
Bedlam 03/19/23 11:18am Truck Campers
RE: part three of the broken frame saga.

thats twice I have seen air compressor what are you using that for? I have a little tiny one that weighs about 5 lbs to top up tires if I have to. how many AH does that 600lbs of AGM give you. I imagin you could save a ton of weight just switching to LFP batteries. water weight is a little over estimated but only by about 60 lbs so canopy chairs and tables, I am getting the impression you set up in a place and stay there for a while to make the hassel of seting all that up worth it. I only have a old hand crank awning on the once side of my camper so thats what I work with.. I have no storage for anything else haha my two lawn chairs go on the floor under the table and my paddel boards go on the dinet seat when I am traveling. My tires require over 100 psi, so better quality compressor is required. I use it to seat tires and run air tools for my off-road toys and blow up inflatable rafts. Even the 100% duty cycle 12vdc cannot perform these tasks well due to lack of volume. The AGM's come used from a server room after 5 years of use, I get another 5 out of them but start seeing degradation and failures after 8 years of service. If they were not free, I would consider alternate batteries but these sit in lower boxes under the flatbed of the truck and connect to the truck, camper and enclosed trailer with heavy gauge wire. We carry sufficient seating and tables for guests. Rarely do we use park picnic benches. There is some redundancy to what I carry because trips are squeezed in between full time work and wasting time looking for replacements during a trip or canceling a trip is what I try to avoid.
Bedlam 03/18/23 09:45am Truck Campers
RE: part three of the broken frame saga.

I carry about 600 lbs of AGM batteries that are free to me. My fresh water tank is about 65 gallons and always goes out full, so another 600 lbs. Air compressor and tools are 100 lbs, another 100 lbs of canopy, chairs and tables. I have not even tallied what is inside the camper yet...
Bedlam 03/15/23 06:39pm Truck Campers
RE: part three of the broken frame saga.

It is obvious all us camp differently. Some are happy wiith 500 lbs of gear while other campers are pushing 7000 lbs. You need to know how much you are carrying and adjust what you carry or change vehicles to do it safely. No one should be telling you one method is better than the other. Keep conversation civil or you will put this thread into lock.
Bedlam 03/14/23 06:57pm Truck Campers
RE: part three of the broken frame saga.

I have a large truck and camper. We don't go beyond forest roads, but I needed the towing capacity of a Super C with less length and better chassis clearance. 4wd is an added plus which is used at least once a year rather than needing a recovery.
Bedlam 03/14/23 06:32am Truck Campers
RE: Rv loan rates!

I guess I have been dead the last 15 years and didn't get the memo...
Bedlam 03/11/23 03:13pm Truck Campers
RE: Rv loan rates!

I have never financed discretionary purchases. It takes me a while to save up, but I do not have the overhead of loans slowing my saving. Paying off our home was the real factor in being able to pre save for purchases rather than financing them into the future at a higher cost.
Bedlam 03/11/23 08:38am Truck Campers
RE: memory foam mattress freezing

I did not replace my 2012 811 mattress but did add a standard queen size memory foam topper. It was the same dimension as the OEM mattress and all our residential sheets fit it well. I am still using the same topper in my Host 10 years later, so degradation is not that bad. In the summer, we put it under the mattress since it traps body heat and makes it too warm. In the winter, it gets moved to the top. They are hard and stiff if you lie down in a cold camper until your body heat softens them, so the experience is different compared to regular foam or coil spring. I am not sure I would want the entire mattress to be memory foam, but just a layer of it works well for us.
Bedlam 03/11/23 08:21am Truck Campers
RE: right front tire wear

From what you are describing, toe got knocked inwards on the right front causing the tire to scuff when driving forward.
Bedlam 03/06/23 02:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Method HD wheels on beach

The Method HD rims are for LT tires and allow you to air down for soft surface use.
Bedlam 03/06/23 01:51pm Truck Campers
RE: Need Lance 1130 Truck Camper Bumper

Torklift makes many OEM truck camper bumpers - You may want to try them. If you are willing to fabricate new mounts, you can look at aftermarket truck bumpers instead.
Bedlam 03/04/23 02:35pm Truck Campers
RE: Michelin commercial tire lifespan

I replaced mine after 7 years and 60k+ miles even though the tires still had good tread. I look at this as preventive maintenance and factor in the cost of camping. My truck sits outdoors and is not sheltered in a garage but the weather is mild on rubber in area. If it was garaged, I would be willing to run them longer.
Bedlam 03/03/23 03:35pm Truck Campers
RE: DRW vs SRW safety, tire blowout

So after almost 11 months of posts, the information is beginning to repeat because people do not read the entire thread. Time to close this out.
Bedlam 03/02/23 02:52pm Truck Campers
RE: Pop Ups

When we had a tent trailer, a garage was mandatory so you could dry it out. It towed nice but had many negatives that took me back to hardsides with no regrets.
Bedlam 02/23/23 07:53pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck to fit camper

You either need the Ram 3500 Megacab DRW or run a SRW with suspension and Wheel upgrades. If you go this route, expect to swap out the spring pack. Add a rear stabilizer bar and go to 245/70r19.5 PR16 LRH tires. You may also need heavier damped shocks to handle those heavy commercial tires.
Bedlam 02/22/23 09:08pm Truck Campers
RE: Sway bar for F350 pia

My 2005 F250 had the OEM stabilizer bars front and rear along with the outboard Firestone airbags with no interference issues. Does the Roadmaster install with the down links in front of the axle like the OEM? Where is your bar getting hung up?
Bedlam 02/21/23 06:37am Truck Campers
RE: Help With Figuring Out Which Trucks Will Work For A Camper

There is no GVWR for a truck camper, only for the truck carrying the camper. manufacturers typically list a dry weight with no options, batteries or propane and some will list option weights. Each camper typically has an built weight tag, but some are estimated while others are actual.
Bedlam 02/21/23 06:32am Truck Campers
RE: Sway bar for F350 pia

Some airbag must under the frame rails while others mount outboard of the rails. Which ones are you running?
Bedlam 02/20/23 09:54pm Truck Campers
RE: Happijac motors

What about putting the new motors on the rear if they don't clear the front? You still have three good old ones that could serve the front jacks.
Bedlam 02/15/23 03:53pm Truck Campers
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