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RE: Need Suspension Mods

My 2005 F250 was at 7000 lbs on the rear axle with a 2012 Arctic Fox 811. Adding my tongue weight of an 8000 lb trailer made it 8000 lbs on the rear of the truck. To ride level and safe at that weight, I added the following: Vision Heavy Hauler 81 rims rated 4500 lbs each 245/70R19.5 LRH PR16 tires rated over 5000 lbs each Ford OEM rear stabilizer bar Upper Torklift StableLoad pads Lower Torklift StableLoad wedges Firestone Ride Rite airbags rated at 5000 lbs and plumbed individually Rancho RS9000XL adjustable shocks This combination crossed the Rockies on three round trips and was solid for 30,000 miles before I upgraded to my current truck and camper. It handled the Midwest winds well and had no problems with windy mountain roads. If had to this again, I would not hesitate but would probably replace the entire rear spring pack rather than build it up with with bags and StableLoads.
Bedlam 09/17/20 08:50am Truck Campers
RE: Lowering rear of truck

My 4wd F250 used the shorter blocks while the SRW F350 used the taller ones. This may be another source for shorter blocks if that is the way you go.
Bedlam 09/16/20 11:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: Interesting entry steps / stairs.

Are you thinking about a lip on the leading edge of each step or more of an open grate design? I agree it would add to traction but it would also make barefoot and sandal use uncomfortable. If you have pets, I doubt they would like an open grate. Am I not understanding this? It used to be the case that scissor steps would have to be stowed, but many people figured out a way to mount them so they did not have be removed. Torklift even sells an accessory for their stairs so they stow in place. I use the Revolution steps on my side entry, so they are always ready to deploy and my application required six steps to reach the camper entry. My setup is taller than most, so I am lucky there is a modular system that cam be put together based on the height required. Adjustable feet make a big difference with stability on uneven ground. I am on my second set of stairs with adjustable pads on the bottom. Prior to this I used to shim the bottom bar on uneven ground to keep the stairs steady and from twisting under weight. Adjustable feet also allow for finer height adjustment if you need a half step height rather than full.
Bedlam 09/16/20 11:01am Truck Campers
RE: How do you store bikes inside your Truck Camper?

I carry mine in the back of the truck's crew cab when I do not have my trailer.
Bedlam 09/14/20 06:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Back order shocks

I had the adjustable Rancho shocks on my F250. I found once I tuned the front, I did not touch them but the rears would be adjusted based on whether the camper was loaded. I think you can get away with a fixed set up front, but you will not get that fine tuning of the 9000 series.
Bedlam 09/14/20 06:24pm Truck Campers
RE: Interesting entry steps / stairs.

The steps look solid but will take up storage space and may be too inconvenient to mount/dismount for quick stops. I prefer a steps that stow in place and can be quickly accessed.
Bedlam 09/14/20 06:07pm Truck Campers
RE: Watch those glass stove tops.

Mine is 3.5 years old now and I have not had a problem with it. It was DW's choice to get it and I would not have paid the extra amount, but it made her happy.
Bedlam 09/14/20 05:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: NEED ADVICE !Brand New F-450 and Host Mammoth

Your spring pack will be too soft for the camper and trailer. You have the option to upgrade the spring pack or tweak your current pack to take up the sag. How do you want to proceed? I did the tweaks on my previous truck to make it still comfortable unloaded. My current truck is dedicated to camper hauling and has the correct suspension for my load.
Bedlam 09/05/20 09:52pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos

I did not deal with any RV's that were metal framed with metal skin. All of mine had ground runs to a central point. Even the ones that had aluminum siding over wood did not attempt to use the skin as a return path. So your exterior is the only return path? I am sure you can fashion additional ground leads to the skin, but have taken a resistance reading between the skin and the negative side of the battery yet?
Bedlam 08/25/20 04:58pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos

I have not seen an RV that uses chassis ground. They are wired more like a boat or home with dedicated ground runs. There may be a central grounding point/post, but it does not necessarily have to be attached to the chassis.
Bedlam 08/25/20 12:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Ram Factory Brake Controller

My 2005 Ford brake controller worked better for me than my 2015 Ram controller. I feel it is the programming of the Ram controller at lower speeds not providing sufficient duty cycle and requiring more tow vehicle braking than should be needed to stop. This is most noticed in heavy traffic rather than stops from higher speeds.
Bedlam 08/24/20 02:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Dually or HDT + toyhauler vs tag axle Class A and F150 toad

I have a Class 5 4wd with a triple slide camper on the back. It offers the traction and clearance to boon dock plus has enough capacity to tow 12k lbs of additional toys.
Bedlam 08/24/20 02:03pm Toy Haulers
RE: Who is a Full Timer with a Camper?

If looking at tag toy haulers that maximize space, look for ones with an open floor plan and either a front bath or kitchen. My Weekend Warrior FB2200 was 22' and had 16' of convertible cargo space. It was heavy due to the large tanks and big generator but we needed even more space and better insulation than a SoCal built RV.
Bedlam 08/24/20 01:40pm Truck Campers
RE: Who is a Full Timer with a Camper?

Don’t worry about it. It’s the internet. People get upset all of the time. Thanks & yep the internet always seems to do that. BTW, How do you like your Host camper? From what I have seen and read about them they are at the top of my list for possible TC's. My list would go something like this: 1) Host 2) Chalet 3) Eagle Cap 4) Lance I know Chalet isn't making TC's any longer but while they were they made some very nice units. I like the Eagle Cap 1165 first and the Eagle Cap 1200 next. But the fit and finish in the Eagle Cap isn't on par with Host. The Lance 1172 is a nice unit. FYI: The Lance does not have a tall basement like the other three. The floor start above the wheel wells rather than over the bed rails. You will have a larger climb in and out of bed and minimal basement storage compared to the other three. If you plan to turn this into a redneck toy hauler, have you considered buying a travel trailer that could have the axle(s) pulled out and then set on your goose neck trailer? They are much less expensive and there are more floor plan choices.
Bedlam 08/21/20 09:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Who is a Full Timer with a Camper?

We do not full time, but we get away as much as we can with me still working full time. We are on our second truck camper and fifth RV, so we had a pretty good idea what works for us and what does not. I am on the wet side of the state and actually looking at property close to you for my retirement. We plan to keep a home but travel more once the anchor of work is off me. We prefer a dry bath so we can hang wet clothes to dry in the shower and still have a bathroom to use. We like sitting at a large table for meals so chose a U-shaped dinette that can be a lounger (also works as a portable office). Our current camper has loveseat with leg rest to relax or watch a movie at night. I went with a class 5 truck due to the 4-ton enclosed trailer I tow behind my 3-ton triple-slide camper. A class 3 is just too limited by the rear axle capacity for me to make it work reliably or safely. The added bonus of going to a class 5 truck was the ability to put storage boxes on the truck and still have enough capacity to carry things in them. I have two boxes full of batteries, a box for an outdoor kitchen, a box for outdoor furniture, a box for tools and box for exterior hookups and cleaning. My trailer can carry an additional 100 lbs of propane, 25 gallons of gasoline, 84 gallons of fresh water, 30 gallons of gray water and even more batteries in addition to toys we want bring along for that trip. I am not ready to pare down the fun yet, so we load only what we want for a trip and leave the rest at home.
Bedlam 08/21/20 09:28pm Truck Campers
RE: looking at glowsteps

The Revolution works on my side entry camper.
Bedlam 08/10/20 11:10pm Truck Campers
RE: 2019+ RAM HD with failed CP4-2 IP to get CP3's

There are aftermarket conversion kits to go from CP4 to CP3. Everything I read was that the CP3 could not provide enough fuel rail pressure for the current engine outputs without creating more emissions. Perhaps atomization is insufficient but volume can keep up?
Bedlam 08/05/20 09:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: too much truck or not enough trailer?

You definitely can have too much truck if towing a fifth wheel or carrying a truck camper. Overly stiff suspension will shake a RV to pieces. This is less of an issue with tag trailer since less of the trailer weight is sitting on the truck.
Bedlam 08/05/20 09:25am Towing
RE: Taping Window on Cab Over

Maybe use painter's tape to reduce the residue? I would use a foam sheet rather than cardboard unless you plan to remove it every time it rains.
Bedlam 08/05/20 09:09am Truck Campers
RE: Timbrens vs Stableloads

With the camper loaded, you want your upper overload springs to engage which help with porpoising and sway. If you still have sway after engaging the upper overloads, you most likely need a heavy stabilizer bar. Because each truck and camper is slightly different and what people bring with them varies, there is no correct answer what to do before you try the camper on the OEM setup. Once you have a couple trips completed, you may find some traits of handling should be addressed and then we can make suggestions that will not drain your wallet with questionable improvement.
Bedlam 08/03/20 10:15am Truck Campers
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