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RE: Tow with Chevy Bolt?

I installed 2000 lb receivers on both my '03 VW Jetta and '15 Chevy Sonic. Due to lack of frame structure, they could not be used with a WDH and are limited to 200 lbs tongue weight. Both handle 1500 lbs well but were pushed around a little with the maximum 2000 lbs in tow without brakes.
Bedlam 10/14/19 08:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

I thought the Econolines stopped with diesel with the 6.0 PSD? After that, they only came with gassers? The Express did have the 6.6 DM until 2016 and now is optioned with the 2.8
Bedlam 10/10/19 01:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Planning a dry camp oriented DIY TC build.

For what you are describing, I would look at starting with a high top canopy with full rear door as your outer shell and build out the inside with sufficient insulation and comforts. A futon style couch on one side that folds out to a queen at night, a catalytic heater with the propane bottle mounted outside in a insulated blanket only when in use, one or two AGM batteries under the futon wired to an inverter and DC-DC charger running to your truck, media center on the front wall or opposite wall from the couch
Bedlam 10/10/19 07:35am Truck Campers
RE: Dodge / Chrysler Uconnect Issues

I have heard of these problems and opted for the 3.0 version of Uconnect which does not have over the air update connectivity. I know recently FCA was pushing updates out and people had radios continuing to operate even after leaving the vehicle. A second update to these fixed many of the problems brought on by the first update. There are some threads on the Cummins Forum about this issue. Power resetting the radio may help if it is a logic programming issue since these radios never are really powered down. I think running down the batteries bellow operating voltage resulted in the same and it is NOT a battery problem. The dead batteries were a symptom of a locked up radio draining them.
Bedlam 10/09/19 11:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: Immobile truck camper

The jacks have sufficient capacity to hold you and the full camper up on their own. Typically you would lower the camper to ease the stress on the jacks and make access easier. Some people add support under the floor if the camper does not have a basement or if they are trying to minimize any movement while they are inside. If you load the camper on a truck or trailer, you can lower the jacks to help stabilize the camper rather than have it move on the suspension and tires. Normally you would lift it just enough to slightly unload the truck's rear suspension but not enough that the camper would clear the bed. If the ground on which you have the camper set is uneven, you will want to remove the camper tie downs so you can level camper and let the truck only be semi-leveled. In my area, campers must be screened from street view if kept on your property and no one is allowed to live in them unless your property is zoned for multi-tenant use.
Bedlam 10/09/19 08:32am Truck Campers
RE: Truck inverter to power camper fridge

My last fridge was three way and would switch back forth between AC and LPG on the automatic setting without a problem. If AC and LPG were not available, it would switch to DC but would then stay there until you manually switched it out of that mode. I could run the fridge in manual mode choosing my source so it would not switch over but had to be careful with the automatic setting. Once while driving in high winds, the LPG flame blew out and it switched to DC and another time I ran out of LPG and it switched to DC. My previous camper did not have solar and only had the small charge line on the 7-blade connector, so I was drawing more than I was replenishing from the truck. Running AC or or heavier DC from the truck would have solved my previous problem but by the time I experienced it the the first time, I already had upgrade plans for the truck and camper... DC source was convenient for restricted LPG use areas like tunnels and ferries, but I passed on the option this time. I like some of the compressor fridges offered but still have a hard time justifying the price. Perhaps if my absorption fridge fails, I will revisit that option. Although I have seen some of the pictures of LPG fires caused by appliances, I am still confident in my systems to use them while driving.
Bedlam 10/09/19 08:13am Truck Campers
RE: Chevy, Ford... going into electric trucks.

...says the guy that has the gravy urn nearby. ^^^
Bedlam 10/07/19 12:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: VIDEO: Part Two - Dude, Where's My Tow Truck?

The 6.2 V8 gasser was not used in the SuperDuties until 2011 which means they are mated to the 6R140 automatic. I'm not sure if your transfer case is even compatible with it, but dash, wiring loom and ECU must be changed out and possibly relocate some engine and transmission mounts. You would have an easier time swapping in a 6.8 V10...
Bedlam 10/07/19 07:46am Truck Campers
RE: New to towing, hitch weight question

That hitch weight will be more once you add batteries and fill water and propane. You may be able to upgrade the truck's receiver if you have sufficient truck payload for more hitch weight.
Bedlam 10/06/19 09:49pm Towing
RE: Has anyone found replacement tents for the Lance 1131?

Most marine upholstery shops should be able to help you if the old one can be used for a pattern.
Bedlam 10/06/19 01:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Dude! Where's my tow truck?

We were really forward to the Fall Colors Caravan too Oct 11th. Find a cat sitter and you can come with us.
Bedlam 10/06/19 12:56pm Truck Campers
RE: has anyone else experienced this?

I was thinking these 2.5" tall stops may work for you since they compress more: https://cdn3.volusion.com/pa9ja.37rfp/v/vspfiles/photos/2040011-2.jpg?v-cache=1515491448 width=640
Bedlam 10/03/19 07:23pm Truck Campers
RE: has anyone else experienced this?

Is that 1" with the camper loaded or when empty? You may be able to use Energy Suspension bump stops which compress more than Torklift's.
Bedlam 10/03/19 05:05pm Truck Campers
RE: Talk me out of my new project.

I could see gutting the components and windows out of your truck camper and putting them in the van. I doubt you will have good results with the interior or slide.
Bedlam 10/02/19 05:06pm Truck Campers
RE: Best Front/ Rear Dash Cams for Truck Camper......

I use something like this: https://www.ebay.com/itm/9-66-4G-Android8-1-Car-Rearview-DVR-Camera-GPS-Navi-ADAS-Night-Vision-Dash-Cam/133182189437 You can add a dedicated SIM so it works like a hotspot in your truck or use your phone or hotspot to feed data to this device if you already have Internet connectivity.
Bedlam 09/26/19 03:10pm Truck Campers
RE: Experience/Opinions on a 2008 F450 for Towing

The 6.4 had a limited run so parts and expertise will always be harder to find. For a while, Ford did not use 19.5" wheels on the F450 pickup. This is only an advantage if you go places where you need to air down tires for flotation or you drive the truck unloaded often. The 450 pickup uses a 350 frame and pickup tuned engine but has the chassis cab axles. As far as I know only the higher ratio axles were used at 4.30
Bedlam 09/25/19 03:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: broke like a toothpick

It appears that the camper tie downs were welded to the truck frame causing this weakness. This is the second truck the same owner damaged by doing this. No receiver extension was used since this trailer has an extended tongue under the camper overhang. It can be found on the Alberta Coal Rollers page within Facebook.
Bedlam 09/25/19 03:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Day 2 Lake Wenatchee * Leavenworth * RR Power Station * Golf

I have to get my fill of Jägerschnitzel, Spätzle and Rot Kohl.
Bedlam 09/23/19 10:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Big Brother- Tag on your TC?

Reading more into license plate placement, many states classify this as a secondary offense so you will only be cited if you are pulled over for a primary offense. This would explain why many areas that require a front plate do not actively enforce having it in place.
Bedlam 09/23/19 09:24am Truck Campers
RE: Wierd Marks Appearing On Tires

It looks like the split in the mold when the tire is formed but does not make sense that it only shows once the tire is worn down. Like others have posted, I would be looking under the rear wheel wells for protrusions that may make contact with the tire only during extreme wheel travel. Since it is only happening on the rear tire positions, I have a hard time believing it is the tire mold. On the other hand, the rear may be wearing faster which shows this manufacturing detail sooner than the front.
Bedlam 09/23/19 08:22am Tow Vehicles
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