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RE: Are you towing with a flatbed?

It is not just the double truss that gives you a good tow capacity. Look at the diameter of the SuperHitch cross section and the depth of the side plates on the frame rails. My side plates run from the back of the frame all the way to the rear spring hangers.
Bedlam 06/14/21 11:00am Truck Campers
RE: Are you towing with a flatbed?

Chassis cabs don't vary much in frame year to year so upfits will work with them. You may need to drill the side plates if the OEM mounting holes moved, but not much more. My 2015 Ram 5500 was not on the list but fit without modification on the older MY receiver.
Bedlam 06/12/21 08:40pm Truck Campers
RE: Are you towing with a flatbed?

I typically tow 8k lbs using a 30k lb SuperHitch and 42" SuperTruss.
Bedlam 06/10/21 08:54pm Truck Campers
RE: 2007 Chevy 2500HD classic/superhitch spare doesn't fit.

Bedlam our moderator mounted his spare on his superhitch. Not sure if it's laying flat topside or under. Mine is sitting on top of the SuperTruss so I do not reduce clearance. You will have to measure the space you have under the camper to see if the your spare tire will clear. http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/29117589/gotomsg/29250087.cfm#29250087
Bedlam 06/07/21 08:15am Truck Campers
RE: Need to Haul Cargo with a Truck registered as an RV (CA)

I have collector registrations on some of my vehicles that come with use restrictions in exchange for a single "forever fee" that does not have to be renewed. Choosing this registration prevents me from using them as a daily use vehicles. Abusing this classification results in large fines. There are no exception passes offered for sale. I suspect this is the same with the registration in CA if you don't use your truck as an RV. Since you have a clause about getting service completed, perhaps you can schedule an appointment close to your destination and get your truck serviced before returning home? You would be following the letter of the law even if it was not the spirit of the law. If you were pulled over for improper registration, you would be able to show your appointment and they could even verify it was legitimate calling the shop or you would have the service receipt on the return home.
Bedlam 06/06/21 10:48am Truck Campers
RE: 1979 Lance 400 12v Electrical

Torklift offers a truck frame mount for batteries or you can add additional batteries forward of each wheel well. Using an Anderson connector between truck and camper will give you sufficient flow while making connections easy. Run heavy gauge welding cable between the truck battery and additional batteries using breakers at each battery connection if something shorts.
Bedlam 06/05/21 11:46am Truck Campers
RE: On line calculator for hitch extensions

I am not restoring rear axle weight, only the front back to unloaded values.
Bedlam 05/30/21 11:04pm Truck Campers
RE: More Stuck Camper Jacks

ATF soaking it overnight has freed things up for me in the past. Marvell Mystery Oil and PB Blaster have also worked after soaking in. Are they over run and jammed or just corroded in place? If corroded, a couple of whacks with wood block from the top and bottom may free the threads.
Bedlam 05/29/21 10:23am Truck Campers
RE: On line calculator for hitch extensions

It looks helpful in showing how much your front axle unloads without a WDH, but with one engaged does not reflect how tight or loose you run your spring bars. My WDH is set to restore all the weight back to the front axle as if I was not hitched.
Bedlam 05/29/21 10:16am Truck Campers
RE: DC to DC converter for small electronics

DC to DC conversion typically uses pulse width modulation with a feed back loop to keep the voltage regulated at a set reference under varying loads. The power is pretty dirty until filtered through some capacitors. It used to be easy to pick up all these components and scale it to your needs, but stores and user knowledge have been dieing out. Yeah, finding any kind of small components is getting troublesome. I couldn't even find the same single pole 12 volt illuminated switches I had bought less than ten years ago (I ended up cannibalizing the originals out of Mr. KIT because I couldn't find anything nowadays half as decent a quality). DigiKey and Mouser are still around for parts.
Bedlam 05/25/21 09:13pm Truck Campers
RE: Ordered Host cascade today

My spare tire is on my receiver extension.
Bedlam 05/24/21 08:07pm Truck Campers
RE: DC to DC converter for small electronics

DC to DC conversion typically uses pulse width modulation with a feed back loop to keep the voltage regulated at a set reference under varying loads. The power is pretty dirty until filtered through some capacitors. It used to be easy to pick up all these components and scale it to your needs, but stores and user knowledge have been dieing out.
Bedlam 05/21/21 08:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Ram TRX vs Cybertruck

But my brother, a software engineer, became an investor in Tesla when he heard him explain how they developed the computer for self driving vehicles -- from scratch since there is nothing out there yet at that time. My brother also concluded that Tesla's vault of value that they have not monetized yet is their enormous accumulated info of global driving data base. Self driving still has way to go. This was from the past weekend: On Saturday, a deputy responded to a collision in the 25200 block of 103rd Ave NE where a vehicle sheared a power pole in half. The deputy parked on the shoulder on the road, with his emergency lights flashing, and exited his vehicle to speak with the Fire units on scene. Approximately 30 seconds later, a Tesla in “autopilot” mode, struck the deputy's vehicle causing significant damage. Thankfully, there were no injuries from this collision. This is a great reminder that vehicles may have autopilot to assist, but it cannot be relied upon to get you safely from one destination to the next. https://i.imgur.com/xQfjAmUl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/AHjgiNIl.jpg
Bedlam 05/17/21 04:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anybody still going out?

Twice a month year round we go out but the locations change based on the weather. Maybe you should hit the coastal breeze or highest elevations when the desert valleys get hot?
Bedlam 05/17/21 02:22pm Toy Haulers
RE: Back to work part time.

Spectra's images are fine. It is something on Jim's end.
Bedlam 05/17/21 01:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Trying different method of fresh water tank sanitization

We typically are out twice a month with the camper and draw from the tank to keep the water fresh. We may fill from city chlorinated water or from well, but I avoid filling any water that is heavy in mineral or smell. We have not gone more than three weeks without use, so I have not treated or cleaned the fresh tank. I flush the hot water tank one or twice a year and have not seen enough build up worry about cleaning it. You can pump a vinegar dilution into your hot water tank by using the winterizing siphon and not running the tank bypass if you don't want to pickle your fresh tank.
Bedlam 05/17/21 01:38pm Truck Campers
RE: External Holding Tanks for Extended Boon Docking

Just a bit of additional info... The estimated price of a septic system in this area can run between $30k and $50k when all is said and done. Part of the reason for the high cost is we are looking at building a large primary house and then a shop with a secondary living area so the septic will need to be sized quite large. That type of coin just isn't in the cards currently plus we couldn't even start until we have a full site plan figured out and that is going to take a couple of years. I'm thinking of something more like this. That would give me enough capacity for a week at a time and it could fit right under the trailer making it easy to use. I will just transfer the waste to this when the trailer tanks get full and then when this is full, have a pump out company come and service it. Grey water I will probably just let water some trees nearby an make sure we use appropriate biodegradable soaps and such. For fresh water we would get a similar tank approved for fresh water. There is possibly a spring on the property (have to confirm) so we might be able to refill from the spring. If that isn't possible, we will have to look at a water delivery service. I'm looking at spending maybe $1k to $3k to get going. This setup is intended to be temporary, 3 to 5 years tops with us using the trailer maybe for 1 to 2 weeks each of those years. That sound overly high for septic install. It was under $3k for design and permitting of mine. Then it depends on the type of accepted design for cost: Gravity $5-10k Two chamber pump $10-15k Sand trap or mound $20-25k Aerated or chemically dosed $20-30k
Bedlam 05/17/21 01:25pm Truck Campers
RE: External Holding Tanks for Extended Boon Docking

My property has utilities but enclosed trailer carries a 30 gallon waste tote and two 42 gallon fresh tanks for extended boon docking.
Bedlam 05/14/21 07:42pm Truck Campers
RE: Space heater recommendations?

I use a dual element heater. 500w and 1000w or both at 1500w.
Bedlam 05/14/21 07:38pm Truck Campers
RE: Can't overcome the fear of buying a Truck and TC.......

I have one last large financial drain before retiring but try to balance living today with tomorrow's goals.
Bedlam 05/14/21 10:30am Truck Campers
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