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Is changing to a quieter AC worth it?

Kicking around the idea of changing the AC to a quieter brand. Would it be worth the cost? Down here in the sunny south, the AC runs quite a bit. Considering the Truma Aventa or the RecPro by Houghton, or ?? And if I could find a 9500 btu that is quiet, would that be enough AC for a hard side without slides? Thanks.
BigSwick 09/13/22 03:07am Truck Campers
RE: Towing truck camper (expecting first experience today)

Where are you? maybe somebody on here could bring a load tester to check your battery? Is it the original battery in the truck? If so, I would guess that it could be your problem. I would think you would be way to high to be on a flatbed with the camper. Could you unload the camper in the walmart until truck gets fixed?
BigSwick 09/12/22 02:08am Truck Campers
RE: Sealing my TC's EPDM Roof

I am a commercial/industrial roofing contracor. We have installed millions of square feet of EPDM on flat roof buildings over the last 40 years. Believe me, you do not need to coat EPDM. A good EPDM will last over 30 years before it starts to break down. The problem with an RV roof is the penetrations. If I flashed commercial roof penetrations the way RV manufactures do, I'd be in prison. So maintain your penetrations. Do not let any cracks go, inspect often, do not let any water get under your roof. Water under the roof breaks down the surface of the underlayment and the bond to the EPDM will be lost. Dicor works fine at keeping up on them. The biggest enemy of EPDM is oil. Do not repair it with asphalt plastic cement, or anything oily, and do not clean it with anything oily. It is not necessary to clean your roof, but if you feel like you want to just because, use mild soap and water. I have 35 year old roofs that have never been cleaned. But DO scrub the repair areas clean with soap and water and a scotchbrite pad before applying the Dicor, this will help it stick. Is the commercial EPDM the same thickness as what is on most RVs?
BigSwick 08/07/22 02:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Electric Ford F-150 and Four Wheel Camper Make Alaska Run

I have heard that it costs like a buck a minute for every minute your car stays plugged in AFTER it is fully charged. So, don't walk over to that Burger King for lunch and be late coming back, or that $10 combo special will really cost you!
BigSwick 07/28/22 04:27pm Truck Campers
RV that makes it's own water!

I wonder how much one of these gizmos cost. Add a composting toilet and plenty of solar, you could camp indefinitely! https://www.businessinsider.com/photos-living-vehicle-luxury-340000-rv-trailer-creates-water-air-2022-7
BigSwick 07/24/22 12:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Seeking Airbag Advice for Lifted F150/TC650

What he said^. You need to let your springs take enough weight that it engages the lower main leaf. That means it needs to sag a couple inches at least. Of course if the truck is leveled that will make it ride nose up. What actual lift do you have and tire size? Does it still have some rake? IE most lifts are less in back to level the truck when not loaded. Springs are obviously not a 2 beer job like airbags, but if this is going to be a long term setup I’d get the heaviest springs i could put under it, reasonably. There are many ways to skin this cat and each have some advantages and disadvantages. With stout springs, you may reasonably get by with those only (2500lb springs like you posted seem a bit light. Unless you’ve actually weighed the camper, it could be heavier than you think). Springs and Timbrens shimmed up pretty tight might be a good way to go too. If you have the option of doing one step at a time and then test driving it, it could save you some additional time/expense of trial and error. I disagree. This is a short term setup. Let one idiot stop short in front of him, and when he swerves to miss them, game over... Bite the bullet, trade the truck for one capable of the load.
BigSwick 05/16/22 04:06pm Truck Campers
RE: Seeking Airbag Advice for Lifted F150/TC650

Look at the yellow sticker inside the door and see what your weight carrying capacity is. Subtract 3-400 pounds for the extra suspension and bigger tires and wheels. I would bet you are WAY over loaded. Do you have E rated tires? What is the tire size and rear axle ratio?
BigSwick 05/16/22 02:51am Truck Campers
camping in the Keys

They just reopened a loop at Bahia Honda SP, between Marathon and Key West. Taking reservations for the next 11 months, but filling up quick. Most sites are 18' max length, but at least one I looked at is 23'. Be advised there is absolutely NO shade at the sites! Loop SSC. Most sites are literally steps from the ocean, so a good breeze to be had all day. https://reserve.floridastateparks.org/Web/Default.aspx
BigSwick 05/12/22 03:11am Truck Campers
RE: Tailgate support rack

Do you have a long or short bed truck? What model and year camper are you getting? Somebody here surely has that combo and can advise with experience.
BigSwick 05/01/22 02:59am Truck Campers
RE: How to mount stairs to old Lance?

Man, that camper is one tight fit in the bed! Are you using some kind of "hidden" tie downs, or do you not have them installed in the pics?
BigSwick 04/19/22 02:45am Truck Campers
RE: what company makes these jacks and tie downs.

Cirrus is using a retractable type ratchet strap on the 620 model. Weight of camper could be upwards of 2500#. They are mounted on the camper and attach in the bed tie downs. Thoughts?
BigSwick 03/09/22 04:23am Truck Campers
RE: TC fit on 2022 F350 7.3L gas DRW 4x4 crew cab

I asked Lance about the 850 model last year and here is what was said: thank you for your inquiry. Older 850 models were designed for long bed trucks, it was in 2019 that it was modified for long and short bed trucks."
BigSwick 02/15/22 03:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck camper title?

Ask the seller to see their bill of sale from when they bought it. Another question is: if the seller has it financed and you buy it, could it get repossessed if they didn't pay off the loan?
BigSwick 02/15/22 03:26pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck camper title?

In Florida, if you buy from an individual and not a dealer-NO sales tax!
BigSwick 02/15/22 02:44am Truck Campers
RE: Truck Bed Weight

So for SRW- 366 pounds minus spare tire and wheel, maybe 65 pounds, minus spare tire holder, maybe 25 pounds, minus rear bumper, maybe 40 pounds. For a grand bed weight total of 236 pounds, give or take a few. I would have guessed heavier than that. I can't imagine not carrying a spare tire or having a rear bumper.
BigSwick 02/13/22 11:41am Truck Campers
looking for cheaper RV insurance

It is coming up on renewal time. Currently have National General Rv insurance. Any recommendations for a less costly company? No, I do not want to go without. Last year premium was 358, haven't got renewal notice yet for this year.
BigSwick 02/06/22 04:26am Truck Campers
Is support needed when storing for an extended time?

Hello all. I am fairly new to truck campers, about a year now. I have been leaving the camper- Cirrus 820- sit on the jacks when not in use. Sometimes for a month or two. Is a platform or stand needed to take the weight off of the jacks when not in use? And if you use them, how did you construct them? TIA and Happy New Year!
BigSwick 01/07/22 01:41pm Truck Campers
RE: A new adventure for me.

Thanks to all for the information. It appears they don't make tie downs for Ford, GM, or Ram newer than 2017.
BigSwick 12/11/21 03:38pm Truck Campers
RE: A new adventure for me.

I am new to truck campers, so there is a lot I don't know. But curious about the tiedowns. Looks like a big camper to be just attached just to the bed and not the frame. I know with my Cirrus 820 and an aluminum body truck I wouldn't want to do it.
BigSwick 12/10/21 02:29pm Truck Campers
RE: Cirrus 920 bath sink issues

We have a model 820 that we bought used and have owned for less than a year. We have camped in it about 30 nights. We have never noticed a problem with the sink. Maybe, it needs a few seconds to drain after using before being folded up?
BigSwick 11/23/21 03:11am Truck Campers
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