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RE: Looking for a post Christmas sale on Lithium batteries

OP says, “who has a sale going on good quality lithium batteries?” There’re a number of variables to consider that impact quality - please clarify “good quality”… 3 tons Something that will last 10+ years and be trouble free. what more could you ask for?
BigSwick 12/27/22 11:38am Truck Campers
Looking for a post Christmas sale on Lithium batteries

who has a sale going on good quality lithium batteries? I saw this one, but they don't have built in heaters, which I may not even need here in Florida... https://dakotalithium.com/product/dakota-lithium-12v-100ah-deep-cyle-lifepo4-marine-solar-battery/
BigSwick 12/26/22 04:47am Truck Campers
RE: Ordering F-350 7.3 CCLB SRW - how big of camper can I get?

I made the bed length decision quickly. Maximum payload, fuel tank and flexibility. Order date 12/12/2022 Job 1 / Priority code 10 F-350 Lariat Crew Cab Long Box Carbonized Grey / Black Onyx 7.3L 4.30 gears Lariat Ultimate Camper/Snowplow FX4 Clearance Lights Dual Battery / Alternator Max Recline Seats ??????? Good Luck. I hope you get it quickly. (hope you even get it by next camping season) Thanks. I have an out if it doesn't arrive by June. It is the quickest job code and highest retail priority code so I'm hopeful. Also gas have been faster apparently. But the Fifth wheel prep package worries me about adding delays. I added it to get the bed 7 pin connector. Maybe I should have just had it installed after the fact. But labour is expensive here in Canada. On my 2019 F250, the plug cost about $50 online. Plug it in under the bed, cut a small hole and install in bed. About a half hour including time to figure out where you want to put the hole.
BigSwick 12/15/22 01:33am Truck Campers
RE: Ordering F-350 7.3 CCLB SRW - how big of camper can I get?

What others have failed to mention is everything you put in the cab of the truck counts toward the carrying capacity. You, the wife, the kids, the carseats, tools, dog, etc... Add in a half a tank of fresh water and you are probably close to the 1000 pound estimate without food, beer, clothes, etc.
BigSwick 12/05/22 03:53pm Truck Campers
RE: New to truck campers

At least one major manufacturer is switching to all 12V refrigerators for 2023.That is Nu-Camp Cirrus line. They claim it is the wave of the future. They are using 12 Isotherm Cruise 130 refrigerators that draw 4.7 amps/hour. and now have 100 amp hour Battle Born batteries standard, with a 500 amp hour upgrade option (for about 10K) Maybe the new 12V fridges are different than those of a few years ago?
BigSwick 11/30/22 04:00pm Truck Campers
RE: saw a cool looking rig the other day.

Ranger supercab max cargo-1905 pounds. 2 wheel drive. the fellow claimed the camper weighed about 800 kilos (1700 pounds) wet. Hard side, wet bath, side door, fresh water tank, AC. What manufacturer makes one to match this? If none, why?
BigSwick 11/24/22 03:03pm Truck Campers
saw a cool looking rig the other day.

Tischer pickup camper. Made in Germany. On a DIESEL Ford Ranger. I like the side door. And it has a wet bath! The owners were from France and had it shipped over to tour around the USA and then return at some point. VERY lightweight rig. Diesel heater and cooktop, no propane due to variances in European tanks. Also had a 220V AC. Very similiar to this one. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=tischer+camper&docid=607999655468281386&mid=8B3751EACD0D2CBCDFF48B3751EACD0D2CBCDFF4&view=detail&FORM=VIRE
BigSwick 11/17/22 04:12pm Truck Campers
RE: 36" Hitch Extension for 2" Receiver - Are they Made?

Curious to how much weight the Supertruss adds with the extension over stock hitch? (and therefore decreases your "legal" camper carrying capacity?) it must be significant. It's beefy, but not that heavy. If someone is that close on capacity, they have other issues. And towing anything probably shouldn't be on the menu. After some net searching, I estimate that for my application, the hitch itself would add about 30 pounds over the stock hitch. A 36" extension adds about 70 pounds. If towing a 3500 pound trailer, there should be about 350 pounds of tongue weight. All the above reduce the carrying capacity you can put in the bed (your camper). If you have a 4500 or 5500 series truck, it probably won't be a factor. If you have a 2500 or 3500 series truck, you should take notice..
BigSwick 10/26/22 03:46am Truck Campers
RE: 36" Hitch Extension for 2" Receiver - Are they Made?

Curious to how much weight the Supertruss adds with the extension over stock hitch? (and therefore decreases your "legal" camper carrying capacity?) it must be significant.
BigSwick 10/19/22 04:08pm Truck Campers
RE: Batteries died...sheesh

I agree it seems like a no-brainer this day and age..Will Prowse has a nice video on this battery and a tear down..There is a heated version for less than $100 more.. https://i.imgur.com/yz5UQkk.jpg height=640 width=440 I looked this up on Scamazon. I thought LifePo4 batteries were considerably lighter than AGM. Why does this one weigh 60 pounds? Several of the reviews mentioned the 60 lbs, so I don't think it was a misprint. But go to ebay, and a similiar listing shows 26 lbs Item specifics Condition: New: A brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item in its original packaging (where packaging is ... Read moreabout the condition Custom Bundle: No charge voltage: 14.6V/set Nominal voltage: 12.8V/set Type: Battery Typical capacity: 96AH Weight: 26.4 lbs Deep Cycle Life: 2000-8000 cycles Reusability: Rechargeable Battery Size: 12.71x8.34x6.49 inch Terminal: F12 (M8) Feature: Built-in Smart BMS Brand: WEIZE Manufacturer Warranty: 10 Years Application: Emergency Lighting, UPS Backups, Wheelchairs Amp Hours: 100 AH Chemical Composition: Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) UPC: 0840140912777
BigSwick 10/09/22 03:26am Truck Campers
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
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