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RE: Newbie ClassA questions - Stacker trailers

a triple axle stacker spread axle will set level not hooked to the motorhome just make sure your load is close to level.makes all the difference That's very good to know - I know towing a same-size double vs. triple axle toybox is going to have a totally different tongue weight requirement. Rule of thumb for 2-axle is 10-15%, what is triple axle? Good example of a trailer I'm looking for has axles almost taking all of the tongue weight--- 24' Triple Axle
Boatycall 12/12/19 02:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Newbie ClassA questions - Stacker trailers

Well this isn't good... When I go to 'Class C' forum, then click on sub-topic 'Super C', not one single post in the forum at all.
Boatycall 12/11/19 09:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Newbie ClassA questions - Stacker trailers

So I'm picking up here that there is a design/towing difference between a Super C and a Class A? A Super-C would be better for what I'm thinking? Weight - I'm looking at the triple axle's for stability and for weight. Either 6k or 7k per axle. My current trailer is 6k x2. Also looking at aluminum framed trailers for weight. Empty weight of the trailers I'm looking at is ~6500ish, and either 18k or 21k total GVW. I plan on roughly 10k in cargo - 4-door Jeep Wrangler, Can Am side by side, Harley, dirt bike, and misc tools/stuff. My current trailer is regularly at 10-11k. I have a DOT scale just up the street I hit regularly.
Boatycall 12/11/19 04:43pm Class A Motorhomes
Newbie ClassA questions - Stacker trailers

I'm an old fart, been on RVNet almost 20 years, I've had virtually every type of RV, except Class A. Right now I have the setup in my sig, F450, large 2-slide TC, towing a 24' cargo trailer. I'm considering jumping to a very specific configuration, and would like some input from those who have it. I'm looking to go with a minimal length Class A diesel pusher, but specifically, also want to tow a triple axle 24-26' stacker 13'6 high trailer for toys. I'm already 56' long with my current set up, would like to stay under 60' if possible. For those who have one -- * How does a stacker trailer tow in crosswinds? * What HP do you recommend? * What MH chassis's would I want to avoid for this? * I would want a smaller Class A, 36' or less, is that advisable or does the trailer weight necessitate a larger one? * Do I need to go big on the MH, with a tag axle?
Boatycall 12/11/19 01:59pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Truck inverter to power camper fridge

I'm doing something similar, but a different approach. I have a Magnum Technologies 3kw Inverter/Charger permanently hardwired into the TC. It has a built in transfer switch and is intended to cut the shore power cord and run the whole TC when activated. I turn on the inverter, fridge kicks over to 110v. I then ran a set 4ga cables from the truck batts to the camper batts, through 100amp breakers at each end. When I get where I'm going to park, I trip one of the breakers to disconnect the truck batts from the TC. I also have 800watts of solar on the roof, so on a sunny day, I run the fridge off electric also. On a sunny day, I can peak-out my solar controller at 60 amps charge. Fridge heater is a 400watt element, that comes on and off on a as-needed duty-cycle so keeping up on solar is no problem.
Boatycall 10/08/19 11:48am Truck Campers
RE: Andersen WD Hitch on 4' Supertruss - Part 2

Maybe this will help - take a look at this video. If you look closely, you'll see a slight angle in the trailer bars, and a matching angle in the chain square-tubes that match, and the allen-head locking bolt. Youtube Video I can't emphasize how much better it handles my trailer as heavy as it is on a 4foot extension. I'll be selling my old WD soon.
Boatycall 09/05/19 11:02am Truck Campers
RE: Andersen WD Hitch on 4' Supertruss - Part 2

I would shim under the lower bolt that holds the hitch to the trailer frame, this would take out some of the leaning angle that is causing the springs to point up in difference to the chains that are going parallel to the ground. It's supposed to have that slight angle. There are three points of attachment holding the brackets to the trailer frame. 1-That angle helps bind it in place, and the square tube where the chains go in also have a matching angle to level them out. The top and bottom of the bolts are pinched against the frame rails. 2-The bolts themselves clamping the brackets to the frame. 3-In the first pic, if you look closely, there is a lock bolt that also required drilling into the frame that also locks the brackets in place. You'll see the top and bottom clamping bolts, and a third one which is a large allen-head bolt going into a hole in the frame. This is held in place much better than the previous WD hitch that simply had one lock bolt on the opposite side of the chain clamp.
Boatycall 09/05/19 10:52am Truck Campers
Andersen WD Hitch on 4' Supertruss - Part 2

So, I posted a while back if anyone had any feedback on this new hitch I got before I took off on my first trip with it. Didn't get much direct feedback. Well now, I can add some--WOW what a difference!! All the heaving and sway was completely gone. I was amazed! Loaded up my F450 with my EC1160 and Wells Cargo trailer hauling my Jeep and my bike. I have a DOT scale near the house, stopped on the way home. 4,260 steer, 13,360 drive, Trlr 13,080 - just over 30k and it handled like a dream! (The pic of the hitch itself was when I was rigging it up in my driveway, NOT driving--none of the safety chains or wires are connected - I was just getting the WD dialed in) Andersen Hitches
Boatycall 09/02/19 08:25pm Truck Campers
RE: EC 1160 &1165 and Host Mam & Everest AND Lance 1172

If you're open to looking at used ones - I don't know what year they transitioned, but mine is a 2012 and does not use Schwintek mech's. I'm sure you could likely find a nice clean used one somewhere... Some people are super anal when it comes to storing and maintaining(like me), and have garages built for thier TCs and they look literally as good as new...
Boatycall 08/19/19 03:35pm Truck Campers
Anyone running this particular WD hitch on a SuperTruss?

I'm looking for input from you guys and not the towing or TT pages because we're the only ones running Torklift extensions - I'd like to hear from you if you have an extension and are running this hitch. Mine is 48 inch. In a nutshell... I've had it with my conventional WD hitch and the bars popping off on sharp turns. While it of course did the job...just hated it. Ran across a deal on a very lightly used one of these and got it, haven't mounted or set it up yet. The picture doesn't do it justice tho, it's pretty darn stout in person. Anderson WD Hitch
Boatycall 08/19/19 02:49pm Truck Campers
RE: New Moderator

Bedlam, thanks for volunteering to co-mod the truck camper forum. It can be a lot of work, but it is often fun and interesting too. bradw Oh how would you know!? :B Good luck Bedlam!
Boatycall 08/19/19 02:29pm Truck Campers
RE: Eagle cap 1160 & Lance 1172 owners....

No rear door ever again for me. LOVE the side door, have it now, and won't go back. OK, then I'll look at the Host's again. Thanks for the wake-up on the weights. It seems the wet weight on the Lance was like 5000, the Host was more like 5500+ . I REALLY didn't want to need to buy a bigger dually..... Winner... Check my sig... That is exactly what you'll need to do if you totally load an 1160 up, and then haul a heavy trailer. I had an F350 DRW. My EC 1160 now makes camper #5 in my life. Had my F350DRW for over 15 years, a trusty crusty 7.3L. I did EVERYTHING you can do to it to haul a TC - big springs, Rancho 9000's, Roadmaster sway bars... Worked great for my Arctic Fox 1150+trailer. Then.... I get the Eagle Cap 1160. Right off the bat, first trip..."Holy **** this thing is heavy." I have a DOT scale right down the street I hit frequently. Loaded, my AF1150 was 5400lbs. EC1160--7200. And my toybox trailer is no puny thing either, 24ft 12k, with ~1000lbs tongue weight. It proved to be too much for 17" tires--I don't care Ford/Dodge/Chevy, that was it... blowouts, delams, and braking was noticeably different. I got a helluva deal a few years back on a 'real' 2015 F450 w/19.5's and a Dana110 rear end. WOW... what a difference. Awesome handling, MUCH better braking. I would love to tell you get an 1160 - and if you don't plan on getting a heavy trailer, you'll be fine with a 1-ton class DRW. The combination of a heavy trailer + heavy TC was too much. Now granted - I do have a lot of batteries, solar, and a bunch of other stuff, so I'm a little heavier than most 1160's, but to offset some of that weight, no factory Moan'in generator ( I say Moan'in because Onan gens are known to suck, just like CrappiJacks). I've only EVER had one problem, and that was very recently, the Heiki vent over the bunk cracked and caused a leak, and subsequent delam problem that I had to fix. Other than that, it has been a 100% trouble free camper - mine is a 2012, prior to Schwintec slides. The HUGE plus with EC - All of plumbing and wiring is easily accessible in the basement. Super easy to work on. My Arctic Fox - Forget it! You can not access the basement, no way, no how.... Good luck if you have a plumbing leak or wiring problem.
Boatycall 08/17/19 12:06pm Truck Campers
RE: Sleepy Checking in!

Hey Chet! Glad to hear you got your generator problem taken care of. I'll take the old one! Ha... Jim
Boatycall 08/11/19 05:46pm Truck Campers
RE: The ticking time bomb under the hood

Please delete, double post.Don't delete this, I think we need to discuss this further-- We've talked about how doubles are more stable than singles. And, you can hold a heavier TC with doubles. I'm all for doubles. You take only a minimal hit for fuel mileage with doubles. But, with double posts, means now you have to buy 2 sets of posts when it's time to replace them. Thoughts? ??? WHAT ???? You're missing the fun in this.... :B
Boatycall 08/07/19 10:53am Truck Campers
RE: The ticking time bomb under the hood

Please delete, double post.Don't delete this, I think we need to discuss this further-- We've talked about how doubles are more stable than singles. And, you can hold a heavier TC with doubles. I'm all for doubles. You take only a minimal hit for fuel mileage with doubles. But, with double posts, means now you have to buy 2 sets of posts when it's time to replace them. Thoughts?
Boatycall 08/07/19 09:18am Truck Campers
RE: The ticking time bomb under the hood

Ford is having very lousy support site and I can't get full info about my truck warranty (due to site errors), but from my memory, Ford is giving 3 years basic warranty, but 7 years/100k miles powertrain warranty. So this is not something average TC owner has to worry, does it? Commercial users are different story. Mine is a '15, with 72k. I found the warranty info, 36 mo bumper to bumper, 5yr/60k full powertrain, 5yr/100k motor-only. I'm literally days way from it expiring. Called to inquire at two different dealers to extend motor-only warranty, never got called back.
Boatycall 08/05/19 09:54pm Truck Campers
RE: The ticking time bomb under the hood

My truck is still within(barely) the 5-yr/100k motor warranty. I passed the 5yr/60k full powertrain last year. Still 100% bone-stock, no deletes, no chips, but also, no problems. I've called two different dealers inquiring on extending the motor-only warranty... must not be worth thier time, neither has called me back.
Boatycall 08/02/19 12:01pm Truck Campers
RE: Dust proofing

I would also want to put the filter before the fan to also help protect the fan from the dust. If the dust gets into the motor and on the blades, could be a problem and at the minimum a mess to clean back up. Ya, thought of that... if you look at how a Fantastic is made, the motor is huge and in the way, plus the vent-crank arm is there too... There's no place to put it unless you get a vent-hood and attach it to that. Or possibly make a simple square box that rises/sits on top of the Fantastic vent. Then ya gotta seal the bottom of it - do you drill and make it permanent? Foam tape for temporary? Blue painter's tape? Oops, forgot to take it off the roof when I left... My noodle's been baking trying to find the ideal solution.
Boatycall 07/30/19 05:21pm Truck Campers
RE: Dust proofing

On dusty roads I use my fantastic fan on low in to create the pressure. I do a lot of dusty camping, I was thinking of a 12x12x1 house filter from Home Repo, stuffed into the inside of my Fantastic, and the fan set to blow into the TC. Positive pressure, blowing into the filter, then into the TC. As far as I know, getting a hepa isn't required for plain ole road dust. Hepa is for much smaller allergens and particles. Cheap filter to try
Boatycall 07/30/19 02:56pm Truck Campers
RE: Reliability of new 2015 6.7 powerstroke or Cummins Diesel

Not to nit-pick, but worth noting y'all...The OP did ask about 2015 and newer - 2015 is the first year of the Gen2 6.7L, which I have. There are several minor differences, feel free to google them, I don't remember. But, I do know the adaptive cruise+Jake Brake on the Gen2 is awesome! I also had the trusty crusty 7.3L(mine was a 2001) before moving up. I only ever had one minor problem with my '01. I don't use my truck unless I need a truck, so I'm only using it when hauling, I have a couple other cars for DD's. I'm around 27klbs all loaded up - I can take any mountain pass in Washington at the speed limit, and you can't even hear it working...just set the cruise and go. I have to slow down for corners, not hills. Problems so far - none what so ever @77k miles. The power is unbelievable, you'll get slightly better empty mileage, and all the new modern conveniences is great. You won't regret it.
Boatycall 07/06/19 10:22am Truck Campers
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