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RE: When a redneck wins the lottery....

That last one.... wow! Must have held a lot of beer for that monstrosity! Poor F350 looks like it's bending the frame. The body lines to the box don't line up. I saw the last on April 2020 at Coquia Beach on Anna Maria Island, FL. It was so grotesque I didn't even want to take a picture of it.
Bradymydog 10/17/21 04:24pm Truck Campers
RE: Prepping for below freezing temps and snow.

I am hoping to build a shop like that next year. One more winter with things uncovered... Me too, unfortunately "next year" never seems to come.
Bradymydog 10/12/21 05:06am Truck Campers
RE: DC-DC Charger Wiring Input Suggestions

Living in the NE with all the salt on the road, I did not use Anderson plugs when I wired my DC-DC charger as there was no way to adequately weather seal the connectors or cable penetrations when not connected. I installed two Pollak 2 pole recepticals, one on the camper and one in the bed of the truck. Each is weather sealed and I don't have any pigtail to worry about when the camper is off the truck which is most of the time in my case. I then made a connector cable with the female connectors on each end. Works great for me, but not the least expensive solution. I also looked into trolling motor connectors but wanted something with a higher amp rating. https://www.etrailer.com/Wiring/Pollak/PK12801.html?feed=npn&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Google%20%7C%20Shop%20-%20Wiring&adgroupid=84618835800&campaignid=1672412098&creative=394587238933&device=c&devicemodel=&feeditemid=&keyword=&loc_interest_ms=&loc_physical_ms=9001738&matchtype=&network=g&placement=&position=&gclid=Cj0KCQjwnoqLBhD4ARIsAL5JedInXyn3TtLtTAXS013RVl9eO0mH-XMJQtjQJLEBR7yN215etQmDhbMaAsxnEALw_wcB
Bradymydog 10/10/21 05:45am Truck Campers
RE: Battery Question

I don't understand these arguments at all... If you have a LiFePo4 battery and camp in extreme cold weather, move the battery to inside the camper. Problem solved... Take it out of storage at -37 and let me know how that works for you. It is fine if one were full time. I'm still waiting for FWC to describe the power system he uses. If I were to take mine out of storage at -37, assuming the batteries had some % of charge remaining, I would: 1. Shut off/disconnect any charging devices - solar, shore power, DC-DC charger, no genny running. 2. Start the furnace. My 2 BB batteries are inside the conditioned space and have a heat duct discharge adjacent to the batteries. Let the furnace run for 24 hrs. while monitoring the battery temp via my Victron BM712 and an external digital thermostat next to the batts. My external digital thermo switch, serves a double duty as my Victron DC/DC charger generates considerable heat, so I installed 2 small 4" fans which are set to come on at 30C. My BB batts do not have built in heaters which are available. 3. Once I'm confident the internal battery temp is above 32F/0C, I'd start charging them. Note: If attempting to charge cold batteries, according Tony discussions with BB, the BB internal battery monitor will disconnect at 25F to prevent damage to the batteries. To reset the internal BM, just disconnect/reconnect the negative battery cable. On a side note, the coldest I've ever experienced was during an extended business trip to Prince Albert, SK. I'm not sure I'd personally want to camp in that weather but with adequate preparation, it should be possible.
Bradymydog 10/01/21 04:18am Truck Campers
RE: Dump station app for androids?

I use Allstays (iOS version) which I really like, they do have an Android version according to their website. May be expensive.
Bradymydog 08/25/21 05:54am Truck Campers
RE: Battery box delete?

On my Bigfoot, I installed 2 Battleborn Batteries, I removed the battery box as it was vented to the outside. I replaced the external access cover with a waterproof, insulated cover and now the batteries are inside the conditioned space. There is also a heat duct adjacent to the batteries to keep them toasty. The batteries are partially under the sink so I installed a large plexiglass shield above them and used automotive firewall boots to run the new battery cables through. All switches, main fuse, breakers, etc, are also protected via plexiglass should a water leak develop and to prevent accidental contact. I'd also like to add 1 or 2 more batteries but do not have the space inside with sacrificing more storage space.
Bradymydog 08/08/21 04:46am Truck Campers
RE: Trip recommendation

Check out the "Allstays" app. I use it almost exclusively. Tons of information on campgrounds of all types. - links to websites, reviews, photos, propane, dump stations, truck stops, low clearance, etc. Makes traveling without reservations easy. Includes everything from RV resorts to primitive free sites, including Wally World.
Bradymydog 03/15/21 08:00am Truck Campers
RE: Larger Windows in Bigfoot Campers?

The mid bath is the reason I searched long and hard for a used Bigfoot 25C9.4SB. Four windows not counting the door. Back in to a campsite and enjoy the view. In addition a large skylight above the entry makes for a very bright interior. https://www.bigfootrv.com/images/2500_truck_campers/01_25C9.4SB.jpg
Bradymydog 03/11/21 05:22am Truck Campers
RE: What do you guys use for communication in your truck camper?

I used a Spot Gen 3 for 6 yrs up until last 2 years. My use was for long distance hiking (I always hike alone) and it suited me well. Send a pre-recorded message "OK" or "Send Help" or "SOS". I would used it to let my contact list know where I am and that "All is OK and having fun". Family and friends could track my progress down the trial. I never had a problem connecting although in an area with a heavy tree canopy I might have to move it to a more open area with a better view of the sky. It was very basic and it was all I or wife needed to stay in touch. Nothing beats letting some responsible person know your agenda and when to contact authorities if you missed your due date. The one caveat is it takes a functioning person to activate the SOS, if your incapacitated it is useless.
Bradymydog 03/09/21 05:16am Truck Campers
RE: Extended Dealer Warranty

See what's excluded as in many cases those are the items that fail. Also check out what is covered by home owners insurance or separate insurance on the RV.
Bradymydog 03/07/21 06:41am Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

OK I see that the RED cable is not connected and only Black are connected To be honest I stopped watching your video after seeing what to me clearly appeared to be the red cable connected to the shunt. I apologize for the confusion.
Bradymydog 02/27/21 08:23am Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

Approximately 5:27 thru 5:46
Bradymydog 02/27/21 07:40am Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

Inverter project: Part 2 I noticed in your video , you connected a large cable with RED shrink tubing to the LOAD side of your shunt. Why in the world would you post a video containing a potentially catastrophic error like that? A least take a sharpie and color it black if in fact it is a negative cable. Please explain what am I missing?
Bradymydog 02/27/21 06:31am Truck Campers
RE: Tires and Wheels

I stayed with the 18" also, 295/70/18 Cooper AT3 XLT 4080 vs stock 265/70/18 @ 3525. I really like them very quiet on the road, (I don't run them in the winter) so so in mud as they load up. I'm at the opposite end of the state.
Bradymydog 02/22/21 03:08pm Truck Campers
RE: Tires and Wheels

LR refers to Load Range Index 129 E 4080
Bradymydog 02/16/21 04:27am Truck Campers
RE: Gray Water not empty, only 1 gate valve

I would guess that the reason you have 3 tank level indicators, a black, grey and fresh, is because that is the normal off the shelf unit. I would imagine that somewhere there is a jumper between the sensor and the panel B & G so that it would appear all indicators are working. If you took delivery of a new unit and only the black indicator lites up and not the grey you'd complain the grey wasn't working. Easy way for the mfg to continue the deceptive marketing as depicted in the manual. Glad you solved the issue, now you can take a shower without the foot bath:)
Bradymydog 02/15/21 02:16pm Truck Campers
RE: Chassis Ground on a Bigfoot truck camper????

I was also wondering about the chassis ground. I am getting all my components together now for my bigfoot TC. (2) BB Li batteries, Victron BMV 712, Victron Multiplus 12 2000 80/50 converter/charger. For charging from the truck, Victron Orion TR Smart 12/12/30 DC to DC charger. Solar charging to be added later this summer. I do have a question as to where to attach the case ground(s) - for the new inverter charger for example.
Bradymydog 02/14/21 06:29pm Truck Campers
RE: Winter TC Repair Project

One of the things I like on our Bigfoot is the way the bracket wraps around under the bottom of the camper instead of just relying on the shear strength of the bolts to support the load. Those wide brackets look like a great improvement. Nice work.
Bradymydog 02/13/21 05:56am Truck Campers
RE: Covering a truck camper AFTER a snow?

I purchased the best cover based upon reviews - gold something or other - it is not waterproof, it's only purpose is to keep the camper clean and avoid UV damage which it does well. I'd be more concerned about damaging the roof trying to remove the snow than any snow trapped between the roof and cover.
Bradymydog 02/13/21 05:47am Truck Campers
RE: How much weight could be eliminated?

Long distance backpackers refer to the people that conduct this exercise as "Gram Weenies". They weigh each item carried or worn. The same approach applies here. Start by listing everything on the back of and in your truck. Weighing each item make a spreadsheet with alternatives and their respective weight savings based upon your level of comfort and desired amount of safety margin. I am currently getting ready to upgrade to LI batteries in phases. Phase 1 is to add 2 Li batteries vs 1 FLA. The weight savings is nearly zero. However, this will nearly be 4x the amount of available power. Phase II is to add 300 watts of solar (no inverter as we do not need one) and ditch the built in generator - weight savings approximately 50 lbs. due to weight of the added solar components. Those 50 pounds are going to cost approximately $100/lb! Reducing propane consumption by eliminating the generator may result in removal of (1) 20lb propane tank is a cost effective option I am considering also.
Bradymydog 01/12/21 05:32am Truck Campers
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