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RE: First big trip - Newbie questions

Fresh is always full, black and gray are always empty when traveling. Nothing sucks worse than not being prepared.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 06/21/22 02:18pm Truck Campers
RE: VIDEO: 2 Month Southwest Roadtrip Expense Report

I was hoping to hear a couple cost comparisons of others travels. This particular trip was fast paced and trying to pack in as many sights as possible within the allotted time. It was a 3 day drive to Quartzite but I did spend a few days with my 90 yo brother in Las Vegas. I spent two weeks in Quartzite for RTR and installing my new solar system. That system works magnificently giving all the power I could ever use,making things just like home. After that was a nonstop drive to see the sights. Phoenix,Tombstone, Bisbee, Douglas,White Sands, Alamogordo, Billy Kids end, Valley of Fires, NM BLM CG ***** STARS, Failed attempt to see the Trinity Site, the Very Large Array, a couple campgrounds between there and Phoenix, a couple nights at Saddle mountain BLM, then back to Quartzsite Roadrunner Wash for the truck camper rally. After that, to Pa4ker for a night at a blue water casino for a big bacon cheeseburger, Walmart and off toward Wickenburg but turn8 g up to Alamo State Park and reservoir, I liked that place.I decided to be adventurous and drove about 35 miles along Wickenburg Road which looked to be well maintained but that changed for the worse the last 15 miles when the road came under the care of another county, The last 15 miles, I broke a turnbuckle, rocked hard enough to make stuff fly out of the cabinets. Engined died when a vacuum hose disconnected, and I sank deep into sand. After making it out of there, I drove through some other towns to Lincoln spending the night at Love's, then up to the Grand Canyon for a couple days exploring taking pictures. Beautiful weather and small crowds. 10 to 15 at night. Away again to Winslow for a picture on the corner and overnight at a very nice new restaurant area. Meteor Crater was oolong but windy as heck. Drive through Flagstaff and down to Phoenix for a week of golf. Other sights I worked in are the Salton Sea for two days during a powered Paragldder event, major score. Then to Yuma and the Imperial reservoir camping and looking for materials to fix the escape hatch, computer drafting pad, and a delicious treat at the Imperial Date Farm. Then a 4eturn to Quartzite acouple days, then Las Vegas a few more days and finally to home to sweetie and Archie, after a quick stop in Hood River. You can see this was no ordinary trip. This was more or less a dream trip for me. There will be others soon when I get this retirement thing setup properly. Next trip will not be so jam packed, allowing more time to settle and relax, becoming one with the destination. I 8nvite you to share your favorite and any spending information you want to share.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 06/19/22 02:35pm Truck Campers
VIDEO: 2 Month Southwest Roadtrip Expense Report

Southwest Roadtrip Expense Report I categorized and added up all my receipts from my 2 month roadtrip this winter. Interesting to see what I spent and how much.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 06/18/22 06:17am Truck Campers
RE: TC and MPG

I have determined beyond the shadow of a doubt, that getting to where you're going, and staying put longer, with fewer separate destinations in between than originally planned, will unequivocally lower your fuel costs.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 06/16/22 11:33pm Truck Campers
RE: Camper (and Ham Radio) helped with a rescue....

I have meant to get an amateur license since the days of the morse requirement.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 06/11/22 10:27pm Truck Campers
1. Alamo Reservoir-Wickenburg Rd. 2. Grand Canyon Watchtower

1. Alamo Reservoir and Stuck on Wickenburg Rd. AZ I have a nice stay at Alamo Lake and give you a quick look around. I then drive East on Wickenburg Rd which turns out to be one of the rougher roads I've taken with the Truck Camper. The road rocks my camera off it's perch a few times, it flings open the cabinets to launch pots, pans, cans, onto the floor, I bend the hook out of a turnbuckle hold down. Fortunately I carry a spare. An air hose disconnects from the intake manifold which makes the engine die but it's a quick fix. I finally reach the end of the road with the highway just off in the distance only to find it impassable. Fortunately I was able to backtrack a short distance and take another road to the highway that would put in the direction of Prescott and The Grand Canyon. It was a challenging and interesting drive. Enjoy the video!! 2. Grand Canyon Watchtower and other scenery. Desert View Watchtower Grand Canyon 2022 I show you inside and outside the Watchtower. Look at the Colorado River. Mention a few details about the Worst Plane Crash in The US which Happened Right There In 1956 at 20,000 feet between a DC-7 and a Lockheed Constellation, Two Of The Largest 4 Engine Passenger Propeller Planes of the late 1950's era.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 06/10/22 03:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Tesla Cybertruck Camper - 24K pricetag

if you're going up into the woods for a week or two, be sure to bring your generator. If in the sun, solar panels on the pop top just might do it. I saw two up there in the video and it looked like there was room for two more if the structure will handle it. Anyway, I saw I was charging at 53 amps peak sometime today looking at my charge history. That should be able to do it and act as a significant range extender to the vehicle itself. Still, too small for our travel needs but a day tripper, weekend warrior, and the like would like it.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 06/05/22 03:07pm Truck Campers
RE: Anyone Cancelling Truck Camper Trips Due to Fuel Prices?

We planned a bunch of trips within two states away this year in hopes of building on property. Due to labor and supply shortages, we have delayed the build out but will keep our nearby travel plans. My new house project is on hold too. Might as well go camping!
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 06/01/22 08:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Anyone Cancelling Truck Camper Trips Due to Fuel Prices?

I'm going to be doing the sights and fishing I never did here in Flushington State. Lots of BLM to explore and Forest Service Land. Sweetie is still handcuffed to the worktable but I'm free as a bird. I was toying with Alaska but not sure about this season. I still have time to decide yeah or nay. Current conditions could make it easy to get into places normally booked full.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 06/01/22 01:44pm Truck Campers
RE: VIDEO: Truck Camper Front Right Jack Framing Repair

Jeff, that was a quite impressive repair to say the least, you should definitely be commended for your very capable workmanship and for sharing! 3 tons Thank you, hopefully it will help others facing this unfortunate position.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 05/31/22 12:19pm Truck Campers
RE: VIDEO: Truck Camper Front Right Jack Framing Repair

Interesting video which shows water damage. I'd check the entire entire TC, calk it and be sure that the water connections never leak. The water damage was largely confined to the bottom edge mouldings and penetration largely through the bolt holes in the jack brackets. There are a couple places with known decay that won't effect the performance of the TC. The possible worst area is the side framing around the dinet window. Everything has been sealed and is regularly checked. It's a constant battle though. Little leaks popup in all different places. Marker lights,the sockets for the jack wires, you have to stick your hands in every compartment and feel around during or soon after every rain. I also keep electric heat on in it all year to dry things out if something does happen and I don't catch it immediately. Planning on using the TC for in town fun this weekend. Take care...
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 05/28/22 09:14am Truck Campers
RE: VIDEO: Truck Camper Front Right Jack Framing Repair

Nice job! Thank you
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 05/28/22 09:00am Truck Campers
VIDEO: Truck Camper Front Right Jack Framing Repair I finished repairing the Truck Camper Framing for the front right jack after my not so glorious incident where I accidently drove into a pipe barrier at a RV Dump Station and tore it off. I made a good repair, the area is stronger than ever, hopefully this information will make some other unfortunate souls' life easier and better. VIDEO:
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 05/27/22 09:57pm Truck Campers
RE: It's been fun and informative but....

Did I miss it or have you posted pics of the new setup yet?
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 05/26/22 07:00pm Truck Campers
RE: It's been fun and informative but....

....I've sold my truck camper! I've learned a lot from members of this forum and I hope I've given good advice and suggestions too. Adios! May I ask why? Health, age, trailer, loss of interest, something I said ??. Best wishes wherever life leads. Jeff & Kelli Sure, you can ask why. I gave my camper to my son and wife. We have a small travel trailer which fits us better. Health is good, age is not a factor, and above all, it's not something you said! :D Good deal! I'm still working on kicking my retirement into higher gear and get more travel in. The wife has to work a couple more years so I can leave for up to a month at a time, then come home and visit a while. It's all to maximize SSI.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 05/23/22 03:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Load center wiring

If the negative is disconnected from the house TC batteries, no current will be flowing through the house system however, if you have hooked up the 7 pin plug, the negative wire is un switched and could complete a circuit if the key is on or switch is on completing the circuit via the truck battery. The house would be disconnected but truck power would be present. Try disconnecting the truck negative and that should cease all current flow.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 05/23/22 02:52pm Truck Campers
RE: It's been fun and informative but....

....I've sold my truck camper! I've learned a lot from members of this forum and I hope I've given good advice and suggestions too. Adios! May I ask why? Health, age, trailer, loss of interest, something I said ??. Best wishes wherever life leads. Jeff & Kelli
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 05/23/22 02:35pm Truck Campers
RE: Lance TC - lithium - DC-DC charger question

Lithium changes the parameters of TC battery charging. An old lead acid or newer agm work just fine with simple truck and TC battery separation devices. I kept the battery types the same in everything. All lead acid 12.6 volts or agm 12.8 volts so one system wouldn't discharge into the other even if fully charged. I used to use a constant duty solenoid switch to connect and separate the two systems with a 4 gauge +/- wires to the TC. My old agm batteries could take a higher charge current than the lead acid but nothing compared to what the lithium batteries will accept. The lead and AGM internal resistance was high enough, no extra current limiting was needed. With lithium, a large battery bank can look like a near short drawing a lot of current causing a need for a current limiting device. I have seen the solar panels pouring 60 amps current into the life batteries and more with the engine running and the Victron dc dc 30 amp charger contributing to the mix. The lithium batteries look much much more like a dead short when they are significantly discharged. Your alternators could handle the load an agm could accept. The alternator needs to be spinning fast in hope of being able to handle the load demand. Victron has a couple videos explaining and demonstrating this and it becomes very clear very fast why you need a dc to dc charge controller if you want to charge your life batteries off your alternator. I'm a proponent of Victron products and they have served me well. When you do setup a dc to dc charge controller, be sure there is no connection to your TC system by the old 12 volt charge wire. It is of no use to you anymore excepting that you can use it for the key on trigger to activate the dc to dc charger turning it on and off automatically when you run the truck. You can also run a separate dedicated wire to do that. I did it to avoid possible conflict with the chance I might be towing something with electric brakes or other system. So remember, the more lithium batteries you have, the more you will need a dc dc controller. For large requirements, I believe you can wire multiple units in parallel to increase current if your electrical system can handle it. I currently have 675 watts solar on the roof and 404 amp hours lithium batteries. I am generally fully charged within 4 hours of sun up. After full charge, I switch my fridge from gas to 120 volt AC and run it off solar till low afternoon sun. The new system was pricey but it sure makes a difference camping. A favorite feature about lithium is it is always at 13.2 or more volts. The lights are always bright, the water pump always runs fast and hard, the FF fans work at full speed, everything electrical in the camper runs great and there is never a slowing down or brownout condition like AGM and lead acid have. After having made the jump to lithium and all it's particulars, I highly recommend it. It's not a necessity and if you're happy with the old tech, by all means save the money and keep doing what you're doing.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 05/23/22 01:27am Truck Campers
RE: Lance TC - lithium - DC-DC charger question

This stuff has gotten so complicated in the last ten years or so. In the olden days, we just put a 90amp self-resetting marine breaker on the firewall on the line coming back to our 100amp rated Lift Gate Plugs for our charging umbilical between the truck and camper with 4 or 2 gauge wire all the way back and connected to our big banks of batteries. Hey Matt, that's basically how I used to do it before getting 400 ah of life in the TC. Now it's DC TO DC and no 12 volt direct connection from truck to TC bat bank. You don't want the higher charger voltage feeding back through the 12 volt 7 pin connection creating a loop and throwing off your ecm voltage regulator.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 05/23/22 12:29am Truck Campers
RE: How am I going to re-attach this jack?

Photo here of the jack on a '99 Fleetwood Elkhorn 9.5. There is some split lumber in there. Thanks! Sorry to see that. I will be making the same repair to my TC soon too. My fridge is in that front right corner and there is some good intact framing for me to build from. I plan to get a sheet of 1/8" marine grade aluminum and fit into the corner under the fiberglass skin. One thing to keep in mind with repairs is, the stronger you make that corner attachment, the more it might tear out if it happens again. From now on, since I never use the jacks anyway, I will always remove the three bolts holding the front jacks to the corner brackets and put the jacks in the back seat so as not to rip them off again. Of course you still have to be careful loading and unloading. Good lock with it. Mountain kowboy did this repair to his 11 foot s and s but the pictures on that 0ost don't load anymore.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 05/07/22 11:38pm Truck Campers
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