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Had to cut my roadtrip short, sewer problems at home

Video short, driving the blizzard
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 03/01/23 09:45am Truck Campers
RE: Queen Mine Tour in Bisbee Arizona

That was just Awesome Jeff, Thanks for posting. Glad you enjoyed it.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 02/24/23 07:41pm Truck Campers
RE: Queen Mine Tour in Bisbee Arizona

Camper Jeff, last week Thursday and Friday we were at the nearby Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area and the weather was chilly, windy and dusty, and I see it didn't get any better... JK Now near Big Bend NP in the 80s I'm leaving the Whitewater Draw this morning. Spent 3 days here in the wind and rain. Very enjoyable place. Coyotes were very active and loud last night. Going to Indian Bread Hills to meet friends for a couple days. May go from there to the Grand Canyon of Texas afterwards. Big Bend could be next. 80's sounds like a nice change. I hope you're enjoying your trip as much as I am mine. Take care.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 02/24/23 09:59am Truck Campers
Queen Mine Tour in Bisbee Arizona

Queen Mine Tour Bisbee Arizona I was enjoying some BLM camping on a mountaintop just outside the town of Bisbee, when the winds and rains came, never ceasing. Being on top where I was enjoying the view, the location offered no protection from the expected high winds. It's been 5 days since then and the wind and rain has never stopped. So far, this is the coldest, wettest winter roadtrip I've ever taken. Fortunately, I've been blessed with interesting places the whole way on this roadtrip. History buffs will enjoy this video. For time sake, I've cut a lot out but I admit it's still a long video. Fast forward where you must and I hope you'll enjoy this abbreviated Queen Mine Tour.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 02/24/23 04:35am Truck Campers
What Happens In Quartzsite 3 F35 Refueling From A KC135

What Happens In Quartzsite USAF F35 KC135 A couple days happenings around Quartzsite.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 02/17/23 01:43pm Truck Campers
RE: I Am At The Quartzsite Truck Camper Rally One Minute Video

The TC Rally was a lot of fun. I showed up with a group of five other TCers and 1 Vanner. I have a few videos from the rally waiting to be edited. Some walk throughs and a couple walk arounds looking at various rigs. I did not attend any seminars but a couple of the others in my group did, I think the Diesel one. Four of us did manage to attend the dessert social. Very tasty! The concert was good. We were close enough to enjoy it from our camp. I spent a good amount of time walking about and meeting folks. I'm terrible with names but we did have a great time meeting Phil, 3 tons and others. There is one couple who came by to say hi and I apologize I was distracted by others when you came by and wasn't able to give you my full attention you deserved. I have already posted other videos during my stay in the Quartzsite area but have not posted them here. When I get the Rally videos ready, I'll share them here. So again, my group agrees, the rally was a great success and a lot of fun, we all plan to attend again next year. I highly recommend and thank Mike for putting it on.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 02/17/23 01:34pm Truck Campers
RE: I Am At The Quartzsite Truck Camper Rally One Minute Video

We finish packing today and plan to be there tomorrow. Looking forward to the event. This will be our first time attending a rally. Guess you would call us "Rally Rookies" even though we have over 20 years of truck camping experience :) Camped throughout Canada and have several trips up and down the Alaska Highway. The rally should be fun! My guess, this'll be a cinch for you. Prepare to enjoy, bring your smiles.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 02/07/23 09:51am Truck Campers
I Am At The Quartzsite Truck Camper Rally One Minute Video

Quartzsite Truck Camper Rally One Minute 360 View Currently enjoying 30 mph winds + gusts. Daytime temps are very comfortable, 70ish +/- Official kickoff is the 8th. Say hi if you notice me. Jeff
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 02/06/23 06:49pm Truck Campers
RE: Wiring 4 awg charging wire to upgrade 8 awg factory wire.

I believe Ford is still the only one with switched power at the trailer plug. I was just thinking, there could be a condition where you're sitting in the Truck, key on, engine off, and the DC DC charger is pumping 30 amps from the truck battery back to the TC batteries. That could be a recipe for a dead battery. Quartzite has been a lot of fun. Truck Camper rally starts next week. Hope to see some RV.netters there. not if you hook up the trigger wire properly to a source that is only hot when the engine is running like the altanator. Steve The battery a d alternator are connected so I believe the alternator will always look to be live at minimum battery voltage. If that is enough to trigger the Orion harder to activate, I'll have to test for that. I'll make a point t to do that at the rally this co.i g week.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 01/28/23 01:30pm Truck Campers
RE: Installing a new Thetford Toilet and water supply line

Yes, I'm going to find a piece of plastic to act as a stop to the pedal. The inside e valve to the toilet or for that matter any location is a good idea. May swi g by the RV store in the AM and get one. I have an end cap that will go over the barb fitting assets in the video to cap the line and use the rest of the water system. It's something that would rarely be used. In my case, I could use it to extend the pipe which would allow me to cut off the scratched damaged that has a tiny leak. The valve would let me cut off enough that I would have unmolested pipe to attach to the fitting. I'm also going to fit a piece of plastic under the seat at the back. There is toilet rim therethat can support the seat. I'm not certain a residential toilet seat can be altered to work since there is a big notched area preventing or making that option difficult. The support block should be fine.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 01/27/23 05:59pm Truck Campers
Things I've been doing around Quartzite, AZ.

VIDEO Things I've been doing around Quartzite, AZ. VIDEO VW's and Avion's and Gonagain OH My! Some things I've been doing in Quartzite, AZ.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 01/26/23 01:53am Truck Campers
Installing a new Thetford Toilet and water supply line

New Toilet For The Truck Camper. OLD Toilet Flush Valve Broke. New Water Supply Line Too. VIDEO Installing A New Thetford Toilet VIDEO Several issues to overcome. Rant about quality at end.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 01/25/23 11:57pm Truck Campers
RE: Wiring 4 awg charging wire to upgrade 8 awg factory wire.

I believe Ford is still the only one with switched power at the trailer plug. I was just thinking, there could be a condition where you're sitting in the Truck, key on, engine off, and the DC DC charger is pumping 30 amps from the truck battery back to the TC batteries. That could be a recipe for a dead battery. Quartzite has been a lot of fun. Truck Camper rally starts next week. Hope to see some RV.netters there.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 01/24/23 09:14am Truck Campers
RE: Wiring 4 awg charging wire to upgrade 8 awg factory wire.

Well gosh darn. There were several good threads on this topic in the Truck Camper University section but many pictures have lost connection making it tough to use. I used a 4 awg battery cable off the alternator and Negative off the Battery. I routed the wires down under the body along the frame rails inside split loom and zip tied to various points along the frame. I came up through between the inner and outer bed box panels and installed a 100 amp lift gate plug in the front left corner of the bed. I drilled a hole next to my 7 pin plug, converted from S&S 6 pin rectangle. I plug the lift gate for the connection and it works very well, mounts solidly. When you connect the DC DC charger, you don't want any other truck battery connection to the camper batteries. Charge with the DC DC only and nothing else. If you connect the stock wire to the TC batteries, you will be confusing the system with a different voltage and you don't want that. You can use the old wire for a trigger wire to the DC DC unit since it comes live with the key and will activate the DC DC charger.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 01/23/23 11:01pm Truck Campers
RE: Broken Frame on a RAM 3500

It is not a motorcycle rack or motorcycle off the rear. The owner had two e-bikes which weigh 60-80 lbs each. Verify your information before posting or I will delete posts or lock this thread. This failure was on a 2020 Ram 3500 DRW crew cab long bed. What makes me scratch my head is, the center of gravity is supposed to be within a few inches of center over the rear wheels. Is it known whether the cabover was loaded down with heavy items? I carry a few hundred pounds of cameras, computers, clothes up there myself. I've also hit some pretty hard air worthy dips in the road with no consequence coming down out of the mountains.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 01/02/23 12:11pm Truck Campers
I found a wonderfully detailed video rebuilding of an S&S TC

Video Playlist rebuilding a S&S wood frame truck camper. Anybody wondering how to repair their wood frame truck camper could learn a lot from this series. This is definately going to help me with upcoming repairs to my S&S.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 01/02/23 08:21am Truck Campers
RE: Broken Frame on a RAM 3500

Those really big truck campers should be on the bigger 550-5500 trucks. Bigger brakes too that way. I know my F250 is probably a little overloaded but not severely. I have the higher rated 3400 pound each load range E tires, heavy sway bars front and rear, Larger 5500-pound leaf springs in the rear and soon, 3 leaf heavier springs in the front, Firestone airbags which provide a third center support point to the frame directly above the axle and halfway between the front and rear shackles. No signs of frame stress at the usual break point between the bed and cab. I would really hate to have it do something to me when I'm on one of those middle of nowhere back roads like at Alamo Reservoir, AZ last year, (Alamo Rd.) when I sank into the deep road gravel. there were several bouncy parts to that road for which I'm glad nothing happened.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 12/29/22 10:45pm Truck Campers
RE: Levelling blocks for camper on driveway with 2 degree grade

Well shoot, I'll chime in. There are so many reasons and ways to level your camper or truck and camper whichever the case. Just go with the flow if it isn't horribly out of level being the easiest. Use stackable leveling blocks or wheel ramps as preferred. Determine your elevation tilt. If tilted nose down, place leveling devices at front wheels and either reverse or forward up onto them. There can be a preference which direction to drive onto the leveling equipment depending upon the slope of hill. You can get more lift by backing onto a ramp because the ramp and slope of terrain will add together creating more lift. A downhill slope of 2" in 24" will be pretty much level, +2"ramp -2"slope = 0"lift. The same condition with the ramp turned around and backing up will be additive so you can get 4" lift from the same spot since the ramp will be +2"ramp +2"Slope = 4"lift. You may have a diagonal slope say right rear to left front slope 2"down to front left and left rear to right front is level. All you need is a 2" lift ramp or block under the front left wheel and you're level, you might need a 3/4" piece of plywood added to the lift deice because you're right rear springs won't drop an equal amount to the left front lift. It might just go sown 1" or 1-1/2" and also the other wheels may change a half inch or so. You can be as creative as needed to achieve a given amount of lift but do it safely. I have seen a couple towers of Babble collapse under trucks before. For just the TC, if you're on dirt of grass, it's a good idea to put a 12"x12" block under the TC jack legs. You can then level the TC using the jacks. Torklift or similar Wobble stopers are a good stabilization/safety device to use. If your TC jacks aren't rated to support the TC for extended periods, you can get heavy duty sawhorses to set the TC on if level area. If not level, then you need a 4x4 and shims to achieve level. I have altered my truck camper jacks with additional steel strapping wrapping under the bottom of the TC so there is solid lifting by all jacks. Alright, I've presented a couple scenarios, hopefully the descriptions are clear enough to understand and visualize each situation. Best wishes with your soon to be truck and camper.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 12/29/22 08:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Lithium battery box temps

I have 2 200 AH LifeBlue lifepo batteries. I ordered them with internal heating. I don't know if the batteries have activated the warming function or not. The coldest I've seen them via their Bluetooth Interface is at 47 to 54 F degrees this winter so far. Bear in mind d I haven't gone out camping yet and there's shore powered heat on in the TC. I have added 1 inch pink foam board around and under the batteries. I also have 1 inch foam board insulating from the compartment exterior door. My battery box has the back cut away for these larger batteries so they get exposure to warmer inside air. Seems to work well enough.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 12/29/22 12:57am Truck Campers
RE: DC to DC charger

Camper Jeff & Kelli, Is there a cooling fan in the Victron dc to DC unit? The charging total from the numbers posted suggest about 56 amp-hours went into the 400 amp-hour battery bank. Were you driving or was this just idling the engine? Does anyone know the efficiency numbers for the Victron dc to DC charger? (appears to be 87%) The unit puts out 25 amps at normal input voltage, according to the pdf. That seems a bit strange to me. Perhaps I'm reading the wrong pdf? The "sales" pages says 30 amps continuous to 40 amps, at nominal out put voltage. From that 87% it appears the alternator had to produce about 65 amp-hours. The Victron apparently boost charges for 2 hours on the Li settings. I know my unit does 19.6 amps. It is the 20 amp renogy unit. I'm glad to hear yours is doing what you need! I'm out in the TC again today idling the engine. Today I shut off all DC loads except 1 LED dinette table light. Inverter and all else is off excepting for dc electronic controls in fridge and water heater. Idling away, my input voltage is 13.6 and the output charge voltage is 13.7. The unit is hot again. It took half an hour to get to the too hot to touch point. Just guessing, 150 to 160 degrees. The unit has a large heat sink on it. Not smelling electronics. If I were to drive the truck and bring up the speed of the alternator and the output voltage, it may raise the charge voltage lowering the current and possibly the temperature. I have not felt the alternator to see what it's temp is/feels like. I'll run out and do a feel temp test on the alternator, and bring the engine up to 2K RPM for a couple minutes to see if that changes voltage readings to the DC DC input and outputs, hang on... OK, the alternator is warm on the front just after the big radiator cooling fan, and hot a couple inches back to the rear of the alternator. The truck voltage goes from 13.6 at idle to 13.8 when revved to 2K RPM and current goes up just a little varying from 13.2 to 13.8 according to the BMS. The Victron dc dc charger only reports input and output voltage. I need to look at each battery's BMS for its report which differs and includes current. So, Engine RPM makes a small difference on my setup, I don't know if it's enough to change the time to charge or heat profile. I will have to take a drive to do that. My alternator is 160 amps so it should be able to handle the truck load and the dc to dc. It took an hour at idle to bring both batteries up to 90 and 91 percent charge. My latest weather forecast shows clouds and snow the next 6 days so I'll have to do some driving in the TC to keep the system charged. About an hour a day but tomorrow, I think I'll do some extra running around and bring the batteries back up to about 100%, then watch it slowly go down from there, with all the DC stuff that isn't necessary shut off to make things last longer. About 5 weeks till I get the new Victron 3000 and get shore power again. Even though I installed 675 watts of solar on the roof, it just isn't enough for winter up here in the Seattle area.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 12/04/22 05:35pm Truck Campers
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