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RE: loosing old members

Most online forums these days allow you to upload a pic directly from the post screen and that image is then forever available to the readers. Those pics have to be stored somewhere, and that storage costs money. It's entirely up to the owner of the site whether the expense is justified or not. What's your point? Have you priced a 1TB hard drive lately? Either images are part of the forum function or it's a text only service. A hybrid that depends on a 3rd party service is unfamiliar to most users these days. The vast majority of other forums out there don't have a problem hosting their own images. But as I said. If switching to a platform that hosted images locally meant loss of the info already here, it's not a good idea IMHO.
DWeikert 11/07/19 06:01pm Truck Campers
RE: Want an electric truck?

I don't remember the exact numbers, but fast chargers do draw about 5 kW. Not too many houses have wiring for that and you will need fast charger for heavy vehicles. On positive side, I hear that charging times batteries take are shorter and shorter. Why would you need a fast charge at home? Most people will plug in the vehicle when they get home and let it charge overnight while they sleep. Fast chargers are only needed for people that want to charge mid trip.
DWeikert 11/07/19 10:53am Truck Campers
RE: loosing old members

It's really easy and free to join something Imgur and post your pictures from there..Very easy just like photobucket used to be.. And how long will it be before imgur decides to stop sharing for free and all the trip reports many of us have invested time preparing go from showing trip pics to a notice that if you want to see the pics the owner must pay. Most online forums these days allow you to upload a pic directly from the post screen and that image is then forever available to the readers. On the other hand, if rv.net decided to update their software odds are this incredible library of info, not just the pics, would be lost so we'd be screwed either way.
DWeikert 11/06/19 12:40pm Truck Campers
RE: Overloaded wheel Breakage

I think the lug bolts don’t carry much if the wheels are hub centric. However, I have heard of bolts breaking if the wheels get loose. Hub or lug centric is irrelevant regarding load. The load is carried by the friction between the wheel and mating surface. This friction is created by the clamping force of the lugs which is why proper torque on our lug nuts is important. This is also the reason you don't want any grease or oil on those mating surfaces. "Centric" refers to how a wheel is centered while mounting. Hub centric wheels are good for manufacturing because the wheel can be mounted on the vehicle then the lug nuts just torqued down. With a lug centered wheel more care must be taken while installing and tightening the lugs.
DWeikert 11/02/19 09:05am Truck Campers
RE: Carport

I'm a little late to this thread but a few years ago I finally put my camper under roof. United Carports, 22' wide, 36' deep and 12' sidewalls. This still gives me plenty of room to load the camper under roof. To get the same clearance with a pole building I would have had to go with 14' side walls. https://i.imgur.com/aH6G0J6l.jpg height=480 width=640 https://i.imgur.com/AurfeZAl.jpg height=480 width=640
DWeikert 11/02/19 08:29am Truck Campers
RE: Why aren't Truck Campers popular in W. Pa.?

When you get into the large RV manufacturers, it most certainly *IS* an assembly line, in the traditional Ford Model T sense even. Not arguing that point. Simply noting not all RVs are built on assembly lines. In the thread linked above, those truck campers are not being built on an assembly line, nor are some from other manufacturers. Quality control is more variable when workers move between units rather than units moving through a series of work stations where assembly is routinized. That is my only point. Steve Assuming you're referring to my post, look again. They start with the most complete camper and travel down the "line" to campers in earlier stages of production. I.e. the campers are "moving through a series of work stations where assembly is routinized." If you weren't referring to my post, nevermind.
DWeikert 10/22/19 08:35pm Truck Campers
RE: Why aren't Truck Campers popular in W. Pa.?

Manufacturers of ANYTHING typically have similar build quality across the board... I don’t think RVs count. There are still made one at a time and vary a lot from build to build except in the very best ones since RVs are handmade and not much different than a house in that regard. Not so sure about that "one at a time" thing. TC's are built on an assembly line just like anything else these days. (Youtube Northstar factory tour) That doesn't mean there aren't still variations in build quality, but for the most part if the manufacturer allowed shoddy work in the camper you're looking at don't be surprised to see it in their other models as well.
DWeikert 10/22/19 07:52am Truck Campers
RE: Why aren't Truck Campers popular in W. Pa.?

If you think they're rare in western PA, come to eastern PA. I ended up driving to the Northstar factory in Iowa to pick mine up. Of course, I continued on from there to Yellowstone so it was on my way. :) Along these lines, when I was shopping for my truck I told one salesman I was planning to use it for a TC. He said "People don't use those anymore. Everybody uses a travel trailer of 5th wheel." I didn't bother going back to him. So Northstar let you pick up a camper at there factory? This is the bone I have to pick with Cirrus. They will not let you pick up. Has to go through a dealer. Almost made a deal (still thinking about it) with a dealer who is 8-9 hours away. That TC will pass right by me in 2 hours from the factory to this dealer. Ridiculous! They claim they have to prep it. Basically installing 2 batteries. Really thinking about bailing on the Cirrus. Wife says screw em. What I'm coming to find out is that most East/mid Atlantic RV dealers that have a used camper took it in trade. They don't stock any but Cirrus says ther're a authorized dealer. Some commitment huh? I've seen this in my business when a second tier manufacturer can't find quality committed dealers they just name one in case a sale comes up. That one dealer I visited, 5 hours away that actually had a couple TC's, I wouldn't let load my flashlight. Anybody have any input on Adventurer? Being new here I'm not sure we're allowed to compare brands? Technically, the purchase was done through Truck Camper Warehouse in NH. That's who I made the check out to. But it was a custom/build to order camper and from the beginning I communicated with Rex at Northstar. Not only did they let me pick it up at the factory, Rex installed the Torklifts and they even let me spend the first night in the factory parking lot to check for problems.
DWeikert 10/21/19 06:36am Truck Campers
RE: Why aren't Truck Campers popular in W. Pa.?

He said "People don't use those anymore. Everybody uses a travel trailer of 5th wheel”. I think he meant they have better markup and less informed shoppers for TTs and 5th wheels. :) BTW, a dealer in the NW said a similar thing to me, and I was going to buy one on his lot. All he had to do was take my check and fill out the paperwork, but couldn’t be bothered after a trailer shopper came in. :D No worries though since I got a better deal from the next dealer. In any case, they aren’t popular in Western PA compared to some areas because dealers don’t stock them. In their defense, there are many more customers for TTs and 5th wheels. However, if you look at total sales for TCs nationwide, they are really low compared to other types. Just for clarification, this was the truck salesman. Not RV. I think one big reason TC's are more popular out west is there's a lot more places to boondock. Back east people use TT's and 5th wheels because when they go "camping" they go to a campground. If that's your camping then why limit yourself to a TC when for the same price you can get a 30'+ TT?
DWeikert 10/19/19 06:49pm Truck Campers
RE: Seat belts in a camper?

Legality of riding in a TC or other camper varies by state. A State-by-State Guide to Driving in Campers For example, in PA it's only legal to ride in a 5th wheel and then only if there's a means of communication between passengers in the camper and the driver.
DWeikert 10/19/19 11:54am Truck Campers
RE: Why aren't Truck Campers popular in W. Pa.?

If you think they're rare in western PA, come to eastern PA. I ended up driving to the Northstar factory in Iowa to pick mine up. Of course, I continued on from there to Yellowstone so it was on my way. :) Along these lines, when I was shopping for my truck I told one salesman I was planning to use it for a TC. He said "People don't use those anymore. Everybody uses a travel trailer of 5th wheel." I didn't bother going back to him.
DWeikert 10/19/19 11:47am Truck Campers
RE: Argo, the all-aluminum camper

he is now a Class C camper A rose by any other name... Nice work. Maybe I missed it, but could you provide a link to your pics on the "Avion forum"? I'm curious how you handled the pass/crawl through. I get a lot of flexing between the bed and cab with the camper mounted. Curious how you handled that. Thanks for sharing and congratulation on a job well done.
DWeikert 08/30/19 07:01am Truck Campers
RE: Air pressure in Firestone airbags.

The way I do it is inflate the bags until the suspension just lifts off the overload springs, then reduce the pressure so the overloads make contact. That way you're using all the steel to help reduce sway.
DWeikert 08/28/19 09:19am Truck Campers
RE: DC operation of fridge

Not sure if your 2015 looks the same, but here's a quick video about hooking up the +12v wire and fuse to the trailer harness. This wire is not connected from the factory. Youtube Silverado trailer power wiring. Keep in mind that this will keep +12v on the trailer harness at all times, even with the key off, so you could end up discharging the truck battery while using the camper. The solution there is to isolate this 12v with a isolation solenoid that only activates with the switch on. Even after hooking this up the wiring probably isn't large enough to charge the camper battery while also supplying power for the DC fridge. The more current flowing through the wire, the less voltage will be at the camper's battery. With no other (major) loads the wire is sufficient since as the battery gets closer to full charge the current through the wire will decrease and the voltage at the battery will increase. If there's another load drawing significant current you'll never get full voltage to the battery. Solar will definitely help since it will be charging the battery all the time, not just when the truck is running. Assuming your solar is putting out enough to power whatever loads you have and still have enough left to charge the battery.
DWeikert 08/16/19 12:03pm 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? In either case, don't exceed the limits on the post's sticker.
DWeikert 08/07/19 02:57pm Truck Campers
RE: The ticking time bomb under the hood

Please delete, double post.
DWeikert 08/06/19 11:26am Truck Campers
RE: The ticking time bomb under the hood

I think you fail to comprehend that hybrid technology has its limits and usually works only in stop & go traffic. In highway cruising the batteries and electric motors are dead weight, unless you come to short grades, where electric motors can give you limited boost. And no, batteries dying in regenerative charging are not a myth. All cars with it seldom pass 3- years on batteries and AGM batteries for those cars are not cheap. I think you misunderstood regenerative charging for hybrid charging. Hybrid use multi-thousand dollars batteries, who are different animals. Come to forum more often >>> you might learn something :C Do you have ANY hybrid experience at all??? I prefer to learn actual facts, not some uninformed individual's beliefs that have been proven wrong over a decade ago. Sorry for feeding the tr0ll folks. Also sorry for taking the thread off topic.
DWeikert 08/06/19 11:25am Truck Campers
RE: The ticking time bomb under the hood

I used to think that about hybrids, until I bought one. I once thought a Prius was basically just a 1.8L engine driven vehicle during extended highway travel. I couldn't have been more wrong. I can easily get 50+ mpg driving highway speeds. You don't actually have to touch the brakes to send a charge back into the batteries. Every time you go down a hill or allow the vehicle to slow due to traffic is sends a charge back into the battery assisting when you go back up the next hill or accelerate once traffic picks up again. IMHO a diesel based hybrid would be the best of both worlds. Just wish someone would make one... PS: It seems only the LML Duramax (2011-2016) has the CP4 pump. My 5 years old Mercedes diesel makes 60 mpg at highway speed without messing with hybrid technology. It does have recouping charge as well, what for minimal fuel/emission savings is killing batteries in 2-3 years. That all with almost 200 HP that will burn wide tires on dry asphalt. MB does diesel hybrid, but small electric engine IMHO is made more for publicity or emission stunt, than for real use. Adding batteries and electric motor to diesel will cost more in dead weight that will benefit from fuel saving. Why is it you fail to comprehend adding hybrid technology to any engine will increase mileage? If you get 60 MPG now (doubtful), adding batteries and electric motor would take you to 90+ mpg. What does a typical 1.8L gas compact get? Maybe 30-35 highway? Yet a 1.8L hybrid easily gets 50+ The "killing batteries in 2-3 years" is a myth proven false a decade ago when the early Prius models were hitting 10 years on the road with their factory batteries and still going strong. If burning wide tires on dry asphalt trips your trigger, you need to get a Tesla. Now you know why I don't come here often anymore. It's been a good run. See ya.
DWeikert 08/06/19 10:13am Truck Campers
RE: The ticking time bomb under the hood

That type of hybrid works well in stop&go traffic and is widely used in city buses. You will see it in Yosemite Park shuttles. But on highway cruising batteries discharge fast and become dead weight. I think the way technology goes, all we need a little bit batteries and 1 hr recharge stations to go full electric. Knowing you come from Nevada, the city of Beatty, NV (read Area 51) has a dozen of Tesla charging stations. Never seen anybody using it when gas stations usually have waiting lanes. I used to think that about hybrids, until I bought one. I once thought a Prius was basically just a 1.8L engine driven vehicle during extended highway travel. I couldn't have been more wrong. I can easily get 50+ mpg driving highway speeds. You don't actually have to touch the brakes to send a charge back into the batteries. Every time you go down a hill or allow the vehicle to slow due to traffic is sends a charge back into the battery assisting when you go back up the next hill or accelerate once traffic picks up again. IMHO a diesel based hybrid would be the best of both worlds. Just wish someone would make one... PS: It seems only the LML Duramax (2011-2016) has the CP4 pump.
DWeikert 08/04/19 09:06am Truck Campers
RE: GM pickup tailgate opening too narrow

Government Motors does some screwey stuff and not just tailgates either. GM did this before they were bailed out.
DWeikert 08/01/19 02:25pm Truck Campers
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