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RE: Honda 2200 on front hitch...possible overheating?

I've driven this across country several times in summer heat. No problems with engine overheating. I do see a slight rise in tranny temp but not enough to worry about. https://www.dropbox.com/s/xdiu4x9wzn99imy/P8190005c.jpg?dl=1 height=430 width=710
DWeikert 09/18/20 07:36am Truck Campers
RE: What do you guys use for a BBQ?

We enjoy campfires & BBQ on them with a grilling basket...Allows is space for more firewood.... Please don't transport firewood across state lines. In many states it is illegal. www.dontmovefirewood.org
DWeikert 09/07/20 03:15pm Truck Campers
RE: What do you guys use for a BBQ?

I use a Weber Go-Anywhere Grill. Puts out good heat. I found a small griddle that fits perfect for pancakes, bacon and eggs. It doesn't come with any theremometer but I picked up a grill thermometer at Lowes and added it to the lid. I "think" this is the griddle. Coleman Griddle
DWeikert 09/07/20 10:43am Truck Campers
RE: Pure Sine Wave Inverters best quality manufacturers?

I use a Xantrex ProWatt 600 and added their remote panel to turn it on or off from the bed. PS: Xantrex also makes a nice transfer switch which I also use. Not that this couldn't be used with any inverter...
DWeikert 09/04/20 08:52am Truck Campers
RE: Pure Sine Wave Inverters best quality manufacturers?

I use a Xantrex ProWatt 600 and added their remote panel to turn it on or off from the bed. Edit: Spelling
DWeikert 09/03/20 09:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Gut check on transfer switch for inverter - special case

I didn't think you could run 2 solar charge controllers in parallel? Doesn't one sense the output of the other and interpret that as a fully charged battery, cutting 1/2 your solar array out? Since the charge controllers monitor battery voltage that would only happen when the battery is fully charged. Or at least one of the controllers thinks it is. Once the batteries approach full charge the controller set to the highest voltage would be the last one providing current. For example, if controller A is set to 14.38v and controller B is set at 14.42v, controller A would stop providing current at 14.38v then controller B would provide the last bit of charge until the batteries reach 14.42v. But I doubt that's going to be a problem.
DWeikert 08/28/20 09:18am Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper For Chevy Silverado 1500

we had a pop up years ago. when i hit my 40's, my hands could not take the cold. Just to be sure, you understand when people in the TC forum talk about pop-ups we're not talking about the trailer that pops up into a tent. We're referring to campers like this- http://www.northstarcampers.com/uploads/ecommerce//2020-tc800-exterior-rear-long-bed-version--31-637045.jpg height=480 width=640 These often have insulation packages that add a layer of insulation to the fabric portion. The Four Wheel Grandby is really the perfect camper for your truck. I see Four Wheel now offers a line of Topper model that sits on the bed rail instead of sliding into the truck bed. I suspect winters would get cold in this model though.
DWeikert 08/26/20 09:39am Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper For Chevy Silverado 1500

payload 1,550 problem is if i wanted to put a lance 650 on the truck it would be to short to fill the bed length wise. i know that 1,550 lb pl limits me weight wise, but it appears all campers are made for 5.5' or 6.5' beds, unless you have a 1 ton truck. i also do not want a pop up truck camper. A 1550 lb payload means you should be shopping for a camper that weighs around 1000 lbs. Ideally 500 lbs but let's be realistic. :) Even with a 1000 lb camper loaded and ready to camp you'll probably be over your vehicles rated capacity. Most of us are but we also verify we don't exceed tire, wheel, and axle ratings and many of us have added suspension mods to compensate. There was a company, Six-Pac Campers that made a light weight hard side but they stopped building some years ago. You may be able to find a used one. Another possibility - Cavecampers Also, check the Camper Chooser on Truck Camper Magazine.
DWeikert 08/26/20 09:08am Truck Campers
RE: "Infinite" Battery?

Hmmm, Before I retrieve my checkbook, tell me how it performs in satellites and spacecraft, an obvious first use. Also, what happens to the radioactive parts when a 12 year old takes a hammer to the thing? Don't get me wrong, I love the story, but it is short on tangibles. The only satellites and spacecraft that would need them are the ones sent to the outer solar system or the surface of a planet where solar is less reliable. There's carbon 14 already in your body and every bite of food you eat. It's produced naturally in Earths atmosphere. Ever hear of Carbon dating? When an organism dies it stops consuming C14 and as the C14 in its body decays the ratio of regular carbon (Carbon 12) to C14 changes. By looking at that ratio they can determine when the organism died. Or more specifically, when it stopped eating.
DWeikert 08/25/20 02:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper For Chevy Silverado 1500

A 1500 truck can be a nice commuter vehicle that allows you to carry garden supplies and a few sheets of plywood. It is not made to carry the weight of even a small hard sided truck camper. If you feel you must have a TC, consider a small soft sided camper. Northstar and others make them. :S We see comments like this on the 5th wheel forum. Those types also claim a 1/2 ton truck can't carry/tow nothing but a Scamp 5th wheel trailer or nothing but a pop up trailer . However there are other small size 5th wheel trailers and TTs and hard sided truck campers out here that fit even a std duty 1/2 ton truck capacities. A lot of the campers a manufacturer claims will work on a 1/2 ton truck won't. Not without some serious mods at least.
DWeikert 08/25/20 01:24pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper For Chevy Silverado 1500

I would look at a Four Wheeler Granby. This ^^^^
DWeikert 08/25/20 01:22pm Truck Campers
RE: "Infinite" Battery?

When I first started reading I checked to make sure the date of the article wasn't April 1. Sounds very promising. Agreed, here's hoping I live to see it. Glad I didn't buy the Lithium batteries for the camper yet. ;)
DWeikert 08/25/20 12:07pm Truck Campers
RE: Aftermarket wheels

What do you think about the Fuel's? With a 2500lb rating the Fuel's should not even be a consideration.
DWeikert 08/22/20 07:25pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper Jacks

I think I've returned Hj motors for rebuild 5 or 6 times after seizing internally. One motor I had seize after one season. Had it repaired and midway through the next season it was seized again. Hj motors have a water intrusion problem that I don't know if they have ever fixed. I store my camper in a carport these days and I haven't had any problems since. I also picked up a spare motor so it may just be a Murphy thing. Now that I have a spare I won't have any failures. The first couple motors I returned they suggested wrapping a plastic bag over the motor head to protect it from the weather. Pretty poor design for a part that is expected to be used outdoors. In case the motor is just sitting on a dead spot, you can try using the hand crank with the motor still engaged and see if that frees it. Didn't work for me but YMMV.
DWeikert 08/22/20 08:56am Truck Campers
RE: Can't seem to find the Foam Passthru Window Boots anymore

Well, I found the old site I originally looked at, only problem is, the store's gone out of business since I originally looked it up! http://web.archive.org/web/20111116200431/http://www.eastendcampers.com/cgi-bin/shopper.cgi?preadd=action&key=0046VYLB I am surprised to see this old webpage is still accessible. This is Bill Penney's original site on Long Island. Ten plus years ago he moved to his new location with a new name: Truck Campers Warehouse. He maintained the old location for a couple of years and then closed it. This brings back a great memory. In 2010 I bought my used Northstar from Bill. I found it at the Long Island East End Campers location. He shipped it to the new location in New Hampshire so we avoided over $1000 in NY sales taxes. His NH location was also much bigger and it was easier to set up the camper in his large indoor facility. If you notice the URL, this is an archived version of the web site. It's an interesting project called archive.org aka the waybackmachine that scans web sites on occasion and archives a copy. Often links are broken and images fail, but it is a good place to go if you're looking for old information.
DWeikert 08/14/20 11:02am Truck Campers
RE: Can't seem to find the Foam Passthru Window Boots anymore

I got mine from Northstar when I picked up my camper. Don't know if they still sell them. I also recall reading someone bought one from truckcamperwarehouse. Maybe worth a phone call or email.
DWeikert 08/13/20 09:14pm Truck Campers
RE: solar project starting to come togeather.

Hi Steve, For everything that goes on my TC's roof I use either Dicor or butyl tape under the mounting surface (depends if I expect to remove it or not) and Dicor over the mounting bracket and over the screw heads. I don't personally think that it is necessary to put Dicor inside the screw holes. Cheers -Mark ^^^^ This. When I upgraded the solar on my Northstar I used a strip of butyl tape under the mounting foot with the screws going through this layer of butyl to seal under the screw heads, then self leveling Dicor over the foot and screw heads.
DWeikert 08/10/20 10:07am Truck Campers
RE: Onboard Air System Planning - Components Suggestions?

My only thing about Wireless type things like that is its one more thing with batteries or electrical needs that's got a higher proneness towards failure. For major systems, the more basic and simplisticlly mechanical it is, the easier it will be for me to make emergency field repairs and maintain it :). The convenience of being able to stand and remotely level the camper would be pretty cool, though. I'm an IT guy and like newfangled gadgets. But, I also prepare for their failure. That's why I also T'd into the line feeding each bag and installed a Schrader valve in the wheel wells. If for whatever reason I can't use the onboard compressor I can still air up with a bicycle pump. Likewise, a short hose with a lock on air chuck on each end and I can now inflate a tire using the airbag pump. It's going to take some time but better than having to resort to a hand pump if I'm in the middle of nowhere.
DWeikert 08/07/20 03:09pm Truck Campers
RE: F350 where do I jack from? / would this plan work?

Not really helpful to the topic but hopefully it'll give some a laugh. A year or so ago I had to replace the cooling hoses for the Allison transmission on my Silverado. Removing the passenger side front tire and fender liner was the easiest way to get to the lines and while I had the truck up on jacks I figured I'd change the front shocks at the same time. I use a bottle jack under the frame then lower the truck onto a jack stand also under the frame. To mount the shock it was easiest to use the bottle jack to raise the front axle (independent suspension) to fit the shock. To do this I had to use the adjustment on the bottle jack as it was significantly lower than the frame. So, after a long day changing coolant lines and replacing one shock I had the tire back on and was ready to start the driver's side shock. I put the bottle jack back under the frame but because of the adjustment I made to install the shock I couldn't lift the truck high enough to get the jack stand out. So, lower the bottle jack, adjust the post height so it will lift the truck higher jack it back up and remove the jack stand. Lower the bottle jack and now I have the jack post adjusted so high with the jack all the way down it's still supporting the truck. Jack it back up, reinstall jack stand, lower the jack and adjust the post height, raise the truck again, pull out the jack stand and lower the jack. Now I can pull the jack back out but I realized when I pulled out the jack stand I had positioned it under the step/nerf bar and when I lowered the truck it was now being supported by the jack stand under the nerf bar. Soooo, jack it back up one more time to get the jack stand out from under the nerf bar. After that I decided it was best to wait and do the driver side shock the next day. I now return the thread to its original topic. BTW: I use a 12 ton jack. Overkill perhaps. But as Colonel John Hannibal Smith likes to say, overkill is underrated.
DWeikert 08/07/20 10:40am Truck Campers
RE: Onboard Air System Planning - Components Suggestions?

I went with the Airlift Wireless Air to avoid having to run air lines into the cab. I did have a failure of the controller/manifold but it was replaced painlessly under warranty and no issues since. One big advantage is it automatically maintains the pressure setting or the minimum 5 psi. Another advantage is I can walk around the vehicle with the controller in hand and adjust the air while watching the springs. I like to inflate the bags until the springs lift off the overloads then lower the pressure until they just engage. That seems to work best for keeping the side to side rocking at a minimum. They now have multiple wireless options.
DWeikert 08/07/20 10:14am Truck Campers
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