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RE: Fridge won't fit

Not uncommon. When I went to pickup my Northstar they had installed the wrong fridge. I ordered a DC compressor fridge and they had installed the 3-way. To replace it they had to remove the door frame.
DWeikert 06/24/20 09:36am Truck Campers
RE: Air bag question and suspension in general I guess

I think that most people put far too much pressure in air bags and then complain about them. It’s probably not their fault. My “dealer” suggested I needed 90 lbs in mine. Uh, off by 50 lbs even with extended bump stops on my SRW F350. I usually only run 20-30 lbs in mine. Just enough to soften the ride and provide leveling. You're right in that too much air in the bags reduces ride quality, specifically side to side rocking, but note you're starting with a 1-ton truck. The OP is hoping to use airbags on a 2500. I like to fill the bags until the truck is just lifted off the overloads then let air out until the overloads are both engaged. Before I added the Load Pro's that took over 60 lbs. After the Load Pro's I use less than 30 and the ride is much better. To the OP, may I also suggest better shocks. The OEM shocks on my truck were pathetic. I replaced them with KYB Monomax and that significantly reduced the rocking. Since you're planning to use the truck as a daily driver adjustable Ranchos may be a better choice for you. PS: Another way to improve unloaded ride is to lower your tire pressure. You don't need 80 psi in the rears of an unloaded truck and that alone will take a lot of harshness out of the ride.
DWeikert 06/13/20 10:08am Truck Campers
RE: Rear View Camera

I have several cameras though it's a system I pieced together and have added to over the years so can't provide links. I have 2 rear cameras, one looking down for backing up, the other looking rearward. I also have a camera mounted on the passenger side of the camper. I travel solo and this covers the passenger side blind spot, both for lane changes or when pulling out at angled intersections and backing out of parking spaces like at rest areas where they want you to pull in at an angle. I'll be honest, I like the field of view from the passenger camera so much I'll probably add one to the driver's side. I initially tried wireless but kept having reception problems at the worst times so I went wired. I took the easy way and have connectors at a cabinet near the pass through window then run the wire through the pass through and above the truck headliner to the displays.
DWeikert 06/11/20 12:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Air bag question and suspension in general I guess

One of the main things with air bags is you don’t want to unload your springs, if you do you your sway and bounce will increase. I did air bags on my 2013 2500HD with a 3000+lb commercial work cap and the ride was too bouncy and I had more sway, I ended up going with a set of 3500lb helper springs and then the bags were just used to level side to side. The problem with upping the springs is unloaded ride suffers so that might be a deal breaker for you, my truck has a load 95% of the time so I can deal with the harsh ride with the small amount it is unloaded. I did have 19.5 tires so that did contribute Some to the harsh unloaded ride. ^^^ This I added a set of bags to my truck and the truck felt like it was bobbling down the road. Added a set of Helwig Load Pro helper springs and the sway is much better. I still have the bags and use them but at a much lower pressure so the springs take most of the load.
DWeikert 06/11/20 12:40pm Truck Campers
RE: New Shock Time

The vast majority of the miles on my truck are loaded so I had no need for adjustable shocks. I replaced the wimpy OEM shocks with KYB Monomax at less than 20,000 miles and could not be happier. How they compare to Bilstein or other brands I can't say. All I can say is they were a significant improvement over OEM and I'm happy.
DWeikert 05/25/20 07:53am Truck Campers
RE: Hallmark vs Northstar

I have nothing but good to say about my Northstar. I also have to say that dealing with Northstar was a pleasure. If there's an option you don't see on their site, talk to Rex. If they can do it, they will.
DWeikert 05/04/20 07:48am Truck Campers
RE: Best Truck Camper AGM battery?

Last time I replaced batteries I got two of these-Duracell AGM from Batteries Plus They're a rebranded Deka battery made by East Penn Manufacturing. Three years now and no complaints.
DWeikert 04/27/20 01:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Camper with East/West bed and cassette toilet

I cannot understand what is wrong with a N-S bed. That avoids one person crawling over the other if they need to get up in the night. Some people can't understand that not everyone has the same needs. I can't speak for the needs of the OP but I have no one to crawl over when I need to get up at night and it's far easier to roll out the side of a bed then crawl off the bottom.
DWeikert 04/26/20 07:39am Truck Campers
RE: Camper with East/West bed and cassette toilet

My Northstar Adventurer has an E/W bed and cassette toilet. I second the suggestion of giving Rex a call.
DWeikert 04/26/20 05:46am Truck Campers
RE: Are "all-bed" campers length safe? Most compatible all bed?

My Northstar Adventurer is made for both long and short bed trucks. I have the short bed version which allows Northstar to add some outside storage in the overhang area. As Camper8251 mentioned, the important thing is the COG of the camper. Some models designed solely for long bed trucks may have their COG too far to the rear to safely carry in a short bed, even if the overhang is similar to the campers designed for both. Now as to a short bed camper in a long bed truck, a few people here do it but I believe all have some sort of bed storage in front of the camper giving the camper a backstop so it isn't only the tie downs holding the camper back when you hit the brakes. In these cases COG is also something you have to consider, though the weight of whatever is stored in the bed in front of the camper weighs (pun intended) in that COG calculation. An older truck with a newer camper is often a safer choice than a newer truck with an older camper. For example, GM narrowed the width of the bed opening making it so older model campers won't fit. So I'd measure tailgate opening and the width of the tub, the part of the camper that goes through the tailgate opening, is the most important. Situations like lack of clearance between the overhang and truck cab or truck bed side rails can be compensated for simply by adding 2x4's or some other spacer in the bed to lift the camper.
DWeikert 04/24/20 11:02am Truck Campers
RE: Do you drink.......

I have a smallish camper with only a 20 gallon FW tank. I drink bottled water and use the tank for washing.
DWeikert 04/20/20 11:37am Truck Campers
RE: Small Window AC vs Roof Top Air

Window unit. 5500 BTU is plenty for our little campers. They're lighter, replacements are cheap and they're much easier to run with a small generator.
DWeikert 03/26/20 09:11pm Truck Campers
RE: Corona Virus and RV Travel Video

The US response has been great. If you want to see a bad response, look at Italy. The government ain't your daddy, they can't protect everyone from everything all the time. Exactly. Take a look at these countries with socialized medicine, they are failing because they have the bare minimum in care. South Korea has socialized medicine...
DWeikert 03/24/20 06:47am Around the Campfire
RE: Corona Virus and RV Travel Video

I wonder what is advantage of taking sick people to hospital instead of having them fight the virus at their homes? Testing and hospitalisation only increase the risk of virus spread. I prize Nevada governor who learn from other states mistakes and locked the state down with only few sick persons. If statistics are right, in last 3 days the confirmed cases rose only by 25%, what most likely are the people who got sick before lockdown. Than again, if 78F killing the virus is correct - we are only days away from nature helping us. You're right in that people with mild symptoms don't need to go to the hospital. But this causes severe respiratory distress, a swelling of the lung tissue making it difficult to impossible for some to breath. Think of the way the common cold (a rhinovirus) causes swelling in your sinuses. Now imagine that happening to your lungs. That's why there's the fear of insufficient ventilators, and that is why it's important to not overwhelm our health care system by slowing the infection rate.
DWeikert 03/24/20 06:33am Around the Campfire
RE: Corona Virus and RV Travel Video

The US response has been great. If you want to see a bad response, look at Italy. The government ain't your daddy, they can't protect everyone from everything all the time. If you want to see a good response, look at South Korea. The US is just about 2 weeks behind Italy and we'll probably pass them in total cases before the end of the week. If the White House decides to put the economy ahead of American lives, we'll wish we were as good as Italy.
DWeikert 03/24/20 06:17am Around the Campfire
RE: Corona Virus and RV Travel Video

The truth is none of us know if it is spreading faster or slower. It’s going to take a few days to stabilize testing and even longer to have an idea if we’ve tested enough people. Considering people are the most contagious just before they start showing symptoms and we're only testing people after they show symptoms, there's no way we've done enough testing. Containment is no longer an option and we aren't even trying. Right now the only goal is to slow the infection rate so we don't overwhelm our health care system. Unless a vaccine is miraculously developed in the next month or two it's a question of when, not if virtually everyone in the US is infected.
DWeikert 03/23/20 04:39pm Around the Campfire
RE: Corona Virus and RV Travel Video

What a difference 1 hr makes. NV cases went up to 245 US total 42 032. I am sceptic with lack of data reliability and fact that they don't post hr of updates, but looks that US slow down the spread. Still official data shows yesterday for a total of 41, 569 cases add 8,486 for last day and official data for today is 42,032 hm...... Before you think the spread is slowing, read this. A news release from the Los Angeles Department of Public Health this week advised doctors not to test those experiencing only mild respiratory symptoms unless “a diagnostic result will change clinical management or inform public health response.” The recommendation reflects a "shifting from a strategy of case containment to slowing disease transmission and averting excess morbidity and mortality," according to the statement. The guidance said coronavirus testing at L.A. County public health labs will prioritized those with symptoms, health care workers, residents of long-term care facilities, paramedics and other high-risk situations. Others are encouraged to simply stay at home. At about the same time, the New York City Department of Health directed all healthcare facilities to immediately stop testing non-hospitalized patients for Covid-19. "At this point in the pandemic, demand for unnecessary testing is contributing to the rapidly diminishing supply of PPE and leading to a decreasing supply of swabs and viral transport media used to collect diagnostic specimens for Covid-19 testing" It's the same problem we had initially. If we don't test the infection rate looks low.
DWeikert 03/23/20 02:38pm Around the Campfire
RE: Corona Virus and RV Travel Video

Hm... It is Monday 10 AM in Las Vegas and all official data about virus spread are not updated since Friday.... United States Coronavirus Cases US Coronavirus Cases: 40,841 Active cases: 40,171 in Mild Condition: 39,131 (97%) in Critical condition: 1,040 (3%) Closed cases Deaths: 483 Recovered: 187 (As of the time of this post) Interesting how that is different from what the CDC is reporting at link. At the time of this posting: Total cases 33,404 Deaths 400 Not trying to minimize or maximize the issue. Just pointing out that different sources are presenting different data. -Eric Didn't think you were minimizing and the contradictory data is a real problem. On the site I linked there's a table of individual states with a link to the source of that data. Most are individual state sites. If you note, at the bottom of the CDC page it says- In the event of a discrepancy between CDC cases and cases reported by state and local public health officials, data reported by states should be considered the most up to date. That would explain it.
DWeikert 03/23/20 12:41pm Around the Campfire
RE: Corona Virus and RV Travel Video

Hm... It is Monday 10 AM in Las Vegas and all official data about virus spread are not updated since Friday.... United States Coronavirus Cases US Coronavirus Cases: 40,841 Active cases: 40,171 in Mild Condition: 39,131 (97%) in Critical condition: 1,040 (3%) Closed cases Deaths: 483 Recovered: 187 (As of the time of this post)
DWeikert 03/23/20 11:25am Around the Campfire
RE: Corona Virus and RV Travel Video

Good video explaining a measured response vs full blown quarantine. https://youtu.be/nl6tTwxzCi8
DWeikert 03/18/20 09:14am Around the Campfire
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