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RE: Rear View Camera

I've dealt with Tadi Brothers and have to say they gave me excellent customer service, but their actual tech support left a lot to be desired. One word of warning is beware of cameras with IR LEDs mounted behind the same plastic shield that protects the lens. For example- https://www.rearviewsafety.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/1800x/040ec09b1e35df139433887a97daa66f/f/u/full-hd-130-backup-camera-with-18-infra-red-illuminators-rvs-770-hd-pt01.jpg height=200 width=200 Eventually every one I had the LEDs would wash out the display due to reflected light and all you saw was basically what you'd see driving with high beams in a dense fog. When I mentioned this to Tadi while reviewing their camera options the reply I received was- I’m not sure that’s what this is. The LEDs soak in the light and make nightvision possible :S Try to find a model with the IR LED's mounted seperate from the camera lens, like this- https://www.rearviewsafety.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/1800x/040ec09b1e35df139433887a97daa66f/c/o/commercial-backup-camera-rvs-777-main-icons_9.jpg height=200 width=200 That said, Tadi did work very well with me when I was trying to get a rear view mirror with built in display. The problem there was any light reflection in the mirror would wash out the display making it virtually useless in daylight. They sent me several versions but none was acceptable and they eventually gave me a full refund, so kudos there. Thing is, if you're willing to wait you can get the same cameras direct from China on ebay for a lot less, which is what I eventually ended up doing. I camp solo so I have two cameras. One backup and one monitoring the huge blind spot on the passenger side. This gives me visibility when backing out of parking spaces like at rest areas where you're usually forced to park at an angle unless you use the truck parking area, or those funky Y intersections where you need to see about 45* out from the side of the camper. I tried a couple wireless options but always seemed to get interference at a time when I needed the camera most, so I eventually just went wired. I use a window boot on the pass through so I fished coax above the headliner and mounted connectors in the cabinet next to the overhead step and plug the cables in when I mount the camper. No more signal loss. For the display I got a Windshield Mounting Arm that replaces the rear view mirror and mounted the display to that. I had a switch mounted in the overhead console so I could switch between cameras but last time out I made a bracket and mounted 2 displays to take in both views with a single glance. To be honest, I like the field of view looking at the passenger side camera so much more than using the passenger side mirror I'm thinking of adding a 3rd camera for the drivers side. Just need to figure out a good place for that monitor. :)
DWeikert 06/02/19 02:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Leveling with air bags correctly

One thing you don't want to do is unload your springs with the air bags no matter what height the trucks rear is, I always load up and then set the bags so the overloads just start to engage. ^^This^^ The perfect camper/truck combo would have the COG directly over, maybe just a little in front of, the rear axle. Making very little change on the weight on the front axle. If you're inflating the air bags attempting to bring the rear of the truck back to its unloaded height, you're likely to have way too much air in the bags and probably a good amount of sway/rocking as you drive down the road. The friction between the individual leaves in a spring pack serves to reduce the rebound and thus sway. Air bags don't do that. My method is to inflate the bags until the suspension begins to lift off the overload springs, then let a little air out so the overloads are just engaged. Obviously that's going to be lower than the unloaded height.
DWeikert 04/19/19 08:28am Truck Campers
RE: VTR - virtual trip report, my last one

Thanks for sharing your many amazing journeys with us over the years. "The memories of a man in his old age, are the deeds of a man in his prime." : Pink Floyd
DWeikert 04/07/19 08:10am Truck Campers
RE: Good bye but with a forwarding address

Thanks for sharing not only your trip reports but your vast knowledge and experience with us. You will be missed.
DWeikert 03/29/19 01:25pm Truck Campers
RE: Why diesel trucks?

What happens with diesel engines when you just filled it up with summer diesel and on your hunting trip it turns cold,really cold like below zero? Mine would not run because the fuel gelled.. What happens to the gas you put in your tank during summer and let it sit there until hunting season?
DWeikert 03/27/19 09:13am Truck Campers
RE: Why diesel trucks?

I made the trip before with a gas engine and just a cap on the back to sleep under and it was far from stress free. Between the truck searching for a gear on modest slopes, to keeping an eye on engine temps trying to pull the the mountain passes out west then hoping I don't burn up the brakes keeping speed under control on the downhill side, not to mention the pathetic gas mileage, as long as I have a camper I'll have a diesel. If you had all those issues with only a cap on the back, there was something terribly wrong with your truck. No, it was just the way the truck was geared and how it responded to loads. In hindsight I realize I probably could have minimized the gear searching buy downshifting out of overdrive when I approached any grades. But I have yet to need to do that when I made the trip in a diesel. Anybody that hasn't worried about engine temp when climbing mountain passes at speed in summertime hasn't done so in a pickup or RV with with a gas engine. Likewise anybody that thinks a gas engine has a decent engine break has never driven a diesel.
DWeikert 03/14/19 04:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Why diesel trucks?

I carry a fairly light (~2500 lbs) camper, no trailer and love my diesel. Most of my camping trips involve days on the road to get to the destination. I made the trip before with a gas engine and just a cap on the back to sleep under and it was far from stress free. Between the truck searching for a gear on modest slopes, to keeping an eye on engine temps trying to pull the the mountain passes out west then hoping I don't burn up the brakes keeping speed under control on the downhill side, not to mention the pathetic gas mileage, as long as I have a camper I'll have a diesel. CAN it be done with a gas engine? Absolutely. Will the drive be as relaxing as with a diesel? Not even close. I think you'll find most people that have tried diesel won't go back to gas as long as there's a load in the bed. There are some diesel owners contemplating going back to gas for their next engine, but I don't here too many reports of people actually doing so and being happy with the change. With very few exceptions those that claim a gas engine is just as good as a diesel don't have a lot of experience with diesels. My $0.02
DWeikert 03/14/19 09:46am Truck Campers
RE: Attaching a solar panel

3M VHB tape. Panel has been on my EPDM roof since 2007, no screws. Do you have the flexible panels that sit flush on the roof or "conventional" panels attached by feet and spaced off the roof? I would be very leery of tape only attaching of a conventional panel to an EPDM roof unless you want the panel pealing the roof off your RV when a good wind gust comes along as you're driving down the highway. EPDM just isn't meant to be a structural attachment point.
DWeikert 02/25/19 07:31am Truck Campers
RE: Lock for fast guns

I have to remove one to fill with fuel so might just keep the lynch pin in that one. That's what I did for a while. Turns out unlocking and removing the lock isn't really that much harder than removing the lynch pin, so now I use the locks all the way around. Do I need them? Probably not. I mostly boondock so there isn't a whole lot of human traffic then. But between home and the campsite I usually have to make numerous stops and you never know who's prowling the rest area parking lots so it's relatively cheap insurance compared to the price of new fastguns. I'm just eliminating the easy opportunities and know if someone wants to steal something they can. I just try to make my things less convenient than the others around me. That's key IMHO. A determined thief will take what they want. Most thieves are opportunists though and anything that will slow them down is usually sufficient deterrent. Just my $0.02
DWeikert 02/20/19 03:10pm Truck Campers
RE: How is this for a power system? Solar vs battery balance?

Click I didn't see anything about capacity in that article. Any clue? www.trojanbattery.com/trillium/ Two 12v sizes, 110 and 92 AH, and a 25 AH 24v
DWeikert 02/17/19 04:01pm Truck Campers
RE: If price was not a consideration, Gas or Diesel?

rather than downshift when zero throttle is insufficient, it can then selectively apply reverse thrust or throttle (for lack of a better word) with the exhaust brake rather than downshift like a gas engine.You're going to have to explain that one.Maybe, "it can then apply variable amounts of reverse thrust or throttle . . . " might be a better way to phrase it, IDK. If that doesn't help, maybe someone else can chime in with a better explanation, sorry.It sounds to me like you're saying the engine can inject a small amount of fuel long enough before the piston's TDC that it ignites and burns while the piston is still on the way up in the compression stroke. I was not aware any manufacturers had programmed that into their engines.Sounds to me you may have a better "technical" (behind the scenes) understanding of how a diesel exhaust brake operates than I do. That's fine. My explanation was my best attempt to explain it from a "seat-of-the-pants" perspective to someone why may have never used one before. To me, it feels very similar to reverse thrusters being activated on an aircraft--no more, no less. Hopefully you did notice I qualified my explanation with "for lack of a better word". You're more than welcome to describe how it feels to you, or explain how this sensation is achieved from a technical perspective. I'm all ears--lol! No worries. My wording may have been a little blunt in the original question, and for that I apologize. Exhaust brakes can also regulate the amount of back pressure which has the effect of adjusting the amount of braking. I wonder if what you're feeling is the change from partial braking to full. As I said, my Duramax uses the turbo vanes to simulate a separate exhaust brake. I know what I've felt in that going down grade is initially I have just engine braking holding me back, which is only enough to slow me down on shallow grades. If I just tap the brakes the exhaust braking then kicks in. And there, I'll agree, it has the feeling of an aircraft applying reverse thrust, but it's really just the switch over from the weak engine brake to much stronger exhaust brake. At least, that's what I think is going on...
DWeikert 02/17/19 02:22pm Truck Campers
RE: If price was not a consideration, Gas or Diesel?

rather than downshift when zero throttle is insufficient, it can then selectively apply reverse thrust or throttle (for lack of a better word) with the exhaust brake rather than downshift like a gas engine.You're going to have to explain that one.Maybe, "it can then apply variable amounts of reverse thrust or throttle . . . " might be a better way to phrase it, IDK. If that doesn't help, maybe someone else can chime in with a better explanation, sorry. It sounds to me like you're saying the engine can inject a small amount of fuel long enough before the piston's TDC that it ignites and burns while the piston is still on the way up in the compression stroke. I was not aware any manufacturers had programmed that into their engines. Getting a clean burn like that sounds very difficult.
DWeikert 02/17/19 01:42pm Truck Campers
RE: If price was not a consideration, Gas or Diesel?

^ Are you unfamiliar with what an exhaust brake does, or just commenting on the poster's description of the occurrence? An exhaust brake basically closes off the exhaust flow so when the pistons try to push the gasses out of the cylinder during the exhaust stroke they're pressurizing the exhaust manifold between the cylinder and the exhaust brake. That pressure then serves to slow the engine creating a braking function. How does that create a reverse thrust? Serious question.
DWeikert 02/17/19 01:39pm Truck Campers
RE: How Do You Think This TC is Laid Out?

I'm just wondering how far back from the traffic light he has to stop in order to still see it.
DWeikert 02/17/19 12:46pm Truck Campers
RE: If price was not a consideration, Gas or Diesel?

rather than downshift when zero throttle is insufficient, it can then selectively apply reverse thrust or throttle (for lack of a better word) with the exhaust brake rather than downshift like a gas engine. You're going to have to explain that one.
DWeikert 02/17/19 12:26pm Truck Campers
RE: If price was not a consideration, Gas or Diesel?

However, since the exhaust braking engine back pressure mechanism is different than the gear braking engine back pressure mechanism ... maybe exhaust braking can somehow feel different to the driver. :h The big difference is a gas engine just doesn't have the compression to slow down the vehicle like a diesel does. The transmission on a gas engine will take you into the high RPM's trying to compensate and still not do as good a job slowing the vehicle as the diesel at much lower RPM's.
DWeikert 02/17/19 10:06am Truck Campers
RE: If price was not a consideration, Gas or Diesel?

I see a lot of posts from people that never owned a diesel claiming a gas engine is just as good. Sigh... For my $0.02, if I have any kind of a load, it'll be a diesel. I hear lots of whining about pollution controls hurting fuel mileage. That may be but my Duramax has the DPF and with my camper on the back I still average 13-14 mpg highway. The Duramax doesn't have a true exhaust brake but they emulate it with the variable vanes in the turbo. Going down the steepest grades in the Rockies I still occasionally have to push down on the skinny pedal because the engine is slowing me down too much. Meanwhile, similar trips in a gas truck would have me both worrying about a piston flying through the hood due to the high RPMs and still having to ride the brake, hoping they aren't overheating. To be honest, with my tiny camper, the Duramax is overkill. But as Colonel John "Hannibal" Smith says, overkill is underrated. I'll gladly pay more for for the diesel then enjoy the relaxed drive the entire time I own the truck.
DWeikert 02/17/19 09:59am Truck Campers
RE: High wind and the truck camper

I live here in Wyoming where 30 mph winds are just considered a light breeze, especially during the winter months. I have driven with my camper on in a lot higher wind speeds and never was worried about being blown over. In my experience, the winds are not a big issue hauling a truck camper, but your gas mileage will take a hug hit! https://aviationhumor.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/wyoming_windsock.jpg To the OP, on my first trip with my camper I was driving home with a near 50 mph crosswind (South Dakota, not Wyoming). It never made me fear tipping over but it was a lot of work keeping it in the lane. After a few hours of this I decided to find a place to pull over and ride it out.
DWeikert 02/09/19 09:27am Truck Campers
RE: payload differences between 3/4 and 1 ton SRW

On the spec page- Compare 3500 Specifications Click the Add Config to Compare button and the top of the page has options for single or dual 2wd or 4wd.
DWeikert 12/23/18 07:59am Truck Campers
RE: Rear View Mirror Replacement

It also seems that many of the solutions are mini screens that are included on half the rear view mirror, where although would work, I agree with Kayteg1 - GO BIG! I tried one of those monitor in the mirror options and in bright light the monitor was just barely visible through the reflective surface on the mirror. Sent it back for refund. What I ended up doing was get one of these-Windshield Mounting arm. Lift the rear view mirror off the mount stuck to the windshield and slide this on. The other end matches the mount on the back of most rear view monitors. I actually built a bracket and mounted two 7" monitors. One connected to the camera on the back of the camper, the other showing the side view camera on the passenger side of the camper. When done camping and take the camper off the truck, just remove the monitor assembly and put the mirror back on.
DWeikert 12/20/18 06:52am Truck Campers
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