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RE: Who’s still using a 7.3 diesel truck

... snipped ... Hopefully, that gauge (EGT) will prolong the life of the engine. That gauge and all of the other mods will not prolong the life of your engine as much as your driving habits will. I should have added: the gauge allows you to adapt your driving habits to prolong engine life. It really comes in handy when you climbing over passes. When there is something is giving you objective information to drive 45 because your approaching maximum engine temperature your more likely to change your behaviors. I think I’m just going to wear ear pro on trips. Purchasing the stock air intake will cost too much from the factory.
F-350shortBed 03/07/21 05:21pm Truck Campers
RE: Who’s still using a 7.3 diesel truck

I knew very little about TC’s when I bought my truck I knew that TC’s were heavy and that often times suspension adds were required on lighter trucks. I found a great deal on my 2000 F350 and purchased it fast without further research on TC’s. Once I had the truck I began to worry about safety because my rig is lifted and has larger tires. That’s why I joined RV net; I got a lot of pushback about my setup being dangerous. So far I’ve logged 4.5 hours of driving with a Lance 865, lightly loaded. I only have an oral description to compare the way my rig handles versus on a stock 3/4 ton GMC and it seems like my truck handles great based on the prior TC owner’s oral description. My suspension mods to my F350 are: 4” lift leveling kit (prior owner advertised 6”) Air bags, 6 leaf 3600# rear springs, rear sway bar, Drive train mods: LSDifferential with 4:10 gears; shift kit and heat sink on automatic trans. 7.3 Engine mods are: Banks chip; Banks waste gate; Banks 4” exhaust with a Banks muffler; K&N air filter; after market Red hat(?) steering gear Gauges: Boost gauge; trans temperature; exhaust gas temperature I think all of these items are overkill for a 2000 lbs Lance 865, but the prior truck owner towed a large fifth wheel with this rig. It’s reassuring going over steep passes knowing my 3 extra gauge measurements, particularly, the exhaust gas temperatures. Hopefully, that gauge will prolong the life of the engine. I have some bone growth in my ear canals as well as the tiny bones ion my inner ear from surfing cold water most of my life and the hearing damage from engine noise adds a lot of insult to this condition, I had not thought about this problem. I think in my engine it’s the turbocharger, at low boost it’s a tolerable noise level. Above 7psi it sounds like I’m working on the tarmac at an airport without ear muffs. I’ll experiment with putting some insulation over the air filter and along the firewall and post if there is any difference.
F-350shortBed 03/06/21 12:04am Truck Campers
RE: New F350 owner seeks TC information

My rig is dope, it handles fine. When I’m rolling down the Baja peninsula and all the haters be posting about raised trucks being death traps from the safety of a KOA campground, I’ll be even happier about my setup.
F-350shortBed 03/05/21 11:13pm Truck Campers
RE: Trimming down tie downs to fit

I purchased a TC that was mounted on a happijac setup. The seller included the fast guns which were short for the Happijac points on his truck. My truck has torklift tie down points. I had also purchased torklift XL spring mounted turnbuckles which have a longer hook that attaches to the tie down point. I purchased these prior to the TC. I would like to use the longer hook from the XL turnbuckles to screw into the fast gun upper so I don’t have to manually screw them tight every time I remove the camper and put it back on the truck. When I mate the longer hooks with the fast gun uppers they are too long. I can post a pic on Monday. Maybe the TC seller’s attachment are not fast guns but work in the same manner?
F-350shortBed 02/28/21 03:26pm Truck Campers
Trimming down tie downs to fit

I had purchased some longer torklift tiedowns to fit my frame mounted tie down points. I also acquired some fast guns with the purchase from my TC. I want to trim the bottom hook portion to fit the fast gun uppers. Does anyone out there have a system for measuring and cutting them to fit? Thanks, everyone.
F-350shortBed 02/28/21 02:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Who’s still using a 7.3 diesel truck

I haven’t owned mine very long but I’m definitely going to recommend ear plugs. I went on a 4.5 hour trip two days in a row to buy a TC. For about two days afterwards, I could still hear turbochargers ringing in my head. I don’t know if that’s due to aftermarket modifications but seriously, ear plugs are a necessity for my 7.3. For reference, mine is 2000 super duty with banks chip, banks waste gate, 4”exhaust and air raid air filter box housing K&N air filter. Vehicle has 190,600 miles so far no fuel in coolant doesn’t burn oil. I’ve only put about 1000 miles on this recently acquired vehicle.
F-350shortBed 02/28/21 02:14pm Truck Campers
RE: New F350 owner seeks TC information

Here is the problem with a short bed, SRW, raised truck hauling an excessive large truck camper. Real Life situation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7Y4ZjO8Lyw&feature=emb_logo Also- I measured the height of bed of the stock 3/4 ton GMC pickup that carried the camper that I bought without the camper inside the bed. It was 3inches shorter than my bed, but the GMC had rails for a fifth wheel hitch so it sat on 1” plywood. So this camper sits 2” s higher on after market stiffer 3600# springs, airbags AND it’s in a ONE ton truck with E rated tires versus a stock suspension 3/4 ton truck. Which vehicle do you think could corner more safely, mine or the stock setup of the former owner ?
F-350shortBed 02/28/21 01:52pm Truck Campers
RE: New F350 owner seeks TC information

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F-350shortBed 02/28/21 05:01am Truck Campers
Jump box for dual battery 7.3 diesel

I started thinking about items I might need as a new RV’r, jump boxes came to mind. I’ve looked at a few video’s online of large diesels requiring higher amperage jump boxes when their batteries are dead. I’ve never owned a jump box and I know there are lots of new smaller lithium modules and old schools larger varieties. Please give your choices and rationales.
F-350shortBed 02/28/21 01:42am Truck Campers
RE: New F350 owner seeks TC information

I’ve been trying to figure out how to upload an image but I can’t figure it out.
F-350shortBed 02/28/21 01:12am Truck Campers
RE: New F350 owner seeks TC information

Follow up and post end- I didn’t really have the greatest experience with the dealer. I viewed the camper and was slightly underwhelmed (for my needs). I think the NL is a fantastic high quality TC but for me it was lacking in some departments, but overall my biggest complaint was the dealer. I’ve have never bought anything from a dealer because I cannot stand their tactics. First off, this dealer contacted me when I sent an email to Northstar about purchasing a new lower cost model for 25k. I guess that Northstar simply forwards email to their distributors in order to expedite sales of existing campers. The dealer contacted me on the phone within hours of sending the email, he described the unit and I recognized what he was describing from a Craigslist post which had been removed earlier. I confirmed that it was the same camper and the listed price was $34,999. The dealer’s NL TC didn’t have a ladder and I was told that because it was made for a rental company NL didn’t install backing behind the fiberglass to install one and NL specifically told this dealer that they wouldn’t sell him a ladder because of this detail. During my viewing I went onto the roof to inspect the possibility of installing racks and I considered using a telescoping ladder for accessing the racks (I own 14 surfboards). I found very little useable roof space on top due to the curves and large AC unit mounted central to the roof. I discovered that there was a hole in the ac unit where someone had driven into something and the vent over the shower had been degraded with a small hole as well. The interior of the camper was in like new condition. The dinette was small, the table could barely fit two plates, and the length of the area in bed mode could only accommodate a person less than 5’8”, otherwise someone up to 6’2” ish could fit diagonally. There was no other bunk option above. Despite all this I thought the camper was pretty awesome and the following monday I went back and made a 30k offer and was told that the camper was 36k. Then the salesmen started going on about how electric jacks had been installed since the $34,999 price, which the owner had not mentioned being installed recently when I had previously viewed it. On the drive home the owner of the dealership called me and was palpably insulted by the tone of his voice on my offer but he came down to $35,500. Then he mentioned an old 2008 Lance 845 for sale for ...you get the picture. Anyways it was a nice camper and I’m sure the market can yield the sale at that price but given my original hunt for a sub 25k TC and a bad taste in my mouth about the raising the asking price $1000 I decided I was done with dealerships. I had been watching some campers on Craigslist and noticed one of them had been reduced $2000. I jumped to get down and view the 2013 Lance 865 and the condition was as described minus a functioning heater and the unit had racks already installed with a ladder. The dinette bed could accommodate a surf buddy at 5’10” and my daughter could sleep in the bunk above it. The unit had previously been owned by a fire fighter who parked the unit inside an aircraft hangar for half its life. This TC also came with torklift fast guns. I set it on my lifted truck and the springs barely moved. My truck handles better than some Cadillac’s that I’ve driven with this camper mounted. For the record my vehicle is lifted with 4” leveling kit(new information), after market shocks , #3600 lbs , 6 leaf rear springs, after market sway bar, air bags, and larger tires . Anyway’s I’m stoked and thanks for all your feedback, I’m starting a new post on jump boxes please chime in if you have recommendations for a 7.3 liter Diesel engine.
F-350shortBed 02/27/21 11:50am Truck Campers
RE: New F350 owner seeks TC information

I’m going into a dealership this weekend to view a 2018 NL 8-11 the description sort of didn’t fit NL’s 2018 brochure. It has the U shaped dinette but they stated it was sportsmen and an extra dry bath which is a different model, and I don’t think the sportsmen came with U shaped dinette. But maybe since this was made for a rental company it’s sort of a bastard model. Please crowd source a good hard bargaining strategy for me. Again, thank you for all your feedback, it’s been very informative and I’ve gained a lot of perspective I never would have had I not started posting in the forums. The TC was a rental unit, it has no ladder mounted, I already gave away the thought that I sort of liked the fact that it didnt have a ladder, unfortunately. I don’t think there are any awnings on the TC and I’m sure that many a euro tourists has performed lurid acts and discharged bodily fluids all over the inside the camper. Any pointers on were to focus my inspection and bargaining tips would be greatly appreciated. Best, F350
F-350shortBed 02/19/21 12:13am Truck Campers
RE: New F350 owner seeks TC information

Gotcha
F-350shortBed 02/16/21 07:53pm Truck Campers
RE: New F350 owner seeks TC information

Ground to bed is about 38.25”
F-350shortBed 02/16/21 02:18pm Truck Campers
RE: New F350 owner seeks TC information

These are all excellent points. I am considering brand new Northstars. Also, in terms of blocks to get the camper high enough, I was looking at these : Camco FasTen 2x2 RV Leveling Block For Single Tir... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00T36IQJO/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_api_glt_fabc_D7N66G18D1VRNWF2RXPK?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1 I was thinking that I could also use them in the parking lot at work for the truck tire level as well. In the meantime I cannot buy anything until the correct torklift tie down arrives in the mail and I install them.
F-350shortBed 02/16/21 02:06pm Truck Campers
RE: New F350 owner seeks TC information

The 8-11 was here near me but I think the company moved it to Sacramento, I see a camper there now that looks the same, it does not have a ladder on it. It listed for the same price. The price is extremely high. I’m not really in a hurry though. Here is a good question, will a dealership let you test load and drive a camper around in your truck? I feel like paying higher prices would be worth it if you could test drive it. They’re listing the 2018 NL 8-11 for $34,999.
F-350shortBed 02/15/21 07:25pm Truck Campers
RE: New F350 owner seeks TC information

I think I’ll sleep better during the daytime in a hard sided camper during the summer temperatures with more insulation. Also noise level will be lessened during the day while I’m trying to sleep all day long. Also won’t have to close it before I drive home. One less thing to do after three 13 hour nighshifts, all the better.
F-350shortBed 02/15/21 02:52am Truck Campers
RE: New F350 owner seeks TC information

GeoBoy- Awesome thank you, I like the removable black tank idea and the dimensions of that model
F-350shortBed 02/13/21 07:16pm Truck Campers
RE: New F350 owner seeks TC information

I understand that at this point, the reason I am posting about this is because I’m seeking realistic informations specific to individual campers from people who actually have them. If you read through the post this point has been reinforced throughout. I see that you have a northern lite camper on your rig there, is there any realistic information you could offer me like how much it realistically weighs in relation to the stated weight? To summarize what I’m realistic about, please berate me further if you disagree: I think I need a hard sided TC without a slide that has a low stated weight and is made for a shortbed.
F-350shortBed 02/13/21 05:00pm Truck Campers
RE: New F350 owner seeks TC information

Thanks again for all the feedback- I received my Torklift hardware today and thankfully I realized that the seller website(not manufacturer) had auto selected the incorrect hardware. There is a question that asks if the buyer has a step to get inside the cab. My vehicle does so I answers yes to this question. However Torklift noted that the step is only significant if it runs farther back than the cab. What a close call. Anyway, I’ve been. Paying closer attention to detail now and I learned that my vehicle despite being lifted 6” is fairly built for weight. It has: 6 leaf, 3600# rated rear springs, air bags, sway bars, Rough Country performance 2.2 shocks, and E rated tires. I wanted to reply to this post to quiz anyone with knowledge on NorthernLite 8-11, sportsmen edition which I’ve located surprisingly close to my house. It’s pricey but I have been rethinking my decision based on resale both before and after Highway’ Runners post about going nicer. That and going light too, given my lift. Does anybody’s out there have a northern lite 8-11 on a lifted vehicle? Once again, thanks for all the support. DeltaBravo- I will be sleeping in the truck camper during the daytime in a busy parking lot in an area that can get hot in the summer.
F-350shortBed 02/12/21 12:34am Truck Campers
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