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RE: Which is taller?

Look at the upfitter guide, it will tell you everything you need to know. The wheels and wells for them aren't the problem, they are in the same place whether CC or pickup frame. The problem is the frame itself. With wheel wells on the flatbed - and this is certainly not unheard of - you can get it lower, but very hard to get as low as a pickup.
HMS Beagle 03/05/20 08:44am Truck Campers
RE: Which is taller?

Even with a custom flatbed, it's pretty hard to keep it as low as a pickup. Look at the profile of the frames in the upfitters manual and you will see why. The CC frame usually has flat rails with no hump over the axle. The crosswise structure has to fit on top of that. The pickup frame has a hump over the axle, and the rails are lower elsewhere. The pickup bed has almost no structure in the area of the hump to keep it as low as possible.
HMS Beagle 03/04/20 06:45pm Truck Campers
RE: Mattress Size & Thickness Recommendations (Bigfoot 2500)

I think all the Bigfoot campers have a "travel queen", 60 x 74. My 1996 2500 did and my 2008 2500 does. The 1988 Bigfoot 5th wheel I had did have a full queen. Not sure about the 3000 campers. I have gotten the mattresses in and out a couple of times. You have to sort of fold it in the middle lengthwise and then get it past the narrow area until it's in the isle. It is quite a struggle but can be done. Flo Beds in Ft Bragg (California) will make a custom size with foam to your liking. Firmer on one side, softer on the other, that sort of thing. When you go pick it up you can try different kinds of foam and swap out until you are happy.
HMS Beagle 03/01/20 01:56pm Truck Campers
RE: Over weight? Does it bother you?

For those saying 10%, 20%, 30% over is OK, I'm wondering what engineering basis you are depending on? If you have researched the axle, spring, and tire ratings and weighed each corner, and are under in each case, you could say that after careful measurement, in this application, you are within ratings. But to depend on an unspoken and unknown ''safety factor" that the manufacturer hopefully has built into their product puts the full burden of failure on you. Perhaps that safety factor - if it exists - is intended to cover the odd owner who willfully violates the specs. More likely it is to cover variations in manufacturing quality, aging, etc. How do you know that your 5 year old tires aren't the 3 sigma case, just clearing the failure criteria by a hair?
HMS Beagle 02/21/20 09:15am Truck Campers
RE: Clean Diesel trucks for TC ... maybe not!

Kayteg - Forscan or Torq will show the regen status. It is a specific PID from the power train module, saying regen active or inactive. It can also be inferred from EGT4, which will ramp up to about 1100 degrees, though is takes several minutes after the start or regen to get there. On mine it happens every 500 miles whether it needs it or not. I have recorded pretty much every one since the truck was new. On the European article, it seemed pretty typical of newspaper reporting. Slapdash and misleading. Basically they say every 480 km the particulates in the exhaust exceed the limit by 32%. A regen lasts about 16 km, or 3% of the total miles. If you do the math that results in about 1% more particulate emissions over not doing the regen. Journalists aren't usually very good at math. On the other hand my 2015 F350 is FAR cleaner than my 1999 one was. No soot, even inside the tailpipe. It doesn't smell. There is never an embarrassing black cloud behind it (even during regen). For engine maintenance and reliability these controls are undoubtably expensive and complex, but when working they do what is claimed.
HMS Beagle 01/19/20 09:35am Truck Campers
RE: Leave it on or take it off

It was not completely clear from the OP, but if the choice was leaving in on and outside or taking it off and storing inside, I'd go for inside every time. Neither the camper, nor the truck likes the weather. Sun or rain. If you can store in on and inside, then concerns about the springs may apply. My truck has been converted to air suspension (no springs) but I take the camper off if not used for a couple of months which allows deflating the bags to 35 psi.
HMS Beagle 12/22/19 01:39pm Truck Campers
RE: TC Sliding window

I made one from foam. Just cut it to the shape required (mine also needed a bit of taper top to bottom). You want it to compress a fair amount when the camper is loaded. The cat ran through it for years. It wasn't covered with anything, held up and didn't leak.
HMS Beagle 12/12/19 09:49am Truck Campers
RE: Dual pane windows....

The clear pane is on the bottom just so you can see the trailer. Whether that is a good reason or not depends on your use. For me, I tow a trailer which cannot be seen in the side mirrors at all, but can be seen in the rear view through the pickup window, the dual pane camper front window, and the door lower clear pane. Without that if the trailer parted company I wouldn't know until the next rest stop..... My camper (BF 10.4) came with an insulated cover that snaps over the lower pane when it is not needed for visibility. If you never tow, then a door without the lower pane at all would be preferable.
HMS Beagle 12/06/19 09:36am Truck Campers
RE: Dual pane windows....

I've had dual pane windows in 3 RVs now and have not had the seals go. I'm familiar with the problem as I have had them go in my house. Two Bigfoot campers, both with dual pane everywhere, not one failure over 25 years. Had them in my Safari motorhome too, no failures, but only owned that for 6 years. Maybe the brand/manufacturer makes a difference? I like them, partly for the thermal insulation, but not mentioned so far is the noise insulation which is very noticeably better than single pane. In today's crowded and noisy campgrounds I'd buy them for that alone.
HMS Beagle 12/03/19 09:11am Truck Campers
RE: Get camera/wires out SuperDuty tailgate?(Camera Source=$496)

On the 2020 got no idea, but on my 2015 I bought a Ford replacement camera and the tailgate wiring harness (totaled less than $150), 3D printed a little plastic housing for it, stuck it onto the camper bumper with VHB tape. Not that much cost or effort and well worth it. There are plenty of reputable, official Ford dealers selling parts online at a discount.
HMS Beagle 11/26/19 06:01pm Truck Campers
RE: Full air ride modification

Wow, so you have to remove the original suspension mounts for the Kellerman bits to work? Looks like quite a project. That is the reason I went with the Autoflex rather than the Kelderman. The Kelderman install instructions show pictures of cutting torches and air chisels. The Autoflex is strictly bolt on, and can be returned to stock at any time. Also the Autoflex feeds the load into the frame at the same points as the springs (where Ford designed them to be) while the Kelderman does not. Not sure they make a Autoflex for a 550, but it works well on my 350.
HMS Beagle 06/12/19 09:26am Truck Campers
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