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RE: Tearing down an RV safely

I like the free add best, and that was funny. Next best, the bury it with an excavator. If not, just go at it with a sawsall and a sledge hammer. A video setup on a tripod would be good incase there is a disastrous surprise of some sort. I tore a 12 truck camper apart, I just crushed it with my Bobcat skidsteer and pushed it into a dumpster.
Hemi Joel 02/15/21 02:04pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Roadside Breakdown

I thought you quit good sam. Me? I did. If you meant someone else, sorry.
Hemi Joel 02/06/21 11:07pm Truck Campers
RE: Roadside Breakdown

Probably want to update your signature. Because of the Arctic Fox? :? The breakdowns where when I was hauling the AF. The Eagle Cap 1165 is the current camper. :) They are both awesome rigs!
Hemi Joel 02/06/21 08:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Roadside Breakdown

I quit Good Sam and switched to AAA after Marcus told those of us who supported our president not to shop at camping world. I figure that means Good Sam as well. I've had to have my rig towed twice. Neither one could have been prevented by any routine maintenance. The 1st time, the center ripped out of the flywheel/flexplate. I was also towing a 32' trailer, so they sent a flatbed with a trailer hitch. By the time they got it loaded, it was pitch dark out. His trailer light connector did not work, the camper on the flatbed obscured his cab-top beacon, and the trailer obscured his tail lights. Going down the road, over-height with no rear lights on the trailer, I was scared to death. Luckily we made it to the shop. They let me camp in their parking lot for a few days while they waited for a part. The second time, a little brass elbow where the cooler line threads into the transmission case split. I didn't have a trailer in tow on that trip, so they used a wheel lift, that was zero drama.
Hemi Joel 02/06/21 05:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Flat

I carry an 8 ton bottle jack and some wood blocks. I've changed tires a few times on the road. I just leave the camper on the truck, I don't lower the camper jacks, chock the other wheels, put the bottle jack under the axle tube as far outboard as possible, change the tire, lower the truck. Never had an issue with that method, never saw a need to do it any different.
Hemi Joel 01/31/21 09:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Everyone Check your Female 7 pin connector.....

I've never seen that color code before with a 7 pin RV plug, but I like it. The pic I am attaching is what I have always seen. I never liked it because it does not match the yellow/left turn - green/right turn - brown /tail convention of the flat 4 connectors. Maybe they are changing it over for that reason?
Hemi Joel 01/11/21 10:54pm Truck Campers
RE: New Truck or New Engine

If you spend the money and buy a diesel you don't have to this conversation. Unless it's a Ford...
Hemi Joel 01/08/21 06:06pm Truck Campers
RE: Concerns About Going Full Time

You will want more propane capacity and lower cost. You could get 1 or more 100 pound propane tanks, find your parking space next to a pole or something that you can chain them to, then run a hose into the propane compartment of your camper. The big tanks are way cheaper per gallon to fill, and will eliminate the frequent fills. You could probably even arrange to have then filled right there at the marina by a delivery service. Just make sure you get vapor tanks, not liquid tanks. Liquid 100# LP tanks have an internal tube from the valve to the bottom of the tank so they draw the liquid off the bottom. They have external threads on the valve. Vapor tanks draw gas from the top of the tank as it evaporates off of the liquid. 100# vapor LP tanks have internal threads. Or else you could get a propane supplier to lease you a large tank, 100 gallons or so, and keep it full for you.
Hemi Joel 12/19/20 05:19pm Truck Campers
RE: New Truck or New Engine

Unless you do the work yourself, you'll be puting more into the truck than it's worth, then you'll be married to it. Then the trans or rear end or AC or computer, or any other big ticket item could go out. If you really love that truck and want to hang onto it, find a Hemi with 100k miles or less for about $800, swap it in yourself. Then you wont be buried in it. Look at an 2009 -2010. They are much nicer trucks than the 2005's.
Hemi Joel 12/16/20 03:44pm Truck Campers
RE: hiding spare key IN cab of 2020 F-350 - truck gets confused?

I just hide the spare truck key in the camper. Then hide a spare camper key in a secret place that is accessible from outside the camper.
Hemi Joel 12/16/20 03:33pm Truck Campers
RE: Washing RV while traveling

When I leave Minnesota in January or February heading for warm weather, the roads can be pretty sloppy. I don't want to spend my winter vacation looking at a filthy rig, I like it to be all sparkly clean and shiny. I have used the tall bay self serve, and the full service truck/RV washes. No way will I do the self service again, uness I'm desperate. I burned thru almost as much $$ as the full service, and got all wet, and the full service does a nicer job and is quicker. I've paid anywhere from $20 - $55.
Hemi Joel 09/27/20 03:59pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Full Time For Six Months

Dallas Steve, I would be interested in hearing the whole story as well. Thanks!
Hemi Joel 09/27/20 03:34pm Full-time RVing
RE: How Much Stuff is in Your Truck Camper

I try to keep it light and easy, so I have separate everything for the camper, so I don't have to pack and unpack much. But I try to keep it to a minimum. Clothes, hats, and footwear for all seasons, books, umbrellas, tools, minimal cookware, disposable plates and silverware, spices, pam, and other non perishable food, as well as towels and toiletries stay in there, I have to have charging cords, and a computer printer, bedding, and electric heater, and one "junk drawer" with tape and scissors and misc. When I get home, dirty stuff goes in the laundry, then right back out to the camper. In the outside compartments: lawn chairs, hoses, oil, trans fluid, spare parts, etc. I filter thru at least once a year and get rid of stuff I don't use. Also, it takes all of my willpower not to accumulate souvenirs and trinkets while traveling.
Hemi Joel 09/19/20 01:39pm Truck Campers
RE: Back order shocks

Definitely wait for the adjustable Rancho 9000's. Every setup is different, requirements vary. With the 9000's you can adjust them to suit. With bilstien, you are stuck. I spent big $$ on Blistien 4600's, and they were worse than the old monroes I took off. I lost $$ getting rid of the bilsiens, and going with 9000's on the rear which I love, and monroe gas on the front, which are just barely OK, but better than the bilstien. They don't make 9000's for the front of my truck, I wish they did.
Hemi Joel 09/12/20 09:09pm Truck Campers

With that much weight, you will probably need to fine tune the rear suspension. I eneded up removing the secondary overloads, they made the ride unbearably ruff. Then I added air bags, and a couple more of the longer leafs in the spring pack. That worked out perfect with the 1150.
Hemi Joel 09/03/20 08:29am Truck Campers
RE: Gut check on transfer switch for inverter - special case

The loop that I pointed out is all downstream of the integrated battery brain thing. That IBCS would have no effect on it. When AC power is being provided to the converter by the inverter, the converter will convert the AC power into DC power. It will sense the load that is being placed upon it by the DC side of the inverter, and send DC current to it. The inverter will convert that DC power to AC power, and send it back to the converter, and there you have your loop regardless of the brain.
Hemi Joel 08/27/20 04:33pm Truck Campers
RE: Gut check on transfer switch for inverter - special case

I see a loop if the battery disconnect switch is closed. The inverter powers the ac side of the converter. The ac side of the converter powers the dc side of the converter. The dc side of the converer powers the inverter. Loop complete.
Hemi Joel 08/27/20 02:07pm 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?
Hemi Joel 08/27/20 02:00pm Truck Campers
RE: Project B.I.G. Built-in Inverter Generator

I haven't even had my camper out of the garage since I started this project. It's just been one of those weird summers where I haven't done any camper trips. Partially because everything's been canceled. But I have a trip planned for this weekend, and I still don't have this project a big done yet. So I'll have to go without it. I'm going to bring a portable just to run the air conditioner if I need to.
Hemi Joel 08/20/20 03:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Project B.I.G. Built-in Inverter Generator

:) I started out thinking I could put mine back together too, but I soon reached the point of no return. Once I knew that I was 100% committed with an $800 generator on the line, I figured I better do a good job, and I'm going to finish it!
Hemi Joel 08/20/20 03:41pm Truck Campers
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