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RE: New shocks?

I've got 65,000 miles on my 2018 RAM. Cummins, 4X4, long bed, DRW. I carry the Bigfoot occasionally and the Landmark 5th occasionally more. Both 4,000# loads. Only mod is a Hellwig BigWig. I'm assuming I need new shocks. My priority is as smooth a ride as possible. 90% highway use. I realize this is a subjective issue. Your recommendations? Look at your springs when the truck is loaded. There's probably some short, very thick overload springs. Maybe the bottom leaf of the main stack, or maybe an additional spring up above or down below the main leaves. If you've got the main spring pack compressed down to the point that the overload springs are engaged, the ride is going to be rough. My truck was beating me to death because with the camper in it was on the overload springs and they were stiff as a board. So I took them out and added a few of the longer, thinner leaves. And put in some air bags. Now it rides much much smoother.
Hemi Joel 06/30/22 07:15pm Truck Campers
RE: New shocks?

Rancho 9000 is the way to go. They are fully adjustible from mush like a Bilstein 4600 all the way to extra firm. Turn a knob, get the ride that makes you happy regardless of what you are or are not hauling.
Hemi Joel 06/25/22 01:51pm Truck Campers
RE: Host, Eagle Cap, Lance Suspension Requirements

Get yourself some Rancho 9000 shocks, The biggest diameter rear sway bar that you can buy, and have a spring shop add three leaves to each of the rear springs. Some airbags to help even out the load a little bit as needed are a good thing. Then of course make sure that you have some good load range e tires. That'll do it.
Hemi Joel 05/22/22 11:24pm Truck Campers
RE: Major Problems with Bed of Truck - how to fix?

Good job!
Hemi Joel 04/14/22 10:11pm Truck Campers
RE: Major Problems with Bed of Truck - how to fix?

I would find a nice clean replacement bed of the same color. Then I would add more crossmembers and supports to it, perhaps 2 or 3 times as many as it already has. You could cut them out of a junk bed, or have a metal shop fabricate them.
Hemi Joel 04/04/22 04:25pm Truck Campers
RE: Toy Haulers Under 12' Tall?

Also you could check out race car trailers with living quarters. My observation has been that toy haulers are generally built with the floors above the wheels. That makes them really tall. Race car trailers are built with wheel wells inside the trailer and the floor sitting just above the axles. That makes them lower. They are available in both tag and fifth wheel from many different manufacturers, new and used.
Hemi Joel 03/23/22 01:25pm Toy Haulers
RE: Trip Report: 9 weeks of aimless wandering

More pictures, more detail, more stories, broken into sections would be very interesting to me. Thanks for the report! You had an awesome trip.
Hemi Joel 03/22/22 08:30pm Truck Campers
RE: 2000 watt pure sine wave inverter recommendation needed

Thanks OTR for the follow up . The 12.1 volts was reading the screen on the control panel of the camper. That is measured at the battery. I haven't done any further testing. I'll do that and let you know what I find.
Hemi Joel 02/17/22 04:54pm Tech Issues
RE: 2000 watt pure sine wave inverter recommendation needed

Problem solved! Sometimes it's the simple things... I could not get the coffee maker to run long enough to test voltage and voltage drop. So I plugged in an electric heater and the inverter would run it on low for a few minutes before faulting. I found that voltage drop from the battery to the inverter was just under.4 volts. But the voltage from the batteries was dropping under 11. My battery's were pretty old, but had performed well on all the light duty tasks like the furnace and the CPAP. But, I bit the bullet and bought 3 new group 31 fla deep cycle from Menards for $109 each. I installed them and let them charge over night. Viola! It all works. Voltage drops to 12.1 for about 30 seconds during the Keurig's most intense heating phase. Now I can have my quick, easy, no mess coffee when I travel. Thanks everyone for all the help!
Hemi Joel 02/17/22 11:35am Tech Issues
RE: 2000 watt pure sine wave inverter recommendation needed

I'll check that stuff tonight. Maybe I should have got a 3000W for a cushion?
Hemi Joel 02/15/22 04:17pm Tech Issues
RE: 2000 watt pure sine wave inverter recommendation needed

Timer, yes the Kurig was plugged directly into the inverter to test. I did plan to wire it to an outlet in a convenient location, but tested it first. I have a digital clamp on ammeter, but it only measures when placed around a single conductor. I suppose I could rig up a short extension cord with some of the outer cover stripped away to measure the current when the kurig s plugged into shore power. That would tell me if the 1450 watts is accurate.
Hemi Joel 02/15/22 03:46pm Tech Issues
RE: 2000 watt pure sine wave inverter recommendation needed

OK, I bought the Xantrex and there is a problem. The issue I am seeking help with is that I just installed the new inverter and it wont run my Keurig coffee pot, labeled 1450 watts. This is the inverter, 1800 watt, 3000 surge. Xantrex 2000 Wired with 4 feet of 1 gauge copper to a trio of group 31 lead acid battery's that are tied together with 4 gauge cable less that 1 foot each, with the inverter connected to the center battery. There is a 250 amp fuse in the positive 1 gauge cable, 1 foot from the battery. Battery's are charged by 2 - 200 watt solar panels and an MPPT. Plus the converter when on shore power. When the coffee maker tried to start, the inverter stopped it with an overload error code. How can that be? What is my diagnosis procedure? how can 200 A squeeze through the tiny little filament in that fuse? Thanks for any help.
Hemi Joel 02/15/22 02:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Transamerica '22 Pacific-Atlantic crossing

Sounds like a wonderful adventure, good for you! Safe travels.
Hemi Joel 02/07/22 11:02am Truck Campers
RE: Wind Deflector

I was on a road trip and picked up a hood for one of my project cars. I had no place to haul it except strapped to the roof of the truck. I was surprised to find that it picked up almost 1 mpg on the 900 miles home. I'm going to build a deflector, probably like Sleepy did.
Hemi Joel 02/02/22 12:46am Truck Campers
RE: 2000 watt pure sine wave inverter recommendation needed

So what are the differences between the Renogy at $319 and the Samlex at $719, the Go Power at $749? And I was able to find something that said the Renogy was made in China. How about the Samlex and the Go Power, where are they made?
Hemi Joel 01/16/22 08:36am Tech Issues
RE: 2000 watt pure sine wave inverter recommendation needed

Thanks BFL23, how is it for sound? Is it noisey?
Hemi Joel 01/15/22 05:38pm Tech Issues
2000 watt pure sine wave inverter recommendation needed

Hi, what is the right inverter for my truck camper? I will use it a couple time per day in short bursts to run the microwave, and the Kurig coffee maker. Plus sometimes for longer stretches to run the heating pad or charge the computer. That's about all. I will switch it off when not in use, so it needs a remote switch (preferably hard wired) and it does not need an automatic power saver mode. It doesn't need to have a charger. My camper has 3 group 31 lead acid battery's, 400 watts of solar, and a converter/charger. I want proven quality that will last for years, not some unreliable piece of junk that will fizzle when I'm on the road. Your recommendations will be much appreciated! Thanks, Joel
Hemi Joel 01/15/22 04:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Roof concern?

It should not balloon or have enough loose membrane to lift of flap. It's just a matter of time until repair or replacement is needed. FWIW, I am a commercial/industrial roofing contractor. We do mostly EPDM rubber and some TPO roofs, I build them to last 30+ years. If I did my roofs to the same low standards as the RV industry, I'd be in jail or bankruptcy court.
Hemi Joel 08/28/21 08:12pm Truck Campers
RE: Anyone with 12v Air Conditioning Experience?

You'll need a very hefty set of cables to get 120 amps all the way up to the roof.
Hemi Joel 08/28/21 08:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Tag axle for truck camper rigs

here is a copy and paste of the review: Just finished tweaking my new WDTT. Hooked up my boat and I am impressed. Prior to adding the WDTT with full fuel and 25 gallons of water in my 1172 on a 2017 Ram 3500 4X4 Diesel truck my front axle was 5040(6000 axle), rear axle 9660 (9760 axle) GVW 14700 (14000 GVW) so 700 pounds over. I usually tow a boat with 300 pounds of tongue weight which puts me around 15000 somewhat un comfortable and using a 48" hitch extension I was pushing the limits on this truck. So, I would like to announce my findings IT WORKS!!!!! Front axle: 5280 Rear axle: 8700 GVW: 13980 Tag axle: 960 With my boat hooked up: Front axle: 5220 Rear axle: 8720 GVW: 13940 Tag axle: 1260 Boat trailer axle: 3060 I have only towed the boat to and from the scales but it seems to tow better, time will tell when I head off to go fishing! What is really great is Roy has gone to effort to work with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to get this identified as a trailer so it adds up to another 2000 pounds CGVW and as you can see it has allowed me to get under all. the door sticker weights of my truck I've included some pictures, as Roy will explain every truck and camper are different, the WDTT has 3 points it attaches to the truck, although it can be only attached at trucks receiver. The Ram hitch make a upward curve so you cannot attach to the hitch tube with the outboard attach points I believe the Ford and GM hitch tube extend out far enough that you can clamp or bolt to the hitch. I fabricated mounts from my bumper attach points. Also, because of my camper and truck combination I need to have a lower attach point for a receiver hitch to to a trailer. These are the brackets I fabricated up A3910C9D-9C19-480D-B6B1-13ED406369F3_1_201_a You can see how the attach points worked out for me 78AABA6C-9406-4B81-92AA-47B131651BB8_1_201_a The reason for the narrower axle than WDTT standard width is the step and the sewer drain on the 1172 in this picture you can see the drain to the left of the tire 12BB4755-4F04-4447-8150-C442EBC3E087_1_201_a Here is the tire and step clearance 134A1118-C57D-4C8B-9387-F794587EF8F8_1_201_a The tube above my hitch is where the "normal" hitch extension would attach. I believe between the different distances from the truck bed and the truck receiver hitch and the camper drop down from the truck bed would this may not be required on other set ups ADB6020C-FD6A-4519-9E23-C23228A98A95_1_201_a As you can see here without the camper on the WDTT tires don't touch the ground B56499E8-6E77-443B-B7E5-46964FD1649D_1_201_a This is just a over head view of my set up 3130F258-8F75-43D2-995B-2A0ADD5C0C5B_1_201_a A look with camper on.. A1869B11-B62F-4855-99F1-D9632F34403C_1_201_aI truly believe that Roy has a really good product. 2018 1172 2017 Ram 3500 4X4 6.7 DRW Battle Born Battery Victron 712 Attachments Hide Images (9) A3910C9D-9C19-480D-B6B1-13ED406369F3_1_201_a78AABA6C-9406-4B81-92AA-47B131651BB8_1_201_a12BB4755-4F04-4447-8150-C442EBC3E087_1_201_a134A1118-C57D-4C8B-9387-F794587EF8F8_1_201_aADB6020C-FD6A-4519-9E23-C23228A98A95_1_201_a512D61D1-9260-40C7-A543-CF37B4340265_1_201_aB56499E8-6E77-443B-B7E5-46964FD1649D_1_201_a3130F258-8F75-43D2-995B-2A0ADD5C0C5B_1_201_aA1869B11-B62F-4855-99F1-D9632F34403C_1_201_a
Hemi Joel 08/21/21 04:24pm Truck Campers
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