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RE: Tag axle for truck camper rigs

Many of the big campers have a center of gravity behind the rear axle. No tires, springs, or bigger truck will cure the effects of that. Maybe this thing would.
Hemi Joel 07/27/21 04:06pm Truck Campers
RE: Tag axle for truck camper rigs

"After a 10-mile or so drive, if you are not satisfied, I take it back off and issue you a refund (that has never happened)." Sounds like a reasonable policy
Hemi Joel 07/23/21 07:25pm Truck Campers
RE: TCM (Truck Camper Magazine)

I like the mod contests. It's fun see what others are doing to (sometimes?) improve their rigs. I am another one who has become accustomed to bias towards advertisers. It's everywhere. I can see through it, so it doesn't influence me.
Hemi Joel 07/05/21 10:05pm Truck Campers
RE: Trying different method of fresh water tank sanitization

Interesting test, looking forward to the results. I drink my RV water, so I i need it to be safe. It is so convenient just to fill a glass from the faucet, and free. I usually sanitize with bleach every 24 months or so.
Hemi Joel 05/15/21 04:22pm Truck Campers
RE: Can't overcome the fear of buying a Truck and TC.......

Great plan! I hope you enjoy truck camping as much as we do. But if you don't, you'll get out with your bank account still intact.
Hemi Joel 05/12/21 04:33pm Truck Campers
RE: Can't overcome the fear of buying a Truck and TC.......

In this market, strike when the iron is hot! If it sounds good, commit to buy it over the phone and ask them to hold it until you get there to ward of other buyers who will do the same. Tell then you will be there with cash with in X hours. When you get there, if it was misrepresented over the phone or in the ad, you can bail on them with a clean conscience. If it is good, you own it!
Hemi Joel 05/10/21 12:45pm Truck Campers
RE: Can't overcome the fear of buying a Truck and TC.......

Perfect, Go for it!
Hemi Joel 05/10/21 12:26pm Truck Campers
RE: Can't overcome the fear of buying a Truck and TC.......

Oh, yes, the breakdowns. I've hauled 4 different campers over the last 18 years on the same 1993 Dodge. So I had some of that. I can wrench, so the little things, I fix. If you can wrench, bring tools and spare parts for peace of mind. I've had to have it towed to a shop for repairs on road trips only twice on 140,000 miles. It only takes a cell phone, time and money, and some common sense to get off the road immediately if something goes wrong so you don't stall in the traffic lane. It shouldn't be a big worry.
Hemi Joel 05/08/21 11:40am Truck Campers
RE: Can't overcome the fear of buying a Truck and TC.......

Intellectually I know I can afford it, it's the emotional part that has held me back. OK, good to know. SO to help yourself commit, try this. The old pros and cons on a sheet of paper or a spread sheet. 2 columns, one for, one against. For: I want to I will feel the freedom of the open road. I can travel and stop whenever I want, wherever I want No motels No bed bugs No reservations no standing in line at the front desk A possible hedge against hyper-inflation Never a regret that you didn't try it Against: I won't have the $ in my account I might not like driving it I might not like sleeping in it It might have defects and need repairs Maybe the warranty won't cover the repairs or be aggravating to deal with I will have to sell and take a financial hit if prices come back down. First envision all the good stuff and get all happy and excited! Then envision the bad, and your worst scenario: you bail on it and sell it at a loss after dumping $$ into repairs that the manufacturer wouldn't cover. Resign yourself to the fact that it could happen, that you take a hit financially, and life goes on and you survive and find something else to make you happy. This is important to envision. Cover the whole worst case scenario in your mind from start to finish. Once you have lived thru it in your mind, and you know you will survive it, you will no longer fear it. Then review the good again, and decide. BTW, I have used this method before to overcome indecisiveness and anxiety about something, and it is amazing how it changes things.
Hemi Joel 05/08/21 11:13am Truck Campers
RE: Can't overcome the fear of buying a Truck and TC.......

You're not going to find a good deal on the stealership lot. I have had good results in the past with placing wanted ads in the local and regional papers, plus going thru the obits and calling the survivors to see if they have anything they need to get rid of. It is a win/win when it works because it cuts out the dealer overhead/profit markup. On the do it now vs. wait until your health fails, I agree 100%. BUt unless you have an unusually huge nest egg, we still need to spend wisely, or their won't be any $ left to enjoy the work-free lifestyle.
Hemi Joel 05/08/21 10:22am Truck Campers
RE: Can't overcome the fear of buying a Truck and TC.......

If you know you want it for sure, and you are committed to owning it long term, go ahead and buy a new one and get everything you want. But if you pay retail, or more than 80% of retail, you'll take a bath if you change your mind and sell it. If you are not 100% positive you will keep it long term if this is possibly a test, seek out a good deal on a used rig in excellent condition that has been stored indoors when not in use. That way if you change your mind and want to bail, you won't take a big hit financially. I did it that way with my 2006 Arctic Fox 1150 that I bought in 2013. It was an awesome camper! I kept it nice, and sold it in 2018 after 5 years of use for more than I paid for it. THen I bought my 1 year old Eagle Cap 1165 for 40% off new retail, and I'm sure I can at least break even on it if I sold it today. It's not so hard to spend a large sum of cash on something when you think it will hold it's value. Finding the right used camper at a killer deal takes time, effort, patience. Don't worry about a used camper having issues, it will. But so do new ones. Just check it really good for leaks, rot, big issues and only buy the best. Good luck, I think you will love truck camping!
Hemi Joel 05/07/21 08:55pm Truck Campers
RE: New Fords Weigh Themselves

Unbelievable that Ford would think any fools will fall into this trap. Pay $600+ for a system to rat you out to the highway nazis and the truck warrantor if you go over weight? Void the warranty on the engine, the trans, the whole truck, because the violation is stored in the PCM? Get pulled over and fined/impounded? Good luck selling that one, Ford. Edit: On second thought PT Barnum was right. These things will sell like hotcakes.
Hemi Joel 05/02/21 01:45pm Truck Campers
RE: Rancho shock question

Another vote for the Rancho 9000 adjustible. One of the best mods I have made. I started with worn out stock shocks, trashed them, put on bilstiens, They were as soft as the old stock shocks, took them off and sold them, put on the 9000's, now I am happy. I set them on 9 when loaded, 4 when empty. It take a few tests to figure out what works best for your combination. I only have them on the rear. I wish I could get them for the front.
Hemi Joel 05/02/21 01:36pm Truck Campers
RE: Fire Testing For Safest Foam Board Insulation

Good stuff, Jeff. Thanks for posting this and the fridge improvements.
Hemi Joel 04/23/21 08:41pm Truck Campers
RE: Arctic Fox 1150 is breaking my 2016 Ford 350 dually

The newer trucks are made of tin foil. I have a 2017 ram that dents if you breathe on it. That's one of the reasons why I'm sticking with my old 93 one ton.
Hemi Joel 04/19/21 12:29pm Truck Campers
RE: Solar charge controller confusion

I wouldn't change the way the SCC is wired. It's a waste of time and energy. Either way, the power from the SCC gets to the load and to the battery. They got the wires to fit in the holes, so what's the problem? You said "it's independently fused in the back" What is independently fused? The solar panel to SCC, the SCC to fuse panel, or fuse panel to battery? I agree with fixing the exposed conductor. Maybe trim off the frayed ends that didn't make it into the hole.
Hemi Joel 04/19/21 12:19pm Truck Campers
RE: Host Cascade

The main thing I'm looking for in my next camper is comfortable recliners. Doesn't need to be any particular manufacture. I do need to be comfortable with the build quality as I was when I bought my SR from five star rv in henderson colorado. Thanks for the replies, never easy making the final decision. Barry Barry, if you are buying a camper for the recliners, I recommend that you spend some time sitting relaxing in them before you decide. Everyone's body is different, and the recliners are different shape and material. I was in your position with my Arctic Fox 1150. I loved the camper but wanted recliners. I looked at and sat in EVERY camper that offers recliners. I really liked the Cascade, (except for the bathroom door) but the recliner didn't work for me. The upholstery was slippery, and I felt like I was straining not to slide downward. I finally settled on the Eagle Cap 1165, with the cloth upholstery on the recliners. I just melt into the chair - so relaxing. But everyone is different.
Hemi Joel 04/09/21 03:10pm Truck Campers
RE: Are one ton trucks classified as commercial in some states?

A privately owned, privately used one ton should not have to comply with the same regulations that an over the road semi does, but unfortunately the laws have been misused to that effect. At the last renewal for my Ram 1 ton dually, they asked me if it is used for commercial, I said no, they gave me this new plate that states non-commercial. Hopefully it keeps the highway nazis away.
Hemi Joel 04/09/21 02:53pm Truck Campers
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
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