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RE: How often do your remove the camper from the truck?

The width of the camper in relation to the tailgate opening is one issue for some of us, regardless of whether the camper is pop up or hardsided. I have about 1/4" clearance between the rear opening and the left side bump out for the bathroom. Under the best of circumstances I need to load very slowly and very carefully. Other campers have several inches of clearance and loading is quick and easy.
JimK-NY 03/03/21 01:43pm Truck Campers
RE: Trimming down tie downs to fit

As I understand the issue, your fastguns are too short. I had something similar happen. I raised the camper an inch more so that I had better clearance between the camper overhang and the roof of my truck. That extra inch was more than the capacity of my fastgun so I just used a chain repair link to regain some length. If more length is needed you could use the repair link to attach as many links of chain as needed.
JimK-NY 02/28/21 08:47pm Truck Campers
RE: Revisiting pop-up campers

I believe it was the OP who brought up the issue of diesels. Some pop ups are pretty heavy, especially those with a wet bath. A diesel might not be necessary but there are certainly some pluses. The weight and cost are the big negatives. Especially up front the cost of a diesel can be a major consideration. Just remember the resale value for a diesel and the ease of selling are advantages.
JimK-NY 02/28/21 10:41am Truck Campers
RE: Tires

You probably don't want my feedback even though you asked for it. I don't buy cheap, off brand tires and would especially avoid them for an RV because RVs tend to be heavy and run close to maximum load capacity.
JimK-NY 02/28/21 06:27am Tech Issues
RE: Running a generator to exercise it when there's shore power?

If we need to "exercise" a generator to make sure it is still working, what other RV appliances should we exercise? Do we need to operate the stove, refrigerator, microwave, furnace, water heater and/or AC monthly?
JimK-NY 02/28/21 06:18am General RVing Issues
RE: Buying RV from a far away dealer

...... Proximity to your dealership determines the ease of follow up on questions that may arise.Your first uses may result in some needed adjustments and tweaks. Often referred to as “shake down,” these minor adjustments are much more easily addressed by your local (and selling) dealer..... Buying locally provides you a greater opportunity to develop relations not only with the dealer principal and managers, but also those team members at the dealership who actually service your product. Buying locally helps you support local businesses who in turn support your community by providing jobs and aiding the local economy." As with a car, a quality RV should not require a "shake down". Nor do I understand what "adjustments" should be needed. When I buy a car I am really not interested in making friends with the dealership "team members". I do not intend to see any of them again and most are likely to be working somewhere else when and if I return to buy another unit. I also fail to understand the argument of buying locally. RVs are typically not made locally but in a single remote location. We have been through this argument with Walmart and other national chains. They typically provide better prices, better selection and better overall convenience. That is why they displace many of the local providers who did a poor job.
JimK-NY 02/28/21 06:14am General RVing Issues
RE: Revisiting pop-up campers

If I were going with a popup truck camper, I would be trying to go as light weight as possible. The reason would be off road travel. I would do without the diesel and the extra pulling power. That would just add to the overall weight of the rig. For a hard sided camper the equation changes. I am definitely happy with the pulling and Jake brake power of a diesel.
JimK-NY 02/27/21 01:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Revisiting pop-up campers

The specs tell the story. Ram 6.4 gasser puts out 429 ftlbs of torque and the 6.7 diesel puts out 850 ftlbs.
JimK-NY 02/26/21 04:36pm Truck Campers
RE: Happi Jacks

I have lost 2 happijak motors due to water intrusion. CW, can you explain how you made covers? I have tried to seal the covers with gorilla duct tape. It seems to work but I have little confidence.
JimK-NY 02/23/21 01:24pm Truck Campers
RE: Palomino SS 1251 Pop-Up on 1/2 Ton Pickup

I agree. Skip the Palomino or any other popup. If you want to stick to a F150 you will save money and have way better and more comfortable choices with a small trailer. If you want a TC, skip the F150 and F250 and head directly to a full 1 ton pickup. I am not sure what being 71 has to do with it. If you have the money start with a 1t truck. If not and cost is a major concern look at smaller used trailers.
JimK-NY 02/21/21 06:40am Truck Campers
RE: Will a 100 watt solar panel be enough

You need to do an energy audit. If you are truly just considering a propane refrigerator and some LED lights, you should be fine. Don't forget other possible uses. The furnace is a real energy hog but you should be fine for occasional use in moderate temps. You will also be using a water pump. Again, not much but it adds up. What about a TV or charging a laptop? Those are big energy hogs. Charging cellphones, camera batteries? A 12v fan in hot weather?
JimK-NY 02/20/21 02:04pm Tech Issues
RE: Genset carb upkeep:  drain it and/or exercise it? Both?

According to the Honda manual all that is needed for 2-6 months of storage is to use fuel stabilizer. If you really want to give it extra TLC, I would use alcohol free gasoline for storage.
JimK-NY 02/18/21 05:44am Tech Issues
RE: Genset carb upkeep:  drain it and/or exercise it? Both?

My Honda 2000i is over 12 years old with lots of use including 2 years full time travel. I have never drained the carb, and never added Seafoam. I did clean the air filter once or twice and changed the spark plug after about 8 years of use. I do try to remember to run it once every few months but often forget. I change the oil every year or so. It runs great.
JimK-NY 02/17/21 06:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Adventurer 901sb

Both of the campers you mentioned are among the better built. They are also quite heavy. Especially if you want to go short wheelbase, I would definitely be thinking about dually. I am not sure why you want the mid bath models. If it is a matter of convenience getting up to use the br during the night, it hardly matters. A rear bath is only a couple of steps further back. I am very happy with the wet bath located at the back of my Northstar Igloo. When we step out of the bath to dry off and get dressed we are in the rear entryway instead of the kitchen area. We thought about getting a curtain in that area but it does not seem worthwhile for just the two of us. In addition to the weight of the models you mentioned, I have two other concerns. First both are basement models. It is a long way up and a long way to fall if you make a mistake. I really do not like basement models for the high stairs needed. Second, I really like a cassette toilet and would never want a model without one. If you check some past threads on cassette toilets you will find that is generally true for everyone who has one. It makes dumping a lot, lot easier for those of us who travel in more remote areas. Anyway, if you reconsider on the mid bath, I recommend you take a look at Northstar campers. They are built to last, not flashy but well engineered with tried and true designs, and they are relatively light weight and have cassette toilets. I do agree it is wise to avoid slides. Most of them don't give you much, weigh a lot and worse some make the camper unusable with the slide(s) in.
JimK-NY 02/17/21 04:08pm Truck Campers
RE: Tires and Wheels

The tires I have are 285/60/20 with a load rating of LT125, 3640#. The 295/65/20 tires would be too large with too much of a change in the speedometer and gearing. It sounds like the 285/65/20 tires would work and they do have a 127, 3860# load rating.
JimK-NY 02/16/21 09:37am Truck Campers
RE: Tires and Wheels

My Ram has 20" rims and stock 285 60 20 tires. The original Firestones are wearing quickly so I will probably need to replace them after my next big trip. I am thinking of Michelin Agilis tires. Load E is rated for 3640#. What choice do I have for a higher load rated tire in that size? Is there a bigger size that will fit my rims?
JimK-NY 02/16/21 06:24am Truck Campers
RE: Tires and Wheels

Did you know you can get LR 129 E rated at 4080# ea?.. What is an LR 129E? Is that a size or a load rating? I have never seen any tires with that designation.
JimK-NY 02/15/21 09:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Tires and Wheels

I believe they went out of business at least a couple of years ago. If not there are plenty of BBB complaints unresolved about orders taken, money paid and no product shipped.
JimK-NY 02/15/21 04:14pm Truck Campers
RE: Covering a truck camper AFTER a snow?

That was a quote not me....lol..I just put it in italics..:B From RV Country Quote So their "resident expert" came up with this idea. Nonsense! My camper is 17 years old and has never been covered. I have never even brushed off the snow and I have never seen any issues or had a roof leak. Currently there is a foot of snow on it. So what? Snow does not weight 20 pounds per square inch. The weight can be highly variable from a couple of pounds per cubic foot to as much as 20 pounds per cubic foot for saturated snow. Snow tends to blow off of my RV so no matter how much it snows the accumulation is typically less than a foot or so. Up to many hundred pounds of snow should not be an issue for any well built RV. Then there is the nonsense about water melting and refreezing in roof cracks. If there ae cracks in your roof that let water in, you already have a problem that has nothing to do with snow or refreezing weather. I inspect my RV for potential issues at least once or twice a year. The inspection is essential but I rarely see the need for even minor touchups. A good caulk such as Dicor should last for many decades. Finally I fail to see how a cover is going to help. If there is a foot or two of heavy snow on top of a cover, I doubt the cover is going to make snow removal any easier. The cover would tear before you could ever lift it up and shake off the snow. If you are really worried about this get a ladder and a broom to push off the bulk of the snow.
JimK-NY 02/14/21 06:42am Truck Campers
RE: Covering a truck camper AFTER a snow?

Now I am even more confused. First I do not understand putting a tarp over a snow covered camper. Next, I don't understand the need to shovel off the top of the camper.
JimK-NY 02/13/21 01:31pm Truck Campers
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