Good Sam Club Open Roads Forum: Search
Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Posting Help and Support  |  Contact  



Open Roads Forum  >  Search the Forums

 > Your search for posts made by 'JimK-NY' found 344 matches.

Sort by:    Search within results:
Page of 18  
Next
  Subject Author Date Posted Forum
RE: Let's talk air bags...

I had airbags on my old 2005 F250 4x4 and Lance 845 combo. This was the suggestion of the dealer I bought the camper from. I found them to work fine for leveling up, however it was also like riding on top of a squirrelly beach ball, and adding a huge rear sway bar and rancho adj shocks didn't help. It simply unloaded all the metal springs and carried the weight on the airbags. Great for a trailer tow but horrible for a camper. No more airbags for me. Yup, "riding on top of a squirrelly beach ball." That matches my experience with airbags.
JimK-NY 01/22/22 06:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Wind Deflector

I have quite a harvest of bugs mainly on the outside edges of the camper but extending in and even all the way across up high (over the cab). There is also a nice pattern of bugs under the overhang somewhat defining the shape of the cab. There is definitely more wind noise with the camper on that with it off. I wonder why there is such a difference. I have had two trucks and have traveled with the camper for close to 100,000 miles. The camper behind the cab never has any bug splatters. I can drive through heavy rain and it will usually be dry behind the cab. The exception is when I am parked and the water blows in from the sides. There seems to be a cushion of air not only behind the cab but extending forward between the camper and the cab. That is why I conclude that an air deflector is not going to accomplish anything. At least that would seem to be the case for my camper. The area between the camper and truck bed is also a dead zone. I have access through doors on both sides and I use that area for storage such as extra clothing, paper goods, a long extension cord and a tarp. Everything is always dry and clean in that area.
JimK-NY 01/22/22 06:01pm Truck Campers
RE: New RV USB plugs, what amperage are they?

Just remember, rapid charging is convenient but very hard on batteries and will greatly reduce battery life.
JimK-NY 01/22/22 09:42am Tech Issues
RE: Wind Deflector

I would expect Zero improvement. The gap between the truck and camper seems to be a total dead zone. I have never seen bugs, dirt or water enter that area regardless of speed or conditions. I have little or no significant wind noise due to my camper. If you have wind noise, I would look elsewhere. Start with protrusions and irregular areas. I would look at the gutters, running lights, vents, and similar.
JimK-NY 01/21/22 04:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Wind Deflector

Before you bother, you might want to check some studies to see if it is likely to make even a slight improvement in mileage. The only results I have seen were on YouTube and the deflector made no detectable improvement in mileage. (The YouTube video was from Marion Blair.)
JimK-NY 01/21/22 09:50am Truck Campers
RE: Replace OEM fuel tank?

When doing a lot of driving I like to stop at least every 4 hours....that is barely a half tank of diesel for my 2018 Ram. I have never had an issue with the tank size. For a break after driving 4 hours, I like to stop for a while so the time spent refueling is not a concern. I typically refuel, use the restroom, spend a few minutes in the camper checking emails, planning routes, and just plain taking it easy. I often take a short nap. After a decent rest, I am ready for another 4 hours. In the Summer when the days are long, I often do a couple of rest stops and feel relaxed and can easily handle 10-12 hours of driving. If I try to avoid or shorten my rest breaks, I feel beat up with only about 8 hours of driving. Four hours on half a tank? What size tank do you have? Four hours of highway driving is maybe 240 miles with little or no delays due to traffic, construction or road conditions. Under decent conditions, my mileage with the loaded camper is about 15 mpg. So that works out to about 16 gallons. My highway mileage is typically a bit less than 15, but I also rarely travel more than 200 miles at a stretch. My tanks is whatever is standard in a 2018 3500 Ram CTD. I think that is 33 gallons.
JimK-NY 01/17/22 12:29pm Truck Campers
RE: Replace OEM fuel tank?

When doing a lot of driving I like to stop at least every 4 hours....that is barely a half tank of diesel for my 2018 Ram. I have never had an issue with the tank size. For a break after driving 4 hours, I like to stop for a while so the time spent refueling is not a concern. I typically refuel, use the restroom, spend a few minutes in the camper checking emails, planning routes, and just plain taking it easy. I often take a short nap. After a decent rest, I am ready for another 4 hours. In the Summer when the days are long, I often do a couple of rest stops and feel relaxed and can easily handle 10-12 hours of driving. If I try to avoid or shorten my rest breaks, I feel beat up with only about 8 hours of driving.
JimK-NY 01/17/22 08:36am Truck Campers
RE: Let's talk air bags...

When I first bought my camper, I had the dealer finish setting up my Ram 2500. That included airbags. The ride was really bad with lots of sway. I cranked up the Rancho shocks to help. The ride became stiff and harsh and the sway was still an issue. I tinkered and found dropping from roughly 45 psi to about 15 psi helped a lot. A year or so later one of the airbags tore. I hardly noticed the difference since I had dropped back to about 10 psi. Later I got rid of the airbags and went with Supersprings. Wow, what a difference. I was able to lower the shock settings and had a great ride with minimal sway. No more airbags for me! On my new Ram 3500 truck I still needed a bit of help mostly to keep the headlights from pointing too high. Timbrens solved the issue. I could still aid Supersprings but I seem to be doing well without.
JimK-NY 01/16/22 11:41am Truck Campers
RE: Calculated MPG

.....mpg becomes moot to me, as it will be what it will be. I am not a fanatic about mileage, but I have found that paying attention can make a considerable change. I live on the East coast and really like the southwest and western US. My RV trips tend to last for several weeks or months and average about 12,000 miles. Paying attention and adjusting my driving can have a huge effect on mileage/fuel costs. For example, on the open road, I have found a sweat spot driving about 60-65 mph. I gain little at 55 or so and lose a lot at 70 or so. I tend to make some adjustment with headwinds/tailwinds and other conditions. I don't want to doddle on the highway but I also hate to see my mileage drop from 14-16 to 10-12. Often the cost savings are worth a few extra minutes of driving a day to make up for a lower speed. After years and tens of thousands of miles of RV travel, I must admit that recording fuel purchases makes little sense. It is now just more of a habit. I do like being able to look back and see dates and places for my previous trips. A simpler ships log would probably make more sense. I also reset the trip odometer at the start of every trip. Again, there is no reason except just curiosity.
JimK-NY 01/15/22 06:15am General RVing Issues
RE: Calculated MPG

I recorded date, gallons and location for each time I fueled for the past 10 years and close to 100,000 miles of RV travel. I have to admit that the gallons are the least useful information and I rarely calculate mileage except for average over many fill ups. What I have found most interesting and useful are the location data. When taking a new trip, it can be interesting to see the routes and times it took for past trips.
JimK-NY 01/14/22 05:21am General RVing Issues
RE: Making A Warmer Truck Camper Bed

I completely turn off the heat at night. By morning the temps in the camper are often down to 40 degrees or less. I have had no issues using a hot water bottle to get started and several fluffy blankets. If anyone is interested Costco is currently selling Pendleton sherpa fleece blankets that are extremely warm and only cost $35. Two or three of those should do it down to really low temps.
JimK-NY 01/12/22 02:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Making A Warmer Truck Camper Bed

A 2 liter hot water bottle and cover is $13 from Amazon. It will prewarm plus stay warm for hours without any electricity or need for a large inverter.The typical pad is at MOST 200w, so stop with the large inverter nonsense. In this case I guess "large" is relative. I have avoided the use of any inverters except a very small, plug in inverter that I need only to charge camera batteries. My phone, laptop, and my wife's CPAP all run or charge using 12 volts. Many of us with truck campers have limited space for a large battery bank or for lots of solar panels. I removed the slide from my battery box in order to fit in 2x150 AH AGM batteries. I have about 1/4" overhead and front clearance to jam them in. My roof only has room for 2x135 watt solar panels. Rather than try to expand my system or use a generator frequently, I conserve electricity. That means no electric coffee pot or other appliances and certainly no electric blankets.
JimK-NY 01/11/22 08:46am Truck Campers
RE: Making A Warmer Truck Camper Bed

A 2 liter hot water bottle and cover is $13 from Amazon. It will prewarm plus stay warm for hours without any electricity or need for a large inverter.
JimK-NY 01/11/22 06:43am Truck Campers
RE: Making A Warmer Truck Camper Bed

It seems hard to believe but the area under my mattress was just a raw piece of plywood. I sealed that with a couple of coats of enamel paint so no moisture soaks into the wood. For normal Summer use, I occasionally check but there is never any moisture under the mattress. When the outside temps are cold, around 40 degrees or below, I need to raise up the mattress with a foot stool and then use my 12 volt fan to dry the area. I do that once or twice a week before any serious dampness accumulates. There are pads that can be used to keep the area dry but I don't want any increase in thickness because the ceiling space over the bed is already minimal.
JimK-NY 01/10/22 10:08am Truck Campers
RE: Making A Warmer Truck Camper Bed

Heated mattress pad. The typical heated mattress pad is going to use about 80-120 AH per night. Plus the ones I have seen are all 120 v so you need a larger inverter to use one and the inverter will waste considerable extra power. If your rig is hooked up, fine, but I would just use a space heater in that case.
JimK-NY 01/10/22 08:31am Truck Campers
RE: Making A Warmer Truck Camper Bed

I tried Reflectix to seal off some of the vents and windows. It is almost worthless. The R value of Reflectix is 1.0. Fabric covers and window shades are a lot more attractive and perhaps even more effective. Fortunately my Northstar was built with European windows which are double layer with a layer of air sealed between the layers. They are fairly effective especially if I close the shades which traps another layer of air. If you have single layer windows, I recommend heavy fabric curtains. Do not cover any vents. You need to use them and exhaust fans whenever you generate a lot of moisture such as using the shower or cooking.
JimK-NY 01/10/22 08:23am Truck Campers
RE: Making A Warmer Truck Camper Bed

I have a 3 season Northstar camper which does not do all that well when temps are freezing or below. I have found a few mods that help. A lot of cold air seems to come in through the back door. I hung a heavy curtain in front of the door that helps a lot. I have an 8" thick mattress that provides great insulation, but it feels really cold initially. I use an oversized hot water bottle. It will take boiling water and has a knit cover to prevent being burned. I put it in the bed a bit in advance. It warms the bed and the heat lasts for hours. With enough blankets, I am usually comfortable without even running the heat at night. I hate hearing the furnace run all night plus it uses a lot of battery power. Condensation under the bed is a problem but I do not want the claustrophobic feeling of raising the bed so I just prop up the mattress periodically to make sure the area under the mattress does not become damp. One of the biggest improvements I made was adding carpeting. I bought inexpensive, indoor/outdoor carpeting from the home center and spent a couple of hours getting a perfect fit. I was initially concerned about the carpet getting dirty but that is not an issue. I can easily pull out the carpet and beat off the dirt. If it gets really bad, I wash it. Even in the coldest nights I can get out of bed and walk across the floor to use the restroom without getting icy cold feet. The next major improvement was to seal off the space between the camper and sides of the truck. I used slabs of rigid foam insulation to get a good sealed off area. That also keeps the wheel well storage areas clean. That is where I put extra boots, dirty laundry and misc items such a big extension cord and paper goods.
JimK-NY 01/10/22 07:01am Truck Campers
RE: Norcold 9.7 (10) cu ft 12 volt compressor fridge?

I have a conversion to dc compressor, the draw is about the same. It’ll consume between 50-100ah depending on the outdoor temps. 200ah lipo and 400w of solar has no problem keeping up. I see you are from Arizona. At this time of year your 400watts of solar will be capable of producing a maximum of 86 AH/day. That might keep the Norcold running but with little to spare. Again that is the maximum. A cloudy day or camping in the woods can mean zero solar input. I have a pretty efficient NovaKool which is half the size of the Norcold. On a warm Summer day it can easily chew through 80 AH or more. I would expect the Norcold would hit twice that. It takes a lot of solar, a big battery bank and a backup generator for prolonged cloudy/shady camping. That is a lot of expense just to run a refrigerator.
JimK-NY 01/07/22 08:52am Truck Campers
RE: Where did the Non weekend RVers go?

That seems to be true of many forums I have visited including those involving my hobbies. I believe in the early days of the internet there was a lot of interest and participation in the forums. Now a google or YouTube search can answer about any question.
JimK-NY 01/03/22 02:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: Happijac new vs old?

A couple of years ago, I needed to order a replacement for one of my old jacks that had frozen with broken parts. A tech rep at Tweety's had all the information on recommended replacements and compatibility of parts. I suggest you give a call and see if they can help.
JimK-NY 01/03/22 12:10pm Truck Campers
Sort by:    Search within results:
Page of 18  
Next


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:




© 2022 CWI, Inc. © 2022 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved.