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RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

Reinstalled the gas furnace for the last time, its now permanently in place. All of the water lines that ran behind it for the bathroom are completed, and the ducting for the holding tank compartment and the line to the front of the camper vent are both in place. Electrical system is 95% complete, with only the fridge compartment and the cabover systems needing completion. Water system is 85% done, with the kitchen sink sewer connections waiting on the construction of the lower cabinet, and the installation of the water pump and shut off valves for the fresh water.
JoeChiOhki 04/16/21 11:22am Truck Campers
RE: 1977 Sunline Truck Camper FULL BUILD

When do you think you'll be camping? I estimate at this rate maybe the fall? It looks great! Faster than me, I've been working on the restoration of my Amerigo for six years now :p.
JoeChiOhki 04/16/21 11:18am Truck Campers
RE: Grounding strap from radio antenna, where to connect it?

Ideally: install a piece of sheet metal under the antenna (a few square feet) and attach it to that. The ground plane is there to basically act as a sort of RF counterpoise for the main antenna element; the DC voltage it's at is comparatively of little importance from an antenna performance standpoint (but may be of great importance to the circuitry in the radio or any amplifier circuitry in the antenna). If you aren't going to create a proper ground plane, connecting it to most any handy chassis ground potential place is probably the best plan, but it may be worth experimenting with it connected and unconnected to see if perchance one works better than the other. Ergo, the question. The unit is entirely made of wood and fiberglass and there is not space where the antenna was mounted to attach a metal ground plane, ergo why I was wondering if there was another route that could be taken with the grounding strap. I think Drew was suggesting to "mount" (glue or screw) a piece of metal under, near or around the antenna area. That metal can be nothing more than some light gauge galvanized tin or even aluminum. The antenna should already have a connection to 12V ground via the outside shield of the antenna coax which should have an electrical connection to the antenna strap. The coax shield should connect through the radio to the battery negative ground connection and the negative ground wiring becomes the "ground plane". As Drew mentioned, try it as is, if it works then go with it as is, if it doesn't work well then adding some light gauge sheet metal to the roof near the antenna might help. Mk, thank you :). I just wanted to get a second pair of eyes on the setup, as I'll be finally completing the setup of the stereo as completion of the restoration has finally entered the completion of the electrical system stage.
JoeChiOhki 04/02/21 04:03pm Tech Issues
RE: Grounding strap from radio antenna, where to connect it?

Ideally: install a piece of sheet metal under the antenna (a few square feet) and attach it to that. The ground plane is there to basically act as a sort of RF counterpoise for the main antenna element; the DC voltage it's at is comparatively of little importance from an antenna performance standpoint (but may be of great importance to the circuitry in the radio or any amplifier circuitry in the antenna). If you aren't going to create a proper ground plane, connecting it to most any handy chassis ground potential place is probably the best plan, but it may be worth experimenting with it connected and unconnected to see if perchance one works better than the other. Ergo, the question. The unit is entirely made of wood and fiberglass and there is not space where the antenna was mounted to attach a metal ground plane, ergo why I was wondering if there was another route that could be taken with the grounding strap.
JoeChiOhki 04/02/21 02:44pm Tech Issues
Grounding strap from radio antenna, where to connect it?

So, as part of my restoration process on a 1975 Amerigo TC-11 Snap-n-Nap slide in truck camper, I've been adding some new tech to it. One of those additions I made a while back was installing a "through roof" stereo antenna for the radio. The roof on the Amerigo to which it is attached is made of fiberglass, however, said antenna has a ground plane strap that comes off of it. My question is there's no metal anywhere in the area that I could attach it to. Should I: A.) Attach it to the installation cage of the stereo itself B.) Connect it into the 12v- wire, as the aluminum side panels of the camper have a ground strap that connects them back into same said 12v- circuit C.) Ignore it.
JoeChiOhki 04/02/21 12:36pm Tech Issues
RE: LED Replacement bulbs high moisture environment survival

I've used these and have good luck in all areas of the TC and trailer. https://www.superbrightleds.com/cat/rv-led-lights/?campaign=BING%20-%20RV%20Lighting&adgroup=RV%20%26%20Camper&msclkid=35fe6186f7fd1216aa2e01df1fff317d&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=BING%20-%20RV%20Lighting&utm_term=rv%20lights&utm_content=RV%20%26%20Camper This^^ I buy all my LED's and lighting stuff from them. Going on 7 years since my first purchase. Installed everything from curbside lighting for the camper to interior and exterior lighting on all my vehicles. Not a single failure compared to the cheap, China Ebay and Amazon LED's which I purchased about the same time. All those either completely or partially failed within 6 mos to a couple years. Don't bother with cheapo stuff. I also used Phillips and Sylvania brand LEDS's for both the reading lights in the camper and for turn, tail and brake lights on some other vehicles. No complaints, but they are pricier. Thank you :). Installed the first fixture last night, the units use a 1016 base on the single bulb units as they have a "High and Low" mode on switch, so been looking at 1016 and 1157 for replacement LEDS. I was wondering if Superbright was legit, but the fact that others have used it here with no ill effect lends more credence to it being a safe place to shop, so I'll be looking into replacement bulbs there, as the stock incandescent bulbs are fairly dim, even on high mode :p
JoeChiOhki 03/26/21 08:17pm Truck Campers
RE: LED Replacement bulbs high moisture environment survival

I pulled and tossed all the light fixtures in my Lance and replaced them with new LED fitures. None of that bulb swapping and I hope it works well guessing for me. 5 years in all sorts of weather with no issues Unfortunately, none of the existing available LED fixtures I've looked through on the variety of sites I shop from came close to the style of casing I was after (I'm attempting to recreate some of the period parts from when my 1975 camper was new), which is why I'm using the Arcon units, as they're body style similar to the originals.
JoeChiOhki 03/24/21 01:32pm Truck Campers
LED Replacement bulbs high moisture environment survival

As I am at the stage where I am installing Ms. Merry's light fixtures , I thought it prudent to inquire from the rest of the community if anyone had any experience on if a particular LED replacement bulb brand (the round canister kind that plug into the standard bases) that held up better in a wet bath environment where the ambient moisture levels in the air are regularly high held up better than another. The market is chock-a-block full of brands and replacement bulbs now from all different manufacturers, including some of the more well known RV brands like Camco, so I'm not sure whose bulbs produce the highest lumen levels and are low electro magnetic noise (some of the cheaper bulbs as I recall created alot of electromagnetic interference from threads in the past) and can survive being in a wet bath. Any suggestions on higher quality brands to look for is greatly appreciated. The bulbs will be getting installed in new Arcon single and dual bulb fixtures (They produce replicas of the original Bargman vintage interior lights) with opaque lenses for the under cabinet, doorway and bathroom (the main kitchen area and dinette overhead lights are ThinLite 40W flourescent tube fixtures that use the nice larger replacement tubes that you can still find readily stocked in hardware stores.
JoeChiOhki 03/23/21 02:18am Truck Campers
RE: What do you guys use for communication in your truck camper?

Just wait for it....SpaceX has been putting hundreds of communication satellites in orbit to create a globle network that will be unobstructed. It will be a game changer in communication. The catch 22 with it (I'm signed up for it), is its locational cell based atm. So while its very mobile hardware, it only works in the home cell your address is at, move into another part of the grid and it won't come online. I suspect in the future, when the network is finished, that might change.
JoeChiOhki 03/22/21 07:46pm Truck Campers
RE: What do you guys use for communication in your truck camper?

The original Phillips Radio Company intercom system it came with from 1975 (Or at least it will once I finish the resto work on the system) ;). Much easier to talk with the passengers who are belted (Yes it has seat belts) in the back :p.
JoeChiOhki 03/22/21 07:43pm Truck Campers
RE: Hyperinflating RV prices and people who pay any price

Prices are shooting up because everyone has decided that RVing is better than dealing with the Rona rules with Hotels and what not, plus the general fear of the disease in using a living space that already has a bad rap for cleanliness. I'm hoping to get my swap work done as soon as I can to sell off mr. KIT while the rush is still on in hopes of moving it on to a new home easier.
JoeChiOhki 03/22/21 07:42pm Truck Campers
RE: Fridge won't fit

When I did the swap on my vintage rig, I ended up removing the full front bezel to get the fridge out of the older unit (This required cutting alot of glue to separate the face plate from the thermoformed plastic interior casing), so I could side the unit out without having to dismantle the cooling unit, then do the reverse to put it back in on the other camper. (I swapped the fridges between my 1974 KIT and 1975 Amerigo, as the KIT's fridge was less rusty). Even with that bezel removed, I had to complete remove the door and its jam assembly, plus the bathroom door in order to squeak it out.
JoeChiOhki 03/22/21 07:40pm Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

Painted on the primer to the last section of heated tank compartment I couldn't reach while Ms. Merry was on Jake, going back tomorrow to paint on the flat black. Also got the diamond plate edge trim done on the driver's side, now just need to the step area on the passenger side and the rear diamond plate work will be done. I've also since finished the core 12 volt wiring for the main system, wired in all of the circuits from the new distribution panel to the connection blocks, and got most of the 110 volt circuits wired into their breakers. Ms. Merry can lift and lower herself for the first time, with a fully functioning electric jack system. Debating if I want to two-tone paint Ms. Merry, painting her lower sheet metal sections either regular or dark hunter green (Mr. KIT's color scheme) when I go to do her paint this summer.
JoeChiOhki 03/01/21 02:32am Truck Campers
RE: Quieter alternatives for propane furnace in extreme cold

How deep are your pockets? Hydronic heat would be definitely quieter, but you'll be investing a few thousand to upgrade. WesterRoamer on this forum several years ago, did a detailed piece of upgrading their unit to an espar hydronic heating system to replace their original furnace. I somehow missed this comment in my previous post. I would say I am willing to spend enough to make this happen, but I don't expect to spend tens of thousands. I hope to be able to manage all of this with less than 10K. Less than 10k would be very doable, you'll probably be in for around $5500-6000 depending on number of the distributing units needed and the main boiler/heating unit.
JoeChiOhki 02/13/21 12:35am Truck Campers
RE: Quieter alternatives for propane furnace in extreme cold

How deep are your pockets? Hydronic heat would be definitely quieter, but you'll be investing a few thousand to upgrade. WesterRoamer on this forum several years ago, did a detailed piece of upgrading their unit to an espar hydronic heating system to replace their original furnace.
JoeChiOhki 02/09/21 02:15pm Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

Finished the exhaust system for the furnace, finished the frame in and final fitment for same, pulled the wires for the electric jack plugs.
JoeChiOhki 02/09/21 02:08pm Truck Campers
RE: Flat

https://i.imgur.com/rNF9Pn6.jpg height=640 width=440 Safe Jack for RV'S BENEFITS Increases safety Makes jacking easy in a variety of ways More stable, and secure Extends the range and usefulness of the jack Compact easy to carry and stow Easy to use FEATURES Lift range of 9.5" – 25" Designed for RV's 24,000 - 48,000 GVW. Extension Screw Collar provides max useful stroke Extensions and jack pads can be combined in any combination Lift at an axle, frame or other lift point Durable steel construction Additional extensions can be added to increase lift range Extensions and pads are always made in the USA Now, that is a right pretty jack :)
JoeChiOhki 02/04/21 04:34pm Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

Removed the vent assembly for the furnace and the 110volt twist lock plug for the last time so I could make new exhaust pipes for the furnace (the factory ones are about five inches too short from even their long units and all they are are sections of 2" O.D thin walled automotive exhaust pipe) and a nice diamond plate surround for the outlet to help hide the old screw holes from the original cable hole surround that the camper had come with from the factory (Last owner changed it to a marine twist lock and just filled the old screw holes with caulk). Was working on the wiring, but needed some parts to arrive for the plug to make the 3 pin round umbilical cable for the backup camera, so switched gears for a bit.
JoeChiOhki 02/04/21 04:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Flat

10 tons? I wonder what it takes to bend the axle? What does it matter? The jack can't put any more force than what the axle weighs, no matter the capacity.. It does matter when you put the jack under the axle pipe, like most of us do. When you have axle overloaded and lifting it in the point that was not design for it- something will give, just like Titanic broke on several pieces as it could not hold its own weight hanging in the air. If your axle cant take a jack lifting up a little more than half the load that it normally carries down the road then I would say you are driving junk. Seriously we are only talking 4-5000 pounds. The difference is in pressure to area applied. Your spring perch transfers the load across the curvature (the strongest part of the tubular structure ) if the axle tube. With a smaller bottle jack you're concentrating all that weight into a much smaller contact patch, which increases the psi being applied and can damage the tube potentially. In terms of total weight, that part is moot, the psi at the contact patch is the critical bit. If you look at most factory jacks, they use a cradle which spreads that contact patch out into the curvature of the axle tube, reducing the total psi, but they are generally only rated fir lifting an unladen truck, not one with a full load in the bed.
JoeChiOhki 02/02/21 01:43am Truck Campers
RE: Autosocks (chain replacements) Experience

In California, where the CHP will make you drive for 20 miles on dry concrete pavement with them, not so long. That will never be an issue for me. :B https://i.postimg.cc/85v12NVJ/IMG-9890.jpg I bought these and I hope I never have to take them out of the bag. Usually, if I hit a section of road where chains are required, my top speed is likely going to be 25mph, at best, because at that point, I'm likely going to be running low range gearing on the transfer case to allow the engine to do 99% of the brake work. If its bad enough that I need chains, it's bad enough that my stopping distance is going to be really really long, and sending 11,000lbs of truck and camper into a slide does not tickle my fancy. :p
JoeChiOhki 02/01/21 06:04pm Truck Campers
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