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RE: CB Antennas? Similar to this mount. I added two additional screws and a spring. Mk, yeah I can see why you might not trust it. Its thinner than the mount I have and would likely be more prone to bending.
JoeChiOhki 02/28/22 07:15pm Truck Campers
RE: CB Antennas?

A fender mount can't handle a 5 footer? I have a fender gap mount on our jeep jk. I would not trust it to handle a 5' antenna. What's the anchor points like on yours? Mine has five screws that anchor it into the body and its been successfully holding the 5' firestiks without a spring for sixteen years, including having a dolt like me smacking the antenna into tree branches and a low hanging drive thru. If your hood area is aluminum or plastic, then yeah, that makes total sense, but if its half way decent sheet metal one like that should stay put.
JoeChiOhki 02/25/22 03:06am Truck Campers
RE: CB Antennas?

I am liking the fender mount idea. This site has a bunch, but not seeing one that specifies my year. I'm sure a number of them would work fine. I feel if I could find someone locally with a selection that that would be the best solution. Check your local CB dealer or truck stop. I got my original hood gap mount bracket from a shop in a nearby city. I'm on my third Firestik (Damaged the last one like a moron in a drive thru) and the original wore out after several years.
JoeChiOhki 02/24/22 06:18pm Truck Campers
RE: CB Antennas?

I use the Firestik II line, five foot antenna, have a hood gap mount to keep out and away from the camper's nose as much as possible.
JoeChiOhki 02/23/22 06:58pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck camper title?

Manufactures didn't issue camper titles until 2015. That is regional. Both my 1970s units had titles because they were sold to west coast states where titles and their own registration and plates were required. California, for example, on the other hand, doesn't, because they're not considered vehicles and so are missing titles.
JoeChiOhki 02/17/22 09:38am Truck Campers
RE: Transamerica '22 Pacific-Atlantic crossing

Just a good heads up, alot of the National Parks have started requiring getting entry tickets to get inside due to the huge upswing in visitation during the pandemic.
JoeChiOhki 02/07/22 12:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Bedding in overhead beds in T/C

We're about 30-40 odd years separated based on the ages listed. We still do a fitted sheet, top sheet and a blanket, with a king size sleeping bag unzipped as a comforter on top, but we have an East-West style bed and are a good deal younger, so crawling in and working from the corners on the window side and backing out till we reach the step would likely be a bit more challenging for you guys. Since the mattress sits in basically a bowl, the flat sheets and blanket easily tuck under the polyurethane foam mattress easily enough and stay put because they're being somewhat clamped in place by the snug fit of the mattress in the cabover.
JoeChiOhki 02/01/22 04:15pm Truck Campers
RE: Making A Warmer Truck Camper Bed

Interesting thread. We camp alot in the winter. Just spent 4 days in 0-5F degree weather. Never really had an issue with the mattress or cold. Condensation, can be an issue, but it's a super easy solution. Got to have air movement. I usually just crack the kitchen window a bit and open the bathroom vent slightly (fan stays off). An example, two days into the camp, no condensation at all, windows being the best indicator. Cooked breakfast for three extra adults and two kids (squeeze them in..!) and after a bit over two hours, the windows were covered in condensation. It's our breath. Turned the fan on when they left and half hour later, camper was cleared up. A suggestion for under the mattress. One needs air movement but most can't afford the height loss. Pick up a piece of Miradrain or equivalent. It's a composite drain product, and it will keep an open airway under the mattress. About 1/2" tall, plastic and fiber, water proof. Last... skip the flannel sheets. They're only warm 'after' you get in and warm them up. Go fleece. Tell them I sent you...! There is no comparison. The foundation dimpled sheet would work very well. I actually have a roll of it in my shop. I talked with Joe Chi Ochi, Matt, who foil tape sealed a foam board down in his cabover and wrote a post about it back about 2007 with good results. I'll keep an eye on the current setup to see how it performs. Rather than the foil tape, there is a PVC tape which is stronger and more flexible than the aluminum tape. I'll keep you posted on results. Work well for many years, never had any moisture issues. We did however, also install carpet foam and full home carpet over that foil face polyisocyanurate foam and around the perimeter of where the mattress came in contact with the walls. We also used a 10" thick Polyurethane foam mattress vs inner spring, which added another layer of insulation between the floor and the occupants. With the Amerigo, we have 3" of R22 fiberglass insulation beneath the floor of the cabover and a 3/4" plywood deck on top of which our mattress rests, so I didn't need to do the same trick this go round.
JoeChiOhki 01/13/22 03:00pm Truck Campers
RE: Bittersweet

Sounds almost like you need an Amerigo, so your wife can use the lower fold out bed in the rear (My wife's plans since for when we don't have company staying with us in the camper, so she can have the whole bed to herself :p). Sadly, they haven't been made in a number of years, so the only options are restoration.
JoeChiOhki 01/13/22 02:57pm Truck Campers
RE: West Coast Jamboree 2022, Who is Interested?

Still unknown here, between not sure when the Camper will be completely done (even after I finish the building, I still need to trial it and fix any issues I discover, it hasn't had the Oregon Sog test yet) and work, my state is still the same.
JoeChiOhki 01/10/22 03:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Where to mount a TV?

For me, I just attached the arm to a stud in the camper wall at the foot of the bed (We only use the tv-tv while laying down, for streaming stuff else where we use a laptop or tablet, it uses the HD HomeRun streaming tuner for broadcast/cable TV stuff.
JoeChiOhki 12/03/21 11:38am Truck Campers
RE: Repair help needed - Broken frame from dragging jack

You've seriously got some major divorce going on between the framing components of the floor/belly pan and the rear wall! And... its Filon sided, which is glued in place and easily removeable without needing to patch the section afterwards or redo the whole wall....
JoeChiOhki 12/01/21 10:21am Truck Campers
RE: Why whine, heater question

Dried out bearings, needs some lube. Usually clean with air gun or compressed air and then apply appropriate oiling, hand spinning the shaft during application to allow for the oil to work its way in before putting higher RPM strain on it. As to your dump hose connection dripping, the rubber gaskets have likely dried out. Flush and clean the area, then rub vaseline on the gaskets and then open and shut a few times and recheck. If they still leak, get a new valve replacement kit from Valterra and you can swap out the gate and gaskets at the same time.
JoeChiOhki 11/18/21 05:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Tow Dolly Woe

Honestly, if you strike out finding a shop, look up the backing plate size and weight rating of the existing surge brakes and get an electric brake kit for it. Since its not a boat trailer, submergence is not an issue and you'll be able to live dial the braking impact the electrics trigger while testing it with a live load. Electric conversion kits used to be fairly inexpensive since it was mostly just a swap of the hydraulic cylinder for the electromagnet piece designed to take its place and running of some new wire to your trailer plug if you are already wired up for electric trailer brakes on your vehicle.
JoeChiOhki 10/27/21 07:21pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Long Bed vs Bigger Overhang - off - roading

As one who does USFS and BLM roads in Oregon, which are likely vastly higher quality than the ones you'd find in the more back country areas in the US SW and what not, I haven't had any issues so far with my 11' Campers, as I usually have a 48" hitch extension in that will hit the ground usually before it ever gets close to the camper's rear jacks would (Slightly less issue there now with the Amerigo as the rear jacks are not at the very rear corners due to the camper's structural design, but on the front edges of the rear overhang instead close to the rear bumper of the truck. For areas with more washes and deep centers, it would be a greater issue, and would likely require some creative driving to cross them at diagonals or use something to keep the tires from going all the way to the bottom of the hole to get across safely, as I'm just as likely to plow the front basket into the ground for the same reason as I would drag my butt.
JoeChiOhki 10/27/21 06:29pm Truck Campers
RE: Generator start leads

I'm a bit surprised by your measurement of 375A - even momentary - to start a small genset. I wonder if is it an artifact of the sampling rate of the clamp ammeter. A Cummins 5.9L diesel draws only about 300A cranking, motorcycle engines in the 1000 - 1200cc range draw around 150A at stall and 100A cranking. These measured with a 100 KHz amp probe on a 1Ghz recording O'scope. Even if it peaks at 375A for a few milliseconds, that would not heat a thermal fuse enough to blow it. You might try shutting the fuel off or removing the spark wire from the genset, crank for several seconds and see what the starter really draws. 375A @ 12V = about 6 HP! Yeah, that sounds like a crazy amount of juice...... My 4000 watt Champion which is an electric start from a tiny battery only has #8 wire so I know it can't be sucking near that much juice for something that's similar or smaller of an engine..... I would think 37.5 amps would be more realistic...
JoeChiOhki 10/14/21 07:42pm Truck Campers
RE: When a redneck wins the lottery....

God, its been years since that one used to pop up on the forum regularly :)
JoeChiOhki 10/14/21 07:39pm Truck Campers
RE: Prepping for below freezing temps and snow. Your Amazon order might be late. ;) From what stories I have heard, Amazon drivers seem to be in about the same league as Swift operators for Walmart. :p
JoeChiOhki 10/12/21 03:42pm Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your truck today?

Continued my search for a junkyard for a new driver's door, dim-bulb moment and forgot I was parked next to a column in parking garage and ran the driver's door into it (The door was already slated to be replaced, since it has a crack through part of the window frame, this just stepped up my timeline since the door sticks a little now when opening it).
JoeChiOhki 10/05/21 02:32pm Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

Finished gluing in the last pieces for the core frame of the new bathroom door to the maple plywood skin on the outside and will be tracing and cutting the thinner wood paneling that will go on the inside (It will be getting a sheet of FRP glued over that, ergo why thinner wood is being used first).
JoeChiOhki 10/05/21 02:31pm Truck Campers
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