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RE: How fast do you drive with camper on? .

45-55 mph. For me, its more than fast enough and I'm usually meandering on two lane back country away from the main routes more than I am on interstates. Plus, the truck is old and powered by a naturally aspirated small block V8 gas engine. Even with 4.10s, she's not going to be winning any races :p. On my bigger trips, I normally only drove about 200-300 miles a day at tops, as I was more interested in the journey than just the destination. If we're on flat lands, I usually pull off to let folks get around, or when we reach the top of a grade if we're climbing one, pulling out before then just means the next batch of folks will be stuck behind me going even slower because I'll have lost my momentum and will be starting again on a hill, so instead of going up the hill at 45, they're now doing it at 30. On most quality roads, there are usually passing lane segments that come up and that's when most folks can safely get around. So you’re mostly speed limited by the capability (power and age) of your truck. Aka, one of the vehicles on the road that frustrates other drivers who are trying to get somewhere before their weekend is up or their next birthday comes around! If the five to ten minutes it takes out of their day for me to safely reach a pullout or a section of road where they can pass impacts their schedule that much, they didn't plan their travel very well.
JoeChiOhki 08/29/21 12:14pm Truck Campers
RE: VIDEO: Installing new 4400 pound 6+1 rear leaf springs

Been planning to do this with either Portland Spring or ordering the ready made 4000lb rated packs from Stengle Brothers for the Dodge to reduce its dependency on the Air bags for load leveling. It already drives and rides like there's no springs at all in the rear, so, bigger stiffer packs isn't going to make it any worse than it already is :p.
JoeChiOhki 08/27/21 04:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Dump station app for androids?

I don't use the App either I just go to the web page. I don't trust Apps on phones to not collect personal data The websites do it to, its all interconnected to the same system.
JoeChiOhki 08/27/21 04:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Dump station app for androids?

I use Allstays (iOS version) which I really like, they do have an Android version according to their website. May be expensive. The Allstays Camp & RV app for Android was discontinued several years ago and is no longer available. You'll need an older Android Device to use it due to it crashing in the newer Android versions if you happen to have a copy. Atm, I'm likely going to recycle an old Android phone to be able to use it with for now, unless I can figure out a way to make the old app work on a newer OS. Most newer apps are utterly worthless if you're out of internet range (One of the things the original Allstays app was amazing for, as it kept a local database and worked with the offline google maps data, no network connection required).
JoeChiOhki 08/27/21 04:33pm Truck Campers
RE: Do pass-through windows leak?

One manufacturer in particular is telling it's dealers that they stopped installing pass-through windows that open because the window leaks. If I left a roof vent open slightly while traveling in the rain (I had a vent cover on it) the window below the cabover didn't leak. The one time I drove with the vent closed, the window leaked. The problem is that a vacuum gets created when going down the road, if all vents are closed. The differential in air pressure sucked water in through the sliding window track on that front window. The dealer described this to me when I told them about the leak. After that trip I replaced the window with a solid window from Motion Glass in Vancouver, WA. They custom build windows. I think the manufacturer is cost cutting - eliminate the cost of a sliding window - and keep the sale price the same = more profit. Nope. That manufacturer really did ditch that slider due to so many customer complaints about it leaking. I've heard this from the factory. I suppose it depends on the model of window and the quality of the install. It's actually water coming in through the window track, not the quality of the installation of the window. There's been more than one thread over the years on here where folks had to get replacement windows because the assembly of the original window was so poor that it was like having nothing more than a window screen in place. Throw in the slap in and done construction quality of most RVs these days, if its not the track leaking, its the butyl tape (or lack there of) around the window allowing water to also infiltrate into the frame.
JoeChiOhki 08/27/21 04:25pm Truck Campers
RE: Anyone with 12v Air Conditioning Experience?

To add to the discussion, I found this chart that gives an estimate of the BTUs needed to cool a particular square footage. Looks like ~5000 BTUs is enough to cool 150 square feet which is about what a truck camper is I think. The Dometic Coolair 1000RTX provides 4,094 BTUs so I think it would be a bit undersized for the job. The RTX 2000 however looks like a better contender with 6,824 BTUs of cooling capacity. I know in my original post a mentioned the RTX 3000 but in light of this information, it seems overkill. I also didn't realize there was an RTX 2000 until someone mentioned it earlier in this thread. Be careful using a residential heat calc to gauge what you need, I just took 10 min and did a heat loss calc with the lowest R-value in my heat loss program which is R-11, also this does not account for any air leakage through storage compartments or other penetrations in the exterior. This is figured with the cab over facing north, no shade on south wall. Single pane windows with blinds. 8'X10' area(80 square feet) R-11 walls, ceiling, floor. 20sqft windows. 15sqft door 8sqft dual plastic skylight. 98 degree outdoor 74 degree indoor Heat loss:4265btu Heat Gain:3932btu I would bet actuals are at least 30%-50% higher depending on the insulation and air leakage of your camper. Also if the larger wall was facing south it would increase the heat gain. Aye for RVs, you'll need to use R4 for the insulation in almost all the mass produced units (Standard rating of Polystyrene insulation at 1 1/2" thick), as few to none use Polyisocynaurate insulation.
JoeChiOhki 08/27/21 04:17pm Truck Campers
RE: USAA Insurance

Unless they re-added it, USAA dropped support for RVs and its a resell to another vendor.
JoeChiOhki 08/27/21 03:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Onboard Air Systems (Updated w/ Pics)

To answer JoeChiOhki first... If you are just adding the system for airbags and an airhorn, the belt driven compressor is overkill I think. My truck already had two air compressors, one for the exhaust brake and one for the airbags. You don't need large pumps for either of these items. Guys using the belt drive units are using them for air tools and inflating large off-road or farm tires. I think you would be pretty happy with an electric pump and you would have a lot more flexibility on the install. In my own case, I am considering trying to remove the two other compressors to clean up wiring and such but I will likely leave things as they are for now because I'm running out of time to spend on this project as it is. Aye, if I was able to add it, I would expand the setup to include larger tanks and the means to connect impact air tools and what not to the system for field work. It would also be used for airing up and down the truck's six tires (or the tires of a future toad), and so on. Since its not looking like an straight forward thing to accomplish for now (Larger project than I have the time to take on atm), I planned to scale it back to a smaller use case which only operates the air suspension and the horn and for that a much smaller system will fit the bill.
JoeChiOhki 08/27/21 03:31pm Truck Campers
RE: What is your overall length with TC?

I think I was around 30' with the baskets and bike rack on on my last adventure. The truck by itself is around 18'. Throw in 11' slide in, plus cargo basket on the front ahead of a front spare tire and bikes on a rack hanging off the end of a 48" extension on the rear, and we easily make it to 30'.
JoeChiOhki 08/25/21 12:56pm Truck Campers
RE: How fast do you drive with camper on? .

45-55 mph. For me, its more than fast enough and I'm usually meandering on two lane back country away from the main routes more than I am on interstates. Plus, the truck is old and powered by a naturally aspirated small block V8 gas engine. Even with 4.10s, she's not going to be winning any races :p. On my bigger trips, I normally only drove about 200-300 miles a day at tops, as I was more interested in the journey than just the destination. If we're on flat lands, I usually pull off to let folks get around, or when we reach the top of a grade if we're climbing one, pulling out before then just means the next batch of folks will be stuck behind me going even slower because I'll have lost my momentum and will be starting again on a hill, so instead of going up the hill at 45, they're now doing it at 30. On most quality roads, there are usually passing lane segments that come up and that's when most folks can safely get around.
JoeChiOhki 08/25/21 12:40pm Truck Campers
RE: Do pass-through windows leak?

I suppose it depends on the model of window and the quality of the install. I added one on my restoration, reusing a rear window from another camper that was already known to be able to handle road spray. I do plan to get the foam boot to go around it, as I'm hoping to convert the rear window on my truck to a slider type from the current non-slider glass that is in there now. Its vastly too small for a person to do anything with, but its more than large enough for air flow and to allow for the locating of the cat's enclosed litter box on its platform behind the seats in the cab when the camper is parked for the night so that its out from under foot.
JoeChiOhki 08/25/21 12:38pm Truck Campers
RE: Onboard Air Systems (Updated w/ Pics)

Yup, the belt driven unit is quite the beast. I had actually looked into it since it had massive airflow. It is even reasonably priced to boot. If you call the company, I think they offer mounting kits for the unit based on your model truck. Many of the Super Duty trucks (not all though) were designed for dual alternators so you could place this unit in that position. That being said, having just spent 3 days under my truck, I can tell you there is a lot of other things that have to be wired up to make it all work. I am putting in air chucks in the front and back of the truck and that all connects to the 4 gallon tank that sits near the middle. Creeping around under the truck has not been very pleasant when all of the years of dirt decides to fall in your eyes. That being said, I am nearly finished with the project. Just need to install the rear chuck and then tidy a few others things up. Looking forward to getting this one wrapped up! I will inquire after them, due to the age of my pickup, I suspect that they do not offer a part (early 90s Dodge Gas engine) and would need to fabricate one myself. I personally plan to add, even if far less potent, an air system with tank and compressor to my truck for the air suspension and to drive a new air horn to replace the original aftermarket one that uses a small electric pump (All of which has long since failed, it was after a Harbor Freight horn kit :p).
JoeChiOhki 08/25/21 12:33pm Truck Campers
RE: Onboard Air Systems (Updated w/ Pics)

My truck has two air compressors already, one for the airbags and the other for the Banks exhaust brakes. These work fine but I can't use them for airing up tires because they are two small for this function. With my trip to Pismo Beach and airing down my tires to drive on the sand to get to a campsite, I have relied either using my pancake compressor or using a local fill-up station both which take over an hour to fill up (ten tires, truck plus trailer to 80 psi). I've been looking into a much larger onboard air system, first looking at the ARB systems and other similar solutions. Eventually I stumbled upon the Extremeair Magnum system. I was quite impressed and after about a year of contemplating, finally pulled the trigger. The specs are: Specs: -1.5 HP Motor -82 amps draw @ 100 psi -Continuous Duty Rating @ 150 psi, 200 psi max pressure -6 CFM @ 0 psi -2.6 CFM @ 100 psi” -Weight: 20 lbs. -Dimensions: 16? long x 6? wide x 9.5? tall I'm pretty happy with the specs and look forward to installing it on my truck this weekend. I won't remove the other two compressors immediately until I'm comfortable with how this system works. Eventually though, I want to tie everything into my new air system (I will have a four gallon air tank in my install). Does anyone else have an onboard air system and what are your thoughts? If I could figure out how and where I could add this guy: https://www.extremeoutback.com/product/extremeflow-belt-drive-compressor-v-belt/ To my truck's engine, since the A/C pump and Alternator already share dual V-belts, I would do so in a heartbeat. It looks like it uses the same mounting point style as the A/C pump, but as much as I'd love the compressor, not having A/C is a nope :p
JoeChiOhki 08/24/21 04:18pm Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

Started prepping the lower tub area for paint.
JoeChiOhki 08/16/21 07:47pm Truck Campers
RE: Glad I caught this

These are the ones that work. Been using them professionaly for years. https://www.amazon.com/RIDGID-35585-Extractor-4-inch-2-inch/dp/B000WQYJIG/ref=sr_1_51?dchild=1&keywords=bolt+extractor+set&qid=1626550122&sr=8-51 Think I need one of these, a couple of the super long lag bolts I was using on one side of merry snapped their heads off as I was tightening them down.
JoeChiOhki 07/22/21 02:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Glad I caught this

Buzzcut, just so you know, those FB links do expire, so the images sadly no longer work
JoeChiOhki 07/19/21 06:21pm Truck Campers
RE: Bathroom dispensers

I used a deep wire mesh shower basket that you'd normally suction cup onto the shower wall. I instead removed the suction cups and anchored it to the wall with stainless steel screws and a health dollup of sealant. Unless I try and indy 500 over speed bumps, the shampoo and what not has stayed put in the basket going down the road.
JoeChiOhki 07/19/21 06:20pm Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

Finsisted the sewer plumbing and did a successful water test on the kitchen sink.
JoeChiOhki 06/28/21 10:29am Truck Campers
RE: Insurance!

There are insurance companies that know exactly what a truck camper is and will write a separate policy. Fine one of those companies. Suggestions welcome! For Washington/Oregon PEMCO knows what it is doing Thanks, I was planning on adding insurance on the Amerigo once it was done since its a full restoration vs just a straight out of the box and used unit like Mr. KIT was before her.
JoeChiOhki 06/21/21 06:02pm Truck Campers
RE: A camper you may never see in your lifetime

A camper you may never see in your lifetime Yeah... they weren't real popular even back then. We had truck campers back in the '60s and '70s. Those type set ups weren't common but we did see them at times. Tags for truck campers like the picture and same type tags for a 1/2 ton and TT were used back then. Most we saw were used by new folks. As someone pointed out these type setups could lift the trucks rear axle enough and leave the rear tires with little traction. Making a turn getting up a slight incline into the gazz station left lots of newb campers befuddled as the tires spun and not enough traction to get on up the driveway entrance hump. Aye, if the initial install isn't done correctly, the rear torsion springs would be taking too much load off the rear axle. I know the Born Frees had adjustments that could be made to vary how much load the rear springs took on. On the Holiday Rambler Motovan version, they used an air suspension system instead. https://i.imgur.com/zRaoTWzl.jpg Motovan Brochure
JoeChiOhki 06/15/21 02:54pm Truck Campers
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