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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.
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
RE: A camper you may never see in your lifetime

Those photos were from the big Ogallala rally, weren't they?
JoeChiOhki 06/14/21 04:08pm Truck Campers
RE: Armchair Quarterbacks Unite! Stupid Stuff We've all Done...

Saw this video on YouTube of a 5th wheel wreck. Judging by the content of that channel, and that being one of only five videos, the last being "We bought a house", I do believe that wreck did, in fact, end their RVing adventure. ;)
JoeChiOhki 06/14/21 03:41pm Truck Campers
RE: Patch small hole in aluminum siding

I used a soda can, cut a patch from it and then bedded it with 3M 5200 and screws to anchor it over the hole.
JoeChiOhki 06/04/21 07:52pm Truck Campers
RE: Rebuilding "Ms. Merry" The Amerigo - Updated 05/29/2021

Very nice so far. You need a good solid two week vacation and the help of a teenager and your on your way. I just totally rebuilt my 1988 Bayliner Capri. It took me two years after work and sold it for four thousand dollars. LOL I get bored really easy.... It looks great Joe. This marks the sixth year I've been working on Ms.Merry, though prior to this year I was only able to really work on it four months out of the year. This year, it's been every evening after work from 7/8pm till 10:30pm and pretty much the whole days of the weekends.
JoeChiOhki 05/31/21 02:25am Truck Campers
RE: More Stuck Camper Jacks

If there was a way to take them off the camper, I'd do what I did with an Atwood that got stuck on me. I took it off and then drilled a hole in the center of the bottom of the foot and flipped the whole thing upside down and filled it with ATF, plugged the hole and then flipped it back up right to sit. Once I finally got it broken free with the crank handle after much sitting and fiddling, I emptied the atf and put in a liberal amount of diff oil in it and released it and left it in there. The jack never worked perfectly again, it still had some issues with the drive mechanism if too much load was put on it (if the jack got ahead of the other it would start to slip/bind until the other jack caught up), but it worked well enough to keep using till I got ahold of a replacement unit and now that one is just a parts jack. Atwoods unfortunately weren't designed to come apart so I couldn't do a proper disassembly and wire wheel cleaning and bearing replacement and then coating all of the threads in moly.
JoeChiOhki 05/29/21 09:33pm Truck Campers
RE: Rebuilding "Ms. Merry" The Amerigo - Updated 05/29/2021

Time for the monthly progress report video :). My apologies, I am the most boring person to listen to in the world :p. May 2021 - Ms. Merry the Amerigo Remodel Update This go round, we're covering the completion of the water system and its testing, the successful testing of the gas system, completion of the main electrical system, the fridge compartment work, and many other things :).
JoeChiOhki 05/29/21 08:53pm Truck Campers
RE: Happijacs, what will happen if.........

There is no mystery to the engineering of steel tube, round, square, or otherwise. Both shapes resist torsion and bending. And a square tube will resist both more bending, and more torsion (and more compression while we are at it) than a round tube of the same dimensions. This is very well worn and reliable science that can be found in any properties of materials textbook. I think these myths stem from the fact that using a given amount of material, you can make a round tube that is slightly stronger than a square one. In other words, the same amount of material used to make a 2" square tube could have been used to make a 2.5" round tube, and the round tube will be stronger. But at the same dimensions - 2" tube to 2" tube - the square tube is stronger. I was thinking more specifically to point loading in the classic square vs a circle stress format. Happijacs have notoriously buckled from side loads at the point where the outer tube is applying sidewall pressure to the inner jack tube, where as similar round tube jacks have bowed and deformed, but not completely buckled in on themselves (they've taken on a curve, like bending a roll cage). They haven't been known on this forum as "crappijacs" for nearly two decades for nothing, between their tube wall weaknesses and the sheer pin problem that would literally cause the camper to plummet to earth, and all of this BEFORE Lippert got ahold of the company, a company notorious for poor quality steel trailer frames.
JoeChiOhki 05/29/21 08:48pm Truck Campers
RE: DC to DC converter for small electronics

Hey Matt, Check this video out for fun. This guy is a technical wiz and created a NAS system from parts he had. He has a 5 volt power supply for his setup and a Raspberry PI is the controller. IT may or may not be useful to you but it is interesting to see what can be done if you have the knowledge. Hope you have your setup figured out by now. Looking forward to a full report upon completion and implementation... That one actually is rather neat :). Using low power 5v USB drives solves the 12 volt power issue that is needed with large 3.5" drives like the QNAP nas I have is. Have you dedicated yourself to any one solution yet? Keep us informed. This will be interesting to see your final installation and your review... The QNAP I already own, so its a zero dollar outlay, I've had it for a few years now, its just collecting dust. At current, I plan to forgo using a direct DC to DC converter with it, due to the issues with getting similar voltage regulation to work properly, and instead using the stock AC to DC power supply since the cabover entertainment center cabinet's 110volt outlets are already part of the circuit in the camper that auto changes between Inverter and Shore power (when shore power is plugged in). I will be looking into DC to DC for the network extending unit (which doubles as our 1GbE local network switch for connecting wired devices like the Roku and NAS/Plex unit), as it only needs 5volts DC to power it, which there are numerous readily made 5volt converters. In either case, this thread has provided substantial useful information as to what I was looking for, and who makes quality products these days, as well as few other neat things to look at.
JoeChiOhki 05/26/21 05:09pm Truck Campers
RE: DC to DC converter for small electronics

Hey Matt, Check this video out for fun. This guy is a technical wiz and created a NAS system from parts he had. He has a 5 volt power supply for his setup and a Raspberry PI is the controller. IT may or may not be useful to you but it is interesting to see what can be done if you have the knowledge. Hope you have your setup figured out by now. Looking forward to a full report upon completion and implementation... That one actually is rather neat :). Using low power 5v USB drives solves the 12 volt power issue that is needed with large 3.5" drives like the QNAP nas I have is.
JoeChiOhki 05/26/21 03:02pm Truck Campers
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