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RE: To buy a generator or not...

Technology changes a lot over the years. Back in 1980, the RV-style generator weight about 400lb. Now they come to 100 lb. But they might become obsolete in the matter of few years. Now with 200lb of batteries holding 500 am-h, cheap inverters and alternators reaching, or even exceeding 200 amp, we might be able to run AC for few hr on battery & solar power, when worse case scenario would be starting the engine for electricity.
Kayteg1 07/27/21 03:23pm Truck Campers
RE: Black tank treatments.

That might be new to this post, but S**t stinks and no matter how many perfumes you dump in it, it is still S**t. The deal is to have good vent that takes stink above the roof. It is common that vent pipes extend few inches inside the tank and when the S.. level comes above the end, the only way stink can go is inside. That's why smart owners check those things and do harpooning when necessary. Years ago I could also buy Venturi-type roof vent ends, who would make vacuum in the tank, preventing the stink from entering the interior.
Kayteg1 07/27/21 12:22pm Truck Campers
RE: Black tank treatments.

Never used any chemicals in my tanks. 25+ years...never needed anything. Maybe add granulated laundry detergent once a year. Bought my 1st motorhome in 1987. Small tanks in ClassC did generate some crud on the walls, but once a year treatment with ice cubes kept them clean. I never hesitated to use lot of water and with 3 sons there was always lot of liquid in black tank.
Kayteg1 07/26/21 11:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Black tank treatments.

Never used any chemicals in my tanks.
Kayteg1 07/26/21 04:28pm Truck Campers
RE: To buy a generator or not...

I see different starting point might apply for the question. Camping at the lake, you will sit at the lake during day hours, when CA has nice feature of nights getting cold. I've been camping for 20 years at Union lake in Sierra and at 4300' elevation I actually removed AC and generator from 1 of my motorhomes as they were dead weigh. But I also had shaded spots most of the time. On other hand, lot of my CA friends bought generators not having any RV. PGE making pre-emptive power shut downs did create quite a situation.
Kayteg1 07/26/21 04:11pm Truck Campers
RE: TorkLift GlowStep on Bigfoot, How to Install?

You are in metal fabrication, right? So what it takes to fabricate a bracket? The topic I linked above kind of brainstorm possible setups and Stow N'go bracket is day and night difference.
Kayteg1 07/24/21 06:52pm Truck Campers
RE: Front Motorcycle Carrier

Are snowplow lights legal for road use?
Kayteg1 07/24/21 08:30am Truck Campers
RE: Tag axle for truck camper rigs

I don't think tire scrub is big issue. I park my boat on T-shaped driveway and at some point I had 2-axle trailer pushed at close to 90 degree. Now I have pretty clear rubber scrubbing marks on my driveway, but I am not worry about tire life. Boat trailer tires in 99% of occasion are replaced due to age, not wear.
Kayteg1 07/24/21 08:28am Truck Campers
RE: Tag axle for truck camper rigs

Now, this is what I call correct tag axle https://i.ytimg.com/vi/rxvuMv2MED0/maxresdefault.jpg width=700
Kayteg1 07/23/21 03:00pm Truck Campers
RE: Tag axle for truck camper rigs

The brochure says they use boat wheels for the application and they look pretty close to the wheels I have on my boat trailer. My tires are rated for 1380 lb
Kayteg1 07/23/21 11:24am Truck Campers
RE: Tag axle for truck camper rigs

I really don't see why this wouldn't work - but I think it would only work if you stick to paved roads. . Even paved roads do have lot of steep driveways and ditches. Having front-mounted generator I had to be very careful going to McDonald, who had steep driveway. With this setup, I can only imagine how it would hold when rear wheels will hang in the air. "Something has to give" If not tag frame, than truck hitch is not design to hold such loads. My previous bus tag axle had air bag with pressure valve. Would I drive via deep ditch, the air would be released and the tag would not get overloaded. That was tag with full size wheels, when here we are talking about wheels having 10 or 20% of main axle capacity.
Kayteg1 07/23/21 09:22am Truck Campers
RE: Tag axle for truck camper rigs

Turn right and the tag wheels go left. No way to roll left, so they scrape left. Replace tires after every trip? All multiple-axle trailers do it all the time. Than nobody expect trailer tires to last 100,000 miles.
Kayteg1 07/22/21 04:15pm Truck Campers
RE: Front Motorcycle Carrier

Good welding job, but the anti-rattle bolt is installed backward. I think you will also find a law forbidding carrying gasoline in accident zones. Not likely diesel will overheat. I had Honda 3000 mounted in front of the grille on F350 and coming from Death Valley 124F, I really pushed going over the mountains with my 7000 lb camper. The truck when getting hot is displaying digital meter, who reached 228F for a moment, but that quickly dropped when I reached flatter highway.
Kayteg1 07/22/21 01:14pm Truck Campers
RE: TorkLift GlowStep on Bigfoot, How to Install?

OLD TOPIC
Kayteg1 07/22/21 12:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Tag axle for truck camper rigs

Also, it looks like it would diminish the ability to leave the pavement - a large benefit to having a truck camper in the first place. Don't you worry. When crossing the ditch, the axle frame will bend to shape under 12,000 lb load.
Kayteg1 07/22/21 12:33pm Truck Campers
RE: Tag axle for truck camper rigs

Over the years I have seem TC build with their own tags, I have seen tag wheel mounted on the receiver, yet after a decade or 2 I have never seen them on the road, or campgrounds. Do you think this is going to be different? That set sure will screw your turning radius. Not even talking about crossing the ditches.
Kayteg1 07/22/21 12:15pm Truck Campers
RE: Remove/replace onboard generator

Everybody has different camping ideas. Over 30 years of camping, when my sons grew up camping and never had working TV in any. One time we've been camping during Super bowl weekend, when on next site Saturday afternoon a pickup brought 60" big screen TV. They set it between the tents, watch the match following day and left right after. Not sure they ever walk down to the lake.
Kayteg1 07/22/21 07:55am Truck Campers
RE: Finally made it to the Cat scales

In last years I noticed that even in 70mph zones, a number of semitrucks drive 60. I guess higher fuel prices and less orders make driving for fuel efficiency, than for speed of delivery. 20 years ago I've been driving 90 mph and seeing semitrucks growing in my rear view mirror.
Kayteg1 07/21/21 08:54am Truck Campers
RE: Why put the fridge in the slide out?

I parted out camper and the slide tracks had bend on them, while still working without a problem. Evidently PO had to overload it at some point, but the tracks are close to the floor and when bend- the gear would make marks on wooden floor. I never had fridge with side vent, but when I tested my 20 yo fridges in triple digit weather to perform rather well, I read on Sprinter forum that fridge with side vents are constant headaches. Even adding fans behind the fridge is not making it work right. Coming to my test, my dual door Dometic froze big water bottle with 103F outside down to 0F. It is refrigerator part that stays a bit warmer than desired, but freezing water bottles overnight and putting them in fridge for the day solves the issue.
Kayteg1 07/21/21 07:33am Truck Campers
RE: Finally made it to the Cat scales

I think we should settle for the option that Specta is measuring his mpg only going downhill ;) Few times I drove my TC/dually on low speed highways. My dash meter after reset was displaying 35 mpg, but who would have the patience to drive at this speed for long? Just like my sedan makes 60 mpg @ 60mph, but I do not drive sedan for sightseeing.
Kayteg1 07/20/21 08:36pm Truck Campers
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