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RE: Why do I need a DC to DC charger?

YOU ABSOLUTELY DO NEED A DC-DC CHARGER !! Now I wonder how could I survive 34 years of RVing without one? :S
Kayteg1 09/18/20 08:50am Truck Campers
RE: Why do I need a DC to DC charger?

You don't. If your truck doesn't have charging circuit switched off, check if your camper has build-in battery separator. If not, battery separators sell for like $50 on ebay. On vehicles with smart charging system that gets complicated, but to my knowledge no US build truck to date has such system. So unless you have batteries with higher voltage, or drive Mercedes with smart charging, the B2B charger is just dead weight.
Kayteg1 09/18/20 08:05am Truck Campers
RE: Honda 2200 on front hitch...possible overheating? width=700 Made ca 20k miles with this set, including climbing from Dead Valley having 124F at the bottom and highest engine temp was 218F. The 15 miles climb was at 75% of throttle even with 440 HP beast.
Kayteg1 09/17/20 07:08pm Truck Campers
RE: Ford 7.3 gas burner mpg hauling TC

What President candidate made this comment?
Kayteg1 09/17/20 11:15am Truck Campers
RE: Black tank welding?

I order this WELDING KIT It seems to be on small side, but I will have it tomorrow and no-hassle return. Than I operate in triple-digits temperatures all day, so have natural heat to help. My tank only has a number written on it, what is not bringing any results, so still no clue what material is it.
Kayteg1 09/17/20 11:12am Truck Campers
RE: Ford 7.3 gas burner mpg hauling TC

In the grand scheme of things, several MPGs difference doesn't make that big of a dent in the cost of fuel for a trip. If it does hurt that much (to a persons pocket book) they probably shouldn't be RVing in the first place. . "grand scheme" is not real life scheme. Over the years I did own a lot of different RV. Between bus conversion who on good day would make 5 mpg and was clumsy to drive, to Sprinter conversion who can make 25 mpg and zooms in traffic - the difference is HUGE. I was always diesel fun for economical reasons. I always advise people who are shopping around to take piece of paper and pencil. Estimate how many miles you plan to drive the truck before sale, estimate fuel cost for those years once for gas, once for diesel, summarize resale price difference and having numbers you can make educated decision. When different MY will deliver different mpg, rule of thumb will make gasoline engine delivering 20-25% less mpg that comparable year diesel. Obviously comparing 500 ft-lb gas engine with 1000 ft-lb diesel brings more to the table. I have copy of receipt when in summer of 2017 I filled diesel for $1.99. That did not happen this summer. width=500
Kayteg1 09/17/20 09:20am Truck Campers
RE: Front Frame Mount Tie Downs Not Working!

OP is using tie downs to hold his bed as original truck towers are gone. I did hit bumps with my 6000 lb camper couple of times. Once to the degree that I had impression I could see nose in drivers line of sight. Front mounts hold just fine, but since rear bounced up - the rear the-downs bend.
Kayteg1 09/17/20 09:13am Truck Campers
RE: Black tank welding?

Years ago I bought an ABS welder from Harbor Freight that I never used. Is this what you're looking for? I don't know, but looks like. How much you want for yours? Tank is in very good condition. I tap the plastic and no signs of cracking - still very flexible even it is about 20 yo. It is grayish plastic, no clue how to figure out material. Definitely no ABS I know from sewer pipes. Since I'll be cutting some material off, can I make filling rod from the scraps?
Kayteg1 09/17/20 09:05am Truck Campers
RE: Black tank welding?

New tanks go in the range of $300 and I still would have to DIY the pipe flanges. I know plastic welding is tricky, but in the past I was very good with welding rods and welding torches, so I am willing to try new trade.
Kayteg1 09/16/20 10:04pm Truck Campers
Black tank welding?

Need to reshape my black tank and that will require plastic welding. Anybody has any experience with such job? What tools are needed?
Kayteg1 09/16/20 09:05pm Truck Campers
RE: Ford 7.3 gas burner mpg hauling TC

I use fuelly, what you can see in my signature and on the site I make notes about changing conditions. When about 90% of my mileage is with camper, few miles were empty and the site allows you to make % of city driving indication. From 113 fillups, the worse was 9.4 mpg (with TC and boat) the best 16.23 when I drove from SF to LV empty (remember the winds?) Than driving empty I kept 75 mph, instead usual 60 with camper. The records also indicate that my mpg improved by like 5% once the truck passed 20,000 miles. Looks like this is when the engine finally broke-in.
Kayteg1 09/16/20 02:26pm Truck Campers
RE: Ford 7.3 gas burner mpg hauling TC

I’d also through wind into the equation. That might be included in speed part, but I still remember moving with 7k cargo trailer from San Francisco area to Las Vegas. 3 trips, so average -going down to Vegas with ca 7000lb of stuff I was averaging 11 mpg. Going back empty, I averaged 9 mpg. CC always set firmly at 60 mph. You can figure out how desert winds can play with fuel economy.
Kayteg1 09/16/20 09:31am Truck Campers
RE: New Onan Generator

Onan also makes excelent RV diesel generators. (Kubota engine) I got excited seeing them, till I got sticker shock.
Kayteg1 09/16/20 08:46am Truck Campers
RE: Ford 7.3 gas burner mpg hauling TC

The biggest factor is always speed, so giving mpg value without speed is garbage IMHO. On several big vehicles I noticed higher mpg in the mountains, than on flat freeways. That made me scratching my head for a while, till I concluded that in the mountains I drop the speed by 20mph, what gives me ca 30% better mpg. So even when grades will eat 15%, my fuel consumption is still lower.
Kayteg1 09/16/20 08:43am Truck Campers
RE: Used TC: does it have a lien?

My 12' campers do have licence plate brackets and lights on them. That said, I wasn't very particular with plates. Front plate is 100% covered by generator when I travel. Rear plate occasionally gets moved to camper, but then few times I forgot to move it back and drove pickup without the plate. But just becouse I got away with it - doesn't make it legal. To my knowledge title is always coming with plates requirements. Than each state has different laws. In California, all trailer and cargo weight must be included in truck declared registration, therefore trailers have permanent plates with no separate fee. TC is cargo so even less that that. Are there other states who require such weight declaration? In NV (Clark Co) I pay separate for truck (about $450) and separate for cargo trailer (about $120). No weight declaration and camper is cargo.
Kayteg1 09/15/20 01:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Just bought Truck Camper- how do I move

Each one of us has different level of risk that we will accept. In my equipment hauling years, we used chains and steel binders. At first days I figure out that long chain going via hauled vehicle hitch and attached on both corners of trailer is pretty good safety. DOT officers did not agree. Each corner of heavy equipment loaded on flatbed needs separate chain and separate binder. Now nylon strap as already pointed doesn't take much of rubbing to get cut. Just becouse a number of hauling jobs got away with it, doesn't mean it has level of safety I would demand. So who will volunteer to attach the camper with 1" nylon straps, like pictured above and drive via DOT inspection station?
Kayteg1 09/13/20 09:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Just bought Truck Camper- how do I move

As always, YMMV width=500
Kayteg1 09/13/20 12:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Just bought Truck Camper- how do I move

5 ratchet straps rub the paint. 6 ratchet straps break without warning. Loads of lumber on semi trucks are held on with only ratchet straps,big ones but they are nylon straps..Been there done that for years.. Truckers don't worry about paint damage on the bed. They also use wider straps.
Kayteg1 09/13/20 11:04am Truck Campers
RE: Just bought Truck Camper- how do I move

5 ratchet straps rub the paint. 6 ratchet straps break without warning.
Kayteg1 09/13/20 09:50am Truck Campers
RE: Effect of weight on braking for trucks.

What I notice about 80mph speed limits is pretty much no one is speeding. Where's the revenue opportunity in that? You might be surprised. For last 20 years, every couple of years I drive I-80 east to west. The freeway in NB and WY has 75 mph limit and never in the past I would see speed trap, or radar reinforcement on the road. Last time I drove it like 3 years ago and NB had 3 radars on the stretch. But than last cannonball drive averaged 103 mph /193mph top and no tickets. Where is LEO when you need 1 ?
Kayteg1 09/11/20 01:24pm Truck Campers
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