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RE: next after Upper Stableloads? Jittery ride on rough pavement

I would evaluate the shocks. It sounds as if the shocks are really stiff. Adjustable shocks might give you a less vibration ride on rough roads. The problem is that too soft a shock system will feel spongy and soft on other types of road surfaces. Good luck in your endeavor. Thanks. :-) Due to reasons I wont bother to explain here.... I am unable to swap the shocks at this point. This is why the StableLoads (front) have real appeal - they are bolt on, and super easy to remove, if need be. The truck camper review by Mellow Mike raved about the improvement of the blue StableLoads in the front. He was against them, but the front end improvements were substantial. Smoothed things out. Makes sense. I may go this way. About $200 + super easy installation.
LosAngeles 10/26/20 10:16am Truck Campers
RE: next after Upper Stableloads? Jittery ride on rough pavement

Hallmark Cuchara 9.5 ft is 1893# dry weight. There's almost nothing over the truck cab but the frame, some canvas, and the mattress. I'm seriously missing something in this conversation. I don’t feel like justifying my quest for better handling But we have a TON of solar on the front of the roof Plus a bunch of stuff in the under bed storage So yes, you are missing some details. But as I said - I don’t want to justify my desire for a less jittery ride when on rough pavement. You don’t need all the details on my rig. I just want to learn of possible fixes. And total wet weight of rig is 11,300 lbs. I recall it was fairly closely split between front and rear axle. And it rides dead level.
LosAngeles 10/22/20 02:34pm Truck Campers
RE: next after Upper Stableloads? Jittery ride on rough pavement

From what I have researched, Ford Has highest rated front springs available but also the most variations in spring rates. I am not convinced you need additional spring capacity on the front since most campers add little weight to the front of the truck and most unload the front axle a little. I feel you get the most out the front end by changing to an adjustable damped shock and adding a larger stabilizer bar. What you can do for free or very little cost is weigh your truck axles at a truck stop and adjust your tire pressure based on the load inflation tables for your size tire. Although there is plenty of good advice, it does come down how your setup feels for you and none our advice should be taken as absolutes. It took me about five adjustments to make my previous truck comfortable and safe while my current truck only needed one. Good thoughts... thanks! :-) .... but... my front is *not* unloaded a little, and I have to find the scale weight paper printout I did... but the (wet) camper IS adding quite a bit of weight to the front axle. Cant remember the exact #'s but it was remarkably even, as far as I can recall. A better shock would help, but a $200 SumoSprings for the front is easy, and.... did you read the Mellow Mike article? Just curious. Link is above.
LosAngeles 10/22/20 12:45pm Truck Campers
RE: next after Upper Stableloads? Jittery ride on rough pavement

Update: the author of this review is Mellow Mike and he seems to really know Truck Campers. He was skeptical about front SumoSprings but read the review And how our rig feels I think it is worth the $200 to buy them on the front. . Really easy no drill install https://www.truckcamperadventure.com/sumospring-installation-report-and-review/
LosAngeles 10/22/20 11:42am Truck Campers
RE: next after Upper Stableloads? Jittery ride on rough pavement

Update: the author of this review is Mellow Mike and he seems to really know Truck Campers. He was skeptical about front SumoSprings but read the review And how our rig feels I think it is worth the $200 to buy them on the front. . Really easy no drill install https://www.truckcamperadventure.com/sumospring-installation-report-and-review/
LosAngeles 10/22/20 11:41am Truck Campers
RE: next after Upper Stableloads? Jittery ride on rough pavement

How much does the Hallmark weigh? I'm thinking you shouldn't need to do anything to a stock F350. Dis-engage the Stableloads and see how it rides. You may be bouncing off and on the springs. Get the springs loaded and let them do their job. I'm confident I'm not bouncing on and off the rear springs. Total weight, loaded, wet, is 11,300. Have not done the math to calculate the Hallmark wet and dry. Someone very knowledgeable suggested and recommended Sumo Springs.. I am thinking that SumoSprings on the *front* would help smooth out pavement bumps. Makes sense to me. thanks
LosAngeles 10/22/20 08:17am Truck Campers
RE: next after Upper Stableloads? Jittery ride on rough pavement

Hmmm.I usually relate jittery to unladen ride on rough pavement. As mentioned, there are certain road surfaces that just suck. Not sure why you are opposed to lower SL’s. I am running upper and lower SL’s on the new truck and am VERY pleased. Nice firm ride when loaded and 100% stock ride unladen. Couldn’t be happier. Have you been to the scales? Maybe you need to get some weight forward? Where’s your water tank? Try a full tank. Sometimes that helps. A front hitch with some junk on it can help also. Safe travels, bill Yes been to scales... IIRC weight is very well distributed. Water tank is not huge.... makes no difference how ful or empty it is. Someone very knowledgeable suggested and recommended Sumo Springs.. I am thinking that SumoSprings on the *front* would help smooth out pavement bumps. Makes sense to me. thanks. :-)
LosAngeles 10/22/20 08:14am Truck Campers
RE: next after Upper Stableloads? Jittery ride on rough pavement

Check your door sticker . It may be that your truck is only at its rated GVWR . If so you shouldn't even need the stableloads . Also check the tire pressure for the load they are carrying . Over inflated tires can do that . That being said there are roads that are miserable no matter what you do . The old concrete paved roads come to mind . Tires are at the pressure Ford recommended. Truck is well loaded, level, even. thanks
LosAngeles 10/22/20 08:13am Truck Campers
RE: next after Upper Stableloads? Jittery ride on rough pavement

"Jittery" is difficult to make sense of (especially for this non-native speaker). Do you have airbags? What pressure do you run in your tires? OEM wheels? Is it more of an up-down or a left-right movement? IMO you have plenty of truck for that camper, have you tried running it without the Stableloads? It may just be too "stiff". You might try to replace the stock shocks. Personally, I have good experience wirh Bilstein 4600s, but there are many other opinions around. Then again, it is a new truck - throwing money on an issue that is not well understood may not solve it... No airbags. tire pressure at what Ford suggests. Jittery can describe jerky or nervous actions. (according to internet definition) The StableLoads are just barely engaged, so i dont think that is the problem. Hallmark (who made the truck camper) recommended the Rear StableLoads, and I trust them 100% :-) thanks
LosAngeles 10/22/20 08:11am Truck Campers
next after Upper Stableloads? Jittery ride on rough pavement

next after Upper Stableloads? Jittery ride on rough pavement. Hi all - we have a 2020 F350 SRW gasser crew cab, 8’ bed…. and a 2020 Hallmark 9.5’. We and fully loaded the whole rig weights 11,300 lbs On smooth pavement the ride is very, very good. We have the Upper Stableloads and the highest Ford leaf springs are very slightly engaged always. (and we do NOT want to get Lower Stableloads under any circumstance) However on mediocre paved roads the ride is pretty “jittery” for lack of a better word. If I was to do something to try to smooth out the jitters when on rough paving (hopefully without making the very good ride on smooth pavement any worse!) … what would the next step be? Thanks.
LosAngeles 10/21/20 10:46pm Truck Campers
RE: Truma Combi water/heaters

Quite late to join this conversation, but I need some help. When we bought our unit the salesman knew nothing about the Truma Combi unit. Had the installed show us the basics. I have a bunch of questions, so please bear with me. A previous post said that on the ECO setting with both gas & electric selected the unit uses electric. Is that true of other settings? Do you turn the unit off before you unplug from shore power and get on the road? What is the benefit of using gas & electric. Why not just run on the campgrounds power? Thanks a bunch. yes turn the unit off before traveling. and - to heat up the air (or water) propane is fast, and has a big thermal energy. the Truma Combi is either 800 watts or 1800 watts... if i recall correctly - depending on the setting - but 1800 watts (like a hair drier) isn't enough to heat up an RV from a cold blast of air as you enter, for example. so you use both propane and electricity. The propane gets you to your target heat. The electric keeps you there. also - you can find the manual on the internet and read it. :-) for more questions. I'm no expert but I do know the above to be true. hope this helps.
LosAngeles 09/10/20 03:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: tow this loaded cargo trailer + keep truck camper on?

Thanks Jim and 3 tons... it is a SRW. and... So one alternative would be to strip out maybe 300 lbs (?) or more (?) of camping gear from the camper. That would get me closer to being ok.... maybe? It would likely be just me in the truck (no other passengers) and traveling very, very light so that would help too. Luckily i wont be making this trip for a good long time, so i have plenty of time to figure it out, or a plan B or plan C. ;D
LosAngeles 08/21/20 10:30pm Truck Campers
tow this loaded cargo trailer + keep truck camper on?

Can I safely tow this loaded cargo trailer PLUS keep our camper in place? Pardon my ignorance but I want to do this safely and figure this out. I’m sure the wise people here can guide us. Yes, I’m aware that the door stickers “cargo” is referring to what is IN the truck, not including towing….. (correct?) I am driving a 2020 F350. *Always* on the back is a truck camper. I want to do a long road trip and on the way back, I’ll have a uHaul 6x12 Cargo Trailer Rental behind. Inside it will be 250 cubic feet of household goods, that weighs about 1,800 lbs….. so a smaller uHaul wont fit the goods and also wont be rated for 1,800 lbs cargo (the next size smaller i could jam in 250 cubic feet, but would be overweight. I can’t be overweight for reasons I wont go into) (Must not exceed maximum allowable hitch ball height 25”) from the Uhaul website. With all of my camping gear, food, clothing, water, gas, propane, etc. I do know the F350 + our camping trailer is 11,300 lbs. I know this # as I went onto a truck scale nearby and had it weighed, wet and loaded up. So the *empty* weight of the Uhaul 6 x 12 cargo trailer is: 1,920 lbs.. so the total weight of the whole rig would be 11,300 (truck and camper, wet) 1,800 (my household goods I am picking up) 1,920 (the empty cargo uHaul) total = 15,020 lbs. Yes, I want to camp as I go on this trip. (I’ll have to figure out long pull thru sites, of course, to camp at, as I’ll be long.) So firstly - is this safe? doable? Secondly - the truck camper hangs off the back about 20” approx…. would I hitch right at the stock hitch? I suspect it would be best to not use a hitch extension…. (because of leverage) and just hitch right at the usual place. Does this look workable? Would I have enough safety capacity to tow my cargo? I have a 6.2 gasser with the new 10 speed transmission, 4.3 back end, and i’m 100% confident that I’ll have enough grunt to tow….. My concern is just total weight, and safety. (and how safest to hook up the cargo trailer - with or without the hitch extension?) and… I’ll need to buy a 2.5” shank, 2” ball mount to fit into my F350 - any suggestions? thanks!! Here is the Uhaul 6x12 enclosed cargo trailer. https://www.uhaul.com/Trailers/6x12-Cargo-Trailer-Rental/RV/
LosAngeles 08/21/20 08:40pm Truck Campers
RE: F350 where do I jack from? / would this plan work?

Thanks very much everyone for the really great info. Much appreciated.  It seems I was wrong, but with a big truck camper in the back of the truck, I was worried that the stock factory jack would be insufficient. (?) Ford F350. Also my thought about bringing a backup was so it could be a backup... just in case. We sometimes go camping where there is no cell service, and off the beaten path, so it would be very tough to get AAA. Also maybe to put in place as a 2nd jack. Yes, I wont get under the truck. Thanks. 
LosAngeles 08/05/20 08:07am Truck Campers
F350 where do I jack from? / would this plan work?

F350 where do I jack from? / would this plan work? Hi all - first truck, so learning as I go. So I don’t want to spend a ton of $ on a high end jack… I picked up this 6,000 lb capacity jack - Powerbuilt 620471 Unijack - (Rig weights 11,300 lbs loaded) The jack has a height range of 11 inch to 21 inches. Got the 6,000 lb version. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GJJZ5NI So my Sidewall height is 6” Front Axle heights are about 12” or 13” approx. So if I have a flat, then Axle would be approximately 7” up (maybe a little more due to the tread thickness) correct? So I can’t get the jack under the axle, when i have a flat…. as it only contracts to 11” However I always carry some Lynx Levelers with me, so I could easily make a 4” or 5” ramp of Lynx Levelers… drive that flat tire up onto the Lynx Levelers, get jack under the axle, Jack it up, Remove lynx levelers. Swap in the spare tire. Would all that work? Secondly…. It isn’t clear to me exactly where I should exactly put the jack. I believe it is “under the axle” but where exactly? thanks!
LosAngeles 08/04/20 11:45pm Truck Campers
Good 3rd party Truck Camper insurance?

Good 3rd party Truck Camper insurance? Hi all - I had initially had good insurance coverage on our new 2020 Hallmark fiberglass pop-up Truck Camper - then Progressive decided that unless we had our auto insurance with Progressive, they would not insure our Truck camper, as it is too valuable. Not happy with Progressive! (I do not want to shift my auto insurance to them) So currently inquiring if our current auto insurer will write the insurance for our Hallmark….. and asking what the exclusions are… * * * But can anyone recommend good 3rd party RV insurance company? The Hallmark is quite valuable, of course. * * * We got the Progressive thru Good Sam - the nice thing about the insurance (that is about to be cancelled by Progressive) was that it was *replacement value* for the first 5 years in case of a write off, then it was *price paid* (for the Hallmark) for years 6 and on. That is very good coverage, and I’d like to try to get similar coverage. In other words, I dont want depreciated coverage, as in a total loss we’d get screwed, especially year 6 and on. :-( Thanks
LosAngeles 05/21/20 04:51pm Truck Campers
RE: you like Torklift StableLoads? / Upper, lower or BOTH?

much love for Torklift StableLoads? / Upper, lower or BOTH? Hi all We have a 2020 F350 8 foot bed gasser, with the camper package (so an extra rear leaf spring) No extra rear leaf on F350 w/camper pkg. Here is 2020 Super Duty specs from Ford; https://www.ford.com/cmslibs/content/dam/brand_ford/en_us/brand/resources/general/pdf/guides/20Towing_Ford_SuperDutyPU_Oct15.pdf You will get a sway bar. Maybe you got an F250? No, I have a custom ordered F350. Ordered from Ford. I did specify the highest GVWR (and also 4x4) so perhaps one of those is what got me the extra rear spring? I am pretty confident it is there - the extra spring. regardless.... I now have the upper StableLoads, and the very top (short) spring is now touching the Upper Stable Load. With the camper on, the ride is amazing. Very happy, all in all. The StableLoad (uppers only) went on when the camper went in, so no idea how the ride would be camper only, no upper StableLoads.
LosAngeles 04/13/20 08:50pm Truck Campers
RE: this 20 ton bottle jack? this air compressor?

When your tire goes flat, good luck with getting that bottle jack under the axle. Every one I've tried has been too tall - and if I managed to dig a hole deep enough to get the jack under the axle, then there was not enough lift with the jack to get the good tire on the truck. great point - I should measure axle to ground, and cross check any possible jack. thanks! :)
LosAngeles 04/04/20 10:38am Truck Campers
RE: this 20 ton bottle jack? this air compressor?

Update - someone pointed out that I’d need to jack up the truck/pop up truck camper combo from the axle, (?) so I’d need a * cradle * to do it safely. (?) Yes this kit is expensive, but it comes highly recommended by a number of people, as being very safe. I hope to be traveling and RVing for many many years to come, and safety is priceless to me. thoughts? Never mind the price. :-) They are currently 20% off, (back ordered 2 weeks) so the 20% off takes the sting out. and happy to support a small business. https://safejacks.com/collections/bottle-jack-accessories/products/safe-jack-bottle-jack-recovery-kit-with-bottle-jack Do I want to add the UNIVERSAL BOTTLE JACK BASE ? $40. Also I understand I should carry a basic jack stand with me, to put in place, after the corner is jacked up, to be extra safe. Any recommendations? Bonus points for an Amazon link (yes it will be weeks ‘till I get it) Thanks!
LosAngeles 04/04/20 09:06am Truck Campers
this 20 ton bottle jack? this air compressor?

this 20 ton bottle jack? this air compressor? Hi all - I have a F350 crew cab long bed gasser, with a pop up truck camper always on it, that is about 2,700 lbs wet. If I happen to get a flat tire… it is my understanding that the Ford OEM jack wont be appropriate to jack up the truck with the camper on it. Would this 20 ton bottle jack be good? https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000234IT4 Anything else I need? also - novice question - any other tips for how to safely jack up the truck to swap a wheel? and secondly… I need an air compressor for blowing out the air lines in our pop up camper when I winterize it…. also on the chance that I need to air down the tires due to sand … I need a compressor to be able to air back up. They are 18” All Terrain Wranglers. LT 275 / 70R x 18 E VIAAIR have been recommended. Supposedly this is a good size for my tires. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000X9B32M Any thoughts on this model? Thanks :-)
LosAngeles 04/03/20 11:05pm Truck Campers
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