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RE: Question about a Ford F 350 Drw

Singles look like too much work for me. That’s an understatement :P I didn’t see a word mentioned about how it was at highway speed either. :) :)
NRALIFR 05/18/21 04:18pm Truck Campers
RE: Back to work part time.

I’m always on either an iPad or an iPhone, most of the time using Safari with AdBlock enabled. Just looked at this topic using Firefox with no ad blocking, and also see the pics. :):)
NRALIFR 05/16/21 06:19pm Truck Campers
RE: An easier way to fill propane tanks on Lance 1172

Would carrying a step ladder be possible? I was having the same issue with my horizontal 30#’ers when I was recovering from shoulder injuries. I could get the empty one out ok, but getting a filled one back up on my shoulder so I could slide it in was........tough. And painful. I started carrying a step ladder tall enough that I could handle the cylinders at about waist height. :):)
NRALIFR 05/16/21 06:12pm Truck Campers
RE: Question about a Ford F 350 Drw

Really? Interesting, all I know is my ‘95 F350 dually fit between the front jacks, and my first F450 (a 2010) didn’t. The 2016 also needs the extra room. I wonder if your Host is wider than my Lance? Mine’s 94” wide. Another thing that could make a difference is how the front jack mounts are installed. The way mine are installed, it puts the hinge points forward of the camper corners. If you flipped them, it would put the hinge points to the side of the camper, and you’d have more room between the jacks. :):)
NRALIFR 05/16/21 06:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Question about a Ford F 350 Drw

I did go over the front jack mounting plates and made sure they were secure, and improved them a little. They already had some sheet metal backing plates on the inside, and self-tapping bolts that went through the plates. I made sure they were tight, and put some nuts and big fender washers on the bolts. There really wasn’t enough thread engagement between the bolts and the backing plates for my taste. :):)
NRALIFR 05/16/21 04:26pm Truck Campers
RE: Back to work part time.

You really should check out the rv.net photoposting website. ;) Recently, what ever you post with never appears for me consistment.. I've always posted them the same way but I will work on it. :) That’s strange. I can always see his pics. :):)
NRALIFR 05/16/21 04:12pm Truck Campers
RE: Question about a Ford F 350 Drw

Adding a little width to the swing-out dually brackets can be done easily. The F450 pickup bed width is a few inches wider across the dually fenders than the F350’s, so I had to extend my swing out brackets. I used 3” wide flat stock, 3/16” thick, and sandwiched the jack and bracket between two layers. https://i.imgur.com/rjjLaOll.jpg Don’t extend them too much, or you could hit the cab with the jack when you swing them in. https://i.imgur.com/cu2OREdl.jpg Mine end up pretty close to the front tiedowns, so I have to center the camper in the bed carefully. https://i.imgur.com/bVsRVFUl.jpg :):)
NRALIFR 05/16/21 03:49pm Truck Campers
RE: Question about a Ford F 350 Drw

If you go the cab and chassis route, I would also offer this counterintuitive observation: don’t fall for the old “you can never have too much truck” saying. You actually can. Lightly loading a 19.5K GVWR truck is a good way to end up a Kelderman customer. :):)
NRALIFR 05/16/21 09:32am Truck Campers
RE: Question about a Ford F 350 Drw

I need something I can air down because we will be going to the beach with the camper on. Well there you go. You’ve identified your “Can’t live without it” feature. If I were in your position, I’d be looking for an F350 as well. Tighter turning radius might not be of any value to you either. Before I started buying F450 pickups, my last F350 was a ‘95 CC DRW, and the turning radius was just horrible. But I lived with it just fine, and the truth is, today’s F350’s turning radius is probably better than the ‘95 was. But the F450 pickup’s turning radius is even better. I’m never on a beach, but I spend enough of my off-road time on roads that can do serious damage to tires that having the 19.5’s is important to me. The turning radius is also greatly appreciated when I’m maneuvering in tight areas. My own driveway and yard is one of those areas. As far as payload capabilities go, the F350 only has the advantage if you insist that the 14K GVWR actually means that’s all it’s capable of. I’ll put it this way: put a 6K lb TC in the bed of an F350, and a F450 pickup of the same year (except for the 2011-2014’s) and the F350 is closer to its true limitations than the F450 pickup. :):)
NRALIFR 05/16/21 07:39am Truck Campers
RE: Question about a Ford F 350 Drw

The F450 pickup absolutely is more capable than the F350. The bigger brakes, 19.5” tires, and the wide front axle that gives it a much better turning radius are all the reasons I need to choose it over the F350. That doesn’t mean the F350 can’t handle a heavy payload, because it obviously can. It just means there are features available on the F450 pickup that aren’t available on the F350. If you want those, you have to buy the F450 pickup. There are also trim packages available on the F450 pickup that aren’t available on the cab and chassis trucks (King Ranch, Platinum and Limited). If you can get past the idea that the GVWR is some magic number that must never be exceeded, the F450 pickup seems to me like the ideal combination of a pickup and chassis cab without having to put your own bed on it. The GVWR of the F450 pickup is intentionally limited to 14K by Ford to keep it a class 3 truck. Anyone who’s familiar with corporations that have multiple product lines will understand why they try to avoid having overlap and competition between them. It does the company no good to have the F450 pickup gvwr set >14K so that it’s technically a class 4, and compete with the cab and chassis F450’s that are all class 4. The F450 pickup isn’t intended to be a vocational use truck. :):)
NRALIFR 05/16/21 04:54am Truck Campers
RE: Carrying a Small Motorcycle?

I suspect the OP’s “dual receivers” are located where the frame rails or tow hooks are, not in the center. I would make use of those to haul anything on the front. Something as wide as a small motorcycle, or rack will need some stabilization out at the ends anyway. I usually have a toolbox on the front of my truck that’s carried by a normal front hitch receiver, and without some turnbuckle stabilizers connected to the tow hooks I found the movement of the two bumper guides I have on it to be very distracting when driving. Since you’ll be able to see at least some of the MC from the driver seat, I’d want it to be as stable as possible. https://i.imgur.com/nUE3ztAl.jpg :):)
NRALIFR 05/15/21 06:21am Truck Campers
RE: Rebedding jack mounting plates

Well, I’ll say this for it: it sure looks nice without the butyl goo oozing out from under it, and it will stay that way. I’m not really a fan of butyl tape under something that gets as much pressure put on it as a jack mounting plate does. OSI Quad and Sikaflex are both polyurethane sealants, and good quality products. They cure to a rubbery consistency that allows some movement without cracking. I’m not really too concerned about removing it either. The chances are slim I’ll ever need to, but if I do I’m sure I can do it. Might not be easy, but I’ll get it off. :):)
NRALIFR 05/13/21 03:51am Truck Campers
RE: Gasoline/Diesel Shortages

Well, the pipeline’s back in business. Another short-lived crisis, but apparently enough to bring out the worst in some people. I think that was a Patrisse who tried to do some line-jumping at a NC gas station and ended up in a spitting contest. :):)
NRALIFR 05/12/21 05:19pm General RVing Issues
RE: Rebedding jack mounting plates

I recently completed a Winter TC Repair Project that involved removing one of the rear jack plates to fix some water damage, and when I reinstalled the plate I bedded it in OSI Quad urethane caulk. The same caulk I used on all the edges and seams. It’s a little difficult to work with because it’s solvent cleanup, but it has great adhesion. Once it’s cured, I think you could remove the screws and bolts, and it would still hold the camper up. I hope I never have to remove the jack plate! :):)
NRALIFR 05/12/21 05:04pm Truck Campers
RE: sewer hose that fits in bumper

As the OP said, 3.75” ID is going to be pretty tight with some couplers, and too small for many. I don’t think the previous responders realize that 3.75” is NOT the same as the 4.00” bumper they may have. I had one of those smaller bumpers on a previous camper, and I had to be very picky about which sewer hose couplers I bought. These Valtera couplers may fit, though the outside diameter of the bayonet coupler is exactly 3.75”. I like them because you don’t have to use a hose clamp on them. Valterra F02-3101 https://i.imgur.com/pVYRSnvl.jpg Valterra F02-3102 https://i.imgur.com/v7SZWv5l.jpg Any of the RV sewer hoses that don’t come with fittings on them will likely work in your bumper, but I like this one. https://i.imgur.com/Vbwa8Gxl.jpg :):)
NRALIFR 05/12/21 03:04pm Tech Issues
RE: Mounting Truck Camper on Top Of 5th Wheel Hitch Rails

The first dually pickup I owned came with fifth wheel hitch rails in the bed from the previous owner. It also came with a rubber mat in the bed with cutouts for the rails to poke through. I found that 5/4” treated deck boards were just the right height to allow the camper to clear the rails. I attached them to the bottom of the camper, and also had the smart idea to place two of them so they landed directly in front of the hitch rails. They acted as guides for the camper when lowering it into the bed, and prevented it from moving backwards while traveling. The first one is new because I had just replaced it. The first one developed a long split. https://i.imgur.com/AzcB1sel.jpg :):)
NRALIFR 05/12/21 10:23am Truck Campers
RE: New license plate for my TC.

.......... Writing it down is not the same as writing it on your vehicle and pretending that it is a real license plate. I’m not pretending anything of the sort. Anyone who would arrive at that conclusion is using pretty tortured logic imho. It’s clearly NOT a license plate. Doesn’t look like one, and would never pass for one. It’s for my convenience only. Saves me from bending over. :):)
NRALIFR 05/12/21 07:00am Truck Campers
RE: New license plate for my TC.

Maybe mine, but if I were cavalier about it, I wouldn’t have put the tag number on the campers bumper. AR has a similar ordinance, but it’s not physically possible for me to comply with the letter of the law with my camper on the truck, so I made a good faith effort to comply with the spirit. The camper hangs lower than the tag on the rear bumper. AR is a “one tag” state, and the tag goes on the rear of the vehicle the tag is for. No front tags for vehicles up to 14K. AR doesn’t tag truck campers. It’s not like you can’t see it at all, you just have to bend way down to see it. :):)
NRALIFR 05/11/21 02:14pm Truck Campers
RE: New license plate for my TC.

Several years ago I did start putting the truck tag # and the state two-letter abbreviation on the camper bumper with 3” high reflective letters. I figure any LEO worth his salt should be able to figure out what that is. Or they will just give you a ticket for making an illegal copy of the license plate. I know! Every time I have to write my tag number down on a campground check-in form, I break out in a sweat, my hands shake, and I have an irresistible urge to confess to the next LEO I see: “Arrest me! I just made an illegal copy of my license plate!” Or not. :W :):)
NRALIFR 05/11/21 11:16am Truck Campers
RE: Coach solenoid disconnect to dc/dc converter

It looks like you’ve got the connections right. The only thing I’d say is to make sure the circuit lengths as short as possible. On the input side of the Renogy unit, the circuit length will likely be quite long which will induce a voltage drop. But, by using the recommended wire size, it will be able to draw the needed amperage through the bigger gauge wires so the unit can boost the voltage on the output side. Hopefully you can place the Renogy charger very close to the batteries it is charging, and keep the circuit length on the output side as short as possible. Inducing voltage drop on the output side would defeat the purpose of the DC-DC charger. :):)
NRALIFR 05/11/21 05:22am Tech Issues
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