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RE: Buying a New TC Hauler

That’s awesome. I’ve never seen anything like that. That was actually billtex who said that, but that’s ok. I wanted to see a picture of it too. Some mods take more balls to execute than others. This one took the large kind. :B :):)
NRALIFR 03/04/21 07:27pm Truck Campers
RE: How often do your remove the camper from the truck?

Frequently. I don’t leave it on at home, and I set the camper on two long 4 x 6 timbers that give me a couple of tight parallel guides to watch as I back under. When I need the floor space in the garage that the truck is occupying in this picture, I park under the camper quite often. I just watch the gap between the rear tires and the 4 x6’s as I back under. https://i.imgur.com/1J1UlZbl.jpg I also take the camper off frequently while we’re traveling. I need to be able to do it on short notice, so I’ve avoided putting things like extra batteries in the truck bed. You’re correct in your assumption that being on unlevel ground can make loading the camper more difficult. You can generally get the camper off on a slope without too much trouble, but when you go to put it back on if there’s things in the bed that reduce the clearances, it just makes the job more difficult. Acadia NP, ME https://i.imgur.com/wYjU7g5l.jpg McKinney Falls SP, TX https://i.imgur.com/d6EG7c5l.jpg As for getting the truck serviced, I’ve done it both ways. Consider this, any garage that can handle a class C RV can handle your truck with the camper on it. Including putting it on a lift. :):)
NRALIFR 03/03/21 03:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Winter TC Repair Project

You may have noticed in my last update that I had cut away the filon that will be under the jack bracket on the rear wall. I did that because the water damage to the luan backer extended into that area, and I didn’t like the way it was creating problems for me in the corner. I also extended the cut out over to the taillight hole since I was moving it over, and the filon needs to cover that exposed wood. https://i.imgur.com/W4TMWubl.jpg That metal isn’t angle iron, it’s just a thin piece of sheet metal. https://i.imgur.com/BhwPbJ5l.jpg I’ve got some salvaged filon from the old skirts that I replaced about six years ago that I made a patch with. Once the bracket is installed you won’t see any of the patch. https://i.imgur.com/TNgFqo4l.jpg The lag bolt that was in that top hole was always at such an extreme angle that it makes me think they broke the head off of the first bolt they put in, and just angled a second one next to it. The holes in the new brackets are oblong enough that I’ll be able to drill a new pilot hole, hopefully straighter. I’ll plug the old hole with a hardwood dowel. https://i.imgur.com/pdRgIY3l.jpg I made the corner reinforcement today from angle iron. I had to cut about 3/8” off of the side next to the LP door opening. No makin’ fun of my metal working skills, which are pretty minimal. Have angle grinder will travel! :W https://i.imgur.com/32zlAJMl.jpg I’m using the new jack bracket and the corner reinforcement I made as a press to glue the filon patch in place with contact adhesive. I’ll need to let this set a while. https://i.imgur.com/DsD7Qaol.jpg :):)
NRALIFR 03/03/21 12:08pm Truck Campers
RE: Lost all power to 120v outlets

A good way to tell if a Generac was ever installed is to look in the step below the dinette slideout. The Generac had a remote inverter that occupied about half of the space inside the step. It may still be in there, or at least the cable that connected it to the generator may still be there. Generac RV generators were notoriously difficult for some tech’s to fix because they didn’t understand how they worked. On top of that, some of the parts were ridiculously expensive. Some failures could easily cost more than a new generator. Consequently, a lot of them ended up getting junked with low hours on them, and they ended up with a bad reputation amongst some of the owners. :):)
NRALIFR 03/03/21 11:11am Truck Campers
RE: Lost all power to 120v outlets

......... Manual I have (D1752) states a 10 amp CB #0A8592 but many like NRALIFR listed show 15 amp #0A8592? same part number. So it be removing old one to verify rating........... I noticed that too. The “Service Manual” (the one that doesn’t have PN’s) said that was a 10 amp breaker, but the actual parts manual said 15 amp. That IS the line breaker for the AC, so I would expect it to be 15 amps. Glad it was a simple fix. :):)
NRALIFR 03/02/21 10:51am Truck Campers
RE: Lost all power to 120v outlets

I just checked the operation of the CB on the generator, and yes, it does make a definite “click” sound, and has a noticeable detent feel to it when you operate it. Unfortunately, this generator has been out of production for several years now, and Generac doesn’t even make built-in RV generators any longer. It’s been a few years since I’ve needed a part for mine, but the supply of new, “Generac unique” parts was drying up. Used and refurbed parts may have to be located. It’s difficult to impossible to find the manuals for my generator on Generac’s site, but here’s a link to the parts breakdown for a 941-1, which is what mine is. https://generac.ordertree.com/catalog/partslist/group/group_id/233167/ Here’s a link to the service manual (which doesn’t include part numbers) at generator-parts.com http://www.generator-parts.com/manuals/generac-rv/0D1752.pdf Here’s a link to the parts breakdown at jackssmallengines.com According to this, the CB part number is 0A8592, but when I add one to the shopping cart to buy it says it’s out of stock. That’s a two-pole, 15A CB, and I doubt it’s a Generac unique part, so you may be able to remove it and find the manufacturer info printed on it. https://www.jackssmallengines.com/jacks-parts-lookup/manufacturer/generac-engine-part/generator/00941-1/control-panel Jacks is where I’ve purchased parts most recently. Maybe give them a call. :):)
NRALIFR 03/02/21 06:43am Truck Campers
RE: Odor control for plastic urinal installatoon

Vinegar, being an acid, is commonly used to neutralize the odor or urine. Urine gets most of its odor from ammonia, which is highly alkaline. A mixture of 25-50% vinegar with water should do it. :):)
NRALIFR 03/02/21 03:27am General RVing Issues
RE: Lost all power to 120v outlets

There’s a GFCI outlet on my 1121 over the galley sink, under the overhead cabinet. When that trips, it affects other outlets as well. I’ll check the CB on my generator (Generac 36LP) for how it operates. Do try plugging into an external AC power source to eliminate the generator and the CB’s on the generator. I take it the generator starts and runs, but there is no AC output? Your 1121 would have come from Lance with a GFCI outlet above the sink, but of course it could have been replaced or eliminated by now. You should NOT have an automatic transfer switch (ATS) on your camper as Lance wasn’t using those then. Your shore power cord should be plugged into a 30 amp RV receptacle in the cord storage area. That receptacle and the shore power cord plug is another possible failure point. :):)
NRALIFR 03/02/21 02:48am Truck Campers
RE: Who’s still using a 7.3 diesel truck

Yeah, I remember now that we rarely listened to the radio in my ‘95 F350. The cab just wasn’t quiet enough for that. Just about every air intake modification available that lets the engine breath easier will also let a lot more intake and turbo noise be heard than the OEM air filter setup. Plus, you may have a non-OEM turbo and some of them just make more noise than others. Does your truck have a muffler? When I put a 4” exhaust on mine I did away with the muffler and converter. The only thing in my exhaust was a US Gear exhaust brake. :):)
NRALIFR 02/28/21 02:47pm Truck Campers
RE: Jump box for dual battery 7.3 diesel

A jump box big enough to start your 7.3L diesel on its own is going to be a pretty healthy and costly jump box. Probably about 3000+ Amps. Like all devices with their own batteries, the batteries can either last a good long time if you’re conscientious about maintaining them, or they can have a short life if you neglect or abuse them. For my use, instead of buying a jump box big enough to start the truck engine, and likely not get used for much else, I bought one big enough to start the built-in Generac in my camper even if it’s less than 100% charged. I’ve got a NOCO GB40, and I use it to recharge USB devices primarily when we’re off-grid. That way it sees some use often enough that I know it’s state of charge. The chances of ever needing it to start the generator are pretty slim, but id never say impossible. I also don’t totally trust all this auto-magic BS on modern vehicles that’s supposed to keep the battery from EVER getting flattened. I occasionally get pretty far away from help, and like to have several backup plans available. Stuff like that always works perfectly for me.......until it doesn’t. So, my advice would be to think about where you’re likely to be and what other equipment you will have with you, and how you’ll use it to help yourself if the worst happens. :):)
NRALIFR 02/28/21 06:35am Truck Campers
RE: New F350 owner seeks TC information

Yea! Nice looking truck and camper! :W :):)
NRALIFR 02/28/21 05:31am Truck Campers
RE: New F350 owner seeks TC information

Use this app that was created just for our use on RV.net. IMGUR is hosting the images, and the app will automatically resize large images to the allowable size, and provide an image link that you just copy and paste into your post. http://photoposting.is-great.net/?i=1 Here’s a screenshot of what it will look like after you upload your photo, and it gives you the image link. Be sure to copy the entire link, with the IMG tags in brackets at each end. https://i.imgur.com/Gp85e0yl.jpg :):)
NRALIFR 02/28/21 04:30am Truck Campers
RE: Winter TC Repair Project

After my two week “vacation” from working on the camper, I finally got back to it yesterday. I wanted to get the ladder supports reattached to the rear wall, move the taillight opening over about 3/8” to make room for the wider jack bracket, and get the jack power plug reinstalled. I was able to accomplish all that, but I have to tell on myself because I think this was a sign that the gods are with me on this repair. After being away from the project for so long, I had lost track of the fact that one of the ladder supports was going to be very close to the hole I drilled through the 6” wide board to run wires through. I had forgotten to drill the wire holes in the patch before I mounted it, so I was forced to drill them BAMN (by any means necessary). They weren’t super difficult, but I remember choosing WHERE I drilled the holes based more on what was easiest for me to hold the drill in it’s odd angles, inside the closet area, and at arms length. To put it mildly, I chose poorly when it came to the 6” wide board. I could tell the ladder support screws were going to be very close to the wires, so I intended to pull the wires back out of the hole before drilling the screw pilot holes. Then it snowed. So I get back to work yesterday, and the first thing I start doing is drilling the holes for the ladder screws. All of the screws I removed are being replaced with SS, and I’m bedding everything in urethane caulk. I gooped up the screw holes and the backside of the ladder support, then screwed them in place. I also cut the taillight hole out, moving it 3/8” to the left. Stood back, admired my work, and gave myself a thumbs up. https://i.imgur.com/awCwlC7l.jpg Then I looked at the backside. The blue arrows are pointing at caulking oozing out of the backside of the screw holes. The red dashed line is the wiring running through the 6” board. https://i.imgur.com/zWipuWBl.jpg I wish I could say I planned it that way. I pulled the wires out and checked them, and even looked into the hole with a bore scope to make sure that top left hand screw wasn’t penetrating into the wire through-hole. As I said, the gods must be with me. Sure hope it doesn’t snow again. :B :):)
NRALIFR 02/27/21 04:15pm Truck Campers
RE: Winter TC Repair Project

That’s true. The ones I’m looking at look like meat grinders. But that’s one advantage to living up on a hillside. If your plowing any more than just a few inches of snow where chains aren’t needed, all your plowing is downhill. The chains are only to get me back up the hill to make another pass. I should be able I keep the spinning to a minimum. If I can’t do it with chains without tearing up the pavement, I’ll just give up and let the sun (or the county) do it. :):)
NRALIFR 02/24/21 07:32am Truck Campers
RE: Winter TC Repair Project

I don’t mind snow moving as long as I can stay on the tractor! :B I’m probably going to order some studded diamond patterned chains for the rear tires. I was looking for front chains until I noticed that there’s not very much clearance between the front tires and the drag link tie rod ends. At the least, I’d have to be really careful about what kind of chains I put on the front tires. Most of my snow moving is done with the rear blade, and it tends to push the rear tires around when it’s angled, just like a front blade will push the front around. Like you I do a little “community service” with my tractor, but this storm was just too much without chains. After surveying the hills into my neighborhood, I was pretty certain that I’d make it down with the tractor ok, but I’d likely not make it back up. Fortunately the sun took care of it quicker than normal. :):)
NRALIFR 02/23/21 08:46pm Truck Campers
RE: Winter TC Repair Project

Thanks Jim. Just as I thought, we topped out at 74° today. This weather has really been way out of the norm for us. It seemed like the first 12-15 years we lived here I was plowing snow almost every year, but never this much. Six to eight inches at the most. Then for the last about 5-6 years, little or nothing. I don’t have a proper snow blade for my tractor, I just take the steel cutting edge off my rear landscape blade and bolt a 2x8 board on it so it doesn’t tear up the asphalt. I realized as I was clearing the snow this year that I actually bolted on the board I was using three years ago. It had sat outside long enough that it started to rot! It finished the job though, but I’ll need a new board for the next snow. I’m really glad the snow melted as fast as it did. Nobody around here is ever fully prepared for this much snow and temps down to 0°F. I was really fortunate that I didn’t have any broken pipes. I’ve got a water leak detection system on the house that has one temperature sensor, and it was turning the house water off one morning. This was also the first time that snow just about overwhelmed the tractor. Between the hillside slope and the snow depth, I was having trouble moving at times. I’m probably going to invest is a set of tractor chains that may or may not ever be used. I need to be able to at least get to the roads that are being cleared with something driveable. :):)
NRALIFR 02/23/21 04:51pm Truck Campers
RE: Winter TC Repair Project

Like it never happened! Well, almost. There might be some of those piles left at the end of today. Today’s high is supposed to be 68, we’re already at 67. I bet we exceed that by a few degrees. I may be able to get my trailer out of the mud tomorrow and take my tractor to get that damper replaced. It’s still under warranty, and they won’t just give me the part or I’d do it myself. https://i.imgur.com/gUPyEAVl.jpg :):)
NRALIFR 02/23/21 11:39am Truck Campers
RE: Who’s still using a 7.3 diesel truck

But..........mine was over its GVWR by 2700 lbs so it should have exploded and wiped out an orphanage and a convent. :W :B :):) So you blew your tax report as if you had 10k lb rating on dually, it was all taxation. Duallies in most of the states come with 14.9k lb GVWR, while axles ratings total in the range of 16-17k No, I did something even better. I just didn’t worry about it. I did enjoy trolling those who did, though. Still do, a little. :W :):)
NRALIFR 02/23/21 06:09am Truck Campers
RE: Who’s still using a 7.3 diesel truck

But..........mine was over its GVWR by 2700 lbs so it should have exploded and wiped out an orphanage and a convent. :W :B :):)
NRALIFR 02/22/21 05:41pm Truck Campers
RE: Who’s still using a 7.3 diesel truck

A picture from the last trip we took in the 1995 F350. October, 2010 in California, and this was taken on a twisty road between Caliente and Bodfish. The boss lead us there because it’s such a scenic and challenging route loved by............motorcyclists. She missed the motorcycle part. Loaded with gear for a 2-3 week trip, it weighed about 12,700. https://i.imgur.com/Jqjmxk3l.jpg :):)
NRALIFR 02/22/21 02:12pm Truck Campers
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