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RE: General newb questions - Advice?

I think the answers to all you questions is "it depends on the specific appliances and components in your camper". One thing you asked was about whether your truck will charge the camper battery when you're driving. Probably, but it depends on the wiring from the truck to the camper. The power from the truck to the camper can be configured three ways: Always hot. This will allow power to fly between the camper and the truck all the time. Not good as you can drain the truck battery while you're parked.Connected when the ignition is on. This is better as it can't drain the truck battery when the truck is turned off. Not the best as it can drain if you park and leave the key in the on position.With a battery isolator circuit. This is the best as it only opens the circuit when it should. I had to add one to my 95 Chevy 2500, but my 2005 3500 came with it built in. Some isolators only allow the camper to charge when the truck battery is at full charge. If you don't have an isolator or at least a switched connection to the camper, you'll need to be aware of your battery level to avoid a dead truck battery.
WarrenS65 05/30/22 07:43pm Truck Campers
RE: Ford Trailer Backup Assist

When the camper is on, the hitch extension will bring the receiver to the back end of the camper, making the hitch ball about the same distance behind the camera as the tailgate camera is to the stock hitch. The big difference will be the extra distance from the rear axel to the ball. As for how well it works, I'm more concerned with keeping it straight while backing up a long distance. One of the trailers I town has no place to turn around, so I have to back it up over 100 yards. The trailer is pretty narrow, so I can't see it behind the camper. On top of that, its short so it gets out of line really quickly. As others stated, the way that the back up assist “works” is based on the distance from the rear view camera to a sticker on the trailer. And there is both minimum and maximum distances required, so you would have to find a way to make that work if you somehow re-positioned the camera. Have you ever tried using the assist in the first place? I set it up on my Expedition MAX on both my wake boat and my fishing boat. And my personal experience is that neither of them work very well. First, it is very finicky to pick up the sticker at all. I find mine has to be in complete sun for it to work. Not at night, and not if it is in the shade. Second, it isn’t unusual for it to lose the sticker once you start backing up. Third, it won’t make a very sharp turn. For example, turning 90* from my street into my driveway isn’t possible with the assist. Maybe Ford has made significant improvements since my 2019. And maybe I’m just not patient enough to fiddle with it as I am competent in my backing skills. But I personally wouldn’t want to rely on that as a system to back up my own trailers.
WarrenS65 05/19/22 12:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Ford Trailer Backup Assist

I figured that it would be a bit off, but I'm hoping I can connect both the trailer and camper cameras. I'm guessing that the steering input required to make a give turn is based on geometrical calculations of the distance between the tail gate camera location and location of the checkered sticker. Once you "relocate" the camera, all those dimensions change, so it's hard to say how well it would work.
WarrenS65 05/18/22 04:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Ford Trailer Backup Assist

Towing a trailer behind the camper. I was thinking it might work if I attach the aux camera in place of the tailgate camera.
WarrenS65 05/18/22 01:57pm Truck Campers
Ford Trailer Backup Assist

Does anyone know if there's a way to use the Ford Trailer Backup Assist with a big camper?
WarrenS65 05/18/22 12:01pm Truck Campers
RE: To slide or not to slide. That is the question.

I've had a non-slide and a slide camper and know what I'm getting myself into. If I were buying a camper to use strictly by myself, I would have bought an 8', non-slide model and a longbed, 3/4 a longbed. Because my wife wants to go as well, I went big. I understand the weight and cost issues. my only buyer's remorse is that its going to be 10 months from order to delivery. My question was philosophical. I was wondering if the people that recommend against slide models have had problems themselves, or don't like the idea. Interesting observation. You have effectively purchased about the largest triple slide camper on the market and now questioning whether you want to go with a much smaller unit with no slides? Or is this just one of those “hypothetical “ questions to tone down anticipated buyers remorse in advance?
WarrenS65 05/11/22 03:35pm Truck Campers
RE: Water filtration when boondocking

My problem isn't having water available. Like Spectra, if I'm taking my ATVs, I can carry extra water in my trailer. If not, there's always a spigot somewhere. I'm trying to keep sediment out of my fresh water tank. If I'm in a congested area, for grey I use a 5 gallon container (appropriately marked) to dump a bit each day and empty the container into a toilet.
WarrenS65 05/11/22 07:54am Truck Campers
RE: Water filtration when boondocking

I hadn't thought about the potential problems with purified water in the tank. I think with that in mind, I'll just use tap water through a sediment filter to fill the tank and carry the Platypus filter in case I do need to fill from a stream. For drinking, I'll carry a Britta filter.
WarrenS65 05/09/22 04:16pm Truck Campers
RE: Water filtration when boondocking

My water will always come from some kind of piped source. The reason I want to filter is to keep the fresh tank as free of contamination as possible. I know this is overkill, but better safe than sorry.
WarrenS65 05/08/22 08:16pm Truck Campers
Water filtration when boondocking

Most of my boondocking trips will be short enough for the tank to last, but at least 1 or 2 a year will be longer. For those, I won't have access to hookups, but there will be water available. I know I can fill the tank using the gravity fill, but I'd like to run the water through a filtration system before putting it in the tank. The two systems I'm looking at are the ClearSource (3 filter) and the Platypus GravityWorks systems (I already have this for backpacking or household emergencies). I like the Platypus because it's innexpensive, very lightweight, and takes very little space. I like the ClearSource because it's a better filtration system and likely faster. My questions are: If I have several 5 gallon containers, can I put them on a platform higher than the my fresh water gravity fill and use a syphon to push the water through the ClearSource?Can I use a spare RV water pump (always good to carry around) to transfer the water from the containers to the RV through the ClearSource?Any other suggestions?
WarrenS65 05/08/22 12:28pm Truck Campers
RE: To slide or not to slide. That is the question.

It doesn't matter. Just idle curiosity on the actual experiences of others. Yes. It's great we all have the option to choose for ourselves. Even greater that option is not restricted to which RV we want. What does it matter? If you are happy with your slides, then enjoy them. If someone else doesn't like them, then they can enjoy life without them. Isn't it great we all have the option to choose for ourselves.
WarrenS65 05/08/22 12:11pm Truck Campers
To slide or not to slide. That is the question.

I've have an 8' Lance with no slides, a 9'6" Lance with a dinette slide (usable with the slide in), and a 40' DP with slides (usable with the slide in). I have a Host Everest on order (not usable with slides in). Obviously, with a MH you want to be able to move around while driving, so it makes sense to get one that's usable with the slides in. I've seen several people comment that they don't like campers that you need to deploy at least one slide for a quick bathroom stop. Even the big, slow, 36" deep slide on my DP took less than a minute. I feel like it would be a very rare occasion that deploying a single slide (2 in the case of my Everest) would be a hardship for a quick stop. For those that believe it is a problem, is that your assumption from looking at them, or based on personal experience?
WarrenS65 05/08/22 11:21am Truck Campers
RE: Delays in camper buiddate

The latest on the truck is that it came off the line on 3/29 and is scheduled to arrive at the rail yard the first week in May. Dealer says up to a week for truck to deliver to them, then 2-3 days for delivery to my house (dealer is several hundred miles from me). In early March, my camper had slipped to 6/17 (1 week delay). As of yesterday, it's still scheduled for 6/17. Figure a week to ship to the dealer and they want 3 days to prep and test it, so I'm looking at the last week in June. Update from Ford a month ago was for the truck to be ready to ship on 4/21. Monday I got the e-mail saying it's in production/assembly. Hoping I get it in time to put 1000 miles on before loading the camper. The closer it gets, the harder the wait. As of last week, the manufacturing date on my Everest has slipped about 2 weeks from 5/24 to 6/10. As much as I wish they could keep to the original date, I would rather they take the extra time to build it right. I'm also happy they're willing to let me know the dates are slipping as they find out. I would rather know about the delays as they happen instead of scheduling time off and then fining out a week or two before delivery that it's going to be another month. There's still no update on the truck, and Ford doesn't give out any scheduling until the vehicle is in manufacturing. My dealer thinks there may few if any 2023 model Super Duties as Ford may have oversold the 2022.
WarrenS65 04/20/22 08:42pm Truck Campers
RE: Is it common to remove your truck camper at your camp spot?

I've offloaded it in campsites several times. It depended on how long we were staying, whether we wanted to use the truck, and how level and solid the ground. When off the truck, most campers are easier to get in and out of. I will say loading and unloading on firm, level ground is much easier than on a slope.
WarrenS65 04/08/22 12:13pm Truck Campers
RE: DRW vs SRW safety, tire blowout

3 1/2 years ago I leased a Smart electric car to use as a daily driver. The total cost of the lease down payment, monthly payments, insurance, maintenance, and charging was the same as the gas for my 8.1l Chevy DRW. On top of that, Calif. gave me a $2500 rebate. It was also really nice to drive around town. At the end of the lease, I let it go because I only had a year and a half left before I retire and won't need a commuter car. So from 2005 to 2018 and since last November, my Chevy long bed, crew cab, 4x4, DRW has been my daily driver. Is it more challenging in crowded parking lots? Yes. I rarely park in the front of the lot. Does it have the turning circle of a warship? Yes. A few more three point turns. Does it cost a fortune to fill up the tank (especially in Calif.)? Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! But I've taken it through many-a drive through and only had to back out once (it was a bank). I've even taken my 20' trailer through with me a time or two. Opening the doors in a tight space is no different than an SRW. If you tilt your mirrors down, you can see exactly where your tires are in relation to the parking space lines. There are other downsides to a DRW as well. Can't take it through a drive through car wash, rear tires are a pain to fill/check, tire replacement is 50% higher, etc. Know your vehicle, be willing to walk a little farther, and your DRW will be good to you. A DRW may be less convenient for some things, but IMNSHO, if you "need it" for your camper/trailer/etc., it's worth the tradeoff. I daily drive my dually. It goes thru bank and restaurant drive thrus a couple times each week. It fits in parking spaces just fine. This may be regional. I have personally had to back out of bank drive throughs and dont even bother trying to make it through fast food drive throughs with my dually. I agree. I have plenty of issues with my SRW camper rig or even with the crew cab/8 ft bed truck by itself. I cannot get in or out of the parking spaces for most stores. Sometimes I can park in the back of the lot but for crowded lots I cannot park at all. The width can be cramped but the space between rows is a bigger issue.
WarrenS65 04/08/22 11:58am Truck Campers
RE: DRW vs SRW safety, tire blowout

When I was running my Lance 961 on a 97 Chevy 2500, I had 2 left rear blowouts. First one was with the camper going about 70, second one was with the camper and a 7000# trailer going about 65. Both times, I felt the truck shudder and start "sloshing" around. I put on the hazards, eased off the gas, and pulled over to the right. Changed the tire and back on the road with no loss of control. I also had a right front blowout on an Isuzu pickup going 80 and had no loss of control. I didn't have a cabover camper, but I did have camper shell loaded with camping gear. I was never worried about loss of control on a rear blowout, but I'm still concerned about a front blowout with a top heavy camper, in a turn. I switched to a DRW, not because I was afraid I'd lose control, but because I found my tires were running right at the limit and I wanted a better margin. I also feel like the DRW was more stable than the SRW, but that could be the springs. Also possible going to 19" wheels on the SRW would have helped. The front tire blowout is scary. I would be really interested in how a SRW w/ a truck camper would handle a rear blowout. Maybe not as big of a deal in terms of loss of control as one might think. I hadn't thought of run flats. Not sure how much they would help with maintaining control at highway speed. To some extent, it seems like the only way you die is if you hit the sh*tty lottery and have an unlikely blowout at an inconvenient time (e.g. around a curve into traffic or of a drop). Back in the late '60s up to the early '80s I had truck campers (8'- 9.5'-10.5') on my 3/4 and one ton drw work trucks. So all my trucks had tires that weren't overloaded by any means. Of the 9 different trucks I had in service the only one I wrecked from a blowout was on a one ton drw Ford. Twisty winding roads in southern AR my right front tire blew out with the usual sudden lose of air pressures making a left hand 50 mph curve and a loaded 18k gvwr GN flatbed pushing me. Off the road the rig went to the right and across the old style concrete culvert with a 10" tall concrete upright taking out the Fords front suspension....shoved the engine up into the firewall and dash. Tranny bell housing broke and jammed the tranny tail shaft up through truck floor right behind the front seat...and of course the rear axle was torn loose one side. In that type of work and the miles we drove a blowout on those old bias ply 16-16.5" tires/wheels was a fact of life. Soooo... we had plenty of run flats and actual blowouts on road service LDTs rear that simply was no problem getting the rig shut down....unlike a front tire blowout. I've noticed some rv folks have some wild/funny theories about subjects like over loading....tire blowouts.....weights/etc. BTDT with srw and drw blowouts. I'm in the moot point camp.
WarrenS65 04/08/22 11:35am Truck Campers
RE: Bedding in overhead beds in T/C

When it's just me, I use a sleeping bag. My wife insists on sheets. I say ok, but you put them on.
WarrenS65 04/06/22 08:59pm Truck Campers
RE: Delays in camper buiddate

Update from Ford a month ago was for the truck to be ready to ship on 4/21. Monday I got the e-mail saying it's in production/assembly. Hoping I get it in time to put 1000 miles on before loading the camper. The closer it gets, the harder the wait. As of last week, the manufacturing date on my Everest has slipped about 2 weeks from 5/24 to 6/10. As much as I wish they could keep to the original date, I would rather they take the extra time to build it right. I'm also happy they're willing to let me know the dates are slipping as they find out. I would rather know about the delays as they happen instead of scheduling time off and then fining out a week or two before delivery that it's going to be another month. There's still no update on the truck, and Ford doesn't give out any scheduling until the vehicle is in manufacturing. My dealer thinks there may few if any 2023 model Super Duties as Ford may have oversold the 2022.
WarrenS65 04/06/22 08:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Delays in camper buiddate

If you buy the teardrop, you can store it under the cabover when they're both off the truck. Congrats, it's got to feel good to finally get your hands on her. Enjoy it and the weather out there. I know it's the pic but the tear drop trailer in the back ground looks like it's for a doll. Have a great trip back, go as slow as you can and enjoy it. Host builds a great product.
WarrenS65 03/09/22 08:37am Truck Campers
RE: Delays in camper buiddate

Thanks Barry. I'm not worried about it. I'm really setting myself up to retire in spring of 2023, so being without it now isn't a problem. I've wanted to build my own (very basic) camper for a long time, so I started working on it about 3 months ago. It's usable now, but I've got a couple more things to do before I'm willing to post pictures (hopefully in Feb). I've camped in it 3 times already. In better news, I get to pick up my SXS on Monday (1/10).
WarrenS65 01/07/22 10:46pm Truck Campers
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