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RE: "Newer" Ford trucks don't charge house batt's?

It’s amazing the trouble some Folks go through to avoid getting solar panels and AGM’s. I have not opened my battery compartment-literally -in probably 6 or 7 years.
billtex 12/23/20 06:12pm Truck Campers
RE: Buying a New TC Hauler

Hi, Happy Holidays! (Came across your prior post via the link in the thread related to the battery charging and dc-dc charger post.) We actually find the sunroof helpful with the TC.! We installed a hatch for access to the TC overhead area - as the rear pass-thru access was limited for all intents and purposes, for pass thru of just small pets - so we open the camper sunroof and climb up/down through that instead. (There is a boot between the hatch and sunroof too.) (It helped that we had purchased the TC used and were having to repair/rebuild the AF 990 TC due to prior water damage. But we can now pass thru the hatch - if the weather is poor; or when the other is driving (primarily to use the BR) - without having to lose time stopping/pulling over.) It’s been pretty handy. (We bought a foam mattress that’s in three sections, so we just store each section on their side while we are driving so that we are able to open the hatch while the vehicle is in motion.) Anyways, just thought I’d share how we found it to be of use with a TC! :) “...This truck has a sunroof which I didn't want (sorta useless with a TC)....” :):) Pics or it didn’t happen!
billtex 12/22/20 05:15pm Truck Campers
RE: SUMMO SPRINGS added...Your Experiences

Interesting. Do you also have the snow plow package on your truck? The heavier springs would help.
billtex 12/21/20 06:09am Truck Campers
RE: SUMMO SPRINGS added...Your Experiences

Gadwall, I am curious as I never used Sumos. Are the Sumos longer than the OE front bumpstops? Does your TC actually transfer weight to the front axles? Thx, Bill
billtex 12/20/20 05:31pm Truck Campers
RE: "Newer" Ford trucks don't charge house batt's?

The “delay” is interrupted when you step on the brake pedal. A fail-safe Ford built into the charge system.
billtex 12/19/20 07:06pm Truck Campers
RE: Concerns About Going Full Time

Is this the Place? Many marina’s could accommodate you. Waterfront living! I think your plan sounds awesome. Sounds like you are young/free. Do it now before life catches up to you. As far as the “Ladies” you can always get a nice hotel for a weekend if needed... EC are one of the best insulated campers. You’ll be fine. Two 6V batteries, 200w of solar, if you have hookups even better. A source of water/dumping will be critical. Good luck, Bill
billtex 12/18/20 05:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Coffee maker off inverter and battery in a truck camper

Wow. 5 pages to make a cup of coffee. Makes our French press seem way to easy.
billtex 12/16/20 07:11pm Truck Campers
RE: 6.6 Ram

I was a GM Guy for 35 yrs. When we bought a new truck this year I could not understand why GM put a six speed tranny behind their new Gas engine. They lost our business this time. They are behind the times. Go drive the new Superdutys and even the new Dodge. GM is a generation behind IMO. A test drive will change your mind. I was a Ford man forever until I bought my current truck. We have a 2017 and a '18 F-250 here that I drive quite often. If I were to buy a new truck today I wouldn't buy a Ford solely because the transmission has 4 more speeds than the Chevy does. The Chevy's ergonomics fit me better too. All I can say is go drive them all. I went into this purchase with an open mind-these trucks are $$$! I wanted to experience all of them before dropping that kind of cash. We usually hold on to our vehicles for 10+ years so it’s a long term commitment for me to buy a new truck. I really thought I would come out with another GM. It quickly became obvious that Ford and Ram are leaving GM behind with this generation. Their powertrains are MUCH better. The Ford crew cab is enormous also. Much bigger/nicer than GM. The Ram is a nice cab also, but a few too many gadgets for me. The Hemi with 8 speed is nice though-butter smooth. After a lot of research and test drives the choice-for us- was clear. It’s kind of hard to believe i don’t have a GM in the driveway-I have had them forever! But no regrets, the Ford has been fantastic. When the time comes-open up your mind-drive them all. You may be as surprised as I.
billtex 12/15/20 07:37pm Truck Campers
RE: TC Fitted Cover

I just got a Goldline cover. Have not even put it on yet. It appears to be much better quality than the “other brand” I have used previously. I will post an update once I wash the camper and pout cover on. Bill
billtex 12/14/20 11:44am Truck Campers
RE: 6.6 Ram

I googled 2021 F-250 prices and this is what came up... "the F-250 SuperCab Diesel is priced at $48,580, while the 2021 Ford F-250 starts at an MSRP of $36,560." Everybody has different wants and needs but for me passing the gassers on steeper grades is not worth the additional cost of $12,000.00 My truck, camper and ATV trailer weigh close to 12,000 and yep my truck slows down on the steeper grades, 45 mph climbing Donnor Pass. The engine doesn't get hot and neither does the transmission and it just keeps going. My 6.0 has 360 hp and 380 lb.-ft. @ 4200. More would be nice for sure but this works just fine for me. I thought if I were to buy a new truck I'd get the F-250 with their 7.3 but now that Chevy has upped to the 6.6 that's what I'd be getting instead. I'm glad that I'm not looking for a new truck. I'd want a Chevy but they are soo butt ugly I don't think I could own one. LOL I was a GM Guy for 35 yrs. When we bought a new truck this year I could not understand why GM put a six speed tranny behind their new Gas engine. They lost our business this time. They are behind the times. Go drive the new Superdutys and even the new Dodge. GM is a generation behind IMO. A test drive will change your mind.
billtex 12/12/20 03:57pm Truck Campers
RE: 6.6 Ram

DEF/DPF/re-gens... DPF? Looks like another typo. FIFY.
billtex 12/10/20 07:36pm Truck Campers
RE: 6.6 Ram

FWIW; When I was truck shopping this spring i drove the 6.4 with 8 speed tranny 1 ton. Sweet ride and more than enough juice to haul a TC. I went back to gas after 14 years of diesel. DEF/DPR/re-gens...i am all set with diesel. Go drive one. It’ll put a smile on your face.
billtex 12/09/20 08:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Newbie questions

Have been using/storing TC’s on jacks for only twenty years. Have never had any issue. Maybe I’m doing something wrong but this is how the Mfrs and dealers store campers also. You should be reasonably level (within ~2’) before deploying slide. I understand Lance is finicky about this. If door opens/closes you should be fine. Your replay has no value without saying what size/weight camper you have. There is going to be different story with 2000 lb TC having 15 gallons fresh water tank and 4500 lb TC with 35 gallons of fresh water pushing the floor down. For those with reading comprehension beyond kindergarten, See camper in my sig. The majority of TC’s are built to used on/off the truck. We carry 55 gals total H2O. Typically leave home full as we don’t know where we will camp. That is almost 500lbs of water. Load/unload, leave it on jacks, leave it on truck, doesn’t matter. Only thing I pay attention to is try to get level with ~ 2”. Sometimes that doesn’t happen no matter how much shoveling I do. Most important-get out and use your TC, you’ll figure it out as you go. Life is short.
billtex 12/06/20 05:21pm Truck Campers
RE: Newbie questions

Have been using/storing TC’s on jacks for only twenty years. Have never had any issue. Maybe I’m doing something wrong but this is how the Mfrs and dealers store campers also. You should be reasonably level (within ~2’) before deploying slide. I understand Lance is finicky about this. If door opens/closes you should be fine.
billtex 12/05/20 06:14pm Truck Campers
RE: New F350 Tremor with a SB Camper

You should be fine, but do you really off-road or just want the kewl factor? Eliminate the Tremor pkg and you can get payload ~ 4500# SRW gasser F350. Maybe look at the FX4 pkg.
billtex 12/04/20 07:38pm Truck Campers
RE: Does anyone use an aftermarket Tire pressure system?

I had the factory one on my truck disabled. :) Not to hijack the thread, but was goin to say the same thing. I programmed out the screen popping up telling me my pressure is too low when it actually is correct! I actually like TPMS, TPIS, but one thing to remember is yes it will alert you to a slow leak, but it’s never called anyone and said “you’re about the have a blowout in 30 seconds, pull over!” The two tire failures I have had with TC on were both leakers; one popped bead, one defective tire (Nitto). In both cases I could feel some squirrely handling starting to happen and I was able to pull over safely. These prompted me to get the aftermarket TPMS. My experience tells me some advanced notice would have been a tremendous asset in both cases. Unless you run over a large/sharp object I believe traumatic tire failures are rare with the quality of tires we run nowadays. IMO opinion TPMS is worth every penny and I won’t haul a TC without it any longer. The cheap one I bought off Amazon (see above) worked great, gave accurate psi and temps. What have you got to lose? $60?
billtex 12/03/20 06:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Does anyone use an aftermarket Tire pressure system?

I hear you. After a blowout on our last truck I bought a cheapie off Amazon; Vesafe Wireless Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). This thing worked great! The ability to monitor psi brings great peace of mind. Especially after having a failure. The new truck has factory TPMS so I put this on our Son’s car. Money well spent.
billtex 12/02/20 06:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Kimbo TC

That’s funny! I remember they had a rally a few years back and got some rain ....that must have been the Expo West! You seem to know quite a bit about it; I assume then that you were a witness and in attendance? The 2014 Expo East (the 1st east expo) biblical deluge was much worse; have a read here (no one went to any stinkin' hotel, I was actually present at that Expo): read--> No, did not attend. We camp to get away from crowds. I am capable of reading the reports/posts about the events. Definitely not for us.
billtex 11/30/20 06:13pm Truck Campers
RE: Kimbo TC

.... The only truck camper cohort likely to buy something like this are global expeditioners (who frequent Expedition Portal). That’s funny! I remember they had a rally a few years back and got some rain. All the local hotels filled up because they didn’t want to get their uni-mogs dirty by actually camping in them. Bunch of guys in funny hats and pressed trousers.
billtex 11/30/20 11:37am Truck Campers
RE: Kimbo TC

R5? That’ll be a fair weather camper. Pics are kind of messy too, looks like a frat house. We’ll see if this ever gets into production. Good luck to the entrepreneurs.
billtex 11/29/20 05:24pm Truck Campers
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