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RE: Small Window AC vs Roof Top Air

I did a lot of camping in the Nevada desert. I had a window A/C as an emergency backup. The first thing I learned was that thing simply wasn’t able to cool the camper when it’s really hot. The roof air would refrigerate the thing. Installing a roof air is ridiculously easy, I’ve done it several times. It pretty much just bolts right on.
burningman 03/29/20 06:18pm Truck Campers
RE: Small Window AC vs Roof Top Air

In my experience roof airs rarely fail. I still have a 1987 Vacationeer with its original roof air that works great. I’ve had others that old or older that still worked great. The roof is the best place for an AC. That’s why they’re almost always up there. Heat rises. If you go anywhere that gets really hot, you’ll wish you had the roof unit. As far as replacement goes, roof air for the win again. They’re all designed to fit a standard 14”x14” hatch. Window units are all different sizes. Good luck matching it if you have to replace it. Everyone is talking about what’s cheapest. But roof air is what’s best.
burningman 03/26/20 10:59pm Truck Campers
RE: Buyer beware

This is why, after over 30 years of owning many different campers, I’ll own nothing but a Bigfoot or Northern Lite. I don’t care how many slide-outs the stick built campers have. Bigfoot and Northern Lite are still RV manufacturers and do plenty of things I hate when they make these things. But al least the shell is good.
burningman 03/22/20 09:29am Truck Campers
RE: Host switching to front Nose Caps in 2021 units

Now if Host can ever learn to build the whole thing from molded fiberglass, they’ll start to have something.
burningman 03/21/20 01:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Sulastic hangers

I run a Kelderman two stage air ride kit which works in a similar way. It replaces the rear spring hangers with a big hinged bracket that rides on airbags, to take the harshness out of the ride. It’s mainly for when you’re driving the truck empty and don’t want to be beat half to death. If the sulastic hangers work as well, they’re worth having, IF you drive your truck without the camper more than with it. My camper is on less than 1% of the time, that’s why I have that plus overload airbags rather than stiff springs and Timbrens. If you only own a truck to carry a camper then I’d skip any of this and just put in big springs.
burningman 03/14/20 02:19pm Truck Campers
RE: Single Slide Truck Lean

I’m sure the slide mechanism itself is ok. I’m mostly concerned about a huge hole in the side, sealed by a rubber gasket.
burningman 03/14/20 01:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Single Slide Truck Lean

What you should be worrying about is the issues that slides bring. I’d only own one with slides if I didn’t intend to keep it very long.
burningman 03/11/20 07:00am Truck Campers
RE: towing w/ camper few ?s

Absolutely, people do exaggerate the expense of operating a diesel. But they’re hard on transmissions because they’re so torquey, and they cost lots more to buy. My overall cost of ownership on my diesel dually is a lot more than my gas dually, but I gotta say I love the diesel when the camper and/or trailer are on! I don’t “need” it and for me it hasn’t “mathed out”, but I really like driving it. One other gas/diesel consideration is if you’re gonna drive in the sand. Gas trucks do better in sand because they aren’t so nose-heavy. Different regions have different sand so it may not apply in the south, but in the Oregon sand dunes gas trucks rule for that reason.
burningman 03/10/20 07:55am Truck Campers
RE: towing w/ camper few ?s

You need to drive your 24’ cabin cruiser over a scale. I’ve had a lot of boats and I find it HIGHLY unlikely that any 24’ cabin cruiser on a trailer scales that light (4000 pounds). My last 22’ cuddy cabin weighed 6000 on the trailer. Campers that hang past the truck bed a bit aren’t a problem. Often boat trailers have enough tongue to still hitch right up. If they don’t, just use a hitch extension. I tow a 26 foot cabin cruiser behind a dually pickup with an 11.5 foot camper, that hangs about 4 feet behind the truck. Death wobble is worn out front track bars or other front end parts. If your truck is in good shape you won’t have it, and carrying a camper and towing your boat don’t cause more of it. GM trucks don’t have it because they haven’t had straight axles in front since ‘87, ‘91 on the crew cabs. The older diesels were loud. The newer ones are as quiet as a gas truck. Fuel price is higher but they get better mileage. Both of your reasons for not wanting a diesel are mistaken. However, they’re expensive to buy and if you don’t drive a whole lot they don’t really pay for themselves. They make driving effortless with a camper and trailer with all their torque though. You want a dually. It’s just gonna drive way more solid and confidently with the camper and.boat, and it isn’t any wider than the camper and boat already are.
burningman 03/10/20 06:55am Truck Campers
RE: Hauling a heavy camper and towing

It’s got a Dana 80 rear axle. Those have an 11,000 pound weight rating. Four stock size 235/85/16 tires are good for 10,800 pounds. And that’s just the rear axle. It’s clearly got strong enough springs and the frame isn’t going to break. No, it’s not overloaded.
burningman 03/08/20 01:15pm Truck Campers
RE: Hauling a heavy camper and towing

F450 pickups are a whole lot stouter than F350 pickups. The 14,000 GVW rating is ONLY so buyers don’t have to register them as what they really are, Class 4 trucks. It is a completely fake number. If you buy a chassis-cab, be aware they usually ride awful stiff. Not only are the springs a lot stiffer, they’re usually shorter too. The longer leafs on a pickup let them ride nicer.
burningman 02/29/20 10:10am Truck Campers
RE: 2019 Northern Lite 10-2 CD

Digital thermostat I got this one and I like it. Easy to see and use. And looks cool.
burningman 02/29/20 09:34am Truck Campers
RE: 2019 Northern Lite 10-2 CD

This is a non-issue. You can put any thermostat you want on there. It’s super easy and cheap.
burningman 02/27/20 03:52pm Truck Campers
RE: AF 1140 Dry Weight

^Nevwr hauled big things in a pickup, eh? Ragged edge? You saw the pic on the same truck as yours but 20 years older, right? I can assure you it was not on the ragged edge and your truck is vastly stronger in every way (except the engine is just as stout in the 2nd gen) than the 2nd gen. But they make lots of smaller campers than that, so whatever you're comfortable with is the right one. Actually the AAM rear axle under a new Ram 3500 is rated at 10,120 pounds by AAM, and the Dana 80 under that 2nd gen Dodge is rated at 11,000 by Dana. Most on here believe new trucks are heavier duty, that’s not necessarily so. They just put bigger numbers on the glovebox. That 2nd gen 3500 is as stout as any pickup. That’s the same rear axle Ford used to use in the F450. This is why I’m always telling everyone the so-called “ratings” are not gospel. They’re marketing hype, numbers not calculated by the engineering dept. You have to look at the actual parts.
burningman 02/27/20 03:41pm Truck Campers
RE: Help. Will This Work?

I think it would be the C.O.G to be the biggest drawback and the truck may not handle well? This camper is on a F250 LB with current owner, so I hoped an F350 would make up for the shorter box size. Absolutely not. It’s a common misconception that an F350 (single rear wheel) is any different than an F250. It’s the same truck, with slightly stiffer springs which you can add to an F250. Lots of RV guys say nothing you do to a truck increases its payload, you have to just buy one with a higher rating, because they believe if the factory adds a spring, the payload goes up, if you add the same spring, it doesn’t. About truck selection, I believe it’s silly to buy a shortbed with the main purpose being camper hauling. A shortbed turns a little tighter. A long bed is superior in every other way.
burningman 02/21/20 07:06pm Truck Campers
RE: Over weight? Does it bother you?

Many years ago I used to carry a 10-foot truck camper on an F150 4x4. I had set it up with extra springs and Rancho 9000 shocks and it sat level and drove ok. Until I broke the rear axle! If you get too crazy about overloading trucks you actually can break them. The floating-axle 3/4 and one-tons most of us use are a whole lot stouter than the glovebox sticker says. You just have to watch the tire load limits.
burningman 02/21/20 06:52pm Truck Campers
RE: Interior Design – Painting

Oh one more thing. The fresh paint makes all the trim look old. I removed things like the plastic air conditioner cover and light housings that had yellowed with age. I cleaned them with paint thinner then primed and painted them, with white rattle-can paint. That made a huge difference. It gave the rig a clean new appearance. I also used adhesive vinyl contact paper to redo the countertops. Sure it’s too fragile to cut on with knives but it’s held up surprisingly well and looks WAY better. I pulled the sink to put it on, and trimmed the outer edges with a razor knife. The floor is that snap-together “engineered hardwood” stuff.
burningman 02/19/20 07:47am Truck Campers
RE: Interior Design – Painting

Might also consider “off gassing” factor. Might take quite a while for the smell to go away in such a confined space. It’s no different than painting a room in your house. I had no issues with that. You get to choose your colors too. The main reason we painted our old camper was that we HATED the dark icky wood paneling. I thought it was a bad idea and would look cheap and crummy too. But when my wife transformed the thing from a depressing ‘70s basement rec room looking dungeon to a “glamper” looking, light and fresh place with a lot of our personal favorite teal shades, it was amazing. A lot of people have admired it. We got a new Northern Lite, and we aren’t gonna paint that. But if it’s anything that isn’t super new and fresh, go for it. It’ll be better than you think. About how much effort it is, it’s a lot. The edges and corners are the tedious part of painting anything, and the whole camper interior is edges and corners. It’s nothing like rolling paint across a big empty bedroom wall. But it’s totally worth it.
burningman 02/19/20 07:38am Truck Campers
RE: 1996 Chevy K2500 + Lance LC980 + 6,000lb trailer?

If you put wheels and tires on it that can take the weight, the rest of the truck will do it. It’ll be slow. And if it’s an automatic (which I assume because you mentioned putting in a trans temp gauge), it may have a hard time ever getting going from a stop on a steep hill. If it’s 4WD then low range will save you. This is from my experience with a Chevy with a 6.2 and Ford with a 6.9 automatic, which I once had to back down a hill against traffic the wrong way on a busy downtown Seattle street when it absolutely wouldn’t do anything trying to start on a hill but smoke the trans. On the Chevy I solved the problem by yanking the diesel and putting in a Caddy 500, and even that once refused to back up on a steep hill loaded heavy with no low-range. However I do have an ‘80s Chevy 4x4 crewcab dually, manual trans, that will walk up any hill under a huge load with just a stock and tired 454, because of gearing. I think the auto trans is your biggest worry on your truck.
burningman 02/19/20 06:42am Truck Campers
RE: Interior Design – Painting

It only looks cheap if you do a poor job. My wife is an ex-pro painter and did our old Vacationeer, it looks awesome and way better than original.
burningman 02/15/20 10:29am Truck Campers
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