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RE: Looking to upgrade (more room)

Buying a stick-built double slide camper is a great way to learn how well built your Bigfoot was!
burningman 08/21/19 11:48am Truck Campers
RE: Tie Downs

I used Brophys for decades, on large campers. They work just fine. I use frame mount tiedowns now but they’re so simple and so expensive to buy I just made my own.
burningman 08/18/19 08:51am Truck Campers
RE: Bought a 2019 Northern Lite10'2 EX CD SE dry bath

I’ve been towing without an extension for a long time with a cut & stretched trailer tonge. Many advantages. It’s a little bit harder to hook up but way easier than attaching an extension every time you load/unload your camper. No weight transfer concerns. Cheaper. Tows straighter. People say there isn’t enough clearance but there’s plenty, I’ve never had a problem. Disadvantage is it’s custom work, not a bolt-on. But it’s not exactly rocket surgery.
burningman 08/17/19 03:11pm Truck Campers
RE: I pick up my 10-2 northern lite Monday

It has two small battery boxes instead of one large one. I have six-volt Trojans in mine. My future plans are to cut the opening and install one large door and one large box.
burningman 08/17/19 03:06pm Truck Campers
RE: 2019 Northern lite

Bigfoot puts a ridiculous overkill furnace in their campers. Some people report not liking it because it cranks out massive heat then shuts down, and reportedly doesn’t do as well at maintaining an even temperature setting as a “normal” sized furnace that runs a bit longer. I’ve taken my Northern Lite 10-2 out in winter and it was plenty toasty inside.
burningman 08/13/19 06:56pm Truck Campers
RE: 2500 Ram with coil springs carrying TC

As usual, lots of misinformation... Coil springs are not inherently inferior for hauling weight. It’s WHERE the springs are mounted (too far inboard) that makes the late model 2500 Ram handle campers poorly. I’ve got a buddy who traded his truck in and bought a coil spring Ram, he drive it once with his camper and will never set it on that truck again. The myth that a 2500 is overloaded and unsafe compared to a single rear wheel 3500 is ridiculous. They are the same truck. The frame, axles, all that stuff is the same. For years, Dodge didn’t even offer a SRW 3500, because it’s redundant and pointless. Actually come to think of it, all the truck makers didn’t used to sell SRW 1-tons, because all they are is a 3/4 ton with a bigger number on the sticker.
burningman 08/11/19 12:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Downloading at Campground

Three times in 23 years. That doesn't included when the clutch slave cylinder went out on our 2006 F350 and left us stranded at Shinning Rocks Wilderness. Then had to tow the truck/camper off the mountain to the nearest Ford dealer in Henderson, NC. Removed the camper in their parking lot and spent the night there until they could fix it the next day. Dang manual trannies, you just can't depend on them.....give me a good reliable automatic any day. :) Too late now, but you weren’t stuck. If that ever happens again you can still drive. You fire it up in gear and go, and shift without the clutch. Shut it off at stoplights. I’ve done this several times over the years in vehicles with failed clutch release. In my (and all) big trucks you only use the clutch once, to start from a stop, then shift without the clutch - and that’s with no synchros like you have in a pickup trans.
burningman 08/11/19 09:56am Truck Campers
RE: Bigfoot 25c 10.4 long bed

You’ll like the NL, more headroom, bigger bed, bigger dinette, awesome generator storage box, same great Bigfoot-type construction.
burningman 08/11/19 09:47am Truck Campers
RE: Back to the bright side

I’ve got a 10-2 EXCD, as with all campers there are some small things to modify and improve but overall I believe it to be the best you can get, in terms of durability, leak resistance, and layout. First thing to do is install a power on/off switch for the wireless HappiJac control unit in the left rear compartment. It comes wired “on”’at all times, no switch. There are numerous reports of HappJacs randomly operating and sometimes tipping a camper over. My only big complaint is Northern Lite’s use of HappiJacs, for many other reasons than just that one, which is super easy to solve.
burningman 08/11/19 09:41am Truck Campers
RE: Bigfoot 2500 10.4 or 2500 10.6

Simple... get a Northern Lite 10.2! Same two-piece fiberglass clamshell type construction, more headroom, bigger bed, and 6-foot-plus dinette bed. I was gonna get a 10.4 until I actually got in one...
burningman 07/31/19 07:21pm Truck Campers
RE: Can't believe my payload is so low.

We all tend to forget that internal components like axle bearings and internal gearing as well as U joints, when taken past their design limits or run at close to their design limits, tend to fail sooner. But we also forget that 2500s generally have the same of those parts as 3500s.
burningman 07/31/19 07:11pm Truck Campers
RE: You think only TC has COG problem?

I think you’d buckle the rear body before you lifted the front off the ground putting people back there. At any rate, that’s a heck of an assumption to make upon looking at this rig. Pretty much all longer Class C motorhomes have a lot of rear overhang. Truck campers center all their weight about over the truck rear axle too.
burningman 07/25/19 07:00am Truck Campers
RE: The verdict is in! DRW vs SRW....real world

I did the whole progression. Started with an F150 all nodded out, carried 10.5 footer and towed a boat. Drove horrible but I didn’t know it until I learned it didn’t have to be like that. The F250 ended up all missed out, F350 springs, air bags, shocks, wide wheels, etc. Still wasn’t great. The first dually I had was an ‘83 Chevy 2WD crewcab, 6.2 diesel. That was several trucks ago but it was night and day, and it was totally stock. It didn’t need anything. (Well except the 6.2 couldn’t get out of its own way, I yanked it and put in an Olds 455, then a Cadillac 500 - which was a great truck engine!) I’d never consider a SRW for camper use. The “It’s too wide for where I go” argument is pure folly. Your camper and your mirrors are as wide as the duals, wider even. But if that’s your issue, use a cab & chassis dually. They’re narrower.
burningman 07/22/19 07:57am Truck Campers
RE: 2000 Fleetwood Camper - Owner's Manual?

I literally broke the rear axle in my F150 I used to haul a camper on when I was young and crazy. It had helped springs and Rancho 9000 shocks and bigger tires and drive fine, until it snapped lol. Those trucks are way better suited to pulling trailers, that’s what I’d do if I still had a half-ton. They have one small wheel bearing on each side, rather than two large ones like the 250/350 trucks. And the axle shaft actually carries the weight, rather than “floating” with no weight on it, only providing the power like on the 250/350 trucks that have a big hub that takes the weight instead. That’s why you don’t want a 150 for a camper. It’s not just numbers in the book.
burningman 07/19/19 07:13pm Truck Campers
RE: 2000 Fleetwood Camper - Owner's Manual?

F150? You are new to this...
burningman 07/17/19 09:57pm Truck Campers
RE: 2005 Lance 1191 Need Opinions

The aluminum framing is kind of a farce. They don’t weld it properly they just tack-weld them. I’ve read a few stories about the AF water tanks busting out of the floor while off the truck. Any camper, leaks and rot are the biggest issue. I’d be most attracted to one that had photos of it being stored inside a shop in the ad, and/or located somewhere in the dry southwest.
burningman 07/14/19 12:01pm Truck Campers
RE: Might be buying a Dually....

Let’s say you’re on gravel, pulling a trailer, and you’re facing uphill and trying to get moving from a stop. Good luck in 2WD! Every 4WD truck is also a 2WD, except it’s got twice the drive traction available at any time. How is that not a huge advantage? The hillier the terrain, the less of anywhere 2WDs go. We see it every winter around here. Another of my favorites I’ve witnessed several times: driving up the mountains on the highway in winter. You’re putting power to the tires because of the uphill, and break traction and wipe out. If youre in 4-hi, it doesn’t happen. You never see anyone with a 4WD go “Oh, it’s slippery through here, I better take it out of 4x4 and put it in 2” lol.
burningman 07/13/19 12:57pm Truck Campers
RE: Towing a horse trailer with TC

Actually it’s in a 300” wheelbase Peterbilt 389 and a 51’ horse van. 14 is way too many for a gooseneck. Hitching up closer to the truck axle rather than way out behind it, is in fact better. A whole lot better. That’s why fifth wheels tow better than bumper pulls. And that’s why nobody tows on an extension when their camper is off... because the physics are all wrong. On a big dually with a 4-1/2 ton camper towing a light trailer, it’s fine. But this is a Toyota with a camper pulling a horse trailer. It matters a lot more in this case.
burningman 07/09/19 10:22pm Truck Campers
RE: Towing a horse trailer with TC

If you’re concerned for ultimate safety of the horses, stretch your trailer tongue and hitch directly to the truck, don’t use a hitch extension at all. No one drives around towing on a hitch extension unless they have to... gee why is that?!! I haul horses up and down the west coast, 14 at a time, I’m very familiar with what important cargo they are. A horse trailer on a hitch extension behind a Toyota... I wouldn’t do it. Extensions are always recommended here because they’re a store-bought solution the camper dealers sell. No one wants to do a little welding and custom work. The people who say it’ll hit the camper and won’t work haven’t ever done it.
burningman 07/09/19 03:18pm Truck Campers
RE: Pop up camper vs hard sided camper

Every type of RV has its advantages. If you get one, I’m sure you and your wife will find out what’s awesome about a pop-up.
burningman 07/08/19 01:24pm Truck Campers
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