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RE: Outfitter's New Molded Fiberglass Body for the Apex 8 Camper

“ >50 gal of water carrying capacity (44 gal fresh tank and 6 gal HWH) and 16 gal grey tank.” That’s not a spec to brag about. This kind of crummy setup has long been one of my biggest peeves about campers. A big water tank at the supply end, but tiny waste tanks... so unless you can dump it on the ground you can’t use all that water. Not even half of it.
burningman 03/03/21 06:20am Truck Campers
RE: Who’s still using a 7.3 diesel truck

A new Ford diesel the 6.7L engine is and old gasoline converted block that was put in the Ford 392 cu-ft engines in 1962. The International 7.3L diesel was designed from scratch as a diesel engine. The torque delivered is sustained power even under max load whereas the new Ford engines only deliver instant and temporary power and cannot be sustained which is whats make the old 7.3L a better engine to begin with for diesel power. There’s no much misinformation and outright lies in this post I can’t believe my eyes. Ford did not make a 392, in 1962 or ever. The 6.7 diesel has literally nothing to to with any ‘60s Ford. They are not derived from any old gas engine at all. Ford built a 391 FT starting in ‘66. That’s the closest thing to your fictional 392 cubic FOOT (LOL) 6.7 ancestor. can tell you more about FE and FT Ford engines than you wanna know. I can only imagine you’re assuming that since the 6.4 was 390 cubic inches, it had anything to do with the old 390 gas Ford, which it did not. And the 6.7 isn’t even based on the 6.4 it replaced, it’s a clean-sheet ground up new engine. And it can sustain full power for extended periods every bit as well as a 7.3. The main reason a 7.3 can do that is it came detuned for low power, so it was understressed. A 6.7 at half throttle will make what a 7.3 did. Don’t get me wrong, I love the 7.3, it’s relatively simple and reliable. You’re just saying things about it that are absolutely not true.
burningman 02/21/21 12:06pm Truck Campers
RE: Who’s still using a 7.3 diesel truck

Convert axles to 4.30 gear ratios Install Gear Vendors overdrive. This will give me twelve possible gears, with roughly the same overall final drive ratio for cruising on the flat while giving me lower gearing for low speed backing, etc. The stock reverse gear in the 6 speed is pretty tall. Towing chip or tune, aiming for about 300 hp/600 ft./lbs. Nothing too crazy. South Bend towing clutch or equivalent when the OEM clutch finally wears out. It's a strong, dependable truck, but my dad's new F350 with the 6.7 towing 10000 lbs would probably out-accelerate mine empty. I’ve got a Gear Vendors OD. It’s awesome but it won’t give you twelve gears. You have to be going almost 20 mph to use it, so it’s oil pump is operating. You only use it with the upper gears. I have 4.10 gears and the GV drops my 60 MPH cruise from 2000 RPM down to 1500. It makes 4.10 effectively 3.20.
burningman 02/21/21 11:30am Truck Campers
RE: Who’s still using a 7.3 diesel truck

had a 1971 7.3 would tow anything you hooked to it, truck camper and walleye boat from ohio to wis just great. Lol no you didn’t. No such thing.
burningman 02/21/21 11:16am Truck Campers
RE: New F350 owner seeks TC information

You need to disregard “stated” or “dry” weighs for campers. That is always - yes always an unrealistic number. A lifted shortbed was probably the worst choice for a dedicated camper hauler, but you can make it work. Loading and unloading the camper is going to be a pain, most campers aren’t set up to lift that high, They (or you can) make Jack extensions to lift it up higher, but especially if it’s an older camper it’s likely to get real “iffy”. I used to park between a tree and another truck, then run ratchet straps sideways off each side of the camper to them, to prevent the camper from crashing.
burningman 02/13/21 01:29pm Truck Campers
RE: New Ford 7.3 Gas

3 tons - take a look at a company in Florida called Custom Automatic Conversions they specialize in Allison to Cummins engine work. Fewer and fewer people are making that mistake. Swapping in an Allison is a $10,000++ proposition and it’s not worth it. A properly built 47RE Dodge trans is actually stronger. The bad reputation is all from people throwing power and weight at stock ones. Consider this: a whole lot of Chevy race trucks running Duramax engines have Dodge 47REs swapped into them!! Spend $5000-$7000 on building the Dodge trans instead.
burningman 02/13/21 01:11pm Truck Campers
RE: Advice to reduce truck camper sway (2018 Ram 2500)

It isn’t that the springs are coils. It’s where they’re mounted. I know it isn’t the answer you want to hear but I’d sell the truck and get any other that has conventional outboard-of-the-frame leaf springs. That ‘14-up 2500 Ram narrow-mounted rear suspension is inherently unstable with tall loads. In the mean time, put the biggest sway bar on it you can find, probably the Helwig, and some Rancho 9000 shocks dialed all the way up. Or, forget the camper and keep pulling trailers. That truck is great for that. And if the camper weight is coming from a sticker or plate on it anywhere, disregard that, go weight yourself on a truck scale. They’re never as light as the spec claims.
burningman 02/12/21 06:35am Truck Campers
RE: Ford 6.2 gas vs 7.3 gas highway gas milage

Engine size isn’t the whole story. The 7.3 is usually running at much lower RPM, so even though 7.3 liters of air/fuel mixture goes through it on each revolution, it does fewer revolutions and actually displaces less volume while moving down the road than a 6.2 thats spinning faster.
burningman 02/07/21 05:09pm Truck Campers
RE: New Ford 7.3 Gas

My 6.0 does just fine for me. Yep,it's a great engine as well as the Ford 6.2 gas..Matched with these new transmissions they perform great with a TC on..I used my son's 6.0 HD 2500 all the time..Pulled a 30ft 8500# TT all over these hills around here..It did great.. I never have understood this posting hp/tq of a pickup like it was a '56 chevy/327 and still in high school..LOL..It's a pickup and any of these engines will work just great with any of the TC's out there.. Of course, ‘56 Chevies didn’t come with 327s... those were six years later.
burningman 02/07/21 05:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck Registration Weight

I’ve never heard of anyone actually being hassled about weight ratings from the DOT while driving a pickup truck with a camper. I do know all about the rules around here, I’ve run trucks of all sizes from 1-tons to 105,500 pound Peterbilts for a living for 30 years.
burningman 01/31/21 08:20am Truck Campers
RE: Helping a very new TC owner with a truck decision

With the Chevy/GM/Ram trucks there is no difference between the 2500 and 3500 trucks other than the number of rear leaf springs in the pack and whether you can get DRW on the truck as DRW available only with the 3500 models. Negative!! 2014-and-up 2500 Rams have a coil spring rear suspension. It would be fine, BUT - they mounted the coils inboard of the frame. That effectively gives the chassis a very narrow platform and it’s inherently unstable with a top-heavy load like a camper. The 3500s have leaves like every other 3/4 or 1-ton pickup, the advantage being they’re mounted outboard off the frame rails, effectively giving the chassis a wider stance and they’re much better with a camper. A friend of mine gave up his Chevy Duramax and bought one of those coil spring 2500 Rams. He put his camper in and it pretty much tried to kill him. He turned around and went back home and never loaded the camper on that thing again.
burningman 01/31/21 08:12am Truck Campers
RE: Northern Lite.

Good idea to check for any problems with the various campers models, especially in terms of how weather tight they are. A number of fiberglass shell campers were touted as being more waterproof but this often proved not to be the case. People looking for a Bigfoot or Northern Lite have done exactly that, that’s why they want one of those!! You still have to mind the seals on windows and hatches, but the fiberglass clamshell campers are absolutely more water-tight and weather-resistant. The problem is used ones go for so much money that when I tried to find a deal on one I ended up going new - and that’s very unlike me!
burningman 01/31/21 07:54am Truck Campers
RE: Trailer too long for truck?

I`m waiting for the 4500/5500 guys to show up and say how dangerous it is to tow anything with the puny 3500 dually! LOL a properly equipped 1500 at ???? % of max capacity is just as safe as a 2500/3500 at the same ???? % of max capacity. That sounds right at first but 2500-3500 pickups are much more conservatively under-rated. and the softer sidewall tires on 1/2 tons make a.big difference too. I think the bottom line is the 1/2 ton will get that trailer where it’s going, but not comfortably or confidently. I don’t understand why anyone who can afford a late model 1500 and a big new trailer doesn’t just get a heavier truck. That 1500 has enough resale value to go buy a similar year 2500 or 3500. You’re gonna add cash if you want a diesel, but hey you’re gas already.
burningman 01/17/21 09:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: How much weight could be eliminated?

I get what the intent here is (in-tent is where you’ll end up lol) but seriously you’ll never notice a few hundred pounds. The whole point of carrying a truck camper is to HAVE all those things. I want AC, jacks, a microwave, etc. if you insist on using a 1/2 ton truck, you shouldn’t be hauling a camper anyway. I used to do it. Never again, and there’s NO reason for it. You can buy a 3/4 ton or 1-ton just as cheap unless you’re only willing to buy a brand new diesel. I see guys all the time saying they can’t afford a bigger truck when they’re already driving a truck that cost more than any of mine ever have. .
burningman 01/13/21 07:58am Truck Campers
RE: Wolf Creek 850 roll over story

All this talk about tie downs, when it appears the camper’s anchor points are what failed. It doesn’t much matter whether you use frame tiedowns, belly bars, Happijacs, or Brophy clamp-ons. The camper anchor points themselves are usually the weak point.
burningman 01/12/21 04:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Everyone Check your Female 7 pin connector.....

I already had the standard flat pin RV style connectors but I added the big-truck style round pin connectors. They’re far more reliable. There’s no reason you need to remove your flat-pin plugs, just so you can connect to whatever else you might need to someday.
burningman 01/12/21 03:59pm Truck Campers
RE: Newbie Question About Tie Downs

For the price of the “good” tiedowns you can buy a small wire-feed welder, some pieces of square tube and flat stock, and make some and still have money left over. And now you have a welder That doesn't make one a welder. I had 6 certifications from 40 years ago including 7018 LH overhead but purchased Torklift tie downs. That experience recognized quality products. Correct, but some folks like to humble brag about their skills. We all know it makes zero sense for someone like the OP who doesn’t even hint at being a welder AND who is living full time in a TC to buy a welder. And if they did, they’d need a shop and other tools, not conducive to living in a TC or apartment on in inner city street. But we should be proud of burningmetal......I mean burningman for his skillz. And other folks, who shall remain nameless but whose initials are “Grit Dog”, like to throw rocks at people who are willing to get out there and do a thing or two instead of buy everything pre-made at whatever price. I’m so glad you’re here. You’re a real asset. And I mean 3/5th of that.
burningman 12/29/20 11:19am Truck Campers
RE: Newbie Question About Tie Downs

For the price of the “good” tiedowns you can buy a small wire-feed welder, some pieces of square tube and flat stock, and make some and still have money left over. And now you have a welder!
burningman 12/29/20 06:52am Truck Campers
RE: Leg supports for truck camper storage

I used to have to do this and I ended up using really big wood blocks. Really big huge ones.
burningman 12/27/20 05:12pm Truck Campers
RE: Trailer hitch extension arms for rear tie-downs

About the camper tie down extensions, I simply welded some 1 1/2” square tube to the ends of my hitch and drilled a hole through each outer end. My rear tiedowns are just some pieces of 1 1/4” square tube that slides in and pins on, with a big eye bolt at the outer ends. Simple, easy, cheap and strong.
burningman 12/26/20 07:59am Truck Campers
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