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RE: Can’t afford new air bags right now

If you only dropped 1.5” I’d think you’d have the truck leveled out nicely. If the truck is handling fine I wouldn’t worry about it.
bwlyon 02/06/20 07:11am Truck Campers
RE: truck campers require registration like a trailer camper?

Depends on the state you live in. Missouri does not require title or registration as it considers a slide in truck camper as cargo not a camper. All manufacturers of slide in truck campers do provide an MSO manufacturers statement of origin when new to the purchasing dealer. I know that if you live in a non title/registration state the Truck Camper Warehouse keeps the MSO in there files if you purchase a new camper from them or a used one they we’re the original purchasing dealer of. If you buy a used camper and live in a registration state and purchase from a non registration getting the MSO may prove futile, and applying for title without it can be a mess of paperwork. If you’re lucky you live in a non titling/registration state.
bwlyon 02/06/20 04:27am Truck Campers
RE: Introduction post

Do not mess with your suspension until you have purchased your camper and actually hauled it around for a while, as your suspension may be set up just right. No sense in potentially wasting money on something you really didn’t need. Definitely get your camper and see if you like the lifestyle before you sell off everything! We love our camper as we move frequently and seldom stay in one place for more than two days. However, we agree that if we were to stay someplace for more than a week on a regular basis a fifth wheel would be better for us. For now the TC is perfect!
bwlyon 01/30/20 10:36pm Truck Campers
RE: New Ford 7.3 Gas

As an owner of a Ram 3500, SRW, 6.4 gasser, with 3.73 gears, and 6 speed auto, the only thing I’d consider changing is the gear ratio to 4.10. The 3.73 is just not deep enough when empty and driving over rolling hills as it causes the transmission to down shift frequently, rather than lug up the hills. Now when the camper is on, I just put the Trans in 4th gear and leave it there, and seems to do really well with minimal down shifts except in the mountains. Engine RPM runs between 2200-3000 depending on speed. Now for the gas vs diesel debate dollar for dollar it is impossible to make the diesel ink out on paper when you consider price of engine, cost of servicing, gas vs diesel fuel cost difference, etc. The gasoline engine in my opinion, for truck camper applications, wins every time if for no other reason than the added cargo capacity, and cost savings. Now the Ford vs Ram debate, I actually got to look at a F350 SRW crew cab with the 7.3 gasser and looked at the door sticker and was actually a bit shocked at the cargo capacity as it was 4120 lbs; my 3500 is rated for 4069 lbs I thought that all aluminum body would put cargo capacity a little higher. As for the 7.3, if you want it get it! It is old school cam in block overhead valve, injectors in intake technology. The engine bay has good lay out, spark plugs easy to get too on drivers side, and not terribly bad on passenger side. I think the Ford 7.3 gasser is gonna sell like hot cakes! Lastly, Go check out The Fast Lane Truck YouTube channel as they have bought a F250 with the 7.3 motor and are putting it through its paces. these guys pull no punches and tell it like it is.
bwlyon 01/21/20 08:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Eagle Cap/Adventurer New Overlander

Out of my price range, but that is a dream rig if I ever saw one!
bwlyon 01/03/20 08:21pm Truck Campers
RE: Weights. Am I missing something?

Welcome to the adventures of trying to match a camper to your truck and being within the specs. With that diesel on board it will be difficult. The lance 850 and northern lite 8-11 will get you close, but when you fill them with water, batteries, propane, clothes, gear, and groceries you’ll likely be over weight per specs of your truck. The lance 855s and AF 811 will make you overweight just by putting the camper on dry! The AF being the heavier of the two! I have a 15 Ram Megacab SB 3500 SRW 4x4 with the 6.4 gas with payload of 4069lbs printed on the door sticker, and thought I’d hit the jackpot! Well long story short we bought a Chalet S85RS (close in specs to the AF 811) thinking the Manufactures sticker of 3600lbs wet would put us on the money as far as being within the trucks specs. WRONG! Wound up with a 4000 lb camper that weighs just shy of 5000lbs fully wet and ready to travel. GVWR 11000, actual weight 13000. GRAWR 7000, actual weight 8700! Tires rated at 7200 for the pair! I’m over specs everywhere but the front axle and front tires. With that said, we’ve Halle’s this camper 10000 miles without any problems thus far and no tire failures. I’d love to have a dually under our camper but can’t make myself spend the money. What I am considering is adding a set of Rickson 19.5 wheels and 245/70/19.5 tires for peace of mind. Good luck with finding a camper that meets your needs.
bwlyon 01/02/20 09:15pm Truck Campers
RE: Rear end ratios

The higher the gear ratio numerically (3.55, 3.73, 4.10, 4.30, 4.44, 4.56) the more revolutions your driveshaft has to turn to make the tires go 1 Revolution. This increase in gear numerical gear ratio decrease effort required to turn the tires thus making it easier for a vehicle accelerate and pull a load. If you have a light vehicle that does not pull heavy loads you can use a numerically lower gear like 3.08 which decreases the rpm of an engine at speed and thereby increase fuel economy. On the other hand, if you have a heavy vehicle that frequently pulls heavy loads you’d want a higher numeric gear ratio to make it easier to accelerate and pull heavy loads.
bwlyon 12/21/19 10:48pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck alternators

The need for extra alternator output comes with people who run snow plows that have extra lights to run as well as power the electric over hydraulic lift for the plow. Overlanders use the extra alternator output to run electric air compressors, winches, and other electrical accessories. The thing to remember is that the battery in the car is a power reservoir used to start the car not run other electronics. The alternator is what runs the electrical components in any vehicle, and top of the battery after it has been used to start the engine. When you start running aftermarket accessories you can easily use all the alternator’s capacity and drain the battery, hence the need for an alternator with a larger output.
bwlyon 12/21/19 10:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Seized valve cable

If the tank is empty and the valve is closed you can pour a couple gallons of vegetable oil in the tank and let it soak a couple hours and then try and open the valve. Also if you can gain access to the valve you can spray lubricant onto the exterior portion of the valve where the cable attaches.
bwlyon 10/13/19 10:56pm Truck Campers
RE: Moki Dugway, can I do it?

We went up the Dugway a few years ago. You’ll be fine, just take your time. Road is fairly wide and in good shape.
bwlyon 10/11/19 06:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Ideal V8 rpms when towing?

We have a Ram 3500 SRW 6.4 hemi with 3.73 gears. As a general rule the hemi likes to cruise at 2000-2500 rpm. Depending on speed limit posted that means either 4th or 5th gear on our 6 speed auto transmission. If we are cruising in hilly terrain 4th gear seems to be the best gear to limit down shifts.
bwlyon 10/08/19 05:22pm Truck Campers
RE: Keeping part of the wet bath DRY when using the shower.

That is a good technique, and it is an interesting feeling when you sit on a wet toilet seat to take care of business! When we were looking for a camper I initially thought I’d prefer a dry bath, but after purchasing a camper with a wet bath we like it because you can perch a foot on the toilet to wash or shave your legs. If we had to do it again we’d go with another wet bath!
bwlyon 10/03/19 01:24pm Truck Campers
RE: Asking for advice setting up truck for tc

Tie downs should be frame mounted, Torklift is the industry leader for tie downs. As for payload I’m guessing you’re around 1500 lbs with your 3/4 ton truck, and if you plan to tow a trailer that will further complicate the payload problem. Basically you will want to look at a pop-up camper like 4 wheel campers. When it comes to matching campers to trucks I’ve come to believe buy the camper first, then find the truck to match to the camper. If you want good payload numbers and a Diesel engine a dually is the answer. A gas engine will gain you almost a 1000 lbs if payload capacity.
bwlyon 09/30/19 10:10am Truck Campers
RE: The mother of all stupid truck camper questions....

Check out free North Carolina free camping I have used this web site and can say it works. With that said, you are correct the number of free sites on the east coast isn’t near as numerous as the western states.
bwlyon 09/26/19 07:13pm Truck Campers
RE: Fuel mileage 2017 gas trucks

2015, Ram 3500, SRW, 4x4, short bed, mega cab, 6.4 gas. With 5000 lbs of extra weight from camper and goodies it gets 8.5-10.5 mpg. Empty 13-15 mpg. With the massive amount of torque and HP of the new diesel trucks you cannot make the diesel pay for itself due to increase in fuel economy, and if al you plan to do is haul a slide in camper the gasser is more than enough to get the job done. With that said, when you are running up long steep mountain grades be prepared for that gasser to gear down and the rpms to come up to 3500-5000 rpm to maintain speed.
bwlyon 09/23/19 07:14pm Truck Campers
RE: Short box dually?

I have a 15, 3500 SRW, megacab, 4x4. Considering the dual version is just that a dually version of the SRW truck with stiffer rear springs, weight transfer is not as good as would be with a crew cab model, but the difference is really quit small. I have a Ascent S85RS 8’ 11” which is Ascents version of the Arctic Fox 811, and I can tell you that the front end will get about 200lbs lighter on the front with no water, fill it full of water and the weight on the front axle is the same as when truck has no camper. In essence the camper fully wet adds all the weight to the rear axle with net zero weight transfer to the front. With all that said, my mega cab handles just fine with no extra weight on the front axle. If you want a dually under your 811, the mega cab dually is the way to go! It may look odd, but **** it will handle your 811 with ease! I have thought about moving up to a long bed camper which would necessitate a longbed truck. However, if we stay with our camper or move to an 811 we will likely upgrade to a dually mega cab. We love the mega cab trucks for the added room in the interior and behind the seat storage. We have the Laramie Longhorn model and love love it!
bwlyon 09/22/19 08:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Time to install tires on my truck camper setup

If you like the way your truck handles with the current suspension, adjusting the headlights down is an easy task when you load the camper. With that said if you take your camper off a lot when out on the road they will be really pointing down when you off load the camper.
bwlyon 08/23/19 12:45am Truck Campers
RE: RAM 3500 Auto Level Rear Suspension

I have a 15’ 3500 SRW with the factory auto level air suspension. As others have stated there is no rear sway bar which makes the truck sway more. Torn Lift now makes a rear sway bar for the air suspension equipped trucks. One thing to watch out for with the 811 it’s pretty heavy and if you put it on a SRW truck you will get a yellow light that states the air suspension has reached its limit and cannot bring truck to ride height. I know this because I have an S85RS Chalet on my truck and if I fill it full of water and have all the our gear in the camper it comes on. It eventually goes out as the fresh water is used up and grey tank emptied out. I just live with it. FYI our camper weighs close to 5000 fully wet and ready to go. The key to keep the light from coming on is keep your camper under 4000lbs fully wet on a SRW Ram.
bwlyon 08/14/19 11:01am Truck Campers
RE: Three cheers for BKA

Awesome! Congrats!
bwlyon 08/02/19 09:54pm Truck Campers
RE: The ticking time bomb under the hood

Dang glad I have a gasser! At those prices I could have replaced the whole engine. Yikes
bwlyon 07/31/19 10:06pm Truck Campers
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