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RE: Heki 2 Skylight

If is quite easy to use a freight forwarding service to have the product shipped to a local address (in the UK) who will then forward on to you. For example I have used to buy lots of stuff in the UK from suppliers who will not ship to the US. The price is reasonable and there isn't any ongoing membership charge. They will even act as your buyer if the vendor will not accept a US credit card. They have shipping addresses in Germany and throughout Europe as well. If you don't like them they have many competitors. When my Heki dome cracked, a new one from Dometic cost almost twice what I was able to buy the whole unit for from the UK. That advice has been a lifesaver! I found a complete bottom frame that includes both the flyscreen and the blackout shade in Australia. is who I am using as Forward2me didn't work with Australia. Great advice!!!!! Thanks for taking the time to answer my query. Eric
egarant 04/27/22 05:33pm Truck Campers
RE: Heki 2 Skylight

Here is the one that I used. The only tricky part was removing the old one as it has been in there for 15 years. It was kind of stuck. I saw that one as well but the measurements look to be too small, even with the larger model to replace the large Heki 2 skylight.
egarant 04/27/22 12:22pm Truck Campers
Heki 2 Skylight

Many parts of my original Heki 2 are in need of replacement, I would probably be better off just putting in a new one. BUT they are not made anymore, Dometic has no replacement or new parts. There are several overseas countries, Germany, Australia and the UK that have them, but they won’t ship internationally. That is CRAZY!! I’ve scoured the internet/ebay and the like and have come up empty.
egarant 04/27/22 10:11am Truck Campers
RE: Bedding in overhead beds in T/C

After using almost all the previously mentioned configurations of bedding we are now trying out Beddy’s Bedding. Kinda like a sleeping bag but much more confortable and nice looking. Very easy to make the bed. I recommend upgrading to the higher quality sheets inside. Beddys
egarant 04/07/22 08:40am Truck Campers
RE: Is it common to remove your truck camper at your camp spot?

Two campers over 24 years, and we've removed it exactly once; to drive the Monument Valley loop without shaking up the beer. Why unpack the camper to pack for the day trip, when everything we might need is already snug in its place? Food, clothing, water, bed (strictly for napping :)), first aid kit, dog gear, swim suits, etc.. And when the boat goes along, launching with the camper on gets easy with practice. EXACTLY x 2
egarant 04/06/22 04:18pm Truck Campers
Dometic Heki 2 Replacement

Has anyone had luck finding a replacement hatch so I can remove this marvel of engineering....... Mine has many broken parts which are almost impossible to find and if so very expensive. I have not hand any luck looking online for marine or other hatches with that cut out dimension which is 38" by 26". Thanks in advance! Eric
egarant 03/16/22 05:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: Toyo M55 3 ply sidewall tires

The M655 look like a nice tire but they only come in 17.5 and 19.5’s good for you guys driving 450’s and up.
egarant 03/09/22 10:46am Truck Campers
Toyo M55 3 ply sidewall tires

These tires look pretty nice! Looks like they have a legitimite 3 ply sidewall that some complain make the ride stiff, but in the truck camper world, a stiff sideway would be an asset in mitigating sway. Anyone running these bad boys?
egarant 03/09/22 09:19am Truck Campers
Michelin Agilis CrossClimate Tires LT

I’m tire shopping……. The BF Goodrich KO2 is the leader in the clubhouse right now But then I ran across these. Does anyone have any experience with these tires? According to the literature they are commercial all terrain tires with the 3 peak snowflake symbol made for carrying heavy loads. Looks like there are several types of CrossClimate models out there by Michelin, but it’s the Agilis in the LT model that I am interested in. Sounds like a good tire for TC use….
egarant 03/04/22 09:49am Truck Campers
RE: Chassis Cab Ride Quality

Re-reading your first post, OP, appears you're not planning on a heavier camper? You already have a couple thousand lbs of headroom in your real world payload on your new dually, beyond what the loaded camper weighs. Seems like an ideal match as you have it, unless you're wanting to pack around a literal ton of extra "stuff" beyond the (estimated) 4500lb fully stocked camper. TC carrying capacity on my truck is 5,071 lbs based on the included truck camper into provided with the truck. Cargo Carrying Capacity as indicated on the door frame is 5,916 lbs. Fully loaded with 50 gallons of water, propane, inflatable SUP’s, 2 75 lb electric bikes and the heavy stinger and rack to carry them puts me at 14,000 at the CAT scale, which is right at my GVWR. I am looking at larger truck so i can install a utility bed to carry even MORE stuff.
egarant 02/23/22 10:37am Truck Campers
RE: Chassis Cab Ride Quality

Thanks for the responses, I am gleaning that the 550 or 5500 is the safer option. Also, that even loaded a washboard road will be jarring as the front of the truck is still lighter loaded than the rear. I noticed that the gas models of these trucks force you to have 4.88 gears, at least Ford does, I dan’t imagine how that must impact mileage when freeway driving, even at just 65mph. I’m currently getting 9 mpg with my Ford 350 with the 7.3 Godzilla and 4.30’s….I’d assume my mpgs would drop lower than that with 4.88’s.
egarant 02/22/22 09:06am Truck Campers
Chassis Cab Ride Quality

Hi, Currently exploring getting a chassis cab to put a custom utility bed on then my TC. Looks like most are buying a 550 or 5500. I have two questions. 1. Why not a 450 or 4500 chassis cab? They seem to have the CCC. 2. What is the ride quality like. I can imagine what an unloaded truck would be like, but can anyone speak to the fully loaded ride quality of their chassis cab set up? Cheers, Eric
egarant 02/21/22 09:59am Truck Campers
RE: Truck Bed Weight

Why a flat bed? This will raise your camper and its COG significantly. There are manufacturers that build pickup beds complete with storage boxes for TCers. I agree, the flatbed with boxes from Alum-Line will add 7" of height and weigh 1000lbs, that is too much height and too much weight robbed from my cargo capacity. They claim to be custom TC systems Most of these custom builds seem start in some sort of flatbed configuration then they build around them. I think maybe Dougless Truck Bodies in Bakersfield makes something that drops between the wheel wells to keep the height down, but they are made of steel which would be even more weight.
egarant 02/10/22 10:17am Truck Campers
RE: Truck Bed Weight

I fail to understand all the guessing. It took me all of about 30 seconds to find the specs from Ford. Again, the weight difference in a bit under 250#. Love to know where you found that info. I am a pretty darn good internet searcher and found nothing, hence my post. Thanks, Eric
egarant 02/10/22 10:11am Truck Campers
RE: Truck Bed Weight

1000# for an aluminum flatbed is rather high unless there are multiple tools boxes over and under . I've been quoted by Alum-line that a flatbed with boxes under and on top would weigh about 1K#'s
egarant 02/09/22 03:59pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck Bed Weight

Four healthy average people can easily lift the stock bed off the truck. 100lbs is a struggle for most people, so I would estimate the weight of the bed at 400lbs or less. The custom flatbed is going to weigh significantly more. That's been my guess and I don't want to rob cargo carrying capacity from what I already have with the standard bed.
egarant 02/09/22 10:38am Truck Campers
Truck Bed Weight

I would like to know how much an 8' truck bed weighs on a 2021 Ford F-350, they are made of aluminum these days. I want to weigh that (pardon the pun) against the weight of a custom aluminum flat bed with storage boxes which the vendor estimates would weigh 1,000lbs. Thanks!!
egarant 02/08/22 01:10pm Truck Campers
RE: Happijac new vs old?

Yes it is too bad they won't sell or even repair the older motors. I spoke with Tyler the "guy in the basement" that used to repair the older motors. He told me the older ones are easy to re-build and asked management to continue the repair service, but was shot down, they want to sell the new ones that as you already know entail a new circuit board and possible upgraded wiring to the jack plugs.
egarant 02/08/22 01:08pm Truck Campers
Aluminum Utility Bed for Truck Camper

Is anyone using an aluminum utility body on their 1 ton dually that is suitable for a truck camper. I am not interested in steel due to the added weight. I've seen some low profile models that might work, I am measuring the camper/truck now to see. Your help is always appreciated! Eric
egarant 02/06/22 11:39am Truck Campers
RE: HOST Yukon Dump Valve Location

You know **** happens…..and if it does, better to happpen 2 feet off the ground than 5 feet. It’s a very quirky place for a dump valve if you ask me and the grey tank dump is in another location so you cannot rise you hose after a black water dump with your grey water….. I have seen the cascade dumped by cascade owners on YouTube and I see it as a non issue. It also has the black tank in the driver's slide. I rinse my sewer hose by way of the clear elbow with a hose fitting for back flushing into the tanks and then closing tank valve and flushing sewer hose. I carry hose repair ends and an extra hose for this function. Many dump stations have hoses but no fittings (male end missing usually). I love the host campers and their engineers thinking outside the box to allow so much more in a TC than I could have ever imagined. Sewer dump location never threw up red flags when I ordered my Cascade, it is amazing the things, small things that are factors in what determines what we purchase. Got to love the incredible choices we have. Barry Good Points!
egarant 01/24/22 02:59pm Truck Campers
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