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

The setup of our current Northstar camper is similar. A lot of fesh water, small gray tank. If/when you have a cassette toilet, you need to dump very frequently anyway. And a place to dump is much easier to find than a source of fresh water. We dump the (usually about half full) cassette daily as well as the gray water tank (using a bucket for the gray water). That way, we always have 2 day reserve. And a half full cassette weighs only half as much as a full one when you take it out. That way, we can stay parked in one location until the fresh water runs out (> 5 days), as long as we have a place to dump the cassette and bucket within walking distance. Works for us, doesn't work for everyone.
joerg68 03/03/21 07:53am Truck Campers
RE: Trimming down tie downs to fit

OK I think I get it now. You could lengthen the (too short) Fast Guns with a section of chain* - Thats what I do as I bought two of the short ones in error back in 2009. I had HJ bumper buttons in the rear on our old truck. Found out, the short Fast Guns are for the front tiedowns. We have TL tiedowns all round on the new truck. https://i.imgur.com/cPQsyhrl.jpg Do you have four short Fast Guns? You could try to sell both sets and buy the correct length Fast Guns. Or you could probably try to combine both sets, as you described in your question. The Fast Guns disassemble easily, so you should be to find out how long the hook section needs to be / where the nut is that it bolts into inside the housing. At least I think I remember that mine came dissembled from the factory. Unscrew the hook part until it comes loose, then the retainer nut is free inside the housing. There is a plastic cap on the upper end of the housing that you can remove. The loose retaining nut just comes out at the top end. At least I think that is how mine work. I have never used the standard turnbuckles, but I imagine they disassemble just as easily. * if you do this, you need chain with welded links and one threaded chain link for each tiedown. At the time, I think TL had included the chain/link hardware with the tiedown kit.
joerg68 03/01/21 12:26am Truck Campers
RE: Trimming down tie downs to fit

Sorry, I have no useful answer to your original question. But why are the Fast Guns too long? You have a normal truck, normal camper, Torklift tiedowns - everything should fit like it usually does? Do you have a picture?
joerg68 02/28/21 03:03pm Truck Campers
RE: New F350 owner seeks TC information

edit: photoposting site already linked
joerg68 02/28/21 04:48am Truck Campers
RE: Happi Jacks

The issue sounds like an overload problem (maybe corrosion in motor or gears), but then it should cause more issues when raising the camper - lowering puts less load on the motor? Have you tried switching the jack motor (or the whole jack) with another one to see if the issue moves with the motor? If the problem stays at the same corner, it is an issue with the control board. Afaik there are only two wires going from the board to each jack, where the polarity is reversed for up/down. In which case a wiring issue would probably manifest in both directions. The old ones were easy to remove and install, don't know about the new ones. The old ones were also very prone to corrosion issues, I had one seize after two winters. But I haven't heard anything about the new ones yet.
joerg68 02/23/21 04:53am Truck Campers
RE: New F350 owner seeks TC information

Northstar has a few hardwall offerings for SB trucks. They make a good product. We are happy with ours (Arrow Long Bed version). You might also look at Bundutec - they come with a Truma furnace/water heater. They will also do a lot of individual customizing for you. https://bundutecusa.com/bunduvry/
joerg68 02/14/21 05:19am Truck Campers
RE: oh joy...........

... sorry, wrong thread
joerg68 02/14/21 05:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: Quieter alternatives for propane furnace in extreme cold

Don't Cirrus campers come with an Alde heater from the factory?
joerg68 02/08/21 03:04am Truck Campers
RE: New F350 owner seeks TC information

Hi and welcome! Sorry if you know any or all of this already: You need to be aware of the payload and (rear-) axle capacity of your truck. The official numbers can be found on two stickers that you can see when you open the driver's door. One contains the weights (Gross/GVWR, Front axle (FAWR), Rear Axle (RAWR). The other one contains the payload. I assume the truck is single rear wheel. The rear axle rating will probably be limited/determined by the load capacity of the two single rear tires. The center of gravity of the camper determines where the camper's weight will be carried. On a short bed truck, the weight of the camper will usually go all to the rear axle. If the cog is in front of the axle, some of the weight goes to the front axle. If the cog is behind the rear axle, some weight will be transferred from the front axle to the rear in addition to all of the camper weight. The longer the camper is, the further back its cog usually is (depending on design decisions of the camper mfg). The most reliable way to determine the available capacity of your truck: Take your truck to a scale and get the individual axle weights. The truck should be packed in the way that you usually travel, probably mostly empty, but with a full tank of gas. The difference between the RAWR and the actual (empty) weight on the rear axle comes pretty close to the weight of the camper that you can safely carry in the back without modifications. How far you can exceed this is a topic of hot discussion on this forum. I will not get into this. A few 100 lbs are likely not going to be a problem. The stated dry weights of a truck camper are usually grossly underrated and do often not contain lpg, battery, a/c on the roof, sometimes not even the jacks. And they do not contain anything you load into the camper, such as water, food, all of your belongings. Only a scale can tell the actual weight. Assume that any camper will be a lot heavier than what the brochure states. You say that your truck is lifted. This will not help with the handling of the rig. A TC is already top-heavy. Your questions: Camper cog: Some campers come with a cog marked on the side. Some state the cog position somewhere in the specifications, usually as a distance from the front bulkhead. The actual cog is obviously subject to the way the camper is loaded (and outfitted) and may be a bit fore or aft of the stated position. As a rule of thumb, it is usually around 1/3 back from the front bulkhead. If you need to know where exactly, you are probably pushing limits already. Tie down mounts: Have them installed and ready before you pick up the camper. It will be stressful enough the first time, so get that out of the way. Tailgate: If your first trip with the camper takes you home, you can certainly leave the tailgate in place and carry it home inside the camper (maybe wrapped in a blanket?). They are easy enough to remove, unless the PO has installed some anti-theft device, in which case you should know about this beforehand. So much for initial information. I am sure there will be more coming. Do not worry, the truck will carry a camper just fine.
joerg68 02/05/21 04:45am Truck Campers
RE: Northern Lite.

Take note of this thread near the top of the forum: https://forums.trailerlife.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/27945924.cfm
joerg68 01/25/21 12:45pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper - Newbie Needs Advice

With your truck, you are limited to 8-9 ft campers without slideout. Most of these should work fine w.r.t. payload / rear axle weight. The tongue weight of your boat trailer needs to be subtracted from the available payload / axle weight. This may limit your options. A well matched truck/camper rig is neither difficult to handle or dangerous. Where / at what time of the year do you plan to travel? Most campers in that segment do OK in cold weather, but I would not call them true four-season units. There is a thread right near this one titled "Helping a very new TC owner with a truck decision". Might be worth a read. You might have a look at a used Northstar camper. Their Arrow and Adventurer lines offer a twin bed in the cabover and the dinette bench converts into a third bed fairly easily. The Arrow is no longer offered; only its cousin Arrow U which has a different dinette (but may still work for you). Mfg. homepage: http://www.northstarcampers.com/
joerg68 01/23/21 02:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Helping a very new TC owner with a truck decision

Payload is only part of the truth, and not the most important one w.r.t. truck campers (and there are a lot of discussions about weight on this very forum). You need to keep an eye on the Rear Axle Weight Rating, as most if not all of the camper weight goes to the rear axle, especially in a short bed truck. Ideally, you should get the actual axle weights of the empty truck, as in, weighed on a scale. The difference between empty rear axle weight and RAWR tells you what you should be able to haul. The limiting factor of the weight rating is often the load rating of the tires on an SRW truck. Be very careful with any weights that come from a manufacturer's spec. sheet, be it truck or camper. They are often very optimistic and do not take all weights into account - you need to know what is in and what is not (truck trim line, camper jacks, A/C for example).
joerg68 01/20/21 06:00am Truck Campers
RE: Structural repair and replacement of rotten wood

This thread is from April 2019. The OP has probably solved the issue by now.
joerg68 01/14/21 01:03am Truck Campers
RE: Outfitter's New Molded Fiberglass Body for the Apex 8 Camper

@Porkchopexpress: You say you live "West". Any chance for a trip to Colorado to visit Outfitter (and Hallmark, while you are close by anyway)? Well worth the visit, Rocky Mtn NP is close by. I haven't heard or seen any of the new models either. We sold our 2011 Apex in 2015 for reasons unrelated to the camper and I have not followed the popup camper market closely since.
joerg68 01/08/21 03:12am Truck Campers
RE: Outfitter's New Molded Fiberglass Body for the Apex 8 Camper

@Geewizard: note the thread dates from 2014.
joerg68 01/06/21 02:30am Truck Campers
RE: Reg cab long bed vs extended cab long bed?

The available storage space in a regular cab is very, very limited. Anything that you currently store in the back seat area while traveling will need to go elsewhere. We had a single cab truck for a long time, and this was our main reason to move to an extended cab. If you don't need a 4x4, an RWD truck will be lighter (more payload capacity), cheaper, and somewhat closer to the ground. Also much harder to sell when you need to get rid of it again. All imho.
joerg68 12/24/20 02:17am Truck Campers
RE: Northstar 850 sc Electric roof lift

There is a pre-loaded torsion bar inside the upper tube of the Heco lift. It tends to lose tension with age. Sometimes the rear spring mount gets dislodged, usually due to water damage. With time, both issues reduce the lift assistance of the torsion bar, and it takes a lot more force to raise the roof.
joerg68 12/22/20 12:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Northstar 850 sc Electric roof lift

As far as I know, N* have switched to a different roof lift system a while ago (2016?). Their newer popup campers appear to use the electrical Rieco Titan lift; at least the labeling on the switch in this TCM article suggests so: https://www.truckcampermagazine.com/camper-reviews/2017-northstar-650sc-review/ The new system is a completely different design. Technically, a conversion may be possible, but it looks like a very involved project. I can see why N* do not offer to do it.
joerg68 12/22/20 05:59am Truck Campers
RE: Rotten wings

Try this for photo posting: http://photoposting.is-great.net When I re-did the wings on our old Lance, I used a single piece of sandwich board (fiberglass - foam - fiberglass) that I bought from a local company that makes truck trailers. Unfortunately I didn't take pictures back then.
joerg68 11/19/20 12:11am Truck Campers
RE: 1997 Fleetwood Caribou 12 ft

Regardless of the weight, your truck has the 8' bed, right?
joerg68 11/15/20 06:22am Truck Campers
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