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RE: step solutions

The landing gear feet make a huge difference compared to the standard bracket that comes with the TL Glowsteps. The steps somehow feel much more solid and stable with them.
joerg68 02/06/20 12:45am Truck Campers
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

Thirded. No arch for me, please ;-) But I wouldn't worry about the asymmetric design. I don't think it would bother me.
joerg68 02/06/20 12:02am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Regular cab under Outfitter Apex 9.5?

The first two pictures were taken from our (at the time, 2017) regular cab Silverado with Northstar Arrow camper (north-south bed) in the back. Never had a problem seeing what we needed to see. This one has our Outfitter on the same truck (2011): And here is one from 2009 with our first camper, a Lance 915. The cabover is just a little further than the antenna, and the antenna is about 4" higher than the cabover floor. It is bent a little back and tucked under the floor. Same single cab Silverado 2500HD. Those are the best pictures I could find in my "archive". Usually, when taking pictures while driving, neither dash nor cabover can be seen. When you are normally seated for driving, you can barely see the cabover. All campers had a 2" spacer underneath. All had the extended cabover for the n-s bed.
joerg68 02/05/20 04:29am Truck Campers
RE: Camper Renovation and Capabilities of a 2007 Tundra Double

As you already stated, your official payload is a little over 1500lbs. There are a lot of previous discussions on this forum which camper - if any - can be put on a 150/1500. The consensus seems to be: not a lot. A small, lightweight hardside camper or a popup will work. I can not access the links you posted (probably because I am not in the US), but here is my comment based on what I can see: 1500-2000$ will not buy you much of a camper. Expect a lot of work and preexisting problems. I seriously doubt any 12' camper can be put on a half ton crew cab, weight wise. Also you will need a long bed for a camper of this size. Do not trust any stated weights unless you can verify them on a scale. Almost everything camping is heavier than you think. You can travel overloaded to a degree. Just know what you are doing and you will be fine. That will not absolve you of (potential, remote) legal consequences, and you can not beat physical reality. Know your axle weights and tire loads, especially in the rear. Your project sounds like a lot of work. Would you rather travel or build a camper, or do you have time for both? Yes, many people do use the bathroom. But that question is probably as old as campers are. Some people will never use them, some only in an emergency, some can not imagine using a camper without. We are in the latter group, but there is no right or wrong here, just personal preference. Best of luck, and safe travels! Edit: removed Tundra half-ton claim. I was malinformed.
joerg68 02/04/20 03:12am Truck Campers
RE: Regular cab under Outfitter Apex 9.5?

my Silverado with the Apex 8:
joerg68 01/31/20 04:01pm Truck Campers
RE: Regular cab under Outfitter Apex 9.5?

I suppose he meant the cabover obstructing vision out of the upper part of the windshield? I had an Apex 8 on a 2008 Silverado Regular cab. The 9.5 basically is the lengthened version of that camper. No problem with vision out of the windshield. Before that I had a Lance 915 on that truck, and my Northstar Arrow after the Outfitter. All n/s beds, never an issue. The regular cab has very limited storage space, though. Which was the main reason I replaced the Chevy with an extended cab Super Duty Ford.
joerg68 01/31/20 11:20am Truck Campers
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

The person who sits on the folding chair on the wrong side of the pullout table has a difficult time getting to the restroom or anything else in that part of the camper. And vice versa.
joerg68 01/25/20 08:06am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Used truck camper

When buying a used camper, the better camper is usually the better camper. As in: is it well kept, does it have any pre-existing damage/repairs, does everything work as it should. Climb inside and try to picture how you would spend a chilly, rainy day inside the camper. The market for good used campers is pretty small. Production figures are not huge to begin with. Be prepared to look at a number of different offerings, drive a good distance in the process, and buy what suits you best. The really good offerings are usually not on the market for very long, unfortunately. The weight aspect, with a trailer, has been discussed to death and you are aware of that. I wish you luck and Happy Camping!
joerg68 01/24/20 05:18am Truck Campers
RE: 2018 RAM 2500 with Adventurer 910DB

The Diesel engine is heavier than a gas engine. All else equal, the resulting payload is lower because of that. Same with 4x4 vs. 4x2, Crew Cab vs. Regular Cab, luxury trim line vs. base model. The key phrase being "all else equal".
joerg68 01/13/20 07:19am Truck Campers
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

No expert here, but I would probably not mix epoxy and drinking water. At least I would read up on the resin used to see if it is food safe. That dog looks like it has found a more natural position ;-)
joerg68 12/18/19 01:03am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Funny, sad and embarrassing.....

Our fan shuts off if there's no propane In our previous camper, it certainly did not. Ran out of propane*, fan kept running, eventually the low voltage alarm of the CO detector went off. It is great being woken up at 3:30 in the morning, by an alarm that goes off, in a freezing cold camper. *) Plenty of butane in the bottle from a trip to a warmer place, temperature fell well below freezing, no more butane as it only evaporates in warmer temperatures...
joerg68 12/09/19 05:44am Truck Campers
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

I knew you'd like the idea of getting another tool. Anyone with a truck camper quickly learns to appreciate them, as you can do otherwise very difficult repair cuts in very tight spaces. When I got mine in 2009, the original Fein was the only one on the market. At more than 10x of what you paid for yours...
joerg68 12/08/19 03:17am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

An oscillating saw will do this just fine. It will take a while and require some sanding of the wall plywood afterwards. Something like this Fein, or one of the cheaper knockoffs:
joerg68 12/07/19 07:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anza Borrego to the Sequoia’s for Thanksgiving Break

hope you enjoyed the report Sure did! Thanks for sharing! What a beautiful place to travel!
joerg68 12/05/19 12:15pm Truck Campers
RE: Step upgrade for my Arctic Fox

The instructions explicitly state that the pins be mounted to the third step. Since someone brought up the age of the video: Now I know why it looked so familiar! It was the one I watched before installing our Stow 'n go. I found it very useful - Thank You! For installation or repair assembly/disassembly jobs, youtube videos have become a great tool. Our installation is a bit different than yours. The bracket is mounted below the door and held by the lower rear wall wood beam. I did not really trust the wood to carry the weight, so we added some reinforcement angle aluminum in the back. It was a (relaxed) full day job for my wife and myself. In the first step, we used 3M double sided adhesive tape to secure the bracket against the back of the camper. Then drilled holes etc. The tape also serves as a sealant between the Stow 'n go and the camper back.
joerg68 11/26/19 08:17am Truck Campers
RE: corsair truck camper - sewer valves - near front of camper

I do not think you will be able to to a lot without taking the camper off the truck and removing the lower camper floor cover. But I have never seen a Corsair camper, so they may be different. The forward location of the sewer dump valves sounds unusual to me. Where is the bath room, as the the black tank is usually underneath the toilet. And the rest of the plumbing runs to the rear, towards the sewer hose connection. In all the setups I know, the valves have always been close to the sewer hose connection.
joerg68 11/26/19 02:25am Truck Campers
RE: Step upgrade for my Arctic Fox

We installed the Stow'n go and Landing Gear this summer on our Northstar. Night and day difference. @Deltabravo: In your video, it looks like your glowsteps need a lot of force to extend. If you have not done that before, you might try some oil or WD40 or something at _all_ the joints (I know, they are many). It makes the stairs much easier to retract and extend.
joerg68 11/25/19 06:31am Truck Campers
RE: Travel Lite 625 2016

What is a branch kiss, they TC hit a branch ? Exactly. Especially when you are pretty new to RVing there is a good chance that you misjudge the profile of your RV - or forget about it altogether. There is structural wood framing right behind the camper skin up there. It is possible that the damage is more than cosmetic. If the frame were damaged, a correct repair would involve removing the roof and skin as far as necessary. Also, the corner lights -of which you see one in your picture- are prone to leaking under the best of circumstances. You need to make sure that the light or any of the surrounding seams do not leak. That may be difficult to find out if no external damage is visible and everything has been recently sealed over. Can someone wirh experience come along with you to assess the camper? Lastly, I do not want to bash Travel Lite, but from what I have read about their campers, their quality seems to have been hit or miss in the past. No one can judge the state of this specific camper from here, based on a single picture. If the price is right, it can be a good deal. If it needs repairs and you are unable to DYI, it can be a very bad deal.
joerg68 11/24/19 11:31am Truck Campers
RE: 1999 Fleetwood discovery not cranking.

some ideas: Possibly the starter solenoid sticking or starter not getting enough power. Check engine/starter motor to vehicle connections, especially ground connections on vehicle side. Check battery to vehicle ground connection on vehicle side. Slightly tap starter motor with a hammer, see if it makes a difference.
joerg68 11/11/19 04:50am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Pick up for TC

Campers/RVs are not built to the same manufacturing standards as, say, passenger vehicles. They are manufactured in the sense that there is mostly manual labor involved. The resulting quality can vary greatly - by manufacturer, but also within a production run. Have a close look at the camper candidates. Are there experienced RV owners in your area that you could take along? You will run into the discussions wood frame vs. aluminum frame vs. fiberglass molded etc. All have advantages and disadvantages in one way or another. Classic wood construction is easy to repair, but also more prone to water damage. But there is plenty of wood in almost all campers, just less for structural purposes. Travelite campers do have some reputation, but there are also happy owners out there who do not experience major issues. Same with Palomino, another brand at the lower end of the price range. I hear they have focused more on quality recently. I am very happy with my (wood framed) Northstar camper. But really you need to look at the layout and features of the camper as well. And then, I guess availability plays its role - of the camper and the money to pay for it. If you consider buying a camper with existing damage on the cheap to fix yourself: It is always much worse than it initially looks, and takes much more time to complete. Ask yourself if you want to fix a camper or travel in it. And then there is the truck camper university sticky thread with a lot of useful reading material if you want to see a list of all the things that can break and need fixing...
joerg68 11/09/19 05:09am Truck Campers
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