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RE: Camper jack torn off driving

Have you found this?
joerg68 08/07/20 04:10am Truck Campers
RE: Camper jack torn off driving

Sounds like they would rather not work on your camper... Are there any mobile RV techs in your area who might take a look? I may have missed the information... which type of jack do you need? Atwoods have been discontinued unfortunately.
joerg68 08/06/20 01:42am Truck Campers
RE: Battery Drain Help Please

... and then do the same measurement with the camper disconnected. That way you can tell if the camper can be the source. Once you have this measuring thing sorted out, you can start pulling individual fuses until the draw goes away. That way you can usually further isolate the culprit. How long had the truck been sitting? Why do you believe the camper causes this? Was the camper battery also dead, or fully charged as would be expected? Were all lights out on the truck? All doors properly closed? The door switches go bad pretty frequently. One possible issue can be the on board computer not "going to sleep", because it senses "something" is not properly turned off. With the resulting draw, it can drain a battery within a week or two, even when you think everything is turned off.
joerg68 07/30/20 06:59am Truck Campers
RE: Start of an Adventure with an S & S 8SC

Cleaning the trim is a lot of work, but you end up with prefabricated trim pieces that fit just right.
joerg68 07/30/20 12:21am Truck Campers
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

Glad you got it fixed and nobody was hurt. I think we all have these stories...
joerg68 07/28/20 12:23am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 1988 Sun Lite

Hi and welcome! Enjoy your new camper! I can not help you with a manual, except that if it exists, it may not answer your questions. The usage of the individual appliances is usually described in individual manuals, and the camper manuals tend to be a bit generic. You may also try a forum search, or a google search. This is a 1993 Lance manual; it may be able to answer some questions (Lance have all manuals online going back to 1993): To post a photo here, you can use this service and follow the instructions on the page:
joerg68 07/26/20 11:46pm Truck Campers
RE: Atwood Jack clunking....

The Google brought up this old thread: Maybe it helps you to gain confidence. My own philosophy with these things usually is, if someone assembled it before, it can be assembled again. As long as the problem is in the motor head, you should always be able to manually extend/retract. Just have the crank with you, or an electric drill with the right bit.
joerg68 07/22/20 10:07am Truck Campers
RE: Atwood Jack clunking....

Front or rear? If front, a quick mitigation might be to exchange with a rear jack (if interchangeable). It won't fix anything, but take away some load from the clunking jack. Could be a kink in the threaded rod, or a worn cog in the gear drive, or... Sounds like disassembly / rebuild will be needed. You might try to lubricate first and see if it gets any better. But I have no idea how any of that is done in an Atwood jack.
joerg68 07/22/20 12:42am Truck Campers
RE: Camper recommendation.

Welcome to the Truck Camper world! You will find that a TC is an optimization problem to be solved, more so than other types of RVs, due to size and weight (and budget) limitations. You need to find the right camper for _you_, depending on how many people want to travel where, when and for how long, what their personal preferences are during a typical day in the RV, if you want to take any type of gear or a trailer along with you, and a number of other aspects. There is no "best" TC out there for everyone, but there is a "best" TC for you that is the best fit for your needs and wants and possibilities. Your question is a bit unspecific. What do you want to know about all the listed topics? I know the search function here is not the best, but you might still try to see what was written about different topics in the past. There is also a buyers guide at the truck camper magazine website that may give you some helpful input. As an example, you will find that there are just a few tiedown systems - Torklift makes a quality product that is not cheap. Happijac makes another one that is different in design and works well for many. Some people build their own version of the Torklift frame mounted system and are happy with that. All of them will work fine if installed and used correctly. There are a few more offerings out there. The jacks these days come from Happijac or Rieco Titan. Used campers can have the discontinued Atwood jacks or an older version of the Happijac motors. All will work, all have potential to fail. Electric jacks are very convenient, especially if you take the camper off the truck frequently. If you just do this once a year, a good cordless electric drill may work well for you at 1/4 or less of the cost.
joerg68 07/21/20 03:13am Truck Campers
RE: New to Truck Camping

To repeat what was already said: the single rear tires limit the weight capacity of the rear axle. DRW has 2 x the tires = (almost) 2 x carrying capacity without any other changes. But no truck camper offers the space available in a fifth wheel. You need to find out what _you_ need when you travel. If you want a TC because you think that you can pull a trailer in addition to the camper, you need to be aware that the trailer puts additional load on the rear axle. But with a TC in the bed, you are already near (or even above) rawr, so there is little or no capacity left. Do not trust the stated weights of the TC manufacturers. A few are accurate, but many leave out a lot of optional items that you have on board. A TC is usually heavier than you anticipate, and only a scale will ever tell the true weight. Do not be optimistic about weights. The numbers are what they are and can be exceeded if you know what you are doing and are comfortable doing it. But then again, many prople have traded their SRW truck for a DRW and won't look back.
joerg68 07/19/20 09:27am Truck Campers
RE: 2002 Lance 811 Rebuild - Update 09.30.2020- PROJECT COMPLETE

Thanks for the pictures! Looks like you are on track - great work!
joerg68 07/14/20 01:53pm Truck Campers
RE: New to RV’ing....and might not last

For a starter, you might want to watch this orientation video by a large RV Rental company: It is geared towards Class C usage, but there is a lot of commonality between the basic systems. But you need to find someone with more experience to give you "the tour". Maybe at a dealership? It is not rocket science. Many, many people have successfully conquered RV usage. I see no reason why you couldn't be one of them. In the end, you may still learn that a smaller RV is better for your personal preferences and needs, or that RVing is not for you. But now that you have the rig, you have a great opportunity to find out about that.
joerg68 07/08/20 03:41am Class A Motorhomes
RE: leg bracket repair

I replied in your other thread with the same title and the pictures... maybe you could ask a mod to combine both threads.
joerg68 07/06/20 02:52pm Truck Campers
RE: leg bracket repair

The bracket itself looks like it is twisted. But there is obviously damage to the camper structure behind it as well. You need to take the jack and bracket off and do some dissembly to see how much damage there is. That can range from some splintered wood where the screws were pulled out to very bad wood rot. The state of the screws will give you a hint. If they are very rusty, you are looking at a major problem. But without disassembling first you can not do any repairs. It is not complicated. The corner moldings are held on with screws, the camper siding comes in sheets that are stapled to the camper frame at their lower edge. All of it is held together by butyl tape and sealant. Not very pleasant work to clean it all off, but a good set of screwdrivers gets you pretty far. Work from bottom to top. The lower jack bracket has visible damage as well.
joerg68 07/06/20 02:47pm Truck Campers
RE: leg bracket repair

To post pictures, go to and follow the instructions there. It is real easy.
joerg68 07/06/20 09:58am Truck Campers
RE: Any thoughts on a repair?

A local tire shop might have some tubes. Whatever you do, I wish you luck - and success! Be safe!
joerg68 07/01/20 02:11pm Truck Campers
RE: Any thoughts on a repair?

Some gently inflated tire tubes between the truck and the cabover floor might work. They would dampen the flex, but still allow movement.
joerg68 07/01/20 01:38pm Truck Campers
RE: Any thoughts on a repair?

Those Atwood electric jacks on your camper have been discontinued. If you want to part the camper out, they may be worth more than the rest of it together. I am sorry for your bad experience. I can relate somewhat to your experience as we spent six weeks fixing a relatively minor but unexpected rot problem on our first camper.
joerg68 07/01/20 01:29pm Truck Campers
RE: Any thoughts on a repair?

The main issue is on the passenger side. Sorry for the error. But the buckling fiberglass in front of the water heater in the picture from the driver's side tells the same story. Look at the picture BurbMan posted. Once you start disassembly, you will be surprised. And not in a good way. The cabover is already coming down on the roof, if I understand your initial post right. You will need to support it when you drive this thing. Putting some sort of buffer between the roof and the cabover is probably the only way to do that. And even then you need to drive very carefully. When this camper starts porpoising, every cycle is going to make things worse. Those brackets fastened to the lower edge of the cabover on the driver's side... I can only guess they are there to keep the floor in. That does not look good :-(
joerg68 07/01/20 01:18pm Truck Campers
RE: Any thoughts on a repair?

It will not get better by driving it... I would not want to drive it as it is, not even to the closest repair facility. Can you get some soft foam board that you can wedge between the cab roof and the camper cabover, so that the cabover weight is distributed evenly? The truck's roof is not made to carry loads, so do at your own risk. Normally, I would advise strongly against doing this, but...
joerg68 07/01/20 12:56pm Truck Campers
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