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RE: Evaporative Coolers for Lance

Get the smallest roof AC unit u can get, I think this will be a 9200BTU, not the standard 13,500 BTU that most have. 9200 is plenty for a TC your size. Agree. The 13,500 will quick cycle once it has initially brought the unit down to temperature. With quick cycling, it doesn't run long enough to bring the temperature down. The 9200 will run more money, but worth it running properly and removing the humidity from the air. I have a smaller Lance 815 with the 13,500 and have to switch it off, let the camper heat up, then turn it back on. Have to do this so the compressor cycle is long enough for it to remove enough moisture in the air so things don't feel damp. After 14 years of owning this camper, I keep thinking the 13,500 is going to die, but except for a bad capacitor, it just keeps on chuggin.
kohldad 06/08/21 08:36pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck bed camper shim

You are asking for problems supporting with a piece of plywood that doesn't give. As mentioned, it is the truck bed rails that taper. If the look really bothers you, then I would make a platform that supports the entire bottom of the camper that is tapered the entire length to match the bed rail taper. I'm not OCD about so have no problem with the difference in gap between the camper and truck bed rail. I'm engineer so once I saw the gap and new what was causing the difference, it no longers bothers me.
kohldad 05/22/21 08:42am Truck Campers
RE: Looking at Lance Lite 835 to buy

I have a 2004 Lance 815 (almost same camper). The two dimples wouldn't concern me in the least if the inside paneling looks good. I've had one from the day I purchased my camper which was 12 years and over 100k miles ago. Hasn't changed one bit. Now the jacks are a bit more of a concern. The caulking shows where the jack was originally and the black putty shows how much movement it has had over time. Sitting the camper like that for extended periods without something under neath isn't very good but shouldn't cause problems. I tried looking at the pictures to see what the metal in the front looked to see if it was still straight. This would help determine if the wood was pulling apart or just the screws coming loose. If the metal is still straight, odds are the wood is fine with the screws coming loose. This can be confirmed by trying to tighten the screws and see how much torque they can take. Don't try to pull the jack back in as even if the wood is perfect odds are they won't without removing the jacks and resealing. In regards to the shavings, Lance leaves a lot of debris in the camper during construction. They completely build it then go in with a shop vac to remove what they quickly can so not worried about comparments and such that much. Doesn't surprise me you saw shavings, probably from cutting a whoe to run wires or plumbing. I'm still finding some in my camper. Other place to check is just inside the door for soft spot or rot. IF there is any 1/4 round inside the door, that means work was done on the floor. Could just be a linoleum replacement but more than likely the plywood. Lance didn't use any 1/4 round so keep that in mind. Also check inside the propane compartment as they sometimes leak. When this area gets wet, the tie down point tends to sag. Same under the water heater though that side is less prone to leak. In the pics, this area looks good as a little bit of sag is common. $6,500 isn't a bad price if the inside is in good shape and there isn't any wood rot. My 815 is worth about $7,000 in todays market. I want to upgrade but the prices are ridiculous right now so I'm waiting a year or two. Good luck with the hunt.
kohldad 05/12/21 08:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Revisiting pop-up campers

A gasser will be fine for any TC, even at altitude. I have the rig in my signature (see several post up) and just recently did Beartooth Pass in both directions. Boondocked down some gnarly roads with careful ease. Never lacked for horsepower or torque even at 11,000'. Coming down was a piece of cake without ever worrying about the brakes due to downshifting and variable valve timing to create additional breaking. Fixing to order a dually to carry a 5,000# camper and it'll be almost identical, Ram 3500 DRW 4wd with 6.4 gas engine.
kohldad 02/26/21 03:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Revisiting pop-up campers

Considering the age, lot of TC owners sold them becouse of troubles getting to high bed. If he is doing 14'ers, I doubt getting into the bed is going to be a problem. That's usually some pretty steep climbing near the top. Since you are doing the rough roads, how much truck do you have? Ask because that is generally the significant limiting factor. Hallmark and Outfitter are the places to at least start looking if you can afford them. They aren't the lightest campers despite being pop-ups. My hard side weighs less than most of their models.
kohldad 02/26/21 05:37am Truck Campers
RE: Traveling without Jacks - contingency plan?

The only decent contingency plan is to have them stored in a location where a friend could grab them in a pinch and ship them to you. With my Lance, if I were to travel without them, I could in a pinch get a set from lots of places shipped in 2-4 days but would run about $800 to do so. I don't really see the saving of 150 pounds worth the possible inconvenience. Need a water pump changed in the middle of nowhere small gas station, may only be able to get it done if you take the camper off. Even a number of car dealerships won't be able to get to it without insisting you take the camper off. What may have been a day or two inconvenience becomes a week plus simply because you can't unload the camper. What about if the truck gets in a wreck where you have to buy another vehicle to get home? At least with the jacks, I can always unload the camper, usually in the mechanics parking lot, through some pallets under it for support/stability, and stay in it for a few days while the vehicle is being repaired. As a kid we travel in a '69 Franklin which had the jacks twist up but stick outside the camper. We traveled all over the place, my father even took it out west a couple of times. Having the jacks on was never an issue despite going through some nasty place.
kohldad 02/24/21 08:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Wolverine Loop, Grand Staircase NM

Never done it but always looking for a place to explore when I eventually get out there so did some quick checking. Video showing a guy exploring the trails off the loop. Not much of the road but he did it in an Honda SUV so can't be that rough. Youtube video There are a bunch of other videos which shows it's mostly a nice road that is maintained somewhat decently. Clear can see grader evidence in most of the videos I glanced at. The info on all trails doesn't mention needing 4wd so should be doable. All Trails Lastly, I don't see it as a one way road so you can always turn around and retrace your steps.
kohldad 02/16/21 09:14pm Truck Campers
RE: Quieter alternatives for propane furnace in extreme cold

Look into the Cirrus or Bundatec camper with the alde heat. I would not want to try and rework those type systems into a camper that came with a standard furnace. If you use a non-vented heater that burns propane, not only will you have to worry about CO poisonings, but you will also have high moisture problems.
kohldad 02/08/21 01:46pm Truck Campers
RE: Flat

Just use the factory jack. Used it on loaded truck, loaded flat bed trailer, among other things. Only time I can remember changing a tire with a bottle jack was on the road when my single axle dump was overloaded with 11 tons in the bed. The 8-ton bottle jack said that was about all it was going to pick up but did get the job done. Besides, I don't really have the room to carry an extra bottle jack. Space is all taken up as it is and I'm already heavy enough.
kohldad 02/01/21 07:21pm Truck Campers
RE: Picture trails is shutting down

SO this doesn't effect the method now? Do you know when the switch from picture trail was made? Regardless, now is a good time to browse through the Trip Report 3.0V sticky to look at some of the past trip reports. If there is a trip report along with the pictures you would like to save on your computer it is easy to do. In Chrome, click the menu (3 dots top right corner), choose "More tools", choose "Save Page As". Make sure the type is "webpage, complete". Then choose the folder you want to save it in and the file name. It will create a html file AND a folder with the same name. To open, just open the html file. All of the pictures, text, etc will be there. If you use a different browser than Chrome and don't know how, let me know and I will be glad to figure it out for you. I have over 150 trip reports from Don Curley, Whazoo, and Seldom Seen Smith already saved but will be saving a lot more over the next month.
kohldad 01/18/21 06:05am Truck Campers
RE: St Augustine Campgrounds

If you want to stay at a park with a 10-year rule, you can always talk to them and offer a current picture of your rig. This will some times give them enough info to accept you. However, some places strictly enforce the age rule because they want folks with lots of money to be the ones to come in. And their line of thinking is if you have an older rig, you don't have the money. There is one in South Carolina that actually has a 5 year rule which is strictly enforced.
kohldad 01/13/21 08:57pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: mounting extra brake lights on 1.5” struts, NO drilling.

Why not just take the cover off and then use square u-bolts to clamp them to the struts. Don't over tighten or the bolts could pull through the plastic. One bolt per light should do the trick. A little bit of RTV or rubber gasket under a washer under the nut should provide plenty of seal.
kohldad 01/03/21 09:06pm Truck Campers
RE: lance max/ af 1150 question

From memory of other post, believe you have to put the slides out at least 6" to be able to use any of the facilities. By pulling images into paint and making the slide go in, looks like the minimum of 6" is accurate but think they need to both go about 1/2 way out for anything but a skinny person or contortionist to use. Hopefully other actual owners will post up.
kohldad 12/27/20 07:12pm Truck Campers
RE: Reg cab long bed vs extended cab long bed?

It's been a long time, but we carried an '70 Franklin 11' TC on our 69 Dodge reg cab power wagon. The truck was wrecked and we replaced the frame/body with a 76 Dodge Club cab truck. All the suspension, axles, and driveline were moved from the 69 to the 76. So the only difference was the wheelbase and a couple hundred pounds of the truck. The first time we carried the TC on a trip, my father was surprised at how much better the longer wheel base carried the camper. There was a lot less porposing when going down the road and over railroad tracks. The '69 wasn't bad in the least bit, but the extra 18" in wheel base was a very noticeable difference.
kohldad 12/24/20 10:42pm Truck Campers
RE: Concerns About Going Full Time

Go for it!!! 10 years ago when I got my current Lance 815, I use to go out boondocking in 0* temps. This camper is NOT built for cold weather camping but I managed just fine for a couple of nights. Make sure you have a good 0* sleeping bag to use as a beadspread. Then turn the furnace to it's lowest setting which is about 52*. Will still be more than warm enough to keep you water from freezing and save a lot of propane. Make sure you leave a roof vent cracked just a smidge and the pass trhough window. If you feel a draft at either location, probably opened them up to much. This is to create a very slight draft to remove the moisture from your breathing. If cooking things that generate moisture, you will need to open things up a bit more. Moisture is going to be you biggest headache, but with some tuning the above will take care of most of the problems. In the windows you don't plan on looking out, put in some refectix or foam board. Same goes for the vents you don't plan on using. Lastly, get a battery montoring system that provides amp/hr status along with draw/input. THis will give you the best idea of your battery status providng a better idea how long you need to run the generator and when. Also, make sure the battery is protected from the cold as that will sap a lot of the power. On my camper, I put a piece of 1/2 foam in the door that blocked most of the venting, but still provides a little. Good luck and congrats on trying to save money. Even if you only manage to do it for a year, hopefully that will cover your investment in the camper and truck.
kohldad 12/18/20 10:28pm Truck Campers
RE: 6.6 Ram

just did a search on the RAM website and found SIX gas DRW's within 100 miles of me. I'm impressed because there isn't a single one within 250 miles as far as I can tell. To the OP, what type of info are you wanting?
kohldad 12/09/20 08:24am Truck Campers
RE: New Truck or New Engine

Haven't in years but my father and I use to rebuild the old 69 Dodge 318 a number of times, mostly just the heads and exhaust valves. Is it burning oil? Fuel mileage decreased recently? If not, odds are it is still going strong and doesn't need rebuilding. If so and it was my truck, I would probably tear the engine down for a top to bottom rebuild either myself or a trusted mechanic that routinely rebuilds engines. You may also want to discuss any upgrades for the engine that can increase performance while not increasing the wear and tear on the engine. While you have the engine out causing the AC to be discharged, I would also replace the heater core along with updating the heating unit doors with metal ones to ensure that isn't the next thing to go wrong.
kohldad 12/06/20 10:53am Truck Campers
RE: New F350 Tremor with a SB Camper

Off road suspension means SOFT, it is designed to articulate and float over the whoopties, go with a truck designed for heavy loads instead. The soft springs is exactly my first thought. Remember while payload is one number in the calculation, you also need to take into consideration the Center of Gravity. A TC is a lot different than a pallet of blocks because the Center of Gravity is much higher for the camper. So not only are you adding the soft springs, but also several inches between the tires and lift. While you say SB camper, that doesn't necessary mean a light weight camper. Then you also need to figure out any accessories you add to the truck along with all the junk you through in the camper including water, batteries, propane, food, clothing, bedding, etc which all adds up. Oh and lastly add in the people and pets you are carrying. This all adds up quickly. In my Lance 815 which is designed for a short bed camper with a dry weight of 1,800# everything including one person weighed out at 3,500#!
kohldad 12/05/20 06:28am Truck Campers
RE: easy on/off truck caps?

I had an 8' Fiberglass shell I would put on/off a regular bases by myself. Just unbolt the 6 small screws, lay two 2x4x9' in the bed, crawl up in there then use lift one end up at a time to put the 2x4 under, crawl out, put each end of the 2x4 into a 5' sawhorse and done. After a couple years of this, came across an old manual boat winch so bought two double pulleys and 4 single pulleys, put eye bolts in the roof and then just used the winch to lift it up. Was so much easier plus didn't have anything on the floor in my way. Everything was positioned so I could still park the truck under it.
kohldad 11/30/20 10:39am Truck Campers
RE: How many have had Thanksgiving in a truck camper?

As a kid, my family of 5 would often have Thanksgiving and Christmas in the truck camper tucked away some place in the Appalachian Mtns of NC.. One Christmas eve we were caught by an early snow in the Smokys so most campgrounds were closed. We wandered down this backroad looking for a place to pull off to the side when were blocked by a gate. Just as we were about to turn around, the ranger came out of his house and asked if he could help. My father explained the situation and the ranger just smiled and said follow me. He opened up the gate, drove about another mile where he pulled into an old church parking lot. He walked over to the church to make sure the door was unlocked. He smiled at us and simply said "The church is unlocked, plenty of firewood by fireplace, just make sure to close the door when you leave. The gate will be closed but I'll leave it unlocked so you can leave at your leisure in a couple of days." Then he climbed in the truck and shouted "Merry Christmas" as he drove away. We didn't use the church as we were kept warm in the camper. Next day turned out to be sunny and mild so the snow was gone almost by the time we woke up. Us 3 kids had fun chasing the "cat" with a white and black stripe down it's back across the field. Some of you on here probably have gone by the church as it is the one in Cataloochee of the Great Smoky Nation Park.
kohldad 11/25/20 11:05am Truck Campers
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