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RE: Spring has sprung....

-21°C here this morning no spring in site for a few days
markowwes 03/19/20 10:58am Truck Campers
RE: towing w/ camper few ?s

It all comes down to how much money do you want to spend? No power or weight issues with this setup (only one problem, the MPG is bad) https://i.imgur.com/oPoYzxWl.jpg I went from GM to Ford in 99 and never had one that had the death wobble, that’s old school. Proper maintenance avoids that kind of issue. Stay away from the 6.4 Ford diesel though, it’s a money pit. Good Luck Wes
markowwes 03/09/20 10:06am Truck Campers
RE: Hauling a heavy camper and towing

We have a 2018 F550 crew cab with Diesel and 4X4, with aluminum service body we are scaling in empty at : Front axle: 2570Kg. Rear axle: 2300 Kg. Total: 4870 Kg. 10,714Lb. Geared the way I have it we can tow 35,000lb. You need to consider your tongue weight in the mix too. With my truck, Camper and Boat I scale in at 28,000Lb.
markowwes 02/24/20 02:00pm Truck Campers
RE: Introduction post

Welcome to the site Good to see that I’m not the only one dreaming of that day, already have a setup but just spend too much on toys to be able to walk away from the steady income. If the dealership will let you, load the unit you are looking at and go and weigh it. That will tell you what mods you may need or if you are totally to heavy. If they won’t let you, maybe you need to go to a different dealer. Just saying. Good luck, hope to see lots of retirement pictures so I can dream more. Wes
markowwes 02/12/20 11:11am Truck Campers
RE: F150 vs. stupidity

Are there no cops arount to see this ****, guy should be thrown in Jail for being so stupid!
markowwes 12/18/19 09:52am Truck Campers
RE: Ford SuperDuty more bumpy + jittery empty, than when loaded?

The more weight you put in that box the better the ride is going to get, you may want to check the tire pressure, I lower mine when i am empty to smoothen things out a bit too, aired up to max whithout a load will cause them to wear in the middle. Wes
markowwes 09/19/19 11:22am Truck Campers
RE: Ford SuperDuty more bumpy + jittery empty, than when loaded?

The more weight you put in that box the better the ride is going to get, you may want to check the tire pressure, I lower mine when i am empty to smoothen things out a bit too, aired up to max whithout a load will cause them to wear in the middle. Wes
markowwes 09/19/19 11:21am Truck Campers
RE: 2017 Ram 2500- Airbag Question

If you want a great ride install a kit from Kelderman, get rid of the springs all together. Quite expensive but you wont regret it. I did a 2018 F550 front and rear. rides like a Caddy now. Can dump the system when unloading camper and don't have to lift is as far up to load. https://kelderman.com/ Wes
markowwes 09/12/19 04:10pm Truck Campers
RE: TC vs Small 5th wheel

When we first started shopping for a RV we were looking for a small 5th wheel, after some searching we discovered some provinces/states don’t allow you to tow a boat or other trailer behind a 5th wheel. As we always take out boat with us on vacation this sealed the deal to take a truck camper. With the larger campers with slides, you have very close to the same floor area as a small 5th wheel anyway. As we are getting older the only problem is getting in and out of the cab over bed. When we get rid of the boat we will likely go to a 5th wheel, but no time soon.
markowwes 09/04/19 10:25am Truck Campers
RE: Happyjac slide out, normal operation?

The way I look at it is there is nothing to support the top or sides of the slide until the drive mechanism at the bottom pushes it tight against the wall so it will flop around until the bottom is pushed tight. If you push and or pull on the top when it is half slid out it will move considerably in both directions. Wes
markowwes 08/08/19 02:11pm Truck Campers
RE: Happyjac slide out, normal operation?

I have the Happy Jack system in my Okanagan, The first time I slid the fridge side out I thought it was going to fall on the ground LOL have had it for 15 years now with no problems, the one on the Dinette side piled up a couple times but ya I’d say that’s normal. Wes
markowwes 08/08/19 11:26am Truck Campers
RE: Unloading and camper support

If we are staying more than a couple days we always unload, first level with the camper jacks then tighten up on the screw jacks until tight. Never had trouble with stability. http://i67.tinypic.com/2j2z2hg.jpg http://i68.tinypic.com/14jamap.jpg http://i66.tinypic.com/30trpm9.jpg http://i64.tinypic.com/ft8qx.jpg
markowwes 06/18/19 10:59am Truck Campers
RE: Full air ride modification

Well it’s all done!!! Had to do some minor adjustment to the trailing arms as it was “Dog Tracking” during the test drive, she goes straight as an arrow now. The ride empty is way better than I expected, yes you can still feel the bumps but they are not bone rattling like they were before, just a mild bump. The ride loaded with the camper is a considerable amount better too, stability while cornering is way better due to the sizable torsion bar they use, no sway at all even with a crosswind. Only sits down ½ to ¾ inch when loaded. (That may be tire squash) All in all I am perfectly happy with the cost and the amount of work involved. Not a job for someone that has no mechanical background and should be younger than 62 years old torqueing down all those bolts wore me out LOL. So far (Only have a couple hundred KM on the truck) I would highly recommend the Kelderman brand for fit and finish. http://i63.tinypic.com/1z2of3n.jpg http://i68.tinypic.com/2myzp6w.jpg Don’t have the wheel covers on yet, still have to re-torque wheels. Hope this helps anyone trying to decide weather to go this way, I recommend it if you want to spend the time and money,
markowwes 06/18/19 10:16am Truck Campers
RE: Full air ride modification

Wow, so you have to remove the original suspension mounts for the Kellerman bits to work? Looks like quite a project. That is the reason I went with the Autoflex rather than the Kelderman. The Kelderman install instructions show pictures of cutting torches and air chisels. The Autoflex is strictly bolt on, and can be returned to stock at any time. Also the Autoflex feeds the load into the frame at the same points as the springs (where Ford designed them to be) while the Kelderman does not. Not sure they make a Autoflex for a 550, but it works well on my 350. I have to say you are wrong there!!! Ford pop riveted the top stoppers for the overload springs to the frame, I just used a zip cut to cut the tops off the rivets at the bracket and punched them out through the frame, no torches needed to cut any holes or anything like that! Also wrong about the use of existing holes, the Kelderman system utilised all the existing spring hanger bracket holes for this system (Where Ford designed them to be) I Had to drill a few extra to bolt on a strut bracket. Yes it may be a bigger job to install but there is no question in my mind about the structural integrity of the system that is why I went Kelderman. The way I see it, they are the leaders in the market for air ride systems. You have to understand that the 550 has a 12,000 lb. payload capacity and a 30,000 lb. trailer capacity, I am sure that it is engineered for a safety factor built in to those numbers.
markowwes 06/12/19 09:56am Truck Campers
RE: Cargo Trailer Shopping

I have an H & H car hauler, all kinds of head room, torsion axles no springs, when you get the car hauler they have a heavier ramp door and are a little wider. we are happy with it.
markowwes 06/11/19 03:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Full air ride modification

"OK so got my shop all cleaned up to do this job and what happens? All of a sudden with a clean shop my boy wants to bring his boat in to get it ready for summer. How many of us have to knuckle under and help out the kids?" Haha, I kinda wish my kids were like me and did all that mechanicin' stuff, but on the upside, they're doing cool things that I didn't get to do when I was their age. However, oldest kid is 16, found him a super low miles never driven in the rain grampa owned car. BUT I spent over half of the weekend pulling full maintenance and tune up on his car so that it'll be good to go for a long time with only oil changes. Ya its nice being able to work on these things together with them, the engine in the boat is a carbureted 350 that we’ve rebuilt from the crank up. The new vehicles are a different story though, if you don’t own the right computer all you can do is oil changes. I looked under the hood on this 550 and just shook my head, how they do anything under there is beyond me. Had an oil leak on my old 2008 and they lifted the whole cab off to fix it. Just crazy!!! http://i67.tinypic.com/2qioaaa.jpg http://i68.tinypic.com/24fe890.jpg Good thing it was warrantee work. How many guys you know have a hoist like that in their garage?
markowwes 06/10/19 02:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Full air ride modification

OK so front end was more work than I anticipated, got her all done by Sunday night. Going to mount the deck back on today and hook up the compressor. The box supplied is too big to mount between the frame and service body so I am going to take all the stuff out and mount it in one of the rear bins. All the hose connections are good (did the soap test) so no leaks, ordered a couple air gauges so I can monitor pressure in the rear bags. http://i64.tinypic.com/28ckke8.jpg http://i68.tinypic.com/30uejc2.jpg http://i65.tinypic.com/fao2o.jpg More to come.
markowwes 06/10/19 10:41am Truck Campers
RE: Do you unload when you camp? Really?

If we are staying more than a couple days we always unload, first level with the camper jacks then tighten up on the screw jacks until tight. Never had trouble with stability. http://i67.tinypic.com/2j2z2hg.jpg http://i68.tinypic.com/14jamap.jpg http://i66.tinypic.com/30trpm9.jpg http://i64.tinypic.com/ft8qx.jpg
markowwes 06/10/19 10:22am Truck Campers
RE: Full air ride modification

Hi again, so during the week, stuff doesn’t get done as quickly as I would like with work and yard maintenance to deal with. Last night was an exception to this. Mounted the air tank got the air lines installed, mounted the leveling valves and set ride height, all in one evening, was late but happy with what got done. http://i64.tinypic.com/in9uex.jpg http://i67.tinypic.com/2nrnd3s.jpg Going to spray the soap to check for leaks, install protective cover on air lines and mount the deck back on today. Forecast is rain and miserable all weekend so I will probably get the front end done by Sunday.
markowwes 06/07/19 08:02am Truck Campers
RE: 2019 Ram 3500 dually and loading a bigfoot 10.4 ...

Don't worry about it Camp woof, after a while it will be easier to load and unload, a scratch here and there is part of the experience.. life goes on. It's a great package you have there.. enjoy it. Happy Camping Wes
markowwes 06/06/19 10:46am Truck Campers
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