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RE: 18" tire question - ANOTHER UPDATE

Nitto Grapplers 295 70R 18. 4080 [email protected] 80 PSI. Load E
mattyj 08/12/21 06:21am Truck Campers
RE: New lpg tank

I got it purged from the dealer, thank you for your responses!!
mattyj 07/31/21 03:31pm Truck Campers
New lpg tank

Anyone know the proper procedure to purge brand new propane tanks? My wife brought a tank in to be filled, it is brand new and she had to leave to go get cash because their ATM does not work when she came back the girl had the propane tank all the way in the back of the yard She said it has a hole and was leaking but I think it was not purged for an initial Fillup.Does anybody know the symptoms of filling up and on purged brand new LPG tank?
mattyj 07/31/21 01:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Bathroom access on the road

Bill has a Penny for your thoughts LOL Bill Penny, told me directly that he does not like Adventurer or Eagle Cap TC’s because of warranty problems. I would take his advice very seriously. He is an expert on truck campers with many years of experience and he has a reputation for honesty.. Yes I know I bought the camper I have now from Bill in 2005, but unfortunately the Adventurer has all the features we like.
mattyj 06/19/21 05:05am Truck Campers
RE: Bathroom access on the road

....are there other factors to be considered about bathroom access before I commit to the purchase? Thanks What other factors are you worried about? To me the other issues involve the downsides of having a slide. Depending on the model you may not be able to access the kitchen, cabinets, or bed if the slide is not out. When traveling I like to be able to pull over and use the toilet, fix lunch and take a nap to help keep fresh and deal with long hours of driving. With a slide you cannot stop in a standard parking spot. I have visited friends and relatives where the only viable option was parking/camping on a residential street. I have stealth camped numerous times when a slide would not have worked and would have certainly called out attention. A slide also is a potential mechanical issue, an area at risk for water intrusion and it also adds considerable weight. I have seen some campers where the slide only served to add some floor space without doing much for comfort or utility. Is the slide worth it for your model and for how you expect to use the camper? If in doubt, you might want to look at a similar or even slightly longer TC without a slide. Talk to Bill about the choices that are currently available.. I’m not really worried about any factor, I just had questions, for instance is there a manual crank to crank out a slide out if it gets stuck in the out or in position? Also if you’re up in the cab over is there ever a switch option to close the slide from bed? Just questions like that I never had a slide out andI haven’t heard anything that would deter me from getting the one I want, Thanks for all your info
mattyj 06/17/21 06:41pm Truck Campers
RE: Bathroom access on the road

Is it a matter of getting the bathroom door open? The bathroom door on my slideless BF has a hinge down the center to clear the dinette. Perhaps something similar could be ordered on your Adventurer. The bathroom is in the front right with a sliding door and no way to get to it without slide out at least partially out
mattyj 06/17/21 03:42pm Truck Campers
Bathroom access on the road

I’m gonna be ordering and adventurer 910 DB next year and after doing some research I find the bathroom cannot be accessed without the slide out out. At first I was really disappointed about the “ inconvenience “ of hitting a switch . But now I’m resigned to hitting the switch. Now I’m just curious,( I never had a slide out before) am I missing something or does it just take 30 seconds or so to bring out slide out? If that’s the case Iare there other factors to be considered about bathroom access before I commit to the purchase? Thanks
mattyj 06/16/21 05:12pm Truck Campers
RE: About to leave, truck batteries are dead question

Yep, it's your truck. As a 6.0 Ford PowerStroke owner I'll add some things to ponder (not from experience--sarcasm). If you rely on your Trucks alternator to "charge" your Camper batteries you should definitely think about a bigger alternator than stock or OEM. I replaced my OEM alternator five years ago and all my truck electrical issues vanished -- full stop. Since I had plenty of "amperage" available I even added a 6AWG line to charge my batteries separately---I could have never done that with an OEM Alternator. My Leece Neville 230 AMP alternator will charge at idle--you're OEM will struggle if not provide zero charging capability. Go on-line and invest in a 230AMP alternator - Trust me, You will kick yourself for not doing it a long time ago. I'd also offer that you need to replace your truck batteries as a pair. Since they are below 12.6V I'd charge them up. I've bought new batteries before and had one go bad - not uncommon. Take your new batteries back to the place you bought them and have them do a "Load" test. You'll know immediately if you have a bad battery and they should replace it for free if you are still in the warranty period. Another word of caution. Just because your Truck battery gets a jump to start does not mean it'll charge. An alternator requires V to excite the alternator. Generators do not. Lots of folks learn this the hard way. If you can afford it get AGMs for the diesel. Here's a link to a 230AMP. You can search on-line for the best prices. Be advised Leece Neville's are produced in the US. So, there are Chineeesm Knockoffs (go figure). Buy from a reputable dealer. Leece Neville 230 AMP. 7.3 driver I will absolutellook into that alternator, I sent the truck to the shop for 2 reasons first is diagnostic the second is the serpentine belt is a major hassle for me and I don’t want to deal with it. Too old anc lazy ,I have not had an issue with the alt in the truck but we are taking a pretty long trip in August so what the hell .As for the batteries I replaced them in February so they are new I hope not shot. Thanks
mattyj 06/05/21 01:44pm Truck Campers
RE: About to leave, truck batteries are dead question

This may sound like a silly question but did it rain over night when you came outside and found the truck batteries dead ? The reason I ask is cause I have a early 1999 F350. Sometimes after a good rain what happens is water will get to the inside of the outer door handle where the electrical switch is for the inside illumination lites and cause them to come on and run the batteries down. Ford may have corrected this on later models. yes it did rain that night. but they were new, good as opposed to new (bad) time will tell. Good to know!
mattyj 06/05/21 05:10am Truck Campers
RE: About to leave, truck batteries are dead question

Thanks everyone I jumped the truck and the voltage did not increase at first I thought it had something to do with the tc but I think that the tc was on truck and this happened was just a Coincidence. So when I had the truck running last night quite a while I might have killed the batteries due to the alternator being no good. I am waiting for AAA to pick up my truck and bring it to the shop, no trip this weekend, I really lucked out this happened in my drivewayAnd not on interstate 81
mattyj 06/04/21 10:49am Truck Campers
RE: About to leave, truck batteries are dead question

Re. Airbags: the airbag compressor is not continous duty. I doubt it will survive running long enough to pull down two batteries. some more thoughts: I checked the voltage of the batteries and they kept dropping even know the The truck was running so I am bringing it to the shop I think it is the alternator, I am annoyed this happened but it could’ve been worse I could’ve been on the road. Thank you for your responses thank you sir What voltage does the camper battery show? There are not many electrical consumers in a truck or camper that can run down two (or possibly even three, with the camper battery) fully charged 70-something Ah batteries in one night. Leaving the truck lights on, or the fridge on 12V, might. A single dome light won't do this. Do you know if you have a battery separation switch of sorts between truck and camper? Having the camper on shore power does not necessarily guarantee that the fridge is running on shore power, though it normally should. But it may have been inadvertently set to 12V, or something may have gone wrong. 15 minutes is not long (enough) to charge the batteries. You'd need to know what their voltage was before the jump start. In any case you need to find out if the problem is with the truck or the camper.
mattyj 06/04/21 09:01am Truck Campers
RE: About to leave, truck batteries are dead question

You need to check the battery fluid with a hydrometer. A hydrometer is easy to use, inexpensive and available at all or most auto parts stores. If the battery has a dead cell then it is toast - it won't charge up again. It's toast.these are seal batteries
mattyj 06/04/21 08:18am Truck Campers
RE: About to leave, truck batteries are dead question

I’m wondering if the airbags on the truck which I was using last night could have been the culprit, I don’t know if there’s a switch to turn them off or you just leave them and turn the ignition key off and they’re off
mattyj 06/04/21 07:49am Truck Campers
RE: About to leave, truck batteries are dead question

Both truck batteries totally disconnected read 11.35
mattyj 06/04/21 07:48am Truck Campers
RE: About to leave, truck batteries are dead question

I will disconnect each battery on the truck and test again when I tested the first time they were connected thanks
mattyj 06/04/21 07:44am Truck Campers
RE: About to leave, truck batteries are dead question

I amended my first reply, pse re-read if you haven't yet.. I had to camper plugged in to AC at my house and I just jump started the truck and it started and I shut it down 15 minutes later it won’t start again
mattyj 06/04/21 07:43am Truck Campers
RE: About to leave, truck batteries are dead question

The truck batteries are 11.38 volts and the camper battery is 12.56 if anyone can help me.
mattyj 06/04/21 07:38am Truck Campers
RE: About to leave, truck batteries are dead question

Correction I am now going to test the batteries
mattyj 06/04/21 07:13am Truck Campers
RE: About to leave, truck batteries are dead question

Thanks for responses the battery in the camper is new in the truck batteries are new I am not going to go get a tester and try to check the voltage
mattyj 06/04/21 07:12am Truck Campers
About to leave, truck batteries are dead question

Hello everyone, I loaded the camper last night packed everything up had the truck running idling for a while no problem. Today I go to start truck batteries are dead and I can’t figure why the meter is saying the camper battery is OK, lights work.Can anybody help me with this? Thanks
mattyj 06/04/21 06:48am Truck Campers
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