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RE: Adventurer 901sb

BTW the AF 865 has way more storage than ant of the other non slide campers. Ours is on a F350 SC, not a crew cab. I’m leaning towards this AF865/ F350 SRW Supercab 7.3 gas combo. Can you post weights and pictures? Just a word of warning, you may have to special order a truck with a Supercab as all the dealers in my area (PNW) have only ordered crew cabs and standard cabs (been like that for years!). - Mark0.
mbloof 02/26/21 12:28pm Truck Campers
RE: New F350 owner seeks TC information

While NL's are marketed for 3/4 and 1T trucks, the challenge here is if the camper can be lifted enough to get it on the bed. Camper jacks don't extend forever. Considering that fully retracted the camper will sit ~1 foot (or less) off the ground, how much lift is needed to reach your trucks bed? (keep in mind that many want a few inches extra gap between the bed and the bottom of the camper when lifted) What is the distance from the ground to the inside bed of your level truck? - Mark0.
mbloof 02/16/21 06:42am Truck Campers
RE: Tires and Wheels

Hey all, Upgraded to a 2020 F350 CC LWB 6.2 and am looking to upgrade my wheels and tires. Thinking of going Rickson steel but I'm reading the backlog is months out. Any experiences out there to share with regard to working with the company delivery times etc? If delivery proves to be long, I'm looking at the Vision 81a Heavy Haulers. 4500lbs works for me on those. A bit lower capacity than the Rickson steel but the price is a bit lower as well. Could use some suggestions on tires in the G or H range, something above a 132 load index. Don't need anything aggressive for off road but do live in the northeast with snow. I realize the tires will be a bit tougher ride than the stock. Looking for experiences that have been good ride-wise. Will be doing 19.5" rims with 265/70R tires. Thanks in advance. When I upgraded mine Rickson was three months lead time. At four months I gave up and ordered the Vision Heavy Haulers. Got and installed in three days (after ordering!). I already owned a set of Toyo M608z 265/70's. The 265/70's are taller than stock so the speedo is going to be off 5mph at freeway speeds. - Mark0.
mbloof 02/15/21 03:29pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper - Newbie Needs Advice

Keep in mind that unless your shopping for a 450x/550x truck (don't hear of many of those being modified) your likely going to modify the suspension, tires/rims of your truck (or both) for truck camper hauling duty. As an example in a recent survey of NL owners found that ~70% of the SRW owners did modifications to their truck while nearly ~40% of the DRW owners did the same thing. Recently I asked in THIS forum if anyone was using a 3/4T or 1T truck with camper WITHOUT modifications to the truck. There were no responses. (seemingly everybody here has done modifications) So to conclude, almost no matter what truck you end up with, your more than likely going to make modifications to ether the suspension, tire/wheels or both for hauling a camper. You might as well get used to the idea. - Mark0.
mbloof 01/29/21 06:43am Truck Campers
RE: Northern Lite.

You might try here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/692034131579209/ It is a facebook page titled "Northern Lite truck campers for sale". The above is the preferred method rather than to ask/post in the user/owner forums as there currently is none there being offered.
mbloof 01/26/21 03:56pm Truck Campers
RE: Lance 995 or 975 truck choice

Did you read my previous post about the 975? Don't know about current trucks but back in 2019 when I was looking both F350CC SRW 4x2 and 4x4 had a max gvwr of 11,500 lbs with a max cargo capacity of 4130 for the 4x2 and 4450 for the 4x4. The 975 is too heavy to carry safely on a SRW. Perhaps you should look at a lighter unit. But again that is just my opinion. Humm, is that a typo? I'd think that the 4x2 would have a higher "cargo" rating then the 4x4 as the truck is lighter (no 4x4 hardware). - Mark0.
mbloof 01/22/21 10:53am Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper Weight...I know, I know

Historically these arguments follow four general themes: First one is that the numbers on the door sticker are legally binding. Sub arguments on this theme follow ether the payload or GVWR and delve into DOT, State or local level rules (laws?) that have law enforcement writing tickets for non-compliance. Some go so far as ether having roadblocks with portable weigh stations or LEO's carrying scales with them. Since just about every car+truck has to have the sticker, there has to be some reason for it right? Second one is in the case of a accident anyone that is over ether GVWR or payload numbers is more at fault or instantly at fault making the person with the 'over weight' rig liable for everything. Added bonus is that the LEO's carry scales with them (or simply haul them) to accident scenes (or repair shops) and anyone "over weight" is at fault. Third is that you better check the fine print of your insurance documentation as your insurance company is going to deny coverage if you are "over weight". Again here if the first two don't get you, your insurance company (or the OTHER company(s) will) have someone weigh your rig and if your "over weight" your screwed. Last but not least forth theme is that you will get sued and loose everything because you are "over weight" of the values on the door sticker. (and were involved in a accident) I've seen and heard of all of the above arguments over the years and recently in other forums. Over the years I've seen many in this forum. At last I checked, nobody has ever passed on first hand knowledge and experience with any of them actually happening to them. - Mark0.
mbloof 01/04/21 05:04pm Truck Campers
RE: How many have had Thanksgiving in a truck camper?

How many have had thanksgiving in a truck camper including cooking the meal? I have in a 10ft TC on a 3/4 ton Ford with the wife/kid and a dog..Went fishing at a mountain lake called Lost lake, then went down to the Salmon river for thanksgiving out of the snow..We cooked a big chicken because the oven was to small for a turkey..Stuffing and all the goodies..Twas a bunch of fun watching the jet boats tackle the rapids. Sure. 1/2 a small bird fits in the oven just fine. While most of the campgrounds were closed we found one with the gate open. It rained cats+dogs all day so it was just the two of us in the camper playing games in the camper.
mbloof 11/25/20 04:26pm Truck Campers
RE: New thermostat question?

The thermostat on most RV furnaces is a simple two wire interface. Just about any 2-wire thermostat will work as a replacement of the stock unit. - Mark0. Not so, my Atwood dual stage 15/22 uses 5 wires... I think "most" was the operative word here. :) - Mark0.
mbloof 11/21/20 08:32am Truck Campers
RE: New thermostat question?

The thermostat on most RV furnaces is a simple two wire interface. Just about any 2-wire thermostat will work as a replacement of the stock unit. - Mark0.
mbloof 11/20/20 06:45am Truck Campers
RE: Stop gap suspension advice

2019 Yep, I understand that some sway and roll come with the territory. It did for the 1200 mile drive home with the camper. After I added the helper springs there is the initial tippy thing that wasn’t there before. It sounds like you now have to much spring. (to stiff?) If it rode better before I'd remove the helper springs. I have a 9.6 on a 17' F250 and only added airbags to level out the headlights. (the 9.6 and 8.11 weigh about the same) As you and others have mentioned, some side to side sway goes with a top heavy setup. Some of the sway will be from the suspension and some will be from sidewall flex of your tires. Personally, the sway I was getting from the stock Ford OEM tires (rated at only 3450lbs) was to much to bear so I swapped the tires and rims for 19.5 Vision heavy hauler 81's and 265/70 Toyo M608Z's. I have no sway bar. Essentially I fixed my sway/handling issues with tires+rims. YMMV. - Mark0.
mbloof 10/30/20 04:40pm Truck Campers
RE: Seeking advice on new TC purchase

I would not expect much of a discount (a few thousand maybe). NL's are in high demand and low supply. (many are sold before they hit the lot) Some folks venture from far away to the PNW and Apache Camping centers for the deal that can be had there. You might want to give them a call and see what their pricing is just for a data point. - Mark0.
mbloof 10/30/20 06:09am Truck Campers
RE: What mistakes have you made that might help others...?

The umbilical cord the dealer gave me is long enough to reach the bumper. I don't need one that long as I have a jack in the bed towards the front. Not paying attention I once plugged in the cord and lowered the camper on it. I now have the cord tied/coiled it into a loop of sorts and when I'm backed under the camper 3/4 of the way, I stop and plug both ends of the cord in. (the cord is now only 3-4' long now) Then there was the time that I forgot to unplug the cord after lifting the camper but that is another story... :) - Mark0.
mbloof 10/19/20 02:59pm Truck Campers
RE: Arctic Fox Says no off road????

I think the term off-road has a different meaning to a lot of people. To me a dirt road is not off-roading. Getting into tight twisty campsites doesn't bother me nearly as much as a really bad washboard road and they seem to be really bad this year. I suppose if it is marked on a map, it is a road. :) - Mark0.
mbloof 10/18/20 10:17am Truck Campers
RE: 2013 Lance 1172 compatibility with Lithium ion batteries

Can a 2013, 1172 Lance TC, that has deep cycle batteries and a 100 Watt oem solar panel, take Lithium ion batteries without any new hardware or major mods? Will my charging an converting equip stay the same as well as the controller on the solar? Thanks for your advice Replace both. A new Li compatible converter charger costs a few 100$ and a solar charge controller with ether a built in Li profile or user programmable profile about the same or less. Both are simple and easy changes (at least it was for me) - Mark0.
mbloof 09/14/20 05:22pm Truck Campers
RE: 2002 Lance 1025 on new Ford F-250 with camper package?

I thought that the F-250 with camper package had the same payload as the 350 - the camper package includes front springs, extra leaf on the rear and a stabilizer. How is the 350 better? Thank you for all of the advice! As noted the Ford F250 and F350 SRW are basically the same truck with the latter having an extra leaf in the rear and higher rater tires. (maybe a sway bar?) The "major" difference is the mostly useless GVWR which on the 250 tops out at 10,000 GVWR and the 350 at ~11,500 GVWR. Door post 'pay load' is based on the mostly useless GVWR. In any application, watch the rear tire weight ratings. In ether case a decent sized camper loaded ready for camping will weigh close to over the ratings of the stock OEM tires. On my SRW the truck+camper+gear actual weight (rolled across scales) was within 100lbs of the maximum weight rating of the tires however the stock OEM tires had unexceptable sidewall flex causing unexceptable camper/truck sway so I upgraded to much better rated tires+rims. YMMV. - Mark0.
mbloof 09/04/20 08:55am Truck Campers
RE: Inverter installation question

Thanks everyone for all your input and help, I have decided ,no inverter, I’ll just make instant coffee or my wife can start the generator LOL While that is your choice, a VERY good cup of coffee can be made with the stove. - Mark0.
mbloof 08/31/20 06:36am Truck Campers
RE: new tc owner...soon

There's a reason that these campers are nicknamed "Leakwood". I had a 2001 8.5S. Surely check for water damage.
mbloof 08/30/20 09:31am Truck Campers
RE: Inverter installation question

I use a stove top expresso maker. Great coffee. ZERO electrical need or use. https://www.amazon.com/Classic-Stovetop-Espresso-Flavored-Delicious/dp/B07VFXP37D/ref=sr_1_3?crid=30ZI3E0N4J9T3&dchild=1&keywords=stove+top+espresso+machine&qid=1598801091&sprefix=stove+top+exp%2Caps%2C261&sr=8-3 - Mark0
mbloof 08/30/20 09:25am Truck Campers
RE: Aftermarket wheels

First off, Safety matters and the majority of the ‘racy’ aftermarket wheels out there are of the cheap cast variety designed more for looks rather than loads - go forged like your robust Alcoa’s and stay Safe... 3 tons Agree 100% I used to haul my Lance on a 2001 F350 7.3 SRW. I upgraded the wheels on that vehicle to Vision 19.5" rated at 3900 lbs. I also ran load range F tires on it. https://www.visionwheel.com/wheel/867/VisionHDTruck/Trailer/81A%20Heavy%20Hauler?finishID=103 The Visions in my first post are rated at 4300 lbs. and add the fact that my current truck is a DRW. I am assuming that I'm good to go, correct? Just to be clear: the 16" Vison Heavy Hauler 81A's are rated for 3900lbs, the 19.5" version is rated for 4500lbs. Vison Website - Mark0.
mbloof 08/22/20 11:42am Truck Campers
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