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RE: Camper recommendation.

Am looking to buy a used camper in the future. Have owned an old one in the past so know a little. Would like advice on everything. Truck tie downs/turn buckles Water capacity Propane Air Conditioning Heater Fridge/Freezer (would like Lg. freezer) Electric jacks Outside shower Looking for a 9ft to 9 1/2ft Own a 2008 Ford F-350 diesel (with no camper tie downs) When it comes to hauling campers around in the bed of your truck the first thing you'll need to do is figure out how much weight your willing (and able) to haul on your truck. Once you have a number you can live with then simply subtract 500-1000lbs from that number. What you have left with is the approximate dry weight of a camper you can shop for. Then it is simply a matter of shopping for campers that weigh as much or less than the number that you came up with. - Mark0.
mbloof 07/21/20 08:01am Truck Campers
RE: New to Truck Camping

Couple questions on the topic. Does each seating position deduct 150lbs(Ford) from the payload? Where can you source 19.5" wheels and tires for SRW (other than Rickson)? I'm planning on a pop-up TC on a SRW, but want to tow a 19' boat or utility trailer at times. I ordered and waited 4mo for Rickson wheels (and never got) and finally simply bought a set of Vision Heavy Hauler 81's for my Ford. I got the rims and 19.5" tires from Les Schwab in Oregon. - Mark0.
mbloof 07/19/20 04:11pm Truck Campers
RE: New to Truck Camping

(where's my popcorn?) You'll find that with very little searching of the Forum this topic comes up every few days or weeks. Look forward to a hotly debated topic. My perspective? While there are some very small and very light campers specifically designed for 1/2T trucks, most campers are designed for at least a 3/4T or 1T truck (or better: 45xx 55xx) The most important thing to consider is your tire ratings. In most cases %100 of the camper weight is going to be on the rear axle. Carrying more weight then your combined tire ratings are rated for is unsafe and not recommended. - Mark0.
mbloof 07/19/20 09:20am Truck Campers
RE: Price - Northern Lite

Hi - I am in the process of purchasing a new truck camper. I am trying to understand how much "discount" from MSRP you normally see on new Northern Lite camper's. I have found it a bit harder to tell on these TC's than other RV's I have purchased. I also recognize this is an usual time so I may not see the same discount as normal. So bottom line my question is - what is a fair price off MSRP to pay for a Northern Lite truck camper? Pre-COVID and now? I appreciate any input. Thanks! You are not going to find much if any discount on Northern Lites. Low production and always in high demand. However with that said I'm told that folks in the Eastern states have been happy with Truck Camper Wearhouse and out west folks have been happy with Apache Camping Centers. Dealers only get a few every quarter and they are usually sold before they hit the lot. - Mark0
mbloof 07/17/20 03:55pm Truck Campers
RE: 271 Ah upgrade

Everyones power needs is different. For me in the winter the furnace is the biggest draw and in the summer the fantastic fan is. Currently I have a mere 136W of solar on the roof (actual ~100W output) and in the summer months my battery is full sometime between noon and 2PM. Mark0. How does eveything work in the winter when your running the furnace. I am trying to get an idea what these little camper furnaces draw in the winter. I am hoping to be aboe to get away with a 300watt pannel on the camper. Steve It is my understanding that the furnace draws ~4.8A while operating. How many AH it adds up to is dependent on outside temperature, thermostat setting and how long you have the furnace on. Depending on where you live/camp solar is not very effective in the winter months. My typical use pattern is leave for camping Friday afternoon and return noon-2pm on Sunday. While a single #27 FLA is good for overnight ether sometime Saturday night or Sunday morning the battery will be dangerously low. This is why I carry a EF1000is in the cab and run it for 1-2hrs on Saturday afternoon in the winter time to bring the battery back up. With a 271AH battery I likely won't have to carry the generator anymore. - Mark0.
mbloof 07/12/20 08:58am Truck Campers
RE: 271 Ah upgrade

For our use in the Northern U.S., 2-100 ah lithium batteries and 4-100 watt solar panels is a bit more than what we need. Spent a couple months traveling to Alaska and back last year, and didn't need to plug in the entire trip. We didn't have a generator. The batteries didn't charge from the truck either, as I have that wire disconnected. We did plug in a couple nights at campgrounds to run the a/c when it was too hot for us. Our typical daily power usage: - watch tv for 2-3 hours at night - lights - water pump for showers and stuff - electric compressor fridge - listen to music for an hour or so in the morning - 3 or 4 cups coffee Keurig on the inverter every morning - wife dries hair on the inverter every morning. Typically the batteries are at 60 - 70% in the morning before the solar starts charging them back up. If its sunny, the batteries are 100% by noon or 1PM. If it's cloudy, 5 or 6pm they are back to 100% Everyones power needs is different. For me in the winter the furnace is the biggest draw and in the summer the fantastic fan is. Currently I have a mere 136W of solar on the roof (actual ~100W output) and in the summer months my battery is full sometime between noon and 2PM. For me it was time to replace the existing #27 FLA and instead of getting another FLA I went with a Battleborn battery. (greater AH, less weight and 3x the cycle life) While the 100AH battery I currently have will fit my needs the DIY 271 project looks interesting and fun and so why not? (cause I can) Maybe I won't have to carry the generator as a backup anymore? - Mark0.
mbloof 07/11/20 12:33pm Truck Campers
RE: New Fridge questions

I have 2 Dometic RV fridges turning 19 years old and both work very well. Did some testing 2 years ago, simulating food loads and even in 100F outside, the freezer kept frozen. There is nothing that can wear on them, so beside corrosion, or carboned burner they are indestructible. It is said that if you operate them off level to much or for two long the cooling unit will no longer function. Granted the "fix" is to remove the Fridge and rotate/shake it to remix the fluids inside. - Mark0.
mbloof 07/09/20 01:49pm Truck Campers
RE: 271 Ah upgrade

Which BMS with bluetooth from Amazon are you talking about? And why that one? I think that scanning the thread will yield the OEM name of the BMS ordered. A simple Amazon search will turn up dozens of 4S BMS's (some of them with bluetooth) and the BMS I ordered (arriving next week). I liked that it already had wires attached and the Bluetooth allows adjusting and monitoring the battery. Surely there are less (and more!) expensive options available. Plus another user is using the same BMS in their DIY LiFePo4 pack. - Mark0.
mbloof 07/04/20 09:07am Truck Campers
RE: 271 Ah upgrade

Late to the thread but interested in your project. Please explain your capacity. I get the 4 3.2 batteries have 271AH. but don't two 12V 100Ah Lifelines have 200Ah? So you have a significant improvement, but not 2.5 times. Or am I missing something? A flooded lead acid battery (FLA) can only be discharged %50 otherwise damage to it will occur (namely less charge/discharge cycles or kill it all together). So the reality is that a 100AH FLA battery only has 50AH of usable capacity. LiFePO4 batteries can use %100 of AH capacity. One of the other items to consider is rated cycles. While inexpensive FLA's might be rated at ~300 cycle (or not at all) and expensive ones (like the Lifeline FLA's) rated at ~900 cycles, many LiFePo4 batteries are rated at ~3000+ cycles (otherwise over 3x the usable life) While personally I'll be replacing a perfectly good 100AH Battleborn LiFePo4 battery (I bought a year ago, ~$960) with what seems to be a fun DIY 271AH project, others that have not made the LiFePo4 switch yet might be able to take notes and consider switching the next time they need to replace their FLA batteries. Does that make sense now? - Mark0
mbloof 07/03/20 02:21pm Truck Campers
RE: 271 Ah upgrade

4ea of the 3.2v 271AH batteries (paid with PP and delivered to Oregon) $800. - Mark0. I wish I had seen this deal first. 4 280ah cells for $583 shipped. They're just slightly bigger the 271's. Figures. :) That does look like an even better deal. As time goes on I'm sure others will pop up as well. - Mark0.
mbloof 07/02/20 07:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Reddog1 "Wayne"

RIP Wayne.
mbloof 07/02/20 11:41am Truck Campers
RE: Poll: How many 1T TC haulers have no modifications?

Upper stableloads, Bilstein shocks, and load range "E" tires.....4,500lb TC loaded and ready to camp. 12 years and 55K+. I was looking for unmodified trucks my friend. :) - Mark0. stock it was fine but sat dead level.......this is completely stock. So you can be counted as one of the few. I used my new 2017 stock for ~100miles. (that was ENOUGH!) - Mark0.
mbloof 07/01/20 12:40pm Truck Campers
RE: 271 Ah upgrade

I'm sitting in the camper now on our shakedown voyage with the new 271 Ah LifePo4 battery I built from 4 3.2 cells I bought from China. This is working out so well that I'm seriously considering building another 271 Ah pack and getting rid of the generator. When we get home this week we're going to pack for a month of geographic distancing and if I don't need to use the generator once during that trip, it is slated for removal. I went from 2 100Ah Lifeline AGMs to one 271Ah LifePo battery. So ended up with about 2.5 times the energy storage with about 1/3 to 1/4 of the weight and less than half the space. This actually works out very well. While I had already purchased a 100AH Battleborn and I'm currently using that the breakdown on the 'DIY' costs are really good. The BMS (with Bluetooth) on Amazon is $115. 4ea of the 3.2v 271AH batteries (paid with PP and delivered to Oregon) $800. So for a whole whooping $915 (plus some connection wire and connectors) is less expensive than a Battleborn. In a month when everything arrives I'll build and install it. So I'll have a extra LiFePo4 battery. :) - Mark0.
mbloof 07/01/20 11:50am Truck Campers
RE: Poll: How many 1T TC haulers have no modifications?

For clarification, do you consider shocks to be a modification or not? They replace a stock part with an equivalent or better but since they are also a wear item you could consider them just replacements. The same question goes for the tires I suppose. As I mentioned above, I did replace the shocks and eventually the tires but with no major notable difference with the shocks and the tires were the same size and load rating as the worn out OEM tires. I'm of the thinking that 'wear items' are just that. If they wore out and you replaced them then you are not modifying your truck. In my case the OEM tires were boarder line at best and underrated at worse. I upgraded them and count that as a modification. - Mark0.
mbloof 06/30/20 06:26am Truck Campers
RE: Poll: How many 1T TC haulers have no modifications?

Upper stableloads, Bilstein shocks, and load range "E" tires.....4,500lb TC loaded and ready to camp. 12 years and 55K+. I was looking for unmodified trucks my friend. :) - Mark0.
mbloof 06/29/20 05:15pm Truck Campers
RE: Poll: How many 1T TC haulers have no modifications?

mbloof, in the context of your question, isn't knowing the weight/size of the truck camper also important? I think it goes without saying, the heavier the truck camper the more likely someone will modify their 1-ton truck to haul it. The lighter the truck camper the less likely someone will modify their 1-ton truck to haul it. There's a massive difference between hauling a 1,500 lb. popup truck camper and a 5,000 lb. double slide truck camper. Actually the size and model of camper is meaningless. As consumer trucks are a engineering compromise of use cases and while we would like to think that camper hauling is a 'large' use case, it is actually one of the smaller ones. It is my theory that just about everybody makes modifications to their truck to carry a camper. (not including the required tie downs and optional extra 7-pin connector) Given the world wide nature of this forum and the dismal responses of folks that don't modify their trucks, I'll claim that it is rare that a truck owner does NOT modify their truck for truck camper hauling duty. - Mark0.
mbloof 06/28/20 12:29pm Truck Campers
RE: Turnbuckle ?

I've used both the HJ and TL 'twist to tighten' turnbuckles. On the HJ it was turn until not loose and then with a finger nail, press against the housing and hook then turn until there was a 1/8" gap between your finger nail and the housing. (compress the spring) On the TL there is a o-ring. When off/loose move the o-ring on the hook so that it is against the housing. Attach and turn until there is a 1/4" gap between the housing and the o-ring. While I rarely (if ever) take my camper off my truck, it seems that ether system has a bunch of turning involved. I do find that the square housings on the TL are easier to tighen by hand and I'd always have to resort to using a wrench on the HJ ones. - Mark0.
mbloof 06/27/20 08:29pm Truck Campers
RE: Poll: How many 1T TC haulers have no modifications?

Interesting. I was hoping for a greater response. As an example, in the Facebook Northernlite Forum where I was able to poll the same question (with greater granularity) the responses so far are out of 90 users (that responded) 44 are using 1T trucks without any modifications to haul their NL. - Mark0.
mbloof 06/27/20 08:43am Truck Campers
RE: Poll: How many 1T TC haulers have no modifications?

To help handle the AF811 I did the following; While all neat and wonderful, I have to ask what does any of that have anything to do with a thread about NOT MODIFYING your truck? (using a STOCK truck) Off topic. - Mark0. (we all already know that there are tons of us that did modifications)
mbloof 06/26/20 09:30pm Truck Campers
RE: Poll: How many 1T TC haulers have no modifications?

I run a stock 2019 GMC 3500 6.0 Gasser and haul a Nortstar Pop up with a wet weight of 2200 lbs. I have no modifications to the rig and the factory springs do not touch the overload bump-stops (You were probably looking for someone with a heavier load, sorry) - Someone with a TC? Check! - Someone with unmodified truck? Check! Thanks! - Mark0
mbloof 06/26/20 07:13pm Truck Campers
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