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RE: Host Everest Deadbolt Issue

If that's the worst problem you've found with this camper you're doing well. My sister turned on the water pump in their brand new travel trailer on the first trip out and it happily pumped a couple gallons of water out on the floor before they realized what was going on. The RV manufacturing industry in general is sloppy and known for cutting corners to crank out as many units for the lowest cost. Unless the camper is sitting perfectly on the jacks, there is going to be a little twist in the body of the camper. Some twist more than others, such as my Palomino which twists a LOT, to the point where the door will pop open if you get too far out of whack. Your host is probably pretty rigid but still twists a little. That's why adjusting the right rear jack moves the lock plate enough to latch. Sometimes you're twisted one way, so you have to raise the jack. Sometimes you're twisted the other way, so you have to lower the jack. You could achieve the same result with the left rear jack. However if this is a problem with the camper in the truck, all jacks raised, then you need to adjust the striker plate to make it work. Should it have come from the factory working for what you paid? Sure, but most RVers have come to realize that perfection is never going to happen and take minor issues like this in stride, rather than quibble with the RV dealer over warranty, spending way more in time and fuel than the repair would cost. Someone could make a perfect camper if they wanted to, but it would cost more than the rest, and people will gravitate to the cheaper alternatives. Seems most would rather complain that their cheap camper isn't perfect rather than buy a more expensive one that is.
mkirsch 09/27/22 05:42am Truck Campers
RE: How to rotate dually tires

Unless all 6 tires are wearing at same rate, scenario B will wear all tires faster, and likely wear the differential more than scenario A. At first rotation, the only 4 tires that are matched well enough to prevent axles spinning at different rates are the 4 that have been on the drive axle. If you split the pairs that have been running side by each, you will chew the tread off the more worn tire in very few miles, and that excess wear will speed up as it happens. Maybe this is true but the difference is so minute as to not even be worth considering. Especially when you have six 10-year-old, barely worn tires.
mkirsch 09/27/22 05:31am Truck Campers
RE: How to rotate dually tires

How many sets of fronts did you go through with the same set of rears, though? Two? Three? Now you've got four tires with tons of wear left in them, but have aged out and need to be replaced! So instead of rotating and only needing 6 tires, you've bought 8, or possibly 10 tires total, AND had to discard four tires with tons of tread on them. The whole premise of your argument is that tire rotation is only to compensate for alignment issues, but it isn't. You yourself have admitted that the fronts wear more quickly than the rears. Doesn't it make sense to spread the wear across all six tires and replace them all with fresh rubber at once? Quite frankly, I've seen 4x4 trucks with steer tires on the front, and they may as well not have 4x4. Worthless treadless wheels spinning uselessly on top...
mkirsch 09/26/22 12:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Toy Hauler Truck?

I thought the complaint these days was you could not get a basic vehicle without all the bells and whistles anymore. Now we're complaining because a tow vehicle isn't fancy enough?
mkirsch 09/23/22 09:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: Stolen Ford 350

A car dealer screwed someone? I can't believe it, they're always so honest. :B Selling a stolen vehicle is a new form of low for a mainstream dealer. All the brand-name dealers around here only sell "carfax certified" used vehicles and give you access to the carfax reports for anything they sell. I'm sure the shady fly-by-night types do it with regularity.
mkirsch 09/22/22 08:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Battery Charging on Truck Camper

Solar is quite an investment, especially if you install enough solar to handle charging from heavy battery use. That's assuming you have enough roof real estate. The sun doesn't always shine either. I don't know why people think it is such an investment, and what i heavy battery use? as long as your not trying to run an AC then it is far from an investment, well, maybe if you buy it from a rv dealership and have them install it for about 10X the price if you source and install yourself. for me it was haf the price to put my solar on than to buy a 1000watt honda generator. Heavy battery use is running the battery down to minimum capacity overnight. Something VERY easy to do unless you are judicious about your use of the modern conveniences. Running the furnace all night, for example, instead of putting on an extra blanket. Yeah maybe you can install some solar for 1/2 the cost of a Honda 1000, but you have to be a "solar nerd" able to design your own system right down to the wires, and you know all the secret places to get the components, cheap. Most people want a plug and play system. Charging from the truck on the road costs $0, handles any level of discharge, and doesn't depend on the sun to shine.
mkirsch 09/22/22 08:45am Truck Campers
RE: Stolen Ford 350

I hope the settlement they agreed to was the down payment back and closing of the loan with no money out of their pockets! Yeah but getting that settlement is probably going to cost more than paying off the truck and walking away...
mkirsch 09/21/22 10:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: Battery Charging on Truck Camper

Solar is quite an investment, especially if you install enough solar to handle charging from heavy battery use. That's assuming you have enough roof real estate. The sun doesn't always shine either.
mkirsch 09/21/22 10:02am Truck Campers
RE: This is our RV electric future. It's the future man!

No one has ever said that EV's are the answer to all needs. The ICE and Diesel will never dissappear in our lifetimes no matter how muck the greenies want them to. It took 40 years for the ICE to replace the horse, the change to EV's will not come any quicker. Nothing to debate folks. I disagree. The advance of technology has increased exponentially over time. Think about it, people born in the early 1900's went from horse and buggy to home computers in an average lifetime, and things have advanced so much farther since that time. If it took 40 years then to go from horse and buggy to automobile, we should be able to get from mostly ICE to mostly electric much quicker in this day and age.
mkirsch 09/20/22 01:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: This is our RV electric future. It's the future man!

How do you know it's not something you're interested in unless you open it and read it? Once you do that it's too late. The damage is done. Really though all this EV posturing and pontificating is OT for this forum and does not belong here. This is our RV electric future. It's the future man! tells me what topic likely is. What it MIGHT be, but not what it is. The ONLY way to know for sure is to open it and read it.
mkirsch 09/20/22 12:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel Ram Owner Forced to Scrap Truck !

Even if there is some "VIN database" there would be nothing stopping the new owner if it is sold in a state where they don't do emissions inspections. I believe removing the emissions equipment is a Federal offense, but many states don't do emissions inspections, or safety inspections at all, so it would skate.
mkirsch 09/20/22 06:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: This is our RV electric future. It's the future man!

I don't understand. My eyes send info to brain, decision made, the hand acts. If the subject line is something I'm not interested in the hand moves the screen to another topic, or site. I don't understand in a country where we claim to value freedom so many want to restrict things that they can avoid. How do you know it's not something you're interested in unless you open it and read it? Once you do that it's too late. The damage is done. Really though all this EV posturing and pontificating is OT for this forum and does not belong here.
mkirsch 09/20/22 06:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: Battery Charging on Truck Camper

Can you purchase? Probably not. Most likely the camper is wired in a non-standard way compared to a trailer. That was what happened with my Palomino. It has a standard 7-pin plug in the front, but it's wired different from a trailer. You'll need to figure out which pin does what, and if there is a 12V pin. Draw a picture of the connector on a piece of paper with plenty of room around it to make notes. With a battery in the camper, use a piece of wire to briefly jump any two pins together. Just a quick tap. If you get a spark, you found 12V and ground. To figure out which one, switch to a different pin on one end of the jumper. If nothing happens, you now know which of the first two pins are 12V and ground. If a light comes on, again, you know which is which. Take notes. Now start poking between the 12V and the other pins on the connector and see which lights come on as you do that. Take notes. Now you can get a 7-pin, a 6-pin and enough cable to reach, and make up your own custom connector. In your case it will be easy to know which end plugs into the truck and which plugs into the camper. In my case I put it in backwards once and nothing worked right. I had to raise the camper back up to get at the plug in my bed to swap ends on the cord. Then I wrapped tape on the truck end. T is for tape, and for truck.
mkirsch 09/20/22 06:15am Truck Campers
How many folks just want to gripe about EVs?

This topic has been moved to another forum. You can read it here: 30360892
mkirsch 09/16/22 07:57am Tow Vehicles
How many folks just want to gripe about EVs?

That's really the only reason the other "How many folks" threads exist. Why beat around the bush? Beat the dead horse!
mkirsch 09/16/22 07:57am Around the Campfire
RE: RAM 1500 EcoDiesel Productions Ends in January

So, I remember that whole "If it came with a diesel, I'd get one too" said a lot as well.. To be fair, things changed. Pre-2007, it made sense. Then the 2007 emissions, and 2010 emissions, came along and the industry's solutions to those regulations have given diesels a bad rap and removed any financial benefit to owning one. Then the manufacturers' offerings have been lackluster, overpriced, "plagued with issues" (perceived or real is irrelevant).
mkirsch 09/15/22 06:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: How many of you own an EV?

Found this about battery replacement. Doesn't say anything about what happens to the worn-out battery. Something to think about as well as cost to replace one. https://www.thedrive.com/guides-and-gear/these-replacement-battery-costs-for-these-six-normal-evs-is-staggeringly-high?fbclid=IwAR3LPeGAhOO-74s44T_9yPZLVMKmF_yMkTvwk1-_d70IK1k6VDWNfjV-Y6k Fwiw Tesla bateries have 8 year 150.000 miles warranty And Used batts can be recycled or reused for other projects such as power storage or iCe to EV car truck conversion https://blog.ucsusa.org/hanjiro-ambrose/the-second-life-of-used-ev-batteries/ A link to facts from a "former contributor" to some internet tree hugging blog/podcast rag lol. In other words, no more or less credible than any other link posted here.
mkirsch 09/15/22 06:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel Ram Owner Forced to Scrap Truck !

I had a 2008 Ram. People were telling me for years to delete it and put a tuner on it. I had to replace a turbo and the company I bought it from said I would need a minor tuner for it to run right. If I ran it on the lowest tune when not towing a heavy trailer it would clog up the emissions. With no tune it ran fine. I sold it a few months ago with all of the exhaust intact. The guys deleting these newer trucks are crazy. There is plenty of power from the factory to pull anything they are rated for. Adding more will only break things and cost you more money. They're not deleting them for power. They are deleting them to get rid of the "problematic" emissions equipment.
mkirsch 09/15/22 06:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: How many of you own an EV?

Can we go back to talking about fender flares please? At least that had something to do with tow vehicles.
mkirsch 09/13/22 12:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: RAM 1500 EcoDiesel Productions Ends in January

They are apparently not good sellers. Otherwise they would find a way to keep them coming. Same as this whole thing about them getting rid of the Challenger and Charger. They're not selling well or they would find a way to keep making them.
mkirsch 09/13/22 12:04pm Tow Vehicles
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