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RE: S&S camper lacks grey tank

From that third tablet dropped by Moses during "History of the World Part I:" XI. Thou shalt not admit to dumping thy water of grayeth directly unto the earth.
mkirsch 01/22/21 07:12am Truck Campers
RE: Truck Registration Weight

Presuming your truck is fine as is registered in NY It isn't. NY registers by the gross weight of the truck, loaded. So 8900 gives him virtually zero "legal" payload. This is how the person at the NY DMV explained it to me when I went to register my first pickup truck. You can fly under the radar like this on a privately owned truck because nobody pays attention. You don't have to get weighed or inspected, so it never comes up. The dummies at the dealership registered my 2015 Silverado 1500 at 7200lbs, full GVWR, even though the truck I traded in was only registered at 5800. It's only money. My 2002 Silverado 3500 DRW is only registered for 10,000 because even at that weight it has 3600lbs of payload. I could go up to 12,500. You can do pretty much whatever you want on a commercial registration in NY. All it takes is money.
mkirsch 01/22/21 06:59am Truck Campers
RE: Tire went flat in the driveay. Damage?

Bobby I call B S on that! Your refusal to believe does not make it false. Try it sometime. I agree with the follow on post that says once the ratchet strap has the bead seated, you must put in some air before removing the strap. Your definition of "seating" the bead differs from what is commonly accepted. A bead is considered seated when it is pushed out tight against the outermost ridge of the rim, all the way around, on both sides. There is no way for a strap to achieve that. A strap will push the tire's bead out to the step on the rim, cutting off airflow so you can inflate the tire and seat the bead, but it does not in and of itself "seat" the bead. By the way, I did not have any issue seating the bead. All I had to do was lift up slightly on the tire and apply air.
mkirsch 01/20/21 09:49am Towing
RE: Helping a very new TC owner with a truck decision

Don't get hung up on trying to figure out what addons to put on your truck BEFORE you have loaded and hauled the camper at least once. None of the modern 2500 or 3500 trucks made in the last 20+ years will collapse or tip over under the weight of that camper, even if it's 3000lbs. Load it. See how it looks. Drive it. See how it handles. THEN figure out how to spend your money, if you need to spend any at all. Factors like excessively old tires, excessively high mileage (and the resulting fatigue of hard parts) notwithstanding here, of course. Expecting 10-12 year old tires to handle their full factory rating at speed on the highway is rolling the dice, for example.
mkirsch 01/20/21 08:53am Truck Campers
RE: Cab over Camper shell?

The concerns are more in regard to the 30 year old truck, not necessarily the fact that it is a half ton. The overwhelming majority of 30 year old trucks are JUNK. Even if they don't look bad they are badly worn, rubber parts dried up or rotten and missing, springs fatigued. Time you put all the money into rebuilding the truck you still have a 30 year old truck. This is when frames let go, brackets fail and peel off, etc..
mkirsch 01/19/21 12:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Cab over Camper shell?

Even the empty shells weigh 700-1000lbs, which will squash down the springs pretty hard on a 30 year old 1/2 ton truck. I was in search of a similar solution about 10 years ago, and you're just not going to find some magical lightweight shell that you can build out into a fully appointed camper. Nothing has changed much. Not enough market for such a thing to make it price competitive with existing solutions.
mkirsch 01/19/21 08:07am Truck Campers
RE: Tire went flat in the driveay. Damage?

Had a few minutes today. Getting the bead to seat was the easy part of the job.
mkirsch 01/16/21 04:56pm Towing
RE: TCs and Covid Vaccinations

In the healthcare community they are of a mindset where somewhere between 30% to 40% of healthcare workers are refusing to take the vaccine, now what? Refusing, WHY? Did they already have the disease, and are giving their dose to someone else for whom the need is more urgent? Do they have underlying health conditions that precludes them from getting the shot? Good thing that herd immunity is achieved through BOTH vaccination and getting the disease. What is your source for this information?
mkirsch 01/15/21 09:01am Truck Campers
RE: TCs and Covid Vaccinations

The carports they have setup in the drive-through vaccination sites here aren't tall enough for a TC. Plus they are calling people and scheduling them in an organized fashion, not making it a free-for-all. Otherwise, a very intriguing idea. Until people start showing up in their Class A's and C's, setting up popup trailers, etc..
mkirsch 01/14/21 10:29am Truck Campers
RE: Truck camper trade-in at dealer question.

Here's the deal: Dealers can be generous on tradein value because they're taking it off the FULL RETAIL price of the camper you're trading the old one in on. Reality is they're giving you very little, sometimes even zero, for your old camper. It's just a number on a piece of paper to make you feel good about the deal. You can take that to the bank if they don't even bother to look at the camper and just tell you to dump it off in the back lot. They're not counting on the sale of that camper to make any money on this deal. Funny story, when I traded my rusted out 2003 Silverado with 217,000 miles, I was up front with the salesman. I told him I knew it wasn't worth more than a few hundred dollars, but it would sure help convince me to sign the contract for the new truck if he made me feel good about the tradein value. He chuckled, left, and came back with a contract showing a tradein value of $2500 for my old truck. We both agreed it was a made-up value as it came straight off retail, but it made me feel good, so I bought the new truck.
mkirsch 01/14/21 07:37am Truck Campers
RE: Tire went flat in the driveay. Damage?

I don't think anybody asking if the tire was ruined would consider breaking their own tire down. And most would not have the ability to deliver the volume of air in the short amount of time needed to seat the bead. So likely he will take wheel and tire to shop. The extra cost to inspect might be worth it for piece of mind. Well, you'd be wrong on that one. I do most of my own tire work from trailer tires to large tractor tires. Normally I would just replace the valve stem and go on with my day without a second thought, but then I thought twice. So I asked. A tire guy would say absolutely, you must replace BOTH tires, because they want to sell tires.
mkirsch 01/13/21 08:01am Towing
RE: V6 Silverados

Y'all gotta quit mistaking "Will it pull?" with "Would I be happy pulling with it?" Two very different questions with two very different answers. Yes, you can SAFELY pull 7400 or whatever with the V6. It has the tire, suspension, and brake capacity. You will most likely NOT be happy with the performance, unless you have very low expectations. Hauling a skidsteer across town, sure. You'll probably be thumping your chest in pride for owning "the little engine that could." Hauling a travel trailer across the country, not so much. You'll be pulling your hair out and calling "the little engine that could" every name in the book while chugs up every hill in the slow lane.
mkirsch 01/13/21 07:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: How much weight could be eliminated?

I just wanted this thread to be more about talking about ideas and options available to help save weight for those that need to or are interested. Not all options make sense for all people but some options might make sense for some people. The problem is, none of your solutions affect the weight enough to bring a rig out of the "danger zone." If 10lbs is going to make a difference between life and death, you're playing it way too close to the edge in the first place.
mkirsch 01/12/21 03:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Tire went flat in the driveay. Damage?

While you're at it, replace the valve on the other tire also. Excellent idea.
mkirsch 01/11/21 08:39am Towing
RE: Tire went flat in the driveay. Damage?

(Was it a 10 ply tire? Your sig.) :B Load range D, so 8-ply actually...
mkirsch 01/11/21 07:29am Towing
Tire went flat in the driveay. Damage?

I came out this morning and the left tire on my utility trailer was dead flat. Just came back from a 260 mile round trip, and it was up and fine when I went to bed last night. The valve stem failed catastrophically during the night. Glad it didn't happen on the road. Would the tire have sustained any damage from just going flat in the driveway? Tire is only 2 years old.
mkirsch 01/11/21 06:49am Towing
RE: Built-in Genset on 2021 F-150

I'd much rather wear out a $600 inverter generator than a $40k truck. When is the last time you've worn out an engine on a vehicle?
mkirsch 01/07/21 07:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing with a dually or single?need help please

So Nalley's went to direct to individual stores and a driver salesman. The vehicle of choice was an F350 DRW and a decent sized box 5er trailer. The total package weight maybe 20,000#. Well the driver salesmen were required in Washington to get CDL's Makes sense, as their driving was COMMERCIAL in nature after all. Kinda hard to spin a "potato chip sales/delivery person" as private transportation.
mkirsch 01/07/21 06:54am Towing
RE: What is the best safe for a TC?

I see one TC that comes with a floor safe which seems like a good idea for those on long vacations/fulltiming or just spend a lot of time in their TC away..Mine is an older TC but I do want to get a safe for it whether portable or mounted.. What do you use or do you? What do you plan on keeping in this safe? That will play a significant role in what kind of safe to choose. Are you trying to protect important documents from fire? Are you trying to secure valuables? Are you trying to secure a firearm?
mkirsch 01/07/21 06:41am Truck Campers
RE: 2005 Sixpac D850 tech questions?

It's entirely possible to have a hot satisfying shower without using up your fresh water or filling the black tank. You just have to not stand there and soak for 20 minutes. If I can do it in less than 2 gallons, anyone can.
mkirsch 01/06/21 06:07am Truck Campers
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