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RE: New Truck, 2013 Northstar Pop Up

I have often warned people that is the main drawback with leaving the tailgate on. You could run one of those goofy mustache things across your rear bumper to catch any rocks thrown up by the wheels until they fall off and you give up on the idea. Yes, the trucks are taller because everyone just goes and puts at least a 2" lift kit on them as soon as they get them home, right? The jacked up truck look is "in" right now. Also if you want a truck that doesn't have the bells and whistles you can get one. Just find a dealer that does fleet sales. They usually have a line of plain-jane trucks on the lot. Who cares if it's white? That's the most popular color right now. Besides you can always get it vinyl wrapped in any color you want.
mkirsch 11/08/21 09:58am Truck Campers
RE: Newbie Question on removing small Lance

How hard depends on you and how quickly you can learn and figure things out. For most people it gets easier with practice, and as you figure out your own system for loading and unloading. Some people just never seem to get the hang of it. One common usage pattern is to come home from work on Friday, load the camper, drive to the campsite, unload the camper, use the truck to drive around and sight-see all weekend, load the camper back up Sunday morning, haul it home, and unload it when they get home Sunday afternoon. If the owner did not find that "easy" they would not do it.
mkirsch 11/08/21 09:46am Truck Campers
RE: Will camper fit?

But then you pretend that the "system" is designed to only 6084lbs rawr, which the only limitation there is maybe the springs, which are easily upgraded. F250s don't have smaller "rivets, fasteners and hangars". We all know that and we all know that the gvw "ratings" of 3/4 tons are largely regulatory, not capability. To the extent, that now, the mfgs seems to be rating 3/4 and 1 ton srw trucks considerably higher if you get the "right" gvw package, than the same truck that is rated lower, which is largely a different sticker on the door jamb. Those who have no clue how a vehicle is built will pretend there is some magical "upgrade" and refute that one "can't be sure" that it will handle more than its rating. To you, believe what you want, no harm, no foul, until you start to profess your lack of knowledge to others. Conversely you pretend that it isn't, that the difference is just a number on a sticker. The reality is neither of us actually knows. Have you done a part-by-part analysis? I haven't. Yes I will "refute that one 'can't be sure'" because that is the truth. The difference between us is that I use the number as a starting point, where you just ignore the numbers entirely and openly tell everyone else to do the same. Load more if you want. I don't care. It's not my truck. You've got to get a lot jankier than a few hundred pounds overweight to be a menace on the road. All I want is for people to know where the starting point is.
mkirsch 11/02/21 07:56am Truck Campers
RE: EV's I know there are folks better versed than me in here

Because gasoline powered vehicles were perfect out of the gate, and had no shortcomings, ever. It wasn't like there weren't reliability issues, or any lack of infrastructure that took years or even decades to overcome...
mkirsch 11/01/21 08:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: pick up Eagle Cap 1165

If the truck handled it just fine what are you worried about?
mkirsch 11/01/21 07:34am Truck Campers
RE: Will camper fit?

Your main issue with a Lance 910 is not weight or CG. A well maintained F250 can easily handle well over 3000lbs of payload in the bed without putting anyone or anything at risk. They generally weigh about 2800lbs empty and have a 6084lb rear axle weight rating with stock tires. Newer ones may actually have a higher weight rating. Now someone will pipe up and say the axle is rated to 10,000. Well the AXLE is, but the SUSPENSION SYSTEM from the tires to the rims to the axle to the springs to the frame to all the rivets and fasteners holding it together is rated to 6084. If you put 5000lb each rated tires and rims on the axle, and jammed a section of well casing between the axle and frame, sure, you could probably run 10,000. Off the showroom floor, not so much. Back to the point. Everything I'm finding on the lance 910 is showing that it is a long bed camper. Putting a long bed camper on a short bed truck leaves 18" of floor hanging off in open air that was designed to be supported by the truck bed. Maybe it will work okay. Maybe the camper isn't strong enough. You're not going to get anybody to give you a definitive answer one way or the other. Lance's official line will be "Long bed trucks only" because they are liable if they tell you to go ahead and the camper falls apart. From there you have to decide to listen to the Internet experts telling you to go ahead it will be fine, and decide if the risk is worth the reward.
mkirsch 11/01/21 07:23am Truck Campers
RE: Potential Pop-Up TC.....Thoughts on a Hallmark Guanella?

The name Guanella reminds me of bat excrement (guano). Rough translation, "little piece of bat poo?"
mkirsch 10/28/21 06:52am Truck Campers
RE: Tow Dolly Woe

At that price get rid of it and buy a new dolly WITHOUT brakes. I have used this set up for 20+ years and have yet to have the first problem. But you generally appear to be more mechanically inclined and savvy than most. And the OP could "need" them surge brakes, whereas you don't behind an air-braked pusher. (And you likely don't get wrapped around the spokes with much of the weight cop and towing fears that seem to proliferate this forum) But it does raise the question that the OP mentioned. $600 to "service" the dolly (1 axle). What does that include? Did he get a quote to replace the actuator, new brakes and bearings? Or was that $600 plus parts and more labor to replace the actuator if needed? Big difference. Why is it that someone always posts some extreme example and then basically says "well it "could" happen, somehow, somewhere, sometime..." OP doesn't "need" brakes. ferndaleflyer says so. I'd ask why is it that someone always posts that nothing bad will ever-ever happen, and you don't need to worry about silly things like worst case scenarios? My luck the second I become complacent a meteor will plop down in the middle of the road in front of me and I won't be able to stop because my tow dolly's surge brakes were shot and not working. But I didn't need them because nothing bad was ever-ever going to happen right?
mkirsch 10/28/21 06:36am Dinghy Towing
RE: 2002 silverado 1500

When I read threads like this it makes me wonder how dad hauled 5 kids, mom, 3 packed coolers and a ton of other gear, out to Yellowstone then the Grand Canyon @ 1974. He was pulling a 25' Holiday Rambler TT with a 1963 Falcon 6 cylinder wagon. I think those things had about 75 HP lol. The population of the United States was only 213 million in 1974. Every 16 year old did not get a brand new car for their birthday. One-car families were still very common. Translation: Lots less traffic on the road. Yes there were Interstates but not nearly as many, so definitely more surface road travel. Translation: Slower speeds, less power needed to maintain them. Further, folks were more tolerant of someone poking along pulling a heavy trailer. Now you'd be lucky to make it without some idiot plowing into your rear because they "didn't see it." If they don't plow into you, you get the lovely hand gestures of irate drivers, and a good possibility of finding one of those irate drivers waiting for you at the next rest stop, ready to give you a piece of their mind, feed you a knuckle sandwich, or give you lead poisoning.
mkirsch 10/27/21 08:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: Does the State of TN title truck campers?

What does "As long as we did not need a title" mean, though? Shouldn't the TN authorities be the one to tell you if you need a title? If it were up to me I would not "need" a tile on anything. Lots of $$$ saved.
mkirsch 10/27/21 07:47am Truck Campers
RE: I like it!

I wonder, on this and other side entry campers, if it is ever an inconvenience needing to have a fair amount of free space on the curb side to deploy the stairs. Both in a campsite and in the grocery store parking lot. I've considered a side entry but this worry has always made me wonder. What are peoples experience? It's no different than any other class of RV. They're all side entry. I'm sure there is a rare rear entry travel trailer floating around out there but TCs are the only ones commonly rear entry.
mkirsch 10/27/21 07:21am Truck Campers
RE: I like it!

Now people can stop asking if the camper is going to tip over forwards on the jacks, and start asking if the camper is going to tip over BACKWARDS!
mkirsch 10/27/21 07:19am Truck Campers
RE: 2020 chevy trail boss

Large truck for small engine. specs Imagine specs What do you mean large truck for small engine? Yeah really... 5.3L these days is "big block power."
mkirsch 10/25/21 11:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tow Dolly Woe

The whole "It's illegal" discussion is irrelevant here, because this is for a car dolly, not a commercial trailer, and not in BC. If the OP is dragged down a boat dock by his car, something is very very wrong.
mkirsch 10/25/21 07:57am Dinghy Towing
RE: Potential Pop-Up TC.....Thoughts on a Hallmark Guanella?

$4900 sure. $14,900... the seller is crazy. Never heard of a "Guanella" but the answer is the same for any 10+ year old camper. Look for EVERYTHING. Literally anything could be broken, worn out, etc..
mkirsch 10/25/21 07:24am Truck Campers
RE: Tow Dolly Woe

What kinds of shops are you looking at? Any trailer shop would welcome the business, but I suspect you are probably just hitting up automotive mechanics. Shops that work on cars generally do not work on trailers.
mkirsch 10/22/21 08:58am Dinghy Towing
RE: Jack Misbehaving

If switching the fuses around made it work I would suspect dirty connections. Even if they don't "look" dirty.
mkirsch 10/21/21 06:21am Truck Campers
RE: Never saw this before!

I think we're talking generally of 3500 series trucks. Taking this forward 1 step as to limit this to truck campers exclusively, there are states that describe truck campers as " cargo". Now we seem to have just gotten included- But it *IS* cargo... when it's convenient. "No RVs" - It's cargo. "No cargo" - It's an RV.
mkirsch 10/20/21 09:40am Truck Campers
RE: Host, Eagle Cap, Lance Suspension Requirements

Here's the deal, there's no "magic" involved. It's all about weight. If one camper weighs 5000lbs and another camper weighs 5000lbs, one camper is not going to need suspension upgrades while the other one does. Lance 1172 vs Host Cascade, they are not even close to the same camper. The Host is a smaller lighter camper by almost 800lbs. Regardless of what you buy, it is not going to create a dangerous situation out of the box. You can load it at the dealer, take it home, even take it on a trip or two, and figure out what suspension modifications you need. Don't try to guess at what you might need. All the suspension mods do is level out your truck.
mkirsch 10/15/21 07:51am Truck Campers
RE: Looking for options

120 over gvwr is pretty good. You'll find that it is quite common for folks in here to ignore gvwr and just use combined axle ratings. Some will even just say "rear axle is rated for 10,000 by its manufacturer so put bigger tires on it and pile it on."
mkirsch 10/14/21 06:49am Truck Campers
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