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RE: ATTN Stable Lift Owners

I owned a stable lift got nine years they are height adjustable but you have to lift the unit off the ground to adjust it. Perhaps the owner will let you adjust it on his truck to switch to yours. I do not remember the adjustment height but it wasn’t much.
notsobigjoe 07/06/22 08:26am Truck Campers
RE: 1979 Lance TC

Welcome Debora, Like any old camper it is wood and for the most part after 43 years probably is in need of some frame repair somewhere, even if you can't see it. If it has high-jackers camper jacks on it you can still buy rebuild kits for them. No matter how bad they leak they are easily rebuilt and darn near indestructible. Electric I would assume old style Atwood's that are in the same league as the others. If your going from a motor home to a TC your in for a shock cause TC'rs are generally pretty small. You probably won't realize that until your first night under your overhead cab that's a couple of feet away from your nose. Anyway welcome to the forum! As far as your manual the best place I can think of getting one or a copy of one is Lance campers directly, LOA forum or EBay. Of course that's assuming you can get one and they had one. The fridge is a tuff one cause camper fridges are top dollar for the bottom of the line unit but a good GE dorm fridge would work perfect especially if your going to concentrate on 110 volts. I recommend the latter. That's of course if your not planning a cross country trip just local so it doesn't thaw out. That's a good switch off from a holding tank to a Porta potty. I recommend as well. The cable coming out that has been cut is likely your shore line which will be 110. It should be about an inch thick but if it's smaller it may be your truck to camper cable but you should no that coming from MH"s. I guess everything else has been covered above so good luck. I would look for any water damage before I put a dime into it. Joe
notsobigjoe 07/05/22 10:40am Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your truck today?

https://i.imgur.com/ligPOgJl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/TrSTD5El.jpg Technically, it's still a Chevy! :B Funny you should say that. I thought it WAS a Chevy when we bought it. Someone had changed all the badges and trim to Chevy. And I was so involved with looking at the truck itself, didn’t even give the title a second glance. First clue was when I removed the tailgate trim panel ,also replaced with a Chevy one, and the original appearing tailgate had GMC stamped in it. Further inspection showed the glove box tag with “Sierra” package. And the grill is the aftermarket one you see in the pic, so that was no clue either. I re-used it and just fitted a GMC logo to it. That's a good looking truck. I had a semi-rare 1982? Chevy K20 Suburban. Loaded with what appeared to be all available options, even quad shocks on the front axle. I drove to work and on hunting trips. Had a couple local boys put a cheap but decent paint job on it. My son was in the 11th grade and wanted it bad. I "sold" it to him. Of course, he put a lift kit and Buckshot Monster Mudders on it. Of course he took the 3rd row back seat out. And of course, the Turbo Hydramatic 400 had to be rebuilt. When he went off to college I traded him back a 1991? Chevy Sport Truck, which was a SS454 clone. Wish I had them both back. The Cheyenne and Silverado are the exact same truck with different trim. They're both Chevy's but it's a good example of parts switching and marketing nonsense... The Silverado was a top of the line truck but the Cheyenne was a more basic truck. I know that all parts don't match but I've been replacing parts on these two trucks for decades and I've never had a mismatch between the part numbers for both. I believe this is "somewhat" true between the Chevy and GMC lines as well. Also with Cadillac and GMC. This is an interesting short article about the basic differences between the GMC and Chevy truck line. There is a wealth of information concerning parts exchanging between the two on many forums. Just adding to the conversation.... It looks great!!! https://www.cjponyparts.com/resources/gmc-chevy-connections
notsobigjoe 07/03/22 02:48pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck camper question

OK, What camper are you getting, What truck are you thinking about putting it on all three big names are close to the same but of course they could be upgraded. Where do you live that you'll be in deep snow? I think your saying it will be a daily driver as well as a camper carrier. Bloof is right in that there's to much generalization. You'll have to zero in on some thing for us. With that said, I have a daily driver and have no problems with or without the camper and mine has every acc. in the world except air bags. It is a ruff ride with the camper off! If it's a 4x4 it shouldn't have a problem in deep snow with or without the camper on. My Silverado dually with 4x4 took us everywhere we wanted to go in the north east winters for many years. Weight limitations are specific to each and every camper. What ever your comfortable with. I personally like the longer wheel base but I have never off roaded. Mine is a mega cab and I can't live without it. Good luck Have you seen the price of diesal?
notsobigjoe 07/03/22 09:15am Truck Campers
RE: Ford F250 frame hold downs?

You can also use an old style belly bar if it doesn’t interfere with anything under the frame like exhaust or drive shaft . Given you use the right size material they are very strong . The down side is they are always there sticking out . You can make them short and use removable inserts . Keep in mind that with either Torklift or belly bar you are more likely to rip out the attachment on the camper long before either of them fail . Yeah, since the conversation has already taken a turn I'll jump in. Belly bar, 25 bucks, welder 50 bucks, hardware 30 bucks, fast guns were the expensive part. Been that way since 2009. Everything from Torklift is overpriced because they own the market.
notsobigjoe 06/28/22 07:36am Truck Campers
RE: First big trip - Newbie questions

Since water weighs 8.3 lbs a gallon, my full tank was around 500 lbs. I saved a few hundred lbs by not filing it all of the way up. My weight with ALL tanks full (black, gray, fresh, propane, and fuel) is 13750 lb. That included two humans, with the RV provisioned for a 2 week trip. Fresh water is 80 us gallons or 664 lbs. That's less than 5% of the total weight. Not enough to make a difference in fuel economy. With all due respect, I don't agree with that. 700 pounds is 700 pounds. I'm certainly not challenging your way of doing things just totally disagree.
notsobigjoe 06/21/22 04:37pm Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your truck today?

https://i.imgur.com/ligPOgJl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/TrSTD5El.jpg Technically, it's still a Chevy! :B
notsobigjoe 06/21/22 10:55am Truck Campers
RE: First big trip - Newbie questions

Just enough to flush, too much weight.
notsobigjoe 06/20/22 04:46pm Truck Campers
RE: A Little Help With Weights

So as usual we went from the OP's question about axle weights to the weight police pulling someone over. The only one who has ever been pulled over is me. It happened in Fayetteville NC and I was pulled over buy the DOT police. He weighed each tire on a portable scale and gave me a 180 dollar ticket. He said you have to pay the ticket but all you have to do is have the truck registered from 13000 LBS to 15000 LBS, problem solved. Came back to Binghamton went to DMV and for 25 dollars they upped my weight on the spot. I even got a sticker for the door. It's amazing what money will do! I'll even put a smiley face as to not offend anyone! :) So in NC all they care about (if they actually care at all) is the weight your licensed for? LOL!! I've heard of other states doing that - allow drivers to pick the weight range (and FEE that goes along with it). BTW: Not trying to be 'weight police' just trying to understand where all these stories are coming from and if they have ANY basis in fact. I joined in 2001 and the 'stories' keep coming up like a bad lunch every few days for the last 21yrs!!! - Mark0. I have no proof and I wouldn't believe it either...
notsobigjoe 06/19/22 04:13pm Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your truck today?

So after a little research and finding out a replacement window & frame is over $1000, I decided to see if I could fix it. This should be in the product description as these things are insanely over priced! :R
notsobigjoe 06/19/22 11:21am Truck Campers
RE: A Little Help With Weights

So as usual we went from the OP's question about axle weights to the weight police pulling someone over. The only one who has ever been pulled over is me. It happened in Fayetteville NC and I was pulled over buy the DOT police. He weighed each tire on a portable scale and gave me a 180 dollar ticket. He said you have to pay the ticket but all you have to do is have the truck registered from 13000 LBS to 15000 LBS, problem solved. Came back to Binghamton went to DMV and for 25 dollars they upped my weight on the spot. I even got a sticker for the door. It's amazing what money will do! I'll even put a smiley face as to not offend anyone! :)
notsobigjoe 06/19/22 08:25am Truck Campers
RE: Slide Brake Problem

Dale I was going to post but mine is nothing like that. I have an 07 and the switch is mounted on the wall inside the door and I have a completely different motor. My electric brake switch is in the kitchen cabinet so nothing is on the jack remote. If I understood you correctly.
notsobigjoe 06/19/22 08:03am Truck Campers
RE: Magical Campgrounds found With A TC

All secrets have already been posted. I think for the most part, it’s a secret to you, but you probably aren’t the first person to be there. That being said, I don’t post everywhere I camp. Does parking at Mom and Dads count as a gem? I think it does and I rarely post it... :B
notsobigjoe 06/18/22 02:10pm Truck Campers
RE: Magical Campgrounds found With A TC

When I find a gem I tell everyone!
notsobigjoe 06/18/22 07:16am Truck Campers
RE: A Little Help With Weights

ABS is anti-lock braking system. It only applies when it senses wheel lockup, aka skid. Otherwise the brakes work like brakes. IF you are holding the brakes while descending a long grade, they will get hot and fade, just like non-ABS brakes. DRW trucks still don't have 4 rotors and calipers on the rear axles. Do the newer dually's have disc brakes in the rear? My 1996 are drums as well as my 2000 Silverado some years back. Drums are great for riding the brakes but discs are way better at stopping.
notsobigjoe 06/13/22 03:14pm Truck Campers
RE: TC and MPG

Bout 12mpg… About 8 MPG, mines older much older. From what I've read on the forum 12 - 15 is about what the going rate is. That's pretty good.
notsobigjoe 06/12/22 01:08pm Truck Campers
RE: Anyone Cancelling Truck Camper Trips Due to Fuel Prices?

No ,added a extra 51 gallon tank. Instead of using my commercial supplier I am shopping around. https://i.imgur.com/ejl4yu0l.jpg 87 [email protected] $5.85 last fill up, contractor I work with just paid $6.40 in Bellinham WA. I think your on to something with that idea. During the summer the TC rig is in use a ton. If you can shave off a hundred bucks a week by just stopping where it’s cheaper that is just smart. Maybe I’ll start doing that with cans. Love the tank!!!!!!
notsobigjoe 06/12/22 12:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Anyone Cancelling Truck Camper Trips Due to Fuel Prices?

I just fueled for $208 at $6/gal for diesel... $127.00 at $4.89
notsobigjoe 06/12/22 05:40am Truck Campers
RE: 1. Alamo Reservoir-Wickenburg Rd. 2. Grand Canyon Watchtower

Very nice Jeff and Kelly. It looked like a great time... WAY to adventurous for this old fat man! LOL
notsobigjoe 06/11/22 03:23pm Truck Campers
RE: A Little Help With Weights

You bought a big, heavy camper. Don't diminish your enjoyment by worrying about the load or trying to get by with minimum stuff. Load your camper with stuff you want to take, then check the weight on each axle or better yet each wheel. The biggest concern is to fall short of the tire load ratings. If that is OK check out the ride. At the worst you might need to consider some suspension enhancements. When it comes to loading the camper, most of us expect to add at least 1000#. I used to full time and even now take long trips so my load is even more. A thousand plus pounds sounds like a lot until you really look at what is involved: clothing/boots, food/drink, toiletries, towels, first aid kit, cleaning implements and materials, extension cords, tools, hardware and misc supplies, BBW grill/fuel, generator/fuel, air compressor, leveling blocks, backpacks and hiking gear, lawn chairs, bedding, hobby stuff (cameras, laptops, electronics, chargers, batteries, books...). I added a solar panel and upgraded my battery bank. That added at least another hundred pounds. I probably also have an extra hundred pounds of clothing. I leave the camper packed and ready to go with 3 seasons of clothing including jackets, raingear, lots of hats and about 30 days of underwear, socks, and T shirts, extra blankets. The extra means avoiding the laundromat for weeks on long trips. We also carry some canned goods and staples to get by when grocery stores are few and far between. We are way over the extra 1000# largely due to the generator, solar panels, and battery bank upgrade. Oops, forgot another major upgrade. We replaced the nasty original mattress with a nice, but heavy, 8" dual layer, foam mattress. Ditto's to all. OP have a good time, It's a beautiful unit. I have never run under 1500 over weight and on a longer trip like Jim says probably closer to 2000. Tires and suspension is where you beef it up. You can also get oversized brake pads from a speed shop like I have on mine. Good luck sir!
notsobigjoe 06/07/22 06:40am Truck Campers
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