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RE: Camper looks like its not level

Mkirsch usually isn’t so much use or obtuse. He’s a good guy, but I got the same vibe as you. That said, if the previous 5 pages doesn’t give you some more ideas or context, then likely the future responses won’t either. It just wasn't clear to me what the ultimate solution was. It appears that crowning in the bed can cause this, but it's just not clear. I'm going to get a borescope and see if there is indeed a gap at the front of the bed when the camper is in that would indicate that it's riding on a crown and tilting towards the rear. I'll report back. There really wasn't a solution just more of the same back and forth. I posted some pics and after that I tried to get it perfectly level but with no luck. My Chevy bed is slanted to the rear and closer on the sides in the rear than in the front. That was my answer. Good luck with yours!
notsobigjoe 11/03/22 04:13pm Truck Campers
RE: Lance 650 - Anyone try upgrading battery capacity?

From someone who does not have a Lance 650 I can pretty much say that any mod is possible. I have been in a 650 and they are beautiful but the prime reason for the 650 is weight related. Realizing that your putting in lighter weight batts and acc. it will still add weight. I looked at you profile and didn't see a truck. I'm just pointing out the obvious situation for the 650's existence as well as it's resale situation. Just sticking my nose where it doesn't belong. Welcome to the forum! Definitely, I'm getting the truck based on the camper (most likely 1 ton) and am torn on a Lance 650, Northstar Liberty or Palomino HS-690. I want something small and light for the truck as all of my camping will be off grid accessed by moderate trails. So it's coming down to how easy to modify these are for sustained off-grid use. Adding solar, upgrading batteries, swapping inefficient appliances, etc... The HS-690 finish quality (despite being aluminum frame) is scary and i've almost ruled it out for how quickly i'd expect it to fall apart. The "windshield" also felt dumb and impractical for winter camping. The Lance's quality felt superb and had the great size dinette, but the mechanical compartments already seemed maximized and taken up. We moved to central Florida 7 years ago and the trips have been getting shorter and shorter with the truck and camper getting lighter and lighter. 3 hours tops and pop a beer. We used to drive from Binghamton NY all the way to the keys. It's a long drive..... As I become more comfortable with the Florida lifestyle and Florida truck camping I too am looking to downsize big! We often go out to New Smyrna Beach and watch the Toyotas "smaller trucks" with their pop ups park on the sand. They stay all day with all that they need. I'm always looking at very small truck camper rigs with enormous boats in tow. Will I finally part with my 1181????
notsobigjoe 10/30/22 10:45am Truck Campers
RE: Beach trip

Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
notsobigjoe 10/29/22 02:57pm Truck Campers
RE: Lance 650 - Anyone try upgrading battery capacity?

From someone who does not have a Lance 650 I can pretty much say that any mod is possible. I have been in a 650 and they are beautiful but the prime reason for the 650 is weight related. Realizing that your putting in lighter weight batts and acc. it will still add weight. I looked at you profile and didn't see a truck. I'm just pointing out the obvious situation for the 650's existence as well as it's resale situation. Just sticking my nose where it doesn't belong. Welcome to the forum! but he is replacing a heavy battery with a lighter battery... I thought he was adding a battery to up his amps? He also wants to remove the vented battery box I believe to use greater space for more stuff. I simply never know what I'm talking about and that should be widely known by now.
notsobigjoe 10/29/22 11:04am Truck Campers
RE: Lance 650 - Anyone try upgrading battery capacity?

From someone who does not have a Lance 650 I can pretty much say that any mod is possible. I have been in a 650 and they are beautiful but the prime reason for the 650 is weight related. Realizing that your putting in lighter weight batts and acc. it will still add weight. I looked at you profile and didn't see a truck. I'm just pointing out the obvious situation for the 650's existence as well as it's resale situation. Just sticking my nose where it doesn't belong. Welcome to the forum!
notsobigjoe 10/28/22 03:40pm Truck Campers
RE: 36" Hitch Extension for 2" Receiver - Are they Made?

I wanted to share a couple of pics of the TL Super Truss 36" LOWER support bar. The 5/8" hitch pin hole was drilled incorrectly. The hitch pin hole was approximately 5/16" off center on one side. This is poor quality control and should be embarassing for TL. Contacted them and sent pics. Awaiting a response. https://i.imgur.com/m1L00nGl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/7n1uun3l.jpg https://i.imgur.com/tVlxjaXl.jpg I agree that's ridiculous!
notsobigjoe 10/27/22 02:50pm Truck Campers
old Atwood jack motor

Hi, I was surfing around tonight and found one of these. It always seems that every few weeks someone is looking for one. Just posting some info to a link. https://www.rvsurplusparts.net/75391-atwoo-electric-motor-kit.html
notsobigjoe 10/23/22 06:42pm Truck Campers
RE: 36" Hitch Extension for 2" Receiver - Are they Made?

How can this be solved? What others done with this dilemma? Spend more money than he was planning. Unless the trailer is tiny, tiny and super light tongue weight...36" out is massive for 2" only. Super hitch is where just about everyone ends up...even those of us that weld and fabricate. I would think the class three hitch would be a problem as well. I do not think it's designed for that kind of up and down tork.
notsobigjoe 10/18/22 05:12pm Truck Campers
RE: 1977 Sunline Truck Camper FULL BUILD

MISC EXTERIOR - Truck Camper Build Part 46 Is there a reason for the different colors of paint you use at different places of the camper or just what's on hand. Green on the upper parts, white, some black etc... Sorry if you said something about it but I don't hear very well.
notsobigjoe 08/12/22 03:01pm Truck Campers
Sometimes genius needs to be recognized.

Of course I could never get my Fat --- in that little closet but for a couple of kids starting out I think it's a great idea!!! I also like the camper, I don't know why It kind of reminds me of a western theme type of thing and I think that's what they're going for. I like to post some cool stuff now and again. Feel free... https://www.truckcamperadventure.com/kingstar-camino-updates-include-new-dry-bath-slide-out-option/
notsobigjoe 08/08/22 03:48pm Truck Campers
RE: Tiny Truck Camper or maybe not.

Love KOA's, Never once had a bad experience. I was next to some bad people a couple of times but the parks have always been five stars in my world. Always clean, well manicured and staffed well. It doesn't look small to me!
notsobigjoe 08/08/22 03:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Electric Ford F-150 and Four Wheel Camper Make Alaska Run

Hi Joe. What looks like generators at a Supercharger are the actual charger racks. The other things with the cord and the connectors are just the pedestals. The actual electronics is actually are in the cabinets that look like generators but they are not. Here is a pic. This is a trailer slot but you can see the cabinets on the left and another dozen pedestals in the background. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52169494357_e4c3aedeb6_c.jpg Here is another pic. Those are the inverter racks on the right. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52169494007_e2e751dfc6_c.jpg Ok reis, and thanks. That makes sense… thank you for pointing these things out to this old timer. Set in his ways old timer.
notsobigjoe 07/28/22 03:54pm Truck Campers
RE: Electric Ford F-150 and Four Wheel Camper Make Alaska Run

Electric doesn't resolve anything (except to relocate urban pollution to a power-plant), but it makes folks feel good and they're fun to drive (shush!!….especially with gov subsidies!!)… From a slightly different perspective, I can see where they might make ‘rational sense’ where one commutes but has a decent solar and battery set-up at home - it’s been reported that home utility charging Kw rates are often as much as gasoline… On a different note, a modern petro powered automoblle is very nearly a pollution free vehicle (except for CO2 and water vapor), meaning much cleaner than the power produced at the power-plant and ‘sucked up’ by EV’s - a home solar and power-wall can close the EV loop… (bring on ‘the haters’ - lol :) ) 3 tons That makes perfect sense to me but of course your leaving the most important part and that is regulation. The government cannot regulate something as small as your description so it must be a huge conglomerate in order to line pockets. There is a scam right now in Florida and it’s everything I spoke of in this post. The state of Florida will pay for the actual parts of a solar install and that’s great but the catch is that the labor to install it comes with a thirty year mortgage. Again nothing is st it seems just like the EV.
notsobigjoe 07/28/22 03:52pm Truck Campers
RE: Electric Ford F-150 and Four Wheel Camper Make Alaska Run

Can't help but notice that no one is charging their electric car in the second photo. Where in the pristine forest I did they put the diesel generator to power the electric cords that power the electric cars? Nothing political I assure you but I'm curious where all of this electric powered stuff is going to get their power from. Who pays for the fuel that is trucked to the generators that power the electric cars and who pays for the maintenance of the same. Is it taxes. If so when we all buy an electric car instead of a fuel driven car can we expect our taxes to go way up? The electric grid maintenance workers will want to unionize and that will drive prices up. Everyone who owns an electric car lets say 400 million on the roads are going to have an incredible amount of waste that will of course have to recycled or put in a special landfill. Uneducated people in charge will of course see a need for yet more conservation and put limits on the electric vehicles all in the name of the planet and their pockets. That leads to the question of heating our homes with the same dirty polluting fossil fuels that the electric cars are fighting against. A scenario we already have in place with fossil fuels. Good morning. Are we looking at different pictures? There is a blue car charging at the far station. I have never seen a diesel generator at any charge station anywhere in Canada and we have used hundreds across the country. In the case of this pic you can see the BC hydro transformer in the pic. Good morning to you, I know know the post sounds snarky it is not meant to be. I do not have a clue as to how anything operates in Canada. I would be lying if I told you I did. Here where I live in Florida and my home town of Binghamton ny these charging stations are hooked into the established power grid. As you get further out of town in both states you lose the established grid and the charging stations are right next to the generator. I believe you plug the car in and the generator turns on. My question or point that I poorly made is what is the difference between the electric vehicle and the well established fossil fuel system. Please don’t compare apples to oranges you and I know that a great of pollution is put into our environment by building either car. They both make pollution in there own way. My question is why change one system to a new system that’s produces exactly the same outcome in the long run. What is a hydro transformer. Thanks, joe Hi Joe. Yah. Not up on how it is down there. BC hydro is the name of our provincial utility. Up here the word hydro is synonymous with “power”. So for example someone may ask you. Hey Joe, how big was your hydro bill this month? Meaning how big was your power bill. So a BC hydro transformer is just an electrical transformer. It’s the same in a few other provinces, for example, Hydro Quebec etc. Hope that helps. Thanks, this is similar to what I was talking about here where I live the article is from Australia but the pic says it all. Again not being a smarty pants just pointing out what I see. https://joannenova.com.au/2019/08/the-diesel-generator-behind-the-electric-car-charging-point/ Hi Joe. I got a few replies from the Central Florida Electric Vehicle Association on facebook. I took a screen shot of one of them. What you may have seen is the Florida power and light test bed. Sounds like it may be pallet mounted and one person on another group felt it was painted a light tan colour. Maybe that is what you saw. Anyway, sounds like it is a work in progress. Here is the screen shot. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52248102310_963e728069_c.jpg We have camping friends in Florida and are hoping to camp thru that area in early spring of 2024...ish. Cheers. I believe you have cleared up my misconceptions. That is what I see here in Florida but in my it looked like a generator. Either way thanks for clearing that up. Don’t come to Florida now if you know what’s good for you. Hot as helll! See you in the spring of 24… Not to beat a dead horse but I'm home and at my computer. I do not know if this is the company or even in this country but this is pretty much what I'm seeing minus the propellers. You have peaked my interest so much that I'm going to drive to the location this weekend and take a pic. This technology is being used and does exist. If I was wrong about the diesel generator part my apologies. https://www.power-sonic.com/evesco/off-grid-ev-charging/ The second article contains the exact thing I saw in upstate ny. It was a tesla charging station on the outskirts of Chenango bridge. It's the fourth picture down. Are those Generators in the background? don't know. That's all I got my Canadian friend... Just had to be sure I wasn't seeing things. https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/ev-charging-stations Older article, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2019/03/tesla-factory-store-uses-diesel-generators-to-recharge-slow-moving-model-3-inventory/
notsobigjoe 07/28/22 02:51pm Truck Campers
RE: Electric Ford F-150 and Four Wheel Camper Make Alaska Run

Can't help but notice that no one is charging their electric car in the second photo. Where in the pristine forest I did they put the diesel generator to power the electric cords that power the electric cars? Nothing political I assure you but I'm curious where all of this electric powered stuff is going to get their power from. Who pays for the fuel that is trucked to the generators that power the electric cars and who pays for the maintenance of the same. Is it taxes. If so when we all buy an electric car instead of a fuel driven car can we expect our taxes to go way up? The electric grid maintenance workers will want to unionize and that will drive prices up. Everyone who owns an electric car lets say 400 million on the roads are going to have an incredible amount of waste that will of course have to recycled or put in a special landfill. Uneducated people in charge will of course see a need for yet more conservation and put limits on the electric vehicles all in the name of the planet and their pockets. That leads to the question of heating our homes with the same dirty polluting fossil fuels that the electric cars are fighting against. A scenario we already have in place with fossil fuels. Good morning. Are we looking at different pictures? There is a blue car charging at the far station. I have never seen a diesel generator at any charge station anywhere in Canada and we have used hundreds across the country. In the case of this pic you can see the BC hydro transformer in the pic. Good morning to you, I know know the post sounds snarky it is not meant to be. I do not have a clue as to how anything operates in Canada. I would be lying if I told you I did. Here where I live in Florida and my home town of Binghamton ny these charging stations are hooked into the established power grid. As you get further out of town in both states you lose the established grid and the charging stations are right next to the generator. I believe you plug the car in and the generator turns on. My question or point that I poorly made is what is the difference between the electric vehicle and the well established fossil fuel system. Please don’t compare apples to oranges you and I know that a great of pollution is put into our environment by building either car. They both make pollution in there own way. My question is why change one system to a new system that’s produces exactly the same outcome in the long run. What is a hydro transformer. Thanks, joe Hi Joe. Yah. Not up on how it is down there. BC hydro is the name of our provincial utility. Up here the word hydro is synonymous with “power”. So for example someone may ask you. Hey Joe, how big was your hydro bill this month? Meaning how big was your power bill. So a BC hydro transformer is just an electrical transformer. It’s the same in a few other provinces, for example, Hydro Quebec etc. Hope that helps. Thanks, this is similar to what I was talking about here where I live the article is from Australia but the pic says it all. Again not being a smarty pants just pointing out what I see. https://joannenova.com.au/2019/08/the-diesel-generator-behind-the-electric-car-charging-point/ Hi Joe. I got a few replies from the Central Florida Electric Vehicle Association on facebook. I took a screen shot of one of them. What you may have seen is the Florida power and light test bed. Sounds like it may be pallet mounted and one person on another group felt it was painted a light tan colour. Maybe that is what you saw. Anyway, sounds like it is a work in progress. Here is the screen shot. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52248102310_963e728069_c.jpg We have camping friends in Florida and are hoping to camp thru that area in early spring of 2024...ish. Cheers. I believe you have cleared up my misconceptions. That is what I see here in Florida but in my it looked like a generator. Either way thanks for clearing that up. Don’t come to Florida now if you know what’s good for you. Hot as helll! See you in the spring of 24…
notsobigjoe 07/28/22 01:39pm Truck Campers
RE: Electric Ford F-150 and Four Wheel Camper Make Alaska Run

I've been reading for hours on this subject and have come to the conclusion of "whatever" EV owners pay for their fuel just like fuel owners do. The trade off is without a doubt the wait for the charge to complete cheaply as opposed to fueling up and going expensively. The myEV article does a great job with the selling points of an EV but treads ever so lightly around the actual cost of running one but any fuel car dealer would do this as well. The more EV's there are the greater the cost will be and the larger the environmental footprint. Electricity will not be cheap in this fossil free world and the roads will not be free of pollution and everything else we have already. Although very, very interesting, in my humble opinion it will be a complete waste of time and very profitable for the same people that already profit off of fossil fuels. https://www.myev.com/research/ev-101/what-it-costs-to-charge-an-electric-vehicle https://www.plugshare.com/?latitude=38.895185&longitude=-77.036366&spanLat=0.335077&spanLng=0.986023 https://chargehub.com/en/countries/united-states/florida.html
notsobigjoe 07/28/22 10:48am Truck Campers
RE: Electric Ford F-150 and Four Wheel Camper Make Alaska Run

Can't help but notice that no one is charging their electric car in the second photo. Where in the pristine forest I did they put the diesel generator to power the electric cords that power the electric cars? Nothing political I assure you but I'm curious where all of this electric powered stuff is going to get their power from. Who pays for the fuel that is trucked to the generators that power the electric cars and who pays for the maintenance of the same. Is it taxes. If so when we all buy an electric car instead of a fuel driven car can we expect our taxes to go way up? The electric grid maintenance workers will want to unionize and that will drive prices up. Everyone who owns an electric car lets say 400 million on the roads are going to have an incredible amount of waste that will of course have to recycled or put in a special landfill. Uneducated people in charge will of course see a need for yet more conservation and put limits on the electric vehicles all in the name of the planet and their pockets. That leads to the question of heating our homes with the same dirty polluting fossil fuels that the electric cars are fighting against. A scenario we already have in place with fossil fuels. Good morning. Are we looking at different pictures? There is a blue car charging at the far station. I have never seen a diesel generator at any charge station anywhere in Canada and we have used hundreds across the country. In the case of this pic you can see the BC hydro transformer in the pic. Good morning to you, I know know the post sounds snarky it is not meant to be. I do not have a clue as to how anything operates in Canada. I would be lying if I told you I did. Here where I live in Florida and my home town of Binghamton ny these charging stations are hooked into the established power grid. As you get further out of town in both states you lose the established grid and the charging stations are right next to the generator. I believe you plug the car in and the generator turns on. My question or point that I poorly made is what is the difference between the electric vehicle and the well established fossil fuel system. Please don’t compare apples to oranges you and I know that a great of pollution is put into our environment by building either car. They both make pollution in there own way. My question is why change one system to a new system that’s produces exactly the same outcome in the long run. What is a hydro transformer. Thanks, joe Hi Joe. Yah. Not up on how it is down there. BC hydro is the name of our provincial utility. Up here the word hydro is synonymous with “power”. So for example someone may ask you. Hey Joe, how big was your hydro bill this month? Meaning how big was your power bill. So a BC hydro transformer is just an electrical transformer. It’s the same in a few other provinces, for example, Hydro Quebec etc. Hope that helps. Thanks, this is similar to what I was talking about here where I live the article is from Australia but the pic says it all. Again not being a smarty pants just pointing out what I see. https://joannenova.com.au/2019/08/the-diesel-generator-behind-the-electric-car-charging-point/
notsobigjoe 07/28/22 09:26am Truck Campers
RE: Electric Ford F-150 and Four Wheel Camper Make Alaska Run

Can't help but notice that no one is charging their electric car in the second photo. Where in the pristine forest I did they put the diesel generator to power the electric cords that power the electric cars? Nothing political I assure you but I'm curious where all of this electric powered stuff is going to get their power from. Who pays for the fuel that is trucked to the generators that power the electric cars and who pays for the maintenance of the same. Is it taxes. If so when we all buy an electric car instead of a fuel driven car can we expect our taxes to go way up? The electric grid maintenance workers will want to unionize and that will drive prices up. Everyone who owns an electric car lets say 400 million on the roads are going to have an incredible amount of waste that will of course have to recycled or put in a special landfill. Uneducated people in charge will of course see a need for yet more conservation and put limits on the electric vehicles all in the name of the planet and their pockets. That leads to the question of heating our homes with the same dirty polluting fossil fuels that the electric cars are fighting against. A scenario we already have in place with fossil fuels. Good morning. Are we looking at different pictures? There is a blue car charging at the far station. I have never seen a diesel generator at any charge station anywhere in Canada and we have used hundreds across the country. In the case of this pic you can see the BC hydro transformer in the pic. Good morning to you, I know know the post sounds snarky it is not meant to be. I do not have a clue as to how anything operates in Canada. I would be lying if I told you I did. Here where I live in Florida and my home town of Binghamton ny these charging stations are hooked into the established power grid. As you get further out of town in both states you lose the established grid and the charging stations are right next to the generator. I believe you plug the car in and the generator turns on. My question or point that I poorly made is what is the difference between the electric vehicle and the well established fossil fuel system. Please don’t compare apples to oranges you and I know that a great of pollution is put into our environment by building either car. They both make pollution in there own way. My question is why change one system to a new system that’s produces exactly the same outcome in the long run. What is a hydro transformer. Thanks, joe
notsobigjoe 07/28/22 09:05am Truck Campers
RE: Electric Ford F-150 and Four Wheel Camper Make Alaska Run

Can't help but notice that no one is charging their electric car in the second photo. Where in the pristine forest I did they put the diesel generator to power the electric cords that power the electric cars? Nothing political I assure you but I'm curious where all of this electric powered stuff is going to get their power from. Who pays for the fuel that is trucked to the generators that power the electric cars and who pays for the maintenance of the same. Is it taxes. If so when we all buy an electric car instead of a fuel driven car can we expect our taxes to go way up? The electric grid maintenance workers will want to unionize and that will drive prices up. Everyone who owns an electric car lets say 400 million on the roads are going to have an incredible amount of waste that will of course have to recycled or put in a special landfill. Uneducated people in charge will of course see a need for yet more conservation and put limits on the electric vehicles all in the name of the planet and their pockets. That leads to the question of heating our homes with the same dirty polluting fossil fuels that the electric cars are fighting against. A scenario we already have in place with fossil fuels.
notsobigjoe 07/28/22 07:27am Truck Campers
RE: Do you think this can be repaired?

Yea, I decided to scrap it out. Too much work, and not enough time for me. By the way, here is a youtube video of how bad it was. Lance camper Wow, I wonder if it would have held together going down the road? OP, everything that has a frame is worth something to someone who has this same camper but in better condition. Window and frames, cabinet frames and hinges, door frame, overhead vents, water heater, furnace, etc... I make pretty big money on stuff like this on eBay and sometimes it sits for a long while. Good luck!!! Joe
notsobigjoe 07/26/22 11:23am Truck Campers
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