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RE: Lifespan of water pump

Yes, Mattyj I think it's a sound philosophy. Maintenance, knowledge and spare parts is the key to a good trip. If it's cheap I just order two of everything. Toilet seals, caulk, water pumps, sail switches, sink faucet bushings cheap stuff like that. I also carry a spare alternator and starter in my truck as well as hoses and belts.
notsobigjoe 01/25/22 06:45pm Truck Campers
RE: I Made A Replacement Escape Hatch Lid

I've been wanting to replace that Heki POS for some time. Perhaps it is time. Excellent work!!
notsobigjoe 01/25/22 02:24pm Truck Campers
RE: Wind Deflector

All the way to the bottom of the the first link. https://www.truckcampermagazine.com/off-road/extreme-rigs/alaskan-dream-machine/ I wonder if this would tuck in under the cab over so you wouldn't have to drill anything into your camper? Click on quick view. https://www.icondirect.com/categories/RV-Towing-Products/Wind-Deflectors/AeroShield/ Sleepy's old rig and others. Sleepy had his camper overhauled a couple of years back and that thread is on LOA. You'll have to be a member to see it. https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/25642689/print/true.cfm https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/17575645/srt/pa/pging/1/page/1
notsobigjoe 01/22/22 05:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Wind Deflector

https://www.truckcampermagazine.com/camper-mods/projects/4-camper-air-dams-and-wind-deflectors/
notsobigjoe 01/22/22 08:53am Truck Campers
RE: How to remove a "pull-over" couch from '96 Lance 990?

As some one who has removed his generator from the housing I would tell you this, If you really, really need to have that bolt intact go ahead and do it. If you don't really need that bolt or you can drill out another one I would leave the generator alone and cut the bolt. It is one heck of a job taking that Generator out and reinstalling it.
notsobigjoe 01/20/22 10:58am Truck Campers
RE: Is an old fantastic fan worth fixing?

Thanks ferndaleflyer, I have all of the original papers when the original owner first registered all of the products back in '96, including this fantastic fan. I'm going to reach out to Dometic (looks like they bought them out?) and see if they wanna replace it! IN MY OPINION, Dometic customer service is fantastic. They're products on the other hand are not what they used to be. But if you can get a free one......
notsobigjoe 01/18/22 04:29pm Truck Campers
RE: Is an old fantastic fan worth fixing?

The new ones are terrible. I switched to Max air.
notsobigjoe 01/18/22 02:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Worlds smalest truck camper

An excellent craftsman to say the least. I assume it's from Japan, I could be wrong... I enjoyed it.
notsobigjoe 01/10/22 06:04pm Truck Campers
RE: can anyone ID this ‘96 Lance 990 mystery bracket?

Ooohh, lol. I had no idea what a picnic table cloth clamp was, or that it was even a thing that existed! Thanks for the info No problem. If you didn't ask you wouldn't know....:)
notsobigjoe 01/02/22 07:37am Truck Campers
RE: can anyone ID this ‘96 Lance 990 mystery bracket?

Picnic table cloth clamps Many uses for them Yep, looks just like ours.
notsobigjoe 01/01/22 05:12pm Truck Campers
RE: Purchasing Warped Roof 1997 Bigfoot 2500 9’6”?

On page 5 the OP inspected the camper and found extensive water damage and moved on. Why is this still being discussed?:h because some questions got asked and I saw somthing different at the factroy than what people were telling me and its pretty informative and interesting to some people. I think any info passed on is worth talking about. many times I have looked up mods and projects that I've been doing on this sight. they are always informative and do help. even trivial and not on subject could be very helpful to one and not the other.
notsobigjoe 12/28/21 10:29am Truck Campers
RE: Purchasing Warped Roof 1997 Bigfoot 2500 9’6”?

I'll stick to my story: they are a sandwich, not just fiberglass structure, and the interior paneling is put in in the mold. Take a look at this recent article in Truck Camper Magazine, in particular scroll down to the photo of the interior paneling being installed in the mold. Also several photos of top and bottom halves being pulled from the mold, with paneling already installed. When I ordered mine from the factory in 1996 I was specifically told this is how it was done and it appears still is. They use a contact adhesive and pound it with rubber mallets to ensure contact. You cannot do that out of the mold. There are other pictures showing them assembling top and bottom with paneling in place. If you think the fiberglass is the only structure, pull the paneling, foam, and wood stiffening out of the roof of one and walk across it. I guarantee you will think again. From TC Magazine: https://i.imgur.com/H1yoW2a.jpg Very interesting and informative. I wonder if the designer just took everything from the roof and put them on the side if that would be a leak-less model? Guys I love threads like these, nothing but info, good info! Joe
notsobigjoe 12/26/21 03:35pm Truck Campers
RE: Purchasing Warped Roof 1997 Bigfoot 2500 9’6”?

I have owned three Bigfeet: one built in 1986, one in 1996, and one in 2008. They were all built the same way*. Yes, the interior walls are screwed to the sandwich shell, but the sandwich shell has the foam bonded in and paneling bonded to that before it is taken from the mold. The fiberglass by itself is too floppy to do that afterwards. when I was there the only thing added to it while it was in the mold was the wood that got glassed in like at the jack mounting places, anchor points for interior finishings, and around the whole edge to enable the shels to be fastened togeather. it was a 4 pint lift out of the mold then onto a roaling bed which is where they used an adhesive glue to atach the cnc cut foam panels. I would imagin thluan is just atached to the wood mounting places and not nessasarly be part of any bonded system as it needs to be easy to replace and all the interior luan was installed before the top half was lowered into place so what you saw was a bottom shell with walls and a celing all built waiting for the top fiberglass and foam to be dropped down on top of it. struck me kinda funny, but made sence when I thought about it maybe there building different now, might be the switch to a choped glass process much faster and easier then using glass cloth to build, who knows Steve Steve, I'm asking because I do not know. Is the shell molded at different thicknesses in the parts that secure everything both inside and outside, such as the corners for the jacks and where all the interior attachments are made or is it laid as one thickness through out? I ask because when I got out of the Navy in 85 I went to work at a Bayliner dealership in Endicott NY. This was Bayliner good years but with one outstanding problem. The floors and the stringers would literally rot very quickly because of the poor molding techniques. This was later fixed by pouring a thicker area around the flex joints to keep the water out. It worked. Curious if there are any similarities... Joe
notsobigjoe 12/25/21 06:51am Truck Campers
RE: CJ5 Camper

That is something! Days gone bye....
notsobigjoe 12/24/21 08:15am Truck Campers
RE: S&S 8.5 Camper on Ram 2500: Measured weights; advice.

Post your pic here. http://photoposting.is-great.net/?i=1
notsobigjoe 12/22/21 09:58am Truck Campers
RE: S&S 8.5 Camper on Ram 2500: Measured weights; advice.

If your 740 lbs over that would not bother me and many other truck campers on this forum and the rest of the truck camper forum universe. Then again the weight police would consider you massively over and in need of shaving off some additional weight. Where ever you fall in the middle of these two very different worlds is something your going to have to work out yourself. I'm not being snarky at all please don't think I'm being sarcastic. I'm usually over about 1500 pounds as well as a boat in tow and I could care less. If your comfortable with your rig then I say go with it, if your not then upgrade to the one ton. If I could give you some advice skip the 1 ton non dually and just get the dually. You'll be within every weight limit possible and you'll have the best ride out there. I hope this helps. Joe
notsobigjoe 12/19/21 03:00pm Truck Campers
RE: Purchasing Warped Roof 1997 Bigfoot 2500 9’6”?

The anchors are metal and rusty no big deal. They look pretty straight if not perfectly straight, Maybe bent a little from the pull of the rear jack. The pic might be fooling us. Get a better pic of that rear anchor cause they are a pain to change also if it's pulling out that could be a sign of trouble. The camper leaning down at the rear in the bed of the truck is also petty normal too. I know that some years of Chevy they had a slight slant to them to drain water. I don't know of other brands though. My final thought is I think the camper looks pretty solid. I would absolutely take the advice of all our members and go over it with a fine tooth comb and look for any water damage. I bet you won't find much. Also take a look at the cushions and mattress to see if they are moldy, start everything, run the heater, AC, hot water heater, lights, running lights, backup lights, plug to the camper, etc... Otherwise I think it's a good find. Good luck sir.
notsobigjoe 12/18/21 07:06am Truck Campers
RE: Purchasing Warped Roof 1997 Bigfoot 2500 9’6”?

From what I read in the past about fiberglass shell campers, they are build with the same idea boats are. To attach internal walls or cabinets, they glue pieces of wood to the shell and whey the wood can rot, small pieces should be easy to replace. For good DIYer that is as dealing with epoxy is not for everyone. Yeah, I worked at a marina in Endicott NY a very long time ago and Bayliner had an enormous problem with just that. The wood would rot but impossible to get to because it was molded in. I helped do several floors during that time and wouldn't do it again. Back in those days everything wasn't disposable and you fixed what you bought. I still live in that time period! :)
notsobigjoe 12/13/21 04:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Purchasing Warped Roof 1997 Bigfoot 2500 9’6”?

I am surprised how little BigFoot owners participate in this topic. When price looks high to me as well, the market changes and I assume OP did his research. In my years of RVing I restored several different RV and all restoration were great success. But for all projects I was seeking solid base. So it was Airstream, Prevost, Barth. All RV with solid frame and regardless 30 or 50 years of age - they generated lot of pleasure for me and later buyers. When I never owned BF, the fiberglass shell is solid base for restoration. Long way from "toothpicks frame with skinny plywood slapped over to hold it" lot of other constructions present. OP good luck with this or other purchase. The only time I've ever been in a fiberglass shell camper was a northern lite and it was well built and beautiful. I agree with all you said because I too do my own work and am in the middle of rebuilding "so to speak" my lance 1181. It is also a hell of built machine. When members say that wood is present in the frame what does that mean? Is it so they have something to attach the inside walls and ceiling to? Or do they actually incorporate the wood in the pour of the mold. I'm asking because I don't know. Realizing they aren't going to drill holes in the shell... Thanks, Joe
notsobigjoe 12/13/21 06:07am Truck Campers
RE: range hood exhaust fan?

OK guys, Nothing really to report on this job. I took it down and hooked up the PWM and was unimpressed, took it off, took some measurements and I'm thinking about building my own aluminum box with this fan installed in it. Not much to talk about really as it's in the thinking stage. I did however finish my new furnace install and A/C upgrade. I have tons of pics and will share soon. Also have my floor out of the bottom and going to insulate tomorrow. So a big dud just thought I'd fill you in, Joe https://www.amazon.com/Dometic-K801700-Fan-Motor/dp/B01N1MK7T9/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1LJRPZM25SH4X&keywords=fantastic+fan+parts&qid=1639270442&sprefix=fantastic+fan%2Caps%2C201&sr=8-1
notsobigjoe 12/11/21 05:58pm Truck Campers
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