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RE: 2019 Northern Lite 10-2

the shade inside the camper by the sink began to discolor, Northern Lite sent a new one including frame, Northern Lite did this after seeing pictures without me asking I just wanted a opinion on what might have caused it. Northern Lite was great on promptly shipping a new one. Now the problem no directions to get to the screws that hold the frame and blind on the wall how do you take the sides on top off the old blind, do they just pry off with a push from a putty knife, or is there a easier way. This is our first Northern Lite, and it has not been used much because of a house fire that consumed most of last year and this year so far but that disaster headache is over now. I ned to fix my blind in the camper and take some time away from the farm.We just removed the frame behind the sink/stove on our NL a few weeks ago. To gain access to the frame's mounting screws, you have to carefully pry/pop the 4 long, decorative inserts away from each side of the frame. FWIW, you can flip the frame upside down and have the shade (and screen) close in the opposite direction if you'd like.
otrfun 11/27/20 07:48pm Truck Campers
RE: Salt Lake to Albuquerque on a 40 Pusher then to Florida.

Don't sweat the indians. I'd be more concerned about the NM Gov. closing down everything, which she just did. Avoid NM at all cost.They are termed native americans not indiansHow can they be native Americans when there was no America. I prefer first nation peoples though that is a misnomer as well.Native Americans are considered native to the continents of North America or South America. The American continents have existed for many millions of years.
otrfun 11/20/20 07:47pm Roads and Routes
RE: Pure sine wave inverter suggestions?

8 gauge wire seems too small for the 500 amps draw of a 6,000 watt inverter. And yes, I think you lucked out not needing electric blankets.X 2 !!I always strive for 2% or less voltage drop under max load. At 2% I'd be limited to 5ft. of 4/0 cable with a 500a load. FWIW, 4/0 cable is nearly 13 times larger than an 8 gauge wire.
otrfun 11/10/20 07:27am Truck Campers
RE: Pure sine wave inverter suggestions?

I have a 2200 watt Giandel PSW inverter that works well. 3 year warranty, only 8-9 watts when idling.Lot of folks overlook parasitic/no-load/idling current specs when choosing an inverter. Some inverters with high parasitic current can discharge a battery in just 12-24 hours with no load.
otrfun 11/10/20 07:11am Truck Campers
RE: Pure sine wave inverter suggestions?

Too risky to use a MSW on electronic equipment.Agree. MSW can can silently wreak havoc on some electronic devices. It's like using improper oil in an engine. At first everything seems fine . . .
otrfun 11/10/20 07:05am Truck Campers
RE: Adding XM antenna to avoid camper overhang

Very helpful pics and instructions! Definitely gonna save some folks some time and research. I've noticed those with fiberglass campers seem to have better luck with these SAT signals. The metal siding and/or framing used on a lot of campers definitely don't help with SAT reception.
otrfun 11/10/20 06:53am Truck Campers
RE: New Member and Future Truck Camper Owner

. . . As always, a trip to the scales will tell all. Be safe. BillAgree. A visit to your local CAT scale to determine how much weight is being loaded or unloaded from your front axle is the only way to determine your *current* COG. Those *factory* COG stickers are only accurate the day the camper left the factory.
otrfun 11/08/20 07:29am Truck Campers
RE: New Member and Future Truck Camper Owner

Welcome...and yeah...ouch. Should have stopped here b4 you got that truck. That (very) short bed is going to place your COG well behind axle. Not a good way to start TC’ing. Hate to rain on your parade, but a TT may be a better option for that truck. Be safe.That mega cab has a VERY short bed. I wouldn’t be putting anything too heavy behind the rear axle. He’ll be doing the Carolina squat!OP'S not going to have any problems carrying a short bed camper on his Ram MegaCab dually/DRW. Hundreds, thousands of folks carry SB campers on Ram SB trucks with no issues. We carry a SB camper (almost 4k loaded) on our '16 Ram 3500 SRW CC SB with zero handling issues. I might add, the same 6 ft. 4 in. bed is used on all Ram heavy-duty SB trucks, including the MegaCab. If anything, the MegaCab may have a stability advantage over a Ram RC SB or Ram CC SB because it has a longer wheelbase. The only MegaCab with documented problems carrying a SB camper is the 2014+ Ram 2500 Megacabs. Because of its very inboard mounted rear coil springs, some folks have encountered sway issues.
otrfun 11/07/20 02:16pm Truck Campers
RE: 5W40 or 15W40 in 6.7 CTD?

It would probably make no difference as long as you aren't exceeding the mileage specifications. I'm not the least bit worried about the 1 year OCI that I have been using for several years now.You are correct. The time frame of 6 months doesn't matter as long as it is changed with a certain mileage or engine hours. As I stated earlier, no oil analysis would be able to tell the difference between 15k mile oil at 6 months or 15k mile oil at 12 months. The 15k interval with the Cummins is even with non-synthetic 15w40.Makes perfect sense to me. Then why the heck does Ram have a 6 mo. OCI on their late model Cummins? They have "severe" duty maintenance intervals for other things like the tranny and differential. Why wouldn't they recommend 6 mo. OCI's for severe duty and 12 mo. for non-severe? Ram obviously feels there's something that's degrading the oil over time---something that's not mileage related. Some kind of water, corrosion, or fuel contamination issue?In my opinion it has to do with the fact that Ram owns the warranty of the engine from Cummins. Unlike the medium/heavy duty world where even though the truck is a Peterbilt, Kenworth, and so on, you still have to go through Cummins for the engine warranty, not the vehicle manufacturer. The same holds true for other engines such as Caterpillar, Detroit Diesel, and so on. For example, if a Peterbilt with an ISB6.7 comes into our service department with an engine issue under warranty, we file the claim with Cummins, not Peterbilt. Also, if that same Peterbilt went to a dealership for another make, say Freightliner, with the same engine issue. That Freightliner dealer can still perform the warranty work since the warranty is with Cummins, not Peterbilt. They can go to any dealership that is certified by Cummins to work on that engine regardless of make. If my technician is ISB certified, then he can can work on any ISB engine warranty regardless of what vehicle it is in(aside from Ram). This is not the case with Ram. Ram essentially purchases and owns the 100k mile warranty as a part of their contract meaning I cannot take it anywhere else, even a Cummins service center, to perform the warranty. So they can decide to make the warranty more stringent than what Cummins has in other applications that are similar if they want to keep them from paying. Basically, they are stacking the deck in their favor so they will not have to pay out at the expense of the owners even though most owners do not fall within the severe 6 month duty cycle and Cummins has 12 months for similar duty cycles. I will also say to never ever get your parts from a Mopar dealer. They mark them up 100-200% over what a Cummins dealer or even other medium/heavy duty dealers charge. For example, a Mopar dealer quoted me a Cummins water pump for $200 and it was the exact same one from Cummins my company(a medium/heavy duty dealership) sold for $65 at the time. They were both in the same Cummins box, but the Mopar had an extra sticker with a Mopar part number on it.Sounds like a perfectly legtimate explanation to me. If this is the case, gotta wonder what specific issue in that 6 mo. to 12 mo. MTBF/OCI data pushed their warranty costs high enough to warrant a 6 mo. OCI? Hhhmmm . . .
otrfun 11/05/20 08:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford has released their 2021 towing guide

. . . I loved that F150HD with the 3.5L Ecoboost. It was very fun to drive especially after I had 5 Star tune it for me.The 3.5 Ecoboost is an awesome engine. I've driven one a number of times. Gotta say, though, I so-so wish Ford had gone with a twin-turbo V8 instead. The sonic experience alone would have turned this engine into a rockstar!
otrfun 11/05/20 08:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: 5W40 or 15W40 in 6.7 CTD?

It would probably make no difference as long as you aren't exceeding the mileage specifications. I'm not the least bit worried about the 1 year OCI that I have been using for several years now.You are correct. The time frame of 6 months doesn't matter as long as it is changed with a certain mileage or engine hours. As I stated earlier, no oil analysis would be able to tell the difference between 15k mile oil at 6 months or 15k mile oil at 12 months. The 15k interval with the Cummins is even with non-synthetic 15w40.Makes perfect sense to me. Then why the heck does Ram have a 6 mo. OCI on their late model Cummins? They have "severe" duty maintenance intervals for other things like the tranny and differential. Why wouldn't they recommend 6 mo. OCI's for severe duty and 12 mo. for non-severe? Ram obviously feels there's something that's degrading the oil over time---something that's not mileage related. Some kind of water, corrosion, or fuel contamination issue?
otrfun 11/05/20 08:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford has released their 2021 towing guide

Ford 2021 towing guide You can get the highest tow ratings with max payload package. All of the F150 engines have received significant bumps in tow ratings. The 2.7 is now up to 10,000lbs, the diesel is up to 12,100lbs and the 5.0 is up to 13,000lbs. Maximum GCRW is 19,500lbs. If I recall correctly the maximum GCWR for a 1991 F350 was 18,500lbs. Things have really changed.Can higher tow ratings overcome basic physics (truck weight vs. trailer weight)---the ole tail-waggin-the-dog syndrome? A 5,000 lb. F150 pulling 13k? Seriously?!I do it every day. It's a better ratio than pulling 30,000lbs with an F450 and that seems to widely accepted.I hear ya. However, for my level of comfort we wouldn't consider towing any more than ~13k on any cross-country trip with our '16 Ram 3500 SRW Cummins. I think Ram got the max. tow capacity of 16k just right. I've towed 8k-10k with an aluminum F150 5.0 and a late model Tundra with a 5.7 (~10k tow rating for both). Both felt much less stable than our 3500 when we towed 15k. There's no way I would consider towing 13k with an F150 that weighs 3k less (with almost half the torque) on any cross-country trip. Yup, I know folks claim they do it all the time (i.e., tows like it's not there). But, telling myself that ain't gonna make my pucker factor go away :E
otrfun 11/05/20 07:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford has released their 2021 towing guide

Since you specifically mentioned the physics of the weight difference between truck and trailer, what is the difference between an F150 towing 13K and an F350 towing 21K? The proportional weight difference is exactly the same.Towed 15k a few times with our ‘16 Ram 3500 SRW Cummins that weighs 8k empty. For my tastes, I would never consider towing more. Tow rating is 16k. Power is not the issue. Handling and braking is. Towed an 8k TT with a friend’s ‘15 F150 5.0 with a 10.5k tow rating. IMO, it felt like it was at its limit. Power and handling were “ok”. Can’t even imagine 13k. To each their own.
otrfun 11/04/20 11:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford has released their 2021 towing guide

Ford 2021 towing guide You can get the highest tow ratings with max payload package. All of the F150 engines have received significant bumps in tow ratings. The 2.7 is now up to 10,000lbs, the diesel is up to 12,100lbs and the 5.0 is up to 13,000lbs. Maximum GCRW is 19,500lbs. If I recall correctly the maximum GCWR for a 1991 F350 was 18,500lbs. Things have really changed.Can higher tow ratings overcome basic physics (truck weight vs. trailer weight)---the ole tail-waggin-the-dog syndrome? A 5,000 lb. F150 pulling 13k? Seriously?!
otrfun 11/04/20 07:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 5W40 or 15W40 in 6.7 CTD?

. . . Another point for me is oil change frequency. The manual says to change oil every 15,000 miles or 500 hours and I don't even come close to that mileage in a year. So, I just change my oil once a year and with the 5W40 I'm covered for any temperature range and I don't have to worry about it. KJOur 2016 Ram Cummins OCI is 15,000 mi., 500 hours, or 6 months, whichever comes first. Your profile says you have a 2014 Ram Cummins. Is the OCI different for the 2014's?You're right, it does say 6 months. However, I'm comfortable with the additive packages in the synthetic oil and use the 1 year time frame. When I changed oil this summer I had only put 5,200 miles on the truck since July of 2019. If I would have changed oil at 6 months it would have been less than 25% used (on a mileage basis). KJI was just curious, thanks. We have an 8y/120k OEM extended warranty, so we'll be sticking with the 6 mo. OCI for a few more years/miles. If we still have the truck after 8/120 we'll probably go to a 12 mo. OCI using 5w-40. With that being said, gotta wonder which would keep my Cummins runnin' the longest? 15w-40 changed every 6 mo. or 5w-40 changed every 12 mo.? lol! :)
otrfun 11/04/20 07:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 5W40 or 15W40 in 6.7 CTD?

. . . Another point for me is oil change frequency. The manual says to change oil every 15,000 miles or 500 hours and I don't even come close to that mileage in a year. So, I just change my oil once a year and with the 5W40 I'm covered for any temperature range and I don't have to worry about it. KJOur 2016 Ram Cummins OCI is 15,000 mi., 500 hours, or 6 months, whichever comes first. Your profile says you have a 2014 Ram Cummins. Is the OCI different for the 2014's?
otrfun 11/02/20 11:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: 5W40 or 15W40 in 6.7 CTD?

If Ram didn't require a 6-mo. OCI (truck's still under warranty), we'd probably use 5w-40 (3 gal. ~$60). However, we can't justify the extra expense for synthetic every 6-mo. Only put about 5k - 6k mi. on the truck between each 6 mo. oil change. We typically use whatever brand of API CK-4, 15w-40 that's on sale at Sam's Club or Costco (3 gal. ~$30).Well even if it is a bit more I like to be constant with the oil I put in my engines, and like it to be good quality. This is part of the reason why, this is the tappet gallery on our 2001 Ram CTD at 300,000 miles.Granted, 5w-40, being synthetic, probably provides better protection under extreme conditions (i.e. operation at or below 0 deg). However, we've come to the conclusion it's not enough added protection under normal conditions (our M.O) to justify spending almost twice as much money for it every 6 mo. Bottom line, we follow Ram's recommendation to use API CJ-4/CK-4, 15w-40 when temps are above 0 degrees (or 5w-40 synthetic when temps are 0 and below).
otrfun 10/31/20 06:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 5W40 or 15W40 in 6.7 CTD?

If Ram didn't require a 6-mo. OCI (truck's still under warranty), we'd probably use 5w-40 (3 gal. ~$60). However, we can't justify the extra expense for synthetic every 6-mo. Only put about 5k - 6k mi. on the truck between each 6 mo. oil change. We typically use whatever brand of API CK-4, 15w-40 that's on sale at Sam's Club or Costco (3 gal. ~$30).
otrfun 10/31/20 04:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Seeking advice on new TC purchase

I have questions about TC dealers and what I should offer on a new TC. My wife and I are pretty much decided on the 2021 Northern Lite 10-2 Limited Edition with the new dry bath. I’m currently shopping on-line at Truck Camper Warehouse in NH, D&H in NC, Parkview RV in DE, and Mike Jones RV on OH. I’m in N. VA so all these dealers are a bit of a drive. No sales tax in NH or DE, and I’m not subject to sales tax in OH. Not sure about NC. It looks like the listed prices for this model range from about $52,000 to $56,000. I could save if I went with a ’20 model but my wife loves the new dry bath design. I plan to do all my negotiating before driving out to take delivery. Mike Jones has three 2021 10-2 dry baths inbound. Anyway, what’s a reasonable (how much below asking) n ? Also, does anyone have experience with the dealers above? Thanks - BrianLast year we discovered it was very difficult to get much more than 5-7% off MSRP on a new NL that wasn't new, old stock (we shopped nationwide). Demand is much higher now, so 5-7% might be very difficult to impossible. Also, freight charges on NL's go up substantially at dealers located east of the MS river (NL factory is located north of WA state in Kelowna BC). We saved almost $8000 (on sales tax, freight, plus the cost of the camper itself) purchasing our '19 8-11 out-of-state at Apache Campers in Portland OR vs. purchasing in-state. The downsides to this purchase: 1) the 2800 mi. round-trip drive, and 2) it's more difficult to resolve warranty issues that cannot be taken care of DIY with parts alone. Good luck! 20,000 mi. of cross-country travel with our NL! Still lovin' it!
otrfun 10/31/20 10:29am Truck Campers
RE: Extended warranty

Once you've narrowed down your choices, I think you'd be well served calling your favorite local RV service center, plus some random RV service centers (ideally on routes to/from/at areas you visit), to find out if they accept that particular company/plan. Just as important is any input they may have about the quality of service/coverage provided. Their feedback would carry a lot more weight with me than any anecdotal online inputs. Also, pick a well-known, reputable company that's been in business a number of years. Many new extended warranty companies promise the sun and the moon, collect money from several hundred/thousand customers, then declare bankruptcy. FYI, very few (if any) extended warranty plans cover the frame, structural issues, and/or water leaks (neither the leak itself or the resulting damage). These are the most catastrophic in terms of repair costs, which is why they're rarely, if ever, covered.
otrfun 10/30/20 10:30am General RVing Issues
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