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RE: Arctic Fox 1150 is breaking my 2016 Ford 350 dually

Aluminum is kinda brittle and has no grain...Makes me kinda wonder if this would've happened with a steel bed - I donno?? 3 tons Nope. I do know. Read my earlier post on this thread. rick
rickjo 04/18/21 07:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Arctic Fox 1150 is breaking my 2016 Ford 350 dually

Camera Source sells cameras and a Ford connector like this one for about $200. They sell other brands as well. Yes, that is why I have. I had connector matching issues and so they sent all 3 possibilities and I selected the one that worked and returned the others. Great support. Rick
rickjo 04/14/21 11:52am Truck Campers
RE: Arctic Fox 1150 is breaking my 2016 Ford 350 dually

Does your 2019 Dodge have a steel bed, rather than aluminum, as the Ford does now? Here's a good video an info for a ram 5500 flatbed. About half price of a Douglas body, so he says. Yeah, steel. I agree with you that the aluminum is the issue, not so much the weight of the camper if that weren't the case. NO the aluminum bed is NOT the issue. I have had both. The 2004 steel bed was much worse. As I indicate in my earlier posts, the horse stall mats and Torklift tie downs have made bed damage in my aluminum bed a non-issue. My aluminum bed still looks new after 15k miles on the new setup. Rick
rickjo 04/14/21 09:55am Truck Campers
RE: Arctic Fox 1150 is breaking my 2016 Ford 350 dually

To make things clearer, here are photos of my damaged bed in the F350 that I had previously: Depression in the side of the bed at the rear Plywood that sort of helped Crack in rear sheet metal below tailgate caused by buckling Update. I have horse stall mats in my aluminum bed. I am sure that is making a difference when I see your damage. Rick
rickjo 04/14/21 07:26am Truck Campers
RE: Arctic Fox 1150 is breaking my 2016 Ford 350 dually

My 2004 f350 did that. All the weight of the camper is on the two side rails. The space on the bottom of the camper in between is not weight bearing. The truck bed was not designed to handle that long linear twin load and as a result in buckles up in the middle. Plywood helped fix my problem but it was not a perfect solution. My 2019 F350 seems to handle that weight a little better, perhaps by design... Rick
rickjo 04/13/21 08:55pm Truck Campers
RE: It’s been a good run

6v Golf cart batts have performed so superior to 12v whatever. I can't imagine any other way now. The deep discharge capability is non-destructive on purpose. Rick
rickjo 02/11/21 01:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Is a Gas 3/4 Truck and Pop-up Camper Safe in Colorado?

....Sure, you will burn some fuel if you want to keep it at 70mph up a grade but considering your average gas engine starts with north of 350hp, even if it loses 25% (equivalent to around 8000ft altitude), that still leaves you 260hp, which should be plenty to keep the speed up with such a light load. Most Colorado mountain passes have top speed limits of 50, and occasionally 60, mph. Switchback curves of 15 or 25 mph. More important to be able to speed back up from switchbacks, not keeping 70 mph (rare). My gasser does the speed ups fine. Also, I tend to get out of cruise control and even manually shift my auto tranny to avoid the "searching" in the climb up, then engine help holding back on the way down. My toughest climb was Fremont Pass from Leadville to Copper Mountain with the lack of oxygen at 12000' and no passing lanes to let idiots go by. Pretty much steady 5000 rpm for power. :R Rick
rickjo 09/06/20 10:41am Truck Campers
RE: Is a Gas 3/4 Truck and Pop-up Camper Safe in Colorado?

You will be fine as long as you don't try to keep up with the idiots racing up I-70 out of Denver. All other Colorado mountain roads are less stressful. I-70 is just plain NUTS.
rickjo 09/05/20 10:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Is there a weight limit on cabover bed?

If you have the camper off the truck, you should always maintain the front end higher than the rear or at least even. If so, weight in the cabover area should not be an issue. The COG is near the middle of the floor and you will never have enough leverage by weight in the cabover to tilt the camper. Maintaining the front higher or level has NO effect on the COG within the limits of the jacks when off the truck and lowered near the ground as normally done. (Why would anyone leave the camper high on the jacks and try to live in it?) If the front is lower, it can't be by much and becomes annoying for sleeping, etc. It may even stress the brain much like that experienced by people with acrophobia who can't stand near the edge of a cliff and look down. Rick
rickjo 08/14/20 08:20am Truck Campers
RE: Slide failures?

I have over 75k miles with my Lance 1181 on a truck. I have driven on many 4WD backroads including 2 weeks ago on a Forest Road in the Gila NF that took me 1 hour to cover 4 miles. Been to Alaska and back over all the frost heaves. My slide is behaving like new. It reliably moves in and out and, after I got the friction adjustment correct, never begins to slide out while on the road. There are no signs of stress in the supporting structures and I did replace the awning cover when the sun rotted the fabric. I don't know what brand Lance is using now, but my slide is fantastic. Rick
rickjo 08/13/20 07:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Is there a weight limit on cabover bed?

I think Lance has had the design of the cabover perfect for many years now. I suspect there will be no problems. Rick
rickjo 08/08/20 09:54pm Truck Campers
RE: Drilling hole in roof of Lance 1181

My 1181 (2007 model) is prewired for solar. The extrernal connectioln is on the roof just forward of the slide out. Rick
rickjo 08/06/20 08:21pm Truck Campers
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