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RE: Who’s still using a 7.3 diesel truck

... snipped ... Hopefully, that gauge (EGT) will prolong the life of the engine. That gauge and all of the other mods will not prolong the life of your engine as much as your driving habits will.
sonuvabug 03/06/21 07:14am Truck Campers
RE: How often do your remove the camper from the truck?

i only have it on when I am using it. when I am done I take it off, unless i am heading out again soon and dont need the truck for anything else. Steve ^^^ Same here ^^^
sonuvabug 03/04/21 08:40am Truck Campers
RE: Who’s still using a 7.3 diesel truck

I don’t know where all of the noise is coming from for the 7.3 since I haven’t had one. When I had a 6.0, I added the factory hood insulation “liner” and starting running Rotella Synthethetic. The combination got rid of a lot of noise. Btw, the Onan propane generator that many of us have also got quite a bit quieter when I changed the oil to synthetic. YMMV. My engine ran quieter running biodiesel rather than straight dino diesel with friction modifiers after the ULSD was released. So I would guess the pump and injectors did contribute to it. My stock 7.3 truck is relatively quiet. No issues talking, listening to the stereo etc. I have the hood liner and run 5w-40 synth oil. I also have cloth seats vs. leather if that makes a difference. No other added insulation etc. that I am aware of.
sonuvabug 03/03/21 02:29pm Truck Campers
RE: Who’s still using a 7.3 diesel truck

I did have the vacuum reservoir spring a leak. In my F450 case, you can manually override the hubs by hand. I don’t know if that is standard on most Super Duty trucks now. Yes my 2001 ESOF hubs are also "overidable". However, even doing this doesn't work so it appears there is something inside both front hubs that are not working correctly. Could be gunked up with two much grease etc. preventing them from operating properly. I've already performed part of the diagnostic routine and the dash electronics, transfer case & servo motor, and front drive shaft and axle connections all work as they should. Pretty much leaves the vacuum line or the hubs themselves.
sonuvabug 02/28/21 07:37am Truck Campers
RE: Who’s still using a 7.3 diesel truck

front hubs stopped engaging ... snipped ... Do yourself a favor and get rid of those "auto-locking" front hubs. ... Replace them with a quality set of aftermarket hubs and you'll never have a problem again. I'm thinking about this approach. On the Ford Truck Enthusiasts site, probably 1/2 of the people have done just that. I'm of the mind, I'll trouble shoot the problem and if it is a vacuum line leak or something equally simple and cheap, I'll probably just replace the lines/fuse etc. and be done with it. However, if it is something more serious and costly that require $$$ parts, I may just replace the OEM hub's with Warn manual hub lockers and be done with it. I actually do not use them that often.
sonuvabug 02/26/21 01:29pm Truck Campers
RE: Who’s still using a 7.3 diesel truck

Wow! That’s some serious seat time, that first beer must have tasted good haha. And yeah I’m picky so far have looked at about a half dozen trucks, looking for trucks that have had a lot of the big ticket items done already and or some records of maintenance You are aware the first sentence of the on-line Adventurer 910DB write up states: "The Adventurer 910DB is a dry bath truck camper that fits LB (long bed) trucks only."
sonuvabug 02/26/21 08:04am Truck Campers
RE: Revisiting pop-up campers

What's a 14er? 14 mile hike?
sonuvabug 02/26/21 07:51am Truck Campers
RE: Who’s still using a 7.3 diesel truck

sonuvabug Great write up, and thanks for taking the time to do so! Our soon to be ours 7.3 will also be getting an adventurer But the 910DB model, So it’s going to be a dually. With all the things you listed for maintenance that’s pretty much every long standing 7.3 owners check list for these trucks. I’m in Alberta, Canada so truck bodies don’t last around here either unless the previous owners took good care. Either way I’m looking forward to getting behind the wheel of one! Thanks Jtime. The 910DB is a beautiful model ... heavy puppy too so the dually will come in handy. Like anything old, the 7.3 takes time and money to maintain but it sure beats the cost of buying a new)er) one. At least AB doesn't put salt down like ON. FWIW - One of our chitlins calls Grande Prairie home. I drove out there a few summers ago with the truck and a cargo trailer full of furniture for them. 52 hours straight driving from KW ... that included about 2 hours of rest time as needed.
sonuvabug 02/25/21 01:25pm Truck Campers
RE: Adventurer 901sb

Fish mojo, we have an older 2007 Adventurer 90FWS on an 8' truck bed. They re-introduced the exact same floor plan, only as mirror image, in their 2019 50th anniversary edition truck camper and called it the 901SB ... the model you've referenced. It features lots of up-to-date materials, electronics and extras being a special edition. Appears they went all out. Google Adventurer 90FWS for lots of information, videos etc. on the basic "bones" of the 901SB. We thought this "repeat performance" was a real testament to AMLRV who got it right the first time and re-used what was once one of their more popular floorplans. The 901SB is also a non-slide unit like ours and we love the layout with mid bath; full basement; storage areas; the camper quality is good and it offers a north south bed ... something we've really come to appreciate since the east/west bed set up in our first RV - a Class C. You can not look out the rear door of our Adventurer 90FWS though ... both upper and lower windows have "frosted glass' and we actually prefer it that way. Good privacy but still lots of natural light coming in too. It is a bit of a climb up but we have a series of "stairs" we've perfected using an RV step and a couple of aluminum work platforms. Our 90FWS is heavy and long. I can't believe they say it's OK to put it in anything shorter than an 8 foot box. I certainly wouldn't. I'd really want to check that out beforehand. Regardless, I'd also consider stepping up to a full ton truck with the 901SB. Our 3/4 ton 2001 diesel F-250 SuperCab with 8' box handles it fine but if you go strictly by the numbers, the full one ton trucks give you more capacity (wiggle room) on paper. SRW is fine ... you don't need a dually unless you want the extra stability and safety "insurance". I just posted a couple of pics with our unit mounted in one of the other threads on "7.3 trucks" if you want to see what it looks like on a 8' bed. Pics of our F250 7.3 diesel setup with our Adventurer 90FWS Happy to provide other insights ... just ask.
sonuvabug 02/25/21 12:35pm Truck Campers
RE: Who’s still using a 7.3 diesel truck

We've owned our 2001 Ford F250 Extended Cab Lariat with the 7.3 diesel and 8' box since 2013 and it has travelled almost 93,000 miles ... that's less than 5,000 miles annually. It really is a Pavement Prince with very little real work experience. https://i.imgur.com/mh8HwwKl.jpg Yes it requires and receives regular maintenance and yes, things need replacement and repair on it as you would expect from a 20 year old vehicle. Rebuilt the 4R100 tranny with HD components (darn mechanical diode issue) a few years back, new drive shaft and just recently the front hubs stopped engaging. Perhaps a vacuum line leak or a good hub cleaning MAY solve that but I won't know until the warm weather comes. It is a simpler design than modern day diesels thus making it easier to understand and work on for me ... and yes, I do as much of the maintenance and repair/replace wrenching on it as I can using the FSMs to guide me and the Ford Truck Enthusiasts forums cited earlier. Over the past 5 years it has had some minor surface rust sanded out and touched up, a new water pump, starter, alternator and on-going corroded fluid lines replaced as needed not to mention the occasional consumable items like brakes, batteries, tires etc. It is rust proofed regularly to keep the inevitable rusting at bay as Ontario still uses a salt mix or brine when deicing the roads. It was a purpose specific purchase and does a very good job for us hauling our Adventurer 90FWS truck camper (3,500lbs.) while towing our enclosed cargo trailer (also about 3,500lbs.) with two maxi-scooters and too much camping gear. Making power for any terrain or situation has never been an issue as we never exceed 63 mph while hauling/towing. I drive a little faster light loaded but usually keep it under 70 mph. I've always said I would not own a vehicle I couldn't jump in/on and drive/ride across the country and I still don't. I really like this truck ... it keeps me busy sometimes and certainly makes me happy most of the time. Best mpg was 21+ (could have been an arithmetic error) and worst was 10 mpg (again likely an error). Regular average 15'ish mpg light loaded and between 12-14 mpg under the load described above. Some might think why hang onto it if it needs ongoing attention and money? Well, here in Canada, a comparably equipped new truck would run approximately CAD $85,000+ or about USD $68,000. This one is paid for and we have far better uses for our money so it's a no brainer for us. https://i.imgur.com/iv8esb9l.jpg
sonuvabug 02/25/21 11:53am Truck Campers
RE: Roadside Breakdown

Had a brake caliper seize on our 26' E-350 based Class C a few years back. They loaded it up on a flatbed and took it to the repair shop. I thought for sure it was going to arrive missing part of the roof but all was good.
sonuvabug 02/02/21 12:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Timbrens,airbags!

Timbrens are similar to my Sumo Springs and I do not think they'll do what you want them to do. I am not a fan of air bags but I believe they are the answer to your needs as described. Make sure you close the loop and let us know what you end up doing.
sonuvabug 02/02/21 12:33pm Truck Campers
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