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RE: Tie downs

... snipped ... I am looking at a 2005 Sun-lite Skyhawk SB ... this model is 1035 lbs with the dry weight being roughly 930 lbs. I have a 2019 Ram 1500 short bed. I just want to know if I can use ratchet strap tie downs and the factory tie downs in the bed of the truck to get it home. It's about 8 hours away. I don't want to buy anything not really knowing exactly what will work best. Don't blame you for not wanting to buy anything before you know what's what. It would be useful to post a picture of your truck bed's tie down points Being a Ford guy, I really don't have a sense of where or what you're looking at for tie downs "in the bed" of your truck. Also might be useful to see if you can get the specs on your truck's tie down ring capacities etc. That is part of this equation too. What kind of roads are involved in the 8 hour drive home? In the end, common sense and ingenuity can prevail. You can jury-rig something that is safe and will do the job for the 8 hour drive. Driving carefully and at a safe speed (say 50-55 mph unless you are on an Interstate and have to keep pace at 70 mph+) will add to the safety factor as well.
sonuvabug 03/06/20 12:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Tie downs

I am new to truck campers. Looking at used ones. Can I safely mount a 1000 lb camper on my Ram 1500 short bed using heavy duty ratchet straps and the factory tie downs in the bed. Looking for opinions. First, welcome aboard epcolumbus. For the record, you DID NOT do or say anything wrong. Some people just jump to conclusions but you positioned your experience, your situation and your question appropriately. At least some of us got it ... you don't know what the right thing to do is and were just asking. I can assure you the ones that jumped on you are not representative of the majority in this TC (truck camper) forum or RV'ers as a usually friendly and helpful community. Generally, ratchet straps ARE NOT recommended for regular use with TC's. Perhaps in a very rare pinch but nowadays, TC's are big and heavy and need to be well secured. As JaycoCreek said, there are straps that are very, very strong but I believe he is right in that no one has come out with one that is specifically geared and approved for TC tie down use. Personally, I use TorkLift Fast Guns ... one of the most effective, simplest and expensive systems out there. They would likely be overkill for your needs ... especially since you're just starting out. Torklift FastGuns There are lots of good, safe ways to fasten your unit securely without spending a fortune. Simply google "truck camper tie downs", go to the images section and you'll see lots of examples. Most systems involve some kind of threaded rod, hooks and a turnbuckle as you need them to get the right tension on your lines securing the unit. You can buy them pre-made or if you're handy, you can assemble a set (of 4) yourself. Let us know how you make out.
sonuvabug 03/05/20 12:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Backup Camera Setup with AND without a Slide-in Camper

Thanks All. The monitor/receiving unit is an Edge Insight CTS2 with a single RCA plug input for the back up camera. It's more the back end set up & wiring I need to figure out.
sonuvabug 02/24/20 11:10am Truck Campers
RE: Backup Camera Setup with AND without a Slide-in Camper

... snipped ... Campers have licence plates on the side, so that would be the first issue. Than those wide angles cameras don't show much behind, while what you see is badly out of proportions. Good for backing up against the wall, but not much for observation. The best longer range view will come from roof-mounted camera with narrower angle. I would have to jerry rig something for the TC so the backup camera would be centerd and not mounted where the plate is. Also, I don't think I want to have a high mount camera either. Would have to think about that. Just want a simply unplug and plug in and play way of moving the camera from TC to truck license plate (when no TC is being carried) as needed.
sonuvabug 02/20/20 01:23pm Truck Campers
Backup Camera Setup with AND without a Slide-in Camper

I want to install a backup camera wired to my newly acquired Edge Insight CTS2. I carry a low hanging slide-in camper in the back of our 2001 F250 during camping season. I think the Edge license plate mounted camera (available on their website) is a little spendy for what you get so I've been looking at other brands on Crutchfield etc. The challenge is when we use the slide-in camper during the summer and I want to have the camera available to see behind this camper. As things are now, the back of the camper would drop down in front of any license plate mounted camera and block the "behind the truck" view. During the non-camping season, I'd like the camera to be mounted at the top of the license plate. I see a set-up whereby I can move the camera to either of two locations depending on what season it is. Anyone tackle this issue? All recommendations welcome.
sonuvabug 02/20/20 10:20am Truck Campers
RE: Used truck camper

bgm1956, welcome to this board and forum. First, know your vehicle's payload (carrying) and towing capacities. This will be an upfront filter for what you can/should be looking at. Second, the right layout and features/options are very important. Some things you can add or modify but the wrong physical layout will be like a constant stone in your shoe. Third, be selfish and insist on a used unit that is in excellent or near excellent condition. Don't compromise here as it will likely come back to bite you. Patience is the key and remember, there is always another one to look at around the corner. Good luck and let us know how this story ends.
sonuvabug 01/27/20 10:57am Truck Campers
RE: Members welcoming fellow members

Okay maybe the Mods can help. I'm thinking we set up a thread just for this called it Free Boondocks and keep it on the front end of this forum. People have to PM the posters to get permission to use. I see there's no Sticky at the beginning of our forum. On the FTE (Ford Truck Enthusiasts site), there is a map with a "pin" that you can provide your location for help on the road. They even have different categories like garage with tools, place to stay etc. Something like that would be great here.
sonuvabug 01/23/20 01:45pm Truck Campers
RE: Camper title and registration.

This has to be a first for Ontario Canada. Although my TC has a 17 digit V.I.N., when I went to our Registration Office, they told me it was not necessary to register a TC in Ontario, therefore no fees and no taxes payable on the transaction. Now for us ... that is a first!
sonuvabug 01/23/20 01:40pm Truck Campers
RE: Eh Weight Police!

Norfolk County is where the farm boys live and play. Inventive lot apparently!
sonuvabug 01/07/20 12:46pm Truck Campers
RE: Harrison AR Recommendations?

The only reason to go to Harrison AR. is because you have relatives/ friends there. There is nothing there. I know, I have relatives there. Our Maxi-Scooter Rally will be based out of Harrison with most participants staying in m/hotels in town. We'll spend most of our time riding the great roads in and around that area. We're looking at Harrison Village Campground and RV Park mostly because it has a swimming pool that will be open when we are vacationing there and we've found that is a very civilized way to wind down and relax after a day of riding. Anybody ever stay there or know anything about it beyond the basic information found on the web?
sonuvabug 11/05/19 10:26am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Talk me out of my new project.

"Talk me out of my new project." OK. Don't do it. :D Further to the above response, go lie down until this idea and feeling you have goes away. You can buy a lot of fuel with what you'd spend on this project. Spend a little of that money updating or even renovating what you already have and know works for you.
sonuvabug 10/08/19 07:42am Truck Campers
RE: Harrison AR Recommendations?

Thanks one and all. Useful input. FYI - we'd like to stay fairly close to Harrison as the people we are meeting up with are staying in town.
sonuvabug 10/06/19 08:46am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Harrison AR Recommendations?

I did a search and nothing came up. Looking for a clean, safe and reasonably quiet place to stay, for a week, next September after Labor Day weekend. Just the two of us in a truck camper. Won't be around the campground too much except at night to sleep.
sonuvabug 09/28/19 09:43am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: "Porpoising" - How to Tame the Rocking Camper

... snipped ... I do t understand how a camper could porpoise unless the truck suspension is super overloaded Well like the OP states, I guess you'll have to experience it to believe it. Our set-up is fine 98% of the time. However, there are certain roads, usually concrete roads with expansion strips spaced at a certain distance apart, that cause our set-up to significantly porpoise. And I'm not talking about an occasional back and forth movement experienced going through a dip in the road either. The only solution I've found for us is to change my speed ... usually slower is better. It doesn't eliminate all of the porpoising but it does reduce it significantly until the road surface changes.
sonuvabug 08/15/19 06:31am Truck Campers
RE: Timbren vs. Sumo Springs

I've been running the Sumo Springs for a few years now and I really like them. They do not engage when light loaded and when I load the TC, they do exactly what I need them to do ... provide extra suspension support and cut down on sway. No maintenance was also a big attraction for me. I'm very happy with the Sumo Springs. I got the 2,800 lb. variety. If you search my posts, there is a full write-up.
sonuvabug 08/15/19 06:18am Truck Campers
RE: Front tire pressure?

Have the same size tires as yours with a ~ 3,200 lb. TC unit and a diesel motor. I run 65 psi on the front and 80 at back when loaded. No unusual tire weat and I rotate them annually.
sonuvabug 07/07/19 06:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Using tape on aluminum roof seal?

I used 3M's Extreme Sealing tape to seal around the edges, roof fixtures and front seam on our older Class C. This is the same tape they use on the 300+ kph bullet trains in Europe. It isn't cheap but it sure does what it is designed to do. Pretty easy to install and once it is down, it is down for good. I'd hate to be the guy to remove it.
sonuvabug 07/07/19 05:53pm Truck Campers
RE: Anyone using Happijac 4800 jacks?

After reading the info in 54suds link, I think that I would personally stay with the ball screw for the mere reason that I could drop the jacks to the ground without power. The acme sounds like it needs power to do anything to overcome friction. ACME screw jacks work awesome and do not need power to go up or down. Had one on a custom fabricated motorcycle lift on the back of our previous RV. Worked flawlessly. Going down was easier but raising the lift with the motorcycle on it was not difficult to do manually. I used an old drill brace to keep the noise down when camping. The fella who built it was the same jack the marina's use to lift boats out of the water (one jack at each of the four corners).
sonuvabug 07/07/19 05:46pm Truck Campers
RE: Stable Camper Hitch Extension Stand

Problem for me is the TC's weight is still on the corners. I much prefer my dolly but for short term use while camping, I can see it works just fine.
sonuvabug 07/06/19 02:35pm Truck Campers
RE: VIN for cabover camper

Our 2007 Adventurer has a proper 17 digit V.I.N.
sonuvabug 06/15/19 08:19am Truck Campers
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