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RE: What are the top 5 advantages of a TC?

1 - I can tow the SxS on a trailer behind us. 2 - Not many out here in the East, so a bit distinctive. 3 - Love sleeping way up high over the cab. 4 - Can take a shower anywhere. Last fall we were hiking in the Grand Tetons. Had dinner reservations at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar in Jackson Hole, after hiking we parked in the public parking lot in Jackson Hole, took showers, and walked over to the restaurant. Can't do that with an Airstream behind you. 5 - The Northstar hangs 4 feet behind the truck bed, so as long as I can find a parking spot that will allow me to back in till the rear tires hit the curb, I can park anywhere. Scott
srschang 10/30/20 12:16pm Truck Campers
RE: Firestone Ride-Rite Airspring Defective Design Bent Brackets

I put Firestone Ride Rights on my 2004, 2008, and 2015 3500 Ram Diesels. Never had any problem with them. I decided to put Air Lifts on my 2020 3500 Ram diesel, the only reason being I wanted an onboard inflation system, and liked the Air Lift inflation system better, so I thought I would give them a try. About 10,000 miles on them so far and they are working fine. But, I usually run 35-40 psi or so, and only onto rough gravel roads once in a while, so my situation isn't quite the same. Scott
srschang 10/30/20 12:06pm Truck Campers
RE: Stop gap suspension advice

What are you running for air pressure in the front & rear tires? Are the tires load Range E? F? G? A tire with a firm sidewall makes a big difference in side to side sway. As others have said, some of it is a learning experience, especially when entering and leaving parking lots. You generally want to do it as square as possible, if you are at an angle one of the front tires will go over any dip or bump first, starting the camper rocking, then when the rear tire go through it one at a time, it really gets to rock & rolling. Scott
srschang 10/30/20 11:54am Truck Campers
RE: 5th wheel rails and a truck camper

I guess it depends on how the bottom of the camper is finished. Mine has the 2x6 floor joists exposed, with 2" pink foam board squares in between. I added 3 - 2x4s to the underside of the floor joists to get just a bit more clearance at the bedrails and to provide some ventilation under the camper as NRALIFR mentioned. Having the 2X4s attached to the camper are 3 less things I need to mess with when I load & unload. Scott
srschang 10/28/20 02:35pm Truck Campers
RE: What are the top 5 advantages of a TC?

Wow, this topic went from top 5 advantages of a TC to the top 5 disadvantages of a TC in 1 post!! That's impressive, even for us! Scott
srschang 10/19/20 01:12pm Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

Added a water temperature controller just before the shower. When we take showers, it takes awhile for the hot water to get to the shower. That won't change. But once the hot water gets to the shower, the mixer valve will mix the hot & cold water to the temperature set on the mixer valve. No more adjusting the hot & cold handles to find the right temperature. And (I hope) no more shot of cold water when we shut off the water at the showerhead and turn it back on after soaping up. Haven't tested it yet, but fingers crossed. Scott
srschang 10/16/20 06:25am Truck Campers
RE: Tax Right off

Another potential tax savings are the federal and state credits, not deductions, for adding solar to your "second home". These credits can significantly offset the cost of solar power installs to RVs.
srschang 10/16/20 06:08am Truck Campers
RE: Anyone made the dive to Lithium and had it in four seasons?

why is this an issue at all? If you have a proper solar set up do you need power from the truck? I disconected that part of my wiring so I only have the solar set up powering the camper when I am not pluged into power. Steve Same here, BUT I have 4 panels installed to charge my 2 100ah Battle Borns. We've never run out of power, but there have been rainy days where the batteries only get back up to 90% charged. I wasn't sure if it would be OK to have the 14.6v from the camper converter backfeeding into the truck batteries / electrical system, so I disconnected the 12v cable from the truck.
srschang 10/09/20 06:53am Truck Campers
RE: How Much Stuff is in Your Truck Camper

Don't know what it all is, but 839 pounds of stuff. That's over and above water, propane, etc. So the stuff is food, grill, charcoal, the wife, clothes, stocked fridge, boots, towels, washcloths, bed topper, sheets, blankets, pillows, dishes, tv, batteries, inverter, 4 solar panels, blah blah blah.
srschang 09/21/20 07:14am Truck Campers
RE: Windows

Are they really seals or just cosmetic? Man, I can't believe the manufacturer would rely on those seals to keep water out. I'd guess they're cosmetic. If you pull the seal out, what's under it? Scott
srschang 09/18/20 11:14am Truck Campers
RE: 2000 Bigfoot 10.6 Electrical Upgrade/Solar Advice

You will enjoy the two Battle Born batteries. I installed them in our new Northstar camper which has just enough room for them. The nice part about the battery location in the Northstar is it's right below the dinette seat, so the batteries are always at inside camper temperatures. I initially installed a Progressive Dynamics 45 amp lithium converter, but after some more research, and watching a YouTube with the CEO of Battle Born, decided that the way I use the camper doesn't work well with the Battle Borns and the PD converter that stays at 14.6v constantly. Yesterday I installed a different converter that better fits our usage. It's a WFCO 8950L2 50 amp converter. As we leave our camper plugged in sometimes for weeks or months to keep the refrigerator cold, the stereo set up the way I like it (Pet peeve on this camper), and to keep the batteries from running low due to parasitic loads, I didn't want the converter at a constant 14.6v. The WFCO converter charges at 14.6V for up to 4 hours, then drops down to 13.6v indefinitely. Perfect fit for the Battle Borns and the way we use the camper. One thing I noticed yesterday after I installed the new converter, when I fired it up, the batteries were down a bit, and the converter ramped up to 14.6v and 50 amps. After a half hour or so, the batteries were approaching full, and the converter started ramping down from 50 amps. It took 10 minutes to ramp down from 50 amps to 2 amps (full batteries, just running the lights & stuff I had on in the camper). I love it! My two Lifelines that I had before would charge to 90 some percent then take 8 hours(?) to get to full charge.
srschang 09/18/20 08:46am Truck Campers
RE: butyly tape for solar panel install question

I used Eternabond Doublestick between the feet and roof surface, then Dicor over the foot, screw, etc. I contacted Rex Willet, owner of Northstar campers (my camper), and he said they use Eternabond Doublestick on their solar installs. And I removed Eternabond from a previous camper when doing a total recaulk. Wow, does that stuff stick!! Scott
srschang 09/15/20 11:58am Truck Campers
RE: 2013 Lance 1172 compatibility with Lithium ion batteries

Hey 3 tons, I'm struggling with extended (weeks, months) with my 2 LiFePo4 batteries in my Northstar. I also have small parasitic draws that discharge the batteries over the course of several weeks. And I don't want to disconnect the batteries as my Pioneer stereo takes me 15 minutes with the manual to get demo mode off, dazzling display lights off, all four speakers working..... every time I disconnect it from the batteries. I currently have a Progressive Dynamics 45A LiFePo4 converter. The problem with the PD LiFePo4 chargers is that they charge at 14.6v - all the time. So if I leave the camper plugged in, it will sit at 14.6v as long as it's plugged in. Bad for LiFePo4 batteries. I found that the WFCO 50A LiFePo4 replacement converter/charger section charges at 14.6v for 4 hours, then drops down to 13.6v as long as the camper stays plugged in. If the camper is unplugged and plugged back in, it will again charge at 14.6v for 4 hours, then drop to 13.6v until the camper is unplugged. Perfect for leaving it plugged in for extended lengths of time. Here's a link to an interview with the CEO of Battle Born batteries. His comments on long term battery storage start at 12:50. Comments specific to longterm float at 13.6 are at 14:30. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywn-vBjKblI Scott
srschang 09/15/20 09:32am Truck Campers
RE: What do you guys use for a BBQ?

Weber Go-Anywhere charcoal grill. Smallest grill I could find.
srschang 09/07/20 01:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Replacement running lights question

Check this etrailer link. Somebody asked them the same question, and they had suggestions. https://www.etrailer.com/question-302931.html Scott
srschang 08/25/20 01:07pm Truck Campers
RE: Lithium batteries

Srschang, is the changing wire to the camper on your truck not switched by the ignition? Even if it’s not, why would your trucks AGM’s not like 14.6? The AGM charging specs I’ve looked at seem to like up to about 14.9. That’s assuming that the 14.6 from the camper is even reaching the truck batteries, that is. There’s about 20 or so feet of wire between the camper converter and the truck batteries on a crew cab pickup, so the voltage drop is going to be considerable. At any rate, a few minutes with a volt meter would tell you. For me, having multiple ways of recharging the camper battery is a good thing. I’m not always in a developed campground, or even in an environment where solar can be totally relied on. It would be nice to have a panel or two on the roof, but the DC-DC charger isn’t dependent on the sun. If I ever get around to adding a solar panel, I’ll just connect it to the solar input on the Redarc. :):) I don't know how the truck/camper charging interface works, that's why I disconnected the charging wire from the truck. Didn't want to screw anything up on my one month old truck. And like I said, the solar takes care of all the charging we need. Scott
srschang 08/22/20 12:31pm Truck Campers
RE: Lithium batteries

Great interview with the CEO of Battleborn. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywn-vBjKblI Video contents: Start of video to 6:30, low temps 6:30 high temp/ degradation 8:30 cycling 9:30 longevity/ charge profile 11:30 balancing 12:50 floating 15:40 storage 17:40 cold cranking (which in reality doesn't really apply to lfp) terminology.
srschang 08/22/20 08:43am Truck Campers
RE: Lithium batteries

I have no need for truck charging for my 2 100ah Battleborn batteries. The 400w of solar keep them charged up. In fact, I disconnected the truck charging wire at the camper converter, I wasn't sure how the AGM truck batteries would handle the 14.6v from the converter when I have the camper plugged in.
srschang 08/22/20 07:12am Truck Campers
RE: It gained weight.

Or Burger King.
srschang 08/21/20 07:49am Truck Campers
RE: It gained weight.

Been eating a lot at McDonald's lately??
srschang 08/21/20 07:49am Truck Campers
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