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RE: Frame Stiffing to reduce Porpoising?

I get concerned about our camper porpoising sometimes as well. It looks like the cabover is moving a ton when I look up and out the windshield. But in reality, it can't be moving too much or it would be hitting the sharkfin antenna. And, since ours is sitting on a rubber mat in the bed of the truck, and the center of gravity is right on the rear axle, the flex in the rubber mat probably accounts for a lot of the movement. As mbloof said, 2" of movement at the front of the cabover isn't very much movement at the front and back of the truck bed.
srschang 01/29/23 10:49am Truck Campers
RE: Inverter and battery sizing to power my camper microwave

I inrush current the same as surge capacity?
srschang 01/28/23 11:16am Truck Campers
RE: Inverter and battery sizing to power my camper microwave

I have 2 100ah lithium batteries and a 2000w Xantrex inverter. It runs the microwave no problem. Just don't try to make toast while microwaving something else. That didn't work.
srschang 01/28/23 07:04am Truck Campers
RE: Wiring 4 awg charging wire to upgrade 8 awg factory wire.

I believe Ford is still the only one with switched power at the trailer plug. I was just thinking, there could be a condition where you're sitting in the Truck, key on, engine off, and the DC DC charger is pumping 30 amps from the truck battery back to the TC batteries. That could be a recipe for a dead battery. . My Victron Tr 12/12-30 DC-DC charger won't turn on if the truck key is turned on and the engine isn't running. It has to see the increased voltage from the alternator before it will turn on.
srschang 01/27/23 01:03pm Truck Campers
RE: 8 Gauge Wire

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srschang 01/21/23 06:17am Truck Campers
RE: 8 Gauge Wire

On the driver side battery in my Ram, there's a High Amperage Power Point (HAPP) that I installed a 60A fuse. The HAPP is just a threaded post that you can draw up to 300 amps from. I ran 4 gauge wire under the cab of the truck, through a plastic hole cover in the front of the bed, to the Pollak outlet mounted in the board that keeps the camper from hitting the top bed rail. The plug end of the Pollak connector is connected to 4 gauge wire that goes through a sealed gland into a Victron 12-12 30 amp converter inside the camper. 4 gauge wire runs from the Victron to the power center of the camper. Then 4 gauge wire runs from the power center to the 2 100 ah lithium batteries. https://i.imgur.com/eEBMwbBl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/PXdGKhNl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/On4qRCql.jpg https://i.imgur.com/pRH8Vyvl.jpg
srschang 01/20/23 09:07am Truck Campers
RE: 8 Gauge Wire

That NAPA plug looks exactly like the Pollak plug I used on my charging cable from my truck batteries to the DC-DC charger in the camper. Pollak Outlet Pollak Plug
srschang 01/19/23 11:41am Truck Campers
RE: Camping off the truck

I have a couple 4x6 pressure treated blocks I cut 12" long. But in 20 years of truck camping, I've never used them under the jacks, just use them to drive the truck tires onto to level the camper if I leave it on the truck. Don't think I've ever put anything under the jacks? Oh, I guess I did, because the jack was too short to reach the ground. https://i.imgur.com/vhEHrrZl.jpg
srschang 01/05/23 01:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Broken Frame on a RAM 3500

Does RAM provide a separate weight rating for truck campers? I know Ford does. On my 2008 F250, the payload capacity is 2700lb on the door jam but per the Ford towing guideline document, I'm limited to just over 2200lb with a truck camper. Yes, Ram does include a camper sheet. I have a truck identical to the broken truck, except mine is a 2022. From the door sticker "The combined weight of occupants and cargo should never exceed 5569#" From the truck camper document "Cargo weight rating (pounds) 4738" My camper weight is 4740# when 100% loaded with water, propane, full fridge, bottled water, beer. I weighed the truck at a CAT scale fully loaded as we left on trip, and then after the trip when the camper was off the truck. So although I'm 2 pounds over the truck camper document, it's very rare that the camper is 100% full of "Stuff".
srschang 01/03/23 08:21am Truck Campers
RE: Broken Frame on a RAM 3500

Just went out and popped the hood on my truck (I have the same truck). The motor mounts look to be at or slightly behind the centerline of the front wheels, so the engine is balanced over the front wheels. I'm surprised the broken truck ended up in an inverted V. It's like there was a huge weight in front of the front wheels and behind the rear wheels. I would have thought the the weight of the Crew Cab, transmission, and transfer case would have pulled the center of the truck down in a normal V. I went out and looked at the engine again. The motor mounts are ~12" from the flyhousing, and ~18" from the front of the engine. So some of the engine weight would have been pulling down on the truck ahead of the front wheels, but still..
srschang 01/02/23 01:12pm Truck Campers
RE: Broken Frame on a RAM 3500

I found out that it's a short bed truck with a camper for a long bed. Radically changing the dynamics. Then compound that with the extended hitch and motorbike. Wow what a risk! Ram only made one configuration with a shortbed and dual wheels in 2020, and it's a Mega Cab. The broken truck is not a Mega Cab.
srschang 01/02/23 09:49am Truck Campers
RE: Broken Frame on a RAM 3500

So to continue beating the dead horse, I have a 2022 Ram 3500 Laramie crew cab long bed diesel dually. Here are the specs. GVWR - 14,000# GAWR Front - 6000# GAWR Rear - 9750# From the door sticker "The combined weight of occupants and cargo should never exceed 5569#" From the truck camper document "Cargo weight rating (pounds) 4738" So this guy said the weight of the camper loaded was 6500#. No matter which cargo number you use from my truck, which is very similar to his truck, the guy was at least 1000# overweight, and close to 2000# overweight from the truck camper document. Not sure how his argument could ever stand up.
srschang 12/30/22 08:47am Truck Campers
RE: Slide when mounted to truck

Why would you take it off every night while traveling?? We drove 65 days, 14,000 miles to Alaska and back this summer and never took it off.
srschang 12/19/22 07:52am Truck Campers
RE: Ordering F-350 7.3 CCLB SRW - how big of camper can I get?

Seems like I should order a DRW, I think I will go that direction and figure out how to live with it. The only reason I ordered a SRW in 2020 instead of a DRW was driving in snow. I live near Buffalo, NY and take a couple snowmobile trips into Quebec every winter. I was really concerned how the dually would handle in the snow. In two wheel drive with snow on the ground, it's basically worthless. In four wheel drive on snow, it handles comparable to my SRW. So it just spends more time in four wheel drive than the SRW did.
srschang 12/08/22 11:53am Truck Campers
RE: Ordering F-350 7.3 CCLB SRW - how big of camper can I get?

One more "1000#" stuff weight believer. I bought a 2020 Ram 3500 CC SRW to haul our new Northstar 12STC camper. The truck payload sticker was 4340#, so should be able to haul a good size camper, right? We bought the 12STC because we wanted the lightest true dry bath camper we could find. The 12 STC came in at 3330# dry (as weighed). Add water, propane, batteries, solar, the wife, and the camper was at 3945#. When I did the Cat scale camper and truck, then took the camper off and reweighed the truck, the final camper weight was 4780#, a full 1450# more than the dry weight! So I did what many folks do, air bags, adjustable shocks, Torquelift Stableloads, 19.5" tires. It actually handled very well, even though it was 440# overweight. I took my truck to the dealer for the annual safety inspection, and they asked me if I was interested in trading it in. They said they would give me a smokin' deal if I would order a new 2022 truck and trade in the 2020. They did, and I did, and now I have a the same truck with dual rear wheels, and haul the camper just fine with zero accessories.
srschang 12/07/22 07:10am Truck Campers
RE: Bigfoot camper - spray paint color match?

This spring I was pushing my 2 year old Northstar 12 STC out of it's storage position in my pole barn to the middle bay where I load it onto the truck. Unfortunately, I hit my wife's Bowflex workout thing, and punched a couple holes through the front of the camper. After doing the body work to repair the holes, I needed to find matching paint. We have a NCS (National Coatings and Supplies) not too far away. They have a camera thing that they put up to the surface of the camper, and somehow they can mix the matching color and put it in a spray can. I think it was $40 or something, but it matched close to perfect. My buddy who has a body shop looked at it and said he couldn't see a difference. Then I topcoated it with USC SprayMax 2K Glamour High Gloss Aerosol Clear. It's a two part acrylic resin. There's a button on the bottom of the can you push in to burst a packet inside the can, then shake to mix. You must spray within 48 hours or it solidifies in the can. It sprays very high gloss, and is hard as a rock, even hard to sand. The only thing I can see from the repair is a difference in gloss around the repaired area. In the right lighting I can see a 1'x2' high gloss area surrounded by a 6 or 10" lower gloss area. Probably didn't hold the spray straight on at the end of each pass. I should probably mask and spray the whole front of the camper to have a consistent gloss, but it's pretty low on the priority list.
srschang 10/20/22 09:04am Truck Campers
RE: New shocks?

I had a bit of porpoising with my 2022 Ram 3500 (4500 miles) crewcab longbed dually and a 4800# camper. Switched to Bilstein 4600's, it made a significant difference.
srschang 06/25/22 12:16pm Truck Campers
RE: First big trip - Newbie questions

We always fill the freshwater tank full before we leave. depends how much you're under you're weight cap. We usually put the deodorant in when we first use the toilet on the trip.
srschang 06/20/22 02:57pm Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your truck today?

We have a 2 year old Northstar 12 STC with a Midi Heki skylight. We got back from a camping trip last week, and I unloaded the camper and started washing. As I was washing the front, I notice what looked like a crack on the frame of the skylight near the hinge. Climbed up on top, and sure enough, the skylight frame was broken the entire length from hinge to hinge. Not sure what happened, as we have never opened the skylight since it was new, and it didn't show any signs or scratches like I hit something. https://i.imgur.com/Ujrp9z7l.jpg https://i.imgur.com/X95ucM0l.jpg So after a little research and finding out a replacement window & frame is over $1000, I decided to see if I could fix it. I used 3M Panel Bonding Adhesive, I guess this is what car door skins & other body parts are installed with instead of welding these days. My buddy that owns a body shop swears by it. https://i.imgur.com/aEblQKrl.jpg I was able to return the cracked plastic to stronger than original. Luckily this part of the hatch isn't visible when the hatch is installed. https://i.imgur.com/rbDth4Pl.jpg Still not sure what caused the cracking, but I do remember when we got home from the trip, I was surprised to see the window latch bar Under the latch button instead of above the latch button as usual. Maybe the hatch was flapping in the wind on our trip home? Anyway, glad I caught it as we're leaving on a 12,000 mile trip from Buffalo, NY throughout the Pacific Northwest, up to Alaska and back starting in a week.
srschang 06/19/22 09:16am Truck Campers
RE: TC and MPG

We have a Northstar 12STC on a 2022 Ram 3500 diesel dually. Just got back from 450 miles around the "mountains" of central Pennsylvania. The truck/camper combo weighs 13,700#, and is 11' 6" high. Averaged 12.7 mpg.
srschang 06/12/22 06:10am Truck Campers
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