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RE: Roadside Breakdown

We bought our 2014 Ram used in 2016 with 28,000mi. Normally we wouldn't buy an extra warranty, but since we were heading to AK and remote Canada we purchased the MOPAR 5-yr additional warranty. Glad we did because our water pump blew out on Sunday evening in Michigan, thankfully at the end of our 13,000mi trip. This is what they sent even after specifying we were 14,000lbs and tall. Tow truck driver must have known the overpass heights because we cringed in his cab, waiting for scraping sounds every time we passed under one on the way to the small local Ram dealer. Spent the night, repaired in the morning.
thedavidzoo 02/02/21 08:25am Truck Campers
RE: Real world weight sticky?

2019 Northstar 12 STC Mfg base dry weight without options - 3176 Weighed as delivered dry to the dealer - 3330 Wet weight sticker on camper (includes 40 gallons water and 40# propane) - 3610 Weighed fully loaded for camping, including water, propane, fridge full, clothes, everything - 4740 So water, propane, clothes, full fridge, everything ready to camp adds 1410 to the camper weight Since the water and propane weigh 360, personal stuff weighs 1050 - I guess the universal estimate is pretty spot on for me. We have the '17 Northstar 12 STC and our weights are nearly identical to yours. TOTAL DRY with options 3440 H2O & Propane 420 Rigging (torklift, bedmat, etc.) 170 Upgraded solar, inverter, cables, etc. 310 Total WET + Rigged 4340 Tools, toys, food, clothes for 4 people depending on length/scope of trip 400-475 Grand total wet and stuff 4740-4815 So, the universal 1000lbs for "stuff" roughly applies for us also.
thedavidzoo 01/11/21 02:33pm Truck Campers
RE: Any confessions? (Stuck in the mud)

Oh yeah, all 14,000 glorious lbs, up to the differential, tie downs and running boards. Many, many miles off the beaten path in the SW desert. We came to a deep muddy puddle that covered the whole dirt road. We saw that others had gone around on slightly higher ground at some point in the past. Well, turns out that was probably the worse of the 2 routes...Nothing but soft muddy ground. The 4 of us tried to dig out, used our blocks, dead brush under tires. No use, all too slippery. We spent the night and tried again in the a.m. Over many hours we ended up collecting every rock and piece of gravel we could find, in a place that was 95% dirt, dug out some more to make a more shallow escape "ramp" in front of each tire, lined those areas with the rocks for traction. That finally worked. Learned our lesson on that one, maybe...Feel bad about the torn up terrain though. Thankfully not much vegetation to damage.
thedavidzoo 01/09/21 10:50am Truck Campers
RE: What is the best safe for a TC?

We bought this gun safe It is large enough for important papers also, 3 ways to unlock, has a cable that we attached to a big eyebolt in the bottom of the camper pantry. We move it into the house to its own eyebolt in our master closet. Works fine for us, not too heavy.
thedavidzoo 01/06/21 09:58am Truck Campers
RE: Wet bath in Dry bath sized camper ideas

We have a large 12' Northstar with a DRY bath. Our floorplan already has the "coffee bar" along the back wall with a huge window and cabinets. We love this space and it is precisely where our electronics live and charge, out of the way of the kitchen counter and everything else. So convenient for lots of stuff.
thedavidzoo 12/30/20 11:28am Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

Changed out the anode rod. Since we didn't fully winterize last year, we were a bit overdue. There was nothing left. Oops.
thedavidzoo 11/23/20 04:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Time to Develop a Solution for Scissor Stairs (Bigfoots)

We have been trying to come up with a better solution to our steps also. We have a large overhang and a side entry. Our standard fold out 3-step contraption hangs too low and seriously cuts into our offroad clearance. They have now been disassembled after becoming non-functional. Otherwise, we liked the wide-width, simplicity of operation, quick and one-handed. We make frequent stops along the road. There was no ground support, but the slight wobble didn't really bother us or our dog. So, we really liked this basic step idea which seems to be on the vast majority of european overland vehicles. or this Then, here is the Victory Step Stores flat (4-5") and "scissors" open, but not like Brophy or Torklift. Very pricey though. We thought about fabricating a L- or C-channel rail system or box under our rear overhang. The step would store flat, we could pull it out (drawer style), lower it, fold out and lock it in place with small modification, have adjustable feet for uneven terrain. Lift and shove the steps back under. Theoretically easy to do. We also thought about fabricating such steps from scratch, perhaps reusing our old treads and a bunch of aluminum rails, bolts, etc., but weren't quite ready for that level of dedication. For much less money, various DIY versions using stripped down Little Giant step ladders are floating around. We almost went this route, again stored flat underneath to be pulled out, but didn't like the narrow 14" step width. Example So, we have now ordered the cheaper Torklift Glowsteps with 4-steps which will stow inside our door. We will modify the area where our current step box is with some attachement points. Unfortunately, this in not really ideal either as it adds several steps to the whole deployment and securing process. We just haven't found the optimal solution without serious $$ or serious aluminum fabrication. You have us a bit worried about the Torklift system now. We figure if we don't like them we will resell and go with our original pullout idea somehow. Anyway, just thought since you have an overhang, perhaps you could mount one of the flat-folding steps underneath drawer-style, maybe with an integrated platform, pull out and enter parallel to the back of the camper instead of perpendicular. Don't know if this helps you at all.... We looked at the Moryde steps also, but I don't like the idea of dumping all the water and dirt from your treads into your camper. People seem to not be too happy with them.
thedavidzoo 11/01/20 10:57am Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

Removed the standard 3-step flip out steps because, ahem, we continue to go places where we almost (ok, sometimes) drag the thing and bend it all. The super deep hanging box significantly reduces our departure angle. After 2 in-the-field surgeries, we are coming up with a sleeker solution. I'll post when it is done.
thedavidzoo 10/23/20 02:58pm Truck Campers
RE: Tax Right off

We took the 30% credit (not deduction!) in 2016 for our extensive solar/lithium install by treating the TC as a second home. Made it much more palatable moneywise.:)
thedavidzoo 10/18/20 10:26am Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

Lubed all Dometic window struts and tracks with silicone stuff and wiped window trim and other exterior camper plastic parts with a pricey UV protectant. Used it on all the black plastic on the truck exterior also while I was at it. Wow, looks much better now. "...pricey UV protectant..." More info, if you would. :) 303 Aerospace Protectant
thedavidzoo 09/29/20 02:48pm Truck Campers
RE: Dometic Compressor Fridge Issue

If you are talking about my replaced AC, that was a completely different company, so not sure about how Dometic process works. The number I called somehow got me around all the "representatives". Based on background noise, demeanor, etc., it felt like I was talking to someone in the warehouse who was actually doing the refurb work and somehow was authorized to replace my unit. It is frustrating talking to know-nothings after being on hold forever and repeatedly. I have found that being the squeaky wheel with enough people does generally get the results you want. Good luck.
thedavidzoo 09/27/20 03:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Dometic Compressor Fridge Issue

I'd contact Dometic, even if your original warranty was only 2 vs 3 years. My Coleman Mach Cub AC crapped out 3 weeks after warranty so I was technically out of luck. HOWEVER, the company drop shipped me a good as new refurbished unit free of charge on a pallet. Couldn't say no to that! You never know until you try!
thedavidzoo 09/27/20 02:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Fine Tuning the load

We have less than an inch to spare on each side between the jacks and our dually fenders. We can easily shift the TC in the bed by over an inch either direction to center it between the wheel wells just by lowering one side before the other. Same front to rear.
thedavidzoo 09/26/20 06:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Crack on outer wall of 2014 Lance 992

We have used this product several times before on fiberglass, etc. with great results. Marine-Tex epoxy
thedavidzoo 09/26/20 01:59pm Truck Campers
RE: Solution to Trash Left Behind!

What surprises me is that we as a society have adopted the use of plastic for everything and yet only just recently are we coming up with ways to handle the waste stream. It is with much irony that our "recycling" efforts for the last 30 years have involved collecting what we can then putting it on a ship and dumping it somewhere else. Did we actually recycle anything or are we just making some people feel good about it while ignoring the problem further? Might we have done better just to bury or incinerate it ourselves where we can control the method it is done in? Today there are modern recycling plants that can effectively sort single stream waste plastic efficiently and effectively to make the end product valuable to manufacturers but that is a relatively new development. In my own perfect world, plastic wouldn't be used for single use applications. IE, anything at a fast food resteraunt should be compositible. Any single use consumer plastic product should be designed to break down within a few weeks of exposure to UV rays or salt water. We can put a man on the moon, (or could at least at one point...) how come we can't design plastic for our potato chips that disintegrates when exposed to sun or salt water? Yes, my thoughts EXACTLY! I am disgusted by the various industries perpetuating this "need" for non-biodegradable plastics, our leaders, our generally willfully ignorant populace. We should all be doing so much better, it's 2020 afterall. We need to stop making excuses. Some things just seem like no-brainers to me. I guess others rather trash the planet in the name of $$ or lazyness. I can walk a 2-3 mile loop around my immediate semi-rural neighboorhood everyday and pick up a bag full of new trash. 99% plastic or styrofoam. It is very sad to me. Don't get me started on the idiots who dump their trash at dispersed sites...
thedavidzoo 09/26/20 09:53am Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

Lubed all Dometic window struts and tracks with silicone stuff and wiped window trim and other exterior camper plastic parts with a pricey UV protectant. Used it on all the black plastic on the truck exterior also while I was at it. Wow, looks much better now.
thedavidzoo 09/24/20 08:27pm Truck Campers
RE: How Much Stuff is in Your Truck Camper

Wow, that is a lot of stuff. We pack and unpack for every trip, and clean afterwards. Everything is loaded just for that specific trip. We really only carry the necessities. Food is planned and measured out in advance. Just a few clean blankets, towels, backpacks, some toiletries, plus tools, some emergency stuff, and some cards and such always stay in the TC. All food and clothing always come out. We are not "accumulators".
thedavidzoo 09/18/20 09:16am Truck Campers
RE: Need Suspension Mods

Timbrens eliminated any sway, but we have a DRW.
thedavidzoo 09/15/20 09:54pm Truck Campers
RE: butyly tape for solar panel install question

Oops, mine is probably NOT butyl tape, but Eternabond also. Bill from TCW in NH installed mine.
thedavidzoo 09/15/20 01:03pm Truck Campers
RE: butyly tape for solar panel install question

Mine have butyl tape under the "feet", screws through all that, and self-leveling dicor over everything.
thedavidzoo 09/15/20 11:46am Truck Campers
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