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RE: CHMSL

I have never seen a box truck or enclosed trailers with one . It might interfere with the 3 center marker lights . Usually the brake lights on a camper or truck are higher than cars with 3rd brake light . Interesting
ticki2 06/30/20 02:58pm Truck Campers
RE: Turnbuckle ?

If convenience is your goal both HJ and TL can be retrofitted with their handles , quick loads and derringer respectively .
ticki2 06/28/20 05:41am Truck Campers
RE: Poll: How many 1T TC haulers have no modifications?

No mods . Under GVWR . Handles great .
ticki2 06/27/20 04:15am Truck Campers
RE: Carseat Advice for Quad Cab Truck

Check your trucks owner manual . Mine gives instruction for securing a child seat for all rear seat positions plus center front and passenger front . If it were illegal to have a child seat at center or passenger front it would be illegal to have a child in a regular cab pickup . Unless Cal has some special law concerning it I think you have options . That is going to be some tight camping , good luck and have fun .
ticki2 06/23/20 03:57am Truck Campers
RE: Looking for some advise on flat beds / cab and chassis

That is slick RICKIM . Do you have any idea what the body weighs ?
ticki2 06/16/20 03:33am Truck Campers
RE: Looking for some advise on flat beds / cab and chassis

Flatbeds vary a good deal in construction and size , so do TC' s . The best thing you can do is measure , measure and measure again . Most TC' s drop down after the eight foot Mark so they cannot be pushed forward if you get a longer flatbed . While this gives you extra storage space up front it will probably put more weight behind the rear axle . As mentioned , Ford's seem to have a higher cab than the other two so the camper may have to be raised some to fit over the cab . You want to limit this as much as possible because the flatbed is usually higher than a pickup bed , add to that a basement model TC and you are really getting up there . The headache rake will be dictated by the height from the floor of the camper to the underside of the cabover . That being said here is what I have and done. I have a 60" CA with an 8-1/2 ' aluminum flatbed with 1/8" diamond plate with 3" I beam cross members . The camper has 3/4" x 1-1/2" wood runners under the floor every 12" running front to back . The diamond plate holds it like glue , no rubber mat . For tie downs I used 4 short ( front ) spring loaded Anchor Guard turnbukkles from Torklift , same as front Happijacks . On the bed they attach to 1/2" D rings bolted through the bed to a reinforcing bar that spans three cross members . Over a decade and nothing has bent twisted or broken . Good luck
ticki2 06/15/20 06:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Who's hitting the road this summer?

Ate out last night too.. full house, busy place, great food and experience. The locals aren't buying it either. Glad to see. If anyone is going to protest something, it should be the continued repression of the economy. This has been, and continues to be, nuts. If you are someone that is compromised, then act accordingly. Otherwise, go travel... it's good for you and good for the economy. Something to think about . More people in the USA have died of covid19 in the last 6 months than all the highway deaths , all the military deaths , and all the influenza deaths , combined , for all of 2019 . Yes it is nuts
ticki2 06/15/20 10:04am Truck Campers
RE: Utility Bed Tie Downs....???

It will depend on how the flatbed is made , there are several types . On mine it has 3" I beam cross members and 1/8" diamond plate on top . I mounted 1/2" ss D rings at the 4 corner with reinforcing under the I beams spaning at least 2 cross members . For turnbuckles I used 4 short spring loaded Anchor Guards from torklift . Be sure to use a barrier between the ss and aluminum . This has worked for me for 10 years with no damage to bed or TC . Good luck and enjoy all that extra storage .This may work with a Utility Bed depending if their is enough room to get your hand in to tighten .
ticki2 06/12/20 06:51pm Truck Campers
RE: Utility Bed Tie Downs....???

It will depend on how the flatbed is made , there are several types . On mine it has 3" I beam cross members and 1/8" diamond plate on top . I mounted 1/2" ss D rings at the 4 corner with reinforcing under the I beams spaning at least 2 cross members . For turnbuckles I used 4 short spring loaded Anchor Guards from torklift . Be sure to use a barrier between the ss and aluminum . This has worked for me for 10 years with no damage to bed or TC . Good luck and enjoy all that extra storage .
ticki2 06/12/20 06:31pm Truck Campers
RE: Tie-down systems performance/safety vs cost

Wow,.....that is certainly ballsy. Never seen that one done before. Love the ingenuity though,...just to get it home. Well done. I should have mentioned it was about 3 miles on local 30 mph roads... Aesthetics aside , those ratchet straps are probably stronger than the tiedown attaching points on most TC's
ticki2 06/10/20 03:22pm Truck Campers
RE: Anybody Know what this is?

As I said , thank you for the knowledge . Sometime I have to shake my head at what some of the designers of these things were thinking .
ticki2 06/03/20 04:47am Truck Campers
RE: Anybody Know what this is?

It would seem a dangerous place to put a cheap plastic valve that could easily be broken off , which would drain the fresh water tank . Extending the drain pipe to that location makes sense so the water would go beyond the truck bed . The valve should be protected . I am n o t familiar with the many brands of TCs , if you know of any factory installs as shown I would thank you for the knowledge .
ticki2 06/02/20 05:57pm Truck Campers
RE: Anybody Know what this is?

I would bet someone added that spigot to the FW drain to have access to water outside without turning on water pump for washing hands and feet . Looks like that camper spent some time on the beach . If it was factory drain it would have been inside a compartment .
ticki2 06/02/20 05:06am Truck Campers
RE: Considering a TC & Towing my Travel Trailer

The That said, we are looking at upgrading to a DRW because it would open up more choices. Even an Artic Fox 865 would be pushing the weights of a SRW. Our only concern is we enjoy forest roads which require 4wd and are afraid it would limit some of our travels. But we keep trying to convince ourselves that while our travels would be a little limited, we would never run out of places off the beaten path to visit. . I have traveled many forest/logging roads in NH ME NY and VT , haven't been limited with drw so far. The only limiting factor has been height on a few occasions . Of course each region is different .
ticki2 05/31/20 04:46pm Truck Campers
RE: F250 Payload Capacity

What did you expect the payload to be? That truck empty is probably 7000# +or- .
ticki2 05/24/20 04:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos

If you go to oldest post first and then to page 270 , I explained how I rebuilt my side plexiglass Windows wit h parts and sources . The front Windows are similar on a 68.
ticki2 05/22/20 06:38pm Truck Campers
RE: Curb weight of flat bed vs. a regular bed?

I have an Eby 8'6" aluminum flatbed , it weighs about 400# , which is approximately what an 8' steel pickup bed weighs . A steel flatbed would be well over 1000# . You didn't mention the vehicle it's going on .
ticki2 05/16/20 08:43am Truck Campers
RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos

Are you sure it's a 68 . To the best of my knowledge , 68 was the first year of the C11 and 67 was the last year of the C10 . That said , stranger things have happened . You can make a replacement for the bath door . It is simply a single thickness of 3/4" plywood . The comode can be replaced with new . The rest of the bath interior will be hard to come by , lower plastic surround , plastic shower pan , black tank . The fresh water tank can be replaced with new . There was no grey water tank , some here have added one . You could also go with a cassette toilet and eliminate the black tank . Good luck
ticki2 05/13/20 05:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Best Truck Camper AGM battery?

who cares, if you have the room to put them in vertical but not enough to check water you can put a watering kit on. problem solved with out spending 3 times the money. just because you can doesn't mean you have to. Steve I cares. I don’t want flooded batteries and watering systems, period. If you want them and are ok with watering them, that’s your choice. My choice is to buy an AGM and enjoy NOT fiddling with it. Judging by your recent posts, it’s apparently just one of those things that will forever be a mystery to you. No problem, just accept it. I didn’t spend three times the money, either. I spent more than the flooded Trojan batteries I was using, but not three times. Not even two times. Just because “Crazy” is part of your forum name doesn’t mean you have to go bats*** crazy about what battery type other people use. :):) Curious , what brand battery are you buying that the AGM' s are not at least double the price of flooded . BTW , I don't care what battery a person choses to use .
ticki2 04/29/20 03:38pm Truck Campers
RE: Black spots on ceiling = leak?

Weather conditions make a big difference in condensation severity . Here in NH I have found that leaving my awnings Windows cracked over the winter made a significant difference in condensation and did not leak .
ticki2 04/14/20 04:08pm Truck Campers
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