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RE: Portable grill/stove

I have a Q with a griddle but will be switching to the blackstone. I use the griddle way more and the shape of the blackstone is just easier to deal with in a TC.
toddb 06/26/20 09:17am Truck Campers
Support trailer water tanks

I'm wanting to add water tanks to my trailer. I found tanks by class A customs that will fit between the cross members without giving up to much ground clearance. I'd like to add 2 20gal fresh and a 15gal grey tank. I'm looking for solutions on how to vent the tanks, the trailer frame is 6" box and the deck on top of that. The frame rails are ~16" inboard so I can't really go vertical that far inside the floor. I thought about drilling through the frame and welding a pipe in to pass water lines through. Anyone have any other thoughts? I found marine deck fill ports that I could drive over so that may be a good option for that problem. Todd
toddb 06/22/20 09:55am Truck Campers
RE: Vendor for pantry baskets in Arctic Fox

I moved mine up and use the cabinet base for canned goods, no pull out but adds a layer. todd
toddb 06/12/20 06:42pm Truck Campers
RE: Rear View Camera

If you have sync check out lockpick for sync, PAC also has a device to add cameras. I have 2 rear and a front.
toddb 06/07/20 08:42am Truck Campers
RE: Best Truck Camper AGM battery?

BB batteries have an internal battery management system(BMS) that shuts the battery off before actual zero is reached. This BMS also stops charging at a upper Volt limit. I believe this BMS will also not permit charging at a low temperature around 32F. The BMS prevents damage that would otherwise kill the Li. This is why you can charge them with a conventional charger. Some people with 12V fridges have found that the Li based battery system will shut down and ruin their food, when the FLA or AGM would still have been running. HTH; John Yep, BB seems to have the best BMS which is why I went with them. I feel the cold weather thing is a non issue, if people can keep their holding tanks from freezing then keeping a battery a little warm before charging shouldn't be an issue and they can continue to be discharged well below that. I have only heard of bms disconnecting with fridges operated at 24V. Some utilize low voltage disconnects as well, I think the inrush of the fridge pulls the voltage down enough to trigger the disconnect. I have cooled my fridge from 100* and then maintained temp for more than 12 hours on a single charge, that was my drain to 0 test. The flooded 27s couldn't do that, granted they were a 3 years old. I haven't had any disconnect issues with my setup. Nothing against AGM, I own 7 and they are superior to flooded in my opinion.
toddb 05/05/20 12:30pm Truck Campers
RE: Best Truck Camper AGM battery?

Lithium can basically be burned to 0 and the bms will disconnect it. No. 20% state of charge is the minimum recommended for LI. Nor can they often be charged below 32 f (some a few degrees colder). Storage below -20 c (-4 f) is NOT recommended. Battle born told me going to 0 doesn't hurt it, I've only done it once and the battery came right back. Yes low temp charging is problem I think I'm ok down to 25, that's why I said in a TC its easy to solve by opening that to the LQ. The battery needs a little warmth, just because it's -40 outside doesn't mean the battery is at that temp. Cold storage isn't an issue for me, I have to watch the 135 mark. But I get it, I grew up in ND so we pulled all the batteries on stuff that stored unsheltered/heated anyway during winter. Li are so much easier to lift :)
toddb 05/05/20 07:32am Truck Campers
RE: Best Truck Camper AGM battery?

So,one lithium is equal to two AGM's in power available?....Lots of people going to lithium batteries but two lithium batteries for $1500+ is not in my budget..The restrictions posed by lithium batteries doesn't work well in this area and the winter weather we get... There are still some good batteries under or around $200 if a person looks hard. Yes, agm and flooded may have a rating of 100ah but you can only burn that battery down to 50% without damaging them. So your usable ah of 2 agm batteries is 100ah. Lithium can basically be burned to 0 and the bms will disconnect it. All batteries suffer in cold weather, there are charging temp limits but you can take a lithium pretty cold. I just insulated the exterior section of the battery box and vented the box to the living quarters to keep it warmer. In a TC i don't think keeping the battery warm is a big deal, I camped at Tucson this past fall down to 28*. A couple selling points for me was it's ability to charge at .5c all the way to 100%. I dry camp on solar mostly, the battery is generally at 50% in the morning from my compressor fridge. It'll recover by 12-2 depending on harvest. It also shaved 120lbs off the rig, and everything dc works better at the higher operating voltage of lithium.
toddb 05/04/20 09:04am Truck Campers
RE: Best Truck Camper AGM battery?

I priced group 27 agm batteries last year. At over $730 for the pair I decided to go lithium, totally worth the extra $ imho.
toddb 05/03/20 08:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Isotherm fridge in camper?

I converted mine to a DC compressor. It's a 6 cu ft norcold, and it'll consume 100ah+ on a warm day. I have 300W of solar and a single 100ah lithium battery. The freezer struggles in cold weather because the fridge doesn't cycle much, warmer weather it works great, particularly driving and in the hills. The absorption fridge didn't work and took for ever to recover.
toddb 04/30/20 03:38pm Truck Campers
RE: Ultimate TC Bed?

I still think a douglass body would be a better, everyone's sitch is different though.
toddb 04/17/20 04:21pm Truck Campers
Sulastic hangers

Has anyone run these replacement hangers with a TC? Seems like the big 5th wheel guys like them.
toddb 03/10/20 03:05pm Truck Campers
RE: step solutions

https://i.imgur.com/lI4nDlF.jpg https://imgur.com/lI4nDlF sorry, not sure why the pic wont link. I use these steps, they come in handy to load water and other things around the rig. The ladder rack doubles as a hand rail. * Moderator edited image location
toddb 02/10/20 08:09am Truck Campers
RE: Moisture under mattress solutions please

den dry is another solution.
toddb 01/26/20 07:56am Truck Campers
RE: New Ford 7.3 Gas

The specs on the Ford 7.3 seem to be about the same as the 6.4 so imagine that would also be a great engine for TC application. The lower end torque is the key. While the 10 speed transmission seems like a good idea, with a load I see it shifting a lot more. So unless the bands are properly designed, I see band wear being an issue if you plan on keeping the vehicle a long time. See my sig below for mileage and From what I have seen on dyno runs the hemi seems to make ~330-340lb-ft as does the 6.2, TFL shows the 7.3 putting down over 400. The fords dyno with the bulk of their torque starting around 2k rpm and the hemi seems to come around just before 3k. Just an observation of dyno runs I have researched. Btw the last band ford had in a truck transmission was the 4r100.
toddb 01/25/20 07:52am Truck Campers
RE: Cargo trailers with tongue extensions

I just changed trailers. The TC extends about 30" from the hitch. The first trailer was a 77x16' open with a front rail. I used a 2' extension that put the ball about 7" under the camper, the trailer tongue was only 42" due to the width. I could pinch it with the camper legs if I cut it tight. It sucked to back, with the extension and short trailer it turned very fast. I now have a 18' enclosed with a tongue of 63", the stinger is about 8" out if I remember. Turning sharp isn't much of an issue, just have to keep in mind the jacks have about 3" of clearance over the tongue. The trailer tows like it's that long and backs so much easier. One of our tracks has a short steep incline that hasn't been an issue, more than I have run into anyplace else.
toddb 01/23/20 07:51am Truck Campers
RE: Artic Fox 990 on F350 DRW

https://i.imgur.com/nMNCGeMl.jpg This is my setup, 2015 F350 with my 992. I added a bigwig, home made stable loads and air bags. The trailer is 18' 5' tongue so no extension, 4200lbs unloaded and about 7K loaded. I go about 70, pulls great.
toddb 01/11/20 08:28am Truck Campers
RE: residential refrig.

Have you considered a DC compressor fridge or conversion? I did the conversion, draws a bit more power than stated but it holds temp on the road.
toddb 01/07/20 07:00am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Ladder Rack Accessories..

https://i.imgur.com/wbxGrj1l.jpg https://i.imgur.com/Tx87MNJl.jpg I made hooks to store my steps, they rest on the bumper and don't have much wiggle room. Been great thus far, but does partially block the tail light. Split shaft collars work well. I'm going to make another small rack for the roof to store a 5gal portable waste tank.
toddb 01/02/20 07:58am Truck Campers
RE: VAN AWNING

you'll want to check out the freedom from carefree of colorado.
toddb 12/17/19 07:12am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: What Portable Propane Gas Grill Do You Use?

I use a Q1200 with a flat griddle, works great but as mentioned it's a storage issue. My brother switched to a blackstone griddle, looks a like it would work well in the TC.
toddb 12/17/19 06:49am Truck Campers
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