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RE: Laminated Fiberglass Walls

there was a rash of manufactuing issues that lead to delamination, but even after that can we realy say its owner neglect. I would put that back on manufctures and dealerships for failing to let you knw how much work is involved in upkeep for fear of losing a sale. I bought a 2011 Open Range that was 9 months old when I got it. it was already delamanating before I got it (I did not know that was what was happening, it looked like a bad saw cut to me). Bit the manafactures build a POS camper with open cell foam tape for gaskets on all sealing joints, nothing like marker lights is sealed, places where several different materials all mate together in one location (roof rubber, roof edge trim, gutters, plastic rain gutter extensions, fiberglass, etc) and seal it with dycore which last 2 months before it cracks from the dissimilar expansion rates and blame it on the owners for not doing maintenance. typical RV industry reaction. its always the owners fault. And the only thing I see that might have changed some are bragging about using lauan that now don't rot when it gets wet? The quality still is bad. yes I did have a truck camper that really seemed to care and they still did thinks like seal stuff with putty tape so some manufactures still care about customer more than investors. The manufactures need to learn if you sell someone a turd, they might look somewhere else before they buy again".
towpro 11/30/22 11:00am Truck Campers
RE: New to truck campers

as Grit said, "small very expensive “boutique” mfgs" We had 5th wheels when we had family, we switched to truck campers when child grew up. We first bought a light camper with no slides from a famous brand, it was all our 2006 SRW ram could handle. we bought a dually, which led to a larger camper from same manufacture with a single slide. Hell we had to make mods to our 14,000 GVWR DRW 3500 so it at least road level. (We added Torklift lower stable loads which worked great). One day I caught my wife as she started to fall out of the back of truck camper trying to open door. that was it for truck campers. We switched to Mercedes Class C MH. Again, built overloaded from factory. Had to add custom valved Fox shocks and other parts to make it safe to drive. Than covid hit and everybody jumped in a camper. It was already tough for us because we had moved to florida where everyone else wants to go for camping. If you want reservations down here you better plan 6 months in advance, but I work full time and I don't know what I am doing next weekend, let along in 6 months. than our favorite campground, the KOA in Outerbanks went from $80 per night to $200 (just looked up 2023 prices). We can't afford to go camping anymore. So my dealer made me an offer I could not refuse, and I sold them back my 18 month MH for more than I paid for it. Some day we might get back into camping, I really like the looks of this one called a 17mke, but it its 22' long where does the 17 come from? it looks to have at least as much room as our MH did (which was much more room than any truck camper we every had) Problem with this model is it only comes with a 12v freg and they still building them with standard lauan plywood, and its not "if" its going to delamanate, its "when". But have you priced now campers? what I feel should sell for the mid 20K is going for upper 40K right now. No way. I can go on a lot of Cruise ships for that price.
towpro 11/30/22 10:37am Truck Campers
RE: Laminated Fiberglass Walls

some manufacturers have started using 1/4 lauan plywood that is treated to not degenerate when it gets wet. Example forest river calls it Azdel they use on both inside and outside walls. I checked north-wood and grand-design, I would expect if they use something different than just plywood they would call it out in advertisements but I did not see it. but really if you never have a leak it should not delamanate, but I personally have never had a camper that did not leak, even with maintenance 2x per year.
towpro 11/21/22 07:00am Truck Campers
RE: 2018 Wolf Creek 850 wiring diagram

If I recall the electric jack module was also in the front of the camper under the step to get into the bed.
towpro 11/11/22 07:01pm Truck Campers
RE: Need some help with Fox Landing

you could remove the landing that folds up, leaving that large rear bumper, than build a little deck out of western ceder that folds up and covers rear door.
towpro 08/20/22 04:23pm Truck Campers
RE: 1977 Sunline Truck Camper FULL BUILD

I have seen every video on your channel, now I am waiting to see how you get it out of the garage :)
towpro 07/30/22 06:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Lithium Battery Charging System

I oversized the solar because we live in the Pacific Northwest and are subject to low winter sun and lots of cloudy, rainy days. This really does make a big difference. Example, North Carolina coast, with 0 shade. in July 200W was enough for us to boondock, but in September we would need to run the 2K generator every day for an hour so to break even. the following fall we ran 30% more solar in same campsite and everything was OK. Even in Central FL I was using a 100w panel to keep an RV charged that was parked under a cover. In the winter I would have to tilt the panel to have enough charge but in dead of summer the flat panel was enough.
towpro 07/29/22 05:41am Truck Campers
RE: New shocks?

I had a conversation with Ranch and ended up putting 9000's on the back and 5000's on the front of a 2015 Ram dually (exact same suspension you are using). IT WAS A MESS. I could hit dips in the road at 45mph that would start the rear of the truck osculating and only thing that would stop it was to slow down. Rancho sent me new 9000's which did nothing to stop the problem. Ended up sending all 4 socks back to Rancho (they have this test drive problem) and going with Biletein 4300's. Later I got the 2018 which I left stock. If you were loaded all the time I would suggest going to FOX shocks and have them valved for the weight. I put a set on my Sprinter MH that were valved by Agile Offroad (who also owned a Sprinter MH) and it made a world of difference in both ride AND body sway.
towpro 06/27/22 05:44am Truck Campers
RE: Fifth Wheel Hitch - tried searcing

For a couple of truck campers I had a reese 5th wheel hitch in bed that left the rails down. One one camper I used 2x3's screwed to the camper floor so it would ride in bed and not hit the rails. On another camper I used 2x 3/4" plywood spacers I built that would lay in front of, between and behind the rails to support camper. I would throw then into truck instead of screwing them to camper floor than throw rubber mat over it. than I got a 2015 Ram which had the factory hitch pucks mounted in the bed, that allowed the bed to be flat when I removed the hitch.
towpro 06/24/22 05:47am Truck Campers
RE: camping in the Keys

We went in June last year and found a campsite (with reservations) on Stock Island, just 1 hop from Key west @ Boyds campground. it was OK, tight as expected, and the chickens that roam the island are a PITA but we got to see Key West. A week was a little long. Be prepared to pay a small fortune for parking in Key west, every where you go has pay at the curb machines where you put a slip on your dash.
towpro 05/12/22 05:54pm Truck Campers
RE: boondocking in Leesburg Fl

We live in Leesburg. Have not seen the AF boondocking, but we see one stored in our RV lot, and a couple others in the RV Storage area down Hwy 44 ... Might be someone lives in town but just out tripping around the area. I do that occasionally in the Lance. :) It shows up in the lake Harris publix parking lot often, or it moves over to the Winndixie lot Seen it out in cracker barrel lot by Lowes, and a couple others. Nice looking rig. I think mine was 1 year older. Might have some accessories they want make an offer on like a 24 or 34" x 2.5" Curt Hitch extension, etc.
towpro 04/05/22 05:38pm Truck Campers
boondocking in Leesburg Fl

Someone with an AF has been boondocking around Leesburg FL over the last month or so in different parking lots. newer AF, maybe a 990, the model with the arched roof. Just wondering if it is someone on here? Just saying Hi:)
towpro 04/02/22 06:48pm Truck Campers
RE: Major Problems with Bed of Truck - how to fix?

Disregard, i was corrected its not a 990. Page 2 it is said this is a short bed truck. the camper COG is about 24" forward from the rear of the truck. That means there is around almost 1/2 the 5000 lbs weight of that camper resting on those 2 crushed points. The camper has a floor length of 118" also add in about 2" for those rubber bumpers on front of camper that hit bed. The truck bed is 75.6". The camper is hanging out of back of truck by around 44" That means almost 1/3 of the camper is cantilevering off the back corners of the truck bed. Neither camper or bed is designed for that stress.
towpro 04/01/22 06:32am Truck Campers
RE: 1977 Sunline Truck Camper FULL BUILD

that works, if I could remember the user name on here. I know it has something to do with Kawasaki but I could not find it.
towpro 04/01/22 06:18am Truck Campers
RE: 1977 Sunline Truck Camper FULL BUILD

So glad you came back with progress. I was searching here and utube but could not find your site.
towpro 03/31/22 10:46am Truck Campers
RE: Michelin Agilis CrossClimate Tires LT

When I was looking for my MH they were the favorite for the Mercedes Benz 3500 chassis owners.
towpro 03/04/22 02:35pm Truck Campers
RE: Old RV's

post it for sale and someone else will enjoy figuring it out.
towpro 02/22/22 05:11pm Truck Campers
RE: Let's talk air bags...

I can't say enough great things about the Torklift Lower Overloads on my Ram with leaf springs. And the best part is you can disengage them when driving with camper unloaded. Plus they now make them in stainless steel. If I was to do it over, this would be my first change.
towpro 01/29/22 07:08pm Truck Campers
RE: Is an old fantastic fan worth fixing?

I seem to recall there is a life time warranty on the lid for the original fans. One blew off my dads motorhome, current Fantastic fan owners sent free cover. I had modern ones installed in last 2 truck campers. I ended up replacing motors on both as they started to sound like crickets were in the motor. I still have some laying around and was going to experiment with drilling a hole to oil the motor bearings. But its the plastic that goes bad over the long haul that you might not be able to get.
towpro 01/19/22 01:51pm Truck Campers
RE: Sikaflex 221 for side mounted fridge vent?

Here you go
towpro 01/09/22 07:56am Truck Campers
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