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RE: Switching to Class C

We just placed our order for a Phoenix Cruiser 2351DPhoenix Cruiser 2351D. It is 26 ft. Right in the middle of you preferences. Queen bed on the rear slide & we ordered the dinette. On a Ford E450 so towing shouldn't be an issue. We really like the company, their products, service and the ability to customize the coach to your wants. Not the cheapest on the market, but the best (in our opinion). Sweet. You're going to get a lot better MPG than me with it so streamlined. The E 450/V10 is a great way to go. I looked up the specs and it looks like you will have the typical 7500# tow rating. Congrats!!
~DJ~ 11/30/19 05:16am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Switching to Class C

Long time truck camper. Still my favorite but getting too old for all the loading requirements i.e. removing/storing tailgate, installing 4' dual truss stinger for boat, etc. Then we tried travel trailers for a few years. I refuse to camp in trailer parks (too noisy/busy) and I had to cross some of my favorite boon docking sites off the list (too long). This year we bought a very gently used Class C from my friend. 2017 22' Conquest on a Ford E 450 with 6.8 V 10 with 10K miles. Could not be happier. Goes anywhere my truck camper could unless clearance problems. 7500# tow rating but no need for a toad. This could actually be a daily driver. And I could always throw my MC on the back. Yes it's small compared to a 30' TT. But everything is relative. It's a castle with tons of storage compared to a TC. Nothing can beat the "jump in, stop at grocery store and hit the road" factor with no hooking up or loading!! Plus, no more lifting/lugging propane tanks around!!
~DJ~ 11/24/19 11:07am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Toyo tires?

I ran Toyo M 55 on my Dodge dually hauling a heavy TC. Absolutely loved them. I would love to replace the Michelins on my C with them but Les Schwab is getting away from Toyo. :( LS is now using their own branded tires, Open Country, which is not made in the USA or Japan like Toyo. Somewhere in Asia I would expect. But I would not be afraid to use them being backed by the LS phenominal warranty.
~DJ~ 10/13/19 10:34am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Short box dually?

Hey DJ - Haven't heard from you for awhile but I don't check in here much either. I had the Ram 3500 SB dually with the AF 811 on it, took it to Alaska and back, worked great for us! It had the Cummins with Aisin transmission. We ended up getting a Host Mammoth last year so I traded my shortbed version in for a longbed with all the same options and color. I also have the factory rear air assist suspension which works great for me! If you have any questions you can always PM me also. Hey Mark, thanks for the pics. This is getting more encouraging all the time. This is the heaviest camper I've had and I think it's too much for an SRW. Truthfully I'm on the fence right now between keeping the TC or getting a small C. Both have pros and cons. That is a sweet rig you have now!!! Hey, I know this pretty Lady!!
~DJ~ 09/22/19 07:40am Truck Campers
RE: Short box dually?

Here you go: Thanks so much for posting the photos. Sure looks weird perched on that short bed!! But with the amount of miles you have taken it and handles OK then I am OK with that. How long of a stinger would I need to tow a boat?
~DJ~ 09/21/19 09:42pm Truck Campers
RE: Short box dually?

We have the exact setup you're asking about - '16 megacab, short bed dually with an Arctic Fox 811. We full-timed with this setup 9 months last year, and are getting ready to head out again in December for probably most of next year. I think we've probably done over 30,000 miles with this setup, including a run up the haul road to Prudoe Bay. You'll be fine :) Wow that sounds encouraging!! Do you have any photos?
~DJ~ 09/21/19 11:08am Truck Campers
RE: Short box dually?

So Ford is going to make a shortbed dually again for 2020? Wasn’t that the original point of this thread? Or is the OPs camper not a shortbed only model? No, Ford is not. I was going to put it on a SRW shorted. Yes my camper is designed for shorted only. Yes, it will be overloaded but less than my 250!! I just remember back in the day when I had an 05 Dodge dually with a large S&S camper and it handled so well.
~DJ~ 09/21/19 11:06am Truck Campers
RE: Short box dually?

Thanks so much everyone for your input. I have actually decided against the Dodge. May be different if it was a 6.4 Hemi. I've decided to wait for the 2020 Super Duty F 350 with the 7.3 gas to come out. See what it is going to have for numbers. Thanks again, DJ
~DJ~ 09/20/19 08:24pm Truck Campers
RE: Short box dually?

Bad idea. the world is full of 5 foot truck beds. 5 foot box would definitely be a deal breaker. I called the dealer and assured me it was a 6'4". Just looks really short. Guess I'll have to drive out the 30 miles with my tape!!~
~DJ~ 09/18/19 03:14pm Truck Campers
Short box dually?

I know my sig is out of date. I bought a 2019 Arctic Fox 811 for short box. I've come to the conclusion it really needs a dually. Been looking at 2016 Rams. They have the Megacab and short box. They look just wrong!! Looks like the weight is too far back possibly causing handling problems? Any real world experience on here? Thanks.
~DJ~ 09/18/19 11:52am Truck Campers
Need help recommendations

I have a Xantrex Freedom 458 Inverter/Charger and it is giving me a lot of trouble. I'm not blaming Xantrex but the installation. I had it installed in a shop in Boise. Took them a couple months to figure it out and never did really work right. A year later it died. Warranty for 2.5 years but I lost my receipt. Shop did not keep one either. So I bought another new one and had a different shop install it. The guy said it was wired all wrong. Hadn't disconnected the factory converter and they were fighting each other. Well, it died the first night of my first camping trip. What I need is to find out where I can take this, hopefully somewhere in the NW, where they actually KNOW how to wire them in. I've talked to guys that have used this same unit for years with zero problems. I kept the receipt this time!! But if it wasn't a manufacturer flaw I'll have to buy my 3rd one!! :( Thanks so much, DJ
~DJ~ 04/22/19 05:16pm Tech Issues
RE: Downsizing to smaller rig, battery capacity

Thanks everyone. Guess I will stick with what I have. Just tired of dragging a trailer around. My current set up works good running both machines. Volt meter at 12.9 when I go to bed and 12.4 when I get cup. This is with four Trojan T145's, 450 watts of solar and a couple hours of gen run time for a kick start in the AM. I am having trouble with the Xantrex Inverter/charger tho. But I should start a different thread for that.
~DJ~ 04/22/19 04:57pm Tech Issues
Downsizing to smaller rig, battery capacity

The one I'm looking at holds two standard size 12 volt batteries. I have to run a CPAP @ 3.75 amps and an oxygen concentrator @ 7.9 amps for about 8 hours. I don't know if two standard size batteries could handle this and hoping someone could help me out. Thanks so much, DJ
~DJ~ 04/22/19 07:18am Tech Issues
RE: Anyone remember?

Found them! Best Converters. Moved to Alabama 2 years ago. Seemed like a lot of TC'ers like PJ9 liked them. PJ9 isn't right. He is a boat Captain. Anyway, mystery solved. Thanks.
~DJ~ 02/11/19 04:37pm Truck Campers
Anyone remember?

There was an online business that dealt in converters/inverters and smart chargers. IIRC they were located in Meridian ID. I somehow lost their info. Thanks in advance. DJ
~DJ~ 02/11/19 02:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Flat towing a pre 2011 Ford Ranger

Thanks all!
~DJ~ 02/11/19 02:30pm Dinghy Towing
Flat towing a pre 2011 Ford Ranger

If this has been posted before I could not find it. I would like to buy a Ranger for a future toad. I Googled it but got too many mixed answers. Please advise if this is correct. A RWD Ranger with manual transmission can be towed in neutral with no problems. A RWD with auto transmission you need a driveline disconnect. A 4X4 with either transmission needs a transfer case pump as there is no neutral on the transfer case. Checking the owners manual would be the best but rigs this old with the manuals are scarce. Thanks......DJ
~DJ~ 02/07/19 11:29am Dinghy Towing
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