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silversand

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Posted: 10/03/19 07:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bill Tex wrote:

Forgot the upper walls.


...we've had our camper installed into our original 2004 Silverado 2500HD 8 foot truck bed for 15 years straight. No detectable scratches on the inside truck bed walls (I had to unload camper briefly last year after winter storage). I built "chaps" over the 2 wheel wells in the truck bed, made from shop floor high-density protective material.

Camper sits on a thick rubber bed mat (original bed mat, never replaced; 15 years old), and the camper "tub" is braced fore of wheel-wells, and along tub bulkhead with closed-cell polypropylene industrial grade foam packing bracing (3+ foot long pieces) with thick microfiber buffers between bed walls and packing bracing. The camper never shifts, but barely 3/8s of an inch max over many years. And, our camper ascends/descends a 340 foot long driveway that is 30% grade over a 120 foot stretch (maybe ~8 to 14 times a season excursions).


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Posted: 10/03/19 07:31am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Grit Dog wrote:

Under the bed mat?


….as of last year (15 years with camper loaded), no discernable scratches under our bed mat. Just black rubber imparted to the silver birch paint job under the mat. I can remove the black streaks with washing and the back side of a special microcloth with a bit of elbow grease....

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Posted: 10/12/19 10:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks to everyone here who has given me lots of great info and ideas during my design phase. Super helpful!

I have had fun fine tuning the final details with Matt at Hallmark. He has been great to work with to help us build the pop up truck camper of our dreams.

Any other final details (or small options) we should consider adding to the build?

The build is now:

9.5’ long body, with extended cab over bed, and bed side storage units (going on a F350 crew cab, long bed)

AluCab 270 Shadow awning (passenger side)

NovaCool 2 way fridge - side by side - 7.5CU FT

2 x 20 lb propane tanks

Glass top Cooktop 2 Burner

mini shower stall, with tie down points for a PortAPotty

external shower - Bullfinch

TrumaCombiPlus for propane / 120v hot air and hot water

Tork Lift Tie Downs

Zamp external solar panel port. (likely rarely used)

720 watts solar on roof

2 x 100 amp hour lithium batteries. BattleBorn.

all Victron system, with inverter, Color control panel, etc etc

Air Conditioner Mach 8 Polar Cub on roof.

2 LED floodlights on rear with 3 way switch (on, off, or triggered by reverse)

ladder to roof for cleaning dirt or snow off solar panels

30 gallon fresh water tank, grey tank.

rear storage bins

2 x 20 lb propane bottles.

bed mat included.

thanks!

J.

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AC exterior plug

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Posted: 10/12/19 10:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

crosscheck wrote:

AC exterior plug

Dave


Thanks Dave.... yup I am confident they would include a shore 120v hookup. We spoke of it, indirectly. Thanks. :-)

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LosAngeles wrote:

crosscheck wrote:

AC exterior plug

Dave


Thanks Dave.... yup I am confident they would include a shore 120v hookup. We spoke of it, indirectly. Thanks. :-)


I wonder if Dave meant an exterior AC plug to plug accessories into for use outside, not the shore hookup.


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2 way fridge, as in AC and DC, not LP?
That will be a huge challenge. When you're traveling and no fhu sites, you'll kill the batteries, guaranteed. Not like a popup TC sits on a seasonal site.
2 burner glass cooktop, same as fridge if it's electric. Bad idea for a camper. Plus induction cooktops s uck even in residential applications. Have you used one before?


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Grit dog wrote:

2 way fridge, as in AC and DC, not LP?
That will be a huge challenge. When you're traveling and no fhu sites, you'll kill the batteries, guaranteed. Not like a popup TC sits on a seasonal site.
2 burner glass cooktop, same as fridge if it's electric. Bad idea for a camper. Plus induction cooktops s uck even in residential applications. Have you used one before?


Yes the fridge is 12 v / 120v no propane, and we have done the calculations, and with 720 watts solar, 200 amp hours Lithium (can be discharged to 10% empty, repeatedly, no damage)

.... plus some power from the truck when we drive around.... we will be fine. We tend to not stay more than 2 days in one spot.

Very likely carry a backup generator as well.

2 burner glass top cooktop is propane. The glass top just means the top folds down, to make a flat counter top when not in use. :-)

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Range sounds cool.
I'd re think the fridge thing though. There's a reason that RVs are predominately 3 way. And LP is hands down the source that requires the least care or concern. Why limit yourself? You're already doing the coupe de gras of truck/popup combo.
It's a weird thing to intentionally not have, especially for the type of RV it is.

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Grit dog wrote:

Range sounds cool.
I'd re think the fridge thing though. There's a reason that RVs are predominately 3 way. And LP is hands down the source that requires the least care or concern. Why limit yourself? You're already doing the coupe de gras of truck/popup combo.
It's a weird thing to intentionally not have, especially for the type of RV it is.

It’s a compressor fridge, they use way less amperage that a ammonia base fridge on 12 volts. Back on 06 I had a compressor fridge in my Northstar TC and I could get 3 days out of my deep cycle batteries without hookups.
LA, you will be fine with your fridge/ solar set up.

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