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SidecarFlip Posted on: Sep 16 2017, 01:23 PM





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QUOTE(Dennis @ Sep 14 2017, 09:15 PM)
SidecarFlip, I like Backpack just fine.  I had a couple wiring problems with mine when I got it but having worked with wiring and electronics most of my life they were quick fixes.  Way easier than dropping it off at the dealer and having to go back and pick it up.  The adapter btw works like a charm.  Plug and Play.
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I changed some electrical items in mine. Lost the wire nut connections under the front removable seat where the FW tank is, replaced the single battery with a pair of deep cycle batteries wired in parallel, added a 1000 watt Aims power PSW inverter with a dedicated outlet by the sink, added a rearview wireless camera (best thing I did, in as much as I'm always pulling a trailer). Added a set of Tork Lift Revolution Glo steps with adjustable landing feet (second best thing I did) as my bed height is 37" and it's almost impossible to get in and out with them and changed all the outside lamps over to LED.

I had to also add a storage tube on the underbelly to carry my sewer hose and there is no place for storage on the unit. I added 2 plastic tubes underneath, one for the Rhino hose and one for my fishing rods.

Also added a Carefree bag awning to the provided awning rail on the passengers side of the camper. Nice to have an awning and with the awning deployed, you can keep the window's unzipped on that side in the rain without getting wet inside.

Finally, I installed a wheelhouse door in the drivers side kneewall for additional in bed storage. Only TC I ever owned that had no bed access doors. I have a 4 door long bed so the backseat is ample but I like keeping my extra gas and chainsaw and tools in the area between the camper and the pickup box wall.

I read where owners have had issues with the RT roof lift, but I have had none at all.

Everything works and has worked as it should for the last 2 years. No issues at all.

I may remove the flush toilet in mine and go Cassette instead. Shower is ok but the shower pan 'feels' spongy (even though it's adequately supported underneath (I looked). I made a teak wood bath mat to fit the pan, that really helped and it keeps your feet dry when using the commode after a shower.

Other than some changes (everyone changes something I suspect), it's a well built and very functional camper. I went from a Lance hardside to mine and I really like the weight reduction plus it don't feel top heavy like a hard side does. I don't even know it's back there on the highway and my fuel mileage (empty with no camper, versus the camper on dropped maybe a mile to the gallon. maybe.
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SidecarFlip Posted on: Sep 9 2017, 08:26 PM





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QUOTE(Dennis @ Sep 7 2017, 07:42 PM)
This may interest you.  A Truck to Camper to Trailer Adapter.  If this one is sold keep your eye open for others.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Truck-Camper-Trail...81Zpil8&vxp=mtr

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I have a Backpack as well. SS1500. Nice camper, trouble free.
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SidecarFlip Posted on: Sep 7 2017, 11:15 AM





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Sounds like a good deal. I got a Furrion for a Christmas present from my wife so that is what I have. Works great. Nice to have that 'see behind' the camper when pulling the quads or merging on the Interstate.
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SidecarFlip Posted on: Sep 3 2017, 11:47 AM





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My final comment is.... any camper thats paid for....
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SidecarFlip Posted on: Aug 31 2017, 11:04 PM





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My only comment is this....

When you can put 5 gallons of water in a one gallon pail and not get wet feet, you better patent it.....

You can load anything on anything and it will last for a while but keep in mind that the driveline components on a 1 ton are heavier than a 1/2 ton truck
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SidecarFlip Posted on: Aug 29 2017, 03:49 PM





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I just got back from up north and when I pulled in, first thing I did was level the camper and then shore power it and switch the fridge to 110 because I'm going up again in a week. Keep in mind that on 110 the fridge isn't as cooling efficient as on propane. The propane flame imparts more heat to the boiler and thus better ammonia flow and cooling efficiency.
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SidecarFlip Posted on: Aug 28 2017, 07:31 PM





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QUOTE(RV_Tech @ Aug 25 2017, 11:44 AM)
I got it last night EST, just thought it was so ridiculous I had to do a little more research.

What I got was this "Hello Steve,

  Yeah, please give Lance a call and they will help you!"


Huh? I thought this was perhaps the most bizarre response possible because until Lance redid their website, I think about 2014/2015, they had very clearly recommended HappiJac to haul their campers. It is in print for Heavensakes. Why anyone at TorkLift suggested I research further calling a company that recommended a competitor is beyond me.

On the current website, I could not find recommendation for any tie down/turn buckle system in writing, but if you watch the videos, you will see Happijac prominently displayed holding Lance campers on the truck.  Did I accidentally email the Twilight Zone?

I'm not going further with this as it is just too nuts! Man, I don't give a rat's patoot what anyone buys, but no matter how cool you think the product is, question off-the-wall claims. There are just too many "alternate facts" floating around for my liking. As to the 300 pounds of downforce claimed by TorkLift, in my opinion someone is shoveling manure! smile.gif

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Loaded the Palomino Backpack on my F350 on Thursday in anticipation of going up north for the weekend but before I loaded it, I took a Happyjac front tie down and let it hang free on the front tie down of the camper and chained on 200 pounds of cast iron weight discs (not 300) and the Happyjac was fully extended to the limits of the internal spring (at 200 pounds of weight). Now, Happyjac recommends extending the front (spring loaded internally) tie down 1/2" from the start position, which, in my view is a lot less than the 200 pounds I hung on it, more like 100-150 pounds.

I agree that someone is shoveling poop.

MY SOP is to set my front's at 1/2" extension and the rears, just slightly tight and go down the road a piece (maybe a few miles), stop and check them again and reset if necessary and then continue on to my destination or campground, or whatever. When I run off road, I tend to tun them looser because of flexation when driving on uneven surfaces.

Basically, you got a non-answer to your question from TL.

Maybe I should ask in as much as I'm on a first name basis with their engineering department but then they are aware I use HJ tie downs and not theirs. That isn't a matter of discrimination either. When I bought my first TC in 2002, which was a Lance HS, HJ was the preferred choice for Lance and thusly was installed by the dealer on my truck and has been on it ever since 2002 and have held up fantastically well. Last year I finally broke down and painted the front ears that stick out. I had some rust spots showing.

I've actually been through 2 front sets and one rear set of HJ tie downs. My original front set, the end cap broke off one so I replaced both and my original rear set got so ugly rusty, I replaced them too.

From 2002 to 2017 is a pretty good track record for HJ in my opinion. 7 more years and I'll put 'Historical Vehicle' plates on my 1997 F 350. I'll own it then and it will be rust free than as well.
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SidecarFlip Posted on: Aug 28 2017, 07:05 PM





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Actually, if you carefully remove it, you can reuse it but you are probably past that point.
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SidecarFlip Posted on: Aug 25 2017, 08:23 AM





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Steve... I see you have not received an answer from TL yet (and if you did, you didn't post it).....lol

My gut feeling is...it's phooey.
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SidecarFlip Posted on: Aug 25 2017, 08:19 AM





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I'd be making my own from either aluminum plate or steel plate. You could actually extend the ones you have on there now by adding on a welded extension and if you don't have a welder or lack the skill, any weld shop can do it for you pretty quick.
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SidecarFlip Posted on: Aug 24 2017, 11:34 AM





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I think that 300 pound pressure is phooey myself. It depends more on what the unit sits on and your driving habits and terrain driven on than securing pressure.

Both mine load flat down on a Rhino lined bed, no mat, nothing underneath except the roll formed channels under the camper and neither ever moved at all, fore or aft or side to side and I run off road (camp) 90% of the time.

I don't drive fast off road, I'm usually in low range 4 wheel drive anyway. I learned long ago that 'carnage' happens when you get in a hurry off road.

Big advantage we both have is with a P'up is the lower Cg but my Lance with it's higher vertical Cg was never an issue either. I knew it was back there (unlike the Palomino that I tend to forget about) but neither was an issue.

Guess we will see if TL responds.
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SidecarFlip Posted on: Aug 24 2017, 11:24 AM





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I can send you pictures if you want to see how I set mine up. Having never seen the bakside of a Hallmark, I have no idea.

My e-mail address is sales@flipmeisters.com if you want to message me off site.

Not a big thing with me. It's on my .com site www.flipmeisters.com as well.
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SidecarFlip Posted on: Aug 23 2017, 10:02 PM





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I don't like the way they attach to the camper body myself. I'm adverse to piercing the Filon anymore than it already is. They are much less expensive however.
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SidecarFlip Posted on: Aug 23 2017, 09:53 PM





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QUOTE(RV_Tech @ Aug 23 2017, 03:19 PM)
Rather than try to chase down the answer, I have emailed TorkLift and will post their response.

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I'd give you TL's head of engineering's private phone number as I have it but I better not. They might get pizzed.

How I got my TL Revolution steps, I did a prototype install on the Palomino for them and supplied pictures and drawings so I converse with their engineering department. Did good though, got a set in black to match my trim with the optional adjustable risers for a lot less than the $525.00 retail, a lot less....

Nice steps btw. I recommend them. Very sturdy (I had a whale buddy road test them (he weighs 330 pounds) and they passed with flying colors.

The Revolutions self store in the mounting bracket so they stay on the camper all the time. Deployment is about 5 seconds. same with storing them.
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SidecarFlip Posted on: Aug 23 2017, 09:44 PM





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I was curious too...

I called Brian at Palomino earlier today and asked him, Brian is the HR manager and the parts manager in Colon, Michigan (Palomino). He told me there was no set in stone recommended securing pressure. His comment was just run them tight without any visible deformation of the tie down points on the camper itself.

What I do anyway.

With the HJ's, HJ recommends setting the anchors with about 1/2" of visible pull on the tie down from the relaxed position.

300 pounds pull on an old unit could very well pull the anchor right out of the unit if the wood frame is wonky.
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SidecarFlip Posted on: Aug 23 2017, 08:15 AM





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One option I would never consider at all. You want a certain amount of physical restraint between the camper and the truck bed, why all camper builders recommend removal of plastic bed liners.. because they are slippery.

No Teflon here...ever.

Not so much fore and aft movement (which properly angled tie down's eliminate), but more the side to side movement when negotiating curves or running off road in off camber situations. Teflon would make the camper bottom slippery and allow that movement. Don't need or want my camper banging off the wheel wells from going sideways in the bed.

I'm not of the rubber mat below the unit either (or plywood), I have a Rhino Liner spray in bed liner that provides the friction I need.

Not for me.
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SidecarFlip Posted on: Aug 23 2017, 08:10 AM





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QUOTE(RV_Tech @ Aug 21 2017, 08:13 AM)
I have a question. According to TorkLift literature, their Fast Gun turn buckles are designed to create a downforce of 300 PSI (if I recall correctly) to hold the camper in place. They state this is the amount recommended by the manufacturers.

Has anyone actually seen this recommendation in print from a manufacturer? One thing I found on the road was virtually no one was paying any attention to the rubber washer placement that is supposed to demarcate the correct amount of tension and on my Fast Guns, equal tension does not result in the rubber washer being having the same 1/4" spacing on the turnbuckle.

Just wondering,

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While I converse with TorkLift ocassionally, in 30 odd years of 'dirtbagging', I've never seen any specification regarding tie down resistance (static applied pressure) published by any TC manufacturer.

I use the HappjJac equivalent of the TL Fastguns. Basically the same exact principle but less expensive.

300 PSI static pull is a 'pie in the sky' increment in my opinion. Don't believe there is a set standard other than due diligence when securing a camper to a truck.
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SidecarFlip Posted on: Aug 23 2017, 08:02 AM





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I have the TL Revolutions and they are tits. Easy to store and very stable. I think you'll find the Brophy's will get sloppy after a while and stability is all in the attachment. The TL Revolution really shine in that respect. The mount is a full 4" in width and heavy gauge die formed aluminum plate, not the extruded light gauge, narrow attachment the Brophy comes with.

What I really like about the TL Revolution is that ability to 'tighten up' the individual step pivots to maintain the stability of the entire assembly. Nothing is riveted, everything pivots on adjustable stainless fasteners with aircraft locking nuts and hard nylon bushings (that are replaceable and available from TL, a real quality, American built product.

Not cheap by a long shot, but quality never comes cheap.
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SidecarFlip Posted on: Aug 20 2017, 03:38 PM





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QUOTE(Nobody @ Aug 20 2017, 10:02 AM)
Been interesting watching this conversation progress. I lowered the roof on my SunLite before I took the camper off to install the Happijac tiedowns. Always keep the truck parked on a level spot in the bacvkyard & if it ain't level enough for the fridge to operate I put a block under a tire to level it up. When it's off the truck I level it with the lifting jacks. With the roof closed there's no sign of any alighment wedges but they may be inside?? Don't think there's any there tho. Only thing I can see (other than the rubber(?) seal is the ground wires for the clearance lights (I'm gonna hafta re-do those since aout half of my clearance lights don't work. I have some LED bulbs to replace the incandescent bulbs but haven't gotten around to running the new ground contact. All the clearance lights are in a 'daisy chain' around the aluminum rim of the roof assembly. Should be a simple matter to make sure they're all making good contact (unless my vertigo kicks in & I fall off the ladder). I usually secure myself a good seat on the step ladder & if I experience an episode of vertigo I just hang on 'til it's gone. I've decided that this 'gettin' old stuff ain't for sissies, but mostly I just count myself lucky that I'm still able to do what I like at my age! I have friends & associates who've just about given up but I refuse to do that. I think ya start dyin' when ya quit livin'! & some folks even before then. Oh yeah, we've had a couple of pretty heavy rains since I took the camper off & lowered the roof. Guess I must've gotten it right this time. No evidence of water penetration at all.
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Good deal on the dry. My Palomino has hard plastic alignment wedges on the upper sill (not the roof) that guide the roof into the down position, makes lowering pretty easy. I relamped mine with LED's from SuperbiightLED.com good prices and fast delivery. Mine came LED on the inside but not the outside.

I don't get dizzy but I am forgetful at 67. Have to pee a lot too...lol
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SidecarFlip Posted on: Aug 20 2017, 03:31 PM





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Certainly not on the bottom, so where?
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SidecarFlip Posted on: Aug 20 2017, 03:29 PM





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QUOTE(RV_Tech @ Aug 20 2017, 12:14 PM)
Truck Camper Magazine has kind of an interesting survey posed asking folks about their preferences when buying a new truck camper.

I was surprised to see much more interest in slide-ins for short beds than long beds and more interest in pop-ups than hard sides. Worth a look if you get a chance.

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I'm a contributor to their e-magazine and I took the poll.

Mot surprising about short bed trucks (shorter than 8 foot in as much as the majority of trucks sold today are shorter beds.

Pop ups are easier to deal with, haul better on a truck and are easier to off season store (some fit in a normal garage (mine does), all plusses plus initial cost id less than a Hard side,.
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SidecarFlip Posted on: Aug 20 2017, 08:35 AM





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Not shims, hard plastic alignment wedges. Imagine a short (1/2" long half pyramid in each side corner, fastened to the upper sill, inboard of the lip seal. Pretty easy to self install and aligns the roof perfectly when lowered.
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SidecarFlip Posted on: Aug 19 2017, 11:17 PM





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Time to add tapered hard plastic wedges to the upper sill. Only need 4, 2 on each side front and rear... after you get the silicone off the roof and use Dicor self leveling.
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SidecarFlip Posted on: Aug 19 2017, 11:15 PM





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Silicone=Breast implants... Not for RV's at all.
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SidecarFlip Posted on: Aug 19 2017, 01:07 PM





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I guess Hallmaek don't use alignment wedges like my Palomino has. When I lower my top, the alignment wedges on the upper sill, align the top when closed.
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