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skyhammer Posted on: Mar 7 2019, 04:54 PM





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QUOTE(TurboCorsa180 @ Mar 6 2019, 04:58 PM)
Thank you. Yes, I read that but my 2015 F350 dually door sticker info says 70psi front . 65 psi back .So, that's where I wasn't understanding.
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The door sticker will vary depending upon what type tires your truck came with.
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skyhammer Posted on: Mar 5 2019, 04:19 PM





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QUOTE(TurboCorsa180 @ Mar 5 2019, 11:30 AM)
Thank you. How did you decide on those air pressures respectively. Front/back/bags ?
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Tire air pressure, like I stated is what was on the door sticker. Air bag pressure was decided by trial and error. Since I have an in cab air controller and built in pressure tank, adjusting the air pressure in the bags was easily done while driving down the road.
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skyhammer Posted on: Mar 2 2019, 03:43 PM





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QUOTE(TurboCorsa180 @ Feb 22 2019, 05:44 PM)
Thanks very much. That's more info than I have been able to get from someone who has a comparable set truck/camper set up.
I had planned on 65 lbs in my air bags but will do whatever keeps me level.

This is new for me having a dually. Previously I ran at 80 lbs all around on my LB SRW F250 with my 3K Vanguard 9.5 with 65-70 in the airbags. And that worked very well.
Thanks again for your help.
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The pressure I use is what the door sticker says. 60lbs front, 75lbs rear. My camper is a lot larger than yours and I also run 50lbs in the air bags.
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skyhammer Posted on: Jun 25 2018, 04:44 PM





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QUOTE(SidecarFlip @ Jun 24 2018, 01:05 PM)
KMA.
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Now that is classy and not surprising coming from you.
Get caught numerous times fibbing and respond with a personal attack.
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skyhammer Posted on: Jun 23 2018, 05:07 PM





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QUOTE(SidecarFlip @ Jun 23 2018, 11:57 AM)
Maybe for a late model, not my 97.  Far as Gates is concerned you have to specify with a Fleetrunner Green Stripe if it has dual or single alternators.  Go look for yourself.

But then you and I don't see eye to eye on anything and candidly, I don't care.  You stay in Granola land and I'll stay in the rust belt.  I hold out hope that Kalifornia succeeds from the Union before you run out of fresh water and have to come begging for water from the Great Lakes states.  Won't happen either.  All the Great Lakes States (and Canada) have entered into an agreement about water rights.  You people are cooked soon as Lake Mead dries up and it appears to be getting pretty low.

Keep your politics and liberal views out there where they belong.  We don't want either.

This forum has zero participation and has for a while.  Truck Camper Adventures does, so does RV Net and so does the NATCOA site.
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Here you again, stating opinions as though they were facts.
First, the poster you replied to on RV.net was asking about a 2007, he didn't need outdated 20 year old information that he could not use.
Second, I sold my 7000 acre ranch and moved to Oregon, I still have 640 acres in California.
Third, you act as though all of California is desert. I used to live in the Redwood rain forest that averages 100" of rain per year. We have no water problems.
Lake Mead is in Arizona and Nevada and is over 600 miles from my place, what happens to Lake Mead has no relevance to the Northern part of the state.
Fourth, my political views are to the right of Attila the Hun, so wrong again.
Here is some advice, stop stating your opinions and assumptions as facts, you what they say about people that assume.
Fifth, it is apparent that you don't know that nearly 1/3 of the diesel super duties require dual alternators. On start up(especially in the Winter), my truck sucks up over 250 amps.Supplemental heat alone is 110 amps.Add in the 30 plus lights,4 cameras, heated seats, steering wheel, stereo, Nav system cooled seats etc. we are talking about a lot of amps.
Get into the 21st century, a lot has changed.



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skyhammer Posted on: Jun 22 2018, 04:04 PM





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QUOTE(SidecarFlip @ Jun 22 2018, 10:30 AM)
Considering the amount of traffic on ALL the other TC forums, I'd say this one is about done.  Time to close it down and move on.

Nothing to see here.
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I have noticed a large decrease in traffic on camper only forums. Forums that include other RV's have more traffic.
More traffic isn't necessarily a good thing if the information is wrong.
I just replied to your post on RV.net about dual alternators. Everything you posted was wrong.
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skyhammer Posted on: Apr 5 2018, 04:04 PM





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You didn't state whether you are looking at gas or diesel or whether you are looking at SRW or DRW.
For 2018 models, the gas ratios are either 3:73 or 4:30, same choice for either SRW or DRW.
Diesels, SRW choice 3:31 or 3:55,depends whether you get 18" or 20"wheels.
DRW's have a choice of 3:55,4:10 or 4:30. My 2011 DRW has 3:73, the only choice available in that year.
I am at 18,000lbs+ with my camper and boat and am extremely happy.
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skyhammer Posted on: Feb 9 2018, 05:44 PM





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QUOTE(emcvay @ Feb 7 2018, 12:37 AM)
Turns out my 2010 has one built in and I didn't even know it!
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Ford didn't put in exhaust brakes until 2011 with the 6.7.
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skyhammer Posted on: Nov 20 2017, 05:12 PM





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QUOTE(SidecarFlip @ Jul 31 2017, 10:01 PM)
That is a toss up.  If it's non perishable like coffee creamer, or even eggs, no issue but anything else, probably not.  I keep my coffee in a plastic tupperware bin in the fridge all season.  I keep my unit shore powered as well.
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Coffee should be stored at room temperature. The enemy of coffee is air, temperature(to high or low is not good) and moisture.
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skyhammer Posted on: Nov 12 2017, 05:38 PM





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Consider a camper with a basement, lots of room to store cables, ladders,hoses, chairs, BBQ, etc.
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skyhammer Posted on: Oct 30 2017, 03:43 PM





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QUOTE(SidecarFlip @ Oct 26 2017, 07:18 PM)
If the door sticker says 3450 you will still be over because you have to account for occupants, fuel and anything else.  remember, payload weight is based on a truck with no fuel and no occupants and no accessories like a receiver hitch for instance.

90% of TC'er are overloaded anyway so just join the club.  I'm in the 10%.  I'm 1100 pounds under payload weight with a wet camper and me and the wife in the truck with full fuel tanks.

One problem you will have with the Fast Guns and a short bed is the front tie down attachment rod will interfere with you opening the fuel filler door,  Every short bed Ford has the same issue.  So you don't chew up the paint, I suggest a length of heater hose zip tied to the leg so the door hits the hose instead of the metal leg.
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Fast guns block the fuel door on long bed Fords to. I don't consider it a problem as it takes 10 seconds or less to remove the Fast Guns.
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skyhammer Posted on: Aug 26 2017, 03:44 PM





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QUOTE(RV_Tech @ Aug 23 2017, 04:13 PM)
You're right. I went through the entire list and no Host. Sorry about that. But, since you have one (I think) what were your findings regarding weight? How close were the manufacturer's weights to your finding, provided you have your actual weights? smile.gif

Steve
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My sticker says 4318lbs as equipped, which is right on.The weight is empty tanks and 2 full 30lb propane tanks.
I weigh my camper on every trip.My weight varies a lot. Most of the time I have a 20' jet boat in tow, 4350lbs.
My camper weight varies by 1000lbs or more, depends upon how much stuff I take
and how much water is in the tank.
I also put 400lbs on the front hitch. With such a long camper and the boat in tow, the front end was getting light, 400lbs on the front hitch solved that problem.
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skyhammer Posted on: Aug 23 2017, 04:04 PM





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I have never seen TCM ever mention anything about Host, much less a review.
Maybe some day, but I doubt it.
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skyhammer Posted on: Aug 10 2017, 03:14 PM





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Yes, in general diesels have a longer engine life, better mileage and more torque. Torque is important with a camper, especially with the larger ones. It takes a lot of power and torque to overcome the wind resistance with the huge frontal area of the larger campers.
Maintenance is more costly on a diesel, more oil, more batteries and fuel filters.
Most newer gas engines don't have a fuel filter that the owner can change as it is in the fuel tank.
A C&C model will have a larger payload and GVWR, but the engine, while the same size, has considerably less power and torque.You lose more than 100 HP and more than 150lbs of torque, but the engine will probably last longer.
If you can live with less HP and torque C&C is the way to go. C&C don't have near the available options either.Also, depending upon the state you live in, license and registration can be higher and with a flat bed, you may have to stop at weigh stations.
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skyhammer Posted on: Aug 2 2017, 04:21 PM





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QUOTE(AllenTC2 @ Aug 1 2017, 05:13 PM)
Okay, I think I understand that. So a basement means your TC will generally be taller as well? Which leads to the CG being higher? The Northstar STC being "basementless" has the walking area in between the bed rails. You lose some storage in exchange for a lower height/CG, correct?

I see you have a Host....Mammoth or Everest? What do you think about them? They look very nice on the inside, definitely a compromise between the 'comfort' of a motorcoach, and the 'go places' ability of a TC.

Next dumb question....these tie-down turnbuckles I see. What do they attach to on the truck? I've spoken to a couple of CSRs online, they can't tell me if that is a dealer installed item or what. I assume there is something attached to the frame that sticks out from between the truck cab and the bed, and somewhere around the rear bumper.
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Yes, with a basement, your height will higher. Without a basement you lose a massive amount of storage. Without a basement your floor space is limited to width between the wheel wells. With a basement, even without slides, your floor space will wider, not restricted by the wheel wells. With my slides out, my floor is 8' wide.With the rear slide out, I gain a little under 3' in floor length and gain a couch and more cabinets.
I use Tork lift tie downs, they attach to the frame, front and rear. They are not cheap and your camper dealer can install them.
IMO, Host is one of the better campers. Host doesn't sell small or non slide campers.Rarely are any two Host campers built the same. Host will customize your camper pretty much any way your want. If it is not on their option list, don't worry, just tell them what you want and if they can, they will build it.
Hosts are one of the more expensive campers. I bought mine direct from the factory and watched them build it and made changes during the process. Since no dealer was involved, I didn't have dealer markup. They are sold exclusively through dealer now.
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skyhammer Posted on: Aug 1 2017, 03:45 PM





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QUOTE(AllenTC2 @ Jul 31 2017, 06:41 AM)
Thanks for the advisement. The 12 STC looks nice. It looks a little cramped for full-time living, but was reading an interview with the Northstar head guy....he alluded to the fact that some places don't allow slide-outs?

One thing I'm kinda lost on....."basements". What does this mean in the truck camper world? All of these campers have some form of subfloor stowage. Is there something that sets a basement model apart from a non-basement?
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Basements generally refer to those campers where the floor is above the bed rails.
If the floor is above the bed rails, you now have all that space between the floor and bed for storage.
Basement space is usually not used for built in generators, batteries or propane tank storage. On my camper, the generator, batteries and propane tanks are accessed from compartments on the side and back of the camper, not from the basement.
My basement is 4' 8" long, 4' wide and 22" high for storage, the rest of the basement up front is for the water tanks, which have their own door in the front of the camper, under the overhead to access the water tanks.
If you have a basement model, access to the converter, water pump, transfer switch, inverter, various water tanks, plumbing and wiring etc., is very accessible and much easier to work on.
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skyhammer Posted on: Jun 17 2017, 03:36 PM





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QUOTE(AdventureSeeker @ Jun 16 2017, 05:25 PM)
Skyhammer and Sidecarflip thanks for responding it really helps.  We live in the upper north east and live in a rural town near the ocean. I know sand real well cause I surf fish and such… I see all kinds of TC’s on the deserted beaches where I go so have a good idea what a DW and SW will do in the sand.  In our case our here, it really depends on the type of sand.  I can go 10 miles in one direction and get stuck in about 30 seconds and then go to another beach with a different sand base and be fine.  Its hard to tell unless you do it alot. All I can say is it will be really nice being able to get in out of the wind and cold and warm up a bit so that I can stay out there longer.

The West on the other hand I know little about so your input is really invaluable to us because the west and Canada is where most of our time will be spent.  We are like you guys… we want to have the option to go on unimproved roads like the BLM and Forest Service that are steep, occasionally wash boarded, occasionally rutty and still be comfortable.  We don’t plan on doing serious rock climbing and such but we want to be able to get away from the crowds.

Sidecarflip is sounds like you do some serious 4 wheeling that’s for sure.  Skyhammer if I do the dually I was thinking about going with a 164” wheel base since I need the supercab for some storage (supercab/long bed).  I wish ford or GM made a dually in a short bed supercab but they don’t cause I like the 148”base better too.

Any other comments welcomed.. thanks again for responding.
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One thing to consider about wheel base length is how long your overhead is.
My camper was designed for a crew cab. My overhead is 8.5' long,I can't see it when driving. On my super cab, the overhead would stick out more than 2' over the trucks hood, greatly reducing vision. On a regular cab, the overhead would nearly at the front of the hood, it would be like driving in a tunnel.
The length of camper overheads vary a lot. Just need to decide on how much vision obstruction you can handle, if any.
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skyhammer Posted on: Jun 16 2017, 04:07 PM





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"Never seen a dual tired pickup running off road. Just don't work,
I guess you don't get out much. Nearly every rancher out West has and needs DRW.
I have 35 miles of STEEP, single lane roads on my ranch and the DRW works just fine.
While it is true that a DRW does not do as well in mud, I don't have a problem and we average over 100" of rain/year, so I know mud.
I don't use the DRW I haul the camper with on the ranch very much. The 175.9" wheel base is a little long, for SRW's and DRW's.
I use a 147.9" super cab DRW for most things.
I could get by with a SRW, but when I steep, winding roads, carrying more than a dozen cows constantly shifting their weight, a DRW is makes the drive much nicer, plus I can load the trailer up with more cows, cutting transportation costs.
Oh, and I have never stayed at an improved campground with my DRW.
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skyhammer Posted on: Jun 6 2017, 04:55 PM





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I have put a 2"x12" and a 2"x8" stacked, using the slots on the inside of the bed.
The tail gate on my 2011 Ford is much heavier than the gate on my 1995,350.
I load my side by side all the time, The weak spot is the cable on the gate,I have pulled the crimp out several times. I spliced my own eye in the cables and have no problems now.
My 2011 tail gate weighs 72 lbs. I have the integrated step,bar and camera, so it is a little heavier.
I can take the gate off by myself, but I like to have help to put it back on.
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skyhammer Posted on: Jun 3 2017, 03:46 PM





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On my triple slide, the only rug is a tight weave in the cab over.
Host installs carpet on the base boards of the slides and on the steps.
I had Host delete the carpet on the steps and the base boards when it was being built.
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skyhammer Posted on: May 19 2017, 03:31 PM





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Well, the house I grew up in and still live in was built without a bathroom.
I remodeled the house (built in 1912) in 2007 and built a bathroom. I use the toilet once or twice a week.
Where I work on my 4000+ acre ranch there are no toilets. I used my first toilet when I was sent off to High School. Our Elementary School didn't have a bathroom either.
We don't have electricity or phone either. When I remodeled my house, I ripped out the acetylene plumbing and wired the house for electricity and bought a 45KW generator.
I made my own acetylene, which powered our lights, which looked and worked like a Coleman lantern.
I have no intention of handling sewage, It is bad enough cleaning up the stalls with a tractor.
I have always found toilets where I camp. I use the shower a lot.
My camper has many more modern conveniences than my home will ever have.
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skyhammer Posted on: May 18 2017, 04:07 PM





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I would listen to someone who actually owns an Everest or Mammoth.
My Everest is a 2012 model, so it has had the toilet on the floor until I removed it. I never had an occasion to use it.
My camper weighs 4316lbs with 2 full 30lb propane tanks and 2, 6 volt batteries.
My payload is a little over 5000lbs.
The most my camper has weighed, including a 4500lb jet is is the following.
Front axle-4550lbs, axle rated at 5940lbs.
Rear axle- 9000lbs, axle rated at 11,000lbs.
This weight included 60 gallons of water, 10 gallons from full.I usually travel with half a full water tank.
Boat adds 300lbs to rear axle.
I weigh my rig during each trip, the weight can vary easily by 1000lbs.
My truck is a 2011, new models have more payload a higher GVWR
and are few 100 lbs lighter.
I would guess that Host raised the toilet so it would easier to get off it.
Mine sat fairly low, but I never sat on mine.
If you don't want a toilet, tell Host not to install one,Host will do pretty much what you want.
If you don't want the standard toilet, you won't need the black tank either. While the bathroom sink drains into the black tank, it should not be hard to route it to the gray tank.
The newer Mammoth and Everest have at least one tank in a slide, that may complicate things. All my tanks are in the basement.
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QUOTE(Hermes1 @ Apr 25 2017, 11:52 AM)
Looking to buy soon and have an eye on a 2017 but it might be worth our while to see what the new year models bring before pulling the trigger.  I recognize the new year models will command a higher price, particularly when dealers will be trying to get rid of current year models to make room, but if there are significant changes of keen interest to us, it might be worth it.  Also if we do decide to go with the current year, it might help us in negotiations to know when dealers are likely to expect the new models. Thx.
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Host starts building next years models about 9 months before the end of the year.
So, if you order a new Host, it will probably be a 2018 model.
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I use a wireless thermometer and bring the control unit in the truck while driving to monitor the temp. I use a regular one for the freezer.
My 8cuft. fridge uses two fans, one high and one low. The tag on the fan says up to 5 amps, but when I put a meter on them, they draw 2.5 amps. My fridge is in one of the slides.
On the hottest days, they run maybe 3 hours, usually a lot less.
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What type of jacks are you looking at? The three major jack companies top out at around 3000lbs, most at 2500lbs. That will still lift a 10,000 lbs total weight.
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