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SidecarFlip Posted on: Jun 23 2018, 11:57 AM





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QUOTE(SidecarFlip @ Jun 23 2018, 11:41 AM)
It was?  How so?
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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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SidecarFlip Posted on: Jun 23 2018, 11:41 AM





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QUOTE(skyhammer @ Jun 22 2018, 04:04 PM)
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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It was? How so?
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SidecarFlip Posted on: Jun 22 2018, 10:30 AM





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QUOTE(Spanky @ Jun 22 2018, 10:14 AM)
Not everyone has something to say everyday, go figure.
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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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SidecarFlip Posted on: Jun 12 2018, 07:00 AM





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No activity what so ever for the last couple weeks. This place really rocks....not, biggrin.gif
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SidecarFlip Posted on: May 20 2018, 09:40 PM





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QUOTE(stumpy555 @ May 19 2018, 11:56 AM)
I have a set of Torklift frame mount tie downs.  They are off my 2014 Ram 2500.
I used them for one year then got a new truck.  I'm asking $250 which is half of what they go for new.  Call or text Jim at 262-424-1688
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Don't need the tie downs (already have HJ's) but how do you like your SS1500?

I have one, bought it in 2014. Fits the 2 of us just fine.
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SidecarFlip Posted on: May 18 2018, 09:07 PM





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My bags are always pre-loaded at 10 psi, empty or loaded. The on board compressor has an air sensing device in it that keeps the bags slightly inflated all the time (when the ignition key is on). I'm in the 45 psi club (loaded) as well. I have at least 10 years on them without any issues.
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SidecarFlip Posted on: May 9 2018, 04:54 AM





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Right here on this site at the top of the page. I bought my 'Carefree of Colorado' on my TC here last year.
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SidecarFlip Posted on: Apr 28 2018, 01:08 PM





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I've tried all the various spray on miracle stuff and in the end, nothing beats a good carnuba based cleaner wax and elbow grease. If it's easy to put on, chances are it con't last.
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SidecarFlip Posted on: Apr 14 2018, 09:46 PM





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QUOTE(wintertree @ Apr 12 2018, 03:18 PM)
The word "Investment" when it comes to vehicles makes me gag....They are nothing but a money pit ! A necessary evil for many of us that have miles to travel....

If a diesel is wrong for your needs....such as its primary use (stop and go in a city)...intermittent use in a very cold climate....Long periods of idling (this mostly applies to the modern diesels with particle filters)....If you are penny pinching....meaning your initial costs are totally related to your ability to get out and enjoy the life style (whats its totally about!!)....Then get to a gas pot....They run well...have enough power for most applications....generally warm up faster and so on...
  Now if you application would be better with a diesel...you need the extra torque / pull because of hauling/towing (as some here have a large boat behind a sizeable camper)....Your not having to totally worry about the initial money spent on the truck then get a diesel....Heres Why...
The diesel option is about $5K - $8K on a new purchase....those who choose to keep a newer rig (diesel) under your butts and do regular maintenance.....keep the truck in great repair....don't beat it up cosmetically....will easily get that much....(or very close) in extra trade in value if they are regularly re-new their ride.....So....really.....you get the benefits of the engine ....So any comments about a diesel truck being unique when it comes to trading them in every 3-5 years is false....The reality is....anyone trading things in every 3-5 years ....no matter what the vehicle takes a bath as they have to absorb the initial depreciation...over and over...
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You seem to have a weak stomach.... tongue.gif
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SidecarFlip Posted on: Apr 11 2018, 08:25 PM





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QUOTE(RV_Tech @ Apr 4 2018, 07:28 AM)
I am not sure any topic draws more heated debate than the old "gas versus diesel" which I think often boils down to intangibles more than the oft stated power differences, mileage, etc. Simply put, I think more folks buy diesel not based on need, but based on want.

Our last truck was a dually diesel. Great when it was towing or hauling, but less desirable the rest of the time which was most of it. Some folks don't mind walking a mile after finally finding a place to park, we do. Cost of maintenance versus gas, ouch. As a daily driver, sorry just not very agile at the bank or the local water hole.

So since we don't need the power and didn't feel a couple more miles per gallon made up for the difference in purchase prices, this time around we went F350 6.2 SRW gasser. Yes it eats more fuel and yes it downshifts more on the steep grades, but it is a much better fit for what we need a truck to do and I when I change the oil it is 7 quarts versus the 14 of oil.

In the end, you're writing the check, buy the truck you want!
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Exactly. I have a diesel but a gas motor is fine too. One thing about a diesel, if you trade every few years, a diesel is a bad investment. When I bought my diesel Ford in 1997, I planned on keeping it 10 years, it's turned into a bit more than 10 years....lol
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SidecarFlip Posted on: Apr 1 2018, 07:00 AM





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I might add that Flea Bay is a good source as well, Just had a buddy sell a complete set of TL Fastgun's on Flea Bay. Myself, I prefer the HJ Quik Loads, Much less expensive and look the same (and function exactly like the TL product).
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SidecarFlip Posted on: Apr 1 2018, 06:55 AM





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QUOTE(Cessnagal @ Mar 31 2018, 03:56 PM)
We just purchased Torklift tie-downs on Craigslist, but unfortunately they are for bed mounting rather than frame.  Too short.  Wonder if they can be used with existing frame mount with chain extensions.
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Of course. I use chain to bridge the tie down length on my unit and have for years. So long as the chain is rated for the weight, don't matter. Example, if the loaded weight of the unit is 6000 pounds, divide that by 4 (number of tie down points) = 1500 pounds + 20 percent safety margin = 1800 pound test weight chain. Back in the day (before manufactured tie downs were available), we used chain and hardware store turnbuckles.
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SidecarFlip Posted on: Apr 1 2018, 06:47 AM





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QUOTE(RV_Tech @ Mar 31 2018, 07:01 AM)
Here is the dilemma as I see it. It is relatively easy to determine whether or not a camper is likely to be over a truck's ratings. On the other hand, how satisfying a combination is, in my experience, is a highly individualized variable. And, with any given combination some folks will be quite content while others insist on any number of negative descriptors. Thus I am relatively comfortable commenting on weight ratings and stating what I would do or would not do.

What I have found however is there seems to be very little if any relationship between weight ratings and what the majority of TC owners consider in choosing truck and TC combination so it boils down to two choices. Either you go with the manufacturers' weight ratings or you decide on your own criteria, load the TC, and see if it suits you.
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Problem with that is simply... You buy it, it's yours and I've never seen any dealer that will allow you to 'test drive' a TC.

Far as TC going on a 'diet'. All I see is fantasy weight stickers. Don'r see any industry wide weight reductions at all. If anything, they are getting heavier, not lighter.

Sure you can modify suspensions and install rated for load tires but the under lying components remain the same and those components will eventually fail.

One thing that is never addressed is rim capacity. Overloading can be visually corrected but if a rim fails because you have exceeded it's DOT wight rating can be a life threatening situation.

It's all about what you don't see that really counts. You and I have both 'been there and did that' and is why we have what we have.

Experience is always the best teacher.
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SidecarFlip Posted on: Mar 27 2018, 09:54 PM





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QUOTE(wintertree @ Mar 24 2018, 10:48 PM)
Your stuck in the wrong decade smile.gif
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No problem with me. No payment book and my OBS is worth more every year. All good and I have 4.10's. Haven't see a payment book for a decade....and don't want to. I have other things to spend money on.. Like a new camper last year...
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SidecarFlip Posted on: Mar 27 2018, 09:48 PM





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Said a long tome ago, a barge is a barge and neither you and your wife (and cat) or me and my wife (no cat) own a barge and we are both fine with that. I've been there (with a barge on the back) and I knew it all the time, especially on the e-way in the wind or passing a truck and I'm not going back to that ever again.

Pop up's aren't fir everyone but it seems for us, they are just fine. If I ever bought another (doubtful) it would be another pop up. Hard sides are completely off my radar now. I get all the same appointments in a pop up, I get in a hard side minus the high driving profile and the higher vertical Cg. Whats not to like about that. For sure some hardsides come with fireplaces and self cleaning ovens and fancy entertainment centers but for my wife and I, it's camping, not carting all the home stuff along. With my Lance, I never used the oven ans rarely watched TV. We are outside except to sleep and eat breakfast or bathe and I'd rather sit under the awning if it's raining.

No more barges at this address.
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SidecarFlip Posted on: Mar 24 2018, 09:10 PM





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Try Craigs List
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SidecarFlip Posted on: Mar 24 2018, 09:08 PM





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I thought Fords only came with 3.73's or 4.10's ??
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SidecarFlip Posted on: Mar 24 2018, 09:01 PM





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QUOTE(RV_Tech @ Mar 23 2018, 10:10 AM)
Here's my question of the day.  If you have a 3/4 ton and a hard side TC and (the "and" is really the important part) you have weighed you combination on a CAT scale when you are fully loaded and ready to roll, have you been within the GVWR posted on the sticker on your door jam.

Same question for 1 ton SRW truck owners.

Quoting from manufacturers' spec sheet for the weights of either does not count!  mad.gif
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I'm game... Yes and no.

No with the Lance I sold (was over my GVW) with my 1 ton SRW Ford.

Yes, I'm under with the Palomino pop up. One of the reasons I went with a pop-up besides the lower Cg. and lower profile. I'll never go back to a HS again.
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SidecarFlip Posted on: Mar 20 2018, 09:30 AM





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QUOTE(RV_Tech @ Mar 20 2018, 03:30 AM)
Agree. Nothing to add.
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Nothing to add in my view either, other than it's why I have a pop up on a 1 ton truck and if I had the funds, I'd have a 4 Wheel Camper Grandby. I like light.

Always amazed (and alarmed me) to see a big hard side slide out TC on a single rear wheel truck. Problem is with that is, people see that and think (wrongly) that they can put that unit on their SRW truck and go down the road and be safe and stable and that is the farthest thing from the actual truth.

Sure you can and anything is possible with enough suspension enhancement but is it safe or practical...NO.
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SidecarFlip Posted on: Mar 19 2018, 08:50 AM





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QUOTE(RV_Tech @ Mar 19 2018, 07:37 AM)
In my experience, what you found is not uncommon. Many TCs transfer very little weight to the front axle. Technically I am under my payload and GVWR, but if I fill my 30 gallon water tank, I am about 65 pounds over my rear axle rating. Not a big deal because I don't need to travel with a full tank and the overweight is very slight.

I have not found a simple way to change much in the  way of weight distribution in a truck camper given the limited storage. As a pop-up owner I do not have closet or cabinets in the cabover other than clothes under the bed. 

Predicting weight with truck campers is about as transparent as a bucket of mud. Personally I think the TC manufacturers need to do some work on COG placement and find ways to move it further forward.
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Been my experience that the longer the camper is (the more overhang past the bed length and the more 'accessories' that wind up past the centerline of the back axle, the harder it is to get the weight transfer.

Having said that and also have a pop up, I tend to load my heavy stuff as close to the front of the camper as possible. My FW tank as well as my batteries are basically up against the front of the bed and I keep my genny inside the camper and it too is as fat forward as possible. On my unit, I have under bunk storage and I like to put the heavier stuff under the bunk.

TC builders don't seem to take into account relative Cg as it pertains to campers in general and just look at gross weight.

I look at some of the HS long campers and cringe because anything past the centerline of the rear axle puts the weight on the back axle and actually pulls weight off the front axle. That is why 'porposing' with a TC take place. The front is too light so the truck wallows over toad irregularities.

Has that issue with my Lance HS because Lance puts the wet bath, all the plunbing and in board genny BEHIND the Cl of the rear axle.
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SidecarFlip Posted on: Mar 16 2018, 09:10 PM





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QUOTE(RV_Tech @ Mar 16 2018, 09:03 PM)
You need a cat to balance the COG. smile.gif
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I think (at last count) we had around 40 here at the farm. I know we have 10 in the house and as a matter of fact, there is a marmalade tiger sitting next to the computer right now. Cat hair is a way of life around here... biggrin.gif

Why the camper stays catless.
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SidecarFlip Posted on: Mar 16 2018, 08:57 PM





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QUOTE(RV_Tech @ Mar 16 2018, 11:40 AM)
See, that's my point sort of. We tell people not to do this or that, but the real world consequence is almost nil. I believe if folks felt like there was a real world reason not to do something far fewer folks would do it.

Having a pop-up I stay within my ratings pretty easily, but I seriously doubt anything bad would happen if I did not. I suspect there are many others that feel the same way. So no enforcement, no component failure, no increase in accidents. Why not put a triple slide on a half-ton, if it would fit (not serious with the example, just making the point)?
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Because at some point (not determined) it will impact components negatively. Things like wheel bearings and brakes and driveline components fail sooner.

I'm like you though, I run a 1 ton srw with a pop up so I don't have a weight issue. For years I hauled a Lance hard side around and put everything in it but the 'kitchen sink' and the truck is still chugging along but I will say I've replaced a lot of components before their time because of the weight I had in the box.

Believe me, there was no way I could lock my wheels up with the Lance in the bed. plus my fuel mileage suffered. That is all gone now. I drop maybe 1-2 mpg with the pop up, no sway in the wind and it stops, right now. A much more 'in control feeling.

They aren't for everyone but for me (and obviously you), they work fine.

Being a retired machinery and steel hauler, I know all about running HEAVY, I mean real heavy and more than once I was in situations where my brakes were less than marginal and a high Cg load was tippy. Been there and did all that, probably why I prefer the pop up. For me and my wife (no cat), it's fine.

If I was a weigh cop, I'd stop every TC I saw and weigh them and compare their GVW to the door sticker and then fine them accordingly. I could go through some citation books, Probably do the same with pull behinds but I'd have to crawl under and see what the axles were rated for..... biggrin.gif

RV'ers in general tend to overload. Not because they are ignorant, because they don't do the math to figure out what they can actually haul down the road legally.

If you care to go look, there is actually a table in the FMVSS manual that states axle loads in relationship to tire width and off the top of my hat I cannot remember what the load factor is but using that formula, there are a ton of RV's out there that are grossly overloaded.

I've heard that in BC (Canada) they will actually weigh truck campers and compare the GVW to the door sticker and fine accordingly. Not sure if that is true, just what I heard.
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SidecarFlip Posted on: Mar 16 2018, 08:29 AM





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QUOTE(DWJoyce @ Mar 15 2018, 07:03 PM)
I've got one similar that weights about 1000lbs wet. Put it on your truck and go find a truck scale. Your 1/2 ton should handle 1500 pounds easy. Air bags will make it ride better.
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Weight will all depend on what is inside (options). A shell won't weigh much. An equipped unit will.
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SidecarFlip Posted on: Mar 16 2018, 08:26 AM





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QUOTE(RV_Tech @ Mar 15 2018, 09:00 PM)
Interesting when I started digging through the specs. The brake assemblies are the same for an F250 and F350.
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Only difference really between a '250' and a '350' is spring rates. Running gear is essentially the same. Been that way for years. Now, if you jump up to say a 450 or 550, running gear changes..

Only 'advantage in a 350 is spring rates (and the badge on the fender..... biggrin.gif )
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SidecarFlip Posted on: Mar 16 2018, 08:22 AM





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QUOTE(RV_Tech @ Mar 15 2018, 07:04 PM)
My ABS isn't going to slide.

But seriously, the thing about brakes and their effect is for a lot of the component upgrades they were really designed to reduce fade during hard use and the stopping distances can actually increase until they get hot. They work well for racing, but I am less sure of the value with isolated stops.

And in the end, if you have to rebuild the truck to get to where you want to be, I think most folks would be better off just starting with a bigger truck.  smile.gif
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Not quire correct. Your ABS will pulse (and you'll feel it in the pedal) when you reach the threshold of traction. It's 'sliding' just a small amount. The Hall effect sensors in an ABS system sense wheel lockup and relieve the hydraulic pressure to allow that wheel (to rotate), that is how ABS functions. I prefer not to have it myself, which is a personal prefernece, just like TP monitors and idiot light in the dash.
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