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RE: solar question

Even if you do hookups all the time, a little solar works great as trickle maintainer of batteries when in travel or storage.
Bedlam 07/29/21 07:39pm Truck Campers
RE: With regard to carrying a TC, what does these #'s tell me?

The RAWR of 6100 lbs is due to the rims and tires Ford put on the F250. The rear axle they use is a Visteon Sterling 9.75" rated at 9750 lbs. The spring pack depends on options and generally somewhere between 6000-7500 lbs. The rear of your truck will be about 3000 lbs empty, so you have about 3000 lbs left in stock configuration for a camper. There are things you can do to increase the weakest components, but some people will argue that the door sticker with a particular configuration is fixed regardless of post changes. That decision is up to you and how much you want to modify.
Bedlam 07/28/21 08:26pm Truck Campers
RE: Ultimate payload monster?

Payload specifications are not realistic. Are you telling me that if you choose a lighter engine, you can load more on an identical rear axle? Axle or wheel rating minus empty rear weight is closer to truth.
Bedlam 07/27/21 09:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tag axle for truck camper rigs

You will spend the same converting 19.5" wheels as adding a tag axle. Both give you more capacity and better handling. Like Kayteg described, this tag has air suspension allowing control of weight distribution balance or additional articulation. This would even help those squirrelly front ends when your CG is too far back behind your axle when your waste tanks are full and fresh is empty.
Bedlam 07/23/21 09:45am Truck Campers
RE: Love my truck and camper.

I’m glad we have options to get what we want. Too bad, you still aren’t posting pictures correctly though specta. :D Seriously though, your images only view if I turn my VPN off. I don’t know what your host did to get blacklisted by NordVPN. You have been the only one with issues viewing those pictures, so your VPN service is most likely to blame rather than his hosting.I run a heavily filtered connection and can still see Spectra's photos without turning down any security.
Bedlam 07/20/21 09:49pm Truck Campers
RE: Finally made it to the Cat scales

Method HD rims are only ones I know in LT tire diameter that are rated for 4k lbs. If you still need flotation, going to LRF LT tires and these rims makes sense. My F250 was running 8k lbs on the rear axle, so I went to 19.5's with 4500 lb rated rims and LRH 5k lb rated tires. I have not had rims fail on any of my trucks, but I have replaced trailer rims due to stress cracks showing up in my visual inspections.
Bedlam 07/11/21 12:59pm Truck Campers
RE: Question: too much camper - too little truck

My F250 ran H rated tires and rims to give me sufficient rating for the TC and trailer hitched up. There are options, but first thing is to get actual loaded axle weights.
Bedlam 07/05/21 03:47pm Truck Campers
RE: Alaska advice

There was talk about borders opening this week, but it was pushed out another month with no guarantees.
Bedlam 06/21/21 08:24pm Truck Campers
RE: Full hook up?

On long visits with full hookups, I make sure to start with the black tank empty and then close off the valve. I leave the gray open until the last night and then close it. This will be my rinse the next day after I dump my black tank before leaving. Doing it this way allows for long showers without tank fill issues yet ensures the black fills up enough to flush out solid waste when opened. Although some will not hookup to sewer until ready to dump tanks, this hybrid setup works best for me. I do not suggest leaving the black open the entire time because you will not get enough liquid through the tank and solids will build up.
Bedlam 06/18/21 12:30pm Truck Campers
RE: Motorcycle on receiver rack.

Pre stage your straps Use engine power to get it up the ramp while walking alongside it Kill the engine Strap outboard side with slight lean toward truck Strap inboard side so just barely tight Tightened outboard side till bike is vertical Reverse strapping steps to unload and leave bike in first gear with engine off. Roll down ramp with clutch squeezed and use front brake for control. If front wheel tries to slide, release clutch to hold it with rear wheel.
Bedlam 06/18/21 12:21pm Truck Campers
RE: Bathroom access on the road

Power Gear slides are quick and can be opened or closed partially. I need to open my rear slide to access the camper and driver slide to access the bath. One, two or three slides can be operated at the same time, so it is quick. You just need to make sure you have sufficient clearance before opening them. Schwintek slides do need to be opened and closed fully to keep motors in sync. They also operate slower. It may take 3x longer with this type of slide, but it is still under a minute for full access.
Bedlam 06/18/21 12:11pm Truck Campers
RE: Get these teenagers outta here!!! Plus magical buff/wax ;)

We use our enclosed trailer for overflow sleeping if they do not want to use a tent.
Bedlam 06/18/21 11:25am Truck Campers
RE: Nor Cold 2 way??

Air pressure coming out of a can will not hurt your jet when cleaning it.
Bedlam 06/18/21 11:10am Truck Campers
RE: Are you towing with a flatbed?

It is not just the double truss that gives you a good tow capacity. Look at the diameter of the SuperHitch cross section and the depth of the side plates on the frame rails. My side plates run from the back of the frame all the way to the rear spring hangers.
Bedlam 06/14/21 11:00am Truck Campers
RE: Are you towing with a flatbed?

Chassis cabs don't vary much in frame year to year so upfits will work with them. You may need to drill the side plates if the OEM mounting holes moved, but not much more. My 2015 Ram 5500 was not on the list but fit without modification on the older MY receiver.
Bedlam 06/12/21 08:40pm Truck Campers
RE: Are you towing with a flatbed?

I typically tow 8k lbs using a 30k lb SuperHitch and 42" SuperTruss.
Bedlam 06/10/21 08:54pm Truck Campers
RE: 2007 Chevy 2500HD classic/superhitch spare doesn't fit.

Bedlam our moderator mounted his spare on his superhitch. Not sure if it's laying flat topside or under. Mine is sitting on top of the SuperTruss so I do not reduce clearance. You will have to measure the space you have under the camper to see if the your spare tire will clear.
Bedlam 06/07/21 08:15am Truck Campers
RE: Need to Haul Cargo with a Truck registered as an RV (CA)

I have collector registrations on some of my vehicles that come with use restrictions in exchange for a single "forever fee" that does not have to be renewed. Choosing this registration prevents me from using them as a daily use vehicles. Abusing this classification results in large fines. There are no exception passes offered for sale. I suspect this is the same with the registration in CA if you don't use your truck as an RV. Since you have a clause about getting service completed, perhaps you can schedule an appointment close to your destination and get your truck serviced before returning home? You would be following the letter of the law even if it was not the spirit of the law. If you were pulled over for improper registration, you would be able to show your appointment and they could even verify it was legitimate calling the shop or you would have the service receipt on the return home.
Bedlam 06/06/21 10:48am Truck Campers
RE: 1979 Lance 400 12v Electrical

Torklift offers a truck frame mount for batteries or you can add additional batteries forward of each wheel well. Using an Anderson connector between truck and camper will give you sufficient flow while making connections easy. Run heavy gauge welding cable between the truck battery and additional batteries using breakers at each battery connection if something shorts.
Bedlam 06/05/21 11:46am Truck Campers
RE: On line calculator for hitch extensions

I am not restoring rear axle weight, only the front back to unloaded values.
Bedlam 05/30/21 11:04pm Truck Campers
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