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RE: Front Frame Mount Tie Downs Not Working!

Probably because it’s a highly unusual setup. I scanned this thread, but I admit I didn't read every post in detail...so it is possible this was already mentioned. - I did not see details about the model of the truck & camper other than 'Artic Fox' and 'Ram 2500'. In the absence of that information it makes me wonder if this is a classic 'but the salesman said it would work' with a triple-slide monster on top of a 6-foot bed. And unfortunately the lack of additional pictures does not help eliminate that question. - I did not see if anyone has questioned the Fastgun tie-downs. We all know they are spring loaded. And we all know not to use things like chains & turnbuckles to tie down campers as they do not have any 'give' which will tend to break other things. What if the Fastguns are shot and have lost their spring tension, functionally becoming no better than a turnbuckle? Without any spring to give way, such a setup could certainly start breaking things. - Finally, I feel for the OP's conundrum. Posting to this forum has not produced any information about a systematic problem with the Torklift tie-downs. This community by-and-large believes they are a quality product. From a troubleshooting standpoint, that puts the issue back on the OP's truck/camper as the source of the problem. Just my $.02
Eric&Lisa 09/25/20 04:40pm Truck Campers
RE: Propane gennie maintenance in cold winter

I have tried quick start fluid, with no luck, but this is not an engine. It is a built-in propane generator. Definitely getting spark and all other appliances are getting propane but it appears the generator is not. I have managed to get a couple of hoses off & blow them out. Still no luck. Just cranks over & over. Got it running about a month ago, finally,.....but now again no luck. I know you have spent hours scouring the Internet, so this may be info you already know... - The vent tubes are known to attract nesting insects. I am not sure exactly what problem that causes, but I suspect there is some sort of vacuum signal that is not longer accurate and thus causes a bad fuel mixture. This seems a possibility given it was running fine, and the only thing it did was sit. - I have had trouble getting mine to run if the air filter is not seated perfectly. And it is a craptastic design that is very difficult to get in place with the cover properly sealed down. Seems I had to tape mine in place one time to get it to idle properly. Very fussy about ambient air pressure - won't run without an air filter in place. - I also had a problem where the propane continued to refine in the lines. Propane is a byproduct of natural gas and petroleum refining. It morphed back to oil in my lines. That oil went to the lowest point of the system - the generator feed line. Messed up the carb pretty good. Ended up capping all the lines off at the appliances (delicate diaphragms), then individually opening them and blowing them out with brake clean & compressed air. I revised the propane lines to include a T-trap which I can drain out a few drops of oil now and then. HTH! -Eric
Eric&Lisa 09/25/20 03:31pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper vs Mustang ... not a great idea.

I think this applies to driving in general... So many are getting behind the wheel with no idea how the vehicle they're driving handles, and get themselves into trouble. I think modern technology compensates for a lack of driving skill. Even older cars updated with modern suspension components do not handle as good as modern computer controlled suspensions. Left, Right, Stop, Go seem to be the only constraints to driving, 'plan ahead' is no longer prevalent.
Eric&Lisa 09/21/20 04:31pm Truck Campers
RE: Watch That Diamondplate!

I thought you were going a different way. Long time ago we had a diamond plate tool box mounted to the trailer of a race boat. First time out the sun reflected from the diamond plate on to the black carpet of the trailer. Along with the existing sunlight, melted it right down. Only clue what happened was the diamond plate pattern in the melted carpet.
Eric&Lisa 09/01/20 08:52am General RVing Issues
RE: Tow a ski boat behind a TC?

...Do you have to go to a 1-ton dually? At the end of the day, it will probably come down to the load rating of your tires more than anything else. Could you take a SRW 1-ton truck and load up a camper + boat? Sure, I see guys rolling down the highway like that all the time. No doubt in my mind they have exceeded the carrying capacity of their rear tires - regardless of their under-the-hood power, braking capability, and chassis capacity. Naw, I am not going go all weight police on you here. You are paying attention to the details just by the nature of asking this community. Run the numbers, assess the risk and if it works for you, then go for it.
Eric&Lisa 09/01/20 08:36am Truck Campers
RE: Battery Drain Help Please

I dealt with a similar problem with my truck. Sometimes the battery would die after a few days of sitting. Sometimes it would be just fine. I knew I had a random phantom load. I eventually gave up on the basic troubleshooting and went all-in to fix it. Bought an multi-meter that measures DC amps. Also bought a 'Fuse socket connector kit' which is essentially a blade fuse replacement. This allowed me to put the multi-meter in-line on a fuse circuit. If I got any reading, then that indicated there is a draw on that circuit. Went through every fuse in the fuse box. No luck. Finally remembered my accessories. Sure enough, I had a draw on my MSD 6a ignition box. Disconnected the box from the wire, and I still had the draw! Started tracing the wire. Turns out it had gotten pinched between the plastic mount under the ECU and the fender. Eventually it wore through its insulation and the paint on the fender. Not enough to heat up the fuse and pop it, but enough to kill the battery after a few days. That is the only way to trace which circuit has the draw. Multimeter I bought. Fuse socket connector. Good luck!
Eric&Lisa 07/30/20 05:14pm Truck Campers
RE: How to camp with electric only

Newbie question here.... A few years ago we went boondock camping with a friend of ours. His new girlfriend was a first time camper. She proceeded to take a home-style shower. She was the new girlfriend, and it was important to look good and all that... My point is make sure the rest of your camping party knows about water conservation, lest you find yourself in a similar situation. :)
Eric&Lisa 05/19/20 04:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: Road trip Portland OR to Las Vegas

We did our interview at PDX a few years back. Did something change? I had mine up in Longview, WA. I distinctly recall it was an independent agency that did the interview, it was NOT a government/TSA official. I suspect they will open up just like any other business.
Eric&Lisa 05/19/20 03:55pm Truck Campers
RE: truck swerved with hard braking

Wow, I read all the comments here and that will teach you to post too many details about your driving! :R FWIW, I have had my truck pull with the camper under hard braking. It seems variances that would be unnoticed are magnified when hard braking. For example, normal braking it might pull just a little and the power steering largely masks the tug. A hard brake application magnifies it and makes it noticeable. Actually, as I write this, it leads me to another line of thinking. A lot of vehicles these days have variable power steering to enhance the road feel. At low speeds more power steering is applied to make the wheels pivot. At high speeds less power steering assistance is needed so less is applied, therefore enhancing the road feeling. Maybe because this braking occurred at speed, the power steering wasn't assisting like it otherwise would have and thus it appeared to pull harder than expected??? -Eric
Eric&Lisa 05/19/20 03:52pm Truck Campers
RE: Quarantine Mods?

As part of quarantine - I took the 80 proof vodka from the camper and used it as internal disinfectant. I admit it. I checked the camper. The liquor cabinet was already raided sometime over the winter months. For camper activity... The usual spring maintenance. Wax exterior. Water battery. Drain the hot water tank and clean the anode. Defrosted freezer. Extend and lube the jacks. Snug up jack & tie down bolts. Power was out a few weeks back, so fired up the generator just to give it some exercise. I guess that is all I have done for the RV. Camper lives in a heated shop, so no real coming-out-of-hibernation maintenance needed. Found my workbench for the first time in years. I was hanging on to an amazing amount of stuff that just needs to head to the trash can. Yeah, I'm bored... Have been hiking a lot for exercise since the gym is closed. One of the benefits of living in the sticks next to BLM land. Lots of old logging roads to discover and chart out. Even just busting out bottom-to-top reps on my own property - lowest to highest, a 13 minute round trip and about 200ft elevation gain. -Eric
Eric&Lisa 04/03/20 05:19pm Truck Campers
RE: Corona Virus and RV Travel Video

It will be very interesting to do a postmortem on this experience when it is all done. My opinion, as of the time/date of this post... There is a lot of hype out there driven by a mass media induced frenzy. It is not as bad as the doomsayers say, nor will the repercussions last as long as they are forecast. For me, I choose optimism over fear and hopelessness. Opportunity over misfortune. Dare I risk the cliche of 'If life gives you lemons, then make lemonade?' Even if I ultimately cannot change the fate of my outcome, I would rather face it with hopeful anticipation than to give in to fear and uncertainty. That is my choice, I cannot make it yours. But I can challenge you to join me and move beyond the mayhem of despair to seize the future. -Eric
Eric&Lisa 03/24/20 11:57pm Around the Campfire
RE: Corona Virus and RV Travel Video

...However, I don't agree that we will 'recovery very quickly'. Fantastic article three days ago... it's been a great teaching piece especially for the younger ones who through no fault of their own, can't quite grasp the road we're on. The Atlantic, This Is Not a Recession. It’s an Ice Age. No, I don't think it's going to be quick. Last week, guru's were warning of 20% unemployment. Now, we're hearing 30%. It's a big deal. Personally, I find our value system a bit over the edge for the possible return, but make no mistake, as a nation, world, we're choosing a path. I pray I'm wrong. So here is a question... How many people were laid off just for the purpose of being able to claim unemployment? As an example, one of our local restaurant chains (McMenamins), laid off over 3000 employees due to the 'no dining' order. Those employees have hit the unemployment roles and statistics. When the 'no dining' order is lifted, how many of them will be suddenly re-employed? The restaurants cannot re-open without re-hiring. So I will agree with you - sure we could get a 20-30% spike until these orders are lifted. I don't see a 30% unemployment for the next decade like the Great Depression. The economic answers comes back to how quickly the government lifts the restrictions and lets people get back to work. Thanks, -Eric
Eric&Lisa 03/23/20 01:04pm Around the Campfire
RE: Corona Virus and RV Travel Video

I will wager the damage being caused to the mental health of our nation will outweigh the damage caused by the virus. TURN OFF the 24x7 COVID-TV channel! - You know what you need to do to help prevent the spread. - You know the TP shortage is manufactured hype, we aren't really out of TP. - Take this time to get some stuff done. I waxed my truck & camper this past weekend. - Be smart. A two hour wait for bread is too long - it means you are shopping at the wrong time/location. - Be part of the solution, and don't be a victim. Watching COVID-TV 24x7 isn't going to change your personal situation at all. Yes, this is disruptive. Yes, every one of us has had some sort of change or problem because of this. Humanity in general and our nation in particular has survived far worse. Compared to what my grandparents went through, this is a day at Disneyland. Our economy was fundamentally sound going in to this. We weren't waiting for the 'bubble to burst'. The whole financial world is on sale right now, and the smart money will snatch it up. Take food and restaurants for example. One week ago, a certain percentage of our food supply was in warehouses ready to meet demand at restaurants. That had to be shifted over to going to service demand at grocery stores. Of course they will be out of a few things during the transition!! Watch when the 'no dining out' orders are lifted - restaurants will be in short supply of food as the demand shifts again. They will have a week of Friday nights as everyone goes out to eat, and will recovery very quickly. It is not TEOTWAWKI. Seriously, turn off the dang 24x7 COVID-TV. It is not helping you. This too shall pass. -Eric
Eric&Lisa 03/23/20 12:02pm Around the Campfire
RE: Corona Virus and RV Travel Video

Hm... It is Monday 10 AM in Las Vegas and all official data about virus spread are not updated since Friday.... United States Coronavirus Cases US Coronavirus Cases: 40,841 Active cases: 40,171 in Mild Condition: 39,131 (97%) in Critical condition: 1,040 (3%) Closed cases Deaths: 483 Recovered: 187 (As of the time of this post) Interesting how that is different from what the CDC is reporting at link. At the time of this posting: Total cases 33,404 Deaths 400 Not trying to minimize or maximize the issue. Just pointing out that different sources are presenting different data. -Eric
Eric&Lisa 03/23/20 11:31am Around the Campfire
RE: Buyer beware

...I think most people with issues are hard on stuff or don’t maintain their TCs, or both..... ...The 99% issues are triggered by leaks... In my opinion, those comments hit the nail on the head. My '03 Lance had a lot of dry rot in it by the time it was four years old. I did a write up on it in 2007 here (looks like Photobucket ate the pictures). I bought the camper in 2006 and it had spent its first three years outside unmaintained and rarely used. I have always kept it in a heated shop, so I know the dry rot did not occur on my watch. No doubt, most of the wear and tear on RVs happens when they are stored outside, not when they are in actual use. -Eric
Eric&Lisa 03/23/20 11:19am Truck Campers
RE: Access Denied You don't have permission to access

...And if you are a financial person, I have not found a laptop with a 10 key in the keyboard.... Lenovo Thinkpad P53. P73 too, maybe others. Generally these are laptops targeted toward enterprises rather than toward consumers. I am on my 5th Lenovo (formerly IBM) Thinkpad in the past 20 years. Well built. Company is forcing me to switch to a Dell, not looking forward to it. HTH, -Eric
Eric&Lisa 03/19/20 01:49pm Technology Corner
RE: Don't come to Massachusetts

...They should be using all opportunities and marketing ideas they can. This Virus is not a one-size-fits-all solution to all businesses and the many problems this is causing the entire country.... I am active in a fraternal organization which has a bar & dining room. As of today in the state of Oregon, we are closed for the next four weeks. At a board meeting last night, we decided all employees will stay employed during this time and will be working. Serious deep cleaning will be going on throughout the establishment. In addition some projects that would otherwise have been highly disruptive to operations are being done - new carpet, new ceiling tiles/insulation, and a restroom remodel. Frankly some of these are projects we have had funded for a number of years, but we have been unwilling to close the doors for the couple weeks necessary to get them done. My opinion... Yup, CoVid-19 is collectively smacking us upside the head. Do we toss our hands in the air and cry about it, or do we double-down and pursue the opportunities it presents? -Eric
Eric&Lisa 03/17/20 01:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: Don't come to Massachusetts

Eric&Lisa…. "Pretty sure that is not how Gift Certificates work from an accounting standpoint. The company needs to hold those funds 'on the books' and cannot spend them on expenses until they are redeemed. If I buy a $20 gift certificate, the accountant credits $20 to the bank account. But in issuing the GC, they also have to enter a debit for "We owe Eric $20 worth of cheeseburgers". Buying GC's does not go in a restaurant's nightly income on their balance sheet." ----------------------- The gift certificates are bought in cash or credit card. That is revenue on the books when they are sold. They do not "hold" this revenue account until the Gift Certificate is redeemed. So are you saying if I bought a $50 gift certificate and I never redeemed it or it expired. That is not $50 bucks in the revenue? Of course it is. What do they do with the $50 gift certificate that was never redeemed? Throw the cash in the trash? Gift Certificates are not returnable. It is money in the bank. When it is redeemed it is debited from previous accrued income against the net revenue for the month. It is revenue when purchased. If you sell $5,000 in cheeseburges and redeem $1,000 in cheesburger gift certificates then you have a NET of $4,000 income for that financial period (month). Well, golly. Many years ago in a career far away I was a restaurant general manager. I never got to count my Gift Certificates sold for my nightly sales. Let's think this through... Tonight I sell you a $20 gift certificate. You give me a $20 bill. I give you a certificate (functionally currency) for $20 in product redeemable at my establishment. Tomorrow you come in and redeem it for $20 in cheeseburgers. When do I get to count the "sale"?? Is it the day I exchanged $20 for the certificate? Or the day I exchanged the certificate for cheeseburgers? I don't get to count both as I didn't really get the money in twice. Keep in mind, I only really have expenses on the 2nd transaction where I have to give up meat, buns, and special sauce. I guess we can keep debating account practices and continue to disagree. Or we can seek an outside reference.... LMGTFY -Eric
Eric&Lisa 03/17/20 01:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: Don't come to Massachusetts

Kids need social interaction as well, and don't forget sports and Phys ED.................... Yup. Not trying to debate any of those points. Just saying COVID is providing a unique case-study opportunity on a wide scale. The results of which could break either way. -Eric
Eric&Lisa 03/16/20 12:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: Don't come to Massachusetts

Someone posted on FB to support your local restaurants by buying Gift Certificates, to keep revenue going, that you can use later. Great idea. Pretty sure that is not how Gift Certificates work from an accounting standpoint. The company needs to hold those funds 'on the books' and cannot spend them on expenses until they are redeemed. If I buy a $20 gift certificate, the accountant credits $20 to the bank account. But in issuing the GC, they also have to enter a debit for "We owe Eric $20 worth of cheeseburgers". Buying GC's does not go in a restaurant's nightly income on their balance sheet. The only way this helps is you are promising to do business with them when they re-open. And if they fold and don't re-open, guess where Gift Certificates are in the 'who we owe money to' bankruptcy list. My guess... Some restaurants which are already hurting will be impacted. COVID is just putting them over the edge, it really could have been anything else. But I'll bet a lot of them innovate with special take-out menus, delivery, etc. I suspect some of them may take the opportunity to do some deferred maintenance - fresh paint, clean carpets, etc. Stuff that would normally disrupt operations and close all/some of the business may get done. As far as I can tell, this is just an order to close restaurants/bars to being open for dining operations. There is nothing telling restaurant owners they can't have their wait-staff show up at work and do maintenance/deep cleaning (ie: earning a paycheck). If the kitchen staff is busy filling take-out orders, then things may be a little lean for everyone involved, but it is not a complete lights-out. This is not a situation where the government is closing all restaurants and ordering the employees to be permanently laid off. -Eric
Eric&Lisa 03/16/20 12:15pm General RVing Issues
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