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RE: Considering building camper from scratch...

My Dometic is 20 years old and keeps food frozen in 115F weather. New compressor-driven refrigerators are tempting, but hard to justify the expense. There is nothing wearable on old fridges. Only every few years you need to clean propane burner.
Kayteg1 10/26/20 11:22am Truck Campers
RE: Aluminum Frame vs Wood Frame for washboard roads.

I no longer own Airstream, so have to relay on google pictures. Here is a picture showing gutted frame. Floor is definitely welded members, when I can't find close-up how walls frame is connected. Looks welded on this picture, but can't say for sure. Fact is that Airstream made ingenious construction, where both walls and ceiling have single frame member bend to the shape. width=700 Found close up on window frame. You can clearly see weld on it. width=700
Kayteg1 10/21/20 03:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Aluminum Frame vs Wood Frame for washboard roads.

Another thing you will notice , aircraft , airstream and even my old Avion are riveted construction , not welded . I suspect aluminum welds don't hold up as well to twisting and vibration How is Avion frame riveted? I used to own 1965 Airstream and when siding was riveted, the frame was welded.
Kayteg1 10/21/20 09:12am Truck Campers
RE: Aluminum Frame vs Wood Frame for washboard roads.

One big advantage to wood with aluminum skin, the average handyman can take the skin off, repair the wood to as good as new and then replace the skin. Even if you can get to the aluminum, it takes special skills and tools to do a repair. Not to my experience. I am wood worker and welder as well, although did not learn aluminum welding . Main issue with rotten, or split wood is that you have to replace whole member, meaning going to the end of the wall, or do long sister board. With metal bend or broken, you just weld it in damaged spot. When weld broke on aluminum frame joint, I removed 6x6" piece of siding and attach Simpson tie with Sheetmetal screws to it. Caulk the siding back and call it a day. Wood joints on Lance have couple of big staples on frame members and then about A5 size of aluminum thick foil with 100's of small staples holding it over the joint. Once that thing fails, you have huge hole of splinters.
Kayteg1 10/20/20 12:46pm Truck Campers
RE: Considering building camper from scratch...

Frankly, it is hard to beat aluminum exterior. Only stainless steel can be better. I observe Avion restoration topics and having experience with Airstream TT I don't have to wonder why owners go long way to gutter whole interior and reuse exterior. I was actually considering such project when the fiberglass siding on my TC start showing the age, but Avions come too small for my needs. Still over the years I have seen Airstreams TT converted to campers and classC on few occasions. That brings another question what you want to build? TC with jacks, or expedition camper, or ClassC
Kayteg1 10/20/20 12:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Sewer hose?

Macerator pumps are costly, short lived and high maintenance items. Sewer solution does the same job without moving parts - using city water pressure.
Kayteg1 10/20/20 08:48am Truck Campers
RE: Aluminum Frame vs Wood Frame for washboard roads.

There are several techniques to build. My 2002 Fleetwood, even it has "aluminum frame" painted on it, it has basically aluminum skeleton, where wood members are screw to skeleton for gluing sidings to them. I bought it with patched roof from the state with lot of rain, so water penetration made for lot of headaches, but the delamination happen between the inner wood skin and outer fiberglass, when inner skin would still hold to the frame. My conclusion is that without aluminum skeleton, the camper would collapse with rotten wood years ago.
Kayteg1 10/20/20 08:40am Truck Campers
RE: Aluminum Frame vs Wood Frame for washboard roads.

When aluminum frame is definitely much better not only strength-wise but also for water resistance, I found that my Fleetwood was build by "minimum wage welder". Not only the welds were very poor quality, but not much of them and they kept on breaking, so I had to add steel reinforcement on joints. Bottom line, it all comes to person who does final assemble and quality control. To answer technical dilemma - aircrafts are generally exposed to high vibrations and guess what most of them are build with. Few accidents in last decades show that it is steel in turbines who gets fatigued faster, than aluminum airplane body.
Kayteg1 10/20/20 07:51am Truck Campers
RE: need help trying to locate structural roof frame

If you have time and weather for it- on cold and moist morning you will notice condensation marks who will be different over the frame, than on insulation. Works even on wood frame, so getting in right weather pattern is the only issue.
Kayteg1 10/19/20 04:20pm Truck Campers
RE: What are the top 5 advantages of a TC?

Wow, this topic went from top 5 advantages of a TC to the top 5 disadvantages of a TC in 1 post!! That's impressive, even for us! Scott Yeah, but consider who started the topic. When you start it with misleading information, where do you expect it to go?
Kayteg1 10/19/20 01:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Considering building camper from scratch...

My Lance doesn't even have outside luan ply... Aluminum siding stapled right to the frame, and the frame was just stapled together as well. Pulling one of these things apart does make for a heck of a lot easier to understand how a "little" water leak can cause some very significant damage though. You have older Lance model. I parted 2002 model and the single sheet roof was holding pretty well. But the construction lack engineering and 3/4 x 1.5 piece o wood was not enough frame to hold the slide and I had to redo the frame. But PO of my Lance redid all the trims with additional butyl tape. I bough my Lance in Glendale btw at Tom's Point is that nobody would offer me $6k for my Lance and that prompted me to part it for Sprinter conversion. So here is new life of Lance interior. width=700 width=700
Kayteg1 10/19/20 11:00am Truck Campers
RE: Considering building camper from scratch...

BTW I salvaged slide from my camper parting. It has aluminum skeleton and in good shape, but I took dinette seats out. So far it works as covered shed in my carport, but I can part out with it if that would be something working in your new project. In Las Vegas, so doable distance.
Kayteg1 10/19/20 10:44am Truck Campers
RE: Considering building camper from scratch...

This isn't about proving that I can do it, or doing it better than the manufacturers. Or even any kind of "bent on doing it, come hell or high water!", lol. It's much more about considering all my options, and that after 40 years of experience on this big spinning rock, I've come to realize that there are better ways to learn than "the hard way". Though there's also a component of doing it exactly the way I want it.... You have strong point here. I did own lot of RVs in the past and each of them had to be remodeled to some degree to fit my needs better. Now if you plan to build TC with steel frame, that will add significant weight. On other hand, if you start with flatbed truck, who has bigger wheel base (?), you are ahead of main TC problem who is weight distribution. Utilizing wide floor you can put batteries and W/H right behind the cabin, where in most of factory designs are behind rear axle. You will put most of the weight in front of rear axle and be king of the game.
Kayteg1 10/19/20 08:58am Truck Campers
RE: Considering building camper from scratch...

I have seen/hear about lot of such projects and 99% of takers have no clue what they are getting themselves into. Lot of such projects after 5 years are incomplete and sell for 5 cents on the invested dollar. So tell us what are your qualifications beside welding? I retire from house remodeling and did Sprinter conversion this year. Having the experience - the idea of building from scratches never enter my mind as I have pretty good idea what I am getting into. So having Sprinter bus, with interior already done - I used interior and appliances form old TC. That way I was able to accomplish the project in 5 months, working about 4 hr a day, but in 110F heat I could work for 1/2 hr and spend another 1/2 in swimming pool. So I hope you are sitting home jobless right to even consider such project. Than my experience from camping in South is that about 8 months a year you need AC most of the day if not 24 hr. Meaning boondocking will come with significant limits.
Kayteg1 10/18/20 01:05pm Truck Campers
RE: Considering building camper from scratch...

Start with checking pricing and availability of siding. If you can weld aluminum frame, you will make much stronger camper than most of manufactures do.
Kayteg1 10/18/20 10:34am Truck Campers
RE: Tax Right off

I can't write off the interest because there is none. I paid cash for my 2018 Arctic Fox 992. But I can write off the purchase as a business expense. Those things are red flags for IRS. For years I've been deducting home office expenses and big ones and never had audit. My friend deducted pickup expenses in his construction business and got audited over it.
Kayteg1 10/17/20 08:40am Truck Campers
RE: Hauling a Honda 3000

That's what I heard the option cost back in 2002.
Kayteg1 10/16/20 10:00am Truck Campers
RE: Hauling a Honda 3000

Onan seems to be better than Generac, who is $4500 worth piece of garbage.
Kayteg1 10/16/20 12:45am Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper Weight...I know, I know

Why does a truck mfg do this ?? That is a point no one knows other than the vehicle mfg and always creates lots of opinions/theories. I posted it few times already. Who would buy a dually, who requires $800 annual weight registration fee and new engine every few years?
Kayteg1 10/15/20 01:29pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper Weight...I know, I know

That's really interesting. So, what drives the GVWR? I understand that registration grades play a role in some of the HD trucks, but what is the justification for the typical 1/2 ton? My F150 Max Tow has a front rating of 3,450, a rear rating of 3,800 and a gross rating of 7,000. If the axles, combined, can both carry and stop 7,250, and the engine can pull more than twice that, why is the GVWR 250 pounds below the combined axle ratings? I'm not sure I see where that weak link is. I think in case of F150 they lower GVWR by only 250 lb due to reality that nobody is going to check axle weight when loading, so uneven load is expected. In case of duallies the difference can be well over 5000 lb, what as you noticed - is mostly taxable issue. But also would you rate dually to 15k lb, that would put it in smog exempt in CA and require engine replacement every few years. Would you buy such truck used? Small sticker play -plays huge role in resale value, not to mention road taxes every year.
Kayteg1 10/15/20 11:15am Truck Campers
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