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RE: Photo Thread - Post a Photo of Your Truck Camper Here

Rio Grande Gorge near Taos, NM https://i.imgur.com/gmEoViIl.jpg :):)
NRALIFR 12/03/21 05:49pm Truck Campers
RE: Cassette toilet/shower

You know a topic is old when you see post by Steve_In_29 in it It’s also a good bet that the member who resurrected this topic is trying to sell something, or generate clicks on a website they just happen to be affiliated with. Guess which one it is. :):) :R Let’s Go Girls! :P NRA Benefactor Life Member Lance 1121-Two Awnings, Slide topper, 3.6 kw Gen, Trimetric Batt. Monitor, 1500W Inverter, 40A Redarc DC-DC charger. 2016 F450 6.7 PSD. https://i.imgur.com/Hiu8D5wl.jpg
NRALIFR 11/19/21 06:00am Truck Campers
RE: What happened to Winnebago in Australia?

:E They even put the door on the wrong side!!!!! You probably do not know we drive on the Right Hand Side not Left Hand as in the US Did they have jousting there in the middle ages? That's why Britain drives on the right... No very different reasons. Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, India 30% of Global vehicles drive on the right.. It is a very big market. Outside of US Pickups, every other manufacturer has a RHD version, so there are 30 manufacturers selling here. Even Jeep comes from US factories RHD, but not RAM:h I think you all know what you mean, but you’re using incorrect (or at least confusing) terminology. I’m a bit dyslexic myself, so I had to look it up. Right Hand Drive (RHD) cars are made for driving on the left hand side of the road. Left Hand Drive (LHD) cars are made for driving on the right hand side of the road. In other words, the terms RHD/LHD refers to the car and which side the steering wheel is on. “Drive on the right/Drive on the left” refers to the road, and which side you actually drive on. This chart sums up the countries that drive on the right and left nicely. https://i.imgur.com/jLaixKml.jpg :):) :R Let’s Go Girls! :P NRA Benefactor Life Member Lance 1121-Two Awnings, Slide topper, 3.6 kw Gen, Trimetric Batt. Monitor, 1500W Inverter, 40A Redarc DC-DC charger. 2016 F450 6.7 PSD. https://i.imgur.com/Hiu8D5wl.jpg
NRALIFR 11/17/21 06:11am Class C Motorhomes
RE: basic driving skills

Don’t know how much truth there is to this, but if folks will eat a Tide pod……. https://i.imgur.com/6AoCwdal.jpg :):) :R Let’s Go Girls! :P NRA Benefactor Life Member Lance 1121-Two Awnings, Slide topper, 3.6 kw Gen, Trimetric Batt. Monitor, 1500W Inverter, 40A Redarc DC-DC charger. 2016 F450 6.7 PSD. https://i.imgur.com/Hiu8D5wl.jpg
NRALIFR 11/15/21 06:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: what company makes these jacks and tie downs.

I'm asking because I do not know. What is the advantage to the diesel fuel heater and stove. Doesn't diesel stink and it's a little hard to deal with as far as my own observations.. I should have included a link to that. The diesel fueled cooktops are a solid surface unit that is very similar in design to a propane furnace in that it exhausts it’s fumes and excess heat to the outside. Since they are apparently already supplying diesel fuel to the water heater/furnace via either a connection to the truck fuel system or an onboard tank, that could also supply fuel to a diesel cooktop. I’m not fond of a single-source of energy for RV’s for the same reasons I have never wanted a total electric home. EarthRoamer uses these in their units, BTW. Webasto Diesel Cooktop Webasto Dual Top ST Air and Water Heater :):)
NRALIFR 11/14/21 08:00am Truck Campers
RE: what company makes these jacks and tie downs.

……... or is this a sneaky way to get in a plug and website link for the brand? Could be. Unless the OP returns we may never know. Or maybe it’s: if he never returns, we know for sure! :B Anyway, I like the construction and perceived build quality of the unit. It’s got some nice features like the Webasto water and air heating unit. I’m assuming it’s the Dual Top ST diesel water heater/furnace combo unit. That’s five grand right there. It’s got a lot of solar, and a lot of batteries. I see a Redarc controller panel, so I’d bet there are other Redarc components in there as well. Those are all high quality, and high dollar Australian built units. I don’t like the porta-potty, or hassock style toilet. You’d think that for a >$100K truck camper, they could have found a way to squeeze in a cassette toilet at the least. The shower contraption….I don’t know about that for frequent use. Cleaning up, drying out and storing a soft-wall shower enclosure like that very often seems like would get old quick. Just the little experience I’ve had with putting away a wet tent, then having to make sure you get it out so it will dry and not mildew makes me question how well the shower will work when you throw in the soap, dirt, and bacteria that will present in a shower environment. I don’t like that the only means of heating food is a portable induction cooktop. I get the “No microwave” and the “No propane” part, but Webasto makes a diesel fueled cooktop, seems like they could have fit one somewhere. Just my impressions from what I could glean from the website. :):) :R Let’s Go Girls! :P NRA Benefactor Life Member Lance 1121-Two Awnings, Slide topper, 3.6 kw Gen, Trimetric Batt. Monitor, 1500W Inverter, 40A Redarc DC-DC charger. 2016 F450 6.7 PSD. https://i.imgur.com/Hiu8D5wl.jpg
NRALIFR 11/13/21 07:20pm Truck Campers
RE: what company makes these jacks and tie downs.

I agree, but that seems to be the case across the board when I tried to dig deeper into the details of any of the systems or accessories on the camper. Very fancy website, but it could use a little more depth. RT jacks are good quality, so they’ve chosen well there. The only RT jacks like that I’m familiar with are manual though, so that image may not be an accurate representation of what they look like. I will say this, all of the components they’ve chosen are high quality, well known brands that all tend to be on the spendy side. It’s no wonder the starting prices range from $95-$135K. :):)
NRALIFR 11/13/21 07:48am Truck Campers
RE: what company makes these jacks and tie downs.

The closest I can find is this CGI image that shows a basecamp unit sitting on jacks, that I’m assuming are removable. I’m not sure why, but it appears they don’t have a single real picture on the website of the jacks. https://i.imgur.com/AamPo2Ll.jpg :):)
NRALIFR 11/13/21 07:23am Truck Campers
RE: basic driving skills

What are you driving with that large of a torque rating on a lug nut? Every truck I’ve owned that has eight or ten lug wheels has a pretty high torque spec on the lug nuts. My current truck is 165 ft/lbs, and I have a three foot long torque wrench to get it done. I don’t carry that one with me, but I do have some extra tools in the truck to help changing a tire. Real sockets and a long breaker bar to name a few. Since my weight tends to hover around 165, I think I can put a close approximation of 165 ft/lbs on a lug nut if I have to. :):) :R Let’s Go Girls! :P NRA Benefactor Life Member Lance 1121-Two Awnings, Slide topper, 3.6 kw Gen, Trimetric Batt. Monitor, 1500W Inverter, 40A Redarc DC-DC charger. 2016 F450 6.7 PSD. https://i.imgur.com/Hiu8D5wl.jpg
NRALIFR 11/13/21 06:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: what company makes these jacks and tie downs.

I didn’t have much luck finding details about the jacks, tiedowns, or many other things I was curious about on their site, but I did see this, so I’d say the jacks are RT. https://i.imgur.com/xE87FTvl.jpg :):) :R Let’s Go Girls! :P NRA Benefactor Life Member Lance 1121-Two Awnings, Slide topper, 3.6 kw Gen, Trimetric Batt. Monitor, 1500W Inverter, 40A Redarc DC-DC charger. 2016 F450 6.7 PSD. https://i.imgur.com/Hiu8D5wl.jpg
NRALIFR 11/13/21 03:06am Truck Campers
RE: Bought a second truck.

Yup, ~20 gallons of gasoline right behind the seats inside the cab. A second one under the bed of the truck on some models. :):)
NRALIFR 11/12/21 08:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: basic driving skills

I’d bet at least one of them, and I wouldn’t be surprised if all of them, had impressive college credentials as well. Shoulda watched more Dirty Jobs episodes. :):) :R Let’s Go Girls! :P NRA Benefactor Life Member Lance 1121-Two Awnings, Slide topper, 3.6 kw Gen, Trimetric Batt. Monitor, 1500W Inverter, 40A Redarc DC-DC charger. 2016 F450 6.7 PSD. https://i.imgur.com/Hiu8D5wl.jpg
NRALIFR 11/12/21 07:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: Bought a second truck.

No, I didn’t. Mine didn’t have the stock exhaust very long after I got it because one of the exhaust manifolds was cracked. I took the opportunity to put some headers on it, and had a dual exhaust built for it. Ran both ends out behind the passenger rear tire. If I remember right the second fuel tank under the bed wouldn’t allow an exhaust pipe and muffler on the driver side of the drive shaft. It also had a manual transmission with a really low first gear that you didn’t need to use unless you were towing or hauling. It was a nice truck. I bought it from my Dad. I had an aftermarket air conditioner installed on it. :):)
NRALIFR 11/11/21 06:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Veterans Day-Got Any Pics To Share?

Those are impressive tributes to your relatives, Bob. What a wonderful way to memorialize their sacrifice. Great pictures, all! I love getting a glimpse of other people’s military service. Such a wide range of experiences. :B :):)
NRALIFR 11/11/21 05:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: Bought a second truck.

Nice truck Ken. I had an earlier 70’s F250 Camper Special that also had the 390 2 bbl engine. How come that one’s not a highboy (divorced transfer case)? I thought those ran through 1977.5? :):) :R Let’s Go Girls! :P NRA Benefactor Life Member Lance 1121-Two Awnings, Slide topper, 3.6 kw Gen, Trimetric Batt. Monitor, 1500W Inverter, 40A Redarc DC-DC charger. 2016 F450 6.7 PSD. https://i.imgur.com/Hiu8D5wl.jpg
NRALIFR 11/11/21 04:29pm Tow Vehicles
Veterans Day-Got Any Pics To Share?

Today is Veterans Day. Salutations to all who served in any capacity. I enlisted right out of HS. WTH was I thinking!?!? Probably that I needed some salable skills if I was going to support a family, and I didn’t have any. About eight months later, tech school graduate. I’m in the front row, center. https://i.imgur.com/SHBefmUl.jpg I spent my time working on these at Tyndall AFB, FL https://i.imgur.com/oiES9Qsl.jpg That were used to do this (video approx 4 min long. It’s worth the watch) H-3 Drone Catch Promotion to E-5 after about 3.5 yrs. https://i.imgur.com/XSbI3aql.jpg Feel free to add a few of your own from your time in service! :):) :R Let’s Go Girls! :P NRA Benefactor Life Member Lance 1121-Two Awnings, Slide topper, 3.6 kw Gen, Trimetric Batt. Monitor, 1500W Inverter, 40A Redarc DC-DC charger. 2016 F450 6.7 PSD. https://i.imgur.com/Hiu8D5wl.jpg
NRALIFR 11/11/21 08:53am General RVing Issues
RE: Rotella T6 5w-40 hard to find

Yes, I had the same experience when looking for Rotella T6 5w-40 a few weeks ago myself. Even less selection at Sam’s Club. I never did find it, but there is a full synthetic T6 15w-40 that meets the FORD WSS-M2C171-F1 spec, and at least around my area is more available. Personally, I’d rather use a full-syn 15w-40 than a conventional or syn-blend 10w-30, which is the “regular service” oil recommended for the 6.7. I don’t experience the extreme low temps in my area that you may in yours. If you’re wanting to stick with an approved 5w-40 oil, all of the oils of that type listed on this sheet meet the Ford spec. DIESEL MOTOR OILS MEETING FORD WSS-M2C171-F1 :):) :R Let’s Go Girls! :P NRA Benefactor Life Member Lance 1121-Two Awnings, Slide topper, 3.6 kw Gen, Trimetric Batt. Monitor, 1500W Inverter, 40A Redarc DC-DC charger. 2016 F450 6.7 PSD. https://i.imgur.com/Hiu8D5wl.jpg
NRALIFR 11/09/21 10:41am Tow Vehicles
RE: Side-Trip Report: Great Salt Plains SP, OK

……..I assume they still use the field…… Oh yeah, they still use it! LOL When we first got there, I noticed that there were a lot of airplanes flying around. The sun was behind the first handful or so, and all I see is the silhouette, but it’s one that I recognize. “Crop dusters” I said to myself. After several hours of hearing them, and occasionally looking at them, I realize they aren’t yellow, but gray. Until, then, I’m thinking “That’s a bunch of crop dusting going on!” I finally realized they are all AT-6 Texan trainers, which are closely related to the Air Tractor AT-802 crop dusters. :B :R Let’s Go Girls! :P NRA Benefactor Life Member Lance 1121-Two Awnings, Slide topper, 3.6 kw Gen, Trimetric Batt. Monitor, 1500W Inverter, 40A Redarc DC-DC charger. 2016 F450 6.7 PSD. https://i.imgur.com/Hiu8D5wl.jpg
NRALIFR 11/09/21 07:37am Truck Campers
RE: Side-Trip Report: Great Salt Plains SP, OK

I was through that general area recently and had thought about stopping there but their website said you had to have a vehicle pass done before you got there and I would have been a walk-in. Sure looks interesting though so might have to plan it into a later trip. Thanks for posting! Just a guess on my part, but that may have been some COVID related thing. I think we had to make our reservation online, but other than that it was business as usual. :R Let’s Go Girls! :P NRA Benefactor Life Member Lance 1121-Two Awnings, Slide topper, 3.6 kw Gen, Trimetric Batt. Monitor, 1500W Inverter, 40A Redarc DC-DC charger. 2016 F450 6.7 PSD. https://i.imgur.com/Hiu8D5wl.jpg
NRALIFR 11/09/21 07:23am Truck Campers
RE: Newbie Question on removing small Lance

……. How flat does storage surface have to be? We have a three car garage and two cars, so there is a space available, but driveway slopes down. Do not have truck yet, and it sounds like I have to choose carefully. Thinking in terms of a Ram, mostly because I like the local dealer (where I have been taking my Jeep for a decade, now has 170,000 miles+), but am open. …. Where you take the camper off should ideally be as level as possible. But, I live on a hillside, and other than the garage floor, nothing is level in my yard. Is your garage door tall enough to get the camper inside? Even a small hardside TC will need 10-11 ft of clearance. The problem with lifting a camper on a sloped surface is that as you raise the low end to make the camper level, the base of the jacks on that end need to move out an inch or more as the camper rotates to a level position. With the weight of the camper on the jacks though, they can’t move. Plus, until the camper is level, it’s leaning on those low-end jacks. So, you end up putting a twisting movement on the jack mounts. The more slope you need to overcome, the worse the twisting will be on the jacks. About 15 years or so back, we did a major rebuild that had almost half of our house reduced to nothing but studs and joists for several months. We needed somewhere to cook and eat for most of that time, so I set my camper up just outside the garage to use as a temporary kitchen. As you can see, the apron slab outside the garage wasn’t anywhere near level, so I used two 4x6 timber’s to create a more level surface for the jacks. Even with three two-by’s under the low end of the 4x6, it’s still not very level. It was close enough to get it off though, but I still needed a stack of pallets under the front to stabilize it while we used it, while the rear bumper is almost on the ground. The jack bases are each sitting in a cup-like depression so they can’t walk off the timbers. https://i.imgur.com/iCdNH2tl.jpg About eight years ago we tore down the garage and built a new one with an RV bay. The foundation was even torn out because it was cracked and shifting. The new garage floor came in about 8” lower than the old garage floor, so the apron slab isn’t quite as sloped today, but it’s still not level enough for me to feel comfortable taking the camper off the truck without using those same timbers. I wish I had taken a picture just a month or so back when I was washing the camper, and had it sitting on the timbers again. Maybe next time. :S All that is to say; yes you can take it off on a slope, but depending on how much slope you have you may need to take some steps to be safe, and prevent damage. :R Let’s Go Girls! :P NRA Benefactor Life Member Lance 1121-Two Awnings, Slide topper, 3.6 kw Gen, Trimetric Batt. Monitor, 1500W Inverter, 40A Redarc DC-DC charger. 2016 F450 6.7 PSD. https://i.imgur.com/Hiu8D5wl.jpg
NRALIFR 11/09/21 06:38am Truck Campers
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