Good Sam Club Open Roads Forum: Search
Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Posting Help and Support  |  Contact  



Open Roads Forum  >  Search the Forums

 > Your search for posts made by 'TxGearhead' found 91 matches.

Sort by:    Search within results:
Page of 5  
Next
  Subject Author Date Posted Forum
RE: What did you do to your truck today?

https://i.imgur.com/ligPOgJl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/TrSTD5El.jpg Technically, it's still a Chevy! :B Funny you should say that. I thought it WAS a Chevy when we bought it. Someone had changed all the badges and trim to Chevy. And I was so involved with looking at the truck itself, didn’t even give the title a second glance. First clue was when I removed the tailgate trim panel ,also replaced with a Chevy one, and the original appearing tailgate had GMC stamped in it. Further inspection showed the glove box tag with “Sierra” package. And the grill is the aftermarket one you see in the pic, so that was no clue either. I re-used it and just fitted a GMC logo to it. That's a good looking truck. I had a semi-rare 1982? Chevy K20 Suburban. Loaded with what appeared to be all available options, even quad shocks on the front axle. I drove to work and on hunting trips. Had a couple local boys put a cheap but decent paint job on it. My son was in the 11th grade and wanted it bad. I "sold" it to him. Of course, he put a lift kit and Buckshot Monster Mudders on it. Of course he took the 3rd row back seat out. And of course, the Turbo Hydramatic 400 had to be rebuilt. When he went off to college I traded him back a 1991? Chevy Sport Truck, which was a SS454 clone. Wish I had them both back.
TxGearhead 06/26/22 12:06pm Truck Campers
RE: New shocks?

Why do you assume you need new shocks? With any luck they will last for several more years. Are you having ride issues? Yeah the ride is beating me to death. I've got the rear tires down to 42psi.
TxGearhead 06/25/22 04:28pm Truck Campers
New shocks?

I've got 65,000 miles on my 2018 RAM. Cummins, 4X4, long bed, DRW. I carry the Bigfoot occasionally and the Landmark 5th occasionally more. Both 4,000# loads. Only mod is a Hellwig BigWig. I'm assuming I need new shocks. My priority is as smooth a ride as possible. 90% highway use. I realize this is a subjective issue. Your recommendations?
TxGearhead 06/24/22 04:54pm Truck Campers
RE: Fifth Wheel Hitch - tried searcing

If your truck doesn't have the factory puck system, I would get a B&W Turnover gooseneck ball installed. If your 5th wheel is under say 15,000# I would go with the Andersen Ultimate or a PullRite 2600 Single Point. But Lippert who makes 90% of 5th wheel frames will not warranty any frame damage with a Andersen or the PullRite 2600. The other choices are a GEN Y gooseneck hitch, Lippert won't warranty with that either. The one I have is the Reese Goosebox. It IS warrantied by Lippert, since Lippert owns Reese. I love it. Has an air bag and 2 shock absorbers. Best ride I've had with 3 different 5th's and 3 different hitches. Un-hook from the 5th and all that is in the truck bed is the ball. Mine removes in about 2 seconds.
TxGearhead 06/22/22 07:50pm Truck Campers
RE: First big trip - Newbie questions

I travel with a 12 pack of bottled water and 1.5 liter of Jim Beam. That said, I fill the water tank. I think the Bigfoot water tank is fully forward so that helps put some weight forward. I have 1,000# of freeboard so it doesn't make any difference. I always travel with about 5 gallons of water in the black tank with about a cup of blue Dawn. Drain it only when I have to. Refill with water and Dawn.
TxGearhead 06/21/22 06:34pm Truck Campers
RE: TC and MPG

Just returned from a 3,000 mile round trip from Houston area to Richmond Virginia. Averaged 9-10 MPG pulling 40ft 5th at 17,000+ pounds. IIRC I got around 12 MPG with the Bigfoot. 2018 RAM Cummins, Aisin, 3.73. Pin weight of the 5th and Bigfoot weight is very close...4,000+. edit add: Since you have already sold your trailer, I would wait a bit before I jumped back into any kind of RV. I'm thinking fuel prices are not going down anytime soon. Let's see what happens after November this year and 2024.
TxGearhead 06/12/22 07:37am Truck Campers
RE: Anyone Cancelling Truck Camper Trips Due to Fuel Prices?

I've got a paid for ticket and a camping spot for the Knoxville Nationals Sprint car race in Knoxville Iowa in August. I'm on the fence about cancelling. 1,000 miles one way. So 2,000 miles at 10 MPG x $5 gallon is expensive.
TxGearhead 06/01/22 08:16pm Truck Campers
RE: Bigfoot dirty water streaks down sides from roof, solutions?

Anyone used Wet & Forget on a RV? I've used it on the rubber roofs of the previous Montana and the TPO roof of the Landmark. I had a Classic Industries cover on the Bigfoot for quite a while. It developed a light mildew. The area between the back of the A/C and the rear skylight had more mildew and **** on it. It's a pretty tight area to access and I've been thinking about spraying Wet & Forget in there and maybe the entire roof.
TxGearhead 05/29/22 10:05am Truck Campers
RE: 3.42 gears for TC

I would seriously consider a gasser.
TxGearhead 05/26/22 05:21pm Truck Campers
RE: Bigfoot dirty water streaks down sides from roof, solutions?

Last night I waited until the sun got low behind the trees and attacked the Bigfoot. Started with the lightest acting thing I had...Meguairs Cleaner and Wax, old reliable in the dark red bottle. Less than $10 at WalMart. Used a 4" microfiber on an old random orbit. It worked pretty good. The old no name buffer is a whole lot lighter weight than my Porter Cable. I got the front overhead done and half of one side. Hopefully finish the one side tonight. It did remove the black streaks. I put some chemical Guys Butter Wax on the front of the overhead for a little more shine. I'll be ready for The Knoxville Nationals sprint car races in beautiful Iowa.
TxGearhead 05/21/22 10:44am Truck Campers
RE: Bigfoot dirty water streaks down sides from roof, solutions?

^ Thanks Jim. Good info.
TxGearhead 05/16/22 07:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Bigfoot dirty water streaks down sides from roof, solutions?

I'll probably start with light polish and see what happens. I've got a collection of miracle cures that don't work. There's no miracle cure, other than keeping water from running down the surface in the first place, IMO. Our new camper last year, takes up too much of the shop, so it is outside. Just from being parked on a cross slope, the one front gutter would drain onto the side of the camper. It would only take a few weeks and it would have a streak that required some elbow grease to remove. Started blocking up the low side wheels, no more water, no more streaks. I'm familiar. All my junk sits outside except the bay boat. In the winter it gets a lot of rain and in the summer a lot of sun. Our 2 previous 5th wheels were a Cougar and a Montana HC. The Montana about killed me. Compounding and waxing the filon spring and fall. Went with the Landmark that is full body paint. It will get some light streaks but so far they have washed off easy. Son asks me "when are you going to get a cover?" Never. I'm 72 years old. I might not be doing this RV thing in 6 months.
TxGearhead 05/16/22 02:58pm Truck Campers
RE: Bigfoot dirty water streaks down sides from roof, solutions?

I cannot help with the window streaks, but for the siding you might try Zep finish. This has worked on my Northstar for the past several years. All of the dirt, including streaks, just rinses off with the blast of a hose. Before then I had a lot of black streaks, worse than ever because my home parking spot is under some large trees. Are you referring to ZEP floor polish? Yes. It does not stain, rinses clean and lasts a long time. The only downside is the sheen is not initially as good as a hand rubbed paste wax. I have heard that it yellows and peels off in pieces. Difficult to completely remove. Your experience?
TxGearhead 05/16/22 02:51pm Truck Campers
RE: Bigfoot dirty water streaks down sides from roof, solutions?

My Bigfoot has been sitting in my backyard "storage spot" unused for about 2 years. I had a fabric type cover on it, but it developed a light mildew. I hired a woman to polish and wax it a couple months ago. She didn't know what she was doing. I got on top of it yesterday with a pressure washer to get the black crud off it. It had a lot. I used Mr. Pink soap in a foam cannon. Anyway, yes I had black streaks that my 2800# pressure washer couldn't remove. Hopefully compounding it will work. edit add: seems I heard someone somewhere say that RAIN-X will clean the Bigfoot windows. Be careful on the roof with a power sprayer. Use a light setting like 1500 PSI to remove the crud. I had one so bad once that I used a 3000 PSI setting and literally blew the white off the rubber roof. I had to reapply the white top coat after. Lots of work but wow what a job. Also OP, A Random orbital will do wonders with a light pad and some soft grit and won't take off your wax. Like I said more work but way better finish. The gutters completely remove the problem and invest in some extension gutter ends to drain the water away from the camper. Bigfoots don't have rubber roofs, except older 3000 models. The top is gel coat fiberglass just like the sides. There is no roof to side joint, it just rolls from roof to wall. I've had pretty good luck with a Porter Cable random orbit with 3M Marine Fiberglass Restorer and Wax, Chemical Guys pads or a twisted wool pad. Live and learn, Thanks! I've been recon-ing RV's for a while now and it gets easier. Most people go rite in with the heavy pad and cream and it's rarely needed. Thanks for the info... I think my favorite is McGuire's 67 one step compound. It's a good cleaner deoxidizer and a great polish in one. Use with a orange pad or heavier if needed. I rarely stray from that combo. I top off with Chemical guys extreme top coat sealant. If you like Chemical guys creams try the pro polish. It's pretty much the same thing as the 67 but a bit milder. All my pads are from china. Joe I'm sorta OK with Chem Guys. I think they way exaggerate how good their products are. After I use up their Mr Pink I'm looking for something else. I'll probably start with light polish and see what happens. I've got a collection of miracle cures that don't work.
TxGearhead 05/15/22 03:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Road tripping for used TCs

I drove from Houston to Washington DC for the Bigfoot. Grit Dog is right...you have to judge the seller as well as the camper. If his car is up on blocks in the front yard and the paint is peeling off the house, I wouldn't even stop.
TxGearhead 05/15/22 03:23pm Truck Campers
RE: Bigfoot dirty water streaks down sides from roof, solutions?

My Bigfoot has been sitting in my backyard "storage spot" unused for about 2 years. I had a fabric type cover on it, but it developed a light mildew. I hired a woman to polish and wax it a couple months ago. She didn't know what she was doing. I got on top of it yesterday with a pressure washer to get the black crud off it. It had a lot. I used Mr. Pink soap in a foam cannon. Anyway, yes I had black streaks that my 2800# pressure washer couldn't remove. Hopefully compounding it will work. edit add: seems I heard someone somewhere say that RAIN-X will clean the Bigfoot windows. Be careful on the roof with a power sprayer. Use a light setting like 1500 PSI to remove the crud. I had one so bad once that I used a 3000 PSI setting and literally blew the white off the rubber roof. I had to reapply the white top coat after. Lots of work but wow what a job. Also OP, A Random orbital will do wonders with a light pad and some soft grit and won't take off your wax. Like I said more work but way better finish. The gutters completely remove the problem and invest in some extension gutter ends to drain the water away from the camper. Bigfoots don't have rubber roofs, except older 3000 models. The top is gel coat fiberglass just like the sides. There is no roof to side joint, it just rolls from roof to wall. I've had pretty good luck with a Porter Cable random orbit with 3M Marine Fiberglass Restorer and Wax, Chemical Guys pads or a twisted wool pad.
TxGearhead 05/15/22 03:01pm Truck Campers
RE: Right truck and camper setup for a northern Alaskan winter

I know nothing about Alaska except I want to go there. The OP: If you do Facebook look at sites for Northern Lite and Bigfoot. I'm obviously biased to Bigfoot but look at the issues the new Northern Lite's are having.
TxGearhead 05/15/22 02:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Bigfoot dirty water streaks down sides from roof, solutions?

My Bigfoot has been sitting in my backyard "storage spot" unused for about 2 years. I had a fabric type cover on it, but it developed a light mildew. I hired a woman to polish and wax it a couple months ago. She didn't know what she was doing. I got on top of it yesterday with a pressure washer to get the black crud off it. It had a lot. I used Mr. Pink soap in a foam cannon. Anyway, yes I had black streaks that my 2800# pressure washer couldn't remove. Hopefully compounding it will work. edit add: seems I heard someone somewhere say that RAIN-X will clean the Bigfoot windows.
TxGearhead 05/15/22 01:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Bigfoot dirty water streaks down sides from roof, solutions?

I cannot help with the window streaks, but for the siding you might try Zep finish. This has worked on my Northstar for the past several years. All of the dirt, including streaks, just rinses off with the blast of a hose. Before then I had a lot of black streaks, worse than ever because my home parking spot is under some large trees. Are you referring to ZEP floor polish?
TxGearhead 05/15/22 01:21pm Truck Campers
RE: should I be using a stand when not in use

Bigfoot wants a 4X4 across the front, right at the skirt, and at the rear.
TxGearhead 05/01/22 02:13pm Truck Campers
Sort by:    Search within results:
Page of 5  
Next


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:




© 2022 CWI, Inc. © 2022 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved.