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RE: Opinions on a small block Chevy

I didn’t look at the add, but am very familiar with those trucks in general. Obvious cautions about buying any older vehicle with high miles apply, but LS engines that are cared for are generally 250k + mile engines. Sure, sensors, injectors, accessories, etc may/will not all last that long. The 4L80again if maintained and not abused is a 200k+ mile trans. At 300hp/400tq, and a 4 speed, it is not a powerhouse by todays standards. But it is more than adequate to haul a big TC and even a light trailer behind it. In Florida or in the mountains. LS engines like to rev and you don’t have to worry about putting your foot to the floor and doing 4500rpms all the way up a mountain. And it will have more power than any stock 70s/80s 454 truck. That and GMT 800 trucks are considered quite solid and reliable. We have a lot of 150-200k mile 6.0 Chevy trucks that get beat on daily as construction vehicles. Basic drivetrain components are as solid as any vehicle. My one suggestion is if you can budget to get up a few years and into one with a 6 speed. However I’d take a lower mile nice 4L80 truck over a higher mile 6l80. Good luck, the market is not a buyers market currently. Will the smaller engine create a larger payload capacity?
notsobigjoe 01/27/22 02:45pm Truck Campers
RE: Opinions on a small block Chevy

The Chevy 6.0 is probably one of the most reliable trouble free engines out there. I've had an '02, an '09, and a '15. They were all in towing, hauling work trucks. The '02 needed a cam position sensor replaced once. The '09 just had the exhaust manifolds replaced because they warped. That's the sum total of all engine repairs between the 3 trucks. What truck and engine do you have now? I presume it's something with the same body style as a 2002 Chevy which would be a 2001 to 2007 Chevy. They would have only had the Duramax diesel, 8.1L, 6.0L, or 5.3L if it's a 1500. I have a 1996 Chevy Cheyenne crew cab. The only parts I really wanted to trade off was the Tow beast hitch with 4 foot extension, The home made belly bar for the front tiedowns and the universal bump stops as well as the front and rear sway bars. Everything else can go with the truck. Here's a pic of it and you can see it's been modified extensively. I did not do this and the person that did do it really didn't do a good job. I have been in constant battles with two overwhelming problems because of that funky 1/2 thick front end. One, It over heats and two the motor has been exposed to the elements for so long that the wiring harnesses are cracking and creating parasitic drains. I have another parasitic drain I have to track down and I really don't want to do this anymore. Otherwise the truck is a hauling beast.
notsobigjoe 01/27/22 12:13pm Truck Campers
Opinions on a small block Chevy

I am looking to get something new to me that is within the years of manufacture so I can change all of the camper parts from my existing truck to a new one. This truck falls into that category. I've never had anything smaller than a 454 7.4 Chevy Vortec and am wondering if any of you are familiar with the 6.0 small block Vortec. I know it has high miles and some would not touch it but that is what is available to a guy like me. Remember I live in Florida now and I don't travel hills and mountains anymore. That should be a factor. Do you think it would be enough to haul my Lance 1181 and a 15 foot small fishing boat around the south and to the keys. Thank you, Joe
notsobigjoe 01/27/22 09:52am Truck Campers
RE: Lifespan of water pump

Yes, Mattyj I think it's a sound philosophy. Maintenance, knowledge and spare parts is the key to a good trip. If it's cheap I just order two of everything. Toilet seals, caulk, water pumps, sail switches, sink faucet bushings cheap stuff like that. I also carry a spare alternator and starter in my truck as well as hoses and belts.
notsobigjoe 01/25/22 06:45pm Truck Campers
RE: I Made A Replacement Escape Hatch Lid

I've been wanting to replace that Heki POS for some time. Perhaps it is time. Excellent work!!
notsobigjoe 01/25/22 02:24pm Truck Campers
RE: Wind Deflector

All the way to the bottom of the the first link. I wonder if this would tuck in under the cab over so you wouldn't have to drill anything into your camper? Click on quick view. Sleepy's old rig and others. Sleepy had his camper overhauled a couple of years back and that thread is on LOA. You'll have to be a member to see it.
notsobigjoe 01/22/22 05:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Wind Deflector
notsobigjoe 01/22/22 08:53am Truck Campers
RE: How to remove a "pull-over" couch from '96 Lance 990?

As some one who has removed his generator from the housing I would tell you this, If you really, really need to have that bolt intact go ahead and do it. If you don't really need that bolt or you can drill out another one I would leave the generator alone and cut the bolt. It is one heck of a job taking that Generator out and reinstalling it.
notsobigjoe 01/20/22 10:58am Truck Campers
RE: Is an old fantastic fan worth fixing?

Thanks ferndaleflyer, I have all of the original papers when the original owner first registered all of the products back in '96, including this fantastic fan. I'm going to reach out to Dometic (looks like they bought them out?) and see if they wanna replace it! IN MY OPINION, Dometic customer service is fantastic. They're products on the other hand are not what they used to be. But if you can get a free one......
notsobigjoe 01/18/22 04:29pm Truck Campers
RE: Is an old fantastic fan worth fixing?

The new ones are terrible. I switched to Max air.
notsobigjoe 01/18/22 02:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Worlds smalest truck camper

An excellent craftsman to say the least. I assume it's from Japan, I could be wrong... I enjoyed it.
notsobigjoe 01/10/22 06:04pm Truck Campers
RE: can anyone ID this ‘96 Lance 990 mystery bracket?

Ooohh, lol. I had no idea what a picnic table cloth clamp was, or that it was even a thing that existed! Thanks for the info No problem. If you didn't ask you wouldn't know....:)
notsobigjoe 01/02/22 07:37am Truck Campers
RE: can anyone ID this ‘96 Lance 990 mystery bracket?

Picnic table cloth clamps Many uses for them Yep, looks just like ours.
notsobigjoe 01/01/22 05:12pm Truck Campers
RE: Purchasing Warped Roof 1997 Bigfoot 2500 9’6”?

On page 5 the OP inspected the camper and found extensive water damage and moved on. Why is this still being discussed?:h because some questions got asked and I saw somthing different at the factroy than what people were telling me and its pretty informative and interesting to some people. I think any info passed on is worth talking about. many times I have looked up mods and projects that I've been doing on this sight. they are always informative and do help. even trivial and not on subject could be very helpful to one and not the other.
notsobigjoe 12/28/21 10:29am Truck Campers
RE: Purchasing Warped Roof 1997 Bigfoot 2500 9’6”?

I'll stick to my story: they are a sandwich, not just fiberglass structure, and the interior paneling is put in in the mold. Take a look at this recent article in Truck Camper Magazine, in particular scroll down to the photo of the interior paneling being installed in the mold. Also several photos of top and bottom halves being pulled from the mold, with paneling already installed. When I ordered mine from the factory in 1996 I was specifically told this is how it was done and it appears still is. They use a contact adhesive and pound it with rubber mallets to ensure contact. You cannot do that out of the mold. There are other pictures showing them assembling top and bottom with paneling in place. If you think the fiberglass is the only structure, pull the paneling, foam, and wood stiffening out of the roof of one and walk across it. I guarantee you will think again. From TC Magazine: Very interesting and informative. I wonder if the designer just took everything from the roof and put them on the side if that would be a leak-less model? Guys I love threads like these, nothing but info, good info! Joe
notsobigjoe 12/26/21 03:35pm Truck Campers
RE: Purchasing Warped Roof 1997 Bigfoot 2500 9’6”?

I have owned three Bigfeet: one built in 1986, one in 1996, and one in 2008. They were all built the same way*. Yes, the interior walls are screwed to the sandwich shell, but the sandwich shell has the foam bonded in and paneling bonded to that before it is taken from the mold. The fiberglass by itself is too floppy to do that afterwards. when I was there the only thing added to it while it was in the mold was the wood that got glassed in like at the jack mounting places, anchor points for interior finishings, and around the whole edge to enable the shels to be fastened togeather. it was a 4 pint lift out of the mold then onto a roaling bed which is where they used an adhesive glue to atach the cnc cut foam panels. I would imagin thluan is just atached to the wood mounting places and not nessasarly be part of any bonded system as it needs to be easy to replace and all the interior luan was installed before the top half was lowered into place so what you saw was a bottom shell with walls and a celing all built waiting for the top fiberglass and foam to be dropped down on top of it. struck me kinda funny, but made sence when I thought about it maybe there building different now, might be the switch to a choped glass process much faster and easier then using glass cloth to build, who knows Steve Steve, I'm asking because I do not know. Is the shell molded at different thicknesses in the parts that secure everything both inside and outside, such as the corners for the jacks and where all the interior attachments are made or is it laid as one thickness through out? I ask because when I got out of the Navy in 85 I went to work at a Bayliner dealership in Endicott NY. This was Bayliner good years but with one outstanding problem. The floors and the stringers would literally rot very quickly because of the poor molding techniques. This was later fixed by pouring a thicker area around the flex joints to keep the water out. It worked. Curious if there are any similarities... Joe
notsobigjoe 12/25/21 06:51am Truck Campers
RE: CJ5 Camper

That is something! Days gone bye....
notsobigjoe 12/24/21 08:15am Truck Campers
RE: S&S 8.5 Camper on Ram 2500: Measured weights; advice.

Post your pic here.
notsobigjoe 12/22/21 09:58am Truck Campers
RE: S&S 8.5 Camper on Ram 2500: Measured weights; advice.

If your 740 lbs over that would not bother me and many other truck campers on this forum and the rest of the truck camper forum universe. Then again the weight police would consider you massively over and in need of shaving off some additional weight. Where ever you fall in the middle of these two very different worlds is something your going to have to work out yourself. I'm not being snarky at all please don't think I'm being sarcastic. I'm usually over about 1500 pounds as well as a boat in tow and I could care less. If your comfortable with your rig then I say go with it, if your not then upgrade to the one ton. If I could give you some advice skip the 1 ton non dually and just get the dually. You'll be within every weight limit possible and you'll have the best ride out there. I hope this helps. Joe
notsobigjoe 12/19/21 03:00pm Truck Campers
RE: Purchasing Warped Roof 1997 Bigfoot 2500 9’6”?

The anchors are metal and rusty no big deal. They look pretty straight if not perfectly straight, Maybe bent a little from the pull of the rear jack. The pic might be fooling us. Get a better pic of that rear anchor cause they are a pain to change also if it's pulling out that could be a sign of trouble. The camper leaning down at the rear in the bed of the truck is also petty normal too. I know that some years of Chevy they had a slight slant to them to drain water. I don't know of other brands though. My final thought is I think the camper looks pretty solid. I would absolutely take the advice of all our members and go over it with a fine tooth comb and look for any water damage. I bet you won't find much. Also take a look at the cushions and mattress to see if they are moldy, start everything, run the heater, AC, hot water heater, lights, running lights, backup lights, plug to the camper, etc... Otherwise I think it's a good find. Good luck sir.
notsobigjoe 12/18/21 07:06am Truck Campers
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