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RE: F350 HD DRW mods for 4500# camper

What are you thinking? My 2019 F350 CC DRW has a #6400+ carrying capacity. NO MODS necessary and I carry a HEAVY Lance 1181 packed to the gills. Rick
rickjo 06/29/20 08:18am Truck Campers
RE: Poll: How many 1T TC haulers have no modifications?

I deliberately bought a 1 Ton gasser to replace my diesel precisely because it could haul my heavy Lance 1181 with zero mods. You can read my story in Truck Camnper Magazine Going Gas: a diesel owners experience There are few 1 Ton trucks from the factory that can carry well over 6000#. I can't be happier. Rick
rickjo 06/26/20 08:00pm Truck Campers
RE: Battery time. 6V?

Have lasted so much longer than 12v whatever cycle. What batteries did you replace last, how long did they last, how much did they cost, and what did you replace them with, how long did they last, and how much did those cost? I can only fit Group 24s in my compartment. I’ve used Interstate, Sears, and now have NAPAs. The NAPAs are still going, but the other two sets lasted 5 and 6 years respectively. All were lead acid batteries. New camper in November 2006. Original batts lasted about 3 seasons. Replaced with 12v similar to originals and lasted to about 2013. As I said, Interstate dealer in my town suggested 6v golf cart batts (MUCH larger plates) but they were a bit too tall. So I was able to lower battery tray and go back for the install. I have had those ever since.I generally try to keep them above 11.5 v when camping. No solar, so I use the genset for multiple day camp sites. I set up my new truck to charge from the alternator and it works well when driving. I have a Blue Sea Systems Automatic Charging Relay # 7610. Since it is bidirectional, I can charge the truck with the genset as well (never had an emergency though). When home, I plug the camper into 110v and the on-board battery minder does a wonderful job of battery maintenance. It even charges the truck batt when loaded thanks to Blue Sea. Some Forest Service campgrounds now have electric sites which is a bonus for us. I don't have old data on cost. 2013 after all. I am sure they were more than replacement 12v but clearly it has been worth it given the extended lifetime that I have experienced. Those prices would now be out-of-date anyway. An interstate dealer, or any brand that does golf cart batts, could supply current prices. It is mostly determining if you can accommodate the height. Rick
rickjo 04/04/20 07:42am Truck Campers
RE: Battery time. 6V?

I was able to lower the tray enough to use 6v golf cart batteries. Have lasted so much longer than 12v whatever cycle. Advice from an Interstate dealer with his own RV. Rick
rickjo 04/03/20 06:38pm Truck Campers
RE: Unicorn?

I have a king in my 1181. Just asked Lance to leave out the driver's side locker. It is not structural. Memory foam. Since it is wall-to-closet, we only put on a fitted sheet, then make the rest of the bed so that access is along the middle. Covers overlap so no cold for either sleeper. Rick
rickjo 02/21/20 02:58pm Truck Campers
RE: Ramblin' 2019 is over!

That #47, Bob Scott CG was nothing to rave about but sure came in handy for us as an intermediate stop in the nothingness of rural Nevada. Rick
rickjo 11/22/19 09:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Moki Dugway, can I do it?

I unhooked my Jeep to climb up with my 2004 F350 dually diesel hauling my Lance 1181. Without difficulty. Disappointed that I had to hitch a ride back down to fetch the Jeep. It would have followed behind effortlessly. Just do it. Rick
rickjo 10/11/19 07:14pm Truck Campers
RE: "Porpoising" - How to Tame the Rocking Camper

The phenomena is a resonance between the vehicle inertia and its suspension, that shock absorbers can't stop. Bingo. Regardless of frame flex, under loaded, over loaded, etc. Assuming it's not just a way overloaded truck and the truck doesn't have worn out shocks, there are three easy things to do. Change shocks, preferably to an adjustable shock so different settings can be tried. This will change the harmonic frequency. Change you speed to adjust the rythem of the tires and road irregularities. Change you COG by shifting weight forward/aft in the camper. This will change the loading on suspension components which will result in a change in the harmonics. Even my rig which is 1,600#s under payload experience porposing at times, especially on concrete roadways and bridges. I just change speed to get away from the harmonic frequency of hitting the joints and the problem goes away. NO BINGO. The understood DEFINITION of porpoising with regard to truck camping is that the cabover moves significantly with respect to the cab. If not, then Lance struts would be worthless. But the Truck Camper Magazine test and personal experience shows that they DO have a positive effect. And since they attach near the corner of the windshield, the purpose has to be to dampen the frame flex that causes the cabover vs cab relative motion. With my new truck, the frame flex is gone. When I hit rough bumps or harmonic frequency joints, the suspension reacts but the frame does not flex. That can be uncomfortable, of course, but it is not porpoising. I agree that slower speed and, to a minor extent, internal weight shifting may help. Changing the harmonic frequency by adjusting the shocks just means that some other joint interval will come into play. Rick
rickjo 08/15/19 11:52am Truck Campers
RE: "Porpoising" - How to Tame the Rocking Camper

Whoa... let's consider what porpoising really is. It is the frame of the truck flexing at or near the cab/bed location. All the weight of the camper in the bed causes to frame to flex when that weight is set into motion. Struts are meant to dampen the movement relative to the cab. It doesn't stop the initial porpoising, it just tries to end the flexing sooner than without the struts. Previously, I had my 1181 on a 2004 F350 CC dually and my struts were effective as designed. It is too bad your camper is not meant to have struts. Unfortunately, there is not much else you can do. For example, tightening the tie downs does not improve the frame flexing since it is the bed movement that is the problem. You will remain frustrated... ...unless you have the means to replace your truck. The Ford Aluminum Super Dutys used some of the weight savings to make the frame members fully boxed (square cross section) vs older open frame members on Fords and frames still found on most other brands (C cross section). The new frames are rated to be 24 times stiffer. On my new 2019 F350 CC dually, I have ditched the struts and porpoising is virtually non-existent. It is a whole new driving experience for me since I don't have to watch so vigilantly for road anomalies. Rick Edited for spelling :(
rickjo 08/14/19 08:32pm Truck Campers
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