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RE: 3M 5200 Marine Sealant et al

I can only answer one of your questions. Once silicone caulk is applied, it works well for a long time. But it eventually needs scraped out and replaced. Unfortunately, even if you do a great job removing the silicone, and it looks spotless, there is still a film of silicone on the roofing/trim/whatever you scraped it from. Nothing will stick to that film, not even new silicone caulk.
srschang 07/06/20 11:59am Truck Campers
RE: Super Basic Solar Upgrade

I have four solar panels on the roof of my TC. They do a great job charging the batteries every day. To answer your questions: Can I add a solar controller and panels that will charge my batts without worrying about any ill effects to the converter being affected? Does the solar back-feeding the converter cause problems? No, your converter will just sense a higher voltage for the battery/solar controller combination. What type of panels are the best to get for a camper roof? What do people use to install them through the membrane and prevent leaks? Any particular concerns about drilling through the membrane? I installed basic Renogy 100W hard panels. When I began installation on the roof of my new Northstar, I contacted the factory for advice. They use Eternabond tape between the solar panel foot and the TPO roof material, screw it down, then apply Dicor self leveling sealant over the screw, solar panel foot, and Eternabond. I used double sided Eternabond tape, it sticks to the roof and to the foot. Where is the best site to learn more without getting into a full-blown solar zealot approach to state of the art solar power generation involving thousands of dollars? The best I found is DIY RV Solar Systems Facebook Group. Lots of great ideas and examples of small to immense RV installations. I start talking about this and my wife's eyes begin to glaze over almost immediately. All she imagines is a mountain of cash going out the door. Yeah, just wait. You will have anyone you ever talk to glazing over and walking away. "Hey Joe, you should have seen yesterday my batteries were pretty low, and I was getting 22 amps from the solar panels!!! Never saw it that high!!! Wait, let me check it right now. A little lower today, must be because the batteries have more charge in them. As I was saying, yesterday... Wait, where'd he go?"
srschang 07/06/20 11:44am Truck Campers
RE: Dropping Camper at KOA campground?

We did Going To The Sun road last September. We stayed at Glacier Peaks Campground in Columbia Falls (highly recommended). Although there are many curves, and the 21 foot length is a concern, the overhanging rocks make the 10' height limit a must! We rented a car for the day near the airport for the drive through the park. We entered the park just as it was beginning to get light. Didn't have to pay as the gates weren't staffed yet. It was great for a bit, very little traffic. But within a half hour, it was bumper to bumper. Forget stopping to take pictures, any pull off was full of cars. The pictures we have were taken by my wife holding her camera out the window as we drove past. We stopped at Logan Pass, about 7:30 am as I remember. There were a few parking spots left. We hiked the Hidden Lake Trail, which was beautiful, passing hundreds of our best friends on the way back out. The buses had arrived. When we got back to our car, the parking lot was full, and many, many cars were circling the lot waiting for someone to leave. This was 9 or 9:30am. I don't remember much of the rest of the drive as my focus was on all the traffic and idiots pulling in and out and blocking traffic waiting for a parking spot. As you can gather, it wasn't a very good experience. Was it beautiful? Absolutely. Did I get to enjoy the drive? No way. Glad we checked the box, won't happen again. The popular US National Parks need to do something different. Lottery system? I'd hate it, but I don't know if there's any other solution. We had a similar experience at Yellowstone and Grand Teton on the same trip. Getting to be way to many of us Boomers on the road anymore.
srschang 06/24/20 08:58am Truck Campers
RE: 19.5s again ... new recommendations?

I have the Cooper RM352 19.5's on my Ram as well. A bit noisy as expected with the aggressive tread, I'm OK with it. The only problem is I can't get two of the four balanced. I've tried two different tire shops, and they stack weights on top of each other as they are that far out of balance. Still shake at 37-44 mph and 67 and up mph.
srschang 06/19/20 07:06am Truck Campers
RE: OEM AF Stereo replacement--MB Quart RVDVD2.0 & A/B Switch

How much power does it use when it's turned off? The factory unit in our new Northstar is a Pioneer DEH something with bluetooth (great!), cd player, etc. Sounds great, works great. BUT - it draws .2-.3 amps when turned off. Over time, that's a significant drain on the batteries. As I have lithium batteries, I don't like to leave them plugged in and charging all the time. AND - if I turn off the battery disconnect, when the batteries are reconnected, the stupid stereo lost it's memory, and goes into "Demo Mode", with flashing lights, scrolling information, clock at 12:00, default speaker fader settings, default bass, treble, etc. Takes about 15 minutes to get it all reset again. If anyone has info on a stereo that doesn't draw power when turned off, or retains it's settings when disconnected from the battery, PLEASE let me know Scott
srschang 06/19/20 07:00am Truck Campers
RE: Who's hitting the road this summer?

Spent last week traveling around central Pennsylvania staying at state parks. I got by without reservations Mon, Tues, Wed, but made reservations for Thur, Fri, Sat. Glad I did - the two parks I stayed at were full!
srschang 06/14/20 02:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Getting the truck ready?

Yep, made an extension, and used p-clips to support it along the underside of the wing(?) to run it to the back of the camper. I could never bring myself to drill a hole for a plug in the bed of the truck. Google "7 pin extension" tons of them for sale.
srschang 06/02/20 06:19am Truck Campers
RE: Getting the truck ready?

Too bad I sold my old camper Saturday. Even though the buyer has a new Chevy 2500, I included the Torklift Talons (Stainless/Aluminum) as part of the deal. He's planning to modify the Talons to fit his Chevy. I took them off a 2015 Ram 3500 4x4 Laramie Crew Cab Cummins! The tiedowns aren't hard to install, remove some bolts in the frame, run them through the tiedowns, bolt them back to the frame. You can buy the tiedowns online, places like Etrailer. I didn't add a socket to the truck, I plugged the camper into the 7 pin connector in the bumper.
srschang 06/01/20 02:33pm Truck Campers
RE: How many amp-hours?

For our use in the Northern U.S., 2-100 ah lithium batteries and 4-100 watt solar panels is a bit more than what we need. Spent a couple months traveling to Alaska and back last year, and didn't need to plug in the entire trip. We didn't have a generator. The batteries didn't charge from the truck either, as I have that wire disconnected. We did plug in a couple nights at campgrounds to run the a/c when it was too hot for us. Our typical daily power usage: - watch tv for 2-3 hours at night - lights - water pump for showers and stuff - electric compressor fridge - listen to music for an hour or so in the morning - 3 or 4 cups coffee Keurig on the inverter every morning - wife dries hair on the inverter every morning Typically the batteries are at 60 - 70% in the morning before the solar starts charging them back up.
srschang 05/27/20 02:46pm Truck Campers
RE: As to camper weight, what does this sticker indicate?

Most of a truck camper weight (often all the weight) will be on the rear axle. So you will be adding the loaded camper weight to the two rear tires and wheels. For that sticker the rear GAWR is 6100 lbs. On my truck, the rear axle weight (empty, without tailgate) is 3220 lbs. So if yours is similar, that leaves 2880 lbs for the truck camper, tie downs, cold water, hot water, propane, and stuff. I recently weighed my truck empty and fully loaded, and my "stuff" weighs about 800 lbs.
srschang 05/27/20 02:29pm Truck Campers
RE: take out dining

To put it in perspective, our county in Western NY has had 26 cases to date. We have 260,000 residents. 1 in 10,000 has had or does have the virus. Chance of having a car crash on a 100 mile trip? 1 in 3660.
srschang 04/14/20 01:03pm Truck Campers
RE: TPM

Rear tires are 80 psi cold, I've seen it as high as 92 psi summer highway.
srschang 04/14/20 09:11am Truck Campers
RE: Best Inverter Generator under $500 for a TC

I think if I had a one Honda 2000 generator and wanted a second generator I would spend the extra money to get a second Honda to be able to parallel them if needed. I thought about that but I already have a Honda 3K (EU3000is) so I have no need to parallel two generators together.. My only need is to charge a battery that will run an Engel compressor refer every couple days hence why I posted about a cheap inverter generator to do that..Portable Solar is an option but the sun being out and camping in the dense mountains might impact that. Most Rver's with compressor refrigerators have huge battery banks and solar but that is not possible with my truck camper solo without a trailer in tow.. Don't necessarily need a huge battery bank. We have 2 100ah lithium batteries with 4 100w solar panels and a 2000w inverter. We spent 2 months driving to Alaska and back last fall, only stayed in campgrounds a few nights when we wanted to run the AC. Our typical daily power consumption was about 50 ah (as I remember), which included: Compressor fridge Wife drying her hair (inverter) 3-4 cups of coffee Keurig (inverter) Watching a couple hours TV Lights in the evening Water pump for 1 or two showers The solar would fully recharge the batteries each day by noon if it was sunny, or by 6pm if it was cloudy. And I didn't have the camper hooked to the power from the truck to help charge the batteries. Unhooked that wire when I put in the converter for the lithium batteries, wasn't sure it was a good idea to send 14.7v to the truck when the converter was on.
srschang 04/12/20 08:13am Truck Campers
RE: Torklift Talons

Yep, Talons are definitely worth the extra money. I just installed a set on my new 2020 Ram. Had to work with Etrailer and Torklift, as they didn't have a listing for '19 and '20 trucks yet. I had Talons on my 2015 Ram I traded in, and they are now sitting on my workbench waiting to be cleaned up so I can put them up for sale. I lived with the steel Torklift mounts on my first two Rams, fought with and hated them for years. Usually had to have a hammer with me to insert and remove them. They were awful! As I said, I had the Talons on my last truck, I think through 4-5 Western NY winters. As the part mounted to the truck is stainless steel, they still work and look fine. The aluminum inserts still have the original gray paint/powdercoat on them.
srschang 04/10/20 05:00am Truck Campers
RE: Carrying a Honda 2000i inside generator compartment

My new Northstar came with a compartment for a Honda Generator with that same slide-out tray. It also has a plug in the compartment and propane plumbed to the compartment if I wanted to convert the generator to propane.
srschang 04/05/20 06:29am Truck Campers
RE: Extra Batteries and Inverters

Added a small single breaker box and moved the converter 110v supply from the power center to the breaker box. Then wire the breaker box to shore power before the transfer switch so it will only run from shore power. Didn't take the time to move the A/C ahead of the second transfer switch. Figured if I turn on the A/C while running on the inverter and run my batteries down, I'm a dummy. Best way would be to also move the A/C out of the power center and into it's own breaker box (or with the converter in a small box that will handle more than 1 breaker) ahead of the transfer switch.
srschang 04/03/20 08:58am Truck Campers
RE: Extra Batteries and Inverters

I just installed a second transfer switch in my new Northstar 12 STC a few weeks ago. The camper came with a transfer switch installed to switch between shore power and generator power. If you are connected to shore power, and start the generator, after 30 seconds or so the switch disconnects the shore power and almost instantly connects the generator power. I added a second transfer switch that switches between the output from the first transfer switch (either shore power or generator power) and my inverter. The only tricky part to a transfer switch is choosing the priority for the switch. There are two input connections to a transfer switch, usually called shore and generator. The generator input is the priority, if both shore and generator are connected, the switch will always shut off shore and connect the generator. If the generator is turned off, the switch will switch back to shore. I took the output from the first transfer switch, and connected it to the "Generator" input of my second transfer switch. I then connected my inverter to the "Shore" input. Then I connected the output to the 110V distribution panel in the power center of the camper. So now, if I'm running on the inverter and plug into shore power, the second switch disconnects from the inverter and connects to the shore power. If I'm running on the inverter and have no shore power, then start the generator, the second switch disconnects from the inverter and connects the generator. So the priority for 110V in my camper is lowest priority inverter, mid priority shore power, highest priority generator. You can set the priority however you want, just have to connect each power source to the appropriate priority of the transfer switch. As I said, the transfer switch two input connections are usually labeled "Shore" and "Generator", the "Generator" input has priority. If there is power coming into the "Shore" input and the "Generator" input at the same time, the transfer switch turns on the generator input and shuts off the shore input. It sounds more confusing than it really is. But if I can figure it out, anybody can.
srschang 04/03/20 07:25am Truck Campers
RE: Quarantine Mods?

Just got done installing a sliding storage bin under our new Northstar 12 STC https://i.imgur.com/J60zLA3l.jpg
srschang 03/31/20 03:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Time for maintenance/projects?

Bought a new Northstar 12 STC a couple months ago. Brought it home, and have been working on it since them. Looks like I'm going to have time to continue working on it. So far: - Removed bathroom mirror, added medicine cabinet - Removed factory power converter, replaced with a lithium battery compatible converter - Ran heavier wires from converter to batteries Installed the following: - 2 Battle Born 100ah lithium batteries - 2000 watt inverter and remote switch - Victron battery monitor - 4 100w solar panels - 45w MPPT solar controller - 27"x 17" x 8" under camper sliding storage bin - sewer hose storage tube under camper - 32" tv and pivoting mount - A second transfer switch for 110v power. Camper now will run on inverter, then automatically switch to shore power if plugged in, or switch to generator power if generator is started - Added a separate breaker subpanel for the converter so it won't try to charge the batteries when we're running on the inverter And of course put 2 coats of wax on the camper! Can't wait for things to start reopening here in the Northeast so we can actually use the camper.
srschang 03/23/20 10:15am Truck Campers
RE: Your next outing??

According to some on here you should not be allowed to own any sort of RV if you're not willing to "boondock" whatever that means. To me it means TRESPASSING. I don't know how you can just pull off the road on to some random trail and set up camp wherever you feel like. I guess the question is, how can you just stop on a whim and be sure you're not on someone's private property? Or do you even care? I know I'd catch you just once. You'd be waking up at 2AM to your truck and camper being dragged on the end of a chain by a large 4WD tractor, and the county sheriff's deputy right there, cheering me on. People seem to think that just because there's no house visible, that the land belongs to nobody, and they can just do what they want. Agree 100%. Won't camp anywhere unless I know who owns the property and it's OK to camp there. Not a lot public land here in New York State, and even if it is public land, usually can't camp there unless it's an organized campground.
srschang 03/06/20 02:02pm Truck Campers
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