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RE: Bittersweet

1) Replace TC with something else? Never. 2) Replace arthritic wife? Too tough to train a new one. 3) Replace wife's arthritic knee? Winner!! Surgery occurred in June, and she was able to get into the camper bed in November, and still getting stronger. Of course TCing was not the only consideration. Mid-60s is too young to be giving up the things we love to do.
stevenal 01/05/22 01:19pm Truck Campers
RE: Purchasing Warped Roof 1997 Bigfoot 2500 9’6”?

Built like a boat. The fiberglass is the structure. There should be no wood structures in these. Bigfoot is one brand. Molded fiberglass campers and boats both need additional structure beyond the fiberglass skin. Whether or not there should be wood present, it is in fact present in a 'foot until it rots away.
stevenal 12/21/21 01:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Purchasing Warped Roof 1997 Bigfoot 2500 9’6”?

A few suggestions from someone on his second 'foot. Walk the floor carefully and completely, testing for soft spots. Open the hatch and stand on the bed. Press on the fiberglass around the hatch in the area of the sag to test for sponginess. Also press on the flange of the hatch, looking for movement. I fail to understand folks claiming Bigfoot didn't install escape hatches. Both my 'feet were purchased new and had full size escape hatches over the bed. I'm pretty sure a second means of egress is an RVIA code requirement, besides being a good idea. My other 'foot was a '98. I agree the window molding is cosmetic issue. It's the butlyl seal under the window flange that is important. I've reset the molding twice now, and it's pulling away from the corners again. For real peace of mind, consider taking it to a Sealtech testing location.
stevenal 12/18/21 12:09pm Truck Campers
RE: New polar cub Mach 8 AC and the Honda eu2000i question

The round run / off dial selector when turned to the off position shuts off the fuel supply. How? The device is described as a switch. To cut off fuel, one needs a valve. Is it both?
stevenal 12/16/21 08:22pm Truck Campers
RE: New polar cub Mach 8 AC and the Honda eu2000i question

I'm confused. How can an electrical switch cut off the fuel? Is there an existing solenoid valve in the fuel line? Thanks. On edit: Is the OEM fuel pump electric?
stevenal 12/16/21 08:00am Truck Campers
RE: Camper Battery doesnt charge while going down the road

Yes. The pin directly across from the hot one should be ground, and should connect to the truck's metal frame. Please see my previous question.
stevenal 12/11/21 05:24pm Truck Campers
RE: Camper Battery doesnt charge while going down the road

Where is the receptacle? In the bed, or are you using the OEM trailer connector near the truck's rear bumper. Im using the trailer connecter near the hitch for the outside lights. then runs toward the front left corner for the camper cord to plug in there to an added recipicle and then to the camper to plug in the camper recepticle. I forgot too, being unfair to everyone here...that my charge wire is coming from the truck batteries (separate) to the forward umbilical cord recepticle. But a huge troublsome problem exists in the wire connections behind the camper factory recepticle. They leave plenty of slack and wire to pull it out and check those connections. Like said before, twice I've seen where they relied on tightening the screw to go thru the wire insulation and not properly stripping the wire. It was amazing to find that also on my new NL camper. I was asking the OP.
stevenal 12/11/21 07:39am Truck Campers
RE: Camper Battery doesnt charge while going down the road

Where is the receptacle? In the bed, or are you using the OEM trailer connector near the truck's rear bumper.
stevenal 12/07/21 01:41pm Truck Campers
RE: New polar cub Mach 8 AC and the Honda eu2000i question

If your convertor is putting out 55A at 12V, that's 660W on the DC side. If the AC side is 950W, that's a low efficiency of 69.5%. I question the 950 number. Did you see this in a spec sheet? Measure it? The 290W difference would be dissipated as heat if the efficiency is really so low. If I set the stat too low, my Polar Cub will ice up and stop cooling.
stevenal 12/06/21 12:54pm Truck Campers
RE: New polar cub Mach 8 AC and the Honda eu2000i question

2200i and Mach 8 here. So far, so good. Have not tried it at altitude yet, so MicroAir might yet be needed.. I have no experience with lithium, but 950 sounds like a lot. Convertors generally provide a variable load as battery state of charge and and dc loads dictate. Since my ability to carry gasoline is limited, I shut off the convertor and switch the fridge to propane. These are my only two AC loads.
stevenal 12/06/21 08:11am Truck Campers
RE: Cassette toilet/shower

We simply carry some PET bags. If the black tank gets too full, turn off the pump and put the bag in the toilet. Trash receptacles are easier to find than outhouses, bathrooms, or dump stations.
stevenal 11/19/21 07:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Antifreeze NOT Bypassing Water Heater

My camper has a two way and a three way valve to route around the WH. I found the three way was installed backward from the factory. I turned it around, and all works as it should now.
stevenal 11/19/21 07:42pm Truck Campers
RE: Tacozilla?

Some TC manufacturers have ditched the fixed front windows, I assume due to leakage. I never saw one that opens before.
stevenal 11/03/21 07:58am Truck Campers
RE: Long Bed vs Bigger Overhang - off - roading

I have the BF 1500 jimh425 spoke of, and find it to be a nice compromise. A long bed super cab replaced the short bed crew cab, and gave us a tad more interior room with the same wheelbase. The new camper has a nice short overhang (ordered without the bumper/deck). Our last venture from the pavement took us on the Wolverine Trail and Burr Trail switchbacks in Utah. Not a five by any means. I don't believe a dually will fit the ruts of a two rut road very well. Uneven washouts that will tip the rig are where I look for another route.
stevenal 10/26/21 01:19pm Truck Campers
RE: Puzzled by Refrigerator Problem

I've had two campers in my life, and both had regulators that were improperly set until I adjusted them. Either get a manometer, or find an RV servicer with one.
stevenal 10/25/21 01:21pm Tech Issues
RE: DC Conversion and Amp Hours for CPAP

The meter you used measures kWh at 120V. If we assume the 120V and the 12V adapters have similar efficiency, I would use the same measurement at 12V. Multiply by 1000 to get Wh. Divide by 12V to get Ah. Divide by hours of use to see average amps at 12V.
stevenal 09/21/21 12:11pm Tech Issues
RE: Hmm... another use for Tork-Lift?

Even if he's within width requirements, the driver cannot see where the extensions are. Note that he is not within his lane.
stevenal 09/15/21 08:00am Truck Campers
RE: Cabinet hardware recommendations

After a water bar unloaded my kitchen cabinets onto the floor and dogs, I supplemented the hinge struts with magnet style latches from Amazon. I think they were rated 60 lbs each, and ended up with two per cabinet. Must be a problem with the conversions, because there is no way it takes 120 lbs to open. It does take a sharp pull however. Also ditch the included screws and get some good ones.
stevenal 09/08/21 02:47pm Truck Campers
RE: Refrigerator won't light at higher elevation

Checked your LP pressure? Both my truck campers came from the factory with low pressure.
stevenal 08/30/21 07:40pm Tech Issues
RE: Anyone with 12v Air Conditioning Experience?

Kaytag1, I never purchased the standard, but from https://archive.org/stream/ansi-rvia-lv-standard-for-low-voltage-systems-in-conversion-and-recreational-vechicles/ANSI%20RVIA%20LV%20-%20Standard%20for%20Low%20Voltage%20Systems%20in%20Conversion%20and%20Recreational%20Vechicles_djvu.txt #8 stranded is good for 40A. But if the wires are part of the inverter, they should be covered by its listing, and RVIA would not apply.
stevenal 08/30/21 01:33pm Truck Campers
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