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RE: Help with Skamper Heco Lift System Corner Brackets Setup

From memory, many years ago. Someone please correct me if I am wrong. The corner brackets need to be square and level. Lift the roof fully up, then insert the (unloaded) torsion bar and lower the roof. This will load the spring. To get the torsion bar in, it may be neccessary to lift the roof higher than the canvas will let you. The camper we worked on way back when got a completely new roof and the canvas was not in place yet. There are no other springs in that mechanism. As you have noted, the torsion force is pretty big. The wood that the brackets are mounted to needs to be in very good shape and the whole frame needs to be structurally sound. A patch job will not last long, if at all. When the roof is lowered and the spring is loaded, that force keeps trying to rotate the corner brackets for as long as the roof is down. Once the structure is compromised, the brackets begin to turn out of level. You see that a lot in older campers, it is a tell-tale sign. Good luck with your project!
joerg68 09/26/23 10:59am Truck Campers
RE: A Camper Window with a View 3

Does a door with a view count? Auvergne, France: This is the corresponding view from the side: Many campgrounds in the region close for the season on 30 September. We have the whole campground to ourselves. The weather is fabulous.
joerg68 09/26/23 05:18am Truck Campers
RE: The fantastic vent fan in the bedroom has a problem.

There should be a mechanical end switch that engages when the dome is closed. I had a corrosion problem there once, but on a less sophisticated Fantastic Fan model.
joerg68 08/22/23 09:12am Tech Issues
RE: Moving an abandoned truck camper.

I just hope someone salvaged those Atwood jacks.
joerg68 07/31/23 10:33am Truck Campers
RE: Camper Tie-down Pros/Cons

The Brophys will probably work just fine for you on paved roads. As has been said, the camper will overload your truck. This is not neccessarily a problem, but you need to know by how much, and you need to know what you are doing. Stated weights for trucks and campers are chronically "optimistic", and just adding up numbers from sales brochures or even camper placards will usually not give a reliable total weight. Only a scale knows the truth. For your own sake, you should have the rig weighed and know the actual axle weights without / with camper. The limiting factor is typically the Rear Axle Weight Rating (RAWR), which is often limited by the carrying capacity of the rear tires. That is one number you should try not to exceed. How will it handle? Depends on your driving and expectations... You say you are a carpenter and want to live in the truck. Where are your tools and how much do they weigh? Are you planning to pull a trailer? If so, the tongue weight of the trailer will reduce the available carrying capacity. Also... when you start making modifications to the camper, you will typically add more weight.
joerg68 07/18/23 07:37am Truck Campers
RE: Replacement roof caps for 2006 Outfitter Caribou 6.5

If Outfitter can not/will not help, Hallmark may be another place you could try. They are "family" (or, used to be way back when).
joerg68 07/17/23 11:08am Truck Campers
RE: Replacement roof caps for 2006 Outfitter Caribou 6.5

Your camper is ~17 years old. Are the roof corners the only problem, or are they the only parts you need to procure? From your question, I suspect there is more wrong with the roof that needs to be fixed. I don't know how exactly the older Outfitter roofs looked like ... But it might be a possibility to contact Northstar or BundutecUSA for parts infornation, they still make multi-piece roofs. Maybe they can help. Or get a quote from Outfitter for a new single-piece fiberglass roof.
joerg68 07/17/23 09:34am Truck Campers
RE: Replacing my linoleum.

Just putting something new on top of the old stuff may be the better approach. When I had to remove the "linoleum" in my 2001 Lance, the stuff was quite nasty. There was some cardboard-like backing underneath the top coat which disintegrated when I tried to pull the flooring off. I had to scrape it off very painstakingly, and it took quite some time. Of course the flooring in your newer camper could be different. If you try to take it out, maybe try in a hidden spot first.
joerg68 07/17/23 05:10am Truck Campers
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

I am starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel Just make sure it is not the train ;-) Hang in there!
joerg68 07/05/23 02:48am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Our June 2023 Tesla T@B westcoast adventure including pics.

Thank You for this nice trip report. I'm glad you had a good time!
joerg68 06/30/23 12:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: Dometic fridge RM2652 tripping thermal sensor

To post a picture, go to and follow instructions there. The site was created by a forum member for this very purpose.
joerg68 06/12/23 01:52am Tech Issues
RE: Turnbuckle advice

No alternatives from my side. I have been a happy TL Fastgun user since 2009 and recommend them.
joerg68 06/06/23 05:34am Truck Campers
RE: Mystery leak

If you do not know how to post pictures here, go to and follow the instructions there. (I am not affiliated with that site - forum member 1492 created it to make photo posting here less complicated)
joerg68 06/01/23 03:15am Travel Trailers
RE: LFP life cycle link:

joerg68 05/25/23 01:25pm Tech Issues
RE: Tree Fell onto My Fifth Wheel

To post a photo here, you can go to and follow instructions there. AFAIK it is a workaround site that a forum member provides.
joerg68 05/25/23 01:18pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Lightweight, 6'5 Headroom, shower, 90's-2010's, suggestions?

Lance have all their old brochures online for you to look at:
joerg68 05/24/23 07:58am Truck Campers
RE: Fridge Issues

after 1 hour I noticed the fridge wasn't cool at all (which it usually is by then) In my experience, an hour is never enough for an absorption fridge to cool down. More like "over night". What was the ambient temperature? What was the temperature inside the fridge?
joerg68 05/16/23 01:52am Truck Campers
RE: Happijac issue

Revert to manual crank mode? Get a decent battery drill and the required drill bit... We had HJ electric jacks on our previous camper, and their reliability was not very impressive then. We did not order them for our 2017 Northstar. We now use a good high-torque Makita 18V drill. Then again, we take the camper off only very rarely, so it is not that much of an inconvenience. You may be able to find some used motors on the web. If you have some time.
joerg68 05/12/23 08:16am Truck Campers
RE: carfax for truck campers

There is none. What would it be able to show? Where would any data come from? AFAIK they aren't even titled in most states. In most places, they are just cargo.
joerg68 05/10/23 03:10am Truck Campers
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

@Fulltimin: I hope all is well with you and the project makes good progress. I very much enjoyed the daily updates. Even though I may not agree with all the things you do and how you do them, I have a lot of respect for all the work, effort and money you put into the project. And more than anything I wish that you can finish that thing and get on the road! Bonus if I get to see pictures of the finished motorhome and your adventures. On my first truck camper, back in 2009, I had to repair some significant water damage. I learned a lot during that 2-month project. Mainly, that I enjoy camping vastly more than working on my camper. You took on a huge project, and I wish you success!
joerg68 05/03/23 08:09am Class A Motorhomes
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