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RE: New Equity Group Owns Northern Lite Campers

So instead of two separate companies each making a profit, now we have three each needing a profit from the two original companies.
srschang 02/28/23 11:05am Truck Campers
RE: DRW vs SRW safety, tire blowout

Think geometry for a moment. With the same spring set and same load the DRW actually has MORE leverage against the spring set than the SRW does so the suspension will have more sway with a DRW then a SRW. (the pivot point is the center where the axle spring pack make contact and the leverage point is the outside of the tire) However most will claim a DRW is "more stable" because twice as many sidewalls reduce the sidewall flex considerably. The reduction in sidewall flex is much greater than the additional suspension leverage resulting in reduced sway or "more stable" ride. For SRW's switching to commercial rated tires with fairly to very stiff sidewalls is equally or more effective. - Mark0. Not sure what truck we are talking about, but on the Ram, more leaves on the DRW than on the SRW. And I switched to 19.5s on my 2020 Ram SRW. My 2022 Ram dually with the factory tires has less side to side sway than the 2020 with commercial tires.
srschang 02/25/23 10:11pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck to fit camper

It will probably end up weighing 5000#+ with your stuff, a couple people in the truck, and a full tank of fuel. Definitely puts you out of single rear wheel territory. My camper with options is 3300#, and comes in at 4700# loaded ready to go camping. It pretty much maxes out my longbed dually, truck and camper weighed at a CAT scale is 13,700# Maybe look at a Ram Megacab, they are shortbed and I think you can get them as a dually.
srschang 02/22/23 03:33pm Truck Campers
RE: Finally Common Sense in California (No Shows at Campgrounds)

Harvest Host sites are the worst for no shows. For a long time there was no penalties for being a no show. The sites are free, so book up several sites for the night, and stay at the one where you end up. It was / is difficult to find an open site. At least now, after 3 no shows, they drop you as a member.
srschang 02/19/23 02:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Choices in non-basement truck campers?

I just went out and measured my 12STC. It's 8'4" from the bottom of the camper to the highest point, which is one of the Maxxair fan covers. The A/C is about 2" lower. Is that about what the guy told you?
srschang 02/16/23 01:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Choices in non-basement truck campers?

The 12STC on my 2022 Ram 3500 dually is 11'6" to the highest point, and the unloaded truck bed is 39" from the ground. Your truck bed must be 5' off the ground.
srschang 02/16/23 12:25pm Truck Campers
RE: Choices in non-basement truck campers?

I have a Northstar 12STC. I think it’s the longest truck camper made, with a 12’ floor length. No basement, no slides, very well made. 3300# dry weight, ours is 4800# fully loaded ready to go camping.
srschang 02/16/23 06:34am Truck Campers
RE: How to keep a TC from being stolen when not on the truck?

I don't worry about it.
srschang 02/03/23 03:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Frame Stiffing to reduce Porpoising?

I get concerned about our camper porpoising sometimes as well. It looks like the cabover is moving a ton when I look up and out the windshield. But in reality, it can't be moving too much or it would be hitting the sharkfin antenna. And, since ours is sitting on a rubber mat in the bed of the truck, and the center of gravity is right on the rear axle, the flex in the rubber mat probably accounts for a lot of the movement. As mbloof said, 2" of movement at the front of the cabover isn't very much movement at the front and back of the truck bed.
srschang 01/29/23 10:49am Truck Campers
RE: Inverter and battery sizing to power my camper microwave

I inrush current the same as surge capacity?
srschang 01/28/23 11:16am Truck Campers
RE: Inverter and battery sizing to power my camper microwave

I have 2 100ah lithium batteries and a 2000w Xantrex inverter. It runs the microwave no problem. Just don't try to make toast while microwaving something else. That didn't work.
srschang 01/28/23 07:04am Truck Campers
RE: Wiring 4 awg charging wire to upgrade 8 awg factory wire.

I believe Ford is still the only one with switched power at the trailer plug. I was just thinking, there could be a condition where you're sitting in the Truck, key on, engine off, and the DC DC charger is pumping 30 amps from the truck battery back to the TC batteries. That could be a recipe for a dead battery. . My Victron Tr 12/12-30 DC-DC charger won't turn on if the truck key is turned on and the engine isn't running. It has to see the increased voltage from the alternator before it will turn on.
srschang 01/27/23 01:03pm Truck Campers
RE: 8 Gauge Wire

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srschang 01/21/23 06:17am Truck Campers
RE: 8 Gauge Wire

On the driver side battery in my Ram, there's a High Amperage Power Point (HAPP) that I installed a 60A fuse. The HAPP is just a threaded post that you can draw up to 300 amps from. I ran 4 gauge wire under the cab of the truck, through a plastic hole cover in the front of the bed, to the Pollak outlet mounted in the board that keeps the camper from hitting the top bed rail. The plug end of the Pollak connector is connected to 4 gauge wire that goes through a sealed gland into a Victron 12-12 30 amp converter inside the camper. 4 gauge wire runs from the Victron to the power center of the camper. Then 4 gauge wire runs from the power center to the 2 100 ah lithium batteries.
srschang 01/20/23 09:07am Truck Campers
RE: 8 Gauge Wire

That NAPA plug looks exactly like the Pollak plug I used on my charging cable from my truck batteries to the DC-DC charger in the camper. Pollak Outlet Pollak Plug
srschang 01/19/23 11:41am Truck Campers
RE: Camping off the truck

I have a couple 4x6 pressure treated blocks I cut 12" long. But in 20 years of truck camping, I've never used them under the jacks, just use them to drive the truck tires onto to level the camper if I leave it on the truck. Don't think I've ever put anything under the jacks? Oh, I guess I did, because the jack was too short to reach the ground.
srschang 01/05/23 01:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Broken Frame on a RAM 3500

Does RAM provide a separate weight rating for truck campers? I know Ford does. On my 2008 F250, the payload capacity is 2700lb on the door jam but per the Ford towing guideline document, I'm limited to just over 2200lb with a truck camper. Yes, Ram does include a camper sheet. I have a truck identical to the broken truck, except mine is a 2022. From the door sticker "The combined weight of occupants and cargo should never exceed 5569#" From the truck camper document "Cargo weight rating (pounds) 4738" My camper weight is 4740# when 100% loaded with water, propane, full fridge, bottled water, beer. I weighed the truck at a CAT scale fully loaded as we left on trip, and then after the trip when the camper was off the truck. So although I'm 2 pounds over the truck camper document, it's very rare that the camper is 100% full of "Stuff".
srschang 01/03/23 08:21am Truck Campers
RE: Broken Frame on a RAM 3500

Just went out and popped the hood on my truck (I have the same truck). The motor mounts look to be at or slightly behind the centerline of the front wheels, so the engine is balanced over the front wheels. I'm surprised the broken truck ended up in an inverted V. It's like there was a huge weight in front of the front wheels and behind the rear wheels. I would have thought the the weight of the Crew Cab, transmission, and transfer case would have pulled the center of the truck down in a normal V. I went out and looked at the engine again. The motor mounts are ~12" from the flyhousing, and ~18" from the front of the engine. So some of the engine weight would have been pulling down on the truck ahead of the front wheels, but still..
srschang 01/02/23 01:12pm Truck Campers
RE: Broken Frame on a RAM 3500

I found out that it's a short bed truck with a camper for a long bed. Radically changing the dynamics. Then compound that with the extended hitch and motorbike. Wow what a risk! Ram only made one configuration with a shortbed and dual wheels in 2020, and it's a Mega Cab. The broken truck is not a Mega Cab.
srschang 01/02/23 09:49am Truck Campers
RE: Broken Frame on a RAM 3500

So to continue beating the dead horse, I have a 2022 Ram 3500 Laramie crew cab long bed diesel dually. Here are the specs. GVWR - 14,000# GAWR Front - 6000# GAWR Rear - 9750# From the door sticker "The combined weight of occupants and cargo should never exceed 5569#" From the truck camper document "Cargo weight rating (pounds) 4738" So this guy said the weight of the camper loaded was 6500#. No matter which cargo number you use from my truck, which is very similar to his truck, the guy was at least 1000# overweight, and close to 2000# overweight from the truck camper document. Not sure how his argument could ever stand up.
srschang 12/30/22 08:47am Truck Campers
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