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  1. tim87tr

    Need More Water

    I've been planning the same thing and saw many sizes here: https://www.ntotank.com/rv-fresh-water-tanks
  2. tim87tr

    PTO uses for travel

    I need to look around more, but the Genair generator/compressor listed on the Vanair website was around 500 lb yet a higher 6 kW, therefore probably heavier. So yes there's weight, but with a fueled generator, fuel cans and separate compressor it adds up like you mentioned. The unit I viewed...
  3. tim87tr

    PTO uses for travel

    Darn, I hope it'd work. I thought that's what the automatic charging relay prevented. I'd like to hear about what people are using besides solar, and their setups to charge the camper batteries. And....who is utilizing PTO?😎
  4. tim87tr

    PTO uses for travel

    I looked at start up and running wattage required for a camper AC and the frame rail generator/compressor specs show it would easily handle it. There's even combos which also include a welder and battery charger. I was told the diesel trucks with dual alternators and the high idle feature with...
  5. tim87tr

    My latest TC trip report is here

    Inspiring and impressive on Elephant Hill. I've been on that trail in the Jeep, but not White Rim. I really like the views on the west spur north of Needles, Canyonland rim trails. I'm assuming you've been on that trail and can you dry camp up there? I've been to Moab three times and curious...
  6. tim87tr

    New trucks and 4low...

    Agree. Ordered my first new vehicle in Fall 13, a 14 half door Rubicon. No packages so half door and 6 speed is standard, with block heater, tinted rear windows and hitch. Most fun vehicle we've ever owned on and off-road.
  7. tim87tr

    PTO uses for travel

    I grew up on a farm and even our cub cadet lawn mower had PTO so it'd power our grain auger. I just figured it had a legitimate use, especially for a generator and air compressor combo under the travel rig setup. I see all this solar and battery being used, and thought it might be a viable...
  8. tim87tr

    PTO uses for travel

    I was looking at the new Ram HD trucks and noticed they have the PTO option. Has anyone used this for a generator, air compressor, winches, etc? I did a quick search and found Vanair mobile power solutions with PTO shaft and hydraulic driven accessories as mentioned. Just curious as I see...
  9. tim87tr

    5500 campers real life experience

    Wow, you have skills. I have a basic grow up on a farm and work on some vehicles skills, but that's impressive. After watching a video on how they built the artic fox, I know that was an in depth and rewarding project. Thanks for the tire info, I'd like to air down on a trail or run less than...
  10. tim87tr

    5500 campers real life experience

    Kenny, I looked again at the 3500 SRW Ram Limited chassis cab payload and found 4580 lb for the quad cab diesel. I thought it was less so if that's correct, I will investigate SRW more, you got me looking at a bigger picture. It'd be nice to have some 35s like you've put on your rig. What is...
  11. tim87tr

    5500 campers real life experience

    Yes, but not sure I even want to tow the Jeep too often or at all, I'd rather just take it out West a couple times a year, or possibly leave it out there at a friend's home. It does real well driving on the highway, has 37" bfg ko2s/5.13s/6 sp but I don't plan on having it with me all the time...
  12. tim87tr

    5500 campers real life experience

    If I didn't have my Jeep and trail experiences in it, I'd consider more of an off road set up. I'm going to need the additional payload of the duals also. I did research the SRW but have decided against it to look at heavier truck campers.
  13. tim87tr

    5500 campers real life experience

    No I'd stay with stock size wheels and tires. It'd be trailhead or an easy dirt/gravel road on occasion as a Basecamp for my Jeep to use on trails. We like to move from place to place but on paved roads. Good to know you can get places with it a bit offroad too. I ruled out expedition type...
  14. tim87tr

    5500 campers real life experience

    My initial research and first thread on the forum looked into what payload I need. It seemed like I could get to the 6000 lb payload rating of the 3500 fairly easy. I looked at the new for 2019 Limited trim in quad chassis cabs, and the prices didn't seem too much more for the extra 5500...
  15. tim87tr

    5500 campers real life experience

    Thanks, you're giving me a lot to think about going into this. I'm a technical thinker, so I like those details. Hadn't even thought of the difference in repairs. Hopefully there'll be more of these to look at, and Bundutec is 6 hours north of me. I'll do some more research on the...
  16. tim87tr

    5500 campers real life experience

    I'll keep doing research on this but they're a fairly new company, not the owner. I like the concept of the flatbed as I'd decided it's a good idea on a new build chassis cab. I'm looking for a hard side. I do like the fiberglass shell constuction and the Cirrus had stood out to me also. I saw...
  17. tim87tr

    5500 campers real life experience

    I'm going to need a 5500 for a larger truck camper, flatbed/boxes and extra water in a quad cab chassis diesel. I have a modified Jeep I've been using on trips out West the last 8 years, so the camper rig would be only 10% trailhead and 90% road travel, mostly off-grid. There are not any...
  18. tim87tr

    Gross vehicle rating & payload

    I found the Ram spec table. For a crew chassis cab 4x4 diesel DRW 60" CA, the payload/GVWR & FAWR/RAWR is as follows: 3500.....6157/14,000.....6000/9850 4500.....6300/15,000.....7250/12,000 5500....10,067/18750....7250/13,500 Seems one could get over the 6000 pound payload fairly easy with...
  19. tim87tr

    Gross vehicle rating & payload

    I was glad to see you can get the extra tank with the deisel. Last trip to Colorado we traveled state route 36 from the Midwest and enjoyed that much more than Interstate. Part of the route was the old pony Express and had some historic areas.
  20. tim87tr

    Gross vehicle rating & payload

    I will definitely be looking at 4500 chassis crew cab dually and hard side TC for my travel. Based on research, real life input on this forum, and my experience traveling out West in a Jeep. I think the expedition setups are really neat but I have that already with my built Jeep, and the off...
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