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    Best quality, design, fit + finish, and warranty support in Pop Up Camper?

    Based upon my vast knowledge, wisdom and experience :p and 14 years owning a FWC Hawk, I recommend Four Wheel Campers built in California. I have had great after-sale support whenever I needed it. Email and telephone inquiries are always answered in a timely manner. The people at FWC are...
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    Alternator power to camper, none to camper battery . . .

    UPDATE: Well, after doing some more research I found a forum comment (elsewhere) that said the Blue Sea 7611 ACR was a "drop-in replacement" for the Sure Power 1314 in FWC pop-up campers. And another comment on Amazon that FWC are installing the 7611 on their new campers using 10AWG wire and...
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    Alternator power to camper, none to camper battery . . .

    Okay, to wrap it up. I replaced the 2004 Hawk's Sure Power 1314 battery separator with the Sure Power 1314A from Home Depot ($51 and change). Decided not to go with the Blue Sea Systems SI-ACR due to heavy gauge wiring (with high amp fuses) that would have to be run from the engine compartment...
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    Alternator power to camper, none to camper battery . . .

    If I want to stay with the Sure Power 1314, I found a screamin' deal at Home Depot (online) for $51 and change. Looking hard at the Blue Sea SI-ACR included in the Add-a-battery-kit (Blue Sea 7650) which also has a massive switch, $104.99 at West Marine. In case it's not obvious, I'm a "ham...
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    Alternator power to camper, none to camper battery . . .

    Thanks, guys for your responses and thoughts. I'm gonna call the Sure Power separator people tomorrow about the recall and to see if they'll send me a replacement. These things aren't cheap. i think the Model 1314 is going for $82 on Amazon. Bucky UPDATE: Model years for Sure Power recall...
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    Alternator power to camper, none to camper battery . . .

    Okay, I think I figured it out. A Sure Power Battery Separator (isolator) Model 1314 seems to be the problem. Any recommendations for a replacement? Thanks. Bucky
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    Alternator power to camper, none to camper battery . . .

    Hi guys, I forgot to add in original post that this camper has been wired this way (white positive) since I first got it. I know I'm getting power from the 7-way on the bumper because I checked it at the plug end that receives the camper's pigtail. (In case you're wondering, I didn't want to...
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    Alternator power to camper, none to camper battery . . .

    Hey, Gang, I just replaced a group 24 flooded deep cycle with a group 31 AGM battery in the 2004 FWC Hawk (original owner). Running the truck's engine, I'm getting 14.71v off the alternator to the camper (checked at the terminals behind the little drop-down door at left-front). The gray...
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    pop - top insulation

    Four Wheel Campers has a flexible Thermal Pack available: http://www.fourwh.com/product/hawk-short-bed-popup-truck-camper-regular-size/ It used to be called the 'Arctic Pack.' Pricey, but it does help with the cold (FWC says hot weather, too). I've used it on our FWC 2004 Hawk (original...
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    Help with pricing 2004 FWC Hawk . . .

    Thanks, Bill. Your post gave me some good things to think about. BTW, that's some search engine! Showed all FWC Hawks for sale across the country; I used the 3,000 mile radius. Bucky
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    Help with pricing 2004 FWC Hawk . . .

    Hey, Gang, It looks like I'll be putting my 2004 FWC Hawk up for sale pretty soon. I'm the original owner. It's pretty much loaded: Extended cabover, propane furnace w/digital thermostat, 12v DC socket, 110v AC outlet, water heater (new propane valve) w/outside shower package, sink w/faucet...
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    Tire pressure with LOADED FWC Hawk on truck?

    TRIP REPORT Just a quick note. Arrived eastern North Carolina safely last Sunday after 745 miles, 15.5 hours of driving (in one day!). Average mileage: 14.8mpg (according to DIC readout). Route: Mass Pike, I-90 west to Taconic State Parkway (take I-87 south instead; only 4 miles, or so...
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    Tire pressure with LOADED FWC Hawk on truck?

    Thanks! I will check the tires at every stop. (Do you mean UTQG? I can't find anything for UTQC.) This is the last trip with a heavy load like I've described. Bucky
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    Tire pressure with LOADED FWC Hawk on truck?

    Just over 30k miles on the P-metric tires; lots of tread left. They handle the 1200-lb FWC Hawk very well under normal circumstances. I think the problem with the Ford Explorer was under inflation of the tires, a problem with any load, light or heavy. I've aired up, and I should be good to go...
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    Tire pressure with LOADED FWC Hawk on truck?

    I agree. My 2003 Sierra 1500 had Firestone Steelex light truck tires. The best tire I've ever had; got 80k+ miles out of them. Still had good tread, but the sidewalls had dry rot. Replaced them with Firestone LT Destination. I plan on getting E-load range light truck tires when these...
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