New Expedition Camper - Overland Explorer

java

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If you're driving for a couple hours every day, you will likely be fine with an additional 40 amp hour load.

Sounds like you should grab one of those victron battery monitors. Easy to install and really useful. Way more than just voltage which isn't a very accurate way to monitor batteries.

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dwh

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I have a motorola z2 force... and it has what is called “mods” devices that magnetically attach.. one of the attachments is a nano video projector... that projector and a bose blue tooth speaker... or a small laptop/iPad and a bose blue tooth speaker...

I travelled Asia last year and I used this system with a small laptop... the projector was not out yet, it would have been much better... it projects a huge image, up to 70” tv.... and with those white walls of yours... you may have a great spot to project onto.... and that little bose, is amazing...

https://www.bose.com/en_us/products/speakers/portable_speakers/soundlink-mini-ii-bundle.html#v=soundlink_mini_ii_pkg_slm_ii_carbon


https://www.motorola.com/us/products/moto-mods/moto-insta-share-projector
I have that same phone. They sent me the ($300) projector as a sign-on bonus (freebie).

The battery is only good for 30 minutes and it can't run off the phone's battery.

I swapped the projector to a guy at work for a big add-on battery and a top of the line LG bluetooth headset.
 
I have that same phone. They sent me the ($300) projector as a sign-on bonus (freebie).

The battery is only good for 30 minutes and it can't run off the phone's battery.

I swapped the projector to a guy at work for a big add-on battery and a top of the line LG bluetooth headset.
I did not realize that about the projector.. I have not tried it for a full movie.. bummer.. ok, well a computer or ipad and one of those Bose is what I have been using... Wife and I enjoyed the entertainment...
 
Quick update on JuannaGo, aka my truck/camper.

I have been very happy with how the Crossfire tire pressure equalization system is working out. I do have to lower pressure in each duel but when it comes to airing back up I can use the central valve stem.

I also bought a set of hoses with ends that screw onto the value stems. I can air up all four fuel duels at the same time with one connection to my compressor. I have a valve stem on the hose so I can monitor pressure at a central point. I can do the same thing for the front tires. Super handy. I know it takes about 20 min to air up the four duels so I can turn it on and let it run.

I am currently running the duels at 60 psi and fronts at 80. I do monitor the tire temps and have a wait and see outlook with summer temps on the way.

I also got the truck all loaded up. Water, fuel, bedding, equipment, food etc and weighed each axle end.

Left front 3020
Right front. 2960

Right rear. 4500
Left rear. 4420


I think that is about as spot on as a person can expect.

Busy getting ready for spending spring break week in Moab. Leaving Friday next week. With the truck/camper and towing a Land Cruiser.
 
Just read about your truck and it is very similar to what we run (- the camper was doing some research and came up with yours)
How do you like your camper?
Do you sleep with four people often?
We are planning a 6-12 month trip and our trying to sort out a new or keep what we have setup.
We run the same tires and have gotten about 40,000 km out of a set (on second set now) got 65,000 on another truck with the stock continental both truck tow almost everyday at max gcwr (37500 lbs)
Going to order the crossfire tire system where did you get it? I did a bit of searching a few years ago and only came up with an auto system that cost 6k.
I have 4:88 gears and get about 31 litres per 100k (almost 12 mpg) at average weight 22,000 lbs truck and trailer
How do you find the storage in your camper?
In ours we have a lot of storage but the sleeping sucks we. I also can’t stand up in the camper without being hunched over
Trying to decide on what to do for suspension thinking the same just redo rear springs and change the shocks
I have a 2” front spacer in and I like the ride with the camper could be just a bit softer and get rid of the over loads was thinking of taking a few leafs out of the spring pack and putting a airbag in to gain the extra lift but still be soft or just go full air ride but may not work well with such a tall heavy truck. (‘I had a 2006 3500 with air bags in it and the truck swayed really bad with the camper had a 1999 2500 rode like a dream with the camper but mechanical over loads. Have had both and want to make good better.
Have you had many rocks wedged in the tires yet?
8EF9826A-7EC7-409F-8BA1-D71E54556AC8.jpeg Last winter we had lots of snow and I aired the tires down and parked the truck in deep snow and the snow froze the inside two tires beads got popped off and got destroyed going down the hyw the next day which sucked b/c these tires are Special order here. Have had a few flats with them make sure you have two jacks with you unless you have a rim puller to get the rims off the truck (have had a heck of a time trying to get them off found that using a jack works good)
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Easyshell, I have been busy and just saw your post. I will attempt to answer.

I love my camper, its fantastic. I have only a couple times slept with four people. It handles four just fine.

I got the crossfire from Donley Enterprises, eddonley@twinvalley.net You must predecide your tire pressure because the crossfire come set at a specific pressure.

I have no idea how you get 12mpg, I don't get that with just the camper. When towing my boat 8600lbs for an all up weight of about 24,000 lbs it drops to around 9mpg.

Storage is the campers Achilles heel. It is very limited in storage. I have the pass-through under the dinette that is taken up by the outdoor kitchen. I have storage for smaller items in the under flatbed boxes. However for example there is no place to store a generator, ice chest, or fold up awning.

I am satisfied with the ride. Its a heavy duty truck but on maintained surfaces I can't complain.

I have had one rock lodged in the duels. The more I drive it the more convinced I become that it's much ado about nothing.

No flats yet. No rim puller. With the tires I am within capacity running singles in the rear. I see it as I have two spares stored on the rear axle. I do carry a bottle jack, a high powered battery powered Milwaukee impact wrench and a torque wrench. The 19.5 Toyos are extremely tough. Getting flats isn't something I worry about.
 
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Returned from Overland Explorer yesterday. I had driven my camper up last weekend so Overland could have it for a couple of small issues and finalize some work I had put off until I could use the camper for a few months. I will post some pics tomorrow.

One thing we needed to get done was the fenders. When my camper was built my intention was to go with super singles. I have since decided to stick with duels. Therefore my fenders needed some modification. That is now done.

I had a couple of minor issues with the camper; a small leak on the fresh water and what turned out to be a bad temperature sensor on the inverter. Both promptly fixed at no cost to me.

Also added some tracking to secure items on the back of the camper. Pics to follow.

Leave for Alaska on the 10th.
 
Update on the 265/70R19.5 tires. The fronts are showing abnormal wear on the sides. I think it's a combination of not perfectly balanced plus they are mounted on wheels that are too narrow for them.

I discussed with my local tire store and we agreed that I should just to run even less pressure in the fronts. I have dropped from 70 to 60 and that is where I will start my trip. I do carry an infrared temp gauge and will watch my temps. I can always add air. Sure ride smoother at 60 psi!!

I have been running the rears at 60 and they appear to be wearing even.
 

java

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Update on the 265/70R19.5 tires. The fronts are showing abnormal wear on the sides. I think it's a combination of not perfectly balanced plus they are mounted on wheels that are too narrow for them.

I discussed with my local tire store and we agreed that I should just to run even less pressure in the fronts. I have dropped from 70 to 60 and that is where I will start my trip. I do carry an infrared temp gauge and will watch my temps. I can always add air. Sure ride smoother at 60 psi!!

I have been running the rears at 60 and they appear to be wearing even.
From my online research the solid axle ford's eat the outsides of the front tires. (mine is doing it too) The dually front ends do it worse as they have a larger scrub radius.

Too high of pressure should result in more wear in the center, not the edges.

Shoot me a PM, I have the load/inflation table from toyo, you can find their recommend pressure for your axle weights.

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