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Posted: 09/12/17 03:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am a grad student considering moving to living in a cap over camper full time. Rather than paying rent, I would rather be paying for something I can keep.

I have an F250, but do not currently own a camper. I live in the CA central valley, so hot summers ( but I spend most of day at school in AC) and fairly mild winters (rain, no snow).

Does anyone have any advice?

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You will be much happier with a TT. A truck camper by its very nature is limited, limited space, storage, tank capacities are only a few.


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If the F250 is what you use to commute to work/school then a travel trailer is most likely better for you


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So, for some more information-

I semi frequently haul a horse trailer/horse camp, so would prefer a cabover so I could still haul the trailer. I was considering parking on campus (so no commute) and/or parking at a good friends house a mile or so away and biking in most days.

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Can you live comfortably in 64 SQFT? Your f250 depending on year and configuration could be really taxed with a camper and hauling a horse trailer. It simply will not have the capacity to handle both.

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I can see this working if you are a student and mostly just use it to sleep. I'd look for the shortest/lightest TC you can find and strip out everything you don't need to reduce the weight. However, you should also think about how secure your items will be. RVs are inherently easy to break into.


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You also need to find out if you can actually stay parked on campus 24/7.

You may be able to manage OK in the winter, but you will need some way to cool off at night.

You can probably shower on campus, but there is an issue of toilet availability as well. You will need some place to dump some sort of toilet.


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I had a truck camper for traveling but wouldn't live in one for longterm.


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You will get a lot of good useful advice here, and a lot of the other kind as well, as you see. Be persistent, and you can separate the two.
What year F250? - big difference between 1995 and 2015.
Is there really a semi-permanent parking spot at your friend's? Safe? Access to power? Water? A convenient place (like a clean out) to dump a casette toilet?
'Paying for something you can keep' You mean you are going to get (or already have) a loan to buy the camper?


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