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StirCrazy

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Posted: 08/29/19 06:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi, so I have a large 5th wheel but I am now thinking of buying a truck camper in addition to the 5th so we can access parks with smaller spots or for when we go to the island to lower the ferry cost and have our own bed with us.

I am looking at different options, I want a light one with a toilet in it, don't have to have a shower but would like a toilet with a holding tank.

now I am not sure if I should bite the bullet and get a newer one from a dealer, or get a 4to 6000.00 cdn ranged one privately , or spend less and get one for that needs work and just fix it up.

also what should I be looking at when I am looking at them, any specific things to watch out for with a camper

Steve


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Lwiddis

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Posted: 08/29/19 07:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Your concern involves lowering the ferry costs? How many crossing would you need to break even?


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I have never had trouble with close spaces until I tried to sleep in a cabover bed.

I borrowed one for a trip. The first night on the road I crawled into the bed over the cab and tried to sleep. Instead I wound up with a bit of an anxiety attack. I wound up sleeping on the dinette bed for the rest of the trip.

I see enough campers on the road that I am sure that I am weird. I would suggest that you try one out before you buy just in case you are weird too. [emoticon]


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Of course, just an opinion, but when we try something new, we always go with a used cheaper one first and find out what we like and dislike about it. Allows us to keep more of what we've earned while still getting the things we "think" we like.

Had a friend who bought 4 new trucks all in about 4 years. Three were dual rear wheel. One of those he had a whole week before trading for another he liked better. Obviously, money was no object.


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Depends how hand you are, you can get still good looking camper for $6000, but easy to get yourself in bigger project, than anticipated.
I can't travel without shower, but that will put you into 10-12' campers and dually truck range.
Good luck on your search.





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Posted: 08/30/19 08:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Kayteg1 wrote:

. . . I can't travel without shower, but that will put you into 10-12' campers and dually truck range.
Good luck on your search.
There's a whole lotta 8-10 ft. hardside campers with fully functional showers . . . happily riding around on SRW's [emoticon]

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I would try and find a nice used TC no bigger than 9 feet for your SRW to see how you like truck campers...There's some good ones out there and are very reasonable in price but there are also some bad ones out there and priced ridiculously to high..

As an example,yesterday a guy brought in a newer Ford diesel F-350 SRW to the diesel mechanic across the street with a 10ft/with slide and he was swaying like I have never seen..The wife thought he was going to roll it..LOL


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PNW_Steve wrote:

I have never had trouble with close spaces until I tried to sleep in a cabover bed.

I borrowed one for a trip. The first night on the road I crawled into the bed over the cab and tried to sleep. Instead I wound up with a bit of an anxiety attack. I wound up sleeping on the dinette bed for the rest of the trip.

I see enough campers on the road that I am sure that I am weird. I would suggest that you try one out before you buy just in case you are weird too. [emoticon]


Being in the Navy, I got used to small bunks real quick. In fact, I always sleep soundly in the cab over bed. Reminds me of being on the ship way back when.

You are weird.


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Posted: 08/30/19 09:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

jaycocreek wrote:

I would try and find a nice used TC no bigger than 9 feet for your SRW to see how you like truck campers...There's some good ones out there and are very reasonable in price but there are also some bad ones out there and priced ridiculously to high..

As an example,yesterday a guy brought in a newer Ford diesel F-350 SRW to the diesel mechanic across the street with a 10ft/with slide and he was swaying like I have never seen..The wife thought he was going to roll it..LOL


Sounds like inadequate rear suspension not a diesel issue.

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Kayteg1 wrote:

Depends how hand you are, you can get still good looking camper for $6000, but easy to get yourself in bigger project, than anticipated.
I can't travel without shower, but that will put you into 10-12' campers and dually truck range.
Good luck on your search.


Have a grip on the no shower / ripe deal. Mandatory for us is a shower both inside and outside. We do the dishes with the outside one and when in the woods (and no one around) shower nekked too.

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