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Kayteg1

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Posted: 08/30/19 07:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The way most TC are build is that they take empty shell, install wall panels, ceiling and flooring and then put interior walls and cabinet in it.
So you can spend lot of time trying to cut to shape overlaying panels, but for original panels removal and insulation replacement you'd have to gutter whole camper.
Unless it is very old camper with fiberglass insulation, it most likely will have Styrofoam. You can upgrade it with neoprene, but that will add only a notch to R-value.
Than all campers leave factory with lot of holes in them, so sealing the cord compartment, basement drafts and such can be big improvement.
What you want to avoid is delamination. When you look at small angle at outside walls, they suppose to be flat. When you see "bubbles" on them - that is sign that dryrot is under the skin and that is a cancer.





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Getting a Bigfoot or Northern Lite is a very good idea. They’re hard to find a cheap deal on, for good reasons.
“Basement model” campers have much roomier cabovers because the floor and whole rig is built up higher, resulting in a much taller cabover area.
The Northern Lites have bigger beds than the Bigfoots.


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StirCrazy wrote:

the other thought was a used bigfoot or northern light but I am now sure how hard that would be to work on.
Steve


If you have the money for those then yes. Either is nice. They look the same to me.
I have a fiberglass TC as well. How hard to work on? Not any harder.
You will not be accessing the walls from the outside ever, unless you want to do fiberglass repair and can match a gel coat.
Unless you crash it the roof and walls should be trouble free for the life of it.
Fiberglass campers do tend to get sagging roofs.
Keep them waxed.

If you are looking to fit in tight spaces (I thought you meant narrow dirt roads covered with low trees), then a TC is not much smaller than any class C.

If you want a full size TC, then the two you mentioned would be what I would look for, consider nothing else…

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ajriding wrote:



If you are looking to fit in tight spaces (I thought you meant narrow dirt roads covered with low trees), then a TC is not much smaller than any class C.

If you want a full size TC, then the two you mentioned would be what I would look for, consider nothing else…


no tight spaces as in not big enough for my 39 foot 5th wheel lol. I also want to have minimal hang over on the back of the truck, I do have a ford 1 ton long box so I was thinking a 8 to 10 foot camper. when using the ferry anything over 20 feet is 6.50/foot so a couple feet would only add 13 buck each way to the same price as a small car going across.

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A cab over bed is the greatest thing about a truck camper. It is like a fort when I was a kid. I sleep like a baby. Much like aboard ship with a diesel running.

Most people don't use their primary RV enough to justify the cost of having two of them.

If I want to travel light I bring a good tent. I have several of them for different types of trips.

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Posted: 09/01/19 10:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Truck camper rigs has better ground clearance than same lengthClass B’s n C’s, but less overhead clearance.

Put yer rotten fruit away I didn’t say one was “better” than another. Stay calm...

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