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Old 01-09-2008, 04:38 AM
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We have always had class c motorhomes for traveling in the past, but with gas prices up and not likely to drop, we have been giving some thought to buying a slide in truck camper instead. I'm sure there other tht'ers who have some experience with these, I would like to know what any of you might recommend, or any issues you might be aware of. It would be mounted on a 3/4 ton extended cab. Don't want to tow a trailer as we want to tow boat behind us.

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Old 01-09-2008, 05:04 AM
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I see that you will be using a 3/4 ton truck, which is good, because a slide in camper on 1/2 tons is over weight.

Caution: if you do buy one and the weight numbers are very close to your trucks limit, I'd be including a condition in my buying contract for a full refund if the truck's GVW is over it's limit with the camper and contents installed.

My brother has a new 1/2 ton Ford with the lightest slide in camper he could find/ buy (new). First off the weight numbers are fudged by the manufacture, and secondly, the GVW is over for legal road use without changing over the registration.
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What brand did your brother buy? And is he happy with it? I'm planning on a lightweight camper too, as long as I have the basics, bed, bath, and kitchen, I'll be satisfied. This is mostly for going down the interestate to visit the kids, or for fishing trips now that I'm retired.

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Old 01-09-2008, 09:12 AM
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Lance campers are probably the best in quality. We've had two in the past.

Host's are good too.

I still check them out at the RV shows (even though we now have a motorhome), and they are making them to fit the needs of families with more than one kid.

There are some pricey ones out there. We saw some in the 35 to 40K price range!!! And no, that didn't include the truck!

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I don't know, but I just e-mailed him to find out for you. When I find out I'll post it here.
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Most full line pickup camper MFG's offer a "Lite" series for 1/2 and 3/4 ton pickups.

They all have websites. Lance, Host, Fleetwood (Angler, Caribou, etc..), Arctic Fox, Four Wheeler (pop-up camper), etc..
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Old 01-09-2008, 11:13 AM
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In 2005 I saw the fuel prices becoming an issue so I sold my travel trailer and bought a TC. I bought a Northstar 8.5 Adventurer. This was a good move for me because I had a offroad hobby and needed to be able to pull my rig as well as now being able to pull my boat. Rex (owner of Northstar) took a phone call from me about his product and filled me in on the details of a slide in. I bought a set of frame mounted tie-downs on e-bay and a set of Timbren overload springs and then the camper. The slide in is without a doubt worth every penny. I bought a 8.5 so I would not have to use a hitch extender. The Timbrens keep my truck level and the Northstar keeps me warm or cool depending on the time of the year. I truly believe that Northstar equals a Lance in quality at a much better price. I get 15 mpg with the camper and no trailer. 11-13 mpg towing the boat. Thats hard to beat. Here is a couple pics of my rig:







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Here is a good TC forum:

http://www.natcoa-forum.com/
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Old 01-09-2008, 02:19 PM
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We bought a Lance Squire 8000 new in 95 and have traveled thousands miles around the country in it. The camper wt. is about 3K and I installed timbren on both front and rear on a 2003 chev. 2500HD 4w. mileage is about 10 -12 miles / gal. Ride is very stable. You can not go wrong with a Lance or Northstar. My camper will be around long enough to wear out a second new truck.

Ridgerunner that is great mileage, what is your dry wt. and what do you have in your truck?
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One of our stores sells Artic Fox truck campers, they have been a very popular line for us. We have taken a lot of Lance campers in trade on them, the people seem to prefer the quality and the features of the Foxs'. They definatly are not cheap but in a camper you get what you pay for. When I was growing up we always had a truck camper and used to tow our boat and camp from Maine to Florida, the best trips were out on the beaches of Cape Cod. If you pick one up invest in a set of air bags for your truck, they make a big difference with the side to side rock.
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Bigfoot - 8' is the answer I got from my brother.

http://www.bigfootrv.com/bigfootrv_truck_campers.html
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gomesie - 1/9/2008 2:19 PM

We bought a Lance Squire 8000 new in 95 and have traveled thousands miles around the country in it. The camper wt. is about 3K and I installed timbren on both front and rear on a 2003 chev. 2500HD 4w. mileage is about 10 -12 miles / gal. Ride is very stable. You can not go wrong with a Lance or Northstar. My camper will be around long enough to wear out a second new truck.

Ridgerunner that is great mileage, what is your dry wt. and what do you have in your truck?
My camper as about 2500 dry and it has a 20 gallon water tank. I am probably around 2900-3000 loaded. My truck is a 2wd F350, 7.3 PSD, 4R100 automatic, 3.73 in the diff. I have 4" mufferless exhaust and a 90 hp performance program running in the PCM. The key to great fuel millage is keeping the tach under 2000. BTW, I was not bashing Lance. I just get great service from Northstar so I plug them when I can.

My truck is paid for and if I had it to do over I would have bought a crew cab 4wd instead. I see quite a few campers on 4wds on the beach at the OBX. I will probably trade in 10-15 years.

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http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm All you ever thought you might want to know plus about 200% more.
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Thanks for the advice guys, will look at these websites tonight. Good to see positive input, maybe if I could hang a verado on the back I could get some thoughts from glen.
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mattie - 1/9/2008 4:01 PM

Thanks for the advice guys, will look at these websites tonight. Good to see positive input, maybe if I could hang a verado on the back I could get some thoughts from glen.
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Mine has a Verado attached to the tug boat pushing it.
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Ridgerunner, I have seen pictures of your rig before and admired it. My last truck was a 92 GMC 2w with 3.73 and if I were to travel long distance again I would much prefer the 2w drive as the ride was better. White is the color, my set up is the same. Camper, nice truck, kool boat and an off road 4 wheel. YOU DOG!! Life is gooooood!
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Thanks, I appreciate it. I just sold the Samurai. Gonna miss it but someone offered me a $ figure I could not refuse so I took it. To be honest the CC 4wd rides as good as the 2wd models. Thanks.
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