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Old 03-25-2012, 09:22 AM   #1
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I didn't want to taint Jurgens thread so I'm starting a new one. Because of the Light Trailer thread, I stumbled on Camp Lite truck campers (TC's) http://www.livinlite.com/truck-campers.php

I have a 4cyl 2.4l Tacoma with a small lift, including an add a leaf in the rear spring packs. A lightweight TC is definitely appealing as I'm working in the oilfield and would prefer to use my existing, paid off truck and divert the truck allowance to a camper of some sort.

I have my eye on the Living Lite 5.7:





Any input from experienced truck camper users is highly appreciated.

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Old 03-25-2012, 05:54 PM   #2
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Old 03-25-2012, 06:13 PM   #3
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+1, check RV net forum as well. Lots of truck campers over there.
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Old 03-25-2012, 06:24 PM   #4
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Based on my Brother-In-Laws experience with truck campers, I would highly suggest rear suspension air bags for your truck.

Why not a tow behind pop-up? It will have A LOT more room and is much easier to connect and disconnect.
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Old 03-25-2012, 06:49 PM   #5
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http://www.livinlite.com/truck-campers.php

The 8.5 for short bed full size runs $22,000
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Old 03-26-2012, 03:31 PM   #6
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Mine. I've got air suspension assisters. Make a huge difference.
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Old 03-26-2012, 04:44 PM   #7
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http://www.livinlite.com/truck-campers.php

The 8.5 for short bed full size runs $22,000
This model is the 5.7, runs about $12k which still isn't cheap. More detailed pix indicate a very high quality build.

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Old 03-26-2012, 06:14 PM   #8
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Have you looked at soft sided campers

Check out Four Wheel Offroad Campers or All Terrain Campers. They are nice and light and very well made. Aluminum frame. Low center of gravity good for rough roads.
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get your transmission checked first if it is the automatic.
Did you notice your mpg get better or worse with the larger tire? ( I have a 2001 2.4 that I have had since new)
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:54 PM   #10
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Looks like a great rig, especially if you had to pay a toll or ferry fare based on # of axels.
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get your transmission checked first if it is the automatic.
Did you notice your mpg get better or worse with the larger tire? ( I have a 2001 2.4 that I have had since new)
I went from 205/75/15's to 235/75/15's, I see a small hit in the mileage on my Scanguage. Fortunately my truck is a 5speed, so I can keep it in the best gear. The 205's looked pretty bad after the lift went in, I would have preferred 225's to keep things closer to stock, but apparently the 235 is far more common and thus more affordable.

This pic shows the flares I just installed, but more importantly, the amount of lift in the rear I got with the add a leaf boost.
Maybe airbags are not necessary?

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Old 03-27-2012, 02:15 AM   #12
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Mine. I've got air suspension assisters. Make a huge difference.
how does the truck handle? even if it pulls the weight, what happens in a crosswind?
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Old 03-27-2012, 02:54 AM   #13
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What about one of these?



They fit in a shipping container for easy internation transfers!




Kitchen


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Go anywhere...




I envy them and their world (and AUS) travels to date. I've already told the wife when the kids are gone...

GOANNA TRACKS INTERNATIONAL TRAVELS

And a you tube video I found for it as well...
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how does the truck handle? even if it pulls the weight, what happens in a crosswind?
I don't know how those suckers are generally attached but I saw one (a pop up at that) blown out of a truck on I-25 up near Ft. Collins a few weeks ago.
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I don't know how those suckers are generally attached but I saw one (a pop up at that) blown out of a truck on I-25 up near Ft. Collins a few weeks ago.
gotta be tied down especially the pop up ones. the front edge is so small that hey will act like a a wing cutting thru the air. and once the air gets under it...the front edge becomes a sail..
the bigger ones with more weight will stay down..

don't ask me how i know.. and once i figured it out It scared the crap out of me.
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