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Old 03-19-2015, 03:16 PM   #1
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Talk to Me About Truck Campers

Most of my travels have been on a bike and using a small single person tent. Now that I have a decent truck though, I am wanting to buy a used truck camper. I have an F-350 crew cab long bed. Right now I'm looking on Craigslist, but I'm not having a lot of luck.

First of all, I'm not sure if I want a pop-up style truck camper, or go all out for a hardside model. Both have their strengths and weaknesses.

I'd like a popup for offroading and lighter weight, but I'd like a hardside for the actual camping experiece.

So, any recommendations on where to look for a good used truck camper for cheap? Also, what are your experiences with truck camping in general?
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Old 03-19-2015, 03:24 PM   #2
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Search Camping World and RV Trader online.
Camping World sells used as well as new campers.

I have a short bed Dodge with a slide in camper.
I've never done any actual camping but I have done several trips and slept in it on the road.

Do you plan on any winter camping? I never thought about the temps I'd be in until I was in them my camper is a light weight and the insulation is good to about 20*F. I've slept in it when it's colder but it's not very comfortable.

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Old 03-19-2015, 03:33 PM   #3
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check out www.expeditionportal.com lots of great info on that site
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Old 03-19-2015, 03:35 PM   #4
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Bigfoot.. top of the food chain though and pricey...
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Old 03-19-2015, 04:17 PM   #5
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Bigfoot.. top of the food chain though and pricey...
Maybe in the land of frozen tundra but, excuse me, Lance is the undisputed champion at the top of the luxury slide-in camper in any size or budget.

lancecamper.com

C list is a good bet for used slide-in's. If you not using it much a soft side is really the way to go. Hard sides are cumberson and only real advantage is in winter when cold. Having owned both if I were to buy another it would be a soft side as it's more versatile.
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Old 03-19-2015, 05:02 PM   #6
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Bought a 2006 F-350 Crew Cab 4X4 and a fully loaded Lance 845 back in 2006. Will never go back to another type of RV again. So much versatility. Do your home work and set the truck up right. RV.NET has a Truck Camper forum with a wealth of information.

http://www.rv.net/forums/index.cfm/f...s/forum/27.cfm
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Old 03-19-2015, 05:40 PM   #7
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check out www.expeditionportal.com lots of great info on that site
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eventually I will have one of these.
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Old 03-19-2015, 05:48 PM   #8
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We currently have our 4th truck camper. 3rd hardside with a pop-up mixed in.

Call Northstar http://www.northstarcampers.com/
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Old 03-19-2015, 06:04 PM   #9
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Do go and find a dealer that has many different models/brands.

Go and find a dealer that has several makes/models and sit in, lie in, move around in all they have. Plan on not just a few minutes- but a few hours to even start to look at them.
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Old 03-19-2015, 06:29 PM   #10
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Don't overlook the bathroom.
I heard of a friend (rather large fellow) that bought a used camper and didn't discover he didn't fit the bathroom until the deal as done and he was out of town with it on a trip.

First place I go when looking at campers and trailers is the bathroom, if it's good I'll try the seating at the table. I Found a few that were uncomfortable.
Check the galley counter tops for usability, sometimes you can't reach the counter top with out reaching over the stove or sink.
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Old 03-19-2015, 07:45 PM   #11
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Maybe in the land of frozen tundra but, excuse me, Lance is the undisputed champion at the top of the luxury slide-in camper in any size or budget.
You are lost my friend.... where is this frozen tundra...

The Lance will leak, the bigfoot will not. The Lance will be worthless 15 yrs from now, just like every other laminated rv. The bigfoot is made of fibreglass and why 70s units are still 8k.

Lance is like a GM Cavalier and Bigfoot like an upscale Lexus.... they are not even close, Seriously.

Take a look here and 15 seconds of veiwing you'll understand..

http://www.bigfootrv.com/m/
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Old 03-19-2015, 11:01 PM   #12
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Here is another thread about Truck Campers.

http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...1#post26046541


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I went with this Adventurer because.....

Lance was really nice to look at until you looked closely at them. The new ones I sa nothing inside seemed to line-up (cabinets and doors) and the bathrooms only had a small fiberglass "tub" that you stood in and the walls in the bathroom/shower were just panel board. And every one I went into my eyes burned from chemicals.

Big Foot. was top of the line. I liked everything about them other that the batteries were inside the camper under the step that u use to climb up into the bed.
The real deal beaker for me was the price. They were way out of my range.

Palomino brand was just cheap everywhere, eyes burned in the new ones from chemicals and were overpriced for what ya got.


Arctic Fox...Loved them, nothing bad to say about them other that weight and price. But I think they are the top of the class.

Pop-ups. I was originally looking for one of these to get into the smaller rough road lakes. After asking around not too many people really liked them ...even the sales guys. They were very picky for set-up to get the door to operate properly, next to nothing for grey and black water holding (wifey camps with me) , no storage and way over priced.

I'm happy with out purchase, we have 4x4'd into likes with it and were in complete comfort.
for where we wanted to take it a slide was not an option. Extra weight and dust intrusion and rough roads are hard on the slide mechanisms.

Got a big solar panel installed and never have battery problems.
ABout 3000Lbs loaded, big water tank and big grey and black tanks.

I just installed air bags on the rear this month so it should sit a little better.
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Old 03-20-2015, 12:59 PM   #13
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You are lost my friend.... where is this frozen tundra...

The Lance will leak, the bigfoot will not. The Lance will be worthless 15 yrs from now, just like every other laminated rv. The bigfoot is made of fibreglass and why 70s units are still 8k.

Lance is like a GM Cavalier and Bigfoot like an upscale Lexus.... they are not even close, Seriously.
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Take a look here and 15 seconds of veiwing you'll understand..

http://www.bigfootrv.com/m/
Sorry I have to totally disagree. My experience with fiberglass is it is wat to heavy and delimitation and spyder cracking in a matter of years if used off road at all.

Yes I have owned a fiberglass slide in too and would never own another.

Just my experience.
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Old 03-20-2015, 03:46 PM   #14
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You are lost my friend.... where is this frozen tundra...

The Lance will leak, the bigfoot will not. The Lance will be worthless 15 yrs from now, just like every other laminated rv. The bigfoot is made of fibreglass and why 70s units are still 8k.

Lance is like a GM Cavalier and Bigfoot like an upscale Lexus.... they are not even close, Seriously.

Take a look here and 15 seconds of veiwing you'll understand..

http://www.bigfootrv.com/m/
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Sorry I have to totally disagree. My experience with fiberglass is it is wat to heavy and delimitation and spyder cracking in a matter of years if used off road at all.

Yes I have owned a fiberglass slide in too and would never own another.

Just my experience.
I've owned both, they each have their strengths & weaknesses. Here's how I roll now.
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Old 03-20-2015, 09:04 PM   #15
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Bought this 09' Lance 825 for $11500, loving it! It's awesome too make coffee in the morning with the heat blasting away. Also it's half ton compatible, and has bathroom and shower, 19##lbs dry.

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