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    I really like the adventure trailer idea. Also...

    I really like the adventure trailer idea. Also an easy way to expand on a truck camper for events where you want to sleep more people. Not much more to ask of the truck either, but I think it makes...
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    Someone should steal this! ...

    Someone should steal this!

    https://portland.craigslist.org/wsc/rvs/d/forest-grove-2000-northern-lite/6817235376.html (not mine, no affiliation)

    If that had been available before I bought...
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    No direct experience other than listening to...

    No direct experience other than listening to others, but hear great things about reliability of both Ford and Chevy HD gas motors, including your 6.0 (borderline legendary to hear others say it).
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    I was thinking of rivers being harder to freeze...

    I was thinking of rivers being harder to freeze than lakes.

    And yeah, pretty temperate here in the PDX area and up to the local mountain (25-34 on average, but in the teens this week). My tanks...
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    aw shucks. bested by logic again. Toast, I no...

    aw shucks. bested by logic again.

    Toast, I no longer have a game-plan for longer trips in cold weather, though I'd wager that motion lowers the freezing temp enough for anywhere I'd care to drive...
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    Maybe this is a cardinal sin, but I just leave it...

    Maybe this is a cardinal sin, but I just leave it on while driving. I'm not sure if it's ever fired up on the road though. I usually depart with interior temp at 60+ and am only on the road for 2...
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    Forgot to post this. Looks like it would get...

    Forgot to post this. Looks like it would get someone into the game on the cheap.

    https://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/rvs/d/portland-1966-caveman-camper/6813094766.html
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    Sorry, for the catch-up post... 1. Bobcat: NL...

    Sorry, for the catch-up post...

    1. Bobcat: NL and BF are not "heavy." At least not compared to comparably-sized hard sides (especially Arctic Fox. If you got a 2500, AF is out unless significant...
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    scoff! How do you play ps4 without the genny? ...

    scoff! How do you play ps4 without the genny?

    I'm ashamed at how many lunches I've microwaved this year. There's no excuse for that, but one thing that's been really critical about the genny is...
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    Yes indeed. But in a pinch, truck camper could...

    Yes indeed. But in a pinch, truck camper could be dropped as well, depending on how skilled one is with reloading. No comparison in terms of time, effort, and potential frustration though. I hate...
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    I will say this: ever since I decided no one ever...

    I will say this: ever since I decided no one ever gets a trailer to do very much skiing in (sunny, springtime stuff excluded), and ever since I got a truck camper, I see more and more trailers up at...
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    I wouldn't give up the basement, but I like the...

    I wouldn't give up the basement, but I like the low profile of the non-basement. Got pushed around a bit in 40-50mph gusts coming home yesterday.

    I wonder how much of a difference the extra...
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    Sorry, I meant conversion in the sense that it...

    Sorry, I meant conversion in the sense that it wasn't drop shipped to a warrantied upfitter like Quigley.

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    unicorn because of the power plant? Seen a few...

    unicorn because of the power plant? Seen a few bigfoot 4wd rigs over the past few years during my search. I know at least one was a conversion.
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    https://www.caranddriver.com/ford/f-150-raptor

    https://www.caranddriver.com/ford/f-150-raptor
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    Yeah, the right dealers will let you. In my...

    Yeah, the right dealers will let you. In my experience, I had to be pretty well committed to buying the camper before they'd let me "test load" it. better bet would be to get a buddy involved who...
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    Check out the table on page 9 for F-250/350:...

    Check out the table on page 9 for F-250/350: https://www.ford.com/cmslibs/content/dam/brand_ford/en_us/brand/resources/general/pdf/guides/18RV&TT_Ford_SuperDtyPU_Nov27.pdf

    And page 34 here for...
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    The chain thing is a valid consideration. That...

    The chain thing is a valid consideration. That said, I'm carrying chains and will not be using them (and taking the associated risk from an enforcement standpoint).

    I've heard the same thing...
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    6.5 vs 8 ft.... What I wish someone had told...

    6.5 vs 8 ft....

    What I wish someone had told me is that the 6.5ft camper models often have room for a built in generator whereas some of the 8ft models do not.

    It's not the end of the world...
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    Do you guys get untold piles of volcanic sand on...

    Do you guys get untold piles of volcanic sand on the backs of your rigs, or is that just a PNW thing? I swear they're either using way more than they used to or I just notice more because the back...
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    I don't either. On larger, longer campers, I...

    I don't either. On larger, longer campers, I assumed it was only ever done to minimize the longitudinal footprint of ones camping set up.

    A couple thoughts though.

    1. You could back all...
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    Yep, the 9.5ft NLs have the full length basement...

    Yep, the 9.5ft NLs have the full length basement too and that's where the skis have been going. If I stack them with the brakes rubber banded (like sport tube has you do), I can get 3 pairs in. I...
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    Zero sway. I drive just like I did in the tundra...

    Zero sway. I drive just like I did in the tundra with no camper.

    The NL 9-6 weighs a lot less than Arctic Fox etc. 2600lb dry. Fully loaded, I'm right in line with my GVWR, so the truck...
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    I looked into this. I'll have to find the name...

    I looked into this. I'll have to find the name of the place when I get back to the computer. It wasn't really the price point I expected (12-13k I think). I'm sure there are other companies doing...
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    Thanks! Do you feel like it could be jerry...

    Thanks!

    Do you feel like it could be jerry rigged for any old awning or is it fairly specific to ARB?
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    Getting a GVWR reading of 7400 with a hard-sided...

    Getting a GVWR reading of 7400 with a hard-sided camper is INSANE! I never felt like the Tundra even cared about 2-3k lbs in the bed, but those were always LOW center-of-gravity loads, and not...
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    5.7l. I've never seen less than 10mpg on the...

    5.7l.

    I've never seen less than 10mpg on the freeway either. Regardless of speed.

    With respect to tundra's ability to haul, I think they're underrated compared to competition. I really...
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    yes, diesel, and 6mpg is only when hauling a...

    yes, diesel, and 6mpg is only when hauling a load, which really seemed to make the Tundra mileage unhappy when driving uphill at altitude. Same would be true of a Vortec 6.0 for instance. Neighbor...
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    How level is level? My driveway is just under...

    How level is level? My driveway is just under 5. Then again, I don't even know what kind of fridge I have!



    Listen to the man, Ryan. ESPECIALLY if you might want to tow around your little...
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    Why zero interest in Lithium? Because the...

    Why zero interest in Lithium? Because the proponents vastly oversimplify the complexity of installing a functional LiFePo4 system? Or the initial expense?

    I still may look into it. If I had...
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    "here's an upside... I usually set the...

    "here's an upside...

    I usually set the t-stat to like 50F overnight. You're spot on about temp gradient."

    I think I'm destined to be the spoiled dentist of truck campers. 67 degrees felt a...
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    I put mine in the bathroom. Worked out well...

    I put mine in the bathroom. Worked out well especially after skiing (kept moisture quarantined and water ran down the drain). The basement works too, if you have a basement and a tray/drawer that...
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    Excellent info. Many thanks. -15f is colder...

    Excellent info. Many thanks. -15f is colder than I've ever experienced, day or night. Have to wear a face mask? Based on skiing a few days just below zero, I'm guessing you don't leave any...
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    Thoughts on air bags vs sumo springs? ...

    Thoughts on air bags vs sumo springs?

    StableLoads came with my camper, but I don't think I need them. I feel like air bags or something similar (sumo, timbren) that doesn't engage until it's...
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    OR. And it's the same in WA. I've never seen...

    OR. And it's the same in WA. I've never seen anyone get pulled over or checked for it. Just curious if anyone's ever heard of anyone caring.

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    I was wondering about that. I looked one of the...

    I was wondering about that. I looked one of the isuzu variations posted a while back. Power to weight didn't make a ton of sense.

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    Curious about this from an enforcement...

    Curious about this from an enforcement standpoint, not safety. Safety is always a priority.

    For those who are just over 10k GVWR (most anyone with a camper), do you chain up when the sign says...
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    Right right, my mistake! I looked really hard at...

    Right right, my mistake! I looked really hard at one of those. Possibly the most ideal base camp imo.

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    Yeah, that guy posts a lot of those JDM RVs....

    Yeah, that guy posts a lot of those JDM RVs. Tried to talk the wife into one, but she wouldn't bite. They're slick. Anyone have experience with one long term?

    ach, tiger conversion truck thingy? ...
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    Good info, thanks! (I missed the forum...

    Good info, thanks! (I missed the forum notification, apparently, busy weekend).

    That 865 and their Wolf Creek version were high on the list.

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    Norseman or anyone else that has one can comment,...

    Norseman or anyone else that has one can comment, but from what I've read about the NL is that the thinner insulation is of secondary importance to the excellent air sealing. Some guys with...
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    I poked around in the 920. When I was looking at...

    I poked around in the 920. When I was looking at building a sprinter, I came across several of the cool design elements that are more prevalent in Europe and found myself wondering why these haven't...
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    Agreed! Good point. I don't really want to...

    Agreed! Good point. I don't really want to afford a new one, but that may be the only way to minimize penetrations (in the roof!).

    My working assumption is that I'll have no need for AC, even...
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    Agreed. Roof shape too. I don't want a flat...

    Agreed. Roof shape too. I don't want a flat roof. AF's roof shape is nice, plus it would say AF on the camper. Heavy though.



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    Narrowed down to the following and will be...

    Narrowed down to the following and will be pulling the trigger this weekend. I'm steering clear of slide-outs for a few reasons--primarily weight/safety. Even with a 1-ton diesel, it's very easy to...
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    Man... If everyone is pulling trailers up to the...

    Man... If everyone is pulling trailers up to the mountain, I'm gonna splurge on a slide out, swap in a couch instead of stupid dinette and have epic bootin' up room.

    Used Arctic fox 990... Who's...
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    I want to say I discussed that option in this...

    I want to say I discussed that option in this very thread. Either way, older, wiser peeps talked me out of it. I still think you could totally get away with it with a big gnarly truck and super...
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    I've asked this question in the past and...

    I've asked this question in the past and researched the fuck out of it, the consensus is that it's not a good idea if you plan to use it in snow or ice, or if you won't be able to avoid doing so.
    ...
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    I tried to find a way to be cynical about the...

    I tried to find a way to be cynical about the wood stove thing, but they do seem pretty cool for cold/humid applications especially.

    Could you get away with that as the only source of heat? I...
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    Et tu, DIY? I told you, I'm not going to...

    Et tu, DIY?

    I told you, I'm not going to upvote your Walmart stealth camping tutorial.

    The free spirit thing is a bummer, and not by choice. I haven't had a full weekday off in 11 years. ...
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