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    Nearly all U.S. RV refrigerators can work on 12V....

    Nearly all U.S. RV refrigerators can work on 12V. Maybe you're talking about absorption vs. compressor units? Compressor units (electric only) are very energy efficient and can run on a cabin battery...
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    I plopped down the big bucks for 2 Lifeline AGM...

    I plopped down the big bucks for 2 Lifeline AGM 12V batteries
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    Check carefully for dry rot, soft spots, mold,...

    Check carefully for dry rot, soft spots, mold, rodent shit, etc.
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    Bingo! We'll likely get a different camping rig...

    Bingo! We'll likely get a different camping rig when Honey retires in 5-6 years. And I'm 62 y.o., likely won't be doing the RV dirtbag thing for more than another 20 years if I'm lucky and still...
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    I have zero interest in Li. My choice is wet vs....

    I have zero interest in Li. My choice is wet vs. AGM.

    GC2 will not fit without alteration. (FWC tray is nice snug fit for 2 x Group 24). So, looks like I'll go with 2 x 12V, likely AGM.
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    Thanks for the input. El Chup, sounds like a...

    Thanks for the input.

    El Chup, sounds like a good 2 x 6V setup. Golf cart battery sizes are different. GC2 is a bit shorter, a bit wider and a bit taller than Group 24, but it might fit. I'll...
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    Looks like 2 x 6V in series is not practicable...

    Looks like 2 x 6V in series is not practicable because my camper's battery compartment is for Group 24 batteries, and 6V deep cycle Group 24 batteries are rare birds. I did an ETA re that.

    My...
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    Any opinions re wet vs. AGM cabin batteries? One...

    Any opinions re wet vs. AGM cabin batteries? One of my batteries has a bad cell, so it's time to replace them. Camper is equipped with smart charger that charges float, absorption or bulk per...
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    Air bag pressure is adjustable, so better when...

    Air bag pressure is adjustable, so better when they work (i.e., no leaks). The air bags on my old truck failed after a few years. Sumo Springs are poor man's airbags, bomber, simple and work fine...
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    I had two different FWC Hawks on an older F-150,...

    I had two different FWC Hawks on an older F-150, now have the newer (2014) Hawk on a 2017 Tundra. Both had supplemental suspension (air bags, Sumo Springs or helper springs) and both drove as one...
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    Yeah, that's the easy play, cheaper than 12V RV...

    Yeah, that's the easy play, cheaper than 12V RV units. Our FWC Hawk came with a 12V CO/propane detector, nice but they are $90.
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    I've give my right arm to be ambidextrous

    I've give my right arm to be ambidextrous
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    You, sir, are a fragile snowflake Uh, yeah, we...

    You, sir, are a fragile snowflake

    Uh, yeah, we get that. Too bad for you
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    Yes, 2 x 12V deep cycle. Batteries in recent FWCs...

    Yes, 2 x 12V deep cycle. Batteries in recent FWCs in floor level interior cabinet, proximate to heater, i.e., pretty much interior, and easily warmed up a bit more by cracking cabinet door open.
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    How old is your furnace? RV furnace fans have...

    How old is your furnace? RV furnace fans have become much more energy efficient. The furnace in our 2000 Hawk was an energy hog, required daily recharges on cold winter days. Based on frequency of...
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    My vote: Cheap truck/camper option for now, start...

    My vote: Cheap truck/camper option for now, start planning and saving for long-term (10+ year hold) rig.

    IME, there is great value in having a rig that is reliable and, more importantly, can be...
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    very cool -- until you need parts

    very cool -- until you need parts
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    Norseman's truck is not a beater. That's his ...

    Norseman's truck is not a beater. That's his alter ego dirtbag anti-poser hippie trying to trick you
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    It really helps me, although FTR I use only one...

    It really helps me, although FTR I use only one ear plug because I am single-side deaf (had my inner ear removed and #8 cranial nerve severed 5+ years ago). I cannot carry on a conversation at normal...
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    WC, sounds like a good routine, pretty similar to...

    WC, sounds like a good routine, pretty similar to ours. We have a 2014 FWC Hawk, which replaced a 2000 Hawk I bought used in 2004. On longer mid-winter trips, we strip off the Arctic Pack liner each...
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    my Honda eu1000i generator is 15 y.o., runs...

    my Honda eu1000i generator is 15 y.o., runs great, very quiet, 100% reliable so far. I run ethanol-free gas whenever possible (i.e., 95%+ of the time), use fuel stabilizer and change w/ full...
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    Ah, LVS bringin' the FWC hate. Have you...

    Ah, LVS bringin' the FWC hate.

    Have you ordered your custom Earth Roamer?
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    Good Sam says all responsible RV enthusiasts...

    Good Sam says all responsible RV enthusiasts chock their wheels!
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    Heh most RV furnaces' intake is all or nearly...

    Heh

    most RV furnaces' intake is all or nearly all recirculated inside air
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    AFM is a disaster. Yeah yeah, I know it can be...

    AFM is a disaster. Yeah yeah, I know it can be disabled, but not without risk.
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    FWIW, FWC uses Attwood trolling motor connectors....

    FWIW, FWC uses Attwood trolling motor connectors. 10 gauge wire. Outlet is located on inside wall of bed a few inches behind cab on driver's side, keeping the wire run between starter battery and...
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    I used the term "real furnace" to refer to a...

    I used the term "real furnace" to refer to a furnace with a heat exchanger, which exhausts to the outside (taking combustion-produced water vapor outside the camper), and the term "wick heater" to...
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    Yes to both: shower and catalytic wick heater =...

    Yes to both: shower and catalytic wick heater = moisture. IME, a real furnace with a heat exchanger is a top priority for a winter camping rig. Newer models with more efficient fans suck...
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    Tundra premium is real. Good solid reliable...

    Tundra premium is real. Good solid reliable trucks, but you'll pay more.

    There's never a good time to buy a used 4x4 truck that hasn't been beat to shit for a decent price
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    Width is seldom an issue. Full size pickups are...

    Width is seldom an issue. Full size pickups are >48" between wheel wells so one can slide a sheet of plywood between the wheel wells. Campers are a bit narrower than that.

    Re sidewall height, many...
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    Nah. Don't conflate them with pop-up canvas...

    Nah. Don't conflate them with pop-up canvas trailers, which are fancy tents. But that's not an accurate description of popup slide-ins. FWC walls don't flap. (I've had a FWC for 14 years, so I know...
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    FWC Fleet...

    FWC Fleet w/ side dinette or front dinette would be my choice for a Taco
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    Pastime camper construction is fine. They are...

    Pastime camper construction is fine. They are lightweight. Bigfoot or Northern Lite would be a much better choice for winter use, but you should have a 3/4-ton or 1-ton truck to carry them.

    The...
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    Maybe. If you use a 4x4 truck for other purposes,...

    Maybe. If you use a 4x4 truck for other purposes, a slide-in camper is a no brainer. But truck + camper makes less sense as a dedicated RV. 4x4 is nice, although not necessary, for ski season, but it...
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    So, you're looking at a truck+camper as dedicated...

    So, you're looking at a truck+camper as dedicated RV rig for the 4x4?
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    Our 1/2-ton truck is perfect for our uses: #2...

    Our 1/2-ton truck is perfect for our uses: #2 daily driver, occasionally haul 800 lbs. max, carrying a 1200 lb. FWC camper and likely someday towing a small fishing boat.

    But yeah, if you have...
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    As LVS noted, 1800 lbs. on a 1/2-ton + gear is...

    As LVS noted, 1800 lbs. on a 1/2-ton + gear is pushing it, although it can be done with beefed up suspension and limited expectations re handling.

    FWC has a shower option on front dinette models....
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    Agree re limits of 1/2-ton payloads. Lightest...

    Agree re limits of 1/2-ton payloads. Lightest Northstar or Jayco (or Sun Valley, Palomino, etc.) for full-size 6.5' bed truck will be >1400 lbs. and used ones that light are rare. Most used ones...
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    Not enough info. How many people will be...

    Not enough info. How many people will be regularly hanging out and sleeping in camper?

    1/2-ton or bigger (3/4 or 1-ton) truck? Hardside or popup camper? If you don't know the answer to either,...
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    Which Palomino Backpacker series? AFAICT, the...

    Which Palomino Backpacker series? AFAICT, the lightest models with shower is >2,000 lbs. If you're considering a lightweight hardside for a 1/2-ton pickup, check out Pastime campers. AFAIK, Pastime...
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    Yup. I've handled a few deals that went sideways,...

    Yup. I've handled a few deals that went sideways, one of them a long time vehicle dealer holding a big inventory when an economic downturn abruptly hit. He was wiped out. The floor planning lender is...
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    Hmmmm, pretty sure most big RV lots use third...

    Hmmmm, pretty sure most big RV lots use third party floor planning financing
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    True in some cases, although certainly not true...

    True in some cases, although certainly not true in all cases. Per my rough calculation, I paid for my first 4 (of 5) camping rigs via savings on lodging. We are on pace to pay for our 5th rig in the...
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    Yeah, that'd be slick, although when we get a...

    Yeah, that'd be slick, although when we get a dedicated RV (Honey retirement) it'll likely be a class B. Until then, our PU truck is our 2nd daily driver, frequently used for light hauling. A flatbed...
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    Nice looking rig. How much cabover clearance...

    Nice looking rig. How much cabover clearance since adding shim?
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    Ditto. I gotta get over this crud and get my butt...

    Ditto. I gotta get over this crud and get my butt (and camper) up there. Is it still open Thursday thru Sunday?
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    I too was surprised, pleasantly so. Unlike many...

    I too was surprised, pleasantly so. Unlike many MPG claims, those are real numbers, corrected for odometer error (<1%). FTR, I get those numbers only if I drive with a very light foot, coasting...
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    Got home last night from a 3200 mile trip (8...

    Got home last night from a 3200 mile trip (8 nights in camper) in our Tundra 5.7L/FWC Hawk/DIY wind fairing rig. Despite cold dense air, some windy conditions and lots of snow/ice-covered roads, we...
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    Why not use #1 diesel fuel in cold temps like...

    Why not use #1 diesel fuel in cold temps like that?
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    Promaster rear axle beam is a potential snow plow...

    Promaster rear axle beam is a potential snow plow in 6"+ snow and rock catcher/crasher on all but the smoothest dirt road

    and Fix It Again Tony

    ETA pic
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