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    Thanks. Been reading up online, and it seems that...

    Thanks. Been reading up online, and it seems that there was only one transmission used during the years of this model (2011-2016), for both the gas and the diesel motors (and the diesel put out...
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    Somewhere in this thread, in the 178 preceding...

    Somewhere in this thread, in the 178 preceding pages, there was some discussion of later-model gas Ford F250/350 trucks. IIRC it was something like 2011+, with the 6.2L V8, were getting (relatively)...
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    I've never asked. My truck shopping is at the...

    I've never asked. My truck shopping is at the very used end of the market.
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    That'd be ideal, but what dealership would let...

    That'd be ideal, but what dealership would let you load 2000-3000# into a new truck for a test drive?
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    Interesting. I still would have concerns about...

    Interesting. I still would have concerns about loading up a 1/2-ton that heavy. There are differences between 1/2-ton trucks vs 3/4 and 1-ton: frame, brakes, suspension parts (not just how stiff the...
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    I haven't looked at the details recently, but it...

    I haven't looked at the details recently, but it used to be that those high payload 1/2-ton truck ratings were available only on versions spec'd out in ways that were not useful for me: 2WD, single...
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    My fridge has an automatic pilot, but once lit,...

    My fridge has an automatic pilot, but once lit, it's always on until I turn off the fridge. I leave it running on propane while driving, even when getting gas, and the gas inlet is only about 3' away...
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    My camper came with a single battery box for a...

    My camper came with a single battery box for a group 24 or 27 (can't remember), with a flex hose vent for the box. The cabinet where it was located was oversized and intended to also hold a porta...
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    The only AGM batteries I've used have been for...

    The only AGM batteries I've used have been for starting batteries, and they seem to last a long time. I used them for Jeeps which saw a lot of jarring harsh off-road use, and winch usage. I don't...
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    ^^^ If possible, I'd also try to find one with...

    ^^^ If possible, I'd also try to find one with the least stuff bolted onto the roof -- minimize potential leaks, and make it easier to clear snow off.

    Might be difficult though. Seems like most...
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    How much battery AH do you have, and do you have...

    How much battery AH do you have, and do you have space for more batteries?

    I've been satisfied with using two 6V golf cart batteries wired in series. Heavy and bulky, but I had space. They are...
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    X2 on Leavenworth's comments about not running a...

    X2 on Leavenworth's comments about not running a 3-way fridge on 12V power - it just doesn't work very well and uses a lot of battery.

    If you are talking about a compressor fridge that is designed...
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    Thanks. On my truck/camper, there's no space...

    Thanks. On my truck/camper, there's no space between the camper and the wheel well bump - so skis would have to sit on top of the wheel well bump. I have to think they'd be rocking back and forth...
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    Do you pad the skis with anything while stored...

    Do you pad the skis with anything while stored between the truck bed and camper?

    I think I can do this with my camper setup too. My camper has little doors between the end of the camper and the...
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    Thanks. I have some researching to do before...

    Thanks. I have some researching to do before making any moves.
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    Thanks. Are the GM trucks better/worse in any...

    Thanks. Are the GM trucks better/worse in any area? Gas GMs similarly priced to the Fords? I don't have any particular brand loyalty, just more familiar with the GM stuff.

    Still have a general...
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    The comments on this thread about the 6.2 Ford...

    The comments on this thread about the 6.2 Ford gas motor and the availability of those trucks for (comparatively) less $ have me thinking about upgrading my 2000 GMC 6.0 gas truck. I figure it's...
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    Agreed. I just mentioned the wiring hookup as a...

    Agreed. I just mentioned the wiring hookup as a possible nice bonus that may come with a factory "camper package" on a truck.
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    True, but then you have wiring running all the...

    True, but then you have wiring running all the way from the front end to the hitch, and all the way back to the front of the bed. And manufacturer wiring is pretty narrow gauge anyway.

    I ran my...
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    I think some camper packages also come with a...

    I think some camper packages also come with a wiring hookup under the bed, near the front, to connect to the camper electrical. Mine, unfortunately, did not.
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    IMHO find a solid truck first then find a camper...

    IMHO find a solid truck first then find a camper that is suitable for your truck. You're going to need a way to get the camper home.

    But first, think a lot about your intended use and decide how...
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    ^^^ When you're going for Mystery Machine, but...

    ^^^ When you're going for Mystery Machine, but only have a mid-90s Accord as your platform.

    http://austinot.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Austin-Mystery-Machine.jpg
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    ^^^^ That's what I'm waiting for too. No way...

    ^^^^ That's what I'm waiting for too.

    No way am I spending $100K for a camper van. But I'll happily buy someone else's $100K van a couple years later for $30K.
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    ^^^ I think you've pretty much got it. Some...

    ^^^ I think you've pretty much got it. Some comments:

    Diesel truck purchase price will be significantly higher than gas, whether used or new (assuming looking at equivalent miles on used trucks)....
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    From Reno's craigslist (not my van). Rebuild it...

    From Reno's craigslist (not my van). Rebuild it into your very own 70s dream van.

    https://reno.craigslist.org/cto/6107766480.html
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    From Reno craigslist: ...

    From Reno craigslist:

    https://reno.craigslist.org/cto/6124152577.html

    "04 gmc express 2500 with the Quigley 4x4 conversion. Brand new engine, transmission, and rear differential. This is a...
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    On Sacramento's craigslist -...

    On Sacramento's craigslist -
    https://sacramento.craigslist.org/rvs/6100178561.html

    Text of ad:
    1990 chinook concourse 4X4 7.3 liter turbo diesel automatic transmission fullyself contained with 3...
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    Blocks to lift the rear of a leaf-sprung vehicle...

    Blocks to lift the rear of a leaf-sprung vehicle work OK, if kept small (say, 1" block), or if on a pickup truck with stiff suspension (like 3/4 or 1 ton trucks, not Tacomas or Frontiers). Tall...
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    You sure that's a body lift on that van? If so,...

    You sure that's a body lift on that van? If so, they raised the bumper too -- which usually isn't done by the people who go with body lifts instead of spring lifts just for "the look."

    FWIW, body...
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    That 19' Escape would be a great floor plan for...

    That 19' Escape would be a great floor plan for us.

    OTOH, that much $$$ buys a lot of hotel nights. So maybe we stick with the 3-season truck camper for awhile longer... It's already here and set...
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    I hadn't seen the Escape before -- looks like a...

    I hadn't seen the Escape before -- looks like a Scamp or Casita.

    yardsale2 - what made you decide on the Escape vs. other fiberglass clamshell trailers? Curious because have a friend with a...
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    The socks don't look very durable. What about...

    The socks don't look very durable. What about the Spike Spider? (if available in the size needed for that van)
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    Be sure you vent that 100lb tank in the trailer...

    Be sure you vent that 100lb tank in the trailer properly. Or maybe just mount two 20lb ones on the tongue of the trailer, outside?
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    Does that Ford have a leveling kit on it?

    Does that Ford have a leveling kit on it?
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    Take a look at these http://xpcamper.com

    Take a look at these

    http://xpcamper.com
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    "Ran when parked" - my favorite craigslist used...

    "Ran when parked" - my favorite craigslist used car description.
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    Thanks - that looks really nicely laid out.

    Thanks - that looks really nicely laid out.
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    Nice! Could you post some interior photos when...

    Nice! Could you post some interior photos when you get a chance? I'd like to see what that's like inside.
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    ^^^ 1991 = just past the 25-year import cutoff. ...

    ^^^ 1991 = just past the 25-year import cutoff.

    If I were closer, I'd go check this out. Looks awesome. Wonder how small it really is inside... and how dog-slow that NA diesel motor is.
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    My Northstar TC800 popup came with rigid foam cut...

    My Northstar TC800 popup came with rigid foam cut to fit in all the spaces between the floor framing (wood). I haven't gone to the trouble of insulating all the other gaps or openings, like around...
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    That's kind of awesome. Hard to tell the layout...

    That's kind of awesome. Hard to tell the layout of the camper part though, and no description on the camper build.
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    That truck and camper combo looks pretty nice,...

    That truck and camper combo looks pretty nice, actually, esp at that price.
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    I have that Happijac camper tie-down kit on my...

    I have that Happijac camper tie-down kit on my GMC Sierra. As someone else posted, the front part of the kit is kind of a PITA to install, and you have to drill a couple holes through the truck bed...
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    I think you'd get a larger camper that way,...

    I think you'd get a larger camper that way, without the need for a cab overhang like on truck campers, so it'd be more aerodynamic. Also, trailers are much more common than truck campers and cheaper...
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    Or, at the other end of the spectrum from...

    Or, at the other end of the spectrum from Sportsmobiles and Earthroamers, is a Geo Metro:

    http://truckyeah.jalopnik.com/this-guy-s-been-living-in-a-three-cylinder-geo-metro-fo-1705793497
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    I'm sure I've posted this somewhere before in...

    I'm sure I've posted this somewhere before in this thread, but my battery setup in the truck camper runs through a 12V golf cart solenoid, like this:...
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    But did you notice that the van is a 5-speed...

    But did you notice that the van is a 5-speed manual on the column? Adding to the weirdness....
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    If you mount a roof box sideways, maybe consider...

    If you mount a roof box sideways, maybe consider putting a large fairing in front of it to deflect wind over the top. Something homemade -- wider than the ones Thule/Yakima sell.
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    X2 on the Honda generator suggestion, or a...

    X2 on the Honda generator suggestion, or a Yamaha, whichever you can buy for less $.

    Or for a lot less, the Mr. Buddy propane heaters are supposed to be great. Never used them, but have a friend...
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    X2 on that gear crank -- be sure you have it...

    X2 on that gear crank -- be sure you have it fully inserted into the mechanism and don't let it slip out. Check that the torsion mount brackets in the walls are solid, and there's no sign of water...
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