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    8.1L Big Block has the allison as well.

    8.1L Big Block has the allison as well.
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    A lot of campers have outside showers which is...

    A lot of campers have outside showers which is nice for dust rinse duties.


    I actually much prefer the dry bath to the previous smaller "wet bath" campers we had. It is a giant beast though.
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    I actually really like the dry bath in my newest...

    I actually really like the dry bath in my newest monstrosity. It's really nice to have a shower to hang wet gear and the bathroom is the optimal place to take off wet boots.
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    This is TGR. Price is no object and it's not...

    This is TGR. Price is no object and it's not availability, it's about having the best.

    audiavant6speedmtdieselwithabox
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    they don't have to be heavy, get an older one in...

    they don't have to be heavy, get an older one in the 8' 2" length.
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    You can get an 8' longbed version. Jackattack has...

    You can get an 8' longbed version. Jackattack has one.
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    nope get a bigfoot or northern lite.

    nope

    get a bigfoot or northern lite.
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    hold my beer

    hold my beer
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    No. Western states can be quite strict about...

    No. Western states can be quite strict about chains on vehicles with trailers, as often it's not a ski area access road but rather a major highway you're driving on to go ski and therefore if you...
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    My truck takes about 15 -20 minutes to unload or...

    My truck takes about 15 -20 minutes to unload or load with electric jacks. it's really nice. old hydraulic jacks took a long time.
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    Good motors either way. had I found a clean 454...

    Good motors either way. had I found a clean 454 truck for a reasonable price I would have done one of those.



    Yeah but I like to imagine all my days will be 2" per hour chains required all...
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    Nope, sadly it went the way of the dodo bird....

    Nope, sadly it went the way of the dodo bird. It's too bad, I think a 7.0l VVT direct injection big block with a low boost turbo (5-10lb) could have been a monster workhorse motor that got equal fuel...
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    You're right, they are GMT800 not 900. 8.1 is...

    You're right, they are GMT800 not 900. 8.1 is awesome, if you do the math the low cost of purchase, low maintenance, cheap oil changes, and lower fuel prices compared to a diesel, it makes up for any...
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    Towing a trailer in the snow can really blow and...

    Towing a trailer in the snow can really blow and some areas are going to require chains when you’re towing a trailer. Could make for a really annoying drive. See my post above yours, neither of those...
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    Ski RV's, who's sleeping in parking lots?

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    2 maggot campers.

    Left, 1995 Bigfoot 2500 11.5’

    Right, 1996 Bigfoot 2500 10.6’ w/basement

    both on 2002 gmt900 pickups with the 8.1l big block.

    Twins?
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    flat deck it and then you can haul your cruiser...

    flat deck it and then you can haul your cruiser with it on desert expeditions.
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    cummins swap it

    cummins swap it
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    looks like the farm has some equipment to...

    looks like the farm has some equipment to purchase for 2019?
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    Still 30 - 40k less than a new 200 series LC,...

    Still 30 - 40k less than a new 200 series LC, G-Wagon, or a Land Rover. Fits 35" tires stock. Makes a gravel road feel like pavement. And it drives like an oversized sports car. 0-60 in 5 second is...
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    You clearly haven't driven one, they are like an...

    You clearly haven't driven one, they are like an off-road spaceship. I had the same opinion until I drove one.
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    there used to be a bigger distinction with...

    there used to be a bigger distinction with tweener axles in the front, etc but these days the only difference seems to be a sticker and a badge until you get in to DRW territory. There is a big...
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    Ski RV's, who's sleeping in parking lots?

    I went 3/4 rather than 1 ton on my latest truck purchase because my state has decided that 1 ton trucks are like semis and even if you’re not loaded over 10,000lbs you still have to chain up under...
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    looks like it's a basement model.

    looks like it's a basement model.
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    2500 series campers from BF and NL have full...

    2500 series campers from BF and NL have full length basements for ski storage. Primary reason I sold my NL and bumped up to a (bigger) Bigfoot.
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    Yes, I dream of a custom aluminum tray with one...

    Yes, I dream of a custom aluminum tray with one side featuring lockable gear/camp furniture storage, and the other with a foldout outdoor kitchen with BBQ, stovetop, and prep area. Also I'd look at...
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    It's like hauling 1500lbs in a 1/2 ton... main...

    It's like hauling 1500lbs in a 1/2 ton... main deal is match the right camper to the right truck. Upgrade springs if needed. Run e-rated tires. Make sure your steering and breaks aren't worn out....
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    As fellow locked 80iot... just keep it. If you...

    As fellow locked 80iot... just keep it. If you sell it you'll regret it. A low mile 80 series is going to appreciate a lot in the next few years, look at what 60 series are running these days.
    ...
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    I'd pick one of the ones that has a strong roof...

    I'd pick one of the ones that has a strong roof and minimal top seems...
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    for now just get a nice 1 ton gas truck. 2011 and...

    for now just get a nice 1 ton gas truck. 2011 and newer F350 with the 6.2L gas are quite affordable, have plenty of power for hauling a camper and the difference in maintenance costs and initial...
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    1 ton truck + bigfoot. ...

    1 ton truck + bigfoot.

    https://seattle.craigslist.org/est/rvs/d/1996-bigfootcamper/6739279195.html
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    you're gonna want to sell that after the first...

    you're gonna want to sell that after the first windy night up at the ski resort with your family.
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    Tryingtostaywarm... Some random early morning...

    Tryingtostaywarm...

    Some random early morning thoughts for winter camping.

    1.) DC fridge operation takes a lot of battery. Compared with running your fridge on propane it's not very efficient....
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    Low payload on Tacomas, need to be careful you...

    Low payload on Tacomas, need to be careful you don't overload. Personally if I had a Tacoma I'd be looking at either a Four Wheel Camper if I was primarily using it spring, summer, fall.

    For...
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    I don't know if I could sleep with those on. the...

    I don't know if I could sleep with those on. the normal foamy ear plugs are plenty for me, just need to bring things down a notch.
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    You normally camp at a metal show or construction...

    You normally camp at a metal show or construction site I take it?
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    You forgot the juiced up diesel exhaust noise as...

    You forgot the juiced up diesel exhaust noise as well.

    Generator noise. (Not everyone has the little Honda's.)

    Wind battering the windows and shaking the truck.

    Ok, no matter the camper,...
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    The soft sided FWC will exasperate this issue. I...

    The soft sided FWC will exasperate this issue. I would recommend learning to sleep with ear plugs in.
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    spam: I'm selling my truck and camper, see post...

    spam: I'm selling my truck and camper, see post in gearswap
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    Some please buy this and bring it BBI:...

    Some please buy this and bring it BBI: https://wenatchee.craigslist.org/cto/d/green-gmc-van/6615235368.html
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    The main issue with the Ford super duties has...

    The main issue with the Ford super duties has been the motors. So far (having owned mine for about a year) everything else seems to be really solid. Good axles, transmission, well designed cabs, good...
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    Don't lease. You don't need airbags if you don't...

    Don't lease. You don't need airbags if you don't get some giant stupid camper.
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    totally fine. but you might think twice about...

    totally fine. but you might think twice about squeezing up that tight forest road with no turn around.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBCvLJspBv8
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    Single Rear Wheel, as opposed to a dually. ...

    Single Rear Wheel, as opposed to a dually.


    Yes, but newer trucks are fine, especially in the Cascades. It never gets that cold. My 2008 Ford sat for 3 weeks and I started it on a 15 degree...
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    For $30k total I'd be looking at a 1 ton SRW...

    For $30k total I'd be looking at a 1 ton SRW Diesel truck for around $15-20k. I'd strongly consider an extended cab long bed unless you and the GF plan on another kid, then a 4 door long bed would be...
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    What's your budget for the total set up?

    What's your budget for the total set up?
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    Why is everyone obsessed with keeping their 1/2...

    Why is everyone obsessed with keeping their 1/2 ton? 1/2 ton trucks are designed as a car you can occasionally throw a bale of hay or couch in the back of.

    A 3/4 or 1 ton truck has...
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    That's the same weight as my 9.5' Northern Lite....

    That's the same weight as my 9.5' Northern Lite. A 2000lb camper is too heavy for a 1/2 ton truck without significant suspension mods, careful packing etc... most 1/2 ton 4wd extended cab trucks have...
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    I am aware. My post was a vast over...

    I am aware. My post was a vast over simplification. My old man worked in the power boat industry for 20 years and they run a very similar program. GE capital does a lot of lending to both dealers and...
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    The RV manufacturers typically give very...

    The RV manufacturers typically give very favorable credit terms to the dealers, which is why in the 2008 bubble so many RV companies went out of business
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    My assumptions are based on the NW truck market...

    My assumptions are based on the NW truck market (which is expensive) and that the average maggot is not wanting an pile of shit 1992 454 Chevy with a single cab. The more ski-bum crowd among us could...
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