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  1. #4751
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    Quote Originally Posted by yeloblammo View Post
    I'm new to the camper thing but looking at something reasonably small for a family of 4. <$10k

    I ran across a Chevy Falcon. Mid 1990's

    They have a shitter, shower, and kitchen. Heat/Ac and sleep 4+

    Looks like Dodge, Chevy, and Ford all make a "falcon" and seem pretty similar

    Doesn't look like it's a 4x4 though, which would be ideal here in New England. Sometimes I can't even get out of my driveway in 2wd

    Anyone ever own one? Too small?

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    having a bathroom in that size camper seems disgusting. But it looks pretty cool otherwise.
    If it's front wheel drive it might be fine given the weight
    But also a neighbor family just bought our old eurovan to have sleeping for kids with them in a tent (or vice versa.) so maybe keep that scenario in mind too
    skid luxury

  2. #4752
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    Put several hours into combing thru the thread now that Iím more seriously in the market. Good contributions and food for thought.

    My gears are turning - Iím undecided in what exact route to go but I know a few things I like and stuff thatís not for me. Started on the van quest but want 4x4 and those seem to surpass 50k ish (high side of budget). Truck and Bigfoot or Northern Lite route is likely the smart money. Truck would be 3rd vehicle and I donít commute for work - so a newer reliable truck may just drive me nuts deprecating in driveway. Iím not a wrencher donít want a headache. How does a budget of 15-20k for truck and 10-15k for clean 9í 6Ē winter camper sound?

    Feel free to shoot a couple truck recommendations for 3/4 or 1 ton. Also any deals found in your searches that I could take advantage of will result in beer, booze, or bud $.. or possibly ski gear. Thanks yíall

  3. #4753
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    Quote Originally Posted by CascadeLuke View Post
    Put several hours into combing thru the thread now that I’m more seriously in the market. Good contributions and food for thought.

    My gears are turning - I’m undecided in what exact route to go but I know a few things I like and stuff that’s not for me. Started on the van quest but want 4x4 and those seem to surpass 50k ish (high side of budget). Truck and Bigfoot or Northern Lite route is likely the smart money. Truck would be 3rd vehicle and I don’t commute for work - so a newer reliable truck may just drive me nuts deprecating in driveway. I’m not a wrencher don’t want a headache. How does a budget of 15-20k for truck and 10-15k for clean 9’ 6” winter camper sound?

    Feel free to shoot a couple truck recommendations for 3/4 or 1 ton. Also any deals found in your searches that I could take advantage of will result in beer, booze, or bud $.. or possibly ski gear. Thanks y’all
    One thing to consider with a truck/camper combo is your GVWR. Tpyically most campers on trucks get your whole rig up close that weight rating. Add on people, gear and fuel and you are quickly over the limit. If you are ok with that its totally fine, been running my rig that way for years.

    However it adds up with wear and tear on brakes, tires, suspension, etc. Even after all the work I did on my truck it still feels like its overloaded most of the time when we are loaded up and going. Wont really know what this feels like until you get your rig dialed in for your stuff.

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    Okay. Is this one of those type things where you always wish you had more truck, more beef? Iíve been hearing that. This will be my first truck.. always saw my first as Tundra but I get it - they wonít cut it. Itís just never saw myself buying a 1 ton until looking into camper life.

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    If you donít expect to need a truck, why not a depreciated 4x4 RV?

    They usually have a better layout than a camper.
    Lower center of gravity.
    1+ ton chassis
    Maintenance is about the same as a truck + camper

    All the comforts of home: https://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/r...914373538.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackattack View Post
    If you donít expect to need a truck, why not a depreciated 4x4 RV?

    They usually have a better layout than a camper.
    Lower center of gravity.
    1+ ton chassis
    Maintenance is about the same as a truck + camper

    All the comforts of home: https://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/r...914373538.html
    Thanks bro. LVS shot me that one too. Seems like a possibility. One thing on the desirability list is a nimble ride and urban capable. You think itís similar between this size 4x4 RV and truck / camper?

    I would make use of truck occasionally for utility and house remodeling and driving in a pinch. Fully agree the RV layout is supreme.

  7. #4757
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    Quote Originally Posted by jackattack View Post
    If you don’t expect to need a truck, why not a depreciated 4x4 RV?

    They usually have a better layout than a camper.
    Lower center of gravity.
    1+ ton chassis
    Maintenance is about the same as a truck + camper

    All the comforts of home: https://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/r...914373538.html
    That is a great rig. Perfect size/functionality.

  8. #4758
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    Quote Originally Posted by CascadeLuke View Post
    Thanks bro. LVS shot me that one too. Seems like a possibility. One thing on the desirability list is a nimble ride and urban capable. You think itís similar between this size 4x4 RV and truck / camper?
    Yes, I think theyíre similar in that neither is particularly nimble or urban friendly. My rig is relatively conservative but still 20í8Ē in length. But a 9í6Ē camper in a long bed truck is going to be 22í+, same as the rv in the link.

    Quote Originally Posted by CascadeLuke View Post
    I would make use of truck occasionally for utility and house remodeling and driving in a pinch. Fully agree the RV layout is supreme.
    Yeah, thereís always a compromise to be made for flexibility.

  9. #4759
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    Quote Originally Posted by MakersTeleMark View Post
    That is a great rig. Perfect size/functionality.
    that's what I said. Luke told me he wanted something with a shower, 4wd, big enough for the wife and kid... and then that thing popped up

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    But how does it rate on #stealth meter? Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by CascadeLuke View Post
    But how does it rate on #stealth meter? Lol
    Don't think wife, kid, bathroom, etc and stealth go together.

    Get a 4x4 e350 conversion and build it out while keeping the exterior boring and that's stealth...

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    Btw I liked your Kimbo contribution. Made me think that and Tundra. You seen any IRL?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CascadeLuke View Post
    Btw I liked your Kimbo contribution. Made me think that and Tundra. You seen any IRL?
    Saw a few at Baker this season/ a few driving around Bellingham. Walked around a few times but haven't seen the inside. Look very very well built.
    Rumors of a 8' bed model coming out too via their Instagram.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CascadeLuke View Post
    But how does it rate on #stealth meter? Lol
    Just get a camo wrap. Winning.

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    Yah site said 8rs coming

  16. #4766
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    Quote Originally Posted by CascadeLuke View Post
    Yah site said 8rs coming
    If I was in the market for a slide in camper I definitely be looking at those. they seem pretty bomber built and cool to support a company like that.
    I think there's other cheaper used options that are more snow suited though as well such as the Bigfoot. Though the kimbo has a much better profile.

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  18. #4768
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    Kimboís more industrial simplistic design, plus lite weight, should bode well for it. Like the local aspect. Ultimately winter comfort is paramount so Bigfoot and NL are top of list as advised by LVS. Iím not super knowledgeable on their models yet and Iíd like something on their smaller side. Probably smallest with basement.

  19. #4769
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    If anyone is looking for a VW Eurovan camper, shoot me a PM; a friend is selling a Ď91 (I think) in great shape for around $31k.

  20. #4770
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    Quote Originally Posted by jackattack View Post
    If you donít expect to need a truck, why not a depreciated 4x4 RV?

    They usually have a better layout than a camper.
    Lower center of gravity.
    1+ ton chassis
    Maintenance is about the same as a truck + camper

    All the comforts of home: https://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/r...914373538.html
    Buddy just bought a '95 Minnie Winnie 4x4 w/ the 460ci V8. Thing is sweet, great size (esp if you want to have wife AND kid in it) and capability. Gas will suck, but that's a given. I'd go that route for the $$$ unless you really want to have a truck in your fleet.

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    Iím hearing you guys on that rig. Itís in consideration.

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    No way that camper is still available by the weekend. Just the 8.1 liter and 4x4 alone have everyone's peckers fully erect. Consider it sold.

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    $1800 to change the diff, tranny and transfer case fluids? The owner is either a massive sucker or lying through his teeth in that ad.

    I like the layout though.
    Live Free or Die

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdironRider View Post
    $1800 to change the diff, tranny and transfer case fluids? The owner is either a massive sucker or lying through his teeth in that ad.

    I like the layout though.
    Or just your standard eBay RV scam.

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