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  1. #6176
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    You need to make a choice between a basement and light(er)weight. They don't exist together, hate to say it.

    I've owned 2 Bigfoots and a Northern Lite. They're all good but somewhat heavy unless you get an early model with no bathroom meant for a 1/2 ton or import truck.

    I personally wouldn't consider most mainstream camper brands, most are either extremely heavy or not well insulated.

  2. #6177
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    Appreciate the feedback, thanks. Sounds like a basement won't do much for ski storage anyways so I'd rather save the weight.

    Quote Originally Posted by The Artist Formerly Known as Leavenworth Skier View Post
    You need to make a choice between a basement and light(er)weight. They don't exist together, hate to say it.

    I've owned 2 Bigfoots and a Northern Lite. They're all good but somewhat heavy unless you get an early model with no bathroom meant for a 1/2 ton or import truck.

    I personally wouldn't consider most mainstream camper brands, most are either extremely heavy or not well insulated.
    Would this apply to Northern Lite/Bigfoot/etc as mainstream campers? Is there a way to up the insulation value? I'm more thinking regarding dew-point and eliminating moisture in the walls than I am heat retention. R6+ will be plenty warmer than a tent.

    Looked at facebook marketplace for the first time last night - that's a rabbit hole.

    Considering these as options:

    No bathroom (bonus in my world), light, and I like the layout. Primary concern will be whether I can fit in the bed comfortably. Any thoughts on N/S vs E/W beds? I presume N/S to be preferable so no one is climbing over anyone to get out.
    https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...9734605171389/
    https://recreationalvehicles.info/20...s-brochure.pdf

    Closer & more modern. Price seems decent - though who knows the condition without photos.
    https://vancouver.craigslist.org/bnc...172547489.html

    Mid-way between the two above in terms of distance.
    https://abbotsford.craigslist.org/rv...173518696.html
    "...if you're not doing a double flip cork something, skiing spines in Haines, or doing double flip cork somethings off spines in Haines, you're pretty much just gaping."

  3. #6178
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    Quote Originally Posted by shafty85 View Post
    Appreciate the feedback, thanks. Sounds like a basement won't do much for ski storage anyways so I'd rather save the weight.



    Would this apply to Northern Lite/Bigfoot/etc as mainstream campers? Is there a way to up the insulation value? I'm more thinking regarding dew-point and eliminating moisture in the walls than I am heat retention. R6+ will be plenty warmer than a tent.

    Looked at facebook marketplace for the first time last night - that's a rabbit hole.

    Considering these as options:

    No bathroom (bonus in my world), light, and I like the layout. Primary concern will be whether I can fit in the bed comfortably. Any thoughts on N/S vs E/W beds? I presume N/S to be preferable so no one is climbing over anyone to get out.
    https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...9734605171389/
    https://recreationalvehicles.info/20...s-brochure.pdf

    Closer & more modern. Price seems decent - though who knows the condition without photos.
    https://vancouver.craigslist.org/bnc...172547489.html

    Mid-way between the two above in terms of distance.
    https://abbotsford.craigslist.org/rv...173518696.html
    When I say "Mainstream" campers I mean the traditional wood/aluminum frame with metal siding type camper. Like that Adventurer you linked.

    Bigfoot/Northern Lite are the best insulated and weather tight camper you can buy, short of something full custom. The 2 piece fiberglass design is a lot lighter, warmer and stronger than a traditional frame & siding camper. Both the northern lite and bigfoot you posted are probably worth looking at imho.

  4. #6179
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    Those 'mainstream' RVs are sometimes called 'sticks and staples' for good reason.

  5. #6180
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    Those older Adventurer campers use 1" wood framing with fiberglass batt insulation. There's no real way to add more without rebuilding it. The Bigfoot/Nothern-Lite campers are a 2 piece fiberglass shell with expanded foam insulation. The older Bigfoot 3500 series had 2" of foam and was rated to -40C. I had a Sommerset camper (2 piece fiberglass, made in Port Moody BC) that I used to -20C.
    If you have a problem & think that someone else is going to solve it for you then you have two problems.

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