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    I'll be rocking this setup a little bit, topper on a 90 Dodge diesel.
    Worked awesome at Glacier NP in September.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MakersTeleMark View Post
    Saw that one but it only sleeps 2; need room for 4 sn00zers
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  4. #1304
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    TGR is a bad, bad influence. Why? I'm thinking i need a small conversion van or truck camper for a week long trip I want to take this spring with misses where we hit up all of the ski spots in PNW; Hood, (maybe Bachelor), Crystal, Stevens, Baker and possibly Whistler.

    Therefore, I need some collective wisdom from the parking lot-poaching Maggots. Do I go truck+camper or small conversion van, a la: http://bozeman.craigslist.org/rvs/4085666032.html or http://bozeman.craigslist.org/rvs/4112997959.html ?

    Thus far, I see it as this:
    A self contained van is great due to size and the whole thing is heated, lower center of gravity for snowy roads and probably cheaper. The downside is that I'd need to insure a third vehicle and where do I park it when not using it? Also, 4WD is not the norm and carries a premium; though this could be rectified with some proper studs. There also tends to be a bit more room.

    A truck+camper brings 4WD and the ability to off-load the camper when not using it and use the truck as my daily driver. Camper tend to be found cheap, especially around here. Using it later to take over Teton Pass seems like a much better option than trying to take over a 2WD van. The downside is that the cab is not connected. I'm also not super stoked on trading my current rig for a newer, capable truck that can handle a decent camper.

    So what does the collective say? Truck+camper or conversion van/small RV?

  5. #1305
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    I'd do a pickup with a canopy, or an older blazer/suburban before I'd buy a truck camper. The difference in creature comforts is pretty small, specially if'n you aren't gonna be a professional RV-er. A good down bag with the wife as a heater is plenty warm, and you could get a little buddy or whatever kind electric heater and run it off 12v just to warm up the space a little.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charmander View Post
    I'd do a pickup with a canopy, or an older blazer/suburban before I'd buy a truck camper. The difference in creature comforts is pretty small, specially if'n you aren't gonna be a professional RV-er. A good down bag with the wife as a heater is plenty warm, and you could get a little buddy or whatever kind electric heater and run it off 12v just to warm up the space a little.
    Totally disagree, i love having a pop up camper. I cant explain how awesome it is to be able to cook standing up, or sit at a table playing cards drinking whiskey while it is pounding rain outside.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charmander View Post
    I'd do a pickup with a canopy, or an older blazer/suburban before I'd buy a truck camper. The difference in creature comforts is pretty small, specially if'n you aren't gonna be a professional RV-er. A good down bag with the wife as a heater is plenty warm, and you could get a little buddy or whatever kind electric heater and run it off 12v just to warm up the space a little.
    You know, I thought about that as I could do just what you described with my Land Cruiser. But as stated below, having a bit more room for the pup, the lady and I with proper kitchen would be much more bueno and make her much more agreeable to the idea
    Quote Originally Posted by teleee View Post
    Totally disagree, i love having a pop up camper. I cant explain how awesome it is to be able to cook standing up, or sit at a table playing cards drinking whiskey while it is pounding rain outside.
    That's more what I'm thinking. When you say pop-up, you mean a trailer or one of those truck campers that folds down low and then you can pop up for more space?
    Oh bud ... that's a sweet rig, but I'm looking more for a ready-to-go package. While I'm all for a hobby, I'll need something that with only a bit of work, I'm ready for a 10 day swing chasing storms in the PNW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charmander View Post
    The difference in creature comforts is pretty small, .
    i let my dogs out in the pre dawn so they can take shits etc, not sure i could do that if it's 15 degrees and dark

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobcat Sig View Post
    You know, I thought about that as I could do just what you described with my Land Cruiser. But as stated below, having a bit more room for the pup, the lady and I with proper kitchen would be much more bueno and make her much more agreeable to the idea

    That's more what I'm thinking. When you say pop-up, you mean a trailer or one of those truck campers that folds down low and then you can pop up for more space?

    Oh bud ... that's a sweet rig, but I'm looking more for a ready-to-go package. While I'm all for a hobby, I'll need something that with only a bit of work, I'm ready for a 10 day swing chasing storms in the PNW.
    I have one of those truck campers that pop up for more room. It's lightweight (850 pounds loaded with water) and has plenty of room to stand up in and is easily handled by my Dodge Dakota.
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    Gonna see if I can't turn this piece of work into my slope-side home in the winter

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    We are getting our 18' Airstream worked on right now in Zootown. Getting new insulation, new wiring, new windows, new torsion axle, and a better heater for the winter. They are so light I've seem folks towing them with subaru's, the F150 tows it with ease. What's nice is that you can leave it at the campsite and still use your vehicle to drive around without having to secure everything for every trip. Friends of ours have truck bed campers and they are quite envious, its not real easy to dump them for a quick excursion. Although can't take it over teton pass in the winter and is not stealth, but nice and comfy inside...Another thing to think about is a lot of the campgrounds around GYE are going hard shell only due to bear issues...tents and pop tops do not qualify...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrubadub View Post
    We are getting our 18' Airstream worked on right now in Zootown. Getting new insulation, new wiring, new windows, new torsion axle, and a better heater for the winter. They are so light I've seem folks towing them with subaru's, the F150 tows it with ease. What's nice is that you can leave it at the campsite and still use your vehicle to drive around without having to secure everything for every trip. Friends of ours have truck bed campers and they are quite envious, its not real easy to dump them for a quick excursion. Although can't take it over teton pass in the winter and is not stealth, but nice and comfy inside...Another thing to think about is a lot of the campgrounds around GYE are going hard shell only due to bear issues...tents and pop tops do not qualify...

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    Nice. The Cruiser should tow that thing no problem.

    The hardside thing is sage advice. Not that I do a lot of excursions in bear country, but it would no doubt keep me warmer, which is the key here; winter camping.

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    Got a kick out of this...


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    Stealth Dolphin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homerocks View Post
    Got a kick out of this...

    Want.

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    people are lining up for a Toyota with Ferrari badges?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buster Highmen View Post
    Is that 4x4? That's been a significant obstacle: we'd really like a 4x4.
    Buster, I know chinook made some (one?) in 4X4. A buddy of mine had a chinook, it was on a lifted F350 or 450 4X4 van platform. Had an ARB bumper and dualies in rear. The thing was awesome. He sold it in the t-town area about 5 years ago. So, I know there is at least one out there, and I assume they made more. Maybe they are as rare as a unicorn though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1080Rider View Post
    Buster, I know chinook made some (one?) in 4X4. A buddy of mine had a chinook, it was on a lifted F350 or 450 4X4 van platform. Had an ARB bumper and dualies in rear. The thing was awesome. He sold it in the t-town area about 5 years ago. So, I know there is at least one out there, and I assume they made more. Maybe they are as rare as a unicorn though.
    There are companies that can do conversions to 4x4. So maybe get a vehicle and get it converted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1080Rider View Post
    Buster, I know chinook made some (one?) in 4X4. A buddy of mine had a chinook, it was on a lifted F350 or 450 4X4 van platform. Had an ARB bumper and dualies in rear. The thing was awesome. He sold it in the t-town area about 5 years ago. So, I know there is at least one out there, and I assume they made more. Maybe they are as rare as a unicorn though.
    At least 35 made by Chinook as factory 4x4, the Baja model.

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    Before we purchased the Tiger, we shopped Chinook 2wd units with the intent to have converted to 4x4. Most of them were V10's though, and with manual transmissions.
    Nice rigs though.

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    So. I. Think. This. May. Be. A. Mag.

    http://reno.craigslist.org/rvs/4135734767.html

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    The GnaRV on a recent strike mission to SoCal...

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    Need help with any suggestions on a cup holder strategy for a van we camp in. It is a 1970 Ford Club Wagon Chateau. It is fucking awesome and has a 302 cubic inch engine that plows over passes, furnace, stove, fridge, sink, all work. But with the old engine compartment "Dog House Style", does anybody have any suggestions on something for cups, as morning coffee makes everything warmer. I don't really want a massive console unit there but I remember seeing old truckers with a snap bottom cup that basically snaps into a holder glue there. Suggestions from someone more creative than me?

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