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#573767 - 06/10/20 05:55 PM Re: Truck campers [Re: Justification]  
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Originally Posted by Justification
Looks like you got a great deal.
Is that pull out drawer part of the Camper, or was it already in your truck?

My half ton has a statement somewhere in the cab about "not for camper use" Might even misremember seeing something like that in the Duramax also.
Is that statement because both are shortbeds? or am I misremembering seeing it in the diesel?


That is a platform that sits under the camper. At one point, this camper was in an F250 and their cabs were too tall to work with older campers. So, many build platforms to lift the trailer a little. I think it provides a little extra support to the tail as well. Short beds are certainly more challenging to find campers for. That may be a legal disclaimer now as most don't read the actual GVWR or AWR of their truck and just drop a camper in. There are super light 1/2 ton specific campers now. I have not seen that in my Duramax, but I haven't looked for that label. Center of gravity is certainly important and something to consider.


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#573775 - 06/11/20 07:23 PM Re: Truck campers [Re: Silverbullet]  
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Seeing what most people tow with I don't think very many ever read GVWR. Amazing how many people you see towing travel trailers that are way over capacity, Was really surprised when my boss was buying his 2500 GMC duramax how many people are towing over the limits with 5th wheels or right at capacity before they start adding there stuff.


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#573866 - 06/27/20 09:47 AM Re: Truck campers [Re: Silverbullet]  
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Well, we made our first trip with the camper.

Loaded everyone up for a single overnighter to Steck Park which is a small campground a couple hours north of us along the Snake River. We camped there last year so I had some knowledge of the place. And, there is good catfish fishing there. I had planned on it being just me and our oldest boy or maybe both boys, but my wife decided to come, so off we went.

Made the trip fine. On the way, a landscape truck in front of us dropped a nice sprinkler valve box on the freeway in front of us. I braked and moved over a bit, but still caught it with the front passenger corner of the truck. Fortunately, it's momentum was moving in the right direction and it caused no harm. PS Those slide pretty darn well along the freeway.

Got in a little later than I wanted and the bugs were out. Hopped out and got chewed on pretty quick. Put on Saywer Picaridin and that kept the mosquitos at bay. I highly recommend it over deet products and it comes in a lotion making it easier to apply to kids.

Went fishing later in the evening and only caught 1 small channel cat. There are Mormon crickets in the area so we use them for bait. It was nice being in the camper knowing what was crawling around outside. The camper stayed pretty darn warm over night which we will need to work on. The youngest slept with us in the queen which made it cramped, but I was expecting.

It got very windy over night so it was great to be in a camper parked heading into the wind. Still have quite a few kinks to work out.

As for towing the boat, I am assembling the pieces one piece at a time. I need the hitch and overload springs.

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#573892 - 06/30/20 04:02 PM Re: Truck campers [Re: Silverbullet]  
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Not bad for a maiden voyage! Sounds like you had fun.

Does the camper have AC?


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#573893 - 06/30/20 05:49 PM Re: Truck campers [Re: WayWeGo]  
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Originally Posted by WayWeGo
Not bad for a maiden voyage! Sounds like you had fun.

Does the camper have AC?


No. On the way home, my wife asked me how much to add AC? I said too much. However, I am working to not spend too much on this camper in case we decide to upgrade.


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#573894 - 06/30/20 08:38 PM Re: Truck campers [Re: Silverbullet]  
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Looks like a great first shake down trip.


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#573901 - 07/01/20 09:53 PM Re: Truck campers [Re: Silverbullet]  
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James, I reread through this thread and it brought back a lot of memories of trips with my boys when they were in the 8-15 year span. We had a 16' 1946 Kit Companion trailer that we traveled all over the northwest with and love it.

One of my favorite memories is when we were camping at Fishing Bridge Campground at Yellowstone. I was fixing dinner, the trailer door was open, the boys wer4e sitting at the "dining table" across from the door. As I was cooking the boys started yelling. I looked over at them then at the open door. A bison had his head up against the screen door and was sniffing and snorting over the smell of dinner. He was way too big to fit through the door but having him standing there was enough to scare the boys. When he pushed against the side of the trailer that rocked the whole thing.

Years later they were able to laugh about it but it took years for them to get to that point.

So make lots of memories withg the boys that years later you wil be able to chuckle about.

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#573902 - 07/01/20 11:57 PM Re: Truck campers [Re: Silverbullet]  
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Looks fun!

I am going to regret never owning an RV....

Kids getting older. Missed my shot...

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#573903 - 07/02/20 12:19 AM Re: Truck campers [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Originally Posted by GoFirstClass
James, I reread through this thread and it brought back a lot of memories of trips with my boys when they were in the 8-15 year span. We had a 16' 1946 Kit Companion trailer that we traveled all over the northwest with and love it.

One of my favorite memories is when we were camping at Fishing Bridge Campground at Yellowstone. I was fixing dinner, the trailer door was open, the boys wer4e sitting at the "dining table" across from the door. As I was cooking the boys started yelling. I looked over at them then at the open door. A bison had his head up against the screen door and was sniffing and snorting over the smell of dinner. He was way too big to fit through the door but having him standing there was enough to scare the boys. When he pushed against the side of the trailer that rocked the whole thing.

Years later they were able to laugh about it but it took years for them to get to that point.

So make lots of memories withg the boys that years later you wil be able to chuckle about.



Thanks for the story and perspective. Sometimes I question where I spend money. This $3K camper will end up costing me $6K after I factor in $2K into the truck and $1K to outfit the camper and upgrade a few things. It'll all be worth it with a few lifelong memories. And if I get in trouble with the wife, it beats the doghouse.

Next up is to add a $2000 aluminum fishing boat so we can fish the river and camp along it.


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#573905 - 07/02/20 11:08 AM Re: Truck campers [Re: Silverbullet]  
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Now wait a darn minute. If you're going to get an aluminum fishing boat you're going to need a motor (MORE ($$$$) and you're going to need a trailer (MORE $$$$) and you're going to have to license all them (MORE $$$$).

You know what that means, don't ya? You're just going to have to work to create a LOT more memories with the kids as they grow up so you will have a lot of things to look back and laugh about when the're older.


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#573906 - 07/02/20 12:03 PM Re: Truck campers [Re: Silverbullet]  
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Funny how one thing leads to another. Can definitely relate to that.


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#573907 - 07/02/20 03:05 PM Re: Truck campers [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Originally Posted by GoFirstClass
Now wait a darn minute. If you're going to get an aluminum fishing boat you're going to need a motor (MORE ($$$$) and you're going to need a trailer (MORE $$$$) and you're going to have to license all them (MORE $$$$).

You know what that means, don't ya? You're just going to have to work to create a LOT more memories with the kids as they grow up so you will have a lot of things to look back and laugh about when the're older.


$2K has to include all of that.


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Its funny how some of the best memories were of trips that were not so much fun at the time.

My brother always talks about the time he and a friend drove from Washington DC to Unadilla NY to watch a pro motocross race...and it rained a lot.

First, the windshield wiper motor burned out, so his friend spent most of the trip up there (~6 hours) upside down in the front seat working the wiper linkage high up under the dash so my brother could see to drive. Then the campground they stayed in flooded in the middle of the night and they woke up to a tent floating 6" above the ground in the middle of a stream. They spent the night in the game room sleeping on pool tables.

That's a trip I am glad I missed!!!


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#573946 - 07/08/20 06:27 PM Re: Truck campers [Re: Silverbullet]  
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Well, never short on projects.

The fridge was under recall from a few decades ago. Norcold is honoring it by giving us a new fridge. The new one is likely to be too small for the opening so some construction work will be in order. It has to be installed by a dealer, but they only allow 2 hours of labor so I will need to do some prework first to ensure it doesn't get too expensive.

I will likely have to cut up the old fridge to get it out, but I will be looking to have the new fridge narrow enough to get through the door.

Don't really want to tackle this right now, but there really is no good time.


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Wow new free fridge is awesome deal, Congrats


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#573950 - 07/09/20 12:02 AM Re: Truck campers [Re: captkevin]  
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Originally Posted by captkevin
Wow new free fridge is awesome deal, Congrats



Stoked to get a new one. They aren't cheap. Home warranty just bought us a new washer for the house too which was cool.

I really hope they will give me the in between model from what they offered. It's a 3 way so more expensive. If it's not too much I'll pay the difference.

Hopefully this weekend I can start tearing out the old one so I can see what is back there.


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They definitely don't give those away. Plus guessing in 25 years they have made some improvements.


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