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SidecarFlip
post Feb 13 2018, 10:51 AM
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Favorite Truck Camper(s): Forest River Palomino SS
Type and Brand of Truck(s) Owned: 1997 Ford F350 4x4 LB SRW CC 7.3 diesel
Type of Tiedowns used: HappyJac standard
Truck and Camper Setup: 1997 Ford F350 4 door 4x4 Crew Cab 7.3 Diesel, Lance 915 loaded, 2015 Palomino SS1500 Loaded



QUOTE(Jknight611 @ Feb 13 2018, 09:08 AM)
Sidecar, I absolutely wholeheartedly agree!  My Northstar has a “out the door, as equipped weight” on the manufacturer’s data plate.  My helium got away.....  when the TV lawyers find a target as easy as this is to harvest.......  one call, that’s all!
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People get an RV (not just a TC, but any RV) and then think they can 'take the house' along. Don't work that way. Everything weighs something and weights add up

With my wife and I, it's camping, not 'Glamping. I take the minimal amount along and keep the weight down. Like Issac Newton said, 'an object in motion, tends to stay in motion' and the heavier it is, the harder it is to stop (in time to avoid a crash). You never know when you'll need to stop quickly or swerve to avoid that crash.

I always prefer to err on the side of being under capacity for my truck and I've been in those situations where I've had to stop quickly and I was thankful I was able to.

No triple slide loaded up, generator equipped TC for me. Light is right here.

If I want luxury, I'll stay at the Holiday Inn or the Sheraton and drive my car. One, gets better fuel mileage and two is easier to park.

We are going to Florida next winter for a month with another couple who also have a TC. We are leaving the campers at home and renting a condo on the beach for a month. We penciled out the cost, taking the TC's for a month versus renting a condo and the cost, driving down with the TC's, campground site rent and all associated costs, far exceed the cost of driving down (in the car) renting a beach condo and just buying groceries for a month.

Besides, with the TC, we'd have to tote it along everywhere we went (most CG's won't allow you to offload a camper). I can play 'tourist' much easier with my car.

I can make it a suitcase trip. When renting a condo, everything is included, even a washer and dryer, all you need is your clothes... and swimming trunks...lol

A beachfront condo is 2 grand for am month split in half is a grand each way. Just driving down from here (Michigan) with the TC would cost a couple hundred in fuel.

Much more sensible to rent a condo and drive the car down.

Sure you can tell we are tired of the winter up here in Tundra land.
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wintertree
post Feb 14 2018, 08:58 PM
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Favorite Truck Camper(s): Lance
Type and Brand of Truck(s) Owned: Snowbird 108DS
Type of Tiedowns used: torklift
Truck and Camper Setup: 2016 F-450..upgraded overload springs...Torklift tie downs...single slide Hard wall camper with dry bath...solar...inverter...genset..full thermal package...extra black and grey tankage...kayak and paddle board



Some people can stay in a Truck camper for long periods of time (couples) with out an issue....We are not those people.....we really enjoy our unit...its large and roomy (for a TC)....has a separate shower (dry bath....no just outside ...lol)....micro....tv....you know...most of the things we take for granted at home...(good size fridge for wobbly pops)...but When we head out for an extended time of travels....we can go for about a month...sometimes less.....and we will rent a cabin....or something similar for about a week....off load the camper...and become grounded to mother earth for a while...It allows us some time with space...no set-up...etc. A few days later we are ready to hit the road in our rig...This way our travels enjoy the versatility of a TC (being able to explore and park many ...many places a motor home or truck trailer combo would not) on our way to our destination. Instead of investing in a monster fifth wheel or something similar and the hassle of hauling it (they are destination type RV's) we get to explore carefully on our way to our destination....We have friends that do end up in area's that we eventually make it to....but with their rig its a mad dash to get there....where ever that is....with not alot of "smelling the roses" along the way....By traveling with a TC and allowing for time outs a smaller rig can be realized without loosing your cool.....and getting into conflicts with your significant other when you need some space..

Works for us
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SidecarFlip
post Feb 15 2018, 10:08 PM
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Favorite Truck Camper(s): Forest River Palomino SS
Type and Brand of Truck(s) Owned: 1997 Ford F350 4x4 LB SRW CC 7.3 diesel
Type of Tiedowns used: HappyJac standard
Truck and Camper Setup: 1997 Ford F350 4 door 4x4 Crew Cab 7.3 Diesel, Lance 915 loaded, 2015 Palomino SS1500 Loaded



We do the same thing kind of. When we go somewhere with a definite destination (like Maine in August), we will have the TC on the truck but stay in motels on the way up. I find staying in motels in route easier than looking for a campground and you can get a Super 8 for about the same price as a campsite in a nice campground. When we get to Maine in August, we will camp the entire time but on the way back again, we will motel it. Just easier for us.

I know it sounds odd, but for us, it works.
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