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Posted: 04/13/12 06:10am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a 5er and a Kodiak Motorhome and am thinking about replacing the Kodiak with a TC. I have a Chevy Dmax 3/4ton Crew auto and a Dodge Cummins Dually 2wd Crew manual. Looking for a quality TC that is well insulated. Don't want a real bulky or heavy TC. I would primarily use it when pulling a boat while weekend fishing. Any suggestions?


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Lance is the 800 lb. Gorilla in the TC market. My 04 1121 (wood frame) has served me well in six years of extended travel and two plus years of full timing in all four seasons. Lots of use! I'll slow down dramatically next year in retirement and will move to a 5er for the added comfort and space. I'm looking forward to following the sun and seeing what I've missed as the result of work and inclimate weather.


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Posted: 04/13/12 09:05am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Quality built and better insulated = heavier and slightly more bulky.

To do quality and better insulated and lighter and less bulky, all at the same time = more $$$$....


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I hunt and fish out of mine. I love me Northern Lite... I think you will be happy with one.. There is a dealer in NC... ART


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You might want to consider Northstar. I am happy with my unit. Northstar is a quality builder that specializes in medium and light campers. They do not even make a model with slides and they do not make a 8' wide camper. Their models are 7' or 7.5' wide. Designs are tried and true but not especially innovative. Insulation is an issue. The walls of campers are thin and there is only room for about an inch of insulation. Also you will need to go over any camper to consider places to add insulation. I found the outside shower was a major heat leaker with just a thin plastic door. I filled the compartment with a couple of rags for insulation. I also found that the stove vent leaked a lot of heat and let in a blast of cold with a strong side wind on the camper. I sealed that off and instead use the kitchen window to let in some air when cooking and I put on the ceiling fan if needed. A reasonably well insulated camper should do very well down to temps in the low 40's. Down in the 20's or below, plan on using a lot of propane regardless of the model.





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Posted: 04/13/12 04:46pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Double ditto on the NorthStar. Ive owned a Northern Lite since new for 9 years and would not buy another one. Body is too soft. Insulation is too weak for the weight.

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I triple dog ditto the Northstar.
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We use our Bigfoot camper and pull a boat. We've been very pleased with the quality of the camper and how it handles on our truck. They are made in Canada and well insulated. We've used ours in temperatures as low as 7 degrees and as high as the upper 90's (with A/C) and been comfortable.


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You will get many recommendations most all have valid points for why one is better than another. If I was in your shoes I would find one that fits your truck, is the size and price that you like then check it over with a fine tooth comb. There are duds and pearls from all manufactures.

Myself I have an older Northern Lite and love it (had someone offer me 3x what I paid for it and I turned them down). Have I had issues, sure like all other manufactures, I have found areas that could/should be fixed or improved. Would buy another one tomorrow if I did it all over again.


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Ditto on the Northstar campers. Before I wanted a slide I owned two of them. They have excelent build quality and fine factory support.


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