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RE: Your biggest truck camper mistake?

Though I like our setup overall: 1.I would not do a dry bath with a tiny shower again. 2.doing airbags 1st when SuperSprings was what it needed. 3. Backing up over a curb with the original flip down steps down. 13k does not stop for metal steps. 4. Not doing solar on day 1. 5. Not having an electric awning.
2BLAZERS 06/21/16 10:37am Truck Campers
RE: Remove box for flat bed...Why not?

I totally would go flat bed if you are not pushing the rear axle weight limits, tire limits or vehicle GVW limits. As flatbed usually means boxes for more stuff. For me I choose a regular pickup box as I daily drive my dually to work and everything still. If money was unlimited I'd do a Ram 5500 flatbed in a heartbeat for camper hauling. And drive a SRW daily. But $$$
2BLAZERS 06/20/16 12:26pm Truck Campers
RE: Remove box for flat bed...Why not?

In some states, removing the factory pick up body can change the registration status of the truck, which can lead to higher annual fees, weight declaration requirements, stopping at roadside scales, and other potential vulnerabilities if a highway patrol officer really wants to hassle you. Specifically, in California, once the factory pickup bed is removed and a flatbed installed instead, the truck now legally is required to stop at scales, as it is no longer a "pick up". This is not practically enforced, but it is legally enforceable. California actually has set forth a statutory definition of "pick up", and ever since the Commercial Vehicle Registration Act of 2001, trucks that are not "pick ups" have to have declared, in advance, the maximum weight that will be borne and towed by the truck, and pay fees according to that declaration. Should a CHP pull a flat bed truck over for not stopping at the scales, and should the CHP decide to weigh the truck and the weight of the truck, camper, and trailer exceeds the amount that was previously declared, then the fine is the maximum fees that would be levied on an 18 wheeler semi declaring 80,000 lbs. Pickups, on the other hand, do not have to anticipate what weight they will carry. An owner of a pickup can decide one day to pull a 9,999 lb trailer, while having a 5,000 lb BigFoot 3000 in the bed, and not have to have paid fees for 22K gross combined like a flat bed truck owner would have had to do in order to operate legally in that configuration. Keep in mind, these rules apply irrespective of the door plate rating of the underlying truck chassis, and irrespective of the fact that the chassis could very well be the exact same. The rules apply to merely the characteristic of the bed. And that is one reason why some California light truck owners keep the pickup bed installed, even when aluminum flat beds with underslung tool boxes offer more common sense convenience and practical utility. Don't really care since I don't live in California. With Oregon plates, they'll probably wave as I drive by. :) But us Oregonians get stuck with stupid rules about T-plates and heavy ''non-RV'' trailers. So my 10k rated Enclosed Trailer is a pain in Oregon. Oregon considers any ''non-RV'' trailer rated over 8K a ''heavy'' trailer subject to T plate rules and weight registration and yearly fee. And yes the TC is included in the weight I register for.
2BLAZERS 06/20/16 12:00pm Truck Campers
RE: 2017 Arctic Fox Changes

Very cool. A bunch of nice little upgrades! Now if they'd just do a side door model....and loose some weight. But funny thing is we have a deposit on a large toy hauler now. But plan on keeping the TC for short trips and small campgrounds.
2BLAZERS 06/20/16 11:57am Truck Campers
RE: Have a truck - suspension questions

I recently purchased a 2005 Dodge 3500 dually and am wondering what to do about suspension. We are looking for a 2006 or later AF 990 and am going to install Torklift tiedowns. Depending upon which AF 990 year we get, dry weight will be around 3,500 pounds. My question is what would you recommend ? I have read on the forum and mfg's websites about Torklift stable loads, Timbrins, Big Wig sway bar, and airbags. Any personal suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your help. We live in the middle of Washington state. And since your Wet Weight will be closer to 5k pounds. AF 990 and anything else AF is really freaking heavy. 1. I'd suggest nothing until you get the camper on... 2. You will notice a big difference in handling with the Big Wig sway bar and some stable loads. 3. Bang for the buck I really like SuperSprings on my last two trucks for carrying my AF 1150. And for the $400, they are 1/4 the cost of airbags. And P.S. glad your putting it on a dually!
2BLAZERS 06/09/16 01:11pm Truck Campers
RE: Toy Hauler Buyers FYI... Evegreen RV - Closed

It's not like no one else makes toy haulers and travel trailers. Competition is pretty fierce. And really sales growth is nice but the bottom line is the bottom line and does matter.
2BLAZERS 06/08/16 10:48am Toy Haulers
RE: Propane

I just leave the fridge on propane all the time once we leave the house. When filling up the propane tanks I just park a little bit ahead. Tanks are on the opposite side anyways.
2BLAZERS 06/06/16 10:19am Truck Campers
RE: Stealth WA2916

Yep I got told so many times...it will fit! One thing I can say....one of the things that drive me back to a TC was this RZR. I either had to go with a 35' fifth wheel or a 33-38' bumper pull toyhauler to fit this RZR in. I don't know about you but the prospect of not fitting anywhere but the larger dune camp grounds wasn't appealing. We don't take the RZR with us all the time and my budget didn't allow both. If you can swing both do it! That is a lot of trailer to drag around. The ''both option'' is in discussion big time. I measured we can add the toy hauler and still park everything. The TC fits great on the driveway in front of the garage. The trailers in the side yard. We certainly like the TC for the quick weekends to the small Oregon Coast State campgrounds. But for longer trips like our yearly Utah trip the appeal of more living space and real inside chairs appeals big time. Lots and lots of thinking to do.......
2BLAZERS 05/23/16 03:45pm Truck Campers
RE: Stealth WA2916

Agree. Tape measure visit is needed. LOL.
2BLAZERS 05/23/16 03:31pm Truck Campers
RE: Stealth WA2916

The one we looked at last night has a full arctic package. I do not want a 5th wheel style as the garage does not get any bigger and you lose the truck bed to haul a quad. Every FW garage style model we've seen would require turning a quad sideways and not allow for a large 4 seater in the garage at the same time. A 4 seater RZR is just over 12 feet long. Saddly the big FW open toy haulers with 30 feet of parking are all now pretty much gone and old. Hence I want the truck bed free.
2BLAZERS 05/23/16 01:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Stealth WA2916

And the biggest Desert Fox only has 11.5 feet before you hit the oven/kitchen.
2BLAZERS 05/23/16 01:18pm Truck Campers
RE: Stealth WA2916

Before coming to the TC side, we had toyhaulers. We almost went with another and looked at all the brands. I'm personally not a Forest River fan. The quality is not the best for the money IMHO. Is your RZR a two seater? If not, the model your looking at won't swallow a new xp4 1000. If not, it will fit a two seater though. I liked the Desert Fox much better and if you have a little more to spend, Evergreen Amped makes a nice bumper pull. I liked the z frame for all the storage, they use marine grade plywood in the flooring and you carry 174 gallons of water too, which is nice. Build quality on both was better than any of the Forest River brands.... They claim they will swallow a 4 seater RZR 1000 turbo. It is a big wide open area 16' long before you hit anything.
2BLAZERS 05/23/16 01:15pm Truck Campers
RE: Titan replacement tank

Ya but when you are 53 feet long, getting 9mpg and in a new state with towns 50 miles apart, and diesel is not in every town. it's nice to have more fuel capacity. :)
2BLAZERS 05/23/16 10:55am Truck Campers
Stealth WA2916

Anyone else have a Stealth WA2916 or other Stealth toy hauler. Looking for opinions, good, bad, and ugly. We really really like the WA2916. The first toy hauler we are still liking days later..... We are looking for a large bumper pull toy hauler. Need to fit a large RZR in the toyhauler and the quad will go on the truck. We want a separate bedroom for us and a big open floor. We have a 9 year old girl and a 80#dog. Just looking for more space and some real seats for sitting in when the weather is ****..... Likely keep our Truck Camper for quick weekends at small state parks.
2BLAZERS 05/23/16 10:53am Truck Campers
RE: Titan replacement tank

I had the 60 gallon Transfer Flow on my 2011 Ram and LOVED having the fuel to go far far away even loaded up. Now with my 2016 it sucks getting fuel all the time. I'm eyeing the Titan too but can't get to ID for another month or two....
2BLAZERS 05/23/16 10:43am Truck Campers
RE: PNW Meet n Greet - Looking for interest?

I actually like it when the cell service is poor....means I really actually get away :) Morrow County OHV has been a tradition to go the Wed-Sunday right after Memorial Day weekend for a while now. It is a great place to ride and camp. The last year they have added a lot more full hookup sites but we keep camping back in the back loops as a group.
2BLAZERS 05/20/16 04:00pm Truck Campers
RE: PNW Meet n Greet - Looking for interest?

Following this topic!! We're in Keizer, OR. Glad to travel to a new place. But yes our summer is pretty booked up until after Labor day. I'd vote late September or first week of October or so. So yes but we are really dependent on the date selected. I'm hitting East Fort Rock OHV, Memorial Day weekend and then Morrow County OHV right after that :)
2BLAZERS 05/20/16 03:05pm Truck Campers
RE: New truck (to me) 2015 F450- StableLoads - Before and after

Very cool. I like these kind of posts showing with pics what worked with what combos. Like mine regarding my Ram 3500. Great reference for people to use for years!
2BLAZERS 05/20/16 02:58pm Truck Campers
RE: What's your fav new slide out TC?

I don't get the comments about the Arctic Fox having dated interior. I still think the interior in my 1150 is the nicest I have seen for both fit and finish and appearance. As was mentioned above I do wish we had a second slide with some place else to sit other than the dinette. The quality of this camper is impressive, I know its a quality camper. I have had zero issues since we picked it up 2 years ago and we use it a lot. AF does make solid well built campers. They are not flashy but seem to be behind the other manufactures on upgrading things like the one piece front ends, the ''euro'' style windows and those kinds of things. They really just change the outside graphics, put some differnt color options and it's pretty hard to tell one from 2005 to one from 2016. Ours is a 2011, if we upgraded to 2017 model we'd get really nothing new except, LED lighting everywhere, electric rear awning, one new exterior storage compartment, a spice rack, new versions of radio and ''control panel'', Fox Landing, and stainless steel appliances as an option. All nice things but...just sayin. Compared to the latest from Lance, Eagle Cap, Host, etc....
2BLAZERS 05/20/16 09:11am Truck Campers
RE: Hints for Truck Camping at Glacier

Glacier Campground is great for truck campers. And it is spaced out so your not window to window with your neighbor. It is about 1 mile from the park entrance.
2BLAZERS 05/19/16 04:58pm Truck Campers
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