We have a Northstar TC 800 pop-up and made the decision not to get the indoor shower to have more room to stretch out. A pop-up / any smaller camper I think can get tight over time. We like the more open space. We use the outdoor shower with the "OEM made for it curtain", when it is inconvenient, we sponge bath in the camper. Intimate? Yes. We do like each other, so no problems.
IMHO popups for offroad, because of less height, hard side otherwise because of not having to pop up. Yes hardside can do off road, but some of the areas I go, they would not fit. Popups are more compact. Yes, Popups can be used in a campground, but I think the hardside gives you a little more secure feeling of privacy.
Outfitter, Hallmark, Northstar are fine campers with really nice comfortable beds. 4 wheelers are light weight and not as luxurious, but lighter and the bed is thinner. Your 350 will carry most any camper.
Go slow, take your time, look, look, look. Whenever I have felt pressure to load my camper I have done something stupid. Didn't hook up the electricity, bumped the camper with the truck bed, put the camper on off kilter.
When leaving the campsite, take your time, look, look, look. Whenever I rush I do something stupid. Left our trash can, left a cool ladder, dragged a lowered jack, left the skylight open and it busted while driving on the highway, left the drain cap off and wondered what that banging sound was.
When I first got the camper, I was driving it like I used to drive my small toyota pickup with a cap. fast. On that first trip I busted a several hundred dollar running board on a rock and smacked a rear jack going against a tree going around a corner on a trail. I was driving this bigger truck and camper like I used to drive the smaller truck. fast. Big trucks and camper do better driven slow off road.
I am sure I have done other things I refuse to remember!
While putting away my Northstar truck camper after our last trip I noticed our sunroof over the camper-bed was busted. I think it opened itself while we were driving. (It has done this before.
What I would like to do is just replace the plastic bubble part that broke instead of pulling the whole thing off the roof. It's frame can be pulled out. I get I will need to buy the whole thing.
I am having trouble finding one to replace it. I cannot find the manufacturer name on the piece, although I am sure I would recognize the piece if I saw it.
However.... I have been googling and not finding anything close. I have been using " rv sunroof" Is it called something else?
Any other suggestions or do you know of a company that sells these?
Very nice slide show of your trip of Anza Borrego, what soft ware program did you use?
iMovie! I used a seperate video camera. Cool huh!
But man, does it look cold out there!
Yeah in that picture, late afternoon. During the day, not so bad. light jacket hiking.
Glad for that camper heater! DW loves having that!
ah....my old stomping grounds. Lived and worked 22 years in Borrego Springs. Many, many days spent in Coyote Canyon. I helped to build many of the trails...me and my trusty horses
Thanks for doing that! We meet an older fella on a very nice horse when we first arrived. He was training a ranger to ride those trails. He knew the area well and let us know the lower willows trail had been cleared. As you can see from the pictures, we hiked the LWT and it was perfect. It's very cool to see horses on those trails. We love that area too. Great flower displays.
Here is a trip report video of our recent trip to Anza Borrego, Coyote Canyon. I am thinking one of the best sites in the park this time of year. What made it so nice was the running water behind the camper and the abundance and diversity of desert life in the area. This spot may not be so good during the spring when the flowers are blooming, unless you like to watch the 4wd parade! Which can be fun... Coyote Canyon is a very popular spot in the spring as much of it is accessible and the flower display is great. There is also a great 4wd section a little past where we were camped that a lot of four wheelers like to do. Camping there in the winter was great because we only saw a few people and no other campers. I have also added a few other camper pictures!
Clicky to video!
Awesome reporting and trips. Trips that have moved and inspired us. I hope that the bug bites you again and you write. Good writing never goes out of style, nor shall yours. We will miss your absence and hope for your return. Happy trails...
You should see my smile.... :) .... It's bigger than my head. You find a spot on google earth, figure out a way to get there, do it, with wife and puppy, cull the pictures and tell a story... You are in a class by yourself. Ditto what everyone before me has said.
What a cool geography that "ash tray". Ya don't see so many of those.