Used to tow a 1000lb 2004 LTW Chalet A-Frame pop-up (low wind resistance) with a 1987 Toyota 2.4L 4 cylinder pickup getting 22 mpg @ 55MPH non mountain areas.
Towing the 1500lb CampLite 11RD with a 2003 2.4L 4 cylinder Tacoma @ 55MPH gets 16MPG non mountain areas.
Towing the CampLite with the 2013 4.0L automatic Frontier @ 55MPH gets 15MPG non-mountain areas. Fuel economy drops to 13MPG @ 65MPH with same TV.
It's easy to get into small sites with the CampLite 11RD or small pop-up that larger campers cannot get into.
This morning when leaving a small site on the ocean front @ Hunting Island SC, the easiest way to pull the camper out was to turn the camper "manually" 180 degrees on the site. Used two small pieces of plywood under the tongue wheel/jack. Took about 15 minutes to turn the 1500lb camper 180 degrees on sand and pine needles. That would be difficult with a larger and heavier camper.
Have been looking at larger CampLites & Fiberglass campers. For now will be keeping the CampLite 11RD.
We started transporting two bicycles inside the CampLite:
Best fuel cost this week $2.99 per gallon in SC. Earlier this week @ Hunting Island SC:
We bought a Camplite 21BHS TT. We are extremely happy with it. Very comfortable, easy to tow. Took it to Fort Wilderness at Disney for a week in September and had several people come over to look at it. The only issues we have to get taken care of are a couple of scratches on cabinet doors, and a mis-cut refrigerator panel. There are no functional issues at all. I also like the aluminum roof and floor.
Are you towing with a 1500 or 2500 Dodge Pickup? Nice looking rig!
We checked out the Camplite 21BHS and 21RBS at a dealership. Really like the 21RBS since it's only two of us. Learned LivinLite offers optional spray on insulation on the bottom of the floor.
Just got back today from a camping trip @ Hunting Island State Park SC with the Camplite. Had several visitors looking at the CampLite this week.
Took this sun rise over the Atlantic this morning:
Took this shot out of the CampLite window yesterday before sun set:
Yep, The Bearcat is neat looking.
LivingLite is charging ahead, even with a new 5th wheel design.
We're thinking about moving up to a larger CampLite TT.
Camping with the CampLite last week at Hunting Island SC.
Saw a aluminum unpainted truck camper for sale a few weeks ago at an RV dealer on I40 between Morganton & Marion NC. It was all aluminum and looked 20 to 30 years old. Not sure who built it, but a neat looking camper.
Just got back from another camping trip today with the CampLite. Got two camping trips in during August, Stone Mountain SP NC & Bandits Roost @ Wilkesboro NC.
The traffic in front of me made an abrupt stop today when towing the CampLite. The Frontier/CampLite rig stopped easily. Been getting around 15MPG @ 55MPH in the foothills and 16 MPG @ 55MPH in non mountain areas towing the CampLite with the V6 Frontier.
I've always loved this picture of yours. Looks like a Lance ad! I hope you don't mind I ditched your truck!
Yep, Excellent Shot!
Thanks for the pics! We still ride dual sport, that's why we moved there full time. We do some camphost volunteer work at Mortimer as fill in's when needed.
We like Price real good.
We looked at the Camp Lites today.
Where did you get your Camp Lite?
We purchased our CampLite at BoatNRV @ Ridgeland SC. I had a 2004 Chalet LTW pop up with floor rot. Call them & told them about the Chalet with floor rot. They gave me a good trade in on the Chalet and fair deal over the telephone for the CampLite. Went down & sealed the deal. If we buy another camper it will probably be a CampLite 13QBB.
We really liked the Chalet and they started installing composite floors to prevent floor rot in models built after 2004.
Have a small CRF right now & probably will get another one so my Wife & I both have bikes to ride DS. Need to sell a couple road bikes first. Used to ride a KLR around Mortimer. Enjoy riding DS in your area and will get back to it again soon.
hey all- i've had camplite 13 ft bunkhouse version for 3yrs, now has any one else had issues with the exterior compartment doors? several of mine were replaced when they did the aluminum version of rust- white flaky powder and buckled skin.
other than the "rust" issue the camper has served me fine. i tow with my dodge grand caravan and get about 10-11 mpg. i will be needing a different tow vehicle in the near future- anyone have experience with the ford fusions or the f 150's with eco boost?
The only exterior door on our CampLite is the entrance door, and no issues so far.
We just got a new tow vehicle, 2013 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab with V6 and automatic tranny. It's a 4300lb pickup with a 261HP V6. Installed a Nissan hitch receiver, 7 pin connector/harness, brake controller/harness, and have a Leer Shell ordered for it. It handles the 1500lb CampLite easily.
We actually live 15 miles on up the dirt road in Mortimer, (old ghost town) and we did not get anything but it was awful lot of damage in Collettsville. mtnman
Hope everything is OK at your house.
Used to ride Dual Sport bikes on fire roads around Wilson Creek, Maple Sally RD, and Linville Gorge. We camped at Mortimer CG a few times. Beautiful area!
Here's area photos while camping at Linville Falls (not the one on the BRP) with the CampLite earlier this summer:
Wisemans View, Linville Gorge:
Linville Falls Campground:
Were I to buy another TT, I'd go for a Camplite. Just because a water spill may mean some cursing and cleanup in the aluminum trailer, but in a normal stick/tin, it may completely total the rig. Plus, repairs are easy -- weld another piece of aluminum with a MIG welder, sand, then repaint.
One of the reasons we traded the Chalet A frame was because of floor rot. We had a 2004 Chalet LTW and that year was the last year for wood floor installations. They started installing composite floors after 2004. We informed the dealer of the Chalet floor issues before the trade for the CampLite, too. We still like Chalet campers, but prefer the CampLite overhead storage capacity.
I have had condensation, but so far I've been able to manage it with the windows and vents. I keep a window and vent cracked open any time we are cooking, and any time other than the coldest of nights (I.E - well below freezing). It's worse in the mornings.
Good point on managing condensation.
Thanks for the review, they sure are nice. What if you don't use a desiccant air dryer. Can you give us a general idea on what the condensation would be like inside. Would it be every morning, or all day long occurrence, or just in certain times of the year?
Second, I was wondering how durable the exterior is. Do you get rock dings going down the road, How about along the top, is it thin enough that insects ding it? Those dings are forever so I was curious. Thanks for the photos.
We have condensation in the early morning on a little bit of the floor areas & wall areas. The air dryer reduced condensation, but we still have some condensation. Normally it's dry one to two hours after we wake up when we start going in & out. We camp year around, in the NC mountains in the warmer months where it rains a lot & on the ocean in SC during the cooler months. Normally have condensation, but have not camped in dry climates/weather, yet.
I have owned airplanes with painted aluminum skins. The CampLite exterior/interior paint is applied as well as aircraft paint and I'm "guessing" the exterior skin is around .030". Have not measured it. If it got dinged, would attempt use auto suction cups to remove the dings. Would also ask an A&P or an aircraft paint shop about ding removal. Probably have about 10,000 miles on the camper so far and no dings, but sure it could be dinged. The top is unpainted aluminum skin and probably the same thickness as the exterior skins. The top is not nearly as smooth as the sidewalls on my camper and did not notice it until washing the top.
The floors are aluminum tongue & groove planks and very tough. The down side to this style floor, it is cold to touch unless you have carpeting. Was towing in very heavy rain one time, the floor may have allowed water to seep between the planks & get on the carpeting or the carpet got wet from the roof running light leak I fixed & mentioned in the previous post, time will tell. Met a Guy that owns a LivinLite VRV toy hauler with the same type floor, said after a trip he hoses the floor to wash out the mud & grease from his toys. No issues with water spilled or hosed on these floors.
"We" really like CampLite campers, and if we buy a larger camper it will be a Camplite 13QBB.
Floor inside the camper:
Under the Camper floor:
If anyone else has a Camplite, give a shout.
We have a CampLite 11RD basic camper. Just got back today from a camping trip in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
We previously owned a Chalet A frame camper. The Chalet was a nice camper, but we like the overhead storage of the CampLite compared to the Chalet. The Chalet was much more efficient to tow due to less wind resistance. We get 16 to 17 MPG @ 55MPH towing the CampLite in non mountain areas with a 4 cylinder Tacoma.
Will be moving up to a V-6 Tacoma or Tundra for towing in mountain areas and might purchase a larger CampLite TT, too. The 11RD only weighs around 1500lbs, but it's still pushing the 4 cylinder Tacoma limits on interstates in mountain areas. The 4 cylinder Tacoma handles the CampLite better on secondary roads at lower speeds in the NC mountains and just fine in non mountain areas.
We use carpet on the aluminum plank floors and a desiccant type air dryer for floor/wall condensation. Our CampLite has a 13500 BTU roof mount A/C and could probably hang meat, if left on full cool. We use a 110V ceramic heater for winter camping.
We were in a "very" heavy down pour a few weeks ago in the mountains and had a small leak in a interior ceiling seam. Found the source of the leak was one of the running lights close to the top of the exterior of the camper. Put some duct tape on the lights that stopped the leak for the remainder of the trip. Removed all the running lights when back home & sealed the light bases with clear silicone. Got to test the fix during another heavy downpour earlier this week in the mountains, and "no" leaks to report.
This 11RD only had a sink with hand pump faucet & portable water tank under the sink. We decided to remove the sink & install a larger wood counter top. This unit did not have refrigerator or stove either. We use paper plates, 110V; hot eye, electric griddle, & coffee pot. Use Clorox wipes to clean cook ware/coffee mugs and paws :). Also use a Engel 35 quart marine Ice Chest that works great. The 11RD also has a couch that folds out to a single bed if needed.
The 11RD is wired for 110/12V. Guess the 12V marine battery would last for a long time with the LEDS I installed, if boondocking. Also wired the 11RD for cable TV and use a attic antenna with cheap tripod to pick up air digital signal.
We leave the dinette down with a full size Queen 60"X80" memory foam mattress installed, very comfortable :).
The 11' box looks bigger when using a fisheye lense :):
We have a LivinLite "CampLite" 11RD which is a 1400lb aluminum TT.
The CampLite 11FDB TT is close to what you are looking for. Don in Sales/Service 574-862-2228 extension 104, @ LivinLite can answer questions.
As a minimalist myself I really appreciate the looks of the Camplite. I just Googled it and its a very nice set up but man the price of admission is high. I am thinking though that with all that aluminum and with the price of fuel bound to keep edging higher you are on to something. Nice rig you have by the way, I saw your set up on the Popups site.
We had a Chalet A frame camper a few years ago and really liked it. It was easy to tow & took less than 1 minute to set up walls & roof. Towed it with a 4 cylinder 2.4L 87 Toyota pickup getting 21 to 23MPG @ 55MPH. The Chalet was a 2004 1000lb LTW and eventually had wood floor rot. The next year Chalet started installing composite floors and says there should not be any future floor issues.
Did not realize how efficient the A frame was towing until we purchased the non-folding 2010 CampLite 11RD 1400lb aluminum travel trailer with aluminum plank flooring. In "non" mountain areas we get between 16 to 18MPG @ 55MPH towing with an 2003 4 cylinder 2.4L Tacoma. Problem we run into is in the NC mountains on interstates, we don't have much power on grades with the additional wind resistance of the taller TT. Plan B is to test the Tacoma/CampLite rig on as many secondary roads in the mountains as possible, not going over 55MPH.
Will keep the 4 cylinder Tacoma & CampLite 11RD, but may eventually buy a 6 cylinder Tacoma for towing the CampLite.