I am also shopping. Kentucky and Iowa want to charge me sales tax on the new unit which I will bring back to Illinois. Indiana and Texas don't. I haven't checked with other states, but this is nearly a thousand dollar savings, so I'll buy in a state that doesn't charge me tax. Not the dealer's fault, but that money will buy a lot of gas. Another advantage of a tc, which isn't licensed or registered in my state.
The one thing that has "saved" us with the tc is the extd. cab truck. We can carry hangups and rubber maids for clothes, including dirty ones. This leaves space in the tc. I don't like clutter or that crowded feeling. The tc on a 4wd truck is unbeatable for freedom. I also carry bikes and kayaks. Pretty soon, I'll be pulling an 8' trailer with a motorcycle on it (lose freedom on place, but gain it another).
I did the internet search and found the tc in the Quad Cities area and at a dealership in Michigan, both with good prices compared to Lance. Then I saw one parked at Menards and it really looked good. All the necessary bells and whistles. After many tc years, we want 3 burners, an oven, N/South bed, double sink, electric jacks etc. Of course, looking at one from the outside on a parking lot doesn't tell you about loose screws and a leaky roof. I like that Forest River now makes it. I'll let you know.
Looks like the "best" value in new campers right now is in the above unit. Do any of you have a newer one that you can tell me about. They all look good at the dealers, but I'm interested in how they hold up over time. Seems like the older units don't, but if the company's ownership has changed, things might have improved.
I'm sort of in the market for a new truck camper and maybe a new truck. I'd like to start pulling a fishing boat or cargo trailer behind my rig at times. I can buy a camper that ends at the tailgate of a truck or one that hangs over. If I buy the maximum camper, I'll have to use the extension. I'd like to hear from those who have had experience with the extension. Would I be better off getting a truck with the 8' bed and then buying a camper that had no overhang or is the extension manageable as long as I observe the reduced weight/towing capacity that is necessary with them?
don, shadow cruiser