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RE: How is this for a power system? Solar vs battery balance?

I forgot to add that we spend 8 to 9 weeks a travel season, and have done so for the last 10 years, using the camper, tripping all over the West, so the electrical system in our Outfitter gets a good work out. Terry
terryrey 02/17/19 03:53pm Truck Campers
RE: How is this for a power system? Solar vs battery balance?

We have an Outfitter Apex 8 with the NovaKool 7.5 CF compressor fridge, two 6 Volt 230AH golf cart batteries (last summer was their 11th season and still going strong!), 375 watts solar, tv / dvd, radio, LED lighting, 1700 watt inverter, and the usual other stuff like AC, propane heat, stove, etc. We also carry a Honda 2000. The one electrical upgrade I made that really made a huge difference in keeping the camper batteries charged was installing a high amp direct charging circuit from the truck directly to the camper batteries! The factory charging circuit may deliver 10 to 12 amps - maybe, because of the small gauge wire. I use 1-0 welding cable and can deliver over 100 amps. Of course the batteries can only accept around 25 amps, but still this allows the batteries to come to a full state of charge in much less time than with the factory charge circuit. If it is sunny 5 or 6 hours a day, while parked, we never run out of battery because the solar keeps up, even with the electrical draw of the compressor fridge, furnace, etc. If it is cloudy or rainy, and we don't run the truck, but do run all of the electrical systems, including furnace (the largest single power draw), we have battery for less than two days. Since we mostly travel where it is sunny (we live in Utah) our economical Interstate battery installation along with solar and high amp charge circuit means that we don't use the generator and always have power to spare. Clouds and/or rain (no sun), however, means that we have to get the generator out by the end of day two, if we stay in one place for several days and don't drive the truck. Terry PS. Be sure to get the aux cooling fan on your NovaKool.
terryrey 02/17/19 03:47pm Truck Campers
RE: Best Pop up for 2019 Ram 1500 or 2500

5 people and gear in a popup camper on a short bed truck? That sounds ambitious. Where do you want to travel, in what type of weather and for how long? Do all 5 need to sleep in the camper? Something like the Outfitter Juno might work. Not on a 1500. https://outfittermfg.com/campers/juno/ All for $45,000.00 USD.I can buy 4 Palomino's for that and have 3 spares for later....lol Pretty pricey for a pop up I'd say.
SidecarFlip 01/17/19 05:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Best Pop up for 2019 Ram 1500 or 2500

5 people and gear in a popup camper on a short bed truck? That sounds ambitious. Where do you want to travel, in what type of weather and for how long? Do all 5 need to sleep in the camper? Something like the Outfitter Juno might work. Not on a 1500. https://outfittermfg.com/campers/juno/
joerg68 01/17/19 02:29pm Truck Campers
RE: TR/3 : Threading the Needles (Canyonlands) part way

I would like to add a few items that The Whaz; Alex, Cal, and jefe; the four-down XTC-ers have in common in regards to vehicle prep. 1. All single rear wheel; all pre-smog (no soot bag, urea canister or D.E.F. tank) turbo diesel Chevy's, Ford, or Dodge RAM that were not in the, "do not buy" era. The Whaz and jefe have much sturdier aftermarket wheels. Both found the stock wheels to be insufficient. 2. 2 with the lightest, least tall, least wide, full featured Lance hard side TC's to traverse those pesky narrow trails. 3. 2 with OUTFITTER! pop up campers on 8 foot beds for a lower profile and better obstacle clearance. 4. 2 with winches: Alex's 17.8K pounder, and my 15K pound Warn. 5. All with a variety of traction devices to help when you get the axles all twisted up; 3 of them with traction aids, front and rear. The only truck with an open front diff belongs to Alex. 6. 2 with a small lift: Whaz's 6 inch and jefe's 3 inch suspension lift. 7. All with upper overload springs and/or Stable Loads or equivalent. 8. All have a lot of experience in the rough, half of the group coming from the hard core jeeping tradition, and the other two ready to push the envelope of what and where you can go with a well prepped truck camper. These TC-ers have walked the walk and have improved their rigs over time. jefe
jefe 4x4 01/16/19 06:48pm Truck Campers
RE: ?’s: new Hallmark pop up / options / Everest or EXC

if money is not an issue - I would go with the Hallmark. I have never owned one. We did get a used 2003 Outfitter Apex (I think) it was the 9'5" model what ever that is. The camper was ok, but the mfg. is not. Had an issue and they just said too bad, go some where else. We got your money. Actually they did not say that, but they just as well did when they told me it was not their problem, to go somewhere else for help. Also Northstar would be a good one. If money is an issue you might consider Palomino, probably not as well made, but way less money. A lot more for the dollar. Good luck. Very sad to hear this bad thing about Outfitter. It is not the first time i have read bad things about Outfitter. Have yet to read any seriously bad things about Hallmark or ATC or FWC..... for what that is worth. I think you need to take "bad things about Outfitter" with a grain of salt. You can read bad things about every truck camper sold. And you can read good things too. I hope you take into consideration who wrote the bad things about Outfitter and why they wrote them. My experience with Outfitter has been very good since 2004. That's 14 years. Read that. Outfitter has provided us with amazing customer service. We had an issue with our roof and they fixed it under warranty even though we didn't buy it new from them. Our water pump wasn't working after winter and Bob helped me troubleshoot it. I'm extremely happy with our Outfitter.
COboondocker 12/26/18 11:30am Truck Campers
RE: Best quality, design, finish & warranty support in Pop Up?

Another strong positive vote for Outfitter. They built exactly what I wanted in 2007 and have been excellent with answering occasional questions and giving advice when requested. Have not needed any repairs, just maintenance -- and the camper has often been many miles off of anything resembling a road. However, my Apex 8 model is over 2500 lb fully loaded (4 heavy batteries and 44 gallons of water), and I would not try to carry it on any 150/1500 truck. They do make top quality, lighter weight models for lighter trucks. http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/Needles%202018/photos/DSCN0216a.JPG width=640 Nice to here from some of you old timers with the Outfitters. Glad to here good about Outfitter. I really like the new molded fiberglass. Have you heard anything good or bad about the new molded bodies? How has your camper been holding up structural wise? We've had a Juno 10 with the new molded fiberglass body for almost 3 years. It's been through plenty and still looks new. We love it. Let me know if you want to know anything specific.
COboondocker 12/26/18 11:25am Truck Campers
RE: ?’s: new Hallmark pop up / options / Everest or EXC

if money is not an issue - I would go with the Hallmark. I have never owned one. We did get a used 2003 Outfitter Apex (I think) it was the 9'5" model what ever that is. The camper was ok, but the mfg. is not. Had an issue and they just said too bad, go some where else. We got your money. Actually they did not say that, but they just as well did when they told me it was not their problem, to go somewhere else for help. Also Northstar would be a good one. If money is an issue you might consider Palomino, probably not as well made, but way less money. A lot more for the dollar. Good luck. Interestingly we have a Palomino and it was inexpensive and I run it off road all the time. Not even a squeak and nothing has failed in 2 years. Not as luxurious as some but works just fine for the 2 of us and our dog. I can buy a lot of fuel and do a lot of maintenance for the price difference. Mine was 15 OTD and that is with a full wet bath, double propane tanks and a queen bed and a real no crank electric roof system with a remote. I looked at every brand, weighed the price difference, read the negative reviews and bought one anyway... and have had zero issues. Maybe I'm lucky. No leaks, no squeaks, fit and finish is excellent. Not bad for 15 grand. In my 3rd year with it. Now I do keep it inside when we aren't using it, why I bought a pop up in the first place so I could put it in the garage. I had a Lance and it had to stay outside. Not this one.
SidecarFlip 12/25/18 09:06pm Truck Campers
RE: ?’s: new Hallmark pop up / options / Everest or EXC

if money is not an issue - I would go with the Hallmark. I have never owned one. We did get a used 2003 Outfitter Apex (I think) it was the 9'5" model what ever that is. The camper was ok, but the mfg. is not. Had an issue and they just said too bad, go some where else. We got your money. Actually they did not say that, but they just as well did when they told me it was not their problem, to go somewhere else for help. Also Northstar would be a good one. If money is an issue you might consider Palomino, probably not as well made, but way less money. A lot more for the dollar. Good luck. Very sad to hear this bad thing about Outfitter. It is not the first time i have read bad things about Outfitter. Have yet to read any seriously bad things about Hallmark or ATC or FWC..... for what that is worth. I think you need to take "bad things about Outfitter" with a grain of salt. You can read bad things about every truck camper sold. And you can read good things too. I hope you take into consideration who wrote the bad things about Outfitter and why they wrote them. My experience with Outfitter has been very good since 2004. That's 14 years. Read that.
Geewizard 12/22/18 07:57am Truck Campers
RE: ?’s: new Hallmark pop up / options / Everest or EXC

And then we have Phoenix Campers: https://phoenixpopup.com/ Never seen one of those this side of the Atlantic. If a wooden frame is an option for you, Northstar and Bundutec round off the list. I must say that I am very happy with the build quality of my current Northstar Arrow (hardwall) camper. I can not say much about Hallmark quality as I have never owned one. But when we visited back in 2012, they welcomed us like family. That must count for something. You might take a trip to Colorado and visit Phoenix, Hallmark and Outfitter. They are not really far away from each other. If nothing else, it would be a nice trip with Rocky Mtn NP nearby. I agree with you on the NorthStar and Bundutec. I'm looking hard at both. They are well built for what I will be doing, even though they are built to take abuse. I'm not going hard core off road. Plus the price for a fully self contained NorthStar popup is super reasonable priced compared to the others. Wood has better insulation value. Plus wood is tried and proven to work construction wise if done right. I have a place to store my camper when not in use so I can keep it from leaking and stay with the maintenance that is needed which is very little with a pop up NorthStar. I do like the full fiberglass bodies but really there are not that many seams to take care of with a popup to begin with.
JD5150 12/21/18 04:18pm Truck Campers
RE: ?’s: new Hallmark pop up / options / Everest or EXC

And then we have Phoenix Campers: https://phoenixpopup.com/ Never seen one of those this side of the Atlantic. If a wooden frame is an option for you, Northstar and Bundutec round off the list. I must say that I am very happy with the build quality of my current Northstar Arrow (hardwall) camper. I can not say much about Hallmark quality as I have never owned one. But when we visited back in 2012, they welcomed us like family. That must count for something. You might take a trip to Colorado and visit Phoenix, Hallmark and Outfitter. They are not really far away from each other. If nothing else, it would be a nice trip with Rocky Mtn NP nearby.
joerg68 12/21/18 03:00pm Truck Campers
RE: ?’s: new Hallmark pop up / options / Everest or EXC

if money is not an issue - I would go with the Hallmark. I have never owned one. We did get a used 2003 Outfitter Apex (I think) it was the 9'5" model what ever that is. The camper was ok, but the mfg. is not. Had an issue and they just said too bad, go some where else. We got your money. Actually they did not say that, but they just as well did when they told me it was not their problem, to go somewhere else for help. Also Northstar would be a good one. If money is an issue you might consider Palomino, probably not as well made, but way less money. A lot more for the dollar. Good luck. Very sad to hear this bad thing about Outfitter. It is not the first time i have read bad things about Outfitter. Have yet to read any seriously bad things about Hallmark or ATC or FWC..... for what that is worth.
LosAngeles 12/21/18 02:33pm Truck Campers
RE: ?’s: new Hallmark pop up / options / Everest or EXC

if money is not an issue - I would go with the Hallmark. I have never owned one. We did get a used 2003 Outfitter Apex (I think) it was the 9'5" model what ever that is. The camper was ok, but the mfg. is not. Had an issue and they just said too bad, go some where else. We got your money. Actually they did not say that, but they just as well did when they told me it was not their problem, to go somewhere else for help. Also Northstar would be a good one. If money is an issue you might consider Palomino, probably not as well made, but way less money. A lot more for the dollar. Good luck.
sljohnson1938 12/21/18 02:10pm Truck Campers
RE: ?’s: new Hallmark pop up / options / Everest or EXC

The FWC is very, very rugged. If you really want to go offroad, that could be an advantage. If and how much offroading you really want to do with a fullsize, crew cab truck with any type of TC in the back, you will need to find out for yourself. Member jefe4x4 offroads with a conventional Lance hardwall camper, so it can be done. But I have also seen pictures of a stripped tiedown anchor on a popup camper on this very forum. Back in 2012, I visited Hallmark and Outfitter. I was impressed with Hallmark as a company, and I liked the product. I believe they give you a choice of wood, aluminum or Coosa for the frame. I like their campers, and the build quality I saw at the time was very good. I had an Outfitter Apex 8 myself. It is a very well thought out design. Build quality was somewhat mediocre, but it was a great camper and it held up well. I had it on a Silverado 2500 single cab, long bed gasser. Even without any modifications, the truck handled the camper very well. Although they are on the heavy side for a popup, the cog is very low, which helps with handling. The camper worked well in freezing temperatures (-5 Celsius), but with the aluminum frame you needed to watch for condensation. Re. towing with a hitch extension: why else would you have one? As long as everything is within specification, where would there be a problem?
joerg68 12/21/18 12:34pm Truck Campers
RE: ?’s: new Hallmark pop up / options / Everest or EXC

Have you looked at Outfitter? They make a 9.5' TC. https://outfittermfg.com/product/apex-9-5/
Geewizard 12/21/18 06:26am Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper Mileage (Question Answered)

Not bad for pushing 5 tons of steel down the road. Must be a really heavy Outfitter if the combo weight 10k I would put the weight at about 2,500#, maybe 2,700#.
rhagfo 12/13/18 06:38am Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper Mileage (Question Answered)

Not bad for pushing 5 tons of steel down the road. Must be a really heavy Outfitter if the combo weight 10k
deltabravo 12/12/18 06:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper Mileage (Question Answered)

I recently drove from Baltimore to the Outfitter factory near Denver. GMC 2500 6.6 diesel, with 150,000 miles on it. Going out in 4 days I kept the rpms down ~1500, 60mph, and got almost 19mpg. Going east at 70-75mph, 16+mpg. Not bad for pushing 5 tons of steel down the road.
Notakwanon 12/12/18 02:49pm Truck Campers
RE: Best quality, design, finish & warranty support in Pop Up?

Hi all - thanks for the many, many great and helpful thoughts! Much appreciated. :-) I’ll reply to all the questions in one post, here. joerg68 said “Why is Hallmark not on your list? Too expensive? They are just around the corner from Outfitter. They will use whatever material you are willing to pay for.”  I do prefer the idea of an aluminum frame. I thought they were simply wood… I see that they use balsa for part of the construction, however there are some choices about interior cabinetry framing, for extra charge. Good info here… I’ll have to dig into it. Thanks! http://www.hallmarkrv.com/factory/ joerg68 said: A popup with an indoor shower and sleeping capacity for three is not going to be at the small/lightweight end of popups. You will be pushing the payload capacity of the truck. Are you planning to pull a trailer or carry sports gear? Bicycles? No towing planned… the really nice thing about the Four Wheel Camper Granby indoor shower is that it is simply a floor grate and pan, with a curtain that tucks into it, so it is minimal weight, and doesn’t really eat up any space nor much weight inside. TxGearhead wrote: I don't understand you saying a F150 is nicer than a F250. In what way? I know it is personal feelings, but i prefer the interior / size / drivability of the F150 over the F250. The F150 drives a bit more like a car. (a bit) Also I *really* like the 3.5 EcoBoost, having driven one quite a bit. It is not available in the F250 as far as I know. JD5150 wrote: “I personally don't like the window flaps on the outside of an ATC.” Yeah that seems like a very odd design choice, to me. Thanks Geewizard for the kind offer of “You are welcome to PM me for details on my Outfitter experience. “ GeoBoy said:  I find it hard to believe that the F150 has a 2,690 lb. payload.  It totally depends how it is configured (engine, and if it has the Heavy-Duty Payload Package, and wheels, etc) but the complex chart on the Ford 21 page specs document clearly says: 2019 4x4 F-150 SuperCrew, 156.8” WB, with Heavy-Duty Payload Package and 18" wheels payload is 2,690 LBS. Note that on the dealers lots… pretty much none of the F150’s will have the Heavy-Duty Payload Package, so I’ll have to custom order and wait for it. I have read multiple places. I’m fine with that. s1214  said: Have you considered NorthStar?  I recently checked out a NorthStar, and I wasn’t impressed with the esthetics and ‘fit and finish’ of the interior. Subjective, but it was a long way from how the interior looked as compared to FourWheel Campers, for example. I also know what my “better half” would like and she would much prefer the interior of the FourWheel Campers. (I have been in a few, and she hasn’t been in any yet.) mkirsch said: I really think you should look at them and get the one you like best. Cost should really be at the bottom of your list of considerations, especially based on the small differences you've stated. It is foolish to pinch a few pennies to end up with something you don't like.  Very good advice (as are all posts) - thanks for the reminder! :-) Thanks again to all for all the fantastic thoughts here. Much appreciated!
LosAngeles 12/05/18 03:45pm Truck Campers
RE: Best quality, design, finish & warranty support in Pop Up?

Nice to here from some of you old timers with the Outfitters. Glad to here good about Outfitter. I really like the new molded fiberglass. Have you heard anything good or bad about the new molded bodies? How has your camper been holding up structural wise? Haven't heard a lot about the molded body or roof, but everything I have heard is good. I would buy a new molded roof just because I like it better - except for the $4K replacement cost. No problems with my roof except 2 small punctures courtesy of some pushy trees. Easily repaired with Eternabond. No structural problems of any kind. Even with much bad/no road travel. http://www.ctwillis.com/CamperTrips/SkyIslands/photos/IMG_3243.JPG width=640 Better watch your mouth with that 'old timers' stuff;)
cewillis 12/05/18 03:15pm Truck Campers
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