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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
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?
JD5150 12/05/18 10:25am 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
cewillis 12/05/18 08:49am Truck Campers
RE: Best quality, design, finish & warranty support in Pop Up?

I strongly suggest you consider Outfitter. They have been great to me since my purchase of an Apex 8 for my Toyota Tundra in 2004. I don't know what you read about negative aspects of their quality and warranty but it has not been my experience at all. You will read suggestions on this forum to go with a bigger, heavy-duty truck. It seems you have done your homework on payload, suspension mods, etc. There is also this article: http://www.truckcamperadventure.com/2017/06/interview-with-outfitter-apex-8-owner-bob-hammond/ You are welcome to PM me for details on my Outfitter experience.
Geewizard 12/05/18 07:21am Truck Campers
RE: Best quality, design, finish & warranty support in Pop Up?

If you are dead set on an F150 then I would get the Four Wheel Camper or ATC. I see guys doing it and some eventually trade for a F250 but some don't. Read about a guy traveling for 3 months in his F150 3.5 Ecoboost and Four Wheel Grandby. Said he averaged 18 mpg with the camper mounted and loaded. Four Wheel Camper has a 5 year warranty on the frame and soft wall. ATC should be a good option as well. I personally don't like the window flaps on the outside of an ATC. These two campers have the lowest travel height. I have read the same thing you are saying about Outfitter. Someone took them to the BBB. Seen that on the BBB website. Could of been a customer that can't be satisfied no matter what you do. Who knows? I like the molded fiberglass of the Apex but kind of skeptical about doing business with them. I bought a 2017 F350 SRW, CC, gas engine last year that has the snow plow and camper package. Payload is right at 4200 lbs. I wanted the biggest payload I could get in a SRW. I also own a fifth wheel that that the wife wants me to keep so I had to get a heavy duty truck to tow that.
JD5150 12/05/18 06:27am Truck Campers
RE: Best quality, design, finish & warranty support in Pop Up?

I would get a F-250 and buy a Outfitter pop up camper. That way later on if you want you could always get a hard sided TC. With out replacing your truck.
Old Days 12/05/18 06:01am Truck Campers
RE: Best quality, design, finish & warranty support in Pop Up?

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. Conventional wood framed campers have their own advantages and can last a long time if they are well maintained. The last (new) Palomino camper I saw did not look bad for the price. My current (hardwall) Northstar is very well built. Customer service can be a problem for all of the manufacturers to a certain degree - due to the simple fact that they are small and without a service network. On the other hand, they usually have good service if you are nearby. IMO it is a huge advantage if you are handy and can take care of minor issues yourself. Usually that will be much less effort than taking the camper to a repair facility... 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? In case you are not sure about axle capacities and what they mean for truck campers, read up on the topic beforehand. Whatever you do, be wary of any weights stated by the manufacturers. Only a scale will tell the truth. TCM have a fairly good formula on their website to calculate the true "wet" weight of a camper.
joerg68 12/05/18 01:32am Truck Campers
Best quality, design, finish & warranty support in Pop Up?

Hi all Been doing a lot of (various) forum(s) reading…. trying to figure out the best pop up camper. Needs space for 3 people (us parents and our 12 year old kid) We like to do 3 to 14 day trips, including areas that dip below freezing at night. Will custom order a Ford F150 SuperCrew with high cargo capacity ordered, 4x4, with 6.5 foot bed. (so lightweight is a big plus) No we dont want an F250….. the F150 is much nicer. According to Ford - 4x4 F-150 SuperCrew, 156.8” WB, with Heavy-Duty Payload Package and 18" wheels payload is 2,690 LBS. Been making spread sheets of costs of pop up campers, to compare prices with our preferred options included. For better or for worse (?) I do prefer the idea of an aluminum frame. I do understand that thermal bridging is a real thing. I also do know that keeping some ventilation going in cold areas will reduce condensation, for sure. Would love to get an indoor shower for occasional use. In no particular order: here are the top contenders - all slide in. (can’t go flatbed for a variety of reasons I wont bore you with) Any thoughts on all of this? Four Wheel Camper Grandby advantages: nice fit and finish, and seemingly good quality (?) and holds value well (?) The clever optional indoor shower on the Grandby does not take up any room when not in use. It is a curtain and a floor drain. The curtain goes all the way into the floor drain to contain the water. disadvantages: to get King North South bed you have to pay $600 extra to get the flush stove and sink (ouch) plus an extra fee for the slide out bed extension. Would prefer to sleep North South Also seems to be a bit more expensive for vaguely similar campers from competitors such as All Terrain Campers. Seemingly less willing to do any customization at build. (such as extra insulation) All Terrain Campers: Supposedly good quality, with somewhat less nice interior (as compared to Four Wheel Camper) I spoke with someone at All Terrain Campers about a few reasonably intelligent questions I had, and the person I spoke with was very ‘cold’ and not helpful. It put me off a bit. Overland EX supposedly better than most other pop up campers in cold and wet - due to walls being made from composite panels without any thermal bridges and the soft sides are 1 inch insulated canvas developed for tents used in the arctic. However the interior is unbelievably spartan, and also long term support and any warranty repairs are a big concern. Phoenix pop up camper could be ordered with extra insulation in the floors, pop up, walls and roof…. and with ”Winter Grade Curtains”.... a heavy rubber backed fabric. 8.5’ Caribou Lite by Outfitter with inside shower. Advantages: Very lightweight Fiberglass exterior would likely thermal bridge a bit less cold into interior (perhaps lead to slightly less condensation) About $2,500 - $3,500 less for a vaguely similarly equipped pop up trailer compared to FWD Grandby. Disadvantages: the indoor shower eats up space even when not using it. and…. I recently found a forum thread from about 2012 that had various people with very negative comments about Outfitter having poor quality and poor warranty support. (Can’t find it right now) Perhaps that has changed? Any current info? Between these manufacturers - what do people think is best quality overall? Thanks!
LosAngeles 12/05/18 12:53am Truck Campers
RE: A Minimalist Phoenix Pop-up

Bundutec is initially higher priced. You are probably right. I haven't checked on pricing on either lately. I will most likely go with a Hallmark or Outfitter when I retire. Plan is to use it 9 months out of a year. I like the molded bodies. Less seams and less maintenance
JD5150 11/30/18 08:54am Truck Campers
RE: Mini HEKI Roof Vent,,,,,INSTALL???

Has anyone ever upgraded their Camper to have a Mini HEKI by installing the large Roof Vent system themselves????? I am wondering if it might be doable on my late 2010 Eagle Cap 950??? Gary Gary, We have a Heki midi skylight in our 2009 Outfitter camper. The key to making them last is to cover them from the outside when not using the camper. We found out the hard way what the sun can do to them uncovered when stored. I had to replace the skylight due to heat damage once until I figured out how to protect it. I found a new skylight on Ebay from a seller in England. He was also able to supply a quilted soft reflective fitted cover that we fit over the dome. This has worked well for us. When I replaced mine I was able to see how the framing had been modified to reinforce the cutout in the roof. They blocked all sides where the aluminum frame was not available. This is key to give the roof strength for such a large opening. I used eternabond caulk to seal it and it has work well now that I know how to use it correctly. We really enjoy the extra light day and night over the bed. The insulated dual pane dome does not sweat when we camp in the winter similare to our seitz windows. Let me know if you have any questions. Steve
sstan 11/14/18 10:03am Truck Campers
RE: Shocking mileage drop

Mileage with my '05 Tundra V8 went from 17 to 11 when loaded with an Outfitter Mfg popup pickup camper.
Tom_M 11/05/18 05:28am Truck Campers
RE: Titus canyon road Death Valley

I've done Titus canyon in my previous Outfitter but haven't done it with my 86FB. Like others have said, I've seen a little bit of everything on the Titus Canyon drive.
dadwolf2 10/27/18 10:41pm Truck Campers
RE: Fantastic fan quit

When the fan in my Outfitter quit, it was the safety switch that shuts off the fan when you close the roof hatch. Basically, what AnEv942 says. It was only 2 or 3 years old at the time. The quick and dirty solution for me was to bypass the safety switch. Edit: I think, the switch in question is in the picture on the lower left. Our fan had no automatic controls, so bypassing the switch wasn't a risk. When I close the hatch, I am next to the fan and can turn it off, there was no risk of it running inadvertently when no one is present. This may be different for the OP's version of the Fantastic Fan.
joerg68 10/01/18 11:31pm Truck Campers
RE: Draining the batteries

There was no isolator in either my 2006 GMC truck or my Outfitter camper, and yes, if the truck sat for over a week it didn't want to start. I had an isolator installed, which solved this problem. Tom McCloud
Notakwanon 09/03/18 04:05pm Truck Campers
RE: Atwood Jacks

I just looked through a lot of current TC dealer inventory photos of 2019 campers and this is what I came up with. Atwood Camper Jacks Lance - They are apparently going to HJ, but I could not find a single photo of a 2019 Lance w/HJ jacks. I assume they will continue using Atwood jacks until their supply is exhausted and then switch over to HappiJac jacks. HappiJac Camper Jacks Northern Lite North Star Bigfoot Outfitter (from OF website) Hallmark (from HM website) Eagle Cap (from EC website) Rieco-Titan Camper Jacks Adventurer Palomino Host Cirrus Travel Lite Arctic Fox Wolf Creek
BradW 08/23/18 09:14am Truck Campers
RE: 13-Pin Jager plug vs multiple 6/4pin plugs

I found a couple caravan shops that sell an aluminum version of the plug, but none of them ship international. Have you looked on ebay? A lot of sellers there ship internationally - at least from the US to Europe. All customs duties included. They seem to have an international shipping program. If that doesn't work and you really want one, I'll gladly ship it over from here. Just send me a PM with an email address and we'll get it worked out. More of the newer campers seem to have the umbilical cord at the back of the camper, so they can use the trailer plug. My Outfitter was set up this way, and so is my current Northstar. Maybe that is worth thinking about.
joerg68 08/18/18 02:35am Truck Campers
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