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07blacktruck

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Wow, that is awesome. I've been lurking on this forum for awhile and have to say I had not heard or seen a word about that brand of camper. I had not considered the pop up campers at all but I do like that one. I didn't see a weight but it did show it on a 3/4T truck. Might have to look into one of those campers. I would have to get over the lack of solid wall thing but that might be doable. The rear fold out would be good for guests if any ever came along. All that and I could pull the scooter or ATV with no problem with something like that unit.
Thanks for the link. It didn't link on my computer but a little cut and paste and I was in. Good to go.
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Posted: 02/26/12 10:23am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Side door is so much easier to get in and out of when it's on the truck. Especially when hauling a trailer.





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Pretty much what I have been thinking. I wonder how the soft sides on the Outfitter models would be for insulation. I could see me heading off to do some winter camping and I would hate to find out they aren't so good for that. I do like the side door for sure. I wouldn't plan on pulling a wagon for every trip but most of them particularly when the weather was good.

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We have a back door in our AF 1150. We keep the trailer(s) hooked up the entire time when camping, We have two flip down steps that are to the right side of the camper so we can leave them down and the trailer hooked up all the time. Never been an issue for us. If AF ever makes a side door model we might look but that would be the only reason we would do it.


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Hi. We have had a couple of rear entry and have had two side entry
They are both good in there own way. The rear entry allows for longer
Things to go in the camper like a canoe. As long as you can swing the trailer
A bit to one side then it is not in the way. Some camp sites are better for the rear
If you are unloading and the slope of the land is in the

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wrong direction. With
A side entry it can put your door on the wrong side. The rear entry will collect road
Grime and can be nasty the side door not so much. I would
Be more concerned with the layout that you like over door position
I have towed a bass boat and atv trailer with both and it never bothered me.
You have the right truck to get what you like and still tow a trailer up to 5000
Pounds. That all said we like the side entry and the layout we have to do
What we do in the way of camping.
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Posted: 02/26/12 11:39am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Both of my rear-door campers had the doors offset to one side. I never had a problem with accessing the campers while towing. If the door was dead center, I could see that being not so great with the trailer hooked up.


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IMHO the issue is useable space in a truck camper where space may be at a premium, anyway. A side entry camper would be my preference in theory; however, in practice all of the side entry camper I've seen have alot of dead space precisely because of the side entry. In the end it's your decision, and obviously others don't feel the same way...


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I have had both, a shadow cruiser, and a 3000 Bigfoot . To me my present Eagle Cap 1160 with the side entry with the built in steps is much safer to enter and exit. Both do have advantages. Once you have the side entry it will be hard to go back to the rear entry. I have this on a 2012 3500 Chev and it performs well even with a small trailer attached.

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Hang bikes with side entry

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I prefer a rear door for THREE reasons.

1) I can see out the lower window of the camper door using my windshield's rear view mirror. I can see traffic tailgating me or know that the boat is still back there. It's totally hidden when towing down the highway. (I know they make rear cameras but I prefer a live look.)

2) We launch and retrieve our boats with the camper loaded. So, we open the rear door and the boat driver and truck drive can see each other and communicate using hand signals. (I know they make radios. We have them too, but seeing someone POINTING which direction they want you to back is easier than hearing "this way" over a radio.) The driver looks back through the back door as if the camper wasn't there.

Most side entry have a solid wall and no ground level windows. Perhaps one up high, but it does nothing for you.

This is especially important when the trailer is directly behind the camper. The driver is 100% BLIND as to how far back the trailer is when nearing a barrier in a parking lot, or the water's edge at a ramp.

Give me a back door, with a lower level glass window, for traveling, towing, and backing.

3) We primarily BACK IN to our camping spots. They usually offer the best view of the lake, etc., directly behind the camper. With a side entry, you see the next door neighbors. We spend a LOT of time with the back door open, overlooking the scenery.

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