Sorry for the long post, I'm seeking information for a new truck camper. I've had a lot of problems with my last camper for the days we've slept in it so I'm looking to avoid similar issues going forward. Here is the list of what I want to avoid:
- No electric dump valves - they break too often
- No wall paper that blisters off during the hot AZ summer
- A reliable charging system
- I actually did not have any structural leaks in the old camper and want to avoid them in the future.
What I am looking for:
- Reliable, functional, no leak plumbing.
I did not have A/C on this last camper but thinking about getting it on the new one. What do I need to be aware of?
-I'm currently looking at Adventurer campers. Any opinions on them or what may be better?
We have a Adventurer 85WS for the money we think we got a real deal. Ours is pretty basic but everything
works great and its only 2400 pounds. We pull a trailer with our toys in it. Our truck is a 250 super diesel.
Good luck there are many out their to choose from.
There are a bunch of very good manufacturers out there. When I was looking I examined AF, Lance, Host, and Eagle Cap. I could of been happy with any of them. It comes down to floor plan and what you would like in a TC. Overall quailty and craftsmanship was also important to me. Some also want a dealer close by that they can depend on. All of these issues came in to play for us when we decided to go with AF. I never looked at Adventurer but they have a strong following and from what I hear they build a nice TC.
2009 Chevy Silverado 3500 dually D/A, Supersprings, Stable Loads, Bilstein Shocks, Hellwig Sway Bar, Front Timbrens.
2010 Arctic Fox 1140 DB, 220 watts solar, custom 4 in 1 "U" shaped dinette/couch, 59 interior and exterior mods to date and still adding
At the time there were no Adventurer dealers near us. We were not happy with Snow River. For us it came down to AF or Lance. Wife preferred AF interior. I could've easily gone with S&S. Wife wanted a slide. I don't know how any of these react to Arizona sun. I would definitely go with a 4season rated unit. This would assist the AC performance. I've camped in 105deg weather. The AC worked great. I also have an onboard generator.
Two trips North and one trip south, nearly 13,000 miles and our AF has had zero defects. As was said by others, there are a quite a few good manufacturers so you should be able to find what you're looking for. Best wishes!
'11 GMC 3500hd SLT DRW D/A 4x4 Spray-in, Air Bags w/comp & controls, TL, Superhitch, 48" Supertruss, 9.5t Warn, front rcvr, Fox Shocks, '11 AF 1140, DB, AC, Gen, Solar, Thermal Windows, Wardrobe, Rear & Side Awnings, 18' Lund/40hp Honda 4 stroke
Based on internet research I like the Adventurer 86FB. Any input on an installed generator and AC. Would it be ok in the camper or way too loud?
If you get the optional factory generator, it will be an Onan. They are definitely louder than say a Honda sitting over by the tree 30 feet away. But, for convenience you cannot beat an onboard genny. Just hit the button and you got power. Its basicly a question of having either the convenience or the quietness.
have a look at northernlite very well built
I have been a nothern lite owner since Sept of 2003. I must say that all these campers are built by employees and human hands. Therefore all are prone to flaws,from budget cuts to workers partying too late as only some examples.
My NL camper has caused me lots of problems with the many leaks and flaws.
I just want to say that just because it is a Northern Lite does not mean it's better than any others. There are many good campers out there worth consideration. I for one do not regard NL so high on the list over any other camper. It is unrealistic to think all others are inferior as some try to make out to be.
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