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Rrliljedahl

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Posted: 08/03/13 12:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My wife and I have are retiring in Jan of 2014.

We presently own a Jeep Rubicon tricked out as a camper to include rooftop popup tent, 12 refrigerator/freezer, 10 gallons of water by gravity feed, and a 2 burner propane stove. Our interests are vacationed in the western US hiking, fishing, and looking for rock art.

We are looking to buy a popup truck camper on a flatbed so that we can continue travel in more inclement weather and with a greater degree of comfort.

We have stopped at Alaskan Camper factory but left thinking that we should widen our search.

Our present plan is for:
Popup
passenger side entry
dinette in the rear of the camper
flatbed for extra storage
200-300 watts of solar on the roof
12 volt compressor refrigerator/freezer
cassette toilet
indoor/outdoor shower
North/South sleeping

Outfitter, Four Wheel, NorthStar, and XP Campers have all agreed that they could build me such a camper.

I am asking for your opinions as to which truck camper could best withstand the demands of offroad exploring?

The truck for this build has not yet been purchased so I am quite flexible as to your recommendations.

Thank you in advance.

Ron Liljedahl

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Posted: 08/03/13 01:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would go with either Hallmark or Outfitter the two companies have been in the business a long time.
Really depends on your needs posted and agreement with Hallmark/Outfitter to what you want constructed.
I am sure some of the Outfitter and Hallmark people will pop in to give there personal Experiences with their Campers.
Good luck in your search.
Scott


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Xp all the way, if you are open to a good off road Non Truck Camper check out Tiger or of coarse Earthroamer....

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There are many offroad camping forums where you will find current owners and a lot more information. I would be less concerned about the overall build quality than the soft side and lift mechanism reliability and the type of equipment that is used inside.

Manufacturers compete on price and there is a tendency to cut corners. I would not want a water pump or fridge to fail because the company used a less expensive version. House battery storage is also more important. My Lance hard sides has a nylon strap as a battery hold down and it would be relatively worthless for serious offroading.

The capacity of the holding tanks will be a big factor in how far afield you can go and that varies greatly between models.

A good manufacturer's website to get you started is at fourwheelcampers.com.

If I were doing serious trail running I would be getting a Toyota mini-truck with 4WD and a popup camper. I had that setup and could go anywhere my friend went with his Jeep CJ7. For more space a full size 1/2 ton is as far up as I would go as lighter trucks are going to handle the stress on trails a lot better than the heavy duty 3/4 and 1-ton trucks used by the majority of people on this forum.

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To my way of thinking one of the primary advantages of the pop-up TC is a lower profile and lower center of gravity to negotiate more difficult roads. That said, you would probably lose some maneuverability with a side entry unit that has a big rear overhang.

Departure angles mean a lot when traversing dry wash beds, particularly if it's a long bed crew cab. I think the flatbed idea has worked well for some, but make sure you are realistic about what kind of off-road capabilities such a rig would offer.

MANY comments have been made through the years on the pros and cons of all the manufacturers you have listed so I won't repeat any of it here except to say my next pop-up TC will come from Hallmark.

Best of luck.


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I like the XP. Marc really engineers his products to perform and they seem to have quality built into them. I was impressed with how much room and functionality the XP-V2 has on small truck frame.

There is a big following of Four Wheel Campers for hardcore offroad truck camping. But IMO, just crawling in and out of a FWC one time was enough to turn me off of them.

One of your wish list items that caught my eye was the passenger side entry. Are you planning on towing? XP and Outfitter's Juno are the only one's I know of with standard passenger side entry.

Seldomseensmith brought up a good point about side entry departure angle. The Juno will have a bit more overhang. The XP still has great departure angle and passenger side entry.

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All of the 4 mentioned vendors have offered to do a side entry for this build of a popup.

We like the idea of a side entry for several reasons.
Option to tow.
Other pickup truck campers we have borrowed tend to get quite dirty on the back.
We would like to place an 8 foot awning over the side entry door for weather and sun protection.



I am clueless
if aluminum framing is better than wood?
if Lamilux outer skin is better than aluminum or fiberglass?
what customer service is really like after you buy your camper?

All opinions are welcomed.

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Posted: 08/03/13 03:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My Apex 8 has served me well offroad. See camping section here . And Outfitter has been excellent on customer service.

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Popup
passenger side entry
dinette in the rear of the camper
FLATBED for extra storage
Outfitter, Four Wheel, NorthStar, and XP Campers have all agreed that they could build me such a camper.


I will be very interested to see that design.


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Personally I would also try to minimise the rear overhang for fear of tearing it off offroad. For that reason I would not bother with side entry. A lot of people on this forum tow and a lot take their trucks offroad and get them very dirty, and most of them have standard rear entry campers.

Another consideration is that currently pop-up campers have rear entry and that design gets used and tested a lot offroad. Having a side entry one is likely to be a bit experimental - so there could be a risk that you get a structural problem because yours would be in effect a prototype.

If you want to get an idea of what those of us who take our campers offroad use (both hard side and pop-up) have a look at the Trip Reports sticky and search for "XTC" (extreme truck camping) to see what various forum members drive and where they take them.

Good luck with your choice,

Steve.


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Since you have a flatbed I would get a TC designed for one. Northstar makes one and for a true off road camper I think either Four Wheel Camper or All Terrain Camper is going to make one for a flatbed.


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