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Posted: 09/12/17 11:03am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My wife and I 62, lost everything in Katrina and now Harvey took the rest. We can't go through this anymore. Life is too short and it keeps kicking our butts. We have access to a F150 and would like to cash out (may need to live in it for awhile) and get a truck camper or a 18ft appox travel trailer. What truck camper is best for f150? is there any negatives about a truck camper we should know? were in good shape, what about dogs? price is a major consideration and negatives about traveling, parks etc. Any help would be appreciated

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Living in an 18 foot trailer full time? Not the smartest choice. But I guess if thats all you got, then Lance makes some decent travel trailers. Forget truck campers. You simply do not have enough truck for that option.


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If you do this and you are old enough to buy the senior pass at any national park or forestry service or corp of engineer ranger station. You can then get the senior discount and camp usually for $10 or less per night. You should also join Passport America and try to use some of their parks at 50% off normal rates - 1,800 campgrounds in the US. But --- your best/cheapest rate will be if you find a place to stay monthly, seasonally or some have annual rates. Also check out freecampsites.net for some cheap or boondock locations.

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Posted: 09/12/17 11:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

So sorry for your loss. I think you'll be much happier with the trailer with the extra room, especially since it will be your primary home. Agree with the other poster that truck camper too heavy and with pets there's even less room. Good luck, it's time you had some.


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Not enough truck for a TC and you could go up to a 28' TT if it's built light enough.


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What motor does that half ton have, hope its the V-8 cause that is what is needed, a 1/2 ton with a good motor can handle up to a 26 foot travel trailer, look for one with a slide than it wont seem so cramped.

I say just jump into the RV lifestyle you might just like it..

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a 17 ft tt would be a much better idea than a tc IMHO. more room, more comfort, actually livable.
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Move north


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The dogs if large or numerous will limit the places you can stay and or workkamp.

If your circumstances permit wokKamping may fit the bill. You work a little for lot rent electric etc
You can also volunteer at many state federal public lands and receive a site/ water, elec, sewer.

The limits on dogs in private camp grounds vary but it is usually 2 dogs and sometimes certain breeds are excluded completely.
Some place limit the number of consecutive nights you may stay


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At 62 you should be getting SS if nothing else. That F150 can pull, but a half ton can't carry. Go look at campers and see what's out there.

For $200 a month or less you can own a new one. Make sure you allocate $800 or so for a good hitch system to pull it with.

Get a senior park pass and you can stay at many nice COE's for 10-15 dollars a night. Casino's are another good place if you can stay out of them when you are losing.

A Walmart or Cracker Barrel when you're on the move. North when hot, south when cold. Not a lifestyle of the rich and famous, but a good life for the right couple.

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