4 TC later, still looking.
Think it might be a slightly modified Host Cascade with double slide.
1) Want dual slides
2) want couch
3) Want floor above bed rails
4) Want large holding tanks
5) Want to be underwight with my 3500 Dually.
6) Dry bath (thank my current TC for that requirement)
1) too big/long
I can attest to the weight of the 1150. I was at 13200 ready to roll in my 2007 GMC dually.
I'm now in a 9.5 host, but want a new host cascade 10.5 with DS. It should be about 1000 less than my 5200lb 1150.
Diesels are just as good as gas for daily drivers.
I've had three F350 chipped and no engine issues.
one daily driver diesel Jetta at 280000 with only the water pump going out. It was chipped since day one.
And, now a 2nd Jetta that is tuned and at 100000 with no issues.
My 2007 GMC 3500 Duramax blew a hole I two pistons.... After I tuned it to 598 hp and 1300 torque. It's been stock since the rebuild and totally reliable. Diesels are great and make great hp and fuel economy. However if you easily hop them up, they can and will fail if you go too far.
P. S. If diesel doesn't make a good daily driver then why are there so many diesel cars; vw, mercedes, BMW, ford cars, and a new 1500 dodge?
I'd have to vote against the StableLoad Quick Disconnect. They are sort of a pain to engage/disengage.
I should have gone with my old trusty timberins.
StableLoad Quick Disconnect:
1) lay on the ground (dirt/mud/wet)
2) have ratchet and extension handy
3) Pull carter pin with fingers or pliers if required.
4) Tap pin out since it doesn't always slide out.
5) Insert ratchet and turn into position aligning hole
6) drop in pin and hope hole is aligned.
7) Insert carter pin
8) repeat climbing on the ground 3 MORE TIMES for each StableLoad Quick Disconnect. Last time I needed to engage them, it was wet and dirty out. Sort of sucked. You cannot engage while the TC is on the truck also. I've loaded and then forgot and had to take the weight off the truck and engage them.
They suck enough for me to probably sell and get timberins next summer.
Just get a good MPG vehicle and always stay in hotels.
My diesel Jetta is going from SC to CO this weekend. The gas savings is enough 45 vs. 13 to stay in a room in Colorado for a month than driving the truck and TC back and forth 1600 miles each way. Sad, but true for me. A month in Colorado and no TC.
It is thus far about the transmissions. It seems with programers and tuners, it's alwasys the transmission that goes 1st. With a tune, intake, exhausts, electric fan, my duramax was over 1,000 torque at the wheels and 489hp at the wheels.
Many diesels, ford, chevy, dodge, can take 50-75hp and a couple hundred more, but it will cost you a transmission rebuild.
It's a cat an mouse game right now.
Used to be a good toy hauler was 18,000 lbs. Now they can be as heavy as 21,000 from what I've seen. Then TC with 4 slides push 6,000 lbs also. I don't think the old wood ones in ol' days were near that. I personally like the horse power wars.
But, I think at 21,000 lbs capacity, 850tq, etc, I'd wish they would focus on the MPG part a lot more!
I'm not giving up my Diesel, but it cost freaking .65 more per gallon in Columbia, SC.
3.65/13mpg=.28 per mile
2.99/8mpg=.37 per mile
I guess about 70,000 to 80,000 miles to pay for the $7K option of a diesel in fuel savings.
If you truck is a daily driver, diesel.
If your truck is only for camping, 70,000 miles for a non-full timer is a long time. I have about 68,0000 on my truck and it's pretty much used to haul my TC or boat only. So, it's been about 7 years and it hasn't paid for itself yet.
I had a wave 3 in my 1140 arctic fox. It worked well, but they are radiant heaters and will take a long time to heat the camper. They produce a lot of moisture/humidity. That said, I loved mine and would do it again. They save a lot of propane and electricity.
Every 2-3 years I get a ADCO on sale from camping world. I consider it disposable. They don't last long, but I sure know it keeps the roof and TC clean AND prevents yellowing and fading. My friend had a same year TC and after a while, his started yellowing on the plastic and the gell is faded. Colorado is harsh on the TC due to high UV. I think it keeps the seals pliable longer also. I will always cover mine if it's sitting more than about 4 weeks between trips. I've gotten quite fast at covering it, but it IS a pain and dangerous.
The ADCO are fine, but don't expect more than 2-3 years. At the end of 3 years, there are some good holes in it. if you can get one for under $200, I think about 3 years is fair value, $65/per year.
I have a quite generator, Boily Pro3600. It isn't much different than a Onan built in one for noise. Unfortunately, the standards for measurement are different.
The onan is 70db at 1/2 load at 10 feet.
Boily is 58db (much less) but measured at 21 feet. That makes a difference.
The Honda 2000 is about 59 db at full load, and I "think" also 7meters/21feet.
Not easy to say what they are rated at for only 10 feet like the onan.
AND, you don't have to carry extra fuel.
Sucks to have Diesel truck, gas generator, propane RV.
I mounted my Boily on the bumper, so anyone in the table bed is about 5 feet away.
However, I can move mine further away and use it for other than camping. It's pretty good on gas also. I threw in a remote start key fob and remote fuel tank options and it's working pretty good.
All in all, I think I'd still do the built in one on my next TC. I'd say the extra storage space of the empty generator compartment is handy!
Depending on usage, I can also go about 3-4 days with batteries. Then hit with the portable generator.
"Lance specifically states in the owner guide not to store the camper on jacks."
And I'll never own a lance then. Imagine a failure and the mfg saying, sorry you stored it without supporting the bottom.
That is silly.
Don't support my Host 9.5 at all. Never have; just lower it down.
Used my AF150 the same way. I did 6 months of daily living without support.
If you couldn't use it off the truck, I'd never have even considered a TC. Taking it off and using it makes different than a class-C, IMHO. If you don't take it off, get a class-c.
I know what you're talking about. My 1150 was about 5,200 ready to go. One big, heavy camper, but I loved it. I also downsized, to a Host 9.5, but I'd like bigger. The Host 9.5 was a budget thing. My next will be a Host Cascade double slide at 10.5'. The way I calculate it, the Cascade will be 1,000 lighter than the AF1150, and a foot shorter. But, with two slides in the Cascade, I'll have more floor space.
I'll be right at 4,000 with a loaded Cascade vice the 1,100 lb over weight AF1150.
Fresh takes a second place black. Gray just has to be resonable to me.
1) I can carry more fresh in a bladder on the roof, not fun, but doable and I can get 5 gallon jugs also.
When black is full, you have to dump and there is nothing you can do about it.
Grey, I can usually let some out if it's full.
In a TC, 50+ fresh is good; under 35 black and I won't look at it, 35 gray is ok, but acceptable.
To me, the 55 fresh to 59 is fine, because it's more important to me than gray. I try to dry camp in the middle of nowhere as often as possible, so any reduction in fresh is bad. Black increase would have been a better trade to me.
All in all, fair trade. Not sure about the ratio though, 55 to 59 buys 4 gallons of fresh, but you loose 9 gallons of gray.