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RE: Looking into a Truck Camper

Scout Campers are not full composite like I said. They use wood on the inside for cabinets. Overlandex I think you can get them to do a shell only model. If I bought one of these I would finish the inside myself and build my own cabinets out of foam board. That will keep things light weight and rot, mold and mildew safe. One thing nice about composite panels is better insulation and lower condensation. I think Overlandex can do stuff to keep thermal bridging to a minimal
JD5150 05/19/20 12:29pm Truck Campers
RE: Looking into a Truck Camper

Agree with maintenance. What model/makes are full composite campers? Not many out there. I'm more into off road and going places others dream about with a truck camper. Could be others out there that I'm not thinking of at the moment. These are built with composite panels in Canada. Hard side and pop ups. You can call them direct and use their US dealer Big Sky RV in Montana. https://overlandex.com/home Here is another full composite hard side with new models coming. You can get them without the roof top tent. Built in Yakima Washington by Adventurer/Eagle Cap. https://www.scoutcampers.com/ Hallmark pop up in Colorado can do a full fiberglass with composite frame and interior cabinets. A leak in one of these will not do major damage. www.hallmarkrv.com/
JD5150 05/19/20 12:00pm Truck Campers
RE: Looking into a Truck Camper

One reason I'm lookng at full composite campers. No wood on the inside either and no wood in the building process. Yes seals will still need to be maintained but if a leak happens it can be repaired without major damage. If a leak continues without knowing about it..mold, mildew can be cleaned easily if it does show signs of it and absolutely no rot will occur. I have seen a lot of used Artic Fox campers with damage over the years. I think they use luan wood behind the fiberglass skin. Once water/moisture finds it's way inside between the two then the bubbles start on the fiberglass skin.
JD5150 05/19/20 11:09am Truck Campers
RE: Hallmark vs Northstar

Something else to think about is the east/west bed or north/south bed. 29 inches of head room I would rather roll out of an east/west bed. Seams. Not sure if Hallmark construction has no seams but even if it does have seams, water intrusion is not going to damage it as bad like a wood frame camper. Think the frame is all fiberglass over on a Hallmark I'm not talking down North Star or his brother Bundutec. They are strong well built campers, but you will need to pay attention to seams on any camper. Especially a wood framed one. Four Wheel that someone mentioned are good off road campers. I have read the condensation is bad since it is aluminum framed. Would need to crack a vent in any camper but you might need to open it a little more on a Four Wheel. Might have to do a little more wiping down the soft wall in the mornings
JD5150 05/04/20 04:49pm Truck Campers
RE: 2020 Super duty front hitch

Here is the Curt for a 2020 F350 https://www.etrailer.com/p-C31078.html
JD5150 04/30/20 11:00am Truck Campers
RE: Guidance Needed

Might want to wait and check these out. Manufactured by Eagle Cap/Adventurer. Scout camper. Two more new models coming. https://www.truckcamperadventure.com/adventurer-launches-scout-olympic-truck-camper/ https://www.scoutcampers.com/
JD5150 04/20/20 05:53am Truck Campers
RE: Guidance Needed

You would get more head room with a commercial topper. Go with barn doors so you don't have to mess with climbing over or dealing with a tailgate. For the price of a used camper and if you don't need 4x4 you could look around for a used full size cargo van. Most have 55 inches or more of head room. Easier to get in and out of. More doors to enter/exit van or get to camping gear. Can leave boat trailer hitched up and still have a clear path to enter van from side door
JD5150 04/19/20 07:47pm Truck Campers
RE: Talk me out of my new project.

Van is easier to get in and out of. No multi stair climbing. Less prone to leaks, less seam maintenance, better mpg, more head room in bed area if desired. Can get 4x4 or AWD. Can plan out the interior like you want plus put in as much insulation as you want. I would keep all water and water lines on the inside so 4 seasons. I had a 2016 Ford Transit ecoboost medium roof for my business but sold it. If I buy another it will be another Transit but AWD high roof
JD5150 04/12/20 12:15pm Truck Campers
RE: Diesel heater

I've looked at YT but all are install in van, want to see in use in TC. Don't want to install tank on the outside and prefer to install in exsiting heater space where current Duro Flame is. If that can't be done I'll stick with the Duro as I don't use heater that much. My main reason for wanting is battery use, from what I understand it uses very little power. Look up Explorer 867 on You Tube. He does a very clean install in a commercial truck canopy/cap. He has part 1 & 2 videos and the controller setup video. Total of three videos. His videos are very easy to follow. He uses a two gallon boat fuel tank for the diesel inside the cap. Hope that helps.
JD5150 04/10/20 05:22pm Truck Campers
RE: Any Bundutec Bunducamp Owners Here??

I'm just speculating on what happen. I'm not sure how a Bundutec is built but I do own and operate a water damage restoration business and know what moisture can do to a structure. Then you should be smart enough to to run from this one... Less seams the better. Full fiberglass Hallmark or Outfitter for a pop up or Bigfoot, Northern Lite for a hard side
JD5150 03/31/20 07:46am Truck Campers
RE: Small Window AC vs Roof Top Air

Bundutec will most likely mount in the rear wall and not through a window. If you leave it up to Bundutec to choose the AC it will be a cheaper model than the Home Depot one I mentioned. I'm not saying for the OP to buy the one I mentioned either. All I'm saying is I would buy the one I mentioned. I've seen some van dwellers use the model I mentioned and know it's a good unit for me to use, if I choose to do so. I've had roof mounted AC's before and if I had a choice I would not use another. They are not reliable and way more expensive.
JD5150 03/28/20 02:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Any Bundutec Bunducamp Owners Here??

I have seen two used Bundutec campers have some delamination with the aluminum sides. Are the aluminum sides composite with something else, or how does aluminum delaminate? I guess I should say that differently. I think it is aluminum sides but not totally sure. What looks like happen that someone maybe took it off road and maybe jiggled the sealant loose where the sidewall meets the roof. Rained a few days later and moisture got in between the aluminum and the wood on the side wall. It caused bubbles on the sidewall in the thin aluminum where the wood swelled from moisture...or the glue between the two lost it's adhesion. Moisture looked like it have been trapped between the two. Both were 2016 models that were up for sale. I'm just speculating on what happen. I'm not sure how a Bundutec is built but I do own and operate a water damage restoration business and know what moisture can do to a structure.
JD5150 03/27/20 05:12pm Truck Campers
RE: Any Bundutec Bunducamp Owners Here??

I'm not sure if Bundutec offers the pinch rolled fiberglass sides. If they do that is what I would get. I have seen two used Bundutec campers have some delamination with the aluminum sides. I have not seen a used North Star have delamination. I'm sure there are some but they use a lot of high quality glue when they do their sidewalls and I think they do have a new updated pinch roll machine. Fiberglass exterior won't dent like aluminum if you get caught in a hail storm. I do believe either company will stand behind the camper you buy. I would not be scared to purchase either
JD5150 03/27/20 03:47pm Truck Campers
RE: Small Window AC vs Roof Top Air

I would go with a wall unit if I had the choice. I would go with a 8,000 BTU or 12,000 BTU Toshiba, Smart, Wi-Fi Remote, Energy Star. 8,000 runs off of 5.9 amps and the 12,000 BTU runs off 8.7 amps. Both are 115 volt. You can buy them at Home Depot. Both are on HD website. Small generator will power either. Bundutec will probably need the measurements or have one dropped shipped to Bundutec before build starts. Can't wait to see your rig once it's done :)
JD5150 03/27/20 02:23pm Truck Campers
RE: Driving With a Pop Up vs Hardside??

OP here, thanks for all the good info. My main concern or question was more on how the 2 different TC's drive. I understand the popup will hardly be noticable on a 350 SRW. But how does the 350 SRW handle with a med sized hard side TC on it. Will it be fine on most NF roads?? I have no intention on "rock crawling" or "mudding" But do want to get off the pavement and down regular maintained NF gravel roads. And I don't want a white knuckle experience while driving in traffic dow the interstate @ 65 to 70 mph or across mountain passes in CO. Go over to Truck Camper Adventure forum and ask Mello Mike he has a Laredo SC on a SRW. He runs the website and writes the material for it. He has multiple write up's where he goes with is NorthStar Laredo SC. https://www.truckcamperadventure.com/
JD5150 03/24/20 11:25am Truck Campers
RE: Driving With a Pop Up vs Hardside??

Laredo SC is only 18 inches taller than 850sc pop up. Your truck will handle either one. Might need to do minor modification to the suspension with the hard side. If you need more headroom or more cabover headroom the SS is bigger. Wider and taller. I think by 5 inches taller. Making 6'9 interior height and more headroom in the cabover area
JD5150 03/23/20 06:40pm Truck Campers
RE: Interesting times to be shopping for my new truck camper

Full lockdown for the US could be coming soon. My daughter is a nurse manager and she told me yesterday that the doctor told her its coming. She said the doctor has a government security pass. I'm not totally sure its going to happen...just passing on info I have been told. The way the virus is spreading it looks like that is what will happen sooner or later.
JD5150 03/22/20 03:27am RV Lifestyle
RE: NuCamp Cirrus 820

They fixed the issues with the new 2021 820 with a taller reinforced basement. 2021 820
JD5150 03/07/20 05:37am Truck Campers
RE: you like Torklift StableLoads? / Upper, lower or BOTH?

Several years ago I had a 4000 pound plus hard side TC with slide, mounted a Chevy 2500hd SWR short bed. I had Super Springs, Ride Rite Air Bags, Big Wig Sway Bar, Lower Stable Loads and 19.5 inch tires and rims. Took the Stable Loads off. I think the Super Springs, 19.5 inch tires, rims and Big Wig Sway Bar did the trick for the Sway. It handled very well. Only needed around 20 to 40 psi in the air bags. Really I had so much stuff/overkill that I don't think the stable loads would ever engage so it was a waste, but I do see where they can work if you allow them and not over due it like I did :B
JD5150 02/17/20 03:49pm Truck Campers
RE: Seven Truck Camper Videos - Seattle RV Show 2020

Thank you for the videos. I'm a quarter inch over 6'4. I was looking at the newer Northern Lite 10'2. Was worried about the interior height after seeing West Coast Roller video awhile back. With your video gives me hope so I need to go look at a newer Northern Lite 10'2 and see if I clear the AC unit :). I wished Bigfoot would raise the interior height to 6'8 and give us a real queen bed 60x80. They are missing out on sales from us taller folks :)
JD5150 02/15/20 07:45pm Truck Campers
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