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RE: Is this the biggest/heaviest TC on the market?

I wonder how this will ride on a Tacoma??
Photomike 03/12/23 12:54pm Truck Campers
RE: DRW vs SRW safety, tire blowout

If I bought a truck for a camper I would go with a DRW just to be safe. Problem that I have is that a DRW would not go down many of the trails / roads that I like to drive on. That was the reason I got rid of my little class C. Was just to wide.
Photomike 02/28/23 03:07pm Truck Campers
RE: New Equity Group Owns Northern Lite Campers

Clickable Link It sounds to me like this was a takeover or buyout of another investment group that already had shares. Many companies don't want to operate independently anymore as their buying power is so poor and they have all their money tied up in inventory. When they are under an umbrella group they can buy as a group and can get better rates on the products they need. Also having an equity investment group involved gives them a lot of capital to work with for stock so they can produce extra product before they have sales orders allowing them better turn around time on orders. I really hope this isn't the beginning of the end for the quality that Northern lite has been producing over the years but it does not look like it.
Photomike 02/28/23 12:58pm Truck Campers
RE: New to truck campers

All I can say is don't do it. You will be over weight really fast. Can you do it, sure. Is it worth the issues and problems no in my opinion.
Photomike 11/27/22 02:49pm Truck Campers
RE: Bigfoot camper - spray paint color match?

You already had some good advice for getting the colors matched. A professional paint shop will be a good choice and a fiberglass shop even better. A word of warning. You will find that the camper is not all the same color. Fiberglass does not age / discolor at the same rate. On my NL I polled some window trim and on one side it was a little whiter under the trim than the fiberglass around it and on the other a lot whiter. Also I have seen a lot of fiberglass campers repainted and the ones that I saw LOOKED HORRIBLE!!! The paint was not as glossy and it peeled. I have been told to do it correctly you need to sand, paint and top coat. Again I would hit up someone that deals with fiberglass to verify before you start.
Photomike 10/19/22 09:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Smaller or more minimalist truck camper

I understand what you're looking for but like others have said trying to customize anything would cost you more than just buying a unit with more features. I do know that Northern lite made a lighter camper unit design specifically for what you're looking for using a cassette toilet but you will still get more then what you want. You may be further ahead to find an older camper with a good shell and gut it and only put in what you want if you're concerned about the weight. Myself when I was looking I considered all the units that were available and ended up going with an older Northern lite which was lighter than a pop-up camper.
Photomike 08/22/22 06:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Back to truck campers

I had my truck camper and I loved it and the only reason I sold it was because of my health issue and climbing in the stairs and moving all my photography gear in and out. I then went to a class c which was amazing but did not fit down the roads that I liked. I then went to a Ford Transit that I converted myself and I really love it. But a truck camper keeps calling me because having the bed over the cab of the truck frees up so much extra space without adding the unnecessary length to the unit. I have seriously considered going back to a TCer but I love my van and the ability to move from the driver's seat into the back and vice versa with no hassles is the biggest selling point. If you're concerned about how it handles then don't go overboard with the weight of your camper. My unit was quite light and it handled amazingly well. The only real drawback that I had was where I live is very windy and driving down the highway into the wind you could feel the camper catching the wind and lifting. I do not experience that with the van. If I was to do it again I would get an oversized truck to haul the camper. For instance if the camper said it would fit on a 350 I would get a 450 or a 550. Just to have that extra ability to handle the weight to me as well worth the cost.
Photomike 08/17/22 09:37am Truck Campers
RE: Cassette toilet/shower

For those with cassette toilets, is finding a place to empty the cassette ever a problem? After 22 years of rving I'm tired of dumping, leaking valves, and a leaking toilet. I have one in my van and LOVE IT!! It is only me and I do try to use other bathrooms when possible but love having it when it is -30 or if I am someplace without toilets. As for dumping I dump in any toilet (flush or pit) or if I am around a free RV dump I dump it there. When really cold it is great as no frozen valves. One thing I have done and think I may keep doing is that in the off season I fill the water tank with RV antifreeze and in the summer I add a little in there when I add water so I get ZERO smells.
Photomike 04/19/22 09:34am Truck Campers
RE: Living Space?

My thinking is that for most of the stuff that I carry I don't need to carry it. So every few months I toss out the stuff I have not used for a while. I had more space in the Class C and the Truck camper but honestly didn't need to carry most of the stuff I had in them. In the Transit I carry what I need and that is it and still have lots of room left.
Photomike 04/18/22 06:37pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
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