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RE: Please help me decide on a truck camper

. . . The Cirrus campers seem to be one of the more forward thinking TC companies and they use a bunch of aluminum and Adzel in the construction of their campers. They are on my list. Truck Camper Magazine just ran an article on the “Smart” camper option they are developing. It’s pretty intriguing. The roof is aluminum, as I recall and they’ve mounted a 200w flexible solar panel on the curved nose of the roof. Aluminum is a big plus, if you’re planning on a lot of time in the southwestern US. Just a thought. My reservations with the Cirrus have to do with the big window on the nose of the cab-over. That looks like a leak waiting to happen. Beyond that, Cirrus gives you a really efficiency heating system and use of space. My $0.02 and worth every penny, BillIMO, Cirrus is absolutely pushing the envelope with their camper design. I was absolutely taken back when I first walked through a couple of 820/920 Cirrus campers less than a year go. It's obvious they have some very talented engineers and CNC operators on their payroll. My only concern is the sheer number of updates/changes they've made to their campers in such a short amount of time. IMO, this inevitably leaves the final R&D step (testing long-term reliability/functionality) up to the final consumer. Me, I'm just not comfortable playing that role. If Cirrus is able to settle on a proven, reliable camper design, fine-tune that design with no major changes for a number of years, then I could see us actually owning one.
otrfun 11/20/19 01:51pm Truck Campers
RE: 2020 Ram 2500/3500: MotorTrend Truck of the Year

. . . GM is having an emergency update on the new trucks already to better compete with RAM. Of course, they don't really want us to know that the were designed to be behind. GM redoing new trucksAccording to the article, this update is an interior update to compete with the "praised" Ram interior. I've always been put-off by the interior/dash design on GM trucks. If you're used to GM's styling cues, probably not an issue. For my tastes, Ram and Ford have a much more functional, aesthetically pleasing interior/dash design.
otrfun 11/20/19 01:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Please help me decide on a truck camper

What's the matter with you..I never said the Northern Lite was a flawed design and I have never said the Northern Lite is a bad choice or poor quality,I just pointed out that the Northern Lite has just about as many seems to calk as a lance camper with both having the same roof additions..Windows/doors/hatches and roof accessories, there all the same and have to be caulked whether on a Northern Lite or a Lance..More windows=more calk... I probably have calked more campers than most having done it for over 53 years and do know what has to be calked, on a Northern Lite or a Lance..There is little difference...I assure you there's nothing wrong at my end, Jaycocreek. As for you, I believe you let your emotions get the better of your reading comprehension when you read my reply. I simply gave you several options you could use to prove your point. You had a choice to use whatever option you preferred. Simply trying to move the discussion in a more objective direction. Nothing more, nothing less. Let's just agree to disagree. Have a good one!
otrfun 11/19/19 12:21pm Truck Campers
RE: Please help me decide on a truck camper

If your thinking about getting a Northern Lite,you should watch this video from a guy that's had one three years..He talks water leaks.. Northern Lite water leaks and caulkingWhat's in this video is just normal, routine maintenance. A 4-5 year old camper, being used full-time (in an extremnely wet, humid OR environment) with one small leak (that could have easily occurred with any camper) is nothing particularly out of the ordinary. If this had been a typical camper with the additional roof and corner seams, he would have had 3 or 4 times as many seams to potentially leak--not to mention all the additional overhead of maintaining and caulking these extra seams. There's not a camper made by any manufacturer that's leak-proof.I am just not seeing that..Like the guy in the video,I was under the impression the seam that connects the top and bottom molds did not need calk..It does, as well as all the windows,everything on top and all the compartments which I have never had to calk with any Lance I have owned..I see no advantage in calk or leaks with a Northern Lite over say the Lance...YMMDLol! A seam is a seam. ANY seam can leak--not sure why that's a surprise to you or the guy in the video. I'd venture to say there are more exterior seams on your Lance than a NL camper. Are you going to tell me the more exterior seams you have the less likely it is to leak? If your answer is yes, then some evidence supporting the superior design of the seams on your Lance would probably be in order. Or, in all fairness, maybe some solid evidence supporting the flawed design of the NL seams.
otrfun 11/19/19 11:31am Truck Campers
2020 Ram 2500/3500: MotorTrend Truck of the Year

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otrfun 11/19/19 09:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: Please help me decide on a truck camper

If your thinking about getting a Northern Lite,you should watch this video from a guy that's had one three years..He talks water leaks.. Northern Lite water leaks and caulkingWhat's in this video is just normal, routine maintenance. A 4-5 year old camper, being used full-time (in an extremnely wet, humid OR environment) with one small leak (that could have easily occurred with any camper) is nothing particularly out of the ordinary. If this had been a typical camper with the additional roof and corner seams, he would have had 3 or 4 times as many seams to potentially leak--not to mention all the additional overhead of maintaining and caulking these extra seams. There's not a camper made by any manufacturer that's leak-proof.
otrfun 11/19/19 08:39am Truck Campers
RE: Please help me decide on a truck camper

Logic says the more exterior seams you have the higher chance of a leak. The Lance has a lot more exterior seams than the NL. As for your comment about wood on the NL vs. Azdel on the Lance, it’s really fiberglass vs. Azdel. The wood used on the NL interior is cacooned inside/behind the exterior fiberglass, much the same as any wood used in the interior of the Lance is cacooned inside/behind the Azdel on the Lance. If either camper leaks, there’s going to be potential mold and damage to interior components that are inside the exterior shell of the camper. As for a slide vs. a non-slide camper, if you want/need the slide (extra space), then Lance is the way to go. Downsides to slides are 1) limited use of the interior with the slides retracted. 2) Another mechanical device that can break or leak. 3) makes the camper heavier.
otrfun 11/19/19 06:15am Truck Campers
RE: Best truck for Northern Lite 10-2

Brochure says mine is 4,250, door sticker says 3,829. Brochure does not list with options. Door stickers are nearly always less unless maybe stripper XL model. Mine is an XLT. :)Year? Gas? Diesel? CC? EC? SB? LB?
otrfun 11/18/19 08:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Best truck for Northern Lite 10-2

It's not just Ford. I went to the Ram website as I'm also considering another Ram. For 2019, just 3500s, the hauling capacity ranges from 3720# (Laramie Longhorn diesel crew cab SRW SB 4x4) to 7680# (Tradesman 6.4 Hemi regular cab DRW LB 4x2). With 358 variations and different hauling capacities. In the 3500 series alone!!Agree, you'll never nail down anything definitive at their websites. My comments/observations are based on looking at door jam stickers on real trucks at various dealerships over the last 6 mo. or so. I've seen a few Longhorn/Limited Ram 3500 CC SB SRW diesels drop down to 3,500 lbs. of payload. Understandable in these top-of-the-line trim levels. The 2019 F350 CC SB SRW diesel with 3,380 lbs. of payload I'm referencing was a mid-trim level (XLT or Lariat). That same F350 truck in a top-of-the-line Platinum/Limited trim level is going to drop the payload down a few hundred more. I'm still convinced Ford must have a way to make these aluminum trucks more payload competitive with some kind of magical option--lol!
otrfun 11/18/19 07:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Best truck for Northern Lite 10-2

^ . . . need to understand that options (curb weight) affect it (but not necessarily 100% with respect to how much goes on the rear axle) and understand that a F350 srw truck can be purchased in nearly every increment form 10,000 to 11,500 lb gvwr . . . I'm aware of how trim-level and options affect curb/empty weight, GVWR, payload, etc. GVWR was 11,500. If it had been 10k, payload would have been 1,880 lbs. Just find it interesting why a professed payload expanding, lightweight aluminum 2019 F350 CC SB SRW diesel truck with a 11,500 GVWR only has only 3380 lbs. of payload. BTW, the truck was only a mid-trim level (XLT or Lariat). Our heavy, steel 2016 Ram 3500 SRW CC SB diesel has 3,960 lbs. of payload with no smoking mirrors or special options needed. Hard to believe Ford isn't straight-on competitive with their F350's in terms of payload---without the need to pick just the right options to increase payload. Anyhow, simple question, but evidently Ford has chosen to complicate the answer.
otrfun 11/18/19 03:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Best truck for Northern Lite 10-2

Yep, I'll have to check into it. At Truck Camper Warehouse Bill had a brand new Ford F350 Supercab SRW he just bought to deliver campers. While he was talking to other customers, I opened the door and looked at the sticker. Payload not to exceed 4380# or something close to that. ScottI had heard the payloads were upped considerably starting with the 2017 models. Quite a jump!!We test drove a new 2019 F350 CC SB SRW diesel a few months ago. Surprised to see the payload (door jam sticker) was only 3380 lbs. What specific options do you need on the latest gen F350 to get that payload closer to 4,000 lbs? Our 2016 Ram 3500 CC SB SRW diesel has a payload of 3,960 lbs.
otrfun 11/18/19 01:42pm Truck Campers
RE: Best truck for Northern Lite 10-2

Swines, very well written, informative post! Thanks!
otrfun 11/18/19 06:32am Truck Campers
RE: Northern-Lite 8-11 & Solar?

All, My question is kind of specific. Given the profile and cross-section of the NL 8-11 roof, is it difficult to add a relatively large number (4-6) of solar panels? I’m asking for you to share your experiences. Thank you, BillSaw this on Facebook. 6 Solar Panels on a NL 10-2.
otrfun 11/17/19 07:31pm Truck Campers
RE: Registering 1-ton Truck in KS

Yes anything larger then a 1 ton and the fees are extremely high. At onetime I thought of a med duty truck to haul a large 5th wheel but the fees were commercial rate . . . You mentioned fees are "extremely high" for "anything larger than a 1-ton". I assume you're saying fees go up a lot with a GVWR higher than 14k (Class 4; 14k-16k GVWR), right? Our 1-ton 3500 has a 11.7k GVWR (Class 3; 10k-14k GVWR). We paid $700 for tags when we purchased our truck new. It's now dropped to $400 annually. We're hoping KS is the same or lower. Have plans to call the KS DMV first thing Mon morning. Thanks again!
otrfun 11/17/19 02:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: Registering 1-ton Truck in KS

Thanks for the info, colliehauler. Sound pretty reasonable for a 250. Surprised it's not higher with as many fees as you quoted--lol! In some states a truck with a GVWR >10k (1-ton) makes them commercial with a lot higher fees. Any idea if that's the case in KS? Glad to hear there's no emissions testing though. That's one less thing to worry about :)
otrfun 11/17/19 01:09pm General RVing Issues
Registering 1-ton Truck in KS

For you folks who have a 1-ton truck registered in KS, roughly what does it cost to register a 2016 350/3500 (11,700 GVWR) 1-ton truck? Non-commercial, RV use only. Any vehicle or emissions testing? Thanks!
otrfun 11/17/19 10:59am General RVing Issues
RE: Best truck for Northern Lite 10-2

It gets approx. 12-13 hauling our camper (3,500-4,000 lbs. loaded). I get 13-14 unloaded and 10-11 loaded with the same weight you mentioned with a 460 Ford..Now if I could put that 6-speed or 10-speed transmission behind the old 460,it would work far less.. I won't argue a diesel has more power and better gas mileage but I will note that diesel engines is not needed with a meager truck camper and a modern gas engine with a modern transmission..My 460 does a great jog with 36-4000 pounds in the back,lots of compression for down hill and plenty of power for up hill... With the speed limits as they are,a diesel has no edge in power with a modern gas engine..They both will go over the top of Idaho mountains at the same speed carrying a modest truck camper..Now throw in a big 5er and the edge definitely goes do the diesel with all the weight..Wow, you completely ignored the primary point in my post with your convenient snip: aerodynamics. I suggest you reread my post. As for your gas vs. diesel power comparisons, you fail to mention the huge amount of tranny activity required in the mtns with a gas engine. Yes, HP is HP, but there is NO substitute for torque when it comes to low drama (little to no tranny activity) while driving in the mtns.
otrfun 11/16/19 10:24am Truck Campers
RE: Best truck for Northern Lite 10-2

. . . As for gas vs diesel with a truck camper,a gas does just fine with 4500# in the back..That diesel engine isn't for hauling a measly 4500# it was meant for heavy loads like big fifth wheels etc..JMHOI get the point you're trying to make. However, in terms of raw engine load, a decent-sized hard-side camper is still a challenge, even for a big-block diesel. I say that based on mpg's---mpg's more or less define the load on the engine. Our Cummins gets 17-18 highway empty. It gets approx. 11 mpg pulling a 12,000 lb. 5th wheel. It gets approx. 12-13 hauling our camper (3,500-4,000 lbs. loaded). Based on these numbers I'd say our Cummins is still workin' a tad hard hauling the camper. IMO, it's not so much the weight of the camper that's the issue, it's the wind coefficient. A camper is very inefficient aerodynamically. All the flat surfaces on the lower rear (each side), behind the cab, plus the jacks, not to mention the big cabover, creates a *lot* of wind drag.
otrfun 11/16/19 09:29am Truck Campers
RE: Best truck for Northern Lite 10-2

And I was leaning towards srw and gas. No def fluid to worry about with gas. Less complicated engine. I understand that gas engines are more efficient than they used to be. More powerful as well. Thinking about Fords new 7.3 litre gas engine. But still nowhere near the performance and torque of the diesel. But I’m hauling 4500lbs or so. Not towing 20,000 or more. So I’m really conflicted.From all accounts the 7.3 is going to be a very capable gas engine. Keep in mind it's still a gas engine with the typical torque and hp curves found in most naturally aspirated, big-block V8 gas engines. Max torque 4,000 and max hp 5,500. These numbers (more or less) define how it will respond in conjunction with the tranny while under heavy load. Gas engines are very tranny dependent---they need to be to keep the engine in the sweet spot--especially on hills. As long as you don't have an issue with this M.O., then you'll be happy with any of the big-block gas engines (especially with an 8-10 speed tranny). On the flipside, the big-block diesels will rarely downshift with a camper onboard, even on very steep hills. That's the beauty of 800++ ft.lbs. of torque at less than 2,000 rpms. Whether the added costs for a diesel is worth this beauty is your call. Happy shopping!!
otrfun 11/15/19 09:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Arctic Fox's change to cheaper-looking cabinetry ...

Vinyl wrap in itself wouldn't convince us to not to purchase a camper. However, have to admit Northern Lite's almost exclusive use of wood (and wood veneer) on their cabinets and trim, plus their heavy use of premium-quality 11-13 ply birch plywood behind the scenes, was one of several factors that convinced us to go with a NL. Saw very little of this in the Lance and Artic Fox campers we looked at a year ago. Of course, everything is a trade-off. NL is absolutely not shy about passing off the cost of using these higher quality materials in their MSRP--lol!
otrfun 11/15/19 11:32am Truck Campers
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