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RE: Northstar Arrow U

No experience with the Arrow U but we have the big brother, the Igloo U. Well made, great company and service (if needed) and a wonderfull cold weather rig. Ours has been to Alaska and back, Canada, the Yukon, BC, Florida, all up and down the east coast. It has been bullet proof. Well designed and every nook and cranny has been thought out to make the best use of space. And the cassette toilet is the best thing since sliced bread.
sbryan@vtbryans.com 04/16/19 06:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Any reason to unload when not using TC?

We store our camper legs up. The truck suspension doesn't have any issues with the weight and we don't have airbags so can't comment on air pressures.
sbryan@vtbryans.com 04/10/19 10:41am Truck Campers
RE: Unload or keep on truck

Sounds like no need to take it off the truck since you are towing a car. You should practice taking it off and on but that can wait until you have a nice open level spot to practice and are under no need to rush. People have different sensitivity to rocking. When we have our camper off the truck we don't find any objectionable movement. Others may have different sensitivities. I suggest that when you are able to have it off the truck, try it out and see if you are bothered by any movement you might experience.
sbryan@vtbryans.com 04/03/19 06:01am Truck Campers
RE: hard side camper like to drive? (cross winds, handling)

I will second Northern Lite and Bigfoot. And I will add Northstar as another great hardwall camper (also great pop-ups too).
sbryan@vtbryans.com 03/28/19 12:53pm Truck Campers
RE: TC / airbag suspension

We have an F350 with a Northstar Igloo, 3600-3800 pounds wet. I have upper stable loads and Sumo Springs. I purposely chose not to go with airbags. No issues at all with wind or sway and we have been on some pretty wild roads in Alaska and in a lot of wind going across the USA. My preference is to eliminate as many points of failure as possible and since airbags require pumps, hoses and fittings I chose to avoid any potential issue with those items on my rig. Others will surely chime in with experience with air bags who have never had an issue and swear by them. I'd say it is a decision you will have to make accounting for where you want to go, what your risk tolerance is and how well your truck handles whatever camper you want to load on it. You will get an equal number of "I love air bags" and "I don't use them".
sbryan@vtbryans.com 03/22/19 02:27pm Truck Campers
RE: 2020 Ford F350 - XLT or Lariat / options guidance?

I haven't seen an order sheet for the 2020 Fords but in general you will probably be stuck with packages that offer some of what you want and some things you don't. We have a Lariat I custom ordered in 2013 and the packages were less obnoxious then - I got mostly what I wanted and not much I didn't want. The Lariat option was great then, no idea where it will take you on the 2020. You'll want the fogs and LED headlights, the camper and tow packages. The heated and cooled seats are wonderful. The Ford navigation and radio software isn't worth the money but if you want to synch your phones you either buy their stuff or try to find an aftermarket solution that may or may not work. And maybe they will get smart in 2020 and include Apple and Android connections, who knows. Love my F350. Good luck with the purchase - oh, the e-locker works great, factory tires suck and the 3.55 rear end is all you need if you get the diesel. For what you are considering I'd look at the new gas jobs and save the big bucks the diesel costs unless you are going to tow heavy.
sbryan@vtbryans.com 03/16/19 06:10am Truck Campers
RE: FW capacity

Not knowing much about TC's this setup looks like it should be std on all TC's. The 4 skinny legs just look like they would be wobbly if you try to use the camper unmounted to the truck. Those that take the camper off do you need any other support other than the 4 skinny legs to make it more stable? The so called skinny legs hold the TC just fine. If we are going to be in one place for more than a few days we dismount the camper and lower it down. Contrary to the way things look, the legs are very stable and the camper will not tip over on its nose.
sbryan@vtbryans.com 03/15/19 10:38am Truck Campers
RE: FW capacity

We have a Northstar Igloo and we have 40 gallons of fresh water. What really makes that work for us is the cassette toilet, which has its own 5 gallon water supply and that can be used with very little water. We also carry jugs for drinking water and mostly use the FW thank for showers and dish washing. It's amazing how little water you can get along with if you try.
sbryan@vtbryans.com 03/11/19 12:19pm Truck Campers
RE: 19.5 Truck tires

Not sure about your tires but generally manufacturers suggest replacement after 5 years. The issue is UV degradation of the rubber, not wear and tear.
sbryan@vtbryans.com 02/22/19 01:44pm Truck Campers
RE: F250 tire brand/model recs

Hi Frank, Don't know if you can find them in your area or size but I have 50k on my Nokian Rotiiva AT Plus tires and lots of tread left. Ride great, actually have a snowflake rating but Nokian doesn't advertise them as snow tires. Good traction in mud, snow, wet grass and Rocky terrain. May be hard to find but we've been very pleased.
sbryan@vtbryans.com 02/17/19 08:52am Truck Campers
RE: Sell RV with or without truck?

I would try to sell together but the asking price for them together might put off a lot of your kickers. But your best bet to recover as much of your costs as possible is probably in a combined sale. JMHO
sbryan@vtbryans.com 02/11/19 08:13am Truck Campers
RE: FastGuns / Hallmark - how to provide extra camper security?

Have never had an issue with security. We have the original pins on the Fastguns, no locks, and have been all over the US with never an issue. I suppose if I abandoned the truck and camper for weeks and never came back to it someone might get curious about if it was available for "borrowing" but I can't imagine taking the camper off the truck - maybe steal the whole kit and caboodle but not just the camper. I'm probably too trusting but IMHO locks just keep honest people honest. Real crooks will do whatever they want.
sbryan@vtbryans.com 02/11/19 06:13am Truck Campers
RE: Honda 2200 Generator Locking Suggestions

Let's face it guys, locks keep honest people honest. Crooks will steal no matter what you do
sbryan@vtbryans.com 02/05/19 11:09am Truck Campers
RE: Honda 2200 Generator Locking Suggestions

Sure, bicycle cable lock.
sbryan@vtbryans.com 02/05/19 09:14am Truck Campers
RE: Where do you get service done?

My Ford dealer does all my maintenance and doesn't care if the camper is on or off. They have a high bay and work on the city ambulances and other commercial vehicles so the camper is no big deal for them. So far they have been great to deal with - and they give me a 10% discount on all parts and labor because I bought my truck from them.
sbryan@vtbryans.com 02/01/19 08:02am Truck Campers
RE: Froli mattress system

We have a queen Frohli in our Igloo and love it. Super comfy and no moisture issues. Highly recommended.
sbryan@vtbryans.com 01/24/19 08:11pm Truck Campers
RE: What would you choose 3.55 gears vs Turning radius

Just FYI I have a3.55 in my f350 and tow 18,000 5th wheel no problem. Would love the tight turning of the 450.
sbryan@vtbryans.com 01/18/19 10:30am Truck Campers
RE: Advice here is so good, need some on solar

Had my dealer install mine. I'm handy, but having all the stuff on hand and we'll integrated I opted for the dealer. The price was fair and part of my total purchase and if there were any issues down the road the dealer would stand behind his work. But my dealer is exceptional so that was also part of the equation. Truck Camper Warehouse in NH.
sbryan@vtbryans.com 01/02/19 07:30pm Truck Campers
RE: Quiet Back Roads and a Truck Camper

The most beautiful highway in the world has a speed limit of 50, the Icefield Parkway. Now there is something I can agree with.
sbryan@vtbryans.com 01/02/19 07:25pm Truck Campers
RE: Cold Weather Camping

Just one add to BB's post. PLB's are a great rescue tool. I'll add to the list the InReach by Garmin. It allows two way communication in places where there is no cell service and can be used to summon help in an emergency. I have had one since Delorme first came out with them and have used them around the world and across the US and Canada. The only drawback compared to the PLB's is you need a subscription but the cost is minimal for the security you get. As far as cold weather camping, we have camped in the dead of winter in our Northstar (somewhere between 5 and 15 below) and have found just a little preparation and common sense go a long way to having a comfortable and fun experience. Lots of good info in the OP's blog.
sbryan@vtbryans.com 12/31/18 11:01am Truck Campers
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