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RE: Why aren't Truck Campers popular in W. Pa.?

Karma is a great thing. Just learned my 24' Walk Around, twin 150's just sold this weekend. It was fun while it lasted but I'm getting to old to work that boat anymore. Deep Sea fishing bucket list, check. Next? Weekend lake trips for Stripers, nature walks and bikes with the admiral, visits with family etc. New chapter coming!
time2retire 10/28/19 08:02am Truck Campers
RE: Why aren't Truck Campers popular in W. Pa.?

The Torklift uppers are an easy install, however, I found on my 2012 F350 that even if I cut then down the allowable maximum, my overloads would still be engaged with an empty bed so after discussing my situation with Torklift, I returned them. The return was pretty simple, however they put my return back in inventory without tracking it, so I had to call. Once I did, they found them and refunded my purchase price on the spot. Just make sure you keep your purchase receipt or print one off in the event you have to return them. Don't forget, you have only 30 days to return them for full purchase price. To install the uppers, you have to remove the OEM pads. The simplest way to do this I found was to use so dish detergent as a lubricant and use a clamp and they pop right out. I found the use of screwdrivers, etc. to pry them out wasted time and effort. Who did you buy them from? Torklift from what I could tell sells them through a distributor network. They listed a few places here in Pittsburgh, Truck N' Stuff etc. These people had no idea what they were. Again I figured I'm on my own again and bought them from E.Trailer. The next adventure (no pun intended) awaits me. Thanks for the tips. Good luck with the camper, Steve
time2retire 10/28/19 07:53am Truck Campers
RE: Why aren't Truck Campers popular in W. Pa.?

Well my plot thickens. I just pulled the trigger on a barely used 2018 Adventurer 80RB. Yeas I'll have to drive 8 hours to pick it up. Never spent $18,000 on anything without seeing it first hand. So goes the TC business in my area. There are none unless home made or junk. NuCamp wore me out and I accepted I would not see the camper before I bought it. Unfortunately for them it is not a Cirrus. I'm putting my trust in Timberlake RV in Lynchburg, Va. They are not currently a TC dealer, it was taken in trade (see previous post about my theory). They are however becoming a Lance dealer in the near future. While researching the tie downs I got under my truck to see how this is going to work. Based on what I've read here and other places I went with the Torklifts with the spring loaded turnbuckles. Well guess what? My 2008 F250 has extensive rust on some of the bed cross members. All those years launching boats in saltwater and driving on the beach took its toll. The body and frame are in great condition with only 44,000 miles. It is currently being repaired (replaced and thoroughly undercoated at a rust repair specialist shop). Here's some things I plan on doing next: Install Torklift tie downs. Install Torklift Suspension upgrade for upper overload springs. I'm not sure I need these but can always send them back. Feedback appreciated. Purchase a hitch extender for my lil boat. I'll do this when I see the camper on my truck to determine the length. Purchase 2 new batteries that I'll gang together. The 80RB has room in the battery compartment to do this. I'll use the "old" battery as a back up for my trolling motor. Not sure if I'll need a splitter for the rear connector. We'll see. Buy a remote back up camera. This the only option I can think of not on the unit. Feedback appreciated. Am I missing anything? 4 months dragged through the TC market, I can't wait to finally get one.
time2retire 10/28/19 07:17am Truck Campers
RE: Why aren't Truck Campers popular in W. Pa.?

If you think they're rare in western PA, come to eastern PA. I ended up driving to the Northstar factory in Iowa to pick mine up. Of course, I continued on from there to Yellowstone so it was on my way. :) Along these lines, when I was shopping for my truck I told one salesman I was planning to use it for a TC. He said "People don't use those anymore. Everybody uses a travel trailer of 5th wheel." I didn't bother going back to him. So Northstar let you pick up a camper at there factory? This is the bone I have to pick with Cirrus. They will not let you pick up. Has to go through a dealer. Almost made a deal (still thinking about it) with a dealer who is 8-9 hours away. That TC will pass right by me in 2 hours from the factory to this dealer. Ridiculous! They claim they have to prep it. Basically installing 2 batteries. Really thinking about bailing on the Cirrus. Wife says screw em. What I'm coming to find out is that most East/mid Atlantic RV dealers that have a used camper took it in trade. They don't stock any but Cirrus says ther're a authorized dealer. Some commitment huh? I've seen this in my business when a second tier manufacturer can't find quality committed dealers they just name one in case a sale comes up. That one dealer I visited, 5 hours away that actually had a couple TC's, I wouldn't let load my flashlight. Anybody have any input on Adventurer? Being new here I'm not sure we're allowed to compare brands?
time2retire 10/21/19 04:57am Truck Campers
RE: Why aren't Truck Campers popular in W. Pa.?

.. Who pulls into a TC dealer with a nice shiny F-250 with no tailgate, $25,000 in cash, and leaves empty handed? ME! New member here and the info on this site is unmatched that I can find. Keep up the good work TC'rs. Rant over. Don't know how to interpret that. Those days new campers sell in $50-75,000 range. Talking about TC popularity- not too many of them in Nevada and California, but in Washington you will see them every minute. The light weight campers for short beds (6') can be got for less than 30,000. There are definitely huge differences in technology and build. I visited one dealer who had the Cirrus line and had 2 720's. I didn't want the 720 but I drove there (we were half way there from looking at a used one "yuk") just to see the build and technology Cirrus is using. They were right next to 2 new Travelites. The difference was astounding. Those new campers were falling apart in the lot. Cirrus I think missed the mark on the 720 but they were still heads above the other as far as quality. Anybody have any feedback on an 820?
time2retire 10/18/19 11:19am Truck Campers
RE: Why aren't Truck Campers popular in W. Pa.?

I will be driving 7 hours to pick up a new camper! I lived in NJ in the early 80s and they were popular there as beach buggies. I had a Sunlite pop up on a Toyota with the cooler/rod holder on the front. It was a great set up and we did Island Beach, NJ, Assateague/Chincoteague, NE ski resorts and State Parks. Moved back to Pgh. and it sold in 3 days at asking price. Went into the boat black hole for the last 20 years and am tired of the work it takes. The TC makes sense with a little 14' Starcraft to fill the need to fish.
time2retire 10/18/19 07:33am Truck Campers
Why aren't Truck Campers popular in W. Pa.?

I don't get it. With all the hunters, fisherman and unlimited destinations, why aren't TC's very popular in Western Pa.? Heck you can't even find a dealer with a decent inventory within 5 hours. I am going to buy one soon but it has been the hardest $25,000 cash I've ever tried to spend. Done a ton of research and have zoned in on the Cirrus 820. They're made 2 hours from me but the closest dealer is 5 hours away and are idiots. Who pulls into a TC dealer with a nice shiny F-250 with no tailgate, $25,000 in cash, and leaves empty handed? ME! New member here and the info on this site is unmatched that I can find. Keep up the good work TC'rs. Rant over.
time2retire 10/18/19 05:51am Truck Campers
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