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RE: Looking to upgrade (more room)

I think you’re making a mistake giving up the Bigfoot. We really liked our Bigfoot 10.6 but it was too small for two adults and two dogs for us. The dinette was the only seating and not great for relaxing. It was great camper when we were younger and dashing out for 2-3 weeks at a time. Our multi slide camper now is almost the space of a small 5th wheel. Comfortable seating, big shower. Room for two to move around without conflict. Very comfortable to travel for months at a time. I will always recommend the Bigfoot camper. Great quality, smart design, light weight, water tight but there is no getting around the fact that is is very small inside compared to a 2 slide camper.
work2much 08/21/19 11:57am Truck Campers
RE: Camp sites

We prefer open land camping on BLM and forestry land. There are no services, tables or bathrooms. Pack it in, pack it out. Free camping but we mostly enjoy the peace and quiet compared to regular campgrounds. Most truck campers are self contained and you can go a few days without needing services. You can find locations easily with a number of websites. Our go to's are free campsites.net, compendium and all stays. When we stay at pay campgrounds we like National, State and county parks typically avoiding "rv resorts" and the like where spots are small and rv's are lined up in rows like a glorified parking lot but to each their own. :)
work2much 08/21/19 11:21am Truck Campers
RE: Small Lithium Batteries

So do I want to spend the extra dollars for AC? Unlike work2much, I still have my generator, so overloading on solar/lithium is not as critical. But it is sure tempting to buy the big system knowing that, with these small batteries, I can fit it without disrupting storage. I wanted a big battery but I didn't want to spend $1,000/100Ah of power so I went with a DIY battery for about half the price. If you have a generator as a back up even 200AH of lithium should serve you fine. That should allow for 200AH or so discharge rate, enough to run the coffee pot or microwave oven. If you need more start the genset. I built my system as a replacement for a generator so I wanted enough reserve for multiple cloudy days or camping in a shady forest. We have run the air conditioner but out typical MO is to move when it gets uncomfortably warm.
work2much 08/21/19 10:13am Truck Campers
RE: Looking to upgrade (more room)

I think you may find that any dual slide truck camper will require you to at least partially open a slide to get in. On our Host the back slide blocks getting in but even if that back slide wasn't there the 2 side slide tuck in tight to each other. All 3 slides can open simultaneously so opening the camper is easy. We do this regularly on the side of the road, grocery store, even the gas station while pumping. Our previous Arctic Fox 1150 did leave a narrow isle to squeeze by but in all the years we had it there was never an instance that we couldn't open the slide(aside from when the motor was broken) to make access easier. Looking at the floor plans of the 2 slide Lance and Eagle Cap I believe you will at least have to open the back slide to get in.
work2much 08/21/19 10:06am Truck Campers
RE: Small Lithium Batteries

Looks interesting. It shares the same case as their 150ah battery. I don't think they are using different technology so they must have found a better way to compress the components like the wiring, cells and BMS board. Hopefully heat dissipation won't be affected. If memory serves Victron has a proprietary BMS system that can control multiple batteries to work together. Something most drop ins don't so if you go that route you may want to invest in complete system, solar charger, inverter charger, color control panel etc. to optimize the performance and convenience of use. Yes they are pricey but you will have a very nice system. Our battery bank resides in the compartment where the generator would have been had we ordered it. That was large enough for 600ah bank of (24) 3.2v/100ah cells.
work2much 08/20/19 04:54pm Truck Campers
RE: New Moderator

Great choice. Thanks Bedlam.
work2much 08/19/19 01:06pm Truck Campers
RE: EC 1160 &1165 and Host Mam & Everest AND Lance 1172

Host was much more accommodating for customization than Eagle Cap or Lance. You will pay more for the Host, but you will have the closest to your ideal camper rather having to accept preconfigured packages/options the way they are on the other brands. Buying a used one, you lose that level of granularity in configuration so you will have to accept the configuration at what ever discount you can negotiate. Very true. Finding a used mammoth was a multi state search and we couldn't find a single unit that didn't have either a generator or a fireplace or both. Things we didn't want. That and the prices people were asking weren't much less than than the unit we wanted. In some cases more after working a discount with Toms in AZ. Don't forget that a new unit has a 1 year warranty and 3 years structural. Something worth considering. I'm don't think that's transferrable. On the other hand the Host we ordered was exactly what we wanted including some custom options not shown on the website. The tour of the factory and talking nuts and bolts with Randall was valuable time spent. Ours was about 18% below the retail price, we came in at just under 50k. Not a bad discount considering the demand for these. Dealers know they will sell every unit they can get.
work2much 08/19/19 10:05am Truck Campers
RE: GAWR

The brochure that you sent me just has front axle rating not rear. I don’t have a sticker on door jam for axle ratings and truck was brand new when I bought it I think this is the relevant portion from the link. I would definitely go to the dealer though and get a sticker. I believe that it was legally supposed to be there when you purchased the truck new and it could be an issue selling the truck down the road. This is typically where any service dept would scan your truck in for service and documentation. Odd that it is missing for this long and nobody has called it out. Maybe it is somewhere else that's not obvious. The info in this photo grab should be correct but I would still double check with the dealer. https://i.imgur.com/QCzNNH7l.png "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image.
work2much 08/19/19 09:06am Truck Campers
RE: GAWR

The tire weight rating is there not GAWR In addition to the tire sticker there should be a sticker that looks like this. https://i.imgur.com/bu0fbXEl.jpg They have always been on the driver door jamb on trucks I have owned.
work2much 08/18/19 09:58pm Truck Campers
RE: GAWR

It will be listed on your door jamb sticker.
work2much 08/18/19 08:47pm Truck Campers
RE: Tie Downs

My happijacks I purchased new for my 1994 Ram tore the sheetmetal in my bed and were not attached to the frame in any way. I understand newer models were beefed up and do attach to the frame now. So this issue is probably moot today. I purchased these happijacks as people warned me that the Brophy tie downs I was using could damage the truck even though they hadn't. Lesson learned. Back on went the Brophy tie downs on the front. I still used the HJ bumper attachment on the rear. This was on an old 11 foot hard side camper. That worked well for 8 years or so until my old jalopy of a camper was needing structural rebuild or replacement. I chose the later. I ended up going to the torklift tie downs anyway when we purchased our first high quality camper a Bigfoot 10.6 in 2003. The dealer we purchased the camper from did all the install of the TL, 7 pin in the bed, air bags etc. It seems that sometimes people have a one size fits all attitude with regards to tie downs. Certainly a small 1000 pound pop up with its low weight and center of gravity does not require the same solution as a 5000 pound 13' tall camper.
work2much 08/18/19 03:51pm Truck Campers
RE: one more time I need some help

don,t have an answer ,but might google your question, google has helped me lot of times. and don,t let one person ruin your day. ask all the questions you want. Ruin your day? I suggested he contact the dealer. The same question was asked 2 days ago and members gave some feedback. Apparently the OP forgot he asked this question so hopefully he is now reminded to go back and read the responses. Here is that thread: https://forums.goodsamclub.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/29950064.cfm No offense or day ruining intended.
work2much 08/18/19 11:36am Truck Campers
RE: one more time I need some help

The dealer can't walk out in the lot and measure this? And you already have a thread asking this exact same question. :h
work2much 08/18/19 10:19am Truck Campers
RE: Tie Downs

I would not hesitate to use the brophy mounts for a lightweight camper. I wonder how many people that recommend against them have actually used them. Check with brophy for the right product for your truck. They make both stake mount and clamp on brackets. I had the stake mounds on a 11 foot hard side camper and did fine on our 94 Ram 2500. Frame mounts work great and arguably needed for large campers but they are expensive, add weight and reduce ground clearance in certain circumstances. Go to etrailer and read the reviews from people who have actually used the product and decide for yourself.
work2much 08/17/19 05:23pm Truck Campers
RE: Eagle cap 1160 & Lance 1172 owners....

No rear door ever again for me. LOVE the side door, have it now, and won't go back. OK, then I'll look at the Host's again. Thanks for the wake-up on the weights. It seems the wet weight on the Lance was like 5000, the Host was more like 5500+ . I REALLY didn't want to need to buy a bigger dually..... Being in Salem it isn't that far a drive to the Host factory. They welcome guests, you can see how they are made, discuss any concerns you have. They also have some options that don't appear on their website. They can break down the final weight of the camper based on what options you want. They don't sell anything at the factory so no sales pressure. Call ahead and ask for Randall the plant manager.
work2much 08/17/19 03:03pm Truck Campers
RE: DC operation of fridge

Your truck may be charging the camper but the discharge rate from the fridge will be higher than the alternator charging so it may seem as though your truck is not charging when it is. Try running the fridge on gas next trip and see if you get a charge. The charge through the 7 pin harness is a small trickle charge so don't expect a short drive to result in a big difference.
work2much 08/16/19 09:30am Truck Campers
RE: Eagle cap 1160 & Lance 1172 owners....

The Host units definitely weigh more. I'm looking at the dry weights on the Lance site. 4174#. That's more than our Mammoth and I believe the Everest weights less still. The eagle cap 1160 is the heaviest of the bunch at 4659. Of course the end weight may be higher due to larger fresh tank and it's easy to get carried away with bringing things along with so much storage space. Have you seen the Host Cascade? It has a dinette sleeper and you can get a recliner or short couch to relax in the morning. It also has a large pantry and 8cf fridge. It weighs less than any of the campers you have mentioned at 3500 pounds.
work2much 08/15/19 08:08pm Truck Campers
RE: Eagle cap 1160 & Lance 1172 owners....

You could also use this for pantry space if needed. https://i.imgur.com/lAetZ72l.jpg
work2much 08/15/19 05:57pm Truck Campers
RE: Eagle cap 1160 & Lance 1172 owners....

I wasn't impressed with the Everest...NO room for food anywhere. I didn't like the lack of exhaust fan for the kitchen. Although not as large as the mammoth the pantry on the Everest is still way more than most truck campers and especially Lance. This is the pantry on the Everest now. https://i.imgur.com/ko3dsiYl.jpg
work2much 08/15/19 05:52pm Truck Campers
RE: Eagle cap 1160 & Lance 1172 owners....

Anybody happen to know if Arctic Fox uses Schwintek for its slides? You can tell if it's schwintek if you see the tracks on the side of the slide like these: https://i.imgur.com/upAePbel.jpg https://i.imgur.com/YmShKRVl.jpg No tracks on side of slide would be a power gear system https://i.imgur.com/gqN28hql.jpg https://i.imgur.com/Od4j2pKl.jpg
work2much 08/14/19 01:38pm Truck Campers
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