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I'm a fairly new member here, and want to thank everyone for the excellent information you all provide on here. I've never owned a camper, or even used one for that matter. A new addition to our family prompted me to consider a camper for the future. After months of looking at used campers on craigslist, I finally stumbled upon these forums. You all totally helped me figure out what TC was right for me. And, as luck would have it, I found a used 2007 Outfitter Apex 8 for a decent price and well within driving distance.

Being early in the season, it took several weekends before I had a chance to start getting the camper cleaned up, filled up, and checked out more thoroughly. Of course, nothing is ever easy! I found out that the tank-side black tank valve flange was cracked and leaking. I certainly wasn't planning on getting to know my camper as well as I needed to before even taking it out for a spin yet! Well, got the flange replaced and sealed back up and was able to finally take a quick weekend trip up to Grayrocks Reservoir in Wyoming with a friend.

The weather was horrible. Rained and snowed all weekend. Cold and muddy. We had the whole place practically to ourselves, though! Was my first time to Grayrocks. Pretty normal Wyoming landscape. If you fish, probably a pretty nice place during warmer weather. Got to test the camper's heater out really well. Also got very windy the second night. I was really impressed with how stable the pop-up was. The camper kept outside water out all weekend. But, nothing is ever easy! Water was still coming from inside the camper [emoticon] Found that the water pump pressure switch diaphragm was cracked, causing it to leak steadily out the electrical connection. I'm really getting to know a lot about campers very early on, let me tell you!

Thanks for all the info and stories, and hopefully I'll have more to share as well. Here's a couple pictures from the weekend.

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Thanks for sharing the trip!

Buying used can save you some bucks, but sometimes you find little problems needing to be fixed ... its all good in the end.

Good luck with the camper and hope you get years of fun out of it.


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Posted: 05/02/09 10:45pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wow, pretty bleak looking out there. But those little campers are pretty snug aren't they?
Congrats on your new addition, and the camper...





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Nothing like being snug in a nice warm camper while the elements are trying to get you out side. Once you get a couple items fixed, you should be good to go.


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A TC'r goes in all kinds of weather. Its as much about the people we're with as it is the sunshine. Its plain to see that you are an eternal optimist from the fishing pole so hopefully planted by the shoreline.

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Nice mini report!

I like that barren landscape and open range with the snow dusting. The pix are great.

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It appears (from your description) suspiciously like the Apex was not winterized, and sat outside in sub-zero for the winter with water in the pump/lines/tanks (!) Check every line, pump and tank well.

I wouldn't fret too much about snow in Wyoming in May. We've been in blinding snowstorms in Wyoming right up till the end of June! It's a very snowy place; mitigating the snows in early summer in Wyoming is the fast melt afterward [emoticon]

Have fun out there,
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Congrats!!! Good looking outfit!!!

Outfitter is a great camper and should give you many years of enjoyment. A couple bugs to work out is expected even in a new camper.

Did you catch any fish?


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silversand wrote:

It appears (from your description) suspiciously like the Apex was not winterized, and sat outside in sub-zero for the winter with water in the pump/lines/tanks (!) Check every line, pump and tank well.


Yup, something like that happened, 'cause I didn't mention that I also had to replace the toilet water valve, since it was cracked and spraying water. This was clearly bulged from ice. I bought the camper without pressurizing the water system. Live and learn. So far, only the tank valve flange was rather difficult, and nothing has been terribly expensive. It's really like owning a second home. A darn comfy one with a really nice view [emoticon]

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~DJ~ wrote:

Congrats!!! Good looking outfit!!!

Outfitter is a great camper and should give you many years of enjoyment. A couple bugs to work out is expected even in a new camper.

Did you catch any fish?


Thanks. My friend was actually the one determined to catch something. He did catch 2 fish in only a few hours. They were only carp, though. The reservoir supposedly has a number of different types, and my friend will likely go again in better weather with his boat, especially after buying an out of state fishing license [emoticon]

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I belive that the first night out is one of the best and most shocking. Best because you remenber it the most and shocking because I realized how comfortable my camper was.

Thanks for sharing
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