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Grit dog

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GeoBoy wrote:

jimh425 wrote:

No, Northwood doesn’t recommend DRWs for all of their truck campers. I’m thinking you heard that at your local truck dealer. [emoticon]

Starting in 2013 and right to today, in Arctic Fox TC literature there is a statement under Camper Safety Tips and it states, a dual wheel truck is recommended for ALL Arctic Fox campers.


That’s the snoflake-geezer clause. They weighed the same in 2012,lol


"Yes Sir, Oct 10 1888, Those poor school children froze to death in their tracks. They did not even find them until Spring. Especially hard hit were the ones who had to trek uphill to school both ways, with no shoes." -Bert A.

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WEIGHT WEIGHT WEIGHT....
Being a former AF811 owner on A Chevy 2500 Duramax Short bed...
All I can say is check your weights.

I just sold mine about a month ago and loved that thing for 10 years.. I could get in many places I cant with my new trailer, It was great for my wife and I but once the kiddo came along and grew up things got a little cramped...

I do have to say it was a little scary with a SRW and all that weight at times, but I think it was well worth it... since you are running DRW not an issue. plus the nice thing is you can get a super hitch and tow a boat or what have you behind you if you want. That Versatility is huge.

AF I think makes a great well insulated camper, of course there are other builders out there that put out a good product. some being Lance Host and Eagle Cap. For that type of camper, of course there are other builders out there as well that are great depending on the type of camper. But those are the heavy hitters in 4 season rigs IMO....

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OP, true story about the weight. They're pigs for sure. You won't have less than 4klbs in the truck bed with even the smallest model 811/860, period.
That worries some people (obviously). To each there own.
For a reccomendation, we had an aluminum frame 860 for a couple years and now a wood frame 860 for several years. Only get used sporadically, avg a few weeks a year total, but so far both the old 05 and current 03 model have been almost 100% trouble free. Biggest issue with either of them has been one Jack rusted up and I had to remove it and take it apart and get er lubed up again.

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I had a 2006 AF 1150 for several years. I sometimes spent 6-8 weeks at a stretch living in it during my winter vacation. It is an awesome camper, very well built, well insulated, large tanks, looks nice, comfortable, and reliable.


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Northern Lite is a great choice, mainly for durability.
They aren’t “stick built”, they don’t have roof and wall seams to leak.


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Built auto, triple disc, billet shafts.
Kelderman Air Ride, Helwig sway bar.


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I have never owned an Arctic Fox but when I was looking for a new TC last year,two people referred to the AF truck camper on sway..Both said the AF-811 was the worst TC they have ever had for sway..One was compared to a Northland 990 on a Dodge DRW and the other a Lance 990 on a F-350 SRW

Some people can handle sway and others, it scares the heck out of them..

I also just watched a 1-year review of the Northern lite 10ft and all the leaks he had..It has to be calked all around the seam where the shell comes together as well as the windows and vents..I really do not see an advantage there in calking or leaks..


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^ I can relate to that, although I’ve only hauled the 860’s save for a big ole Lance something or other on a buddy’s old F250 that I put a 6” lift on. That thing was a handful but coincidentally I only drove it in a blizzard pulling a trailer, heading north with a stout west wind!
I’d imagine the AFs being about the tallest and heaviest per ft, similar to Host, eagle cap and big lance campers would affect body roll more than lighter lower profile campers.
Either way, drove the first one to AK, towing a substantial trailer with only air bags on the mega cab. It was bouncy, but didn’t feel out of control. (Once you’re used to the sway, it puts you to sleep, lol)
Adding spring wedges and a rear sway bar = big difference. It’s not like a dually by any stretch, but it is considerably better.
Takes a few band aids to make a srw truck ride good with a 2ton + camper in the bed.

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Camper8251 wrote:

WEIGHT WEIGHT WEIGHT....
Being a former AF811 owner on A Chevy 2500 Duramax Short bed...
All I can say is check your weights.


I know someone that has an 811 and it puts their 2009 Silverado 3500HD well over the GVWR of that dually. He is single and travels lightly loaded.


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I’ve never heard of anyone needing to caulk the top/bottom joint on a Bigfoot or Northern Lite especially within a year. And that joint overlaps, too.
There are always hatches, windows and vents, but the fiberglass shells have a huge advantage with no roof-to-wall seams, no corner seams and no rubber roofs.
These things are the most leak-resistant available.

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GunnyJ wrote:

I'M getting tired of hooking up my TT and looking into an Arctic Fox TC wondering and looking for out put from you all, Ok Thanks for that Information to all that replyed so I'm changed my mind on the Arctic Fox TC and will be going to checking out the Northern Lite TC's it is a little more costly but I like the Ideal of being able to go in all 4 seasons again thank you all for your input!!!


Huh?
Anywho, NL campers are top notch as well, but not any more "4 season" than a AF camper.
NL advantage, clam shell exterior, generally more weather proof with less maintenance.
AF advantage, slide out. If you want the room of a slide out then no clam shell.

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