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Posted: 01/10/20 12:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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After all the help I received here , (disappointed T/C weight) I drove 3-1/2 hours yesterday to look at the 2016 Ford 10.0 T/C.
I found several issues right off, but was told by the RV place it was being sold as is. Apparently they picked it up on auction. Beautiful on the outside but there’s no way I could even sit at the Dinette Table. My legs were crammed up, and pressed against the bottom of the table top and my head was against the overhead storage compartment. I couldn’t even be comfortable waiting out a rain/thunderstorm.

I think someone here mentioned it, but since I’m new at this I gonna take a trip in a few weeks to a couple showrooms with T/C’s both HS & SS. My wife says I’m to **** big for a T/C. 6’2” - 310 lbs. Are there any of you guys, big fellers, using a T/C and what Brands/Models are giving you the most room for sit down / Dinette? Not too worried about the bathroom- I know it’s gonna be a tight fit and would be ok with delete altogether and use outside toilet/shower. Thanks


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With your good attitude I think you'll make it work no matter what you buy!


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Posted: 01/10/20 02:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Off the TC topic, but ... I'm 6'2" at only a measly 220 lbs. ... and I need every internal cubic inch of our V10 E450 24 ft. Class C to be comfortable in - along with my DW.

FWIW, we take it off highway on back country roads (most places where a TC could go), we shower in it, and I sleep in the overhead cab queen bed.

P.S. We can both use the dinette at the same time, along with two others if needed.


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That an important question, and one I always check.
Im 6'6" 236 I do ok in our 2002 Lance 1130, one of the most important things for us was a large bathroom with dry bath. Our dinette is fairly comfy and has enough room.
Before the Lance 1130 we had a Lance 165, now that was TIGHT, but it worked and was a good camper.

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I find with many RV's that it is the layout. On one I was in I hurt more body parts just getting in and out of it then I ever did on any of mine and it was larger then all three of my units.


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If you have mobility issues, a truck camper will not be for you. Look at larger campers like the Chalet, Host or Eagle Cap models that have floors starting above the bed rails of a pickup.


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Bedlam wrote:

If you have mobility issues, a truck camper will not be for you. Look at larger campers like the Chalet, Host or Eagle Cap models that have floors starting above the bed rails of a pickup.


Thank you for the reply. No mobility issues, just size issues- Lol. Im still very active, no arthritis, work in a casting foundry as a boilermaker, climbing, high work, etc. My son (31) is built the same way as old dad, poor kid- Lol. I know every inch counts in theT/C’s but it will be so nice to be able to have a camper and pull my fishing boat.

As for vacationing— my plan is to still by a 5th wheel for my wife and I. The T/C will only be for fishing/hunting.

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Get one with the adjustable dinette instead of a fixed dinette..The table top slides from to side instead of being fixed in one location...I redid the slider on mine to accommodate my 6'4" 275 pound son...As to the heighth,Arctic Fox is probably the best bet with the arched ceiling.

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Posted: 01/13/20 07:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm about the same size as you and I make it work in a Palomino Bronco B1500.

RV dinettes aren't made for guys like us. I got rid of mine. Permanently put the tabletop in "bed" mode and use the dinette area as a couch. The base and pipe are in the under-bed storage area, and the screws are in the "junk drawer" so if anyone in the future ever wants to restore the functionality...

What do I do for a table in the camper? Nothing, really. Haven't found the need for one. I have a small folding table in the under-bed storage, but I've only ever used it once, and that was outside the camper...

Worst part of the whole deal is rolling over in bed. I replaced the stock mattress with my old bedroom mattress, and it's quite a bit thicker, so I can't roll over without getting wedged against the ceiling. I'd like to find a piece of super-firm memory foam about 4" thick to make a roomier cabover area.


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Thanks mkirsch - I was real happy with the over cab bed on the Ford 10.0, easy to get up on, stretch out, and could even sit up without banging my head. I’ll be looking again next week, thanks for the recommendation.

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