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Posted: 02/05/21 04:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Agree, a light camper would be fine if you want to keep the lift.

As an example, take a look at Capri campers. Those can be built pretty light, especially the model that doesn’t have a cab over bed.

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In order to minimize height and weight, you might want to consider a pop-up TC such as NorthStar, Hallmark, or Outfitter.

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hedgehopper wrote:

In order to minimize height and weight, you might want to consider a pop-up TC such as NorthStar, Hallmark, or Outfitter.


Those would be a nuisance to live in when parking near the OP's work site to avoid commuting.


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Agree, a popup is less convenient and more of a hassle especially if it’s just going to be a crash pad after 12-16 hour shifts.
If you’re keeping the lift, I’d be looking for a small hardside, lower profile camper.
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I had a 2007 6L F250 8ft bed that worked great with my 2012 Adventurer 86FB camper (forward bath). I sold the F250 and just got a 2018 Ram 3500 LB. The Arctic Fox you were referring to is heavy, approx 3000lb or more. Mine is 2297 lbs (dry)with great capacities,....... 2 propane tanks, 40 gal fresh, and 31 gal both black and grey.... 4 gal hot water heater, a Massive 6 cubic ft fridge. It also, importantly has 2 battery spaces .....for two 6 volt batteries in series. Check out the capacities of the other "lightweight" campers, you'll be shocked at times. I have boondocked for 3 weeks without ever having to resupply. I like the forward toilet that is big and bright, the bed area is then more enclosed and is better for sleeping because it feels more private and the dining-kitchen area is big and wide open.

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I guess it’s possible for a Adventurer to be 2300 lbs wet and loaded, but that would be superlight.

Just brings up the point that unless you take the TC to a scale loaded, you don’t know what weight you will have in the truck.

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Posted: 02/06/21 04:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That 2300 lb Adventurer is dry weight . New ones are a bit heavier .


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Thanks for all the information-

I’ve been reading about a 2004 Lance 845 that’s nearby. The price is right and the photos look good.

The only catch is that the brochure pdf states that it has a 49” COG which is surprising to me given that ithwy made it for shortbeds. My axle is 39” away from the cab side of of the bed.

Also seller states that the weight is 2500lbs vs brochure pdf states 2100lbs.

There is also a Lance 865 which would likely be just right however the price is high and it’s 400 miles away. COG on it looks within my truck parameters. The stated weight of camper is also less at 1818 lbs.

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If I remember right, Lance used to have a funny way of measuring COG that seemed to be opposite of other truck camper mfgrs.

Other manufacturers would state their COG measured from the front of the bed towards the rear bumper. Lance would measure from the rear of the bed towards the cab. An ‘04 Lance is old enough that the COG may be measured from the rear.

I think they’ve changed to measuring from the front now.

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There wasn’t a special set of shortbed trucks. If it is made for a shortbed, you will be fine.

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