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hedgehopper

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Posted: 02/07/21 12:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

deltabravo wrote:

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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.

Those would be a nuisance to live in when parking near the OP's work site to avoid commuting.
How so? We lived in a popup TC off and on for ten years and did not find it to be a nuisance to live in.

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What ever you do, don’t go cheap. Check for the amenities and utilities you want. It may push you price a little, but if it has what you want and need, it will be worth it. If you purchase a nice unit, you will be able to sell it for a good price when you are finished with it.


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Thanks again for all the feedback-

I received my Torklift hardware today and thankfully I realized that the seller website(not
manufacturer) had auto selected the incorrect hardware. There is a question that asks if the buyer has a step to get inside the cab. My vehicle does so I answers yes to this question. However Torklift noted that the step is only significant if it runs farther back than the cab. What a close call.

Anyway, I’ve been. Paying closer attention to detail now and I learned that my vehicle despite being lifted 6” is fairly built for weight. It has:

6 leaf, 3600# rated rear springs, air bags, sway bars, Rough Country performance 2.2 shocks, and E rated tires.

I wanted to reply to this post to quiz anyone with knowledge on NorthernLite 8-11, sportsmen edition which I’ve located surprisingly close to my house. It’s pricey but I have been rethinking my decision based on resale both before and after Highway’ Runners post about going nicer. That and going light too, given my lift.

Does anybody’s out there have a northern lite 8-11 on a lifted vehicle? Once again, thanks for all the support.

DeltaBravo-

I will be sleeping in the truck camper during the daytime in a busy parking lot in an area that can get hot in the summer.

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F-350shortBed wrote:

Thanks again for all the feedback-

I received my Torklift hardware today and thankfully I realized that the seller website(not
manufacturer) had auto selected the incorrect hardware. There is a question that asks if the buyer has a step to get inside the cab. My vehicle does so I answers yes to this question. However Torklift noted that the step is only significant if it runs farther back than the cab. What a close call.

Anyway, I’ve been. Paying closer attention to detail now and I learned that my vehicle despite being lifted 6” is fairly built for weight. It has:

6 leaf, 3600# rated rear springs, air bags, sway bars, Rough Country performance 2.2 shocks, and E rated tires.

I wanted to reply to this post to quiz anyone with knowledge on NorthernLite 8-11, sportsmen edition which I’ve located surprisingly close to my house. It’s pricey but I have been rethinking my decision based on resale both before and after Highway’ Runners post about going nicer. That and going light too, given my lift.

Does anybody’s out there have a northern lite 8-11 on a lifted vehicle? Once again, thanks for all the support.

DeltaBravo-

I will be sleeping in the truck camper during the daytime in a busy parking lot in an area that can get hot in the summer.


NL= nice campers. You will want hard side for the quiet!


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hedgehopper wrote:

deltabravo wrote:

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.
How so? We lived in a popup TC off and on for ten years and did not find it to be a nuisance to live in.

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You need to disregard “stated” or “dry” weighs for campers.
That is always - yes always an unrealistic number.

A lifted shortbed was probably the worst choice for a dedicated camper hauler, but you can make it work. Loading and unloading the camper is going to be a pain, most campers aren’t set up to lift that high, They (or you can) make Jack extensions to lift it up higher, but especially if it’s an older camper it’s likely to get real “iffy”. I used to park between a tree and another truck, then run ratchet straps sideways off each side of the camper to them, to prevent the camper from crashing.


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I understand that at this point, the reason I am posting about this is because I’m seeking realistic informations specific to individual campers from people who actually have them. If you read through the post this point has been reinforced throughout.

I see that you have a northern lite camper on your rig there, is there any realistic information you could offer me like how much it realistically weighs in relation to the stated weight?

To summarize what I’m realistic about, please berate me further if you disagree:

I think I need a hard sided TC without a slide that has a low stated weight and is made for a shortbed.

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Posted: 02/13/21 06:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Shortbed, take a look at the Northstar Arrow 8.5. They are optimized to work with SRW trucks and are a really well built camper.

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GeoBoy-

Awesome thank you, I like the removable black tank idea and the dimensions of that model

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Northstar has a few hardwall offerings for SB trucks. They make a good product. We are happy with ours (Arrow Long Bed version).

You might also look at Bundutec - they come with a Truma furnace/water heater. They will also do a lot of individual customizing for you.

https://bundutecusa.com/bunduvry/


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