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diver110

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Posted: 02/25/21 03:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Some years ago I gave serious thought to getting a truck and pop-up camper. Then life happened, and everything got put on hold. Now, as I approach retirement (at 70), I am revisiting the idea. Currently, I live in Denver. I doubt that I will be going on any lengthy trips, in part because my wife has zip interest. But I am an avid hiker (still can do 14er’s), Often trailheads are in the middle of nowhere and being able to stay close by in the camper would be great. I think I would like a wet bath and shower. Any words of wisdom on the best pop-ups? I know I am not far from Outfitter and Hallmark. Is a gas truck sufficient? Often I will have to drive up fairly steep, rocky, unpaved roads.

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Regarding wet baths, revisit this opinion. Wiping down the bathroom after every shower gets old quick. Ask me how I know! I’ve never had a diesel truck. Keep the weight within the limits, you’ll be fine with gas. Will your power be less at, for instance, 12000 feet in Colorado? Yup but so what. Where? Rocky Mountain NP Trail Ridge Road...12,183 feet.


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Wet bath with shower does not work well in a pop up.

I know it is more money but look at hybrids.

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Take some time and visit Jay up in Henderson (Brighton) at Five Star RV and check out the NorthStar models.
https://fivestarrvgroup.com/

The 850SC is a nice model.
http://www.northstarcampers.com/products/pop-up-truck-campers-850sc

Conventional wisdom says to choose the camper first and then get the truck to carry it.

As far as wet bath in pop-ups, Wizard, not questioning your opinion but am curious as to why you have that stance. Three of my four TC's had wet bath and I did not have any problem with them. A nice thing about NorthStar wet baths is that there is a thick, hard plastic removable floor that one can take out when showering and then it can be returned when time for the deuce.


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Considering the age, lot of TC owners sold them becouse of troubles getting to high bed.
Using dinette for sleeping is not the option for everybody.
For less money than TC combo -you can buy ClassC or B who will be more senior citizen-friendly.





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Considering the age, lot of TC owners sold them becouse of troubles getting to high bed.


If he is doing 14'ers, I doubt getting into the bed is going to be a problem. That's usually some pretty steep climbing near the top.

Since you are doing the rough roads, how much truck do you have? Ask because that is generally the significant limiting factor.

Hallmark and Outfitter are the places to at least start looking if you can afford them. They aren't the lightest campers despite being pop-ups. My hard side weighs less than most of their models.


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Posted: 02/26/21 06:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

theoldwizard1 wrote:

Wet bath with shower does not work well in a pop up.


Wet bath with shower worked just fine in my Outfitter Apex8.


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What's a 14er? 14 mile hike?


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cewillis wrote:

theoldwizard1 wrote:

Wet bath with shower does not work well in a pop up.


Wet bath with shower worked just fine in my Outfitter Apex8.


+1. I've never had an issue with mine in 16 years.

I don't know why people slam pop-up TCs. Perhaps it's because not all pop-up TCs are the same. Outfitter or Hallmark would be my choices.

I've had my Toyota Tundra and Outfitter Apex 8 in some pretty steep rugged places. Nary an issue.


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sonuvabug wrote:

What's a 14er? 14 mile hike?


14,000+ foot peaks.

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