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Photomike

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Posted: 08/17/22 09:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I had my truck camper and I loved it and the only reason I sold it was because of my health issue and climbing in the stairs and moving all my photography gear in and out.

I then went to a class c which was amazing but did not fit down the roads that I liked.

I then went to a Ford Transit that I converted myself and I really love it. But a truck camper keeps calling me because having the bed over the cab of the truck frees up so much extra space without adding the unnecessary length to the unit.

I have seriously considered going back to a TCer but I love my van and the ability to move from the driver's seat into the back and vice versa with no hassles is the biggest selling point.

If you're concerned about how it handles then don't go overboard with the weight of your camper. My unit was quite light and it handled amazingly well.

The only real drawback that I had was where I live is very windy and driving down the highway into the wind you could feel the camper catching the wind and lifting. I do not experience that with the van.

If I was to do it again I would get an oversized truck to haul the camper. For instance if the camper said it would fit on a 350 I would get a 450 or a 550. Just to have that extra ability to handle the weight to me as well worth the cost.


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Isn't the point of having any kind of RV "taking your bed with you?"

Swaying comes from carrying too much weight. That can be addressed in three ways:
1. Aftermarket suspension add-ons
2. Less camper
3. More truck

Well, I guess four...
4. Get mad and sell it


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I believe when the OP stated "taking your bed with you" they were referring to having to take the entire camper with them on day trips, rather than being able to "drop" their trailer at a campground and leave it behind for day trips.


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toedtoes wrote:

I believe when the OP stated "taking your bed with you" they were referring to having to take the entire camper with them on day trips, rather than being able to "drop" their trailer at a campground and leave it behind for day trips.


Agreed.
Strange thing is that is actually an advantage of a TC not an issue, as the OP framed it.
Most TCs other than really old or ultralight ones, afford the option of doing either. Leave it on and take it with you, or dump it at camp and drive around a "normal" vehicle.

But, back to my first post in this thread....


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Grit dog wrote:

If you don’t like any means of RVing, pick up another hobby?


YOu are not a helpful guy but I am sure you already have been told that.
But everyone else ...thanks so much.

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billy1davis48 wrote:

Grit dog wrote:

If you don’t like any means of RVing, pick up another hobby?


YOu are not a helpful guy but I am sure you already have been told that.
But everyone else ...thanks so much.


Anytime!
I thought I was being helpful....I could also provide many suggestions to control body roll or help control it (I say "or help" as you haven't provided enough info to make any specific, sound, suggestions).

But If you've "tried out" virtually every other popular type of RV excpet for pop up camp trailer and can't get past "taking your bed with you", which I presume means you think you cannot or won't unload your camper at a destination, then my suggestions stands. As it seems like every means of RVing has at least one deal breaker for you.

Cheers! Good luck finding the right setup for you.

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