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RE: Recommend a TT (rough roads, no campgrounds)

I haven't done the Dempster but that's a pretty good recommendation...Northwood, which makes Arctic Fox and Nash and a few other brands, builds their own frames in house. If you look at the frame on an Arctic Fox and, most other trailers, you will see why they have a reputation for being rugged.They also spec the suspension to allow for a genreous CCC which means that, with normal loading, you are well below the maximum capacities of the trailer. Ron Nash, who started the company, wanted to build a trailer that he could take elk hunting in the mountains of Oregon. The result was a four season, stout trailer that can handle some rough treatment. Some years back, I towed a Nash up the Dempster highway in the Yukon and Northwest territories. Up and back, it's about 1000 miles of unpaved road. Prior to that trip, I did quite a bit of research which lead me to choose a Northwood product. I wasn't disappointed. Strong usually means heavy. My current, 30' Arctic Fox with, two slides, weighs 10,000 lbs ready for camping.That's heavy but, it doesn't break.It handles very nicely behind my Ram 2500 CTD.
Cortttt 11/05/21 02:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: A tale of two trailers, or prices are thru the roof.

We paid MSRP for our new Toyota Rav a few months ago. There is no haggling anymore. Maybe, maybe not. The Ford dealer where we're ordering an F350 was a pleasant surprise when we were discussing price and they offered up a substantial discount from MSRP on their own. I asked the GM what he thought about some local dealers around the area tacking on what they call market surcharges or GFY pricing. He stated that's not the way they do business, they're still turning profit on the sale. Folks are fools who go in and unrealistically haggle expecting a dealer to sell at a loss. Those types of dealers are almost impossible to find. I knew of another who was bought out by a mega dealer, which resulted in the instant elimination fair pricing as well as the elimination of a good chunk of previous customers. What I am seeing with RVs is price gouging and it's not so much the dealers as it's starting at the manufacturer level. Those guys are not your friend nor will they ever be. It's a one of a kind special industry and always has been Now its on steroids. Hopefully energy costs, runaway inflation, etc soon slams the brakes on the party. It can't happen to a nicer load of crooks. When that happens the values are going to drop 3 times as fast as they increased, and all these folks buying them like hotcakes while financing them for 120, 180, 240 months are going to be left holding the bag. Good to hear about Ford! I actually just went to a GM dealer regarding a 3500 and they were below MSRP - so not everyone is doing that.
Cortttt 11/04/21 03:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: Recommend a TT (rough roads, no campgrounds)

Why isn't anybody recommending Arctic Fox / Nash? https://northwoodmfg.com/travel-trailers/ I've heard Arctic Fox are really strong campers. I just bumped into someone offroad in Sedona with an old one. He loved it. The only problem that I can see is that they tend to be heavy but that can be fixed with the proper truck. I imagine they do great on the right roads.
Cortttt 11/04/21 02:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: Recommend a TT (rough roads, no campgrounds)

That's a Black Series trailer. They're an Aussie designed, US built trailer. . Hardly, they are a chinese designed copy of what an aussie trailer looks like. Plenty of other forums have posts about the poor quality, junk materials, and poor assembly. There are people who get duped into paying big dollars because it looks "Aussie" LOL. I wouldn't fall into the trap of assuming that because something was made in China that its low quality. (Half of our stuff including IPhones are made in China). I would be wary as well of concluding from a couple of posts that something is low quality. There is a Black Series Facebook site. I saw one guy with complaints - the rest seemed pretty happy. My question regarding these big, beautiful trailers is how well they do off road. That's actually pretty hard to tell. A guy at work just sold his Black Series after less than 2 years. Bought himself a ORV. The reason you do not hear of too many people complaining about the Black Series is the ownership has threatened litigation against people who complain about their product. Some dealers have stopped carrying them do to quality issues. Going from an BS to an ORV just doesn't compute - those are two different animals. Sounds like he wanted to do more off roading. I have heard a number of things about BS - some not good and some good. I'm keeping an open mind.
Cortttt 11/04/21 02:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: Long Bed vs Bigger Overhang - off - roading

Here's a nice overview https://www.truckcamperadventure.com/building-a-great-overland-expedition-truck-camper-rig/
Cortttt 10/27/21 04:22pm Truck Campers
RE: Long Bed vs Bigger Overhang - off - roading

Like in your other, very similar thread, a good point was made that there are alot of considerations in trying to do some real 4 wheelin with a TC. And coming from a 2wd van to a 4x4, your sense of adventure could get a little bolder! lol But, as you mentioned, a new/newer TC or any full featured TC likely is heads and tails above the van for comfort and amenities. Back to the real question, how far into the toolies do you plan to take a TC and how often? Because with a TC you also have the option of dropping it off the truck and then getting a little western on the trails. But you'll be limited in that you won't be taking the TC to that "secret" hard to get to high country campsite, you may be camped 20 miles back closer to an improved road. Unless the van is decked out with stove, fridge, ample water and tanks, full bath, etc, it's more of a luxurious tent. And you wouldn't be asking all these questions if you didn't want to upgrade. Given that RV prices (and trucks) are whoerhuose high right now, I could suggest another option. Get the truck that you want. Then find an older, lighter, hard side camper like them Lances in the pics and go use it. It will be a much lower cost (and easy to recoup your expense by selling it as long as you keep it rubber side down) intro, with similar amenities in a slightly more manageable package than a beautiful new camper. If it meets or exceeds your expectations regarding accessibility to the country you want to see with it, then you'll have a much better feeling for how you'd handle a heavier camper and where it's or your limits would be. Good luck! I like where your head is at with this. Nothing better than getting your nice comfortable camper back where noone else is in your bisniss! Thanks! I had not thought of that at all. I had thought of buying an older truck - in hopes that a hybrid version will come out in the near future - but not in checking out an older camper. Nice idea! :)
Cortttt 10/27/21 03:58pm Truck Campers
RE: Long Bed vs Bigger Overhang - off - roading

Just reweighed my van - 9700 lbs it is! Shocking....But it's close to the weight of a TC - which relieves my mind about being too heavy and getting stuck more often. Everything has a tradeoff - the TC provides a lot more space and amenities with more height and the rocking and rolling issues, while the van is stabler but doesn't have the necessary amenities for my partner (and some that I want) (we are tent camping) and no 4WD.
Cortttt 10/27/21 11:25am Truck Campers
RE: Recommend a TT (rough roads, no campgrounds)

That's a Black Series trailer. They're an Aussie designed, US built trailer. . Hardly, they are a chinese designed copy of what an aussie trailer looks like. Plenty of other forums have posts about the poor quality, junk materials, and poor assembly. There are people who get duped into paying big dollars because it looks "Aussie" LOL. I wouldn't fall into the trap of assuming that because something was made in China that its low quality. (Half of our stuff including IPhones are made in China). I would be wary as well of concluding from a couple of posts that something is low quality. There is a Black Series Facebook site. I saw one guy with complaints - the rest seemed pretty happy. My question regarding these big, beautiful trailers is how well they do off road. That's actually pretty hard to tell.
Cortttt 10/27/21 11:14am Travel Trailers
RE: Long Bed vs Bigger Overhang - off - roading

I go off-road frequently, but I can’t do any serious four-wheeling with my camper. I avoid deep gullies and steep banks because of the rear overhang, but I have scraped the rear jacks a couple times when I misjudged. Not hard enough to damage anything. It’s usually trees I’m avoiding in the places I go. As long as there’s enough clearance width and height wise and the weather’s decent, I don’t mind driving roads like this. It looks steep, but fairly smooth. At least right here :W https://photos.smugmug.com/Travel/White-Rim-Trail-1/i-ZLnD4ms/0/4a3adbe9/M/DSCN1617%5B1%5D-M.jpg It’s when the road gets like this that I tend to not want to continue if it goes on very long. The grade isn’t the problem. Because of how top heavy I am, those big rocks poking out of the ground can make for a bouncy, rocking and rolling, miserable experience if you have to drive over many of them. Even if there’s no grade, the bouncing can get to be too much for me. I’ve been on a few that were bad enough to unload some of our cabinets unexpectedly, even though they have locking latches. That can be a mess. https://photos.smugmug.com/Travel/White-Rim-Trail-1/i-XVhL2mW/0/917aab2a/L/WRT3%20223-L.jpg :):) Thanks. It sounds like you're doing about what I would be doing. That steep, rocky road looks like something I would probably stay away from. Over time I've become more conservative. Sometimes there's no resisting a challenge, though. :)
Cortttt 10/26/21 08:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Long Bed vs Bigger Overhang - off - roading

The question is if you will have more problems dragging the rear or getting high centered. That depends on the type of trais you are doing. I have the long bed and think the 18" longer wheel base is with the compromise. I have always had more close calls with dragging the rear of my 8' 6" camper than being high centered. Thanks for your experience. I've never had to worry about dragging my rear end before....
Cortttt 10/26/21 02:08pm Truck Campers
RE: Long Bed vs Bigger Overhang - off - roading

I have the BF 1500 jimh425 spoke of, and find it to be a nice compromise. A long bed super cab replaced the short bed crew cab, and gave us a tad more interior room with the same wheelbase. The new camper has a nice short overhang (ordered without the bumper/deck). Our last venture from the pavement took us on the Wolverine Trail and Burr Trail switchbacks in Utah. Not a five by any means. I don't believe a dually will fit the ruts of a two rut road very well. Uneven washouts that will tip the rig are where I look for another route. Thanks for the recommendation. I've heard good things about Bigfoot! I will put them into my search box. Interesting idea to change out the supercab for crew cab and keep the long wheel base - I like it!
Cortttt 10/26/21 02:06pm Truck Campers
RE: Long Bed vs Bigger Overhang - off - roading

Corttt, checkout a Northstar pop up camper. It has a wet bath, cassette toilet and AC. Well built campers designed to go on SRW trucks. Thanks for the suggestion. I've heard good things about Northstar and I really like the idea of a cassette toilet.
Cortttt 10/26/21 02:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Long Bed vs Bigger Overhang - off - roading

I have no experience at all with truck campers - am about to get one. I go "off-road" a lot by which I mean Forest Service/BLM roads. I've been looking at Northern Lite 8'11" and 9'6" models. The 8'11" requires a short bed and has a big overhang on the back while the 9'6" requires a long bed. Trying to figure out which would be better "off-road"? An overhang that might scrape or a longer wheelbase with a shorter breakover angle and a larger turning radius? I also wonder if having a long bed would have any effect on tippiness off road? How "off road" are you wanting to go is the real question. Approach and departure angle of your rig will be of more importance than weight of your rig, the greater the angle the more off the beaten path one can take. If you choose a standard dually you'll find many of the dirt road will be too narrow for that type of truck. In the Truck Camper Trip Report you'll many of us have go off the beaten path and pushed our rigs to the limits. Take a look at reports by jefe4x4, Whazzo and myself {c.traveler2}. These reports will give you a better insight on some of the rigs used and how "off road" you really want to go. I do have many videos with other member of this forum you can check out. https://photos.smugmug.com/Travel/White-Rim-Trail-1/i-ZLnD4ms/0/4a3adbe9/M/DSCN1617%5B1%5D-M.jpg https://photos.smugmug.com/Travel/White-Rim-Trail-1/i-XVhL2mW/0/917aab2a/L/WRT3%20223-L.jpg Thanks! Have you lifted your vehicles much? And what kind of impact did that have on tippiness? Tippiness is the factor I know nothing about.
Cortttt 10/26/21 02:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Long Bed vs Bigger Overhang - off - roading

The difference in overhang between the 2 on short vs long bed is exactly the difference between the difference in the camper and truck bed dimensions. Or somewhere between 8"-13" depending on what brand of shortbed truck. IMO, the rear overhang will generally not become an issue for length or breakover angle, before the terrain is arguably too rough for a pickup with 2 tons of high center of gravity load in the bed. Unless you have some specific spatial limitations, and you have a blank slate for truck and camper, I'd say the longer the better. Every inch of space in a TC helps out IMO. Thanks. I agree about the space. It's a pretty big consideration for us. The question is where does it begin to really affect moderate off roading.
Cortttt 10/26/21 02:00pm Truck Campers
RE: Pushing It Off Road with a 3-4000 lb Hardtop

My experience consists of driving those roads for the past 6 years in a 2wd one-ton van - certainly not most of the time. This, for instance, is common. "Stock vehicles can make it with careful driving but expect pin-stripping and possible scrapes underneath. Trails are often narrow and rutted, where backing short distances may be required to pass other vehicles. " That's pretty much where I go in the desert with, like I said, a 2wd drive van (with a limited slip). I don't know how a hard top truck camper would hold up, though. (Hence my desire to get it as stable as possible). Judging by some pictures that were presented in the last thread I did - some people are doing it (????) In one post, for instance, Jefe said his camper of choice was, I think a Lance 850 which clocks in at around 3400 pounds. Whatever I get I will take it slow. The older I get the more conservative I get.
Cortttt 10/26/21 01:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Long Bed vs Bigger Overhang - off - roading

Thanks cpt. Hopefully not towing anything. If it was anything it would be a wee small trailer. 99% of the time we're boondocking on dispersed sites. I would hope we can make that size camper world on those kinds of trails. If not I would have to think of something else.
Cortttt 10/26/21 09:26am Truck Campers
Pushing It Off Road with a 3-4000 lb Hardtop

I've been boondocking with a 1-ton van with a limited-slip for quite a while and I've pushed it - been stuck many times - and have usually been able to get out. A truck camper is very different, though. It'll have 4-wheel drive but is considerably heavier and taller vehicle (3-4000 lb camper -Lance, Northern-lite, Cirrus, ?). (That is I think it will be heavier. A recent weight check clocked in our van - loaded to the gills and with 500 W solar on top) at 9300 lbs. - which I couldn't believe. In fact, I wonder if I did something wrong. I will recheck.) If we could do this every now and then that would be great. Trails in this category (5) will be long, rough, and remote. High clearance and 4-wheel drive required. More aggressive vehicles favorable. Stock vehicles can make it with careful driving but expect pin-stripping and possible scrapes underneath. Trails are often narrow and rutted, where backing short distances may be required to pass other vehicles. Expect steep hills with drop-offs. Water crossings possible which could make trail impassable after rain https://azoffroad.net/trail-ratings Ideas thus far on making the rig off-road capable enough. Keeping the Camper stable on rocky roads • Bed mat • Torklift fastguns - springloaded turnbuckles; don't overtighten turnbuckles • Rubber bumpers mounted to front of the camper - limit forward movement of the camper -Torklift front bumper kit if the camper does not come with one. • Bump stops mounted in front of and behind the wheel wells Use camper guides - metal triangles bolted to the bed to keep the camper from moving side to side, reducing strain on it and the tie-downs Reducing Sway Helliweg Sway Bar Bilstein shocks Airbags? (Current springs/coils OK with 3-4000 lb camper?) Clearance Mild lift (2") - would it enhance tippiness? Ditching the air conditioner and adding more solar might save a little weight on top. Partner wants to keep air conditioner - which I think we would rarely use; If we kept it we would have to keep the generator - which I would also like to ditch (as well as the microwave) and get a bit more storage. We'll see how that goes... Suggestions would be great!
Cortttt 10/26/21 09:03am Truck Campers
RE: Long Bed vs Bigger Overhang - off - roading

Thanks Kohldad, I'll be checking the wheelbases of the different trucks. I current have an extended GMC Savana van with a long wheelbase. It's a bear to turn around on some roads but we usually find a way. Usually by the time clearance is an issue the road is getting rougher than I want anyway.
Cortttt 10/26/21 08:34am Truck Campers
RE: Long Bed vs Bigger Overhang - off - roading

Thanks Jim, I'm afraid the 4Wheel - clearly a superb poptop - is out as my partner wants hard top, wet bath and amenities. It'll be a 3-4,000 lb hardtop. Glad to know most BLM and Forest Service roads will be OK. That's what I suspected
Cortttt 10/26/21 08:32am Truck Campers
RE: Long Bed vs Bigger Overhang - off - roading

Thanks C.Traveller - you brought up the question on my mind...how far can I go. I'm currently in a 1-ton van with a limited slip that I've pushed pretty far. Been stuck many times and usually am able to get myself out. The TC, though, is much taller and heavier and in some ways (4-wheel drive) more capable. I think I would have had to think about doing that hill in that second picture with the van - and am glad to hear it's possible with the correctly designed truck/truck camper. I look forward to checking out your reports and what you've done with your rigs.
Cortttt 10/25/21 09:11pm Truck Campers
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