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RE: Lance Model Difference

Main difference is a wooden frame in the 1161 vs aluminum in the 1191. 1191 has bigger holding tanks and basement storage. Get the 1191. I had a 2005 and thought it was a great camper. Later models increased length to 11’11” from 11’6” and you could get a rear fold tent option.
FireGuard 05/29/22 08:55pm Truck Campers
Slide out to non slide

Has anyone gone from a slide out TC to non slide and if so what are your thoughts and any regrets? I just sold a nice Arctic Fox 990 with full wall slide and generator. I was impressed with the quality and comfort but I tend to travel more and only spend a short time in a location. The slide gives a lot of room when parked but as quick as it is to open the slide out at rest stops and pulling into a spot to spend the night when traveling, it was more of a hassle then just opening the door and climbing in. Also, have to consider being level and possibly opening the slide into an obstruction. I’m also thinking a better battery/solar system over the generator is a better option. I have a Honda 2000 if needed. I love the convenience of a TC and the fact I have a 4x4 Diesel truck to drive makes it so versatile. I’m now looking at an Arctic Fox 865 which is similar to the 990 minus the slide and generator. It will probably be about 500 lb less, 7” shorter and a better C/G. It still has the quality and amenities of the 990 with a little less space when the slide is out, less tank capacity and no gen. I also like the cabinet storage above the dinette with the non slide. There is also the consideration about structural integrity and moving parts on the slide, less space to heat/cool and dust/water intrusion. What are your thoughts and experiences?
FireGuard 05/03/22 09:49pm Truck Campers
RE: 2021 Dodge 3500 Diesel ??

I bought a new 21 Ram 3500 DRW QC 4x4 68RFE 3:73 in August. I’ve towed an 8k lb trailer to the Midwest and carry a 5000 lb slide in camper. I know have about 13k miles and Love this truck. No issues and just changed oil and all filters. I have a post regarding the oil and learned 15/40 is no good. She should have no issues and the fit and finish is so much better then all other generations.
FireGuard 12/09/21 01:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: So many questions

When he carries his motorcycle on a hitch rack it is covered
FireGuard 11/18/21 06:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Rotella T6 5w-40 hard to find

I ran into this problem last week for my Ram. Wally World and Tractor Supply had no 10w30. Found T5 at Car Quest and 2 gal of 10w30 at Autozone. I did see T6 5w40 at West Marine but they are pricey on everything.
FireGuard 11/09/21 07:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2023 GM HD 505hp/1085tq

Gotta love improvements. Remember when the 1989 Dodge Cummins with 3 speed trans and a whopping 160 Hp/400ft/lbs was the cats meow?
FireGuard 09/15/21 09:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: Quality of new Arctic Fox TC

Thanks for the replies. I picked up a beautiful 2019 990 yesterday. Bought from the original owner who only used it about 6 times. It’s pretty well loaded with gen, Fox landing and small solar panel. He included the Torklift tiedown turnbuckles. I have the granite crystal Ram and the colors match perfectly. I have the Timbrens on my truck and it handles like a dream. No need for any more suspension mods but I may install the Hellwig Big Wig sway bar since i already have from my 17 Ram. So far I’m very impressed with this camper and will be using it a lot in the future. To nitpick something, they could have installed a low profile A/C and made a shorter TV antenna it it would have reduce the overall height by 6-8”.
FireGuard 09/14/21 10:12pm Truck Campers
Quality of new Arctic Fox TC

I finished the install of my Torklift 30k lb SuperHitch and rear tiedowns yesterday as well as the Timbrens on my 21 Ram 3500 DRW. Installed the front tiedowns last week. I’ve used Happijack successfully for years on other trucks, but I’m very impressed with the Torklift hitch and tiedowns. These things are Beefy and Solid. The directions were spot on and the install went very smoothly. I had to remove the rear bumper to install the hitch. I almost went with the Happijack rear tiedowns that fasten to the bumper but so glad I didn’t. The rear bumper on a 1ton DRW is almost all plastic and probably didn’t weigh 20 lbs. I would have destroyed that on the first trip. Time for a Buckstop bumper. Now, I able to seriously look for a new camper. Unfortunately, the supply isn’t like it used to me. I want a 9-10’ single slide like a Lance 981 or AF990. I’m going to look at a 2019 AF990 in like new condition tomorrow. I’ve read some reviews complaining about delamination issues on AF truck campers. I think this was on older models and the issue was addressed on the newer ones. Anyone have a newer AF or know of any issues to be aware of?
FireGuard 09/12/21 03:47pm Truck Campers
RE: New truck and TC.

I just bought a new 21 Ram 3500 DRW 4x4 and am looking for a TC. I would love to find a Bigfoot 10.4 but nothing out there. I was back and forth on the HO and 4:10 also and ended up with a non HO with the 68RFE Tradesman with upgraded radio, manual 4x4 shift, 5th wheel prep and 50 gal fuel tank. For my planned use I think this is the perfect truck. I towed an 8k lb trailer to the Midwest and plenty of power and the 3:73 are great. 1750 rpm at 70 and 2000 at 80. 13 mpg if I stayed around 65 mph. Empty at the same speed I’m getting around 16-18mpg. I wound Not want the 4:10 in this truck and the 68 shifts a lot smoother than the Aisin. LOVE the 50 gal tank, almost 900 miles not towing. It does use more DEF than my 17. Towing 1600 miles and running empty for 2300 mi, I used about 8 gal. Compared to my 04 HO with 4:10, this new truck rides like a Cadillac and much more power and comfort.
FireGuard 09/06/21 11:37am Truck Campers
RE: 2022 HD trucks delivery date

Glad I was able to find a new Ram 3500 DRW on a local dealer lot, built just how I would have ordered it.
FireGuard 09/06/21 11:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: New truck and TC.

Can’t help you on the camper but I know it’s heavy. I just bought a 21 Ram DWR and am looking for a TC but not as many out there as in the past. I like the Bigfoot 10.4 but the only one on RV Trader is a new one “coming soon” for $70k!!! I’ll probably look for a clean Lance 981 or newer with a 975. If you don’t have the truck I would skip the factory airbag option as I’ve heard it doesn’t work that well for a heavy TC. I just installed my Torklift front tiedowns yesterday and should be getting my rear tiedowns and SuperHitch tomorrow. Pretty easy install but the drivers side takes a bit longer as you have to disconnect the parking brake cables and reroute them through the tiedown bracket. (Release the brake first to save time un threading the long bolt.) These brackets are very beefy and probably weigh 10 lbs each. I’m pretty sure the rear bumper steps will interfere with the rear tiedowns. I’m going to try the Timbren suspension first and if more is needed probably go with the Stable Loads. Also have a Hellwig Big Wig from a previous truck I plan to install. You will LOVE the new Rams!
FireGuard 09/02/21 12:35pm Truck Campers
RE: 18" tire question - ANOTHER UPDATE

Those are Factory Chevy wheels. I think you’ll be ok.
FireGuard 08/13/21 10:01am Truck Campers
Quality of older Lance TC vs New

I’m in the market for a TC and really liked my 2005 Lance 981 and 04 1191. I think the 981 is about as perfect as a TC can get. Not too big and not too small, not a lot of overhang, roomy with the large slide and large holding tanks. Even finding one in great condition it’s still getting to be 10-12 yrs old. I’ve seen the newer ones like the 995 or 975 but haven’t really looked at them that closely. Has anyone had both or really compared the quality difference? It seems like lately all RVs are suffering from build quality due to the high demand. Also, a clean used 08 981 is a little more than half the price of a newer 995.
FireGuard 08/08/21 05:47pm Truck Campers
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