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RE: New 2021 Host Cascade

Now this is a sweet camper!!
Longshore 12/10/20 10:20am Truck Campers
RE: Happijac rear bumper mounts

Curious etrailer does list the rears. rear - front/rear - Their site not the easiest to navigate. Default browsing shows fronts or front & rear. Do you have running boards? Thats the only thing I found that directs to no listings on etrailers site as T/L indeed does not make front mounts for your truck if it has running boards. Torklift doesn't sell anything directly to consumers, only thru vendors. Thanks AnEv...I don't have running boards. They wouldn't look pretty after a trip or two off road. But still when I go to the fitment page at Torklift MY search ends at factory trailer hitch. At my RV shop they came right up. The rear mounts. Since I know I can get them, I'll keep them in mind should the rear Happijacs give me any problems. Don't think they will.
Longshore 12/05/20 07:07pm Truck Campers
RE: Happijac rear bumper mounts

Etrailer flat out lied to me Or maybe they were just misinformed. I called three different times and spoke to three different people. Unlikely that all three were misinformed. I’m sure they would have preferred to sell you tie downs, since their business is.....selling stuff. That's the part that makes zero sense. But my rv shop told me they see this all the time.
Longshore 12/03/20 05:56am Truck Campers
RE: Happijac rear bumper mounts

Etrailer flat out lied to me Or maybe they were just misinformed. I called three different times and spoke to three different people. Unlikely that all three were misinformed.
Longshore 12/02/20 07:00am Truck Campers
RE: Happijac rear bumper mounts

Torklift 3215 from Amazon Lol thanks for that link! Those are cheaper than the ones I could get from my RV shop. He did say that I would not be able to get these unless through dealer or repair shop. And when I looked a couple of weeks ago nothing came up on Amazon. Etrailer flat out lied to me when they said "Torklift does not make anything for the rear of your truck". When I pressed her she said that's what it shows and I would have to go with happijac. One would think that accurate info would be dispensed from these suppliers.
Longshore 12/01/20 08:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Happijac rear bumper mounts

BurbMan you were indeed right. My dealer went to the same site and there it was PN3215* The (*) denotes that I have to go through a dealer to even look at this part. I will try to source this through my local rv guy. Wonder why Torklift won't sell this direct...makes no sense they sell front and rear units for every other truck. So...sorry for my confusion...
Longshore 12/01/20 02:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Happijac rear bumper mounts

TL wanted $300 for my rear tie downs, while being a welder, I had some material laying around. Only thing I had to buy were 3" sill washers from Home Depot. About 1 hr of work. "border=0" For Full-Size Image. That's a clean install Kayteg. Gets the job done too...
Longshore 12/01/20 11:38am Truck Campers
RE: Happijac rear bumper mounts

Happijac front does bolt to the frame. The rear ones that attach to the bumper have a support that attaches to the frame. My bumper has been tweaked but I really could care less. The front tie downs do like 90% of the work holding the camper in place and the rear ones just help keep the rear of the camper in place. Happijac works just fine for me and I go off road every time I go camping. The holes I drilled were into the front bed wall and the bed floor. I did not drill into the frame. I have seen others confused about this. Are we talking definition of "frame" here? If so I am of the opinion that the bed is the bed and the frame rails make up the frame. That is great to know about the offroading you do. I wonder if while off roading, loosening the rear mounts would lessen the tweakage if you are just creeping slow. Never any faster than that off road anyway. Thanks Specta!
Longshore 12/01/20 11:36am Truck Campers
RE: Happijac rear bumper mounts

According to the Torklift "what fits" selector you need C2220 front and C3215 rear tiedowns. Thanks BurbMan. I should have said I have the crew cab short bed WITH the factory hitch. No application according to your link and my research.
Longshore 12/01/20 11:24am Truck Campers
RE: Happijac rear bumper mounts

Thanks Morsno. They do say frame mounted, but they go to the bed wall and floor. Do you take your rig off road at all? That is my main concern, as we love to get into some of the more remote spots. Is that an 850? This is what I am looking to buy...
Longshore 12/01/20 09:50am Truck Campers
RE: Happijac rear bumper mounts

When I called to order the Torklift, I was informed that they do not have a system for my particular truck. Their mounts would be preferable as they go to the frame and not the bed/bumper.
Longshore 12/01/20 09:20am Truck Campers
Happijac rear bumper mounts

In my search for a camper for my 2015 GMC 3500 CCSB SRW, I am not able to use the Torklift mounts. That leaves me with Happijac. My truck has the factory hitch which negates the use of the Torklift system. Now some here will say that if you use the Happijac system it is only a matter of time till your bumper is tweaked, and that it is a safety issue. Others here will tell you that if you set them up right they will do just fine, that most of the work is done up front and the back is just for stability. At the risk of over-thinking this what do you all think?
Longshore 12/01/20 08:54am Truck Campers
RE: New Member and Future Truck Camper Owner

Hello Logem. I am also short bed camper shopping. How is your search going? This sure has been educational for me. Lots of good information here. Which ones have you been looking at?
Longshore 11/22/20 09:49am Truck Campers
RE: Shopping for a camper...

Yes JimK the WC 850s I looked at all had the two propane tanks. I do plan on doing some remote camping. If WC had the option for the cassette toilet that would be a huge plus. As of today the only Northstars I can find are pop ups. There are a few of them in Medford.
Longshore 11/21/20 10:31am Truck Campers
RE: Shopping for a camper...

Okay I got cold feet and didn't want to be the guy that bought the first one I see. I did check out the Northstar Laredo I was going to plan a trip to look at one till it sold yesterday. I did not, although I should have, expect the slim pickins. Again, yesterday, I was steered away from Lance. Three dealers now, one of them a Lance dealer, admitted to me that the quality is down from what they were before. I looked at a 2016 model and you could see the seems in front and all the potential leak points. It was an 855s and under the slide area there is a big void that did not seal. You could open the seat on the dinette and feel the draft. Anyway the hunt continues. I still might end up over at the WC dealer. Thanks...Mike.
Longshore 11/21/20 05:40am Truck Campers
RE: Shopping for a camper...

It seems that you are a first time TC buyer so I can warn you that weights get out of hand quickly. For example if you start with a Lance 850, Lance estimates the wet weight as 2835#. First that is the base unit and does not include options such as awnings. Almost all units are going to come with options that bump up the weight by several hundred pounds. Even tiedown brackets and a bed mat add a lot of weight. Next you need to consider the weight of heavy accessories. Unless you are going to have hook ups at almost all times, you will want to look at a generator, a second battery, and possibly solar panels. Maybe you want to consider a better foam mattress... they are also heavy. In any case the 2835# camper can easily grow to 3500#. Then there are all the other necessities: food, cooking and eating gear, a few tools, extra boots and clothing, bedding, laptop/camera gear, etc, etc. You may think I am exaggerating but count on 1000# for these items. My 2400# base weight camper jumped to 4400# and I have looked carefully and don't find much I can do to trim back on the weight. Sadly a short bed pickup greatly aggravates the weight issue. Yes sir, good points all. I was adding 1,000lbs to the wet weight of any unit I shopped for and you are right...if you're not careful the weight gets away from you. There are, apparently from my research, many truck camper rigs that are overweight. I do not want to be one of them. I will weigh things like kitchen ware as I load them. I have a telescope that weighs 40lbs. After all is done, if I need to upgrade the tires I will do it.
Longshore 11/19/20 04:38pm Truck Campers
RE: Shopping for a camper...

Well I think I'm going to get one of the Wolf Creek 850s I looked at today. My GVWR is 11,500. My tare was 7,940. GAWR rear is 7,050 front is 5,600. They have one with an oven, kind of a must when the DW is along, and it comes in at 2,300 lbs dry. Interior height is 6'6'. They want 33,000 so I know they will take less. You guys think I should start at 28,000 and see their reaction? This will be a straight purchase.
Longshore 11/19/20 04:26pm Truck Campers
RE: Shopping for a camper...

Yeah sorry 265 70 18. Billtex mentioned I might want a 295?
Longshore 11/17/20 08:15pm Truck Campers
RE: Shopping for a camper...

Well tomorrow my son and I are going to a dealer and will look at three Wolf Creek models. The light weight along with the interior design is open, kind of reminds me of the Cirrus 820, whice is 1000lbs heavier. I was really only looking at higher end units like Northern Lite or Lance, but getting in a few thousand cheaper is appealing too. My tires are Michelin Defender load range E 10 ply. 165 70 18 I hope I don't have to replace them. If I did have to, what would be best? Would a larger tire be preferable?
Longshore 11/17/20 07:48pm Truck Campers
RE: Shopping for a camper...

Guys thanks for the quick response. On that other board I hear crickets. GVWR is 11,500lbs. Tare weight was 7,940lbs. Rear axle does come in at 7,050. Tires are load range E 10 ply sidewalls with a 3525lb max load rating. Think I'm good there. I spent 24 years on the road so I know about weights and why it matters. I've seen pickups bent in half and famlies killed because of negligence. That being said, I think I am over thinking this. I bought this truck used with 53,000 miles on it. The truck was used to pull a gooseneck trailer and still has the BW hitch on it. It only weighs 75lbs, so I left it in there. It actually adds another crossmember between the frame rails. Also it has helper springs installed by previous owner. I think it's time to stop thinking and go for what I want.
Longshore 11/16/20 08:19am Truck Campers
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