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RE: Newbie Question on removing small Lance

Thanks, NRA. It is normal garage height. I was not planning to put the camper in the garage, but store it on the driveway. It is a pretty good slope, however (our house is on a hill), so I may have to store it elsewhere. There is a RV storage facility that is not too far away.
diver110 11/09/21 06:59am Truck Campers
RE: Newbie Question on removing small Lance

Thanks. I suspected a 1/2 ton would be marginal.
diver110 11/08/21 06:54pm Truck Campers
RE: Newbie Question on removing small Lance

Entertaining pix! Thanks!
diver110 11/08/21 05:06pm Truck Campers
RE: F-150 +Lance 650 Cruise America Purchase

If it has always had a camper on it, I would be nervous about the truck engine and transmission. It would have been in low gears a lot, might equate to. 200,000 miles on unloaded truck. I would get a good mechanic to check it out.
diver110 11/08/21 12:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Garmin Basecamp Problems

Not directly responsive, but I have owned many Garmin products over the years, gps, watches, all were a pain, especially if I did not use them often. Garmin does not get user friendly. Still have hiking gps. Basecamp is a pain. But my hiking gps did get to the top of multiple 14er’s, I just have to be ready to reinvent the learning curve. I would take my Apple Watch all day long over a Garmin watch, even with crummy battery life.
diver110 11/08/21 12:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Newbie Question on removing small Lance

Thanks for the feedback! Like NRA, I have shoulder issues due to a fall cross country skiing. Surgeon said no fix that would reliably improve things. Aging sucks. So definitely will go with electric jacks. How flat does storage surface have to be? We have a three car garage and two cars, so there is a space available, but driveway slopes down. Do not have truck yet, and it sounds like I have to choose carefully. Thinking in terms of a Ram, mostly because I like the local dealer (where I have been taking my Jeep for a decade, now has 170,000 miles+), but am open. Lance claims that I can get away with a half ton for the two smallest campers. Can I believe that? The wife thinks camping is only appropriate after a hurricane, so it will mostly just me when she is visiting her home town, which she does at least semi-annually. That was probably too much info. Again thanks.
diver110 11/08/21 12:10pm Truck Campers
Newbie Question on removing small Lance

Thinking about buying a small Lance camper. My need for it will be occasional. How hard would it be to take it off and put it back on the truck?
diver110 11/08/21 08:11am Truck Campers
RE: Revisiting pop-up campers

Another opinion re: gas vs diesel. If I were buying new now, it would almost certainly be gas. Both engine types have improved greatly in the last 10 years. In 2006, there was more difference between them. Diesel: spend more $ and get the power and torque so that one never has to even consider not having enough. And hold its value much better. Gas: significantly cheaper - and you get what you pay for. In this one persons considered opinion, the 2006-2007 Duramax LBZ diesel + Allison 1000 transmission was The Best Power Train that had ever been available in a light duty truck. Worth the money to me, and it provided 13 years of trouble free service over some of the roughest terrain imaginable. (also worked well for the world famous Grand Whazoo) That truck was also a jack rabbit. If one were so inclined to stand hard on the brake, spool up the turbo charger and pressurize the transmission, then drop the brake, the result was over 100 feet of twin strips of rubber (and some neck pain for the un-prepared). About what year would you say that gas engines “caught up?”
diver110 03/04/21 09:51am Truck Campers
RE: How often do your remove the camper from the truck?

Frequently. I don’t leave it on at home, and I set the camper on two long 4 x 6 timbers that give me a couple of tight parallel guides to watch as I back under. When I need the floor space in the garage that the truck is occupying in this picture, I park under the camper quite often. I just watch the gap between the rear tires and the 4 x6’s as I back under. I also take the camper off frequently while we’re traveling. I need to be able to do it on short notice, so I’ve avoided putting things like extra batteries in the truck bed. You’re correct in your assumption that being on unlevel ground can make loading the camper more difficult. You can generally get the camper off on a slope without too much trouble, but when you go to put it back on if there’s things in the bed that reduce the clearances, it just makes the job more difficult. Acadia NP, ME McKinney Falls SP, TX As for getting the truck serviced, I’ve done it both ways. Consider this, any garage that can handle a class C RV can handle your truck with the camper on it. Including putting it on a lift. :):) I think it is safe to say that is not a standard-issue garage. :) Thanks to everyone for the feedback.
diver110 03/03/21 05:54pm Truck Campers
RE: How often do your remove the camper from the truck?

Thanks for the feedback. Wouldn't getting the truck serviced be problematic with the camper on?
diver110 03/03/21 02:01pm Truck Campers
How often do your remove the camper from the truck?

As I noted in a another thread (lots of great feedback), I am looking at pop-up truck campers. It would be my first RV. How often do people take the campers off of the truck and how hard is it to do that? I saw a video of it that someone put on their website. It looked relatively manageable, as long as one is on fairly flat terrain. In the video, it was on a fairly level dirt surface. It looked like a bit of a tight fit, and having a second person around would definitely help. Obviously, it would be nice to have the camper off the truck when, say, offroading or using the truck when at home. Comments?
diver110 03/03/21 01:36pm Truck Campers
RE: Revisiting pop-up campers

Not relevant to anything here, but there is an entertaining tax aspects to the larger Hummer. (I am a tax professor. It is a dirty job, but someone has to do it.) There is a limit on how much you can deduct for a business vehicle. The point is to keep people from, say, buying a Porsche 911 and deducting the entire cost in the year of purchase, claiming it was 100% business. But to protect farmers, there is an exclusion for vehicles weighing over 6000 lbs. Guess how much the bigger Hummer weighed? Yup, over 6000 lbs. Hummer dealers used to pitch the tax benefits. So Congress amended the law to say in the first year you can only deduct $25,000 for SUVs. Not sure why they did not just exclude SUVs from the weight exception. Hummer lobby?
diver110 02/27/21 03:56pm Truck Campers
RE: Revisiting pop-up campers

Thanks for the feedback. I do worry about getting in and out of the high bed but right now can still handle it. And yes, flat-landers, a 14er is a mountain over 14,000 feet high. :) I have climbed 7 of them in CO, and have 51 n CO to go. Let's see, at 2 per year, I should get them all done by my mid-90s. May need to pick up the pace a bit. The Northstars are quite a bit cheaper than say a Hallmark or an Outfitter. I assume there is some kind of price quality relationship, but as my use will be occasional, I may not need the top of the line. Geewizard, the Outfitter website says the Apex is for 3/4 - 1 ton trucks......Assuming I go for a full size truck, .wWould it be worth it to pay the extra money for a diesel?
diver110 02/26/21 01:30pm Truck Campers
Revisiting pop-up campers

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.
diver110 02/25/21 03:49pm Truck Campers
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