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RE: Truck camper and tow bars

A picture is worth a thousand words, thanks! I also have the Stow-n-go steps, but unless we are going to be stationary for a while, usually take a folding step stool. How do you like the Maximus3/Falcon AT set-up?
jsc253 03/09/21 12:10pm Truck Campers
RE: What do you guys use for communication in your truck camper?

As many have said, there are several options for sending and receiving messages via satellite. Most require a monthly fee and can be used in an emergency to request help. We use a similar device called a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), it doesn't require a fee but can only be used to send a signal for help, along with your gps coordinates. For closer communication with others in our group, we use GMRS radios. With all the fancy devices, one of the best ways to help with safety is to let someone know where you will be and when you expect to be back on the grid. When we do this, I provide the emergency services contact info for where we are and a drop dead time on when they should make a call. Regarding the PLB, it gets registered and my adult daughter is one of the contacts on file. In the event of an activation, she will be contacted and will know our approximate location and what we are doing. This will help the rescue teams if needed.
jsc253 03/08/21 09:08pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck camper and tow bars

Thank you for all the responses. I'll try to answer the follow up questions. Currently, I have a Northstar TC650 truck camper and it sits about even with the rear bumper. No hitch extension needed at this point. I may switch to a Lance 825 in the future so I am trying to plan ahead. The Northstar door is centered above the hitch and the Lance is offset to the driver's side. I'm glad to hear that some have the hitch mounted tow bars and they do not interfere with accessing the camper door. Leaving it on the truck and folding it out of the way seems to be a plus. I purchased the Maximus3 tow loops for the front of the JL. Currently they sit close to level with the truck hitch. that would change with larger Jeep tires... The tow loops are compatible with various tow bars with the correct adapter. The tow loops sit just under the front bumper of the Jeep and won't affect the approach angle much. I like the looks better than having a traditional base plate. For a braking system, I was thinking of the Rvi Brake 3 system (for simplicity), but the NSA stuff looks promising too. The tow bars I was leaning toward are BlueOx and Roadmaster. For lighting, I am a little hesitant to tap into the Jeeps's wiring and may go with a separate system similar to what the tow trucks use. Thanks again and keep the suggestions coming.
jsc253 03/08/21 06:16pm Truck Campers
Truck camper and tow bars

Hello all, I am looking to tow a Jeep and would like your experience and thoughts regarding tow bars. I'm trying to decide on the best set up. It seems a tow vehicle mounted tow bar would be the most convenient for storage when the Jeep is detached but I'm not sure if it will interfere with getting in and out of the camper. The second option (and potentially cheaper) would be using a standard ball on the truck and a tow bar that connects to the Jeep. This may allow quick disconnects but I would want to remove the whole contraption before really using the Jeep. Storage of the tow bar at a campsite is something to consider. My current camper has the door directly above the hitch (the camper does not hang over the bed. Another consideration is my next camper may be a Lance 825. That camper would extend beyond the bed and need a hitch extension but the camper door is offset to the driver's side, giving a little more room to store a truck mounted tow bar. What have you found works best? Thank you in advance
jsc253 03/07/21 05:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Ford 6.2 gas vs 7.3 gas highway gas milage

I have a 2016 F250 with the 6.2 gasser with 3:73 and hall a Northstar TC650 pop up truck camper. On the highway at reasonable speeds, I get between 11-12mpg. In town, it is less. The performance is fine but mileage with truck campers is never good!
jsc253 01/26/21 06:22pm Truck Campers
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