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RE: Your favorite features.

Dry bath, no basement (fits through pole barn door!), 12' length, can haul on my SRW Ram.
srschang 02/11/20 06:33am Truck Campers
RE: Weights. Am I missing something?

From the New York state DMV website: Can I register my pick-up truck as a 'passenger' class vehicle? Yes. Your pick-up truck can qualify for passenger class plates if it meets certain conditions, depending on its unladen weight. If you have a modified or unmodified pick-up truck with an unladen weight less than 6,001 lbs., then you may register it in the passenger class if it meets the following conditions: the pick-up truck does not have any business advertisements, and the pick-up is used exclusively for non-commercial purposes If you have a modified pick-up truck with an unladen weight greater than 6,000 lbs., then you may register it in the passenger class if it meets the following conditions: the pick-up truck does not have any business advertisements and is used exclusively for non-commercial purposes a camper top having one or more side windows completely encloses the truck bed, the pick-up truck has seats, seat fittings, or camping equipment installed in the truck bed ('camping equipment' indicates that you have a bed, a stove, or a refrigerator in the vehicle) NOTE: These modifications must be permanent. If you use the pick-up truck without the required modifications, then you must register it in the commercial registration class.
srschang 01/19/20 07:05am Truck Campers
RE: Camper title and registration.

What's the advantage of having your truck camper titled? Or is it just another revenue stream for the state? If that's it, I'm amazed New York hasn't required it yet.
srschang 01/18/20 11:04am Truck Campers
RE: DRW back to SRW

I currently have a 2020 Ram 3500 long bed diesel on order, should be here in the next week. I did a lot of soul searching before I ordered it, debating DRW vs SRW. In the end, I ordered a SRW. The DRW option was $1200 more, insignificant in the overall price of the truck. The deciding factor for me is the way I use my truck. I spend a significant amount of driving time hauling a snowmobile trailer to Quebec and Ontario every year, and don't want to do the snow driving with a dually. As soon as the truck arrives, we are going to pick up a new truck camper as well. It will be at or a bit above the payload limit of the new truck when it's loaded with "stuff", but that's the best trade off for me for the way I will use the truck. Everyone's situation and risk tolerance is different. You need to do what's right for you.
srschang 12/30/19 06:00am Truck Campers
RE: Best truck for Northern Lite 10-2

It's not just Ford. I went to the Ram website as I'm also considering another Ram. For 2019, just 3500s, the hauling capacity ranges from 3720# (Laramie Longhorn diesel crew cab SRW SB 4x4) to 7680# (Tradesman 6.4 Hemi regular cab DRW LB 4x2). With 358 variations and different hauling capacities. In the 3500 series alone!!
srschang 11/18/19 05:26pm Truck Campers
RE: Best truck for Northern Lite 10-2

Yep, I'll have to check into it. At Truck Camper Warehouse Bill had a brand new Ford F350 Supercab SRW he just bought to deliver campers. While he was talking to other customers, I opened the door and looked at the sticker. Payload not to exceed 4380# or something close to that. Scott
srschang 11/18/19 10:54am Truck Campers
RE: Best truck for Northern Lite 10-2

I agree with ardvark on the choice of truck for his camper and his use. I'm within months of replacing my 2003 Travelite SB camper. We've owned it since new, and have taken it to Florida many times, all over Canada, and even to Alaska earlier this year (we live near Buffalo, NY). I've always owned Ram / Cummins, mostly because I retired from Cummins after 40 years, and feel a sense of loyalty. All that said, we've decided that it's time to move to a bit larger dry bath camper. The truck I currently have is a 2015 SRW SB. We know we need to move back to a LB to get the dry bath and size we want, the big debate is SRW vs DRW. I've never owned a DRW truck, all four of my Rams were SRW, three SB and one LB. I absolutely want to stay away from DRW if at all possible, because my truck is used more for grocery and Home Depot getting and pulling a snowmobile trailer way up into Quebec than hauling the camper. Don't want to deal with the DRW day in day out just so I can haul a camper a few times each year. I think where we're going to end up is with a Ram or Ford SRW LB gasser, and a Northstar 12 STC camper. We spent some time at Truck Camper Warehouse in NH talking to Bill. Looked at NL, Northstar, and Arctic Fox. We had looked at Lance a couple months ago when we were in Oregon. Per ardvark's comments above, the Northstar 12 STC is 3600# wet, I think the Ram or Ford LB SRW gassers are rated to haul 4300 or 4400#. Just me and my wife, no pets or relatives to travel with, and we've learned over the years that we don't need to take much "Stuff" I'm much more comfortable running close to or at the weight limit than driving a DRW through snow and trying to park. Another issue that is very unique to my situation is the camper will be stored in a heated pole barn with a 12'door. That reeeeeally cuts down on the camper choices. Bill and I climbed all over the Northstar with a measuring tape, and we will be close to 11' 3" to the top of the A/C shroud. So, as ardvark said, it's about your "best fit" based on your situation. Lot's to take into consideration, there's no "Right" answer for everyone.
srschang 11/18/19 08:23am Truck Campers
RE: 2WD or 4X4 for a truck camper

Yup,then ad the transfer box gear oil changes plus the front differential oil changes,there spendy..Just to have my rear differential changed at a dealer would be super expensive versus doing it myself..More drive lines/U-Joints and worse gas mileage plus a better ride.. A 4X4 doesn't come without the extra maintenance cost,I know,I have two 4X4's.. This is my beater 4X4 I use just to get wood close to town..I don't use it over my 2WD DRW around town in the snow..To squirrely.. Guess there's a difference with the newer 4x4s. The first 4x4 maintenance called for on my truck is change the transfer case oil at 120,000. I will sell/trade it long before then. It never calls for changing the front differential oil. Probably because the front hubs unlock when I take it out of 4wd. 90% of the time, when the truck is in 2wd, all the 4wd hardware just sits there not spinning. So, to bring this somewhat back on course for the OP, my take is it depends how you will use your truck. If it will be 100% with the TC on it, I could go either way, as I don't use my truck camper in the winter. But since I drive my truck (without camper) most days through the winter, I need 4wd here in the snowbelt south of Buffalo, NY. Can't get up my driveway without it.
srschang 11/02/19 08:40am Truck Campers
RE: 2WD or 4X4 for a truck camper

Frankly when somebody writes that 4x4 doesn't cost in thousands over the life of the truck, I think he must be idiot or liar. Anybody can come with different explanation? Just entered my truck, 2015 Ram 3500 4x4 diesel into a couple different used car price websites - KBB, Edmunds, NADA. Looks like it will be worth ~$3000 more when I trade it in vs the exact same truck in 2wd. The 4x4 option cost me $2465 when I ordered the truck new. Huh. Scott
srschang 11/02/19 07:26am Truck Campers
RE: What percent of the time do you leave your TC on your truck?

Our truck camper is on the truck probably 10% of the year. Mostly the truck is used for (in order of days used per year): 1- Parked in the garage 2- Taking a couple garbage bags to the dump 3- Getting "Stuff" from Home Depot 4- Going camping with the TC 5- Hauling the snowmobile trailer to Quebec 6- Backed up under a tree with a ladder in the bed in a futile attempt to trim high tree branches Wow, looking at this list, I can't believe I spent the money on a diesel!
srschang 10/30/19 08:34am Truck Campers
RE: Carport

I put up a 20' x 24' Versa Tube structure. I added 2 ft to the height and added side sheeting all the way to the ground. I can keep my TT and sailboat in it without being crowded. The carport is considered a temporary building by the tax man because it is not on a concrete slab. It also is behind my 28' x 40' stick built garage. In our neighborhood, people don't complain about what the neighbors do, mainly because of the size of the lots and all of the trees. I can barely see my neighbors house. Here in New York State (not city), anything larger then 120 square feet requires a building permit, be it a shed, carport, foundation, no foundation, on skids, or sitting right on the ground.
srschang 10/23/19 11:37am Truck Campers
RE: Planing on getting an Arctic Fox TC

My wife and I are also looking to replace our 16 year old Travelite with a new Arctic Fox 1140 or a Northstar 12STC. In fact, we're heading up to Truck Camper Warehouse Friday to look at them. I will also be buying a new Ram longbed to haul the new camper. I'd like to stay away from a dually if at all possible, as 75% of my driving is without the camper, often pulling a snowmobile trailer long distances.
srschang 10/21/19 09:11am Truck Campers
RE: How is this for a power system? Solar vs battery balance?

Oops, after reading another post on using starter batteries for high demand / short duration loads like a coffee maker or microwave, I remembered why I bought two Battle Born 100aH batteries. The wife's hairdryer draws ~ 140 amps on high. Can't draw that much power from one battery - Battle Born lithium batteries are rated c=1, meaning that you can continually draw the amp hour rating of the battery, in this case, 100 amps. So I needed two batteries to draw 140 amps. Keurig draws ~80 amps, so that would have been OK on one battery.
srschang 09/29/19 07:41am Truck Campers
RE: How is this for a power system? Solar vs battery balance?

I don't think I use power the way you're planning to, but I now have lots of experience with 4 100W solar panels and 2 Battle Born 100aH batteries. I also have a compressor fridge (Isotherm 4.6 cuft) and a Xantrex 2000 watt inverter. I do not have the camper hooked to the 12v feed from the truck. My wife and I just got back from 5 weeks on the road to Alaska from Buffalo, NY. Although we stayed in campgrounds every night, about half the nights we were in a non electric sight or chose not to plug in because we didn't need to run the A/C and the batteries were fully charged. We now run everything but the A/C on the inverter, or directly from the batteries for twelve volt items like the fridge. The biggest battery hog by far is a 12" fan Merry bought at Walmart to run all night off the inverter. Can't sleep without the noise & air movement. Between that and the fridge, the batteries dropped from 100% to 76% overnight. Then running the Keurig for 4 cups of coffee, Merry drying her hair, and then flat ironing her hair, the batteries dropped from 76% to 68% (136aH of the 200aH left). If we microwaved something for dinner the night before, it may have dropped a few more AH, but not much. Although the wave uses a lot of watts, it only runs for a few minutes, so not a lot of AH. We found that if the batteries were at 68% in the morning, and it was sunny, the 400 watts of solar would charge the batteries (provide 64aH of charge) back to 100% by noon or 1:00. If it was cloudy, it would take all day to recharge the batteries, or maybe even only get them back to 95%. Still very acceptable for the way we use the camper. I guess I really didn't need to spend the extra $1000 for the second Battle Born battery, as one battery would have met our needs. But a single battery would have been very close to depleted most mornings. I console myself by thinking the extra Battle Born battery ensures that I have lots of juice available if we want to brew more coffee sometime. (Though that's some pretty expensive coffee!)
srschang 09/28/19 04:11pm Truck Campers
RE: The mother of all stupid truck camper questions....

My wife and I have been truck camping for 15 years and I totally understand your concerns. We live in western NY, south of Buffalo, and there's not a lot of "public land" open to overnight stays. We just drove to Alaska and back over 5 weeks, and paid to camp every night. To me I need the comfort knowing that I'm in my "legal spot" every night. I couldn't sleep if I just parked somewhere down a dirt road not knowing if I was on somebody's property and might get a knock on the door as you suggested. I just haven't figured out how to tell if it's OK to spend the night somewhere - it would be great to have a huge map of the US and Canada that said "OK to camp here, not OK to camp there", but I've not been able to find such a map. And there's also the convenience factor - wife on her Ipad, me driving, tired, 6:00 in the evening, she says: "Hey, there's a KOA in 5 miles". Me: "Sounds great"
srschang 09/26/19 08:28am Truck Campers
RE: Why does my Truck Camper list toward the driver side

My "new" 2015 Ram 3500 shortbed lists to the driver side as well. With the TC loaded, it's almost 2". I attribute the list to: -30 gallon diesel tank -6 gallon DEF tank -fridge -two 80# AGM batteries -microwave -propane tank all on the driver side. I run 75psi on the driver side airbag and 30psi on the passenger airbag to level it up. Goes down the road fine. Just got back from four wheelin' in West Virginia. If anything will test the handling of the rig, it's all the twisting two lanes down there. Handled great.
srschang 07/13/19 06:47am Truck Campers
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