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MsLola

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Looking for info on this camper:

(1) Weight?
(2) Center of gravity?
(3) Is it a 4-season unit?

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I own 2002 Caribou, who is almost 12 foot camper with slide.
Dry weight 4300 lb
It is upscale camper.
Basement, attic, ducted AC and heating duct going into holding tanks compartment with no return duct
So yes that thing is consider 4season





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Kayteg1 wrote:

I own 2002 Caribou, who is almost 12 foot camper with slide.
Dry weight 4300 lb
It is upscale camper.
Basement, attic, ducted AC and heating duct going into holding tanks compartment with no return duct
So yes that thing is consider 4season


Didn't you have structural issues with yours?


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From what I see on Youtube, the 10H is a non-slide camper with a basement and the floor above the wheel wells of the truck.

With its 10 ft floor, it should go on a long bed truck, I think.
No idea on the CoG or weight. Some of the heavier stuff is located towards the front (fridge, oven, furnace, water heater), which should bring the CoG forward a bit.
The furnace is a standard unit, no ducted heat. Not sure if the windows are single pane, but I would expect they are at that age of the camper.


I watched this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSlc3yOsj7o

* This post was edited 07/11/18 05:13am by joerg68 *


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1. Probably about 3500-4000 dry.

2. COG doesn't really matter except as a comparison. I'm sure it was made for a long bed.

3. There isn't a certification for Four Season. It is marketing term only. All TCs can be used in all seasons depending on the climate and how you prepare them.


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My 2 cents......... These are nice looking campers, but unless the Caribou you are looking at has been meticulously maintained and shows absolutely no signs of structural problems, delamination or water intrusion, I would steer clear of it...
I have seen far too many of the Caribou line up meet an extremely untimely death to be from only poor maintenance issues. I am fairly certain they suffer from an inadequate framework design on the overhead which leads to them sagging, then leaking and in the end rot and delamination.

This is only my observation on this brand from my own experiences...
Good luck..

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SidecarFlip wrote:

Kayteg1 wrote:

I own 2002 Caribou, who is almost 12 foot camper with slide.
Dry weight 4300 lb
It is upscale camper.
Basement, attic, ducted AC and heating duct going into holding tanks compartment with no return duct
So yes that thing is consider 4season


Didn't you have structural issues with yours?

Depends on your definition of "structural"
I bought the camper from wet state and it did have branch damage that PO patched with ethernabond.
That lead to dryrot, what I had to address, but aluminium frame/skeleton helped to keep it in shape, even the welds broke and I had to reinforce them as well.
But I think my 2002 model is the first year with aluminium frame.
Fleetwood don't hold the prices as company doesn't exist anymore, but they are one of the most luxury designs of the era.
My rubber roof holds well so far, but I heard those are not long-lasting roofs.

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mikakuja wrote:

My 2 cents......... These are nice looking campers, but unless the Caribou you are looking at has been meticulously maintained and shows absolutely no signs of structural problems, delamination or water intrusion, I would steer clear of it...
I have seen far too many of the Caribou line up meet an extremely untimely death to be from only poor maintenance issues. I am fairly certain they suffer from an inadequate framework design on the overhead which leads to them sagging, then leaking and in the end rot and delamination.

This is only my observation on this brand from my own experiences...
Good luck..


That is an excellent 2 cents in my view. Any TC that old, unless it spent almost it's entire lifetime inside a building, under roof, will probably have some rot issues.

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