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Nikolaite

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jimh425 wrote:

Sounds like you bought a camper you didn’t like. That happens. Most RVers go through a few models or types to find what works for them.

The question is “do you want to suffer through it and make changes”? If yes, we can discuss potential solutions for remaining issues. If not, why not trade it to get something you like?


I invested a lot of time and money into rigging my truck out with specially made frame mounts and a hitch extender, so I'm going to run with this camper for awhile. I do have a plan to trade it, possibly for an earlier model year CampLite. Though I sure won't go with an overhang ever again.

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If you truck isn’t lifted, it may be possible to adjust the jacks to lift higher. I’ve never heard of trucks being too tall otherwise. Even the tall Ford F350s work with all TCs as far as I’ve heard. That seems to be something the dealer should have handled if you truck isn’t lifted.


I was pretty suspicious when there was not enough throw in the jacks to lift the camper high enough. There were five guys from the dealership helping me to load it up, and all of them were scratching their heads. I was just so tired of dealing with the whole thing by that point, and they had no suggestions to offer other than to block it up.

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My TC has a small step attached to the cabinet on one side. It’s barely big enough for a foot, but works just fine for my 5’2” wife to make getting in/out easier.


There's just nothing like that in mine.

jimh425 wrote:

Don’t put heavy stuff in the back cabinets, but that is plenty of usable space for lighter items which I’m sure you carry. There are a few solutions for hard to reach in cabinets. 1)Add sliding shelves to the bottoms. 2)Add a rotating shelf like a lazy susan. 3)Add baskets that can be pulled out.


I don't carry a whole lot of stuff in the camper other than food and water. I pull a trailer behind, so I put any heavy stuff I have to carry in there: extra propane bottles, tools, chainsaws, etc.

I do take your point about storage ideas. Thank you.

jimh425 wrote:

Remove the microwave if you’ll never use it. Consider adding a Convection microwave for short uses. They get really hot and I don’t think they are a full replacement for an oven.


I am going to try to remove it eventually. It's supposed to be a convection microwave, but I'm boondocking so often that I never have occasion to use it.

jimh425 wrote:

As far as weight goes, that’s an issue for almost everyone. Either the TC comes in heavier than expected or the owner underestimates how much they will be carrying. That’s why you see so many DRWs here.

Good luck.


I know what you mean. I have been trying to be conscientious about the weight from the very beginning because I don't want to have any issues on the road. I simply felt very ill-treated to find out that the weight of the bare camper was much heavier than estimated in the literature.

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lap527 wrote:

Wow....Sorry to hear about all of your issues. Our 10.0 tc is a 2013 and have had a few minor issues. Like Dave, HI Dave, we had issues with the refrigerator but it was ventilation problems. I am 5'3" so we do use a stool to get to higher cabinets and to get into the cabover. We always make sure we slide down on our belly when coming down from the bed, we don't want to face plant from the bed. After traveling a couple of weeks ago without our TC, I realize how much I missed it. Once again sorry for your bad luck and sounds like your TC was built on a Friday. For most of us that own Camplites we love 'em. Good Luck!


Thanks for the commiseration.

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CA Traveler wrote:

Lesson learned. Always have a complete PDI (your PDI and NOT the dealers) and be prepared to walk. And no binding contract or money until the PDI is completed. And if YOUR PDI takes a full day or more so be it.


Yes, everything is clear in hindsight.

I doubt the dealership would have allowed any lengthy inspection after I rejected the first camper that was delivered to fill my order.

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Our 2016 Ram 2500 bed height is 36 inches from the ground. If the jacks you mention have 36 inches of travel, the only way I see it not working is if the jackes were attached to the camper at a point higher up on the structure than normal. It might be interesting doing some sort of a survey measuring several other units and comparing to yours.

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Travels with Yoly wrote:

Our 2016 Ram 2500 bed height is 36 inches from the ground. If the jacks you mention have 36 inches of travel, the only way I see it not working is if the jackes were attached to the camper at a point higher up on the structure than normal. It might be interesting doing some sort of a survey measuring several other units and comparing to yours.


Are you running a 10.0 TC in a Ram 2500? Just out of curiosity.

The jacks on my 2016 10.0 TC look like they're fastened much higher up than previous model years. I have gone around the problem by carrying a multitude of 2 x 8 pieces in the outside storage container.

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