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jaycocreek

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One solution I considered is adding seat-belts in the camper itself for the teens. I know class C RVs will do this but I don't think I have ever heard of it being done in a camper. Safety and keeping the kids buckled in is concern of course but pushing that aside for the discussion, is there any legal issues with the idea?


Well, it is legal in most states and as far as safety,I think the TC mounted on the truck correctly would handle a collision better than a Class C or Class A motorhome..The motorhomes are built on the frames but a TC sits anchored in a pickup..Way less likely to crumble on a pickup than a motorhome..I just sold a Class C 21ft with seat belts..

My Class C was way more prone to leaks and cracks being built off the frame and the unit itself had to absorb every little twist and turn while on a TC,the pickup absorbs all those twist and turns,not the TC..

There is a reason it is legal in most states,it doesn't provide anymore risk than a motorhome or they would ban it in a heart beat like everything else they ban..Motorcycle helmets required comes to mind.

People around here ride around in the back of pickup trucks all the time and about every other pickup has a dog in the back bouncing around..lol


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Is it possible to do drink on driving at Los Angles. if yes, what is the best secure way for doing the same like by the any kind of instrument at inside.

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The truth is that no RV beside bus or van conversions have roll-over rating.
When in motorhome floor is bolted to the frame (with help of the brackets) in TC we see tiny ties and that is not making good impression.
But than I did not hear report that any of those ties let the camper drop, so I would consider that ilusion.
At least with TC the truck cabin should not collapse, but I have no doubt that in any serious accident, belts or not, there will be fatalities between passengers in camper seating.





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The wife and I have talked, she actually surprised me because she said she doesn't want to sell the camper and is planning on still going camping this summer with the twins!

On the vehicle front, we started looking at a different vehicle that will be our traveling rig. We went to 8 different dealerships to see if we could find something that we liked. Our criteria was seating for 7. We initially started looking at the Expedition Max which checked all of the boxes with plenty of seating and cargo capacity but then the Mrs had reservations about the sheer size of the rig. We looked at several other mid-size SUVs that has seating for 7 and while she felt more comfortable driving it, there was almost no cargo capacity. We went back and forth but eventually compromised with getting two vehicles. The larger vehicle now so we can travel and haul everything we need and then in a couple of years, we will upgrade her car to a mid-size suv that has the seating capacity for 7 but just not the cargo capacity.

For future camping trips, if we grow out of the camper, I think we will likely rent a travel trailer versus buying one and selling the camper. Realistically we won't be doing a lot of trips in the near future and by the time the twins are old enough to really have freedom to travel, the older girls will be off to college. I don't see the point in buying a TT for what would be just a limited period of time in my books.


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adamis wrote:

Our criteria was seating for 7.


7 might be a problem with two car seats unless your teens are small and will sit in the third row. Make sure the vehicle supports car seats in the third row, otherwise. I don’t think many do.

Also, look into Diono car seats. They have models that are quite a bit more narrow than most any brand and are well made. In case anyone wonders why I know about car seats, I recently had to learn which models fit 3 wide in the Explorer to carry the 3 grandkids some of the time. [emoticon]. Amazing the difference in width times 3.


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Does your 350 have the manual zf6 or automatic? I know I would miss that storage in the center console but you gotta do what you gotta do. My kids are 8 and 11 and I now have fun camping with them somewhat, can't imagine getting that news, more power to the wife for not wanting to hunker down.


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