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Bedlam

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Posted: 01/30/20 03:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Maybe a start would be what size and type of camper do you want on the back the truck. Some forum members have popup on a DRW and others have a triple slide hard side.

What you will need are tie down points to the truck and a rubber bed mat. Beyond that we cannot really give you advice until we know how little or big you plan to go and whether you will be towing something behind it.

* This post was edited 01/30/20 03:07pm by Bedlam *


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I wouldn't quit my job, sell my house and belonging and take to the road without a backup plan until I was sure my spouse and I could live in less than 50 square feet. (Actually, I already know and that answer is not just "no", but H.E. double hockey sticks "NO" is bold print with lots of exclamation points)

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Welcome.

Your plan is not at all weird. A year prior to retirement, we bought a used camper and then a truck to carry it home from the dealer. It sat in the driveway unused for close to a year. I did some tinkering but we literally did not use it even once. After we downsized and sold the house, I put in my retirement notice. Two months later, the house closed and we took off as full timers.

We kept up the travel for a couple of years until the lure of new grandkids was too much for my wife. We rented for a while and eventually bought another house. I still miss the full timing and often travel for several months. Next trip is planned for March probably until the end of June or maybe mid July.

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ScottG wrote:

Welcome, we do have a lot of people here who just want to insult, put down and generally disparage anything someone posts. Just block those jerks and jump in.


I like this forum's ability to block people.


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Welcome! Other then tie downs I would not make any changes to your truck. I would suggest if you have no experience with truck campers that you go out and find a cheap but decent used one to use for a while. The experience you get from that will help you decide what you may want in a new one.

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Like others have said, run the truck as is before jumping on the "upgrade the suspension" band wagon.

Torklift Stableload work wonders for my truck.

Probably the worst part of owning a truck camper is loading it on the truck. Sometimes I nail it 20 minutes, other times it borders on taking an hour... this is all due to where I store the truck camper and don't have level ground leading up to my shop.

Here's my load up video which went pretty well.

I never take the camper off the truck when traveling, because I have a motorcycle to ride around and check out the areas I go.

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Do not mess with your suspension until you have purchased your camper and actually hauled it around for a while, as your suspension may be set up just right. No sense in potentially wasting money on something you really didn’t need. Definitely get your camper and see if you like the lifestyle before you sell off everything! We love our camper as we move frequently and seldom stay in one place for more than two days. However, we agree that if we were to stay someplace for more than a week on a regular basis a fifth wheel would be better for us. For now the TC is perfect!

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Howdy from a fellow Hoosier,
We're down in the southeast portion of the state.

Good group of people here that will be happy to help you spend some money : )

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Hooray! Another dreamer.

Welcome to the forum.

In our younger years with our boys we had a Camper and then a Motorhome. We abandoned that method of outings and did tents until they left home.
in the early 90's we decided to see if we wanted to do another camper so we found an OLD 6 pac 8' camper self contained bath n shower too. Only paid $500 for it. We did that for 2 years and decided we loved it. So we searched for another newer or used camper. I had dealt with roof leaks on every camper and that motorhome which was brand new. So when we saw the Northerlite and the Bigfoot we said that is what we want. NO leaks from seams.

We got our BFoof 20 years ago and it now has almost 200,000 miles on it and it has been on 2 great f250's. We have been across the country many times, across Canada and all the way to Prudhoe Bay and across the Yukon.

One thing that is important. You and your wife have to enjoy each others company and be patient when moving around in the camper..,hahaaa.

Good luck in your search!

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Yeah, that crazy dream ain’t just in your head! Others have the same dream!
You’re over halfway there with the truck. And with that truck, there really isn’t a TC on the market it won’t handle, either stock for lighter units or with some mods like you’re thinking for the big boys.
If you’re not ready to take the big plunge yet, why not get an older camper and get after some campin part time as your work/life allows.
Anywhere from a few to 10 grand will get a very nice and serviceable older used camper.
And wait on suspension until you know what you’ll be hauling. Your truck will get most all campers “home” without any help then you can do what is needed for the specific weight, if anything.
Have fun!


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