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Posted: 07/22/21 07:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I retired sooner than I had planned. Wife and I traveled a lot, I have great memories,she has dementia but enjoys me relating them to her. I'm thankful I quit when I did. Even though she's still home, I miss her.
If you got the bucks, go while you can and don't look back.

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I will admit, I had a couple truck campers on and off so I could go motorcycle racing, but they did not count since they were old and rundown.

we got a wolf creek, than an arctic fox 990. We were loving tehm because they were easy to take on trips. (At same time we had a 5th wheel that sat on site 100 miles from home all year, great for weekend trips). We used the truck campers for trips to outerbanks. sometimes we boondocked, sometimes we towed motorcycle trailer, sometimes we towed Jeep liberty.

But as we got older (real late 50's) we relized somethings about a truck camper were a PITA. Like to to climb in and out of bed. When I role over I put my arms out and they would bang against the cealing and wake us up. once or twice I sat up in my sleep and almost knocked myself out. And the truck camper was so high getting in and out of it wife almost fell out of it one day.

we were on an extended trip at OBX and watched this couple that had one of the sprinter based MH coaches. We also had just moved from one state to another and lost storage, now it cost me money to store truck and 990 Plus we could not use the 5er anymore so we traded everything (truck, slide in camper and 5th wheel) in on this Class C diesel. than covid happened, we used the MH to drive between FL and PA a couple times, it was great on highway because you did not have to go into places for restrooms, food, ect. we took a 40 day trip to OBX, it was great. But in FLA its different. all the campgrounds are overpriced accept state parks, and you need 1 year reservation to get into them. Dealer offered me what I paid and I pulled the trigger.
so yes there was some things about the truck camper world we found were tougher with age.
I used to shoot clay birds with a guy who also had a truck camper, wife had hip replaced and was never able to climb into his truck camper again. Life happens.

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Posted: 07/26/21 05:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Well we enjoyed ourselves quite a bit. Spent 1 night in a USFS campground in Big Horn NF in WY. And then camped at Hell's Half Acre just east of Craters of the Moon the 2nd night. The truck and camper were great, we didn't want for anything and looking forward to the next trip.


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Big Horn is great - we found it once accidentally. Had a great time for several days. No crowds - plenty of sites. Plenty of Big Horns.

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rexlion wrote:

I know what you mean. I'd like to buy my retirement trailer, but on the inside I keep hearing, "Wait a couple more years." I feel like something's going to happen that would cause me to regret buying it now.

I try to listen to that little voice inside me; it tends to be right.

It took me a total of 3 years to finally get the TC. I got the truck for it 3 years ago and I got the camper just a week ago.

Take your time find what is right for you. I even contemplated just going with a travel trailer but just when my hopes for finding a good used truck camper were about shot, I found my dream TC and I love it. Is t perfect? No. Is it fun as heck, yes. Will it become another headache like a boat etc, of course. I saw a post by someone on here dealing with a similar topic, and a guy said: "just get it with no regrets. Something is always going to go wrong but if it does you are a camper owner. You will have a camper and you can fix it, get it fixed or whatever. It's better than not having one if you really want it."

Anyway, I'm late to the thread. But hope you decide to get something soon than later. We only had it a week and took it out this weekend. It was a blast! I never thought I'd love cooking outside in bagillion degree FL humidity with open fire as much as I did this weekend. Best steaks I ever had. It got me back out on the paddle board too!



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You asked how people made the decision to get a TC..... I had a travel trailer and then a 5th wheel. Because of the heavy 5th wheel, it's a pre Thor DRV which is just really heavy for its size, I have an F450 truck that was for towing the heavy 5th wheel. Well things in our lives evolved and changed in a way that the 5th wheel is just too big and cumbersome for the kind of traveling we feel like doing lately, and the travel trailer has a bed that I can't sleep well on so that isn't an option. So I started looking into options that were easier and quicker and more flexible than the 5th wheel such as small motorhomes where I could just jump in and go and could go to more variety of places easily, but eventually I realized that with the truck and a camper on top it is basically a small motorhome and I already have the 450 so it made more sense to get a truck camper than a motorhome which would have been yet another engine to care for. I also like that it allows me to just take off the camper and still utilize the truck when I want to. I discovered additional benefits to the truck camper as well, such as far fewer critter entry points than in my trailer or 5th wheel. I'm not sure how they are all constructed buy the one I have, a Northern Lite, doesn't have that strip of fabric over the bottom like the 5th wheel did so it's more secure from critters there, plus the jacks on the 5th wheel went up inside the 5th wheel and was another access point that the truck camper doesn't have since its jacks are located on the outside.

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