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towpro

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Posted: 11/30/22 10:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

as Grit said, "small very expensive “boutique” mfgs"

We had 5th wheels when we had family, we switched to truck campers when child grew up.

We first bought a light camper with no slides from a famous brand, it was all our 2006 SRW ram could handle.
we bought a dually, which led to a larger camper from same manufacture with a single slide. Hell we had to make mods to our 14,000 GVWR DRW 3500 so it at least road level. (We added Torklift lower stable loads which worked great).
One day I caught my wife as she started to fall out of the back of truck camper trying to open door. that was it for truck campers.
We switched to Mercedes Class C MH. Again, built overloaded from factory. Had to add custom valved Fox shocks and other parts to make it safe to drive.
Than covid hit and everybody jumped in a camper.
It was already tough for us because we had moved to florida where everyone else wants to go for camping. If you want reservations down here you better plan 6 months in advance, but I work full time and I don't know what I am doing next weekend, let along in 6 months.
than our favorite campground, the KOA in Outerbanks went from $80 per night to $200 (just looked up 2023 prices). We can't afford to go camping anymore.

So my dealer made me an offer I could not refuse, and I sold them back my 18 month MH for more than I paid for it.

Some day we might get back into camping, I really like the looks of this one called a 17mke, but it its 22' long where does the 17 come from? it looks to have at least as much room as our MH did (which was much more room than any truck camper we every had) Problem with this model is it only comes with a 12v freg and they still building them with standard lauan plywood, and its not "if" its going to delamanate, its "when".
But have you priced now campers? what I feel should sell for the mid 20K is going for upper 40K right now. No way. I can go on a lot of Cruise ships for that price.

* This post was edited 11/30/22 10:49am by towpro *


2022 Ford F150
Sold: 2016 Arctic Fox 990, 2018 Ram 3500, 2011 Open Range
Sold Forest River Forester 2401R Mercedes Benz. when campsites went from $90 to $190 per night.

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Posted: 11/30/22 03:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

towpro,
I love your post! You covered everything that needed to be stated including camping fees, electric refers and reservations. The three major things I hate about camping now. We actually live in the Pisgah National forest and we see more cars and campers one night camping in a cg than we see in a month where we live. That is one reason I wanted a TC, we have plenty of places to camp here in the forest FREE and do not have to make reservations or try to run a fridge on a 12 volt battery.
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Posted: 11/30/22 04:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

At least one major manufacturer is switching to all 12V refrigerators for 2023.That is Nu-Camp Cirrus line. They claim it is the wave of the future. They are using 12 Isotherm Cruise 130 refrigerators that draw 4.7 amps/hour. and now have 100 amp hour Battle Born batteries standard, with a 500 amp hour upgrade option (for about 10K)
Maybe the new 12V fridges are different than those of a few years ago?

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BigSwick wrote:

At least one major manufacturer is switching to all 12V refrigerators for 2023.That is Nu-Camp Cirrus line. They claim it is the wave of the future. They are using 12 Isotherm Cruise 130 refrigerators that draw 4.7 amps/hour. and now have 100 amp hour Battle Born batteries standard, with a 500 amp hour upgrade option (for about 10K)
Maybe the new 12V fridges are different than those of a few years ago?


There does not seem to be any improvement in the past 10 years or so. The Cruise 130 is a relatively small 4.7 cf refrigerator with a Danfoss compressor. A 4.7 amp/hr draw seems about right and matches the efficiency of my 12 year old Nova Kool, also with a Danfoss.

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