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Old 08-29-2011, 10:39 PM
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What do you all think of the idea of a truck+truck camper combination? Cheaper than other RV's, easier to handle, there are many that will work with the standard Ford F150, etc.
Old 08-30-2011, 03:53 AM
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Im gone in mine almost every weekend. I get better sleep in that bed than my bed at home. I go camping much more because It's already packed and ready to roll at all times.

I like to explore and find places off the beaten path to camp, you can't get back there with an rv. It has everything you need. A stove, fridge, table, furnace, sink, bed, and lots of storage for supplies.

You don't need a F-150, there are several made for mini trucks too. They can be found for cheep too if you look around. I looked at several before I bought this one.This camper was cheaper than a months rent, and so far it's been the best investment Iv'e made.
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I'm looking at getting a truck soon, I will have to look around for one of these too. Good idea.
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I've seen a lot of truck bed campers put on utility trailers too, if you don't have a truck, but have a vehicle that can pull a trailer.
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Im gone in mine almost every weekend. I get better sleep in that bed than my bed at home. I go camping much more because It's already packed and ready to roll at all times.

I like to explore and find places off the beaten path to camp, you can't get back there with an rv. It has everything you need. A stove, fridge, table, furnace, sink, bed, and lots of storage for supplies.

You don't need a F-150, there are several made for mini trucks too. They can be found for cheep too if you look around. I looked at several before I bought this one.This camper was cheaper than a months rent, and so far it's been the best investment Iv'e made.




Thanks for posting the pictures. You have a nice set up there. I am going to look into this, not necessarily as a BOV, but I like do camping.
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Mine is similar


Camper cost $600
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I had a truck and camper for several years. I regret selling the set up. Like mentioned...it's packed to go camping...right after work

My camper was older (1980) but well looked after and clean. Bought it for $1000. I took good care of it and re-caulked it every year. It's a bit of a chore keeping the camper in good shape but well worth it.

I liked the fact that I could unload the camper and use just the truck when I went hunting. Be sure to get one with hydraulic jacks!

A truck camper set up is a good "prep" that you can use every weekend...making it very cost effective!
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I used to have a truck cap

It took a good hour or more to load up then another hour or more to make camp then another hour or two to break camp and another hour or two to unload and thats if I kept everything ready in the garage.
I can pull the camper out of the garage and load it in around an hour and unload and push back in the garage in about an hour. Making and breaking camp is 5 minutes.
Well now stop for lunch, sometimes popping up other times just making a lunch and eating with the top down instead of eating fast food when we travel.
For comparison, same spot as above, different year
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Im gone in mine almost every weekend. I get better sleep in that bed than my bed at home. I go camping much more because It's already packed and ready to roll at all times.

I like to explore and find places off the beaten path to camp, you can't get back there with an rv. It has everything you need. A stove, fridge, table, furnace, sink, bed, and lots of storage for supplies.

You don't need a F-150, there are several made for mini trucks too. They can be found for cheep too if you look around. I looked at several before I bought this one.This camper was cheaper than a months rent, and so far it's been the best investment Iv'e made.
Very nice. Well, I said F-150, because that is what I want for my next vehicle. I am definitely a Ford man, having now owned three, including the only new cars I ever bought.
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This is a photo of my bug out vehicle. It is loaded with gear. Assuming I can get it to run or if it isn't destroyed. Otherwise my bug out vehicle will be a shopping cart filled with goodies :-)
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A truck/camper idea is much better than an RV. During Katrina a number of larger vehicles had a huge issue navigating the roads due to congestion. An RV would be a nightmare.
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Steph Davis in her book High Infatuation has pictures of her Ford Ranger she lived in for several years. She's a climbing junkie for those who don't know. She has sponsors now but before she had a single cab ford ranger with a camper shell she lived out of in the Utah canyons. Youtube has several videos of other climbers living out of vans & such.
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I am concerned with weight is why I choose not to have a camper in the bed...

I would rather save that payload for dense cargo like water/food/fuel than comfort plus top heavy and control becomes an issue...
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Thats why I like my popup, not too heavy and not top heavy.
The other plus is it takes a little less time to load the stocked camper than it did to load the water/food/gear into the bed.
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I have a nylon cabin.
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What do you all think of the idea of a truck+truck camper combination? Cheaper than other RV's, easier to handle, there are many that will work with the standard Ford F150, etc.
This might work for you
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This might work for you
How much does it weigh?

I would think weight would kill it off-road...
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This is a photo of my bug out vehicle. It is loaded with gear. Assuming I can get it to run or if it isn't destroyed. Otherwise my bug out vehicle will be a shopping cart filled with goodies :-)
Nothing like having a plan b.
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Im gone in mine almost every weekend. I get better sleep in that bed than my bed at home. I go camping much more because It's already packed and ready to roll at all times.

I like to explore and find places off the beaten path to camp, you can't get back there with an rv. It has everything you need. A stove, fridge, table, furnace, sink, bed, and lots of storage for supplies.

You don't need a F-150, there are several made for mini trucks too. They can be found for cheep too if you look around. I looked at several before I bought this one.This camper was cheaper than a months rent, and so far it's been the best investment Iv'e made.
My dad had one back in the day. He really loved that thing.
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Buddy of mine had a pop-up for his S-10, weighed somewhere around 1,000lbs or so. Even with that kind of weight, the my truck (a Mazda) barely squatted, the biggest problem was putting it on and off. Even with the supports extended all the way, I still had to air down my tires to put it on and take it back off.


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