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Posted: 12/27/17 10:08am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

No problem with it at all. Why would you think it's not safe?

What's unsafe is sleeping in the camper with the roof UP. There's always that slim chance that the lift mechanism could collapse and drop the roof on you while you're sleeping in the cabover.

It might be a little cramped, and unless you're under 5' tall you can't walk anywhere near upright, but if you can stand sleeping on the dinette bed, you're golden.


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Posted: 12/27/17 09:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yup. Stealth camping...


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TxGearhead wrote:

Geewizard wrote:

I've done it my Outfitter, cooked on the cooktop, and used the toilet. The Outfitter is laid out so it's possible.


You can sleep in the cabover with the top down?


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mkirsch wrote:

...unless you're under 5' tall you can't walk anywhere near upright...


What "popup" is FIVE FEET high inside when the top is down?

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DiskDoctr wrote:

mkirsch wrote:

...unless you're under 5' tall you can't walk anywhere near upright...


What "popup" is FIVE FEET high inside when the top is down?

Pop up truck campers. You’re in the TC forum.

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mkirsch wrote:

....unless you're under 5' tall .....

NorthStar 650Sc has an interior height closed of 5'1".

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Thanks for all the advice. When camping with the top down do you use your propane furnace or another heater? Which is safer?


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csh_2088 wrote:

Thanks for all the advice. When camping with the top down do you use your propane furnace or another heater? Which is safer?


The propane heater will work just fine and safely with the top down. Because the volume is much less, it will short cycle and tend to heat unevenly each cycle. You will be sleeping close to it and it will be noisy.

If you have shore power, you can use an electric space heater. Just be careful of the hot surfaces in the cramped quarters.

Recommend you practice some cold evening in your driveway to figure it all out.


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TxGearhead wrote:

Geewizard wrote:

I've done it my Outfitter, cooked on the cooktop, and used the toilet. The Outfitter is laid out so it's possible.


You can sleep in the cabover with the top down?


I'd like to see that (not). You'd have to be pretty skinny to get in the bunk on mine. With the roof down it's maybe 12" clear space between the mattress and the roof. Not something I'd attempt and I don't like tight spots anyway... Besides, I keep my 'junk' up there, lawn chairs and bunk ladder are up there when travelling.

I can access my fridge, use the toilet and sleep on the dinette which converts into a bed but that is about it and headroom is at a premium. I'm 6'1" and it's a tight fit. No standing up. I can run the Fantastic fans and turn on the lights as well but no cooking. Cooktop is too close to the roof in the closed position.

Furnace is doable however.

Never considered it really and no way my wife and I could both fit on the dinette bed.

I can see doing that in a pinch but practical, not really.


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Posted: 12/31/17 10:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I can stand up in my popup with the top down if we have a lot of bedding in the cabover...otherwise my hair gets mussed.

I could certainly sleep on the dinette. Check length of dinette and of self before attempting.)

I could use the cooktop if I exercised caution. Would rather not.

Sink, furnace, fridge, water heater: no problem.

Wanna get to the storage under the bed? Pop up, get your sleeping bag, pop down. Stealth achieved.

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