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KD4UPL

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Posted: 04/23/20 06:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I highly recommend a long bed truck. It will give you probably 4 times more choices of campers. Also, if you want an inexpensive truck, most of the no frills work truck type trucks are long beds because that's what people who actually use trucks for truck things want. I too would also recommend a used camper unless you have plenty of money to pay cash for a new one. When I sold my 2003 camper in 2018 it went for under $10,000. This was an 11' model with a dry back, generator, remote jacks, 2 awnings, solar panel, etc.
Campers are heavy. A 3500 SRW is a minimum. If you intend to have a 4wd diesel crew cab truck with lots of options, haul lots of gear, and have a nice big camper you really should be looking for a dually.

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I highly recommend a long bed truck. It will give you probably 4 times more choices of campers. Also, if you want an inexpensive truck, most of the no frills work truck type trucks are long beds because that's what people who actually use trucks for truck things want. I too would also recommend a used camper unless you have plenty of money to pay cash for a new one. When I sold my 2003 camper in 2018 it went for under $10,000. This was an 11' model with a dry back, generator, remote jacks, 2 awnings, solar panel, etc.
Campers are heavy. A 3500 SRW is a minimum. If you intend to have a 4wd diesel crew cab truck with lots of options, haul lots of gear, and have a nice big camper you really should be looking for a dually.

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I highly recommend a long bed truck. It will give you probably 4 times more choices of campers. Also, if you want an inexpensive truck, most of the no frills work truck type trucks are long beds because that's what people who actually use trucks for truck things want. I too would also recommend a used camper unless you have plenty of money to pay cash for a new one. When I sold my 2003 camper in 2018 it went for under $10,000. This was an 11' model with a dry back, generator, remote jacks, 2 awnings, solar panel, etc.
Campers are heavy. A 3500 SRW is a minimum. If you intend to have a 4wd diesel crew cab truck with lots of options, haul lots of gear, and have a nice big camper you really should be looking for a dually.

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I highly recommend a long bed truck. It will give you probably 4 times more choices of campers. Also, if you want an inexpensive truck, most of the no frills work truck type trucks are long beds because that's what people who actually use trucks for truck things want. I too would also recommend a used camper unless you have plenty of money to pay cash for a new one. When I sold my 2003 camper in 2018 it went for under $10,000. This was an 11' model with a dry back, generator, remote jacks, 2 awnings, solar panel, etc.
Campers are heavy. A 3500 SRW is a minimum. If you intend to have a 4wd diesel crew cab truck with lots of options, haul lots of gear, and have a nice big camper you really should be looking for a dually.

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I highly recommend a long bed truck. It will give you probably 4 times more choices of campers. Also, if you want an inexpensive truck, most of the no frills work truck type trucks are long beds because that's what people who actually use trucks for truck things want. I too would also recommend a used camper unless you have plenty of money to pay cash for a new one. When I sold my 2003 camper in 2018 it went for under $10,000. This was an 11' model with a dry back, generator, remote jacks, 2 awnings, solar panel, etc.
Campers are heavy. A 3500 SRW is a minimum. If you intend to have a 4wd diesel crew cab truck with lots of options, haul lots of gear, and have a nice big camper you really should be looking for a dually.

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if you are planing on living full time in what ever you get, do yourself a favor and get a 1 ton truck that has a deicent payload. go duely even. for full timing your going to want a deicent camper for the space and tank capacity.

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iwanttoretireearly wrote:

It's true. Of all the van life/RV life options though, truck campers just seem to me my best bet and if I'm willing to lose 25k on a used truck, I should also be willing to lose 25k-30k on a camper. Hopefully, none of them break or at least just one. But I'm going to look at Host. I saw Venture America came out with a carbon fiber travel trailer. I don't want a travel trailer but Im hoping we get lighter and lighter materials in the next 10-15 years.


OMG, I know you’re just trying to think about “all” possible scenarios, but dial down the paranoia a bit.
How many un repairable leave it on the side of the road $25k vehicle breakdowns have you had? If it’s one, it’s more than most.
And what makes a vehicle that expensive non repairable? You could put a new Diesel engine in it, the most expensive repair you could do, for half that amount
To your question though, if you are set on getting only 1 expensive component and going cheap on the other, with your fear of breakdowns, get a new truck and old camper. Campers don’t “break down”. One component may fail or get a leak, but nothing short of a tornado will really render it inhabitable.


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The biggest selection of campers is generally in the PNW and Rockies.
Not to say you won’t find one elsewhere.

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Full timing will require much more items than people that weekend camp. I would start with a dual rear wheel truck so you have sufficient capacity to carry your home around.


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There really isn’t such a thing as a “3/4 ton camper”.
Any older dually will haul as much weight as a newer one regardless of so-called rating.
For licensing purposes they claimed a 10,000 or 11,000 GVW, not the 14,000 they do now.
But they had the same axles and were plenty stout.

You’d do yourself a big favor to get a dual rear wheel truck. They handle campers so much better.
The camper is already as wide as the dually rear fenders, so why not?


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