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Desert Captain

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We have been RVing for 15+ years, started with a hard sided Aliner popup. Went to a 22' TT for 4.5 years before trading it in on a 24' Class C. Then added a couple of open trailers to tow my motorcycles ending with my current {and last} a 6 X 10', 8' tall cargo trailer.

Never had any interest in a Class A, fiver or truck camper until... My friend stopped by our place in Arizona with his truck camper and cargo trailer {that's my Cargo trailer back behind his}:

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As you can see his truck is a long bed F-350, 7.3L diesel with a very nice TC pulling his 12' cargo trailer. We were very impressed with this set up. His trailer hauls his Harley Road Glide and a nice Yamaha dirt bike, mountain bike and a bunch of other stuff. I was already on board with the cargo trailer thing as ours works well {25K miles on it in the last 3+ years}. I haul either my Can Am Spyder or Polaris Rzr SXS, BBQ, LP cylinder, firewood and assorted tools and toys in addition to the buggy or bike.

I have no need for a truck large enough to be viable for a TC, I get by just fine with my Honda Ridgeline but really had my eyes opened to the possibilities that only a truck camper brings to the RV equation. No plans to change as our setup works great, is paid for and I will be 70 in a couple of weeks {old dogs and new tricks kind of a thing}. Might just have to start poking around the TC threads which could be dangerous... film at eleven!

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Posted: 11/13/21 10:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Welcome. Some of things that set a truck camper apart from your motorhome:

+Larger tow ratings
+4wd and diesel options
+Taller chassis clearances
+Ability to drop camper and use only the truck
-Less living and storage space
-Higher cost per square foot
-Higher climb into camper or bed
-Taller than many Class C's


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Posted: 11/13/21 11:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Your friend’s rig is practical but not pretty and I’ve seen some very good looking combos like his. Just for me, dropping and reloading the camper was just too much since I stay only two nights or so before getting itchy feet.


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Bedlam,

I don't see taller as an improvement--so long as one does not bang their head on the ceiling.

I'm thinking of low hanging branches--and the vent in my bathroom that fell on its sword. (In my lower than yours class c).


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I think Bedlam was talking about ground clearance. Most of the roads in the Western US have really high clearances in any case. I think it’s from clearing wide paths for fire trucks and log trucks.


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jimh425 wrote:

I think Bedlam was talking about ground clearance. Most of the roads in the Western US have really high clearances in any case. I think it’s from clearing wide paths for fire trucks and log trucks.


His last point:

'-Taller than many Class C's "

He does mention better ground clearance.

I think TC's are able to go where even a 4 wheel drive class C can't. Drive in on two wheel drive--and back out on 4 wheel.

KD4UPL

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In Virginia (and other states I'm sure) a TC is considered cargo and not a vehicle. Thus, no tags, inspection, or personal property tax on TCs.

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Don't let your age stop you. I was 78 back in June (79 now) when I traded in my 5th wheel which I'd had for 11 years and bought a new truck camper. Since then we have used it for 42 nights, about a third of the time I've owned it.
To be fair, I owned 6 truck campers before the 5th wheel so I knew what we were getting into.
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pianotuna wrote:

jimh425 wrote:

I think Bedlam was talking about ground clearance. Most of the roads in the Western US have really high clearances in any case. I think it’s from clearing wide paths for fire trucks and log trucks.


His last point:

'-Taller than many Class C's "

He does mention better ground clearance.

I think TC's are able to go where even a 4 wheel drive class C can't. Drive in on two wheel drive--and back out on 4 wheel.


Don't overlook the minus sign in front of Taller than many Class C's

He put a plus in front of the positives and a minus in front of the negatives.

+Larger tow ratings
+4wd and diesel options
+Taller chassis clearances
+Ability to drop camper and use only the truck
-Less living and storage space
-Higher cost per square foot
-Higher climb into camper or bed
-Taller than many Class C's


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I was very happy with my 2000 F250 7.3L diesel with slide in camper for many years and thought it may be our last truck camper setup since it was in good shape and only had a bit over 100K miles. Then my wife had her second knee replacement and could not handle the overhead bunk any more. So at 70 we sold the combo and bought a Class B. That was 3 years ago, the camper part suits us ok but the 5.4L gas engine does not have the pulling power I was use to when I pull my 12' enclosed trailer. Just more things to consider.

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