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Old 10-08-2011, 03:14 PM   #1
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There are so many choices, but I really like the versatility of a slide in truck camper.

What do you like and why?
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Old 10-08-2011, 03:19 PM   #2
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Coming from a Class C RV owner, my best advise is to rent one a few times before buying. It's an awful lot of money if you're not using it all the time. Although, I enjoy my time in our rig, if I had it to do over....I'd just buy a fractional share of something nicer, or just rent when I wanted to use one.

That all being said...Class A is a much nicer way to go if you can.
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So many types and styles to choose from. If I was in it for 3+months or more a year, Class A. Weekender, 5th wheel or travel trailer.
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I had a pop up trailer years ago, but recently decided to try camping again.

I went with a bumper pull light weight 26 ft Fleetwood with one slide.
It has lots of features, water heater, gas furnace, ducted roof air, plus holding tanks and 110 & 12 volt electrical.

I went with bumper pull so I could pull it with my Yukon that has heavy duty towing package. I gave a lot of thought to a gooseneck, but decided to keep my Yukon and save the expense of a new pickup untill we decide for sure we want to get back into camping.

In 12 months we have only had time for two outings, if I don't start using it this fall I may sell it.

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Old 10-08-2011, 04:44 PM   #5
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We camped in lean-tos, boats, tents, pop-ups class Cs and several Class A Motorhomes. If you have the bug, get a class A and enjoy the difference. Pull a turtle behind or a car dolly and enjoy both worlds.

Class A MHs require a decent set up and constantly breaking down to run around town is a pain. We did that routine for several years but then switched to a dolly for the Cadillac.

Best advice is just to buy one you can afford. Then it will get more use.
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Come on down to Houston and buy an ex-FEMA trailer from Katrina. There are thousands of them, all bought at auction by one guy for $ 500 a pop. He'll sell you one for $ 3K.

30' bumper pull, 2006 models, and most were used less than a year, some not at all, although I bet those have already been sold.
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What kind of tow vehicle do you have?

I like either the 5th wheel toy haulers or a bumper tow camper. I don't like motorhomes as they are expensive and you have to drag another vehicle to drive or unhook the camper each time.

Get a 5th wheel toy hauler and a motorcycle or other toy. Buy used, not new. Depreciation is killer on toys like this, and the market is as soft on them as they are on real houses.
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I sure would like to have this!

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I sure would like to have this!
Damn, that is pretty nice.
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Were a small RV dealer in west Michigan. We have sold a little over 40 Rv's in 2011.

It depends on what type of RV your going to stay with. If money is no object i would go with the Sprinter van chassis class with the Mercedes diesel they get about 20-21 mpg and with a slide have plenty of room.

That's my dream Rv Small Motor home with a slide. I HATE these huge Rv's Smaller with slides that's the way to go
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One of those things that is way cheaper to rent than to own.
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Damn, that is pretty nice.
164k, and you can own it
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Old 10-08-2011, 07:22 PM   #14
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Were a small RV dealer in west Michigan. We have sold a little over 40 Rv's in 2011.

It depends on what type of RV your going to stay with. If money is no object i would go with the Sprinter van chassis class with the Mercedes diesel they get about 20-21 mpg and with a slide have plenty of room.

That's my dream Rv Small Motor home with a slide. I HATE these huge Rv's Smaller with slides that's the way to go

I am really interested in a slide in truck camper, who makes the best? There are so many to choose from, and of course looking for used.
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164k, and you can own it
You think I could talk them down to $30,000?
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I am really interested in a slide in truck camper, who makes the best? There are so many to choose from, and of course looking for used.
Take a look at Artic Fox it's one of the best and Big Foot but be aware of the short queen bed in it, Lance is pretty nice too.
If you want a pop up slide in Hallmark is the way to go.
You can spend $30k or more on one.
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Take a look at Artic Fox it's one of the best and Big Foot but be aware of the short queen bed in it, Lance is pretty nice too.
If you want a pop up slide in Hallmark is the way to go.
You can spend $30k or more on one.
For 30K I would want a big trailer instead of a slide in with some pop-ups.
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It's cheaper to fly and stay at a Marriott.
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It's cheaper to fly and stay at a Marriott.
Got THAT right.....not that flying is any easier than driving these daze....

little over 2 years ago, wife bought a 200 buck...that IS hundred and only two of them.....Class C FORTY y/o motor home,.....chebby P30 M/H chassis....

it turns out to have had a new engine in it.....no rust in the water jackets, no sludge in any visible oil galleys...

so in with a 700 overdrive I built for it....and many modifications in the rebuild process.....got about 4200 in it by now....over two years.....

hobby time....


see pix, I think the sites have some of the rebuild in process there....

trick is, i'ts NEW throughout....
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There are so many choices, but I really like the versatility of a slide in truck camper.

What do you like and why?
For total versatility - I chose a hi-line, rugged, Ford E450 chassis diesel Class C 24'.

It fits my needs and desires perfectly, wherever I want to go in the continent.

No freakin' hotel bills of $100 a day either, drives quite like a car, you sit up high, and you're safe when on-the-road. I use mine for mostly business travel, and I love it! Totally comfortable/convenient.

You can spend up to $1,500,000.00 on a behemoth, 45' RV, but $100K will get you one heck of a gently used, less than 1-year old Class C diesel.

Do you really want to lug a 40' +/- rig around? I sure in the h#ll do not!
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