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Old 08-03-2018, 05:26 AM   #51 (permalink)
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We camp a lot. 50+ nights a year, and we've been tenting it forever. I just bought a slide in pop up for my truck this past weekend - my first foray into RV ownership. I bought new, which I hemmed and hawed about for literally years, but at least I start fresh with a warranty and no one else's cobbled up messes.

Will see how it goes. So far we love it. We'll be living for 10 days out of it at the end of the month. That'll be the real test.

Trailers are comparatively cheap when you're looking at truck campers....that's for sure.
D rat, you coming to Utah for the ten days? It will be hot so be ready for that. Enjoy the beauty of the state!
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I don't hate that idea.
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Old 08-03-2018, 11:18 AM   #53 (permalink)
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D rat, you coming to Utah for the ten days? It will be hot so be ready for that. Enjoy the beauty of the state!
I live in Mesa, AZ. I'm well versed in Hot.

Doing a few days in Capitol Reef, then Bryce, then we may head down to the North Rim. Am stopping in Kanab too to put our names in the hat to hike the Wave. Maybe we'll get lucky and get drawn. I hiked it 6 years ago and have been wanting to go back ever since.
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I would not own another camper that doesn't have a metal/fiberglass roof unless I could store it inside.
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Well I offered $4500 but he won't come down from $5k.
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Well I offered $4500 but he won't come down from $5k.
Was that his asking price? 5K.
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Was that his asking price? 5K.
Has gone from $8000, to $6700, asking $6k now
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Old 08-06-2018, 09:27 AM   #58 (permalink)
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The urge to buy a camper has been a yearly deal for me, but has really become a thing for me lately. Feel like I'm suffocating and need to "get out there" more. For awhile it was a pop-up, but I'm torn on that. I have a 25' long spot beside my garage, with an 8' gate, I'm limited to something that'd fit in there. I don't want some big honkin' RV at all, those are about the opposite of camping as far as I'm concerned. Thought about an old van to convert as well, but like mentioned, that or an RV is another thing to register, inspect, etc.

Have looked into tear-drop campers, but they're all stupidly expensive, especially the "off-road" ones. Thought about something from Newwaveteardrop.com and Runawaycampers.com, but also would like something I could stand up and walk around it. Those are more reasonably priced, but still too much money, really.

At this point I'm debating on buying a 5x10 or 6x12 utility trailer and converting it for dual camping/hauling use. Should be easy enough to run shore power to it, put in an AC unit, etc.
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Has gone from $8000, to $6700, asking $6k now
https://up.craigslist.org/rvs/d/jayc...645642427.html
We should all call and offer $4k to make $4500 look like a good offer.
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The urge to buy a camper has been a yearly deal for me, but has really become a thing for me lately. Feel like I'm suffocating and need to "get out there" more. For awhile it was a pop-up, but I'm torn on that. I have a 25' long spot beside my garage, with an 8' gate, I'm limited to something that'd fit in there. I don't want some big honkin' RV at all, those are about the opposite of camping as far as I'm concerned. Thought about an old van to convert as well, but like mentioned, that or an RV is another thing to register, inspect, etc.

Have looked into tear-drop campers, but they're all stupidly expensive, especially the "off-road" ones. Thought about something from Newwaveteardrop.com and Runawaycampers.com, but also would like something I could stand up and walk around it. Those are more reasonably priced, but still too much money, really.

At this point I'm debating on buying a 5x10 or 6x12 utility trailer and converting it for dual camping/hauling use. Should be easy enough to run shore power to it, put in an AC unit, etc.


We are looking at R-Pods. Still a little pricey, but maybe you should check them out. Made by Forrest River.
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At this point I'm debating on buying a 5x10 or 6x12 utility trailer and converting it for dual camping/hauling use. Should be easy enough to run shore power to it, put in an AC unit, etc.
If you have any carpentry skills at all this is the way to go. Campers are garbage. Why not go bigger though and then you can haul a rig or whatever?

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I don't have much to add other than depending on use I wouldn't shy away from older units.

I have a 1984 24' fifth wheel. No slides. The furnace is gone and replaced with a radiant heater. The AC works great. The water heater is meh. Big enough for my family of 4 and our two dogs. I put maybe $100/year into maintenance. Caulk the roof seems every 2 years. We use it about 4 weekends a year. I paid all of $500 for it. It is 60 miles to the lake but I just re packed the wheel bearings every year and got new tires about 3 years ago. If I wanted too I would trust it to get towed across the country.

I get odd looks when I show up to the lake with a new truck, new boat, and $500 old camper. But you have to have priorities
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The urge to buy a camper has been a yearly deal for me, but has really become a thing for me lately. Feel like I'm suffocating and need to "get out there" more. For awhile it was a pop-up, but I'm torn on that. I have a 25' long spot beside my garage, with an 8' gate, I'm limited to something that'd fit in there. I don't want some big honkin' RV at all, those are about the opposite of camping as far as I'm concerned. Thought about an old van to convert as well, but like mentioned, that or an RV is another thing to register, inspect, etc.

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Speaking from experience and seeing the many posts of others, it's a bummer to go from A to D.

A, tent
B, pop up
C, travel trailer
D, eureka!

Go straight to D. Get the biggest, nicest piece of shit you can now. You won't have qualms about headroom, lack of storage, wish I had this and or that etc... the lavish experience of a loaded piece of shit is not going to ruin your idealism about camping. No sir. You're still roughing it, trust me.
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My wife surprised me with a camper van a few years back, and we love it. A hard roof and propane furnace make it so pleasant, even in the winter. We probably average every 6 weeks. I really like having a dedicated camping setup where we can just get in and drive away, instead of tearing the garage apart and playing Tetris packing. Coming directly from tent camping, the little van seems like a great size for us and our 9yo.

I do have to try really hard to avoid Quigley conversion websites.

Kinda like this:
yet another thread where a van is the answer. added bonus, you can easily hook up a trailer and tow your whatever you want trailer to wherever you are going
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Just wanted to throw in my two cents. My parents bought up a pop-up (slide-in, not trailer) camper when I was in grade school. They also bought an F250 to carry it and we've been all over the continent in that thing. Our family of five spent two and a half months touring Alaska one summer--those are some of the best memories I've got. A few years later we did another two and a half months touring from California out to the east coast, up the seaboard to Labrador, and then back through Canada. We've taken it on countless roadtrips and it does down to Mexico for a week once a year. The real benefit of an in-bed camper is that you have all the maneuverability of a truck. We've found some incredible camping spots due purely to the fact that we had decent ground clearance. Most of the places we take it simply could not be reached with a trailer. Yeah, it's a little smaller than a trailer, but your travel speed and maneuverability more than make up for it.
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The only truck I have that is nice to drive on road trips has a 5'8 bed. Not planning to pick up something to replace my older truck for a few years, and then it will have a 6.5 bed.
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Well that was close. Upon a final inspection before handing over $5000, I found the right rear corner of the roof was completely rotted out. Not sure how I missed that because that's where the ladder is. Back to looking. I found and am tempted by a 1986 pace arrow with a blown trans. Guessing 454 th475
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