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#1 OFFLINE   PigPen

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 10:29 PM

Farmer & I paid a visit to Marc at XP Camper today. This is the first time I have seen this revolutionary camper in person. I was impressed. This is a great choice for anyone wanting to go off road. Pricey, but well built using composite materials which makes it leak proof & strong enough to handle the worst off road conditions. The price also includes bed mods to the truck I was especially impressed with the hydraulic topper lifting system and the diesel furnace/hot water heater. He has also managed to fit a full size shower in there. I only saw his prototype, he is busy constructing the first production model. I took some photo's. Rick (Farmer) is standing in front of the rig to give some idea of size.

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 02:04 AM

Nice Camper, though, I have this feeling that at the rate things are currently going and the state of affairs in the nation, the XP might go the course of its pricey predecessor the Earthroamer.

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 06:39 AM

Maybe not, he is only producing a few at a time

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 06:52 AM

Not sure about that ladder. Seems a little high and steep for folks in their 50's and 60's to get up into the camper. Other than that, looks like a well made rig.
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Posted 08 January 2010 - 08:37 AM

It's funny I was always waiting to see a new approach to building a truck camper, using modern construction materials and innovative accessories such as diesel fuel heaters/stoves, compressor refrigerators etc., now that someone has, I have to say I'm disappointed. I just thought for the money I would see more....I hope the developers have deep pockets.

The interior doesn't seem all that better than other pop-ups and you still have fabric panels.

Maybe it's just because I'm not into pop-ups, is there a larger hard sided version in the works?

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 09:56 AM

I have to agree with Ron. I've been wanting to go back to a pop-up, but don't think we would be willing to give up the extra space afforded by a slide-out. Surely there is a way to have both. I regret selling my Hallmark pop-up, especially after seeing one all tricked out at last year's RV show in Denver.

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 08:31 AM

The only place there is canvas is around the cab over, the rear is solid.

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 09:23 AM

The only place there is canvas is around the cab over, the rear is solid.


Marc also offers panels that can be erected form the inside for better thermal characteristics.

There really isn't any RV appliances or fixtures in the XP Camper. It's all marine. Even the LED lights are from the marine industry. It's unlike any RV I've ever seen, with the exception of the Unicat.

I don't know of too many truck campers that can ride the dunes at Pismo in this sort of fashion!

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 04:39 PM

When we talked with Marc, I got the impression that this was more along the lines of an expedition, off-road camper.

Looking at the use of campers for hunters in our area this would suit them very well, a low profile,very capable off road capable unit, that you can force your way through dense bush.

And you could also drag your toys anywhere you want, if your trailers are of the same quality as the tow unit.

I would think of this camper as more as a specialized camper for long term self-sufficient off-road use, well off the beaten path.

It has everything you need except the room and luxury, but with the quality of the basics that come with this unit, you will be well served.

If you want and can use a compact, basic but high quality off road unit, it's worth a look.
If you want more room, luxury and never go off-road, buy the bigger units.

What I liked about the XP camper is that there was a lot of thought that went into this camper, with the small common sense ideas that are built into this unit, if you look at the way the other campers are built you will realize that they are all using the same old ways to build.

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 03:45 PM

It's funny I was always waiting to see a new approach to building a truck camper, using modern construction materials and innovative accessories such as diesel fuel heaters/stoves, compressor refrigerators etc., now that someone has, I have to say I'm disappointed. I just thought for the money I would see more....I hope the developers have deep pockets.

The interior doesn't seem all that better than other pop-ups and you still have fabric panels.

Maybe it's just because I'm not into pop-ups, is there a larger hard sided version in the works?

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Hey Ron
So what exactly would you like to see for the money?
What is so disappointing about this unit?

That it only carries 80 Gal of water?
Maybe 60 cuft of storage isn't enough?
After all it is only a pop up camper!!!
Who needs 430 amps of battery power or only 330 watts of solar?

I for one have not seen a nicer interior in any pop up camper, but any suggestions are welcome.


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Posted 29 January 2010 - 04:33 PM

Marc, I like it it is not my cup of tea but each to his own. If I was about 40 years younger I sure would be looking at it. I like it. Looks well built and thought out. Good job.
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Posted 29 January 2010 - 04:50 PM

Marc, I like it it is not my cup of tea but each to his own. If I was about 40 years younger I sure would be looking at it. I like it. Looks well built and thought out. Good job.
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Posted 30 January 2010 - 03:21 AM

Price?
I have been a tent camper since my Boy Scout days long, long, ago. Now I need to get up off of the cold ground to get a good nights rest, a truck camper seems to be the best choice. I am here to learn as much as I can.

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 01:34 PM

Seems to be a good camper for hunters (if they can keep the thing warm).
Excellent for back country hunting trips.
I don;t care for the steps.

1.How much is this going to cost?
2.I don't see any jacks.
3.How does it go on and off the truck.
4.What kind of truck bed modifications are required?
5.Will it be at next weeks RV show in Abbotsford??

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 02:19 PM

Marc, be sure to post it on www.expeditionportal.com. Those guys will LOVE it. :D

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 03:07 PM

Marc, be sure to post it on www.expeditionportal.com. Those guys will LOVE it. :D



It's been on there since it's original conception in DEC 2007 :D
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Posted 30 January 2010 - 03:20 PM

Seems to be a good camper for hunters (if they can keep the thing warm).

It's been heated with a Diesel Heater which puts out 5.5kW
Since the camper is a foam core construction and doesn't have any internal Aluminium frame there is NO condensation in cold weather.
Since eliminating the propane, the heat produced by the Diesel Heater is dry air with no moisture content.

Excellent for back country hunting trips.
I don;t care for the steps.
It's better than those Scissor steps and those steps slide right under the camper.

1.How much is this going to cost?
Under $70K US
2.I don't see any jacks.
Right, this way you can't rip them off and do serious damage to your camper.
A friend of mine just brought his Hallmark UTE to me where the Insurance company estimated the damage of close to $8000!!!
It basically ripped the jacks right out of the wooden frame.
3.How does it go on and off the truck.
With the Jacks you insert in the 4 corners of the camper..Takes about 10 minutes!!!!
4.What kind of truck bed modifications are required?
A flatbed conversion which IS included in the original purchase price.
If you already have a flatbed then an adapter is needed to secure the camper to the flatbed.
5.Will it be at next weeks RV show in Abbotsford??
NO sorry


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Posted 30 January 2010 - 08:30 PM

Thanks for your reply.
To bad it's not to be seen at the show.
I'm planning to go there.

Price seems to be a bit high and I'm not sure if I would like my truck bed removed from the truck.
But I DO think there is a limited market for these kind of campers.

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 12:23 PM

I can see where a T/C built exclusively for a flat bed layout would allow for lots of extra storage room, and this is sure nifty looking. I just can't dedicate my truck to camping only and there are too many things that I use my truck for that require a standard truck bed. Maybe there will be a standard truck bed model someday.

Seems like it all runs diesel, heater, etc. I wonder where you store all the extra diesel? The main reason I love my propane generator is that I would rather carry propane tanks than gas tanks.
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Posted 01 February 2010 - 11:52 AM

Ralph, what can you not do with a flatbed that you can with a standard bed? I find my C&M SS model flat bed to be much more user friendly than the oem bed. It's tons larger, steel not fiberglass/plastic & I can put any height side rails on it I need. Some don't like the look...but hey it's a truck.

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