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#1 OFFLINE   stuwu4s

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Posted 23 March 2017 - 01:25 PM

what was your first truck camper?

ours was a Weekender. I think because it was in the early 1970's. probably about 1972 or so. it was a 11 or 12 foot. No toilet, shower. we had a porta potty. NO frig, had an ice box. You had to pump the water. Had it on a 3/4 ton Ford pick up. I think it was a F250.

we had 3 kids and they slept everywhere. Also had a boot that you could crawl thru from the camper into the truck, remember in those days there were no extended cabs, so the kids rode in camper, they used to lay on the bed and look out the front window as we drove down the rod. You could pass stuff from  the truck / camper as you drove down the road.

Had 4 corner jacks that you had to crank up. Do not remember  the weights, but in those days no one seemed to care. No air bags, etc.

We have had 5 different truck campers over years, the one we now have will be the last.

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Posted 23 March 2017 - 02:57 PM

My first camper was an 8 1/2 foot Beaver. Very high quality. I used it for 24 years, no leaks, no broken appliances, all interior hardware was still in working order. It also had a boot (custom made) that you could crawl thru from the camper into the truck, Kid rode in the camper mostly. It had hydraulic jacks, they worked well for the life of the camper. I would estimate that we put 95000+ miles on that camper. Went all around the US and Canada. Much fun. Finally my truck broke down and wasn't worth the cost to fix it. I donated it and the camper for a tax break.


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Posted 23 March 2017 - 07:28 PM

 Our first camper was an early 70's vintage. Very basic but it had a 5 gallon fresh water tank and a heater. It also had an ice box. It did not leak and was super light...not hard with not much amenities. lol. We loved it and used it a lot. We started our tcing early 2000. SO it was an old camper when we got it. Several great memories in that camper though. I do not remember the brand, it was an 8' camper with a cab over.


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Posted 24 March 2017 - 02:23 AM

Mine was a 2005 Lance 1181. Loved it.



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Posted 24 March 2017 - 04:42 AM

My First was 2004 Palomino 10' 1000 hardside.



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Posted 24 March 2017 - 12:52 PM

Started truck camping back in 2005 when I bought my first camper, a brand new Sunlite 800 SE, from a dealer in Columbus, KS. It was a basic camper with an east/west bedroom in the cab-over, a three burner stove top, 2 cu. ft. refrigerator, sink with a hand pump, dinette, a closet but no bathroom. I used that camper for seven years at various lakes around the area and several one to two week trips when I got the chance and then traded it off for the one that I have now.  


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Posted 27 March 2017 - 09:43 PM

what was your first truck camper?
ours was a Weekender. I think because it was in the early 1970's. probably about 1972 or so. it was a 11 or 12 foot. No toilet, shower. we had a porta potty. NO frig, had an ice box. You had to pump the water. Had it on a 3/4 ton Ford pick up. I think it was a F250.
we had 3 kids and they slept everywhere. Also had a boot that you could crawl thru from the camper into the truck, remember in those days there were no extended cabs, so the kids rode in camper, they used to lay on the bed and look out the front window as we drove down the rod. You could pass stuff from  the truck / camper as you drove down the road.
Had 4 corner jacks that you had to crank up. Do not remember  the weights, but in those days no one seemed to care. No air bags, etc.
We have had 5 different truck campers over years, the one we now have will be the last.
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That reminds me of my first experience in a truck camper riding in the cab over as it went down the road and the pass through window into the truck cab. I remember sitting and eating inside it and that it was warm and dry unlike a tent! Was 7 or 8 in early 70's. Was an Okanogan I think. The first camper I have owned is the one I just bought last fall, my Bigfoot 2500. It really makes for a totally better experience than a 70's era camper I am sure.

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Posted 27 March 2017 - 10:51 PM

I had the use of a early 1960's Dreamer Truck Camper about 10 ft for our honeymoon in 1971 to Mount Rushmore, Custer's Battlefield, Yellowstone Park and back to Colorado. Eventually we owned that camper and used it for many a trip including a trip to Alaska. The light for inside was a gas lamp that heated the entire camper but it still had a huge propane wall heater, and a hand pump for the water. An icebox and no bathroom, but it seem  to work for us at the time. When we had kids they also rode in the camper on the overhead bed looking out the windows. Since then we've own 1999 Elkhorn, a 2007 lance, and we have now a 2006 Arctic Fox. Don't know how we lived without the dry bath.



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Posted 28 March 2017 - 08:02 AM

I was working at the time for Dreamer in Duncanville Texas. Really enjoyed working there, I installed the alum on the TC and  the class C's of that time. Was able to buy our first one right off the line. It also turn out to be the last set of TC to be built in that plant they closed the plant later that year 1976 and the plant were I transfered to in City of Industry Ca where all lines of Dreamer would be bluilt. Last year being built was 1979, here is a link about Dreamer>  https://www.tincanto....php?id=dreamer  >and<  http://www.nadaguide...r/Truck-Campers >


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Posted 03 April 2017 - 01:56 PM

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 05:30 AM

Our first was a used mid-70's Coachman.  Even though always stored indoors, the multi-piece aluminum roof had leaked and I learned later the framing in the wings was rotten.  The second was a 9 1/2' Cascade that we used for 14 years.  We now have a 1012 Lance 1050 (non-slide). 



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Posted 10 April 2017 - 07:47 AM

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Posted 14 April 2017 - 12:12 AM

When I was a kid my folks had a Chinook about a 1969-1972ish.

My own first camper is the one we have now. A Bigfoot 1500
Perfect first time camper.

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 05:44 PM

The first truck camper I remember was back in the 70's and it was a Frolic. A family friend owned it. I remember riding in the cabover bunk going down the highway and looking out the front window. Shocking, I know! 

 

But my own first truck camper was a 2002 880SC Pastime. Sold it 2012 (I think) to a guy from Canada. It was a good camper. Picture is of the first day we picked it up. We were the second owner.

 

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Posted 02 May 2017 - 03:29 PM

My parents owned a TC years ago. It was mounted in the back of a pickup bed trailer and they hauled it behind the truck. Don't remember what brand it was. This was in like 71 or 72...

 

Now I own a 1991 Six-Pac model 78S that I picked up on craigslist for $400. Everything in it worked except for the Pla-Cool Evaporative Cooler (long since obsolete) which I removed and replaced with a fan. Did some major cleaning on it (mostly just dirt and dust from Arizona's dust storms), repainted the insides and it It is currently sitting in the back of my 1965 Chevy C-10 pickup.

 

Getting ready to take it out the 1st weekend of June for a nice trip to Prescott AZ. Eventually, I will probably sell it...but for now, It is MUCH better than any tent!






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