Am new to this forum and to truck camping. Have been a long time car camper and backpacker. Am retiring soon. Wife and I plan to sell the house and travel and want to get out of congestion and do so in a truck camper. We have a new F350, 4x4, crew cab, Ford's "truck camper" option (sway bar, upgraded front shocks), trailer brake controller, and 8 foot bed. Plan to tow a trailer, approximately 5,000 pounds, to haul our motorcycles. My estimate of the payload I can take on the truck (including 500 pounds for trailer tongue weight) is 4,400 pounds. I like the Bigfoot and Northern Lite models; the concept of a fiberglass shell appears sound for longevity. And we can minimize options to stay within payload limits. We are fine with a wet bath. Don't want a TV or AC or generator. Want a 5 CF refrigerator/freezer. We are looking at the NL Sportsman, BF 25C9.4LB (my fav), and BF 25C9.6LB. But after spending a lot of time reviewing posts on this forum on these brands, I have some doubts. I was leaning towards BF, but there were some criticisms to BF quality. However, the posts are often from around 2011 and earlier, when they were in financial trouble. Also some older posts talk about issues on N.Lites.
Can anyone speak to the current quality of BF and NL?
The next choice would be Adventurer 89RB or Lance 850.
We are planning to attend upcoming RV shows in Portland and Salem, OR.
Thanks so much. Tom