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#1 OFFLINE   busfacebitbit

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 03:41 AM

Well , after over a year of looking at all types of rvs , and reading all kinds of praises and complaints on just about everything and every brand , its enough to make a smart person call it quits and just stay in cabins and hotels. However I've been told that when they ask if I wanted brains , I thought they said trains , I said yes make my a long slow one. LOL. Anyways , if the best half agrees I decided on a truck camper. Since I have to start by buying both , truck and camper , I know to get camper and then buy the truck to match it.  Concerning camper , everybody has their favorites and the ones they would rather forget. Is there any out there , regardless of cost and fancy do-das that a person should avoid. Which company actually has a good customer service department and will honestly answer questions with real solutions and not mumbo-jumbo.



#2 OFFLINE   the tc life

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  • Interests:Camping duh...oh, also hiking, geocaching, bike riding, fishing, just enjoying the outdoors and of course...spending time with my wife and son.
  • Camper Brand:2010 Adventurer 810ws
  • Truck Make & Model:2004 Dodge Dually Cummins power
  • Name (Public):Rich

Posted 10 November 2017 - 06:58 AM

 Well, as you kind of mentioned...things are based on personal experience. I for one love Adventurer / Eagle Cap but some have had issues. It is like anything...some prefer this and others do not. 

 

 What I would check into is...how is the support of the RV dealer (if you plan on buying from a dealer) in your area. How far away is the manufacturer from your home? Are you lucky enough to be fairly close to the plant? Ohio (as per your info)...I think it will be a drive no matter. Check into the reviews of the dealer. If not buying from a dealer then obviously there will not be any warranty. Hmm...google reviews and such then take what the average of the reviews are is about all I can say. 


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#3 OFFLINE   Bedlam

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  • Camper Brand:2018 Host Mammoth 11.5
  • Truck Make & Model:2015 Ram 5500 HD
  • Name (Public):Pete

Posted 10 November 2017 - 09:54 AM

Northern Lite, Northstar, Arctic Fox and Host are my suggested brands. We need to know what type of camping you like to do in which climates to narrow it down more.

2012 Interstate Car Carrier ICC10220TA3, 20'x8.5', 8" I-beam frame, dual 5200 lb 4" drop torsion axles, Diamond plate, Towmax 225/75R15 LRE tires on galvanized rims, Harbor Freight 10k lb equalizing hitch, Camping World vent cover, LED lighting, 3' RV door, front and rear door interior light switches, interior plywood walls and floor, 70' of Harbor Freight E-track rail with recessed corner 5k lb D-rings, Dual 42 gal fresh water tanks with Harbor Freight transfer pump, portable dual  Harbor Freight 45w solar arrays, 100 lbs LPG in four bottles, PowerArmor Max Solar 5-battery box, Deka 24HR3000 sealed batteries

 

2015 Ram 5500 HD 4wd Tradesman 60" CA, Crew cab with 173.4" wheelbase, 19,000 lb GVWR with 26,000 lb GCWR, Cummins I6 6.7 liter diesel with chassis cab tune 325 hp @ 2800 rpm and 750 ft-lb @ 1700 rpm, Aisin AS69RC 6-speed automatic, New Process NV271 manual transfer case, 14.5k lb Dana S14-111L limited slip and 7250 lb Magna Steyr 275mm with 4.44 ratios, Palfinger Badger low sill flat bed, Dual DeeZee 36x18x18 under bed boxes, Quad DeeZee 48x18x18 above bed boxes, Curt Double Lock 30K lb gooseneck, Dual 3/4" horse stall mats, SuperHitch Magnum 30K dual receiver with 42" SuperTruss, Upper StableLoads, Short range FastGun turnbuckles with locks

 

2018 Host Mammoth 11.5, Polarized dual pane windows, Powered and lit awning, Swing out Rieco-Titan jacks,  Fantastic Fan in cab over, Aero-Flo vent covers, 3x160w Zamp Solar with 30A controller, External 24" TV with DVD, Cargo slide tray, dual 6-volt batteries, 2.5KW LPG Onan, External LPG connection, 2-way water heater, Therford 3-burner cook top, Convection/Microwave, 8 cu ft 2-way Norcold Fridge, Loveseat with foot rest, U-shaped dinette, 1000W PSW Zamp inverter, King Jack amplified OTA antenna, 40" Samsung UN40J5200 smart TV in living room, Electric fireplace with heater, Accordion bedroom door, Full wall passenger-side cab over wardrobe, 32" Samsung UN32J5205 smart TV in Bedroom


#4 OFFLINE   busfacebitbit

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Posted 11 November 2017 - 07:01 AM

Near to me is Lance dealer and a Cirrus and camplite dealer. 200 miles away is a dealer that carries just about everything , Mike Jones. As far as use , hope to be in the south for several weeks during the winter. My wife loves beaches. One other question is 4wd or not. Not planning off-roading , but would like to visit the desert once in a while .

#5 OFFLINE   KnightEagle

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Posted 11 November 2017 - 07:23 PM

If you go see mike jones he is a great guy to work with. We bought our Adventure  from him 2 months ago we just love it had a few hic-ups but to be expected. Just say the Tedford's sent you we may get 200 from him its worth a try. Before you buy a TC sit stand move about both of you try to pass each other climb into the bunks try every thing out. some getting into the dinnit is hard others its easy sitting on the throne you feel you fall off. There is a nice campground about 30 min from mike's And eat at Bob Evens restrunt cant go wronge.


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2012 Ram 3500HD DRW. RideRite 5000 Air Bags. Hellwig sway Bar rear. Curt hitch 17000/2550. Engine: 6.7-Liter I6 Cummins® Turbo Diesel Engine Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic 68RFE. 2017 Adventure Alp 116DS 5153+ lb. Reg Cab. Torklift Frame mounts. Ranch Hand Front Bumber, Duel hitch and 4' extension . C.B channel 19 most times. Towing a 16 ft storage trailer with a jon boat inside.

 

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#6 OFFLINE   Electrojake

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  • Camper Brand:Northstar Arrow-U, 2017
  • Truck Make & Model:RAM 3500 Cummins/AISIN, 2016
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Posted Today, 06:22 PM

Greetings busfacebitbit,

While I am NOT an experienced camper, I can certainly say I am an experienced shopper.

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Long story short: I just spent about 3 years traveling to RV shows, visiting dealers lots, and speaking to factory reps & owners in an attempt to find my ultimate Truck Camper.
My primary requirements were maneuverability (i.e. fits a short bed truck), also stealthy (i.e. full black-out capable), and finally, true 4 season usability (not just a 4-season sticker and a sales pitch).

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Some of the many units I investigated:

*NorthernLite--- https://www.northern-lite.com/
*Arctic Fox--- http://northwoodmfg.com/truck-campers/
*Northstar--- http://www.northstar...l-truck-campers
*ALP--- http://www.amlrv.com/
*Lance--- [url]https://www.lancecam.../truck-campers/
*Host Industries--- [url]https://www.hostcampers.com/

Above is only the “short list” so you can see why it took so long to research this! 

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And the answer is. . .
I bought a Northstar Arrow-U at Truck Camper Warehouse in New Hampshire.

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It fits my little RAM 3500 shortbed rather nicely. has incredible durability, and complete stealth.

As for warranty service, and repairs…
Both Rex Willett at Northstar and the crew at Truck Camper Warehouse are legendary in the industry for their support.

Any regrets?
Of all the units I looked at I do have this nagging feeling that I went just a little to big for my needs. I cant help but think that the smaller Northstar Liberty might have been a better choice and a better fit for my lifestyle, but that’s no fault of Northstar.

 

Happy shopping! :) 
-Ej-


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