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#1 OFFLINE   keelerwj

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 10:43 AM

Greetings all, new guy here.

 

I bought a previously owned 2012 Northstar TC650 in August.  It fits nicely on my 2008 F150 4x4 with Torklift tie downs and fast gun turnbuckles.  I measured the garage door opening and confirmed that the camper would fit while loaded on the truck......wait for it....I failed to account for the fantastic roof vent.  First time camper owner, rookie mistake.  I'm not I'm not the first to do so.  Many of my very helpful friends and family have suggested the bits about cutting out the garage door header, trenching ruts in the cement floor, yada, yada, yada.  I currently unload the camper in the driveway onto a wooden cart, push it inside the garage and set the jacks to stabilize the camper.  A real pain, to say the least.

 

I need to reduce my truck and camper clearance the full extent of the fantastic fan (~4-5").  I'm about 5'10" tall, when the pop up camper is extended, I have ~9" head room between me and the vent.  Does anyone make a flush mounted fantastic roof vent?  Other suggestions?

 

Thanks in advance for your help.

 

 

 



#2 OFFLINE   Bedlam

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 11:42 AM

Deflate your tires before pulling into the garage?


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#3 OFFLINE   TDWebster

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 04:00 PM

Maybe check into air bag coils for truck to replace coil springs, allowing you to lower the truck further (like a low rider---sort of). Or add a knee wall to the garage, if its not attached to the house and add a panel to the garage door----extreme in the least, but doable



#4 OFFLINE   ARSMITH

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 05:56 PM

I have been loading/unloading and setting my camper on a metal table on the driveway and rolling it in & out of my carport for years. My previous truck/ camper combo fit the carport fine, my current truck w/camper will not.

 

Each time I go camping I dream of a garage/ carport that my truck & camper fits into without the added hassle.  

 

Andy :)


Edited by ARSMITH, 15 November 2017 - 01:37 AM.


#5 OFFLINE   busfacebitbit

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Posted 16 November 2017 - 01:48 AM

  Could put on smaller wheels and tires. Wouldn't  try it with a heavy camper unit , but for a light weight unit might be okay option. I remember  when pick-ups came with 15's and 16's as an option.






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