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#1 OFFLINE   RichConley

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Posted 16 July 2018 - 01:58 PM

Maybe someone else has photos from the rally.  If so, please feel free to post them here.

I'll start with a photo of the truck campers already built and waiting to be delivered to dealers.

Do you see your's there?

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Posted 16 July 2018 - 05:57 PM

Nope our new Host Mammoth Arctic Fox 1150 has not been built yet.  After touring Elliot's and Pete's newer rigs I love features in both.  So I want a hybrid combination 

of both campers.  Sally on the other hand tossed a 3rd brand into the mix.  The Rugged Mountain Granite RL.  It's sort of a grandma camper.  No slides, all white interior.  I'd have to see one in person to form an opinion.  Thus far it's not in the running.  

 

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Posted 16 July 2018 - 06:25 PM

I was too busy talking with new and old friends to take pictures. Leaving the phone in the camper also reduced my urge to keep in touch real-time with work. They had to wait till EOD for responses.

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Posted 17 July 2018 - 08:49 PM

WOW, what inventory. Why don’t they get those delivered?
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 18 July 2018 - 04:32 AM

Five roll out the door daily at this factory and they get delivered one or two at a time to dealers. Arctic Fox will do run of a particular model and then switch over to another. Right now, they are doing a three week run on 990’s.

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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, Borg Warner 44-47 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, 10 Deka 24HR3000 sealed batteries

 

2018 Host Mammoth 11.5, Polarized dual pane windows, Powered and lit awning, 6-stair Revolution GlowSteps, 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 heater fireplace, Accordion bedroom door, Full wall passenger-side cab over wardrobe, 32" Samsung UN32J5205 smart TV in Bedroom

 
 
 
 

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Posted 18 July 2018 - 10:08 AM

A few more pics for the record.  Somehow I missed all the food and social photos - probably too busy stuffing my face.

 

First pic showing the Round top roof frame on the 2017 and newer Arctic Fox campers.

I think only the end sections of the camper are aluminum framed - the roof trusses are wood framed as far as can be seen in the photos.

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Trusses;

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Almost aircraft aluminum grade metal is used for the frame (The tour guide explained that the aluminum grade is one step lower than aircraft grade) They use this aluminum because it can hold a weld bead.

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Wood is used inside the aluminum frame to provide solid backing for screws to bite into:

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A few black tanks waiting to be installed in the days production of truck campers:

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An overview of an interior of one factory building:

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Shot of the sub-floor with water tanks being assembled:

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Further along in assembly;

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We see the back end of a subfloor assembly:

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Slide opening motor.  On the far right is the slide support bar which rides in track which provides good support for the slide when its retracted.

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In the far background, with the blue fabric and clamps along the edges is a large vacuum bonding machine where the interior roof is laminated:

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Meanwhile, back at the camp, Lady Law catches up on some quiet "me" time.

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And energetic Cody plays with kite provided by Mr. Law;

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Bedlam entertains some kids with wild action rides;

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I simply don't know about this.  Cooked fish on the line?

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The camping group visited the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Baker City.  Very informative.  That's me standing like a tourist with my better half;

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That's it - the real deal - evidence of some of the 500,000 people that rode and walked to Oregon - the "trail":

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Lastly but not least, one of the interpretive centers many displays;

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Posted 18 July 2018 - 08:49 PM

Sorry we couldn't make it, we leave in the morning for Enterprise, will be camping at Goose Lake Thursday and Friday.


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Posted 19 July 2018 - 12:11 PM

sorry we also did not make it to the La Grande rally either, but it was 2500 miles, one way. maybe the next one will be a little closer.


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Posted 22 July 2018 - 05:25 AM

Planned on going until my old army injury got real bad. Thinking about knee replacement so I can start doing things again. Looks like the attendees had a great time. Hopefully next time. Rich puts on great rally’s, lots of work, he puts into them.
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 23 July 2018 - 04:44 AM

I am now back from my vacation Although it will take a bit for me t type up a rally report and then my trip report. 

 

Thank you to all who could attend the rally. We had a great time.  Sorry about the really great weather. lol. 


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Posted 09 August 2018 - 11:10 AM

I know longer have an arctic fox product after my recent accidednt. It was a bit of a lemon anyway. I had a list of over 20 fairly serious issues with it, that were never addressed. I will not be buying an AF product again.


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Posted 09 August 2018 - 09:30 PM



sorry we also did not make it to the La Grande rally either, but it was 2500 miles, one way. maybe the next one will be a little closer.

The next N-E Truck Camper Jamboree in Gettysburg, PA is a lot closer. September 12-16.

Just saying... It might be worth the trip up.  :cartwheel:

See this link -->> https://www.truckcam...urg-campground/


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Posted 10 August 2018 - 06:29 PM

I know longer have an arctic fox product after my recent accidednt. It was a bit of a lemon anyway. I had a list of over 20 fairly serious issues with it, that were never addressed. I will not be buying an AF product again.

I feel the same way about my Lance.  Never again. 

Funny though - the Arctic Fox factory tour part for truck campers looked very good.  Can't imaging condemning all their products based on one experience though.



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Posted 10 August 2018 - 08:11 PM

 I will not be buying an AF product again.

What was the production year on that AF?

Just wondering.

Thanks!


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