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Old March 14th, 2017, 08:58 PM   #1
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Looking to pick up a truck camper for my 4x4 srw V3500 so we can camp and tow the jeep still.

Anything to look out for outside of condition and leaks? The prices in the used market are all over the place.
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Water leaks water leaks water leaks



If your looking at larger ones, make sure you can still pull your trailer and that the trailer jack will clear the camper.

I purchased a 2014 last fall. It's pretty large, but I think it's light for its size. Newer ones have aluminum frames etc.

I also didn't care for the campers where the over head bed sits side to side. My new one now has the bed facing front to back.

Electric jacks are also tits. Hand cranking sucks. My current one has remote control jacks. Makes loading so nice by yourself.






Really hoping to use it this yrar and get my wife more involved. If not, it'll be up for sale.

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X2 on water leaks. I looked a few before i pulled the tigger on one.

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If your looking at larger ones, make sure you can still pull your trailer and that the trailer jack will clear the camper.

I purchased a 2014 last fall. It's pretty large, but I think it's light for its size. Newer ones have aluminum frames etc.

I also didn't care for the campers where the over head bed sits side to side. My new one now has the bed facing front to back.

Electric jacks are also tits. Hand cranking sucks. My current one has remote control jacks. Makes loading so nice by yourself.
Looking at the used market, I may be buying new, or new but sitting on the lot... some of the used prices are steep

Good tip on the hitch, I hadn't thought of that

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Look to b as light as possible, no slide outs.
Weight adds up quick with a tc and a trailer.
u will b around 15k lbs loaded.
U want a north south bed!
dry bath sounds great, but is a waste of space and weight.
Look into a tork lift super hitch, its the best option with a hitch extension.
dont buy new, unless u find one on the lot, in a cheap brand, that is over a year old. Offer them about half of sticker price.
Other wise look at used, but ultra high quality.
bigfoot, and northern light are top notch.
Their clamshell design seldom leaks.
if you might buy one, camp in it on the dealers lot for a night or 2.
A tc is the most expensive rv u can buy per square inch.
U can spend 60k!

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Look to b as light as possible, no slide outs.
Weight adds up quick with a tc and a trailer.
u will b around 15k lbs loaded.
U want a north south bed!
dry bath sounds great, but is a waste of space and weight.
Look into a tork lift super hitch, its the best option with a hitch extension.
dont buy new, unless u find one on the lot, in a cheap brand, that is over a year old. Offer them about half of sticker price.
Other wise look at used, but ultra high quality.
bigfoot, and northern light are top notch.
Their clamshell design seldom leaks.
if you might buy one, camp in it on the dealers lot for a night or 2.
A tc is the most expensive rv u can buy per square inch.
U can spend 60k!
I'm looking for 10k and under models. If I found a cheap beater that doesn't leak and smell like rat shit I'd be happy.

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there is a old free one up at silver lake right now seen it this past weekend, right by dune entrance, couple buckets of sealer on it you may end up with no water leaks hahah
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Flex seal tape the whole thing
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When you find one that looks promising, pull some screws out of the wings and see if they are rusted. That will tell you if there have been leaks. #2 square bit usually. There are HORROR stories of wood rot.

I first bought a cheap, $1,000 camper to see if the camper and a trailer is something that would work for me. It did so I pulled the trigger and am very happy with the results.

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you can find last years model, sitting on a lot new, under 10k.
my first one stickered at $14,700 new, i paid $8999.99.
that was a cheap brand though, it served me pretty well.

another option is top of the line used.
shop around, u will have to travel to buy one usually.
a couple we know went to vancouver bc to buy theirs!

truck campers are nitch market! not a ton of options used locally.
buying from the first owner, they want top dollar.
they think its the coolest thing ever, cause they kinda are.
that some model sitting used on a dealer lot, is taking up the space a trailer could sit.
trailers sell! tcs dont!

get on ebay, and cl.
check rvditect.com, and rvwholesalers.com

look for a used northern lite or big foot!
the clamshell design dont leak!
they are sweet, and they cost like it too.
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you can find last years model, sitting on a lot new, under 10k.
my first one stickered at $14,700 new, i paid $8999.99.
that was a cheap brand though, it served me pretty well.

another option is top of the line used.
shop around, u will have to travel to buy one usually.
a couple we know went to vancouver bc to buy theirs!

truck campers are nitch market! not a ton of options used locally.
buying from the first owner, they want top dollar.
they think its the coolest thing ever, cause they kinda are.
that some model sitting used on a dealer lot, is taking up the space a trailer could sit.
trailers sell! tcs dont!

get on ebay, and cl.
check rvditect.com, and rvwholesalers.com

look for a used northern lite or big foot!
the clamshell design dont leak!
they are sweet, and they cost like it too.

As many as I see, I never really realized how niche it is.

I found a 2016 Aluminum ultra light and they want 20k used, it was only 24 new... It is my favorite with the layout etc... so far. I'd rather not spend that. I finally got bills paid off.

I found one for 10k as well, but no bathroom, and I would have to make the couch expand into a bed for two kids somehow.

I found one for 1k that is older with the interior completely redone, and most everything refurbished for 1k, but the back is all dented up from backing into a tree. I could hide it with aluminum fake diamond plate though. It has a new roof as well. I can't see it in person for a week as it is in SD on its way back from Alaska or something right now.

ebay has been a bust so far. and neither of those wwebsites have truck campers. So far I have only really found one place in MI that even has a selection. General RV doesn't have anything either which surprised me.

The cheapest clamshell I have found is 40k. I am not doing that, not even remotely.

I really want a 1966 Avion (air stream lookalike truck camper) I found one, but the add is super old (2 years) and I doubt they have it now.
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Yes anything clamshell is big money!
Tough to find good used ones.
they have cult following.
If you want quality, they are the best.

The last tc i saw on a genaral lot, was the one i traded in.
It did not last long!

Anyway u cut it, the kids are gonna b on a dinette bed together.
with kids, maybe an enclosed trailer that fits the jeep, and you can camp in would b better?

finding an avion wont be easy!
It also wont be cheap!

the new one i bought was a travel lite.
its an el cheapo brand.
it worked ok.

There is a dealership in Belleville that used to stock them.
klines on 13mile used to sell a few.


Good luck!

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A few decent looking ones on metro detroit craigslist.
At least 3 under 10k.
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It wasn't my camper was it lol. I bought mine in September from general rv in Wayland.














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American rv in Grand rapids, had a decent selection of new & used when I was shopping in the fall.

I have the large bed up front, the dinette bed, and then the upper cupboards above the dinnette fold down into a third bed.

The only thing I found disappointing is lack of storage space. I've had older ones that had two - three times more storage space. But none of those had a bathroom or water heater either I suppose.

How soon you looking to get in one?

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When you find one that looks promising, pull some screws out of the wings and see if they are rusted. That will tell you if there have been leaks. #2 square bit usually. There are HORROR stories of wood rot.

I first bought a cheap, $1,000 camper to see if the camper and a trailer is something that would work for me. It did so I pulled the trigger and am very happy with the results.
That is why I was trying to stay cheap, to see if we like it before jumping in. I always figured I could put it on a gooseneck below in the future.

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Anyway u cut it, the kids are gonna b on a dinette bed together.
with kids, maybe an enclosed trailer that fits the jeep, and you can camp in would b better?

finding an avion wont be easy!
It also wont be cheap!
As a kid camping I had to sleep on the same bed in the pop up with my sister, it won't kill them. I'm sure like me once he is old enough my son will jump to his own tent.

The Avion I found was 6k, I should really call and see if it ever sold.

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American rv in Grand rapids, had a decent selection of new & used when I was shopping in the fall.

I have the large bed up front, the dinette bed, and then the upper cupboards above the dinnette fold down into a third bed.

The only thing I found disappointing is lack of storage space. I've had older ones that had two - three times more storage space. But none of those had a bathroom or water heater either I suppose.

How soon you looking to get in one?
I'll try to find them and give them a call. I am not in a hurry, but if I find a good deal on one we like I will likely jump on it. My wife just notified me we have to postpone our trip to August now because two of her co-workers each decided to take half of June and July off... there are only 5 of them in her lab and shes the boss so she gets stuck.
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Well come the rbor race in April, if my wife isn't on board with it mine might be for sale .
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If your looking at larger ones, make sure you can still pull your trailer and that the trailer jack will clear the camper.

I purchased a 2014 last fall. It's pretty large, but I think it's light for its size. Newer ones have aluminum frames etc.

I also didn't care for the campers where the over head bed sits side to side. My new one now has the bed facing front to back.

Electric jacks are also tits. Hand cranking sucks. My current one has remote control jacks. Makes loading so nice by yourself.






Really hoping to use it this yrar and get my wife more involved. If not, it'll be up for sale.
That had to be some cash for that thing I imagine. Top of the line brand, nice camper
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About 50% of loan value. The manager was a old boss of mine. I got a good hookup I think. I feel bad for the guy that traded it in. They must have hit that guy hard on it.
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