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    What slide in camper to get?

    If you find what you think you want in a camper that has a facebook following, go to that f.b. page and find out all about the good, the bad, and the ugly of that particular brand. Of the f.b. TC user sites I've visited, Northstar has the cleanest following as far as woes. I do like the looks of...
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    Truck Camper Adventure announces the 2021 Adventure Rally

    We arrived en caravan with my brother John and his lovely wife Krys in their '99 Ford 7.3L diesel 6 speed manual/'03 9.5 OUTFITTER; my son Matt and his fetching bride, Summer in their like new '01 Lance 845 on my '01 Cummins H.O. 6 speed manual; and Jeanie and I in our '20 Ford F-350 7.3L...
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    Advice Picking out Truck/Camper Combo

    Jax, as always, get the least amount of camper that you can live with, and the most amount of truck you will happy in the long run to live with. Why? Most people overload their 2 and 3 series pickups. You don't have to live that dangerously hoping for serendipity. We have owned a 1998 Lance Lite...
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    jefe's hardside camper hauler

    greer, I'm now seeing one of the super sway stops deform and twist out of position. We'll give it some more time, but I think I'll be falling back to the ubiquitous Torklift Stable Loads. They are a little taller which won't make a lot of difference with the MT ride quality as we plan to keep...
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    Truck camper article about "out with the old and in with the new" now up

    Peter, I'll keep my eye on it. Scott, your idea about buying a new diesel and selling it when the warranty runs out is a commonplace thread over on FTE (Ford Truck Enthusiasts). The 7.3L gasser is the big game changer here with more and more users reporting their experiences. Here is a peek at...
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    Truck camper article about "out with the old and in with the new" now up

    Scott, The 2001 Dodge H.O. Cummins is still in the mix. Actually, my son Matt has had the hots for a truck camper and now owns a perfect condition 2001 Lance 865 that now resides on the Dodge. The "something" about the Ford was the 7.3L gasser mated to the 10 speed truck transmission. 475 TQ...
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    Truck camper article about "out with the old and in with the new" now up

    Mello Mike has published a new piece about my truck camper metamorphosis. It deals specifically with moving my Northstar Laredo from a 2001 Dodge Cummins to a new Ford F-350. This should interest those of you who have a 2017 and up Ford Super Duty and want to install a truck camper...
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    Post Pics of Your Hard Side Camper!

    Our fully loaded Ford/Northstar at Badwater, Death Valley. Lowest point in the Western Hemisphere. The reflection in the windows is of the salt flats behind.
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    2003 Northstar -- 2004 f-250

    Uhauler, drop by with your TC and view the Burgess Shale boneyard of steps, stairs, and ladders for a truck camper. I've been meaning to write an article on what your options are with," Steps and Stairs, and Ladders, oh my!" (to the rhythm of The Wizard of Oz) Here's what we settled on: Little...
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    Post Pics of Your Hard Side Camper!

    jefe here. Our truck swap has gone down. From our built 2001 Dodge Cummins we moved the 2020 Northstar Laredo SC to a 2020 Ford F-350 XLT. They are both short bed, extended/super cabs with suicide doors. But that's where the similarity ends. We have 700 miles on the Ford. From this: To This...
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    2003 Northstar -- 2004 f-250

    Very nice pix of your rig. It has the ZF-6? Ultra rare version of a classic truck. Good news. It looks like an E-W bed. Is that true? Next time you have the camper off, lose the tailgate. It is unnecessary and will save some weight. What are you using for steps?
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    2003 Northstar -- 2004 f-250

    Uhauler, This is jefe. Nice find. Your setup is one rare bird. I should have read this post before now. You live right across Hwy. 20 from me and we've talked before. I have excess tie downs from my own transfer of the Northstar camper from my Dodge Cummins to our new Ford F-350 gasser. Stop by...
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    jefe's hardside camper hauler

    RIPPERJ, yes it's on a 4 inch block of blue rigid foam insulation with a 25 pound per sq. in. load rating. This will be reduced to 2 inches. A side benefit of the foam is that it insulates the floor with an R-19 value. Our N* comes with something called "Sub Zero" insulation, which beyond...
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    jefe's hardside camper hauler

    All the parts for moving the Northstar Laredo SC from the built Dodge Cummins to the new F-350 7.3 gas have arrived and been installed. There were a lot of glitches, which is normal, having to do with how high the riser must be to miss the Ford cab; any setback from the bulkhead so as not to...
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    jefe's hardside camper hauler

    yfarm, We have 18's Yesterday I picked up the F-350 with the front tie downs installed. Everything is in readiness. Today, I patched up the roof rips with butyl tape on the 2020 N* Laredo SC. The rubber roof edge got ripped up by passing Pinion branches on an ill fated trip through the Inyo's...
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    jefe's hardside camper hauler

    yfarm, That's good news. We live in the mountains so rarely get up to speed. Our nearby Gold Rush town of Nevada City has only stop signs, no signals. It is a leisurely way to get around and you learn the tempo over time. jefe
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    jefe's hardside camper hauler

    Update: At 400+ miles we're now on our 2nd tank of gas. The mpg on the 1st tank was 12.6 mpg. That was MT driving up to 55 mph in some level and some mountainous terrain. Users tell me this should improve over time. The 7.3 gasser with the 10R140 ten speed is definitely a game changer. The...
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    New Lightweight Hardside....

    Here's another pic. Both outside and inside views. jefe
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    Roof protection from tree branches

    Misue, The best way to drive your truck camper through trees and taller bushes is to make it as narrow as possible and not tall with no extras on the roof or stuff hanging on the sides. So, no air conditioner. No awnings. No Max Trax. No canoe. No roof top bag of too much stuff. What about...
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    Tips for Short Term Winter Storage & Use

    This is the eternal woe. If you have a heated and insulated basement, the following may not help but will give you a picture of the process of winterizing and using the camper in the winter, and the dewinterizing process. I wrote this for our N* user group on facebook. I'm not sure if you have a...
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