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  1. redthies

    The old gal is being put out to pasture.

    Those Lances are pretty light for a hard side. I’d be curious to see the ACTUAL weight of a reasonably spec’d unit, as it seems the “claimed dry weight” they publish is for the bare bones camper without any of the things that are standard on 90% of other brands. I had to work a little bit to...
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    Truma? / what is a hard side camper like to drive? (cross winds, handling on highways)

    So yours is post fire as well. If it were a 2014, I’d say the weight difference would be in the moulds. My brother in law ran the fibreglass shop for them when yours was built. You probably pack fine. I’m not including food and gear. That changes a lot on every trip. Generator or not...
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    Truma? / what is a hard side camper like to drive? (cross winds, handling on highways)

    What year is yours? Your actual weight is listed in the closet by the entry door. I deleted the microwave, TV, stereo, patio thing, steps, etc. I did however add a second spice rack, and get them to bring in a firmer mattress after a few months.
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    Truma? / what is a hard side camper like to drive? (cross winds, handling on highways)

    And I’m not sure why you are coming across as hostile? I was merely pointing out that wind (which you mentioned) hasn’t bothered me much with my properly equipped SRWs. I also believe in setting your vehicle up appropriately for its intended use. I have zero stability issues with my set up on...
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    Slide in Cargobody Conversion.

    All the utility company trucks around where I live even have AC on the roof of their caps. Guys sit inside and splice fibre optics etc, and need to be cool. A Fantastic Fan isn’t going to give anything away.
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    Truma? / what is a hard side camper like to drive? (cross winds, handling on highways)

    I had similar wind experience to RCG in northern Nevada with my ‘05 Dodge 3500 SRW and pop up, but it was so windy the state patrol had closed a bunch of highways. My issue wasn’t so much with the camper as the road we were on was heading into the wind, but the hood of my truck was actually...
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    Lightweight, 4 season, wet bath 1/2 ton camper clarification & questions.

    Short answer: Yes! Long answer: I’m going to sound like most of the other guys. Get as much truck as you can. A 92-97 era F350 is a great choice. Diesel would be better than gas if you can find a good one. Pop ups are way nicer campers from a “getting there” perspective, but hardside are...
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    Truma? / what is a hard side camper like to drive? (cross winds, handling on highways)

    I ordered a 2017 9-6Q. They only spec build the SE models with microwave, that giant “patio” thing off the back, TV, crappy double Din stereo etc etc. You can see all the options on their website. I had them delete the patio, microwave, TV, Stereo, and tried to get them to delete the bath...
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    Truma? / what is a hard side camper like to drive? (cross winds, handling on highways)

    Hallmark makes my favorite pop-ups for sure. I would love one, but my camper stays 6 months at a time in an area that gets 6’ + of snow. I went with a Northern Lite and factory ordered it to my spec to keep the weight as low as possible (both in total, and in height off the ground). I’m...
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    Side awnings, Dometic or Fiamma or....? Power or manual?

    I have a Dometic on the side of my NL. It’s handy. Try to mount it as low as you can though. Mine was factory mounted up near the roof, and it doesn’t make as much shade as I would like. If I didn’t have it already mounted, I’d try to do it lower.
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    Show us your Toyota 4runner, tacoma or truck.

    Nice rig Joisey! I’m partial to those Tundra wheels too.
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    Improving security... lexan windows? And some other ideas

    Some of us need something built later than 1976, and pulling $50,000 out of my investments to buy something that can be had with 0% financing makes very little sense...
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    Improving security... lexan windows? And some other ideas

    Or you could have just bought a Toyota... and kept it! For security, just get a trunk monkey. Done.
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    CreeperSleeper's '85 Xtra-Cab

    He looks ridiculously like you! Hope all goes well for momma! Gotta get her healthy so you can host the “red truck run”!
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    2005 Ford Excursion 4x4 CO/MT SOLD

    Goof isn’t exactly a bad word or calling you out, and to be fair, less than 2 posts a month isn’t really much cred here. Not that that makes you a bad person or anything. I was just pointing out that there are a lot of armchair adventurers on here with little or nothing positive to add. If...
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    2005 Ford Excursion 4x4 CO/MT SOLD

    What’s weird is a couple of goofs who have been on here for 10 years, and who have barely broken 200 posts between them feeling the need to call out another long time respected member. This place is going down the drain... As Huntsonora said, feel free to contact him for more info.
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    Show us your Toyota 4runner, tacoma or truck.

    My ‘89 has seen a bit of love lately. Rust removed from all 4 corners, new stereo and 4 speakers. Wheels, tires, and a new Bimini top.
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    Can it be done?: Swing-out Tire Carrier and Carry 4 Bikes

    I lived in Whistler for 25 years, and still work there. I’ve seen pretty much every combo imaginable for carrying bikes on the highway and there is one constant that nobody seems to figure out... What do you expect is going to happen when you hang 4 bikes off the back of your rig and...
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    Tacoma Beast and Company in Utah deface our public lands

    I hate humans. Thankfully I’m not on insta-twit so I don’t get to see the stupidity that is man any more than necessary. I couldn’t even see the link to what the sub-moron did to start this uproar, but I can only imagine it was super thoughtful.
  20. redthies

    is the 1st gen tundra one of the best platforms

    My ‘03 with RCD 6” kit and front and rear ARB lockers with 35” MTZs. It was lots of fun. I pulled a 3500 lb tent trailer all over the south west with it. The exhaust was a bit annoying due to the full Dynomax set up, but it was fun in the dunes.
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