Mike, the more one digs down deep into the weeds of the world of lightweight hardsides, the more questions pop up, so to speak. We have looked at the few campers that fit that description of late, and have zeroed in on a couple brands with caveats. Our problem is we already have an ideal lightweight; not wide; not tall camper. It’s just getting old and needs replacing. We have gotten used to a small wet bath and lack of major add-on appliances to keep the weight down but long for a new rig that won’t need major servicing for at least a few years and has what we lack in the Lance 165-s: namely more storage space; a full 4-season capability; a wet bath with black tank; more solar power. You touched on a prime element in staying not tall: the lack of a basement. Most 4-season capable campers have a basement to keep the tanks and plumbing out of frozen’s way. This automatically adds 4-6 inches to the eventual height of the TC. I spied a 2015 NorthStar SC for sale locally with a new better mattress; 2 batteries; 160w solar; and 12v compressor fridge, but it was built for a long bed with the side pods X-ed out to fit and had two awnings. Close. But would we miss the storage the pods provide?
So, for the moment we’ll keep the old gal afloat for our next adventure in the dirt, keeping an eye out for that perfect (for us) TC. jefe
2020 Ford F-350 XLT FX4 4WD SRW SB SC 7.3L Godzilla Gas TorqShift 10R140 397 amps dual Alt dual batts Frnt Dana 60; Rr Dana M275 E-locker 4.30's 4580/4320/4066# payload 7243# curb wt. 11,300# GVWR 5-er prepped. 2020 Northstar Laredo SC, 12v compressor fridge, cassette, 320w Solar sub zero insulation.