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    • #43826
      Ramona
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      Thanks Don, Appreciate your input. I am familiar with the weight issue- after my campervan was built out, I was about a 1000lbs under max, and I want to do the same things with whatever truck I end up getting. Better to have too much truck than not enough.

      I had talked to a local dealer who suggested I have it built out, but there’s no guarantee that there will be any incentives at the time of completion, which I don’t like, but that’s another story.

      I’m pretty sure I won’t have any issue with living mostly full time in a TC. I always get housing in the warmer months because the dog needs to in safe temperatures, but in cooler climes, we’ll be fine. A TC will have a lot more amenities than my campervan, which was deliberately built out very minimally.

      I’m reconsidering the short bed. Having difficulty finding the exact length of a crew cab and long bed, but don’t think it’ll be too much longer than my extended van, which is around 22’.

      Northern Lite TC do have dry bath options, which I’ve pretty much decided on.

      Texas Hill country is legendary! Hoping to get there one day. Cheers!

    • #43781
      Ramona
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      Thanks Don! I appreciate your feed back.

      I’ve pretty much decided on a Northern Lite camper. I don’t want any slides and prefer a well thought out fiberglass camper. I know Lance TC are top notch, but I’m not a fan of slides and their design choices. I’m not too picky about this, but the fact is I will be living in it full time and want to be comfortable. I’m also researching Bigfoot, but like the modernity of the Northern Lite.

      I was thinking a short bed p/u due to easier maneuverability while in civilization. Do you think it’s worth the loss of space?

      I’m leaning towards a gas engine due to increased payload, cheaper maintenance, and ubiquity of gasoline vs diesel fuel. It’s seems that the increased mileage with a diesel is not that spectacular with all the modifications now required for Diesel engines related to emissions. I did read that RAM may be coming out with a Cummins diesel with an Allison transmission, which would definitely make me reconsider a diesel. Have you heard anything about that?

      As far as a 3500 truck of any manufacturer, am I correct in the understanding that these HD trucks have perfectly adequate suspension and sway bars, or is this something I would need to have done after purchase? Even the heaviest Northern Lite will be easily managed by either a gas or Diesel engine and I prefer to have excess power and stability, even in the worst conditions, rather than something underpowered and borderline unsafe.

      Can you make an argument for a diesel? I do know I will be in this vehicle/TC for a good ten years before I retire. I do want a quality truck that will be able to last. I don’t have anything against buying used, however, I don’t know enough about trucks and engines to be qualified to see when I’m getting an excellent truck or a potential headache.

      Thanks much for your thought!

    • #43767
      Ramona
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      Hello all! New here and hoping to get some good info from this site. Looking forward to diving in and soaking up some knowledge.

      About me: Travel RN for three years zipping around the US in a Chevy van (gasp!), which I love. However, it’s a big ol’ beast as it’s the extended version with a two foot fiberglass camper top. I’m stuck in civilization when I’m working, but on days off and between contracts, I’m finding I want to get further out and away from said civilization. My van is a RWD, and while I’ve been on some sketchy roads, I tend to error on the side of caution cause towing me outta the sticks costs a whole lot of money. I’m currently considering changing to a truck and slide in camper. I’ve reconciled my pros and cons, so hoping to get some insight from this forum to make the best choices for myself.

      I’ve (almost) decided on the camper, but am hemming and hawing about the truck. Diesel? Gas? Ram? Ford? Chevy? Dually? I’m hoping to buy within the next year, don’t plan on towing anything, just toting the camper. Just me and my 50 pound doggo navigator up front. I do know I want a 4WD crew cab (which I know reduces payload) – the rest is undecided. I will say when I started looking at trucks, I was surprised by the smallish payloads on some of the HD Trucks.

      Throw all your truck thoughts at me, good or bad! I appreciate any feedback you might have.

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