Shopping for mini campers under 3500lbs

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  1. Danny Barron

    Danny Barron New Member

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    Howdy, we are shopping for a small camper under 3500lbs. Currently looking at a 2018 KZ Escape M181RK with the off road package.
    Any recommendations on this camper or any other small campers similar in size and price.
    We are looking to stay under 18k.
     
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    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    When I was looking for a small camper , I was looking a lot at the RPod by forest river. They have a number of floor plans to choose from, but don’t think they have an off road package. I was also looking at hybrids. I ultimately changed my mind about small camper as I didn’t want to tow that much frontal area in the mountain roads with my tow vehicle. She already is working very hard with my 3500 pound popup in the mountains where I love to camp.
     
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    What tow vehicle do you have. It is always a good idea to start with the tow capacity.
     
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    gladecreekwy Well-Known Member

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    Are we talking TT? The Jayco 154bh Baja is a great trailer just under 3500#. We have the 174 and love it. The Baja option gets you huge ground clearance and larger propane and fresh water tanks. I’m sure you can find one under 15k
     
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    I will check them out, thanks
     
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    2014 Ford Expedition with a 5.4
     
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    I will check out the RPods! Thanks
     
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    I have a older kz spree , much bigger but so far i like it a lot. Well thought out. I looked at the minis you posted they look nice and seem to have some storage. Go take a look.
     
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    I appreciate your input! I’m going to look at them today. Thanks
     
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    We have a 2015 Riverside Whitewater Retro 177, which is a bit larger than you're looking for, at around 3500#. They do make smaller one, including teardrops. Some have added a lift to the lower ones, but they're not as rugged as a true off-road camper. I don't know as any of the R-pods are true off road either. Seems like quite a few of the Retro owners were previously R-pod owners.
    Also check out the fiberglass campers. Friends have a ~17' Casita and have taken it down some mighty rough roads. They have had to repair a few broken fasteners, etc. and learned to clip one window shut, after it opened on a long, unpaved road. Again, not a true off-road camper. There are rugged ones out there, especially in tear drop and mimilar shapes.
     

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