What camper would you get if you went dark?

Discussion in 'Going to the DARK SIDE' started by Freedom72, May 22, 2016.

  1. kitphantom

    kitphantom Well-Known Member

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    As I posted earlier in the thread, weight seemingly isn't the only factor. Our Retro is about 3200# loaded, our 4Runner has a tow limit of 5000#. It did OK, but under some conditions, we certainly seemed to be running much closer to max than numbers would indicate. Granted, we travel farther than many for our camping trips (usually 5-9 hours) and we encounter mountains, deserts, and wind. After 2 trips (450 or so miles to/from each campground) with the truck (7000# capacity), I am much happier. (I still hate towing in high winds.)
     
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    personally I want to be around 75% of my maximum allowed,but thats just me
     
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    Apparently, my "comfort level" is at 50-55% or so!
     
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    Okay. I've got to look around some more . you guys have some nice TT's.
     
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    To go dark, I'll just paint my Niagara black... [{:)]
     
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    Here is the Lance 1475
    The table and 1 of the chairs is totally removable

    This is in our top 3 choices to go dark
     

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    I looked at a lot of small light weight trailers before I decided on the Palomino Palomini 150RBS. The combination of space, weight and price were the deciding factors for me. I also looked really hard at RPods and if weight and price were not a factor I would have gone with the Winnebago Minne.

    <a href="http://imgur.com/diq0j9z"><img src="http://i.imgur.com/diq0j9z.jpg" title="source: imgur.com" /></a>
     
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    EK41...very cool compact camper you have there. Really packed with good usable features for without big price tag. Can you please post some more pics of inside. Like maybe your tv mount set up

    thanks so much
     
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    The Palomini was on our short list when we went shopping, but the dealer did not have one in stock. The one we saw on line in the fall of 2014 looked like nice floor plan.
     
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    jnc Welcome from New Hampshire

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    the fact that the Retro is "cute" or "cool" (which word is used seems to depend on gender and generation) was one of my rewards for having to give up the pup. It was also one of the few I saw that had an pretty open floor plan and didn't have a lot of extras.
    17' is about as large as I want to pull, and we plan to keep this for a very long time
     
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    This is on our short list. We have 3 kids under 12, and the BH is perfect.

    We got our Pup mainly for our cross country trip (easier to tow), and because it fits in our garage...

    Would love to move up to a BH of some sort - storage costs are the main factor in our decision.
     
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    We also like the Oliver, Bigfoot, and Escape trailers. If the Canadian Alto Safari Condo is ever made larger, we would like it, too.
     
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    RockyRoo Just because you CAN doesn't mean you SHOULD

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    Either a Rockwood 8299BS or a Grand Design 337rls, just depends on if we decide to full time or not for a while. This type of move happens in stages though since it is clearly not a cheap venture. The first step happened a couple weeks ago:
     

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    Niagarafan...what Escape? Do you you mean the kz spree escapes?
     
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    Though I'm not going dark for a while, if ever, I have done a good bit of thought on the subject. (Mostly before finding my little Aliner.) Would likely get a custom made TT from Taylor Coach in Canada. Would like a layout similar to their Nik-Nat, which is 6.5'W x 17.5'L with 15' L interior.
    http://taylorcoach.com/models.php?type=17-nik-nat

    That way we could have a full time bed & little dinette. Plus, the dogs have their own full-time couch. There's a reason they call Greyhounds 45 mph couch potatoes. [LOL] Also, the rear entrance allows us to have a little rear awning for quick, overnight stops & still have the larger side awning for relaxing during multi-night trips.
     
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    Not KZ, they are the molded fiberglass Escapes made in BC, Canada. But seriously, I am done with trailers after we finish with our Niagara. We are going Extra Dark, B or C class bound.
     
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    I would love the Winnie Drop or the Palomini others have mentioned. I would love a Scamp or Casita as well. I like light and small. Or even a T@b (http://www.tab-rv.com/#) would be great. Since I have Ladies Camping Weekends, I'd need separate sleeping areas and some of my choices don't have that. What I love about the T@b is the outdoor kitchen.
     
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    I always felt for our style of OFF-ROAD Camping the TRUCK CAMPER would be the best upgrade.

    They will go anywhere and are quite nice living on the inside. Just add one slide out and have the main door on the side and it looks great. They also offer great living safe issues as well.

    However our life style camping needs a lot of additional space for the things we bring along with us. I really don't know what I would for more space without my front deck on off-road camper deck and my truck bed space. We can carry some serious extra things with these two areas available to us to use.

    Have looked at a few TT and really liked the JAYCO X213 we looked at in 2010.

    We are most definitely RV CAMPERS and have no desire to get one of those high dollar to operate hugh Motorhomes. Have done all of the RV TRAVELING I want to do. Something less than 25-26 feet is what we want want to use...

    We want to wake up each morning on a creek bed somewhere close by and get a good bonfire going and watch the fish jump in the water...

    If I got the truck camper I would have to drag an small utility trailer behind or a Jeep type vehicle. Losing the Truck bed for supplies and other items would be big killer for us... Getting our off-road trailer setup somewhere and then driving all around the countryside with the truck is the best solution for for us...

    This idea would probably work great for us but I still would be looking for more space to carry things... I also would be scared silly to leave my truck camper and trailer sitting unattended at a camp site somewhere way back off-road when running around in the Jeep vehicle...

    One of my mentors MELLO MIKE on another RV Forum pulls his Jeep all over AZ with his Truck Camper... I guess it is doable...
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    Roy Ken
     

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