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We are considering a truck camper but need to know if any model
can sleep 2 adults and 4 children (ages 6 to 15)?
Most campers have the ability to sleep 5 or possibly
6. If you were to sleep 3 people (two adults and possibly a small
child) in the cabover you can have two sleep at the dinette bed
and one more in the dinette overhead bunk bed.
What is center of gravity
and how is it measured on campers?
The center of gravity is the balance point of a camper,
from front to rear with standard equipment, full water and propane
tanks and no options. The posted center of gravity of a camper is
determined by measuring from where the camper contacts the rear
of the truck bed (tailights) measuring forward.
Mount -vs- Bed Mount
Can you explain the difference
between a frame mount and a bed mount method for securing the camper?
"Frame mounts" include bars bolted to the truck frame
extending out past the truck bed. The camper is attached to this
bar with a chain and turnbuckle. "Bed mount" anchors have a steel
plate between the cab and the bed of the truck. The front turnbuckles
are spring loaded for shock absorbtion. The rear mount attaches
to the rear bumper of the truck with turnbuckles that mount to the
eyebolts of the camper.
Can people ride in the
Laws vary from state to state on this issue, but
regardless of legality, it is not recommended because there are
no seat belts in the camper, and in the case of an erratic move
or impact, objects within the camper could cause injury.
Can the camper be used
while it is off the truck?
Yes. The campers are stored on our dealers lots for
weeks at a time while people move all around them. It is important
to lower the camper as much as possible. The camper can move in
the heavy winds so the lower the better. Also make sure the ground
is firm. If the ground is sandy, soft dirt or loose gravel you would
want to use a plywood pad about 8"x8"x1/2" under each jack for more
stability. Raise the nose of the camper about 1/2" to 1" higher
than the rear so the camper will not be nose heavy.
What provisions are there
for security of a truck camper set up at a remote campsite and left
for few days?
Theft of a truck camper is rare. However, if someone
wants something bad enough, they're going to get it. We recommend
that you insure your camper with your truck insurer. Never leave
the camper unattended in the up position. Lower it to the ground
and take the electric jack controller with you and/or the jack handles.
Use the battery disconnect switch or remove the positive battery
Campers -vs- Other RVs
Is downsizing from a motorhome
to a truck and camper practical?
Truck campers have many of the features of a motorhome
in a compact package that is easy to handle and economical. You
can drop the camper and use the truck to go anywhere. Most who try
it, love it. In addition, you can park just about anywhere you can
park a car, and the truck and camper is well within most length
Truck campers seem higher
priced than a comparably equipped travel trailer. Why?
Truck campers must be built stronger because they
do not have a steel frame for support and are built to withstand
off-road travel. Feature for feature, truck campers have more and
usually better features and a roof strong enough to walk on. Truck
campers are equipped with four corner jacks that add cost. The life
span and resale value of a truck camper is much better than a travel
trailer because of better construction.
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