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Old 03-03-2012, 12:53 AM   #1
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Bought a camper finally

Have been looking for a long time and found a piece of history for a camper.

I spent a long time thinking about egg campers and it seemed the hit on the fuel economy of my small tow vehicle...a Volvo 240 would be the same as a slide in camper for my pickup truck and I could still tow a boat behind that.

So I have been looking at slide in campers. My favorite is the Bigfoot 10.6E. I found one and the the owner decided to keep it. It was just as well as I could not afford it, even though it was a good price. At the same time I found an aluminum camper with aluminum framing. It is 45 years old and had a hole in the roof which let water into the back. It had fallen off one of the two saw horses it was on, so the damage is restricted to the back by the door.

In any event, the price was right...$425 and I ordered some tie downs and had planned to pick it up Sunday. Unfortunately one of the four tie downs does not fit because of an aftermarket fuel tank on my truck.

What I like about it, is it seems like enough space for me and the dog, and has room for a few more if needed. I have no idea if the appliances work. The stove looks good. The water heater is rebuild able or replaceable--it might still work. The fridge looks like it might work. The furnace looks bad The upholstery looks good. It needs new wiring, insulation, new plumbing, and some structural repairs. I am thinking about putting in a marine diesel heater, since my truck is a diesel, but I Iike the idea of a tiny wood stove also. I have a couple of solar panels that I traded for. I plane to make it a boondocker out of it.

I plan to make it functional for the short term and in the long term, I'd like to gut it and make it like new.

I am perhaps in the wrong forum but I like this group and hope you will indulge me.
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Old 03-03-2012, 05:24 AM   #2
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Congratulations Conrad. Now plug the hole with fiberglass and maybe we'll show you the secret hand shake. Raz
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Old 03-03-2012, 06:30 AM   #3
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Conrad, I'm glad you found something that works for you. We know an all molded lightweight towable isn't for everyone. That said, you are welcome to hang out and read all you wish. Post camping experiences in the "Camping, Campout Reports" and join us in General Chat. However, this forum is a niche for owners of molded trailers. When it comes to repairs, etc. you'll find more help with like-minded owners of your particular truck camper elsewhere on the WWW.

Social Knowledge, which is the owner of this forum also owns IRV2.com You'll find friendly, helpful people there too and lots of discussions of aluminum truck campers.

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Old 03-03-2012, 07:20 AM   #4
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What a compliment, Conrad, and thank you !!
.....I think that a fg still might be in your future
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Old 03-03-2012, 08:31 AM   #5
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Congrats Conrad

Now maybe you will tell us exactly what you did find!?!?!?

As of now you are just teasing.
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Old 03-03-2012, 08:45 AM   #6
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Welcome, With a Fiberglass patch on it would have Fiberglass on it, sound wounderful.
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I am thinking of covering the new floor deck with fiberglass or possibly using a fiberglass or carbon fiber composite panel to make it lighter.

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Cool!!
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Old 03-03-2012, 10:22 AM   #9
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I have my doubts about the gas mileage being the same with a truck camper as with an egg trailer, but time will tell. I do think that the camper will let you go some places a trailer won't, and that can be good.
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I am thinking of covering the new floor deck with fiberglass or possibly using a fiberglass or carbon fiber composite panel to make it lighter.

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Nice find! Looks vintage classy. And the two smaller windows look like the same as on my Boler. You'd fit right in with the Tin Can Tourists with that rig.

And BTW, as you have a Volvo 240 you are OK in my book!!! Even if you aren't using it to tow (right now)!
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I have been studying my fuel economy closely. I made a mistake adjusting for speedo error, but now I am fairly confident I can get a reliable 26 mpg highway with my Volvo.

Towing means not using fifth gear--a big hit on fuel economy. Other Volvo people tell me the fuel economy drops dramatically while towing--about 50%. I doubt I'd get as much as 15 mpg towing unless it was an extremely light trailer.

My pickup gets about 15 mpg, with a load I expect it to drop to 12-13 mpg. So while I might to do better towing an egg, it would be an insignificant amount and it would be driving very slowly. The Volvo wagon is big enough for me to camp in with my dog--so I see it as a good long distance cruiser without a trailer, while the truck camper is suitable for trips about a one days drive from home--too far to drive home again the same day.

This camper will be a fun project. It will be 50% fun project and 50% useable camper and will give me some visitor guest space.

I like that it does not stand out and scream "target" while I can make the inside really nice. I looked at the vintage airstream site abd saw what some people had done with vintage airstreams--a truck camper project seemed like an easy and cheaper project for me.

These are some of my reasons for choosing a truck camper.

It seems that a trailer requires a camp ground and camp grounds have gotten so expensive.

I will be able to back in places easily and park in unobtrusive locations--perfect for boondocking.

I will only be using campgrounds on rare occasions, places like military bases which charge $10 a night to top off batteries or refill water.

I've asked for permission to overnight at restaurants I've patronized and most times they are ok with that--it is cheaper than a campground and I get a meal for my money.

This camper does not have a basement--I lose some space but keep a lower profile.

Finally, I feel safer higher up off the ground. People can't look in easily.
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conrad---looks for a nice rig. can't see inside but if the outside is any indication, it shouldn't be too bad at all! you have alot of plans for fitting it out to be your own--i hope it all works out for you.
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Looks very nice, you will love it, check this site out




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That almost looks like my old '84 3/4 ton Chevy in the background.
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