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#1 DAndrews

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Posted September 24 2011 - 02:42 PM

After many years of trying to convince my wife that we need a slide-in she has finally agreed. First off I need to get a bigger pickup. I prefer Ford but I'm not sure if I need to go with a F350 or if I can get away with a F250? We need to sleep 5 so I guess we need a fairly large camper. Is there someone you would recommend to purchase the camper from? If I could come across acomplete setup in decent shape that would be the way to go but I haven't been able to locate anything on the internet. Thanks for any help.

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Posted September 24 2011 - 02:49 PM

a 250 will haul a small camper ..
but a 350 longbed will give you more options :)
my suggestion , check out the camper / rv shows . i don't know where you are located but there should be one close .
watch out buying used !! you may be just buying someones headaches !!
if you google truck camper forums , you will find a wealth of information :)

there are a few tc owners here . so just ask away :)

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Posted September 24 2011 - 07:47 PM

Thanks Derf. Other than leaks, what other problems should I look for in the camper?

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Posted September 25 2011 - 08:39 AM

I do not think you will find a slide in that can be hauled on a 250 due to the weight of the slide in. You will need a 350 long bed. I have a Lance 845 on a short bed and in my judgment you are maxed out at 2 adults and 1 small child in a short bed. Some may prefer to carry moreā€¦.but it gets awful cramped real quick. Each person you add makes it get that much smaller.
As for your question, what to look for? Leaks and make sure all of the appliances work.

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Posted September 25 2011 - 10:01 AM

if your planning on useing it at AI MD mostly ..i would look at the wgt limits on the OSV first..i belive it is 10,000 lbs unless they changed it ...an acording to VADMV the weight on an f250 or chev 2500 an a dodge is 10,100 lbs..so a 350 would not pass the rules .....an f250 with helper springs long bed might suit you better ..over load springs ...i would first start with a dealer ..after finding a camper that you want ..he would prob recammend a dualy an that is not allowed on AI MD..so check the rules first on the beaches you want to go to then go from there ,,hope this helps

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Posted September 25 2011 - 10:42 AM

the day the nps starts checking the registered weight on the osv's ; i can guarantee any newer 1 ton truck will be over their weight restriction ...
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Posted September 25 2011 - 10:45 AM

Other than leaks, what other problems should I look for in the camper?


leaks are the big thing . soft wood on the underside . cracks in the caulk can show where a leak may have started ...
check all the appliances to make sure they work . check the fridge to make sure it works on both elec (120) and propane .
thats all that comes to mind right now :)
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Posted September 25 2011 - 03:06 PM

Thanks everyone for the info.