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SedowsGomes

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Choosing the Right RV
« on: November 19, 2019, 09:27:02 AM »
I recently had an experience I thought I should share. I did a little research and discovered that truck campers are neither taxed nor registered in most states. That could amount to a substantial savings. I decided I'd sell my car and my camper and buy a 3/4 ton pickup. After reviewing the fuel efficiency of 3/4 ton pickups I realized that I'd be spending much more in fuel than I'd save in taxes and registration fees. I'm keeping my car and current camper.


Gary RV_Wizard

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Re: Choosing the Right RV
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2019, 09:33:12 AM »
Have you looked at the fuel efficiency of your truck when towing the camper? Can't be much different.

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NewmanRacing

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Re: Choosing the Right RV
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2019, 11:13:09 AM »
With what kind of car are you towing what camper?
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Re: Choosing the Right RV
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2019, 06:49:05 PM »
A 3/4 ton won't hold much of a camper at all
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Re: Choosing the Right RV
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2019, 07:31:41 PM »
If you are anywhere near serious about a slide in camper, check weights very carefully!

The payload number on the yellow placard must be big enough to carry the dry wt of the camper PLUS everything you carry in the camper (or use camper GVWR) PLUS all passengers, car seats cad cargo in the truck.  A ton truck with a 2500 lb payload will likely come up short, as will a 1 ton SRW with a 3500 lb payload.

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Re: Choosing the Right RV
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2019, 08:50:53 PM »
I ran into a Bass fishing Pro at Branson earlier this year. He had a 1 ton dually with a slide-in, and his boat in tow. We got to talking about his set-up. He did a ton of research and the only realistic option was a 1 ton dually. It was a nice slide-in, HVAC, Tv, expandable, shower, etc. Kept him and the misses content. He dropped the boat, took out a 4' long receiver extension, then dropped the slide-in in his camp site. This way he could tow the boat to the ramp every morning and fish the tournaments without breaking camp.

He picked up on my triple tow set-up and was envious, and curious. He is from Florida, triple tow isn't legal. I'm from Illinois and it is legal. We both accomplished the same thing, camper and boat towed with one vehicle to our destination. Sometimes the government can limit your possibilities.
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Re: Choosing the Right RV
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2019, 08:33:22 AM »
Im no slide in camper expert, but I have read that some campgrounds don't allow truck campers. I don't know how much truth there is to that, but it might be worth looking into. I was considering buying a fifth wheel, plus a slide in camper for remote fishing and camping. As stated, a one ton dually was pretty much minimum if you want any sized slide in at all.

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Re: Choosing the Right RV
« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2019, 08:40:29 AM »
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I have read that some campgrounds don't allow truck campers.
Yes, but it's also true that some campgrounds don't allow trailers, some campgrounds don't allow tents, and some campgrounds don't even allow children.  None of those policies are prevalent enough to avoid having them.   ;)
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Re: Choosing the Right RV
« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2019, 10:26:34 AM »
Sedows,

If you are trying to evaluate RVing, traveling and exploring by the "Cash out of Pocket" cost.  Nothing will compare to a good recliner and broadband. 
But, if you want to really see and experience things,  you kind of have to get there.  Sometimes, you have to stay there a while.  RVs in general are good for this.

MPG has nothing to do with the quality of the memories.

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Re: Choosing the Right RV
« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2019, 09:35:21 PM »
Just had to add the #1 reason to have a truck camper, with 4 wheel drive you can camp in places nobody has camped before.
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