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Old 09-11-2011, 07:03 PM   #1
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Think we did the wrong thing - any advice?

We bought a 2010 Forest River T25KS. It's fabulous, everything we ever wished for - comfort, space, layout etc etc - however, I can't see us using it as much as we had planned and as there are only 2 of us (we thought parents would join us, but they don't) the extra space and luxury is overkill.

We don't want to make another mistake, but are thinking we should have bought something much smaller. We have an F150 (2010, so it pulls plenty) but we can't have anything heavy on the truckbed, so it would be a very small truckbed camper - are these too much of a compromise? Would we be better off looking at something like an rPod?

Any advice would be most welcome. Are there any particular 'compact campers' which should be avoided? What are the pitfalls of truck bed campers - and what is a must-have that all you seasoned campers advise that we should have?

We have quite a big boat, so the option of towing plus truckbed camper will never happen - and it isn't something we are bothered about doing, as we can boat camp if we want to use the boat.

Literally we want something less bulky which we can use for weekends and the occasional longer trip, but we don't need anything as big and luxurious as what we bought!!
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Old 09-11-2011, 07:15 PM   #2
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I would not get a truck bed camper. Had one PITA to put on and take off. We had a 8 foot that the roof pop up. Also had a full height had a lot of sway because it was top heavy. If you only want a TT for weekends and the occasional trip I would look at a 23 or 24 ft TT. If you do get you do get a smaller trailer get one with two axles because it will tow better.
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Old 09-11-2011, 07:23 PM   #3
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I would not get a truck bed camper. Had one PITA to put on and take off. We had a 8 foot that the roof pop up. Also had a full height had a lot of sway because it was top heavy. If you only want a TT for weekends and the occasional trip I would look at a 23 or 24 ft TT. If you do get you do get a smaller trailer get one with two axles because it will tow better.
Thanks Caper - we thought that those Truck Bed campers looked a little top heavy - certainly the narrower ones which fit on the smaller F150s.

I am a total newbie with camping - by TT do you mean a travel trailer? The Forest River we have is a 25ft (I think) and it's way too big for 2 of us. Are the rPods any good? Or is there something better which is smaller and similar to an rPod?

We seem to spend most of our time sat outside around the fire pit - don't need the sofas and space of the camper we have now - plus the fact I would never tow something that big! Hubby has to tow it, but I'd tow something smaller.
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Old 09-11-2011, 07:38 PM   #4
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My 2006 F150 stated that slide in truck campers should not be used. There is just not enough GVWR for that kinda weight.
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Old 09-11-2011, 07:48 PM   #5
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My 2006 F150 stated that slide in truck campers should not be used. There is just not enough GVWR for that kinda weight.

Our 2010 F150 is capable of towing 11000 lbs.

We don't have an issue there, the truck is excellent towing the T25KS - I just think we bought a camper way bigger than we needed (thanks parents!...) and would be better to downsize, as it's just 2 of us. Or did you mean the weight which the truck bed can hold? (excuse my ignorance, we only started camping this year )

We just don't want to get it wrong and buy something which we will regret - hence the questions.

Does anybody have any comments about the rPod's (or similar?) They are made by Forest River, so assume they are fairly well buit?
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Your tow rating is meaningless for a slide in truck camper. It's the payload that's important and they are not recommended for a half ton pickup.

A 25ft trailer is not that large. Especially when it's raining and you are inside for a couple days.

Take your time with this decision. You already have the truck and trailer so what's the rush?

On edit - I looked up your trailer and it appears you have a 29 ft trailer, not 25ft.
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Old 09-11-2011, 08:15 PM   #7
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Your tow rating is meaningless for a slide in truck camper. It's the payload that's important and they are not recommended for a half ton pickup.

A 25ft trailer is not that large. Especially when it's raining and you are inside for a couple days.

Take your time with this decision. You already have the truck and trailer so what's the rush?

On edit - I looked up your trailer and it appears you have a 29 ft trailer, not 25ft.
And I was thinking it's just because I'm English the trailer seems huge, (even an rPod would seem big in England!!) I feel slightly redeemed in knowing it's bigger than I said - although there's no excuse for not actually knowing!

We live in BC - and our camping trips consist of weekends at the Shuswap or Wells Grey. When we bought the camper, we thought we would do longer trips with parents, but that's not going to happen.

Anyway with that in mind, we have got something way too big for what we use it for. I'm in no rush to sell, but do want to get it right this time.
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Old 09-11-2011, 08:21 PM   #8
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My wife and I spent a long time shopping for our first camper, and we were frozen with indecision. What ultimately worked for us was creating a list of every feature we could think of, and then rank them from gotta have to couldn't care less. We tried to imagine not just how we thought we would use the camper (like saying we don't need a couch because we spend all our time outside) but also how we might end up actually using the camper (couches are nice when the unexpected monsoon hits). We actually wound up with a larger camper than I thought we would, but it's the one that hit all the must haves and most of the like to haves while being within our price range.
You already have a camper; I'd suggest using it as much as you can, hang out with folks at the campsites you visit, and start thinking about what you like and don't like. You may find, like me, that a great bathroom is worth having a larger trailer. You mayeven, like my wife, think about sharing the driving some day...
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We had a 19 foot tt before we got our 25 motorhome. We love it. You could sleep 4 people in tt with not problem. My wife would pull it by herself. We are like you we hardly ever sit or cook in camper.
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If you do decide to get a smaller trailer. When at the dealer ask the salesperson if you and your better half could have an 1/2 or so alone in the trailer. Just sit in the trailer and talk to each other. You will get a feeling what it would be like if you had to be in the trailer because of bad weather.
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