Originally Posted by Baysailor
Where is the house battery located and what size is it? Is there room for a second battery? Is there a battery charger for when you're hooked up to shore power? Where is it located?
Is there any type of selector/isolator switch that can isolate the truck battery from the camper house battery even though they use the same alternator? Basically can the campers systems run down the truck starter battery?
I don't know a lot about truck campers, although I often been tempted to get one due to the ability to camp and tow a boat. But now that I am in Colorado, the boating lakes are limited. So we don't have a truck, and we tow an A-frame pop-up camper with a minivan.
Batteries are installed by the dealer, not at the factory. Most dealers install a Group 24 Marine/RV 80AH battery because it's the cheapest option that will support a camper that is normally plugged in. I doubt very much the fold down truck campers have space for a second battery (the advantage of a tongue on a small towed camper).
Most (but not all!) trucks have an isolation relay that isolates the camper battery when the ignition is off. You will have to check your truck for that information. I am assuming the camper has a 7 pin plug to plug into the truck trailer wiring. If the truck does not have an isolation relay, you will want to disconnect the 7 pin plug to avoid running down the truck battery.
When you are plugged into shore power (120V), a converter recharges the camper battery and supplies 12V to the camper.
Is there an option for a larger black water tank? Where does the shower gray water empty?
What's the major differences between the 1251 and the 1500?
From looking at the specs and floor plan on the Palomino web site, there is no gray water tank. So shower likely goes into the small black water tank.
The sink more than likely has a direct drain to the exterior, much like most pop-up campers. The only factory options I see are a remote for the roof lift, air conditioning, exterior color, and an entry step (probably all "needed").
It looks to me like the 1251 is designed for a longer cab/shorter truck bed than the 1500.
I would think fit for the specific truck is pretty important. Looking at the weights, a normal 1/2 ton isn't going to have enough payload. I would find a knowlegeable dealer - ask your questions on the phone before you drive to judge. Or find a knowledgeable friend and call the factory together.
I hope some more knowledgeable folks answer.
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