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Tall Guy

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Failed Experiment
« on: November 08, 2019, 10:31:28 am »
Hi all.  Well, my wife and I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that motorhome traveling is just not our style.  So I'm going to be posting our 2018 2552 and our 2018 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk towd for sale as soon as I receive the instructions for doing so.  It appears that not just anyone can post a unit for sale.  If anyone is interested please dm me we're looking for $130,000 for the pair.

We are going to switch to a dually pickup with a slide in camper.  That will give us the mobility we crave and a dry warm place to sleep.  We were never inside unless it was raining hard or too cold so, for us, a motorhome is overkill. We really like the setup but at this point in our lives it just doesn't fit our lifestyle.

Thanks for everything you guys have taught me, YOU'RE THE BEST!!

Tallguy, aka Gary

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Re: Failed Experiment
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2019, 12:05:55 pm »
Hi Gary
if you wanting to post it on the forum... please send details on your coach to forum@phoenixusarv.com along with the photos that you would like included.

all the best!!
tina

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Tall Guy

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Re: Failed Experiment
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2019, 12:51:24 pm »
Thank you Tina, I'll put that together today or tomorrow.

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Re: Failed Experiment
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2019, 01:20:53 pm »
Gary TallGuy,

Sorry that didn't work out for you.

Just 1 suggestion on a truck camper.   Be very careful about the step up to the camper's door.   My wife and I started out with a truck camper and used a 3 step step-ladder to get in and out.  Twice she lost her balance on the steps and fell off.   

Just something to watch for... Make sure you have a sturdy way in and out!

I hope whatever you get.. That it works perfectly for you!

Don & Patti

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Re: Failed Experiment
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2019, 04:43:56 am »
John spotted a truck camper with a slide out! It was on the passenger side so when they park at the side of the road they can deploy the slide. I don't know anything more as I wasn't quick enough to get a good look.
John, Holly, and sometimes Chloe.
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Ron Dittmer

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Re: Failed Experiment
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2019, 05:14:21 pm »
We are going to switch to a dually pickup with a slide in camper.  That will give us the mobility we crave and a dry warm place to sleep.  We were never inside unless it was raining hard or too cold so, for us, a motorhome is overkill.
Hi TallGuy Gary,

I am sorry to read of your failed experiment.  If I hear anyone looking for a near-new PC-2552 or similar, I will keep you in-mind.

Be careful.  The DRW truck with camper setup can be massive in every dimension.  You might not be downsizing as much as you think.  For example, a Ford DRW is available only in an F450 crew cab.  Both wheel base choices are longer than a PC-2350, then consider the camper portion hanging off the back.  In the end, it may compare to a PC-2350, maybe even longer.  You'll be sleeping up top in a truck camper, an alternative inconvenience to 2350 double bed.  If the tight quarters of the 2350 double bed works, it might be something to think about.

Of coarse a primary benefit is leaving the camper at the campsite and take the truck around.  But that requires the dreaded setup process.  And a huge empty DRW crew-cab long-bed truck won't be easy to get around with in the parks.  Your Jeep Cherokee is a breeze for that.   At home, unless you have regular need for such a truck, it will sit around just like a motor home.  A fellow I worked with drove a DRW crew-cab long-bed pickup to work on occasion to keep it working well.  That thing hung out so far into the isle, it was exceptionally ripe for accidents.  It was NOT domestic-friendly at all.

I always thought model 2100 with a large cab-over bed would have been a real sweet PC offering.  Not necessarily enticing for most older folk, but younger people would love it.  It would be a Cadillac version of that discontinued SRW Cruise America 19A people on other forums always talk about.  Model 2400 would also benefit from having one.  It is such a pain to setup and tear down the bedding twice daily....speaking from experience with our old rig.  We often just left the bed setup and lived that way....just horrible for us.


Just my thoughts.
« Last Edit: November 09, 2019, 05:27:31 pm by Ron Dittmer »
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Re: Failed Experiment
« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2019, 05:54:14 pm »
Check  out the Bengal Tiger by Tiger Adventure Vehicles. Itís like a truck camper but with cab access.They can build it on any std or extended cab Ford, Chevy, or Dodge .
Goin' where the wind goes...

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Re: Failed Experiment
« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2019, 10:46:24 pm »
I agree with Calcruiser, check out Tiger. Slide in campers usually, but not always have rear access doors. That always makes it a pain to hook up anything on the rear and easily enter the camper. Also having a side entrance, like the Tiger, gives you the ability to have a nice awning covered doorway, social area.
I get it having too much, with your PC and tow, makes a long complicated load for sure.
Good luck with your next purchase.
Doug

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Re: Failed Experiment
« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2019, 01:28:09 pm »
Thanks for all the input and well wishes!  My current everyday driver is a GMC 4WD heavy duty 2500 extended cab long bed.  So a one ton dually isn't much bigger than what I'm used to.  The campers we've looked at have very little if any rear overhang and they all have residential queen size beds. My GMC is 15 years old so I feel that it's too tired to put a camper on which is why the dually.

Once we"ve made the transition I'll still hang out and comment when travel questions come up.

Thanks again!