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Re: Sawmill camper?
« Reply #20 on: March 27, 2017, 07:11:27 PM »
There is a small one for sale out your way on the cragslist. 3,041 lbs

 1995 Fleetwood Camper "Project or Parts" - $3000 (W. Richland)

No price on this one...

 Truck camper need to sell asap (Spokane)

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Re: Sawmill camper?
« Reply #21 on: March 27, 2017, 07:34:49 PM »
My F350 super cab SRW  4x4 has a 11,000 pound GVW and can carry almost 4k pounds.  The carrying capacity depends on the GVW you order. I think the only difference is the number of springs in the pack. You should have camper loading and center of gravity info in your paperwork that came with the truck. Having a tall camper could really limit your access to areas with low clearance. :)
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Re: Sawmill camper?
« Reply #22 on: March 27, 2017, 07:52:45 PM »
Lynn
 What is your bed length and the camper length? Can you get to the hitch? 
Jim, 6' bed and 8' camper.  I don't have a picture of the hookup, but I have to use a receiver hitch extender in order to tow the trailer. 
 

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As Seavee stated, you had better look ahead when off-roading.  Yes the camper was loaded and I was pulling the 12' trailer.

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« Reply #23 on: March 27, 2017, 08:35:50 PM »
Oh yes.  In that instance I was already chained up so away I went.   ;D
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Re: Sawmill camper?
« Reply #24 on: March 27, 2017, 11:21:16 PM »
Eric,

   I'm inclined to endorse Red's suggestion. Not sure about a canvas wall tent but they make pretty nice nylon family (8-12 person) dome tents that come with shock corded poles, floors and screened (Not like a shelterhalf where it took 2 of you to combine to make a dirt floor, cub-scout tent that leaked/condensed your breath dripping right on your nose) for a couple hundred dollars or less. Add a decent blow up mattress, compressor, small genset, 12 volt reefer, sleeping bag, etc. and you could live pretty good. My wife and I did a 3 week vacation traveling all over Southern Africa (Nambia, Botswana and S. Africa) and about half the time we stayed in such a tent and we lived pretty comfortably. Everything packed up in a small pick up truck and I am confident your truck would have more space if properly used and still have room for the required sawmill equipment and tools and still keep the cost less than the campers you are describing. Good luck.
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« Reply #25 on: March 27, 2017, 11:56:35 PM »
I know for a fact that much overhang would not be good in places I go, I doubt seriously you would be happy with it.
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« Reply #26 on: March 28, 2017, 12:35:33 AM »
Just a thought. It seems you would lose your cargo and tool storage with a slide in camper on a conventional pickup bed.
If this is a dedicated work rig, finding a utility bed and mounting a camper may be an option, I have always thought one would be sweet for a camping, hunting and fishing rig.
I am a tool junky and literally hate to need a tool and not have it with me, so have had a utility bed on a pickup of some sort or another for 20 years or more, that way I have my torch, welder, air compressor and pretty much any tool I need when I need it.
I picked up a dually with a service bed last year to make a dedicated mill truck, but it is just a 2 wheel drive, so am rethinking it, and watching for a 4x dually to mount the bed on.
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Re: Sawmill camper?
« Reply #27 on: March 28, 2017, 04:46:10 AM »
If only you could find something like this. I bought this from the junkyard
last year just to resale . Sorry I already sold it. It only had a place for one to
sleep. The rest was for tools or a 4 wheeler. You might find one on the cragslist.
It had a door that would open two ways. The whole thing would swing up or
you could just go in the little door.
 

 

 

 
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« Reply #28 on: March 28, 2017, 06:27:08 AM »
Looked at the load rating for my truck and it isn't what I thought it was :o it's actually only 3370#'s which after removing myself and gear etc means really 3000#'s

For some reason I thought the F350 was rated higher but maybe since it's a 4x4 super cab that's why it's lower?  I saw somewhere 4100#'s

Anyway, with my 'wet' limit around 3000#'s I think I need to pass on this camper.  I was just so tempted because of the price and it's shape (from talking to the owner).

Sure he hauled with an F250 but that doesn't mean I want to and I DO NEED to get into places with my mill.

So perhaps I'll stick with looking for an 8 foot camper.

You need to call the people back. I don't think they gave you the correct weight of the camper. There is a sticker on the back that gives the real weight.

Heck, if you were closer to me, I would make a sweet deal for you on mine. I haven't used mine in two years. :(

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« Reply #29 on: March 28, 2017, 08:02:37 AM »
$2,000 can pay for a lot of overnights in a Motel.
We have a lot of good boys and girls in harms way
lets all support them and their familys.

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« Reply #30 on: March 28, 2017, 08:37:15 AM »
   Not when there is not one close by and if you are having to drive another 50 or so miles each way you are using a lot of time and fuel. From the posts I have have been seeing I am under the impression Eric is working some fairly remote areas.
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Re: Sawmill camper?
« Reply #31 on: March 28, 2017, 08:43:04 AM »
Re: Tent

I've tent camped a LOT over the years and have several.  I find at the end of the day on a remote milling job where I am doing a lot of labor etc, I want some comfort now ;) and as little effort to set up or tear down as possible.  I've given it a fair amount of time and after tenting out on a job last year I said "I'm getting a camper"......

Re:  Hotel

In my day job I have done and do that a lot.  Honestly?  I hate the darn things.  I've lived out of them so much over the last 20+ years for work I just as soon sleep in a tent ;)  (see above on tents).

So, it's a camper for me.  I did, for a minute, consider fitting out a canopy with a bed and such and leaving tools etc in it and making it a tool/camp shelter but that was just a minute then I went back to 'camper'.

I've seen plenty in the right price range, just have to go buy one that weighs in around 2k lbs and doesn't leak etc.

Finally, and here is the kicker:  my wife ;)

She won't tent anymore.  She doesn't want to sit in a hotel all day or on the job site all day but she does think she'd hang out on the job site with a camper (to give her a place to retreat to from time to time as needed/wanted) in remote places with me and 'camp' out onsite.

And since I'm milling weekends most of the time right now that means a camper will bring us together a little more and I like that idea ;)
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« Reply #32 on: March 28, 2017, 08:49:15 AM »
Exactly and after a day's sawing being able to take a shower is nice.  A truck camper (TC) is the answer, but you just have not found the right one yet.  You need an 8' TC with a wet bath.
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« Reply #33 on: March 28, 2017, 08:51:22 AM »
   Not when there is not one close by and if you are having to drive another 50 or so miles each way you are using a lot of time and fuel. From the posts I have have been seeing I am under the impression Eric is working some fairly remote areas.

Yes.  Sometimes I'm at least 30 to 45 minutes to the nearest motel....I did the math on fuel savings and I can save around $40-$50 a job by not driving back and forth to the cabin...little less to a hotel since the cabin always seems to be an hour or more away.

My last job it wasn't very remote but was an hour and 20 minutes to my cabin.  I could have charged per diem and booked a local hotel instead but then I'd have to charge more and stay in a hotel neither of which I want to do.
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« Reply #34 on: March 28, 2017, 09:58:02 AM »
It's a seat of the pants feel. After sawing all day then driving with a Camper home maybe 40 mph. That's why they make vanilla and chocolate ice cream , then someone wants strawberry.
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« Reply #35 on: March 28, 2017, 10:38:37 AM »
Eric,

   Based on the previous information, especially the update as to your wife, I'd suggest you get a real nice camper (unless you can get your wife to drive a motorhome :D :D).

   We met a nice couple in a Man 4WD motorhome in central Mongolia back in 2006 that would have been perfect. It would go anywhere, even had several track panels hanging on the sides that could be put down and moved as the MH moved forward in severe mud or sand. It had solar panel, a weeks water and blackwater supply. They had been all over the world in it and were taking it to S Amercia for a complete tour down there.
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« Reply #36 on: March 28, 2017, 11:09:27 AM »
I would go for a non-cab over (NCO) Alaskan pop up, most of the older ones are 1200-1500 lbs, and are very well built campers. An 8' one will allow you to close the tailgate, and use the std hitch, and give you plenty of room for towing and not max out your truck.  Good used Alaksans can be had on CL for around 2k or less.  You can even have it taken to the factory in Winlock, WA and they can refurb it like new, for reasonable if you want to make it shine again.
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« Reply #37 on: March 28, 2017, 11:41:05 AM »
I will just add 2 suggestions, since I don't own a truckbed camper.  You can buy some really nice "Camping Shower" systems now.  You can get fairly simple to operate popup shower rooms with separate changing & showering sections, and a water heater with shower head pump system for a couple hundred dollars.  That might leave you with more flexibility when it comes to campers.  You are aren't going to get 15 minute showers out of them, but you won't get many of those out of a camper either.

Second, since you expressed a desire for comfort after a day's work:  After 6 years of camping with cub and boy scouts, I highly recommend the "Coleman Comfortsmart Chair" as the most comfortable portable chair I've ever sat my butt in. 



 

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« Reply #38 on: March 28, 2017, 12:41:44 PM »
Why not go to the camper store and get a new one that you and the wife like and not too big for the truck. A business wright off.
 With a new mill and truck why not a camper.
Aren't you and her worth it. ;D

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« Reply #39 on: March 28, 2017, 12:56:14 PM »
Why not go to the camper store and get a new one that you and the wife like and not too big for the truck. A business wright off.
 With a new mill and truck why not a camper.
Aren't you and her worth it. ;D

My dad told me a long time ago. Go first class or stay home. :D :D ;)

Um, LOL....  :o have you seen the prices?  I'm thinking lightly used though.  Maybe 1/2 or 1/3rd the price of new but still thinking about it.  My business plan is to have the biz pay for the truck and camper within two years (the mill is about paid off and I have the funds to pay it off now actually but will wait a week or so before sending off the check) so a $20k camper is a little too steep!

With something int he $10k range though, I can pay it off fairly quickly with the work I have coming in but not get in a bind if the work dries up.
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