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Old 11-06-2007, 05:32 PM   #1
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I am a nature photographer and my wife is a painter and we are considering hitting the road for at least six moths at a time around the US, Canada and possibly Mexico, but probably mostly the western half of the US and Canada/Alaska.

What I am considering buying is a-

Ford f350 4X4 crew cab, long bed truck, with a good sized truck camper, with slide outs (both sides). (Total length just under 25'),
plus a 30' aluminum travel trailer with 2 slide-outs, both on the drivers side.

I want the trailer for live-ability, but the truck and truck camper for access to remote areas for short periods (2-3 days).

My biggest concern is that that type of set-up may cause problem in campgrounds due to-

Trailer length.
Wanting 1 space for 2 rigs, even though there are only 2 people. (Family may join us sometimes and then the second rig would come in handy for them but they could always rent another space).
Leaving the camper un-attended for days at a time.
Anything else that I may not be aware of.

Your feed-back would be very much appreciated.
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Old 11-06-2007, 05:32 PM   #2
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I am a nature photographer and my wife is a painter and we are considering hitting the road for at least six moths at a time around the US, Canada and possibly Mexico, but probably mostly the western half of the US and Canada/Alaska.

What I am considering buying is a-

Ford f350 4X4 crew cab, long bed truck, with a good sized truck camper, with slide outs (both sides). (Total length just under 25'),
plus a 30' aluminum travel trailer with 2 slide-outs, both on the drivers side.

I want the trailer for live-ability, but the truck and truck camper for access to remote areas for short periods (2-3 days).

My biggest concern is that that type of set-up may cause problem in campgrounds due to-

Trailer length.
Wanting 1 space for 2 rigs, even though there are only 2 people. (Family may join us sometimes and then the second rig would come in handy for them but they could always rent another space).
Leaving the camper un-attended for days at a time.
Anything else that I may not be aware of.

Your feed-back would be very much appreciated.
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Old 11-06-2007, 05:49 PM   #3
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Hi Alan,
Welcome to iRV2. For me, I would have no concerns with CGs. Your rig is about 55 to 60 feet long. This is no different than a 40' motor coach towing a car. That combination is the same or longer than your rig. I have no concerns about leaving my coach in a CG for a few days. The length of your rig will mean you will be occupying one of the CGs expensive sites. As long as you obey the CG rules with regard to extra people, there should be no problem.

Consider making sure the truck can safely haul all the weight of the components mentioned in your OP.
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Old 11-06-2007, 05:57 PM   #4
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Gary, I was noticing your map and you need to go west young man.

Your missing the best parts....lol
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Old 11-06-2007, 06:00 PM   #5
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The last line of my signature tells all. This is our second time around the country. We've had a coach since 1978. Took the kids around the USA before they went to college. Now I'm doing the same thing with the grand kids.

The Western states are beautiful.
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Old 11-06-2007, 06:12 PM   #6
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OK, I missed that part.
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Old 11-06-2007, 06:23 PM   #7
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Alan, welcome to iRV2.com. We are glad to have you join us here and we look forward to not only reading of your adventures and experiences but also seeing photographs too! Most campgrounds may state that only one camping unit per campsite. You might want to propose the senerio of the two units and how you would be using them to a campground to find out if they understand and allow it. GOod luck and please do keep us informed.
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Old 11-07-2007, 06:01 AM   #8
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I am beginning to lean toward just getting a 4X4 or 6X6 Class C and having them leave out the dinette, so my wife will have a place to paint, which was the primary issue.

We could always install a fold up/down table and buy some nice folding chairs, for eating.

Am looking at the Xplorer.

Any opinions about that company out there.
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Old 11-10-2007, 03:50 AM   #9
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That 6x6 Xplorer looks nice.

Here'a another idea. If your boondocking trips will most likely be in good weather you might consider a regular Class A motorhome for park use, and a large tent for field work. You could tow a Jeep, Land Rover, etc. and have access to places that even that 6x6 Xplorer wouldn't go.

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Old 11-17-2007, 04:30 PM   #10
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I would be concerned about hitch weight of the trailer and the need for a equalizing hitch plus the turning radius with such a large slidein camper. I was confronted with similar problems when full timing. Side trips would often force us to spend one night in our pickup. So longer side trips were out. I thought of some sort of temp shell for the pickup. Good luck

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I'd also be a bit concerned trying to run a big pickup camper and a large trailer...

If you are looking at an off-road all weather type setup, take a look at EarthRoamer.

Possibly you could tow something like a jumping jack or some other smaller trailer for painting or whatever other activities you need more space for...
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The Explorer 6x6 version looks good but I would be concerned about the rear over hang in the back woods on "trails" going into those remote campsites. The IH or Ford 650 (both 4x4) Explorer versions (farther down on their web page) would be something I would consider!

The Earth Roamer as Jeff mentioned might be something to look into, although I think their prices have gone up for what you get. (Don't know for sure).

Have you considered a smaller cab over on a 3/4 or 1 ton single rear wheel 4x4 pick-up and then towing the travel trailer? I do like your idea (enjoy getting out into the boondocks) but hate travel trailers. I may eventually look into a small cab over camper for my pickup.

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