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Old 11-02-2020, 07:08 AM   #1
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Lance 850 or Northern Lite 8-11...

Well after a couple of months research I am between these two campers for my GMC 3500 SRW. It has the diesel so I will be right up to the numbers when I have my son and the three grandkids with me, but the camper is mainly for me. My wife will stay home and tend to her zoo, it makes her far more happy than going out and seeing the country.
I have found a site that has two and three year old new campers at a discounted price. Do any of you experienced folks have any input on these campers that haven't sold?
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Old 11-06-2020, 09:20 PM   #2
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It's frustrating sometimes working within one's weight class. My diesel powered truck with the bed matt and full of fuel is over 7900 lbs. 11,000 is GVWR. That kind of negates a NL unless I got a stripped down sportsman model. I might even have to consider something for a 3/4 ton.
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Old 11-08-2020, 06:46 AM   #3
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What's your gross rear axle weight rating? Have you weighed the truck to see how much weight is on the rear axle? I wouldn't worry about the GVWR nearly so much as the axle rating.
Those are both good brands of TC manufacturers. I don't think you could go wrong with either. If you like to dry camp I would be looking for the biggest tanks and largest battery compartment.
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Old 11-09-2020, 10:40 AM   #4
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Well I feel like a dummy...my GVWR is 11,500. My GAWR on the rear is 7,050. Now that I know the true numbers I can intelligently research some campers now. I must have been in a hurry and didn't really look at the sticker the first time.
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Old 11-27-2020, 10:09 PM   #5
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You can inly know the “ true numbers “ after weighing your exact p/u your hauling with. If you are looking at an 8-11 then i am assuming you have a short box. Not the best as even with a long box you will only get about 5% of your total camper weight, or about 200lbs on the frt axle.

As said earlier pay more attention to axle or max tire capacities.
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Old 11-28-2020, 07:26 AM   #6
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Thanks Laj. The tare wt. is 7,940. The rear axle is rated 7,050lbs and the front is 5,600. Tires are 265/18 10 ply good for 3525lbs each.

I have shifted from top of the line to Northstar Laredo and Northwood Wolf Creek. They are a little lighter and cheaper too.

These campers have a COG of 32" behind the front wall. That will be 8" in front of the rear axle so I will have more weight up front. I am planning a trip to Oregon to save some sales tax...
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Apache Camping Center is who you want to see if buying in Oregon.
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I wouldn’t buy in ore. Can’t tell the truth why on here, mods would get steamed.
I would go to montana.
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Old 11-28-2020, 09:23 PM   #9
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California has almost 10% sales tax. Since a truck camper does not have to be registered in Ca., I can spend 2,000+ less. In theory.

First visit will be to Triple A in Medford. There may be a Northstar Laredo there. Further on up is Guaranty near Eugene and I can pick up a Wolf Creek.

Bedlam Portland may be where I end up. You like APC? Not sure what they have...all the web pages are out of date.
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