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Old 09-18-2015, 09:54 PM
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Anyone here have any experience with them? I had one breifly back around 2005 before upgrading to a smaller camper then to the one we have now. Been looking around for a cheap one to stick on our site.

Our seasonal site is fairly large with room enough for a couple campers if we wanted. The older boys are now ten and eleven. Our camper only has two bunks in the rear which the younger kids use. I thought about putting a truck camper on the site off to the side for the older boys to use. We could also load it up and use it for the weekend when we manage to be kidless and want to sneak away just the missus and I.

I've looked at a couple this week. I'm thinking a full size ten footer will be too much camper for the f150 to handle. Also looked at an 8 ft full top but it was rough for the price they wanted. I stumbled across another one today which has a pop up top much like a tent trailer. I kinda like that idea since it's less weight to haul. Thoughts?
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This is similar to what I'm looking at.

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Northernredneck, Years ago we had a Northstar 8 foot pop up camper. It was a very nice camper for the mountains nice low profile . Would have another popup in a heart beat . But since we bought a cabin we have no need for camper.
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We had one in the 90's. It sat on our river lot along with other campers and a mobile home. We did not have a truck, so we paid to have it hauled to the river lot. It was a 10 or 12 ft but it worked out great for the two of us. It seemed to have more storage space than one would have guessed. I sold it when we bought a mobile home to put on the lot. I never hauled it so I can't speak to the size for your F150.
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That's one thing I liked about the one I saw today. It has a nice low profile when the top is down and should be better on the highway. Here's a picture of the other one I'm seriously considering. It's a 10 ft though and I think it would be more suited to a 3/4 ton truck. May be too much camper for the f150. The thing I like about the truck camper is that I can still hook up the boat behind and head back to my hometown for the weekend or head up to visit my bro and do some fishing up his way. Once I'm in better shape health wise I plan on also using it for moose hunting in the fall.

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Old 09-21-2015, 09:19 PM
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I went out this morning and picked up this truck camper for cheap. Everything works on it. Its an early nineties pop up. Can't complain. Price was right.


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I worked on jayco trailers built during that time they were top notch units for the price. not air stream quality but not an airstream price tag . jayco units were on par with anything built by Winnebago industry's for a whole lot less money
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I like jayco. Our 31ft camper is a jayco as well. Friends of ours have the jayflight camper comparable to ours. Looking at theirs both inside and out you can tell why there is the lower jayflight brand then the jayco eagle line. The eagle has a much better fit and finish overall.

I unloaded the camper in the driveway this afternoon. Tomorrow's task is to head to homedepot and pick up some lumber to built saw horses to go underneath to stabilize it. I also need some for a couple other projects at camp. (build a ridgepole setup to put a large tarp over the boat for the winter and build a small wood shed out of pallets)
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Nice looking camper glad you found a good one . We also had a jayco fifth wheel was a nice trailer but sold it due to non use . Good luck with your new purchase!!
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We had a Jayco popup pickup camper just like it a mid 90's model. Nice camper made very well except for the 3 jack design. It never felt stable loading and unloading it with only 3 jacks. I never had a problem but it worried me when using only 3 jacks if the wind was blowing as it felt very unstable and moved around a lot. We decided if we ever do another one it will have 4 jacks with one at each corner and not the single one on one side. We had ours for about 5 years and sold it for more than we paid for it so they do hold their value well.
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I know what you mean about the three jack design. It's a little unstable loading and unloading. The guy i bought it from also fabbed up some 6" brackets to go between the jacks and the camper so they allow for more clearance when backing under it to load it.
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Nice camper had one just like it!
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Today's project was to hobble my crippled ass down to home depot to pick up lumber to build saw horses for the camper. Two hours after getting home it was resting comfortably on its new supports and I was resting comfortably on my chair waiting for my back to tense up.

Tomorrow's project is going to be building a set of steps for it to bring to camp since it will be spending most of it's life out there.
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How about some shots of the interior?
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I know you never can please some people......

It is a nice looking camper by the way.
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Do both sides have the extensions on the jacks to extend them out from the camper? I can see an added on extension on the single jack side. My Jayco was a bit narrow when backing a Ford Super Duty under to load. The jack bases when spread out were too narrow to fit the wheel width. I can see where the extensions make it easier to fit the wider boxes of the newer trucks under the camper to load and unload it.

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Thanks. Yes. Both sides have the extensions for the jacks. Gives a little wiggle room when backing under it. Nice addition giving an extra 6" on each side. I'm having a problem with the left rear bar binding up when the roof is raised though. I sprayed some lube in there to free it up. Right now the left rear sits about 4" lower than the other three corners.

Yours looks almost the same as mine. Just a different year. Same model though. I can barely feel it in the back on my truck.
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Here you go. Interior is in good shape for it's age. There's a couple issues to fix but nothing too drastic. All the interior systems work. I'm having fun problem with the left rear roof arm. I've found the problem. Just have to fix it. Im not in a rush.


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Looks good Brian. And those are some heavy duty horses.
I'd never heard of those campers coming in pop up style. How do they pop up? Electric or crank or what? Pretty easy to pop the top?
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Thanks Doc. I wanted the horses to be strong enough for regular use since for the mostpart it will be sitting at camp being used by the kids every weekend.

I guess they started making them in pop up around the late 80's. It's got a hand crank that only takes about 10-15 rotations to raise the roof. I'm 6'2" and have no problem standing up straight in it without my head touching the roof.

Speaking of roofs, the roof had a bit of a leak near the front since it joins together in two halves. I picked up a can of roofing spray that sprays a rubberized coating over the seams. So far it seems to be a decent product that coats well. I figure for $10 it's worth a shot.
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