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My Last Retirement Toy

#1 Post by BlaineG » Sat Mar 10, 2018 4:03 pm

An Alaskan Camper 10' non-cabover. I pulled the trigger on getting this built. A little on the pricey side, but after looking for a year I never found a used one just like I wanted. These are made one at a time per customer order.
I could have gotten a nice trailer for less, but I want to be able to go into the forests and mountain where a trailer would be next to impossible to maneuver and get turned around. I got a few bells and whistles like bigger fridge and the solar charger with two batteries, power vents, LED lighting, hot water, and an outside shower. I've got my own Thetford Porta Potty I'll put in the cabinet they have for their own system.
It hydraulicly raises up for use and drops down to nearly cab level for travel. I don't think the 2000lbs it weighs will knock back my MPGs too much on my F-250. I may or may not get heavier springs...I'll see how the stock springs handle the weight, but the truck is rated for about a thousand pounds more than what this camper weighs....
Not real roomy but enough for a Man and his dog. Now, to save some gas money for this summer :o :shock: :lol:
I'll look forward to saying hi to some of you on my travels.

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#2 Post by 3leggedturtle » Sat Mar 10, 2018 4:13 pm

Nice, what the “running” weight of it.
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#3 Post by BlaineG » Sat Mar 10, 2018 4:16 pm

3leggedturtle wrote:
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Nice, what the “running” weight of it.
About 2000 wet plus whatever stuff I have back there and back of my seat.
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#4 Post by Pitchy » Sat Mar 10, 2018 4:17 pm

Looks real nice congrats Blaine, should be a lot of fun. 8)
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#5 Post by BlaineG » Sat Mar 10, 2018 4:19 pm

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Looks real nice congrats Blaine, should be a lot of fun. 8)
When I get close, let's have a coffee. :D
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#6 Post by Pitchy » Sat Mar 10, 2018 4:20 pm

BlaineG wrote:
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Pitchy wrote:
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Looks real nice congrats Blaine, should be a lot of fun. 8)
When I get close, let's have a coffee. :D
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#7 Post by Griff » Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:48 pm

Looks like it will fit in my barn... Don't want any Fords in my driveway! :P :P :twisted: :lol:
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#8 Post by Rusty » Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:33 pm

It looks like a nice rig for one guy and his dog. You'll learn to travel light but travel right. Everything must multi task. Congratulations!
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#9 Post by BlaineG » Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:39 pm

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Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:48 pm
Looks like it will fit in my barn... Don't want any Fords in my driveway! :P :P :twisted: :lol:
I know, right? No one is used to seeing a truck that runs in your driveway. :P
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#10 Post by AJMD429 » Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:47 pm

One life regret is failing to get something like that when I had an opportunity to take two weeks to drive to Alaska, work there four weeks, then two weeks drive back. Young, resilient, married but no kids then. Scheduling issues led to a month of working at a local women's clinic instead, and having the extra time off to start building my house.

Anyhow - you'll have a TON of fun with that.....!
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#11 Post by BlaineG » Sat Mar 10, 2018 7:21 pm

AJMD429 wrote:
Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:47 pm
One life regret is failing to get something like that when I had an opportunity to take two weeks to drive to Alaska, work there four weeks, then two weeks drive back. Young, resilient, married but no kids then. Scheduling issues led to a month of working at a local women's clinic instead, and having the extra time off to start building my house.

Anyhow - you'll have a TON of fun with that.....!
When I get close.... 8)
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#12 Post by Marvin S » Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:19 pm

Nice. I’ve been lusting over the 8.5 cabover for sometime now.

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#13 Post by BlaineG » Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:25 pm

Marvin S wrote:
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Nice. I’ve been lusting over the 8.5 cabover for sometime now.
You get more room in the cabover, but after I tested crawling up and getting back down I decided against it. :lol:
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#14 Post by JerryB » Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:28 pm

Blaine that sure is a great looking rig, If it makes it to north Arkansaw we will sure have some coffee and something to go with it.
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#15 Post by ollogger » Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:59 pm

Looks great & if in Wyoming you can park it here, Fords are welcome!!



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#16 Post by M. M. Wright » Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:07 pm

Will look forward to seein' you. I'm only 4.5 miles off I44 in northeast OK.
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#17 Post by BlaineG » Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:45 pm

ollogger wrote:
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Looks great & if in Wyoming you can park it here, Fords are welcome!!



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#18 Post by ollogger » Sat Mar 10, 2018 11:21 pm

Dang you seen that LOL, seems like a nice pick up & great shape for the year & miles on it, still have 3 Fords so
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#19 Post by claybob86 » Sun Mar 11, 2018 1:32 am

You'd fit right in here, nothing but Fords in the driveway. There is a Plymouth hidden in the garage and a Farmall hidden in the barn, rest of it is Fords. :)
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#20 Post by Nath » Sun Mar 11, 2018 2:07 am

Griff wrote:
Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:48 pm
Looks like it will fit in my barn... Don't want any Fords in my driveway! :P :P :twisted: :lol:
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Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:39 pm
Griff wrote:
Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:48 pm
Looks like it will fit in my barn... Don't want any Fords in my driveway! :P :P :twisted: :lol:
I know, right? No one is used to seeing a truck that runs in your driveway. :P
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#21 Post by 2ndovc » Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:57 am

That's pretty cool!

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#22 Post by OldWin » Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:12 am

Looks like a good setup, Blaine. Where you headed?
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#24 Post by BlaineG » Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:08 am

BlaineG wrote:
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Looks like a good setup, Blaine. Where you headed?
If you plan on taking a LOOOOOOONNNNGGGG ride, stop by for a visit. :D
We have lots of public land and forest service roads in a few states around here. A whole butt load close to me. My idea of a good time is to set up a day camp and enjoy not being too close to town.
Depending on gas money and health, I'll take as many road trips as I can.

Honestly? I'm sort of scared driving thru some of those northeastern states with my EDC :shock:
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#25 Post by OldWin » Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:52 am

I hear that Blaine! You'd be good up here. Also NH, but it's like we're landlocked. :D Maine is constitutional carry, but most all the others are enemy territory. Now you see why I hate to travel. I feel like I'm on a different planet till I get down to ole Sixguns house. :D
I'd like to get out west someday. Stop by my buddy Pitchy's on the way out. :D
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#26 Post by gamekeeper » Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:15 pm

Congratulations Blaine, that looks like nice set-up you have there..... 8) :mrgreen:
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#27 Post by Griff » Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:26 pm

Griff wrote:
Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:48 pm
Looks like it will fit in my barn... Don't want any Fords in my driveway! :P :P :twisted: :lol:
BlaineG wrote:
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I know, right? No one is used to seeing a truck that runs in your driveway. :P
No, my Chevy's run fine... I'm just afraid it'll become the last resting place of another Ford... Which is in the barn, out of view... :P
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#28 Post by piller » Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:58 am

Griff wrote:
Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:48 pm
Looks like it will fit in my barn... Don't want any Fords in my driveway! :P :P :twisted: :lol:
Griff would rather push anything else. :lol:
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#29 Post by piller » Wed Mar 14, 2018 1:03 am

Blaine, if you make it to Dallas, I will take you out to a nice little mexican restaurant just outside of Mansfield. The owners are from Mexico, and the food is great. You do like jalapenos, don't you?
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#30 Post by BlaineG » Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:49 pm

Griff wrote:
Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:26 pm
Griff wrote:
Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:48 pm
Looks like it will fit in my barn... Don't want any Fords in my driveway! :P :P :twisted: :lol:
BlaineG wrote:
Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:39 pm
I know, right? No one is used to seeing a truck that runs in your driveway. :P
No, my Chevy's run fine... I'm just afraid it'll become the last resting place of another Ford... Which is in the barn, out of view... :P
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#31 Post by BlaineG » Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:52 pm

piller wrote:
Wed Mar 14, 2018 1:03 am
Blaine, if you make it to Dallas, I will take you out to a nice little mexican restaurant just outside of Mansfield. The owners are from Mexico, and the food is great. You do like jalapenos, don't you?
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#32 Post by piller » Wed Mar 14, 2018 1:18 pm

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#33 Post by Griff » Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:19 pm

How else do you know it's running? :D Much better than Found on Road Dead.
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#34 Post by AkRay » Sat Mar 17, 2018 2:17 pm

More of my Dad's knowledgeable advice that I chose not to follow and now it's biting me in the butt. I decided that since so many others get by with half ton pick up trucks that I should be able to also. The drawback is that they aren't rated to handle the weight of a camper so I haven't been able to put one on my truck. I'd have a place to stay when going to gun shows in Anchorage or when fishing in Valdez or anywhere else I might want to try. I'll make sure my next 4x4 is a 3/4 ton.

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#35 Post by 30-30 » Sat Mar 24, 2018 1:26 am

that's no retirement toy, that's one very coool, getting out of dodge, and going off-grid vehicle...very nice... :)
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