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I own a short F-250 and I am thinking of buying a camping trailer to out in the bed. What do you all own and what do you recomend?

Why are they so dam expensive? Do I really need to go with airbags? Slides good, how many? Brand?

Anyone have one for sale? I might have a coupon!!
 

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No, get yourself a sixpac camper. Or a Jayco popup. Bruce has one. They both are light. You don't need slide outs. The more you add the more weight in bed.
 
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What Jerry said. I had an eight foot jayco pop up on two different 1/2 ton short bed trucks, never had a problem. With the tailgate down I was 8'4". No air bags just good tires. Took that thing everywhere hunting and fishing in some pretty nasty off the beaten path conditions at times. No holding tank and just a smaller cold water tank really kept the weight down. I had friends with big campers that would have to dump them at the bottom and return there at night to camp while my son and I could just find any half way level spot wherever we ended up.

While getting some tie down work done on mine one time, killing time looking at the nice new deluxe campers. I had an RV salesman take me aside and he told me "don't buy one brand over another because you think you're getting better quality, they are all a piece of shit."

Other brands I would look at are Passtime and Fourwheel. Unless you are more in to glamping like Oprah. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
 

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This is what I've got. Best purchase I've ever made for a fishing rig. I spend 40 nights a year in it. Took me some time of searching Craigslist but found it in N.Cal. for $3800 bucks.
+1 on the pop up style. Check out the other thread on pick-up campers (had pictures of my Palomino... RIP :(). IMO, these offer the best combination of amenities, price point, and versatility.
 

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Years ago I had a half ton dodge with a short box six pack. Great little camping rig but sometimes cumbersome running around some of the rivers that I fish with less than favorable roads. I've since switched to a very small camping trailer that I pull with an S10 Blazer. Set up a base camp and it leaves the 4x4 free to run whatever road I want. The trailer cost me 250 bucks initially and another $2,500 materials and some sweat equity in the restoration.
 

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we bought an expensive Hallmark after looking at everything else, junk! we kept it for less than a year as the space was way too limited for 2 people. guy who bought it, loves it, go figure. i would not recommend popups to anyone unless you are really an off the road person and actually need a very skinny camper.
 
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