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#21 iowahiker

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Posted 30 May 2019 - 07:28 PM

Rather than add "discovery" items lower in this thread, I will edit them on to the "discovery" section above to save on thread length.


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2013 Ford F-150 Reg Cab, Long Bed, 5.0 V-8, 4x4, payload package + 2012 FWC Granby

Over 900 camper nights in six seasons.

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#22 iowahiker

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Posted 19 June 2019 - 10:15 PM

Our camper along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Shining Rock Wilderness:

 

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Camper interior rear view with the wet bath/toilet behind the mirror door.

 

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Couch:

 

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Kitchen upper view:

 

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Kitchen lower view with refrig on the right:

 

 

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Over-the-cab bed,  ladder, pass through curtain, and table top:

 

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Cab-camper pass through with the curtain off:

 

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Edited by iowahiker, 19 June 2019 - 10:33 PM.

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2013 Ford F-150 Reg Cab, Long Bed, 5.0 V-8, 4x4, payload package + 2012 FWC Granby

Over 900 camper nights in six seasons.

"The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives"  (Proverb)


#23 ski3pin

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Posted 19 June 2019 - 10:57 PM

That is pretty darn nice! Thanks for the photos and have lots of fun.


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Posted 20 June 2019 - 06:04 PM

Iowa - Very nice rig!  Thanks for the photos.  I hope it provides many years of adventure and is everything that you want it to be.


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#25 BillTheHiker

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Posted 23 June 2019 - 04:21 PM

Thanks for posting this. I was not familiar with the Provan and it looks like something I might move to when I get a bit more elderly than I already am. I would have similar requirements as yours.

 

So from your research, is it the only RV that is built on a 1 ton truck and attached internally? Do they add a flatbed then attach to that? Do they use turnbuckles or something else? And what class RV is it?


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#26 iowahiker

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Posted 23 June 2019 - 08:26 PM

Bill,  Our Bengal is a class C based on Iowa regulations because it is not on a van chassis.  Class A, B, and C are labeled "motorhome" which is a national label.  Iowa requires a van chassis for class B.  Class C is a camper attached to an OEM cab while class A has the camper manufacturer producing the cab.  Some Bengals are registered as class B in some states. 

 

Provan welds a series of "box" steel members across the F-350 frame and attaches the camper to these steel cross members.  I do not know what the attachment  fastener is from the cross members to the camper but the cross members support the camper floor.  These welds void Ford's frame warranty but Provan does provide a warranty on the Ford frame as related to the welds.  I would not spend the "rent money" on any camper.  Provan has repaired frames but only in a few cases.

 

More than one company makes F-450 and F-550 class C campers but those cost more than $250,000 and are longer and taller than the Bengal.  At least two companies make a class C camper on a F-350 with soft walls or popup designs in the $150,000 range.  These lacked the black tank and the second bed (cassette toilets are very popular for "expedition campers" but we want a clean drop and flush into a dump station). 

 

The Bengal is the only 4x4, two bed, fixed camper, hard side, with a black tank (if pushed, under 22 feet long and less than 10 feet tall, no AC).

 

"Elderly":  I would not associate either a Granby or a Bengal with being "elderly" since both require a high degree of dexterity to use comfortably.  The Bengal has more room and so works better on long trips like ours.  The sound proofing and fixed roof are more expeditious but create height and weight issues.  A walk through class A would be a better choice for "more elderly" :blink:.


Edited by iowahiker, 23 June 2019 - 10:44 PM.

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2013 Ford F-150 Reg Cab, Long Bed, 5.0 V-8, 4x4, payload package + 2012 FWC Granby

Over 900 camper nights in six seasons.

"The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives"  (Proverb)





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