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#1 4wanderers

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Posted 13 April 2015 - 03:23 AM

Some pics of my new Outfitter.....just picked up from Longmont factory April 4 ! Very pleased with it overall - looks great ( I think ) and matches up to my GMC 1500 Sierra very nicely. At under 1000 lbs ( even though heavily modded ) the truck hardly feels it. Key modifications were ( above and beyond those on Outfitter's usual list of options ):

1. Custom vinyl flooring ( mock wood appearance )

2. Custom Spray Granite counter color and custom counter made to accomodate SMEV Euro style sink and cooker ( with folding glass lids - for more counter space )

3. Custom fabric color

4. Custom Euro style "L" shaped table mount ( gives more legroom and enables storage under the floor )

5. Custom smaller window ( personal choice - privacy, security )

6. Custom Lithium battery 100 a/h and Lithium charger - ReLion battery

7. Custom Euro hiddden hinges and flush drawer knobs

8. Height raised 2" to create deeper cabover and more sitting room with roof lowered

9. Bed changed to 'north south', cabover extended from 54" to 60" and extender length increased to 15" to create a 75" long bed. Open storage units created either side of the bed ( we felt the unit had one drawback and that was lack of storage, mostly due to its size )

10. Smaller Suburban furnace, enabled inclusion of small "utensils" drawer . Water level indicator ( lit in blue ) shows water level at all times along with battery charge indicator nearby.

We also had solar prewired and had an additional "connecter" plug installed externally for ease of adding an external movable panel to the system - still to add solar to the roof and will likely get the new, lightweight 'flexipanels". We were driven by weight considerations and the desire for a more contemporary 'Euro' look.

Still to add - custom shower unit.......more on that when it is complete !!



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Posted 13 April 2015 - 04:33 AM

Looks great, go out and have some fun. Congrats!
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Posted 13 April 2015 - 12:53 PM

A question about weight. Did you have it weighed? I estimate my to be about the same but haven't weighed mine.
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Posted 13 April 2015 - 11:16 PM

The weight is probably close to a similarly equipped FWC.


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Posted 14 April 2015 - 12:47 AM

Looks like a nice camper! Congrats and happy camping.


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Posted 14 April 2015 - 01:01 AM

I asked Bob ( Ward - the owner of Outfitter ) about weight and why it did not have a weight stamp on it. He said they are not required but that, optioned as I have it optioned, it was about 950 lbs. It sounded about right to me. I will get it weighed soon and let everyone know. Keeping the weight low was important to me so I am curious too !
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Posted 16 April 2015 - 02:19 PM

Nice! But tiny photos. 

 

I had a pleasant conversation with Bob over the phone last year when we were shopping. If we had gone with a 1500 the Caribou Lite was a leading contender because of the shell construction and option flexibility. Fully loaded with 2 adults I'll bet your payload is around 1800 lbs or more. 

 

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Posted 17 April 2015 - 02:11 AM

Hi Bigfoot,

I thought that may be a bit high but I suppose it could be . I was thinking 950lbs camper, 350lbs ( us ! ), 200 lbs fuel and water, and 300 lbs
( stuff )..so there you have it....1800 lbs ! The truck can take 1974 lbs and it has no tailgate ( there's 60 lbs extra avaiable ) so it still leaves us 200lbs extra ( we dont carry the kind of junk that lots of folks do ) . I dont usually drive full of water either ( you can tell when it is full of water though ! ) so I think we will be fine.

When I see full size campers on half ton trucks I wonder how they do it !
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Posted 17 April 2015 - 04:21 PM

I have a hard time believing 950lbs for a well equipped camper.  It sounds like your truck is able to handle the camper well regardless.  We use lithium batteries too and love them!


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Posted 18 April 2015 - 11:54 PM

Hi Bigfoot,

I thought that may be a bit high but I suppose it could be . I was thinking 950lbs camper, 350lbs ( us ! ), 200 lbs fuel and water, and 300 lbs
( stuff )..so there you have it....1800 lbs ! The truck can take 1974 lbs and it has no tailgate ( there's 60 lbs extra avaiable ) so it still leaves us 200lbs extra ( we dont carry the kind of junk that lots of folks do ) . I dont usually drive full of water either ( you can tell when it is full of water though ! ) so I think we will be fine.

When I see full size campers on half ton trucks I wonder how they do it !

 

Taking off the camper jacks will save another 100+ lbs. A full fuel tank should be included in the curb weight so that doesn't count against the payload. But for any kind of extended trip it's a challenge to keep payload under a 1000 lbs. If your weight label says you have a 1974 lb payload capacity that's excellent because my 3/4-ton is not much different. 


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