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#11 simimike

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Posted 03 December 2014 - 05:16 AM

And don't forget Marc on this forum, he went from a Cougar to an XP. I spent some time in his camper and luxurious would be a proper description compared to our FWC/ATC's.

Thanks for reminding me Sunman. Yes, by all means see marc's posts to. OK, I'm one of three.


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Posted 03 December 2014 - 05:20 AM

I got a tour of Alaskawilds XP at Meadow lake. Luxurious for sure, you do get what you pay for. Sissi told us about the trip they have planned and the XP is the perfect camper for their trip. XP fill a nice niche between the FWC style pop up and the Earthroamers. 


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Posted 03 December 2014 - 04:06 PM

Simimike: Thanks for your observations, it validates what I've read elsewhere.  I wish I knew ahead of time that you were selling your V1! 

 

I'll be going to visit Marc's operation in the New Year and will be able to see a unit first hand.     


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Posted 03 December 2014 - 04:14 PM

Simimike,

That's for the great report. I think your observations are similar to my experience visiting XP and what I've read online.
I can't wait to hear more about the V3. I think it will really be a nice fit for us. Just like Bill thought - I think the V1 is great for a trip around the world, but maybe too much for what I do. V3 looks like a huge upgrade from my current setup.

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Posted 03 December 2014 - 05:44 PM

Simimike,

 

That's for the great report. I think your observations are similar to my experience visiting XP and what I've read online.

I can't wait to hear more about the V3. I think it will really be a nice fit for us. Just like Bill thought - I think the V1 is great for a trip around the world, but maybe too much for what I do. V3 looks like a hug upgrade from my current setup.

X2 Not saying XP doesn't make a great camper, but there are a lot of things I'd rather do with the $40,000 differential.  


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Posted 04 December 2014 - 12:31 AM

Simimike,

 

A few more questions if you don't mind...

 

What type of truck and wheel base did you choose? (interested to hear rationale on your decision)

If you were doing a stretch of weekend trips only would you leave the camper mounted or remove and mount each weekend? (Wondering how cumbersome it is to drive around town).

Does the Webasto system tap into the truck fuel tank or is it separate?

What type of conditions did you use it in, were you able to do any off road while you had it? If so, how did it handle?

 

Thanks.


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#17 simimike

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Posted 04 December 2014 - 03:25 AM

Simimike,

 

A few more questions if you don't mind...

 

What type of truck and wheel base did you choose? (interested to hear rationale on your decision)

If you were doing a stretch of weekend trips only would you leave the camper mounted or remove and mount each weekend? (Wondering how cumbersome it is to drive around town).

Does the Webasto system tap into the truck fuel tank or is it separate?

What type of conditions did you use it in, were you able to do any off road while you had it? If so, how did it handle?

 

Thanks.

I had a 2005 Dodge 2500 4X4 long bed before I bought the XPC. The thought process on he long bed was since 95% of my driving would be on pavement then why not have a comfortable ride? Because of the cost of a new truck I decided to use my existing truck.  A lot of suspension upgrades later it was able to handle the camper. Marc has a picture of the truck and camper on the XP web site. Driving around town was no big deal. The size of the camper was no bigger then any other truck and camper and the over all length was the same as the OEM length and the width is about the same as the FWC, give or take an inch. I was able to take the truck to my local dealer for servicing and they had no problems. 

 

 The stove and heater/H2Oheater have a separate onboard fuel tank. If I was to buy another XP I would have a dedicated truck just for the camper and not bother removing it. Even thou it is a simple task to load and unload the camper I would leave it on full time, Thats just me. I'd also see if it was possible to tap the fuel tank to supply the appliances. That would simplify things a bit. 

 

Mostly the rig was used on FS roads, I'm an old guy and the thought of hiking 15 miles out to a paved road has lost some of its appeal. That being said I wouldn't hesitate to run the White Rim Trail in it. One of the ways the camper shines is in cold weather. I camped at 17F and had to turn the heater down. This is a well insulated camper. Because of the windows in the cabover along with the other windows it has good cross ventilation and cools off nicely at night.

 

As far as using an XP for weekend  camping and quick short trips, well this camper does it all. But using it this way would not be using it to its full potential, you would be wasting your money. The XP is built and designed as an expedition camper. With 70+ gals of fresh water plus a water filtration system, diesel appliances, this is third world stuff. IMHO a well optioned FWC , ATC or even a standard Northstar would be the better choice.

 

Remember, Work is the curse of the camping class.

 

P.S. Go to the XP photo gallery to see my pics.

 

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Posted 04 December 2014 - 12:45 PM

Mike,

 

Thanks for your response. I fully appreciate this is an expedition style camper and that would be the end goal use. I was fortunate to be able to retire young, my wife has a few years to go so it would be doing shorter trips initially then once she's retired we'd be living in it for extended trips.  We'll start off exploring our own country then look further, the White Rim Trail and the western US would be on the list for sure.

 

I like the idea of a shorter turning radius but as you mentioned it depends on how its used, sounds like it would be beneficial if not necessary on a destination like the White Rim Trail.  

 

I just watched a video of the V1 being lowered and installed onto a truck, it seems quite easy even being done by 1 person.

 

I'll check out your pics on XP.

 

Thanks again. 


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Posted 07 December 2014 - 04:13 PM

I am wanting to transition to an XP-1 "down the road". That is, if my wife can learn to enjoy camping instead of just tolerating it.
We have Alaskan 10' CO at this time, and will be sorting that issue out over the next couple years. If she learns to enjoy camping and a somewhat vagabond lifestyle we will order and buy the V1. If not, and just occasional camper use is to continue, we will stand pat with the Alaskan, which, of course is not something at all to complain about.
She, typical of a lot of women, likes the Winnebago/bus size freeway cruisers, so to her the V1 is "too small", so we will not be going smaller.
FWIW - I have done a lot of web research, and have been to the XP factory to thoroughly look at the V1 on a weekend, and was very impressed with Marc's product, pretty much on all fronts. I do like the fact that some minor refinements are being made all the time, so when/IF I am ready in a couple of years, it will be even better. I will visit the factory while it is operating on a weekday to observe the build process, maybe this coming spring as I pass through northbound from snowbirding.
Yes, the V1 is a lot of money, but is see it as very resistant to the physical deterioration (wood rot, etc., etc.) over time you see in standard build campers of all sorts. Of course it will take initial purchase depreciation, but then it should hold its value quite well for a long time. Opinion, of course.

Know of anybody selling some "Love Camping" potions or pills? ;-)

Question for V1 owners/users. How resistant to dust penetration is the unit after several days on dry dusty forest circus (intentional) roads?
It looks well sealed, and dust resistant, but dust is very hard to keep out of rigs under those conditions.
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Posted 07 December 2014 - 08:47 PM

We recently owned a FWC for about a year and enjoyed it for shorter trips. Since we are retired and want to take longer trips in regards to distance and time without giving up the versatility of a truck camper, we decided after much research and consideration that the XP Camper would be a good fit for us. The features we most appreciate about the XP are: the feeling of openness inside with large windows allowing you to appreciate the outdoors, the truck and camper are well designed for both road and off-roading, and dealing directly with Marc Wasserman, the owner and designer of XP, was also a deciding factor. We found Marc to be helpful, knowledgable, and practical in his recommendations.
We are picking up our XP at the end of December.
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