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#2203 XP Camper sleeps five!

Posted by glideking on 09 May 2017 - 05:47 PM

XP Camper sleeps five!
Our truck seats five people so why not sleep all five? We are going on a short trip with some of my adult children. We are going to some cold high altitude places so I made room for all to be in the heated camper at night. Warmer trips we all sleep outside. 
XP Camper sleeps five!
There is a wood cover for the sink, not shown. We only use the air mattress for the plywood bed. The regular bed has 1 1/2 inch memory foam on top of XP bed.
XP Camper sleeps five!
When not used the small sheet of plywood stores in the truck box.
XP Camper sleeps five!
I screwed a strip of aluminum to the edge of the ply to rest on the counter then covered all that comes into contact with the camper with cloth so as not to wear on the camper.
XP Camper sleeps five!
Held by "T" nuts on the bottom.
XP Camper sleeps five!
A cloth covered block of wood attached to the plywood rests against the shower keeps it in place.
The fifth person sleeps on the converted dining table as normal. A sixth person could sleep on the floor as long as we all don't have beans for dinner.

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#2196 Relocating sensors, camera and license plate

Posted by glideking on 03 May 2017 - 08:44 PM

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I had some ground clearance issues that started this but a forklift at the Ram dealer finished the job of ripping off the lower part of the bumper and breaking the license plate frame.
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They offered to have it repaired but I opted to relocate the sensors instead. I don't use my bumper storage so I moved them up there. I will have a better departure angle so less likely to scrape again. There is not enough room for the license plate under the opening drawer and being scraped off by the ground so I moved it up to the drawer.
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The bumper is too thick to snap the plastic rings on so I made detachable plates to mount them. They are much easier to service this way.
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Law requires the rear plate to be lit so I installed a light above the drawer. The wiring does not have to move with the drawer this way.
I relocated the backup camera from below the drawer to above. I angled it down and made a sun shade protector for it. I drew a black line on the bumper visible in the camera to help guide me to the trailer hitch. My camper sees a lot of rough conditions. The higher ground clearance and the camera being in a better position to keep an eye on the rear will make it more fun.


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#2201 XP Camper Owners Club on Facebook

Posted by mrfish on 09 May 2017 - 06:58 AM

James Young has set up a Facebook page for XP owners only. It's a great place for us to quickly share photos and information.
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#2198 Enthusiast soon to be Owner - NoParticularPlaceToGo

Posted by NoParticularPlaceToGo on 08 May 2017 - 01:37 PM

I wasn't sure what was even going on around here. Or where to start. But I knew I wanted in. I've been in enough hotel rooms to know that's not how I want to travel. I'd been to RV shows, their offerings simply did not appeal to me.
New member here. Allow me to introduce myself. I'm Gerhard. It was the Fall of 2015 and I was at the Taylor Ranch in Fletcher, North Carolina for Overland Expo EAST. It was muddy. I think it had rained for a week straight. Cars were sliding into each other. But this is where they were. Those people in their strange machines. Big machines, small machines, 2 wheel, 4 wheel, even more wheels. Everyone had different stories and different ideas but they all had a few things in common: They wanted to move and travel and explore. And I wanted in.
I wandered from one area to the next. People sleeping in tents and hammocks. Bikes behind trailers. Trailers behind bikes. Tents in truck beds. Van conversions. Ambulance conversions. Earthroamer? Nice. Out of my price range. When did they start putting tents on roofs? Huh, never saw a sidecar dog before. Doggles!
It was all very ingenious, but I could not see myself in most of these vehicles. Rivets, staples, plywood. Appliances seemed built to the bare minimum, begging to fall apart. Stuff creaked and wobbled.
Then I saw it. An XPCamper V1. Dude! This I can relate to! Solid. Light and airy. Everything is right there. Quality.
When I arrived back home I read everything I could find about this new breed of camper. I was hooked. I bought a 2006 Dodge Ram 3500 and drove it to Grass Valley. My XP V1 is currently being created, and I can't wait to get my hands on it. Thanks to everyone for their participation on these forums, it has been very enlightening!
"Do not lose time on daily trivialities. Do not dwell on petty detail. For all of these things melt away and drift apart within the obscure traffic of time. Live well and live broadly. You are alive and living now. Now is the envy of all of the dead."
Emily 3.0 - World of Tomorrow [2015]

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#2180 Taco V2 options upgrade payload (Tacoma and V2 questions)

Posted by campervanbeethoven on 24 April 2017 - 01:11 PM

My wife and I are looking at pop up campers for out 2014 Tacoma. It's the 73.5 inch long be with the double cab and is about 140 inches long. The V2 (brings to mind the Saturn Rocket doesn't it) and the other hard top campers all exceed the payload weight Soft top campers like FWC Fleet are light enough, but we don't want a fabric top. We looked at the Colorado, but it's around the same capacity, and our Taco barely gets through some of our favorite trails, so we've ruled out a full-size truck. 
Could we increase the payload with the OME BP-51 OMETAC16BP51B kit? It upgrades the front coil overs, rear shocks, and leafs? Or something like Icons Stage 4 or 5 with Progressive Add-A-Leaf pack?
Here's the math we're working with:
Tacoma Double Cab Long Bed 4x4 5,500 GVWR, 4285 curb weight, 1,330 payload (and no those number don't match, but that's what's on the truck stickers).
XP Camper V2: 1,200 pounds wet, 600-800 pounds of people, dog, gear, extra fuel, spare tire, etc.
So we need to get our truck up to 1,800-2,000 payload and 6200-6300 GVRW


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#1934 Charter Membership Will Close on May 31st 2013!

Posted by highaltidude on 10 January 2017 - 09:14 AM

Count me (and wife) in the "soon to be owners" category. I'm so glad Toni was able to get the new-user validation glitch fixed as I've been wanting to participate here for a month or two. By not having my account validated I was unable to post or view photos on posts, obviously taking away much of the fun of reading.


I've been having fun trying to match up user ID's with blogs and following along on adventures. I've even corresponded with a couple of folks offline or on Facebook. Now that I'm here I'll be an active poster, and I'm looking forward to meeting more of you virtually or on the road.







My wife and I are in the same boat as you.  Met Marc at Overland Expo 2016, and put our deposit down on a new V1.  The truck has been to Grass Valley and had the flat bed installed.  Just got verified and hope to be able to post up some pics of the truck, and our travels after we get the camper....



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#84 V3?

Posted by Outbackamper on 01 January 2013 - 05:31 PM




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#3116 Ideal Truck for International Trips

Posted by Wolfadventure on 16 December 2017 - 12:59 PM

Just ordered a V1 and am having a heck of a time finding a truck that meets the following specs.  Our first international trip is going to be to South America.


Does anyone have any advice on these specs (including long bed vs. short bed)?


2004 - 2007 5.9L Dodge Ram 3500


Long bed

Under 100K miles or under 50/60K miles if it's a dually

No performance modifications (which would indicate it's been run hot)

No winch


Also, I'm looking on autotrader.com and cars.com.  Is there anyplace else I should be looking?



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#296 The Art of Compromise

Posted by mike on 01 March 2013 - 10:52 AM

Every RV/camper decision is a compromise.  Which unit should I buy?  What will it's primary use be?  What truck will I need?  Where will I be going?  How much money do I have to spend?  How can I rationalize all these decisions?  Which options to equip it with?  These and other questions will all have to be addressed.

  In my case the truck was a no brainer.  I already had a Dodge 2500 4X4.  I just needed to do a few suspension upgrades.  A couple of leafs and some airbags and I'm good to go.  The choice of an XPC was a little tougher.  This is not an inexpensive camper.  After a six week trip to Alaska in my last camper I knew I wanted a cassette toilet and a shower.  The porta-potty and wet wipes where not getting it done.  My wish list narrowed it down to Northstar, Outfitter and Hallmark.  Then I saw the XPC.  My decision was made.  This was the one.   After comparing prices and how each was equipped I felt the XPC was the best value for the buck.  The roominess, the head, the capacities and the diesel appliances made the decision easy.

  How you arrive at your own compromise will depend on the answers you come to for your own questions.  Good luck with whatever you do.  Just remember, You only live twice or so it seems,  One life for yourself and one for your dreams

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#846 New Owner!

Posted by RoamingRobertsons on 20 December 2013 - 02:14 PM

I'm just a little excited about being the new owner of XPCamper #2! This is why I've been asking a few more questions recently.

I got wind Mike was selling his camper and truck and made the call immediately. After a test drive of the cleanest used vehicle I've ever seen (2005 Ram 2500), it took no time at all to agree to the price and I was off to get a check from my bank. Mike showed me around and explained how to use all the systems this morning and I just had a nice drive home in my new truck/camper.

I'm not posting pictures yet, they're all over this site and Marc's .com site as it was used for the interior pics featured there. I'm more of an off-roader than Mike so I'll be visiting Marc soon to truly make it mine. Then I'll take a few pictures for you all to see. It this point I'm like a kid on Christmas who got toys that need batteries. We're heading to Death Valley on the 26th for a shake down run to see if we can remember how most of the systems work at least. And we're bring the manuals!
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#767 Extra Freezer

Posted by Outbackamper on 22 November 2013 - 07:30 PM

The nice thing about having an ARB or similar fridge in the truck is that on short trips you have  easy access to cold drinks, lunch, etc regardless of wether you have the XPCamper on the back or not, or you can leave it at home. On longer trips you can use it as a freezer. If you rotate freezer packs between the ARB and  a cooler you can have cold food in the XPCamper fridge, frozen food in the ARB and cold drinks in the cooler. It makes for a very flexible and adaptable system.

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#3111 Keys

Posted by highaltidude on 06 December 2017 - 11:29 AM

While I fully trust all you other XP owners....


I wasn't a big fan of the use of the all too common CH751 key.


I finally had a chance to drive the truck/camper down to my favorite locksmith.  I removed the five exterior compartment latches and the barrel lock from the truck tray.  The locksmith rekeyed all six locks for $60 (and that included 5 new keys).  I then reinstalled them in the camper and drove home....   In and out in less than an hour.....


It's a nice feeling to know that there are no longer any CH751 locks on my truck/camper.



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#298 The Art of Compromise

Posted by DROdio on 01 March 2013 - 11:01 AM

+1 on that Mike!  I just "liked" your post :)


When I saw the XP, it was obvious to me that the value was in a different league, even though the XP itself isn't inexpensive.


I actually think that XP competes most squarely with Sportsmobile.  I honestly don't know why anyone who's seen an XP would buy a Sportsmobile, esp. since the price points are very similar.  Here's how I see the pro's & con's:

  • Ability to use truck as a camper or a daily driver:  XP wins
  • Amount of living space: XP wins
  • Amount of storage space: XP wins
  • Amount of water carried: XP wins
  • Ability to choose truck of choice: XP wins
  • Cab access to camper: Sportsmobile wins
  • Purchase Cost: Tie.

So Sportsmobile wins in just one of the categories.


Why would anyone buy a Sportsmobile??!

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#1991 The Truck Is Ready

Posted by highaltidude on 02 February 2017 - 10:49 AM

There's been some discussion of truck carrying capacity, and GVWR in another thread, so I thought I'd make some comments here...


Unfortunately, there's a big difference between being legal, and being safe.

I ran into this issue when making the decisions on how to set up my truck.

I'll use tires and rims as an example.

I bought a pretty stock 1 ton (Ford F-350) truck.  It came with a GVWR sticker on the door jamb.

I took off the stock rims and put on heavier rated rims, with 2" more offset.  This gives the truck a wider stance and better stability in cross winds with a camper.

I took off the stock tires (rated at 3,400lbs each) and put on 35" Toyos (rated at 4,100lbs each).

I know the Toyos weigh more than the stock tires.

So while my truck can now handle any given load in a safer way, it weighs more and technically is now supposed to carry less payload.


This same issue occurs when deciding whether to add the Icon suspension, air bags, and rear sway bar......

All these will enable you to carry weight safer (or safely carry more weight), but will probably put you over the GVWR on your door jamb when you have a loaded camper.


So I have a silly question for those that have done extensive traveling with a truck/camper combo, especially border crossings.....

Have you ever been directed onto a set of scales (by some bureaucratic authority) where your actual weight was compared to your GVWR????






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#1933 Charter Membership Will Close on May 31st 2013!

Posted by Nomads365 on 10 January 2017 - 07:57 AM

It would be nice if Charter members and just plain old members would do some posting on this forum. It's aupposed to be a place to share ideas and experiences and most of the postings are from two years ago.


Count me (and wife) in the "soon to be owners" category. I'm so glad Toni was able to get the new-user validation glitch fixed as I've been wanting to participate here for a month or two. By not having my account validated I was unable to post or view photos on posts, obviously taking away much of the fun of reading.


I've been having fun trying to match up user ID's with blogs and following along on adventures. I've even corresponded with a couple of folks offline or on Facebook. Now that I'm here I'll be an active poster, and I'm looking forward to meeting more of you virtually or on the road.



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#1754 Overland Expo East

Posted by MarcXPCamper on 02 September 2015 - 12:20 PM

Come see us in Ashville, North Carolina at the Overland expo east.


We will have a V1 on an F350 on display.



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#1372 XP Rear Window Photo Series

Posted by samerica on 23 September 2014 - 06:14 AM

Took this shot a month or so ago.  This is in Colombia's Tatacoa Desert, which looks a lot like Bryce Canyon in Utah.  We had a pretty awesome camping spot where we could pull right up to the ledge of the canyon, which afforded a pretty awesome view:



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#1344 V3?

Posted by MarcXPCamper on 28 August 2014 - 12:12 PM

Here is a first pic of the V3.

Missing are the windows, skylight, solar panels.

We are currently transferring all the data to CAD and will be starting the molding process soon.

The final shape will be a little different.

As usual camper gets all the usual XP goodies. Diesel every thing, dual pane windows, marine wiring etc etc.


A floor plan will follow soon.



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#119 Cold weather?

Posted by mike on 09 January 2013 - 03:57 PM

The coldest I've camped was 17F(see avatar). The heater kept me warm as toast and nothing froze (except my enthusiasm for winter camping).  Snomad pretty much covered everything so there's not much I can add other than this is the warmest camper I've ever owned.


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#1042 New member new camper new truck

Posted by glideking on 02 March 2014 - 01:09 PM


A very versitile design indeed!


I would not launch with the camper up!


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