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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.

 

Dennis

 

 

Dennis,

 

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....

 

Chuck


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#84 V3?

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

V5?

 

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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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  Mike


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#886 outfit your XP - what we have found super useful

Posted by MarcXPCamper on 26 December 2013 - 10:13 AM

Thanks to Sam and Erica we decided to make our own storage bags for under the bed.

 

There are two different sizes. One for the middle compartment one for the outer compartments.

 


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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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#42 V3?

Posted by Outbackamper on 29 December 2012 - 10:49 AM

I'm thinking F450/550 or a 3500/4500 and a larger, longer camper.

That's a great idea - kind of Earthroamer size?

 

Personally I would like to see a slightly larger version of the V2 Tacoma size camper for full size trucks. It would be almost as big as the V1 but with the V2 roof lift system (lighter, simpler, less expensive and all hard sided). 


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#317 Turn key rigs

Posted by MarcXPCamper on 05 March 2013 - 10:52 AM

Had a long conversation with Rickson wheels yesterday.

I told Dan Richter he is welcome to post here.

We talked about a possible Group buy.

Not sure how much he wants for a wheel.


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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????

 

Thanks,

Chuck

 

 


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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.

 

Dennis


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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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#1347 V3?

Posted by MarcXPCamper on 28 August 2014 - 12:18 PM

MORE PICS, MORE PICS!!!!  :D

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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

XPPlane.

A very versitile design indeed!

 

I would not launch with the camper up!

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#844 Webasto Cooking Tips

Posted by glideking on 19 December 2013 - 10:33 PM

Looks like you will be getting your XP before mine. You will have to start the cooking videos. I will follow up with some stove top desserts when I get mine. 


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#656 Removing XP Camper from truck

Posted by MarcXPCamper on 11 October 2013 - 01:03 PM

Here is a video of loading and unloading the camper.

 


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#361 Small Connection To Cab?

Posted by SteveandKathyMills on 29 March 2013 - 08:40 AM

My husband and I have been searching for the "perfect" camper for over a year.  When we first toured the XPCamper at the Arizona Expo last year, we were pleasantly surprised at how spacious and well thought out the build was.  The deal breaker at the time was no pass through and a bathroom without solid walls.  But as we continued our search, every other camper had its own series of compromises....not enough storage, lots of wood and caulk, too heavy, too large, too expensive, and on and on.  We kept coming back to the XP,

and (thanks to DROdios many videos) came to really appreciate the solid build of this camper.  Marc created a camper that we often saw on the internet in European markets but not here in America. Soon the lack of a pass through and our bathroom wall issue became the minor compromises we accepted.  We just sent our payment for an XP, hopefully to be ready come the Fall.  We can't wait to start our travels with it!

Kathy and Steve Mills


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#2 The XP Camper: Truck Campers, Reimagined

Posted by DROdio on 23 December 2012 - 09:34 PM

I originally posted this post here on my personal blog.
 
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My wife Sue and I have been on a quest to find the perfect expedition vehicle for weekend trips around California, and for ‘someday world travel’.  Last year, we checked out the Sportsmobile and Four Wheel Camper factories.  I had heard about XP Camper on ExpeditionPortal (as well as an RV.net thread where the RV crowd was much more critical of the price point than the expedition crowd), and I had taken a video of an XP Camper unit that was on display at OverlandExpo last year.
 
There’s no doubt about it:  The XP Camper is expensive.  MSRP is almost $70k, vs. anywhere from $10k from a mass-produced Palomino camper to $30k for a Hallmark camper.  So the first question is whether the XP Camper is worth the price.  After visiting the facility and talking to the owner Marc for three hours, the answer is an unequivocal ‘yes.’  Marc started making XP Campers because he wasn’t satisfied with anything on the market.  And for the right buyers, the thought that’s gone into his work, its design, and the resulting value, will be obvious.  However, that will likely be a small niche of the truck camper market, which is already a small niche of the overall RV market.  Marc is aware of this, and will be introducing a smaller camper called the “V2″ for Tacoma-sized trucks in the future.
We walked away incredibly impressed.  Below are some in-depth videos showcasing the XP Camper, as well as a number of pictures with annotations.  You can find a full photo gallery of XP Camper pictures here.  If you want to research your options a bit more, read this full write-up titled “Our two-year journey choosing a pop-up camper.”
 
First, watch the video from OverlandExpo last year: http://socialcam.com...?autostart=true
 
 
Next, watch these videos where Marc explains the features of the XP Camper:
 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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