I will be retiring in the near future, and I want to see the 49 states and Canada in a truck camper but don't know what kind of camper and truck would pair off.
I am single, and I have read about Lance camper but now sure about a gas or diesel truck?
ANSWER: Hi Bernie, first off, congratulations on your upcoming retirement and also your choice to go full-time RVing. I guarantee you will not regret that decision. Now for your questions:
Let's talk about Lance Campers. Normally I do not like pushing one brand of RV over others, but when it comes to Campers, Lance is the leading manufacturer of campers, and they are the most popular camper on the road today. They have been building Campers since 1965.
Lance Campers has also won numerous industry awards for customer satisfaction. To give you an idea of what is available on Truck Campers nowadays, take a look at the video below:
Now as far as what truck you should use for your camper. The answer to that question is going to depend on what model camper you buy. Lance has a Truck + Camper Compatibility Guide that should be very helpful to you.
Diesel or Gas? My personal preference would be a Diesel-powered truck for some fundamental reasons:
1. Diesel engines, if properly maintained, have a longer lifespan than gas engines. It is not unheard of for diesel engines to go well over 200,000 miles before requiring a rebuild or overhaul.
2. Diesel engines are more fuel-efficient than gas engines; you can expect more miles per gallon (don't expect a dramatic difference).
3. Since you will be traveling all over the US and Canada, you will be spending a reasonable amount of time in mountainous areas. Altitude does not significantly affect a diesel engine's power (you will have better acceleration in the mountains).
A diesel engine provides more torque at lower RPMs (in laymen's terms, it will get you up those hills and mountains a little faster than a gas-powered truck).
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