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Since many of us here at ALP use truck campers we understand the value of abundant headroom and are proud to announce we design in the largest headroom in in the industry. Our 8.5′ and larger camper all have 41″ to 42″ of headroom, our smaller 1/2 ton 8′ campers have 32″ of headroom.
There are several things to consider.
1. The payload capacity – sometimes this rating is posted in the glove box of your truck, if not, another way to determine payload capacity would be to weigh your truck, full of fuel, people and of course the dog and then subtract that weight from the (GVWR) posted on the door of your truck and that difference would equal your payload capacity (weight of camper you can carry). Example, your truck weighs 6800lbs and the GVWR on the door reads 9900lbs your payload would be 3100lbs (9900lbs-6800lbs=3100lbs).
2. GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) – is the maximum weight the manufacturer rates that truck to carry, including weight of the truck and all people. Cargo, fuel etc.
3. GAWR (Gross Axle Weight Rating) – is the maximum rating the manufacturer rates the axles to carry. To determine these ratings on your truck with cargo (camper) weigh your truck again with just the front and then just the rear axle on the scales, this will give you your axle ratings on your truck with your camper. These ratings are usually posted on the driver’s side doorpost.
4. TIRE CAPACITY (rating of your tire) - This is the tiny fine print on the sidewall of your tire, usually just behind the tire inflation number, this will usually be a direct correlation to the axle ratings and GVWR on new truck. This will always be your weak link in your weight carrying capacity and should always be checked before carrying any load, including a passenger car for that matter. SAFETY ALERT – Always make certain you choose tires with the proper load capacity to handle whatever load you are carrying with your vehicle!
What’s center of gravity and how is it measured on your campers?
The center of gravity (CG) or also called center of balance is the balance point of a camper, from front to rear with standard equipment, full water and propane tanks and no options. You determine the center of gravity of a camper by measuring from where the camper contacts the front of the truck bed and measuring backward towards the tailgate.
When should we put the chemicals in our toilet?
You should always keep chemicals in your black/toilet tank at all times to keep the waste and tissue breaking down and to maintain fresh smelling tanks. Also remember to always dump all of your holding tanks when coming home from camping, don’t let partially full or full tanks sit when not in use… Let’s just say you will not like the outcome!
Can you explain the difference between a frame-mount and a bed-mount camper tiedown system?
“Bed-mount” Tiedowns have a steel plate mounted to the front of the pickup box and a button on the bumper ear for attachment point for your camper tie-downs. Pros & Cons-
- Pros -
- Less expensive upfront cost.
- Cons -
- More flex and movement in camper and possibility, in extreme conditions, (heavy wind etc) can damage pickup box and or rear bumper.
- Front steel plate always sticking out from box possibly catching clothes and or arms etc.
“Frame Mount” Tiedowns are steel bars mounted to the frame of the truck in the front and to the frame or trailer hitch receiver at the rear for attachment point for your camper tie-downs.
Pros & Cons-
- Stronger more stable system allowing little or no camper movement in the bed of the truck.
- Ability to pull the pin and remove the extensions and have no exposed pieces to hit or catch on clothing.
- More expensive
What’s a DSI water heater and what is its advantage?
DSI stands for “Direct or Digital Spark Ignition.” With a DSI water heater, you can turn the water heater on or off from the inside the camper instead of going outside to manually light your water heater. Just flip a switch!
Can people ride in the camper?
Laws vary from state to state on this issue, but regardless of legality, it’s not recommended because there are no seat belts in the camper – and in the case of an erratic move or impact, objects within the camper could cause injury.
Can your camper be used while it’s off the truck?
Yes, our campers are designed and engineered to be used off of the truck. That is one of the features that truck campers provide the ability to set up camp, off-load your camper and the ability to use your truck for other things, hunting, launch the boat, run to town etc.
I’m thinking of downsizing from a motorhome to a truck and camper is this practical?
We manufacture both and we see many people upgrading both ways, it all depends on your RV’ing lifestyle. We see many people downsizing from big 5thwheels and motorhomesso they can have easier access to see the world and with our double and triple slide truck campers you are not giving up as much room as you might think. A camper offers all of the features of a motorhome or 5th wheel in a compact package that’s easy to handle, economical and can be used anytime, anywhere. You can unload the camper and use the truck to go anywhere, hunting, shopping, to launch the boat, you name it. Most who try it, love it. In addition, you can park just about anywhere you can park a car. If you have a truck already you already own have of the RV and it allows you the ability to upgrade either half, the truck or the camper.
Why do truck campers seem higher priced than a comparably equipped travel trailer?
It simply takes more labor to build a truck camper because you are adding all of the equipment than you do in trailer and sometime even more like a generator into a lot smaller area. Also truck campers must be built stronger because they don’t have a steel frame for support and are built to withstand off-road travel. Truck campers are equipped with four corner jacks that add cost. The life span and resale value of a truck camper is much better than a travel trailer.
Can I purchase direct from the factory?
No, you must purchase through one of our many dealer partners. We take pride in developing dealer partners who are better equipped to provide you with the best customer service available and we believe that is best provided by your local dealer nearest you. Your local dealer is best suited to assist customers with matching your truck with the proper camper, installation of accessories and proper tie-down equipment and provide you with answers to your questions and service needs, that’s what they do best…
We are a manufacturing facility similar to an auto manufacturer we don’t have a retail parts or service center, we purchase parts to manufacture product as needed, and that’s what we do best… You can find your closest dealer on our find a dealer page, just enter your city and state or zip code and your two closest dealers will be displayed.
How can I receive a price list?
We would be glad to email you a current price list, however your nearest dealer is your best resource for pricing and availability, and your local dealer can provide you with a final price including freight, support equipment, batteries, wiring, and any additional dealer’s accessories you may need or want. Another great place to see pricing, weights and options is on our “Build Your Own” section of our website, located on the top menu bar of our website or just click here to go right to Build Your Own.
Is it possible to tour the factory?
Yes, we’re proud of our facility, construction and products we build! We invite you to visit our manufacturing facility located in beautiful Yakima, Washington. During your tour, you will see our Adventurer and Eagle Cap product being manufactured and assembled with tremendous skill and pride. Tours are available by appointment. Please call for details.
Where can I find brochures or owners manuals on past years models?
We have all past year’s brochures and manuals that are available on our website for your review and/or download free of charge. You can find them under our “Contact” section at the top of any of our WebPages, just open brochures or manuals and you will see all we have available; if the one you are looking for it is not there then we do not have it.