First Choice in Slide-in Campers

When I started thinking about this journey the first decision had to be “how to go?”. A trailer? A topper? A slide in? As you have gathered from previous posts  the topper was the final choice. Which topper has not yet appeared. The first inclination was a slide-in truck camper.

Slide In Caribou Lite

The Caribou Lite slide-in from Outfittersmfg.com was the winner after comparing 4 different makes.

So, why didn’t I go with this beautiful solution? It came down to cost. I could do a topper for under $3,000. But it was fun to check out the details. Then I thought I would look at trailers. Stay tuned.

The Caribou Lite numbers came out to this:

base cost

14,495.00

Options for Caribou Lite

cost

weight in pounds

Awning—8’ Side

765.00

40

awning 6′ rear Care Free

595.00

15

Solar Control Panel

210.00

0

* 95 watt Solar system

995.00

27

Additional Fantastic Fan

245.00

12

2,810.00

94

subtotal of options

24 gallons fresh water

200

1 gallon=8.32487lbs

20 lb propane

20

314

weight of options, water and propane

850

weight of camper

1164

total without food or clothing

 Real luxury possibilities:
outside shower w/ water heater

795.00

35

agm battery

225.00

50

totals

1,020.00

85

total cost/weight of van and options (base 14,495.00)

18,325.00

1249

total without food or clothing
“The new V6 had many enhancements, such as a tow rating of 6,500 lb (2,948 kg), and a payload capacity of 1,650 lb (748 kg).” 400 lbs of tools, food, clothing, books
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