Originally Posted by Dan
Curious, why not stay with a pickup camper with all your back country excursions? Just not enough room? I may go to a Lance 1172 in the future (just possible, not set in stone), so that's why I ask.
Aye, you hit the nail right on the head. Not enough room with a pickup camper. Not only that, but with a trailer, I can have a lot more equipment loaded and then still have the truck bed to load other stuff. Including, if you notice, at least one ATV (that is until I get a "sled deck" then I will take two ATV's.
I had a fifth wheel at one time, which I did some extensive work on with a skid plate protecting the grey and black tanks and the plumbing, and then a lift kit for more ground clearance. However, I found that with a 5er, we lacked the vertical travel at the hitch point for those pesky little ups and downs so often found in back country.
We also utilized a Class C for two years, but found a lacking in ground clearance and they are not easily found in 4 wheel drive so back country access is extremely limited.
We still maintain basic 'spike out' tent equipment for those excursions into deeper higher areas. Again, the truck and TT combo serves to get us deep enough into rough areas that we can be semi isolated and then the TT serves as a base camp while the truck or ATV can still serve to get us to a point where we can (and sometimes do) spike out for a day or two or three.
Finally, though I do take my equipment into areas most people wont, my DW can attest, I am fanatic about taking care of my equipment, and so the TT stays in very nice condition so that during the rest of the year (especially late spring and through the summer) it serves as a great luxury camping rig. Which we do camp a lot.