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  • Not a Van, but…

    Posted by boe4fun on July 19, 2022 at 5:01 pm

    Just picked up my (new to me) 10’ Alaskan Camper. I know it sounds crazy, but I drove (with my wife Shelley) from Central Coastal California to Cincinnati to get this gem. Any of you who know about Alaskans know of the craftsmanship and care put into these beauties, and this one is a shining example. But since we were going on a road trip anyway, we stopped off to visit our daughter and her family for a few days near Sandy Eggo, and today we’ll continue our trip down from Kentucky to Memphis to visit our son and his family. Beale Street and Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken awaits! Life is good (especially on the road!).

    JuanSoler replied 6 days, 12 hours ago 15 Members · 38 Replies
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  • BajaGringo

    Organizer
    July 19, 2022 at 5:18 pm

    Wow! I remember a neighbor of ours when we lived up in Rosarito Beach bought one – it was really pretty cool inside. I’d be jazzed too.

  • BajaGringo

    Organizer
    July 19, 2022 at 5:19 pm

    What pickup truck did you mount it on? Any photos???

  • BajaBill

    Member
    July 19, 2022 at 5:32 pm

    Nice! We looked at getting a new camper right before covid hit and during our search we fell in love with an Alaskan 10′ cabover. However when we saw the prices on new campers that rivaled the cost of a new truck, we started looking for used models. Nice, used Alaskans are very hard to find. Turns out people keep them and if they do sell, that are not much less than a new one!

    Congrats!!! 😀😀😀

  • laguera

    Member
    July 19, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    We’ve talked about the camper option several years ago but never got serious enough to go shopping for one. Out of curiosity I looked up the prices and YIKES! About twice what I thought they would cost! Did you buy it used @boe4fun ?

  • laguera

    Member
    July 19, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    Watching the video tho, it looks extremely nice! Feels more like a motorhome inside. You must be so excited! Congratulations!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plkQPImPUf0

  • boe4fun

    Member
    July 20, 2022 at 5:26 am

    Yes, it’s an oldie but a goodie, 1984, but in excellent shape for it’s age. We settled on a $4K cash sale. I mounted it on my 2005 GMC 3500 (full ton) long bed crew cab 4X4 diesel single rear wheel (not a dually). The old owner, Larry, is one helluva nice guy who spent about 3 hours helping me attach it to the truck bed. The original ad follows (but the photos from the ad wouldn’t load, and I couldn’t include new pics for some reason, I’ll try on a different post):

    1984 Alaskan Camper – It Raises It Lowers – Asking $5000 OBO – $5,000 (Cherry Grove Ohio)

    1984 Alaskan 10′

    condition: good

    fuel: other

    paint color: white

    rv type: truck camper

    title status: clean

    transmission: other

    I have my 10′ Alaskan Camper for sale. These are somewhat rare east of the Mississippi and are still manufactured in the state of Washington. I am the 4th owner of this camper and this is my 3rd and largest Alaskan. I’ve owned this for over 7 years and for 38 years old it is in very good condition with no leaks or issues. This is a hard wall camper and uses a hydraulic system to raise and lower the upper portion of the camper and provides 6′ of interior headroom. I have repaired and replaced everything except the camper itself, including a hydraulic push button lift system and 175 watt solar power system. Because this is an old school camper, it is easily maintained and customized to fit your needs if you are handy. It has a 1 year old Dometic Coolmatic CRX-1080U/F 78 Liter AC/DC Refrigerator and the solar system with NEW 100 amp hour deep cycle battery keeps it running without hook up to shore power. All LED lights throughout and USB charging outlets. It has 20 gallons of water storage, a porta-potty, and a propane counter top 3 burner stove with 2 propane tanks included. The only thing that requires propane is the stove and the catalytic wall heater . A 12 volt flat panel TV with DVD player built-in and a roof top amplified antenna. Sleeps four with newer cushions and mattress 2 on the upper bed and 2 on the dinette. Lots of storage throughout the camper. Check out the pictures…this has been a wonderful fishing and hunting camper and because the top lowers with a 4×4 truck it can be taken places other campers can only dream of going.

    It DOES REQUIRE at least a 3/4 ton LONG (8′) bed pickup truck with the tail gate down. This is a 10 foot long camper and 4 Reico/Titan jacks are included to get it off/on your truck and a set of FastGuns to hold it down. You will need to have some way to secure this to your truck. I will not be held responsible for your failure to properly load and secure this camper to your truck. This is a heavy camper and when you have it loaded with your gear, water and propane it is around 1800 lbs so don’t expect to slap it on a small pickup truck, it won’t fit, but you could mount it on a trailer though. I originally had it on a Silverado 2500 with HD shocks and air bags and it rode just fine. I have included a photo of it mounted on my 2000 Chevy 3500 for reference. These are older pictures and show a boat rack with solar panels mounted on it all of the other pictures were taken this week and show the current condition of the camper. The boat rack and older solar panels have been removed and a 175 watt flexible Renology solar panel has been mounted in its place. I have also installed dually extension brackets so that it can be mounted on dual wheel pickups. It works for my dually, but no guarantees for yours but should work fine. It is mounted in the truck with the tail gate down and has included a custom folding step system that is held firmly in place by the camper itself.

    You will need to pick this up at my location. No delivery is available.

    Is it perfect? No – it’s a 1984 so there are some dents and dings that I inherited when I purchased it and I have done all that I have been able to do to keep it in good usable condition. Original owners manual included along with all of the other applicable manuals.

  • boe4fun

    Member
    July 20, 2022 at 5:30 am

    Can’t load any photos, I’ve clicked and double clicked the add photos link and it won’t direct me to my photo album, don’t know how to drag and drop.

    • BajaGringo

      Organizer
      July 20, 2022 at 8:56 am

      Sorry you are having trouble, it should be quite easy. No links here, just upload your photos like you would on most social media apps.

      1. Click on the Aa menu option below to switch between the post menu options to display the option set that includes the camera icon (photo upload).
      2. Click on the camera icon which will open a new window where you may either “drag and drop” your photos or click on it to open a file upload window.

      3. Locate the photo(s) you wish to upload and click on Open.

      That’s all there is to it! Let me know if you continue to have any difficulties…


      • boe4fun

        Member
        July 20, 2022 at 6:14 pm

        No problem amigo, I’m so old that I have a problem with anything newer than Sandscrit!

        • This reply was modified 2 weeks, 4 days ago by  boe4fun.
        • Blitzer

          Member
          July 20, 2022 at 6:27 pm

          I hear you on that although we may be from different generations, I have a hard time keeping up with all the latest in online tech. However I must admit this software is pretty user friendly.

  • BajaGringo

    Organizer
    July 20, 2022 at 9:03 am

    And an Alaskan at that price is a REAL FIND! Congratulations, you must be thrilled!!!

  • Blitzer

    Member
    July 20, 2022 at 10:59 am

    That’s a good price on ANY Alaskan camper and being an older model I am sure it probably has some minor details to fix or update but those campers are so well designed and built, they are definitely worth any effort and expense. I camped nearby a retired couple in Oregon in May who had an older model but had completely updated with solar panels on top, satellite internet and wired with a digital network and sound system, new fridge, and appliances. It looked and functioned like a new model with all the factory options, and maybe even a few more the factory doesn’t offer.

    Sweeeeeeet!

  • boe4fun

    Member
    July 21, 2022 at 4:34 am

    Thanks for your help BG, I finally was able to post some pics!

  • Miraflores

    Member
    July 21, 2022 at 6:35 am

    Now you will have to start sharing some camping photos with the latest new member of your family!

  • SawDogger

    Member
    July 21, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    To be honest I had never heard of them before but Google gave me a very quick lesson on how special of a camper the Alaskan is. Great find!

  • BBtraveler

    Member
    July 25, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    How exciting! you going to make any changes / upgrades to the camper?

  • mikel

    Member
    July 26, 2022 at 7:17 am

    Four thousand for an Alaskan is a great deal. Add in a new refrigerator and hydraulics and it’s almost unbelievable! I would suggest increasing the solar output a bit to at least 300 watts if possible with at least 400aH in battery storage.

    Congratulations!

  • tom-lindsay

    Member
    July 26, 2022 at 8:34 am

    Just curious what a camper that size does to your gas mileage?

  • boe4fun

    Member
    July 26, 2022 at 4:37 pm

    To BBTraveler, no changes needed other than to replace the O-ring on the front portside jack and add a screen so I can keep the top half of the rear door open to increase air flow without the bugs!

  • boe4fun

    Member
    July 26, 2022 at 4:43 pm

    To Tom-Lindsay:

    Got a tad over 17 mpg’s with my Duramax diesel (2005 6.6 liter GMC). Mind you, I was driving 55mph the entire distance on I 40, then Ca 58.

    Also I have a screen to deflect wind/bugs.

    • BajaBill

      Member
      July 27, 2022 at 12:04 pm

      Man, I can’t get that kind of mileage WITHOUT carrying / hauling anything behind me. But I do find it hard to drive less than 60.

  • boe4fun

    Member
    July 26, 2022 at 4:47 pm

    To Mikel,

    Thanks for the input, but for now I’m planning on just adding another 12 volt RV battery wired in parallel as I can charge from both my solar and truck alternator, don’t plan on staying in any one place long enough to deplete.

  • boe4fun

    Member
    July 26, 2022 at 4:54 pm

    Mil Gracias todos for the comments and suggestions. We just got back home in Margaritaville (Santa Margarita, CA, near San Luis Obispo) after a ~4500 mile road trip. Got to visit my kids both in Poway California and Memphis Tennessee. Life is good, can’t wait to explore some of Baja’s back roads with my rig. It’ll be perfect for my trips down to La Paz for our semi annual clinics.

    • JuanSoler

      Member
      July 27, 2022 at 6:51 am

      We look forward to seeing your future trip reports!

  • CaboDream

    Member
    July 27, 2022 at 12:16 pm

    My parents bought an Alaskan camper back in the 80’s and I remember my dad was so proud of that thing. He still has it. After their home was badly damaged from a fire that started in their neighbor’s garage, they lived in that camper in their backyard for over 4 months while their home was rebuilt, in spite of an offer from me to stay here with us. They loved it. Dad would fire up the bbq every day and they had campfires every night there in their back yard. All their grandkids wanted to spend their weekends with gramma and gramps, camping out in their backyard.

    • nashsimpson

      Member
      July 28, 2022 at 7:59 am

      I lived in a camper on stilts all through grad school. It was the only way I could afford to stay in school.

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