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    So what about FlipPac

    Since they seem to be the one of the original manufactures of the FlipPac campers anybody have any feed back on there products?

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    I like the FlipPac. It's a sweet solution. I know several guys that have them and are really happy with the product.

    I have heard that FlipPac as a company can be a challenge to work with and even tough to buy from. It seems they are in the business almost reluctantly. I have no first-hand knowledge of this but have heard it from multiple buyers.

    The guys at AT Overland Equipment are great to work with and will build you a FlipPac to your specifications, plus outfit it any way you want it:

    http://www.adventuretrailers.com/flippac.html
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    They are nice, but very pricey ($4000-$5000 last i checked?). I'd rather have a trailer with a rooftop tent on it. That way it's easily de-coupled from the rig it's being towed with, and I could use it with the Titan or the Jeep, depending on the trip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcbrandon View Post
    I like the FlipPac. It's a sweet solution. I know several guys that have them and are really happy with the product.

    I have heard that FlipPac as a company can be a challenge to work with and even tough to buy from. It seems they are in the business almost reluctantly. I have no first-hand knowledge of this but have heard it from multiple buyers.

    The guys at AT Overland Equipment are great to work with and will build you a FlipPac to your specifications, plus outfit it any way you want it:

    http://www.adventuretrailers.com/flippac.html
    Don't they just job out the products from other Manufacturer, that already build them and just relabel them like the Socal Teardrop they buy?

    Quote Originally Posted by TroubleShooter View Post
    They are nice, but very pricey ($4000-$5000 last i checked?). I'd rather have a trailer with a rooftop tent on it. That way it's easily de-coupled from the rig it's being towed with, and I could use it with the Titan or the Jeep, depending on the trip.
    Yes I agree on the Base Camp, but sometimes bringing a trailer is not a option too..
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    Chris, I can't answer specifically about how much work AT puts into a unit after they buy it from the manufacturer as I haven't gone through the ordering process. I have heard that getting any kind of pre-sale service from the manufacturer is a big hassle. And I know that AT is known for great customer service. Their website says their version of the FlipPac is made with thicker fiberglass. I think the biggest advantage they offer is the ability to outfit the thing the way you want it. They're real good at integrating water, power, and lighting systems, for example.

    And I agree with TroubleShooter about the price and the limitations. I think compared to a standard camper shell it's a lot of money. Compared to other roomy camping options it is fairly reasonable. And after traveling with a lot of guys whose camp is attached to their vehicle, I'm less attracted to that option. I like to be able to head out for a day's expoloring without having to break down my camp. I also need a multi-purpose vehicle and I'm getting tired of the time it takes me to set up a camp based around a big ground tent. So I'm leaning toward a trailer with a tent mounted on it.

    There's no one single solution for everybody, or even a set up that works for one guy on every trip. That's the beauty of a forum like this, learning from what others have tried. It's even better to spend time in the field with very different vehicle setups. That's where I've learned the most.
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    Most of the trips I take move to different spots each day, so I think that the Flip Pac would be preferable to having a trailer that you leave at a "base camp" in this instance. I like the Flip Pac, I think that it fills the gap between a normal camper shell and a full camper quite nicely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcbrandon View Post
    Chris, I can't answer specifically about how much work AT puts into a unit after they buy it from the manufacturer as I haven't gone through the ordering process. I have heard that getting any kind of pre-sale service from the manufacturer is a big hassle. And I know that AT is known for great customer service. Their website says their version of the FlipPac is made with thicker fiberglass. I think the biggest advantage they offer is the ability to outfit the thing the way you want it. They're real good at integrating water, power, and lighting systems, for example.
    I have head that they are basically making a improved version with joint effort with different company's so all involved could design well engineered product. I have called Flip-pack, and yes they are very hard to get a hold of. It took my almost 10 calls to finally talk to the owner about becoming a dealer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcbrandon View Post
    And I agree with TroubleShooter about the price and the limitations. I think compared to a standard camper shell it's a lot of money. Compared to other roomy camping options it is fairly reasonable.
    You can get a rooftop tent and a standard campershell for any truck (even cheaper if used from Craigslist) and have under $2000 in the whole set up.
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    Agreed. And that's a pretty sweet route to go.
    My criteria for a roomy camping set up includes the ability to stand up when I put my pants on. Crossing that threshold is a game changer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TroubleShooter View Post
    You can get a rooftop tent and a standard campershell for any truck (even cheaper if used from Craigslist) and have under $2000 in the whole set up.
    Using what for a tent???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirty Harry View Post
    Using what for a tent???
    Ok, let's say $3000 then. I was thinking of my scenario where I already have a campershell on my truck, so adding a sub-$2000 rooftop tent is the cheapest vehicle-based sleeping set-up for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TroubleShooter View Post
    Ok, let's say $3000 then. I was thinking of my scenario where I already have a campershell on my truck, so adding a sub-$2000 rooftop tent is the cheapest vehicle-based sleeping set-up for me.
    I like the fiberglass bed covers then just mount a tent to that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TroubleShooter View Post
    Ok, let's say $3000 then. I was thinking of my scenario where I already have a campershell on my truck, so adding a sub-$2000 rooftop tent is the cheapest vehicle-based sleeping set-up for me.
    Even cheaper solution for sleeping in a truck is a cheap air mattress laid out in the bed of the truck. Well under $2k. :P

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    If you like a set base camp a hard side trailer would be a better option IMHO, we did that for years and it worked great. Now days ,like Harry, we tend to move camp every day so a more self contained option is better for us.

    As far as price the FP is much cheaper than say a FWC pop-up camper, at the cost of some amenities. It would be fairly easy to add some cabinets and such inside but that is an additional cost in both time and dollars. Hard to tell which would be more economical at the end of the day.

    @troubleshooter; An RTT does not offer a space where you can stand to dress or set up a toilet and cooking area the way a Flip Pac does. Wimmens like those things. In the interest of domestic harmony I abandoned the idea of a RTT years ago.

    IIRC the AT flipac is made by Flip Pac to AT's specifications
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    Quote Originally Posted by rusty_tlc View Post
    @troubleshooter; An RTT does not offer a space where you can stand to dress or set up a toilet and cooking area the way a Flip Pac does.
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    I've always dug the flippac. I know a couple people that have them, and love them. That being said, RTT's are great too.. It's all about how versatile your rig needs to be I suppose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TroubleShooter View Post
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    Yeah, maybe you and your SO will climb down a ladder in the middle of the night for relief but we're not so hot on that plan.

    If you look at interior pictures of the flip pac I think you'll agree a RTT really doesn't compare in terms of room and comfort.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rusty_tlc View Post
    If you like a set base camp a hard side trailer would be a better option IMHO, we did that for years and it worked great. Now days ,like Harry, we tend to move camp every day so a more self contained option is better for us.

    As far as price the FP is much cheaper than say a FWC pop-up camper, at the cost of some amenities. It would be fairly easy to add some cabinets and such inside but that is an additional cost in both time and dollars. Hard to tell which would be more economical at the end of the day.

    @troubleshooter; An RTT does not offer a space where you can stand to dress or set up a toilet and cooking area the way a Flip Pac does. Wimmens like those things. In the interest of domestic harmony I abandoned the idea of a RTT years ago.

    IIRC the AT flipac is made by Flip Pac to AT's specifications
    I agree a tent trailer is much more ideal for a "base camp" type of outing. I'm not really sure it matters which set up you go with if you are going to be traveling each day. You have to pack camp up either way, trailer or rtt/camper, in that case. I think for me, it still comes down to best use of the functions of my rig. Filling a truck bed with a camper instead of camping cargo or dogs or muddy gear or any number of things just doesn't make sense to me. I'm sure I am probably in the minority in that. Plus I imagine a trailer is easier to move around and store when you don't want to use it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inc View Post
    Filling a truck bed with a camper instead of camping cargo or dogs or muddy gear or any number of things just doesn't make sense to me.
    It is not like you cannot put things in the camper. But then again if you have a camper in the first place you don't need to worry about loading your tent, sleeping bags, stove, and ice chest because that stuff is already handled.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirty Harry View Post
    It is not like you cannot put things in the camper. But then again if you have a camper in the first place you don't need to worry about loading your tent, sleeping bags, stove, and ice chest because that stuff is already handled.
    True, but after a week or more in the outdoors things get dirty and I like to keep my living quarters clean. I just have a hard time putting all my dirties inside a nice, clean comfy camper is all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inc View Post
    I agree a tent trailer is much more ideal for a "base camp" type of outing. I'm not really sure it matters which set up you go with if you are going to be traveling each day. You have to pack camp up either way, trailer or rtt/camper, in that case. I think for me, it still comes down to best use of the functions of my rig. Filling a truck bed with a camper instead of camping cargo or dogs or muddy gear or any number of things just doesn't make sense to me. I'm sure I am probably in the minority in that. Plus I imagine a trailer is easier to move around and store when you don't want to use it.
    If you break camp every day set up and break down time is a consideration. The RTT, Flip Pac and FWC pop-up campers all deploy fast and easy, they also break down fast. Setting up a pop-up or hard side trailer takes a bit more time. They are also all low profile and have a low COG compared to a conventional camper, factors to consider when you take off following a faint road into the desert or wherever.
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    I really like the look of this camper set up.

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    Looks better on a Land Cruiser
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    I love using my TT as a base camp. I have parked my TT and have left it setup while I backpack for a night or two. I have gotten spoiled with the luxury of my TT.
    I enjoy all forms of the outdoors, just love the comforts in my TT. I have looked at buying a Camper Shell with a popup camper, but as others have pointed out it can get spendy.


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    I love the FlipPac very much! They don't make one for a 5.5' truck bed.
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    FlipPac origins

    The original was called a Barr Top, named after its inventor out of San Diego, CA. Prototypes in the 70's were aluminum & wood. Once fiberglass became a viable option it was redesigned, by the original creator. The fiberglass was originally thicker but Six-PAC purchased company, changed name, & made it "more affordable". I wish I could afford one for my 96 Dodge Ram 3500 Cummins dually. I've camped in these & they are truly the best for quick, simple moves of camp sites. I've owned pop-up tow behinds, motor-homes, a tow behind trailer, and a toy hauler and this is next on my list (will be the last one I purchase too!).

    Quote Originally Posted by dharris View Post
    I love using my TT as a base camp. I have parked my TT and have left it setup while I backpack for a night or two. I have gotten spoiled with the luxury of my TT.
    I enjoy all forms of the outdoors, just love the comforts in my TT. I have looked at buying a Camper Shell with a popup camper, but as others have pointed out it can get spendy.


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    I love the FlipPac very much! They don't make one for a 5.5' truck bed.

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