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Hello, anyone has experience with Slide in Camper on their Nissan Frontier. After looking for infos about this, different options were proposed. For the Nissan Frontier, only a slide in Camper, type Pop up is to choose. The truck need to have extra support on the rear etc... Does anyone has deal with this or can give me more infos. Also does anyone has photos or will be ok to have their truck/slidevin Camper being checked out, so I can have an idea about. I am in San Antonio, TX. Thanks for any inputs I can get, the more the better.
 

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I currently have a Swift FWC on the Frontier. Dry weight is around 830lbs. It was installed by FWC at their warehouse. In order to mount this style camper on the Frontier, the have to bolt it to the bed. There is not enough hand room to use turn buckles at the tie-down loops. 4 bolts are used with 1/4" aluminum plates on the underside of the bed. I can take picture for you the next opportunity I get. The following suspension/tire changes were done to get the ride and load handling to my level of "okay" - your needs might differ depending on where you like to drive and how.

OME CS151R Leafs w/ OME 60017 Shocks
SumoSpring SSR-610-47
Low Range Off Road Ubolt flip that allows for bumpstops - this gets the SumoSpring nice and snug near the frame
E Rated Tires
 

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Thanks for your reply, I do travel a lot for Dog Shows and hotel everytime is ok but the thought on staying at the show site is there. That is why the research of a slide in Camper instead. Most of what I did read was the Swift type, hard to found used ones to be honest. Also rarely do they have a potty/shower area...unless it is custom made. I am not looking for something fancy, just a “basic” inside, but would like honestly the “extra potty/shower”. For the extra on the truck, I did read different options, from no need to change to full extra suspension etc...
 

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I would love to see pics of the setup for the camper about how it is attached to it. As well as if you do have pics from the inside will be great. Thanks so much for all the infos, I appreciate.
 

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I would love to see pics of the setup for the camper about how it is attached to it. As well as if you do have pics from the inside will be great. Thanks so much for all the infos, I appreciate.
Our swift is just the shell trim. Very basic interior. I will take pics of the truck bed bolts when it's light out.


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The extra 13" of a longbed seems crucial for interior space.
 

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Yeah. If I were to do it again I would get a long bed to accommodate a Fleet model. The swift works. As soon as the kiddos are a few years older they will be kicked out to a tent.



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I went the opposite direction of GK. I ordered a Northstar 700 SC slide in camper. They are made in the U.S.A. The majority of this model of their campers are sent overseas. In the U.S. you have to know what to ask for. I had better luck contacting the manufacturer and having them send info to the dealer.

Dry weight is 1900 pounds. The manufacturer says our trucks only need air bags to handle the weight. I ordered custom leafs from Alcan and installed Ride-Rite air bags in the back. I have OME HD coilovers in the front. The suspension and brakes can handle the weight. The little 4.0 V6 leaves a little to be desired on the highway. It gets us 10 miles out on the beach no problem.

This site has some decent photos of the interior of the camper. https://www.northstarcampers.cl/espanol/700sc.php

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Here is our Fleet Shell, 2016 Nissan Frontier 4 Door Long Bed. No shower though.
It is fastened with 4 turnbuckles installed by the FWC Dealer at MainLine Overland in NH. Our shell is about 700lb empty.
Upgraded Tires to E rated, and added 2 leafs to springs and air bags. About 14K miles, runs great.
But we do have a large poodle!

 

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Hello, anyone has experience with Slide in Camper on their Nissan Frontier. After looking for infos about this, different options were proposed. For the Nissan Frontier, only a slide in Camper, type Pop up is to choose. The truck need to have extra support on the rear etc... Does anyone has deal with this or can give me more infos. Also does anyone has photos or will be ok to have their truck/slidevin Camper being checked out, so I can have an idea about. I am in San Antonio, TX. Thanks for any inputs I can get, the more the better.
Good Day -- I am looking for front tie downs for my 2017 Frontier to hold on my Palomino SS500 Backpack Slide on pop-up camper. It seems there are off the self units for every Nissan Frontier year EXCEPT 2017. HELP -- Do you have any advise or suggestions? I live in the SF Bay Area.
 

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^Are you sure that isn't just a typographical error?

AFAIK, the 2017 models were no different from the 2016 or 2018 models in that regard.
 

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#skibane Are the 2017 really the same as the 2016 etc.... I can buy these tie-down unit off the shelf for the 2016 but Torklift says they do not work with a 2017 - What do you think? Ideas for modifying so it works on my 2018 Frontier?
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Did you really just bolt your slide in Camper to the floor of your truck bed? And it works? Seems smart to me --
That's how FWC installs them at the factory (unable to access the tie down points when the camper is in). The Fronty's steel bed makes it possible. The Tacoma's need some weird bracket because of the composite bed.

Saline Valley, Death Valley, Beef Basin...those bolts never came loose.

My FWC has moved to much bigger things. But the mounting continues to be the same.



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That's how FWC installs them at the factory (unable to access the tie down points when the camper is in). The Fronty's steel bed makes it possible. The Tacoma's need some weird bracket because of the composite bed.

Saline Valley, Death Valley, Beef Basin...those bolts never came loose.

My FWC has moved to much bigger things. But the mounting continues to be the same.



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Thanks you --- GKnapp -- Your suggested saved me a whole lot of time and money --- Super grateful :) -- What do you think about putting on the Fireston Ride-Rite Air Bags plus Hellwig Spring overloads. Do you think that is overkill? Do you think I can get by with just the Air-bags?
 

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Thanks you --- GKnapp -- Your suggested saved me a whole lot of time and money --- Super grateful :) -- What do you think about putting on the Fireston Ride-Rite Air Bags plus Hellwig Spring overloads. Do you think that is overkill? Do you think I can get by with just the Air-bags?
I wish I had installed airbags when it was on the truck!

I had sumosprings and the OME HD leaf pack, plus the add-a-leaf from OME. It still was not as planted on the road as I would have liked.

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Thanks you --- GKnapp -- Your suggested saved me a whole lot of time and money --- Super grateful :) -- What do you think about putting on the Fireston Ride-Rite Air Bags plus Hellwig Spring overloads. Do you think that is overkill? Do you think I can get by with just the Air-bags?
Recommending that the factory leaf springs be replaced cuz they simply will not hold up for any moderate+ hauling/towing duties.
Fwiw, I went w/ RideRites first in hopes of them preserving the factory leaf springs...but the leaf springs were toast by 30k miles. Replaced them w/ heavier duty leaf springs and I frankly don't need the RideRites...though my cargo is only ~600 lbs.
W/ one of those slide-in campers, one needs to consider how much added aerodynamic downforce there will be when cruising at hwy speeds...hence stronger leaf springs to better handle the added load/forces.
 
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