Hi everyone! Just recently joined the forum and wanted to say hi. I'm considering the Nash 23B or 25C and wanted to touch base on a couple of things and introduce myself. I live in Central Oregon and currently have a Northstar TC650 which is a great popup truck camper. But, realizing it might not be the best fit going forward. I have 2 little girls, ages 4.5 and 6.5, that camp with me a lot which is a blast. And, take a dog sometimes. Coming from the backpacking/tent camping world, having some amenities with young girls - a furnace, place to wash hands, porta potti inside, etc., was a blessing and the portability of a truck camper is nice. They love the adventures.
I've had the popup TC close to a couple of years now and realized that a trailer might be a better fit. I have an 08 Crewmax Tundra with only a 5.5' bed, so that led me into the smaller truck camper. We have lots of memories in it but in the market for a bunk trailer max'ing out in the mid 20's for length. I've researched a ton of models from rear-slides that are short in length, no slides, slides, and many manufacturers. I keep coming back to Northwood as what feels right and like that it is in Oregon as well. I've also started looking at the Creekside 23BHS as a potential option and still understanding the full differences with Nash. Understand they might be using a bit lower quality materials but construction is still solid. Being a single dad, budget is of concern so want to understand the cost/benefit there while also having something for the longterm.
I put airbags in my Tundra and also have 10-ply tires on it to make the truck camper experience better. The towing capacity appears that it would handle the 23B and 25C but wanted to get it in front of people with real world experience. Safety is important to me. I would consider a WD hitch and whatever would make sense or recommended. We camp mostly in forest service campgrounds within a couple of hours but with more space and amenities, would like to use it for coast trips, longer explorations, etc. We ski/snowboard/snowshoe and like the winter time and the girls would be up for camping into the colder weather. The 6 year old asked to camp in the snow last year which was fun, so hit an early summer snowstorm up at Paulina with a couple of inches overnight.
So, hello, thanks for reading and I would love your feedback on the fit for my tow vehicle and anything else you might like to share for these Nash and Creekside models. I'm still considering other brands...but like I said, kind of keep coming back here.