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RE: Choosing a camper for compatibility (short and long bed)

There really isn’t such a thing as a “3/4 ton camper”. Any older dually will haul as much weight as a newer one regardless of so-called rating. For licensing purposes they claimed a 10,000 or 11,000 GVW, not the 14,000 they do now. But they had the same axles and were plenty stout. You’d do yourself a big favor to get a dual rear wheel truck. They handle campers so much better. The camper is already as wide as the dually rear fenders, so why not?
burningman 04/27/20 10:57pm Truck Campers
RE: Payload sacrifice going from regular cab to crew cab

Pretty much every one ton dually made since the ‘70s uses either a Dana 80, AAM or Sterling 10.5 rear axle. They’re all rated between 10,000 and 11,000 pounds. Just go get any dually and you’re fine to haul a camper. Forget all this adding hot e weight of the sunroof or the fancier sound system or the rating sticker, which is a taxable license class weight not a truck safe capability rating.
burningman 04/27/20 09:41pm Truck Campers
RE: Need Guidance on Buying the Right Truck

What’s funny is the guy who originally had the camper had it on an ‘80s F250. What’s funnier is a SRW one ton is literally the same truck as a 3/4 ton. All this sticker reading without knowing or looking at what parts are actually under the truck is gonna drive me right off of here sometime soon.
burningman 04/27/20 09:30pm Truck Campers
RE: Carrying a Honda 2000i inside generator compartment

The generator situation is something the camper makers have always failed miserably at. My Northern Lite came with a compartment that fits two Honda EU2000s. That’s great. But you can’t run them!! Still have to take them out and set them on the ground. I gotta look into a slide-out tray.
burningman 04/19/20 12:22pm Truck Campers
RE: Guidance Needed

I started same as you, with a half ton that I put bigger springs and tires on, a camper and a 17’ boat. I managed to have a lot of fun with it. I also managed to break the rear axle lol... and the thing wasn’t fun to drive. It always felt like it had too much on its back. I hate to jump on the “you’ve got the wrong truck” bandwagon... but you’ve got the wrong truck. 3/4 or one tons handle SO much better with a load. A really basic small camper with nothing in it will be light enough but there aren’t many like that. They exist, Four Wheel Campers are one of the main go-to rigs. But they’re not really that light.
burningman 04/19/20 11:40am Truck Campers
RE: Small Window AC vs Roof Top Air

I did a lot of camping in the Nevada desert. I had a window A/C as an emergency backup. The first thing I learned was that thing simply wasn’t able to cool the camper when it’s really hot. The roof air would refrigerate the thing. Installing a roof air is ridiculously easy, I’ve done it several times. It pretty much just bolts right on.
burningman 03/29/20 06:18pm Truck Campers
RE: Small Window AC vs Roof Top Air

In my experience roof airs rarely fail. I still have a 1987 Vacationeer with its original roof air that works great. I’ve had others that old or older that still worked great. The roof is the best place for an AC. That’s why they’re almost always up there. Heat rises. If you go anywhere that gets really hot, you’ll wish you had the roof unit. As far as replacement goes, roof air for the win again. They’re all designed to fit a standard 14”x14” hatch. Window units are all different sizes. Good luck matching it if you have to replace it. Everyone is talking about what’s cheapest. But roof air is what’s best.
burningman 03/26/20 10:59pm Truck Campers
RE: Buyer beware

This is why, after over 30 years of owning many different campers, I’ll own nothing but a Bigfoot or Northern Lite. I don’t care how many slide-outs the stick built campers have. Bigfoot and Northern Lite are still RV manufacturers and do plenty of things I hate when they make these things. But al least the shell is good.
burningman 03/22/20 09:29am Truck Campers
RE: Host switching to front Nose Caps in 2021 units

Now if Host can ever learn to build the whole thing from molded fiberglass, they’ll start to have something.
burningman 03/21/20 01:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Sulastic hangers

I run a Kelderman two stage air ride kit which works in a similar way. It replaces the rear spring hangers with a big hinged bracket that rides on airbags, to take the harshness out of the ride. It’s mainly for when you’re driving the truck empty and don’t want to be beat half to death. If the sulastic hangers work as well, they’re worth having, IF you drive your truck without the camper more than with it. My camper is on less than 1% of the time, that’s why I have that plus overload airbags rather than stiff springs and Timbrens. If you only own a truck to carry a camper then I’d skip any of this and just put in big springs.
burningman 03/14/20 02:19pm Truck Campers
RE: Single Slide Truck Lean

I’m sure the slide mechanism itself is ok. I’m mostly concerned about a huge hole in the side, sealed by a rubber gasket.
burningman 03/14/20 01:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Single Slide Truck Lean

What you should be worrying about is the issues that slides bring. I’d only own one with slides if I didn’t intend to keep it very long.
burningman 03/11/20 07:00am Truck Campers
RE: towing w/ camper few ?s

Absolutely, people do exaggerate the expense of operating a diesel. But they’re hard on transmissions because they’re so torquey, and they cost lots more to buy. My overall cost of ownership on my diesel dually is a lot more than my gas dually, but I gotta say I love the diesel when the camper and/or trailer are on! I don’t “need” it and for me it hasn’t “mathed out”, but I really like driving it. One other gas/diesel consideration is if you’re gonna drive in the sand. Gas trucks do better in sand because they aren’t so nose-heavy. Different regions have different sand so it may not apply in the south, but in the Oregon sand dunes gas trucks rule for that reason.
burningman 03/10/20 07:55am Truck Campers
RE: towing w/ camper few ?s

You need to drive your 24’ cabin cruiser over a scale. I’ve had a lot of boats and I find it HIGHLY unlikely that any 24’ cabin cruiser on a trailer scales that light (4000 pounds). My last 22’ cuddy cabin weighed 6000 on the trailer. Campers that hang past the truck bed a bit aren’t a problem. Often boat trailers have enough tongue to still hitch right up. If they don’t, just use a hitch extension. I tow a 26 foot cabin cruiser behind a dually pickup with an 11.5 foot camper, that hangs about 4 feet behind the truck. Death wobble is worn out front track bars or other front end parts. If your truck is in good shape you won’t have it, and carrying a camper and towing your boat don’t cause more of it. GM trucks don’t have it because they haven’t had straight axles in front since ‘87, ‘91 on the crew cabs. The older diesels were loud. The newer ones are as quiet as a gas truck. Fuel price is higher but they get better mileage. Both of your reasons for not wanting a diesel are mistaken. However, they’re expensive to buy and if you don’t drive a whole lot they don’t really pay for themselves. They make driving effortless with a camper and trailer with all their torque though. You want a dually. It’s just gonna drive way more solid and confidently with the camper and.boat, and it isn’t any wider than the camper and boat already are.
burningman 03/10/20 06:55am Truck Campers
RE: Hauling a heavy camper and towing

It’s got a Dana 80 rear axle. Those have an 11,000 pound weight rating. Four stock size 235/85/16 tires are good for 10,800 pounds. And that’s just the rear axle. It’s clearly got strong enough springs and the frame isn’t going to break. No, it’s not overloaded.
burningman 03/08/20 01:15pm Truck Campers
RE: Hauling a heavy camper and towing

F450 pickups are a whole lot stouter than F350 pickups. The 14,000 GVW rating is ONLY so buyers don’t have to register them as what they really are, Class 4 trucks. It is a completely fake number. If you buy a chassis-cab, be aware they usually ride awful stiff. Not only are the springs a lot stiffer, they’re usually shorter too. The longer leafs on a pickup let them ride nicer.
burningman 02/29/20 10:10am Truck Campers
RE: 2019 Northern Lite 10-2 CD

Digital thermostat I got this one and I like it. Easy to see and use. And looks cool.
burningman 02/29/20 09:34am Truck Campers
RE: 2019 Northern Lite 10-2 CD

This is a non-issue. You can put any thermostat you want on there. It’s super easy and cheap.
burningman 02/27/20 03:52pm Truck Campers
RE: AF 1140 Dry Weight

^Nevwr hauled big things in a pickup, eh? Ragged edge? You saw the pic on the same truck as yours but 20 years older, right? I can assure you it was not on the ragged edge and your truck is vastly stronger in every way (except the engine is just as stout in the 2nd gen) than the 2nd gen. But they make lots of smaller campers than that, so whatever you're comfortable with is the right one. Actually the AAM rear axle under a new Ram 3500 is rated at 10,120 pounds by AAM, and the Dana 80 under that 2nd gen Dodge is rated at 11,000 by Dana. Most on here believe new trucks are heavier duty, that’s not necessarily so. They just put bigger numbers on the glovebox. That 2nd gen 3500 is as stout as any pickup. That’s the same rear axle Ford used to use in the F450. This is why I’m always telling everyone the so-called “ratings” are not gospel. They’re marketing hype, numbers not calculated by the engineering dept. You have to look at the actual parts.
burningman 02/27/20 03:41pm Truck Campers
RE: Help. Will This Work?

I think it would be the C.O.G to be the biggest drawback and the truck may not handle well? This camper is on a F250 LB with current owner, so I hoped an F350 would make up for the shorter box size. Absolutely not. It’s a common misconception that an F350 (single rear wheel) is any different than an F250. It’s the same truck, with slightly stiffer springs which you can add to an F250. Lots of RV guys say nothing you do to a truck increases its payload, you have to just buy one with a higher rating, because they believe if the factory adds a spring, the payload goes up, if you add the same spring, it doesn’t. About truck selection, I believe it’s silly to buy a shortbed with the main purpose being camper hauling. A shortbed turns a little tighter. A long bed is superior in every other way.
burningman 02/21/20 07:06pm Truck Campers
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