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Spikeman

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Posted: 09/11/19 10:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

No I was ridiculing the want be's on regular dirt roads. The dilemma has resolved itself! I purchased the Ram 2500 with off road package at a big discount yesterday and it is huge. It has the lift and stance of a Power Wagon!
top of the cab 80"
top the bed 60"
wheel diameter 33"
22' feet long
ground clearance 12"
Much too tall for a hardside camper going to buy a Palomino HS 1500 popup camper 72" tall 450lbs lighter thanks for all of your input and advice[image]

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Posted: 09/12/19 02:10am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Most of the advice you get here is bad. You do not need a dually to buy a truck camper and it is possible to drive down a dirt road with a non-pop up camper. Air bags are always a plus, they do get that right.

I've been hauling my Arctic Fox on my SRW truck since 2015, between 5 and 10K miles a year, including plenty of trips into the national forests for hunting seasons with zero issues. Zero issues on three, cross country, three week road trips. I 4-seasons camp, so a pop-up is not ideal. Occasionally I wish my camper wasn't so tall, but I never wish is was less comfortable.

If I had listened to the weight wonks here, I'd still be in the driveway with them. This is a web site ran by a company that sells **** for campers, if you bought everything recommended you would go broke and never see actual camping.

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lonegunman wrote:

Most of the advice you get here is bad. You do not need a dually to buy a truck camper and it is possible to drive down a dirt road with a non-pop up camper. Air bags are always a plus, they do get that right.


I hope you are counting your own advice. [emoticon]. Any way, only 4 people mentioned a dually on this thread. [emoticon]

As far as air bags go, there isn’t consensus that anyone should have air bags. [emoticon]


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Spikeman wrote:

The dilemma has resolved itself! I purchased the Ram 2500 with off road package at a big discount yesterday and it is huge.


Congratulations!

Does this model have rear coil springs? Are you getting bigger tires to fill those wheel wells?

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Spikeman wrote:

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That's a handsome truck! The Rams have he best body lines.

Update as you add suspension mods.

Strange you went with the smallest pop up, but you will not know its on there when off-road so much.
Campers are always a compromise of something

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God looking truck.
Does the 19 have the 8 speed auto?
That seemed to be the only complaint with the Hemi with the 2-3 gear ratio on the 6 speed.


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Ha! I hauled my 990 on an F350 SRW LB 4x4 PS offroad to a milling job. It was a bit harrowing at times but only because I didn't slow down enough. I didn't break anything and I decided not to do it a second time LOL but now I have a dually that handles the camper much better (it weighs in about 4850lbs ready to go) and might consider it again.

Hope you enjoy your setup for years to come! To me it's all about intended use and how often you intend to use. In my case we want more comfort and less offroad ability as we spend a LOT of time in the camper (in the last 6 or 7 weeks we were in it 4 of them at least).

Enjoy


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Remember that dually's suck when it comes to off roading

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My old setup after driving more than 30 minutes offroad with major ruts and off camber corners. I did shift the camper once and definitely scared myself once on an off camber turn (which prompted me to think dually) but I made it in with the mill in tow (out I had the customer pull the mill and that's actually when I scared myself).

I would not recommend the 990 as an 'off road' camper though! Just a logging road camper [emoticon]

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smarty wrote:

Remember that dually's suck when it comes to off roading


Depends on who's driving [emoticon] and whom you ask [emoticon]

Mine isn't a true 'offroaders' rig mind you and I don't have plans to try a jeep trail but it did fine on our rough road to the cabin though not as easily as our thinner SRW.

My only real issue at this point is the stable loads I installed need to be cut down about 1/2" so the overloads don't enguage without the camper on

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