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time2retire

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Well I'll be! We went to the RV show in Pgh. this weekend and guess what? For the first time since I've been going there (20 yrs.) they have a truck camper on display. And guess what else? It's a Northern Light for $45,000. I forget the model but the weight is 3800 lbs. It had a nice layout for an 8' bed. It seamed that it got a lot of attention.

The RV dealer from Central Pa. had just signed on to NL. He really didn't know a lot about it.

He claimed it was good for a 3/4 ton sw truck. I was skeptical. Am I wrong?

Anyhow it was good to see one at the W. Pa. RV show for the first time.

Like I said before, if you don't have em you won't sell em.

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3800 lb empty, will make close to 5000 lb loaded.
Average 3/4 tons truck has close to 3000 lb on rear axle, so that makes total zooming at 7500- 8000 lb.
Find me 3/4 truck who has rear axle rated for it?

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Kayteg1 wrote:

3800 lb empty, will make close to 5000 lb loaded.
Average 3/4 tons truck has close to 3000 lb on rear axle, so that makes total zooming at 7500- 8000 lb.
Find me 3/4 truck who has rear axle rated for it?





That's exactly what I was thinking. His justification was that NL delivered the unit on a 3/4 ton and he brought it to the show on one.

As much as I'd like to see more RV dealers sell them here, they have a lot to learn.

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time2retire wrote:

Kayteg1 wrote:

3800 lb empty, will make close to 5000 lb loaded.
Average 3/4 tons truck has close to 3000 lb on rear axle, so that makes total zooming at 7500- 8000 lb.
Find me 3/4 truck who has rear axle rated for it?





That's exactly what I was thinking. His justification was that NL delivered the unit on a 3/4 ton and he brought it to the show on one.

As much as I'd like to see more RV dealers sell them here, they have a lot to learn.


Also the camper would have been dry and without all the stuff you typically load in a camper after you buy it.

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I have a Northern Lite 10-2 on a GMC 3500. When I weighed it ready to camp, the stock rear wheels and tires were right at the limit. I had to go to 19.5's to feel safe. It handles well now, no more sway. Most truck sway is in the sidewalls of the tires. No way would I use a 3/4 ton to carry most of the campers out there. In fact, I don't know why they even make 3/4 ton trucks. Either get a real truck or a little grocery-getter 1/2 ton. Sorry, but I'm rather highly opinionated. I guess that's an understatement. Only my opinion, didn't mean to offend anyone.

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time2retire wrote:

He claimed it was good for a 3/4 ton sw truck. I was skeptical. Am I wrong?


Come down to the beach, SRW's galore carrying more weight than that while out on soft sand in 4x4. Now should it be done that is the question, I answered it for myself by upgrading to a DRW.


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First trip with the new Adventurer. We had temps in the 60's two weeks ago so we did a weekend practice run at Quinemahoning state Park, Pa. Everything went well as we learned some things about our new toy.

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markchengr wrote:

I have a Northern Lite 10-2 on a GMC 3500. When I weighed it ready to camp, the stock rear wheels and tires were right at the limit. I had to go to 19.5's to feel safe. It handles well now, no more sway. Most truck sway is in the sidewalls of the tires. No way would I use a 3/4 ton to carry most of the campers out there. In fact, I don't know why they even make 3/4 ton trucks. Either get a real truck or a little grocery-getter 1/2 ton. Sorry, but I'm rather highly opinionated. I guess that's an understatement. Only my opinion, didn't mean to offend anyone.


Do you realize that most 3/4T and 1T srw trucks are essentially the same truck?


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