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jimh425

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Posted: 04/27/20 01:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You might be able to get by with a SRW, but if it is specifically for a TC, you’ll likely be better off long term with a long bed DRW. That gives you flexibility to change to a larger one without any issues. However, you’ll need to have DRW front brackets for the jacks. Not a bid deal, but would be required.

Also, many older TCs are lower than the top of newer truck cabs. You’ll have to measure that one, but you’ll also likely need to raise the bed for most newer trucks to clear the cab.

As far as beach goes, there have been threads that said DRWs aren’t allowed on some beaches. I think a long bed SRW with upgraded 18s that have 4080 capacity might likely work. I think that’s pretty much saying Ford F350.


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Posted: 04/27/20 01:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Correct. Many East coast beached do not allow duallys. If your intention is to beach camp, better check the regs for where you plan to camp.

IIRC that is not a particularly heavy camper...no slide?
I would put that on a SRW.


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If you look closely at the OP the 3017LBS is WET. Granted it is without gear.

I'd put in on a SRW no problem. (maybe upgrade the tires if needed)

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Geez after reading your post the other day, I thought "oh boy, he's going to post the conversion of the Burb into a pick me up!"[emoticon]
I had the Bigfoot on a GMC 2500 and it was okay, but I started to worry about tire ratings. I went with the dually and I don't get to tell people who ask about the combination that I like the dually, because the copilot says it before I can even say anything. She noticed the improved ride with less roll and does a better job of explaining than I do. Yes she will drive the truck with the camper and even without.
But since you want to do beach driving, I would look for a 350/3500 single rear wheel,and check the tire ratings to be sure you have enough tire for the truck and camper.
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Posted: 04/27/20 05:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Pictured is my 4000 lb camper in my 2500HD. No air bags no nothing.

Yep, a 3500 dually or a F-450 would handle it better but I have no complaints.


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specta wrote:



Yep, a 3500 dually or a F-450 would handle it better but I have no complaints.

Is it:
1 you don't have complains or
2. you choose not to have complains, or
3. you can't afford to have complains?





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A late model F350 or Ram 3500 Crew Cab, 4x4, SRW, with a gas engine should net you a 4000 pound payload. Pay attention to the sticker inside the drivers door as there should be a payload sticker with the cargo capacity. My 2015 Ram Megacab shortbox 3500 4x4 SRW 6.4 hemi has a payload of 4069 pounds. Also the 18” wheel tire combo will net the greatest tire capacity, avoid the 20” wheels.

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Posted: 04/27/20 07:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That is what I am thinking...Ram 3500 with 6.4L gas SRW long bed, either crew or extended cab. I can upgrade wheels and tires to give me more stability and footprint on the beach. No prohibition on duallies up here, but without spacers you can have rubbing issues when aired down.

The 3K is the wet weight, so I don't think we would get past 4k with just the two of us and some supplies. The whole idea of the TC is more minimalist, not packing like we are entertaining for 12 (which we frequently did with the TT).
But hey it wouldn't be camping if we weren't over GVWR right? LOL


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Kayteg1 wrote:

WyoBull wrote:

See truck in my signature. The Northern Lite camper it carries is 3600-3800 lbs wet and the two are a great match for one another.

That's what you say and then your signature lists:
"Torklift Upper Stableloads, Airlift 5000 Ultimate air bags, Airlift WirelessAIR onboard compressor system"
Why such great match needs all the gizmos to work?
Don't tell me you drive on factory-rated tires?


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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.


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