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Here is where I always end up in any discussion about camper weights and truck ratings; it is all smoke and mirrors on the part of both the truck manufacturers and the camper manufacturers. I say that because I believe each one want to make their product look like something it is not.

The truck builders post weights that seem like they are tied to nothing more than a fog generator. Not axle ratings, not wheel ratings, not tire rating, just fog.

Then you have what seems like a majority of camper manufacturers who want to capture a potential market of as many truck owners as possible to they post weights without installed options than make the buyer try to calculate the real weights and only a few mark the center of gravity on their campers. Like really, you can’t weigh it when it is complete and check the balance point. Those things are just not that hard to do!

In my case with a F350 SRW long bed gasser, a fair size truck, hauling a Northstar Laredo SC, a relatively small hardbody camper, when fully loaded with our bike rack, water, etc. we are actually about 100 pounds over the rear axle sticker weight for our truck.

Now I’m not afraid of that and I don’t think the axle is going to break or anything, but the whole weight situation P*** me off! Just another example of “let the buyer beware”.


Steve and Andra
2012 F350 6.2 gasser SRW LB
Fab Fours front and rear in case we run into a rhino
2019 Northstar Laredo SC