Hi Steve and Mike,
I thought I would get notifications of responses, thus the reason for no reply for so long.
I am still doing some research around center of gravity. The center of gravity would not change relative to the rear axle as the extra length of the eight foot bed is added in the front of the rear axle. The COG for the Apex8 is in the 32 inch range. Add 20 inches for the eight foot bed and I would still be inside the range given for a RAM 3500.
But the COG would still be back a little further than most campers designed for an eight foot bed truck. Physics says this would effect the front end to some degree. But, physics doesn’t really tell what the actual effect on driving the truck would be. Thus my questions for someone who has actually done this. The few inputs from the people on the web don’t seem to indicate any problems, but no one actually specifically addressed drive-ability.
And, that is why I would be curious to hear from the ex-fireman.
And, I agree, I am not sure I would like the looks either. But, the added, exterior, storage space would be really nice.
Thanks again for your comments and help.
How did your project turn out? I have committed to going SB Camper on LB truck.
It fits fine, COG is same as on SB truck, FYI. At least with 2011 AF 811 & 06 F350 DRW.
Have not driven it yet, only test fit. Roughly 15 inches between cab and front of camper.
Here’s a couple of pics.