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    • #59827
      Mello Mike
      Keymaster

      I second what Joel said. He gave you good advice. Another option would
      be one of these. Both Lance and Palomino are installing these on their campers.

      Feature in the Spotlight: The Easy Charge Battery Charging Station

    • #58841
      Mello Mike
      Keymaster

      Great looking rig, Zach. Thanks for sharing. Please contact me at [email protected].

    • #57465
      Mello Mike
      Keymaster

      Forgot to mention that I finally got my Ham radio license (KK7FKQ). I am installing a mobile ICOM IC-2300H 65 watt radio in my rig as we speak. Look for an article on this install and using 2-meter ham radio comms soon.

    • #56551
      Mello Mike
      Keymaster

      Zach and Russ are correct. The cold PSI rating is just that. The tires were designed to handle higher psi hot pressures.

    • #55664
      Mello Mike
      Keymaster

      That’s a great question, Steve. I thought the same thing.

    • #55436
      Mello Mike
      Keymaster

      None! If your payload is that high, you will be fine. Sway shouldn’t be an issue with a dually.

    • #55063
      Mello Mike
      Keymaster

      3:73 for your setup

    • #55059
      Mello Mike
      Keymaster

      Great questions. I just addressed most of these in my latest article on payload including the three differences you discovered. I would take a look.

      The Payload Rating: Why it’s Important for Truck Campers

    • #54325
      Mello Mike
      Keymaster

      We used to use a piece of painters tape to keep us centered but not anymore. The wife backs it in while I direct, I used the gap between the wheel wells and the camper to center our camper.

    • #53345
      Mello Mike
      Keymaster

      Walker,
      Go with an OEM replacement spring. Your truck is still under warranty and your truck should handle that weight just fine.

    • #53344
      Mello Mike
      Keymaster

      Good question. I get these questions all of the time which is why I published this article…

      Get Outfitted: Overland Essentials for Truck Camper Rigs

    • #52881
      Mello Mike
      Keymaster

      Haha, very cool.

    • #52823
      Mello Mike
      Keymaster

      Use the pressures stated on your door pillar. For 10 ply load range E tires on one-ton trucks, 60-65 psi front and 80 rear are typically called for in order to achieve the truck’s rated GVWR/payload rating.

    • #52822
      Mello Mike
      Keymaster

      Just have it operate on DC. When you’re plugged-ink it will run on the batteries that are being recharged. That’s what we’ve been doing for years.

    • #52813
      Mello Mike
      Keymaster

      This is a great question that we get asked all of the time. There are lots of things to consider. To capture all of these points, we published this article a few years ago. This should be a good starting point…

      Essential Tips for Buying a Used Truck Camper

    • #52812
      Mello Mike
      Keymaster

      That would be a good choice. We love ours. We just surveyed some of the best air conditioners for truck campers. This should be a good starting point…

      Best Low Amp RV Air Conditioners for Truck Campers and Vans

    • #52749
      Mello Mike
      Keymaster

      Thanks, Jeff, for the update. I think most of us are intrigued with Ford’s new 7.3L gasser.

      We are going to keep our Ram 3500/Cummins truck until maintenance becomes prohibitive. Ours has 92,000 miles and is still going strong.

    • #52747
      Mello Mike
      Keymaster

      From Frank Mehaffey:

      I have a 2012 F250, unboxed frame, 2WD, SRW, extended cab, 8′ bed with a 6.2, and the Ford camper package which included the 350 front coils, and an overload spring on top of the standard springs for a 250 and a 7 pin hookup and a normal rear anti sway bar. The frame of a 250 and 350 is EXACTLY the same, boxed or unboxed. The brakes on all 4 corners are the SAME for the 250 and 350. They were in 1999 with our first F250, with a 5 speed manual, which I wish Ford still made. No transmission cooler for that standard baby, so more weight to use. No electric windows of power seats, which the snowflakes forget add weight to the truck. Heck, the pretty carpets probably add weight. They have all been commercial use Fords, with no stinkin carpets. I had to fly to a dealer outside of DC to get a 2WD. NONE of the VT dealers even order them…hmmmmmm. If the dogs throw up, hose the mat out…..

      I carry a 2013 Camplite 10, and when fully loaded with the camper, gas, propane, food, 2 adults, 3 dogs and associated junk for 2 weeks of camping, we weigh 10100.I put a Hellwig big ass sway bar on to replace the stock sway bar and 4 big ass camper shocks on, as well as an airlift 5000 set of airbags to bring up the rear height and give me a better ride. As long as I don’t drive like a Disney ride, we have had no problems. I change the transmission fluid and rear fluid every 100,000 and have only used synthetic oil in every engine.

      The rear axle is the Sterling with 17″ tires, and since this is my 3d F250 since 1999, and all 3 have carried heavy tc’s with 17’s, I can say that from my experience that the additional rear leaf is pretty much the ONLY difference in the 3/4 to 1 ton F250-350. The Sterling is fine for heavy, pushing the boundaries of official loads, and as long as I am not driving like an idiot, or doing off road hijinks, it is FINE. Many of the 350 2WD come standard with the Sterling. They go to the Dana for the 4WD or higher gear ratios because it works better for more demanding needs. I have read in several places on line, and in speaking to anonymous people working for Ford, that the 350 designation is to give commericial owners an out for heavy loads, taxes, insurance, and God knows what else in litigation land.

      All 3 of the F250s we have owned, total about 650,000 miles in 23 years, of which I would estimate we have driven over 175,000 with 8′ 0r 10′ truck campers on. If you are fully loaded and going off road, driving on a sand dune, or are getting a 4WD or duels, I would opt for the Dana and 18″s, but in my experience, the extra $$ for the 350 is pretty much unnecessary, if you put a Hellwig on, air bags, better shocks, and keep good condition Michelin’s or Coopers on. You will be fine. If you are REALLY worried, bring it to a spring shop and have them put on one more leaf. Case closed, problem solved, Ross Perot. Let me say it again, if you don’t drive like you have a shiney whiney 150 with a bag of dog food in the 6′ bed, you will be fine. DON”T PANIC. You will not die. Oh, sometimes I tow a 16′ boat to Florida, the Great Lakes, the Potomac, etc….

      You betcha there is no straight answer from Ford or any of the truck companies. I am sure that they have their rea$ons for wanting owners to have more expen$ive and $afer truck$.

    • #52532
      Mello Mike
      Keymaster

      Hi Kelly,
      You’ve gotten some good responses so far. For additional information on this important topic, check out my article…

      How to Raise Your Truck’s Payload

    • #52531
      Mello Mike
      Keymaster

      Hi Deb,
      I would try and go with a higher rating if possible. The Cooper Load Range E tires on our rig are rated for 3,640 pounds each, but they are size 18s. Not sure if you can get a rating that high with 17s.

    • #52530
      Mello Mike
      Keymaster

      Hi Bear,
      Thanks for asking. We will start registration in early October with a formal announcement here on this website. Stay tuned.

    • #51005
      Mello Mike
      Keymaster

      We attempted to do this in late March with Kevin MacAfee, but got snowed out the night before at our camping spot on Pine Tree Rd and had to change our plans. Truck campers have done it, but you will need to air down 40/35 psi and use 4×4 to do it. We’ve seen some videos of truck campers at the trailhead, so I know it can be done. Let us know how it goes and take lots of pics.

      https://i0.wp.com/www.truckcamperadventure.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/BA038D4A-98DB-4B3D-A419-E53AFE8F188B-scaled.jpeg?resize=1536%2C1024&ssl=1

    • #50992
      Mello Mike
      Keymaster

      Yes, it’s an issue and has been forever. A fully loaded camper can weigh anywhere between 500 and 1,000 pounds more than the advertised dry weight. You never did say what camper you bought. I’m curious.

    • #50705
      Mello Mike
      Keymaster

      In case you haven’t seen it yet, here’s Jefe’s article just published on this website.

      Gas vs Diesel: 23 Considerations Before Buying Another Truck

    • #50699
      Mello Mike
      Keymaster

      Having tried everything under the sun, I would go with a horse stall mat, thick and durable. You can find them at any horse tack store, including Tractor Supply

    • #50099
      Mello Mike
      Keymaster

      Hi Jeff,
      We have used the Wilson Electronics Weboost Drive X RV Cell booster with good success. We consistently get a 2-bar boost when using it: 1-bar within the entire camper, 2-bars within 1 foot of the interior antenna. On a recent trip to Utah it boosted a 2-bar 3G signal into a 3-bar LTE signal! Much better. Here’s our review in case you haven’t seen it…

      Review of the WeBoost Drive X RV Cell Booster

    • #49913
      Mello Mike
      Keymaster

      Look for them in our store soon.

    • #49912
      Mello Mike
      Keymaster

      It’s a good idea, just to be safe. When temps dip in the 20s I run my Truma Combi on 110 volt AC to keep things toasty. I do this as a precaution to prevent freezing water lines and to keep my lithium batteries warm.

    • #49822
      Mello Mike
      Keymaster

      I’m going to stay with my 2013 Ram 3500 Cummins 6.7L diesel truck. Yes, I did have the dreaded DEF limp mode issue, but I’m hoping now that my system has been serviced that I can go another 7 years without an issue. Keeping my fingers crossed.

    • #49674
      Mello Mike
      Keymaster

      If it was me I would just take delivery now and have an aftermarket Polar Cub Mach-8 9,200 BTU model installed. Slightly smaller which allows you to operate it using a standard Honda EU2000i/EU2200i genny. That’s what I had on my old Wolf Creek and it worked great.

      Coleman Polar Cub 9200 Air Conditioner Upgrade

    • #49334
      Mello Mike
      Keymaster

      That’s good that you’re going with a lightweight FWC pop-up. With a payload rating that low I assume you have coil springs on the rear axle of your Ram 1500. Based on that assumption, I would go with SumoSprings or air bags to keep your rig level. Load range D tires and upgraded wheels would also be the minimum with that setup. Not sure the weight rating for the Ram 1500 rear axle, but most axles have lots of unused capacity. The wheels and tires are always the weak link when it comes to the official GAWR ratings for the front and rear axles. For more information on this important topic, check out this article…

      How to Raise Your Truck’s Payload

    • #49324
      Mello Mike
      Keymaster

      It plugs into the front of the camper. At least it did for my old Wolf Creek 850.

      Arctic Fox-Wolf Creek Truck Camper 6-Pin Umbilical Wiring

    • #49317
      Mello Mike
      Keymaster

      Here’s the brand-new video that we shot of last week’s run on the Bradshaw Trail. The video includes contributions by several participants.

    • #48906
      Mello Mike
      Keymaster

      We will have them for sale at the rally next week. Afterwards, we will have them in our store (which is closed right now).

    • #48792
      Mello Mike
      Keymaster

      Here’s a photo of our new Expion360 VPR 4Ever Platinum, a 360 amp hour monster, the equivalent of six 6 volt golf cart batteries.

      Photo of New Battery

    • #48790
      Mello Mike
      Keymaster

      Funny you should mention this. We recently submitted an order for new bumper stickers. Here is what they will look like…

      Attachments:
    • #55577
      Mello Mike
      Keymaster

      Yes, I was responding to the OP who said they would be hauling a relatively light Scout Kenai. 4.3 gears would be better for heavier campers, though if I was running a diesel I’d still go with a 3.73.

    • #51026
      Mello Mike
      Keymaster

      Looks great, WyoBull!

    • #50905
      Mello Mike
      Keymaster

      Sounds good, Jeff. Please report back on how it works. I think others will be very interested in this.

    • #49691
      Mello Mike
      Keymaster

      Yep!

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