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- July 27, 2022 at 09:58 #59827
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.
- June 23, 2022 at 18:11 #58841
- May 6, 2022 at 07:18 #57465
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.
- March 18, 2022 at 10:51 #56551
Zach and Russ are correct. The cold PSI rating is just that. The tires were designed to handle higher psi hot pressures.
- February 17, 2022 at 15:46 #55664
That’s a great question, Steve. I thought the same thing.
- February 8, 2022 at 07:54 #55436
None! If your payload is that high, you will be fine. Sway shouldn’t be an issue with a dually.
- January 31, 2022 at 08:06 #55063
3:73 for your setup
- January 31, 2022 at 05:57 #55059
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.
- November 28, 2021 at 10:46 #54325
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.
- October 6, 2021 at 15:40 #53345
Go with an OEM replacement spring. Your truck is still under warranty and your truck should handle that weight just fine.
- October 6, 2021 at 15:38 #53344
Good question. I get these questions all of the time which is why I published this article…
- September 6, 2021 at 08:52 #52881
Haha, very cool.
- September 3, 2021 at 08:50 #52823
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.
- September 3, 2021 at 08:47 #52822
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.
- September 2, 2021 at 11:40 #52813
- September 2, 2021 at 11:38 #52812
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…
- September 1, 2021 at 07:55 #52749
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.
- September 1, 2021 at 07:49 #52747
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 $afer truck$.
- August 25, 2021 at 17:46 #52532
- August 25, 2021 at 17:43 #52531
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.
- August 25, 2021 at 17:40 #52530
Thanks for asking. We will start registration in early October with a formal announcement here on this website. Stay tuned.
- May 4, 2021 at 16:49 #51005
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.
- May 3, 2021 at 18:44 #50992
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.
- April 21, 2021 at 16:38 #50705
In case you haven’t seen it yet, here’s Jefe’s article just published on this website.
- April 21, 2021 at 15:49 #50699
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
- April 6, 2021 at 07:46 #50099
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…
- March 20, 2021 at 19:34 #49913
Look for them in our store soon.
- March 20, 2021 at 19:31 #49912
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.
- March 14, 2021 at 09:51 #49822
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.
- March 7, 2021 at 09:03 #49674
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.
- February 25, 2021 at 10:58 #49334
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…
- February 24, 2021 at 18:56 #49324
It plugs into the front of the camper. At least it did for my old Wolf Creek 850.
- February 24, 2021 at 10:33 #49317
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.
- February 2, 2021 at 09:20 #48906
We will have them for sale at the rally next week. Afterwards, we will have them in our store (which is closed right now).
- January 30, 2021 at 10:39 #48792
- January 30, 2021 at 10:34 #48790
- February 16, 2022 at 07:42 #55577
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.
- May 7, 2021 at 08:56 #51026
Looks great, WyoBull!
- April 28, 2021 at 18:35 #50905
Sounds good, Jeff. Please report back on how it works. I think others will be very interested in this.
- March 7, 2021 at 15:59 #49691