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RE: 2000 Fleetwood Camper - Owner's Manual?

I too am from California and relocated to the east coast. Best move ever. The camper and truck combo you have is most likely not going to be safe. As previously stated the axel is not designed to cary much weight. There are other parts to the equation to be considered. Your breaks are not designed to stop that kind of weight. Your paper thin aluminum bed will most likely have damage from the weight of the camper. Once all your possessions, pets, water, food and people are loaded I think you’ll find you’ll be significantly overloaded. BTW, yes the air bags are rated to 5k lbs but that DOES NOT INCREASE your load carrying capacity it allows you to level and stabilize your load. Also, manufacturers, contrary to the belief of some, do not build in that much extra capacity into their vehicles. It cuts into their bottom line. They maybe build in 10% and that’s it. I used to build emergency response vehicles and have had very frank and honest conversations with factory reps and have seen the consequences of building beyond spec. I know I’m going to be skewered for being the weight police, but this is my experience. Take it for what it cost.
Camperfam4 08/16/19 04:16am Truck Campers
RE: Looking for advice

I see the any weight you can fit in your bed crowd and don’t worry about it are alive and well. Things to consider if you take that advice. If you’re involved in a traffic collision and either the police or the insurance investigator decide to weigh your rig or what’s left of it and you’re over weight you will most likely be assessed some level of fault. You may even be criminally charged if death or injury occurs as you knew or should have known that you were overloaded. In fact it may cause a violation to be escalated from an infraction to a straight felony. It goes on from there and none of it good. The claim that the truck is engineered to carry way more than the GVWR rating on the VIN plate is simply not true. You have at most 10-15% tolerance. Let’s face it auto makers don’t engineer in more tolerance than absolutely necessary as it costs money. All that said buy the lightest camper with the most features and stay as close to your GVWR & GCWR as possible. Remember the weight you’re carrying also wears out your truck that much quicker. Also, no matter the load you’re better off with airbags and big stabilizer bars. I know the carry as much as you want crowd is going to hate on this posting, but I have see the results of overloading and it’s ugly.
Camperfam4 06/26/19 04:20am Truck Campers
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