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RE: AF 1140 Dry Weight

As long as you buy a modern dually truck you will be able to handle the camper. If you are trying to get away with a SRW truck then you can't handle it. The actual weight varying a few hundred pounds won't change that reality. As for why? With a TC and the right truck you can basically have a small, 4wd, diesel powered motor home with an incredible tow rating. You can tow a 8,000 pound boat to the lake, set up your camper, then take the truck out from under it to launch and retrieve the boat. Name another RV that can do all that. And, if you already need to own a truck for other purposes a TC is much cheaper than a MH.
KD4UPL 02/23/20 06:55am Truck Campers
RE: Built in Trickle charger on AC unit

If you can plug the RV in while being stored I would leave the battery switch on and let your charger float the batteries. Not all RVs are wired the same but I would thing most of them, when disconnecting the batteries, would indeed disconnect them from the charger.
KD4UPL 02/23/20 06:48am Beginning RVing
RE: Trucks payload capacity and tow capacity ratings

If you are towing 9,000 pounds you will likely have at least 900 pounds of weight on the tongue. You have to subtract that from your payload capacity of 1,600 leaving you only 700 pounds for people and gear in the truck. Maybe less if your tongue weight is over 10%. If you're towing an RV it will likely be over 10%. If your towing a boat it might be less than that. Trucks have a Gross Combination Weight Rating GCWR. This is the total weight the truck and trailer combined can weigh. That might figure in for your situation too. Keep in mind there are lots and lots of different kinds of trailers out there: livestock, flatbed, dump, RV, boat, utility, cargo, etc. By far the hardest to tow is a hardsided RV. They have a huge frontal area of drag, huge side sail area, a high percentage of tongue weight, and very little ability to move weight around. A truck that might tow a 9,000 pound boat just fine might really be a struggling handful with a 7,000 pound RV.
KD4UPL 02/22/20 06:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Over weight? Does it bother you?

I ran my 11' camper on an '07 Chevy 3500 SRW for a while. It weighed at 11,140, the truck's GVWR was 9,900. Then I upgraded to an '05 Chevy 3500 DRW. That rig weighed 13,100, it's GVWR was 11,400. I was not over axle or tire ratings on either truck. I traveled many thousands of miles thru multiple states for years with both trucks. I never had any problems. The rear axle on a those trucks was the AAM 11.5", it is rated by AAM for 10,200 pounds. I was no where close to that kind of weight, the axle was safe. I also had air bags added to both trucks so they were taking significant load off the springs so the springs were safe too. I was well under the truck's GCWR so the drive train wasn't being stressed beyond it's design limits. Really, the only thing possibly questionable would have been the brakes. But in 36,000 miles I never had to do any brake work on the SRW until I sold it. The dually brake pads did need to be replaced at 185,000 miles. Nobody that really uses a truck like a truck pays attention to the GVWR except RVers. Farmers, contractors, and commercial haulers, and the DOT all all go by axle and tire weights if they even weigh or check at all. I used to work for a compnay that had an '03 F350 with a GVWR of 10,000 I think it was. When that truck was loaded up to 12,500 pounds one day (according to the landfill scale)I noticed the overload springs weren't even engaging. So, yeah, I think Ford designed it for a bit more weight.
KD4UPL 02/21/20 07:28pm Truck Campers
RE: New generator for new rv. Recommendations

Do you really even need a generator? If you camp mostly in campgrounds with electric connection then everything will work. Even if not plugged in everything in the RV works off of propane or batteries except the microwave, air conditioning, and the outlets. You can use the lights, water, heat, stove, refrigerator, radio, etc. without a generator.
KD4UPL 02/21/20 07:18pm Beginning RVing
RE: Newbie Pre Purchase Questions

I totally agree with getting a bunkhouse for the kids. I have 3 of my own, ages 9,7, and 3, I'm looking for a bunkhouse TT for our next RV. You will be payload limited on your truck. The weight of your family, pets, and gear in the truck will subtract form the payload listed on your door sticker. What's left will have to handle the loaded tongue weight of your trailer and the weight of the weight distributing hitch. Your loaded tongue weight should be a minimum of 12% of your trailer's loaded weight which, for a family of 4, might as well be the GVWR. After you run all the numbers like that I suspect you can handle a smaller trailer than you think.
KD4UPL 02/15/20 05:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing through New York City

I'd drive a couple hundred miles out of the way before I towed a trailer thru NYC. And, I'm a former 18 wheeler driver.
KD4UPL 02/10/20 05:37pm Roads and Routes
RE: Raising TC Off Bed

You don't want the camper supported by anything other than the truck bed floor. It shouldn't touch the bed rails, tailgate, cab roof, or anything else.
KD4UPL 02/03/20 07:51pm Truck Campers
RE: Charging camper batteries with generator?

I can't think of any reason to use the "12v output" from a generator. It's very low amperage, not regulated, and not very well filtered. It's put there as a marketing gimmick. Don't bother using it.
KD4UPL 02/03/20 07:49pm Truck Campers
RE: Generator

Although rated at that wattage, it probably doesn't output all the necessary amps from one outlet. Gotcha. I bet that's a loud one. I agree with this assumpiton. You can likely only draw 2,750 watts from each 120v outlet. That's if 5,500 is the continuous rating which it probably isn't. 5,500 is likely the surge rating. The continuous rating is probably 5,000 or less so you can only draw 2,500 or less from one 120v outlet. Giving the brand and model number would get you a lot more useful advice. Everyone here is just guessing.
KD4UPL 02/03/20 07:47pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Alternative Generator For our campers

It's an extremely over priced inverter. If you want an inverter then just buy a good quality one for a couple hundred bucks. Samlex, Xantrex, Victron, etc. are good brands.
KD4UPL 02/03/20 07:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Will my truck tow safely in the Smokys?

I'd do it. You are likely over the rated tow capacity but that's not a big deal in my opinion. You will be slow up hill with your foot on the floor. That's not unsafe, just annoying. I don't really see a safety issue if your rig is set up correctly with the right hitch. If you want to keep that truck then changing the gears would go a long way to improving your towing experience. I'd skip the 3.42 and go right for the 3.73 if you go to the trouble and expense of changing.
KD4UPL 02/02/20 02:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: Small trailer on F350 flatbed

I can't think of any reason why it wouldn't be legal as long as you keep it at 13' 6" tall or less. I just saw this about 2 weeks ago. It was a cab-over style flatbed truck with about a 20' travel trailer attached to the back. The trailer had the axles and springs removed and was sitting on the frame. Also, the tongue had been cut off to get it closer to the cab and have the door on the curb side. It was a neat little rig.
KD4UPL 02/02/20 06:46am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Replace a soundstream radio head

Contact Crutchfield. They're technical expertise and customer support on all things mobile electronics are top notch. I've buying from them since 1991 and I've never been disappointed.
KD4UPL 02/01/20 07:47pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 5.9 Cummins Diesel Towing capacity

I wouldn't worry too much about the towing capacity. I'd be more concerned about payload, tire, wheel, and axle ratings, and if you'll need some heavier springs or air bags. The extra 1,000 pounds isn't really a big deal. I would want the manual transmission in that truck. Dodge automatics were not the best and you'd only have 4 gears anyway.
KD4UPL 01/27/20 08:00pm Tow Vehicles
Sheets for non-standard beds.

I've been looking at bunkhouse model TT for our family of 5. It seems everybody makes bunks in all kinds of "random" sizes that do not match standard bed sizes. Do these trailers come with custom sheets to fit their odd sized mattresses? Are fitted sheets for these available? Are most people just not using sheets or just making due with ones that are too large? I wouldn't want my often dirty children lying directly on the mattresses. I also would find sheets much easier to launder than something like a sleeping bag. Just curious what others are doing. Thanks
KD4UPL 01/27/20 04:53pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Going back

Sounds like the perfect truck for TC if you don't have kids. I had to move out of my reg. cab 3500 when the babies started being born. How'd you get an 8.1 10 years before they were introduced?
KD4UPL 01/21/20 07:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Towing questions

Weigh your rear axle now. Add the additional weight of the new toy. Are you still within tire limits? Your rear axle is a 11.5" AAM axle rated by them at just over 10,000 pounds. If you're not over the tire or wheel limits you will be fine but might need some air bags or stiffer springs.
KD4UPL 01/12/20 07:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: Suggest a wind generator

You don't want a wind turbine. In order for most of them to make their rated power they need a wind of about 28 mph. That's pretty stiff around here anyway. They also need to be mounted at least 30 feet above anything within 500 feet. Even if you're in wide open spaces putting up a 30 foot mast and guying it off would be a lot of work. Then there's the noise and vibration a spinning turbine generates. Could you put a little one on a tiny mast and have it make a little bit of power in a light breeze? Maybe, but why? Just get another solar panel.
KD4UPL 01/01/20 03:56pm General RVing Issues
RE: Toyhauler weight vs truck capacity

LOTS of people towing with 2500 trucks are over their GVWR. Most of them have probably never weighed their truck or trailer. Really, as long as you aren't over your axle and tire ratings you should be fine. GVWR is not a legally enforceable number. If your axle weights added up to exactly the GVWR then you would have to get the truck loaded absolutely perfectly, to the pound, to take full advantage of the GVWR. The axle weigh rating is normally limited by the tires. The GVWR of a 2500 truck is normally limited by the magical 10,000 pounds where other DOT regulations kick in. That's the main reason for 2500 trucks, do stay under the DOT regs. If it weren't for that everybody would just drive 3500 SRW trucks and be done with it.
KD4UPL 12/30/19 07:57pm Toy Haulers
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