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RE: Is it common to remove your truck camper at your camp spot?

I've offloaded it in campsites several times. It depended on how long we were staying, whether we wanted to use the truck, and how level and solid the ground. When off the truck, most campers are easier to get in and out of. I will say loading and unloading on firm, level ground is much easier than on a slope.
WarrenS65 04/08/22 12:13pm Truck Campers
RE: DRW vs SRW safety, tire blowout

3 1/2 years ago I leased a Smart electric car to use as a daily driver. The total cost of the lease down payment, monthly payments, insurance, maintenance, and charging was the same as the gas for my 8.1l Chevy DRW. On top of that, Calif. gave me a $2500 rebate. It was also really nice to drive around town. At the end of the lease, I let it go because I only had a year and a half left before I retire and won't need a commuter car. So from 2005 to 2018 and since last November, my Chevy long bed, crew cab, 4x4, DRW has been my daily driver. Is it more challenging in crowded parking lots? Yes. I rarely park in the front of the lot. Does it have the turning circle of a warship? Yes. A few more three point turns. Does it cost a fortune to fill up the tank (especially in Calif.)? Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! But I've taken it through many-a drive through and only had to back out once (it was a bank). I've even taken my 20' trailer through with me a time or two. Opening the doors in a tight space is no different than an SRW. If you tilt your mirrors down, you can see exactly where your tires are in relation to the parking space lines. There are other downsides to a DRW as well. Can't take it through a drive through car wash, rear tires are a pain to fill/check, tire replacement is 50% higher, etc. Know your vehicle, be willing to walk a little farther, and your DRW will be good to you. A DRW may be less convenient for some things, but IMNSHO, if you "need it" for your camper/trailer/etc., it's worth the tradeoff. I daily drive my dually. It goes thru bank and restaurant drive thrus a couple times each week. It fits in parking spaces just fine. This may be regional. I have personally had to back out of bank drive throughs and dont even bother trying to make it through fast food drive throughs with my dually. I agree. I have plenty of issues with my SRW camper rig or even with the crew cab/8 ft bed truck by itself. I cannot get in or out of the parking spaces for most stores. Sometimes I can park in the back of the lot but for crowded lots I cannot park at all. The width can be cramped but the space between rows is a bigger issue.
WarrenS65 04/08/22 11:58am Truck Campers
RE: DRW vs SRW safety, tire blowout

When I was running my Lance 961 on a 97 Chevy 2500, I had 2 left rear blowouts. First one was with the camper going about 70, second one was with the camper and a 7000# trailer going about 65. Both times, I felt the truck shudder and start "sloshing" around. I put on the hazards, eased off the gas, and pulled over to the right. Changed the tire and back on the road with no loss of control. I also had a right front blowout on an Isuzu pickup going 80 and had no loss of control. I didn't have a cabover camper, but I did have camper shell loaded with camping gear. I was never worried about loss of control on a rear blowout, but I'm still concerned about a front blowout with a top heavy camper, in a turn. I switched to a DRW, not because I was afraid I'd lose control, but because I found my tires were running right at the limit and I wanted a better margin. I also feel like the DRW was more stable than the SRW, but that could be the springs. Also possible going to 19" wheels on the SRW would have helped. The front tire blowout is scary. I would be really interested in how a SRW w/ a truck camper would handle a rear blowout. Maybe not as big of a deal in terms of loss of control as one might think. I hadn't thought of run flats. Not sure how much they would help with maintaining control at highway speed. To some extent, it seems like the only way you die is if you hit the sh*tty lottery and have an unlikely blowout at an inconvenient time (e.g. around a curve into traffic or of a drop). Back in the late '60s up to the early '80s I had truck campers (8'- 9.5'-10.5') on my 3/4 and one ton drw work trucks. So all my trucks had tires that weren't overloaded by any means. Of the 9 different trucks I had in service the only one I wrecked from a blowout was on a one ton drw Ford. Twisty winding roads in southern AR my right front tire blew out with the usual sudden lose of air pressures making a left hand 50 mph curve and a loaded 18k gvwr GN flatbed pushing me. Off the road the rig went to the right and across the old style concrete culvert with a 10" tall concrete upright taking out the Fords front suspension....shoved the engine up into the firewall and dash. Tranny bell housing broke and jammed the tranny tail shaft up through truck floor right behind the front seat...and of course the rear axle was torn loose one side. In that type of work and the miles we drove a blowout on those old bias ply 16-16.5" tires/wheels was a fact of life. Soooo... we had plenty of run flats and actual blowouts on road service LDTs rear that simply was no problem getting the rig shut down....unlike a front tire blowout. I've noticed some rv folks have some wild/funny theories about subjects like over loading....tire blowouts.....weights/etc. BTDT with srw and drw blowouts. I'm in the moot point camp.
WarrenS65 04/08/22 11:35am Truck Campers
RE: Bedding in overhead beds in T/C

When it's just me, I use a sleeping bag. My wife insists on sheets. I say ok, but you put them on.
WarrenS65 04/06/22 08:59pm Truck Campers
RE: Delays in camper buiddate

Update from Ford a month ago was for the truck to be ready to ship on 4/21. Monday I got the e-mail saying it's in production/assembly. Hoping I get it in time to put 1000 miles on before loading the camper. The closer it gets, the harder the wait. As of last week, the manufacturing date on my Everest has slipped about 2 weeks from 5/24 to 6/10. As much as I wish they could keep to the original date, I would rather they take the extra time to build it right. I'm also happy they're willing to let me know the dates are slipping as they find out. I would rather know about the delays as they happen instead of scheduling time off and then fining out a week or two before delivery that it's going to be another month. There's still no update on the truck, and Ford doesn't give out any scheduling until the vehicle is in manufacturing. My dealer thinks there may few if any 2023 model Super Duties as Ford may have oversold the 2022.
WarrenS65 04/06/22 08:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Delays in camper buiddate

If you buy the teardrop, you can store it under the cabover when they're both off the truck. Congrats, it's got to feel good to finally get your hands on her. Enjoy it and the weather out there. I know it's the pic but the tear drop trailer in the back ground looks like it's for a doll. Have a great trip back, go as slow as you can and enjoy it. Host builds a great product.
WarrenS65 03/09/22 08:37am Truck Campers
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