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RE: Would I ever be happy towing with a half ton truck

These uprated half-tons are rated for about all they can handle. On paper it looks like 3/4 tons aren't that much better, but the truth is they're a LOT stouter and can handle a lot more than the so-called ratings say. They aren't rated by the engineering dept., the ratings are based on taxable licensing numbers. You can find Dana 80 rear axles under 3/4 ton pickups. Dana rates that axle at 11,000 pounds. Its the same one Ford used to put under the F450. If you look at the actual components instead of brochure "ratings", you'll see how wimpy half ton, non-floating axle rear ends with one small bearing at each end, riding directly on the axle shaft, are and how strong full-floating axles with two large bearings at each end and a hub to take the load instead of putting it right onto the axle shaft are. I've broken half-ton axle shafts using them for heavy work. They're car axles. Not truck axles. You buy a half ton when you want a nice daily driver that can carry a dirtbike or an occasional appliance or a few sack of mulch. You buy a 3/4 ton or 1-ton if you intend to carry or tow heavy.
burningman 01/23/20 05:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Cargo trailers with tongue extensions

Seems many who replied misunderstood the question. This isn't about hitch extensions. No, a longer trailer tongue will not make the trailer tow "wonky', it'll make it tow straighter and more stable. A longer tongue will not increase tongue weight. And depending on your setup, it takes a pretty extreme angle to hit the camper. I stretched my trailer tongue four feet. It has plenty of clearance below the camper. It works great, and is much safer and better than putting the hitch four feet behind the truck. You don't have to install and remove any heavy junk every time you load or unload the camper. Nobody pulls heavy trailers on four foot hitch extensions without a camper on their truck, ever. It's obvious why not. Its no different when you do have a camper on. People do it because its the store-bought, bolt-on solution and stretching a trailer tongue is custom work.
burningman 01/23/20 05:21pm Truck Campers
RE: Lance Umbilical Mod

There’s a better thing to do. Remove the RV style 7-flat-pin connectors and install big-truck style 7-round-pin plugs and connectors. They’re much more robust, reliable, and they accept heavier gauge wire. The good heavy duty ones will take 10-gauge. 8-gauge on the ground. (Ground is bigger because there are a lot of 12v circuits, running lights, turn and stop, charging, etc that all supply +12V and all return through the same ground.
burningman 01/21/20 02:59pm Truck Campers
RE: Really Disappointing (T/C Weight)

Dry my camper took 40 pounds off the front axle. Loaded for camping with my small ATV trailer in tow they took 100 lbs off my front axle. That’s becuse you don’t have a real truck with duals and a long wheelbase...
burningman 01/15/20 01:33pm Truck Campers
RE: Eh Weight Police!

That was an article written by someone with no clue what they’re talking about and guessing about everything. Incorrectly. Lack of CDL is more likely the infraction, because it’s a truck & trailer with an over-26,000 GVW. If the overall length was over 75’ that’s also an infraction. It’s highly unlikely he was carrying anything at all, probably just moving the trailer. It’s nowhere near as stupid as some of you are claiming. Guys tow toy hauler trailers as heavy as that empty trailer and you all think it’s fine. He didn’t need a dually, he has the trailer on a dolly. The dolly is a dually. If he didn’t have a doubles/triples endorsement on his CDL, if he had one, that’s a problem too. We don’t know if he had the brakes hooked up. Maybe he did. It’s not impossible to do.
burningman 01/10/20 04:46pm Truck Campers
RE: 1 ton SRW debate

Buying a single rear wheel one ton to get more payload over a 3/4 ton is all smoke and mirrors. It’s the same hardware. The truth is the Dana 80 rear axle in an old Dodge 2500 has an 11,000 rating by itself. Others have a big Sterling axle. Same ones the 3500s have. It’s really all about tires. No matter what badges or rating stickers you put on a single rear wheel truck, it’s only got two tires to carry the load on.
burningman 01/10/20 04:33pm Truck Campers
RE: Weight capacity for 2019 Ram 1500

The center of gravity is the point where the camper should balance if you supported it on a single horizontal pole, running left-to-right. That absolutely does change when filling water tanks, adding batteries, cargo, etc. The original, empty camper COG stays the same but the real-world effective COG the truck actually sees changes from the factory spec.
burningman 12/03/19 12:43am Truck Campers
RE: Nice Looking Classic

That’s a 1971 F250. (Grilles are different than ‘72). I wonder how many modern, heavily computerized pickups will be running when they’re almost 50 years old? If you crash it, that solid steering column will impale you... but aside from that those were really great trucks.
burningman 11/29/19 01:52pm Truck Campers
RE: Best truck for Northern Lite 10-2

We in the West tend to over-truck, F150 properly configured may be more practical. We will have to assume you don’t know what a Northern Lite 10-2 is. It’s absolutely not F150 territory.
burningman 11/16/19 02:57pm Truck Campers
RE: Pick up for TC

Good luck calling the dealer for help with a new, over-computerized truck fritzes out in the middle of nowhere. Simplicity IS reliability.
burningman 11/14/19 12:53pm Truck Campers
RE: How to destroy a truck camper in .5 seconds.

That’s a better way to unload than using Happijacs.
burningman 11/10/19 07:56am Truck Campers
RE: Pick up for TC

The first thing that truck needs is wider mirrors, you can’t see around a camper with the ones it has on it. 2nd Gen Dodge tow mirrors They’re later model flip out mirrors that bolt to that ‘99. You need them. You can get manual ones or electric and heated. If you add heated ones and it didn’t have them already, you’ll need the heater control panel that has the switch and circuitry. Available on eBay. If you add power adjustable mirrors and the truck didn’t have that already, you’ll need the switch for that, also available on eBay. It mounts in a hole on the driver for that will have a cap over it if not originally equipped. The wiring is usually already there in the truck. Everything just plugs right in.
burningman 11/09/19 12:25pm Truck Campers
RE: Pick up for TC

That truck has a Dana 70 rear axle. Dana rates it for 7500 pounds, even though Dodge put a lower number on it. It’s probably a great rig. Your camper weight expectations aren’t realistic. Listed “dry weights” are pure fantasy land. In general, that truck should be fine with any camper in the 8 to 10 foot range. FORGET buying any half ton. 2500s are way under-rated. The biggest weight issue with half ton trucks is the wimpy rear axle. The wheels ride on the axle shafts, with one small bearing at each end. 3/4 tons generally have “floating” axles with a hub on each end that rides on two large bearings. The axle shafts just supply the power.
burningman 11/09/19 12:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Pick up for TC

There’s no such thing as a single rear wheel ‘99 Dodge 3500. If it has a manual transmission, it has a Dana 80 rear axle rated at 11,000 pounds, so if it’s a single rear wheel (2500) it’s limited mostly by the tires. If it’s a dually (3500) stock size tires will handle 10,800 pounds on the rear. That’s plenty. If it’s a single rear wheel 2500 with an automatic trans, it has a Dana 70. Those have enough capacity for single rear wheels, but if it has a lot of miles on it, beware the Dana 70 is known to fail and need rebuilding a lot sooner than the 80. The single most important thing about a ‘99 Dodge with a Cummins diesel is what engine block casting number it has. Specifically, whether it’s a “53 block”. If it is, DON’T buy it unless you’re ok with replacing the motor. 53 block Cummins have a very common nasty habit of cracking and they aren’t repairable. They were cast too thin and crack at the right rear. Look under the truck at the engine block. On the driver side, toward the front, down low. If there’s a “53” cast into it in inch high numbers, run away. If it says 54, 55, or 56 it’s fine. If it has a long series of 1/4 inch high numbers and letters, it’s the least common and most desirable Mexican block. (The 50-series blocks were cast in Brazil.) Seriously, read up on how to identify a 53 block Cummins and DON’T buy one. I’ve had two of them crack in my own truck. If it’s an automatic, it really needs some expensive upgrades. Plan on a $4000–$5000 performance-built transmission. Trust me, it needs it. If it was a 5th wheel hauler it may already have that done, but it’s hard to verify unless it has paperwork. The Diesel engine (I’m assuming it has that) does not lower the payload as so many people and even the factories tell you. All the camper weight goes on the rear. A lighter engine (gas) up front does not help carry a heavier load, you can’t get the weight of the camper up front anyway. There’s a lot more to pickup trucks than the length of the bed. How big a camper you want to haul changes a lot about what truck you need for it.
burningman 11/07/19 04:28am Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper Proctology

Great, another cool tool I didn’t know I needed. Stop telling me about those!!
burningman 11/02/19 10:53am Truck Campers
RE: 2WD or 4X4 for a truck camper

Frankly when somebody writes that 4x4 doesn't cost in thousands over the life of the truck, I think he must be idiot or liar. Anybody can come with different explanation? I probably can’t come up with an explanation you would understand... My experience owning many two and four wheel drive trucks doesn’t bear that out. I had a 2WD crewcab dually and parked on a steep hill with a camper and heavy trailer. Tried to back up, but couldn’t. The 4WD I replaced it with, same otherwise, did it easily because it had low range. I could rattle off other incidents half the day. Just recently I was coming up the trail out of my friend’s camping property on wet leaves and lost traction. Not goin’ nowhere, even with the camper weight and limited slip diff. A simple shift to 4WD and problem gone, truck not stuck. These examples are with the camper on. Even if it did cost thousands extra over the life of the truck - which it doesn’t - it would be worth it. And I’d get it all back in resale value.
burningman 11/02/19 05:14am Truck Campers
RE: Overloaded wheel Breakage

FYI/question - on a 1-ton, the tire, wheel, axle, spring and frame ratings tend to be max'ed out equally, so upgrading just one component doesn't necessarily buy you much. I read what seemed like a fairly competent posting elsewhere that the lug bolts (pattern, count, size) are another weight-rated link-in-the-chain to consider. While the tires always win the weakest-link award, I wonder where lug bolts fall in the line-up? Axles are in fact very under-rated by the truck makers. If you check with the axle makers, you’ll find that 3/4 and 1-ton rear axles are rated a whole lot higher than the truck makers claim. Upgrading wheels and tires gets you real benefits.
burningman 11/01/19 10:13pm Truck Campers
RE: 2WD or 4X4 for a truck camper

I guess if you can’t handle a four wheel drive because you’ll think you’re invincible and you’ll crash it, you shouldn’t buy one.
burningman 10/31/19 10:45am Truck Campers
RE: 2WD or 4X4 for a truck camper

The usually-exaggerated story about seeing 4WDs crashed in the ditch all the time is a poor driver issue, not a disadvantage to having 4WD. And it’s not even true in my experience, which includes having been a tow truck driver. I see a lot more 2WDs struggling in snow every winter. What is the advantage of not being able to drive the front wheels when you want to, besides being a little cheaper to buy the truck? None!
burningman 10/31/19 10:02am Truck Campers
RE: 2WD or 4X4 for a truck camper

4x4 isn’t even a correct term. That name came from WWII vehicles with a 4’x4’ cargo space. They happened to be four wheel drive but that’s not what “4x4” means. The best argument for 4WD I’ve witnessed was driving over the pass in the snow one day. A guy in a 2WD pickup suddenly spun out and hit the wall. It was because we were all on the throttle to climb uphill, but he broke traction and spun. Everyone else around was in 4WD and didn’t. While it’s a side benefit, the low-range gears in a 4WD transfer case are a big advantage in lots of situations. 4WD trucks have tons of advantages. 2WD trucks are a little cheaper. That’s basically it.
burningman 10/31/19 07:02am Truck Campers
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