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RE: What truck are you using?

Nothing less than a 1 ton dually will do for a triple slide host camper. If you’re looking for maximum payload a gas engine with a standard cab is the ticket, but a crew cab gasser will get you to 6k of payload. Even with a gasser you may be a little over 14k fully wet and ready to roll, consider yourself informed. As stated before a triple slide host will weigh in at around 6k with all the goodies, full water, propane, food and drink, clothes, and gear.
bwlyon 11/19/20 12:18am Truck Campers
RE: Ford 7.3 gas engine

I have test driven the dually and SRW Ford F-350 with 7.3 gasser both had 3.73 gears. The 10speed is smooth as butter. Power was really good, but it doesn’t feel like a race car off the line when you mash the gas. That is to be expected as the trucks weigh almost twice as much as a Mustang. Exhaust note was really good too when your on gas really hard. I think that the 7.3 is going to be a thirsty engine when it comes to mpg, but I’d never buy the cammer motor. For complete transparency, I own a 2015, Ram 3500 SRW, Laramie Longhorn Mega Cab, 6.4 Hemi, 3.73 axle ratio, with the upfitter switches. With that said, these are my gripes, the Dually 7.3 King Ranch interior isn’t up to par with the Longhorn Ram. There are far to many hard plastics compared to the Longhorn. I don’t car much for Fords infotainment system either. I also didn’t like the way the upfitter switch wiring is set up either. Here are my likes, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, Ram needs to add a telescoping steering wheel which is huge for me. I like my sweet slid way back and be able to bring the steer wheel closer to me. The suspension is set up really nice and the ride empty is **** good compared to the Ram. I also, like that Ford went back to cam in block and port fuel injection with the 7.3. I’m gonna upgrade to a dually in the next few years and am torn. I love my Longhorn, but the Ford 7.3 is very appealing. I’d like to see Ford offer a 4.10 axle ratio as an in between to the 3.73 and 4.30.
bwlyon 11/04/20 07:56pm Truck Campers
RE: Seeking advice on new TC purchase

Ha, a bit of a drive! I live in the Kansas City Area and drove over a 1000 miles out to TCW in NH to purchase a truck camper. Found a used Ascent 85RS they had in stock. No regrets, the guys there were very good to us. If I’m in the market for an upgrade they would be my first call! Consider the drive an adventure. Now as for the northern lites they are very nicely crafted campers, but are one of the most expensive as well. If you don’t mind spending the money get what you want, but do take the time to drive up and TCW and look at all the brands they carry just to make sure you really want to lay down the money.
bwlyon 10/30/20 04:51am Truck Campers
RE: We're Baaaack - thanks!, and 2 questions

Forget the Brophy mounts and get the Torklift’s with the fast guns. I wouldn’t hesitate to try the new 7.3 gas powered Super Duty if you wanted to save some money.
bwlyon 10/05/20 07:10pm Truck Campers
RE: Ford 7.3 gas burner mpg hauling TC

A good guesstimate is 8-10 mpg with a full size hard side camper slide in camper. Figure 12-15 mpg empty.
bwlyon 09/16/20 11:01pm Truck Campers
RE: Used TC: does it have a lien?

If the person you are purchasing the camper from is the original owner, there should have been an MSO which is a manufacturers title given to the purchaser. However, sometimes the dealer will hold onto the MSO. The original purchaser can call the selling dealership to see if they retained the MSO. If they did, the original purchaser can call and request the MSO, and explain that the camper is being sold to a person that requires titling and registration. Also make sure there are no liens on the camper.
bwlyon 09/11/20 07:10am Truck Campers
RE: Chalet TS116 Experiance

As an owner of a S85RS Ascent by Chalet, I can say Chalet built very nice campers. The one thing to be aware of is they are very heavy. Mine weighs in at roughly 4800 lbs fully wet and ready to camp. I love the storage, the wet bath and all other amenities the camper offers.
bwlyon 08/13/20 11:46pm Truck Campers
RE: New to Truck Camping

Welcome to the rude awakening of trying to figure out what Truck camper to get with not much cargo capacity. This is especially true when you initially have high expectations of your truck to haul a nicely equipped and sized truck camper. I know the dilemma, been there done that! I thought I’d hit pay dirt with a gas powered Ram 3500 with 4060 pounds of payload, only to be let down when I bought a nice camper with a claimed wet weight of 3250 lbs. The true wet weight ready to camp was just shy of 5000 pounds. I’m overweight everywhere but the front axle. Which brings be to this, the campers you are indeed looking for are going to be smaller campers with minimal frills to stay under the manufacturer’s guidelines. To be honest an 8.5 foot pop up camper is gonna be the most like candidate. However, if you don’t mind going over your GVWR, but under your rear axle capacity an 8.5 foot hard side camper will likely work. No 9-12 footers with all the bells and whistles they are going to be to heavy. Good luck.
bwlyon 07/20/20 02:52am Truck Campers
RE: Reddog1 "Wayne"

RIP, a great loss indeed.
bwlyon 07/02/20 12:11pm Truck Campers
RE: Any thoughts on a repair?

I have a 2012 Ascent that is aluminum framed did the same thing. Fortunately it jus a stress delamination not a structural. I just live with it. If you’re wood framed it’s likely rot related.
bwlyon 07/01/20 07:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Poll: How many 1T TC haulers have no modifications?

2015 Ram 3500 4x4, mega cab, SRW, Hemi, factory air suspension, zero mods. Haul a 2012 Ascent S85RS by Chalet with no issues, but it will lean in the corners a bit. It has no rear sway bar because of the factory air suspension. Now that hellwig has a sway bar for it I may add one. This camper really needs to be on a dually, just under 5000k ready to camp, but I’m to cheap to spend the money!
bwlyon 06/27/20 08:08am Truck Campers
RE: My (our) Ultimate Truck Camper Body Build

I’m sure you have already decided on where to put the spare, but I can’t tell based on the pictures. So, don’t forget to make spot for the spare tire! Looks great! Whoops! Disregard, I looked a little closer. That is an awesome build!
bwlyon 06/19/20 09:14pm Truck Campers
RE: Bed Mat

Yep that will work, I have that mat in my Ram 3500. Love it.
bwlyon 05/25/20 10:59pm Truck Campers
RE: Disadvantages of running a 65PSI vs 80PSI E Tire?

65 vs 80 PSI depends largely on the load on the tires. My SRW 18” Tire’s with camper on are set at 80 psi and my camper is heavy. Really heavy, I’m over weight on tires and axle, so I run them at max pressure and watch the TPMS like a hawk and feel the tires at every stop to check for excessive heat. Heat is a big concern when you start lowering tire pressures because lower pressures add flex to the sidewalks and thereby adding heat. To much heat can cause a tire to fail. Your best bet is to weigh your truck and see how much weight on the tires and determine if can safely run at 65 psi.
bwlyon 05/18/20 05:33pm Truck Campers
RE: Need Guidance on Buying the Right Truck

A late model F350 or Ram 3500 Crew Cab, 4x4, SRW, with a gas engine should net you a 4000 pound payload. Pay attention to the sticker inside the drivers door as there should be a payload sticker with the cargo capacity. My 2015 Ram Megacab shortbox 3500 4x4 SRW 6.4 hemi has a payload of 4069 pounds. Also the 18” wheel tire combo will net the greatest tire capacity, avoid the 20” wheels.
bwlyon 04/27/20 06:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Do you drink.......

We drive bottled water and use the tanks fresh water for showering, brushing teeth, doing dishes etc. we sanitize tank once a year in spring. We would drink from fresh tank, but primarily don’t to extend boondocking range.
bwlyon 04/21/20 07:22am Truck Campers
RE: Interesting times to be shopping for my new truck camper

Interesting times indeed. I agree with the wait and see approach, but in the meantime figure out exactly what camper best fits your needs. Like you, I too wonder if the entire economy is going to collapse over the next few months, which could create some unique buying opportunities for those with the wherewithal to act. I’m fortunate to have a job in healthcare and always required to work regardless the chaos going on. I’m now torn as well, on purchasing a new truck for our camper, and possibly an adventure van/grandkid hauler. I’m thinking now is the time to wait for some smoking good deals that will likely come in the next several months, since we really can’t be out traveling at this time. My belief is we are gonna be locked down for the next few months till either a vaccine is created, or the virus is contained. In the meantime, we’re going to work and dream of our next vacation!
bwlyon 03/22/20 03:55am RV Lifestyle
RE: Thanks..and a Slide Question

As being fortunate to have an S85RS Ascent by Chalet with a slide, but is fully functional with the slide in here is my take. When we are just rolling down the road and moving every day we tend to leave the slide in. Then when we unload the camper and stay camped at a site for 2 nights or more we move the slide out. The extra room is nice. So my advise is if you are a type of person who likes to stay put for a few days get a camper with a slide. On the other hand, if you are always on the move a non slider will probably suffice. What would be great is if someone would build a camper that would be fully usable with the slide in or out would be awesome.
bwlyon 03/05/20 03:36am Truck Campers
RE: How do you get to your spare tire with the camper on?

I moved the spare to the front of our 2015 Ram 3500. This was accomplished by mounting a receiver hitch and receiver mounted tire carrier. The benefits are two fold: 1. The spare is easy to get to. 2. It effectively took 175lbs of the rear axle.
bwlyon 03/01/20 06:01pm Truck Campers
RE: Ram 3500 DRW 6.4 8sp for TC?

We still have our 2015 Ram 3500 with the 6.4 and 3.73 gear ratio, and we get along just fine. With that said, if we bought a new truck we’d add the 4.10 gears.
bwlyon 02/22/20 08:59pm Truck Campers
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