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RE: When do you upgrade

Based on your budget and the truck you currently own, you are going to be hard pressed to find a camper large enough to do what you want it to do within the capabilities of your truck. To do everything you are looking for no less than an 855 Lance, or an 811 Arctic Fox Camper is in order. These are both short Bed campers with a single slide. To safely handle these campers and tow a boat they will need to sitting on a 1 ton dually, and there is only one manufacturer that builds a shortbed dually, Ram Megacab. You will need to really open up your wallet if you are serious about upgrading! Truck camping with all the amenities and roominess isn’t cheap.
bwlyon 06/28/21 09:10pm Truck Campers
RE: Need advice on my first camper truck

If you are looking for anything north of 3500lbs of cargo capacity, you need a 3500 SRW gas powered truck at a minimum, which will get you right at 4000lbs.
bwlyon 03/18/21 03:51am Truck Campers
RE: New Cooper tires behavior

Totally normal till you get some miles on the tires.
bwlyon 03/01/21 12:30pm Truck Campers
RE: New F350 owner seeks TC information

The quick and clean way to figure out how much camper you can put on your truck is figure out rear axle weight capacity, and tire capacity. Then go to a cat scale and weigh your truck with a full tank of fuel. Subtract the rear axle weight from the rear axle capacity, and subtract rear axle weight from tire capacity. Whichever is less is your actual payload capacity as a truck camper will not put but a few extra pounds on the steer axle if any at all. Example: rear axle weighs 3300, capacity is 6600, 3300 from 6600 = 3300 payload. Now go find a camper that weighs 2300lbs. The reason is you need to allow 1000 lbs for water, propane, gear, food and clothes. Trust me it all adds up!
bwlyon 02/05/21 12:06pm Truck Campers
RE: SRW 3500 Dodge work with a Arctic Fox 811

I have a similar set up. S85RS Ascent camper on our 2015, 6.4 gasser Megacab 3500 SRW. Just like the Arctic Fox 811, the ascent is a SB camper with a slide, and it is heavy just shy of 5K fully wet and ready to camp. Now the 811 is a few hundred pounds lighter though, but only a few hundred fully wet and ready to go. You are going to be over every where with the exception of the steer axle. The 811 like my camper really needs to be under a dually. Like you we get by with the SRW, but our next truck will be a dually. Our weight fully loaded and ready to go is as follows. 13000lbs GRoss weight. With 8700lbs on the rear axle. That’s 1600lbs over GVWR, 1700lbs over rear axle capacity, 1300lbs over tire weight rating for the pair of rear tires.
bwlyon 01/29/21 05:00pm Truck Campers
RE: Ram 3500 with factory airbags

You’re overthinking. The Ram air suspension is doing exactly what is supposed to do. If you want your suspension to sit a little lower use the Alt Ride Height button. Otherwise, don’t worry about it.
bwlyon 01/12/21 10:08pm Truck Campers
RE: Newbie Question About Tie Downs

We use torklift on our Ram 3500 SRW, and they do a good job of holding our S85RS Ascent Camper down. Expensive, yes, but definitely worth the price of admission.
bwlyon 12/16/20 12:18am Truck Campers
RE: 6.6 Ram

The 8speed is the same regardless of SRW or DRW. MPG difference will be 2-4 mpg less than a diesel, .5-1 mpg less SRW vs DRW. We have a 2015 3500 SRW and get 12-14 empty and 8-10 with camper and we don’t baby the truck. Average last 2, 5000 mile trips with camper was 9.4mpg. If all you do is haul a camper and occasionally tow something, there is no way you can make a diesel pencil itself out money wise. We have been looking for a dually and have found several with the diesel we like, but at the end of the day we don’t want the additional costs associated with the diesel, no matter how cool they are or how effortlessly they haul/tow. As has been stated, if you already own a diesel and it hasn’t got a 100000 miles on it, and is giving you no troubles keep it. On the other hand, if you just want to get a new truck, I wouldn’t hesitate to buy a 6.4 Ram or a new 7.3 powered Ford. Good Luck.
bwlyon 12/09/20 09:48pm Truck Campers
RE: Newbie questions

I think the previous owner was a bit of an extremely cautious type person. We have an aluminum framed Chalet camper with a slide and never has it crossed our mind to brace the slide when it is out, or the cab over when the camper is off the truck. We sleep in the overhead with the camper off the truck and have the slide out as well. As far as using blocks under the camper to store it, we let the weight of the camper rest on the jacks. With that said there is nothing wrong with using concrete blocks and resting the camper on the blocks with just a little pressure on the jacks.
bwlyon 12/04/20 12:06am Truck Campers
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
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