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RE: Bought another truck, being overweight no longer a problem.

The M35 started as a 1949 REO Motor Car Company design for a 2½-ton 6x6 off-road truck. This original 6-wheel M34 version with a single wheel tandem was quickly superseded by the 10-wheel M35 design with a dual tandem. The basic M35 cargo truck is rated to carry 5,000 pounds (2,300 kg) off-road or 10,000 pounds (4,500 kg) on roads.
jaycocreek 02/24/20 01:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Bought another truck, being overweight no longer a problem.

There's always a limit to every truck. Yup,and you got the SRW version(M-34) which also has a limited off road weight of 5K and why they call it the Deuce and a half..They quickly went to the M-35 DRW.. The military even went through this SRW vs DRW fiasco....
jaycocreek 02/24/20 09:14am Truck Campers
RE: Bought another truck, being overweight no longer a problem.

Used to drive one of those and there noisy but put a set of chains on the front and they will chew through a log like a chainsaw..
jaycocreek 02/23/20 06:00pm Truck Campers
RE: AF 1140 Dry Weight

I found two different dry weights for this camper. I found 4,060 lbs. on the Trailer Camper Magazine site and 3,465 lbs. on the AF site. Both sites mention adding the mandatory 595 lb. option package to the dry weight. I'm wondering if maybe TC Mag had already added the option package to their dry weight.Does anyone know which to be correct? Am I missing something? TC Mag. Arctic Fox Thanks, Riley If you do some research,you will find TC magazine weights are pretty darn close to actual weights,some with the option,others not... By asking here your getting different weights because everyone camps and packs differently..If your pack'in chains/generator/iron skillets and a bunch of extra's,your going to be heavier by alot,if you pack just the basics,your going to be much lighter and we all pack differently.. TC mag is pretty spot on on there weights..Example AF-990..TC mag list it as 4791 wet..many here say they are 4800# ready to camp with the AF-990..Options and what you pack will make a small difference in most cases..
jaycocreek 02/23/20 08:36am Truck Campers
RE: Over weight? Does it bother you?

Does it bother me? No, not now. My previous truck that hauled this camper was a 1995 F350 CC DRW with a GVWR of 10K. It scaled at over 12.6K with all our gear loaded for a long trip, and as shown in the pic below, I wasn’t worried about it either. The truck by itself weighed 7280 lbs with two people and full fuel tanks. With the camper loaded, the front axle weight went up by less than 50 lbs. But at least it went up, not down. There’s a lot that can’t be seen in the picture though that contributed to my “no worries” attitude. In addition to the Alcoa Hotshot wheels and Michelin XPS tires that you can see, the inner wheels on the rear axle were higher rated Accuride steel from the F450 van of that generation. I had two extra leafs in the overload springs and airbags, plus Rancho 9000 shocks. The brakes had been improved somewhat, but there was only so much you could do with the rear drum brakes. I put a US Gear exhaust brake on it to keep from using the service brakes so much on long downhill grades. Before doing all that (and many more performance upgrades), I was looking at newer trucks. Ford was in the 6.0 Powerstroke era by then, and I chose to sit it out. When the F450 pickups came out, I jumped on one as soon as I could afford to because as far as I was concerned they had everything I was wanting on a heavy TC hauler and then some. Higher rated axles, better brakes, 19.5’s, exhaust brake, and a much tighter turning radius. The only thing I didn’t like about the 2010 was the 6.4 Powerstroke, which is why I have a 2016 now. :):) Thanks for posting that on your old '95 Ford DRW..I have basically the same thing and the axle rating from Sterling is 8250# for the second gen 10.25.Easy enough to upgrade to the 10.5 gears but I have been curious just how large of a TC I could put on it without exceeding the 8250 by much..My guess was an AF-990 would just about do that and your Lance 1121 would put it over by 450#...I am only 6000# even now with my 9.6 non-slide.. The wife has me looking for a larger TC but I'm fighting tooth and nail not too for the ease of backcountry camping...LOL
jaycocreek 02/22/20 09:15am Truck Campers
RE: Over weight? Does it bother you?

From spending time in here lots of people have said that they were over weight with the camper. I'm over weight. Does it worry you? Does it keep you from going where you want to go? How much "cushion" do you think the truck and tire manufactures build into their products? 5%? 10%? 15%? 20%? I have no worries about the capability of my truck or tires nor do I believe that I'm unsafe. How about you? The key word in your question is..Drum roll..From spending time here..LOL I live in a ranching and logging area where everyone is overloaded with something..DRW's pulling log skidders/tractors and ranching stuff and wood getters with wood piled two feet over the cab.. I see trailers on the side of the road with broken axles from weight but never pickups and there overloaded driving extreme wash boardy roads in a hurry to get home..Blowouts on trailer tires quite often because there the forgotten tire,but never on a loaded pickup... I have a scanner and here all about RV and truck misadventures,especially on Whitebird hill just out of town..RV transmissions catching fire is #1 and spun out trucks and RV's #2 with pickups pulling an RV passing then wrecking coming in a close #3.. Nothing in 10 years about a pickup truck camper having a blowout or breaking an axle and a whole lot of calls to AAA and disappointed/stranded customers from out of state... It is the internet where everything is true..Laffin Take care and service your rear end regularly and keep new tires on your rig and don't speed and you will probably never have a problem other than on the internet....LOL
jaycocreek 02/21/20 10:28am Truck Campers
RE: Over weight? Does it bother you?

For those saying 10%, 20%, 30% over is OK, I'm wondering what engineering basis you are depending on? The actual axle rating put out by the axle maker is easy to find..I assume the others are also.. Until getting the internet,I had never weighed anything other than semi trucks..I have had big campers on 1/2 and 3/4 ton trucks/hauled horses with the TC on also..Never a broken axle or blown out tire but I keep new tires and the truck serviced regularly.. After reading here,I was over on about everything and the only thing I ever added was springs.Never had a sway bar until now because it was on the truck I bought... The secret is speed and I don't..60 is my top speed loaded up towing or hauling..Saw to many things turn bad(RV's etc) at speeds over that driving the hiways in my semi truck..
jaycocreek 02/21/20 09:38am Truck Campers
RE: Best *mid priced* Kinetic Recovery Rope?

I missed this one first time around. All of you have forgotten a very important piece of off road equipment. A good comfortable pair of boots. You will walk out some day. Experience from a lifetime of coal mine and oil field lease roads. Not me..LOL..I once walked out 10 miles wearing a brand new pair of cowboy boots and have a minor scar today from it..(laffin).Stuck a CJ-5 with a Warn winch without anything or anyone around for miles and nuttin to hook the winch to right in the middle of the MF of the Boise river towards Atlanta.. I now always have tennis shoes in my rig..Awe..The days of fun..Fond memories..
jaycocreek 02/21/20 09:14am Truck Campers
RE: Thinkg of an Arctic Fox 990 - discount % off new?

That’s a good fight to have. Throw in the towel and go buy a new 990. Just for kicks and giggles,I typed in 35K in an RV loan estimator and was totally shocked at the payment amount and especially,the total interest paid....Dang...Not in my budget...The interest was like 15K...
jaycocreek 02/20/20 10:10am Truck Campers
RE: Thinkg of an Arctic Fox 990 - discount % off new?

I frequently check Craigslist and have noticed recently that there are many less TCs for sale than in the past. I’m not sure if newer is better but I also wasn’t impressed with the new Lance campers. Especially with a $35k plus price tag. I’m in the market for a small class C or leaning toward a DRW and larger TC. My favorites are still the early Lance Max models like the 981 or 1181/1191 in the 2005-2011 year range. They were well built and had a lot of features. And the best thing is you can find them for as low as $12k up to $20k for a really nice one. Same with the AF. I agree with the older Lances vs the new,I look at CL every day in our area or within 200 miles at truck campers and affordable Class C's,if they exist..LOL..Most people are wanting gold for used RV's,dang near the new price. I had a Class C that just would not hold up to the constant wash boardy dirt roads without breaking a seal in one or two trips so I went back to a TC(not built off the frame)..I didn't want a big one,just super stability for the off canter places I go hunting..The wife won out and we got a 9.6 ft older Lance..I have not had one issue with it since I bought it.. Our new neighbor moved here from Oregon with an AF-990 and the wife now wants more room than our lance has and the fights on..LOL
jaycocreek 02/20/20 09:20am Truck Campers
RE: Registration Rant

The one that I marvel at is when Utah collects sales tax on the private sale of a vehicle. As does Idaho..Buy a vehicle anywhere even if there is know sales tax and register that new rig in Idaho,you pay sales tax on it first thing..So states with no sales tax means nothing to an Idaho resident.. A couple of years ago the car and truck was like $34 a year to register,now with the new law it runs about $60 for the soccer mom van and it was $83 for my pickup registered as a truck(over 10K) up to 16K in weight.. Better than most but it still sux..
jaycocreek 02/20/20 09:07am Truck Campers
RE: Help. Will This Work?

Laughing... I sold my 8.6 ft Lance to a guy with a dodge 3500 short bed.He left the tailgate down and put the TC on and drove off..It looked great and he still has it and says it handles just fine...I think it looks kinda cool with the tailgate on with room on each side for "stuff".. So yes, from experience it will work fine...
jaycocreek 02/18/20 12:03pm Truck Campers
RE: RV Superbag

We used A Coleman 15 degree double sleeping bag for years in our Class C bunk and two truck campers until we wore it out ...Loved it...We use single camo sleeping bags now...No bed making required and it looks if needed.....
jaycocreek 02/17/20 03:46pm Truck Campers
RE: Seven Truck Camper Videos - Seattle RV Show 2020

My two show favorites were First In Show to the Adventurer 856 Mid Wet Bath and a close second to the NorthernLite 10-2 Which Adventurer is the 856,they don't show a 856 so I assume it is either the 89RB or the 86FB..Adventurer truck campers are underrated on the internet in my opinion..I have been in a 86RB and it was rock solid and easily compares to Lance in my opinion.. How did the AF 865 seem room wise,you had issues filming the 865 which you noted..
jaycocreek 02/16/20 08:30am Truck Campers
RE: Seven Truck Camper Videos - Seattle RV Show 2020

Adventurer 856?
jaycocreek 02/16/20 05:29am Truck Campers
RE: Alternative Generator For our campers

I think if you refer to your owners manual you will see it is not advised to idle your pickup diesel for long periods like over 3-5 minutes if memory serves me..
jaycocreek 02/15/20 12:01pm Truck Campers
RE: Alternative Generator For our campers

Idling Causes Excessive Engine Wear • Running an engine at low speed (idling) causes twice the wear on internal parts compared to driving at regular speeds. According to the American Trucking Association, such wear can increase maintenance costs by almost $2,000 per year and shorten the life of the engine.
jaycocreek 02/15/20 09:25am Truck Campers
RE: Front Hitch receiver F-250

Looking at a front receiver for my truck,I noticed both Curt and Draw Tite had tow hooks on the hitch, which would make it easy to snug it down as pictured above with turnbuckles... Assuming your Curt hitch your looking at does not..
jaycocreek 02/14/20 11:27am Truck Campers
RE: My Folding Porch

Cool idea...How was it attached?
jaycocreek 02/12/20 05:46pm Truck Campers
RE: Can’t afford new air bags right now

My dually came with air bags...The previous owner had a big TC on it but I don't need them with my 9.5ft TC..They interfere with contact to the overload spring aired down as far as I dare go...I now have to add something to the springs so they make contact with the helper... Air bags may be good for huge truck campers/fifth wheels or travel trailers but not on smaller truck campers..
jaycocreek 02/08/20 11:07am Truck Campers
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