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RE: Photo Thread - Post a Photo of Your Truck Camper Here

2018 Ram cab chassis 3.73 gear Aluminum flatbed with removable boxes. weight of boxes and bed 730#. truck camper fully loaded with my wife and me is 14280# Height is 11'6 ½". however I'll be adding air bags to increase ride ht another 1 1/2". which will bring ht. to 11' 8". Is this height of AC or roofline? The measurement was at the top of air conditioner, which was accurate. I was getting a little rub under bed ( due mostly to a week spring pack on passenger side.) Ram refused to do anything about it because the bed would have to be removed. As it sets now, I'm right at 11' 8". after a trip to the Monongahela national Forest in W.V. with lots of narrow two lane 20 mph twisties and a trip to the UP in Mi. I believe I have the suspension figured out.
scooterh 08/02/19 05:39pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck and camper height and overpass question?

Also pay attention to arch type tunnels. Some will have maximum height in the center at the zipper and a different height listed for the lowest mark at the fog line. Watch your speed. if you are within a couple inches, your suspension can compress on rough road and lift you enough to be over height. Watch for roads that have been resurfaced. Road crews have been known to forget to check overpass height after a resurface on an asphalt highway.
scooterh 04/14/19 12:30pm Truck Campers
RE: Photo Thread - Post a Photo of Your Truck Camper Here 2018 Ram cab chassis 3.73 gear Aluminum flatbed with removable boxes. weight of boxes and bed 730#. truck camper fully loaded with my wife and me is 14280# Height is 11'6 1/2". however I'll be adding air bags to increase ride ht another 1 1/2". which will bring ht. to 11' 8".
scooterh 03/31/19 10:07pm Truck Campers
RE: Test on uploading pics.

Thought I tried the drag and drop this time thanks
scooterh 03/31/19 07:32pm Truck Campers
Test on uploading pics.

Just took my first trip with new outfit. My wife and I left Oh., traveled thru WV, to south of Atlanta, back up thru Gatlinburg Tn." never again will I set foot in that tourist trap",up thru Pikeville Ky. and then home. We were on the road 7 days and 6 nights. About 2000 miles.Drove a lot of 2 lane and interstate. Averaged 12.8 mpg. 2018 Ram Cab chassis 3.73 gear ratio. Bigfoot 10.4. Aluminum flatbed weighs 535 lbs. Boxes weigh another 200lbs. Fully loaded on cat scale 14280 lbs./Users/glenharvey/Documents/IMG_0401.jpg/Users/glenharvey/Documents/IMG_0400.jpg/Users/glenharvey/Documents/IMG_0378.jpg
scooterh 03/31/19 04:47pm Truck Campers
RE: canopy/ tent

I really like the Clam for the ease of setup, but I like the Eurmax for versatility. I have an email into Eurmax asking if the water bottles that attach to canopy legs are safe to use for drinking water. I seriously doubt it, but would be nice if they could pull double duty.
scooterh 12/05/18 02:33pm Truck Campers
canopy/ tent

Looking for suggestions on a small canopy /tent to use while staying for extended time. I'm thinking something around 6' to 8'. Gazelle and Clam quickset looks interesting.
scooterh 12/03/18 07:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Alum. flatbed input.

Thanks for all replies. I have an email to Bigfoot for answers concerning center of gravity, wet weight with all options except gen. and using a 10 ft. flatbed. As a side note, I watched a video on Fast Lane Truck about a flatbed swap on a F350 single tire. Hope the link works.
scooterh 08/23/18 08:48pm Truck Campers
RE: Alum. flatbed input.

I checked with Alumline on aluminum flatbed for 10.4 a couple weeks ago, 10-12 weeks, $12-13k, and 100 lbs. per running foot. Was that quote for a flatbed or a alum. utility bed? A quote I got last year from Ravens trailer in Dover Oh. for just a deck, receiver hitch and wired lights in rear was less than $4000. Boxes would be extra. Deck would be less than 2 inches higher than frame rails with no cross members. Deck material is what they used on their flatbed trailers. I've put a 50000# single coil on 2 -4x4s in coil racks 4 ft apart, and never stretched the floor. Of coarse the design is different than I beams in conjunction with cross members, but I doubt I'd have more than 2 or 3 hundred #s on either side. Hard to say what the price would be with the increase in alum. costs. If everything falls into place and I choose Ravens to build deck, I'll take pictures of material and fabrication to post online. Keep in mind most of the weight with a truck camper is concentrated over the truck frame rails.
scooterh 08/23/18 03:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Alum. flatbed input.

fpoole......Man you have run the gambit. "He who dies with the most toys wins." you are lapping me. Optimistic Paranoid........That is a great link to Sherptek..Thanks. I have talked with the people who built and repaired my aluminum semi-flatbed trailers "Ravens" and a former employee that now has his own business building custom flatbeds. Both are more than willing to work with me on design. I have a call into Sherptek about cost and if they have worked with Bigfoot. Will contact Bigfoot to see if they have any recommendations.
scooterh 08/23/18 12:54pm Truck Campers
RE: Alum. flatbed input.

My insurance co. considers 4500 and 4500 series commercial. that makes it cost prohibitive. 4500 Ram has only about 500# payload increase, and a higher curb wt. If I get a Bigfoot 10.4 I may carry extra water since their gray and black tanks are large. as far as STUFF. I really like Stuff. Mosquito tent, inflatable boat, extra gas for Honda generator. pretty much anything I don't want in cab of truck or in camper. Heck, I may even get another English Bull Terrier. He would get the back seat. My next trip to Alaska will probably be in excess of 4 months. This next camper will be my second home. Maybe start spending time in the winter. I hear they play Pickleball out there. :) Arctic Fox 1150 can be used with the slide wall cranked in with no problem. Still I would prefer the Bigfoot for floor plan and clam shell design.
scooterh 08/23/18 10:55am Truck Campers
Alum. flatbed input.

New Guy here. A little background. I owned a 1996 Dodge extended cab 4x4 with 5.9 cummins. Hauled an older Coachman 11.5 slide in. ( which had the best floor plan i've seen) pulled a CJ 7 on car hauler from Ohio to all parts west. 1997 drove to Alaska with just the camper. Sold pickup and camper 10 years ago. 41 years of being an over the road Trucker ( Owner Operator), I never lost the yearning to travel. 2 or 3 times a year my wife and I head west either on a Harley, in a jeep. or taking an ATV to roam the mts.. Dreaming of the best camper combo for me always takes me back to a flatbed with storage under camper wings. Now that I'm on the backside of 60, I've decided to bite the bullet and buy a Ram C/C with an alum. flatbed custom built with either removable boxes under camper wings or hinged side rails that can be lowered to accommodate storage containers. The purchase of Ram will probably be as soon as Monday ,08/27/08. Campers that I have the most interest in are in order, the Bigfoot 10.4 ( love the panoramic view) and the Arctic Fox 1150. Also like Northen Lite, but they dropped the rear dinette. Is there anyone who has a configuration similar to what I have described that could offer any suggestions or what to not to do as to the length of the flatbed? Width will be 92 inches including rub rails. Bed may or may not have built in wheel wells to keep bed distance from bed floor to top of cab the same as a regular pick up. Thanks in advance.
scooterh 08/23/18 09:54am Truck Campers
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