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RE: Ordering F-350 7.3 CCLB SRW - how big of camper can I get?

If you want, I could have my wife call yours and have her relate the story of what happened when our rear tire blew out on our SRW with the camper on the back. Either A. she will want the DRW or B. she will not want a TC. We load 6 8ft railroad ties in the bed for winter. Recently I purchased KO2’s so now this Dually sticks to the road—knock on wood…;) We’ve been using the railroad ties since we owned a ‘15 GMC 3500 SRW LB.
wjlapier 12/13/22 12:39pm Truck Campers
RE: A Camper Window with a View 3

This is at the St Joe River in Idaho this past Sept. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52557396802_c9e588cb83_z.jpg
wjlapier 12/11/22 08:14pm Truck Campers
RE: Electric Jack Issue/ Battery Storage

First part doesn't make sense. Unless you're trying to say the camper batteries were/are dead. Any smart maintainer will work for battery storage, as will disconnecting them fully charged and not doing anything. Maybe top them up every few months, but not totally necessary either. The batteries were dead. We left the camper somewhere longer than expected and went to retrieve it only to find no power to the jacks via the truck. A friend jumped the batteries and the jacks started to work. We tried the truck connection when we got home and still no power to the jacks so we used the power cord and got the camper off the truck. I’ll have to check the fuses again. As for a maintainer, any difference from using the power cord to charge the batteries? Keep them charged? Someone suggested taking the batteries out of the camper and maintain them in our garage. Finally, what is a popular maintainer to purchase should we go that route. Thanks a lot everyone.
wjlapier 11/17/22 03:13pm Truck Campers
Electric Jack Issue/ Battery Storage

So, hoping to gather some info in two items for our Host Everest camper. First, our electric jacks stopped working with the camper hooked up to our truck, but once we jumped the batteries the jacks started to work. Am I correct to assume a blown fuse in the truck? 2019 Silverado. I’ve opened the fuse box but am not sure which fuss to check. Kinda related, aside from running a power cable from our camper to our garage to keep the batteries charged during the winter, what kind of charger should we look at if we bring the batteries into our garage for the winter.
wjlapier 11/17/22 10:06am Truck Campers
RE: Host Everest Deadbolt Issue

easy solution take off the striker plate and file or dremel grind the hole in the plate larger on the edge that's catching and reinstall. I thought about that. And might do it. I’m just curious if this is unique to my camper, Host campers with the door on the side, or to campers in general.
wjlapier 09/10/22 05:33pm Truck Campers
Host Everest Deadbolt Issue

So, I’m not sure this is an issue with our camper or if it’s campers in general. Occasionally, or deadbolt won’t go into the lock opening. Called Host the first time this happened and they said to lower or raise the rear right corner which did help. But this past week I kept the camper on the truck and the deadbolt wouldn’t go in the opening until I raised the right rear jack. Looking at the lock opening it looks like maybe it’s installed a little high. Or, it’s this a typical issue with campers. Other that that and a tiny issue with the thermostat it’s been great so far.
wjlapier 09/10/22 05:05pm Truck Campers
RE: New Truck More Payload

I am missing the logic here. So your truck got stuck in the mud and you are thinking of getting a bigger truck so you can carry even more weight? More weight just further limits you to staying on good roads. I think the stick in the mud story was mutually exclusive of the payload thing. You’re right. Could have left that info out.
wjlapier 08/02/22 11:28am Truck Campers
RE: New Truck More Payload

Goes back to: The truck has a sticker that says cargo weight rating is 1772KG(3906lbs) “with this truck as manufactured”. Host sticker says “as equiped” 4350 I realize we’ve gone through this before but the camper weighing more than the manufacturer suggests is in my mind. We packed the camper with that info, and what I read here in my other thread. No issues what so ever driving from Washington to Montana with only stableloads upper and lower installed. So, forgetting about the getting stuck part, we would like to load up everything we usually do when we go to Montana, but also tow my wife’s car, and if need be, carry a full tank of fresh water. If pulling a small car won’t affect the uphill downhill driving over mountain passes ( 3 this trip ), then fine we can tow with the current truck. It’s all the extra stuff that adds up I’m concerned about. We would love to put the camper on a truck and hook up her car and be too concerned we are over weight or under powered. As for daily driving a stiffer suspension truck, I’m not too concerned about that. I appreciate the feedback and comments. Gives me something to think about while we decide what our next steps is. The Everest is a keeper, and we would like to tow the little car, so it evolves from there. Thanks folks.
wjlapier 08/02/22 11:27am Truck Campers
RE: New Truck More Payload

I’m still here. Just curious where some of you get your stats re: tire and axle ratings. I look for info and most of the time it’s to buy a truck, or towing. Not too much on payloads. And while I’m at it, how do you determine or know that pulling a car behind the truck with camper won’t affect braking? We’re still gathering info. We came across this Ford F550 with the flatbed camper. It didn’t look much higher or beefier than our Chevy. The payload is beyond what we need and would love to load up the camper, hook u0 my wife’s car, and go. Not think about weight. Speaking of, we are going through an area where we won’t have water so I plan on filling up the tank. This will add another ~500lbs to our payload. Instead of taking someone’s word I’d like to read something more official, no offense. I do appreciate to comments and ideas, but when it comes to driving a large truck with a large camper I want to feel peace of mind. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52258839215_2ee3db50a4_z.jpg
wjlapier 08/02/22 08:05am Truck Campers
RE: New Host Everest

11 nights in our Everest in Montana. True about the bathroom door. If possible I would give up the floor space for a rectangular bathroom so door isn’t angled in. Getting into our bed is fairly easy. We are 60 and 51. My wife enters from the bathroom side, myself the other opening by the fridge. Making the bed—we sleep on top of a comforter and use fleece blankets. Fold fleece blankets in the morning and smooth out the comforter. We chose a queen with windows on either side for light and air cross flow. I’ll post some photos in another thread.
wjlapier 07/15/22 08:10am Truck Campers
New Truck More Payload

We are in Montana at the KOA in St Mary. We have land up past Babb and was hoping to bring our camper ( Host Everest ) up there but too soggy and muddy. In fact we got our truck stuck and had to wait over night to get it out. The camper wasn’t on the truck thank God. Got me to thinking about a few things, one buying a new truck with much more payload than what our current truck has. Looked at the Dodge 5500 briefly ( there was one here at the KOA ), but nothing serious. We are also thinking of towing my wife’s Toyota RAV4. If we went with the Dodge 5500, I’m assuming we have plenty of payload capacity and some. There are many things we usually bring this way but didn’t to keep weight down. Most tools, but some camping stuff. We do a lot of work clearing trees and brush so we bring out chainsaw and weeder. We could use our small ladder as well. All this stuff adds up I know. What do you folks think?
wjlapier 07/10/22 10:49am Truck Campers
RE: Thinking about the next Tow Vehicle

Our first TT was a Starcraft Autumnridge no slide. We pulled it with two Suburbans and eventually a 1 ton truck. Scariest driving I ever experienced. Once we traded the last Suburban for a long bed GMC 3500 we barely noticed the trailer back there. We upgrade our TT several times same with our trucks. I would never again tow a TT with anything less than 3/4 ton ( and would prefer 1 ton ). We are hauling a Host Everest with a 2019 Chevrolet 3500 Dually. We are considering a Dodge 5500 for various reasons the main one payload. Good luck with your search.
wjlapier 07/08/22 08:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: A Little Help With Weights

Total weight was 14,020 full tank of diesel but no water in the camper. Just my wife and I. Took it out camping this weekend and it travelled well and so far everything worked fine. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52175416681_970eae0a4a_z.jpg
wjlapier 06/26/22 06:05pm Truck Campers
RE: Photo Thread - Post a Photo of Your Truck Camper Here

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52175425161_06bb68fb1f_z.jpg https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52175416681_970eae0a4a_z.jpg First time staying in our Host Everest. Our first truck camper and it was a little adjustment coming from a Grand Design TT. But we are thrilled with it.
wjlapier 06/26/22 06:01pm Truck Campers
RE: A Little Help With Weights

Quoted wrong person. I too get a slight kick out of folks riding their brakes down mountain passes. One steep downhill I drive on to go fishing I drop it in manual and shift to 2. Coast most of the way down. This same area we will take the camper often since it’s about 30 minutes away.
wjlapier 06/14/22 07:44am Truck Campers
RE: A Little Help With Weights

Just curious, could you use tow mode for going down a steep grade or exhaust brakes? I use it with an EMPTY truck! With nothing pushing the truck I just get it to the speed I want and let it coast. Unless the hill is EXTREME, the truck cruises right down the hill at whatever speed I chose at the top. Never have to touch the brakes. It always makes me giggle, watching the folks in front of me stab on their brakes every 2 seconds. Always hit the tow haul button when we took our TT out. From and to storage which was nearby not so much. Exhaust brakes going down a pass mainly on I-90 in Montana and Rogers Pass between Missoula and the turn to Augusta.
wjlapier 06/14/22 07:39am Truck Campers
RE: A Little Help With Weights

Just curious, could you use tow mode for going down a steep grade or exhaust brakes?
wjlapier 06/13/22 03:24pm Truck Campers
RE: A Little Help With Weights

Our planned big trip is next month. St Mary Montana area for near two weeks. Several mountain passes but should be fine since our trip from the dealership took us over the Cascades ( I-90 ) with that half tank of water we didn’t know was there. Our concern comes from our first experience towing a 30ft TT with a Suburban for three years. Too scary so we bought a GMC Denali 3500 SRW LB. Then we felt safe and never considered weight with the next three TT’s. Now like most folks we drag along too much stuff for “just in case” , so for now we are re-prioritizing our stuff. We just want to be safe. Next purchase will be new tires soon. We have used BF Goodrich K02’s for close to 7 years but that was towing a TT. I read the ride is mushy with a camper on the truck, but that was one persons experience. I read the Cooper AT3’s are supposed to be great tires. I’d like to go with the K02’s because they are so good in the snow. Anyway, I took the truck to a scale again and weighed the rear. 3520 with a full tank of gas. Soon I’ll load the camper on the truck and get some more scale numbers. With some good tires and smart loading I feel confident about or trip to Montana. And other trips around this area. Thanks for the feedback thus far.
wjlapier 06/10/22 12:05pm Truck Campers
RE: A Little Help With Weights

Still here.
wjlapier 06/09/22 12:13pm Truck Campers
RE: A Little Help With Weights

I have stable loads upper and lower only and the ride home was smooth and without any issues. Interestingly, I found out the camper still had the half tank of water the shop put in to do the walk through.
wjlapier 06/06/22 07:16pm Truck Campers
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