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jimh425

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Posted: 09/21/20 08:02am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I hope this is obvious to most people, but don’t fall in the trap of trying to follow a sports car through the curves with your truck/truck camper, or any other regular vehicle for that matter.

Coming down from one of the passes I had a newer GM SRW with newer truck camper attempt to follow me at the same speed. I wasn’t going that fast, but even the speed limit is fast when the recommended curve speed is 20 or more mph slower.

Luckily, he got his truck whoa’d up and made the curve. Afterwards, he immediately slowed down. I don’t think he realized that the recommended speed sign was for him. In any case, a reminder for those of you new to truck campers. They don’t handle like sports cars or even regular cars for that matter.


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Posted: 09/21/20 08:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good reminder, and I'm excited to actually get my 2002 Lance 811 on my truck!

I'm used to towing a 9k travel trailer, but with the Hensley Arrow hitch you could cruise at 70 mph easily in most conditions. Keep the gain and the lead on the trailer brakes turned up and stopping distance was decent.

I'll be running close to max with the Ram, but I'm holding off with any suspension mods until I make a few trips and see how she handles.

But you nailed my #1 concern: not so much the weight per se but how the height of the load will affect stability. Cross winds on the interstate and another concern.


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That reminds me of my new neighbor when I saw he had an AF-990..He has it in a newer Chevy DRW so I asked..How does it handle and he said..If the corner mph says 35..You better be going 35 mph because I learned the hard way, with my AF-990..

So many are getting into truck camping without any idea on sway and instability..


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Posted: 09/21/20 09:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

jaycocreek wrote:

So many are getting into truck camping without any idea on sway and instability..


I think this applies to driving in general... So many are getting behind the wheel with no idea how the vehicle they're driving handles, and get themselves into trouble.


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It applies to much more than listed.
My close friend drives Honda and often rides with me in Mercedes.
I have "genetic" love for sharp cornering and from time to time my friend comments "I would roll my Honda at this speed"





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Posted: 09/21/20 09:50am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

“but with the Hensley Arrow hitch you could cruise at 70 mph easily in most conditions.”

Over a hundred feet per second. Ever try an emergency stop from 70?


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mkirsch wrote:

jaycocreek wrote:

So many are getting into truck camping without any idea on sway and instability..


I think this applies to driving in general... So many are getting behind the wheel with no idea how the vehicle they're driving handles, and get themselves into trouble.

I think the scary part is, someone gets in a top heavy vehicle and doesn't realize it will not handle like a Mustang or any lower riding car.
Common sense isn't so common.

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mkirsch wrote:

I think this applies to driving in general... So many are getting behind the wheel with no idea how the vehicle they're driving handles, and get themselves into trouble.


I think modern technology compensates for a lack of driving skill. Even older cars updated with modern suspension components do not handle as good as modern computer controlled suspensions. Left, Right, Stop, Go seem to be the only constraints to driving, 'plan ahead' is no longer prevalent.


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Posted: 09/21/20 04:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Uh.....Jim, all I wanna know is.......
What kinda ‘Stang?

But yes, yellow speed limit signs. Pay attention when hauling.

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NRALIFR wrote:

What kinda ‘Stang?


This one ... at wife’s parents.

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