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Mimisdad

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Posted: 11/14/20 05:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Does anyone have the specs for a 1997 Fleetwood Caribou 12 ft TC? I am most interested in the weight and if a F250 super duty could handle the weight safely. I know a F350 or so would be ideal but will a F250 be safe?
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Depends on the F250. F250s are not all the same. Payload is? Weight of the TC? What weight will be in the cab?


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I estimate 3,500 pounds dry...4,300 wet and loaded.

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I’ve heard they weigh 4000+ lbs, but you don’t know how much it weighs without going to a scale. If that is true, it’s too much for most F250s.


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I do own 2002 model, with slide and winterized it show 4300 lb.
6500lb coming back from long vacations.
Even when no slide might be 200 lb lighter, don't even touch it with SRW.





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Regardless of the weight, your truck has the 8' bed, right?


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Posted: 11/15/20 06:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Loaded my camper weighs 3960 lbs and I'm happy with how well my 2500HD handles it.

I really wouldn't want it to weigh any more than it does.

What body style and engine is your F-250?


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That camper belongs on a dually only.
My 2003 Fleetwood 11X was nearly 12' long. It weighed a bit over 4,000 pounds loaded for a trip. I had my family of five with me in the Chevy dually truck. We tipped the scales at about 13,000 pounds.
Unless you pack incredibly light and take no passengers I wouldn't even entertain putting that on a F250.

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The F250 has extended cab, 8 ft bed, 6.2L V8. I find contradictory information about payload capacity but it seems to be under 4000 pds. Some say 3000, others 3600. We will have only twee people on board.
I am asking this question because the truck and TC are for sale as a package. I wanted to make a bid but it sounds like I should pass.

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Payload capacity is taxable number and even if you get real number, it plays no role with TC, when most of the weight go on rear axle.
My Caribou actually shows COG behind rear axle and shaves about 300 lb from front axle.
Meaning 4300lb empty camper puts 4600lb on rear axle.
If the camper in question has no generator, it might be lighter empty, but you are not buying the size for carrying peanuts? Big camper calls for comfort and the only option would be getting dually for it.

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