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LadyRVer

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Posted: 01/23/21 07:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My truck capacity was like 2,800 pounds... I found a Palomino, hard side, no slide, that was perfect for my truck. Fully loaded, came in at 2,400 #. Added airbags to the truck and it handled perfectly. Had it in high winds on I-10 headed to Amarillo and fortunately was only about 90 minutes from destination.. Without looking up the paperwork, I think it was an 811 model, 2019 model.

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Posted: 01/23/21 07:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Found these two Palominos...

1860# dry weight:

Palomino HS750

FULL SPECS


2460# dry weight

Palomino HS-8801


FULL SPECS


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Posted: 01/24/21 09:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You didn't weight your axle yet?
The 2460 dry weight will come to about 2700 lb with water and propane.
Add food & beer and you are shooting toward 3500 lb, even more when you have to carry waste water.
That still without AC when your handle indicate that you might need it.





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Posted: 01/24/21 10:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good question, but the same question that gets asked almost daily.
Read all the fodder on here, same question, different person asking, similar trucks, similar litany of responses.

Short story, a lightweight camper that is around 2k dry and 3k loaded will be child’s play for your truck. Assumption, older truck is in good condition for being used for heavy duty purposes.
Difficulty will be finding a full featured camper at this weight. They exist but not plentiful and are a compromise.
Good news, I wouldn’t worry about upping the loaded weight to 4klbs with the truck properly equipped to haul it.


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Posted: 01/24/21 07:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm leaning towards a Lance 825...... around 2K dry and 3K wet

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Check the Lance 865, you may like it better.
There is an 865 on Ventura CL.


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I had a Lance 845 on my 2500 pickup that from the factroy had a payload rating of 2800 lbs as it was equipped. With the camper and gear the total load on the rear axle was 3700 lbs which required some easy modifications. I replaced the factory tires with ones rated at 3750 lbs and added SuperSprings and replaced the factory shocks with Rancho adjustable shocks and the result was a well controlled ride.

The payload rating is calculated at the factory on how the truck is configured when it leaves and the limiting factor is the wheels and tires and leaf springs on the truck. When looking for a new truck I found many 3500 pickups with a lower payload rating than the 2500 that I bought and the difference was with the tires and wheels. The 3500 has a second set of leaf springs and the SuperSprings worked equally well.
But my GM truck was the one with the new fully boxed frame that was introduced in 2011. Ram did the same in 2013-2014 and Ford did this with its "super duty" trucks starting in 2016. A slide-in camper puts a lot more stress on the frame and it is easy to find pictures of pickups with frames broken just to the rear of the cab. And DRW put a much higher strain on the frame with the added leverage of the tires being further out from the frame.
Of the new Lance models I would be going with the 855 model which with a full tank of water is going to be at 2900 lbs before adding anything else.

Be aware that when RV makers specify that a given model sleeps X number of people that some of those people need to be shorter than 5'6" in height. Measure the extra beds, as with the dinette that converts to get real measurements.
The Lance owners website is the best place for information on the different new and used models and what modifications can be done to them. For example I added a rack to hold two 100W solar panels and added holder for a second battery underneath the camper. My 845 had a compartment for a generator but I prefered to use the compartment for items I did not want to take inside the camper, like firewood and tools.

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Posted: 01/25/21 04:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

wintersun wrote:


But my GM truck was the one with the new fully boxed frame that was introduced in 2011. Ram did the same in 2013-2014 and Ford did this with its "super duty" trucks starting in 2016.


Except Dodge HD pickups were fully boxed starting in 2003 models.

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Posted: 01/27/21 07:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Looks like I was off considerably on my payload specs.....scroll to bottom for "F-350 California"

I was referred to this data.....See Here

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Posted: 01/29/21 02:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just a FYI MOST Truck Campers weigh A LOT more then what the brochures or even the tag on the camper say they do.

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