Good Sam Club Open Roads Forum: Question: too much camper - too little truck
Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Posting Help and Support  |  Contact  

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Truck Campers

Open Roads Forum  >  Truck Campers

 > Question: too much camper - too little truck

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 7  
Prev  |  Next
S Davis

Western WA

Senior Member

Joined: 08/11/2005

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 07/18/21 11:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

One thing I will say is don’t try and use the truck unloaded with those 3500lb helpers unless you have a kidney donor lined up. I ran a set of those for a couple years until I replaced the truck.

kenkorona

Maine

New Member

Joined: 07/03/2021

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 07/18/21 01:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Suppose you refill the fresh but don't empty the black and gray?

JimK-NY

NY

Senior Member

Joined: 05/12/2010

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Online
Posted: 07/18/21 03:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

kenkorona wrote:

The truck is rated for a 4400# payload. Considering I removed a 100# tailgate that gives me a 4500# payload. The camper is supposed to be about 3400# with a full fresh water tank. So I'm guessing, fully loaded we're close to the limit, maybe a little over when the gray and black tanks are full.


That sounds very familiar. When I got my truck and camper, I started with the manufacturer's sticker weight for my camper. I did a thorough job of estimating the weight of everything we would carry and decided I was within the tire load ratings.

Finally I weighed the unit and found out I was way over. It seems the manufacturer had not included the two AGM batteries or solar panels. It appears my estimates for other stuff were also too low.

Forget about the weight of the tailgate. You probably made that up with Torqlifts, fastguns and a bed mat.

cptqueeg

Idaho

Senior Member

Joined: 04/11/2020

View Profile



Posted: 07/18/21 07:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

kenkorona wrote:

The truck is rated for a 4400# payload. Considering I removed a 100# tailgate that gives me a 4500# payload. The camper is supposed to be about 3400# with a full fresh water tank. So I'm guessing, fully loaded we're close to the limit, maybe a little over when the gray and black tanks are full.


Your description in the first post suggests that the actual weight is not anywhere close to the actual payload.

specta

utah

Senior Member

Joined: 06/18/2001

View Profile



Posted: 07/18/21 09:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I had the truck, bought the camper.
Weighted the truck on a Cat Scale just a few blocks from where I bought the camper.
Weighed it again after loading the camper.
Weighed it again after it was fully loaded with everything.
Weighed it again with my trailer and ATV and extra other stuff.
I weighed it on a DOT weigh station scale Friday morning after spending 4 days 3 nights in it prior to draining black or gray tanks.
Yep, its heavy. [emoticon]


Kenny
2011 Chevy 2500 HD 6.0L 4wd
1995 Lance 945 Onan QG 2500 LP
Regular cab. The best looking trucks.


Grit dog

Black Diamond, WA

Senior Member

Joined: 05/06/2013

View Profile


Online
Posted: 07/19/21 01:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

kenkorona wrote:

Suppose you refill the fresh but don't empty the black and gray?


Your truck won’t automatically break at 200, 500 or even 1000lbs over capacity.
It may handle a little different. You might feel it or you might have to try hard to notice.


2016 Ram 2500, MotorOps.ca EFIlive tuned, 5” turbo back, 6" lift on 37s
2017 Heartland Torque T29

n0arp

FT

Senior Member

Joined: 08/20/2016

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 07/19/21 08:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

specta wrote:

I had the truck, bought the camper.
Weighted the truck on a Cat Scale just a few blocks from where I bought the camper.
Weighed it again after loading the camper.
Weighed it again after it was fully loaded with everything.
Weighed it again with my trailer and ATV and extra other stuff.
I weighed it on a DOT weigh station scale Friday morning after spending 4 days 3 nights in it prior to draining black or gray tanks.
Yep, its heavy. [emoticon]


I know exactly what my rig weighs, as I built a $300 wheel scale that weighs up to 20K and have confirmed with CAT.
I don't openly discuss the weight of my TC setup, because I'm over factory ratings and that can get heated.
It handles way better and predictably than it did the day I brought it home (when it was much lighter, and under the factory ratings) so I don't consider it an issue.


2021 Ram 5500 Limited 84CA Cummins 4x4 w/ flatbed
2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 2.0T (follow or TC toad)
2015 Keystone Alpine 3730FB 2925W/22.8kWh, 30K multi-split
2016 Arctic Fox 1140 WB 1800W/11.4kWh

specta

utah

Senior Member

Joined: 06/18/2001

View Profile



Posted: 07/19/21 08:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

n0arp wrote:

specta wrote:

I had the truck, bought the camper.
Weighted the truck on a Cat Scale just a few blocks from where I bought the camper.
Weighed it again after loading the camper.
Weighed it again after it was fully loaded with everything.
Weighed it again with my trailer and ATV and extra other stuff.
I weighed it on a DOT weigh station scale Friday morning after spending 4 days 3 nights in it prior to draining black or gray tanks.
Yep, its heavy. [emoticon]


I know exactly what my rig weighs, as I built a $300 wheel scale that weighs up to 20K and have confirmed with CAT.
I don't openly discuss the weight of my TC setup, because I'm over factory ratings and that can get heated.
It handles way better and predictably than it did the day I brought it home (when it was much lighter, and under the factory ratings) so I don't consider it an issue.


Home scales would be awesome.
I have to rely on cat scales and weigh stations.

And yes, there are too many "police" here in the forum. [emoticon]

Here in Utah there are Loves fueling station all over the place and they all have Cat Scales and its only $11 to weigh my rig. Money well spent in my opinion.

n0arp

FT

Senior Member

Joined: 08/20/2016

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 07/19/21 08:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

specta wrote:

n0arp wrote:

specta wrote:

I had the truck, bought the camper.
Weighted the truck on a Cat Scale just a few blocks from where I bought the camper.
Weighed it again after loading the camper.
Weighed it again after it was fully loaded with everything.
Weighed it again with my trailer and ATV and extra other stuff.
I weighed it on a DOT weigh station scale Friday morning after spending 4 days 3 nights in it prior to draining black or gray tanks.
Yep, its heavy. [emoticon]


I know exactly what my rig weighs, as I built a $300 wheel scale that weighs up to 20K and have confirmed with CAT.
I don't openly discuss the weight of my TC setup, because I'm over factory ratings and that can get heated.
It handles way better and predictably than it did the day I brought it home (when it was much lighter, and under the factory ratings) so I don't consider it an issue.


Home scales would be awesome.
And yes, there are too many "police" here in the forum. [emoticon]


I found a DIY livestock scale kit online for $229 (aascales.com, I believe?) and bolted it all to a 14x16x3/4" plate of aluminum.

specta

utah

Senior Member

Joined: 06/18/2001

View Profile



Posted: 07/19/21 08:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

n0arp wrote:


I found a DIY livestock scale kit online for $229 (aascales.com, I believe?) and bolted it all to a 14x16x3/4" plate of aluminum.


That is awesome. Never a question and you can weigh it any time you want.

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 7  
Prev  |  Next

Open Roads Forum  >  Truck Campers

 > Question: too much camper - too little truck
Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Truck Campers


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:




© 2021 CWI, Inc. © 2021 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved.