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StirCrazy

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Posted: 11/02/21 08:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ok, so I know for the guys who buy the big campers there are no trucks that could leagaly carry them, but a few mods and a way you go.

so my delema is we want a newer camper with a few more features ofwe are going to be using it more often. well newer campers are heavier that the older ones I am finding and there are a few we are looking at that would come in just over 4000lbs fully loaded. (have looked at the adventurer 910db, and the eaglecap

with me in the truck and a full tank of gas I have about 3700lbs left on my rear axel then I have to add the wife and the dog...

how much cmper are people realy hauling with a 2014ish f350 diesel srw with the heavy payload package?

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Your rear axle is most likely a Sterling 10.5 and the rating from the manufacturer is like 10K or close to it if memory serves me,so axle weight won't really effect your decision..It is way more than Fords stickers..

The Adventurer 89rbs is a fairly light weight slide camper if a slide is a must..Your truck will handle a fairly heavy camper but how comfy you will be driving it is another story...There top heavy and tippy in corners and make some people get rid of them fast because of the cornering....

A retired RV repair friend of mine bought a Eagle Cap 950 slide and put it on his newer SRW Dodge 3500 and took it home up a windy river road to his place near Elk City and sold it within a week because of the sway on the narrow road home...Said it needs a DRW because of instability in corners..

Good luck on your choice..


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Posted: 11/02/21 09:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

4000lbs + on the back of a 2007 short bed Ram 2500 for quite a few years, and 20k miles of hauling.
It was alot of camper for that truck, but the truck handled it fine. 3600-4000lbs tires depending what tires were on the truck. Home made stable loads, airbags and a sway bar. Not totally ideal, but worked well enough from WA to AK to WI and points in between.
I'd have no issue with what you're proposing. Just know that you'll have more body roll than a dually.
For the ultimate srw setup, add springs vs airbags and some 19.5s. I never did, because 300+ days a year that would have been totally overkill for the truck when not hauling the camper.


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We have a Adventurer 910 FBS carried on 99 F-350 Superduty SRW. Fully loaded worst case weights for us are 7600lbs on the rear axle and 4000lbs on the front.
Mods are upper/lower stableloads , 19.5 tires w/vision rims, rancho shocks and powerstop brakes.
We have airbags to but don't use them.
Truck/camper handles fine.

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Jaycocreek is one of the few that understands the realities of pickup truck running gear… he’s exactly right.
The limit you’re up against is your rear tires and wheels.
You can step up to heavier duty/larger ones but there aren’t many choices unless you go to 19.5s.
Lately I’ve seen several big aftermarket pickup wheel rims, with the tires still on them, on the sides of the highway, busted out off of the wheel centers.

Your truck isn’t going to break, but the wheels and tires can under too much load.


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Posted: 11/03/21 09:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Method HD rims are about the only ones I know going up to 4k lbs per rim rating for LT size tires. If your rear axle is getting close to that 8k lb loaded weight,19.5 SRW rims are available up to 6k lb rating.


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For the camper of which you describe, you’ll need a dually due to SRW (tire) weight limitations and for stability - Been there, done that, aint no free lunch $$…

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OK so here is an interesting update. the adventure 910db is supplied to fraser way rv along with 3 or 4 other models, in fact fraser way's orders totals 30% of the adventures made. so they put them in the rental fleet for one or two years then they sell them as lightly used and put new ones in the rental fleet.

so the same one I am looking at was equiped for rent on a SRW ford long box diesel with no suspension mods. the actual weight of this one from the factory (they weigh then after the orderes options have been installed with full water, batteries and propane and they write that on the decal inside the cubbord door. this one was 3400lbs actual weight so 150 lbs of options installed. that means if I pack 500lbs of food, cloths and supplies I will be right around my GVW, maybe a little over but I will be under the axel raitings as some of that weight will go forward. not all 3900lbs will be on the rear. so that was good to find out..

so the term dry weight can be deciving and different companies seem to treat it different, but if you read the fine print it doesnt say dry, it says

" the camper weight is ####lbs maximum when it contains standard equipment, 42gal of water, 40lbs of bottled gas, and 7.0 cuft of refridgerator"

then under that it says the actual weight with factory installed options is ####lbs

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Posted: 11/03/21 10:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Oregun wrote:

We have a Adventurer 910 FBS carried on 99 F-350 Superduty SRW. Fully loaded worst case weights for us are 7600lbs on the rear axle and 4000lbs on the front.
Mods are upper/lower stableloads , 19.5 tires w/vision rims, rancho shocks and powerstop brakes.
We have airbags to but don't use them.
Truck/camper handles fine.


thats good to know, I had a 99 superduty and my 14 has a 1500lbs higher payload than it did. I was looking at the stableloads, are they fairly simple to engage and disengage? as for tires, for the increased payload package I had to get the 20" rims and the tires I have on there are 3980lbs rated so Ill be good there.

Steve

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Bedlam wrote:

Method HD rims are about the only ones I know going up to 4k lbs per rim rating for LT size tires. If your rear axle is getting close to that 8k lb loaded weight,19.5 SRW rims are available up to 6k lb rating.


ya my payload package made me go to 20" rims to get the increase you cant get with the 18" rims, and the tires I have on there are 3980lbs but if it is getting close I'll keep that in mind. Do they make all weather tripeak snowflake rated 19.5 rubber that can take that weight?

Steve

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