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joerg68

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I would like to see which camper, which bed, and how much overhang.
My guess is that the camper is heavy, long, and a rear axle that no longer filters away the hard hits from the road. Something beats up the bed real bad. I have seen damaged beds, but not like this.

(I was posting while you wrote your last reply)


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I would look for a "new" take-off! Don't try to patch the old one.

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Do I see a dent in the right fender inside the bed. This makes me wonder if camper is moving side to side in bed. The crown in road would make it hit right side harder.

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joerg68 wrote:

I would like to see which camper, which bed, and how much overhang.
My guess is that the camper is heavy, long, and a rear axle that no longer filters away the hard hits from the road. Something beats up the bed real bad. I have seen damaged beds, but not like this.

(I was posting while you wrote your last reply)



You’d be right.

It’s an Arctic Fox 990 in a short bed. All the beefing up of the suspension makes it feel like there is no suspension at all.

Looks just like this side view picture.

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JRscooby wrote:

Do I see a dent in the right fender inside the bed. This makes me wonder if camper is moving side to side in bed. The crown in road would make it hit right side harder.


Yes. You do see a dent in that fender. The camper is definitely moving side to side. That fender is not where it should be because the bed is bending.

Well, maybe not side to side. It slowly moves over to the passenger side. Due to the crown of the road just like someone had just said.

I can go thousands of miles without it moving. But then with just the right combination of bumps and heavy crown on the road, it starts to slide over to the passenger side down the bent part of the bed.

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It’s an Arctic Fox 990 in a short bed.

The Arctic Fox 990 is too long for a short bed truck. I am pretty sure you are way over the GVWR of your 3/4 ton truck buy hauling an AF 990 in it.

The photo you posted is a short bed 811 on a short bed truck. The 990 is longer than the 811, ans has a COG that is probably further back than it is on an 811.


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trail-explorer wrote:

AdvancedQs wrote:

It’s an Arctic Fox 990 in a short bed.


Arctic Fox 990 is too long for a short bed truck. I am pretty sure you are way over the GVWR of your 3/4 ton truck buy hauling an AF 990 in it.

The photo you posted is a short bed 811 on a short bed truck. The 990 is longer than the 811, ans has a COG that is probably further back than it is on an 811.


Hang on. I might be wrong about the model of Arctic fox. I thought it was a 990. I could be wrong. It is made for short bed truck. But it looks just like the one above. I can’t see anymore what the model number is. The stickers are gone.


Edit: Wow. Good eye. It is not a 990. It is an 811. Just like you said. I found an area that I could feel the numbers and just barely see little bumps of them left.

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What year is your truck?

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Hang on. I might be wrong about the model of Arctic fox. I thought it was a 990.


Sounds like the 811 then. In the kitchen, are there three cabinet doors over the sink/stove, or two?

The 811 has only two cabinet doors up there.

Have you weighed the truck empty and with the camper loaded?

My gut says you are still way over the GVWR of a 2500, but the same truck bed would be used on all of the same era of Dodge / RAM trucks, so that really doesn't mean the truck bed can't support the weight since 3500s and duallys run heavy campers and the bed doesn't crush.

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trail-explorer wrote:

What your is your truck?

AdvancedQs wrote:

Hang on. I might be wrong about the model of Arctic fox. I thought it was a 990.


Sounds like the 811 then. In the kitchen, are there three cabinet doors over the sink/stove, or two?

The 811 has only two cabinet doors up there.

Have you weight the truck empty and with the camper loaded?

My gut says you are still way over the GVWR of a 2500, but the same truck bed would be used on all of the same era of Dodge / RAM trucks, so that really doesn't mean the truck bed can't support the weight since 3500s and duallys run heavy campers and the bed doesn't crush.


It has two cabinets above the sink. Just like you are saying it is definitely an 811.

Now, I’m not too worried about the weight when it comes to the rest of the truck. I’ve already gone 150,000 miles with it. This isn’t the type of situation where a truck camper sits at a house and then once in a while it gets put into a truck to go to the campground. This is full time traveling all around all over the country. 150 thousand miles with the truck camper in the bed. It works just fine. What doesn’t work is that the bed is crushing.

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Replacing the bed isn't hard at all, I replaced the bed on my dually when I first got it since the cross bars underneath had rotted away and the bed was doing like yours with weight on it. I bought my bed from someone with a car lift so removal and install took no time, the longest time was removing the rusted bolts. The "new" bed from Texas with 0 rust is holding up great so far.


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