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westfi1

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Newbie question
« on: October 30, 2009, 06:31:21 PM »
          I am a new member and this is my first post.  I have a 2004 Dodge 1500 pick-up that I would like to find a used slide in truck camper for.  It is half ton with a crew cab and a 6.5 foot bed.  It is a 4x4 with the hemi engine.  It has the towing package with heavy duty everything-springs, shocks, axles, cooling system, battery, etc. It has a removable tailgate, stabilizer bar, and transmission fluid cooler.  The GVWR is 6650 pounds, and the GAWR front/rear is 3900/3900 pounds.
     What I need to know is whether or not I can put a slide in truck camper on it, and if so, how much can it weigh ?  Thanks very much in advance for responding.     

RoyM

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Re: Newbie question
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2009, 07:19:09 PM »
Welcome aboard. This place is addicting there is a lot of experience here.
What camper are you looking at and what would be it's weight fully loaded? You don't want to exceed the GVW for your truck. The other issue with your standard bed 1/2 ton crew cab is the centre of gravity. Most campers are at least 8' so much of the weight will be shifted rearward over or even behind the axle. This can make for an extremely unstable combination. Our federales are out with the portable scales and will get tough with improperly loaded pick ups.
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Re: Newbie question
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2009, 08:40:42 AM »
I would take the truck to a local dealer (preferably a larger dealer with a large inventory) and see what they suggest.

If I had a truck like that, I would be leaning towards a smaller 5th wheel and not have the top heaviness to deal with.

If your intent is/was to offroad camp, you would need to be extremely conscious of the terrain. Having driven a pick up truck with a slide in, I can easily picture your truck on it's side in a creek bed.

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Re: Newbie question
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2009, 05:57:48 AM »
Hey gang looking forward to talking and maybe seeing you all out camping...i have a ford f-350 with a lance 11+ on it.....on the 7 pin OUT of the ford the 11 o-clock pin is unused.....my 11 o-clock pin out of my lance is my interior lights on the camper....Question? is there a way on the ford to "switch on" the unused pin 11 o-clock pin from the ford to power my interior lights? or do I have to double up a connection at my lance to get them? Every thing else is working great>>>>>>>>

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Re: Newbie question
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2009, 06:25:43 AM »
 Just purchased a cabover camper for my ford 350 ...rigg has a set of solar panels and charge controller...the battery was bulging from the sides and leaking acid from the top ...My guess? over charging ? control charger seems to be working... no indication its not...how do I trouble shoot ? and does anyone have any suggestions for a new battery ? ;D

Lou Schneider

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Re: Newbie question
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2009, 10:34:21 AM »
Hi Westfi - welcome to the RVForum!

Two points you have to consider are the camper's weight and how that compares to your truck's load capacity, and the center of gravity of the camper.   The camper can't weigh more than what your truck can carry (especially the rear axle weight) and it's center of gravity must be on top of or in front of the rear axle.  If the center of gravity is behind the axle the camper will remove weight from the front axle, not a good thing.

Six-Pac Campers has a list showing which of their campers will fit a given truck.

If you're going to do a lot of off-pavement camping, consider something like Northstar's pop-top camper.  The canvas walls around the pop-top give it a lower center of gravity than a similar hard sided camper.

Lance also has a lightweight model designed for a half ton truck.

I'm sure there are others out there, these are just examples to get you started.

Good luck with your search and don't hesitate to ask if you have more questions!

Lou Schneider

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Re: Newbie question
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2009, 10:39:21 AM »
Lets Go -

Try turning  your ignition switch to the "accessory" position and see if that energizes the 12 volt line to your camper.

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Re: Newbie question
« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2009, 12:04:27 PM »
OK Im not at my truck until latter today if that works what does that mean?

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Re: Newbie question
« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2009, 09:13:30 AM »
ignition trick didnt work whats the next step :-\

shermand34

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Re: Newbie question
« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2010, 08:39:16 PM »
Hello,
 
What are you looking for in a truck camper?  What are you wanting to do with it?  Are you going to be going to campgrounds all the time?  Or will you be doing like I do, and that is getting lost in the middle of no where in Wyoming and Montana's back country.  I can tell you that I use a Palomino pop-up slide in truck camper.  I have a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 short bed and standard cab.  The camper is 8' long on the bed floor, then overhangs above the cab about 4'.  I actually have mine listed on here for sale now.  It weighs right around 1000 pounds empty.  If you are interested in a used one, let me know and I will send you some pictures.  My e-mail address is shermand34@yahoo.com.

Thanks,
Dennis

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Re: Newbie question
« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2010, 07:31:22 PM »
Look at the Adventurer 80GS, a new hardsided camper made for light trucks. It even has a slide.

http://www.amlrv.com/campers_model_80GS.php

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Re: Newbie question
« Reply #11 on: April 04, 2010, 08:12:07 AM »
Well Ive owned 9 truck campers over the years on several different trucks 2wd and 4wd and I will tell you right now the best combo for your truck is a pop up truck camper anything else will be a hand full going down the road! the best combo I ever had was a 11' coachman hardside on a 2wd ford crewcab dually with jeep in tow you never new anything was back there! I hauled that same camper on my 01 dodge dually 4x4 and hated it so much I sold the camper it stressed me out driving it down the road! not much of a vacation? good luck in your search.
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grandpaclint

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Re: Newbie question
« Reply #12 on: April 12, 2010, 08:00:37 AM »
          I am a new member and this is my first post.  I have a 2004 Dodge 1500 pick-up that I would like to find a used slide in truck camper for.  It is half ton with a crew cab and a 6.5 foot bed.  It is a 4x4 with the hemi engine.  It has the towing package with heavy duty everything-springs, shocks, axles, cooling system, battery, etc. It has a removable tailgate, stabilizer bar, and transmission fluid cooler.  The GVWR is 6650 pounds, and the GAWR front/rear is 3900/3900 pounds.
     What I need to know is whether or not I can put a slide in truck camper on it, and if so, how much can it weigh ?  Thanks very much in advance for responding.     

you should be able to put an 8 foot camper on that truck with no problems at all,I have a ram1500 4x4
with an 8 ft bed, had a 9 1/2 sun lite cab over camper on it . you absolutely need rear anti-sway bars installed.
do it yourself and save some $$$$$.The biggest problem i have found so far is the wind,doing 70 mph
against a 30 mph headwind you will think you have a 4 cyl motor under the hood. also you might want to
tow your own fuel truck behind-lol.After going cross country with the cabover,and fighting headwinds i sold the cabover and got an old non cabover,very scarce, now days. But a lot better in the wind.
beware of the new campers,they are wayyyyy overpriced, and terribly heavy.
in 69 i bought a 68 chev,1/2 ton stepside, straight 6, 3 on the column,6 ft bed--put hellwig overloads on it
and a new 68 six pac cabover on it,,that truck and camper went anywhere i wanted to go, even up lombard street in frisco,,,that old six pac weighed less than 1000 lbs cost about 950.00..now?????????too heavy and cost way too much .


just my 2 cents
96 dodge ram1500 4x4
highlander non cabover camper
superstar 121 am/fm cb
4 ft.barjan antenna

 

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