- Aug 31, 2018
This empty-nester is looking forward to traveling across country in truck-camper and don't know what is the best size/type to fit my 1/2 ton pu? payload is 3275lbs. Please reply with recommendations.
Optimistic Paranoid said:Here's some good sources of info for you:
Also take a look at TRUCK CAMPER MAGAZINE'S Newbie Articles, especially the one article on How To Match A Truck and Truck Camper.
yep thats the one. new alum structure with 10 speed trany and v6 turbo.. ranks up there with older f250.sightseers said:here's the specs from Ford.
2018 3.5L EcoBoost? V6 GVWR =7850, max payload =3,230 lbs, 12,100 towing cap. (3.55 axle ratio)
as per this...https://www.ford.com/trucks/f150/models/f150-platinum/
Hobie1 said:Haven't actually bot the truck yet but specs state the 2018 F150 has payload of 3275lbs. Which does doesnt seem much when you add mw, propane tanks, battery, a/c to camper weight plus personal travel gear.
xrated said:OK, the question becomes this. Regular cab? SuperCab? SuperCrew? Next question is....4x2 or 4x4? Next question is...Heavy Duty Payload Package with 17" wheels or Heavy Duty Payload Package with 18" wheels? Trim Level? XL, XLT, Lariat? Bed length?
Optimistic Paranoid said:The last two posters are both right. It makes a BIG difference whether you are talking two or four wheel drive, short or long bed, regular or crew cab, etc. And since salesmen are on commission, 90%+ of them will tell you whatever they need to to make the sale. They may well try to sell you a truck already on their lot, if they don't have what you really need.
Pages 11 and 12 from this publication will give you the straight scoop from Ford. Do note how much the cargo capacity can vary on the F150 depending on the options.
If you need to check out other years, here's the page you want:
Hobie1 said:i like the 6.5' bed. is that long or short?
Yep i remember our 63 chevy. we could load it with 4x8 plywood, with tailgate up...lol and haul a whole lot of hay (back when a person could lift a bail)Optimistic Paranoid said:Back in the day - you know, when I was young and dinosaurs still walked the earth - everybody offered an 8 foot bed and a 6 foot bed, which were the long bed and the short bed, respectively. Now various manufacturers offer 8' beds, 7.5' beds, 6.5' beds, even 5.5' beds . . .
Personally, I would consider anything shorter than 7' to be a short bed.