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Old 06-12-2017, 10:30 AM   #15
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I have a 1998 chevy 1/2 ton reg cab long box with a 6 cyl auto trans…

...Do you folks think this truck will handle a light weight pop up slide in camper…
Feed back please...thanks.
dwinch53,
You asked a question and it’s fair to say… You got your answer: “Yes - No - Maybe”
(but mostly NO)

While a full-featured TC would never fit in a ½ ton I still believe there are options that are better than an empty camper-shell with a home-made wooden bunk and a loose porta-poti.

Certainly things like a wet-bath or queen sized bed are out of the question, but with a 1377# payload you should be able to find a ‘survival pod’ for your truck.

As elkhornsun stated; “a CAT scale is your friend”. See what you weigh empty and subtract it from your posted GVWR to get an idea of what you have to work with. If you really do have 1300+ pounds to work with then perhaps it's doable.

Some ideas. . .
Capri Camper | World's Best Truck Camper
Travel Lite 690FD Truck Camper
Rayzr FB Truck Camper - Rayzr Campers

As a side note...
I recently did an exhaustive amount of research in trying to get a full-featured TC unit on the smallest truck possible. I wanted to use a Toyota Tundra as my platform. Unfortunately, with the Tundra’s 1600 pound payload I couldn't even get close.
The absolute smallest truck I could find that still had enough payload to carry a small (but full featured) TC was a short-bed Ram 3500. It has a 3700 pound payload which is ‘tight’ but workable for a small TC unit.

BTW, (with the help of a CAT scale) I learned very quickly that food, water, & beer are heavy, Real heavy!
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Old 06-12-2017, 04:49 PM   #16
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I had one of these on my 76 Datsun pickup.
2 liter 4 speed. Drum brakes.
Everyday was an adventure with this turtle on my back.
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Old 06-12-2017, 10:59 PM   #17
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I had one of these on my 76 Datsun pickup.
2 liter 4 speed. Drum brakes.
Everyday was an adventure with this turtle on my back.
Now 'that' is cool as all heck.
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I have a 1997 dodge ram 1500 with up grades. And a 1600 lb camper dry. May be a little ober wet bot with upgrades it hamdles fine.
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Thanks for your replies...and I respect all of your opinions...The newer campers pop up now and that should make a lot of difference in top weight and they are lighter than early on.

Is there anyone out there that has a truck similar to mine with a light weight camper on it...I would like to here from these people also. Thanks
I used to have a 1991 Chevy 1500 and pop up camper. The payload for the truck we had was a bit higher than yours, around 1600 lbs. Right off the bat, i knew we were close with the camper weighing in at close to 1200 lbs and the two of us at almost 300 lbs. For grins, i added helper springs to the rear axle (they only came into affect when the camper was loaded). We made sure not to load up with too much extra supplies but i figure we were over the max by a hundred or so pounds.

Back then, i never felt the truck was overloaded. Pulled the Jeep to Colorado/other places a few times and always had the boat behind it with our local trips. That was the best and most reliable rig that we've ever had. Having said this, i would not do it the same today. I would still want to go with a half ton truck but i wouldn't cut it that close. I'd make sure the truck i bought had the factory installed heavy duty payload package. Not sure about Dodge but i know both Ford and Chevy offer this. Depending on the configuration, the F150 has a payload capacity of up to 3000+ lbs.
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I have a dodge. 1/2 ton
Rated at 17oo lb payload. I have a camper that waighs 1600 lbs dry. Upgraded with syaybars airbags & bigger tires. Works for me
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