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Old 11-26-2006, 03:39 PM   #1
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I have a long bed diesel dually with a 50 gallon auxiliary fuel tank in the forward part of the bed. Is there a slide in camper that will fit my truck with the auxiliary fuel tank in place?

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I have a long bed diesel dually with a 50 gallon auxiliary fuel tank in the forward part of the bed. Is there a slide in camper that will fit my truck with the auxiliary fuel tank in place?

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Old 11-27-2006, 10:48 AM   #3
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I had a 3500 Dodge dually, 8' bed, with a 11 1/2' slide in. The truck came with an information sheet idicating the correct center of gravity for the truck with camper. The COD was in front of the rear axel. I imagine that the aux tank would move the camper's COD too far back to be safe. If you plan to use a camper, I would remove the aux tank.

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Old 11-27-2006, 11:16 AM   #4
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Thanks BigRed,

Sort of thought that might be the case. Thanks for the information.
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Old 11-28-2006, 08:00 AM   #5
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A camper designed for a short bed truck might work. It just depends on how wide your fuel tank is and where the CG is on the short bed camper. You'll have to check the dimensions. As long as the CG is above the rear axle or forward, you shouldn't have any problem. If the CG is aft of the axle, then you need to be more careful about camper weight or else you'll unload the front tires which leads to a bouncy front end and poor handling/safety issues.

The other minor issue to overcome is attaching the camper to the truck. The Happi-jac tie downs I've seen don't use chain - there's only the turnbuckle. Because the camper would be further back, the stock system won't work. My preference is for the Torklift tie down setup and you'd just need longer chain to tie the camper down.

I'm asssuming the tank is pretty stout because the tie down system will pull the camper forward against the tank. I would make sure to have a Rino spray in lining or use a rubber mat to stop the camper from sliding around and smacking into your aux tank.
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Old 12-02-2006, 02:03 AM   #6
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Jack,

You can get a larger capacity replacement tank. They aren't cheap though. Here's a web site:

http://www.transferflow.com/Dodge_mi...uel_tanks.html

I know 35 gallons doesn't seem like much when travelling.
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I checked with Lance, and they do not have a slide in that will work for me.

Thanks for all who have contributed.
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