Go Back   iRV2 Forums > TRAVEL TRAILER, 5th WHEEL & TRUCK CAMPER FORUMS > Truck Camper Discussion
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 12-09-2011, 03:37 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 13
Do Dually trucks fit under ALL 8ft. + Campers?

Hi Everyone.

This is my first post in the Truck Camper section and would appreciate some advice on hauling a camper with a dually truck.

I have just purchased a 1989 GMC extended Cab Dually 4x4 for pulling my newly acquired 34ft 5th wheel but also want a used 9 to 11 foot used truck camper to enjoy short trips and areas where the 5th will not go.
I have not owned a Truck Camper in 25 years and have never owned a dually.

My questions:

1) Will the wide fenders of a dually clear the jacks on the above mentioned campers? Do you need special length belly bars to clear these wide fenders?
2) Some of these Campers I see have a cradle type jack system installed.
In the pictures it seems that you back over the support bars to get underneath the camper. Do these bars act as belly bars? and what modifications do you have to make,if any to the underside of your truck?

These cradles do not seem wide enough to back into with a Dually truck.

Do I need to look for a specific camper to fit a Dually or make modifications? or am I just seeing it wrong and there is no problem backing under any camper with this truck?
I have not yet gone out to physically look at Campers or measure them yet. all my recent research has been on Craigslist and kijiji.

Thank You everyone. Brian. Mission BC.
__________________

__________________
Brian Hartley, Mission BC.
abacusblack is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 12-09-2011, 03:50 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
450Donn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Dallas,OR
Posts: 2,555
What you need are dually specific jack extensions.
__________________

__________________
Don and Lorri
2007 Dodge 3500 dually
Resident Dummy.
450Donn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2011, 07:53 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
SlyFox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Slocan Park
Posts: 228
Any camper will fit as long as it is equipped with swing out jacks on the front of the camper to allow the duals to clear when loading and off-loading. Most belly bars are adjustable and as well the rear ones will not line up over the dual fender flare so clearance with tiedowns should not be an issue.
__________________
2017 Ram 3500 Dually & 2012 Arctic Fox 29-5K Silver Fox Edition 5th wheel
Paul & Sheryl
SlyFox is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2011, 10:08 PM   #4
CD
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Kingston, Wa. USA
Posts: 1,221
Go to an RV dealer/supplier and they should have the hinges mentioned above. You just remove the front jacks and install the hinges and install the jacks to the hinges.
__________________
Cliff

'01 3500 Ram QC HO 6sp. BD Exhaust Brake
CD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2011, 01:13 PM   #5
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 9
on the jacks you need to space out the jacks from the mounts. if you have a 3 jack system you need to space out 2 jacks , i rear ont one side and the other side just space out the single jack . 4 to 6 inches just use some 3x6 steel tubing is what I used when I made mine . if a 4 jack systen just widen the rear jacks the same way . Tim
__________________
tim brown is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2011, 05:54 PM   #6
CD
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Kingston, Wa. USA
Posts: 1,221
Quote:
Originally Posted by tim brown View Post
on the jacks you need to space out the jacks from the mounts. if you have a 3 jack system you need to space out 2 jacks , i rear ont one side and the other side just space out the single jack . 4 to 6 inches just use some 3x6 steel tubing is what I used when I made mine . if a 4 jack systen just widen the rear jacks the same way . Tim
Unless you have a flat bed truck, you don't need to extent the rear jacks. If you don't use the hinge type on the front you will be close to 9' wide.
__________________
Cliff

'01 3500 Ram QC HO 6sp. BD Exhaust Brake
CD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2011, 08:44 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 942
Yes, you need them on the front of the camper. Don't need extensions on the rear. Be careful about your GVWR. I have had a dually crew cab for 20 years. It has a 11ft 6inch camper. The center of gravity of the camper gets moved back 2ft for a super cab and 4 ft for a crew cab. That makes a huge difference in the amount of weight carried on the rear wheels. Campers are also very heavy and can easily put you over your axle weight rating or your GVWR rating. If you go this way, you are going to need air bags on the rear to keep the rear end from dragging low. Forget about helper springs and other helpers...been there and done that. If you decide to tow the big trailer and haul the camper at the same time, I'm pretty sure you will test the limits of your truck, so be careful with your choice of camper. Get one that doesn't hang over the end of the truck more than a foot. It will keep the weight down and allow you to use the truck receiver hitch without jumping through hoops with extensions, etc, etc. Done that, too. Good luck!
__________________
2004 Tiffin Allegro 27.5 ft. P32 18,000 lb GVW. 8.1 liter. Workhorse chassis built May 2002. 21,000 miles. 2012 Jeep Liberty Toad. RVi2 brake unit.
Full.Monte is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2011, 05:49 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
fastcat's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Oregon
Posts: 460
"All" campers cannot be easily loaded onto a dually. Even with swing out brackets on the front jacks. There are many "Lite" version campers that are only 84" wide, or even less. Even with the widest swing out brackets these won't work on a dually without adding width to the front corner brackets.
__________________
fastcat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-2012, 11:10 AM   #9
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Paris, Tx. USA
Posts: 36
I have a 2000 Lance with swing out jacks and had a 1995 Ford 1 ton. The camper loaded and fit good. I traded the 95 ford for a 03 ford and the camper has a little tighter fit. The width of the wheel wells and bed as well as the height of the cab, you have to be a little more carefull. With the 95 it was no problem loading on level or unlevel surface. With the 03 it needs to be more level and you better watch the top of the cab. The inner sides of the bed on the 03 show many scratches. I would like to have some type of thin plastic slide material to fit on the bed's back verticle inside corner post that would slide easily on the camper.
__________________

__________________
2003 Ford F350 4X4 diesel drw cc; 2000 Lance 810 truck camper; hardly notice its back there. 2003 Jayco RKS 33, yes it is back there.
jbailey2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
single rear wheel to dually conversion Quest Truck Camper Discussion 17 12-07-2011 11:53 AM
'Nother Redneck Project, Dually Conversion of Pickup- Cont'd RedneckExpress Vintage RV's 15 07-29-2011 10:13 PM
'Nother Redneck Project, Dually Conversion of Pickup RedneckExpress Vintage RV's 30 06-06-2011 12:37 AM
On the quest for a dually fender alternative RedneckExpress Just Conversation 3 05-01-2011 03:54 PM
Shocks Don't Fit...now what? JFBell Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 10 04-30-2011 10:44 AM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:52 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.