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Old 05-13-2016, 08:11 AM   #1
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Lance with North/South Bed on a 2 Door Truck?

Hi Guys, my question is, does anyone know any safety concern or technical reason why a standard cab 2 door Super Duty pickup can not carry a north/south bed config Lance truck camper which has a long snout?
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i just had a lance 850 on mine yesterday pursuing the same question for myself. the only issue that might create a problem i found was because of the front overhang is it might be difficult to see an overhead stoplight. for that reason i am looking at makes that offer an E.W. bed.
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Most campers are made with a specific model of cab in mind, ie. regular cab, super cab or crew cab.
Mine is made for a crew cab only. If I put it on a regular cab, the overhead would extend to the front of the hood.
Besides making vision a problem, the center of gravity would be all screwed up, making handling a big problem.
On most of the newer and larger campers, the overhead is the same length.
East-West or North South beds make no difference in overhead length.
On an EW bed such as mine, the front of the overhead is where the closet is.
On the NS model, the closet(s), are on the sides of the overhead.
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I had my 2007 Lance 815 N/S bed on a Ford F250 HD regular cab 8' box with the same concerns before buying the Lance. It did not look as strange sitting on the truck as I thought it would. I had no visibility issues. I could open and raise the hood all the way. The weight distribution was more balanced when I scaled the rig for getting dry and fully loaded weights. We fully preferred the N/S setup. A disadvantage is a crew cab would have extra room for things.
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The center of gravity should be marked and not depend on the truck cab. More dependent on the truck bed and axle location.
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Hi Guys, my question is, does anyone know any safety concern or technical reason why a standard cab 2 door Super Duty pickup can not carry a north/south bed config Lance truck camper which has a long snout?
I have a 2dr truck my camper has a north , south bed. no problem with the overhang.i have room to open hood too.
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The overhead on my camper is a few inches short of 8' long. On a regular cab, the overhead would be nearly 4' over the trucks hood. Vision would be greatly reduced on a regular cab and you would probably not be able to raise the hood very far.
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I had a long overhead on my Chevy 3500 for a couple years. The hood opened fine. The balance was fine as the camper is still in the exact same relationship to the bed and rear axle. If anything it probably helped to put a little more weight on the front axle. If you pulled up too close to a stop light it was a little difficult to see but stopping at the proper line on the pavement it was fine.
I drove that combination for 3 years over thousands of miles with no complaints.
I really don't see where the cab to overhead has any relationship at all other than aesthetics.
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