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Old 12-12-2013, 06:59 AM   #15
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Rick, you are too kind. Your suggestion turned out to be the best.

First of all, you and the camper are as far away as you can get, almost. I am in Southern California and it looks like you are in NJ.

Based on your suggestion I contacted the folks who I bought the camper from. I had assumed that they had already refitted their F-250 for their new fifth wheel camper with a big hitch receiver in the bed that would preclude hauling the slide in camper. I was wrong and they graciously offered to haul it for me for the price of fuel, they are delivering it this Saturday. And, of course I will pay them significantly more than the cost of fuel.

I appreciate all the contributions and I think this has helped me get an education about slide in campers and how to haul them. I noticed your comment about dual vs single rear wheel. Lance says my F-250 6L 4x4 diesel truck is adequate for the 1030 camper which weighs about 3,000# empty (according to the mfg). I will, of course, be adding Rancho shocks and Firestone air bags. I will also look at changing the rear wheels and tires to increase load capacity and stability. Hopefully, it will work out OK. The seller has used this camper on two different F-250 trucks, the one he had when he bought the camper and a new F-250 he bought a couple years ago. He assured me that if the F-250 had been at all inadequate, he would have bought a F-350.

Many thanks to all. This forum rocks.

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Old 12-12-2013, 07:12 AM   #16
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Glad I could help, be sure to check that other site I linked to since they get a lot more traffic for truck campers over there. An F-250 is way too light for that camper but that is another discussion altogether.


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Old 12-12-2013, 05:35 PM   #17
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I agree with rickf, way too much camper for an F250. If you have to change wheels and tires and put on airbags, why not trade in for a similar year dually and know that you have enough truck. 3000# empty weight will be bewteen 4000 and 4500# loaded, add to that the people in the cab and you will gross around 12,000# or higher. The GVWR of your truck is in the neighborhood of 9200#, no way can you beef up the suspension and wheels and tires to handle an additional 3000# plus without being on the ragged edge. JMHO

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Thanks to the OP for taking the time to conclude the story with us.

CONGRATS on the deal with the seller and their truck...sounds like a stand-up person.
I hadn't even considered that outcome was an available option.

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