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Old 01-10-2019, 07:27 AM   #1
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Truck Camper Selection Assistance Needed

Hello all--

Considering a truck camper and was hoping for some assistance on proper selection. Just sold our travel trailer and a truck camper may be in our near future!

My truck (see sig below):

2003 Ford F-350 XLT, SRW, Crew Cab, 4X2, short bed (6'-9"), V10, 4R100 auto trans (with added 6.0L trans cooler). Truck has factory overload springs (due to being a 350).

I do want to overload my truck, and want it to fit properly.
Focusing on Lance as they appear more readily available on the used market, but open to others as well.
Looking at USED campers.
Sleep 3-4 (me, wife, 14yo son and on occasion, 20yo son).
Will tow an alum boat on occasion (3500#).

Thanks!
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Old 01-10-2019, 08:33 AM   #2
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might help if you gave a little more detail about what you wanted in a camper. i. e. slide or no slide, cold weather, winter camping or just summer trips, on or off the grid. good luck. iíll be fun.
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When you say you do not want to overload the truck, is this statement based on the door sticker, your current registration or the actual physical capabilities? The answer will be different based on your criteria.
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When you say you do not want to overload the truck, is this statement based on the door sticker, your current registration or the actual physical capabilities? The answer will be different based on your criteria.
Want to stay within specs as listed by manufacturer:

GCWR: 16,500
GVWR: 9700
FT. GAWR: 4250
RR. GAWR: 6830
Truck weight (CAT scale): 6900
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might help if you gave a little more detail about what you wanted in a camper. i. e. slide or no slide, cold weather, winter camping or just summer trips, on or off the grid. good luck. iíll be fun.
A slide would be nice, but I believe due to weight limitations of my truck.....no slide.

Primarily camping in southwest in summers (CA, NV, AZ, NM), winters in No Cal., NM.

Trips range 2-7 days.....longer when I retire in 4 yrs.
ON/OFF grid.....50/50
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Specs as listed by manufacturer and CAT Scale:

GCWR: 16,500
GVWR: 9700
FT. GAWR: 4250
RR. GAWR: 6830
Truck weight (CAT scale): 6900
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You only have 2800 lbs of payload if you take the GVWR minus actual weight. Subtract what you carry in the cab for people, pets and gear to find out how much you have left for a camper.
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Truck Camper Selection Assistance Needed

Bedlam is right. not going to have much useful load left for the camper. a 650 size lance is about all without being able to have full water or much else in the camper. going back to a 2000 era might help some. when i load mine i use gawr and tire limits, and use the best tire i can. no china bombs, or junk tires. good luck on your quest.
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I'm putting my puzzle together now...

just got my truck ....

I have read everything possible and compared everything over and over.

winner for me is CIRRUS by NUCAMP....

check them out.... they are only a few years old- but you can come across used ones.

Lance dealer is closest to me. and would have prolly just settled with the 850 .... maybe a northern lite.... but the CIRRUS are some pretty amazing rigs.


I'm about 6-8 months out from my new 920 model.
with your short bed truck it would be the 820 model.
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Amazing that only a 650 size camper is what specs call for an F-350 one ton truck
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just meant you have a shortbox and didnt want a slide. An 859 lance will weigh about 2900 wet, with no personal gear, but is for a longbox. depending on your p/u empty weight, and what weights you are willing to use, you could have lots of options. i donít belong to the brotherhood of weight police and find many of those ideas comical. jmo
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It was the reason I asked the question in my first post. If the OP’s response had been different, my suggestions would have been too.
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I donít belong to the brotherhood of weight police and find many of those ideas comical. jmo
^^^ But there is always hope!
A quick visit to the local CAT Scale is the first step in coming clean.

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