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Old 03-27-2008, 06:08 PM   #1
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I have a 2000 Chevy 1500 extended cab with an eight foot bed, and I am interested in buying a camper with a dry weight of 1150 lbs. Will this work? ...what modifications might I have to do? What will these modifications cost?

I am also wanting to know more about the proper procedure for securing it to my pickup.
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I have a 2000 Chevy 1500 extended cab with an eight foot bed, and I am interested in buying a camper with a dry weight of 1150 lbs. Will this work? ...what modifications might I have to do? What will these modifications cost?

I am also wanting to know more about the proper procedure for securing it to my pickup.
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Old 03-28-2008, 02:00 AM   #3
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Not a lot of campers designed for 1/2 ton trucks. You should not be looking at dry weight on the campers. The dry weight does not include any options such as A/C, microwave, awning and batteries. Then you have to add propane, water and your supplies.

Best place to start is to weigh your truck in normal travel load and subtract this from the trucks GVWR. The resulting number is the most load you can carry with a loaded and wet camper.

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What does Chevy say about loading a camper on your truck. Some manufacturers will state that a slide-in camper is not recommended for the 1/2 ton models. By the time you equip your a camper with gear, food, propane, water, etc. you are most likely to be way overloaded. Dangerous situation. My last camper was on a one ton dually that was overloaded even though the truck seemed to be able to handle the weight. I never felt comfortable operating an overloaded rig. I strongly recommend that you hold off until you can get a truck that will handle the weight of a camper. With your current truck, you are probably better off towing a small TT or popup than a camper.

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Welcome to the forum.

You will be limited, as I am, to a pop-up TC. www.fourwheelcampers.com
www.camperbylitecraft.com
www.northstarcampers.com
www.sunvalleyinc.com
www.Outfittermfg.com

These are just a few that come to my mind. I have an Outfitter, and am, of course, overweight. That being said, we have averaged over 8K miles each year since '04 with no weight related problems. I'm not making any recommendations on what you should do, just stating what I do. Good luck with your decision.
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B/careful A 1/2 ton ain't quite enough truck to carry (any) truck camper, By my experience,, hope this helps
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