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Old 08-15-2015, 01:12 PM   #1
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Question What kind of truck makes a good hauling vehicle?

I found a truck and wondering if the truck is good for my camper? Is tires on the truck good enough for the weight of the truck camper which is 2700 pounds?

Used 2008 Ford F-350 SD 4X4 Diesel
  • Body Style: Pickup Extended Cab
  • Model Code: T
  • Engine: 8 Cyl - 6.40 L
  • Transmission: other
  • Drive Type: 4WD
  • Ext. Color: Forest Green Clearcoat Metallic
  • Int. Color:
  • Mileage: 85,685
  • price is 28,000
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Old 08-15-2015, 01:30 PM   #2
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Looks like a good hauler to me.
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Old 08-15-2015, 01:34 PM   #3
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Tire size and grade is ok for this weight of camper?

Thanks for the help.
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Old 08-15-2015, 02:00 PM   #4
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Check the payload for that truck.....Could be near or under 2700 lbs. + cargo, passengers. Also check maintenance records as the 6.4 start having issues with that mileage. Duel rear wheels make great overhead camper trucks.
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Type of truck

What Idaho said. There are lots of folks who will disagree - and that's fine by me - but for absolute faith in handling capabilities and comfort, I personally would never haul ANY full size truck camper (soft sided/pop-up campers don't count) on anything less than a dually (dual wheels on both sides of the rear axle). I'm on my 4th TC and have hauled previous TCs on a SRW trucks. Ain't never going to happen in the future. If it goes in the bed of the truck, the truck will ALWAYS be a DRW (dually) model truck.
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What Idaho said. There are lots of folks who will disagree - and that's fine by me - but for absolute faith in handling capabilities and comfort, I personally would never haul ANY full size truck camper (soft sided/pop-up campers don't count) on anything less than a dually (dual wheels on both sides of the rear axle). I'm on my 4th TC and have hauled previous TCs on a SRW trucks. Ain't never going to happen in the future. If it goes in the bed of the truck, the truck will ALWAYS be a DRW (dually) model truck.
The guy I bought this from had a 2500 Dodge Diesel with helper springs and added another leaf to make it a one ton. He said I will have to get use to the rocking back and forth. He said you will think it's going to tip over but your not. He also had a air bags installed. Would a dually truck need air bags and sway bar?
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I agree that the dually is the best way to go, and yes you still want the sway bars and maybe the airbags, I use them mainly for leveling when stopped.
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It appears that truck is lifted and therefor I wouldn't want a truck camper on it.
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Would this truck work?

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The guy I bought this from had a 2500 Dodge Diesel with helper springs and added another leaf to make it a one ton.
That belief (that adding something will increase the weight restrictions) is an all to common misconception. Ain't so. Adding an extra leaf spring does NOT miraculously convert your truck from a 3/4 ton to a 1 ton. All that would do is lessen the likelihood of breaking any of the leafs in the spring pack. It wouldn't relive any of the stresses on the axle, rims, tires, frame, driveshaft, etc. The only practical way to get a 1 ton truck is to buy a 1 ton truck.


As to the flat bed truck, I can't tell for sure, but it looks like it might be a dually (DRW) and that would make it a much better choice. You would have to modify the bed top by adding two side runners and a front runner to center the TC side to side and position it front to back so that the rear overhang of the TC doesn't come in contact with the rear end of the flat top bed and also prevent it from sliding forward while traveling. I would think some steel rails 2-3 inches tall welded in place on the top of the bed would do the trick.

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The truck is a dually and I'm looking for a short bed dually which is hard too find.

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The guy I bought this from had a 2500 Dodge Diesel with helper springs and added another leaf to make it a one ton. He said I will have to get use to the rocking back and forth. He said you will think it's going to tip over but your not. He also had a air bags installed. Would a dually truck need air bags and sway bar?
My truck is a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 SXT Mega cab and has the towing package and air bags. I had about 50psi in them and went from northern Alberta to Yuma AZ a few times, you wouldn't even know it there. I have the HEMI engine in it with a auto trans.
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My truck is a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 SXT Mega cab and has the towing package and air bags. I had about 50psi in them and went from northern Alberta to Yuma AZ a few times, you wouldn't even know it there. I have the HEMI engine in it with a auto trans.
What is your weight of your camper? Mine is 2700 pounds.
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What is your weight of your camper? Mine is 2700 pounds.
I don't have it here to look at the tag with the info on it and I don't remember what it said,sorry. I know it wont be as heavy as yours because I don't have a slide on it. But again ,it rides great with no issues at all except loosing a vent cover on a very windy day but even then it stayed straight & true. Braking, disk brakes all around and again no issues at all. I just shared my info to give you a point of reference. I'll see if I can get the weight for you and report back.
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