Originally Posted by Wildbob52
I'm Buying it for a 2800 pound slide-in truck camper.
Bob, is that 2800 advertised dry weight or a real weight ready to camp based on being weighed by the previous owner. In the 2nd case you can "get by" with an F-250 with camper package, in the first case you need an F-350 IMO.
My F-250 has the camper package and a GVWR of 9800lbs to go with it. I carry a Lance 845 designed for short beds advertised weight with propane and water on board is 2450lbs and with accessories it weighs 2660, ready to camp it's over 3000 lbs and it's a pretty light camper compared to some (most?) of the units out there. I had the truck for 3 years before I got the camper and in order to get it where I was happy with handling I had to put on StabilLoads, air bags and Timbrens, next is a set of 3750lb rated Nitto tires all 'round. Fortunately Ford did a brake upgrade in '05 so my '06 stops like a SOB even with the camper on it.
You get the idea? If you're lucky enough to get to chose your truck first buy enough truck for the camper plus a little bit. Either upgrading an existing truck to "work" or trading trucks after you find out you don't have enough truck is expensive. Get the F-350.
Kudos to you for doing the research first.
The above post is just my experience/opinion which is worth exactly what you paid for it.
'05 Lance 845/'06 F-250 or '99 Alpine 36SDS Usually towing an '01 Wrangler locked on 35"s or moderate '98 Cherokee on 33"s (rear locker only)