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Old 02-09-2012, 11:15 AM   #1
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Hello my name is Doug. I live in Charleston SC. I am new to the site and just wanted to introduce myself and say that I love the site. My wife and kids love to camp, but we normally just tent camp. Last summer I bought an F-250 with the idea of buying a truck camper. Where I live though, these are not very available. I have spoken to different people about how heavy of a camper that I can safely put in my truck and still pull my boat, and I have gotten a wide range of answers. Anywhere from 2000 lbs. to 3800 lbs. I really don't know who to believe. I am being told that Lance, Bigfoot, and Artic Fox are all top of the line but again, who knows. Anyways, love the site and hope to learn a few things.
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Old 02-09-2012, 11:28 AM   #2
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Hello Doug, welcome to the forum. The good folks here can probably give you some ideas to help answer your questions if you say what kind of pick-up you have and the weights on your boat and trailer.
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Old 02-09-2012, 01:02 PM   #3
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Howdy Doug and welcome to the forum. Good luck in your search for that camper!
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Old 02-09-2012, 01:08 PM   #4
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Hi Doug! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad to have you join us! I can't help with your questions, but there are lots of folks on here who will give you some answers. Good luck & God bless!
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Old 02-09-2012, 01:20 PM   #5
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Glad you joined us Doug. Hope you enjoy the site. You just might want to post your question over in the Truck Camper Discussion forum here on the site and see what tips you might pick up. I'm sure someone will answer your question. Hope you find your camper and enjoy your future travels. Be safe and Happy Motoring!!!!
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Old 02-09-2012, 08:55 PM   #6
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Hello and Welcome Doug. Good luck finding the right camper for you and your family.
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:26 PM   #8
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Hi and

What year is your Ford. Do you know the GVWR and GCWR? Have you weighed your truck fully loaded with full and passengers along with anything else you might carry. What is the weight of your boat and trailer?

If you can determine these numbers we can help you calculate what is left for camper weight.

Basically your truck is rated for the maximum weight it can handle GVWR, this includes the weight of the truck.

Subtract the actual weight of the truck including full tank of fuel, passengers and cargo from the GVWR, this will give you the allowable weight of your camper.

The GCWR is the Gross Combined Weight Rating, this the maximum allowable combined weight rating of the truck camper and boat/trailer combination.

Assuming you have not exceeded the GVWR with the truck and camper you can determine the max weight of the boat/trailer combo by subtracting the GVWR from the GCWR. Additionally check the weight rating of your hitch to determine it is capable of towing your boat.
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:43 PM   #9
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I apologize for not responding sooner but I have been working the graveyard shift. Thanks for all the hellos and kind words. My truck is a 2009 f250. The door sticker says that the gvwr is 10000 pounds. I adm not sure what the gcwr means. It also said that the front gawr is 5600 pounds and the rear is 6100 pounds. I an not real sure what the gawr is. Maybe gross axle weight? I have not weighed the truck. I will try to get by a truck stop sometime this week and get it weighed. My boat is between 2500-3000 pounds. I have a B and W stow away hitch rated for 10000 pounds. If anybody needs any more info, don't hesitate to ask. Thanks so much for the help.
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GVWR: Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
The MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE WEIGHT of the fully loaded vehicle, including liquids, passengers, cargo, and the tongue weight of any towed vehicle.

GAWR: Gross Axle Weight Rating
The MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE WEIGHT each axle assembly is designed to carry, as measured at the tires, therefore including the weight of the axle assembly itself. GAWR is established by considering the rating of each of its components (tires, wheels, springs, axle), and rating the axle on its weakest link. The GAWR assumes that the LOAD IS EQUAL ON EACH SIDE.

GCWR: Gross Combination Weight Rating
The MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE COMBINED WEIGHT of the tow vehicle and the attached towed vehicle. GCWR assumes that both vehicles have functioning brakes, with exceptions in some cases for very light towed vehicles, normally less than 1,500 pounds. (Check your chassis manual or towing guide.)

CCC: Cargo Carrying Capacity
Equal to GVWR minus each of the following: UVW (full fresh potable) water weight (including water heater), full LP gas weight, and SCWR.
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Old 02-13-2012, 11:28 PM   #11
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Additional information needed:
Model of your F-250, Super Duty I assume but need to know for sure
Engine
4x2 or 4x4
Automatic or Manual transmission
Verify GVWR and GAWR

Take a look at the following link begin reading on page 256 http://www.motorcraftservice.com/pub.../09f23og3e.pdf
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Old 02-14-2012, 08:23 AM   #12
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I verified the GVWR (10000lbs) and the GAWR (front is 5600lbs and the rear is 6100lbs}. The truck is a 2009 ford f-250 4 x 4 with a 6.4 powerstroke diesel. It has the auto transmission. The manual says that the GCWR is 23000lbs for either the auto or manual transmission. Again, thanks for taking the time to help me out. As far as the link you posted, it won't let me open it. It says I have to log in
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