Originally Posted by dwinch53
I have a 1998 chevy 1/2 ton reg cab long box with a 6 cyl auto trans…
...Do you folks think this truck will handle a light weight pop up slide in camper…
Feed back please...thanks.
You asked a question and it’s fair to say… You got your answer: “Yes - No - Maybe”
(but mostly NO)
While a full-featured TC would never fit in a ½ ton I still believe there are options that are better than an empty camper-shell with a home-made wooden bunk and a loose porta-poti.
Certainly things like a wet-bath or queen sized bed are out of the question, but with a 1377# payload you should be able to find a ‘survival pod’ for your truck.
As elkhornsun stated; “a CAT scale is your friend”. See what you weigh empty and subtract it from your posted GVWR to get an idea of what you have to work with. If you really do have 1300+ pounds to work with then perhaps it's doable.
Some ideas. . .
Capri Camper | World's Best Truck Camper
Travel Lite 690FD Truck Camper
Rayzr FB Truck Camper - Rayzr Campers
As a side note...
I recently did an exhaustive amount of research in trying to get a full-featured TC unit on the smallest
truck possible. I wanted to use a Toyota Tundra as my platform. Unfortunately, with the Tundra’s 1600 pound payload I couldn't even get close.
The absolute smallest truck I could find that still had enough payload to carry a small (but full featured) TC was a short-bed Ram 3500. It has a 3700 pound payload which is ‘tight’ but workable for a small TC unit.
BTW, (with the help of a CAT scale)
I learned very quickly that food, water, & beer are heavy, Real heavy!