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Old 10-31-2020, 09:09 PM   #1
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Need advice on truck camper and tow a flat trailer

i have a 2001 f350 super duty diesel, 7.3L) it's a good truck, 4 door with 8 ft bed. i want to tow a flat trailer,, or even enclosed trailer, but probably flat with my 4runner on it. i am going to get a truck camper but i wanted like the biggest one, cause they are kinda cramped.

my question is,,, if i want to tow something,,, can i still get like an 11 ft ish camper? or will that be a huge problem when towing something? what is a good size camper to still tow?

also,, any tips on buying a camper? what to avoid? don't need anything fancy but don't want some moldy leaking roof POS either. which brands have best reputation for not having to fix stuff every day?

thanks, kevin
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Old 11-01-2020, 05:48 AM   #2
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Rock wind, when I had a Dodge dualy with a Cummins, extended cab and 8 ft bed,I had hauled a 10 ft. Lance truck camper. I also pulled a 20 ft car trailer but I had to get a 48 in extension from the receiver to the trailer.
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My thought is, yes, at least we did for at least 40 years. Our first truck was a '69 F250 4wd that I bought and converted to diesel in '80. There were some other modifications, but we hauled a 11.5' Security camper as well as towing a 23' Reinell cabin boat to the coast with it just about every other weekend as well as other places. We also towed a tandem axle flatbed from OR to WV with a car for my mother (no salt in OR). We also towed other things with it. We had it 17 years and about 100k miles.

After that we had a '89 Dodge Cummins W250 and 11.5' Caribou. We made many cross country trips with it flat towing first a Samurai and later a Tracker among other things, including the boat, motorcycles, etc. The Caribou was a heavy camper at about 4k lbs and some modifications were made to the suspension and brakes. We had that combination for 23 years and about 200k miles.

Our current TC, after a few years with MHs, is a '96 Dodge Cummins 2500 4wd and '96 Lance 945 (11' 3"). I plan to flat tow the Tracker with it, among other things.

Your F-350 should be fine, within limits, and perhaps with some modifications. It's a matter of looking at everything affected, tires, axle, suspension, brakes, to determine if it is capable of carrying the load that will be placed on it, and modifying if necessary.

Best of luck with it.

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Old 11-02-2020, 12:54 PM   #4
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You need to check everything but is your truck a DRW? ......most 11' campers plus a car trailer with a 4000 lb vehicle on it are going to put you way over your GVWR. I've hauled a 6500 lb trailer behind my Bigfoot 30C10.11 with custom overload springs and a Superhitch Class V hitch and extension before. I wouldn't do it with a SRW

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my truck is my gvwr is 6300 lb my front axle is 3000lb, my rear axle is 3450lb
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my truck is my gvwr is 6300 lb my front axle is 3000lb, my rear axle is 3450lb
you sure? The GVWR of my 1 ton is 12,000 lbs. 15 years ago they used to make an F150 with 7,700 lbs GVWR. I had a 2001 GMC 2500 6.5 diesel and a 1996 F250 7.3 PSD and IIRC the GVWR on both was around 9,000 lbs.

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My thought is, yes, at least we did for at least 40 years. Our first truck was a '69 F250 4wd that I bought and converted to diesel in '80. There were some other modifications, but we hauled a 11.5' Security camper as well as towing a 23' Reinell cabin boat to the coast with it just about every other weekend as well as other places. We also towed a tandem axle flatbed from OR to WV with a car for my mother (no salt in OR). We also towed other things with it. We had it 17 years and about 100k miles.

After that we had a '89 Dodge Cummins W250 and 11.5' Caribou. We made many cross country trips with it flat towing first a Samurai and later a Tracker among other things, including the boat, motorcycles, etc. The Caribou was a heavy camper at about 4k lbs and some modifications were made to the suspension and brakes. We had that combination for 23 years and about 200k miles.

Our current TC, after a few years with MHs, is a '96 Dodge Cummins 2500 4wd and '96 Lance 945 (11' 3"). I plan to flat tow the Tracker with it, among other things.

Your F-350 should be fine, within limits, and perhaps with some modifications. It's a matter of looking at everything affected, tires, axle, suspension, brakes, to determine if it is capable of carrying the load that will be placed on it, and modifying if necessary.

Best of luck with it.

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I just thought I'd add that our trucks were all single rear wheel, but I bought the best tires I could find with the heaviest rating.

I was comfortable with that, but others may not be.

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you sure? The GVWR of my 1 ton is 12,000 lbs. 15 years ago they used to make an F150 with 7,700 lbs GVWR. I had a 2001 GMC 2500 6.5 diesel and a 1996 F250 7.3 PSD and IIRC the GVWR on both was around 9,000 lbs.

Thanks. I was looking at the wrong picture( my 4runner).

My truck gvwr is 9900 lbs
Front 5200lb rear 6830 lb gawr
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I just thought I'd add that our trucks were all single rear wheel, but I bought the best tires I could find with the heaviest rating.

I was comfortable with that, but others may not be.

Steve
Steve. Thanks for an amazing, informative post I really appreciate it. After doing some math I think Iím gonna look for about between an eight to a 9 foot camper
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I'd point out that unless I'm miss-reading, Dix39 was flat towing his Samurai and Tracker and you are talking about using a car trailer......big difference as you have no tongue weight flat towing.

in 2002 I had a Ram 2500 SRW diesel with custom springs and Rancho 9000 shocks with a Bigfoot 25C9.6 with a dry weight of 2,600 lbs. I believe the truck's GVWR was 9000 lbs and we were about 11,000 lbs rolling down the road. It handled it fine but I wouldn't tow a car trailer behind it.

stickers aside, I think the tires are the biggest issue when it comes to truck campers and sway. Some people have even swapped over to 19.5" commercial sized tires to get a far greater weight capacity and reduce sway. Most of the high end outfitters like Earthroamer swap the duallies off their trucks and use a 19.5" "super single".

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