We are new to T/C and are look at both a newly used camper, and maybe a truck. Currently we have a 2004 F-250 crewcab, shortbox,& I believe it has the camper package.
I hope to be trading the truck sometime in the next year. So never having a DRW pickup, should I consider one.
For those of you who have had both, does the dually give you alot more stability? I know your next question how much weight. looking at campers in that 8-9'length HS probably 1800-1900lbs. Like the Northstar Arrow 8.5 but not sure yet. The Arrow's dry weight is 1890lbs.
I see alot of people adding airbags, over loadspring, and etc. Does all these extra addon's help? I assume they help with ride, levelness, stability??? All advice is appreciated.
Thanks the newbie, Doug
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2008 Ford F-350 Dually Flatbed
2013 NorthStar Arrow 8.5 with side storage compartments.
I suggest a dually unless you are getting a lightweight camper.
By the way I have a Northstar 8.5 Arrow and it weighs a lot more than 1800-1900 lbs. I have lots of options (and 2 big AGM batteries) on mine which adds to the weight. Fully loaded for a trip it comes in around 3000 lbs.
I did carry it on a 2001 Chevy 2500HD (with upgrades). I was about 800 lbs over GVWR but under on tire and axle ratings.
I have certified weights of the camper on the Chevy and on the current Ram 3500.
06 Dodge 3500,Dually,CTD,Auto,QC,4X4,Torklifts,Fastguns
2008 Northstar 8.5 Arrow, 100W AM Solar
2011 KZ Durango 275 RL 5er----Up for Sale
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The DRW has worked best for us (have had both SRW and DRW). Definitely gives more stability and weight capacity. At first we thought having the "wide hips" would be a problem, but has not worked out that way. The only issue is we tend to park a little further away at shopping centers and other parking lots. Not a bad thing.
I've had both. Owning a DRW truck is most beneficial if you are using a heavy TC. Also, whats to say you wont upgrade to a heavier TC down the road. You might be restricted as to what you can get if you own a SRW truck. I use my DRW truck as a daily driver and for hauling. To me, Im so used to it that its like running around in any other vehicle. I just park further away from the stores and take 2 spaces instead of one. The walk does me good.
For those of you who have had both, does the dually give you alot more stability?
Yes, its like a night and day difference. But many (maybe most) truck campers are on SRW trucks. In comes down to a few things:
1) camper weight
2) will you be towing anything
3) hitch extension length
4) what percentage of miles will the camper be on the truck
5) how fast dow you plan on driving on the highway
6) short bed or long bed
7) how important is a "rock steady" ride to you
8) garage door width
9) neighborhood covenants
10) what else will you use your truck for wo/camper
Pick out your camper first, then pick the truck to safely haul it.
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1996 Lance 500 and 2006 F-350 PSD 4X4 DRW Our Truck Camper Photos
I've owned both and only love my DRW truck when I'm pulling or hauling. As a truck just to drive, I hate it. A dually may be essential for some of the reason listed above but I'd think hard about it if it wasn't mandatory.
Truck: 2006 Dodge 3500 Dually
Camper: 2007 Eagle Cap 850
Boat: 2003 Jetcraft 2125 - Yamaha 150 HP & 8 HP Kicker
BradW, Thanks. I farm, but have gotten along fine with 3/4 thus far, but I figured since we will be exchanging down the road I might entertain a 1 ton. the only thing besides some pulling, is plowing snow, I have a Boss 9.2' V-plow about 1,200lbs. some manufactures don't recommend adding a plow to a diesel because of excess weight and wearing out front ball joints faster. Any thoughts on this????