Finally got the projects on the new trailer done, as well as a couple truck upgrades, so I went out for a 4-day boondock run. Went to a little place to go play in the sand called Beverly ORV Park, just south of I-90 near Vantage. Ran 3 passes, Tiger Mtn, Snoqualmie Pass, and our notorious "Vantage Hill" (otherwise known as radiator hill).
Truck changes done this last couple weeks-- Banks Quick Turbo kit that involves new exhaust-side housing, compressor side wheel, and new Big Head waste gate.
New trailer - replaced a 20' 7k lb Interstate enclosed trailer with a shiny new 2015 26' 10k Wells Cargo. Put a 19' motorized awning and 550 watts of solar on it, equipped it with three 145aH batteries, beverage fridge and freestanding icemaker.
So - new turbo and cold air intake - clearly, the PCM/ECU had to learn a new airflow/fuel curve. Initially, I thought, man, what a waste of money, less boost, higher egts. But after about 30 minutes it started to come alive. I have more power, and better MPG. Pulling all 3 passes, I gained on average 5mph, and at the end of this trip pulling all these passes I used to average 7.5mpg, fill up/calculator method had me now @ 8.7mpg -- and the trailer is 1,500lbs heavier.
Trailer is 1,500lbs heavier
Gained 5mph pulling hills
Gained 1.2mpg, from 7.5 to 8.7
Cruising flat 60mph - boost came down from 8lbs to 5lbs, pyro from 850 to 750.
Worth noting - my mpg is not that bad when running on the flats, it's the 3 passes that kill it whenever I head east.
The new trailer hauled like a dream... I have the 42" Torklift truss, had to make several sharp turns to get in and out of the fuel stops and campsite, no issues.
Some pics of the place---
It rained for 3 days straight before I got there, hence the muggy, and the big puddle under my truck (and NO, that's not me pullin' the tank handles)
If you get a flat on the trailer will it drag the lower body work? Or hit curbs going over curbs. Looks really low....
Under all tire, wheel and axle ratings.
Slightly over the GVW rating only.
Way under the Gross Combined rating with the trailer and camper.
Fleet manager has a 2016 Ram 3500 on order with my name on it now. The 14K GVW will solve all my ratings. Should be delivered early fall.
Just curious has anyone had a blow out at freeway speeds?
Yes, our old '99 tent trailer, about 5 years ago, one tire going on vacation, other tire coming home, Tires were at least 4 year old. Both went on I84 in Oregon going about 65. Got new tires at Les Schwab and no troubles (sold a few years after that)
On my enclosed trailer on 2 year old tires about two years ago, had one explode, we heard the pop, and then pulled over, Sheriff was behind me and gave us an escort to the side :) About 3 months later another one went. After the second one, took them all to Les Schwab and they pro rated me into a new set of a ''Max Tow'' tires. LS said they actually had so much trouble with the set I popped that they stopped carrying them. A friend of mine with the same tires had two blow outs on one trip and exchanged his in just Like i did. All flats on I84 in Oregon going about 65.
Trouble free on trailer tires now for 12K miles and a couple years.
Dually truck handled the flats like a champ. Camper was on the truck with all the enclosed trailer flats.
It all really a mind game I think when it comes to mpg and time. The difference between 60-65 mph on a 300 mile trip is what 23 minutes. Same with Mpg. The difference between 9-11 on a 300 mile trip is like $18 bucks.
I can tell you though coming from a TT and a underpowered Ford to a TC with a Ram there is a huge difference between 55 and 70 mph on long destination travel.
Here is my math for two weeks ago....driving from Moab, UT home to Keizer Oregon in one day.
1080 miles at 75mph equals 14.4 hours
1080 miles at 65mph equals 16.6 hours
One day driving back, not hauling the camper but towing my enclosed trailer with 3 quads in the trailer, one quad in the bed of the truck. I stuck to 80 in UT and ID where legal, hit Oregon and did pretty much almost 75 all the way to Portland.... :) my buddies and I wanted to get home to our wives after riding quads for a week in Moab.
It depends what the speed limit is.
OR freeway max is 65 so I go about 65.
OR two lane road max is 55 so i go about 60.
WA I will go the speed limit of 70 on the interstates.
When we hit ID and UT with the 80 speed limit I keep it about 72/73 which is the motor turning 2k rpm.
Time is too precious for us to go much slower.
Will the big wig sway bar work on a Dodge 2012 3500 4x4 dually with a super hitch installed?
Should...on my 2011 Ram 3500
Underneath the rear I have the big wig sway bar, SuperSprings, Airbags, SuperHitch everything and a 60 gallon Transfer Flow replacement tank, lots of stuff but it all works....
My best mode for carrying the weight of my AF 1150 was SuperSprings.... we also have airbags but only use the airbags for a little leveling out IF towing. I got the airbags first, should have done the SS first.
My next truck will get SuperSprings before airbags. And Super Springs are a lot cheaper than airbags with compressor and incab adjustment.
Just my .02
Anything is possible. Its just math.
But look at the specs....
If you want a Crewcab long bed 4*4 Ford, about the most payload available is around 4,220. You just need to study the charts and options.
The AF 992 claims a dryweight of 3,235, which is pretty much a lie with some options. So went loaded up to camp you'll be well of the payload capacity.(add 1K plus the humans traveling)
The Eagle Cap claims a dryweight of 3,471 dry.
The AF 992 dryweight is only 130 less than the claimed dry weight of the AF 1150. Would I put my AF 1150 on a SRW truck...heck no. I'm running just over 9,000 on just the rear axle. Can't imagine something only a couple hundred less on a SRW truck.
I like campers with slide outs so I'll be sticking to duallies.
I love my little Honda 2000 genny. Nice and quiet and it will be useful for the next camper too...
I do plan on Solar for our next camper in a couple years, but will still have my Honda 2000 and the built in Propane Generator too.
I'd look more at smaller Class C if they just weren't so close to at capacity.
A great Class C would be starting with the RAM 5500 crewcab 4*4 and then putting on about a 16-18' RV Pod/Camper shell like what Host did for a couple years. There are some Outlander/overlander options but they are big money.
We need towing capacity of about 8K. and we need 4*4 for forest services roads and snow/ice. But we're not going down jeep trails.
This is why even though I'm accountant and CPA I never ever never ever add up receipts on personal expenses, camper, ATV, household, etc.... I don't want to know. :) Ignorance is bliss!
bought new 2011 Ram 3500 and 2011 Arctic Fox 1150, 60 gallon Transfer flow replacement tank, leveling kit, Supersprings, light bar, extra lights (4) HID front and rear Rigids, torklift everything, 48'' extension tie downs fast guns, bed matt, In cab adjustable airbags and Rancho shocks, third set of tires now...and i didn't keep any receipts :)
I started with Airbags....
Added Super Springs to really carry the weight.
Only need airbags now if towing with the camper on just to level a little bit.
Next truck I'll just start with Super Springs...and likely skip the airbags. SS best $400 bang for the buck.
Yes the empty ride got worse, the Super Springs you can set at differnt levels. On my truck it raised the rear end up about 1.5-2 inches, but I also have a leveling kit on the front so it all works great...for me.
In our Arctic Fox, the refrigerator is directly across from the kitchen. This works for us since space is much smaller and you can do a basketball pivot move between sink and refer and not be called for traveling...
These larger units that require you to walk around the corner to reach for perishable or frozen items does not make sense. Put the pantry and wardrobe at the far reach and keep the kitchen together.
Amen to that. I think it was the Lance 1172 my wife said no just because of the fridge placement.....
TC are pretty amazing now a days.
You could likely delete out the fireplace for more storage.
Would you upgrade your truck to a 450/4500 or flatbed chassis cab? Thats what we feel like we will need to do next time if we go any bigger than our AF 1150.
We looked at some new Lances at the Salem, OR RV show the other weekend but was shocked at how many cupboards and drawers weren't latching and several other things amiss....Dear Dealer if your trying to sell it as new make sure everything is in perfect working order...and they didn't even bring in the 1172 with the rear slide/recliners...which they had in stock at their store.