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RE: How Big?

My wife and I are about to begin a new career as catastrophic insurance adjusters and will possibly be on the road for 6-8 mos at a time. She wants a new 44ft toy hauler and I am leaning toward a smaller used 5th wheel until we see if staying in a rv is at all what we want. I have pulled bumper trailers all my life, but know nothing about 5th wheel adventures. Any input would be appreciated. Scott I would not jump into a new 44ft toy hauler unless you knew you liked the 5th wheel pulling and knew for certain that size worked for your situation. Like you said ''USED 5th wheel'' would work great and you are not out all the depreciation of a new toy hauler. If a used fifth wheel works you can upgrade later without losing your shirt. I found gooseneck and fifth wheels pull so much easier than bumper pulls. And what truck do you have? Diesel?, dually? New? Newer? None yet?
2BLAZERS 10/05/15 05:51pm Toy Haulers
RE: 2004 Arctic Fox 1140 ?

Skip it unless your going dually. The 1140 is pretty much the same weight as the 1150 I have and I could not imagine putting it on a SRW truck. The camper is easily 5K pounds ready to camp and why my new truck is 14K GVW.
2BLAZERS 10/05/15 03:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Prep for a Hurricane

First possible hurricane winds with my TC in the back yard, I have already put a tarp over it and secured that very well, also put the TC on pallets to take some of the weight off the jacks. I put extra water in the tank to make it heavier, anything else I should do to prep the TC for the high winds? I don't want to put it in storage yet as I still have trips planned. Why not just load it up for a few days?
2BLAZERS 10/01/15 11:15am Truck Campers
RE: Why don't the MFG's weigh them?

If I owned a RV sales store I think it would be really helpful to have a scale to weigh everything for the customers or offer to take it to a local CAT certified scale..... Would be real education to weigh someones pickup empty, add the tie downs and Superhitch, etc... than be able to shop and look at TCs knowing the sticker shows the true weight right then and there.... And one can do this pretty much by weighing their truck before shopping and a little web searching....
2BLAZERS 10/01/15 11:12am Truck Campers
RE: Are Dually Extension Brackets Unsafe?

http://i.imgur.com/xe6Q5wel.jpg I am on my 3rd dually. I daily drive my dually. 20-22K miles a year total. I even take it over the passes several times a year. I take it down mucky Forest Service roads all the time. I have never had a rock stuck between the duals. It hauls the camper great, it does fine in the snow and ice. When it comes time for new tires I go with Goodyear Duratracs that have the snowflake rating. I'm happy with my choice. Always fun reading the SRW v DRW posts.
2BLAZERS 09/30/15 01:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Newbie Lurker - TC Arctic Fox for Year round Living

Very nice! Congrats! Why did you not get the Arctic Fox, Fox Landing steps?
2BLAZERS 09/28/15 12:40pm Truck Campers
RE: 2016 Ram 3500 1 month ownership thoughts

It appears it looks pretty level without the trailer. I'm wondering if you have too much weight forward in the trailer. I would say no. The RZR is as far back as possible, quad is in front of the RZR...across the front of the trailer is our Honda 2000, helmets, riding clothes, armload of firewood, etc... Plus weight distribution was being used. Rear most of the trailer is the spare, fuel cans, and jack.... The trailer after weight distribution does not sink the rear axle that much. And I think camera angles are in play here.... next time I load I'll take a straight on pic and tape measure the rear squat with and without the trailer.
2BLAZERS 09/28/15 12:33pm Truck Campers
RE: Florida Life with a TC?

Thanks for the replies. The area is Melbourne, FL. My #1 priority is top schools for my two kids and that limits me (IMHO) to one area of N. Melbourne/Viera and I see now they are ALL restricted/HOA communities. I'll plan for off-site TC paid storage for now, next is I'm guessing a DRW is a commercial FL truck, so my next problem is finding a home with a deep garage as I doubt I can leave it outside. Although may HOA have restrictions about parking a truck,(not with TC,) some do not. When it comes to "commercial," many communities define it as a truck with lettering for a business on the outside, or tools or tool rack in the bed. Regular trucks are not. The only way you can be sure is read the covenants and restrictions for that particular HOA. A real estate agent can get them for you. Read them VERY CAREFULLY. Many sad stories have resulted from buyers that did not. Good Luck in your search. In Oregon many HOA's define ''Commercial'' truck as any 350/3500. Or 10K GVW. Of course these were written back in the days when no one bought a pickup except for contractors or farmers.... Just be careful and have a really great Realtor that knows these issues. We might hate HOA rules but many people love the HOA rules and move there for the cleaner and ''better'' neighborhood feel.
2BLAZERS 09/28/15 11:56am Truck Campers
RE: 2016 Ram 3500 1 month ownership thoughts

And just more FYI....I do daily drive this truck. My office is only 6 miles from home. It will see about 20K miles a year. About 10K miles will be towing and/or hauling the camper and/or Enclosed Trailer. The rest are my work miles visiting clients outside the office, running around town, church, gym, shopping, visiting my mom, etc....but the priority is to carry the camper safely with my family on board.
2BLAZERS 09/28/15 11:49am Truck Campers
2016 Ram 3500 1 month ownership thoughts

So here are the loaded up pics.... Just an overall shot, 2016 Ram 3500 with Arctic Fox 1150 Drybath loaded up plus our Enclosed Trailer. Trailer has a RZR and a Quad in it plus other camping stuff... http://i.imgur.com/0MGoDdNl.jpg With no trailer, 1st loading http://i.imgur.com/ajo9Ot4l.jpg View from the back http://i.imgur.com/AYF2m6Tl.jpg Straight on shot showing the squat.. http://i.imgur.com/PjPFMs3l.jpg Only mods to the truck so far, SuperHitch and Frame mounts for carrying the camper and hooking up the trailer. Only suspension mod so far is Upper Stable Loads. The truck handles great, definitely feel the better truck brakes compared to our 2011. For sure feel the added 250# of torque too. Very much in love with the truck. 2100 miles so far on it in a month. :) Not sure what the next mods will be...Ultimate goal is to have the truck sitting level as pictured. Not sure if lower stable loads will help that much. As it sits I would not hesitate to use the truck/camper/trailer combo now, it handles great. Just want the camper more level. Options are many: SuperSprings, Lower Stable Loads and/or Airbags...time to start investigating and pricing out. I did love having Supersprings and Airbags on our 2011 truck. I think the squat is too much for just airbags to handle without getting tippy at this point. Will also need to do a front hitch on the truck. Plan on a the Big Wig rear stabilizer bar too before next summer travels. One thing I did on my old 2011 truck I will not do on this was the front leveling kit. Also on my old truck I had the 9 way adjustable Ranchos, great for fine tuning but Ill use up the stock shocks first. I welcome your comments and advice.
2BLAZERS 09/28/15 11:42am Truck Campers
RE: Photo Thread - Post a Photo of Your Truck Camper Here

Well,,,, how did it do? I've got a follow up posting coming don't want to junk up this one....
2BLAZERS 09/28/15 11:29am Truck Campers
RE: Rancho 9000XL shock setting help please.

On my 2011 Ram 3500 dually hauling our 2011 Arctic Fox 1150 Empty 7/1 Loaded 9/9
2BLAZERS 09/28/15 10:56am Truck Campers
RE: Photo Thread - Post a Photo of Your Truck Camper Here

Here is the new 2016 Ram 3500 with our Arctic Fox 1150 and Enclosed Trailer (containing a RZR and a Quad). Only mods to the truck so far are the SuperHitch, Camper tie downs and the Upper Stable Loads. http://i.imgur.com/2akVDKPl.jpg
2BLAZERS 09/28/15 10:54am Truck Campers
RE: Ram 3500 2011 to a 2016 Ram 3500

http://i.imgur.com/z1Vr1cBl.jpg http://i.imgur.com/Y3R938sl.jpg Now the 2016 is ready for camper hauling duty. Superhitch, Frame mounts and upper Stable Loads got done today. Besiders these items just mentioned the truck is 100% stock.. Will load up and try it this weekend.... Will see if we need to do: Rear Bigwig, lower stable loads, SuperSprings, Airbags, etc.... one thing at a time. Are going to Roy Benson this weekend for the central oregon sxs meet and trail run? Nope, have not heard of it...which group is this? Facebook, online forum or what? Private message me the info and I'll look at the group for future events. I went riding at TSF - Browns camp last weekend. Might run the RZR on Saturday at Browns Camp again. I do love Bend, Redmond areas and riding at East Fort Rock.
2BLAZERS 09/25/15 11:16am Truck Campers
RE: Ram 3500 2011 to a 2016 Ram 3500

http://i.imgur.com/z1Vr1cBl.jpg http://i.imgur.com/Y3R938sl.jpg Now the 2016 is ready for camper hauling duty. Superhitch, Frame mounts and upper Stable Loads got done today. Besiders these items just mentioned the truck is 100% stock.. Will load up and try it this weekend.... Will see if we need to do: Rear Bigwig, lower stable loads, SuperSprings, Airbags, etc.... one thing at a time.
2BLAZERS 09/22/15 04:15pm Truck Campers
RE: Do I REALLY need a dually?

I searched the forums and the answers I'm reading pertain to towing capacity. Having a truck camper SIT on a rig is more about hauling, right? I'm looking at used Ford and Chevy F-350/3500 4x4 diesel trucks. I don't plan to buy a camper with a slide out. This will be my first camper and I want to keep things as simple as possible without going TOO small. I realize a dually will provide more stability ... but do I really NEED one? I plan to drive all year for two years which will include Winter Camping. Those hips make parking more difficult and I'm not sure if they help or not in sand, mud, and snow. (I suppose they would...) Then, there's the extra cost of tires Vs. the added safety should one rear tire blow while driving. So the heart of the question is... Given I will not be hauling the heaviest camper, and I will not have a slide-out... do I really need a dually truck? The answer is no, as long as you know the limits. I'd suggest seriously shopping and looking at the camper FIRST. It is all about the numbers, GVW, axle ratings, wheel and tire ratings. If you stay light enough on the camper you can easily make it work. Will a dually handle any camper better than a SRW, yes. Needed, no. Note that I am on my third dually but we have a big heavy camper and tow heavy at the same time. :)
2BLAZERS 09/21/15 04:12pm Truck Campers
RE: We made it home from our trip out West...barely

Just fyi, many people out West regularly carry TCs in windy areas with SRWs. Not that I'm against you getting a DRW ... When is not windy? Columbia Gorge is horrible for blasting gusts....
2BLAZERS 09/21/15 04:07pm Truck Campers
RE: new toyhaulers? really?

I ride quads with two differnt families that have Weekend Warriors that would not trade them for anything else. Triple Axle bumper pulls that just swallow a ton of toys.
2BLAZERS 09/17/15 02:24pm Toy Haulers
RE: new toyhaulers? really?

Either he's exaggerating what he paid for it, or he's bad at negotiating. That trailer shouldn't be more than about $40k. But like BMW owners like to brag about how much the spent....most of use like to brag about the deal we got. LOL.
2BLAZERS 09/17/15 02:22pm Toy Haulers
RE: New Truck Camper Owner seeks truck advice

I personally think your truck will barely handle it. I'm betting you'll be over 14K GVW.... I just went from a 2011 to a 2016 Ram 3500 DRW CC 14K GVW and I carry a Arctic Fox 1150 which is pretty heavy on its own. Frame mounts are getting done next week. For weight carrying I will start with Stabil loads. I'll load up and try it. I'm figuring I will end up with Super Springs and a BigWig Rear stabilzer bar too in short order. Airbags will be a last resort for fine tuning not taking all the load.
2BLAZERS 09/17/15 02:14pm Truck Campers
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