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RE: weight advice

Heaviest I've scaled the rear axle is 10,400. When towing I crank up the weight distribution and try to keep the camper weight down. Ie travel with less water, etc....if possible. We actually have a toyhauler now, so the enclosed trailer plus truck camper hasn't been used together since. We love the TC for camping and short trips. the Toyhauler for riding trips where we camp for days in the same spot. W
2BLAZERS 09/23/16 02:23pm Truck Campers
RE: weight advice

we have a 2015 Ram 3500 tradesman addition dually 4x4 crew cab long bed. Cummins, Aisin trans. Torqlift steel tie down system. GVWR is 14,000 lbs. following info from Ram Body builders guide: empty weight 8319 lbs. payload 5680 max camper 4581 Only thing I have added is Big Wig sway bar. weight inside the truck is just the Wife and I. Currently we have a wolf creek 840. we tow a 7x14 box trailer with a motorcycle in it. Toung weight is? (2 people can pick it up) anyway, we are looking at a Artic Fox 996. Truck camper mag has some figures. Dry weight 3934 with mandatory option pack (plus we will add AC 200w solar and our brand new memory foam will replace stock mattresses) Wet weight *Arctic Fox 996: dry weight, 3,934 pounds + 53 gallons fresh, 442 pounds + 6 gallon full hot water heater, 50 pounds + 2x 30-pound full propane tanks, 54 pounds + 2 batteries, 130 pounds + stuff, 500 pounds = 5,110 pounds Currently my truck still sits 1" higher in back than front with Wolf creek and trailer hooked up. Will my truck still be OK without modifications and teh 996? On paper its only 1500 lbs more than WC Currently my truck still sits 1" higher in back than front with Wolf creek and trailer hooked up. would love to be level so I don't always need blocks under front tires on level ground. Maybe 1500 lbs would do the trick :). You'll be fine but I bet you'll be asking about airbags, Stabilloads and SuperSprings in no time. I went step by step: First was stock truck....to much sway and skwishyness. Added upper stabile loads. got me 1/2'', still swishy and sway. Added Big Wig sway bar....much better on the sway. Added Supersprings - so much better. Rear is rock solid now. Just want to upgrade the shocks to adjustable Ranchos and it'll be perfect. :) On our 2016 Ram carrying a AF 1150 DB. We went with SuperSprings. Best mod for heavy hauling in my book. Not towing we are around 9,200-9,750 on the rear axle. We can be at 10,400 on the rear axle if we stuff the camper and tow. Note that I also have Titan Fuel tanks under my truck so I'm carrying 85 gallons of diesel, this is 53 gallons more than stock and adds some weight. This was done just 2 months ago. Just paid the American Express on this mode, ouch $$$$$ . http://i.imgur.com/k82drYrl.jpg
2BLAZERS 09/23/16 10:01am Truck Campers
RE: Diesel vs gas for truck campers?

I wouldn't be scared of hauling a truck camper with a newer gas motor. The new gas motors have the power of the 15 year old diesel trucks. Gas will get you where you want, gas motor and purchase price is cheaper. Gas is running cheaper than diesel around us pretty much all the time for the last 12 years of us having a diesel. Diesel with just a truck camper will feel like a rocket ship, ours does. I love the diesel in my truck. But we also tow behind our TC and have a large toyhauler.
2BLAZERS 09/23/16 09:50am Truck Campers
RE: Do You Lower Your Jacks When Parked

Recently we saw a TC camped out in an RV campground with its jack posts lowered ... I suppose for additional stability when parked. We have never done this and if fact, never thought of doing it until we saw it for ourselves. Do you lower your jack posts for stability when parked? Only if she is with me. She doesn't like the movement of me walking in it. If I'm camped by myself I don't lower them, even if I'm there for days.
2BLAZERS 09/23/16 09:44am Truck Campers
RE: What Is a realistic discount to expect off MSRP?

We love Apache too..... yes check the website but also ask for quotes via the website and or call. They'll throw lower numbers and/or throw in freebies like fastguns. Also if your looking at Lance Campers, look at Curtis Trailers....their website is showing prices on 2017 that are 25 -28 percent off or so. Then call for a ''best'' quote. LOL. We bought our toyhauler from Curtis. I have to admit that I have no idea what Lance camper msrp's are. But if you go to Lance's website, and do a dealer search there you can find every model, by serial number, that is in the dealer's inventory. All of the various options that are on the unit are also itemized. That's pretty neat. However, Lance's website also shows the MSRP on thes units (I assume this is with the options that are on the unit?) but when I look at a Lance 975 camper at Curtis, for example, Curtis lists its MSRP as $54,000 (hence the 25-28% discounts) but Lance only shows that unit's MSRP as being $47,000. I wonder what the real MSRP is on this unit? John Not sure what is happening there.....but when we were toyhauler shopping the ones we really looked at had a factory MSRP lists on the inside of the trailers that matched Curtis Trailers MSRP website....and other dealers had the same lists. Made it easy to see which units had which options. So you can compare units with slightly different options. And I had 3 dealers that readily e-mailed PDF attachments of these Factory MSRP and option lists when I asked. You would think 3 trailers were exactly the same but when you dug into it. You could find 3 options that totaled $ 3K in differnces. For example,toyhauler ramp playpen sides, 2nd freshwater tank, 2nd ''large'' LCD tv in bedroom.
2BLAZERS 09/23/16 09:19am Truck Campers
RE: Just Suspension Recommendations - No Legal Weight Advice

http://i.imgur.com/WoAQDBdl.jpg I'm a fan of SuperSprings. On my 2011 Ram 3500, did airbags, still needed to do SuperSprings. So did both. On my 2016, Ram 3500, went straight to Supersprings, have skipped airbags. Also have a front leveling kit and Rear Hellwig Big wig. Next is upgrading the shocks, either the adjustable Ranchos again or heavy duty Bilsteins (still trying to decide)
2BLAZERS 09/21/16 03:47pm Truck Campers
RE: What Is a realistic discount to expect off MSRP?

http://www.curtistrailers.com/rv/portland+or/lance+truckcamper/2341/lance+lance+1172 Like this is showing a 28percent discount on a 2017 on the website....pays to shop around outside your state and region. But Oregon is a hot market for new campers and trailers right now.
2BLAZERS 09/20/16 09:47am Truck Campers
RE: What Is a realistic discount to expect off MSRP?

We love Apache too..... yes check the website but also ask for quotes via the website and or call. They'll throw lower numbers and/or throw in freebies like fastguns. Also if your looking at Lance Campers, look at Curtis Trailers....their website is showing prices on 2017 that are 25 -28 percent off or so. Then call for a ''best'' quote. LOL. We bought our toyhauler from Curtis.
2BLAZERS 09/20/16 09:46am Truck Campers
RE: Buying first TC, want the "perfect" used rig (cold weather)

And don't be afraid of going brand new if you can get a decent deal on closeout years or you can just negotiate well. We paid $26K for our 2011 camper brand new. Looking over craigslist looks like we could get over 22-23k for it. While a brand new 2017 one looks to be about $38K at the local dealer....msrp is about 55k. Yes I like brand new, but we shop carefully and you should be able to get 30 percent off the MSRP. Did the same on our toyhauler. If new ones were similar price when you bought yours, you negotiated down to almost 50 percent of MSRP. That's amazing. I'd sure buy new for that price. I'm a decent negotiator, but I can't imagine any sane dealer giving 50 percent off MSRP or roughly another 30 percent of their price on the lot. Reality check? Are there better dealers for that? Better states? Well the MSRP on these things have really climbed the last few years. The MSRP on the 2011 back then was around 38k if I remember correctly. But yes $26K was amazing. Lance's large side door model was our other final pick and we couldn't get the dealer to go below $35K on it.... (yes some option differences, but still crazy $$$ difference)
2BLAZERS 09/20/16 09:38am Truck Campers
RE: What TC destinations?

We live 30 minutes south of Portland, OR. We love Oregon. We are certainly blest to be able to go to the coast or central Oregon any weekend. For longer trips, we LOVE Utah. We also hit Montana (Glacier and family reunion) twice this summer. Spent some time in WA and ID too.
2BLAZERS 09/19/16 11:15am Truck Campers
RE: Buying first TC, want the "perfect" used rig (cold weather)

We've had our 2011 Arctic Fox 1150 in single digits several times. It does great keeping things warm inside. Some of my favorite camping is snow camping. And yes we keep the slide out open the entire time. AF does include a remote, a backup plugin remote. And the jacks can also be raised with a 3/8 ratchet wrench. The slideout also has a backup system. A long ''wrench'' is included too. And don't be afraid of going brand new if you can get a decent deal on closeout years or you can just negotiate well. We paid $26K for our 2011 camper brand new. Looking over craigslist looks like we could get over 22-23k for it. While a brand new 2017 one looks to be about $38K at the local dealer....msrp is about 55k. Yes I like brand new, but we shop carefully and you should be able to get 30% off the MSRP. Did the same on our toyhauler.
2BLAZERS 09/19/16 11:10am Truck Campers
RE: ARE they building what WE want??

My trailer is an 06 Raptor and at some point I want to buy new again,but will it be made better,and serve my needs better.Please feel free to ad on to my wish list. 1 Total loaded weight around 15k- 18k. 2 water cap around 100 to 150.Black and gray to match. 3 total max length 40ft. 4 Garage 14ft if enclosed,open-whatever,both styles are needed. 5 I like a three axle ride,esp if on rough roads or sand 6 7k 16in axles, overbuild with air ride suspension 7 Fiberglass sides with as little graphics as possible,Arizona pinstripping is a PITA. 8 good clearance at rear(i have a 3ft skid plate on mine) 9 4 batts,and quality Inverter/charger 3000w pure sine wave,all receptacles hooked working 10 I like the option of having elec or gas refig,esp if under trees for a week or 2... but make it BIG,or 2nd refrig. 11 5500 genny with 2 hvac or 7k possible,Fuel injected 12 All leds 13 A liveable interior with King bed in main bedroom 14 Nice size bathroom..Nothing fancy,but nice.corian ok,no granite,no glass bowl-sinks, make it last not showy. One bathroom,who wants to clean 2.... 15 2 motor landing gear 16 Proven slide system ..I Like bedroom and living room slides..Be able to use bathroom w/o using slide, and able to get to refrig w/o using slide....Not possible in most of new TH.... 17 LT tires name brand... 18 Fiberglass roof I have 2 grandkids that camp with us when possible and they sleep on air materesses in garage,with their own TV,DVR and game system. It gives them their own space and usually all kids come to watch movies. I know everyone camps different,but I am boondoggeling in NF at dunes,or sometimes in CG.I probably camp in spots that most cannot believe,but it is all about the view in the am with a cup of joe. You can get a 40' ++ triple axle, King size bed and 14' garage now. I think a lot of it after that is ordering options and doing a little customizing. I know with my Stealth, 106 gallon fresh water is standard and they have another 40-50 tank as a cheap factory option. LED is pretty standard now. Genny's are getting bigger for the 2 or 3 AC units. Solar is optional on many. Fridges have gotten huge. But you are in a 6 figure toyhauler now. :) For me the biggest improvement the RV industry could make would be on water proofing. A lifetime, leakfree roof like the RV Flex Armor system. And then to use seals that don't require chalking and rechalking and checking constantly. My 1976 K5 Blazer doesn't have water leaks, why should a 5 year old camper be any differnt? And don't get me started on **** the RV service industry calls ready to camp from the dealer, and the length of time it takes it takes to get things fixed after your first outing.
2BLAZERS 09/12/16 12:03pm Toy Haulers
RE: Sad day at Winchester Bay for ATV community

Pretty crazy, but the drunk guy was found, and charges made on even his dad who tried to help cover for his drunk 25 year old son. Been interesting reading all the news reports and postings on Sand Adiks and other groups. Just another reason I only drink around the campfire AFTER the quad and RZR and locked up for the night and we really don't ride after dark either. But yes, it is maddening, when my daughter is harnessed into the RZR I want to know that the other RZR coming over the hill is not piloted by a drunk idiot. Or a guy that ''just a had a couple beers, but is fine''.......... And you never want to be the guy that had 2 beers, rode the RZR and yet hit someone accidently. Drinking is not an accident. Running and hiding makes it much worse for this guy. He'll do some good time. Rumor has it he has 4 DUI already. And now there is a boycott on his dad's business too. Since his dad helped to cover it up.
2BLAZERS 09/09/16 10:22am Toy Haulers
RE: What did you do to your Toy Hauler today???

Picked ours up from the dealership service department yesterday. After they repaired a few minor things on it since we've now camped in it a dozen times: 2017 Stealth WA2916 These are the items we found not working, they fixed everything but the DVD is on order: DVD player stops after 20 seconds - on order. back right burner - fixed. Hotwater on electric - fixed. Outside shower leaked into slide out - fixed. Broken gear on powered jack, worked a few times, then started making an awful grinding sound while still working - replaced. Kitchen silverware drawer, broken support inside cabinet/not working/not staying in - fixed. Took too long for my tastes at the shop. Like give me the appointment date when you are going to work on it and I'll have it there before hand. Don't sit on it for 3 weeks. But it is all fixed now with the exception of the DVD player being on order. And we had them add a Slideout Cover. I have 5 vent covers to install now and we'll be good to go once the DVD player is fixed. My daughter is the one that wants the DVD player working so badly, LOL. Kids!
2BLAZERS 09/08/16 12:15pm Toy Haulers
RE: Speed is not your friend

This guy passed us in a 75 MPH zone and we were doing about 4 over. This was about 5 miles further down the interstate. The end result I read these and I always want more details....was it a 1500 or a 1 ton. Was it gas or diesel, what make and model of truck and trailer. Was weight distribution and sway being used, etc.... Cause really a tent trailer can wreck small SUV with enough sway. But yep, slowing down some, never hurt nothing. The older I get the slower I'm going with my camper and/or toyhauler.
2BLAZERS 09/06/16 11:25am Toy Haulers
RE: Speed is not your friend

Though I love the 80mph zones when we are driving our car. When I'm hauling the camper or towing I just do 70 if the speed zone is for 70 or more. Most of Oregon is 65 zone, so i do 65. The truck will pull the load at 90 but the fuel mileage just seems to really tank fast above 70. And there is that safety thing too. I want to live another day and I want my family to live another day too. To me the most interesting thing is if I go 70 in a 70 zone in Oregon I get passed by about the same number of cars, trucks, trailers, etc....as when I go 70 in the 80 zones of ID, MT, and UT. The safest hwy is when all vehicles are going about the same speed to avoid the overtaking and lane changes.
2BLAZERS 09/06/16 11:21am Toy Haulers
RE: Gone Dry

Tumalo is a pretty small campground that is usually full all weekends. LaPine would be a good bet as it's just far enough away from Bend. I bet it will be half empty tonight. You could also just go to the OHV area know as East Fort Rock in the Deschutes National Forest. It is 20 miles east of Bend. I'd imagine it would be emptying fast today. Note this has vault toilets, no hookups, no dump, no water. It's dry camping.
2BLAZERS 09/05/16 05:16pm Truck Campers
RE: Spare Tire

And note that I have seen 3 single rear wheel pickups hauling campers with rear flat tires in the last 4 weeks. Just saw one last night on a Ford f350 pulling a boat behind the camper. One of these three, the one we saw in Idaho the entire wheel/tire was gone and he was grinding the brake drum. Looked like a fun ride had happened based on the pavement scrapes.
2BLAZERS 09/02/16 11:12am Truck Campers
RE: Spare Tire

Curious about spare tires. I've not had a flat on the last three trucks. With a dually, one could always remove the flat and continue (slowly) on the remaining 5 tires. There's plenty of people running heavy campers on single rear wheels, the load rating of the OEM tires in single use on my Ford is 3750 which would be slightly under the 3920 I measure on each rear. Driven slowly to the next place to have the flat fixed is probably going to work. And you get to use the spare location for another fuel tank. Any opinions? I personally never travel without a spare tire for my truck nor any trailer I might be dragging. Also my 18volt impact wrench, impact sockets, breaker bar, jacks, etc.... I have a heavy camper so to take the duals to a single would mean almost 5K on a tire. That won't last long, might get me to an exit or something.....so another reason I still carry a spare.
2BLAZERS 09/02/16 11:10am Truck Campers
RE: Spare Tire

Funny thing I haven't changed a flat tire on my 2016 Ram nor on my old 2011 nor the 2005. All were duallys and I always run good tires. If you are running dually's and have good tires, it's likely a very rare event. I think my last flat on a pickup or SUV was 15 years ago or more. Now trailer tires are completely different, LOL. Now on my 2016 I installed the 55 gallon replacement tank and the 30 gallon ''spare tire'' tanks made by Titan Tanks so lost my spare tire area.. my solution is the tire is chained into the bed of the truck or on a ''reciever hitch carrier which I can mount under the camper overhang or on the front of the truck too on the front hitch.
2BLAZERS 08/30/16 11:29am Truck Campers
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