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RE: Pros/cons of Host vs Arctic Fox

2011 Arctic Fox 1150 drybath we bought new for 26K. Still happy with our choice over the other choices. We had the front pass through window replaced because it leaked in heavy rain while driving. Went to a solid window. One brakelight/turn signal went out. Factory mattress was horrible, we replaced. Thermostat is pretty lame on keeping a constant temp. No major components have failed and I've been really crazy about chalking and sealing so we have not had any big leaks yet. I still like the camper and will keep it. That said we're looking into large toyhaulers for our growing family and longer riding trips. But love the camper for quick trips to the small Oregon Coast State RV parks
2BLAZERS 01/21/16 04:21pm Truck Campers
RE: lifted truck?

So how lifted is it? 18'' wheels does not effect anything as its the tire size that matters. My 2011 Dually had a 3'' leveling kit and Supersprings on the rear also brought up the rear. I had no issues with it. Looking at doing the same on my 2016 dually. I personally wouldn't do much more than a leveling kit if I was hauling a truck camper and or towing a large trailer. On a SRW with a lighter camper or popup camper I could see doing a 4 to 6 inch lift on it for fitting larger tires for offroading. So far in life my 2016 is the only truck I have owned that has not ended up being lifted or leveled out :)
2BLAZERS 01/13/16 04:41pm Truck Campers
RE: Ordering a truck

And I'm not sure why everyone is scared of DEF? Its as easy as adding washer fluid. A tank lasts over 4,000 miles for me. You get better mileage than the old raw fuel burning trucks like my 2011. And more power plus all the other refinements over the years. Just the axle ratings, 14K GVW ratings, frame changes, etc....make the new trucks a great and better camper hauler. The only ordering change I would make on my truck....would have added the factory bedliner. Got it done locally for $450 but easier to just order it. 2016 Ram 3500 4*4 Dually 4.10 14k GVW Black on Black, loaded Laramie. http://i.imgur.com/YcaTCSgl.jpg
2BLAZERS 01/05/16 09:38am Truck Campers
RE: Ordering a truck

I am at 23K pounds loaded up so I like having the power on the hills. Nice to be able to accelerate up hills when needed. The 2011 would get slowed down on. If I lived in flat country with 80MPH zones I might have gone for the 3.73. Honestly though I don;t think most people would notice the differnce.
2BLAZERS 01/04/16 04:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Ordering a truck

I believe 72mph is about 2,000 rpm or so. But will need to look again. Just to Salem, OR to Centralia, WA over the weekend (family wedding) but went 80 most of the time :)
2BLAZERS 01/04/16 03:40pm Truck Campers
RE: Ordering a truck

My 2011 truck was a 650# of torque and did not have the Aisin. That said it was a great truck and I had no issues with the motor or tranny. I traded it in with just under 100,000 miles for my 2016. I like new trucks and also as a partner in a firm i take a truck allowance out of the practice to pay for it. So don't mind the low rate payments. 2016 was a custom order by the dealer fleet guy for me. He ordered as soon as he could on the 2016 years, picked it up on 08/28. I always get fully loaded black on black trucks for towing and hauling heavy toys so I pretty much only order trucks. Price was as good as it could be. A few hundred over invoice less a business rebate and free oil changes for the first couple years included as a ''business link'' member. 7,000 miles now and love the truck. The power and handling of weight compared to my 2011 is huge change. 12,200 to a 14K GVW is worth it. Plus the 650# to 900# is unreal and fun :)
2BLAZERS 01/04/16 03:39pm Truck Campers
RE: Ordering a truck

I have heard the 4.10 gears coupled with the Aisin tranny can give you a really short run in 1st gear before it shifts to 2nd. I am sure that is great for getting a very heavy load moving, but it would be nice to lock-out 1st for daily driving. Plenty of SRW guys hauling/towing heavy with 3.42 gears & Aisin tranny's. Not sure gearing matters much with that engine tranny combo. I have the 4.10 gears in my 2016. The 1st to 2nd shift comes fast. Compared to my 2011 truck it seemed ''jerky'' at first. I changed my style of driving slow through the neighborhood. My wife's 1st time in the truck she thought something was wrong with it. It for sure shifts different and hard. I pretty much goose it a little more than I use to in my old truck. Remember the truck is built to handle a 30K trailer :) Now I'm nice and smooth with it. More power, differnt shift points. = learning curve for throttle tip in.
2BLAZERS 01/04/16 03:07pm Truck Campers
RE: Ordering a truck

2016 Ram 3500 dually cummins, Aisin, 4.10 gears. love the truck, love the power. Mileage is better than my 2011, specially running empty. Mileage doesn't seem to change much going 70 or 80 when empty. Hauling the camper or trailer i just go the speed limit. Glad I upgraded to it. http://i.imgur.com/bvnUN3Al.jpg
2BLAZERS 01/04/16 01:58pm Truck Campers
RE: How tall is your truck and camper really?

I drove under a overpass that was labelled 11'6" last week. and there was at least 1 foot space between the overpass and my A/C Living on the west coast we don't seem to have too many low overpasses like that. Local to me is only one RR underpass that semi's can't go under. But other than that 13' 6'' is pretty safe around here. And most HWY overpasses are 14 or 15 something or even more. I have a college buddy who De-roofed his fifth wheel back on the east coast when they were on a year long adventure.
2BLAZERS 12/30/15 09:27am Truck Campers
RE: How tall is your truck and camper really?

I thought it would be fun to post a couple of comparison photos. No, my truck isn't lifted, but as you can see, it's really tall compared to the other trucks in the photos. No, I'm not saying taller is better. Do you have similar pictures? Ford F350 vs F450. I don't know what year the F350 is. http://i1301.photobucket.com/albums/ag116/shoot1st007/79e19690-c394-4975-914f-0f98fef5450e_zpsm4o8g5bf.jpg width=600 Chevy vs F450. http://i1301.photobucket.com/albums/ag116/shoot1st007/671cf268-f21d-4aa4-9664-b4b79f7aeec9_zps2jdc6dxo.jpg width=600 And isn't the floor of the Host TC, over the rails? Cause that means the roof needs to be even taller than the older camper without a basement or one that are just over the wheel wells.
2BLAZERS 12/28/15 02:51pm Truck Campers
RE: How tall is your truck and camper really?

About 12.5 feet. Camper is about 9' 4'' with the A/C truck bed is about 3 feet off the ground.
2BLAZERS 12/28/15 01:52pm Truck Campers
RE: 2015 Dodge 3/4 Ton Really Not Camper Compatible?

Buddy of mine bought a 2015 Dodge 3/4 ton crew cab short box diesel a few months back. I "helped" him when he asked if there was anything I didn't like about my 3/4 ton GMC gas and told him a diesel would be my next choice so I could tow a boat without all the RPM. He went into a Lance dealer this week who said they wouldn't sell him anything heavier than a pop-up camper pointing out the sticker in his door jam that said max payload including passengers is 2360. I was shocked it was that low. The 6.4 gas version is nearly 1k greater at 3,280. This is the grey area for me when it comes to the suspension, wheel and tire upgrades one makes to their rig for a camper. Does it not also upgrade the payload/Gross vehicle weight rating? Thanks in advance for your help. That dealer cares about GVW and can read the weight rating stats. I'm glad. And welcome to the world of heavy diesel 250/2500 with not much payload. Research pays.
2BLAZERS 12/24/15 01:21pm Truck Campers
RE: support trailer~~New Pics of lift and tires

New Henderson Built torsion axle with 5" lift. Toyo M 55 Commercial truck tires. Yes, I like to go 80 mph on our freeways and have a tire capable of the rough roads it will travel. My Super Duty has to last the rest of my life so I do daily stuff with my 5th wheel hauler!!! http://i375.photobucket.com/albums/oo194/deejis-photos/Utility%20Trailers/DSCF0326_zpsh2yrq9eg.jpg http://i375.photobucket.com/albums/oo194/deejis-photos/Utility%20Trailers/DSCF0325_zpsrsuyjcpu.jpg Very nice, considering that ID and UT both have a lot of 80MPH zones it is important.
2BLAZERS 12/11/15 12:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck camper with utility bed???

I'm thinking the trailer posts are off topic. What am I missing? Wayne Moderator Sorry, just responding to notifications and comments without looking again at the OP subject title.
2BLAZERS 12/11/15 12:31pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck camper with utility bed???

Less than 11,500 GVW would not include many 3/4 or 1 ton pickups. My Pickup is 14K rated GVW. Glad I'm in Oregon, but the T Plate for non-RV ''heavy'' trailers sucks here. 11.5k lb GVWR will cover most SRW pickups. It looks like they want to differentiate at the DRW class. If you want a heavier trailer without paying commercial, you need to get the minimal living quarters so it can be RV classified. Per the IRS, it has to have cooking, toilet and sleeping fixtures to be considered an RV (second home), but your state may have less stringent requirements. My trailer is rated under 10k lbs GVWR for the same reason even though the components are rated for more. Oregon ''Heavy Trailers'' starts at 8,000. This is the definiation of a travel trailer here....''A travel trailer is designed to provide facilities for human habitation (permanent sleeping and cooking facilities).'' So yes a enclosed trailer with full facilities would work but it would have to be longer and would cost me more. Every state has their weird licensing quirk that gets ya So I pay $ 764 a year for my T plate truck plate. Trailer is Perm Plated with no more fees.
2BLAZERS 12/11/15 12:01pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck camper with utility bed???

CVC Section 471 defines "pickup truck" (bolding added): 471. A "pickup truck" is a motor truck with a manufacturer's gross vehicle weight rating of less than 11,500 pounds, an unladen weight of less than 8,001 pounds, and which is equipped with an open box-type bed not exceeding 9 feet in length. "Pickup truck" does not include a motor vehicle otherwise meeting the above definition, that is equipped with a bed-mounted storage compartment unit commonly called a "utility body." Any motor truck has to stop at scales Less than 11,500 GVW would not include many 3/4 or 1 ton pickups. My Pickup is 14K rated GVW. Glad I'm in Oregon, but the T Plate for non-RV ''heavy'' trailers sucks here.
2BLAZERS 12/11/15 11:00am Truck Campers
RE: RAM 2013 or RAM 2010?

I went from a non-DEF 2011 Ram 3500 to a 2016 RAM 3500 with DEF. Both trucks 4.10 gears, black on black, 4*4 Crewcab dually Laramies. DEF equals better economy, more power and much longer oil change intervals. My DEF tank is lasting about 4,500-5000 miles, is easy to add as washer fluid and is pretty much everywhere. I'm glad I went with a new DEF vehicle. Also many other improvements in the newer trucks.
2BLAZERS 12/09/15 08:27am Truck Campers
RE: 2016 F450 Setup

The axle rating is only one aspect in a whole lot of other calculations go into that final CCC rating (brakes, suspension, frame stiffness, etc.). When I was looking for the truck with the highest cargo rating I was routinely disappointed in what I saw in the F450's glovebox. I don't believe for a moment that any truck manufacturer is "downgrading" any ratings on their big trucks, they are always pushing the numbers higher to get bragging rights in that class. The 450 is best for towing. The 350 is best for cargo carrying. But if you chose to "read between the lines" be prepared to live with the C$O$S$T of that decision. When I was looking to replace my 2011 Ram 3500 12,200 GVW my conclusion was I either needed to go real big, ie Ram 5500 flatbed and then purchase a new/used daily driver too, or learn to live with a 14K rated 2016 Ram 3500 that I received 08/28. :) The 14K rated trucks do great with the smaller but bigger :) campers like my AF 1150 but yay I'm not going to put a 4 slide Host or something on it and tow. And I can still drive my dually to work as my daily driver. There are some companies that take F550 / Ram 5500 and fit a 9' truck box to it to make it look like a pickup but the $$$. I really liked the Ram 5500 and flatbed but really just don't want to deal with another car/suv/truck at home to be my daily driver.
2BLAZERS 12/04/15 10:37am Truck Campers
RE: 2016 F450 Setup

Hey Guys, I just ordered an F450 and I need to start thinking about the Superhitch and Torklift frame mounts. Where is the best place to buy these? I also plan on installing a set of the Upper Stable Loads and my wireless air compressor and air bags. I'll use the air compressor that is currently on my Ram. From Ram to the darkside....enjoy your new truck when it arrives!
2BLAZERS 11/25/15 12:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Yellowstone, '16

Following this thread.... so is the park site seeing totally do able with the TC on the truck?
2BLAZERS 11/25/15 12:43pm Truck Campers
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