fair enough. I didn't downgrade from the F250 to a 1500 with the sole intention of doing this. I'm fine with doing one or another only, or getting a small travel trailer and maybe have someone else tow the boat. Just seeing if it was an option. Down the road I plan to move back up to a 350, possibly dually. In the meantime I'm absolutely loving this truck. Thanks for all the input. I'll start a new post if I ever get around to doing anything crazy, like buying a 4 wheel offroad camper or something.
as fyi I'm thinking about something like this:
As a manufacturer, Travel Lite offers several non-slide hard side truck campers that fit into the half-ton niche. For example, the Travel Lite 700STD comes in at 1,935 pounds (wet and loaded with 500 pounds of stuff).
I sold my 08 F250 diesel long bed recently because it had a 6" lift and big tires. Had a Hallmark Vail pop up camper on it that I also sold. With the oversize cab I also had to add a spacer for it to clear the cab so with the lift kit the camper was almost a foot taller than an average truck. Just not usable. I decided to take a break and bought an 09 Chevy Silverado quad cab short bed 1500 Z71 with the 5.3 and I think gearing is around 3.43. I have a 21 ft power boat that weighs around 2800 pounds. I'm at work now and just pondering (I will look at door jamb weights later) but was thinking of getting a short bed hard side camper, one that does not go past the bumper and one that does not cover the tail lights with minimal necessities. Without going into hard core research you think a "lite" camper like that and my boat will be doable with my 1500?