Awesome :-) I love those old Super Camper Special trucks! That one looks like a '79 (square headlights) very nice condition. Looks like its missing the deep dish extra wide rear wheels and big 'super single' rear tires. Those might be tough to find these days!
I'm glad my setup will work with a little work!! I stopped by three tire stores and the local Ford dealer today trying to get info on 19.5 wheels for a 2012 F350 SRW, no luck. I'm very happy with my Host!we got it the first 6 times...
I have arrived here from the "Class A" side. I owned 2 HR for the past 6 yrs. 1 was a 36 ft. gasser and the other a 37 ft. DP. I have accquired a 1997 GMC 3500 ext. cab dulley w/454 engine. I will be looking for a 5th wheel to pull and need help in determining what I can safely pull. The truck is lacking Owners Manual so I do not have that info. On the door jam is GVWR 10,000 lbs., GAWR frt 3800 lbs., GAWR RR 7500 lbs. From what I read, I need to have the truck weighed with full fuel and loaded with people and baggage. After I accquire this number, what do I do next?When you go to the scales, get not only the scale weight for the whole truck, but also get the rear axle scale weight, separately.
Subtract the rear axle scale weight from the RGAWR. That will tell you how much available load capacity you have on the rear axle. The front axle is of little concern, since it is the rear axle that carries 95% of the hitch weight of a 5th wheel trailer.
Don't forget to account for the weight of the hitch itself, as well as anything else you will carry in the bed of the truck.
My F350 DRW is definitely more stable than my F350 SRW in high cross winds and curvy roads. With both trucks equally overloaded by 2000 lbs, the dually handles the overloaded condition much better than the single rear wheel truck.
Check your front axle tracking arm bushings.
The tracking arm runs laterally, connecting one frame rail to the axle on the opposite side of the truck.
The factory rubber bushings wear out, allowing the ends of the arm to have play in the mounts, which allows the axle to move a little bit side to side.
Replace the factory rubber bushings with Energy Suspension or Prothane polyurethane bushings. The polyurethane bushings are much stiffer than the rubber ones and last much longer.
Other things that can cause the truck to wander are-
-Worn out tie rod ends
-Worn out steering gear box
-Worn out steering stabilizer shock
-Worn out king pins (ball joints on lesser trucks).
-Bad tire (tread seperation)
In CA and AZ, passenger cars, rv's of any kind, vans and pickups, do not stop at scales. Only commercial trucks stop at scales. In CA, that means only commercial trucks that are displaying a CA CRV registered weight sticker on the side of the truck must stop. All others do not stop.
All that combination of nearly impossible requirements, AND a budget of only 10K to make it all happen...?? yeah... good luck with that.
Stick the truck camper and jeep on any used gooseneck trailer you can find and and feel lucky.
you are correct in that any topic like this bring out the worst if you will of folks. But knowing many that served this country proud, did the best they could be it in the military, government work etc.......to put all of them in a bad spot because of the one in a hundred bad apple which occurs in ALL jobs and business's.....its not right.
I do agree that some factions of the government like the EPA some times the left is harming the right hand if you will when both should be working together, as one does this, which hurt the that the other implemented to stop something, at the end, both made it worst!
MartyPossibly I painted with too broad a brush. However, that's been my experience with government in general, thus far. I have had those experiences in large corporate businesses as well, to a lesser degree. Business is at least driven by the bottom line, when it comes down to it, whereas government is not, so government's abuses can and do run fully amuck, when businesses are more apt to catch and right themselves, eventually.
When you allow a group of unelected beaurocrats the power to destroy choice and commerce under the guise of protecting the public, you are well on your way to living under tyranny. Get used to it until every schlub fees it in their hearts (& wallets). :)DOI, paragraph 1
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Amen, to both of those!