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[b]Truck Campers- Buying Basics Summary[/b] I have observed many prospective new truck camper owners asking common questions here at the Open Roads Forum (including myself in Sept. 03). Truck campers are a unique RV choice. They are the only land based RV without wheels; yet they can be fully self-contained and go virtually anywhere you can get a pick-up truck to go (within reason). Their popularity is rising as their amenities have come to equal anything you can find in other RV types. Visit the Truck Camper Topics of the Open Roads Forum and you’ll find your head swimming with options. I started a thread there with the intention to make the first time truck camper buyer aware of the basics. Interested people started suggesting more and more topics. I’ve broken that original thread up into more individual topics. I invite anyone who wishes to add more detail to each of my opening threads to do so. If you already own another type of RV like a travel trailer, you will already have been exposed to some of this information, but what I’ve tried to concentrate on are the specifics of what makes buying a truck camper distinctive. (Note, please send me a PM if you see a revision that needs to be made and I will happily correct it) Here are thread topics discussing the items uniquely important for considerations when buying a truck camper: [url=http://www.goodsamclub.com/cforum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/14416442.cfm] Truck Campers- Overall Weight Basics [/url] [url=http://www.goodsamclub.com/cforum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/14416412.cfm] Truck Campers- Stepping Beyond Weight Basics [/url] [url=http://www.goodsamclub.com/cforum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/14416399.cfm] Truck Campers- Axle Weights [/url] [url=http://www.goodsamclub.com/cforum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/14416390.cfm] Truck Campers- Tires [/url] [url=http://www.goodsamclub.com/cforum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/14416367.cfm] Truck Campers- Suspension Upgrades [/url] [url=http://www.goodsamclub.com/cforum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/14416358.cfm] Truck Campers- Camper Options [/url] [url=http://www.goodsamclub.com/cforum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/14416328.cfm] Truck Campers- A Word About Brakes [/url] [url=http://www.goodsamclub.com/cforum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/14416297.cfm] Truck Campers- Towing With A Truck Camper [/url] [url=http://www.goodsamclub.com/cforum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/14416283.cfm] Truck Campers- Center of Gravity (COG) [/url] [i][blue]I’ve talked about the basics, now’s the chance for specifics. Reply to this topic with your specific truck camper situation and if your new, ask questions.[/i][/blue

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I am new here, so please excuse my ignorance...I have read the buying guide. I have a 1986 Ford F-150 Straight 6. My cousin is giving me her camper and I will be sure to check all those things mentioned in the post. I do have 2 more questions though...

1. Will coil over heavy duty shocks be better in the rear than air bags or the adjustables?

2. How do I secure the camper to the truck? I'd l ike to be prepared when I go pick it up in case she doesn't have what I need.

If there are any other reccomendations regarding my truck that would also be helpful. Thank you!

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jimmer48 wrote:

I am new here, so please excuse my ignorance...I have read the buying guide. I have a 1986 Ford F-150 Straight 6. My cousin is giving me her camper and I will be sure to check all those things mentioned in the post. I do have 2 more questions though...

1. Will coil over heavy duty shocks be better in the rear than air bags or the adjustables?

2. How do I secure the camper to the truck? I'd l ike to be prepared when I go pick it up in case she doesn't have what I need.

If there are any other reccomendations regarding my truck that would also be helpful. Thank you!

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Yes buy a bigger truck. If the camper has any weight to it - the F150 6 cylinder will feel it. Look at Tork Lift tie downs.. Go with air bags they cost more but are worth it.. You didn't say what th weight of the cmaper is - thats important. It may be too big for your truck. Get a weight if possible on the camper.


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Coil over shocks are not good for much, only a couple of hundred lbs. Ranchos and air bags are the best. But, the real question is what size of camper and how much does it weigh? A half ton truck is only good for a light weight 8 ft. TC. Just because it is free does not make it a good idea.


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Thanks for your info. I was able to find out more about the camper. It's a 1970 Tortoise, the weight however is not on there. The sticker is, but it seems that it has been bleached off bu the sun. Any info on this camper would be greatly appreciated.


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