Although I am not a TC owner, I am a fan and research them extensively.
While at the Sportsmens Expo in Portland, OR recently, I looked at the Eagle Cap TCs (now owned by Adventurer) displayed and picked up a brochure. I really liked the roomy 1160 on display.
Later while looking at the brochure, I noticed several photos of the EC 1160 loaded onto a beautiful Ford F350 SRW! Now, like I said, I am not an expert on TCs, however I did notice the EC 1160 dry weight is 4300 lbs., and with the cavernous 75 gallon freshwater tank filled to capacity the payload would be 4900 lbs., and that is before loading all of your 'stuff'.
Check out the new EC 1165 floorplan; very innovative design.
I did notice the tires on the F350 truck were Michelins. Am I missing something here? Any comments or opinions?
Its probably the truck that they had available when they took the photo for the brochure. Its sad that even the manufacturers cant show the correct truck that is needed to haul such a heavy TC. No way do you want to put an 1160 on a SRW truck, apparently other than for a fancy photo shoot.
Good observation . In that photo, they were moving the camper across the parking lot.
It's not the brand of tire that counts, its the size . If they were 19.5's, they would support more weight but as Kerry says ....not a good idea to put it on a SRW, it would lack stability .
They are not advertising the truck , they are not saying its right or safe,so there is no liability on their part if you were to do it and crash it.
Hopefully it was the only truck they had for the photo shoot and not that they want people to think its a light enough camper made of space age material that's super light.
It's marketing , just like the smiling faces in ads of people driving in new cars ,when the reality is..they now have a car loan that they can't afford
We are considering the Adventurer 910FBS. They are really trying reduce their wts and actually have shaved off a couple hundred lbs from each model...but they are still too heavy for an SRW. If we've learned anything from this forum is that #s don't lie...no matter how hard we twist them. I spoke with Adventurer and they typically run their TCs on SRWs. The cover pic on their brochure is their largest TC on an SRW. We still didn't trust it...we went with a dually.
We've read this forum extensively as well as Truck Camper magazine and we would rather be safe than sorry.
BTW, Adventurer is a very good company who does seem to have the customer's best interest at heart. I just disagree with the tow vehicle choices for the heavier units.
Am I turning into the wt police?
2011 Adventurer 910FBS,Torklift tie downs,Fastguns & Wobbl-stopprs
2012 Dodge 3500 DRW 6.7L CTD, 4x4, LB,CC,6 speed auto,3.73 axle, General 17" on/off road
2008 Lund 1825 Explorer Sport,115 Merc,9.9 kicker,Torklift Super Hitch,42" Supertruss
USAF ret E-9&E-7
5000 lbs is wayyyyy over the payload capacity, GVWR and RGAWR of every 1-ton SRW pickup currently made, as well as all 1-ton SRW pickups made in the last 30 years.
You are not being factual and this is simply not true. "wayyyyy over" is an exaggeration. The fact is, many SRW 1 ton trucks are now capable of handling these types of loads. Looking at Ford, since 2005 their F350 SRW's have all had payload capacities over 4000#. In 2012, the F350 4x4 Regular Cab SRW comes with a GVWR of 11,300# and a payload of 4940# (with the camper package). So hauling a 5000# camper is not out of reach. Yes you have other factors (like passengers and fuel), but there are many people who go slighly over their GVWR on here.
I would feel fine hauling this camper on a SRW, even on a 2005+ F250. They are underrated from the factory and are the same as F350's (with the camper package)... just need better tires. I think people underestimate what trucks can do nowadays.
The 1160 is way too heavy for any SRW truck. Our 995 is about 4200 lbs ready to roll - much less than the 1160 would be ready to roll - and while our 3500 dually handles the load just fine it is at the limit of what I'm comfortable with.
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