I own a 2011 F350 Ford Lariat, crew cab, full 8' box, dual wheel, 4X4, diesel.
I am looking at purchasing a Challet truck camper, DS116BR. My question is will thjis truck handel the load.
If you went and got a Dodge Quad-cab, around the mid-2000 era like the one in my profile you can easily haul over 5000 lbs with only $10 of suspension mods because that's what I do every day with my truck.
Reading further into this forum I've discovered it's not because it's an ugly dually that has limited off road use and can't be parked closer than 1/2 mile from walmart, or that it can't fit into a garage because apparently any SRW with a bijillion $'s of suspension mods can haul that much weight safely.
No, the reason my truck can haul what it does is because it's not a crew cab, it's a Quad-Cab, not to be confused with an extended cab because mine has forward opening doors.
Sorry again about your luck, I know how you feel. I originally bought the wrong truck too for hauling my camper. It cost quite a bit of money to trade it in for the right truck
Okay all joking aside, donn0128 has the correct answer. Follow that advice and you'll be fine.
On a side note though, don't open the glove box and start reading stickers. Wait about 7 years and they will all be faded out like mine are then just peel them off and throw them away.
When you get that stamp on the rear axle gross weight it is based on the capability of the tires and wheels that are put on the truck the day it rolled down the assembly line. If you look at that number on the tires, and multiply it times four, you will get your axle capacity according to that day.
If your truck was bought to haul a fifth wheel, and you wanted low resistance tires that didn't carry as much as a truck that was built up for a "Camper Special" that would change things too.
Best thing to do is read the many many posts on the subject and then you will see what others do to make their trucks "handle" the load.
If you choose to be under that number stamped on the door pillar no matter what, you will need a bigger truck I think, especially if you load up your rig with extra passengers, pets, bikes, trailer hitch, boat and fuel and water for a week.
There are many solutions depending on what you mean by "handle" the load.
Mike and Carole
2007 Snowbird 9'6" Super Slide
2005 16.6 Double Eagle
2000 F350 7.3 SC 4X4
previously 8'10" Snowbird Camper
2006 Triple E Regency 27 foot SXL SOLD!
I have a 2011 F-350 4X4 DRW with 6.7PSD. The truck label in the door has a cargo weight rating of 4629 pounds. I have an Okanagan 117DBL. It is a dual slide model that is very heavy. That said I am very comfortable hauling this TC with the truck completely stock except for 5100 Bilstein shocks. There is some side to side sway, but nothing that is scary but I did just order a set of stable loads and can give an update on how much that changed the ride after next weekend.
2011 F-350 DRW 6.7 Scorpion Diesel Reese Ford Hitch
2008 Bristol Bay 3420
2006 Okanagan 117DBL
I have a bit more info from the RV dealer on the truck camper, it is a fully loaded unit and the weight as it stands is just under 5000 lbs. on top of that, personal gear, grub, water and sewage.
I like the unit, any suggestions on a different brand ?