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northernbnd

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Posted: 10/21/06 11:42am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just bought a new Lance camper 951 9'11". We have a Chev duramax 2500 heavy duty, crew cab, long bed. Can anyone tell us did they sell us a camper that should have been on a one ton? Weight of camper is 3300 dry. Thanks!


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Posted: 10/21/06 11:57am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What is the truck GVWR? Now that it is loaded, take it and have it weighed.


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Posted: 10/21/06 11:59am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

YES - That unit will definitly cause you to exceed the GVWR rating of the truck and maybe even the RGAWR limit if it is a D/A unit

Check out the GM SITE

even more so the Weight Calulator


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Posted: 10/21/06 12:33pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes, that is too heavy for your truck. Anything over approx 2600-2700 lbs is too much for a 2500HD. Your 245 E rear tires are way over max rating.

The best you can do with your truck is to add airbags or some type of decent overloads etc and change to 265 E load range tires. These tires will give you an additional 746 lbs total of tire capacity to the rear and also 746 lbs to the front. You'll still be over 9200 GVWR but much closer. A lot of load on the rear axle too but if driven carefully it will probably handle it. Your Lance really belongs on a DRW 11,400 GVWR truck. Period!


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Posted: 10/21/06 01:47pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a 2500hd and a Lance 8scs (845) and i am at max when loaded. Last time out weighed the rig with occupants and it was 10,2. so you are waaay over drive carefully. I would be more concerned about stopping then going down the road.

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if your camper weighs 3300 pounds it will weigh more like 4300 going down the road with water, propane, fuel, people, stuff, etc. You are likely 1500 or more pounds over GVWR and the dealer knew it. If you can acquire a dually one ton the camper will ride better and safer. I added extra suspension stuff and air bags, 80 psi in the load range E tires on a Dodge dually and my camper weight is 2990 pounds. Really, at the scales it was about 800 pounds more and it only had half water, no people, half fuel, etc. A stock one ton dually would be barely able with your camper. And your dealer knew it!!!!


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Posted: 10/21/06 09:15pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Oh wonderful! Getting a new truck is out of the question-contacting the dealer on monday, lets see what happens???? Why do they make lance campers so heavy. Thanks for all your help-more news to follow.

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Posted: 10/21/06 09:35pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

All of the well made good quality campers are heavy. Throwaways are built light, are lighter, and normally have a shorter service life. Lances generally last 15 to 25+ years and you seldom see them on the used sales lot. Several other quality brands share the same good fortune.

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Posted: 10/21/06 10:56pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

No offense, but that question would have been a lot more useful to you had it been asked BEFORE you put your hard earned money down.

You might be out of luck since if your dealer was smart, one of the papers you signed during the purchase process probably had a statement somewhere on it that "you" were responsible for making sure your truck was capable of handling the weight.

Did you specifically ask them if your truck was capable of hauling it.


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Posted: 10/21/06 11:12pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

So have you driven it home yet? What modifications have you made to the truck if any? If you have driven it home, how did it handle?

Jeff


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