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RE: Need advice on my first camper truck

Looks like a fun trip. I did most of that route in 2011 by motorcycle. Dawson is a great town. Would like to spend a couple of weeks there.
Dr.Science 03/16/21 09:51am Truck Campers
RE: Need advice on my first camper truck

Thanks for the ideas. I don't think a DRW rig would do too well on the jeep trails - haven't seen them out there too much. Alaskans have a reputation for being heavy, but it's not really deserved. I compared half a dozen 6.5-foot-bed popup campers and the total weight variation for similarly equipped rigs was from 1318 (Four Wheel) to 1675 (Northstar) pounds, wet weight. That's only a 20% difference from lightest to heaviest. The Alaskan is 1570 lbs. Since then I've refocused on an 8-ft rig but the proportional differences are the same, with the weights all about 400 lbs heavier.
Dr.Science 03/15/21 12:47pm Truck Campers
Need advice on my first camper truck

Hi. I'm a long time camper and sometime van dweller, but now I've repurposed and am looking for a vehicle to carry an 8-ft Alaskan camper (which I'm also searching for). I do a lot of travel in remote areas with awful roads so I'm looking for a fairly short vehicle, hi clearance 4WD, probably a standard-cab American pickup with a short lift (2-3") and some bash plates added. It must have a payload capacity of 3680 lb to carry my projected loads, and it wouldn't hurt to have some excess on that since it will almost always be carrying the camper. So that means marginally a 2500-class or easily a 3500-class pickup. I've never owned such a big rig before. I'm considering both gas and diesel, each seems to have its own merits and flaws, but engines for those rigs range from 5.3 to 7.8 liter; how important is that displacement, really, if not worried about maintaining 80 mph on the Interstate? Also I notice a lot of options for alternator capacity; if I have the choice, should I go for 300 A or more capacity? Are front-end suspension upgrades desirable for this kind of load? Are stock engine cooling systems adequate, or will upgrades be needed? What else should I be thinking about in the areas of suspension and protection?
Dr.Science 03/14/21 02:44pm Truck Campers
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