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RE: New Ram 5500 Build

That’s going to be a tall rig. Congrats! I actually measured this morning -- we should lose 3" with this rig! That'll be around 12'9". The flatbed on the old truck was really far off the frame rails due to it being a bed delete. The deck height was 48" unloaded. This truck should be about 45" (35.5" to the top of the rear rails (highest point), around 2.5" additional height from the tires, and 7-1/8" for the flatbed, but might squat less -- so it could end up a wash. Should be far under 13'6" regardless. Thanks! Ah! Just found the answer to one of my questions. :B
EYEMLOST 09/23/21 10:29am Truck Campers
RE: New Ram 5500 Build

EYEMLOST - thomasmnile and anyone I missed - thanks for the compliments. We're loving how it's turning out. What's the wheelbase and height of your rig?
EYEMLOST 09/23/21 12:13am Truck Campers
RE: New Ram 5500 Build

EYEMLOST - I think hydraulic and rack/pinion slides are likely to avoid issues. There are probably much larger chances of issues with cable and/or schwintek slides. thomasmnile and anyone I missed - thanks for the compliments. We're loving how it's turning out. Ah; very good tip to know; thanks! :)
EYEMLOST 09/21/21 01:07pm Truck Campers
RE: New Ram 5500 Build

1) How much sway do you feel with your camper as depicted in the first pic? a) My concern with a behemoth camper like yours is it's weight swaying during traveling on unmaintained backcountry fire/dirt roads. Little to none. The rig was extremely stable due to 245/70R19.5 LRH tires and 4600# SuperSprings, which are basically DIY add-a-leafs. I expect the new truck to be just as stable. 2) Any issues with the pull-out as a result of traveling on unmaintained dirt roads? a) My concern is the vibrations of traveling offroad like we do could wreck havoc on the tracks of said pull-outs causes damage and/or maintenance nightmares. Nope. Never had issues in our fifth wheel either, and don't know any other people who've had slide issues that could be tied back to your concern. 3) Any issues with the wheelbase while offroading? Sort of. We have to be aware of it, and that'll be even more apparent with the 84CA. However, we've never found it to be a detrimental issue and the most damage we've had was some dents in the bottom of the factory steps on the old rig. We'll see how the new one does. 4) How much do you think you actually use 4WD while off the road? a) During my 45 years of offroading (entire Moab spectrum) I've found that I genuinely only use 4WD about 25-30% of the time; granted my rear is locked. b) Hubs are locked, but I'm mostly driving in 2WD. We use 4WD often, especially in mud and snow. We use 4LO even when traction doesn't require it, because it the low range just lets you crawl over obstacles you'd otherwise have to throttle out on. I had the old rig stuck a handful of times, but had the winch/ recovery gear/ Jeep to get it out with and that was part of the fun. 5) Any flexing/flexing issues in the rear frame/flatbed area? Yes, but not since going flatbed. The factory bed was a lot less rigid and was subject to twisting off-road, but we've never seen the same movement with a flatbed. We blame that movement for some frame sag issues at the rear passenger corner. I reinforced the area with some angle iron bolted to the frame and the sag is gone. We did go with the 84CA to get more camper support. 1) Interesting; exactly the same as my Bronco with the 950lb FWC Grandby in it's bed. With my rear set up: 1ton rear dually axle/5.13 gear/1ton (front) leaf springs; I barely know it's back there. 2) Wow; reading many threads on 2 different sites, slide-out issues seem to be common-enough in general. Then add in the backroads that we drive/travel, I assumed issues with slide-outs would increase. 5) Interesting; Flatbed basically eliminates flexing. Good info to know! :thumbs up:
EYEMLOST 09/21/21 11:21am Truck Campers
RE: New Ram 5500 Build

We were running over 13K on the rear axle of a 2019 Ram 3500. Despite it handling the load well (with mods), we knew it wasn't responsible to continue with that rig and have spent the last few months looking for a F-550 or Ram 5500. https://imgur.com/VFGpOH9.jpg width=640 For those interested: SuperSprings (4600lb pack) and 245/70R19.5 tires worked wonders on the 3500 with that load. The market for trucks in general is insane right now, and finding a high-trim 5500 was next to impossible. The wait for ordering one more or less ruled that out. We ended up finding a 2021 Ram 5500 Limited, 84CA, Cummins, 4x4, with most of the options we wanted in a new truck. It's Granite Crystal with Indigo/Frost interior. Bought it sight-unseen from a dealer 1700mi away from our current location, and had it shipped to us. Has 74gal of fuel, and 4.89 gears. https://imgur.com/sEpSbEA.jpg width=640 https://imgur.com/QUYClNe.jpg width=640 https://imgur.com/9lMTTxB.jpg width=640 This week it's getting a Ranch Hand Sport front bumper, 17.5K winch, 11'4" flatbed, and 255/70R22.5" Hercules DT320 tires on 22.5" direct-bolt wheels (Alcoa style, rated for 6K each). That's roughly a 37" tall tire with a fairly aggressive A/T tread. Effective gear ratio with those tires will be around 4.27, or halfway between the optional 4.10 and 4.44 gears. I'll post updates to the build in this thread, but it should be a beast when done. I decided not to go the popular super single route, because in my opinion it has more tradeoffs than benefits. We never had any issue getting anywhere we wanted with the old truck, which ran 245/70R19.5 Cooper RM253s up front and Continental Terra HD3s in the rear as duals. We boondock extensively with both the truck camper posted above, and a 39' fifth wheel that has extensive modifications. We also flat tow a 5700lb Jeep Wrangler when hauling the truck camper. As a fellow-offroader/backcountry traveler: 1) How much sway do you feel with your camper as depicted in the first pic? a) My concern with a behemoth camper like yours is it's weight swaying during traveling on unmaintained backcountry fire/dirt roads. 2) Any issues with the pull-out as a result of traveling on unmaintained dirt roads? a) My concern is the vibrations of traveling offroad like we do could wreck havoc on the tracks of said pull-outs causes damage and/or maintenance nightmares. 3) Any issues with the wheelbase while offroading? 4) How much do you think you actually use 4WD while off the road? a) During my 45 years of offroading (entire Moab spectrum) I've found that I genuinely only use 4WD about 25-30% of the time; granted my rear is locked. b) Hubs are locked, but I'm mostly driving in 2WD. 5) Any flexing/flexing issues in the rear frame/flatbed area? I have a '98 FWC Grandby That I've used since '06, but it's been trailered the whole time until this year where I put it on/in my Bronco. Said set up will be a working testbed for the next 5 years (likes/don't likes-wants/don't wants, etc) before I make the big investment. I'll be ready to do what you're doing now, in about 5 years.
EYEMLOST 09/18/21 11:06am Truck Campers
RE: New Ram 5500 Build

This thread: Pure truck camper po.rn!!:B :C Excellent resource as well indeed.
EYEMLOST 09/18/21 09:59am Truck Campers
RE: New Ram 5500 Build

Here's something more aerodynamic: https://cdn1.creativecirclemedia.com/warden/original/20200930-105650-Two%20Planes-adj-6250.jpg width=640 * Adjusted image using width=640
EYEMLOST 09/17/21 10:47am Truck Campers
RE: New Ram 5500 Build

With flaps, they also lower mpg. Not to measurable degree, but they do. So does the front camper stands. So does the aftermarket front bumper. So does the front storage boxes. So do the heavier/larger aftermarket tires/rims. Just sayin'.......
EYEMLOST 09/17/21 08:44am Truck Campers
RE: New Ram 5500 Build

So you paid 3X for installation yet had only about half the work done? Is that correct? Does that mean you paid for installation you didn't get; or had they done the complete installation list, you would have paid waaaaay more? :h Love your set up!
EYEMLOST 09/13/21 11:03am Truck Campers
RE: New Ram 5500 Build

Subscribed! :) Definitely looking forward to the build.
EYEMLOST 09/05/21 08:56am Truck Campers
RE: 96 F-250 diesel, campers under 2300?

Front axle has nothing to do with it, once you realize that all or nearly all of the weight is on the rear axle. To be fair, a reg cab may put some weight on the front depending on the camper. The only reason to change Axle is to get rid of the TTB axle. For the obvious reasons around that thing. Obviously you’re planning on supporting suspension mods for the camper. Do it right and I’d go up to 3500lbs or so loaded. Obviously the lighter it is, the more nimble it is though. And then there's me. :) I put my 950lb 1998 FWC Grandby in the back of my '94 Ford Bronco. However; I did a Sterling 10.25 1ton dually rear axle swap too, with 5.13 gear. Along with '99.5 F-350 leaf springs in said rear as well; rolling on HMMWV tires.
EYEMLOST 08/26/21 03:56pm Truck Campers
RE: Do pass-through windows leak?

Thanks for the info - we rarely drive in heavy rainfall and that could be a reason for no leaks. I think the manufacturer is cost cutting - eliminate the cost of a sliding window - and keep the sale price the same = more profit. Besides, how many people have a cat or dog that use the pass through window? Or need fresh air circulation in any weather? I've custom ordered a 15" x 30" pass-through window to replace the factory fixed glass. Waiting for delivery now. . . How do you know it's "more profit"??? The cost of doing business also goes up......
EYEMLOST 08/26/21 08:41am Truck Campers
RE: Do pass-through windows leak?

1998 FWC Granby The 15 year it spent being towed on a HMMWV trailer: Zip/zero/nada leaks. Since being mounted on my '94 Bronco: Zero leaks.
EYEMLOST 08/26/21 08:39am Truck Campers
RE: What is your overall length with TC?

17.33' front bumper to rear camper wall. 19.75' with front hitch rack on. 1994 Ford Bronco SUV/5'bed 1998 FWC Granby (8'). I happened to measure its' overall height today: 8' tall.
EYEMLOST 08/24/21 09:47pm Truck Campers
RE: Eagle Cap 1200 Weight on Ford F350

Is your 2021 F350 7.3 liter gasser a DRW or SRW?
EYEMLOST 08/14/21 01:24pm Truck Campers
RE: Delays in camper buiddate

https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/y227/sharkbait1/IMG_20201007_144141734_HDR.jpg I've been trying to post a picture for the last couple of days. Ive always like the pics so many of you post. Thought I'd show off the SR one more time. I can post more if this test works. Barry Is your front (hitch) rack stock or custom? I use a Harbor Freight one put support it with 3 ratchet straps. Barring building a custom one; I sure would like a store-bought rack that can actually hold it's advertised weight.
EYEMLOST 08/05/21 04:45pm Truck Campers
RE: Delays in camper buiddate

Called to get an update for my Host Cascade build. I signed the papers March 31, I was given a build date last of September, first of October. Build date has been pushed to end of October, first of November. Obtaining materials and components are causing the delays. I'm now thinking I may not even have my camper by the end of the year. Just venting. Barry Sorry to hear about your delay. I'm so glad I won't be ordering my truck and camper until 2025/26. Tens of thousands of Ford trucks are being stored in a huge parking lot(s) waiting for computer chips.
EYEMLOST 08/04/21 03:40pm Truck Campers
RE: Air conditioning article

For a certain part of a niche market, namely those with small RVs and a penchant for boondocking, this trend is a game changer. I'm looking forward to how this develops. It's awesome the article listed a wall-mounted one. A very possible near future option.:C
EYEMLOST 08/04/21 03:35pm Truck Campers
RE: Air conditioning article

A newly posted article on RV air conditioning units, some are DC operated. AC units Very interesting article. :thumbs up:
EYEMLOST 08/04/21 07:53am Truck Campers
RE: With regard to carrying a TC, what does these #'s tell me?

FRONT GAWR = 5200 lbs. REAR GAWR = 6100 lbs. When you weigh your set up; pay attention to the front GAWR. Depending on your truck/camper/and stuff; that number could/can go down via weight being shifted to the back. A lighter frontend can/will affect steering and control.
EYEMLOST 07/28/21 10:16pm Truck Campers
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