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RE: Lance 995 or 975 truck choice

Did you read my previous post about the 975? Don't know about current trucks but back in 2019 when I was looking both F350CC SRW 4x2 and 4x4 had a max gvwr of 11,500 lbs with a max cargo capacity of 4130 for the 4x2 and 4450 for the 4x4. The 975 is too heavy to carry safely on a SRW. Perhaps you should look at a lighter unit. But again that is just my opinion. Humm, is that a typo? I'd think that the 4x2 would have a higher "cargo" rating then the 4x4 as the truck is lighter (no 4x4 hardware). - Mark0. No typo. Numbers right off the payload chart in the 2019 sales brochure for the F350 crew cab. Go figure. This is exactly why I was interested real world experience, not what some engineer says. ITs interesting, in my opinion truck makers underrate their trucks and truck camper mfgs over rate their camepers. My 2006 F350 has a GVWR of 11,500 suprising that hadnt changed .
JohnJM 01/23/21 05:49am Truck Campers
RE: Lance 995 or 975 truck choice

thanks for the responses, I have a fair idea now of which was im going to go.
JohnJM 01/22/21 11:20am Truck Campers
RE: Lance 995 or 975 truck choice

For standard truck rims the highest load capacity tires provide 3750@80 PSI or 7500 lbs of load capacity at the rear axle. Two options to increase this with the easiest being to go to a DRW pickup and have 4 tires at the rear axle. An alternative to consider is spending $3000 for a full set of four 19.5 wheels and tires as these have a load capacity of 4800 lbs each or more. If I had to choose between 19.5 wheels and tires and a DRW truck I would go with the 19.5's in a heartbeat. A DRW is a pain to park and the 6 tires do not fit in a rotation pattern and having to change an inner tire on a pickup with a heavy camper sitting in the bed is not something I would want to face. But it is entirely subjective and most people go with DRW as it is a simple decision. The same subject comes up with 5th wheel travel trailers and yet I know people who have no problems with their 13,500 trailers being towed with SRW trucks. When traveling I will keep a count of 5th wheel RVs that pass us on the highway and consistently more than 80% are towed by pickups with SRW. thanks for tine response, I run BFG AT KO tires and have for along time. they give me about 7200# capacity. IVe no interest in dumping money into tires and rims. A dually isnt an option. I bought a "restored (bulletproofed etc) F350 last year SRW is easier as you stated. The thing in this process that surprised me is how much heavier campers have gotten. I understand the slides etc but still. What im looking for is someone carrying one the mentioned cmapers on a SRW anfd thier opinion carrying it.
JohnJM 01/21/21 06:23am Truck Campers
RE: Lance 995 or 975 truck choice

Thanks for the reply. I forgot about the lance owners forum. I was a member there, probably still if its the site im thinking about. glad (not really) that our observations about storage arent just our imagination. WE did see a couple northern lites also and they seemed to have optimized storage much more than lance.
JohnJM 01/20/21 08:31am Truck Campers
RE: Helping a very new TC owner with a truck decision

No such thing as too much truck, Personally id go 350. Not sure about prices on new trucks now, but in the past the cost difference between a 250 and 350 wasnt much. I run a lance 1010 (2600 dry) on a 2006 F350 no issues, no mods to the truck.
JohnJM 01/20/21 07:24am Truck Campers
Lance 995 or 975 truck choice

I hate to be that guy but here I am :) WE started the search for a new truck camper. Currently running a 2004 Lance 1010 on a 2006 F350 SRW crew cab diesel. Looking at the lance 995, 975 and the new 960 is also on our radar. Question is anyone here have either of those lance campers if so what are you carrying it on? Happy with the set up? Im not looking for a weight police debate, just actual real world experience. One thing we did agree on was our disappointment in the new lances. Seems like far less storage than we have now. My wife actually asked if they eliminated storage capacity on purpose lol Also seemed like every door latch didnt work smoothly, and that was in EVERY model we went through. Anyway after 20 yrs in a lance were going to look at others brands.
JohnJM 01/20/21 07:18am Truck Campers
RE: Truck camper trade-in at dealer question.

I always saw trade in as the hassle free way but you get less back. Ive sold all of our old cars and trucks privately. Its not that hard. The trouble with tire kickers is they are looking for bargains. I dont mind dealing with the public, ill dicker with anyone on anything, I like my money and I will maxmize my money, trades ins leave money on the table. We bought our first camper used private sale. Traded it in for our new one. They took a look at it briefly mostly because it had some tie down damage. Were now talking about a new camper, when the time comes ill sell this one one privately. Wish we were selling it ow, but hvae to wait to be done paying for college first (18 more months) That works well when you are selling chap vehicle. When it goes to $50k range, not too many truck shoppers have that much cash and not everybody knows how to go to bank or CU for the loan, so dealer offering financing on spot has huge advantage. Most of buyers will rather spend $52k at dealer, than seek private sale for $47k the more something costs the more patient you need to be to find the buyer. To me that patience has always paid off. My career was in finance, so I probably have a different outlook on things. When the time comes for th enew camper, ill sell what I have privately. My question is where can I find the blue book on a camper? ive not looked for that yet.
JohnJM 01/12/21 09:31am Truck Campers
RE: Truck camper trade-in at dealer question.

I always saw trade in as the hassle free way but you get less back. Ive sold all of our old cars and trucks privately. Its not that hard. The trouble with tire kickers is they are looking for bargains. I dont mind dealing with the public, ill dicker with anyone on anything, I like my money and I will maxmize my money, trades ins leave money on the table. We bought our first camper used private sale. Traded it in for our new one. They took a look at it briefly mostly because it had some tie down damage. Were now talking about a new camper, when the time comes ill sell this one one privately. Wish we were selling it ow, but hvae to wait to be done paying for college first (18 more months)
JohnJM 01/12/21 05:50am Truck Campers
RE: How much weight could be eliminated?

I've never been concerned with weight. I bought the truck and camper that I wanted and load whatever I want to take with me. :B that pretty much sums up my attitude as well. The one thing I do is if im not boondocking I dont filled the water tank.
JohnJM 01/12/21 05:34am Truck Campers
RE: F350 tire airing down ranges w/ truck camper

I don't think sitting low on air causes tread separation. Interested how you came to this conclusion other than coincidence? agreed, ive had my truck aired down for a week at a time when ive been fishing. never had an issue.
JohnJM 01/05/21 05:46am Truck Campers
RE: F350 tire airing down ranges w/ truck camper

Ive run my truck camper on the beach on the east coast for 20 years. Sure ive been stuck it happens, but nbot often. I run 18-28 psi depending on conditions. BFG AT KOs.
JohnJM 01/03/21 06:36am Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

replaced the gear in the antenna so it works now. Got the locks compartment straightened out finally. Worked on the fantastic fan, dead motor so need to replace it. Investigated the awning gear, its stripped, never gonna find that t. Long list yet to go, paint jacks, window maintence, caulking, waxing and outdoor shower.
JohnJM 12/23/20 02:41pm Truck Campers
RE: Newbie Question About Tie Downs

Ive used Happi jacks for 20 yrs. Lots of time bouncing around on the beach. Never had a problem.
JohnJM 12/17/20 11:30am Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

the universal keys came for the compartment locks, they worked :) so no need to replace them. Pressure washed the camper and alot of other stuff today. Will finish on the camper tomorrow. IT needs wax but temps crash monday so that will have to wait.
JohnJM 12/12/20 04:18pm Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

ordered replacement parts for the antenna, fantastic fan, new compartment locks (lost the key), hatch cover latches and got a new jack. productive for sure.
JohnJM 12/10/20 12:23pm Truck Campers
RE: Atwood camper jack

Thnaks Buzz, that was very helpful Mike check you PMs, thanks
JohnJM 12/09/20 06:32am Truck Campers
RE: Atwood camper jack

Buzz do tyou have link to that a search I did, didnt turn it up. thanks. The weife reminded me last night we have another 1.5 yrs of college to pay for, so we need to make this caamper last. IF for no other reason than to go to Clemson tailgates :)
JohnJM 12/05/20 03:39pm Truck Campers
RE: Newbie questions

AS JimK said I prefer the non shacking too. My camper becomes my little man cave in winter, I work on my fishing gear, tie flys, watch ball games, have a nice cigar a cocktail etc.......It gets me outta the house anyway and were all the happier for it. This winter ill take the jacks off and repaint the old ones and replace the dead one.
JohnJM 12/05/20 03:35pm Truck Campers
RE: Newbie questions

I recall that there some issues with slide outs in the begining but I dont really know. As for unloading it and leaving it on the jacks, thats no problem. Its deigned for that. We have spent 100s of nights in the camper on the jacks alone. I will put additional support under the camper when we are home and it will be sitting a long time.
JohnJM 12/05/20 07:34am Truck Campers
RE: Atwood camper jack

did you have a remote to run your atwood jacks? And if so did it stil work with the new replacements jack My guess is the remote just supplies power to the plug and it would work. Ill just be doing the one jack. a full set is a little pricey for what im willing to spend on this camper.
JohnJM 12/04/20 07:16am Truck Campers
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