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RE: Best truck for Northern Lite 10-2

Thanks for clarifying. Steve
ardvark 11/19/19 11:23am Truck Campers
RE: Best truck for Northern Lite 10-2

Dually does just fine in the snow with good aggressive A/T tires and someone at the wheel with snow driving experience. Loaded with camper it's an unstoppable tank, unloaded it's so so but completely functional. We live in Oregon and drive ours back and forth over the cascades all winter, bought it specifically for skiing and snowboarding. Rig is a 17 F-350 CC DRW Diesel platinum with 35" Goodyears, airbags, and stableloads. Camper is an 18 Lance 975, we are 5k-5500lbs loaded and ready to hit the road I went with ford because it had the highest rated payload at the time of purchase. For the most part I love it, Power and handling are absolutely amazing, creature comforts are top notch. It has had a number of little electrical issues though that have been taken care of under warranty. Nothing more than a small hassle as the local ford dealership is great, but it remains to be seen how things play out once the warranty expires. Grew up in Minnesota, lived there 35 years, new Michelin ATs on truck, not even in the same all park with my single rear wheel when it comes to snow. Guess all those plow drivers got it wrong. :) Steve I'm not saying an SRW isn't better in the snow. I'm saying if one needs a dually for payload reasons, concerns of snow handling aren't remotely a deal breaker as the DRW does just fine empty, and does fantastic with the TC on it
ardvark 11/19/19 11:23am Truck Campers
RE: 2WD or 4X4 for a truck camper

My own thought here is without knowing the specific situation, driving ability, and equipment it is very hard to draw accurate conclusions about anyone else's capability beyond my own. Or as my dear old granny used to day - she'd say "possum head, you are none too bright and even less to look at so why post negativity when there be plenty of real reasons for folks to dislike you who actually know you?" Yep, that's what she used to say. :) Steve
ardvark 11/19/19 10:26am Truck Campers
RE: 2WD or 4X4 for a truck camper

4x4, can't get up our driveway without it. :)
ardvark 11/19/19 09:41am Truck Campers
RE: Best truck for Northern Lite 10-2

Brochure says mine is 4,250, door sticker says 3,829. Brochure does not list with options. Door stickers are nearly always less unless maybe stripper XL model. Mine is an XLT. :)Year? Gas? Diesel? CC? EC? SB? LB? Already posted all that in earlier post: 2012 gasser EC LB 4x4. Brochure versus reality of sticker is a common issue. Steve
ardvark 11/19/19 04:52am Truck Campers
RE: Best truck for Northern Lite 10-2

Dually does just fine in the snow with good aggressive A/T tires and someone at the wheel with snow driving experience. Loaded with camper it's an unstoppable tank, unloaded it's so so but completely functional. We live in Oregon and drive ours back and forth over the cascades all winter, bought it specifically for skiing and snowboarding. Rig is a 17 F-350 CC DRW Diesel platinum with 35" Goodyears, airbags, and stableloads. Camper is an 18 Lance 975, we are 5k-5500lbs loaded and ready to hit the road I went with ford because it had the highest rated payload at the time of purchase. For the most part I love it, Power and handling are absolutely amazing, creature comforts are top notch. It has had a number of little electrical issues though that have been taken care of under warranty. Nothing more than a small hassle as the local ford dealership is great, but it remains to be seen how things play out once the warranty expires. Grew up in Minnesota, lived there 35 years, new Michelin ATs on truck, not even in the same all park with my single rear wheel when it comes to snow. Guess all those plow drivers got it wrong. :) Steve
ardvark 11/19/19 04:48am Truck Campers
RE: Best truck for Northern Lite 10-2

Brochure says mine is 4,250, door sticker says 3,829. Brochure does not list with options. Door stickers are nearly always less unless maybe stripper XL model. Mine is an XLT. :)
ardvark 11/18/19 08:11pm Truck Campers
RE: Best truck for Northern Lite 10-2

My daully was not worth squat in the snow, Tires just float even in 4x4 running empty bed. There is a reason plow drivers prefer SRW from what I have been told. Here is a link from a thread in a Ford truck camper forum I participate in. If you scroll down through it you will see a truck camper uploaded on a severe slant and if you scroll further down he explains how he does it. https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/1422668-lets-see-those-slide-ins-69.html :) Not simple, but doable. Steve
ardvark 11/18/19 06:12pm Truck Campers
RE: Best truck for Northern Lite 10-2

You're right, it should be simple, however, it has often seemed to me like not much is transparent when it comes to truck campers, trucks, and how much they weigh or can carry. I don't think manufactuers will change anything about that unless they have to do so! Steve
ardvark 11/18/19 04:43pm Truck Campers
RE: Best truck for Northern Lite 10-2

Yep, I'll have to check into it. At Truck Camper Warehouse Bill had a brand new Ford F350 Supercab SRW he just bought to deliver campers. While he was talking to other customers, I opened the door and looked at the sticker. Payload not to exceed 4380# or something close to that. ScottI had heard the payloads were upped considerably starting with the 2017 models. Quite a jump!!We test drove a new 2019 F350 CC SB SRW diesel a few months ago. Surprised to see the payload (door jam sticker) was only 3380 lbs. What specific options do you need on the latest gen F350 to get that payload closer to 4,000 lbs? Our 2016 Ram 3500 CC SB SRW diesel has a payload of 3,960 lbs. I think you need to go with a gasser to get that rating. The Ford spec sheet for 2020 is here: https://www.ford.com/trucks/super-duty/models/f350-lariat/ That's my guess. I know, I know, but I am just the messenger. :) Steve
ardvark 11/18/19 02:29pm Truck Campers
RE: Best truck for Northern Lite 10-2

Yep, I'll have to check into it. At Truck Camper Warehouse Bill had a brand new Ford F350 Supercab SRW he just bought to deliver campers. While he was talking to other customers, I opened the door and looked at the sticker. Payload not to exceed 4380# or something close to that. Scott I had heard the payloads were upped considerably starting with the 2017 models. Quite a jump!!
ardvark 11/18/19 10:57am Truck Campers
RE: Best truck for Northern Lite 10-2

Sticker info on 2012 F350 SRW LB Supercab (not crew cab) Gasser (not diesel) 6,000 front plow axle 7,000 pound rear 11,000 GVWR Payload not to exceed 3,829 Truck - me, wife, and a full tank of fuel Front 4,440# Rear 3,200# Truck as above with Northstar Laredo wet Front 4,820# Rear 6,120# Height ground to top of AC shroud 10'6" when loaded on truck No matter what you are reading, I would encourage you to actually look at the sticker on any truck you are considering. Lots of folks get a shock when they go on the Internet and then see what they actually have on their sticker. I don't think that STC is only 3,600#; given NorthStar is posting a weight of 3,176 dry, I bet you are over 4,000 wet, if you add the normal 800-1,000 pounds. Just my two cents. The NorthStar site shows a dry weight of 2090 dry with no options for our Laredo, but optioned and wet our camper, etc. ready to roll adds 3,300 to the truck. :) Steve
ardvark 11/18/19 09:44am Truck Campers
RE: Best truck for Northern Lite 10-2

A final thought about seeking opinions about what to buy. "I can never tell someone else what they should do, but I can always explain the choice I made based upon my own use". For example, we use a SRW gasser because: 1. My wife absolutely hated the dually given parking and driving in heavy traffic such as when we winter near Naples, FL. 2. Our Northstar camper wet weighs 3,500 pounds, well within the capacity of a single rear wheel. 3. We like the reduced maintenance costs of gas and the cost of lower mileage for us is simply not a factor. 4. We are on the road for 3-4 months at a time, but not constantly and the camper can not stay on the truck as we use it for day-to-day chores. The list goes on, but you get the idea. Everyone has their own list of what is important and less important and it may not be rational given we are all human! I think the closer the OP's planned usage is to someone's posting, the more valuable their input. My posts may not have much value because the OP is planning a different pattern of usage along with other factors. Others may be in the same boat. Again no right or wrong, but some sort of "best fit rule" for the OP's truck and camper combo may apply. :)
ardvark 11/17/19 07:09am Truck Campers
RE: Best truck for Northern Lite 10-2

The last three trucks have been Fords; the two before that wore a GM badge. Never had a problem with any of them. I think we all buy what we like and then think up rationale to explain why we did what we did. :) My wife and I have a simple system of deciding what to buy. We look it over and say "if we buy this instead of that will we be happier", if the answer is yes we buy it, if the answer is no, we don't. Had dually diesel, now run SRW gasser. Seen lots of elevation out West, never had to get out and push yet. :) Local Ford dealer tells me 60% of the trucks they sell (not including F150s) are diesel. Lots of big loads being hauled I guess. :) Wondering if the new 7.3 would make us smile. Still talking that one over! Our gasser does use its transmission to haul us up the grade, but those grades all got a downside to em and there are even a few spots that are kinda flat if I recall correctly. :)
ardvark 11/16/19 03:45pm Truck Campers
RE: 2WD or 4X4 for a truck camper

Good cases to be made for all manufacturers and models. We had dually diesel, went to Ford 6.2 gasser. Of course our campers have weighed in at 3,600 pounds, not 4,500, but we have been all over out West and never had an issue. In the real elevations we lock out 5th and 6th overdrives and occasionally run in 3rd, may have shifted down into 2nd a time or two very briefly. Still all and all we would not switch back to diesel. it's just a choice, no right or wrong. We also own a fifth wheel and have had no issue with that either. :) Again whatever floats your boat.
ardvark 11/16/19 06:18am Truck Campers
RE: Any 1st time pickup TC out there to give their thoughts

DH is dear husband.
ardvark 11/12/19 10:41am Truck Campers
RE: Any 1st time pickup TC out there to give their thoughts

I think you will find a good many folks in the same frame of mind. We still own our fifth wheel which we now keep at the beach, but we tired of the limited number of spaces available for large RVs (which has only gotten worse), so we now travel exclusively in our truck camper (second one actually). Whereas we were always worred about finding a place to stay that was some place we actually wanted to stay, our TCs has made finding a place to stop so much easier not to mention taking on fuel and not having to worry about about getting blocked in at the pump. We still think all types of RVs are fun and have owned multiples of each, but for pure simplicity and spontaneity, we think it is hard to beat a truck camper (and my wife loves it too)! The cons? Space for sure. If you need multiple flat screens or two recliners, a TC is not for you. I also worry that even answering posts like this, those of us who are already into TCs will encourage what seems to be increasing numbers of folks who trash our wilderness areas. Finally, it is a rarity that you luck out and get a TC and truck combo that handles well right out of the gate so mods and add-ons are somewhat second nature to TC owners when starting out. In the end, everything in life is a trade-off, it is just what you are willing to trade. Steve
ardvark 11/12/19 08:43am Truck Campers
RE: Upgrade truck suspension

If the shocks made no difference, it sounds more like death wobble not porposing. That would mean your suspension parts could be worn, out of alignment, or stabilizer worn out or all. You can read about death wobble on Ford trucks at the Ford-trucks.com site. The bandaid is adding a double shock steering stabilizer in addition to your stock one. Porpoising is an out of balance issue. The front and rear are responding at dramatically different rates which cause the rocking. If you changed your shocks on the rear to 1 for example, you should see a different behavior. That being said, I ran 6 in front and 9 in back with my 9000s when I had a SRW, so those numbers are what I would expect. If shocks were going to help, you should have already seen the benefit. I did not say the Ranchos do not help. They do help, they just do not entirely eliminate the problem. The shock settings are so widely known, I think they would be regarded as the standard on TC with Rancho shocks. And changing the shock settings does dramatically impact feel. The harmonic sets up on certain sections of highway with expansion joints. As I noted earlier, it is maddening when it happens but fortunately is very seldom. As noted earlier, the variables involved in handling and suspension are great in number so what works for one often does not translate directly to another combo which I think is why the discussion has gone on so long in so many different forums. If it were not such a pain, I would like to change out the front springs as I think the stiffness of the plow springs plays a part. Before installing the Ranchos the front was so stiff it was hard to tell the truck had front springs. For my next step, I am going to leave the front shock setting at 6 and I am going to increase the engagement on the rear overloads and try dialing back the rear Ranchos settings. The beauty of the Ranchos is they make it possible to try a lot of different shock rates. Thanks for the thoughts. :) Steve
ardvark 11/11/19 08:16pm Truck Campers
RE: Upgrade truck suspension

What are shocks set to loaded? Nine on the rear, 6 on the front. However, problem was the same with stock shocks.
ardvark 11/11/19 06:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Upgrade truck suspension

Sticker info on 2012 F350 SRW LB Gasser 6,000 front plow axle 7,000 pound rear 11,000 GVWR Payload not to exceed 3,829 Truck - me, wife, and a full tank of fuel Front 4,440# Rear 3,200# Truck as above with Hallmark UTE wet Front 4,740# Rear 6,080# Truck as above with Northstar Laredo wet Front 4,820# Rear 6,120# Steve
ardvark 11/11/19 12:56pm Truck Campers
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