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RE: No rear overload spring on my new 2012 Ford F250?

Just sayin’. Read much? The OP has a F250. I have a F250. I offered to the OP how I carry a much heavier camper on my F250. Off topic much? Since you don't seem to have anything to offer, why are you posting on this thread? Just sayin. - Mark0. What I have to offer is it makes no sense to buy a 3/4 ton and spend thousands of dollars on upgrades when you can buy a one ton for ~ $400 more and have the OE capability. If GVWR is a concern, those upgrades gain you zero. Somebody piss in your fruit loops this morning?
billtex 04/06/21 08:28am Truck Campers
RE: No rear overload spring on my new 2012 Ford F250?

I have not loaded the camper yet as I am waiting on torqlift frame mounts which should be here this week. I carry ~4000lbs (camper+gear) on a 2017 F250. (SC, 4x4, 6.7L, Lariat) While the loaded weight was within the stock tires maximum load ratings (3450x2), the sway driving it nearly made me sea sick. Since I had installed Toyo M608z's 265/70 19.5" tires and Vision Heavy hauler 81 rims on the 1997 F250 the new 2017 was replacing, it was a no brainer to put them on the 2017 F250 Ford. This fixed the sway. The rear end sag while loaded ready for camping made my head lights aim higher than on coming traffic liked so I had airbags installed. A mere 20PSI in ether side allows the headlights point where they should. YMMV - Mark0. Or just buy the one ton. Actually, the one ton (if one were available at the time of purchase) would not of bought me much of anything. (if anything at all) While the OEM tires on F350's are rated at 3650 so MAY not have had as much sway from tire flex. (then again, I still likely would of swapped the tires/rims out for the 19.5's that I already owned) I likely would still have installed airbags to level it out AND .... drum roll please... since last time I was on the scales @ ~12000LBS would of been over the one ton's GVWR. so in the end, I replaced a 1997 F250 with a 2017 F250 and very happy with the purchase and results. - Mark0. GVWR meaningless for carrying a TC. You never stated what your loaded rear axle weight is but a one ton could have negated the need for; air bags and 19.5” tires/wheels. Upgrade from 3/4 ton to one ton is ~ $400. Upgrade to those items you mentioned-which doesn’t change your GVWR at all-is thousands of $$$. And if you really are concerned about GVWR, a SRW gasser can get you 12,400 lbs. Just sayin’.
billtex 04/06/21 05:02am Truck Campers
RE: How get truck and TC with ample weight capacity

Our Lance 811 paperwork says it's 3017 lbs wet, probably closer to 3600 lbs with gear in it. Does have a dinette slide, but also a wet bath. Our SRW Ram is rated at 4300 lbs cargo capacity, so with 3 adults and gear in the truck we would be right at GVWR, if not slightly over. No question a dually would handle it better, but we don't really feel any side-to-side sway now....plus a dually can sometimes limit you on where you can go offroad, plus it's a pain to use a dually as a daily. (say 3x fast LOL) Pay attention to weight ratings on trucks as they vary by box length, cab configuration and engine choice. You def need to hit the scales locked/loaded. You will be surprised. However, you should be able to safely carry a single slide on a one ton SRW. You may need to upgrade your tires. 18” and 20” tires now come in LI 129 (4080#). Everyone should get a real weight on their loaded rig.
billtex 04/05/21 04:41pm Truck Campers
RE: No rear overload spring on my new 2012 Ford F250?

I have not loaded the camper yet as I am waiting on torqlift frame mounts which should be here this week. I carry ~4000lbs (camper+gear) on a 2017 F250. (SC, 4x4, 6.7L, Lariat) While the loaded weight was within the stock tires maximum load ratings (3450x2), the sway driving it nearly made me sea sick. Since I had installed Toyo M608z's 265/70 19.5" tires and Vision Heavy hauler 81 rims on the 1997 F250 the new 2017 was replacing, it was a no brainer to put them on the 2017 F250 Ford. This fixed the sway. The rear end sag while loaded ready for camping made my head lights aim higher than on coming traffic liked so I had airbags installed. A mere 20PSI in ether side allows the headlights point where they should. YMMV - Mark0. Or just buy the one ton.
billtex 04/05/21 04:30pm Truck Campers
RE: No rear overload spring on my new 2012 Ford F250?

You can still load it in the bed to get a test fit and check how much drop you get and how your shocks load. What do the shocks have to do with carrying a load?
billtex 04/05/21 04:29pm Truck Campers
RE: No rear overload spring on my new 2012 Ford F250?

The whole truck weighs 500lbs less is complete nonsense, quit peddling that non-truth. Whatever they saved by going aluminum went back into the drivetrain. I've owned very similar trucks across both eras and they have almost identical payload. Our new aluminum body gas truck is ~ 500 lbs heavier than our previous steel body diesel! It is my understanding the fully boxed frame is the culprit. Sure is nice though...
billtex 04/05/21 05:41am Truck Campers
RE: How get truck and TC with ample weight capacity

Dually will def get you there...except you mentioned off-road/desert camping. Pretty much any gas SRW one ton will also get you there for a non-slide hard side camper as well. And then you can off-road with confidence. With LI 129 tires you should have PLENTY of capacity. Good luck, Bill
billtex 04/04/21 12:33pm Truck Campers
RE: No rear overload spring on my new 2012 Ford F250?

That’s why you order the camper pkg...or just get the F350.
billtex 04/04/21 12:25pm Truck Campers
RE: new Ford 7.3 gas with 3.55 axle ratio, does it work?

Just fyi, my 4.30s kill MPG over 65. Yes, 4.30s are pretty high, but still, they have a huge impact even on cruise control. The RPMS are much higher. In case you didn’t notice, I have 6.4 diesel. And six speed tranny?
billtex 04/02/21 05:49am Truck Campers
RE: Buying a new TC

GVWR is pretty much meaningless for carrying a TC. Rear axle rating (tires/wheels) is what you need to pay attention to. I carry a much heavier camper on SRW F350 gasser. I am within my axle rating by several hundreds pounds on stock Michelin tires. ...... Bill The GVWR is certainly not "meaningless". Typically that load rating is based on the load capacity of the tires. The stock tires for the OPs truck are 275/65r/18 with a load capacity of 3415 or a combined axle load of 6830. Replacing tires with a larger size might be the first step for upgrading but manufacturers often use rims that are similarly rated so it might be necessary to upgrade rims and wheels. That leaves the shocks and springs which were not designed for the heavier weight. That leads to another round of upgrades. Fact is the camper is too heavy for the truck the OP bought. You are confusing RAWR with GVWR.
billtex 04/02/21 05:47am Truck Campers
RE: new Ford 7.3 gas with 3.55 axle ratio, does it work?

Right, with the ten speed tranny this will be fine. I think I would go for the 3.73, but that’s me. Will you be towing anything behind the TC? What is your goal for the 3.55 ratio? IMO rear end ration has very little effect on mpg. Driving habits will have a greater impact.
billtex 04/01/21 04:50am Truck Campers
RE: Chevy 2500 HD truck shortage

My 2000 F250 IS technically a F350 since I added the lift block from the F350> Not sure what “lift block” does for your truck? Have you added leaf springs? Typical delta between 3/4 ton and 1 ton is springs and tires/wheels. Again, your better off to get these when you sign on the dotted line.
billtex 03/31/21 06:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Buying a new TC

... The camper will be somewhere around 3300lbs wet, that only gives me about 600lbs for stuff including the wife and me. GVWR on the truck is 11800 and the truck weighs about 7900........ I don't know, what do you guys think? What I think is that your rig is going to be WAY overweight. I would never trust the manufacturer "specs". They tend to be way under reality. For one reason, the specs do not typically include any options such as microwave/oven, awnings, generator, solar panels, etc. Don't forget any mods and accessories you might make. You will lose the tailgate weight but will more than make up for that with the weight of the tiedown brackets, fastguns, and bed mat. Then you need to consider the weight of "personal" items. Those typically hit more than 1000# and would include bedding, towels, clothing, toiletries, kitchen gear, tools, cleaning supplies, rope/extension cord, BBQ grill and fuel, chairs, folding table, camera/computer/hobby stuff, and food/drinks. Food and drinks are going to be much heavier than you think and the basics for a couple of people for a week or two can hit several hundred pounds. Your rig is going to be overweight by at least 1000# and all of that excess is going to be on the rear axle. If you have time, I would rethink your choices for camper and/or truck. Forget that 90# AC unit, you have a much bigger issue with being 1000# overweight. Yeah. OP should just stay home on the couch. GVWR is pretty much meaningless for carrying a TC. Rear axle rating (tires/wheels) is what you need to pay attention to. I carry a much heavier camper on SRW F350 gasser. I am within my axle rating by several hundreds pounds on stock Michelin tires. We travel all around North America . Always leave home with full fresh (50 gals) and whatever else we need. Weigh your setup fully loaded for a trip. You’ll be heavy, but I suspect that non-slide NL is much lighter than our EC. Don’t stress. Gotta go-heading out for last ski camping trip of 2021. Safe travels, Bill
billtex 03/31/21 05:41pm Truck Campers
RE: Chevy 2500 HD truck shortage

But if you are buying a new truck now there is no reason not to go one ton. I can name a couple anyway, assuming you mean an SRW 1 ton. 1. For every 10 3/4 ton trucks on the lot, there MIGHT be ONE SRW 1 ton, in normal times. 2. There aren't even 10 3/4 ton trucks on anyone's lot right now. One in ten dealers might have an SRW 1 ton in stock. My local dealer has 58 F350’s https://www.tascafordri.com/new-inventory/index.htm?model=F-350 And 11 F250 Maybe it’s a regional thing. I’ll say it again-unless you have a VERY light TC, no good reason to get a F250. You’ll spend more on mods trying to get there. Anyway, trucks are big $$$ nowadays. The OP should test drive all three flavors. I don’t “want” diesel either. All set with that.
billtex 03/31/21 05:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Buying a new TC

I have a 2020 F350 4X4 SRW with an AF865. It has an 11,300 GVWR, the camper wet is about 4200#. I am over the GVWR by a few hundred pounds, but well within the axle ratings. I changed the tires to 4080# rated Coopers and feel I am good to go. As everyone has said, drive it first. I have added a Helliwig BigWig sway bar which was a huge improvement, and Firestone air bags to level it to keep the headlights out of others eyes. I am still experimenting, the overloads do not contact the bumpers even with the camper on, so I have added 2" bumpers to get the overloads to work. Taking it out this weekend so we will see. That sounds pretty close to what I figure mine will be like. I will be upgrading my tires for sure, I don’t trust the stock Firestone tires much. My rear axle is rated for 7000# and the front for 6000#. **** I keep going back n forth ?? to upgrade now or later Your rear axle is limited by your tires. It is likely > 7000 lbs.
billtex 03/31/21 05:18am Truck Campers
RE: Buying a new TC

Thanks for all the input, it's really helped me make a decision. I've never really been a fan of A/C's and never needed them, but then again I've never been to the desert either :) I'll go without it but have it prewired. 100lbs is not much but think how much more beer that is haha. I'm still a little hung up on the suspension problem. I know for a fact (looking at the numbers) that I will be pretty much maxing out my trucks payload capacity so I wonder if I should just get the lower torklift stableloafds or timbrens for now and use it for a while. Or maybe add a couple leafs would be worth it. It's a 6.5 hour drive for me when I pick it up so I just don't wanna run into problems half way though. You will most certainly be fine for the drive home. Don’t stress. A lot of what you will feel the first year of TC ownership is just getting used to the “feeling”. After your first season you can reassess. If you have too much sag, or decide you may tow something, then you can re-visit the suspension. I am now a big fan of Stableloads. Super simple and do not effect unladen ride at all as there is no contact with springs when unladen. My experience is anything you add as unsprung weight (leaf springs, bigger tires/wheels, etc) very quickly turn your ride to cr@p.
billtex 03/30/21 06:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Chevy 2500 HD truck shortage

Yes this is a truck camper forum but I don't carry a behemoth like some do. I am not knocking them though. To each his own. I have been fine with my F250 for 12 years. The 2021 chevy 2500 with the gas 6.6 would have more payload than my current truck. That’s fine. But if you are buying a new truck now there is no reason not to go one ton. Cost difference is negligible.If you already owned the 3/4 ton you can mod it, but when starting from scratch? Geez. No good reason to go 3/4 ton. Just trying to save you some pain down the road... Pretty much any TC out there will over load a 3/4 ton. Anyway, don’t get hung up on one brand. Go drive them all while you’re shopping. It may be an eye opener.
billtex 03/30/21 06:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Chevy 2500 HD truck shortage

I was ready to buy a new truck today but the dealer did not have any of the Chevy 2500's with the new gas engine and did not know when he would be getting some. Anyone else noticed this? If you want a duramax there are some of those but I really wanted the gas burner this time. Would be my first new truck in 20 years. Supply chain is still struggling. Why are you looking at 3/4 tons? This is a TC forum. Do yourself a favor, go drive the new Fords. I went back to gas this time also. After 35 years of GM, I am now driving a F350. IMO GM really dropped the ball putting a six speed behind their new gasser. Go take a test drive, you will be surprised.
billtex 03/30/21 04:47am Truck Campers
RE: Buying a new TC

They sure don't make trucks like they used to. Thank God. Today’s trucks are much more capable (payload, economy, reliability...) then just a few years ago. Your one ton should be fine for that NL.
billtex 03/30/21 04:43am Truck Campers
RE: Buying a new TC

AC pre-wire is a good idea. Pretty sure they are all built with the wiring harness in there anyway. But you can ask.
billtex 03/29/21 04:12pm Truck Campers
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