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Host line up?

Tahoe LB Host is showing the Rainer dropped from the line up and a Tahoe LB coming soon FYI... JJ
jerryleejr 01/23/21 10:17am Truck Campers
RE: Real world weight sticky?

I think that might be a good idea to have a sticky. I have already weighted my new truck. We are loading everything tomorrow for a first trip and I plan on weighing the complete rig with boat. I will post my real world weights after weighing, Yeah I’m interested in the cascade weight I’m guessing at least 5K... JJ
jerryleejr 01/10/21 05:00pm Truck Campers
RE: Real world weight sticky?

Wouldn't it be nice if we could go from the manufacturer's specs to a reasonable estimate of "real world weight"? It seems that is never going to happen. The obvious issue is that each of us carries different amounts of stuff. That "stuff" includes kitchen gear, food, bottled drinks, cleaning supplies, tools, maps/guidebooks, hobby gear, clothing, mattress toppers or an upgraded mattress, etc, etc. There is also typically a huge difference between the built out weight of an individual camper and the manufacturer's specs. Specs are often based on a stripped down model and the spec weight typically does not include accessories and upgrades such as a microwave, TV, A/C unit, oven, generator, solar panels, extra battery, awnings, skylight, etc. For my camper an extended cabover area with a queen sized mattress was also considered an upgrade and the weight was not in the spec weight for the camper model. Some manufacturers do make this easy, sort of. They will give you the dry spec weight, and the weight for each accessory and upgrade. You can then add weight for propane and water. The 1000# estimate for personal items may sound high but prospective buyers often overlook many items such as truck suspension upgrades, a bed mat, fastguns and tiedowns. (I did the tiedown addition for my last truck and was amazed at the shipping weight for all the necessary parts.) Yeah and I think there’s quite a few owners that did their due diligence before purchase and still got a shock first trip to the scales....
jerryleejr 01/10/21 01:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Real world weight sticky?

2019 Northstar 12 STC Mfg base dry weight without options - 3176 Weighed as delivered dry to the dealer - 3330 Wet weight sticker on camper (includes 40 gallons water and 40# propane) - 3610 Weighed fully loaded for camping, including water, propane, fridge full, clothes, everything - 4740 So water, propane, clothes, full fridge, everything ready to camp adds 1410 to the camper weight Since the water and propane weigh 360, personal stuff weighs 1050 - I guess the universal estimate is pretty spot on for me. That perfect thank you...
jerryleejr 01/10/21 01:35pm Truck Campers
Real world weight sticky?

If this has been asked and answered I apologize for not being able to find it. But could we start a sticky thread for people to list the real world weight of their camper that have used a scale? I think it would be helpful and save a lot of repeat posts. I know there’s a lot of variables with options etc but I’ve found in my own research using manufactures dry weight and adding the usual 1000 pounds of stuff isn’t close when I find someone that’s went to the scales.... JJ
jerryleejr 01/10/21 11:52am Truck Campers
RE: Which 19.5" tire to choose

I know 19.5 are the default choice for upgrading weight capability. But I’m seeing 18” tire selections at almost 4K per tire now. What would going to 19.5” give me that the 18’s that are on the truck would not? https://www.prioritytire.com/centennial-terra-trooper-a-t-lt-275-70r18-128-125s-f-12-ply-at-all-terrain-tire/ My stock 18s on my 2006 F350 had tires that were rated 3760. I wouldn’t personally be worried about upping those to 4K. Maybe you are over the wheel rating, but that’s not much. I tracked down the Ram spec of 3500 each for the 18” OEM and a lengthy discussion on actual usage up to 4K... JJ
jerryleejr 01/10/21 09:46am Truck Campers
RE: Which 19.5" tire to choose

What would going to 19.5” give me that the 18’s that are on the truck would not? Looking at Fleet Ford specs show their 18"/20" wheels rated at 3590 lbs capacity. I've never found any weight specs on Ram/GM same size wheels but I would bet their all close to the same load ratings. Now days its the wheels or possible rear spring pack that are the weak link in most pickups GAWR ratings. Tire load capacity has over the wheels rating is a good idea but it sure doesn't mean the trucks OEM rear spring pack/wheels are good for the same load capacity. 19.5" wheels has more load capacity than OEM 18" or 20" wheels. I would go by how much weight is on any trucks rear axle and choose tires and wheels with a good bit of reserve capacity. I’ll look it up, wasn’t thinking about the rim rating with the 11.5k rear axel and 14k GVWR JJ
jerryleejr 01/09/21 01:10pm Truck Campers
RE: Which 19.5" tire to choose

I know 19.5 are the default choice for upgrading weight capability. But I’m seeing 18” tire selections at almost 4K per tire now. What would going to 19.5” give me that the 18’s that are on the truck would not? https://www.prioritytire.com/centennial-terra-trooper-a-t-lt-275-70r18-128-125s-f-12-ply-at-all-terrain-tire/
jerryleejr 01/09/21 11:47am Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper Weight...I know, I know

Lots of great replies waiting to hear back on what axel is in the truck... JJ
jerryleejr 12/19/20 12:36pm Truck Campers
RE: Worth the effort?

Don't forget the front spacers, new front wheels, and a bed. Might be cheaper to keep looking for a real dually. Front end doesn’t need to change. I originally swapped my front end over to dually rotors and wheels, but the 235 tires were too skinny for my liking for some of the places I go. I switched to 265 tires but they’re a little too wide for 6.5” dually wheels, and I didn’t like the sidewall flex while cornering hard. So ended up going back to SRW rotors so I could run 8” wheels. Hard cornering was much better after that. I carry an adapter to use the dually spare up front. The rear fenders probably will cost more than axle swap or adapter kit, but dually beds are easier to find used because so many duallies get flat-bed conversions. And there’s options for bolt-on fenders too. It’s a chassis cab truck...
jerryleejr 12/12/20 10:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: Worth the effort?

I think the OP might have been contemplating a switch to DRW or 19.5s, not both. That is correct sorry for the confusion... JJ
jerryleejr 12/12/20 09:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck Camper Weight...I know, I know

Ok I’m gonna ask and hope it doesn’t get lost in the 18 wheeler braking tangent. Can one assume the same axle is used in the same model year truck and the difference in RAWR is based off SRW vs DRW configuration? I ask because the truck I’m looking at has a 3K difference between the two... JJ There is more to RAWR than axle. When it is quite common the same axle is used in whole line of different vehicles, it can be coupled to different springs and different brakes. Not to mention that differential can have several different gearings. Common wisdom says that US-build axles can take overload quite well and several members do it all the time, while installing 19.5 wheels. But as pointed- what about braking force? Beside ClassA motorhomes, I did not own vehicle who I could not lock the wheels on dry pavement, but on some vehicles that can take several hundreds pounds push on brake pedal. Not something everybody can do. I understand there’s a lot of variables but let’s say a Ram 3500 chassis cab comes in both SRW and DRW configurations. The SRW lists 6800 RAWR and 9850 for the DRW. That’s why I’m assuming it’s the tires... JJ
jerryleejr 12/12/20 08:40am Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper Weight...I know, I know

Ok I’m gonna ask and hope it doesn’t get lost in the 18 wheeler braking tangent. Can one assume the same axle is used in the same model year truck and the difference in RAWR is based off SRW vs DRW configuration? I ask because the truck I’m looking at has a 3K difference between the two... JJ
jerryleejr 12/12/20 07:18am Truck Campers
RE: Worth the effort?

There’s 2 ways to covert. Buy the Arrowcraft kit and use the existing axle, but it might not have much reserve capacity left. It’s nearly as easy to just swap in a dually axle. FWIW - I originally converted my can with the Arrowcraft kit. No issues with that kit, but my axle was a Dana 70 and was was still pushing a it 7,800# rating. One trip i spilt my diff carrier in half once when I jumped the van going a wee bit too fast, with a trailer in tow on a hitch extension. Then another trip I sheared the pinion gear, sending my driveline across the highway, when I did a 3rd to 1st WOT downshift with torque management turned off, when I went to pass a Honda Civic on a steep uphill while towing the travel trailer. So now I have a dually Dana 80 axle. If I break this one, I’ll try the Dana S110 next, since my rear axle weight does top 13,000 pounds at times My understanding the current axle has a 11k rating... JJ
jerryleejr 12/11/20 08:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Worth the effort?

That sounds fun but I would check the axle weight capacity to be sure it’s worth continuing. Craig The conversion would include the upgraded axle.... JJ
jerryleejr 12/11/20 05:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Worth the effort?

A bit more info would help. What 3500 truck, brand/year, and what do you plan to tow with it? Had a camp neighbor next to me with a converted 350 van, towing a little mini trailer. https://i.imgur.com/kQzuUjsl.jpg Jerry It’s a 4th Gen Ram 3500 CC and would be hauling 5-5500 in the bed and towing a small utility trailer. Most do the same with the 3500 DRW’s which why I’m looking at the conversion...
jerryleejr 12/11/20 05:36pm Tow Vehicles
Worth the effort?

I’ve stumbled across what I believe is a decent deal on a 3500 CC. The catch is its SRW. I’ve never done a conversion to DRW nor 19.5” wheels. However using OEM parts will increase payload 2K for this model year and put me more comfortably where I need to be at a significant savings over a new truck. Just making sure the initial savings is worth it and not cause headaches down the road... JJ
jerryleejr 12/11/20 05:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New 2021 Host Cascade

Congrats, let us know when you have a chance for real world weights...
jerryleejr 12/11/20 04:51pm Truck Campers
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