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RE: Long bed camper in a 6' truck bed ?

Lance 835 != Lance 1030 Stating that you've hauled an 8-9' camper in a 6.5' bed is not relevant to the discussion because the OP is asking about an 11' camper.
mkirsch 10/27/16 08:17am Truck Campers
RE: Pickup trucks headlights evaluated

So what's the criteria for poor headlight performance that everyone is using? I can't really say I've ever had a "bad" set of headlights... My 2003 Chevy was probably the best but everyone kept flashing me all the time even though I was on low beams. The lights were aimed as low as they could be. Range on my signature truck is lacking but that's mostly because of the 3-4" of rake due to the heavy rear suspension. It's awesome loaded. My 2015 Chevy's lights are better but not spectacularly better like some are alluding... So, what's the criteria?
mkirsch 10/26/16 02:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What has 3 rows and can pull 9K?

What'd the old codgers do? They put up with poor towing performance, bumpers dragging the ground, trailer sway, burned tow vehicle brakes, roasted transmissions, being broke down on the side of the road, because they had no other choice. "The Long Long Trailer" is closer to reality than you may realize. Now you have a choice, because people realize that doing it that way SUCKED MONKEY HINDQUARTERS, and demanded better. Sure you can still chain a hitch ball to the bumper of the old Vista Cruiser, hitch up the Airstream, and trundle off on a 2000 mile trip to the Grand Canyon at 35MPH, but it won't belong before you're ready to shoot someone, or someone is ready to shoot you.
mkirsch 10/26/16 02:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 5th wheel hitch position in the bed

The weight transfer difference 2" ahead or 2" behind the axle is minimal. It's real simple to calculate out and even if you put some ridiculous pin weight like 5000lbs, the difference is minimal. A while ago I figured this out for truck campers: A 5000lb truck camper with it's COG 6" behind the rear axle has the same weight transfer effect on the truck as a 500lb tongue weight on the receiver hitch. You can equate that to a 5000lb pin weight. 1/3 the distance, and the weight transfer off the front wheels is equivalent to having a 166lb tongue weight on the receiver hitch. If you've only got a 2500lb pin weight the effect is the same as 83lbs on the receiver hitch.
mkirsch 10/26/16 01:55pm Towing
RE: Long bed camper in a 6' truck bed ?

At least they don't have to deal with the issue of the rear bed opening being too narrow on the modern truck. They're still well within the 4' wide section of the camper.
mkirsch 10/26/16 01:45pm Truck Campers
RE: Storing a softside with the top up or down?

I asked this about 6 years ago and the universal response was top down. That advice has not led me astray yet. Every spring when I pop the top for the first trip of the year, the canvas is still there. Now, my camper does not have any springs on the lift mechanism, so that may be a consideration. HOWEVER, I would not consider leaving the top up if the camper was outside, even with a cover. Critters are more likely to chew through canvas than filon or aluminum.
mkirsch 10/26/16 01:38pm Truck Campers
RE: 2011 Tahoe questions

No, it's the part where the engine shuts off 4 cylinders during periods of low load, such as cruising on a flat highway.
mkirsch 10/26/16 08:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: Long bed camper in a 6' truck bed ?

That's not a Lance 1130 either, but it does go to show you *CAN* do just about anything you want.
mkirsch 10/26/16 08:19am Truck Campers
RE: C5H RPO code 6900 lb GVWR and WD issues

You're not supposed to adjust the WD hitch for "even squat" anymore anyway. All you're supposed to do is adjust it so the front end returns to unloaded height. Some instructions these days say to only return the truck HALF way back to unloaded height.
mkirsch 10/25/16 09:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 F450 shooting flames :0

I'm still scratching my head at page 1. NOWHERE in that letter does Ford refuse to do anything about the issue. In fact they expressly said they would fix it under warranty. The owner is just reacting irrationally. Rather than have this turn into yet another skewed media circus, Ford smartly reversed course and bought back the truck. The term "death trap" was probably bandied about. News flash: EVERY vehicle on the road is a DEATH TRAP. Better just stay home and hide under the covers.
mkirsch 10/25/16 09:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: WD hitch for Trailblazer towing 6000 lbs

Who says there's a weight increase? The new trailer could actually be lighter. The difference is in the GVWRs of the trailers, not their actual weights. If the old hitch is still in good shape and working for you there is no sense in buying a new one.
mkirsch 10/25/16 08:58am Towing
RE: Long bed camper in a 6' truck bed ?

Who makes an HD truck with a 6' bed? GM, Ford, and Dodge. Unless you're being nit-picky. My parents' next door neighbor owns a Dodge 3500 DRW with a short bed. Not even a MegaCab.
mkirsch 10/25/16 07:58am Truck Campers
RE: Long bed camper in a 6' truck bed ?

i guess i should return mine then.i have an 8.5 in my shortbox ram. Major difference between whatever 8.5' camper you have, and a Lance 1030. Lance 1030 is a 11' long camper. It would be almost half hanging out the back of the bed on a 6.5' bed camper. Yes, ***SOME*** long bed campers will work in a short bed truck, but not all.
mkirsch 10/25/16 07:54am Truck Campers
RE: SRW traction versus a DRW

An empty DRW has LESS traction than an empty SRW. The reason? Roughly the same amount of weight over the rear tires, only twice as many tires. A DRW loaded to capacity will have MORE traction than an SRW loaded to capacity. The reason? Twice as much weight over twice as many tires. 2WD will get "stuck on wet grass" when you run smooth road tires, don't have a locking differential, and/or have an heavy left foot. More often than not, people create their own problems by romping on the accelerator in sketchy traction situations. I can break a 4x4 loose on wet grass. All I have to do is slam it in gear and stomp on the gas, and I'll be as stuck as any 2WD that does the same thing. If you're going to be where the traction is sketchy, run traction tires. Don't expect to be able to move in slick conditions without the weight of the trailer over the rear wheels. Make sure you've got a locking differential. For those rare times when you do get truly stuck, have a good tow strap behind the seat.
mkirsch 10/24/16 11:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: Forget about Chevy 1500 & 2500 series for truck campers now

I sat down and did the math on that sticker in my last Chevy 1500. Turns out if you add 150lbs for each of the 5 passenger seats in that truck (extended cab, not counting driver) to the recommended slide-in camper weight, it came out almost exactly to the GVWR-minus-curb weight payload capacity of the truck. The long and short of it is you can use the truck's payload capacity for whatever the heck you darned well please. You can even ignore it if you want. Whatever's written by the manufacturer is there to absolve them of liability if something bad were to happen. You put 2500lbs of camper in the back of your 1500lb rated payload truck, and something happened? GM can tell you to get bent if it comes to that. That's really all it is. It's on you to decide what's important, what's safe, what's acceptable risk.
mkirsch 10/24/16 09:41am Truck Campers
RE: hitch extension and weight distribution

You don't have to adjust them for full capacity, but they don't flex as much as a correctly sized set of bars would. There are situations where the oversize bars might overload and bend the extension or the trailer tongue, such as going through a dip. There are situations where the oversize bars may become completely unloaded and fall out, such as driving over a hump. BTW, you generally use trunnion bars for low-mounted couplers, and round bars for high-mounted couplers. Though, either will work in most any situation, the round bars will not have as much ground clearance on a low-mounted coupler.
mkirsch 10/24/16 09:31am Truck Campers
RE: Odd payload numbers on the 2017 F350 DRW vs. 2016 F350 DRW

It's all good.....until you need some body work done. Body work is the last worry on my list. You can replace a panel quicker and cheaper than paying a body man $100/hr to tap-tap-tap the dents out with his hammer and dolly. I am waiting to see how these trucks look after a few winters in the Rust Belt. Salt, moisture, and dissimilar metals is the formula for a battery, and galvanic corrosion.
mkirsch 10/24/16 09:14am Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper on Gooseneck Trailer

If there's a rear overhang that drops below the truck bed level, you can always set the camper up on a platform so that it will clear the trailer bed. Here's a setup right here: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v654/wildman4x4nut/Towing/IMGP1947.jpg
mkirsch 10/21/16 01:59pm Truck Campers
RE: Toyota Tundra payload issues?

Don't mistake "can" for "should." When someone says "no" that is their opinion that you SHOULD NOT be doing this. There is nothing stopping you from ordering the parts, and installing them on your truck. Many garages will be happy to take your money in exchange for installing these parts, and they will not bat an eyeball. There are several on here who are overloading Tundra-sized trucks successfully. There are also many others who were happy, but upgraded trucks and were amazed at the difference. There are also some who tried and decided it wasn't for them, and ended up upgrading the truck right off the bat. Make your own decision.
mkirsch 10/21/16 01:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Survey on new technology for truck campers

The question is purposely vague, and purposely worded (i.e. the "more and more" part) to elicit this response. I'm not surprised that they got the precise outcome they were looking for. Nothing was said in the question about "gadgets" yet everyone immediately "went there." Technology could mean a lightweight honeycomb structure that is virtually rot-proof and knocks several hundred pounds off the weight of the camper. You gonna scream "NO! NO! NO!" to that?
mkirsch 10/21/16 01:35pm Truck Campers
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