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Truck Registration Weight

So - I have a 2020 Ram 3500 that the dealer registered for 8900# when I bought it in March. I'm in NY state. No idea where they came up with that weight. With the camper loaded, I'm at 13,300#. I used the NYS DMV website to calculate the registration cost add if I were to register it for 13,300#, it's only about $40 / year more, so cost isn't an issue. What I'm concerned about: - If I register it for 13,300#, are there any "Gotcha's" I need to worry about, like I need to have a different driver license or need to have have commercial numbers on the truck, or my insurance will be much higher, or anything else you can think of? Is there a magic weight number that jumps me into any additional "Gotcha's"? Thanks, Scott
srschang 01/21/21 06:52am Truck Campers
RE: Real world weight sticky?

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.... Yep, I was one of them. I knew before I bought it the wet weight would be 3610. I figured 600 or so pounds of "stuff". Perfect, would put me a bit below the GVWR of 4342. How could I ever add 600 pounds in "Stuff" Hah! What did we add: 4 solar panels & wiring 2 Lithium batteries & wiring 2000w inverter & wiring Transfer switch Subpanel to isolate fridge & converter from inverter Roof vent covers for the two vent fans A very heavy mattress topper, sheets, blankets, pillows 32" tv & swivel bracket Flush water for the cassette toilet Towels & washcloths Clothes, shoes, hiking boots A few(?) bottles of booze Filled the fridge & freezer, esp. heavy cans & bottles Lots of canned food Pots, pans, dishes, glasses, silverware Keurig coffee maker Toaster 30A power cord + 30A extension cord Water hose & extension water hose Sewer hose + extension sewer hose & tubes to store them Charcoal and grill Lawn chairs Fishing rods, waders, vest Tools, spare batteries, safety kit The list goes on and on. No one item weighs a lot, but add them all up.... Scott
srschang 01/10/21 02:13pm 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.
srschang 01/10/21 12:23pm Truck Campers
RE: Lithium and DC-DC Charger?

This is probably a dumb question , forgive my ignorance . I have been reading about these new technology batteries , lithium and now Sio2 that can be discharged to 80 and 100 percent . How do they power equipment that requires 12v to operate like a furnace sail switch , at this state of DOD ? The voltage curve on a lithium battery is way different then a lead acid. The lead acid voltage drops steadily as the charge is depleted. The lithium voltage stays virtually level throughout the discharge, then drops off a cliff when the battery is near completely discharged. That's why a volt meter works well on a lead acid battery to measure the charge, but on a lithium a voltage measurement won't help determine state of charge. https://i.imgur.com/uYAV5Snl.png
srschang 01/08/21 06:49am Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

Checked the voltage on the two batteries while it's in storage. 13.2 volts. That's how boring my life has become.
srschang 12/24/20 04:21am Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper Weight...I know, I know

In NY, all pickup trucks have commercial plates. There is no requirement for pickup trucks to pull into weigh stations.
srschang 12/13/20 05:49am Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper Weight...I know, I know

I doubt SRW and DRW have the same springs? That beside the fact that the number you posted might be result of taxation and have loose connection with actual axle capacities. SRW usually are sold with GVW below 10k lb, when DRW below 15k lb. That is due that in most of the states rating it above those numbers might bring commercial requirements, different smog requirements and definitely higher fees. My F450 had sticker for 15k lb, where set of tires added to 22k lb and I actually used it above 20k lb. I only have one data point, but my 2020 Ram 3500 SRW has a GVW of 12,300 lb.
srschang 12/12/20 12:08pm Truck Campers
RE: Which 19.5" tire to choose

I have Cooper RM 253 Load range G 133 245/70R19.5 on the Vision wheels. I like that size Cooper as it is exactly the same diameter as the factory tires. The aggressive tread on the Coopers sings pretty good going down the road as I'm sure the XDS will. But one of the rear tires has a balance problem, and after several tries balancing and adding Centramatic wheel balancers all the way around, It's still off enough at 40 and 70 mph that I'm looking for new tires to replace the two rear Coopers. Ill probably put the front Coopers/Visions on the rear, and buy a pair of Michelin XZE for the front. I don't drive with these wheels & tires in the snow, and pretty much all the off-road we do is gravel roads and getting into a site at a campground. So the XZE will be fine for traction, and should be much quieter than the RM 253's. Other than the balance problem, I really like the 19.5's. Very stiff sidewall, very little side to side sway with the camper on. Reasonable ride with the camper off. You'll have to get used to turning off the TPM warning every time you start the truck, but not a big deal. I'd add TPM valve stems to the Visions, but haven't been able to find 433mhz stems that fit the Vision wheels. In fact, I don't know how you would determine which TPM stems fit the Vision wheels. Let me know how the Michelins work out, and especially if you find TPM stems that fit the Vision wheels.
srschang 11/30/20 02:23pm Truck Campers
RE: New thermostat question?

There is an AirXCEL thermostat with bluetooth. Now my wife and I don't have to fight to decide who's going to get out of bed to turn on the furnace in the morning. Can control heat, a/c, and fan from our phones. Coleman Mach 9430-3543 Bluetooth Wall Thermostat For Air Conditioners Without Heat Pump
srschang 11/24/20 07:02am Truck Campers
RE: What are the top 5 advantages of a TC?

1 - I can tow the SxS on a trailer behind us. 2 - Not many out here in the East, so a bit distinctive. 3 - Love sleeping way up high over the cab. 4 - Can take a shower anywhere. Last fall we were hiking in the Grand Tetons. Had dinner reservations at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar in Jackson Hole, after hiking we parked in the public parking lot in Jackson Hole, took showers, and walked over to the restaurant. Can't do that with an Airstream behind you. 5 - The Northstar hangs 4 feet behind the truck bed, so as long as I can find a parking spot that will allow me to back in till the rear tires hit the curb, I can park anywhere. Scott
srschang 10/30/20 12:16pm Truck Campers
RE: Firestone Ride-Rite Airspring Defective Design Bent Brackets

I put Firestone Ride Rights on my 2004, 2008, and 2015 3500 Ram Diesels. Never had any problem with them. I decided to put Air Lifts on my 2020 3500 Ram diesel, the only reason being I wanted an onboard inflation system, and liked the Air Lift inflation system better, so I thought I would give them a try. About 10,000 miles on them so far and they are working fine. But, I usually run 35-40 psi or so, and only onto rough gravel roads once in a while, so my situation isn't quite the same. Scott
srschang 10/30/20 12:06pm Truck Campers
RE: Stop gap suspension advice

What are you running for air pressure in the front & rear tires? Are the tires load Range E? F? G? A tire with a firm sidewall makes a big difference in side to side sway. As others have said, some of it is a learning experience, especially when entering and leaving parking lots. You generally want to do it as square as possible, if you are at an angle one of the front tires will go over any dip or bump first, starting the camper rocking, then when the rear tire go through it one at a time, it really gets to rock & rolling. Scott
srschang 10/30/20 11:54am Truck Campers
RE: 5th wheel rails and a truck camper

I guess it depends on how the bottom of the camper is finished. Mine has the 2x6 floor joists exposed, with 2" pink foam board squares in between. I added 3 - 2x4s to the underside of the floor joists to get just a bit more clearance at the bedrails and to provide some ventilation under the camper as NRALIFR mentioned. Having the 2X4s attached to the camper are 3 less things I need to mess with when I load & unload. Scott
srschang 10/28/20 02:35pm Truck Campers
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