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Posted: 01/05/18 08:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sounds like a possibility.
The'02 trucks rear springs are probably not what they were 16 years ago when new. After loading the camper the old truck may need some rear suspension help. Lots of aftermarket products to choose from.
Doing the math from actual scale weights makes it easy to find out how much load capacity your truck has..... 3686 minus 1960 = 1700 lbs you'll have to work with before exceeding a tire/wheel or rear spring pack. Those small semi float rear axle on older GMs didn't like to be ran overloaded.
Also you may want to invest in a LT C or D tire to replace those OEM passenger tires.


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Posted: 01/05/18 08:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

FourWheel or Caribou lite could work well. Make sure wheels and tires are adequate.
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My son had a Northstar TC 650 on a Nissan Titan CC,5'6" bed. We added airbags and E rated tires and it handled well. You can do a search and a lot of other people have had the same setup. If that truck can handle that camper then it should open up a lot of options. There are several Palominos in that same weight range as the Northstar TC 650. Northstar also makes a hardside called the Liberty that is supposed to be made to work on a 1/2 ton. However the Weight Police will probably jump in here shortly to clear things up.


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Be aware that advertised dry weights of campers are the joke of the industry.
No one ever actually scales a ready-to-go camper as light as that.

Don’t worry about the exact capacity of your truck as listed on the stickers.
It won’t break if you load a little more. People use half-tons a whole lot harder every day.

If you have passenger-car tires, get LT tires, you might want airbags or helper springs, drop on the pop-up of your choice and go camping. Airbags with onboard compressor are my favorite because you just press the button to firm it up whenever you want, press the other button to go back to stock soft when you’re empty.


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Posted: 01/06/18 10:30am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Check out the new Mercedes Benz concept truck and hardside camper combo. I don't have a link but it is currently on Microsoft edge . The truck has an ultra short bed and can't be over a 1/2 ton.

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After more reading, it seems that exceeding the GVWR by 10% or so is not that significant of a concern as long as I am under my GAWR. I got 1,250 lbs to work with per the GVWR and 1,700 lbs with the rear GAWR. So let's call it 1,500 lbs max for me.

I'm not comfortable exceeding limits. I have no experience with hauling truck campers or suspension modifications. Would most on this forum agree exceeding GVWR slightly but staying 10% under GAWR is not a big concern?

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I would agree that that is of 0 concern. You will be well within the limits if you stick to that.
I’ll quickly reiterate that 2000lb of payload is still within the relaible capabilities as well.


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Posted: 01/12/18 03:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I agree with Grit Dog.

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