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WyoBull

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Posted: 01/11/18 11:01am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

At the very least get the F350. I went from an F250 with 2496 lbs of payload to my current F350 which has 4226 lbs of payload. I don't see any ride difference between the two. We have a Northern Lite 8.11 and fully loaded wet it is between 3500-3700 lbs. I am within all of my weight specs on this camper but I do know the campers with a slide are going to be a fair amount heavier. Add your boat to it and in my opinion you are definitely pushing dually territory.


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Well I am another 2500 SRW to 3500 DRW owner / convert.
Dually is far nicer, in my opinion. Better stability and all the rest.
The true test and endorsement comes from the passenger seat, when she tells people to get a dually to carry a big camper. "It rides so much nicer, and is more stable on the gravel roads that we have travelled."
This without prompting from me.
As far as daily driver, I don't work anymore, but I still have my Nissan Versa. It sips fuel rides nicely and at times thinks it is a truck when I load tools and stuff into it. When I was working , it used about $45.00 per month in fuel, whereas the truck would have gone through $150 in the same time frame.
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I am not set on having to get a camper with a slide out. It's just a preferenace but the Lance I was looking at with a slide (855S) has a listed weight of 3200lbs wet and 2900 dry. If I went without the slide then the ones I am seeing are around 2000 lbs. I am not really interested in a dually. This truck is my daily driver.


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As has been stated here often, select the camper then buy the truck to carry it. In your case, you will need to reserve payload for the tongue weight of your trailer and as noted, the hitch and extension to get past the TC bumper will add weight. The issue of daily driver throws a kink in the mix. IMHO you will not end up with a nimble daily driver if you properly size your truck to carry a single slide TC and tow a 5klbs boat/trailer. There are a lot of variables to consider: diesel or gas, two wheel or four wheel drive, single, extended or crew cab, manual or automatic transmission...


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Some of these posts may be a little pessimistic. We carry a 9.5’ fiberglass single slide camper that’s pretty well equipped (A/C, micro, rear awning). It comes to about 4K wet and loaded to camp. The slide only adds 200 lbs so not a big adder. Ours rides on a stock (except shocks) 2005 SRW Chevy 3500 and it handled fine to me for the past 10 years. We also tow a ~2k lb cargo trailer most of the time on an 18” extension.

An 8.5’ model with slide should easily be under 4K. Skip heavy options like A/C, generator and microwave to lighten it even more. Run with the water tank less than full (240lbs on that Lance). You also may not need an extension to tow, particularly with a longer tongue on a boat trailer that also tend to have lighter tongue weight.

Do pay attention to the listed weights in brochures as they usually say “with standard features.” Options can add plenty of weight.

Would a dually be better...sure and I’ll recommend one but I’m not convinced it’s a requirement. A lot depends upon the camper, truck and driver’s comfort level.

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I bought an F350 SRW with camper package in 2015, and an NL 9'6" QSE last week. Despite lots of due diligence and math, in big retrospect I can't help but observe trucks carry far less than expected/advertised, and campers weigh far more than expected/advertised. Wet+humans+dogs+stuff plus 2855 dry camper on a 3883 rated payload truck left me far short of the margin I had imagined back in 2015. Stunning and humbling.

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Rbertalotto wrote:

Go BIG or go home the saying goes. Buy the 350 and don’t look back and don’t regret that you should have bought s bigger truck.


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Buy once and don't look back - get a 350 / 3500.

Towing that much weight and hauling a truck camper, I'd go dually, but since it is your daily driver, a dually might not be practical.


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If you don’t mind buying a couple of trucks then start with the SRW 350/3500 and then buy the dually. If you are concerned with the ride of an empty 1 ton truck then buy a GM and air the tires down to 55 lbs.. I have had both SRW and now a dually 1 ton trucks and the fuel mileage is the same, handling is not a problem.

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Buzzcut1 wrote:

Truck camper, towing 5000 you are going to want a dually. For one you will probably be over the tire load ratings of a SRW on the rear axle. I had a F350 SRW and towed my horse trailer behind my TC and I had to upgrade to 19.5 commercial truck tires and wheels to not be over the tire rating. I now have a F350 DRW and the handling is so much better that there is now way I would ever go back to a SRW.



X2. Never will go back to a SRW truck.

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billyray50 wrote:

Buzzcut1 wrote:

Truck camper, towing 5000 you are going to want a dually. For one you will probably be over the tire load ratings of a SRW on the rear axle. I had a F350 SRW and towed my horse trailer behind my TC and I had to upgrade to 19.5 commercial truck tires and wheels to not be over the tire rating. I now have a F350 DRW and the handling is so much better that there is now way I would ever go back to a SRW.



X2. Never will go back to a SRW truck.


And Bill's got a great truck (I have same one, even same color)


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