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Greetings I have been reading and learning at the Forum for the past 3 years taking notes. I finally decided to buy a truck and camper. Like many of you I face the following dilemmas off-road ability vs. style and comfort. or spending big bucks for something I may not be crazy about for years on end. Having almost ruled out a popup camper. I am considering making the following compromise decision advice and criticism please.
2019 RAM 2500 4x4 Crew Cab Tradesman 8ft box 6.4 gas Hemi
PAYLOAD 3190.00LBS Off-road package ,Anti-Spin Differential Rear Axle, Electric Shift-on-the-Fly Transfer Case LT275/70R18E OWL On/Off-Road Tires 3690 payload, Hill decent ,off-road shocks Ground clearance 8.6” Many components from the Power Wagon will be adding rear progressive Sumo Super springs Please advise?
Palomino HS750 hard side dry weight with options about 2150lbs H 8'2' W 86” FL 8'2 Solar panels 200w,2x Battery Group 24 12V AGM Battery, Tie Down Package-4 Torklift Brackets W/4 Happijac Turnbuckles & Chain, rubber bed mat. Palomino now has all aluminum frame with upgraded interior small but doable for a single man [image]
Question how much 4 wheeling will I be capable of ? Forest roads only Burr Trail or Mogollon Rim trails like or something more extreme. Should I buy a Pop-up instead? Thanks

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Limited IMO as a former 4x4 TC owner. It’ll get you in “there” but not be able to explore.


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Posted: 09/05/19 06:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just my opinion, but after three different trucks and camper combos I'd never put a cab over camper on any thing but a dually.


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If you are thinking about 4 wheeling as a single person, I can’t think of a reason for a Crew Cab. I’d go short bed and supercab. I’d also go 3500 to give you more rated capacity. Finally, I’d go popup if off road is important to you. Sure, you can go offroad with a hardside, but that will impact your ability to go faster with it on and there will be a lot of flex.

Personally, I’d for sure go Chevrolet or Ford if you are going gasoline and strongly consider holding out for the new 2020 gasoline engines from either.

Finally, I’d strongly consider buying used especially for the truck unless you are getting a screaming deal on a new one.


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I bought a 2019 Palomino HS8801 and put it on my 2500 Dodge Ram, HD, CC, LB.
Ideally the weight was just right, handled beautifully. Did install airbags first. Being solo (with furkid) I found it a bit confining for more than 3 days set up. Did not try the off-road, but I would agree at looking at a 3500.

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Don’t buy a rear-coil-spring 2500 Ram for a camper!! Get a Ford or a Chevy or a 3500 Ram.


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Posted: 09/05/19 10:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Dually.....

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#1Flyboy wrote:

Dually.....


For the small camper the OP proposed? For off road? Please.....

But burningman is right. Get leaf springs, pick your favorite truck, but not coils or air ride ram. Leaf springs in the rear ftw.


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X2 on 3500. I don't know why they even sell 2500's. You either get a grocery-getter 1500 or a real hauler, in other words a 3500. No suspension enhancements required.

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Get a one ton truck. Dually will handle the truck camper better. Been there done that.


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