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dennych1

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Has anybody have any experience with the aluminum trucks with there truck camper .

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Just put over 8000 miles this summer for total about 30k.
Aluminium bed shaves about 900 lb from the rear, so my 6000 lb camper goes without any modifications.
I only add Sulastic hangers for empty ride comfort.





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Do you have a f350. Also what is sulastic hangers never heard of that

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F350 like in my footnote.
Google Sulastic hangers. It is the best $300 I spend on the truck.

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Kayteg1 wrote:

Just put over 8000 miles this summer for total about 30k.
Aluminium bed shaves about 900 lb from the rear, so my 6000 lb camper goes without any modifications.
I only add Sulastic hangers for empty ride comfort.


That's a phenomenal weight reduction for the aluminum bed!
Considering a normal steel 8' bed weighs maybe 400lbs, maybe 500lbs tops with dually fenders, having a truck bed that weighs negative 400lbs is awesome!


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06 Dodge Ram 3500 with an 8' bed that had been sprayed with Line-X ~1/8-3/16" thick. 412.26 pounds

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90 pounds lighter is closer to the truth.


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I have a 2019 f350 dually and it dents when you look at it too hard. Other than that i have no complaints so far. Have only 5K miles on it so far. i was told (but the specs above may dispute it...) that they took the weight savings and beefed up the transmission and other areas...?

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Total weight savings for a typical F150 crew cab 2015-up is about 700 pounds. YMMV. Walk through a parking lot with a bunch of aluminum Fords in there and see if you can find dents in an amount any different than steel trucks.


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Ford claims to have saved hundreds of pounds. Those savings do not just reflect the aluminum bed. Of course, other manufacturers are also making weight reduction modifications elsewhere on their vehicles.

After years of use and hitting bumps occasionally, my steel Dodge Ram bed showed considerable damage. Aluminum would have been much worse. I would suggest adding a plywood base if you have an aluminum bed.

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