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You just asked the same question that gets asked here almost daily, so do some reading and some basic math and if you’re still concerned, weigh your setup because you don’t even know what it weighs.
Hint, camper is about 4000lbs.


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specta wrote:

Brochure weight for my camper is 2826 lbs.
Fully loaded for camping it weighs 3960 lbs.
It takes 100 lbs off my front axle.
Rear axle empty, 2900 lbs. With camper, 10540 lbs.


I think you meant your total weight is 10540 lbs ,not just the rear axle .


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ticki2 wrote:

specta wrote:

Brochure weight for my camper is 2826 lbs.
Fully loaded for camping it weighs 3960 lbs.
It takes 100 lbs off my front axle.
Rear axle empty, 2900 lbs. With camper, 10540 lbs.


I think you meant your total weight is 10540 lbs ,not just the rear axle .


Yep, not sure how I missed that. [emoticon]

Rear axle with camper 6960.

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Your best bet as mentioned is to hit the scales and see what the real weights are.

It's unclear, do you have a SRW or a SRW truck?

Either way, tires are only one aspect that can limit weight.

Also, check the Ford towing booklet for 2006. It also includes truck camper weight limits which are usually lower than the payload. I'm not positive but I suspect it's related to the high center of gravity.


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This Forum could use a sticky on determining camper weight.
In any case using the manufacturer's specs can lead to grossly underestimating the actual weight. First manufacturer's specs often do not include typical accessories such as an A/C unit, microwave, awnings, etc. Next, many users also add their own mods and accessories. Those might include solar and/or generator, an upgraded and often very heavy foam mattress, steps, additional battery, etc. It is also easy to forget about mods needed to carry the camper. Tiedowns, fastguns, bed mat, SuperSprings/airbags/swaybar or other suspension mods can total a lot more than the weight that is saved by removing the tailgate. At this point it is necessary to add another 1000#, usually referred to as personal items. That seems high but often is an underestimation. This category includes food. A couple of weeks supply and a loaded refrigerator can add several hundred pounds. Also included are clothing, camera/computer/hobby gear, cleaning supplies, toiletries, bedding, cooking gear/plates/flatware/etc, tools, air compressor, lawn chairs, leveling blocks, BBQ grill, and a host of other items we often forget to include. The 1000# estimate needs to be increased due to any special, heavy items some campers bring such as zero gravity chairs, screen house, extra tools, firewood, bicycles and rack, etc.

Also be aware that almost every item listed will be carried by the rear axle, wheels, and tires. The weak links are the wheels and especially the tires. Depending on tire size the load capacity is likely to be 3200-3750 each for a total of 6400-7500. The truck itself is likely to have an axle weight of 3200-3500#, leaving a load capacity of 2900-4300. Again, those maximum weight estimates are based on tires alone. Personally I would like at least a little safety margin. Tires get old and abused with use and especially if take down gravel roads and similar, not to mention driving at highway speeds on a hot day.

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moonlitsouls wrote:

thanks guys , i already got myself a firestone ride right air kit , i wonder if upgrading the real leaf springs would also be good?......


Adding the air kit doesn't change your load rating. It merely allows you to level out the truck when you're hauling. Closest thing I've got to you, and I don't think the specs changed in 2006, is my 2005 F350 SW, short bed. At the scale, with me (210lbs) and 10gal of diesel, was 8280lbs total, and rear axle 3440lbs. Tires are 3640lbs, limiting rear axle weight to 7280lbs, leaving 3840 for the trailer, minus whatever else I put in the truck, some of which goes slightly to the front axle.


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The problem is,my Lance weight sticker is almost exactly what my Lance weighs empty...Everthing I put in, changes the weight..2659# empty loaded varies to how much I take,usually around 3900 plus or minus.

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phillyg wrote:

moonlitsouls wrote:

thanks guys , i already got myself a firestone ride right air kit , i wonder if upgrading the real leaf springs would also be good?......


Adding the air kit doesn't change your load rating. It merely allows you to level out the truck when you're hauling. Closest thing I've got to you, and I don't think the specs changed in 2006, is my 2005 F350 SW, short bed. At the scale, with me (210lbs) and 10gal of diesel, was 8280lbs total, and rear axle 3440lbs. Tires are 3640lbs, limiting rear axle weight to 7280lbs, leaving 3840 for the trailer, minus whatever else I put in the truck, some of which goes slightly to the front axle.



Here’s what I’m taking from this thread, I just bought the wrong truck for my camper. I’m going to be way overweight on the rear axle. What can I do?

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^My takeaway, from real world experience, is your truck is fine for that camper, with some minor upgrades to handle the weight better.
You may or may not believe that. Depends if you believe the folks who believe if you exceed the factory “ratings” in any way, that you are overloaded and consequently unsafe. Or if you believe the other side of the coin, folks who use these trucks in the exact same manner without issue year in, year out.

Like I said, do your research and you’ll realize the actual issue is in your current understanding of the capability of your truck, not the actual safe capability of your truck.

Caveat, you do have an older truck, so my statements are based on it being in good physical and mechanical condition.

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