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Posted: 01/28/21 02:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a 2015 Arctic Fox 811 short box camper, I'm thinking about upgrading my 2005 Ram 3500 (SRW) with a new 2021 Ram 3500. I really like the 811 but it is a very heavy camper, so my 05 has had a lot of upgrades to handle the 811 and pull my 18' aluminum boat. Looking at the new trucks and the payload capacity, looks like the truck with the equipment I want will have a payload capacity of 3900. The 811 is around that or more depending how much I'm hauling. Looking at the payload capacity for a 3500 mega cab with a DRW, that should be able to support the camper but I really don't want a DRW.

My question, does anyone have a 811 and a newer dodge crew cab 3500 short bed (cummins) as a combo? If so did you have to add supplemental suspension? Does the truck sit level?

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I have a 2020 Ram diesel 3500 Crew Cab SRW, but it's a longbed. I carry a 2019 Northstar 12STC, which is a 12' no slide camper. It looks comparable in weight to your 811. The truck does not sit level when loaded and it's surprising how far the truck has to squat before the overload spring is engaged. I added Torklift stable loads, as I want the overload leaf to be engaged when the truck is level. It still squats enough to bother me (and my headlights with oncoming drivers), so I put airbags on the truck, and 25-30 psi brings it level.

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You are beyond RAM’s 3500 SRW capacity. When you are over, you’re over. Lighter camper or DRW IMO. Bandaids aren’t smart.


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Posted: 01/28/21 07:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Arctic Fox recommends a dually for all their TC’s with a slideout. There is a very good reason for that recommendation.

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Posted: 01/29/21 07:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Your gonna' have the same problem with overloaded rear tires/wheels and rear suspension as your '05.
Keep in mind that 3900 lbs payload is a gvwr based payload which goes over the trucks front and rear axles. Add 3900 lbs in the bed like a TC or a heavy GN/5th wheel trailer can overload the SRW 7000 RAWR.
I 'spect higher rated tires/wheels and rear spring pack help will be needed for a heavy TC and a trailers hitch weight.

Stay tuned I'm sure someone has the same combo.


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It'll haul that camper just fine. Similar mods required, but the 4th Gen will likely handle the weight a bit better


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We considered the AF 865 (basically a slightly lighter, non-slide version of the AF 811) for our '16 Ram 3500 SB SRW. Had a 2019 865 scaled at a dealer and was shocked to find it weighed over 3,500 lbs. completely dry and empty (no propane, batteries, etc.). Would have probably scaled in around 4,500-4700 lbs. loaded for the road.

In any case, too much weight for us, our truck only has ~4000 lbs. of payload (FWIW, all of it available on the rear axle: 7000 lb. RAWR minus 3000 lb. empty rear axle weight equals 4000 lbs.). Went with a lighter 2,700 lb. camper instead (approaching 4,000 lbs. loaded). More or less leveled the truck with just lower Stableloads. Still went ahead and installed airbags because we also needed to level our truck from side-to-side (camper is heavier on one side).

Lastly, lower Stableloads may not provide quite the lift that airbags do, but they do offer more stability (at least on our truck) due to the fact they operate/mount more outboard than the airbags. Airbags (on our truck) tend to induce sway when they're inflated much more than 30-35 psi. IMO, lower Stableloads and airbags compliment each other well.

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So you have to loosen a 3/4" bolt but you really don't want to use a 3/4" wrench?

Use the proper tool for the job. If you've never hauled your TC with a DRW you will be AMAZED at the difference. When I went from a 3500 SRW to a dually with my 4,000 pound TC the difference in sway, bounce, and all around handling was immediately evident. Driving a dually is no big deal. I drive one just about every day for work and it's got a utility body on it so it's 8' wide the entire length of the bed, not just the fenders. I go thru bank and restaurant drive-thrus on a regular basis.

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I just park at the back of the parking lot with my DRW. I don't find it anymore problematic driving around town, but I do live in a rural community.

I have mentioned it before, I had my 1191 on an SRW and when I switched to a DRW it was a night and day difference.

Don't be scared of a DRW, be scared of being overweight, especially pulling a boat behind.


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KD4UPL wrote:

So you have to loosen a 3/4" bolt but you really don't want to use a 3/4" wrench?

Use the proper tool for the job. If you've never hauled your TC with a DRW you will be AMAZED at the difference. When I went from a 3500 SRW to a dually with my 4,000 pound TC the difference in sway, bounce, and all around handling was immediately evident. Driving a dually is no big deal. I drive one just about every day for work and it's got a utility body on it so it's 8' wide the entire length of the bed, not just the fenders. I go thru bank and restaurant drive-thrus on a regular basis.


Just like driving a srw with that camper on it is “no big deal.”
You guys do realize the OP has already been hauling the camper on a srw truck, right?
Guessing if he had issue with it, his thread would be about a dually.

I understand the difference in handling and there is no question a dually is more stable and safer. However a proper srw is NOT unstable and unsafe. This is not a black and white yes or no kinda thing.
Heck I would actually get a dually if I was spending a lot of time behind the wheel with a big white whale in my truck bed. But for some, that is not the right answer.

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