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Posted: 04/04/21 12:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

OP, your best bet is plop the camper on there and see how much it sags.
If you’re wanting to decide what to do before you drive it on the highway.

The newer F250s have a more compliant, progressive rear suspension. Aka softer ride with no load or light loads, compared to the old lumber wagons.
Since you want to pontificate what’s needed, I’ll say sway bar (that is a given to reduce body roll) and at a minimum, lower stable loads. If you’re truly only 2500lbs all in.
It’ll haul 2500lbs over the axle without bottoming out in normal driving but I’d want to stiffen it up if more than just casual or infrequent driving with a top heavy load.

Being on the edge of the suspension handling it on its own, I’d, again, see how much it sags. Then wedge the springs like lower stable loads and repeat the exercise.


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And don’t be swayed by the rvnet weight cops that you shoulda got a F350. Your truck is more than well suited for your camper.

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I agree but with the waiting period for trucks around here I could not help myself.


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My local Chevy dealer has a 2500...one...it’s a 2016.


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250 only gets the upper overload if it has the camper package. You'll also find that you probably don't have the factory sway bar either.

The whole truck weighs 500lbs less is complete nonsense, quit peddling that non-truth. Whatever they saved by going aluminum went back into the drivetrain. I've owned very similar trucks across both eras and they have almost identical payload.


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Would it be cheaper to get the factory overload and sway bar or go after market?

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The whole truck weighs 500lbs less is complete nonsense, quit peddling that non-truth..


You must be better informed than Ford's engineers?
When it is hard to find Ford's brochures for 2017, when aluminum body started - the 2021 models claim to shave another 350 lb.
That in Superduty, when F150 got potential for 700 lb savings.
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Americamper wrote:

Would it be cheaper to get the factory overload and sway bar or go after market?


Idk, but aftermarket sway bars can be had a lot more robust than typical oe pickup rear sway bars.
Again put the camper on first before you decide what you need for additional load carrying capability.

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hedge wrote:


The whole truck weighs 500lbs less is complete nonsense, quit peddling that non-truth. Whatever they saved by going aluminum went back into the drivetrain. I've owned very similar trucks across both eras and they have almost identical payload.


Our new aluminum body gas truck is ~ 500 lbs heavier than our previous steel body diesel!
It is my understanding the fully boxed frame is the culprit.
Sure is nice though...


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Have you loaded the camper on the truck yet? Plan on getting a roadmaster/hellwig sway bar at the minimum if it doesn't come with one and "maybe" bags. But again I wouldn't go throwing parts at a problem you don't have yet.


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