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NRALIFR

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Posted: 06/15/21 10:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Rhodesia wrote:

jimh425 wrote:

Everybody needs a F450. Gotta have it just in case, right? [emoticon]


You are funny, that's why you only do one show a night, LOL


Wut??? [emoticon]

Everyone knows F450’s make the best camper haulers. It’s just common sense, like wearing two masks. If one is good then more must be even better, right? [emoticon]

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* This post was edited 06/15/21 11:13am by NRALIFR *


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And for all you Scooby-Doo and Yosemite Sam types………..Let’s Go Brandon!!!


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monkey44 wrote:

Remember too, carry enough water for your travels, then fill tank at destination. Thirty-six gallons equal 270 lbs. Save yourself 200 lbs with less water on the road. Shop main groceries often. Take minimal heavy tools. A few necessary tools, fine, but you can load up a few hundred pounds of metal if you overdo it. Pack light, laundry more often. Little things like that make a lighter load. You could save 500 lbs if you load TC and truck with a little forethought.

Think also, heavier weight cruising around local camping area roads at 30 mph is a lot less dangerous than heavy weight on a highway at 65 mph too. Load water and groceries at your location, and dump before you leave. Fill water at next CG.


Except for the fact that, that camper on a newer F250, there is no real need to count cans of beans and gallons of water. Truck is up to the task. Period.
I understand many folks have limited experience with trucks, campers, towing, etc and due diligence is required. But in this case, it's black n white. Other than the administratively low gvw rating and rear axle rating, there are no physical or design issues with this setup, even if he packs food for 2 weeks, 3 cases of Budweiser, full tank of water and some tools.


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Posted: 06/15/21 01:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It's good to know HOW to count cans of beans and gallons of water, but you have to actually DO it and not just wave your hands in the air with some vague warning about having to count cans of beans and gallons of water.

If you actually sat down and did the math, you would see that the OP's truck can haul ALL the beans and ALL the water. Just like Grit dog says, no problem.

Just for giggles, what does the door sticker say about the RAWR/GRAWR rating of the truck?


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Posted: 06/15/21 01:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Beans, schmeans...
...I am more concerned with how many cans of BEER that I can carry.

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Posted: 06/15/21 02:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Grit, 3 cases of Budweiser really[emoticon] That stuff is nasty!

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Your dealer provided remarkably good advice. You are also fortunate in having a 2016 year truck as that was the first year that Ford provided a much stronger truck frame.

Also check the tires on your truck. With my 2500 truck the factory tires had a load rating of 3095 lbs or 6190 for the two at the rear axle. The truck itself weighed 3200 lbs at the rear axle when empty. The weight of the truck and the camper was going to be more than 6200 lbs.

I replaced the factory tires with Nitto tires rated for 3750 lbs (similar tires fron Toyo and Goodrich) each and increase the load capacity at the rear to 7500 lbs which was more than enough. The local CAT scale costs about $15 to have the truck weighed with and without the camper and then you know exactly how much weight is being carried.
I discovered that 80% of the camper load was being supported by the rear wheels of the truck.

The Supersprings double leaf set (4 leaves in total) cost me $450 and provided the support needed for the heavy camper. They took me an hour to install and greatly improved the handling of the truck. In a turn more than 50% of the weight of the camper is being supported by the wheels on one side and so adding more support adds to the stability.

Another change I made was to replace the factory shocks with Rancho XL adjustable shocks. I found that having the front shocks at 5 and rear shocks at 10 provided the best ride with minimal porpoising. With the camper off the truck I would only change the rear shock setting taking them to 5 or 6. Thirty seconds and no tools needed to change the setting on the shocks.

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