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#1 OFFLINE   mrgoodbar

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Posted 11 July 2016 - 03:17 PM

This may seem like a dumb question but can you sleep in the overhead bed when you TC is not attached to your truck? Will the weight tip it over?

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Posted 11 July 2016 - 04:44 PM

you are fine to sleep in the cab over when off the truck. just make sure the camper is level or if you are worried...put the rear slightly lower....slightly. unless there is a huge amount of weight by the sleeping party you will not out weigh the balance of the camper. Im talking like the brady bunch all up in the cab over weight. 


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Posted 12 July 2016 - 08:46 PM

The correct answer is: There is no government warning sticker saying not to do it. Clearly that makes it OK.

 

Seriously, the weight of the rest of the camper behind the cabover is way more than one, two (or more) bodies in the cabover can overcome to tip the camper forward pivoting on the front jacks. Making the rear slightly lower does not alter the physics of the situation either. It just isn't possible.

 

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Posted 13 July 2016 - 03:02 AM

I asked the same question when I bought my TC a few weeks ago.  Dealer said there was no problem.  I would suggest that the camper be lowered to decrease any play in the jacks and to increase stability but it really doesn't matter.


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Posted 13 July 2016 - 04:27 AM

The correct answer is: There is no government warning sticker saying not to do it. Clearly that makes it OK.

 

Seriously, the weight of the rest of the camper behind the cabover is way more than one, two (or more) bodies in the cabover can overcome to tip the camper forward pivoting on the front jacks. Making the rear slightly lower does not alter the physics of the situation either. It just isn't possible.

 

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Posted 13 July 2016 - 03:51 PM

My TC is a pop up real lite which weighs about 1600 empty. I'm a big boy so with me, wife, and stuff we are looking at about 600 lbs. just seemed like we would be tempting fate to try it. :)

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Posted 13 July 2016 - 07:21 PM

That cabover structure can't weigh more than a couple hundred pounds. Call it 300# to be safe. The other 1300# are at or behind the front jacks. Seems like it should work ok, assuming you have a 4-jack system. If there are only 3 jacks, all bets are off!

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Posted 14 July 2016 - 05:47 AM

somewhere someone posted a good picture explaining how it is safe. showing the tipping point with all 4 jacks down and the physics of it. it is a great explanation for it but I cant seem to find it on line. 


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Posted 16 July 2016 - 07:31 PM

It's like sitting on a see-saw with a 1300 pound person on one seat, and a 600 pound person on the other.   The camper won't tip over.



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Posted 16 July 2016 - 11:32 PM

The center of gravity sticker is usually over the rear wheels. That means half the TC weight is ahead and behind that sticker. The vast majority of the weight is behind the front jacks. Lets say 2000 behind and less than 1000 forward. Add 600 pounds o people and you still have a significantly greater weight behind. I dont think you need to worry about it.
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Posted 14 September 2016 - 04:22 PM

I just unloaded my AF 1150 & set her down on two (Forward & Aft) saw table stands with a 2x10 plank spanning the width of camper on each side.

Lowered the aft / back end, about 5-10 deg. so the forward section is a tad higher wile balancing the stress points between the 4 jacks & cribbing.  Working nights allows me to sleep days wile not being interrupted by the family dysfunctional doings during the day. LOL  

 

I would venture to say the rig is only 2.5 feet off the ground. Seems like a winner to me.  Installing a 3 way hook-up was the best thing I ever did in the backyard. 



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Posted 14 September 2016 - 06:01 PM

There's no way it would tip over. I don't know why everyone seems to be worried about this. Nobody asks the question in reference to the camper on the truck, just on the jacks. The pivot point is in the same place, the front edge of the camper where it meets the front of the bed. If it would tip over on the jacks then it would tip over sitting on the truck. How many truck's do you see with a dent in the roof from where the camper tipped forward.

To put your mind at ease set the camper on the truck but don't fasten the tie-downs. Now, start pilling people and stuff in the bed and see if you can get the back of the camper to come up off the truck bed even 1/4" inch. I guarantee you can't do it.



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Posted 28 October 2016 - 06:48 AM

An update to the original question.  We have had several folks sleep in the upper bed without any issues so the answer is it does not tip over when off the truck.  Thanks for all the responses and words of encouragement. 



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Posted 15 April 2017 - 03:20 PM

How much weight can the upper bed support.we are a big family. Between me the wife and the dog. were around 800 lbs.(mostly the dog of course) Should i support it from underneath?



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Posted 18 April 2017 - 10:31 AM

Not sure about that one.  We have about 600 in the overhead and have used it for a couple years now with no problems.  I guess if I was concerned, I would contact the dealer just to be on the safe side.  I don't see anywhere in my specs that says a weight limit for the overhead.



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Posted 21 April 2017 - 09:26 PM

Huh... Impossible to tip-over. Interesting.

And to think that my concern was always that the structural integrity of the bunk area itself would eventually fatigue and break off while occupied.

 

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Posted 01 May 2017 - 02:32 PM

We do it all the time in ours.  The manufacturer simply said to lower it on as far down as the jacks would travel.

 

Our general rule is if we are somewhere for more than 3 nights, we take the camper off the truck so we can have stuff loose in the camper and drive around in the truck without "packing" every morning.






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