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#1 OFFLINE   digitaldiver

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Posted 24 July 2017 - 02:41 PM

Hi all and thanks in advance for your advice. My wife and I have owned a 24ft c class and a 30ft A class. We are now want a truck camper but I don't know much about how to pair up a truck with a camper. So far we like the 2001 SUMMERWIND 1108S as seen on RV Trader.  We like the layout most all. Having bigger rigs we tried a few truck compers and really like them so this is how we want to go.

 

  1. So my question is how do I know what kind of truck I need for this type of camper, how do I work it out?
  2. What special needs will the truck need to carry the camper that will have to be installed?
  3. Is there really a big difference when it comes to a 10ft and an 11ft as far as handling?

Our A class was a beast to drive, we liked it but you had to concentrate!

 

Thanks again I'm sure I'll have more questions.



#2 OFFLINE   KnightEagle

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Posted 24 July 2017 - 07:43 PM

Not a bad looking TC not seeing the weight on the unit. I say its around 3800-4200lbs and would need a 1 ton truck. Personally I prefer a DRW more stable platform and less mods needed. Stable loads, Tork lift tie downs also there fast guns along with a sway bar about all that's needed, A SRW would also work but not as stable. You regret using a 3/4 ton, also it could be dangers you never seen before. Remember you be driving a tall rig 12-13ft and it will have sway 65 I find fast anoff to get around. Around curves I like to drop the speed by 5-10 mph under posted speed. As for size 9ft,10ft, and 11ft all handle the same if you have the right truck under it. Like the 9ft be ok on a 3/4 ton. All work better on a 1 ton SRW. And great on the 1 ton DRW. Now the truck Ram, Ford, Chev your choice. If you want to go way above safe a Ram or Ford or Chev 5500.


  :sign0007: I got it fixed!

 

2012 Ram 3500HD DRW. RideRite 5000 Air Bags. Hellwig sway Bar rear. Curt hitch 17000/2550. Engine: 6.7-Liter I6 Cummins® Turbo Diesel Engine Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic 68RFE. 2017 Adventure Alp 116DS 5153+ lb. Reg Cab. Torklift Frame mounts. Ranch Hand Front Bumber, Duel hitch and 4' extension . C.B channel 19 most times. Towing a 16 ft storage trailer with a jon boat inside.

 

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#3 OFFLINE   Chief 2

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Posted 25 July 2017 - 02:43 AM

Good looking TC for its age. Make certain you check the area around the front window for any evidence of water intrusion and delamination. The front windows were a problem in the past. Regarding the truck, I believe that Knight Eagle covered it very well. Go with a 1 ton dually and you will be fine. Good luck!



#4 OFFLINE   digitaldiver

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Posted 25 July 2017 - 05:03 AM

thanks for the advice. What about length of the truck bed? and does it matter if it a crew cab etc?

 

Thx



#5 OFFLINE   KnightEagle

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Posted 25 July 2017 - 09:17 AM

Length of the bed cant go wronge with a 8ft bed diesel give you more tork but can take away from payload a little same with extended cab both can take away from payload, As I <----(look at pic) have a diesel and a regular cab. You loss storage with a regular cab. I tow a 16 ft flat trailer with a custom built box with storage bays and a area for the jon boat to slide into.


  :sign0007: I got it fixed!

 

2012 Ram 3500HD DRW. RideRite 5000 Air Bags. Hellwig sway Bar rear. Curt hitch 17000/2550. Engine: 6.7-Liter I6 Cummins® Turbo Diesel Engine Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic 68RFE. 2017 Adventure Alp 116DS 5153+ lb. Reg Cab. Torklift Frame mounts. Ranch Hand Front Bumber, Duel hitch and 4' extension . C.B channel 19 most times. Towing a 16 ft storage trailer with a jon boat inside.

 

ALP116DS2017
ALP116DS10.JPG

 





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