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#1 OFFLINE   michigander58



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Posted 26 July 2017 - 01:02 PM

Does anybody have any experience with a Northstar 650 on a newer Silverado 1500?    I just purchased a new Silverado 1500.  Prior to buying the truck I did a lot of research and thought a Northstar 650 would be a good camper for this truck because the dry weight is 1405 pounds.  I didn't want a 3/4 ton truck because my wife and I will just be using the camper for occasional weekend trips.  To my surprise after I had the truck for a little while I found a sticker in the glove box that says you should only use a camper in the bed area weighing no more than 865 pounds even though the the payload capacity for the truck is about 1969 pounds.  How is it working out?  Did you make any modifications to the truck?

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Posted 27 July 2017 - 03:20 AM

All manufacturer's don't tell really tell you the truth they under rate them do to legal issue's. With that said does your truck have a short or long bed. I looked at the tc650 and 650sc personality I liked the 650sc yes its 200lbs more. I think you be ok, just dont take alot of things with you.

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Posted 28 July 2017 - 08:35 PM

The glove box assumes people in each seat. It's better to look at the rating on the door jam.
I have been a tent camper since my Boy Scout days long, long, ago. Now I need to get up off of the cold ground to get a good nights rest, a truck camper seems to be the best choice. I am here to learn as much as I can.

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Posted 30 July 2017 - 04:28 AM

We had a Starcraft popup that weighed about the same as yours on a Silverado 1500. When we bought it, the rear springs were a bit tired from carrying the camper for several years, so we installed airbags to level it up. It rode well, handled fine, and got around 15 mpg on a trip. Only negative, other than raising and lowering all the time, was the lack of A real bathroom. Torklift StableLoads are probably a better approach than airbags, as they don't leak and they are easy to turn on and off.

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Posted 02 August 2017 - 05:05 AM

I think some of the reasoning behind the low camper weight rating is due to the height of the camper. The extra height would affect the trucks resistance to rollover. 

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 03:27 PM

the sticker in the glove box assumes a 150 pound person in each seat. Go by the door sticker payload. However, a 1500 is a poor choice for a TC no matter how often you use it. Overweight is overweight whether it's once a year or every weekend.

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