Now Bob, not meaning to be argumentative nor phacecious here but as you know dry weights, wet weights or what have you can very drastically change from one owner to the next. Does your wet weights include pots and pans, camping tools ie: axe, shovel, chains (for pulling Fords and Dodges when they are broke down ), and all the other neccessities for the camping lifestyle as well as a generator, TV, food and clothing?? If so then that's a very good weight for a camper with slide. My average Okanagan when I had it all loaded up was 3500# and it didn't have a slide also, as you know, it was not the quality of a Snowbird TC. Your camper weighs in at 3300# and I'm wondering if you're exceedng the GAWR of 6830# of that SRW F-350?? I know from experience my 10.5' Okanagan seemed to get heavier every year. This may ring true for all TCs.................Steve...
Dear Sir William,
You make some valid points, Most camper manufacturers do not put the actual weight of a camper on the rear sticker. I read of one that read 3100 lbs and then ended up 4100 lbs. Always put the camper on your truck and weigh it before you write the cheque. Almost everyone out there with a camper is overweight. The question becomes what is your comfort zone. these vary drastically. I had a couple fill both dinette seats in the slide with large rocks (geocites) complained the slide was slow. I am trying to find a way for people that have a shortbox to have a dry bath. This may mean they have to leave out some things. Some of the things I've seen on and in campers, Motorcycles, boats, boat motors, 400 lbs of apples, 2 Great danes, enough tools to repair a GM product, firewood, if you give them the storage they will fill it up. Storage areas in the wrong places can greatly affect center of gravity. Rear bumpers with storage lids gather tire chains, tools and other heavy items and hang 4 feet over the rear of the truck adding to the problem. With any camper common sense is as important as tire ratings. The 11,200 GVWR on the new Fords are what drew me in this direction. Is Ford better than Dodge or GM? At this time only in the GVWR department. It may work putting a dry bath on a shortbed it may not. But I have to try. At one time a slide-out in a camper was a gamble, but I had to try. And as long as I can keep trying I will be in the RV business. When GM comes out with a Duramax, shortbox, one ton with a 12000 lb GVWR I hope they take Fords on trade.
This year I plan to build a 9'6 as my own camper, I will carry it on my shortbox pickup. As my wife and I fill it with all our camping needs I will weigh it and give you all the actual weights. Good or bad. I will also be honest about handling and any mods made to the truck. It will be interesting to get some feedback from camper people. Not wanting to start a weight police discussion. Possibly get some ideas on how to lighten it up, or what to leave at home.