Truck Camper on a 1500?



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I have a 2011 1500 4.7L V8 5.5 ft bed rated for 1470 payload. I am looking at getting a ...

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09-30-2017, 10:05 PM   #1 (permalink)

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Truck Camper on a 1500?
I have a 2011 1500 4.7L V8 5.5 ft bed rated for 1470 payload. I am looking at getting a truck camper that weighs 1120 dry. With gas, my wife, me, my dog, food and all the other stuff we would need to camp, I would be over the payload weight by 200 pounds min. Would that be OK? I would also be driving up a mountain pass fairly often to camp (paved roads, occasional snow on roads). Would going over the max payload by about 15% wreck the truck or give me possibilities of blowouts, weaving, hard on brakes?

If so, has anyone ever used a non-popup truck camper on a 1500 before? I am looking for something to be able to take to the ski resorts and stay in and they don't let travel trailers or any pull behinds in the parking lots over night.


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Your're unlikely to run into any problems with drive train, power or brakes with that weight. But, the payload is a problem. The truck is rated for what it's rated at. No group of people on the internet can wave a wand and make that problem disappear.

Do people routinely go over payload with 1500 trucks and not blow up tires or die? Yes, every day. It just depends on how much you want to push things and risk your safety and those around you. By far, tires and axle weights are the biggest area of concern. Probably the best place to start is to weigh your truck if you haven't so you have "real world" numbers. If you haven't done that you may be surprised how much over you really are. Using the truck's "dry weight" (effectively what you are doing by using payload sticker weight) is not a good way to start. In ever truck I've had there is always at least a couple hundred pounds of weight that comes from random things you don't think about - floor mats, jumper cables and tools in a bin, bed liner, bucket of change in the console, etc. It all adds up quickly. Same goes for the camper in the bed.

 
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Good set of tires/ air bags and you are set. just take it nice and slow on the steeps and twisty”s.
What ski resort you going to?

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I would add to the D or E rated tires with air bags that heavy duty sway bars will help alot with a overhead camper.

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Really happy with my Timber Grove air bags ,they bolt inplace really straight forward with no cutting just a real nice kit.

Hellwig makes heavy duty sway bars for our trucks, Thats next on my list for my truck.

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The tires, air bags and sway bars will make your truck haul that camper just fine, But the sticker on you door states what your payload is and nothing you do can change that sticker .

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i routinely drive with 2k pounds in the bed, pretty close to the limit. Tires are running low and a little hard to drive around corners.

 





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