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"New" camper
« on: January 9, 2015, 07:32:40 am »
SO the wife and I had been talking about getting a toyhauler for a couple of years now. Anyone that has priced them knows they aren't cheap hence the reason for just talking about it. Well this past September we finally found one. It has the separate garage area and the main bed is a fold out style like a pop up. It's a 01 and is in great shape. I got it for what bluebook says it's worth so don't feel bad there. If we take care of it like we do everything else it should last us a good long time.

Down side. While it says half ton towable man does it work the suspension. Thank God for load levelers. Now I'm torn, do I bag the rear end of my 01 ram or do I just look for a ram 2500? (and it would have to be the 94-01 body style just because I like that style.)

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    Re: "New" camper
    « Reply #1 on: January 9, 2015, 09:17:01 am »
    Make sure you're loading properly as well - our first toyhauler had all the tanks at the front, and very little weight in the rear; we had to make sure we added extra stuff in the garage to keep the thing from being nose-heavy.
    Our current toyhauler is a 40' 3-axle 5th wheel, so it is a totally different animal - and since I'm towing with a dually, it is pretty stable.

    As far as your predicament, I would suggest either bags or helper springs - but rather than getting a huge high-dollar install, look at the bolt on styles that could be used as a temporary install. By putting those on and making a test run or two, should help you determine if you need to upgrade trucks......

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    Re: "New" camper
    « Reply #2 on: January 9, 2015, 11:23:05 am »
    ...to me, it's more about the brakes and other things like a trans cooler, towing mirrors etc that come standard on the 2500s and such just because those are designed to handle the bigger loads.  I dunno but while it's more logistics and such I'd recommend upping the truck to match the load vs trying to modify a 1500 to make up the difference.
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    Re: "New" camper
    « Reply #3 on: January 9, 2015, 12:38:58 pm »
    I did haul once with the golf cart in the back and that did make a bit of difference. I think with both bikes back there or bike and cart it would level things out a bit.

    My 1500 does have the towing package so it has trans/steering cooler and such. Need tow mirrors though. Have to get a brake controller in for sure. All that weight is too much for just the truck brakes. (that's why I haven't gone far with it and I've stayed on back roads and kept the speed down.)

    More than anything my concern is the axle bearings.
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    Re: "New" camper
    « Reply #4 on: January 9, 2015, 01:02:15 pm »
    definitely - bearings, spindle sizes etc - heck just the number of lugnuts holding on the wheels is enough to cause me some actual concern  :P  - I'll gladly enjoy 8 lugnuts vs 5 when I'm towing something really heavy...and really expensive  :)
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    Re: "New" camper
    « Reply #5 on: February 12, 2015, 08:08:14 am »
    After some serious thinking I'll be looking for a 94-02 2500 ram. V8 model. (don't need/want V10 and don't tow often/far enough to justify added expense of diesel) And I'm thinking quad cab shortbox this time. The 1500 (body wise) is just getting too far gone (live in Michigan, damn salt) so figure the money I'd spend fixing the body back up and making improvements to handle towing loads I'm just further off having couple buddies that live in Louisiana and North Carolina look for a 2500 for me. Sure, miles will be high but can rebuild a engine/trans cheaper than all bodywork the 1500 needs. I'll just keep the 1500 for winter beater duty. Thanks for your thoughts/input guys.

    (sure, if I find the right deal on a cummins I'll jump on it but let's face it, 4x4 cummins don't come cheap)
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    Re: "New" camper
    « Reply #6 on: February 12, 2015, 08:54:11 am »
    (sure, if I find the right deal on a cummins I'll jump on it but let's face it, 4x4 cummins don't come cheap)

    ....true....but there's a really good reason for that  ;)   For me, much of the reason I prefer a Cummins to almost anything else as a powerplant in a pickup/tow truck...is the reliability.  Fuel economy and power are #2 and #3.
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