yea those are pretty nice.. the popup ones.. anyone have these?
my old man had one missed it so he bought another one recently. he hauls it around on his 79 ranger (f150 with the camper speacial).the popup has all the features of a fullsize sleeping for 4, stove fridge sink, cuboards furnace etc, it's light weight and does not catch the wind at all due to being so low. he has never had a problem with the canvas or the vynil windows. it's actually pretty worm in there. in the top bunk you have approxmently 3 feet or so hight wise.
Sorry for briniging up the old post. but i hauled my dads camper for him today, and though i'd share some pics, (for cgah04) the camper is a jayco j series 8' on my 5.5screw. The truck did fine but looked funny. the front end with a leveling kit and the *** end squitting, she was bulldogging but it was only a 20 minute drive so no big deal here's the pics...
Ps the top of the box rails measure 22" and the camper only has 20 1/4" so we had it blocked up with some 2x4's the ratchet straps were only a temp thing, and was able to use the proper hold downs in the rear.
thanks for the pics.. ive been looking around for a camper still cant find a decent used one.. new is to much for me.. hopefully ill find one.. im gona throw a set of air bags on there so it should look leveled when driving..
First of all, remember those pics are from a truck with a leveling kit installed, which raises the front end 2". The reason these trucks have a rake from the factory is so that when they are loaded, as shown with the camper, the front end it not in the air.
Most truck campers I can find that will work on a 1/2 ton truck are about 1500 lbs, which shouldn't cause you to sag much in the rear. Especially considering the overhang most have over the cab actually shifts a good amount of the weight on the front axle.
Unless you plan on towing something heavy, in addition to your truck camper, air bags shouldn't be necessary.
With a front leveling kit, you would need air bags to keep it level, under most ANY load.
The downside to all of this is that with a leveling kit, you need to effectively stiffen the rear springs immensely to maintain the "level" look...and the only good way to do that is with airbags....Which means that it's gonna ride like crap...
This is why our -150s ride so much better than an SD, because it's only sprung for an appropriate amount of weight for a half ton, instead of the massive springs required to support the truck and ~4,000 lb payload of an SD. With your leveling kit, you have no room for the suspension to give under the load without causing the truck to squat in the back....
Thank's 98greensi,,,, I was looking at one and the weight was rated at 1630 lbs,, the reason i was asking was it look's as though you are squatting pretty good, and the one on your truck is the pop up style and the one I was looking at isn't,, I regularly haul a 220 gallon water tank in mine which equal's out to 1760 lbs @ 8 lbs a gallon. Do you guy's think it would be a problem ( the camper )?? I will also be pulling a 16' bass boat, is this to much for an F150 ? I am debating as whether or not to install airbag's on the rear. Oh,, My truck is an 05 F150 extended cab ( not super cab as i originally stated ) FX4 with a leveling kit and the 5.4 engine. Thank's
rouschfan, Supercab IS the extended cab, not to be confused with the super crew, which is a crew cab.....
Remember when you look at the pictures 98greensi posted, that he had an 8' bed model, with a 5.5' bed carrying it. This meant that there was a LOT of weight behind the rear axle, which effectively transfers weight OFF the front, and puts it on the rear, which explains why he was sagging so much.
However, one of the problems he had is somethig you're going to have to deal with as well. Your front levelling kit means that it's going to be very difficult to level the truck with any kind of load on it, as the front end is already 2" higher than it's supposed to be.
If you weren't towing a boat, with a leveling kit, you probably wouldn't need the air bags. But, with the setup you're talking about, I think they'd be a big help.