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Old 09-10-2009, 01:07 PM
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HI - new to this forum. I have an '05 F-150 CC but trading up to a F-250 CC '09 w/camper package. I was told that it doesn't efffect the ride and I
will be using it to tow a travel trailer. Just curious if anyone else has this
option and their experience.
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Old 09-10-2009, 01:19 PM
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HI - new to this forum. I have an '05 F-150 CC but trading up to a F-250 CC '09 w/camper package. I was told that it doesn't efffect the ride and I
will be using it to tow a travel trailer. Just curious if anyone else has this
option and their experience.
My '08 came with the "towing package" and not the "camper package". I have a Lance slide-in camper and asked Ford what the difference was. They told me the two packages are identical but the "camper package" also includes a rear sway bar. Ford's was about $350 - I bought a Hellwig from the Suspension Connection for $219 and it's stronger than Ford's.

http://www.suspensionconnection.com/...on/7677F4.html

I love it - the truck rides fine empty and even better towing or hauling the Lance. Hope this helps...
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Old 09-10-2009, 01:25 PM
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I have the camper package and it is the extre leaf spring on top in the rear. When you load up the rear end and it lowers the first 2-3" of travel is the camper package leaf spring then the group of leaf springs take over. No difference in ride.
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Old 09-10-2009, 01:27 PM
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I have the package on my o6. Rides alittle rough empty(its a truck) but rides excellent with even 500pounds in the rear. I havent put camper in the bed but i have hauled several bobcats and a mini excavator(7800lbs) and ride was still great.
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Hey thanks! the brochure states that it is a pair of auxiliary springs and a
rear stabilizer bar. It was only a $160 so there can't be a whole lot to it.
But it also has the 'tow package' but I figured it couldn't hurt as long as
it didn't effect to overall ride.
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I believe (someone please correct me if I am wrong) that the camper package on the F250 adds a rear stabilizer bar and an overload leaf to the rear axle, along with "potentially" heavier springs front and rear (depending on other options).

I have the camper package in my truck, and have yet to have a camper in it (maybe one day). I do pack two sleds on a deck over (high CG) and the stabilizer bar is sure nice for that; also, the overload springs don't touch when the truck is static, but they do on some bumps.

I haven't driven in non camper package f250's too often, so I can't compare the ride.

Hope this helps,

JE
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I believe (someone please correct me if I am wrong) that the camper package on the F250 adds a rear stabilizer bar and an overload leaf to the rear axle, along with "potentially" heavier springs front and rear (depending on other options). JE
You are mostly correct on that. There is no addition spring on the back other than the overload leaf that you mentioned.

I test drove a F250 that did not have the camper package before purchasing my pickup that does have the package. The Camper Package does stiffen the ride a little, but it still rides very nice. For just towing a trailer, I don't think that the Camper Package is needed, but you would want to at least add a stabilizer bar to the rear. If you are going to tow a fifth wheel like I do, than I would definitely recommend the Camper Package.
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I believe it's 1 up grade level spring in the front also.
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F-250/F-350/F-450 Super Duty Camper Package
(Option Code 471)
Durable front springs (2 Up or 1 Up upgrade over springs
computer-selected based on options ordered. Not included
if maximum springs already selected.)

Rear stabilizer bar (SRW)

Rear auxiliary springs (F-250; std. on F-350)

Slide-in camper certification

https://www.fleet.ford.com/truckbbas...e_03_09_09.pdf

Go to Page 6 for details.
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The camper pack also gives you a slip of paper stating your truck is "camper rated". This really only matters if you buy a new slide in camper from an **** retentive dealer. Its the certification that your truck is OK.
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The camper pack also gives you a slip of paper stating your truck is "camper rated". This really only matters if you buy a new slide in camper from an **** retentive dealer. Its the certification that your truck is OK.
That slip of paper is your "get out of jail free card" should you have an accident with a camper on the truck and the other person hires an attorney stating the truck was "not recommended for slide in camper". Most trucks are overloaded with a slide in camper and some are not recommended to carry one. That's how my first truck was but now I have camper package and I am within my GVW (peace of mind).
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That slip of paper is your "get out of jail free card" should you have an accident with a camper on the truck and the other person hires an attorney stating the truck was "not recommended for slide in camper". Most trucks are overloaded with a slide in camper and some are not recommended to carry one. That's how my first truck was but now I have camper package and I am within my GVW (peace of mind).
Excellent point!
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So a DRW does not have the rear stabilizer bar with the camper option?
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So a DRW does not have the rear stabilizer bar with the camper option?
All 2001 F350 DRW Super Duties came standard with front and rear stabilizer bars. See Page 27 of the link below:

https://www.fleet.ford.com/truckbbas...1/fsersdcd.pdf
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