Towing with a truck camper?

Discussion in 'Tow Rigs and Trailers' started by BigClay, Nov 15, 2017.

  1. BigClay

    BigClay Well-Known Member

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    Have any of you ever used a hitch extension to tow a jeep on a trailer behind truck with a slide in camper? Looking for experiences and opinions.

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  2. shawn

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  3. rockcity

    rockcity everyday is a chance to get better

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    I'm not sure I'd be comfortable with that on anything other than a class V hitch
     
  4. shawn

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    It's a package deal. Buy the special hitch for the truck, then buy the extension length that you need to match your camper, then get a WD hitch for the trailer.

    Then put air bags on the truck. :D
     
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    Chris_Keziah Joe Dirt

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  6. karatejosh

    karatejosh Well-Known Member

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    The super hitch is beef bit they discontinued them on 1500 trucks for a reason need a hd truck for sure

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  7. jeepinmatt

    jeepinmatt Still Fat

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    Seems like a bad idea to me, but I don't know all the specifics. With one of the new 3" receivers it might make more sense, but with a 2", you're really pushing the limits of the strength of that tube. And that's assuming the hitch frame mounting is up to par.
     
  8. BigClay

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    Can't find many 8ft with a bathroom, and that is the new requirement for the girls :D
     
  9. BigClay

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    The one I was looking at is for a 2.5" class V hitch if that may make a difference.
     
  10. shawn

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    It's generally two 2" receivers, one over top the other, or a 2" and a 2.5".
     
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  12. Will miller

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    The leverage that those extensions put on your receiver reduces the capacity greatly, they are great for lighter loads. For example, boats etc.. I wouldn't recommend them for the heavier tongue weight of towing a vehicle. I ended up going with a bigger hitch with a longer shank like this one. It worked well for my situation but every camper is different. I just removed the back jacks (3 bolts each side) every time I pulled a trailer. Worked great!
    Curt Multi-Ball Adjustable Ball Mount for 2" Trailer Hitches Curt Ball Mounts D900
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  13. Will miller

    Will miller Active Member

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    Better angle

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    Current set up on a gooseneck
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    If you are still looking for a camper I could sell you this one
    09' Starcraft, 8'2" long, full wet bath, 3 way fridge, king size bed, 3 burner stove, out door shower and speakers. A/c and heat, hot water heater.
     
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  14. Chris_Keziah

    Chris_Keziah Joe Dirt

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    Being that your long bed clay that'll fit and you won't need an extension for the hitch.

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  15. BigClay

    BigClay Well-Known Member

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    PM on its way
     
  16. 71chevytruckguy

    71chevytruckguy Well-Known Member

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    Find a camper that doesn't need a hitch receiver and I'd highly recommend pulling it with a dually. Here's my setup, trailer tongue goes under the camper with plenty of room.

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  17. k5-1402

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    Clay there are plenty of truck campers with bathrooms that won't be longer than 8 feet. However, I am also a fan of removing the rear Jacks as my camper is 8 feet long on a 6.5 bed. 20140710_174130.jpg
     
  18. BigClay

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    Are removing the rear jacks just to clear the trailer?
     
  19. k5-1402

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    Yes, that it the only reason. Troy's camper hangs off but his Jacks are not in the way so he leaves them on.
     
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    @CasterTroy ya really gotta do something about them wheels on the truck, they just don't blend in.
     
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  22. CasterTroy

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    Just wait till the December breakfast :cool:
     
  23. SPOA87YJ

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    Looked for a long time to find one that that would work with my setup without using an extension. No bathroom in ours but budget wasn’t there anyway.
    We decided to remodel the interior and are excited to start using it. Pay attention to jack placement as others have mentioned for your truck/trailer set up.

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  24. karatejosh

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    Nice setup

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  25. DLOR

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    My brother has built a new frame for an 8’ slide in. He has another one that he is using for the parts. I think he will part with both if you want a project to make how ever you want. Let me know and I’ll get you some pics.
     

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