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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    Thanks for the offer, but not looking for a project really.
     
  2. Deplorable

    Deplorable Well-Known Member

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    This is what I want!!!

    Gooseneck with slide-in would be perfect for our needs.
     
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  3. k5-1402

    k5-1402 Well-Known Member

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    Those are great set ups. You should talk with Chris @Lankford and Robbie Mozeley about them.
     
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  4. BigClay

    BigClay Well-Known Member

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    I thought about going the gooseneck route, but I want to be able to take the kids other places in the camper without having to always drag the trailer.
     
  5. Rox&Mud

    Rox&Mud 4x4Everyone

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    No, I wouldn't trust that little single tube to tow a trailer. Given my wife's health issues we require a bathroom and to make her more comfortable we wanted a "Dry Bath" in our camper. I don't currently have any pics of mine but it's a 60" trussed extension which utilizes a over under hitch. At 60" mine is rated for 1k tongue and 10k trailer with load distribution hitch. A shorter extension gains higher tongue and trailer weights. Given my truck is OLD, I converted it to a DRW and updated the springs to 3600Lbs per side and already had airbags. With Jeep and trailer being approx 5500 to 6000lbs it pulls straight and true without any surprises. I did a lot of research prior to investing in this setup and it really was designed for the truck camper application. @shawn followed us all the way back from URE and can attest to it's stability. I like my setup as it allows me to do exactly what I want but I paid alot of $$$ to get here. I spent over a year looking into this after the wreck I had flat towing with my last camper. Not wanting to revisit that situation again, I think I have got the safest solution I can get with my requirements. I suggest taking time and really researching into how you want to tow your rig.
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  6. shawn

    shawn running dog lackey of the oppressor class Administrator

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    So put the camper on the trailer when you're going wheeling with the Jeep, put it on the truck when you're going camping solo.

    @Rox&Mud 's setup is nice. But backing into the driveway, dropping the trailer, and being "unpacked" is also nice.
     
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  7. Rox&Mud

    Rox&Mud 4x4Everyone

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    I agree it's nice, I drop the trailer and park the truck/camper and I'm "unpacked" or should I say "packed" for the next trip.
     
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  8. k5-1402

    k5-1402 Well-Known Member

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    I like rox and mud's setup. I looked into those hitches for mine but couldn't find any at the time, mainly because my truck is an odd ball for the year. They may be out there for it now but have gotten used to my current hitch setup.
     
  9. awheelterd

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    Do you have any pics of your setup? It sounds interesting/neat
     
  10. BigClay

    BigClay Well-Known Member

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    So I have been exploring different approaches, and one is selling my current camper (it is for sale on here); however, I really like this camper and it suits my needs and then some.

    I am keeping the camper for sale, but my price is firm, so if it doesn't sell, then I am going to use it. I went with the hitch and extension like @Rox&Mud posted above (Black Friday / Cyber Monday saved me a couple hundred!). I already have a weight distributing hitch that I had from back in the day when I towed with a Tahoe. I also just put airbags on the truck. With these mods, I think I am setup as best as possible. I would love a dually and I know it would be ideal, but I think this setup will work for me and my truck. Ya'll can wave and laugh at me when you pass me on the highway, because I know I will not be setting any land speed records, but I think it will get me to the trail safely.
     
  11. CasterTroy

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    At least until I have a place to safely keep a gooseneck....then I'll buy it from you and you can use the black stabbin cabin for your Jeep related travels that don't require a pooper for momma-bear :cool:
     
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  12. Rox&Mud

    Rox&Mud 4x4Everyone

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    I intended to take some pics before I unloaded this last trip but alas I did not, sorry. I will get some on the next trip

    Let me know if you have any questions and I hope everything works well for you.
     
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  13. CasterTroy

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    Better now?


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  14. jeepinmatt

    jeepinmatt Still Fat

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    What's on top of the truck rear fenders? Some kind of built in toolbox? Or just straps for something? Maybe just a figment of my imagination.
     
  15. Chris_Keziah

    Chris_Keziah Joe Dirt

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    Looks like his camper tie down points.

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  16. CasterTroy

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    Over-the-rail slide-in mounting brackets
     
  17. CasterTroy

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    Don't think I haven't racked my brain about HOW to make something like this with ALL that wasted space


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  18. jeepinmatt

    jeepinmatt Still Fat

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    I was hoping it was some type of aftermarket Rambox-esquesystem like ^ that I could retrofit to my truck. Oh well. It was worth it just for the Ducundra pic. Or is it a Tundrati?
     
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  19. GONOVRIT

    GONOVRIT blue collar brotherhood

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    Guess I’m going to have to figure something out for my hitch now. I’m gonna be pissed if I have to get a new hitch and the overpriced rear frame brackets I just bought don’t work with the new one:popcorn: 4F12AF1A-F37D-44CD-8472-B025C3BCA222.jpeg
     
  20. jeepinmatt

    jeepinmatt Still Fat

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    You didn't put it all the way in!
    (Thats what she said)
     
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  21. GONOVRIT

    GONOVRIT blue collar brotherhood

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    It’s going to work perfectly as an aux tank will fit in front of the camper. I can’t travel without an aux tank.
     
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  22. jeepinmatt

    jeepinmatt Still Fat

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    Why is the aux tank a must have? 15mpg, 30 gallon tank equals 450 miles (400 to be safe) at 80mph (which is a pretty ambitious average speed) is 5 hours. Do you use a she-pee?
     
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  23. shawn

    shawn running dog lackey of the oppressor class Administrator

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    Did you buy the child size version? You need to take that one back and tell them you needed the man size camper.
     
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  24. GONOVRIT

    GONOVRIT blue collar brotherhood

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    Full size short bed. AC/Heat/shitter/shower/aux tank, I’m happy.
     
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  25. Stuntman Autoworks

    Stuntman Autoworks Instigator of things

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    My 06 doesn't even get close to that mpg when towing. I need an aux tank but haven't bought one yet.
     

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