Something to think about is the fact that lift springs are almost always stiffer than factory springs. So someone saying they felt uneasy with the camper on their stock truck may find out it does BETTER after its lifted. Just my 2 cents worth.
Here's a 2200 lb. Lance 845 Lite camper on our Dodge Cummins 2500 4x4... 285 E-Rated BFG T/A's (33" O.D.) and 4" lift, Rancho HD steering damper and Rancho 9000 shocks, rears cranked up to '9', rear sway bar and Firestone air bags pumped to 70 PSI make it a non-issue, no matter what the on-road (or light off-road) situation... and I have a REALLY heavy foot... excellent accident avoidance. 11' 7" clearance... great rig, but gotta go a little bigger in the Lance line... too small for 2 parents, a huge 9 year-old *and* a huge dog! One thing I learned using this rig is that *power and brakes*, and lots of 'em, is MANDATORY, maneuverability is helped IMMENSELY by the ability to accelerate and brake well even with a one-ton+ camper... to that end, we equipped the Cummins 24V H.O. motor with an extra 100 HP and 300 ft/lbs of torque without hurting mileage and reliability and longevity at all... that seemed to do the trick... ;^)
Last edited by crh; 08-09-2012 at 04:23 AM. Reason: pic wrong
Nice looking rig crh... And welcome to ExPo! As you and many others have stated here, with proper parts and set up, lifted trucks are great for campers. My F350 hauls the camper much nicer with the suspension upgrades.
'98 Dodge 3500 CTD NV4500 complete with a crap load of goodies. "Bought, not built"
'11 Rubicon Unlimited OME heavies
'07 Adventurer 10T
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I original used my srw f350 to haul my 990 artic fox. Had over loads, air bags and toyo m55 tires. It was scarey just being at stock height.
Now 99% percent use of the dodge dually is to haul the camper.
I was thinking about eventually putting a lift on the dually or leveling it out and running semi 22.5 wheels and tires on it. Does anyone have a report on how big rig tires handle campers?
I would asume it would handle just great since the load rating for the tires and wheels would never get maxed out.
I was at 21k 2 weeks ago headed over to the washington overland ralley in plain.
handled great. The dodge is set up though with air bags, overloads, tork lift stable lift, and rear hellwig sway bar.