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Old February 1st, 2010, 04:45 PM   #21
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I like the way my ram pulls too that xj on that trailer is not bad at all, the main thinkg is adding the truck camper into the mix. So maybe I should try the WDH before I go with air bag. I plan on doing a brake upgrade this spring and new tires for sure. I think I will buy a light weight camper and maybe just give it a try. I will be using both any way it would just be nice to take the camper on day trips to the ORV Parks too.
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Old February 1st, 2010, 05:14 PM   #22
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a half ton can pull a fair amount if loaded right. wdh ect. but the camper would put you over for sure.. best bet if your gonna be pulling a lot is to get a cheap 1 ton for "trips" and use the half for local stuff (no camper) 5k or less could get you my truck or one like it. an actual rv for cheap could pull the trailer on trips too.
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Old February 1st, 2010, 05:32 PM   #23
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I like the way my ram pulls too that xj on that trailer is not bad at all, the main thinkg is adding the truck camper into the mix. So maybe I should try the WDH before I go with air bag. I plan on doing a brake upgrade this spring and new tires for sure. I think I will buy a light weight camper and maybe just give it a try. I will be using both any way it would just be nice to take the camper on day trips to the ORV Parks too.
its a bad idea!!!

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Old February 1st, 2010, 05:47 PM   #24
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I like the way my ram pulls too that xj on that trailer is not bad at all, the main thinkg is adding the truck camper into the mix. So maybe I should try the WDH before I go with air bag. I plan on doing a brake upgrade this spring and new tires for sure. I think I will buy a light weight camper and maybe just give it a try. I will be using both any way it would just be nice to take the camper on day trips to the ORV Parks too.
I will be using both seperatly, Im sure I will put them both together at some point and see how it feels and if I dont like it I will look into getting a new truck then.
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just remeber that just because it "feels" ok, dont mean that it is, or that it is safe.
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Old February 2nd, 2010, 08:52 AM   #26
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May Be I will just do this


I can also get this for a fraction of the cost of truck camper.
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Thanks Joe Jeep. I dont wanna put my family or yours in danger. I just may have to get a new truck if I wanna do both at the same time.
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you need a Semi! towing with anything less is against the rules..

No seriously..
bag it.
Cool it (trans, diff, Possibly oil)
a cold air intake and exh will help the engine keep up too..
that WDH is going help you the most ! you wont need the bags much with that.. (at least thats what they're made for..

Also an SRT pillar and a trans temp gauge are not a bad idea to keep an eye on it..
you can be really fucking stupid at times.

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I can also get this for a fraction of the cost of truck camper.
The thing that kills you is the camper, something like that would work, just not as cush as the camper.
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The wife and I made the decision to not buy a camper so I think we will be doing the truck tent and air matress.
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Old February 15th, 2010, 12:52 PM   #29
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if your thinking about the tent why not get a nice cap for the back of the truck. i have a cap on my f250. throw in a twin or fullsize matress, cooler, blankets, etc. keeps you out of the elements, it's cozy. i can slide open the side windows and not worry about bugs, a bit more secure than that tent deal, i mean you can't walk around in it but your mainly using it to sleep in right?
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what about just getting an enclosed trailer? bunks up front jeep in the back? or go smaller and have fold down bunks when you pull the jeep out? should be able to pull that off for the price of a camper and selling your current trailer.
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Old February 17th, 2010, 01:29 AM   #31
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if your thinking about the tent why not get a nice cap for the back of the truck. i have a cap on my f250. throw in a twin or fullsize matress, cooler, blankets, etc. keeps you out of the elements, it's cozy. i can slide open the side windows and not worry about bugs, a bit more secure than that tent deal, i mean you can't walk around in it but your mainly using it to sleep in right?
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Consider a cap and building yourself a little setup under it. I dunno where the link is but There was a guy who did carpets, cabinets, heat, curtains, the whole setup and fit it under a cap. I think they're on RV.net. Nicer than a tent but you just couldnt stand up in it.

A nice cap shouldnt be too hard to find on craigslist you just might have to get it painted. A nice leer with shitty paint I found for $100 for my chevy. I paid a little more for the one on my superduty but the paint matches so I just went for it.

I have a simple setup under a cap when its just me going fishing or whatever but the wife is frickin picky and needs the shitter so I roll a big ass slide-in when she's with me.

IMO a truck tent isnt worth the money and your not that much farther ahead than putting a tent on the ground. Matter of fact spend that money and get a nice ass cabin style tent that would be more useful anyhow.

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I went and searched for a screen room to add on, found this. If I didnt have the slide in (or the wife) I might invest in this to use with the bed cap setup
http://www.camping-gear-outlet.com/c...ar-133612.html

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Old February 17th, 2010, 02:17 AM   #32
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I had thought about buying an oversized rear diff cover to keep it cooler out back but I dont know if this is worth the $$.
Well since everyone else has just about answered every other question related to the thread, I had found this article a little while back, might find some useful information related to oversize differential covers and other towing related improvements: http://www.fourwheeler.com/techartic...xle/index.html
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Stop being a pussy.
Take a chance.

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Old February 17th, 2010, 10:25 PM   #34
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The very first thing you should do it get yourself a good weight distributing hitch, I would this this is manditory for a 1/2 ton truck. I have a 1/2 ton GMC sierra ext cab short bed 4x4, with a 16' flatbed and the Jeep. I am easily at 6500lbs. The WD hitch will take some of the load off your rear axle, it transfers some to you front axle and some to the trailer axles. But it also helps a little with trailer sway and going over bumps or dips in the road. For me it is a night and day difference with the WD hitch.

Other than that, upgrade the trans cooler, get a good quality brake controler like a prodigy, and go. I used to have a light weight pop up truck camper and a 3/4 ton chevy silverado and it majorly sucked with the camper in the bed towing the Jeep, I only did it once.

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my half ton has towed anything that will atach to it so far. the truck is an 88 with overload leaf springs and air shocks and a WDH. the tag in the door is gone so i dont know the gvw, but i feel safe towing with it here is my set up. the camper is a big one and its from the early 1960's and i have no idea what it weighs. so i say do what ever makes you happy!


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my half ton has towed anything that will atach to it so far. the truck is an 88 with overload leaf springs and air shocks and a WDH. the tag in the door is gone so i dont know the gvw, but i feel safe towing with it here is my set up. the camper is a big one and its from the early 1960's and i have no idea what it weighs. so i say do what ever makes you happy!


that set up scares me.. with the vehical so far back on the trailer your WDH set up is more or less just pushing up on the truck to support the weight of the camper.. NOT SAFE !
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I'm guessing his balance of the trailer is pretty close to neutral
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my half ton has towed anything that will atach to it so far. the truck is an 88 with overload leaf springs and air shocks and a WDH. the tag in the door is gone so i dont know the gvw, but i feel safe towing with it here is my set up. the camper is a big one and its from the early 1960's and i have no idea what it weighs. so i say do what ever makes you happy!


that is so far from safe.
why not load it on a toyota tundra??
if you wreck that and someone is injured you are so screwed!
insurance aint gonna bail you out on something that overweight.
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I can tell you a lot about 1/2 ton towing. It sucks, even when you put $2000 in aftermarket parts on the truck. Buy a diesel, it makes for a much more enjoyable experience!

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Now that the wife is prego again I dont know how much she will be going wheeling/camping this year. So now I may only do the WD Hitch and new trailer brakes.
But there has been alot of good info in this tread. Keep it comming.
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