Hot Shot Loads For Pickup Trucks – Camper trucks come in sizes from 7 ‘6 “campers made to imported pickup trucks, to campers 11’, sometimes complete with side entrances and slides. Some campers are usually wood framed, aluminum tarps (sticks and tin) and others fully laminated unit with aluminum frame and fiberglass exterior.
Other manufacturers make camping with a pop-top roof that raises around 8 “-12” when the roof is turned on. I’ve seen campers that weigh less than 900 lbs, and I’ve seen units that weigh close 4000 lbs. The fact is that if you have a medium to heavy type truck, someone might make a camper to fit.
Hot Shot Loads For Pickup Trucks
For you with a light duty truck there may be several possibilities, but it all depends on your particular truck.
There are many options for trucks too. Most people know the term truck carrying 1/2 ton, 3/4 ton and 1 ton, but not everyone knows how to correctly identify them. 3 major North American builders, Ford, GM and Dodge use the same method for numbering their trucks according to size:
-1/2 tons is the F-150
-3/4 tons are F-250
-1 ton is the F-350
-1/2 tons is 1500
-3/4 tons is 2500
-1 ton is 3500
-1/2 tons 1500
-3/4 tons is 2500
-1 ton is 3500
Most of these manufacturers also make larger trucks such as the F-450 and F-550 at Ford but these are more often bought by people who need commercial vehicles.
I have not mastered the imported trucks enough, but I know Toyota and Nissan are both making trucks large enough to handle truck campers.
Now the problem is, what camping will go with what truck. Of course if you already have a truck you want to find a suitable camper. There is a lot of information that you can dig on a truck, but two things you need to know about your truck are:
– how much your truck is legally permitted.
– what is the weight of your truck actually.
The first is easy. To find out how heavy the truck is according to your law, open the driver’s door and look at the doorpost, or the edge of the door itself. Attached to all vehicles by the manufacturer is an information sticker that lists all relevant information about the vehicle.
This sticker will have information such as VIN (Vehicle Information Number), month and year of manufacture, year of model (not always the same as year of manufacture), tire size and rating, axle rank (front and rear) and GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating). Depending on the age of your vehicle, GVWR will be listed in Kilograms and pounds.
GVWR your vehicle is the maximum weight of your vehicle designed to weigh, including passengers and cargo. This number is determined by the manufacturer and is based, among other things, on the chassis capacity, suspension and brakes of your vehicle. If your vehicle is operated with a weight greater than your GVWR, you risk having the chassis, suspension or brakes fail when driving which will make you a big danger to yourself and other drivers.
I’m sure you’ve all seen men in old pickup trucks driving on highways with gravel or firewood, and it looks like the rear axle will bounce through the bottom of the truck box. Sometimes, they throw sparks every time they hit a bump due to the obstruction of their trailer on the road surface. Next time they have trouble driving because the front of the truck is pointing towards the sky and the front wheels barely touch the road.
Give them a wide berth. These are the people who are trying to be protected by our government!
The second item can be a little more difficult to determine. All manufacturers have brochures and websites that explain their products. Information on weight and size is listed below specifications. Remember the same brochure is mass produced and distributed throughout North America (and sometimes the world) and is a general description of the product line, not individual vehicles. Because of this, any reference to the actual weight of the vehicle is usually an estimate and can be done by a local dealer who installs a sled on a truck to increase the appeal of the sidewalk. This also means that if the cargo capacity is registered, once again it can only be an estimate and not the actual capacity of a particular vehicle.
Some manufacturers will really weigh the unit and put a sticker somewhere in the vehicle telling you how much the vehicle’s actual weight comes from the production line. This helps, but can still be affected by your local dealer wearing optional equipment after the unit is sent to the parking lot.
The best way to determine the actual weight of your vehicle is to load everything you normally carry (including passengers and cargo), fill the gas tank, and then go to a commercial scale where you can weigh the entire vehicle in one shot. Sometimes your local landfill allows you to weigh because they usually have a scale to track the loads dropped by all dumper. Sometimes commercial highway scales will make you weigh your vehicle. Keep in mind that these scales are designed to measure commercial traffic and large rigs that pass frequently in a hurry, and are not happy they have to stop in the first place. They can be a little annoyed when a private man appears and slows their progress back to the highway. To work around this, many highway scales are not open 24 hours and some will leave the scales at night. Just drive on the scale and check the display that is usually on the site at the pole in front of you.
After you determine the actual weight of your vehicle, follow this formula to find out your actual cargo capacity:
GVWR minus the actual weight equal to the vehicle’s Cargo capacity.
For example, if your truck has a GVWR 8200 lbs or 3720 kg and you weigh on your local scale at 5390 lbs or 2450 kg, your cargo capacity is:
This means that the hardest you can carry in a truck box is £ 2810, or 1277 Kg.
Anything more than that and you will exceed your GVWR and threats like people who protect our government from us.
There are some opinions about there are some allowances in weight, 5 or 10% allowances, and questions about producers lowering rating capacity and GVWR to minimize warranty claims, but if you obey the law, £ 8205 is £ 5 overweight no matter how you look at it.
Now for camping. Just to keep things interesting, all campers have heavy stickers usually behind the camper next to the door. Don’t believe that. In more than 10 years in the RV business I have not seen anything even close to accurate. I even spent a week working with the camper manufacturer to make units for customers who had very specific weights (which according to the manufacturer said they could meet), only to weigh the camper and found that it was still nearly 400 lbs heavier than they said it would happen .
If you are in the £ 500 of the camper to put your truck overweight, making the sales condition fall in the weight range you need. Any dealer shouldn’t have a problem with this as long as they don’t have to spend a lot in advance. If your plan is to get camping and you only need to decide which one, you must have all the equipment to transport the installed camper. When done, go camping shop, and find the unit you like. After you make a deal, subject to weighing the camper, make arrangements with the dealer to load the camper and run it on the same scale as you weigh your truck without camping. If you still enter under the GVWR listed on your truck, you are OK.
Make sure you leave enough space for items loaded on the camper after being installed. The propane tank when full will weigh any capacity (20 lb. propane tank 20 lb. when full). Water can be estimated at 10 lbs per gallon (don’t forget the hot water tank if the kemping has it) and normal RV batteries weigh between 45 and 50 lbs. Then you have clothes, dishes and food (don’t forget to drink beer). If your camper has a tank, it is usually not a problem because you will throw away the tank before crashing into the road. If not, just estimate it at 10 lbs per gallon and you should be close enough.