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Old 02-27-2012, 05:34 PM
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Default Hauling a Slide-in Camper

Hey guys, looking to get a slide in camper, but my only problem is my little half ton. We've talked about a Cummins upgrade, but that's a bit out of our price range right now, so it looks like we're going to beef up the 1500.

First off, I'm thinking of throwing a helper spring and some airbags under the rear axle. I've heard people say to only do one at a time, but none have really given a good explanation. I think that if you only had the bags inflated when you're towing for that short distance, you wouldn't have very many problems, but I'm not sure. It sounds like it's more of a comfort thing.

Next, I'm looking into a S&B intake, a Summit Racing 3" exhaust, and a Superchips programmer (unless the new Edge would work on my truck, but that questions is in another thread)

So broken down the cost is roughly $1300. But, the truck will be puting out roughly 300 hp and 450 ft/lbs, which is pretty sweet in my book. I'm a little conserned about the tranny handling that. I've had no problmes so far going stock, but power increases scare me a bit.

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-What do you think would help the truck out in hauling a slide in camper?
-If i hopped up the 5.9, do you think I'd have some transmission issues?

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What size camper are you looking to haul? I had an 11.5' Jayco Jay Hunter that went in my 96 2500 Cummins Ram. I had the 5000lbs AirLift bags in that. Their max recommended pressure is 100 psi and I would have to put 85-90 psi in them to level that camper even in a 2500 truck. I'm not sure what the specs were for that camper but I bet it was easily over 2500 lbs.
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As far as your helper spring question, if I recall, the AirLift instructions specifically say to remove the factory Add a Leaf if so equipped.
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We wouldn't need a very big camper. Most of the one's I've found are 1800-2200lbs.

quite a few years ago when i was knee high to a . . . well you get the point. My grandpa would haul an old Lance camper that was 9 feet (if my dad is remembering right) and with a set of airbags it rode just fine in his early 90's F-150. I think if we tried to keep the thing as light as possible we'd be okay.

Thanks for the input! Keep it coming!

Anyone have a half ton that they haul a slide in camper with?
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Default how did you make out with your 1500 sliding in that camper

any other 1500 folks reworked your suspensions to accomodate? I'm thinking about a similar rig with my 97 5.2L.
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Default Why not look at Popup Slide In

Ahhh a subject I can help with. I had a the last camper i had was a Short Bed Pop Up on my 1/2 ton. It had a dry weight of 1200 / wet weight was about 1650. Palamino and 4 Wheel Camper both have 1/2 ton campers.

4 Wheel Campers - http://www.fourwheelcampers.com/ you can customize to your hearts content. have seen basic setups weighing less than 1000#.

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