Truck camper question?

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Hit-n-Miss

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I see pictures of campers all the time that people have on little trucks, that according to the dry weight a 1/2 ton can't carry. How come everyone says that a 1/2 ton can't carry a camper if the camper(dry weight) and people/gear are at max weight? What gives? The truck is a 5.3 trailboss does it not already have a beefed up suspension? I want to do mods that won't make it ride like a chuck wagon without the camper on. Why couldn't I just install Sumosprings(supposed to not effect ride unloaded) in place of the old stops and drive in towhaul mode with the camper on? Camper would only be on truck for vacations and off the rest of the time. I am not going rock climbing with it. Staying on pavement and going to state parks and campgrounds is the plan. Surely someone has some real life experience with this. Thanks
 
I don't have that specific truck but I can say that I've had GM trucks with the 5.3 and the 5.7 in them. The Trail Boss is a 1/2 ton and the 5.3 is likely 300 HP? You can put a camper on it, as long as all of the weight is within specs.

You can add air bags or helper springs to help with the squat, but you can't increase the load capacity of the truck. That's structural and mechanical i.e. brakes, transmission, gearing, frame...
 

RedHills

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I just looked, it's 355 HP 383 torque and 1800 lbs. payload. If you have 2 adults 2 kids you only have 1300 lbs. of available payload right?
..and that's what over limits probably 75% of rigs on the roads today. Tricky math how manufacturers claim towing capacity, you'll over limit carrier capacity long before you get close to towing capacity. (Usually)
 

ryanh487

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People put way more weight on trucks than they're supposed to carry all the time. Any truck CAN haul well over its limit as long as the fenders aren't binding the tires from sag. But the limits are what the truck is engineered to effectively carry without premature and excessive wear on the transmission, suspension, engine and differentials. Stupid people putting too much weight on their trucks is why I would never buy a used truck from an individual.
 
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..and that's what over limits probably 75% of rigs on the roads today. Tricky math how manufacturers claim towing capacity, you'll over limit carrier capacity long before you get close to towing capacity. (Usually)
That's been my issue, I have a 1/2 ton and normally always have since I never tow anything more than the SxS and I just can't find a camper that is worth the cost that I can afford if it meets the weight requirement...
 
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